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From’ Driving Miss Daisy’ on the silver screen to…….
……. ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ on the roads in Devizes!
Rotary President Alan Martin has had the pleasure of welcoming new Rotarian, Paul Dyer to Devizes Rotary.
Paul, who was proposed by Geoff Collins, has been a regular attender for some time at Devizes Rotary meetings, and has already shown an interest in Rotary’s community work.
Living and working in Devizes, Paul can be often seen driving one of his ‘Miss Daisy’ vehicles, each of which is specially fitted out to accommodate less able passengers. Paul has the local contract for the ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ franchise which he operates, if necessary, for seven days a week which takes its name from the award willing film of the same name.
The ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ team provide companion driving services for the elderly, children and the disabled, helping them to regain their independence by getting out and about to enjoy everyday living. Paul and his team will help with shopping, getting to appointments or simply accompany their clients on outings.
President Alan said that Paul is a very welcome addition to the Devizes Rotary team.
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 https://www.alzheimerswiltshire.org.uk
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!