Season's Greetings from
Devizes Lions

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

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Welcome to our Website

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.

For all the latest Club News and Events, 

scroll down this page or click one of these links: 


         Santa's Sleigh routes
  Lions News  
  Forthcoming Events  
  Recent Events  
  Who are Devizes Lions  
  Interested in joining us?
  Devizes Lions' President 2018/19  
  What is being said about Devizes Lions

or visit our Calendar for a full list of our forthcoming events


Would you like to be part of the action?


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 .....

If you would like to find out about how you can help us,
click here: 
Who are Devizes Lions?

Lions News

Devizes Lions Christmas fair on Saturday 24th November raised over £8,500.

See more: 2018 Christmas fair

Santa's Sleigh 
Saturday 1st to Saturday 22nd December
Dates and Routes

Devizes Lions Donate £6000 to the GWH Brighter Futures Appeal

See more: GWH Appeal

The Devizes Lion - The newsletter of Devizes Lions    

click here to download your copy:  The Devizes Lion


Forthcoming events

see more

Seasonal Events in the run-up to Christmas

see more


Santa's Sleigh 
Saturday 1st to Saturday 22nd December
Dates and Routes


Swimathon 2nd March 2019

see more


Our next Sports Coaching weekend will be held on
6th and 7th April 2019

find out more here or visit our Sports Coaching page for details.


May Fair
Monday 6th May 2019

find ot more here: May Fair

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


Would you like to be part of the action?

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. 

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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 2018/19 


Devizes Lions' new President Andy Sheppard took over from former Lion President Robert Postlewaite at a handover luncheon on 1st July 2018.

Lion President Andy Sheppard

Andy's key message for the year is that Devizes Lions should adapt to and embrace change.
And this is what he has to say to you all:

"Hello everyone 
It is my pleasure to be President of Devizes Lions this year. I have lived in Devizes all my life as my father and grandfather before me.
I am married, I have three children and four grandchildren and have run a family business for the last forty years. I am passionate about our beautiful town and surrounding villages. We are so fortunate to live in such a vibrant part of Wiltshire.
I have been a Lion for over fifteen years and this is my second term as President. I enjoy working with a group of such dedicated people and to tell you how much they all enjoy travelling around the town with the Carol Float at Christmas, or helping people enjoy the May Fair or Christmas Fair or helping groups raise their own funds with The sponsored walk or Swimathon. It is so rewarding being a Lion. Have you ever thought of being one yourself ?" 


Would you like to be part of the action?  Click here: Find out more or Contact us.

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 .  

Forthcoming Events

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


Seasonal Events in the run-up to Christmas

Saturday 1st to
Saturday 22nd December

Santa's Sleigh

From about 5:30pm to 7:45pm, Santa's Sleigh will be touring the residential areas of the town with music, lights and Santa, accompanied by his team of Lions' helpers.

You can follow Santa's progress live by using the Glympse app.  The link will be posted on our Facebook page each evening.

Dates and Routes:

Saturday 1stDecember 

Salisbury Street (Avon Road end), Mayenne Place, Dundas Close, Caen Hill Gardens, Avon Road, Park View.

Monday 3rdDecember

Bellevue Road, Waiblingen Way, Avon Terrace, Rotherstone, Commercial Road, Victoria Road.

Tuesday 4thDecember

Marlborough Close, Wellington Drive, Ernle Drive, Gandy Way, Nash Meadow, Corn Croft Lane, Leigh Wood Lane and cul-de-sacs off, Ferozeshah Road and cul-de-sacs off.

Wednesday 5thDecember

Horton Avenue, Davies Drive and all cul-de-sacs, Anzio Road and all cul-de-sacs, Naughton Avenue, Marina Close, Wyvern Close, Hopgood Close, Waterside Park, Canal Way, Cygnet Close, Kingfisher Drive, Hillier Road and cul-de-sacs. 

Thursday 6thDecember

Quakers Road, Keepers Road, Palmer Road, Coopers Road, Golden Road, Roundway Park, Parkfield, Flaxmill Park, Moonrakers.

Friday 7thDecember

Coombe Walk, White Horse Way, Harebell Way and cul-de-sacs off, Tornio Close, Proudman Road, Matilda Way, Maud Close, Charter Close.

Saturday 8thDecember

Stockwell Road, Brickham Road, Wadworth Road, Spitalcroft Road, Meadow Drive, Douse Road, Wadworth Road.

