Category Archives: Communities

Tools for Self Reliance

Devizes Rotarians have made a second visit to the workshops of Holt based charity, ‘Tools for Self Reliance’ with a second load of tools generously donated by members of the public. For some weeks, Rotarian Paula Winchcombe has been receiving and assembling the assorted tools and will continue to receive donations of unwanted tools at her premises at 37 New Park Street, Devizes.

The charity, ‘Tools for Self Reliance’ are delighted to receive carpentry and metal working tools, building tools and tools found in the garage but no longer wanted; in addition leather workers tools, plumbing equipment and ‘ground working tools such as sledge hammers, pickaxes and crowbars are also willingly accepted.

Tools for Self Reliance’ work in partnership with local organisations in six countries in Africa – Ghana, Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania, Sierra Leone and Uganda – where the refurbished tools are sent. Unwanted tools can provide the beginning of a sustainable livelihood and income, for people affected by poverty in Africa – people who will benefit by being able earn their own living once they receive the refurbished tools and receive the necessary training.

The charity ‘Tools for Self Reliance’ and Devizes Rotary are grateful for the support and the contributions made by the people of Devizes.

Thanks from Jana Jyoti School

Thanks from Alzheimer’s Research UK

Thanks from Sightsavers

Paella Party for Imagine Cruising

On Saturday 11th August we held a Paella Party for some employees of Imagine Cruising plus their family and friends.

The party was one of the two which were won in an auction held at The Springfields Academy where all proceeds were donated to the school.

All was going well in preparation for the event when we met up at Colin’s lockup in Bromham to load up the cars. However things became somewhat fraught when we realised that the address we’d been given was not recognised by our satnav devices as the house was a new one at the Tadpole Garden Village near Swindon.

This was further complicated by the fact that we didn’t have a telephone number for the contact person!

Nevertheless, we did manage to get there in the end (although not before some references to “it’s a bit like being part of Dad’s Army!” had been made) and, under the expert guidance of head chef Colin, we were again able to put on a great meal which was very much appreciated by all involved.

Thanks to the Imagine Cruising folks for their hospitality, and also to my granddaughter Molly for keeping us older blokes in order!


Thanks from Canon’s House