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A Editor’s letter our breathtaking county I won’t be making a habit of putting pen to paper - that is the job of our wonderful Editor Tazz - but I did want to thank everyone personally. In all of the years that I’ve spent in Dorset I’ve never been so amazed by the spirit, creativity and energy that seems to thrive in people’s hearts. Tear away the bright lights of the promenades, the aroma of the salty chips and the upheaval of the masses descending on our towns and villages each and every year, you’ll find a community that has such a profound love and respect for the arts, the foods, the crafts and the amazing people who support the local movement that seems to be happening. Since our launch in July we’ve been fortunate to have met a fraction of these incredibly talented and enthusiastic folk, they’ve taken us on a journey which has amazed, enthralled and delighted us, and some have tasted out of this world! At Arkadia we take an immense pride in being local; we only hope our little slice of things you can find over the next few months from Dorset’s finest artisans and suppliers

leaves you wanting to know more, explore further and increase the support needed for our fabulous region’s wonderful talents. In this issue we’ve focused heavily on the arts, the food and the events surrounding these intimate yet revealing festivals, shows and local exhibitors, from the utterly breath taking work of Simon Gudgeon on Page 20, giving a rarely glimpsed insight into the man and his creativity. We then look at the beautiful area of North Dorset and the up and coming Towns of Blandford Forum through to Sturminster Newton, full of local treasure. We then look at Dorset’s passion for car fashion and the beautiful creations from a local bespoke kit car company on page 23, doing things in his own style in his own way. Welcome to Arkadia, I hope it raises your spirits.


Massive thanks to the guys below, awesome but very odd bunch who seem to like what were about... Elaine – National Trust, Katharine – Dorset Food & Drink, Sammy Baxter – Photography, Kris Dutson – Photography, Vicky McManus – Dikes & Son, Rob & Michelle Comins (For great advice and beautiful tea) Simon Gudgeon & Tash Granville-Abbott (Please can I visit again), Annie Wray (Love our coffee pot!), Rebecca Ross, Phil Gale – New feature writer, Robin Savill, top man and great writer, Karl & Chrissy, Adrian Dunford & Hilary Coleman @ Tailor Made, Gemma @ Careys Manor, Hilary Tawse – ‘Arts By The Sea’ and all of the wonderful advertisers, photographers writers and event organisers that helped us make this possible – we salute you all! Follow our ‘family vibe’ on Twitter @arkadiamags


LOCAL 25 Unique fashion A local handbag designer is giving Jimmy Choo competition


Local motive

The jewels of the Vale


A kind of magic

The thrill of kitesurfing works wonders for KiteRight’s young participants


A treat of fresh fish

Arkadia Bites takes a trip to Number 9 in Wimborne

CULTURE 20 Simon Gudgeon

Woodland fun



Arty facts

Arkadia’s artisans showcase their unique talents

Are you local? Discover Dorset Food and Drink



Cali cool in the New Forest

Artsreach is connecting Dorset’s theatre, music and entertainment lovers



Puddletown pleasures


Success of a sculptor


Foodie review

A community’s music and theatre offerings this season

Discover what excitement the forest has to offer the family

FOOD 34 Dorset delights TerraVina style

GOINGS ON 40 The Exchange

Seaside art

Life’s a beach for Arts by the Sea

Theatrical medley

Kris Dutson

Capturing the drama of Dorset

Screen Bites

A time for food and film


Yacht’s it all about?

The boat show is back


Say Cheese

Cheese festival - it’s going to be grate!

MOTORING 22 Moreton motoring Kit yourself out with style

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Sitting waiting wishing

Photographer Kris Dutson talks of the immense patience required to capture the awe and drama of British landscapes By Tazz Gault Photography by Kris Dutson

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ime. Ticking. Escaping, leaving us behind or pushing us forward. Place a camera in one space for 24 hours and the world will go past you, sailing like a ship on water, but never a constant cycle; the British weather makes sure of that. Kris Dutson, founder of Southern Scenic Photography, uses those tricks and those ticks, to his advantage. He will plan and he will wait, all for the perfect weather to get that perfect shot, and he’ll do it in three. “If I get to a location and I can’t get the shot I have in mind, I won’t take it,” he says, cold glass of cola in his hand to help fight the day’s heat. “I will go home, and if it means waiting another year to get it then I will wait. I get the feeling when I’m there, and if it’s not going to happen I won’t even take the shot. I won’t settle for second best.” Time. Ticking. Time to plan the exact spot for a perfect photograph that only a master of his profession would truly understand, what seems second nature to Kris. “I have this little computer program where I can plug in a location to see where the sun will rise and set and at what time,” he says smiling. “There was once a place I went to with the kids and I knew I wanted to take a photograph, but also where the sun had to be. I checked, and so on 18th December like it told me, I took myself down there. The weather played ball – that really is the only thing you can’t control – and I got a beautiful sunset, took three shots, packed up and went home!” Kris’ ability to understand the weather is

one thing, but his skill in capturing a beautiful landscape is instinctive, made up of an ounce of innate ability, a slice of trial and error and a whole packet of artistic integrity. “I think it’s all down to imagination. I have got this little label above my computer monitor in my studio. It’s an old Oscar Wilde quote that says: ‘Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative’, and I live by that. If you go out there, you have got to leave your mind totally open.” Starting his photography career in the motorcycling world, Kris drove his work in a completely new direction, focusing on landscapes, as “it’s the atmospheric and dramatic side of things” he prefers. Not satisfied with just selling his photographs onto those who lose themselves in his work, he also offers photography workshops to share his skills otherwise sheltered by the lens, and creates a yearly calendar of his best, most atmospheric pieces. Time. Ticking. The landscape trickling on, changing with the light, dancing in the shadows; Kris’ favourite element of his work. “Dorset has an incredible landscape. From where I am, I could be virtually anywhere in the county within the hour. We have these beautiful rolling chalk hills that go on for miles, the stunning Jurassic coast, the heathlands around Poole, the rugged areas around Purbeck – it’s so varied for such a small area that I could photograph Dorset for the rest of my life and I don’t think I’d get a fraction of it.”


