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DorsetLife The Dorset Magazine

The best of Dorset in words and pictures

No. 412 July 2013

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Hardy photo essay

Tolpuddle villain?

The Hand of Ethelberta

James Frampton's life

Inside Farrow & Ball 50 shades of success

New series: Dorset's living treasures

Chideock and Seatown

Daniel Defoe

Clive Hannay's watercolours

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This month in Dorset 77 things to see and do

Two Dorset walks Sandford Orcas & Fordington

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in this issue

contents County comment & Letters

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Living treasures of Dorset

Hardy photo essay

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Hurdle maker Pete Moors

Sherborne abbey

David Bailey on The Hand of Ethelberta

Living in Dorset

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'Finer than Salisbury cathedral'

News from around the county

Colin Varndell's wildlife year

Focus on Cerne Abbas

Colin captures a grass snake in close-up

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Post Office and a pub in Buckland Newton

The Dorset Walk: 1

Focus on Bournemouth

A short walk round Fordington

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The International Air Festival

The Dorset Walk: 2

Focus on Lyme Regis

Sandford Orcas

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Chideock and Seatown

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Dorset garden

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Daniel Defoe's travels

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A tale of two Framptons?

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Restaurant review, food and drink listings

The charms of Little Bindon

All you need to plan the perfect day

The Farrow and Ball story

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Jess of the Dairyfields 48

27 Dorset garden

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Classified guide to Dorset businesses

Dorset miscellany

Clive Hannay's paintings

Upcoming events in Dorset

The Dorset Directory

Praised in Paris, made in Wimborne

Chideock & Seatown

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Scarlet Pimpernel or Tolpuddle villain?

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Wildlife artist Paul Matthews

A Dorset Wedding

His views of Weymouth to Abbotsbury

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Eat, drink, stay

The unique charms of Little Bindon

The Hand of Ethelberta

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This month in Dorset

Clive Hannay's watercolours and a walk

Hardy photo essay

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Dorset artist

Lyme Folk is coming

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Memories of riding‌a pony in the kitchen!

31 Defoe in Dorset

Weymouth to Abbotsbury

A map showing Dorset places mentioned in this issue

36 A tale of two Framptons The Tolpuddle landlord

41 The Farrow & Ball story Praised in Paris, made in Dorset

July's cover image of Old Harry is by Robert Baker of International Photo Bank

July's centre-spread image of a river at Mannington is by Madeleine Luckham

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'Finer than Salisbury Cathedral'

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editor's letter 2013 will no doubt go down as the year in which commercial television discovered Dorset. After Broadchurch did more (somewhat counter-intuitively for a bleak drama about child murder) for West Bay and Bridport than any advertising campaign could achieve, Ben Fogle added another touch of Dorset stardust to the ITV schedules with his Harbour Lives series. Meanwhile, Tony Robinson, in his Channel 4 Walking Through History programme, did a pretty good job of collating a huge tranche of Dorset's role in Britain's martial history. All these programmes will, hopefully, continue to bring those unfamiliar with our county to visit and to return. Meanwhile, statistics emerged from government which demonstrate not so much why people come here, as to why they stay: statistics on longevity and survival of treatable conditions again showed Dorset in a very positive light. But this is only part of the story… or rather it is the story for only part of the population. In Christchurch, another food bank has opened, to cater for those in the most fundamental of need. The average age across pretty much all of the county is creeping up, not just because we are all living longer in Dorset, but because younger people can no longer afford to live here. Rural wages have increased 47% less than urban wages over the last decade, whilst property prices have dramatically increased (by 90% in Purbeck) over the same period. We really are fortunate to live, to work, or to spend our retirement in Dorset, but we should never lose sight of what there is still yet to achieve to make our beautiful, blessed county a haven for all.

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I was very interested to read the item in the March 2013 edition of Dorset Life magazine, where – on pages 7577 – it gave details of the walks to be had through the villages of Tolpuddle, Briantspuddle and Turners Puddle and all the places of interest to be seen en-route. However, a very cursory mention was made of the famous 'Tolpuddle Martyrs' and I would like to bring to your attention thet we at the Tolpuddle Martyrs Memorial Chapel now have a permanent display and exhibition all about the life and times of the Martyrs, so perhaps you might like to make mention of this so that those folk who are intent on undertaking the walk will also include in their itinerary a brief visit to the chapel, which is open every day of the week between 10.00 and 4.00. There is no entry fee, but a donation towards its upkeep would be appreciated. J RUSSELL Member of the Chapel Trustees We do, from time to time, run articles relating to the Tolpuddle Martyrs – this issue being an example of that, timed to coincide with the Tolpuddle Martyrs Rally on 19-21 July, and on which more details are at www.tolpuddlemartyrs.org.uk. Whilst the issue is the Martyrs is of enduring (and international) interest, when we publish walks, they obviously have to be geared more towards the actual walk.

It's miles better for poetry I notice increasingly in Dorset Life and most other publications, the word ‘kilometre’ is used. On this occasion it was in the June issue article on the Kingfisher. That beautiful little flash of silken blue, flitting, darting and diving along a stretch of a bubbling stream, is poetry itself. The lament ‘500 miles’ by Peter Paul and Mary has in its lines, ‘you can hear the whistle blow a hundred miles’. The love song ‘Turtle Dove’ from the great Cecil Sharpe collection and sung beautifully by Burl Ives, contains the line, ‘ ……

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Remember the martyrs

if I go 10,000 miles – my dear, if I go 10,000 miles’. The novel by Jules Verne, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, has the ring of drama and adventure in its title. An ancient and important Chinese acupuncture point just below the knee, is called in Pinyin, ‘ZuSanLi and translated into English as ‘Leg Three Miles’ – a graphic description of its effect. It is said that Mao’s long march endured, partly because of it. Conversely, I believe the US military and more latterly NATO, use the slang ‘klicks’ to describe kilometres. It’s short, sharp, quick and functional. There’s no soul in the word ‘kilometre’. It belongs to the world of iPads, iPhones, tablets and Kindles (whatever they are). M LONGHURST Verwood Ady Groves

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letters to the editor

A kingfisher typically lives and feeds along a stretch of river from 1-3.5km (0.66-1.9 miles) long

It is certainly fair to say that English language poetry, prose and songwriting use miles more than kilometres – as indeed do people who attended school before the mid 1970s, when SI units (metres, grams, litres etc) started to be taught, so it may take poets and writers a while to catch up. In this case, though, the metric unit was used only owing to it being less cumbersome for the figures in question (see caption). Apologies for the lack of poetry. 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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The Hand of Ethelberta David Bailey follows the cast of characters from Hardy’s comedy in chapters around Dorset Thomas Hardy’s The Hand of Ethelberta – a comedy in chapters, was written in 1876 in serial form, for the Cornhill Magazine, which was edited by Leslie Stephen, a friend and mentor of Hardy's. It tells the tale of Ethelberta Petherwin – a young

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society widow and her suitors. It is written with a lighter note than much of Hardy’s work, although 'comedy' is perhaps not best interpreted in the modern sense; perhaps satirical critique might be a more appropriate description.


Opposite page Ethelberta, going to visit her aunt in Cherbourg, boards the little steamer Speedwell at Knollsea Pier. Here is the Waverley at Swanage bay. Left Ethelberta is a guest of Lord Mountclere at his family seat, Enckworth Court, which is Encombe House. Photograph taken when they used to have a summer fete. Below Christopher Julian .....'passed into the hamlet of Little Enckworth ...and drew up at a beer house at the end'. The Scott Arms, Kingston. Bottom Ethelberta, making an undignified journey on a donkey, takes an unfrequented route to Corvsgate Castle over Nine Barrow Down (Corfe Castle with Nine Barrow Down behind from West Hill)

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Above Sol Chickerell and the Hon. Edgar Mountclere, travelling from Sandbourne to Knollsea, pass near Havenpool (Poole Quay) Left Ethelberta, setting out on an evening walk, pauses on a bridge before heading northwards from the town. North Bridge, Wareham, over the River Piddle, has one pointed arch of mediaeval origin, but the bridge was largely rebuilt in 1670. Top right Christopher Julian and his sister are engaged to play music for a ball organised by Wyndway House. Wyndway is Hardy's name for Upton House, on the shores of Poole Harbour. It is a dignified Georgian house built early in the 19th century. Its grounds now form Upton Country Park. Right On leaving Knollsea Pier, the Speedwell first took a short easterly course ‘to avoid a sinister ledge of limestones jutting from the water like crocodile's teeth,’.....

It has been said of The Hand of Ethelberta, that this was a novel written four decades too soon, in that it treats the affairs of the ‘downstairs’ characters as every bit as important as the ‘upstairs’ characters. It’s certainly an entertaining piece of writing, and Hardy drags his characters all over Dorset in the process of its telling.

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Short story success for Clayesmore pupil Arthur Carpenter, a year seven pupil at Clayesmore School in Blandford, reached the final 25 of 90,000 entrants in BBC Radio 2’s 500 Words Short Story Competition. The competition was run in association with Hay Fever, the family and children’s programme for the prestigious literary and arts event, the Hay Festival. Arthur, a finalist in the age 10-13 years category, wrote his story, Through the Keyhole, in an English lesson. He says it was inspired by Optimus Yarnspinner, a character in the book The City of Dreaming Books by Walter Moers, which he was given by his grandmother. ‘My story is a fantasy about a cupboard that is, and Arthur Carpenter whose short story made it to the top 25 of the Radio 2 writing competition is not, a cupboard,’ he explains. ‘It has the voice of a professor and also his conscience.’ Clayesmore pupils Tiegan James, Bia Cottenden, Edward Hart and Leo Burnett came in the top 3000 entrants, reaching the second stage of the competition.

A computer-generated image of the outdoor gallery at the new Stonehenge visitor centre

The Cranborne-based Ancient Technology Centre (ATC) has lead a project to test build three Neolithic houses which will be the highlight of the outdoor gallery at a new visitor centre opening in Stonehenge next year. An excavation at Durrington Walls near Stonehenge in 2006 and 2007 revealed evidence of the houses which are believed to be the seasonal homes of the people who built the world-famous monument 4500 years ago. Floors and stakeholes showed where walls once stood but little was known about the above-ground structures. ‘We tested lots of different thatching and walling methods and new questions about how the Neolithic people lived were appearing every day,’ says Luke Winter, manager of the ATC and project leader who guided the volunteers. The ATC is part of Dorset County Council’s Outdoor Education Service and the team gathered materials for the huts from Garston Woods in Sixpenny Handley and the Cranborne Estate and used traditional Stone Age flint axes and tools to carry out the work.

A nationwide healthcheck of the UK’s wildlife launched by Sir David Attenborough reveals species of Dorset’s heathlands, marine areas, grasslands and coast that have experienced serious decline and in some cases extinction. The State The pearl-bordered fritillary butterfly, reportedly of Nature Report is the first extinct in Dorset of its kind and has involved wildlife organisations across the UK, including the Wildlife Trusts, RSPB, Buglife and Butterfly Conservation, examining their data for over 3,000 species. In Dorset’s woodlands, it reveals that the pearl-bordered fritillary and high brown fritillary butterflies have become extinct. In coastal areas there was, until recently, only one wild asparagus plant remaining. the large garden bumblebee has disappeared from gardens. There is also only one recent record of the fan mussel and fewer than 20 pairs of tree sparrow remain. Dorset Wildlife Trust acknowledges it isn’t easy to restore rare and declining habitats but says targeted conservation provides some hope, pointing to initiatives such as its Urban Wildlink partnership project which aims to acquire and manage major areas of heathland to protect habitats for the future.

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Living in Dorset Vintage volumes to adorn Max Gate The furnishing restoration work taking place at Thomas Hardy’s former home of Max Gate in Dorchester has benefited from a donation of 50 vintage books as part of the Shaftesbury-based Wessex Group’s 50th anniversary celebrations. Most of the author’s possessions and the original furniture were dispersed after his death and the vintage volumes will help to recreate the look of the property from the time Hardy lived there. ‘It’s an ongoing process so the donation from the Wessex Group is very timely,’ says Jennifer Davis, visitor services manager for Hardy Country and Clouds Hill at the National Trust, which now owns the property. The Wessex Group, a collection of building installation and maintenance companies, is giving ‘50 somethings’ to a good cause or charity each month. Other donations have included 50 years of snowdrops to Shaftesbury, support for 50 animals at Margaret Green Animal Rescue and 50 teddy bears to the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance for children who are involved in a rescue.

The unveiling of Langside School’s much-needed Graeme’s Bus

Graeme’s bus takes to the road Langside School, a specialist day school for children with profound and multiple learning disabilities run by the Dorset charity Diverse Abilities Plus, has unveiled a much needed minibus and named it after one of the school’s tireless fund-raisers who sadly died 18 months ago. Graeme Hunt was the founder and inspiration of local folk band Charity Folk, which raised more than £85,000 for Langside, and his wife, Janet, said he would have been ‘thrilled’ to know the mini-bus is named after him. Graeme’s Bus means that children, families and staff will benefit from more days out and provide them with the opportunity to explore activities and events further afield. Staff from Langside School and Diverse Abilities Plus also raised money through fundraising events including a sponsored walk and fashion show.

Bringing grist to the mill?

Guild goes back to its roots The Guild of Fine Food has returned to its home town of Gillingham. The Guild, organisers of the Great Taste Awards and the World Cheese Awards and the UK trade association for those involved in making or selling quality local, regional and speciality food and drink, was originally launched in the town in 1995 but eventually moved to bigger premises at Wincanton in Somerset. The new Guild House on Kingsmead Business Park, has a purpose-built kitchen, judging and food storage area and will allow hundreds of food judges to come together and blind taste products entered into the Guild’s awards. John Farrand, managing director of the Guild of Fine Food and organiser of Great Taste, says the organisation was keen to be in Dorset, which is very much ‘its home’. The new building, previously a warehouse, was designed by Space Industries of Christchurch.

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Chris Stott, managing director of Wessex Fire & Security, and the National Trust’s Sue McGarel, in Thomas Hardy’s study at Max Gate.

Bournemouth student and young entrepreneur Kieran Selby is spearheading a campaign to save Throop Mill which sits on the banks of the River Stour. Kieran, who is in year 10 of the Bishop of Winchester Academy and also runs his own business, has always lived near the mill which stopped operating in 1972 and has fallen into disrepair. He gathered more than 2000 signatures and suggested to the mill owners Heygates, with whom he is in frequent contact, that it sell the property to Bournemouth Council, English Heritage or a private investor. He is also in discussion with a major organisation regarding the mill but couldn’t disclose any further details. He is, however, clear about how he would like to see the mill put to use: ‘I’d like to see it turned into a museum with the incorporation of a tea room.’

