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DorsetLife The Dorset Magazine

Cumberland Clark

Dorset's McGonagall: from bard to verse

St Mary's, Shaftesbury A school like no other

Wareham: then and now

The town in pictures ancient and modern

Bournemouth's gardens

The multi-award-winning public spaces

NEW SERIES

Worth Matravers

Clive Hannay paints Purbeck

Dorset's iron legacy

The temporary buildings that are still here

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The Dorset Life drive ● Dorset artist: Colin Willey ● 40 things to see & do in Dorset ● Dorset taste: Capreolus Fine Foods ● Treasure of Dorset: Dick Dalley, swanherd ●

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January 2014

in this issue

contents County comment & Letters

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Dorset's corrugated iron legacy 6 The temporary buildings that still stand

Living in Dorset

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News from around the county

Focus on Bridport

Dorset miscellany

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Living treasures of Dorset 'Retired' swanherd, Dick Dalley

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The Dorset drive

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Wareham: then and now

Focus on Christchurch

Dorset Artist

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Mudeford's Carving Club

Plein-air coastal painter, Colin Willey

Focus on Ferndown/West Moors 21

This month in Dorset

The work of the Sturts Community Trust

Upcoming events in Dorset

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Part one of our new series

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Eat, Drink, Stay‌

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Dorset weddings

Part one of our new series

28 A modern tradition

St Mary's School, Shaftesbury

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Getting married in Dorset

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The story of a build‌

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Bournemouth's award-winning, listed gardens

from an old fire station to a luxury home

Colin Varndell's wildlife year

The Dorset Directory

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A heron at Radipole lake

Dorset's McGonagall

Dorset Jurassic Coast

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Restaurant review, food and drink listings

Purbeck's Worth Matravers

Verdant and varied

Taste of Dorset

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Multi-medal-winning Capreolus Fine Foods

Inside Shaftesbury's St Mary's School

Clive Hannay's village walk

Corrugated iron buildings

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Contemporary and 100-year-old pictures

A modern tradition

Dorset's iron legacy

Dorchester and the West

How land brought communities together

Dorset's Jurassic Coast

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32 Clive Hannay village walk Worth Matravers & Winspit

Your classified guide to Dorset businesses

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Cumberland Clark's life: from bard to verse

Jess of the Dairyfields

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All quiet on Twelfth Night? Of course not!

A map showing Dorset places mentioned in this issue. The Dorset drive (54-59) has its own map of places mentioned.

37 Verdant and varied

Bournemouth's public gardens

44 Dorset's McGonagall

Author & poet Cumberland Clark

54 The Dorset drive

A scenic south-western tour

January's cover image of Corfe Castle in the mist is by Mark Bauer

January's centre-spread image (p50-51) of a fishing boat at West Bay is by Rob Spears

60 Wareham then & now in photos a century apart

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editor's letter What will 2014 herald for Dorset?

What we expect of a new year is rarely what it ends up being like. 100 years ago (at the time of writing) the Pall Mall Gazette stated that Thomas Hardy was to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature for 1914. He wasn't. In fact, Hardy's sole consolation could be perhaps that nobody was awarded it. Hardy himself, though often considered likely to win, was never to be awarded the prize. It just goes to show that even the most confident prediction can turn out to be not simply wrong, but wholly irrelevant. So we shall steer clear of soothsaying…, except to say that we will, no doubt, tire quickly of the yah-boo nature of the politics as HM Government and Opposition give us the longest lead-in to a general election ever. Those who follow football will give England no chance at the World Cup, then believe the team can do it, before the inevitable, eminently predictable collapse and exit to vitriolic tabloid headlines about feckless footballers. One final thing, and one which is certain, is that we shall spend a good deal of our year assimilating information about what was going on 100 years ago… not with regard to the Nobel Prize, but in memory of those who heeded the call from Lord Kitchener and headed off to the quagmire of the trenches, the unrelenting heat of Egypt and India and the depths of the cruel sea. No matter how 2014 treats us as individuals, it is a fair bet that next year will be a better one for us than 1914 was for our antecedents, peering into the near future in late December 1913, as a lump of coal and a hunk of bread were brought in with hopes of a happy New Year.

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letters to the editor Post…, er, paint? We noticed that at Athelhampton, on the old toll house opposite the church of St Edward the Martyr, the old, wall-mounted post box, which is no longer in use and minus its front door, is grey in colour. Recently a picture was printed in a local paper showing a grey telephone box; we believe it stated that some boxes were allowed to be grey when situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Does the same apply to old post boxes or is this just a home-painted job when it fell out of use? B GLENDENING & C BROWN Swanage This looks like a DIY job, not least because it doesn't look like the right kind of paint.

Where is St Michael & All Angels? There is a serious (?) omission from the lovely article in the November issue of Dorset Life. Has Verwood no longer got a Church? I was born in Verwood in 1921 and my father – Reverend Rupert Philip Shiner, was Vicar or Rector at that time. As a family we lived in (I believe) in the Manor house, by permission of Lord Cranborne, who held the gift of 'the living' at the time. I was actually named Michael because I was baptised in my father's church of that dedication… so I was ever given to understand. My mother was the widow of Reverend Sanderson, who had been Vicar of Cranborne and is buried there. She met my father while she was a school governor in 1919, I believe, after he came to Verwood after World War 1, in which he served as chaplain to the Dorsetshire regiment. The family, Shiner, comes from Beaminster/Broadwindsor. Thank you for such a brilliant and interesting magazine. M SHINER Great Malvern But you might not have sent your letter, Mr Shiner, had we decided to include the church references. According to church records on the excellent St Michael and All Angels website (www.st-michael.org.uk),

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Devan Haye, The Colonial House in Sherborne, is probably the best-preserved corrugated iron house in the British Isles. In 1889, it came by rail from London to Sherborne station, and then up the hill by horse and cart. It was supplied and erected for the sum of ÂŁ350 on prepared foundations.

Our iron-clad legacy Michael Russell Wood examines the 'temporary' corrugated iron buildings peppered around Dorset that stayed around Although it does not have the widely appreciated appeal of materials such as Purbeck, Ham, Portland or other local stones, corrugated iron has proved itself to be a remarkable material, enabling buildings to be erected quickly and at low cost and now carries with it a charm all of its own. Although denigrated by Victorian architects such as Pugin and Scott, it has now made a comeback in the architect's catalogue of useful, practical and decorative materials. Architects such as Jesse Judd and Glen Murcutt in Australia, Foster and Rogers in Great Britain, Nicholas Grimshaw in Germany and many others all over the world are using corrugated iron in exciting and innovative ways. In the year 2000, Lizzie Induni was so shocked to see an old corrugated iron building being demolished in her home town, Swanage, that she set about compiling a list of the important remaining iron buildings in Dorset. Since her millennium survey, several of these have been demolished, and their rate 6

of disappearance means they may soon become an endangered species. Corrugated iron buildings were prefabricated, or of what we now call modular construction. A wooden framework supported the corrugated iron outer shell that was interlined with felt or horsehair for insulation and the whole was lined with matchboard. The floors were wooden with an airspace underneath to prevent any dampness coming up from the ground. Corrugated iron is still a popular material for roofing and cladding commercial buildings. Although today there are many profiles other than the original simple fluting, the principle is the same – converting a floppy sheet of iron into a rigid building material. Today the iron sheets are often coated with coloured plastic, for protection from corrosion while providing an alternative to the appearance of shiny galvanizing zinc. The heyday of domestic and religious iron building manufacture was the last third of the 19th century, with


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St Saviour's church at Ashington, near Wimborne, was a place of worship until relatively recently, but has now been converted into a dwelling. The tin roof has been replaced with slates, and dormer windows have been added. The original building was probably selected in 1900 from the catalogue of, and supplied by, Messrs Humphreys of Knightsbridge, London.

the trade virtually dead by the 1920s. There were two exceptions to this; one was military – including Nissen huts and aircraft hangars, the other was agricultural and commercial structures. The day of the prefabricated iron church and mission hall, however, was over. Pictured over the next few pages are some of the

remaining examples of Victorian, Edwardian and other corrugated iron buildings in Dorset. Since they were usually made to answer a temporary need – and could be easily moved or demolished, we are lucky that the few structures that do still exist are in such good order, despite their age.

Ibberton and Belchalwell Village Hall is the oldest in Dorset, originally constructed in 1893 as a temporary church for the two parishes since the old church of Ibberton was in a very poor state. By 1909 the building became a church hall for meetings and local functions. In 1949 it became the Village Hall, with improvements gradually being carried out over the years until major repairs were needed in the year 2000.

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The main exhibit at the Ball Clay Mining Museum at Norden is this mine-head trans-shipment building. Originally sited at Norden No 7 mine, it was moved and re-erected with new corrugated sheeting.

Halfway between Wareham and Corfe Castle, just off Soldiers Road, Arne, stand the Isolation Hospital and Nurses' Bungalow. They were put up in the early 1900s. This hospital is the finest remaining example of the type and, together with the bungalow, is listed grade II. These are the only listed iron buildings in Dorset.

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Our iron-clad legacy

Above This T2-type hangar at Windy Corner, Tarrant Rushton, is one of few that remain. It was designed and made by The Tees-Side Bridge and Engineering Company to an Air Ministry specification so that aircraft, such as the Lancaster, could be accommodated.

Below The Reading Room at Alderholt sits on the main road to Fordingbridge and although Alderholt has a smart new hall, the Reading Room is still popular for functions.

This article was abridged from Dorset's Legacy in Corrugated Iron by Michael Russell Wood, which contains details of 28 corrugated iron buildings in Dorset. The book is published at ÂŁ12 by John Aley, Bridport, ISBN 978-0-9526329-2-4 and is available from The Book Shop, 14 South Street, Bridport and other good bookshops, or direct, post-free, from: M R Wood, Matravers Farm, Uploders, Bridport DT6 4PH. http://www.dorset-legacy.co.uk

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Living in Dorset It's a bug's life

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Two Dorset photographers have excelled in a wildlife competition that attracted more than 1300 entries from 300 people from around the world. The contest was Chris Dresh's winning Buglife image of raft-spider with a goldenorganised by ringed dragonfly Buglife, which is devoted to the conservation of all invertebrates, and the best pictures appear on its 2014 calendar. Chris Dresh of Christchurch was awarded first place for his skilful photograph of a raft-spider with a golden-ringed dragonfly, while Mark Pike of Motcombe, Shaftesbury, was highly commended for his photograph of a Roesel's bush-cricket. ‘Working for the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation in Dorset for the past sixteen years I have had access to some of Dorset's Mark Pike's highly commended Buglife photograph of a Roesel's bushrarest cricket wildlife,’ says Chris. ‘I stumbled across this dramatic scene whilst undertaking a survey for southern damselfly on one of our nature reserves in Purbeck.' Meanwhile, Mark spotted the cricket on a midsummer woodland walk. ‘It was actually perfectly positioned on a leaf at about waist height,’ he says. 'It is the rarer, long-winged version of the species.'

A resident of a supported living scheme in Cranborne is sharing her knowledge of a special approach to communication to help train those who support adults with learning disabilities. Called Total Communication, the system uses objects, photographs, symbols and signs to help people communicate with each other. Joanne Davis, who has a mild learning disability, is working Joanne, who is sharing her signing as a co-trainer with Dorset HealthCare's speech and language expertise and knowledge to help others communicate therapists and is showing course participants how they can use key word signing to support people to understand and express themselves. 'I love signing and helping people and can't wait until my next training session,' says Joanne, who is being supported to work as a co-trainer by Town Farm Workshops in Sixpenny Handley, a day centre project which provides work-related activities for people with disabilities. In addition, Joanne has also trained her own carers at Cecil Court in Cranborne.

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Garden of knitted delights inspires others

Knit one, peel one? Knitted vegetables and salad of all descriptions

The Knit and Natter movement in Dorset has been stepping up a gear after Artsreach organised a tour of the famed Knitted Garden across the county at the end of last year. Led by Pauline Stanley, a wellknown local visual artist, the ever-expanding Knitted Garden began in 2011 as an event for all ages and a project to explore knitting as an art form. Some 2500 knitters have contributed to it and it features vegetables, flowers, plants, garden tools and even a greenhouse. Artsreach has been collecting contact details of people who may be interested in joining a Knit and Natter Group during the tour. In addition it will be staging a knitting session at Winfrith Village Hall on Thursday 30 January from 1.30-4.00. The newly formed group is meeting 'to engage in all things crafty and creative', says Yvonne Gallimore visual arts coordinator at Artsreach. Anyone interested in joining these groups should call Artsreach on 01305 269512. 11


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Living in Dorset Lake comes to life A new lake has been created in the grounds of The Bourne Academy in Bournemouth which will form part of an outdoor education area. It has been made possible by water company Sembcorp Bournemouth Water (SBW), which agreed to fill a crater measuring 30 metres by 10 metres with half a million litres of water. The Hadow Road campus is running activities such as bushcraft, survival and practical leadership and plans to turn the site into a cross-curricular outdoor education learning area, for science, English, drama and music studies. James Short, the academy's outdoor leader, has plenty of other plans for the area: 'Activities I would love to run on the lake include fishing, raftbuilding, kayaking and so on. The list is endless.' More than 600 trees, including rowan, silver birch, oak and cherry, have been planted on the site which will help to provide a rich habitat for wildlife.

