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To see more about our recent events, scroll down or click on one of these links to view a specific event:

2018

     
Presentation Evening 2018 Lions' Den 2018 Golf Day 2018
May Fair 2018 Swimathon 2018 Sports Coaching 2018

2017

Centenary gift of AEDs To Devizes   Christmas float 2017
Christmas Fair BBC Children in Need 2017 Passchendaele Lecture
JOGLE with OSKAR Sponsored walk 2017 Presentation evening 2017
Charity golf day 2017 Sports coaching weekend 2017 Spring Concert 2017

2016

  PRESENTATION EVENING 2016 CHILDREN IN NEED 2016
HONOUR FOR TOM FUSSELL SPONSORED WALK PRESENTATIONS 2016 SPONSORED WALK 2016
GOLF DAY 2016 MAY FAYRE 2016 SPRING CONCERT 2016
SPORTS COACHING 2016 LIONS' DEN 2016 DREWS POND PEACE GARDEN

2015

CHRISTMAS 2015 CAROL FLOAT 2015 CHRISTMAS FAIR 2015
CLAY SHOOT 2015 CHILDREN IN NEED 2015 SPONSORED WALK 2015
PRESENTATION EVENING 2015 GOLF DAY 2015 LEOS
MAY FAYRE 2015 SPRING SERENADE 2015 SPORTS COACHING 2015

2014

SPONSORED WALK 2014 SWIMATHON 2014 CHRISTMAS FAIR 2014
  MAY FAIR 201412 LIONS' DEN 2014

 

 

 


2018

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.

 

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


 

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.

 

 


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 £5000.
  
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_Lionsa big thank you for another amazing sports weekend. Table tennis was a hit!!!! ðŸ“

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."


2017

 

Christmas Float

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.

In the run-up to Christmas Devizes Lions' new Santa's sleigh toured the town from 4th to 22 December with lights, music and Santa to entertain the children, hand out sweets and raise money for local charitable causes. 

Santa’s helpers are still counting but after expenses, we can safely say that over £3000 was raised for the Lions Charity Account.

Thank you all for your wonderful generosity.

 

 


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 2017 raised about £7,800 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

 

 


PASSCHENDAELE
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. 

 



 

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.

 

Just three days in to the journey, OSKAR 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.

This is what Roger has to say:

"I am very sorry that we had to abandon the JOGLE without even getting to the start at John O Groats.
We were beaten by what appeared to be a serious engine failure, but now we believe was an electrical problem caused by the very heavy rain and spray encountered on the way north. Our journey ended on the A9 near Aviemore, with OSKAR being returned to Blair Atholl on a recovery truck.
We are sad this happened and would like to apologise to our wonderful sponsors, the many people who donated their hard earned money and who entered the competition. We are determined that the three charities we are supporting will benefit from our efforts, but we will need to discuss with you all how best to do so.
In the meantime, thanks for the amazing support we had. The advertising will be continuing to adorn OSKAR's body for some time to come.
Roger, Bill and, of course, OSKAR."

Roger (right) and co-driver Bill (left) assembling outside the Bear Hotel, Devizes with the supported Charities.

 

 

 

 

About to be waved off by Peter Healey,
grandson of Donald Healey, the designer of
this cute little 1959 Austin Healey Sprite.

Flagged off by Peter Healey.

 

And away they go up North to John O'Groats
for the ride to Lands End.

BBC Children in need collection

Devizes Lions were out with their buckets and dressed as clowns on Thursday 16th November, 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 2017

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Happy recipients at the presentation evening

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 will be invited to a Presentation Evening on 21 November to receive cheques for the sponsorship money they have 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

 

 

 


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 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 ðŸ˜€"  (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. ðŸļðŸđðŸĪšðŸšĢ"  (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!
 
 

2016
CHILDREN IN NEED COLLECTION

Devizes Lions in their familiar and friendly clown suits were out collecting in the Brittox on Thursday 17 November 2016 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.


 
DEVIZES LIONS HAND OUT £10,000
Devizes Lions have 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.
Honour for former Devizes Lion
 

Lion Tom Fussell's surprise honour.  

Former Devizes Lion Tom Fussell was unaware that Lion Don Jones’s final duty as President would be to present him with the prestigious international Melvin Jones Fellowship

 

 

 

 
Tom Fussell of the well known local motor family received a surprise when he attended the annual Handover meeting of Devizes Lions.  He had retired from the Club last year having been a member for nearly thirty years and the President in 1996-1997.  His former colleagues wished to recognise his service to the community and nominated him for a Melvin Jones Fellowship.  
 
