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.
“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.
Get in the Christmas Spirit in Wetherby
For many years now Wetherby District Lions Club has held an annual Christmas Dickensian Day in the town which has become an extremely popular event attracting huge crowds.
This year on Sunday 8 December 2013the Lions are teaming up with Yorkshire Farmers’ Markets, who manage the regular Farmers’ Market each month, to create a Christmas extravaganza not to be missed – even bigger and more exciting than ever.
The wide variety of stalls in the Wetherby Market Place will include jams & preserves, homemade bread and cakes, plants, home-made pies, pork & bacon products, fishcakes, confectionery, buffalo meat, fruit & vegetables and fresh eggs. In addition there will be lots of seasonal offers and Christmas products making those extra special and personal gifts all supplied in a very festive atmosphere.
As a special treat for children, not only is Santa in his Grotto, but alongside will be real live reindeer. Musical entertainment will be performed by the Wetherby Silver Band, Wetherby Musical Theatre Group and the very popular Deighton Gates School Choir singing festive songs. There will be side shows and stalls provided by the local community and charitable organizations – all with a truly Dickensian theme.
The Dickensian Christmas Farmers’ Market will open from 9.00 am to 2.00 pm, with Santa arriving at 10.00 am, just in time for the official opening by the Town’s Mayor. Many local shops and cafes will also be open so come along to support this exciting event for the town.
Local businesses please click on the image below to download and display the A4 poster
Timetable of Santa’s sleigh routes through Wetherby
|Date||Santa’s sleigh routes|
|Sunday 8th December||Dickensian Christmas Farmers’ Market, Market Place|
|Monday 9th December||Ashfield, Templar Gdns, Law Close, N Grove Apprch & all cul de sacs|
|Tuesday 10th||Aire Rd, Nidd Approach and all cul de sacs|
|Wednesday 11th||Deerstone Ridge & Badgerwood Glade& all cul de sacs|
|Thursday 12th||1st,2nd,3rd & 4th Avenues, Hallfield and Burrell Close, Heuthwaite & Glenfield Aves.|
|Friday 13th||Hallfield Lane, Ceres & MontagueRd, Freemans Way, Hall Orchard & Meyrick Avenue|
|Monday 16th||Barleyfields Rd, Coxwold View, North Grove Drive & Ave Maple Drive, Poplar Ave & Oakwood Rd.|
|Tuesday 17th||Chatsworth Drive, Marston Drive, Ullswater Drive, Grasmere Drive & Ave, Carlton Approach, Buttermere Ave, Manley Drive, Wentworth Gate, Farndale Cl.|
|Wednesday 18th||Ainsty Rd , Crescent, View & Drive. Beechwood Drive, Foss Ave, Hawthorne Ave. Linden Way, Kings Meadow Mews.|
|Thursday 19th||Glebe Field Estate|
If we have to amend, or even cancel an evening for bad weather or other reasons we will try to ensure that we tweet you. Follow us @wetherbylion for any updates
Wetherby Lions invite you to a
FAMILY FUN QUIZ
Monday 11th November 7.30 – 10.30 pm
at Yorkshire’s leading entertainment venue
The Engine Shed, York Road, Wetherby
A fantastic evening with:
Family fun quiz – 7.30 – 8.30 pm
(No minimum or maximum numbers for a team)
Ceilidh dancing – 9.00 – 10.30 pm
to the Knaresborough Accordion And Fiddle Band
Prize Draw with many prizes
All are welcome
(limited to 300)
Donations accepted on the night for Children in Need
Licensed Bar Available – Ample Free Car Parking
Early in September 2013, local girl Katie Eshelby set off to India for a period of work at an Indian hospital as part of her preparation to eventually train as a midwife in the UK. During her time there she has written a blog whose first entry is detailed below.
Today was my first day on placement at Booma hospital! It is a private hospital with 30 beds and 1 main doctor who performs all the C-sections and deliveries!! – and she’s 70 years old!!! I observed many antenatal checks, ultrasounds and mothers who had delivered the previous day!
Midwifery in India is very different to the UK! – the sex of the baby is not told to the mother before the birth because if it is a girl they will more than likely try kill the fetus as females are discriminated against here and each family is only allowed two children! – midwives cannot perform deliveries only doctors. Although the scanning machine is very similar to the one in the UK! After placement myself and Hitomi (a Japanese girl who is living and working with me) went to the supermarket and to buy some henna! Walking through the streets is so strange everyone says hello and young children ask so many questions!
I am back home now waiting for dinner
talk again soon xx
You can read more at http://www.mytripblog.org/pg/blog/keshelby
My experiences of volunteering with PSD Nepal, nr Baglung, August- September 2013.
30th July: Arrived from Manchester to Kathmandu, Nepal.
1st August- 4th August: Training with PSD Nepal in Dhulikhel.
5th & 6th August: Travelling with overnight stays in Kathmandu and Baglung bazaar
7th August – 10th September: Volunteering in Majkatara village, Dhamja, Baglung, 5 weeks
11th September: Project wrap-up and evaluation.
12- 29th September: Independent backpacking in Nepal.
This summer, I spent a fascinating 5 weeks volunteering with ‘PSD Nepal’ through the student-run charity ‘Oxford Development Abroad’. Our team of 4 Oxford students plus a Nepali counterpart stayed with a host family in the village of Majkatara, near Baglung in the foothills of the Himalaya. We were warmly welcomed into the community resulting in successful completion of our projects and for us, a truly eye-opening experience.
