Welcome to the website of the Lions Club of Tavistock!
We are very proud to belong to Lions International, the largest Service Organisation in the World.
To find out more go to our What's a Lion? page.
We hope that through the events we organise and the money we raise for local charities and good causes, we can help to make Tavistock the special place it is!

Tony Welsh  President 2019-20

Our Club in 2019!  Thanks as always, James Bird, for the photograph.

Next Event

Carnival Theme 2020:    
“Pioneers and Adventurers”
Next year, as I am sure you know, is Mayflower 400 in Plymouth.  To tie in with that - if anyone fancies being a Pilgrim Father! - the Club has chosen “Pioneers and Adventurers” as the theme for 2020.  We hope this gives a really wide range of people and subjects from which to choose:
- maybe the astronauts who explored space and landed on the moon
- more modern day explorers such as Bear Grylls and Sir Ranulph Fiennes
- pioneers in our social history, the suffragettes for example or pioneers in medicine
- adventurers from fiction like Indiana Jones
And so on!
But it is all your ideas and fantastic entries that we are really looking forward to seeing at the Parade on July 18th 2020
Our next BBQ will be for the Tavi Specials on Sunday March 8th!

Recent Events
At a recent Club meeting, Tony Welsh the President of Tavistock Lions Club, was delighted to present four cheques to local charities totally £10,000, £9,000 of which came from sponsorship of the Trees of Light and £1,000 from the Christmas bucket collections at Tesco, Morrisons and the Town Square. The cheques for £3,000 each went to the Primrose Foundation, the Chestnut Appeal and Derriford Children's Cancer Service and the cheque for £1,000 to Children's Hospice South West. Tony thanked everybody who had contributed to this wonderful total and also the directors of Morris Bros. (Tavistock) Ltd. who had covered all of the administration costs for the Trees of Light thus ensuring that all of the sponsorship money went to the three charities. Tony went on to say that the success of the Trees would not have been possible without the support of South West Lakes Trust which had supplied the three wonderful trees, the works staff of Tavistock Town Council who erected and decorated the trees and the Tavistock Times Gazette which published the sponsorship form and the list of sponsors
Christmas 2019
Last year, Tavistock Lions distributed presents to local schools with Father Christmas assisted by his trusty elves. His transport was a wonderful sleigh that Lion Richard Marlow, with support from Tavistock Rotary, had designed and constructed as a carriage for last year's Carnival  princess and attendants and which during the autumn he had cleverly converted into transport more suited for our winter visitors! So just before the schools broke up for this year's Christmas holidays, the sleigh set off once again on its journey around the Tavistock area, as well as Whitchurch, Horrabridge, Gulworthy and Lamerton visiting 7 local infant and junior schools distributing around 300 presents, one to each of the 43 classes. Father Christmas and his elves said that they were delighted with the reception that they had received at all the schools and how grateful all of the children had been with their gifts.

Father Christmas was also very busy with members of Tavistock Rotary as he helped them with their bucket collections around the streets of Tavistock and again with the Lions for their collections in Bedford Square, with some of the proceeds of the Lion's collection going to Children's Hospice South West.

Carnival 2019

 For all the results of the Carnival go to our Carnival Week page!

 Here are pictures from the wonderful Carnival Procession of 2019!

Carnival 2019

Peace Poster 2019
Posters from this year's competition can now be found on the Peace Poster 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.