Centennial Awards

2017 saw the Centenary of Lions Clubs International and as part of the celerbrations each Lions Club was tasked to nominate predominated individuals from the local community, partners or teams that had given outstanding service over a period of time.

After much deliberation amongst the members of Bourne Lions the following awards were presented at a special afternoon tea party held at the Bourne Abbey Church Hall, Church Walk, Bourne, on Saturday 2nd February 2019. Tickets were quickly snapped up by the general public resulting in the event being completely sold out, much to the disappointment of many.  Sandwiches and cakes were made by the Lions Ladies and members of Bourne Lions who also waited on tables serving tea's and coffee's.

A Publicity display promoted the club, with material available which was taken by several members of the public together with "Message in a Bottle" which is always popular at any Bourne Lions events.

Guess the name of the Lions Bear from a list of names given, proved popular, the winning name randomly picked from the list by computer being TREVOR, who helped raise funds as always towards local good causes.


Bourne & District Lions Centennial Plaque Award

Radiophone NRB PresentationsFor our Centennial Plaque Award. Our members had no hesitation in nominating Roadphone NRB as recipients for this award.

Established in the 1950’s and led by its MD Mr John Wand, this specialist Radio Communication and Sound System firm, delivers high quality communication solutions, Nationally and throughout Europe. Supporting countless major and world sporting events such as, football, tennis, UK Armed Forces Day, various international music festivals, Car, Boat and other national  shows and festivals, to name but a few.

It’s owner and Managing Director Mr John Wand, a local resident has always supported Bourne Lions and many other organisations in Bourne and its surrounding area, giving up his and other Roadphone members own time, equipment and financial support.


Image: L-R RoadphoneNRB Team Matt Bostock, John Wand,Ian Haver, Lion President 2018-2019 Lynne Roberts

One example, which also happens to be our main fundraising event the “Santa Sleigh Run” John Wand and his team at Roadphone has for the past 30 + years; supplied us with, vehicles, sound equipment, insurance, fuel, purchased lighting equipment and more recently with high technology media communication coverage and Santa tracking, all these are at a very high personal and financial cost to Roadphone but no cost to Bourne & District Lions. There are various other events in our town and county that Roadphone NRB supports us with every year. 

You will recall, the vast contribution they made recently to mark our Remembrance Day, which turned out to be the best in our county and over the recent Christmas period added cut out silhouette of Santa with sleigh etc again with their own personnel time and financial cost.

It’s for this ongoing generosity and unselfish support towards Bourne & District Lions and our community that makes us extremely appreciative and honoured to present:
John Wand and “Roadphone NRB” for our Centennial Plaque award.

Bourne & District Lions Club Centennial Certificate Award

Dot Kelby, Lynnette MonksThis couple have also been known as “MR & Mrs Bourne” But most of us know them as Dot & Ted Kelby.

Last year Dot and Ted both turned 92 and celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary, but sadly in December last year Ted passed away, leaving behind a legacy of many charitable and community work which he had done over the years.

Dot and Ted have been big supporters of the St Barnabas support group, raising thousands of pounds over the years, their last donation which took place last year, raised £725 towards this very worthy cause.

Ted served for many years as a councillor for the Bourne Urban District Council prior to its present change as Bourne Town council. Ted was chairman on both councils and also served as Mayor of Bourne, a Magistrate, a post man for over 30 years claiming to know everyone in Bourne!! He also served as chairman of Bourne United Charities (BUC). One of Ted’s favourite duties was being Master of Ceremonies (MC), which he took very seriously wearing his red jacket, he was very good in this role and was often asked to be MC at many events.
Image: L-R Lynnette Monks, Dot Kelby, Lion President 2018-2019 Lynne Roberts

Dot also worked for the post office, a receptionist, a telephonist and in a dry cleaning shop.

Dot and Ted have both been big supporters and members of the Butterfield centre, taking on many various duties and roles such as Chairman, Trustee and Treasurer.

Over their many years in Bourne. They have fundraised for so many charities which supported both the young and elderly in our area. 

Hence we have awarded our Centennial Certificate of appreciation to; Dot & Ted Kelby.  Lynnette Monks accepting this award for Ted along with her mum Dot.

Bourne & District Lions Club Centennial Certificate Award

The recipient of this award, are a couple who are well known for their popular annual fundraising Coffee morning, which is in aid of Bloodwise - formerly known as “Leukeaemia Lymphoma Research”:

Dr Michael and Mrs Margaret McGregor, whom for years have been devoted to this cause and by 2017 raised in excess of £100k. The coffee morning is held annually round about the end of November and last year they raised just over £3k.

Some of you would have also attended the talks on the various history of Bourne give by Michael, which were always well attended.

Both Margaret & Michael also, devote their time to the Friends of the Butterfield, this they have been doing for many years. Michael has been Chairman and both Margaret & Michael have also been Trustees of the centre.

Image: L-R Dr. Michael McGregor,  Mrs Margaret McGregor, Lion President 2018-2019 Lynne Roberts

The Butterfield is a Day Care Centre for the Elderly offering: Free transportation to and from the centre, various activities to suit individuals, a hot midday meal (Margaret was at one time the chief catering organiser), chiropody service, assisted bath care and a “meals on wheels service for those who are unable to travel, as well as a domestic cleaning service at individual homes.

Margaret and Michael are still heavily involved as committee members arranging many functions to raise much needed funds to support outings, the purchase of a mini bus and various other much required equipment.

Margaret was also a Girl guides leader in Bourne for many years and has been awarded the highest award in Girlguiding “The Silver Fish Award”

Both Margaret & Michael also support many other charities and organisations around Bourne to name a few: The Lions, RBL, Civic Society and the Food Bank which Margaret was a trustee for a few years before retiring last year.

So it’s for all these reasons we have voted for: Dr Michael and Mrs Margaret McGregor for our Centennial Certificate.

Bourne & District Lions Club Centennial Certificate Award

Arthur and Ann lightfootAnn and Arthur Lightfoot have been members of the Bourne Food Bank since it started in 2013.

Arthur was Chairman of Trustees since its birth and only stepped down last year due to health issues; he still remains a trustee. He was also a volunteer helper on Food Bank opening days. Ann was the Operations Manager and volunteer helper on Food Bank opening days.

The primary aim of the Food Bank is to provide emergency assistance to those in need in our area. However, to provide this, one needs to comply with various Health & Safety issues, Food  Hygiene Standards, Charity Law, Coordinating, Collection and Distribution of food and other emergency supplies, plus Manpower, training and other administrative duties, all of which are complicated and time consuming.

Bourne Food Bank opens every Tuesday afternoon and Friday mornings. Majority of the volunteer helpers, work on average one or two days a month. But Ann and Arthur have worked every Tuesday and Friday since it started and only due to health issues and their forthcoming move away from Bourne to Yorkshire they stepped down last year. Their unselfish dedication towards the wellbeing and support of those in need 24/7 is beyond measure.

Image: L-R  Arthur Lightfoot,  Mrs Ann Lightfoot, Lion President 2018-2019 Lynne Roberts

Until last year, both Ann & Arthur were the main core and backbone of the Food Bank. Without their tremendous efforts, personal time and money which they gave up freely, dealing with all the administrative duties, red tape and coordination which is required, the system would not be running as smooth and efficient as it does today and would have possibly collapsed.

Despite their recent and ongoing serious health issues, they have never put the Food Bank on the back burner.

It is for this unselfish devotion towards the well being of others, that we have nominate: Ann and Arthur Lightfoot for our Centennial Certificate.