Devizes Lions

Chartered 1970 (District 105W)
Devizes Lions Club Charity Trust Fund is a Registered Charity No.1026909


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Lions are here to help society and each member of that society; our motto is "We Serve". Devizes Lions organise and participate in many community activities and with the support of the local community we have raised many thousands of pounds to help support local people and various charities.

Use this website to find out more about what we do.


Lions' Den 30th May 2018
Wednesday evening 30th May in the Town Hall.  


A "Dragons' Den" type event with the opportunity to bid for a significant grant towards your organisation's project. 

Swimathon 21st April 2018


Due to the severe weather and driving conditions, we reluctantly had to postpone the Swimathon.
It has now been re-scheduled to take place on 21 April. All teams will be informed.

Marie Curie collection 9th March 2018

Devizes Lions were pleased to support this year's Marie Curie collection at Morrisons which raised £676 for the Charity.

Thanks to all who contributed to this worthwhile cause.

Centenary Celebration gift to Devizes

On Tuesday 12th December, at 10am, the formal AED handover presentation to the town took place outside the Post Office Sorting Office. Click here for more details: AEDs



To enable us to continue arranging fund raising events in the town and deliver the much needed support to the community,

If you would like to help us help others, don't delay, contact us now. 

To find out more, click here:  Who are Devizes Lions?

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Who are Devizes Lions?



Devizes Lions are dedicated to helping the people of Devizes and those in the areas surrounding the town.

If your organisation or group is in need of help and you think we can assist, please visit our Contacts Page and get in touch now. 


With the support of the local community Devizes Lions have raised many thousands of pounds to help support local people and various charities. Whether a group needing funds, a community action group or just someone seeking help, Devizes Lions try to make the problem smaller.

During a typical year Devizes Lions raise funds through a variety of events, sales, collections and concerts, and distributes around £30,000 to worthwhile causes, including local individuals, families and groups that have approached us when in need of support.

In addition, we have enabled groups to raise their own funds through our popular Sponsored Walk and Swimathon, and we provide around 500 local children with new sporting experiences over our Sports Coaching Weekend.

Here are the formally adopted Purposes of the Club:   Purposes

To find out more about Lions, download a copy of this publication: #LionsGetInvolved  

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It's not all hard work! As well as fulfilling our charitable aims Devizes Lions Club is also a great social organisation where we enjoy fun and fellowship whilst supporting those that need our help.

Here are some Lions enjoying a planning meeting!


So now is the time to take this opportunity. 

Find out more about becoming a Devizes Lion by contacting us now:

 Devizes Lions' President 2017/18  


Lion President Robert Postlethwaite 

The new Lions' President Robert Postlethwaite pictured with his wife Paula at the Lions Charter Dinner and Handover in the Corn Exchange on the 30th June.

This is what Robert tells us about himself and his aspirations for the year ahead,

"I moved to Devizes from Farnborough in 1999 with my wife Paula and two children.

I became a grandfather in 2013 and now have three grandchildren to keep me busy.

My neighbour introduced me to Lions in 2001 after I asked him if there were any organisations I could join so that I could give something back to the community, so here I am 16years later President of Devizes Lions.

I have worked in the ambulance service for 35years, most of that time as a Paramedic.

My main hobby is cycling in my spare time, also a bit of DIY.

In my year as President I look forward to the challenges ahead, supporting local charities and people in need.

As this year marks 100 years of Lions, Devizes Lions aims to mark this landmark by getting five public access defibrillators (PAEDs). Three have already been installed in Devizes."


At Devizes Lions' 47th Charter dinner and handover, former President Lion Roger Stratton donned his  red JOGLE with OSKAR driving attire before handing over the chain of office to his successor, Lion President Robert Postlethwaite.

President Robert proposes to mark the Lions Clubs International’s centenary year in 2017/18 with a project that would be a legacy of the Club’s hard work over the years by installing five public access defibrillators in the town.



We are delighted that our Patron, HRH, The Countess of Wessex G.C.V.O. hosted a Reception at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday, 28th February 2018 to help Lions Clubs mark this milestone.

President Robert Postlethwaite representing Devizes Lions joined with members from across the British Isles at the Centenary Reception together with the organisations’ charity partners.

What is being said about Devizes Lions

"Chase LOVED seeing Santa last night again, thanks so much to the Lions Club for continuing such a wonderful tradition that I can share with my child, that I remember doing as a child myself! Keeping Xmas magical."  Cassie on our Facebook page.

