Monthly Archives: July 2017

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

In addition, a number of the Friends of Devizes Rotary Team were there to enjoy a lovely buffet at The Crown in New Park Street while I went through the following presentation, which summarises the work done with and for each group:

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I again stressed that, over my year as President, Devizes Rotary have worked closely with a number of partners to help the people and communities that together we support, and I would personally like to thank them, the Devizes Rotary membership and the Friends of Devizes Rotary for helping to make my year as President so enjoyable and a lot of fun!

Below are a number of ‘photos from the evening:

Following the above review, I handed over the presidency to Alan Martin, wishing him all the very best for the coming year.

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.

It was all hands to their cooking stations as we got the Foodcourt ready to sell Burgers and Hot Dogs (the Guides took care of those), Roast Potatoes, Chicken and Quesadellas, plus of course Colin’s famous Beef and Vegetable Chilli.

After a cloudy start the sun came out as almost 2,000 people attended the festival, drinking around 10,000 pints of beer and 1,500 pints of cider and perry. not to mention eating many hundreds of hot dogs, quesadellas and chillis!

Thanks to all the hard work that went into planning the event and to the terrific support provided by the Team on the day, all the different types of food on offer food went down very well, and a good time was again had by all!