This year, the Summer Reading Challenge has teamed up with ‘The Beano’ to create a mischief-inspired challenge.
Aimed at all Dorset children aged four to 12 the challenge is simple and free. It takes place at libraries across Dorset from 7 July until 8 September.
Children are invited to read or listen to six library books of their choice during the summer holidays. Collecting stickers as they go, young readers will follow clues to explore their colourful collector’s map of Beantown – meeting Dennis, Gnasher and friends along the way.
There’s a medal and certificate for all youngsters who complete the challenge.
What happens if you dig up an interesting object when you’re out metal detecting, gardening or walking the dog?
It could be an archaeological item – or even ancient treasure. You can get your object identified through the Portable Antiquities Scheme. This is a national project for the voluntary recording of finds such as coins, brooches, flint tools and pottery.
Identification surgeries take place across the country. They are a chance for you to chat to our experts about your finds – and maybe have them added to Dorset’s archaeological records.
Moors Valley Country Park and Forest is celebrating the opening of a brand new experience at the Park.
The new Ranger Den was officially opened this afternoon by the Chairman of East Dorset, Cllr Toni Coombs.
Today’s special event at Moors Valley welcomed guests to learn more about the nature at the Park, with help from the resident Rangers.
At the brand-new Ranger Den experience you will get the opportunity to meet Bramble and Berry, the park’s harvest mice, see a snake, hold a giant millipede, discover who lives in the pond and enjoy learning more about the fantastic wildlife who call Moors Valley their home.
Emma Reeks, Visitor Engagement Ranger at Moors Valley, said: “We’re so excited to open the Ranger Den. This new experience is a great way for us to celebrate the wildlife who live at the park, whilst educating children in a fun and exciting way. The feedback this afternoon has been really positive, so as the school holidays draw ever closer we look forward to welcoming lots of new young Rangers to our Den!”
Cllr Toni Coombs, Chairman of East Dorset District Council, said: “The new Ranger Den is great fun and it is great to see the space revitalised into such a colourful and welcoming child-friendly space!
“I’m grateful to all the staff and volunteers at the Park whose passion and enthusiasm continues to push this award-winning attraction from strength to strength. East Dorset District Council remains incredibly proud of Moors Valley and it is fantastic, even in its 30th year, we are continuing to invest and improve this well-loved attraction.
The Ranger Den is open every day from 1-4pm during the summer holiday and at most weekends. For more details and the full event programme at Moors Valley visit- www.moors-valley.co.uk/events
Dorset County Council is looking for 14 to 19-year-olds to help capture the views and ideas of young people about the services they receive.
Young Researchers consult young people across the county, analyse the results and present their findings to the county council and other organisations to help influence decision-making in Dorset.Debbie Ward and Dorset Young Researchers
The researchers work in a team, are given full training and help make a difference to young people’s lives. Researchers also gain valuable skills that employers value and get to meet students from other schools and colleges.
Cllr Andrew Parry, Dorset County Council’s Cabinet member for economy, education, learning and skills, said:
“We’re very proud of our young researchers – they do a fantastic job and make sure we consider the views of local young people in everything we do. It’s also a great opportunity for them to get involved in their local communities and help improve services for children and young people.”
The Dorset Young Researchers project is a partnership between students, Dorset County Council and The Participation People – a youth engagement agency that empowers young people to help make positive changes in communities.
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New rules have been drawn-up to ensure public places can be enjoyed by all and kept free from anti-social behaviour. The new Weymouth & Portland Anti-Social Behaviour Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) 2018 was drawn-up after listening to your views.Feeding of gulls banned under new order.
The Order was set out by Weymouth and Portland Borough Council following a public consultation, which saw hundreds of people taking the trouble to share their views.