Monday 10thDecember 

Kemp Close, Elizabeth Drive and cul-de-sacs, Oamaru Way and all roads off, The Patchway and all cul-de-sacs off.

Tuesday 11thDecember 

Wick Lane, Wickfield, Orchard Close, Tintern Road, Downlands Road, Woodland Way, Fruitfield Close.

Wednesday 12thDecember

Longcroft Avenue, Brickley Lane (Meadow Drive to Eastleigh Road), Eastleigh Road, Pines Road, Forty Acres Road, Kingsley Road and Gardens, Roseland Avenue, Longcroft Road, Bricksteed Avenue.

Thursday 13thDecember

Hillworth Road, West View Crescent, John Rennie Close, Adlam Close, Pinetum Close, The Moorlands, Cornwall Crescent, Hartmoor Road to Queens Road, Queens Road. 

Friday 14thDecember 

Pans Lane, Sarum Drive, Festival Close, Walden Lodge Close, Green Lane, Greenfield Road, Lawrence Close, Addington Close, Mill Close, Kempsfield.

Saturday 15thDecember 

Lidl Supermarket all day.

Monday 17thDecember

Marshal Road, Reeves Road, Ferguson Road, Byron Road and cul-de-sacs off, Thomas Wyatt Road and cul-de-sacs, Audrey Road, Eyles Road, Newman Road. 

Tuesday 18thDecember

Chivers Road and all roads off, Alan Cobham Road and all roads off, Teasel Close.

Wednesday 19thDecember

Brickley Lane from Eastleigh Road, Cromwell Road, Waylands, Shackleton Road, Elm Tree Close, Elm Tree Gardens, Nursteed Close, Gables Close, Caird Lawns, Nursteed Park, Eastleigh Road from Nursteed Road, Eastleigh Close.

Thursday 20thDecember 

Brittox collection daytime.

The Breach, Broadleas Crescent, Broadleas Close, Broadleas Park, Broadleas Road. 

Friday 21stDecember

Catch-up night if necessary.

Saturday 22ndDecember 

Morrisons Supermarket all day.

Download your copy here: Float Routes

Saturday 15th December 8:00am to 8:00pm - Lidl's
Santa's sleigh will be at Lidl's, with music, lights and Santa accompanied by his Lions' helpers.

Thursday 20th December 8:00am to 4:00pm
The Brittox

Santa's sleigh will be in the Brittox, with music, lights and Santa accompanied by his Lions' helpers.

Saturday 22 December 8:00am to 8:00pm - Morrisons
Santa's sleigh will be at Morrisons, with music, lights and Santa accompanied by his Lions' helpers.

Swimathon 2nd March 2019

Can your Fund Raising Team swim for an hour?
Devizes Lions annual Swimathon will take place on Saturday 02 March 2019 between 4pm and 10pm at Devizes Leisure Centre Pool.
The Lions Club provide all the administration and forms for you to raise money for your own charity, organisation or group and claim any possible Gift Aid.
Teams of 4 to 8 swimmers may enter, with only one swimmer in the water at any time.
For more details and to sign up for sponsor forms, contact Lion Barry Mitchell on

0845 833 6749 or by e-mail to

In 2018 Swimathon 2018 the organisations taking part raised over £5,000 for their various causes. WELL DONE!

Sports Coaching weekend 6th and 7th April 2019

On Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th April 2019 Devizes Lions will be holding their popular Sports Coaching Weekend where children in school year groups 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 are invited to try one of 22 different sports that they might not otherwise have the opportunity to experience. Tuition will be provided by qualified coaches.  

We are offering 4 new activities in 2019:

Frisbee, Basketball, Target shooting, and Squash.

Visit our Sports Coaching page for details

Download your poster here

Last year's event details - click here

Devizes Lions will again be holding its popular May Fair in Devizes Market Place and Corn Exchange on May 6th2019.

The fair will be on similar lines as previous years, but enlhanced in a number of ways.
In addition to trades & charities, a new class of stall is being introduced -  for artisans who produce goods for direct sale to the public. 

Full details of the Fair, including entertainments and other attractions, are being finalised and will be published here.

Booking forms for stalls will be available early in January. They will be sent automatically to those who have taken part in previous years, but if the address or person responsible has changed since then, please let us know.
Any other potential stallholder is invited to get details from:

John Hurley, 5 Clifford House, New Park St, Devizes SN10 1DR, telephone 01380 722893.

