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THE BEST OF DORSET IN WORDS AND PICTURES

NO. 429 DECEMBER 2014

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The Woodlanders

From Cleopatra to comets

A Hardy photo essay

200 years of Kingston Lacy's Philae obelisk

Just who was Treves?

Anna Del Conte

Surgeon to a King and the Elephant Man

Shaftesbury's queen of pasta

I love Westbourne

The VC of Parnham House

Residents and visitors explain why

The life of flyer William Rhodes Moorhouse

FESTIVE SPECIALS • A Year in Dorset • Christmas quiz • • Seasonal Dorset poem • Gift guide •

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k DECEMBER 2014 Letters & contact details 48 Our view, your letters

Dorset Miscellany

Daring Dorchester POW escapees, night sky

6 The Woodlanders photo essay 53 Thomas Hardy's novel and its locations

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Treasure of Dorset

Knowlton's atmospheric church and henge

Living in Dorset 55 News from around the county

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Obelisk & Cleopatra

Kingston Lacy's Philae obelisk and comet lander

Focus on Beaminster 63

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Former businesses left in name only

Focus on Verwood 66

This month in Dorset

Green Cottage Riding for the Disabled

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Upcoming events in the county

Focus on Sturminster Newton 73

Eat, drink, stay…

The Sturminster Newton Orhestra

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Restaurant review, food and drink

In the footsteps of Treves 76

Charlton/Sturminster Marshall and Spetisbury

Reflections on a year

A December walk amid the furze and copses

26 Who was Sir Frederick Treves? 77

A seasonal Dorset Poem William Barnes's The Vrost

Surgeon, author and proud Dorset man

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'Why I love Westbourne' 78 The Dorset Life Christmas quiz Residents, traders and visitors explain

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How closely did you read this year's issues?

Cerne Abbas's literary giant 81 The life of F Harvey Darton

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Christmas Gift Guide Ideas for your loved ones (and yourself)

Colin Varndell's wildlife year 91 A redpoll on a teasel

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New year, new plan

Dorset Lives: Anna Del Conte 94

The Dorset Directory Classified Dorset businesses

Parnham's flying VC 98

World War 1 Ace William Rhodes Moorhouse A map showing Dorset places mentioned in this month's issue

23 WHO WAS FREDERICK TREVES?

Get into financial shape for 2015

Shaftesbury's doyenne of Italian cookery

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6 THE WOODLANDERS PHOTO ESSAY

Ghost signs of Dorset

Parish church gets a lift

SEASONAL SPECIALS

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A Dorset life for me

Roger Guttridge recalls council meetings past

GILLINGHAM SHAFTESBURY

SHERBORNE

30 'WHY I LOVE WESTBOURNE'

Fontmell Magna Child Okeford

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A trio of Christmas truces If you mention the phrase 'Christmas Truce' to people with a historical bent, their thoughts immediately turn to the trenches in 1914, of a football match played between members of opposing armies and of soldiers, some of whom had never so much as left their villages before, finding out that the evil Hun also thought he was fighting for God and peace. For others, the Christmas truce is that time of the year when, as well as biting down on turkey, they are also biting on their tongues to prevent family feuds from flaring up again. This year, however, there is a third Christmas Truce which should hopefully combine the celebration of the season of goodwill and the outbreak of peace. If there is one event which perhaps best sums up both the importance of being with family, as well as commemorating the centenary of the 'war to end all wars' it is the football match at Dorchester Town FC between a club XI and an Army (Dorset) XI whose procession onto the pitch will be accompanied by the crowd singing Silent Night. With all proceeds going to service charities Combat Stress and Blesma, the event includes a re-enactment of the 1914 Christmas Truce, festive music from the Royal Artillery Band displays and stalls with items of interest for families and individuals looking to find a living expression of peace on earth and goodwill to all men. So mark the date – Wednesday 10 December – in your diary, call 01305 262451 or email manager@ dorchestertownfc.co.uk for tickets and help Dorset to get into the true spirit of Christmas a little bit early this year.

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k Things are supposed to get bigger when you zoom in on them on a webpage, but they are not supposed to get taller! ABOVE LEFT Lewesdon Hill's height is given as 272m at one level of zooming on the Bing.com website's Ordnance Survey mapping while ABOVE RIGHT it has magically grown to a height of 279m.

The hills are alive! I enjoyed the splendid photographs in your article on the prominent points in Dorset in October's issue. However all my books on the county state that Pilsdon Pen is the highest at 277 metres, 5 metres higher than Lewesdon Hill at 272 metres. Even the Ordnance Survey map confirms these heights and that cannot be wrong… or has some growth occurred on Lewesdon Hill since their publications? T COMPTON via email I'm not quite sure how to break this to you Tony, but it I'm afraid it might be time to refresh your bookshelves, your map store and quite possibly the list of things of which you were hitherto completely sure. Lewesdon Hill has grown – and by 7m – or rather its Ordnance Survey official height is now recorded as 279m (with which it earns its position – as stated in our October feature – as Publisher ...................................Lisa Richards office@dorsetlife.co.uk Editor ............................................ Joël Lacey editor@dorsetlife.co.uk Advertisement Sales Director............. Dave Silk 01305 836440

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the highest point in Dorset) not the 272m with which it had previously been credited. This change – which occurred over a decade ago – coincided with the switch from ground surveys to aerial surveys. The confusion arises because even though the source data may have changed, all versions and ranges of OS maps are not automatically republished or reprinted. Interestingly, if you type the words 'Lewesdon Hill' into the search engine website Bing.com, then choose maps and in the 'Roads' tab, choose 'Ordnance Survey Map', the first map you are shown indeed gives Lewesdon Hill's height as 272m. However, if you then zoom in a little closer, the map changes and the high-point of Lewesdon Hill is shown as being 279m, so even the digital versions of the map are not in sync. Of course there's always the faint possibility that the 'new' OS figure of 279m is merely a red herring to catch out anyone illegally copying its maps! DIRECTORS JFA Newth (Chairman) LF Richards (Managing) DM Slocock; PMG Stopford-Adams DL; JD Kennard; DE Silk; MG Newth EDITORIAL ASSOCIATES David Burnett; Mrs Barbara Fulford-Dobson DL; David Eccles; Peter Harvey DL John Langham CBE; Mrs Pamela Seaton MBE JP DL; Mrs Terry Slocock; Mrs Amanda Streatfeild; Giles Sturdy MBE JP DL; Hon. Charlotte Townshend DL

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THE WOODLANDERS Thomas Hardy’s The Woodlanders is set in the north-west of Dorset. Tony Burton-Page guides us through it with the help of David Bailey’s photographs of the actual locations.

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he Woodlanders, the eleventh novel published by Thomas Hardy, appeared in 1887, but its origins go back much further. After the great success of Far from the Madding Crowd in 1874, he had an idea for a novel with a woodland setting. However, the insistence of reviewers that his gift was for rural stories annoyed him sufficiently to put it aside and start a comedy of manners set mostly in London and partly in France. This was The Hand of Ethelberta, which turned out to be a failure with the public and is still one of Hardy’s least-read novels. He returned to his idea more than a decade later, by which time his ‘Wessex’ novels had achieved such success that their topography was a cause of great interest among his readers, who were soon demanding more information about it. The location of ‘Little Hintock’, the focal point of The Woodlanders, led to so much discussion that in his introduction to the 1912 edition, Hardy wrote that he did not himself know where it was and that he had ‘once spent several hours on a bicycle with a friend in a serious attempt to discover the real spot; but the search ended in failure; though tourists assure me positively that they have found it without trouble’ – even some of the fictional characters have difficulty finding it, notably Barber Percomb at the start of the novel. In fact, Little Hintock is probably an amalgamation of two villages in the south-western corner of the Blackmore

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kOPPOSITE PAGE TOPThe countryside of The Woodlanders, with High Stoy, Dogbury Hill and Middlemarsh. The novel mentions the ‘Revellers Inn’, which is Lower Revels Farm, near Middlemarsh. kOPPOSITE PAGE BOTTOM The ford at Melbury Osmond, the village on which Hardy based ‘King's Hintock’ kABOVE The village of Melbury Bubb, with its manor house and St Mary’s Church, was probably Hardy’s inspiration for ‘Great Hintock’ kBELOW This replica of Giles Winterborne’s ‘One-Chimney Hut by Delborough’ was created at Breamore Woods in Hampshire for a film version of the novel kBELOW RIGHT Grace stays for a few days with an old friend at ‘Shottsford-Forum’ (Blandford Forum). This is the monument which commemorates the Great Fire of 1731.

