Lions News Archive

Lions Deliver Malton Old Folk’s Party

Turkey dinner almost served and everyone tucking in!

Not the cabaret but the serving staff – Lions Annie and Yvonne get to grips with the gloves.

Under the professional leadership of Lion Yvonne Daykin the Malton Old Folks Party went ahead on Friday evening 3rd February 2017 at the Rugby Club in Old Malton. Working closely with Malton Rotarians, together we collected all those who needed a lift whilst some arrived under their own steam. On arrival drinks were on hand after which a dinner of turkey with all the trimmings and a strawberry cheesecake sweet were served by the catering staff ably assisted by the Lions.

Mayor of Malton Councillor Paul Andrews

The Mayor of Malton, Councillor Paul Andrews recalled how, for many years, Councillor Frank Wiggle and Jan Anderson, wife of Lion Malcolm and Jan’s mother before her had arranged this annual event. Sadly towards the end of last year Councillor Wiggle died and before that happened Jan had asked if the Lions would take over the organisation for 2017.

We were honoured by the presence of celebrity bingo caller Eamonn – fresh from his appearance on the Chris Evans breakfast show. Earlier in the day Eamonn had the honour of driving the first vehicle – a brand new Yorkshire Coastliner double deck bus – across the newly opened Tadcaster Bridge. He had also been on Look North and was hailed as our local celebrity before getting down to the job in hand!

Our celebrity bingo caller Eamonn with his fan club (Photo @yorkshirecoastliner)

Eamonn taking the first vehicle across the bridge in Tadcaster when it reopened earlier in the day. (Photo @yorkshirecoastliner)

Up a bit, down a bit- Lion John and Eamonn struggle to get the bingo machine in everyone’s line of sight!

Three cards of bingo were played for a line, two lines and a full house and there was a raffle with over 50 prizes almost all of which had been generously donated for the event.

Lions Annie, Yvonne, Daphne, Steve and Russ help with table service

Entertainment from members of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service winning Ryedale Youth Theatre

Raffle Prizes Galore

After the bingo two of the leads from the new Beauty and the Beast show (which Malton Lions have agreed to sponsor) entertained our guests. This will be the first production from Ryedale Youth Theatre since they were presented with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. They were followed by David Ackroyd and Tom Todd singing songs from Ivor Novello and Gracie Fields among others. The evening was rounded off by everyone joining in a rousing chorus of six old time favourites, before being taken home by Lions and Rotarians working together. A great evening and as one Lion said thoughtfully – “I wonder what songs we’ll be singing in 30 years time when the Lions are serving us!”

Gill Bowler accompanies David Ackroyd singing the title song from the 1931 film “Sally in our Ally” which starred Dame Gracie Fields

Thanks to Malton Town Council, Simpson Trust and Malton Rotarians for their sponsorship.

Malton Lions Celebrate Burns Night

Lion Nick proposing the toast to the lassies

Vice President Lion Mike setting the dress code standard for the evening.

On Saturday 28th January 38 Lions, guests and partners – many with very tenuous links to a Scottish heritage – celebrated Burns Night with a traditional Burns Supper at The Cedarbarn just outside Pickering. Lions Nick Simpson, Brian Abbot and James Lindenberg arranged a great night with a very traditional format. A major challenge had been the withdrawal of the piper we’d booked only a few days before the event, but with his usual resourcefulness Lion Nick beat the odds and secured the services of Piper Martin from the Bridlington Pipe Band who did us proud.

Piper Martin serenades the guests at their tables

The staff at Cedarbarn served up excellent food with a traditional menu of Cock a LeekieSoup, Haggis, Tatties & Neap’s + ‘Nippie sweetie’ followed by Cranachan.

Our Senior Lion Bob Thompson ready for the action!

Margaret Lukey gets ready to propose the toast to the lads

Martin piped in the Haggis with traditional bagpipes and the beastie was duly addressed by our President Lion Ian Dewhurst. During the meal Piper Martin kept us entertained using a smaller set of pipes and the evening was rounded off with the toast to the lassies from Lion Nick and the response from Margaret Lukey.

