Blog Archives

Devizes Area Young Chef Competition 2019 Final

Last Sunday the Final of the Devizes Area Rotary Young Chef Competition 2019 took place at the Farm Cookery School. Thanks once again to the four competitors – Hannah Blacker, George Maslen, Jessica Raja and Samuel McGibbon – for all their hard work, and many congratulations to the winner Sam, who at the end of the day was crowned the Devizes Area Rotary Young Chef Champion of 2019.

Below are some more ‘photos taken during the event.

Contestants

Supporters

Judges

Meals

Certificates

Paula Winchcombe, President of Devizes Rotary, presenting certificates to the competitors:

Winner Samuel McGibbon with his trophy, and proud mum with his certificate:

Devizes Area Heats Young Chef Competition 2019-20

Just over a week ago the Devizes Area Heats of the Rotary Young Chef Competition 2019 took place at the fabulous Farm Cookery School near Bromham. Thanks to everyone that took part, and in particular thanks to all the competitors who made the day so successful.

Below are some ‘photos from both heats, together with a summary of the results.

Heat 1

Contestants

Hannah Blacker, Josephine Read, Isabel Brown, George Maslen, Lara Mountford

Supporters

Judges

Laura Mayes, Colin Lugg (adjudicator), Beth Hemly, Andrew Alexander

Meals

Certificates

Heat 2

Contestants

Jessica Raja, Charlie Dawe, Odin Bishop, Samuel McGibbon

Supporters

Judges

Meals

Certificates

Results

After a wonderful day during which we witnessed some remarkable young talent at work, the following competitors were invited to take part in the Devizes Area Final, which will take place on Sunday 17th November:
Hannah Blacker
George Maslen
Jessica Raja
Samuel McGibbon
Many congratulations to them all, and good luck in the final!

Devizes Rotary celebrates 60 years

Many happy returns to Devizes Rotary, who are celebrating the 60th anniversary of it’s charter which was granted on August 31st, 1959.

To mark this special occasion, the following ex presidents joined current members in a lovely celebratory meal last week:

  • Ralph Flower MBE
  • George Day
  • John Bishop
  • Richard Bush
  • Bill Carter
  • Derek Elliot
  • Robert Akerman

 

A wonderful time was had by all, so here’s to the next 60 years!

 

60’s Themed Evening

There will also be a special 60’s themed evening held on 16th November to continue the celebrations. There will be food, music and drink, all reminiscent of the 1960’s, and 60’s dress will be optional!

Tickets are £30 a head, and include a welcome drink, a 3 course hot buffet with cheese and coffee, live music and other entertainment.

If you’re interested please contact Paula on paulawinchcombe@gmail.com, 07540 822800, then come and join us for a great evening of 60s fun!

Fund Raising for the Imagine Rotary Holiday

Continuing the success we’ve had in providing the hot food for the Imagine Cruising team over the past 3 years, last Saturday we did the same again at a party hosted at Craig and Vicki Collingwood’s house. The theme of the meal this year was Tex Mex, and we were delighted that their two sons, George & particularly Edward, were there to lend a helping hand setting up the equipment and preparing the food. Thanks a lot fellas!

The money raised at the event will be put towards a week’s holiday next year for a deserving family at the Rotary bungalow in New Milton. In recognition of this, we’ll be naming it the Imagine Rotary Holiday. Thanks again to all the crew at Imagine Cruising for helping to make this happen.

Fund Raising for Springfields Academy

Devizes Rotary were again in action on Sunday 14th July when we cooked hot food (this time paella) at a fund raising event hosted by Jennie Shaw in the grounds of her lovely home in Bremhill near Calne.

Around 50 guests spent a wonderful afternoon in the sunshine, and gave generously in support of the Springfields Academy in Calne.

 

3000 pounds raised for charity by Devizes Rotary at the 2019 Devizes Beer Festival

The 20th Devizes CAMRA Beer Festival took part on Saturday 6th July, and once again Devizes Rotary were invited to provide hot food for the hungry festival goers. Over 20 Rotarians and friends were joined by members of Devizes Lions to serve over 500 burgers, 800 sausages, and four huge pans of chilli. Veggie burgers and a vegan chilli were also on offer, and this year plastic cutlery and polystyrene containers were replaced by recyclable and sustainable alternatives.

A great day was had by all, and we are delighted to say that our efforts raised just under £3,000 local charities.