Thursday, 31 July 2014

Thursday in Weymouth

What's On 

Thursday 31st July  2014

Some sad news

 The A354 will be closed this evening  between Chafeys Roundabout and Swannery Bridge between 6.45pm and 7pm to allow the friends and familly of Janice Short and Max Fryman to pay their tributes and respects.




Spirit of Portand Events


11am Art Exhibition Drill Hall
2pm Film Show with Tea/Cakes £4 Jailhouse Cafe
2.30pm Peculiar Plankton £2 Chesil Beach Centre
7pm Taste of Dorset Dinner Harbour Lights
7.30pm Living Archive Quarrymen Drill Hall

What's on in  Weymouth 

9am Wessex Golf Centre Opens More Information

9.30am Sharky's Open More Information
9.30am Moonfleet Indoor Bowls Centre opens More Infomation
10am Weymouth Pavilion Open Day More Information
10am Brewers Quay open More Information
10am Fancy's Farm Portland More Information
10am Portland Castle Open More Information
10am Weymouth Bowling Alley Opens More Information
10am Weymouth Cineworld Opens Cineworld Weymouth Listings
10am Sealife Centre Opens Online 32% Discounted Tickets
10.15 The Front Weymouth Skate Park Open More Information
10.30am Nothe Fort Opens More Information
10.30am Weymouth Timewalk and Heritage Centre More Information
10.30am Portland Museum Open More Information
11.00am Weymouth Tower Open Online Discounted Tickets
11am Portland Bill Visitor Centre Open
12pm Gala Bingo Opens More information
6pm Weymouth Bike Night Custom House Quay Harbourside
6.30pm Lifeboat Week BBQ at Sailing Club More Information
7.30pm Poker Night Admiral Hardy
8.30pm The Boot Cash Chest Roll Over Cash Prize The Boot Inn
8.30pm Quiz Night Moby Dicks
8.30pm Quiz Night Royal Oak Quayside
8.30pm Scuba Night Weymouth Angling Society More Information

Moscow State Circus  7.30pm Lodmoor Country Park  Tickets Available 
Please note it is Free Parking After 6pm

Music around the Pubs

Open Mic Night Every Thursday  Admiral Hardy

 Singalong with Steve The Duke of Cornwall
Martin Freed House of Sounds
David Powell Acoustic Lazy Lizard
Ukulele Night Sailors Return
The Leggomen The New Vic 
Karaoke John Gregory
Karaoke Moby Dicks
Open Decs Night Lounge Bar
Girls on Top The Closet
Trannioke Golden Lion

Food ideas and deals around the Pubs

Curry Buffet £7.49 Adult from 5pm The Lodmoor
Hot Rock Steak Night £6.95  6pm to 8pm Moby Dicks
The Ship Sharing Menu 3 Courses 2 Dine for £20 More Information
Lunch Club 2 Courses £6.10 Mon to Fri Famous Old Spa
Great British Carvery £4.95 All Day Spy Glass Inn
Curry and a Drink £6.50 and even Karaoke The Rock
Curry Club All Day Wetherspoons The Swan William Henry
5pm Grill Night Admiral Hardy
Curry and a Drink £7.95 The Spice Ship


Free Parking in Weymouth today is from 6.30pm until 9.30am on Friday Morning.


Everything on this page has been checked but is still subject to change


Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Bailey McConnell Confirmed for Clicfest in Aura Weymouth 2nd August

The organisers of Clicfest the Charity event that will be held on Saturday 2nd August here in Weymouth have just made a big announcement  this evening.

Tom Ryan who is organising the event has tweeted this evening that young singer songwriter Bailey McConnell who had a brilliant run in 2014 Britain's Got Talent will be appearing at 9pm on the evening of the charity gig.



Line Up
12pm Boytits
1pm Dr Bad Tooth
2pm The Chase
3pm Lauren Bannon
4pm Blue Rock
5pm Dave Powell
6pm Subversion
7pm Jake Sims
8pm Owen Penrice
9pm Bailey McConnell 
10pm Nathan Snell
11pm The Surfin Birds
12am Chloe and Tom

The news on Twitter quickly spread around the fans of young singer Bailey and if they all turn up, then it's going to be one busy bar on Saturday night! This is obviously great news for the Charity event. The fantastic line up starts as you can see at Midday and goes right through until the early hours of Sunday. Aura bar is right on the Seafront here in Weymouth and it is going to be a great day's entertainment for just £3 for this very important charity.





Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Moscow State Circus Lodmoor Country Park Weymouth 31st July - 5th August 2014

Moscow State Circus Lodmoor Country Park Weymouth 31st July - 5th August 2014
The Circus is coming to Town and this production "Park Gorkogo" is being billed as the Moscow State Circus greatest ever show to come to UK. Held in the Lodmoor Country Park, where you can park for free after 6pm. 

The show has old favourites and new acts that have never been seen before Included are Award winning Flying Trapeze of Alievs White Birds,


The unbelievable roller-skating of the Veslovskis. 
Three bathing beauties swept up on the revolving Ariel Ring and the unique Yakovlev Vertical Pole Jugglers.

From the most demanding feats of strength from the hand balancing of Vladislav Khostik to the Kozak whip crackers & the revolving Russian Swing, catapulting its 10 strong troupe high into the apex of the chapitou at breakneck speed. 


Show Times are as follows Note there are varying times depending on the day.

Thursday 31st July  7.30pm  Tickets Available 

Friday 1st August  3pm  Tickets Available
Friday 1st August 7.30pm  Tickets Available

Saturday 2nd August  3pm Tickets Available
Saturday 2nd August  6pm Tickets Available

Sunday 3rd August  2pm Tickets Available
Sunday 3rd August 5pm Tickets Available

Monday 4th August 3pm Tickets Available
Monday 4th August 7.30pm Tickets Available

Tuesday 5th August  2pm Tickets Available
Tuesday 5th August 5pm Tickets Available


Monday, 28 July 2014

Weymouth Lifeboat Week Events Timetable 27th July 2014 - 2nd August 2014

Weymouth Lifeboat Week Events Timetable 27th July 2014 - 2nd August 2014
Well that year flew by I can't believe it's Weymouth Lifeboat Week again already, and so here is the timetable of events which are always very popular. If you are on Holiday at the time, please join in.

Sunday 27th July 2014  7.30pm
The week commences with the Annual Services. This is a blessing of the boats, crews and all supporters of the RNLI, with the Salvation Army band in support.

Monday 28th July 6.15pm
BBQ, Entertainment & SAR demo including Lifeboats, Coastguard Rescue Team and Helicopter at Nothe Gardens.

Wednesday 30th July 6.30pm
SAR demo including Lifeboats, Coastguard Rescue Team and Helicopter at Bowleaze Cove.

Thursday 31st July 6.30pm
BBQ and bar at Weymouth Sailing Club, Nothe Parade, just along from the Lifeboat Station.

Saturday 2nd August 10.30am - 4pm
Lifeboats and Station open to the public  Come and look around both the Severn and Atlantic class Lifeboats and meet the crews. There will be  videos of 'Shouts'and Liferaft on display. A displays of model Lifeboats in action courtesy of the Model Club will also be afloat.Light refreshments also available. Last year over 950 people visited.

If you can try and walk up to Nothe Gardens from Town (On Monday) as parking is quite limited and the roads are narrow. Bowleaze is also walkable (on Wednesday) there is more parking, but it will still be extremely busy.


Second Shipping Union RMT protest at Condor Ferry in Portsmouth today

The RMT have this morning organised the 2nd protest at Portsmouth Port over the alleged low wages from Condor Ferries of just £2.35 an hour to Ukrainian Seafarers.

Obviously such a low payment would cause a major problem to British workers trying to seek employment.

In Weymouth, Condor are currently trying to seek a 10 Million pound investment by Weymouth and Portland Council for a major refit to Weymouth Harbour so that it would be able to accommodate their new ferry. It is much larger than the one currently in use. WPBC are currently reviewing various options and have indicated they will not be paying 10 Million pound from their own funds. That problem rumble's on, but I don't expect they will get much sympathy if this pay allegation is true.

RAF Careers Beach Volleyball Classic Weymouth Beach 1st - 3rd August 2014

Welcome back to the RAF Careers team who have been excellent sponsors of the Beach Volleyball in Weymouth over the years. It is an exceptionally well organised event, a credit to the RAF and all those that help to run it. (Being Ex RAF I have to say that Wink Wink) Seriously though it is a brilliant event and does attract the top beach volleyball players.

