Gareth Wakefield interviews Graham Russ

Graham Performs

30 March 2014

Graham Russ joined Gareth Wakefield and Sam Brownjohn on the Winding Down programme on Sunday 30 March 2014 as he performed some of his original songs in the Radio Lion studio. As well as being a Radio Lion presenter, Surrey based Graham also performs music at gigs on a regular basis, both as a solo performer and as part of a band.

Radio Lion has hosted many unsigned bands and artists over the years, bringing local music and acoustic sessions to our listeners bedsides, while winning a national hospital broadcasting award for such activities.

You can find more information on Graham's web site.

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Graham Russ performs his self-written song called "Champ" on air.

Jim Richman with his certificate

Jim Celebrates 50 Years In Broadcasting

28 November 2013

Radio Lion's very own Jim Richman has just celebrated 50 years of broadcasting.

Jim was asked about his career and here is what he said:

"It all started back in 1963 just after I left school. I was given an apprenticeship with an engineer and I visited various BBC radio stations.

I knew a friend who was building his own studio, which in those days wasn't anything like today. An old Ferrograph tape recorder, a couple of Gerrard record decks and old home built mixer. I learnt a lot from that and progressed even further.

Radio Caroline started in 1964 and I joined Caroline North on 6 October 1965 as a trainee engineer. I presented the odd music show but at that time I was more interested in the technical aspect rather than playing records. I left the ship Frederica in March 1966 never to return.

I played blues, jazz and pop as a DJ at the Marquee Club on Wardor Street in London via a contact at Radio Caroline. I used the experience to establish my own disco business.

The story continues and you can find our more information on my web site."

Jim has been a member of Radio Lion for 36 years and is currently Studio Manager and Record Librarian. His contibution was recognised by Guildford Lions Club who presented him with a certificate.

Honorary members Paul Sysum and Shelagh Godwin with the certificate

Silver Success for Shelagh

16 May 2013

Presenter Shelagh Godwin has picked up yet another award!

She was awarded silver at this year's Hospital Broadcasting Association (HBA) awards for her coverage of the Dolmetsch Memorial Plaque unveiling in Haslemere in 2011.

The judges' comments described her piece as: "A great listen, made even better by the presenter, bringing added warmth and colour, relevant, interesting and very entertaining."

Well done Shelagh!

Comedian Tim Vine presents the award to Shelagh

Eley Story Wins Gold

1 April 2013

Congratulations to Shelagh Godwin who won a gold award at last October's Christian Broadcasting Council Awards at the Tower Bridge Hotel in London.

The winning piece was in the 'Best Personal Story' category and featured an interview with disabled charity worker and Olympic torch bearer Dan Eley.

At the same ceremony Shelagh was awarded 'Highly Commended' for a Sunday Retreat Retrospective broadcast at the end of 2011.

Queen's Diamond Jubilee Weekend

Yan, Gareth & Jax at Richmond Park

1 June 2012

We are celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee with a range of special programmes on Radio Lion.

Listeners can tune into royal editions of Breakfast, Sunday Retreat, Lifestyle, Classical Hour, Music and Memories and much more.

We will be visiting royal palaces and Jubilee events, broadcast a documentary on Her Majesty's life (Happy and Glorious) and play plenty of music for royal occasions with a special focus on Handel, new music for this very special occasion and a look back previous Jubilees.

Throughout the extended weekend, we will also be broadcasting features and music from around the Commonwealth with special Guess the Country programmes and features on Namibia and Australia among many other places.

Jax interviews David Attenborough

Plus we'll have requests, messages and dedications from around the wards and a look at Jubilee events taking place throughout the area.

Included in our coverage is a review of the recent Wild London event in the beautiful setting of Richmond Park.

Gareth Wakefield, Jax Davis and Yan Yip interviewed respresentatives from the Thames Society, British Deer Society and the Friends of Richmond Park as well as seeing the beginnings of a new Diamond Jubilee pond, inaugurated by Sir David Attenborough (who we managed to speak to while waiting for the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh to arrive).

The Royal Ballet put on a fine performance and despite the heavy rain and hail just before the arrival of the royal party a good time was had by all.

As you would expect our team also sampled a few red, white and blue cakes in the tea tent.

Awards Shortlist Success

6 March 2012

Radio Lion members are preparing to dust down their glad rags in the hope of more awards glory.

Guildford's hospital broadcasting service has once again been shortlisted for this year's national Hospital Radio Awards.

