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Well Christmas is over and we enter into a New Year and we move into it with hope and optimism.

 SANTA SLEIGH.

 For the first time since we started the Santa Sleigh, Shepshed Lions Club had to cancel some of the Santa Sleigh routes due to the weather. The first night was impossible to even consider starting due to heavy snow and ice. It was far too dangerous. The second night was also difficult due to icy conditions but we made a start but one of our intrepid collectors fell on the ice and was taken home. Thankfully he was not seriously hurt but was very badly shaken by his experience. We continued for a short while but the conditions were getting worse so we had to abandon the route only half completed. The rest of the routes were pretty much completed. We do try our best to visit as many streets as possible but it is not always possible. We are truly sorry if we did not visit your street and hope that you were not too disappointed.

Lion President Bob Lilley said, “ We are very grateful to the public of Shepshed who generously donated to this years collection. We have made a substantial amount of money that will be used to support our local community in Shepshed. We have received some fantastic feedback on Social Media, and face to face with members of our community, on what the Santa Sleigh means to them. We appreciate these comments. Many people said, “We can start Christmas now Santa has been”. Santa said,” I can start my Christmas now I have seen the smiling faces on the excited children”. It is obviously a two-way thing!”

Shepshed Lions Club 3rd Annual Christmas Market.

 On Sunday 17th December 2017, Shepshed Lions Club held its third Annual Christmas Market in The Hallcroft, Shepshed. This event was well supported by the fantastic people of Shepshed, despite the wet weather. The public was entertained by Choirs from St Winefrides Catholic Academy, Newcroft School, St Botolphs School and their lovely bell ringers. Hathern Band played some beautiful festive Carols, and we also had a street entertainer called Mad Dominic who amused children of all ages. There was a wide range of festive stalls for people to find that last minute present. The guys at Meet n’Eat provided tea and coffee at discount prices together with their usual array of good food.

Livio from Livio’s Restaurant sold hot mulled wine with all the profits going to the Lions.

Santa visited the market and had a Grotto that was a great success with the children.

Lion Susan Lilley, who organised the event said, “ The weather is something that we cannot control but there was a great Christmas Atmosphere nonetheless. We appreciate the support we had from stallholders, the schools, Hathern Band and everyone else involved in the event. All the profits will be used to support local good causes. We also very much appreciate the fantastic support by our community. Thank you all very much.”

Santa’s Grotto at The Crown Hotel.

 Santa held a Grotto on Saturday 16th December 2017 at The Crown Hotel, Market Street, Shepshed by kind permission of Lynda and John Savage. Many children came to give their Christmas Santa lists to the man himself. All proceeds from the Grotto will go to local good causes.

Shepshed Lions Club supports the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal

 Shepshed Lions Club has made a donation to The Salvation Army’s Christmas Appeal to help the homeless at Christmas. On The 20th November 2017 Lions President Bob Lilley and Lion Tony Irish, who suggested the donation to this worthy cause, presented a cheque to Marta Ager of the Salvation Army.

Lion President Bob Lilley said, “There are many people who are alone and homeless at Christmas in our area. This donation is made to help those who have nothing at Christmas. The fantastic work of the Salvation Army gives these people access to health care, dentist’s, social care and a large dose of respite from their difficult lives at the festive season.”

Shepshed Lions Club and Mick Sloan of Primo IT support Shepshed Food Bank.

 As in previous year’s, Shepshed Lions Club and Mick Sloan of Primo IT joined forces to support the Shepshed Food Bank just before Christmas. Each year Glenis Wilcox asks her clients what they would wish for to make Christmas special for them and their families. Glenis prepares the list of food they would like, and passes it to Shepshed Lions Club. The food list is then examined and where possible purchased. Together with Mick Sloan £1000 worth of food was delivered to Glenis at the Food Bank for distribution to those who need support. Lion President Bob Lilley said, “ With the generous support of Mick Sloan we were able to supply the Food Bank with a large amount of food to bring a little bit of Christmas cheer to those less fortunate in our community. It is also good to support Glenis and her team of helpers who work hard to support their clients, but not just at Christmas, but all year round.”