Vale, Stockwood and Hermitage. It is the home of the main characters, and most of them were born there. Giles Winterborne, a woodman with the sap of trees in his blood, has been promised his childhood sweetheart, Grace Melbury, the daughter of a well-to-do timber merchant, by way of reparation for an ancient wrong her father did to Winterborne’s father. Despite this, however, her father has sent her away to an expensive finishing school to assure 7


kABOVEMelbury Park is the grounds of Melbury House, the model for ‘King’s Hintock Court’ near East Chelborough (Hardy’s ‘Delborough’) kRIGHTFelice Charmond stays for a while with friends at ‘Middleton Abbey’ – Milton Abbey and its house, now a school

her of a future beyond the village, and when she returns to Little Hintock she is way beyond Giles. Instead, she becomes infatuated with Edred Fitzpiers, a young doctor who has recently moved to the area. Fitzpiers, however, has an eye for the fair sex and is in turn infatuated with Felice Charmond, a rich widow living at ‘Hintock House’ (Turnworth House, in reality many miles away and now demolished). It transpires that she and Fitzpiers had a passionate but brief affair many years earlier, but by the time the two of them realise this, Fitzpiers has ensnared Grace as his wife, despite her lingering suspicions that he has been philandering with another village girl. By now Grace is completely out of Giles’s reach, for he has lost his house owing to the death of the old villager whose family had tenure of it, so that it now becomes part of the encompassing Hintock House estate. But married life does not suit Fitzpiers: disillusion sinks in. He finds himself drawn towards Felice and begins an affair with her. When she stays for a few months in ‘Middleton Abbey, near Shottsford’ (Milton Abbey, near Blandford), his regular visits there to relieve the boredom of his new life arouse Grace’s suspicions. The guiltstricken Felice confesses all to Grace and decides to move to Europe, away from temptation and the ‘handsome, coercive, irresistible’ Fitzpiers. When Fitzpiers hears of her plan he goes to visit her but falls off his horse, injuring himself. He crawls to Hintock House, where Felice takes pity on him, and after his recovery the two secretly leave for the continent. Fitzpiers sends Grace a letter saying he will not return for a long time. Grace’s father hears from local lawyer that there is a new law making divorce easier. He therefore encourages 8

Grace to renew her relationship with Giles Winterborne. The two meet in ‘Sherton Abbas’ (Sherborne) and walk around the Abbey, and Grace realises that she loves Giles as much as ever. But the lawyer discovers that the new law does not go far enough to release her from her marriage, so she is tied to Fitzpiers. She withdraws into the existence of a ‘self-constituted nun’ until she receives a letter from her husband, declaring his intent to meet her at ‘Budmouth’ (Weymouth) and return to the continent with her. On the evening of his return, Grace flees and shelters in Giles’s hut in ‘Delborough’ (Chelborough). Giles honourably refuses to stay in the hut while she is there and sleeps in the woodshed. His already precarious health weakens in the winter weather and he dies. Fitzpiers pursues Grace relentlessly and eventually persuades her to rejoin him. The last word is left to Marty South, a village girl who has always loved Giles and is left to mourn him alone. Z


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kABOVEReturning from an assignment with his lover Felice, Fitzpiers hears the clock of ‘Newland Buckton’ church strike midnight – actually the Church of the Holy Rood in Buckland Newton kRIGHTLeft to herself after Giles loses his property, Grace visits the ruins of ‘Sherton Castle’, the old Norman castle at Sherborne largely destroyed in the Civil War kBELOW Giles and Grace walk around ‘Sherton Abbey’ (Sherborne Abbey) while they are waiting to discover if she can divorce Fitzpiers kBELOW RIGHTThe family of Edred Fitzpiers comes from the village named for them, ‘Oakbury-Fitzpiers’ (Okeford Fitzpaine). The church is dedicated to St Andrew.

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kLiving in Dorset

kLEFT & ABOVE Birds from Brownsea’s largest recorded flock of spoonbills

BIRDS OF A FEATHER FLOCKING TOGETHER The largest ever sighting of a flock of spoonbills in Britain has been recorded on Brownsea Island lagoon. Paul Morton from the charity, Birds of Poole Harbour, explains that for some 50 years Poole Harbour only saw two to three spoonbills during the winter but numbers have grown year-on-year over the past decade as youngsters follow their parents back to their wintering quarters. ‘To have 47 spoonbills in the harbour is a fantastic sight and goes

to show how successful their breeding colonies are doing elsewhere,” says Paul. ‘After looking at their colouring and from previous year’s data, we suspect they have come from Holland or Belgium.’ According to Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) – which has set-up a number of hides around the island – 650 black tailed godwits, 1100 oystercatchers and 390 avocets were also seen at the lagoon in September and it was predicting that the number of migrating birds would rise in their thousands.

HIGH-FLYING BRIDPORT COUPLE A husband and wife team from Bridport have been shortlisted in the national Air Ambulance Awards in the charity volunteer category. Fran and Pam Eamer began fundraising for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance (DSAA) four and half years ago after chatting to a couple whose daughter works for the charity. Since then, they have become highly respected ambassadors for the charity, being involved in fund-raising, attending cheque presentations and servicing around 100 charity boxes across the county. Pam says the pair were surprised and delighted to be on the shortlist: ‘We thought, why us?’

kPam and Fran Eamer, shortlisted as Air Ambulance volunteers of the year

TWAGONS ROLL After working as a boatbuilder in Dorset, Chris Ward has turned his attention to another traditional craft, but with a modern twist. His 'Twagon' is a traditional gypsy bowtop wagon, but instead of being horse-drawn it is mounted on a car-towable caravan chassis. Chris studied boat-building at the Lyme Regis Boat Building Academy, but ‘Due to the itinerant nature of boat-building,’ he explains, moved out of Dorset to develop his skills further.

she says, adding how much they both enjoy attending events. Such is their dedication that when they were unable to set up a stall in a usual outdoor location, they staged it in their home instead. The awards for excellence are presented by the national Air Ambulance Association. DSAA’s Captain Phil Merrit and Doctor Phil Hyde have also been shortlisted in the pilot and doctor categories respectively. Bill Sivewright, chief executive officer of DSAA, said by highlighting individuals in this way, the organisation hopes to shine a light on the fantastic work that is done by everyone involved in the service. ‘We are all particularly proud of the fact this has been recognised at a national level,’ he says.

