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Durham Lions ran another successful tombola stall at the Durham Christmas Fair from Friday 1st December to Sunday 3rd December 2017. A steady stream of customers ensured that the Lions and volunteers running the stall were kept very busy and in need of a rest when they eventually got back home. The first photo shows Lion President Bill Foster standing alongside the stall that he had helped set up and the second photo shows two friends of the Lions club, Sue and Elaine, who volunteered their services to help out. Another volunteer helper was ex-Lion John King. Other Lions who took part were Gill Dowson Keith Vear, and Evelyn Lawson. When the amount raised is finalised we will advise that early in the New Year.

Malton Lions’ Big Party – 100 Years

100 years ago in 1917 a Chicago businessman called Melvin Jones looked at the deprivation in his city and decided to enlist the help of the business community to begin to address some of the issues – the Lions were born.

During World War 2, Canadian Lions through their servicemen based with the allies in Britain provided invaluable support to children orphaned in the London Blitz – a gesture noticed by Queen Elizabeth our Queen’s Mother. To thank them, the then Queen sent her equerry Colonel Edward Wyndham (later Lord Leconfield) to Canada. He was so impressed that Windsor (Ontario) Lions Club agreed to sponsor the first London club, with Lord Leconfield as its founding Charter President. The first Lions Club in England (London) was formed on 1st March 1950.

In 1963 Driffield Lions Club sponsored the formation of Malton, Norton and District Lions and 54 years later we celebrated Lions Clubs International’s 100th birthday with a full day of fun starting with a lunch party for Ryedale Carers, Ryedale Special Families and local young people. In total we had over 170 guests to entertain.

On arrival as well as a pride of four lions waiting to say hello to everyone, the Swinton Training Band  serenaded folk and a juggler was on hand to demonstrate his skills. The talented dancers from Kirkham Henry entertained and got everyone on to the dance floor.

There was a seven foot high chocolate fountain with a gallon of Belgian chocolate flowing through it as well as plenty of sandwiches, jelly and ice cream provided by the Lions and their partners. Malton School and Norton College had each baked a celebration birthday cake which were judged by Sue Martin the mother of celebrity chef James Martin. The schools had also produced posters for the Lions Peace Poster competition which were scrutinised by acclaimed Thixendale based wildlife artist Robert Fuller.

By a whisker Malton School’s cake was judged best by Sue but both schools won prizes including signed copies of James Martin’s latest book. 12 year old Eliza Zephyrantke Leach was on hand to receive her prize of a book token for winning the younger age group in the Peace Poster Competition and Robert Fuller generously donated a signed limited edition print to be raffled at the evening’s Centennial Celebration Party.

In the evening The Milton Room which played host to both events was transformed for an amazing party attended by almost 170 Lions and their friends with a wonderful Indian Buffet prepared by “India The Restaurant” from Yorkersgate in Malton, all sorts of fruit, marshmallow and doughnuts to be skewered and drenched in the chocolate fountain followed by the raffle and dancing to the small hours to the music of “HUGE“.

Lion John Hazelwood and Marian, daytime caterers-in-chief!

Congratulations to Lion Nick Simpson and his team for the tremendous amount of work that went into arranging both events and getting the logistics spot on throughout. It seems everyone had a fantastic time.

We did Melvin Jones proud!


Morpeth Lions Collect a Spectacle…or two!

For a number of years Morpeth Lions Club has been collecting unwanted spectacles that are sent to Lions European sorting centre by way of Chichester Lions Club.  At the sorting centre the spectacles are graded and then sent on to clinics in developing countries where they are given to the local people who would otherwise be unable to afford them.

Morpeth Lion President Margaret Trewick, organising Lion Simon Pringle and Peter Frampton of Aaron Optometrists.

A major source for spectacles is Aaron Optometrists in Ashington.  In recognition of their contributions, a Certificate of Appreciation was recently presented to Optometrist Dr Peter Frampton by Lion President Margaret Trewick.  In thanking Peter and his team, Margaret emphasised the value of these donations.  Peter replied saying ‘It is a wonderful thing that the Lions do this as part of their on-going Sight Programme.  Not only is this a great example of recycling, it enhances the quality of life of those receiving the spectacles, who without doubt have experienced many difficulties in their daily lives through not being able to see properly.’

