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The community magazine for Chickerell and Fleet NOVEMBER 2014 Issue No 456
FROM THE EDITOR: Last month I attended the funeral of Capt Ken Mills. After
a distinguished naval career Ken had settled with his wife and family at The Elms in
East Street. He opened his home up to raise funds each year for the church and other
charities; his gardens were always a pleasure to walk around and he was more than
willing to help out with the fete. Contact sends our condolences to his family.
This month we are pleased to welcome Mrs Christine Bird as another new agent.
However, we are still asking for a volunteer for the Cobham Drive area; otherwise
door to door delivery could possibly come to an end for this district. Please contact
Peter Critchell on Weymouth 770124 if you can help. If people in Cobham Drive do
not get a Contact next month they will be available from Charlestown Post Office and
the community fire station in Radipole Lane.
As we go to press the road works in Putton Lane are finishing so we all should be back
to normal there. Work will be starting soon on a footpath up Garston Hill.
Once again we have to thank Stan Groves for this contribution of a ballad by Stan’s
favourite poet, John Clare.
With November 5th approaching, please be careful with your fireworks and please be
aware of animals when celebrating.
Next month is our double issue for December and January 2015; please remember to
have all your articles for the two months ready for us by November 19th. Thank you!
John Dean
More details inside
November 1st: Hot Puddings at
Marshallsay Court, 2.30-4.30pm.
For St Mary’s.
November 6th: Chickerell
Luncheon Club
November 7th: Tea Dance,
Willowbed Hall, 2-4pm
November 7th: Quiz Night,
Willowbed Hall, 7pm for 7.30pm
start. For Kenya project.
November 8th: Autumn Bazaar,
Willowbed Hall, 2-4pm. For
Leukaemia & Lymphoma.
November 10th: Chickerell
Walkers Club meets, 10am,
Willowbed Hall.
November 14th: Concert with
Brass Tacks Band, Chickerell
Methodist Church, 7.30pm.
November 15th, 5pm: Deadline for
all ADVERTS including payments
and amendments, for DECEMBER/
November 15th: Christmas craft
fair and village cafe, Willowbed
Hall. Spirit of Chickerell event.
November 18th: Chickerell Town
Council monthly meeting, 7pm.
November 18th: Chickerell
& Charlestown TG meets,
Marshallsay Court, 7.30pm. Talk
about life on the fairground.
November 19th, 5pm: Deadline for
Contact Magazine.
The road closure at Putton Lane in October
Remembrance Day - details inside
Stan Groves presents
lines from a ballad by John Clare
PLUS all the details of events
up and coming
in Chickerell and the surrounds
November 20th: Chickerell
Community Lunch, Willowbed.
November 21st: Weymouth West
Air Scouts Xmas Bingo, open
6.15pm, eyes down 7pm.
November 22nd: Pre-Christmas
Bazaar, 2 - 4.30pm. For St Mary’s
November 29th: Christmas coffee
morning & stalls, Chickerell
Methodist Church, 10am to noon.
November 30th: Ducklings
Christmas Fayre, Willowbed Hall,
Editor: John Dean, 4 Rashley Road, Chickerell (01305) 785895.
Advertiser, Compiler and Treasurer: Caroline Tomlinson, 29 Fairfield, Chickerell, Tel: (01305) 773502.
No personal callers without prior arrangement please. Email: [email protected] If sending an email, please
ensure you put ‘Contact Magazine’ and the appropriate month in the subject heading or it will be regarded as ‘spam’.
NOTE: email attachments for articles MUST be created and sent in Word 2003.
Please seek advice from the compiler about ad setting. Simple works best and a simple electronic version works far
better than scanned copy. Ads sent as email attachments HAVE to be either a jpeg, bitmap or a pdf if not Word.
Letters and editorial contributions, which may be edited, are welcome but anonymous letters will not be published.
Letters for the editor, articles and adverts, should be sent direct to the compiler. Please be brief.
Note: The views and opinions expressed by the contributors in this magazine are not necessarily those of the editor,
compiler or publisher. Every effort is made to ensure all information provided is correct at time of going to press.
Closing dates for articles: 5pm on the 19th of the preceding month. Closing date for adverts: (including amendments to
current adverts) 5pm on the 15th of the preceding month. Please add a contact phone number and/or address if sending via
email. Note: these deadlines have to be strict to get Contact completed and to the printers on time.
Adverts will not be placed in Contact without prior payment. All cheques for advertisements must be made payable to
Contact Magazine. Receipts will be sent by email; if this is not acceptable, please enclose SAE with cheque. Sorry, we
have no BACS or card facility.
Contact’s Distribution Manager: Peter Critchell. Tel: (01305) 770124. Please contact the distribution manager if there
are any problems with deliveries of Contact. Alternatively, you can pick up Contact at: Chickerell Post Office; Chickerell
Library; Chickerell Pharmacy and the hairdresser next door; Charlestown Post Office; Wessex Pharmacy at Lanehouse
and Alf’s Fish and Chips. You can also view us online at the Chickerell Web Site every month.
CHICKERELL SURGERY. Tel: 01305 761915. OPENING TIMES: Mondays: 8.30 – 11.30am and 3pm to 5.30pm;
Tuesday 8.30 – noon, 2.30 – 5pm; Wednesday: 8.30am to 11.30am and 3pm – 5.30pm (alternate weeks); Thursday
8.30am to 11.30am and 3pm to 5pm; Friday 8.30am to noon.
Calls outside of these times: Abbotsbury Road surgery. Telephone number: 01305 780806.
GP LED WALK -IN CENTRE: next to Minor Injuries Unit, Weymouth Hospital: open to 8am to 8pm daily for
minor ailments and illnesses if unable to get GP appointment or are visiting the area. Tel: (01305) 980000.
MEDICAL HELP AFTER DOCTORS SURGERY IS CLOSED: Emergency Care Service: dial 111. This operates
6.30pm to 8am Monday to Friday, weekends and Bank Holidays. If critically ill still call 999.
The Accident and Emergency Department is located at Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester. All serious injuries should
go to this department. Injuries that are less serious should attend the Minor Injuries Unit at Weymouth Community
Hospital which is open from 8am to 10pm seven days a week. Note: No x-ray facility at Weymouth after 5pm or at
weekends or Bank Holidays. Remember: Minor complaints to Weymouth, anything more serious to Dorchester.
INCIDENTS no matter how small IMMEDIATELY to the police on 101. NOTE: the police will be in the Sports Pavilion.
Lower Way, on ALTERNATE Thursday evenings between 5pm and 6pm.
