The Filey Lions Club meets every month but we manage our numerous activities through a number of smaller member Committees, these meet as required at
The Welfare Committee exists to look at ways our Club can help elderly or vulnerable people in our community experience a better quality of life in some small way, for a short while or long term.
The Club often contributes financially towards the purchase of specialist equipment, intended to enrich the well being and quality of life, for a disabled person, young or old. Sometimes this equipment is not available through NHS channels and may be unaffordable to the individual, or group. Filey Lions will often fund part of the cost with other Groups.
One new initiative is looking at ways to enhance the Lions International 'Medic Alert' scheme with an 'Early Start' scheme for children up to the age of ten. The worldwide charity has a database which can provide MedicAlert bracelets for children which are engraved with their details, medical matters and key contact numbers.
We are also considering providing basic First Aid leaflets which will be available free of charge in the local area and may result in the saving of a life and very recently we have started looking at the possibility of making a donation to the 'Hearing dogs for deaf people' scheme.
The largest event this committee organises is our annual Over 85's Christmas Lunch, usually held on the second Saturday of December at Filey Ebor Academy. With the help of the School and their catering Company we entertain and provide lunch for around 100 people. Also annually, we take a small number of local disadvantaged people to a Grand Christmas concert at Bridlington Spa, organised by Bridlington Lions Club.
These are just a few examples of how Filey Lions can help the local community. We always welcome new ideas, please contact us with any ideas or requests you may have.
Fund Raising Committee
Filey Lions regularly donates money to local, and occasionally, national and International worthy causes, over the past year we have supported over 50 different requests. The money we give away has to be earned and this is what keeps our Fundraising Committee, Club members and their family and friends very busy.
Our typical annual events (which are listed on the Event Calendar page) include the following:
Animal Magic raffle. This is a stall on the Cobble Landing twice a year where we sell tickets which give you a chance to win a cuddly Toy. The proceeds of one of these is usually given to The Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
Trolley Dash at Tesco. We organise one at Easter and one just before Christmas. Tickets are sold and the winner enjoys a two minute trolley dash round the store.
The 10K beach Race in September. This starts in the Country Park, entrants run along the beach to Hunmanby Gap and then back to the Country Park.
Annual Bonfire and Fireworks. This community event is free to attend, Filey Lions organise and run fund raising stalls and accept donations by way of bucket collections. This is a significant community event which is expensive to organise and usually attracts over 2,500 people.
Christmas Santa Sleigh. Santa and his elves tour Filey, Hunmanby, Reighton, Speeton, Primrose Valley, Muston, Gristhorpe, Lebberston, Flixton, Folkton, calling at almost every house, wishing our community a Merry Christmas. We also take Santa and the float to Morrisons a number of times just before Christmas day.
Community Service Committee
Filey Lions Club’s community service Committee is the committee which looks at funding applications and requests for financial assistance . The majority of these come from Community groups, local sports teams, youth groups and occasionally individuals. The requests are looked at and discussed by the committee, which then makes a recommendation to the full club membership regarding supporting the request.
The Community service committee is also responsible for organising events for the community of Filey and district. For instance the annual bonfire and firework display which is held on West Avenue Car Park, requires a full year of pre-planning. The Fireworks are provided and executed by a professional company. The Committee needs to organise the music and sound system, wooden pallets for the fire from local businesses, first aid cover, floodlighting for the site, temporary toilets and much more.
If you have a request for assistance you should apply in the first instance through the website address, and this will be passed on to the committee for consideration.