Trees of Light
A New Look for This Year’s Trees of Light!
When Paul Blowey, the President of the Lions Club of Tavistock, switches on this year’s Trees of Light on the front of Tavistock Town Hall, there will be a noticeable difference in the number and type of bulbs illuminating the trees. Most years since the first tree was erected in 1999, the Club has been troubled with bulb failures even though they were of the correct waterproof rating. Last year nearly a third of the bulbs failed and there was also a cable fault which caused the power to one of the trees to be cut off over the Christmas holiday period. The Club therefore decided that it was time to change and has now invested in a new set of lights that consists of just over 2200 small sealed LED bulbs, a system that is used extensively for Christmas lighting by many local authorities and designed to withstand the vagaries of the English weather and hopefully that of Tavistock!
The “switching on” will be at 7pm on Thursday 24th November, the day before Dickensian evening, with the bulbs being sponsored by an individual or family in memory of a departed loved one or a good cause with all the proceeds going to charities which this year will be CLIC Sargent, Marie Curie and Parkinsons UK. This will be followed by a short interdenominational service led by the local clergy and during the evening, the Lions will be serving hot drinks and mince pies.
This will be the eighteenth year that the Lions Club have organised the trees and since it started, just over £83,300 has been raised in sponsorship and gift aid rebates from HM Revenue and Customs and distributed to local charities. For the thirteenth year, local funeral director Morris Bros. (Tavistock) Ltd. will be the main sponsor covering all of the costs which does ensure that everything raised is given to the nominated charities. Lion John Noblet, the main organiser within the Club, said that he was very pleased with the continued support from Morris Bros., the Tavistock Times Gazette for publishing the sponsorship form in its paper, South West Lakes Trust which has very kindly donated this year’s trees and also the Tavistock Town Council and staff for their sterling work in erecting the trees.
Seven years ago, the Lions established a charitable trust which enables the Club to reclaim the tax on any donation made by a UK tax payer. A total of £5,400 was donated last year and a rebate of £980 from HMRC enabled the Club to give £2,100 to each of last year’s charities.
John Noblet will be writing to those people who participated in 2015 asking if they wish to do the same this year and if anyone else would like to become a sponsor, they can obtain a sponsorship form by contacting him on 01822 616481 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively complete the adjacent form or download one from the Club’s web site at www.tavistocklions.org.uk. To ensure that the Club is able to reclaim the tax, it is important that the UK tax payer completes the form and also writes the cheque.
A full list of donors will be published in the Tavistock Times Gazette just before Christmas with each one receiving a commemorative card in the New Year which again this year will feature a design from the pupils of Tavistock Community Primary School.
Here is the application form for this year.
Here are the winning entries to go forward to the South West District for judging in this international competition. We think they are great! The theme was Celebrating Peace.
Shannon Argue - Tavistock College
Tierney Robinson - Horrabridge Community Primary chool
This is our Birthday Party and this year the Lions Club of Tavistock was 40 years old.
We celebrated in style in the Tavistock Town Hall on 27th February, with many of our friends from the Community and other Lions clubs.
A special cake made by Lion Sue Collins, was cut by our Lion president, Richard Jones, ably assisted by his wife, Jacky.
2015 Trees of Light
Another very successful year with more lights sponsored than ever..... led to this presentation
to the local branches of our three Charities - CLIC Sargent, the Motor Neurone Disease Association and Marie Curie.
£1800 went to each of the Charities with more to come when gift aid is reclaimed!
Thank you to everyone who supported these worthy causes by sponsoring a light.
Lions Brenda and Bill organised another very successful Draw with £1700 going to Children's charities; this year £850 went to the Children's Hospice South West, £500 to the Mary Budding Trust and £350 to Whitchurch Pre-school - a great result and thank you to all those who bought tickets!
And here is the lucky prizewinner with the first prize, a great picture of Tavistock from West Street, kindly donated by Rik Hawkins of the Tavistock Picture Framing Gallery. Many thanks to Rik and his team for again supporting us with such a generous prize!Balloon Glow
What a fabulous evening we had for the Balloon Glow!!
If you missed it or want to be reminded of how great it was, check out the video link below: Link
Exclusive Ballooning (the world leader in Aerial Marketing) and their pilots who gavetheir time, amazing balloons and equipment to support the Meadows Makeover. What a night it was!
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