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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.’

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.

District Convention 2018

16th to 18th November 2018
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