The station, which has won silver and gold at the annual event in recent years, will be competing against a number of other Surrey hospital radio stations in the hope of scooping a prize.

This year Radio Lion is in the running in the Best Specialist Music Programme for an interview with the daughter of the singer (and patients' favourite) Matt Monro and Best Speech Package for its coverage of the Royal Wedding in April 2011.

Radio Frimley Park, Radio Redhill, East Surrey Hospital and Radio Wey at St Peter's Hospital are also in contention for the awards.

Radio Lion is also up for Station of the Year, alongside colleagues at Radio Wey and Radio Redhill, for the awards ceremony during the Hospital Broadcasting Association’s annual conference in Northampton on 31 March.

A tremendous amount of work was put in to compiling the entries, which hopefully will prove to be victorious at the end of the month.

Carol Service

Carol Service 2011

11 December 2011

Radio Lion's annual Carol Service offered a traditional selection of carols and readings at the Royal Surrey County Hospital on Sunday 11 December.

The annual event was organised by the hospital's broadcasting service and staged once more in the foyer for everyone to enjoy.

The award-winning Friary Guildford Band was present again and was accompanied by members of the GHosTS choir for the recording which followed a traditional service of nine lessons and carols.

Hospital chaplain, the Reverend David Hobden, presented the programme and introduced this year's readers who included the Mayor of Guildford, Terence Patrick, MP for Guildford and Parliamentary-under-Secretary of State for Health, Anne Milton MP, and the Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Chairman, Peter Dunt.

Other readers were Radio Lion chairman, Iain Elsey and Guildford Lions President, Bill Blake.

The Carol Service has been staged by the patients' radio service every year since 1976, with the current line-up of the Friary Guildford Brass Band and GHosTs choir being long standing regulars.

Mayor of Guildford, Terence Patrick with the Radio Lion team

Visitors, patients and staff gathered for the hour-long service which broadcast to patients later that evening. The programme takes months of hard work to organise and will be repeated as part of Radio Lion's special Christmas schedule. Members were on hand to help set up and clear away as well as fundraise.

Anne Milton MP, who has been a regular reader at the carol service for many years, said that it was a pleasure and a privilege to take part once again.

"It's the best in town and well done to the Guildford Friary Brass Band and Ghosts Choir for performing some of the best carols. They were fantastic!"

"It's a brilliant event...and it also gives me the opportunity to meet some of my constituents."

The carol service follows Radio Lion's attendance at the Royal Surrey’s Christmas Fair on Wednesday 7 December which helped raise more than £200 for the radio service, as well as a fundraising quiz hosted by Alan Dedicoat at the Mandolay Hotel in Guildford back in May.

Paul Meager, Andrew Jupp, James Harwood & Jax Davis at Stoke Park

Guilfest 2011

8 August 2011

A rainy weekend could not dampen the spirits at 20th Guilfest. The team consisting of Dan Holt, Jax Davis, Jasmine Shaddock, Paul Meager, James Harwood, Amelia Hayward, Andrew Jupp and William Simpson braved the elements.

The main stage being opened by Paradise Point on the Friday at midday, a daunting prospect no doubt considering there were so few people in attendance at that time.

Mid-afternoon Macavity's Cat performed an excellent set, having played at the first Guilfest they have now played at the last four in succession being promoted to the main stage this time around.

In the evening, all eyes were on Echo and the Bunnymen followed eagerly by Roger Daltrey, both giving excellent performances.

Meanwhile over at the Good Time Guide stage, Adam Ant gave a great performance although some said "the moustache and muffin tops over his trousers shattered some aged teenage dreams."

Saturday started traditionally with Rock Choir. An outstanding performance on both stages followed up with an interview with Tom who runs the Farnham, Godalming and Guildford choirs.

Kate Rusby, The Farm, Alice Gold, Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel all gave excellent performances on the Good Time Guide Stage, which was only topped in some peoples eyes by Peter Andre headlining.

Over on the main stage, significant crowds gathered to be entertained by Yasmin, who is definitely one to look out for in the future. This was followed by Wretch 32 a new to the scene rapper and another for the future. The Noisettes entertained and James Harwood had an interview with them afterwards. N-Dubz delighted the crowd for the second year running and Razorlight topped off an excellent evening's entertainment.

Sunday's weather was a mixed bag but brighter than Saturday, Rock Choir rocked as they opened again on the two main stages.