I arrived into Kathmandu on the 30th July and my volunteering placement began on 1st August with a 4 night training course in the town of Dhulikhel run by PSD Nepal for the 12 ODA volunteers. This was highly valuable, giving us 15hrs of Nepali language training in small groups alongside sessions on cultural awareness, medical advice, teaching practice and practical and village specific information and an opportunity to meet our ‘counterparts’, Nepali volunteer translators.
Host family and village
Our village, called Majkatara, was remote and only accessible by a 3hr steep and slippery jeep journey, especially difficult given July-Sept is the monsoon season which results in further deterioration of the track. However, and admittedly surprisingly given several hair-raising moments, we arrived safely and walked the final stretch into the village accompanied by many excited children to be greeted by our extended host family. Our host family consisted of a relatively elderly husband and wife, and two of their five daughters; Mina, a young widow and chairperson of the local Samjhana Women’s group, and Parvati, the youngest daughter and her 2 month baby staying whilst her husband was away serving in the army. The language barrier and basic way of life presented challenges at times but living with our host family was one of the most enjoyable aspects of our stay. It allowed us to integrate more deeply into the village and gave us many opportunities for laughter and new experiences as we participated in everyday activities including cooking, carrying dukho of buffalo feed, wearing saris and harvesting corn. We were very grateful for the generosity and kindness of our family and wider community.
The extended host family gathered for the Teej Festival Majkatara
Community Service/ Voluntary work
My volunteering consisted of mornings teaching 6 days a week at local primary schools and the afternoons were spent constructing 15 soak pits and 10 smokeless stoves, repainting the 2 schools, and establishing a new drinking water standpipe for houses at the base of the village.
Soak-pits are best described as large concrete outdoor sinks, enabling more hygienic washing and storage of cooking pots as they can be regularly scrubbed clean to reduce bacteria and are distinct from sanitation water or public bathing taps. Smokeless stoves are built with mud, dung and strengthening iron rods and are highly effective, reducing smoke output by 70% and consequently reducing the damaging effects of long-term smoke inhalation on health. It is estimated that without smokeless stoves, cooking every meal is equivalent to smoking 200 cigarettes.
Throughout the construction activities we worked as unskilled labourers alongside local skilled workers and spent much of our time defying local perceptions about the construction abilities of girls, mixing vast quantities of concrete and plaster, carrying water, mud and rocks, breaking stone with hammers into gravel and when possible, helping with the plastering.
Under the watchful eye of Mina, our skilled labourer, we could be involved throughout the very messy but fun process of the smokeless stoves building. We mixed the mud with very fragrant fresh buffalo dung with bare hands (or feet!), made bricks, built the stove’s walls and chimney, and completed the plastering. We quickly accepted the vast quantities of buffalo dung involved which found its way under every fingernail and into the creases of our clothing and even more surprisingly, got used to its smell! The construction work was often tiring, but each soak-pit and stove will last for many years and is much needed to gradually but sustainably improve quality of life, especially for women. We owe a great deal to the skilled manpower for their patience in the early part of the project and their high quality, on time, efficient hard work throughout.
We taught children aged 6-14 in two schools and over the weeks I grew in confidence and ability, enjoying planning new lessons and happily taking several lessons singlehandedly when my teaching partner, Natasha, was ill.
The Majkatara village school, Nirmal Primary, was a basic, fairly small school where we taught mainly English and some practical environmental lessons. The students were keen and enthusiastic, especially loving our interactive and fun teaching style, including games, songs, pictures and props. It would be unrealistic to expect this teaching style to be immediately copied by the Nepali teachers but we hope to have encouraged the teachers by example and simply interested the students in learning. In contrast Shree Shivalaya Primary, in the nearby village of Sima was a better organised, English language school and the difference in quality of education between the schools was often difficult to accept. We focused on non-curricular environment/science lessons ranging from the water cycle to earthquakes to hand washing and disease, encouraging lots of questions and demonstrating the relevance of their learning to the world around them, something disappointingly absent in their current education. Additionally, we taught basic English to an ammaa class, a group of 20 village women aged 35-50 who deeply impressed us all in their determination to gain a basic education. Abilities and handwriting speed ranged widely, but their appreciation of our work made our efforts hugely rewarding.
Using fundraised money for materials and equipment from our microfund, we organised a hugely enjoyable team sports afternoon at Nirmal Primary and later for the Shivalaya Women’s class, who had heard the reports and felt they had missed out on the fun! We also ran an Art competition with the theme of ‘Nature’ in both schools which challenged the students to think creatively using as many leaves, twigs, flowers etc as possible. When the masterpieces were hung from the classroom beams, it made a colourful improvement to the school. In our final lessons, we also built a tree of hands of future job ambitions with every class. Any form of drawing or creativity is rarely encouraged in school so these days provided a welcome change.
Whilst we experienced difficulties during our volunteering, mainly due to feeling ill, frustrating miscommunication and delays due to weather, these times are more than outweighed by many wonderful experiences. Adapting to a challenges of new way of life for a summer, complete with ice-cold waterfall showering, endless dhal bhatt (rice, lentils and veg curry), rock-solid beds, power cuts and lack of privacy has in return given me an inspiring insight into a friendly, enthusiastic community and their beautiful village, into joys of volunteering and into practical international development work. I have learnt many valuable life skills in a way that a textbook simply cannot teach and will continue my studies in Geography revitalised with a refreshed perspective thanks to my travels.
My deepest thanks goes to the Wetherby Lions Charitable Trust, Boston Spa and Tadcaster Round Table / Worcester College Travel grants for their generous help for making this experience possible both on a personal level and on behalf of the many families benefiting from our projects.