The fellowship, which was created in 1973, takes its name from the founder of Lions Clubs International.  To quote from the American-based guidance: 
“It is an honor - not an award. The fellowship was established as the highest form of recognition to acknowledge an individual’s dedication to humanitarian service.”
 
Tom was unaware of the presentation that awaited him.  The outgoing President, Don Jones, made it the last duty of his year in office, commenting that it was a pleasure to be able to pay special tribute to this popular member after so many years of helping the local community.

SPONSORED WALK PRESENTATIONS

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.

 


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

 

 

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

The 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.

 


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.


 

Following the success of last year's event and with sponsorship from the Grist Group, the 2016 Spring Concert was held in the Corn Exchange on Saturday 23 April 2016 again featuring the DS Big Band and The Invitation Theatre Company. With over 250 tickets sold, the concert was a huge success, raising £3,000 which Devizes Lions were delighted to present to Julia's House.  For more details and interviews with Lion John Nichols who organised the event and Alison Radevsky, the chairman of Devizes Friends of Julia's House, please visit Spring Concert Article 

Picture shows Lion President Don Jones with Alison Radevsky from Julia's House
and the Mayor of Devizes Roger Giraud-Saunders.

Proceeds will support
Julia's House Hospice.

 

2016 Devizes Lions May Fair

Following the success of last year's event, the 2016 Devizes Lions May Day Fair followed the same format as last year.

On Bank Holiday Monday, May 2nd 2016, families flocked to the Market Place to enjoy all the fun of the Devizes Lions' May Fair.

The main attraction again was the ferris wheel, but Lions' human fruit machine is always a winner! But only If you get three balls the same colour, of course.

Here (L-R) Lions Doug Simpson, Robert Pothleswaite, Chris Gillings and Graham Poyser are caught in action.

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

For more details and pictures, click on this link to the Gazette and Herald Article.


 

SPORTS COACHING

 On Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th March 2016 Devizes Lions held their ever popular and very successful Sports Coaching Weekend.

This year, nearly 500 children who attend schools in Devizes and neighbouring villages and who are in school year groups 4,5,6,7 and 8, tried sports that they might not otherwise have had the opportunity to experience. Qualified coaches from eighteen sports taught new skills ranging from horse riding to table tennis and from canoeing to fencing.

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

 

 



LIONS' DEN 2016

DEVIZES LIONS' DEN 2016 RESULTS

Six local organisations entered the Lions’ Den at Devizes Town Hall on 10 February 2016 to make their bid for a share of the £4,000 made available jointly by Devizes Lions and Wiltshire Community Foundation.

The six finalists presented their cases in front of a panel of five judges: local business man Michael Gaiger, Rosemary Macdonald, Chief Executive of Wiltshire Community Foundation, joined Lion President Don Jones, Lions Michael Green and Tony Scorer.

 

 

 

View Lions' Den Poster

And the winner was ........

Market Lavington and Easterton United Football Club for portable flood lights enabling them to offer training all year round at their Elisha Field facility in Market Lavington and saving on winter sports hall hire costs.

Lions Den 2016 - Winner.   Lions Club President Don Jones congratulates Emma Cheethem of Market Lavington and Easterton Football Club on winning the Devizes Lions Den 2016

And the other finalists were ....

Wiltshire Sight for new laptops and phones with special software to help advisers working with clients.

Worton & Marston Village Hall to kick start their project to provide refurbished toilets with disabled access following their successful improvement to the main hall.

The Noise, a community project based at St James Church Devizes that needs to widen its appeal and hire equipment to help in a practical way those in the town struggling to maintain the environment around their houses.  They want to expand their volunteer base and cover more parishes.

Devizes Talking Newspaper to enable them to move away from tape cassettes to USB memory sticks for the Devizes Talking Newspaper and enhance their offering to include an audio local magazine.

Potterne Cricket Club to expand its programme for girls, women and the disabled through club-based qualified coaches.

“There were six excellent presentations, all supported by pictures or demonstrations of equipment used or desired, given by the presenting teams,“ said Lion Tony Scorer.

“The Judges were unanimous in deciding that the Market Lavington Football Club would receive the top prize of £2,200 to fund the purchase of the four floodlights needed." 

“They showed that the project would reduce their running costs; be quickly implemented and benefit a large group of people.” 

Having chosen the winners the judges spent some time in deciding how to divide the remainder of the award money between the remaining finalists.

