“Darkest Hour” (PG)

Portesham Picture Palace 
Portesham Village Hall
Sunday 28th October 2018.

 As the unstoppable Nazi forces roll across Western Europe and the threat of invasion is imminent, and with an unprepared public, a skeptical King, and his own party plotting against him, Churchill must withstand his darkest hour, rally a nation, and attempt to change the course of world history.
Doors open at 18.30 and the Film starts at 19.30
A cash bar is available along with Refreshments and Ice Creams.
Supper will be a Beef or Vegetable Stew & Dumplings @ £8.00 and served from 18.45

All Tickets £2.00 cash payment in the hall lobby on the day pleaseto pre-book email keith.brignell@sky.com or call 01305 871925Cancellation conditions as above apply

War Horse (12)

Portesham Picture Palace
Village Hall
Sunday the 11th November 2018

November brings us Remembrance Sunday, which is a very poignant event this year, it being the 100th anniversary of the ending of the First World War.
 In addition to our monthly showings and in conjunction with a grant given by West Dorset District Council, and organised by Rev Margaret of St Peter’s Church on behalf of all groups within Chesil Bank Parish, there will be a showing of 
“War Horse”(12) 
at the Remembrance Day commemorations, to be held in the village hall

Albert (Jeremy Irvine) and his beloved horse, Joey, live on a farm in the British countryside. At the outbreak of World War I, Albert and Joey are forcibly parted when Albert's father sells the horse to the British cavalry. Against the backdrop of the Great War, Joey begins an odyssey full of danger, joy and sorrow, and he transforms everyone he meets along the way. Meanwhile Albert, unable to forget his equine friend, searches the battlefields of France to find Joey and bring him home.

The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society(12)

Portesham Picture Palace
Sunday 25th November 2018

A historical drama directed by Mike Newell. Based on the novel by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer, the film follows Juliet Ashton (Lily James) a journalist who forms a strong bond with members of The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Society as she writes a book about their experiences during World War II. As she gets to know the islanders better, Juliet begins to form lifelong friendships as she learns about life on Guernsey during its Nazi occupation in the war. The cast also includes Michiel Huisman, Matthew Goode and Jessica Brown Findlay.
Doors open at 18.30 and the Film starts at 19.30
A cash bar is available along with Refreshments and Ice Creams.
Supper is Pork or Vegetarian Guernsey Bean Jar Hot Pot @ £8.00 served from 18.45
All Tickets £2.00BOX OFFICE NOW OPEN cash payment in the hall lobby on the day please
to pre-book either email keith.brignell@sky.com or call 01305 871925.  Cancellation conditions as above apply

Barn Dance

Portesham Village Hall, 8th December - 7.30pm (doors open 7pm)

BLACK SHEEP BAND - Dorset's finest ceilidh band!

>>  TICKETS HERE  or 01305 871035  g.ww43@btinternet.com

All proceeds to the St Peter's Portesham 'Flush Fund' project to provide a disabled toilet and a kitchen/servery at the church.

Come and join our pre-Christmas warm up with Cash Bar & Refreshments

All Welcome

Village Carols

Thurs 20th December, 2018 
Village Carols

 Portesham Village Carol Singing will begin on the Village Green (opposite the Kings Arms) at 6.30pm.

All ages are welcome and voice quality is not an issue!  
Come and join us as we carol our way around the village to music from the old concertina. 

Please bring a safe lantern or torch to read the song sheets provided.

Supper is available, after, at 4 Front Street.
(bring bottle of wine and donation !). 

All proceeds to Julia’s House Children’s Hospice.  For more info contact Sue Clerk - 871486. 

"Mama Mia! Here We Go Again" (PG)

Sunday 30th December 2018
Get ready to sing and dance, laugh and love all over again. Ten years after Mamma Mia! The Movie grossed more than £400 million, you’re invited to return to the magical Greek island of Kalokairi in an all-new original musical based on the songs of ABBA. With the film’s original cast returning and new additions including Lily James, Andy Garcia and Oscar winner Cher.

Doors open at 18.30 and the Film starts at 19.30
A cash bar is available along with Refreshments and Ice Creams.
Supper details to be confirmed and served from 18.45
All Tickets £2.00 
cash payment in the hall lobby on the day please
to pre-book either email keith.brignell@sky.com 
or call 01305 871925
Cancellation conditions as above apply

Portesham Motor Show

The date for MOTOR SHOW 2019 is Sunday 30th June 2019

It was in the pub, sat at the bar, on a quiet winter’s eve, a couple of years ago, that an idea suddenly sprung to mind.
•  You may not be surprised to learn that there are a fair few petrol-heads in our village, that love to show their pride and joys and enjoy seeing others display theirs.
•  The church hold their Open Gardens weekend in the summer (it is fixed as the nearest weekend to St Peter’s Day, the 29th June) and The Kings Arms Public House has a delightful garden that is always open..…..
When Jo & Lee confirmed they would be happy for it to become our show-ground the MOTOR SHOW was born, the inaugural one being MOTOR SHOW 2017.

