Charminster's Million Hands Project


The following is an extract from a Leonard Cheshire newsletter:

Leonard Cheshire Disability is one of the five charities chosen by The Scout Association to work with Scouts for A Million Hands.

A Million Hands is The Scout Association’s initiative to mobilise half a million young people to remove social barriers, connect communities, and improve lives by taking direct action on four issues chosen by Scouts themselves, including disability. 

The partnership with Scouts is an exciting opportunity for Leonard Cheshire Disability to work with young people across the UK to increase the positive impact of our work for disabled people. 

Leonard Cheshire Disability would like to say a big thank you to the local Scout group (1st Charminster).
They have installed a planter for kitchen herbs to help make a sensory garden for the residents to enjoy at our home in Friars Close Dorchester. The scouts also put up bird boxes to encourage wildlife to nest in the garden.

The Scouts worked very hard with this project and raised several donations to enable this to happen.

Fireball Rally Raises funds for Weldmar


Russ Milford and Dave Thomas (Central Dorchester) have completed their 2000 miles journey in 4 days. Amazing scenery and some awesome but scary passes were a feature of the trip in a BMW X3 which raised £705 for the hospice.

Central Dorchester Cubs Working in Partnership

Members of the Casterbridge Rotary Club and Central Dorchester Cubs removed Himalayan Balsam from the Dorchester Riverside Reserve in July.

1st Beaminster Scouts, Cubs and Beavers Brighten Up the Town

Scouts cheer up the town

Members of the 1st Beaminster Scout Group have been busy earning their Community Badge and brightening up the town.

All members of the three sections (beavers, cubs and scouts) planted beeding plants in 6 pots last summer for the two doctors' surgeries and also for the Youth Centre.

Now the group has planted spring flowers and put two outside each of the church and two doctors' surgeries, with the aim to keep replanting them.

Joy Edwards, leader of Beaminster Scout Group, said:"It is a community activity, it goes towards their community badge and makes links into the town. It is something visual and was suggested as a community project. We thought it would be a colourful thing to do, all the pots have scout signs on them and it gives the Group a presence in the town."

Broadmayne Scouts Fire Break

12 Scouts took up the challenge to clear 3,500 sq. feet of overgrown Gorse in 4 hours during their half term break.

Working towards their Community Challenge badge, the group from Broadmayne volunteered with the Dorset Wildlife Trust at Winfrith Heath.

DWT warden James Hitchen said the Scouts were amazing, “In only a few hours using loppers and bow saws they cleared an area which, using chainsaws, would have taken us days”  Amy a trainee warden said “they have worked so hard, it looks like a hurricane has swept through”

The clearance work was to create a firebreak which had to be carried out by the end of February to avoid disturbing nesting birds.

Their scout leader, Ian Brown, arranged the scrub clearance as an ideal way for the Scouts to burn off some energy, get plenty of fresh air and exercise whilst also making a positive contribution to the local natural environment.