Welcome to Wetherby District Lions Club…

the local branch of Lions International, which covers Wetherby and the surrounding villages of Walton, Thorp Arch, Boston Spa, Collingham, Clifford and Bramham.

A member of Lions International, with the motto “We Serve”, the club is a service organisation which fundraises for charitable purposes and cooperates with other charities and not-for-profit organisations to help them achieve their aims.

Beneficiaries of the club’s charity account and charitable trust include local, national and international causes, helped by the international nature of the Lions organisation.

The menus to the right give access to more detailed information about Wetherby District Lions Club and the Lions Clubs International organisation, whether you are an interested member of the public, a person or organisation seeking help or support or someone interested in becoming a member of the club.

Club members attending the meeting of 23rd April 2012

You can see photos and videos about the club on Flickr and Youtube by searching on “Wetherby Lions” and follow us on Twitter

We are indebted to the Bridge Inn, Walshford, LS22 5HS for providing meeting rooms and hospitality to the club.

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Summer Libra newsletter now available

LIBRA, the Lions International Blood Research Association, has published its summer newsletter.

You can download it from here

Wetherby Townsperson of the Year 2014

The Wetherby Townsperson of the Year 2013/14 has just been announced.

The judging panel, comprising Wetherby Lions President Terry Burns, Wetherby Town Mayor Councillor Harry Chapman and previous winner Claire Stubbs, has unanimously selected Joanne Maltby as Wetherby Townsperson of the Year 2013/14.
Joanne has been instrumental in establishing the Phlok scheme in Wetherby, a promotional device for businesses aimed at rewarding and encouraging people to shop locally, as well as establishing ‘wetherbyhour’ on Twitter, another means of local businesses and other organisations networking to promote businesses, support charities and increase awareness of local events. Joanne has also worked tirelessly on behalf of local businesses and charities, including promoting the Wetherby Beer Festival and taking part in the Charity Mascot Race at Wetherby Racecourse. She was recently one of the local people invited to meet the Prime Minister at a civic reception held in the Town Hall on 4th July.
Lion President Terry Burns said ‘ We had five people nominated for the Townsperson award this year, and the panel had a very difficult decision to make. All the nominees would have been worthy winners – which perhaps is not surprising in a place like Wetherby, with such a great tradition of voluntary organisations. I congratulate Joanne on her award – in fact, all the nominees, as they were all fantastic examples of what Wetherby is all about’.
Jo Maltby talking to PM David Cameron on his 4th July visit to Wetherby
Jo Maltby talking to PM David Cameron during his 4th July visit to Wetherby

David Cameron meets the Lions

On his way to the Tour de France finish at Harrogate Prime Minister David Cameron accepted local MP Alec Shelbrooke’s invitation to meet members of Wetherby’s community and its community organisations at the Town Hall on Friday, 4th July.

Four members of Wetherby Lions, Bob Greene, Bob Rolfe, Martin Doxey and Past President Mike Earle can be seen telling him about our local fundraising efforts.

PM David Cameron with Jo Maltby Former Town Mayor Alan Lamb and Jo Maltby of wetherbyhour Town Mayor Alan Lamb and Jo Maltby of wetherbyhour Alec Shelbrooke, David Cameron, Alan Lamb and Jo Maltby David Cameron, Alan Lamb and Kazia Knight Lions Bob Rolfe, Bob Greene, Mike Earle and Martin Doxey

Tanzania project

I am just writing to once again thank you for your incredibly generous donation to help reach our fundraising target for the materials for our construction project in Tanzania this summer. We have finally met our target of £7700 and we fly out to Tanzania on the 3rd July to start work.

If you wish to keep updated with the progress of the project whilst we are out in Tanzania we do have a Facebook page that we will try and update as much as possible (although this depends on internet access out there obviously).  We will also be writing about the community out there and our experience as we work, with lots of pictures as well.  If you would be interested in hearing more, the link is https://www.facebook.com/egptanzania2014 .

I know we discussed a possible follow-up piece and when we get back I would be more than happy to contact anyone and write about our experience and the project as a whole. If so, I will be available on my email address from the 31st August onwards.

Once again I want to say thank you and I cannot express how grateful we all are for your help on behalf of me and the whole team.

