News from Caterham, Oxted & Godstone Lions Club – July 2023

By Peter Drysdale

On 13 May, the Lions Club of Caterham, Oxted & Godstone held its annual Charity Swimathon at De Stafford School in Caterham. Fourteen teams took part, from local organisations such as Whyteleafe Guides, (including 6-year-old Abbie!), Whyteleafe Cubs, Purley Cubs, scouts from Woldingham and Caterham, Taekwando Seniors and Juniors, Future Gymnastics (who entered three teams), Little Kickers and, of course, the Lions, with the help of two gallant volunteers.

The number of lengths achieved varied from Taekwondo Seniors (67) down to the team with disabilities from Bletchingley Skills Centre, who achieved a wonderful 40 lengths, and the various Cub teams, who all came in at 30-something lengths. Their sponsorship money will be collected and divided between their charities and the Lions Club.

There was enthusiastic participation from everybody involved, with all the teams commenting on how much they had enjoyed the event. They hoped the Lions would hold it again next year, with even more teams entering. Our grateful thanks go to Epps Electrical, Specsavers Caterham, Crystal Carpets in Caterham and Paul James Jewellers, Oxted, for sponsoring the event.

Tickets sold out very quickly for a trivia quiz night held on 17 June in Godstone’s White Hart Barn – always a popular social and fundraising evening. There will be another one later in the year.

Six of us enjoyed a taster session at Godstone Bowls Club recently. There is a lot more to it than just bowling a ball down! Our champion bowler on the night was Lion Tony G, who seemed to know exactly what to do. Our thanks go to their secretary Geoff for showing us the ropes. If anyone is interested in trying bowls, they are always up for new members.

Want to meet the Lions? You’ll find us at the fete on Godstone Green on the August bank holiday: we’ll be selling burgers, popcorn, candyfloss and cold drinks etc. Why not drop by to say hello and sample what we’re offering?

If you would like to know more about your local Lions Club, call Lion Tony, on 01883 741809. The Lions also have a minibus available for hire: speak to Lion David on 01342 893353.

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