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.

News from the Club

Here is our latest Club photograph - thanks James Bird!

Lions Clubs International recognize outstanding individuals by bestowing on them an award that is named after its founder, Melvin Jones.  This award is the highest form of recognition and embodies humanitarian ideas consistent with the nature and purpose of Lionism.  The recipient of this award becomes a model of exemplary service to his club and the community which it serves.  President Paul Blowey was delighted to present Lions Steve Grummitt and Chris Northey with the award of a Melvin Jones Fellowship at our recent Charter Night Celebration.

Our Next Event

"Heritage, Myths and Legends"

Here is what we are planning for this year's Carnival Week

Download Carnival Programme! 

Friday 7th July

Carnival Ceilidh 7.30 Tavistock Town Hall - £10 admission by ticket to include a Pasty House pasty!

A great evening of music and dance with Under the Moon to get the Carnival off to a great start!

NEW:  Buy your tickets for this event online - Get Tickets

Saturday 8th July

Baby Show Tavistock Parish Centre 10am

Judging starts at 10.30am

Classes: under 1 year and 1 to 2 years

Sponsored by Dukes Coffee House and Boots

Carnival Activities from The Tavistock Edge

Sunday 9th July

Fun Day in the Meadows Tavistock Meadows from 12 noon 

Lots of fun with a Dog show, BBQ, charity stalls, penalty shoot out, children’s games and activities,

Bouncy Castle, martial arts display, sheep dog display, competitions and a duck race on the canal at 4.15pm etc etc!

Crowning of the Carnival Princess at 3pm

Sponsored by Lawsons and the Tavistock Times Gazette

Monday 10th July

Peace Poster Presentation Evening Bedford Hotel 5.45pm (Sponsored by Morris Bros. (Tavistock) Ltd.)

Steve Hipsey’s Multi Media Quiz Bedford Hotel7.30pm (£10 for a team of 4 6)

Tuesday 11th July

Pavement Artists Competition Brook Street 6pm (Sponsored by the Tavistock Times Gazette)

Classes: under 5, 5-8 years, 9-11 years and adults! 

 Walkers' BBQ Join us for a walk on Whitchurch Down - withor without a dog!  Enjoy a burger - and hopefully a balmy summer Evening!!  We are pleased to be able to resurrect this popular event after a couple of years without it!

Wednesday 12th July

Concert in the Church Parish Church 7.30pm £5 admission

Featuring Stannary Brass, Flanders and Swan and Blowzone.

Bingo at the Tavy Club 8pm

Thursday 13th July

Simon Dell Talks Bedford Hotel 7.30pm £5 per person

Brilliant local raconteur, Simon Dell will give a fascinating talk on Tavistock’s heritage and history, myth and legend

Town Relay Races organised by Tavistock Athletic Club the Meadows 

Friday 14th July

Simon Dell Walks a heritage walk around Tavistock starting at Court Gate 2pm to 3.30pm £5 per person

Tavistock’s heritage and history, myth and legend

Traders’ Skittles Competition – Tavy Club 7pm

A skittles competition between local businesses

Saturday 15th July

All Day Fair Bedford Square

Last chance to buy Carnival Draw Tickets

Carnival Procession starting at 6.30pm from Down Road

Carnival Draw 8pm Bedford Square

This year, why not join in the

Tavistock Carnival Procession?

 Our area in the South West is steeped in these subjects

we came up with the following list of ideas:

.    George and the Dragon

.    Goosey Fair

.    Mining

.    Agriculture

.    The Dukes of Bedford

.    Tavistock Abbey

.    Sir Francis Drake

.    Viking raids

.    Robin Hood

.    Dartmoor Legends

.    James Bond

.    Piracy and Smuggling

.    Fairy Stories

       .    King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table

.    Sporting Legends

But there are so many more!!

Information Sheet

Why?            It's fun and the people from Tavistock and surrounding areas have fun watching it!! You can make money for your organisation or for a  Charity, just by taking part. How much depends on the number taking part, but last year organisations received £100!

                    When?       On Saturday 15th July 2017

Where?     The procession starts from the bottom of Down Road, Tavistock at 6.30pm. You will be given your place to assemble in Down Road when you arrive. All entries should arrive by 5.30 pm.

Is it difficult to enter? Not at all! Fill in our form and return it by email or post. Decide what kind of entry suits you. Can you get a float? If so, that is the best stage of all. It is not as complicated as people think!

Essentially, you need public liability insurance for the vehicle and you need to make sure no one can fall off. We can give further advice if you contact us.


Route    This year we will follow the same route as last year. This proved to be flatter and shorter making it less tiring for the walking entries. As usual, the procession will assemble in Down Road, going from there into Abbey Place, turning left into Plymouth Road, right into Russell Street, right into West Street and on through Duke Street, turning right into Market Road where it will disperse.

Here is a link to the Carnival Entry Form

Here is a link to some helpful notes on the Procession

Here is a link to the Health and Safety Advice

Carnival Princess.

There were 8 entries who all had to go through a short interview with a panel of two Lions and Del Gardiner from Lawsons, who with the Tavistock Times are our sponsors.

We would have been very happy with any of the 8 young ladies as our Carnival princess as they were all brilliant, but we could only choose one and that was Ella, pictured centre with her two attendants, Lila (left) and Imogen (right) and Lions' President- elect, Paul German.

The Scratch Mikado
We were very pleased to be supporting the Scratch Mikado Event in the Parish Church
It  was brilliant!!  Our thanks to the Tavistock Musical Theatre Company and Plymouth G and S Fellowship and especially Dr Paul Foster and Dr Sean Sweeney for a wonderful evening - and of course, Peter Clement for production - and thinking of us!
Nearly £650 was raised for locally-based charities and good causes. 

Congratulations to Tierney Robinson on coming third in the whole of the South West for her Peace Poster
- Sharing Peace.

Trees of Light

The new lights looked fantastic this Christmas on the beautiful trees, kindly donated by South West Lakes Trust.  Maybe this contributed to the increase in sponsors, bringing in nearly £6,000 for our chosen charities, which this year are CLIC Sargent, Marie Curie and Parkinsons UK.  When we are able to reclaim the tax, this figure will rise again, so, as you can see, it makes possible a really worthwhile donation to three very good causes.

Thank you again to all those who supported and sponsored this wonderful scheme.

For details on other events throughout the year, visit our events page.

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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.