HIGHWAY ISSUES - Roads, Verges & Hedges, public footpaths, street lights, road signage, winter maintenance
and bus timetables - if you have any queries regarding any of these (potholes, a crack in the road/footpath,
overhanging branches etc), please phone Dorset County Council on 01305 221020. STREETLIGHTS: If there is a
streetlight out please phone 0800 0684145. FLOODING: For flooding problems please call 01305 221020 and for access
to sandbags please call 01305 252356. REFUSE/RECYCLING, RUBBISH BIN PROBLEMS: Call West Dorset
District Council on 251010 where their Customer Service Staff will be pleased to help. DOG FOULING: To report any
irresponsible owners telephone (01305) 251010 and ask for the Dog Warden.
PLANNING APPLICATIONS AND ENFORCEMENT: Call West Dorset District Council on 01305 251010.
WATER PROBLEMS: Report to Wessex Water - 0845 600 4 600. Gas or Electricity problems: Call your supplier direct. - this website has a wealth of information about services across Dorset, including planning
applications and road closures, plus links to other websites. You can also report any of the above problems through this
CHICKERELL LIBRARY. Tel: 760095, 51 East Street, Chickerell, Weymouth DT3 4DT
Monday: CLOSED. Tuesday: 9.30am to 12.30pm; Wednesday: 9.30am to 12.30pm.
Thursday 3pm to 5.30pm; Friday: 2pm to 4.30pm; Saturday 9.30am to 12.30pm.
CHICKERELL WEB SITE – By James Bennett: You can log in at You need to register, which is
a simple case of entering your name and email. You will then receive an email asking you to confirm your details. Once
that is done you can post messages on the forum.
THE CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU: is at Chickerell Town Council offices in Putton Lane every other Wednesday
morning from 10am to noon. No appointment is needed just call in during the opening hours. Advice is also available
by phone on 0844 2451291 or by email: Are you claiming all the benefits you are entitled
to? We can help. Advice also available on a wide range of problems including debt, legal concerns, employment rights,
housing and consumer complaints. We are a registered charity; our service is confidential and free.
AGE UK (formerly Age Concern): Benefits Advice Surgeries for West Dorset’s older residents: At Weymouth
Community Safety Centre (Fire Station), Radipole Lane, on the second Thursday in each month between 9.30am and
11.30am. Strictly by appointment only. Also operates on the fourth Thursday in each month, between 9am and 11.00am
at Age UK Dorchester, again by appointment only.
To make an appointment for the Weymouth or Dorchester surgery, (Dorset residents only please) contact Age UK
Dorchester on 01305 269444 or at Rowan Cottage, 4 Prince of Wales Road, Dorchester DT1 1PW,
THE PILGRIM HOUSE TRUST, Pilgrim House, 1 Hope Street, Weymouth, Tel: 01305 761828. Specially for the over
55s. Rotary Club of Weymouth. Pilgrim House can offer factsheets on everything from TV licence concessions to bogus
callers and has an internet cafe where you can get started on computers.
BUSES from Chickerell. For bus timetable information go to
Wednesday market bus from Chickerell to Dorchester: This service leaves Chickerell Post Office at 10.10am on
Wednesdays and goes via Abbotsbury and Portesham to Dorchester Trinity Street, leaving to come back to Chickerell
from Trinity Street at 1.15pm.
BUSES from Chickerell to Weymouth: Service 8: Every 15 minutes Monday to Saturday daytime. First bus from
Chickerell 06.19. Hourly from 19.37 in the evening until 23.37. The Sunday service operates roughly every 45 minutes.
The first bus is from Chickerell at 09.00 and the last bus is at 18.07; the last bus from Weymouth is at 17.45. The last two
journeys operate via Westham.
WILLOWBED HALL AND THE SPORTS PAVILION: The Sports Pavilion, Lower Way and the Willowbed Hall
are both available for hire. Bookings must be made through the Town Council Offices on 767458 or through the website: Sports Pavilion - The Club Room and kitchen are furnished and would make an ideal venue
for meetings. Willowbed Hall - The hall has a large equipped kitchen, entrance area and cloakrooms. We can also offer
an indoor marquee lining.
CHARLESTOWN VICTORY HALL, PUTTON LANE: Ideal for small functions, childrens parties, clubs and band
practice. Monday 9.45 - 10.45: Keep Fit. Monday Evenings: Line & Partner Dancing with Dixie Six (772668). Tuesday
Evenings: Line & Partner Dancing (Beginners). Wednesday 10am - 12noon: Coffee Morning. Wednesday Evenings:
Line & Partner Dancing with Dixie Six (772668). Thursday Evenings: Ballet (with Lisa Crump). Friday Evenings
(fortnightly): Bingo - Eyes down at 7pm. Saturdays: Dog Training with The Pet Experience (Sarah 07769705807). For
further details on hiring the hall please contact Joe Castleman on 01305 789125. *************************************************************************************************
BUDMOUTH COMMUNITY SPORTS CENTRE: Kids Club during school holidays; cycle training; children’s parties
and facilities that can be booked. Fitness classes: Tone & Stretch, Tuesdays 6-7pm; Legs, Bums & Tums, Wednesdays
6-7pm; Body Sculpture + - Thursdays 7-8pm; Aerobics & Body Conditioning Mondays and Thursdays; Power ChiYoga,
Mondays. Airconditioned Fitness Suite. Tel: 830508.
Weymouth Tv Centre
TV Repairs and sales
Free delivery and installation of all purchases
Get ITV3 and ITV4 with a Freesat system.
“caring for your pets as if they were our own”
Tel: 01305 768195
83 Abbotsbury Road, Weymouth.
Main surgery:
176-178 Chickerell Road
Telephone: 01305 784197
(24 hours)
Branch at:
86 Mellstock Avenue
Telephone: 01305 251632
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NEWS and LETTERS - more overleaf
NEWS FROM FIRST BUS REGARDING CHICKERELL: “Service 8 will continue to operate every 15 minutes
Monday to Saturday daytime. The First departure from Chickerell is at 0619 and is hourly at 37 minutes past the hour
from 1937 in the evening until 2337. We have retained the hourly evening service Monday to Saturday for this winter
on a trial basis. If enough people use the service it will be retained all year round, if not it will be withdrawn next
winter. The Sunday service operates roughly every 45 minutes. The first bus is from Chickerell at 0900 and the last bus is
at 1807, the last bus from Weymouth is at 1745 the last two journeys operate via Westham.