A number of Morpeth businesses and organisations have agreed to be collection points enabling  Morpeth Lions Club to continue this valuable work.

The Morpeth collection points are Stait Photography, Newgate Street; Healthhut, Kirkhill; CMDA, Stobhill; Contact Mental Health, Oldgate and Boots the Chemists plus the Gas House Lane and Greystoke Surgeries in the NHS Health Centre.  Should any other business or organisation wish to be part of this scheme, please contact Lion Simon Pringle on 01670 513169.

29 Years Of Service To Consett Lions Recognised

Incoming Consett President Neal Waby presenting a Melvin Jones Fellowship to Immediate Past President Jim Alderson. Lion Jim has been a member of Consett Lions since 1988 during which time he has served in several posts including President on four occasions.

Consett Lions Club was formed in 1963. For more than half a century it has served its local community in addition to participating in humanitarian service activities throughout the world via Lions Clubs International Foundation.

The Club’s Annual Town Quiz brings together Lions, their families, friends and other social groups to test their ‘little grey cells’. The Message in a Bottle scheme is actively promoted by the Club. Links with local Primary and Secondary schools are nurtured via Lions Clubs Spectacle Collections and the Lions International Peace Poster Competition.

Morpeth Lions Club’s 1st Lady President

Lion Chis Offord hands over the President’s Chain of Office to Lion Margaret Trewick.

History was made when Lion President Chris Offord handed over the Presidency to the Club’s first Lady President – Margaret Trewick.  Margaret also has the distinction of firstly being a Lion, then a Lioness and then again a Lion.  This came about when Margaret joined her husband Mike in Wilmslow Lions Club in the mid 1990’s when they moved to that town.  However she had been very involved helping at Kidderminster Lions Club when Mike joined in 1977.

On moving to Ashington in 1996 Margaret joined Ashington Lioness Club and during the following 16 years served 6 years as President and 3 years as Secretary.  The Lionesses were a very active Club and were a driving force in supporting their male counterparts in Ashington Lions Club.  Sadly, both Clubs folded however Margaret still wished to serve the community as a Lion and thus transferred to the Morpeth Club five years ago. Since then she has served on the District Cabinet as Zone Chairman.

Margaret therefore is certainly up to the challenges of the coming year and will also continue as District Physical & Learning Disabilities Officer.  She is looking forward to the coming year as the Club’s leader and will be ably assisted by Richard Nash who was elected Vice President whilst Geoff Bushell remains as Club Treasurer and Ian Mills as Secretary.

On being installed as President Margaret paid warm tribute to Chris’s year in office.  She said ‘Chris will be a hard act to follow having completed a very full year that included hosting the District Convention held last November.  I am hoping to introduce new activities that will concentrate on Club members having fun.  It is a great honour to be Morpeth Lions Club’s first Lady President and I will do my best to live up to the legacy of the previous 45 Presidents.’

As for the venue, the Club continues to meet at 8pm on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at the Conservative Club, Newgate Street, Morpeth.  The next meeting, following a short Summer break, will be on August 22nd.

Farewell Northallerton Lionesses

Since their formation in 1989 Northallerton and District Lioness Club has been an active club, well known in Northallerton and always participating in their Zone activities. Regretably however 2016/17 marks a sad farewell as the Club disbands. Their last meeting at Rivendale , their presentation evening took place on Monday June 26th.

A very pleasant evening was had by all with lots of invited guests to receive the cheques on behalf of the organisations that they represent – a total of 11 altogether.

Back row from left to right Bill from Chopsticks, Louise from DiabetesUK, Dave and his wife was present for  LCIF, Chris on behalf of Cystic Fibrosis,Sheila from Singing Together,Chris on behalf of Tricia who came along with her dog Tiki who was 8 years old from Support Dogs. Front row from left to right Simon from Northdale, Sara from Hospice Homecare Children’s  Bereavement Support, Chris on behalf of CLAPA (Cleft Lip and Pallett Research), Jeanette on behalf of Freedom Kits in Nepal, and Angela from Admiral Nurses who are trained especially to deal with dementia patients. Total donations given out that evening were approximately £3,665.57.