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Minimise inheritance tax liabilities as property prices rise Benjamin Franklin writing in 1817 is credited with popularising the quotation “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”


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California cool meets country class TerraVina, created with the love of the New Forest, offers a cool chic urban style with a contemporary twist


otel TerraVina’s exciting new finer-dining restaurant ‘The Dining Room at TerraVina’, has now opened and complements the Hotel’s main restaurant, with its laid back, Californian inspired décor and menus. The Dining Room at TerraVina offers a nine or twelve course tasting menu comprising of dishes created entirely with foraged and fresh produce exclusively from Hampshire and Dorset. From the bread flour to the meat, sea herbs and locally landed fish, every single item of fresh produce is of Hampshire or Dorset origin with only one exception, the Snails (which come from Aylesbury). Even the plates are made from hollowed local bark and cocktail sticks created from New Forest


Hawthorn branches. Stand-out dishes include a Pumpkin and Dorset Truffle Velouté, Lymington landed turbot with hand-picked tidal greens and cockles and a Dorset and acorn brûlée with chocolate sorbet. Heading the kitchen team is George Blogg. Dorset born and bred, Blogg is a hugely talented chef whose previous positions include Sous Chef at Le Champignon Sauvage and The Square, both of which hold two Michelin stars. If you can’t make a trip to the Dining Room for dinner, why not try the hotel at lunchtime and if the sun is shining take advantage of the verandah for some al fresco dining instead. For further details please visit

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At Arkadia there is one thing that we are very passionate about - our local artisans and craft creators. With their skilled hands and deeprunning passion they produce bespoke products, which take on a small part of their souls. Wanting to share this with you we are introducing a new feature, Arkadia Artisans, where we present some of the best and most passionate artisans that our local area has to offer, whilst always looking out for up-andcoming talent. By Phil Gale

Steve Sullivan Metal is not the first material that springs to mind when you think about the skilled craft of an artisan, but for Steve Sullivan of Concept Weld UK there is nothing better. A fabricator and welder by profession, he makes bespoke and commissioned pieces of furniture in his spare time. Steve explains, “I love to create my own designs! I am inspired by various styles of furniture, industrial contemporary, modern and shabby chic amongst others. I like to mix these styles to create unique designs. First I test my ideas on various materials, until I find the colour, look and texture that I feel complement the design. All my work is bespoke with commissions undertaken.” Steve’s work it really artistic; offering those who commission pieces from him something truly “one of a kind” - the sign of a true artisan. Find him on Facebook at Bespoke Metal Furniture and Features.

Like wood, glass is an age-old material for artisans to express themselves with. Rebecca Ross of Contemporary Fusion uses glass fusion, layered glass that is fired in a kiln, to create totally unique glass art. Working from her home in Poole, Rebecca uses the local Jurassic coastline as inspiration for her abstract art. Rebecca’s fusion process, though time consuming, with many of the smaller pieces being placed with tweezers, creates some truly beautifully finished results. Rich in colour, dynamic and taking in all the beauty of Rebecca’s inspiration, the Jurassic Coast, her work will add to any room in which it is placed. We will feature more on this talented artisan, but for now you can find out more about Rebecca and her art at

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Darren Wheeler Being passionate about your work is one key trait that any artisan needs, and Darren Wheeler has heaps of passion about wood. Darren has been close to wood all of his life, from his early days spent in his grandfather’s workshop. This passion is matched with his creative eye, which creates something truly unique. Turning or sculpting, Darren has the unique ability to bring out the character in each of the woods used for each of his pieces. Just a quick look at some of his work shows that Darren is a true artist, craftsman and artisan in every sense. We will feature more on this very talented man in up coming issues. For more info, go to

Wayne Willets Artisans are people who add so much to our local community. With their skilled hands, creative minds and passion for their work, they create products that are not only unique, but also can be called works of art. We will continue to introduce more artisans that we come across in our travels, but if you have any that you think we should feature then drop us a line.

As varied as our local landscape, we have Wayne Willets of Surf Mirrors. Not Dorset-born, Willets came to Bournemouth and Poole for a New Year’s Day surf trip in 1995 and never left. It was not until 2003, and a surfboard that could not be repaired, that Wayne started making surf mirrors, deciding to put a mirror in the un-repairable one for its owner. Since then Wayne has not looked back, creating the world’s largest surfboard mirrors and also making bespoke pieces out of local drift wood. Now working out of a local farm, Wayne creates completely unique pieces, naturally surf themed, with all the passion, skill and craft of an artisan, he explains, “Now my days are spent creating new pieces of mirrored art using all the culture and skills I have learnt on my travels. All work is unique so why not contact me to discuss that mirror you would like created for your home.” Find out more at 11

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he rural touring arts organisation, Artsreach, has a packed schedule for the next few months; their autumn programme is set to burst with over 60 professional performances by 24 companies and performers, all to take place in villages right across Dorset between now and Christmas. As a registered charity, Artsreach bring a parcel bursting with arts, music, theatre and dance to rural communities, to give the chance to see or participate in high quality arts events. September and October alone are packed with some simply unmissable shows. Physically adept young French circus company Hors Pistes who performed as part of the Inside Out Festival in 2012 are back in the UK and kicking off the Artsreach programme with Ordures et MÊnagère. This is circus performed at its best, with risk, exploit, prowess and a pinch of eccentricity in a show full of thrilling dance and circus skills, brilliant choreography and catchy tunes. This outdoor spectacle can be seen in Cranborne and Gillingham. For music lovers, we have a real medley of genres on offer this autumn. RSVP is a Bhangra band that blends traditional Punjabi celebratory folk music with Western musical influences to create a sound that is both different and exciting. Guitarist Kevin Dempsey and fiddler Rosie Carson are receiving excellent reviews and airplay on national radio including BBC Radio 2 and are a must-see for folk enthusiasts. Moishe’s Bagel are also set to make a welcome return to the Artsreach programme for one special night in October. Expect an intoxicating, life-affirming mix of rip-roaring, foot-stomping, jazz inflected Klezmer and Balkan music with virtuoso performances from this popular group. Shortlisted for the John arkadia magazine


