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THE LIONS CLUB OF DEVIZES

Devizes Lions Club Charity Trust Fund is a Registered Charity No.1026909
Chartered 1970 (District 105W) and twinned with Mayenne Lions Club in France.

 

STOP PRESS!

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

If you feel you would like to help us help others, please contact us today.
To find out more, click here: #Who are Devizes Lions?


The JOGLE with OSKAR competition is now closed because OSKAR has had to retire due to a major engine failure which happened on the A9 north of Aviemore on its way to the start in John O'Groats. 

 

For latest Club News and Forthcoming Events, please scroll down this page or click here: 

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY LIONS

 

 

In 1917, Melvin Jones, a 38-year-old Chicago business leader, told members of his local business club they should reach beyond business issues and address the betterment of their communities and the world. Within three years, Lions became an international organisation. Since then, we've earned high marks for both integrity and transparency. We're a  worldwide organisation with a steady vision, a clear mission and a long – and proud – history over the last one hundred years.

7th June 2017 was the 100th Birthday 
of Lions Clubs worldwide.

 

 

WELCOME TO OUR WEBSITE

Lions are here to help society and each member of that society and our motto is "We Serve". Devizes Lions organise and participate in many community activities.

Use this website to find out about what we do.

WHO ARE DEVIZES LIONS?

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

With the support of the local community we 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.

Here are the formally adopted Purposes of the Club:   PURPOSES

During a typical year the Club raises 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.

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.

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

or watch this short video:

 

 

  

 

TO CONTINUE PROVIDING SUPPORT TO THE COMMUNITY WE NEED NEW MEMBERS TO HELP US 

So now is the time to take this opportunity. Find out more about becoming a Devizes Lion by contacting us now:


 DEVIZES LIONS' PRESIDENT 2016/17  

OUR PRESIDENT

Lion President Robert Postlethwaite with his wife Paula

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 defribillators in the town, three of which have already been installed.


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


LEOS

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 the parent Lions Club of Devizes .  


LIONS NEWS

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?


JOGLE with OSKAR

Just three days in to the journey, OSKAR had to retire due to an engine failure which happened on the A9 north of Aviemore on its way to the start in John O'Groats. For more details go to the JOGLE with OSKAR web page.


FORTHCOMING EVENTS

Visit our Calendar for a full list of this year's forthcoming events. Calendar


JOGLE WITH OSKAR

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 has had 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.

 

 


PASSCHENDAELE
The turning point of the First World War

A lecture by Allan Mallinson 

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

Tickets £8 in advance, £10 on the door from Devizes Books or by post by sending a cheque for £8 to “Lions Club of Devizes”, The Mallings, Potterne Road, Devizes SN10 5DB.

 

 

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, 1914: FIGHT 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 GENERALSHow 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. 

 

 


SPONSORED WALK

Come along on Sunday 15th October and take part in this year's Sponsored Walk around the beautiful Roundway Hill. to raise money for your own favourite cause, club or charity. We do all the organising; all you need to do is get your sponsors.

The walk starts from Devizes Wharf at 9:30am prompt with registration in the Wharf Theatre from 9:00am.

Participants will be invited to a Presentation Evening on 21 November to receive cheques for the sponsorship money thay have raised.

Sponsorship Cards are available from:

RANGEBOURNE PET CARE, New Park Street, Devizes

 

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

 

 

 

 

 


BBC CHILDREN IN NEED COLLECTION

On Thursday 16th November, Devizes Lions will be donning their clown outfits to encourage people to donate to the BBC Children in Need appeal.  Last year we raised just short of £400 - let's see if we can better that this year!

Click here to see more about last year's collection: #Children in Need

You'll find us in the Brittox.  

 

CHRISTMAS FAIR 

Devizes Lions' annual Christmas Fair will be held in the Corn Exchange on Saturday 2nd December.

More details to follow......

Last year, this ever popular event raised over £7500 which has been used to help the many needy causes supported by the Club.

 

 

 

SWIMATHON

Can your Fund Raising Team swim for an hour? 

Devizes Lions annual Swimathon will take place on Staurday 03 March 2018 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 Doug Simpson                01380 726264 doug@fairway33.plus.com 

or Lion Mike Fitzpatrick         01380 727061 fitzp125@gmail.com

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

 


Visit our Calendar for a full list of this year's forthcoming events. Calendar


RECENT EVENTS

PRESENTATION EVENING

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 GOLF DAY

THE LIONS CLUB OF DEVIZES
Charity Trust Fund No1026909
&
THE ROTARY CLUB OF DEVIZES

Charity Trust Fund No. 266342

JOINT LOCAL CHARITY GOLF DAY

IN AID OF DEVIZES AND DISTRICT OPPORTUNITY CENTRE
(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).

 


 

 

SPORTS COACHING WEEKEND 

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.  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!
 
 

CAROL FLOAT

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 brouse the multitude of items for sale in the Corn Exchange


SPONSORED WALK 

Walkers raised over £7000 to help many good causes.

Over twenty groups and individuals received amounts totalling over £7000 that they had raised by taking part in the Devizes Lions’ Sponsored Walk in October.  The evening was hosted by Club President Roger Stratton, and the cheques were presented by Councillor Nigel Carter, the Deputy Mayor of Devizes. The recipients’ representatives explained how the money would be used, in some cases to obtain equipment, to fund trips, or to support local organisations or medical charities.  Councillor Carter congratulated the Lions and the walkers on their efforts to help others; they were all part of the much wider fund raising efforts that go on in an extraordinary community.
 