“We would have loved to have had a lot more to give away to these deserving causes,” added Tony Scorer. ”The Lions hope that the experience of entering the Den will stand the organisers well as they continue their efforts to help our local community.”

Lions Den 2016 - finalists.   
Front Row - Emma Cheethem of Market Lavington and Easterton Football Club with the judges:
(L-R) Lion Michael Green, Michael Gaiger, Lion President Don Jones, Rosemary Macdonald, 
Lion Tony Scorer.  Back Row - the representatives of other finalist organisations
 

DREWS POND PEACE GARDEN

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 2016, 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.

 

 

 

Peaceful Corner for Devizes People
 
The tall trees, wandering pathway and clear stream of Drews Pond Wood in its deep valley on the south side of the town are familiar to many Devizes residents and Wiltshire school children.  The transformation to today's tranquillity from near-jungle is the result of the hard work of the volunteers of the Drews Pond Wood Project since 1990.
 
Recently a new facility has been added, a Peace Garden to provide a quiet corner, shaded in summer and remote from any traffic.  Close by Drews Pond, where once an inn stood at the side of a drovers’ route into the town, the Garden has been improved with the aid of funding from Devizes Lions, which enabled the laying of flagstones that had originated in the Market Place and which were donated to the Project by the Town Council.  The Club’s involvement began when Lion Geoff Taylor was President for 2013-2014, and he selected the scheme as the year's principal local beneficiary and was a strong supporter from then on.  Sadly, he died last year and so did not see its completion.
 
 
View of the Peace Garden
 
On the bright sunny morning of 02 April 2016, Geoff’s wife Rosemary and members of the Taylor family, the Club, the Project, and friends gathered in the Garden to mark the completion of the Lions’ phase of its development and the key part that Geoff had played in it.  Local resident and architect Howard Waters, who has been involved with various improvements in the Wood, explained the thinking behind the Garden, the new child-friendly dipping platforms along the stream and other facilities that the Club had funded. Stuart Hislop, the founder and leader of the Project mentioned others who had helped and how further features would be added around the Garden. Finally, Club President Don Jones reminded everyone that the Lions could only have helped thanks to the generosity of the people of Devizes and areas around who had responded to the Club’s various appeals for funds. 
 
 
Peace Garden opening - L-R - The Taylor Family, Howard Waters, Stuart Hislop,Lion President Don Jones
 
 
Lions and friends at the opening of the Peace Garden
 
 
On behalf of Rosemary Taylor and the rest of the family, the Peace Garden was then declared open for all to enjoy.  In peace.
 

Our late Lion Past President Geoff Taylor and his wife Rosemary in 2013


2015

DECEMBER'S SEASONAL ACTIVITIES 2015  

It has been one of the most successful Decembers ever for Devizes Lions.  It started with the Christmas Fair in the Corn Exchange when, after a month’s preparation, the Club sold a multitude of items donated by the people of Devizes and around.  Thereafter Lions were out and about on most evenings and on  some days escorting Santa around the residential streets of Devizes so that he could meet the children and hand out some sweets.  

Naturally the Lions had their collecting buckets to hand, and public did not disappoint with their generosity.  The Lions were also pleased to be assisted with daytime collections by members of the Leo Club, Lions' junior equivalent which is based in Devizes School.

 By the time that collecting ceased before Christmas and the various expenses had been taken into account, the Club will have cleared over £11000 from the two events.  Most will be used during 2016 on worthwhile causes in the Devizes area, perhaps for individuals, families or groups in need of help.  A smaller portion will go further afield for emergencies and disasters, either in the UK or oversas via the Lions International network which ensure it goes where needed most.

Your support is greatly appreciated and will help us to support those in need.


CAROL FLOAT 2015  

The Lions' Carol Float toured the town and made collections in the Brittox and at Morrisons in the run-up to Christmas.

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

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

"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."


CHRISTMAS FAIR 2015  

A big Thank You to all who supported us at the Devizes Lions' annual Christmas Fair held in the Corn Exchange on Saturday 5th December either by donating items or buying what was was on offer. After paying our associated expenses, our Christmas Fair will have brought in over £6500 to add to the funds that we will use to support those in need and other worthy causes.  

Here are some pictures taken in the Corn Exchange just before the crowds arrived.


CHARITY CLAY SHOOT 2015

On Sunday 15 November 2015, Lions Club members were on duty at the annual Charity Clay Shoot hosted by the Urchfont Gun Club at their site near Urchfont.  The day raised a welcome addition of over £200 towards our Club’s charity funds.


