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April 2020 Issue 121

Community Magazine & Local Business Directory

Meet the Locals Jacqueline Jacqueline Haskell Haskell - Author Author

Local History

From From Miltonian Miltonian Blacksmith Blacksmith to to Mayor Mayor of of Perth Perth

It’s a Dog’s Life Bugle Bugle in in Spring Spring

What’s On Local History Meet the Locals

Going Places It’s a Dog’s Life Fiona’s Real Food

Book Reviews Local Articles Local Clubs & Societies

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Welcome to the April edition of the magazine. There is no doubt that we are living in strange times at the moment. The pandemic restrictions have effected every single person in our community. Sadly, we have been unable to print any community information about forthcoming events due to the general uncertainty. Also, our Word Search this month does not have a prize due the temporary closure of the Regent Centre. We all sincerely hope that with the advent of the warmer weather, this situation will calm down and life can return to normal sooner rather than later. Please support your local businesses and if you do contact any business listed in the magazine please mention where you got their name from. You would be helping the magazine greatly.

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Local History

From Miltonian Blacksmith to Mayor of Perth

George Randell was born in Milton village on 5th October 1830. His father James was a shoemaker. His mother Elizabeth originally came from Blandford Forum.

£174 to build. This was paid for by two members of the local gentry ry. y It was located to the east of the George Public House in Old Milton. The road around it was the playground for the children.

According to the 1841 census in addition to his mother and father the family also included his sister Caroline, aged 25, his brother Samuel aged 13 and his younger brother Alfred aged 7. The early census does not give us an address for the family other than ‘Milton’. In the 1841 Tithe map and schedule we find that James Randell occupies plot 19, described as a cottage and garden. The Tithe map and schedule were prepared in England and Wales following the Tithe Commutation Act 1836. This act allowed tithes to be paid in cash rather than goods. The map and its accompanying schedule gave the names of all owners and occupiers of land in the parish. It is an invaluable resource for local historians. Using the map we know where the Randell family lived.

Milton School Sports Day circa 1910. The school is in the forground. The Randell House is visble to the right behind the school

The school moved soon aft fter t World War One to a hutted complex on Gore Road at the junction with Vincent Road. The old school building was used until 1931 by the council when it was demolished. Aft fter t his schooling ended at the age of 14 George became an apprentice to the local blacksmith. The forge and the blacksmith’s house were located between the George and the Wheatsheaf Inns.

Milton Village 1898

Their home is located on what is now the Lymington Road behind the Forest Art rts t Centre. The original cottage was pulled down many years ago and a small block of terrace houses is now situated on the site. George went to the local National School which was almost next door to his family home. It was built in 1835 by the Church of England. The land was donated by a kind benefactor, Mr J. Bursey. It cost

George was court rting t Jane Hyde from Bransgore. She was the same age as him. On the 8th of April 1850 they were married at what has been described as ‘their local Baptist chapel’. It is likely that this is the chapel in Lower Ashley Road, which was located next to the existing Baptist cemetery ry. y This had been built by 1822 and was enlarged in 1845. Two weeks aft fter t they were married George and Jane left ftt England for a new life in Australia accompanied by his older brother Samuel. George wanted to emigrate because in 1850 he felt that there “did not seem to be the opport rtunities t around for an ambitious young fellow who wanted to make his way in the world”. They sailed from Plymouth on the ship “Sophia” and arrived in Fremantle on 27th of July 1850. In his memoires George said that it was quite

a wrench to leave the ship as this was their last link with home. To put this into historical context the first British settlers landed in 1829 to set up the Swan River Colony creating the new towns of Pert rth, t Fremantle and Guildford. Britain had deport rted t the first convicts to Australia in 1788. The first penal colony was set up in Botany Bay near present day Sydney on the other side of the Australia. However, the first convicts to be transport rted t to the Fremantle area landed on the 1st of June 1850, just a few weeks before George and Jane arrived on the “Sophia”. The couple from Milton village were brave pioneers start rting t a new life for themselves and helping to create a new country ry. y George worked in a number of jobs in the early years of their new life in Australia. He became a ‘river peddler’ selling goods up and down the Swan River. He and Jane began a family in 1854 when their first son, George William Randell was born. He was followed by Alfred Henry ry, y Edwin Hyde, Samuel Davis (who died as an infant) and James Milton, who was born the year aft fter t his father James, died in Milton Village in 1861. Their youngest son was Samuel Joseph.