We have also introduced the winter service on X53: This means that the service is roughly two hourly, departures from
Chickerell towards Bridport will be at 0736, 0936, 1025, 1125, 1225, 1325, 1525 and 1730. The last bus from Exeter is at
1730 this will arrive in Chickerell at 2034. The Sunday service is withdrawn for the winter. In previous years this service
has been paid for by Dorset County Council but this funding is no longer available. New timetables can be downloaded
from our website at Customer services telephone number: 0333 014 3490.”
NEWS FROM DORSET TRADING STANDARDS: ‘Good neighbours stop rogue traders’ is the message from Dorset
County Council Trading Standards this November during National Consumer Week.
Latest research shows that nationally there could be as many as 170,000 incidents of doorstep crime each year. Doorstep
criminals exploit vulnerable residents by convincing people to pay for shoddy or incomplete repair work, charging
extortionate fees for their services, or threatening residents who do not pay. Thankfully doorstep crime is low in Dorset and
with help Dorset Trading Standards would like to keep it that way.
The ‘Good neighbours stop rogue traders’ campaign focuses on preventing doorstep crime by encouraging neighbours,
family, friends and carers to look out for those most at risk in their communities.
Risk factors include cold callers and vans appearing; unexpected work starting on your neighbour’s garden or house; and
if poor quality work is visible on the roof, driveway, or property. Your neighbour may also appear anxious or distressed or
visit their bank, building society, or post office more frequently. They may even be accompanied by a trader. If any of these
signs are familiar then trading standards says you could ask you neighbour in private if things are ok and offer to help or
to contact family, other friends or carers. Report non emergency information to the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on
03454 04 05 06, or Dorset Police on 101. In an emergency call 999.
Trading Standards do have ‘We do not deal with uninvited traders’ door stickers available from district or borough council
office reception, from most libraries, through the Neighbourhood and Home Watch network, by phoning the Citizens
Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06 or by completing an online form at
HELP WITH FUNDING FOR LOCAL GROUPS: Dorset Community Action is holding it 3rd funding fair on
November 6th, offering local community groups and charities the chance to meet face to face with funders and help
receive advice and guidance on how to make the very best application for funds. Last year a theatre company went along
to the event and as a result won awards from the Arts Council of England, The Heritage Lottery Fund and West Dorset
District Council. The event will be held at the Community Learning and Resource Centre, Wimborne. Groups will be
able to talk face to face representatives from The Big Lottery, Lloyds Bank Foundation, The Charity Bank, Virgin Money
Giving, Viridor and others. Places are limited. Details:
CLARE ASH GOES TO ICELAND 2014: I am immensely proud to announce that after several months of fundraising,
I DID IT! Those early morning starts, several trial walks and Khaki Bo classes helped me develop some level of fitness. I
have completed my five day Icelandic trek across the breathtaking, stunning and somewhat challenging terrain in varying
weather. With several blisters and a few aches and pains, I have been able to reflect on what has been an absolute privilege
and memorable experience sharing it with such incredible people, all of us wishing to raise invaluable funds for Weldmar
Hospice Care Trust. I myself at the time of writing this have raised £3235.00 and still rising, with the amazing support
of friends and family. My sincere thanks to you all. Wendy Blackman, My dearest ‘big cus’ you will always be my true
inspiration – Clare.
MESS CONCERN: Can I please ask you to put in next issue the dreadful state of the track down to Tidmoor Cove (side
of farmhouse cottages) Charlestown, which many dog walkers use. The dog mess left there is appalling! People let their
dogs off the lead and obviously cannot see that far ahead or behind when their dog/dogs deposits, therefore not picking
up! Many also bag it then decide they won’t carry it on their walk and throw in the hedges or just leave on the ground!
This antisocial behaviour is affecting everyone and is making it difficult for the ones who DO CONSIDER others. As a
regular walker with my dog, I see many walkers just let their pet off the lead and let it run way off, even seen them not
pick up. When challenged they do not like it. As a user of this area can I and many others ask those responsible to BAG
IT AND BIN IT! – Name and address supplied.
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November & December programme includes:
LONDON: Christmas Lights and Sights
A ‘DOWNTON’ Christmas Lunch Cruise
And Magical Christmas Markets at
Book on-line at
The Heritage
Bed & Breakfast
8 East Street, Chickerell
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this Christmas & New Year - Phone us now
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MORE NEWS AND EVENTS - see also local groups, clubs & societies
LOST FROM LOWER WAY: on September 23rd, Stone (ornament) statue of greyhound type dog, approx. 75cm
(approx 2ft 6) tall. Of great sentimental value. Please contact Dorset Police if you have any information.
CHICKERELL COMMUNITY LIBRARY NEWS FOR NOVEMBER: We have just taken delivery of our new
printer/photocopier which is available for use by the general public (ie you do not have to be a member of the library although we would like it very much if you did join, which is free of charge and would entitle you to borrow up to twelve
books for a three week period). The charges are 10p per copy for black and white and 50p for full colour. We have also
installed free Wi Fi - again you do not have to be a member (although again, we would like it very much if you did!).
With the clocks going back and evenings drawing in, it is, perhaps, the time to think of taking up a new hobby. Our theme
for the month is handicrafts - come along and be inspired!
REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY 9th November, 10.50am North Square, Chickerell: Churches in Chickerell are
organising the traditional Act of Remembrance for Remembrance Sunday. You are very welcome to attend, what is
intended as a community event. Wreathes will be laid, and the two minute silence will be preceded by the playing of
the Last Post on a bugle, and then followed by the Rouse, Short Reveille. St Mary’s and Chickerell Methodist will be
holding their morning service at 10.30am. You are welcome to join them at Chickerell Methodist Church. At 10.50am
both congregations will then join local residents and gather around the cenotaph on North Square for the Royal British
Legion Act of Remembrance. After the Act of Remembrance, you are welcome to join any of the Christian congregations
in Chickerell for worship. Details will be circulated of services will be circulated at the Act of Remembrance.
COMMUNITY LUNCH IN JANUARY: Dorset Community Action is inviting local community groups and charities
that would like to get together, network and learn about support and funding opportunities to a further lunch in Chickerell
this coming January. It is part of the Weymouth & Portland ‘Working With You’ Community Lunch series taking place
on between now and January 2015, being hosted in partnership with Dorset Community Action, Weymouth & Portland
Borough Council and WSX Enterprises. The Chickerell lunch is on Thursday 22nd January from 12noon to 2.30pm in the
Willowbed Hall. At the lunch, people will have the opportunity to speak about their work and identify areas of support
that may be needed. The lunch is free of charge, but booking is essential. You can register online for any of the lunches
by contacting or by ringing the community action office on 01305 250921.
