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Sing Carols by Candlelight at Lanehouse Rocks Methodist Church, Lynch Lane, on Monday December 10, 7pm. Come and sing your favourite carols, bring a poem, reading or short story to share. Coffee and mince pies follow. There will be a collection for Action for Children. All are welcome.
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12:00am Monday 3rd December 2012
WYKE REGIS Help raise £50,000 before January. This is the target for the Stepping with Sopie campaign, supported by selected Co-Op stores across the south-west. Young Sophie-Joy has cerebral palsy, and her family aim to raise the money for a life-changing operation in the US. Every week, there’s a chance to win a Christmas hamper at the Co-Op on Portland Road. Tickets on sale Thursdays only.
5:54am Friday 30th November 2012
A tabletop sale on November 17 raised a wonderful £173 for St Edmund's. This was a great result as it was the first time that St Edmund’s has run such an event. Congratulations – and thanks from all at St Edmund’s – to organizers Julie Norris and Maxine Legg.
2:25pm Saturday 23rd April 2011
WHILST being sure I’m making the right decision, it is with sadness and after some thought that I write my final contribution for this column. Unfortunately our terms and conditions as community correspondents have been fundamentally changed and as a matter of principle I feel I cannot continue. I want to say an enormous thank you to everyone who has sent me their news over these past 5 years.
9:34pm Wednesday 13th April 2011
VOLUNTEERS from the allotment holders at Westham Crossroads Allotments worked hard to surface a second major trackway, fixing weed suppressant covers in place before tipping donated tarmac chippings onto this, raking it smooth and rolling it to create a level path and easier access. Volunteers have also begun the hard work of clearing thick brambles and weeds from a neglected and overgrown corner of the allotments, preparing it to eventually become a wildlife corner and socialising area.
3:04pm Tuesday 5th April 2011
A CHIFFCHAFF sang enthusiastically in the background as visitors gathered to witness High Sheriff, the Hon T J Palmer, officially opened the Crossroads Day Centre Garden in Chickerell Road. The refurbished garden has been funded by the Weymouth and Portland Partnership Community Health Fund and the Partnership for Older People Project, and generously sponsored by Gould Garden Centre, Weymouth. Volunteers from the Phoenix Legacy, Portland YOI, Weymouth College and local communities have helped create the garden with its pergola, raised beds and quiet woodland corner.
1:02pm Wednesday 16th March 2011
THE sun shone for volunteers who gathered at the top end of Cockles Lane to help plant native tree whips where gaps have appeared in vegetation along the banks of the old drovers way. Representatives from Woodland Trust and RSPB were there to help and advise. Many thanks to everyone who came and worked so hard.
9:28am Wednesday 2nd March 2011
WESTHAM community group have been using the Westham Methodist church, Newstead Road as their base over the last year. They will be helping redecorate one of the main rooms on Saturday, March 12, and are looking for volunteers to help. Many hands make light work.
11:46am Wednesday 23rd February 2011
THE Woodland Trust have promised The Society for the Protection of Markham and Little Francis 105 native tree whips to replace elm trees lost through disease. The group hope to plant the new trees along the banksides of Cockles Lane on Saturday, March 12,(or the following day if the weather so dictates). Volunteers are needed to help with this please - bring your own spade! Telephone 01305 779936 or 01305 775553 for details.
7:34pm Wednesday 9th February 2011
A NEGLECTED and overgrown area of ground at Crossroads Day Centre, Weymouth has been cleared and replanted by volunteers, creating a peaceful area for adults at the Centre to relax and learn outdoors. This work has been funded by the Weymouth and Portland Partnership Communities for Health Funding and the Partnership for Older People Project, and generously sponsored by Gould Garden Centre, Weymouth .
4:42pm Wednesday 2nd February 2011
TINY tots celebrated the first birthday of their monthly Toddlers Praise sessions at All Saints, Wyke, with a special cake, games and other activities. These afternoon sessions have changed lives and created a relaxed and comfortable environment for parents with wriggly young children to praise God and learn together in church.
4:30pm Wednesday 19th January 2011
PAM Skinner was the lucky winner of the first prize in the Christmas raffle staged by the Society for the Protection of Markham and Little Francis. Andrew Summerfield, General Manager of Larkin Windows, presented her with the prize cheque.
5:40pm Wednesday 5th January 2011
THIRTEEN year old Jacob Stroud from Westham, a year nine pupil from All Saints School, repeated his courageous 2009 Christmas Day harbour swim in even icier conditions this Christmas in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association. He raised over £450 during the festive season, a total which includes £153 raised through packing bags for busy shoppers at Asda’s as well as the sponsor money for his heroic swim. By the time he was helped out of the water Jake was completely numb but thrilled he had managed to summon up the courage to go ahead and take part in the harbour swim despite the freezing weather and ice covered pontoons.
