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Updated: Feb 22

Everyone who has seen the Space Youth Project's event information stand at different banks, schools, conferences and colleges remarks on how colourful and vibrant the table is. One thing in particular stands out to visitors and that is the LGBT+ stone that takes centre place in the display. We take great pride in being able to share with visitors a little of the history of the stone.

Today we are able to share the whole story.

The LGBT+ stone was carved by Noah Evans from Dorchester Group, Noah was attending a sculpture workshop when he was 14, the instructor suggested participants carved their own names in stone but Noah had a better idea and decided he would carve LGBT+ into stone.

On finishing the stone Noah brought it to Dorchester group to show it, as he had little room to store the stone, he asked if we could use it in some way, since that time the LGBT+ stone has travelled all across Dorset and been the centre piece of displays and a talking point at many events.

Noah is now 16 and is still working with stone, he has grown immensely in courage and confidence and has recently started at Weymouth college, Noah is pictured here with the stone he carved two years ago. Thank you, Noah, for helping us give even more depth to our displays, and helping to attract even more attention to our information stand.

Dorchester 22nd June 2020.

On that lovely sunny Monday we met at 10.30am, 6 young people from across Dorset and 3 youth workers from Space Youth Project took on the Maumbury rings litter.

A pleasant wander around, yes, we were socially distanced but that didn’t stop the singing, jokes and giggles, there was a cornucopia of weird and wonderful litter to keep us all wondering and amused!

A two-hour effort from everyone revealed a much cleaner and even more pleasant Maumbury rings. Finally we finished with a picnic of Pizza and fizzy drinks on the grass much to everyone’s delight.

Below is a report by one of our young people who tells the story so much better.

Coronavirus may have cancelled everything and everyone’s plans - Pride, Glastonbury, even the British Soap Awards (now we’ll never know how many awards Coronation Street would have won) - but it seems litter prevails through it all. Either people don’t care about coronavirus and still went out, or people don’t care about Dorchester and have been doing this for a while. My bet’s on both.

However, as much litter there was, there were a handful willing volunteers to take on the beast that’s been festering in the grass for longer than time itself. Leaving the comfort of their sofas, gaming consoles and online streaming services (Netflix waits for no one), they adorned their masks and gloves - latex or thick cloth - before picking out bags and pickers, ready to do some good.

Now, it’s no surprise to anyone that England is a wet place - as I write this, it’s raining - and the park in Maumbury has a colossal mound. Despite an assumed Coca-Cola can being one of the many little litter treasures to try siren-calling us up the slope, we knew we weren’t allowed to climb it.

Many things were collected that luckily hot day, and all seemed to tell their own story. At first, there was not much else than feathers and too-large-for-liking wood chunks, but the further we walked, the stranger our finds. Cigarette butts, not the strangest to find; broken, rounded metal pieces that were at first assumed to be the insides of a tennis ball; foil squeezed into tight balls; even certain sorts of recreational paraphernalia, with an emphasis on creation, considering the bizarre things we found - you might even call it recycling. A pair were even lucky to profit monetarily off the whole thing, finding seventy pence in the whole fiasco.

Despite the lockdown, there were people around, but they mostly kept their distance, of course, although at one point a man walked up to the group with a glass Coca-Cola (it always seems to be coke, huh?) bottle, thanking us for what we were doing.

Besides the obscure things we found, there wasn’t really much to collect, at least in comparison to the park’s neighbour - walking by the metal fences could cause jealousy as you walked past mounds upon mounds of litter, just out of reach. Damn private property.

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