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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

Ryedale take to the water & support a playgroup


Messing about in the river proved a rewarding day for the Pickering British Legion and Ryedale Lions. The Duck Derby along Pickering Beck helped raise nearly £700 for the Legion. As a flotilla of ducks took to the water,  Ryedale Lions gave a helping hand to steer them down the course and check the winners at the Co-Op bridge finishing line.

“This was a huge success for the British Legion and our thanks to the Lions and other volunteers who made sure we got all our ducks back,” said RBL race organiser, Mrs Eileen Randall.


One of Ryedale Lions’ longest-serving members has made a special visit to the Pickering Pre-school Playgroup to present a donation – half a century after his late wife helped set it up.

Geoff Otterburn, of Rosamund Avenue, Pickering, handed over a cheque for £220 from the Lions to the Pickering Pre-school in Hallgarth to provide new facilities for the children including painting easels and sand-tray supports.

On hand to welcome him and Ryedale Lions President, David Warin, was Cait Faulkner, the Pre-school’s Chair and some of the group’s 30 young members keen to show off their new equipment. Among them was three-year old Teagan Whitehouse who set to with paintbrush to produce an impressive group portrait of the occasion (see photo).

“We rely heavily on voluntary donations and this money has helped provide much-needed modern easels that can now also be used as whiteboards for mark-making as well as for magnetic shapes and letters. Thanks to the new legs for the sand-tray, our smaller children who had difficulty in reaching over will now be able to join in the fun,” said Cait.

“It’s a real pleasure to see so many happy little faces,” said Geoff. “I only wish my late wife Sheila could be here to see what wonderful work this place is still doing 50 years after she helped start it up.”

Morpeth Lions assist Special Olympics clubs

Participants, organisers & helpers at the Unified Sports Tournament. Lions Margaret Trewick, David Chambers, Graham Tait & Les Sage are front row right

For a number of years Morpeth Lions Club has assisted at a day of sports involving Special Olympics clubs.

Organised by David Hunt and staff from the three UK locations of Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP), the Unified Sports – as it is called – gives great pleasure to participants and staff members alike.

The event at Morpeth’s Riverside Leisure Centre saw 30 CCEP employees take part together with more than 30 athletes from Special Olympic Clubs. The range of sports included six-a-side football, badminton, boccia, carpet bowls and swimming.

David is a ‘Friend of Morpeth Lions Club’ which often sees his company providing bottles of drinking water at certain Club events. Recognising the need for independent help and refereeing he knows he can rely on the Lions Club coming to the rescue.

Morpeth Lions Vice President Margaret Trewick said ‘It was a fantastic day. Competition between the three teams was fierce. East Kilbride and Wakefield were determined to defeat Morpeth who were last year’s overall winners. Morpeth defended well but in the end Wakefield emerged triumphant and took the most trophies and medals along with the overall winner’s trophy. Everyone went away with a medal, including the Lions! The enthusiasm and competitive spirit among all the athletes is wonderful to see and a great fun day was had by all involved.’

District Convention 2018

Convention in 2018 took place in Northallerton from 16th to 18th November at The Golden Lion Hotel. For the full story of this the final 105NE Convention follow this link

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