Lions Clubs International MD Convention 2018

Friday 4th to Sunday 6th May 2018

Hampshire Court Hotel, Centre Drive, Great Binfields Road, Chineham, Basingstoke, RG24 8FY

The MD Convention 2018 booking system is now OPEN! Book early and get free entry into our prize draw.
All you need to do is book online for either the Host Night or Banquet and Ball (both would be better!), and your name will automatically be entered in a draw for free accommodation for the weekend at the Convention hotel, two nights bed & breakfast for two.
Booking and payment must be by 31 January 2018. Members of the Host Committee, MD staff, guests, MD Officers required by MD to attend and District Governors/District Governors Elect are not eligible.


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Lions MD105 2018 Convention programme to include:

Hampshire Court Dining

Welcome from the Chair of the Host Committee

Welcome to Basingstoke for the 2018 Convention in the South of this Multiple District on the ancient Wessex Way from the 2018 Host Committee.

We have chosen this hotel in that it is rather unique in its ability to turn 5 indoor tennis courts into a top class Conference and Entertainment venue capable of seating up to 1500 people in a flexible seating and layout configuration.

Besides the business sessions and your AGM (Annual General Meeting), which is why we are coming together here, we are offering the well known Matt Black from Dorset as entertainment on the Friday evening (www.matt-black.org). Matt has appeared before at District 105D Conventions and is well known throughout the South of the country as a brilliant all-round entertainer who will enthral you with his musical ability and his humour. The Host Committee are working with the hotel to put together a truly international hot buffet to reflect the make-up of our organisation.

During the business sessions on Saturday there will be an organised partner’s trip to Winchester with its Cathedral and quaint shopping areas but we will also give you details of local attractions in and around Basingstoke should you wish to make your own arrangements. These range from the famous Festival Place shopping Centre to a gin distillery (Bombay Sapphire in nearby Whitchurch) and the famous Milestones Museum locally where you can go back in time as far as Victorian times and experience how things were.

Finally on Saturday evening is the Banquet & Ball with fine food and selected wines. On the basis of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, we have brought back that superb entertainer from MD Convention Blackpool 2017, DJ Scottie, who has agreed to come down from the North west of the country and entertain us again (www.djscottie.co.uk).

Finally, please remember this is a Bank Holiday weekend so the rates that have been negotiated with the hotels are also valid on the Sunday night if you wish to stay over an extra night and explore the countryside more.

Further details will be added to this website as time progresses; from 1st July 2017 you will be able to book your hotels by contacting your choice from the hotel list provided. Our intention is that you will be able to book all other functions and events online by 1st November.

My very experienced fellow committee members and I look forward to welcoming old friends and new to Basingstoke, May 2018.

Yours in Lionism

Mike Hendy, Chair MD2018 Host Committee