Lions Helping the Community

Bridlington Lions club has recently brought some happiness into the lives of two local families.

Simon Malone, who is a qualified fitness instructor, is paralysed from the chest down. He is currently training his son who is a Yorkshire amateur boxing champion. Simon needed a special motorised adaption to his wheelchair to enable him to accompany his son on training runs. Simon has also been in discussion the Council to install special fitness equipment for use by the disabled in the new Leisure Centre. The photograph shows Simon with the current Lions club President Gordon Boyes and the club’s appeals coordinator Derek Boyland as they hand over the motorised fitment for Simon’s wheelchair.

Then Judith Walton wrote to the Lions saying that they wanted to ride out as a family but needed a special tandem bike so that her husband Cliff could also take along their teenage son Charlie who is disabled. After contacting a supplier in York, a special bike was prepared and delivered recently. The photo shows Cliff Walton with son Charlie in the front seat, again with Lions President Gordon Boyes and Lion Derek Boyland.

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1st May Car Boot


the cliff top car boot sale is on tomorrow from 7am.

Access to the field is from Sewerby Road opposite the entrance to Sewerby Grange Hotel and Restaurant. Postcode for your satnav is YO15 1ER.

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Carnival 2016

It will soon be May and the time is right to apply for this years 2016 summer carnival.

If you would like to come along and have a great time then please use the application form on the right hand side of this web page.


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Lions Social

Another enjoyable social for the elderly living in Bridlington as they were entertained by ‘The Filey
Showgroup’ singing popular songs from several decades. A very tasty meal was served and the usual game of bingo finished off a fun afternoon.

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New Member for Bridlington Lions

A shake of hands with Lion President Gordon Boyes after new Lion Michael Selby was inducted into Bridlington Lions Club on 24th March this year.


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Hornsea Lions Club Visit

Another friendly visit by Zone Chairman Ken Thorpe accompanied by members of Hornsea Lions Club.


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Boots the Optician Recycling Box

RecycleFSColor[1] (Mobile)We are happy to be able to announce that we now have a spectacle recycling box at the Boots Opticians in the Promenades Shopping Centre.

If you have any unwanted pairs of glasses that you would like to dispose of then we are happy to take them for recycling. Boot in the Promenades is the latest location to offer the recycling facility.

Recycling your unused glasses allows the Lions Club to help other people in developing counties have improved eye sight through the Lions eye health programme.

Prevent Blindness, Saving Sight for Millions of People Around the World

For nearly 100 years, our members have worked on projects designed to prevent blindness, restore eyesight and improve eye health and eye care for hundreds of millions of people worldwide. Lions volunteer to take part in sight projects that have:

  • Saved the sight of more than 15 million children by providing eye screenings, glasses and other treatments through Sight for Kids.
  • Established or strengthened pediatric eye care centers that have helped more than 120 million children.
  • Helped halt the spread of trachoma in Ethiopia by providing 10 million doses of the sight-saving drug azithromycin annually.
  • Prevented serious vision loss for more than 30 million people worldwide.
  • Improved eye care for 100 million people by training more than 650,000 eye care professionals and building 315 eye hospitals.
  • Distributed more than 147 million treatments for river blindness.
  • Provided nearly 8 million cataract surgeries.
  • Vaccinated 41 million children in Africa against measles – a leading cause of childhood blindness.

Since 1990, Lions have raised US$415 million through two SightFirst fundraising campaigns to help provide vision for all.

Lions Work to Improve Sight and Prevent Blindness

Through efforts such as these, Lions have gained worldwide recognition for our work to improve sight and prevent blindness. Our members around the world are also actively involved in:

  • Supporting Lions Eye Banks that provide eye tissue for sight-saving surgeries.
  • Screening the vision of hundreds of thousands of people every year.
  • Preventing blindness by providing treatment to those at risk of losing their vision.

In 1925, Helen Keller challenged Lions to become “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness.” And we accepted. Today, sight programs remain one of our defining causes.

Giving People Who Cannot See a Place to Hear Laughter

Lions proudly support recreational camps that are customized to meet the special needs of children and adults who are blind or who have severe vision loss. With input from experts – physicians, departments and ministries of health and local foundations – Lions have organized recreational camps to give these individuals the unique experience of camping.

Vision Screenings

A vision screening is done to separate those with and without possible vision problems.  Vision screening results may indicate a potential need for further assessment.  Partner with eye care professionals to carry out joint screening events.

Lions Recycle for Sight

In just about any dresser drawer, one can find a pair of eyeglasses that are no longer being used. That same pair of eyeglasses can change another person’s life.

That’s why we started the Lions Recycle for Sight program. Everyone can help.

Throughout the year, Lions, Leos and other volunteers collect used eyeglasses and deliver them to regional Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centers (LERCs). LERC volunteers clean, sort by prescription strength and package the glasses.  Most of the recycled glasses are distributed to people in need in developing countries where they will have the greatest impact.

Eyeglass Recycling – How You Can Help

If you have used eyeglasses you no longer need, you can donate them now. Lions accept prescription and reading glasses, sunglasses and plastic and metal frames. Children’s glasses are especially needed. Here’s how you can help.

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2016 Car Boot Dates


The next Lions Car Boot of 2016 will be on Sunday May 1st.