Whiting Award for New Writing in 2010, and starring Maggie Tegney (Doc Martin, Emmerdale), Forest Forge Theatre are retouring Gary Owen’s play Free Folk, a part thriller, part comedy that explores life and identity in a rural community by throwing five strangers together on a dark and stormy night. Don’t miss the three opportunities to see it in Dorset throughout October. Townsend Productions are back too, with their latest highly acclaimed play, We Will Be Free. Set in 1834, the local story of the Tolpuddle Martyrs is brought to life. State of Play Theatre will explore more local history in their new play G.I. Joe in Dorset. This powerful play about war, prejudice and redemptive love draws on two apparently unrelated documented World War 2 stories from Dorset history. More history, this time with a twist! Living Spit’s The Six Wives of Henry VIII was an undisputed hit at the Bristol Old Vic, and with live original music, embroidery, Barbie dolls, silly songs and historical hysteria, this promises to be an ill-researched lesson in cross-dressing Tudor history that you’ll never forget. You and Me meanwhile, is a touching story that explores old age with humour, imagination and sparkling dialogue by Little Soldier Productions. Two elderly Spanish sisters share the intimacy of a life lived together, shifting between hilarious defamation, tender reminiscing and pure madness. There’s plenty for families to see too with three brilliant productions coming to Dorset. The ever-popular Theatre Alibi put their spin on I Believe in Unicorns, a spellbinding and moving story by one of our greatest storytellers, Michael Morpurgo. Elsewhere, when Emily pays a visit to Nicefits Shoe Emporium, every box contains a shoe with a story to tell, from slippers that speed up time to the cowboy boots of Dustbowl Bill. But the question is, which shoes should Emily choose? Join CScape Dance Company in

a very special shoe shop for If the Shoe Fits. Touring with Artsreach for the first time, The Three Billy Pigs is the new show from Noisy Oyster which blends two classic fairy tales, ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’, with beautifully crafted puppets, lighthearted story telling, live music and a little bit of eco-awareness in a pig style! As you can see, there’s a lot going on this season! Full details including individual box office numbers are on, where you can also see events happening in November and December. Outlets where you can pick up a copy of the programme include libraries, art centres and tourist information centres across Dorset. You can also find Artsreach on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with the latest news.


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Arkadia bitesize: Number 9, Wimborne Where: The quaint East Dorset market town of Wimborne Minster, in a gorgeous midGeorgian townhouse. A great place for a meal out before catching a play at the Tivoli Theatre, just a little way down the street. The Décor: A homely, rustic chic with a Gallic twist. It’s clear that the owners have put as much love, time and effort into composing a comfortable dining space as they have into securing the prestigious AA Rosette two years running. Inside, a stylish and airy parlour greets you – old medicine bottles on the tables contain flowers, and the original exposed brickwork of the building helps to give it a countryside feel. Even in the height of summer or the depths of winter, Number 9 feels like springtime in the Loire Valley. The impressionist prints which hang on the white walls and mismatched furniture have been carefully selected to create a dining space with a panache usually only found on the continent. Drink: Highly recommended is the Rare Vineyards Marsanne-Viognier (£19.95) – particularly excellent with seafood dishes, it’s a gentler, aromatic white but still has that crisp citrus tang on the finish. Arkadia also sampled the Luscombe organic crushed raspberry lemonade – thick and fruity and served ice-cold, it’s the perfect summertime meal accompaniment.

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Food: Tuesday nights are seafood nights at Number 9, and here at Arkadia, we love to celebrate locally sourced (or caught) produce. So, naturally, we were pleased to hear that Bert, who fishes to order out of Poole Harbour, catches much of the seafood menu at Number 9 - and boy is it fresh! Arkadia plumped for the Baked Cod Fillet (£14.35) - melt in the mouth fish served on a creamy, fluffy cushion of apple and black pudding mashed potato and drizzled with a deep, red wine sauce. We don’t do things by halves – we also tried the pan-fried Megrim sole, served with ratatouille vegetables. Perfectly cooked and bursting with natural seafood flavour, the sole also came with roasted new potatoes with fennel and baby onions – definitely the best potatoes we’ve had in a long while! Afterwards: After seeing the desert menu early on, we just couldn’t leave without trying the puddings. We recommend the Lemon and English Rhubarb sponge pudding with vanilla bean custard (£5.95) - a stylish twist on a quintessential British desert. Or, if you’ve got room for it, try the baked vanilla cheesecake with clotted cream and summer berries (£5.95) – the light and fluffy cheesecake is a sure-fire hit with true pudding lovers.



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Sculpting landscapes Among the beauty of nature and art combined, sculptor Simon Gudgeon tells Tazz Gault how he created a world full of tranquility Photography by Kris Dutson

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t’s a beautiful maze working your way to Pallington; each turn in the road has its own personality, some open to the sun or showers, others cocooned by bellowing trees and high crops alike – it defines Dorset beauty. Sculpture by the Lake is not just in the heart of the countryside but is like nature’s mind, moving and breathing in its own way, the sculptures working hand-in-hand with their surroundings. Simon Gudgeon is the creator of these expressive art forms, and when it comes to breathing, his sculpturing skills are just as much of a second nature. “When you’re an artist, you live your life as an artist,” he tells me, warm drink in hand despite the sun shining. “You never leave it. Every waking hour you’re thinking ideas; it’s a means of earning a living but it’s one I thoroughly enjoy. I’d never do anything else.” We are sat in the gallery, artistically placed at the top of the gravel driveway, lined with figurative and kinetic sculptures alike. “You’ve got to have a huge knowledge of anything you tackle – you can only really do abstract when you know the finer point of it. When I first started off, I used to dissect them and get skeletons of animals and skulls, take it back to the basics.” There is a real sense of tranquillity and balance. Silence other than nature’s rustle. Simon operates by inviting visitors to book online, limiting the number of guests to keep the equanimity of his hand crafted environment, giving enthusiasts the Sculpture by the Lake paradise for the day. “In a lot of museums and galleries, they don’t like people to touch the sculptures. We don’t mind at all,” he tells me, an honest smile on his face. “If you pick up a bird, you don’t feel the feathers – it’s just like silk, it’s a smooth finish. To actually try and sculpture feathers into a bird, it looks crude. You’re never going to replicate the

