Souvenirs of Place and Love

If you haven’t yet seen the Souvenirs of Place and Love exhibition you’ve missed a treat.

Come along to the C2000 Hall, Easton (next to All Saint’s Church) between 2-5pm on Friday 18th November and 11am-6pm on Saturday 19th November.

For those that participated, you can pop in and collect your ceramic just before 6pm.

If you collected your ceramic at the previous exhibition, why not pop it back into the C2000 Hall so that it can be shown off one final time.

Souvenirs of Place and Love is a collaboration between b-side and Island Community Action. The project is funded by Arts Council England’s Let’s Create Jubilee fund through Dorset Community Foundation.


A Life In Print

It was such a delight to witness the moment that Nab saw his life story ‘From the Coalfields of Yorkshire to the Isle of Portland in Dorset,’ printed as a hardback glossy book for the first time.

ICA volunteer Carol has been visiting Nab weekly for around 18 months, listening to his stories and using her years of writing experience to turn his memories into this wonderful book.

Katy Pascoe, ICA Project Manager says, “I’ll admit to reading the first chapter and being absolutely transported to a different time in social history, with ‘wash days’ and ‘butter weighed and wrapped in greaseproof paper!’

Nab was referred to ICA by Weldmar Hospicecare nurses who encouraged him to write down his recollections for his daughter and granddaughters. We’re so glad they did.

Nab says, “I have absolutely loved doing this, it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done and it wouldn’t have been possible without Carol and your wonderful team. I’ve genuinely looked forward to every visit and to see the end result is incredible.”

Thanks also to Damien from Print Team – Dorset Ltd for his help with the front and back covers and ensuring the finished product looked so professional.


Advent Angels 2022

Champions come in all shapes and forms, from those who’ve gone that extra mile to help another person or cause to those who’ve survived a challenging period in their life or just simply been a fantastic human being!

Whatever the reason, if you know a person or group that really does deserve a special Christmas treat let us know.

To nominate, call: 01305 823789, send us a message via: Facebook, email or pop into the office.

We need to know the person or group’s name and why they deserve a treat.

Nominations will be accepted from now until Saturday 10th December. 

We are also looking for good quality donations as gifts for our Advent Angel treats and would be grateful for any donations, from homemade cakes, boxes of chocolates and toiletry sets to vouchers, wine, spirits or handmade crafts!

Thank you,



Warm Spaces Update

Here is a list of current activities and warm spaces across Portland for November 2022.

We see this as an evolving list and plan to update it monthly, so please let us have any changes or additions by end of month for inclusion the following month.

The spaces and activities listed on this timetable are free to attend, however, refreshments and / or snacks may cost extra. Unless otherwise stated, activities are run by the venue at which the activity is held. 

No formals COVID-19 restrictions currently in place, however, feel free to continue wearing a mask. 

MONDAY

Coffee Morning: Bringing the community together over a warm brew. 9.30am-12.00pm at The Islanders Youth and Community Centre, East Weare Road, Verne Common.  Adults only. 

Coffee Morning (run by The Salvation Army)10.00-11.30am at the Easton Methodist Church, Easton. 

Cuppa and Company: 10:30am-12:00pm at Portland Library, Easton. Space limited due to the library’s size.

The Drop In: Safe, inclusive space for young people. 6.30-8.00pm (for those aged 11-14) at The Portland Community Venue, Three Yards Close, Fortuneswell.

TUESDAY

Coffee Morning: 10.00-11.30am at the Community 2000 Hall (C2000),  Straits, Easton. 

The Portland Shed: DIY activities, refreshments and chat. 1.30-4.00pm at 41 Chiswell (next to Ocean Bay, Chinese Take Away). Sessions (November-January) open to non-members. Additional sessions (members only) available during the week – contact The Shed for details.

The Drop In: Safe, inclusive space for young people. 6.00-7.30pm (for those aged 8-11) at The Portland Community Venue, Three Yards Close, Fortuneswell. 

WEDNESDAY

Coffee Morning with Knit and Natter: 10.00-11.30am at the Easton Methodist Church, Easton. 

Portland Warm Bank (run by Portland Town Council and ICA)Refreshments and social. 10.00am-4.00pm at The Portland Community Venue, Three Yards Close, Fortuneswell. Board games available. 

This and That Craft Group: 10.00-11.30am at St. John’s Church, Fortuneswell. 

The Portland Shed: As Tuesday.

The Drop In: Safe, inclusive space for young people. 7.00-9.00pm (for those aged 14-18) at The Portland Community Venue, Three Yards Close, Fortuneswell. 

THURSDAY

Café Church: Refreshments and conversation. 10.00-11.30am at the Easton Methodist Church, Easton. 

Bubble and Rise: Soup lunch and board games. 11.30am-3.00pm at St. John’s Church, Fortuneswell. 

Hobby Lobby: Bring your own craft / hobby or try something new (craft materials can be purchased from venue). 1.30-4.30pm at The Islanders Youth and Community Centre, East Weare Road, Verne Common. Adults only. 