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Car boot contributes to community In the last year, over £30,000 has been donated to good causes in the Dorchester area from money collected from sellers at the town's weekly car boot sales at Fairfield Car park. The boot sales have run for over twenty years and in the peak summer months attract around 150 traders. The money is given to local and community groups and recipients have included Stratton Youth Club, Dorchester Disabled Club, Dorset Women's Refuge, Dorchester Youth Theatre, Dorset Regiment Museums and many more. A similar fund is paid into by West Bay car boot sellers and groups can apply for the Dorchester Car Boot Grant and West Bay Community Car Boot Grant from 1 January 2014 until 31 March. For more information visit www.dorsetforyou.com/ dorchestergrants and www.dorsetforyou.com/bridportfund

From left to right: James Short, outdoor education leader at The Bourne Academy, Sembcorp's Hazel Taylor and students watch as the lake is filled by Stuart Paterson of Sembcorp

Drive for more volunteers

Lighthouse will continue to shine Lighthouse, Poole's Centre for the Arts, has taken a step closer to its target of £5.5 million for an improvements project with Borough of Poole announcing it will provide £650,000 of funding. It follows the approval of a £4 million funding application from the Arts Council of England. Areas to be updated include the studio theatre, backstage artists' accommodation, rehearsal and function room space and public foyers. The plans also include overhauling and replacing engineering and electrical equipment and there will be an emphasis placed on sustainable and renewable energy initiatives. 'It is twelve years since Lighthouse was refurbished and many millions of people have used the building and its unrivalled facilities and enjoyed its arts programme since then,' says Lighthouse chief executive Elspeth McBain. 'This exciting project will ensure that the building continues to be well-maintained and a cherished iconic public building for Poole.'

Dorset Blind Association volunteer driver Gill Brown with 90-year-old Iris Harmer

Dorset Blind Association is looking for volunteer car drivers to transport blind or visually impaired people to social clubs and other activities throughout the area. Volunteers use their own cars and the level of commitment is entirely down to the individual. ‘An hour per week will enable the volunteer to take people to a social club,' says a spokesperson for the association. 'Some decide to stay and help out at the club because of the great friendships that they've made while some leave and return for the drive home.' Gill Brown was motivated by personal reasons to become a driver two years ago. She suddenly found herself totally blind after an eye palsy stroke. Thankfully her sight started to return after 18 months and she now has 20/20 vision. 'I'm one of the lucky ones,' says Gill. 'Driving for people helps to get them out of the house and socialising otherwise they'd be stuck in doing nothing.’ Visit www.dorsetblind.org.uk/volunteer.php or call 01202 712869 for information on volunteering. 13


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Living in Dorset Chewing on success

Celebration Star, one of the striking images in the Guys Art calendar

Not just for art’s sake If you've still not bought your 2014 calendar, here is an opportunity to support two worthwhile causes, as well as to have some unique artwork to look at throughout the next year. The Guys Art calendar has been created by prisoners at HMP Guys Marsh in Shaftesbury and proceeds from sales will be shared equally between Friends of Guys Marsh and the national charity Help for Heroes, which is already supported by staff and prisoners at Guys Marsh. The images were created by a small group of prisoners when taking part in a therapeutic and educational art course. Deputy governor Andy Chattaway, deputy governor, HMP Guys Andy Chattaway explains that Marsh, and Linda Cowley, chairman of Friends of Guys Marsh, with the Guys Art calendar one of the images is a homage to Help for Heroes, made with cut-out pieces of wood. 'It must have taken a lot of work and hours,' he says. The calendars can be bought by, in the first instance, contacting info@friendsofguysmarsh.co.uk

The write stuff The work of Lyme Regis-based calligrapher Ros Pritchard is being featured in a prestigious exhibition which will tour the UK and Europe during 2014. Ros has undertaken commissions for film and television as well as a range of design for print and other work. In the 26Words project, she was among a number of visual artists paired with writers to explore the verbal and visual representation of language. Ros moved to Dorset from Bath in 2006 but tragedy hit when, in the midst of a self-build plan, she suddenly lost her husband of 36 years to cancer. She then had to undergo surgery from which it took a year to regain her mobility and this was coupled with a 'slow and fraught' house conversion. Just as she was starting to draw lettering again, she was hit by a chronic illness that crippled her hands. 'With treatment I can now work again and taking part in this exhibition has been a vital spur, restoring confidence and contact with other lettering professionals,' says Ros, who adds that when it comes to calligraphy the learning never stops: 'There are always new challenges.' Readers can find out more about her creations at 26words.org/touchwood-by-dan-radley-ros-pritchard/

John Palmer-Snellin has made a rapid transition from wildlife officer at Dorset Police to businessman… thanks to discarded deer antlers. John’s business, Staglers, creates dog chews from the antlers that fall off deer after the mating season. He admits it’s been a steep learning curve but the chews are proving a big hit with dogs and their owners. After researching the concept, the company went from initial idea to market and the first sale within ten weeks and has built up a national network of customers. Staglers are proving an effective way to keep dogs amused ‘The challenges faced within the police are nothing like those in setting up a new business,’ says John. ‘There is no guide book, you learn by networking, making the occasional mistake and reaching out to the business community for support.’ John says his wife, Sandra Palmer, comes home from Farmer Palmer’s, then puts her Staglers hat on. The pair have found themselves labelling dog chews until the early hours of the morning to meet demand.

Return of the native orchid to Portland The native orchid, autumn lady's tresses, and a host of other wildflowers are making a comeback to Portland thanks to work to remove the invasive cotoneaster species. It is being carried out by Plantlife, the organisation that describes itself as 'speaking up' for the nation’s wild flowers, plants and fungi, with funding from SITA Trust. Welcome returns have also been made this autumn by Portland spurge, commonbird's-foot-trefoil and horseshoe vetch. 'Portland is home to some of the UK's rarest wildflowers, lichens, liverworts and mosses, but they have been under serious threat,' says Tim Wilkins, Plantlife's lichen and bryophyte coordinator. 'Swathes of habitat have already been lost under a carpet of cotoneaster. Over the next two years we will continue to reclaim habitat for a host of wildflowers, butterflies and other insects that depend on the open maritime slopes and limestone grassland.' Cotoneaster was brought to the country from China and the Himalayas by plant hunters who didn't know the havoc it would cause some 200 years later. Portland is in the top twenty sites in peril due to invasives such as this.

The autumn lady's tresses orchid that is re-emerging on Portland

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Focus on Bridport

Natural learning How a community nature club is bringing communities together A hill that once divided North and West Allington just outside Bridport is helping to bring the community together. Allington Hill and Coopers Wood and Field are the focus of a long-term project which is giving the community the opportunity to make use of the area in a number of ways. The Woodland Trust, which previously managed the area, invited local involvement a few years ago and the community group, the Allington Hillbillies, gained permission to install a play trail. The Trust eventually approached Allington Parish Council to lease the land for 25 years, further extending the scope of the site for the community. The land was transferred to the council last autumn. Cathy Harvey, co-ordinator of the group, explains that it has started a monthly club teaching children about nature and is expanding a wildflower meadow project. An area of flat grass will be used for recreation and festivals which will promote the project and help to raise funds. ‘We are now looking for people from the local community to inspire others in ways to use the area,’ she says. ‘We already have a small group of ladies who make decorations from items collected from the woods, as well as foraging for blackberries and crab apples to make puddings and jams.’ Cathy adds that local artists often set up easels in

The Allington Hillbillies cross the generations and bridge the divide between the Allingtons

the area and photography and bird-watching are also popular: ‘We are hoping that local people may start up workshops.’ Willow and hazel are being coppiced in the area and local craftspeople will be encouraged to use the wood harvested while it could also provide locals with kindling in the winter months. ‘It is not OK for people to turn up with a chain saw and take what they want for their own use, though,’ stresses Cathy. ‘We need to educate people in the correct way to harvest wood.’ She explains that without a primary school or village hall, there was little community activity in the parish but this is changing. ‘We have met some wonderful people in the last few years, many living just around the corner from us,’ she says. ‘We are very grateful to the Parish for taking on the lease and allowing this good work to continue.’

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From fork to fork Sue Weekes on the Sturts Community Trust It will

soon be much easier for the residents of West Moors to shop and eat locally. Sturts Community Trust, which has been providing land-based work opportunities and support and supported living for adults with learning disabilities for around 30 years, is opening a farm shop in the centre of West Moors. As well as selling meat, vegetables and dairy products from its ninety-acre organic farm on the outskirts of West Moors; it will also forge links with small producers to sell other local food. ‘We aim to sell our own and produce from the local economy that people can’t get at the supermarket,’ says the Trust’s general manager, Tim Woodward, who explains that the Working on the farm is not compulsory for residents and people also come from off-site to work organisation considered having a shop on the farm but felt it was more important to have a presence on the high street. ‘We Sturts is also becoming a co-housing community which Tim want to build relationships and connections with the local explains will mean residents have their own self-contained community. Our research also showed that a high percentage of home and front door but come together for communal meals the elderly people that live in the area don’t drive, so this was and cultural activities and to share the maintenance of their another factor.’ environment. It is working on the project with Aster Homes, The farm shop is just one of the sustainable social initiatives and Dorset's pioneering co-housing community – the Threshold that the trust is developing. It is also opening an organic Centre, at Cole Street Farm in Gillingham. The co-housing allotment scheme for local people, which will launch in the project is situated within the private areas of Sturts Farm estate spring. ‘The West Moors Allotment Holders Association (WMAHA) and also includes a small neighbourhood in West Moors. ‘Plans has been searching for land for allotments for around four years,’ are still being finalised but at the moment we have 25 residents explains Tim. ‘They are lovely people and we felt they were living here and we’ll be adding another seventeen people,’ really deserving of land. It also shows our commitment to the explains Tim. ‘We’ll have smaller units of five or even two or local community.’ three people so it will be more like ordinary-sized households.’ The Trust will run a number of courses in organic farming and Residents at Sturts can be aged 21 years upwards and with many of Sturts’ residents being experts in this area, they placements are for life or until the person chooses to live will be able to pass valuable knowledge on to the allotment elsewhere. It provides domiciliary but not nursing care. Tim holders. A clubhouse will also be built within the allotment explains that residents choose their profession which could range from farming the land and gardening to processing the section so everyone can come together socially. ‘Community food. ‘People change as they grow and just because they want building doesn’t happen with really clever things, it happens with cakes, biscuits and cups of tea,’ says Tim. to do farming in their 20s doesn’t mean they want to do it in Sturts Farm was founded as part of the Sheiling Trust, which their 40s.’ It isn’t compulsory to work on the farm and some residents may go on other day placements. Equally, Sturts has runs the Sheiling School near Ringwood, one of the first schools people who come to work on the farm who in the country for children and young don’t live on-site. adults with learning disabilities. A group The local community has been extremely of parents got together because at the supportive of Sturts and Tim is looking time options were extremely limited for forward to forging even stronger links children with learning disabilities who via the farm shop and allotment scheme. were leaving school. ‘Back then, many Residents will serve in the shop and Tim people with learning disabilities would believes this will mark the culmination have been living in a hospital and not of their efforts on the farm and provide being educated,’ says Tim. ‘So they fundopportunities to meet new people. ‘They raised, the farm became available and they will see the whole process from seed to moved in on-site together.’ people purchasing what they have produced, Last September, Sturts devolved so it will give real meaning to their work,’ from the Sheiling Trust and the new he says. ‘A shop is such a sociable place charity, Sturts Community Trust, is fully that residents can build relationships with autonomous and owns all of the assets people who aren’t their carers or those who of Sturts Farm. 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Peveril Point with the chalk cliffs of Ballard Point, Old Nick’s Ground and Old Harry in the distance

Dorset’s Jurassic Coast In the first of a three-part series, Colin Varndell explores the Jurassic Coast from east to west As well as being a World Heritage site, Dorset's Jurassic Coast is both beautiful and fascinating. Its character changes quite significantly as one moves from east to west, and in this first part of our trail along the coast, we will examine the section from Old Harry to Gad Cliff. Standing on the chalk cliffs at Handfast Point and taking in the view across to the Isle of Wight, it is easy to imagine how these two white landscapes were once joined together. A closer look at Old Harry and his wife reveals something of the story of the continuous erosion by the forces of the sea, which split these two landscapes apart. Old Harry and his

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wife were once part of the mainland cliff. First the sea broke through at a weak point in the cliff to form an arch. As the arch continued to grow by the constant nagging of the waves it finally collapsed and became a stack. Eventually Old Harry’s wife will collapse into the sea and Old Harry himself will follow the same fate. But while the process of erosion continues, its effects are very gradual. The same process was applied to the Pinnacles, and they too, will eventually be claimed by the sea. The cliffs of Handfast Point, Old Nick’s Ground and Ballard Down are pure chalk, made up of the shells of tiny sea creatures. By the very nature of the geology


