Sunday, 31 January 2010

Weymouth Civil War Event 6th & 7th February

The Battle of Weymouth took place during the English Civil War in 1645 and on Saturday 6th February 2010, between 12 noon and 4pm at the Old Town Hall in the heart of old Weymouth (behind the council offices on North Quay and opposite the Boot Inn) there will be Living History inside the hall so you can get a flavour of what life was like in those times. There will be musket firing, pike drills for the children and 'show and tell' history of Civil War times. Refreshments will be available. Local author, Mark Vine, will be signing copies of his book, The Crabchurch Conspiracy, the true story of the Battle of Weymouth 1645.

On the Saturday evening (6th) from 9pm, local Celtic rock band, The Dolmen, will be performing LIVE the album The Crabchurch Conspiracy, with lyrics written by Mark Vine, author of the book of the same name. Tickets are just £5 each with funds raised being donated to the Old Town Hall renovation fund.

On Sunday 7th February, a commemoration march will take place with soldiers in full 17th Century dress, starting at Sandsfoot Castle at approx 10.50am, leaving at 11.00am on a route via Old Castle Road, Belle Vue Road and to the footpath at Bincleaves that leads to Newtons Cove. From there, up behind Brewers Quay to Franchise Street at Chapelhay, down the lane beside the Chapelhay Tavern and into Chapelhay Street to arrive at the Old Town Hall at approx. 12 noon. After a commemoration at the hall, the soldiers will leave at approx. 12.30pm and march along the old High Street (behind the council offices), then into Trinity Road and along to the Old Rooms Inn by the Old Town Pump. Here will be another commemoration and then the soldiers will march into Hope Square, finishing by Brewers Quay at approx. 1.15pm.

The whole weekend is an ideal opportunity for all ages to learn about Weymouth's local and Civil War history and is sponsored by:

Pike And Shot Tour & Event (PASTE)

Guardians of the Old Town Hall

Chapelhay Community Partnership

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Old Town Hall Christmas Arts & Gifts Fayre

Christmas Arts & Gifts Fayre at The Old Town Hall, in the heart of old Weymouth, opposite the Boot Inn.

Thursday 10th till Sunday 13th December 2009

Opening Times
Thursday 10th :12 noon till 9.00pm (Evening : Victorian Shownight in partnership with Brewers Quay including performance by Bagatelle )
Friday 11th : 12 noon till 6.30pm (8.30pm: ‘Triops’ - see below)
Saturday 12th :10.30 am till 4.30pm
Sunday 13th : 10.30 am till 4.30pm

Refreshments available

‘Triops’ with Thomas Hughes, Lucy Watkins & Rick Veal. Live music performance combined with moving image. Friday 11th December at 8.30 pm. Admission £7 and tickets can be reserved by emailing Only 70 seats and they are going like hot cakes! ‘some of the strangest films you will ever witness, projected right in front of your very eyes’ .

For more Xmas Fayre details contact: Martin Hedley on 07515881200
or email

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Southill Fireworks 2009

Southill Fireworks 2009 (in association with Anytime Fireworks) and organised by Jon Gabb, is on Saturday 14th November starting at 7.00pm, near the shops in Radipole Lane, Southill.

Please note the car park will be closed from 6.30pm until approx. 8.30pm

There will be a display by Dorset Fire Service, Tombola, Raffle, BBQ at the John Gregory, various stalls from Southill School, Kidz R Us, Southill Youth Club, Weymouth North Scout Group. Funds are being raised for Weldmar Hospicecare Trust.

Main sponsors this year are: Absolute Cooling Ltd; JD Yachts; the John Gregory; Advoco; Dunnings Automatics Ltd; Bridwey Precision Engineering Ltd; Albion Shipping Services; Fortis Insurance Ltd; Damers Blinds & Awnings; AKI Ltd (Builders); Tidings Newsagents; Southill Snooker Club; Independent Financial Solutions; Bartlett's Garage; Angel Pharmacy, Southill; LG Interiors; S. L. Williams Plumbing Services; BEC Furnishings.

For more information please see the website:

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Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Halloween at the Old Town Hall

HALLOWEEN CHALLENGE at the OLD TOWN HALL, WEYMOUTH. SATURDAY 31st OCTOBER 2009, 6.30 till 9pm. Ideal fun event for all the family. Come inside and see The Haunted Hall! Kids Spooky Quest, Ghostly Apparitions, Hangman's Noose, and many more.... Refreshments and hot dogs available. £1 entry.

