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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.
9:17pm Wednesday 4th December 2013
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!
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.
2:24pm Monday 18th November 2013
12:00pm Friday 15th November 2013
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.
6:57pm Wednesday 6th November 2013
• Sutton Poyntz Society Coffee Morning in the Mission Hall attracted an even bigger crowd than usual. Perhaps having to stay in during the recent bad weather made people eager to get out on what was quite a pleasant morning. Everyone had been invited to bring along their favourite book and the reason for their choice, which proved very interesting. I should be able to take part next year, by which time I should have finished a book! As always the good conversation was punctuated by pauses for coffee and delicious homemade cake and the ladies in the kitchen were kept busy. The next coffee morning is on Friday 6 December between 10.30am and noon, when the charity Waves will be demonstrating the good work they do.
8:23pm Tuesday 29th October 2013
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8:24am Friday 25th October 2013
1:52pm Tuesday 15th October 2013
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3:28pm Monday 7th October 2013
• Yvonne Connolly reports that Bosworth House Care Home on Southdown Road held a special party to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their opening back in 1988. A host of family, friends and residents enjoyed a lovely buffet prepared by deputy manager Sally-Ann Radwell along with a few drinks and entertainment from ‘The Flying Dutchman’. The party was also an opportunity to celebrate with one of their senior carers, Sue Love, who has been with Bosworth House for 20 years of its 25 years, quite an achievement. The pictures show Mrs. Meryl Hodder and Mrs. Christine Wells, two of the owners of Bosworth House, with the anniversary cake and Sue Love with her certificate, flowers and champagne to mark her 20 years service.
3:36pm Thursday 3rd October 2013
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2:31pm Sunday 22nd September 2013
• In order to carry out resurfacing work, Dorset County Council will be closing two local roads. The first is Wyke Oliver Road, between the Preston Road and Oakbury Drive junctions on Wednesday/Thursday 2/3 October. The second is 300 metres of Coombe Valley Road from 44 Coombe Valley Road northward to 60 Coombe Valley Road, on Thursday/Friday 3/4 October. Both closures will operate between 09:00hrs to 16:00hrs and the roads will be open outside of these times. If these are on your local routes, alternatives will be signposted.
11:43am Thursday 12th September 2013
7:35pm Sunday 8th September 2013
OSMINGTON'S White Horse Restoration Project is one of five projects which have been shortlisted by English Heritage for one its prestigious 2013 Angel Awards for the best rescue of a listed building, scheduled monument, park, garden, battlefield or conservation area.
4:28pm Wednesday 4th September 2013
The Park District Newsletter has gone Missing In Action, so until such time as it rematerializes through our letter boxes in the manner of Dr Who and the Tardis, here is the current state of play at the Centre!!
11:43am Tuesday 3rd September 2013
THERE was an excellent response at the recent Flower and Vegetable Show held at the Fox and Hounds in Cattistock. Locals brought in produce that they had grown in their gardens or in the allotments behind the Fox and Hounds. There were also entries in the handicraft, photography and home produce sections. Afterwards most of the entries were auctioned to raise money for the Intensive Care Unit at Dorchester Hospital. In total about £400 was collected from entry fees and the auction. Special thanks go to Edwin for organizing the event, to Scott and Liz for providing the venue and to Neil and Phil for running the auction.
1:56pm Tuesday 27th August 2013
1:45pm Tuesday 27th August 2013
• I took advantage of the recent good weather to walk up onto the hills behind Sutton Poyntz. The path on the right of the valley is one of my favourite routes, as the views out over Weymouth Bay to Portland are spectacular. As always I was looking forward to resting awhile on Margaret’s Seat at the top to enjoy the view and catch my breath. However that was not to be, as someone with more strength than intelligence has pushed the stone seat off its supports! It is hard to imagine why anyone would want walk all the way up the hill to commit such an act of mindless vandalism, but it is very sad. I do hope that something can be done to repair the damage.
4:10pm Thursday 8th August 2013
On Saturday 17th the biggest event on the Littlemoor calendar returns for the 3rd year running. Starting at noon, the 3Zone’s Fantastic Family Fun Day promises to be bigger and better than ever! With lots of free entertainment, stalls and refreshments to keep everyone happy it’s going to be a day to remember. Forget all your troubles for an afternoon and get along and have a good time! This year there is a photo competition which will be judged between noon and 4pm on the day. This competition is open to adults and under 16’s. The adults have 4 categories to choose from: landscape; seascape; wildlife and nature; black and white and novice. The under 16’s can choose any subject they like. Maximum size of photo’s is A4. Adult entry is 50p per photo with unlimited entries, under 16’s is free entry. First prize for the overall winner is a fantastic £50! There will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes awarded in each category. The £50 prize has kindly been donated by www.love-weymouth.co.uk and the under 16’s prizes by Britannia Parking. So get snapping, there isn’t much time left to get out there with your camera! If you want to know more give Jan Hinton a call on 01305 834126.