On the main stage The Blow Monkeys brought back the 80s and the madcap band The Unbelievable Freeloaders from Mars gave their usual performance. There was even a bread fight which left the stage covered in a doughy mess but they get away with it as one of the members is none other than Guilfest organiser Tony Scott.

Chipmunk made a late entry due to transport issues but thoroughly entertained the crowd and The Saw Doctors did themselves proud after making the trip down from Scotland following their performance at the Tall Ships festival. Ziggy Marley followed and wow what a performance, on a par with those of his famous father Bob. The Stoke Park ground has never vibrated that way with the heavy bass sounds coming from the stage.

To complement the 80s sound from earlier Erasure played all the hits and everyone seemed to be thoroughly thrilled with their set. James Blunt topped off an incredible mix of music that is Guilfest.

Whilst the majority were watching and listening to the ballads of James Blunt, many eyes were focussed on the Good Time Guide stage with Hugh Cornwell and Public Image Limited satisfying the musical needs of those of us slightly older.

Earlier in the day The Sex Pistols Experience had played at the Vive Le Rock tent and if you closed your eyes you couldn't tell the difference between them and the real thing, but when you opened your eyes they even looked like them too. The real UK Subs followed this up with a memorable trip back to the late 70s.

Away from the music, many entertaining aspects of Guilfest 2011 were in full swing, Jasmine was busy exchanging interviews for reduced fees on a fish pedicure and jaguar (a type of henna) temporary tattoo. Paul enjoyed the delights of the pear cider, especially with the added toffee apple syrup and William, James and Andrew enjoyed the pie tasting session which made an interesting interview.

Meanwhile Dan and Amelia were out and about snapping photos at every opportunity.

Thank you to the organisers, artists, stallholders and revellers for all helping with this years coverage.

Don't miss the photographs!

Quiz Night 2011

16 June 2011

Radio Lion team on hand at the Quiz Night (photo: Dave Whillier)

The BBC's "Voice of the Balls" hosted a glittering quiz for in aid of Radio Lion in Guildford recently.

Alan Dedicoat, who is the voice of the National Lottery and other BBC programmes, kept about 20 teams from across Surrey entertained during a fun night out at The Mandolay Hotel in London Road.

Teams were left scratching their heads on rounds as varied as identifying US states, putting names to famous faces and coming up with the titles for films and tv programmes past and present.

Representatives from a number of well-known local companies and shops as well groups of individuals got together to try and claim the £100 first prize and bottles of champagne.

Members of the team called Mr T's Showbiz XI were the victors on the night.

A fine buffet at half time gave everyone a well-earned break while the evening was brought to a close with the announcement of the winners claiming the quality raffle prizes.

A good number of Radio Lion members were on hand to help set up and make the evening go with a swing, some of whom had worked hard to make the event the success that it was.

Radio Lion expresses its gratitude to Mr Dedicoat for hosting the quiz and to The Mandolay Hotel for its kindness and generosity in staging it for us

Thanks also go to all of the companies and individuals who gave us prizes for the raffle.

The quiz was a major fundraising event for the radio station, based at the Royal Surrey County Hospital, which has been broadcasting to patients for more than 40 years.

The station has plans to stream its content on-line which will enable listeners at home to contact the studio and send in requests and dedications to patients.

The night raised £1,100 for this cause and thanks go to everyone who came along to make it a great night out.

William Simpson, Andrew Jupp & James Harwood at the Surrey County Show

A Bubbly Surrey County Show

30 May 2011

“Bubbles” was the star attraction during Radio Lion's coverage of the Surrey County Show.

As one of the stall-holders in the food hall, she told us about the different West Country cheese she had for sale while handing out samples to all and sundry.

Her effusive and candid manner endeared her to us and made for a great interview.

We are indebted to Jane again for allowing us to cover this massive event, which was marking its 50th year at Stoke Park in Guildford.

James Harwood, Paul Sysum, William Simpson and Andrew Jupp criss-crossed the showground, talking to a wide range of people about their products and activities.

Artists, army stunt riders, Help for Heroes, Surrey tourism and dog handling were all covered - among many others.

As many items as possible were aired during a special evening round-up show on 30 May, with a couple more going out during Lifestyle the following Wednesday.

A splendid lunch was also enjoyed in the press tent and a good cross-section of events was covered giving a good flavour of the event to patients.

Dan Holt, Sharon Bennett, Iain Elsey, Jax Davis, Celia Ebdon & Paul Sysum

Commitment to Radio Lion

25 May 2011

Long service, duty and commitment were all celebrated at Hospital Radio Lion's Annual General meeting on 11 May 2011.

