Monthly Archives: October 2017

Devizes Rotary New Member

It was a great pleasure earlier this month to formally welcome Kelsey Greenaway as a new member of Devizes Rotary. The induction ceremony took place on the same evening that Ralph and Bill wele made honary members – click HERE for details – and both gentlemen seemed particularly pleased when Kelsey asked if they would mind posing for a photograph with her.

Ralph, Kelsey and Bill

Kelsey has been getting to know more about Devizes Rotary and what we do since she first saw us cooking at this summer’s beer festival, and has been keen to help out with the various community events and projects that we’re involved ever snce.

Kelsey, Jane & Colin cooking paella at one of our Paella Parties

Kelsey is a Mental Health Social Worker in Wiltshire Council’s Mental Health Social Work Team, and will be heavily involved in the planning and running of the 2018 Devizes Community Area Wellbeing Day which Devizes Rotary are helping to organise for next summer.

Rotary Young Chef Competition 2017-18 : Devizes Area Heat 1

Last Monday (16th October) the first heat of the Devizes Area Rotary Young Chef Competition 2017-18 took place at the fantastic Farm Cookery School near Bromham.

Four contestants took part – Jessica Spratley, Leona Adams and Thalia Cooper from Lavington School, and Maddie Chesterton from Devizes School – and what a great competition they gave us!

Thanks so much to Gretchen, the owner of the school, for letting us hold the competition there again this year, and to the two other judges involved – Colin and Josie – for doing a great job judging the competition.

Thanks also to the people that came along to support the contestants. Pretty nerve-wracking at times having to sit back and watch while the contestants were cooking their 3 course meals, but also fun, and the really good news is that they got to taste the fabulous dishes after the judges had had their fill!

After two hours of hard work the contestants could stand back and admire their work, and as a momento of the evening Alan Martin, President of Devizes Rotary, presented each of them a Certificate of Participation.

The contestants were marked against the following criteria

Criteria Max Points
Costing 5
Planning 10
Healthy choice of dishes 10
Presentation of table including flowers, cloth etc 10
Meal served at correct temperature 10
Neatness of working area and hygiene 15
Taste and presentation of starter 20
Taste and presentation of dessert 20
Taste and presentation of main course 30

Their resulting scores were as follows:

Contestant Score
Jessica Spratley 94
Leona Adams 122
Thalia Cooper 94
Maddie Chesterton 115

Once again very well done to all of them, and congratulations to them for the high standards they showed.

The second Devizes Area Heat will take place next Monday, 30th October. After that the scores of all competitors from both Heat 1 and Heat 2 will be compared, and the top 4 contestants will go through to the Devizes Area Final which will take place on Monday 27th November.

Good luck to them all!

Best wishes


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Stalwarts of Devizes Rotary bow out with Honorary Life Membership

With more than 80 years of Rotary service between them, two highly respected members of Devizes Rotary, recently retired from their active membership.

At this month’s business meeting, Bill Carter and Ralph Flower were surprised and somewhat taken aback to each receive Honorary Life Membership awards from Devizes Rotary President Alan Martin. Alan said that the honorary membership award had been endorsed by every single member, and that under his watch, he could not allow two stalwarts of Devizes Rotary to simply walk away from their friends and colleagues, without acknowledging their long service and active membership.

Recalling that Ralph Flower MBE, joined Rotary in 1969, Alan said that he twice served as president – first in 1997/98 and again in 1996/97. In recent times, Ralph has acted as Rotary’s Almoner and through a bi-weekly draw, has raised hundreds of pounds for Rotary’s own charity, the Foundation of Rotary International.

Bill Carter joined a little later in 1983 and served as president on three occasions – in 1990/91, 1999/2000 and as recently as 2008/09. In addition, Bill served the club as secretary for several years and in 2004/05 unselfishly acted as president, following the illness of the then invested president. It was Bill Carter who initiated the founding of Devizes Round Table in the early 1960’s.

Both Rotarians were actively involved in Rotary’s events throughout their membership and only in recent months have they stood down from any responsibilities, paving the way for a well-earned rest. There is no doubt that many a younger Rotarian has benefitted from their wise council and generous friendship over many years.

As Honorary members of Devizes Rotary, Bill and Ralph are invited to remain in touch and join us at any of our weekly meetings.

Alan Martin

President Devizes Rotary

10,000 purple crocuses planted as part of End Polio Now Campaign

Last Saturday Devizes Rotary organised the planting of a further ten thousand purple crocuses on The Green in Devizes. Mayor Nigel Carter joined them, family members and members of Devizes Town Council to help in a nationwide bid to plant six million crocus corms in the lead up to World Polio Day on 24th October.

Rotary, the World Health Organization, UNICEF and the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention have been working together since 1988, then, in 2007, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation joined them in their campaign to eradicate polio. The campaign has since reduced the number of polio cases by 99.9 percent, and has reached more than 2.5 billion children with the appropriate vaccine. Rotary, with matching funds from the Gates Foundation, has contributed more than $1.6 billion.

The crocuses planted on The Green in Devizes are a symbolic representation of the children around the world receiving immunisation, and they are purple to signify the purple dye that the children dip their finger into to make sure no children are missed.

If you would like to contribute to the work we’re doing go to

Trinity Primary Academy receive their 2017 SuperChoir plaque

When visiting The Trinity Church of England Primary Academy, King Artaxerxes – better known as Devizes Rotary President Alan Martin – looked forlornly into his empty tankard during a short performance at recent whole school assembly.

Worried that his wine had been poisoned, he took the opportunity to discount such worries and instead talk to the school about their recent SuperChoir performance at Dauntsey’s School.

All who had taken part stood proudly among their peers before the youngest, Chloe and the oldest Isla, came forward to receive a memento of their SuperChoir experience.