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Devizes Rotary helping out at Rowdeford School Fete

Last Saturday we were delighted to be able to go along and help out at the annual Rodweford School Fete raising money for the School Minibus Fund.

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 … 🙂

Best wishes


Devizes Rotary Food Stall

Hello Cliff

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.

Kind regards

Business Manager, Rowdeford School

Devizes Rotary Rotathalon Games

Dear Geoff,

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

National Rotary Kids Out Day

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.


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Getting Ready to Roll at the Devizes Rotary SuperChoir 2017 Concert

The Devizes Rotary SuperChoir 2017 concert will take place on Wednesday 12th July 2017 at Dauntsey’s School. Pupils from Soutbroom St James Academy, St Nicholas VC Primary School, The Trinity CE Primary School, Wansdyke School and Woodborough CofE School will sing together on the main stage between 18:30 and 20:30, and once again all participating schools will receive a Devizes Rotary SuperChoir banner and plaque, and each member of the choir will receive a special commemorative t-shirt to be worn during the performance.

Southbroom St James Academy Choir next to their Devizes Rotary SuperChoir Banner
From L-R: Amy Whitlock (Music Teacher) members of the Southbroom School Choir, Cliff Evans (President of Devizes Rotary).


Simon May, one of the foremost TV and entertainment composers in the UK and best known for his Eastenders theme tune, will once again be there helping out, as will Carole Berry our Artistic Director, who will conduct the choir as they sing over a dozen popular songs including Rolling in the Deep by Adele and Sing by Gary Barlow.

Cliff Evans, President of Devizes Rotary said: “I’d like to thank everyone involved in the organisation of the 2017 Event, particularly the teachers at the schools who have been working hard with their choirs since January. SuperChoir is a fantastic opportunity for pupils from across the Devizes area to share in the excitement of singing in one large choir. It’s also a great treat for the audience, so please come and join us on 12th July at 18:30 at Dauntsey’s School.

Tickets are £5.25 each and can be obtained from or from Devizes Books.

Devizes Rotary Know Your Blood Pressure Day 2017

Below are a few photos taken at the recent Devizes Rotary Know Your Blood Pressure Day. Many thanks to the Stroke Association for providing us with the guidance needed to organise the event, and to Wiltshire Council’s Health Trainers for taking all the blood pressures on the day.

The event was considered a great success by everyone involved, with 87 blood pressures being taken over a 2 1/2 hour period. Here are a few of the comments received from our ‘customers’:

“What a great idea having somewhere local to have blood pressure tested”

“I haven’t had mine checked for 7 years as I don’t often need to go to the doctors”

“Thank you so much for offering blood pressure testing, it was easy and quick to access”