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11:34am Thursday 6th February 2014
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!
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.
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.
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.
12:00pm Friday 15th November 2013
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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.
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.
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: email@example.com.
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.
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>
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.
4:31pm Thursday 4th April 2013
4:12pm Thursday 7th March 2013
Are you looking to work in the catering industry this year? A course is being run at the Community Centre, Canberra Road, Littlemoor on Monday 18th March from 9-30am until 5pm for a Food Safety Certificate level 2, which could help you. Dorset Adult Learning is running the tutor led course which will improve your food safety knowledge and skills and there are a couple of places still left. At the end of the session you will complete a multiple choice assessment paper. 3ZONE, one of Synergy’s Neighbourhood Panels are sponsoring the cost of the venue for the day so there will only be a token charge of £2 for the buffet lunch. If you are interested please call Jan on 01305 834126. <li> There are many of us who rely on the buses to get into town, to go shopping, to get to work. Without public transport a lot of us here in Littlemoor would feel isolated, so it’s important to have a say in the future planning of bus routes and services. Dorset County Council have just issued consultation questionnaires to find out about your travel priorities. Your answers will provide evidence to support decisions on the future network of bus services. These questionnaires are now available at the library. If public transport is important to you, please get down there and take the time to fill in the questionnaire. <li>
3:24pm Thursday 28th February 2013
In the light of public concern over recent anti- social activities, a public meeting has been called for Wednesday 6th March at St Francis Church at 7.30pm. If you have any issues or concerns about crime and anti-social behaviour in Littlemoor then go along and raise them. I understand that Inspector Les Fry will try to be there to answer any questions. There will also be updates from Dorset Police, Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, Synergy Housing, Dorset County Council and Dorset Fire and Rescue. If you are unable to attend and would like to raise an issue you can contact the Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101 or Melissa Fear, Community Safety Officer on 01305 226863.
6:57pm Thursday 21st February 2013
Despite freezing conditions a gang of intrepid litter pickers met outside the community hall last Wednesday and set forth to try and clear our streets of unsightly rubbish. The litter pick had been organised by the Synergy Zone3 committee and the few who turned up were joined by the Weymouth Community Volunteers and two very helpful Brownies. In the afternoon they were joined by Trish Randall the Synergy Housing Officer. By 4pm they had filled 35 bags of litter. A job well done and we all appreciate the effort they made to keep Littlemoor litter free.
11:28am Thursday 7th February 2013
There will be a Valentine Disco at the community hall this Saturday 16th starting at 8pm and going on until midnight. Adults £2 children £1. Bring a bottle, food will be on sale throughout the evening.
11:07am Thursday 24th January 2013
If you’re looking for a bargain then then look no further than our community hall. On Saturday February 3rd between 12 and 3pm there will be an indoor car boot sale. Or maybe you have recently had a spring clean or clear out and have loads of good stuff to sell? There are still a few tables available to book. Only £4 for a large one or £3 for a small one. Call Jan on 01305834126 or Colin on07576553536.
3:08pm Thursday 10th January 2013
If you’re still having trouble losing those few extra pounds you put on over Christmas then you can now make use of the newly installed outdoor gym equipment near the play area in Louviers Road. The equipment includes a Spacewalker and Chest Press and can be used by anyone from teenager to pensioner. Supplied by Wicksteed, the Chest Press requires the user to push the weight away from his or her chest in order to give the shoulder, chest and triceps’ muscles a workout. The Spacewalker on the other hand is used to improve the condition of the heart and help build mobility and strength in the hips and legs. The equipment is a good way for people to exercise together socially or add new fitness opportunities to their regular walks through the area. The project was overseen by Groundwork South after applying for funds from the Britvic “Transform Your Patch Scheme” aimed at giving communities more access to outdoor sports and recreation. Groundwork is a community and environment charity that carries out training, community, environmental and outdoor improvement projects. Additional funding was also kindly provided by the Synergy Housing Neighbourhood Panel who funded the balance required to complete the project. Weymouth and Portland Borough Council helpfully offered to order and oversee the installation of the equipment to help save costs. Local teenagers have already been keeping fit using the outdoor gym equipment and it is hoped that new pieces can be added as funding becomes available. If you would like more information please contact Toni Powell at Groundwork South on 07889 756166.
