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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.
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!
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.
10:47pm Monday 18th March 2013
DESPITE a bone-chilling wind, the sun shone for the formal opening of the Osmington White Horse viewing point by the Lord Lieutenant of Dorset, Mrs Anthony Pitt-Rivers, on 12 March, signalling completion of the final stage of the restoration of the carving, and giving the public a safe parking area from which see and to learn about the monument and its history. Representatives of all the groups who had contributed to the project were gathered on the site off the A353 which has been generously made available by Paul and Jan Critchell of White Horse Farm. However, in view of the temperature, formalities there were kept to a minimum. The Lord Lieutenant cut the tape around the information plinth with a few brief words, but further speeches were postponed until people had gathered in the more welcoming atmosphere of The White House, to which Geoff and Christine Codd had kindly invited the assembled company. There, glasses were raised to celebrate the successful conclusion of the 4-year restoration project, which has involved so many elements of the local community, as well as attracting the support of national authorities and organisations.. The Lord Lieutenant congratulated Geoff Codd, as project chairman, on a great community achievement and Geoff, in his turn, paid tribute to all those who had contributed their time, effort and funds to make it possible. In formally winding up the restoration project, he committed the future care of the monument to a group to be led by the Dorset Ranger Service under John Hayes and the Osmington Society, under its current chairman Sally Little, who will ensure that King George III and his favourite charger Adonis continue to dominate the local landscape for many generations to come. For the full story of the horse and its restoration visit the project website at www.osmingtonwhitehorse.info.
7:51pm Monday 25th February 2013
AT long last, the travelling public will be able to see and study Osmington’s historic White Horse in safety and at leisure. At 12 noon on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, exactly one year after Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal commemorated the completion of work to restore the figure of King George III on the hill, the Lord Lieutenant for Dorset will mark the end of the final stage of the four year community restoration project by opening a newly constructed Public Viewing Point off the A353 on the hill opposite the monument. Work has been going ahead steadily since September on this final phase of the project, which could not have been achieved without the help of the organisations which have given their support in both time and money. Over 2,000 hours of work and £20,000 of money have been needed to establish the viewpoint, with the bulk of the funding being shared by Natural England and Dorset County Council, plus added grants from West Dorset District Council and the Dorset AONB. The Army’s Corps of Royal Engineers have levelled and surfaced the car park, the County Council has engineered the connection to the main road, SSE has re-routed power lines to clear the entrance, and teams of volunteers from the local community (including PGL at Osmington Bay) have worked hard at all the secondary tasks like establishing hedges. A Portland stone plinth, donated by Albion Stone, provides information to visitors on the history of the monument and the project – one which has secured national recognition as a great example of what can be achieved by a local community with the will to restore and maintain its historic heritage. Congratulations to all who took part. For the full story of the horse and its restoration visit the project website at www.osmingtonwhitehorse.info.
10:57pm Monday 10th December 2012
SOUTH Dorset’s MP helped to kick off Osmington’s Christmas celebrations on Saturday, December 1 in the Sunray grounds. It was a fantastic day, there was a brilliant turnout and, despite the cold, everyone was in good spirits. The market was bustling, the mulled wine was flowing and the singing was brilliant. At lighting-up time, the crowd then gathered; Richard Drax MP gave a speech and the 25-foot tree was then lit by him and Mike Reed, the Chairman of Osmington Parish Council. The tree looks amazing and really stands out for everyone to enjoy as they drive through the village. The two-day event was a ‘first’ for Osmington, and congratulations and thanks are due to all those who generously gave their time and effort to make it such a success. Special thanks have to go to The Friends of the Parish for organising such a great event, and to the Sunray management for hosting it. There was singing by Carols from Dorset, wonderful Christmas music from the Durnovaria Silver Band and the Millstreet Jazz Band, and the children of Andrew's School Choir were a delight. The erection of the tree was only made possible by some dedicated effort by the local team of Vic White and Steve Mansbridge, with some extremely generous support by local firms. Mr B Crew of Station Garage, Wareham, loaned the team a trailer and a vehicle to pull it, and Vic and Steve drove to Uplyme to collect the tree on one of the wettest and nastiest Saturdays of the year. Holly Hill Christmas Trees supplied a wonderful tree and helped to load it for the long drive home. The use of a crane for the afternoon was very generously donated by MB Pumps of