A worldwide Rotary goal was set last year by Rotary International President Ian Riseley, for at least one tree to be planted for every Rotary member to help change the environment for the better.
To help with this challenge, Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland President Denis Spiller has secured the valuable help of the Woodland Trust, the UK’s largest conservation charity. The charity is delighted to support Rotary by supplying trees and advice to make sure the saplings have the best chance of survival.
Devizes Rotarians rose to the challenge, and last week Devizes Mayor Andy Geddes accepted 20 trees on behalf of the Town from Devizes Rotary saying that it was a thoughtful and most worthwhile gift.
The trees have been planted on the edge of the extended cemetery in the hope that they will be appreciated by all who visited the tranquil location. President Alan said that Devizes Rotary members are delighted to be able to provide the trees as part of their environmental programme which last year had included the planting of a further 20,000 Crocus Corns on the Green. Asked if Rotary would donate and plant crocus corms again this year, Alan was able to confirm that Rotarian Clive Harland, who follows him as Rotary President, had already made the commitment to do so.
Devizes Rotary are grateful to the Devizes Parks groundsmen for their help in arranging the plantings.
What a fantastic job you all did, I can’t thank you enough. An absolute pleasure to work with all, it did nothing more than enhance the whole event. Please pass on our thanks to your whole Club and I look forward to working with you all again either in The May Fair or other ventures.
Very Best wishes
Firstly we sold burgers and hot dogs (even hotter given the scotching weather we had!) which went down a treat, and secondly the kids had a lot of fun playing the with the Devizes Rotary Rotathalon Games.
Below are some ‘photos from the day, plus some lovely feedback from Rachel Lambert, the school’s Business manager. and Ingrid Sidmouth, the school’s Headteacher. Seeing the smiley faces on everyone involved was a delight … 🙂
Devizes Rotary Food Stall
The Fete was a resounding success. To date, we have raised just over £2,000 and I know there is more to come! Thank you for your support and to the other Rotarians who attended. I would be grateful if you would pass on me deep thanks to all concerned.
Business Manager, Rowdeford School
Devizes Rotary Rotathalon Games
I thoroughly enjoyed seeing you and your fellow Rotarians at the Fete yesterday and spending time together on the Rotatahon, which is such fun for the children.
Thanks so much to you and your colleagues for the huge amount that you did to make the Fete so successful.
You are an inspirational group of people!
With very best wishes,
Headteacher, Rowdeford School
Every June, the Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland together with KidsOut take over 25,000 disadvantaged children on a fun day out. As usual District 1200 clubs chose to take kids from their district to Longleat Safari and Adventure Park, and below is a report by Geoff Collins who attended the event with fellow Devizes Rotarian Alan Truscott.
What a lovely day it turned out to be for “Kids Out” last Wednesday. The day had been organised by District 1200 Rotarians from Selwood, Frome, Bath West and Bathavon for a days visit to Longleat for over 800 children from mainly special needs schools in District 1200. Each child was given a “Kids Out” T Shirt and a Blue baseball Hat.
We at Devizes Rotary organised for some children from our two special needs Schools Rowdeford and Downland to attend.
Alan and myself met up with Rowdeford school and we spent most of the day escorting them and theire teachers around the park. We went on the Boat around the lake, and were able to introduce the children to the oldest Gorilla in captivity before giving them the opportunity of feeding the Sea Lions. Both the Hippo’s were obviously tired of visitors and were having a sleep.
Before collecting their lunch, soft drink and ice cream, we wandered around the Safari Park. After lunch we visited more animals, fish etc before finishing up eating donuts while watching the Penguins being fed.
The children had a wonderful day which was enjoyed by all.