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Paella Party in support of Julia’s House

Back in July, a certificate for a Devizes Rotary Paella Party was auctioned at the Julia’s House Summer Ball. It was won by Craig Collingwood, and so a couple of Saturday’s ago the Devizes Rotary Cooking Team were delighted to be able to cook some of their delicious paella for Craig, his wife Vicki, and around 20 other guests.

A note from Craig together with some ‘photos from the evening are shown below. All the profits (£348.78) from the event have been donated to Julia’s House.



Hi Cliff

Just wanted to say a MASSIVE thanks to you and the team for last Saturday evening. We all had a great night and really enjoyed the food. Please pass on our thanks to everyone.

Best regards


Julia’s House Teddy Bear’s Picnic

Having had to postpone the Julia’s House Teddy Bears Picnic that was originally to be held on Saturday 17th August due to high winds posing a potential risk to visitors and helpers, everyone involved was hoping for better weather when it was re-scheduled for the following Saturday.

Although there were a number of dark clouds around when we set up our stall, we were still hopefully there would be some takers for our egg and bacon sandwiches:

However, the great British summer weather struck again with a vengeance as we found ourselves in the middle of a terrific deluge:

The storyteller was all ready to tell his stories, and Councillor Jane Burton, Mayor of Devizes, arrived to help judge the Teddy Bear competition with Iain Wallace. The only thing that was missing was some children and their families!

Oh well, at least a few of the organisers dodged the showers to grab a sandwich from us, and who knows, maybe the weather will be kinder to us next year?!

Thanks from Julia’s House



Devizes Rotary Cheque Presentations and Club Assembly

Last Tuesday the Devizes Rotary Club held it’s annual Presentation Evening where cheques were presented to a number of worthy causes using funds raised by the club over the last year or so. This was followed by the Club Assembly where the club’s plans for the coming year were outlined.

Cheque Presentation

Below are some photos of the presentations made during the Presentation Evening. Unfortunately their quality is not great, but the photographer (me) would like to blame the ‘phone used and not himself! Nevertheless I hope they still give an insight into the great evening that was had by all.

Devizes Food bank

1 FOODBANKA cheque for £400 was presented to Peter Brearley, Trustee Chair of the Devizes Food Bank. For information about the great work done by the Food Bank, click here.


Peter Brearley, Trustee Chair of the Devizes Food Bank, and Alan Truscott, President of the Devizes Rotary Ckub

Crown Centre

A cheque for £1,250 was presented to the Crown Centre in Devizes. Despite being in Devizes for 40 years, there are many people who don’t even know of its existence, let lone the great service it provides the community as mentioned in this press article.

Devizes Talking Newspaper

We were delighted that the man who has been producing the Devizes Talking Newspaper for almost 20 years – Alan Hollick – was at the Presentation Evening to receive a cheque for £250 for the newspaper. For an insight into the work of the newspaper click here


Alan Hollick receives a cheque from Alan Truscott

Devizes Hospital Community Radio

Paula Winchcombe, who is Chair of the Devizes Hospital Community Radio, was there to receive a cheque for £250 on behalf of the radio, which has been operating in and around the town for many years.


Paula Winchcombe and Alan Truscott

Alzheimer’s Support

5 asAnother cheque for £250 was presented to Sheila Ashley of Alzheimer’s Support. The organisation provide information to people living with dementia and their carers, and to professionals and the general public. For further information about their work go to

Sheila Ashley and Alan Truscott

Sheila Ashley and Alan Truscott

Julia’s House

The worst quality ‘photo I took during the evening was of Alison Radevasky, Chair of Devizes Friends of Julia’s House.6c jh


Alison Radevasky and Alan Truscott

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Alison as she normally looks!


Alison received a cheque for £250 on behalf of the charity whose work is described on their website at .


Polio Plus

A cheque for £1,000 was given to Rotary’s End Polio campaign which, with help from partners, has reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent around the world since the first Rotary project vaccinated children in the Philippines in 1979. For further details click here .

Tom MacMeekin and Alan Truscott of the Devizes Rotary Club


Rotary Foundation

During the year the club has donated £606 to Rotary’s own charity – the Rotary Foundation – to help tackle challenges such as global poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition.


In addition to the above donations, further funds have been made available both locally to provide hampers to families at Christmas,  and internationally to help the Jana Jyoti School in Nepal.

Club Assembly

Following the cheque presentations, a buffet was served before I outlined plans for the club over coming year. In summary the objectives for the club from July 2016 – June 2017 are:

  • Continue to support local and international good causes
  • Undertake more events in support of, and with the help of, specific groups
  • Do more work with other community groups
  • Encourage more partnerships
  • Introduce new Rotary Connect scheme

Details are how these will be achieved are given in the following presentation:

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Fundraising for Julia’s House at the Devizes Food & Drink Festival

The Devizes Rotary Club food team were again in action at the recent Devizes Food & Drink Festival which took place on Saturday 15th May in the Market Place, Devizes.

This time we cooked a delicious variety of sausages at a special price of £2 for one sausage and £4 for two – a great discount for bulk purchase I’m sure you’ll agree!? And our generosity didn’t stop there: we gave away a free roll, onions and sauces with each sausage bought, which of course greatly impressed all our customers 🙂

Anyway, the good news is that a great day was had by all and, most importantly, all profits raised (over £300) are to be donated to Julia’s House.

Below are some ‘photos from the event.

Best wishes


Getting ready

Julia’s House teddy bear

Handing out the sausages

Other teddy’s take a bite!


Thanks from Julia’s House