UPDATE: 6th November 2018
Community Meadow and the Performance & Picnic Area, both on
the south bank of the Frome opposite Wareham Quay, are both
community areas for one and all to use as and when they want,
so please make the most of them both.
Over the past year they have been used by
Wareham Wednesdays throughout July and August as the site for
their Wednesday Fun Fair, and also in July as the venue for
the Southern Area Town Criers Competition.
The area has also been used by local and
visiting school groups and outdoor activities centres, the
Saturday Market, local charities, as well as Wareham Library
for their regular ‘story time walks’. Even this week, Thursday
25th October, it was the venue for their ‘Spooky Storytime’
event, see images. There are also plenty of places to sit and
relax on the several commemorative seats, some in memory of
local residents and some in memory of the many American
personnel who were based in the area and lost their lives
during the Second World War.
November 11th, celebrating 100 years since the end of the
First World War, the area will be used by the Town and British
Legion for thanksgiving, music and the site for one of the
1,000 Beacons that will be lit across the whole of the UK.
All the community areas created by the
Trust, including the Tree of Life & Laughter Community Garden
to the rear of Wareham Library, are for the use of the
community. Please contact John Scott, Development Manager,
Wareham & District Development Trust 01929 554236
email@example.com if you would like to make use of any of the
Please also remember that to keep all
these community areas ‘special’ we need the help of our
community itself, and so if you can spare an hour or two
sometime please get in touch, there is always lots to do.
AUTUMN NEWS 2018
It is now one year since the Tree
of Life & Laughter Community Garden was officially declared
open on 19th September 2017.
Since then, to add to the tree mural,
flowers beds, Roman villa remains and furniture already
installed, Purbeck Art Weeks have donated a beautiful
sculpture and murals created by local school children and the
Purbeck Day Centre, the Purbeck Rally have donated tables,
benches and a bird table, the Rotary have donated gazebos, and
local individuals and businesses have contributed other items
and money to the overall maintenance costs. The Trust,
Stoborough WI and Renaissance residents have planted, weeded
and kept the garden in good condition.
Also during the
first year the garden and exhibition space has been well used
by the Library for their Summer Reading Challenge during
August, a visit by seven classes from Stoborough School during
July, Friends of the Library tea and cakes in July, and
several group and individual visits. The Trust has also made
use of the garden by inviting SEA LIFE Weymouth to demonstrate
their rock pools twice, resulting in over five hundred
children and adults attending. The Trust also held a ‘Nearly
New Book & Craft Fayre’ which raised £170, and have since, in
partnership with the Library, installed a ‘Nearly New’ book
trolley which is raising further funds for the garden upkeep.
As regards the Bucknowle Roman villa threshold stones
within the garden, they have been well visited and
appreciated. The information board alongside and a web site
and educational leaflet have since been completed. As a ‘thank
you’ to the community, and as part of a National Lottery
promotion, the Trust gave away a copy of their Wareham Walls
Walk booklet to anyone who presented a lottery ticket or
scratch card at the Discover Purbeck desk between 11-16
For the rest of the news please read our
News Update 4th April 2018
Wareham & District Development Trust bags
£1,000 from Tesco’s community grant scheme
The Wareham & District Development Trust
is delighted to announce it has bagged £1,000 from Tesco’s
Bags of Help community grant scheme.
Bags of Help is run in partnership with
environmental charity Groundwork, and sees grants raised from
the sale of carrier bags awarded to thousands of local
community projects every year. Since launching in 2015, it’s
provided more than £48 million to over 13,000 local community
Millions of shoppers have voted in Tesco stores
up and down the country and it can now be revealed the Wareham
& District Development Trust has been awarded £1,000.
Work will now begin on bringing the
project, the improvement of Priory Community Meadow, to life.
The Meadow was created ten years ago by
the Trust and its many helpers from neglected land on the
south bank of the River Frome, opposite the Town Quay in
Wareham. Over the years it has suffered from severe flooding
and general wear and tear and is now in need of some tender
loving care. Paths need resurfacing, bridges need
strengthening, ditches need clearing, information boards need
replacing, and lots of trees and bushes need cutting back.
‘The Meadow has been an oasis of peace and tranquillity for
many years, and has won several conservation awards, and the
£1,000 awarded will go a long way to ensuring that the Meadow
maintains its character for a further ten years’, says John
Scott, Development Manager for the Trust.
Alec Brown, Tesco’s Head of Community,
“Bags of Help has been a fantastic success and we’ve
been overwhelmed by the response from customers. It’s such a
special scheme because it’s local people who decide how the
money will be spent in their community. We can’t wait to see
the projects come to life.”
Voting ran in stores throughout
January and February with customers choosing which local
project they would like to get the top award using a token
given to them at the checkout.
Tesco customers get the
chance to vote for three different groups each time they shop.
Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in
each of Tesco’s regions are awarded funding.
Groundwork’s National Chief Executive,
Graham Duxbury, said:
“Bags of Help continues to enable
local communities up and down the UK to improve the local
spaces and places that matter to them. The diversity of
projects that are being funded shows that local communities
have a passion to create something great in their area. We are
pleased to be able to be a part of the journey and provide
support and encouragement to help local communities thrive.”
Funding is available to community groups
and charities looking to fund local projects that bring
benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and
organisations can apply online. To find out more visit
News Update 24th November 2017
A BIG THANK YOU
Thanks to Ball & Socket, Stoborough WI and
the full-house that enjoyed their concert and cakes on
Wednesday 22nd November we have raised over £400
to go towards the purchase of more tables, benches and a bird
table for the Tree of Life & Laughter Community Garden
SOME OF OUR
LATEST PROJECTS IN THE COMMUNITY