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Lion Martine Young has been working hard preparing her stall in Horsell High Street in support of Christmas parcels for the Woking Community.  Since Covid19 regulations have resulted in Woking Lions Club beingunable to arrange their Christmas collections outside supermarkets this year, Martine has thought outside the boxto raise funds for the less fortunate.  Martine said ‘Thanks to Hamlyn’s generous donations and use of their forecourt, we have been able to arrange a table top sale of Christmas cards, decorated bags, tags and mini boxes. These are all handmade and unique having been made from recycled cards and other materials.’ Over £400 has been raised which will enable the Lions to deliver hampers to families and other people in need.

Seen here with Martine is Past President Lion, Roger Chamberlain



Super talented florist Jamie Ri, who creates and designs for events in Surrey, has raised a fantastic £550 by turningaround a Woking Lions’ wreath master class, which had to be cancelled, by supplying DIY wreath kits andcustomised fresh wreaths to the locals of Woking.  The wreaths are being delivered next week but Jamie is able to provide more giving her time free to support local good causes which is vital over the festive season.  Lion NellaPastore (pictured with Jamie) says ‘Our annual Christmas lunch has had to be cancelled so on Christmas Day we are delivering goody bags to residents receiving Meals on Wheels and others who are on their own.  Jamie’s contribution to our funds is invaluable so the purchase of every wreath or Christmas decoration will support us’.

Jamie can be contacted at, facebook/flowersbyjamieri or telephone her on 07929034991     

Melvin Jones award

Having endured six months of Zoom Meetings, because of the COVID pandemic, it was decided that Woking Lions Club’s Board Meeting in August be held suitably socially distanced between members in mid-August, in the new President’s garden.  After outgoing President Jackie Taylor handed over the Presidency to Paul Robinson, Jackie totally surprised Roger Chamberlain by presenting him firstly with The International President’s ‘Certificate of Appreciation in Recognition of Distinguished Achievements in  Fulfilling the Mission of Lions Clubs International’, and secondly to present him with ‘The Melvin Jones Fellow Shield for dedicated Humanitarian Services to Lions Clubs International’ named after the founding member in Chicago 103 years ago.

Lions Clubs International now has local clubs in virtually every country world-wide, with some 1.4 million Members. Further details about Woking Lions Club can be found by visiting their web site on to see what they do to help local people.

It is understood that Roger, who moved to Woking from Camberley with his family in 1979, is the first Woking Member to receive the President’s Certificate and the second in the Club’s 46-year history to receive the Melvin Jones Fellow Award. Roger was President for 2 years from 2013 to 2015, again in 2017/18 and currently is chairman of Community Welfare Services.

Roger thanked Jackie, saying for once he was almost speechless would like to thank all involved particularly his Woking and wider Zone colleagues in Lions Clubs in West Surrey, and how humbled he was to receive these two International Awards.


Woking Lions’ third female President 2019/20 Jackie Taylor, was pleased to hand over the chain of office on 1st July 2020 to Paul Robinson who has been a member of the club since 2017.  Paul has lived with his wife andfamily in Woking for many years and is the highly motivated Head of Distribution in a reinsurance company.   Woking Lions were therefore delighted when he joined them to help organise their annual fund-raising run on Horsell Common.  Due to Covid19 the Martian Race will not take place this year but a virtual run is being organised.


Paul said: ‘In addition to the run and in line with Woking Lions’ moto ‘we serve’, I am working on ideas to increase donations tomany good causes in our community which are desperate for help during these terrible times inflicted by the Covid 19 epidemic. Woking Lions has an enthusiastic team of volunteers and together we will do our best to assist as many people as we can.’

Lockdown Walkers Save Lives 

Our walkers are out and about raising money for the Surrey Air Ambulance. Big shout out to President Jackie Taylor, and long serving Lions Roger and Anne. Please see their links below and donate what you can for this amazing cause.

Lions shop till they drop 

Thank you for your wonderful donations. Another big shop at Morrison’s done by Nella and Paul for the WOKING Food Bank. As isolation continues the Lions are happy to be helping in time of continued need. 


As part of their Community Welfare programme Woking Lions were pleased to present a cheque for £400 to The Brigitte Trust which offers emotional support to people and their families facing life-threatening illnesses.  A volunteer can help with a weekly service of support and practical help at home, complementing the work of the medical teams, sharing their concerns and offering a listening ear.  

The Brigitte Trust is in need of additional help and the £400 donated will train a new volunteer to cover the Woking district. They are also starting a course in the New Year and would be pleased to hear from anyone interested in their work.  Their website is found at


Caption: Community Welfare Officer Roger Chamberlain and Lions’ President Jackie Taylor, presenting the cheque to Promotions Manager Vanessa Smith of The Brigitte Trust.

