Community First are looking forward to a royal visit when their patron, The Duchess of Cornwall, officially opens the charity’s new offices.

The Duchess will visit the offices at Hopton Industrial Estate in Devizes on February 24 and launch the 50th anniversary celebrations, which will last throughout 2015.

Other guests at the launch will include Devizes mayor Sarah Bridewell and supporters, staff, volunteers and beneficiaries of the organisation. Community First chief executive Philippa Read said: “We are delighted and thrilled that the Duchess of Cornwall is going to open our new offices and celebrate our 50th anniversary in this way.

“We are grateful that she is able to take time out of her busy schedule to visit us again and that she remains such an active supporter of our organisation.

“2015 will be a very busy year for us and we are delighted that we will be able to launch the official celebrations with such a high- profile visit.”

As part of the 50th celebrations the charity is engaging in a range of activities around the theme of 50, including a 50-mile charity walk around Wiltshire and the recruitment of and training of 50 new volunteers.

Other celebrations include the planting of 50 trees, a Youth Action Wiltshire Golf Day, and 50 community lunches in the autumn.

A gala dinner will also be held in November and community groups are being encouraged to organise more events and fundraise around the 50 theme.

Today the Duchess of Cornwall as Royal Colonel, 4th Battalion, The Rifles (4 RIFLES), paid her last visit to the unit at their home in Bulford. 

The Battalion, which moves to Aldershot in July, as part of the Army 2020 restructuring, used the visit to demonstrate the training currently being undertaken in preparation as they convert to mechanized infantry.