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


Recent Events


Saturday 24 November 
Christmas Fair in the Corn Exchange 

Devizes Lions Christmas Fair on Saturday 24th November raised over £8,500 after expenses that will be used to help local charitable good causes.

AN ENORMOUS THANK YOU to everyone who supported the event whether by donating items to sell or by coming along and buying them.

Download a copy of the poster here: Christmas Fair poster


Thursday 15 November
BBC Children in need​collection

Devizes Lions were out in the Brittox with their buckets and dressed as clowns on Thursday 15th November  encouraging people to donate to the BBC Children in Need appeal.
The collection raised £357 which is being sent to the BBC's appeal.




Lecture and Book Signing 13th November 2018


James Holland is a historian, writer, and broadcaster. The author of the bestselling Fortress Malta, Battle of Britain, and Dam Busters, he has also written nine works of  historical fiction, five of which feature the heroic Jack Tanner, a soldier of the Second World War. He is writing a three-volume new history of the Second World War in the West and a book about the Defence of the Admin Box in Burma.

Big Week is the knife-edged story of bomber against flak gun and fighter, but also, crucially, fighter against fighter, as the stakes rose higher and higher. Following the fortunes of pilots, aircrew and civilians from both sides, this is a blistering narrative of one of the most critical periods of the entire war, one that culminated in the largest air battle ever witnessed. It is also one that has been largely forgotten, but which has been brilliantly brought back to life by James Holland. It has just been published this August.

During the third week of February 1944, the combined Allied air forces based in Britain and Italy launched their first-ever round-the-clock bomber offensive against Germany. The aim was to smash the main factories and production centres of the Luftwaffe and at the same time draw the German fighter force up into the air and into battle. Officially called Operation ARGUMENT, this monumental air assault was very quickly became known simply as Big Week.



In the six months up to its launch the bomber offensive was not turning out as planned by the Allies,. Raids by the US Eighth Air Force and the RAF deep into Germany were being decimated and falling far short of their intended purpose. With D-Day drawing ever-closer, that was a massive problem. The Allies needed clear skies to invade - the clock was ticking inexorably.

Yet the Luftwaffe was also in crisis. Short of resources, of fuel, and on properly trained pilots, the strain on those still flying was immense, their losses severe. Despite the chaos of their leadership, they were achieving far more than should have been reasonably expected against the superior numbers of the Allied planes.

James regularly appears on television and radio, and has written and presented the BAFTA shortlisted documentaries, Battle of Britain and Dam Busters for the BBC, as well as the Battle for Malta, Cold War, Hot Jets, and Normandy 44.

Co-founder and Programme Director of the hugely successful Chalke Valley History Festival, he has his own collection at the Imperial War Museum, and is Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

He is also an avid cricketer, and plays for both Chalke Valley CC and the Authors CC. Last but not least he drives a left hand drive Citroen Legere (equivalent to the Slough built Light 15).

Devizes Lions Donate £6000 to the GWH Brighter Futures Appeal


On Thursday 08 November 2018, the Lions Clubs of Devizes, Chippenham and Highworth presented cheques totalling £10,000 to the Brighter Futures appeal to contribute to the £2.9 million target which will be used towards the purchase of important clinical equipment within the new radiotherapy centre.

Devizes Lion, Dr Michael Green, said that the Devizes Lions' contribution of £6,000 was the result of two very generous donations, of £5,000 from a member who had to travel for his cancer treatment, and £1,000, prompted by our President choosing the Appeal as his Project for the Year. 

Chippenham and Highworth Clubs each donated £2,000 to the Appeal; a Chippenham Lion has recently been travelling to Oxford for radiotherapy, reinforcing the importance of this Appeal to our Communities. 
Click here to view Chippenham Lions' press release: Chippenham Press Release

This latest substantial donation is in addition to money already donated by other local Lions Clubs, Highworth, Lechlade, Marlborough and Swindon Lions Clubs, totalling £8600.

Catherine Newman, Head of Brighter Futures, said, "We are absolutely delighted to receive this extremely generous donation from the Lions Clubs. This donation will take us that bit closer to achieving our appeal target and we are very grateful to the Lions for their on-going support."

