Omnes ad Unum
Omnes Ad Unum (All for One) Devizes is one of the main fundraising arms of St John’s Church, reaching out to both church and community. Our members are drawn not only from churchgoers, but those who love St John’s Church and wish to do something to help both church and community.
The latin name Omnes Ad Unum… “all for one” … hopefully embodies what we do. We also use the term “St. John’s does” to emphasise our connection to the Church.
Since 2015 Omnes Ad Unum has been arranging events to support both St. John’s Church and the local Community of Devizes and surrounding areas under the charitable status of the Church.
Several events have become well established in the Church Calendar such as the very popular Christmas Tree Festival which runs from early December to Twelfth Night. This is when schools, preschools, nurseries, nursing homes, businesses, local charity groups and local people come together to decorate and sponsor trees which are lit and provide a wonderful backdrop for all the Christmas events in the Church. Prizes are given out for various categories and becomes quite competitive!
We now have a variety night to celebrate the trees and this is a great evening of fun, laughter, magic and music to welcome the Christmas festivities.
Others events such as the very successful Christmas Bazaar/Michaelmas fayre have evolved and changed to accommodate better dates and venues. We have many stall holders who return each year as they enjoy the event so much. This event is self- funded as stall holders pay to have a stall. At Christmas Time we divide any proceeds raised into a 75% /25% split to community charities and church respectively. The remainder of the year’s events are usually split 50/50 between church and charity.
Many other events fill up the rest of the year, notably the Pimms Party and Silent auction, plus other concerts, and meet the author sessions. We also run a grand draw towards Christmas.
Over the years we have raised well into thousands of pounds to support local charities, all of which are democratically chosen.
To date we have helped the following:
Dorothy House, Canons House, Devizes and District Opportunity Centre, Bradbury Manor, Wiltshire Air Ambulance, Julia’s House Children’s Hospice, Wiltshire Young Carers, local scouts, Guides, Wiltshire Museum, Rowdeford School, Wiltshire Blind Zoom Club, Caenhill Countryside Centre, PHAB, and more.
As with any organisation we desperately need more people to join our dwindling number. If you would like to join, it’s all very informal and friendly and we try to meet bi monthly to catch up with each other and plan events etc. We are well supported by St John’s PCC.
We also welcome any ideas that you may have for fundraising events. We are game to try anything!
Our email is as follows: firstname.lastname@example.org