End of term bowling trip

Make sure you collect a letter for the annual bowling trip. You can’t afford to miss this, always a great night out. Letters need to be returned by Monday 8th July

Bowling trip takes place on Monday 15th July. The last night of term.

End of term bowling trip

The annual trip will take place on Monday 15th July at the Lakeside Superbowl. Please collect a letter and make sure you return it to Martyn with £6 by Monday 8th July.

Voluntary Arts Week

Portland Rocks is excited to be able to offer a free taster session on Monday 13 May 2013 to all young people with an interest in music, for Voluntary Arts Week.

This is the annual, week-long celebration of amateur arts and crafts across the UK, this year, from 11 to 19 May 2013, and Portland Rocks wants to use this opportunity to show potential new members what the workshops are all about.

On Monday, there will be the opportunity to try various acoustic instruments with help available form music leader Steve Garden and to have a go at playing Samba Junk music, organised by acclaimed junk band percussionist, James Kimber.  The young people of Portland Rocks will be on hand to demonstrate, support and show you just what is possible.

The workshops are held every Monday at the Islanders Club, East Weare Road, Portland, from 5.30 to 7.30pm, during term time, and are open to any youngster living on Portland and the surrounding areas.

Just show up on Monday or to find out more, telephone: 07526 708100

The Mosquito

The above device is very controversial among young people. We have been asked to seek your views about them. Please take our survey:

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Photographic competition organised by Dorset Youth Association

Since I arrived in Dorset last year, I have seen some of the most beautiful sights and places there is to be seen in Great Britain. As residents in Dorset you are very lucky to experience such a lovely place.
I have not gone around all of Dorset yet, so would like you to show me what it is about where you are from that is so special.
I am running a competition for all our members. I want you to take a photograph of anywhere that is special to you and send it to me and write a few lines as to why it is special to you and how special it is to Dorset.

The picture has to be IN FOCUS and clear for all to see. It cannot be a person as you will need their permission, but can be an animal.

The age groups are:
0-11 with the prize being a £10 Boots Voucher
12-19 with the prize being £10 Marks and Spencer’s Voucher
Entries in to me by 31st May 2013, with name, age and youth group of the photographer. The winners will be announced on the 7th June 2013.
I will publish the winning entry for all to see.
When you have taken the picture just e-mail it to me at dannymcnamara@dorsetyouth.com 

Workshop opportunity

A fantastic workshop in blues guitar playing is taking place on Saturday 18th May at Dorchester Arts Centre with fantastic guitarist Brooks Williams. As well as being a superb singer/guitarist, Brooks is also an inspiring teacher of blues guitar who has run several workshops before his Bluesnights appearances.

He is offering a workshop from 2.30-4.30 p.m. on Saturday 18 May at Dorchester Arts Centre for intermediate level players; that is who can already comfortably play basic acoustic blues guitar and are looking to progress. Cost of the workshop is £12 adults/£8 under 18’s, which includes tea/coffee/biscuits mid-afternoon.

If you are interested please contact Martyn. We can’t provide transport but we maybe able to arrange car sharing etc. so every one that wants to can get there.

See http://www.brookswilliams.com/

New cymbals finally arrive

Last week we took delivery of two new sets of cymbals. This means we can now have two drum kits up and running. This was possible because of the money you raised doing the gig at the George. If you want to buy more equipment, as I’m sure you do, then give us your money raising ideas and we will help you organise a suitable event.

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Music for Youth Survey

Can as many of you as possible who took part in the Southampton festival please take the survey below:

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The Motives

This band are great! If you get the chance to come to a blues night make sue you go. We plan to run trip to the blues night in March so watch this space as tickets will be limited and we will be inviting parents. A great night out!


We need to raise some money to improve the drum kits and buy a PA System and some amps for the workshops. Come on let’s have your ideas.


Keep an eye out for us in the Echo soon and don’t forget to encourage others to come on Mondays; tell them how fantastic Portland Rocks is. We especially need people for the junk strand.


This is the new face of Portland Rocks CIC. Don’t forget next workshop on Monday. I think we need an end of term gig, any suggestions for venue? How about the George?