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DorsetLife The Dorset Magazine

The best of Dorset in words and pictures

No.408 March 2013

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Dorset treasures

BSO's Kirill Karabits

Dorset gardens

Mummies & Teddies

Corfe Castle

Pyes plot, Netherbury

The dynamo from Kiev

Dorchester's other museums

PLUS: Treves in Beaminster Verwood then and now Curiosities of Lyme Regis

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March 2013

in this issue

contents County comment & Letters

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Dorset miscellany

Dragonflies and damselflies

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New series:Treasures of Dorset 53

Dorset's four-winged predators

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Corfe Castle

Living in Dorset

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Mummies and Teddies

News from around the county

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Damsels and dragons Dorset's four-winged predators

Dorchester's many museums

Focus on Bridport

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Nesta of the forest

The bard of Bridport

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The story of Bournemouth's white witch

Focus on Poole

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Dorset taste

The story of the Poole Printmakers

Focus on Weymouth

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Stoates family millers

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Eat, drink, stay‌

Stargazers of the town unite

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Restaurant review, food and drink listings

Colin Varndell's wildlife year

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This month in Dorset

The harvest mouse

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Dorset gardens Small is beautiful

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Upcoming events in Dorset

Dorset gardens

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The Dorset walk

A small, perfectly formed Netherbury garden

Glass of Haig

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Education

Stained-glass artist Henry Haig's life and work

Curiosities of Lyme Regis

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Moving home

Lesser-known items in the town

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What to do if someone dies

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Who to contact and what to do

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Sir Frederick in and around Beaminster

Verwood then and now

31 Curiosities of Lyme Regis

Things to think about when moving

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An interview with the BSO's conductor

In the footsteps of Treves

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What schools in the area can offer

Lesser-known parts of the town in pictures

Dorset lives: Kirill Karabits

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Tolpuddle, Briantspuddle & Turners Puddle

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A pictorial comparison of the town

The Dorset Directory

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Jess of the Dairyfields

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36 Dorset lives

The BSO's Kirill Karabits

The Millers' new bull is anything but placid

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55 Mummies and Teddies Dorchester's many museums

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editor's letter

The old joke, which goes: 'I know an old lady who swallowed a horse; she's French of course', seems a good deal less funny these days than once it did. As stories of criminal conspiracies, super-complex meat supply-chain systems and trusting 'a piece of paper' continued to unfurl, one was left with the feeling that with the continued industrialisation of food production, the horses, as it were, were coming home to roost. At the same time as horse meat was causing a scandal, no-one in government seems to be paying any attention to a scandal much closer to home: the shockingly small proportion of the retail price of meat and milk which goes to Dorset's pig, lamb, beef and dairy farmers. Partly this is due to a massively imbalanced market system, where supermarket giants pay what they want for meat, playing, for example, cheap frozen New Zealand lamb off against fresh lamb from Dorset. Of the, say, £14/kg one might pay for lamb, around £3 goes to the farmer. Dorset's milk producers, despite the best intentions of some in the industry, are still as likely to lose money on producing milk as not. We should not look solely at the supermarkets when looking for the bad guy, though; it is the consumer who should bear a large portion of the blame. We have been seduced into believing that, whilst the cost of red diesel and animal feed have gone through the roof, we should expect fresh food, produced while observing the highest levels of animal welfare and ecological awareness, to get cheaper each year. To misquote a well-known phrase: 'if you pay peanuts, you get ponies.'

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Finger posts and gibbets

If you wish to comment on anything which whhich has appeared in Dorset Life - The Dorset Magazine, Maagazine, or share your views on any aspect of living livin ing in Dorset,, send an email to editor@dorsetlife.co o.uk or write to to editor@dorsetlife.co.uk The Editor, Dorset Life - The Dorset Magazine, Magazine, 7 The Th Leanne, Sandford Lane, Wareham, Dorset Dorset BH20 4DY. 4DY.

With reference to your piece in Dorset Life's February issue on adopting finger posts… when new ones were erected after 1945, the unique Dorset design included, on the finial, the place name and the national grid reference, therefore no-one could get lost. Where the finger post coincided with a former gibbet site, it was painted red. I do hope that when volunteers adopt one for the AONB partnership that they retain the 1945 design. I only wish that HGV drivers would look at the finger posts rather than allowing their SatNavs to send them up tiny lanes which they then block! J STICKLAND Tidworth

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From fork-lift to fork, we get the food we choose to pay for

letters to the editor

A detail of the red finger post finial at Anderson near the Winterbornes. The OS reference omits the two-letter prefix as, even though Dorset is covered by five sheets of OS maps, none of the references conflict in the county.

The post-war finger posts may have been erected after 1945, but following the sterling work of the Home Guard in their attempts to misdirect the feared invader or paratrooper, there are either some areas that never seem quite to have got their posts back, or roads which once didn't need signs but now do; there are nonetheless around a thousand of them in all. As far as the four Dorset 'red posts' are concerned, the gibbet idea is one of a number of theories including to mark 'court-to-port' routes for prisoners sentenced to transportation, or that they were installed by a mischievous 1920s County Council employee who wanted to see what reaction they might elicit. Publisher Lisa Richards.................................. office@dorsetlife.co.uk Editor Joël Lacey ..................................... editor@dorsetlife.co.uk Advertisement Sales Director Dave Silk 01305 836440 ....................dave@dorsetlife.co.uk Business Development Manager Julie Cullen 01258 459090 ................. julie@dorsetlife.co.uk Advertising copy/website administration Eve Baker ........................................copy@dorsetlife.co.uk Accounts/subscriptions administration Bryony O’Hara ................................admin@dorsetlife.co.uk Editorial Consultant John Newth Editorial Designer Mark Fudge .........www.fudgiedesign.co.uk

I have just come across your article (Dorset Life, June 2009) concerning Bettiscombe. I do not know if it would be of interest but my grandmother worked for Lord & Lady Pinney in the manor house as a housekeeper. She lived in the first cottage. As a child I used to go on holiday with my parents and played in the kitchen whilst my grandmother was working. One day my parents and I were invited for a tour around the house. During which time we got told the story of the screaming skull, my Dad was offered the chance to hold the skull. He would not. At this point I was about ten years old and remember the place clearly. C GRAYSON via email Legend has it that if the skull (thought to be from a woman who died about 3500 years ago) were removed from the house, the house would rock to its foundations and the person who removed it would certainly die within a year. The 'screaming' part apparently comes from the nature of the nightmares suffered by those who moved it.

Moving library story I'm told you had an article about Dorset mobile libraries about two or so years ago. Is it still available and on line? A WOODWARD via email The piece you mention, Mr Wooodward, was in our February 2009 issue and while many pieces from 2009 are available online, this one is not. We do still have a handful of original copies of that issue available for sale, though. Directors: JFA Newth (Chairman); LF Richards (Managing); MG Newth; JD Kennard; DE Silk; DM Slocock; PMG Stopford-Adams DL; Editorial Associates David Burnett; Lady Digby DBE, DL; David Eccles; Mrs Barbara Fulford-Dobson DL; Peter Harvey DL; John Langham CBE; Mrs Pamela Seaton MBE, JP, DL; Mrs Terry Slocock; Mrs Amanda Streatfeild; Giles Sturdy MBE, JP, DL; Hon. Charlotte Townshend DL Subscriptions: inland £32, overseas £62 (surface mail) for twelve issues. Call 01929 551264 to subscribe, for airmail rates or for 24- and 36-issue subscription rates. Printed by Pensord, Blackwood........www.pensord.co.uk

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A dragonfly nymph eating a hapless tadpole that ventured too close to it

Dorset's fourwinged predators Jenny Elliott looks at the county's damselflies and dragonflies Dragonflies are split into two groups, dragonflies and damselflies. They have inhabited the earth for millions of years. One prehistoric fossil has a wingspan of two and a half feet. True dragonflies are large powerful fliers with two sets of transparent wings. They are very versatile aviators and can hover, loop the loop and even fly backwards. They are unable to fold their wings and when flying or at rest their wings are held at right angles to their bodies. Odonata is the scientific name for dragonflies and means toothed jaw. Much of their time is spent hunting for prey and they have excellent eyesight for this purpose. Their eyes have about 30,000 individual lenses and can detect the slightest movement. Up to six hundred insects a day can be consumed by one dragonfly so they are able to help enormously in keeping mosquito numbers down. At one time the native Burmese regularly released dragonfly nymphs

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into the water that surrounded their settlements to control the mosquitoes that carried Yellow Fever. They are viewed as pests by most beekeepers as they can have a devastating effect on a bee colony. Dragonflies are able to eat on the wing but will sometimes land to devour their meal. They have barbed legs, which are very effective at catching insects in mid-air, but are absolutely no good for walking. In fact, they are unable to walk at all. Dragonflies only take to the air when the weather is warm. The muscles in their wings won't function unless warmed by the sun. Dragonfly nymphs are ferocious predators and will eat mosquito larvae, lesser boatman, pond snail eggs, water fleas, small fish and even other dragonfly nymphs. They live in the water for up to six years. As you can see, the greater part of their life is spent underwater. The nymphs have a special gill chamber which extracts oxygen from the water they have taken


This photograph shows the wonderful metallic colours of the male Banded Demoiselle

in. This means they don't have to surface to breathe. This ingested water can also be used to jet propel them away from danger when they feel threatened. When this stage is complete the nymph will crawl out of the water and up a stem of a plant where it sheds its skin. It then pumps its wings with blood to make them stiff, the sun will dry its body and wings and it is ready to take its first flight. If maturity is reached during the winter they will hibernate until the spring and the warm weather before leaving the water. The life cycle then begins again. Dragonflies often mate in the air. After mating the female will lay her eggs, up to one hundred a day. They are usually laid on plants growing on the margins of ponds. Damselflies are generally smaller and have a weaker flight. They tend to stay close to vegetation and water and don't fly the long distances that dragonflies do. They, too, are very adept at catching insects on the wing. Unlike the dragonflies they are able to fold

A pair of Common Blue Damselflies in a mating flight. The male is the blue one.

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Winged Predators in Dorset

Top I saw this Golden Ringed Dragonfly flying overhead carrying something. I was able to creep up on it when it landed and observed it eating a wasp. Above This female Emperor Dragonfly is laying her eggs on a rotting piece of damp wood on the margins of a stagnant pond Left Large Red Damselfly

their wings against their bodies when at rest. Their eyes are not as large and are separate – unlike the eyes of a true dragonfly, which meet. Their lifecycle is between one and two years. Damselflies usually mate whilst attached to vegetation on the waters edge. After mating the female will descend into the water to lay her eggs. Once the eggs have been laid she will crawl back up the stem to mate again. We are very fortunate in Dorset to be able to see these insects in abundance on our ponds and rivers.

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Winged Predators in Dorset I watched this Banded Demoiselle for some time and was amazed at how easily it caught its prey in mid air before landing to devour its meal

Below This Common Darter shot was taken at Powerstock Common

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Living in Dorset New lifeboat building centre of excellence The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has received the go-ahead from planners to create a facility to build all-weather lifeboats at its Poole headquarters. It will cost just over £11 million, but bringing production and maintenance of the boats in-house will eventually save the charity £3.7 million every year and create 90 new jobs. RNLI chief executive Paul Boissier says fewer and fewer boat builders are able to work to its specific requirements and to meet its own demand as a customer it will need to build six new all-weather lifeboats annually for the next 20 years. ‘Our vision is to develop a British centre of engineering excellence in Poole,’ says Paul, adding: ‘We’ll be helping to keep boatbuilding and manufacturing skills alive in the British workforce for years to come.’

Artist’s impression of the all-weather Lifeboat Centre

The unacceptable face of litter at one of our greatest beauty spots

Beach litter pick celebrates 25 years The Great Dorset Beach Clean reaches its quarter of a century this year and aims to celebrate by achieving litter-free ‘silvery drenched sands’ across the county’s beaches, says Jenny Penney, co-ordinator of the project. Last year more than 600 volunteers helped Dorset County Council’s Coastal Ranger team across 27 beaches. ‘Our economy is driven in the main by tourism and if our beaches are not clean our tourism industry will be pressurised,’ says Jenny. ‘By giving just two hours of help, people can support it [the tourism industry] as well as our local wildlife and reduce the environmental impact that rubbish has.’ This year’s clean-up takes place on Sunday 21 April and details of locations can be found nearer the time at www.dorsetforyou.com:/greatdorsetbeachclean

Blast off in Dorset

Conserve and respect Dorset's mammals Those with an interest in Dorset’s mammals and their welfare and protection can now join a dedicated group which aims to increase public awareness of them. The newly formed Dorset Mammal Group aims to take forward the work of the previous badger and otter groups and extend coverage to all of the county’s non-flying land and sea mammals. Its logo is ‘conserve and respect’ which reflects its twin-track philosophy and has been described by the television presenter and naturalist Chris Packham as ‘progressive’ and ‘setting the right tone for the 21st century’. The group, which already has 80-plus founder members, has a programme of talks and field events and those delivering presentations include the renowned wildlife photographer and Dorset Life contributor Colin Varndell. There is more information at www.dorsetmammalgroup.org.uk and upcoming events include a March Hare Walk at West Bexington on 23 March.

Colin Varndell

BSO Blast is a three-year musical project that will offer 24,000 young people in the region the chance to work with the musicians of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO). Appropriately, the first Blast project will take place in Dorset and will see BSO musicians working with the Dorset Youth Orchestra at Herrison Hall, Charlton Down near Dorchester. Members of Kokoro, the BSO’s contemporary music group, will work with the young musicians and join them for a concert on 14 July. The programme includes contemporary works by two local composers: Hywel Davies, Kokoro’s composer-in-residence, and Dan Priest.

A hedgehog is appropriately featured in Dorset Mammal Group’s logo. It is estimated that its numbers have reduced by more than 90 per cent over the past 50 years

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Living in Dorset Minx for the memories A rare 1958 Hillman Minx car is the latest addition to the memory garden at the Colten Care dementia home at Fernhill in Longham. It was lowered into the garden by crane inside a specially made cradle. June Gallagher, operations manager at Colten Care, explains that the memory garden is continually revitalised to meet residents' needs for memory stimulation and complements a series of themed rooms created for reminiscence inside the home. They include a simulated haberdasher's called Thimbles, a cinema called The Regal, a teashop called the Honey Pot, and a post office. The car is already bringing back cherished memories. ‘Residents love the garden and the chance to sit inside the car and reminisce,’ says June. ‘They go out to the car every day, weather permitting, and chat about journeys they have had and where they would like to go. The car is a fabulous stimulus for conversation with friends, family and carers.’ Colten Care managing director and former lead guitarist Ian Hudson rekindles teenage memories as Fernhill residents welcome the Hillman Minx

Spell-binding sequel underway in West Dorset Community libraries roll-out The transfer of seven libraries across Dorset into the hands of the community and volunteers is underway. Puddletown leads the way with Colehill, Wool, Chickerell and Burton Bradstock following in January. At the time of writing Stalbridge and Charmouth were on schedule to make the switch in February. Discussions regarding the transfer of Corfe Castle library are still ongoing. The libraries will be independent and self-governing but will be supported by books, staffing and information technology services from Dorset County Council in a deal worth £5,500 for each library, each year. ‘Sixteen months ago, eight community libraries located across the county were faced with the stark choice of being closed through lack of funding or managing the libraries themselves,’ says Graham Lee, chairman of the Association of Friends of Dorset Libraries or Ad Lib. ‘The response of the community and volunteers to this challenge has been remarkable.’