This year is slightly different in the fact that the 1st August will be dedicated to Dorset and Hampshire Championship and is open to players from both counties, age over 16 and not taking part in the main event on the Saturday or Sunday. So it is being seen as local development for up and coming players and the organisers are keen to see as many as possible taking part. It begins on Friday at 2pm

The main event is of course over the Weekend and it is spilt into two Division One and Two, the system is all pretty easy to follow but a bit long winded for this little blog so if you want to know more about registration  you should go to The RAF Careers Volleyball Website  Closing Date 25th July 2014

This is good event for Weymouth, lots of players staying for the weekend, more good publicity, and its FREE to watch, and as I said before the standard is very high indeed. Over the weekend it starts quite early and goes on quite late, so hard to miss. I think the final times (on the Sunday) slipped a bit last year, hardly surprising, so I won't give the final times. If you are interested in watching a final I am sure you will be able to get that information from the organisers on the beach. There is commentary on all the  show court matches which is very helpful for the public.

Matchstick Fleet back on Display Nothe Fort 30th July to 26th August 2014

Matchstick Model Fleet is back at Nothe Fort No Extra Charge 1st - 15th June 2014
The Amazing Phil Warren age 83 this year,  has really spent most of his life building and displaying this amazing display of matchstick model ships. He has brought them back at Nothe Fort from 30th July to 26th August 2014

You can see the display for free really as there is no extra charge on the normal admission fee which is

Adult £7  Senior Citizen £6  Child 5 to 15 £1  and Under 5's go FREE.

Matchstick Model Fleet is back at Nothe Fort No Extra Charge 1st - 15th June 2014It is a excellent Fort to see anyway and a great walk from town. (Don't take your car if you are staying in Weymouth, it's much more fun to walk) Go around the harbour, past the Old Rooms pub, past the Weymouth Lifeboat Centre and then up the steps to Nothe Gardens.

Here are fantastic views of Weymouth from one side and Portland from the other. At the top of the Gardens is Nothe Fort, which you can't possibly miss! Go through the tunnel and drawbridge. It is open everyday from 10.30am. Last Entry is one hour before closing at 5.30pm, so 4.30pm last entry.

I have only put a tiny picture of the display here because it is MASSIVE and you will be surprised and amazed when you see it. It is well worth a trip and great for the Children to run around the Gardens. You can climb up the turrets at the Fort and take some great photos of Weymouth and Portland from here.

Last thing to note is that the Fort is run by Volunteers so give them a smile and say hello, they are there to show off Weymouth's Nothe Fort and it makes their day to see smiling faces I can assure you.


Commander of HMS Portland Sarah West Sent Home from Deployment

Commander of HMS Portland Sarah West Sent Home from Deployment
18th May 2013 in Weymouth
The Daily Mail are this morning reporting that the Commander of HMS Portland Sarah West has been sent home while an investigation takes place over an alleged affair on board the ship.


Commander West can be seen here in Weymouth taking the salute during the Freedom of Weymouth & Portland Parade in May 2013. She was the first female Royal Navy Commander and took command of HMS Portland in May 2012.

Link to Daily Mail Story 26th July 2014

From my experience in the military with these kinds of sensitive matters, the single person (if a married person is involved) is usually the person who is removed from the situation. You might ask, it is strange that the Commander is removed and not the other officer? It is not known if the officer involved is married or single, read into that what you will. I would be very surprised indeed if the other officer is single. In fact amazed. But I do stress that information has not been released.

Edit. Well no surprise to see that the other half of the relationship was in fact the No 3 in charge of the ship and a married man. This is really messy, and if proven I can't see a way back for Commander West she will probably have to resign her commission, what a shame for a glittering career in total ruins Here is the follow up from the Daily Mail 

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Spirit of Portland Festival Timetable of Events 26th July - 3rd August 2014

The 2nd Spirit of Portland Festival is set to go ahead after a brilliant start in 2013. This year it looks to be on a similar format with different aspects of Portland being celebrated and displayed on each day.

The nine day event will take place between 26th July 2014 and 3rd August 2014 and will be literally all over the Island. It is great idea and takes a lot of organising to bring it all together. Below is the latest timetable which has now been released. Some events do require booking and if there is a telephone number that usually indicates you must book.

