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Devizes Lions
Chartered 1970 (District 105SC)

Devizes Lions Club (CIO) is a Registered Charity No.1185977

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Click here to find out more: 2020 Golf Day

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To enable us to continue arranging fund raising events in the town and
deliver much needed support to the community,


Our Club Needs You!
If you would like to help us help others, don't delay, contact us now. 

WE NEED NEW PEOPLE WITH NEW IDEAS TO HELP US .....If you would like to find out about how you can help us, click here: 
Who are Devizes Lions?

Welcome to our Web Site

Lions are here to help society and each member of that society; our motto is "We Serve".    Use this website to find out more about what we do. 
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Anyone contacting you by telephone, by letter or online and offering a Lions grant in exchange for a fee or advance payment to secure a Lions grant is doing so fraudulently, and you should not proceed with the matter. 

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For all the latest Club News and Events, 

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  Lions News  
  Forthcoming Events  
  Recent Events  
  Message in a bottle  
  Who are Devizes Lions  
  Interested in joining us?
  Devizes Lions President 2020/21  
  What is being said about Devizes Lions

or visit our Calendar for a full list of our forthcoming events


Lions News

  Devizes Lions Club celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.


We ask that anyone planning to attend any Lions' event take sensible and proportionate precautions and follow any rules, guidance and regulations that are in place.

OUR PRESIDENT for 2020/21 is Lion Jerry King.  
Click here for details: Virtual Handover Celebration.


Lions and Rotary Joint Charity Golf Day
Wednesday  7th October

This event raised a magnificent £4000 for Canons House.
Find out more here or head over to our Charity Golf Day page for details.


Lions' Den

Wednesday 9th September 

A total of £3000 was donated to the 4 finalists at this year's Lions' Den, with the winner, Little Bears Pre School, receiving a cheque for £2,000.

Find out more here:  Lions' Den Results


May 2020

Donations amounting to £6850 were donated to 23 organisations.  
Find out more here: 2020 Presentation Evening



Click here to find out more about it:
Message in a Bottle



Forthcoming events       see more

Books and Bits Sale
Saturday 16 January 2021

Devizes Lions are holding a charity book sale to raise money for Devizes Lions to help local causes that are in need of support.

Click here for details Book Sale


Christmas Fair 2020

We are really sorry, but to keep everyone safe, the Lions Christmas Fair will not be going ahead this year, but we will be running the Books and Bits sale in St Mary's Church as a safe alternative. 

Click here for details Book Sale


Santa's Sleigh December 2020

We are planning a safe Santa's Sleigh this year.
Please watch this page for further updates.


Sports Coaching Weekend 27 and 28 March 2021

Find out more here or head over to our Sports Coaching page for details.


Classic Cars and Charity Event 13 June 2021

Come along and see a huge display of classic cars withe entertainment, food and charity stalls on the Large Green by Devizes Sxhool entrance.

Arts Coaching Day Saturday 23 October 2021

Taster sessions for Primary School children in Year Groups 4, 5 & 6 from the Devizes area in various artistic activities.

Find out more here or to read about the 2019 event here: Arts Coaching

Recent Events  see more

Lions and Rotary Joint Charity Golf Day 
Wednesday 07 October 2020

Devizes Lions and Devizes Rotary postponed this year's Charity Golf Day as a result of the coronavirus outbreak until 07 October when almost £4000 was raised for Canon's House..

Find out more here or head over to our Charity Golf Day page for details.


Lions' Den 
Wednesday 9th September 2020

Find out more here: 2020 Lions' Den


Virtual Presentation Evening
May 2020 and September 2020

Donations amounting to £8800 were donated to 32 organisations.  
Find out more here: 2020 Presentation Evening


29th February 2020 

The aim of the Swimathon is to make it simple for people to raise money for their own favourite charity or worthy cause. This year the event raised almost £4300.

Click on this link for further details: 2020 Swimathon

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





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Who are Devizes Lions?