With his first novel The Merlin Legacy attracting interest around the world, Dorset author Stephen Davis is already a quarter of the way through the sequel. Set in Netherbury and around West Dorset, the first book tells the tale of a young man whose crippling injuries have given him ‘unexpected’ powers and who must fulfil his destiny. What makes the achievement all the more remarkable is that Stephen types the books with one finger due to injuries sustained from a polo accident three years ago. He trained as a dental surgeon and went on to become a restorative hospital consultant but the injury sadly ended Stephen’s surgical career. As well as writing, he now spends his time tending animals and crops on his family smallholding. ‘Having had three children and now three grandchildren, so far, I find story-telling great fun. The characters seem to be in my head and I can get annoyed that I can’t get the story onto the screen very quickly. The follow-up is almost writing itself though,’ says Stephen, ‘I love writing and I am sure it helps my recovery.’

20 years of festival flower power Owermoigne Flower Club has chosen the Roaring 20s as the apt theme to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its popular five-day flower festival at Athelhampton House from 17th March. The club formed back in 1979 after members of the Owermoigne Horticultural Society decided they wanted to learn more about arranging their flowers. Members decorate the village churches for festivals and weddings and put on various other displays during the year but the festival is its main event. ‘We always have fun interpreting the show’s themes,’ says club member Alison Chick. ‘The Roaring 20s gives us the splendid opportunity to celebrate the arts of the Art Deco style using the iconic geometric designs of the period. The stunning developments in fashion, the rise of the Jazz Age and people who influenced the stylish decade will all be depicted in the floral exhibits.’ Over the years the club has raised more than £17,000 for local charities and its chosen cause this year is The Dorset Kidney Fund. Owermoigne Flower Club is hoping for a rip-roaring success at Athelhampton House to celebrate 20 years of its festival

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Living in Dorset Rare finds on nature reserve

Bournemouth bus company’s life in pictures A treasure trove of photographs depicting a century of transport in Bournemouth has been found by staff at Yellow Buses while archiving its collection. Originally known as Bournemouth Corporation Transport, the company has used some 1,000 vehicles over the years and the images in the collection range from those of trams and trolleybuses to a working model of a mono-rail that was never built. It also includes a photograph of a bus converted to run on coal gas during World War 1. ‘It’s satisfying to think that we started carrying passengers 112 years ago and are still transporting people in the same area, albeit in different types of vehicles,’ says Jenni Wilkinson, Yellow Buses head of marketing, who adds the company will archive the photographs so future generations have a record of the company.

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An evocative image of holiday life in Bournemouth

Three nationally scarce water beetles and rare mayfly have been found at the recently constructed ponds at Dorset Wildlife Trust’s (DWT’s) Tadnoll and Winfrith reserve. The Rhantus suturalis, Berosus affinis and Helophorus griseus water beetles are so rare in this country that they do not have English names while it is only the second time the large broadwings mayfly Brachycercus harissellus has been recorded in Dorset since its discovery in the River Frome back in 1970. DWT reports that other rare finds included a blue-tailed dragonfly. The wetlands at the reserve were created in 2008 by re-profiling ditches and building three ponds. Meanwhile, the wildlife that lives a few miles away and across the water in the Brownsea Island Lagoon can now be watched live via webcam from anywhere in the world. The webcam project is a collaboration between DWT, National Trust, Birds of Poole Harbour and many local partners. It is funded by The Sound Approach, an organisation that One of the recently created pools at aims to popularise birdsong. Tadnoll and Winfrith nature reserve.

A Bournemouth Corporation Transport tram bedecked with coronation bunting

Passage to India

On your bike More than twenty hardy individuals turned out for the first of Christchurch and East Dorset Partnership’s new volunteer-led adult cycle rides, which set off weekly from Highcliffe Castle on Monday mornings. The rides are part of the Activate 1000 scheme which aims to get as many people as possible to take part in thirty minutes of activity, three times a week. There’s no excuse if you don’t have a bike because they are available for hire for only £4. The rides themselves are free, last no more than one hour and use quiet lanes, roads and off-road cycle lanes. Routes vary but cyclists are always rewarded at the end with a sociable cup of tea or coffee. Volunteers are also needed to lead the rides and those interested should contact the Rangers at Moors Valley Country Park.

Beaminster School sixth-formers recently clocked up some 18,500km during a trip to India which included travelling to work with two Indian charities that it has supported for sixteen years. The group of eight girls and five boys visited the Asha Deep Foundation in the slums on the outskirts of Delhi that rescues children from the streets, and also visited a leprosy community near Nagpur where they painted the walls of the leprosy sufferers’ ward. ‘Seeing the faces of the people there was magical and it was a lovely feeling for the students to be doing something for them,’ says Gilly Poulten, the trip leader. ‘Not everyone gets the opportunity to go to India and very few get the opportunity to go in the way we did. We didn’t do things in a touristy way at all.’ Student Ryan Strong said it was ‘humbling and inspiring’ to see the difference they were making to the lives of others. The students worked hard to raise money for the trip holding events such as garden parties, a battle of the bands and car boot sales. The Beaminster sixth-formers brought back plenty of memories from their recent trip to India

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The bard of Bridport Sue Weekes meets the local poet whose work has become a regular feature of the Bridport Prize Elaine Beckett first came to West Dorset in the winter of 1969 and remembers staying in a fisherman’s cottage while a Force 9 gale was blowing. ‘I fell in love with the landscape,’ says Elaine, who had lived in London most of her life. From the start, it was clear the county was going to have quite an impact on her life and, after many walking and camping holidays in the region, she finally moved to Bridport in 2008. The move also helped facilitate a return to her love of poetry and, last year, saw her win the Dorset Award in the prestigious Bridport Prize writing competition for her poem, For Roy. ‘I’d started writing poetry at school and continued into my twenties and thirties but then life took over,’ says Elaine, who is also a musician. ‘In 2008 I joined the Cattistock poetry writing group and also attended the Poetry School’s monthly seminar.’ (The Cattistock Poets group is led by poet and writer Annie Freud). Elaine cites Annie Freud & Greta Stoddart, who runs the Poetry School seminars at Bridport Arts Centre, as influential teachers. Elaine’s poems reached the shortlist of the Bridport Prize in 2010 and 2011 and last year she attended a master class at the

Ty Newydd Writers’ Centre in North Wales with poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, Elaine, soaking up inspiration and the National Poet of Wales, Gillian Clarke. She contributed poems to the Ty Newydd anthology, Taking tea with Taliesin, and her work can also be seen in the latest Cattistock Poets’ Pamphlet. She is currently working on an anthology that she hopes will be finished at the end of this year. When asked what made her write poetry she replies: ‘Nothing made me write poetry, it is a choice anyone can make. Words, with their connotations, and the rhythms of words in connection with other words – and spaces and lines – are very enjoyable things to work with. ‘My advice to other budding poets is to read as much contemporary poetry as you can, join the Poetry Society, join a writing group and respect your first draft; it is a part-map for a journey towards a final poem.’ The closing date for entries for the 2013 Bridport Prize is Friday 31 May. For more information, go to www.bridportprize.org.uk

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Blessed are the printmakers A renaissance in printmaking is happening in Poole, reports Sue Weekes By day, Steve Hubbard works as programme co-ordinator of the postgraduate course in cinematography at Bournemouth University. In his free time though, his creative fulfilment comes from a rather more traditional means: the process of letterpress printing. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;When Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve spent a day looking at a computer, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to do my creative work on one,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; says Steve, chairman of Poole Printmakers, a co-operative of fine art printmakers which works out of an 18th-century warehouse in Poole. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what I do to get away from work.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; The group was set up in 1991 by John Liddell, a well-known printmaker and teacher, along with other local printmakers. Today it has a membership of more than seventy people who range from those who have exhibited nationally and internationally to newcomers. Steve explains that the group is run in the true sense of a co-operative with each member gaining a share. They also have access to the workshop and its facilities that include a range of printing presses for everything from intaglio work and lithography to typography and screen printing.

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An eye for the sky Weymouth has a thriving astronomy club, reports Sue Weekes The nation may have lost its favourite astronomer at the end of last year but with the BBC’s Stargazing Live finishing a third series in January and the excitement generated from the asteroid 2012 DA14 passing the earth last month, interest in the nighttime sky is on the rise. It would doubtless have greatly pleased the late, great Patrick Moore: the inspiration for astronomers and astronomy groups up and down the country. Those who live in Weymouth eager to pursue such an interest are blessed in more ways than one. They have an established club already in existence that is keen to welcome new members and, as its secretary Gordon Walbridge points out, ‘you don’t have to go far to find a really dark sky’. Weymouth Astronomy Club meets once a month at the Old School Rooms in Upwey and is also lucky enough to have the ideal viewing site located on the road to Moonfleet Manor, courtesy of a former member. ‘Again, because we are facing west we have a nice dark sky and there is a hill on the other side that blocks out the light from Weymouth. It’s a great place to be,’ says Gordon, who adds that in more built-up areas, the decision to switch off street lamps in the late hours and the change in lighting also helps stargazers. ‘The lights used are brighter but face downwards so light pollution is reduced.’ Of course, a coastal location can have its downsides for astronomers when the weather quickly turns as Gordon recalls an event scheduled at the end of last year connected with the Dark Skies campaign. ‘I live 10 miles from the viewing site and when I left home it was fine but by the time I arrived we were clouded out,’ he says, acknowledging that such occurrences are accepted as part-and-parcel of the astronomer's lot. ‘The day before conditions had been perfect.’ Weymouth Astronomy Club was founded in 2006 after members Nigel Dalley and Sheri Karl were discussing their mutual interest. There had previously been a club in Weymouth which had folded so the duo contacted some of those former members, drew up a programme and things grew from there. It has a hard core of around 40 members and meetings feature talks from both external speakers and members. This year these include the international space scientist Professor Garry E Hunt talking on Space Exploration of the Outer Planets (Professor Hunt has received four awards from NASA) in April, while the following month Sheri Karl will be discussing vulcanology in the Solar System in May. The club enjoys sharing knowledge and experiences with each other. Another member, Chris Bowden, is an enthusiastic follower

of eclipses and delivers presentations on his adventures around the world when a major event has taken place. Programmes such as the Stargazing Live presented by Brian Cox and Dara O’Briain have helped to stimulate interest in the subject of astronomy although Gordon says it is still difficult to attract younger people to a talk. He stresses that all ages and levels of experience are welcome and, for any beginners, the club doesn’t recommend rushing out and buying equipment straightaway. ‘Anything with optics can be expensive and if you buy a cheap telescope it probably won’t be very good,’ says Gordon. ‘We recommend buying nothing other than perhaps a standard pair of 10 x 50 binoculars initially with which you can navigate the sky really well. If you look at the night sky with your eyes they will pick up on the light from the stars and you can see what you can see. But if you look at that same sky through binoculars, you can see so much more and this alone can be enough to build an interest.’ The club makes sure that there are experienced members on hand to help beginners at viewing events. ‘We have a whole range of people at these and indeed a whole range of telescopes,’ says Gordon. ‘I just have a basic 4-inch reflector and there are others like me who navigate the sky manually but then there are those who turn up with computer-controlled, motordriven units. You can tell them [the telescopes] what to look for and they will find it. There’s a whole range of equipment and a great mix of experience and people.’ For more information go to the club website at www.weymouthastronomy.co.uk where you can also sign up to a Twitter feed that keeps members abreast of news and information on viewing events.

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Pyes Plot, Netherbury Chris Shaw and Colin Varndell visit a garden that is small, but perfectly formed

Smart cream gravel and black edging give a neat, 'designed' look

Sarah and Martyn moved into 2 Pyes Plot in 2007, a new development of golden stone under thatch. The front garden, considerably higher than road level, had a neat lawn bisected by the path to the front door. At the back, a small but interestingly-shaped courtyard enclosed by a sheltering high wall contained an oil tank, a wheelie-bin and a recycling bin. Not, one might think, a layout that suggested a grand design; but in 2008 the couple embarked on just that. In an ongoing ‘work in progress’ their front and back gardens are now beautiful illustrations of what can be done with imagination and flair. Sarah has a background in textile design and her unerring eye has undoubtedly contributed greatly to the transformation. Black timber is used throughout for planters, bed edgings, trellis, arches; also for constructing fencing and boxes to hide and screen the more unsightly aspects of the courtyard. Far from being sombre, the trellis and planters contrast smartly with the cream walls while the oil tank and bins have disappeared into the background. Both front and back gardens make use of cream gravel; not a blade of grass in sight. While this removes the necessity for a mower, Martyn agreed that ‘easy maintenance’ was not necessarily the correct description to apply. Blown debris, leaves and 24

clippings all have to be meticulously collected and disposed of, to maintain the smart appearance. The front garden is now full of colour. A timber gate beneath welcoming arch leads the visitor between lavender hedges on a scented walk to the front door. Against the house, smart planters with clipped box are a more formal contrast. Pretty manger window boxes spill with colour and a small hanging basket is perfect with trailing ivy, fuchsia and bright pansies. There is room for two rectangular beds of perennials, their timber edgings keeping plants off the gravel. One contains ferns, day lily, verbascum, tradescantia and a deep, dark heuchera. Black grass looks good against the cream background. A standard willow, dainty foliage in cream, green and pink, lifts colour higher, as do the lead planters of lavender. The second bed has a cascade of vivid purple geranium, white campanula, globes of allium contrasting well with sword-shaped foliage and tall foxgloves. Tucked into one angle of the railings, a couple of prostrate conifers spread beneath spires of yellow phlomis and pink lupin. In just one spot, plants have been placed directly in the gravel; one spiky phormium and a small clump of ground covering creeper. It’s the attention to such detail that really


makes this garden stand out, plus the contrasts in shape and colour such as burgundy acers paired with coral poppies beside the gate. The entrance to the rear courtyard is inviting, with its window box and bright violas growing below. There is also a framed information board, as beautifully presented as the garden. The floral background is divided into six panels of photographs with notes on how the garden has progressed. It was good to see that the couple have used local nurseries for their plants and that their efforts were awarded a prize in the Small Gardens class at the 2011 Melplash Show. First impressions of the courtyard are that it could not be more welcoming. A stone patio just large enough to hold a black wicker table and chairs beneath a wide white umbrella is tucked close to the house. The table setting of white china, wine glasses and bottle of sparkling wine is enhanced by a vase of cream and peach flowers; yes, it is window dressing, but what a lovely idea. As the surrounding walls are such a large part of the area, Sarah said that the obvious way to go with planting was up. New houses, however, are not usually blessed with deep top soil and this was no exception. Bring on the planters, which now contain two grape vines – one each of a red and white variety – hostas and ivy. Two decorative obelisks add to the height, with a white rose, clematis, and ivy below. Sarah explained that the planters had plenty of manure added with the initial compost and that she feeds them regularly. Small terracotta containers A window box spills over with colour

