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The annual Lions-Rotary Golf Day took place as planned on 9th May at the Notrth Wilts Golf Course and raised £3,000 for Cannons House Children’s Home.
The cheque was presented recently to the house by members from both the Lions and Rotary clubs.
The house, which is run by Wiltshire Council, is an eight bedroom home in Belle Vue Road Devizes that provides short-term breaks for young people who have severe learning difficulties and often life limiting conditions.
A worldwide Rotary goal was set last year by Rotary International President Ian Riseley, for at least one tree to be planted for every Rotary member to help change the environment for the better.
To help with this challenge, Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland President Denis Spiller has secured the valuable help of the Woodland Trust, the UK’s largest conservation charity. The charity is delighted to support Rotary by supplying trees and advice to make sure the saplings have the best chance of survival.
Devizes Rotarians rose to the challenge, and last week Devizes Mayor Andy Geddes accepted 20 trees on behalf of the Town from Devizes Rotary saying that it was a thoughtful and most worthwhile gift.
The trees have been planted on the edge of the extended cemetery in the hope that they will be appreciated by all who visited the tranquil location. President Alan said that Devizes Rotary members are delighted to be able to provide the trees as part of their environmental programme which last year had included the planting of a further 20,000 Crocus Corns on the Green. Asked if Rotary would donate and plant crocus corms again this year, Alan was able to confirm that Rotarian Clive Harland, who follows him as Rotary President, had already made the commitment to do so.
Devizes Rotary are grateful to the Devizes Parks groundsmen for their help in arranging the plantings.
The Devizes Rotary cooking team were in action in the cold and snow at the Bath Men’s Walk last Saturday. Here’s a note from from Emily Knight, the organiser of the event:
Hi Alan and all the team
Thank you SO much for all your help at the Bath Men’s Walk on Saturday. We certainly dodged a bullet in terms of the snow settling and thank goodness the walk wasn’t on Sunday!
I’ve had such fantastic feedback from the walkers saying how delicious your food was and I can’t thank the Rotary Club of Devizes enough for your incredible generosity, support and hard work.
We had 541 walkers sign up in the end and what a day it was with pints, Mexican outfits, Irish hats, flat caps, banter, rugby and such an amazing team spirit.
Last year the Bath Men’s Walk raised over £60,000 (split 50/50 between the two charities) and we’re hoping to reach that again this year. How wonderful that you and the walkers all did something so positive to not only help Dorothy House’s patients, families and carers but also raise vital funds for the Bath Rugby Foundation to enable them to empower young people to succeed in the community, using rugby to improve Health, Education, Employability and Inclusion in the South West.
What a team of absolute legends you are, and I really hope you warmed up ok afterwards!!!
Last year we were fortunate to have fellow Rotarian Fiona Miles visit Devizes Rotary to tell us about the fantastic work being done by the Guildford Rotary Eye Project – click HERE for details.
This project has now evolved into the Global Sight Solutions charity which is a continuing the work to provide free eyecare and eye surgery to the very poor in the developing world. This is a great example of how the initiative of a local Rotary Club can become the inspiration for such a global organisation.
Please take a moment to look at their website https://www.globalsightsolutions.org/ to get an idea of the great work they’re doing.