After working at a number of yards in the South West, he returned to Dorset to set up Wildwood Design in Broadwindsor and came up with the idea for the Twagon after restoring a number of caravans. ‘Like building boats, I put a lot of passion into them,’ says Chris. ‘As a product it’s generated much interest, and sales have been slowly increasing which can only be a good thing for Dorset as I try my best to use local craftsmen and companies where possible.’ k www.wildwood-design. org/twagons.html kLEFT The towable Twagon starts at around £15,000 ABOVE What you see when you enter the Twagon is entirely up to you as Chris installs bespoke interiors

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kLiving in Dorset AIR FESTIVAL WOW FACTOR A painting of the Red Arrows by Air Festival artist-in-residence, David Bent, has been presented to the Mayor of Bournemouth on behalf of the air festival organisers and the people of the town. ‘They (Red Arrows) wowed the crowds every day and gave everyone so much pleasure and excitement,’ says David. ‘I hope I have done the subject the justice it deserves and the people of Bournemouth enjoy my painting in their collection for years to come.’ Entitled WOW, it shows the RAF Red Arrows performing the Vixen break move over the pier while the foreground features Reds 6 and 7 just prior to a high speed break manoeuvre. It also includes other details reflecting the event, including the Royal Navy's RFA Argus on the horizon and Royal Marines on the beach. WOW will be on show in public spaces in the town, starting with the library and finishing at the Russell-Cotes in 2016. k Bournemouth Air Festival was named event of the year at the Dorset Tourism Awards

kDavid Bent’s painting: WOW

HORSES FOR COURSES TheHorseCourse, a West Dorset-based charity that uses equine-assisted behaviour techniques to help young offenders, is gaining widespread recognition for its impressive results in reducing reoffending rates. The programme was introduced at Portland Young Offender Institution in 2010 and the charity has produced data that shows a 27 percentage point reduction against predicted reoffending among a cohort of high risk, violent young offenders. Conventional interventions achieve a 10 per cent at best, according to the Ministry of Justice. Founder Harriet Laurie explains that the methodology cannot be directly compared to official statistics, but the methodology is as 'robust as possible'. Harriet hopes to roll TheHourseCourse programme out as a charitable franchise across the country and has also begun work in other areas of the community including schools and pupil referral units. The programme makes use of the Parelli method of horsemanship. Harriet explains that they use highly trained horses but those which are ‘fussy and

flighty’ and will only co-operate if the participant takes the right approach to leading them. ‘Participants have to be calm and focused. If they are overly aggressive or if they dither, the horse will not respond,’ she says. ‘The qualities horses kParticipants must be calm and focused look for in a leader are those that make us well-rounded human beings, such as clear communication, calmness and empathy.’ k www.thehorsecourse.org

DORSET'S BLOOMING SUCCESSES Wimborne has again been crowned the best small town in the regional South and South East in Bloom competition and scooped a gold award. Bournemouth kept up its impressive record, winning gold and being named coastal winner and a number of its parks were also recognised, while Shaftesbury also scooped gold. Wareham was awarded a silver gilt and its Lady St Mary’s churchyard and Redcliffe riverside path were category winners, the latter in small conservation area. Harbour View Woodland Burial ground won gold and the large cemetery category, while South Lytchett Manor Camping and Caravan Park earned a gold award being named best

kA corner of the square in bloom

business landscape. Wimborne adopted the colours of the Devon & Dorsets to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of World War 1. Wimborne in Bloom chairman Richard Nunn said that in another initiative, four new planters in East Street featured sustainable plants and these will be followed up with two other planters in the autumn planting. This year the 'in bloom' team worked with the town council and the Wimborne BID resulting in a considerable amount of extra and year-round clearing and cleaning in the town. One comment in the South and South East judges’ report highlighted that ‘not one piece of litter, weeds or evidence of environmental abuse were to be seen on the tour’. 13


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kLiving in Dorset RESTORATION DRAMA

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An iconic part of Poole’s old town skyline has been restored. The storm that struck in the middle of the night on 14 February last year claimed one of the Tudor chimneys on St George’s Almhouses. Fortunately no-one was injured and alternative accommodation was found for the occupant. It did, however, mean a major rebuild to ensure it and the neighbouring chimney would last for another 500 years, says Wendy Yeatman, chairman of the Municipal and Owen Carter Almshouses trust. Another Tudor house owner recommended stone mason and chimney restorer, Jonathan Weeden, of Weeden Masonry, who described stabilising the external remnant

kABOVE The almshouses during the works and BELOW Jonathan Weeden squeezes in new steelwork

structure as the task that has required most preparation of any he’s undertaken in his career. After securing the existing structure, he removed the weighty stacks above, logging and detailing each brick. The intention was to re-use as much original material in the rebuild as possible. Jonathan discussed remedial solutions with the planning department, conservation officer and the trust and, six months after the original collapse, the carefully planned reconstruction began. ‘The methodical way in which we took the brickwork down meant we could place each brick back into its original position with only a few handmade additions that we will merge into the existing brickwork,’ says Jonathan.

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Yalbury Cottage has been named best Small Hotel of the Year 2015 in the Good Hotel Guide’s annual César Awards. Jamie and Ariane Jones, who took over the hotel and restaurant in Lower Bockhampton in 2007, say the award is a testimony to its ‘two wonderful managers, James Davie and Christopher Holmes, amazing staff and fantastic suppliers and producers, who all deliver on a daily basis’. Jamie spent fourteen years working for Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts as executive chef and says it was always the couple’s kYalbury Cottage's Ariane, dream to own their own small hotel. Jamie and family ‘When I worked in France I knew one day I would have my own place,’ he says, explaining that one of the secrets of their success is continually investing in their product. ‘We knew from the start we were in this for the long-term. There is always something happening at Yalbury Cottage which keeps us all enthusiastic and excited. We are still enjoying ourselves and are as in love with Yalbury Cottage as the day we took over seven years ago.’ The Good Hotel Guide describes itself as the last bastion of independent and impartial advice in its field and the César Awards, named after noted Swiss hotelier César Ritz, honour the best hotels of the best.

kSpider crab which is not recommended except with specific provisos

DORSET HERITAGE AT RISK Twenty-six sites in Dorset have been added to English Heritage’s Heritage at Risk register bringing the total to 312. New entries include St John’s Church in West Bay, the Abbey Church of St Mary, St Sansom and St Branwalader in Milton Abbas, Castle Hill in Shaftesbury and Hod Hill camp and Lydsbury Rings in Stourpaine/ Hanford. Among the 14 sites across the county to be removed from the list is the grade II St Giles House Registered Park and Garden. English Heritage says that its ground-breaking design influenced other important landscapes (such as Stourhead). The restoration of the landscape includes de-silting the 18th century lake, repairing the lodges, replanting the Great Avenue while the spectacular grade II listed shell grotto will soon be completed. Scheduled monuments or archaeological sites make up the greatest proportion of at-risk sites in Dorset with a total of 279.

k The Church of St John in West Bay is among the new entries on English Heritage’s at risk register

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nyone unfamiliar with the church of St Mary of raised £1000. They invited the Annunciation in Beaminster may struggle to members of the congregation see why a new lift should be quite such a big deal. to contribute short stories on Those who live in the area, though, will know that the how their faith had helped church sits on a slope and both its entry points have steps, them through a challenging meaning it totally lacks disabled and wheelchair access if time and published them in the lift isn’t working. The old lift had become increasingly a book called In the Same unreliable over the past year and some members of the Night and, instead of putting congregation had stopped coming to the church because a price on it, asked people of this. Its bad behaviour was typified by its performance for donations towards the before this year’s Beaminster Festival for which the church lift. That wasn’t the end of is an important venue. Maintenance men had once again the story though, Mary’s to be called out and, whilst they got it working, it had to brother is a missionary in the k The smart new Italian lift in situ be ‘nursed’ through the festival, says David Langridge, Philippines and he took the coordinator of the new lift project. book out with him. ‘So it travelled around the world and While it has taken many months of effort, it was we had a letter back from a young missionary who talked a project David was happy to take on as he knew its about how his faith had helped him,’ says David. ‘So it importance to the congregation and wider community. turned out to be a remarkable little book.’ Speaking just days after its installation, he was delighted The total cost of the lift was £26,000 and any shortfall in to report that it was operational for the Friends of funding to date will be paid from the church’s fabric fund Beaminster Festival’s fund-raising concert and the church although David says they will seek to reimburse this via and the local primary school’s respective harvest festivals. further fund-raising. ‘It meant mothers could bring their buggies up in the Although Jackson Lift Group installed the lift, it was lift,’ he says and his words are echoed by Pioneer Priest manufactured in Italy. ‘It’s beautifully built,’ says David, Reverend Jo Neary, part of whose remit is to connect the explaining that the church told him nothing could ‘look church more closely with the community and projects different’ and stonework could not be altered. The only such as the Walk-in Wednesdays drop-in cafe have difference is that the doors had to be metal not wood (the proved popular. ‘We feel very strongly that we have this old lift’s doors were wooden and these would swell during marvellous building and want to serve the whole of the wet periods and create problems). ‘Although they are of town, not just those who worship on a Sunday,’ she says. modern origin, from a distance they look like the old ones,’ ‘But to do this properly, we needed to replace the lift.’ says David, explaining that they blend in nicely being dark David presented a report to the Parochial Church nut brown in colour. While the project spanned almost a Council (PCC) and got the go-ahead for a replacement year, installation proved to be a much speedier affair with lift, which would be delivered and installed by Jackson Jackson Lift Group arriving on the Monday and the lift Lift Group, which had the existing maintenance contract was in place and working by Wednesday of the same week. (but hadn’t installed the original lift). ‘They offered an For David, while keen to credit everyone involved in attractive quote for a modern hydraulic one, which was the project, it is a case of job well done. Reverend Neary much more user-friendly and we already had a good says that, with the new lift in place, she is looking forward rapport with them,’ says David. to welcoming back some of those who’ve been unable Happily, fund-raising got off to a flying start with a to come to the church and hopes to expand Walk-in £10,000 grant from the Wednesdays. ‘We are Friends of St Mary’s. going to offer people Meanwhile, the "lifts to the lift", so Erskine Muton Trust they can come into Fund, which provides the church and spend grants for Anglican some time with other church buildings, people whether it’s awarded the project to do some art, play £5000. Other amounts Scrabble or chat,’ she followed – including says. ‘Often they just generous donations from want companionship.’ parishioners (including And with the lift project four-figure sums) – and complete, she jokes that £700 raised by a cream next up is a disabled tea afternoon. Two loo. ‘If we can get one of parishioners, Jane Rose those that really will be a k A daunting prospect for the less mobile: the two access routes to St Mary's church, Beaminster and Mary Treacher, lasting legacy!' Z 17


