HBA Awards 2008

29 March 2008

Radio Lion has scooped an armful of awards at the Hospital Broadcasting Association Awards Ceremony.

Radio Lion's Programme Controller Gareth Wakefield was among the hundreds of hospital radio volunteers who attended the gala dinner in Leeds, hosted by IRNís Jon Godal with video messages from Patron Sir Terry Wogan.

"We are absolutely delighted to have put Radio Lion and the Royal Surrey County Hospital firmly on the hospital broadcasting map by receiving these prestigious awards" said Gareth who took to the stage to receive the awards presented by, among others, Andrew Lansley CBE MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Dr Chris Steele, resident expert on ITV's This Morning programme.

Radio Lion won a trophy winner for 'Best Sports Output' and received certificates commending Radio Lion for excellence in the categories 'Best Special Event' (a literary event held at the hospital in conjunction with Guildford Book Festival), 'Best station Promotion' (for the annual Christmas Carol Service held in the hospital), and 'Station of the Year' (for all round hospital broadcasting excellence).

Gareth added "We are very proud to have been commended for these major categories out of over 400 hospitals that belong to the Hospital Broadcasting Association. I would like to thank all the Radio Lion volunteers for their dedication and enthusiasm, the Guildford Lion's Club for their support and the Royal Surrey County Hospital for their commitment to the community service we provide. Ultimately, however, it is the patients, their families and friends that I would like to thank for all their calls and contributions to programmes."

Literary Lion 2007

14 October 2007

Bookworms were well catered for when Radio Lion held its very first literary event on Sunday 14 October. Two months before its annual carol service outside broadcast, a more ambitious programme was staged in the foyer of the Royal Surrey County Hospital ahead of the launch of this year's Guildford Book Festival.

From just after 4pm, a packed live two-hour programme kept visitors and listeners entertained with a rich variety of subjects, with help from some distinguished guests. Guildford MP Anne Milton was present to talk about her reading choices, while local poet Charles Measures discussed the inspirations for writing a recently published book of poetry. Guildford Book Festival contributor and BBC Southern Counties Radio theatre critic, Jeff Thomson, took to the air looking back to last year's event and previewing some of the highlights for this year. The Dean of Guildford, the Very Rev. Victor Stock, proved a real live wire, and spoke about his published diaries and the importance of poetry in the church.

Guilfest 2006

14, 15 & 16 July 2006

The glorious summer sunshine returned for the fifteenith Guilfest at Stoke Park in Guildford. Embrace, A-Ha and Billy Idol headlined the main stage at the three day annual open air music festival.

Nizlopi, Gary Numan, Kosheen, Sandi Thom, The Strangers and Stereo MC's were amongst the many who performed during the weekend.

There were seven music stages and a new theatre tent for revellers to enjoy. The Kids Zone and Gaming Tent kept the kids entertained.

Radio Lion reporters were there all weekend and a special highlights programme was broadcasting on air on Sunday between 8pm and 11pm.

Woking Community Hospital Spring Fair 2006

20 May 2006

Radio Lion were invited once again to the Woking Community Hospital Spring Fair. A new approach this year with the stalls moving inside.

Laura Chatwin, Maggie Dawes and their team organised the popular event with plenty of bargains on offer including cakes, produce, CDs and plants.

Gareth Wakefield interviewed Humphrey Malin (MP for Woking), Kitty Quilts, John Healy and Audrey Laycock (artists), Richard Dawes (CD stall and Polydor Records) and Maggie Dawes (organiser).

Awards Success

3 April 2006

Radio Lion are celebrating after our success at the 2006 HBA Awards. We were highly commended for Station Promotion for Lifestyle and commended for Station of the Year and Special Event for Guilfest. The winners were announced at the Spring Conference in Blackpool on 1st April 2006.

The Big Switch

30 March 2006

It is a historic moment for Radio Lion. We have been broadcasting "through the tubes" since our move to the Royal Surrey County Hospital in 1991. Today we have switched to the new Premier Bedside entertainment system where not only can you listen to Radio Lion in better quality but you can call our studio with your request for free! Simply go to channel 1.