Shepshed Lions support the Glenmore Centre Christmas Lunch.

 Each year the Glenmore Centre in Shepshed prepares and serves a Christmas Lunch for those who are on their own at Christmas. Shepshed Lions Club members were happy to make a donation in support of this project to spread a bit of Christmas cheer.

Shepshed Lions Club Community First Responders receive a boost

 Shepshed Lions Club Community First Responders have received a cash boost of £270 from Mr. Terry Sullivan of Shepshed towards their project to raise £10,000 to purchase and install a number of Community Public Access Defibrillators across the borough of Charnwood. Terry raised the money by holding a Pinball event at his home and the profits from the event were donated to the project. Terry said, “ This donation is not just from me. I organise the event and the donation comes from the Pinball Community”. Terry sadly lost his wife after a long illness, and this is the third donation he has made to our scheme. It has been agreed that when we site one of the defibrillators in Shepshed it will be dedicated to his late wife. Coordinator of the First Responders, Lion President Bob Lilley said, “ Terry and his friends are very generous people and has supported us with three generous donations. I knew his late wife and given his generosity and support it is appropriate to put a defibrillator in our community dedicated to her memory.”

Wednesday 8th November 2017.

On Wednesday 8th November two members of the Shepshed Lions Club Community First Responders went to visit the Morris Minor Owners Club, Leicestershire Branch, at their monthly meeting at The Greyhound Public House, Botcheston. A group of enthusiastic Morris Minor owners (including Bill Holland of the CFR team) were keen to learn how to deliver CPR and use a defibrillator. A demonstration of the relevant skills was given and almost every member of the group tried their hand at delivering CPR (which warmed them up on a chilly evening) and using the defibrillator. A generous donation of £50 was made to the Shepshed Lions Club Community First Responders for their funds.

Bob Lilley, CFR Team Coordinator said ” It was really good tonight as many of the group had never undertaken CPR or used a defibrillator. They engaged very well with us and all had a go at CPR and using a defibrillator. I asked afterwards if they would feel more confident if confronted with a cardiac arrest and all said they would. This, if put into practice, could prevent someone from dying needlessly. I appreciate the generous donation from the Club.

Shepshed Armistice Parade and Remembrance Service.

On Sunday 12th November 2017 a number of the Shepshed Lions Club attended the annual Shepshed Armistice Parade and Remembrance Service. Members were involve in assisting with short temporary road closures, handing out orders of service to the public,and other members marching in the Parade. Lions Club President Bob Lilley laid a wreath on the War Memorial, on behalf of Shepshed Lions Club.

Shepshed Lions Community First Responders visit the Shepshed Town Bowls Club.

On Wednesday 1st November 2017 a number of Shepshed Lions Club Community First Responders (CFR) went to Shepshed Town Bowls Club on Charnwood Road, Shepshed, but it was not to play bowls! The Bowls Club, with the support of Shepshed Lions Club, Shepshed Rotary Club, The Joe Humphries Memorial Trust and their own fundraising efforts, have purchased a defibrillator for the premises, Even better than that though, they have now fitted it in a cabinet on the outside wall of their Clubhouse for use by the community, in conjunction with East Midlands Ambulance Service. This will mean another community public access defibrillator for use in emergencies to enable early effective CPR and early defibrillation following a sudden cardiac arrest. This is essential if the patient is to stand a realistic chance of recovery following such an event.

The purpose of the visit by the CFR team was not to play bowls but to train a group of 15 volunteers who are members of the Bowls Club in how to deliver effective CPR and use the defibrillator. The CFR team have training defibrillators and mannequins to train this and a very interested group were eager to learn the new skills to hopefully enable them to save life in an emergency.