delicateness of nature, and so I try and replicate what you feel as opposed to what you see.” Art may have been Simon’s fate and fortune, but it wasn’t where he first began. “I started sculptures when I was 40. I qualified as a lawyer originally but retired from law the day I qualified because I hated it. I never wanted to be a lawyer. It just didn’t fire me up.” My eyebrows rose just as much as his as he told me, surprised at the stark contrast between his corporate past compared to his artistic and creative present. “I was brought up in the countryside and I think when you’re an artist, you’ve got to do what you’re passionate about, what fires you up. Nowadays, I do not only do birds, I do kinetics, figuratives. It’s a whole gamut of things – I don’t compartmentalise myself.” And this is clear from the walk around the lake, a variety of sculptures framed by their surroundings, perfectly placed to speak to each passer-by. Pieces such as “Isis” and “Reflection” are both contemplating, inward pieces that speak raw emotion; they are something people can relate to, whereas others emit far more power and brute strength. “To actually replicate something is not difficult, but to interpret it and change it and add more and put more emotion into it – that’s when it becomes challenging and interesting,” Simon tells me, eager to teach me the sculpture’s ways. They’re juxtaposed, standing strong and monumental against a delicate and soft landscape, almost angelic in their stance, as if indoors is outdoors in a crafty way. “We’re trying to create rooms within the landscape – it’s a blend of wild garden and the slightly more formal, getting them to all merge into each other. It’s a constant evolution, we’ll never stop planting.” To explore this unique world is well worth your time, and for just £10, the reflective, atmospheric and naturalistic experience is simply incomparable to anywhere else.


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Fuelled by passion

A tribute to a bygone era Meet kid car enthusiast turned kit car entrepreneur, Chris Welch By Sam Thomson

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ooking around the old petrol station that Chris Welch has converted into his workshop, it’s clear to see he’s a man obsessed. The walls are groaning with all things classic car – it almost feels the place is about to collapse in a heap of nostalgia. When asked about this impressive hoard, Chris seems almost surprised anyone’s noticed. “Oh, that’s just a collection from over the years. What would you call it? Auto memorabilia, perhaps? Junk is another word for it!” At first glance, you might think Chris is a man who lives by the motto that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure: “For me, rusty bits of metal have a great aesthetic appeal,” he says, surrounded by dusty skeletons of cars in various states of disrepair. In reality, Chris is somewhat of an expert in other men’s treasure. Arising out of the rust, dust and 22

organised chaos are those potent symbols of masculine pride; glossy, timeless, expertly crafted sports cars. As the name suggests, Tribute Automotive pays homage to the best-loved cars of times gone by. But the body kit company, based in Morton, is also testament to Chris’ own passion for all things loud and fast: “I’ve always been into cars,” says Chris. “It stems from my older brothers, who were always fixing their own cars – crashing them mostly, and then fixing them. I used to pick up Street Machine magazine, which was a custom hot-rod magazine in the seventies – that’s where it all stems from.” After working as a technical illustrator, a graphic designer and drifting back into the family trade of building, Chris decided he needed a hobby and returned to his first love – cars: “I just wanted an Aston Martin – as

everyone does. I had a Toyota Supra at the time. I was good at custom bodywork anyway, so I thought I’ll get some Aston Martin DB9 panels and stick them onto this Supra.” As time went on, Chris realised how easy it was to build the cars of his dreams for a fraction of the price. Chris’ formula is simple; take a sporty but inexpensive Mazda MX5, strip it back and attach Tribute Automotive’s fiberglass body kit. Though Chris has taken on a few special building projects himself, his clients, usually step up to the job of assembling the kits themselves: “We’ve had customers do builds in six weeks, start to finish. I’m not saying everyone can do that – it’s about skill levels. We’ve got other people who’ve been doing it for a year and are just getting it finished now. A 23

couple of evenings a week, a Sunday here and there and you get there in the end.” So what’s the appeal of the kit car? “The kit cars that we make are a very cheap way of owning an exotic-looking car. It is very budget – what could you buy for five or six thousand pounds, really? You’re not going to stand out from the crowd, are you?” he asks. But it’s not just about getting the look. It’s just as much about the joy of getting your hands dirty, the hard graft and the passion for messing about with cars – that pleasure which Chris has turned into a career. “It’s about the fun of building. If you wanted it now, you’d give it to someone else and pay them the money. The product suits them. It’s something I would want.” arkadia magazine

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A friend and designer to Jimmy Choo, handbag designer Rosemary Ringrose has a keen eye for detail By Jasmine Shaddock


immy Choo, Elaine Paige and the Duchess of Kent are just a few names that bespoke, Dorest-based handbag designer, Rosemary Ringrose has worked her magic for. Her craft is admirable; her material choice blended with her outstanding skill each and every time fuses together to create something worth owning. Her love for design sparked at a young age, inspired by her mother who worked at a local tannery, where little scraps of leather and suede, with a sprinkle of Rosemary’s touch turned themselves into her first ever collection of ‘hippy style’ bags. It was through moving into a new workshop in east London that Rosemary met the luxury shoe and handbag designer, Jimmy Choo, and it seems they are still on first name terms. “I knew Jimmy from Cordwainers. One day he 25

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Only the footprints of wanderers are now left on the pathways that once directed trains powering through the dramatic north Dorset countryside By Robin Savill Photography by Graham Rains

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ith the latest section from Stourpaine to Blandford opening earlier this year, the North Dorset Trailway now takes in 12 miles of beautiful Dorset countryside, connecting Sturminster Newton with Spetisbury. Once linking Bristol with Bournemouth and Christchurch, the Somerset and Dorset Railway carried its last passengers in 1966, but more recently has allowed a new type of traveller to evolve; a race of explorers for whom locomotives have been replaced by local motives. Whilst many people use the trailway to get their daily exercise or as the perfect cycle route, away from the dangers of ever-increasing traffic, there is also a growing band of like-minded people that look upon the trailway as the string that connects the pearls of North Dorset. Along its route you will find a wealth of specialised, artisan and rural businesses - a mix of traditional shops, that once reaped the rewards of their association with the railway, and newcomers that provide the perfect complement to their long-established counterparts. Let’s take a look at one possible journey, from the almost endless possibilities that the trailway has unlocked for us, beginning at Sturminster Newton, on the site of the old livestock market. Here you will find The Exchange, a protean, Swiss army knife of a building, which is a community centre, music venue, theatre, learning centre and art gallery, amongst a great deal of other things. It’s also a monument to the resilience of a town that has seen more arkadia magazine


