The Newport Pagnell and Olney Lions Club is probably one of the most active “independent” charitable organisations within the local area. Independent because we are not tied or do not support any one specific charity.
Fundraising. Never easy. Not for us, shaking cans on street corners. We Lions like ORGANISING!
Last year we raised £18,000!
Organising local events, putting something back into the community, putting a smile on peoples’ faces, even when the going is tough.
This year will see a tremendous range of events organised by the Newport Pagnell and Olney Lions Club. A Cuban night in Olney, followed by the popular Motorama (150 vintage cars), Whisky evenings (hic) and the finale in December, “Dickens of a Christmas” craft shows.
Here in Newport Pagnell we have six events this year, all held in the delightfully cosy URC Hall just off the High Street.
Our first event is THIS SATURDAY, 29th March. Our second “Artisans” Food and Drink Festival. Artisans. Small, predominantly local businesses, often with something a little different. We Lions support them as part of our ethos of working with and within the community.
If you have some time on Saturday, do come and visit. Free entry and of course, free parking in the Towns car parks. What’s not to like?
If you are seeking inspiration (aren’t we all) for a gift for Mother’s Day, (this coming Sunday) then may I be bold and suggest a visit. Something hot and spicy perhaps? How about Chilli pastes from Devils Dynamite? Or a little sweeter? The wonderful JammyMooKow has delightful gift sets of her home produced jams and chutneys. Even sweeter still, local honey from Carol Gale’s 500,000 bees in Bow Brickhill.
You can not go wrong with chocolate truffles from the 30 Mile Marketplace. Mind you a yummy traditional sponge cake with lashes of jam, perhaps from Emma of Pastures Farm, would be a great treat to share. If your Mum has to be careful and stick to gluten free diet then our specialist Zena will have gluten free products on hand.
Finally, to wash all that down, locally produced beers and ciders from the Concrete Cow brewery and the Virtual Orchard Cidery. Cheers! See you there. The URC Hall in the High Street, Newport Pagnell. This Saturday. Open 10a.m. to 3p.m. FREE ENTRY. Sorry, no dogs.
Whoops I forgot to mention our Frenchman, Raymond, who tells me that he will bringing 20 or even 30 traditional French cheeses plus olives, sundried tomatoes, mushrooms and nice tasty little things like that. Oh, Mon dieu! Plus finally, I better put him next to Luke, with his yummy breads from the Woodstock bakery in Stony Stratford.