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are tucked in, bursting with yet more violas, and a tiny wall planter contains lavender. This garden must smell delightful when the sun is shining and lavender is flowering. The courtyard has been divided across its width by a slim line of black timber and an archway, with planters of box. A narrow trough of soil along the divide is a rill of pretty alpines. In the rear garden, the cream gravel is much deeper and contains a small box-edged bed with a standard willow above blue scabious, alliums and deep pink candelabra primulas. Clematis on the walls include the montana ‘Marjorie’. This is a semi-double flowering variety which is more compact and therefore more suitable for a small space such as this. An adjacent wisteria has yet to flower and Sarah talked darkly of giving it just a little longer before deciding whether or not to keep it. Best advice

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has a shallow gravel bed of herbs. They catch the sun and are at just the right height to harvest as well as enjoy the scents. This garden is not just planted, it is decorated; small containers fill corners, decorative lanterns stand on the patio while two ‘rusty’ chicken stand plumply by near a pretty metal seat. Sarah and Martyn describe their garden as ‘small, but perfectly formed’. Finding an alternative description is problematic: bijou is too ‘twee’, boutique is too pretentious. This is a Chelsea garden; it just happens to be in West Dorset. This garden was open under the National Gardens Scheme and listed in the Yellow Book. Not all gardens open every year, so it is worth checking before you set out for Netherbury. Look out, too, for Netherbury Open Gardens when you can enjoy a long afternoon of visits as well as tea and cakes. An example of Sarah's eye for detail

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is to buy a wisteria when it is in flower, so that you can be certain it is going to perform, but this does mean you are buying a more mature specimen which will be reflected in the price. The sound of trickling water fills the courtyard, from a waist-high channel which follows the curve of the wall. Water spouts from a mask and also cascades. Several clumps of variegated ivy are busy climbing in the shade, rising above a bold clump of yellow iris, liatris with its fuzzy pink spikes, and a clump of white astilbe. Ferns, spiky grass and phormium add to this most attractive feature. The oil tank, cleverly disguised in black timber, is further smothered by clematis. The roof of the small log store has been planted up with a collection of sempervivums. Even the wheelie-bin store has small flower-pots on top and the concealed recycling box

DELICIOUSLY SMALL A tiny garden needn’t frustrate the imaginative gardener, nor indeed the diligent cook. One may not have room to grow rampant courgettes or clambering beans, but the determined use of every imaginable space at Pyes Plot points a way forward. Here, herbs growing near the kitchen door are quickly accessible for favourite recipes and a hand brushed over them in the sun releases the unmistakeable perfume of the Mediterranean. No soil is no problem if one uses a container, but careful choice of herbs is essential. Basil, parsley, mint and coriander are favourites, but they do need care and attention to prevent them drying out or running to seed. Thyme is a good choice, a herb with more than two hundred varieties available in the UK. Thymus x citriodorus ‘Golden King’ has, as its name suggests, gold and green leaves that give a distinctive lemony flavour to recipes, whereas the narrow grey leaves of Thymus ‘Fragrantissimus’ provide a spicy orange taste. Sage is another herb that looks as good as it tastes. Planted in the open garden it can soon spread into a large mat, but in a container it can be cut back with use and kept in its place. Whether a soft, grey foliage, variegated gold or even tri-colour sage is chosen, it earns its place in the herb garden. It is easy to grow from cuttings, too, so take out insurance just in case a Mediterranean summer gives way to a hard Dorset winter. A container for a herb garden can be absolutely anything, from classic (ideally frost-proof) terracotta, to an old galvanised bucket. Compost should contain plenty of grit for drainage and, once the herbs have been planted, surround them with a good layer of gravel to prevent the compost from drying out too quickly, and it has the side benefit of looking attractive. Group a few containers together and imaginative cooking is at your fingertips.


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Glass of Haig Henry Haig's stained glass art enhances hundreds of buildings all over Britain, but most of his working life was spent in a tiny village in Dorset. Tony Burton-Page tells his story. Few artists have managed to make a living from

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stained glass work; it is time-consuming, labourintensive and expensive – for both the artist and the patron. Henry Haig was one of those few, and his windows can be seen in buildings which range from the Norman church of St Michael and All Angels in Alsop en le Dale in Derbyshire to the 1960s concrete of Clifton Cathedral in Bristol. But how many people who see his remarkable work realise that most of it was created in a converted racquets court in a tiny village in Dorset? Fifehead Magdalen was the home of Henry Haig for more than forty years, as well as being the location of the workshop from which all that glass emerged. In 1969, Home Farm provided exactly what Henry and Joan Haig had been looking for to house them and their five young children – not to mention the potential of its old racquets court as a space big enough for Henry to work at his stained glass. They moved to Dorset – a county Henry had been introduced to as a boy when at a scout camp on Golden Cap – as it had the advantage of being a mid-point between the Pembrokeshire coast, their favourite holiday venue, and London, with all its artistic contacts – as well as the proximity of a good comprehensive school in Gillingham. Henry Haig was actually a Londoner, born in 1930 in Hampstead, educated at the Richmond and East Sheen County School for Boys and his art teacher there, Jack Fairhurst, was a man who recognised the talent of an emerging artist. At the invitation of a friend, Henry went to

visit the Wimbledon School of Art: when he saw the students at work, he was amazed. As he later said: ‘It was full of people busy doing the one thing I really loved. I couldn’t believe it. Fancy having this every day!’ His mother arranged for him to have an interview with the Principal, who went through his folder, then asked him to start the following Monday, even though he was only fifteen and had expected to stay on for another year at school. He studied painting and sculpture there for five years, at which point, in 1949, his studies were interrupted by National Service. He was so anxious to continue his artistic path that he turned down an officer commission at the end of his service and applied for admission to the Royal College of Art painting school. But this was not to be: instead he was invited to take up a place in the stained glass department under Lawrence Lee. It was at this time that he met Joan Salmon, a fellow RCA student, who was at the painting school. She sheds some light on Henry’s change of direction: ‘Henry had done some big murals while he was a student at Wimbledon – he was attracted to large spaces and was always interested in design and structure rather than in literal, figurative representation. And the RCA saw something special in his work.’ Joan and Henry saw something special in each other, too: they were married on New Year’s Day, 1956. They became a formidable artistic team, they discussed every commission at length and frequently went on site visits together to draw up templates or to install work. Moreover, Joan was in demand as a gifted teacher, and this income helped them to cope when the already precarious nature


Henry Haig in his workshop at Fifehead Magdalen, a converted racquets court on Home Farm

of an artist’s life was magnified by the presence of five hungry children. The commissions gradually increased, and Henry was eventually able to give up his own teaching. Many commissions were for completely new buildings, such as St Richard’s Church in Ham (near Richmond), built in 1964-5, and Clifton Cathedral (half a mile from Brunel’s suspension bridge), built in 19723. These two buildings are similar in shape, being six-pointed stars with a hexagonal interior space: a design driven by the wish to bring congregation and clergy closer together, as encouraged by the Second Vatican Council. The buildings also share the love of concrete so frequently evinced by 1960s architects, but in each case its unremitting severity is mollified by the joyful exuberance of Henry’s windows – the Clifton window is made from 8000 pieces of glass. There was no doubt in Henry's mind that the purpose of stained glass in a church was to make eternal truths visible through the energy of transmitted light. Light itself, he held, was a constant reminder of the power of God, the light of the universe: after all, the first words of God in the Bible are ‘Let there be light!’ The stained glass artist’s role was to explore and open pathways through and beyond earthly existence towards a deeper comprehension. Henry’s art was symbolic and abstract (or, more correctly, non-figurative); he felt that if he depicted a literal interpretation of biblical texts he would be guilty of underestimating the intelligence of those who came into contact with his work. One of his best-known works is the window he created as a memorial for WPC Yvonne Fletcher, who was shot while on duty during the Libyan Embassy siege in 1984, at St Leonard’s Church in Semley, where she grew up, just north of the Dorset border. Henry’s Dorset work includes a circular west window for St Mark’s Church in Highcliffe, the north rose

window in St Mary’s Church in Swanage, the ‘Journey from Stourhead’ screen and chapel windows in Shaftesbury Hospital, and Michael James memorial window in Wimborne Minster. A much newer building, the Joseph Weld Hospice in Dorchester, needed a small chapel suitable for bedridden patients to be able to visit on mobile beds. With no side lighting available, Henry designed a glass dome easily visible from a prone position. He also designed the cross and the cabinet which can enclose it when the chapel is used by those of other faiths. Henry Haig died in December 2007. He is much missed by his family and all who knew him, but his work lives on to be admired by future generations.

Left The central domed section of the roof light for the chapel at the Joseph Weld Hospice in Dorchester [credit: Matthew Haig]

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of it well documented and widely known. Walking around the town, though, there are both things which one can see that are less well known, and places that have all but vanished, or changed beyond recognition. For example, the field where fossil hunter Mary Anning was supposed to have been struck by lightning as a youngster and turned from a sickly infant into a bright and enquiring child, is no more; the alleyway where Tom Jones author Henry Fielding lay in wait in a thwarted attempt to kidnap and marry a Lyme heiress is now just an ordinary deadend passage; the artist's studio where Whistler worked is now just a room above a shop. Belmont, the house where the beloved local author John Fowles lived, is waiting to be completely restored and turned into a Landmark Trust property. There are, though, still plenty of stories from the past to which clues exist, in one form or another.

Rather frighteningly, gin, gunpowder and cannon have a long shared history; gin is certified as 'Navy Strength' at 57° alcohol by volume (100° Proof) as this is the strength of drink at which one could spill gin on one's gunpowder and it would still discharge! In the case of the gin shop (below) in the Cobb, which was the magazine where the Cobb's guns' gunpowder was stored, the 'gin' part is named, at least anecdotally, after the name of the crane which hoist the barrels of powder up to the top of the Cobb. The 'shop' element is apparently just a local joke.

The Undercliff 'churches' Part of Lyme's uniqueness is its dissenting history, its tradition of religious nonconformism. Within the town are plenty of built reminders of the different sects of Protestantism, while to the north, the area known as Jericho, and the renaming of the river to the Jordan are echoes of that fact. But to the west of the town, in the Undercliff (top) is where, when it was illegal to hold assemblies, preachers would bring the holy word to the faithful at White Chapel Rock. 31


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The Fulling Tower Fulling mills, of which the derelict, roofless Fulling Tower (below) behind Weaver's Cottage is a relic, were places where cloth was fulled â&#x20AC;&#x201C; cleaned and thickened (scoured and milled). Although in Roman times, this scouring was done with the cloth soaked in stale urine, this was later complemented or replaced with Fuller's Earth (plentiful supplies of which were to be found south of Bridport and around Sherborne and Shaftesbury). In pre-medieval times, this was done by hand or foot. Later on, the cloth was whacked with a set (often water-driven) of wooden hammers or paddles to thicken it up by getting the cloth's fibres to bind together. After fulling, the cloth was stretched onto a tenter, on which it was held, in suspense, by tenterhooks.

Coram Tower Lyme native Thomas Coram spent a decade building ships in Massachusetts. After making his fortune, he obtained a Royal Charter from George II establishing in London a 'hospital for the maintenance and education of exposed and deserted young children.' Coram Tower (shown above), now flats, was built as a house for the masters of St Michael's College in the late 19th century and at Coram's birthplace, and so is named as a memorial to the creator of the foundling hospital.

Inspector Morse's Hotel In Colin Dexter's 1992 The Way Through the Woods Morse stayed at the Bay Hotel (below) in Lyme Regis, which Dexter described to the Daily Telegraph as being heaven on earth. 'I remember,' Dexter told the Telegraph, 'telling my publisher at the time to turn to that section because I thought it was the best bit in the book, and the dear girl, who I admired enormously, said she agreed with me but then suggested I leave it out "and got on with the story". That rather saddened me â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but I didn't take any notice.'

Lepers' Well Garden The first thing to say about Lepers' Well Garden (above) is that it wasn't always a garden; oral histories suggest it has been used for grazing in the not-too-distant past. The second curious thing about it is that it is a spring, not a well. The third is that those for whom it was originally designed were not lepers, at least not in the modern sense of those living with Hansen's disease, rather 'leper' was a term for pretty much anyone who had any kind of ailment which left them with bad enough skin that their contemporaries would be inclined to give them a wide berth, and wish them to use their own water supply. All in all, it is not the most appropriate name. 33


The curiosities of Lyme Regis

Anchor, beacon and museum Atop the gun cliff is a trio of reminders of the various elements of Lyme's past (right). There is an enormous anchor, donated by the Portland naval base as a testament to the involvement of the town with all things marine over hundreds of years. There is also a beacon, which was used as part of the town's celebration of HM The Queen's Diamond Jubilee, and which stands a a metaphor for Lyme Regis's involvement with the monarchy over the years – for the good or ill of a succession of monarchs and their pretenders. Finally, in the background, there is the Lyme Regis Museum, formerly known as the Philpot Museum, which was named in honour of Elizabeth Philpot, fossil hunter and friend of Many Anning. It was Philpot who, amongst other discoveries with her sister, discovered that the ink from fossilised ink sacs in belemnites could be revivified; the ink became a favourite with local artists.

Grannny's Teeth One of the best-known 'facts' about Lyme Regis is that the prominent stone steps on the Cobb, known as Granny's Teeth (below), are where Jane Austen's character Louisa Musgrove is flirting with Captain Wentworth, in Persuasion, and jumps down the steps, before running back up them and jumping down when: 'she fell on the pavement on the Lower Cobb, and was taken up lifeless!' Anyone who has used Granny's Teeth to ascend from Lower Cobb, or worse yet, gone down them, knows that running – either up or down them, would be a frankly bonkers exercise… and then there is the small matter of the fact that Jane Austen visited Lyme Regis before Granny's Teeth were put in, and whichever staircase she was writing about in what is, let us remember, a work of fiction, was not the one that is now so loved by grandchildren and so feared by grandparents.

