Bob Marley & The Wailers: Could You Be LovediTunes

Wessex FM News

Contact the News Team:
Tel: 01305 250333

Dorchester Host Event to Recognise the History of Travellers


9:19am 8th June 2012

A traditional Gypsy caravan will be the spotlight of today's historic activity day being held in the Borough Gardens, Dorchester.

As part of Gypsy Roma traveller history month, people are invited to find out more about the largest ethnic minority in the European Union with over 12million people part of its community.

The afternoon kicks of at midday, the free outdoor event will include the chance to take part in hands on traditional skills such as peg making, bender building and riding a horse drawn cart around the gardens.

Also Reverend Roger Redding will be conducting a Baptism for the son of Romany Gypsies, Leon and Melissa Rawlin, in an open air ceremony, his last before retiring as Chaplain this summer.

All members of the family are welcome, with mandolin music from Dave Rawlins, story telling from Michael Loader and a Forest Play Bus on hand to provide fun activities for younger children.

The aim of the event, organised by the South West Dorset Multicultural Network, is to raise awareness of these communites and reduce negative stereotyping.

Travelling communities in the UK are known as the most marginalised and continue to suffer from extreme levels of prejudice and discrimination.

For more information on Gypy Roma Traveller Month visit

Sign up for the latest local news direct to your inbox

Share This Story

Submit this page to redditDelicious

The Wessex Word

See the latest wrong guesses and win cash!

The Bun Run

Request the cakes for your workplace!

Book Your Table

For sales in January and March

Free Fuel Friday

Find out how to get your car sticker

Dorset Webcams

Take a look around our beautiful county

Book our Disco

Have DJ Owen at your party or celebration!

Meeting Room Hire

Come to Wessex FM for your meeting or conference


We Use Cookies

This website uses cookies to store information on your computer.

By using this website you accept the use of cookies as explained in the terms of our cookie policy.