Bob Lilley, CFR Team Coordinator said ” We are delighted to be involved in this project with Shepshed Town Bowls Club. I  am also delighted that the Club has generously decided to place the defibrillator in a cabinet on the outside wall of the Bowls Club to help the community of Shepshed in cases of sudden cardiac arrest. I am passionate about placing more community public access defibrillators across Charnwood. These machines save lives. Many people die needlessly because early CPR and Defibrillation are not delivered before the emergency services arrive.”

2nd October 2017

Shepshed Carnival, Glenmore Park, 28th August 2017

What a fantastic day!!!!! The sun was shining all day and our fabulous community turned out in large numbers to support this annual charity event. This was our 8th Annual Charity Carnival and we really enjoyed the event. It is hard work but the result made all that worthwhile and we raised a substantial amount of money that will be spent in support of our community.

A very special guest opened the Carnival this year, Junior Exon, who had had two major operations to enable him to walk. Seeing him do just that, walk into the arena was a fantastic and very moving sight. He was with The Right Honourable Nicky Morgan,MP, Chair of Shepshed Town Council Claire Poole and Lion President Bob Lilley.

We had lots of really positive comments on Social Media about the Carnival that inspires us to do it again next year. We try to make the event bigger and better each year so look out for next year!!

It is important that everyone knows that without our sponsors, this popular community get together could not take place. We would like to thank our sponsors for their generous support. The sponsors were Primo IT, Meggit, Sherwood’s Transport, Charnwood Michelmersh Brick Holdings, Robert Newbold Flooring, Loughborough Building Society, Hallcroft Opticians, The Crown Hotel, Campbell Scientific and Bill and Winnie Cooling.

There was a large variety of stalls at the event that offered a wide choice of goods. We would like to thank the stallholders for their support.

It would be remiss of us to mention the support we have had from the fantastic public of Shepshed who generously supported this year’s Carnival. Lion President Bob Lilley said, “ We start the planning of Carnival in January and the work steadily builds up throughout the Spring and Summer resulting in the spectacular Carnival we had this year. Every penny raised will be spent on charitable good causes in our community. I would like to thank everyone who contributed to making the day a special day for our community”.

Shepshed Lions Club 3rd Annual Christmas Market.

Plans are well in advance for this year’s 3rd Annual Christmas Market in The Hallcroft, Shepshed that will take place on Sunday 17th December 2017. The event will start a little later this year, opening at 12.30pm until close. We have the usual festive stalls, School choirs, Brass Band, Mulled Wine, Mince pies and of course, Santa’s Grotto. There are still a few stalls available at a cost of £25, and we are looking for festive stalls, selling seasonal goodies. If you want further information please contact Lion Susan Lilley on 07429 535499 or by e-mail at thelilleys15@gmail.com.

Santa will be at The Crown Hotel, Market Place, Shepshed.

Santa Claus will be at The Crown Hotel on Saturday 16th December 2017 in his Grotto. He would love to see as many children as possible and he will be there from 12 noon until 6pm. This is with the kind permission of Lynda and John Savage of the Crown Hotel. The price for each child will only be £2.50p to visit the Grotto.

Santa Claus is coming to Town!

Shepshed Lions Club are proud to announce that Santa Claus will be visiting the Town between Monday 11th December 2017 until Friday 22nd December 2017. Santa will tour the streets from Monday to Friday each week to see all the children, young and old. Routes will be published in the local press and media nearer to the date.

7th November 2017

Shepshed Lions Club is pleased to announce the routes for Santa and his Sleigh for 2017. We try to visit as many roads as possible with our Sleigh, but sometimes it is not possible to get down some roads due to parked vehicles. We will try our best. We will be starting the routes at 5.30pm each day and we endeavour to visit all the streets listed on the day. However, sometimes due to weather conditions and unforeseen circumstances, it is not always possible. The routes are as follows:
MONDAY 11TH DECEMBER 2017.

Northwood Drive
Highfield Close
Nursery Close
Tyler Close
Field Avenue
Piper Close
Oakley Road
Radnor Drive
Landsowne Road
Hathern Road
Boundary Way
Mill Close

Wortley Close.

TUESDAY 12TH DECEMBER 2017.