The 'electric' Malthouse Next to the Town Mill, and behind a shop which used to be known as Electricity Cottage, is a building (above) whose name, the Malthouse, betrays its original purpose. However, it was thanks to this building that Lyme Regis got electricity in 1909, as this was the building where the first electricity generators were housed. The idea was not a universally recognised advance – the council baulked at paying the £5 wiring fee; it continued to be gaslit until 1932. The workers generating the electricity also had a somewhat idiosyncratic view of electricity as an always-on utility. It was not unknown for them to step outside to see if there was a clear moon or a lot of starlight. If they thought it was light enough to walk around, they would just turn off the electricity. Seen here, just beyond the main Malthouse bulding is the battery barn. Batteries in one form or another had been around since the previous year when telephones first came to Lyme. In order to use the system, the phone user would have to have their own power, or crank a dynamo as they spoke, in order to generate enough power to make the connection. 34


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The dynamo from Kiev Kirill Karabits has been a breath of fresh air as principal conductor of the BSO, and is keen to put the 'Bournemouth' back into the Symphony Orchestra Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 120th anniversary this coming May with a concert of music that has been particularly associated with the Orchestra – including Wagner’s Tannhäuser Overture from the then Municipal Orchestra’s first ever concert under Dan Godfrey’s baton on 22 May 1893. ‘It seems as if the new band will catch on’, a contemporary newspaper report correctly predicted and the Orchestra’s principal conductor Kirill Karabits is determined to see that it continues to flourish. ‘We should do more with the Orchestra in Bournemouth, it is Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, after all,’ says the quietly determined Ukrainian. ‘I would like us to have more projects in Bournemouth. You know, the Orchestra gave British premieres to lots of famous works when it was based here so there is a tradition of performing new works and different symphonic projects that I would like to see us continue. I love coming to Bournemouth, it always feels special when I come here. The central area through the gardens and down to the sea, it is quite beautiful and I am glad to see it developing as a cultural area.’ Karabits’ undoubted passion for the BSO has seen him commit his future to the Orchestra at least until the 2015-2016 season, but he prefers to think of his

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tenure in more fluid terms. ‘I don’t want to be married like on a piece of paper, that is not good for my thinking. It’s like a relationship, I have to be free to leave at any time and, for the other side, they have to be free to say they’d like to move on with someone else. That freedom is how you make the best relationships and create great work. ‘When I am here I feel I can relax and express myself more comfortably. It is important for an artist to have that, I know the Orchestra and they know me and there is something special in that relationship. I am proud of what has been achieved with the Orchestra. There are things we’d like to work on, but I am enjoying my time here, it feels very special to me. ‘When I am in this country I live in Poole, but I get out as much as I can. I’ll come to Bournemouth just to walk around the centre and feel that atmosphere, but I also have favourite places in the countryside, out in the Purbecks. I spend more time here than anywhere else in the world, so a part of me is always here and will always be here. When I’m here I come back to people I know by their first names, whose life stories I know, this is important for an artist.’ Now in his fourth year as principal conductor Karabits seems to be settling into a dynamic, progressive groove. At his instigation Bournemouth Borough Council’s on-going renovation of the Pavilion as part of its Town Centre Vision, included the installation of a specially designed acoustic shell (a plywood stage screen) to greatly improve the acoustics of the Grade II Listed venue. ‘Yes, I was very pleased at how well Bournemouth reacted to the acoustic shell. First we borrowed a shell as I wanted to experiment, to make sure it could make a difference, and it did – so I had lunch with the Mayor and he really made it happen, very quickly. It has made a huge difference to the sound in the Pavilion auditorium, now it can do justice to the music and you see we are already playing more concerts here.’ Not that there’s any suggestion of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra quitting its headquarters at Poole Lighthouse, but there is a mood of genuine excitement about the new range of possibilities in the town that will always be its spiritual home. ‘I know there is this thing about Poole and Bournemouth,’ says Kirill with a grin, ‘but one should not exclude the other. The things we do in Poole


are very dear to me and without that loyal, devoted, knowledgeable audience subscribing to our seasons at Poole the Orchestra would not have survived 120 years, that’s for sure. ‘However, for us to do more in Bournemouth it does not mean we should do less in Poole. Poole and Bournemouth are related, like cousins. We will be opening the new outdoor performance space on the seafront and it’s true I am excited by Bournemouth, about the prospect of working with new people, probably more local than I am, to bring something new to the area. ‘I would like to see the Orchestra involved in events that would bring younger people to it. We can do lunchtime concerts to reach new people, we can do short concerts, but in a symphonic situation. There are so many clubs and discos and Bournemouth has a lot of young music makers and DJs that I would like to work with to see what we can create. Why not? I would love to make something truly revolutionary in Bournemouth.’ The problem, as ever, is in reaching beyond the core audience, but in Kirill Karabits those perhaps more youthful ears have an instinctive ally who is able to articulate his passion for the music – both in performance and in conversation – with an eloquence that cuts through the widely misunderstood but apparently stuffy veneer of the classical world. ‘When I am here I feel I can express myself more comfortably. There are times you want to stretch yourself and pull out a piece of music that is not performed very often and there are some pieces of music you know very well but have never performed and you’d like to see what you can find in them. Sometimes you want to play music you have performed many times before and know extremely

well as there is always something new to be found because you come to every performance as a slightly different person. ‘There are notes written on a page and if you bring them to me I could play them with no problem, but what impact would that have on the listener? The art is in performing those notes. A score is really like script, it’s what you bring to it as a conductor, how you bring the musicians to it, that creates the electricity in the performance. If you do it properly that’s where you find the energy in the music. This is my life.’

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new when Treves saw it, so it is quite surprising to read that he considered it ‘fine;’ he wasn’t generally impressed with Victorian architecture – perhaps he spent an evening enjoying the inn’s hospitality? History shows that the White Hart was once the hub of activity in Beaminster – it wasn’t just farmers that ‘haunted’ it. Completed in around 1502, slightly earlier than Treves suggested, the tower of Beaminster church must be the finest in Dorset. Unlike most church towers, which are somewhat plain on the outside, Beaminster’s is lavishly decorated. All that Treves describes can still be seen albeit after some renovation work, carried out in 2002. Acid rain apparently caused the carvings to deteriorate, they are now coated by a lime wash designed to protect them from further damage. Records prove that the pinnacles of St Mary’s have been problematic for centuries; more than once one has come crashing down. Various methods of securing them such as metal brackets and dowels have been employed, the result being that they have been a constant financial burden on church funds. However, as Treves says, the tower is unquestionably ‘worth a pilgrimage to see’. After waxing lyrical about the tower Treves is less than complimentary about the church which, he says: 39


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was skimmed off and sent to London so the cheese made from the remaining milk could be, at times, an inferior product. Sir Frederick Treves was a close friend of Thomas Hardy and the two would often meet in London to reminisce of Dorset - one mutual love was that of Blue Vinny cheese, with Dorset knobs, accompanied by a fine Burgundy. This love of Dorset was in essence the reason for the formation of the ‘Society of Dorset Men,’ a chance for natives of Dorset, living or working in London, to meet up. Treves became the first chairman (1904-07), Hardy the second (1907-9). Leaving Beaminster Treves looks at the important houses in the area: ‘In the environs of Beaminster are three notable houses, Parnham, Mapperton and Melplash. Parnham is a large Tudor mansion, characteristic of the period, which was for many

generations possessed by the Strode family. It is scarcely visible from the road’. Parnham has seen numerous changes since Treves ‘scarcely’ viewed it from the road. It was a country club during the 1920s and requisitioned for the American Army during World War 2. From 1956 until 1973 it was a nursing home, then was empty for three years until bought by John and Jennie Makepeace to house their School for Craftsmen in Wood. It has been back in private ownership since 2001. At Mapperton Treves notes that the house 'lies in a beautiful glen approached by an avenue of trees. It is one of the famous houses of Dorset, and one of the most charming and picturesque. The building belongs to the time of Henry VIII. The house is a building of two stories, with dormer windows in the roof. It is of grey-yellow stone, and is so disposed as to form two sides of a prim square, a third side being supplied by a venerable church of the humblest proportions. Perched on the gate-posts before the house are stone eagles with outspread wings, gazing at one another as if awaiting a signal to rise. Elsewhere are heraldic beasts on pinnacles. 'The roof is tiled with slabs of stone, the chimneys are of stone twisted into spirals. Over the door of the porch is carved a gallant coat-of-arms. There are gracious bay windows, with stone casements and small panes, and an open stone parapet to crown them all. It is a house of many gables, whose aspect of great age is tempered by a growth of much ivy upon the walls and of moss between the stones, while it is saved from utter silence by a colony of garrulous rooks.’ Mapperton House has seen few changes and Treves would recognise everything he mentions. Country Life recently declared it to be the 'Nation's Finest Manor House', while the BBC’s Countryfile Magazine Awards 2012 awarded Mapperton second place in the ‘most beautiful garden’ category. The church of All Saints contains a Jacobean pulpit and choir stalls from the same period, there is much 15th-century glass, as well as a 12th-century pulpit. The church itself seems reason enough to visit Mapperton, as are the gardens, all three are open at various times during the year. ‘The mansion at Melplash,' Sir Frederick's third notable, is described thus: 'although much modernised, [it] is still worthy of the princely days of the squires. It is said that over the chimney-piece in the hall are the arms of the Paulets, with the motto of the family, ‘‘Aimez loyaute,’’ and the date 1604’. Treves, though, could not have called in to Melplash manor, or at least not that recently. He missed something that he would have found intriguing. The chimney piece to which he referred (along with one other example) was moved from Melplash Manor to Mapperton House around the turn of last century, when both houses were, for a time owned by the same family. s/URTHANKSGOTO*OHN-ONTAGU %ARLOF3ANDWICH to Annabel Douglas and to A A G Walbridge, author of the excellent book on Beaminster church. 41


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Verwood then and now The changing size of Verwood comes into sharp relief when scenes from historical photographs are recaptured in 2013 Verwood used to be one of the nine parishes of Cranborne, but has exploded in population and become a town in its own right. In population terms it grew by over 1000% in the 20th century, which naturally has had a significant effect on the way the own looks now, compared to its days as a rural parish. Figures from the Office of National Statistics show just how the population â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and thus the density of housing â&#x20AC;&#x201C; has exploded in Verwood over the last 120 years, particularly in the four decades following the 1971 census.

Above and above right Ironically, for a town whose largely rural aspect has been gobbled up by development, there is no real equivalent modern view of the town from Stephens Castle. Woods have grown up to hide the town from the hill.

Below and right An interwar view of Dewlands Way shows the typical scrub countryside of the time. An equally typical 2013 scene of the same hill road shows housing.

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Verwood then and now

Looking southwards along Manor Road again trees have grown covering part of the view

Above and above left Looking northwards along (the now-blocked) Edmondsham Road there is now little in the way of open fields around Verwood's crossroads junction

Below and left Margards Lane, looking up towards Church Hill from just before Keswick Way, has changed from an unformed track to a metalled road

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Verwood then and now

Bakers Farm in Station Road (and the road itself) has changed beyond recognition. The modern shot was taken from the Fire Station.

Below and left The Post Office was in Vicarage Road (although this was not the first, but its third location in Verwood). It is now in Manor Road.

Below and right Where once stood the town's railway station is the The Albion Inn. Behind the modern pub on the right are the remains of the railway bridge.

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Dorset’s open spaces Ballard Down Ballard Down lies at the eastern end of the Purbeck Hills, like the prow of a ship sailing headed for the Isle of Wight. It commands some of the finest views in the south of England; as E M Forster wrote in Howard’s End: 'If one wanted to show a foreigner England, perhaps the wisest course would be to take him to the final section of the Purbeck Hills, and stand him on their summit…, then system after system of our island would roll together under his feet.' Paths from New Swanage, Ulwell, and Studland’s Glebeland Estate lead up to the summit ridge of Ballard Down. Near where the tracks converge is the well-known ‘Rest and be Thankful’ limestone block. The words are still faintly visible, together with the date 1852, when Dr Jardine first had the seat emplaced. Farther to the west is Ballard’s other monument, the granite obelisk erected by George Burt in 1892, to celebrate the inauguration of Swanage’s water supply. In World War 2 it was temporarily demolished lest it act as a guide to the Luftwaffe: it was put back in place by a team of Royal Engineers in 1973.

Some of the finest remaining open Chalk turf, still nibbled by sheep from the farms in the surrounding valleys, clothes much of Ballard Down. Adonis Blue and Skipper butterflies flit across the close-cropped grassland, and the soaring song of the skylark completes an idyllic summer scene. A pause on the summit path can confirm Forster’s claim. Scratchell’s Bay and the coastal bastions of the Needles sparkle in the sunlight. Alum Bay’s brightly coloured vertical sands can just be distinguished to the north. The Island’s tawnyhued and wave-battered south-west coast slips away southward towards St Catherine’s Point. Northwards the panorama is more immediate. Beyond Studland village the South Haven Peninsula, with its arcuate dune ridges, stretches away to Sandbanks. Farther away are the hotels, tower blocks and pine-hidden villas of Bournemouth, with a dark New Forest skyline curving away westwards to the distant blue rolling downland of Cranborne Chase. To the south Swanage Bay’s nearby crumbling cliffs give way to the managed shoreline of seaside Swanage. John Chaffey

Dorset Call my bluff

Deduce the correct definition for each of the following three Dorset words from the three options given. Answers at foot of the opposite page.

1) bibber 2) mammet a) an unlicensed public house a) an image, a scarecrow b) to beat up batter for pudding b) a female wool-gatherer c) to shake with cold c) a short, stumpy little person Adam Jacot de Boinod is author of The Meaning of Tingo and The Wonder of Whiffling.

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3) paddock a) the windward side of a hedge b) a toad or a frog c) a turnstile

is so unusual it almost merits engraving on the portals of the prison. Warders in the new quarters heard a noise in the night which they took to be caused by someone attempting to climb over the green gates which lead out towards the Admiralty incline. The guard came up and, hearing noises outside the gate, opened it finding a seafaring man of strange appearance, holding a three-foot length of scaffold pole which he was using as a battering ram against the gate. He was quickly detained, and on questioning, would only reveal that he had a brother in the prison and was desirous of visiting him. In the afternoon he was brought up before Captain Attwool and charged with being a lunatic at large and was committed to the County Asylum, whither he was taken at the first opportunity.