AUTUMN BAZAAR in aid of Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research on Saturday November 8th from 2-4pm at the
Willowbed Hall. Raffle, tombola, stalls, teas and cakes.
COFFEE MORNING. Chickerell Community Library holds community coffee mornings on the first Saturday of every
month from 9.30am to 12.30pm.
TEA DANCE at the Willowbed Hall, first Friday of each month, 2-4pm. £5 entrance to include refreshments and raffle.
QUIZ NIGHT FOR KENYA at Willowbed Hall on Friday 7th November 7pm for 7.30pm. Come along and enjoy an
entertaining evening with a quiz, jewellery sale, raffle and hot meal. All proceeds will go to fitting out the children’s ward
at Baragu Health Centre, a much needed facility for a very impoverished area. Tickets are £6.50 per person. Six to a team
or make up a team on the night. For tickets Email [email protected] or phone 07512760905.
QUIZ NIGHT by the Friends of Greenhill Gardens in Weymouth at The Function Room, Brewers’ Fayre Pub, Preston
Beach Road, from 7.30pm on Saturday 15th November. Cost is £8.50 to include a fish and chips supper. There will be
a hamper for the winning team. Teams of two to six are usual. Email or ring to reserve tickets from Barbara Dubben Tel:
01305 782419. Email: [email protected]
5th November: Guy Fawkes Celebrations, Weymouth beach. Children’s home made Guy Fawkes competition judging
6.40pm, Weymouth Pavilion foyer; bonfire lit 7.40pm; fireworks 8pm.
9th November: Remembrance Sunday, Weymouth seafront and Portland Cenotaph.
12th-15th November: WOW Youth Musical Theatre presents Sister Act at Weymouth Pavilion, nightly. Matinee on the
Saturday. Tickets from £11.50. Box Office: 01305 783225.
15th and 16th November: Dickies Weymouth BeachX Quad Bike racing. Postponed from February due to storms.
30th November: Nothe Fort Christmas Fayre, 11am to 4.30pm. Entry £2.00.
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SPIRIT OF CHICKERELL: Christmas craft fair and village cafe on Saturday 15th November at Willowbed Hall.
Stall rent: £5. Contact Pam on above number. On the subject of crafts, now is the time to start preparing craft entries for
next year’s annual show taking place on Saturday 11th July 2015.
We are now taking bookings for the Community Christmas Lunch on Sunday 14th December. Tickets £7.50 to include
traditional turkey with all the trimmings followed by Christmas pudding or fruit salad, coffee and mince pies and
entertainment. Contact Pam on the number above.
NEWS AND EVENTS FROM ST MARY’S: Our Harvest celebrations enabled us to take two or three boxes of nonperishable foodstuff to both ‘Waves’ (The Children’s Society drop-in centre for young people) and The Lantern Centre
(the drop-in facility for the homeless and disadvantaged). We were also able to send £200 to the Sudan Medical Link from
the auction of perishable goods and a small surplus from the Harvest Lunch, after our All Age Worship service. Thank
you to everyone who contributed in any way to our Harvest Thanksgiving.
Our Coffee Morning for Cancer Research, held in the North Aisle café on October 14th raised £90. Thank you to all the
helpers and customers.
Hot Puddings for Cold Days on Saturday 1st November at Marshallsay Court 2.30 – 4.30pm. Come and enjoy three
puddings and a hot drink for £2.50. Raffle and sale stall.
Grand Pre-Christmas Bazaar on Saturday 22nd November at Willowbed Hall from 2 – 4.30pm with refreshments,
tombola, bottle stall, teddy tombola, games, Christmas items, cakes stall and more. (A visit from a well known Christmas
character is yet to be confirmed.) Chickerell Academy Choir will be there to entertain us with Christmas songs and carols.
CHRISTINGLE SERVICE at St Mary’s at 7pm Tuesday 2nd December. Chickerell Primary Academy will be singing for
us. All welcome.
December at 6.30pm. Previous ‘actors’ and readers will be contacted, but if you know of any children who would like to
be shepherds or angels or even a king (small speaking/singing role involved) please contact John and Hilary on 772817.
Rehearsals will be held at Fleet at 10am on the 14th and 21st and costumes will be available on both these dates.
Finally, would you like to help keep our beautiful old church clean? As one of our teams of voluntary cleaners has
retired recently, we would like to recruit one more team (usually two people) which would mean that each team’s duty
only came round every two months. It usually takes an hour or an hour and a half to clean; no brass cleaning is involved!
Ring Hilary on 772817 for more details. Thank you.
CHICKERELL LUNCHEON CLUB: Spoilt we definitely are! The Marquis of Granby serve us some superb meals;
Janice and Gordon and their staff are so patient and kind; we are truly grateful. The gammon ham in October was
excellent. On November 6th we are having one of our favourites - steak pie and chips, followed by gateau, and, of
course, the following month it is our Christmas meal. Can you believe another year has flown by!
Have you signed up for our mystery tour yet? It is free to members. All you have to do is turn up on time with a largish
shopping bag and that is the only clue I am giving you!
For any queries or cancellations please telephone Ann on 783002 or Janet on 750232.
CHICKERELL & CHARLESTOWN TOWNSWOMEN’S GUILD: K.Townsend will be talking about life on the
fairground on Tuesday 18th November. We meet at Marshallsay Court at 7.30pm. Visitors are welcome.
CHICKERELL COMMUNITY LUNCH, Willowbed Hall: On Thursday 16th October we met in the Willowbed for
our first lunch. Thank you for all who supported me in this new venture. It was lovely to see you all. I want to thank the
three ladies who volunteered to help. We had not met until 11am that morning but they quickly set the tables and coped
well with waiting on the tables so thank you and I look forward to seeing you all again. Thank you also to Brian who has
said he will look after the monies; and to everyone who brought raffle prizes and bought tickets. The income from the
raffle pays the rent for the hall.
We served 42 lunches. We wanted to start off with about 50, to let Ron Beattie, our chef, get used to the kitchen. We
can now take more people, so if you want to come, you will be very welcome; give me a ring to book a place on 01305
780243. Those who came to the first lunch will be automatically included for the next lunch, but please ring as soon as
possible if you are not coming.
The next lunch is on November 20th and the menu is Roast Pork, followed by rice pudding. We cannot offer an
alternative. The December lunch is on the 18th at 12 mid-day for 12.30pm and will be a Christmas lunch. I am, as I write,
negotiating with Chickerell School to see if we can have their choir to sing carols.
