Category Archives: Events

Singing at the 2018 DCA Wellbeing Day

Below is a video of the adult choir singing a couple of songs at the Wellbeing Day, followed by them singing together with the children’s choir. Sorry I didn’t manage to get one of the children’s choir singing on their own, but unfortunately I was called away to deal with some issue or other at that time!

Also below are links to an article about the day which appeared in print in this week’s Gazette and Herald, plus a link to a letter sent to the paper by Cllr Judy Rose.

Printed Article

Printed Letter

Best wishes,


Devizes Community Area Wellbeing Day is a big hit!

As stated in this week’s Gazette and Herald – click HERE to see the article – the Wellbeing Day, which was held last Saturday (23rd June) and was organised by Devizes Rotary working in partnership with the Devizes Communty Area Wellbeing Group, was a big hit!

Below are some more ‘photos from the day:

A 6am start

Exercise Workshops

Healthcare Exhibitors

Club Exhibitors

Animal Exhibitors!

£3,000 raised for Cannon’s House Children’s Home

The annual Lions-Rotary Golf Day took place as planned on 9th May at the Notrth Wilts Golf Course and raised £3,000 for Cannons House Children’s Home.

The cheque was presented recently to the house by members from both the Lions and Rotary clubs.

The house, which is run by Wiltshire Council, is an eight bedroom home in Belle Vue Road Devizes that provides short-term breaks for young people who have severe learning difficulties and often life limiting conditions.



Devizes Rotarians gift trees to the town

A worldwide Rotary goal was set last year by Rotary International President Ian Riseley, for at least one tree to be planted for every Rotary member to help change the environment for the better.

To help with this challenge, Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland President Denis Spiller has secured the valuable help of the Woodland Trust, the UK’s largest conservation charity. The charity is delighted to support Rotary by supplying trees and advice to make sure the saplings have the best chance of survival.

Devizes Rotarians rose to the challenge, and last week Devizes Mayor Andy Geddes accepted 20 trees on behalf of the Town from Devizes Rotary saying that it was a thoughtful and most worthwhile gift.

The trees have been planted on the edge of the extended cemetery in the hope that they will be appreciated by all who visited the tranquil location. President Alan said that Devizes Rotary members are delighted to be able to provide the trees as part of their environmental programme which last year had included the planting of a further 20,000 Crocus Corns on the Green. Asked if Rotary would donate and plant crocus corms again this year, Alan was able to confirm that Rotarian Clive Harland, who follows him as Rotary President, had already made the commitment to do so.

Devizes Rotary are grateful to the Devizes Parks groundsmen for their help in arranging the plantings.

2018 Twinning Weekend

We were incredibly lucky with the weather during our Twinning Weekend that was held from Friday 18th to Monday 21st May with members from the Mayenne Club in France and the Geldermalsen Club in Holland.

Right from the moment we met our guests at the Community First offices on Friday evening, the sun continued to shine (well Ok it had a break overnight) until Monday when the last of the guests departed.

Below are some ‘photos and videos from the weekend which, although we did miss the Royal Wedding and FA Cup Final, was thoroughly enjoyed by all as noted by Derk van den Haak, the Geldermalsen President, in the following note:

On behalf of Rotary Club Geldermalsen I would like to thank our friends from Devizes for the great weekend. Well organized and varied.

Just like the Royal Wedding it has been amazing!

Saturday 19th

Cross Manufacturing 

In the morning we met up at Cross Manufacturing for an educational visit. Cross are a world leading manufacturer of aerospace seals, aircraft piston rings and custom seal rings for aircraft engines, steam turbines, vehicle turbochargers, control valves and many other industrial environments.

Canal Trip with picnic lunch

BBQ & Barn Dance at the Rowdey Cow



Sunday 20th

Walk around Lacock

Fun and Games at Owl Lodge

Reverse Steering


Cooking & Eating

Axe Throwing

Rifle Shooting

Monday 21st

Owl Lodge

Taking down the marquee … what a difference a day makes!

Letter of thanks from the Lions for our cooking at the May Fayre

Hi Cliff

What a fantastic job you all did, I can’t thank you enough. An absolute pleasure to work with all, it did nothing more than enhance the whole event. Please pass on our thanks to your whole Club and I look forward to working with you all again either in The May Fair or other ventures.

Very Best wishes

Andy Sheppard.