In 1868 Jane passed away at the young age of 38. The following year George married Mary ryy Louisa, the daughter of a close friend. Three children were born in this marriage before Mary ryy passed away in 1874 followed short rtly t by their infant daughter. By now George was a wealthy man. He decided to allow his business to be run by a consort rtium t and to put his time and resources into local politics in the city of Pert rth. t He held posts such as the Chairman of the Municipal Council in 1874 and was elected to the Pert rth t Legislative Council. For health reasons he made a brief visit to England in 1878 returning to Pert rth t in 1880 where he married for the third time in 1881. He resumed his political career and later his river boat business. He became Mayor of Pert rth t in 1884-85. George went on to be a member of the first legislative assembly and later the Colonial Secretary ryy and minister for education, post and telegraphs. Recalling his own, basic education George initiated a teacher training college and was a trustee of the university.

George Randell

The Steamer Lady Stirling on the Swan River Perth 1864

Aft fter t years of hard work and saving their money, George had some capital to invest. He start rted t a boat serv rvice v on the Swan River transport rting t goods and passenger and linking Fremantle, Pert rth t and Guildford which at that stage were not connected by roads. The serv rvice v proved to be a great success and aft fter t a few years he was operating a fleet of seven steamboats on the river.

George Randell from Milton village in Hampshire passed away in Pert rth t on the 2nd of June 1915 aft fter t a long and successful life. Nick Saunders Nick Saunders is a local historian who would be pleased to hear from any reader who has information relating to local history ry. y In addition he would be interested to see any postcards or photographs of our district. Tel: 01425 618549


Jacqueline Haskell Author

This month we meet up with Jacqueline Haskell, a local author who has recently had her first book of poetry published and is working on a further collection. Jacqui was born in London but grew up in Brighton. At an early age she was diagnosed with a small hearing loss which became worse as she grew older. By the time Jacqui was thirty she was profoundly deaf.

On leaving college Jacqui worked as a simultaneous interpreter. She was an extremely talented linguist, speaking French, German and Russian. Sadly, she had to give up this work when her deafness meant that she was severely restricted in her ability to communicate with clients. This was in the time prior to emails, texts and the IT support that we take for granted today and which would have helped Jacqui to work on in her career. Jacqui retrained as a lipreading teacher. She relocated to Hampshire and worked as a Communication Rehabilitation Officer at Winchester Social Services based in Basingstoke & North Hants Hospital. She was able to give practical help and assistance to newly diagnosed patients and she also ran lipreading classes.

Raffles Hotel, The Writers' Bar – Jacqui stayed at the hotel Christmas 2009 into New Year 2010. Many famous writers stayed here including Somerset Maugham, who said: “Raffles stands for all the fables of the exotic East."

Later Jacqui worked on a Lottery-funded project for the Royal National Institute for Deaf People. She travelled the country advising companies and organisations on how they could adapt their-policies

and procedures to comply with what was then called the Disability Discrimination Act. She worked on this project until 2005 and then became a freelance disability awareness trainer. In 2006 Jacqui started writing fiction, and in 2008 she moved to New Milton. Her aunt and uncle had lived in Barton and she had many happy memories of childhood holidays in the area. Jacqui then undertook a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing at Birkbeck College, University of London, and

would commute from New Milton to her lectures. On graduating from the course she set about building her reputation as a writer, producing short stories, poetry and a novel. Jacqui found writing to be very rewarding and allconsuming in terms of time and creative energy. She entered a number of writing competitions and had numerous successes, including winning The Saturday Telegraph short fiction award.

skills and the appropriate crystals, she was able to locate energy black spots and heal them.