Throop Mill: subject of a campaign by Bournemouth student Kieran Selby

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Living in Dorset Online farm takes local food to local people The Rural Farm Shop Company in Bere Regis aims to take its produce to a wider Dorset audience by launching an online farm shop. Martyn and Kay Pring, who run the shop, are offering a delivery service along the Dorset ‘coastal corridor’ from Lyme Regis in the West, back to Abbotsbury, Weymouth and Portland, Lulworth and Purbeck in the South and Poole in the East. Dorset born-and-bred Kay has a retail background while Martyn, originally from Bristol, is a researcher at the School of Tourism at Bournemouth University. He says it is vital for businesses such as farm shops to diversify and keep evolving. ‘Going online with a delivery service is a logical development for us but it also represents a step-change,’ he says. ‘Balancing the business process between supply and demand will be crucial but the big benefit of direct relationships with producers is we can bring in new products really quickly. There’s a big foodie community out there in Dorset and we think we’ll be offering something a little different to supermarket culture.’

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The craft of willowspiling has been used to create a living river bank on the River Asker at Happy Island in Bridport after heavy rains caused the original banks to slump into the river, Volunteers set to work on the willow spiling threatening the footpath and stone bridge. The work has been carried out by Dorset County Council’s Rights of Way (RoW), Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) and a team of local volunteers. A ‘massive’ 30 metres of willow spiling was completed on the first day, says RoW officer (operations) Jill Exton, and a further 10 metres achieved the following day although more work will be required. ‘Willow spiling was chosen for this site as it would provide a sympathetic solution to the problem of erosion, compared to rock armour or other forms of hard engineering,’ explains Jill, who said the skills needed to install the willow are easy to explain. ‘After a short explanation, the volunteers waded into action.’ Emily Newton, DWT conservation officer who assisted in the project, said that the willow weaving will go some way to protecting the population of water voles that live on the river.

Icing on the cupcakes A start-up cake business based in Maiden Newton has had its cupcakes lauded by Michelin award-winning chef, Jean-Christophe Novelli. The chef awarded Tiers of Indulgence first prize in the cupcake category and second place in the novelty cake competition at Dorset’s inaugural Foodie Show in Dorchester. Lifelong friends Nicola Hughes and Mandy Broster-Heard took the brave step of giving up their full-time jobs to launch the business in 2011. ‘It was scary but we’ve never regretted it,’ says Nicola, a former civil servant, who says they began baking for family and friends and now produce bespoke wedding, celebration and cupcakes for customers across the county. Jean-Christophe was impressed by the attention to detail of the cakes and described them as ‘superb’. Nicola and Mandy hope to expand the business to offer cake decorating courses.

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Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) principal conductor Kirill Karabits has been awarded the 2012 Conductor Award in the Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS) Awards. Kirill is in his fourth season as principal conductor and vied for the award with two other artistic leaders who were considered to have emphatically made their mark across the year: Richard Farnes, music director of Opera North, and Andris Nelsons, music director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. The RPS awards are presented in association with Radio 3 and are widely acknowledged as the highest recognition for live classical music-making in the UK.

Blazing the trailway Fifty years after its closure, the old Somerset and Dorset railway line has joined up Blandford and Stourpaine, opening the next section of the North Dorset Trailway for walkers, cyclists and horse-riders. Dorset County Council, one of parties involved in the project, believes it will also be particularly useful for parents with push-chairs and those with mobility scooters who want to get out into the countryside. The new section, over three miles long, means there The latest section of the North Dorset Trailway is is a traffic-free route for open, linking up Blandford and Stourpaine nine miles, connecting Blandford to Sturminster Newton. A team of volunteers, North Dorset District and Dorset County Councils, Sustrans, the local Trailway charity and various landowners have worked together to open the new section which Giles Nicholson from the county council’s ranger service describes as ‘an asset for the whole area’. He adds: ‘Getting permission from all seven landowners was a real challenge but fortunately we eventually reached an agreement.’ 15


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the service. We proposed changing the time so it started earlier and finished earlier, which, with the help and support of the Post Office, we have done.’ There is little doubt about the valuable service the pub is now providing to local people but it brings a reciprocal benefit of bringing trade to the pub. ‘Some customers who live within a stone’s throw of the pub haven't stepped foot in here for four years, so having them first come in to use the Post Office and then come back for a meal with their family, is a real bonus for us,’ says Paul. Paul and Jinny took over the pub last September reopening it after refurbishment in October. Previously Paul worked in marketing for major telecoms companies and, as well as the pub, the pair both run their own businesses: Paul manages an events haulage company while Jinny buys and sells antiques. The pub appealed to them for a number of reasons but principally because they were looking for a business that they could both be involved in. ‘We’d known the property for more than 20 years,’ says Paul. ‘It has a decent amount of land so it seemed the perfect opportunity to return to Dorset where I was born. Since re-opening, the couple have been building a reputation for good local food and will soon be opening all day for coffee, tea and cake. ‘So we hope to be able to capitalise more on the Post Office being located here,’ he says. There is a move in the village to move the Post Office to the local parish rooms but security, lighting, heating and general facilities were some of the issues making this less of an attractive option. ‘I guess there will always be a hardcore who think it shouldn't be in a pub. The Post Office could move the location again but it seems to work all round.’ Paul believes pubs must continue to diversify if they are to survive and thrive, but he is also mindful though that whatever you do to boost your own business, you have to be considerate towards the wider village community. ‘When we were initially approached, the thought of adding to the services which the pub can offer was really attractive,’ he says. ‘Without treading on anyone's toes, namely the shop, we will continue to build our business here, and having the Post Office is a win-win for us.’ s#ERNE!BBAS0OST/FFICEALSORUNSSATELLITEOPERATIONSIN Trent, Bradford Abbas, Kings Stag and Chetnole. 17


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Reach for the skies Sue Weekes looks at a local institution with an international reputation Earlier this year, Bournemouth Air

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Some impressive folk The inaugural Lyme Folk weekend takes place next month. Sue Weekes looks at what's in store. ‘We went all out to find some of the biggest acts around but didn’t expect to get such a stellar line-up for the first event,’ says Jeremy Hayes, who, with Geoff Hughes, is co-founder of the inaugural Lyme Folk weekend on 30 August - 1 September. Both are members of the Uplyme Morris Men. ‘We’ve been to a lot of [folk] events over the years and have often said we should have one in Lyme so decided to give it a go.’ Acts booked so far include British folk legends Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick, husband and wife duo Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman, modern English folk outfit Turin Brakes, folk-rock group, The Albion Band and many more. B Sharp, the organisation based in Lyme, East Devon and West Dorset that provides music-making opportunities for young people, will also be performing. Live music sessions will take place in the Marine Theatre while a host of out-and-about events will take place across the town including dancing, stone-balancing, shanty singing, story-telling, street theatre, Morris parade, music workshops, 'open mic' sessions, a beer festival and a VW camper van rally. ‘We want locals to embrace it as much as visitors to the town,’ explains Jeremy. ‘So we’re trying to put together the

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Chideock and Seatown Clive Hannay visits a West Dorset village with a strong Catholic tradition and goes down to the sea Chideock can boast as many pretty corners and as interesting a history as most Dorset villages, but is dominated by the A35 trunk road, which slices through its centre. Several Transport Ministers have tried to solve the problem, most recently in the 1990s with a proposal for a Chideock and Morcombelake bypass. The Chideock section might have worked, but then there was nowhere to go except through the Golden Cap Estate whose owners, the National Trust, opposed the proposal strongly and ultimately successfully. So Chideock continues to live with the

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heavy goods lorries and the holiday traffic scurrying down to the West Country, although sporadic protests break out when it becomes too much to bear; from time to time, exasperated villagers spend a day crossing and re-crossing the road and bring traffic to a standstill. Some villages take their names from the families who owned them. In Chideock it worked the other way round, John de Bridport changing his name to John de Chideocke when he inherited the manor in the 13th century.


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Chideock and Seatown

The Charles Weld memorial in Chideock

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The walk Park for this 2½ mile walk on North Road, beyond the double yellow lines. North Road runs up the western side of the parish church. Walk back to the main road past the Weld memorial chapel, turn left and then first right into Duck Street, signed to Seatown. The road soon forks – take the right fork. At the next fork, take the right-hand option into Pettycrate Lane. Walk up this as it becomes an enclosed track. At the top of the hill, turn sharp left onto another track and follow it down to a lane, where turn right. Walk down into Seatown to enjoy the beach and the view of the slopes of Golden Cap. Retrace your steps and about 120 yards past the Anchor Inn, bear right then right again on a paved track with the Golden Cap Holiday Park on the left. Continue on the paved track, ignoring all turns to left and right. The track bends to the left (ignore the path ahead), passes another static caravan park on the right and becomes a narrow lane. Where it swings to the left again, this time continue straight ahead on a path which runs alongside the garden of Brook Cottage. Cross a bridge, walk between a small football field and a playground, cross another bridge and walk up to the main road. Cross carefully, turn right, then after 20 yards left into Ruins Lane. Go through the gate at the top of the lane into the field where are both the remains of Chideock Castle and the Martyrs’ Cross. Return through the gate and down Ruins Lane. Turn right to walk up the main road to the church and North Road.

It was his descendant, another John, who fortified the manor house following a French raid on Weymouth in 1380. It hardly qualified as a castle, but was known as Chideock Castle and stood until the Civil War, when it was largely destroyed by Parliamentary troops. The gatehouse survived until the 18th century but was gradually cannibalised for other building. Today, only bumps and hollows show where the grand house once stood. In the middle of the site of the castle stands a large but simple wooden cross in a stone base, erected in 1951 by Lt-Col Humphrey Weld. It is there because of Chideock’s strong Catholic connections. By the time of the Reformation, the manor was owned by the Arundell family, who held staunchly to their traditional faith. Elizabeth I made it an act of treason to be a Roman Catholic priest in England and no fewer than three of the Arundells’ chaplains were arrested and were executed or died in prison, as were five others with connections to Chideock. It is they whom the cross commemorates. Thomas Weld of Lulworth Castle was a cousin to the Arundells and bought Chideock from them in 1802. He gave it to his sixth son, Humphrey, who built the present manor house to the north of the village; the house achieved modest fame in the 1980s when it was rented by the Duke and Duchess of York while the former was stationed as a helicopter pilot at HMS Osprey on Portland. Humphrey also converted the nearby barn, where clandestine Catholic worship had continued, into a chapel. His son, Charles, went further and replaced the chapel with the Romanesque church of Our Lady of the Martyrs and St Ignatius. Charles also built a charming memorial chapel to his parents and decorated the interior with some remarkable wall paintings, including one by Fra Newbery. It is next to the parish church of St Giles, whose importance can be overlooked in the face of all the Catholic history in the village. The parish church’s most prominent feature is a black marble effigy, which may be of the Sir John Chideock who built the castle, or of Sir John Arundell, the first of the Arundells to own the manor. The latter seems more likely as it is in the Arundell Chapel. The greatest oddity at St Giles’s, which most visitors do not see, is the oldest of its five bells; when it was cast in 1602, two of its mottoes' letters were transposed in the inscription, which is therefore the exhortation, ‘LOVE DOG’. Chideock runs down to the sea at Seatown, which is dominated to the west by Golden Cap, the highest point on England’s south coast. ‘Town’ is a misnomer, but it was once a more populous settlement than it is now, the residents making their livings through a mixture of fishing and farming – spiced, no doubt, by a little smuggling on the side. Although Lyme is quoted as the landing-place for the Monmouth Rebellion of 1685, an advance party actually landed at Seatown, including the Duke’s cavalry commander, Colonel Venner, who was to be wounded at the battle of Bridport, the first skirmish of the uprising.


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perched high above the plot provides views over the chapel roof, towards the fossil forest and an Iron Age settlement. Up in this small shelter the unevenness of the garden can be seen more clearly, banks and hollows which add to the interest as you walk lightly mown paths through foxgloves and lush greenery. Behind the summerhouse, on the cliff top, narcissi flower beneath the canopy. Wandering back beneath an ancient beech, past a semi-circle of tall beech hedge which encloses one of several pieces of statuary in the garden, cherry blossom provided a pale and delicate contrast to all the different greens. Close to the south-facing chapel wall, two fig trees enjoy the warmth; their fruit is used to make chutney [see box]. A small paved terrace with narrow path leads to the old well. One can only admire the dedication of someone who, just as caretaker, is determined that this quiet piece of Dorset should not be lost and forgotten. One wonders how many years of neglect it would take for Little Bindon to be reduced to a ruin by toppling trees, its stone disappearing completely beneath that Russian vine, smothered by ivy and the thorny branches of roses revelling in their freedom. Walkers on the coast path would pass the wilderness with no more than a glance, unaware of the history in its depths. Is it a garden? Not in the conventional sense, perhaps; but it has antiquity and peace and one can only envy Mr Wilkin this little slice of Dorset. Access is challenging and do please check the NGS Yellow Book to see if Little Bindon is included for the year and, if so, the dates the garden is open. Park at West Lulworth (there is a charge) and follow the signs


Little Bindon Abbey

Sculptural fallen willow.

around the Cove. Stout shoes are useful. You will be rewarded with something entirely different and totally unexpected; elderflower and flapjack optional. Rosa filipes “Kiftsgate”, most rampant of ramblers!