Poole and, while the rain lashed and the wind blew, the tree was lifted over the Sunray's restaurant and deposited neatly into the pre-dug hole, where it settled snugly into place. That was Osmington's Christmas Carol 2012 - the Friends of the Parish intend that 2013 will be bigger and even better! AT their meeting on November 20, the chairman of Osmington Recorded Music Society, Brian Bishop, celebrated the sea and “those who go down to the sea in ships” in his programme, “Sea Fever”, including excerpts from Gilbert & Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore, Debussy’s La Mer and Lord Berners’ The Triumph of Neptune, a ballet first performed in London in 1926. December meetings featured the music of George Gershwin, in Jim Davis’ recital “By George” and at the time of writing, David McCririck is due to present “Osmington, the musical village” on December 17. To open the 2013 part of the season, Anne Cleveland is due to take members on a musical tour of “Rivers and Oceans” with her programme on Monday, January 7, and the title of Laurence Knight’s programme on January 21 is “Impulse Buying”. Meetings are held at Osmington Village Hall from 2.15pm on alternate Mondays. For further details call 01305 262121, or email: email@example.com . New members are always welcome. EARLIER this year Osmington Parish Council applied for one of the trees that Trees for Dorset were donating in commemoration of this year’s jubilee celebrations. Osmington was one of the ten successful applicants and the tree was successfully planted on Saturday 1 December at the village playing field. Trees for Dorset also provided a commemorative plaque to mark the event. The tree is a gledista honey locust and should be around for at least the next 100 years.
2:51pm Monday 12th November 2012
SOUTH Dorset MP Richard Drax will join Parish Council chairman Mike Read to light Osmington’s Christmas tree at 4.30 on Saturday, December 1, in the grounds of the Sunray. The event is part of a two day Christmas Carol festival sponsored by the Friends of the Parish with the cooperation of the Sunray management.
8:12pm Monday 22nd October 2012
WORK has been going ahead steadily since September on the final phase of the Osmington White Horse Restoration Project – the establishment of a proper off-road viewing point off the A353 on Osmington Hill. Once again, the Project is enormously grateful for the help that has been given by its friends and supporters. The Army’s Corps of Royal Engineers have levelled and surfaced the car park, after which a volunteer team from PGL at Osmington Bay have worked hard at shifting topsoil to provide a base for the surrounding hedges. The Portland stone information plinth, incorporating the plaque unveiled by the Princess Royal, has been donated by Albion Stone, and all the other necessary work has been made possible by grants from Natural England and from Dorset County Council, who have undertaken the surfacing work and road signs linking the parking area to the road. The intention was for the Lord Lieutenant of Dorset to open the facility on November 15, but a last-minute hitch has put that plan on hold for the time being. It appears that the height of the power lines across the entrance does not meet official safety criteria for traffic to pass underneath, and cars are, therefore, not allowed in. Negotiations have started with SSE to install two taller telegraph poles, and the project ‘s chairman, Geoff Codd, remains confident that this final element of what has been a historic conservation project will be in use before the end of 2012. THE next monthly arts & crafts fayre in Osmington Village Hall will be on Saturday, November 17 from 1.00 to 3pm. These regular events started in May this year, with a gathering of 'local to Dorset' crafts people and artists, and have continued on the third Saturday of each month. There are always a variety of stalls with some very talented crafts people, from handmade jewels to homemade soap and candles, while Osmington’s own Sapphira Hill has displayed her quirky and fun pieces. With so much on show, there is something for everyone. Local folk often pop up for a browse and stay for tea & cake - hot beverages and a selection of cakes on offer, make for an enjoyable time to spend with family and friends For this month’s fayre, a full house of stallholders has been booked, and a festive feel is planned for the start of the Christmas build-up. The regular stall holders will have an array of things on offer from button jewellery to felt creations, and there will be some new stalls, including framed local scenes photographed by Gilly Hopson, jams and chutneys, and silk flower displays – once again, something for everyone. MEMBERS and guests of Osmington Recorded Music Society enjoyed the presentation by the society’s president, John Davis, entitled The Golden Age of Leopold Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra, a Centenary Celebration. The programme featured a fascinating sequence of rare recordings. On Monday, November 5, Richard Searle of Dorchester U3A is due to present a programme titled “Take Five” offering some notable musical “Fives”. Meetings are held at the Village Hall, Shortlake Lane, Osmington, from 2.15pm on alternate Mondays. THIS year brings the tenth annual Osmington Christmas Show to the Village Hall on Friday 30 November and Saturday 1 December, with performances starting at 7.30pm. It promises to be another great family fun show, and event passes will undoubtedly sell out again – so get them now from Debbie Vokes, School House, Main Road, Osmington, DT3 6EE or call (01305) 835877.
