the local branch of Lions International, which covers Wetherby and the surrounding villages of Walton, Thorp Arch, Boston Spa, Collingham, Clifford and Bramham.
A member of Lions International, with the motto “We Serve”, the club is a service organisation which fundraises for charitable purposes and cooperates with other charities and not-for-profit organisations to help them achieve their aims.
Beneficiaries of the club’s charity account and charitable trust include local, national and international causes, helped by the international nature of the Lions organisation.
The menus to the right give access to more detailed information about Wetherby District Lions Club and the Lions Clubs International organisation, whether you are an interested member of the public, a person or organisation seeking help or support or someone interested in becoming a member of the club.
We are indebted to the Bridge Inn, Walshford, LS22 5HS for providing meeting rooms and hospitality to the club.
Politicians and representatives of Lions Clubs throughout Great Britain and Ireland come together each year to celebrate an historic partnership between Lions and the United Nations.
Celebratory events being held in 2014 are:
- Scotland:19 March, Holyrood House
- England: 11 March, Palace of Westminster
- Wales: 20 March, Senydd, Cardiff Bay
- Ireland at Convention: 7-9 March, Wexford
The relationship between Lions Clubs International (LCI) and the UN began after the end of World War II.
On 24 October 1945 (UN Day), in San Francisco, US President Harry Truman, Britain’s Prime Minister Winston Churchill and other world leaders signed the UN charter.
Lions Clubs International was already an established worldwide service organisation and so, Lions founder Melvin Jones, and Past International Presidents Fred W. Smith and D A Skeen, were asked to help develop a non-governmental organisation (NGO) charter for the new global organisation.
During the ensuing years, Lions and the UN have cooperated on many humanitarian ventures.
The relationship between LCI and UN has always been limited to humanitarian endeavours. LCI has no involvement in the political or security affairs of the UN, in keeping with its stated purpose.
The organisations have a shared motto:
“To create and foster a spirit of understanding amongst the people of the world “
Lions have provided aid and manpower for UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund), WHO (World Health Organization), and UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) projects.
In addition, each year, the Lions International President appoints representatives to UNICEF, WHO, UNESCO and ECOSOC (United Nations Economic and Social Council).
LCI supports the UN ideal of a world at peace. Lions are encouraged to support and promote information about the UN, its humanitarian objectives and the work of its agencies – especially on UN Day (24 October) and when Lions and the UN celebrate the historic partnership each year.
When: Friday 11th April 2014
Doors open 7.00 pm – first question prompt at 7.30 pm – expected finish time 10.00 pm
Where: Catholic Church Hall, Westgate, Wetherby
What: A fabulous evening with a difference with our popular fun quiz for all ages and talents with that ‘unique’ format. A great programme of questions from all genres; over 100 questions giving you a great social night out for all – that’s the Lions April quiz
Exciting prizes for the winning teams
Exclusive experience midway through the quiz with a cash prize
Take a prize home from our raffle
Who: Teams as big or as small as you like are most welcome – well up to 10 people. Please tell us your team size before the event day
The cost is £6.00 per person payable on the door
More: A light supper is included and will be served midway through the night
Bring along your own drinks and glasses
Proceeds: To the Royal National Institute for the Blind Actionnaires
Contact: Tell Chris @wetherbylion or call him on 01937 583559
LIBRA is the Lions International Blood Research Appeal and is dedicated to raising funds for the Haematology Department at King’s College Hospital.
We held our annual Senior Citizen’s Party yesterday at Wetherby High School. Catering was by Town Mayor Alan Lamb and the event was also attended by local MP Alec Shelbrooke, the famous parliamentary onesie wearer who took up the Lions’ challenge to wear it again in return for a donation to his chosen charity, Martin House.
Our guests were equally supportive and donated £184.88 in a bucket collection.
As well as Lions, wives and partners the event was supported by various local people well known in the Twitter community that is #wetherbyhour.
The lunch was followed by a concert party in the school hall.
The first photos have been published on our Facebook page, thanks to Jo Maltby of @wetherbyhour who can combine sprout peeling with photography.
Just before Christmas Wetherby Lions delivered more than 1,200 tins of food to the Harrogate Homeless Project in Bower Street. The consignment consisted of tins of soup, fruit, vegetables etc. Adrian Smith, Chair of Welfare at Wetherby Lions, said that “although the club gave many small gifts to individuals at Christmas it was easy to forget that many people need help throughout the year and the club wanted to make a substantial donation of food which would help quite a few and would last considerably longer than just the Festive Season”.
Responding to the gift David Randall, Hostel Worker and Volunteer and Donations Co-ordinator, said “As a charitable organisation the project is only able to survive by the kind donations of the general public and local organisations. At this time when we are seeing so many international disaster appeals It is truly heart-warming to receive such a large donation from a local organisation.
As you are aware homelessness is not always a high profile or perceived problem when compared to some of the national institutional and international appeals. Your donation will enable us to continue our work with the homeless and vulnerably housed of our district.”
The Harrogate Homeless Project is a charity founded by Harrogate Churches Together in 1991 in order to try and alleviate the growing number of people sleeping rough in the district.
