World book night book swap

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6:43pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Wednesday is World Book Night and to celebrate this event there will be a Book Swap at both St. Francis church and the library. If you have recently enjoyed a good book and think other people would like to read it then all you have to do is go along to either venue and leave it there. You can then have a rummage through the other books that have been left and select one to take away. And it’s free! The church café will be open from 10am til 1pm for book swaps and the library from 2pm til 5pm. <li> Don’t forget there’s an indoor Boot sale every 1st Sunday of the month at the Littlemoor Community centre off Canberra Road from noon until 3pm. Refreshments will be on sale. For more information or to book a table call Steve on 07702628715. <li> The very popular Moor Voices Choir is always looking for new recruits. Don’t worry if you think you may not be good enough, everyone is welcome no matter what your ability. The choir practices at the community hall every Monday between 7pm and 9pm. Just go along and join in the singing.  

Fun and games at Easter

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4:11pm Thursday 10th April 2014

If the kids are looking for things to do this Easter then they could start at the library on Thursday 17th between 2.30 and 3.30 when the Elmer The Elephant activity session begins.

Arts and crafts market

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1:00pm Thursday 10th April 2014

Stock up on gifts, arts and crafts at a market tomorrow from 2-3.30pm at St Martin’s Community Hall in Broadmayne. For more information call 01305 853765.

Go to market to aid Dorset Search and Rescue

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1:00pm Thursday 10th April 2014

Help raise money for Dorset Search and Rescue at a village market.

Let's put the spirit back into music

Dorset Echo: My initial interest in photography came from reading music magazines and I can remember taking some pictures of my friends' band live on stage a few years ago with my dads old Canon AE-1. 
After completing a certificate in photography at Blackburn Colleg

4:55pm Monday 7th April 2014

Have you ever wanted to join a band and also be part of a community. The Spirit of Life band are looking for new members.

Local fundraiser steps down - can you help?

Dorset Echo: Another view of that elusive crossing!!

11:05pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

• Betty Hennessey rang to say that the Weymouth East Scout & Guide Group Spring Jumble sale raised the magnificent total of £450, and she would like to thank all those who turned out to assist, including the those from Sutton Poyntz who responded to the urgent call for helpers.Betty has been involved to a great extent with the Scouts and Guides in the Scutt Hall for over 44 years, but she said that this was her last jumble sale, and the next beach stall, also a good fundraiser to help keep the Scutt Hall in a good state of repair, will again be her last. Unfortunately another loyal supporter, Jill Small, has also indicated that she wants to take more of a back seat. That means that the sales, which have raised many thousands of pounds, are in need of someone - or perhaps a committee to spread the workload - to take on their organisation. Betty and Jill will still be available to help and advise, so if you are willing to take part, give Betty a ring on 833614 for more information. The youngsters need YOU!

Giving it up for Lent!

8:41pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

THE LAST of the Lent Lunches in St Mary’s Church, Stratton takes place from 1pm on Thursday April 10. Lunch consists of homemade soup, bread and cheese.

Osmington Film Club

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12:00am Wednesday 2nd April 2014

The club is growing in popularity and more films are planned throughout the Summer in the Village Hall.

Profits go to a good cause

Dorset Echo: Profits go to a good cause

12:25pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

The Osmington Society: Following the success of the Casino night on the 15th March, at their last meeting, the committee agreed that the profits of £300 should be given to St Osmunds Church for the updating of the church facilities fund. A big thanks to all who came and joined in the fun, and to those who worked so hard to make the event successful.

Success at the Heart of Westham

Dorset Echo: Success at the Heart of Westham

12:50pm Monday 31st March 2014

Community Group opens up opportunities for residents and organisations to see 'What's on in Westham'

The disappearing pedestrian crossing island - a case for Sherlock Holmes?

Dorset Echo: Now you see, now you don't! The missing traffic island.

10:53pm Wednesday 26th March 2014

• I recently mentioned the plans to create two new pedestrian crossing islands in Preston Road. Whether these were really necessary was open to debate, but the Highways Department obviously thought so and workmen duly appeared and installed them. One was by Squires Knap and the other opposite 22 Preston Road. Then, a couple of days later, more workmen appeared and took the latter away! If you look closely at the road opposite where the walkway emerges from Elm Close you will see remains of this work - two dropped kerbs and a paving slab in the middle of the road! Apparently the problem was that it was badly sited and large lorries had to mount the pavement in order to pass! David Mannings tells me that the planners are now hard at work recalculating their figures and will soon find a solution. I, for one, can hardly wait for this momentous event, but you might think that if they can't properly organise a tiny job like a pedestrian island, what can they do? But I couldn't possibly comment on that!