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the flora on the top of these cliffs comprise chalkloving species. During June and July, the display of colour is incredible, especially on Old Nick’s ground with carpets of yellow vetches, knapweeds and viper’s bugloss. Swanage Bay, between Ballard Point and Peveril Point, was shaped by the sea, due to the less resistant strata here than the chalk. The relatively soft sediments which resulted in the formation of Swanage Bay are marked by the more resistant Peveril Point, where the transition to the much harder Purbeck rock begins. At Durlston, the famous Tilly Whim caves can be seen, but should not be entered as they are not safe. From Durlston Head, the view eastwards of the cliffs reveal a remarkable crumpling of the rocks for a few metres above the shore. The layers of rock in these cliffs have been scrunched up in a kind of undulating, rippling shape, a visual example of the colossal forces which have forged the Dorset landscape. The sheer cliffs of Portland and Purbeck rock between Seacombe and Winspit form a dramatic landscape, often plunging directly into the sea. This is the Jurassic Coast at its most spectacular, an undulating coastline which is particularly attractive and challenging to walkers. The cliffs between Seacombe and Winspit are riddled with caves, which are redundant quarry workings, telling the tales of what occurred here many years ago. The caves were

Top Tilly Whim caves at Durlston – a legacy of Purbeck stone quarrying Above Expansion megapolygons in the Flats Dolomite bed at Kimmeridge

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foreground and the white cliffs of Bat’s Head and Swyre Head in the far distance. Arguably, none of Dorset’s inland viewpoints can rival this. The circular disc-shaped bay of Chapman’s Pool has been formed out of the Kimmeridge Clay by the continuous movement of waves. The massive cliffs of

Houns Tout and St Aldhelm's Head dominate either side of the bay. Footpaths lead down to the bay, but the climb back up is not for the faint hearted! One of the most striking features of Kimmeridge at low tide are the fossils. It can be a very humbling experience to stand on the dark beds of limestone

The view west across Chapman’s Pool from St Aldhelm's Head

The effects of colossal earth movements can be seen in the crumpled strata of Durlston Cliff

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St Aldhelm’s Head with the huge apron of scree, thought to have formed due to melting ice releasing broken rocks between ice ages

Hobarrow Bay between Long Ebb in the foreground and Broad Bench in the distance

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rock, viewing the fossilised shape of an ammonite which lived here over 150 million years ago. In the cliffs around Kimmeridge Bay there are distinct layers of light colour rocks, amongst the darker bands. These are thought to have been the fossilised remains of algal blooms, which would have lasted for thousands of years. During this time, creatures living in the higher water columns died and came to rest on the sea bed. Scavengers could not survive here, due to the lack of oxygen caused by the algal bloom, so the animals that died here were left to become buried in the sediments. This is the reason for so many fossils in the rock beds of Kimmeridge.

Another extraordinary feature of the exposed rock beds at low tide here is the presence of fascinating patterns in the beds known as Flats Dolomite. These look like a regular pattern of small, geometric humps. They were formed deep underground by a crystal reaction. Today, geologists refer to them as expansion megapolygons, a fitting name for such an amazing natural arrangement of similar shapes. Hen Cliff – to the east of Kimmeridge, is the perfect example of the process of erosion. Small pieces of shale are constantly falling from the cliff, and the beach here is littered with rocks which take little imagination of how they got there when looking back up to the cliff. There are further potential rock beds to study beyond Kimmeridge in Brandy Bay and between Broad Bench and Long Ebb, but this falls within the MOD danger area and access is denied. The highest point immediately beyond Kimmeridge is Tyneham Cap where Gad Cliff extends westwards down to Worbarrow Tout. This is yet another spectacular section of the Dorset coastline, best viewed from Kimmeridge in morning light when the massive blocks of stone are illuminated, resembling a giant, jagged flight of steps. The landward side of Gad Cliff overlooks the lost village of Tyneham. The most striking aspect of exploring the Dorset Jurassic coast is the variation. Just here, at Gad Cliff, the landscape is completely different to Kimmeridge or indeed anything we have seen so far. Further along to the west, there are yet more magnificent scenes to come, as we will discover in the parts two and three.


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A modern tradition Joël Lacey visits St Mary's School, Shaftesbury to find a fascinating mix of ancient and modern

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Almost irrespective of fashion trends, an issue that often vexes staff at schools with teenaged female pupils is how older girls will seek to wear their skirts shorter and shorter in a designer application of Aristotelian reduction to the impossible. At St Mary's School, Shaftesbury, the issue is rather the reverse: the older the girls get, the longer and longer they try to wear the school's trademark kilt. If this seems at odds with the wider world, the spirit within the girls at the single-sex school on the Dorset/Wiltshire border is clearly healthily independent. Perhaps this is why it is an issue about which the school's Head, Richard James, seems relatively relaxed. As the first male lay Head of a Mary Ward school – of which there are four in the country, he has by position, by necessity and by choice a rather different outlook on life from many heads. His role is to balance the deeply traditional values that lie at the root of the school's existence with its role in turning girls into young women ready to face the ever-changing challenges of the modern world.

The school was founded in 1945 by the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (see panel) and almost immediately moved to its current location. The main school building was built in 1886 and was originally the home of a family of gin, later vinegar, distillers: not the usual location for a Catholic girls' school. Many single sex schools – at least many formerly boys-only schools, have opted to go co-educational. Research shows that putting girls into a classroom has a positive impact on boys' education; the reverse, however, is not the case, and St Mary's is happy to remain a girls-only school. It has spaces for both boarders and day pupils, although day pupils may later come to board in the sixth form. St Mary's has around 300 pupils, around half of whom are Catholic and half are from within the Anglican Communion. Faith is a fundamental part of the life of the school – there is a resident priest from Thursday to Sunday, a full-time chaplain and a visiting Anglican minister. Girls are prepared for confirmation services which are held in the school's own impressive chapel (or at Salisbury Cathedral for the Anglican girls). Each pupil is assigned a 'guardian angel' – an older girl who will be their guide in the early stages of their time at St Mary's, and each year there is a Rite of Welcome for new girls and staff. Academic achievement is important – last year saw the girls achieve 100% passes in all subjects at GCSE, and 94% at grades A*-C, (100% A*-D at A Level), but St Mary's is not an examination factory. Richard James wishes for each girl to achieve the best that she herself can achieve and – in terms of university access, the school's stated (and often successful) aim is that girls achieve: 'places at their first choice universities including Oxford and Cambridge'. Mary Ward and the IBVM The Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, often called 'the Loreto Sisters', was founded by Mary Ward in 1609. Her dream was to begin a new kind of community of women religious – an independent, self-governing congregation patterned after the model of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits). Mary Ward was imprisoned by the Inquisition and initially condemned by the Church, as the idea of uncloistered nuns was far from universally popular. The houses at St Mary's Shaftesbury are named after places with which she is associated (Hewarth, Givendale, Harewell, Mulwith and Newby Houses), with the exception of the upper sixth form house, which is simply called Mary Ward House


This academic achievement is a happy outcome from – not the sole purpose of – the girls' time at St Mary's. Drama, the arts and music are all encouraged amongst pupils at the school, as the Head's welcome on the school's website states: 'We encourage and inspire every girl to fulfil her potential in all she does. We offer a broad academic curriculum with an exciting range of activities for boarding and day pupils and girls leave St Mary’s as independent, confident and resilient young women prepared for life beyond school.' It should be stated that whilst the structures for the education side of the school are clearly driven and guided by the staff, the girls themselves also do a huge amount of independently organised work – both around the school and in the wider community and world. Each house chooses its own charity for which it is to fund-raise and some of the girls have

had the opportunity to visit charities which they have supported in Rwanda, Chile, India and Zambia over the last three years – each girl who went on the Chile trip, for example, raised £3000. There are six houses at St Mary's, one – Hewarth House, for the younger girls (aged 11-13), four houses for the main years (13-17) and then Mary Ward House for the upper sixth form. Each house has a House Mistress and two House Assistants from the staff, and a Captain and Prefect Team from the senior pupils. At this point, it is worth exploring the notion that the school would probably cease to run at all smoothly in the absence of cake. When being taken around the school by the Head Girl and one of her deputies, it became clear that cake appeared to be not just a seemingly vital foodstuff, but also a social lubricant of almost miraculously effective status.

The extensive grounds around St Mary's give the girls ample opportunity to enjoy the outdoors

To the left of the stage (where 'flats' of New York, for the school's production of West Side Story, can be seen) is one of the many artworks by pupils at St Mary's which are displayed around the school's buildings

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A modern tradition

Head Girl, Flora, and one of her deputies, Cate, at the entrance to St Mary's

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Birthdays, triumphs and tragedies, revision, study, departures and returns all appeared to be fuelled by tea and cake; the Head's wife received special mention for her own quote – legendary – unquote cake offering. If this all sounds a little like a girls' boarding school from the enormous canon of fictional girls' boarding school books, it's because there is always an element of truth behind the cliché. However, whilst the unknowing reader might infer from the above that

St Mary's is fiction made flesh, the rooms and 'cubies' (the curtained-off bed chambers in the Hewarth House dorms) of the pupils are not wall-to-wall pink princesses' palaces, they are girls' rooms as you would find in any home,… just more of them. Richard James also points out that the arrival of social media means that girls – especially boarders, can still keep up with out-of-school friends (of either sex) and further that social occasions organised with other schools by the girls themselves prevent the students either individually or collectively from becoming isolated. On a more fundamental level, though, this is no collection of giggling girls preparing futures predicated on being swept away by the man of their dreams; the corridors of the arts block (and indeed the main hall) are hung with assured, impressive and sometimes challenging works of art; the language block is a polyglot mix of far-from-simple concepts and sentences; the student-produced newspaper is no dumbed-down tabloid; the library is immensely well stocked, and equipped with little private study cubbyholes where serious work is done; the science blocks are modern and well-used. Meanwhile, everywhere one looks are girls joining societies and clubs, taking part in activities, learning musical instruments, taking part in plays and musicals – whether as cast or crew, and generally filling each minute with a Kiplingesque sixty seconds run. The same zeal is applied to matters sporting – the school's floodlit Astroturf pitch, gym, hall and swimming pool offer the opportunity to as many girls as possible to find a sport in which they can compete. A disproportionate number of St Mary's pupils are qualified lifeguards, for example. Part of the reason for this activity is the immensely strong sense of community and family fostered in a school where two-thirds of the girls board. This does not breed insularity, though. With fifteen per cent of pupils coming from overseas, there is also a strong sense of the outward-looking about the school; indeed, in the school welcome pack for new pupils, this element is one third of the stated aims that each pupil should strive for, in order to be a valuable member of the community: 'be kind and caring; look outwards, not inwards; be a giver, not a taker'. The community element of the school is an indication of how important it is that girls seek to influence their own destinies. They hold regular meetings – both within houses, twice a week, to organise the smooth running of the house, but they are also involved in meetings with senior staff on matters concerning the running of the school. One of the recent fruits of this increased consultation with the girls was when Richard James floated the idea for discussion of replacing the kiltbased uniform with something more contemporary. The unanimity with which the proposal was rejected is a rather nice metaphor for the pupils at St Mary's: confident young women who are happy and well prepared to take their place in the modern world on their own terms, neither forgetting nor belittling the importance of traditional values.


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to scratch the arms of his wife and his two oldest sons and to introduce into the scratches matter from the pustules caused by cowpox – the firstever vaccination. What his family thought about being used as guinea-pigs for such a hazardous experiment is not recorded, but much of the credit given to figures like Edward Jenner, more qualified and sophisticated than a Dorset farmer, for their work on vaccination belongs to Jesty, who was some twenty years ahead of them. Jesty actually did his experiments while living at Yetminster, near Sherborne, but he was tenant of Dunshay Manor at Worth Matravers for the last twenty years of his life. The village played its part in World War 2 as home to the Telecommunications Research Establishment (TRE), which did vital work on the development of


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radar, particularly enabling it to detect low-flying aircraft and to be carried by night fighters and sea reconnaissance aircraft. Worth thus played an important role in both the Battle of Britain and the Battle of the Atlantic. Following the successful Bruneval raid by British commandos on a similar German establishment on the French coast in February 1942, it occurred to the authorities that if we could do it, so could the enemy, and TRE was hurriedly moved to Malvern, where it still exists as the Royal Radar Establishment. The walk Start this 2-mile walk in the Renscombe car park (Postcode BH19 3LL; OS ref SY964774), which is reached by heading south from the B3069 KingstonLangton Matravers road at the turning signed to Worth Matravers, turning right at the T-junction by the Square and Compass and driving all the way through the village and out the other side. Take the left fork in front of Renscombe Farm, and in a few yards the road becomes a track. The car park is on the right in about 100 yards. Leave the car park through the further opening onto the access track, go straight across and through a gate, then walk along the left-hand edge of the field. In the next corner go through a gate, along a short track and through another gate into Weston Farm. Turn left, then right at the road. In ¼ mile turn right down a lane signed ‘Winspit 1. Private Road’. Follow the lane down and round to the left. A 34

few yards after it abruptly becomes a rough track, turn left on a path that leads to a gate. The open field beyond forms a shallow valley and the path climbs along its left-hand side to reach a gate. Follow the path beyond to a road where turn right, then right again to walk up the right-hand side of the village green. At the top is the Tea & Supper Room and the Old Post Office. Turn right once more. The Square and Compass is straight ahead, inviting a visit, but the route of the walk bears left immediately before it. Opposite the end of the pub’s buildings on the right, turn left up some steps onto a narrow path. At the end of the path turn left through a gate, then go through another gate in about 40 yards and follow the left-hand field-edge. At the end of the field, turn left through a gate onto a grassy path that leads down into the churchyard of St Nicholas’s. Follow the path down – the Jesty graves are on the left, under a yew tree – and round the church to its front porch. Continue down to the road and turn right. Walk back to Renscombe along the road. Shortly before passing Weston Farm, St Aldhelm’s Head with its distinctive square chapel is visible away to the left. Between Weston Farm and Renscombe, the David Donald Field Studies Base is housed in a muchconverted TRE building and immediately opposite its drive there is a remnant of hard standing at the entrance to the field. These are the only traces of TRE in the vicinity of the village, although there are some ruined buildings and a memorial on the cliff near St Aldhelm’s Head.


