NigeL Griffiths, Headteacher at John Kyrle High School, said he was honoured to receive a highly prestigious award from the Ross Lions Club, the Melvin Jones Fellowship.

The Melvin Jones Fellowship is the Highest Honour that can be awarded by a Lions Club, and the members of the Ross Lions presented Mr Griffiths with his award on Monday, October 12th. Mr Griffiths can now add the letters MJF to the end of his name.

The fellowship is an International Award for Humanitarian Services, and Mr Griffiths said he was honoured to receive it on behalf of the school.

The Ross Lions wanted to award the fellowship to Mr Griffiths, in recognition of the support he has given to them over many years. He has supported their youth-based projects such as the Peace Poster Competition, the Young Ambassador Competition and the Ross Leos Club.

The Lions District Governor, Keith Wilding, was present at the ceremony. He said:?“Ross-on-Wye Lions commend Nigel Griffiths for his leadership, his positivity and his contribution to the growth of young citizens for the 21st century.”

The Ross Leos were established seven years ago, by Keith Wilding, who is also a member of the Ross Lions Club, as well as the District Governor. Mr Wilding set up the Leos Club at John Kyrle seven years ago, and the members of the club have raised £6000 for charity. The club was commended by Mr Griffiths who said:?“The club is now an integral part of school life.”

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