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


Lions Help Keep Ryedale Fed

Lions President Di Keal presenting cheque to Ryedale Foodbank

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Lion President Jack Wilford

The Lions are very pleased to welcome Lion Jack Wilford as our 57th Club President. Jack who joined Lions in July 2008 is Apiary Manager and a Master Bee Keeper at FERA Science Ltd’s National Agri-Food Innovation Campus at Sand Hutton near York where he and his team manage 250 colonies for honey bee research and beekeeper training.

Jack with Past President Steve Sidaway

At 18 years old Jack stood as a candidate to become one of the youngest county councillors in the country in the Kirkbymoorside division for the Liberal Democrats. In an interview at the time he said “I want to represent young people’s views on everything from the environment to transport. I want to put other people’s views forward as well as my own, and to widen my knowledge of public affairs.”

Lion President Jack’s event programme is themed around the similarities between bees working together to build honeycombs and the way in which Lions work together – all busy-bees! In his acceptance speech Jack paid tribute to Lion Bob Thompson who was his sponsor when he joined Lions and who sadly died at the end of 2018.

One objective of Jack’s during his year as President is to “gently nudge” the Club down the route of a greater involvement with social media to communicate its message “We Serve” and present examples to a wider audience. This will include looking at other platforms such as Instagram as a means to get the message across.

Lions are ordinary people who do extraordinary things to help others and support good causes throughout the British Isles. Globally they have more volunteers in more places than any other service club organisation, and love to help others and make things happen. Lion President Jack noted his pride in Lions association with the Ryedale Free Fridge project which in less than six months has saved more than 4 tonnes of perfectly usable food from going to landfill.

If you’d like to become part of Jack’s Lions Team please use the “Contact Us” page on the website or simply speak to any Lion.

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 into 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 entertain up to 200 senior citizens each year at Malton Rugby Club where they sit down to a 3-course turkey dinner and we entertain them with bingo, music hall style entertainment and a tombola where everyone wins at least one prize! 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 usually meet on the 4th Thursday of every month except June & December. When Covid-19 restrictions are lifted, we will update our venue details.

If you would like to know more about becoming a member

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Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) recently surpassed the US$1 billion milestone in grants awarded for global humanitarian service.

Since its founding in 1968, LCIF has strived to sustain Lions’ humanitarian service goals throughout the world, awarding more than US$1 billion in the four focus areas of sight, youth, disaster relief and humanitarian efforts.
In 1972, what seemed like routine flood warnings to the community of Rapid City, South Dakota, USA, soon turned into ravaging floods that took the lives of more than 200 people and left more than 5,000 homeless. LCIF awarded its first grant to help the community of Rapid City rebuild, and Lions quickly got to work providing relief supplies in the wake of this catastrophic event. LCIF’s legacy was born: providing local Lions with the assistance they need to improve the lives of people within their communities.

In addition to disaster relief, LCIF is dedicated to a range of humanitarian service projects, and continues to develop and expand programs that meet emerging needs worldwide.

“In our nearly 50 year history, LCIF has enabled Lions in communities around the world to make a significant difference in the lives of millions of people,” says Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada, 2016-2017 Chairperson of LCIF. “We are proud of our accomplishments. The US$1 billion milestone in grants awarded is something of which all Lions can be proud.”

LCIF is the charitable arm of Lions Clubs International, supporting the compassionate works of Lions around the world. Find out more by going to the LCIF website –

Club Who’s Who 2019 – 2020

President: Lion Jack Wilford
1st Vice President: Lion Di Keal
Minute Secretary: Lion Annie Harrison
General Secretary: Lion Ian Dewhurst
Treasurer: Lion Russ Grimshaw
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It’s What Lions Do

Celebrating 100 years of helping the community 👏🎉

Posted by BBC Radio York on Saturday, 21 October 2017

It’s What Lions Do

At our May 2019 meeting we
- gave support to Kirkham Henry Performing Arts CIC to train to run dance for dementia courses
- launched the 2019 Community Fund Programme of grants for local causes
- paid for train tickets to allow a local family to attend a funeral in the south of England
- provided a carpet for a local family
- announced that the Sandburn Golf Day had raised £3,400 for Lions charity account
- noted that the Chanticleer Singers are running a Charity Concert for Malton Lions on 6th July - all are welcome to attend




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