The social aspect of Caterham, Oxted & Godstone Lions Club has been slightly more to the fore this month. Members enjoyed an informal Fish & Chips Supper Social recently, with a Speaker from Oxted based charity “Clockwork”. These dedicated people are helping youngsters with depression and anxiety problems get through them and have steered some away from trying to take their own lives. It’s a worrying reality that our young people are affected by the pandemic and the modern ‘on line 24/7’ culture which unfortunately exists today. The Club will look to how we might support “Clockwork” in the future.

We are always on the lookout for new people to join the Club – more members mean we can do more things to help the local community. However, we do understand how the pressures of modern life and working may make people feel they don’t have time to join a Club and give it the attention they would like. If that’s you, why not consider volunteering to help us with our projects at times that are convenient to you? You don’t have to ‘sign up’ to a specific number of events but any help you could give would be gratefully received. We were fortunate to have 35 people volunteer to help with the Father Christmas Collection and during the year we have the Swimathon, Godstone Bank Holiday Fete, the afore mentioned Abba Concert – all these activities would benefit from a few more pairs of hands (and there’s all the social events to which you would be unreservedly invited!) Helping at Lions events gives such a feeling of satisfaction all round and you would never be left alone to cope – we’d be with you all the way (and you would be covered by our insurance!) 

April!? As we write this report do we dare to think that Spring is just around the corner after the wettest and muggiest February on record?

For some Members of Caterham Oxted & Godstone Lions Club the month was enlivened by attendance at the South East England District Convention in Arundel. Business was conducted, old friends met up, new friendships forged and, most likely, a little alcohol was consumed over the two days! Plans for the way forward into 2024, with new Club Officers and hopefully new ideas.

On the Fund Raising front, the Trivia Quiz on 9th March was a sell-out and on the Social front Members enjoyed Sunday Lunch at Tammy Thai Restaurant in South Godstone and visited the Wings Museum in Balcombe just before Ester.

The 20th April also sees one of our biggest fund-raising events of the year, the big charity concertat Caterham School. Once again, back by popular demand, it will be the Tribute Band “Abba Chique”. On their last visit this talented group brought the iconic quartet vividly to life and had the audience singing and even dancing in the aisles. Book your tickets by phoning Lion Tony Skilbeck on 01883 335945 or Lion John Quincey on 01883 742680. If you are local you may know that the Humphrey Hall is well towards the top of the Caterham School Campus, but fear not – our Minibus will provide a shuttle service from the Car Park in front of the main building on Harestone Valley Road.

Looking a bit further ahead, May will see the Annual Swimathon at de Stafford School – an opportunity for local groups to raise funds for themselves and test their swimming prowess – all ages can take part. Proceeds are divided 50/50 between participating Teams and Lions’ Charities.