Category Archives: Communities

Devizes Rotary SuperChoir gives a fun performance at the town’s Community Hub opening

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


Thanks from the Devizes Opportunity Centre

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.

Best wishes


Raising cash for Hurricane Irma victims

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.

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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

Devizes Rotary organise a Paella Party in support of the Nestling Trust

Through Devizes Rotarian Geoff Collins, Devizes Rotary have been looking for some time at ways we could support The Nestling Trust,  a Charity established in Devizes  to provide destitute children in Nepal with a secure and loving home in the Nepalese village of Sarangkot.

Geoff came up with the idea of running a Paella Party in support of the charity, and so at the end of last month that’s just what happened when around 50 people attended an event which took part at Mike Judy Gaiger’s house in Little Cheverell (Mike is a Trustee of the Trust).

Chiel Chef Colin with Mike and Judy Gaiger, plus their grand daughter

After the event Mike wrote:

Dear Geoff, Jackie, Alan & Colin. Thank you so much for the feast last Friday. Everyone enjoyed it – we had nothing but the highest praise for the food.

The other great news is that even before the event, over £1,000 had been raised for the Trust, which, as well as building the home in Sarangkot, will also provide the children with health care and an education, and give them the opportunity to learn skills such as tailoring, computer technology, farming, food preparation etc necessary for attaining jobs in the future.

The Trust also supports programmes to provide basic health care and health education to villagers in the remote areas of Nepal.

For more information go to

Devizes International Street Festival 2017 gets off to a great start!

The Devizes International Street Festival Fortnight 2017 got off to a great start a couple of weeks ago with the Picnic in the Park.

Early that morning it was all hands on deck as we erected the Devizes Rotary Marquee, which was to act as the ‘stage’ for the performers throughout the day.

The marquee did it’s job well, and the sun shone down on the crowd who enjoyed their picnics listening to great music in good company.

That was until the rain came down half way through the afternoon, but that didn’t deter the stalwarts in the crowd and the good news was that the Rotart marquee did it’s job well with no leaks!

Devizes Rotary were again in action the following bank holiday weekend, when the main 2 days of the Festival were a terrific success.

But more of that later …

Devizes Lions and Rotary support the Devizes Opportunity Centre

Back in May the sun shone on the annual Charity Golf Day which was jointly organised by Devizes Lions and Rotary – click HERE for details. As a result a total of £3,390 was raised for the Devizes Opportunity Centre which helps children with special needs and their families.

Last month members of both Lions and Rotary visited the Centre to formally present the cheque to staff at the Centre.

The above photograph was taken during the visit, and shows Cliff Evans (Rotary) and Roger Stratton (Lions) holding the cheque while surrounded by fellow Lions and Rotary members, plus a selection of staff, parents and children from the Centre.

Many congratulations to all involved at the Centre who do a great job promoting the overall development and life chances of young children who have disabilities, learning difficulties and complex health conditions. Go to for more details.