BACKGROUND NOTE: In partnership with the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUH), a new radiotherapy satellite centre is to be built at the Great Western Hospital (GWH) site in Swindon.
Swindon and many areas within Wiltshire are one of the very few parts of the country which currently do not have access to radiotherapy services within a 45 minute travel time. At the moment around 700 patients a year make the 70 mile round-trip journey to the Churchill Hospital in Oxford for radiotherapy. Treatment usually lasts for a period of 4-7 weeks, made up of daily visits.

Lions generously meet the needs of local communities and with each club knowing someone who has had to make the journey to Oxford to receive radiotherapy treatment they have chosen to support the Radiotherapy Appeal so that people in the future can be treated closer to home.

Lion President Andy Sheppard and Lion Dr Michael Green present the £6,000 cheque to Lisa Utting, Donor Development Manager of the Brighter Futures Fundraising Team.

Chippenham Lions' presentation

Highworth Lions' presentation

The group presentatiion

Sponsored Walk 14th October 2018

On Sunday, Mayor Andy Geddes, umbrella in hand, talked to many of the walkers taking part the Lions of Devizes annual sponsored walk before starting them off at 9.15.

The Mayor and some of the intrepid walkers ready for the "Off"

Starting from Devizes Wharf, the route around Roundway hill takes about two hours to complete. 

Organiser Lion Chris Gillings (pictured right) said, "The rain was relentless throughout but that didn't dampen the spirits of the 75 participants who between them raised about £2000 for their chosen charities."  

Without a doubt all who took part thoroughly enjoyed the event but some groups had a little extra bubble, like Chirton Pips Manager Sarah Jones and her team of Helen Edwards, Penny Dakin, Lisa Bridewell, together with Claire, Kevin, and Amelia.​

Some of the walkers, such as Scout leader Scott Coleman, aged 28, was there with cubs Theo Sharpe and Isabella Hughes. Scott said that he first took part in this walk 20 years ago when he also was a Cub"

Refreshments provided for all - the Mayor included!

Congratulations to all that completed the walk and raised so much money, with a special thanks to the Mayor of Devizes, Councillor Andy Geddes who was there to encourage them and start them on their way.


21st April 2018

24 teams of swimmers swam a total of 1539 lengths (nearly 40km) in Devizes Leisure Centre pool and through their own sponsorship raised over £5400.
Swimmers were aged from 4 upwards with up to eight to a team; younger members did a couple of lengths while one scout managed  over 80. They represented a wide variety of clubs and charities from Devizes area and this gallant effort will give a much needed boost to their funds.

Devizes Lions encourage local youth groups to be financially independent by providing an opportunity to raise their own money. This year the Swimathon together with the Lions Sponsored Walk helped local groups raise well in excess of £12000 totally independent of grants and handouts.

This year the organisations taking part have raised about £5,000 for their various causes. WELL DONE!

Re-scheduled for 21st April 2018

Sports Coaching weekend
24th and 25th March 2018

It was a another record breaking Sports Coaching Weekend for Devizes Lions when well over 580 children aged from 8 to 13 from twenty two local schools tried out a sport that they might not otherwise experience. Nineteen sports with qualified coaches were on offer.  
After 30 years of the event, many parents and some of the coaches recall enjoying the experience when they were youngsters! 

This is what Vicki had to say:
"My son took part in this weekend's sport coaching, participating in Archery. What a wonderful opportunity for all the children.  Thank you so much for putting such effort in to making the weekend such a success. He really enjoyed himself and it gave him the opportunity to try something he ordinarily wouldn't experience. Please pass on my thanks to all the Devizes Lions and Devizes Archery club who made it happen. Without yours and their volunteering I realise the children wouldn't be so lucky.
Many thanks
And this fabulous photo from Tracey:
"Thank you so much for the coaching weekend, my daughter had a wonderful time at the gymnastics.

She really did, as you can see from the photograph. Thank you again."

And an amusing tweet from Kristy:

" @Devizes_Lions, a big thank you for another amazing sports weekend. Table tennis was a hit!!!! 🏓

And from Devizes Bowmen:

"Devizes Bowmen introduced and coached over 80 young people in Archery, at the  Devizes Lions Sports Coaching Weekend on the 24th - 25th March. Big thanks to the Lions for organising this each year and to all those members who gave up their time to organise and coach this community event.... looking good in the clubs Wadworth sponsored shirts."

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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