Many happy returns to Devizes Rotary who celebrated it’s 60th birthday last month. It was granted it’s charter on August 29, 1959 as stated in the following in a Gazette and Herald article – https://www.gazetteandherald.co.uk/news/17877280.diamond-chance-devizes-rotary-show-informal-side/
To mark this special occasion, a number of ex presidents joined current members in a lovely celebratory meal last week.
For more pictures go to https://rotaryclubofdevizes.wordpress.com/2019/09/10/devizes-rotary-celebrates-60-years/
Continuing the success Devizes Rotary have had in providing the hot food for the Imagine Cruising team over the past 3 years, last Saturday we did the same again at a party hosted at Craig and Vicki Collingwood’s house. The theme of the meal this year was Tex Mex, and we were delighted that their two sons, George & particularly Edward, were there to lend a helping hand setting up the equipment and preparing the food. Thanks a lot fellas!
The money raised at the event will be put towards a week’s holiday next year for a deserving family at the Rotary bungalow in New Milton. In recognition of this, we’ll be naming it the Imagine Rotary Holiday. Thanks again to all the crew at Imagine Cruising for helping to make this happen.
For more ‘photos click HERE to take a look at the Devizes Rotary Blog site.
The 20th Devizes CAMRA Beer Festival took part on Saturday 6th July, and once again Devizes Rotary were invited to provide hot food for the hungry festival goers. Over 20 Rotarians and friends were joined by members of Devizes Lions to serve over 500 burgers, 800 sausages, and four huge pans of chilli. Veggie burgers and a vegan chilli were also on offer, and this year plastic cutlery and polystyrene containers were replaced by recyclable and sustainable alternatives.
A great day was had by all, and we are delighted to say that our efforts raised just under £3,000 local charities.
62 organisations, offering everything from fitness fun to advice on how to keep your home more secure, were out in force in Devizes on Saturday 14th June. The Devizes Community Area Health and Well Being Day, organised by Devizes Rotary with support from the Devizes Area Board, brought together a wide range of activities. Many of them were aimed at older people but there was also plenty on offer for younger people who were drawn to The Green despite severe showers throughout the morning.
Before the event opened refreshments were made available to the exhibitors and demonstrators by volunteers from WCIL and St James’ Church, then Devizes Rotary took over providing a great mixture of hot food and drinks. All the profits raised have been donated to 3 local charities, namely the Devizes Monday Club, Market Lavington Tuesday Club and Bromham & Rowde Tuesday Club.
For more information and pictures from the event go to https://rotaryclubofdevizes.wordpress.com/2019/07/24/health-well-being-day/
As stated in this week’s Gazette and Herald – click HERE to see the article – the Devizes Community Area Wellbeing Day, which was held last Saturday (23rd June) and was organised by Devizes Rotary working in partnership with the Devizes Communty Area Wellbeing Group, was a big hit!
To see more ‘photos from the day click HERE
Devizes Rotary, working in partnership with the Devizes Community Area (DCA) Wellbeing Group, is hosting the inaugural DCA Wellbeing Day on Saturday 23 June 2018 from 10am to 3pm on the Small Green in Devizes.
The aim of the day is to provide free entertainment and information to the over 55s in the area. Around 30 exhibitors will be there to explain to visitors what services and activities are available to them, and there will be a demonstration area showing activities such as poppy making and walking sports. Vintage music will be played throughout the day, and there will be a dog show in the main arena run by Vets4Pets.
So, if you are over 55, or know or care for someone who is, why not come down to The Small Green from 10am to 3pm on 23rd June and find out what is happening locally? There are so many activities in the Devizes area that you may not realise are available, so it will definitely be worth a visit.
For further details of the day, including a list of the exhibitors that will be there, the venue layout and timetable and the entertainment that will be provided, go to www.dcawellbeingday.co.uk
Last year Devizes Rotary were fortunate to have fellow Rotarian Fiona Miles visit us to tell us about the fantastic work being done by the Guildford Rotary Eye Project – click HERE for details.
This project has now evolved into the Global Sight Solutions charity which is a continuing the work to provide free eyecare and eye surgery to the very poor in the developing world. This is a great example of how the initiative of a local Rotary Club can become the inspiration for such a global organisation.
Please take a moment to look at their website https://www.globalsightsolutions.org/ to get an idea of the great work they’re doing.
Following the successful completion of the heats over the past month or so, last Monday (27th November) the Devizes Area Final of the Rotary Young Chef Competition 2017-18 took place at the Farm Cookery School near Bromham.
Click HERE to see a photo diary of the event.
I’m delighted to say that Harrison Damon from Lavington School was the winner, and has now been invited to go forward to the Area Final which will take place at the King Alfred School in Highbridge on Saturday 3rd February 2018.
Congratulationd to all the contestants for putting on a terrific show!
On Tuesday of this week, hundreds of people enjoyed the official opening event of theDevizes Community Hub and Library. The afternoon was a real community celebration, with activities for children, a bake-off cake competition, and superb performances from Devizes Rotary SuperChoir, and St Matthews Junior Choir, Rowde.
John Thomson, cabinet member for communities and libraries, said: “This fantastic new hub is part of Wiltshire Council’s programme of investment to create community campuses and hubs across the county.”
Devizes Rotary President Alan Martin was flattered to hear the choir introduced as ‘The Devizes SuperChoir’! In addressing the gathering at the opening of the event, President Alan was able to say how proud he and his colleagues in Devizes Rotary were of their SuperChoir, now in its fourth year.
Representing the 160 strong choir at the Community Hub, and singing a selection of songs first heard when the 2017 SuperChoir performed at Dauntsey’s school in July, were children from Southbroom, St Nicholas and Wansdyke Primary schools.
Once again, Devizes Rotary is grateful to their Artistic Director Carol Berry who, with the support of husband Chris, ensured the children were well rehearsed and ready to give a snapshot performance of Devizes Rotary’s SuperChoir.
Rotary is also very grateful to the mothers and teachers who gathered to support their children at the opening.
Some feedback from Graeme Morrison, Wiltshire Council’s Devizes Community Engagement Manager:
I would just like to add my sincere thanks, on behalf of Wiltshire Council, to all the children who took part in the SuperChoir yesterday at the hub, and to those schools that helped facilitate that. It was wonderful to see and hear the children in the new Community Hub and Library. I really hope they enjoyed performing as much as everybody enjoyed listening.
I’d also like to say a special thanks to Alan, and especially to Carol and Chris, for helping to make this happen.
All the best