Wednesday 28th February – 1915 GMT – by Lee Dolbear
LIVE TRAVEL DORSET ALERTS VIA INRIX
An AMBER weather warning for the south west has now been validated. It came into force at 2pm as the freezing winds from the east met Storm Emma from the south west.
This was the scene in Weymouth just before 6pm and the snow is still coming thick and fast.
This morning The Met Office issued it’s first RED warning for parts of the south west. This red warning is valid from 3pm Thursday and it means
Dangerous weather is expected and, if you have not done so already, you should take action now to keep yourself and others safe from the impact of the severe weather. It is very likely that there will be a risk to life, with substantial disruption to travel, energy supplies and possibly widespread damage to property and infrastructure.
Here in Weymouth the Esplanade is now looking like a scene from Christmas.
We are encouraging people not to travel in the SW between 8pm today (1 March) and 2am tomorrow (2 March) | We are working around the clock to keep everyone safe on the network but in line with the Met Office Red Alert, & for safety reasons, the advice is not to travel #WeatherSWpic.twitter.com/auJTcdQHLo
— Highways England (@HighwaysSWEST) March 1, 2018
With most of the United Kingdom having snow this week from the now infamous ‘Beast from the east’, the Met Office issued an amber alert for Dorset and the rest of the south-west on Tuesday. This amber warning was upgraded from yellow which was initially issued the day before.
We do live in a bit of a health and safety gone mad nanny state in the last few years but with this relentless front of cold, I personally believe the weather organisation based in Exeter has quite rightly kept us well-informed.
The AMBER WARNING is currently valid NOW UNTIL 8am Friday.
All details can be found at the MET OFFICE WEBSITE
Travel Dorset say that no Dorset county council transport is running today, but that does not necessarily mean schools are closed. Check Online.
— Travel Dorset (@TravelDorset) March 1, 2018
Earlier this week scarves and hats were spotted on Weymouth Esplanade sea front shelters. One tweet later and we discovered who was behind putting the items and love out there.
People are amazing pic.twitter.com/vOdOlmlMN9
— Lee Dolbear (@LeeDolbear7) February 26, 2018
It was revealed the person behind attaching the items and scripting the loving note ‘I’m not lost, if you need me – use me – stay warm ❤️’ was Gemma Spearing and after seeing the tweet BBC Radio Solent breakfast show presenter Steve Harris caught up with Gemma on Wednesday mornings show. LISTEN HERE
Some advice if you see a homeless person on the streets and you’re not sure how you can help HERE
It’s a case of batten down the hatches, do not travel unless you seriously need to and take care.
This bitter eastern has been ongoing for nearly a week.
Make sure you check on your elderly neighbours and family.
Drive to the conditions that could change in seconds.
This isn’t Armageddon but it’s not good so TAKE CARE.
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22 February 2018 0858 GMT
Weymouth’s Punch and Judy has been a summer spectacle for over 130 years but nowadays the current professor is asking for the public’s help to make sure that it stays open for performances beyond 2018.
Up until 2016 Mark Poulton was able to perform a ‘full’ summer season working 7 days a week (weather permitting) from the end of May until early September. Since then he has found it is now only viable to work the school summer holidays. However, the annual expenses remain the same, so Weymouth Punch and Judy have come up with a 3-point plan to ensure Mark can afford to continue with the show after the 2018 summer season.
They are asking everyone who enjoys the shows, visitors and locals alike, to become involved in our campaign to SAVE MR PUNCH.
Mark explains although we will be seeking help and support from W&P Borough Council, local traders and businesses we need the support of the local community and visitors too.
Your donation will go toward additional expenses in running the show, including:
• Maintenance of the puppets and the stage
• Secure storage of the stage and other equipment when not in use
• Cost of site for the camper van
• Day to-day expenses while in Weymouth
Perhaps, more importantly, the success of the “Go Fund Me” campaign will demonstrate the strength of support from the local and visitor communities when we seek sponsorship from local businesses and from the Council for the 2019 season and beyond.
The go fund me page set up by Mark has now reached the milestone of £1000.
More details of the future proposal can be found HERE
Social media hashtag #ThatsTheWeyToDoIt