Dorset nature note Few Dorset bird-watchers would put March at the top of their ‘best month’ list, that accolade is usually reserved for May or October. However, in my mind, what March might lack in terms of rarities and sheer numbers is more than adequately compensated by the optimism factor. In many ways, this is when the bird-watching year really starts, as migrants begin to arrive from the south and our resident species belt out their full territorial songs in an attempt to find a mate and keep rivals at bay. Over the downs and farmland, the endless melodies of the skylark mix with the much simpler piping of the meadow pipit, while, from the hedgerows, the repetitive rhythms of the yellowhammer contrast with the more complicated twittering of the linnet. Out on the heaths, a less familiar sound might be heard: a hurried, rather scratchy warble coming from deep in a gorse thicket. This is song of a Dartford warbler, a species more often heard than seen, but a patient wait can often be rewarded as this tiny, long-tailed warbler briefly emerges from cover to reveal its distinctive wine-coloured tones and white flecked

throat. When I first arrived in Dorset from Yorkshire, over thirty years ago, the Dartford warbler was top of my list of birds to see; it took a few months of careful searching before I managed to get catch a glimpse of my elusive quarry. Once my duck was broken, sightings came much more frequently but I’ve never lost the thrill that came with that first encounter. Hamish Murray

The Dorset Night sky this spring It has been 15 years since our skies were graced with a naked eye comet with a long sweeping tail. Comet HaleBopp’s appearance in the spring sky of April 1997 was the last memorable one. The ancient Chinese astronomers used to call them Broom Stars, and they were much revered objects, or to quote Shakespeare: 'When beggars die there are no comets seen; The heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes.' This year, if our calculations prove correct, Comet Pan-STARRS (C/2011 L4) should appear as a naked eye object in the early evening sky from mid-March to mid-April. It may appear to have a rather peculiar name, but that was due to the fact that new comets are named after the discoverer. In this instance, it happened to be a robotic telescope called the Panoramic Survey Telescope & Rapid

Response System based in Hawaii. The comet was discovered in the southern skies in May 2011. After a close approach to the Sun on 10 March it rapidly emerges into our evening sky in Pisces when it could be a naked eye comet with a 10° tail. We should be able to spot it from 15 March in the evening sky about 40 degrees below and to the west of the crescent moon. Thereafter, it will rise higher in the sky each evening, and probably develop a tail curving towards the east. By April it is visible all night, becoming circumpolar, but thereafter it will fade rapidly. However, there is no guarantee that it will be visible without a telescope. To paraphrase the late Sir Patrick Moore: 'We shall just have to wait and see…'. Of the planets, Jupiter is still a bright object in the western sky lying above the Hyades in Taurus and setting by 11pm by mid-April. Saturn begins to steal the attention, as it reaches opposition on 28 April and will be well placed for viewing throughout the spring. Mercury makes a fleeting appearance in the evening sky in late May, when it joins Venus and Jupiter for a triple conjunction. David Strange

Dorset place name Marshwood This name is first recorded in the 12th century, but may have its origins in the late Saxon period. Early spellings include Mersoda in the mid-12th century, Merswude in 1188, Mereswud in 1200, Merswde in 1201, and Mershwode in 1288. Here then we have a name that has changed little since medieval times, and its original meaning is still apparent: 'the wood in a marsh, the marshy wood',

form Old English mersc and wude. As stated in Hutchins's History of Dorset, 'it takes its name from the marshy soil of the vale in which it lies, and to which it gives its name'. Marshwood Vale is first recorded in the 14th century, as Merswodeuaal in 1319, the Middle English word vale, here denoting 'a wide valley', being originally of French origin. A D Mills

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instance, there is the last cavalry charge by a regional Yeomanry, at Agagia â&#x20AC;&#x201C; or Aqqaqia, depending on the transliteration used â&#x20AC;&#x201C; where Ja'far Pasha Al Askari (who was later Minister of Defence and twice Prime Minister of the British-created mandate of Iraq) was captured. A few years after his capture, he returned to dine with the officers of the regiment, so there were clearly no hard feelings. The Keep's displays are a mix of interactive and illustrative (there are some touch-screen displays with lots more information, but also a large number of paddles that carry further details of displays' elements by means of reference numbers). This system allows very large numbers of artefacts to be displayed without the visitor being overwhelmed by boards of text, but giving them the option of finding out more by using either the touch-screens, where available, or paddles. There is also a dressing-up area for the kids, a shooting range, drawers full of further artefacts, an immense amount of silverware in the form of medals, hardware (from field guns to the German Army's infamous Great War butcher bayonets) and an astonishing collection of uniforms, letters and personal effects from soldiers who served with the various regiments over the centuries. This last element gives us an insight into another, perhaps even more important element of the museum's work: its research and behind the scenes history section. There is a diligent volunteer group researching the activities of the Devon and Dorsets in World War 1; according to Colin Parr, fully 80 per cent of the enquiries the museum receives are related to the Great War. The museum covers everything from the two World Wars (whence Hitler's desk from his Berlin Chancery), to the lesser-known conflicts of the last 300 years, from the Empire, Napoleonic and New World battles, to putting down the Mau Mau rebellion, to Malaya and Korea. It is a compelling collection, and one whose

central role in charting the role of local military units will be even more important over the next five years as the 14-18 conflict is memorialised and at the forefront of the nation's consciousness. The museum is keen to hear anyone whose relatives served with the Devon and Dorset regiments in World War 1, ahead of next year's centenary. The Dinosaur Museum was opened in June 1984, but its genesis was a year earlier when, according to Tim Batty of World Heritage, which runs a collection of five exhibitions and museums in Dorchester, 'a group of us who had worked in museums for a number of years, decided we would do something different.' Hard as it is to remember what most museums were like thirty years ago, it is worth pointing to how different the Dinosaur Museum was from the 'handsoff', 'keep out' philosophy of museums of the era. 'We were the first museum in the country to have a "feely box",' Tim recalls. The museum covers a range of topics from, naturally enough for a Dorset museum, fossils and Mary Anning, to science's continually evolving understanding of dinosaurs. With scale and life-sized recreations of dinosaurs, interactive elements and information boards, the Dinosaur Museum tries to thread the needle of having something for pretty much all ages. Given the limited amount of floor-space, it contains an impressive amount of materialâ&#x20AC;Ś and there's a friendly triceratops outside to welcome visitors too. Our next heritage stop deals with a topic which, ninety years ago and again forty-odd years ago, was very much at the forefront of the nation's consciousness: the treasures of Tutankhamun's tomb. The Tutankhamun Exhibition opened its doors in Dorchester in April 1987, set within a church that started life in Wareham, before being taken down, brick-by-brick, and being rebuilt in Dorchester. The Tutankhamun Exhibition looks at the long

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A facsimile of the mask of Tutankhamun, one of the many authentic reproductions at the Dorchester exhibition

process Howard Carter went through to find, and then get permission to open, the boy-king's tomb and features a 3D reconstruction of his head, facsimiles of some of the treasures and a soundscape tableau of the moment when Carter, Lord Carnarvon and the latter's daughter first looked inside the tomb. There are some wonderful black and white images of the expedition party. All the reproduction artefacts are made using the same methods as would have been the original and where, for example, elements of inlaid precious stones were missing from the originals when extracted from the tomb, so too the facsimiles miss these elements. There will always no doubt be some debate about the relative merits of having the priceless originals, as opposed to aesthetically identical reproductions, but there's no doubt one can get a lot closer to the ones in Dorchester than those of the famous 1972 British Museum exhibition. Upstairs from Tutankhamun is the Mummies exhibition; it's a small additional, related exhibit, in which one can find recreations of mummifications of A rather different take on the anthropomorphosis of inanimate objects comes in the form of the human-scale occupiers of The Teddy Bear Museum, which opened in July 1995. Set against the backdrop of an Edwardian home, the museum looks at the development of the Teddy Bear, from its christening from a cartoon of an incident when Theodore Roosevelt declined to shoot a small bear when hunting, through the evolution of famous bears (Pooh, Rupert, Paddington and Fozzie, to name but a few) to the range of commercially produced bears and how their faces and styling has changed from an original 1906 bear to the present day. All in all there is an eclectic mix of options for the visitor looking to while away some time in Dorchester. It is fair to say, in fact, that nowhere else in the country can such a broad mix of topics be addressed within such a short walk of one another. A warm welcome from the mansized teddy bears in a nostalgic setting at the Teddy Bear Museum

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humans and sacred animals and descriptions of the methods used to mummify them. Still on the theme of internationally famous heritage artefacts is the Museum of the Terracotta Warriors, which opened in April 1989, but which had been a touring exhibition in venues as different as Hampton Court, the Channel Islands and the Tithe Barn at Abbotsbury, before finding a permanent home. Featuring warriors made on site (in Xian, Shaanxi province, China, that is) with the ancient moulds of the first Emperor's ersatz army, albeit rather fewer of them than the 8000 at the Chinese site, the museum explores the history of the Qin period, when Qin Shi Huang combined China into a single nation, along with details of the nearby Qin Necropolis and the hundreds of thousands who worked on its construction.

Museums information For details of the locations and opening times of all Dorset's museums, visit www.dorsetmuseums.co.uk For more information on the Keep, visit www.keepmilitarymuseum.org or call 01305 264066. For details of the Dinosaur Museum, call 01305 269880 or visit www.dinosaurmuseum.com Details of the Tuntankhamun Exhibition on 01305 269880 or at www.tutankhamunexhibition.co.uk Visit www.teddybearmuseum.com or call 01305 266040 for opening times and other information For details of the Mummies Exhibition, call 01305 269741 or visit www.mummiesexhibition.com For details of the Museum of the Terracotta Warriors, call 01305 266040 or visit www.terracottawarriors.co.uk


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Bournemouth's witch Nick Churchill charts the ups and downs of Elsie Annie Elizabeth Ashton, otherwise known as 'Nesta of the forest' Psychic, medium, spiritualist, mental healer, psycho-analyst, folklorist, Nesta of the Forest carved quite a niche for herself in Bournemouth society and beyond in the 1930s. Prosecuted by the authorities but loved by her clients, she wrote the weekly Confidential Column for the Bournemouth Times having moved from Gloucester after being jailed for refusing to pay a fine of two pounds and eight shillings for telling fortunes. ‘Today, she is entirely a forgotten and neglected figure who, if she is remembered at all, is only a minor footnote in the careers of the celebrated interwar psychical researchers such as Harry Price and Nandor Fodor,’ says researcher Andrew Parry who has a long-standing interest in Nesta’s life and times. Between 1933 and 1939 she lived at 29 Commercial Road, Bournemouth where she would carry out private consultations and conduct weekly séances with her husband David (Tommy) Lewis, a 'powerful deeptrance medium'.

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‘She was a member of the spiritualist circles The Link, Men of the Trees and Druid’s Circle. The core of the circle consisted of Nesta, Tommy, her sister Ethel, a state registered nurse, and Reggie Wells, a local dairyman, her husband’s friend,’ says Andrew. ‘Occasionally the sitters were joined by a couple of retired naval personnel, Admiral Marshall and Captain Hall, and presumably unnamed others.’ During 1936 she invited the Society of Psychical Research (SPR) to visit the Druid’s Home Circle Sunday night meetings and hear the voices and the three languages spoken in the circle – the ancient British language of the Druids, the modern English they learnt and the prehistoric sounds of the first humans. Tommy was the trance medium for the Druids’ chief control, Davydd ap Owen, and would speak in his tongue. She wrote: ‘I have never been controlled in all my life, I ‘see’ and ‘know’ things normally; and I am too scared or superstitious, call it what you will, to PRETEND to be in a trance. But Tommy does pass into deep trance and I know him so well, that he would scorn to pretend anything.’ As popular as she was with her readers, such activities also aroused much suspicion and she complained to the SPR research officer of her bitter persecution by Bournemouth Police, on the sole evidence of a policeman ‘who was so drunk that he had to ask for the use of the lavatory in my house’. Twice indicted under the 1824 Vagrancy Act, as were most who were charged in relation to fortune telling, Nesta was fined £7 in May 1934 and £25 in March 1935. Intending to draw attention to what she viewed as the persecution of spiritualists she then framed a libel case against the owners of John Bull magazine, which had described her as a charlatan who made her living by fraud. She also campaigned for the repeal of the 1735 Witchcraft Act, which had been intended to dispel widespread belief in witches and was enacted to prosecute those claiming to have the powers of a witch. Nesta’s claims she could foretell the future piqued the interest of the national newspapers and in one particularly lively exchange she was asked if it was true she had described a Bournemouth magistrate as ‘a smug old man who should be in a nursing home.’ ‘He is in a nursing home, now,’ she replied. But she lost the case and Britain’s last prosecution for witchcraft was Jane Rebecca Yorke in 1944 before the Act was finally repealed in 1951. Nesta was born Elsie Annie Elizabeth Ashton in Newport on 13 June 1893. In her 1939 book, Charmed Magic Casements: Clairvoyant Glimpses by Nesta of


Bournemouth's witch the Forest, published by the Bournemouth Times and edited by the paper’s Nature Corner columnist Peter Phillips she claims she made friends with fairies as a lonely child growing up in the Wye Valley. She also writes about an encounter with an elemental creature in a hedge near Puncknowle – a name she interprets as ‘puck hole’, along with Pokesdown as a derivative of Pucksdown and Pug’s Hole near Talbot Woods as Puck’s Hole. Now, many is the reporter who’s seen strange things about their typewriter, particularly after lunch, but as further evidence Nesta offers Phillips’ account of ‘a creature he has seen perched on top of his typewriter, a queer little fellow, not more than two inches high, dressed in shades of brown and green.’ The book reveals Nesta’s grasp of history was at best naïve. She links the ancient British chieftain Caractacus with Bran the Blessed, a king of Britain in Welsh mythology, suggesting Bran’s head – which continued to talk for 87 years after being severed – may be buried at Hengistbury Head to repel invaders. His association with the area, she suggests, is revealed in the names of Branksome and Bransgore. The book also relates Dorset folklore such as the tale of two wicked old maids from Sturminster Newton who bewitched the village schoolmaster by sticking

pins in a sheep’s heart, mixing it with frogs’ skins wrapped up in a cobweb soaked in owl’s blood and hiding it in a wood near his house. The teacher fell ill and was dying until his dog found the bewitched heart, which was then burnt by the villagers. He recovered and when the two old maids were heard screaming one night the village knew they’d been taken to hell. The book includes Nesta’s encounters with ghosts at Bryanston House, Shaftesbury Abbey, Hamworthy Rectory, Scaplen’s Court in Poole and the 700-yearold Ensbury Manor where she met a cast of spectral characters from ‘fluttering Elizabethan ladies’ to ‘bewigged gallants’. She also claimed to have received a mauve crocus by paranormal transference and saw a secret Mass being celebrated during which medieval soldiers slaughtered the priest. After settling his spirit Nesta returned to the site of the Manor following its demolition in 1936 to see the flats that had been built in its place and ‘found that all the distressing vibrations had gone’. She formed a more protracted relationship with the crying ghost girl of the Winter Gardens she first saw in 1935 shortly before Christmas, after the original glass pavilion had been taken down. Nesta saw a

Inset One of the few portraits of 'Nesta of the Forest'

Ensbury Manor, where Nesta met a cast of spectral characters

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Bournemouth's witch The book which Nesta published of her various supernatural encounters

young girl sobbing as she limped through the Gardens clutching a black rosary and a piece of blue silk. A year later she saw the girl again: ‘The Winter Gardens were deserted and I was alone, so rested wearily against the trunk of a friendly tree. For three consecutive years the strain of police persecution had broken my health.’ This time she followed the crying girl who was dressed in a servant’s black uniform and held her hands above her head as if to fend off an assailant. The girl crossed the Gardens and went up Richmond Hill to the Church of the Sacred Heart. Following her example Nesta lit a candle and saw a vision of the girl’s life from which she deduced the girl was a Belgian refugee from the Great War. A few days later the girl appeared to Nesta at home where she conjured a clairvoyant picture of a house in which she was running away from a tall woman wielding a stick. The young girl fell and struck her head against a large piece of dark wood furniture staining it with blood. The girl returned on Christmas Eve and Nesta felt a ‘stunning blow on my head’ and again on Christmas Day prompting Nesta to search for the house she had been shown. Some weeks later she found it was for sale through Messrs Berry & Wood of Exeter Road who sent an agent to show Nesta around. After receiving a blue silk pincushion embroidered with the girl’s name – Elise – out of thin air, Nesta

Scaplens Court: another of Nesta's prime locations for supernatural occurances

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saw the mahogany sideboard on which the girl had fallen and in the kitchen found the stick she’d been beaten with. This was broken up and thrown out of the house before they said prayers to lay the ghost of Elise. By Christmas 1937 the new brick-built Winter Gardens had opened as an indoor bowling green and the house Elise had worked in had gone. As Nesta watched it being torn down an old crippled woman joined her and said she had worked at the house as a cook before the Great War and remembered a small girl with a TB hip. Elise came back the following Christmas, again at Nesta’s home where she was holding her weekly séance with friends, including journalist Peter Phillips. Elise thanked Nesta for rescuing her and asked the spirit guide to get the pincushion for Nesta which she duly collected from the estate agent. Nesta writes: ‘I do not say it is possible, I only say it happened, and swear that it is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth so God help me, Amen.’ She left Bournemouth in 1939 to move to Cheltenham, where she married twice, but ended her days living alone in a basement flat. She succumbed to dementia and died on 9 February 1982 from bronchopneumonia. In her later years she committed to charity work, but her belief in the paranormal seems to have waned. In a letter dated 7 November 1962 she wrote: ‘… now in my 70th year, I know for a certainty that all ‘witchcraft’ and ‘spiritualism’ is no more and no less than the sound waves and light waves and electricity which we now ‘harness’ and call radio, television, etc… I am, or at least was, a very well known White Witch in London, Newport, Bournemouth.’


