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Trinity Primary Academy receive their 2017 SuperChoir plaque


When visiting The Trinity Church of England Primary Academy, King Artaxerxes – better known as Devizes Rotary President Alan Martin – looked forlornly into his empty tankard during a short performance at recent whole school assembly.

Worried that his wine had been poisoned, he took the opportunity to discount such worries and instead talk to the school about their recent SuperChoir performance at Dauntsey’s School.

All who had taken part stood proudly among their peers before the youngest, Chloe and the oldest Isla, came forward to receive a memento of their SuperChoir experience.

Devizes Rotary SuperChoir gives a fun performance at the town’s Community Hub opening

On Tuesday of this week, hundreds of people enjoyed the official opening event of theDevizes Community Hub and Library. The afternoon was a real community celebration, with activities for children, a bake-off cake competition, and superb performances from Devizes Rotary SuperChoir, and St Matthews Junior Choir, Rowde.

John Thomson, cabinet member for communities and libraries, said: “This fantastic new hub is part of Wiltshire Council’s programme of investment to create community campuses and hubs across the county.”

Devizes Rotary President Alan Martin was flattered to hear the choir introduced as ‘The Devizes SuperChoir’! In addressing the gathering at the opening of the event, President Alan was able to say how proud he and his colleagues in Devizes Rotary were of their SuperChoir, now in its fourth year.

Representing the 160 strong choir at the Community Hub, and singing a selection of songs first heard when the 2017 SuperChoir performed at Dauntsey’s school in July, were children from Southbroom, St Nicholas and Wansdyke Primary schools.

Once again, Devizes Rotary is grateful to their Artistic Director Carol Berry who, with the support of husband Chris, ensured the children were well rehearsed and ready to give a snapshot performance of Devizes Rotary’s SuperChoir.

Rotary is also very grateful to the mothers and teachers who gathered to support their children at the opening.

Some feedback from Graeme Morrison, Wiltshire Council’s Devizes Community Engagement Manager:

I would just like to add my sincere thanks, on behalf of Wiltshire Council, to all the children who took part in the SuperChoir yesterday at the hub, and to those schools that helped facilitate that. It was wonderful to see and hear the children in the new Community Hub and Library. I really hope they enjoyed performing as much as everybody enjoyed listening.

I’d also like to say a special thanks to Alan, and especially to Carol and Chris, for helping to make this happen.

All the best

Graeme

Raising cash for Hurricane Irma victims

Many thousands of people have been affected by Hurricane Irma over the past couple of weeks. It destroyed around 90 percent of the Caribbean island of Barbuda, and devastated vast areas of St Martin, Puerto Rico, Turks and Caicos, South Eastern Bahamas and Florida. Authorities in St. Martin said 95 percent of the French part of the island was destroyed.

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Devizes Rotary therefore arranged a street collection last Thursday which raised £568.66 due to the generosity of the Devizes public. This has already been sent to the ShelterBox charity, who are continuing to ship much needed supplies to help alleviate the enormous suffering caused by the hurricane.

Devizes Rotary will send a further £500 in the next few days to help with that effort.

A big thank you to all who contributed so generously to the collection, and if you’d like to make your own contribution please go to https://www.shelterbox.org/hurricane-irma

Another event in support of the Brighter Futures Radiotherapy Appeal

Earlier this year Devizes Rotary helped Gianni Campanella, of Dolicpani Bakery and Coffee Shop in Devizes, to raise just over £3,000 for the Brighter Futures Radiotherapy Appeal through the Singing for Life Concert – click HERE for details.

At the end of July the appeal had hit £1.7million, which means that with less than 12 months to go the Appeal still needs to raise a further £1.2 million to turn this dream into a reality.

To that end I’d like encourage you all to buy tickets to the ‘Bard Heads’ event which will take place in Ramsbury at7:30pm on Saturday 23rd September 2017.

Jules Hobbs, who lives in Rowde, will be performing her own show to say thank you for her Dad’s life, and all profits raised will go to the Radiotherapy Appeal.

For Tickets click HERE

Thanks for your support

Cliff

Rotary at the Devizes International Street Festival 2017

As I mentioned in a recent post (click HERE for details) the Devizes Rotary Marquee made an apperarance at the first event of the Devizes Festival Fortnight, namely the Party in the Park.  The sun continued to shine the following weekend, and Colin made some fantastic vegetble curry which I served up to all the performers and Festival Makers that were at the event on the Green at the Sunday, and then again in the Market Place on the Monday.

On the Green

In the Market Place

The feedback about the food was fantastic from both performers and Festival Makers, and although Colin did all the hard work making it, I’m sure it was my skill at serving it that made all the difference!

It’s certainly a good sign hat we’ve been asked to do the same thing next near, so we’re already looking forward to that .. 🙂

Devizes Rotary Young Chef Competition 2017

Entries for the 2017 Devizes Area Young Chef Competition are now open!

The heats will take place at The Farm Cookery School, Bromham during the evenings in October, and these will be followed by the local final in November 2017. The local winner will go on to the district final in February, and the winner of that will take part in the regional finals in March. The National finals will be held in May.

Aim
To have fun (essential!) while preparing a meal comprising starter, main course and dessert for two people costing less than £15.

Entrants
Must be in full-time education between October 2017 and May 2018 and be aged between 11 and 17 on 31st August 2017.

More Information
For more information including a link to the online entry click HERE

There are a maximum of 32 places, and the closing date is Sunday 8th October 2017, so DON’T DELAY!