9:46am Wednesday 7th August 2013
1:15pm Saturday 27th July 2013
11:04pm Tuesday 16th July 2013
The details of Osmington’s homemade cake competition, OSBAKE 2013, have now been finalised. It will take place on Saturday, August 3 at Osmington Village Hall. To enter, complete an entry form and drop it into the mailbox at the Village Hall (fixed to porch post) or hand it in at The Sunray. .Entries need to be delivered at the Hall between 9.30 and 11.30am, with judging in the afternoon. An independent panel of judges will taste all entries. Prizes will be presented at the Osmington Fête on Sunday at 1.45pm. You are encouraged to donate your cake to the cake stall after judging, to be sold at the Fête, but if you'd rather take it home for tea - that's fine! Entry is free, so enter as many times as you like! There are 4 classes in which to enter: • Category 1 - Whole Cake: A whole cake of any type, of your choice. • Category 2 – Traditional Victoria Sponge, to an exactly specified recipe. • Category 3 – Six decorated cupcakes of your choice - any flavour or type, any decoration. • Category 4 - Junior Baker (14 and under) - Cookies, buns, cupcakes – your choice! For full details and entry forms, visit the Osmington website (www.osmington.info) or give Eileen a call on 833108. Happy baking!
4:17pm Thursday 11th July 2013
Two more of Littlemoor’s new series of walks leaflets have just been published. Commissioned by the Littlemoor Community Action Group and sponsored by Dorset County Council’s Sustainable Transport Fund, local man Malcolm Beeson plans a complete series of seven leaflets. The first covers walks north of Littlemoor including Bincombe, Came Wood and was printed in April. The second continues from Bincombe Bumps, Chalbury Hill and Preston with diversions to the mill pond at Sutton Poyntz. The third covers Bowleaze and Overcombe and back via Lodmoor. This is one of the longer walks at about 5 miles and includes suggested stop off points for refreshments and toilets. As well as maps Malcolm has included brief accounts of local history including the World famous Rimbury Urnfield and the prehistoric elephant remains found at Bowleaze. Beautifully illustrated by Yvonne Lee, the remaining leaflets in the series won’t be available until later this year. These will cover walks to the south as far as Weymouth itself and to the west and The Wishing Well café. All leaflets are free and available at Littlemoor’s Co-op Supermarket, pharmacy, doctors’ surgeries and library. Further afield, stocks are held at Weymouth & Portland Borough Council’s office on North Quay and at the tourist information centre in the shop by the bus stops near the King’s Statue. If you would like to join Malcolm on a weekly walk around our fascinating and beautiful area you can meet up with him on Friday morning’s at 10.30am outside the charity shop. <li> This year’s summer holiday reading challenge is the Creepy House. Young readers are challenged to read 6 books through the holiday and make their way through the Creepy House from the awful attic to the spine tingling cellar. Collect trader cards and play games against your friends or go online and share your favourite books, meet famous authors and keep track of your reading and find more books to read. The reading challenge booklets are available at the library. During August the library will be holding exciting activities for the kids. Keep a lookout on the noticeboard or see the librarian for further details.
5:12pm Wednesday 10th July 2013
• It was bound to happen! Last week I mentioned the halt in building work on the Esplanade K5 bus shelter for the No. 4 service, and suggested that, through to the power of the press, this would ensure that work restarted. Sure enough it did, and now the K5 stand is fully operational!
10:10pm Monday 1st July 2013
• Those of you with long memories – as far back a May, anyway – will recall my story about 19 year old Merchant Seaman Cadet George Bell of Preston. George set out on a sponsored cycle ride of 1000km, the distance between his ship’s port of Aberdeen and Weymouth, for Breast Cancer Care. However this was no ordinary ride, because he did it on the exercise bike on the bridge of his ship during his 8 week tour of duty! I am pleased to be able to tell you that he covered the distance, despite days when it was too rough to stay in the saddle, and he raised nearly £600. He’s now home on 14 days leave, enjoying getting out on a ‘real’ cycle, and he would like to thank everyone who sponsored him on his virtual ride.
