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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: 

Lions News       

Forthcoming Events     

Recent Events

Who are Devizes Lions

Devizes Lions' President 2017/18

What is being said about Devizes Lions

Leos

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

 


Sponsored Walk 14th October 2018

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Lecture and Book Signing 13th November 2018

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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,
COME ALONG AND HELP US .....

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?


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  

or watch this short video:

 

  

 

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!

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 2018/19 

OUR PRESIDENT


 
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 ?" 
 

 

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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 Devizes Lions .  


Forthcoming Events

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

Sponsored Walk 14th October 2018

Come along on Sunday 14th October and take part to raise money for your own favourite cause, club or charity on our annual sponsored walk around the beautiful Roundway Hill. We do all the organising; all you need to do is get your sponsors.

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

For more details contact us by e-mail at sponsoredwalk@devizeslions.org.uk


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).


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


Recent Events

Presentation Evening 6th June 2018

Lions support for the local community

Cheques for a total of £11250 were handed out by the Mayor, Councillor Andy Geddes, to thirty local groups at the Devizes Lions Club’s Presentation Evening.  The amounts were part of the end-of-year package of grants marking Lion Robert Postlethwaite’s year as Club President.  An additional £1500 was donated to Lions projects in the UK and overseas.  

Recipients included these Devizes groups: Alzheimer's Support, the Budo Club, Devizes & District Link, PHAB, Devizes Army Cadet Force, Child Contact Centre, Devizes Hospital and Community Radio, Devizes Food Bank, Men's Shed, Monday Club, Nursteed Centre, Opendoors, Opportunity Centre, Over 50's Club, Samaritan's Purse/Operation Christmas Child and the Seniors Christmas Day event.

Wiltshire groups that operate in Devizes were also supported including: Age UK, Arts Together, Changing Tunes, Gateway Club, Home Start Kennet, Mid Wiltshire Relate, North Wilts Holiday Club, Potterne Girls Cricket Club, Swindon & District Samaritans, Tuesday Club Market Lavington, Victim Support Wiltshire, Wiltshire Mind, Wiltshire Portage Service and Youth Action Wiltshire. 

During the evening representatives explained the work of the various organisations and charities that were being supported and how the Lions’ donations would be used, with frequent references to tackling loneliness or isolation, providing transport that might not otherwise be affordable or providing facilities, meals and entertainment.

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 600 children, the May Fair and the installation of Town Centre defibrillators.

Picture:  Lions Presentation Evening - June 2018

Representatives of the thirty local groups that received grants at the Devizes Lions’ Presentation Evening.  Seated centre are Club Vice President Lion Andy Sheppard alongside the Mayor of Devizes Andy Geddes and kneeling in the foreground is the Lions Welfare Chairman Nick Seager.


Lions' Den
30th May 2018

There was £2,000 up for grabs for the winner in the Lions Den and the finalists selected to make a bid were Devizes Amateur Swimming Club; Devizes Outdoor Celebratory Arts; KFR; Wiltshire Sight and Wiltshire Search and Rescue.

Finalists L-R: Karen Monk - Wiltshire Sight; Loz Samuels - DOCA;  Sarah Wolf - WILSAR;
Miles Palmer -Amateur Swimming Club and Daniel Thompson - KFR

AND THE WINNER WAS KFR, receiving a cheque for £2,000, and none of the other finalists went away empty handed.

Cheque presentation by Lion Andy Sheppard to Daniel Thompson - KFR; with (judge) Mike Gaiger;
Tom Green - KFR and (judge) Rosemary Macdonald

The night was an unqualified success and all enjoyed it – both the Charity teams who were presenting and the judges that made up the Den. 

Particular thanks go to our outside judges – Rosemary McDonald and Michael Gaiger – who thoroughly enjoyed the occasion and made it such a success. 

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THAT TOOK PART

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

Here are a few more details of the event:

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.

Visit our Club Projects page to find out about previous Devizes 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:
tonyscorer@yahoo.com                                 
01380 720168               07970 46 22 55
The Mallings, Potterne Road, Devizes, SN10 5DB


THE FIVE FINALISTS TO FACE THE LIONS are Devizes Amateur Swimming Club; Devizes Outdoor Celebratory Arts; KFR; Wiltshire Sight and Wiltshire Search and Rescue.

On the 30th May all will face a fierce grilling from the Den panel to decide which is the most worthy charity. They all want the  money  to help their work in the local community. Devizes Lions were delighted with the response to their Lions Den initiative, which sought submissions from deserving causes serving the locality and 13 made a strong claim to the money. There will be only one winner, read the G&H on the 7th June to find who was successful.

 

May Fair

7th May 2018

All day entertainment for all the family including:

IN THE MARKET PLACE

Giant slide - Children’s Roundabout - Male Majorettes - Live Music - Punch & Judy - Hot Food  & Refreshments - Displays - Competitions & Games and Many Stalls - Charity, Trade,  Information, Bric-a-Brac etc

IN THE CORN EXCHANGE

Stalls & Refreshments - Bouncy Castle for young children

And a mobile ‘Strange Old Things’ Museum with artefacts, crafts, dressing up boxes, history talks & free identification service for your curious objects.

Visit our May Fair page to find out more about this year's event or book a stall and our Club Projects page to find out about previous Devizes Lions May Fairs.

 

 

Contact us if you would like more information: you will find contact details on our Contact Page.


Charity Golf Day
9th May 2018

The joint Charity Golf Day with Devizes Rotary Club at North Wilts Golf Club raised over £2700 for Canon's House Children's Home.

THANKS TO ALL WHO SUPPORTED THE EVENT

IN AID OF
CANON’S HOUSE CHILDREN’S HOME, DEVIZES

(Registered children’s home)

at
North Wilts Golf Club
on
Wednesday 9th May 2018

Devizes Lions and Devizes Rotary are again holding a Joint Charity Golf Day on the 9th May 2018. This year it is in aid of Canon’s House Children’s Home.

We do hope that you will support this worthy cause by either entering a team or sponsoring the event.

Competition

The main competition will be a four ball stableford, off the yellow tees.

Both 1st and 11th tees will be used to start between approximately 11.50 and 1.30 with ten minute intervals.

There will be prizes for each member of the three best teams and others for nearest the pin (3rd) the longest drive (16th) and the straightest drive (10th).

Teams may be either men, ladies or mixed. Ladies play off Ladies’ Tees and use Ladies’ Card.

The highest handicap will be 28 for men, 36 for ladies, all playing off ¾ handicap (max. for men 21 and for ladies 27).

Prize-giving approximately 7.00pm

We will also be running a Par 3 Competition on the 13th hole, a Raffle and a £5 note competition.

The entrance fee is £57 per person (£228 per team) to include the Main Competition and a two course dinner. For members of North Wilts Golf Club the entrance fee is £35 per member.

If you are unable to enter a team, we hope that you will support us by sponsoring a hole or a prize. The cost of sponsoring a hole is a minimum of £100 and will be publicised on the hole sponsored. All sponsorship will be acknowledged at the prize-giving.

Click here to download an Entry Form


 

 

Swimathon
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
Vicki"
 
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."


 

Christmas Float

2017 SANTA ON TOUR COMPLETE!

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.

YOU WILL FIND
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.

 


BBC CHILDREN IN NEED COLLECTION

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  

 

SPONSORED WALK

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


 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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