She also began researching electronic voice phenomena, i.e. sounds found on electronic recordings interpreted as spirit voices that have been either intentionally or unintentionally recorded, often involving souls that had not been able to cross over into the afterlife at the Jacqui recently attended point of their death. the launch of her book at This research inspired Waterstones in Brighton. Jacqui’s first poetry (See photo above) The collection entitled Stroking book is also available in Cerberus: Poems from the Waterstones in Lymington Afterlife. Drawing insight and from the publisher from a number of sources, https:// her poems look at the myriadeditions.com/ occult, mythology, life after books/stroking-cerberus/ death, spirit appearances priced at £5.00. Readers from beyond the grave, and may also purchase the grief and loss in this world book direct from Jacqui and the next. The poems who can be contacted via won a prize in a jacqueline.haskell@hotmail competition run by .co.uk Spotlight Books. This Exchanging energy in Jacqui has just finished the included mentoring, and Glastonbury first draft of another poetry funding for publication and collection with the working promotion of the work. The In addition to her writing, title of The Short Shelf Life book became part of the about eight years ago of Hearts, the narrative of a ‘Spotlight’ series, which is a Jacqui trained as a spiritual collaboration between transplanted heart. The healer and during this time Myriad Publishing, Creative poems follow the journey of she lived and worked near Future, and New Writing a donor heart and its Glastonbury. She helped intended recipient. South, and which aims to both people and animals, discover, guide and We wish Jacqui every as well as space clearing a support writers who are success with her fiction, variety of locations. She under-represented due to poetry and future was able to calm and mental or physical health publications. cleanse buildings that had issues, disability, race, negative energy trapped class, gender identity or Nick Saunders within them, and using her social circumstance.

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Do it yourself wills are definitely a false economy. A solicitor will charge around £150 for a basic will but the bill could rise to £600 plus for inheritance tax advice and complex financial planning. By contrast DIY wills offer a far cheaper alternative usually costing around £20. A DIY will may seem very attractive at this price but it can be a risky approach. If errors are made or if the strict witnessing rules are not followed correctly the document could be invalid. The implications of that can be serious. Not only do you risk leaving your family with a financial and emotional mess but your estate could be eaten away by legal bills or unnecessary tax, Figures from the Co-op suggest that a poorly drafted or ineffective DIY will affects around 38,000 families every year and each one can take up to 10% in the value of a person’s estate in additional fees in sorting out the problems. So you have saved maybe £300 in will writing fees but incurred a much larger bill

running into thousands of pounds in correcting errors. I recently saw a home made codicil. A codicil is a document that is signed in the same way as a will that can be used to alter a will after it has been made. Dad had 2 daughters. He had given £30,000 to one daughter whilst he was alive and he wished to treat his daughters equally by giving his other daughter the same amount. He made a codicil and said “In my will I have left a quarter of my estate to my daughter but by this codicil I wish to deduct from this one quarter the sum of £30,000 which I have given to her during her lifetime” The codicil does have the effect of deducting £30,000 from the daughter’s share. But can anyone see what the problem is? The codicil does not go on to say what should happen to the £30,000 deducted. The intestacy rules apply to this £30,000. On intestacy this


amount is divided equally between the 2 daughters. This is not what Dad intended but because he had drafted the codicil himself he did not realise. Now Dad has died the only way this can be rectified is if his daughters agree. A professionally drawn will tells your family and friends very clearly when you are no longer here what you want to happen to your assets and so it gives them the security they deserve of knowing that they are carrying out your wishes Your will is important and professional advice will ensure that your will complies with all the legal requirements in relation to signing, that it is properly drafted and that it takes advantage of all the tax allowances you may be entitled to. If you would like advices about wills or any other legal matters then please contact Dixon Stewart on enquiry@dixonstewart.com or give us a call

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and popular with travellers who just want to relax and enjoy the sunshine and the sand!

Gran Canaria is also the perfect setting for golfers with eight courses on the island.

Gran Canaria is perfect for hiking, mountain biking and active holiday with its mountains, ravines and volcanoes it has plenty of trails to follow. Over 40% of the island has been declared a World Biosphere Reserve.

It is not just sport, sea and sand in Gran Canaria which can be enjoyed; it has museums, art galleries, theatres and music and dance festivals. There really is something for everyone to delight in on this beautiful island.

