Park District

Latest News 16th August

Stall on the Esplanade  31st August. Please put your names down to help on board in the Centre.
Also good quality knick-knacks  for stall or Tombola.,   
Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd September   Dance Show on behalf of GwellC Street Dance Group   at the Park Community Centre, Chelmsford Street, Weymouth  at 7-00pm
Community Meeting  Wednesday 7th September 7-30pm  At Park Community Centre  including news about PACT
Luncheon Club at The Panorama Restaurant, The esplanade, Weymouth
( names and menu choices by 31st August, thanks )
Next Quiz Saturday 15th October
Next Committee Meeting  Wednesday 19th October
Open Day Saturday 22nd October
Possible Give & Take Morning Saturday 5th November ( Subject to Council Ok)
                   9-00am to 10-00am to bring goods in
                   10-30 am until 12-30pm to Take goods away
Christmas Show at Park Community Centre Saturday 10th December
Carols in Greenhill  Gardens  Sunday 11th December ( Waterside Singers ) 
Cards in the Park District   14th/ 15th December or 21st/22nd december to be confirmed

1st April 2011

The Waterside Singers” have been very bust rehearsing a new set of songs and are entertaining the Resident’s of the Mount Pleasant Home on Monday 4th April. We are now availible for other engagements, please telephone 839579 and leave a message. 
It is that time of year again, the Waterside Weymouth Community Forum is holding its AGM at the Park Community Centre on Wednesday 6th April at 7-30pm
If any resident would like to find out what is entailed with joining the Committee they should telephone 839579, leave a message, and someone will come back to them and have a chat.
 As most people are aware I did state that I was retiring at the AGM, but my plans have been put on hold and nobody has come forward, so if re-elected i will continue for another six months. In the meantime the Committee are really anxious to find somebody who could ‘shadow’ myself and eventually take over. The Committee have now taken on some of the work along with extra Volunteers and this is working very well, as we realise not everybody has as much time as i have to spend at the Centre
      As part of the General meeeting which includes Pact we have invited Kate Hinson  from Weymouth & Portland Borough Council and Richard Draux our MP to join in a discussion on HMO’s
We look forward to a lively debate. !!!!
        We will also have a presentation by  . Anna Beech about the Seagull Bags for use by the Residents to keep their Black Bags in on collection days. We hope this will mean a lot less Rubbish being scattered about by the early morning attacks by the birds.
    There are Raffle tickets on sale at the Park Community Centre, Cjhelmsford street for our Easter Draw with prizes including a Home Made easter Cake, basket of Chocolat goodies and many more. They are 5 for £1 at the opening times of 10-00am until 12-00pm Monday to Friday, please call in abnd see us.  The Draw will take place at the Easter Coffee Morning on Saturday 16th April at 10-30am until 12-30pm admission free, we really would like to see you there.

Latest News 17th March 2011

Saturday 2nd April – The Community Quiz Night at the Park Community Centre in Chelmsford Street. Just £3.50 per person which includes light refreshments. Feel free to bring your own bottles.

News – 4th Jan 2011

Park Dance Mats
Park Dance Mats


** For all ages *** Every Friday **

At a time of year when we are making New Year’s resolutions, losing weight, getting fit and taking more exercise are all at the top of the resolutions list.  An exciting new project to provide activities in the local community might be just the thing you are looking for. It’s fun and it’s free and will appeal to all ages as an easy way to get up, get out, get fit and make new friends.

Funding has been secured to purchase a computerised, wireless 12-mat dance system. The concept is a great, fun way in which people of all ages can play and exercise together. The physical activity sessions are taking place at the Park Community Centre in Chelmsford Street, close to the Royal Crescent Surgery in The Park District. The system works by participants following instructions from a computer on a large screen that is wirelessly linked to the dance mats. The sessions are designed to burn approximately 400 to 600 calories in an hour and works on co-ordination, balance, cardio vascular activity and stamina.

The Park Community Centre Dance Mat Project is jointly organised by the Waterside Community Forum and the Royal Crescent Surgery. The project was initiated by the PACT forum process and is supported by Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, NHS Dorset and other partner organisations. 

ZigZag’s XerDance is the most advanced multi-player dance system available. The new wireless arcade-style dance platform can run three levels of difficulty, so that all dancers feel comfortable with their ability and have fun at the same time!  A range of chart songs is available to engage all age ranges and music tastes.  Dancers can see their scores to compare with their friends or to measure improvement in their own performance.