Thank you all again and I look forward to seeing you in November and the coming months. Mary Barber - 780243.
LOCAL GROUPS CONTINUED AND MORE EVENTS - Events extra after Nick’s Notes
NEWS FROM VICTORY HALL, CHARLESTOWN: Reminder: Bingo dates for November are 14th and 28th, 7pm
On Friday 26th September, the hall was booked by Carolyn for a Macmillan Coffee Morning. A lot of hard work went
into this and she has asked me to thank everyone who helped and those who attended. The amount raised was £335.77.
Well done!
The next big event will of course be the Christmas Fayre. This is being organised by ZOE and is being held on Friday 5th
December from 10am to 2pm. Put it in your diary and mark the calendar! All donations for stalls and anyone interested in
having a craft stall (£5 a table) please contact Hazel on 786535 or Marion on 761744.
Regarding the grounds round the hall, these are used by children to play, youths and their footballs and many dog owners.
Once again can we request that all DOG OWNERS watch their pooches and BAG IT AND BIN IT. NO EXCUSE. BINS
AT EACH ENTRANCE TO THE FIELD. Make it safe for all to use! Enjoy the continuing good weather, let’s hope it
lasts a while yet. As I write this, 85 days to Christmas! On that note; Cheers - Hazel.
CRAFTY SEW & SEWS: This club is an opportunity to meet and share crafts, skills and ideas (knitting, sewing, card
making, beading etc), in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
We will be meeting in the Chickerell Methodist Church Hall on alternate Fridays from 7-9.30pm; entrance is £1.50 (to
include refreshments). November Meetings are - Friday 7th and 21st.
Bring something crafty and turn up on the night or contact: Sue 774895, Shirley 837080 or Mary 07800604145.
New members always welcome!
CHICKERELL WALKERS CLUB: Next walk Monday 10th November. Meet at Willowbed Hall at 10am. To the
Fleet via Lower Putton Lane, Link Road, Putton Lane, Tidmoor Lane, Fleet Hive, Fleet Lane & back to start. Open to all
that want to go - Just turn up on time as we set off dead on time. Any queries ring Brian on 770678.
MARSHALLSAY COURT SOCIAL CLUB: Bingo is played every Monday except Bank Holidays at 7pm.
NEWS FROM ROYAL MANOR THEATRE: Ben Waters, who has played alongside many of the legends of boogie
woogie and rock n’roll – including Jools Holland and The Rolling Stones - returns to Portland this November. An
Evening with Ben Waters will take place at The Royal Manor Theatre, Portland, on both Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd
November. All tickets cost £12.00. Book on-line: Telephone bookings can be made by
calling: 0333 666 3366. Telephone and internet reservations are processed by Ticket Source on behalf of the Royal Manor
with the preparation for Christmas evident including the frantic hunt for the Christmas card list. Once you have found the
list we can help you with the cards available both in the shop and numerous events throughout the borough. Supplies flew
off the table at the All Saints School Fete and at the recent Community 2000 Table Top sale. Cards will also be available
at the next sale at Community 2000, (the community hall next to All Saints Church, Easton, Portland) on Saturday 8th
November together with calendars, diaries and ideas for presents. Doors open 9.30am. Don’t forget on November 26th
the hospice will be hosting an open day with mince pies tea and coffee. If you haven’t paid us a visit yet ring Donna on
01202 644220 to book your place.
On Friday 5th December the group will be running a Teddy Tombola and collection at TESCO Portland. We will also
be at Morrisons on December 22nd. Please support these end of year collections. If you would like further information
contact Brenda on 783807. Thank you!
EVENTS AT THE CHESIL BEACH CENTRE: Portland Beach Road, near Ferrybridge. Tel: 01305 206191.
Information Centre for Chesil Beach and the Fleet. Website:
Chesil Christmas Bazaar – Sunday 30th November, 10am – 4pm: Come and support your local wildlife by Christmas
shopping with us. We will have local art & craft stalls, binocular specialists ‘Opticron’, wildlife books for all ages, nature
toys, gifts for the home and much more. Indulge in a mince pie and some mulled wine from the Taste* café while the
children are entertained by our ‘green’ Father Christmas or by making wild Christmas decorations. All profits from our
shop go back into conservation, so join us & ‘shop for wildlife’.
WDHS RETIREMENT FELLOWSHIP: The West Dorset Health Service Retirement Fellowship meets at
2.30pm on Monday 1st December 2014 in the Lecture Theatre, Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester. Talk on Organic
Farming at Sydling St Nicholas.
NEWS FROM ROYAL MANOR WORKSHOPS, Portland: November 29th: Royal Manor Workshops Christmas
Craft Fair at Community 2000 (the community hall next to All Saints Church, Easton, Portland) from 10am to 12.30pm. A
raffle and refreshments will be available. Come along and enjoy all the handmade crafts.
DUCKLINGS PRE-SCHOOL: Methodist Church Hall, North Square, Chickerell, DT3 4DX. Tel: 766920. Our website
address is Email – [email protected]
Morning sessions – Monday - Friday: 9.00am – Noon or 1pm
Full days available on; Monday, Tuesdays and Thursdays - 9am to 3pm.
Stay and Play with Candice Dennis Wednesday afternoons, 1.30 – 2.45, £1.50 per adult and 50p per child.
Our theme for this ½ term is ‘Messy Play’ so far the children have enjoyed exploring a variety of pulses, soap flakes,
foot print painting, painting with tubes and cars on large paper, some of which is now on display in the classroom.
The children celebrated Diwali and our home corner was transformed into a spooky area with, cauldrons, wands, bats,
pumpkins for all our young Witches and Wizards.
Our annual Christmas Fayre will be held at Willowbed Hall from 2pm on Sunday 30th November where we shall have
tables to hire at a cost of £10 each, please ring Ducklings to book.
For further information about registering your child with us or if you would like to pop in to view our setting please call
Sue or Kelly.
CHICKADEES: Our Chickadees have delighted in play particularly outside as the weather has been very kind to us.
The children and families have collected resources for our autumn interest table and we have made a delicious apple and
blackberry crumble which we enjoyed tasting in our snack café. We continue to welcome friends to our Stay and Play
sessions on Tuesdays 10am-12 and Wednesdays 1-3pm, this has been a perfect opportunity for us to get to meet new
friends. For any more information please call Clare Ash on 01305 773103.
NEWS FROM CHICKERELL PRIMARY ACADEMY: We are almost at the end of the first half term of this academic
year and already there have been many exciting enrichment/extracurricular opportunities for our children to enjoy.
