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Devizes Lions
Chartered 1970 (District 105SC)

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

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     OVER 50 YEARS SERVING THE COMMUNITY


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We are collecting for the BBC Children in Need appeal in the Brittox on Thursday 18 November.
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Would you like to be part of the action?

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

COME ALONG AND HELP US .....

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?

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CORONAVIRUS 

We ask that anyone attending any Lions' event is considerate to others and takes sensible and proportionate precautions and follows any rules, guidance regulations or notices that are in place.

It is possible that planned events may have to be postponed or cancelled at short notice because of changes to COVID Restictions.

Please watch out for announcements and updates on this web site and our Facebook or Twitter pages.

 


AWARD FOR LION NICK SEAGER
At a short ceremony at Devizes Lions' July meeting, Past President Jerry King awarded a much coveted Melvin Jones Fellowship award to Lion Nick Seager for his sterling effort in raising a total of over £7,100 for the Club's charity funds by cycling from Lands’ End to John O’Groats - and all through his own effort.
WELL DONE, NICK
Congratulations! You deserve it.

Click here to find out more: Nick's LeJog
 

 


  100 YEARS SERVING THE COMMUNITY

Two members of DEVIZES LIONS Club have together amassed over 100 years of voluntary service to the local community.  

Click the logo for their story: 

  Devizes Lions Club celebrated its 50th anniversary in the Lions' year 2020/21.

OUR PRESIDENT
for 2021/22 is Lion Jo Sheppard.  

Click here for details: Handover Celebration.

 

 


MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE

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

 


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BBC Children in Need collection

Thursday 18 November 2021  8:30am - 3:00pm

On Thursday 18 November, Devizes Lions will be in the Brittox collecting for the the BBC Children in Need appeal.

We missed last year due to COVID so please give generously this time. We'll be there from about 8:30am to 3:00pm.

 

Christmas Activities 

Christmas Float
01 - 22 December 2021 starting at 5:30pm 

Devizes Lions' Christmas Float will be touring the town with lights and music as we make our annual Lions' Christmas charity collection. Routes will be posted on our web site nearer the time and there will be daily updates and live tracking posted on our Facebook page.
Find out more here:  Santa's Sleigh

11 December 2021
Christmas Float collection at Lidl's supermarket

Lions' Christmas Float will be at Lidl's supermaarket with lights and music as we make our annual Lions' charity collection.  Find out more here:  Santa's Sleigh

16 December 2021
Christmas Float Street Collection in the Brittox

Lions' will be in the Brittox with lights and music as we make our annual Lions' Christmas charity collection.  Find out more here:  Santa's Sleigh

18 December 2021
Christmas Float collection at Morrisons supermarket
Lions' Christmas Float will be at Morrisons with lights and music as we make our annual Lions' Christmas charity collection.  Find out more here:  Santa's Sleigh


Music Night
Saturday 19th March 2022 at St Mary’s Church

Entertainment from 7:30pm with People Rock Concert and then the Burbank Band.
Tickets £15.  Watch this space for updates
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Sports Coaching Weekend 02 and 03 April 2022
Find out more here or head over to our Sports Coaching page for details.


Charity Golf Day 12 May 2022
Details will be posted on our website and you can find out about last year's event here.


Lions on the Green Sunday 12 June 2022

At our first Lions on the Green in 2021, hundreds of people enjoying the sunshine came along and see a huge display of about 100 classic cars along with entertainment, food, artizan and charity stalls, all on the Large Green by Devizes School entrance.

To find out more click here: Lions on the Green or head over to our Lions on the Green page for full details.


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Devizes MS Society Presentation
29 October 2021

President Jo visited the Devizes MS Society on Friday 29 October to present them with 15 yoga mats and 15 packs of yoga bands. They were thrilled!

