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!

2018 Trees of Light

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)

In 2017 you could obtain a sponsorship form by contacting John Noblet on 01822 616481 or by e-mail at Alternatively download the form from the link below and email it or send to John

Or this year, the Club set up a “Just Giving” web page which enabled donations to be made online by going to

As well as remembering someone who was dear to you, it is a wonderful way of supporting three very deserving charities which this year were CLIC Sargent, Marie Curie  and Parkinsons UK.

 This was the nineteenth year that the Lions Club have organised the trees and since it started, just over £90,000 has been raised in sponsorship and gift aid to be distributed to local charities. We are very grateful for the continued support from Funeral Directors, Morris Bros, our main sponsor,.the Tavistock Times Gazette for publishing the sponsorship form in its paper, South West Lakes Trust, which again has very kindly donated the trees, and also the Tavistock Town Council and staff for their sterling work in erecting them

The Lions established a charitable trust eight years ago which enables the Club to reclaim the tax on any donation made by a UK tax payer

 A full list of donors was published in the Tavistock Times Gazette just before Christmas and, if you wanted one, there was a commemorative card which can be sent to you.



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.

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