Lions have a roaring time at 37th birthday bash

Ttop table guests includes (l to r)  Sidmouth Rotary President Lynn Ellis, Lions president Graham Rossiter;  PDG Lion Ted Graham and his wife Anne. Ttop table guests includes (l to r) Sidmouth Rotary President Lynn Ellis, Lions president Graham Rossiter; PDG Lion Ted Graham and his wife Anne.

Friday, December 6, 2013
10:00 AM

THE Lions Club of Sidmouth celebrated its 37th anniversary with a special dinner on Saturday, November 16.

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Dennis James receiving a special chevront Graham Rossiter  to celebrate his 40 years as a Lion.Dennis James receiving a special chevront Graham Rossiter to celebrate his 40 years as a Lion.

More than 40 members, partners and friends gathered at the Kingswood and Devoran Hotel.

The event also proved an opportunity to honour a Lion who celebrated a personal milestone.

Dennis James has been part of the organisation for 40 years.

He was part of the Hertford Lions Club for 20 years before he transferred to Sidmouth when he and his wife, Yvonne, moved to the town two decades ago.

Dennis said: “My membership of the Lions organisation has given me enjoyment, great fellowship and the satisfaction that comes from helping others.”

He was presented with a special chevron by Sidmouth Lions president Graham Rossiter.

Seated at the top table alongside Mr Rossiter were a past Lions district governor for South West England, Lion Ted Graham and his wife Anne, and the president of Sidmouth Rotary Club, Lynn Ellis.

Various presidents and members of Axminster, Budleigh Salterton, City of Wells, Honiton, Glastonbury and Street and Seaton Lions Clubs also attended the bash.

Mr Rossiter summarised some of the cub’s recent fundraising efforts and mentioned some of the many charitable activities it undertakes with fundraising proceeds.

Anyone interested in helping or joining Sidmouth Lions can contact Chris Rignall on 01395 577450 or visit www.sidmouthlions.org.uk.

● Sidmouth Lions’ next fundraising event is a concert at Manor Pavilion Theatre on Saturday, February 22, featuring Sidmouth Town Band and Sidmouth Gospel Choir.

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