News from Caterham, Oxted & Godstone Lions – August 2023

By Peter Drysdale

Caterham, Oxted & Godstone (COG) Lions have a knack for enjoying themselves while they fundraise, and our recent trivia quiz at Godstone’s White Hart Barn was no exception. Around 60 people answered a selection of brain teasers while enjoying a ploughman’s supper and raising £700 for Lions International Blood Research Appeal (LIBRA) at King’s College Hospital. One of our club members will present the cheque to the hospital in person, a gesture made particularly poignant because a close member of his family has recently been treated there for a rare blood disorder. Research charity LIBRA was set up shortly before COG Lions was formed in 1978, and we have been proudly supporting it with donations from time to time ever since. 

June is the ‘change-over month’ for Lions clubs all over the world and our local club is no different. Our handover lunch was held recently at Horne Golf Club, when the past year was reviewed and thanks given for everything achieved. Outgoing President Lion Chris Frith presented incoming President Lion Tony Gordon with the Lion President’s chain of office. We wish Lion Tony and his wife Sue an enjoyable and successful year of office.

‘Music in the Meadow’ was one of Bletchingley’s Bletchfest events. The club went along to sell burgers and hot dogs to the attending crowd which enjoyed music from local rock bands and a DJ. The cooking equipment will be put to good use again before long as we will be the main provider of food at Godstone’s bank holiday fete on Godstone Green. We’ll also be selling popcorn, candyfloss and cold drinks etc. (Remember your cash please, as we can’t take cards.)

Come and say hello to us: we’re always on the look-out for new members who have the welfare of others at heart and want to make a difference while enjoying fun and fellowship in the club. Plus, there’s no entry fee for the fete, plenty of parking, a wide variety of stalls and a donkey derby…what more could anybody want?

To find out more about your local Lions club, please call Lion Tony on 01883 741809. We also have a minibus available for hire – contact Lion David on 01342 893353. 
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