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THE LIONS CLUB OF DEVIZES

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

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

 

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WELCOME TO OUR WEBSITE

Lions are here to help society and each member of that society and our motto is "We Serve". Devizes Lions create and participate in many community activities. Use this website to explore these exciting events.


WHO ARE DEVIZES LIONS?

DEvizes Lions are dedicated to helping the people of Devizes and those in the areas surrounding the town. With the support of the local community we have been able to raise many thousands of pounds to help support local people and various charities. Whether a group needing funds, a community action group or just someone seeking help, Devizes Lions try to make the problem smaller.

Here are the formally adopted Purposes of the Club:   PURPOSES

During the last year the Club has raised funds through a variety of events, sales, collections and concerts, and distributed almost £30,000 to worthwhile causes, including individuals, local people, 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 Swimmarathon, and we provide around 500 local children with new sporting experiences over our Sports Coaching Weekend.

As well as fulfilling our charitable aims Devizes Lions Club is also a great social organisation where we enjoy fun and fellowship whilst supporting those that need our help.

To find out more about Lions, watch this short video:

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

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


 

DEVIZES LIONS' PRESIDENT 2016/17  

OUR PRESIDENT

Lion President Roger Stratton with his wife Laura

Lion President Roger Stratton has been a member of Devizes Lions Club since 1989 and was President in 2000-2001.

Roger is a former company director who lives in Devizes.  Speaking of his enthusiasm for the community and the Club, he says,  
 
“I love this county, having the good fortune to have been born a Wiltshire man, and I love this beautiful town that Laura and I have lived in since 1973. The Lions Club is also a great love of mine and, together with all its members, I want to see it progress and go forward in helping the community"

He and his successor, Robert Postlethwaite, propose to mark the Lions Clubs International’s centenary year in 2017 with a project that would be a legacy of the Club’s hard work over the years.  They would be revealing more information in due course.

WHAT IS BEING SAID ABOUT DEVIZES LIONS

"Chase LOVED seeing Santa last night again, thanks so much to the Lions Club for continuing such a wonderful tradition that I can share with my child, that I remember doing as a child myself! Keeping Xmas magical."  Cassie on our Facebook page.

"Big Thank You to Devizes Lions for organising the sponsored walk; we've managed to raise over £1400 (and still counting) for Victim Support"

"I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank the Devizes Lions again for their continued support for First Stages.  It means a great deal to us to know that our work is recognised, and we are very proud and grateful to have been among so many worthy recipients last week.  The support the Lions gives to the smaller local groups is so important.  Thank you!"   Carole Berry.

"The Monday Club would like to thank ... the Lions who have worked so hard to support us."  Jackie.

"The cheque given to us will help keep our club afloat and enable us to give our members some little pleasures." - Devizes PHAB. 

"It's all great news people! More then 500 kids took a part in sport weekend this year - I know, because I asked... I can see so many advantages, not only fun some of them will continue, for some of them it was perhaps the only opportunity to try some sports, more sport - better health! More 'inspired' kids - more 'sporty' adults in the future! All voluntary job by Lions Club, how amazing!" Asia K.

And recently posted on Facebook:

"My daughter has come back from a canoeing session, with Don Jones 's autograph!

Seriously, a huge thank you and well done to Devizes Lions for organising their sports weekend again. My girls have respectively canoed and played badminton. It's a fantastic opportunity for our youngsters to try their hand at something new, or at something that their parents might not otherwise be able to afford for them to do."  Sue Ross

LEOS

Chartered on 23 February 2014, The Devizes Leos Club is the youth group connected to the Devizes Lions. The word Leos stands for Leadership, Experience, Opportunity and Service.

And for more detailed information about their activities, follow them on Facebook 

Since it has been running, Leos' members have gained public awareness in the community, having held a number of fund-raising  events including a car wash, race night, coffee morning and a country & western evening, and they have also provided invaluable help at events arranged by the parent Lions Club of Devizes .  

The Devizes Leo Club's Country and Western Night on Friday 10th February 2017 raised £317 for the Anthony Nolan Charity, a charity that helps save the lives of people with blood cancer and blood disorders.


Well done Leos!


And thanks to all who came along and supported them.

 

 

LIONS NEWS

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!
 

SPRING CONCERT 

 

 

 

 

Devizes Lions’ Spring Concert held  in the   Corn Exchange on 18 March 2017 helped us raise £3000 for Wiltshire’s vital Safe Drive Stay Alive Roadshow.

This year The Invitation Theatre Company  performed Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance in concert and provided a very entertaining evening of hilarity and fun.

