Bodmin Beacon



President Handover 5th July 2020


Daniel takes over, Past President Dave elbowed out.


I would like to be one of the first to congratulate the new President Daniel.

I wish you a great year and look forward to supporting you throughout your term.

IPP, Dave Truran.


Covid update from Lion President Dave 20th June 2020

Hello to Everybody,

Although things have been very quiet on the events front, there has been a section of the Lions that has been busy assisting with home deliveries, fetching and carrying and generally helping out where and when they can in a safe manner.
The offer was made to all the major stores within the Bodmin area to help with collection and deliveries if needed, and to other organizations with the same.

Some of our more senior members have had to stay indoors self-isolating, and therefore not able to do the things they would like to do, help others.

As the time rolls on and it seems we are starting to ease out of this Covid situation, (although it seems a way to go yet!) we are hoping to start to make plans for the future and slowly get the ball rolling again.

As everyone is aware since the lockdown everything has come to a complete standstill with all of the Lions events including, bingo, Lions 10 Tors, Fun ride, meetings and all the other events we help out at.

This year as you are probably aware of within previous communication on the website, it is the Lions Club of Bodmin's 50th anniversary, in which they have been helping others through thick and thin throughout, organizing and running events for all different groups within our area.(Even some out of area)
As of yet we have not been able to celebrate this achievement, but hopefully that will change in the near future.

In the next few weeks the Presidency of the club will change hands, and I look forward to the new President, Daniel Brinson, taking the club forward in to a new era, without the Covid situation!

From my point, I would like to thank the Secretaries, Lionel and Jon, and the Treasurer Ron for all their help over the last couple of years, and also to all the members of the club that have done a sterling job with the work and hours they put in freely to help others.
My extended thanks go to those that although they might of retired from the every day running of the club, still help with doing things in the background, ie the website and helping with collections, the sleigh...

For now, I would like to thank all of you that have supported Bodmin Lions Club, and I wish everybody all the best for the future, and hope to see you out and about at all our events soon, take care,

Outgoing Lions President,
Dave Truran

Birthday Update 27th April 2020


Happy 50th Birthday Lions Club of Bodmin
On the 28th April 1970 seventeen men of Bodmin met to form (Charter) the Lions Club of Bodmin.
They all put their names to the Charter document pictured below.


They then went forward to live the Lions motto of "we serve" & build the mixed gender club we have today.

Corona Virus Update 18th March
Bodmin Lions have had to take the decision cancel all events during the current crisis.

Ten Tors Canceled: Refunds for entries receied will be processed as soon as it is possible.

Weekly Bingo Canceled: this will be reviewed as time goes on, it will be back as soon as it's safe.

If you need help from Bodmin Lions they will do their best but many Lions are themselves vunerable.
Keep Safe everyone see you soon.



Lion President Dave & all Bodmin Lions thank you for your support.
We wish you all the best for 2020


With extra carrots Roudolf caught up the missing night so collections are now over for 2019.

Very sorry but due to the forcast Roudolf has refused to take Father christmas around tonight
Wed 18th Dec


Update 21st Nov 2019

Father Christmas Sleigh routes now on the Christmas Sleigh Page


Update 26th July 2019

Earlier this year Bodmin Lions adopted one of the Flower Beds in Higher Bore St.
Thanks to Plantsman Lion Roy & a few helpers it now in full bloom.


Change of date for Fun Ride from 8th Sept to 15th Sept 2019




Update 10th April

Lions were delighted to attend the Bodmin Community Network Panel on 9th. April at Lanivet.
We were able to explain how we have benefited from the Community Chest Awards from our local councillors.
We were happy to show a sample of the new Bunting funded by an award, and used annually to decorate the Town. It was also a great opportunity to explore how we can all work together for the good of the town.

International Children's book day 2nd April 2019

Click on the picture below to see Cornwall Councils press release on Plastics in the Ocean.
Supported by Lions Clubs in Cornwall.





Sunday May 5th, back to our first Sunday in May date.