PHOTO CAPTION: Left to right Lion Roger Chamberlain, Waitrose Assistant Debbie Gibbons, Waitrose Team Manager Matt Bull and Woking President, Bob Hills


 Once again Waitrose Goldsworth Park has produced a great donation of £206 through their ‘green disc’ scheme in support of Woking Lions. The money has contributed to the Lions’ Christmas Day lunch for people on their own at Moorcroft Day Centre and more than 200 hampers which were delivered across the borough to those in need during the festive time. President Bob Hills said: ‘We are very grateful to customers who supported us, enabling us to give pleasure to guests on Christmas Day".


Celebrating their fourth successful fundraising race held at the end of June, Woking Lions hosted a presentation evening at Horsell Bowling Club on Wednesday 4 September to thank all those who supported the event and to present cheques to the beneficiaries. The Martian Race, derived from H.G. Well’s novel which featured Horsell Common in ‘War of the Worlds’, was sponsored this year thanks to Richard Roberts, Managing Director of Trident Honda, Ottershaw. With 610 people registered to run either 5k, 10km or half marathon distances, the event raised almost £9,000 for good causes and was attended by the Mayor of Woking, Cllr Beryl Hunwicks who, together with the sponsor, handed out the cheques. One thousand pounds was received by the CEO of Woking and Sam Beare Hospices, Marion Imrie and £750 by David Annand of Transform Housing and Support’s local branch.

Tony Bennett CEO was given £750 for Mind’s Woking office and the same amount was presented to Steve Thomas CEO of ‘Let’s Read’. Brenda Infante and Alison Keeley received £250 on behalf of Linkable and £1,000 (£250 each) will be distributed to four local primary schools at a later date. Steve Morris of Woking Community Transport, which provides transport for the Woking Lions’ lunch for those on their own on Christmas Day, received a cheque for £500. Horsell Guides and Brownies, Horsell First and Woking District Scouts were given £250 each in appreciation of their help in providing the tens and marquees.      

On behalf of Woking Lions, President Jackie Taylor thanked Fairoaks Airfield and Chobham Business for parking facilities, McLaren for the use of their land to set up the Run Village and Horsell Common Preservation Society without whose help the race could never have taken place. Thanks, were also given to Nigel Longley of Horsell Scouts who provided the medical equipment in the Run Village and Dr Verma of Heathcott Medical Practice for his invaluable presence. The Lions are also grateful to Boz fruiterers of Horsell who supplied bananas and satsumas for all runners as well as the Horsell Co-op and Waitrose Store in Goldsworth Park which supplied ‘goody bags’ for volunteers who marshalled the course.


At the end of last month, Woking Lions Club members donned bibs and distinctive hats to make collections
for Marie Curie. The Charity provided care for 40,902 terminally ill people in the UK last year via its at home
nursing, support line and hospices. Named after the famous Polish scientist, the charity was founded in 1948
with the first residential home for terminally ill patients opened in 1952 and another nine established in the
1950s and 60s in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. There is now a greater emphasis on
providing nursing care in the home day and night to give support to patients and respite to their families. The
charity also makes a significant contribution to medical research into the causes and treatments of terminal
illness. With every £20 helping to fund an hour of nursing care, the money raised via collections during The
Great Daffodil Appeal is very important in helping Marie Curie continue their work. President Bob Hills said:
‘Woking Lions are pleased to have raised £548.34
in support a charity which does so much work in providing
care and comfort to patients suffering from terminal illnesses and help to their families both in our area and
throughout the country.

Quiz 2019

Ninety lively enthusiasts arrived at the Football Club in Woking Park on Saturday 12 October to participate in the Woking Lions’ annual quiz to raise funds in aid of local causes. Organised by Lions Emma Brawley, Nella Pastore and quizmaster Mike Brawley, a series of interesting questions challenged the crowd to win one of three magnificent hampers.  The entrance fee included generous slices of pizza with a bar tended by Neil Harding to jolly the evening along. Thanks must also be given to Tanakers, Simmons Butchers, Beauty by Emilie, The Cricketers and Oyster Fish and Chips who supported the event and donated prizes for the substantial raffle.

A surplus of over £1,000 was made on the night which will contribute to the Woking Lions’ Christmas lunch for those living on their own, as well as local charities.

CAPTION: Quiz enthusiasts enjoy one of the three wining hampers.


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 2010/2012 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 on our first run 4 years ago was only £1,000, compared with almost £10,000 this year when the running costs have been included.”

Lion 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.also to the Horsell and Knaphill Guides who helped as well as Boz who provided bananas and oranges for all the runners.”

For more details of the race and results, please visit

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.


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.

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 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.