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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.”

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