Currently around 160 beds are hooked up with the entire hospital expected to be live within the next few weeks.

New Technology

25 February 2006

Radio Lion is preparing to say goodbye to the dodgy old handset and headphones which have served the Royal Surrey since 1991. The new technology now being installed by almost all bedsides has been in the pipeline for the last few years and will offer exciting new benefits to patients.

The introduction of the new system will enable Radio Lion to be heard in crystal clear stereo like never before and allow direct access to this web site for making instant requests and dedications.

Radio Lion Shortlisted

12 February 2006

Radio Lion have been shortlisted in three categories in the 2006 HBA Awards. We are in the running for Station of the Year, Special Event for Guilfest and Station Promotion for Lifestyle. The winners will be announced at the Spring Conference in Blackpool on 1st April 2006.

Carol Service 2005

11 December 2005

The traditional annual Carol Service offered a festive selection of carols and readings for patients and visitors at the Royal Surrey County Hospital.

The lessons were read by guest speakers including Councillor Tamsy Baker (Mayor of Guildford), Anne Milton (MP for Guildford), Keith Hamblin (President of Guildford Lions) and Andrew Jupp (Chairman of Radio Lion).

The carols were sung by GHOSTS choir to the sounds of the Friary Brass Band. The service was presented by Radio Lion's Jim Richman and was organised by Mike Webb and Gareth Wakefield. It was recorded and broadcast later on air.

Father Christmas made a special visit around the wards after the service with presents for the children.

Wood Street Village Show 2005

16 July 2005

A hot mid-summers day attracted a large crowd to the annual Wood Street Village Show just outside Guildford. Radio Lion returned with a tombola stall and mobile studio to provide the music and commentary.

The attractions included maypole dancing, dog show, running races, car boot sale, plants stall and classic cars.

Guilfest 2005

15-17 July 2005

The Pogues, Paul Weller, Status Quo, Daniel Bedingfield and Lulu all rocked the main stage at Guilfest during a blazing hot weekend on Stoke Park.

The festival offered extra stages including The Funky End and The Rock Sound Cave. The record for the "biggest air guitar ensemble" was broken by more than 4,000 people on the last night.

The outside broadcast team were on site interviewing the artists and revellers. The highlights were broadcast throughout the weekend concluding with a special programme on Sunday evening between 8pm and 11pm.

Lion's Raft Race 2005

2 July 2005

Crowds lined the River Wey for the annual Raft Race between Millmead and the Waterside Centre. The 25 hand-made rafts were judged and the best awarded a prize. The Mayor of Guildford, Councillor Tamsy Baker started the race in aid of the Waterside Centre and local charities.

Official New Studio Opening

25 June 2005

Radio Lion's gleaming new studio was officially opened by former newsreader, Michael Buerk. The project has been made possible by the generous donation by the Guildford League of Friends. Members of the station along with other interested parties marked the occasion at midday.

The opening of the new studio marks the completion of phase one of the refurbishment, that began with an appeal in the Surrey Advertiser last autumn.

Worldwide Week

11-19 June 2005

Radio Lion celebrated the launch of its new studios with a fantastic week of themed programmes. We travelled round the world to bring you the best in conversation, guests, features and music for Worldwide Week.

A range of different shows covered travel, history, the environment, the arts, literature, drama, food and drink, culture and music. We were on air with extended hours all week and several studio guests visited. Thank you to everyone involved.

Surrey County Show 2005

31 May 2005

Thousands of visitors flocked to Guildford's Stoke Park for the annual Surrey County Show on Bank Holiday Monday. There were plenty of attractions, side shows and stalls making for an entertaining day under sometimes threatening skies.

Happily, the rain largely stayed away, and the sun shone, giving many the chance to take in a number of displays including those by The Royal Household Cavalry and the death-defying quad bike stunts by The Kangaroo Kid.

The real accent of the proceedings, however, is agriculture, and the show gave a real chance for many to see the excellence of the farming community.

From fine Aberdeen Angus and Hereford cattle to poultry, goats, donkeys and sheep - there was something for everyone to enjoy.

In addition to the livestock, the food hall and market areas attracted hoards of people, hungry to sample and buy the different foods and items on sale.

