Please see below an email from Alan Thompson, the Devizes Branch Secretary of the Royal British Legion, to both Devizes Lions and Rotary for their help on Remembrance Sunday.
Hi Jerry & Alan,
May I thank you both, and your members for the brilliant task they carried out in manning the Road Blocks for Remembrance Day. Without this job being done properly, it would have led to huge problems for the Marching personnel.
Please give them my huge appreciation for a job well done. Thank heavens it was dry.
I hope I can call upon your excellent service, as I have in the past, for next year, the 100th Anniversary of the end of WW1.
Alan R Thomson
Remembrance Sunday dawned bright and clear but the chill wind ensured all who attended the Remembrance Day service in St John’s Church and later at the cenotaph, wrapped up warmly!
However, the chill in the air did not deter the crowds who packed into St John’s Church for the hour long service and later filled Long Street, to witness the laying of wreaths. This simple but meaningful ceremony, is a poignant reminder to all participants and to those simply watching, of the ultimate sacrifice made by so many in all conflicts since the First World War.
Devizes Rotary President Alan Martin, joined Devizes Lion’s President Robert Postlethwaite, to lay their club’s wreaths at the cenotaph.
While on duty in Long Street, with her ‘Lion’ companion, Tony, Devizes Rotarian Alison Batchelor stood guard to ensure that the road remained closed to traffic, thus allowing a safe passage to the crowds who gathered at the cenotaph.
Elsewhere in Devizes, Rotarians Terry Bazeley and Iain Wallis stood guard with their ‘Lion’ partners, ensuring that traffic, wishing to pass through the market place and into Long Street was promptly diverted!
This annual day of remembrance is skillfully planned and choreographed by the Devizes Branch of The Royal British Legion. All credit to them.
Last Saturday Devizes Rotary organised the planting of a further ten thousand purple crocuses on The Green in Devizes. Mayor Nigel Carter joined them, family members and members of Devizes Town Council to help in a nationwide bid to plant six million crocus corms in the lead up to World Polio Day on 24th October.
Rotary, the World Health Organization, UNICEF and the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention have been working together since 1988, then, in 2007, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation joined them in their campaign to eradicate polio. The campaign has since reduced the number of polio cases by 99.9 percent, and has reached more than 2.5 billion children with the appropriate vaccine. Rotary, with matching funds from the Gates Foundation, has contributed more than $1.6 billion.
The crocuses planted on The Green in Devizes are a symbolic representation of the children around the world receiving immunisation, and they are purple to signify the purple dye that the children dip their finger into to make sure no children are missed.
If you would like to contribute to the work we’re doing go to https://www.endpolio.org/donate