Category Archives: Events

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.


Devizes Rotary cooking at the Lions May Fayre

Last Monday Devizes Rotary were invited along to the Lions May Fayre event to cook a fabulous selection of food including sausage, burgers, chicken, roast potatoes, chilli & pancakes.

All that plus live music, a Punch and Judy display, performances by the Male Majorettes, steam engines, classic cars and a bouncy castles meant that there was something on offer for all the family.

It was a fantastic day and a great pleasure to work with the Devizes Lions team in serving the Devizes community, and in raising much needed funds for some very worthy local causes.


Lavington pupil wins top photographic prize

The following article recently appeared in the Gazette and Herald:

Lavington pupil wins top photographic prize

YOUNG photographer Sophie Vowles took first place in a competition organised by Devizes Rotary Club.

Sophie, who is a pupil at Lavington School, near Devizes took a series of three pictures that looked at everyday scenes from extreme angles and perspectives.

Alison Batchelor from the Rotary Club visited the school to present Sophie with a certificate for coming first in the Rotary Young Photographer competition. She went on to represent the town in a district competition where she received encouraging feedback despite not being placed.

She has had previous success in the Lawrence Society young artist competition and the Wiltshire Museum art contest.

The aim of the competition was to produce a portfolio of up to three photographs based upon the theme ‘A Different Perspective’.

Below are the entries received from each of the competitors. Many congratulations to them all!


Sophie Vowles (winner)

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Bella Paxton

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Tyler Froud

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Izzy Davies

Georgie Noble

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Thanks from Jana Jyoti School in Nepal

Below is a note from Liz Rutter thanking us for our continued support for Jana Jyoto School in Nepal.

You’ll notice a reference in the note to a visit to the UK by the school’s Headmaster Bil Gurung. Bil applied for a visa last year but was unsuccessful, so he is applying again this year, and I’ve written a letter of support from Devizes Rotary to accompany the application. At liz’s suggestion I’ve also written a letter to the MP for Yeovil, Marcus Fysh, thanking him for his support of the application.

Let’s hope that the visa application is successful and that Bil is able to come and visit us in Devizes.

Best wishes


Devizes Rotary Youth Speaks Article in Nursteed School News Letter

Mr Heath, the Nursteed Community Primary School Headteacher, mentioned that the competition was a good learning activity for the children. The school has consistently participated in the annual Devizes Rotary Youth Speaks event, thus underlining the value the school places upon it.

Devizes Rotary Youth Speaks Competition 2018

From Jean Allen
Devizes Rotary Youth Speaks Organiser

Devizes Rotary’s annual Youth Speaks competition has come round again with a record entry of 12 teams from years 5 and 6 of 7 local schools. This event gives young people the opportunity to express themselves effectively whilst also encouraging a high standard of public speaking in a formal situation.

Nursteed School again hosted the event on the 16th March. The selection of topics was impressive ranging from ‘Plastics in the Sea’ to ‘Donald Trumps Nuclear button’! The teams of 4 to 5 members consisting of a Chairperson, Proposer a Speaker (or speakers) and members talk for about 10mins to an audience of parents and teachers before answering questions from the adjudicators.

The standard was very high but the winners were the team from Nursteed Community Primary School speaking on ‘Plastic Pollution’. The quality of their delivery, the level of the research and the response to the questions were most impressive to the adjudicators.

Congratulations to the team and their teacher Amanda Dunstone!

There was also a special prize for the most outstanding speaker and this was awarded to Jake Hinkman from Woodborough C of E Primary School. He was so obviously passionately interested in contrasting the Greek and Roman Gods.

Congratulations to Jake!