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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.
Lots of egg-related fun down at Valley Gardens this Easter Sunday, 20th April.
Bring your bonnets, or some eggs to be decorated, and join in. For the competitive there will be the chance to find your best time over the obstacle course or see just how far you can roll an ‘egg’ (not a real one – too messy!)
If anyone is interested in bringing a stall to the day, please let us know – free for charity groups.
We were very pleased and proud to be awarded the Peter H. Shaw award for the Lion’s District 105C best community project. This was presented at the District convention in a very blustery Bridlington last month. The convention was great fun, especially seeing all the clubs in costume at the fancy dress dinner, and it was also informative, giving us lots of new ideas we can use here in Harrogate. We were also able to thank all the Lions clubs across the District who had donated to the HELP appeal.
The award is a great tribute to all the people from Harrogate and beyond who attended events, climbed hills, ran, cycled and donated over the 10 months it took to raise the £80.000 needed.
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.
Congratulations to our two winners of the Harrogate heat, Amy Louise Clunes (Rossett) and Rebecca Redmayne (Ashville) who now go on to the District finals later in November. The theme this year is ‘Our World, Our Future’. Well done too to the runners up, Kerry Holtham, George Hayfield and Emma Moodie. The standard of work was again high and very difficult to judge.
Thanks to the judges: The Mayor, Councillor Michael Newby, Sheila Asanti from the Museum Service, and Lion Bob Norris.
We are very proud to announce the success of the HELP project to raise £80,000 to buy a new eye laser machine for Harrogate District Hospital. (See the full article here.)
We would like to thank everyone who donated funds or helped in other ways to enable us to reach the target
You may have seen dotted around the town’s pubs and restaurants a resplendent figure made from chocolate. Standing at 2ft tall, our Father Christmases were a real treat again this year, in fact Millstones Restaurant raffled off an amazing 16 of them!
Many thanks to the locals and visitors who joined the raffle – is your local in this list of supporters? Traveller’s Rest, Hales Bar, Christie’s, Black Swan, The Harlow, Catholic Club, The Nelson, Conservative Club, Stone House, The Regency, Slug and Lettuce, The Harwood, Knox Arms.
Back in November we were very pleased to be asked to attand the Special Olympics Yorkshire & Humberside swimming gala. This took place at the Harrogate Hydro for the 20th year.
Congratulations to all participants, and we look forward to seeing you again next year. Photos and comment.
Thanks to everyone who contributed to our Christmas collections, over £4,000 was raised. Your donations will make a real difference to those in need. We were very lucky with the weather, and Santa managed to make all his visits as planned – did you catch a glimpse?
Special mention to the 58 Squadron Air Cadets who joined us on the round the houses routes, those who volunteered (some via Harrogate CVS), and to Ripon Land Rover for lending us a vehicle to tow the sleigh – we couldn’t have done it without all your help.