• Something for the weekend 24/5/2013

    Hello Everyone and welcome to 'Something for the Weekend'

    Today we have the Half price sale in the Inspiring Change shop before we close for half term, we will shut on 27th May and re-open on the 3rd June.

    We are gathering stories and news for the next publication of WestHowe Now, if you have anything you would like included please email it to admin@westhowe.net. The deadline for articles is 10th June and will be distributed the week of 19th July. We are currently offering cut price advertising in this edition so if you are interested in placing an ad please get in touch via email or telephone 01202 570077. The publication has a print run of 3,200 copies and is delivered to 2,500 homes in West Howe and also placed in local public venues.

    This weeks Local Events

    Saturday 25th

    Give or take and make Day, Henry Brown youth Centre, 2pm - 4pm.

    Thanks to Green Goals funding, we will be expanding May's Give or Take day. Come and learn how to make bags and accessories and lots of other great stuff from old clothes, Have a go at Crochet and find out how you can make a blanket from odd bits of wool that are left lying around. The Children will not be left out as we will also be making Toys from trash. Your little ones can come along, let their imagination run wild and make their very own 'Moshi like monster' and other toys from old packaging. Of course we will have the usual Give or Take Day which are like a jumble sale but without the money! Local people bring along unwanted but usable items, other residents then have the chance to browse and take away items they do want. You don’t have to give anything to take something new away or vice versa. Ultimately the events encourage reuse of items that would have otherwise ended up in landfill. Donated items include kitchen gadgets, books, DVD, clothes, children’s toys, general bric-a-brac and many more. Any electrical items are tested for safety by experts on the day before being allowed to be passed on to potential new owners. Everything else is taken on at the new owner’s risk. And Finally the cafe bar will also be open for refreshments and cake! so come along and have a natter and catch up.

    Monday 27 May

    Your local Councillors hold a surgery at West Howe Library every Monday 10.30-12.00, pop in and see them to discuss anything about the local area.

    As This week leads into half term, just a reminder that Fernheath Play are running their May half term play scheme from Saturday 24th - Sunday 2nd June. They are running two sessions a day and also offering all day childcare from the hours of 7.30am - 5.30pm. For more information Tel 01202 581008

    Other Events by Bus or Car

    Saturday 25th May

    Stanpit Marsh Nature Reserve.

    Pond Dipping - these days you’re more likely to see dragonflies than dragons over Stanpit Marsh! What will you find? Part of a 24 hour bioblitz study of biodiversity. Contact Christchurch Council’s Countryside Service for details: 01425 272479

    Saxon Square - Dorset Fire & Rescue Service: All Day*

    Dragon or no dragon, fire can still damage property in Christchurch! Come and meet some of the firefighters from your local Christchurch Fire Station. View a fire engine and its equipment, witness the danger of a chip pan fire, and receive fire safety advice.

    *All day - precise times may be affected by operational requirements.

    Red House Museum: 10.00am – 12.00 noon.

    FREE dragon-making session. Create your own sock puppet to take home. All materials provided. (Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.) Booking essential. Contact the Red House Museum for details: 01202 482860

    Druitt Hall – Longbow Legacy Archery: 10.30am - 2.30pm

    15 minute archery sessions with local archer and medieval longbow-maker Martin Young. £4.00 per person. (Minimum Age 10 Years - All Children Must Be Accompanied.)

    Advance time-slot booking at Christchurch Information Centre - or simply turn up.

    Christchurch Dragon Festival – Christchurch Library: 11.00am - 11.45am.

    Dragon stories and crafts for 4 to 8 year olds.

    Christchurch Dragon Festival - Town Centre - Guided History Walk 2.00pm.

    The story of the Christchurch Dragon told on a town centre guided history walk led by local historian Mike Andrews. (Approx 2hrs.) Suitable for all the family. £4.00 per person - under 16s FREE. Meet by Town Bridge, Castle Street.

    Advance booking at Christchurch Information Centre - or just turn up on the day.

    Druitt Hall - Drumming a Dragon in Druitt: 3.00pm - 4.30pm

    Create the thunderous heartbeat of a magical dragon in the heart of Christchurch. Fun drumming for any age and ability. No experience required! (Visit: www.heikedrumshare.com)

    £3.00 each. Advance booking at Christchurch Information Centre - or just turn up.

    Monday 27 May

    Cherry Tree Nursery

    HIGHWOOD GARDENS AT CHARBOROUGH PARK, between 2.30pm and 6pm

    situated on the A31 near Winterbourne Zelston, will be open to the public to raise money for Cherry Tree Nursery at Northbourne, by kind permission of Richard Drax, a Patron of the Charity. This unusual private garden is noted particularly for its woodland walks with rhododendrons and azaleas. It is open to the public very rarely and this is an opportunity not to miss. A wide selection of high-quality garden plants from Cherry Tree Nursery will be on sale along with tea, coffee and homemade cake. Dogs are not permitted because of deer in the park. If you have ever wondered what is behind the long wall with the lion and the stag, here is your chance to find out!


    BraveArt 6 returns to The Gallery Upstairs with a knockout exhibition for 2013. We are planning to break all records with over 200 new art works hung from East Dorset BraveArt Society members and associates. Works framed and unframed, and cards will be on sale at this free art exhibition.

    BraveArt 6 runs daily (10:30 am to 3:45 pm) from Friday 24 May to Tuesday 4 June 2013 inclusive at The Gallery Upstairs, Upton Country Park, Poole, BH17 7BJ. The gallery is on the first floor of the Peacock Tearooms (lift available). Follow signs for the Peacock Tearooms from the car park. .

    Purbeck Art Weeks Festival has grown substantially over the last 10 years. The 2013 16-day event runs from the 25 May - to the 9 June and celebrates an impressive cultural programme, encompassing visual art, music, dance, film and story-telling. http://www.purbeckartweeks.co.uk/ for all ticket information

    Well signing off now and wishing everybody a great week


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