There is more about it here 2021 MS Society


Autumn Fair Devizes Corn Exchange
Saturday 30 October 2021 9:00am to 2:30pm
has been 
CANCELLED

DEVIZES LIONS PAUSE FOR COVID
Devizes Lions have spent over a month collecting goods donated for the Autumn Fair due on 30th October but the rising Covid risk has brought us to a halt and we have cancelled the event.
Thousands of items had been sorted, cleaned, and prepared for sale, and the Corn Exchange would have been packed with goodies.

Club President Jo Sheppard says,

"The cancellation is especially frustrating at such short notice, and we know that may people are as disappointed as we are. However, we had to be careful, not only for local people but for our members and many helpers. We will now decide what to do for the best with the items that people have kindly donated in order to help our charitable funds. As soon as we know what alternative arrangements are possible we will let everyone know."

You can find more details about the event here:  Autumn Fair

Our last similar event was the 2019 Christmas Fair.  You can find details of that event here: Christmas Fair


Nick's LEJOG 02 to 25 June 2021

75 year old Devizes Lion Nick Seager has successfully completed his epic bike ride from Land's End to John O'Groats raising £6400 for Devizes Lions' Charity funds.

You can find out more here or for full details of his amazing effort hrad over to:  Nick's LeJog page.


Lions on the Green Sunday 13 June 2021

Hundreds of people enjoying the sunshine came along and see a huge display of about 100 classic cars along with entertainment, food, artizan and charity stalls, all on the Large Green by Devizes School entrance.

The event raised a magnificent £4760.  That's a brilliant result and it will all be used to support worthwhile causes primarily in and around Devizes. Thank you all for your support.

To find out more click here: Lions on the Green or head over to our Lions on the Green page for full details.


Sports Coaching Weekend 06 and 07 June 2021

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


Books and Bits Sale Saturday 22 May 2021

Devizes Lions charity book sale raised in excess of £400 for Devizes Lions to help local causes that are in need of support. 

Click here for details Book Sale


Computer recycling

Thanks to Lions in Devizes, Melksham and Chippenham almost 30 devices were delivered to Wiltshire Digital Drive at their Priority IT HQ in Westbury.

Within a working week, they will be wiped clean, the memories destroyed and replaced, reconfigured, and distributed to needy schoolchildren in the county.

To find out more, click here: Computer Recycling


 

 

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

 

 

 

 


Please Support Devizes Lions
CLICK on one of the DONATE buttons and you will be taken to our Donation site where you can make a donation on line:

     

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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. 

Devizes Lions are part of the Lions Clubs International organisation with 1.4 million men and women dedicated to helping their communities all over the world. 

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.

Naturally, while working together in our joint endeavours, we form close and long-lasting friendships with other members and their families.


Here are the Club's formally adopted fund-raising policy documents: 

Public Benefit Statement  
Grant Making Policy
Privacy Policy

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To find out more about Lions, download a copy of these publications:


Lions in your Community       
and  #LionsGetInvolved

 

Step forward

The Lions PR team has published a new resource,

'Step Forward - a report on the value of local community volunteering' 
with the support of a grant from Lions Clubs International. 

You can read the on-line version here:
 Step Forward 2021

 

But 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!

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:

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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.

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 Devizes Lions' President 2020/21

OUR PRESIDENT
JO SHEPPARD

 
 
 
 

 

Devizes Lions' new President, Jo Sheppard took over from former Lion President Jerry King at a handover celebration on 27 June 2021.

Jo has the honour of becoming our first lady President.

 
CONGRATULATIONS!
30 Devizes Lions' members attended a Handover celebration on Sunday 27 June when Lion President Jerry King handed over the chain of office to our incoming President, Lion Jo Sheppard.
 
This is what she had to say:
 
I feel really honoured to be the first woman in Devizes Lions Club's history.
When I first joined the lions club , I never thought I would be hold this position.
 
As I reflect on our fifty year history , we all need to continue to promote what Devizes Lions Club does and can do for the local community.
 
I’m looking forward to the challenge of the next twelve months and we thank everybody for their continued support of the Club."

