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Morning showers gave way to sunshine for the annual Helensburgh Lions Club Golf Day on the 6th June. Helensburgh Golf Club generously hosted the event and 162 golfers enjoyed the challenges of the course, which was presented in superb condition by Course Manager Robert Bacon and his enthusiastic team.
The competition was dominated by teams from Helensburgh Golf Club. The winners “Oooft” consisting of Neil Sloan, Andy Carson and John Boult who returned a fantastic score of 52 points.
Craig Stirling and Cameron Stirling with 51 points were in second place and previous winners “El Toros” Dominic Taylor, Shey Donald and Craig Bonthrone took third place with 49 points.
Two teams returned 48 points, “The 3 Amigos” Lou Carrier, John McMillan and Andy Bennet took fourth place by virtue of a better inward half edging out “Old Bones” Mike Bone, Tom Glendining and Eddie Somerville. In sixth place with 47 points were “Coast” Ian Irving, David McCubbin and Dave Jennings.
Two teams with 46 points concluded the prize slots “Shepherds Shankers” Keith Baird, Alistair Cairns and Garry Shepherd and a team from Dumbarton Golf Club consisting of Graham Porter, Alistair Bateman and Keith Tait.
The prize for the best Ladies Team was as usual keenly fought, the eventual winners with 45 points were “Last minute booking” Carol Bell, Anita McClaren and Carol Bews.
For the first time in the 29 year history of the Lions competition the same player won the longest drive on the 8th and 18th hole. Big hitting Helensburgh Golf Club member Dan Beatson completed this unique double.
The prizes for the nearest the pin on the Par 3’s were won by Shey Donald 3rd hole, Barry Kelly 9th hole, Yuen Hawes 11 hole, the nearest on the 16th hole was Neil Sloan.
Before the presentations of prizes Helensburgh Lions Club Vice President Phil Armstrong thanked the Captain and members of the Golf Club for the use of the course and the PGA professional Fraser Hall for his generous help. He thanked all the sponsors and the participants for their much appreciated support.
He praised the caterers and thanked the bar staff for their hard work. He then presented bar manager Nicola Scott with a bouquet of flowers and thanked her for all the help she has provided at Lions events over the years.
He thanked Lions Club Convenor Don MacDonald for again organising the event so well. Later in the evening Don was delighted to confirm that the Golf Day had raised well over £3100 for Lions Clubs funds.
The 64 senior citizens attending the Helensburgh Lions Club spring event enjoyed sunshine and wonderful views over the Clyde at the annual lunch at Helensburgh Golf Club. Had the lunch been a week later the deep snow would have probably led to cancellation.
The Golf Clubs chef Nic prepared a delicious three course meal and was thanked by an ovation from the diners. Nicola and her team ran the bar with their usual efficiency keeping a variety of drinks flowing.
After lunch Beth Street and Streetwise provided fantastic entertainment, we think the rousing singing of Flower of Scotland encouraged Scotland to victory at Murrayfield later in the afternoon.
The Lions Club would like to thank the members of the Golf Club for their ongoing support, the Lions are currently fund raising with their Easter Egg raffle which is located at various locations in the town.
Key, who provide personalised support and housing solutions for people with disabilities and long term conditions, currently run a very popular Boccia Club and an Art Group, both groups have received some assistance from Helensburgh Lions Club in the past.Soon they will offer Tai Chi classes and the Lions Club are pleased to provide some initial finance through our annual Christmas Awards.
Also this Christmas the Lions Club has recognised the amazing contribution made by other groups to the local community – Helensburgh Lunch Club, The Stroke Club, Vale of Leven Fruin Ward patients, Helensburgh Round Table and Helensburgh Foodbank received donations totalling £1800.
Members of Helensburgh Lions Club recently visited Colgrain Stables to meet some volunteers of Gareloch Riding for the Disabled.
Brian Stephenson of the Lions Club was shown round the excellent facilities by the RDA volunteer fund raiser Ian Ward who thanked the Club for their interest and advised “that the Group rely on the continued generosity of local groups to support us financially. We also rely on our wonderful volunteers to assist with the running the riding sessions”.
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After a pleasant hour meeting the horses Graham Henderson presented a cheque for £475 to Louise Warrall, another of the volunteers, to cover the cost of urgently needed special riding stirrups and associated tack.
Helensburgh Lions Club held their annual Senior Citizens tea in the United Reform Church Hall.
A break in the weather encouraged 62 people join the Lions for a “Ritz” style tea.
The excellent food was prepared by Anna and Michael Curley of the Deli in the Square and was served by a group of lady volunteers and Lions Club members.
The Club would like to thank Frank Murray and Hamish Williamson who played the piano to accompany the tea.
The Lions Club are hoping to host their usual Senior Citizens lunch in the New Year.
The Lions Bench, originally situated in Colquhoun Square, is now located on the West Esplanade.
The bench was donated in 1974 to recognise the contribution made by well known civic leaders, Cloudy Williamson and Alex Gillespie who were founding members of Helensburgh Lions Club.
Unfortunately the years had taken its toll of the bench which was in very poor condition.
As this is the Centenary of the founding of Lions Clubs International in 1917 it was decided to renovate the bench to mark the event.
Long serving Lions Club members Derek Urquhart and Brian Stephenson took up the challenge and with the help of Helensburgh Community Council and the co-operation of the Local Authority Amenities Department restored the bench to its former glory and installed a plaque to commemorate the refurbishment.
Should any other “owners” of benches need their bench renovating Derek and Brian would be pleased to help.
Following presentations to the Helensburgh Lions Club members about the activities of their respective organisations the Club were pleased to present cheques for £250 to help them with their valuable work.
Club members called in at Alzheimers Scotland Dementia Resource Centre in Helensburgh to hand over the cheque to Victoria MacLeod, the local manager.
Cheques were also sent to Marie Curie to help them expand the service to the local community and also to Mzuzu Lions Club in Malawi to assist their health care and education agenda.
Following a request from Julia Ward, a parent of a child at Parklands School, for assistance in purchasing specially designed tablets for use in the school Helensburgh Lions decided that rather than help we would buy all six tablets.
The Lions Club were delighted that Mia Ward, a pupil at Parklands School, and her mum Julia, Treasurer of the school Parent Council, came to the golf day to accept a cheque for £3594. The money will be used to purchase six – Inclusive ClassMate with iSwitch -educational tablets which include special software and in particular facilities for use by the physically disabled.
Helensburgh Lions Club held their annual Golf Day at Helensburgh Golf Club on 1st June when a record entry of 55 teams filled the schedule. The generosity of the Sponsors and the participants raised £2841 for the Lions Club charity funds.
Despite poor weather the course held up remarkably well and produced some excellent scores.
The winners with 50 Stableford points were “And in Last Place” Helensburgh members Tommy Darroch, Michael McKechnie and Carrick member Jim Hodge.