A group name was then needed, for those of us interested in motors, some of whom actually own one or two but that is definitely no prerequisite  -  it should be in keeping with a small and nostalgic village group, reminding people of a bygone age  -  the PORTESHAM AUTOMOBILE SOCIETY seemed as good a name as any other.

However, the MOTOR SHOW is thus called so we may exhibit an eclectic mix and not just vehicles of a certain age, as is generally found in many a Classic Car Show.

We now have two events under our belt, MOTOR SHOW 2017 and MOTOR SHOW 2018.
They will always be in conjunction with the church’s Open Garden’s weekend and the raffle tickets, that are sold in the garden on the day and the week before in the pub, will be in aid of St Peter’s Church funds.
However, going forward, we also hope to raise some additional money which will initially help towards the running costs of the show and should we have any excess, this will be donated to local village causes of our choice.

Anyone in the Chesil Bank Parish area (I realise it’s called the Portesham Automobile Society but that is simply because it’s where our main event will always be held) with an interest in motors, whether they be 2, 3, 4 or more wheeled (or none, it just needs a motor!) is very welcome to join us, our current members’ age range is 15 to 75!

The date for MOTOR SHOW 2019 is Sunday 30th June 2019

Portesham Parish Map

The co-ordinating group held a Village Café in October. Thank you to those who came, you helped us raise over £300! Together with monies contributed by the organisers of the Christmas film show last year we have almost £500 collected, which is half the monies required overall to produce the map and locate it in the village. The café also gave us the opportunity to consult with people about the map's content, we were given some useful feedback and ideas and everyone seemed to think it a good idea. It was also a chance to exhibit some of the work by children at the school, including sketches of Hardy's Monument. Their work will form part of the map.
Recently they have visited Portesham House, where Admiral Hardy lived, to find out about him and have walked to the Monument for a special guided tour from the National Trust Ranger. Here's a photograph of their visit.

John Surowiec
Co-ordinating Group Chairman
Telephone 871649

Portesham School

Portesham CE VA Primary School was graded overall as 'Outstanding' following its inspection last month. This is the result of the School receiving 'outstanding' for all four key areas which are assessed:
achievement of pupils
  • quality of teaching
  • behaviour and safety of pupils
  • leadership and management

  • OFSTED assessment criteria have changed and it is now exceptionally difficult to achieve 'outstanding' status. For instance, if one of the four criteria was assessed as 'good', with the other three 'outstanding', the school would be judged overall as 'Good with outstanding features.' Only 5% of schools nationally receive 'Outstanding' as an overall judgement and everyone in our community should be extremely proud of this wonderful achievement. Indeed, The Lead Inspector (Michael Barron) has carried out over 250 inspections of schools and has only awarded the accolade of 'Outstanding' to 6 of them! He reported that "Pupils have excellent attitudes to learning and their behaviour is outstanding. This is a school where every child matters". He also said "Teaching is outstanding and meets the needs of pupils of all ages and abilities exceptionally well."
    Headteacher Vicky Prior said, "I am very proud of our team of dedicated and inspirational staff who work tirelessly to provide stimulating learning experiences. We are also very lucky to have such an active and committed Governing Body which brings a wealth of relevant experience, skills and enthusiasm to the school community. Their leadership and active involvement in the school is greatly valued by staff and parents and has been central to our continued improvement and success."
    The report praised the achievement of pupils across the school, with many exceeding the expected progress outlined in the national figures. In particular, the attainment of pupils inYear 6 is well above average.
    The Inspector also noted that "….the school offers an extremely welcoming and caring environment for pupils and has high expectations of their behaviour"
    The overwhelming majority of parents and carers correctly believe that their children are well looked after, happy and very safe in school at all times. All the parents and carers who discussed their views with the inspector are very pleased with the school and believe that their children are making excellent progress. We should all remember that irrespective of occasional individual differences of opinion, we always need a truly independent view to put everything in perspective. This was exactly that – a rigorous, strictly professional and independent assessment.
    Spread the word folks – if you want your child to have a chance of receiving an outstanding education, send him/her to an outstanding school! Why settle for any less? A copy of the report is on the Village Hall notice board or you can read it online at http://www.ofsted.gov.uk.The staff, pupils, governors, parents and the PCC have all worked tirelessly to form a team which is truly 'OUTSTANDING'. Many congratulations to everyone involved and in particular to Headteacher Vicky. If you would like to thank or congratulate the school please do so verbally and/or in writing or via email.