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This page records some of our past activities


Castletown
Note the MkVIII torpedo outside the Agincare Offices

Visit to Castletown - July 2016

Civic Society Visit Castletown
July 2016


23 members  were welcomed to Castletown by Derek Luckhurst, the owner of Agincare and driving force behind the Castletown Project,
and his CEO Raina Summerson,
pictured alongside.


Castletown is known for its link with the Royal Navy and the sea. There is evidence of naval and maritime usage of the natural topography of what we now call Portland Port going back to 780 AD when the Vikings made their first raids on the English mainland. (Click HERE to read a full history on the project website)

The
Castletown regeneration project is already beginning to greatly increase the attractiveness of the area to visitors, including thousands of cruise ship passengers who visit the Port each year, who will be encouraged to disembark and wander round Castletown and see the local sites.

The
D-Day Heritage Centre is being developed to house the artefacts from the old Weymouth and Portland Museum which was closed down in 1978. The project will create a number of World War II D-Day attractions relating to the activities carried out by British and, more specifically, American forces during the war


Click the BLUE links above for more information

P.S. (March 2017)
The D-Day Centre is now open. Click here for the latest information (takes you to the new D-Day Centre website).


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Portland Museum

Above - This listed building is the current home of the Weymouth Museum Collection, which is in he process of moving to facilitate development of the Hope Square premises.
Click here for more information (takes you to the Museum website).

Places

Above - Founded by Dr Marie Stopes the famous birth control pioneer in 1929 and who gifted the cottages to the people of Portland in 1930. It is housed in two, 17th century, picturesque thatched Portland Stone cottages, nestling above Church Ope Cove. Click HERE for more info.

Weymouth Museum

Greenhill Gardens - A Civic Society talk by Iain Campbell
June 2016


Greenhill Gardens were originally laid out as part of the Wilton Estate in 1872 for Sir Frederick Johnstone, who made a gift of them to the Borough in 1902, possibly to celebrate the forthcoming Coronation of King Edward V11. Enhancements during the 20th Century included the installation of Putting Green, Bowling Green and Tennis Courts, and the concrete and brick beach chalets were erected in the 1920s.

“Bennett's Shelter was constructed in 1919. The Schneider Trophy weathervane is a memorial to the former Weymouth College student, Lieutenant
George Stainforth,who set a world record air speed in a Schneider Subermarine S6B seaplane in 1931. This was placed in the gardens in 1952.

The Friends of Greenhill Gardens often hold events within the gardens, and sponsor special floral displays, raising funds for a range of charities.

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Click the picture above to go to the D-Day Centre

Fortuneswell

Portland Bill

Fortuneswell, Portland
Click here for more information about the Isle of Portland.

Potland Bill Lighthouse
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A new landmark , clearly visible from the Nothe Fort (background right) has been dedicated at Bincleaves Green. Click the picture for more information.