As a group of almost 40 Lions, we have fun supporting our local community and organising a range of events to raise money for good causes, locally, nationally and internationally

We are proud to have worked across Malton, Norton and District since 1963. Lions meet the needs of local communities around the world. Our 1.4 million members in 46,000 clubs who perform community service in 210 countries and geographic areas are different in many ways, but share a core belief

COMMUNITY IS WHAT WE MAKE IT

Our 56th President – Lion Steve Sidaway is a graduate from Sheffield University and started his career as a teacher of Geography at Norton School. He then changed direction for a career in academic publishing working in Chichester on the South Coast, Maidenhead, London, Cambridge and finally Suffolk before moving back to North Yorkshire 7 years ago. It was an exciting time to be in Publishing platforms changing from books to online resources and now apps for mobile devices. Being in the right place at the right time provided career development that included extensive travel to the USA, Australia and the Far East. Steve and Anne are now very happy to be back in Ryedale and contributing to the community  

Since joining Lions in 2014 Steve has become involved in many Club events including developing and supporting Youth projects with local schools and related organisations

President Lion Steve and Vice President Lion Jack

Steve’s programme for the year that ends in June 2019 includes an emphasis on providing task teams that engage with community projects, working with more partners including innovative retailers, new companies, and new charity partners. There will be plenty of entertainment opportunities for Lions and the community including an innovative Horse Race Night, Halloween Party, Beaujolais Noveau wine tasting, Burns Night, Quiz Night as well as our usual parties. We want to continue our “Malton and Norton Lions Community Fund” which in Mike’s year provided grants of £500 to 9 local organisations to improve lives in our community. 


Lions Community Fund Awards

On Saturday 17th February 2018 Malton, Norton & District Lions Club awarded the first 10 grants from their Community Fund. Nine of the ten organisations turned up in person to receive their awards at Norton Library – the tenth award winner was on training to use the defibrillator the grant will part fund!

The organisations who received grants were:

  • Norton Hive Library and Community Hub
  • Wintringham Village Hall
  • 1st Norton Guides
  • Swinton Playgroup
  • Musical Memories CIC
  • Ryedale YMCA
  • The Milton Rooms
  • Ryedale Carers Support
  • Settrington Village Hall Trust
  • Kirkham Henry Performing Arts CIC

The independent judges who consider the applications look for projects that have the potential to benefit local groups working with any age group, charities and organisations promoting or supporting better health or the environment in which we live. This could involve the purchase of equipment, maintenance of local services or assistance to individuals. The judges look for innovative ideas, particularly those benefiting the wider community in the longer term.

The Community Fund is in addition to Lions ongoing support for local causes that have in the past included the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Next Steps, Ryedale Special Families, Ryedale Foodbank and Marie Curie.

A further round of Lions Community Fund Awards is planned for 2018/19 – keep an eye open for details.


Why do people join Lions? – 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 horses and winding stations produced by Norton Joinery and painted by Sue Maud

The events we run are many and varied. Our key fund raisers are the annual golf event at Sandburn, the horse racing night 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 deliver 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.

We meet at Harrison’s Bar and Grill, 11 Market Place, Malton, YO17 7LP on the 4th Thursday of every month except June and December. Harrison’s is a popular traditional pub in Malton with modern twists, that serves a good choice of home-made British dishes.

If you would like to know more about becoming a member

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Lions around the world are united by a great spirit of giving and dedication to helping others. As the official charitable organization of Lions Clubs International, a leading humanitarian organization, Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) supports Lions’ compassionate works by providing grant funding for their local and global humanitarian efforts.

We help Lions serve

LCIF helps Lions improve peoples’ lives around the world, from combating vision problems to responding to major catastrophes to providing valuable life skills to youth. Because LCIF helps Lions carry out large-scale projects through our grant programs, Lions increase their impact in their local and global communities and serve even more people in need around the world.

Our funds come from individuals

Donations from 1.4+ million Lions in 210 countries and geographic areas provide the vast majority of the revenue received by LCIF, making the Foundation a leading humanitarian organization. Lions know their donations matter and that funds entrusted to LCIF will support initiatives that impact communities and change lives.