There are 128 beaches to enjoy on Gran Canaria and 236 kilometres of coastline. This coast is enjoyed by sailors, surfers, windsurfers, body boarders, divers and sports fishermen, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the warm waters.


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You don’t need to tell an avid gardener that spending time and effort tilling the soil, nurturing Mother Nature, and growing new life is part of a healthy lifestyle. Contact with nature plays a vital role in our physical and psychological wellbeing. Science has now acknowledged the health benefits of gardening. Inhaling beneficial bacteria, that occurs naturally in the soil, has been shown to increase levels of serotonin and reduce anxiety. Early exposure to these bacteria in children has been linked to all kinds of long-term health benefits, including reducing allergies and autoimmune diseases. This highlights why it is important to allow kids to get down and dirty. Challenging the developing immune system with foreign threats, is essential in building robust immunity for life. THE THERAPEUTIC BENEFITS OF GARDENING SUPPORTED BY RESEARCH: 1. Valuing the aesthetics of gardens and connecting with nature 2. Improving physical strength, flexibility and cardiovascular fitness 3. Decreases in body mass index and increases in muscle mass 4. Stimulating mental activity 5. Improves cognitive ability, visualisation, planning and a sense of achievement

6. Increases in selfself-esteem and life satisfaction 7. Reducing feelings of depression and anxiety 8. Increasing quality of sleep, overall health and quality of life 9. Building socialisation through stress reduction 10. Growing a sense of community Is it any wonder that gardening groups are successful in treating people suffering from both physical and mental health issues, and also rehabilitating addicts and criminal offenders alike? The start of spring represents a hive of activity among gardeners. As a result, there is a corresponding spike in injuries associated with returning to heavier work like digging, weeding and lifting. Before putting your back into gardening, should you pay a visit to the people skilled at caring for spinal health and vitality? At New Milton Chiropractic we measure, and work at improving the alignment, balance, flexibility, strength and stamina that gardeners require, so that you can live your life in full bloom.

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‘The Binding’ by Bridget Collins Emmett Farmer has been summoned to his apprenticeship as a bookbinder. Forced to leave the farm where he was raised, he will learn to craft books, a profession that strikes fear into his parents and prejudice in others. He will bind secrets, the shadows that haunt people, he will learn to take their memories and place them in a book to be forgotten. Then he discovers a book with his own name on the spine.

‘The Love Letter’ by Lucinda Riley Journalist Joanna Haslam is on assignment to cover the funeral of a famous actor, James Harrison, when she helps an old lady and changes the course of her own life. Espionage, intrigue and multiple murders follow. Can she reveal a secret that would change everything? Following the huge success of the ‘Seven Sisters’ and several other books, I’m glad that this novel has been reissued after twenty years. It’s a departure from the romantic stories Riley has mastered in recent times. T his is a real thriller, but it still has a love story and plenty of richly written characters. I couldn’t put it down! Published by Pan ISBN 1509825045

This is Collins’ first adult novel after much success writing books for a younger readership. It’s beautifully written and breaks boundaries with it’s compelling love story. Published by The Borough Press ISBN 000827214X ‘The Seal Woman’s Gift’ by Sally Magnusson This novel has been heartily recommended to me by the Mandala Book Group who are currently looking for new members. They meet every third Monday of the month (not August) at 7pm in the New Milton Community Centre. This is a re-imagining of events that actually took place off the coast of Iceland in 1627. Barbary pirates abducted 250 people from a tiny island off the mainland. Among the captives, the island pastor, his wife. Ásta and their three children. The Sealwoman's Gift is about the power of storytelling in order to survive. Ásta, enslaved in Arab culture, copes with the loss of her freedom by recalling the stories in her head. Sally Magnusson (yes, the daughter of Mastermind’s Magnus) won great acclaim for this imaginative debut novel. Just a reminder that all of the books recommended in this column are available at your local library. Support your local library, visit today (it’s free) and see what’s on offer. Published by Two Roads ISBN 1473638984