The station has been broadcasting to patients since 1968 and over the years has produced a number of volunteers with many years' service.

As is customary at the beginning of each year's AGM, a number of members are recognised for their services.

This year the Morris Mangan "Member of the Year" award went for the first time to two people who had made a tremendous impact on the station.

Alan Bosson and Sharon Bennett were rewarded with certificates and a silver salver for their efforts in raising the station's profile and £3000 as a result of the 24 Hour Broadcasting Marathon.

The massive event in January meant that both were awake for the full 24 hours - with Alan broadcasting and Sharon keeping things running behind the scenes.

This unique achievement at the station was justifiably marked in honour of Morris Mangan - a previous member who is remembered each year for his commitment to the station over many years.

The money was split equally between Radio Lion and the Royal Surrey's Abracadabra Appeal.

More than 100 years of service was also marked with the annual presentation of Long Service Certificates.

The Hospital Broadcasting Association's Sales and Advertising Executive (and honorary member of Radio Lion) Paul Sysum was present to hand out a number of awards to members.

Iain Elsey, current chairman, received a certificate for his 30 years of service, while Stella Axtell's quarter of a century with the station was celebrated.

Jax Davis and Dan Holt, the station's webmaster, received certificates for 10 years' service.

Another member who was honoured was Celia Ebdon who is moving away from the area. She was presented with some flowers as a mark of appreciation for her commitment to Radio Lion over the previous eight years.

Shelagh Godwin, the station secretary, was also presented with some flowers for helping the chairman with his work during the year.

Other members who received certificates but were unable to be present were: Mike Webb (20 years), Mark Borland and James Harwood (15) and Dan Purvis (10).

Tim Vine presents the award to Shelagh Godwin for Sunday Retreat (photo: Jim Godwin)

Sunday Retreat Wins Silver Award

20 May 2011

Radio Lion has been awarded a silver award at last night's Christian Broadcasting Council Media Awards at St Mary's Church in London.

It was presented to Shelagh Godwin for Sunday Retreat which was broadcast on 4 July 2010. It included coverage from Wintershall Life of Christ and interviews with Lesley Mason, Chaplain of Send Prison and Stephanie Couvela who is the Chaplain of Scargill House in Yorkshire.

The judges said "In bed in hospital, Shelagh Godwin's Sunday Retreat would be a tonic! She has put a great amount of effort into this programme. Good quality recording, engaging interviews with two female clergy who have moved away from parish life, one to work as a prison chaplain, the other to live in community, followed by a vivid report on the Passion Play at Wintershall. Interesting radio."

Congratulations to Shelagh and the Sunday Retreat team!

Alan Dedicoat

Radio Lion Quiz Night

13 April 2011

The BBC's "voice-of-the-balls" is to host a fundraising quiz for Radio Lion next month.

Alan Dedicoat who is the regular announcer on the National Lottery programme, Strictly Come Dancing and a number of other BBC tv and radio shows is offering his services for Guildford's hospital broadcasting service.

It's hoped the event on Tuesday 17 May from 7.30pm will attract teams from across the county for a fun night out to raise money for one of Guildford's most worthwhile services.

The Mandolay Hotel in London Road, Guildford, has generously offered its main conference suite as a venue for the event.

Businesses large and small are being invited to form teams of five people at £10-a-head. Private individuals are also encouraged to take part, with a prize of £100 John Lewis gift vouchers for the lucky winners.

In addition to the quiz there will be a quality raffle, canapés and a cash bar.

The fundraising event is to help towards costs to broaden Radio Lion's reach to listeners and help patients with their recovery.

Taking the station to the next level and streaming its programmes over the internet will help close the gap between hospital and home - and provide a shared listening experience.

The growth of community and other hospital radio stations in recent years has meant that those who have been discharged from hospital can carry on their listening enjoyment at home.

Friends and relatives of patients will also be able to take advantage of the service by contacting the station direct with messages and requests. While staff would be able to able to join in, too.

Radio Lion is run entirely by volunteers and having its content streamed over the internet will mean a greater transparency for the public to see how their donations have been used.

The service will also provide a powerful voice for the Royal Surrey and provide important information for patients and what services it provides.

Having a greater platform will mean that it will encourage new voices to the station and provide an even better service for the local community.

Radio Lion hopes the event will equal the success of the 24th Hour Broadcast which raised £3000 for the station and the Royal Surrey's Abracadbra Appeal at the end of January.

