Category Archives: Events

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.

Golf Day with Lions – May 9th 2018

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:

Metal Detecting – a possible fund raising idea

One of the ways being considered by Devizes Rotary to raise funds is to organise a metal detecting rally. An example advert for such an event can be found here The ‘photos below were taken at that event.

Our responsibilities would include:

  • Finding a suitable farmer/landowner with a minimum 100 acres field who will allow us to detect for the day.
  • Marshalling the car park.
  • Marshalling the detector users so that they do not wander into the wrong fields.
  • Organising and selling food to the users.

We would subcontract the following responsibilities to an Experienced Event Organiser (EEO):

  • Advertising the event and ensuring a good turnout on the day.
  • Liaising with the landowner to ensure everything runs smoothly on the day and any problems are dealt with quickly & efficiently.

The takings would be split 20% to the EEO, 80% to us. We would charge £15 per head, so 200 users would mean £3,000 takings, ie £2,400 to us and £600 to the EEO.

Out of our £2,400 there would be the expense of toilet blocks if there were no permanent ones nearby. No fee will be payable to the farmer as he will receive 50% of anything valuable that is found on the day. On one event in Lambourn 5 gold torcs were found and both the finder and the landowner received £50,000 each!

So … watch this space 🙂

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,