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Flour of Dorset Stoate’s flour, made near Shaftesbury, is a favourite of artisan bakers. Philip Strange went to Cann Mills to find out why. Near Cann Mills, a mile or so south of Shaftesbury,

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the river Sturkel rises in the chalk escarpment at the edge of the Blackmore Vale to become a tributary of the Stour. Sturkel is thought to mean ‘little Stour’, but even this stream had, in the Domesday Book, five watermills depending on it. Now, only one watermill remains – Cann Mills, but it is a powerhouse for the thriving artisan baking movement in Dorset, providing the flour for bakeries such as the Phoenix, Long Crichel and Leakers (Bridport). 'I have been baking bread for 24 years,' says Aidan Chapman from the Phoenix Bakery in Weymouth, 'and Stoate’s flour is, without a doubt, the best I have baked with in this country' For Michael Stoate, milling is probably written in his DNA: he is the fifth generation miller in his family. His father, Norman took over Cann Mills in 1947, but before that, his family had already been millers for more than a hundred years, first in Watchet and then Bristol. When Norman Stoate started at Cann Mills, the business was mainly in animal feed, but in 1970 he decided to produce high-quality, stoneground flour. The millpond, complete with its ducks and swans, collects water from the Sturkel and feeds the late19th-century water wheel, which still provides some of the power for grinding. The mill itself was built in the 1950s after an older building was destroyed by fire and there is an attractive Mill House where

Stone-ground, rather than rolled, flour, has a taste and texture all its own

Michael was born and, along with his family, still lives. He looks very much the miller, covered in a light dusting of flour as he explains the magical process of milling, whereby the hard wheat grains are converted into soft flour suitable for baking. He uses carefully selected wheat, mostly organic and mostly grown on farms within a thirty-mile radius of the mill. For some flours, though, he includes organic wheat imported from Kazakhstan to maintain a high protein content. All wheat is tested in a laboratory and by test baking. After passing through a cleaning machine, the wheat is milled into flour using pairs of millstones. These are made of French burr stone – a natural, very durable limestone from the Marne Valley in northern France, which is regarded as the best stone for flour milling. The ‘runner’ stone rotates above the stationary ‘bed’ stone without actually touching and each stone has a series of furrows that have been ‘dressed’ in to the milling surface. Grain is fed in to a hole in the middle of the ‘runner’ stone for grinding between the stones and it gradually moves outwards along the furrows to be deposited on the outside as flour. Air circulates along the furrows so that the flour is not damaged by overheating. Stone grinding is a relatively gentle process allowing the natural oils of the wheat germ to be distributed throughout the


The mill pond at Cann Mills

flour so that vitamins and minerals in the grain are retained and the flavour of the flour is enhanced. The nature of the flour can be influenced by adjusting the gap between the stones and the feed rate of the grain and here the skill of the miller is paramount. The flour is used directly or passed through mechanical sieves to remove bran. It is then packed in to the distinctive ‘Cann Mills’ paper sacks. Michael produces whole wheat flour (whole grain, no bran removed), 81% brown flour (some bran removed) and stone ground white flour (actually a creamy colour because the natural oils are present along with a small amount of bran); also ‘Maltstar’, his Granary-style flour containing wheat flour, malted wheat flakes, rye flour and malt flour. These are all strong, high-gluten flours made from high-protein wheat and good for making bread (see panel). He also mills rye and spelt and produces some pastry flours from lower protein wheat. In 2011, both the organic Maltstar and stone-ground white flour were given Great Taste Gold Awards. Cann Mills is one of a small number of mills in this country still producing traditional stone-ground flour on a commercial basis. Given that the majority of flour in this country is now made by steel roller mills, what are the benefits of using stone-ground flour? Stone-grinding produces flour incorporating the oils, vitamins and minerals of the wheat germ

and the whole grain flour also contains all the fibre of the grain; these provide flavour and important nutritional benefits. Stone-ground flour also has special properties that suit the methods used by artisan bakers including a long fermentation that produces more flavour and a higher hydration that allows longer shelf life. Michael works very hard keeping his traditional business going and clearly enjoys the challenges: ‘I find it very satisfying to go round delivering to bakers and see them pull these lovely loaves out of the oven – it’s the end of the cycle’. The artisan bakers, in and around Dorset, love Michael and his flour because the flour works for them and because Michael listens to them. Business is good and Michael attributes this to the popularity of artisan baking as well as increased interest in home baking generated by TV programmes like the Great British Bake Off. The reputation of Stoate’s flour is spreading and there is now a weekly delivery from Cann Mills to bakeries in London. One of these is the Pocket Bakery, run by well-known cookery writer Rose Prince and her children, Jack and Lara. Later this month, Rose and Jack will open a pop-up bakery in Fortnum and Mason… using Stoate’s flour, of course. For more information on Cann Mills, to try his flour or to find a baker who uses it, visit www.stoatesflour.com.

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Eating in the dining room at Langtry's restaurant is like stepping back in time: huge tapestries hang on the wall and one senses the taste and touch of Lillie Langtry almost everywhere. There are reminders of the romantic story of the Prince of Wales and his lover all around the hotel, and romance is clearly the mood which Langtry's achieves, not least in the layout of the restaurant, which features largely two-seat tables around a spectacular centre-piece display, and with the fresh flowers that are to be found in abundance throughout the building. The décor is sumptuous, both in the restaurant itself and in the bar, which is styled as the With Drawing Room, where we sat and deliberated before making our selections from the three-course, prix fixe menu. Each of the three courses has its own menu sheet, which is split into two, the lower half of which is entitled 'traditions'. As the top half of the menu changes regularly, we decided to pick one starter main course and pudding from each half of the relevant menu sheet. For our starters, we picked the Brixham scallops, butternut squash purée, cucumber apple dressing and Serrano ham from the top half (where other options included seared mackerel, white onion soup, a vegetable spring roll and pressed West Country terrine) and, ignoring the smoked salmon and avocado salad on the 'traditions' section, opted for the smoked chicken liver parfait, old-fashioned plum chutney and warm brioche. The Brixham scallops were beautifully cooked and arrived at the table with a strong, but pleasant, smell of the sea, and with a very subtle flavour, which worked well with the Serrano ham and the cool-toned pea-green dressing and the warm silkiness of the butternut squash purée. For our mains I chose the seared fillet of beef, Dauphinoise potatoes, baby spinach and a Burgundy truffle sauce. My companion chose the fish of the day – a seared fillet of sea bream with what we thought we heard described as 'Bollinger' potatoes and a saffron sauce. The Bollinger potatoes turned out not to be a Champagne-soaked creation, but boulangère potatoes – like Dauphinoise, but without the cream or grated Gruyère topping, but this was no loss as they were also the star of the plate: full of flavour and which melted in the mouth. The bream

was very well cooked and only perhaps the saffron sauce did not quite deliver in terms of the amount of impact that this most luxurious of spices had on the overall flavour. There were two fillets of beef and, although they were thinner than I would normally expect and I worried the beef might have been overcooked because of it, my fears were groundless and both the meat and its accompanying sauce were delicious. For our puddings, we selected the item described as 'Apple' from the top part of the menu and, as a complement, 'Crumble' from the 'traditions' menu. The apple was a peeled, cored and poached apple in what seemed like a cupcake case made of soft, sweet caramel-coated pastry, accompanied by clotted cream icecream. The crumble was a pear, quince and berry crumble with English custard; the pear and berries were very much to the fore, but the flavour was well-rounded and multi-levelled. It was a very good crumble mix, too, and either pudding would gladden the heart of a diner with a hankering for a good traditional pud. Julian Powell 67


Eat, Drink, Stay ANSTY The Fox Inn. 01258 880328. www.anstyfoxinn.co.uk. Serving good food, seven days a week, including our famous Sunday carvery. You are warmly invited to experience the Fox welcome.

CRANBORNE Cranborne Tea Room, Cranborne Manor Garden Centre. 01725 517546. www.cranborne.co.uk. From morning coffee to afternoon tea with a light bite in between. Ideal for walkers and gardeners, or just somewhere to rest.

BEAMINSTER Beaminster Brasserie at the BridgeHouse. 01308 862200. AA 3-star, country town hotel with stylish al fresco brasserie and elegant 2 Rosette hotel restaurant. Modern Dorset cuisine.

EAST BURTON, WOOL (NR WAREHAM) The Seven Stars. 01929 462292. www.sevenstars.co.uk. A wide range of homemade meals and steaks, fresh fish, vegetarian and daily specials. Fine wines, real ales, lagers and ciders, Large beer garden, children's play area and plenty of free parking.

BLANDFORD Crown Hotel. 8 West Street. 01258 456626. Elegant hotel nestling in the heart of Dorset offering luxury accommodation, function rooms, award winning beers and freshly prepared food. BOURNEMOUTH The Gallery Bar & Brasserie, The Chine Hotel, 25 Boscombe Spa Road, Boscombe, BH5 1AX. 01202 396 234. www.fjbcollection.co.uk. With an AA Rosette for innovative menus combining contemporary and traditional flair, dine in style with magnificent views overlooking the treetops and out to sea. Langtrys at Langtry Manor. Derby Road, East Cliff, Bournemouth, BH1 3QB 01202 290550. www.langtrymanor.co.uk. Set within the historic Langtry Manor, Langtry's restaurant offers contemporary classic cuisine in elegant Edwardian surroundings. Friendly service. Locally sourced seasonal produce. BRIDPORT Avenue Restaurant, 33 West Street. 01308 456686. www.theavenuebridport.co.uk. Elegant Georgian Town House serving modern English cuisine. Many interesting eating rooms. Located in town centre. Open Tuesday to Saturday.

HORTON (NR WIMBORNE) Drusilla's Inn. 01258 840297. www.drusillasinn.co.uk. Traditional Wessex freehouse with stunning view of the Horton Folly Tower. Fresh, local food, real ales and fine wines at affordable prices. Open daily 10.00 in the morning - 11.00 at night. LYME REGIS By The Bay Restaurant and Wine Bar, Marine Parade. 01297 442668. www.bythebay.co.uk. Delicious fresh food at affordable prices. Fantastic seafront location. Stunning views of Lyme Bay and the Cobb. Open daily. the bay leaf, Marine Parade. 01297 442059 www.lymebayhotel.co.uk Fresh locally sourced fish and produce reasonably priced. Perfect unrivalled views across Lyme Bay and Cobb. Open Daily and Accommodation available. Harbour Inn, Marine Parade. 01297 442299. A fantastic location with beautiful views, right by the sea. All home-cooked food, with lots of seafood. Real coffee, local ales and extensive wine list.

BURLEY (HANTS) The Moorhill House Hotel. 01425 403285. www.newforesthotels.co.uk AA Rosette for fine dining. Local produce, fantastically served in a beautiful restaurant overlooking the gardens. Open for Sunday lunch, Cream Teas and Dinner.

LYMINGTON (HANTS) Beach House Pub Restaurant, Park Lane, Milford-on-Sea SO41 0PT. 01590 643044. www.beachhousemilfordonsea.co.uk. Grade II-listed Victorian mansion with stunning sea views, situated 200 yards from the beach. Awardwinning cask ales and fresh seasonal dishes. En-suite rooms available

CHILD OKEFORD The Saxon Inn, Gold Hill. 01258 860310. www.saxoninn.co.uk. Hidden in the village of Child Okeford, we are well worth finding. Nestling under Hambledon Hill, ideally situated for walkers in need of sustenance. 4 en-suite bed & breakfast rooms.

LYNDHURST (HANTS) The Glasshouse Restaurant, Pikes HIll. 02380 286129. www.theglasshousedining.co.uk. 2 AA Rosettes - Fine English food, fresh local ingredients, and exceptional service in a contemporary setting. Open evenings and Sunday lunch, lunchtimes by prior arrangement.

CHRISTCHURCH The Ship in Distress. 66 Stanpit, Mudeford. 01202 485123. www.ship-in-distress.co.uk. Traditional 300-year-old smugglers’ pub, awardwinning restaurant and two bars offering a full à la carte menu with vegetarian options, snacks and traditional pub grub.

LYTCHETT MATRAVERS The Chequers Inn, 75 High Street. 01202 622215. Family-run business offering quality home-cooked dishes from locally sourced produce at affordable prices. Real ales and fine wines.

CORFE MULLEN (NR WIMBORNE) The Coventry Arms. Mill Street, Corfe Mullen, BH21 3RH. 01258 857 284. www.thecoventryarms.com. 15th-century pub, open all day. Delicious local food, real ales, riverside garden and open log fire. Bookings recommended.

MARTINSTOWN (NR DORCHESTER) The Brewers Arms, DT2 9LB. 01305 889361. www.thebrewersarms.com.Traditional village pub with great homemade food and a friendly welcome. Beautiful B & B rooms, large car park & dog friendly.