Alan Bosson & Sharon Bennett with the famous faces of the Abracadabra Appeal

24 Hour Broadcast Success

23 January 2011

A unique event in Radio Lion's history last weekend was not only a massive success but raised the best part of £3,000.

Broadcasting morning, noon and night, Alan Bosson took to the air for a non-stop 24 hour broadcast from midday on Saturday to noon on Sunday.

Producer Sharon Bennett stayed on hand throughout, keeping each other company and seemingly the nation informed with regular updates via a myriad of modern means!

Alan and Sharon had spent months planning this massive event: sorting the music, organising sponsorship and liaising with proper hospital departments.

Money raised will be split equally between Radio Lion and the Royal Surrey's Abracadabra Appeal for Hascombe Children’s ward.

The Mayor, Marsha Moseley, officially began proceedings at 12 noon on Saturday by cutting the ribbon and hoping the event would be a success.

Over the next 24 hours members, friends and relatives helped ward visit and raise money, as well as helping with production work and general support.

Members had also been asked to choose three pieces of music; some were even able to come in and talk about them. It was varied selection to say the least!

Those not able to be a-part of the exciting event were able to view proceedings on a studio webcam together with regular text updates on the website.

More than 540 tweets gave followers an almost minute-by-minute account of who was there, what was happening and what was being played. The general atmosphere of the event was also conveyed by these messages.

In addition, Radio Lion received hundreds of messages and numerous phone calls from well wishers - including one from The Netherlands.

Members regularly went round the wards collecting requests from patients, staff and visitors.

Towards the end of the 24 hours one patient phoned in a request which best summed up his feelings for what Alan and Sharon had achieved - Heather Small and Proud. It certainly brought a lump to the throat to those who were there.

"It wasn’t all about fundraising," Sharon said. "It was Radio Lion working as a team for current and future patients within the hospital community at the Royal Surrey."

These views were echoed by Alan Bosson. He said: "The last 20 minutes were the longest 20 minutes ever!"

"It was with great trepidation when we started this, though I had great confidence once we had started and I knew then that we would be able to see it through."

"We had a slight wobble around 4.30am, the same kind of thing that runners get when they hit the wall."

"It was, though, with determination and grit that we carried on and the feeling of elation as the clock ticked round to 12 o'clock was amazing."

Don't miss the photographs in the gallery and updates on Twitter.

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This is the moment the 24 hour broadcast marathon began!

Highlights from the 24 hour broadcast marathon including the final countdown!

Alan Bosson & Sharon Bennett

24 Hour Broadcast Marathon

14 January 2011

Next weekend Alan Bosson takes over the airways for a unique event at Radio Lion.

From noon on Saturday 22 January, until the same time on Sunday, he will be the dominant broadcaster for a sponsored marathon.

The Mayor of Guildford will formally start proceedings and many members of the station will be on hand throughout the event as well as a few guests and surprises.

Sharon Bennett will be on duty in the studio for 24 hours non stop to help keep the event running smoothly as well as help keeping Alan awake.

While Alan has been busy concentrating on pulling the broadcast together, Sharon has been occupied behind the scenes clearing health and safety issues and generally getting the Royal Surrey County Hospital on board.

It's really been a joint effort!

Both Alan and Sharon have raised a fantastic amount, the proceeds of which will be equally divided between Radio Lion and Hascombe Ward's Abracadabra Appeal.

Radio Lion members can help with ward visits and foyer bucket shakes.

This will not only raise our profile (and a bit more money for Radio Lion from the buckets) but also tell everyone that buried deep in the Royal Surrey County Hospital is a man who's on air for 24 hours!

Requests, features and jokes will no doubt be the order of the day (and night!).

All of us have been asked for our three special records which will greatly add to the variety of the music on air.

Some songs have been sourced from other outside places and members are encouraged to come along to talk about their choices.

It's guaranteed to be a very special event so come along during the 24 hours to speed him on!

Anne Milton MP

Guildford's MP Visits Radio Lion

11 January 2011

Guildford MP and Parliamentary-Under-Secretary for Public Health, Anne Milton, came into the Radio Lion studios for a start-of-year interview during the first week in January.

Mrs Milton discussed issues surrounding her role as a Member of Parliament and minister with presenter Gareth Wakefield.

She also spoke about her work in health, topical local issues, what it's like working in a coalition government and her experiences with the media.

Radio Lion members Jax Davis and Graham Russ devised the popular lucky dip of questions on issues outside politics, and listeners heard of Anne's interests in running and gardening as well as her musical choices such as Meatloaf and Roberta Flack.

