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12:05am 7th May 2012

Weymouth and Portland community groups are being awarded funding for celebration events and activities to mark the Olympic Torch Relay when it arrives in the borough in July.

Weymouth & Portland Borough Council and the Weymouth & Portland Partnership have agreed to allocate almost £1,800, through a small grant scheme, to nine groups planning community celebrations around the borough.

Community groups and local organisations were invited to apply for funding in February and have now received confirmation of the amounts being awarded. Each of the groups is being awarded between £180 and £200.

Local groups have been busy planning a range of events and activities to greet the Olympic Flame and celebrate the occasion with their communities.

On Portland the parents group 'iPlay' are planning a 'Mini Olympics' event for families, involving sports, games and refreshments. This free community event will be held in the YOI Governors Gardens on Grove Road.

Churches Together on Portland are also planning to provide refreshments and hot food for those gathering to watch the Torch Relay as it passes through Southwell, Easton and Fortuneswell.

The Friends of Greenhill Gardens are planning to decorate the gardens with flags, balloons and bunting while St John's Church, with the Waterside Community Forum, will be providing refreshments and hospitality.

Weymouth College and Weymouth Bay Methodist Church will be running a celebration event, with street bands and dancing, on the grass areas next to the Lodmoor Car Park. The area will be decorated with bunting and flags and refreshments will be available.

Westham Community Group will be working with Synergy Housing and Dorset County Council to organise transport and seating for residents from local sheltered housing wanting to watch the Torch Relay.

Deputy head of the Weymouth & Portland 2012 Operations team, Gary Fooks said:

"The arrival of the Olympic Flame in Weymouth and Portland will give local people an opportunity to really feel part of the Olympic Games and to come together to share and celebrate what is truly a unique and special occasion. It is fantastic to see so many local people organising events for the Torch Relay and showing their support for the inspirational Torchbearers who will be carrying the Flame through their communities."

Chair of the Weymouth & Portland Partnership, Anne-Marie Vincent added:

"We are very happy to support these events, which will encourage communities to come out and celebrate this unique experience together. We hope the grants being awarded will help to really make the Olympic Torch Relay an event to remember for the borough."

The Olympic Flame will arrive in the borough of Weymouth and Portland on Thursday 12 July. It will be carried by Torchbearers through Chickerell and Wyke Regis before being taken to the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy, where it will be carried onto a boat and transported to Weymouth Beach in time for the evening celebration event. On Friday 13 July the Flame will leave from Portland Bill, passing through Southwell, Weston, Easton, Portland, Fortuneswell, Weymouth, Preston and Osmington in West Dorset before continuing east towards Poole and Bournemouth.

For detailed street level information about where you will be able to see the Olympic Flame as it passes through your area, and more information about planned community events, please visit www.dorsetforyou.com/sailing2012   

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