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
Earlier this year Devizes Rotary helped Gianni Campanella, of Dolicpani Bakery and Coffee Shop in Devizes, to raise just over £3,000 for the Brighter Futures Radiotherapy Appeal through the Singing for Life Concert – click HERE for details.
At the end of July the appeal had hit £1.7million, which means that with less than 12 months to go the Appeal still needs to raise a further £1.2 million to turn this dream into a reality.
To that end I’d like encourage you all to buy tickets to the ‘Bard Heads’ event which will take place in Ramsbury at7:30pm on Saturday 23rd September 2017.
Jules Hobbs, who lives in Rowde, will be performing her own show to say thank you for her Dad’s life, and all profits raised will go to the Radiotherapy Appeal.
For Tickets click HERE
Thanks for your support
Back in May the sun shone on the annual Charity Golf Day which was jointly organised by Devizes Lions and Rotary – click HERE for details. As a result a total of £3,390 was raised for the Devizes Opportunity Centre which helps children with special needs and their families.
Last month members of both Lions and Rotary visited the Centre to formally present the cheque to staff at the Centre.
The above photograph was taken during the visit, and shows Cliff Evans (Rotary) and Roger Stratton (Lions) holding the cheque while surrounded by fellow Lions and Rotary members, plus a selection of staff, parents and children from the Centre.
Many congratulations to all involved at the Centre who do a great job promoting the overall development and life chances of young children who have disabilities, learning difficulties and complex health conditions. Go to http://www.devizesopportunitycentre.co.uk/ for more details.
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 https://rotaryclubofdevizes.wordpress.com/2017/07/28/superchoir-2017-what-a-concert/
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 https://rotaryclubofdevizes.wordpress.com/2017/07/16/devizes-rotary-in-action-the-past-6-months/
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.
For more info and pictures from the event go to https://rotaryclubofdevizes.wordpress.com/2017/07/16/fantastic-food-at-the-devizes-beer-festival/