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As a group of almost 40 Lions, we have fun serving the local community and organising a wide range of events to raise money for good causes, locally, nationally and internationally

We are proud to have served Malton, Norton and District since 1963. Lions meet the needs of local communities around the world. Our 1.4 million members in 46,000 clubs who perform community service in 210 countries and geographic areas are different in many ways, but share a core belief


Lion President Mike Lynch

Our 55th President – Lion Mike Lynch – is well known within Malton, Norton and District having retired from General Practice in 2013 after almost 30 years in the town.

An “adopted Yorkshireman”, Mike moved to Malton in 1985 following 18 months working in Bermuda. Originally from the Midlands, he trained in Leeds working at hospitals in the surrounding area, including Bradford where he met his wife, Lynda, a nurse. Mike is a long-term supporter of the Malton Hospital campaign to retain the minor injuries unit and develop other specialisms.

Since joining Lions in 2014 Mike has become involved in many Club events including being a regular “elf” collecting for Santa’s Sleigh and a key member of the team that organises the Lions Golf Day each year at Sandburn.

Mike’s programme for the year that ends in June 2018 will guarantee the Lions remain as busy as ever. Amongst new initiatives he announced is the “Malton and Norton Lions Community Fund”. This was first mooted a couple of years ago by Past President Lion Mark Harrison and will see Lions actively going out to seek individuals and organisations requiring financial assistance to improve lives in our community. It is planned to announce the scheme in the local press over the coming weeks.

And in the year Lions as a worldwide organisation celebrates it’s 100th anniversary, President Mike announced a large all day event at the Milton Rooms in October at which we intend to involve all age groups in the community in a combined 100th anniversary of Lions worldwide and 54th birthday party for Malton, Norton and District Lions Club.

Angela Kirkham-Raine awarded Melvin Jones Fellowship

In January 2016 Angela Kirkham-Raine received her Melvin Jones Fellowship (named after the Chicago businessman who founded Lions in 1917) on stage at the end of a Ryedale Youth Theatre matinee performance of “Singing in the Rain”.

 Over the 40 years that Angela has been teaching she has trained thousands of students to professional level, many of whom are now performing in musical theatre productions in the West End and on tour, on Cruise Ships and in The Royal Ballet Company and ballet companies across the world. Additionally Angela has taught under-privileged children, who did not want to do anything with their life, to dance and be proud of their achievements. She also teaches senior citizens to help them stay young and mobile.

This is the first Melvin Jones Fellowship we have awarded outside the Lions Club and only our 6th in the 54 years since we formed in 1963. The other five recipients are;

Charter member Lion Wilf Wise (click here to read his story)

Retired member Lion Les Nayler

Retired member Lion Derek Low

Retired Member Lion Bill Thompson

Current member Lion Bob Thompson

People become Lions for many and varied reasons. For some it is the wish to put something back in to their community, for others it’s the desire to make a difference. Whatever your motivation for wanting to join Lions we would love to hear from you. There is no minimum time commitment required from members, but we all try our best to work our commitment to Lions around the demands of our family and work lives.

The events we run are many and varied. Our key fund raisers are the annual golf event at Sandburn and our Santa’s Sleigh which tours Malton, Norton and the surrounding villages during December. In addition our summer lunch has traditionally raised money for a nominated charity – for the last two years this has been the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

We deliver Fish and Chips at a subsidised price to people with serious mobility issues between October and April each year. We take Ryedale Special Families on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway in October, travelling to Whitby and providing picnic boxes, ice cream and entertainment in our private carriage during the journey. We take up to 200 senior citizens by coach each year to The Milton Rooms where we feed them and entertain them with bingo and music hall style entertainment. And we consider individual requests for assistance based on their merits – our resources are limited so we can only support some of those who are referred to us.

But it isn’t always about giving. When Malton and Norton was hit by severe floods in 2000 we received donations from Lions Clubs around the UK and from Lions Internationally – the money going in to the appeal fund managed by the two towns to benefit those worst affected.

We meet at Harrison’s Bar and Grill, 11 Market Place, Malton, YO17 7LP on the 4th Thursday of every month except June and December. Harrison’s is a popular traditional pub in Malton with modern twists, that serves a good choice of home-made British dishes.

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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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