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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.

Celebrating 50 years of Service

On the 14th April Castleford and Pontefract District Lions Club CIO celebrated their 50th Charter Anniversary. Eighty seven people attended the charter. There representatives from fourteen Lions / Lioness clubs, including two District Governor’s, one Vice Governor, four Past District Governors, eight Club President’s and ten District Officers. Everyone enjoyed a good meal followed by an excellent after dinner speech by Lion President Peter Sandeman.
DG Clive inducted Lion Jacqueline Hartless as a member into the Castleford & Pontefract Club, he then presented Lion President Michelle with the clubs 50 year certificate, Charter Member Lion Keith Smalley with his 50year chevron as well as presenting other members with service chevrons. Lion President Michelle then presented Lion Keith with his “Half Century Club” pin and certificate before asking club members to join her whilst she cut the Anniversary cake.

Lion George W Morgan Castleford and Pontefract District Lions Club CIO

Bradford Central Lions Club

6th Charter Anniversary To be held on Saturday 15th June 2019 6.30 for 7.00pm, Dinner & formalities at 7.30pm At Otley Golf Club West Busk Lane. Otley, LS21 3NG
Dress Code: Black Tie or Lounge Suit Ladies: Smart & Glamorous Cost £20.00 per person
For further details please contact Lion Amin Dada Tel: 01274 966467 E-mail:lionad786@gmail.com

Woodland planting inspected by Northumbria in Bloom Judges

Spring is here and Morpeth Lions Club is continuing to enhance a woodland bank in the town’s Carlisle Park Garden that was inspired by William Turner – the father of English Botany. The Club planted 40 trees and 12 fruit bushes on the bank in 2012 to commemorate its 40th anniversary. All of the trees on the bank – including Quince, Medlar, Almond and the Strawberry tree – are featured in William Turner’s ‘Herbal’ – the pioneering work which this famous son of Morpeth wrote between 1551 and 1568.

This spring the Carlisle Park staff and the Lions have continued to bring about improvements to the woodland bank. As a first stage, work started on clearing away overgrown areas which were stopping views into parts of the site. However this left some gaps in the woodland areas. To fill these gaps two Malus Sylvestris, commonly known as Crab Apple trees were planted.
The Crab Apple tree originated in the British Isles and is mentioned in William Turner’s writings.

Lion Chris with one of the Crab Apple Trees

Northumbria in Bloom Judges put the final touches to the planting.

Planting took place on judging day for Northumbria in Bloom and the Lion Club’s Environment Officer, Chris Offord, took the opportunity to ask the judges to help place the final soil covering on one of the trees.
In addition Lion Chris was on hand to explain the Club’s work in the William Turner garden

Lion Simon Pringle Morpeth Lions PR Officer

Pontefract Community Showcase

Pontefract Lioness Club joined forces with sponsoring Lions Club Castleford & Pontefract District to take part in the towns Community Showcase on Saturday 13th April 2019.

Organised by the town’s Civic Society the event provided a great opportunity to promote the good work of Lions and Lionesses in the community as well as encouraging members of the public to volunteer their time to help us with upcoming service and activities we have planned over the next few months. A free Easter Draw was held to encourage people to stop and talk to us and of course what better prize could they win but a Lion Bar or Easter Egg!

Lioness Jeannette Morgan Pontefract Lioness Club

Ryedale Lions Club

Local charity trio boosted by Lions donations

Three local charities are sharing the benefits of £6,000 donated by Ryedale Lions club.
The money from fund-raising activities of the Lions Club, including the Christmas Santa Sleigh tour, will help Ryedale Special Families, Sight Support Ryedale and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance services. Each group receives £2,000.

“These are three of the many local charities doing great work to serve our community,” said Lions president, Gordon Smith. “The generosity of local people donating money to the Lions means we can help deserving causes like these.”

Ryedale Special Families chief officer, Lisa Keenan, said the donation was “a fantastic, lovely surprise”. The charity helps more than 250 Ryedale families of children with disabilities, illness and additional needs and the donation would help them organise summer trips and outdoor activities for children and young people. “These are a real lifeline for our families during the school holidays,” said Lisa.

Kevin Hutchinson, community fundraiser for Yorkshire Air Ambulance, thanked the Ryedale Lions Club and support of the local community. “Our life-saving service across the Yorkshire area would not be possible without donations like this,” he said.

Julie Atkinson, service manager at Sight Support Ryedale, said: “We support visually impaired people as they face the day-to-day challenges of sight loss. This much appreciated Lions donation will enable le us to provide summer excursions, including a ‘Wet Wheels’ speedboat trip using a fully accessible powerboat”.

Picture attached shows Ryedale Lions club president, Gordon Smith, handing over cheques for £2000 each to Lisa Keenan (top), Ryedale Special Families, and below, Julie Atkinson, Sight Support Ryedale, and Kevin Hutchinson from Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Since its formation just over 50 years ago, Ryedale Lions Club has raised the equivalent of more than £1 million, in today’s money, to help needy individuals and local good causes.

Lion Ben Hayes Ryedale Lions PR Officer

Darlington Lions Club

Darlington Lions Club was again delighted to sponsor the medals for The Kieran Maxwell Track and Field Open which took place this year at Middlesbrough Sports Village on Sunday 7th April and managed to raise thousands of pounds for the charity.

Kieran from Heighington, near Darlington, who died in June 2017 at the age of 18 after a seven year fight against the rare illness Ewings Sarcoma was a promising sprinter and a member of the Darlington Harriers and was being considered for the Great Britain Paralympic team before his death.

Dozens of the regions athletes took part in the annual competition to raise money in memory of Kieran.

Darlington Lions Club President Tony Gent commented how pleased he was that the Lions were so involved with the day and was already looking forward to next years event.

Darlington Lions Club President Tony Gent presenting a further donation to the charity.

Lion Hilary Robert Darlington Lions Club

Thirsk & Northallerton Lions Club

Thirsk & Northallerton Lions Club has been recognised by the local community for its service.

Thirsk Yarnbombers have an Easter display covering the centre of Thirsk Market place as a tribute to all volunteer organisations in the town, Lions have been recognised along with many others. The Club have been lucky enough to take one of the most prominent positions in the display.

The Yarnbombers displays attract both publicity in the press and a large number of visitors to the town. This display will last for around the next six weeks

PDG Lion David Wells Thirsk & Northallerton Lions Club