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NEW MILTON RAISES OVER £1000 FOR THE GRENFELL TOWER APPEAL

On Sunday 18th June - The New Milton Lions Club raised over £1000 which will be given to the Lions Club of Great Britain Grenfell Tower Appeal Fund. This sum was raised at their Centennial Car Boot Sale and via a Bucket Collection at The New Milton Great Get Together Community Picnic.

The local Kensington and Chelsea Lions Club were very quickly on the scene after the tragedy and in discussions with the local community, it will become clear what the real needs are that are not being met by other sources. 

new milton part of the great get together weekend

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Almost 110,000 events are being planned across the United Kingdom for the weekend of 16th – 18th June.  It is anticipated that this will be the largest series of community events since celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012.  The weekend will be an incredible movement of people coming together to celebrate all that Britain’s diverse communities hold in common.

New Milton will be no exception and on Sunday 18th June we will hold The Great Get Together Community Picnic on the Recreation Ground between 12:00 Noon and 5:00 pm.  The event forms part of The New Milton Lions Club Centennial Festival and is facilitated by The New Milton Town Council and the New Milton Residents’ Association.

Residents and Visitors alike are all welcome to attend this Community Picnic and enjoy an afternoon of live entertainment, fun and games and the opportunity to meet old friends, renew acquaintances and to make new friends in a relaxed and informal gathering.

Since 2009, the Eden Project has been fostering the idea of community gatherings through their “Annual Big Lunch Project”. This year, they have come together with the Jo Cox Foundation to commemorate the first anniversary of the murder of Jo Cox,  whose life was tragically cut short on June 16th, 2016.  Jo Cox, who was MP for the Batley and Spen Constituency said in her maiden speech in the Houses of Parliament – “we have far more in common than that which divides us”.  Jo Cox loved parties and she always wanted to bring communities together to celebrate what unites them.

“After recent sad incidents in Manchester and London, what better time to come together, enjoy some tasty food, meet old friends and make new ones, and to demonstrate just what a great community we have here in New Milton” comments Jeanne Jackson, the current President of The New Milton Lions Club.

The New Forest Big Band will open the proceedings at 12:00 Noon, and the strains of people like Glenn Miller, Stan Kenton, Gerry Gray, Count Basie, Ted Heath, Joe Loss, Alyn Ainsworth, Artie Shaw, Duke Ellington, John Dankworth and more will be heard across the town.  The New Forest Big Band are one of the best Swing Bands in the South of England and they will be supported by Soloist Angela Jackson – a local Barton on Sea Resident. A real mix of other local artists, young and old will be on stage throughout the afternoon to entertain, amuse and mystify.

All are invited to bring along their own Picnic, tables and chairs or rugs and to sit back enjoy good company and listen to an afternoon of live music and entertainment from the Performance Pavilion.

For those less inclined to bring along their own picnic, there will be a range of other foods on offer from a variety of outlets, including traditional fish and chips, oriental food and a barbeque.  Tea and Coffee and soft drinks will be available and a Bar will be on hand throughout the afternoon.

At this event although not a fund-raising event, the community can show their appreciation if they wish, by donating to the New Milton Lions Club, who as part of their celebration of the centenary of the founding of the worldwide Lion Clubs International movement are this year supporting three local Charities:-

  • The New Milton Community First Responders - volunteers who are trained to attend emergency calls received by the ambulance service and provide care until the ambulance arrives.
  • The Ashley Hub – a relatively new support service for families in New Milton providing an opportunity to get advice from a range of professionals and to meet friends over a cup of coffee.
  • The Provision of Equipment for Youth Facilities in New Milton.  Following the closure of the Phoenix Centre much activity is focused on finding new facilities and these will require substantial support to equip them.

Alan Watson, the Chairman of the Activities Committee of The New Milton Lions Club comments “we hope as many families, groups of neighbours, clubs and organisations will come along on Sunday 18th June and enjoy this free event. Our aim is to show just what a great community we have here in this fabulous part of the country between the forest and the sea.  Last weekend’s Summer Carnival illustrated just what a great community spirit there is in New Milton and we hope that residents and visitors alike will turn up in their hundreds and continue to enjoy a great summer of community entertainment on our Recreation Ground.

THE CARNIVAL COMES TO TOWN

 

Carnival comes to New Milton on Saturday 3rd June.

