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Woking Lions Past President Bob Hills is delighted to welcome the Club’s third female president, Jackie Taylor. Shenow succeeds previous presidents Avril Surridge in 2000/2002 and Tess Hulland in 2005/2007, who both completed two years service. Jackie has been secretary of Woking Lions since 2017 and works as an Operations Analyst for an insurance company. Her interests include travel, cooking and hiking.

One of Jackie’s main aims as President is to expand membership of the club who  raise funds and carry out service activities to support the local Woking Community. Jackie said: ‘I am pleased and privileged to become President of Woking Lions and will be encouraging our Club to raise even more funds through our annual race on Horsell Common, thequiz in October, collections and other activities to help those in need throughout the Woking area’.      

Martian Race raises around £10,000

WOKING Lions Club celebrated its most successful charity run on Sunday. More than 600 runners registered for its Martian Race, with about 510 taking part.
PRIZE GUYS – Simon Egan, centre, the winner of the men’s 21k event, with second Rich Lazell, left, and third Adam Bennett ….plus a friend

The June 30th event, over a choice of either five, 10 or 21-kilometre distances, passed the sandpits on Horsell Common, where the aliens landed in the HG Wells novel The War of the Worlds

“The income generated that day for good causes was only £1,000, compared with the probability of over £10,000 this year when the running costs have been included.”

Roger went on: “A big thank you is due to all those involved, but we are especially grateful to Horsell Scouts, without whom we would not have had all the tents, and particularly the First Aid set-up, and to Trident Honda for being our sponsor this year and meeting the cost of the unique Martian Medals.”

For more details of the race and results, please visit

Winners were as follows:

5 km
Under 16 boys Barny Jackman*
Under 16 girls Paige Chamberlain
Gents Gavin Jackman*
Ladies Kay Trinder
Mixed Team Get Carters

10 km 
Mixed team – The Sunday Social Long Slow Runners
Female team The Speed Birds
Male Team Horsell Runners
Gents Daniel Hull
Ladies Lisa Faunch

Half Marathon
Mixed Team S. P. D.
Male Team Horsell Husbandry Runners
Gents Ben Goddard**
Ladies Claire Eldridge

* Father and son.
** Ben G won the ½ m last year as well.

All funds raised will go out to Transform Housing to support its Woking properties and residents, Woking & Sam Beare Hospice towards the outstanding ‘new build’ costs, Woking Community Transport who are helping us with 2 Bustler buses on the day, York Road Projects, Woking District Guides (East & West) and Woking District and Horsell Scouts who are also helping us to help them look after the many homeless people and to other local Community Welfare good causes within our area.

Race Night

What a night! £1282 was made at the Woking Lions race night this year. A fantastic and tense end as the last race was auctioned off. Thanks to everyone who attended and contributed.

Sweet success at Woking Lions' Bake Off

Woking Lions' Bake Off took place on Sunday (28 April) in aid of Royal Surrey County Hospital Charity.

The event saw dozens of visitors call at St John's Village Memorial Hall for a delicious sweet treat. The Star Baker prize was won by Lisa Hollonby, Show Stopper by Claire Tharme and Master Baker by Sharon Blackmore.

The baking competition raised a brilliant £532.54 on the day, which will support young people living with and beyond cancer who use the hospital's Teenage and Young Adult Cancer service (TYAC).

The event was hosted by Antonella Pastore and Membership Secretary Emma Brawley. Emma said:

I am delighted that our event was a success and of help to young people in need at a critical time of their lives.

Quiz Night 


Hosted at Westfield Football Club on Friday 29 September, Woking Lions organised another successful quiz to raise funds for their annual lunch at Moorcroft Day Centre for those on their own on Xmas Day.  Profits will also go towards over 200 hampers to needy people during the festive seasonand meals on wheels for the less mobile.   Quiz master Mike Brawley challenged 73 enthusiasts to demanding rounds of questions while volunteers from the football club tended the bar.  Lions Emma Brawley and Nella Pastore arranged a feast of pizzas during half time, handing out baskets of goodies to the winners and prizes to those who won in the raffle.  


Caption for photo: Smiles all round at the winning table with Emma and Nella

who organised the evening.


At a presentation at Rochester Airport on Sunday 23 September, members of Woking Lions presented a cheque for £2,860 to Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust which provides a helicopter emergency service to patients suffering serious injuries.  Since 2013 a specialised team of paramedics have rushed more than 2,500 people to trauma hospitals for urgent treatment. Special equipment allows operations throughout the night, blood plasma is always to hand and there are now plans to support the cost of a head scanner to assess injuries on the spot.  Woking Lions would like to thank everyone who donated to their Eggstravaganza boxes placed on the bars in local public houses during the Easter period - every penny assisting people in urgent need.  Pictured left are Jacquie Chamberlain, Past President, Richard Chamberlain, Operations Manager, Gary Wareham, Lauren Elphick member of the Fund Raising Team and Woking Lions’ Press and Publicity Officer, Anne Roberts.


At a presentation evening at Horsell Bowling Club on Wednesday 19 September, Woking Lions distributed a number of cheques being proceeds from their successful Charity Run, sponsored for the 3rdyear by Seymours of Horsell, on Sunday 1 July. MP Jonathan Lord was in attendance to hand them outincluding £1,500 to David Hulme Woking Manager of Transform Housing and Support one of the main beneficiaries.  One thousand pounds was also received by Lucy McNally on behalf of Woking and Sam Beare Hospices towards their new building fund after £2,000 was donated from the Lions’ Top Golf events in 2016 & 17.  The York Road Project received £750 adding to last year’s donation of £1,000 this being presented to their Chief Executive, Cath Stamper. Guy Padfield-Wilkins, the CEO ofBustler Buses, received a cheque for £500 for their help transporting marshals between McLaren’s car park & Horsell Common for the Run as well as guests to Woking Lions annual Christmas Day meal at Moorcroft Day Centre. Woking District Scouts, who provided transport and equipment at the Charity Run, received £500 towards a drainage pump at their Birchmere camp and Horsell Scouts, who loaned apparatus, another £500.  Horsell Guides, who received £500, kept themselves busy with help in preparing the medals and distributing bananas andwater to the tired but triumphant finishers of the run.  

Wine and refreshments were offered by members of the Lions to a group of approximately 40 guests and helpers. Speakers on the evening were Jonathan Lord and last year’s President, Roger Chamberlain who thanked all those who assisted at the Charity Run and wished all recipients well for the future.  The Lions’ Charity Run in 2019 is scheduled for Sunday 30 June.