Edwinstowe and the Dukeries Lions
Plans are being put in place to provide a modified version of touring with Santa in the run up to Christmas. Edwinstowe and the Dukeries Lions have invited Santa and he has accepted and will join them on their journey around our local towns and villages. The definite plans are not complete at the time of writing so please check the Edwinstowe and the Dukeries Lions Club Facebook page. They may also be running a raffle on this Facebook page, so please join in.
The letters CIO at the end of the club’s title means their status is conferred by the Charity Commission on application by a charity, whether new or existing. A plus to this is they can now claim Gift Aid on personal donations. If you feel you would like to make a difference to our community please contact Bob on 07815 473802 and he will give you details.
Edwinstowe & Ollerton lights switch-on
The Lions have been invited to help with the light switch-ons in Edwinstowe and Ollerton, but as you read this article they should have taken place without public ceremonies.. You should be able to find some film of this on social media.
Lions Jon Yarwood and John Whitlam delivered much needed goods to the local refuge recently. The club donates food, bedding and clothing to help feed and clothe individuals who have escaped from domestic violence and / or abusive situations. These people often arrive with just the clothes on their back. This is the first stage of their support, where they are looked after until they can move to a safer environment.
ROPE Project (Reaching out to People Escaping)
Stage two of the club’s work with the refuge is in collaboration with the recently formed ROPE Project, which is based in Ollerton. They support the refuge to help people with their move to a new home and can source anything from a cup and saucer to a washing machine or cooker and all types of essential household items. ROPE also support homeless people with sleeping bags and warm clothing and Christmas care packages and are in the process of working with schools in local area to set up of a winter coat drive, which will see them distributing warm winter coats to families struggling with the knock on effect of COVID. If you can help the ROPE project with anything we take for granted please contact Toni on 07568 360917 or Bob on 07815 473802.
Ambassador of the Year
The club’s search for a young person to nominate for their Ambassador of the Year competition has been successful. It is a young man named Rylie Gretton from Ollerton, who was nominated by his school, Dukeries Academy. Rylie has a medical condition and has faced many problems. Two charities he wishes to help if he is successful are the Sheffield Children’s Hospital charity Sheffield Bears, where he has been treated, and Ollerton Rugby Club, who are and have been helping him since he was diagnosed. Rylie says he wishes to thank both of these causes. Good luck with the competition Rylie.