A PONTELAND community group is once again going solo with its leadership.
John Morris is newly-elected President of Ponteland Lions Club for the next 12 months, taking over from the joint presidency held by two female members, Anke Jackson and Muriel Sobo.
In the past year it raised more than £11,000 to help others at a local, national and international level, mainly from the Swimarathon, the monthly bookstall, a Chinese meal and a flag day at Christmas.
Mr Morris said: “I am grateful for the past generosity of the people of Ponteland and during the forthcoming year I wish to ensure that Ponteland Lions continues to serve the local community and raise funds for local charities and other worthy causes.”
The main beneficiaries in the last year were the Great North Air Ambulance, which received £2,500, and the Memorial Hall, which was given £1,000.
Smaller amounts went to the Calvert Trust, Sick Children’s Trust and Ocean Youth among others and a guide group were supported in their plans to go to Ghana to help children.
Donations have been made by the club to Lions disaster funds for the UK, from which Morpeth benefited after the 2008 floods, as well as Lions International projects to help people in the developing world and emergency appeals, for example in New Zealand and Haiti after devastating earthquakes.
Of its activities relating to local residents, Mrs Sobo said: “What used to be ‘Care’ in Ponteland is still supported when the members and carers are taken to a panto at South Shields and have a fish and chip supper and entertainment on their return.
“Our annual Meet the Lions event is for the older members of the community in the Memorial Hall.
“They have a song and dance show, afternoon tea, play bingo and there is a superb raffle with prizes donated by local businesses who are generous in the help they give to the Lions.”