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

Sensory Garden....
Work goes on!!

Shelter Box
With so many natural - and man made - disasters in our world, we decided to sponsor two Shelter Boxes.
Here is a picture of the cheque presentation to David Glover from Shelter Box.

An article in the TTG of 23rd November publicised the fact that the Children's Ward in Derriford Hospital had no funds to make the ward more festive for the Christmas period. Bex Hurle, whose daughter is currently undergoing cancer treatment in Derriford started a fund raising campaign to buy decorations for the ward and following a successful event and a donation from the Lions Club of £426, she and her friends now have sufficient money. A working party of Bex, friends and Lions will soon be visiting the ward in order to decorate it with trees, lights and baubles which will most certainly brighten it up for all the children who will unfortunately be in there over Christmas

James Bird's photo shows Bex with friends and Lions receiving the cheque from Club Community Service Chair Hywel Edwards

What a great Carnival Week we had in 2017!
Heritage, Myths and Legends"

Carnival Parade 2017

Carnival 2017

All the results!

Baby Show (sponsored by Duke’s Coffee House and Boots)
Under 1 year winners:  Juliette York aged 3 months from Tavistock
Over 1-year winner: Amelia Walker aged 18 months from Tavistock
Judges: Jane McLaren and Jan Steer of Boots, Tavistock

Fun Day Dog Show (organised by Cheryl Thomas of Kestrel Kennels)
Best in Show: Louis (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel) owned by Beryl Kowalski
Reserve: Bowden (Labrador) owned by Miss Bevan
Judge: Michelle Ingham

Pavement Artists Competition (sponsored by Tavistock Times Gazette)
Under 5 years: Winner: Rosie Walker 2nd: Betty-Lou Alaoui
5-8 years: Winner:  Yasmin Harding
 2nd: Sienna Harding
3rd:  Dibeh Alaoui
9 and over: Winner:  Paige Boywer
2nd:  Tilly Young
3rd: Lizzie Krishnan
Adults: Winner:  Helen Bowyer
Judges: Lianne Carr and Alison Stephenson from the Tavistock Times Gazette

Traders’ Skittles Competition (with 8 local businesses at the Tavy Club)
Winners: Cakes, Bakes and Shakes

Carnival Procession
Best in Procession: St. Peter’s and St. Rumon’s Primary Schools
Decorated float: 1st: Lamerton Primary School
Walking Class 1: 1st   The Little Mermaid
Walking Class 2: 1st:  Tavistock Community Primary School
 Walking Class 3: 1st:  St. Peter’s and St. Rumon’s Primary Schools

Our Carnival Princess was Ella, pictured centre with her two attendants, Lila (left) and Imogen (right) and Lions' President, 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. 

Brilliant Night in the Town Hall!!

Charter Night 2016

This is our Birthday Party and this year the Lions Club of Tavistock was 40 years old.
We celebrated in style in the Tavistock Town Hall on 27th February, with many of our friends from the Community and other Lions clubs.

A special cake made by Lion Sue Collins, was cut by our Lion president, Richard Jones, ably assisted by his wife, Jacky.

2015 Trees of Light

Another very successful year with more lights sponsored than ever..... led to this presentation
to the local branches of our three Charities - CLIC Sargent, the Motor Neurone Disease Association and Marie Curie.
£1800 went to each of the Charities with more to come when gift aid is reclaimed!
Thank you to everyone who supported these worthy causes by sponsoring a light.

Christmas Draw

Lions Brenda and Bill organised another very successful Draw with £1700 going to Children's charities; this year £850 went to the Children's Hospice South West, £500 to the Mary Budding Trust and £350 to Whitchurch Pre-school - a great result and thank you to all those who bought tickets!

And here is the lucky prizewinner with the first prize, a great picture of Tavistock from West Street, kindly donated by Rik Hawkins of the Tavistock Picture Framing Gallery.  Many thanks to Rik and his team for again supporting us with such a generous prize!

Balloon Glow

What a fabulous evening we had for the Balloon Glow!!
If you missed it or want to be reminded of how great it was, check out the video link below: Link

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!

Christmas Draw 2014

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!!  


The Edge

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.

Carnival 2015

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. His wife, Sue Collins, is now a Lion. Hopefully they will be fantastic in the Spring and remind all of us who knew him, of Roger!

The Meadows

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'
Exclusive Ballooning

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).

Emma Barton & Carnival Princess

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!

  Murder Mystery

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

Tree of Light Presentation 2014

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'

SARDA Presentation
SARDA Presentation

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
The Christmas Draw
Christmas Draw Winner 2013

At this time of year our draw supports Children's Charities. This year we supported the Meadows Makeover Group who are raising money to refurbish the children's play facilities in the Meadows.

This is a great cause and we were very pleased that we raised £1500 for it. Here is their facebook link!

The proud owners of the First Prize in the Lions Christmas Draw, an original David Chambers donated by Tavistock Picture Framing Gallery

Latest from Muzi in Swaziland

It gives me great pleasure to send you this pictures of athletes that are training in our own gym at home after the assistance from you and your organizations, please note that I will send a few of them then my report will be without pictures.

Painting of the structure was funded by the lions club , the gym was developed by Swaki including the gym equipment , the accommodation structure with beds was developed with the assistance of martin ,

Thanks the rest of the report is coming and I should say that the athletes are preparing to compete in south Africa with the help of Swaki .

Look at these wonderful pictures from Swaziland!


The Spooky Walk became a great Spooktacular Children’s Party!!

The weather forecast was right and it poured from 5 o'clock on. 

So we concentrated all our spookiness on the Community Football Club

We had all the activities as planned – the apple bobbing, the doughnuts, the spooky fruit machine, the spooky costume fancy dress and the lanterns.  Big thanks to Mia Aloui for doing party games with spooky music and movement from 4.30 -5.00 and to the great witches who were there because they say they are scared of flying in the wind and the rain and they even gave out sweets!  There were lanterns to make and milk bottles to make into spooky lanterns to take home, glowsticks and spooky tattoos.

So thank you to everyone who turned a disaster into a triumph.  And we made some money for that wonderful organisation the Children's |Hospice and the lovely people who support them.