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Daniel Defoe's Dorset: Weymouth to Abbotsbury Harry Bucknall compares Daniel Defoe's account of travels in 18th-century Dorset with the modern reality Between 1724 and 1726 Daniel Defoe, author of Robinson Crusoe and Moll Flanders, published his three-volume A Tour Through the Whole Island of Great Britain; although it is now generally believed that much of the material was sent in by others and only collated by Defoe, the book does offer a unique view of pre-Industrial Revolution Dorset. This is an edited version of the second part of his journey through the county. Leaving Dorchester, as Defoe had done nearly three hundred years earlier, it is surprising to note that he failed to make any mention of the sprawling Iron Age earthworks at Maiden Castle, which sits with such majesty outside the town. Today's journey is on a fast road to Weymouth, so much so that the magnificent view across the bay as you crest the downs is lost in a matter of seconds. If you have the luxury of time, take the Winterborne Herringston road and stop just after Came Down Golf Club to admire the vista that is laid out before you. 'The first town you come to is Weymouth,' records Defoe, before adding 'or Weymouth and Melcomb, two towns lying at the mouth of a little rivulet, which they call the Wey, but scarce claims the name of a river; however, the entrance makes a very good,

tho' small harbour, and they are joyn'd by a wooden bridge; … yet they are seperate corporations, and choose each of them two Members of Parliament…. And while Weymouth with Melcombe Regis remain two distinct entities – the former with its pretty harbour straddling the River Wey and the latter a bustling seaside town stretching the length of the Bay, the whole however feels, and is administered, as one. Since the Industrial Revolution, two World Wars and the advent of the digital age, the town has seen

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an enormous transformation; with a population of over 50,000, it is probably ten times the size when Defoe visited. Today's Weymouth would be almost unrecognisable to him as the same place. What really put the town on the map some years after his visit was as a holiday spot of King George III. His younger brother, Prince William, Duke of Gloucester, owned a significant and muchused residence in the town, Gloucester Lodge and Weymouth, the playground of Royalty, was – for a while at least, the original Saint Tropez. That was yet to come in Defoe's day, where he found: 'a sweet, clean, agreeable town, considering its low situation and close to the sea'. It is not clear whether he is talking altitude or distance from London by 'low situation'. Either way, he continues that it is: 'well built, and has a great many good substantial merchants in it; who drive a considerable trade, and have a good number of ships belonging to the town: They carry on now, in time of peace, a trade with France; but besides this, they trade also to Portugal, Spain, Newfoundland, and Virginia; and they have a large correspondence also up in the country for the consumption of their returns ...' Great Britain, as the Kingdom was stylised following the Act of Union with Scotland but fifteen years earlier, had been at peace for ten years since the victories in the War of the Spanish Succession, which had gained, among others, Gibraltar, Newfoundland and Quebec. The trade routes Defoe spoke of therefore would have been relatively new and offered exciting prospects, especially given the devastating effects on trade of the Southsea Bubble in 1720. Today, the little port remains very 'agreeable' - in parts reminiscent of Venetian Murano with buildings painted in a variety of bright colours. It is no less active, lined with attractive bars and restaurants and filled with trawlers, yachts and motor boats. The 'wooden bridge', Defoe describes, however, has been replaced many times, the current is a lifting bascule design, like Tower Bridge, opened by the Duke of York, later King George VI, in 1930. And in July, the place will become even busier as the high-speed ferries return home to a renovated harbour, resuming routes to the Channel Islands and Europe once again. 'While I was here once, there came a merchant ship … under a very hard storm of wind; … bound from Oporto for London, laden with wines, and as she came in, she made signals of distress …, firing guns for help …, as is usual in such cases; it was in the dark of the night … The venturous Weymouth-men went off … with two boats … and found she was come to an anchor, and had struck her top-masts; but that she had been in bad weather,… and had but one cable to trust to, which did hold her, but was weak; and as the storm continued to blow, they expected every hour to go on shore, and split to pieces.… in less than three hours, they were on board… and thereby secur'd the ship: … they took a good price of the master … ; for they made him draw a bill on his owners at London for 12l*. … But they sav'd the ship

and cargo by it …' Nowadays, the Weymouth Lifeboats, Ernest and Mabel and Phyl Clare III, answer a call roughly every other day. The local MP, Richard Drax, along with many others, is however campaigning vociferously against the threatened closure, in 2018, of the important Search & Rescue Helicopter based at neighbouring Portland. It is interesting to note that of Drax’s forebears, Sir Christopher Wren was MP for Weymouth in 1702 and, at the time of Defoe’s visit, artist Sir James Thornhill was MP for Melcombe Regis. His work can be seen in the town’s St Mary’s Church, and, more famously, in the dome of St Paul’s, at Blenheim and Greenwich. 'Tho' Portland stands a league off from the main land of Britain, yet it is almost joyn'd by a prodigious riffe of beach, that is to say, of small stones cast up by the sea, which runs from the island so near the shore of England, that they ferry over with a boat and a rope, the water not being above half a stones throw over; and the said riffe of beach ending, as it were,

Much of Weymouth has been built since Defoe's visit

The small wooden bridge has been replaced

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Daniel Defoe's Dorset: Weymouth to Abbotsbury

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'… considering its low situation and close to the sea'

at that inlet of water, turns away west, and runs parallel with the shore quite to Abbotsbury, which is a town about seven miles beyond Weymouth… 'On the inside of this beach, and between it, and the land, there is, …, an inlet of water, which they ferry over, …, to and from Portland: This inlet opens at about two miles west, and grows very broad, and makes a kind of lake within the land of a mile and a half broad, and near three miles in length, the breadth unequal. At the farthest end west of this water is a large duck-coy, and the verge of the water well grown with wood, and proper groves of trees for cover for the foul; in the open lake, or broad part, is a continual assembly of swans: Here they live, feed and breed, and the number of them is such, that, I

believe, I did not see so few as 7 or 8000. Here they are protected, and here they breed in abundance; we saw several of them upon the wing, very high in the air, whence we supposed, that they flew over the riffe of beach, which parts the lake from the sea to feed on the shores as they thought fit, and so came home again at their leisure. From this duck-coy west, the lake narrows…, till the beach joyns the shore; and so Portland may be said not to be an island, but part of the continent.' It is a beautiful drive, up and down hills and through tucked-away villages to Abbotsbury, especially if taking the B3157, which follows high above the Chesil Beach that Defoe chronicles, on the wild downs. The approach to the Abbotsbury Swannery is dominated by the inspiring sight of the 15th-century Chapel to St Catherine which sits on top of the hill overlooking the only sanctuary for mute swans anywhere in the world – the chapel is said to be a site of pilgrimage for women in search of a husband; the Saint being patron to spinsters. Although the Swannery’s first recorded existence was over six hundred years ago, it was in all probability established by Benedictine monks as early as the 11th century who founded the Abbey of St Peter, built at the bequest of King Canute and later destroyed during the Monastic Dissolution in 1539. Defoe’s claims of 7–8000 swans seem wild – there are at best 1000 birds today, but the monk’s motivations may have been less honourable than today’s guardians; the swans were a source of prized meat. * 12l(ivres)/pounds in the first half of the 18th century would be about worth £1800-2000 in today's money

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Frampton – hero or villain? James Frampton has lived in infamy for nearly two centuries as the ‘evil squire’ who was behind the prosecution of the Tolpuddle Martyrs. But does he deserve this reputation? Tony Burton-Page searches for the truth behind the legend. The story of the Tolpuddle Martyrs is so well known

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Lt.-Col. James Frampton, Commandant of the Dorset Yeomanry, 1808-1845

in England that it has almost achieved the status of myth. The six proto-trade unionists who were transported to Australia are held as heroes of the Labour Movement and a festival to commemorate them is held in the village in July every year. The

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outrage at the harsh treatment of the six men and the successful campaign for their subsequent pardon changed the face of workers’ rights in Britain. But where there are heroes in mythology there must also be villains, and the character cast for that role in this saga is James Frampton of Moreton, the head of one of Dorset’s most long-established families, whose influence stretched back as far as the 14th century, to John de Frampton, MP for Dorset and Dorchester: there are still Framptons at the family home, Moreton House. But James Frampton has lived in infamy as a cartoon villain – even in Bill Douglas’s superbly restrained epic cinema version of the story, Comrades, that great actor Robert Stephens gives us only a caricature. James Frampton was not a fiend in human form – of course. Like the Tolpuddle Six, he had no say in the circumstances of his birth. He was born into a wealthy landowning family and duly inherited the rank and responsibilities that it had borne for several centuries. The year was 1769, and little had changed in rural Dorset over those centuries. It was James Frampton’s luck to be the head of the family during a period of tumultuous change. At that date, the Frampton family estate covered 9000 acres – an impressive enough amount, but there were a dozen landowners in Dorset with more land: the Pitt-Rivers family, for instance, owned almost three times as much. The Frampton seat was Moreton House, which had been re-built in 1580 and again in 1744, by James’s father. It was comparatively modest – Hutchins describes it as ‘not large’, although ‘elegant’ and ‘well contrived’. The house had a staff of eighteen servants at the time of James’s birth. His father, not an extravagant man, explained that this was because he had the two children of his wife’s previous marriage to look after; her husband had died at the age of only 31. James received a similar education to that of his half-brother, Charlton Wollaston – public school and university, starting as a boarder at Winchester at the alarmingly early age of eight. He stayed there until he was 17 and then followed in his father’s footsteps to St John’s


James Frampton in his later years

Once home, James settled down to the life of being the village squire. One of his first duties was to fulfil the role of High Sheriff of Dorset. It may seem strange to us in the 21st century, but this was an unpopular position, as it entailed much responsibility for no financial reward – indeed, for some holders of the post it had proved ruinously expensive. It says much for the respect in which James was already held that he was invited to take on this role at such an early age – he was only 24. He must have been a success, because about a year later he was made a Justice of the Peace. He was a magistrate for the next sixty years, seeing it as a natural extension of his duties as squire. It was 1794 when he began his activity as a Dorset History Centre

College, Cambridge, graduating with a BA in 1791. But by this time his father had died: it was 1784, and James became head of the family at the tender age of fifteen. Guardians were appointed for James and his sister Mary, four years his junior; but since one of them, John Houlton, was a serving naval captain and the other, Henry Lyte, was treasurer to the Prince of Wales, these were hardly more than nominal roles. James’s education continued with the Grand Tour, the traditional post-university trip around Europe for young men from privileged backgrounds. He went with his half-brother Charlton, leaving in early June 1791, by which time the French Revolution was in full swing. The Bastille had been stormed, the Assemblée Nationale had reformed itself into the Assemblée Nationale Constituante (ah! the linguistic niceties of revolutionaries) and Louis XVI and the rest of the royal family were about to attempt their disastrous flight out of Paris only to be caught at Varennes. The sight of a country in turmoil had a profound effect on young James Frampton. Even in Germany he was able to see the effects of the revolution: French people were fleeing there every day ‘in tribes’, he wrote to his sister. ‘I hope they will soon be able to do something against the uppermost party. For you must know that I am more of an aristocrate (sic) than ever.’ Frampton family tradition holds that James was responsible for saving a number of French aristocrats from the guillotine by spiriting them to England in the manner of the Scarlet Pimpernel. His letters to his sister do not mention these exploits, but this is hardly to be expected. Alas, the oral tradition is the only evidence. But there is no doubt that James’s pro-royalist feelings were reinforced by what he saw: one of Charlton’s letters home from Paris reports that ‘James is in love with the Queen, and vows he will go every day to see her pass to mass.’

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Frampton – hero or villain?

Moreton House, the Frampton family seat, as depicted in the 1774 edition of Hutchins’s History of Dorset

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Frampton – hero or villain?

Ken Ayres

There is no doubting the anguish expressed in the Martyrs' monument in Toldpuddle, but was Frampton himself so torn, or was he really the pantomime villain he is often portrayed as?

magistrate, and by that time French Revolution. The second verse the blood-letting of the French of All things bright and beautiful Revolution had started in in its original 1848 version is: ‘The earnest. As Wordsworth (a rich man in his castle, The poor contemporary of James’s at St man at his gate, He made them John’s) put it in The Prelude: high or lowly, And ordered their ‘Head after head, and never estate.’ Only in the 20th century heads enough For those that did the omission of this verse bade them fall.’ Frampton viewed become standard practice. the revolution’s descent into So when in 1830 the ‘Captain terror with the same horror Swing’ troubles began in Kent, that enlightened observers felt spreading to other counties in when Russia’s 1917 revolution the south, with their concomitant inexorably led to Stalin’s own machine-breaking, rick-burning Reign of Terror, and it made and rioting, Frampton and his him determined that nothing fellow magistrates saw in them the of the sort should ever happen makings of a revolution. Justice in Britain. Like most of his descended swiftly on the troublecontemporaries, he believed that makers, but without Robespierrean the status quo was pre-ordained: zeal: in Dorset only a dozen men The Frampton family crest: its motto means ‘by persevering’. were transported to Australia and the class structure as it stood was the product of divine will no one was executed, even though and was not to be interfered with. ‘demanding money with menaces’ was a capital crime. It was an orthodox point of view for the time. The threat of violence had been real enough for Edmund Burke states it in his Reflections on the Moreton House to have been prepared for a siege, with all the lower windows and doors blocked up. In the event it was avoided, largely thanks to the intervention of a mounted patrol led by Frampton himself, who was a Colonel of the Dorset Yeomanry, having enlisted in it in 1794. When Frampton heard about the six labourers of Tolpuddle who had formed a union to try and increase their wages, alarm bells rang in his head. He communicated his worries to Lord Digby, the Lord Lieutenant of Dorset. Digby had been in touch with Lord Melbourne, the Home Secretary, ever since the Swing riots; Melbourne had an interest in Dorset, as William Ponsonby, the brother of his late wife, Lady Caroline Lamb, was MP for the county. Digby persuaded Frampton to write to Melbourne with his worries. Melbourne, who thought of trade unions as ‘inconsistent, impossible and contrary to the law of nature’, replied by suggesting that Frampton, as magistrate, should pursue the Tolpuddle Six with the 1797 Unlawful Oaths Act, which had been passed in the aftermath of the naval mutinies at Spithead and the Nore to prevent secret political meetings. It is Frampton’s decision to take this advice which has led to his continued notoriety, even though he was not responsible for the charges brought against the six men or the harsh sentences they received. There is no doubt that Frampton regarded his actions as his duty as a magistrate and a Colonel of the Yeomanry. It was this scrupulous devotion to duty as a landlord which led him in 1834 to provide a schoolroom for the village, then to have a well dug for it, and later to have a carpenter’s shop and cottage built. His estate diary often refers to cottages being repaired or re-built and by 1845 he provided slate roofs instead of the usual thatch. There was even a Frampton family charity to set up apprenticeships for Moreton children. Perhaps the ‘villain’ of this story is a sheep in wolf’s clothing.