Teams of up to four, you keep all sponsorship money you collect for your good cause.
click here to go to the Ten Tors page



Update 20th March 2019

Lions Support Bodmin’s Schools To Tackle Ocean Plastic

Bodmin Lion’s have played a vital role in reaching primary schools in Bodmin and our surrounding villages with children’s books and teaching resources on ocean plastic. The books are written by Cornish based author and illustrator team Ellie Jackson and Laura Callwood and are true stories about the problem of ocean plastic which bring the issue to the children’s level. They follow three well-loved animals as they encounter plastic bags, balloons and fishing nets and each book is written in a positive and hopeful light to inspire the next generation to tackle the issues.

Author Ellie has been on a mission to secure sponsorship for every primary school in Cornwall to each receive copies of her three children’s books and teaching resources. Through a post on social media, Ellie’s campaign was picked up on by several local individuals who kindly offered to sponsor their children’s schools and also drew the attention of Bodmin’s Lion member Jon Hancock. “Caring for our environment by teaching the next generation is key to solving this issue” said Jon, a Lion’s member for 30 years. “Ellie’s books are perfect for the younger members of our community to engage in this issue and with the Lion’s support we are pleased to bring this project to 9 of our local schools and our wonderful library. Bodmin Lions are actively involved in caring for the local environment and we will do everything we can to help support the children in making a difference.”

Below is Ellie Book signing & a link to her website


St Pirans Day 5th March

Bodmin’s nineteenth St Pirantide celebrations took place on Tuesday 5th March featuring the traditional parade with the accompaniment of a Cornish Piper to Mount Folly. Once again some 400 +  children from all of Bodmin's schools and the surrounding parishes, which includes: Blisland, Cardinham, Lanivet, Lanlivery, Nanstallon, St Wenn and Luxulyan join together for the most important part of the day's celebrations. 

What makes Bodmin so special is that the day is about the children who are a fundamental and important part of this town and Great County’s future. Their enthusiasm is infectious bringing Cornwall's traditions alive in a unique way not seen anywhere else.  The Bodmin Joint St. Piran Committee is delighted to see the event grow year-on-year and include children from neighbouring parishes, united under the umbrella of being Cornish and celebrating our Cornish Patron Saint. All who attend end the day by celebrating with a locally made Cornish Pasty


Lions were out helping with the Bodmin parade follow the link below for a few pictures from the BBC.





Update 23rd Dec 2018

Update 15th Dec

It is with sadness we have yet again to announce the death of one of our members, Lion Charles Horton.
Charles served the club as president & was very famous within the club for his fastidious Christmas decoration of the Public Rooms. Charles was active in Lions until he was struck down by Guillain-Barré syndrome, over ten years ago, Charles kept in touch & still attended a few events.


Update 23rd July

mind photo

mind photo

Bodmin Lions were so impressed by Mike's efforts for Mind in the London Marathon,  that they wanted to add to their support.
Dave Truran, Lion's President, visited the shop in Fore Street and presented a cheque for £500 to Maureen Newman from Mind, Cornwall, watched by Mike and the volunteers in the shop.


Update 16th July

Bodmin Lions had it's annual change of President on Monday 2nd of July, pictures below

Dave isn't asleep, he's dreaming of the good year ahead


Update 30th June

It's with great sadness we announce the death of Lion Graham Smith.
Graham has been fighting illness for some time but still turned up to help on days he felt able.


2018 Longest day Update

At our recent 48th Charter Dinner, Lion President Derek Williamson presented a Melvin Jones Fellow award to long serving Lion Bill May in recognition of his service to the Lions and to the Bodmin Community.


Royal Cornwall show 2018

  Lions organised another Diabetes Awareness stand at the 2018 Royal Cornwall Show.
36 Lions from Cornwall clubs and 27 qualified nurses,(some are Lions too!) combined to offer free blood sugar measurements.
1472 visitors took advantage of the service and were given appropriate advice.

Below are a few victims of the finger prick test (Sorry, people being screened for blood sugar)

click on any picture below to view a larger image




June 2018

Lion Bill May is presented a key pin for introducing two new members to the Lions club of Bodmin

May 2018

Could you help someone like this?