 

For more details visit our Spring Concert web page.

 

Event kindly sponsored by Cross Manufacturing 


FORTHCOMING EVENTS

 


 

SPORTS COACHING WEEKEND 

On Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd April 2017 Devizes Lions will be holding their ever popular and very successful Sports Coaching Weekend.

Last 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.

To download an application form, click here:
SCW Application form 2017.doc

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_delights_Devizes_coach.

This is what she had to say:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Hello, My name is Polly Maton and I just wanted to say a quick thank you for organising the trial sports weekends you do in the local area for primary school students. I went to Urchfont Church of England Primary School and, in I believe year 5, I chose to do athletics as one of my activities. At the weekend I met my coach who has now worked with me for at least 5 years and last month I found out I was selected for the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. I have no idea whether I would have found my coach or even my passion for athletics without giving it a go through one of your courses in primary school and thank you so much for the opportunity to try various activities.  Thank you,  Polly Maton"

You can find more details here:  Polly Maton profile  and Gazette and Herald article and also Games_success_delights_Devizes_coach.
 
To find out about our 2017 Sports Coaching Weekend visit our Sports Coaching web page.

MAY DAY FAIR

Following the success of last year's event, Devizes Lions May Day Fair will be on Monday 1st May 2017 from 10:00am to 4:00pm and will follow a similar format to last year when families flocked to the Market Place to enjoy all the fun of the Fair.

The traditional Carousel will again be the main attraction.  There will also be live music and lots for all the family to see and do.  What's more - entry is free!

A selection of classic, vintage, veteran cars, bikes, military and other historic vehicles will be on display too and if you own an historic or classic vehicle and would like to bring it along, click here: classic vehicle invitation for details; entry to the display is free. 

For a small charge charities and local groups can have a stall either outside or in the Corn Exchange to raise funds for their own cause. If you would like a stall or find out more about how you could raise funds for your good cause or charity please phone 01380 725294 (Rangebourne Pets) and ask for Andy.

For more details, visit our May Fair web page.

 


JOGLE WITH OSKAR

Our current President Roger Stratton is planning a major charity drive, taking his Frogeye Sprite to John O’Groats and on to Lands End in September raising money for Wiltshire Air Ambulance and The Helen Straker Charity on the way. 

He is planning to leave Devizes to drive north on September 5th; leaving John O'Groats on the 8th, passing through Bristol, via Brunel's iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge on about the 12th on his way to Lands End and back to Devizes on the 15th.

More details to follow.

 

 


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


RECENT EVENTS

SWIMATHON 

On Saturday 4th March 2017 Devizes Lions held their ever popular and very successful Swimthon where teams raise money for their own organisation, selected Charity or Devizes Lions Club.

This year the organisations taking part raised about £4,000 for their various causes.

And to all the swimmers WELL DONE!  

 

 

 

 

 

 


CAROL FLOAT

The Lions' Carol Float has now completed its  tour of the town and its collections in the Brittox and at Morrisons in the run-up to Christmas raising more than £4,500 on its travels.

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

"Chase LOVED seeing Santa last night again, thanks so much to the Lions Club for continuing such a wonderful tradition that I can share with my child, that I remember doing as a child myself!  Keeping Xmas magical."

 

 

 
 
 

 

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

 

Thanks and Season's Greetings to everyone who has contributed and supported us.

   

CHRISTMAS FAIR raises over £7500 

Devizes Lions' annual Christmas Fair held in the Corn Exchange on Saturday 3rd December raised over £7500 which will be used to help the many needy causes supported by the Club.

Thanks to everyone who donated items for us to sell or who came along to support the event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The crowds brouse the multitude of items for sale in the Corn Exchange


SPONSORED WALK 

Walkers raised over £7000 to help many good causes.

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

                                                    

 

 

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

 

 

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

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

 


CHILDREN IN NEED COLLECTION

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

Thank you all.

Pudsey says 

THANK YOU 

for your generosity

                                                    

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


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

Through Roundway, en route to the Downs

 

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

 

 

SPONSORED WALK 2016

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

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

Walkers with their companions

4-legged helpers:  downhill, homeward bound

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

OPENING OF THE NEW PEACE GARDEN AT DREWS POND

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

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

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

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


 

 

GOLF DAY 

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

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

Charity CEO Babs Harris said:

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

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

 

 

 The Lions 2015 team

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


MAY FAYRE 

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

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Visit our May Fayre web page for more details.

 

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

 


OTHER PAST EVENTS

You can find out about many of the other events that Devizes Lions has organised by visiting our Club Projects Page:  Club Projects


       

 

 

 

 

 

 

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