Welcome to the website of the Lions Club of Tavistock in the heart of the South West of England.
Our club is proud to be part of Lions Clubs International -click on the logo below to see all the things Lions are doing across the world!
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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.

Jan Meakin President 2018-19

News from the Club

Here is our latest Club photograph - thanks James Bird!

We were delighted to have a visit from Peter Rowe our Vice District Governor and his wife
and fellow Lion, Christine. Here Peter is presenting ex President Paul German with District Governor, Ian Snell's bannerette.

In late July, mother and daughter Tracy and Beth Horton, organised a Zumbathon to raise money for Sepsis UK and Tavistock Lions Club. Around 70 people "enjoyed" the two hour session at the Wharf raising just over £2000 in the process, half of which will be donated to Sepsis UK in memory of Tracy's father who died from it and the other half being given to the Lions for the conversion of the Carnival Princess carriage into a sleigh for Santa Clause and presents for children which the Club plans to distribute around the primary schools just before Christmas.
Peace Poster Competition
Every year we run a Peace Poster Competition.  This is an International competition with the best poster going forward to be judged with all those from the South West.  Here is a presentation with the winning school entries.
The theme was Kindness Matters.  There were 450 entries!

Photo Album

The winner was Bethan West  from Tavistock College.

Carnival Programme

Our Next Event
Trees of Light
Here's the sponsor form for this year!

Carnival 2018
"The best procession for years"
Here are some great pictures from James Bird, with his permission and that of the Tavistock Times Gazette.

Carnival 2018

The success of Tavistock town relays in Carnival Week concluded with the presentation of a bumper cheque for Tavistock Lions last week. President Jan Meakin and Alan Wroath from the Lions received £1,500 from various Tavistock Athletic Club members, young and old, representing all abilities for which the club caters. This donation goes directly back into local community projects and good causes at the heart of Tavistock. 

Club chairman Alistair Kinsey  who handed over the cheque said ‘Events like the town relays are what make Tavistock special, a community coming together producing a sporting spectacle with a fun filled running event and sportsmanship in the heart of this vibrant town.’ 

Event sponsor, Tavistock Hire Centre, was represented by Craig Howells at the presentation. Their support gave the financial clout to allow this year’s event to proceed, giving hundreds of runners of all ages, family and friends the evening they deserve. Planning for next year’s event is under way already with a challenge to make it even bigger and brighter by attracting more sports, school and corporate teams.

Did you miss our wonderful Concert in the Church??
Here are some excerpts!

Excerpts from Tavistock Lions 2018 carnival concert ‎(1)‎.mp4

All the results

Baby Show (sponsored by Duke’s Coffee House and Boots)

 Under 1 year winners:       Benjamin Hunter from Tavistock          

 Over 1-year winner:           Binky Oliver from Tavistock         

 Judges: Ruth Kelly and Jan Steer of Boots, Tavistock


Fun Day Dog Show (organised by Cheryl Thomas of Kestrel Kennels)

Best in Pedigree Classes: 

Bowden – a fox red labrador exhibited by Isobel Bevan

Reserve: Lady – a saluki exhibited by June Baker

Best in Novelty Classes: 

Poppy – a german shepherd exhibited by Pete Jarman

Reserve: Rudy – a cross collie/springer/ beagle exhibited by Alana Steels

Judges: Jane & Michael O’Hara


Pavement Artists Competition (sponsored by Tavistock Times Gazette)

Under 5 years: Winner:Ted Coates  2nd:   Lyra Blowey

                         3rd:    Evie Peek

 5-8 years:        Winner: Dibeh Alaoui     2nd:  Ruby Harding

                         3rd:     Iris Harding

9 and over:       Winner: Leah Kite  2nd:   Damien Bowyer

                         3rd:     Gracie Young

 Adults:             Winner:   Helen Bowyer

 Judges: Lianne Hunt and Alison Stephenson from the Tavistock Times Gazette


 Petanque Competition (with 6 teams)

Winners: Tavistock Town Council A (Mayor and Mayoress Paul & Jane Ward and Councillor Andy Hutton)


Trader’s Skittles Competition (with 10 local businesses at the Explorer)

 Winners: Cakes, Bakes and Shakes


Carnival Programme Flag Competition Winners 

(each receiving £25)

Keri Walker, Rosie Walker, Ben Walker and Kate Harding (all from Tavistock)


Many thanks to the traders and advertisers for displaying the flags


Carnival Procession


Best in Procession: Tavistock Church Schools Federation (St. Peter’s & St. Rumon’s)

Schools:                           1st:    Tavistock Church Schools Federation (St. Peter’s & St. Rumon’s)

Decorated float or  Group of vehicles  1st:    Vintage Tractors

Walking Class 1:              1st     1st Tavistock Scout Group

Walking Class 2:              1st:    TAGB Taekwondo

Walking Class 3:              1st:    TASS




The winners of Best in Procession receive a perpetual shield and a trophy to keep.

The Carnival theme was “Countries of the World”

The collection on the procession route, which took 25 people just over 2 hours to count, was  £2185.98 which was around £100 up on last year

The collection consisted of 46,957 coins made up of 21,508 - 1p, 14,725 - 2p, 6028 - 5p, 1,782 - 10p, 2,084 - 20p, 346 - 50p, 456 - £1, 28 - £2, £95 in notes plus a selection of foreign coins!

The profits will be distributed to the charity groups, clubs and schools that participated in the procession and the other events during Carnival Week 

Next year’s Carnival Day will be Saturday 20thJuly 2019 and the theme will be announced in due course


 Carnival Princess


We now have our Carnival Princess and her attendants;  Emily Tripp (centre) will be the Princess, with Tilly Young (left) and Verona-May Peters (right) her attendants.

And here they are in their wonderful coach, thanks to the brilliant Richard Marlow!  Thanks Helen Bowyer for the photo!


Trees of Light
As well as lighting up Bedford Square at Christmas time, the Trees of Light are a lovely way of remembering loved ones. Lights are sponsored and the money raised goes to three charities who we choose each year. This year £6000 will be divided between CLIC Sargent - a children’s cancer charity, Marie Curie and Parkinsons Uk with a further £900 from Gift Aid.
Remembrance Day
We were very pleased to support the royal British Legion by closing the roads for the silence....

Sensory Garden....

Work goes on!!


For details on other events throughout the year, visit our events page.

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.