Category Archives: Events
Many thanks to Chris and Helie Franklin at the Caenhill Countryside Centre for showing Alan, Nita and I round the Centre yesterday. This gave us a great insight into the wonderful work they are doing to give various community groups hands on experience of both agriculture and horticulture projects in a warm and very supportive environment.
See below a note and some ‘photos of the day from Chris.
Greetings Alan, Cliff
Thank you for your visit today and time to look around the project. Sorry no time for tea, but next time.
Caen Hill Countryside Centre
Back in July, a certificate for a Devizes Rotary Paella Party was auctioned at the Julia’s House Summer Ball. It was won by Craig Collingwood, and so a couple of Saturday’s ago the Devizes Rotary Cooking Team were delighted to be able to cook some of their delicious paella for Craig, his wife Vicki, and around 20 other guests.
A note from Craig together with some ‘photos from the evening are shown below. All the profits (£348.78) from the event have been donated to Julia’s House.
Just wanted to say a MASSIVE thanks to you and the team for last Saturday evening. We all had a great night and really enjoyed the food. Please pass on our thanks to everyone.
The Devizes Rotary SuperChoir Concert went ahead as planned earlier this month. The Rotary Team, together with Artistic Director Carol Berry and Technical Director Chris Berry, spent the morning setting up the hall so that everything was ready for the choirs when they arrived in the early afternoon.
The Rotary Team then set up the canteen so that the children could enjoy their tea after they’d had time to practise together on the stage.
After tea it was suddently time for the performance, and what a performance it was as the children sang their hearts out to the 8 songs featured in the first part of the show.
The last song before the break was Peace will Come by Tom Paxton, and some of the children got an opportunity to explain to an enraptured audience what they believe the meaning of ‘peace’ is:
Time for a bit of fun during the break:
From Councillor Nigel Carter, Mayor of Devizes
The performance was wonderful, so proud of my little boy. All of the children were marvellous, such a wonderful event and a lovely way to spend an evening.
Well done to all involved.
To our supporters
The Devizes Rotary SuperChoir 2017 Concert could not have happened without the help of our many supporters. These of course are primarily the children, but also include their teachers and family, Carole and Chris Berry, the Devizes Rotary Team and the following organisations:
It was very interesting to hear about the great work that all the organisations are doing that attended the Devizes Rotary Half Year Review earlier this month, and even more satisfying to hear how much they enjoyed listening and talking to each other about their respective work.
Below are some examples of written comments that we’ve received.
I very much enjoyed last night, listening to everyone else’s stories. It clearly gives you a lot of pleasure working in the community with such a wide and varied collection of organisations.”
Dementia Aware Project Worker
I can assure you that all donations are gratefully received and all monies put to very good use. Alzheimer’s Support rely heavily on people’s generosity and without this would struggle to survive.
Once again, thank you for your kind donation.”
A couple of weeks ago Devizes Rotary invited representatives from each of the organisations we’ve supported over the past 6 months to a review meeting where we could hand over any donations to be made to them. We were delighted that the following people were in attendance to recognise the terrific work that we have done together:
- Gianni Campanella: Dolcipani
- Catherine Newman: Brighter Futures
- Emily Knight : Dorothy House
- Emma Booth : Devizes Opportunity Centre
- Graham Mitchell: Julia’s House
- Rachel Lambert: Rowdeford School
- Sheila Ashley: Alzheimer’s Support
- Louisa Bruce: Springfields Academy
- Roger Stratton: Lions Club of Devizes
- Hellie Franklin: CaneHill Countryside Centre
- Andy Weeds: Open Blue Trust
- Nigel Carter: Mayor of Devizes
In addition, a number of the Friends of Devizes Rotary Team were there to enjoy a lovely buffet at The Crown in New Park Street while I went through the following presentation, which summarises the work done with and for each group:
I again stressed that, over my year as President, Devizes Rotary have worked closely with a number of partners to help the people and communities that together we support, and I would personally like to thank them, the Devizes Rotary membership and the Friends of Devizes Rotary for helping to make my year as President so enjoyable and a lot of fun!
Below are a number of ‘photos from the evening:
Following the above review, I handed over the presidency to Alan Martin, wishing him all the very best for the coming year.
On Saturday 1st July it was the 18th Devizes Beer Festival, which is the biggest event that’s held at The Wharf, and the largest unsubsidised event in the town. Once again the Devizes Rotary Cooking Team were there in force, together with a number of Friends of Devizes Rotary who helped to put on a feast for the assembled festival goers. This year we partnered with the Guides to form a very impressive Food Court to raise money for the Guides and other local charities.
It was all hands to their cooking stations as we got the Foodcourt ready to sell Burgers and Hot Dogs (the Guides took care of those), Roast Potatoes, Chicken and Quesadellas, plus of course Colin’s famous Beef and Vegetable Chilli.
After a cloudy start the sun came out as almost 2,000 people attended the festival, drinking around 10,000 pints of beer and 1,500 pints of cider and perry. not to mention eating many hundreds of hot dogs, quesadellas and chillis!
Thanks to all the hard work that went into planning the event and to the terrific support provided by the Team on the day, all the different types of food on offer food went down very well, and a good time was again had by all!