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

If your organisation or group is in need of help and you think we can assist, please visit our Contacts Page and get in touch now. 

With the support of the local community Devizes Lions have raised many thousands of pounds to help support local people and various charities. Whether a group needing funds, a community action group or just someone seeking help, Devizes Lions try to make the problem smaller.

During a typical year Devizes Lions raise funds through a variety of events, sales, collections and concerts, and distributes around £30,000 to worthwhile causes, including local individuals, families and groups that have approached us when in need of support.

In addition, we have enabled groups to raise their own funds through our popular Sponsored Walk and Swimathon, and we provide around 500 local children with new sporting experiences over our Sports Coaching Weekend.

Here are the Club's formally adopted Public benefits Statement and Grant Making Policy.

A Brief History of Lions Clubs International

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. Melvin Jones' group, the Business Circle of Chicago, agreed.

After contacting similar groups around the United States, an organizational meeting was held on June 7, 1917, in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

The new group took the name of one of the invited groups, the "Association of Lions Clubs," and a national convention was held in Dallas, Texas, USA in October of that year. A constitution, by-laws, objectives and a code of ethics were approved and they elected Dr. William P. Woods of Indiana as their first President. 

It was thanks to the support of Canadian Lions and the intervention of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, that the first Lions club in London was founded in 1950.
And the rest is history.

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

or watch this short video:




It's not all hard work!
As well as fulfilling our charitable aims Devizes Lions Club is also a great social organisation where we enjoy fun and fellowship whilst supporting those that need our help.

Here are some Lions enjoying a planning meeting!


So now is the time to take this opportunity. 

Find out more about becoming a Devizes Lion by contacting us now:

 Devizes Lions' President 2020/21




Devizes Lions' new President, Jerry King took over from former Lion President Chris Ellis at a virtual handover celebration on 28 June 2020.

25 Devizes Lions' members attended the virtual Handover celebration with their partners by Zoom on Sunday 28 June when Lion President Chris Ellis handed over the chain of office as if by magic to our incoming President, Lion Jerry King.

Enormous thanks are due to Chris for a successful but challenging year and our Best Wishes go to Jerry for his term of office.


And this is our 2020/21 Lion President Jerry King's message to everyone:

"As in Lions Clubs all over the world, it is a special honour for me to be elected President of our Club for the year until next June.  The coming months are full of uncertainties, but there is plenty for Devizes Lions to remain positive about as we work together to help the people of the local area as our Club has done for fifty years.  
We are a strong group of friends and keen to get back to normal as soon as possible.  Meanwhile, although some of our community events have been cancelled and fund-raising opportunities lost, we can continue to respond to deserving requests, at least for now.  Looking ahead we may have to delay some familiar events. We have a special eye on our popular Christmas activities that are at the heart of our contact with local people and are key sources of our charitable funds.  Whatever happens, we will do our best to help where we can.
Please get in touch if you would like to know more about us or how we might help you or how you might help us." 

Would you like to be part of the action? Click here: Find out more or Contact us.

What has been 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

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Message in a Bottle

Lions Clubs supply Message in a Bottle containers to people who have health and medical needs.  The bottle is placed in your fridge and contains all the important information needed in an emergency.

Devizes Lions have placed supplies of bottles in all local doctors' surgeries for you to take home and use. If you can't see them, ask the receptionist. In the unlikely event they have run out, please let us know so we can replenish the stocks.

We have a couple of short videos about it: 

Click the picture below to watch the first: 

and click on this picture to view the other:


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Forthcoming Events

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


Books and Bits Sale
16 January 2021

Devizes Lions are holding a charity book sale to raise money for Devizes Lions to help local causes that are in need of support. There may be some other things for sale too.

Covid-19 safety precautions will be in place at this event and must be strictly followed. Access will be controlled, hand sanitiser must be applied at the entrance, face coverings must be worn and social distancing maintained.