Recipients attending the Presentation Evening were: 1st Devizes Brownies, 4th Devizes Guides, Alzheimer’s Support, Amnesty International, BHF Julie Bridewell Gift of Hope Fund, Bloodwise, CLIC Sargent, Devizes School Harmony Choir, Dorothy House, Fragile X Society, Kennet & Avon Canal Trust, Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, ORH Heads Up, Victim Support Wiltshire, Devizes Clubs: Budo, Cricket, Blind & Partially Sighted and of course the Lions.  Others that received money raised by walkers were the 3rd Devizes Scouts and Cubs, Devizes Rugby Wolf Pack, Gateway Club, Phoenix Explorers and Youth Action Wiltshire.

                                                    

 

 

The Deputy Town Mayor flanked by Lions Club President Roger Stratton and event organiser Lion Chris Gillings with the recipients of funds raised on the Devizes Lions Sponsored Walk.

 

 

Among the groups that had walked in the Devizes Lions’ Sponsored Walk were Lucie and Chloe Green from the 1st Devizes Brownies who were raising funds to be able to go on a memorable visit by the Brownies to Paris next year.  

Deputy Mayor Nigel Carter heard more about the pack’s plans from the girls and from Brown Owl Pam Ridley.

 


CHILDREN IN NEED COLLECTION

Devizes Lions in their familiar and friendly clown suits were out collecting in the Brittox on Thursday 17 November when, despite some appalling weather, they collected nearly £400 for the 2016 BBC Children in Need appeal.

Thank you all.

Pudsey says 

THANK YOU 

for your generosity

                                                    

Lions Club members (L-R) Mike Fitzpatrick, John Nichols, Wyndham Mortimer and Jerry King on duty in The Brittox last year.


The Mayor, Counseller Jane Burton sends the walkers on their way

Through Roundway, en route to the Downs

 

For details of previous years' Sponsored Walks, click on this link: Club Projects

 

 

SPONSORED WALK 2016

Sunday 9th October dawned clear and bright for this year's Sponsored Walk, which brought out about 200 walkers, many with dogs, who were raising funds for their own favourite causes.  The Town Mayor set them off on a route of about ten miles onto Roundway Down via Quaker’s Walk and back. Sponsorship should raise about £6000 for 24 recipient organizations, and they will receive their cheques from the Mayor at a Presentation Evening on 29th November.

Lion Chris Gillings, the event organizer, said that he was especially pleased that there were twice as many walkers as last year, and the large sums raised made this annual event all the more rewarding.

Walkers with their companions

4-legged helpers:  downhill, homeward bound

DEVIZES LIONS HAND OUT £10,000
The Lions Club of Devizes has had another successful year of raising funds in the local community.  At its Presentation Evening on 15 June in the Town Hall, the Club was able to distribute more money to more organisations than in recent years when cheques for a total of about £10000 were handed out to thirty local groups by the Mayor, Councillor Jane Burton.  Additionally the Club was been able to send a total of over £2000 to help more distant Lions initiatives related to games for the disabled, sight, measles, and water aid.
 
The money had been raised in the local area at a variety of sales, collections, concerts and sponsored activities during Lion Don Jones’s year as Club President.  Throughout the year other grants have been made to many worthwhile local groups and to needy families and individuals, and the Club has organised community activities such as Sports Coaching for nearly 500 children and the May Fayre for the town.
 
 
Devizes Lions President Don Jones is almost lost among the many recipients of Devizes Lions’ cheques
presented by the Mayor of Devizes, Councillor Jane Burton.

OPENING OF THE NEW PEACE GARDEN AT DREWS POND

The Peace Garden is now open
for all to enjoy - in peace.

On the bright sunny morning of 02 April, a new Peace Garden was opened at Drews Pond to provide a quiet corner, shaded in summer and remote from any traffic.  

The Club’s involvement began when Lion Geoff Taylor, President for 2013-2014, selected the scheme as the year's principal local beneficiary and he was a strong supporter from then on.  Sadly, he died last year and so did not see its completion.

For more information about this inititive click on this link: Club Projects


 

 

GOLF DAY 

Despite the atrocious weather conditions, the North Wilts Golf Club remained open for the Devizes Lions and Rotary Clubs' Joint Charity Golf day on the 11th May 2016 in aid of Alheimer's Support. 

The day raised £4,000 for the charity, which runs the Sidmouth Street day club.

Charity CEO Babs Harris said:

“The day was held in the worst weather imaginable and we were delighted and amazed when they turned up with not one, but two cheques for £2,000  each. The money will go to supporting our day club in Devizes which provides an invaluable service for people living with dementia in the town and surrounding villages. We are so grateful for this support.”

Members of both fundraising organisations visited the day club to hand over the cheques. 

 

 

 The Lions 2015 team

Lions President Don Jones and event co-organiser Eddie Gilmore hand over the Lions’ share of the money raised to Babs Harris, Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Support.


MAY FAYRE 

The 2016 Devizes Lions May Fayre held on 2nd May 2016 provided great fun and entertainment for all the family, with music,  rides, classic cars, and trade and charity stalls in the Market Place and Corn Exchange.

The weather failed to deter people from supporting the Fayre which raised nearly £2000 for good causes.

 


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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