COFFEE MACHINE FOR SAXON HALL


The café at Saxon Hall community centre at Putson in Hereford is now serving superb coffee in a variety of flavours thanks to a £600 coffee making machine donated by Hereford Lions Club. The café is run by Echo, the charity which provides work training and experience for young people with learning difficulties.
Said club president, Ian Foster: "It's a two-way win - the young trainees get to use the smaller version of the kind of machine used in city centre coffee shops, and their customers enjoy top quality coffee. We were delighted to buy it for them."
Victoria Craig, the Saxon Hall manager said: "The café is a partnership between the centre and Echo and is much appreciated by the groups using the centre. It is hoped to extend the days it is open."
She added, "Loneliness amongst the elderly is an issue in the community and the café could be a great asset for an organised drop-in centre for them to share some company with others. The coffee machine is a wonderful gift from the Lions Club and will be greatly appreciated by everyone using Saxton Hall."

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Ian Foster samples a cup of coffee with Amanda, Tracey, Dan and Laura.


STAN'S CAR WILL HELP OTHER WHEELCHAIR USERS


The family of Hereford business man, Stan Austin who died, aged 85 in February have donated a useful legacy to those, who like Stan are confined to a wheel chair.
Stan founded Kings Radio selling televisions and radios, retiring in 1982. Five years ago health problems led to both his legs being amputated and he bought a specially adapted car for his family to take him out in his wheelchair.
He had been a long serving member of Hereford Lions Club and his nephew Paul Prosser donated the vehicle to the club. When the club heard that the community transport service, Dial a Ride's same single wheelchair car was no longer useable they give them Stan's. Said club president, Ian Foster "It is a perfect legacy in memory of Stan."
Paul Dopson, general manager of the Plynlimon Trust the charity running Dial a Ride said: "A lot of wheelchair users rely on us to get them to doctor appointments or on outings so the gift from Stan's family and the Lions Club was just what we needed."

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Lion president Ian Foster (right) hands over the vehicle to Paul Dopson (left) and Marc Hales.

CAR BOOTS CONTINUE INTO THE SUMMER


A extra special car boot is planned for Bank Holiday Monday! Come and join us!

The Car Boot season has truly started. Householders have started to clear out to make some extra cash and the buyers have turned out in force in search of bargains. Or for the really lucky ones the chance to find a rare vase or diamond which will sell for tens of thousands of pounds at an antique auction.
Some car boot sales, like the one run by Hereford Lions Club on a field opposite Bookers on the Aylestone Hill end of Roman Road which help raise funds for local charities. Since it started eight years ago the Lions car boots have raised over £45,000 for local community projects.

Call our Car Boot Line on 0844 5008717 for details ( sometimes due to bad weather it is cancelled)



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LIONS TEDDIES BRING SMILE TO INJURED GYMNLAST


Top county gymnast Eden McGarvie broke her leg falling off a trampoline during a training session ahead of a qualifier to win a place in the West Midlands team for a national gymnastics competition in April.
The 10 year old Hereford schoolgirl needed cheering up after spending the night in the children’s ward at the County Hospital and knowing her chances of competing at a national level was now on hold. Right on cue Hereford Lions Club turned next morning with a delivery of 100 teddies for the children’s ward, bringing a big smile to Eden’s face when club president Ian Foster presented her with the first one.
Said Ian: “Missing out on a possible place in a major national competition was a huge blow for Eden but seeing her big smile and determination to get fit and be back in training showed just how important the gift of soft cuddly toy is to children facing hospital treatment .

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Eden with lots of teddies and Lions president Ian Foster .



SUCCESS OF RECYCLING SCHEME


Hereford Lions Club’s latest community project recycling mobility scooters and wheelchairs is proving to be a big success. One satisfied ‘customer’ Brenda Bayliss summed up the free service: “It’s a wonderful scheme, a real godsend for those like me who have difficulty walking and perhaps can’t afford a new one. The scooter Lions gave me has given me more freedom.”
Families donate unwanted disability aids to Lions who refurbish them and pass them on to someone in need of one. Several are currently available Lion Terry Williams said: “The response has been very encouraging. It makes good sense to find a new home for an unwanted aid for the handicapped.”

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Terry delivers a sturdy scooter to Brenda Bayliss.

AWARD FOR CLUBS YOUNG AMBASSADOR

Hereford’s candidate in the District Young Ambassador competition, Georgia Ellis 18 who achieved the runner-up spot attended a club meeting to describe the experience. Georgia is a mentor at the Young Carers group and a Brownies Leader. She plans a gap year in America as an Au Pair and the club awarded her £250 towards this.

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She is pictured receiving the cheque from president Ian Foster.