The project operates from two sites: A 16 bed hostel on Bower Street and a day centre, Springboard, on Oxford Street. Between the two sites, Harrogate Homeless Project aims to provide multifaceted support to homeless and vulnerable people who are connected to the area and help them to move on to independent living. The project is able to give 24 hr. support to residents in the hostel all year round. They also aim to provide 24 hr. emergency intervention for rough sleepers through the “No Second Night Out” scheme started in October 2012.
Although partly funded by statutory bodies, the project relies heavily on the support and generosity of the local community in order to provide the high level of support they aim for. There are many different ways in which members of the public are able to help not only money, but also kind gifts of: Clothing, toiletries and cosmetics.
Fresh, frozen and non-perishable food. Furniture, sofas, beds and kitchen appliances.
Adrian Smith, Chair of Welfare at Wetherby Lions, said that although the club gave many small gifts to individuals at Christmas it was easy to forget that many people need help throughout the year and the club wanted to make a substantial donation of food which would last considerably longer.
The project also depends on the dedication of a team of volunteers. Based at the hostel or at Springboard the volunteers play a vital role in the smooth running of both sites and have a huge impact on the people they help.
Photo from Left to Right:
Rob, Lynn (Housekeeper), Sylvia Smith (Lions), Liz Hancock (Project Manager), Jeremy Kendall (Lions) and Adrian Smith (Lions)
“Dickensian Day set to be bigger and better in Wetherby” said the headline in the Wetherby News on 28th November, and it certainly was!
From 9.00 am the Market place was thronged and Twitter World was buzzing as the crowds grew and Tweeters took to the air, “Great to see so many shoppers supporting Local Business in wetherby today! Dickensian Spirit alive & kicking in Yorkshire”, “Enjoyable morning at the Wetherby Xmas Market. Great day for small biz well done to the organisers”, “@treateatsweet @wetherbyhour fab atmosphere at the market plus I managed to get everything I need for tonight’s dinner”, “Church Street wetherby is open for business. The Stationery Cupboard, Silk Sisters and Ces’t Chocolat are all open”, “Lovely to see Wetherby Musical Theatre Group in full song. Real community feeling in Wetherby this morning.”, “Well done to Wetherby Lions and all the organisers – at the Dickensian market fabulous atmosphere”, “Loving the Dickensian look today for Wetherby Lions Xmas Farmers Market, everyone really got into the spirit” were just some of the many postings that sum up the day.
In addition to the Yorkshire Farmers Markets who were present in force selling fabulous local produce many of the local shops had opened their doors and were doing a roaring trade, it was reported that there was not a seat to be had in any of the local cafes and restaurants all morning.
As well as produce stalls there were many other attractions with chances to win lots of prizes ranging from Cuddly Lions to the Star Attraction provided by Sweet Temptations, a one foot high chocolate festive house, on the Chocolate Tombola stall.
Entertainment during the day was provided by Wetherby Silver Band, Wetherby Musical Theatre Group and Deighton Gates Junior School Choir all playing or singing festive music and carols.
Town Mayor, Cllr Alan Lamb, introduced by Town Crier, John Trower and Lion President, Terry Burns formally opened the proceedings at 10.00 am then Father Christmas arrived on his sleigh along with his real live reindeer to be met by crowds of expectant children who kept up a constant queue outside his grotto for the next 4 hours.
The event finished just after 2.00 pm when the Lions in true Dickensian fashion retired to a local hostelry for a well-earned pint of ale.
Wetherby Lions recently pledged £2,500 to Macmillan Cancer Support and Marie Curie Cancer Care and have increased their support of cancer charities by donating £3,800 to St. Gemma’s Hospice in Leeds.
Wetherby Lions recognise that the above charities operate in different spheres in their care for terminally ill people but that they do work which is of a complementary nature and therefore wanted to support all three.
The main source of funds for St Gemma’s Hospice was from the Wetherby Beer Festival held earlier this year which raised an incredible £3,500, the other £300 came from donations made by local businesses and the public at the recent celebrations to mark the 20th Anniversary of the opening of the Harland Way.
Adrian Smith, Chair of Welfare for the Lions, said that St Gemma’s was chosen as over the 47 years that the Lions have operated in Wetherby twelve of their members have succumbed to cancer as have members of Lions families and they are hugely supportive of the work done by the Hospice in their support of the patient and their relatives
Tara Greatorex, Senior Fundraiser at St Gemma’s Hospice said “We are really grateful for all the support the Wetherby Lions have given to St Gemma’s Hospice over the past year. We rely on the support of the local community and groups like the Wetherby Lions to raise vital funds so we can continue caring for local people with life limiting illnesses. They have raised an amazing amount of money which will cover the cost of caring for 8 days care for a patient in the Hospice, so really does make a massive difference.”
As always the Lions are incredibly grateful to all who support them so generously in their work in Wetherby as without this support these donations would not be possible.
As well as running a regular club quiz of our own we also run them for other organisations that may be fundraising in the locality.
One such occasion was a community quiz in Clifford Village Hall for the benefit of the Village Hall funds.
As you can see the quizzers also enjoyed supper while they were puzzling over the questions.