We have visited Corfe Castle and local Tudor houses, to name but a few trips. Sports clubs participation has been fantastic
and our netball team has got their season off to a good start with a win against Radipole and a draw against Wyke. We
held a special Harvest assembly with Father Jeremy and brought in Harvest produce, donating it to local residents in need
of some support.
We have hosted a ‘Day at the Museum’ as part of our emphasis on History within the curriculum – all these exciting
events have been planned alongside our day to day job of teaching the children to the very best of our ability.
Parents have had the opportunity to visit us through our SNUG meetings and our Open afternoons - we are always
delighted to welcome any member of the community in to see what we do.
Next half term will see our annual Christmas Craft fair, our Community Party and our productions, as well as more trips
out. We hope to see lots of you at some of these!
Miss J Harris
For more information contact full time Youth Worker Jenny Hart; telephone no: 01305 769608
MONDAY: Juniors 6:30 to 7:55pm (Years 6 + 7)
MONDAY: Seniors 8:00 to 9:30pm (Years 8)
TUESDAY: Seniors 6:30 to 9:30pm (Years 8 + 9). Costs 50p. Joe, the Sports Development Worker from STEPS will
be providing Table Tennis Coaching sessions at Chickerell Youth Centre on a Tuesday night up until Christmas. Young
people attending these sessions will be able to achieve an AQA qualification in Table Tennis. Many of the young people
attending the senior sessions last year achieved AQA’s in Table Tennis, Football and Rounders, they also had a lot of fun
at the same time. THURSDAY: Seniors 6:30 to 9:30pm (Years 8 and above). Cost: 50p.
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Email: [email protected] Website:
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 18th November 2014 at 7pm.
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CHILDREN’S PARTIES: Are you thinking about a venue for your child’s birthday party? We have a special offer on
Monday afternoons that could be the perfect solution! At £40 (inclusive of VAT) for three hours, 1.45pm – 5.45pm, you get
the full use of the hall, a large kitchen and, of course, we have the play area just outside for when they get overexcited! If
you are interested please contact the office on 767458.
CCTV: Just to remind residents that the cameras around the Willowbed Hall and field do work and are constantly monitored.
DOG FOULING: Can we please ask that you report any irresponsible owners by telephoning (01305) 251010 and asking
for the Dog Warden.
Planning applications received since last meeting:
WD/D/14/002361: 1 St Patricks Avenue: Single storey and rear extensions
WD/D/14/002422: 411 Chickerell Road: Demolition of existing bungalow and erection of 5 No. Dwellings (resubmission
of WD/D/14/000430)
WD/D/14/002169: 26 Coldharbour: Subdivide the plot (house & annexe) to provide two separate dwellings
WD/D/14/002552: McKay Way, Lynch Lane: Erect industrial store
WD/D/14/002621: Chickerell Primary Academy, Rashley Road: Two classroom extension adjacent to previous
extension, including associated landscape works
Grants of planning permission:
WD/D/14/002361: Montevideo House, 432 Chickerell Road: Listed Building Consent for repair & make secure from
vandalism the outbuildings; partial removal of render to the SW & NW faces of the main house & re-rendering with a lime
render; the re-plastering of 3 internal spaces within the main house, the repair of existing window cills on the South East
Refusals of planning permission:
WD/D/14/001831: 49 Marshallsay Road: Extend above the existing garage to provide an annex, forming accommodation
for applicant’s son
WD/D/14/000897: 22 Coldharbour. Erect dwelling (re-submission)
West Dorset, Weymouth and Portland Local Plan Examination are due to commence on Tuesday 24th November at the
West Dorset District Council offices in Dorchester and will last for three weeks. Details of the draft programme can be
downloaded online at
WEST DORSET DISTRICT planners have agreed that up to 170 homes can be built on the site of Weymouth
Football Club - as long as a new ground for the stadium is secured first.
Planners agreed after hearing that the applicant will fulfil a requirement for affordable housing as well as not develop the
current stadium until an alternative is found.
It means the public inquiry for the original plan due to begin this month (November) has now been called off - as long as
planning agreements between the applicant and the council are signed by the end of October.
FROM STAN GROVES: Since my October article re: the John Clare Festival, several people have asked to know more
of ‘Swordy Well’. The following lines from John Clare’s ballad ‘Swordy Well’ I hope will suffice…
For passers bye I never pin
No troubles to my breast
Nor carry round some names to win
More money from the rest
I’m Swordy well a piece of land
That’s fell upon the town
Who worked me till I couldn’t stand
And crush me now I’m down.
Though I’m no man yet any wrong
Some sort of right may seek
And I am glad that even a song
Gives me the room to speak.
I’ve got among such grubbling gear
And such a hungry pack
And if I brought harvests twice a year
They’d bring me nothing back.
The silver springs grown naked dykes
Scarce own a bunch of rushes
When grain got high the tasteless tykes
Grubbed up trees, banks and bushes
And me! They turned me inside out
For sand and grit and stones
And turned my old green hills about
And picked my very bones.
I couldn’t keep a dust of grit
Nor scarce a grain of sand
But bags and carts claimed every bit
And now they’ve got the land.
I used to bring the summers life
To many a Butterfly
But in oppressions iron strife
Dead Tussocks bow and sigh.
I’ve scarce a nook to call my own
For things that creep or fly
The beetle hiding neath a stone
Does well to hurry bye.
Stock eats my struggles every day
As bare as any road
He’s sure to be in some things way
If ‘ere he stirs abroad.
My mossy hills gains greedy hands
And more than greedy minds
Levels into a russet land
Nor leaves a bent behind.
In summers gone I bloomed in pride
Folks came for miles to prize
My flowers that bloomed nowhere beside
And scarce believed their eyes.
Yet worried with a greedy pack
They rend and delve and tear
The very grass from off my back
I’ve scarce a rag too wear
Gain takes my freedom all away
Since its dull suite I wore
And yet scorn vows I never pay
And hurts me more and more
And should the price of grain get high
Lord help and keep it low
I shan’t possess a single fly
Or get a weed to grow
I shan’t possess a yard of ground
To bid a mouse to thrive
For gain has put me in a pound
I scarce can keep alive
I own I’m poor like many more
But then the poor mun life
And many came for miles before
For what I had to give
But since I fell upon the town
They pass me with a sigh
I’ve scarce the room to say sit down
And so they wander bye.