The New Milton Lions Club will celebrate the Centennial of the founding of the Lions Movement with a Town Parade and Summer Carnival Event on Saturday 3rd June.  This is the first event in a series culminating in a Festival Concert on the Rec during the evening of Saturday 15th July.

The swirl of the kilt, courtesy of the Ringwood Pipe Band and the long dresses of the Suffragettes courtesy of Bashley Forest Women’s Institute will form part of The Town Parade which starts at Osborne Road Car Park at 11:00 am and moves through the Town Centre, culminating at the Recreation Ground for the start of the Summer Carnival at Noon.

This will be the first-time New Milton has seen a Parade in the Summer for more than two decades and it is hoped that residents and visitors will turn out in their thousands to support the hundreds of people in the parade representing many groups and organisations in the Town.  New Milton Girl Guiding will themselves be celebrating more than a 100 year of Guiding, with Rainbows celebrating their own 30th Anniversary.

There will be a combination of walking, floats and motorised entries also accompanied by some drivers previewing their 2017 Pedal Cars, prior to the Pedal Car Grand Prix Weekend in New Milton on the 8th and 9th July.  The pupils of Barton Court Studios from the forthcoming production of “All Greased Up” will be demonstrating their talents in the Parade prior to a performance on the Recreation Ground later in the Carnival.

The New Milton Lions Club will no doubt headline the Town Parade with another spectacular float, as they have considerable experience over many years with leading the Christmas Festival Parade, which this year will take place in The Town Centre on Saturday 25th November. 

The Parade will culminate on the Recreation Ground prior to the opening of the Main Carnival Event on the New Milton Recreation Ground at 12:00 Noon being officially opened by the new Town Mayor, Councillor David Rice-Mundy.

Kicking off the programme of live entertainment from the Performance Pavilion will be The Blues Band “ABB”, one of the UK’s finest exponents of contemporary music with roots firmly in the blues arena.  There will also be performances by The Ringwood Pipe Band, the cast of “All Greased Up”, members of The Milton Ukulele Strummers Klub and others all compered by well-known local businessman – Aaron Lawford.  Expect a few surprises along the way.

The Fun Dog Show, staged by the Barton-based Friendly Dog Club always attracts huge interest with classes ranging from Best Pedigree to Scruffiest Dog and many others. Judging of the various classes will take place from 12:15 pm and owners should register their interest at the start of the Carnival at Noon and the Judges will select their Show Favourite at the end of the Fun Dog Show at 1:45 pm.

One of the highlights of the Carnival Event will be a series of workshops held throughout the afternoon in the central arena by Circus Rico.  Children of all ages and their parents will be invited to test their skills in a range of activities including juggling, balancing objects, plate spinning, unicycle, clown games and much more. Expect some fun and games, when the giant “Bubbles” form part of the Workshops.

Visitors can expect to see one of the largest gatherings of stalls at any major New Milton event, with more than 50 community group and commercial stalls.  This will include the renowned Lions Club Plant Stall – a major feature in Lion’s summer events, where a huge range of plants will be on offer.  In the centre of the Recreation Ground, you will find the New Milton Lions Club’s Marquees and visitors will have the chance to learn more about The Lions Club and why visitors should consider joining their ever-increasing numbers.  Lions has a serious underlying purpose in life, but members have a lot of fun at meetings and in working within the local Community.

The New Milton Lions Club have selected three local Charities to be the beneficiaries of the funds that will be raised through the events in the Lions Centennial Festival. Each of the selected Charities will have stalls in the central area, where visitors will be able to see for themselves, just what the groups offer and how they work and why they all need support.

  • The New Milton Community First Responders - volunteers who are trained to attend emergency calls received by the ambulance service and provide care until the ambulance arrives.
  • The Ashley Hub – a relatively new support service for families in New Milton providing an opportunity to get advice from a range of professionals and to meet friends over a cup of coffee.
  • The Provision of Equipment for Youth Facilities in New Milton.  Following the closure of the Phoenix Centre much activity is focused on finding new facilities and these will require substantial support to equip them.

Families with children are not forgotten at The Lions Summer Carnival with a wide range of inflatables, fun fair amusements and trampolines – all the fun of the fair, sure to keep them happy and amused.

