(Above) tea and cake at the Chesil Centre © Megan Shersby (below) The Chesil Centre © Vicky Ashby
Dorset Wildlife Trust’s (DWT’s) Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre is holding a series of events with local authors, to celebrate the wildlife, history and lesser-known stories about the Weymouth and Portland area.
Visitors to these intimate ‘Tea with an Author’ events will be hearing from the authors about their books and will have a chance to ask them questions whilst enjoying a cup of tea and slice of cake from the taste* café in the centre.
Find out about 'Lesser Known Weymouth'
On Wednesday 30th September at 2.00pm, Julie Musk, author of ‘Lesser Known Weymouth’ and owner of Roving Press will be giving a talk. She said, “Come and discover the places and people that make Weymouth special. Lesser Known Weymouth is part of the ‘Lesser Known’ series published by Dorset books specialist Roving Press.”
Meet the author of 'The Spirit of Portland'
Gary Biltcliffe, author of ‘The Spirit of Portland’ will be at the Chesil Centre on Wednesday 21st October at 2.00pm. He said, “I have been studying Portland for the past 10 years and have made some ground-breaking discoveries, including a secret Masonic code. Behind Portland’s dominant quarrying and naval history is an island with a fascinating past.”
Join the DWT warden for tea and cake and find out more about Chesil
In addition to these two ‘Tea with an Author’ events, DWT will also be hosting a ‘Tea-time Guide to everything Chesil’ on Wednesday 7th October at 2.00pm. Join the DWT warden for tea and cake at this relaxed event to find out about the famous Chesil Beach and its wildlife, which forms part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, followed by a short walk to visit key areas of interest.
Find out some surprising facts about local places
Megan Shersby, Seasonal Assistant for DWT, said: “These events are a rare opportunity to get an insight into the mysteries and secrets of the local area, including surprising facts that local people may not be aware of. You can also enjoy a hot drink and slice of cake from the taste* café!”
Find out more and book...
Each event is £6 per person. Booking is essential on 01305 206191. To find out more about the Chesil Beach Centre, visit www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/chesilbeach or follow us on Twitter at @DWTWeyPort
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For more information please contact Marc Smith at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 0305 206191, or Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
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Dorset Wildlife Trust works to champion wildlife and natural places, to engage and inspire people and to promote sustainable living. Founded in 1961, DWT is now the largest voluntary nature conservation organisation in Dorset, with over 25,000 members and over 40 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows and Brownsea Island Nature Reserves, The Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve and the Urban Wildlife Centre at Upton Heath Nature Reserve. DWT plays a key role in dealing with local environmental issues and leads the way in establishing the practices of sustainable development and engaging new audiences in conservation, particularly in the urban areas.
The Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre is owned by Weymouth & Portland Borough Council and leased to Dorset Wildlife Trust who run the Centre on behalf of a partnership including the Chesil Bank and the Fleet Nature Reserve and the Jurassic Coast Team, with the continued help of local volunteers. The building of the new centre and boardwalk was made possible by funding from a wide range of organisations, including the Heritage Lottery Fund, The Crown Estate and Court Leet of the Island and Royal Manor of Portland, the Fine Family Foundation, Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, Dorset County Council, the Garfield Weston Foundation, Dorset Wildlife Trust, Chalk and Cheese and the Jurassic Coast Trust. The Centre is open from 10am to 4pm every day. For more information, ring 01305 206191 or visit dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/chesilcentre. Dorset Wildlife Trust is part of the Natural Weymouth and Portland Partnership; connecting people with nature.