BBC CHILDREN IN NEED COLLECTION 2015  

The Devizes Lions in their clown suits caught the eyes (and the smiles) of passers-by to donate towards Children in Need on Thursday 12 November - Market day.  This year they were well pleased to raise over £600, a significant increase on last year.  The clown suits will become a familiar sight around Devizes during December evenings as the Club members accompany Santa on his annual tour of much of the town.

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


SPONSORED WALK 2015  

Devizes has again provided an opportunity for local people to raise funds for their own charities. On a misty October Sunday morning over 100 walkers of all ages, with many dogs for company were sent on their way from Devizes Wharf by the Town Mayor. The groups included some Devizes Leos who were raising funds for their own Club. The route of about ten miles was onto the open Roundway Down and provided splendid views of the autumn countryside.

The walk has taken place for over 25 years and is always popular. This year the walkers will raise over £4000, and late sponsorship may add significantly to that amount. The recipient organisations will receive their cheques from the Mayor at a Presentation Evening in November.

Devizes Town Mayor with the Mayoress and event organiser Lion John Sutton
set the walkers on their way
.

Refreshment stop for Devizes Lions Eddie Gilmore, John Twentyman,
Chris Ellis and Mike Fitzpatrick.

Both the Mayor and a former mayor were involved at the Sponsored Walk Presentation Evening held at the Devizes Bowls Club.  The Mayor of Devizes, Councillor Roger Giraud-Saunders presented the cheques and the event was hosted by Lions Club President Don Jones who is a former Mayor of Devizes.  
Twenty-five local groups had been sponsored for a total of £4300 on the annual Devizes Lions Sponsored Walk.  After receiving their cheques, the recipients explained how the money would be used, in many cases to obtain equipment, to support local organisations or other charities.  The Mayor thanked the Lions for making it possible and congratulated the walking groups for the own work within the community.
Recipient groups: Alzheimer’s Support, Amnesty International, Chirton Pips Pre-School, CLIC Sargent, Devizes Blind & Partially Sighted Club, Devizes Wednesday Club, Fragile X Society, The Helen Straker Charity, Julie Bridewell BHF Gift of Hope, Motor Neurone Disease Association, M S Society, Phoenix Explorers, Urchfont Netballers, Victim Support, 1st Lavington Sea Scouts, 1st Urchfont, 3rd and 6th Devizes Scouts, 2nd and 4th Devizes Guides, 2nd Devizes Guides Senior Section, 3rd and 6th Devizes Cubs and the Leo and Lions Clubs of Devizes.
 
Recipients at the Devizes Lions Presentation Evening with the Town Mayor and Mayoress
and Lions Don Jones and John Sutton who hosted the event

 

PRESENTATION EVENING 2015  

Cheques for a total of £6500 were handed out to twenty-four local groups by the Mayor, Councillor Roger Giraud-Saunders, at the Devizes Lions Club’s Presentation Evening held in the Town Hall on 10 June.  The amount was part of the sum raised by the Club at a variety of sales, collections, concerts and sponsored activities during Lion David Bousfield’s year as Club President.  Grants by the Club throughout the year to worthwhile causes, needy families and individuals are decided after scrutiny of requests and recommendations by the Welfare Committee.

During the evening representatives explained how the Lions’ donations would be used.  Those with a focus on young people of wide-ranging abilities were the Air Training Corps, North Wilts & Devizes Portage Service, North Wilts Holiday Club, Samaritan's Purse, Spurgeon Young Carers, and First Stages.  Disabled, elderly or vulnerable people were helped by Arts Together, Link, PHAB, Opendoor, Over Fifties Club, Monday Club, Nursteed Centre, Victim Support, Wiltshire Sight, Alzheimer's Support - Sidmouth Club, Gateway Club, Samaritans, Old School Day Centre.  Other recipient groups were Relate, KFR, Budo Club, Devizes Hospital & Community Radio, and the Waiblingen Way Residents' Association.
 
 
Recipients of the Devizes Lions’ grants with the Mayor and Mayoress of Devizes,
Club President David Bousfield and Welfare Chairman Peter Blockley.

 

CHARITY GOLF DAY 2015 

The 13th May was a glorious spring day with ideal conditions at North Wilts Golf Course for the joint Lions and Rotary Clubs of Devizes Charity Golf Day that raised over £1500 that was donated to Wiltshire Air Ambulance. We thank everybody who supported this worthy cause by either entering a team or sponsoring the event. 