Kate Meacham, Practice Manager at the Royal Crescent Surgery said,

“We all know how important being active is in preventing obesity, heart disease and other serious problems later in life but it’s not always easy to get enough exercise. We’ve all got too much else going on, we’re too tired and sometimes exercise just isn’t that much fun, which is where the dance mats come in.  Everyone who has tried the mats has said just how much fun it is but it also gets your heart beating a little bit faster. So not only is it a really good way to get up and active but you’ll have a great time doing it!”

“Dance is a highly enjoyable way for children to be healthy – they burn energy, strengthen their bones and reduce the risk of developing obesity. But there are plenty of other benefits too.  This activity builds children’s confidence by encouraging them to interact with others, it helps them to feel good and it’s almost impossible to use the dance mats without smiling, for adults as well!”

 “We’ve put together a range of routines to suit all ages to encourage children, teenagers, grown-ups and families to get involved.  There are some classic songs with an easy rhythm and beat for gentle exercise with an option to choose a different level of difficulty as technique and fitness improve. The system also features a variety of fitness workouts for the more athletic dancers. These dance mats are widely recognised as offering an alternative physical activity option for people of all ages in place of more traditional sports.”

The sessions are run by an Instructor and volunteers from the Waterside Community Forum. To ensure that the benefits of the project can be enjoyed by all, including those with a limited income, the sessions are free of charge. The project runs every Friday and there are separate sessions for families, adults only and young people. There is no need to book, just turn up anytime during the session.

11am to 12.30pm Parents with Toddlers (Crèche provided)
2.00pm to 3.30pm

Adults only

4.00pm to 5.00pm Children over 6 years
5.00pm to 6.00pm Teenagers

The morning session is for parents and toddlers.  A Crèche is provided so that mums and dads can benefit from some time having fun and getting fit while the children enjoy supervised play.

The afternoon session is for adults only and caters for all ages and abilities with a range of routines.  Even the very simple routines help to develop rhythm, balance, co-ordination and overall fitness.

The after school sessions are for young people with separate sessions for children over 6 years and teenagers.  This activity is great for young people with more adventurous freestyle and break dancing techniques and it is a brilliant way to build body strength and show off in front of your friends.  There are also plenty of different ways of using the system from just taking part to watching your skills increase and even comparing your scores to those of other users worldwide.

This is a great way to get active and to help get you fit and healthy for the new year ahead in 2011 so come along – it’s free and it’s fun !

The dance system is available for private hire and can be transported easily to other venues – please contact the Park Community Centre for details

For more information, call in at the Community Centre in Chelmsford Street on a Friday or contact them on 01305 839579.

Old News – 3/12/10 – 

Weymouth and Portland’s mayor, Paul Kimber was the guest of honour at the annual Waterside Weymouth Community Forums Christmas lunch, held at The Railway Tavern, Queen Street.   Around 40 members sat down to a traditional Christmas Dinner and the Forum would like to thank the staff of  “The Railway” for a very enjoyable meal. The Luncheon Club meet on the first Wednesday of each month. Details can be obtained at the Park Community Centre, Chelmsford Street, telephone 839579

Older news – It is incredible that only five months the “Waterside Singers” are performing at the Weymouth Methodist Church in Melcombe Avenue on Wednesday 24th November at 7-30pm. We are performing with an Orchestra which just seems impossible, but that was what the project “Can’t Sing…neither Can We” was all about. We have many other engagements leading up to Christmas and it will be a very busy time. “Christmas in the Park” see the details below, is the concert that we promised in the lottery bid, the Orchestra is a bonus arranged by our wonderful Musical director Johanna Wolffe. We are appearing at the Lawns, Fernhill Avenue for the elderly people, my mum really enjoys this along with all her friends and staff. The Singers are also doing several outside Carol Singing evening, more details nearer the time. Because we have been so successful the “Waterside Singers” I can assure everyone we will be continuing long into 2011.

Our ever popular Quiz night is on Saturday 27th November at 7-00pm it costs £3-50 which includes light refreshments. You can bring your own bottles and enjoy a wonderful evening, there is a prize for the winning team of £20.

Coming up at the Park Community Centre in Chelmsford street on December 11th at 7;30, is a “not to be missed” Christmas show, “Christmas in the Park”. Coming in to entertain everybody we have fresh from a recent show at the Pavilion, Ray Banham, Juno, and Mathew Cornick, they will be joined by the Waterside Singers, GwellC Dance Crew, (Street dancers), and a group of young dancers from PDY Youth Group . There will be a full Christmas atmosphere and a good fun evening of entertainment. Plus Grand draw, a lucky ticket prize, mince pies and hot drinks. Tickets are on sale at the Park Community Centre and Bon- Bon, Queens Street at £3 Adults and £1 per child. It’s a chance for all in the area to have a good get together, and at the same time be entertained in the good old fashioned Christmas way, Get your ticket now.