Southill Community 

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The society will be holding its next meeting at the Southill Community Centre on Monday 14th May at 7.30pm.  Steve Belasco will be presenting

“A Photo-Cruise along the Jurassic Coast”. 

Steve specialises in offshore photography and is the Weymouth Ambassador for the newly formed Jurassic Coast Trust.  He will be talking about the Jurassic Coast and illustrating it with some of the fabulous photographic images that he has taken whilst sailing along the coast.   All are welcome and refreshments will be available.  


Further information is available on 01305 788939.

Watch out for the Easter Egg hunt coming shortly. Keep an eye on the SPARK website
Helen and Sarah held a very well attended Disco for under 10 s at the beginning of February half term with over 50 young people exercising themselves on the dance floor for a couple of hours on a wet Saturday afternoon. It was not only the youngsters getting their exercise as the DJ got them to bring their mums or dads onto the floor occasionally and everyone joined in the Okie Cokie and a giant Conga. Refreshments were provided by the church and there was a clothes sale, jigsaw sale and a stall for trying to win prizes or sweets. Every young person went away with a flashing toy. Another good sum of money was raised for the play equipment. SPARK is presently trying to get the play area better drained so that when we do get the equipment we have a sensible site to put it on.
If anyone is able to help SPARK in any way, on one off occasions or offer expertise we can occasionally call upon, please get in touch. For example we would like someone with wood working skills to make us a fund raising thermometer to show everyone our target and achievement to date.
Helen Lainsbury  organised a fantastic Lantern Walk for Haloween celebrations but as this was mainly for the children it was held on Saturday 28th October. Many people in the parade were dressed up and the event started by the church at 6.30pm with a magical story.  80 lanterns travelled around Southill, behind FBD, along the back of Rowan Close and then back to the church. Any donations to SPARK and the play equipment funds would be very welcome. The ambulance team were in attendance and showed the children some of the equipment they keep in the rear of the vehicle. Our thanks for their support. Over 150 people took part and they were asked to spot mysterious faces as they walked around before returning to base where they all had a treat. I am sure we will want this to be an even bigger and more inclusive event next year.
Auction in November
  I’m currently organising a fundraising Christmas shopping online auction for SPARK. I am still looking for donations of anything that would make a lovely Christmas present or stocking filler, including vouchers, unwanted gifts, toys, teddies, smellies, Christmas themed gifts, chocolates etc. So if you have anything or know anyone who may be able to donate then please let me know.


You can also support by having a look at the auction and bidding, here’s how to help...


The auction is being held on a auction website called Jumblebee here is a direct link to the auction:


If you follow the link you can browse the auction lots already added. No one can make any bids until the auction opens on Nov 22nd 19.00 and ends Nov 23rd 22.00. There is no reserve on the items, all bids start at zero with £1 increments. During the auction you can watch the bids as they come in as well as browse the items and make your own bids.


You can also keep up to date with the auction on SPARK’s Facebook page The SPARK’s Christmas shopping online auction is listed as an event. On the event page I post updates, for example of items that have been donated. Pinned to the top of the event page is also the link to the auction.

Please help spread the word, share the auction link and Facebook event page or even this site.
Thank you for all your support

Helen Lainsbury

The FIREWORK night is confirmed for Saturday 11th November with entertainment and food starting at 6.30 pm in front of the shops. SPARK will be there with a Tombola raising funds for the play area and there will also be games, a BBQ and entertainment. If anyone would like to help as a steward or to help with the collection buckets please get in touch with David Harris or Ryan Hope.
Community Action Day
We have a group of Year 10 students coming to Southill on July 7th for their annual Community Action Day. If any of you can think of any task they could undertake that would make Southill a better place please let us know at SPARK or David Harris so that we can set things up for the College. At the moment a couple otf young people might help with preparing the flower bed fo the summer and also dig some more places for additional daffodil bulbs. Another group usually help with cutting back the edges of the cycle path beyond that which the council does. some of our footpaths are going to be relaid shortly but others could have some work on re-establishing their edges. Other thoughts would be welcomed.

Youth Club Building
This is now being managed by SPARK and is fully used for a variety of dance and exercise classes run by Evolution from 3.30 until 8.00pm most nights. It is called the Southill Health and Well Being Centre and we hope that any member of the community will get in touch if they would like to use it. Would a tea and coffee morning be something residents would like? We are also looking to get in touch with our young people to see what sort of youth facilities they would like to see. Any young people should get in touch with contact details so we can arrange a get together. This can be done on the SPARK or Southill facebook pages.


The service below is being withdrawn in July due to the budget cuts imposed on the county council which has reduced the subsidies for buses by £1.85 million. No urban bus routes are now getting any subsidy and nearly all villages have lost their subsidies as well. We have set up a Community Bus service which will have a regular commitment to run at 1000 and 1200 to town and 1030 and 1230 to return. there is a charge of £1.50 for this and bookings have to be made. Each of the bus shelters has a notice displayed with contact numbers and every house has received details of the service. We are hoping residents will use it as this is our last chance for some time.

The table below was accurate at the end middle of February for the Community Hall. 

‘To book an empty slot at the community centre, please contact Mick Adams, 57 Grangecroft  Rd, Portland,
phone 01305 823 282’
Booking sheet accurate from July 1st



The ukulele is commonly associated with music from Hawaii where the name roughly translates as "jumping flea”. According to Queen Liliʻuokalani, the last Hawaiian monarch, the name means “the gift that came here,” from the Hawaiian words uku (gift or reward) and lele (to come). Developed in the 1880s, the ukulele is based on several small guitar-like instruments of Portuguese origin introduced to the Hawaiian Islands by Portuguese immigrants from Madeira and Cape Verde.

One of the most important factors in establishing the ukulele in Hawaiian music and culture was the ardent support and promotion of the instrument by King Kalākaua. A patron of the arts, he incorporated it into performances at royal gatherings.

Ukuleles are generally made of wood, though variants have been composed partially or entirely of plastic or other materials. Cheaper ukuleles are generally made from ply or laminate woods, in some cases with a soundboard of an acoustically superior wood such as spruce. More expensive ukuleles are made of solid hardwoods such as mahogany Some of the most expensive ukuleles are made from koa (Acacia koa), an Hawaiian wood.

Typically ukuleles have a figure-eight body shape similar to that of a small acoustic guitar. They are also often seen in non-standard shapes, such as cutaway shape and an oval, usually called a "pineapple" ukulele, invented by the Kamaka Ukulele company, or a boat-paddle shape, and occasionally a square shape, often made out of an old wooden cigar box. Traditionally they have just four strings.

Common types of ukuleles include soprano (standard ukulele), concert, tenor, baritone. Less common are the sopranino (also called piccolo, bambino, or "pocket uke") and bass ukelele. The soprano, often called "standard" in Hawaii, is the second-smallest and was the original size. The concert size was developed in the 1920s as an enhanced soprano, slightly larger and louder with a deeper tone. Shortly thereafter, the tenor was created, having more volume and deeper bass tone. The baritone was created in the 1940s, and the bass is a very recent innovation (2009).

The Ukulele is very easy to play hence its increasing popularity – Even I can play it!



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