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Sports and Fun Day – August 9th, Sandall Park, Doncaster

Each year Thorne Rural Lions run a Fun and Sports Day for people with disabilities or special needs. There’s lots of entertainment and different types of event to take part in, and if anyone is interested in coming down with us this year, or would like to find out more please let us know so we can start planning the transport needs. Below is part of the invitation extended by Lion Barry Goforth from Thorne Rural:

We are in its 34th year and many hundreds of disabled/special needs people have enjoyed the day, they receive a special medal which is to be treasured by all who take part and there are trophies to be won, all you have to do is turn up on the day and enjoy what is there for all to benefit from and remember for ever.

It’s a free day to all who come to enjoy the fun and friendship throughout the day, it consists of games and entertainment, to take part and enjoy also free refreshments for all entries.


Tewit Youth Band concert



The  Tewit Youth Band  gave  an excellent  concert  in support  of  the  Harrogate Eye Laser Project at The Crown Hotel, Harrogate on Saturday 18th January

The performance was by the   Senior section of the  Band  which is  made up of 30 young people between the ages of 13 and 17.

They have performed in the Royal Festival Hall, London, Symphony Hall, Birmingham and toured Europe on a number of occasions, including Prague in 2008, and Germany and Luchon, France in 2012. The Senior Band are currently the holders and winners of the Wharfedale trophy, the Harrogate Competitive festival entertainment class and regular qualifiers for the Music for Youth Championships.

The evening was a great success and the band received a standing ovation at the end.

You can find out more about them at their website.


Peace Poster Display

If you visit Harrogate Library over half term, you will see a colourful display of posters by local schoolchildren, all on the theme of Peace. These are this year’s entrants to the annual Peace Poster competition run by Harrogate Lions.

Ashville College and Rossett School are taking part, and winners of this heat will go forward to the District finals.

Judging will take place on Tuesday 30th October at 2pm, and we are sure our judges will have very enjoyable task. This year the judges are our Mayor and Mayoress Mr and Mrs Robert Windass, Diane Taylor from the Museum Service and our Lion President Bryn Heapy.

Harrogate Lions out and about

Choir concert

Many thanks to all who came to the Wesley Methodist Church, where Bilton Grange PC, Richard Taylor PC,  and Willow Tree PC choirs performed a charming  benefit concert for Candlelighters and Harrogate Lions’ causes. We expect to have raised around £500.

International Youth Festival

Recently you may have seen us assisting at the parade for the International Youth Festival, where bands from all over the world played in procession all around the town. Volunteer participation was key to this event going ahead – you may know that for a few years it has not taken place due to lack of marshalling. Hopefully next year our members can be there again, keeping spectators and players safe.

Olympic fever

More marshalling – we were thrilled to be asked to assist when the Olympic torch came through the town. If you were there on the day you will know what a fabulous day it was. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play a part in a bit of Harrogate history, and we even got to keep our tabards!