Best wishes

Joanna Diggle

Lions Eye Camps

With the aid of doctors and nurses from Medecins sans Frontieres tent hospitals are set up by local Lions clubs and medical staff to provide mass treatment to the rural population in India where cataracts in the elderly are endemic. Over a number of days a conveyor-like  system of operations take place, after which patients are provided with a pair of spectacles to wear after the removal of their bandages and restoration of their eyesight.

Although not the sole criterion for supporting such a cause eye camps are an extremely cost-effective way of treating a large number of cataract sufferers, giving them back a degree of independence they had lost and making them less of a burden on their families. We have therefore made a donation of £1,000 to Lions Eye Camps,

To find out more about what Lions do in providing Services for the Blind follow this link to Lions Clubs International

Virgin Money Giving’s 555 Giveaway

Here’s an offer from Virgin Money Giving to match any donations up to £100 if paid via Paypal on any of five consecutive Wednesdays starting on 21st May:-

We’ve joined forces with PayPal to run an exciting promotion for all our fundraisers this spring – The 555 Wednesday Giveaway.

Between 5pm and 6pm every Wednesday, for 5 weeks starting on 21 May 2014, we will match (excluding Gift Aid) online donations of £100 or less made to any Virgin Money Giving fundraising page via PayPal until we hit £5,000. So that’s a whopping £25,000 donation pot available to give away!

If on any Wednesday the £5,000 pot is not hit by 6pm, the remaining amount will roll over to the following Wednesday to give away in addition to the £5,000 allocation for that Wednesday.

This is a great chance to give your fundraising a leg up, so spread the word! And we’ll make sure any qualifying donation will be matched by the Friday of the following week.


Just click on the image to go to our Fundraising page



At yesterday evening’s meeting the club voted to make a donation of £1,000 to Water Aid.

Click on this link and you can find out what WaterAid does and why Lions Clubs support them

Abdominal Aortic Aneurism

Quite a mouthful isn’t it?

If you are 65 or over you ought to find out about it, what it is, what health risk it poses and how you can take part in an NHS screening programme.

For more information click on this link

A message from Community Meals Leeds

We are trying to raise awareness of the council’s award winning not for profit community meals service throughout the city.

The recent report published by the Malnutrition Task Force states that currently one in 10 older people in the UK are at risk from malnutrition with 93% of these people still living in the community. Figures also show that by 2033 an estimated 23% of the UK population will be aged over 65 and a further 3.2m aged over 80. This means the number of older people suffering from malnutrition is set to rise even further. In Leeds it is estimated there are currently around 16,400 at risk of or suffering malnutrition.

In a bid to support older people in the community and reduce this potential impact, Community Meals Leeds provide a service to support older people in the community with a hot delivered meal with a snack option and safe and well being check every visit. The service is used both short and long term by our current customers, for some it is while their carers or relatives are on a well earned break; discharged from hospital and aids with their recovery or it is longer term as it enables them to remain living in the community.

If you could raise awareness of the service through your networks it would be appreciated. If you work with young people… remember it may information for their elderly relatives.

I’ve attached a copy of a draft editorial piece, FAQ’s, and information sheet for reference. If you require any further information please contact me or visit the webpages at www.leeds.gov.uk/communitymealsleeds

Thank you

Kind Regards.

Derek Johnson
Principal Catering Manager

Please note my normal working week is Tuesday to Friday 8.30 – 17.30

“As you close the door, do you know where that person’s next meal is coming from?”

Community Meals Leeds Direct Line : 0113 247 8577

Townsperson of the Year Award


  • Nominations are now welcomed for the Wetherby Townsperson of the Year 2013/2014

  • Nomination forms available from Wetherby Library or here at wetherbylions.com

  • Forms to be returned to Wetherby Library, wetherbylions@gmx.com or post to the address given on the form

  • Deadline for entries 30th June 2014

Download the Townsperson poster

Download the Townsperson_nomination_form_2014


Claire Stubbs


Previous winner Claire Stubbs

Bill Grey

Bill Grey of the Old Men’s Parliament being presented with his award by Town Mayor Cindy Bentley

Marfie Fox

Marie Fox, the “Voice of Wetherby” as chief journalist of the Wetherby News


Mark Baker, a youth worker who was responsible for Jak’s bar for younsters