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October 12, 2020

Someone you know missed out on the Queen’s Birthday Honours award? Then tell us about any exceptional adult in our community that has gone ‘above and beyond’ in the last few months of the coronavirus outbreak or has made Wetherby a better place for all of us in the last year(s). If so, Wetherby Lions ‘Townsperson of the Year’ is the place where that person can be recognised.

You can complete and submit your nominee application in several ways, do it online here print the nomination form here and post or call 0345 833 9529.

The closing date for completed forms is 30th November 2020. 

Like to join our 'grrrrrreat' team of Lions and make a positive contribution to your community?  Then as a Lions Club member or volunteer,...

September 15, 2020

As a much-loved charity The Yorkshire Air Ambulance celebrates its 20th anniversary next month, long-time supporters Wetherby Lions will be helping it to fly high. A sponsored balloon race will feature as part of the festivities. And, with the Lions-backed Wetherby Beer Festival unable to go ahead this year because of the pandemic, its usual sponsors are being encouraged to turn their attentions to helping the YAA event. The YAA Virtual Balloon Race will run throughout its birthday week starting at 12 pm on Monday 19th October and finishing at 12 pm on Sunday 25th October on its 20th Birthday. Balloons cost £3 each to buy and can be purchased through the online shop

September 15, 2020

 (Photo left to right - 1st Vice-President Nigel Ware, Lion President Tim Ritson)

Wetherby Lions were privileged to play host at their latest meeting to Nigel Ware, 1st Vice District Governor.  This was a significant visit as it coincided with the Lions’ AGM and their first 'face to face' meeting for six months.  

The meeting venue was COVID-19 secure as Lion members had been asked to maintain social distancing and use sanitising products as required.  'Zoom' facilities were provided for Lion members preferring to remain at home.

Lion Nigel was welcomed by Wetherby Lion President Tim Ritson.

Our visitor showed great enthusiasm for proposals to continue this year with Santa’s Sleigh despite the uncertainties ahead. The need to constantly review all...

August 12, 2020

 (Photo left to right - Wetherby Town Mayor, Neil O’Byrne, Connal Kelly and Leah Robinson (Boots representative), and Morrison’s Store Manager, Paul Saville)

Chemist staff win Yorkshire Day hamper  -  hampers stuffed full of Yorkshire goodies were the prizes in ‘The Great Yorkshire Quiz’ organised by Morrison’s Community Champion and Wetherby District Lions Club (CIO) to celebrate ‘Yorkshire Day’.

Mark Hopkins, Morrison’s Community Champion, said “Over 200 entries were distributed in the store and around the town.  Thanks to the support of Wetherby Lion members, the quiz was a ‘roaring’ success!”

The two lucky winners – Connal Kelly and Leah Robinson (Boots representative) are shown in the photo with the hampers presented by Wetherby Town Mayor, Neil...

August 5, 2020

(Photo left to right - Lion President Tim and Mark Hopkins, Morrisons' Community Champion)

Wetherby Lions joined forces with supermarket giant Morrison’s to celebrate Yorkshire Day in the form of a 10-question quiz for shoppers at the town-centre store.  And with a giant hamper up for grabs as first prize there was no shortage of aisle-browsers coming up with the answers to the Yorkshire-themed posers.

Fronted by Lion President Tim Ritson and Morrisons' Community Champion Mark Hopkins, see photo, the quiz certainly brought a fun element in these troubled times.  Said Tim: “Mark and I wore the traditional Yorkshire flat cap, though we thought it best to leave our whippets back home.  We dropped our masks for the photos, with some wags commenting that we looked bette...

July 30, 2020

   (Photo - Morrisons Community Board)

Wetherby District Lions and Morrison’s are working together for the benefit of our local community and have a very close working relationship with Morrison’s Community Champion.  Lion members are able to replenish funds through in-store ‘bag packs’ and to contribute to Morrison’s efforts to support the most vulnerable in the community.  We also support each other’s events – advertising and selling tickets for Lion’s promotions such as the Great Yorkshire Bike Ride, Wetherby Duck Race; Wetherby Beer Festival; the very popular Santa’s Sleigh; raising funds for CLIC Sargent; Morrison’s community quiz and regular ‘one day’ events such as ‘Yorkshire Day’.

This excellent partnership, with generous support from local printe...

July 18, 2020

We live in a data-driven world. Almost every transaction and interaction you have with most organisations involves you sharing personal data.  You share data online too, every time you visit a website, search for or buy something, use social media or send an email.

Wetherby District Lions have now complied with the law to make sure that all your communications with us are safe to the best of our knowledge, that is the main reason why we have registered with the Information Commissioners Office, see our certificate above.

We have also updated our 'Privacy Policy' and 'Cookie' Policy', see here .  Members do hope that we have made our electronic communications safe for you to continue to us.

If you would like to help your c...

July 9, 2020

Wetherby District Lions Club members are really pleased to be able to offer some financial support to this fantastic programme of dance for young people!

Under the auspices of Wetherby Arts Festival, dance professional Katy Hewison, based in Wetherby, assisted by three other dance artists, will lead 'Improplay', a project which brings together young children, educators and dance artists into creative reflective spaces, exploring dance improvisation and its effects on learning, engagement and energy awareness. 

Lion members hope that the values of 'Inspire, Experience and Share' will shine through, that in this new era of community living, families, children and people in Wetherby will be touched, supported and encouraged by this inspirational endeavour.

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July 9, 2020

   (Photo left to right - Lion President Tim Ritson & Morrisons Wetherby Store Manager, Paul Saville)

Wetherby District Lions Club members have developed an extremely close and mutually beneficial partnership with Wetherby Morrison's to support the local community.  Morrison's Community Champion, Mark Hopkins, has played an integral part in supporting various Lions events and many of our local charities have benefited from Lions 'bag packs' at the store.

Lions President, Tim Ritson, was delighted to present a 'Certificate of Appreciation' to Wetherby Store Manager, Paul Saville in recognition of the support from the company.

If you would like to help your community we would love to hear from you so please contact us by telephoning 0345 833 9529, by c...

July 8, 2020

   (Photo right to left - Steve Bonner and his mum Christine in the wheelchair)

Wetherby District Lions had surplus wheelchairs available from their short term community loan scheme.  They were advertised on their social media platforms and it was seen by Steve.  He commented, "I got in touch with Wetherby Lions about taking one, by the next day me and my mother had tested one of the large wheeled chairs and decided to take it.  For me it was an absolute bargain as it was free of charge, however I gave a donation to them towards their annual servicing costs. The new wheelchair has made it 10 times easier already for my mother to get around and it will benefit towards her getting out more often.  We can't thank the Wetherby Lions enough for the services t...

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