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

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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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100 Years Serving the Community

Two members of DEVIZES LIONS Club have together amassed over 100 years of voluntary service to the local community.  This milestone has been reached during the year in which the Club marks the 50th anniversary of its founding.

Soon after the Club formed in 1970 David Bousfield joined, and John Hurley did so a few months later.  Over the years they have helped to organise many Lions’ events, including assisting individuals and groups in need of practical or financial help as well as organising large scale events such as Gymkhanas and the May and Christmas Fayres.   

   

David was President of the Club in 1984 and again in 2014.  Like many of the Lions, David is well known in other fields.  He is a solicitor with Wansbroughs in Devizes and has lived in Potterne for many years, he is a former trustee of the Wiltshire Community Foundation and governor of Devizes School.  A keen sportsman, he was previously a county hockey player and remains a keen golfer.

 
 
 

John was President of the Club in 1977, and now lives in New Park Street.  He was Engineer & Surveyor to the former Devizes Rural District Council and then Kennet District Council. With his late wife Beryl he was active in the establishment of the Wharf Theatre and they were also leading figures in the Wiltshire family history scene, transcribing and publishing many records and giving talks over much of the country. 

Both John and David remain active Club members preparing for the restart of the Club’s public activities and its next 50 years helping local individuals, families and groups in need of support.

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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

Santa's Sleigh 01 - 21 December

Devizes Lions will be out touring the town from Wednesday 1st to Monday 20th December with a cheery Santa, lights and music.
Sadly, due to Covid, we shall not be handing out sweets this year but Children, please visit the Sleigh and give Santa a wave and a big smile.
We will be starting at 5:30pm each evening and finish by 7:30pm at the latest.
Santa's Sleigh will also be present at the Lidl supermarket on Saturday 11th December and at Morrisons' supermarket on Saturday 18th December. Lions will also have a Christmas collection in The Brittox on Thursday 16th December.
Routes will be published here nearer the time.
Ho, Ho, Ho!!!

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Lions on the Green Sunday 12 June 2022

At our first Lions on the Green in 2021, hundreds of people enjoying the sunshine came along and see a huge display of about 100 classic cars along with entertainment, food, artizan and charity stalls, all on the Large Green by Devizes School entrance.

To find out more click here: Lions on the Green or head over to our Lions on the Green page for full details.

 

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

 


Recent Events 2021

Devizes MS Society Presentation
Friday 29 October 2021

Lion President Jo (standing) visited the Devizes MS Society on Friday 29 October to present them with 15 yoga mats and 15 packs of yoga bands.
They were thrilled!

You can find out more about the MS Sociey in our area here: https://www.mssociety.org.uk/care-and-support/local-support/local-groups/salisbury-district-group


The Autumn Fair at Devizes Corn Exchange on
Saturday 30 October 2021 was  
CANCELLED

DEVIZES LIONS PAUSE FOR COVID

Devizes Lions have spent over a month collecting goods donated for the Autumn Fair due on 30th October but the rising Covid risk has brought us to a halt and we have cancelled the event.

Thousands of items had been sorted, cleaned, and prepared for sale, and the Corn Exchange would have been packed with goodies.  There would have been toys, bikes, books, jigsaws, tools, kitchen utensils, records, sports goods, gardening items, bric-a-brac, unwanted gifts and so much more.

Club President Jo Sheppard says.
"The cancellation is especially frustrating at such short notice, and we know that may people are as disappointed as we are. However, we had to be careful, not only for local people but for our members and many helpers. We will now decide what to do for the best with the items that people have kindly donated in order to help our charitable funds. As soon as we know what alternative arrangements are possible we will let everyone know."

 

 

These are just a few of the toys that you have so kindly donated.

Our last similar event was the 2019 Christmas Fair.  You can find details of that event here: Christmas Fair

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Nick's LEJOG      
02 to 25 June 2021

To find out more, head over to
Nick's 
LeJog web page

75 year old Devizes Lion Nick Seager has successfully completed his epic bike ride from Land's End to John O'Groats raising £6400 for Devizes Lions' Charity funds.