Car boot sales are held on the first Sunday of the month.

Booters can turn up anytime from 7am.

The cost will be £10 for a car or van.

We have loads of space.

There will be a burger van and coffee seller.

This years dates are as follows:

May 1st

June 5th

July 3rd

August 7th – also the Lions Summer Carnival

and September 4th



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Queensgate Park Bulb Planting

On December 3rd we were very pleased to have the assistance of members of the East Riding College come and join us at Queensgate Park for a spot of bulb planting.

There were around 1700 daffodil bulbs to plant weighing in at around 125kg. Without the assistance of the 23 students from the the Public Services Course it would have been hard work getting them all planted before spring!

The planting of the bulbs is a project which is a part of the Lions Centennial Challenge which aims to reach 100 million people through engaging our youth, working in the environment, relieving hunger and sharing the vision.

The Public Services Course gives students the opportunity to find out more about the roles, responsibilities and purpose of the public services and is aimed at giving them an insight into a career in public services such as the Army, the Royal Navy, the Royal Air Force, the police, the fire and rescue service, HM Coastguard, the prison service or the ambulance service.

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A New Single for Christmas from Emmie Beckitt and Rick Wakeman


By Dan Wooding, Founder of the ASSIST News Service

LONDON, UK (ANS – November 21, 2015) — “Welcome A Star” is the first single from 15-year-old soprano Emmie Beckitt, in collaboration with classically trained pianist, composer and TV presenter, Rick Wakeman.

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Rick first met Emmie, who has been singing classical repertoire since the age of ten, at a fundraiser for Kids ‘n’ Cancer – and was so impressed by her crystal clear voice and effortless range that he decided her to record a song from his oratorio The New Gospels, which tells the real story of Christmas.

The result is “Welcome A Star”, a beautifully melodic Christmas song, released by Hope Records via Nova Distribution, on Friday 4 December. “Welcome A Star” was recorded by Emmie with the English Chamber Choir and the Orion Orchestra, and features Rick on keyboards.

Like Wakeman, Emmie is a practising Christian having been Christened and also having had her first Holy Communion and confirmation at her Church which is Our Ladys St Peter Bridlington in East Yorkshire where she also sings at services there.

Currently studying for her Grade 8 exam in singing, Emmie Beckitt takes part in the Senior School Chamber Choir at St Augustines, Scarborough, North Yorkshire and is also a member of her school orchestra and jazz band, as she plays tenor saxophone, violin and piano. When aged only 13, she supported Katherine Jenkins in concert and a year later, appeared at Roy Wood’s sell-out show at the Birmingham Symphony Hall, where she received a standing ovation. She recently sang “The Hymn”, composed by Sir Tim Rice and Rick Wakeman, with an orchestra and choir, at The Sage Gateshead, as part of the Tim Rice Concert Series.

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A Fellow of the Royal College of Music, Professor of the London College of Music, former YES keyboard player, Watchdog presenter and renowned Grumpy Old Man, classically trained pianist Rick Wakeman began his career as a much-sought-after session musician in the late Sixties, playing on more than 2,000 records by a wide variety of artists, including Cat Stevens, David Bowie, Marc Bolan and Black Sabbath. In the early Seventies, he found fame in his own right as a member of first Strawbs and then YES. As a solo artist and with YES, he has sold more than 50,000,000 albums. He has written a number of film scores and has become a TV regular, appearing on shows like Never Mind The Buzzcocks and Countdown and of course, Grumpy Old Men and Watchdog. He still finds time to perform numerous concerts around the world every year, ranging from his extremely popular one-man show to extravaganzas that feature symphony orchestras and choirs. Both Emmie and Rick are patrons of the Chesterfield charity Kids’n’ Cancer and a percentage of the profits from the sale of Welcome A Star will be donated to that organisation.

Welcome a Star is released on Friday, December 4, and is available in CD and digital single formats:

Rick Wakeman’s official website:

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (US),

Note: Dan Wooding has been friends with Rick Wakeman for more than 40 years and recently re-released his official biography of him called, “Caped Crusader: Rick Wakeman in the 1970s.) If you would like to purchase a copy of the book, just go to:  .

Photo captions: 1) Emmie Beckitt singing with Rick Wakeman accompanying her on piano. 2) Cover of the book. 3) Rick Wakeman with Dan and Norma Wooding in Southern California.

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About the writer: Dan Wooding, 74, is an award-winning author, broadcaster and journalist who was born in Nigeria of British missionary parents, and is now living in Southern California with his wife Norma, to whom he has been married for 52 years. They have two sons, Andrew and Peter, and six grandchildren who all live in the UK. He has been close friends with Rick Wakeman for more than 40 years now and, while he was working as a reporter for a local London newspaper, he even wrote the very first story about Wakeman. This was a time when Rick was still a student at the prestigious Royal College of Music in London, and was paying his way through college by doing hundreds of sessions, that included Morning Has Broken with Cat Stevens, and Space Oddity with David Bowie.

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Emmie Beckitt is a keen supporter of the Bridlington Lions Club.

The club were very pleased that Emmie sang for them at the Lions Christmas Carol Concert which was held at the Bridlington Spa Royal Hall in early December.

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