"Big Thank You to Devizes Lions for organising the sponsored walk; we've managed to raise over £1400 (and still counting) for Victim Support"

"I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank the Devizes Lions again for their continued support for First Stages.  It means a great deal to us to know that our work is recognised, and we are very proud and grateful to have been among so many worthy recipients last week.  The support the Lions gives to the smaller local groups is so important.  Thank you!"   Carole Berry.

"The Monday Club would like to thank ... the Lions who have worked so hard to support us."  Jackie.

"The cheque given to us will help keep our club afloat and enable us to give our members some little pleasures." - Devizes PHAB. 

"It's all great news people! More then 500 kids took a part in sport weekend this year - I know, because I asked... I can see so many advantages, not only fun some of them will continue, for some of them it was perhaps the only opportunity to try some sports, more sport - better health! More 'inspired' kids - more 'sporty' adults in the future! All voluntary job by Lions Club, how amazing!" Asia K.

And recently posted on Facebook:

"My daughter has come back from a canoeing session, with Don Jones 's autograph!

Seriously, a huge thank you and well done to Devizes Lions for organising their sports weekend again. My girls have respectively canoed and played badminton. It's a fantastic opportunity for our youngsters to try their hand at something new, or at something that their parents might not otherwise be able to afford for them to do."  Sue Ross


Chartered on 23 February 2014, The Devizes Leos Club is the youth group connected to the Devizes Lions. The word Leos stands for Leadership, Experience, Opportunity and Service.

And for more detailed information about their activities, follow them on Facebook.  

Since it has been running, Leos' members have gained public awareness in the community, having held a number of fund-raising  events including a car wash, race night, coffee morning and a country & western evening, and they have also provided invaluable help at events arranged by Devizes Lions .  

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To enable us to continue delivering much needed support to the community by arranging fund raising events in the town, WE NEED NEW MEMBERS TO HELP US .....

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Who are Devizes Lions?

Forthcoming Events

Visit our Calendar for a full list of our forthcoming events.

Sports Coaching weekend
24th and 25th March 2018

Click on the poster to download a copy for printing

For details of last year's amazing event, go to our Sports Coaching web page: Sports Coaching


21st April 2018


We reluctantly posponed the Swimathon due to the adverse weather conditions at the time.
As many of our swimmers are very young and come from out of town, we felt it was an unnecessary risk to ask them to brave the appalling weather conditions.

The good news is that we have re-scheduled the event and it will now take place on 21st April.  All participating teams will be informed.


Lion Doug Simpson                01380 726264 

In 2017 the organisations taking part raised about £4,000 for their various causes. WELL DONE!

Re-scheduled for 21st April 2018

May Fair

Lions' Den
30th May 2018

Be brave - there’s nothing to fear and everything to gain in
The Devizes Lions’ Den!

Devizes Lions Club are inviting local deserving causes into their Den for the chance to win a share of £3,000.

The substantial giveaway, which the Club is making with help from the Wiltshire Community Foundation, will be awarded to organisations or individuals involved in activities that benefit the local community.  

‘The money could be used to get an idea off the ground, improve or develop an existing project,’ explained Lion Nick Seager. ‘But most importantly they have to demonstrate that what they’re going to do will be of value to people in and around the Devizes area.’

Potential candidates are invited to make their case for the funding via an application form available here: Lions' Den Application Form or by phoning 07970 46 22 55 to receive a form to complete.  Email your interest by the 25th April and the closing date for applications is the 5th May.

The top five applicants will then be asked to pitch their bids within eight minutes to a panel of judges on the evening of 30th May at Devizes Town Hall.   The judging panel will include Rosemary Macdonald of the Wiltshire Community Foundation and Devizes businessman Michael Gaiger.

The cause that is judged to be the most deserving will receive £2,000 with the balance of the money being allocated to the other finalists.

See our Club Projects page for details of previous Lions' Dens.


To download an Application Form, click here:
Lions' Den Application Form

Devizes Lions acknowledge the funding contribution by the Wiltshire Community Foundation.

For further information please contact Lion Tony Scorer:                                 
01380 720168               07970 46 22 55
The Mallings, Potterne Road, Devizes, SN10 5DB































Charity Golf Day

Wednesday 9th May.  Joint Devizes Lions and Rotary Clubs' Charity Golf Day at North Wilts Golf Club with all proceeds donated to the nominated charity.  Details to follow.

