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We have 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, and rolled up his sleeves with us all.

Just a snapshot of John's time with the Club:


At change over 

2011 Changeover 2011


Fined - been up to no good again

2012 putting fine into lion

Tree planting

2012 Tree plant


40th Charter Night

2013 40th Charter Night around the table 2013

2013 40th Charter Night

St Peters Youth Group

2013 St Peters Youth Group


Christmas Party plus Myra's birthday

2014 Birthday party 2014



Rose Road Bike Ride

2015 Rose Road Bike ride


Langhams Brewery tour

2016 Langhams Brewery


Memory Walk Marshall

2017 Memory Walk marshall 2017

With Ron Wilson receiving his Melvin Jones Fellowship Award 

- John also received his Award in 2017

2017 Presenting Ron with Melvin Jones Fellowship

Cooking Sausages at the Taste of Wickham

By the look on his face he's been tasting them already 

- not sure Hilary is very impressed

2017 Taste of Wickham cooking sausages

Enjoying the fruits of his labour with Roy Cuthbertson and Lion helper Roger 

2017 Taste of Wickham eating sausage


Flipping burgers at the Taste of Wickham with Roger

2018 Taste of Wickham flipping burgers


Party at Hilary and Michael's

2019 After fete party at Hilary's

John in a supervisory role ...

"I'm not sure you're doing that right Chris"

Dick looks a bit shocked too

Wickham 25th - Not sure you're cooking those right Chris

RIP - John Ormiston - we'll miss you