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

The Carnival - July 2017

This year, why not join in the

Tavistock Carnival Procession?

"Heritage, Myths and Legends"

 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

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 2017 and live within the PL19 and PL20 postal districts. The competition is sponsored by the Tavistock Times Gazette and Lawsons of Tavistock and the Club is delighted with the continued support from both companies.

The judging will take place at the Tavy Club in King Street, Tavistock on Wednesday 24th May at 6pm with the official crowning during ‘Funday in the Meadows’ on Sunday 9th July at 3pm. The Carnival Princess and attendants will lead the Carnival Procession through the streets of Tavistock on Saturday 15th July so the lucky winners must be available for these dates.

Tavistock’s ever popular Carnival Week, which the Lions Club has been organising for many years for and on behalf of the local community, starts on Friday 7th July with an action packed week of events for all the family starting off with a Celidh in the Town Hall culminating in the procession on Saturday 15th July. The theme for this year is “Myths, Heritage and Legends” and an entry form will be published in this paper in early June but now is the time for everybody to get their thinking caps on.

Carnival Princess Entry Form

We are very pleased to be supporting the Scratch Mikado Event in the Parish Church
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.

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.