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The shape of some of the beds has been changed to encourage a more informal approach

Bournemouth is rightly proud of the fact that its Gardens are grade II listed. An even greater source of pride is the pleasure and refreshment that they give to hundreds of thousands of visitors and residents every year. John Newth has visited them. The stream which gave its name to Bournemouth was once a sluggish brook that meandered to the sea through an area of boggy, desolate land good for nothing except perhaps to provide grazing for a few animals. Today the Bourne Stream is the central feature of Bournemouth Gardens, which themselves do as much as anything except the beach to give modern Bournemouth its character and appeal. They are one of the busiest green spaces in the country, appreciated equally by visitors, by office-workers who in summer swarm out to sit on the grass and eat their lunch, and by anyone using them as the main route between the town centre and the sea. Durrant Road is not far from the Gardens, and it was the Durrant family who in the 1860s and 1870s took leases on them from the Meyrick Estate and created a linear park 1¾ miles long: from Coy Pond, the meeting-point of two watercourses rising on Canford Heath and Talbot Heath, to today’s Pier Approach. What are now the Central Gardens were known as ‘Miss Durrant’s Garden’ and were privately owned until 1921. The initial designs owed much to Decimus Burton, architect to the Meyrick Estate. The Lower Gardens have been the most popular of the three sections ever since Bournemouth was

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Children's Corner in the Lower Gardens as it was in 1914, painted by Ernest Haslehurst for the 1915 Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch edition of Beautiful Britain

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Above A section of the Upper Gardens as they were as private gardens in 1914 Below Part of 'Paradise': the 21st-century Central Gardens' wildlife haven

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buildings. The stream is less formally channelled and more of a feature here, and the variety of unusual trees is breath-taking. When the herbaceous border is cut back in the autumn, the debris, like all suitable waste produced in the Gardens, is shredded and composted for future use. The most striking structure in the Central Gardens is the town’s war memorial, built in 1921 at the same time as the former Mount Dore Hotel, just across Bourne Avenue, was converted to the Town Hall. Now commemorating the dead of both World Wars, it was designed by the borough’s deputy architect and features two lions, one asleep and one awake, as on Canova’s tomb of Pope Clement XIII in St Peter’s. Alongside is a bed which Robin Garrett hopes to use for plants with red flowers, if possible in bloom in early November. It was filled with roses, but he finds that they are prone to ever more tiresome problems, especially black spot. Walk up past the tennis courts and as you go under the elevated Wessex Way, you enter the Upper Gardens. Here things are more informal still, to the point of wildness. The stream is still the focal point and in places, boardwalks are necessary to take the path across its boggy margins. The trees are a feature here, divided into European, Asian and American sections. The unfamiliar species are hard to identify without a guide but among the most impressive are giant redwood, Monterey pine, Persian ironwood and wellingtonia. Robin Garrett refers to the Upper Gardens as a ‘hidden wilderness’ and it is hard to disagree with him. Yet they are crossed by Queens Road, Prince of Wales Road and Branksome Wood Road, the last marking the boundary between Bournemouth and Poole so that the last quarter-mile or so of the Gardens, and Coy Pond, are actually in Poole. Like the balloon in the Lower Gardens and the war memorial in the Central Gardens, the Upper Gardens has its iconic structure: a water tower built in 1885 to supply a nearby fountain. Both the fountain and the water wheel in the stream that fed it were removed during the War, but the water tower remains in all its neo-Gothic glory and is home to a colony of bats. In fact, the Upper Gardens in particular are a magnet for wildlife – butterflies of all sorts, woodpeckers, goldcrests and a host of small mammals. Wildflowers include damp-lovers like flag irises as well as ragged robin, lady’s smock and orchids. Robin Garrett has a team of eleven gardeners working throughout the town centre, but the Gardens are easily the most labour-intensive single project. Even in winter there are shrubs and trees to be pruned, grass to be maintained, leaves to be cleared. In May to June the summer bedding plants are put in and weeds begin to thrive and need control: ‘If you don’t like weeding, don’t be a gardener!’ says Robin. The grass is mown regularly, usually early in the morning before obstructions like recumbent sunbathers start to appear. In October to November the summer plants are lifted and the beds dug over and composted to receive the spring planting – and so the cycle begins again.


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On a cold January day, with clear blue skies, a heron stalks the shallow waters of Radipole lake, Weymouth.

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Dorset's McGonagall Nick Churchill explores the life and work of Cumberland Clark … from bard to verse ‘For many years I’ve held a brief For Bournemouth’s Golden Sands Indeed A1 in my belief Are Bournemouth’s Golden Sands You lie on your back from ten till one, And get well baked by the genial sun; And then turn over when you’re done On Bournemouth’s Golden Sands.’

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Cumberland Clark from his 1927 tome, Fairy Tales of Socialism

attributes 67 other titles to him although his final tally runs to at least 72, including fifteen volumes about Shakespeare, nine on Dickens, seven about the British Empire, a raft of anti-Communist political tracts and, of course, 21 songbooks of verse so determined that it is impossible not to harbour a certain respect for his dogged pursuit of the rhyme.

‘The English coast can proudly boast Of many beauty spots; Of sands and bays for holidays We happily have lots But yet to me ’twould ever seem When I of their allurements dream, That lovely Bournemouth reigns supreme.’ (‘Beautiful Bournemouth’) Clark had plenty of first-hand experiences of the wider world against which he could measure the apparent beauty of Bournemouth. Born in London in 1862, he was still a teenager when he embarked on thirty years of adventures in the colonies. He trained for the church at Sydney University and conducted the very first marriage ceremony in Coolgardie, then a new mining town in Western Australia. 44


Dorset's McGonagall Song’, ‘Bournemouth Dowagers’, ‘The Girls of Bournemouth’, ‘An Eligible Bournemouth Bachelor’, ‘Love In Bournemouth’, ‘Love Found In Bournemouth’, ‘One of the Beauties of Bournemouth’ and, astonishingly, ‘The Fattest Girl In Bournemouth’. The late Dorset historian and author, Harry Ashley, recalled a story that Clark had been known to offer girls half a crown for an innocent kiss. His eagerness for fame appears to have been equally single-minded. In a 1974 interview, Bournemouth music hall impresario George Fairweather, who sang The title page of the sheet music for Cumberland Clark's musical with Willie Cave’s Revels smash: The Ogo-Pogo in one of Bournemouth’s two beach theatres by the ‘It’s wise to visit Weymouth, Pier in the 1930s and went on to mentor the young whilst at Bournemouth you are staying. Tony Hancock, remembered Clark’s attempt to get the Its many interests repay you well, group to perform his songs: ‘We changed the words a I’m safe in saying. couple of times, but he didn’t seem to mind as long The scenery, of course, you’ll find as his name was mentioned.’ To Bournemouth’s is a different kind. Reading Clark’s poetry today, it is tempting to wonder at the lengths to which he would go The pines and firs, no doubt, you’ll miss. to challenge his creativity. How else could he But still I say with emphasis, (and indeed who else would) have alighted upon Visit Weymouth, certainly; don’t dilly-dally: go ‘Educational Institutions’, ‘The Soil and Water Supply’, You’ll come away agreeing ‘The Car I Bought At Bournemouth’, ‘Bournemouth it’s a place that you should know.’ Boarding-houses’, ‘The Boarding-house Gourmand’, (‘Weymouth’) ‘Shopping In Bournemouth’ and ‘Shopping In Boscombe’, not to mention ‘Song of the Bournemouth Although he had visited Bournemouth at least Unemployment Queue’ for inspiration? Indeed, his since the turn of the century, he didn’t make the ability to wring rhyme out of the most meagre town his home until after the death of his wife materials is endlessly impressive, even if that rhyme Bessie in 1933. Records show him living at the is stretched to breaking point – in his poem ‘Wareham’ Victorian Highcliff Hotel on the West Cliff and in a he relates the story of a Viking raid on the town in serviced suite at the then thoroughly modern Palace order to pit ‘bunkum’ against ‘sunk ’em’! Court Hotel on Westover Road, which had opened ‘I was first drawn to Clark by a description I read in 1936. There are accounts of him as an old man of his poetry as “magnificently awful”, but the more sitting on Richmond Hill by the Norfolk Royale Hotel you learn about him, the more you discover that his watching office girls on their way to work – he other writing was quite highly regarded,’ says Tom clearly had an eye for a fine hotel as this stanza from Roberts of the Cumberland Clark Memorial Society. 'He ‘The Bournemouth Hotels’ attests: was a leading authority on Shakespeare and Dickens, ‘The Canford Cliffs Hotel will do you very well. for instance.' The society was formed to revive the I’ve met girls when I’ve stayed there, tradition of holding an annual memorial dinner in and in love I always fell. April, the month both of Clark’s birth and of At the Branksome Tower a minx his death. once took me on the links: ‘Give him a metre and he’ll find a rhyme,' says Tom, She played with me, and holed in three, 'but in Clark’s defence it’s worth pointing out that the and let me in for drinks.’ works in the songbooks are lyrics and that somewhere in his head it’s likely there were tunes that went with It also points to another abiding theme – them. I’m sure if you look at the lyrics of modern pop Clark’s fondness for the fairer sex. The contents songs they wouldn’t always stand up to close scrutiny.’ page includes such titles as ‘Bournemouth Girls’, Probably not, but Cumberland Clark’s relentless ‘Bournemouth Schoolgirls’, ‘A Bournemouth Love He lived and worked throughout Australia, New Zealand, India, South Africa and North America variously as a sheep and cattle farmer, minister and gold-miner. But his travels evidently did little for his sense of place. Taking the contents of The Bournemouth Songbook (and its even more parochial companion volume, The Ferndown Girl Guides Songbook) as evidence, Clark’s Bournemouth appears to stretch from the New Forest in the east to Weymouth in the west as he pays tribute in verse to the Romsey-Ringwood road, Brockenhurst, Mudeford, Sopley, Christchurch, Parkstone, Poole, Wimborne, the Stour Valley, Wareham, Corfe Castle, Studland and Swanage before beginning his eulogy to the undoubted charms of Weymouth thus:

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At other times he appears to be beside himself with aimless enthusiasm, providing fascinating first-hand accounts of Bournemouth’s civic adolescence:

‘It’s built in various sections, Sea views in two directions: A1 for social meeting. For drinking or for eating. Tea rooms and beauteous balconies beset with flower and shrub. Where roughly fifteen hundred people all can take their “grub”.’ (‘The New Pavilion’)

rhyming knew few bounds, or not decent ones anyway. At times he is so hopelessly lost in the absolute indulgence of a rich (or otherwise) vein of rhyme that he simply cocks a snook at reader interest (and would not earn too many Brownie points from Bournemouth Tourism either, one suspects:

Moving back in time. Clark attempts to weave civic pride with world history in a somewhat tenuous manner as he recounts the town’s foundation in the improbably titled ‘Bournemouth and Napoleon’, praising its founding father by saying ‘I hope it isn’t too late, as I the story tell,/To give three hearty cheers for Captain Lewis Tregonwell.’ Cumberland Clark died, together with his housekeeper, Kathleen Donnelly (known as ‘Fat’), when his flat at Fern Bank in St Stephen’s Road was bombed during an enemy air raid on 10/11 April 1941 that also gutted the Woolworths store in the Square. He was laid to rest in Bournemouth East (Boscombe) Cemetery beneath a surprisingly spiritual memorial, which he designed himself and had installed six years earlier, ‘so that there will be no bother or anxiety to fall back on relatives or friends,’ he told the Bournemouth Graphic. Resisting the urge to rhyme, he had it inscribed: ‘Sacred to the memory of Cumberland Clark, poet, historian, dramatist … The longer I live the more do I turn to Christianity as the one hope of salvation, the one faith for the soul of man, the one comfort in distress, and the one and only power that can save the world.’ Clark reportedly told Rev. Dr John Short, minister of Richmond Hill Congregational Church: ‘I do not care if everything else I have written should perish; I would like that to live.’

