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On Saturday 2nd December the Devizes Rotary Food and Fun team team were in action at the Julia’s House Family Christmas Cracker event which was held at the Braeside Education & Conference Centre in Devizes.
Although there weren’t as many visitors as was hoped, many of those that did attend took full advantage of the hot food on offer from Devizes Rotary to warm up against the winter chill.
A few of the younger visitors also had a go on the ‘Rotathalon’ games that were there, namely Splat the Rat, Loop the Loop and Desktop Skittles. It turned out that there were some budding future champions among them!
All the profits raised by Devizes Rotary have been donated to Julia’s House which has been supporting Wiltshire families with life-limited children for three years via its home-based community care. The new hospice in Devizes now gives them access to further specialist end of life care and social opportunities at the Devizes centre.
A note from Graham Mitchell , Chair of Friends of Julias House Devizes
On behalf of Julia’s House I would like to thank you and your team for providing some excellent hot food for us on Saturday, it really went down well. We really appreciate your support, and look forward to working with you again on future events.
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 https://www.endpolio.org/donate
On Tuesday of this week, hundreds of people enjoyed the official opening event of theDevizes Community Hub and Library. The afternoon was a real community celebration, with activities for children, a bake-off cake competition, and superb performances from Devizes Rotary SuperChoir, and St Matthews Junior Choir, Rowde.
John Thomson, cabinet member for communities and libraries, said: “This fantastic new hub is part of Wiltshire Council’s programme of investment to create community campuses and hubs across the county.”
Devizes Rotary President Alan Martin was flattered to hear the choir introduced as ‘The Devizes SuperChoir’! In addressing the gathering at the opening of the event, President Alan was able to say how proud he and his colleagues in Devizes Rotary were of their SuperChoir, now in its fourth year.
Representing the 160 strong choir at the Community Hub, and singing a selection of songs first heard when the 2017 SuperChoir performed at Dauntsey’s school in July, were children from Southbroom, St Nicholas and Wansdyke Primary schools.
Once again, Devizes Rotary is grateful to their Artistic Director Carol Berry who, with the support of husband Chris, ensured the children were well rehearsed and ready to give a snapshot performance of Devizes Rotary’s SuperChoir.
Rotary is also very grateful to the mothers and teachers who gathered to support their children at the opening.
Some feedback from Graeme Morrison, Wiltshire Council’s Devizes Community Engagement Manager:
I would just like to add my sincere thanks, on behalf of Wiltshire Council, to all the children who took part in the SuperChoir yesterday at the hub, and to those schools that helped facilitate that. It was wonderful to see and hear the children in the new Community Hub and Library. I really hope they enjoyed performing as much as everybody enjoyed listening.
I’d also like to say a special thanks to Alan, and especially to Carol and Chris, for helping to make this happen.
All the best
Following the presentation of the cheque made recently by the Devizes Lions Club and Devizes Rotary to the Devizes Opportunity Centre (click HERE for details) I received the following letter of thanks from Graham Gaiger:
It’s lovely to be able to help such a worthy vause, and thanks once again to all concerned for their great support.
Many thousands of people have been affected by Hurricane Irma over the past couple of weeks. It destroyed around 90 percent of the Caribbean island of Barbuda, and devastated vast areas of St Martin, Puerto Rico, Turks and Caicos, South Eastern Bahamas and Florida. Authorities in St. Martin said 95 percent of the French part of the island was destroyed.
Devizes Rotary therefore arranged a street collection last Thursday which raised £568.66 due to the generosity of the Devizes public. This has already been sent to the ShelterBox charity, who are continuing to ship much needed supplies to help alleviate the enormous suffering caused by the hurricane.
Devizes Rotary will send a further £500 in the next few days to help with that effort.
A big thank you to all who contributed so generously to the collection, and if you’d like to make your own contribution please go to https://www.shelterbox.org/hurricane-irma