26th July 2014

11am Celebration of the Sea Chesil Cove Free Event
11am Marine Giants Exhibition Chesil Beach Centre
12pm Jam on the Rock Skatefest Chiswell Skate Park
2pm Cream Tea Southwell St Andrews
2pm Portland Family History St Georges Centre Free Event
6pm Art Exhibition Opening Drill Hall 
7pm Dinner Jailhouse Cafe Tickets Only


27th July 2014

10am Family Fun Kite Flying (Free Childrens Kites) Portland Bill
10am Big Wild Activity Day and BBQ Chesil Beach Centre
3pm Afternoon Cream Tea Whitestones Easton Booking 01305 860003
11am Art Exhibition Drill Hall
7.30pm Living Archive Quarrymen Drill Hall

28th July 2014

10am Amazing Cooking Kidz Club St Johns Hall 01305 824381 to book
11am Guide to everything Chesil £3 Chesil Beach Centre £2 Kids
11am Art Exhibition Drill Hall
12pm 1950's Party C2000
3pm Small Island Big Story Hotel Aqua Castletown 01305 860269

29th July 2014

10am Amazing Cooking Kidz Club St Johns Hall 01305 824381 to book
11am Art Exhibition Drill Hall
2pm Seashore Detectives £2 Chesil Beach Centre
5pm Chesil Sailability for Disabled Sailors WPNSA

30th July 2014

10am Demonstration Mosaics at Whitestones 
11am Dino Day Portland Museum £3 Child Adults Free!
11am Art Exhibition Drill Hall
2.30pm Court Lee Display Heights Hotel Free
6pm Cycleccino Event Reforne 
6.30pm for 8pm Start Open Air Cinema Grease Penn Castle
£12 Adults £6 Children

31st July 2014

11am Art Exhibition Drill Hall
2pm Film Show with Tea/Cakes £4 Jailhouse Cafe
2.30pm Peculiar Plankton £2 Chesil Beach Centre
7pm Taste of Dorset Dinner Harbour Lights
7.30pm Living Archive Quarrymen Drill Hall

1st August 2014

9am Isle of Portland Country Market C2000
11am Teddy Bears Picnic Victoria Gardens 
12pm The Sculpture Hut Portland Bill
2pm Muntsy Con ClubTea and Quiz Jubilee Hall Easton
10am Lego Workshop £10 Each Portland Bill 
7.30pm  Dance St Johns Hall Tickets £5 including Ploughmans 01305 824381

2nd August 2014

10.30am Breakfasting with Moths £5 Adult £3 Child with Breakfast Chesil Beach Centre
11am Royal Portland Arms Cricket Club Ale Fest Drill Hall
11am Memo Sculptures Bowers Quarry Good Footwear Essential
2pm Street Party Wakeham All Welcome Bring Food and Chair!
Afternoon and Evening World War1 Fancy Dress Event Eight Kings Southwell

3rd August 2014

10am Stone Carving Sculpture Tour Tout Quarry Workshop
10.30am Free Entry to Portland Museum Day
11am Chesil Beach Clean Chesil Beach Centre
12pm Royal Portland Arms Cricket Club Ale Fest Drill Hall
12pm Spirit Finale Porsche Owners Rally Fireworks Music BBQ Portland Marina/Harbour Lights
1.30pm Country Dancing Islanders Club Verne Common

Nothe Fort Home Front WWII Weekend 26th 27th July 2014

Nothe Fort Home Front WWII Weekend 26th 27th July 2014
The Nothe Fort will be holding one of its special weekends at the end of July. On the 26th and 27th they have another brilliant history lesson staging a Home Front Weekend.

The Northamptonshire Home Guard will be mounting a display of how it used to be done. Rifle drill and marching practice. They will have lots of war time communications, bomb disposals, rations, and all the things that you associate with the problems that the Home Front had to encounter during World War II

They have a Morse Code system set up, I wonder if they have anyone that can send on it?  Just to let them know I can!  If you want someone to send then just email me.  Anyway they have lots of interesting stands, even a hairdresser, also military vehicles. Also music by the Ukalaleans and the Switch Quartet, and stars from Weymouth at War The Decadettes.

Its tremendous value at £5 and £3 for Children (Under 5's go Free) Its entertaining and also very educational. Great fun. The Fort will be open from 10.30am until 4.30pm both days.