Platinum Jubilee

As part of the 2022 Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, ICA will be delivering a range of special projects and activities, including…

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.

PORTLAND PICKERS – CLEAN FOR THE QUEEN

Local residents and visitors, from families and young people to well behaved pet dogs,   are invited to join ‘The Portland Pickers’ (a group of volunteer litter pickers committed to keeping the Island litter free) on Saturday 21st May for an Island spring clean, in preparation for the upcoming Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

Kit will be provided, including picking sticks, black bags, gloves and high-vis jackets. However, anyone with their own kit is encouraged to bring it along. 

The meeting point for the clean is 10am at the Island Community Action (ICA) office, Easton. The clean itself will then begin in the area between Foundry Close and the back of New Street. After this, it’s on to The Grove playing fields and park.  This section includes footpaths through wildlife and nature rich trees, meadows and scrub land, all of which local young people have asked to be included.  

The group will then continue up Easton Lane to the King Barrow Quarry and across New Ground, stopping for a picnic lunch at the Olympic Rings and viewpoint at around 12 noon (participants can stop or join at this point).

Light refreshments and snacks will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring a picnic or make use of The View Café available at the Heights Hotel (who have kindly agreed to store any full bags of waste collected until they can be disposed of by Portland Pickers later in the day).

After lunch, the clean will continue through Tout Quarry and along Wide Street (following the footpath behind Portland Red Triangle Cricket Ground and the YMCA) before finishing in Easton Gardens around 2 to 2.30pm.

Island Community Action’s, Lead Volunteer for the Portland Pickers, Luke King, said, “We’re really excited to organise an Island clean in the lead up to the Jubilee celebrations.   For the ‘Clean for the Queen,’ we have decided to follow as many footpaths and areas ‘off road’ as possible to allow for families with children or young people to join in. We hope that the event will also be an opportunity to explore parts of the Island people may not have visited for a while, make friends, socialise and enjoy being outside participating in gentle exercise.”

CLIENT’S JUBILEE TEA

ICA’s older clients will celebrate the Platinum Jubilee with a special cream tea and games afternoon.

Image by gamagapix @ Pixabay

VOLUNTEERS’ BIG THANK YOU

To mark this year’s Platinum Jubilee and National Volunteers’ Week, Island Community Action (ICA) will be hosting a ‘Thank You’ party for local volunteers at The Blues Social Club on Friday 3rd June from 7.00pm. 

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

The event is part-funded by the Portland Court Leet, but local businesses or individuals are also invited to get involved by co-sponsoring the event or donating a prize for the free raffle (a choice of promotional opportunities are available for sponsors).  

Members of the public who have benefitted from the support or actions of a local volunteer can also share in the celebrations by sending a message of thanks to be included in a ‘Pride of Portland’ display. 

Kim Wilcocks added, “We hope the whole Island will join us in spreading messages of thanks, to the wonderful teams of people giving up their time, energy and skills to make Portland such a wonderful place to live.”

To find out more about the event, arrange for the delivery or collection of a donation or to book your place, please email: katypascoe@islandcommunityaction.org.uk or call: 01305 823789.

NB: To book a ticket, volunteers should contact ICA, letting us know their name, the name of their guest (if they want to bring one) and the organisation / person for whom they volunteer. If numbers exceed the venue’s maximum capacity, names will be selected randomly from a hat. Individuals will be contacted directly by ICA to confirm their space in the first week of May.