Platinum Jubilee Cream Tea

What a fantastic afternoon it was as we celebrated the Platinum Jubilee with a fantastic cream tea for our wonderful older clients.

Huge thanks to all those who volunteered at the event, baked cakes, made sandwiches and donated raffle prizes, including The Lobster Pot, Portland Bill, who donated all of the scones, and St. George’s Primary School whose wonderful students created special Jubilee placemats for all those who attended.

As always, you are all amazing.

Volunteer Jubilee Party

On Friday 3rd June ICA are holding a special thank you party for our Island’s amazing volunteers.

Part sponsored by Portland Court Leet and a local anonymous donor (massive thanks to both), the event will mark this year’s Platinum Jubilee and National Volunteers’ Week.

It’s open to anyone who volunteers on Portland, in any capacity, and will feature entertainment from ‘The Voice of Cool Swing’, Darron Garnett, a ‘Pride of Portland’ display, food and free entry to a prize raffle.

If you haven’t done so yet but would like to attend, just let us know stating whether you’re veggie/vegan.

William and Hazel Sheridan

Volunteer of the Month

May’s volunteers are Hazel and William Sheridan.

Hazel and William have been nominated by the whole team at b-side for their many years of volunteering for everything b-side!

Over the years Hazel and William have welcomed many artists into their home and our community. They bring so much warmth, joy and humour to everything they do.

A big thank you to both of you from your community, the b-side team and everyone here at Island Community Action!

William and Hazel Sheridan

Clean For The Queen

Huge thanks to the 20 people who turned up today to be Portland Pickers, as part of our ‘Clean for the Queen’ litter pick.

We walked over 10,000 steps and collected 16 large black sacks filled to the top with rubbish. At the halfway point, we even enjoyed a picnic at the Olympic Rings thanks to the glorious weather.

Everyone was fabulous company, we were especially delighted to meet our youngest volunteers, Isobel, Layla and Leah.

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

April’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.