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Bugle has a Spring in his step I recently read an article about how bears all over the world have emerged from hibernation earlier than usual this year. It certainly seems that our ‘ bear ‘ has a spring in his step these days. Every morning, he gets very excited about going out for his walk, he dances around like a puppy ‘talking with excitement’. If we decide to go further afield in the car his enthusiasm knows no bounds! As our regular readers will know, Bugle was quite poorly at the end of last year and so we are thrilled to have our overgrown puppy back. However, due to his ongoing shoulder condition, we do have to keep him on the lead

most of the time, not because he will run off but in case he does himself any damage. One of our favourite outings is to Avon beach where we let him off across the field behind the beach. We decided to walk west in front of the beach huts this week and foolishly let him off his lead to have a mooch. Next minute, we saw him jump off the edge of the walkway onto the beach- result- back on his lead! The meadow in Barton is another favourite destination but we have to stop him jumping into the stream. One day, I had walked him up to the top of the meadow and then let him off to have a mooch along the tree line. All was going well until Bugle saw me chatting to a fellow dog walker mid field. He saw his opportunity and casually ambled down towards the streamthe next thing all I could see was the tip of his tail as he


paddled along towards the bridge. Fortunately, I was able to coax him along to a section when the bank sloped up gently and he was able to exit without doing himself any damage. He was very pleased with himself and when I put his lead on, he looked at me and wagged his tail with pleasure at having briefly tasted freedom! Needless to say, I won’t be letting him off on the meadow again, but as he does love a paddle, I will don my waterproof boots and take him in down the bank by the play area where he can’t do himself any harm! Sally Prince


Local History

Aerial Photographs

By using aerial images it is possible for a local historian to notice a lot of detail relating to the streets of our town that are not necessarily visible from conventional street level photographs. This helps to add to our knowledge of how the town looked and what use was made of certain buildings or plots of land. To illustrate the point careful study of the photograph on the right reveals a wealth of detail. It was taken in 1952. The camera is looking south-east over the top of the Station Road area. In the foreground is Avenue Road. The railway line cuts across the image from bottom right to top left. The water tower is an obvious feature for the reader to get their bearings. We can see the rear of the Milton Hotel (later renamed the Speckled Trout). This was demolished in 1996 and the site is now home to the Arnewood Medical Practice. This image gives a good view of the railway station and the cottages used by the station staff. It also shows the railway sidings. At the entrance to Station Approach the small huts can be seen which were used by coal merchants and an estate agent. If you look south along Station Road you can see the large houses on the east side of the street in the area where Morrisons supermarket now stands. These houses were private homes which were used by doctors and dentists to run their practices from. The second image is also taken around about 1952. The camera is looking north-west across the town. Once again the water tower is an obvious landmark as is the recreation ground in the centre left of the picture. Note the cricket pitch marked out. Near to the War Memorial Hall you can see the children’s play park with the

1952 - Railway Station North of Station Road

1952 - North West across the town

tall metal slide and the roundabout that used to make everyone feel a bit unwell if they stayed on too long. This will bring back happy memories to readers of a certain age. You can clearly see the cross roads in Station Road without traffic lights. There does not appear to be much traffic about. At the bottom end of Station Road you can see Bradbeers department store without the upper storey extension. Looking down Elm Avenue there are the bungalows that were cleared away to create the central car park. If you let your eye wander along Gore Road you

will see the old school that was on the corner of Gore Road and Vincent Road. It was built in 1919, using ex army huts. Looking at the top of the image you can just about make out Marley Avenue and the woods that were later felled to make Hazelwood Avenue and Beechwood Avenue. This third photograph was taken in 1947 by the RAF as part of a survey of Great Britain. This shows the Gore Road area which is now much more industrialised. On the bottom edge of the image you can see Milton Village.