than its fair share of set-backs, including the closure of both the livestock market in 1997 and the nearby creamery just three years later. Its Bibbern Gallery is a beautiful space offering views in the direction of the trailway, over a variety of buildings that hark back to the days when the trains still rattled through the town. The gallery also contains a café, making it the perfect place to sit back and enjoy some of the very best work by local artists. Travelling from Stur to the beautiful village of Child Okeford, we stumble across Bere Marsh Farm, where camping is available in its idyllic riverside meadows and woodland. Only a handful of tents are allowed at any one time, making for a peaceful stay and affording the best possible chance of enjoying the rich, diverse wildlife which also enjoys this part of the Blackmore Vale. Although we don’t have time to pitch our tent on this occasion, we’ll definitely visit again! We can’t possibly pass Child Okeford without paying a visit to another farm - Gold Hill Organic Farm. Here they have perfected the art of growing organic veg, which can either be collected from their lovely farm shop or delivered to your door as one of their legendary vegboxes. It’s not only the fresh produce that is home grown here though; their gift shop also sells a wide variety of local crafts, including ceramics, glassware and textiles. It’s almost time to move on, but not before we’ve sampled some of that delicious organic produce in their café! Arriving at the fascinating Georgian town of Blandford, we head straight for Salisbury Street,

home to three wonderful ‘pearls’, all within a stone’s throw of each other. The Hambledon Gallery has been in existence since, 1962, when the railway was still serving the town. Wendy Suffield, the shop’s owner, describes the stock as covering “everything but fruit and veg” (just as well we stopped at Gold Hill en route!) and they really are the only things missing, leaving us to enjoy two floors of wonderful clothing, home accessories and even toys, in the beautiful surroundings of this period building. Just down the hill you’ll find Papyrus, another beautiful emporium with stock ranging from clothing and jewellery to home wares and stationery. The ornate shop front and beautiful window display give you a glimpse of the atmosphere you can expect once you’ve stepped inside. Here you will find a diverse range of beautifully made products in the shop’s intimate, yet comfortable surroundings. Our third Salisbury Street pearl, and the last stop on our journey, is the beautiful Hawthorn Contemporary Craft Gallery which, once again, reminds us of the quantity and quality of local artisans. The gallery, opened in 2010 by fibre artist Stephanie Carswell, showcases artists producing works in a wide variety of media, including ceramics, card, turned wood, felt and collagraph print. We’ve reached our destination for now but I hope you are inspired to explore these and more of the special places that exist along the North Dorset trailway. Without the rails to limit our journey, we really can discover what Dorset has in store for us “off the beaten track”. 31

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Dorset Food and Drink is a brand new organisation bringing together everyone who is passionate and proud to be growing, making, selling, serving and supporting Dorset food and drink. Everything from artisan producers to world class brands; from heritage breed farmers to leading food innovators; from local tea shops to Michelin-starred restaurants is found here in Dorset. Dorset has an outstanding landscape and a fantastic food culture and all together we can

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Making a splash in Puddletown The Blue Vinny - powerhouse aromas and a sense of belonging makes this your ‘local’ no matter where you live By Danny Nash

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n a time where the gastro pub rules, it is surprisingly difficult to find somewhere you can call ‘local’, whilst getting food that is presentable, let alone gourmet. Yet, that’s exactly how to describe The Blue Vinny, so imagine our surprise on a warm Monday evening when we found ourselves here, nestled in the historic village of Puddletown, just a stone’s throw from the hustle and bustle of Dorchester. For a long time, The Blue Vinny has had a great name for its tasty grub, but, within the three months that the down-to-earth hosts Roly and Helen have taken the helm, it now has the full package with its ambience and warmth to match the wonderful aromas. Both are born and bred Puddletown folk and so it seems they are winning over a whole new ‘foodie’ crowd, whilst still tapping into the delights the locals have embraced. Their background of managing a local rugby club has only supported them, putting them in good standing with the regulars, but also the clientele that stretches as far as Lords and Ladies. From the first step indoors you are sure to receive a warn welcome, in a relaxed yet vibrant atmosphere. It’s unusual to find a modern vibe in a restaurant situated in a contemporary inn, but it pulls it off well, opening its arms to families by offering child portions off the ‘adult’ menu. All its food is locally sourced, its meats originating no further than three miles from the site – it’s

like it’s home grown from the front door! We opted for fish starters which came from West Bay and Portland – our chef, John Shrigley popped his head around the corner to give us his enthusiastic reviews on all the fish that had landed that day. You can almost see his six years of experience under the roof making an influence on The Blue Vinny – he has helped to make it what it is today. Roly is a traditional host, and recommended which toppings to have on my Blue Vinny Burger – made from 100% steak lamb and minced on site, it tasted delicious. My wife chose the Honey and Glazed Pork Belly, its décor a surprise – three succulent strips laid out on a crisp Rosti bed and a delightful pear cider jus – the pork just melted in the mouth. The presentation was delightful, easily comparable to something you’d expect to see in a well to-do, London restaurant. To accompany the meal, we tried the Rio Alto Merlot 2012; a superb Chilean red with rounded flavours. As an added bonus, we were able to learn all about our choice from Dorset Wine, who visit regularly so that customers can learn all they desire to know about its origins. So, go explore this beautiful part of Dorset and discover The Blue Vinny. When it comes to your hunger rising, rest assured there is a table laid out to satisfy all of your desires, and quantity is not lacking. Come with an appetite!


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The Fayre Exchange is Sturminster Newton’s Monthly craft and produce market which takes place in The Exchange on the first Saturday of the month . Some of our traders include The Slipped Stitch, who sell knitting yarns, Scrapyard Gifts, who hand make gorgeous gifts using upcycled fabrics and Debbie Sheldon Designs, creators of hand printed wrapping paper, cards and pen and ink drawings. The Sherborne Artisan Market was set up by Millie, co-ordinator of all 3 markets, and Ali, owner of Butterfly Bright, to promote local makers and designers . Come along to the next market on the 14th September to see SeaSaw Design, creator of a collection of costal inspired art, individually hand made home accessories and painted furniture, Happy Apple Crafts, for vintage and modern fabric crafts and fised glass designs, as well as many more. The Wincanton Street Market has been set up by the Town Team, who are thoroughly excited for its launch on Sunday 15th September this year. The High Street will be closed, and instead filled with a huge range of local crafts, delicious food and to top it off, some live music.

