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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.’

Whitby District Lions support Whitby Boxing Club

After another highly successful boxing night organised by the Whitby Boxing Club in partnership with the Whitby District Lions a cheque was handed over to Stewart Lorains of the Whitby Boxing Club by Lion Bob Stevens during a recent training session at the club’s gym in Church Street Whitby. The event raised £3,000 + for the Boxing Club & £700+ for Whitby Lions Charities.

This was the fourth in a string of annual events, which started in 2014 when Whitby District Lions got involved with the then fledgling Whitby Boxing Club to raise money to fund a location and to provide much needed equipment to get the boxing club off the ground.

The boxing club, as a result of their fund raising efforts including jointly with Lions now have their own gym which provides a safe place for young people to go to learn a new skill and to socialise off the streets.

In the first year all monies raised went to the boxing club, subsequent years have seen the bulk of the monies raised going to the boxing club and approx 20% going to Whitby District Lions Charities.

Sunderland Dip raises £47,000 – but under threat!

Then came the Boxing Day Dip! Wow what a crowd, some 863 dippers took to the cold North Sea in magnificent fancy dress costumes. Judging the fancy dress was a very difficult job for Lion President Peter, Leo President Amy, and the Mayor of Sunderland. Fire crews attend the dip to spray the dippers before they enter the sea. This also adds to the fun as the dippers try very hard to avoid the water spray.

The Dip raised over £47,000 for charities and various good causes, of which the Lions Club will get twenty per cent. The beach collection was £890.

Another  brilliant effort all round, very hard work for the Lions, but an excellent result and we send huge congratulations to all the wonderful dippers and thanks to the public for their support.

Sadly though the future of the event is under threat as it is believed the Seaburn Centre will close in March. The Club is checking if there is any chance the Council may help out as this is the biggest fund raising event in the City. If you think you can influence the Council, please help the Lions Club to keep this wonderful event going. This year an amazing 1,100 dippers were registered and 863 took the plunge!.

Thanks everyone for your support and your amazing fancy dress designs. Here are just a few photos of a wonderful day.

Dunfermline Lions Giving Tree Appeal overwhelmed

On 13th, 14th and 15th December, Dunfermline Lions were involved in their annual Giving Tree Appeal, which helps supply toys to underprivileged and disadvantaged children in Fife through the  Social Work Departments of Dunfermline, Cowdenbeath and Leven and also Fife Women’s Aid, which covers the whole of Fife.

The Lions members were once again overwhelmed by the generosity of the staff and customers of the Libraries in West Fife; the staff of the Dunfermline and Cowdenbeath Social Work Offices and the Fife Council Staff in Fife House and Bankhead Central in Glenrothes. We also had the support of individuals known to the Club and the local over 55’s of the Young at Heart Group also contributed extremely generously to a cause that stirred a good few hearts.

We cannot thank these generous people enough for their donations. We also have to thank the Manager and Staff of the King Malcolm Hotel in Dunfermline, who gave us the room to sort these toys out, their own time to help us do so and the use of the Manager’s husband to help distribute these gifts once they had all been put into the right bags. These people have rightly become Friends of the Dunfermline Lions. We were also ably helped by some of the Prefects from Woodmill High School which has become our partner in recruiting Young Leaders in Service from among its school role.

A “Dickens of a Draw” raises almost £4,000

(L-R) Morpeth Lions VP Margaret Trewick, Lion Les Brindley, Counc.Andrew Tebbutt, Lion Mike Nicholson

For over 25 years Morpeth Lions Club’s has organised an annual ‘Dickens of a Draw’. Currently organised by Lion Mike Nicholson this has just taken place. There were 25 prizes including a first prize of a week’s holiday in any of Parkdean Holidays sites that was kindly donated by their Director, John Waterworth. The second prize is a weekend break at Linden Hall.

As usual, the Lions Club offered local charities and organisations the opportunity to raise funds which this year amounted to about £4000. Tickets and prizes were provided and all the 34 organisations involved had to do was sell the tickets – money will be returned to them in January. Over the years the benefit to these organisations and the community is approaching £100,000.

This year the winning numbers were drawn by the Mayor of Morpeth, Counc. Andrew Tebbutt and hopefully the winners will enjoy this festive season just that little bit more.

Malton Lions Santa’s Sleigh raises over £16,000

The 21st anniversary of Santa’s partnership with Malton, Norton & District Lions Club has been truly remarkable in many ways. As our local community grows, this year we accompanied Santa on his rounds on no fewer than sixteen December evenings plus at the switch on of the Christmas Lights in both Norton and Malton. And for the first time we also took Santa along to The Whole Hogg Farm Shop where he had his own grotto on the three Saturdays leading up to Christmas.

Most evenings when Santa was out and about there was incredible activity on Facebook and Twitter and many people Santa met posted their pictures.

Most amazing of all in our 21st anniversary year for the Santa’s Sleigh we have also collected a record amount of money for all the good causes we support locally, nationally and internationally.

With just a little bit more money to come in we have collected £16,339.80!!