The whole of Conway Drive Estate

WEDNESDAY 13TH DECEMBER 2017.

Temple Close
Fairway Road
Pennine Close
Quantock Rise
Wicklow Close
Purbeck Avenue
Pentland Avenue
Trueway Drive
Homeway Close
Cheviot Drive
Mendip Close
Porlock Close
Malvern Avenue
Arbury Dale
Linley Avenue
Purley Rise
Snowden Close
Coombe Close
Polden Close
Nook Close

THURSDAY 14TH DECEMBER 2017.

Countrymans Way
Shepherds Way
Coachmans Close
Blacksmiths Avenue
Ploughmans Close
Brook street
Patterson Place
Chapel Street
Harriman Close
Oakley Avenue
New Walk
Oakley Road

FRIDAY 15TH DECEMBER 2017

Buttercup Lane

Paradise Close
Chatsworth Close
McCarthy Road
Thorpe Road
Grange Road
Blackbrook Close
Anson Road
Longcliffe Road
Oxley Close
St Bernards Close

The Meadows
Glenfields

MONDAY 18TH DECEMBER 2017.

The Lant
Danvers Lane
Kidger Close
Forest Street
Fairway Road
Harrington Road
Well Yard Close
Cumbrian way
Smithy Way
Westoby Close
Chiltern Avenue
Peartree Avenue
Wood Close
The Inleys

Fairway Road

Romway Close.

TUESDAY 19TH DECEMBER 2017.

Monastery Gardens

Iveshead Road
Toon Close
Abbey Close

Wistonia Close
Ashby Road
Crowson Close

Charnwood Road (to King Street)

King Street

Oxford Street

Cambridge Street.

WEDNESDAY 20TH DECEMBER 2017.

Charnwood Road
Lacey Court
Garendon Road
Garendon Close
Sullington Road
St Botolph’s Road Estate
Ring Fence
Spring Lane
Forman Road
Cotton Croft
Spring Close
Brookside Close

THURSDAY 21ST DECEMBER 2017.

Charnwood Road
Wightman Close
Weavers Avenue
Springfield Road
Orchard Close
The Meadows
Park Rise
Factory Street
Stableford Close
Manor Gardens
Glenmore Avenue
Lambert Avenue

FRIDAY 22ND DECEMBER 2017.

Leicester Road

Anson Road.

We will also try to revisit any missed roads due to bad weather or late finishes earlier in the week.Please note we cannot always get down all of the roads due to parked cars etc, but Santa will walk down with his helpers.

Senior Citizens Lunch, Glenmore Centre, 21st October 2017.

On Saturday 21st October 2017 Shepshed Lions Club entertained 55 Senior Citizens from Shepshed with a three course lunch at the Glenmore Centre. They had a choice of 2 starters, 2 main courses and 2 desserts. They were served with wine or soft drinks, after dinner mints and tea or coffee. Following the lunch they were entertained with music, a raffle and the ever popular Bingo!! The food is prepared, cooked and served by Lions Club members and volunteers. A good time was had by all.

Santa Claus at the Cooperative Supermarket 2nd December 2017

On Saturday 2nd December 2017 Santa Claus will be at The Cooperative Supermarket, Hallcroft, Shepshed with members of Shepshed Lions Club as part of their Christmas Fundraising activities. He will be there from 8.30pm until 4pm so come and say hello. Santa will also be putting his “Santa Post Box” inside the store for children to post a letter to Santa with a list of what they would like for Christmas. Santa will answer every letter that has an address on.

On 30th October 2017 members of Shepshed Lions Club Community First Responders went to the Shepshed Town Council Offices and were presented with a cheque for £500 towards their funds

Bob Lilley “Shepshed Lions Club Community First Responders has been boosted by a generous grant from Shepshed Town Council of £500. This is the third grant that the CFR Team has received since they started work in our community 4 years ago.

