Rotary District 1200 Conference 2016


Please find a link below to the photobucket website where I have uploaded 500+ photos of the conference weekend.

If anyone would like to download any photos then they are welcome to do so. There is no charge for this but a donation to Water Survival Box would be much appreciated.

Thank you

Rtn Jerry Coles   Conference Office

Rotary Club of Chelwood Bridge

Rotary Young Chef – Devizes Area Heat #2

young-chef-logoFive more budding young chefs took part in the second heat of the Devizes Area Rotary Young Chef Competition 2016-17 yesterday evening. Again the standard was quite remarkable and big congratulations go to all those who took part, particularly the winner Elizabeth Woodward whose homemade apple crumble and custard comes highly recommended!

Thanks again to Gretchen Winter for hosting the event at The Farm Cookery School near Bromham, and to Gianni Campanelli of the Dolcipani Bakery who once again joined our own Colin Lugg and Gretchen  to perform excellent judging duties.

For photos of the evening click HERE

Chelwood Bridge Rotary Club Community Award 2016


The Chelwood Bridge Rotary Club Community Award is intended to recognise those who give their time freely, selflessly and in so doing, make outstanding contributions to the wellbeing of their communities and the people within them. This year proved no exception.

8 Nominations were received this year from parishes within the Chew Valley, any of whom would have proved worthy winners in any other year. However one nomination, from Chew Magna Parish Council, stood above the others, that of Lynne Easton.

Thanks to Lynne’s energy and organisational skills, Chew Magna now has a formally adopted Emergency Flood Plan. To achieve this Lynne had to liaise with the Parish Council, the local Chew Valley Flood Forum, B&NES and the Environment Agency when organising a flood resilience practice day. A huge task ! In addition Lynne dedicates much time to the refurbishment of the King George V playing field in Chew Magna, working with Magna Minors and the infant school parents to get the best play equipment possible for the children.

With typical modesty, Lynne pointed out when receiving the award from President Jim Farmer, that she couldn’t have achieved any of this on her own and accepted the 2016 Rotary Club Community Award along with and on behalf of all of those who helped to make these initiatives possible.

Certificates of Recognition will shortly be presented to all of the other nominees.

Purple for Polio Campaign – the crocuses are put to bed in Devizes


As planned, thousands of purple crocus bulbs were planted on The Green in Devizes last Saturday to highlight the plight of Polio victims around the world. For a while I feared that the weather would be against us, but in the end some lovely autumn sunshine shone down and all the crocuses got put safely to bed!

Now we can look forward to a lovely splash of purple colour next spring.

For more photos click HERE.

Rotary Young Chef – Devizes Area Heat #1

Six budding young chefs attended the first heat of the Devizes Area Rotary Young Chef Competition 2016-17 last Friday evening at The Farm Cookery School near Bromham. It was a fantastic evening with all the contestants astonishing the three judges with their culinary skills.

Many congratulations to all those who took part, particularly the winner Beth Bogert who was one of the youngest competitors in the heat. Congratulations also to the judges who did a terrific job under very difficult circumstances given the quality of all the entrants, and finally thanks to the parents who provided all the support and encouragement needed to help develop some great Young Chefs!


For a photo diary of the evening click HERE.

Best wishes

Cliff Evans
Rotary Club of Devizes

Sherborne’s 8th International Film Festival

Thursday 27 to Sunday 30 October 2016

10 international films, specially selected by the Rotary Club of Sherborne Castles to provide you with a great weekend of  entertainment

Tickets available  from Sherborne Tourist Information Office

• All films:  £6
• Reception and opening screening:  £10
• 10 tickets:  £40

The proceeds of the Festival will be divided between a Rotary International project to complete building a bridge in Malawi to provide safe access to school,  initiated by our Club, and the Rotary Charity, ShelterBox.


The Rotary Club of Mendip Young Artist


The Rotary Club of Mendip presented the prizes for their Young Artist competition at their recent meeting. The competition was carried out in conjunction with The Kings of Wessex Academy Cheddar with the help of teacher Rebecca Weaver. The prize winning students and parents attended the meeting to be presented with their prizes by President Phil Hunt. There were four categories, Drawing and Painting, Photography, Textiles and Still Life Painting. The overall standard was very high

The overall winner was Kezia Beale who had work in two categories.


Follow the activities of The Rotary Club of Mendip on their new twitter account.

Rotary Club of Calne help Calne Youth Trust and Freewheelers

Fellow Rotarians, a release below about some recent cheques the Club presented.

I would recommend that your Club has a talk from Freewheelers – you will be amazed at the work they do in helping the NHS from 7pm to 7am and every weekend See more at or for those in Dorset.


At the Calne Bike Meet (started by the Rotary Club of Calne in 2000) this year, the Rotary Club Calne had 15 volunteers in the Town Hall running a Rotary Café and Helmet / Jacket drop off.

£2,100 was raised and at their meeting on Thursday, the Rotary Club of Calne presented cheques of £700 each to Calne Youth Trust and Freewheelers. The other £700 will be used by the Club to help people who need a hand

Mercy Baggs of Calne Youth Trust told the Club about the work of their drop in centre in Wood Street Calne for children aged 11-18. With a pool table, computer games, drinks and other activities, the centre gives children a safe place to go on Thursday and Friday nights. She said that if they had more volunteers, they would open on more nights.

Chris Kearns of Freewheelers outlined the vital work they do. Freewheelers Emergency Voluntary Service is a registered charity that provides a free out-of-hours motorcycle courier service to hospitals in the South West of England. From providing blood for the Air Ambulance, taking transplant samples to wherever needed, delivering emergency prescriptions and more, their 7pm to 7am service is a lifesaver.

On behalf of the Club, Alastair Muir thanked both charities for the amazing work they do for the community.

The picture shows Chris Kearns, Fundraising co-ordinator, Freewheelers, Mercy Baggs Calne Youth Trust, Brendan Hallissey, President Rotary Club of Calne, Maria Schofield from Calne Youth Trust and Matt from Freewheelers


A Race Night with a Difference!

The Devizes Rotary Club (with great support from Richard Meek of the Chippenham Club) are organising a Race Night with a Difference at the Devizes Sports Club on Saturday 22nd October from 19:00. Tickets are £10 each and are available from This includes a ploughman’s supper and ALL PROFITS go to helping youth sports at the club.


This will be a great night out for all the family, so we hope to see you there!

Best Wishes


District 1200 is looking for fundraising runners to join TEAM Rotary in 2017

District 1200 is looking for 100 runners to raise funds to celebrate 100 years of The Rotary Foundation in 2017


Vitality Bath Half Marathon 12th March 2017

District 1200 is inviting 100 runners to join TEAM Rotary to raise funds in celebration of the 100th year celebrations of The Rotary Foundation.

TEAM Rotary places for the Vitality Bath Half Marathon are available from Rotary Charity Fundraisers at a special low price of £20 (normal price £43.50) to TEAM Rotary fundraisers. Each TEAM Rotary entrant needs to pledge to raise £250 for The Rotary Foundation. Entrants who pledge to raise £450 will get their £20 entry fee refunded once they have reached the pledged amount.

The Rotary Foundation is the third largest charity in the world. It seeks to improve world understanding, goodwill and peace through the improvement of health, education and the alleviation of poverty. Through its End Polio Now campaign it is part of the programme that is on the cusp of eradicating polio from the world.

Register and join TEAM Rotary for the Vitality Bath Half Marathon and help us make the difference