Here are a small selection of the many photos of Santa and his friends in 2016

Lions Alasdair Cook MJF, Pres Jim Nelson and Alec Osman in the Tesco Store with Customer Service manager Anne Croucher

In the run up to Christmas, the Dumfries Lions organised a food collection at the local Tesco Superstore over a 4 day period. Twelve Lions put in over 100 man hours and we collected food and cash worth, together, in the region of over £2000. The food was given to the Dumfries food bank organised by the Trussell Trust and there should be enough to feed 80 vulnerable people. A representative of the Trust attended our December business meeting and we were told the trust helps only those receiving a referral from agencies such as Citizens Advice, Women’s Aid, and churches etc.  Most customers have short term difficulties due to temporary withdrawal or reduction of benefits and many have temporary jobs where hours may be suddenly reduced.

A customer inspecting a tree with helper Daniel Kelly and with Lions Kaz Paszki and Jim McCormack looking on.

The cash we collected was divided and donated, for use at the festive season, to The River of Life Church, the Bethany Christian Trust and Women’s Aid.

The Club also held its annual Christmas tree sale over two weekends in December at a venue on the outskirts of the town. The trees were bought locally from our usual supplier which is a farm in Dumfries & Galloway. Fortunately, this year, the weather was good and we had about 350 satisfied customers. The fundraising event realised a profit of £5,400 for the charity account.

Morpeth Lions entertain the elderly

The Band - Just Us

The Band – Just Us

The Lions’ annual Christmas Party for senior residents of Morpeth took place again at the Riverside Lodge. Around 140 senior citizens attended and were treated to live entertainment, bingo and tea. The guests were joined by the Mayor, Cllr Andrew Tebbutt who made a point of circulating round to chat with the guests and joining in the carol singing. Entertainment was supplied by the band “Just Us” with a repertoire of Christmas songs and carols and by singer, Lewis, who got the guests tapping their feet or in some cases dancing. As usual prizes were given to the oldest gentleman and lady present.

Lion President, Chris Offord, thanked all those for making the afternoon a success. Those thanked included Liz and Bill Durning of the Riverside for providing the room, crockery and staff, the entertainers Just Us and Lewis, the Guides for helping serve tea, the St Johns Ambulance, the Lions Wives and Partners for providing the food. The Mayor, Andrew Tebbut praised the work of the Lions and said he himself hoped to put time in visiting the elderly in Morpeth. Lion President Chris Offord said “It has been a magnificent effort by all concerned and in particular by event organisers Lions Margaret Trewick and John Gray, by Joy Offord and Anne Gray for organising the food and by Lion Harry Cone for compering the afternoon.”

As the guests left the concert room, there were a lot of happy faces and much thanks to the Lions. Most were already looking forward to next year.

DG Lion David Wheeler’s special award to Lion Jim McCormack who arranged the Youth Camp at Dumfries

District 105 NE 34th Annual Convention

The Lions Clans from both North and South of the border gathered at the Holiday Inn at Seaton Burn joined by Lions from across the Multiple District. Following the Cabinet meeting on the Friday there was a relaxed evening and an opportunity to catch up with old friends and meet new ones. We were entertained by singers from the Sage Academy Performing Arts centre with a variety of song and music for all tastes and Kennedy “the mind reading guy” an amazing act of mystery and magic, you have to admire anybody who attempts to read the minds of Lions.

Leo Vice President Ruth Chapman and Leo Amy Davidson, our Young Ambassador

The business started promptly on time with just a little rallying from District SAA Mike Rogers.  District Governor ‘David introduced the top table and the meeting was opened by the Mayor of Morpeth Councillor Andrew Tebbutt it was interesting with the usual comments we are ahead of time through to “quick dad it’s on now” apologies to those who don’t remember the old Radio Times advert, but District Governor David guided the delegates through the proceedings like a pro! As well as the usual business of the AGM we were given inspiring speeches from LEO Emily Davidson our Young Ambassador also from LEO VP Ruth Chapman their enthusiasm and passion for Lions projects is a wakeup call to us all, confirming that LEO’s are not just our future they are our today.

David Baxter-Smith MJF

David Baxter-Smith MJF took us through a humorous look at Prostate Cancer and challenged lions to become leaders in combating this disease. Past International Director Howard Lee, not a stranger to our conventions reminded the delegates present about the work our Foundation does around the world and in our name, he thanked the Lions of 105 NE for our support in combating Blindness and Measles amongst other lifesaving LCIF projects.

Past District Governor Roy Chambers reminded us all about the need to get our centennial projects registered, Roy told the delegates present that this is our opportunity to mark a hundred years of community work Lions Clubs have completed locally and around the world.

For those who took advantage of going on the Partners trip they had an educational visit to the Woodthorpe Coal mining Museum and were entertained for lunch by the Mayor and his Lady at the Mayors Parlour, followed by free time and the shopping highlights of Morpeth.

PDG Lion Chris Southworth receives his International President’s Leadership Medal from Past International Director Howard Lee with Immediate PDG Lion David Wells

The wonderful Morpeth Convention Team

The District Banquet and Ball was well attended by Lions from our own district and across the MD. The dinner was followed by music and songs to dance to performed by Rat Pack singer Alexander Lomas.

The convention committee led by Lion Richard Nash and all the Lions of Morpeth Lions Club are to be congratulated for putting together a very interesting, entertaining and informative Convention.


District Convention 2018

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