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bit more. It is its quintessential Englishness, its downright Dorsetness, as much as its track record, that lend its decorating products so wide an appeal. Each tin of paint and every roll of trough and block wallpaper is inspired by, and linked to, the county; they are still conceived and produced in the same, modest factory (on the Ferndown Industrial Estate at the easterly point of Wimborne) by a local workforce of around eighty men and women, all of whom have been chosen for their skilled eye and natural creative flair. So whilst they might grace the walls of LA dream homes, minimalist Tokyo apartments and Parisian art galleries, the Dorset influence is never far away, which, according to Farrow & Ball’s director, Sarah Cole, plays a large part in the demand from consumers and interior designers around the world: ‘They love the fact they have a little bit of Dorset, England on their walls, particularly enjoying some of the stories behind our paint names,’ she says, 'but it’s also about the quality of the products, the designs and colours and the exceptional levels of service.’ Then there’s the ‘Downton Effect’. The current fashion for all things historic and vintage shows no sign of abating and, despite being a mere child of the 1940s, Farrow & Ball somehow feels much older, far more established than that. The signature tin, bearing the distinctive F&B initial logo, is the product of choice for interior designers, period building custodians and householders who share the firm’s meticulous approach, or wish to be thought to do so. Much of this is down to the products being firmly rooted in tradition, to a time when blending was a mysterious alchemy. The shade names (White Tie, Book Room Red, Dead Salmon, Slipper Satin, Manor House Gray and Pavilion Blue) immediately conjure up Downtonesque piles, awash with elegant guests and starched-collar-wearing butlers. Perhaps not surprisingly, the dining room in Downton Abbey is decorated in Farrow & Ball colours. Closer to home, they can be seen in properties as diverse as historic Dean’s Court and Number 9 restaurant and B&B, both in Wimborne. Sarah explains: ‘By staying true to our Dorset roots we have maintained the craftsmanship and heritage that is still felt within the company today. We may now supply to more than fifty countries around the world but we still make our paint and papers to traditional production methods with a local workforce taking immense pride in what they do.’ As much as anything, though, it is the firm’s colours that have captured people’s imaginations. The colour card has moved on over time – most of the names today stem from the 1990s when, after a bit of a fallow period, the firm branched out beyond its ‘stately home’ reputation and modernised without seeming to do so at all. Regardless of their locations, customers embrace the names, which instantly evoke their origins. Lulworth Blue, Wimborne White and Dorset Cream speak for themselves, but Mizzle is precisely the hue

of the West Country term for a blend of mist and drizzle, and Ball Green and Farrow’s Cream simply pay homage to the founders. Even the more contemporary shades evolve from group meetings at the Wimborne HQ. Take Charlotte’s Locks, a deep orangey red: ‘Charlotte is a wonderful young lady who has been a member of our creative team for a number of years and the colour describes her luscious ginger locks,’ explains Sarah. ‘Naturally, I love all our colour names but if I had to pick my top three they would be Elephant’s Breath, Mouse’s Back and Arsenic. The whole team is involved with the creation of any new colours and their names,’ she says, adding ‘we also listen avidly to what our customers are saying in our showrooms around the world. It’s a project that involves deep thought and consideration over an 18-month period. Any new colour joining the card really has to earn its place and should join with a name evocative of the colour itself. It’s the high levels of pigment, rich resin binders, and our key ingredients that produces that immersive depth of colour. We scrupulously test every batch before it reaches the tin and believe that paint is more than a veneer. The paints are water-based

Evidence of previously mixed traditional colours is almost modern art

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A characteristic display of colours from the Farrow & Ball palette

and kind to the environment too, proving that beauty doesn’t have to cost the earth.’ The factory, where all this takes place has been updated to embrace technology that can assist with maintaining and matching standards. Otherwise, it remains much as it always has: looking like a giant bakery, which has been turned almost entirely white from years of processing the neutral chalk base from which all the paints eventually spring. Personnel huddle beside various stages of the

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process – some over vast mixing bowls with supersized whisks, others checking tins of coloured paint (which are lined up like fondant fancies) while others man the printing troughs to ensure the safe passage of the wallpapers until they snake out at the other end of the process in their designed finery. The decision to broaden the range to include wallpaper was made by the owners in 1995; they had learned the craft through hand-blocking wallpapers for various restoration projects in historic houses. A wallpaper factory was then established and, as with the paint, the company chose to keep traditional production methods alive and to use paint on the papers, instead of printers’ inks. ‘Our designs are taken from our archives or from historical fabrics with our creative team always on the lookout for patterns and designs they can tweak to work with our production methods. With the introduction of the Latest & Greatest papers in February, the complete range now comprises a selection of 320 papers including florals, damasks, stripes, striés and geometric designs.‘ As far as Sarah and the team are concerned, the next ‘big thing’ in interiors is painted floors: ‘Our bestsellers tend to be neutrals like Pointing and Wimborne White, with a recent shift to warm greys like Elephant’s Breath, but our big focus now is on our eco-friendly Floor Paints which are available in all 132 colours.‘ All of which seems a far cry from the muted palettes of the 1940s; Farrow and Ball may not have moved their factory, nor changed their philosophy, but they have come a long way.


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Dorset Miscellany

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. chinbowdash a) of a man: handsome, good looking b) the tie of the cravat c) to send an opponent’s tiddlywink a long way away, preferably off the table

2. ballywrag a) to scold b) a nagging woman c) showing anger by acts of violence or roughness, as in knocking furniture about Adam Jacot de Boinod is author of The Meaning of Tingo and The Wonder of Whiffling.

3. daps a) the very likeness, as that of a cast from the same mould b) small worthless apples remaining on the tree after the crop has been gathered in c) pax: a truce in children’s games

Dorset open spaces Lydlinch common Lydlinch Common lies three miles to the west of Sturminster Newton, where the road to Sherborne leaves the main road to Stalbridge. It occupies an area of 28 hectares (69 acres) and sits astride the two roads. It has been described as the archetypal southern British Common. Eastwards it extends almost to the outskirts of Lydlinch village, and to the south-west it is bordered by Brickles Wood and Stock Wood. It is underlain by the Oxford Clay, which extends over much of the southern part of Blackmore Vale, and it once supported large areas of neutral grassland and fen meadow. Lydlinch Common was a valued area of open grazing, but its quality has deteriorated and scrub has invaded much of the Common. It was designated an area of Special Scientific Interest in 1995 and more recently as a Special area of Conservation. On the Common there are some 200 flowering species and 34 species of butterflies: two of these are of national importance - the brown hair-streak and the rare marsh fritillary. The latter

is one of the largest on wet grassland surviving in England. Grazing of the Common ceased in the early 1970s, and this resulted in the invasion of the open space by increasing amounts of scrub. This resulted in the real risk of the loss of the marsh fritillary butterflies on Lydlinch Common. Although areas of the Common were periodically cleared by hand, it became obvious that only the restoration of low intensity grazing would eradicate the scrub. Plans were agreed by the Stock Gaylard Estate, the owners of Lydlinch Common, supported financially by Natural England, for clearance of dense scrub and young trees. It was also necessary to fence the Common because of the heavy traffic on the two main roads. In late May 2010 cattle grazing was re-introduced. In the adjacent woodland, in Brickles Wood and Stock Wood there are some rare examples of the service tree, indicative of the antiquity of the tree communities there. John Chaffey

Dorset place name Maumbury (in Dorchester) This name is not on record until the 14th century but may well date back to the Saxon period. It is first mentioned, as Memburi or Membury, in 1333, and later medieval spellings include Mambury and Maumbiry in 1382. The second element is clearly Old English burh (in its dative form byrig), here in the sense 'pre-English earthwork' since Maumbury is a 'henge monument' of Neolithic date which later served as a Roman amphitheatre. The first element is more problematical. At an early date it was 48

associated with the Old English word malm 'sandy or chalky soil' (hence the spelling Malmebury in 1553), but it is more likely to have been either an old Celtic word main (Welsh maen) meaning 'rock or stone' or even Old English mœne 'common, in communal use'. Maumbury is thus possibly analogous with Membury in Devon which is thought to contain one or other of these two words. A D Mills


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Public Dinner: National Insurance versus Friendly Societies There was a company of about 100 present, a number that would have been much larger had not a number being busily engaged in haymaking. In a thoughtful sermon, the Vicar (the Rev. M A Bere) drew a parallel between State education and State insurance, both of which were voluntary before the state stepped in. He emphasised the lessons which the Friendly Society movement fostered, namely self-help, control and providence, and he stated that directly compulsion came in, the virtue of such principles was lost.

The Chairman said that all were perfectly agreed that insurance was an excellent thing, but the only question being as to how it was carried out. All felt that in the magnificent Friendly Societies, which had been developed voluntarily, they were getting absolutely the best return for their money (applause). Under the state scheme, they knew full well that the management costs would be higher (hear, hear), still they recognised that the Insurance Act was an Act of Parliament and as loyal citizens they had to do their utmost to administer it to the best possible advantage. He said that under the old system of working, the members of the Friendly Societies knew each other and did not â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;go on the fundsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; until forced to; under the Insurance Act, by reason of the enormous addition to the members of the societies, members would not know each other so well, and so there would be a certain amount of malingering. He did not say this would happen in the country districts, but had not the slightest doubt that there would a great deal of malingering in the towns.

Dorset history in objects Neolithic jade axehead At a time when life for human beings was a desperate struggle for survival, it was still possible for someone to create an artefact whose beauty made it quite impossible to use. The jade axehead found at Newton Peveril near Sturminster Marshall is one such object. The axe is about seven inches by three, and is dated to around 4000BC. The jade stone came from the Italian Alps, and it is likely that the long and painstaking process of grinding and polishing took place in Brittany. The creation was expensive in time and exotic in concept, and inspires many unanswerable questions. Why was it made? How did it come to Britain? What demand did it fulfil, other than the joy of possession? The jade axehead is not unique. A similar one (though not quite so fine) was found at Canterbury in Kent, and tests have shown that it was taken from the same block of stone. At all events the artefact demonstrates that there was movement of people and goods across Europe at this time, that there was appreciation of beauty and that at least some people

had enough wealth to afford to indulge that appreciation. Since the tool was never used though it could have been - presumably it stood on the Stone Age equivalent of a sideboard, to be admired by friends, to be inherited, or to be presented as a special gift. s!BRIDGEDFROMDorset History in 101 Objects by Terry Hearing, published by Dorset Books at ÂŁ19.99, ISBN 978-1-871164-96-1. More details at www.halsgrove.com or on 01823 653777.

Dorset nature note One of the great features of the Dorset summer is the abundance of butterflies which can still be seen in many parts of the county. While the rarer species tend to generate the most interest, it is the sheer profusion of the more familiar butterflies that often provides the most memorable spectacle. Among the hundreds of common blues, small skippers, meadow browns and small heaths that flit across the flower-rich meadows will be one of our most attractive species, the marbled white. The beautiful black and white 'chequerboard' pattern of the marbled white is quite unlike any other British species but, despite its name, this distinctive butterfly is actually a member of the 'brown' family. Like many butterflies, marbled whites are surprisingly scarce away from the southern counties of England. Before I lived in Dorset, I remember my delight at finding a colony of marbled

whites in the Yorkshire wolds, the first time I'd ever encountered the species. The caterpillars of the marbled white feed on a variety of grasses while the adults can be seen feeding on nectar-rich wildflowers, particularly greater knapweed and field scabious. Marbled whites are sometimes reported with 'red spots'. These usually turn out to be the parasitic mite, Trombidium breei which attaches itself to the thorax of the butterfly but apparently does little harm. Hamish Murray Overleaf: river at Mannington by Madeleine Luckham

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Portrait by Millie Pilkington, pen-portrait by Liz Pope Pete Moors was born in the Poole Arms on the Quay: ‘born in a pub, probably die in one as well - terrible thing I know,' he says. He loves the Dorset coast, the harbour, the Purbecks, the amazing rolling scenery with little fields and patchworks of woodlands. After thirty years working in engineering Pete was feeling ‘a bit fed up’; he was in an office with no windows and couldn’t tell if it was bright or it was raining outside. Luckily, he met a hurdle maker, went up to the wood in which he was working and Pete was instantly seduced by the environment and the process of splitting the hazel rods in two with a billhook, weaving them round upright hazel supports to make hurdles for use as screens and fences, as they have for hundreds of years. ‘Hazel is used as round here it’s prolific,' Pete explains. ’I’ve spent a lot of time helping to restore neglected hazel woods, to bring them back into the proper cycle, which provides future materials for me and my work, but is also a great benefit for wildlife. When you let in the light and the air, the spring flowers and all that sort of thing grow really well, in come the insects and the birds and all the rest of the wildlife. There is a great pleasure in taking something from the wood but putting something back

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A long view from the south shows how Sherborne Abbey dominates the town around it

‘Finer than Salisbury Cathedral’ Sherborne Abbey is one of Dorset’s most significant buildings, both architecturally and spiritually. John Newth has visited it. In 1823 the painter, John Constable, stayed with his good friend, John Fisher, vicar of Gillingham. During the visit, reported Constable, ‘Fisher took me a magnificent Ride to Sherborne: a fine old Town – with a magnificent Church finer than Salisbury Cathedral.’ Considering the enthusiasm with which Constable painted Salisbury Cathedral, this was high praise, but an understandable judgement on what many consider to be Dorset’s greatest ecclesiastical building. Perhaps Constable and Fisher walked up Digby Road towards Sherborne Abbey from the south, the best approach from which to appreciate the magnificent Perpendicular windows, the golden warmth of the Hamstone and the impressive tower. It is likely that there was Christian worship on the site in Celtic times, but in 705, Aldhelm arrived as Bishop. He was, and remained, Abbot of Malmesbury, but was asked by his kinsman, King Ine of Wessex, to be a missionary bishop to the south-west. It was only forty years since the Synod of Whitby had resolved that religious practices in England should follow those in the rest of the Catholic Church, and Aldhelm brought the See of Sherborne into line with this

decree: ‘By his preaching he completed the conquest of Wessex,’ it was said. In 1075 the See was moved from Sherborne to Old Sarum and thence to Salisbury. Meanwhile, in 998, the then Bishop, Wulfsin, had established a Benedictine community which was to make its home in the Abbey until the Dissolution by Henry VIII in 1539. The nave of the Abbey also served as the parish church until the 14th century, when the separate church of All Hallows was built against the west wall. Relations between the townspeople and the monks of the Abbey were often strained, and in 1437 a row over baptisms led to violence, during which part of the Abbey was set alight; red marks on the stone of the Choir still show where it was scorched. After the Dissolution, the Abbey was granted to John Horsey of Clifton Maybank. He enthusiastically took over its lands, but the building itself was of no interest to him, so he sold it to the town. All Hallows was demolished and the Abbey became the parish church once again. The building we see today owes most to three 15th-century abbots: Brunyng, Bradford and Ramsam. 55


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‘Finer than Salisbury Cathedral’

Above The Lady Chapel has an intimate beauty quite unlike that of the rest of the building Right The view along the Nave to the magnificent modern west window

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That was the heyday of English Perpendicular architecture, the style that dominates the Nave and the Choir in particular. They are both famous for their magnificent fan vaulting, which the visitor can enjoy via mirrors on wheels. The vaulting does not meet in the middle, the gap being filled by a pattern of ribs with, at their intersections, bosses displaying heraldic emblems, subjects from nature and other devices; perhaps most famous is a mermaid with a mirror and comb, denoting vanity. The vaulting in the Choir, which is the earliest surviving fan vaulting on such a scale, is more ornate than that in the Nave. Largely at the expense of the Digby family of Sherborne Castle, the Abbey was extensively restored in the 19th century. Too often this meant the disappearance of a church’s earlier features under a welter of misplaced Victorian over-confidence, but Sherborne Abbey was lucky that the work was in the hands of R C Carpenter and William Slater, who not only saved the Abbey from collapse but did so unusually sensitively. Carpenter later restored the tower, which is home to the heaviest ring of eight church bells in the world, the tenor alone weighing in at 2¼ tons. Also dating from the 19th-century restoration is most of the stained glass, the best of it in the Choir. The oldest glass is in one of the side chapels, St Katherine’s Chapel, and is medieval. Perhaps the

most striking of the modern work is the superb west window, created by John Hayward of Corscombe in 1997 and celebrating the Incarnation in a riot of colour, predominantly blues and greens. It is strange now to recall the controversy when it replaced a rather undistinguished window by Augustus Pugin, whose Te Deum window in the South Transept survives. The glass-engraver, Laurence Whistler, created the reredos in the Lady Chapel. It is perhaps not one of his more successful works, but the 13th-century chapel itself is a calm, intimate space after the grandeur of the Nave and Choir. At the extreme east end of the Abbey, it and the Chapel of St Mary le Bow alongside were for over 300 years incorporated into Sherborne School as the Headmaster’s house. A church of such importance is naturally rich in monuments, of which three stand out. In the Wykeham Chapel adjoining the North Transept are the tombs of Sir John Horsey – he who grabbed the Abbey’s assets at the Dissolution – and of his son. John Leweston, who died in 1584, and his wife lie beneath the canopy of a splendid altar-tomb in St Katherine’s Chapel. Most striking of all is the


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‘Finer than Salisbury Cathedral’

The Digby Memorial commemorates a member of the family which has been closely associated with the Abbey for 400 years

memorial in the South Transept to John Digby, 3rd Earl of Bristol, who died in 1698, and his two wives. An important example of English Baroque, it was the work of John Nost, and the inscription notes approvingly that John Digby disdained ‘the Hurry of a publick Life’. The Abbey has a long-standing association with the Dorsetshire Regiment and its predecessors. Thirtyeight Colours of the Regiment have so far been traced and they are all here, many of them in the Ambulatory between the High Altar and the Lady Chapel. The latest is the Colour of the 1st Battalion, laid up in 1964 when the Regiment was amalgamated into the Devonshire and Dorset Regiment. Although there is an area, or suffragan, Bishop of Sherborne, he takes only his title from the place and he does not have a seat, or cathedra, in the Abbey in the way that a diocesan Bishop does in a cathedral. For the last twenty years the Abbey and its

parish has been in the care of Canon Eric Woods, who has, he says, ‘the best job in the Church of England’. His team of largely ‘self-supporting’ (ie. unpaid) ministers also take care of the parish churches of Lillington, Longburton and Castleton and of ‘St Paul’s at the Gryphon’; St Paul’s is the church that serves the part of the town north of the A30, but when the congregation outgrew it, they moved to the conference centre at the Gryphon School and the original building became a community centre. Like many large churches, the Abbey is used for non-liturgical events like concerts and plays. Canon Woods won’t refer to them as secular: ‘The divine can be discovered as well through a Mozart symphony as an oratorio,’ he says. The revenue from such events is a useful contribution to the ever-increasing cost of maintaining the building. A dozen years ago, masonry fell from the roof and it was discovered that metal reinforcement bars installed by the Victorians had corroded and expanded, while the elaborate vaulting in the North Transept is suspended from girders after it was found during a major restoration in the 1970s to be in imminent danger of collapse. Not all the maintenance is as dramatic as those two instances, but there is always some part of the Abbey’s fabric needing attention. Such continuing care ensures the survival of not only an historically interesting building but a majestic symbol of continuity and stability that serves the whole of Dorset.