8:35pm Monday 1st July 2013
THERE WILL be a Teddy Bears’ Picnic from 2 until 5pm on Saturday, July 13 in Maiden Newton Village Hall. Activities will include games, face painting, a treasure hunt, a balloon raffle, music and lots of arts and crafts. There will also be tea, coffee and cake available. Entry costs £1 for adults. Children under 12 go free. All money raised will go to the Weldmar Hospice Trust.
11:12pm Wednesday 26th June 2013
If you do not already have tickets for “A Night at the Musicals” on Saturday, July13, it is high time to get them. WOW, Weymouth’s brilliant young Youth Musical Theatre group are putting on a special performance at Osmington Village Hall, so come and enjoy a great evening’s entertainment with this talented group of young people. Doors open 7pm for a 7.30pm show. There will also be a bar and raffle. Tickets are only £10 (£5 for under-14s) and include a light supper. To book them ring Carol on 01305 835933 or Hilary on 01305 832168. All proceeds will go to St. Osmund’s Church roof repair fund.
8:33pm Wednesday 19th June 2013
• A recent two day exhibition in the Mission Hall entitled Painting for Pleasure was a marvellous showcase for the artistic talents of a group of local ladies. The title might have been meant to apply to the ladies themselves who obviously enjoy their painting, but the varied pictures on display were certainly a pleasure to behold. Pat Bellis, Pat Haine, Judy Backwell, Dot Emblen, Judy Willis, Maureen Morris, Pat Dawson-Harris, Maureen Crib, Sara Knight, Caroline Crisp, Evelyn Donnelly, Linda Walsh, Barbara Harrison, Inger Barnes, Anne and Elaine all had reason to be proud of their interpretation of a wide range of subjects and styles - still life, village scenes, acrylic, botanical and much more. There even were monkeys in charcoal and close up of a cow, bravely produced by Anne, which made me laugh out loud. With tea and homemade cakes to enjoy this really was an afternoon to savour. The group meet in the Mission Hall every Friday afternoon between 2pm and 4pm. Every fourth week a guest artist attends. If you would like to know more, give Judy a call (833349).
4:16pm Wednesday 19th June 2013
The 3rd Littlemoor Family Fun Day will take place on Saturday 17th August and this year it’s going to bigger and better than ever! I’ve managed a sneak peek at the events planned and they include a magician, a fire act, cookery Tony, the Portland Majorettes, Littlemoor’s One Voice choir, a police dog display, a safety display by the fire services, tug of war, Zumba dancers, face painting, art and photography exhibits and much, much, more. Information tents for Credit Union, Synergy Housing and The Echo will be on site too. Air FM will be broadcasting from the event throughout the afternoon. There will be lots of stalls too, selling plants, shoes, jewellery, bric -a- brac etc., along with Tombola, raffles and cream teas. And of course there will be the rides for the kids, a Tuck Shop and Ice Creams! Disabled access will be available along with limited car parking. It’s going to be a fun packed afternoon for all the family so make a note in your diary now. Look out for posters going up soon. <li> You still have time to enter the Synergy gardening competition, open to every resident. There are several categories you can enter and judging will take place at the end of July and prizes presented on the Family Fun Day 17th August. For details of this competition and to enter please contact either Jess on 01305 813863 or Mandy Gordon on 01202688101 email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
8:37pm Tuesday 11th June 2013
7:06pm Monday 3rd June 2013
CATTISTOCK Festival takes place on the weekend of Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23. In addition to some of the associated events already advertised, we would like to point out that there will be a Church Flower Festival throughout the weekend with beautiful arrangements that are well worth a visit. There will also be recitals by visiting organists and bell ringing in the church. On the Sunday there will be Hymns and Pimms at 6.30pm and a Grand Raffle at 7.30pm.
9:14am Wednesday 29th May 2013
• David Mannings reports that he attended a First Bus Users Committee meeting recently, having asked for an item to be put on the agenda referring to the bus service – or rather the lack of it - down Oakbury Drive. David suggested to Mark Williams, the local First manager and the two management representatives from Portsmouth that perhaps one bus an hour, on the hour, could run down Oakbury Drive. A response to his suggestion was promised at the next Users forum meeting on Wednesday 10 July.
7:22pm Sunday 26th May 2013
4:20pm Thursday 23rd May 2013
The Littlemoor choir, Moor Voices is looking for new members to swell their ranks. The choir rehearses every Monday evening from 6.45pm (except bank holidays) so if you are interested in joining just go along, you’ll be very welcome. Alternatively give Jan a call on 01305 834126. If you’d like to find out more you can find Moor Voices on Facebook. <li> Don’t forget the indoor car boot sale at the community centre this Sunday 2nd June from noon til 3pm. <li> Here’s a great opportunity for young football fans, the Testway7s sports cage will be in Littlemoor on Friday 31st May from noon til 3pm. The cage will be set up in the church car park. One –on –one football or two a side 2minute games. Improve you close ball skills, have a great time and it’s FREE. <li> What have the Romans (and Celts) done for us? If you go along to the library on Wednesday 29th between 10.30 and 12.30 you can find out. Local craftsman Mark Vyvyan Penney will be giving a very interesting talk on the subject as well as showing examples of bronze casting and wood carving. This is a free event but please call into the library to pre book your place.