Local people and shops help out widow

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2:10pm Thursday 20th March 2014

A recent raffle at the community centre during the Friday night Bingo session raised £100 for the widow of Colin Harmer who sadly passed away a few weeks ago. Colin, a well-known singer and club entertainer had been suffering poor health for some time. Despite this he tirelessly worked to arrange and co-ordinate  social events and disco’s at the community centre.    Colin’s sudden death left his family in financial distress and the great citizens of Littlemoor rallied round. Local businesses and shops generously donated prizes for the raffle so a big thank you is owed to the Co-Op, Elegance hairdressers, Daniels Fish and Chips, Paul’s café, The Sandcastle and Dorchester amateur boxing Club. <li> Off The Cuff, Littlemoor’s creative writing group are hoping to produce an anthology of their work this year.  The anthology will include short stories and poems based on the theme of Littlemoor written by members of the group. But if you have any short stories, anecdotes or true life stories set in and around our area we’d love to see them and hopefully include them. Stories should be about 750 words and poems of less than 40 lines on any topic as long as Littlemoor is mentioned! Contributions should  preferably be typed, but as long as it’s clear to read that will be acceptable. On one side of the paper please and double spaced. Please put your name, the word count and your contact details at the head of the first page. Closing date is 30th April. Please hand your contributions into the library and label them Off The Cuff writing.  

Your chance to comment on local holiday park planning application

Dorset Echo: The safari tents already erected

7:38pm Wednesday 19th March 2014

• Some years ago the Waterside Holiday Park applied for planning permission for a change of use of their existing touring caravan site to use by 45 static caravans. This was turned down, and the subsequent appeal result on 11 November 2008 upheld that decision. Another planning application has now been submitted for the erection of 28 safari tents for tourist use on this same site, which is at the rear of the Holiday Park, bounded on two sides by the lower end of Church Lane. In fact seven tents were installed on the site some time ago, as work started in July 2012. The safari tents, have three bedrooms, a living/dining/kitchen area and shower and toilet facilities. The roofs and walls are made of dark green/drab olive canvas, though some inside areas have timber cladding. They would be occupied on the same basis as the touring caravans i.e. between 1 March one year to 15 January the following year. However, unlike the touring caravans which had to be off site for the six or so unoccupied weeks, the safari tents would remain in situ. Full details of the application can be found on the excellent W&PBC Planning Website under WP/14/00153/FUL, or by visiting the Borough offices. If you would like to comment on the application - or perhaps more correctly retrospective application, as seven tents have been up for well over a year - then you have until Tuesday 1 April to do so.

Community Quiz News

7:11pm Monday 17th March 2014

Saturday February 21 saw another hugely successful community quiz  at the Park Community Centre, Chelmsford Street. We had 52 residents turn up in 11 teams for a hugely entertaining evening A big thanks to all who helped with the event and especially to John for his huge organisational skills  and for being the Quiz Master. The 11 teams provided a very close contest (half a point between the top two!)with "Secret Six" - winners, "Vals Team"  runners up and "Laser Lovers"- mystery prize. The next quiz is on Saturday March 29 at 7pm,  £3.50 per person entry fee which includes cash prizes and a delicious buffet pit your witts against the "Mighty Secret Six" or even the "Laser Lovers!"   

Win Celebrates 99 years and counting!

6:58pm Monday 17th March 2014

Win Hudson was born on 8th March 1915 in Birmingham but has spent most of her life in Weymouth. Although losing her husband George after 60 years of marriage she makes the most of her time playing whist and attends the weekly whist drive at the Park Community Centre in Chelmsford Street every Thursday afternoon. She is pictured with her birthday flowers surrounded by her many friends at the Centre. Roll on the next year Win, for your 100th!!

Do you remember the Park District in the 1950s and 60s?

6:52pm Monday 17th March 2014

Perhaps you bought a bike from Samways, (I think that may have been my first bike! but I never bought it myself) or worked at Digby’s? Maybe you drank at The Stag or The Ranelagh?

Osmington Casino Night a Winner

Dorset Echo: Osmington Casino Night a Winner

5:48pm Sunday 16th March 2014

A night of fun and laughter was enjoyed in Osmington with the 2nd Casino Event organised by The Osmington Society. The Black Jack, Roulette and Games Tables were kept busy all evening whilst villagers and their friends tried their luck. Delicious canapés and sparkling wine added to the enjoyment, and the efforts of all those who organised and ran the event were rewarded by the compliments of the guests.

WW1 Pictures and stories wanted

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10:57am Thursday 13th March 2014

As we all know this year marks the 100th anniversary of the Great War. To commemorate this the library will be putting on an exhibition of this terrible event.

Improvements in Preston - some worthwhile, others perhaps not!