Fellow member Dan Holt kindly took some photographs of Anne and Radio Lion members in the studio.

Mrs Milton is a regular visitor to Radio Lion, who has attended events such as Literary Lion and the annual carol service.

Both she and neighbouring South West Surrey MP and Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt were present during Radio Lion's 40th anniversary weekend in December 2008, along with many other local dignitaries and celebrity guests.

Iain Elsey, James Harwood, Andrew Jupp, Graham Russ and Angie Boxall fundraising at the carol service

Carol Service 2010

12 December 2010

Festive favourites were enjoyed on 12 December when Radio Lion held its annual Christmas carol service.

The hospital's broadcasting service once again staged the event in the foyer of the Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford, to the delight of staff, patients and visitors alike.

The award-winning Friary Guildford Band was present again to play a selection of seasonal songs before the recording took place.

The band was then accompanied by members of the GHosTS choir for the broadcast which followed a traditional service of nine lessons and carols.

Hospital chaplain, the Reverend Judy Edwards, presented the programme and introduced this year's readers who included the Mayor of Guildford, Marsha Molesey, Anne Milton MP and the Royal Surrey's Director of Finance, Paul Biddle.

Other readers were Radio Lion chairman, Iain Elsey, the Friary Guildford Band's Chairman, Tim Gregory, former Guildford Lions President, Dave Brownjohn, a member of the GHosTS choir, Bill Pilcher, and Jean-Marie Truter from King’s College.

Members of the station had been busy setting up the area with equipment and seating, while others had gone round the wards inviting patients who were well enough down to the foyer to be a part of the audience.

Radio Lion has staged the event every year since 1976 and the current line-up featuring the Friary Guildford Band and GHosTS choir has remained unchanged for many years.

The carol service was broadcast to patients in the Royal Surrey County Hospital later that evening, and began the station's countdown to Christmas.

Many of the Radio Lion's members have been busy preparing shows over the last few months for patients who shall be in hospital over the festive period.

Among the highlights will be special editions of the magazine programmes Lifestyle and Sunday Retreat and exclusive interviews with the daughter of the late British crooner Matt Monro plus the legendary showman Bruce Forsyth.

Alan Bosson

Christmas Fair

15 November 2010

Radio Lion volunteer Alan Bosson proudly displaying one of our two new publicity banners at the Royal Surrey's Christmas Fair.

He and other members were busy selling CDs, DVDs and books in the hospital's foyer to help raise funds and the profile of the hospital radio service.

Alan is preparing to raise even more money for a 24-hour live broadcast in January.

The money from this will be split between the hospital's children's ward and Radio Lion.

Brucie Bonus

31 August 2010

Legendary showman Bruce Forsyth will soon be heard in a special show on Radio Lion.

In an exclusive interview recorded in his wonderful Surrey home, patients will hear anecdotes and memories from one of Britain's greatest entertainers.

In a career lasting more than 70 years, he made Andrew Jupp and William Simpson very welcome with tea and biscuits and tales from his extensive TV, film and stage work over the years.

Highlights have included Sunday Night at the London Palladium, his one-man show (at the Talk-of-the-Town, the Palladium and in Las Vegas), Little Me and his tv special with Sammy Davis Jr.

Mr Forsyth also spoke of his enjoyment of hosting Strictly Come Dancing and apologised that The Generation Game may have started the public's appeal for reality game shows!

Andrew and William received a privileged peek into the world of a show business icon, and it was an experience never to be forgotten.

A great deal of fun was also had between them!

Radio Lion would like to thank him for giving up some of his valuable time to record this interview.

Jax Davis, William Simpson, James Harwood, Paul Baverstock, Andrew Jupp, Dan Holt and Amelia Hayward reporting from Stoke Park

Guilfest 2010

18 July 2010

Guildford’s three-day music festival was once more brought very much alive with Radio Lion’s coverage of Guilfest.

What was our tenth anniversary in reporting from this increasingly popular event, half-a-dozen eager members visited a warm and sunny Stoke Park for another great year.

Dan Holt kicked off with a special Friday Live from the Guilfest showground, while Andrew Jupp and Jax Davis rounded things off with a sparkling two-hour highlights show on Sunday evening.

Among some of the names we had the privilege of talking to this year included Alvin Stardust, Mungo Jerry, The Delays, Level 42 and Kid Creole. All gave super interviews and added greatly to our coverage.

