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Monday, 25 July 2011

News Clipping: Dorset campaigner and author Rodney Legg dies

Rodney Legg wrote 125 books
mostly about Dorset and its history
including a few on folklore and local
paranormal phenomena.

Rodney Legg, a Dorset campaigner and author, has died of cancer aged 64. Bournemouth-born Mr Legg chaired the conservation group Open Spaces Society, and worked to open up closed-off parts of the county to the public. His campaigning included lobbying the National Trust to open Thomas Hardy's Dorchester home, Max Gate.

READ MORE - Source: BBC News

Walkers' champion dies, aged 64, after cancer battle

A tireless champion of walkers’ access rights has died after a battle against cancer. Rodney Legg, a former chair of the Open Spaces Society, died on Friday, aged 64. His former colleague Kate Ashbrook, general secretary of the society, described Mr Legg as a rebel campaigner with a national reputation.

READ MORE - Source: Grough 24th July 2011 

Campaigner and author dies after cancer fight

A rebel campaigner and author who was passionate about the Dorset countryside has died. Rodney Legg, 64, lost his battle with cancer, his friends said. Described as unpredictable and eccentric at times, Mr Legg was known to fight his corner with great gusto in his crusade to open up the countryside.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Tuesday 26th July 2011

Other sources: www.dorsetpublishing.com

Sunday, 24 July 2011

Events: Spooky Stories and Living Legends of Dorset!

For ten years the Artsreach has been running a workshop programme for young people living in rural Dorset, providing creative activities for them during the summer holidays.

On the Thursday 25th August 2011 at  Thornford Village Hall between 2.00pm and 4.30pm and on Friday 26th August 2011 at  Fontmell Magna Village Hall  between 2.00pm and 4.30pm.  Will host a workshop on Spooky Stories and Living Legends of Dorset.

This workshop will suit anyone with a strong imagination and love of good stories about the landscape. The group will be led by Tony Horitz, who has worked in drama, education and community projects for over 35 years, and his previous workshops for us have been very successful.

In this workshop Tony will encourage the group to think about hills, churches, castles and forests, and bring them to magical life through drama, music and singing. No scripts - because in drama everyone shares equally in the creation of the work as a team!
N.B. Suitable for ages 7-10. Booking is Essential

For more information www.artsreach.co.uk

Monday, 18 July 2011

News Clippings: Osmington White Horse undergoes turf cutting

Work has begun to restore the turf around the Osmington White Horse monument in Dorset. Volunteers have begun correcting the shape of the 260ft (79m) figure, which overlooks Weymouth Bay. Ordnance Survey and English Heritage experts have spent the past few months identifying the original outline. The shape was carved into the hills in the early 19th Century but has been gradually "degraded" over time, according to Ordnance Survey.

READ MORE - Source: BBC News

Saturday, 16 July 2011

Events: Old Crown Court and Cells of Dorchester open to the public

Old Crown Court and Cells, Dorchester
The Old Crown Court and Cells of Dorchester will be open for free to visitors this summer.  Experienced Blue Badge guides will be on hand in the historic courtroom and cells to provide tales of the fascinating history that lurks behind the walls and tell the famous story about the trial of the Tolpuddle Martyrs in 1834 which caused national uproar.
The 'harsh' Judge George Jeffreys dispensed many gruesome punishments in the famous courtroom that is located in the district council offices at Stratton House.

The Old Crown Court and Cells are run by West Dorset District Council and located at Stratton House, 58/60 High West Street in Dorchester and will be open Mondays and Thursdays, from July 25 to September 1 from 2pm to 4.30pm. 

The courtroom itself is open all-year round and is free to explore between 10am to noon and 2pm to 4pm Monday to Friday.

For more information visit Dorchester tourist information centre, call 01305 252241
or go to www.visit-dorset.com.

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

News Clipping: Dorset's A35 overrun with crabs after lorry spill

 Something reminiscent to the Shapwick Monster Story

"A Dorset road was awash with crabs after a lorry overturned on the A35. Two tonnes of spider crabs were tipped on to the carriageway when the lorry crashed yesterday morning at 6.12am on the Puddletown bypass on the turning by Troytown."

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Wednesday 13th July 2011

Friday, 8 July 2011

Events: Dorchester Roman Town House opens its doors this summer

The Roman Town House, Dorchester
Dorchester’s Roman Town House is opening its doors throughout August, giving people a rare opportunity to see inside.

The Roman Town House’s unique mosaic floors are protected by an outer building that allows visitors to view the historic remains through large windows.

The Roman Town House doors will be open on the following Wednesday afternoons from 2.00 to 4.00pm. This is an opportunity to view the mosaic floors more closely
  • 27 July 2011 Also The Festival of British Archaeology - meet the archaeologists, handle artefacts, make a badge and other activities
  • 3 August 2011
  • 10 August 2011
  • 17 August 201123 August 2011
  • 14 September 2011 Also Dorset Architectural Heritage Week
Admission is free but donations are welcome.