Dorset Echo: The Mission Hall coffee mornings have finished for the summer

8:45pm Tuesday 11th March 2014

• The Environment Agency at work on the beach wall recently made me realise just how successful have been the changes they have made over the years. Except for short periods the Preston Beach Road has remained open, and there was no flooding along the Jordan in Sutton Poyntz or Fisherbridge, and the bottom of Coombe Valley Road and outside the Doctor's surgery was virtually puddle free. We should be thankful for all the improvements.

Osmington Film Club’s Big(ish) Screen March Event

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12:42pm Wednesday 5th March 2014

Osmington Film Night, 22nd March

Osmington Village Craft Fair

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12:35pm Wednesday 5th March 2014

Village Craft Fair in aid of St Osmunds Church

Sunset Cafe Stompers returns to Osmington

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12:30pm Wednesday 5th March 2014

Traditional Jazz in the New Orleans Style

Craigs Farm Dairy Visit

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8:10am Wednesday 5th March 2014

Osmington Society Farm Visit to Craig's Farm Dairy

Sunset Cafe Stompers returns to Osmington

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11:14am Thursday 27th February 2014

Traditional Jazz in the New Orleans Style

Memories of a Dorset Village

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12:28pm Wednesday 19th February 2014

The Osmington Society has formed a group which has begun to gather together information and stories of Osmington, to enable the update and reprinting of Osmington Memories of a Dorset Village. This book is full of photos and historical information and stories of Osmington past, and many residents have copies of the original version published in 2000, which has been out of print for some time. Several requests have been made for further copies and it has been decided that 15 years on it is time to update and replace.

Casino Evening

Dorset Echo: Casino Evening

12:10pm Tuesday 18th February 2014

Osmington's Fun Night at the Casino

Callous yobs raid car wash for charity boxes

Dorset Echo: Lee Thomas with the broken door at Topwash car wash, Wyke Regis

1:00pm Saturday 15th February 2014

BURGLARS who smashed into a Weymouth business and stole two charity boxes have been branded as ‘low’.

Woman assaulted by hooded man

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1:00pm Friday 14th February 2014

A woman was assaulted by a hooded stranger in Shaftesbury.

Barn dance delight at St. Pauls Church.

Dorset Echo: Barn Dance!

1:24pm Thursday 13th February 2014

BARN DANCE St Paul’s Church Community Hall Abbotsbury Road, Weymouth Fri 21 Feb 2014 7.00-9.30pm

Another community event from the westham Community Group

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9:58pm Wednesday 12th February 2014

Pro-active group gets community together to give a What's on in Westham guide!

At the Heart of the community

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9:44pm Wednesday 12th February 2014

Westham Community Group hosts a community networking event whilst engaging with public to show residents what's available on their doorstep.

COMMUNITY NEWS: Lottery meeting appeal for more volunteers

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11:34am Thursday 6th February 2014

The library was packed out last Tuesday evening at the informal open meeting of the Big4 Lottery committee.

Community group event plans to bring the people of Westham together.

Dorset Echo: Community group event plans to bring the people of Westham together.

11:34am Wednesday 5th February 2014

Local community group raises awareness in 'Heart of Westham' event which is to be held at the Community Fire Station, Radipole Lane.

Woodland Tales

5:08pm Tuesday 4th February 2014

FRAMPTON Footlights presents Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood, a pantomime by Peter Denyer.

Business partners Sally and Pen, give charities a cheer.

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5:22pm Friday 31st January 2014

Every 3rd Sunday of every month at The Community Fire Station, Radipole Lane there will be a Local business and craft fair. This is to raise money for different charities every month.

Come enjoy the snowdrops of Compton Valance

Dorset Echo: The secret life of snowdrops

12:42pm Tuesday 28th January 2014

COMPTON Valence is once again inviting visitors to come along to see the beautiful display of snowdrops in the village.

Littlemoor needs you!

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11:32am Thursday 23rd January 2014

The Big4 Lottery committee are holding an open meeting at the library on Tuesday 4th Feb between 5pm and 7pm. Over the past year the committee has identified several areas within the community that could be improved with help from the £1m lottery grant. These areas include estate environment, health and well- being, help for those with disabilities, employment, finance advice, lifelong learning, crime and community safety, community facilities, leisure activities for all ages and housing and planning issues. The committee itself doesn’t feel able to do justice to all these topics and is looking for additional people who can advise or help. The committee is already making a start and is hoping to develop the scrubland alongside Beverley Road into a landscaped area with trees and is also looking into the possible creation of allotments at the eastern end of Louviers  Road. If you are concerned about our environment, both on the estate and in the surrounding countryside would you lend a hand? Have you experience or knowledge of health and well-being issues or cared for adults and children with disabilities? Do you have job or lifestyle skills you can share or pass on to others or perhaps help someone with learning difficulties?   Would you like to get involved in community safety and the prevention of crime? Could you help set up art groups or sports and leisure activities of all kinds, both indoor and outdoor? Do you want a voice in future housing and planning in and around Littlemoor? Have you any ideas that could make life in Littlemoor so much better for all? If the answer to any of the above is yes then please come along to the meeting on the 4th February. Even if you doubt you can help in any of these activities volunteers are still needed who are willing to give a little of their time to help in this major project. The more of us that take part, the easier the tasks will be. It would only take a few hours a month to help improve the lives of everyone in Littlemoor and build a community to be proud of. So please make a note in your diaries- Tuesday 4th Feb 5pm to 7pm at the library. Littlemoor needs you! Together we can do it!  

