16 April 2024

Withernsea Lions’ helping hand for the community

By Terry Bearpark

Five local organisations have received donations, thanks to the generosity of Withernsea Lions.

The awards, totalling £2,500, were made by Withernsea and District Lions Club as part of its annual Community Grants scheme and has seen Ottringham receiving £500 to promote its many events, Patrington Village Hall getting £500 towards the installation of a defibrillator, Withernsea Methodist Church being granted £250 towards its Warm Space project, Withernsea Youth Club receiving £500 and the Shores Centre getting £750 towards its food bank scheme.

The awards were made by at the Lions’ 55th Charter Dinner held at the Patrington Haven Country Club where 70 Lions and guests, including members of other Lion Clubs, enjoyed a three-course meal.

Top-table guests were Lion President John Earle and his wife Christine, Withernsea mayor Jacqui Blackburn and her consort Ian, Lion District Governor Kevin Hunter and his wife Cynthia and Withernsea Royal British Legion president Darren England and his wife Marie.

Mr Earle said the Lions were pleased to help local groups to further their work in the community and thanked his fellow Lions for all their hard work over the year.

Mr Hunter thanked Withernsea Lions for inviting him to the charter dinner and thanked members for their work in the community.

He also presented long service awards and certificates to Lion Glyn Webster, who has served for 50 years, Lion Secretary Ernie Oldfield, 45 years and Lion Ron Duplock, 20 years.

Also present were volunteers who help run the Lions’ charity shop in Queen Street, one of the main sources of the club’s income, and he praised them for their work and dedication in the shop.

The charity shop would be pleased to enrol more volunteers to help out. Anyone who is interested in giving some of their time can just pop in and talk to staff members.

Withernsea Lions are always pleased to take on new members, too. For more information, contact the secretary, Ernie Oldfield, on 01964 623138.