Devizes Lions

Chartered 1970 (District 105SC)
Devizes Lions Club (CIO) is a Registered Charity No.1185977

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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. 
You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


Notice to Visitors to this Web Site

Please be advised that we will never ask anyone seeking a grant from Lions Clubs International or from any Lions Club to make any payment to secure a Lions grant.

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.

For all the latest Club News and Events, 

scroll down this page or click one of these links:

  Lions News  
  Forthcoming Events  
  Recent Events  
  Who are Devizes Lions  
  Interested in joining us?
  Devizes Lions President 2019/20  
  What is being said about Devizes Lions

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


Lions News

 This year, Devizes Lions Club celebrates its 50th anniversary.


We ask that anyone planning to attend any Lions' event take sensible and proportionate precautions.

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


May 2020

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


Forthcoming events       see more

Lions' Den
Wednesday 9th September

Would £2,000 make a difference to your voluntary work? If it would, then we have a total of £3,000 to be awarded at the Lions' Den.

Find out more here


Lions and Rotary Joint Charity Golf Day 
Wednesday 07 October

Devizes Lions and Devizes Rotary have postponed this year's Charity Golf Day as a result of the coronavirus outbreak until 07 October.

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


Arts Coaching Day Saturday 24 October 2020

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

Find out about last year's event here: Arts Coaching


Sports Coaching Weekend 27 and 28 March 2021

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

Recent Events  see more

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


BBC Children in need​ collection
Thursday 14th November

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

Click on this link for further details: 2019 Children in Need


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.

Find out more here: Arts Coaching Day or visit our Arts Coaching page for further details.


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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Forthcoming Events

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



This year's Sports Coaching weekend has been CANCELLED

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.
Refunds were delivered to schools in envelopes addressed to each participant.  If you didn't receive yours before your school was closed, please collect your envelope when your school re-opens.
To see what we did last year click here: 2019 Sports Coaching

Lions' Den 
Wednesday 9th September

2018 Devizes Lions’ Den Winner KFR receives a cheque for £2,000 from Lions Vice-President Andy Sheppard.

Left to right; Lions Jerry King, Lion Vice President Andy Sheppard, Lion Nick Seager, KFR Operations Manager Dan Thompson; Den Judge Michael Gaiger, KFR volunteer Tom Green and Den Judge Rosemary Macdonald of Wiltshire Community Foundation


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

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 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 Tony Scorer. ‘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 on line below or by emailing:

Register your interest as soon as possible and the closing date for completed applications is the 14th August.

The top five applicants will then be asked to pitch their bids within eight minutes to a panel of judges on the evening of 9th September at Devizes Town Hall.   The judging panel will include Fiona Oliver of the Wiltshire Community Foundation, local businessmen Nigel Grist and 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.


You can download an application form and presentation guidance notes here: 

Den Application Form 
Den Applicant's Guide

Alternatively, Send your details to: and ask for an application form.

Lions and Rotary Joint Charity Golf Day
Wednesday 07 October 2020









Devizes Lions and Devizes Rotary have re-scheduled this year's Charity Golf Day that had been postponed as a result of the coronavirus outbreak for October 7th.

Head over to our Charity Golf Day page for more details and to download application forms.

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


Recent Events

May 2020

Donations amounting to £6850 are being donated to 23 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 have been donated to 23 organisations. 

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.


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

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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Presentation Evening 13th June 2019

Lions support for the local community

Cheques for a total of £10,600 were handed out by the Mayor, Councillor Judy Rose, to thirty-two local groups at Devizes Lions' Presentation Evening on 13th June.  
The amounts were part of the end-of-year package of grants marking Lion Andy Sheppard's year as Club President. 
An additional £1750 was donated to Lions projects in the UK and overseas.  

Recipients included these diverse groups:

Age UK - Wiltshire, Alzheimer's Support, Arts Together, Budo Club, Canon's House, Carer Support Wiltshire, CUDS (Clean Up Devizes), Devizes & District Link, Devizes & District PHAB , Devizes Child Contact Centre, Devizes Hospital and Community Radio, Devizes & District Food Bank, Devizes Men's Shed/Devizes Men's Club, Devizes Opendoors, Devizes Over 50's Club, Friends of Erlestoke Prison, Home-Start Kennet, Kennet Gateway Club, KFR, Mid Wiltshire Relate, Monday Club, Nursteed Community  Centre, Samaritans, Samaritan's Purse/Operation Christmas Child, First Devizes Scout Group, The Tuesday Club, Victim Support Wiltshire, Waiblingen Way Residents' Association, Wiltshire Mind, Wiltshire Portage Service, Wiltshire Sight and Youth Action Wiltshire.

During the evening representatives explained the magnificent 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 that is used to support many local groups, families and individuals.

