Souvenirs of Place and Love

ICA are working with b-side to help Portland residents create some very special mementos for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. 

Over the next couple of months we’ll be producing 100’s of unique souvenir ceramic items, each embossed with an image of something or someone treasured by a Portland resident, BUT we need your help to achieve this.

We’re having two drop in days at the St Georges Centre, Reforne on the 14th and 21st May (11am to 4pm). During these sessions you’re invited to pop in and let a professional photographer record your special object or photo. Alternatively, you can dress up or down, wear royal regalia or bring along a prop and get your portrait taken. Each image will then be transformed into unique Portland Jubilee Ceramic ready to be exhibited across the Island (before being taken home). So if it’s your dog’s collar, a picture of a much-loved friend, a scrap of material, a piece of lego, your child’s first shoes…bring it in – if it’s important to you it’s important to us too.

NB: Items should be no larger than a shoe box. 

Sound artist Jo Tyler will also be recording the stories of the objects and the people that take part and creating a digital sound archive of residents’ treasures and special moments.

***New Training***


Portland Rotary (massive thanks to Elizabeth Hardy) has brilliantly managed to secure a St. John Ambulance First Aid course for just £18, per person. The course will cover:

  • Primary survey
  • Unresponsive casualty and recovery position
  • Choking – all ages
  • Bleeding and shock
  • Chest pains
  • CPR all ages

The duration is 3hrs/half-day and there is a maximum number of 20 per course. Courses will likely run at St. John Ambulance Hall, Easton.

If you would like to book a place, get in touch, letting us know your organisation’s name, the main contact’s name and contact details (email and mobile/landline number) and the number of people you want to attend. Once we know numbers, we’ll come back with some dates.

Due to the Easter break, deadline for responses is Friday 20th May.

NB: This course involves practical and physical activities that some people may have difficulties with. St. John Ambulance can advise if you are unsure about suitability.

Volunteer of the Month

This month’s volunteer is Linda Clayton.

Linda has volunteered her time as shop manager at the Save The Children charity shop in Easton for almost 20 years.

During her time there she has and continues to raise masses of money for the charity and support her local community when and where ever she can.

Not only that but she has taken on the massive responsibility of organising Portland’s Tinsel and Turkey celebration for the past eight years…again all out of the goodness of her own heart.

A massive thank you to you Linda from your local community, all of ICA team and Rita A for the original nomination.

Thanks also to Lorna from Pebble Beach Florist for the beautiful flowers.

Sourdough Course

After the first very successful “Sourdough Bread Making for Beginnners” course we ran in March. We’ve added a new date – Saturday 23 April.

The course is taught by Lindsey Horton from SourdoughWey and run from 9:30am till 1:30pm. Learn about each stage of making your own sourdough bread and even get a loaf or two to take home.

There are still a couple of places available. Message us via Facebook or call on 01305 823789 by next Tuesday to book.

Cost is £20 per person and place confirmed with payment.

Volunteer of the Month

March’s volunteer is the lovely Jo Dolbear (Pearce).

Jo was a full time carer for her late husband and experienced first hand how important peer support was as an unpaid carer. Since then, Jo has been supporting carers on Portland by running the Portland Carers’ Support Group. 

Jo has also devoted considerable time to campaigning against the closure of respite care on the Island and the local community hospital – all done at the same time as supporting a range of individuals with their care needs, simply out of the kindness of her own heart. 

A true superstar and more than deserving of a treat. 

On behalf of the Portland community and all the team here at ICA, we would like to say a MASSIVE THANK YOU! 

Cake Baking Course

A few shots showing some of the gorgeous vegan lemon cakes created at this week’s Cake Baking with Bee’s Knees Bakes session.

Fancy learning how to create your own yummy bakes? Places available for future sessions, starting this Wednesday. Pop into the ICA office, call on 01305 823789 or message us here for more information.