 
Picture:   Devizes Lions & Rotary Golf Day - cheque presentation
The Lions and Rotary Club Presidents presented over £3000 from their charity golf day to
Wiltshire Air Ambulance paramedics Keith Mills and Richard Miller
 
 
Lion President Don Jones presents the Lions cheque for £1552 raised at the
joint Lions and Rotary Golf Day to Wiltshire Air Ambulance
accompanied by Lions Jerry King, John Twentyman and David Dolman 
 
 
Lions' Golfers (L-R).Lions John Harris, Thornton Blyth, Barrie Downes and John Sutton
 
 
The winning team won by a good margin; they were Phil Beattie of Bowerhill, Tom Parker of Derry Hill, Steve Powell of Calne and Dave Mottram of Urchfont.  Prizes were presented by the Rotary Chairman Tom MacMeekin and Lions President David Bousfield who thanked players and sponsors for generously supporting the event. Around £3000 was raised for the Air Ambulance.
 
 
Prize giving (L-R): Phil Beattie, Lions President David Bousfield, Steve Powell, 
Tom Parker and Rotary chairman Tom MacMeekin.

2015 Devizes Lions May Fair

On Bank Holiday Monday, May 5th 2015, families flocked to the Market Place to soak up the sun and enjoy the Devizes Lions' May Day Fair.

The May Fayre in full swing in Devizes Market Place

The theme for the event was country and western and the soundtrack to the day was provided by Devizes-based band Bear Faced Country.

Among the attractions were traditional rides including a ferris wheel, pirate ships and swing carousel as well as the more unusual seven-seater bike which saw groups using all their pedal power to make their way around the market place.

Entertainment was provided by Wacky the Wonderful Wizard of Fun, a Punch and Judy Show, hook a duck and a fair ground organ.

Sheila Garden of Devizes said: 

“It’s been a great day, we’ve spent hours here. There’s so much going on and plenty to occupy the grandkids, what more could you ask for.”

Visitors could also wonder around the display of vintage cars and motorbikes and take a trip up and down the market place on a miniature steam train.

Among the stall holders were the Scouts and Guides and there was plenty of opportunity to donate to the good causes that the Lions support with an array of stalls, a plant sale and face painting.

There was even a chance to get up close and personal to some exotic birds at the Birdline UK Parrot Rescue tent.

Matt Bridge from Seend said: 

“We’ve never been before but the whole family has had a great day so we’ll definitely be coming back next year, its far better than we imagined.”

Last year good weather helped the even raise more than £2,000 for good causes and organisers are hoping for the same this year.

For 2015, the main attractionwas a Ferris Wheel and Swings for young children

Swinging cool dude

Looking up

and looking down

and experience all the thrill of the ride by clicking here:

 https://youtu.be/P2DmsG89SRA 

 

Three handsome Dudes

 

 

Seven seater pedal power in action! 

Some other interesting vehicles

Tops down on a lovely day


 LEOS  

At a recent Lions' business meeting, four new members were badged by Lion Steve Petty, Chairman of 105W Zone 3H, who was visiting.  The event marks a positive step in the  continuing development of the Leo Club.

 The four new  Devizes Leos: Sam Beale, Charlie Owen, Megan Clarke and Ceri Hodges
with Zone Chairman Steve Petty and Lions Club President David Bousfield.


During the day, Lions also collected for the Lions' appeal for funds to help with relief in Nepal following the April Earthquake Disaster.  Nepal Earthquake Poster.pdf

Local Lions helping distribute aid in Nepal


SPRING SERENADE 2015 

The SPRING SERENADE concert held at the Corn Exchange, Devizes on April 25, was a sell out!  It featured the DS Big Band  playing a Glen Miller Tribute and The Invitation Theatre Company singing a selection of songs from their repertoire.  Both were very well received by the audience which filled the Corn Exchange. A cheque for £4,000 was presented to Devizes Opportunity Centre by the Club President David Bousfield. Please see our Spring Serenade web page for more details.

At the Devizes Lions' Swimathon held on 07 March 2015 at Devizes Leisure Centre, 24 swimming teams raised nearly £7,000 for their local clubs and organisations.  A great result and congratulations to all that took part.

On 6th March Devizes Lions helped Marie Curie Cancer Care with its Great Daffodil Appeal by collecting money at Morrison's supermarket, raising £480 for the Charity.  Devizes Lions and Marie Curie thank all who contributed on the day.


 

SPORTS COACHING WEEKEND 2015

Our successful and ever popular SPORTS COACHING WEEKEND for local school children in Year Groups 4 to 8  was held on 21 and 22 March 2015.  About 480 children took part. Please see our  Sports Coaching web page for more details.

