Nothe of the Living Dead – 2021

Have you already booked your ticket? Are you thinking of coming along? Perhaps you need a little more persuading?

Whichever situation applies, we thought you might enjoy reading the tragic story that inspired this annual charity fundraiser…

“We should have seen it coming, but we didn’t. We were so used to the military being around, we failed to notice a new platoon from UK based biotec conglomerate, C.R.A.N.E. International, testing chemicals off Portland Bill.

By the time we did notice, it was too late!

Turns out these chemicals were so toxic they poisoned the fish. In turn, the fish infected the feeding seagulls.

Then came Patient X – a regular guy, hanging out at the harbour with a pint and a bag of chips. Out of the blue, he was set upon by a feral seagull on the hunt for a hot snack. The attack was merciless, peck after bloody peck.

Patient X made it to hospital and collapsed, but not before informing the medics that he felt sick, angry and weirdly hungry for a very rare steak. On testing, his blood showed serious anomalies. However, before anything could be done, Patient X, now in full zombie mode, woke and escaped.

As Patient X rampaged across Dorset, infecting anyone that got in his path, the medical teams struggled to create a vaccine. By the time they’d succeeded, thousands of people were infected. The only safe place was Nothe Fort – a sanctuary of hope and home to 500 vaccines.

With everyday life on hold, those who remained were told to get to the Nothe, where they would be given a vaccine and shipped out to a safe colony on the Isle of Wight.

Unfortunately, just a few days into the evacuation, the Fort was overrun by zombies, leaving devasted residents to battle their way through its web of infested tunnels in search of the now scattered vaccines.

Eventually, after the full force of the military moved in, the Nothe was re-taken and the zombies destroyed…or so we thought!

Unknown to the public, the original designer of the Z-Virus, C.R.A.N.E. International, joined forces with US conglomerate, Biomedic, headed up by U.S. billionaire Ronald Dump. Their aim? To create Z-Tech, a new research establishment at the Nothe where they would develop a very unique military deterrent – weaponised zombies (or Z-Force as they later became known).

Three years after the original outbreak, Z-Tech opened their doors to potential investors – the very eve on which Dump’s zombies made a break for freedom, once again forcing the stranded investors to seek out vaccines in the Nothe’s tunnels. 

Now, five years after the original outbreak, the tunnels are reopening as a memorial to those that were lost and a warning to those that remain.

It’s opening night, Z-Tech are a distant memory and the media and VIPs are out in force.

As groups of excited visitors wait for their tours a throng of protesters have started to gather. Local military reserves are trying to hold them back, but they’re struggling.

Suddenly the air around the crowd begins to pulsate with menace. Sirens sound and screams cut through the cold night air.

A women, carrying a tray of small bites and mixed canapés, rushes past the crowd. Blood is seeping from a jagged bite mark on her neck!

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? WHY NOT COME ALONG AND FIND OUT.

EVENT RUNS 29TH AND 30TH OCTOBER 2021. TICKETS FROM The Nothe Fort.

The event is delivered in partnership with ICA, the Nothe Fort and EPIC Games.




Silver Sunday

Today is Silver Sunday – the official day for celebrating older people in the UK.

To celebrate, ICA put on its first post COVID-19 lockdown tea party.

It was absolutely wonderful to bring at least some of our older clients together and also to honour those that we’ve lost over the last 18 months. They were missed.

Massive thanks to all our amazing volunteers, whether they drove, served or made sandwiches and cakes. Thanks also to The Lobster Pot for donating the lip smacking scones and to John Rickman for the music.


Nothe of the Living Dead – 2021

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the tunnels – the original Nothe of the Living Dead is back!!!

Are you brave enough to battle your way through a web of tunnels infested with flesh devouring zombies? Have you got what it takes to grab a vaccine and overcome the physical and mental challenges that lie between you and the rescue teams at the tunnel’s end OR are you destined to become the extra fresh main course in a zingy zombie nosh-up?!

Come find out this Halloween. 

Tickets on sale at the Nothe Fort Box Office


ICA Celebrates New Digital Screen

Huge thanks to Portland Rotary Club who generously provided £500 match-funding towards the screen.

As well as ICA’s own activities and events, the screen will be used to promote the brilliant range of work delivered by Portland’s many other community groups and organisations.

Groups or organisations wanting to promote their activities and events can get in touch by phone: 01305 823789 or email: office@islandcommunityaction.org.uk.


Portland Man Shed Funding Boost

A great funding boost for Portland’s Man Shed, thanks to Dorset Council’s Community and Culture Project Fund and ICA’s expanded support offer for Island based community groups.

The support, which ranges from funding advice to training, is offered as part of its new five-year initiative, The Portland Project.

Thanks to Dorset Council for the award and congratulations to the Shed, a great local group and recently featured on BBC South.


Nothe of the Living Dead – 2021

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the tunnels – the original Nothe of the Living Dead is back!!!

Are you brave enough to battle your way through a web of tunnels infested with flesh devouring zombies? Have you got what it takes to grab a vaccine and overcome the physical and mental challenges that lie between you and the rescue teams at the tunnel’s end OR are you destined to become the extra fresh main course in a zingy zombie nosh-up?!

Come find out this Halloween. 

Tickets on sale at the Nothe Fort Box Office


b-side Festival – 2021

A thousand ideas, one amazing island.

b-side is back, showcasing the very best in contemporary art made in response to the beautiful and intriguing Isle of Portland.

This year’s festival is running Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th September and has an amazing range of activities and events to experience. Check out what’s on here.

Up for something different? Check out That Other Place, a mirror image of the Isle of Portland, a parallel universe – but not the same!!!

Tickets still available for some events. Book here.

https://b-side.org.uk