Author Archive: Cliff Evans

Devizes Rotary SuperChoir 2017 – What a concert!

The Devizes Rotary SuperChoir Concert went ahead as planned earlier this month, and what a concert it turned out to be! For more information and lots of great phoitographs go to

Devizes Rotary in Action – the past 6 months

A couple of weeks ago Devizes Rotary invited representatives from each of the organisations we’ve supported over the past 6 months to a review meeting where we could hand over any donations to be made to them. We were delighted that the following people were in attendance to recognise the terrific work that we have done together:

  • Gianni Campanella: Dolcipani
  • Catherine Newman: Brighter Futures
  • Emily Knight : Dorothy House
  • Emma Booth : Devizes Opportunity Centre
  • Graham Mitchell: Julia’s House
  • Rachel Lambert: Rowdeford School
  • Sheila Ashley: Alzheimer’s Support
  • Louisa Bruce: Springfields Academy
  • Roger Stratton: Lions Club of Devizes
  • Hellie Franklin: CaneHill Countryside Centre
  • Andy Weeds: Open Blue Trust
  • Nigel Carter: Mayor of Devizes

For further information, including a copy of the slides presented and some ‘photos of the evening, go to

Best wishes,


Fantastic Food at the Devizes Beer Festival

On Saturday 1st July it was the 18th Devizes Beer Festival, which is the biggest event that’s held at The Wharf, and the largest unsubsidised event in the town. Once again the Devizes Rotary Cooking Team were there in force, together with a number of Friends of Devizes Rotary who helped to put on a feast for the assembled festival goers. This year we partnered with the Guides to form a very impressive Food Court to raise money for the Guides and other local charities.

We also had help from 3 members of the Lions Club of Westbury, who were learning the ropes so that they can do some outside cooking at their own events.

For more info and pictures from the event go to



Devizes Rotary helping out at Rowdeford School Fete

Last Saturday Devizes Rotary were delighted to be able to go along and help out at the annual Rodweford School Fete raising money for the School Minibus Fund.

Firstly we sold burgers and hot dogs (even hotter given the scotching weather we had!) which went down a treat, and secondly the kids had a lot of fun playing the with the Devizes Rotary Rotathalon Games.

To see some ‘photos from the day, plus some lovely feedback from Rachel Lambert, the school’s Business manager. and Ingrid Sidmouth, the school’s Headteacher click HERE.

Seeing the smiley faces on everyone involved was a delight … 🙂

Best wishes


Getting Ready to Roll at the Devizes Rotary SuperChoir 2017 Concert

The Devizes Rotary SuperChoir 2017 concert will take place on Wednesday 12th July 2017 at Dauntsey’s School. Pupils from Soutbroom St James Academy, St Nicholas VC Primary School, The Trinity CE Primary School, Wansdyke School and Woodborough CofE School will sing together on the main stage between 18:30 and 20:30, and once again all participating schools will receive a Devizes Rotary SuperChoir banner and plaque, plus each member of the choir will receive a special commemorative t-shirt to be worn during the performance.

Southbroom St James Academy Choir next to their Devizes Rotary SuperChoir Banner
From L-R: Amy Whitlock (Music Teacher) members of the Southbroom School Choir, Cliff Evans (President of Devizes Rotary).


Simon May, one of the foremost TV and entertainment composers in the UK and best known for his Eastenders theme tune, will once again be there helping out, as will Carole Berry our Artistic Director, who will conduct the choir as they sing over a dozen popular songs including Rolling in the Deep by Adele and Sing by Gary Barlow.

Cliff Evans, President of Devizes Rotary said: “I’d like to thank everyone involved in the organisation of the 2017 Event, particularly the teachers at the schools who have been working hard with their choirs since January. SuperChoir is a fantastic opportunity for pupils from across the Devizes area to share in the excitement of singing in one large choir. It’s also a great treat for the audience, so please come and join us on 12th July at 18:30 at Dauntsey’s School.

Tickets are £5.25 each and can be obtained from or from Devizes Books.

Singing for Life Concert in aid of the GWH Radiotherapy Appeal

The Singing for Life Concert which was held recently at the Dolcipani Italian Bakery and Coffee Shop in Devizes was a great success. If you’d like to see a few photos and watch some videos of the event please go to

To make a donation to the Appeal click on the following image and follow the instructions:

Best wishes,


Rotary Club of Devizes

Radiotherapy Appeal on the day of the Singing for Life Concert

The winning lottery tickets have been drawn, Gianni Campanello (owner of Dolcipani where the concert will take place) and Vincenzo Bua have been practising their routine, and the delicious home-cooked buffet food has been prepared, so all is now set for tonight’s very special Singing for Life Concert which Devizes Rotary Club helped to organise.

