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Paella Party for Imagine Cruising

On Saturday 11th August we held a Paella Party for some employees of Imagine Cruising plus their family and friends.

The party was one of the two which were won in an auction held at The Springfields Academy where all proceeds were donated to the school.

All was going well in preparation for the event when we met up at Colin’s lockup in Bromham to load up the cars. However things became somewhat fraught when we realised that the address we’d been given was not recognised by our satnav devices as the house was a new one at the Tadpole Garden Village near Swindon.

This was further complicated by the fact that we didn’t have a telephone number for the contact person!

Nevertheless, we did manage to get there in the end (although not before some references to “it’s a bit like being part of Dad’s Army!” had been made) and, under the expert guidance of head chef Colin, we were again able to put on a great meal which was very much appreciated by all involved.

Thanks to the Imagine Cruising folks for their hospitality, and also to my granddaughter Molly for keeping us older blokes in order!


Springfields Academy Christmas Fair 2017

Last Thursday evening Springfields Academy opened their doors to parents and the public for their annual Christmas fair. Devizes Rotary took over the refectory to cook hot dogs and burgers plus both alcoholic and non-alcoholic Mold Wine, and the Conservatory to run the Rotathalon Games.

Although it was distinctly chilly outside, the atmosphere inside was lovely and warm and a good time was had by all. All profits from the Rotary food sales and donations were added to the profits made by the other stalls, and the total of over £800 will go to supporting pupils with educational  trips and resources to enrich their learning.

Paella Party in support of The Springfields Academy

Back in February, Sprngfields Academy held a fund raising evening (click HERE for details) when Devizes Rotary donated a Paella Party Voucher for inclusion in the auction. This was won by a lady called Jull Church, and, a couple of weekends ago, Jill invited us to her beautiful house to cook paella for over 40 guests. It was a glorious sunny day which helped to create a wonderful Spanish atmosphere, and, most importantly, Jill managed to raise a further £1,420 to add to the £300 already paid at the auction, all of which will be donated to Springfields.

Below are some ‘photos from the event to help you dream on long summer days .. 🙂

Best wishes,


And finally, a lovely note of thanks from Jill:

Hello Cliff,

Hope you have all cooled down after all your hard work yesterday.

Devizes Rotary certainly gave us value for money! You were so well organized and the paella was quite delicious. Your attention to detail was amazing, and we really appreciated all the trouble you went to with vast array of salads – if it hadn’t been quite so hot we would have finished those too!!

You will be pleased to know that we raised an incredible £1,250, which together with the gift aid will be almost £1,600, not to mention what you have already given from the Promises Auction. Springfield will be thrilled.

Please pass on our thanks to your hard working team, particularly Colin – maybe we should do it again!!

Very best wishes to you all