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Weymouth Mayor Cllr Colin Huckle and Lady Mayoress planting Queen's Jubilee willow in Radipole gardens 2022

Queen’s Jubilee Tree; Baby Willow Joins the Royal Family; Radipole Gardens.

Well, for poor Nikki Latham from Chesil Radio, the start to her day couldn't have been any wetter as she attended the Queen's Jubilee Tree planting in Radipole gardens, there to give her live report on such regal matters. The gardeners, well equipped in their all weather gear, as they prepared the hole for the garden's youngest willow. All it needed was Mayor, Cllr. Colin Huckle and Lady Mayoress, and both arrived suitably adorned with Weymouth's ceremonial jewels, fit for such royal proceedings....

All Hallows' Hoolies Radipole Gardens

Free Pumpkins Galore; 450 Years On and Which Side Are You?

This year we're combining our annual pumpkin carving with Weymouth's 450 celebrations. Thanks to a generous grant from Weymouth Town Council we can supply 100 free pumpkins to be carved at our All Hallows' Hoolies. When you arrive at Radipole gardens queue up and sign in to receive your free pumpkin, one per child. You'll then be directed to a carving table with tools, but we respectfully request that parents supervise their children during this activity, after all its good fun to do these things together. Mind you, I do remember a couple of somewhat eager parents last time taking this very seriously, taking over charge of...

2020; Lottery Bid Presentation & The Year We Realise the Importance of Green Spaces

Hands up, I'll admit to having deserted my scribings on our website over the last few months. It's been a hard one to focus on, hence most of our postings have been on our Facebook page. The year 2020 has been one hell of a ride so far. We are all living through something previously unimaginable, life changing, that'll go down in world history much the same as the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918. As far as our Friends of Radipole Park and Gardens committee are concerned it has been a bit of an unknown. Watching and waiting for news of lockdown/slow release/ things permitted/possibility of...

Warning!; Wet & Windy Weather; Radipole Park 1955-2012

 Wet & Windy Weather. I spend some of my time researching old images, and often come across real gems, albeit  by mistake. (Also makes it very hard not to go off on a tangent!) Such was the case over the weekend when someone posted a wonderful photo of old Weymouth. Intrigued I hastened over to the site and uncovered a wealth of Weymouth images going way back in history. Prompted by todays less than springtime weather, I though these very apt.     Flooding of Radipole Park Drive in 1955. The only reason I remember this date is because it was the year I was born and my Mum always...

People Share Some Wonderful Memories

We often get links and pieces sent to us via our site and we appreciate every single one of them. They all add to our archives and enrich our living history. Such was the case last week when this wonderful piece popped up in my mails, though sadly no e-mail address with it to thank the sender. Below is what I received as it was written. I have added a couple of photos for those who are too young to remember it as it was or maybe like myself need something to jogs zee leettle grey cells as Poirot was fond of reciting. *** 'William Craven & The...

Discovering Images of Radipole Gardens Lost Past

Some might think that an odd title seeing as the gardens were only created during the 1930's, but if you're fan of good old Tony Robinson and Time Team, you'll know that sometimes it's easier to research, read and know more about centuries ago than it is our more recent history! Radipole park and gardens were created during the 1930's, a period between two World Wars, also a period of austerity and high unemployment. Schemes had been set up by the government of the day to enable councils to take advantage of cheap rate loans  to employ many of those men and women who were unable...

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