‘If you go to the Boscombe Arcade No excitement you’ll meet I’m afraid. You won’t find the place is a tax on your strength Four hundred and forty three feet is its length. You walk to and fro with a dignified air: Then you walk fro and to, or you sit on a chair; And there isn’t much else you can do when you’re there.’ (‘Boscombe Arcade’) Cumberland Clark’s self-penned epitaph

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Dorset nature note Last winter I was walking along Durlston Beach, in an unsuccessful quest to find a reported purple sandpiper, when I became aware seaweed piled up on the rocks and I realised how little attention I generally paid to these fascinating plants. Seaweed is a general term given to a wide range of marine algae that occur in a variety of colours, shapes and sizes. Some of the most commonly seen seaweeds are the various ’wracks‘ including: bladder, egg, channelled, spiral and toothed wrack. Theses are often the seaweeds we see washed up on the beach, deposited by the tide or strong winds, not necessarily

a welcome sight in the holiday season. Seaweeds have many herbal uses: as a rich source of iodine, an extract is still used to improve thyroid function and prevent goitre. Seaweeds have also been used as a remedy for many other ailments from tuberculosis and influenza to worms and small tumours. I can remember childhood visits to Scottish isles where the crofters gathered huge cartfuls of rotting seaweed to use as very effective manure on their crops. A Welsh friend introduced me to the delights of laver bread, a wild seaweed, rolled in oatmeal and fried along with bacon and eggs to

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Dorset's open spaces Batcombe Hill

Batcombe Hill is at the western end of that part of the great Chalk escarpment of North Dorset that runs westwards from High Stoy Hill through Telegraph Hill to the gap that carries the railway from Dorchester to Bristol. Although there are no large areas of public open space along the ridge-top road, it is the airy feeling of open space above the lower land of north-west Dorset that commends the crest of the escarpment to those that enjoy the outdoor scene. The hill-top road linking the Sherborne and Yeovil roads leaves the former near Dogbury Gate and then ascends to Telegraph Hill, passing High Stoy, said to be one of Thomas Hardy’s favourite viewpoints. The road passes Hillfield Hill, with its ridge-top car park. Unfortunately the growth of trees on the escarpment now obscures the view over the western end of Blackmore Vale to the north. Just beyond is the short stone pillar, known as the Cross-in-Hand. In Tess of the d’Urbervilles, Hardy describes Tess’s long walk along the summit of these hills, reaching ‘ the stone pillar…….. desolate and silent, to mark the site of a miracle, or a murder, or both’. On a fine summer’s day this site is still silent, apart from the

wind in the roadside grasses, but is far from desolate. After the Cross-in-Hand, the view opens out as Batcombe Hill is reached, revealing all of the Wriggle valley in the ‘Vale of the Little Dairies’ to the north, and the dry valleys leading down to Up Sydling and Sydling St. Nicholas to the south. To the east the view takes in all of the fine wooded escarpment, to High Stoy and Dogbury Hill. Immediately below to the north is Batcombe itself, reached by the steep Stile Way. Batcombe, Hardy’s ‘Owlscombe’, was the Home of ‘Conjuror Minterne’, a local squire, said to have practised the black arts. Legend has it that he once leapt over Batcombe church on his horse, knocking off one of its pinnacles. John Chaffey

Dorset place name Putton (in Chickerell) This name originated in the Saxon period even though it does not appear in the written records until the early 13th century. It is first on record as Podinton in 1237, and other early medieval spellings include Pudinton in 1282, Pudington in 1288, and Podington in 1293. These spellings clearly indicate a meaning 'farmstead or estate associated with a man called Puda', from an Old English personal name with the Old English connective 48

particle -ing- (implying association) and tūn. This Old English name-type occurs some seventeen times in Dorset, in names like Lillington and Osmington. The much reduced or contracted current form of the name first appears as far back as the 15th century, as Putton in 1430, but the older, longer, form of the name also lingered on, as in Podyngton alias Putton in 1551. A D Mills


Dorset around the world

When travelling in and around the small town of Bridport in Addison County, on the Vermont/New York border, the Dorset native is well advised not to rely on familiar names to aid in navigation. Bridport sits northwest of Salisbury, but between them sits Cornwall. Bridport is also to the southwest of Bristol (and the neighbouring town of Lincoln) and is almost due south of North West Bay, and is bang in between St Albans and Rutland. It also lies about 20 miles to the West of Montpelier – which is actually pretty much on the same latitude as the Montpellier in the south of France; there the similarities end, though. The average annual snowfall in Bridport is around 67inches (1.7 metres) and the number of days per year, on average, when the temperature does not rise above freezing is 153. In summer, average highs of 80°F (27°C) do rather eclipse the Dorset Bridport, though. Bridport, Vermont is a smallish community in population terms – around 1200 people live there, but it covers an area of nearly fifty square miles. It was settled just eight years before America declared itself to be independent.

Dorset recipe

Tyneham stewed collops of beef 'Take the Buttock of Beef thin slices across the grain of the meat. Hack ym and fry them in sweet Butter and being fryed fine and brown, put them in a Pipkin [small pot] with some strong broth a little Clarret Wine and some Nutmeg, stew it very tender, and half an hour before you Dish it put to it sme good Gravy Elder Vinegar and a Clove or two, when you serve it put some juce of Oranges, and 3 or 4 slices on it, stew the Gravy somewhat thick, and put it into it, when you dish it some beaten flower.' This is a rich and simple casserole from Tyneham – although it is not clear if elder vinegar is elderflower-flavoured vinegar or vinegar from elderberry wine or flavoured with elderberries; any would probably do. Ingredients 1 1/2lb (681g) stewing steak, seasoned flour, 1 1/2oz (42g) fat,

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Breach of promise action against a Portland warder We have had policeman poets and train conductor poets… now we have a poetic prison warder. The latest devotee of the muse is Ernest Charles Long, warder, Portland Prison who on Thursday was ordered to pay £50 damages for breach of promise of marriage to Miss May Harris – a lady of about 30, who is a barmaid in a local hotel. His meeting with the lady in 1909 and its effect upon him were described by Long in a letter as follows:–

1oz (28g) flour, 3/4 pint (350ml) good stock or half stock half claret, 5 or 6 tablespoons (80ml) orange juice, half a nutmeg: grated, a pinch of ground cloves, a dash of vinegar, half an orange, a little elderberry wine or juice from elderberries. Instructions Roll the meat in the seasoned flour and fry both sides until brown. Add the flour to the fat, make a roux and steadily add the stock. Put all ingredients except the half orange in a casserole, and cook at gas mark 1-2 for 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Before serving, slice the orange on top. It's very spicy and will go well with a baked potato and green veg. Abridged from Jo Draper's Dorset Food, published by Sutton Publishing at £12.99, ISBN 978-0-7509-4458-8.

'I then glanced towards her, my thoughts all confused; her beauty was charming; smile I could not refuse, Cupid with shaft and bow did slaughter right on sight; I dies a death – love had entered my soul. That valley with its ri'pling stream my memory will retain; My flower, I found there, to treasure while life remain.' In some of his letters, counsel said, Long addressed the lady as 'Dear Wife', 'From your loving husband, Ernest' and no less than nineteen hieroglyphs – 'supposed to be kisses,' said the advocate innocently – were added to one of them. 'I will tell you something late on when we are in our home,' said Long in one letter, 'and trust me till then.' In April last year, Long went to see her and the wedding was arranged for the following month, but on his return to Portland, he cooled without any apparent reason, and the marriage never took place. Mrs Evans, Mr Long's sister, supported Miss Harris's case. £30 damages. Overleaf: Fishing boat, West Bay by Rob Spears

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here nearly 50 years now. I know quite a bit about swans.’ but over a decade later he is still to be found at He has, though, learned the hard way that swans Abbotsbury Swannery, leaning on his swanherd’s crook, can be dangerous. Dick had his head split open and which is beautifully crafted hazel with a ram’s horn was knocked out when he was dealing with a pen hook, essential for catching swans round the neck. (a female swan) with cygnets; although his friend He was given the nickname Dick as a small boy, tried to warn him there was a swan coming off the after the radio programme Dick Barton: Special Agent. water, he was hit in the back He lived at Chickerell on of the neck by the pen’s the outskirts of Weymouth mate, which, ‘weighing 30 then, and so he doesn’t ‘I’ve been working here lbs going 30 mph is quite consider himself a ‘local’ as nearly 50 years now. I know a weight to hit you when it is nine miles up the road you’re not expecting it. from Abbotsbury. When he quite a bit about swans.’ Everything went black. When was first offered the job at I come to I still had hold of the Swannery, he remembers, her by the neck, but I was so vexed that some of the ‘I said “I’m not going out to Abbotsbury, they’re not cygnets got hurt.' civilised out there…”, but then I met my wife and It would seem that Dick will never really retire. He did eventually get here.’ is as much a part of Abbotsbury’s famous swannery Dick gave up his job in the fruit trade and began as the swans themselves. It's unlikely he will ever working at the Swannery in 1961 as a swankeeper, move another nine miles from his home again, either. living in an old cottage called Clouds Hill on the edge ‘Dorset’s home, oh aye. Somebody suggested going to of the Fleet lagoon. As part of the job Dick had to fatten the swans for the then Lord Ilchester’s table – Spain once, shan’t do that again!’ swans weren’t protected until 1974: ‘It wasn’t a job I enjoyed,' Dick recalls. He was promoted to unders!BRIDGEDFROMGreat Faces by Millie Pilkington and swanherd and eventually swanherd: ‘I’ve been working Liz Pope. www.greatfaces.co.uk 53


The Dorset drive

The valleys of the West and the scenic coast road Matt Wilkinson takes to the roads and lanes to explore deepest West Dorset and to enjoy expansive views over Lyme Bay Mention West Dorset and most people might think

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first of the coast with its spectacular features like Golden Cap, Chesil Beach and the cliffs at West Bay, but further north is a very different landscape where

tiny settlements nestle in a series of steep-sided valleys, almost hidden from each other and the rest of the world. Here run tiny rivers like the Hooke and the Manger and other streams, too small to have been dignified by names, which nevertheless have played their part in carving out the magically intimate landscape which is the setting for the first half of this drive. The second half celebrates the spectacular, following as it does the road from West Bay to Abbotsbury and up onto Black Down, surmounted by Hardy’s Monument. The long views to the south are magnificent, but it is worth looking the other way as well as the route passes the hill fort of Abbotsbury Castle and the long ridge that shelters Abbotsbury from northerly winds. Finally it winds round the greatest hill fort of them all, Maiden Castle, before returning to the centre of the county town. The special nature of the West Dorset landscape means some very narrow and winding lanes, but these are mixed with some broader main roads. 1 From Top o’ Town head downhill past Thomas Hardy’s statue on the right, towards the A37 to Yeovil. Go across a roundabout and past the villages of Bradford Peverell and Stratton. Just after passing through Grimstone (which sounds as though it should be on the Yorkshire Moors instead of in pastoral Dorset), turn left on the A356 towards Crewkerne [4.6]. Go through Frampton and Maiden Newton, where the road bends to the left by the stump of the village cross. Drive out of Maiden Newton, which was once an important centre for its many outlying villages and hamlets, and continue up the hill. 2 At the top of the hill turn left, signed to Toller Porcorum and Powerstock [9.4]. Toller is the old name for the River Hooke, on which the village stands, and ‘Porcorum’ is Latin for ‘of the pigs’. It is usually assumed to be a reference to the number of pigs that were farmed there, but it could be an unflattering comparison to Toller Fratrum, ‘of the

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Distance: About 40 miles Start: Top o’ Town roundabout in Dorchester. OS reference SY689907; postcode DT1 1UR Maps: OS Explorer OL15 (Purbeck & South Dorset) and 117 (Cerne Abbas & Bere Regis). Landranger 194 (Dorchester & Weymouth) and 193 (Taunton & Lyme Regis).