10:52pm Tuesday 26th June 2012
5:06pm Tuesday 24th January 2012
Oamington’s White Horse Restoration Project will receive recognition at the highest level with a Royal visit this spring. There has been official confirmation that the Princess Royal will visit the site on Monday, March 12 to “unveil” the restored monument. Most of the details of the visit have yet to be worked out, but it will probably take place between 9.45 and 10.30am. This will be a well-deserved tribute to all the local people who have worked so hard over the last two years and more to bring the monument back to its original condition in time for the Olympics year, and it seems fitting that King George III’s resuscitation should be greeted by one of his direct descendents with her own distinguished equestrian background.
8:49pm Friday 7th October 2011
OSMINGTON is the latest local community to have completed its contribution to the 2012 Olympic scene on time and within budget. When the hillside figure of George III on his white horse was first carved in 1808, its position was chosen to present a distinctive landmark to seafarers approaching Weymouth Bay. Now, after 200 years, and thanks to the efforts of a dedicated project team, it is set to present the same image to the Olympic seafarers of 2012.
10:46pm Thursday 21st July 2011
Thanks to the energy and commitment of some of the fantastic young people of Dorset, great progress has been made with the final stage of restoration of the Osmington White Horse – a project that is now coming to fruition after two years of planning and preparation by a range of cooperating organisations.
8:17pm Monday 27th June 2011
ST. OSMUND’S church will be holding its annual Patronal Festival on Sunday, July 10, with choral evensong at 6.30pm, followed as usual by a social gathering with refreshments. The choir from All Saints, Wyke Regis will be joining the choirs from our own benefice to lead the singing, and the visiting preacher will be the Reverend Deb Smith, Vicar of All Saints.
11:27pm Sunday 20th March 2011
On Saturday, March 12, the Sunset Café Stompers made a very welcome return to the village hall for an evening of their foot-tapping New Orleans Jazz. With a full house, the hall was suitably decorated for a jazz party atmosphere. Whether listening or dancing, a packed and enthusiastic audience were entertained by this popular band, whilst the bar and hot snacks provided welcome refreshment.
10:59pm Monday 28th February 2011
THE next stage of the White Horse restoration should soon be under way. In February, representatives of all the authorities and groups involved in the restoration project came together for a workshop day in Osmington Village Hall to plan the next move – establishing and marking the exact outline of the original carving.
8:25pm Monday 14th February 2011
AFTER its recent (expensive) redecoration, the village hall looks great. Sadly, though, the Valentine’s dance had to be cancelled because too few people bought tickets to make it financially viable. This was the third recent event to fail in this way.
8:28pm Monday 31st January 2011
You should already have got your tickets for this year’s Strictly Come Valentine event in the village hall on Saturday, February 12 from 7.30 to 11pm. If not, act now!! The theme is “Dancing through the Ages”, with a great variety of music, dancing, drinking and general jollity, including a professional dance demonstration. There will, naturally, be a bar and hot snacks will be on hand. Come and dance the evening away to the Pegasus disco.