Our reporters roamed the length and breadth of the festival taking in all that Guilfest had to offer, encountering such curious visitors as pirate fairies, comedy nuns, a strange sheik and a girl clad in silver foil called Space Girl!

Up to 20,000 people were expected for each of the three days to see headlining acts Status Quo, Human League and Orbital. They also came to see the likes of N-Dubz, The Blockheads, Arthur Brown and Seth Lakeman.

Radio Lion members Paul Baverstock, Amelia Hayward, Christina Moriame, James Harwood and William Simpson mixed and mingled with many festival goers and campers...especially the mind-boggling Tantric Hamster Circus. They even gave us a song!

Guilfest is now established as a popular family-friendly festival and the Kids Zone proved a great draw once again. Adults were only allowed in if accompanied by a child!

The Theatre Tent had a varied line-up of performers (including comic pole dancers!), while spoof hospital-radio performer Ivan Brackenbury proved to be a big hit during his turns in the comedy area.

Radio Lion would like to thank the organisers for allowing us access Guilfest, once again and especially the photographic pass.

This gave us unrivalled access and meant that the pictures for our web site were greater that ever.

Don't miss the photographs!

Andrew and James share a cup cake or two from the Surrey County Show

Surrey County Show

31 May 2010

Guildford's hospital radio service was once again at one of the biggest events in Guildford's calendar.

The Surrey County Show was one again the highlight of Spring Bank Holiday Monday. Crowds once again flocked to Stoke Park for this, the largest one-day agricultural show in the country.

Radio Lion's James Harwood and Andrew Jupp spent a good number of hours soaking up the atmosphere and speaking to a fair number of people.

Diana Roberts was there from Visit Surrey telling us why the county is such a rich and diverse place to live and spend time in, while Daniel Whitby spoke of his hair-raising dare devil antics as part of the Bold Dog Freestyle Motorcross Display team.

Representatives from the Surrey Wildlife Trust, the RSPB and the Kent and East Sussex Railway were equally happy to chat with them, as was James Burns, the Surrey representative of Help for Heroes, the new charity that help soldiers' rehabilitation after the horrors of war.

James and Andrew even managed to snaffle a sneaky tipple of a Scottish liqueur and a cupcake in the food tent!

A special highlights show was presented by them later that afternoon giving patients a taste of what was going on a few miles across Guildford.

It's certainly a great place to go and, thankfully, the weather remained fine (but overcast) for the whole day!

Radio Lion would like to thank Jane Garrett once again for the press tickets.

William Simpson, Paul Sysum, Graham Russ, Andrew Jupp, June Snowdon & Jim McKie

Volunteers Awarded for Long Service

12 May 2010

More than 70 years of voluntary service were celebrated at Radio Lion's annual general meeting last week.

Five members of the hospital radio station that serves patients in the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford were honoured for their valued commitment.

June Snowdon, President of the Hospital Broadcasting Association, was a special guest to present the certificates to William Simpson and Guildford Lions Club member and former Radio Lion chairman Jim McKie for their 10 years' service.

Paul Sysum and former Radio Lion chairman Andrew Jupp were each presented with certificates to mark their 25 years' service to Radio Lion.

Graham Russ was this year's recipient of the station's Morris Mangan Award for Member of the Year.

This honour is given to a member who has shown outstanding commitment to the station over the past year and is given in memory of a former member who was a trusted and valued volunteer at the station for many years.

The winner, who is voted for by members, receives a silver salver for a year and gets a special certificate.

Shelagh Godwin with the certificate

Sunday Retreat Highly Commended

25 February 2010

Radio Lion's religious show Sunday Retreat has been highly commended in the Best Christian/Speech Radio Programme category at the Christian Broadcasting Council Media Awards.

The entry featured extracts from the programme broadcast on 13 December 2009 which including an interview with Dr Chris Jagger about his trips to Samoa and El Salvador and with the Loseley Christian Cancer Support Group.

The presenter and producer Shelagh Godwin collected the certificate at the ceremony on 25 February 2010.

Radio Lion Balloons

Shortlisted in Hospital Broadcasting Awards

5 February 2010

Guildford's award-winning hospital radio station is in the running for more possible glory.

Radio Lion has been shortlisted in two of the ten categories for this year's Hospital Broadcasting Association's annual awards.

The ceremony is open to all members of the HBA from all over the United Kingdom with an ever increasing high standard of entries.

Last year Radio Lion won the top Gold Award in the Specialist Music section with Rock Extra and hope to win in this category for a second year with this year's entry for Global Rhythms presented by Annie Bassey.