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In the footsteps of Treves

CHARLTON MARSHALL, SPETISBURY AND STURMINSTER MARSHALL Clive Hannay and Steve White follow Sir Frederick down the River Stour

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reves begins chapter VIII of his book Highways and Byways in Dorset: ‘There are two roads from Blandford to Wimborne – one by the river, and one by Badbury Rings and Kingston Lacy. The river road brings us to Charlton Marshall, an uninteresting village with a prim, old-maidish-looking church’. The river referred to above is that most renowned of Dorset rivers, the Stour. Treves may have neglected to mention this but what's worse is his dismissal of the village and its church in one sentence. Treves, himself an eminent surgeon, seems intent on getting to what he considers a much more interesting story of a fellow medic. He tells of the kThe Rectory at Spetisbury ‘lurid drama’ that took place in Charlton Marshall in 1742, when John Truelove set fire to his house before shooting himself during a visit from the Sheriff’s Officer, brought about as a consequence of sizeable debts resulting from ‘riotous living’. Most would consider Treves's declaration that the parish church of St Mary is 'old-maidish-looking’ (whatever that means) is unjustified. The church's 15th century tower and north aisle arcade notwithstanding, St Mary's was completely rebuilt in 1713. Despite its relative modernity, it is a notable building, considered one of the finest ecclesiastical Georgian structures outside of London. Thomas Bastard, whose sons were responsible for the reconstruction of Blandford after the major fire of 1731, may have been involved in the rebuild although some sources, including Sir Nikolaus Pevsner, suggest it was the sons themselves. Interest continues regarding the building's interior; the 18th century octagonal pulpit with its sounding board is topped by a golden pelican, the font cover, in carved wood featuring a pineapple, the latter believed to be the work of the aforementioned Thomas Bastard. It is unfortunate that Charlton Marshall’s church sits so close to the busy A350; traffic is constantly passing within a few feet of the building - something Treves could never have foreseen, as the positioning of the building on the main thoroughfare through the village would have been considered an advantage 100 years ago! Treves now cycled along this very road to Spetisbury: ‘About a mile from Charlton Marshall is Spetisbury church, wherein is a monument to one of the Bowyer family (1599) and an eighteenth-century hour-glass in its metal stand.’ The Parish Church of St John, was subject to major restoration in 1858 and again in 1868, however there

are still some interesting monuments to be found, the one to the Bowyer family being a magnificent example. Unfortunately, like Bloxworth church, mentioned in a previous ‘In the Footsteps of Treves,’ the hourglass, dated 1700 was stolen (apparently in the late 1960’s) whereas the iron stand in which it would have been housed, whilst supposedly still in the church's possession, was nowhere to be found when we visited. By the time this article is published work should have begun on fitting a kitchen and toilets, (sympathetically, according to the plans on display) at the back of the church. Just down the road was the Priory of St Monica, now the site of a group of bungalows, known as Priory Gardens, Treves tells us: ‘The Priory, formerly under Augustinian nuns and afterwards occupied by Canons Regular of the Vatican, was demolished in recent years and the Canons moved to Blandford.’ Built in 1735 as Spetisbury House, the building spent 65 years as a private residence before purchase by Augustinian nuns, becoming St Monica’s Priory in 1800. By 1887 it had passed to the Canons Regular of the Lateran of Bodmin Priory, until it was sold by the order in 1927. The new owner, a builder, immediately demolished the house with most of the associated buildings and sold everything off - including entire panelled rooms. The splendid panelled saloon was procured by William Randolph Hurst in the USA, it has since been re-sold and is now in New York. Other parts of the house also found their way across the Atlantic - something not unusual at the time. Highways and Byways in Dorset is liberally interspersed with wonderfully descriptive sentences. Treves' description of Spetisbury's Hill Fort is a classic example; ‘The road on its way passes under Crawford Castle, a well-preserved British fort, whose lofty rampart hangs at one point over the cutting of a railway. Between these two works of man, which are here in such close company, there stretches a gulf of centuries filled with the clamour of spade and pick, with the clank of anvils, the glare of fires, and the bursting breath of steam.’ Crawford Castle, also know as Spetisbury Rings is an extraordinary monument. Surprisingly, Treves makes no reference to the fact that when the railway was laid in the late 1850's, mass graves containing a large number of skeletons were uncovered. The proximity of the monument to both the main road (which runs parallel to the old 23


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railway line) and to housing, doesn't detract too much from the setting and some expansive views are to be had from atop the ramparts. The railway station was closed down in 1956 while the line continued to carry passenger traffic until 1966, prior to its lifting in 1969. The old track-bed is now a bridleway and work is currently in progress to renovate the old station buildings. The river Stour is a major influence on the villages through which it flows and most likely the reason they were sited here in the first place, it's perhaps not unexpected therefore, to find two fine ancient bridges in the locale. The first Treves chances upon is in Spetisbury; ‘Beyond the castle is Crawford Bridge, one of the many fine mediaeval bridges remaining in Dorset. It has nine old arches of grey stone to carry it over the river, to make a shelter for the trout and an echo for the water as it tumbles over the pebbles. There is some bravado about the ancient bridge, for on the upstream side it thrusts out angular buttresses of enormous strength, to show that it could stem a torrent if the need arose. It is correct to call the west side of Crawford Bridge mediaeval, the east side, however, was rebuilt, using mostly the original stone etc, when the road was widened in 1819. The edifice would appear to be much as Treves 24

saw it over 100 years ago, apart from the fact that it's now metalled. The next ancient crossing of the Stour comes in quick succession: ‘Half a mile east of Sturminster Marshall is White Mill Bridge, by far the most beautiful of the Dorset bridges, now scheduled as an ancient monument. Built in the fourteenth century, its eight arches have chamfered ribs, and there are the usual recesses over each of the mighty cutwaters. The red and brown stones used in its construction give the structure a delightful pigmentation’. Evidence suggests that the current bridge, (believed to be sitting on the wooden piles of the original bridge built in around 1170), is the oldest river crossing in Dorset. The existing eight arch bridge is believed to be 16th century although the Victorians carried out modifications and further restoration was carried out in 1964. Extraordinarily, unlike most bridges, White Mill Bridge has never been widened. Treves now moves on to a village that he would now find difficult to recognise, as the past 100 years have seen Sturminster Marshall expand drastically; 'Sturminster Marshall is a straggling village with a maypole, which was recently damaged in a storm, and is now propped up in splints. In the church hangs a helmet


