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HOW TIMES HAVE CHANGED

PONTEFRACT LIONESS CLUB

In 1977 Pontefract made history in the world of Lions Clubs International by forming the first Lioness Club in the British Isles and Ireland. Historically Lions Clubs were all male but having been in operation for 10 years in Pontefract the men had to recognise that they needed the ladies and as we were not able to be Lions what else could they do.

Our Mission is ‘to enjoy fun and friendship with like-minded individuals, whilst serving the needs of our local community and the wider world’ and we are proud to say that the Pontefract Lioness Club have been doing this successfully for over 28 years now.

We have faced our challenges throughout the years, not least when the Pontefract Lions Club closed down and we were left without a sponsor, but team work pulled together and South Kirkby came to our rescue; then again a few years ago when South Kirkby closed down and Castleford Lions came to our rescue.

From gardening to decorating to providing cookers and fridges and not forgetting hospital transport, tea parties for the elderly and trips to the Pantomime the Lionesses have always been there to help.

Getting up at 7am to decorate Santa’s grotto in the pouring rain always seems worthwhile when the bacon butties arrive at 9am; and the smiling faces of little children when Santa’s there to greet them brings sunshine to the wintery days.

More recently, our funds have been able to help the Knottingley Drop-in Centre’ to get up and running and provide equipment for the Teenage Cancer Unit at Leeds Hospitals.

As part of the largest service organisation in the world we are proud to be Lionesses but most of all we are ‘Ordinary People, doing Amazing Things’. So, If you are an ‘Ordinary Person’ and would like to become one of the Pride why not contact us on 01977 704591.

Jeannette Morgan
Pontefract Lioness Club


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