The smile on this young  man`s face is worth every second Bodmin Lions give voluntarily to make enough money to pay for this chair ,

Bodmin Lions bought this chair to give him more freedom and hopefully a new lease on life ,

And we are in the process of supplying a special coat for a young  lady who cannot move without breaking  bones , this coat holds her in place and means she has more freedom to move around and again hopefully a better life ,

None of this would happen if it were not for the hard work Bodmin Lions put in and the generosity of the people of Bodmin and surrounding  areas ,

Could you visit a person like this and talk to them without having a tear  in your eye ,  could you give a few hours a month to talk to a person who is desperate to have a better life and needs our help ,

Would you like to help with Firework night / Ten Tors / our Fun Ride for our equestrian  friends and of course our fantastic SANTA`S SLIEGH  and many more events ,

Bodmin Lions need new and younger people with new ideas to join us , so if you can give up a few hours a month /want to help your community then please come and speak to a Lion who will tell you all about what we do and how you can make a difference to your community .

Interested then contact :-

Kevin Marshall      01208 73001

Terry Smith           07877765967

And we will assist you in any way we can .

 Help your community JOIN THE LIONS


Bodmin Lions badge up new members


Three New Members of Bodmin Lions shown above with their sponsors.



Feb 2018

It's with great sadness we have to announce the death at 98 of Charter Member

Lion Ralph Wrixon MJF

Ralph joined The Lions Club of Bodmin right at the beginning in April 1970. He worked hard for Lions until old age stopped him. He remained a member for 47 years & kept in touch with all that was going on right to the end. Ralph served as Club President twice and was honoured by the Club presenting him with the MJF (Melvin Jones Fellowship) on his 90th birthday, sadly missed by all who knew him.


Message in you wallet is a spin off from the message in a bottle. You fill in your information & keep it in your wallet

Update July 10th

Lion President Derek, not to be outdone by past president Kevin had his own awards evening at the first meeting of his year.
He badged up new member Luke Winston, presented long service awards to Lion Dean & Lion Clive he presented retiring member
Dave Williams a friends of Bodmin Lions certificate after 43 years of service to the club.


Lions hand over to our new President Derek Williamson July 3rd picture on the Home page

The last few Jobs for outgoing President Kevin

Kevin finished out his year on a bit of a high he had the pleasure of presenting Lion Gerald Worden with a Melvin Jones Fellowship award for services to Lions & his community.

Kevin also presented Appreciation awards to
Andrew Harvey for helping the Lions clubs of Cornwall offer a diabetic screening service at the Royal Cornwall Show.
Sheila Worden for helping with many Lions events but her particular dedication to our annual Ten Tors walk.


He also presented the Ten Tors walk shield for the highest sponsored team, a cheque to Cornwall Search & rescue for providing safety cover on the walk, yet another badge to Lion Dave Truran, then assisted Charlotte Whitmore presenting the Sean Whitmore Memorial shield & certificates to the winner & highly commended runners up in memory of her dad.

The Sean Whitmore Memorial Shield will be awarded each year to young individuals for services to or achievement in sport



Kevin's wife Lesley presented a cheque to the Bodmin Memory Cafe on behalf of the Lions Ladies


Once again Lions turned out to help with the Marie Curie Collections on Sunday 13th

A small band of Lions turned out to collect on behalf of Marie Curie in a supermarket near you.
Pictured below are the pride, I'm not sure if it's a before & after Lunch event!





Monday March 6th 2017 saw our first Lady member join Bodmin Lions
Pictured Below Lion President Kevin congratulating Norma as our first lady member.


Jan 7th 2017
At our January meeting Bodmin Lions decided to become a mixed gender club
& admit Ladies

This is probably the biggest change in the clubs constitution since the club was formed 46 years ago.
We hope to badge up our first lady very soon & look forward to the new ideas that are bound to come from the female influence.


Nov 29th 2016
It's with very great sadness we have to announce the death of one of our members,
Sean Whitmore.

From day one Sean had been fully involved with the activities of Bodmin Lions, we will miss his enthusiasm & dry comments at our meetings.
To quote Sean, He hadn't known us long enough to dislike us.


Lions help community garden project

Pictured below is Lions President Kevin presenting a new mower to the project
After a quick inspection, it's off



The Lions Club of Bodmin Honors recently retired Town Crier Nick Prideaux

Nick has served Bodmin as Town Crier for the last Forty, yes Forty years. During that time he has represented our town in many competitions both home & abroad & made many friends.
Nick has always supported Lions & Town events, with his trusty bell & smiling face he's made any necessary announcements.
He's started our annual Ten Tors walk many times he wishes them well & sends them on their way.