10:43pm Tuesday 23rd November 2010
THE valley below White Horse Hill was filled with a virtually continuous buzzing all day on Thursday, November 18, and for most of the following morning, as a busy helicopter ferried the last of Anneke Rice’s limestone chips (and those of her predecessors) from the monument to a dumping site across the valley, whence they will be recycled to other uses.
11:28pm Tuesday 26th October 2010
LOCAL artist, Naomi Vincent organised a highly successful arts and crafts event in Osmington Village Hall on October 16. Local artists and craft specialists joined together for a one day exhibition and sale of beautiful handmade jewellery, sculpture and woodwork, along with The Hardy Quilters’ splendid display of quilts and garments.
10:54pm Monday 11th October 2010
THERE will be another burst of activity to watch on the Osmington White Horse during the next few weeks. The aim is to clear the horse of all the loose limestone chips by the end of the autumn, so that the restoration can progress to the next stage. Though the volunteer effort so kindly provided by the armed services during the summer helped to make great progress, there are still over 100 tons of stone to be moved from the bottom of the figure - a task too great for any available volunteer team.
11:19pm Sunday 26th September 2010
FIRST, an apology. I must have been looking at the wrong calendar when I forecast this month’s Arts and Craft Exhibition as being on Sunday, October 16. The date was right but it is, of course, a Saturday.
10:19am Tuesday 7th September 2010
THIS year’s harvest thanksgiving service in St. Osmund’s is on Sunday, September 26 at 11am. Members of the Flower Group will be in the church from 10am on Saturday 25 to receive any gifts of produce or non-perishable provisions for display in the church and later distribution. All will be gratefully appreciated.
10:56pm Tuesday 3rd August 2010
ANYONE looking towards the Osmington White Horse recently will have seen loads of people on the hillside, hovering helicopters and a significant change in the appearance of King George III and his charger.
4:53pm Wednesday 28th July 2010
10:53pm Tuesday 22nd June 2010
IT has been proving increasingly difficult to find volunteers who can give some time and effort to help to run the annual Osmington fête. This year, the situation has been compounded by the enforced non-availability of some of the organising committee of the Friends of St. Osmund, and they have therefore, very reluctantly, concluded that it is impracticable to carry on with the 2010 event.
11:08pm Tuesday 25th May 2010
THE roadsides of Osmington played host to a varied selection of exotic individuals in May, when residents competed in a scarecrow competition, held in association with a garden sale day in aid of church funds. Congratulations are deserved by all those who took part in creating such an artistic gathering, but especially to Emma and Alexandra Stevenson of Osmington Mills, whose bride and groom entry won them first prize for the second year running. Well done!
11:42pm Tuesday 27th April 2010
SINCERE thanks are due to the gallant band of helpers who turned out for the parish’s roadside clean-up in April, as part of West Dorset’s annual campaign. A record team of 16, including 3 from the staff of PGL Osmington Bay, succeeded in clearing our roadsides of 21 sacks of unsightly rubbish. Well done.
10:51pm Tuesday 6th April 2010
THE Sunset Café Stompers made a very welcome return to Osmington Village Hall last month, for an evening of foot-tapping New Orleans jazz. Always a sell-out, the hall was suitably decorated for a jazz party atmosphere. Whether listening or dancing, a packed and enthusiastic audience were entertained by this popular band, whilst the bar and hot snacks provided welcome refreshment.
10:56pm Monday 22nd March 2010
EASTER Monday, April 5, sees the launch of Osmington's shiny new website. The new site provides a valuable information resource for Osmington Village, Osmington Mills, Upton and Ringstead, all of which make up the parish of Osmington.
3:18pm Tuesday 23rd February 2010
8:23pm Monday 18th January 2010
IT’S that time of year! They’re here again! For the fifth year running, Osmington is playing host to the amazing Sunset Café Stompers with their repertoire of foot-tapping traditional jazz in the New Orleans style. So make a date for Saturday, March 13 at Osmington Village Hall. Doors open at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £8 from Keith Pratt, Buttress Cottage Church Lane, Osmington (01305 833847).
