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Meon Valley Lions


We’ve lost a good friend…

We are sad to report the passing of Lion John Ormiston. An approachable and generous man he would always be prepared to get involved, help and assist in the work of Meon Valley Lions Club.

John joined the Club in 1975 but took a sabbatical in the mid ‘80s when his work took him elsewhere in the country but he returned in 1997. Since then, John has been Club President twice and took lead roles in membership, social and fundraising matters.  He was also adept at turning burgers and sausages upon demand!


John became Zone Chairman in 2008/09 and 2009/10 and subsequently Lions Club International Foundation Coordinator in 2010/11 and 2011/12.


For his varied contributions to the club and Lions he was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship award in 2017.


John will be sadly missed within the Club.  He was honest and forthright, speaking out when he felt necessary and rolled up his sleeves with us all.


BBQ in the Park – Saturday 18th September

Sadly due to Covid restrictions we have decided not to hold the annual village fete but we are pleased to announce we will be holding a BBQ in the Park on Saturday 18th September.  We are working on what we can and can’t do so please watch this space for an update or check out our website or social media. 


The plan so far is to serve our usual burgers and sausages, we’ll ask one of the local pubs to run a bar and play you some music.  We’re also looking at what is possible as far as children’s entertainment is concerned but this will depend on the restrictions at the time.


Helping those who help others..

When we heard about a volunteer for a local charity, having a difficult time themselves: post covid infections and lost jobs due to lockdown, we were only too happy to help. The replacement of a kitchen appliance will hopefully help this family get back on their feet.


The Wickham Pantry

Newly set up and based in the community centre to combat food waste and poverty ‘A membership-based scheme provides a sustainable and long term solution to the problem of food poverty in Wickham and surrounding areas.  They are open on Tuesdays. 
Support has been given by McCarthys and UKHarvest (food poverty and food waste distribution). 

For more information check out their website:



Swanmore Fete 2021 – Sadly, due to Covid regulations we have decided to cancel this year’s fete.

Annual Ford Charity Fishing Festival 2021 – We’re sorry to report this has been cancelled for 2021.



The Directory Group covers the following areas within Hampshire and West Sussex: Petersfield, Clanfield, Hornden, Cowplain, Waterlooville, Denmead, Purbrook, Widley, Farlington, Cosham, Drayton, Havant, Rowlands Castle, Hayling Island, Emsworth, Southbourne, Westbourne and Bosham.