Picture:  Lions Presentation Evening - June 2019

Representatives of the thirty-two local groups that received grants at the Devizes Lions’ Presentation Evening.  Kneeling are Club President Lion Andy Sheppard (left) and the Lions Welfare Chairman Jerry King (right) with the Mayor of Devizes Councillor Judy Rose. 

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Jai's Bike

Back in December, Devizes Lions contributed £650 to help a local mum to reach the amount needed to order a very special bike. It will allow her to take out her son Jai who is severely limited in what he can do, but is able to enjoy being outside in the countryside. The other day a few of us went to see the bike, and one of our Lions, Speedy "Pedals" Seager wasted no time road testing it. Evidence attached.




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May Fair

Monday 6th May 2019

Devizes Lions will again be holding its popular May Fair in Devizes Market Place and Corn Exchange on May 6th 2019.

The fair will be on similar lines as previous years, but enlhanced in a number of ways.
In addition to trades & charities, a new class of stall is being introduced - for artisans who produce goods for direct sale to the public. 

Full details of the Fair, including entertainments and other attractions, are being finalised and will be published here.

Booking forms for stalls will be available early in January. They will be sent automatically to those who have taken part in previous years, but if the address or person responsible has changed since then, please let us know.
Any other potential stallholder is invited to get details from:

Lion Chris Gillings, 5 Gaisford Chase, Worton, Devizes SN10 5RX, telephone 01380 725503.



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Charity Golf Day at North Wilts Golf Club

8th May 2019 

Devizes Lions and Devizes Rotary's joint Charity Golf Day held on the 8th May 2019 raised £3736 after costs, to benefit Dorothy House Hospice Care. 

To find out more visit our Charity Golf Day web page


For more details of the event visit our Golf Day page

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Sports Coaching weekend 6th and 7th April 2019

On Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th April 2019 Devizes Lions held their popular Sports Coaching Weekend where children in school year groups 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 are invited to try one of 22 different sports that they might not otherwise have the opportunity to experience. Tuition was all provided by qualified coaches.  

We offered three new activities in 2019:
Basketball, Squash and Target shooting, which all proved to be extremely popular.

Visit our Sports Coaching page for details



Swimathon 2nd March 2019

The Swimathon at Devizes Leisure Centre on Saturday 2nd March went very well and raised at least £3677.00 which will benefit the many organisations that took part.

The total mileage swum was nearly 50 miles! 

Many thanks to Cllr Judy Rose (Mayor Elect) (right) who started the event off with very loud whistle. 

A BIG WELL DONE to all of you that participated and very special thanks to all that sponsored them.


Can your Fund Raising Team swim for an hour?

Devizes Lions annual Swimathon will take place on Saturday 02 March 2019 between 4pm and 10pm at Devizes Leisure Centre Pool.

The Lions Club provide all the administration and forms for you to raise money for your own charity, organisation or group and claim any possible Gift Aid.

Teams of 4 to 8 swimmers may enter, with only one swimmer in the water at any time.
For more details and to sign up for sponsor forms, contact Lion Barry Mitchell on:

0345 833 6749 or by e-mail to

In 2018 Swimathon 2018 the organisations taking part raised over £5,000 for their various causes. WELL DONE!

Download your own copy of the poster here:
Swimathon Poster

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Marie Curie Great Daffodil Appeal. 
Devizes Lions collected £470 at Morrison's on Thursday 28 February 2019 for the Marie Curie Great Daffodil Appeal. Here are two of us in our silly hats helping this wonderful cause.


Charity Concert
featuring the Ynysowen Male Voice Choir

Saturday 16th February 2019

Ynysowen Male Choir was formed in the wake of the Aberfan disaster as a way of saying thank you to the world for the support it had shown Aberfan in its darkest hour through song.

This 30 strong choir has performed at various venues across the UK and abroad, from churches to village halls, concert halls to marquees they have sung for small crowds and thousands of people.

The event is supported by performers from local schools.

The event, promoted by Devizes Lions raised £2000 to support the Devizes Opportunity Centre who provide a world of opportunities for children with special needs and their families through high quality Early Years Education, therapeutic care and ongoing support.



Click here to download the poster: 
Spring Concert Poster


Seasonal Events in the run-up to Christmas


Saturday 1st to
Saturday 22nd December

Santa's Sleigh


A really BIG THANK YOU to everyone that supported us this year on our tour of the town with Santa on his sleigh.

In the run-up to Christmas Devizes Lions' Santa's sleigh toured the town from 1st to 22 December with lights, music and Santa to entertain the children, hand out sweets and raise money for local charitable causes. 


After expenses, about £5500 was raised for the Lions Charity Account.

Thank you all for your wonderful generosity.

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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