New Royal Competition

To get you in the Coronation mood, we’re launching a new Crowns for the Coronation competition as part of our Community Crafters initiative.

To enter, simply make a crown and upload a photo of you wearing it to the Community Crafters group by Sunday 30th April. Winners will be announced before the Coronation, with prizes delivered in time for the big day.

Crowns or tiaras can be made using anything you like, from flowers, felt, foam and fabric to card, wire, beads, recycled materials, crochet, pipe cleaners, twigs, shells, leaves or Origami. Just have fun and get creative.

Children can also take part in an arts and crafts workshop to make a crown with Houseworks Dorset CIC at The Islanders Youth & Community Centre on 13th April from 10am-2pm.

NB: Those in receipt of free school meals with a HAF code can attend free, with a meal provided. Those without can come along and bring their own lunch box for a donation.

Massive thanks go to the competition sponsors:

boatfolk – for the Under 10s and 11-17yrs categories

Polly’s Petals – for the 18+ category

If you’re looking for inspiration, here’s a few sites to get you started Wikihow Flower Crown, Wikihow King’s Crown, Creative Green Living, Rhubarb and Wren and Wonderful DIY.

New Sourdough Course


Fantastic return of Lindsey Horton from the Real Bread Campaign.

“A really fun and fascinating course. I learned so much about the science as a well as the bread baking skills. Best bread ever!”.

Sold out on all courses last year, so get in early.

Chat A Latte

With spring just around the corner, here’s a new club, hosted by the winter Warm Bank volunteers, to carry on the conversation now that the Warm Bank is having a seasonal break.

The idea is for people to come along, grab a drink and enjoy a good chat in great company. Members can also put forward ideas for guest speakers and story tellers they’d love to hear from.

Starts Wednesday 8th March at the View Cafe, Heights Hotel.

Survey Update

With over 400 surveys completed to date and some really interesting ideas and themes coming through, the deadline has been extended to 26th February. Lets get this number over 500!

If you haven’t done it yet, make sure your voice is heard and you get your opinions and ideas logged. Clicker here to participate.

Paper copies can also be picked up from the ICA Office, Easton (we’re opposite Easton Gardens).

Read more about the High Angle Battery’s history here:


Portland History

Dorset Echo