The station's coverage of the Guilfest summer music festival has received commendations in four out of the past five years in the Special Event section.

Radio Lion has covered Guilfest for the past 10 years and members are hopeful that this year it will scoop a higher award.

In previous years Radio Lion has won an HBA silver award for its sports coverage in 2008, has been commended as "station of the year" and for station promotions and won the non-music category for a wartime memories documentary in 1996.

The station has also been victorious for its religious output, winning gold awards in 2002 and 2003.

The HBA awards are a nationally recognised event in the radio industry with a panel of judges reflecting just how important they have become.

This year veteran DJ Tony Blackburn, BBC Radio 2 controller Bob Shennan and BBC Weather presenter Carol Kirkwood are among the 30 judges making the decisions.

The awards take place on 27 March 2010 during the HBA's annual spring conference, which this year takes place in Glasgow.

Carol Service 2009

13 December 2009

Patients, visitors and staff enjoyed an hour of traditional carols and readings in the reception of the Royal Surrey County Hospital.

The twenty-eighth carol service saw lessons read by guest speakers including Councillor Pauline Searle (Mayor of Guildford), Anne Milton (MP for Guildford), Iain Elsey (Chairman of Radio Lion) and Gareth Wakefield (Programme Controller of Radio Lion). The carols were sung by GHOSTs choir to the sounds of the Friary Guildford Brass Band.

Jax Davis, Gareth Wakefield and Amelia Hayward at Guilfest 2009

Guilfest 2009

12 July 2009

The last chord has been strum at the eighteenth Guilfest music festival.

The cloud and rain didn't stop the crowds from supporting their favourite bands playing on eight different stages at Stoke Park in Guildford.

It's the tenth consecutive year that Radio Lion has covered the festival. Jax Davis, Amelia Hayward, Dan Holt, Matt Howard, James Neale, Graham Russ, Gareth Wakefield and Mandy Worrall all braved the weather to interview artists, revellers and stallholders.

The main stage saw performances from Motorhead, Brian Wilson, The Happy Mondays, The Stranglers, The Charlatans, Athlete, Toploader, Linda Lewis, Wailers and Goldie Lookin’ Chain.

The Ents 24 stage boast an equally good line up with performances from Nouvelle Vague, Joe Bonamassa, Will Young, Imelda May, The Lightning Seeds and Lisa Hannigan.

Bob Mills in the comedy tent

There was a comedy tent where the likes of Bob Mills entertained, theatre stage hosted by Man In The Moon and kids zone full of entertainers and activities. There was a new 70's disco tent, ideal for a late-night boogie!

Local businessman Tony Scott has been organising the festival since 1992 which in the early days was known as Guildford Live. The event attracts crowds of around 20,000 each day. The festival still retains its family-friendly atmosphere which won it an award in 2006 in the 'Best Family Festival' category.

The highlights which included interviews with Athlete, Joe Bonamassa and Goldie Lookin' Chain were broadcast on air throughout the weekend.

Don't miss the photographs and interviews!

Adam Wareham at the Surrey County Show

Surrey County Show

26 May 2009

Guildford's Stoke Park was bathed in hot sunshine on Spring Bank Holiday Monday, encouraging thousands of visitors to visit this year's Surrey County Show.

It was only hardy souls who were prepared to brave the cold and the very wet conditions of the previous two years of what is the UK's biggest one-day agricultural event.

From early in the morning judges had the impossible task of choosing victors of the cattle, goats, sheep, pigs and other livestock, alongside those who had entered the craft and floral design areas elsewhere on the showground.

Radio Lion once again sent reporters to record a range of interviews for a special highlights show broadcast later that afternoon.

Alongside winning cattle owners, Adam Wareham and Andrew Jupp spoke to representatives from the National Farmers' Union, The Freemasons, Stagecoach (the Merrow branch of the schools' theatre group) and The Mission to Seafarers. As an activity of the Lions Club, we spoke about the charity work it does around the world as well.

Mrs Crimble's wheat and gluten-free biscuits (based in Odiham) were savoured on air as was a pasty from The Original Welsh Oggy Company!

We even bagged a chat with the guys from the Monster Trucks stunt display team who provided heart-stopping entertainment in the main arena.

These were just some of the people and firms or organisations we spoke to, all of whom were new to the patients' ears, proving that no matter how many times you visit the Surrey County Show, there is always something new and interesting to discover!

Read more news in the archive.

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