Gunning for graffiti wall
GILLIAN Summers should be commended for her Goodgraffiti project to establish attractive street art in Dorchester - but some people, it seems, can find fault with anything.
One of the three sites earmarked by the chairman of West Dorset District Council is the dreary stretch of wall under the railway bridge in Damers Road in Dorchester.
Artist Peter Sheridan devised a clever design incorporating Great Western, to reflect the train company and a cartoony wild west character with a gun.
It’s sassy and well drawn and makes passers-by smile. But someone clambered on to their high horse and complained about the gun. Not at all suitable, sends out the wrong message, can’t have that in the county town.
Mrs Summers’ Goodgraffiti committee held its monthly meeting on Monday to look at progress on the Dorchester site and those in Sherborne and Bridport.
And, having heard that a social media page opened by a resident calling to keep the artwork drew more than 2,700 people into a debate that saw an overwhelming majority in favour, they decided to keep it.
In fact, Peter had already gone back to the picture and painted big bubbles on to turn it into a bubble gun. It is now even more sassy and amusing.
Surely the sternest Mr or Mrs Sobersides can’t grumble about that. Can they?
Houndsome models needed
KINGSTON Maurward College on the edge of Dorchester needs models - and plenty of them - to help students on one of its courses.
The college’s dog grooming unit needs 40 - yes, 40 - dogs every week during the 33-week course.
Small dogs, medium sized dogs, big dogs and big long-haired dogs - anything from a pooch to a pedigree can look extra gorgeous after a visit to Kingston Murward.
There is a charge but it is discounted during February. To find out more contact by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01305 215071.
Bring back the memories
DAVID Forrester, who has recently published his wonderful book about growing up in Fordington, is sharpening his pencil again as part of a community project with the Mill Street Housing Society.
David is recording stories recalled by people who lived in Fordington to ensure they are not lost forever.
More than 500 copies of his book - Fordington Remembered: Growing up in and around Dorchester - have been sold bringing in a good boost to the two charities he has nominated to receive the royalties, the Rotary Foundation and Dorset ME Support Group.
He said: “I’ve received so many calls and emails - some from old friends not see for 60 years, others from complete strangers who have enjoyed the book and the memories it brought back.
“Ladies in their 80s and 90s have told me of their own recollections of Fordington and Mill Street early in the last century, living in a two-room terraced house with six children all sharing one bedroom with mum and dad, facilities being one outside tap and toilet shared between three cottages.
“Or of being one of 16 children, including three sets of twins, living in a small house in Mill Street.
“How glad I am to be able to get to these people and stir their memories, dig into the past and pass on these facts of a life so different from today.”
David, who lives at Charlton Down, can be contacted on 01305 250882. And his book is available in Dorchester or direct from the publisher, Roving Press - call 01300 321531.
17th century Dorchester
BRIAN Bates is turning back the Dorchester clock to the seventeenth century when he is guest speaker at the Dorchester Association meeting at Dorset County Museum on Friday, 21st February.
Let him take you by the hand and lead you through the streets of our county town as it was in the 17th century - it’s a fascinating account.
Meetings are open to non-members and start with tea and coffee at 7pm with the talk at 7.30pm.
Topics include the Bridport trade in March and Kingston Lacy in April with a poignant note being struck at the May meeting - Ed Wilson’s talk on Dorchester Prison was arranged before news of the gaol’s closure last December was announced.