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that the name had to be changed when the village acquired a railway station on the Bridport branch, in case it was taken as a reference to the rolling stock; it’s a nice story but the present name is recorded well before the coming of the railway, in 1787. The lane descends steeply into Powerstock, where continue down through the village to a T-junction [16.0]. Turn right, signed to West Milton and Bridport. Follow the road as it turns sharply right and goes over a bridge [16.9] and through the village of West Milton. Follow the road round to the left at the end of the village and continue through Mangerton (home to a 17th-century watermill) and Bradpole to reach the A3066 [19.1]. 4 Turn left and go straight on at the next roundabout. Do the same at the roundabout after that [20.4], where the main road into Bridport town centre runs off to the right. Continue down the A35 Bridport by-pass to another roundabout [21.1], where take the second exit, to the right of the Crown Inn, signed to West Bay. West Bay with its pretty harbour is well

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writer. Descend to a T-junction [35.8], turn right and drive through Martinstown. Until recently, Martinstown held the record for the most rain to fall on one place in the UK over 24 hours – a staggering eleven inches on 19 July 1955. On the other side of the village a terraced hill rises to the right, opposite which fork left [37.1] and very shortly left at a T-junction. Follow the lane below the ramparts of Maiden Castle, one of the biggest Iron Age hill forts in the country, and through the tiny hamlet of Winterborne Monkton to reach the A354 [38.7]. Turn left and go straight across the two roundabouts by Dorchester Football Club and Tesco. Continue towards the town centre but at the traffic lights at the top of the hill [40.0] turn left. Go straight across the next lights into Cornwall Road, which leads back to Top o’ Town [40.5].

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Michael Handy explores how much, and indeed how little, the Saxon town has changed in a century Looking around 21st-century Wareham, one could be forgiven for thinking that an awful lot has changed over the last 100 years. In very many ways, though, the layout and buildings of the town would be easily recognisable to a time-travelling visitor from just after the reign of Edward VII. Other than the names of the shops and the materials and colours used in their signage, the biggest change to the town as a whole has been the growth of trees. Once open views have been closed in, not by rampant development, but in a year-on-year expansion of foliage – what one might call a root and

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Left and below An attempted picture today from the original viewpoint showed only trees on the photographer's side of the River Frome‌ and St Mary's Church completely obscured by trees on the other bank; this alternative viewpoint at least shows some of the church and river

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Life's a beach Colin Willey regularly revisits the same locations. Tim Saunders explains why. For Dorchester-based oil painter Colin Willey, how

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the light falls on a Dorset landscape is as important as the setting itself. He regularly revisits the same locations at different times of day and in varying weathers to capture significant changes. Experience dictates that certain views are best at sunset, particular times of day or year. Searching out inspiring light can sometimes be a challenge but when Colin sees something that fires him up, he cannot start painting quickly enough. As Monet said, ‘Nature won't be summoned to order and won't be kept waiting. It must be caught, well caught.’ Colin’s paintings follow in the English landscape tradition of Constable and Turner and he feels a particular connection to Constable. ‘I love the freshness of the small outdoor studies that Constable painted. It is easy to forget that what Constable was doing was new and innovative and largely unappreciated in his own lifetime. Like Constable I often paint close to my home and in the places that have an emotional significance to me. I have lived and painted in the county for fifteen years now and feel very much at home here.’ Colin grew up in Uxbridge and met his wife Amanda at Cheltenham College of Art. They then both pursued teacher training and this was when Colin realised that he wanted to paint for the rest of his life. It was when Amanda secured a job as an art teacher at the Thomas Hardye School, Dorchester, in 1997 that the couple moved to the area and this provided the

foundation for Colin to become a professional artist. ‘It wasn’t easy in the early days but I stuck with it and worked hard. Now I feel very lucky to be able to say that I make a living doing what I love.’ Another artist with whom Colin feels a connection is Dorset landscape painter Frederick Whitehead. ‘I like this link with the past and the idea that all those years ago he was travelling around the Dorset countryside in his caravan, painting similar views to the ones I am painting now.’ Invariably the beaches at Charmouth, Studland and Portland capture Colin’s attention because of the light, and they are where Colin will often paint big dramatic skies and billowing clouds. Most recently Lulworth Cove has provided a great source for much of Colin’s inspiration. He is particularly drawn to Stair Hole, alongside the Cove, which Whitehead also painted (his example hangs in Dorset County Museum, Dorchester). ‘I love the twists and folds in the rocks and how the sea moves around and crashes against them. I will often choose to paint at Lulworth when the sky is clear so that the light remains constant but with enough of a breeze to give me the white water against the rocks.’ Thriving on painting outdoors, Colin tackles the whole scenario like a major expedition. Just getting out of the front door is enough of a challenge, owing to the paraphernalia required: boxes of paints and the all-important easel, together with enough food and drink to keep his spirits high. ‘Transporting wet paintings is always a challenge and I often use the cleverly designed Pochade box, with its hinged lid that acts as an easel and holds a painting board, to make travelling around and painting easier.’ Once at his chosen location, Colin has a whole new set of challenges to endure, mainly from the elements but also from intrigued passers-by. While the wind vigorously shakes his board, a walker might engage in conversation but Colin finds this invigorating rather than frustrating and a potentially useful way of selling work. ‘The elements dictate that I have to finish a painting quickly depending on conditions,' says Colin. 'The environment is forever changing, unlike the reliable comfort of the studio. For me it’s about the uncertain nature and the risk of plein air painting that makes it so worthwhile. I expect things to change – you’re searching for something rather than just painting a picture. Discovering new things is so exciting.’


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Over the years Colin has developed the ability to finish a painting quickly, which is vital in responding to these ever-changing weather patterns. Sunsets are especially challenging, he says. ‘You set up an hour beforehand and work on a painting and then when the sun sets you may find you put the original painting that you started to one side and paint a very quick study of the last moments before dark. It’s a moment gone and you’re desperately trying to get it down.’ Colin divides his time between painting on location and working on large paintings in the studio and believes that each activity feeds into the other: ‘When I am working outside I feel I can capture a life and freshness that is hard to replicate in the studio, but the studio allows me to work on a painting for much longer periods and build up layers of paint. After a spell of working outside, I have accumulated a body of work, some of which I want to take further and develop in the studio. If I have been working at home for a long time, I find my paintings start to become mannered and contrived and it is then that I know it is time to go out painting again to view first hand the landscape that inspires me.’ For Colin, photographs have their place, but only as a point of reference: ‘I find photographs help capture some of the details of a scene but, in terms of overall tone, colour and light for working on a large studio painting, I find the small painted studies I do are a better reference.’ Like most artists, he is self-critical: ‘There is inevitably a selection process that goes on from what I produce and it is not always easy to predict what will be successful and what will end up being painted over. Often paintings that I have worked on for ages annoyingly don’t work and the quicker ones are more

successful. Sometimes I think it doesn’t look any good, put it to one side, then look at it again and think "I did capture something". A lot of my work is like a useful sketchbook/diary for me to revisit.’ His oil paintings have established a loyal following and been snapped up by the rich and famous including novelist and former MP Edwina Currie. Four of his paintings have also been purchased for the House of Lords permanent collection. s&ORMOREINFORMATIONVISITWWWCOLINWILLEYCOUK and www.facebook.com/colinwilleyart

Reflections at Golden Cap

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This month in Dorset Outdoor Ice Rink

Tin

Back by popular demand, the outdoor ice rink in Bournemouth Gardens is operated by Olympic Gold medalist figure skater Robin Cousins’ company, Cousins Entertainment. Following last year’s launch, the Bournemouth Town Centre Business Improvement District (BID) company has transformed the Grade II listed Lower Gardens into the Gardens of Light Christmas Festival with interactive lighting installations, light pods, designed by local lighting designer Michael Grubb and his team, who worked on the London 2012 Olympic Park. Until 6 January, 11.00 Lower Gardens, Bournemouth, 02920 230130, www.makeitbournemouth.co.uk/icerink

Originally toured as a theatre production, Tin was conceived in collaboration between Miracle Theatre and English Touring Opera and featured community choirs and opera star Ben Luxon alongside a professional cast. For those who missed it, the company is now developing a filmed version, featuring Dudley Sutton and Jenny Agutter alongside the original cast, recreating the extraordinary world of 19th century tin-mining for the screen, using the latest digital technology combined with exquisitely crafted model sets to produce a ground-breaking new British film. These special screenings, featuring extracts from the film and behind the scenes footage, will be introduced by Miracle’s artistic director Bill Scott, and will be followed by an informal Q&A with Bill and a member of the cast. 22 January, 7.30 Gillingham School 01747 833844 23 January, 7.30 Chetnole Village Hall, 01935 873555 24 January, 7.30 The Exchange, Sturminster Newton, 01258 475137, 25 January, 7.30 Thorncombe Village Hall, 01460 30994 26 January, 7.30 Martinstown Village Hall, 01305 889592 www.artsreach.co.uk

Sculpture in Corfe Castle The National Trust and Purbeck Art Weeks have joined together to produce a Sculpture Trail in the grounds of Corfe Castle. The sculptures are not conspicuously on view, but are there to be discovered by the curious visitor and include Purbeck Marble Owl (pictured) by Moira Purver. Until 14 February, 10.00 Corfe Castle, 01929 481294, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ corfe-castle

Lyme Lunge The brave, the bold and the downright barmy come together in fancy dress for a charity dip in what the organisers claim are ‘balmy waters’ off the sandy beach at Lyme Regis. John and Marlyn McHugh, from Bridport, started the Lyme Lunge in 2007 in memory of their grandson who died following a brain tumour. The event is now run by the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis and, together with the Duck Race, which sets off from Higher Mill Flats at noon, the Lyme Lunge attracts thousands of spectators to the town. This year taking the plunge at the Lunge will raise money for the children’s cancer charity, Clic Sargent. 1 January, 1.00 The Sand Bar, Lyme Regis, 01297 442242, www.lymeregisrotary.org

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The Heart That Fed A new exhibition, The Heart That Fed is the first joint show for Nell Race and Angelika Seik, two artists that readily acknowledge Dorset’s influence over their work. Although Nell Race’s pictures are non-figurative they hold subtle references to the Dorset environment in which she lives and works, evoking the feelings she gets from the Purbeck hills, rocks and cliffs. Dorset has also influenced Angelika Seik’s sculptures in that she gets her stone direct from Dorset quarries and moved to the area to be near them. Many of her works relate to it, such as Time & Tide pictured here and she continues to be fascinated by the connections between the sea, the land, the people who live there and their shared history. Until February 1 10.00 (Mon-Sat) Dorset County Museum, 01305 262735, www.dorsetcountymuseum.org

Peter Pan On Ice Starring the internationally acclaimed Russian Ice Stars, this spectacular adaptation of JM Barrie’s famous story of the boy who never grew up incorporates drumming, fire effects and dramatic scenery changes. The production includes unique touches, such as Penny Farthings being ridden across the ice as the curtain opens on the skyline of a London park, complete with chimney stacks and sweeps.

9-12 January, 2.30, 7.30 (not Sun) Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth, 0844 576 3000, www.bic.co.uk


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This month in Dorset Treasure Island

Dickens’ literary classic is brought to the stage by Kneehigh Theatre co-founder Dave Mynne in an anarchic and joyful one-man show that revels in some of the author’s most memorable characters including the terrifying Magwitch, Joe Gargery the kind and generous blacksmith, the eccentric Miss Havisham, the cold and beautiful Estella, Mr Jaggers the pompous lawyer and Pip’s wise friend, Herbert Pocket. The epic story opens on Christmas Eve, 1803 when Pip, a seven-year-old orphan boy, visits his mother’s grave and endures a frightening encounter with an escaped convict that begins a series of events that change his life forever. 17 January, 7.30 Comrades Hall, Broadwindsor, 01308 867644, www.artsreach.co.uk 18 January, 7.30 Broadmayne Village Hall, 01305 854205, www.artsreach.co.uk 19 January, 3.30 Piddletrenthide Memorial Hall, 01300 345252, www.artsreach.co.uk

Tactile Textiles With pieces from a selection of makers who have used a variety of processes to make work that is tactile and can be enjoyed by all, Tactile Textiles makes for a colourful first exhibition of the year at Walford Mill Crafts. Artists who submitted work to the exhibition include Hilary Gooding, Kate Wakley and Karen Erlebach, amongst others. The featured work has been designed for the visually impaired and invites all users to touch and interact with the work on display to use the other senses to experience craftwork in new ways. 11 January – 9 February, 10.00 Walford Mill Crafts, Wimborne, 01202 841400, www.walfordmillcrafts.co.uk

Potato Days Celebrating that most humble and hearty of root vegetables, a series of Potato Days throughout Dorset offers a chance to swap potato tips, pick up hints and succumb to the delights of the spud for the day. Hosted by the Chelsea gold medal winners of Pennard Plants, there’s a huge range of seed potatoes available, including special

second Charity Players’ panto and HCP chairman Georgina Smith, herself an award-winning principal boy and choreographer, is both director and choreographer. As ever, all profits will be distributed among local charities. Pictured are Hannah Doyle as Jim Hawkins and HCP stalwart David Coward as the evil Long John Silver. 17-25 January, various times Regent Centre, Christchurch, 01202 499199, www.regentcentre.co.uk

