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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,


Rotarians help at the Devizes Tree Festival

Devizes groups celebrate Christmas and help raise funds for local children’s charities.

Once again, Devizes Rotarians have played their part in the organisation and management of the 2017 Christmas Tree Festival. Not least however, has been the contribution made by Rotarian Terry Bazeley, who masterminded the project management from its very beginning. Terry’s personal contribution in time and commitment cannot be understated.

Help was on hand from Rotarians Jean Allen, David Hogg and President Alan during the latter stages of setting up when, over three days, children from Devizes schools and infant groups, members of clubs, societies and businesses arrived at St John’s Church to decorate their sponsored trees – all sixty of them!

Rotary too, sponsored and decorated a tree – as Devizes Rotary have done on two previous occasions. While many of the trees are wonderfully and thoughtfully decorated, Rotary’s theme this year was to celebrate ‘Rotary around the World’. With our tree displaying flags of many nations our strap line stated, ‘Rotary in Devizes and in 35,000 other clubs throughout the world’.

The trees will be judged by MP Claire Perry, and while we don’t expect to win a prize, we hope that our tree will tell  a story of Rotary’s worldwide ‘Service above Self’ promise.

The Festival will be followed on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th December with a Christmas Bazaar in both Devizes Town Hall and St. John’s Church. Rotarians will be busy during the Bazaar cooking and serving food and in doing so, raise funds for the nominated charities.

All money raised from the Tree Festival and the Bazaar will be donated to charity, with 25% going to St Johns **Omnes ad Unum fund and 75% awarded to local children’s charities*.

The Christmas Tree Festival at St John’s Church, Long Street, Devizes, runs from Saturday 2nd December through to Saturday 6th January and can be viewed between 3.00pm and 5.00pm on each day when all trees will be lit and when they can be seen to best advantage.


*The Festival and Bazaar is supporting: –   Canon’s House, Devizes & District Opportunity Centre, Bradbury Manor, Julia’s House, 3rd Devizes Scouts, Devizes & District Girl Guides, Wiltshire Young Carers, Rowdford Charitable Trust, Caen Hill Countryside Centre, Wiltshire Sight Zoom Club.

**Omnes Ad Unum (All for One) Devizes is a group which was set up in   2015 with members from St. John’s Church and the local community of Devizes and surrounding areas.  Omnes Ad Unum is a group operating within the charitable status of St John with St Mary Devizes to raise funds for both the Church and importantly for good causes within the wider Devizes Community. Events are organised throughout the year, with 75% of the funds raised being donated to local organisations and charities.


Another new member joins Devizes Rotary

         From’ Driving Miss Daisy’ on the silver screen to…….

         ……. ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ on the roads in Devizes!


Rotary President Alan Martin has had the pleasure of welcoming new Rotarian, Paul Dyer to Devizes Rotary.

Paul, who was proposed by Geoff Collins, has been a regular attender for some time at Devizes Rotary meetings, and has already shown an interest in Rotary’s community work.

Living and working in Devizes, Paul can be often seen driving one of his ‘Miss Daisy’ vehicles, each of which is specially fitted out to accommodate less able passengers. Paul has the local contract for the ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ franchise which he operates, if necessary, for seven days a week which takes its name from the award willing film of the same name.

The ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ team provide companion driving services for the elderly, children and the disabled, helping them to regain their independence by getting out and about to enjoy everyday living. Paul and his team will help with shopping, getting to appointments or simply accompany their clients on outings.

President Alan said that Paul is a very welcome addition to the Devizes Rotary team.

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