Thanks to Nick, James and Brian for an evening that was enjoyed by us all.


Thank you for helping us raise more than ever before from Santa’s Sleigh

The 21st anniversary of Santa’s partnership with Malton, Norton & District Lions Club has been truly remarkable in many ways. As our local community grows, this year we accompanied Santa on his rounds on no fewer than sixteen December evenings plus at the switch on of the Christmas Lights in both Norton and Malton. And for the first time we also took Santa along to The Whole Hogg Farm Shop where he had his own grotto on the three Saturdays leading up to Christmas.

Most evenings when Santa was out and about there was incredible activity on Facebook and Twitter and many people Santa met posted their pictures.

Most amazing of all in our 21st anniversary year for the Santa’s Sleigh we have also collected a record amount of money for all the good causes we support locally, nationally and internationally. If you scroll down the column to the right you’ll see examples of how we spend that money in “Recent Donations & Activities”.

With just a little bit more money to come in we have collected £16,339.80!!

Here are a small selection of the many photos of Santa and his friends in 2016



Celebrating 21 Years of Awesomeness

Santa’s on his way to a street near you!

Check out the dates!


Lions host evening for our “seniors”

Lion Peter Grice calls the audience to attention as the bingo commences

Lion Peter Grice calls the audience to attention as the bingo commences

Each year Malton, Norton & District Lions Club run a social event for the more mature members of our community at The Milton Rooms. This year’s event was arranged by Lion Anne Watson and her committee.

Two free buses were used to bring people from the villages whilst Lions provided transport for residents in the two towns. The format is tried and tested and always goes down well, starting with a round of free drinks for everyone to get them in the mood for three cards of bingo and prizes for a line, two lines and a full house on each card. Lion Peter Grice is our resident caller and a silence descends once the bingo is underway.

Once the bingo is over we serve food prepared by Lions and their partners – two large plates of savouries and two of sweets to each table. Any leftovers get devoured by hungry Lions or plated up, wrapped in cling film and offered as “doggie bags” to the audience as they leave.

Past President Lion Nick Simpson thanks everyone on behalf of the Lions

Past President Lion Nick Simpson thanks everyone on behalf of the Lions at the end of the evening

The entertainment included a wide range of song and dance

The food, accompanied by plentiful supplies of tea and coffee, is followed by 45 minutes of entertainment provided by the talented students from the Kirkham Henry Performing Arts Centre. These young people are coached and directed by Angela Kirkham-Raine who holds the highest award Lions can make – a Melvin Jones Fellowship, named after our founder in 1917. This part of the evening is always hugely popular with our audience who were very generous with their applause at the end of the evening.

As Lions, we believe strongly that “Community is what we make it” and in our rural community where many villages have no regular bus services, Meet The Lions is one way of bringing people together.

(All pictures by Lion Robert Wainwright)


New member & busy July meeting

President Lion Ian welcomes Lion Russ as his sponsor - Bill Thompson - looks on

President Lion Ian welcomes Lion Russ as his sponsor – Bill Thompson – looks on

Our July meeting was a particularly busy one when we welcomed a new member, received a visitor from Hong Kong and amongst many others, made a a number of donation to a vraiety of good causes, both local and international. All the details are listed below.

– We welcomed new member, Russ Grimshaw. We hope you enjoy your time in Lions Russ!
– Welcomed Andy Shiu from Hong Kong who is going to the Lions Youth Camp in Dumfries in August and staying with Lions Brian Abbott and Mark Harrison beforehand
– We said goodbye to long standing member Jim Everett, but hope to see him and Suzanne at some of the events we run in the future

Andy Shiu our visitor from Hong Kong with his host Past President Lion Mark Harrison

Andy Shiu our visitor from Hong Kong with his host Past President Lion Mark Harrison