1947 - Gore Road Area

It is possible to pick out St Mary Magdalene Church and the churchyard leading up to Gore Road. To the west of the church is Edgars Dairies yard. There were stables here as the milk carts were horse drawn. To the right of the churchyard is an empty field which is now the site of Arnewood School. Follow Gore Road along to the left (west) of the picture. Note the Gore Farm buildings which are now used by Willow Barns restaurant. It is also possible to see the ten houses that make up Fawcett Road estate. This was later expanded and now runs up to the railway line. Further along Gore Road you can see the round

gasometer, used to store gas, which was located roughly where Jewsons and Atlas Ceramics are now situated. At the junction of Gore Road and Stem Lane is Gore Terrace. There were three men from these houses who lost their lives in WW1 and are named on the war memorial. Looking up Stem Lane beside the railway line you can make out the industrial area which was then used as a brick works. There was a considerable brick industry in Milton before the Second World War. As well as being located in Stem Lane there were other brick fields in Gore Road and Ashley.

This final image shows the Barton on Sea cliff top area. We know that the image was taken on the 28th of July 1938. The camera is pointing northwest and shows in some detail the area of Marine Drive at the junction with Barton Court Avenue. In the foreground you can see the Beachcomber Cafe and Barton Court. This used to be a large hotel circa 1910 and was used as a convalescent home in WW1. Note how large the garden was. Most of this has now been lost to cliff slippage. It would be interesting to compare the difference on a modern day photograph. Next door to Barton Court can be seen the Ventana pub which has now become Pebbles Restaurant. At the road junction is a triangle of land. The three sided building which is visible was once an estate agents. Now it is a private house. On the opposite side of the road is a curved parade of buildings. These used to be shops serving the Barton community. There was a hardware shop, a grocers and a branch of Barclays Bank to name but a few. Next door can be seen part of the Red House Hotel which, for many years, served the local area. As you can see, the use of aerial photographs is of great value to a local historian simply because of the coverage of the area in one image and the detail they reveal. The photographs are themselves a slice of time in that they capture and preserve the history revealed by the camera. Nick Saunders

1938 - Barton on Sea

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Local History Now, Mrs Steve is the gardener in our family, so I dedicate this column to her. She has a greenhouse where she grows from seed and she knows her pansies and petunias from her peonies. This one’s for you love. Stewart rts t has a place in history ryy as the first purpose-built garden centre in the UK (1961).

Artist’s impression of Stewarts ‘Garden Lands’ (as it was first known) when it opened in October ’61. Drawing by Bill Chitty, a local Christchurch artist.

The front pond at Stewarts. There was no front fence for the first 30 years!

It’s still there, in the same location, on the Lyndhurst Road, next to Sainsbury ry’s. y The firm’s history ryy goes back much furt rther t than that, although the current MD, Mart rtin t Stewart rtt (since 1982), is quick to point out that a history ryy doesn’t guarantee a future, so Stewart rts t has to continue to move with the times. What about that history ryy though?

We can actually trace the company back to Mart rtin’s t Great, Great, Great Grandfather, Charles Stewart rtt (although the family genealogy gyy has been recorded much furt rther t back to Mary ryy Queen of Scots and even Robert rtt the Bruce). A plantsman in 18th century ryy Scotland, Charles had first start rted t planting forestry ryy trees as early as 1742, just a few years before the last of the Jacobite Rebellions (led by another Charles Stuart rt, t or ‘Bonnie Prince Charlie’). The business was continued by Charles’ eldest son, John, but it was with John’s two sons, William and David, that the move south of the border occurred, with younger brother David (Mart rtin’s t Great Grandfather) establishing a branch nursery ryy in Ferndown (1864), the choice of Dorset being very ryy deliberate because of the mild climate, whilst William focused on the Scottish holdings. The Stewart rts t then lobbied for a railway station at West Moors to help with its distribution, which duly opened in 1867. David’s four sons, including Mart rtin’s t Grandfather, A.F. Mart rtin t Stewart rt, t continued the family business, with major landscaping projects being undert rtaken, t including Ferndown Golf Course, whilst the business maintained its Ferndown base right through to the 1950s, when it vacated in favour of Broomhill.


A.F. (Andrew Fothergill) Martin Stewart, grandfather of the current MD.

