Much of the following has been taken from an article by Jo Moore which appeared in the online Gazette and Herald on 17th June.
62 organisations offering everything from fitness fun to advice on how to keep your home more secure were out in force in Devizes on Saturday 14th June. The Devizes Community Area Health and Well Being Day, organised by Devizes Rotary with support from the Devizes Area Board, brought together a wide range of activities. Many of them were aimed at older people but there was also plenty on offer for younger people who were drawn to The Green despite severe showers throughout the morning.
Devizes U3A for example had a stand to advertise its many and varied groups that meet in members’ homes, village halls and community centres so people can socialise and do everything from French conversation and painting to playing table tennis and walking.
Also among those taking part was Devizes Men’s Shed which is a group that brings retired people together to make objects and offer friendship and support. Albert Wooldridge from Mens’ Shed said: “A great day at the Devizes Health and Wellbeing Day held on the small green. Devizes Men’s shed would like to say a big thank you to Cliff Evans for making it possible.”
Also taking part was town councillor Damion Godwin from running club Devizes FIT and Townson training, started by Greg Townson, which offers boot camp fitness.
Before the event opened refreshments were made available to the exhibitors and demonstrators by volunteers from WCIL and St James’ Church, then Devizes Rotary took over providing a great mixture of hot food and drinks. All the profits raised have been donated to 3 loical charities, namely the Devizes Monday Club, Market Lavington Tuesday Club and Bromham & Rowde Tuesday Club.
Earlier this month the Devizes Rotary cooking team were delighted to be invited along to the Imagine Cruising Head Office at the Interface Business Park in Royal Wootton Bassett, to help celebrate the official opening of their latest regional office in Germany. Imagine Cruising already has regional offices in Cape Town, Dubai and Australia.
And what do you think was on the menu to celebrate the expansion into the German market? Bockwurst sausage and sauerkraut of course!
As usual Devizes Rotary will be donating all the profits raised from the event to charity. In this instance Imagine Cruising have requested that the £420.82 profit should go to Prospect Hospice, who provide end of life care services to people at their hospice in Wroughton, in patients’ homes, in care homes, at the Great Western Hospital, and at the Prospect Hospice Wellbeing Centre in Marlborough.
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!
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.
Emily Knight Events Fundraiser Dorothy House Hospice Care Winsley, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, BA15 2LE
Our skittles match last Monday against Midsomer Norton and Radstock at The Tuckers Grave inn, Faulkland turned out to be a very close run thing with Midsomer Norton ending up winning in the end by just 2 points.
Good fun seemed to be had by all, and at least we had the consolation that our very own Clive “Barnes Wallis” Harland was the highest scorer!