Redcliffe Path Wins Award

The recently redeveloped Redcliffe riverside path, with its latest additions of three excellent interpretation boards, has won ‘Best Small Conservation Area: Britain in Bloom 2014’.

The first phase of the Trust’s project, the complete redevelopment of the path itself, was completed in the spring of 2013, but almost lost in the winter storms when the flood bank was badly eroded by exceptional flooding and severe gales. Only the hard work of the Trust and its volunteers saved the path and flood bank from total destruction.

The second phase, the installation of three information boards, was completed in early summer 2014, just in time to form part of the ‘Wareham in Bloom’ entry into Britain in Bloom. A more robust flood bank repair was completed by the Environment Agency in the autumn of 2014.

The photograph shows John Scott, Development Manager of the Trust, receiving the award from the Town Mayor of Wareham, Councillor Mrs Carol Turner, at a special ceremony in the Town Hall on 31st October 2014.

John Scott, Development Manager

Wareham & District Development Trust

01929 554236

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   For 2014 newsletter click here  

Dear Members

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 bank.

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.

AGM/Illustrated Talk

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 volunteers.

We need volunteers to get there hands dirty and be prepared to dig, plant, paint, anything and everything that is needed.

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 volunteer?

If so please get in touch.

John Scott
Development Manager
Wareham & District Development Trust
Rempstone Estate Office, Cow Lane, Wareham BH20 4RD
Tel: 01929 554236 E-mail:


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