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Columns and vaulting combine to glorious effect in the Choir. The glass in the east window is Victorian.

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Colin Varndellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wildlife Year â&#x20AC;&#x201C; July

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The Dorset Walk 1

Fordington's Jubilee Beacon

Fordington Teresa Ridout takes us on a tour of the village which is now a leafy suburb of Dorchester At one time, Fordington was a village in its own right, which surrounded and indeed restricted the growth of the smaller community of Dorchester which was retained within the borders of the Roman Town. Fordington stretched to the south, east and west of Dorchester. Today it may be a suburb, but it remains an attractive village neighbourhood which has retained a relatively rural atmosphere. At the heart of Fordington is St Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Church. Its tower dates from the 15th century and is adorned with small spires or pinnacles. The first church on the site was built around AD 857, although there may have been a Roman temple on the site before this time. After the Conquest, William I gave Fordington to St Osmund, who added the porch which houses a tympanum depicting the Battle of Antioch. To the north of the churchyard on a ledge above Holloway Road are the graves of German soldiers who were held prisoner here during the Great War. Initially the artillery barracks held eighteen German civilian internees and a small number of uniformed prisoners but by the end of August 1914 there were 1000 inmates and the barracks were grossly overcrowded. At its height the camp had held 4500 men. One of the more notable residents of Fordington was Henry Moule who in 1829 became vicar of Fordington. He was chaplain to the troops in Dorchester Barracks for several years, and from the 60

royalties of his 1845 book Barrack Sermons, he built a church at West Fordington. In 1854, Fordington experienced a particularly serious outbreak of cholera; laundresses in Fordington took in washing from Dorchester prison (in which a high number of convicts were brought from London, where prisons were badly affect by cholera) and their clothes hid the virulent disease which spread rapidly. Moule became convinced that the outbreak was caused by appalling sanitation when, while ministering to a dying man he saw sewage bubbling up through the floor of the property. Moule deplored the conditions causing the disease stating: 'The cess-pool and privy vault are simply an unnatural abomination,' he denounced, 'the water-closet ... has only increased those evils.' In the summer of 1859 Moule decided to fill in his cess-pool as it was causing an unbearable odour. He discovered that, in three or four weeks: 'not a trace of this matter could be discovered,' so he put up a shed, sifted the dry earth beneath it, and mixed the contents of the night bucket with this dry earth every morning: 'The whole operation does not take a boy more than a quarter of an hour. And within ten minutes after its completion neither the eye nor nose can perceive anything offensive.' Moule died in 1880, but continued to the end to try to persuade the British government that the earth-closet, not the water closet, was the sanitation system for the future.


The walk 1 Park at Top O’Town car & coach park, Bridport Road. Walk downhill - High West Street into High East Street to where the road becomes flat. On the right hand side, opposite the White Hart Pub, turn right into Fordington High Street, on the left side of which you will see a former malthouse, barn and former Noah’s Ark pub and evidence of industry, in the shape of the 19th-century Lott and Walne’s Foundry. 2 Continue along the right hand pavement until it begins to rise, then turn into an alley signposted Victoria Buildings immediately after number 56. The alternating flint cobbles and brick wall are all that remain of the vicarage where Reverend Henry Moule lived with his family. Return to the alley which leads you to Salisbury Field – a wonderful public open space since 1892 surrounded by horse chestnut trees and much enjoyed by local residents. 3 Cross Salisbury Field keeping the open area on your right, towards the Beacon – used to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee and Millennium. On leaving Salisbury Field, lies what was one of the main areas for public execution with the gaol a short distance away at the end of Icen Way (formerly known as Gaol Lane). Opposite is Elizabeth Frink's The Dorset Martyrs Statue to commemorate those throughout Dorset who died for their faith. 4 Turning back towards the north, follow South Walks Road towards St George’s tower which can be seen in the distance. 5 Leaving Fordington Green with St George’s on your left side, walk down Fordington High Street towards Fordington Cross and turn left into Kings Road and pass along the walls of the cemetery until you come to Prince’s Bridge. On the left of Holloway Road are the memorial stone for German soldiers can be seen above. On this junction is the former Swan Public House and Mill (there had been a mill on this site since Domesday until it was closed and then acquired by the Mill Street Housing Society and transformed into much-needed housing.

cross London Road and continue to follow the river path. The White Hart pub stands on the opposite bank, this was once a well-used gathering point for carriers carts and is mentioned in Hardy’s The Mayor of Casterbridge.

The monument to German prisoners of war in Fordington Church cemetery

7 Continue to walk westwards along the river path passing an attractive row of late Victorian terrace cottages built in speckled Broadmayne brick then, as the river and path bear left and then right, pass beneath the red-brick walls of Dorchester prison. When the path and the river divide, take the path to the left and pass in front of Hangman’s Cottage. 8 Walk past Hangman's Cottage and to the road, almost immediately opposite climb the steps up to the walls of Colliton Park and continue in a west direction along Northernhay with the wall on the left and the road beneath on the right. Dorset County Council acquired the park in 1933 to construct County Hall and during the construction discovered the famous Roman Town House which can be viewed, now housed for preservation under a steel and glass building. Walk uphill along the Grove back to Top O’Town roundabout. The Thomas Hardy statue is on the left, cross the zebra crossing to return to the car park.

The battle of Antioch on a tympanum at St George's Church

6 Walk along Mill Street between the Mill on the left and the Swan on the right. Follow until the road ends and becomes a pedestrian riverside path, with the Frome on the left. At the end of the Mill Stream walk,

Terrain: Flat, smooth walk, mostly paved with some unmade flat riverside paths. Parking: Top O’Town car & coach park, Bridport Road or follow the signs to numerous pay and display car parks in centre of Dorchester. Maps: Town Map available from Tourist Information Centre, Trinity Street, Dorchester or OS 194 Landranger Map Dorchester & Weymouth. 61


The Dorset Walk 2

Some interesting farmyard heritage seen on the walk

Sandford Orcas and the Somerset border Matt Wilkinson and Dan Bold in the far north-west of the county Purists may object that part of this walk is in Somerset – indeed, it starts in our neighbouring county – but the great majority is in Dorset and why deprive ourselves of some lovely countryside and some stunning views northwards to the Somerset Levels and the Mendip Hills? The hills immediately surrounding this route of open fields and hidden lanes seem somehow friendly, if that is not too fanciful: the pleasing outlines of Holway Hill, Corton Hill and Corton Ridge are high enough to give character to this patch of north-west Dorset, but not so high as to loom over it. The only village on the route is Sandford Orcas. It is notable for its 16th-century manor-house, built in mellow Ham Hill stone and little altered, inside or out. It has been owned by only two families since it was built – the Knoyles and now the Medlycotts – but is reputed to be home to no fewer than fourteen ghosts! Next door is the parish church of St Nicholas, which has a 13th-century font. Sandford Orcas also boasts one of Dorset’s nicest village pubs, the Mitre. The village owes the strange second part of its name not to killer whales but to the Norman Orescuilz family. 62


Distance: About 5 miles. Terrain: Muddy patches and puddles after anything but the driest weather, although nothing insuperable in good boots or shoes. No significant climbs, although the last ¼ mile is uphill. Start: On the verge near the junction of Great Pit Lane and Slade Lane, about a mile west of Sandford Orcas. How to get there: Take the B3148 Marston Magna road out of Sherborne. In about 2½ miles, some 150 yards beyond the ‘Welcome to Somerset’ sign, turn right. This is Great Pit Lane and Slade Lane is the first turning on the left, in about 600 yards. OS reference ST609203, postcode between BA22 8AP and BA22 8AW. Maps: OS Explorer 129 (Yeovil & Sherborne), OS Landranger 183 (Yeovil & Frome). Refreshments: The Mitre Inn at Sandford Orcas is about 400 yards off the route.

1 Go through the gate on the southern side of the T-junction, immediately opposite Slade Lane. Walk down to the far right-hand corner of the field (crossing back into Dorset as you do so) and cross a bridge and stile straight ahead, Walk down the righthand edge of the next field, go through a gate on the right in the next corner and walk diagonally to the far right-hand corner of the next field, heading for the gap between two large modern barns. On the other side of the gate, walk down to another gate in the far left-hand corner. Turn right onto a lane, walk up to the main road and turn left. 2 It can be a busy road, so walk for 200 careful yards

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Sandford Orcas and the Somerset border

a stile about 80 yards to the right of the corner. Go straight across a narrow field to a stile, after which bear very slightly right to yet another stile. 4 Turn left on the lane beyond. In about 250 yards turn right, then in 50 yards left to walk down between some corrugated iron barns. Go through a kissing gate at the end of the barns and turn right to follow the right-hand field-edge for about 50 yards, at which point ford the stream on the right and turn left to continue along its bank. At the far end of the field, ignore a bridge on the left but continue to a stile near the far left-hand corner. Continue along the left-hand edge of two fields. Go right to the far end of the second one and descend a bank straight ahead to reach a stile which is difficult to see until one is almost on top of it. Turn left and walk up through Sandford Orcas. 5 Unless carrying on to the Mitre Inn, take the first turning on the right, signed to Trent, between the Dower House and Merton House. In about 150 yards, just past the drive to Jerards, turn left up some steps and walk along the top of the bank to a stile. Walk along the right-hand edge of two fields to a kissing gate onto a drive. Turn right on the drive and right again on the lane beyond the gate-pillars. Walk up to a T-junction and go through the left-hand of the two gates ahead. 6 Bear left to walk over the brow of the field, which is crossed diagonally to a stile in the very far corner. Walk along the right-hand edge of the next field until the hedge turns sharply away to the right; here continue straight ahead to another stile. Go up the right-hand edge of two fields, then bear very slightly right to go straight across a third field. Continue in the same direction across a dry ditch and the next field, heading for the far right-hand corner. Turn left on Slade Lane and follow it back to your car. A fascinating construction that is half gatehouse, half porte cochère

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Dorset artist

Wild about information Tim Saunders looks at the work of Puddletown wildlife artist and illustrator, Paul Matthews

Paul with two of his more formal animal studies, which have seen him nominated for awards

When exploring the stunning Dorset countryside

A close-up from one of Paul's information panels showing the level of detail he includes

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it is always helpful to stumble upon an information panel detailing the wildlife, flora and fauna that can be found in that particular area. Invariably these invaluable signs are produced by just one man, who has seemingly monopolised this craft. That man is Puddletown wildlife artist Paul Matthews. I’ve been making them for the past 25 years,' Paul reveals. 'They take between two and three months from start to finish and I spend around eighty hours on the artwork. It’s quite a long, drawn out process. I

first meet the clients and visit the destination where the panel will be located. This is hugely important because it allows me to familiarise myself with the landscape and forms my background research. It allows me to collect any information to help me with the final artwork. I take photos and make sketches. It often involves a great many visits to ensure that I am thoroughly satisfied with my knowledge of the area. I have seen a great deal of Dorset this way.' Paul then works on rough visual thumbnail drawings or small watercolour versions, showing how the finished panel will look and this includes any information and text. 'It is necessary for me to liaise with a number of different people throughout the course of the project to ensure that they are happy each step of the way. The last thing you want is for the client to be dissatisfied with the final information panel. Once completed and agreed, the artwork is scanned, a computer file is made, and the panel is made ready to go out on site,' says Paul. On average, panels measure twenty by thirty inches, 'so it is quite a skill to include a concise account of the relevant information of the local area along with one of my paintings'. Depending on complexity and size, a finished fibre-glass panel costs approximately £1000. 'This represents good value for money,' explains Paul, 'when you think that often my paintings sell for considerably more than this.”' Kerns, or lecterns, for the panels are extra and will depend on the site where the panel is to be positioned. 'As recession has deepened parish councils have had their funds severely cut and the bidding process has unsurprisingly become a tougher, more protracted affair. Understandably councils need to ensure the best value for money for their residents but this has to be balanced against the need for helpful signage. I argue that my information panels are actually a massive benefit to the local tourism industry as they inform not just locals but visitors from all over the world of the magnificent and sometimes endangered species present in the Dorset countryside, imparting knowledge and stimulating further interest. It is so common for people to spend a great deal of time reading these panels yet not really appreciating the amount of time they take to be produced. Signs do also need renovating as they become weather beaten or sadly, on occasions, mindlessly vandalised and this does generate some repeat business.'