which, together with a sword, disappeared during the restoration of the church in 1860. The sword was never recovered, but the helmet was found in a cottage being used as a coal-scuttle, and was replaced in the church. Is it possible that the sword was beaten into a ploughshare? The church was assigned to Eton College by Henry VI, and to illustrate the King’s connection with the parish a sixteenth-century portrait of Henry, with two crowns, purchased at Brigstock, has been incorporated in the pulpit. There are fine fourteenth-century hinges on the church door’. A permanent maypole still stands in Sturminster Marshall, the current version, erected in 1986, weighs in at three and a half tons. The plaque beside the structure states that permission for a fair on this site was granted in 1101, by then Lord of the Manor, the Earl of Pembroke. It is assumed that a maypole has stood here since. This part of the village seems to have changed the least; many old buildings are to be found but modern and sometimes insensitive infill is evident everywhere - this is the price the village has paid for its proximity to the Poole/ Bournemouth conurbation. Entering the Church of St John, one finds high up on the north wall of the aisle the funerary helmet, its colour

and styling means that it isn't difficult to imagine it being used as a coal scuttle. The oak pulpit procured from the church in Brigstock, Northamptonshire stands in the nave. The aforementioned door featuring a contemporary portrait of Henry VI has been removed for ‘safekeeping' due to its undoubted value and therefore its vulnerability. It is ironic, that the very reason the pulpit was fetched down from Northamptonshire is the very rationale for the door being hidden away. Like Spetisbury's church, Sturminster's St John's church is hoping to build an extension in which to install a kitchen and toilets. Centuries ago churches had more than just their spiritual function as far as the community around them was concerned as they were used for meetings, gatherings etc. It looks as if, in order to survive, these ancient buildings have to update, or perhaps revert back to their past role as 'community hubs'. What would Treves have said about that? Z k We would like to extend our thanks to the churchwardens of Charlton Marshall and Spetisbury for unlocking their respective churches, and those at Sturminster Marshall church and the staff of the Woodpecker pub in Spetisbury for their collective help in the compiling of this article. 25


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most popular book written on Dorset. Treves used to rent a cottage in West Lulworth and moored his yacht, Vagabond in the Cove. An accomplished yachtsman, he apparently taught a number of medical colleagues to sail and he even earned his Master Mariner’s certificate; he would regularly cross the English Channel on Boxing Day single handed. It was while staying at his cottage in Lulworth in September of 1892 that a remarkable event, as well as an astonishing coincidence, took place. Treves describes it in Highways and Byways in Dorset: ‘The cliffs that shut in the cove on the land side are steep and terrible. On the beach at the foot of the highest precipice is a board with this inscription on it:‘This marks the spot whereon E.H.L. Aged 11 years Fell from the summit of the cliff, A descent of 380 feet, September 7th 1892. She miraculously escaped without Sustaining lifelong injury S.T.S.L.’ The girl’s name was Edith H Leckie of 1, Morningside Road, Bootle, Lancashire. Her mother was an Australian called Elizabeth, her father an Irish Squire (which is where the initials S.T.S.L come from); Squire T S Leckie. The incident is recorded in a number of local newspapers including The Dorset County Chronicle and Poole & Dorset Herald. Edith and her mother were visiting Lulworth Cove with friends; the Squire was in Weymouth on business. Treves continues the story: ‘Any who look up from this spot to the fringe of grass which crowns this appalling wall will never for a moment credit that a child can have fallen from a height greater than that of St Paul’s Cathedral without having been mangled to death. I did not actually Kobal

though, he was asked by the publishers, Macmillan, to write the Dorset edition of their popular Highways and Byways… series. Treves accepted the challenge, and a challenge it was: he cycled over 2000 miles around the county researching his book. Here was one of the most famous people in the British Empire cycling on rough chalk tracks visiting almost every part of Dorset. The book was first published in 1906, re-printed many times; it still holds the title of

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see the poor girl fall, but I was on the beach when she was brought to the coastguard boat-house, where I was able to attend to her terrible injuries. ‘She came down with her back to the cliff. Her clothes were torn into strings, and it would appear that the catching of her garments on the rough face of the precipice, together with the circumstance that certain slopes and ledges were encountered in her descent, help to explain the incredible fact that she escaped with her life, and still more happily without permanent ill effect. ‘Those who are curious about coincidences,’ Treves continues, ‘may be interested to know that at the time the alarm reached my cottage I was reading a book written by her father. He was himself not staying in Lulworth at the time, nor had I previously made his acquaintance.’ That Treves was reading a book on railway engineering by Squire T S Leckie, when the latter’s daughter fell from the ‘summit of the cliff’, is a fascinating coincidence! Sir Frederick Treves died on 7 December 1923, at the age of 70, in Lausanne, Switzerland. Ironically it was peritonitis that caused his demise. In the days before antibiotics, peritonitis commonly resulted from a ruptured

kKing Edward VII shown in his imperial pomp. A scene which might not have been captured were it not for the intervention of Sir Frederick Treves.

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appendix. Lady Frederick Treves arranged for him to be cremated at Lausanne and sent the ashes to England, so that they could be buried in Dorchester cemetery. She did not attend the funeral, which took place on 2 January 1924, arranged by Sir Newman Flower, Treves’s friend as well as his publisher. The service was organised by Thomas Hardy. Hardy, who was now 84 and very frail, was implored by Flower not to attend; it was bitterly cold and raining hard, nevertheless he insisted and stood beside the open grave, without an umbrella, for the entire ceremony. He placed a poem in The Times titled In the Evening. The Society of Dorset Men contributed a wreath on which was inscribed a verse from William Barnes, in Dorset Dialect, which had been a favourite of Treves: ‘An’ oft do come a saddened hour When there must go away Woone well beloved to our heart’s core Vor long, perhaps vor aye. An’ oh! It is a touchen thing The loven heart must rue To hear behind his last farewell The geate a-vallen to! Treves and Thomas Hardy had been great friends, often meeting to reminisce about old Dorset, dining on Dorset Knobs and Blue Vinny cheese, washed down with a fine Burgundy. Hardy invited funeral guests to tea and talked about Treves. Hardy said the fact that Treves was chosen by The Society of Dorset Men as the first president and Hardy as second, showed the high level of esteem in which Treves was held. Hardy is justifiably famous and as a son of Dorset he has probably done more to bring the county to the fore than anyone else. Treves conversely, is hardly known in his native county, remarkable, considering that for a time at the beginning of last century, he was one of the most famous men on the planet. Z


WHY I LOVE WESTBOURNE Joël Lacey takes to the streets and arcade of Westbourne

kThe iconic arcade is the living centre of Westbourne

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ounded by the County Gates to the west, Clarendon Road to the east, Surrey Road to the north and the sea to the south, Westbourne became part of Bournemouth in 1884, but still, 130 years on, has a separate village-like feel, to it. Its heart is the D-shaped shopping centre formed by the stub of Poole Road and Seamoor Road, the latter giving a glimpse of the past history of Westbourne as a stretch of Moorland, cut up by chines leading to the sea. Robert Louis Stevenson lived and wrote here, Winston Churchill had a brush with death here and the French poet Paul Verlaine – words from whose poem Chanson d'automne were broadcast to the French Resistance as a signal to launch their pre-D-Day sabotage missions – described Westbourne from his time here thus: ‘The long fir wood winds downwards to the shore, The narrow wood of firs, of laurels and of pines.’ These days it is a cosmopolitan area, with a monthly farmers’ market, a population with a broad range of ages, a beautiful arcade, a slew of independent shops and the increasingly popular answer to the question ‘Where shall we meet?’ for many in the Poole and Bournemouth areas. But let’s find out more from the people who live, work and visit here to find out what it is that makes this place so special. Z 30


kWhy

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William Rose 'I come here a few times a month, just to catch up with friends and at weekends to take a nice constitutional down through Alumhurst Chine to the beach. Westbourne is such a strange (in a good way) place as it's a mix of lots of young trendies and old-timers; there’s a great array of shopping options and what I like is that it’s almost all independents. It’s close to Bournemouth, but not overwhelmed by it.'