Radio Lion's coverage naturally took in these hospitality areas, and spoke to a number of people on a range of subjects including dog whispering, threshing machines, Scottish whiskies and advanced motoring.

Shelagh Godwin and Cathy Barrett introduced the items on air later that evening.

Our gratitude, as ever, goes to the show's press officer, Jane Garrett.

Woking Community Hospital Spring Fair 2005

21 May 2005

Radio Lion once again attended the excellent Woking Community Hospital Fair. A good time was had by Gareth, Dan and Shelagh and as ever they came away with many purchases - happy to part with their cash for a good cause. Despite the rain, spirits were not dampened!

Studio Refurbishment

23 April 2005

Radio Lion has spent the past few years fundraising for a new studio. We launched an appeal at the end of 2004 which prompted The League of Friends to donate a substantial sum allowing us to start the refurbishment. Following months of planning, the work began last Monday.

A team of engineers arrived with plenty of tools and kit and removed the old facilities. Our broadcasting was unaffected with programmes presented from our production studio. By the end of Tuesday the studio was empty and ready for the new desk.

On Wednesday the desk and furniture were fitted and the majority of the cabling was laid. The new 'Mic Live' lights were installed and work on the racks room began.

The engineers were hard at work on Thursday with the tricky job of wiring the desk and its components.

The majority of the studio was completed on Friday. The first glimmer of life on the desk came about lunchtime when the lights began to shine and the equipment whirled into action. Later in the evening we presented a short test broadcast which featured a live telephone conversation through the desk for the first time in years.

The listeners will now benefit from an improvement in equipment reliability, signal quality and programme content. Noticeably you will be able to call our studio and talk with our presenters live on air.

We have now started work on our next phase which is to introduce a new computer play out system and offer 24-hour broadcasting.

Special thanks to our team of engineers who have been working on this project and we hope you enjoy listening!

Lion's Easter Show 2005

28 March 2005

Unseasonably high temperatures brought out the great and the good to the Lions Easter Show this year.

In addition to the many visitors, The Mayor of Guildford and Guildford's MP Sue Doughty came to Shalford Park for an afternoon of fun and interest.

The Donkey Derby and huge blow-up Cumberland Giants were among the arena attractions, along with a display by Marine cadets and music from a Scottish military band.

A fine collection of sparkling vintage (and not so vintage) cars brought an air of nostalgia to one corner of the showground, while the past and present was on sale at the car boot sale in another.

A number of local firms and charities had stalls at the show on Easter Monday, including the Hogs Back Brewery, Chase and Witley Motorcycle Club.

Radio Lion was present once again as were a good number of members who manned the stall, selling CDs and promoting the work we do at the Royal Surrey County Hospital.

A small number of people went round with collection buckets, and a few interviews were collected for broadcast during a special round-up programme that evening.

Although it became cooler very quickly by the end of the afternoon, all thought that it had been a good day, and was a pleasant way to enjoy the strong Spring sunshine.

Braille Rally

11 October 2004

Treasure hunters were treated to a well-earned refreshment break while on their tour of Surrey on Sunday 10 October 2004.

The blind and partially-sighted navigators and their drivers (from a number of local Lions Clubs) paused for a cuppa and a biscuit during their regular stop over at Newland's Corner in Guildford during the annual Braille Rally.

Known as the place where Agatha Christie created her own mystery when she disappeared from here for a number of days in 1926, thankfully no-one got lost on their way back to their cars so that they could continue their journeys.

Grey clouds gave way to bright and warm sunshine during the morning, making the autumn vista from this famous beauty sport all the more beautiful.

Radio Lion members once more set up their stall of freshly-made coffee and teas, and all left reinvigorated to solve more clues and finish the treasure hunt for another year.

Guilfest 2002

19, 20 & 21 July 2002

Guilfest 2002 took place in Stoke Park over the weekend, Friday 19, Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 July 2002. Radio Lion provided comprehensive coverage for the third consecutive year with material from the site on-air throughout the weekend and a three and a half hour highlights programme on the Sunday evening.