These open days offer a chance to visit inside the building’s protective structure and take a closer look at the mosaics and hypocaust (under-floor heating system) and find out a little more about the best-preserved Roman town house in the UK.

Entry to the Town House has been made possible by the help of a volunteer team who will be on site to answer visitor questions. Please note that because of the fragility of the floors appropriate footwear should be worn by all visitors – no heels, please.

The Town House is tucked away behind County Hall in the centre of Dorchester. Use town centre car parks and walk to the site. The best approach is to follow the route of the Roman Walls, along West Walks and enter the site to rear of County Hall.

For more information about the Dorchester  Roman Town House visit www.romantownhouse.org

News Clipping: Dorset pliosaur: ‘Most fearsome predator’ unveiled

A skull belonging to one of the largest "sea monsters" ever unearthed is being unveiled to the public. The beast, which is called a pliosaur, has been described as the most fearsome predator the Earth has seen. The fossil was found in Dorset, but it has taken 18 months to remove the skull from its rocky casing, revealing the monster in remarkable detail. Scientists suspect the creature, which is on show at the Dorset County Museum, may be a new species or even genus.

READ MORE - Source: BBC News 8th July 2011

Thursday, 7 July 2011

News Clippings: Fang-tastic! Viking remains reveal warriors filed their teeth to appear more ferocious to enemies.

An axe-swinging 'rape and pillage' fighter found in a Viking burial pit had filed his teeth to look more ferocious in battle. The pain without anaesthetic would have been excruciating - but it would have proved his status as a great warrior, archaeologists said. The warrior, found in Weymouth, Dorset, had grooves filed into his two front teeth.

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Monday, 4 July 2011

Events: Smugglers, Pirates and Heritage - 9th - 10th July 201

From 9th to 10th July 2011, discover the true tales of smugglers and pirates from long ago at the historic Old Town Hall, Weymouth. Come and find out who they were, what they did and their part in the history of the Old Town Hall and Weymouth. Find out about the smugglers around the coast of Weymouth through Georgian and Victorian times, all at the Old Town Hall in the heart of old Weymouth.

This is also an opportunity to see how the renovations are progressing. Admission is free to the Hall, but donations are gratefully received towards the renovation of this Grade II Listed Building.

You may also like to take in a Victorian Magic Lantern Show from 5pm both days at the Old Town Hall (charge applies) or go on a smugglers tour (bookable through the T.I.C.).

Booking Information: Not required for displays, but Victorian Magic Lantern Shows can be booked at the Hall.

Cost: Admission is free to the Hall, but donations welcome.
  • Smuggling Tours* -  (Adults £5. Children £2 – bookable through T.I.C. or purchased from Weymouth Old Town Hall on the day).
- Starting at Old Town Hall: 11am & 2pm (finishes at Stone Pier, Nothe).
- Starting at Stone Pier, Nothe:  12 noon & 3pm (finishes at Old Town Hall).
(*Pike and Shot Tours Ltd)
More information - www.paste.org.uk/services/tours
 Source: www.weymoutholdtownhall.co.uk

Events: The Story of the Lerret - Mon 4th - Sat 9th July 2011

This picture depicts the two Portland Lerret
boats launched to rescue survivors of the collision
between the Avalanche and the Forest of Windsor
off Portland in September 1877.
From Monday 4th - Saturday  9th July 2011 between 11.00 am to 4.00 pm. The gardens of Portland Museum will host an evocative exhibition, ‘The Story of the Lerret’, which will tell the story of Portland and Chesil Bank’s traditional fishing boat that can trace it’s documented ancestry back to 1618. At the heart of the exhibition will be two Lerrets, ‘Vera’ of 1923 and her daughterboat ‘Littlesea’, built by Gail McGarva in 2010.  The exhibition will be a visual display of extracts taken from the oral history collection accompanied by photographs of the lerret fisherfolk who have shared their memories. Alongside the visual display there will be a storytelling tent, evoking the world of the Lerret. On entering you will hear the recorded voices of the fisherfolk and you will be surrounded by the nets, floats, pots and stones of the Lerret fishing days. If you have a memory of Lerret fishing that you would like to share, there will be audio equipment available to preserve your memory on the day and add it to the oral history collection.

Other events at the Portland Museum this week:
  • Archaeological Road Show - On Wednesday 6th July the Portable Antiquities Officer and a Maritime Archaeologist will be in the museum between 10am and 3pm, so everyone is welcome to bring along those archaeological and maritime finds for free expert advice.
  • 'Storms, Shipwrecks and Floods' a talk by local historian Stuart Morris on Friday 8th July at 7.30pm - price £3.00. 
Source: www.portlandmuseum.co.uk
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