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Over forty Devizes Rotary members and guests attended an event at the Wiltshire Museum last week to continue the club’s 60th Anniversary celebrations.
Below is a photo of some of the members that attended the event, together with Dennis Stevens, the District 1200 Governor who presented a commemorative plaque to Paula Winchcombe, the current Devizes Rotary President.
Continuing the success we’ve had in providing the hot food for the Imagine Cruising team over the past 3 years, last Saturday we did the same again at a party hosted at Craig and Vicki Collingwood’s house. The theme of the meal this year was Tex Mex, and we were delighted that their two sons, George & particularly Edward, were there to lend a helping hand setting up the equipment and preparing the food. Thanks a lot fellas!
The money raised at the event will be put towards a week’s holiday next year for a deserving family at the Rotary bungalow in New Milton. In recognition of this, we’ll be naming it the Imagine Rotary Holiday. Thanks again to all the crew at Imagine Cruising for helping to make this happen.
Devizes Rotary were again in action on Sunday 14th July when we cooked hot food (this time paella) at a fund raising event hosted by Jennie Shaw in the grounds of her lovely home in Bremhill near Calne.
Around 50 guests spent a wonderful afternoon in the sunshine, and gave generously in support of the Springfields Academy in Calne.
The 20th Devizes CAMRA Beer Festival took part on Saturday 6th July, and once again Devizes Rotary were invited to provide hot food for the hungry festival goers. Over 20 Rotarians and friends were joined by members of Devizes Lions to serve over 500 burgers, 800 sausages, and four huge pans of chilli. Veggie burgers and a vegan chilli were also on offer, and this year plastic cutlery and polystyrene containers were replaced by recyclable and sustainable alternatives.
A great day was had by all, and we are delighted to say that our efforts raised just under £3,000 local charities.
Much of the following has been taken from an article by Jo Moore which appeared in the online Gazette and Herald on 17th June.
62 organisations offering everything from fitness fun to advice on how to keep your home more secure were out in force in Devizes on Saturday 14th June. The Devizes Community Area Health and Well Being Day, organised by Devizes Rotary with support from the Devizes Area Board, brought together a wide range of activities. Many of them were aimed at older people but there was also plenty on offer for younger people who were drawn to The Green despite severe showers throughout the morning.
Devizes U3A for example had a stand to advertise its many and varied groups that meet in members’ homes, village halls and community centres so people can socialise and do everything from French conversation and painting to playing table tennis and walking.
Also among those taking part was Devizes Men’s Shed which is a group that brings retired people together to make objects and offer friendship and support. Albert Wooldridge from Mens’ Shed said: “A great day at the Devizes Health and Wellbeing Day held on the small green. Devizes Men’s shed would like to say a big thank you to Cliff Evans for making it possible.”
Also taking part was town councillor Damion Godwin from running club Devizes FIT and Townson training, started by Greg Townson, which offers boot camp fitness.
Before the event opened refreshments were made available to the exhibitors and demonstrators by volunteers from WCIL and St James’ Church, then Devizes Rotary took over providing a great mixture of hot food and drinks. All the profits raised have been donated to 3 loical charities, namely the Devizes Monday Club, Market Lavington Tuesday Club and Bromham & Rowde Tuesday Club.