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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.


Durham Lions Support RNLI’s Hartlepool Lifeboat

At the final meeting of Durham Lions in the Lion year 2015-2016, held on 27th June, a cheque for £500.00 was presented to Steve Pounder from the Hartlepool Lifeboat Station and Durham Lions were invited to make a visit to the Station. Subsequently, Lion Secretary George organised a visit on 24th August, for a group of Lions and friends.

Everyone enjoyed the trip around the facilities and Lion George sent the following message of appreciation to Gary Waugh at the Station:-
‘On behalf of my party of visitors and myself, I thank you for the time you spent with us today.

We greatly enjoyed the video and can readily appreciate the reasons why you received the award and commendation from Prince Charles and The Prince’s Trust.

We also learned a great deal from your in depth talk and explanations of the operations of the Station. The youngsters were enthralled by all they saw and heard and, in particular, the time spent in the Locker Room, Boathouse and especially the opportunity to explore the Life Boat under your expert supervision. It was an experience that they will not forget.

Once again, Gary,we very much appreciate your welcome and hospitality today.’

Youth Centre 2016

Friday 29 and Saturday 30 July saw 39 young people from 28 different nationalities descend on the Cairndale Hotel, Dumfries.

They were there to attend the Lions international Youth Centre hosted by Dumfries Lions Club. A comprehensive programme, involving visits to Glasgow, Edinburgh and various local sites in Dumfries and Galloway, had been organised by Lion Jim and Ann McCormack and Lion Jim and Linda Nelson.

Saturday began with a familiarisation walk round Dumfries led by Lions Club members. In the afternoon the group visited nearby Mabie Forest and after a “getting to know you” walk round the forest and a number of team building and fun games organised, by the local YMCA, they were treated to an excellent barbecue provided by local Lions.

Sunday saw them having a go at curling and skating at the Icebowl. In the evening they attended a Burns Supper Taster where they were entertained by a local young piper and the “Address to the Haggis”which was translated by Norwegian guest Eivind.

Monday was taken up by a trip to Glasgow where we visited the Transport Museum and the magnificent Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

Tuesday was an all action day and involved the students taking part in 6 different disciplines at the Galloway Adventure Centre at Loch Ken.This involved archery, laser quest among the trees, windsurfing, dinghy sailing, standing paddle boards and, the piece de resistance, the long waterslide. All who took part had a great day behaving like big kids.

The adventure day was completed with a barbecue laid on by Dalbeattie Lions Club who are due very big vote of thanks from all concerned. The highlight of the evening was the attendance of the Galloway Pipes and Drums who did a superb job entertaining the group. The students were allowed to try their hand at piping and drumming and the sight of a strapping 6’5” Norwegian trying to blow up a set of pipes usually played by a 5’3” wee lassie was indeed a sight to behold.

Wednesday saw the group taking part in local community projects. One group helped tidy up and prepare flower beds in an old play area in a primary school in the town. The others helped create a new footpath for visitors to Ellisland Farm a former home of Robert Burns. The efforts of both groups were greatly appreciated at both venues.

Thursday was a full day visit to Edinburgh arranged by the City of Edinburgh Lions. The National Museum of Scotland and the Castle were high on the list of places to see. The highlight was of course, the world renowned Edinburgh Military Tattoo with its massed bands and massed pipes and drums. A long very satisfying day saw us returning to Dumfries at 3.00 A.M.

On Friday a Civic Reception was arranged by the Town Council. The group were welcomed by the Provost of the town who allowed them to try on his ceremonial robes and chain of office.

Saturday was a quiet day to give time for rehearsals for the concert being planned by the students.
A Ceilidh and Dinner held in the evening was a great success. All the guests danced the night away and the sight of the 39 and other visitors attempting an Orcadian Strip the Willow (Google it) will linger long in the memory.

Sunday was the day for packing, rehearsing and finishing off country presentations. The concert was an amazing, entirely put together and performed by the students. The talent on display from pianists, guitarists, singers, dancers, poetry readers, drummers and jugglers would grace any TV talent show.

Monday, the last day, saw them all up and ready to go at 7.00 A.M. for the journey to Manchester Airport where we were met by Pauline Hodgkinson of BS and her airport team.

Three years of intensive planning and ten very busy days were suddenly over.

We were all sad to see these wonderful friendly young people leave.

We wish to thank our own Club, Dumfries, and the other Clubs from NE who supported us so well.