Though now I seem so full of clack
Yet when you’re riding bye
The very birds upon my back
Are not more fain to fly
I feel so lorn in this disgrace
God send the grain to fall
I am the oldest in the place
And the worst served of all
There was a time my bit of ground
Made freedom of the slave
The Ass no pindard dared to pound
When I his supper gave
The Gypsy’s camp was not afraid
I made his dwelling free
Till vile Enclosure came and made
A Parrish slave of me
And save his Lordships woods that past
The day of danger dwell
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ALL SAINTS & ALL SOULS Thursday 13th November
Holy Communion
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All Age Service
Service of Remembrance
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Tuesday 4th November
Sunday 16th November: 2nd S’day before Advent
Eucharist with Ministry of 8am
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Regular Meetings: Junior Church - 10am - 2nd & 4th Sundays in term time in church; Bereavement Support and
Social Group - Second & Fourth Thursdays of the month, 2.30pm in Marshallsay Court. St Mary’s Photography Club monthly on the last Wednesday at Marshallsay Court Lounge at 7.30pm.
Baptisms, Weddings and other enquiries: Contact Fr Jeremy Brading (01305) 319369.
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All Souls, 2nd November. If you would like us to pray for a loved one who has died – it does not have to be recently email me their name. Their name will be read out at the Service for the Faithful Departed, 3pm on the 2nd November.
11am Worship Service
6pm Young People ‘Amplified’
10.30am Coffee Morning
7.15pm Prayer and Bible Study
10.00 am Busy Bees (Mums and Toddlers)
Sundays: 11am Breaking of Bread
3.30pm Gospel Meeting
Wednesdays: 7.15pm Prayer, Bible Reading or Address
It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.
Psalm 118 v 8
Revd J Quick (783049) Services at 10.30am NOVEMBER 2th Mr S Mason 9th Mr R Scott 16th Mrs A Kenwood 23rd Revd J Quick (Sacrament)
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Minister: Rev Jean Quick
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Rev David Bumphrey
Mr Mark Barnsley
Mrs Molly Shereston
L.I.F.T. meetings will be on 12th and 26th November at 2.30pm
L.I.F.T. (Ladies in Fellowship Together) will meet on Wednesday 12th November at 2.30pm and Wednesday 26th
November in the chapel. We usually have an interesting speaker and finish the afternoon about 3.30pm with a cup of
tea and chat. The charity we are supporting is Wateraid and there will be a bring and buy table at each meeting. We are
arranging a Christmas Lunch at the Victoria Inn, Knights in the Bottom on Wednesday 10th December. Names will be
taken at our November meetings.
The Craft and Chat Group will meet on Wednesday 5th November at 2pm and Wednesday 19th November. New
members welcome. Bring your own craft or perhaps learn something new from time to time. The evening Crafty Sew
and Sews Group continues to meet in the hall on 7th and 21st November at 7pm.
On Friday 14th November there will be a Concert by the Brass Tacks Band, with items by our own Choir, at 7.30pm.
Refreshments and raffle during the interval. No ticket needed – all are welcome.
Choir Practice will be at 7pm on Monday 17th November in the Chapel. Interested in joining? New singers are always
welcome. Please phone Rosemary (776994) for further details.
Our Christmas Coffee Morning will be on Saturday 29th November from 10am – 12 noon with the extra stalls and
refreshments in the chapel and a seasonal raffle and sales tables in the hall. As well as Fair Trade (including Christmas
Cards), there will be craft items (from Crafty Sew & Sews), wooden items, bead jewellery and other stalls to tempt you.
There will also a bead necklace-making table with instruction for any young people who would like to learn this craft.
All are welcome – come and meet your friends.
A note for your diaries: Our Carol Service will be on Wednesday 17th December at 7.30pm.
NOTE: Weymouth Bay Methodist Church, Melcombe Avenue, Weymouth holds an evening service every Sunday at
6.30pm. All are welcome.
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Spiritual Healing every Friday 2-3.30pm
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SMALL MEDITATION GROUP. All welcome. For more information phone Jim 01305 772428. Chickerell village.
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arriving in Weymouth he had opened the new Territorial Army HQ in the county town, met author Thomas Hardy at his
home, Max Gate; taken a look at Maiden Castle and dropped in on the Upwey Wishing Well, sampling the waters.
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• There were three winners to the guess the weight of the marrow competition at the Fairfield harvest lunch.
The weight was 32 pounds and it was donated to the residents at Westhaven.
• Chickerell School PTA was seeking wool and material oddments to make items for the school’s craft stall at
the Christmas bazaar. The bazaar included a prize draw with the winning ticket receiving a meal for two, the
value of £25.00, donated by the Porthole Restaurant.
• A Pyrex teapot was the third prize in the raffle in aid of Cancer Relief. The raffle was part of the auction
held for the charity at the church hall in October.
• Chickerell Carnival Treasure Hunt attracted 19 cars and a motor-bike. The motor-bike riders received a
consolation prize.
• Chickerell Post Office advertised as part of its prices worth noting section Burton’s Hippodrome biscuits all types - 15p a packet.
• The star attraction at the Concorde Inn’s Guy Fawkes Night party - The Woodland Brothers live.
NATURE NOTES: What has been seen in Chickerell:
As I write, the first Redwings have been heard overhead; their thin, squeaky calls in the night sky are one of the signs that
winter is on its way. One or two pairs breed in the UK but the majority of the birds you will hear are from the continent.
Around the size of our Song Thrush, to which they are related, Redwings are remarkably good looking birds, with a bright
pale stripe above their eye and a slightly paler stripe below it, making them look a little like they are wearing glasses!
There is usually a rusty red ‘blotch’ on their flanks, just below the wing, but, if you get close enough, or watch them
through binoculars, when they fly, you can see where they get their name from; the whole of their ‘armpit’ is a lovely
rusty red.. fantastic!
Their European cousin, the Fieldfare, is much bigger, around the size of a Mistle Thrush. It has a orangey chest and a
grey head and rump and tends to favour open fields, where it can often be seen standing tall and straight, as if a guard on
sentry duty. Both birds will eat berries and can sometimes be seen in large mixed flocks, a little later in the year.
Even though winter visitors are arriving, there are still plenty of signs of summer still to be found. If the temperature is
approaching double figures you can still hear the occasional chirp of dark bush-crickets in the hedgerow.
Find an ivy bush that is in flower and you will be amazed at the number of bees and butterflies (often, but not always, Red
Admirals) that are busy topping up on the nectar and pollen from the flowers. For many of the bees it will be some of
the last food they eat, as many die as the colder weather bites, but for butterflies like the Red Admiral, they build energy
reserves that will see them through the winter.