– We agreed conditionally a substantial donation towards the costs of the pumps for the Norton flood defences
– We made a contribution towards the cost of a defibrillator to be placed in the centre of Leavening for public use
– We discussed ways of increasing awareness of prostate cancer
– We agreed to contribute towards the cost of a school trip from Welburn Hall
– We bought bunk beds for a family struggling because of a terminal illness in the family
– We beat Filey Lions at Quoits to retain the Zone Cup!
– Had an enjoyable Handover Dinner at The Old Lodge Hotel when our new President Lion Ian Dewhurst took over from Lion Mark Harrison
– Manned the gates at the Malton Show and received a £450 donation for our charity account
– Enjoyed a wonderful Summer Lunch in East Lutton and raised £1,000 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance
– Some of us marshalled the Ryedale Special Families Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Challenge which raised a significant sum of money for that charity
– Made a donation through the Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) to three charities set up by Norwegian Lions in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon to ease the plight of Syrian refugees
– Discussed details of our “Meet The Lions” event when we entertain senior citizens from the towns and villages at The Milton Rooms. This year’s event takes place on 8th September – if you know anyone who would like to come along please tell any Lion

All change as Lions welcome new President

Our new President Lion Ian (right) and 1st Vice President Lion Mike (left)

Our new President Lion Ian (right) and 1st Vice President Lion Mike (left)

At the end of a successful year under outgoing President Lion Mark Harrison, Malton, Norton & District Lions Club welcomed new President Lion Ian Dewhurst and 1st Vice President Lion Mike Lynch at a formal dinner at The Old Lodge Hotel in Malton on the last day of June.

Past President Lion Nick presents Ian with his chain of office

Past President Lion Nick presents Ian with his chain of office

Under Lion Mark the Club has seen record fund raising results in the year and a relaxed leadership style. Due to work pressures Mark could not be at the Handover Dinner so it was left to his predecessor Lion Nick Simpson to reflect on the year just gone and lament the fact that Mark had “sat on one or two prospective members until Nick left office!” During the year we have welcomed Lions Brian Abbott, Yvonne Daykin, Mark Poole, Ed Sturmheit and Christopher Turner. In recognition of his part in sponsoring new members, Lion Brian Maud was awarded a membership key by new President Ian.

Farewell to Lion Derek after 47 years service within Lions

Farewell to Lion Derek after 47 years service within Lions

We also said goodbye to our longest serving Lion at the Handover Dinner. Lion Derek Low has been a member of the Malton Lions for 47 years having joined just 5 years after the Club was formed in 1964. He was presented with a bottle of single malt whisky and one of crusted port paid for by the members. In his short speech of thanks he recalled how in those days not only was the prospective new member vetted before joining but also their wife. He thanked Joyce for passing scrutiny all those years ago enabling them to have many happy years serving the community and enjoying our social events. President Ian pointed out that Lion Derek was unique – in many ways! – but not least because he is the only person to hold all three senior offices in the Club, President, Secretary and Treasurer. With his 80th birthday looming Derek has decided now is the time to take a back seat and become a “Friend of Malton Lions” – but both he and Joyce have promised to join us at events in the future when they will be most welcome.

President Ian introduced his programme for the year which is a mix of traditional fund raisers, community support activities and social events but includes a couple of exciting new ventures which will be unveiled in the coming months. Ian is also taking forward an idea developed by Past President Mark to introduce a Malton & Norton Lions Community Fund to encourage others to enter into the spirit of service to the community and allow deserving local causes to be highlighted for possible support more quickly than at present.

With the Club's Charter presented in 1964 in the background, President Ian presents Lion Brian Maud with his membership key that recognises Brian's sponsorship of new members over the last 12 months

With the Club’s Charter presented in 1964 in the background, President Ian presents Lion Brian Maud with his membership key that recognises Brian’s sponsorship of new members over the last 12 months

So all in all an active and exciting year ahead – welcome Ian and your new team.

