The Lions Santa
Once upon a time in the Town of Scunthorpe Father Christmas noticed that a
group called The Scunthorpe Lions were working so hard to help lots of
deserving organisations and people who were having problems of one kind or
another. So pleased was Santa with all this good work (especially around
Christmas) that he decided he would like to help the Lions. He agreed to
come along and meet hundreds of children attending the Lions annual evening
at the Scunthorpe Pantomime. This was so enjoyable for him that he has now
also decided to help the Lions again by coming to their Christmas Grotto at
Stephen Smith's Trent Valley Garden Centre.
All of this extra work for Santa at such a busy time in his life has not
stopped him from now agreeing to the Lions invitation to switch on the
Christmas Lights in Scunthorpe. Members of Scunthorpe Lions Club are so
pleased that Santa is doing so much for them that they have promised to keep
up with all their good deeds throughout the coming year
Left: Santa and members of the Scunthorpe Lions Club await the start of
the journey with his reindeer through town after the Christmas Lights
Left: After switching on the
Christmas Lights Santa traveled through the Town Center where he "Parked
Up" and had a chat with the Children of Scunthorpe.
Right: On the photo for the cheque
presentation are (left to right) Lions Dave Briggs, John Sennitt, Jim
Harding, John Rawlinson, Mike Kitchen, Club President Mick Wood, Bob
Hall, Mr Mervyn Gravil (Store Manager), Brian Patrick, Ken Bradley, and
Another hectic year for Santa, in fact it was so hectic we think he
has forgotten to send us those photographs he promised. Maybe he
thinks we want them on next years Christmas List. However we do have
a Photograph of the proceeds of Santa changing hands.
From Left to right: Lions John Rawlinson, Ron Riley, Stephen Smiths
Manager Mervin Gravil, Lion Mike Kitchen, Lion President Brian Patrick,
Lions Bob Hall and Graham Wicks.
With Christmas now only a few weeks away Santa has received an
official welcome to Scunthorpe from Mayor of North Lincolnshire Cllr.
As Santa arrived at Stephen Smiths Trent Valley Garden Centre for his
first session at the SCUNTHORPE LIONS CLUB Grotto The Mayor expressed
his pleasure at being able to officially open the proceedings and
added.. "I am delighted that the Lions have are able to run this grotto
as it is not only going to bring a lot of pleasure to children visiting
Santa but also it will help to ensure Lions are able to continue with
the tremendous amount of support they provide for our community" He also
added - "The Lions have also arranged for Santa to Switch On the town
centre Christmas lights so I am looking forward to meeting Santa again
TThe first visitor to the Grotto was 10 year old MILLIE WHITBY of
Scunthorpe. She had the added privilege of being introduced to Santa by
Cllr Ellerby and was delighted with her visit as she was able to ask
Santa if he would be able to deliver a new Liverpool Shirt on Christmas
Right: Scunthorpe Lions Club President
Lion Derek Hall presents a Thank you Certificate to Mr Neil Parker Shop
Manager of Steven Smiths Garden Centre for allowing the Scunthorpe Lions
to help run Santa's Grotto once again. Altogether the Lions collected
over �3,500 with every penny going to good causes.
Scunthorpe Lions President DEREK HALL told The Evening Telegraph "Lions are again indebted to Stephen Smiths for their generosity in the
way they have provided everything for the Grotto. The total proceeds
will be used by Lions to continue the work we are renowned for. During
the Christmas period we have a number of projects which will involve
providing a little extra Christmas cheer for many in our Town - from the
very young to the elderly".
Below: Santa welcomes one of the hundreds of children who
are invited to the 2006 Lions night out at the pantomime.
In 2006 Alisha Beckwith was the first of Santas visitors. She's seen
here with Santa and her Grandfather Malcolm (Geordie) Beckwith
(right), Margaret Rawlinson (Scunthorpe Lions) and Stephen Smiths
Shop Manager Neil Parker.
Right: Members of the Scunthorpe Lions
Club with Pictured during the cheque presentation with Stephen H Smiths
Manager Mr Mervyn Gravil