Category Archives: Communities

Rotary inspired Global Sight Solutions

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 to get an idea of the great work they’re doing.

Springfields Academy Christmas Fair 2017

Last Thursday evening Springfields Academy opened their doors to parents and the public for their annual Christmas fair. Devizes Rotary took over the refectory to cook hot dogs and burgers plus both alcoholic and non-alcoholic Mold Wine, and the Conservatory to run the Rotathalon Games.

Although it was distinctly chilly outside, the atmosphere inside was lovely and warm and a good time was had by all. All profits from the Rotary food sales and donations were added to the profits made by the other stalls, and the total of over £800 will go to supporting pupils with educational  trips and resources to enrich their learning.

Helping to develop interviewing skills at Devizes School

Last week four of us from Devizes Rotary (David L, David H, Paul and myself) were invited along to Devizes School to take part in an exercise to help Year 10 students better understand and practise their interviewing techniques.

David H and Paul joined one group of students, and David L and I the other to provide feedback as they performed their role-plays. These proved to be very useful in giving the students an idea of what to do (and not do!) in interview situations.

Below is a thank you card from Vix Mackay who organised the session:

Devizes Rotary help out at Julia’s House Family Christmas Cracker event

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

Hello Cliff,

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.

Kind Regards,


Rotarians help at the Devizes Tree Festival

Devizes groups celebrate Christmas and help raise funds for local children’s charities.

Once again, Devizes Rotarians have played their part in the organisation and management of the 2017 Christmas Tree Festival. Not least however, has been the contribution made by Rotarian Terry Bazeley, who masterminded the project management from its very beginning. Terry’s personal contribution in time and commitment cannot be understated.

Help was on hand from Rotarians Jean Allen, David Hogg and President Alan during the latter stages of setting up when, over three days, children from Devizes schools and infant groups, members of clubs, societies and businesses arrived at St John’s Church to decorate their sponsored trees – all sixty of them!

Rotary too, sponsored and decorated a tree – as Devizes Rotary have done on two previous occasions. While many of the trees are wonderfully and thoughtfully decorated, Rotary’s theme this year was to celebrate ‘Rotary around the World’. With our tree displaying flags of many nations our strap line stated, ‘Rotary in Devizes and in 35,000 other clubs throughout the world’.

The trees will be judged by MP Claire Perry, and while we don’t expect to win a prize, we hope that our tree will tell  a story of Rotary’s worldwide ‘Service above Self’ promise.

The Festival will be followed on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th December with a Christmas Bazaar in both Devizes Town Hall and St. John’s Church. Rotarians will be busy during the Bazaar cooking and serving food and in doing so, raise funds for the nominated charities.

All money raised from the Tree Festival and the Bazaar will be donated to charity, with 25% going to St Johns **Omnes ad Unum fund and 75% awarded to local children’s charities*.

The Christmas Tree Festival at St John’s Church, Long Street, Devizes, runs from Saturday 2nd December through to Saturday 6th January and can be viewed between 3.00pm and 5.00pm on each day when all trees will be lit and when they can be seen to best advantage.


*The Festival and Bazaar is supporting: –   Canon’s House, Devizes & District Opportunity Centre, Bradbury Manor, Julia’s House, 3rd Devizes Scouts, Devizes & District Girl Guides, Wiltshire Young Carers, Rowdford Charitable Trust, Caen Hill Countryside Centre, Wiltshire Sight Zoom Club.

**Omnes Ad Unum (All for One) Devizes is a group which was set up in   2015 with members from St. John’s Church and the local community of Devizes and surrounding areas.  Omnes Ad Unum is a group operating within the charitable status of St John with St Mary Devizes to raise funds for both the Church and importantly for good causes within the wider Devizes Community. Events are organised throughout the year, with 75% of the funds raised being donated to local organisations and charities.


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