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Eat, Drink, Stay MORDEN (NR WAREHAM) The Cock & Bottle. 01929 459238. www.cockandbottlemorden.co.uk. Our head chef is renowned for his cuisine. We offer light lunches, bar meals, Sunday roasts and a full à la carte menu. POOLE Corkers Café & Bar (Lower deck), Restaurant (Upper deck), Guest rooms (Top deck), The Quay. BH15 1AB. 01202 681393. www.corkers.co.uk. Not only the freshest fish and shellfish . Open seven days, for lunch and dinner. Heights Bistro, Harbour Heights Hotel, Haven Road, Sandbanks, BH13 7QL. 01202 707272. www.fjbcollection.co.uk. Few restaurants can offer the splendour of our two AA Rosette bistro, where the standard of food and quality of service match such outstanding views. La Roche, The Haven Hotel, Banks Road, Sandbanks, BH13 7LW. 01202 707333. www.fjbcollection.co.uk. On the water’s edge; with spectacular views, an exquisite choice of menu and two AA Rosettes for the quality, standards and consistency of our cooking. Sevens Boat Shed & Crow’s Nest Restaurant, Poole Park, Poole. 01202 742842. www.sevensboatshed.co.uk. The Boat Shed along with its new addition, The Crow’s Nest, offers a unique blend of exceptional food and incredible views. 'Upstairs @ the Custom House' Restaurant, The Quay. 01202 676767/677737. www.customhouse.co.uk. Relaxed sophistication in our fabulous à la carte restaurant. Modern English/French cuisine. Outstanding views over Poole Harbour. SWANAGE Seventhwave, Durlston. 01929 421111. www.durlston.co.uk. Exciting and contemporary British cuisine, located in a stunning cliffside setting above the waves. TARRANT KEYNESTON (NR BLANDFORD) True Lovers Knot. 01258 452209. www.trueloversknot.co.uk. Romantic, traditional country pub. Fresh seasonal produce, luxury en-suite accommodation, campsite, ample parking, large garden and play area, private functions and weddings.

TARRANT MONKTON (NR BLANDFORD) The Langton Arms. 01258 830225. www.thelangtonarms.co.uk. Pub/restaurant. Guest rooms, civil ceremony licence, open seven days a week, food served all day on Saturday and Sunday. WAREHAM The Old Granary. The Quay. 01929 552010. Beautiful pub-restaurant on the river Frome with views of the Purbeck Hills; fine wines, award-winning beers and freshly prepared food. Springfield Country Hotel. Grange Road. 01929 552177. www.thespringfield.co.uk. Set in six acres at the foot of the Purbeck Hills. Bar lunches, afternoon teas and full à la carte dinner. Private function rooms available. WIMBORNE Angels Coffee Shop, Quarterjack Mews. 01202 849922. The place to visit whether you want a hearty breakfast, morning coffee, a great value lunch with wine or a cream tea by the river. Mon-Sat 8.00 to 4.00. The Millstream Café at Walford Mill Crafts. Stone Lane, Wimborne, BH21 1NL 01202 842258 or 079123 48584. Delicious, fresh, wholesome homemade food. Available for all your special occasions. Opening hours: Mon – Sat 10.00 – 4.00, Sunday 11.00 -4.00. The Olive Branch, 6 East Borough. 01202 884686. A stunning and elegant pubrestaurant a minute's walk from Wimborne centre, secluded riverside garden, award-winning beers, fine wines and freshly prepared food. WINTERBORNE ZELSTON The Botany Bay Inne. 01929 459227. Picturesque countryside inne, serving à la carte meals and bar snacks, real Dorset ales. Well-behaved children and dogs welcome.

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This month in Dorset National Gardens Scheme (NGS) Gardens 3: Lawsbrook, Shillingstone 3, 10: Q, Dorchester 17: Frankham Farm, Ryme Intrinseca 17: 22 Holt Road, Branksome 17: The Old Vicarage, East Orchard, Shaftesbury 18: Ola, Rodwell 22, 23: Marren, Holworth 24: Chiffchaffs, Chaffeymoor, Bourton 24: Frith House, Stalbridge 24, 31: Heron’s Mead, East Burton 30, 31: Snape Cottage Plantsman’s Garden, Chaffeymoor, Bourton 31: The Old Rectory, Netherbury

All Wired Up Featuring work from talented makers including Dorset wireworker Helen Godfrey, as well as Celia Smith and Jan Truman, the All Wired Up exhibition illustrates the technical expertise needed to design and translate ideas in the medium of wire with several life-size and small pieces. Celia Smith, whose bird-inspired work is pictured here, uses wire as other artists might use a pencil. 2 March – 14 April, 10.00 (11.00 Sun) Walford Mill Crafts, Wimborne, 01202 841400, www.walfordmillcrafts.co.uk

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Chideock Manor Gardens Built in 1815 by Sir Humphrey Weld using materials thought to have come from the ruins of Chideock Castle, Chideock Manor overlooks lawns which sweep down to the River Winniford. The river has been enlarged within the grounds to make a lake. There are up to seven acres of formal and informal gardens, with a bog garden beside a stream and a series of ponds as well as lime and crab apple walks with a walled vegetable garden. Offering woodland and lakeside walks with fine views, home made teas, are served until 5.00. 31 March, 2.00 Chideock Manor, www.ngs.org.uk (The NGS 2013 booklet is available from this month)

Having completed the Young Artist Scheme at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, Andrew Griffiths is forging a career as one of the most exciting conductors of his generation and makes his Dorset debut at the helm of this concert performance of Mozart’s opera. The cast includes Gillian Ramm, Flora McIntosh, Cheryl Enever and Jon Valender who, between them, have taken lead roles for Glyndebourne, English National Opera, Bermuda Festival and Bangkok Opera. The concert is being held in conjunction with the Thomas Hardye School as part of a mentoring scheme in which each professional player shadows a student to give them a first impression of what it is to play in an opera orchestra. 16 March, 7.00 St Mary’s Church, Dorchester, 01305 267992

Tiger Day This year marks the 70th anniversary of the capture of Tiger 131 – the world’s only surviving operational example of the legendary World War 2 German tank. To celebrate, the Tank Museum at Bovington has bowed to public demand and is to host another Tiger Day in which 131 can once again demonstrate the manoeuvrability and firepower

that made it one of the most feared tanks of its generation. Premium ticket holders will also have the chance to enjoy detailed talks and learn the story of Tiger 131’s capture and eventual restoration at the Tank Museum. 30 March, 8.30 Tank Museum, Bovington, 01929 405096, www.tankmuseum.org

Boxed In

Jane Arnold

An uproarious comedy about the obsessions and dreams of two warehouse workers, Boxed In finds hilarity in the humdrum against the backdrop of economic catastrophe that puts their jobs at risk. Ralph loves his job and before he retires he wants to pass on his knowledge to the new boy. But when the new boy turns out to be a girl called Kate all his old certainties are called into question. 14 March, 7.30 The Bay Theatre, Weymouth College, 01305 208702, www.weymouth.ac.uk 15 March, 7.30 Corfe Castle Village Hall, 01929 480483, www.artsreach.co.uk 16 March, 7.30 Child Okeford Village hall, 01258 861391, www.artsreach.co.uk 17 March, 7.30 Halstock Village Hall, 01935 83347, www.artsreach.co.uk

Jane Arnold, owner of Kiss The Book, an online bookseller specialising in rare and old books, talks about her life between the pages in Diced Calf and Deckle Edges – My Life as an Antiquarian Bookseller. ‘As I tell of my unusual career I will show an eclectic selection of rare and unusual books and share with you the magic and passion that books inspire,’ she says. ‘It’s definitely not a dry and dusty subject'. 19 March, 7.30 Highcliffe Castle, 01425 278807, www.highcliffecastle.co.uk

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Steptoe and Son Bound together by birth, business and bad luck, Albert and Harold Steptoe wake up every morning to the same sickening sight: each other. They barely notice the world turning, the birth of space travel… even Cliff Richard. Adapted from the Galton and Simpson scripts, this new production charts the surprising dance of the iconic 20th-century father and son for a new generation. 5-9 March, 7.30 (Wed, Sat mat 2.30) Lighthouse, Poole, 0844 406 8666, www.lighthousepoole.co.uk

BSO: Natalie Plays Elgar Poole-born cellist Natalie Clein returns for a hometown concert with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s Natalie Plays Elgar programme. Under conductor Kees Bakels, Natalie will play Elgar’s Cello Concerto, the composer’s final major work. Written as two pairs of movements, the solo cello’s bold statements and emotional themes are in stark contrast to the orchestra, which is kept very much in a supporting role. Also included in the programme are Beethoven’s concise Coriolan Overture, inspired by Shakespeare’s Coriolanus, and Sibelius’ energetic Second Symphony. Natalie Clein will also perform at a post-concert reception for ticket holders, joining the BSO cello section for Ribke’s arrangement of Bruch’s Kol Nidrei and Bachianas Brasileira No 1 by Villa-Lobos. 20 March, 7.30 Lighthouse, Poole, 0844 406 8666, lighthousepoole.co.uk

Krappe’s Last Tape Samuel Beckett’s bittersweet masterpiece finds one man reviewing his 69 years with the aid of tape recordings made every year on his birthday. Bananas and alcohol abound in this one-man show about ambition, sacrifice and growing old starring Tom Owen, from Last of the Summer Wine. He’ll also answer questions from the audience after the show. 9 March, 8.00 Dorchester Arts Centre, 01305 266926, www.dorchesterarts.org.uk

Purbeck Strings Festival This year’s festival finds the Stanford Quartet leading a celebration of the centenary of Benjamin Britten’s birth in 1913, performing one of the composer’s string quartets at the Saturday night concert. On the Sunday afternoon, the Festival Strings will play Britten’s Simple Symphony in their programme, as well as his arrangement of the Purcell Chaconne and the Britten connection is continued with his composition

teacher Frank Bridge’s arrangements of Sally in our Alley and Cherry Ripe. Meanwhile, Nathalie Green-Buckly (viola) performs an Ian Pillow composition called Erin’s Lament and Izabau Rothman (violin) will perform John Williams’ theme from Schindler’s List, with both playing the solo parts for the slow movement of Mozart’s Concertante. 16, 17 March 7.30 (Sun 3.30) St Mary’s Church, Swanage, 07964 410443, www.purbeckstrings.com

Zelkova Toby Kearney Toby Kearney, who won the percussion section of the 2006 BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition, joins pianist Harvey Davies for two performances this month. Kearney has already performed the world premiere of a percussion concerto by Matt Sergeant with conductor Clark Rundell and the RNCM Chamber Orchestra and the UK premiere of Stockhausen’s Lucifer’s Dance with the RNCM Wind Orchestra as part of the Stockhausen KLANG festival in 2008 at the South Bank. 7 March, 7.30 Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, 01297 422138, www.marinetheatre.com 8 March, 11.00 Bridport Arts Centre, 01308 424204, bridport-arts.com

The multiple award-winning Zelkova string quartet, founded at the Royal Northern College of Music, is Ensemble in Residence at the Weymouth Lunchtime Chamber Concerts series. Since coming together under the guidance of Petr Trause in 2010, the Quartet has been made European Chamber Music Academy associates and will perform Dvorak’s Quartet No 11 in C major, Op 61 in Weymouth with renowned pianist Duncan Honeybourne, artistic director of the Lunchtime Chamber Concerts series, joining them for Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet in G minor, Op 57. 27 March, 1.00 St Mary’s Church, Weymouth, www.weymouthchamberconcerts.com 71


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Encounters: WesCA meets the DCM

In this exhibition, Wessex Contemporary Artists create an exhibition based on the relationships they have formed with certain exhibits in the Dorset County Museum. Artists will be present between 10.30 and noon on 4 April and 11 April to talk about their work and what inspired them. Some of the artists are also running workshops to encourage tactile engagement with processes and concepts that are at the heart of Contemporary art. Just two examples are Sue Jenkins, who chose three 19th-century tools to show alongside her flock of sheep portraits: the cluckett bell worn around the sheep’s neck, the shepherd’s lantern and the turnip chopper. While on a more ancient and also more modern note, Louise Rolls chose the Whitcombe Warrior – a display which shows a body buried in the late Iron Age. Being an artist and not a historian, she saw the words 'Iron Age Dorset', and thought 'Biker Age in Dorset', and envisaged offerings related to a biker's life. to 7 June, 10.00-4.00 Mon-Sat Dorset County Museum, High Street West, Dorchester, 01305 262735, www.dorsetcountymuseum.org, www.wesca.co.uk

La Nova Singers For a one-off extended choir concert in aid of Macmillan, the ensemble is made up of students of the Bel Canto technique under Michelle Nova, who has recruited further female singers for the concert and will feature the Studio Nova Singers and the Bella Nova Singers, four female singers who will also sing on their own. The concert will include classical, sacred, opera, operetta, traditional, modern and popular music by composers from Handel, Mozart and Vivaldi to Tchaikovsky, Karl Jenkins and Paul Ayers. 23 March, 7.30 West Cliff Baptist Church, Westbourne, 01202 470307, www.lanovastudios.co.uk

Further events for your diary Tales from Ovid by Ted Hughes, 1, 2 March, 7.30 (Sat mat 2.30) Pavilion Dance, Bournemouth, 01202 203630, www.paviliondance.org.uk

Tea: How Do You Take Yours? 13 March, 2.00 Red House Museum, Christchurch, 01202 482860, hants.gov. uk/hampshire-museums/redhouse/

Swanage Country Market, 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 March, 10.00 Mowlem Theatre Community Room & Arcade, 01929 422239, www.mowlemtheatre.com

Tosca & Carmen, 14, 15 March, 7.30 Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth, 0844 576 3000, www.bic.co.uk

Dorset County Abigail’s Party, Orchestra, 19-23 March, 23 7.45 March. (Wed, Sat mat 7.30 Wimborne 2.30) Lighthouse, Minster, 01202 Poole,884753, 0844 406 8666 www.lighthousepoole.co.uk www.wimborneminster.org.uk Spring Bulbs Dorset County& Orchestra, Daffodils Weekend 23 March. 7.3024 23, Wimborne March, 11.00 Minster, Sherborne 01202 884753, www.wimborneminster.org.uk Castle, 01935 813182, www.sherbornecastle.co.uk Spring Bulbs & Daffodils Weekend 23, 24 Leisure Poole March, 11.00 Painters Sherborne Spring Castle, 01935 exhibition, 27 813182, March - 2 April, 10.30-4.00 www.sherbornecastle.co.uk Gallery Upstairs, Upton Country Park

Fossil Hunting Walk, 3 March, 1.30 (10 March, 10.00) Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre, 01297, 560772, www.charmouth.org

Cannon, Campbell, Watchorn & O’Connor, 14 March, 7.30 Regent Centre, Christchurch, 01202 499199, www.regentcentre.co.uk

Fairport Convention, 7 March, 7.30 Electric Palace, Bridport, 01308 424901, www.electricpalace.org.uk

Steeleye Span, 14 March, 7.30 Lighthouse, Poole, 0844 406 8666, www.lighthousepoole.co.uk

Lyme Regis Art Society: Annual Exhibition, 28 March – 2 April, 11.00 (not Mon) The Malthouse, Town Mill, Lyme Regis, 01297 443579, www.townmill.org.uk

The Smetana Trio, 8 March, 7.30 The Exchange, Sturminster Newton, 01258 475137, www.stur-exchange.co.uk

Talk: History, Conservation and Management at Stourhead,14 March, 2.15 National Trust Bournemouth and Poole Association, Hallmark Hotel, Bournemouth, 01202 751520, www.bournemouthpoole-nta.org.uk