2:04pm Wednesday 22nd May 2013
9:28pm Tuesday 14th May 2013
• Local Preston youngster, 19 year old George Bell, is a merchant seaman cadet in training, which involves a mixture of University courses at Warsash Academy near Southampton and time spent at sea. He is presently two weeks into an eight week period on a ship working out of Aberdeen, servicing oil rigs in the North Sea. On finding an exercise bike on the ship’s bridge he decided to raise some money for a charity close to his heart, Breast Cancer Care. Calculating that it is about 1000km from Aberdeen to his home at Preston, he is inviting sponsorship to cycle that distance in his spare time on the boat. The picture shows him hard at work, with the North Sea visible through the bridge window! So far he has covered over 200km, a distance equivalent to leaving Aberdeen and travelling through Dundee, Perth and Stirling. He is now, virtually, on his way to Glasgow! If you would like to help speed his progress ‘home’ and help a very good cause with a donation, go to https://www.justgiving.com/George-Bell/ or text GCFB 93, with an amount, to 70070.
4:14pm Monday 13th May 2013
Hello all, firstly I have details of Chesil Bank pre-school’s May Fayre which takes place on Saturday 25th May at the Strangways Hall. The Fayre starts at 11.30am, with music and a barbeque. There will be lots of games, “Splat the rat”, “lucky ducks” and coconut shy, to name a few. There will also be a raffle (which will be drawn at 3pm) and a table top sale. To book a table or lend any help please call Julie on 01305 871155 or Pip on 01305 787436. There will be lots of activities for the children and also refreshments so please support them if you can. The friends of St.Nicholas’ are having an Open Gardens day on Sunday June 16th 2013 from 2 - 5.30pm. The focal point is The Old Gatehouse in Church Street. In addition, Steve Griffiths, Head Gardener of the award winning Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, will answer your gardening questions at the Old Gate House where plants and produce will be on sale. Refreshments will also be available from most gardens and for the children there will be a quiz with prizes. Tickets cost £3.00 for adults with free admissions for children accompanied by an adult and this includes entry to all of the gardens open on the day. They may be purchased on the day from any of the gardens or in advance by ringing Tricia Houlberg on 01305 871085. 1. The Old Gate House, Church Street 2. Abbey House, Church Street 3. The Manor House, 4 Church Street 4. Church View, 13 Rodden Row 5. Fleet Cottage, 19 Market Street 6. No 1 West Street Other events in Abbotsbury. The lunch club are having their next lunch on 31st May. It is proving to be very successful so please remember to book early on 01305 871832. The Royal British Legion Woman’s section Abbotsbury and Portesham Branch are now having their 65th anniversary event on 22nd June this has been changed owing to the county event which takes place on June 9th. Contact Mrs Peggy Ford for any information regarding the British legion Woman’s section on 01305 871269 There was no Garland made this year, this was because of a injury to the hand of the lady who makes it. However, it will be made next year and if anybody wishes to still donate funds can they be given to the RNLI when they collect for lifeboat week later in the year. Finally please remember to contact me regarding any news you may have. I can’t write it if you don’t send it! My e-mail is email@example.com or telephone (01305)871931
8:23pm Tuesday 7th May 2013
CATTISTOCK Lawn Tennis Club will be holding a Coffee Morning at 10.30am on Saturday May 18. The event takes place in the Savill Hall, Cattistock, and stalls will include ‘New to You’ clothes, cakes, spring plants, bring and buy, photographs, a raffle and refreshments. Everyone is welcome. Please come along and give your support.