‘appy with their app and Lions support

Lion Steve Sidaway presents the Peru students at Malton School with a cheque and their own digital app to record their adventures this summer

Lion Steve Sidaway presents the Peru students at Malton School with a cheque and their own personal digital app to record their adventures this summer – picture Lion Robert Wainwright

As part of their Centennial Challenge Lions from around the world have a focus on supporting sight, hunger, environment and youth projects. With a focus on youth, Malton & Norton Lions are working with over 20 students from Malton School who are taking part in a Camps International expedition to Peru.

There they will spend time in different areas of the high Andes in Southern Peru helping to improve the standard of living for rural communities. They’ll take part in ongoing conservation activities to protect valuable and sensitive ecological areas and have the opportunity to learn some Spanish or improve on their existing knowledge. Lion Dave Sawdon who has been on a similar expedition to Peru knows that it is by no means a holiday – working at altitude is exhausting. In his experience the villagers who benefit from the work put in by the students are truly appreciative.

Each student has to raise significant funds to take part in the Peru expedition and the Lions are assisting in two ways. Firstly we are making a contribution to the cost of the coach taking the team to and from London Heathrow and secondly each student is being given the app and training from Lion Steve Sidaway in how to get the most out of it. allows the user to gather all their digital accomplishments and experiences into one place to produce professional looking print and on-line showcases, for work, study and sharing between friends. And their account will be able to be updated when they are out and about, capturing photos, videos and reflections from their mobile devices. Ideal for capturing evidence while they are on the move.

On their return some of the expedition members will be asked to come to a Lions meeting and give a presentation about the work they have undertaken, illustrated using the digital content they have created using the app.

It promises to be an exciting and hard-working summer for these intrepid students!

Malton & Norton welcomes new Lions

From the left Lion Christopher Turner with his sponsor Lion Mike Lynch and Lion Peter Smurthwaite with Lion Yvonne Daykin are welcomed by Lion President Mark Harrison

From the left Lion Christopher Turner with his sponsor Lion Mike Lynch and Lion Peter Smurthwaite with Lion Yvonne Daykin are welcomed by Lion President Mark Harrison (Photo Robert Wainwright)

Malton, Norton & District Lions Club welcomed two new members at their April meeting – Lion Christopher Turner and Lion Yvonne Daykin. Both have previously been “Friends of Malton Lions” having volunteered on a number of cold winter evenings as Elves with Santa’s Sleigh.

Lion Christopher was introduced to Lions through next year’s 1st Vice President Lion Mike Lynch whilst Lion Yvonne’s sponsor is Lion Peter Smurthwaite, a stalwart on Santa’s Sleigh and currently leading the team of Lions who are running our second biggest fund raiser the Golf Day at Sandburn Golf Club. Welcome to Christopher and Yvonne, both of whom have already made their mark in the club. Christopher is arranging for a group of Lions to volunteer to assist at the Malton Food Festival in May whilst Yvonne will be the point of contact with our active group of Lions’ widows. Traditionally we run “Partners Night” annually to which we invite partners of Lions including the widows of those no longer with us. Yvonne aims to maintain a more regular flow of communication with this group of very active supporters of our Club.

Past President Lion Nick Simpson (left) is presented with his Membership Key by Lion President Mark Harrison (Photo Richard Lukey)

In addition, at the April meeting Past President Nick Simpson was presented with his Membership Key Award reflecting his excellent efforts to grow membership during his year.

Club membership now stand at 38, but Lion Bill Thompson who chairs the Membership Committee reminded members that a significant number of Lions – including himself – are rapidly approaching their “sell-by dates” so the hunt for new members continues and in this regard we were delighted to welcome two prospective new members at the April meeting Dave Watson, partner of Lion Anne Harrison and Rob Davies who does a great deal of fund raising, not least for Ryedale Special Families. We hope they both enjoyed the meeting (which was very well attended) and will join us again.

A Big Surprise For Miss Angela

The cast of Ryedale Youth Theatre's excellent production of Singing in the Rain welcome Malton Lions on stage.