Tom Langham’s Hot Fingers Back by huge popular demand, Hot Fingers revisit the hot jazz of 1920s New York and sophisticated 1930s Swing, including references to the king of gypsy swing, Django Reinhardt. The set also includes tributes to songwriting greats such as Cole Porter and Irving Berlin, as well as novelty features from the likes of Cliff ‘Ukulele Ike’ Edwards. Although just a trio, the band can be seen unpacking three guitars, a double bass, a sousaphone, a banjo, a mandolin, two ukuleles, a clarinet, a tuba and a pair of castanets from the band van. 29 January, 7.30 Halstock Village Hall, 01935 83347, 30 January, 7.30 Sandford Orcas Village Hall, 01963 220208, 31 January, 7.30 Burton Bradstock Village Hall, 01308 897214, 1 February, 7.30 Durweston Village Hall, 01258 453170, 2 February, 7.30 Studland Village Hall, 01929 450204, www.artsreach.co.uk Heritage and Heirloom seeds, as well as onion sets, shallots and garlic bulbs, fruit trees, soft fruit, rhubarb and asparagus. Experienced gardeners and allotment veterans rub shoulders with first time planters and those who just love to eat potatoes. Potato Days are also planned in February and March in Drimpton, Maiden Newton and Lytchett Matravers. 11 January, 10.30 United Reform Church, Bridport, 01749 860039, www.potato-days.net 26 January, 10.00 Pimperne Village Hall, 01749 860039, www.potato-days.net 67

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Great Expectations

Highcliffe Charity Players leave no stone unturned as they drag every nugget and doubloon from Robert Louis Stevenson’s pirate adventure Treasure Island in this year’s Regent Centre pantomime. This new adaptation by Toby Bradford and Tina Webster has Robinson Crusoe as a suave, James Bond-style figure blessed with a curvaceous Girl Friday – and her friends Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Meanwhile, Ma Hawkins and her son Jim run the Admiral Benbow Inn and when Jim finds an old map he puts to sea with the Inn’s owner, Squire Trelawney and his beautiful daughter Felicity, bound for Treasure Island where they meet Long John Silver and his silly pirates, Brass and Knuckles. Stuart Darling returns as musical director of his


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Further events for your diary Johann Strauss Gala Rainer Hersch whisks the audience back to 19th-century Vienna on a light-hearted journey through some of the finest music produced by the Strauss musical dynasty, including ‘Blue Danube Waltz’ and ‘Radetsky March’, to ‘Roses From the South’ and ‘Lucifer Polka’. Soprano Kristy Swift leads a selection of songs including Arditi’s ‘Il Bacio’ and Lehár’s ‘Vilja’ from The Merry Widow, while the Johann Strauss Dancers enhance the mood in period costume moving to the most popular waltzes ever composed. 28 January, 7.30 Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth, 0844 576 3000, www.bic.co.uk

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra: Johann Strauss Gala, 1 January, 3.00 Lighthouse, Poole, 0844 406 8666, www.lighthousepoole.co.uk 9 January, 7.30 Weymouth Pavilion, 01305 783225, www.weymouthpavilion.com Bournemouth Concert Brass: New Year Viennese Concert, 5 January, 3.00 Regent Centre, Christchurch, 01202 499199, regentcentre.co.uk Café Scientifique Bournemouth, 7 January, 7.30 Café Boscanova, Boscombe, cafescibournemouth. wordpress.com

Ladies In Retirement Directed by Ian Dickens and starring a fantastic cast with well-known actors from stage and screen, this taut, creepy melodrama, based on a famous murder case has become one of the most successful and most frequently performed in the modern repertoire. Set in the 1880s, Ladies in Retirement promises an evening of Victorian thrills and suspense. 30 January – 1 February, 7.45 (Sat mat 2.30) Lighthouse, Poole, 0844 406 8666, www.lighthousepoole.co.uk

The Carrivick Sisters Identical twins Charlotte and Laura Carrivick return to Dorset this month for a Studio show at Lighthouse. The girls grew up playing and writing music together arriving at a style that incorporates bluegrass and country as well as a steely strand of traditional English folk music that has won them favourable comparisons to the likes of genre leaders such as Alison Krauss and Union Station. Their fifth album, Over the Edge, was released last October and demonstrates tight harmonies and instinctive playing on guitar, fiddle, mandolin, dobro and clawhammer banjo. Charlotte (guitar) and Laura (violin) both started out playing classical music, but found a love of folk music playing along to albums by The Chieftains. They’ve been performing as a duo since 2006, winning the South West Buskers and Street Entertainers Competition a year later to earn a slot at the Glastonbury festival. 31 January, 8.00 Lighthouse, Poole, 0844 406 8666, www.lighthousepoole.co.uk 68

Anne of Green Gables 8 January, 7.30 Toller Porcorum Village Hall, 01300 320373, 16 January, 7.30 Milborne St Andrew Village Hall, 01258 837371, 23 January, 6.30 Sixpenny Handley Village Hall, 01725 516265, 24 January, 7.30 Winfrith Village Hall, 01305 852117, artsreach.co.uk André Rieu’s ‘New Year Gala from Vienna’, 11 January, 3.00 Big Screen, Ocean Room, Pavilion Dance, Bournemouth, 01202 203630, www.paviliondance.org.uk

Talk: Jackie Berry ‘Family Search’ 13 January, 7.30 Dorset Family History Society, St John’s Church Centre, Parkstone, 01202 785623, www.dorsetfhs.org.uk Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, 20-25 January, 7.30 (Mon 7.45, Wed, Sat mat 2.30) Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth, 0844 576 3000, www.bic.co.uk Aladdin 22 January – 1 February, 7.30 (Sat mats 2.30) Shaftesbury Arts Centre, 01747 854321, www.shaftesburyartscentre.org.uk Talk: Malcom Torrent – The Trumpets Shall Sound, 23 January, 2.15 The National Trust Association, Hallmark Hotel, Bournemouth, 01202 751520, www.bournemouthpoole-nta.org.uk Sarah Millican, 30 January, 8.00 Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth, 0844 576 3000, www.bic.co.uk Sleeping Beauty 5-8 February, times tbc Electric Palace, Bridport, 01308 424901 (Bridport TIC), www.electricpalace.org.uk

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Its principal guest conductor for ten years, Kees Bakels returns to lead Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in a big hitting programme this month. Opening with Mozart’s sparkling overture to The Impresario, which set the scene for the farcical backstage look at opera production as rival prima donnas try to outdo each other, the concert continues with the composer’s expansive Piano Concerto No 22 featuring Dutch pianist Ronald Brautigam. Completing the bill is Beethoven’s epic Third Symphony, the longest of its genre then yet composed, which proved to be the watershed between the Classical and Romantic periods. 29 January, 7.30 Lighthouse, Poole, 0844 406 8666, www.lighthousepoole.co.uk

Chaplin Following his acclaimed portrayals of Hitler, Churchill, Francis Bacon and Roy Orbison, Pip Utton’s latest one-man show focuses on a true genius of the cinema – Charlie Chaplin. Using film, Charlie is able to step in and out of the screen, to explore his life behind the façade of his character, the Tramp, before walking off into the distance. Chaplin is a captivating exposure of the life of one of the only men to produce, direct, edit, perform in and compose the score for his own films. 17 January, 7.30 West Stafford Village Hall, 01305 261984, www.artsreach.co.uk


West Borough Wimborne

Box Office 01202 885566

until 4 January see website for times ALADDIN Tickets £14 (under 16s £11.50)

1 February 7.30pm JASPER CARROTT Stand Up and Rock Tickets £25

17 January 2014 7.30pm KING PLEASURE & THE BISCUIT BOYS Bullet-proof British swing band Tickets £16

6 February 7.30pm SEAN HUGHES Penguins Tickets £15.00

18 January 7.30pm PUNT & DENNIS Ploughing on Regardless Tickets £22.50

7 February 8.00pm NINE BELOW ZERO with special guest BEN WATERS Tickets £16.50

24 January 8.00pm GLEN MATLOCK I was a Teenage Sex Pistol Tickets £17.50 25 January 7.30pm MARTY WILDE & THE WILDCATS Tickets £19.50 (1 in 10 free) 30 January 7.30pm MILES JUPP Tickets £16.50 31 January 7.30pm THE AGENCY In Concert Authentic soul, R&B and funk Tickets £10

8 February 2.00pm CinemaLive presents Noel Coward’s PRIVATE LIVES with Toby Stephens and Anna Chancellor Please note: This is a pre-recording of the West End production

Tickets £14.00 (concs £12.50)

Gallery On The Square IN THE GALLERY January and February

Dorset landscape paintings by Colin Willey

IN THE SHOP

Jewellery, glass, cards, furnishings and more

IN THE CAFÉ

Morning coffee, delicious light lunches and afternoon tea

10 February 8.00pm SADIE & THE HOTHEADS Elizabeth McGovern's band (Rescheduled date) Tickets £18

Programme subject to change – please confirm dates with the Box Office

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From a great waste to a great taste Tamsin Chandler meets the couple turning meat into golds at Capreolus Fine Foods In the 2013 Taste of the West awards, Capreolus

David at Poundbury Farmers Market

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Fine Foods received a Gold award for every product they entered – in every category, ten in all. They then went on to clinch the Champion Product award for their Guanciale (dry-cured pork cheek), which the award-winning chef, food writer and restaurateur Mitch Tonks praised thus: 'This really shone out as an extraordinary product that is beautiful in both appearance and taste. It has a strong West Country provenance combined with continental methodology, which keeps it true to its roots.' When David Richards, a food lover and talented cook, was made redundant from a lucrative but unfulfilling career as a sales director in a nanotechnology company around five years ago, he and his wife Karen came up with the goal of producing world-class charcuterie and got right down to it. They work from a rural farmhouse in Rampisham, equipped with a set of simple tools - meats, spices, a wet room, a fermentation room, a smoking room and a small, trusted staff. Capreolus (the taxonomic name for the Roe deer) are producers of Dorset charcuterie – cured, air-dried and smoked meats. Their approach is artisanal in practice, exacting in standards and always ethical in production and sourcing; the result is, they now count chefs including Yotam Ottolenghi, Jeremy Lee,

Matt Budden, Hawksmoor’s Richard Turner and River Cottage as customers. The orders are unrelenting – and so is the workload - but David and Karen couldn’t be happier. Due to Capreolus’ increasing popularity, the next challenge is to expand to meet production targets without sacrificing quality at any stage of the process. David and Karen are adamant they won’t. Whilst remaining as loyal as possible to provenance, David has the confidence to be innovative and to conceive of new products. When Lawrence, his son, returned from a trip to France with some duck saucisson sec, David immediately thought to himself: 'I could do that.' He found the price of locally sourced duck too dear to be workable so, with some lateral thinking and investigation, David arrived at a solution which not only resulted in a new line, but also ticked another box dear to his heart - putting to good use a product otherwise considered to be food waste. 'We love to use every part of every animal and especially animals that might otherwise be wasted,' explains David. 'That’s how the goose salami came about. We use "cull" geese – those from breeding flocks that have become too old (about seven years old) to lay enough eggs to remain commercially viable. These geese would normally be killed and then incinerated or rendered, as the meat is too tough for eating. However, we use this meat to make into a goose salami (blended with pork and pork fat).' 'Another product making use of overlooked bits is our venison tongue rillettes,' David says. 'The tongues of deer are generally discarded along with the rest of the head, but we have developed a recipe to use it.' Goose salami is now one of the bestsellers in the Capreolus range and the rillettes won Gold at Taste of the West Gold 2013. The range also includes smoked mutton (created for Tim Maddams of River Cottage), air-dried beef (essentially Bresaola, but it is illegal to use that name outside of the Valtellina valley in Lombardy) and Coppa (dry-cured pork neck). Unsurprisingly, David keeps his recipes and methods close to his chest, but many come with interesting and entertaining stories attached.


In any business, relationships are key. Capreolus have forged relationships with a select group of suppliers based on trust and a shared belief in ethical and sustainable farming. David and Karen display obvious pride and enthusiasm when chatting about their local suppliers, carefully selected for commitment to humane farming practices and, of course, superlative meat quality; these two factors tend to go hand in hand. Capreolus source their mutton from Martin Hayman at Netherton Farm, Closworth and Clive Sage at Wyld Meadow Farm outside Bridport. Their pigs are from Sam’s Pigs – a family-run farm in Halstock where rarebreed Oxford Sandy & Black pigs roam and dig freely in the woods and are fed on the whey resulting from the cheese-making process from the neighbouring (and itself multi-award winning) Woolsery Cheese – another otherwise-wasted food product being put to excellent use. David suggested this traditional Italian farming practice be replicated in Dorset. Their rose veal supplier, James Seeley at Fossil Farm near Winfrith Newburgh, takes in the male calves from neighbouring dairy farms and rears them for seven to eight months, successfully using another 'waste' product of the food industry. Let us finish as we started, with Mitch Tonks: 'They [Capreolus] really care about what they do. We are not traditional meat curers in this country, but Karen and David Richards have perfected their craft.