Visit our Calendar for a full list of our forthcoming events. Calendar


Recent Events


Christmas Float


It is all over! Santa has finished his 2017 tour of Devizes.

On his round he visited 100 Devizes streets and chatted to almost 700 children. They told him what gifts they would like for Christmas.  Mums listened very carefully to ensure they also knew their children’s wishes.  All their wishes were recorded and even now, on Christmas Eve, he is busy sorting out these essential deliveries. On Christmas morning Devizes children will get their carefully wrapped gifts. 

Well done Santa!

Devizes Lions were totally responsible for this annual visit and manufactured and equipped Santa’s 4th generation Sleigh. Over a period of 14 nights, in 3 teams, 21 Lions visited the houses to announce Santa’s arrival. They walked about 350 miles in total. 4 more lions were in attendance each evening to ensure safety and drive the Sleigh.

People were very generous and contributed nearly 100 Kg of coins and numerous notes. That’s over £3000 raised for Lions Charities.

A really BIG THANK YOU to everyone that has supported us this year on our tour of the town with Santa on his new sleigh.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all.

Centenary Celebration gift to Devizes

With the support of Devizes Area Board and other local charities, Devizes Lions have purchased and installed Public Access Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in strategic positions around our town.  This fulfills Lion President Robert's aim to mark Lions Clubs International’s centenary year in 2017/18 with a project that would be a legacy to the town.

The formal AED handover/presentation to the town took place on Tuesday 12th December, at 10am, outside the Post Office Sorting Office where where one of the defibrillators has been installed.

Lion President Robert Postlethwaite hands over the AED's to the Mayor Cllr Nigel Carter pictured here with Brian Adcock who looks after the defibrillators as part of his duties.

This is the first one and when installation is complete they will be at:


  • The Post Office Sorting Office

  • Carpetright 

  • Dorothy House, Old Swan Yard

  • Central Car Park Toilets 



Christmas Fair 

Devizes Lions Christmas Fair on Saturday 2nd December raised over £8,100 which will be used to help local charitable good causes.

Thanks to everyone who supported the event whether by donating items to sell or by coming along and buying them.


About £7,800 will be donated to local charitable good causes.

a wide range of stalls, selling toys, bikes, games, jigsaws, sports equipment, electrical goods, books, tools, garden tools, small items of furniture, kitchen utensils, unwanted gifts, records, CDs, DVDs, pictures, crockery soft toys, and bric-a-brac.
There is a free Santa’s Grotto and a refreshment area with home baked cakes, hot snacks and lots more.....

LATEST NEWS  Santa will be arriving at the Corn Exchange on his sleigh at about 8:45am.  Be there to give him a cheer!


For information about previous Christmas Fairs click here: Christmas Fairs



OSKAR's gift to the Air Ambulance 

Lion Roger Stratton may not have got to John O Groats, but he and OSKAR handed over a cheque for £2438.00 that will help the Wiltshire Air Ambulance to continue to fly the injured and ill to hospital in minutes rather than get held up in traffic.
Devizes Lions are proud to support the project to build the new Airbase at Semington.
We urge others to support it too: you never know when you might need it and they get little or no Government support.



On Thursday 16th November, Devizes Lions donned their clown outfits to encourage people to donate to the BBC Children in Need appeal and raised just over £500.

Many thanks to everone who supported us.

Click here to see more about last year's collection: CHILDREN IN NEED 2016  



Over 100 walkers were at the ready when Mayor Nigel Carter announced the start of the 2017 Lions Sponsored Walk.  It was 10 mile challenge ahead and all walkers managed the full distance and with the exception of a few blisters finished back at Devizes Wharf in good spirits within three hours.  

The Mayor Giving the start Announcment

In excess of £7000 was raised for a range of local charities. These included Scouts, Cub Scouts, Guides and Brownies, Budo Club and the Cricket Club. One new group participating this year and very well represented, was Julia’s House Children Hospice.
The Devizes Lions Club were pleased to be able to make this fundraising opportunity available to local charities who all enjoy raising their own funds.​

Participants were invited to a Presentation Evening on 21 November where they received cheques for the sponsorship money they raised.

Well done to everyone that took part!  

Thank you.


Climbing Roundway Hill

Jack, Toby, Ben, Danny, Jay & Olivia with leader
Scott Coleman

Click here to see the results of last year's walk: Sponsored Walk 2016












Happy recipients at the presentation evening

The turning point of the First World War 

The lecture by Allan Mallinson raised nearly £400 for local charities and causes that are supported by Devizes Lions.