3:04pm Thursday 13th December 2012
4:33pm Thursday 29th November 2012
Congratulations to Littlemoor resident Nathan Briggs who won the advanced apprentice of the year award at the Yeovil College and North Dorset Technical College Apprenticeship Awards. Nathan, who works for Dorset County Council’s IT department, has been praised by the staff there for completing his work to an exceptional standard and maintaining progress throughout his training, reaching such a standard that he is now mentoring the second apprentice in his cohort. Nathan said,“I decided to do an Apprenticeship after finishing my degree because I knew I wanted to work in IT and the Apprenticeship looked like the perfect first step towards that. The course in general sounded good and I’d done a lot of theory before, but I wanted to get a job in the sector and work experience. The Apprenticeship was my way into IT. I’m very grateful to Dorset County Council for giving me the opportunity to progress in my career.”
6:38am Friday 23rd November 2012
There will be a Christmas Mini-Market on Sunday 2nd December from 12 noon till 4pm at the Community Hall, Canberra Road, Littlemoor. This is a great chance to buy your Christmas extras at low prices. There will be toys, books, jewellery, clothes, nail accessories, Christmas wreaths and table top decorations, plants, cards, beautiful ornaments and lots, lots more. Refreshments will be available so come and browse and grab yourself a bargain!
9:38am Thursday 15th November 2012
The Big4Litlemoor committee would like to meet you! You are all cordially invited to go along to the Sure Start centre at Bincombe School on Friday 30th between 6.30pm and 8pm. You can see some of their ideas on how the Lottery money should be spent on improvements to Littlemoor. These ideas are based on the results of two surveys made to find out what developments and enhancements residents said they wanted to see for the benefit of all. You’ll be welcome to add your thoughts on how you’d like to see the area evolve over the next ten years. You will also be more than welcome to get involved in building a better environment for Littlemoor residents. Why not go along and volunteer your expertise? Lists of suggested activities and improvements from the surveys will be on display alongside events and activities already running. Refreshments and drinks will be provided. Please note, no car parking at the school is available and there is very little parking space on Culliford Way (the entrance to the Sure Start centre) so it is advisable to arrive on foot. <li> Want to avoid all that expense as Christmas approaches? Most of us find this time of year particularly expensive so the library currently has a large assortment of books to show you how to make your own cards, candles, toys, gifts, decorations etc. And of course there are plenty of cookery books for that perfect Christmas pud!
3:25pm Thursday 1st November 2012
Ghoulies and Ghosties and Long Legged Beasties and things that go bump in the night were to be found in abundance at the Halloween Disco at the Littlemoor Community Centre. Run by the L.C.A.G. and funded by 3 Zone Neighbourhood Panel with Synergy, the hall was nearly full to capacity as local youngsters arrived to enjoy their special event. The evening was split into two parts with a children’s disco to start followed by a family event with several adults joining in with the spirit of the occasion by dressing up as well. Spot prizes were given out during the evening to all the children who joined in dancing. It was a very difficult task for the organisers to choose from the many fantastic outfits on show but eventually winners were found. The verdict of the evening from the organisers and those who attended was that it had been a HOWLING success.
7:10am Wednesday 24th October 2012
On Friday 2nd November the library will be holding a family giant games morning. Giant Jenga and other extra-large games will guarantee a fun packed time. All are welcome, but children must be accompanied by an adult please. Games start at 10.30 and go on until 11.30. Also, a reminder from the library that all of you keen readers who took part in this summer’s reading challenge can now collect their certificates from the librarian. <li> News from the Big4Lottery committee, there will be a public meeting in November where you will be able to go along and meet the committee and ask them any questions you may have about the £1m. Look out for posters announcing the time and date or keep an eye on this column for further details.
7:10am Wednesday 10th October 2012
Weymouth Community Volunteers want to hear from drivers who would like to use their spare time in helping the elderly residents of Littlemoor. Following changes to the eligibility criteria for hospital transport many of our local residents have been left to organise their own way to and from hospitals. Volunteer drivers are urgently needed to meet the demand from our senior citizens to transport them to and from hospital, doctor’s surgeries and other health related appointments. Weymouth Community Transport is in immediate need of volunteers with a little or a lot of time on their hands and willing to help. This is a very worthwhile use of spare time and is greatly appreciated by our older and more vulnerable residents so please do lend a hand if you can. Out of pocket expenses are paid, and parking spaces have been negotiated with the hospital. All drivers will have to undergo a CRB check, to safeguard both the driver and the passenger. If you can spare some time, would like to find out more, or would like to register, please call Caroline, Transport Coordinator, on 01305 783999 who would be happy to take your details and tell you more.
