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Welcome to PORTESHAM, a beautiful West Dorset village, superbly located for access to the World Heritage Jurassic Coast, South West Coastal Path and South Dorset Ridgeway, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and only a short drive from Weymouth, Dorchester or Bridport.
What's On in Portesham?
• CHESIL SCOUTS presents their Xmas panto "CINDERELLA" Free admissionPVH 18.30 8th
• Portesham Picture Palace presents "Brief Encounter" & "Top Gun:Maverick" PVH 17.30 17th
For further details call or email Keith Brignell: 07818032416/Keith.email@example.com
• Portesham Picture Palace presents "The Great Escaper" PVH 18.00 28th
• Portesham Picture Palace presents *A Haunting in Venice" PVH 18.00 25th
DEAR PORTESHAM VILLAGERS:
Did you know that all through our dank, wet winters there are places in the village where you can meet up, have a chat and a cuppa – and they are free! (although donations are always welcome).
IN THE VILLAGE HALL:
TUESDAYS 10 - 12 MARGARET’S FRIENDSHIP CAFE
FRIDAYS 10 - 12 WARM WELCOME CAFE
IN THE METHODIST HALL:
WEDNESDAYS 2 – 4 WARM WELCOME CAFE
Margaret & Tricia will also be hosting Warm Welcome Soup & bread lunches in the village hall @ £6.00 per meal between midday and 14.00 on the following Saturdays: 27th January,17th February & 23rd March.
Did you also know that on the first Monday of every month there is a VILLAGE LUNCH in the Village Hall – 12 for 12.30 sherry or fruit juice, 3 choices of main course, 3 of desserts, tea, or coffee - all for the princely sum of £5.00 Please call Anita Buckland on 01305 871750 if you would like to come – or if you would like to cook! n.b. Christmas Lunch on 4th December costing £6.00
Would you like to meet new friends and get some exercise at the same time?!
Why not join us for a walk of about 30 minutes and then have refreshments at the Village Friendship Café held in the Hall
Free and friendly – tea, coffee, biscuits, donations very welcome
No need to book, just turn up!
Low impact, suitable for all abilities
Not to worry if you have not walked before
Fortnightly from January 3rd 2023 at 10am (dates may vary)
Meeting at Portesham Village Hall
Please wear suitable clothing and footwear
It is now looking more than likely that Portesham was actually chartered in1024, when King Cnut gave our village to his manservant Orc.
In MMXXIV we will be celebrating our Millennium Anniversary along with our sister village, Abbotsbury, as MAP24 (Millennium Abbotsbury & Portesham 2024)!
Despite research it is proving difficult to define the actual date hence the confusion and doubt arising between 1023 & 1024.
Julius Caesar introduced his calendar in 45BC and made the 1st January the start date. However the church were none too happy with the wild parties that took place at the start of the year and in 567AD declared that having the year beginning the 1st January was an ancient mistake that should be abolished.
Through the Middle Ages, seven different periods were used, their start dates ranging from the 1st March to the 25th December with countries using different systems for
religious or civil needs.
In England, from the 7th to the 12th century AD, the civil year started on 25th December, from the 12th century to 1751 it started on the 25th March and from 1751 started as we are now. Let's not even think about Leap Years!
The Dorset History Centre (Dorset Council) has the original Charter, the main body
being in Latin, and is dated 1024 but in Roman numerals, MXXIIII (in the old, old style :-)). The boundaries of Portesham are written in Anglo Saxon and the list of the names at the bottom are probably Runic.
With grateful thanks to the Ilchester Estate for allowing its reproduction, to villager Jo Hearton of Dorset Council's History Centre (using their catalogue reference D/FSI Anglo Saxon Charter 2 Recto), to Archivist Dr Mark Forrest and to County Archivist Sam Johnston for their invaluable knowledge, advice and research.
A new site has been created here on MAP24 in preparation.
Contact us with your ideas. They'll be added to our next MAP24 meeting in The Kings Arms!
The PORTESHAM REFUGEE SUPPORT GROUP (PRSG) are now supporting two hosts in the village both of whom have welcomed a Ukrainian family into their homes, Julia and her daughter Sophia along with Natalia and her daughter Nastya.
Presently the PRSG has enough in its bank account and our monthly
outgoings are low so you may want to suspend any standing orders
from the end of March. However, should you wish to maintain your
payments we will, of course, be delighted.
Unfortunately this dreadful war shows no sign of abating and may go on for years, in those circumstances more families are likely to come to the UK and, should that happen, we hope our wonderful community will provide further support in whatever way they can.
THE PORTESHAM VOLUNTEER GROUP - Are always delighted to welcome new volunteers to our group, be it for general tidying and gardening, assisting with our annual café and community projects or even learning the art and helping with areas of dry-stone walling. Recent volunteer work can be seen HERE
With grateful thanks for the sponsorship from the VIP
For further details please contact any of those on our committee:
Stuart Bainbridge (Chair) 871664
Tricia Barker 871567
Susan Blackwell 871239
Keith Brignell (Treasurer) 871925
Murray Fraser 871065
Julie Mason 871117
Mary Robins (Secretary) 871408
To celebrate Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee and placed on the Silver Jubilee plinth, the Volunteer Group commissioned Stephen Holehan to build this Sundial, a functioning scientific instrument, mathematically correct to its exact location.
Using the engraved Equation of time graph it is possible to calculate the precise "Clock" time.
With thanks to Ken for instigating the idea and to Keith for his invaluable assistance.
Here's an interesting shot from Portesham House's collection and quite a rare view
of the village for that period. Is there anyone out there who'd like to put a date to it?
It looks possibly pre-railway i.e. 19th century.
WHAT'S HAPPENING IN PORTESHAM VILLAGE HALL?
Monday Cubs 18.15 - 20.00.