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events A collection of Dorset and Hampshire’s best upcoming shows, activities and foodie festivities

The Exchange Sturminster Newton

The Exchange at its heart is a community centre, but it is definitely no ordinary community centre. It is also a registered charity, an arts centre and a learning centre, offering great potential for community and entertainment activities. Situated in the historic market town of Sturminster Newton, The Exchange is the culmination and the focal point of a remarkable community initiative to take the lead in the regeneration programme to bring new life into this idylic setting. In 1997 the livestock market that had made Sturminster Newton the hub of the Blackmore Vale was closed down. Seven acres of derelict land were left, only a stone’s throw from the very centre of town. This was followed in 2000 by the loss of the prize winning creamery. Residential development started to expand the population at an ever increasing rate. Contemplating the loss of amenities and employment opportunities, local people had the vision to see that the empty site offered an opportunity to give the town new heart and purpose, but that unless the community found a way to take the initiative, the opportunity would be lost forever. A carefully co-ordinated design for the entire site, by local architect Philip Proctor, incorporated a GP surgery, the Co-op store and other commercial spaces together with The Exchange, which stands at the head of the site. A major priority was environmental responsibility, an example of which are the high levels of insulation and natural

ventilation to contribute towards the aim of being energy efficient. What do we do? A more appropriate question would probably be, what don’t we do? Almost every weekend we have live performances from fantastic artists all over the world, including music, theatre and dance. And trust me, when we say fantastic, we truly mean it. We have played host to The Swingle Singers, Elkie Brooks, Courtney Pine and many more. As this is part of our aims as a charity, we a thrilled to be able to offer such a wide variety of entertainment to our local community, and Dorset as a whole. Not only that, we also have a wide selection of rooms available for hire. We have hosted weddings, funerals, birthday parties, business conferences, coffee mornings and much, much more. There isn’t anything that doesn’t happen at The Exchange, so if you are interested in joining a club, coming to see a show, or hosting an event of your own, The Exchange is definitely the place to be. There are lots of ways you can get in contact with us. Firstly, for information on events we have coming up, you can visit our website on If there is an event you would like to attend, or you are interested in booking one of our rooms, you can call our friendly Box Office on 01258 475137. We are also on Facebook and Twitter, so to keep up with our latest updates, follow us!

Autumn/Winter ‘13 Music Simone & Garfunkel Friday 6th September 7:30pm Tickets £5 ‘a tribute to the legendary American duo’

Show of Hands Saturday 14th September 8pm Tickets £18, £16 u18s ‘UK’s finest acoustic roots act’

Jo Harman Friday 27th September 7:30pm Tickets TBC ‘the best blues and soul singer ever to come out of the UK’

Theatre The Death & Life of Sherlock Holmes Friday 6th September 7:30pm Tickets £5 ‘this play sees Roger Llewellyn return in a new Holmes investigation’

The Great Big Fabulous Dance for Life Show Saturday 28th September 8pm Tickets £9.50, £8 u18s, £12 on the door ‘a vibrant and uplifting celebration of dance’

Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston Friday 1st November 7:30pm Tickets £10, £12 on the door ‘timeless and well chosen covers’

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Budapest Cafe Orchestra Sunday 17th November 7:30pm Tickets TBC ‘their infectious energy will sweep you off your feet and stay in your heart forever’

Black Voices Thursday 19th December 7:30pm Tickets £15 ‘an a capella quintet of truly outstanding quality’

Comedy Night Saturday 12th October 8pm Tickets £12 ‘a side-splittingly funny evening of entertainment’

Back to Broadway Saturday 26th October 7:30pm Tickets £TBC ‘a celebration of all that is best about Musical Theatre’

After a fourth sell-out show at London’s Royal Albert Hall in April 2012, festival favourites Show of Hands come to The Exchange showing just why they have been showered with accolades. Singer songwriter Steve Knightley, multi instrumentalist Phil Beer & bass player/vocalist Miranda Sykes combine to provide a fabulous evening’s entertainment.

Sherlock Holmes

Jay Productions & Makin Projects present Roger Llewellyn in The Death and Life of Sherlock Holmes. After his earlier sell-out world wide tours, this new play sees Roger Llewellyn return in a new Holmes investigation. In this wryly humorous tale, of murder, mystery & the occult, the world’s greatest detective refuses to leave the stage!

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Discover life on the water Save the date for Britain’s best loved on-water boat show, the PSP Southampton Boat Show, this 13-22 September


he PSP Southampton Boat Show, Britain’s favourite on-water Boat Show and one of the premier events of the boating calendar, is set to return to Southampton from 13 – 22 September 2013. The 45th show is the ideal environment to try boating first hand, showcasing everything you need to enjoy life or start a new hobby on the water. See thousands of boats, brands, products and suppliers across the ten day Show. There is no better time to explore everything the boating world has to offer! Set on one of Europe’s largest purposebuilt marinas with over 2km of pontoons, the Show will get the pulses of boating enthusiasts racing with its numerous possibilities to get on the water, pick up new skills or refresh old ones. There will also be the chance to marvel at spectacular feature boats, explore sailing and motor yachts of all shapes and sizes and

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stock up on the latest boating equipment and accessories. The show’s signature attraction Try a Boat provides the perfect opportunity to get on the water for free. With a varied selection of the latest RIBs, powerboats and yachts available, this firm favourite is certain to thrill. Aspiring younger sailors can get their sea legs with On The Water’s Get Afloat, brought to the show by Rockley Watersports. No experience is necessary, all equipment is provided and experts from Rockley Watersports will be on hand. What’s more, for the very first time, there will be the special addition of stand up paddleboarding. Adult tickets can be purchased in advance of the Show from just £16*, with two children (15 years old and under) going free with each paying adult. NEW for 2013 - the family ticket available for just £28*( 2 adults and 4 children).


