Christmas Trees of Light will be turned on THIS EVENING (Thursday) at 7pm in Bedford Square.
Hot chocolate and mince pies before and afterwards. Come and sing your first carols!
Weather forecast fine and warm(ish!!) - always a lovely occasion - see you there!
Dickensian Evening tomorrow night - find our fabulous hotdogs and burgers outside the NatWest Bank and please buy our Draw Tickets from our stall in the Panier Market!
Our Christmas Draw
A huge thank you to Tavistock and Totnes Picture Framing Galleries from the Lions and the Youth Cafe for another stunning first prize for the Draw. Nigel Cooke's tractor is a great picture and very appropriate for our rural location!
Every penny from the sale of tickets will go to the Youth Cafe. See us in the refurbished Coop, in the Square on 22nd November or at Dickensian evening - let's make it a record for the sake of young people in Tavistock!
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!
Photo courtesy of Steve Grummitt
Trees of Light to illuminate the Town Hall
Once again, the front of Tavistock Town Hall will be a mass of sparkling white lights when at 7pm on Thursday 27th November, the day before Dickensian evening, Steve Grummitt, the President of the Lions Club of Tavistock will switch on the “Trees of Light”. Bulbs on the three Christmas trees will have been sponsored by an individual or family in memory of a loved one or a good cause with all the proceeds going to local charities which this year will be the Motor Neurone Disease Association, the Chestnut Appeal and the Tavistock Triangle & Chemotherapy Outreach Project. The switching on 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 sixteenth year that the Lions Club have organised the trees and Steve says that he is delighted to be switching on the lights once again as he was the first to switch the lights on when it was started with a single tree back in 1999 since when nearly £71,000 has been raised and distributed to local charities. For the eleventh year, Tavistock based funeral company Morris Bros. (Tavistock) Ltd. will be the main sponsor and Simon and Lucie Luke, directors of the family owned company, said that they are delighted to be supporting the project once again as it does ensure that all the money donated is given to the nominated charities. Lion Steve Lethbridge, the main organiser within the Club, said that he was very pleased with the continued support from Morris Bros., 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.
Five years ago, the Lions established a charitable trust which enabled 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 £930 from HM Revenue and Customs enabled the Club to give £2,100 to each of last year’s charities.
Steve Lethbridge will be writing to those people who participated in 2013 asking if they wish to do the same this year and if anyone else would like to sponsor a light on the trees, they can obtain a sponsorship form by contacting him on 01837 54697 or by e-mail to email@example.com or by completing the adjacent form. To ensure that the Club is able to reclaim back 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.
For more information please contact:
Steve Grummitt President and Press Officer for the Lions Club of Tavistock
Home: 01822 615526
Mobile: 07802 600282
Home: 01837 54697
Mobile: 07766 691467
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
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