We form lasting and successful partnerships

LCIF leverages the donations we receive through effective partnerships with other foundations, corporations and governments on the local, national and international level. We are proud that LCIF was named the #1 non-governmental organization worldwide with which to partner, according to a 2007 Financial Times independent survey.

We have key areas of service

To support Lions’ mission of serving communities and meeting humanitarian needs, LCIF provides grants in these focus areas:

We make an impact

LCIF and Lions reach millions of people and accomplish visible results. Some of our accomplishments include:

  • Preventing serious vision loss for more than 30 million people
  • Providing over 153.3 million treatments for river blindness
  • Engaging more than 13 million students and 600,000 educators in 90 countries in the youth development program Lions Quest
  • Building or expanding 615 eye hospitals/clinics/wards
  • Conducting more than 19 million vision screenings for children through Sight for Kids
  • Providing vision screening for more than 350,000 Special Olympics athletes from 85 countries through Opening Eyes

Our impact last year

In fiscal year 2015-2016, we had a great impact in lives around the world through 453 grants totaling more than US$45.2 million. Some of our accomplishments included:

  • 500,000 people helped through US$9,480,060 in disaster related grants
  • 3,994,860 people helped through US$13,874,392 in humanitarian grants
  • 19 countries expanded Lions Quest through US$1,437,287 in Core 4 grants
  • US$7,965,350 in grants supported the vaccination of millions of children against measles and rubella
  • US$12,994,255 in SightFirst grants provided eye care services to more than 22 million people, improved 51 eye care facilities and trained 23,643 eye care professionals

A billion dollars’ impact

Since its founding in 1968, LCIF has awarded more than 13,000 grants totaling over US$1 billion. LCIF will continue to work every day to support humanitarian service projects all over the world and give hope to those who need it.

A Billion Dollars’ Impact

Read more about our efforts in our Annual Report, and find out more about our mission. You can also read the dispute resolution guide online.

It’s What Lions Do

Celebrating 100 years of helping the community 👏🎉

Posted by BBC Radio York on Saturday, 21 October 2017

Club Who’s Who 2018 – 2019


President: Lion Steve Sidaway
1st Vice President: Lion Jack Wilford
2nd Vice President: Lion Di Keale
Secretary: Lion Richard Lukey
Treasurer: Lion Russ Grimshaw
Registered Charity No. 260406
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It’s What Lions Do


At our July 2018 meeting we
- made a donation towards the cost of a defibrillator for a local village
- contributed towards the cost of four Norton based kick boxers attending the World Championships overseas
- agreed in August and September to take two local families for a week each to stay at the Filey Lions Chalet to enjoy a break they would otherwise not get
- helped a mature Open University student obtain a passport to continue their studies
- provided transport for a local family to get to and from Kirkbymoorside to attend a children’s centre
- sourced furniture and white goods to furnish a house for a single parent family experiencing financial difficulties
- provided financial support to help with roof repair costs for a local playgroup
- helped two local brownies attend their brownie camp
- arranged to supply and install an electric cooker to a single parent family whose gas cooker had been condemned
- supplied vouchers to help a local family buy food pending receipt of universal credit payments
- made a significant donation to Yorkshire Air Ambulance from the proceeds of the Summer Lunch topped up from club funds
- assisted Ryedale Special Families to raise over £30,000 from their Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Challenge by assisting with marshalling the event
- agreed to assist with the Festival of Racing in September
COMMUNITY IS WHAT WE MAKE IT!

District Convention Hosts


Malton, Norton & District Lions hosted the District Convention for the first time in our 50 year history in Nov 2013
Click on the links below to see what it was all about
Host Night
Business Session
Banquet and Ball
Convention Edition of Spotlight

Lions across the British Isles

The Lions motto is “WE SERVE” and we are the largest and most committed voluntary service organisation in the world. We have 46,000 clubs and more than 1.4 million members.
To see the bigger picture take a look at the
NE England & Scotland website
and the
British Isles website