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#SPORTS COACHING 2015 #SPONSORED WALK 2014 #CHRISTMAS FAIR 2014
#SWIMATHON 2014 #MAY FAIR 2014 #LIONS' DEN 2014


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 the Lions Club of Devizes.  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.

 

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 the Lions Club of Devizes 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

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 the Lions Club of Devizes, 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 a bright morning, 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


DECEMBER'S SEASONAL ACTIVITIES 2015  

It has been one of the most successful Decembers ever for the Lions Club of Devizes.  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.


 

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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