Shepshed Lions Club CFR Coordinator Bob Lilley said, ” This generous grant will be put to good use for the benefit of our community. We will be putting the money towards a fundraising project to raise £10,000 to purchase a number of Community Public Access Defibrillators in cabinets to be put in prominent places in the community. We really appreciate the support we receive from Shepshed Town Council”

Currently in Shepshed the existing community Public Access Defibrillators are located at Co-op store on Anson Road, Shepshed Post Office in Market Place, Funeral Directors on Belton Street, Co-operative Memorials Charnwood Road/Kings Road and Shepshed Town Bowls Club on Charnwood Road (although, this is yet to be fitted on the wall)

Cllr Jane Lennie “Shepshed Town Council thanks the Shepshed Lions for their help to our residents for health emergencies.  We are proud to support them”

Shepshed Lions Community First Responders visit the Shepshed Town Bowls Club.

On Wednesday 1st November 2017 a number of Shepshed Lions Club Community First Responders (CFR) went to Shepshed Town Bowls Club on Charnwood Road, Shepshed, but it was not to play bowls! The Bowls Club, with the support of Shepshed Lions Club, Shepshed Rotary Club, The Joe Humphries Memorial Trust and their own fundraising efforts, have purchased a defibrillator for the premises, Even better than that though, they have now fitted it in a cabinet on the outside wall of their Clubhouse for use by the community, in conjunction with East Midlands Ambulance Service. This will mean another community public access defibrillator for use in emergencies to enable early effective CPR and early defibrillation following a sudden cardiac arrest. This is essential if the patient is to stand a realistic chance of recovery following such an event.

The purpose of the visit by the CFR team was not to play bowls but to train a group of 15 volunteers who are members of the Bowls Club in how to deliver effective CPR and use the defibrillator. The CFR team have training defibrillators and mannequins to train this and a very interested group were eager to learn the new skills to hopefully enable them to save life in an emergency.

Bob Lilley, CFR Team Coordinator said ” We are delighted to be involved in this project with Shepshed Town Bowls Club. I  am also delighted that the Club has generously decided to place the defibrillator in a cabinet on the outside wall of the Bowls Club to help the community of Shepshed in cases of sudden cardiac arrest. I am passionate about placing more community public access defibrillators across Charnwood. These machines save lives. Many people die needlessly because early CPR and Defibrillation are not delivered before the emergency services arrive.”

Wednesday 8th November 2017.

On Wednesday 8th November two members of the Shepshed Lions Club Community First Responders went to visit the Morris Minor Owners Club, Leicestershire Branch, at their monthly meeting at The Greyhound Public House, Botcheston. A group of enthusiastic Morris Minor owners (including Bill Holland of the CFR team) were keen to learn how to deliver CPR and use a defibrillator. A demonstration of the relevant skills was given and almost every member of the group tried their hand at delivering CPR (which warmed them up on a chilly evening) and using the defibrillator. A generous donation of £50 was made to the Shepshed Lions Club Community First Responders for their funds.

Bob Lilley, CFR Team Coordinator said ” It was really good tonight as many of the group had never undertaken CPR or used a defibrillator. They engaged very well with us and all had a go at CPR and using a defibrillator. I asked afterwards if they would feel more confident if confronted with a cardiac arrest and all said they would. This, if put into practice, could prevent someone from dying needlessly. I appreciate the generous donation from the Club.

Shepshed Armistice Parade and Remembrance Service.

On Sunday 12th November 2017 a number of the Shepshed Lions Club attended the annual Shepshed Armistice Parade and Remembrance Service. Members were involve in assisting with short temporary road closures, handing out orders of service to the public,and other members marching in the Parade. Lions Club President Bob Lilley laid a wreath on the War Memorial, on behalf of Shepshed Lions Club.

2nd October 2017

Shepshed Lions Club Community First Responders.

The Shepshed Lions Club Community First Responders are still going strong and will be celebrating its fourth birthday on 2nd December 2017.

We are a team of 18 volunteers who give their time freely to support our communities and East Midlands Ambulance Service. Up until 31st December 2017  they have clocked up almost 15,000  hours on call and attended over 4500 incidents.