The new rules will be in place in restricted areas within the borough of Weymouth and in Easton Square, Portland and covers the consumption of alcohol in public places, begging, feeding gulls and cycling on the promenade.Cycling on the promenade
Rules on cycling along the promenade will be relaxed, now only restricting cycling between 10am and 5.30pm from Good Friday to 31 October annually (both dates inclusive). Right of way will remain with pedestrians.Consuming alcohol in public places
Within the restricted areas, the Order will make it an offence to continue to consume alcohol where a constable or authorised officer has directed someone not to do so, in the reasonable belief that such a direction is necessary to prevent public nuisance, public order or anti-social behaviour.
A constable or authorised officer can require anyone to surrender anything which they believe to be alcohol or a container for alcohol. Fixed Penalty Notices may be issued if there is no reasonable excuse not to comply with the requirement.Intentional feeding of gulls
Within the restricted areas, the Order will make it an offence for any person to provide or deposit food, intentionally, for the consumption of gulls. This measure has been introduced to help tackle the growing problem of gulls causing alarm, annoyance and injury.Begging
New rules banning begging within the restricted area, will also be introduced. Begging issues have been identified by the borough council, police, residents and shop owners, over the last few years.
Responses to the public consultation made it clear, measures are wanted to deter begging in the town centre. Begging is already prohibited on the promenade under local Byelaws.
Mike Byatt, Community Safety Briefholder at Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, said: “These measures are designed to make our public places safer, so we can all enjoy them.
“We listened to people’s views before making these changes and I’d like to thank everyone who made the effort to have their say. We looked carefully at all the responses and have done our best to take a common sense approach.‘We listened to your views’
“New rules on begging will be introduced. We will continue to be sensitive to people genuinely in need of our support, however, Fixed Penalty Notices will be available if there is no other alternative to tackle the problem of begging.
“New measures will also be introduced to ban feeding gulls. This should reduce the problem of gulls mobbing people as they can cause alarm and injury, especially to children.
“I am glad that cycling in the summer during quieter periods will now be welcomed, as we are keen to do what we can to promote fitness and physical activity.
“The aim of the PSPO is simply to make our lovely public spaces kept free from anti-social behaviour, so they can be enjoyed by all.”
All the provisions contained within the PSPO will complement police and other council measures, as well as the multi-agency funded Community Safety Accreditation Scheme (CSAS) which is soon to be launched. This will see uniformed officers patrolling the streets to tackle anti-social behaviour.
The Order also follows the borough council’s successful measures last year to tackle littering and dog fouling, through the services of 3GS. The new Order, which replaces the existing rules, will begin on 20 August 2018.
New signage will be erected within the restricted areas. However, full information and maps showing the restricted areas will be available here.
Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival is returning to Weymouth this weekend – have you planned your journey?
Roads around the harbourside will be closed to ensure a car-free safe environment for festival-goers on Saturday 13 July and Sunday 14 July.
Roads closed to traffic include:
- The Esplanade (from the Kings Statue to The Pavilion)
- Custom House Quay
- Town Bridge
- St Thomas Street
- North Quay
- Trinity Road
- Cove Row
Please allow plenty of time for your journey into Weymouth, and help us by not driving your car into the town centre.
Park & Ride
Avoid queues into Weymouth town centre by making use of the park and ride facility, the car park is open from 5am to 1am the following morning.
Parking is free all day, with bus travel to and from the site £3.50 for an adult return (tickets are purchased on the bus). Buses are every ten minutes at peak times.
There are regular local bus services and also a regular Number 10 service between Dorchester and Weymouth, with the bus dropping off in the town centre.
Weymouth train station is in the town centre, with a 15-minute stroll along the seafront to the harbour, where the festival is taking place.
Why not burn off those calories by travelling by bike?!
Greenhill Gardens in Weymouth is celebrating the RAF’s centenary with a floral tribute.Greenhill Gardens marks RAF anniversary
Each year a large crescent-shaped carpet flower bed, in Greenhill Gardens, is given over to a charity or organisation who are celebrating a significant anniversary. This year the flower bed will incorporate the logo of the Royal Air Force, to mark their centenary.