Tuesday Margaret's Friendship Cafe 10.00 - 12.00
2nd Tuesday of the month Portesham WI 19.15 - 21.45
Tuesday Scouts 18.45 - 20.30
Wednesday Badminton Club 17.30 - 19.30
Thursday Short Mat Bowls Club 14.00 - 16.00 & 19.30 - 21.00
2nd Thursday of the month Chesil Bank Writing Shed with Linda. 19.00 - 21.00
Friday Warm Welcome Café. 10.00 - 12.00
Friday Beavers 17.00 - 18.30
Saturday look out for our village cafés & Warm Welcome soup & bread lunches
Last Sunday of the month September to May - Portesham Picture Palace
Hedgehogs in your garden?
A good way to tell if you have visitors is to keep an eye out for their poo...their droppings are generally black or dark brown, sausage shaped, 1.5 to 5cm long and, from experience, quite sticky!
There is a village group, part of the Dorset Mammal group, instigated by Sarah Wooley & Graham Whitby and further details may be found here.
The clip to the top left has been supplied by Angela & Malcolm Passells portraying their rather greedy little hog! The daytime clip on the right is from Janice Grove.
Given the amount of sightings recently, it appears we have a very healthy hog population in Portesham!
We have a few new postcards to view on the "Early Portesham Postcards" page here.
The Kings Arms Hotel -
Up at the quarry
Where are we here?
Portesham Railway Station
Some of Portesham House amongst others recently brought to light
The millstream ford before the New Road bridge was built in the 40's
The Kings Arms
Here is a historic plan of Portesham and its residents circa 1945. You will also find a separate list of the villagers who served in the British Armed Forces during World War Two (regular service was restricted to those aged between 18 and 41) and below are those villagers who volunteered to serve in the Home Guard (our last line of defence against invasion) being ineligible to join the regular armed forces as they were either in the wrong age group or in a reserved occupation.
Many of their descendants are still residents here today.
There is also a record of those who gave their lives in the cause of freedom in both world wars.
Photo courtesy of Ruth Chipp-Marshall
You will recognise several current villagers' surnames below.
1. Bill Vine
2. Bill Hansford
3. Harold Young
4. Percy Kellaway
5. Charles Hodder
6. Len Harding
7. Percy Chalden
8. Cyrell Godden
9. Charlie Hodder
10. Bill Chipp
11. George Reed
12. Jack Jolliffe
13. Arthur Woodsford
14. Mr Read
15. Bill Halford
16. Major Collingwood
17. Bill Hunt
18. Fred Hodder
19. Bert Swaffield
Learn all about project VIP just over the hill next door, why & when it was started, the objectives and the amazing discoveries en route!
Aren't we so fortunate, living slap bang in the middle of an area of outstanding natural beauty, where archaeological finds from the earliest Neolithic (4000-2500 BC) and Bronze Age (2500-800 BC) settlements from 6000 years ago, through the 500 years of Roman occupation (late Iron Age 1st century BC to late Roman period 4th century AD) to the relatively recent Medieval times (from the 5th to 15th century AD) continue to be discovered!
Click on the above for the link to their archaeology webinars
JOIN Portesham Help & Chat Group on WhatsApp
The place to see and contribute towards the latest village news and views
We have over 200 members now, the majority having Admin status, so there is every chance you will already know someone in it - just ask "that someone" to add you!
Portesham School 1932
Photo courtesy of Robin Harding's Aunty Ruth Treves-Brown (nee Harding).
There are a few relatives of Portesham Help & Chat Group members', villagers Anne, Ruth, Robin H & Robin J and Bill's 2 sisters. Bill has kindly tried to put a name to some of the faces he vaguely recognises from when he was a pupil there, a little more recently, in 1939!
2 Dorothy Coombes (nee Chipp) 5 William Chipp 9 Jack Jolliffe 12 George Samways
18 Betty Hodder (nee Halford) 27 Rena Dike (nee Halford) 34 Eric Jolliffe 35 John Harding
Read Elizabeth's short story :
Archie Carberry's Adventures is located in: Living/Local/Village Tales
We have new geese!
Thanks to Graham Parker & Graham Whitby for flying them in, free of charge, from Litton Cheney,
The Mallard collection box in the Kings Arms, near their garden entrance, was opened recently and was found to contain nearly £70.00 due to some very generous donations after the sad loss of George, our village goose.
These funds went towards purchasing duck food.
It's a spacious, modern hall ideally situated on the edge of our historic and picturesque village in the heart of the Dorset countryside.
With 3 rooms for hire, a small lawned garden with patio and a car park, you can hire the whole hall for a special event or any of the rooms that suit your needs.
High above the village on Blackdown Hill, is the magnificent 72 ft stone monument to Sir Thomas Masterman Hardy GCB, our famous 19th century resident, who fought under Admiral Lord Nelson as Captain of HMS Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar.
It was the most important sea battle of the 19th century, resulting in the British Navy, becoming the world's largest sea power for the next 100 years.
Comet Neowise - 19th July 2020AD - next viewing 8786AD...
As is tradition, named after the discoverer: NASA's space telescope "Near Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer"
It's here >
As Nelson died it is well documented that he was overheard by those around him to say "Kiss me Hardy"; however, the Victorian's much preferred to believe that it was "Kismet Hardy" that was said, 'kismet' being the Turkish word for FATE.
The current owners of Hardy's House have a fascinating tale of fate and coincidence to tell you relating to the very recent discovery of the lost original sundial that started its life here, in the garden of Portesham House, nearly 250 years ago!
Read that story HERE.
It's now over 50 years since this little booklet was created to celebrate the Centenary of Portesham Church School and 100 years of Portesham history.
Take a walk on the wild side ...
Photography - Copyright © 2020 Geoffrey Thomas
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