In celebration of its 45th year, the PSP Southampton Boat Show 2013 has joined forces with Arkadia to offer its readers £6 off tickets to the 10-day on-water event†. For more information relating to the show and to get an adult ticket for just £14, simply log on to, or call the ticket hotline on 0844 776 7766 and quote PSBS17. For added value, two children aged 15 and under will be admitted free for every adult ticket purchased


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Movie magic and Dorset delights

The films come from all around the world - but the tastes are strictly local. That’s the unique recipe that Dorset’s Screen Bites Food Film Festival has been serving up for nine years

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he country’s only food film festival, Screen Bites began as a one-off event to spice up the 2005 Dorset Food Week – the founders, journalists Gay Pirrie-Weir and Fanny Charles, opera singer Tina Ellen Lee and film-maker and photographer Robert Golden, wanted to put on affordable events in village halls, with local food producers, feature films with a food theme, and showcasing Robert’s European regional food documentaries. And it grew from there – each year saw more villages keen to have a food film evening, more food producers taking part and a growing list of food-themed films that now numbers nearly 100. Throughout the nine years, Screen Bites has been supported by Olives Et Al, the Sturminster Newton-based olives and olive oil producer, and increasingly there are sponsors for individual events, many of them producers who have valued the support that Screen Bites has given them. This year’s festival runs from 3rd October to 2nd November, with 18 events, as well as two additional Christmas screenings at Athelhampton House and the Rex at Wareham. The venues range from tiny halls in small villages such as Wootton Fitzpaine on the Dorset-Devon border and Holdenhurst, on the Avon valley edge of Bournemouth, to the art deco Rex Cinema and The Exchange in Sturminster Newton. The opening night this year is at Durweston where the film is Jadoo, the story of warring

image by the Kobal Collection restaurateur brothers in Leicester’s Indian community, which was a hit at the 2013 Berlin Film Festival. As well as fresh vegetables – and usually a delicious home-made soup – from Gold Hill Organic Farm, there will be Indian sweets from Pashmas of Poole and Red Fort restaurant from Wimborne will be offering tastings of their authentic cuisine, made using local ingredients where possible. The finale, at The Exchange, where the film will be Brief Encounter, will begin not only with the usual farmers market in the lower atrium but also an old style railway cafe in the bar, with Dorset’s History Girls preparing wartime recipe cakes and British Rail type paste sandwiches (with curly edges of course). And look out for weak wartime beer and wartime bread (allegedly made with sawdust!), In between there are films with themes and food from Brazil, California, Brooklyn, India, France and Japan. There is post-war rationing period laughter in Alan Bennett’s A Private Function, starring Maggie Smith and Michael Palin, at Mere’s Lecture Hall on 10th October, a hilarious and catastrophic pre-wedding vineyard crawl in Sideways at Horton and Chalbury on 18th October, and a Big Night, set in a New Jersey Italian restaurant at Broadwindsor on 1st November. Screen Bites has always gone to Tarrant Keyneston, and this year’s visit is on Hallowe’en so there is a double treat, with a children’s


matinee, complete with carved pumpkins, egg painting, spooky candyfloss and Nanny McPhee to keep them in order. In the evening, there is a screening of one of the great classics, Far From The Madding Crowd, starring Julie Christie, Alan Bates and Terence Stamp, much of it filmed in Dorset and including famous scenes at Maiden Castle, Gold Hill and Weymouth beach. A Screen Bites evening begins with a mini farmers market – food to taste and buy – followed by a talk, a short break for Purbeck Ice Cream and then the main film. Speakers this year include Giles Henschel founder of Olives Et Al, Mark Woodhouse, chairman of Hall & Woodhouse brewery, Lee Moreton of the Dorset Charcuterie Co, talking about sausage making, chef Lisa Osman and Sue Fudge of Thomas J Fudge’s bakery. Audiences also have the chance to win a meal for two at one of the area’s top restaurants and dining pubs. This year’s Festival Feasts include Sienna, Dorset’s only Michelin-starred restaurant, the award-winning Highcliff Grill at the Bournemouth Marriott Hotel, the Eastbury at Sherborne, Mat Follas’s Wild Garlic Inn at Iwerne Minster and The Acorn at Evershot. The money raised helps the Screen Bites team to continue to run their unique festival and keep ticket prices down for their village audiences. The 2013 festival programme is now available at tourist offices, arts centres and farm shops – or visit

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Arts by the sea

ournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival is now in its third year. Bigger and better than before this varied programme of arts, films and commissioned special events will kick off with a bang. Opening with a weekend of spectacular outdoor events the festival opens 20 September until 12 October. This year’s festival theme focuses on auditory experiences, where sound is combined with performance, film, visual arts and dance, offering the audience unique performances in unusual places and spaces across Bournemouth. Over the three weeks the programme includes film screening with live scores, performances played in complete darkness and sounds of the natural world performed together with stunning visuals and music. With over 50 events, the festival offers a host of exciting and inspiring multi-sensory performances. A specially created, sculptural parade and performance will open the festival with animatronics, light, sound and special effects from The Mutoid Waste Company, founded by Joe Rush in 1984. The collective of artists are famed for their ground breaking events. Producing giant installations and machines for The London Paralympic Closing Ceremony, The Anniversary Games and The Rolling Stones set at Glastonbury this year. Their creations at Glastonbury ‘Trash City’ and ‘Unfairground’ were voted the best UK Festival field by the Daily Telegraph and The Times for five consecutive years. These parading machines have timed

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performances throughout the Lower Gardens and seafront before exhibiting overnight at the Pier Approach; see the website and brochures for times. As an extra special event, The Cabinet of Living Cinema perform their specially commissioned piece to celebrate the artist Paul Nash. A little known fact that the Father of British surrealism, Paul Nash, died in a guest house in Boscombe in 1946 having spent his last days revisiting the places of Dorset that had inspired his dream-like landscapes. The Cabinet of Living Cinema celebrate Nash’s work and life, with a sea voyage of images and soundscapes from the Purbeck Isles and caves that had been Nash’s inspiration. The journey is the inspiration for this new commission, creating a secret world of colour and unearthly sounds. Another unique event featuring at the Festival is the sole surviving South West based, Vintage Mobile Cinema. This unique slice of cinema and automotive history combines to give the audience an exciting film viewing experience unavailable anywhere else. Custom built for the British government in the late 1960s, it is now restored and showing films on the high definition digital projection unit, complete with surround sound for the full cinema experience. For full listings on all events throughout the Arts by the Sea Festival, visit



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Dairy for your diary

Sturminster Cheese Festival is just around the corner, and we dair…y you to go see it for yourselves By Tazz Gault