The Portland Shed: As Tuesday.

Café R: Food and conversation. 6.00-7.00pm at the Easton Methodist Church, Easton. 

FRIDAY

Coffee, Chat and Bacon Baps: 10.00-11.30am at the Easton Methodist Church, Easton. 

Lunch Club: Cuppa and conversation (warm snacks available). 10.00am-3.00pm at The Islanders Youth and Community Centre, East Weare Road, Verne Common. Board games available to play. 

Portland Museum: Refreshments and conversation. 10.30am-12.30pm. Last Friday session is Friday 16th December. Wakeham.

Good Companion Club 50+ (run by St. John Ambulance)Refreshments and conversation. Runs every other Friday. 2.00-4.00pm at the St John Ambulance HQ Hall, Easton Lane.

The Open Arms: Safe, inclusive space for young people. 7.00-9.00pm (for those senior school age upwards) at 41 Easton Square, Easton.

SATURDAY

Community Coffee Morning (run by different organisation each week)Refreshments and conversation. 10.00-11.30am at the Easton Methodist Church, Easton. 

The Open Arms: Safe, inclusive space for young people. 7.00-9.00pm (for those senior school age upwards) at 41 Easton Square, Easton.

SUNDAY

Portland Museum: Refreshments and conversation. 10.30am-12.30pm. Last Sunday session is Sunday 18th December. Wakeham.

OTHER SOURCES OF HELP

Portland Community Fridge: Sharing food to reduce waste. Free to all. Wednesdays and Saturdays, 11.00am-1.00pm at The Portland Community Venue, Three Yards Close, Fortuneswell.

Portland Foodbank: Food and essential supplies. Referral required (can be requested via ICA). Tuesdays and Fridays, 9.00-11.30am at St John’s Church Hall, Ventnor Road, Fortuneswell. T: 07913 170495 / E: manager@portlandfoodbank.co.uk / W: https://portlandfoodbank.co.uk

Christians Against Poverty (CAP): Help with debt. Open to all. T: 0800 328 0006 /  W: www.capuk.org. Local advisor available for Portland. 

Citizens Advice Dorset: Help across a range of subjects, including debt. T: 0800 144 8848, Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm / E: advice-wey@centralca.org.uk / W: https://centraldorsetca.org.uk.

Dorset Council: Advice and information around the ‘cost of living crisis’. W: www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/w/cost-of-living-help



Halloween Thank You

Nothe of the Living Dead, 2022 has come and gone. 200 participants, 90 volunteers and a ton of different clowns, demons and zombies running riot within the tunnels.

Hugely important to remember that this is a charity event, delivered by a small, part-time staff team, with volunteer players and a tiny budget, which makes the overall achievement even more impressive and meaningful.

We would love to thank every single one of you for your time, energy, creativity and enthusiasm, whether you came as volunteers or participants. Whatever your reason, you stepped into our weird and wicked fantasy world and ran with it – adding so much more than we could have imagined. This means everything to us.

There are a few people we must acknowledge for their much appreciated extra contributions.

Matthew McLane and his team Domino’s Pizza who fed our bunch of evils Friday and Saturday. We are incredibly grateful. Best pizza in town.

Atticus Machiavellian, whose creativity, special effects and props added a magical sprinkling of devil dust.

Emma Murgatroyd, Nothe Fort, who threw herself into the madness with absolute abandon.

For all those that managed people and games, including Katy and Dan Pascoe, Emma and Libby Mason, Matthew ‘Maggot’ Blanthorn, Steve Hirst, Joe Snell, Stacey Andrew and Samantha Macintosh (who made both nights despite only recently having twins – total dedication), the ever fabulous Daniel J Taylor, Lily and Maxine Seymour (who actually managed to raise extra donations from those about to lose their heads), the Busby-Wilcocks and Wilcocks clans (particularly Alison, who gets top prize for number of volunteers engaged), Kati Eastwood(for being the event’s most poked at zombie “She’s not real, is she? Poke her. Jesus Christ, she just moved!”) and Georgina Bolt for filming and shouting! You are all super freaky geniuses.

For everyone else who came along and volunteered your socks off, whether in jump scares, as make up artists, guards or soldiers – combined, you made even the toughest mothers wet their pants.

Thank you from the bottom of our black and shrivelled hearts – Kim, Katy and Georgina – Island Community Action – ICA; Emma, Matt and Keith – EPIC Games Dorset and Mary-Anne and Emma – Nothe Fort.

Forgive me if I’ve left you out, it wasn’t intentional. Kim x


Volunteer of the Month

October’s volunteer is Josh.

Josh (pictured centre) is an inspiring young man who dedicates his time as a volunteer at Castletown D-Day Centre . He goes out of his way to make visitors feel welcomed and informed and is always willing to help his team in whatever way he can.

Thank you Josh, from everyone at Castletown D-Day Centre, Island Community Action and your local community.

Josh (pictured centre)