Here’s a note from David Lamb regarding the recent talk given to Devizes Rotary Members by Phil Bevan, Headmaster of Devizes School.
Tuesday evening’s meeting on 19th September gave a good attendance of members and guests the chance to welcome the recently appointed head of Devizes School Philip Bevan as speaker. He brought us up to date on what was happening at the school, and its plans for the future, very well illustrated by a visual presentation.
In passing he mentioned the event some years ago when an escaped lion invaded the school and we could not help thinking how that would have been dealt with by current health and safety.
Most impressive photos of the November memorial day event around the quad were shown along with a lonely duck breaking the ‘no walking on the quad rule’. We all got the clear impression of someone who is leading from the front with an excellent relationship with his pupils and staff. Certainly two of his pupils who were working at The Crown that evening received a bit of a surprise when he arrived, but the exchanges between them later illustrated this excellent relationship.
Hopefully Devizes Rotary can cement a useful contact with Phil and Devizes School for the future.
Following the presentation of the cheque made recently by the Devizes Lions Club and Devizes Rotary to the Devizes Opportunity Centre (click HERE for details) I received the following letter of thanks from Graham Gaiger:
It’s lovely to be able to help such a worthy vause, and thanks once again to all concerned for their great support.
Many thousands of people have been affected by Hurricane Irma over the past couple of weeks. It destroyed around 90 percent of the Caribbean island of Barbuda, and devastated vast areas of St Martin, Puerto Rico, Turks and Caicos, South Eastern Bahamas and Florida. Authorities in St. Martin said 95 percent of the French part of the island was destroyed.
Devizes Rotary therefore arranged a street collection last Thursday which raised £568.66 due to the generosity of the Devizes public. This has already been sent to the ShelterBox charity, who are continuing to ship much needed supplies to help alleviate the enormous suffering caused by the hurricane.
Devizes Rotary will send a further £500 in the next few days to help with that effort.
A big thank you to all who contributed so generously to the collection, and if you’d like to make your own contribution please go to https://www.shelterbox.org/hurricane-irma
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
As I mentioned in a recent post (click HERE for details) the Devizes Rotary Marquee made an apperarance at the first event of the Devizes Festival Fortnight, namely the Party in the Park. The sun continued to shine the following weekend, and Colin made some fantastic vegetble curry which I served up to all the performers and Festival Makers that were at the event on the Green at the Sunday, and then again in the Market Place on the Monday.
On the Green
In the Market Place
The feedback about the food was fantastic from both performers and Festival Makers, and although Colin did all the hard work making it, I’m sure it was my skill at serving it that made all the difference!
It’s certainly a good sign hat we’ve been asked to do the same thing next near, so we’re already looking forward to that .. 🙂