Become a 'Deadly Detective'!

3:43pm Tuesday 7th February 2012

Half term and what better way to entertain the young people in your family than take them up to the skate park to become a ‘deadly detective’! Follow the clues and solve the puzzles to find the “treasure”.

Based on the television programme “Live And Deadly” and organised by the Wild About Weymouth project for Big4Littlemoor, just turn up between 11am and 1pm on Friday 17th. The fun event is open to children over the age of 6 years but please note smaller children should be accompanied by an adult and the terrain is not suitable for push chairs or buggies.

Don’t worry about the weather, if it’s raining or snowing just make sure you‘re wearing some waterproof and warm clothing! (and take along your wellies too!) If you want to know more give Tom Clarke a call on 07775912899.

With the first grants from UnLtd two Littlemoor residents are making a start on their projects to try and get people involved with the community.

Jan Hinton has always been interested in photography and would like to share her passion both for taking pictures and the area she lives in.

Her project is called Welcome To Littlemoor-memories are made of this, and she wants everyone to get out and take pictures of their favourite places in Littlemoor. These could be your garden, the local school, the woodland and fields, the wildlife, or even your own house.

Each of us has a memory of the area, for whatever reason, something that has left a lasting impression or fired the imagination, maybe a sunrise or sunset, the birds in the garden or even your first kiss! Jan would like you to share these memories with her with the aid of a camera, a tape recorder and laptop.

The Unltd grant has allowed her to buy a camera that everyone can use, a tape recorder to record the reasons for the pictures and the laptop to allow her to make presentations of your work.

She is also interested in building up a history of the area and would like to hear from anyone with memories or photographs of the early years. Hopefully she will be able to gather enough pictures and information to put together a Powerpoint presentation or book of Littlemoor.

Don’t worry if you don’t know one end of a camera from another, Jan is willing to show you how to take photos to be proud of.

Littlemoor is rapidly changing and it would be great to be able to begin a living history. If you would like to join Jan in this project then please get in contact with her on 01305 834126 or email jan.hinton@virgin.net. Malcolm Beeson has been an active member of the community for many years and is one of the many Littlemoor Strollers who meet outside the Co-Op every Friday at 10.30am to walk the footpaths in the area.

It is this interest in walking that has led Malcolm, with the aid of a grant from UnLtd, to make a start on compiling walking maps of Littlemoor paying attention to the secret and lesser known footpaths.

Printed on both sides of A3 paper the maps will show the steepest footpaths so that they can be avoided if they are a problem for you. Play areas and open spaces will be marked too so that the kids can take a rest if they need one.

Malcolm is hoping to employ an artist to make the whole thing look attractive and colourful.

He hopes to have 1,000 copies printed and perhaps have enough to put through every letterbox. Large, permanent copies will go on display on notice boards in the area.

The leaflet should be available in the summer.

If this is well received Malcolm then plans to draw a second map going beyond the boundaries of Littlemoor to tempt people to discover more of the lovely countryside. Then perhaps a third will be considered, extending the scope of the maps even further- the Ridgeway, Upwey and even across the hills into Weymouth itself.

A keen rambler, Malcolm hopes everyone will take up this pleasant pastime and enjoy the benefits of a new interest and a healthier lifestyle.

The Big4Littlemoor newsletter will be dropping into your doormat very shortly, please don't forget to fill in the tear off slip on page 3 and pop it in one of the boxes provided in the Co-Op or the library. Without your suggestions we won't have any idea what YOU want to make Littlemoor a better, brighter place to live!

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