TYNEDALE Lions Club is hoping to recruit new members to ensure it can carry on its community work in the future.

Set up in 1977, the club has supported many worthy causes throughout Tynedale and beyond.

The club currently has 30 members, with the average volunteer in their mid-70s.

"We need younger people and that's so the good work that we believe we do can continue into the future," said member Jonathan Hill.

Through various fundraising events, most notably the Tynedale Beer Festival which they organise in partnership with the Tynedale Rugby Football Club, the club distributes money directly to local charities and organisations.

The club also launched the Men's Shed in 2019, located in the garden of 28 Derwent Road in Hexham, which aims to be a friendly and welcoming meeting place where men can come together for workshop activities.

Their Santa's sleigh also spread festive cheer to children in communities across the district every year, and the club supplies volunteers for various organisations and initiatives including West Northumberland Food Bank, Tynedale Talking Newspaper, Transition Tynedale, and Hexham Wombles.

The Tynedale Lions also have a bursary scheme to highlight and reward the exceptional achievements of young people in the district, and they are currently developing a Young Leaders initiative.

The club meets at the County Hotel in Hexham at 7pm on the second and fourth Mondays of the month, excluding bank holidays.

Those interested in joining the club are welcome to attend any of their meetings or email tynedalelionsclub@gmail.com for more information.