Nearly 500 children who attend schools in Devizes and neighbouring villages and who are in school year groups 4,5,6,7 and 8, tried sports that they might not otherwise have experienced when the Devizes Lions arranged their twenty-seventh annual Sports Coaching Weekend. Qualified coaches from eighteen sports taught new skills ranging from horse riding to table tennis and from canoeing to fencing.

Many of those involved were already well familiar with the format: some children were returning to try something new, and some parents and instructors had tried their own sports first with the Lions. One such coach was Hamish Devon of Hillier Road, Devizes who is also Chairman of Devizes Badminton Club.  He first participated when he was a 10 year old at Rowde School and now teaches at Wansdyke School. 

Archery is always popular, and the local club, Devizes Bowmen, has for years provided strong support to the Lions' weekend.  

Some of the children who tried their hands at archery, pictured with the Lions Club President David Bousfield,
Devizes Bowman Steve Davies and, in the foreground, Joe Gurr who provided some of the instruction.

This time advice was also provided by one of their junior members, Joe Gurr of Devizes as he approached his twelfth birthday.  Only two years ago Joe was one of the children trying out archery for the first time, and since then he has made rapid progress. He has won a number of local competitions, become classified as a Bowman by Archery GB, is a member of the Junior County Team and holds two county and a regional record.

Please see our  Sports Coaching web page for more details.


2014

SPONSORED WALK 2014

Taking place each October, the sponsored walk is both great fun and a good fundraiser for local charities and organisations. The Lions organise and marshal the event, which begins and finishes at Devizes wharf, following a route across Roundway Down.

 

The Mayor, Sarah Bridewell cuts the tape to start the 2014 Walk

and off they go!

Lions' Walk raised even more this year
At an event at the Devizes Bowls Club, the Mayor of Devizes, Councillor Sarah Bridewell, presented cheques to many of the twenty-six local groups that had been sponsored for a total of over £8000 on the annual Devizes Lions Sponsored Walk onto Roundway Down.  The evening was hosted by Lions Club’s Vice-President Don Jones who himself is a former Mayor of Devizes.  The recipients explained how the money would be used, in many cases to obtain equipment, to fund trips, and to support local organisations or medical charities.  Lion Don congratulated them on raising an even bigger total than last year’s impressive amount and with fewer groups taking part.  In return the Mayor explained that she had taken part in the Walk to raise funds for her own charities, and she thanked the Lions for making it possible and for their contributions to the welfare of so many local people.
 
Following the evening, further sponsorship was handed in, raising the grand total to over £9000 and making the Walk one of the most successful in recent years.
 
Over 20 local charities and organisations benefitted from the walk.  These included: Chirton and Devizes Pre-schools; 2nd and 4th Devizes Guides; 1st, 3rd, 6th Devizes and 1st Urchfont Scouts; 1st Lavington Sea Scouts; Phoenix Explorers; Nursteed Centre; HCPT The Pilgrimage Trust; The Mayor’s Appeal; Devizes Wednesday, Blind, Lions and Leos Clubs; Louise Pottinger; Wiltshire Wildlife Hospital and Victim Support Wiltshire.  Recipient organisations from further afield were Dorothy House, Amnesty International, CLIC Sargent, Motor Neurone Disease Association, and the British Heart Foundation.

Recipients at the Devizes Lions Presentation Evening with the Town Mayor and Lions Don Jones and Tom Fussell who hosted the event


CHRISTMAS FAIR 2014

The Lions annual CHRISTMAS FAIR held at the Corn Exchange on Saturday 06 December 2014 took nearly £9,500 on the day. That is a truly excellent result.  It was a really great day and our sincere thanks go to everyone that supported us whether by donating goods or by buying them.

We collect and sell toys, bikes, games, books, jigsaws, tools, small items of furniture, records, CDs, kitchen utensils, sports goods, gardening items, bric-a brac, unwanted gifts etc, in advance, that we will be selling to raise funds for local organisations and charities. Santa will be there in his grotto to meet the children.

This is a view of the Corn Exchange before the doors open

And here it is in full swing

Toys!


SWIMATHON 2014

The mayor, Pete Smith prepares to start the 2014 Swimarathon


MAY FAIR 2014

The 2014 Victorian themed May Fayre in full swing in Devizes Market Place


LIONS' DEN 09 April 2014

Lion President Geoff Taylor hands over the cheque to Alzheimer's Support, 
the winner of the 2014 Lions' Den

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