 

AWARD FOR LION NICK SEAGER

At a short ceremony at Devizes Lions' July meeting, Past President Jerry King awarded a much coveted Melvin Jones Fellowship award to Lion Nick Seager for his sterling effort in raising a total of £6,400 for the Club's charity funds by cycling from Lands’ End to John O’Groats - and all through his own effort.

The Melvin Jones Fellowship (MJF) Award is named after our founder and is the highest recognition from the Lions Clubs International Foundation given to members who have rendered outstanding community services.

WELL DONE, NICK
Congratulations! You deserve it.

Devizes Lion Nick Seager said:

"I am cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats because I'm nuts and I want to!  

At 75 perhaps I should be thinking about taking it easy.  Right? 

Errr....No! 

I'm an active member of Devizes Lions, a vibrant local charity that raises funds to help support both needy individuals and  local charities.  

Fund raising for charities has been a massive challenge for over a year now.  I feel that I can help by raising money through this challenge.

Please donate whatever you can. 100% of the money
raised (including gift aid) will be used to support local charities.  I shall personally cover all my ride expenses.

Originally planned for May 2020 I'm now scheduled for a June 2nd start from Land’s End arriving in John O’Groats on June 25th.  I will mostly be cycling on my own and be self-supporting because of the times in which we’re living.  I'm OK for that challenge but your charitable contributions would definitely give me a boost!

Here's his route - 998 miles and 52,572 feet of climbing. That's kill or cure isn't it?!"

Head over to Nick's LeJog web page and from there you’ll be able to follow his ride on his JustGiving page where there are daily map updates together with photos and comments.

Please donate whatever you can.

Thank you for your support.

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Lions on the Green Sunday 13 June 2021
10:00am to 4:00pm

On June 13th, Devizes Lions held a brand new fund raising event: Lions on the Green.

Hundreds of people enjoyed the sunshine and came along and see a huge display of about 100 classic cars along with entertainment, food, artizan and charity stalls, all on the Large Green by Devizes School entrance.

Full details of this event are on the  Lions on the Green  web page.

This event has been made possible by the generous support of Grist Environmental  
 

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Sports Coaching weekend
05 and 06 June 2021 

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

But Here's the Good News:

This Year's Sports Coaching Weekend was held on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th June 2021.

Once again, the weekend has provided special experiences for 250 local children who could each could try an activity that they might not normally encounter.  This year the event was slimmed down to take account of Covid restrictions, but the children aged eight to eleven could still choose between golf, volleyball, athletics, canoeing, archery, adventurous activities, poolside diving, and  synchronised swimming. 

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

 

Books and Bits Sale
Saturday 22 May 

There is an interesting article about the Lions Books and Bits Sale we held in St Mary’s Church in the on line edition of the Gazette and Herald: Devizes Lions host fundraiser in historic church

The sale was a successful event, raising a much-needed £380 for our charitable work in the community.

A big Thank You to all of you that supported the event.

There were about 2,000 books to choose from – all fiction titles are sorted by author, A to Z, and non-fiction sorted by topic, just as done in the past at the Lion’s Christmas Fair.  All the recent books are in good condition, plus a number of collectables.

The Bits element included the classic bric-a-brac items donated to Lions over the last months, together with children’s toys and games including a child’s pull along cart and trailer, a Subbuteo game and many more.

It was well timed to get your reading matter ready for the summer holiday and support your local Lions Club at the same time.

THANK YOU

 

 

Click on the image to download a flyer

 

 


Computer recycling

Thanks to Lions in Devizes, Melksham and Chippenham almost 30 devices were delivered to Wiltshire Digital Drive at their Priority IT HQ in Westbury.

Within a working week, they will be wiped clean, the memories destroyed and replaced, reconfigured, and distributed to needy schoolchildren in the county.

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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


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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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