Lionesses fuel Great Yorkshire Bike Ride

Lion Chris Atkinson,Lioness President Chris Wall,and Lion John Boulton from Wetherby Lions presenting a cheque to Northallerton and District Lioness Group for £600.00

Lion Chris Atkinson, Lioness President Chris Wall,and Lion John Boulton from Wetherby Lions presenting a cheque to Northallerton and District Lioness Group for £600.00

The cheque was a donation to the Lionesses  Charity Fund, for their help in serving Tea and Refreshments at the Great Yorkshire Bike Ride in Filey, to the cyclists who take part at the end of the race. Lioness and partners have taken part for several years and it has been enjoyed by both them and the cyclists. Lion Chris and John enjoyed the meeting and gave an outline on 25 years history of the GYBR and how they had been enticed into riding it on a tandem. There are over 2000 Cyclists taking part in the ride.

The Great Yorkshire Bike Ride is one of those lucky events, which is all things to all people. It’s a great cycling event, one of the biggest around. It’s a fantastic, beautiful route across the best of Yorkshire. It’s a great day out, and it continues to raise large amounts of money for charity projects.
It is also one of very few one-way events rather than the normal circular route. Perhaps that is one of the big attractions, to actually go somewhere. This does make the logistics of the event somewhat harder though!
Event History 
The event evolved out of a ride that was organised by Alan Kay to raise money for Tockwith Youth Club in 1983. Forty cyclists, mainly members of the youth club and their parents, rode from Tockwith to Scarborough. Alan rode with them and I followed in a van with food, water and spares. This was somehow very prophetic, as it happened, and set the scene for the future in more ways than one.
The following year we decided to make it an open event, and the Great Yorkshire Bike Ride, as we know it, was born. 284 riders took part, we raised £8,900 for charity and everyone loved it. The event carried on like this for another five years, getting bigger and bigger. Alan always rode the event while I worked out how many plastic cups we needed, where to get vans from, how to get the printing done, and how to get whatever from wherever to where it was needed.
The ride out-grew the seafront site in Scarborough, and following Alan’s departure to South Wales, I moved the finish to it’s new home in Filey and let it grow to it’s present notional limit of 1,500, later 2,000, riders. It’s success is now legendary. We attract riders of all ages and abilities. To some it is an easy fun thrash to the coast, to others, who have never ridden so far and so long, it is the equivalent of climbing Everest. The atmosphere on the day is electric. The entrants have taken this event to their hearts and every year we are vastly oversubscribed. The riders and their supporters continue to do fantastic work with the sponsorship money and it keeps rolling in. From that £8,900 in 1984 we advanced to the current record total, set in 2011, of £151,635. Our average for the last five years is over £136k and we have raised nearly £1.28m of the overall total in the last 10 years.
We have been fortunate to have the continued backing of some great sponsor companies including, Premier Farnell, Brownridge Transport, Wilby Ltd, Eurest,, Cyclesense, Chevin Cycles, All Terrain Cycles Goosemoor Organics, plus many smaller companies.
The event is a joint co-operation exercise between the organisers and the recipient charities. Wetherby Lions assist me with the logistics of the event by co-ordinating the charity helpers for marshalling etc., leaving me free to handle the paperwork and hardware side of the ride. Excellent support is provided by all concerned.
Event Landmark
2002 saw us break the £1m barrier of total funds raised. The 2011 event saw us pass £2m,  we have now raised £2,607,734 at latest update. This fantastic achievement is a credit to all those that have helped and supported us for so many years. Many thanks to you all.
I continue to have the personal support of many friends, colleagues, family and other helpers for the key elements of this very large and very complex event.
Believe me, this event could not function without them. They know who they are, and my personal, eternal thanks go out to them all.

Lions assist Whitby InterActive

Photo: left to right – Lion Chris Roe, Sally Sansom (InterActive), Lion Sally Christmas. Lion Bob Stevens, Helen Panconi (InterActive), Lion Neville Marsey.

Photo: left to right – Lion Chris Roe, Sally Sansom (InterActive), Lion Sally Christmas. Lion Bob Stevens, Helen Panconi (InterActive), Lion Neville Marsey.

Whitby District Lions were able to assist InterActive in sending twelve local young people with disabilities on an adventure weekend.

InterActive has been running this special weekend away for several years now but the original funding for this activity had ended. Whitby District Lions stepped in and donated £1,200 to ensure that it would continue for at least one more year. This is in line with the Club’s main purpose, to spend the monies raised throughout the year, within the local community. The aim is to raise and distribute £12 to £15,000 a year and upwards of twenty local clubs, associations and individuals have benefited from our efforts in 2016.

Whitby Lions have several fund raising events throughout the year, the main events are the boxing day dip and the beer festival but there are other smaller events running throughout the year. This year we are organizing a new event; a fun Charity Rainbow Paint Run on the beach in which all the participants end up covered in powder paint whilst having a 4k run up and down the beach!

As well as all this we supply, insure and maintain a fleet of ten mobility scooters and loan these out to local people to assist in their everyday life.