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Sports Coaching weekend
27 and 28 March 2021

Regretfully, the 2020 weekend had to be cancelled at the last minute......

But Here's the Good News:

On Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th March 2021, Devizes Lions will be holding their popular Sports Coaching Weekend where children in school year groups 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 are invited to try one of over 20 different sports that they might not otherwise have the opportunity to experience. Tuition will be provided by qualified coaches.

Devizes Lions acknowledge the generous support given by the Devizes Area Board of Wiltshire Council towards this event.

Details can be found on our Sports Coaching page where you will also find details of all the activities.
To see what we did previously, click here: 2019 Sports Coaching

Arts Coaching Day Saturday 23 October 2021

With great reluctance, Lions had to cancel the 2020 Arts Coaching day, but on Saturday 23 October 2021, Devizes Lions will be holding another Arts Coaching Day where local primary school children in year groups 4, 5, 6 (ages 8 to 11) are invited to try one of several artistic activities that they might not otherwise have the opportunity to experience.

Head over to our Arts Coaching page for more details: Arts Coaching page.


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


Recent Events


Lions and Rotary Joint Charity Golf Day
Wednesday 07 October 2020

The Charity Golf Day has

A fantastic result in the current circumstances.
Very many thanks to the organisers from Lions, Rotary and the North Wilts Golf Club for their hard work that enabled this event to happen - safely!
And even more thanks to the teams of golfers who enjoyed the day whilst at the same time helping Canons House.
We will post further updates here in due course. Watch this space or h
ead over to our Charity Golf Day page for more details.

Lions' Den 
Wednesday 9th September

From the left: Elizabeth March-Henry and Ginette Peach from Little Bears, with Lion President Jerry King presenting the cheque. 

There was nothing to fear and everything to gain in The Devizes Lions’ Den!

The 2020 Devizes Lions’ Den was held in the Town Hall Assembly Rooms on Wednesday 9th September by courtesy of the Devizes Town Council.   This, the third Den run by Devizes Lions, had been postponed from its original Spring date due to the lock down restrictions then in place.

Seating was carefully arranged by Town Hall staff to allow all the participants to follow the appropriate COVID-19 social distancing guidelines.  For the first time at a Den event, one presenter gave their pitch using Zoom. 

The six judges had a hard time deciding between the merits of the four Den finalists before agreeing that the £2,000 on offer would make the most difference to the Little Bears Pre School project in Brickley Lane, Devizes, providing half of what they need to complete the regeneration project for their well used dedicated play area.

WELL DONE Little Bears!

To see what happened on previous Lions' Dens, visit our Club Projects page.

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May and September 2020

Donations amounting to £8800 have been donated to 32 organisations. 

We have nowreceived contributions from all of the 23 recipients. That is a fantastic response and it is truly amazing to know about the wonderful work that they are all doing at this difficult time.
Use this link to read or download a copy of the circular newsletter: 
2020 Presentation evening newsletter

Because we see the Coronavirus pandemic having a very significant impact on our fundraising activities for some months to come, we decided to restrict donations this year to those that will make an immediate beneficial impact locally. We have also decided to defer making decisions on the many groups and organisations that we normally support but are currently inactive, until life returns to some form of normality and the effects of the lock down on these organisations can be seen.

We decided that the Presentation Evening this year would be a “virtual" event with BACS payments instead of the normal formal presentation of cheques in envelopes by the town’s Mayor.
Donations amounting to £6,850 were donated to 23 organisations in May and a further £1950 to another 9 organisations in September.

We think one of the important aspects of past presentation evenings has been learning what different groups are doing in and around Devizes. As recipients will not be there in person to tell us about their work this year, we asked for a paragraph or two informing us about what the organisation or Charity does and how the donation will help. All those that have responded have agreed that we may share that information between the beneficiaries and on our social media platforms.

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29th February 2020 

The aim of the Swimathon is to make it simple for people to raise money for their own favourite charity or worthy cause. 