The amount represents proceeds from just a few of the Clubs’ activities including Thirsk Racecourse bucket collection,  a Fashion Show, Coffee Mornings, the Great Yorkshire Bike Ride being just a selection of activities which the Lionesses are certain they will all miss very much.

And we will miss you all!!!!

A Great Day’s Fishing For Morpeth Lions

Lion Vice President Margaret Trewick & Lion organiser Graham Tait (right) with the group of prize winners.

On its 22nd anniversary, Morpeth Lions Club’s Fontburn Fishing Festival was blessed with dry but cool weather. Nevertheless some good catches were achieved by over 50 anglers of all ages who entered the competition. This year 116 fish were caught weighing a total of 198.5 pounds.

The heaviest bag in the competition was Les Liddle’s that weighed in at 17.7lb whilst the heaviest fish was caught by George Clark at 3lb 8 oz. Senior runner up was Jamie Dixon and the Junior winners were Shay Gofton, Keiran Bowden and Jake McCormack with Loxley McMutrie as runner up.

Lions Club organiser, Graham Tait said ‘We really have had a brilliant day and are grateful to Northumbrian Water Limited for allowing the use of their excellent facilities.  I would also like to thank our generous sponsors J.Barbour & Sons and Frasers Angling & Outdoors of  Gateshead, who supplied the prizes. Additionally we are thankful that Wansbeck Angling Association has again assisted by monitoring the competition and conducting the ‘weigh in’. The money raised from this event will assist Morpeth Lions Club to meet some of the many local requests for help that it receives.’

An opportunity for everyone to share their views

Past District Governor Lion Andrew Kerr Sutherland has arranged a series of Zone Summits in May as an opportunity for members across the District to engage in question and answer sessions with Cabinet Members and share views about Lionism. The format will be relaxed and chilled out – as in previous successful summits. We had a great response the last time and Lion Andrew is looking forward to seeing you there!

Lewis off to Sea!

Teesdale Lions Young Ambassador Lewis Baillie pictured at the Multiple District Finals of the Young Ambassador of the 21st Century a couple of weekends ago. He won the Ship Shape award which means that he will spend a week on a tall ship with able bodied and disabled people. What a wonderful experience. He so deserves this award and will come away with a week full of memories.

The Jubilee Sailing Trust has its origins in the 1960s and 70s, when opportunities for outdoor education including offshore sailing were growing for the able-bodied. However there still existed a negative attitude towards what disabled people could and “should” do. Meanwhile, the man who became JST’s founder, Christopher Rudd, had been working with disabled and special needs children, teaching them to sail dinghies. At that time, the possibility for disabled people to sail at all, even in sheltered waters, was a major advance. Yet his practical experience working with people of mixed physical abilities convinced him that there was no reason why they should not be given the same opportunities as able-bodied people. He believed that the obstacles to sailing offshore were to a large extent artificial and could be overcome by thoughtful design and proper equipment. In addition, he believed that if physically disabled people were to sail alongside able-bodied people as part of the crew, it would help break down the prejudices and misunderstandings between people with different circumstances in life.

It sounds like Lewis will have the experience of a lifetime!

Four new members for Filey Lions

Filey Lions held an open meeting on 27th October 2016 where Lions invited people who they thought might make good Lions. The evening was well attended and a great success which has culminated in 4 new members.

The 1st photo shows new Lion Dave Biggins alongside his sponsor Lion David Wilson and Lion President John Sellers. The induction happened on 15th December 2016

The following 3 inductions happened on 19th January 2017.

Photo 2 shows new Lion Bev Donoghue alongside her sponsor Lion John Casey and Lion President John Sellers

Photo 3 shows New Lion Fiona Knowles alongside her sponsor Lion President John Sellers with Lion Tony Nixon doing the induction

Photo 4 shows New Lion Dave Pickersgill alongside his sponsor Lion Malcolm Willis and Lion President John Sellers.

All in all a great few months for Filey Lions with more new members waiting to be sworn in

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District Convention 2018

16th to 18th November 2018
Join us for some good old fashioned Yorkshire hospitality at our 36th Annual District Convention at The Golden Lion Hotel, Northallerton.
Nestled in the centre of the Vale of York, Northallerton is the heart and county town of North Yorkshire. The town has good communication links, it is on the East Coast main line, and is situated in the centre of the A1(M) and A19 corridors.
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Lion David Wilson
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