Lions President Lion Phil Bunt

Every month, Lions President Lion Phil Bunt writes a column for the popular Free Trader publication, which is delivered to every home in the Newquay area. Here is this month’s offering:

As we get closer to Christmas, so the activity at the club begins to increase and I am able to tell you that Santa has put aside quite a bit of his very busy time to devote to our club and will be making several appearances. At the beginning of December he will be in a specially prepared grotto at The Lighthouse Cinema as part of the Newquay BID Christmas celebrations happening around the town and his reindeers will be out and about in the town so keep a look out for them.

He will be driving his sleigh through St Newlyn East on Thurday December 6 to support the village’s lights switch on and then, on Friday December 7, Santa will be at Trenance Learning Academy to hear exactly what some of the young people of the town would like to see at the foot of their beds on Christmas Day. On Sunday 9 and Monday 17 he will be helping the Lions at Morrisions supermarket where they will be collecting for good causes and they will also be doing this again at Sainsbury’s on Monday 10 and Thursday 20. So good of him to help us like this!

On Friday December 7 we have our very popular Community Christmas Party at the Sandy Lodge Hotel and we are in the process of getting application forms for tickets out to care homes, day centres and other groups who may know of people who would particularly like and benefit from such an event. The Newquay Voice’s very own Sarah Morcom, who is also one of our Lions, is cordinating the ticket sales. They are £5 each and include a three course meal and entertainment so it should be something to keep everyone warm and jolly.

Last Friday evening the Glendorgal Hotel was rocking and laughing to Johnny Cowling as part of a special evening to raise funds for a Cornwall Air Ambulance project which we started earlier in the year – one which saw us provide a state of the art laryngoscope costing £4,300 to the charity. The generosity of everyone on the night meant that the £1,000 raised completed our target to pay for this life-saving piece of equipment. A big thank you to all who helped on the night and to those who provided raffle and auction prizes.

Well, by the time I write my next column, we will be well into the swing of Christmas and I hope to be able to update you further on how things are progressing and also tell you about a couple of additional initiative we have up our sleeve. As I always say, don’t be shy in coming forward and asking any of us what being a Lion is all about and, if you like what you hear, come along to one of our meetings to find out more.