5:51pm Wednesday 22nd December 2010
VOLUNTEERS and supporters of local charity Second Chance Furniture met in the charity’s warehouse headquarters in Lynch Lane for a festive Christmas buffet. The charity has been very busy over the past year and is grateful to everyone who has kindly donated good quality furniture and other household items. For further information telephone 07833 171710 or 01305 766621. ONCE again local people packed the WI hall for Wyke Regis WI Singers' Christmas concert, this year’s being titled 'Christmas Is'. A Victorian Christmas was the setting for the first scene with costumes and music reflecting the era. The second scene returned to the present day with festive dress and a wide variety of music ranging from John Rutter carols and popular Christmas songs to comedy items. FREE Family Fit Fun is a new project starting up in Westham in the New Year for local families with children of 8 years or older. For more details contact Julie on 01305 838497. WESTHAM community group is delighted to have won the support of Dorset Community Action and DCC for consulting residents about local priorities for the next few years. This will result in the drawing up of an action plan which will help the community access funds for these priorities. The community can then become more and more responsible for supporting itself and less dependent on the councils. The group has £2000 to help with this work and will be drawing up a questionnaire in the New Year. If anyone in Westham feels strongly about a local issue which they would like included in the research, please let David Harris know on firstname.lastname@example.org. so that he can include it. WESTHAM craft club now meets every Friday evening from 6pm to 8pm at Westham Methodist Church Hall in Milton Road. Both children and adults are welcome. After Christmas work will begin on designing and building the Westham Carnival Float, so if you want to be involved in next summer's carnival extravaganza with this year’s winning Westham team, contact Ryan Hope on 07794757558 for further details.
3:15pm Wednesday 15th December 2010
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COFFEE and carols by candlelight begins the Christmas season at Lanehouse Rocks Methodist Church, Lynch Lane, at 7pm on Monday, December 13. You are invited to come along and choose your favourite carols to sing, bring along a poem or reading and enjoy coffee and mince pies. All are welcome, entrance is free and there will be a collection for the NCH which is now known as Action for Children.
3:28pm Wednesday 1st December 2010
THERE will be a Quiz Nite on Saturday, December 11 at St. Paul's Community Centre, Abbotsbury Road. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start. Four members per team (over age 10) at an entry charge of £1 per player. Tea, coffee and juice will be provided or you can bring your own wine.
3:40pm Wednesday 24th November 2010
ALLOTMENT holders of all ages at Westham crossroads celebrated when a digger arrived to work on a new track way to replace the muddy and treacherously slippery central access path they have had to negotiate for many years. Half the track has now been resurfaced with the help of Hansons, the main contractor for Weymouth’s controversial transport package, as part of their contribution towards the local community. Thanks to the hard work of a dedicated core group of plot holders, a Westham Crossroads allotments association was formed earlier this year. It is hoped that further improvements will be made to the site over the coming months, working in conjunction with WPBC and thanks to the generosity of several local businesses who are supplying various materials.
1:32pm Wednesday 17th November 2010
STALWART pensioners turned up in their wet weather gear for a trip to Street to do some Christmas shopping on one of the wildest autumn days so far this year. Cllr Paul Kimber, Mayor of Weymouth and Portland stood in the rain with John Pearce to see the coaches off. A free hot supper was provided by Karen and John of Alfs Fish and Chip shop, Fiveways, on the return of the intrepid travellers.
5:05pm Wednesday 10th November 2010
AUTUMN has seen a full return to leisure interests at Wyke Regis WI. Owning their well-appointed hall in Gallwey Road, members are able to take part in a range of weekly activities which include keep fit, singing, table tennis and handicrafts.
4:56pm Wednesday 27th October 2010
A CONCERT featuring local singer Ed Hintze will take place on Saturday, November 20, starting at 7.30pm at St Edmund’s Church Hall in Lanehouse Rocks Road. You may remember that Ed became quite a star locally after his appearances on the TV programme “The One and Only!” with his Elton John tribute act.
9:17am Wednesday 20th October 2010
RINCON Latino (Latin Corner) is the name of a new community group for Spanish and South American people living in Weymouth who may sometimes feel a bit isolated and homesick, especially at traditional festive seasons such as Christmas or Easter. The group welcomes anyone whose first language is Spanish from anywhere in Weymouth and surrounding area. They also invite anyone wanting to practise Spanish as their second language.
2:20pm Wednesday 13th October 2010
Wyke artist photographer Roger Smith is exhibiting his work at Whitestone Cafe Gallery in Easton, Portland, until November 16. Included in the exhibition is work by Roger's photography student, John Cleverton, who has Aspergers Syndrome.