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Sunday, 6 September 2009

Old Town Hall, Weymouth - Celebration 13th September



Sunday 13th September 2009 - 11am to 6pm

Some of things visitors can enjoy are:

Display of local history of the area and signed copies of the book "Weymouth Through Time" from which a donation is made to the Old Town Hall for each copy sold.
Re-enactment by Pike and Shot Tour and Event Company (PASTE)
Art displays
Photographic displays
Information about the Chapelhay Community Partnership and of course information about the Old Town Hall project to renovate and restore the building for it to be used as a Heritage Centre on one floor and an Arts Centre on the other.

There will be a lot more besides, so do come along and see what it's all about.

Location: Old Town Hall, High Street, Weymouth - opposite the Boot Inn down the end of High West Street and diagonally behind the council offices on North Quay. Nearest car park is the council offices car park which is open to anyone at weekends, pay and display.

This event is hosted by Guardians of the Old Town Hall (GOTH)


Thursday, 30 July 2009

Old Town Hall needs Local Businesses

Builders, plumbers, electricians, suppliers of materials or anything else - if you think your business could help Weymouth's Old Town Hall project in any way, please see the website for details of how to contact: Old Town Hall, Weymouth In return for your help, your business can be promoted alongside this most prestigious project.

The Old Town Hall, a Grade II Listed Building, is perhaps Weymouth's most historic building, standing in the heart of Old Weymouth in the old High Street (opposite the Boot Inn, near the Council Offices). Weymouth and Portland Borough Council have granted a lease for it to be used for a Heritage Centre on one floor and an Arts Centre on the other. However, it needs some TLC and restoration and this is where your help is needed.

Saturday, 6 June 2009

Southill Preservation Society Launch 13th June

The launch of the Society is to take place at the Community Centre, Radipole Lane, Southill, Weymouth, on Saturday 13th June 2009 at 3pm.

There is to be a display of local history, a display of artwork, refreshments, raffle including prizes of a meal for two at the John Gregory, bottles of wine and more, an information desk etc. A supervised play area for the children is being provided by Kids R Uz pre-school. Local author Debby Rose will be signing copies of her book Weymouth Through Time with a donation being made to the Society for every copy sold. Copies of the book are also available through this website.

At the event, you have the opportunity to express your views on such things as the poor bus service to Southill and Radipole village, losing the community land, litter, traffic in Radipole Lane and many other things that affect residents. Your views are also sought regarding what you would like to see done to improve Southill and what community events you would like to have.

Please see the website for further updates: Southill Preservation Society


Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Southill Preservation Society

A new website has been set up for the Southill Preservation Society. The Society is intended for residents of Southill and the old village area of Radipole and aims to preserve the area and its amenities for the benefit of all, to improve them wherever possible and to generate an appreciation for our local environment. The Society aims to hold local events for all age groups to raise funds. All age groups are welcome to join and get involved.

There will be a launch event taking place at the Southill Community Centre in June 2009, where there will be a display of local history, refreshments, childcare facilities provided by Kidz R Us and a short meeting for those interested in joining or helping the Society. More details will follow soon....

In the meantime, please visit the website: Southill Preservation Society and if you are on Facebook, you may join the Southill Preservation Society group there.

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Monday, 9 February 2009

Battle of Weymouth & the Crabchurch Conspiracy of 1645 Commemoration Event

On Saturday 7th February 2009 a spectacular re-enactment took place in commemoration of the Battle of Weymouth and the Crabchurch Conspiracy of 1645. It was a fantastic day out and one that brought Weymouth's history to life for everyone to appreciate and enjoy. Locations such as Sandsfoot Castle, the Old Town Hall, the Boot, the old High Street (now mostly the council's car park), the Old Harbour and the Nothe all featured in the march through old Weymouth as they had in the battle of 1645.

The event is in today's Echo: A Very Civil War

and some photographs of the event are on Facebook: Civil War & Commemoration of Battle of Weymouth 1645 photos

The true story of the Crabchurch Conspiracy is told in a book by local author Mark Vine and is available through this website if you'd like to find out more about it.

Well done to all those involved in the organisation of the event, it was a truly wonderful thing to see and clearly a lot of effort had been put into making it so.

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Sunday, 1 February 2009

Share Weymouth Life articles on Facebook

You can now share articles from Weymouth Life on your Facebook profile. All you need to do is click on the title of the blog article you wish to share in the menu on the left and once on the page for it, click the 'Share on Facebook' link at the bottom of the menu on the left hand side of the page.

Also on Facebook, you can join the Weymouth History Group which is open to all.

If you really want to, you can become a fan of on Facebook too!

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