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Welcome to District 105C’s diary pages for clubs in the district. These will be posted in date order, newest first but can be filtered by category using the dropdown menu on the right.

We hope you enjoy reading about the fundraising, welfare donations and social activities of the Lions clubs in District 105C, which covers most of Yorkshire.

Durham Lions Christmas Party for Senior Citizens

The Annual Christmas party for Senior Citizens at All Saints Church, Newton Hall, Durham, had some 70 guests enjoying an excellent dinner cooked for them by various members and friends of the Church. As usual it was well organised by church warden Tony Crossland with entertainment provided by the choir from the local Blue Coat School singing a selection of carols, which as always was enjoyed by all.

This year the serving duties were carried out by 15 students from the New College, Durham, under the watchful eyes of their tutors Alyson Wilkins and Carol (aptly named) Andrews. The students are taking a course in Health & Social Care and this will have given them some hands on experience in the subject. The guests let it be known that they greatly appreciated all
the effort put in by the students and their cheerful approach.

Thanks were also given to the local Co-op store who allowed the Durham Lions to make a bucket collection on their premises which covered about half of the £300.00 donation that Durham Lions were able to make to the Church, the rest of the donation was made up by
Durham Lions from their general charity funds.

Greggs made a generous contribution of their products (including mince pies, thus feeding Lion Alvan’s addiction (haha). So all in all, a lovely social event with many different parts of the local community participating. The photos show the presentation cheque for £300.00 being passed to Tony Crossland by Lion George O’Donnell surrounded by the New Cross Students and their
Tutors. The other photos show views of the guests enjoying the entertainment.

Lion Alvan Bailey
Durham Lions Club

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Local Residents Meet The Lions

The Lions Club of Morpeth recently held its annual ‘Meet the Lions’ event for local residents. Over one hundred and ten elderly or disabled people from the area were entertained with tea, bingo and music (there was dancing in the aisles) and left with an early Christmas box.
The big change was that the event took place in St. George’s URC church which involved Lion members speedily getting the church ready for the party once the Sunday service was over. A challenge efficiently conquered. Lion President, Richard Nash and his wife Fiona were on hand to greet the guests together with Morpeth Mayor Jack Gebhard and Mayoress Ann Guy. At the interval the Mayor said ‘I am pleased to be here with you as it gives me the opportunity to wish you all, in advance, a very Happy Christmas. I would also like to pay tribute to the Lions Club of
Morpeth for having organised this happy event and for all they do in our community.’

Richard said ‘Morpeth Lions Club is profoundly grateful to St. George’s Church for allowing us to hold this popular event in the lead up to Christmas. Particularly as our previous venue had double booked.

I would also like to thank our Lions Ladies and members for providing the food who with local Guides have so elegantly served it, the outstanding entertainment that came from Lewis Denny with Dave Pope on piano and the humour that was provided by the Master of Ceremonies, Harry Cone. We are also indebted to the St. John’s Ambulance for attending and who fortunately had no emergencies to deal with.’

So as the guests departed with their boxes of chocolates all that was left was to clear up and start planning for the 2019‘Meet the Lions’.

Lion Simon Pringle
PR Officer, Morpeth Lions Club

Featherstone Lions Alternative Fashion Show

Dear Fellow Lions
During March 2019 Featherstone Lions are holding an
Alternative Fashion Show
But we Need your Help — We are inviting all Clubs
and Fellow Lions in 105C to assist us by
donating any new or nearly new clothes.
If you are able to help please contact me my for further
Lion President Mary Page
Tel: 01977 791276

District 105C Gambia Project

Another container sent by 105C to The Gambia with Lion Tom Kelly from Warmsworth and Edlington Lions Club and Lion Lee Agus from Bramley and Wickersley Lions Club who together with local Gambians distributed aid to Schools, Hospitals and Orphanages.

A big thank you to our local Chemist for contributing approximately 80 boxes of Medical items and also thanks. to PDG Mike Hendy of Bracknell Lions Club who gave us details of the head of 10 Orphanages in The Gambia which we hope to support on our next visit.

To continue our work in Gambia, we need more volunteers both in the UK and also to go with us to Gambia. If you are interested in helping please contact Lion Tom Kelly at tomkelly2944@gmail. com

Lion Tom Kelly
Warmsworth & Edlington Lions Club

Coco Cola Enterprises

For many years Coca Cola Enterprises has organised an indoor sports day involving employees from the Company’s factories in Morpeth, East Kilbride and Wakefield with Special Olympics GB
athletes. This year, the event was held at the “Riverside Leisure Centre” in Morpeth with Dave Hunt as the local organiser for CCE.

As there is a need for referees and raffle ticket sellers, it has become a tradition that the Lions Club of Morpeth is asked to help. This year was no exception and a very happy and
enjoyable day was had by all.


(back row left), Morpeth Mayor Jack Gebhard (centre middle row) with Morpeth Lions and CCE participants.

Lion Simon Pringle
PR Officer, Morpeth Lions Club

Consett Lions Club Celebrate 55 Years of Service

Consett Lions Club held their 55th Charter Anniversary Dinner at the Consett Masonic Hall on 20th November. Durham Lion Alvan Bailey and his wife Val had an excellent evening there in very good company. Everyone enjoyed a really good meal, well served by the Masonic Hall staff.

Consett Lion President Neal Waby, accompanied by his wife Catherine, welcomed his guests and fellow Lions. His guests on the top table included Lions Nick and Ist VDG for 105NE Sue Barron. Another guest was Joyce Shaw, who is Conductor and Music Director of Consett Citizen’s Choir; she has also been involved in a variety of charity work in Africa. After the various speeches (commendably kept brief) and the raffle entertainment was provided by
Sue Cassidy singing a selection of well known songs, mostly from the 60’s era.

Lion Alvan Bailey
Durham Lions Club

Celebrating 65 Years

Leeds Lions Club 65th Charter Anniversary Dinner was held at Headingley Golf Club in Leeds on Friday 19th October where a three course meal was served. Food was really good and everyone enjoyed it. We arrived to the playing of Nigel Wears on his keyboard who also played between courses. After which we had several speeches before being treated to Alexandra, a talented
and professional young lady – our after dinner cabaret  who played the electric violin.

We were particularly pleased to have her entertain us as, when she was starting out and busking, she was given help to buy her first violin by Doncaster Lions. She thanked them, in return, by playing at their Senior Citizens Christmas Party with her new violin!

Amongst the guests attending was Lion President Stephan Jank of the Bad Sooden-Allendorf Lions Club, Germany, who presented a cheque for 500 Euros to Leeds Lions Club President Peter Sandeman.

Lion Caroline Fields
Public Relations Officer Leeds Lions Club

Durham Lions Club Race to Help Boxing Academy

Durham Lions made a presentation to a representative from the Seconds Out Boxing Academy covering the funds raised during a race night at the Daleside Arms.

The amount raised was £1000.80.


The photo shows a group of Lions members with the Boxing Academy representative. (you may be able to guess which one is the Academy representative?)

Lion Alvan Bailey
Durham Lions Club