Local Groups

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Gillingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Gillingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry has been around since the 1930s helping businesses in the town.   Although changing times and access to modern technology has moved on since the early days the remit is the same; Support, Network, Community.   We are associated to Dorset Chamber who in turn are members of British Chamber of Commerce giving us a national voice as well as a local one.   Committed to supporting local business and the local community through our events and participation.

Email: membership@gcci.co.uk  or secretary@gcci.co.uk

Website: www.gcci.co.uk

Gillingham Community Cinema

Gillingham Community Cinema was launched in October 2013, by a group of local volunteers, with the aim of providing a high-quality yet affordable cinema in the heart of Gillingham.  We offer a huge 4 metre screen and state of the art Dolby 7.1 surround sound system.  Just as importantly, we have brand new comfy seats!  All this was made possible by generous grants from Gillingham Town Council and Gillingham Methodist Church, to whom we are very grateful.

We are located in the Methodist Church Hall, with kind permission of the Methodist Church, in the centre of the High Street.  Popcorn, ice creams and soft drinks are on sale at each screening,all at low prices.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Contact: Gordon Amery

Telephone: 07817 379006

Email: organ1234@btinternet.com

Website: www.filmatgmc.org.uk

Gillingham Duke of Edinburgh’s Open Award Centre

The open award centre delivers all levels of the Duke of Edinburgh’s award in Gillingham North Dorset, under the D of E operating licence held by Dorset Council. Membership is open to any young person from the age of 14 to 25 years old. It is led entirely by volunteers and fund raises in order to fulfil operating needs and to enable unrestricted access to the programme regardless of income or background.

Contact: Tony Baverstock

Telephone: 07908954105 or 07824888377

Email: info@gillinghamdofe.co.uk

Website: www.gillinghamdofe.co.uk

Gillingham Imperial Silver Band

We are a 3rd section brass band who usually reherse on Tuesday and Friday evenings at 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm. We also run an academy with beginners groups on Monday evening and a more advanced learning group on Friday evenings for children and adults who want to learn a brass instrument or percussion.

Contact: Steve Ingham

Telephone: 01747 822581

Email: Steveingham101@gmail.com

Website: www.gisb.co.uk

Gillingham, Mere & Shaftesbury Lions Club

Lions are ordinary people who do extraordinary things to help others and support good causes.  Gillingham, Mere, Shaftesbury Lions was chartered in 1979. We might be a small club, but we support a wide range of good causes and projects in our area.  Age isn’t a barrier to becoming involved. Presently the age span of our membership is from 22-80.  Everyday Lions are having fun by organising remarkable and memorable fundraising activities – with every penny raised going direct to good causes.

New members welcome.

Contact:  Janet Davies

Telephone: 0345 8337521

Email: secretary@gmslions.org.uk

Website: www.gmslions.org.uk

Gillingham Local History Society

Gillingham Local History Society exists to increase knowledge of the history of Gillingham and the surrounding area. It does this by running Gillingham Museum; publishing books on the history of Gillingham and by organising regular talks on local history.

Telephone: 01747 826235

Email: office@gillinghammuseum.co.uk

Website: www.gillinghammuseum.co.uk

Gillingham Town Twinning Association

A friendly and welcoming organisation to promote friendship, understanding. education and social interaction with Twinning Groups in another country.  Gillingham is twinned with Le Neubourg in the Normandy region of France and the group was formed in 1977.

Our main object is fun and friendship.  We engage in biennial exchange visits with our twin town, staying in their homes for approximately 3 nights when we enjoy meeting their families and friends. At the same time learning about their culture, traditions, language and food.  As they also learn about our way of life and enjoy exploring interesting places in the south of England when visiting Gillingham in the alternate year.  We also have a programme of social activities during the year..

Twinning groups have been formed all over the world to promote friendship, education and understanding.  We very much welcome new members as we want Twinning to thrive.  It is an importance concept in today’s world.

Contact: Muriel Shean

Telephone: 01747 841210

Email: Muriel.cliff@hotmail.com


Help for Mental Health North Dorset

The mental health peer support group is on 1st Thursday of each month at the Royal British Legion Hall in Shaftesbury and the 3rd Thursday of each month at the Grosvenor Arms Hotel, Shaftesbury.  Both are from 2pm until 4pm.  Please visit the website for more information.

The website and support group is designed to make it easier for people in North Dorset to find out what is available in the area, whether that be a local service or group on a national helpline.