InterActive specialises in giving inclusion opportunities to youngsters with disabilities and special needs. In addition to the activity weekend and a youth club, they run regular weekend and holiday activities and outings for disabled children and young people aged 5 to 25, providing the opportunity to learn new skills, enjoy new experiences and to take part in activities that other young people of their age take for granted.

InterActive also supports family members, providing the opportunity for parents, carers and families to come together and share the joys and frustrations of caring for a disabled child.

Dunfermline and New Zealand Lions meet

l to r Kane, Cathy, Richard, Janet and Mick

Lion Janet Groat (left) and Lion Cathy Scott

Lion Janet Groat (left) and Lion Cathy Scott

Here are a couple of photos taken last night when we met Lions Janet and Kane Groat from Blockhouse Bay-Lynfield Lions Club, New Zealand informally, as we were not having a business meeting this month due to the fact that we are attending a Community Council 4 day event for children in one of the Dunfermline catchment areas. They agreed to meet us at the hotel where we hold our meetings and myself and Lions Mick and Richard were also there. We had a lovely conversation with them about our different clubs and the reasons why we are Lions. Janet presented me with a banner from their Club but, because I do not have any Dunfermline banners, I presented her and Kane with Lion pins that the Club must have had made some years ago. They were delighted with them and this became a topic of conversation about the size of Clubs in their area and us being such a small club but willing to work wherever we are needed to help raise awareness of who and what Lions are.

We must have talked non stop for a couple of hours before we had to go our separate ways but we all thoroughly enjoyed hearing what they get up to on the other side of the world.


Lion Peter takes over as Durham President

On 20th July some 20 people gathered together at the Daleside Arms for a supper of broth and bun followed by apple pie and cream. The occasion was the formal handover of the President’s chain of office from Lion Alvan Bailey to the incoming President for 2016-2017 Peter Oakley. Alvan wished Peter good luck for the coming year and looked forward to further development of the club’s projects and events. Alvan was thanked by the members for his efforts during the past two years as President, in particular involvement with schools and youth. Peter presented Alvan with theatre vouchers which were much appreciated.

City of Durham Lions Club was chartered in 1970 joining the world wide Lions International organisation. Our activities are not confined to the City of Durham, we cover many of the surrounding areas with our support and activities. We were “Club of the Year” 2013/14 in our District which stretches from North Yorkshire through the North East of England and includes the whole of Scotland.


Sunderland Leos Queen’s 90th party for homeless

Members of Year 12s Leos Amy Davison, Hannah Munslow, Simrin Kaur and Sarah Hewitt-Chapple went to the Bethany Centre to help out at the summer barbeque for the vulnerable homeless who regularly attend the centre every Friday for a meal provided by the centre.

At the final meeting of Sunderland Lions Club before the summer recess, a handover of Leo President took place. President Mary Lopez handed over the chain of office to incoming President Amy Davison. This was a special evening and the first time a Leo handover had taken place within a Lions meeting.

At the final meeting of Sunderland Lions Club before the summer recess, a handover of Leo President took place. President Mary Lopez handed over the chain of office to incoming President Amy Davison. This was a special evening and the first time a Leo handover had taken place within a Lions meeting.

This time however, Sunderland High Leos had raised the money to provide the barbeque to celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday. In addition they were also able to give each of the guests a small present. The Leos were given a warm welcome by Geoff Foster who organises the lunches and the team of helpers which this year has included Sarah who has gone across every Friday to help serve since the Leos first became involved with the centre on Boxing Day when we provided a meal and a Christmas gift for the guests. This was done after helping out at the Lions Boxing Day Dip.

A good time was had by all those involved and we received many thanks for our contribution to the lunch. Well done Year 12 Leos, you are amazing!

Sunderland Lions are also very pleased to announce that Head of Sixth Form at Sunderland High and former Leo Jackie Robson is now a LION. Welcome Lion Jackie – we hope your stay with Lions will be a long and rewarding one.



Durham Lions Select Olympic Winners

After completing the judging of the Olympic Posters produced by pupils at the other school in Durham Lions Olympic Poster  competition Esh Winning Primary School we were invited to attend the School’s Friday Assembly to meet the staff and pupils.We joined them on 8th July and after being introduced by the Head Teacher Caroline Hodgson we described the aims and work of Lions and in particular Durham Lions in the community. After that presentations were made to the competition winners. Each one received a cash prize plus a Lions Certificate celebrating their win. Lion President Alvan also presented Head Teacher Caroline with a thank you certificate for the staff and their support. . A composite picture of the winning posters is attached hereto.It should be borne in mind that some groups at this school, such as nursery and reception, are very young children .
It has been a pleasure for Durham Lions to be involved with the Blue Coat School and Esh Wiining School in this poster project, which we hope to repeat next year with a different subject and hopefully an additional school.

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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