The Royal Air Force was formed on 1 April 1918, when the British Army’s Royal Flying Corps merged with the Royal Naval Air Service during the First World War.
In order to create the design, gardeners painstakingly plant out thousands of tiny bedding plants. They also where necessary, use coloured gravel to replicate the selected organisation’s logo. The bed is situated in the middle of the gardens. It measures 10 metres long by 5 metres at its widest. As the summer continues, the design will transform as the flowers open into full bloom.RAF Centenary Celebrated
Eileen Galling, Branch Secretary of the Royal Airforce Club Weymouth, said “As this is the 100th year anniversary of the Royal Airforce, we at the RAF Association Club in Weymouth wondered if we would be able to place a floral display in Greenhill Gardens. We already had a monument in the shape of a spitfire there. We were delighted when the borough council agreed and we are very pleased with the finished result.”
Councillor Kate Wheller, Briefholder for Community Facilities at Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, said: “The gardeners have done a fantastic job in creating this impressive floral display. It signifies a very special anniversary for the RAF. It is important that we mark the commitment and longevity of this organisation. I’m sure this beautiful display will attract many visitors to Greenhill Gardens to join us in this celebration.”
For information on how to get your charitable organisation considered for the floral bedding design next year, please contact Tara Williams on 01305 838297.
A community programme is helping to cut speeds across the county. Speed indicator Devices or SIDs reduce overall speed where they’ve been deployed.
Dorset County Council officers are working with parish and town councils to ensure that the criteria for installing the equipment is met. There are currently 22 schemes operating across Dorset, with eight more planned this year.
The latest village to join the programme is Martinstown.
Debbie Wiltshire, Martinstown Community SID coordinator, said:
“Rob and Joe helped us to survey our potential SID sites in late 2017. They were very helpful and explained the process to ensure we had the best effect on speeding traffic, for our community, whilst adhering to DCC’s guidelines.
“We started to deploy our SID in February this year and it has provided a very effective visual reminder to drivers who are exceeding the speed limit. We received comprehensive training and guidelines to help us manage the deployments ourselves, safely.”
When operated for an approved deployment period, results show that vehicle speeds drop when driving past a SID, resulting in a lower 85th percentile (the speed of which 85% of traffic is at or lower).
Cllr Daryl Turner, Dorset County Council Cabinet member for the natural and built environment, said:
“The SIDs work by reminding people of the speed limit and drivers adjust their speed appropriately. It’s often a lapse in concentration that means speed limits are exceeded so this prompt is all it takes to bring speeds down.”
Existing SIDs can be modified to become solar powered. This helps reduce the number of times batteries are changed and it ensures the SID is never on the highway not activating.
If your community is interested in using SIDs email the team for more information.
In 2012 the Queen celebrated her Diamond Jubilee. As part of that celebration a cow was given to Dorset Farmer, Jon Stanley.
Jon is a tenant on a farm owned by Dorset County Council. He has been farming in North Dorset for eight years.
The cow named Jubilee Action Ceres (Queenie) joined the farm in the summer of 2013 as a Heifer, a young cow. She has since had four offspring one of which is still on the farm, a young bull called Namaste Impression Ceres Hardy. During the last five years she has also been a prolific milker.
“We supply milk to Somerset cheesemakers Barber’s. Having Jersey cows in the herd increases the richness of the milk which is good for the cheese.
“I suppose you could call Queenie a supermodel. She has been classified as Excellent 92. This means that she is close to the ideal for a Jersey. She is a bit of a looker.”
Which is a good description of her for international cow appreciation day (10 July).
Jon’s parents and grandparents were tenant farmers and he worked in agriculture until Dorset County Farms gave him the opportunity to run his own farm. He now runs a dairy herd of 190 spring calving cows.
“Dorset County farms gave me a chance to continue my family’s legacy. The estate has been managed well and is definitely something to be proud of.”