9:20pm Thursday 27th September 2012
Music is universal, it brings people together whether playing or just listening. On Saturday 6th October at the community hall there’s going to be some music being made and anyone with an instrument can go along and join in. It doesn’t matter what level you play at, the emphasis is on enjoying yourself in a very relaxed atmosphere. Trevor Martin usually holds jam sessions in his home each week for family and friends, but this time he wants everyone with even the smallest musical talent to join him in an evening of making some music. If you can’t play but would like to sing along, or if you just want to go along and listen, everyone is welcome. The doors of the hall will be open around 7pm and jamming will start around 7.30pm. There will be tea and coffee and some soft drinks available and the session will end at about 10.30pm. Entrance is free. If you’d like more information about this opportunity to play along with all the other Littlemoor musicians then give Trevor a call on 01305 813584. <li>
4:01pm Thursday 6th September 2012
We’re very lucky out here in Littlemoor to have so much wildlife around us. There is one species of intriguing animal that we seldom see though and that is the bat. If you’d like to learn about this fascinating creature and maybe catch a glimpse of one or two then Wild About Weymouth and Portland are running a Bat Walk on Thursday 27th September at 6pm. Meet up at the skate park in Louviers Road for a free, short informative walk. There will also be arts and crafts activities for the kids. Naturally the walk will be dependent on our wonderfully unpredictable weather. If you are in any doubt whether the walk will take place please give Tom Clarke a call on 07775 912899 or if you require further details of the event.
9:33pm Friday 17th August 2012
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8:27am Thursday 2nd August 2012
There’s plenty of activity going on at Top Club through August. The youth centre will be open to our young residents aged 11 years and over on Monday through to Thursday from Monday 6th to Thursday 23rd between 7pm and 9.15pm. Activities and events on offer are BBQ’s, sports and games, football on the field, gladiator jousts or bungee run (Wednesdays only). There will also be DJ workshops, karaoke and open mic evenings. The centre will also be working with a community artist with the aim of redecorating parts of the youth centre. Trips are on offer too (parental consent forms will need to be signed for these), On Friday 10th there’s the Weymouth Bayside festival and Sealife Tower, this visit is free and places are limited so it’s, first come first served. On Tuesday 14th; a visit to Dorset Snow Sports Centre for a go on the Ringos ; on Thursday 16th a visit to Splashdown in Poole; on the 21st it’s ten pin bowling at Bowlplex in Poole and on 23rd a return to Splashdown. These trips cost £3. For further details of times of departure etc., please see the leaflets available. Places are limited so get your forms as soon as possible. See Gary at Top Club or call 833560 for a leaflet of all these great days out for the kids and the consent forms. And on Friday 24th youth club members will begin a 12 hour through the night fundraiser to raise money for the purchase of games consoles. If you would like to take part in this you’ll need a consent form and pay £10 to take part. From 6th September Kidzone will be open every Thursday from 4pm to 7pm for children aged 5-11 years. The Kidzone Greenhouse Project will meet Friday evenings 6pm to 8pm. The Evening Youth club will re-open on Monday 6th September. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday for school year 8 and over, Wednesday evening, school year 7 and over, 7pm to 9pm.
4:01pm Tuesday 24th July 2012
Westfield College has been delving into Littlemoor’s history. Moreton class in particular, with Leon Quartermaine, Jordan Glastonbury and Elliott Hardwick doing the research with a little help from librarian Lyndsey. The three researchers have dug out some very interesting newspaper clippings. You can see the result of their hard work on display at the library. <li> As always, the school holidays present problems for parents and children alike, the biggest headache being how to keep them occupied. As usual Dorset libraries are running activities to encourage the youngsters to read more through those long six weeks. This year it’s The Story Lab, with stories, crafts and games with a book theme. On 9th August between 2.30 and 3.30pm it’s that very popular book The Gruffalo, on the 16th a story called Ice Cream and on the 23rd one called Pirates. Activities are suitable for ages 4 to 7 years. No need to book, simply turn up on the day and have fun. The Story Lab packs are now available at the library. <li> On Wednesday 15th August between 2pm and 3pm Carol Hunt, author of The Portland Chronicles, a series of time travelling adventures, will be in the library. Take the children down to meet the writer of these very popular books. The event is free but tickets will be required and children must be accompanied by an adult For more information please call 01305 812350. <li> Enid Blyton is as popular today as she was back in 1947 when she began writing The Famous Five books. To celebrate 70 years of the Famous Five, the Energy Institute is running a competition with fabulous prizes which include a 2 night B&B break at the Grand Hotel Swanage, family day tickets to the Swanage Railway and other great prizes for the lucky winners. You’ll find the competition brochures at the library so get down there quickly and grab one before they all go.
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