With so much to see and do at The Lions Summer Carnival, visitors will no doubt be in need of sustenance and the Lions Barbeque, Lions Refreshment Stall, Lions Ice Cream Parlour and the Lions Bar will be on hand to ensure all are fed and watered throughout the afternoon, which will conclude with a Community Sing-Along backed by The Milton Ukulele Strummers Klub before the Carnival closes at 5:00 pm

Up to the minute information about the Town Parade and Summer Carnival Event will be published on several local community web sites including the New Milton Lions Club’s own web site at www.newmiltonlions.org.uk and on www.newmilton.net – the local community web site for New Milton.   Any enquiries can be directed to Alan Watson, chair of the Organising Committee on 07771 754025 or via E-mail to alan.watson@newmiltonlions.org.uk

The New Milton Advertiser are the Official Media Partner for The Lions Centennial Festival.

YOUNG PEOPLE TRAVEL THE WORLD WITH THE LIONS

A presentation and social evening was held on September 12th by The New Milton Lions Club to celebrate the return of students who had been sponsored by the Club under the Lions International Youth Exchange Scheme to visit Lions International Youth camps in various countries around the world.

The aim of the scheme is for attendees who are aged between 17 and 22 to develop understanding and form friendships between young people from many races and cultures. 

This year there were 118 Youth Camps in 42 countries varying in size from 12 to 40 people and generally run for 7 to 10 days with a selection of camp activities and visits to local places of interest. In addition to attending the camp, the attendees also spend one or more weeks staying with a host family in the country of the camp living as part of the family. 

The New Milton Lions Club is one or the foremost clubs in the Country for promoting and sponsoring Youth Exchange and has been sending people to Youth Camp for 29 years with over 300 participating to date. 

This year eight students participated some from local Colleges and Schools and some who had started studies at University. Their destinations were Japan, Finland, two districts of Denmark, two districts of Italy and Hungary. 

They all reported having had a marvellous time and brought along wonderful photographs from their visits and some interesting items of memorabilia to show to the guests at the Social Evening. 

The following extract from a message sent by one of the girls who went to camp this year really sums up what the scheme is all about – 

“I would just like to say thank you again for organising another amazing exchange experience for me in Italy. I did not think it was possible to have as good a time as I did last year in Denmark but this year was amazing in a totally different way. I feel that this year has opened my eyes much more to other cultures than ever before and I suddenly want to travel to all of the countries of which I have met representatives. Thank you so much, I cannot express how much this experience improves my confidence and opens my eyes to the cultures of those that I meet “

 

Lions Club raises £3000 for Simon Says Charity

The New Milton Lions club has raised £3,000 in aid of the Simon Says Charity on their annual golf day at Barton Golf club in June. The organisation supports children and young people when someone close has died or is dying by offering a help line, support groups, counselling and information when needed.

The event had 18 teams competing in the morning for the Texas Scramble, sponsored by Balmer Lawn Suzuki and was won by Andy Tomkins and his team.

The main Stableford competition, sponsored by Mortgage4You for the 11th year, was run after lunch and won by Steve Rayment, a founder member of the event with a score of 41. Other competitions included Nearest the Pin, Longest drive; Putting and Yellow Peril were completed during the afternoon, all keenly fought and prizes to be given later. The raffle was run throughout the day raising the princely sum of £600 thanks to the generosity of all who participated in the day’s event.

The evening presentation dinner was hosted by Aaron Lawford and a cheque for £1000 was presented by Lion President John Alcock to Victoria Hussey from Simon Says, followed by a short talk from Victoria about their work.

The final cheque for £2000 was presented to Joy Bailey from Simon Says, at the Lions regular club meeting in August by Monica Preston from Mortgage4You and the new Lion President, Jeanne Jackson.

 

Clean for the Queen

New Milton "Clean for The Queen" was a campaign led by The New Milton Lions Club in partnership with New Milton Town Council, to clear up our Town in time for Her Majesty the Queen's 90th birthday, which will be officially celebrated in June 2016. This was part of the National "Clean for the Queen" Campaign over the weekend of 4th - 6th March, 2016.

We are very grateful to everyone who gave up some of their time to volunteer and in all there were in excess of 300 hours of time spent litter picking around New Milton.  Over 150 bags of litter were collected, including miscellaneous items such as cushions, carpets, clothing, car parts and even the lower jaw bone of a deer !!

The Community at Work

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