Devizes Lions held their annual Sponsored Swimathon on Saturday the 29th February at Devizes Leisure Centre. 

The Club was delighted that 21 teams took part in Swimathon2020 on Saturday afternoon and evening.  The volunteer counters totalled up 1,660 lengths – that’s 41.5 km or 26 miles - of the pool achieved by swimmers of all ages.  The total on the sponsorship cards amounted to £4,289 that goes to the groups and charities who entered. The swimmers from 2nd Devizes Guides accumulated 116 lengths in their 50 minutes session, the best total for any team in the event.

The Club is grateful for the willing assistance provided by the staff at the Leisure Centre.

Lion President Chris Ellis said,

I would like to give my thanks to all who took part in the Swimathon 
on Saturday. It was great that we were able to run this event again
this year”.


Can your Fund Raising Team swim for an hour between 4pm and 10pm on Saturday 29 February at Devizes Leisure Centre Pool?

The Lions Club provide all the facilities and the forms for your own charity, organisation or group to get sponsorship and claim any possible Gift Aid. 

Teams of 4 to 8 swimmers can enter, with only one swimmer in the water at any time. Children, parents, teachers etc can all enter and we won’t charge you.  

For entry forms or more details, please contact Lion Andy Sheppard on 0345 833 6749 
or by e-mail to

You can download your own copy of the poster here: swimathon 2020 poster


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Santa's Sleigh
27th November to
21st December 2019 


In the run-up to Christmas, Santa's Sleigh toured the town with lights, music and Santa to entertain the children, hand out sweets and raise money for local charitable causes.

Thank you all for supporting Santa's Sleigh and for helping raise about £5400 which is fantastic.  

This will enable us to continue to provide much needed support to Devizes people of all ages and the organisations upon which so many depend.

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Christmas Fair  23rd November 2019 

Devizes Corn Exchange 9:00am to 2:30pm

A BIG, BIG THANK YOU to all who came along and supported the Lions Christmas fair on Saturday and helped us raise nearly £9,000 that will all be used for charitable purposes.
Thank you also to the many friends and volunteers who helped us make the event such a success, and to those who donated items for us to sell.
Here are some photos of the event in progress:

You can download your own copy of the poster here:  Christmas Fair Poster 



In 2018 Devizes Lions Christmas Fair raised over £9000 after expenses that has been used to help local charitable good causes.

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BBC Children in need​ collection
Thursday 14th November 2019

Devizes Lions was out in the Brittox with their buckets and dressed in their familiar clowns outfits encouraging people to donate generously to the BBC Children in Need appeal.

The collection raised £452.  A big THANK YOU to all who supported us.

Arts Coaching Day

26th October 2019 

Taster sessions for Primary School children in Year Groups 4, 5 & 6 from the Devizes area in various artistic activities.

There's an interesting article about the day in the Gazette and Herald:


Visit our Arts Coaching page for further details of this highly successful day

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Sponsored Walk
6th October 2019 

The aim of the Sponsored Walk is to make it simple for people to raise money for their own favourite charity or worthy cause.  The Sunday this year was a bright autumn day, perfect for a walk around Roundway Hill when about £2,000 was raised by our walkers for the various causes they were walking for.

A BIG THANK YOU and WELL DONE to all who walked.


The format was the same as in previous years with a route of about 8 miles that follows the roads and tracks onto Roundway Down. The start and finish was at Devizes Wharf Theatre starting at 9.30 am prompt.

Organisations and individuals were invited to take part and raise money for their own charity or other good cause. If you would like your sponsorship money to come to the Lions Club of Devizes for distribution to local charities, that would be most welcome.

We provide the sponsorship forms and administration and ask that all money raised comes initially to Devizes Lions Club.  All the money raised will be returned to the relevant charities or organisations  after the walk.

Download a copy of the poster here: sponsored walk 2019 poster.pdf

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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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