Many thanks to all that attended.

at Handel House, Devizes Books, Sidmouth Street, Devizes on October 5th at 7:30pm.


Allan Mallinson served for thirty-five years in the army and began writing while still serving – first, a history of his regiment, and then the Matthew Hervey series of novels chronicling the life of a fictional officer in the cavalry before and after Waterloo. The first book in the series, A CLOSE RUN THING, was published in 1999, and the thirteenth, THE PASSAGE TO INDIA, will be published next year.

He left the army in 2004 to write full time, including defence comment for The Daily Telegraph and then The Times.

In 2014 his centenary history, 1914FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT – Britain, the Army and the Coming of the First World War, was runner-up for the Westminster prize for military literature and won the Army Book of the Year award.

Its sequel, TOO IMPORTANT FOR THE GENERALS – How Britain Nearly Lost the First World War, a reference to the remark by Georges Clemenceau, the French prime minister, that “war is too important to be left to the generals” was published last year and is now available in paperback.

Allan Mallinson writes a monthly feature in The Times on the course of the First World War, and his talk will reflect on “Passchendaele” and the events of 1917, and why they proved such a turning point. 



Our former President Roger Stratton set off on his major charity drive, taking his Frogeye Sprite to John O’Groats and on to Lands End to raise money for Wiltshire Air Ambulance and The Helen Straker Charity on the way. 

He left Devizes to drive north on September 5th but suffered an engine failure on the A9 just north of Aviemore on September 7th and was left with no other option but to retire.

For more details go to the JOGLE with OSKAR web page,



Here he is being flagged off by Peter Healey, son of Donald Healey, the designer of this cute little 1959 Austin Healey Sprite.



Devizes Lions make a difference
Cheques for a total of £6200 were handed out by the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Andy Geddes, to twenty-nine local groups at the Devizes Lions Club’s Presentation Evening.  The amounts were part of the end-of-year package of grants marking Lion Roger Stratton’s year as Club President.  An additional £1300 was donated to Lions projects in UK and overseas.  
Recipients included these Devizes groups: the Budo Club, Churches Together, Link, PHAB, Food Bank, Opendoor, Opportunity Centre, Over 50's Club, Seniors Christmas Day Event, Tuesday Club.  Wiltshire groups were Age UK, Spurgeons Young Carers, Victim Support, Youth Action, and others were Alzheimer’s Support, Army Cadet Force, Arthritis Care, Arts Together, Canon's House, Changing Tunes, Crown Centre, First Stages, Gateway Club, KFR, Monday Club, North Wilts Holiday Club, North Wilts & Devizes Portage Service, Potterne Girls Cricket Club, Spurgeons Young Carers Wiltshire, The Nursteed Centre.
During the evening representatives explained how the Lions’ donations would be used, with a frequent references to providing transport that might not otherwise be affordable.  Others included those providing facilities, meals or entertainment.  The youngsters of First Stages are going to use their money towards their own major charity show in November, STARS 2017, to benefit Cystic Fibrosis UK. 
The Lions’ grants were part of the amount raised at various fund-raising events throughout the year and used to support many local groups, families and individuals.  Additionally, the Club has organised community activities such as sports coaching for over 500 children and the installation of Town Centre defibrillators. Its next fund-raiser is JOGLE with OSKAR, a charity car drive from John O'Groats to Lands End.
Picture:  Lions Presentation Evening - June 2017
Representatives of twenty-nine local groups that received grants at the Devizes Lions’ Presentation Evening.  Seated centre are Club President Roger Stratton, Deputy Mayor Andy Geddes and the Lions Welfare Chairman John Harris.


Charity Trust Fund No1026909

Charity Trust Fund No. 266342


(Registered Charity No: 1011774)

Held at North Wilts Golf Club on Wednesday 10th May 2017

The Devizes Lions and Rotary Clubs’ annual joint charity golf day has again benefited a local charity.  Twenty-one teams of four raised a total of around £3000 that will go to the Devizes Opportunity Centre which helps children with special needs and their families.  In a tight competition in brilliant spring weather on North Wilts Golf Club’s downland course, the “Straker Slicers” team won by the narrowest of margins.

