Welcome from the Lions – We Serve!
Malton, Norton and District Lions Club is a registered charity that is proud to have served our local community tirelessly since 1963. We are part of an international organisation whose motto is “WE SERVE” and we are the largest and most committed voluntary service organisation in the world with more than 1.35 million members in 207 countries. You can read more about Lions Clubs International by clicking on this link.
Our 52nd President is Nick Simpson who with his wife Sandra has lived in Thorpe Bassett since the early 1980s. Building our membership is a key objective for Nick during his year at the helm. Our August special new members event at Scampston Hall was a great opportunity to find out what being a member means and was enthusiastically received by those who attended.
Club members are all volunteers giving our time to run events that raise money to help those less fortunate than ourselves whilst enjoying fun and fellowship. Absolutely every penny we raise helps numerous good causes – our administration costs are covered from the modest subscriptions our members pay.
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 use the money to fund the delivery of 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.
The weather throws everything at us when we take Santa out during December, sleet, snow, sheet ice – you name it and we’ve experienced it over the years. But it’s great seeing the expression on the childrens’ faces and there is always the hope that the next door we knock on there will be mince pies and a small tipple waiting for us!!
Delivering fish and chips between October and April to the house-bound of Malton, Norton and the villages can also be exciting at times. In 1989, on an extreme winter’s day, one of our members got 50 portions of fish and chips delivered when even the snow ploughs had ground to a halt. (Click here to read more).
For nearly 100 years since the first Lions Club was established in Chicago in 1917, Lions have served their communities with dedication and contributed to the development and well-being of millions of people around the world. As we look toward our centennial celebration our global aim is to help reach the Centennial Service Challenge goal of serving 100 million people by December 2017.
Click here for more information about the Centennial Service Challenge.