Pauls' wildlife artitry comes to life in his nature studies, like this one of red deer

Paul’s information panel career started during his time at Dorset County Council and his reputation has grown ever since. 'I must have produced fifty information panels in total,' he says. 'They’re not all the same either,' he adds. 'Different parishes have different requirements to fit in with the parish image. Often they are similar to lecterns, to look at. I have three here in Puddletown: one is a post welcoming visitors to the historic village and then the other two are information panels. I have two in Piddlehinton giving information about wildlife species. I have signs at the Blue Pool and Avon Heath.' The fact that the information panels draw so heavily on Paul’s artistic ability – each and every panel features his exquisite artwork - actually gave him the confidence to become a full-time artist in 2011. He has painted and drawn since he was small and now primarily focuses on painting wildlife and portraiture from his home. He paints contemporary wildlife, where the subject takes centre stage and the mood is set by light and shade. References are collected from life by sketching and photographing in the field both at home and abroad. His art has taken him all over the world. 'I have travelled to the Okavango Delta in North Botswana, Kenya and Tanzania,' says Paul, whose work attracted wide acclaim in the summer of 2012, when he was a finalist in the David Shepherd Foundation’s competition for Wildlife Artist of the Year. His picture, ‘The Passenger’, selected ahead of thousands of entries from all over the world, received ‘Public’s choice award’ at The Mall Galleries, London. Almost simultaneously, Paul was in the final of the BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year competition, receiving runner up in the Frozen Planet section with his polar bear portrait. This was the fourth year Paul was shortlisted for the final of the BBC competition, since its inception in 2008. Paul’s work can be seen online, at various galleries across Dorset and beyond. Paul’s information panels can be found at the following sites across Dorset: dotted along Dorset’s Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, notably Swanage (at Durlston Head), Ringstead, Osmington (pictured right), Burton Bradstock, Charmouth and Lyme Regis. Others can be found at Blue Pool in Purbeck, The Portland Sailing Academy, Chesil Beach and various chalk stream and heathland sites in Dorset. The following Dorset villages are home to Paul’s information panels: Evershot, Piddlehinton, Puddletown and Lytchett Minster. 'At the moment I am working on panels for Charminster and Charlton Down, with panels in the pipeline for another venue,' reveals Paul. xxxxxxx

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This month in Dorset Open exhibition The work of local artists can be seen Moors Valley Country Park’s annual Open Exhibition. On a theme of Lakes, Rivers and Forests, the exhibition celebrates 25 years of the rural landscape, linking with Park’s own silver jubilee celebrations. ‘We have chosen Lakes, Rivers and Forests: Celebrating 25 Years of the Rural Landscape as the title of this year’s exhibition as it covers the best of what we have to offer here at Moors Valley,’ says countryside interpretation ranger Katie Davies. ‘We hoped to encourage artists to consider what the countryside means to them, how they interact with it and what makes our area so special.’ Pictured here: Butterfly Collage. Until 14 July, 8.00 Moors Valley Country Park & Forest, Ashley Heath, 01425 470721, www.moors-valley.co.uk

UK Boogie Woogie Festival With poundin’ 88s and stompin’ left feet the annual UK Boogie Woogie Festival is sure to stir Sturminster Newton into action. Among the international performers lined up for this year’s bash are the Dutch trio of Ben van Hal, Eeco Rijken Rapp and Henk Huisman, Hungarian pianist Balász Dániel and his American counterpart Bob Seeley, the foremost exponent of his friend Meade Lux Lewis’ genredefining style. The homegrown Chris Corcoran Trio will play the Friday night concert at The Exchange with Jean-Paul Amouroux, Emily Lees and Daniel Moore. On Saturday afternoon, Big John Carter and James Goodwin present a performance history of boogie woogie and a finale concert with an international line up closes the weekend on Sunday lunchtime. 5-7 July, daily The Exchange & Royal British Legion, Sturminster Newton, 01258 471194, www.ukboogiewoogiefestival.co.uk

The Mackerel Festival

Fearnley-Whittingstall and Sheila Dillon from BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme also hope to attend. Following the talk there’s a mackerel feast with three courses all featuring mackerel. Friday afternoon features the cook-off final of the recipe competition at the Jubilee Shelters on Marine Parade. 6-13 July, daily Various venues, Lyme Regis, 01297 442138, www.lymeregis.org

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With a host of events and activities being staged, food and fishing are clearly at the heart of the Mackerel Festival. Wednesday’s main attraction finds Mark Hix, Charles Clover from Fish 2 Fork and Simon Bennett from the Watch House among the panellists at the Marine Theatre for A Fishy Conversation: Mackerel in the Spotlight, a discussion on the issues surrounding sustainable fishing. Hugh

Inspired By Japan Renowned artists Cleo Mussi and Matthew Harris (pictured) have worked in parallel and close proximity for a quarter of a century and have brought their latest collaboration – 50:50 Inspired by Japan: mosaics, textiles and paper – to the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery for the summer. Their work shares a common language that involves the construction of whole images from pieces and fragments of cloth, paper and reclaimed ceramic. The new show is a selling exhibition of work inspired by their recent trip to Japan and marks a return to the Gallery for Cleo Mussi, whose previous exhibition A-Z, A Hand Book in 2009 was the Russell-Cotes’ best-ever selling exhibition. Until 15 September, 10.00 (not Mon) RussellCotes Art Gallery & Museum, Bournemouth, 01202 4519858, www.russell-cotes.bournemouth.gov.uk

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Christchurch Festival A family event with the accent on live music, the festival provides a platform for bands, singers and musicians of all disciplines. Among this year’s headliners are folk outfit Mary Jane, the raucous Lady Winwood’s Maggot and hard rockers Asp. The event is centred around the Quomps on 68

Christchurch Quay, but there are sideshows in the bandstand and in Saxon Square. It’s run entirely by volunteers and the performers give their time for free with all proceeds from the Festival donated to the Mayor’s charities. 5-7 July, daily Christchurch Quay, www.christchurchfestival.co.uk

Set on the Dorset coast in the titular village, J Meade’s literary adventure has gripped generations of readers. It tells the story of orphan John Trenchard who is captivated by the story of the ghostly pirate Blackbeard and his lost treasure. His search leads him to high adventure with smugglers and Revenue men as he suffers shipwreck, encounters a haunted crypt and is led ultimately to enduring love. Following a tour of Dorset village halls and community venues in June, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School’s new adaptation with original music by Dorset songwriter Tim Laycock plays Wimborne this month. 2 July, 7.30 Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne, 01202 885566, www.tivoliwimborne.co.uk

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This month in Dorset A Midsummer Night’s Dream & Pericles

Aglaia Graf & Benjamin Gregor-Smith

To mark its 50th year of Shakespeare on the island Brownsea Open Air Theatre is to stage two productions. A Midsummer Night’s Dream has already sold out, but the second production of the year, Pericles, will run from 7-16 August and for which seats are still available. The story of the Prince of Tyre and his adventures after unveiling the King of Antioch’s incestuous relationship with his daughter, the play combines elements of dark comedy and high drama. 24 July – 16 August, daily Brownsea Open Air Theatre, 01202 251987, www.brownsea-theatre.co.uk

Two of classical music’s most in-demand young musicians bring a selection of pieces by Debussy, Demenga, Shostakovich, Beethoven and Piazzolla to Dorset this month under the Concerts in the West banner. Pianist Aglaia Graf and cellist Benjamin Gregor-Smith, both just 26, are confirmed solo stars yet have forged a solid musical partnership. Catherine Hodgson, founder and director of Concerts in the West, says: ‘They complement each other beautifully when they play together.’ Aglaia Graf only began studying the piano at the age of 14, while Benjamin Gregor-Smith has been playing the cello since he was just seven years of age and has just been made principal solo cellist of the Sinfonieorchester Basel. Also included in the programme is Aglaia’s own composition for solo piano. 11 July, 7.30pm Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, 01297 442138, marinetheatre.com 12 July, 11.00 Bridport Arts Centre 01308 424204, www.bridport-arts.com

Burt Bacharach Wareham Carnival This year’s Wareham Carnival is setting out to celebrate all things Victorian in The Age of Style and Invention. Events planned include a film night at the Rex cinema, a pet show and ghost walk. Pedal Power Friday offers a chance for cyclists to make the most of bike rides through Wareham Forest, while the Golden Bridge Awards and an Entertainment Extravaganza promises plenty of fun in the Parish Hall on Saturday. The main procession is on Sunday with events on the Quay. 8-14 July, daily Various venues, 01929 550818, www.wareham-carnival.org.uk

Gregory Moore Popular Australian tenor Gregory Moore returns to his family’s hometown of Christchurch for his first British concert, a programme of much loved songs through the ages. A classically influenced entertainer, Gregory was an original member of The Ten Tenors and toured Australia in The Pirates of Penzance playing Frederic. On the international stage he starred in Scotland the Brave, performing at Sydney Opera House, the Lincoln Centre in New York and Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall. Backed by a live band Gregory will be performing popular love songs and Celtic classics, as well as hits from the musical theatre. Local singer Abigail Cole will join him as the featured guest vocalist. 7 July, 7.30 Regent Centre, Christchurch, 01202 499199, www.regentcentre.co.uk

He’s been having hit records for nearly 60 years and Burt Bacharach shows no sign of slowing down. His latest tour, on the back of the publication of his memoir, Anyone Who Had a Heart, finds the 85-year-old eager to play the songs that have earned him his reputation as a songwriter of the highest order – songs such as The Look Of Love, I Say A Little Prayer, Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head and (They Long To Be) Close To You. ‘I am looking forward to being back in the UK in the summer,’ he says. ‘I will be performing some of my newer songs as well as my more familiar hits,

with my terrific band and singers.’ He wrote songs as a teenager and by the late 1950s he was scoring chart hits with the likes of Perry Como (Magic Moments) and The Story of My Life (Marty Robbins). He wrote more than 100 songs with lyricist Hal David, creating signature tunes for the likes of Dusty Springfield, Dionne Warwick, Gene Pitney, Cilla Black, the Walker Brothers and Aretha Franklin. More recently he has worked with artists as diverse as Elvis Costello, Dr Dre, Will Young and Rufus Wainwright. 5 July, 7.30 Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth, 0844 576 3000, www.bic.co.uk

Open Photography Exhibition The second Lyme Regis Open Photography Competition has been judged by locally based lensman Peter Wiles and Guy Kirkham, winner of the BBC’s Somerset Landscape Photographer of the Year Competition. Peter Wiles developed his photography work professionally after moving to Lyme Regis a decade ago and much of it is community-based, documenting the town, its people and events and providing images for local organisations. He is currently documenting the joint Lyme Regis ArtsFest/Museum re:collection project which is supported by funding from Arts Council England. The prizewinners will be announced at noon on 27 July at the opening of the competition exhibition. 27 July – 25 August, 11.00 Town Mill Malthouse, Lyme Regis, 01297 443579, www.townmill.org.uk

Hancock One of Bournemouth’s best-known sons, Tony Hancock is remembered as actor Iain Barton recreates the scripts of the original Hancock’s Half Hour radio and television series. Although he was born in Birmingham, Hancock moved to Winton when he was just three years old as his family took over the Mayo Hygienic Laundry – a name that could easily have been lifted from a Hancock script. They later took over the Railway Hotel and then the Swanmore Hotel in Gervis Road, which they renamed the Durlston Court. Tony Hancock made his first professional appearance in 1940 at the Labour Halls, now the Avon Social Club, in Springbourne. 12 July, 8.00 Bridport Arts Centre, 01308 424204, www.bridport-arts.com If you have an event you would like us to feature, email details (with two months' notice) to events@dorsetlife.co.uk

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Classical Extravaganza

Comedian Sean Lock has lost interest in what the white van man thinks; he’s far more concerned with the thoughts of chaps who drive purple vans. Which explains the title of his new stand up show, Purple Van Man. Doubtless it will be packed with cracks, gags and one liners, not to mention some astute observations, clever asides, a few silly voices and a strain of barely intelligible stream of consciousness – precisely the kind of thing that has made him a regular on TV shows such as 8 Out of 10 Cats, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, QI and Mock the Week. 26 July, 8.00 Lighthouse, Poole, 0844 406 8666, www.lighthousepoole.co.uk

Conductor Maxime Tortelier takes charge of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for its Classical Extravaganza programme at Poole this month. Opening with John Williams’ Superman March and closing with Tchaikovsky’s mighty 1812 Overture, the concert takes an unashamedly populist pass at the classical repertoire. Other highlights include Parry’s Jerusalem, Bizet’s Carmen Suite, Montagues & Capulets from Prokofiev, Elgar’s Nimrod, Rossini’s William Tell Overture and Grieg’s In the Hall of the Mountain King. The Orchestra’s 120th anniversary is being marked with a free exhibition at Bournemouth Library. Running until 13 July, the show includes pictures and artifacts from the Orchestra’s long history. Despite its humble origins as a municipal band, the BSO is now one of the country’s leading orchestras, a world-class ensemble and the exhibition charts the inspiring leadership that has guided that growth, from founder Sir Dan Godfrey to its current principal conductor Kirill Karabits. 13 July 7.30 Lighthouse, Poole, 0844 406 8666, www.lighthousepoole.co.uk

Open Art Exhibition

NGS Open Gardens in July 2: Littlebredy Walled Garden, Littlebredy 3: Deans Court, Wimborne 5, 6, 7: Knitson Old Farmhouse, Corfe Castle 6, 7: Kingston Lacy, Wimborne 6, 7: Little Bindon, West Lulworth 6, 7: 55 Lonnen Road, Colehill 7: Broomhill, Rampisham 7: 4 Noel Road, Wallisdown 9: Pilsdon View, Ryall 13: Cranborne Manor Walled Garden, Cranborne 13, 27, 28: 25 Richmond Park Avenue, Bournemouth 14: Corscombe House, Corscombe 14: Bexington, Lytchett Matravers 14: The Manor House, Beaminster 14: 357 Ringwood Road, Ferndown

Swanage Jazz Festival Renowned broadcaster and clarinettist Chris Walker leads a Tribute to British Trad as one of the star attractions at the 24th Swanage Jazz Festival. Other headline acts include Art Blakey’s former sax man Jean Toussaint, with his Quartet; reedsman Alan Barnes and bassist Arnie Somogyi celebrate the genius of Charlie Mingus in Scenes from the City; and accordionist Karen Street leads her Streetworks band with its blend of jazz, central European and South American styles. The programme also features a selection of the leading names in British modern jazz, such as the Steve Waterman Sextet and Mark Lockheart’s Ellington in Anticipation. In addition there are great vocalists, headed by one Britain’s finest jazz entertainers, Liane Carroll pictured). There are also bands representing edgier, more contemporary sounds, including Shabaka Hutchings’ Caribbeaninfluenced Sons of Kemet and Gilad Atzmon’s Orient House Ensemble. 12-14 July, daily Various venues, www.swanagejazz.org

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Sherborne Art Club’s annual open exhibition has been running since 1931 with the aim of showcasing work by west country artists. Last year more than 600 paintings, miniatures and sculptures in a variety of media were entered for selection, many by the Club’s 350 members, but also by non-members as well. The 2012 Exhibition attracted more than 1000 visitors who contributed to the Viewers’ Choice Prize selection – the winner Devil’s Throat by Bee Grant Peterkin – is pictured here. Other notable artists last year included Jake Winkle, Richard Turner, John Dodson, Valerie Batchelor, Laurence Belbin and Ron Jesty with sculptures by Pippa Hill and Deirdre Holland. 20-28 July, 11.00 Digby Hall, Sherborne, www.sherborneartclub.com