Capreolus Fine Foods are incredible innovators who truly deserve success.' s#APREOLUS&INE&OODSCANBEFOUNDONLINEANDAT many farmers’ markets (including Bridport, Dorchester, Totnes and Borough Market in London), festivals and events. David and Karen also hold Smokehouse Open Days at in Rampisham. Full details of upcoming events and a full list of products can be found at www.capreolusfinefoods.co.uk

David (far left) and Karen (far right) clean up at the Taste of the West awards

A trio of salami – boar, goat and goose, from Capreolus

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country pubs and then there are pubs which just happen to be in the country. Drusilla’s is a country pub, with a good selection of local regulars, thatched roofs and even a selection of shepherd’s huts to stay in within the grounds. The bar has draws in aid of charity, a whole calendar full of special events and a function room that can seat ninety. In terms of the eating accommodation, you can stay within the main pub part of Drusilla’s to sample the atmosphere or sit in the circular dining room for a quieter, more formal setting. We chose the former; bar conversation topics included the relative merits of the former French colonies as holiday resorts, the perils of flailing firebreaks, Russian food, maritime piracy, the price of Rolexes and the perils of sitting down all day in terms of an expanding waistline. Concerning the last of these, our visit coincided with the seasonal prix fixe menu which, while offering fans of the festive an early Christmas, doesn’t oblige everyone else to join in. It’s a thoughtfully balanced menu which ranges from the hale and hearty, to the more sophisticated. Although tempted by the sweet potato and leek soup and the Blue Vinny Pannacotta starters, we opted to open our meal with a prawn tian and a pressed ham hock terrine. The latter was served with some mixed leaves tossed in a very nicely balanced mustard vinaigrette and a Dorset ale chutney and a few slices of bread. The ham hock terrine was terrific and its savoury flavour matched well with the spicy, sweet chutney. The prawn tian was layered with a smoked salmon mousse – also served with the same excellent bread as the terrine, and topped with rocket. Had it been my starter, I’d have added a twist of pepper and some more lemon juice to it, but that’s a personal taste. The main dishes we ignored were a roasted winter vegetable and goats’ cheese tart and the roast Wessex turkey served with roasties and all the trimmings. We opted instead for a braised shin of beef and wild mushroom pie and the pan-fried sea bream. The ‘pie’ was topped with sesame seed puff pastry – or rather a rectangle of puff pasty the dimensions of a Ryvita placed on a ring of (very nice) creamed potatoes in which sat the meat, mushrooms and sauce. I’d have been happy with the mash and stew and without the somewhat redundant pie topping.

The bream, with a beautifully crisp skin, a pleasingly rich butter and chive sauce, tasty crushed baby potatoes and a swoosh of sauce with a hint of heat, came (like the braised shin) with seasonal vegetables – all perfectly cooked. The flesh of the bream was really very tasty and flaked at the touch of the knife. For pudding we chose the chocolate cheesecake and the pineapple fritter. The latter came with winter berries and vanilla pod ice-cream and presented a hot/cold/crunchy/chewy/sweet/ sharp combination that had plenty of interest to the palate. Chocolate cheesecake can sometimes be a disappointment; this one was emphatically not. Served with three highly chilled clementine segments and a candied chocolate ice-cream, it was very, very good indeed There are few nicer things to find down a quiet country lane on a winter’s evening than a warm, cosy and welcoming pub with good food and congenial company. Drusilla’s Inn offers the lot. Julian Powell 73


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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.

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

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.

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.

BOURNEMOUTH The Seaview Restaurant at The Chine Hotel, 25 Boscombe Spa Road, Boscombe, BH5 1AX. 01202 396 234. www.fjbcollection.co.uk. Wine and dine in style to an innovative menu combining contemporary and traditional flair whilst overlooking magnificent views of our acres of secluded gardens and out to sea.

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.

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.

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.

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.

FARNHAM (NR BLANDFORD) The Museum Inn. 01725 516261. www.museuminn.co.uk. A superb country inn situated in the picturesque village of Farnham, Dorset. Irresistibly fresh, seasonal, sensibly priced food. 7 days.

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 Lord Bute Hotel & Restaurant, 181-185 Lymington Road, BH23 4JS. 01425 278884. www.lordbute.com. 5-star luxury boutique hotel offering award-winning food and impeccable service, set in the romantic Highcliffe Castle grounds. Licensed for civil ceremonies.

HORTON (NR WIMBORNE) Drusilla's Inn. 01258 840297. www.drusillasinn.co.uk. Traditional Wessex freehouse with stunning view of the Horton Folly Tower. Fresh, local food, real ales and fine wines at affordable prices. Open daily 10.00 in the morning - 11.00 at night. LYME REGIS By The Bay Restaurant and Wine Bar, Marine Parade. 01297 442668. www.bythebay.co.uk. Delicious fresh food at affordable prices. Fantastic seafront location. Stunning views of Lyme Bay and the Cobb. Open daily. the bay leaf, Marine Parade. 01297 442059 www.lymebayhotel.co.uk Fresh locally sourced fish and produce reasonably priced. Perfect unrivalled views across Lyme Bay and Cobb. Open daily and accommodation available.

BE OUR VALENTINE. Indulge in a romantic evening with an irresistible 5 course menu and a glass of Kir Royale; at the award winning two rosette Highcliff Grill Restaurant, for only £39.50 per person. Bookings available on Friday 14th and Saturday 15th February 2014. Booking is essential. To book or for more details, please contact us on 01202 200800 or visit HighcliffGrill.co.uk

HIGHCLIFF GRILL RESTAURANT At the Bournemouth Highcliff Marriott Hotel St. Michael’s Road, Bournemouth BH2 5DU T. 01202 557 702 | F. 01202 293 155 BournemouthHighcliffMarriott.co.uk

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Eat, Drink, Stay 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. 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 à la carte menu. POOLE Corkers Café & Bar (Lower deck), Restaurant (Upper deck), Guest rooms (Top deck), The Quay. BH15 1AB. 01202 681393. Quayside and harbour views. Menus on www.corkers. co.uk. Harbar Bistro and Terrace at the 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 at The Haven Hotel, Banks Road, Sandbanks, BH13 7LW. 01202 707333. www.fjbcollection.co.uk. On the water’s edge; with spectacular views, an exquisite choice of menu and two AA Rosettes for the quality, standards and consistency of our cooking.

SHERBORNE The Eastbury Hotel, Long Street. 01935 813131. www.theeastburyhotel.co.uk. Enjoy an award-winning dining experience in this 2 AA Rosette restaurant that doesn’t just pay lip service to quality fresh local food. 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 TARRANT MONKTON (NR BLANDFORD) The Langton Arms. 01258 830225. www.thelangtonarms.co.uk. Pub/restaurant. Guest rooms, civil ceremony licence, open seven days a week, food served all day on Saturday and Sunday. WAREHAM The Old Granary. The Quay. 01929 552010. Beautiful pub-restaurant on the river Frome with views of the Purbeck Hills; fine wines, award-winning beers and freshly prepared food. Springfield Country Hotel. Grange Road. 01929 552177. www.thespringfield.co.uk. Set in six acres at the foot of the Purbeck Hills. Bar lunches, afternoon teas and full à la carte dinner. Private function rooms available. WIMBORNE Angels Coffee Shop, Quarterjack Mews. 01202 849922. The place to visit whether you want a hearty breakfast, morning coffee, a great value lunch with wine or a cream tea by the river. Mon-Sat 8.00 to 4.00. 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.

Sevens Boat Shed & Crow’s Nest Restaurant, Poole Park, Poole. 01202 742842. www.sevensboatshed.co.uk. Sevens Boat Shed offers exceptional food in a unique location within Poole Park.

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.

'Upstairs @ the Custom House' Restaurant, The Quay. 01202 676767/677737. www.customhouse.co.uk. Relaxed sophistication in our fabulous à la carte restaurant. Modern English/French cuisine. Outstanding views over Poole Harbour.

The Olive Branch, 6 East Borough. 01202 884686. A stunning and elegant pub-restaurant a minute's walk from Wimborne centre, secluded riverside garden, award-winning beers, fine wines and freshly prepared food.

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from 40 to 105 guests and up to 150 for evening receptions. ♥ Lulworth Castle and Lulworth Courtyard – two very different venues for your wedding ceremony and celebrations. At the heart of a 12,000-acre private estate with stunning views over the Purbeck countryside and sea, a more picture perfect setting would be hard to find. It makes for one of the most exclusive locations in the South-West. The Lulworth Wedding Fair, on Sunday 23 February, is your chance to shop for inspirational wedding ideas and to view both Lulworth Courtyard and Lulworth Castle. ♥ If you are looking for practical wedding gifts, Harts Of Stur is the place to visit. One of their experienced wedding gift coordinators can help to create your very own personalised wedding list. They have a superb selection of top-brand cookware and kitchenware in their dedicated cook shop, together with a host of

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By Jessica Miller; the illustration is by Becky Blake I have always adored the festive period, especially since Lily's birth, but I no longer possess the same stamina that I did in my twenties. By the end of last Christmas, Jasper and I were both feeling somewhat frazzled by the relentless merry-goround of socialising. Lily, of course, had risen to the occasion as only a child can: by eating her body weight in Christmas confectionery. With a presence of mind that belies her tender years, she hoarded her stash in several undisclosed locations, to where she skulked off to stuff her face whenever she pleased. Daily, we watched impotently as she rode the sugar-level rollercoaster; we witnessed our polite, sweet-natured child turn into a truculent whirling dervish who veered wildly from bouts of pale-faced torpid lethargy to manic hyperactivity to tearful listlessness, randomly punctuated by temper tantrums of Old Testament proportions. On the morning of 5 January, things came to a head. We came downstairs to discover that she had polished off a box of fruit jellies for breakfast. Emboldened by sugar-powered super strength, she was wrestling with a confused-looking dog in front of the Aga. Closer inspection revealed that she was trying to spray Bandit's white hairy armpits with deodorant while the other household dogs, Frog and Trevor, watched from the sidelines, grinning like idiots. 'Keep still, Bandit. You’ve got dreadful BO,' chided Lily bossily, tightening the half-Nelson as he tried to wriggle free. Jasper confiscated the pressurised container just in time, before Lily started to let out uncharacteristic shrieks of rage that filled the kitchen. 'Enough is enough,' I said purposefully, as she sobbed and wailed into Bandit’s fur. 'She’s going to have to go cold turkey.' Jasper nodded grimly and we headed upstairs to search for her hidden bounty. She had eaten most of it, but we seized a packet of Mars bars from underneath her mattress and a half-eaten box of Thornton’s champagne truffles emerged from the back of the airing cupboard. There was hell to pay when she realised that we’d looted her hiding places, but after we had dragged her out, literally kicking and screaming, for a long bracing walk with the dogs in the fresh air, followed by turkey soup and toasted soldiers in front of the fire and a warm bubble bath, she had lost the demonic glint in her eye and once again resembled the child we know and love. By the time she was snuggled up in bed in her new reindeer pyjamas (present from Granny Jill), her eyelids were drooping and she was yawning. I sighed contentedly and contemplated the delicious prospect of an evening spent reading one of my Christmas books and dozing in front of 98

the wood burner. I ran myself a deep hot bath with my new Jo Malone bath oil (present from Jasper). As I put down my book, then closed my eyes and sank into the bath's luxurious depths, I suddenly realised that we hadn’t got to bed before midnight for almost two weeks. After my bath, I found Jasper in the bedroom trying on the new suit I had bought him. It was beautifully cut and a perfect fit. 'Very handsome. Try this on with it.' I said, passing him his velvet bow tie. At that moment Lily wandered in to the room: 'Mummy, I’m thirsty.' I was in the kitchen getting her a glass of water and checking it against the light to see if we needed a new water filter fitting, when the dogs started growling. Footsteps echoed ominously outside – then our friends Kate and Chris burst into the kitchen, clinking bottles, trailing overnight bags and closely followed by their three boys. I, meanwhile, cut a rather incongruous figure in my dressing gown and turban, my still-unread book clasped under one arm, thrusting a glass of water ceilingwards in the other and blinking uncomprehendingly at the new arrivals. It was as if the Statue of Liberty had been surprised by paparazzi at a spa. 'WOO-HOOO! Get ready to party!' bellowed Chris, our own Sir Toby Belch, brandishing two bottles of Moët. 'Jess, my darling!’ exclaimed Kate, teetering towards me in a little black dress and six-inch heels, then enveloping me in her trademark Diorissimo-scented embrace. Lily and Jasper appeared in the doorway. Six-year-old Rufus promptly presented Lily with a giant packet of strawberry laces. Ah well, at least she'd be able to run around with the boys for a bit. 'Nice black tie,' said Chris with a smile as he expertly popped a champagne cork. 'I would have worn my dinner jacket if I’d known.' Jasper, the hero of the hour, didn’t miss a beat. 'One has to make an effort. After all, we’ve been looking forward to tonight for ages, haven’t we, Jess?' 'Oh yes, so looking forward,' I concurred, nodding perhaps a little too vigorously. 'You’re hopeless at returning text messages,' teased Kate, taking a long swig of champagne. Ah, so I wasn't going mad, I just hadn’t used that pay-as-you-go mobile for months. As I got dressed, listening to the sound of music and laughter, I remembered Jasper’s saying that the best parties are always the impromptu ones. My own little epiphany: he was absolutely right.


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