This year the weather was mainly kind to the festival revellers, with some warm sunshine making an appearance. However a heavy downpour early Saturday evening had people flocking to the tents. The comedy area enjoyed unusually high audiences!

The main stage boasted headlining performances from Jools Holland, Fun Loving Criminals and the Pretenders. Radio Lion listeners enjoyed interviews with artists such as the Levellers, the Stranglers, Kiki Dee, Alistair Cowan, Big Daddy Moochin, Ezio, Julie Felix and Moses.

The dance area was scaled down from the huge venue of 2000, but had impressive sets from 808 State and Bez from the Happy Mondays. The Ambient Lounge was the usual delight of colour and comfort providing opportunity to chill out on the sofas and rugs.

Katie Brewer had a henna tattoo done at the East Meets West Stall. This was done using traditional red henna and we were warned about the dangers of the toxic black henna which should not be used.

The stalls provided the opportunity for some bargains and a chance to view more unusual items while a Kids Zone provided plenty of fun for a family day out and a chance for some presenters to try the stilts.

Woodstreet Village Show 2002

20 July 2002

Blazing sun and a good crowd made for an event to remember when Wood Street Village held its annual summer show on Saturday. Youngsters from local schools began proceedings with some maypole dancing and further entertained visitors with a display of American cheerleading, complete with pom poms.

During the afternoon a fun dog show was well supported, with owners entering their canines of all shapes and demeanors into such weird and wonderful categories as happiest dog and the dog most like its owner.

Radio Lion, Guildford's hospital broadcasting organisation, kept visitors amused, informed and entertained, with a number of members presenting shows from a makeshift studio in a horsebox.

The local horticultural society held its annual prize giving with a high number of entrants, and its raffle was also well supported. Those who had come to spend the day were also treated to a wide range of stalls, from Felix Cat Rescue to Wood Street Village History Society, Coconut Shy and some fine vintage Mercedes cars.

Some highly competitive running events, during which Katie Brewer from Radio Lion became Wood Street Village's best female runner, brought the afternoon to a fitting and satisfying close.

Surrey Advertiser Sponsored Walk 2002

7 April 2002

The Surrey Advertiser sponsored walk took place on Sunday 7 April 2002 starting at Shalford Park in Guildford. The route took in the countryside of Blackheath, Chilworth and the Chantries. Radio Lion members Andrew Jupp, William Simpson, Charles Benzing, Gareth Wakefield, Angie Boxall, Keith Hamblin and Lesley Hamblin all took part in the walk and went for a well deserved pub lunch afterwards.

It was a warm and dry day allowing the walk to be completed in three hours fifteen minutes. The interviews conducted during the morning were broadcast during that evening's Patients' Chart Show. It included a chat with the then Mayor of Guildford. An amazing £350 was raised from the morning walk with everyone thoroughly enjoying themselves.

Lion's Easter Show 2002

1 April 2002

The great weather and fantastic attractions made the Guildford Lion's 35th show a big success on Easter Monday 1 April 2002 at Shalford Park, Guildford. There were demonstrations from the Essex Dog Display Team and David Seamark's sheepdogs. Plus, there was a donkey derby, fun fair, Morris dancers, trade stands, marching band, classic cars and motorcycles, archery, car boot sale, tug of war and licensed bar.

A highlight of the day was the Radio Lion Donkey Derby. Six runners and riders took part in the afternoon's six races with the public having a flutter on their favourites.

Radio Lion had been selling raffle tickets for the weeks leading up to the big day. In the end, over 2,000 booklets of tickets were sold, beating the previous years total. The winners of the prizes were announced just after three o'clock as the mayor pulled them out of the lucky hat. The first prize was a DVD Player, second was a framed autographed collection from Warwick Davis and third was a voucher from the flight centre. In addition, the Guildford Flames donated a signed ice-hockey top.

There wasn't a record number of people turn up but there was an improvement on the previous year when foot and mouth prevented many people coming. The chairman of the Guildford Lions, John Fellows, said "We have had a brilliant day, the weather has been fine, we have had a lots of stalls and lots of arena events, all performed tremendously. We have had good crowds, a lot of people through the gate paying lots of money and we have made something like five or six thousand for charity."