Category Archives: Events

Crocuses add a splash of colour to The Green

Last December Devizes Rotary planted more crocus bulbs along the edge of the Green to represent the people that have been vaccinated by Rotary against polio. Click HERE for details.

Well, I’m delighted to say that those bulbs have now begun to add a lovely splash of purple to the Green as shown in the photo below.

Roll on Spring time!

Photo courtesy of Iain Wallis

Cooking at the Bath Rugby Walk

Last Saturday Devizes Rotary, with the help of a couple of Devizes Lions, were again invited to cook at the Bath Rugby Walk, which as usual started at Dorothy House in Winsley, and ended at the Bath rugby ground. It was a great day for all concerned, and once again we donated all profits (almost £600)  to Dorothy House and the Bath Rugby Foundation.

Here’s a note from Emily Knight, the organiser of the event:

Hi Cliff and the Rotary Club of Devizes dream team

Thank you SO much for all your help and hard work on Saturday providing the delicious food for the walkers and volunteers at the Bath Rugby Walk.  As always, it was a complete pleasure to work the with professional, fun, kind, hardworking and totally fabulous Rotarians.  You are a shining light for us all and show what camaraderie and delight can be gained by giving up your precious time to help others.  Please can I clone you?!

In the end we had 545 people sign up to walk, with 506 actually walking on the day.  Last year we raised over £56,000 from the event for the two charities and we’re hoping to match that again this year.

We couldn’t have made the day so successful without the legendary addition of the Rotary Club of Devizes, and on behalf of Dorothy House and the Bath Rugby Foundation we just wanted you to know…we love you!!!!

And finally…..volunteers don’t get paid, not because they’re worthless, but because they’re priceless.

Kind regards

Emily

Emily Knight
Events Fundraiser
Dorothy House Hospice Care
Winsley, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, BA15 2LE

Devizes Rotary Christmas Hampers 2018

 

Last weekend members of Devizes Rotary braved the cold and wet to collect almost £350 to buy hampers for families in need this Christmas.

By adding some extra cash from club funds, we were able to put together 24 hampers which we’ve been distributing throughout the town and surrounding villages over the fast few days.

Thanks very much to everyone for your contributions – it really means a lot to the families concerned, as typified in the following quote:

We have just been given a hamper from a neighbour that you tried to deliver earlier.  As a family we are incredibly grateful and deeply moved. It is very much unexpected.

Thank you so much.

Merry Christmas to you all wonderful kind people.

Kelsey in Panto!

Our very own Kelsey is currently appearing in the ‘Kidnap in Pantoland’ at the Wharf Theatre. She plays Sleeping Beauty and is one of the 3 princesses kidnapped in the show.

Without giving too much away, I’m delighted to say that eventually the princesses are all rescued, and so both Sleeping Beauty and Snow White were able to pose for photos with a few of us Rotarians after the show.

Many congratulations to Kelsey who was fantastic … even when asleep!

Brighter Futures Radiotherapy Appeal reaches it’s target

A £175,000 pledge from Swindon and Wiltshire Rotary clubs recently took the Brighter Futures appeal to raise cash to buy equipment for a new radiotherapy unit at Great Western Hospital, to it’s £2.9m target.

This is fantastic news, and Devizes Rotary can be proud that we did our bit to help reach the target by helping to organise the Singing for Life Concert last year which raised over £3,000 – click HERE for details.

 

Wiltshire Young Musician Competition 2018

Clive Harland, President of Devizes Rotary Devizes Rotary, recently presented the Rotary Trophy to Mathew Powell, the winner of the Young Musician of Wiltshire Competition.

Below is a write-up about the event from Michael Johnson, Director of West Wiltshire Music Limited:

Matthew Powell, a 17 year old Trumpeter from Calne, became the third winner of the Young Musician of Wiltshire Competition, held before a packed audience in the Devizes Town Assembly Room last Saturday evening.

The competition was part of the Devizes Eisteddfod’s final promotion of 2018 which also featured notable performances from the festival together with presentations by The Mayor of Devizes to the Eisteddfod’s principal winners.

Six competitors took part in the competition which featured outstanding young performers from a wide area. In second place was flautist Madeleine Longbotham, 16, from Devizes and third, Eliza Munday, 16, a violinist from Exeter.

This was the first time the competition has been held since 2015 and it will now become an annual event. The adjudicator was the distinguished musician, examiner and performer Sharon Gould from Salisbury.

Matthew Powell, who in addition to the Young Musician of Wiltshire Trophy (kindly donated by the Devizes Rotary Club) also received a £250 bursary for future music tuition, provided by Devizes Solicitors, Wansbroughs.

Wiltshire Musician of the Year trophy presented by Devizes Rotary President Clive Harland

An article about the event also appeared in the Gazette and Herald. Click here for details.