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.
Music makes the World go round!
Carnival 2015 - July 11th-18th - it's going to be a great week!
Now is the time to start thinking about the Carnival - and especially getting your entry ready for the Procession!
Here is what you need to know: (download)
Carnival entry form 2015
Carnival entry form 2015
Why not become the Carnival Princess?
It's a really fun experience to be Carnival Princess - or at least that's what the girls say every year!
Why not enter this year?
Here is the article from the Tavistock Times -
Who will be this year’s Carnival Princess?
The Lions Club of Tavistock is starting its search for a young lady to wear the glittering tiara and wave a royal hand at this year’s spectacular Tavistock Carnival so now is the chance for 3 lucky youngsters to win a chance to step up to the vacant throne as the new Carnival Princess and attendants. All young ladies who apply must be between the ages of 7 and 11 years on 1st July 2015 and live within the PL19 and PL20 postal districts. The competition is sponsored by Lawsons of Tavistock and the Tavistock Times Gazette and the Club is delighted with the continued support from both companies.
The judging will take place at the Tavistock Parish Church Centre in Plymouth Road on Thursday 14th May with the official crowning during ‘Funday in the Meadows’ on Sunday 12th July at 3pm. The Carnival Princess and attendants will lead the Carnival Procession through the streets of Tavistock on Saturday 18th July so the lucky winners must be available for these dates.
We had a great Race Night on Friday 24 April 2015 - lots of fun and £1000 for local Charities!
Please let us know you are coming - for catering and confirmation only,
contact our Activities department using this email:
Yes! Someone does win the Christmas Draw! Here are the winners, Rick and Joy Harrison, who were delighted with their original Nigel Cooke painting. They received their prize from the winning ticket seller Lion Paul Congo!!
Also in the photo are Rik Hawkins and Sarah Corber from The Tavistock Picture Framing Company who donated the picture; we really appreciate their support!
With another £100+ from the knitted Christmas Decorations created by Mrs Betty Pyne, Tony Welsh's mother in law, £1500 will be going to the New Youth Cafe. A great result!!
Tavistock Edge is a great idea that is going to bring a lot of fun to Tavistock, as well as giving the Carnival Week this year a real 'edge'... (sad I know!) - we were pleased to help with some start up funding which we recently presented to Richard Atkinson on behalf of The Edge.
We recently had a brilliant presentation on the superb work of SSAFA (Soldiers' and Sailors' Families Association) to support our Forces and their families. Here, members Yorkie Malone and divisional secretary Alan Johnson receive a cheque for £200 from Lions President Steve Grummitt and Paul Congo.
Thanks to the Athletics Club!
We usually give out cheques, so good to have one given to us!! Many thanks to the Athletics Club for their fundraising during Carnival Week with the incredibly successful Town Races. Over £1100 will be distributed to great causes! Well done everyone!
Trees of Light
Now that we have totalled up all the sponsored lights, a little less than £5,200 was raised which, with Gift Aid, will be almost £6,000 to be divided between the Motor Neurone Disease Association, the Chestnut Appeal and the Tavistock Triangle & Chemotherapy Outreach Project. What a result!! Thank you all for your support, not least, Morris Brothers for their extensive sponsorhip, Jo and Graham Moule of Mount Tavy Cottage who donate the main tree, the Tavistock Times Gazette for publishing the application form in its paper and also the Tavistock Town Council and staff for their sterling work in erecting the trees. and last, but most importantly, Steve Lethbridge and his family for all their hard work in organising it. What a wonderful page all the names made in the Tavistock Times.
July 11th-18th - Carnival Day July 18th.
Theme - Music makes the World go round!
Wednesday 12th December -
A brilliant night with Kevin Dickens at the Bedford with great commentary on his selection of Jim Thorington's photos.! Thanks to everyone for coming and I know you enjoyed it as much as we did! What memories!
£120 for the Youth Cafe because the Bedford kindly gave us the room - much appreciated, Maria, Robynne and Leanne - terrific Community support again!
We have also been planting bulbs in the Churchyard in memory of Roger Collins, a former Club President and a lovely man who died a little while ago. Sue Collins is in the centre of the picture. Hopefully they will be fantastic in the Spring and remind all of us who knew him, of Roger!
We have been raising money for the Meadows Makeover Group for the last year or so. In all we have raised "£4000 towards their target of £10,000 which they have now exceeded! Congratulations to them all on a fantastic achievement - it is wonderful to see new play equipment appearing in the Meadows. Here is a picture of the cheque presentation.
Saturday 27th September 2014 - Hot Air Balloon 'Night Glow'
A huge thank you to 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!
And here are two videos for those who may have missed it - or need a reminder!
Two super videos of the Balloon Glow!
The arty one:
See our facebook page for more photographs.
Thanks too, to Barry from Shot in the Dark Disco for the sound, John Collacott for the PA, Craig from Tavistock Hire Centre and Linda Coe and Tavistock College for making the site available to us - and to all of you who came and supported us!
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).
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!
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
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'
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
Visit our events page to find out about all the events we have on over the year ahead.
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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.