Author Archive: Cliff Evans

Devizes Rotary SuperChoir gives a fun performance at the town’s Community Hub opening

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

Graeme

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Another event in support of the Brighter Futures Radiotherapy Appeal

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

Cliff

Devizes Lions and Rotary support the Devizes Opportunity Centre

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.

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 https://rotaryclubofdevizes.wordpress.com/2017/07/28/superchoir-2017-what-a-concert/

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 https://rotaryclubofdevizes.wordpress.com/2017/07/16/devizes-rotary-in-action-the-past-6-months/

Best wishes,

Cliff

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 https://rotaryclubofdevizes.wordpress.com/2017/07/16/fantastic-food-at-the-devizes-beer-festival/

Regards

Cliff

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

Cliff

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 http://www.superchoir.com/2017-tickets 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 https://rotaryclubofdevizes.wordpress.com/2017/04/09/singing-for-life-concert/

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

Best wishes,

Cliff

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

Cliff

 

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 http://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/DevizesRotary1

“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.”

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