Portland Rotary Club helped steward the 2021 b-side festival
Rocca Holly-Nambi, Director of b-side and the b-side team would like to thank to thank Portland Rotary Club for marshalling the Portland Community Parade this year. Rocca will be speaking to the Club in November and would like to have more Rotary and b-side collaborations in the future.
One of the fun aspects of being President is to represent Rotary in various settings, and Celia asked me to do the opening b-side tour on her behalf. We were taken on a tour of several b-side art installations, ending up with an outdoor film viewing of the 1963 Hammer horror “The Damned”, in the garden of Pennsylvania Castle. Wow!
The Rufus Castle Light Show: Of Sea and Stone
As part of this year’s b-side festival, The Portland Museum Trust applied for an Arts Council grant to fund a project re-telling the story of Church Ope Cove. We set-up a group of volunteers to research the stories, the myths and legends of the area around the Museum and this research was then used by Dan Shorten of the Guild Hall Live Events team. He created an amazing music and light show, beamed onto the cliff face and side of Rufus Castle. The images were sharp, detailed and very colourful; it was awe inspiring and very similar to a fireworks display, but all done through an animated digital film projection. Set within the context of the location, it was a magical night-time ten-minute experience, giving a real sense of the geography and history of the place. The audience gathered to watch the show on the ammonite platform, at the head of the Church Ope steps.
A smaller version of the lightshow was also made available in the Museum. It is beamed onto the ceiling and walls of Avice’s Cottage, one of the galleries inside the Museum.
The show told the story of Church Ope Cove, linked to objects displayed in the Museum. One of our most famous fossils, found in Albion Stone Quarry is the Jurassic turtle. And there it was, a huge, beautiful projection of it swimming in Jurassic Seas! Then Ammonites squirted along by jet propulsion, followed by huge rock falls and tectonic contortions, as the Island of Portland was created. Viking Long Ships sailed into the cove, shipwrecked sailors drowned, smugglers rolled barrels to Tophill, and Sir Christopher Wren’s St Paul’s Cathedral loomed tall as the quarrymen gave up their stone.
“Of Sea and Stone” was the title Dan Shorton gave his Rufus Castle sound and light show. Dan won the contract by competing with over 50 candidates, his was the most visionary and exciting idea, with huge entertainment value.
Portland Museum Trustee
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more We are collecting at Tesco Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 March 10:00 to 16:00 to support the relief programme via Rotary Disaster Response Fund and ShelterBox
more Thank you to everyone on Portland for your support and for the huge amount of £2011 donated in two days. Thank you to Tesco for allowing us to collect on your premises.
more Our New Honorary Member
more A successful evening both for those that attended and for the charities supported by this event
more We are delighted to announce that winner Jonathan Powney Group Leader 1st Portland Scouts has won our award and has received a cheque for £150 for his nominated charity
more We are very happy to welcome Dave Hayes and Val MC Gowan to our Club!
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more Jennifer imagines a Rotary where members act to make their dreams become reality and they make the most of their club experiences. She urges members to engage more with each other and use these connections to build partnerships that change the world.
more Rotary Clubs of Portland, Poundbury and Casterbridge with the Okhle Village Trust have completed a water supply system to Madkina
more To raise money for Foundation. here are some pictures
more Thank you to everyone on Portland for your donations that raised £628 to enable us to be able to purchase a ShelterBox to send to Haiti
more President Celia and Janet visited the entries. All four were brilliant and it was deemed the choir at St John’s church the winner. Well done!
more August 2021
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more Our first Presidents Night for nearly three years! Congratulations to Celia, Elizabeth and Garry and a wonderful celebration. Here are afew photos for reminders. Plus £367 from the raffle for Nepal!
more Our own Rotary Charity known as The Rotary Foundation funds projects around the world costing millions of pounds every year. Celia and Chris organised a Tea at their home to raise funds.
more Portland Rotary Club is organising a Scarecrow competition. Entry is free!
more Members of Portland Rotary Club collected to help the people of Haiti who have suffered first the eartquake then the flood. Money will go to send a ShelterBox. Thank you to Portland Tesco and the people of Portland.
more The weather was good and the chain of office was passed to President Celia by Past President Elizabeth at an afternoon reception in Carolyn's garden
more Completed February 2021 Construction of a water storage and distribution system in the village of Samjur in a rural area of central Nepal.
more Members of Portland and Casterbridge Rotary, from Haylands preschool and with friends who visted Nepal walked Colmers Hill and Golden Cap. Very wet, very muddy but great fun!
more 2.6 tons of rice and other food supplies sent to villages in Nepal to help alleviate poverty during Covid-19
more David perkins, District Foundation Chair
more A small group from Portland and Casterbridge walked through the bluebells at Hardys and had a picnic by the lake at Bridehead.
more An update by Hugh Deed
more At the Portland Academy many appreciative pupils would welcome the receipt of a donated laptop
more Thank you to the Weymouth Pavilion for lighting up the theatre this week in the Rotary Colours of blue and gold
more Shekhar Mehta Rotary International President-elect
more Picture thanks to Debbie Mckay
more No 3 - February 2021
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more No 1 - December 2020
more Changes to the Funding Model
more “Masters of Mirth – Music Hall laughter makers” January 2021
more Richard Backwell from the Okhle Village Trust looks back and summarizes what has been achieved in Nepal over the last 19 years
more Well done, Kamala. We are proud of you January 2021
more Congratulations!!! ICA has won Portland Rotary’s Community Group Award 2020 and we have also awarded Andy McNally an individual award for his wonderful hard work during Covid.
more Visit by President Elizabeth December 2020
more A couple of walks whilst allowed in Tier 2 restrictions. Six maximum and well distanced outdoors. The walks were around Rodden and langton Herring
more President Elizabeth cycled round Portland in gale force winds to judge the 14 entries! Well done to everyon ethat entered! Thank you to HGH for their sponsorship. Here are some pictures.
more Nepal Okhle Village Trust, Portland and Casterbridge Rotary members and the water projects undertaken