3:57pm Thursday 2nd May 2013
Green fingered gardening enthusiasts take note:- 3Zone Neighbourhood Panel supported by Synergy Housing is running a gardens competition this year. Residents of Littlemoor, Springfield, Upwey and Dorchester are eligible, you do not have to be a Synergy tenant as long as you live in Zone 3. There will be four categories: Small garden; Large garden; Basket/Container/ Communal spaces. Judging will take place at the end of July in time for presentation of prizes at this year’s Fantastic Family Fun Day on Saturday 17th August. There will be an award for the winner and runner up in each category and garden vouchers for the overall winner. To enter, just register your interest by phoning Jan on 01305 834126 and leave your details. Start digging! <.li>
1:30pm Sunday 28th April 2013
• Mark Tewkesbury, Chairman of the Borough Planning Committee, spoke to over 45 villagers who attended the Sutton Poyntz Society AGM in what proved a lively and stimulating discussion. The evening then proceeded with AGM business, the approval of the Committee's annual report and the Treasurer's report, with no change to the annual subscription. There was satisfaction at the continuing bus service into the village, albeit reduced, and the Borough Council have now accepted responsibility for pruning the trees around the pond. There is no news yet of the application to open the Ridgeway track to motorised vehicles. The Village Biodiversity Group has been very active, and all Society events were well supported throughout the year. The committee elections left a shortfall of members, especially the absence of a Treasurer. It is important that the Society adequately reflects the views of the Village on such things as planning applications, and being a Committee member is not a huge commitment. Volunteers are urgently required.
4:36pm Thursday 25th April 2013
Last year Littlemoor resident Malcolm Beeson published a very handy free leaflet, ‘Walking Littlemoor.’ This was a pocket sized leaflet of the Littlemoor estate showing not only footpaths, but cul de sacs and cut throughs so that walkers could find the shortest route around the area. Now Malcolm, on behalf of the Littlemoor Community Action Group has been commissioned by Dorset County Council to produce further leaflets for walkers wanting to enjoy the countryside in our area. The first of these has just been published and some are available at the Co-Op. It covers a route over the green bridge overlooking Dorchester, along to Came Down, Bincombe and back to Littlemoor. This rather strenuous walk takes around 2 ½ hours. But the leaflet also describes two shorter walks in the area. Two more leaflets will be available very soon; these cover the Bincombe Bumps and Overcombe. Each leaflet also gives interesting historical information of things to look out for like the wartime bunker on Bincombe Down, the hill on which The Grand Old Duke Of York marched his men. Seven leaflets in total are planned and when they have all been published a folder will be made available so they can all be kept as a complete set. Each leaflet has been beautifully illustrated by Yvonne Lee, a Dorset based artist who is rapidly gaining a nationwide reputation. Every Friday morning Malcolm heads off with the Littlemoor Strollers of around a dozen or more people on walks of interest in and around the local area. If you would like to join him, there is no formal membership, just turn up at the shopping precinct at 10.30. Walking is a great way to exercise and what better place to do than through the lovely countryside that Littlemoor has on its doorstep? <li> Don’t forget the next indoor Car Boot Sale at the community centre next Sunday (5th May) where you’ll find loads of bargains. It starts at noon and finishes at 3pm. If you would like to book a table a large one costs £4 and a small one £3. For further information or to book a table contact Jan on 834126 or Colin on 07576553536.
12:39pm Tuesday 23rd April 2013
• No doubt you will by now have driven over the new roundabout at Overcombe Corner, mainly because it is so big that you would have trouble trying to drive around it! Apparently it shouldn’t be that big, but County Council officials are quoted as saying it was “an honest mistake”, so that’s all right then! It was also an obvious mistake, which makes me wonder why someone didn’t spot it earlier, and also how many less obvious “honest mistakes” have been made?
2:52pm Thursday 11th April 2013
FROME VALLEY History Society has organised a morning visit on Monday, April 22 to Minterne House and Gardens, Minterne Magna near Dorchester (on the Dorchester to Sherborne Road, 2 miles north of Cerne Abbas). There will be a guided tour of the house by Hon. Henry Digby or Lord Digby. Coffee and biscuits will be served, followed by a walk in the garden, which should be at its colourful best.
1:30pm Wednesday 10th April 2013
• I got on the No. 4 bus at Overcombe Corner recently, but it didn’t move off for three minutes, despite nobody else boarding. I then alighted at Chalbury Corner, and by the time I had walked to Wyke Oliver Road, 2 or 3 minutes later, it was still idling at the bus stop! In that 4 or 5 minutes it could have travelled along Oakbury Drive, using no more diesel than idling at the bus stops. I have also been told that the service quite often waits at the bottom of Seven Acres Road. If you feel that the bus route along Oakbury Drive should be reinstated, and I know that well over 200 people felt strongly enough about this matter to email David Mannings, then he tells me that the person to email with your concerns is the local First manager Mark Williams, who can be reached on Mark.Williams@firstgroup.com You could also write to the First Customer Service Department, Empress Road, Southampton, SO14 0JW. Let them know what you think about the route change, which adversely affects a great number of potential passengers.
4:31pm Thursday 4th April 2013
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