Easter Bonnet Parade, 31 March, 1.30 Baptist Church Hall, Lyme Regis, 01297 442138, www.lymeregisbaptistchurch.co.uk

Opus Anglicanum, 9 March, 7.30 Bridport Arts Centre, 01308 424204, www.bridport-arts.com Dorset Chamber Orchestra with Martin Clunes: Music For Youth!, 9 March, 7.00 St Mary’s Church, Dorchester, 01305 260360, www.dorsetchamberorchestra.org

Jazz & Big Band Live Music Weekend 15, 16 March, daily Riviera Hotel, Bournemouth, 01202 763653, www.rivierabournemouth.co.uk

Caro Emerald, 9 March, 7.30 Pavilion Theatre, 0844 576 3000, www.bic.co.uk

Bournemouth BSO: Masters Bach of Melody, Choir,16 16March, March, 7.00 Christchurch 7.30 Pavilion Theatre, Priory, Bournemouth, 01202 470059, 0844 576 3000, www.bic.co.uk www.bournemouthbachchoir.org

Olivia Newton-John, 11 March, 7.30 Windsor Hall, BIC, 0844 576 3000, www.bic.co.uk

Abigail’s Party,Bach Bournemouth 19-23Choir, March, 167.45 March, (Wed, 7.30mat Sat Christchurch 2.30) Lighthouse, Priory, 01202 Poole,470059, 0844 www.bournemouthbachchoir.org 406 8666 www.lighthousepoole.co.uk

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Pirates at the Fort, 31 March, 10.30 Nothe Fort, Weymouth, 01305 766626, www.nothefort.org.uk Guy Davis, 31 March, 8.00 Bournemouth Folk Club, Centre Stage, Westbourne, 01202 540065, www.bournemouthfolkclub.com Archaeology Lecture: The Infants of Gussage All Saints, 6 April, 7.30 Dorset County Museum, 01305 262735, www.dorsetcountymuseum.org


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Careford Lodge is a purpose built Residential home set in 5 acres including a paddock to enable residents to enjoy the horses and the country views. The registered manager, Lorraine, has been with the home for over 10 years and has a team of loyal and trained staff. All rooms are a generous size having a full en-suite and some with complete wet rooms. The gardens and general maintenance are kept to a high standard and a qualified chef runs the kitchen with innovative menus. Regular outings are arranged and daily activities organised. Enquiries to Lorraine at the below address or Sue and Robin Hasler on 01305 775462 who will be pleased to answer any questions you have. Church Street, Merriott, Somerset, TA16 5PR | Tel: 01460 75592 | Email: carefordlodge@hotmail.co.uk

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Tolpuddle and Turners Puddle Matt Wilkinson and Dan Bold in the woods and meadows of the River Piddle This is a satisfying walk, best done when the woods are just dressing themselves in the light green of spring or early summer. The southern side of the Piddle Valley is largely woods and heathland, while the second half of the route enjoys the more open fields on the other side of the river. The Piddle itself is complicated hereabouts, dividing into several streams that are crossed near the start of the walk. Tolpuddle will forever be associated with its six ‘martyrs’ who were transported to Australia in 1834 for daring to form an agricultural trade union, an event which, more for convenience than accuracy, is taken to mark the beginning of the trades union movement in this country. They would meet under the Martyrs’ Tree on the village green. More recently, the village has been much improved by a by-pass – although the noise is intrusive, especially when the wind is in the north – and by some excellent modern developments on the north side of the main road, which for the most part sit very sympathetically with the older buildings. Briantspuddle was a model village created by Sir Ernest Debenham, of department store fame, between the wars as home to a self-sufficient agricultural enterprise. The venture was only partially successful, but its legacy is a village abounding in well-designed houses, many of them surprisingly large and a high proportion thatched. Debenham commissioned Eric Distance: About 7 miles. Terrain: A couple of short, sharp climbs, but nothing demanding. The woodland paths are muddy after rain. Start: On the main road through Tolpuddle, near the eastern end of the village. How to get there: Turn south off the A35 at the Tolpuddle Ball junction (B3390). If coming from the west, go under the dual carriageway and turn almost immediately right. If coming from the east, turn right a hundred yards or so after leaving the main road. OS reference SY799944, postcode DT2 7EZ. Maps: OS Explorer OL15 (Purbeck & South Dorset), OS Landranger 194 (Dorchester & Weymouth). Refreshments: The Martyrs Inn, Tolpuddle. Briantspuddle village shop (mornings only).

Gill to design perhaps the most striking war memorial in Dorset; Gill may have been an unpleasant man with some unusual sexual habits, but when his work is good, it is very good, and his Briantspuddle war memorial is very good indeed. Although it is a thriving modern community, the village continues to present a rather charming, old-fashioned air to the visitor. Turners Puddle once had a parish population of 111 but now there are half that number of inhabitants, and the farm and Holy Trinity Church stand almost on their own. The church is deconsecrated but is occasionally used for events like concerts and art exhibitions. Its churchyard has returned to nature and is full of wild plants. The name was originally ‘Toner’s Piddle’, after Sir Henry Toner, who was given the manor by Edward I.

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1 Walk along the main road through Tolpuddle in a westerly direction. Where the road forks, bear left onto The Green, pass the Martyrs’ Tree on the right and follow the road as it bends to the left and becomes Southover Lane. Cross several bridges over streams of the Piddle to reach a sharp left-hand bend. Almost immediately after the bend, beyond a white house, turn right up a lane signed to Southover Farm. At the next fork go left, leaving Beech Cottage South on the right, and the lane becomes a track.

3 Turn left and in about 550 yards, shortly after walking up and over a small hump, left again on the first well-defined track. This track descends and approaches the far edge of the wood, about 50 yards before which, turn right up a small rise. Continue in the same direction on a path that is reasonably easy to follow through the trees. At a distinct fork, after a wooden barrier on the left, take the lower, or lefthand, fork. There is now heathland on the right, but the path soon re-enters the woods and becomes wider.

2 In just under ½ mile, turn left through an opening to go up the edge of a field with woodland on the right and a view down to Southover House on the left. Bear left at the top of the field and in about 100 yards go through the right-hand of two gateways. Follow the left-hand edge of the field and in the next corner enter the wood and turn immediately right on a path that runs inside the very edge of the wood. In a little under ¼ mile ignore a path which runs off left into the centre of the wood but at a fork in a further 300 yards take a path which does the same. It broadens out to become a rough track, which follow straight ahead until it eventually leaves the wood to meet a wide, lighter-coloured track.

4 When it reaches a road, turn left and walk carefully down the right-hand side for 200 yards. Here turn right into woodland again, on a path which descends and bears to the left before rising again and bending more gently to the right. The path eventually runs along or parallel to the edge of the wood; ignore all turnings to the right, towards the centre of the wood. At the first major cross-tracks, turn left on a path which leads out of the wood onto a grassy track. Walk down this with a paddock on the right and an open field on the left, and continue straight ahead on a drive. Follow this as it bends to the right onto a broad, rough track that leads down to the war memorial and the road through Briantspuddle.


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5 Turn right, and at the cross-roads go straight ahead and walk out of the village. Continue along the lane until it bends very sharply to the right, where go straight ahead on a track marked with a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;no through roadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; sign. In a few yards fork left. The track crosses two arms of the River Piddle and reaches Turners Puddle opposite the farm and church. Turn left on the track, which becomes a path with fields sloping up to the right. 6 Go over a lane and continue ahead on a narrow path. Cross a stile into an open field and follow the right-hand edge. In the next corner turn right and then left to follow the left-hand field edge. At the end of the field, cross a stile, go through a few yards of undergrowth, and emerge over another stile into a large open field. Walk straight along the bottom edge and cross two stiles, the second one onto a lane. 7 Turn left for 80 yards, turn right over a stile and follow the path as it soon bears to the left and closes very gradually with the right-hand edge of this large field, passing a barn on the right on the way. At the very end of the field, cross a stile in the right-hand corner and follow the left-hand edge of the next field round the next corner and up to a stile and steps that lead up to the main road through Tolpuddle. Turn left and walk along the pavement to your car.

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my children: to ensure they are happy and that they reach their potential and discover their passions that will be with them for life,' says Richard Stevenson, Headmaster of Castle Court. 'As Headmaster, that is what I also aim to provide for every child in my care. The opportunities at Castle Court are wide-ranging, varied and delivered by a tireless and enthusiastic team. In the last three years all of our children have passed the Common Entrance exam to their schools of choice, our Grammar School results have been outstanding, 47 of our children reached Grade 5 or above in at least one musical instrument, and over 40 of our children have played sport at National or County level. We treat all families on an individual and personal basis, so if you would like to arrange a visit, please call our Admissions Registrar, Jane Robson, on 01202 694438.' ➣ Talbot Heath School was, once again, Bournemouth and Poole’s top performing school in 2012 based on GCSE and A level grades (A*B). Nationally the school was placed among the very top schools for ‘value added’, supporting the ISI inspectors’ statement that the progress of girls at the school was ‘ exceptional’. Such superb results enable girls to progress on to the most prestigious universities in the UK, including Oxbridge, LSE and Imperial College. Although the academic profile of the pupils is broad, all flourish, both at Junior and Senior level, owing to the expertise and dedication of staff. The positive learning environment and superb pastoral care ensure that the girls are nurtured; pupils are motivated and give of their best in whatever they do. The strong ethos of the school and high standards are combined with a love of learning and

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If neither of these is the case, ďŹ nding a funeral director is a matter that should be resolved speedily. A good funeral director will be able to help with plans, but is also an experienced helper in this time of stress. If plans were made by the deceased, again an early call to the funeral director is in order. Set a date for the funeral, and when doing so bear in mind days, dates and times which might be more or less convenient to those who might be coming from afar. It is also obviously a matter of some urgency to inform all those who need to know about the death. The list of people and organisations who need to be informed is quite a long one, look for an address book for friends of the deceased who may not be friends in common; think about placing an announcement in the local press once the date is set. All the above tasks can be carried out by a close relative or the personal representative of the deceasedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s estate (called the executor if there is a will, or an administrator if there is no will or no executors are named in the will). Most local registrars now have a 'Tell us once' scheme, where one report of the deceased death will be circulated to the relevant authorities. Use this service, but do not be surprised if occasionally you need to resend information. Organisations which need to told and to have documentation sent to them include: local authorities (if the deceased used library services, received housing beneďŹ t or council tax beneďŹ t, were users of Family Information Services, Children's Services or Adult Services, had a Blue Badge, paid Council Tax, was registered to vote or owed the council money), the DVLA (driver's licence and

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By Jessica Miller. The illustration is by Becky Blake February had been a month of mixed fortune on the farm. It's been a difficult year, what with the huge amount of rain and the everpresent threat of bovine TB. Jasper’s flagging spirits were, however, bolstered by the safe deliveries of an unprecedentedly large number of strong, healthy heifer calves. However, euphoria is short lived, and we were deeply saddened by the death of Bernie the bull, whose sheer awe-inspiring bulk belied the gentlest of natures. His docile presence and affable disposition had won the heart of even the stoniest farm hand, not to mention his legions of doting bovine wives whose devotion to him was absolute. As hard as it was to lose him, we realised that life must go on. Having stayed by his side while he was put to sleep, Jasper came home and glumly looked through the Agriculture section of Blackmore Vale Magazine in search of another bull. By a stroke of good luck, there was a Friesian advertised for sale on a farm in nearby Gillingham, and we arranged to go and collect it the following day. It wasn’t until the next morning that Jasper remembered that the starter motor on the cattle lorry had broken, but displaying the same stoical determination as his father, he summoned Nathan, his Wing Man, who promptly appeared on his trusty tractor. ‘We’ll get a tow start.’ He told me. ‘Don’t look so worried.’ Trevor and I sat in the passenger seat as the two men briefly conferred, before hitching the lorry onto the tractor with a big metal chain. Jasper jumped back into the cab and leaned out of the window. ‘Go steady now, don’t move off too fast!’ he shouted. Nathan smirked and set off with his foot to the floor. The lorry lurched forward. Jasper swore loudly and instinctively tried to brake. I caught a blurred glimpse of Colonel Farqhuar flattened into the hedge as we shot past him at high speed. I watched in the wing mirror as he regained the middle of the lane and, as ever, conforming to the 'annoyed old man' stereotype, shook his fist. Nathan pulled over to unhitch us

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in a field gateway and we were on our way. The rest of the journey was uneventful, and we were soon trundling along the country lanes surrounding Gillingham. Miraculously, given our appalling map-reading skills, we found the farm without ado and were soon inspecting the bull. He was a truly magnificent specimen, but whilst there was no doubting the excellence of his pedigree, it was abundantly clear from his stamping hooves and the menacing look in his rolling eyes that he would gore you in a nanosecond. An unbidden image came to me of dear old Bernie. Remembering how he used to close his eyes blissfully and grunt with pleasure while you scratched behind his ears, I had to swallow a lump in my throat. ‘Just don’t go forgetting he hates people and you’ll be fine.’ the farmer told us, tapping out his pipe baccy on the five-bar gate. Trevor and I stood well back as the great beast thundered up the ramp of the lorry snorting furiously. Five minutes later, we were on way home. A traffic diversion forced us to go through the centre of town, so I asked Jasper to stop at Waitrose. The turning into the car park was too tight so he was forced to pull into the park and collect bay right outside the store. Several old ladies on a bench sucked their teeth disapprovingly as I jumped out and ran inside. I was queuing at the hand basket only checkout when I happened to glance up. On the other side of the plate glass window, the lorry was pitching about like a ship on high seas. A small crowd had gathered, and as I rushed outside I could hear the collective gasps of ‘Oooh!’ and ‘Ahh!’ as it lurched wildly from side to side while a cacophony of hooves striking aluminium and enraged bellowing issued from within. Trevor sat in the passenger seat looking less like a dog than a disapproving mother-in-law. I thought Jasper had done a flit and left the engine running until his face appeared in the window, then disappeared again; he was hiding in the foot-well. I made my way outside, then edged through the throng of people with my coat collar pulled up over my face. I was just about to jump in and make a sharp exit, when an officious looking man appeared holding a clip board. ‘Who owns this vehicle?’ he asked. His nasal voice was drowned out by a series of brain-rattlingly loud smashes as the psychotic bull tried to kick its way to freedom. Everyone turned to look at me. ‘This, madam,' he sniffed, from that lofty moral high-ground occupied only by cyclists and parking facilitation executives, 'is a collection-only area’. At that moment, the bull's hind hoof struck the flimsy side door, which flew open. Before I could step forward to close it, the bull swung round, presented its rear and swished its tail, splattering the man and clipboard both with a fine spray of green muck. ‘Just GO,’ he hissed, mopping his face with a handkerchief. Later that evening when Jasper and I had recovered slightly from the ordeal, we sat down in front of the fire with a bottle of wine. ‘Shall we watch a film tonight?’ I suggested. ‘Good idea.’ He replied. ‘Raging Bull or Cattle Drive?’


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