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Charity event to celebrate opening of Imagine Cruising German Office

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.

Crocuses add a splash of colour to The Green

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!

Photo courtesy of Iain Wallis

Cooking at the Bath Rugby Walk

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.

Kind regards


Emily Knight
Events Fundraiser
Dorothy House Hospice Care
Winsley, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, BA15 2LE

Skittles match

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!


Tools for Self Reliance

Devizes Rotarians have made a second visit to the workshops of Holt based charity, ‘Tools for Self Reliance’ with a second load of tools generously donated by members of the public. For some weeks, Rotarian Paula Winchcombe has been receiving and assembling the assorted tools and will continue to receive donations of unwanted tools at her premises at 37 New Park Street, Devizes.

The charity, ‘Tools for Self Reliance’ are delighted to receive carpentry and metal working tools, building tools and tools found in the garage but no longer wanted; in addition leather workers tools, plumbing equipment and ‘ground working tools such as sledge hammers, pickaxes and crowbars are also willingly accepted.

Tools for Self Reliance’ work in partnership with local organisations in six countries in Africa – Ghana, Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania, Sierra Leone and Uganda – where the refurbished tools are sent. Unwanted tools can provide the beginning of a sustainable livelihood and income, for people affected by poverty in Africa – people who will benefit by being able earn their own living once they receive the refurbished tools and receive the necessary training.

The charity ‘Tools for Self Reliance’ and Devizes Rotary are grateful for the support and the contributions made by the people of Devizes.

Thanks from Jana Jyoti School