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!
Or see our 'What's a Lion' page.
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.

Our Next Event
Carnival 2019

This years Carnival Procession will take place on Saturday the 20th July, and the theme is "Children's Books," and we would love you all to join us again this year.

We wouldn’t want to  ‘book’ (sorry!) themes for any of the entries, but you might like to know that so far we have had as possible books to feature - Alice in Wonderland, Little Red Riding Hood (or variation on that theme!), Railway Children, Thomas the Tank Engine, characters from Roald Dahl, a book of Children's Stories, Where's Wally?,  Peter Pan, Jungle Book, Apple Tree Farm and of course, Elmer the Elephant. (we will update this section as we hear from you.)


We only made a few changes last year, mainly to keep the assembly and judging times as short as possible.  By and large they seemed successful, so we plan to stick with the same this year:

  • The timings are all aimed so that the procession enters Whitchurch Road at 6.30 pm.  To achieve this all entrants wishing to be judged must be assembled by 5 pm, judging will start at 5.15 pm and will complete such that the front of the procession can start to move from the top of Down Road at 6.10 pm. Remember, you need to be assembled for the start of the judging, but not much earlier.  
  • Judging will continue as a key element of the procession and will be done in Down Road.  Like last year, prize money will not be awarded to the winners but we will continue to make a donation to all participants in recognition of their support.  Trade entries will be asked to nominate a local charity. Trophies and certificates will be presented to the class winners, and like last year, we intend to give all entries a certificate in recognition of their participation, and our appreciation of their efforts.  Feedback from previous years has included comment that the smaller groups feel unable to compete with the larger entrants such as the schools,  to address this last year we decided that we should have a separate category for schools, and amend the numbers slightly in the others.  This seems to have been favourably received, so we intend to keep the categories the same this year, ie:
    • Schools - Primary Schools or above
    • Decorated Float or Group of Vehicles
    • Walking Class 1 - up to 10 people
    • Walking Class 2 - 11 people or more 
    • Walking Class 3 (any number with accompanying decorated vehicle)
    • Trade

Music is always a key element of the procession and we always encourage as many of you as possible to include this, and many do.  Later, in your entrants form, we will be asking that you let us know if music is part of your entry, this will help us when we assemble the running order of the procession.  Please make it as lively and loud as possible.


We very much appreciate your support and if you want any help or support please contact us.  These email addresses will do (jdawson526@btinternet.com,jeff.lea@live.co.uk, and tonyrose@gmail.com).  In addition Tavistock Scrapstore have kindly offered to provide material support to entrants, so please contact them directly (tavyscrapstore@gmail.com) if this would be of help.  We are very much looking forward to this year's Carnival, the enthusiasm and look of joy on peoples faces makes it all worthwhile. Please encourage as many people as possible to take part and attend, by word of mouth, social media etc.  The more the merrier!


As you may be aware this year  Ecofest is being held in the meadows during the day, we very much see this as a positive event and in-line with our aspirations to enhance the day and bring as many people into Tavistock as possible.  We are working hard with some other groups to provide some pre and post carnival entertainment, all with the intention of making the day even better.  We will keep you informed as these ideas firm up.


Here's hoping for a sunny evening this year.

Carnival Princess
he Carnival is getting nearer!  The theme of Children’s Books really seems to have caught the imagination!!
Now it is time to start thinking about the Carnival Princess and her attendants.  This is a wonderful opportunity as it provides a lot of fun and excitement as well as boosting confidence.
Here is the entry form which will also be in the Tavy Times.
So you can enter by sending the entry form by post to Gail our organiser-
or download it from our website www.tavistocklions.org.uk
and email to Gail
or just email her the information as required on the form
The choosing of the Princess and her attendants will be on Thursday May 16th in the TASS Anchorage Centre at 6.00pm.  Note change of venue.
Here are last year’s princess and her attendants who look like they are having a great time!

Trees of Light

Remembrance Day
We were very pleased to support the royal British Legion by closing the roads for the silence....

Sensory Garden....

Work goes on!!



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.