Category Archives: Events

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,


Devizes Area Final of the Rotary Young Chef Competition 2017

Last Monday (27th November) the Final of the Devizes Area Rotary Young Chef Competition 2017 took place at the Farm Cookery School near Bromham.

Four contestants took part, namely Eliza Amer and Maddie Chesterton from Devizes School, and Leona Adams and Harrison Damon from Lavington School.

Thanks to Gretchen, the owner of the school, for letting us hold the competition there again, and to the three judges – Colin Lugg, Laura Mayes and Jackie Truscott – who did a great job judging the high quality work of the four contestants as they prepared their 3-course meals.

One of the things I really enjoy about the competition is that I get to meet and talk to the people that come along to support the contestants. It’s obvious that the contestants very much appreciate the support they give, and they were particularly pleased to see the two teachers that are responsible for Food Technology at their schools, namely Anna Woodman from Lavington School and Tabby Willis from Devizes School.

Anna Woodman and Tabby Willis

Two hours after starting cooking, the contestants could relax a little and stand back to admire their work:

Each competitor was then presented with a Certificate of Participation so that they had a momento of the evening,

When the moment of truth arrived the result was announced  as follows:

Maddie Chesterton  110 points
Leona Adams 119 points
Harrison Damon 133 points
Eliza Amer 125 points

And so    Harrison Damon   was declared the Devizes Area Rotary Young Chef Champion for 2017.  Many congratulations to him, and to all of the contestants for putting on a fantastic show!

Harrison has now been invited to go forward to the Regional Final which will take place at King Alfred School in Highbridge on Saturday 3rd February 2018, so please join me in wishing him the very best of luck in that.

Best wishes


Remembrance Day Thanks

Please see below an email from Alan Thompson, the Devizes Branch Secretary of the Royal British Legion, to both Devizes Lions and Rotary for their help on Remembrance Sunday.

Hi Jerry & Alan,

May I thank you both, and your members for the brilliant task they carried out in manning the Road Blocks for Remembrance Day. Without this job being done properly, it would have led to huge problems for the Marching personnel.

Please give them my huge appreciation for a job well done. Thank heavens it was dry.

I hope I can call upon your excellent service, as I have in the past, for next year, the 100th Anniversary of the end of WW1.

Kind Regards

Alan R Thomson

Branch Secretary
Devizes RBL

Devizes Service Clubs united in Remembrance and Duty

Remembrance Sunday dawned bright and clear but the chill wind ensured all who attended the Remembrance Day service in St John’s Church and later at the cenotaph, wrapped up warmly!

However, the chill in the air did not deter the crowds who packed into St John’s Church for the hour long service and later filled Long Street, to witness the laying of wreaths. This simple but meaningful ceremony, is a poignant reminder  to all  participants and to those simply watching, of the ultimate sacrifice made by so many in all conflicts since the First World  War.

Devizes Rotary President Alan Martin, joined Devizes Lion’s President Robert Postlethwaite, to lay their club’s  wreaths at the cenotaph.

Lion’s President Robert Postlethwaite (left) joins Devizes Rotary President, Alan Martin in laying their wreaths on Remembrance Sunday

While on duty in Long Street, with her ‘Lion’ companion, Tony, Devizes Rotarian Alison Batchelor stood guard to ensure that the road remained closed to traffic, thus allowing a safe passage to the crowds who gathered at the cenotaph.

Rotarian Alison Batchelor with Lion colleague, Tony, ensured that Long Street remains closed to traffic for the duration of the ceremony.

Elsewhere in Devizes, Rotarians Terry Bazeley and  Iain Wallis stood guard with their ‘Lion’ partners, ensuring that traffic, wishing to pass through the market place and into Long Street was promptly diverted!

This annual day of remembrance is skillfully planned and choreographed by the Devizes Branch of The Royal British Legion.  All credit to them.

SuperChoir participants receive a ‘little something’ for their school’s trophy cabinet

Children at Wansdyke Primary School and Southbroom Primary Academy recently received a token of their participation in Devizes Rotary’s ‘SuperChoir’, from Rotary’s President, Alan Martin. Now in its fourth year, Rotary’s ‘SuperChoir’ has provided the opportunity for primary schools to come together to sing some of their favorite songs.  Held at Dauntsey’s School, in front of an invited audience of mums, dads, and grannies and grandads, more than 150 children came together from five local schools.

At each of the schools, President Alan Martin invited the youngest and oldest members of their SuperChoir, to join him in front of the whole school assembly, to be presented with the 2017 SuperChoir award.

Ruby and Marie receive the award on behalf of their Southbroom colleagues

He said he was delighted to be able to make the presentations during school assemblies and hoped that the schools he visited, would be encouraged to participate in future ‘SuperChoir’ performances.

Wansdyke’s Isabelle Bishop and Cecily Surowiec receive the award while Lilly Strong. looks on.