New president takes over running Portishead Lions

PUBLISHED: 13:55 01 September 2019

Roy Shaw has taken over from Andrew Hill as Portishead Lions Club president.

Roy Shaw has taken over from Andrew Hill as Portishead Lions Club president.

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A Portishead club which raises thousands of pounds for worthy causes has a new leader.

Roy Shaw is the new president of Portishead Lions Club, taking over from Andrew Hill.

Roy has been a member of Lions International for more than 40 years, joining the Portishead branch in 2003 after moving to North Somerset.

He will lead the group's efforts to raise vital cash for charities and to support disadvantaged people in and around the town over the next 12 months.

The Portishead branch has 19 members, and fulfils the needs of the community.

Before retiring 16 years ago, Roy served as a navigation officer for British Petroleum's oil tanker fleet for more than two decades.

He returned to the shore and joined the College Of Maritime Studies as a senior lecturer in maritime law and tanker operations.

His career saw him gain a masters degree from Southampton University, and he also served as a magistrate in West Sussex for 15 years.

Since his retirement, Roy has enjoyed holidaying in France with his wife Jennifer, learned about classical music through the University of the Third Age, and working on his allotment.

A Portishead Lions spokesman said: "As his first task on taking over the presidency Roy was very pleased to induct a new member, Roy Young, to the club.

"Roy Young and his wife Jan retired from keeping a B&B about a year ago and moved to a bungalow in Portishead.

"Much of their time so far has been carrying out a complete renovation of the bungalow and garden.

"Roy enjoys a weekly game of golf, they both enjoy cycling and spending time with their grandchildren who also live in Portishead."

The club meets at Clarence House, in High Street, on the second Monday of the month at 8pm.

For more information on joining the club, call David Fitzpatrick on 01275 281415.

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