newsletter click here
MEMBERS NEWSLETTER SPRING 2016
Since last summer’s newsletter a lot has been
happening, but mostly behind the scenes in preparation for what we
thought would be a busy 2016, but things have not, as yet, gone
according to plan.
We had hoped that by now, April 2016, our Tree
of Life & Laughter Community Garden project would have been either
completed or well on the way to being completed. Although we have
everything in place, an agreed plan, a 20 year lease, local
contractors quotations for the work, we still do not have enough
funds to cover the costs of the entire project.
Over the past year or so we have received
funding support to completely redevelop the neglected space to the
rear of Wareham Library into a community garden, green space,
conservation area and open-air exhibition and display area.
That funding support has come from our own
fund-raising efforts in the form of entertainment evenings, late
summer cruises, individual donations, and larger sums from such as
Tesco Bags of Help, Heritage Lottery Fund, Valentine Trust, Wessex
Water, Purbeck Rally and others, but we still have some way to go
needing another £10,000 at least.
We are making every effort to raise that money
required, and donations from any source, big or small, will be
gratefully received. Please read our
‘Garden Diary Update’ for the latest news on progress.
Meanwhile a quick update on what else we have
been up to:
Wareham Walls Walk
The booklet, based on the material created for
the seven interpretation boards along the Walls, was funded by
Viridor Credits Environmental Company, via the Landfill
Communities Fund, and retails for £2 per copy with at least £1
from each sale going towards further community support projects.
2,000 booklets were printed and are selling well through Discover
Purbeck, Horseys and Farwells, so please pick up your copy today.
Architectural Heritage Week 8th-15th September 2016
The Trust has entered the Saxon Walls, Town
Pound and Bucknowle Roman villa threshold stones into this years
Redcliffe Riverside Path Information
The installation of three interpretation
boards along the Redcliffe Riverside Path, by the Trust, has
proved a great success with the many thousands of walkers who now
use the totally redeveloped path.
Priory Community Meadow
During the floods of recent years a great deal
of damage was done to Priory Community Meadow. I am happy to
report that the damage, including repairs to fences, gates and
information boards, is now in hand thanks to the generosity of Bradford’s Builders Merchants and Barnard’s Landscaping.
Late Summer Cruise
Following the success of last years cruise
there will be another this year on Sunday 4th September, leaving
Wareham Town Quay at 11.00am and returning at 4.00pm, and taking
in the Frome, Poole Harbour and the islands, and out to Old Harry
or Bournemouth depending on the sea-state. Tickets are £15
available directly from me or at the Discover Purbeck Information
Centre in the Library. There is also an option of Fish’n’Chips at
£5.75 or you can bring your own picnic. We will be sailing on
Greenslades Purbeck Gem with a capacity of 120 but only 80 tickets
will be sold to allow everyone a chance of an upper deck seat and
plenty of room to move around. Refreshments will be available on
board as well as a bar. We look forward to seeing you. All
proceeds are in aid of the Tree of Life & Laughter
Dear Members, as you know we always have a lot
on our plate, but the one thing that we lack is volunteers.
We need volunteers to get there hands dirty
and be prepared to dig, plant, paint, anything and everything that
We also need more Trustees. We already have a
Board on fifteen but could really use another three or four. We
meet once every two months for about two hours in the evening and
simply discuss ‘the dreams’ on the table at the time, and if all
are agreed we get on with the job and turn them into reality.
Could you be a Trustee, or indeed a
If so please get in touch.
District Development Trust
Rempstone Estate Office, Cow Lane,
Wareham BH20 4RD
Tel: 01929 554236 E-mail: