WAREHAM & DISTRICT DEVELOPMENT TRUST
Minutes of the Annual General
Meeting held at the Horse & Groom, Wareham
7.00pm Monday 4th February 2019
The Chair, Philip Daubeny (PD) welcomed all present, including
Trustees and Members
He also gave special
thanks to the Horse & Groom for providing the superb selection of
sandwiches for the evening.
Philip Daubeny (Chair), Harold Forbes (Treasurer), Sue Elmes, Mike
Lovell, Lara Manningham-Buller, Debbie Weller,
Shelley Cranshaw (Rep’ Arne Parish
Council), John Scott (Development Manager)
Martin Adams, Frances Butler, Nicola Wiggins.
MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING
PD explained that the Minutes of the previous AGM held on 27th
November 2017 has been approved by the Trustees in December 2017,
and circulated to all Members prior to this AGM.
PD informed the audience that copies of the Annual Report were
available on the evening and would also be available to be viewed
on the WDDT web site www.wddt.org.uk in the near future. He then
briefly reminded everyone of the purpose of the Trust, its
geographical area of ‘benefit’, being most of Purbeck, although a
lot of what we do is centred in or around Wareham, but that we
need projects further afield.
ACCOUNTS - TREASURERS REPORT
HF reported that currently we are in financial ‘good order’ having
£3,800 in the bank with all bills paid.
The income for the financial year 2017-2018
was £8,139, and the expenditure £25,800, caused by fund-raising
for the Tree of Life & Laughter Community Garden accumulating in
previous years in advance of it being spent during 2017-2018. The
Wareham Bears remain our main asset and income from them, £3,000 a
year, and other activities brought us to the present bank balance
of £3,800. All accounts are up to date and have been presented to
the Charity Commission and Companies House.
PD would like it minuted that HF’s work as
Treasurer is very much appreciated by the Trust.
2017-2018 Activities Update
JS gave an update on the year that the Trust
Tree of Life & Laughter Community
The work is now completed, being a mixture of
flower beds and patio area, to be used by the community, local
business, Library users and visitors as and when they want. Thus
far it has been used by SEALIFE Weymouth, twice, Purbeck Art
Weeks, WDDT Book & Craft Sale, and several times by the Library.
£500 has been donated by the Purbeck Rally for
the purchase of benches, tables and a bird table. £200 has been
donated by Wareham Rotary for the purchase of gazebos, and the new
‘Nearly New Book Trolley’, stocked with donated books, has thus
far raised £400, part of which has been used to purchase a large
outdoor storage box for the garden to keep the gazebos and tools
The latest mural created by local school
children and installed during the hot summer of 2018 has suffered
‘glue failure’, probably due to the heat when being installed. The
whole mural has fallen from the wall and smashed, but efforts are
being made by Dawn Newlove and PAW to repair the damage and
Bucknowle Roman villa threshold
Now completely re-presented with a trompe
l’oeil, information board, educational leaflet and web site. They
have since been entered into both Dorset Architectural Heritage
Week and Heritage Open Days, with visitors being able to also
collect a free copy of our Wareham Walls Walk booklet and
Priory Community Meadow.
Lowther are contracted to cut the paths 6
times a year, and the whole meadow twice a year.
£1,000 has been donated by Tesco Bags of Help programme which has
been used to purchase and install 50 new fence posts and a new
information board. The Meadow and Redcliffe Path also won Gold in
2017 and Silver Gilt in 2018 in the Small Community Conservation
Area, South & South East Britain in Bloom.
Much more on-going work has to be done on the
Performance & Picnic Area
The old wooden seating now needs replacing and
will be taken out and replaced with Purbeck stone ‘memorial’
benches in the same style as the existing benches. Any damaged
block paving is/will be replaced by Purbeck District Council.
Wareham Town Pound.
This should now be the responsibility of
Renaissance to be well maintained, but JS and PD need to discuss
further with the new Renaissance Manager.
Late Summer Cruise.
Took place on Sunday 2nd September and raised
£400 towards the Tree of Life garden. The next Late Summer Cruise
will be in September 2020, as we have decided to hold this
fund-raising event once very two years.
QUESTIONS FROM THE FLOOR
Tree of Life & Laughter Community
Can the garden be used day and evening and by
anybody? JS replied that was the case, it was intended for use by
the community and others, within reason, and that he should be
contacted to see if the use is OK and if the date/s required are
Priory Community Meadow
Can anything be done to improve the floral
element within the meadow, currently very poor?
JS replied that a lot of time, effort, money and seeds have been
used to try and do just that, but sadly the very wet nature of the
area, the long shadows caste by the poplars, and the vigorous
grass and reed growth don’t help.
Nearly New Book Trolley
Can the wording on the ‘90% OFF’ poster be
re-worded to clarify that the books are donated and not from the
JS said that he would rectify that within a
PD and JS
then thanked all for attending.
The evening drew to a close at 8.30pm
Wareham & District
Rempstone Estate Office,
Cow Lane, Wareham BH20 4RD
554236 E-mail: email@example.com
It is now one year since the Tree of Life &
Laughter Community Garden was officially declared open on 19th
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.
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 December 2017.
Meanwhile a quick update on what else we have
been up to:
Wareham Walls Walk Booklet
The booklet, based on the Walls boards, continues to sell well 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 available through Discover Purbeck and Horseys, so
please pick up your copy today.
Dorset Architectural Heritage Week
The Trust entered the Saxon Walls, Town Pound
and Bucknowle Roman villa threshold stones into this year’s
All visitors to the Bucknowle Roman villa
threshold stones were given a free Bucknowle leaflet.
Redcliffe Riverside Path
The path has proved a great success with the many thousands of
walkers, and for the third year was awarded ‘Best Small
Conservation Area, South & South East Britain in Bloom 2017’, and
it and Priory Meadow form part of the Wareham in Bloom 2018 entry.
Priory Community Meadow
On-going management and maintenance is a problem and we do need
more volunteers to help with fence mending, bridge painting, tree
pruning, grass clearing, planting and general tidying. During
September it is planned to replace fence posts and carry out
bridge and information board repairs, with more major improvement
work in 2019 if enough funding can be raised.
Late Summer Cruise
cruise took place on Sunday 2nd September, and was great success
raising a further £400 towards the garden upkeep. The weather was
ideal, sunny with a slight breeze, the crew were magnificent, we
even went out to sea and saw some of the Bournemouth Air Festival
. . . and the fish’n’chips went down a treat as well. Next cruise
in September 2020.
The Wareham Bears
Bears are loving their home at The Blue Pool, and enjoying seeing
the many thousands of visitors that come to see them, and say
‘hello’, and to raising revenue that goes towards further
community projects. Thank you Bears.
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 ten 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: