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Visit to the Caenhill Countryside Centre

Many thanks to Chris and Helie Franklin at the Caenhill Countryside Centre for showing Alan, Nita and I round the Centre yesterday. This gave us a great insight into the wonderful work  they are doing to give various community groups hands on experience of both agriculture and horticulture projects in a warm and very  supportive environment.

See below a note and some ‘photos of the day from Chris.

Best wishes,


Greetings Alan, Cliff

Thank you for your visit today and time to look around the project. Sorry no time for tea, but next time.

Pics attached

Chris 🙂

Chris Franklin
Caen Hill Countryside Centre
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CaenHill Countryside Centre

Below is a note from Devizes Rotary’s new President, Alan Martin, regarding a presentation last month about the Caenhill Countryside Centre.

Devizes Rotarians were joined by friends for a presentation by Chris Franklin who, together with his wife Hellie manage and run the not for profit Caenhill Countryside Centre. Its seventy acres are host to local primary and secondary school children who benefit from their time spent at the centre’s working farm, where they gain an insight into the countryside in general, while learning about animal husbandry.

Also benefiting from spending time at the centre are vulnerable children and adults. The refreshing, calm atmosphere of being ‘down on the farm’ has a proven dramatic effect on their well being.

Devizes Rotary is grateful to Chris for giving us his presentation, which he illustrated with magnificent photographs depicting the Caenhill Countryside Centre from its conception to the present day.


Comments after the Half Year Review

It was very interesting to hear about the great work that all the organisations are doing that attended the Devizes Rotary Half Year Review earlier this month, and even more satisfying to hear how much they enjoyed listening and talking to each other about their respective work.

Below are some examples of written comments that we’ve received.

Best wishes



“Many thanks again for the Rotarians’ ongoing support, particularly you and your work with the Devizes DAA.

I very much enjoyed last night, listening to everyone else’s stories. It clearly gives you a lot of pleasure working in the community with such a wide and varied collection of organisations.”

Sheila Ashley

Dementia Aware Project Worker


“Just a few lines for say thank you so much for the cheque that Devizes Rotarians gave to Sheila Ashley. It was very kind of you.

I can assure you that all donations are gratefully received and all monies put to very good use. Alzheimer’s Support rely heavily on people’s generosity and without this would struggle to survive.

Once again, thank you for your kind donation.”

Judith Campbell
Alzheimers Support