9:17pm Tuesday 15th December 2009
THE highlight of the ladies evening held in the village hall on November 14 was an hour-long fashion show by kind courtesy of The Dressing Room in Dorchester. The evening opened with everyone getting to know each other over a glass of wine and with an opportunity to buy fashion accessories and Christmas gifts. To get everyone into a “Fashion” frame of mind a fashion-based quiz took place - did you know that King Louis XIV of France introduced high-heeled shoes to the world of fashion? Ruth Lane and her team won the quiz.
10:48pm Sunday 15th November 2009
8:30pm Monday 26th October 2009
THE Osmington Society has invited Sergeant Nikki Billington, from Dorset Police’s security planning team for the 2012 Olympics, to the Village Hall on Tuesday, November 17 at 7pm, with a presentation entitled “Local residents and the Olympics in Dorset”. Come and learn about the contingency planning for the local area, and how it will affect your daily life.
11:20pm Tuesday 6th October 2009
The Osmington Society has held two very successful and enjoyable events so far this year. In May a wine tasting evening was led by Jacques de Cateret who has worked in the industry for more years than he cares to remember (or, indeed, can). He presented six wines, ranging from less to more expensive, and guests were able to make their own notes on them. This was followed by a cold buffet of cheeses and pâtés, with an opportunity to buy more of the wine. Fortunately, everyone was local and was able to stagger home safely.
10:45pm Monday 14th September 2009
HARVEST thanksgiving in St. Osmund’s church this year is on Sunday, September 27, at 11.15am. Members of the flower group will be in the church from 10.00am on Saturday, 26 to receive any gifts of produce or non-perishable provisions for display in the church and later distribution. All will be gratefully appreciated.
12:24pm Tuesday 1st September 2009
The Osmington Community Plan is being developed to improve the quality of life for our community, and of the environment in which we live. We now need to identify those areas in our lives where improvements are needed so that steps can be set in train to prepare as best we can for an uncertain future. To that end, questionnaires have been developed (one for adults, one for youngsters) which will be distributed very shortly throughout Osmington, the Mills, Ringstead and Upton. Following analysis of the results and further discussions the community will then be consulted with a view to the adoption of a draft Action Plan.
8:46pm Monday 24th August 2009
OSMINGTON’S most senior citizen, Reg Smith, celebrated his 100th birthday on 18 August. Since coming to live at Fermoy House in the 1960s Reg has been one of the most faithful members of St. Osmund’s congregation. Though the church choir, of which he was one of the stalwarts, has long since disappeared, he still tackles the steep path to the church every Sunday, to take his place alongside the organ. A small surprise party was therefore arranged for him in the church after the morning service on Sunday, 17 August, when he was presented with a special birthday cake by Andrew Mills, who had conducted the service.
11:14pm Monday 27th July 2009
11:10pm Wednesday 8th July 2009
10:07pm Tuesday 28th April 2009
8:35pm Tuesday 14th April 2009
AS the credit crunch hits our pockets and the cost of fuel rises inexorably, it is time to look at how we can save energy in the home and even generate our own. So come along to the special energy event being organised in Osmington to find out what you can do.
10:44pm Tuesday 24th March 2009
THE Sunset Café Stompers provided another great evening of jazz and jollity on their visit to Osmington Village Hall in March. This was the third year in succession that this group have performed in Osmington, and their version of New Orleans jazz, blues and ragtime proved as popular as ever.
10:47pm Wednesday 25th February 2009
4:12pm Monday 12th January 2009
10:15pm Friday 14th November 2008
2:09pm Saturday 18th October 2008
THE village hall was full of local residents for the “Food for Thought” meeting organized by the Osmington Society last month, and lots of enthusiasm was shown in suggesting and supporting potential new initiatives for improving life in the local community.
10:43pm Thursday 4th September 2008
10:54pm Friday 25th July 2008
8:33pm Friday 20th June 2008
ALMOST everybody who is anybody in the local church community gathered at Spring Bottom to pay tribute to Jock Lane on his retirement from the parochial church council after 50 years of continuous service to St. Osmund's Church, during which time he has served at different times as churchwarden, synod member and lay vice-chairman.
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