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21: Annalal’s Gallery, Christchurch 21: Farrs, Beaminster 21: Meadow Views, West Moors 21, 24, 27: Lakeside, Holtwood 21, 28: 25 Field Barn Drive, Southill 25, 28: The Secret Garden & Serles House, Wimborne 27, 28: Holy Trinity Environmental Garden, Weymouth 27, 28: Snape Plantsman’s Garden, Chaffeymoor 28: 22 Holt Road, Branksome 28, 31: The Old Rectory, Pulham

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5 July 7.30pm PETER HOWARTH - Unplugged with special guest Michael Armstrong Tickets £15

27 July 7.30pm JUKEBOX & BOBBYSOX sounds of the 50's & 60's Tickets £16.50

13 July 7.00pm ANDRE RIEU'S 2013 MAASTRICHT CONCERT Via satellite Tickets £15 (£13.50 concs)

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This month in Dorset Dorset Seafood Festival Visitors to this year’s Dorset Seafood Festival will enjoy a diverse programme from cookery schools to an outdoor pop-up screening of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea with live DJ and musicians providing the musical score for the film. The festival has grown over the last five years to become the UK’s second largest seafood festival. The programme has been developed with the help of b-side, Weymouth & Portland’s multi-media arts festival, delivering the pop-up cinema event. A line up of passionate chefs will host interactive demonstrations, including Dorset’s own Ashley Palmer Watts (Heston Blumenthal’s

second in command) and River Cottage contributors Tim Maddams and John Wright. The Fishermen’s Mission is the chosen beneficiary of money raised from the Festival. 13, 14 July, daily Weymouth Harbourside, 01305 785747 (Weymouth TIC), www.dorsetseafood.co.uk

Strictly Confidential In a brand new show, written and directed by the judge they love to hate, Craig Revel Horwood, the stars of BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing are hitting the road. Lisa Riley, Artem Chigvintsev, Natalie Lowe and Ian Waite will take fans on an epic journey told through music, song and dance routines as they offer audiences an insight into what brought them to the fore under the Strictly spotlight. ‘When I first signed up to Strictly I had no idea that I’d be able to ballroom dance, so I was thrilled to be asked to do the live tour,’ says Emmerdale actress Lisa Radley. ‘Being able to be a part of Strictly Confidential as well is such a great opportunity and I’m really looking forward to being able to continue working with Craig, Artem, Natalie and Ian.’ Craig Revel Horwood, who also directs the Strictly Come Dancing Live arena tours adds: ‘It’s exciting to give fans an autobiographical take on this hit show, whilst also incorporating some of the shows favourite moments. I’ve been working on Strictly Confidential for a while now and it’s a dream that everything is all coming together.’ 30 July – 1 August 7.30 (Wed mat 2.30) Windsor Hall, BIC, 0844 576 3000, www.bic.co.uk

Dorset Charity Horse & Dog Show Now in its fifth year, the Dorset Charity Horse & Dog Show is one of the biggest shows in the country with more than 600 competitors and an average gate of some 2500 people. Presented in conjunction with Wimborne & Ferndown Lions Club, the show includes qualifiers for the Cherif Championships, Irish Draught Horse and UK Ponies. All profits will be shared between the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance and John Thornton Young Achievers Foundation. 20 July, 8.30 Homeland Farm, Three Legged Cross, 01202 826717, www.dorsetcharityhorseshow.20m.com

Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival & Rally Celebrating the legacy of the Tolpuddle Martyrs, the TUC’s annual festival and rally brings a wealth of politically inclined music, drama and cultural activity to the village, as well as a broad church of opinion voiced by the various guest speakers. Saturday evening sees the launch of a new play, We Will be Free, telling the story of the Martyrs in drama and song; while the weekend’s pivotal event – the Sunday afternoon rally and the spectacular procession of union banners – will again be entertained by Dorset’s best known socialist singer/songwriter, Billy Bragg. Frances O’Grady will also speak for the first time as TUC General Secretary. 19-21 July, daily Festival site, Tolpuddle, 01305 848237, www.tolpuddlemartyrs.org.uk

Milton Abbey International Music Festival & Summer School

Directed by Milton Abbey School’s music director David McKee, the festival brings together the best emerging talent and combines it with a wealth of professional and international experience. Poole-born cellist and a former Dorset Opera Festival Young Musician of the Year To mark the centenary of the winner, Natalie Clein will join births of both Verdi and Wagner, multi-award winning, acapella Dorset Opera Festival is to stage group VOCES8 as this year’s productions of La Traviata and resident artists. Not only will they The Flying Dutchman. There’s a perform as part of the festival, but they’ll also host master pocket version of Puccini’s La classes and take coaching Bohème by the young artistes sessions with each of the of the Dutch National Touring summer school courses. The Opera that will play a short tour five residential courses, each of Dorset venues starting at The Exchange, Sturminster Newton on 4 July, directed by eminent professional then on to Bridport’s Electric Palace, the Regent Centre at Christchurch, Poole Lighthouse and finally back to The Exchange on 26 July. The Festival musicians will provide much of has secured the services of celebrated British polymath Jonathan Miller to the music for the festival. They direct La Traviata with Phillip Thomas conducting; Jeremy Carnall conducts will each give a concert and the choral courses will The Flying Dutchman for director Paul Carr. Both productions are at the main alternately sing daily choral evensong. They will also festival venue, the Coade Theatre at Bryanston School. As a precursor to combine to form the Festival Ensemble and perform Verdi’s Requiem as the climax of the festival, the Festival, Burnt Out Theatre presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the celebrating the bicentenary of the composer’s birth. garden of the Old Rectory at Langton Long from 4-6 July. 28 July – 4 August, daily Milton Abbey School, 12-27 July, daily Various venues, 01202 499199, www.dorsetopera.com 01258 881844, www.miltonabbeyfestival.com If you have an event you would like us to feature, email details (with two months' notice) to events@dorsetlife.co.uk 73


This month in Dorset

Further events for your diary Hammerout Brain Tumour Support Art@Eype6 Exhibition, 20, 21 July, daily 2 July, 1.20 Springfield Hotel, Stoborough, Eype Church Arts, 01308 898420, 0845 450 1039, www.hammerout.co.uk www.eypechurcharts.co.uk As You Like It, 4 July, 7.30 Corfe Castle (open air), 0844 249 1895, www. nationaltrust.org.uk/corfe-castle

Stoke Abbott Street Fair, 20 July, 1.45, shuttle bus in operation facebook.com/stokeabbottstreetfair

Scarecrow Festival, 4-11 August, daily Various sites, Bere Regis, bereregis.org

Cerne Abbas Fete with Nothe Fort Artillery, 20 July 1.00 Vicarage, Cerne Abbas

Bournemouth Music Competitions Festival Concert, 6 July, 7.30 Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth, 0844 576 3000, www.bic.co.uk Waiting For Godot, 6 July, 7.30 Maumbury Rings, Dorchester, 010305 266926, www.dorchesterarts.org.uk

Tank Action!, 25 July, 1.00 Kuwait Arena, The Tank Musuem, Bovington, 01929 405096, www.tankmusuem.org Lifeboat Week, 26 July – 2 August, daily Various venues, Lyme Regis, www.lymeregis.org

As You Like It, 6, 7 July, 6.30 (Sat), 2.30 (Sun) Mapperton Gardens, 01308 862645, Acker Bilk and his Paramount Jazz Band, 26 July, 7.45 Pavilion Ballroom, www.mapperton.com Bournemouth, 0844 576 3000, Gold Hill Fair, 6, 7 July, daily Gold Hill, www.bic.co.uk Shaftesbury, 01747 851881, Flower and Produce Show, 27 July, www.shaftesburydorset.com 10.00 United Reformed Church, Wareham, Food & Drink Festival, 6, 7 July, daily 01929 556362 Corfe Castle, 0844 249 1895, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/corfe-castle Boscombe Arts Fair, 28 July, 10.00 Royal Arcade, Boscombe, 01202 392142, Festival of British Archaeology www.facebook.com/BoscombeArtsFair 13, 14 July, daily Corfe Castle, Pop Up Museum, 30 July, 11.00 Drewett 0844 249 1895, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/corfe-castle Gardens, Christchurch, 01202 482860, www3.hants.gov.uk/hampshire-museums/ Maddock-Huxley Reeds United, 19 July, redhouse 7.00 Verwood Jazz Club, The Hideaway, Bridport Art Society 56th Annual 01202 873725, www.verwood.org Exhibition, 31 July – 10 August (not 4, 5 August), 10.00 Bridport Arts Tonefest, 19-21 July, daily Festival site, Poole, www.tonefest.co.uk Centre, 01308 424204, www.bridportartsociety.org.uk The Swan Round Up, 20 July, 10.00 Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, Camp Bestival, 1-4 August, daily 01305 871387, Lulworth Castle, 020 3327 4810, www.campbestival.net www.abbotsbury-tourism.co.uk/gardens Wildlife in the Garden, 20 July, 11.00, 2.00 Knoll Gardens, Wimborne, 01202 873931, www.knollgardensfoundation.org Leigh Village Food Festival & Classic Car Show, 20 July, 10.00 Village hall, Leigh, 01935 873846, www.leighvillage.org.uk

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Waiting For Godot, 2 August, 7.30 Field by village hall, Melbury Osmond, 01935 83410, www.artsreach.co.uk 3 August, 7.30 Higher Orchard, Sandford Orcas, 01963 220208, www.artsreach.co.uk 4 August, 7.30 Bay, Kimmeridge, 01305 269512, www.artsreach.co.uk

Sherlock Holmes The critically acclaimed Pantaloons Theatre Company put dynamic detective duo Holmes and Watson through their paces as they tackle their most fiendish case yet in an inventive and (hopefully) hilarious show for all ages. Combining live music, audience participation and more mystery than you can shake a magnifying glass at, the show draws from a wide variety of popular theatre traditions from commedia dell’arte and clowning to stand-up comedy and silent movies. 31 July, 7.00 Highcliffe Castle, 01202 278807, www.highcliffecastle.co.uk

Bloom Africa comes to Bournemouth for one day only in the shape of Bloom, an outdoor festival celebrating authentic African dance through performance, music and participation. With six free performances and six hours of free dance workshops, this is arguably the furthest reaching event yet to be staged at Pavilion Dance. The day opens with Ballet Nimba’s performance of Bagatai, a high-octane piece driven by furious percussion and the undulating melodies of the balafon and fulani flute. Senegalese griot Batch Gueye and Friends present afternoon performances of Kawlakh, a traditional dance for men; and the Galang Crew stage Dancehall v African in the evening, in which the traditions and club dances is Senegal, Guinea, Cote D’Ivoire, Angola and the US meet and mingle. 20 July, 12.30 Pavilion Dance Terrace, Bournemouth, 01202 203630, www.paviliondance.org.uk

from 1837 to 1914. In his talk he will information. There will be an opportunity Dan Allen will speak to Dorset Family explain how the pre-1914 British Army was at the end of the talk about any items of History Society about tracing army organised, the differences between the militaria or photos of people in uniform. ancestors this month. He's from the various ranks of soldier and how they’re 8 July, 8.00 St John’s Church Centre, Victorian Military Society, which promotes organised, changes in regimental names Upper Parkstone, 01202 785623, the study of military history in the period and numbers and where to get further www.dorsetfhs.org.uk If you have an event you would like us to feature, email details (with two months' notice) to events@dorsetlife.co.uk 74


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In the tricky environment that is the local hostelry, food is often seen as the saviour in making somewhere a destination pub. The Barley Mow in Colehill, which has the happy position of being a rural pub but with large populations living within an easy drive – has undergone a recent refurbishment to make its restaurant a more sophisticated experience, yet done so without sacrificing its position as a locals' local; drinkers and diners are separated, but the restaurant is not in sterile silence. The menu is set out in four sections under the headings: to share, to begin, to follow and pub classics. The first of these has a bread and olive board, a baked Camembert and the frankly daunting ‘meat larder board’: a mighty collection of assorted hams, game terrine, roasted veg, pickles, chutneys and bread. We opted to begin with, well, the ‘to begin’ section. Ignoring the soup of the day (tomato with a splash of cream), the game terrine, crayfish cocktail and grilled fennel and goats’ cheese tart (soup notwithstanding, the only vegetarian starter) and opted for the smoked salmon and the beef carpaccio. Both were beautifully presented with the salmon coming with a perfectly poached duck egg, asparagus, red onion, baby tomatoes, and mixed leaves with just the right hint of vinaigrette, any more and it would have clashed with the egg, any less and it would not have been detectable. The only criticism one could level was that perhaps a little more asparagus could have been provided. The carpaccio came with shaved Parmesan, watercress salad with pine nuts and a subtle garlic olive oil. Individually and collectively this was an assured starter and just a grind of black pepper at the table brought it alive. The distinction between ‘to follow’ and ‘pub classics’ is that the former can change to reflect the seasonally available produce, while the latter is there for those who want a predictable, hearty meal. We opted ‘to follow’ and chose the confit pork belly and roast Gressingham duck breast. Other options included a roasted lamb rump with crushed new potatoes, asparagus and buffalo mozzarella salad (V), pan-fried fillet of seabass and scallops or sun-dried tomato and olive pasta. The pork belly was a long-and-slow cooked hunk of meat with a largely, but not completely, crispy skin and came with a spicy

chickpea, potato and paprika ragout and Cajun-fried calamari. The ensemble worked from a flavour combination perspective – and there was a lot of it. The duck came with a sizeable portion of buttered mash, fine green beans and a dark cherry sauce, with more than a few actual cherries in it. The duck was perhaps a little more cooked than one would have it without the sauce, and some might opt to order it a little pinker, but all the flavours were excellent and the portions of hearty appetite proportions. For pudding we chose bitter chocolate and orange tart and an apple and blackberry crumble – both with ice-cream. The tart was rich and, despite its svelte appearance, very filling. The crumble element of the crumble was excellent, the fruit fresh, well cooked and with a hint of liquid with the stewed fruit. Service was attentive but, unlike those too-friendly waiters who seem to ask your opinion after every forkful, came only when needed. All in all the Barley Mow offers good (and good value) food in pleasant and welcoming surroundings. Julian Powell 77


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. 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. 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. 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.

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. CHRISTCHURCH The Ship in Distress. 66 Stanpit, Mudeford. 01202 485123. www.ship-in-distress.co.uk. Traditional 300-year-old smugglersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; pub, awardwinning restaurant and two bars offering a full Ă la carte menu with vegetarian options, snacks and traditional pub grub. 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. 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. 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. 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.