Help to restore habitats at Lorton Meadows Nature Reserve

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12:00pm Friday 17th January 2014

Dorset Wildlife Trust is inviting people to join the group at Lorton Meadows Nature Reserve in Weymouth on Wednesday, January 29 for a day of practical work to restore habitats important for local wildlife.

Dorset Wildlife Trust's Brian Bleese to give talk in Wareham

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12:00pm Friday 17th January 2014

Brian Bleese from the Dorset Wildlife Trust will be giving a talk on creating the ‘Great Heath’ on Thursday, January 30.

Local History Lesson

6:42pm Tuesday 7th January 2014

FROME Valley History Society meets at 2.30pm in Rampisham Village Hall.

Christmas carollers cheer library users

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10:38am Thursday 19th December 2013

Library users were treated to a selection of Christmas carols, both traditional and modern by a choir from Westfield Arts College.  We were invited to take up sleigh bells and join in with a very spirited version of Jingle Bells. This was followed by a solo from a senior pupil and a beautiful carol by four junior pupils. The staff and pupils would like to thank all those who attended and made them feel very welcome.

Ho! Ho! Ho!

Dorset Echo: Neve and Matilda meet up with Father Christmas at Cattistock Christmas Bazaar

4:34pm Wednesday 11th December 2013

CROWDS of people turned up to support Cattistock Christmas Bazaar, trying to find some bargains and generally get into the Christmas spirit. It was an ideal opportunity to relax with friends over a drink and a cake, or to see if you might be lucky on the tombola or raffle.

Alfs about that!!

Dorset Echo: Ladywell Christmas Market

3:01pm Tuesday 10th December 2013

Schools and OAPs benefit from Alfs Fish and chip shop giving at Christmas time for those in need.

Housebound readers: A few delivery slots available.

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3:54pm Thursday 5th December 2013

Do you know anyone who loves reading but isn’t able to get out and about? Housebound readers can have books delivered to their door by library volunteers and there are currently a few spaces on the list of folk wanting this service. If you can no longer get around easily or you know of a neighbour then please contact the librarian. Either drop into the library or call 01305 812350. <li> Getting into the Christmas spirit this year, Westfield College are giving a short carol concert in the library at 2.15 on the 17th. So if you happen to be down there choosing your books you can expect a very festive welcome.  

Are there any budding Robin Hoods out there?

Dorset Echo: Some of the archers at the Hall

9:17pm Wednesday 4th December 2013

• Osmington Archers is a small friendly archery club that meets in the Osmington Village Hall on Wednesday afternoons between 2 and 4 pm.

Friday the Thirteenth!

4:43pm Wednesday 4th December 2013

THE BIG QUIZ takes place in Melbury Osmond Village Hall on Friday, December 13, the most feared date in history! Myths, legends and superstitions make up the theme for this occasion, so see how original you can make your costume!

Win for Town and Country!

Dorset Echo: Well done to quiz winners (Joanne Watson, Philip Watson, Judy Brooker, Mark Brooker, Christine Corben and Sheila Wareham.

8:47am Thursday 28th November 2013

CONGRATULATIONS to the team Town and Country for their well-deserved win in the recent Rampisham Quiz. The team, made up of members from Weymouth (town) and Rampisham (country) fought off some fierce opposition to come first in this very popular annual event.

Coffee, cakes and more at the 'Tea at 3' cafe.

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2:24pm Monday 18th November 2013

Tea at 3 cafe- hot drinks, cakes and good company.

Poundbury store, in association with the Dorset Echo, to put on special Christmas lunch

Dorset Echo: Waitrose manager Jeremy Board, left, with staff

12:00pm Friday 15th November 2013

TODAY the Dorset Echo is launching the Little Waitrose Big Christmas lunch that will offer people in the community a special Christmas lunch.

A Solid Start!

Dorset Echo: Pauline Purdy and Pam Hatcher pore over the latest Children of Fiji quiz

8:50am Thursday 7th November 2013

THE CATTISTOCK-based charity Children of Fiji has produced a quiz on the topic of ‘Solids, Liquids and Gases’. This is a postal quiz with all answers relating to or leading to the name of a solid, liquid or gas. Questions are a mixture of factual and cryptic.



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