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 nominated charities!


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.

We hold a brief service when the lights are turned on, here is a link to Graeme Ugle's video: - Click to view the Trees of Light 2013