The cast of Ryedale Youth Theatre’s excellent production of Singing in the Rain welcome Malton Lions John Hazelwood and Richard Lukey on stage.

It was raining in Malton yesterday afternoon and everyone except the Lions was suitably attired and ready for it! But it didn’t matter as we were there to present the highest award a Lions Club can make – a Melvin Jones Fellowship.

Melvin Jones founded Lions almost 100 years ago in Chicago when he got a group of his contacts together to help address poverty in the city. (Click here to read Melvin Jones Biography). Lions spread around the world, arriving in the UK in 1946 and Malton Lions was formed in 1963. In our 53 years we have awarded only four Melvin Jones Fellowships and these have been to Lions who have given long service – founder member Wilf Wise, Derek Low, Les Nayler and Bob Thompson. We have never awarded a Melvin Jones Fellowship to a non-Lion, until yesterday afternoon!

L to r Past President Lion Richard Lukey, founder of Kirkham Henry Performing Arts CIC Angela Kirkham Raine and Past President Lion John Hazelwood

Left to right – Past President Lion Richard Lukey, founder of Kirkham Henry Performing Arts CIC Angela Kirkham Raine with her Melvin Jones Fellowship and Past President Lion John Hazelwood. (Photos Lion Robert Wainwright)

In front of a full house of over 200 people including 43 who had been brought by the Lions, as well as a cast of over 50, Lion Richard briefly explained how Melvin Jones founded Lions before Lion John who had appeared on stage with Angela on a number of occasions in the 70s, 80s and 90s explained why she was receiving the award.

Angela assists the Lions regularly by putting on mini-shows at “Meet The Lions” each year and produced a spectacular when we hosted Convention for Lions from across NE England and Scotland. But the easiest way to explain why Miss Angela is so deserving of the award is to reproduce her biography from the Kirkham Henry Performing Arts website.

Together with Jennie Henry, Angela opened Kirkham Henry Performing Arts in 1989. The rest is history!

She began her training at the age of 3 in Middlesbrough and by the age of 12 had won the English Ballet Championship and successfully passed her Royal Academy of Dance Intermediate examination – being the youngest in the country to do so at the time.

The Kirkham School of Dancing opened in March 1971 at St. Joseph’s Church Hall, Pickering. Angela opened the Kirkham Henry Performing Arts Centre together with Jennie Henry in 1989 and the Centre currently has 400 students with over 100 on the waiting list.

Angela has worked over the years as an adjudicator for Dance Festivals/ Choreographer on touring shows, choreographing children’s ballets for summer schools, directing Ryedale Youth Theatre for 25 years, coaching ballet children for examinations and auditions throughout the country and coaching male dancers for the Billy Elliot school.

Angela has also taught under-privileged children, who did not want to do anything with their life, to dance and be proud of their achievements. She also teaches senior citizens to help them stay young and mobile.

Over the 40 years that Angela has been teaching she has trained thousands of students to professional level, many of whom are now performing in musical theatre productions in the West End and on tour, on Cruise Ships and in The Royal Ballet Company and ballet companies across the world. Others have chosen to become professional musicians, theatre technicians, stage managers, teachers of dance, music and musical theatre etc. or to study for alternative careers at Universities and colleges throughout the UK with the help of the transferrable skills taught at Kirkham Henry.

Angela is a life member of The Royal Academy of Dance.

And the award is timely, coming during the 25th Anniversary of Ryedale Youth Theatre – Congratulations Miss Angela!!

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
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It’s What Lions Do

At our November 2018 meeting we
- welcomed a new member – Kit Bull
- raised almost £500 working with Ryedale Lions to support the NSPCC Christmas Fair at Duncombe Park
- were thanked by Ryedale MENCAP for financially supporting their Zumba classes
- made a donation to support the Norton Senior Citizen’s Party
- sponsored a local nurse undertaking an elective placement overseas
- gave financial and logistical support to the Ryedale Free Fridge project
- agreed to buy 40 tickets to the pantomime and take local housebound people to see 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