Further details are given below in a copy of an article which appeared in the online version of the Gazette and Herald yesterday.

Best wishes



Singing baker raises £2,500 for radiotherapy unit before concert even begins

1 day ago / Joanne Moore

SINGING baker Giovanni Campanella, who was diagnosed with cancer nearly two years ago, has raised more than £2,500 for charity before a concert tomorrow evening (March 30) even begins.

Mr Campanella, who runs Dolcipani Italian bakery and coffee shop in Devizes and was diagnosed with lung cancer nearly two years ago, has joined forces with Devizes Rotary Club to collect money for the Brighter Futures Appeal at Great Western Hospital, Swindon.

Mr Campanella and Vincenzo Bua will perform from 7.30pm to 9pm at the coffee shop in Old Swan Yard in a concert called Singing For Life to raise money for a new radiotherapy centre in Swindon.

The tickets were sold through a draw with people pledging cash for the charity. Mr Campanella said: “We are delighted to have raised so much already but people can of course continue to donate via

“I was diagnosed with stage three lung cancer in April 2015, and without the care and support of the Great Western Hospital I wouldn’t be here today.

“It’s my small way of thanking them for everything they’ve done for me and everyone like me. I’ve been playing guitar for fifty years, so I’m excited about the concert.”

Devizes Rotary Club President Cliff Evans said: “It’s a privilege for the Rotary Club of Devizes to have been invited by Giovanni to help organise the event, and thereby raise much needed money for the GWH Radiotherapy Appeal, which currently stands at £1.4m of a £2.9m target.”

Singing for Life Concert in aid of Radiotherapy Appeal

Imagine being given news that will change not only your life but the lives of the people you love.

Imagine being given news which means you’ll need to spend countless hours travelling to and from hospital to receive treatment in the hope it will save your life.

Every month, almost 300 people are given a diagnosis of cancer at Great Western Hospital, and have to make the journey to Oxford, Bath or Cheltenham to receive their radiotherapy treatment.

The Rotary Club of Devizes are therefore partnering with Dolcipani Italian Bakery and Coffee Shop in Devizes to help change that by raising cash to help buy equipment for the new Radiotherapy Unit in Swindon.

For details of how you can make a donation or buy raffle tickets for the Singing For Life fund-raising concert to be held on Thursday 30th March at Dolcipani in Devizes, go to Please buy your tickets this week  as we’ll be holding the draw this coming Saturday to see who will be the lucky ones attending the concert.

This is your chance to support the biggest improvement in cancer care in Swindon in a generation. Thank you for your support.

Hackers try to spoil party for Devizes Rotary radiotherapy fundraising evening

The following has been taken from a story today by Joanne Moore in the Gazette and Herald:

ORGANISERS of a charity music evening fear their fundraising efforts might be in vain after hackers ruined a website page set up by Devizes Rotary to sell tickets for the event.

Devizes Rotary president Cliff Evans was shocked when the page allowing people to make donations and win tickets for the evening at Dolcipani Italian Bakery and Coffee Shop in Devizes to raise money for the Brighter Futures Appeal at Great Western Hospital, Swindon, on March 30 was defaced. He said: “Until yesterday all had been going well, but then disaster struck when the above website page was one of around 1.5m pages hacked.”

A new web page has been created by leaving the ‘e’ off the word donate. People should now go to to make donations and buy tickets for the event.


Cianni Campanella, owner of Dolcipani Italian Bakery and Coffee Shop in Devizes

The evening called ‘Singing For Life’ will feature cafe owner Giovanni Campanella who was diagnosed with cancer nearly two years ago and has been helped by specialists at Great Western Hospital. He said: “I was diagnosed with stage three lung cancer in April 2015, and without the care and support of the Great Western Hospital I wouldn’t be here today. It’s my small way of thanking them for everything they’ve done for me and everyone like me. I’ve been playing guitar for fifty years, so I’m excited about the concert and want to offer our guests the chance to immerse themselves in an authentic Sicilian night in the warm atmosphere of our Mediterranean coffee shop.”

Poster Advertising the Singing For Life event in support of the GWH Radiotherapy Appeal

Below is a copy of the poster advertising the “Singing For Life” event on 30th March that the Rotary Club of Devizes is organising in partnership with Dolcipani Italian Bakery and Coffee Shop to raise cash for the GWH Radiotherapy Appeal. If you could help publicise this event by distributing posters to pubs, shops, schools, businesses etc in your village/town please let me know.

The provision of the new Radiotherapy Centre at GWH will impact a great many of us either directly or indirectly, so please also encourage your friends and family to go to the following page –  – so that they can can buy a lottery ticket for the event, and/or make a donation directly to the Appeal.

Thanks for your support

Cliff Evans

President, Rotary Club of Devizes



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