The sun came out for this year’s packed trip to Portland. Richard Mortimer took the students down memory lane to see the old railway, The Merchant incline (Vern Hill), St Georges Church – Churches Conservation Trust and the cemetery, look out over East Weares (Grove Cliff near the old rifle butts) and Portland Castle. Lunch was enjoyed at the Lobster Pot at Portland Bill.
Above all, thanks go to Albion Stone plc for a fantastic visit to their mine, quarry and factory. They extract Portland stone from the Basebed, Whitbed and Roach seams. Banqueting House and St Paul’s Cathedral are made of Portland limestone!. There were too many people to thank but we’ve made an attempt at the end of this post.
As the saying goes, a picture says a thousand words..
David Williams (Project Manager) and everyone else in the Drawing Office including David Rod, Steve Lelliot and Steve Woodward.
Neville Mort (Factory Manager) and Martin Green (Factory Foreman) including Stuart Hudgell (who had the unenviable task of showing us around the factory), John Mayo (Planer), Nick Robins (Forklift Operator, masons in the banker shop including Damien Briggs, Julian Sparrow, Royce Wilms and Yasmin Impson – all ex-Weymouth College students and anyone else we forgot to mention, sorry!
Kelly Matthews and Sarah Eames for providing high vis and welcomign us.
Quarry and Mine:
A last but by no means least, Mark Godden (Quarry and Mine Manager) who took time out of his busy schedule running the busy day-to-day operations in the quarries and mine to show us around the sites. Thanks also to all the miners and quarrymen who managed to navigate around us.
Thanks to all the Weymouth College Stonemasonry students for behaving responsibly and actively participating in all discussions. Special thanks to Michelle Ryan, a Stonemasonry Diploma Level 2 student, for taking some great photos!