Tea and sympathy, Fond farewell to Phil

Whilst we had officially bade farewell to Phil at our Friday meeting, Lion
Eric felt it would be a nice gesture to invite Phil and his wife Joan to a
social get together at his house for tea, coffee and cakes. The forecast hadn’t
originally looked great for the morning but come the day the sun shone and we
were able to convene in the garden. In fact it was warm enough that many of the
Lions and their partners retired into the shade.

Phil, who had been a Lion since 2011 was moving on to be nearer to his family
in the Peak District. He had lived in our area for 50 years and had spent
thirty of those years as a borough councillor. He was awarded Freeman of the
Borough of Eastleigh for his work in the community. From 2013 – 2014 he became President of the Eastleigh Lions Club and worked hard on his Presidential
project with the Food Bank.

More recently, Phil worked on coordinating the Lion’s response to World
Sight Day and as Reserve Lion Tail Twister. He was always a very active member
and his contribution to the club and cheerful demeanour will be missed.

We would like to thank Eric and Sylvia for hosting a very enjoyable get
together and Sylvia in particular for producing a particularly delicious lemon
sponge.