Look in your garden shed (in those remote bits you don’t clean) or in your loft and you might see one hanging there
motionless; they are in hibernation and probably won’t wake up until some time in the spring. They can sometimes
be found like this in the summer, and usually in response to a hot, dry period, when they are trying to save energy and
waiting for the cooler periods. When they do this they are, technically, ‘aestivating’, not hibernating, as they can wake up
much quicker.
THOUGHT FOR THE MONTH: Sometimes the world can seem an unhappy place, with wars, famine and
pestilence almost always in the news, and little news that focuses on the good! So how are we to cope with all of this?
There are many therapies, exercises and programmes that might help, but I think we need to cultivate the habit of doing
nothing, of staring, of simply not doing anything!
I don’t mean, by this, that we should simply be bystanders to the world’s events; far from it - but, if we are to play our
full role in a caring and sharing society, however wide that society might stretch, then we need to find time to re-charge
ourselves. To rid ourselves of the day to day stress that fills out modern day lives, fills them so much that we can’t take in
the problems of others, we are so full we can’t care!
In recent years there is a growing body of evidence that access to green, open spaces helps us do just that. Fifteen
minutes ‘outside’ and our heart rate goes down, our muscles relax and those hormones and pheromones that drive the
modern stress filled world, start to fade. We are lucky in Chickerell that we are surrounded by countryside, and even in
the ‘depths’ of our village, green, open space is only a few minutes walk away. But even if you are unable to walk that
short distance, green, in your garden, in your kitchen or on your window sill can help. Even if you can’t be amongst it,
looking at it (and not the telly!) will help your mind, soul and body cope better and, by feeling better inside, we are able to
better help others.
As a famous poet (W H Davies) once said – ‘A poor life this is if full or care, we have no time to stand and stare’. A poor
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Although the other planets of the solar system can be easy to see, Mercury is not. Part of this is its small
size (it is only around one third as wide as the Earth and nearly 20 times smaller in volume) but also
because it orbits the Sun very much closer than the Earth does (less than half as far away). The result of
these two things is that it is often lost in the glare of the sun, so close to it that, by the time the sun has properly set, and
the sky is dark, Mercury has also set. Every so often, however, with the ‘celestial dance’ of the planets, the Earth and
Mercury are positioned in such a way as to make it easier for us to see the inner most planet, and in early November this
is exactly what happens, with Mercury being in its most favourable position, for observers in the UK, this year. Get up a
little before sunrise during the first week of the month and, provided you have a reasonable low horizon in the east, you
will see Mercury low in the dawn sky, with the star Spica just below and to the right of it (Mercury will be the brighter of
the two).
To be sure you are looking at Spica, follow this simple guide. First find the Big Dipper, then, as we discussed last month,
follow the arc of the handle of the Big Dipper away from the bowl of the dipper, and continue that curve for a little over
the same distance as the handle covers. That ‘arc to Arcturus’ will land you on the orangey red, second brightest, star in
the northern sky. Now continue that curve for around the same distance again and you will find Spica, the brightest star in
the constellation of Virgo, although it is considerably dimmer than Arcturus (it is actually very much brighter, but is very
much further away!)
Another thing to look out for this month is the Leonid meteor shower, which reaches its peak on the 18th November,
around 1am. You can easily find Leo, as it is a large constellation below the bowl of the Big Dipper. The meteors
associated with this shower are the remains of comet Temple-Tuttle and there can be as many as 20 an hour (although
typical showers will be around half this) and sometimes they leave brilliant trails across the sky. Simply find yourself a
dark site after midnight, face east and wait for the sky to light up!
Finally, an amazing first will happen on the 11th of the month; we will realise a long held ambition and land a space
probe on a comet (not a bad feat as they will each be travelling at around 135,000 kilometres an hour!). Launched by the
European Space Agency 10 years ago, Rosetta has looped around the Earth several times over that decade, the gravity of
the Earth acting on it like a sling shot, moving it further out each time until, earlier this year, it met up with its target, the
snappily named comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The probe that lands, and its parent probe which will remain in
order around the comet, will then travel with the comet as it begins it close approach to the Sun, and will monitor changes
to the comet. As comets are believed to be ‘left overs’ from the formation of the solar system, this close encounter will
tell us much about how the Earth formed which, in turn, may help us understand how planets, and therefore perhaps life,
might evolve around other stars; cosmic stuff indeed!
NEWS FROM CHICKERELL UTD FC - The Stalls, East Street, Chickerell
Chickerell lost their last game 4-3 away to the Balti House who are now unbeaten as league
leaders. Chickerell had the chance to take a 2-0 lead but missed a penalty that allowed Balti House
back into the game for a best of seven goals victory. Chickerell’s new found linesman, Steve
‘Ginger’ Hoare, may have flagged himself out of an award after giving a goal that was plainly 2ft
over the line to the Balti House. However Chickerell have chance of a revenge win, after beating
Ferndown 8-0 in the Dorset Senior Trophy. The Chickens have been drawn away to the Balti House
on 8th November. Meanwhile the Reserves enjoyed a fine 4-1 victory away to local rivals
Portesham and also find themselves in a re-match on the 8th November in the Dorset Intermediate
cup. Note both of these games will be 13.30 KO, so book your travel early to avoid disappointment
EVENTS EXTRA: Weymouth West Air Scout Group presents its Christmas Bingo at the Scout Hut, Granby Close,
Weymouth on Friday 21 November 2014. Doors open 6.15pm, Eyes Down 7pm. Raffle and refreshments available.
Due to our increasing numbers, we need to fund-raise for additional camping equipment including an extension to our
Catering/Dining Marquee.
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AEROBICS and BODY CONDITIONING classes held Mondays 7.15pm to 8.30pm at Budmouth
Community Centre in Dance Studio and also Thursdays 7.15pm to 8.30pm. Contact Jo Damen (01305) 815847.
POWER CHIYOGA: Mind/body workout. Improves flexibility, strength and tone. Mondays 6pm-7pm
Budmouth Sports Centre, Wednesdays 7.30pm to 8.30pm at Chickerell Youth Club, Rashley Road. Contact Jo
Damen (01305) 815847.
MOBILE MUSIC: Piano and Music Theory lessons in your own home. Local teacher. Phone Rosemary on
07866726599 or email: [email protected]
GRASS CUTTING by Simon’s Yard Maintenance Service. Established 15 years. Tel: Chickerell 830310.
TWO SEATER RECLINER SOFA - black leather with beige trim, £175. Contact Sharon Eaton 01305
520765 (evenings only).
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