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    Online Race Night Saturday 15th May at a house near you

    Save the date:
    Saturday, 15th May, 2021
    Online Race Night to raise funds for local causes within the Sherburn in Elmet area.
    Starters orders will be around 7pm
    If you’d like to sponsor a race (great advertising) or buy a horse please get in touch.
    If you’d like to join in the fun watch this space for how to have the Saturday night of your life!
    Call Paul on 07807420862 or Maggie on 07803022423


    Tickets on sale here

    Scouts’ Christmas collection

    We read about the toy appeal from Sherburn Scouts who are distributing to families in the area. We have gone out and bought presents for all age groups. They’ll be dropped off at the Scout Hut in the day. Hope it makes the children happy at Christmas

    Been to drop our gifts off at the Scouts hut . Must say they have done really well with their collection. Well done!

    Message from Santa

    Elmet Lions has been in touch with Santa and because he’s disappointed not be seeing all the children on his sleigh this year, he’s sent you this video!

    If you’ve been touched by Santa’s words and feel you could donate to Elmet Lions this year – even though we have no Santa Sleigh – here’s the link.
    Thank you for helping us to help local organisations and volunteers fulfill their roles.
    Have a very Happy Christmas


    Flu jab marshalling

    When South Milford Surgery decided to operate a drive through Flu vaccination service at Sherburn Aero Club in October a number of Lions volunteered to act as marshalls. You’ll be pleased to know we weren’t given anything sharp or pointed  to deal with but we did help with the smooth running of this week-long event.

    We were grateful to receive a donation to our charity account in return for our efforts.

    What did we do during the first Covid Lockdown?

    The first lockdown meant that we could no longer operate as we usually did, running fundraising events for various causes and making donations to them. 

    This was recognised throughout the UK Lions organisation and our UK Headquarters decided to make grants available for lockdown-related projects. We applied for such a grant and received £1,000 towards our proposal to supply scrubs to local care homes, hospitals and other care-related organisations.

    We first registered with the national Scrubs website (scrubhub.org), took advice on sources of fabric supply and the required sewing patterns and set about recruiting experienced volunteer sewers to make scrubs, laundry bags and related products.

    To date we have supplied:-

    Wash bags

    Meadow Lodge Care Home Services

    Selby Hospital

    Hilltop Manor – Sherburn in Elmet


    Wakefield Hospital

    Harrogate Hospital

    Selby Hospital

    York Hospital

    Over the duration of the first lockdown when the shortage of PPE was a major issue.

    We also raised funds from donations made through our website amounting to a further £125 and added further funds from our own charity account.

    Here are some of the photos we took relating to this project:-

    Santa, Zoom meetings and Children’s meals

    Santa’s sleigh

    This is a very challenging year for everyone we know, however none was the bigger challenge than deciding not to run the Santa Sleigh around Sherburn and surrounding villages.

    We have been taking the sleigh round for over 20 years, however this year Covid19 and all its associated Health and Safety and risk of infection beat us.  We care about you – we care about us – we care not to spread this virus.

    Our apologies – we will be back in 2021 – bigger, bolder, better and brighter!  Watch this space!


    We met one of the challenges of meeting regularly by holding virtual meetings on Zoom.  Whilst we miss the face to face contact of a real meeting, the virtual meetings can be formed, quickly, easily and from the comfort of our own homes.

    This is what we did when we read that some of the pubs in the area were rising to the challenge of feeding children over half term.  An emergency meeting was held and within 10 minutes we had agreed to fund 100 meals over the half term.  Job done quickly and easily.

    Our picture shows Elmet Lions (all looking very bandit-like with face coverings!) with Carol from The Wheatsheaf in Sherburn assembling the dinners for collection/delivery. 

    The pictures are courtesy of True North Photography run by Mark Hillyer who did an amazing photo shoot for us.  Check him out at www.mjhstudio.co.uk

    Supporting the community

    Two causes were brought to our attention during October, 2020 and it fulfilled our desire to support the uniformed organisations in the area.

    Alex Richardson is a Sherburn Scout who has been selected to go to the International Jamboree in Poland next year (should have been this year, but this pesky virus postponed it!) and he is raising funds to get him there by riding a static exercise bike the amount of miles for Sherburn to Poland.  Elmet Lions have stepped in and helped with a donation to help him on his way. Great work Alex – keep pedalling!

    The other is the formation of Rainbows and Brownies in South Milford who needed help with set up costs.  Again Elmet Lions have stepped in with a donation which will go towards overheads and also activities.

    Looking forward

    If you have a cause that you feel we could help you with please do let us know. Paul Croll (President)   is always keen to hear from people paulcroll@hotmail.co.uk or contact Maggie Hartley (Vice President) bigmagsin@gmail.com