Social Events

Forthcoming events can be found lower down this page.

Recent Events

WRFA Remembrance Event at Devizes Town Hall – Saturday 11th November 2017

On 11th November 2017 the WRFA held its annual REMEMBRANCE EVENT. The venue was the splendid setting of the Assembly Room of Devizes Town Hall.

The event began with a delicious two-course dinner. This was followed by a concert by the DEVIZES TOWN BAND. The band then provided musical support to the ACT OF REMEMBRANCE conducted by Canon Henry Pearson. The Act contained the sounding of the Last Post and Reveille either side of a two minutes silence.

There was a record attendance of 57. A retiring collection for the Royal British Legion raised £150.00.



Carvery Lunch at Bowood Hotel, Derry Hill, near Calne – Sunday 20th August 2017

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Members and guests attending the carvery lunch at Bowood were delighted by the delicious food, the excellent service and the superb surroundings provided by the Kerry Suite.

WRFA Annual General Meeting and lunch at the Rose & Crown Hotel, Harnham, Salisbury – Sunday 4th June 2017 

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“One of the best yet”.  This was the summary many attending the AGM of the WRFA followed by lunch at the Rose & Crown Hotel, Salisbury on 4th June 2017.  The President, Jerry Willmott, presided over the AGM the highlight of which was a very informative presentation by CFO Ben Ansell updating those present on the progress being made in the fire & rescue service.  Rose & Crown_150CFO Ansell brought his input to the meeting to a very pleasant close by presenting the association with one of the recently produced plaques bearing the coat of arms of the Dorset & Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service. The illustrations used by the CFO to illustrate his talk is posted on our website in PDF format.  To open, click HERE


Spring Dinner at the Foxham Inn, Foxham – Saturday 29th April 2017

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The WRFA held its ‘SPRING DINNER’ at the FOXHAM INN, near Chippenham on the evening of 29th April 2017.  In very pleasant surroundings a three-course meal was served to 27 people.  The numbers were slightly lower than had been hoped for and expected but those that did make the effort to attend enjoyed each others company very much indeed.





Trip to the Royal Mint, Llantrisant, Wales – Saturday 18th March 2017

the-royal-mint-experience_1_200A group of WRFA members, partners and guests the-royal-mint-experience_2_400enjoyed ‘The Royal Mint Experience’, first sitting down for lunch in the on-site restaurant and followed by the guided tour.  This proved a real eye-opener for many of us.  Millions of coins are produced every day and not just for the UK.  All medals are produced on this site.

During our visit each of us were given the opportunity to strike our own, pre-issue one pound coin.  Well, we each pressed the button that initiated the final stage of the minting process.  The new one pound coins enter circulation end of March 2017.the-royal-mint-experience_6_450


It is understood that a number of members could not secure bookings for this event.  Accordingly, consideration is being given to repeating this visit at some later date.

For anyone who has any interest in collecting coins, a visit to The Royal Mint at Llantrisant is an absolute must.



Forthcoming Events


 Royal Marines Christmas Band Concert, Tuesday 28th November 2017

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A group booking has been made for the WRFA to attend the Christmas Spectacular Concert staged by the Band of the Royal Marines on 28th November 2017 at Cheltenham Town Hall.

To obtain one or more of the group places please contact JOHN CRAIG on 01380 726343.


Fire & Rescue Service CAROL SERVICE, Thursday 14th December 2017 

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service will hold a Christmas Carol Service on 14th December 2017 at 7.30pm at St Andrew’s Methodist/URC Church, Long Street, Devizes.


The WRFA has been invited to provide two of the eight Bible readers. Members wishing to volunteer for this privilege are requested to con-tact John Craig 01380 726343.


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WRFA Christmas Lunch at The Bear Hotel, Market Place, Devizes – Saturday 16th December 2017  (SN10 1HS)

This is a popular central Devizes venue and serves excellent food.  They are providing a 3-course lunch which naturally includes a turkey option.  Bar open from 12.00, meal served at 1.00pm.  Latest date for receipt of bookings Friday 8th December 2017.

To open menu/booking form, click HERE

Proposed Future Events

We are always looking for new events and venues and would be pleased to receive ideas from our members.  The programme will from time to time include events that are run by other organisations to which we have been invited.  Limited notice may be given for some of these and members are asked to regularly monitor this page.