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t was the year of 1998 that saw Sturminster Newton’s transformation. Once home to one of the biggest cattle markets in England, it now plays host to the unique, quality Cheese Festival; its atmosphere is something that cannot be matched elsewhere, bursting at the seams with passion and desire, it’ll sweep you off your feet with tastes and treats galore. A cliché may be cheesy, but that aside, this is one festival that defines Dorset’s rural and creative qualities in one slice of Cheddar. More loss was yet to smother the town, changing dramatically as we sailed into the 21st century, its past life left fondly in many memories. Tours around Sturminster Creamery drew to a sudden halt, as the year of 2000 saw Dairy Crest close the creamery, and with that, Sturminster Cheddar production drew to a halt. That, however, did not deter the festival committee. And it seems the community spirit held by the committee continued to be a saving grace, turning disaster into triumph one-by-one. 2001 saw the Foot and Mouth outbreak, which caused the majority of outdoor events to be


struck off, cancelled without a case. But with that and after a call from West Dorset District Council, Dorset Foods tent trotted its way across to the Cheese Festival – “This gave the festival and its visitors a wonderful food experience; it also gave the event a huge boost and we’ve never looked back!” Now in its 15th year, the next festival will be held on the 14th and 15th of September this year. You will find local businesses such as Olives et Al, Holbrook’s, Christine’s Puddings, Comins Tea House, Oxford Bakery as well as other fantastic producers from across the West Country to explore. Take a look at the large Cheese and Food marquee, which has seen a drastic expansion, and is now home to over 60 goods producers, of which 17 are cheese makers. Or, head over to The Mousetrap for cookery demos and talks about cheese. If you fancy something on the side, there are plenty of fun and crafty opportunities as well as entertainment for children, live music and real ale. It’s looking to be a pretty gorgeous festival. For more information visit www.


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agic; a mysterious quality of enchantment that possesses distinctive qualities that produce unaccountable or baffling effects. Kite sports in all their guises – land, water and snow – are truly magical. To explain how we, KiteRight, the charity I set up a year ago, harness this magical quality to change people’s lives for the better, I am going to share with you the stories of two young people. Charlie Timbrell is 17-years-old and has Asperger’s syndrome. Charlie has no friends. He can be very socially isolated and bullied due to his disability. Charlie already knows the magic of kiting. Kiting on land and snow is one of his favourite pastimes. The common bond of shared activity and interest allows Charlie to meet and talk to other kiters. But Charlie had a dream. His dream was to kitesurf on the water. With the aid of our friends at Airborn Kitesurfing, KiteRight turned Charlie’s dream into a reality with some 1-2-1 lessons. Kerry, Charlie’s mum said: “Charlie enjoyed every minute of kitesurfing. He particularly enjoyed the camaraderie of all the kite surfers, who were all very welcoming and chatted away with him about all things kite related. It has given him so much confidence. Charlie’s world is very lonely for a 17-year-old and it is great to see my son acting like a ‘normal’ teenager.” Charlie also wanted to explain why the weekend was so special. He said: “I love the KiteRight charity as everybody is really friendly and everyone loves to have a laugh and a joke and it is so nice to be part of a group who understands me. It was fun to kitesurf for the very first time and I am going to have some more lessons. I can’t wait to see everybody again!” Jayden is 10-years-old and is an angry young

man with behavioural difficulties. He is also intelligent, kind, caring and considerate. On occasion for Jayden’s and the family’s safety the police have to be called. One such night a friendly policeman arrived at the house to help calm the situation. This policeman was also by coincidence a kiter and power kite instructor. While sat in Jayden’s room calming things down the conversation drifted to kiting. Jayden’s eyes lit up and a massive smile emerged. The angry young boy melted away. Jayden’s mum brought him to a KiteRight event and with a nonchalant shrug from a slightly disinterested shoulder that only a 10-year-old can muster, Jayden agreed to try flying a small power kite. As soon as I strapped him to the kite and the breeze launched the brightly coloured kite into the clear blue sky Jayden came alive. Eyes ablaze with excitement and a smile from ear to ear he mastered the kite as if he had been flying them for years. All too soon the session was over and Jayden disappeared home with his mum. But that’s far from the end of Jayden’s story. Lynn Bradnock, Jayden’s mum has seen some real changes: “Since Jayden’s first meeting with KiteRight he has really changed – he actually looked forward to going to the next event to kite again. He bursts with excitement at just the thought of flying that big kite again. He has never shown so much enthusiasm before for any activity and his behaviours have reduced considerably.” KiteRight embraces the often enchanting and baffling effects of kite sports to make a real, measurable difference to people’s lives. Help us to help others free themselves using the magic of kite sports by donating or fundraising today.


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he Cranborne Chase Woodfair is coming to Hampshire this autumn, organised by the Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty team. David Blake, one of the organisers, said, “We want people to come and taste local food, have a go at a craft or activity they have never tried, learn something utterly unexpected and wonderful and feel included and welcome and excited and hungry for more. We want to make this, the fourth Cranborne Chase Woodfair, even more inclusive and provide even more opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to get stuck in and have a go with lots of have a go workshops. “We’ve everything from big forestry machines to Bronze Age woodworking, falconry to furniture makers, timber frames to wood turning. The Cranborne Chase Woodfair will show why wood is as relevant today as it’s always been.” David goes on to explain the philosophy behind the event: “We believe that the Woodfair is a celebration of some of the regions most famous crafts, both traditional 53

and contemporary undiluted by an overly commercial event. So you will not find a funfair, but you will have a lot of fun climbing trees, watching the displays and taking part in the theatre shows. You will not find lots of pseudo outdoor clothing, but you will discover a treasure-trove of local products from food and furniture to toys and games.” A number of exciting workshops have been created to enable people to engage with the event and the amazing people who make it all happen: the crafts people, the turners, bodgers, carvers, weavers, sculptors and coppice workers who will welcome you; the archaeologists, historians, ecologists, biologists, engineers, farmers, huntsmen, dog handlers, shooters and foresters who you will meet. These are available on a limited basis ahead of the event at www.cranbornechasewoodfair.eventbrite. . There is also a two-day wood carving competition which culminates in a public auction of large garden pieces on the Sunday for those seeking something unique for work or home. If you are looking for a fantastic day out this is it. If you want to get ahead with the Christmas shopping, look no further. arkadia magazine



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