Paul Read (and Mollie, visiting from Devon) I live just up the road in Parkstone and have been there fifteen years or so. A few years ago I came across Westbourne, just driving through, and it was like discovering a new village. It’s perfectly positioned for when I want to meet up with friends from Bournemouth and we always end up saying: “Let’s meet in Westbourne.”

Paul Whitehouse (owner of the UK’s smallest cinema) I set up the café and art gallery after a project I was working on came to a natural end, and then I saw a film about a community cinema in Wales and I thought: “We could have that here”. According to the Independent Cinema Office, we’re the smallest cinema in the UK [it has nineteen seats, two of which are in the “Royal box”]. We do Saturday morning pictures for the kids, themed weeks (like Halloween and Christmas) talks and presentations from people as varied as Anita Harris to a Patagonian gaucho giving talks along with selected films. It’s great when people book the place out for parties as our lovely local Westbourne restaurants will deliver to us. It’s just nice to be able to offer a cinema to those people who don’t drive and who don’t want to have to go into town, or out to an out of town entertainment complex; they can walk here and walk home.

Kirsty Robinson 'The bookshop’s been here 17 years and I’ve had it for seven. The locals are really nice and are very loyal and the businesses are very supportive of one another. We’re all getting together and on the first weekend in December we’re having a big Christmas fair, and with the support of the Coastal BID (Business Improvement District) it should be a really good weekend.'

Beth Kendall & David Dwyer 'We’ve lived here three or four years and there’s a really nice mix of coffee shops and bars as well as a butcher, a grocer and a good array of independent shops.'

Chantal Mutel It’s just a brilliant place to live. I’ve been here seven years and it’s very cosmopolitan, it’s a great place to shop and socialise and it always feels safe here. I moved away briefly to be with my fiancé, but we both moved back here as I really missed Westbourne.

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Gemma Slaymaker The family moved to the area 22 years ago and when I left university I had a Saturday job working in a shop in Westbourne. When I wanted a change from working at the European Parliament, it just felt right to come back here. There’s very definitely a village-y feel to Westbourne and when a friend of my mum’s told us this shop was closing due to retirement, we (Gemma, along with her mum Anne and dad Paul) opened Gemma at Westbourne a couple of months ago. The people in Westbourne are mixed in age, but they’ve got a sense of fashion about them and they expect good service and something a little bit different in terms of stock.

Bev (pictured) & May Strike My family’s had a shop here since the 1920s (my father was Don Strike) and it’s really one of the most civilised places to be, especially in the arcade. There are plenty of really pleasant people and it’s a good place to bring up children. The great thing about Westbourne as a shopping area is that once you’re here, you can’t get lost; it’s not like one of those big shopping malls,… and if you can’t find something that you want to eat in Westbourne, you’ve got a problem!

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THE LITERARY GIANT OF CERNE ABBAS Frederick Harvey Darton fell in love with Dorset when a young man and eventually made Cerne Abbas his home. He is famous the world over for his work on children’s literature, but his writings on Dorset are second to none. Colin Trueman is convinced he should be better known in our county.

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erne Abbas’s most famous resident is without county when, as a student at St John’s, Oxford, he went doubt the Giant. He has looked over the village with Sidney Ball, the philosophy tutor and Fellow of St for four hundred years (or more, depending on John’s, to Bridport on one of his reading parties. It was which theory of his origin you subscribe to). He has love at first sight, and Dorset became the part of the world inspired many people to write about him, although there to which he was most attached: he was to spend more and is no written record of him before 1694 – a lacuna which more of his time there. leads many to doubt the longevity with which he is often Darton came from a family with connections in the attributed. The Giant himself is understandably reticent on publishing business dating back to 1787, when his greatthe subject. great-grandfather William began But it was one of Cerne’s less business as a printer, engraver well-known inhabitants who and book publisher in the City of wrote one of the most remarkable London. Five generations later books to focus on the Giant. This the business had mutated into was Frederick Joseph Harvey Wells Gardner, Darton and Co., Darton, whose 1935 book English and Frederick took it over in 1904 Fabric is subtitled ‘A Study of at the age of 26. Village Life’ and uses Cerne Little is known about his Abbas as its paragon, the Giant early life other than that he was being its leading character. It is born in London, spending his a remarkable work, for its author formative years there and in first defines an English village Kent, and that, despite gaining and then penetratingly analyses a scholarship in Classics to what makes it so, by examining St John’s, Oxford, he had an the inhabitants, their work and unexceptional career there, their leisure. taking a second class degree in It is very much of its time – the classical moderations in 1899 eighty-year period between then and in literae humaniores in 1901. and now carves a statistical However, there are biographical chasm – but Darton’s human clues in a novel written by observation is timeless. He has Darton called My Father’s Son: an immense sympathy for the lot a Faithful Record, which was of the agricultural labourer and so autobiographical that he a passionate but unsentimental published it under the name ‘W.W. love of rural England, Dorset in Penn’. It paints an unflattering particular. And Cerne Abbas and picture of his life with his its Giant are the unifying factors. family, in particular his father’s He uses the Giant as an apologue determination to get him working or fable: ‘he stands for the for the family firm. It is the only principle of life eternally renewed one of his writings which leaves but constant in one place from a bitter taste in the mouth. century to century.’ He refers to Perhaps there was an it frequently, casting it in the role underlying unhappiness in of an observer of the past and a Darton’s later life. His marriage watchman over the village. was annulled in 1920 – he had At the time of the book’s married the daughter of the publication Darton was lodging headmaster of his public school in Cerne’s Red Lion pub, having in sunnier pre-war times – and forsaken his native London for he sank into a lonely life in which k One of the very few known photographs of Frederick Harvey Darton. Dorset. He had got to know the his sole consolations were the It was taken at a cricket match at his old school, Sutton Valence.

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k Cerne Abbas in earlier times, showing the Red Lion, where F Harvey Darton died in 1936

Dorset countryside and, alas, alcohol. He buried himself in in his work: he seems to have written almost continuously from 1920 until his death in Cerne Abbas sixteen years later. He was able to turn his hand to anything; he wrote museum guides, book reviews, introductions to reprints of classics, and he edited magazines and books of essays. Today he is chiefly remembered for his great work Children’s Books in England, first published in 1932 but still in print today and regarded as the standard reference book on the subject. He drew on his collection of books, games and other material which the family’s firms had amassed over the years. Kathleen Lines, who prepared the second edition in 1958, stated that ‘it is probably safe to say that Darton will never be supplanted.’ A third edition appeared in 1982, and every two years the Children’s Books History Society presents the Harvey Darton Award ‘for a distinguished contribution to the history of English children’s literature’. However, it is his writings on Dorset which are of particular interest to lovers of the county. The first of these, The Marches of Wessex, was published in 1922 but written over a period of twenty years ‘as a pleasure to myself…in the intervals of a busy life’, as his preface explains. The book began as an attempt to describe ‘the admirable fitness of Dorset for walking tours’, but he discovered that the more he walked there, the more he learnt of England. He therefore modified his plan so that each chapter includes a sketch of English history (starting from ‘Before the Flood’), which he then applies to ‘its local exhibition in Dorset’, concluding the chapter with a walk covering the places mentioned in it. In his preface he strenuously

denies being a historian, which is perhaps a good thing, as he has a sense of perspective which many historians lack. Writing of the countryside near Badbury Rings, he says: ‘The old tracks are the very vehicle of time: this grassy way has been trodden for a millennium and a half,

