Wareham & District Development Trust
is proud to present...
Wareham & District Development Trust
is proud to present
East Dorset’s own
No Direction A’capella Quartet
Parish Hall on the Quay
Wednesday 2nd November 7.30pm
A wide, eclectic repertoire from all around the world,
including folk, 60’s and 70’s pop music and jazz
performed in 4 part close harmony.
Also on the bill
will be an update on the progress of the Tree of Life &
Laughter Community Garden,
tea and cakes by Stoborough WI,
a grand raffle
and book sale, and a ‘very brief’ AGM
Tickets £4.00 from Horsey’s or £5.00 on the door.
All proceeds go to the Community Garden project
evening is kindly sponsored by Cumulus Outdoors and Albert
Latest Update 12th
Bucknowle Roman villa
Sharing Heritage: Local Charity celebrates
£5,600 Heritage Lottery Fund grant.
The Wareham & District Development
Trust has received a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Sharing
Heritage grant, it was announced today. This exciting project,
to enhance and improve the interpretation to the general
public of the Roman threshold remains within the Wareham
library garden, and led by the Trust, has been given £5,600 to
tell the story of the remains and of the part played by the
Romans in our social history during their occupation of
it’s formation in 2002 the Trust has been turning the dreams
and aspirations of the community into reality. The current
dream is to totally redevelop the neglected space to the rear
of Wareham library and create the Tree of Life & Laughter
Community Garden, not just a garden but a green space,
conservation area, as well as an open air venue for
exhibitions and displays, and the improved interpretation of
the threshold stones forms a small but important part of this
stones, originally from the Bucknowle Roman villa excavation
near Corfe Castle, were donated to the Library in the 1970’s,
and have sat almost forgotten within the garden ever since.
The Sharing Heritage grant will allow for the installation of
a 2m square trompe l’oeil behind the stones to represent the
view from one room to the other within the Roman villa as it
would have been. An interpretation board will be erected
alongside telling the story of the villa and of the Roman
occupation of the area, and an information leaflet will be
printed and a web site created.
Commenting on the award, John Scott,
Development Manager, Wareham & District Development Trust,
said ‘It is great news that we have been awarded this grant
and we can’t wait to get started. We all love where we live
and know that there is so much history surrounding us, and
much more to discover about our past. We are all really
excited about telling other people the story of the stones,
and the Romans in Purbeck, and sharing our heritage and
history with them.’
Nerys Watts, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund
South West, said “Thanks to National Lottery players, the
Romano-British remains at Wareham Library will be relocated to
enhance understanding and appreciation of the threshold. In
doing so, Wareham & District Development Trust will bring the
community together through volunteering opportunities and
exciting community events.”
Latest Update 23rd April 2016
starts soon on Tree of Life & Laughter Community Garden in
Wareham thanks to Tesco’s Bags of Help campaign
The Wareham & District Development Trust
will soon start work on its Tree of Life & Laughter Community
Garden project in Wareham following its successful receipt of
£8,000 from Tesco’s Bags of Help campaign.
The supermarket teamed up with Groundwork
to launch its Bags of Help initiative, which saw grants of
£12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy
– being awarded to environmental and greenspace projects.
Eight million shoppers voted in stores up
and down the country.
The project in Wareham is to convert an
area of neglected space to the rear of the town’s Library into
a community garden, green space, and at times open air
exhibition and entertainment area. A totally flexible space to
be used by community groups, organisations and individuals, as
well as the thousands of people who already use the Library
and Discover Purbeck Information Centre situated within the
John Scott, Development Manager, Wareham &
District Development Trust, and the person leading the project
said: ‘The community and all the organisations involved in the
project have been raisng the funding required for some time
now and the £8,000 donated by Tesco through their Bags of Help
programme will go a long way to achieving our target.’
Caroline Silke, Head of Community at
Tesco, said: “Bags of Help has been a fantastic success.
“We have been overwhelmed by the response of our customers and
the feedback has been brilliant.
“This is the really exciting part of the
project – seeing the projects coming to life thanks to the
funding and we can’t wait to follow the projects right through
to the end.
“Applications for the next round of the
initiative will open from 18 April to 3 June and we look
forward to helping a further round of groups and projects bag
their share of the bag charge fund.”
Voting ran in store from 27 February until
6 March – with customers choosing which group they’d like to
get the top award using a token given to them at the check-out
Applications for the next round of Bags of Help
funding will open from 18 April to 3 June. As well as applying
direct, suggestions for projects can also be nominated all
year around by people living locally.
Latest Update 12th April 2016
Wareham's Tree of Life & Laughter Community Garden has been awarded £8,000 through the Tesco Bags of Help funding programme.
A big thank you to all those that voted for the project in their local Tesco store.
More news to follow soon.
The Roman villa threshold stones enhancement, within the Tree of Life & Laughter Community Garden, has also been awarded funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
More news to follow soon.
We are still some way off our target and so if you know of any individual or organisation that would like to support our project then please get in touch with John Scott, Development Manager, Wareham & District Development Trust 01929 554236
Wareham’s 'Tree of Life & Laughter Community
Garden' Redevelopment Project
Receives a Wessex Watermark Award
PHOTO: from left to right:
Philip Daubeny, Chair, Wareham & District Development Trust
Lorrain Puckett, Wareham Library Manager
Wessex Water’s Asset Planning Manager, based at Corfe Mullen
John Scott, Development Manager, Wareham & District
Cllr Eric Osmond, Wareham Town Council
and Wareham in Bloom
Wareham & District Development
Trust (WDDT) have received a £750 Watermark Award to help
bring Wareham library’s walled garden back to life. John Scott
the Trust’s Development Manager will receive the Award on
behalf of WDDT from Wessex Water’s Gerald Bradford on Monday
The garden contains the remains of a Roman
threshold which came from a local Roman villa excavated at
Corfe in the 1970’s and donated to the Library. The Trust’s
Watermark Award will enable WDDT to set up an information
board to illustrate the historical context of the Roman
threshold and the villa it came from.
“At the moment this important piece of our
social heritage is a pile of stones on the ground” John said.
“It is our intention to move the threshold to the south west
corner of the garden and place behind it a 2.2m x 2.2m
‘trompe-l’oeil’ creating a representation of the view through
the doorway into the furnace room of the villa as it once
Although the garden is accessible to the
general public it’s lack of appeal means that it is only used
by a handful of people each week, whereas the Library itself,
and the Discover Purbeck Information Centre who share the
building, have a combined footfall of over 100,000 people per
WDDT has been given a twenty year lease by
Dorset County Council who owns the land, and during that time
the Trust will convert the garden into a more vibrant, usable
and far more welcoming space. WDDT has the full support of
Dorset County Museum, Dorset County Council and Wareham
Archaeology Society and is delighted to have this recognition
from Wessex Water”
John added: “The walled garden is rarely
used, and yet it has great potential to be a wonderful
addition to the town. All those involved in the project would
like the area to be used as both a tranquil green space and a
place for local organisations to use for events, exhibitions
and even parties”.
The Watermark Award provides funds for
environmental projects within the Wessex Water area. Now in
its twentieth year, it has supported over 900 environmental
initiatives. Organised by The Conservation Foundation, all
projects are judged by a panel chaired by its President -
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