Contact: Amanda

Telephone: 07749 062327

Email: mentalhealthshaft2520@gmail.com

Website: www.meantalhealthnd.org


Marnhull and Gillingham Badminton Club

MGBC Badminton Club has been established for 45 years and is now one of the largest clubs in the Southwest.We currently have over 70 members We play at Riversmeet on three evenings a week (Monday – Social, Tuesday- Club/league and Thursday Senior League) Times 8pm to 10pm for all nights except Tuesday starting at 7pm.

Our social night is extremely successful and great fun. We have Badminton England coaches available for those who want to progress in this great game.We currently have five league teams in the Salisbury League Our Ladies team are defending champions with three mixed teams and a men’s team having a very successful season.

The Club has a social background and suffers no elitism.We have supported Riversmeet since its concept and provide Badminton to the Community.

Contact: Robert Tulk

Telephone: 07866 660167

Email: rob.sodom@gmail.com

Music at GMC

The special concerts at Gillingham Methodist Church started in 2004, as part of our appeal to raise money for the restoration of our beloved Sweetland organ.  The restoration is complete, but the concerts continue!  In 2008 we re-launched ourselves as Music at GMC.  Our aim is to bring top quality music to Gillingham and the surrounding area by inviting local musicians and wider-known celebrity musicians to come and perform at the church.

Our concerts are not limited to organ music and over the years we have welcomed performances form many choirs, folk groups, jazz ensembles and numerous instrumentalists, both local and internationally known.  We hope that you will enjoy our latest concert offerings and that we will see you at some of our events.  We extend a warm welcome to all.

Please visit our website for further details.

Contact: Gordon Amery

Telephone: 07817 379006

Email: organ1234@btinternet.com

Website: www.musicatgmc.org.uk


North Dorset RFC

Welcome to North Dorset RFC, we are a family friendly, energetic, forward thinking Rugby Club at the heart of the local community.

We have over 20 teams playing rugby between September and May. From our under 6s to our veterans team, we cater for all ages, abilities and sexes. If you no longer play the great game or just would like to be social, you can become a vice president or social member. There really is no other community like North Dorset RFC.

Telephone: 01747 822748

Email: info@ndrfc.co.uk

Website: www.ndrfc.co.uk

Read Easy Blackmore Vale North

The aim of Read Easy Blackmore Vale North is to recruit, train organise and support volunteers to coach to read those adult members of the public with reading difficulties.  it is estimated that one in twenty adults in England has a reading age at or below the level expected of a five year old, and the group aims to change peoples lives with this free adult literacy service.

Being able to read is something that most people take for granted, and helping those people who have difficulty reading enables them to feel included in the local community and able to contribute more both to their everyday life within that community and to the local community itself.

Read Easy Blackmore Vale North was started five years ago when it identified a need for this activity in order to help adults who are unable to read to reach their potential, gain employment if unemployed and to play a fuller part in their family and community.

The group is made up entirely of local volunteers and is affiliated to a national charity, Read Easy UK. Volunteer coaches are trained by Read Easy UK and work with adults who have difficulty reading.  Links have been made and maintained with local organisations who can refer adults from within the community who would like to improve their reading skills.

Read Easy Blackmore Vale North uses reading books and resources written especially for adults by the Shannon Trust.  At present REBVN coaches readers remotely where possible, on a one-to-one basis.  these sessions, of around half an hour each, take place, usually twice a week, at days and times convenient to both reader and coach.  The readers and coaches are monitored by a volunteer coordinator who reports to the management team on a confidential basis. REBVN hopes to resume face to face coaching when circumstances allow.

Readers who have graduated from our programme have told us that being able to read has changed their lives, as well as being more confident and less isolated as a result of learning to read.

Email: blackmorevalenorth@readeasy.org.uk

Rotary Club of Gillingham

We are a small friendly club with 18 members – both men & women – and we meet each Wednesday at the Olive Bowl.

We hold various events throughout the year to raise funds for local, national and international good causes.

Locally, in the recent past, we have provided dictionaries to the primary schools in Gillingham & Mere and we have given donations to the Scouts and other youth organisations. Each year we organise the collection of Shoeboxes which are sent to Eastern European countries for children at Christmas.

We also consider personal requests for help from local individuals.

New members are always welcome.

Email: gill.rotarysecretary@aol.com

Website: www.gillinghamrotary.co.uk

St Mary Gillingham Scout Group

The aim of the group is to provide young people aged 6 to 14 years old with skills for life.

The group also own and manage The Scout Community Hall at Milton-on-Stour, Gillingham

Contact: Colin Westbrook

Telephone 07531 213671


Website: www.stmarygillinghamscoutgroup.co.uk