Monthly Archives: November 2017

Remembrance Day Thanks

Please see below an email from Alan Thompson, the Devizes Branch Secretary of the Royal British Legion, to both Devizes Lions and Rotary for their help on Remembrance Sunday.

Hi Jerry & Alan,

May I thank you both, and your members for the brilliant task they carried out in manning the Road Blocks for Remembrance Day. Without this job being done properly, it would have led to huge problems for the Marching personnel.

Please give them my huge appreciation for a job well done. Thank heavens it was dry.

I hope I can call upon your excellent service, as I have in the past, for next year, the 100th Anniversary of the end of WW1.

Kind Regards

Alan R Thomson

Branch Secretary
Devizes RBL

Devizes Service Clubs united in Remembrance and Duty

Remembrance Sunday dawned bright and clear but the chill wind ensured all who attended the Remembrance Day service in St John’s Church and later at the cenotaph, wrapped up warmly!

However, the chill in the air did not deter the crowds who packed into St John’s Church for the hour long service and later filled Long Street, to witness the laying of wreaths. This simple but meaningful ceremony, is a poignant reminder  to all  participants and to those simply watching, of the ultimate sacrifice made by so many in all conflicts since the First World  War.

Devizes Rotary President Alan Martin, joined Devizes Lion’s President Robert Postlethwaite, to lay their club’s  wreaths at the cenotaph.

Lion’s President Robert Postlethwaite (left) joins Devizes Rotary President, Alan Martin in laying their wreaths on Remembrance Sunday

While on duty in Long Street, with her ‘Lion’ companion, Tony, Devizes Rotarian Alison Batchelor stood guard to ensure that the road remained closed to traffic, thus allowing a safe passage to the crowds who gathered at the cenotaph.

Rotarian Alison Batchelor with Lion colleague, Tony, ensured that Long Street remains closed to traffic for the duration of the ceremony.

Elsewhere in Devizes, Rotarians Terry Bazeley and  Iain Wallis stood guard with their ‘Lion’ partners, ensuring that traffic, wishing to pass through the market place and into Long Street was promptly diverted!

This annual day of remembrance is skillfully planned and choreographed by the Devizes Branch of The Royal British Legion.  All credit to them.

SuperChoir participants receive a ‘little something’ for their school’s trophy cabinet

Children at Wansdyke Primary School and Southbroom Primary Academy recently received a token of their participation in Devizes Rotary’s ‘SuperChoir’, from Rotary’s President, Alan Martin. Now in its fourth year, Rotary’s ‘SuperChoir’ has provided the opportunity for primary schools to come together to sing some of their favorite songs.  Held at Dauntsey’s School, in front of an invited audience of mums, dads, and grannies and grandads, more than 150 children came together from five local schools.

At each of the schools, President Alan Martin invited the youngest and oldest members of their SuperChoir, to join him in front of the whole school assembly, to be presented with the 2017 SuperChoir award.

Ruby and Marie receive the award on behalf of their Southbroom colleagues

He said he was delighted to be able to make the presentations during school assemblies and hoped that the schools he visited, would be encouraged to participate in future ‘SuperChoir’ performances.

Wansdyke’s Isabelle Bishop and Cecily Surowiec receive the award while Lilly Strong. looks on.

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Talk by Alzheimers Support

A couple of weeks ago Devizes Rotary were delighted to hear a talk given by two visitors from the Alzheimers Support organisation, namely Tina Perryman and Diane Barkham. Tina is one of the nine Dementia Advisers in Diane’s team, and, as well as covering  Devizes, she is also responsible for the Marlborough, Ramsbury and Lavington areas.

They explained the terrific work that Alzheimers Support do including providing Daycare Services where people living with dementia can spend a a full day out in a supportive, stimulating environment. The  Devizes Sidmouth Street Club for example provides such an environment, and activities include Movement for the Mind Devizes and the Living Well discussion group.

Alzheimers Support also provide a Support at Home service to help people to enjoy social contact and to continue to pursue their interests while family carers can take a well-earned break.

Thanks again to Tina and Diane for coming to talk to us about the crucial work that they, and the rest of the Alzheimers Support team do. For further information please go to

Diane (on the left) and Tina with Devizes Rotary President Alan Martin

Skittles success!

A few weeks ago the Devizes Rotary Skittles Team played their first game in this season’s District 1200 Skittles Knock-Out Cup competition. We were again playing Westbury, who beat us in the first round of the competition last year, so it was with a little trepidation (at least on my part!) that we took to the skittles alley at the Cross Keys in Rowde for the re-match.

It was a close run thing, but in the end we managed to sneak over the line first. Thanks to Westbury for a very enjoyable evening, and who knows, perhaps we’ll meet again in next year’s competition!