Welcome to the website of the Lions Club of Tavistock, in the heart of the South West of England. Our club is part of Lions Clubs International (see the 'What's a Lion' page) and our primary aim is to raise and distribute funds within our local area. This website contains lots of information about the club, our activities and also details of forthcoming events and who to contact for further information.

Our Next Event

Saturday 27th September 2014 - Hot Air Balloon 'Night Glow'

Where:            Tavistock College
Balloon night glow
When:             from 7.30pm - Glow starts at 8pm
How much:      £2 for adults, £1 for under 16 to Meadows Makeover

PLEASE NOTE: This is a weather dependent event!

Really exciting news! We can't have a balloon fiesta anymore without a major sponsor as the insurance and other expenses are prohibitive - BUT one of the best things about the Fiesta, apart from the flying, was the Balloon Night Glow.

A huge thank you to Exclusive Ballooning (the world leader in Aerial Marketing) and their pilots who are giving their time, amazing balloons and equipment to support the Meadows Makeover.

Exclusive Ballooning
Have a look at some of the photographs on the Exclusive Ballooning Facebook page to see what they do!

Balloons will inflate from around 7.30 with the glow lasting 20 minutes or so, starting at 8pm.

Profits for the Meadows Makeover Group. More info as it becomes available but get it in your diaries as it is not to be missed!!

We would though like to add a couple of important points:
  1. First of all, those who remember the Fiestas will know how sensitive balloons are to wind and weather. If the forecast on Friday is bad, we shall cancel then to avoid people turning up for a non-event (even tho' of course it would then turn out to be a perfect evening!!) so keep an eye on Facebook and the website for news.
  2. Secondly, just to emphasise that this is not like our balloon fiestas of the past. Balloons will NOT be flying and the evening event is the only event - BUT weather permitting it will be amazing!

Carnival Week - 12-19th July

We've just finished an incredibly successful Carnival Week, blessed with amazing weather and a series of fantastic events across the 8 days.  The week culminated in the Carnival Parade through the town on the evening of Saturday 19th July - and the street collection during the parade raised £2291, which was up by 5% on last year, so a massive thank you to everyone!

Lion Graeme Ugle puts together short films of all our main events and here is his video of the Carnival 2014.

Also during the Carnival week, we were delighted to welcome Emma Barton, who plays Honey Mitchell in BBC1's Eastenders, to our Fun Day in the Meadows, where she crowned our 2014 Carnival Princess Emilia Barrett and her attendants Kina Massey and Ella Baker (see below).

Emma Barton & Carnival Princess

Once we know the final total raised across all the events of the week, we'll be updating this page and our Facebook page, so keep a lookout!

Murder Mystery

We had a brilliant Murder Mystery Evening at the Terrace Restaurant, Pym Street, Tavistock on Saturday featuring the Tavonians with its production of “Weddings can be Murder!”. We raised approximately £650 for Meningitis Now - a great result!

The Trees of Light

Tree of Light Presentation 2014

Here is a photograph of the Charities receiving their cheques from Lion President Pat Macauley - the final total for donations for Trees of Light was £5,187, The Club then topped this up to £5,400 - so each charity received £1800. Charities supported were local branches of the Chestnut Appeal, Motor Neurone Disease and the Tavistock Chemotherapy and Triangle Centre.

There will be another payment of around £200 when we receive gift aid. So £2000 for each Charity is a great result and we know how much it meant to be able to remember loved ones especially at Christmas.....

You will find more information if you follow the link in the side bar to 'Christmas Trees of Light'

SARDA Presentation
SARDA Presentation

We had a brilliant talk fron Ian Bertie on SARDA - Search and Rescue Dogs Association

Here is a link to his presentation. It can take a while to load!

Support for Raleigh International

Pippa Tigwell went to India with a little support from the Lions - see what amazing things she helped to achieve at

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If you'd like to find out more about the work that the Lions do in Tavistock, or would like to investigate membership opportunities, then visit our Membership page.

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