To thank Nick & honor him for his years of service the Lions Club of Bodmin decided to present him with a Melvin Jones Fellowship (MJF).
A MJF is the highest honor we can bestow for service. Melvin Jones founded Lions in Chicago in 1917. All MJF members names are displayed at the Lions International Headquarters in Oak Brook (a suburb of Chicago)
We wish you well in your retirement.

Jon also presented The Ten Tors Trophy for the highest sponsored team, a cheque for £550 to the Cornwall Search & rescue team for their help during the Ten Tors walk, a cheque for £1000 to the Cove Macmillan cancer support Centre now being built at RCH Treliske.
He also presented a few badges to deserving Lions with the ultimate badge going to Lion Dave Truran.
Dave has now been promoted to office as Custodian of Badges, a new post in Lions.

Click on images to enlarge

When our local special school needed extra plants to replace those lost in bad weather, Bodmin Lions were delighted to help out.



Bodmin lions 46th Charter anniversary

On Sunday 24th April we celebrated 46 years of Lions in Bodmin with a buffet lunch at Bodmin Rugby Club.
Our entertainers for the afternoon were the Shipwrecks of Wadebridge pictured below.
The two pictures are spot the difference



I'm sure you spotted the two interlopers that crept in.
 Lions past presidents Dave & Paul also think they can sing being members of Loveny MV Choir



Update 19.02.16

Sorry, it's been a long time since the last update of this page, rest assured Lions haven't been sunning themselves.
We have been very busy out & about, planning events & raising money. As part of the firework committee we can be proud of the money raised, see the Firework page for a full slide show of the presentation. Also Lions raised money around the town with our Father Christmas Sleigh during December. That money & money from our Ladies was presented at The Masons Arms on Wed 17th, picture below.



Tue 12th May

A pride of Lions visited the Cornwall air Ambulance HQ to see the Helicopter close up & present a cheque for £22,000
The money was raised by Lions Clubs locally & match funded by Lions Clubs International




People of Bodmin partake in beating the bounds of the ancient borough every five years.
This is followed by a hurl from the end of the beat at salting pool to the turret clock at the bottom of Fore Street.
Years ago the beat was the elders way of teaching youngsters the extent of their land. They walked the border & beat said youngsters on boundary stones around the border to imprint on their mind or maybe behind where the border was. Today we are much more civilized, we bounce the town mayor on the stones because the beating of youngsters is no longer legal.

The pictures below show:
The start, The first stop in Cardinham woods, The boundary cry & retrieving the coins from the river at Fletcher's Bridge, The modern stone on the site of the cross at carminnow cross, The end of the walk & retrieving the ball from the pool at salting pool & finally, The end of the hurl along Honey Street to Turret Clock.


Link to Video



New era for Bodmin Lions!

Bodmin Lions Need You


Update 14th January
As a result of this campaign we have already recruited 6 new members in their 40's & 20's we now need a few in their 30's


Go to History page for more details.

Christmas Fayre & Sleigh presentations.
The presentation took place at a social on Wednesday 25th
£3000 to Cornwall hospice care & £200 each to RNLI & Bodmin Horizon Club



Monday July 7th

Our annual change of president took place at the  Masons Arms Bodmin, the new President for 2014-15 is Lion Bill May.
The Trophy for the highest sponsored team in the 2014 Ten Tors walk was won by Kerry Foods, Mrs. Jones Boys.
We were also given a very interesting talk by Norman Trebilcock of FLEET about Public Access Defibrillators (PAD), FLEETS project for 2014.

Click the picture to link to the FLEET site.


As part of Lions Clubs International commitment to Sight

Bodmin Lions joined with Lions Club of London Seven Kings to help sponsored an Eye Camp in Kericho Kenya.
Balu Madhvani of Bodmin & his nephew Sandy of Seven Kings went to Kericho.
With the help of his family & the local people of Kericho the eye camp was set up.
About 1000 peoples eyes were examined, some were given glasses or other eye treatments not normally available to them.
60 were given cataract operations at a Lions eye Hospital.