Community Spotlight


Although it is now some time ago, we wanted to share some of what the club was up to towards the end of 2020. 

The Club went along to the Food Bank in Caterham at the end of November to give them a cheque for £1300. Coronavirus has meant that fundraising has been very difficult and so applications for help have had to be carefully considered. It was felt that The Food Bank is an organisation which, especially under the present circumstances, is a most deserving cause which reaches out to and helps people and families which the Lions would not be able to do directly. The Food Bank has now moved to Quadrant House and has a very different layout to their previous one. Lion President, Tony Gordon was met there by Trustee, Steve Bidwell, Gill Bailey and four volunteers.  Gill told Tony that requests for help had increased this year and that they now had 100 more people to help than at this time last year. She also said that the money that the Club had given them allowed for little extras which included things for Christmas. She also explained that recipients could not call to collect their food parcels because of the current restrictions so it meant that the referring agents had to collect the food parcels from them and then deliver them.

At the time of giving this latest news the Club had not actually started the proposed ten evening rounds of its Father Christmas sleigh which is scheduled to go to Bletchingley, Caterham and Godstone. Because of the ongoing current situation the Club was not able to have static collections and Club members could not knock on doors for donations. However it was felt that it would be disappointing for children if the sleigh did not do its usual rounds and so it was decided to go ahead with those even if it could only be viewed from a distance – more news on that in the next edition! 

In the meantime the Lions would like to thank all those who have supported the Club during this difficult year and to wish them all a Happy New Year.


The Arts Society Limpsfield

The Two Gustavs: Mahler and Klimt; Jewels made by Charles Ricketts (1866 – 1931) are just two of the fascinating lectures in the coming months. Until we have access to St Peter’s Hall, all lectures are streamed online using Zoom. We have an easy guide for beginners. When the situation is Covid-safe, we will continue organising visits to places of interest including historic houses, gardens and the Royal Opera House. 

New members and guests are very welcome. For further information please contact our Membership Secretary:

We look forward to hearing from you.


East Surrey Walkers – 2021

I would like to start by introducing myself; my name is Stephen Hanks and in November 2020 I took over the role of Publicity Officer for ESW from Pamela. I have only been a member of ESW for 20 months however because of the friendly and supportive culture of the walkers I have quickly made many good friends. I’d like to take this opportunity to put on record my thanks for the help Pamela has given me when handing over the role. 

I am a dedicated walker and thus I must admit to a positive prejudice however I cannot overstate the mental and physical benefits of walking and not least the simple pleasure of being outside in the countryside. We are always delighted to welcome new walkers.

I include a small selection of our planned local walks. Please check for a full list.

Hurst Green Saturday 2nd January 10am meet Holland Sports Club, Mill lane, 4 mile easy walk

Oxted Monday 18th January 10am meet Old Godstone Road nr. Bushey Croft 3 mile easy walk 

Farleigh Wednesday 20th January 10am meet car park nr. Little Green Farm 5.5 mile leisurely walk 

Crockham Hill Friday 5th February 10am meet car park at the village hall 5 mile easy walk 

Redhill Wednesday 17th February 10am meet car park at Earlswood Common on the A2044. 6.5 leisurely walk. 

Woldingham Friday 26th February 10am meet South Hawk car park nr. Gangers Hill 6 mile leisurely walk.

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