Previous Years
The Trees of Light were a fantastic success this year (2020) with nearly £13,000 raised by sponsorship and sale of Christmas Cards.
We sent out presentation cheques this year because of the pandemic and asked for a photograph -
Here are the lovely photos we received - from the top, 
The Children's Ward at Derriford
The Chestnut Appeal
The Primrose Foundation 
- each receiving £3,000

At a recent Club meeting, Tony Welsh the President of Tavistock Lions Club, was delighted to present four cheques to local charities totally £10,000, £9,000 of which came from sponsorship of the Trees of Light and £1,000 from the Christmas bucket collections at Tesco, Morrisons and the Town Square. The cheques for £3,000 each went to the Primrose Foundation, the Chestnut Appeal and Derriford Children's Cancer Service and the cheque for £1,000 to Children's Hospice South West. Tony thanked everybody who had contributed to this wonderful total and also the directors of Morris Bros. (Tavistock) Ltd. who had covered all of the administration costs for the Trees of Light thus ensuring that all of the sponsorship money went to the three charities. Tony went on to say that the success of the Trees would not have been possible without the support of South West Lakes Trust which had supplied the three wonderful trees, the works staff of Tavistock Town Council who erected and decorated the trees and the Tavistock Times Gazette which published the sponsorship form and the list of sponsors

Trees of Light 2013
This was started in 1999 when the club agreed with Tavistock Town Council to erect a large Christmas Tree on the front of the Town Hall which would be covered in lights sponsored by members of the public in memory of departed love ones.

Over £70,000 has been collected todate. It has become so popular that the number of trees has been increased to three to cater for all the light bulbs. With the shocking weather that we experienced last winter, some of our lights failed, so we have replaced them all for 2013.

With the Lions Club of Tavistock now havng a registered charity, Gift Aid became applicable from the 2009 Trees of Light onwards. Further details will appear in the event's publicity - it has helped us raise even more for our n

Trees of Light 2019
Without mentioning the Ch word…..!  it is time to be thinking about the Trees of Light that every year shine so brilliantly on the Tavistock Town Hall!

In the past people have asked us if the Trees of Light could celebrate life in a more general way, so as well as celebrating the memory of a loved one, could they also celebrate a birth or a special birthday or indeed any happy event. 

This year, then, we are extending the focus of the Trees of Light to be a Celebration of Life so do feel free to sponsor lights in whatever way you would like.

ALL of the proceeds are donated to charity.  We are again supporting the two Derriford charities for Prostate and Breast Cancer care. Our third will be a children’s charity, Derriford Children’s Cancer Service.

 Morris Brothers are, once again, generously covering all our administrative expenses and South West Lakes Trust are sponsoring the trees.    Tavistock Town Council and Tavistock Times Gazette will be giving us their support and, as usual, a list of sponsors will be published in the Christmas edition of the paper.

 The lights will be switched on at 7.00pm on Friday 29th November 2019


As well as lighting up Bedford Square at Christmas time, the Trees of Light are a lovely way of remembering loved ones. Lights are sponsored and the money raised goes to three charities who we choose each year. This year £6000 will be divided between CLIC Sargent - a children’s cancer charity, Marie Curie and Parkinsons Uk with a further £900 from Gift Aid.

The lights were on for another Christmas!

(Thanks James Bird)


The new lights looked fantastic last 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 were 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 further details of how you can donate towards the Trees of Light at Christmas, contact

Lion Steve Grummitt, Press Officer, on 0845 8334807.

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.

To donate to the Trees of Light 2021, please click on the Paypal button below.
Make your donation.
You will then be taken automatically to a form for the information and options to complete your sponsorship.
Many thanks for your donation!

OR complete the application form below and send with a cheque to
Lions Trees of Light, 3, Edgcumbe Drive, TAVISTOCK PL19 0ET
OR go to our JustGiving page -