Wyke, Lanehouse & Westham

Let's put the spirit back into music

Dorset Echo: My initial interest in photography came from reading music magazines and I can remember taking some pictures of my friends' band live on stage a few years ago with my dads old Canon AE-1. 
After completing a certificate in photography at Blackburn Colleg

4:55pm Monday 7th April 2014

Have you ever wanted to join a band and also be part of a community. The Spirit of Life band are looking for new members.

Success at the Heart of Westham

Dorset Echo: Success at the Heart of Westham

12:50pm Monday 31st March 2014

Community Group opens up opportunities for residents and organisations to see 'What's on in Westham'

Callous yobs raid car wash for charity boxes

Dorset Echo: Lee Thomas with the broken door at Topwash car wash, Wyke Regis

1:00pm Saturday 15th February 2014

BURGLARS who smashed into a Weymouth business and stole two charity boxes have been branded as ‘low’.

Barn dance delight at St. Pauls Church.

Dorset Echo: Barn Dance!

1:24pm Thursday 13th February 2014

BARN DANCE St Paul’s Church Community Hall Abbotsbury Road, Weymouth Fri 21 Feb 2014 7.00-9.30pm

Another community event from the westham Community Group

Dorset Echo: Dorset web button

9:58pm Wednesday 12th February 2014

Pro-active group gets community together to give a What's on in Westham guide!

At the Heart of the community

Dorset Echo: Business partners do it again

9:44pm Wednesday 12th February 2014

Westham Community Group hosts a community networking event whilst engaging with public to show residents what's available on their doorstep.

Community group event plans to bring the people of Westham together.

Dorset Echo: Community group event plans to bring the people of Westham together.

11:34am Wednesday 5th February 2014

Local community group raises awareness in 'Heart of Westham' event which is to be held at the Community Fire Station, Radipole Lane.

Business partners Sally and Pen, give charities a cheer.

Dorset Echo: Dorset web button

5:22pm Friday 31st January 2014

Every 3rd Sunday of every month at The Community Fire Station, Radipole Lane there will be a Local business and craft fair. This is to raise money for different charities every month.

Alfs about that!!

Dorset Echo: Ladywell Christmas Market

3:01pm Tuesday 10th December 2013

Schools and OAPs benefit from Alfs Fish and chip shop giving at Christmas time for those in need.

Coffee, cakes and more at the 'Tea at 3' cafe.

Dorset Echo: Dorset web button

2:24pm Monday 18th November 2013

Tea at 3 cafe- hot drinks, cakes and good company.

Pancakes in Westham and Wyke

6:40am Monday 4th February 2013


Pancakes in Westham and Wyke

6:40am Friday 1st February 2013


Wrap up warm in Wyke

4:20am Monday 10th December 2012

All Saints Church, Wyke Regis, invites you to join in the Salvation Army Carol Services on Wednesday December 12, 7.30pm. With mince pies and coffee to follow. Bring a friend, all welcome.

Sparkle and cheer in Westham

12:00am Monday 10th December 2012

Westham Community Group is working hard for our neighbourhood: drop by the fundraising stall at Sparkle on Thursday December 13, from 3pm to 8pm. Fingers crossed for better weather this year.

Carols by Candlelight at Lanehouse

4:34am Friday 7th December 2012

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.

Have your say on Weymouth Way crossing plans

4:32am Friday 7th December 2012

Have your say on plans for Weymouth Way. Long-awaited plans for pedestrian crossings will be on view for residents to comment. The County Council Highways team will be on hand to answer questions.

Get festive in Wyke, Lanehouse and Westham

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.

The Occasional Singers come to Westham

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.

Time to say goodbye

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.

Volunteers turn out to improve allotment site

Dorset Echo: Volunteers hard at work laying the new track

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.

Refurbished garden opens at Crossroads Day Centre

Dorset Echo: High Sheriff Hon TJ Palmer cuts the ribbon and declares the Crossroads Day Centre Garden open

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.

Volunteers work hard to restore hedgerow at Cockles Lane

Dorset Echo: Volunteers plant young tree whips

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.

Volunteers roll their sleeves up to redecorate HQ

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.

Trust helps out to replace lost trees

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.

Volunteers work hard to create new garden at Crossroads Centre

Dorset Echo: Volunteers hard at work in the new garden area at the Crossroads Centre

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 .

All Saints tiny tots celebrate one year of Toddler Praise

Dorset Echo: Tots and grownups celebrate with Revd Debbie Smith at All Saints, Wyke

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.

Fundraising remains urgent priority for Protection Society's campaign

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.

Brave Jake dives in for MND charity

Dorset Echo: Smiles of relief after Jake and his dad emerge safely from the icy harbour waters on Christmas Day

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.

Volunteers and supporters enjoy Christmas party at local charity

Dorset Echo: Volunteers and supporters enjoy their Christmas buffet at Second Chance HQ

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 david@174grays.clara.co.uk. 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.

Crowds turn up to enjoy Wyke Wordplay evening

Dorset Echo: Nunsuch finale at wordplay event

3:15pm Wednesday 15th December 2010

DESPITE it being the coldest November night on record, a huge audience gathered in the Memorial Hall in Wyke for Wordplay, an interesting collection of music and readings shared by over 80 people.

'Jesus is the reason for the season' - Christmas at a church near you

3:42pm Wednesday 8th December 2010

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.

It's all go as we head towards Christmas

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.

Work on improvements begins down at the allotments in Westham

Dorset Echo: Allotment holders celebrate the start of improvements at Westham Crossroads

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.

Appalling weather fails to deter local pensioners from setting out to shop at Street

Dorset Echo: John Pearce and Mayor Paul Kimber see the coaches off

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.

When it comes to joining the WI you're spoilt for choice in Wyke

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.

Local singer's Elton tribute act booked for concert at St Edmunds

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.

Rincon Latino launches in Westham

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.

Wyke photographer features in Portland exhibition

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.

Smiling volunteers plant 5000 bulbs in Wyke Gardens

Dorset Echo: The band of trusty volunteers who planted 5000 crocuses in Wyke

9:13am Wednesday 6th October 2010

THE Friends Of Wyke Gardens joined with local Rotary Clubs to plant 5000 crocus bulbs in the gardens at Portland Road.

Westham based church says 'Manage your money, live your life.'

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.

Westham Majorettes honoured at presentation

Dorset Echo: The majorettes with Roger Hogbin and Ryan Hope proudly pose for the camera

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.

Slimming champ Simon meets football champ Shilton

Dorset Echo: Slimming champ Simon receives his award from Shilton

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.

Church suffers second theft from roof

Dorset Echo: All Saints summer fete raised the best sum this year for several years

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.

Dog show helps to raise nearly £2000 for campaign to save the green

Dorset Echo: One canine entrant is coaxed over a jump

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.

Alice in Westhamland float is a winner

Dorset Echo: Some of the cast all ready to leave for the carnival with their amazing float

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.

Pirate themed camp hugely enjoyed by 13th Weymouth Guides

Dorset Echo: 13th Weymouth guides at pirate camp on Dartmoor

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.

Play area's future threatened by vandalism and litter

Dorset Echo: Ripped up safety surfaces make the Marsh play area unsafe and costly to maintain

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.

Slimmers walk the extra mile in aid of childrens charity

Dorset Echo: Slimmers gather at Victoria Square to begin their charity walk

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.

Tots combine parachutes and praise in the great outdoors

Dorset Echo: It's all smiles at Toddler Praise  whether the sun shines or not

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.

Anita takes first prize in card competition

Dorset Echo: Karen (judge) with card competition prize winners Anita, Sandra and Mavis

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.

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