k The gravestone of Frederick Harvey Darton in Cerne Abbas burial ground

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k The Abbey Gatehouse at Cerne Abbas, much admired by Darton in English Fabric

and every blade of grass in it, every twig, even the very worm-cast mould, is of an ancestry as splendid as man’s. If it be preserved only by so little as one wayfarer's steps in a year, it is still the authentic and undiminished chronicle of stories that have become our minds.’ Treves’s Highways and Byways cannot match this. Here is no ramblers’ guide. Of Eggardon Hill Darton says: ‘Here, on this glorious headland, is all the happiness and peace I can ever desire….I can look down on life hence, as I look down on the lane below, and say “I am on the heights: I have lost the whole world and gained my own soul.”’ Early in the book he writes that Dorset is a county of which he loves every inch, but it is evident that Cerne Abbas had a special place in his heart. He spends four pages on the village, and loved it enough to make a point of being present at the notorious sale of a large part of it in 1919 by its owners, the Pitt-Rivers family, who had massive death duties to pay off. The last book he wrote before he died was Alibi Pilgrimage, in which he traces the footsteps of the Squires, a gypsy family which was accused in 1753 of abducting Elizabeth Canning, a London housemaid – their alibi being that they were travelling from Dorset at the time. It teems with joyous descriptions of the Dorset countryside. The Spectator review said: ‘One cannot imagine a better way of getting to know Dorset and its neighbouring counties than to use this book as a guide and go on the same pilgrimage.’ Darton had written English Fabric the year before, and it serves as his hymn of praise to Cerne Abbas. In the second chapter he gives an affectionate description of the village. He is especially fond of the Abbey Gateway: ‘it is lovely enough to make one troubled at what England has lost: not, I would say, in any particular religious faith, but in the power to express, in stones, a wonder, a pride that is not arrogance, a love of making life lovely.’ He enthuses about ‘the glorious tithe barn’: ‘older than any remnant, and, through careful restoration, today more perfect.’ But he is equally fond of ordinary village life: he describes conversations in the tap-room of the inn, he extols the virtues of the shepherd, the value of the Women’s Institute, the benefit of the local shops (although he laments the disappearance of them elsewhere), and the genuine rustic speech he heard in the village. The last section of the book describes a walk along the old track from Cerne Abbas to Maiden Castle, with descriptions of the countryside it traverses which become more and more ecstatic as he approaches the end. This is a book which every lover of Dorset will relish – and one which deserves a place on the shelf of every resident of Cerne Abbas. Drawn as he was to Cerne, it was almost inevitable that he should end up there. But while lodging at the Red Lion in July 1936, he died of cirrhosis of the liver brought on by his alcoholism. The Times obituary benevolently sought a different culprit and put it down to ‘heart-strain, largely caused by his long walks through his beloved Dorset.’ He is buried in a secluded corner of the graveyard of the village that had finally become his home. Z k Mary Squires, anti-heroine of Alibi Pilgrimage

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ANNA DEL CONTE Harry Bucknall meets Dorset’s Italian kitchen deity

kAnna Del Conte in her Shaftesbury kitchen

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ow living on the outskirts of Shaftesbury, the inspirational food writer, Anna Del Conte – beloved by Nigella Lawson and Delia Smith, opened the country’s eyes to real Italian cooking with books like Portrait of Pasta and her encyclopaedic Gastronomy of Italy – has just returned from a trip to Holebrooks, the butchers in Sturminster Newton. ‘At the moment, I am eating a lot of liver - good for the iron. Two meals for 91p, excellent value. Cut it thin, a clove of garlic, two minutes in a hot pan with oil, balsamic, a drop of water, but be careful not to over cook and it is delicious. Food,’ she goes on, ‘is not expensive if you know how to shop. In Italy, the food everywhere is better, but then we have the nourishment of the sunshine, that’s why Sicilian tomatoes are so delicious. It is all about flavour, and enjoyment. Like music, like art, you grow up with food and you have to be educated from birth to appreciate it.’ Not surprisingly, Anna’s mother back in her native Milan, was a good cook. I love to eat everything,’ she announced in her melodic English accent, looking out of her kitchen window across the expanse of the Blackmore Vale. ‘Except porridge, I don’t know why, but there it is, I just don’t like it.’ 42

Anna, and her late husband, Oliver Waley, whom she met when she first came to England in 1949, originally moved to Fontmell Magna in 1998 to be close to their daughter, Julia. Arriving in Dorset, Anna’s first impression was that the meat was very good and the fish in the markets, even better. ‘You can tell a good fish counter by the smell. There shouldn’t be one if the fish is fresh’. ‘For me’, she continued, ‘food is everything, it’s about wellbeing, civilization and love. If you don’t eat together, when do you see the family? Watching the TV? You don’t talk. Laying the table, it’s a ritual and’, she pauses, ‘it’s very important to have rituals in life. I always cook. I never buy prefabricated food. Cooking doesn’t have to be complicated; simple meals like liver are a form of expression – further expression. And you have to criticize, otherwise no one learns. What is the point of saying something is delicious, if it is not? But then’, she laughs, ‘Italians are critical by nature, nothing is right for them.’ ‘It’s all about balance. For example, we [in Italy as children] were taught never to eat more than 100 grams of red meat a day, maybe for veal a little more and only once a day ever. That’s also a question of health too, and Italians, of course, are besotted with their health. We complain the whole time and are forever going to see the doctor. The English, who never complain by


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kAnna with one of her biggest fans, Nigella Lawson, presenting Anna with the Guild of Food Writers Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition of her contribution to Italian cookery

comparison, put up with a lot before going to see a doctor. Italians wouldn’t but then the balance is never right!’ A warm, enquiring character, Anna reminisces how, when she first came to work in England just after the war as an au pair: ‘olive oil had hardly been heard of, salad cream ruled supreme and food was just something you ate. I worked for a family near Hampton Court. Kitty, my employer, was a very good cook; she could make something out of anything – even margarine. All butter was salted – that surprised me most – and there was a lot of fresh fish. In Soho, you could buy almost whatever; it was full of Italians. Everywhere else it was just carrots and cabbage. Oh, and meat was rationed so I would buy horse on the Fulham Road to make into meatballs’, she fixes a stare. ‘Yes, why not? In France, more people than ever eat horse nowadays. It’s perfectly fine. It’s a noble animal just like the lamb; if you eat one meat, then why not another? If you don’t like it, then fine, but if you mix in salami or mortadella with eggs and Parmesan which were available, fry the meat balls and serve them in a tomato sauce, nobody ever knew what sort of meat it was. But, I never dared to tell people either, except my husband of course. Oliver would eat everything; he was my principal taster. ‘ ‘It took a generation to make people understand,’ she said. It was a journey that started in 1976, when teaching Italian in London. It was Anna’s brother, visiting at the time, who suggested she should write a book on pasta. She mentioned the idea to the parents of one of her students, who just happened to be publishers and owners of the Paddington Press. They loved it immediately and, along

with the likes of Elizabeth David and Jane Grigson, Anna led the charge that made the British fall in love with food all over again. Nearly forty years later, eight books, countless revisions, reprints and new editions, there is no sign of a let up. Talking of the food writers today, she says, ‘Delia really put food on the scene though. She was the first. Oh, Fanny Craddock was great fun but it was Delia who taught that food should be good every day and not just for entertaining. My goodness we go back and she has all my respect. Nigella, on the other hand, has all my love. She is a wonderful person, full of humanity and kindness. I met her just after her mother died. I value her. She writes very well, I enjoy her recipes and like reading her books, as I do Rick Stein and the work of Tom Parker-Bowles. His ‘Full English’ I liked very much; it puts food in the context of society and the people who eat it.’ Anna’s lurcher, Poppy, looks up from her bed and yawns loudly. ‘Time for her walk, I think. She has a mind like clockwork you know’, Anna says, as she goes to her desk and hands over a favourite recipe. Z k Gastronomy of Italy by Anna Del Conte is published by Pavilion at £30, ISBN 9-781862059-580. Portrait of Pasta by Anna Del Conte will be republished by Pavilion in Autumn 2015. 43


kWilliam Rhodes Moorhouse before the First World War, sitting in the cockpit of his delicate aircraft.