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1:19pm Wednesday 29th September 2010
WEYMOUTH Family Church are running a three session course with Christians Against Poverty (CAP) beginning on Thursday, October 7, from 7.30pm to 9pm at Conifers Primary School, Radipole Lane. The course is run by qualified money coaches and teaches how to budget, reduce debt, save and plan for the future.
10:13am Wednesday 22nd September 2010
WESTHAM community group staged a special presentation evening for the troupe of young majorettes who supported the Westham community group float in Weymouth carnival this year. Every girl was presented with a certificate and pin badge by Rotary representative Roger Hogbin.
10:03am Friday 10th September 2010
SUCCESSFUL slimmer Simon Lewis recently went to Slimming World’s headquarters to meet the legendary Peter Shilton. Simon was presented with a signed World Cup football to celebrate his remarkable 7 stone weight loss.
9:23am Wednesday 1st September 2010
ALL Saints Church has suffered from a second lead theft incident. The theft was discovered by Rev. Deb Smith at around 8.30am on Tuesday, August 10, when she arrived to open up the church. Two complete panels of lead had been stolen from the western section of the lower northern roof.
3:37pm Wednesday 25th August 2010
THE community dog show which was inaugurated a couple of years ago as a fundraiser for the fund to save Markham and Little Francis as a town green seems to have become a popular annual event. This year’s event was held at the Marsh and was well attended as ever. New for this year was the introduction of an agility course. It was interesting to watch the various methods employed by owners to persuade their pets over and through the different obstacles.
7:59pm Wednesday 18th August 2010
WESTHAM residents all pulled together to create a stunning ‘Alice in Westhamland’ float for this year’s carnival. The time and effort Patricia Soares has put into organising the whole set for the float and all the costumes has been greatly appreciated. The community group also want to thank Westham Methodist church for the very generous use of their premises without which they could not have gone ahead with this project.
10:35am Wednesday 11th August 2010
SEVERAL weeks ago 13th Weymouth Girl Guides went to the River Dart country park in Devon for a week‘s camp. The theme of the week was pirates. There was a wide range of activities for the girls to join in with including a high ropes course, arts and crafts, and canoeing.
5:33pm Wednesday 28th July 2010
SADLY the equipment in the children’s play park at the Marsh near the swimming pool has suffered repeated major acts of vandalism which makes it very costly to keep in a suitably safe condition for children to continue to enjoy playing there. Litter adds to the problem and this is why its future is under discussion. Keeping the play area safe and clean and deciding where best to locate it to minimise the damage is proving a complex issue. If you have any helpful suggestions I’m sure your local councillors would love to hear from you.
9:49am Wednesday 21st July 2010
SLIMMING World members from all over Weymouth and Portland all got together recently to raise money for the NSPCC by holding a sponsored walk and fete. Slimmers were encouraged to walk and cycle from Victoria Square to St Nicholas Church on Buxton Road and have so far raised £500.
3:15pm Wednesday 7th July 2010
DESPITE a disappointingly cloudy sky toddlers at this month’s ‘Toddler Praise’ event at All Saints, Wyke, spilled out into the church grounds as planned to let off steam and celebrate God’s gift to them of life and energy. They were aided by the grown-ups, a brightly coloured parachute and a large ball. Toddler Praise services are held at All Saints Church on the first Wednesday of each month. These are open to any tots and accompanying parents so why not pop along with your little ones and join in the fun.
9:25am Wednesday 23rd June 2010
WESTHAM Craft Group recently held a card competition. Karen from Alfs fish and chip shop kindly acted as guest judge. The winner was Anita , with Sandra and Mavis taking second and third prize. There were cash prizes for the winners and everybody in the group had fun taking part and received a small consolation prize. The group meets every Monday afternoon at Fiveways community centre from 1.30pm to 3.30 pm. Contact 01305 773 604 for further details. PLANS are well underway for this summer’s Active Westham events which are being coordinated this year by the Westham community group. Activities will be taking place every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday throughout the school holidays with community action every Saturday afternoon.
7:51pm Monday 14th June 2010
CONIFERS Primary School in Radipole Lane is staging a summer fayre on Friday, June 25, from 5pm to 7pm. There will be a raffle with all sorts of prizes including a first prize of £100. The many stalls include ‘sponge the teacher‘ and an alcohol tombola.
5:56pm Wednesday 9th June 2010
RIVER Cottage’s beekeeper David Wiscombe from Lyme Regis was one of the stall holders at local photographer artist Roger Smith’s Artisans Day held in the grounds of Martleaves House in Wyke - a beautiful setting on a beautiful summer’s day. David’s wife Mandy proudly showed me a photograph of one of her rustic benches being tried out by BBC Spring Watch presenter Kate Humble who came to David to learn about beekeeping.
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