A warm welcome from the Lions

We are proud to have served 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 over 200 countries and geographic areas are different in many ways, but share a core belief


President Mark working incognito with Lisa Keenan, Resource Manager at Ryedale Special Families during the steam engine trip for RSF families to Whitby in October 2015

President Mark (left) collects for Marie Curie at Morrisons with fellow Lion Mike Lynch

Our 53rd President is the Managing Director of Settrington based Ryetec, Mark “Harry” Harrison. President Mark is very much a local having lived in the Ryedale area all his life. His father John was President in 1984-85 and Mark has been an active supporter of Lions for many years before he became a member – most notably as a driver of Santa’s Sleigh when he was renowned for squeezing the sleigh down the narrowest of streets – often in reverse!

And when Mark joined Lions over 10 years ago he took hold of the organisation of the Sleigh and has been the key to its continuing success implementing many new ideas to ensure as many people as possible get to see Santa before Christmas.

They often say “If you want something doing ask a busy person” – that’ll be “Harry” then!

President Mark’s message for 2015-16 is simple.

Lions International and Malton, Norton & District Lions Club are no mysterious private club, just one of the biggest service organisations in the world. Our community is lucky to have such an active club in their midst providing help, support and care for all sectors of the community from the very youngest to the very oldest.

Our members are all volunteers who provide support to play groups, youth organisations, individuals & families, the elderly and those who have fallen through the welfare net. Lions can provide help and support and when required cold hard cash and all of these things can be provided very quickly to a deserving cause. We work with various social and welfare organisations locally and utilise their specialist skills to help us in our decision making.

And of course we help Santa visit as many kids as possible during the lead up to Christmas with our now well-known and much anticipated Sleigh which helps us raise the funds we require to distribute in the next 12 months.

I look forward to the next year as President of Lions and hope to raise the clubs profile locally, and tell more people about what we do and why we do it. No doubt I will bump into a lot of Ryedale folk during the year in my official capacity, and hope they will realise we are all ordinary folk who are prepared to spend a little bit of our own time to help others and also try to have a bit of fun in the process. Anyone who feels they might like to join us then just get in touch through our website by clicking here or like us on Facebook to see what we’re up to!

Lion President Mark

June 2015

l to r Kayla Cleworth, Vice President Mark Harrison and Jessica Andrews - Young Leaders in Service Award Winners

l to r Kayla Cleworth, President Mark Harrison and Jessica Andrews – Young Leaders in Service Award Winners

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 raised 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.

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


Our Centennial Challenge – to serve 100 million people globally by the end of 2017

Over the next two and a half years, Lions clubs will work to achieve the goal of serving at least 100 million people by participating in the association’s Global Service Action Campaigns, which support youth activities, vision programs, hunger initiatives, and environmental projects around the world.

Click here to track our progress

Club Who’s Who 2015-2016

President: Lion Mark Harrison Secretary: Lion Richard Lukey Treasurer: Lion Mike Wingrove
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If you would like to make a donation to help us to support those in need locally and further afield, you can do so through Virgin Money Giving. Thank you.

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Recent Donations & Activities

In November 2015
- We welcomed a new member Lion Ed Sturmheit
- We agreed to launch a “Community Grant” scheme
- We paid for a temporary gym membership for someone with mental health issues
- Agreed to pay transport costs for a family needing to attend a series of hospital appointments in York and Scarborough
- Helped a family acquire heating oil to warm their home
- Made a donation of vouchers for a local food and clothes shop to a family recently bereaved and with few funds of their own
- Sourced a laptop for a child with learning disabilities
- Agreed to supply selection boxes to the Ryedale Foodbank in Howe Road, Norton
- Earned over £1,000 for club funds by assisting stall holders set up and dismantle their stalls at the start and finish of the NSPCC Christmas Fayre at Castle Howard

Lions Youth Exchange Programme


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 In the UK & Ireland

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 UK & Ireland website