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Eat, Drink, Stay 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. 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 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 for Sunday lunch, or groups by prior arrangement at lunchtimes. 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. 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. 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 Ă la carte menu. POOLE Corkers CafĂŠ & 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 waterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 & Crowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nest Restaurant, Poole Park, Poole. 01202 742842. www.sevensboatshed.co.uk. The Boat Shed along with its new addition, The Crowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 Ă la carte restaurant. Modern English/French cuisine. Outstanding views over Poole Harbour. STURMINSTER MARSHALL The Red Lion, 01258 857319. www.redlioninn-dorset.co.uk. A family-run pub which offers you a warm welcome and delicious homemade food. This historic building is situated in the stunning village of Sturminster Marshall SWANAGE Seventhwave, Durlston. 01929 421111. www.durlston.co.uk. Exciting and contemporary British cuisine, located in a stunning cliffside setting above the waves. 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 Ă  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. Barley Mow, Colehill, BH21 7AH. 01202 882140 www.barleymowinn.co.uk A traditional, family run pub, known for its warm welcome and relaxed atmosphere, which offers the best possible freshly produced food in a beautiful setting. The Millstream Bistro at Walford Mill Crafts. Stone Lane, Wimborne, BH21 1NL 01202 842258. Delicious, fresh, wholesome homemade food. Available for special occasions, specialists in weddings. Opening hours Monday to Sunday 9.00 - 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, ďŹ ne wines and freshly prepared food.

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➣ Sherborne Castle has three licensed rooms for marriage and civic partnership ceremonies. Feel the presence of history in Sir Walter Raleigh’s Parlour, a fantastic location for an intimate and exclusive wedding. The Orangery and Ginkgo Lawn provide a fabulous venue, and the marquee location next to the Orangery has spectacular views of the lake. The Tudor Hall is another marvellously atmospheric venue for the smaller wedding. The castle’s lake, gardens and grounds offer amazing settings for a memorable photographic album. ➣ Looking for the perfect wedding venue for your special day? Merley House is just one mile south of Wimborne and can be hired exclusively for your day. This stunning 18th-century Georgian manor house has a Civil Ceremony licence, which makes Merley House a magical and affordable alternative to a registry office and a lovely venue for the renewal of vows. The wedding packages are designed to meet your individual requirements and suit every budget, including flowers, decorations and catering. To ensure your wedding goes like a dream, the staff at Merley House will spend as much time as you need helping to make the planning of your day as stressfree as possible. Merley House is also a fantastic venue for parties, private dining, business meetings and exhibitions. They would love to hear from you. ➣ Black Label Events at AFC Bournemouth’s Goldsands Stadium is simply the most versatile and unique venue to hold your wedding ceremony or reception. We have a number of elegant, stylish suites available, with fantastic views overlooking the stadium and Kings Park. Whether you’re looking for a small intimate wedding or a large gathering we will make sure the most important day of your life is one to remember forever. Black Label Events boasts award-winning hospitality, with highly experienced chefs using the finest, local produce, as well as a team dedicated to providing a first class service. We will tailor a package to suit your individual needs and desires for a day never to forget. ➣ Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens offer a unique, stunning setting for a truly special day with a spectacular backdrop for wedding photographs. From a small,

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intimate service and reception, to a large event, all can be catered for, to the highest standard. ➣ Beaminster Flowers offer stunning bespoke designs, using an array of top-quality flowers. With years of experience in creating wedding flowers, from the strikingly modern to the more traditional arrangements, big or small, Beaminster Flowers can cater for all. ➣ One of the great Edwardian houses, Minterne House is licensed for civil marriage ceremonies, and a magical place for a wedding. Receptions are held in the house or in a marquee opposite the lawn with stunning views across the parkland. ➣ Western Marquees have operated in Dorset, Hampshire, Somerset and Wiltshire under the personal management of David Britton for eleven years. They stand apart from other marquee and furniture hire suppliers fulfilling their customers’ visions with flair, imagination and professionalism. ➣ Horrocks & Webb of Blandford are proud to offer a vast range of wedding ring styles and currently have over 200 designs in stock. The selection ranges from the traditional to the more unusual and includes both yellow and white gold as well as platinum, palladium, titanium and zirconium. They also offer a bespoke in-house design service to cater for individual one-off styles, designed on-site by Tony Horrocks. If you want an unusual shape or contour, a specialist resin impression is taken from your engagement ring (a process which takes less than half an hour) so your unique ring can be made as an exact fit and you do not have to be without your own ring. There is also a vast selection of gifts suitable for bridesmaids, ushers and the best man. Ideas include lockets, pendants, cufflinks, tankards and hip flasks… and don’t forget the future in-laws. A nice brooch, or perhaps his-and-hers matching wristwatches, would complete the day. Photo frames are also popular as the happy couple will have so many photographs that they will wish to proudly display. For all your wedding and engagement ring needs, visit Horrocks & Webb’s Blandford showroom, where they will be glad to help you. ➣ Lord Bute is a stylish and intimate boutique hotel offering 5* luxury guest accommodation, AA rosette award-winning food and impeccable C IVIL C EREMONIES

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Creating The Occasion For simply stunning wedding flowers tailored especially for you. Call Leah and Helen 01308 863173 Opening House: Tues-Thurs-Fri: 9.30am-5pm Mon-Wed-Sat: 9am-1pm 17 The Square, Beaminster, DT8 3AU leah@beaminsterflowers.co.uk www.beaminsterflowers.co.uk

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All that I am service. Situated in the original historic grounds of the Highcliffe Castle, it's just a stoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s throw from sandy beaches and dramatic cliff tops. Choose from a selection of wedding packages starting from under ÂŁ4000 or opt for â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;exclusive useâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; allowing you and your guestsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; private use of the stunning conservatory, restaurant and all rooms â&#x20AC;&#x201C; from as little as ÂŁ4945. â&#x17E;Ł Highcliffe Castle sits in fourteen acres of magniďŹ cent parkland surrounded by landscaped gardens with stunning coastal views. A gentle footpath leads down to a

glorious sandy beach, a magical backdrop to your special day. Outstanding service and memories youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll treasure for a lifetime are guaranteed. By celebrating your wedding at Highcliffe Castle you will also be supporting the conservation and restoration of one of the most beautiful historic buildings on the South Coast, for present and future generations to enjoy. â&#x17E;Ł From sun-dappled terraces to beautiful gardens, with breathtaking views, award-winning cuisine and happy guests, the FJB Collection offers four unique hotels, each in a stunning location and perfect for your wedding day. For a sense of grandeur, the Haven Hotel, on the tip of the Sandbanks peninsula, offers a bespoke culinary experience, right on the waterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s edge. In a setting stylishly furnished with Victorian elegance, you will exchange your vows while looking out over the rolling Purbeck Hills, having worked closely with the team to create your own bespoke ďŹ ne dining experience for up to forty guests. An idyllic venue with water on both sides, the Sandbanks Hotel is perfect for an unforgettable day. It has panoramic sea views, and you can step directly off of the terrace onto miles of golden sands. With beautiful cuisine and creative menus for everyone to enjoy, it is perfect for wedding receptions, civil ceremonies and partnerships with up to 100 guests. A luxury boutique hotel with unrivalled views over the bay of Poole Harbour, Harbour Heights is a truly unique venue for your special day. With ďŹ&#x201A;oor-to-ceiling glass windows, up to 100 can enjoy spectacular views and sumptuous cuisine in contemporary elegance. The magniďŹ cent terrace allows you a dream outdoor wedding, taking advantage of an enviable position high above the Sandbanks peninsula. On the edge of Bournemouthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s East Cliff, the Chine Hotel, with elegant rooms and traditional Victorian style, offers plenty of ways to help make your day perfect. Add to the beauty of your day and enjoy an outdoor wedding in the romantic lodge hideaway, tucked away amidst secluded gardens. From stately pine trees to direct beach access, the hotel provides glorious backdrops for your photos.

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A stylish and intimate boutique hotel offering 5* luxury guest accommodation, award-winning food and impeccable service, the Lord Bute has over 20 years experience of making fairytale weddings come true.

Nestling on the border of Dorset and Hampshire, set in Impressive cliff-top grounds, Highcliffe Castle is a beautiful Grade 1 listed mansion where even the architectural style is â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Romantic and Picturesqueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Surrounded by magniďŹ cent landscaped gardens with stunning coastal views, Highcliffe Castle is the perfect venue for your special day. Highcliffe Castle can accommodate wedding ceremonies and receptions for up to 110 guests. Please contact us to arrange your visit to one of the most prestigious wedding venues on the south coast or ďŹ nd us on Facebook and Twitter

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I give to you ➣ Sun-dappled woods, breathtaking views and bespoke wedding feasts – a wedding with New Forest Hotels is a truly memorable day. Each of the group’s hotels offers a different romantic setting so that you can be sure there is one to suit you. Choose from Bartley Lodge Hotel, the classic country house hotel with its oak-panelled walls, set in eight acres of land; Best Western Forest Lodge Hotel, the contemporary town hotel with its stylish bar and Georgian features; Moorhill House Hotel, the romantic village hideaway tucked deep in the woods; and the Beaulieu Hotel, the forest retreat set in the middle of vast heathland. There is a range of wedding packages on offer, including everything you need for the perfect wedding. Alternatively, work with the dedicated team to plan something different and extra-special. Emma Godden

➣ Set in the heart of the Dorset countryside, Kingston Maurward’s 18thcentury house and gardens are an idyllic location for the perfect wedding, providing a day to remember forever. Discover the tranquil, peaceful and intimate setting, beautifully situated with a scenic lake, extensive lawns and formal gardens providing the ideal backdrop to a wonderful day. With its parkland approach and sweeping drive, the Georgian mansion house and ornate rooms set the scene for a civil ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening reception. ➣ Upton House is a romantic Georgian mansion nestled amongst beautiful parkland on the shore of Poole Harbour. Host your ceremony in the Drawing Room, which opens onto the lawns and the spectacular entrance hall for your photographs, then enjoy the whole house with your guests for the day. Or for a ‘secret garden’ reception setting, choose the stunning Walled Garden with your own marquee design. For your special day, Upton House offers choice and flexibility, plus a dedicated Wedding Team. ➣ Millstream Bistro’s beautiful riverside location at Walford Mill is an idyllic setting for your wedding. Experienced chef Marc Davis will tailor the menu to suit your individual requirements. Soon to be licensed for wedding ceremonies, book your 2014 wedding now for half-price room hire. ➣ For exclusive and original presents at very reasonable prices, go to Kate Good Pottery in Tisbury. For weddings, anniversaries, etc, special items can be personalised to order. Also beautiful evening jackets, shawls, bags, Tisbury coral jewellery and original cards. Closed Mondays. ➣ The Springfield Country Hotel is licensed to hold civil weddings and civil partnerships in the atmosphere of a country house, but with all the facilities of a modern hotel. Family-owned and professionally run, they provide the highest standards expected by a discerning clientele: from wedding packages to professional bridal make up in the bride’s room. The banqueting suites can accommodate up to 170 guests, while for the evening party there is a bar and dance floor for up to 250 guests.

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A New Forest Wedding to remember... Hidden away in the woods in the village of Burley and free from distraction, Moorhill House Hotel is the perfect place for a secluded New Forest wedding. Our newly renovated function rooms are designed to provide every ceremony a neutral yet sumptuous style - easily tailored to your personality and taste, whether that is contemporary and chic, traditional and elegant or flamboyant and colourful.

New for 2014 - introducing a beautiful outdoor wedding pavilion. A stunning outdoor wedding venue to make your commitment to each other, surrounded by family, friends and the enchanting New Forest. Join us at one of our wedding showcase events, explore the wedding facilities and hotel gardens to envisage what your perfect day could look like.

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By Jessica Miller; the illustration is by Becky Blake July is my favourite summer month. My most enduring and happy childhood memories are of the long, dusty days spent with my pony, Ryan, in July 1992: one of the hottest months on record. I would be up at first light making a picnic, (sandwiches for me; apples and carrots for Ryan), before setting out across the fields to catch him. I remember the squeak my wellies made as I trudged through the dew-drenched grass, and the heart-lifting joy I felt when he appeared through the early morning mist with a whicker of welcome. Life is transitory, but while countless memories of our young and adult lives are consigned to oblivion, the magic of saddling up my pony and riding out into a pale, ghostly landscape has failed to diminish, even with the passing of time. Each morning was as exciting as the last, each day as full of promise. We would ride for miles, along beaches, finding new paths through the forests, swimming in rivers, exploring hillside tracks, and picnicking under the shade of the trees. My world consisted of the sky overhead and the pricked ears in front of me: quite simply the best view in the world. For whole summers I inhabited a land of magic, beauty and innocence. The solitude and enchantment of those Pony Club days, nurtured my young romantic soul and inspired in me an enduring sense of wonder. I still can’t ride along a sun-dappled lane without being transported back twenty years to being a frecklefaced 15-year-old with a peeling nose, grubby jodhpurs and a heart bursting with love and pride for her pony. When I ride through a stream on a summer's evening, I experience a fleeting feeling of profound longing for my lost youth. It is a peculiarly intense sensation, akin to grief, that dissipates as quickly as it arrives. I understand that these instances are a realisation of mortality, a reminder that nothing is forever, but it is the knowledge of the tomb that makes us aware of the preciousness of each fleeting instant. Jasper too spent much of his childhood on horseback; he has a stack of photos showing him in his youth, when defying death soaring over crosscountry obstacles en route to Pony Club victory. In keeping with the Miller tradition, Lily was riding before she could walk. Tilly, her pintsized pony, joined the menagerie when Lily was nine months old and they quickly formed an extraordinary bond. Every day after school, Lily runs straight to the

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orchard to find her, and is never happier than when the two of them are spending time together. Tilly is devoted to her young mistress, and has become such a member of the family that she is allowed into the kitchen, where she stands contentedly beside Lily (as she paints at her easel), or joins Lily at the kitchen table for supper, during which Tilly has a penchant for raiding the fruit bowl. During inclement weather, they can be found in the living room watching National Velvet. Lily sits on the sofa and rests her feet on Tilly, who curls up on the floor. My repeated pleas not to swaddle her in my best scarlet Avoca throw have been in vain. She insists on ‘getting her nice and cosy’, and fashions a quaint looking headdress by knotting two corners under the chin. A farm rep who visited recently, thought he was seeing things when he glanced in the living room window on his way up the garden path, and encountered a slumbering cherub sprawled across the pony equivalent of Little Red Riding Hood. The tips of Tilly’s pricked ears protruded from her bonnet as she took in the on screen action while Lily snored beside her. A line has to be drawn somewhere, however, and Tilly is forbidden from going upstairs. We have also had to put a child lock on the fridge to prevent her from opening it, pulling out the sliding drawers, and scoffing all the carrots. Whilst we have grown accustomed to Tilly’s presence in the home, it is always something of a novelty for others. Not long ago we invited friends over for Sunday lunch. The children had a wonderful time, riding Tilly around the garden, paddling in the stream and playing in the Wigwam. By late afternoon they were wilting with tiredness. A few of them fell asleep on picnic blankets on the lawn. Lily wandered inside, yawning. A few minutes later I went to look for her, and found her lying face down, back to front on Tilly, fast asleep, whilst Tilly helped herself to a box of vegetable peelings. I gently lifted her off, and carried her upstairs. She barely stirred as I tucked her in to bed. Her blonde ringlets fanned out against the pillow, framing her rosy cheeks. As I watched her smiling in her sleep, I reflected, these will be Lily's unforgettable childhood memories.


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