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    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

    What Lions are doing in Australia

    The international arm of Lions Clubs has published the video below to show what LCIF  and local Lions Clubs are doing to alleviate the problems caused by the bush fires in Australia.

    Elmet Lions club has made a donation via LCIF. You can too by clicking on the link at the end of the video.


    South Milford Santa Dash 5K 2019 (and shorter)

    Put the date in your calendar and start training to keep the Christmas pounds off – Sunday, 22nd December at 1pm at the Royal British Legion

    You can donate to this year’s charity beneficiaries via our Justgiving account by clicking on the button below:-

    Here’s what the organising Elves have to say about the event:-

    Your letters to Santa have been answered!!!!

    Like mince pies and dodgy jumpers, the Santa Dash is back. Who could believe we’re now into our 4th year running (no pun intended)

    So dust off your trainers, dig out your Santa outfit and work off the Xmas party excesses by joining us for a jog around the local area.

    We’re are delighted to announce we will be teaming up with Elmet Lions again this year & we will be fundraising much needed funds for the South Milford PTA and the Cricket Club.

    To enter for the 5K event or the shorter route go to the the dedicated Santa Dash website

    Presentation to Sherburn Bowling Club

    Lion President Paul and Lions Anne, Steve S and Steve C attended the club’s match and social evening yesterday evening to present a cheque for £500 towards the club’s cost of refurbishing ground maintenance equipment necessary to keep the club’s bowling green in tip-top condition.

    Paul, Steve S and Anne took the opportuntiy to try their hand at bowling on the crown green at the club’s premises on Finkle Hill, adjoining the White Rose football ground and can be seen in action in the photos below:-

    Cheque presentation to club members

    Anne is the first to try her hand

    Paul bowls the jack

    Steve S tries his hand

    Club members show how it is done

    New members

    Elmet Lions are pleased to welcome two new Lions to the club.

    Anne and Steve Snowdon were inducted at last night’s club meeting by Past President Ann Hudson and President Paul Croll.

    New members Anne and Steve Snowdon

    Easter Egg Raffle 2019

    Here are the locations where our Easter Eggs will be on display and where you can buy a £1 ticket to win one

    South Milford
    British Legion

    Lumby Garden Centre
    Selby Fork hotel

    Cross Keys
    Hungate school

    Crooked Billet
    Church Fenton
    Fenton flyer

    Burton Salmon

    and here’s what you could win