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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


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,


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/



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 http://www.superchoir.com/2017-tickets or from Devizes Books.

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 www.devizesrotary.co.uk 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


Devizes Beer Festival

CamraThe famous Devizes Rotary Club Chili was again in high demand at the recent 2016 Devizes Beer Festival. After a dodgy start when we had a few spots of rain as we were erecting our two gazebos (or should I say Alan T’s gazebos!) the sun thankfully came out and we were treated to some glorious weather for the rest of the day.

Once the crowds began to arrive the chili began to flow freely, and the big question became

who would dare to have (and eat!) the most chilis on top of their portion? A number dared to take one, a few took two, but only a handful took three. However one brave (or foolish?) man actually took four. The next question is did he actually eat them all and if he did, how did he feel the next morning?!

In any case we got a huge number of compliments and many of our customers came back for 2nd, 3rd and in one case 4th helpings, a great testament to the skills of our Chief Chef Colin who clearly worked his magic once again.

Meanwhile Geoff led the set up and manning of our second stall, serving bottled water plus snacks such as crisps and pork scratchings. The stall additionally took over selling hot dogs when our next door neighbours – the guides – finished serving theirs in the early evening. And great hot dogs they were too!

So, a fantastic day was had by all, and many thanks are due to everyone who made the day such a success, including our terrific Friends of Devizes Rotary who came along to help.

Best wishes,


SuperChoir – SuperSuccess!

SuperChoirWhat a SuperSuccess Devizes Rotary’s SuperChoir 2015 was!  Below is an extract from a recent letter from Rotary Club of Devizes member Geoff Collins which I think captures the magic of the day beautifully.

For more information and comments go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/schoolschoir/

Best wishes

Cliff Evans
Rotary Club of Devizes


SuperChoir 2015

“We finished up with 11 schools and around 400 children at the event. They all arrived by numerous coaches at 10:30 am on July 9th 2015 at Dauntsey’s school hall, and were addressed by TV / movie composer Simon May, who then left our Artistic Director Carole Berry to place them on the stage and start rehearsing together for the first time.

Amazingly the children were not fazed at all, and the rehearsals went on all day with intervals for lunch and tea before the audience of 400 mums, dads and grandparents arrived.”

Exemplary behaviour

“There was no sign of nerves from the children once the concert started.  Now all in their smart “Superchoir” tee shirts it was an amazing sight, and the children sung their little hearts out, putting in all the actions and movements that had been rehearsed with consummate ease.  Considering their ages it was a extremely professional performance.

Their behaviour throughout the very long day was exemplary, and a credit to all their teachers and their helpers.  I have been to a number of concerts during my life but never been in an audience that rose to their feet immediately the choir finished the last number, clapping and cheering for more until they got the encore they cheered for. Even our President Alan Truscott got a “thank you Rotarians” applause and a cheer when he made his final speech.”


“This was a very different undertaking by Devizes Rotary Club but very much within their remit of helping the community. We couldn’t have done it without the support of many of the Devizes Business Community, who were extremely generous with their support which helped towards the cost of expenses such as the coaches, the T shirts and afternoon tea. Our thanks must also go to Carole and Simon for all the hard work that they put in this year to make “Superchoir” the wonderful success it was.  Also thanks to the teachers for their patience with their children and bringing them to the standard they achieved, and all the Rotarians and their wives and families for all the work behind the scenes to make this such an incredible success, and enjoyed by all concerned.”

The future?

“We already have a further 6 schools clambering to join the “Superchoir” next year. Will it be The Albert Hall and Gareth Malone sitting in the front row with a ‘green eye’ ?”