We have financed the purchase of Flanders Poppy seeds and have been out and about planting them in various locations about the town. With the help of pupils from St Joseph's, the John Rankin Schools and Falkland Primary, seeds have been planted in their school grounds and Falkland War Memorial. Town Councillors have helped to plant the seeds in sites across the town that have links to the two World Wars. It is hoped that these seeds will produce flowers every year as a constant reminder of the sacrifices made by our troops in conflict.
Planting sites were chosen for their links to people or events during the two world wars.
- Newtown Road and Shaw Cemeteries: Graves of war veterans
- Corner of St John’s Road/ Newtown Road: Bombing during WW2
- Hospital Green outside Willow Close: Opposite the site of the hospital where many injured were treated
- Falkland War Memorial, Victoria Park, Digby Road park and Greenham.
Despite the dry weather, since planting, we are hoping to see the shoots appearing soon.
The club recently honoured two individuals with its highest award.
Lion Drew completed a successful year as president of the club and handed over the chain of office to Lion Di Merchant at a recent meeting.
2017 is the year Lions Clubs around the world are celebrating 100 years of Service in the heart of their local communities. As part of these celebrations, the 770+ Clubs in Britain and Ireland have been challenged to meet a series of targets centred on health, youth, supporting others, the environment and recognising local achievers.
As we approach the half way point in this our Centennial Year, the Lions Club of Newbury proudly records its achievements to date in 2017.