Rotary President Cliff Evans and Lions President Roger Stratton are flanked by the winning team of (L-R) Andrew Given, Andy Turner, Guy Straker and Mark Hulse. 
In front are Opportunity Centre representatives: Debbie Lambert (manager), Emma Booth (Lead Senior Practitioner) and Morag Peltonen (Bursar).





It was a record breaking Sports Coaching Weekend  for the Devizes Lions when well over 500 children aged from 8 to 13 from twenty two local schools applied to try out a sport that they might not otherwise experience. Nineteen sports with qualified coaches were were on offer.  We are enormously grateful to the Devizes Area Board for its financial support this year that has helped us keep the cost of participation at an affordable level.
After 29 years of the event, many parents and some of the coaches recall enjoying the experience when they were youngsters. 
For the first time the Urchfont Clay Pigeon Club was making its sport available.  It attracted massive interest, and over a quarter of the children applied for it. In the event, and forty of the youngsters were lucky enough to try it out.  Another sport that is always always over-subscribed is the mountain biking where children learn skills on the first day and then put them to use on the mud and dirt of the tracks outside the town.
Not surprisingly there have been many messages of appreciation from parents and children.  Viv Kyte of Devizes, whose daughter Louise took part, said "Thank you for a wonderful sporting weekend. My daughter loved the Adventurous Activities and would love to do it again! A lot of organisation involved and hard work for all concerned but very much appreciated by parents and children alike. It was great to see children who had never met before working as a team."
As usual, there is every sign that some of the children will take up their new sports. Lion Jerry King, one of the organisers said "The event is one of the most complicated and time-consuming that we organise. However, like the coaches who come back year after year, we find that it is also one of the most rewarding."

For more details about this annual event visit our Sports Coaching page.

Former Sports Coaching participant, Polly Maton from Devizes was selected to represent Great Britain at the Rio Paralympics and competed in the 100 metres and Long Jump.  For more details, see Games success  Devizes.





Here are a few of the nice comments we have received following this year's event:

"Thank you for a wonderful sporting weekend. My daughter loved the Adventurous Activities and would love to do it again! A lot of organisation involved and hard work for all concerned but very much appreciated by parents and children alike. It was great to see children who had never met before working as a team. Thanks again."  " (VK)

"A huge thank you to all of you for organising the Lions Club Sporting Weekend. My daughter Amelia had a great time trying out archery for the first time. We might have a budding Robina Hood on our hands 😀"  (D A-R)

"I would like to say a huge thank you to the Lions Club (and all the coaches) for yet another fab sports weekend. Such a great opportunity and experience for the children of Devizes. 🏸🏹🤺🚣"  (AH)

"We had horse riding this weekend, my daughter loved it! Thanks to the Lions club!"  (SH)

SPRING CONCERT - A message from the organisers

 "Just a quick message, to thank every one who helped with the Fantastic concert last evening.
If you didn't come you missed a brilliant evening, first we were entertained by the "Leos President" Annabelle Bigland, singing popular songs, then the "Amazing TITCO" literally ran up on the stage, narrated by Sue Davies from "BBC Radio Wiltshire", and stole  the show.
You will be pleased to learn, that we were able to present a cheque in the sum of £3000 to Ian Hopkins, the organiser of the "Safe Drive Stay Alive" roadshows: a brilliant effort by the team that helped to make it such a success, and a very special thank you to Lion John Nichols, who ran around in never decreasing circles on my behalf."
Lion Andy Trotter - Spring Concert Organiser
And a very big Thank You to all that came along and supported the evening.  
We hope you all had a really great time!


The Lions' Carol Float has now completed its  tour of the town and its collections in the Brittox and at Morrisons in the run-up to Christmas raising more than £4,500 on its travels.

This is what one of the parents posted on our Facebook page last year:

"Chase LOVED seeing Santa last night again, thanks so much to the Lions Club for continuing such a wonderful tradition that I can share with my child, that I remember doing as a child myself!  Keeping Xmas magical."





It is always a delight to see the smiles on the children's faces


Thanks and Season's Greetings to everyone who has contributed and supported us.


CHRISTMAS FAIR raises over £7500 

Devizes Lions' annual Christmas Fair held in the Corn Exchange on Saturday 3rd December raised over £7500 which will be used to help the many needy causes supported by the Club.

Thanks to everyone who donated items for us to sell or who came along to support the event.

















The crowds browse the multitude of items for sale in the Corn Exchange

 Other past events

You can find out about many of the other events that Devizes Lions has organised by visiting our Club Projects Page:  Club Projects

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