Lions Club of Bletchley, Milton Keynes

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Message in a Bottle




MIAB arrived in Buckinghamshire in 2001, following a launch by Lions Clubs in Bedfordshire. Funding in the early days was sourced through the creation of the Bucks Data Link Partnership ( BDLP) when the emergency services, Lions clubs and Bucks County Council came together  to promote the scheme and Bucks Fire and Rescue undertook to store the bottles at fire stations.


All Lions Clubs in Bucks were asked to make a contribution  and many did. At least one district council in Bucks, Chiltern Vale made a substantial committment.


The bottles arrive un-assembled and it is necessary to fit the green lid to the container and "stuff" the form and labels inside. Originally this was done in one of the young offender’s institutes near Aylesbury.


The original order was for 60,000 bottles to be distributed around the county and Lions gave out between 5,000 and 10,000 in Milton Keynes.

Early recipients were Age Concern, GP surgeries and pharmacies.


It is thought that  MIAB originated in Cumbria and was the idea of a police officer. The scheme then spread by word of mouth from county to county and is now widespread.



Current Situation


Our club has exhibited MIAB at fayres and exhibitions throughout the area. As of 2013 the BDLP project has been wound up and our club now finances any bottles supplied through it's charity account and fund-raising activities. Should you require large quantities we cannot supply these free of charge, but will happily find you a price !


Bottles have been distributed to;


Woburn Sands Pharmacy

Mclaren’s Pharmacy in New Bradwell

Cox & Robinson Pharmacy in Fishermead

Jardine’s Pharmacy in Newport Pagnell

P.& I. Smith Pharmacy

The African-Caribbean Luncheon Club in Wolverton

The Newport Pagnell Fire Station

The Moorlands Centre in Beanhill

John Lewis

Westfield Surgery, Bletchley

End of Life Care Team, Bletchley

Intervention Unit, MK Council

Orchard House in Wolverton

PJ Care Ltd

ACS Care Service

MK Adult Social care team

MK Hospital Bereavement Team

Various individuals at the exhibitions

and others !


In the last few years over 2000 bottles have been distributed



For further information contact the club secretary


0845 833 9592



Lion John Stupples delivering MIAB to the End of Life care Team in Bletchley

Bob W. & Pradit Patel-MIAB

Lion Bob Webb delivering bottles to Pradit Patel at P. & I. Smith Pharmacy.

The late Peter Smith was a charter member of our club.

Message in a Bottle 2017