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Since last summer’s
newsletter a lot has been happening, but mostly behind the scenes
in preparation for a busy 2016.
Wareham Walls Walk Booklet
As you know in October 2013 HM Lord-Lieutenant
of Dorset officially unveiled the series of seven information
boards created by the Trust and situated alongside the route of
our monumental Saxon walls.
Since then a 16 page full colour booklet,
utilising the material created for the boards, has been designed,
printed and published and continues to sell well through numerous
outlets in Wareham, including Horseys, Farwells and the Discover
Purbeck Information Centre within the Library.
The booklet 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 it is hoped to raise at least £2,000, through their
sale, by the summer of 2016.
Dorset Tourism Awards 2014
The Trust entered the Saxon Walls Information
Boards, the Wareham Walls Walk booklets, and the rejuvenated Town
Pound into the Tourism Experience category of the Dorset Tourism
Awards 2014. Although we tried we did not make the final three,
loosing out to horse riding, rib rides and electric bike rides.
Dorset Architectural Heritage Week & Heritage
Open Days 2014
The Trust entered the Saxon Walls and Town
Pound into both these events by creating a Family Fun Quiz based
on both attractions. Entry Forms were available from the Discover
Purbeck Information Centre between 11th – 18th September 2014, and
proved so successful that the competition has been retained by the
Centre and continues on a daily basis.
Redcliffe Riverside Path Information Boards
One of Wareham’s most popular riverside walks
was completely redeveloped in early 2013 by the Trust and is
proving a great success especially so as this summer the north
bank section of the Two Rivers Walk is closed whilst the
Environment Agency carries out extensive repairs to the flood
Redeveloped Sandford Woods Paths
Following our success in redeveloping the
Redcliffe Riverside Path we were approached by Wareham St Martin
Parish Council with a request to do exactly the same with two of
their paths through Sandford Woods.
All permissions were granted, there quotes
from local contractors received, and funding raised. The work was
completed earlier this year, and as with the Redcliffe path, is
proving a great success and well appreciated by all who use them.
The Secret Garden
(Please see ‘Wareham Library Garden
Redevelopment Progress Diary’
Late Summer Cruise
Following the success of last years cruise
there will be another this year on Sunday 13th September, leaving
Wareham Town Quay at 10.30am and returning at 3.30pm, 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
£5.50 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 Wareham Library Garden Redevelopment.
This years AGM will be on Wednesday 11th
November, Parish Hall on the Quay, 7pm for 7.30pm, admission £5 on
the door. This years entertainment, following numerous requests,
will be a return visit of the ‘world famous’ Ball & Socket, the
Flanders & Swann tribute act who never fail to entertain their
audiences no matter where ‘in the world’ they appear. The Parish
Hall stage will be no exception.
In Memory of Our Myrna
Sadly, the 26th July this year, marked the
first anniversary of the loss of our very best and hardest working
Trustee and Friend of the Trust, Myrna Jessie Edith Gomes-Maria,
Our Myrna. Gone but not forgotten
On a happier note Members, as you can see we
have a lot on our plate, but the one thing that we lack is
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 need more
Myrna’s. We already have a Board on fourteen 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: