Volunteer of the Month

This month we have a double promotion, covering June and July’s Volunteer of the Month awards.

June’s volunteer was Annette Sellen.

Annette was nominated for Volunteer of the Month by the Get Together Club she runs on a weekly basis.

Annette has been described as generous with her time when others are in need and a great motivator to get everyone exercising and socialising.

Annette Sellen

July’s volunteer was Chris Hunt.

Chris was nominated by his neighbours. They describe him as an absolute gentleman, who goes out of his way to help those around him and never asks for anything in return for his good deeds. They felt it was about time he had some recognition and thanks for his efforts.

Chris Hunt

We second those thoughts. Congratulations and appreciation to you both from your community and everyone at ICA for the time, energy and passion you put into supporting others.

Massive thanks also to Lorna from Pebble Beach Florist for generously donating the beautiful lilies for Chris.

***Tender For Three Beach Huts***

ICA are working with Atlantic Academy to create a wildlife garden for primary and secondary students. The garden will include beach, sensory, meadow, growing and outdoor classroom areas, along with a mini-amphitheater – see the overall garden plan below.

Once complete, the garden will be used for fun and educational activities, not only helping to increase student’s understanding, love and respect for nature and growing, but also providing space for discovery, creativity and exhibition.

The space will also be used to create activities for the wider community and youth-based groups across the Island, from bug hunts and willow weaving to performance and storytelling.

COVID-19 has delayed the project, but we’re now able to restart. Our first focus is the beach area. We’ve laid the foundation and now need to create the beach huts. These are bespoke builds, so we’re putting a call out for tradesmen to take on this work – see our very basic draft plan for huts below. We do have a budget…though not huge as this is a community-based project.

Perhaps you are a builder or carpenter with children or grand children at the school? Maybe you are passionate about providing our Island’s young people with more opportunities to learn about and experience nature. Or perhaps you’re looking for your next build job? Whatever your position, if you are interested in finding out more we’d love to hear from you.

We are also looking for sponsors for all three huts. Sponsors will get recognition through a permanent plaque and PR and marketing.

In addition, if you have the skills or time to help with other elements of the garden, please get in touch.


Say Cheese…

Over the next few days many of you will be out and about celebrating the Platinum Jubilee.

We’d love to see photos of all the things you get up to on the Souvenirs of Place and Love page, not just to capture the fun, energy and emotion of the weekend but also to provide a lasting local snapshot of this awesome, once-in-a-lifetime, celebration.

Our intention is to select some of these images to be transferred onto our special Jubilee ceramics, which will become part of the 2022 b-side Festival (before being handed back to you).

NB: For quality purposes any photos selected need to be 5MB or over. Of course, that doesn’t stop you from posting others too.

Souvenirs of Place and Love is a collaboration between Island Community Action – ICA and b-side, funded by the Arts Council England’s Let’s Create Jubilee Fund through the Dorset Community Foundation.