It was Edward (‘Ted’) Stewart rt, t a flyer and WW2 WW W veteran, and father to Mart rtin, t who orchestrated the firm’s recovery ryy aft fter t the war, and introduced container-grown stock into the UK at this time, which transformed Stewart rts t into an all-year round business. It was on a visit to Toronto that Edward caught a glimpse of the future, the ‘garden centre’, and his first attempt was at Ferndown (1955), by adapting existing buildings. This was the forerunner of the very ryy first purpose-built garden centre in the UK, the Stewart rts t we see today, in Christchurch, which opened in October 1961, with the ceremonies perf rformed f by TV V gardener Percy Thrower, who became a close friend of Ted.

The famous TV gardener Percy Thrower signs books at the opening of Stewarts Christchurch, October ’61.

Titchfield in Hampshire. All of them have that essential coff ffee f shop, without which a visit to a garden centre wouldn’t be complete.

The garden centre as it expanded.

An estimated 3,000 people turned up on opening day when Stewarts opened its doors in October ’61.

Stewart rts t is still going strong today, over 275 years aft fter t Charles Stewart rtt first start rted t planting his trees in Scotland. The company employs some 300 staff ff, f who can be aged between 16 and 80, across its sites. Although Mart rtin t is now its longest-serv rving v staff fff member (coming up to 43 years), over 25% of staff fff have been with Stewart rts t a decade or more, with one venerable employee retiring in 2012 aft fter t fully 69 years’ serv rvice, v and another long-standing employee retiring recently having reached 80 years of age. All of this tells us that Stewart rts t is a happy ship and that people are contented enough to want to stay. Opport rtunities t are there for youngsters too; the key attribute to have is enthusiasm. Initiative is welcome too, as there’s a good deal of autonomy about the place.

We shouldn’t underestimate the complexity of the operation at Stewart rts, t or indeed any garden centre, with all those seasonal plants that the public expects to be available at the right time. The first garden centre coffee shop opened at Stewarts Christchurch site in October 1961.

Early advertising for Stewarts.

Stewart rts t also has its coff ffee f shops that bake their own cakes, which is another business in itself. There’s a major infrastructure project underw rway w too, at Broomhill, where a new nursery ryy / growing facility is being constructed. Work began a couple of years ago and is scheduled to finish this coming summer. There’ll also be a new catering facility there. There are two furt rther t Stewart rts t at Broomhill (as above), and at

Stewart rts t (Christchurch) always appears busy whenever Mrs Steve and I visit, which is hardly surprising given that the company has around 45,000 active loyalty card members, who will receive the Stewart rts t free magazine four times a year. My wife is one of those members, who likes to receive her mag, takes up her off ffers f and visits the coff ffee f shop with her hubby. Steve Robert rts’ t first book, ‘Lesser Known Christchurch’, was published in August 2015, by Dorset book specialist Roving Press. His second book, ‘Lesser Known Bournemouth’, was published in November 2019. For more information visit the publisher’s website www ww ww. w rovingpress.co.uk or the author’s website www ww ww.steverobert w rts.org.uk t (Twitter: @SRChristchurch)








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Olivia Burt was a young woman who achieved many things in her short life.

She lived most of her 20 years in Milford on Sea and was a gifted student, attending Milford Primary School before moving to Bournemouth School for Girls where she was Head Girl. She did all of this and much more with an infectious smile and a desire to help others. As a result, Olivia made friends easily and when, on 7 February 2018 she was killed in a horrendous incident in Durham where she was a student, there was a huge outpouring of grief. Once the initial all-consuming shock of Olivia’s death passed and in an effort to find some meaning in the tragedy, Olivia’s parents Nigel and Paula decided to set up Olivia Inspires, a charity to allow Olivia’s spirit to live on in the achievements of others. The charity will assist young people aged 11 to 18 years, whose families live in the New Forest District Council area and who are facing financial hardship, by making grants of money, normally no more than £500, to provide items or services to enable them to develop their potential in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), the arts and sport.

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If you would like to find out more about Olivia Inspires or if you know anyone who might benefit from an Olivia Inspires award, please visit the website where you can also make A steady stream of applications for online donations: support has been received via the www.oliviainspires.org.uk. If you have Olivia Inspires website and the first any questions please don’t hesitate to grants have been awarded to a variety contact: admin@oliviainspires.org.uk. of richly deserving young people. These include, amongst other things



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