Monthly Archives: September 2016

Cooking in aid of Dorothy House

Having had bacaptured weather for the main bank holiday weekend of the Devizes International Street Festival and Carnival for the past two years, surely it would be kind to us on Sunday 28th August when we had a stall on The Green selling chilli in aid of Dorothy House?

Once again things started reasonably well. We’d erected our gazebo and set out a table for David from Dorothy House to sell his raffle tickets, and were hopeful that we’d also be able to sell some of our chilli, knowing that all profits would go to helping Dorothy House with the great work that they do.

At first the rain was only light so our neighbours – Fullstop Acrobatic Theatre – were able to put on a great show:

However it soon began to come down pretty heavily, and when Mayor of Devizes Jane Burton came into our gazebo to shelter, we got her to do a bit of chilli stirring for us!


Unfortunately there weren’t too many takers for our chilli given the weather conditions, but when the rain did finally manage to ease off a little, another neighbour – this time part of the Dizzy O’Dare team – delighted the crowd when he disappeared into a giant balloon!

I reckon this just goes to show that even when the weather’s not great it seems that there’s never a dull moment at the Devizes International Street Festival!

Julia’s House Teddy Bear’s Picnic

Having had to postpone the Julia’s House Teddy Bears Picnic that was originally to be held on Saturday 17th August due to high winds posing a potential risk to visitors and helpers, everyone involved was hoping for better weather when it was re-scheduled for the following Saturday.

Although there were a number of dark clouds around when we set up our stall, we were still hopefully there would be some takers for our egg and bacon sandwiches:

However, the great British summer weather struck again with a vengeance as we found ourselves in the middle of a terrific deluge:

The storyteller was all ready to tell his stories, and Councillor Jane Burton, Mayor of Devizes, arrived to help judge the Teddy Bear competition with Iain Wallace. The only thing that was missing was some children and their families!

Oh well, at least a few of the organisers dodged the showers to grab a sandwich from us, and who knows, maybe the weather will be kinder to us next year?!