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

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 or contact Maggie Hartley (Vice President)