DORSET’S AERIAL HERO Pete London on William Rhodes Moorhouse of Parnham

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illiam Rhodes Moorhouse became the first aviator to receive the Victoria Cross; his daring act of courage took place high above enemy territory. One of the original ‘Magnificent Men’, Edwardian gentleman William was among Britain’s earliest pilots. When World War 1 broke out, he left his beautiful Dorset home to join the country’s fledgling air force, the Royal Flying Corps. William was born on 26 September 1887 to Edward and Mary Moorhouse. His parents had grown up in New Zealand and Mary was of partly Maori heritage; the family arrived in England during 1884. Mary had inherited a huge sum of money from her step-father, and young William was educated at Harrow and Trinity College, Cambridge. Physically powerful and full of beans, with reddish fair hair and vivid green eyes, William loved speed. Studies came second; he preferred to race fast motor-cars through the Cambridge streets. Later he entered numerous rallies, and tore round the vast concrete banks of newly-built Brooklands racing circuit. In 1909 William acquired a blue 90-hp Fiat which he named Linda, and adopted dapper racing colours: a light mauve coat and sleeves, with dark purple collar and cuffs, topped off with a matching cap. At that time too, Britain’s first aeroplane designers were experimenting with their frail contraptions and making tentative flights. William became captivated with the infant art of ‘aerial navigation’, teaming up with aero pioneer James Radley. The men developed their RadleyMoorhouse 50-hp monoplane, and on 17 October 1911 44

William flew the flimsy aircraft to gain his Royal Aero Club Pilot’s Certificate, No.147; his flying licence gave his occupation as ‘engineer’. William and Radley travelled to America where they bought a Blériot aeroplane, similar to that piloted by Louis Blériot during his famed cross-Channel flight. They entered many air races and won several prizes, including £1,000 in San Francisco. Back in Britain, during June 1912 William married Linda Beatrice Morritt, a great friend of his sister Anne – so it seems the Fiat had been aptly-named. Like her husband, Linda was fearless and quickly grew to love flying. In August the couple flew the Channel, but the weather worsened and their journey ended in a crash near Ashford. After that episode, William stuck to somewhat less dangerous motor-racing. As their family home, toward the end of 1913 William’s mother purchased the beautiful Dorset estate of Parnham House, just south of Beaminster on the Bridport road. With its oldest parts dating from the mid-16th century, Parnham had previously been owned by the prominent Oglander family and more recently by South African Hans Sauer, who’d been keen to restore its Tudor interior. The grounds too had been newly-altered, the deer park augmented with gardens, lawns and lakes: an exquisite abode for the young couple. On 4 March 1914 Linda gave birth to her only child, christened William Henry: Willie, as his parents affectionately nicknamed him. But when war with Germany came in August 1914, Rhodes Moorhouse was determined to ‘do his bit’. Leaving


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kParnham House at Beaminster, the home of William Rhodes Moorhouse, his wife Linda and their son Willie.

instructed to attack the railway junction at Courtrai. The Parnham he travelled to Farnborough air base, joining the mission was vital, but greatly perilous. Royal Flying Corps as a 2nd Lieutenant. Despite his great He set off in the mid-afternoon; against him, the experience as a flyer though, at first he wasn’t allowed an foibles of his spindly aeroplane, a prevailing headwind, aircraft; owing to past aerial mishaps William had false and furious fire from the enraged enemy below. His BE.2, teeth, and the RFC’s lofty rules forbade flying with such No.687, was a two-seater; usually William flew with an dental deficiencies. observer, but not this time. Instead, the brave aviator William was given a job checking aero-engines, but carried a single 100-lb high-explosive bomb. began to fly on the quiet. By March 1915, such was the He’d been told to release his bomb from just below need for war pilots that he was moved to France, joining cloud-level. However, to ensure he hit the railway line, No.2 Squadron RFC at Merville near Calais. His squadron over Courtrai he flew down flew BE.2 biplanes, designed to a mere 300 feet. A torrent at Farnborough, with a top of rifle and machine-gun fire speed of just 70 mph. greeted him, badly damaging During March and the BE.2, while fragments April William made many from the explosion of his own reconnaissance flights bomb tore through the woodover the Western Front, and-fabric aircraft. photographing enemy troop William completed his movements; frequently he mission successfully, but was was fired at by anti-aircraft gravely wounded. Faint and guns. If he spotted German in great pain he nursed his aeroplanes he would chase shattered aeroplane 35 miles them, flying close enough back to base; ground crew to shoot at the enemy pilots lifted him gently from the with his revolver. cockpit. Despite his injuries In April 1915 the Second he refused medical attention Battle of Ypres erupted, a until he’d reported the details bloody confrontation which of his sortie. Finally, he began with a German allowed the orderlies to take advance. As French and him to Merville’s casualty British forces struggled clearing station. to contain the foe, on 26 Made comfortable, William April the RFC was ordered was given painkilling to bomb the Germans’ treatment but it was clear he railway network, to prevent wouldn’t recover. He showed reinforcements arriving. his flight commander, William, who’d been owed well-earned leave, was kWilliam Rhodes Moorhouse wearing Royal Flying Corps uniform. To protect him from cold when flying, he wears a heavy flying jacket and gauntlets, and carries a leather flying helmet.

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kA replica of the BE.2b aircraft, No.687, used by Rhodes Moorhouse during his daring raid.

k26 April 1914: Rhodes Moorhouse approaches Courtrai on his bombing mission

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Maurice Blake, a photograph of Linda and baby Willie, asking him to write to them and to his mother. Semiconscious, he said: ‘It’s strange dying, Blake, old boy – unlike anything one has ever done before, like one’s first solo flight.’ The following day, still holding his photo and with Maurice at his side, William Rhodes Moorhouse passed away. For his flight he was acclaimed a hero; at that time aerial bombing was almost unheard-of. British army commander Sir John French said he had been responsible for ‘the most important bomb dropped during the war so far.’ Posthumously promoted to full Lieutenant, in May 1915 William was awarded the Victoria Cross for ‘most conspicuous bravery’. His decoration was the first VC awarded to an airman. William had asked to be buried at Parnham House. It was not government policy for the dead to be repatriated but on the orders of Lieutenant Colonel Hugh Trenchard, commander of the RFC’s First Wing, supported by Sir John French, he was conveyed to Dorset. On 5 May the Vicar of Beaminster, Reverend G C Hutchings, conducted the funeral service in Parnham’s Great Hall. As the Last Post sounded, William was laid to rest on the hillside overlooking his home. Linda stayed at Parnham until 1927. Four years later, at the age of 45 she became a pilot in her own right, flying a small de Havilland Moth biplane. Willie beat her by a couple of months, qualifying aged just 17; later he joined the RAF and flew in the Battle of Britain. Willie received the Distinguished Flying Cross but died during the Battle; his ashes are interred beside his father. On the centenary of the foundation of the Victoria Cross, in June 1956 a remembrance service was held at William’s graveside. Fifty years after his gallant flight, a parade took place at Beaminster in honour of the first air VC, together with a commemorative ceremony at Parnham House. Today the name of William Rhodes Moorhouse appears on Beaminster’s World War 1 memorial in St Mary’s Church; his heroism is also acknowledged on the Roll of Honour forming part of the churchyard wall. Z


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Dorset book choice kLifeboatmen Simon Wills’s début novel is a factually based, compelling drama about the early, far from easy, years of the Poole lifeboat service. As a maritime genealogist, the author is well placed to tell the tale of mistrust, worry and strife which followed in the wake of the launching of Poole’s first lifeboat. With accusations of cowardice and genuine acts of heroism, this is a thumping good read that is made all the more poignant by the fact that whilst some of the characters are not exact reproductions of the real-life men behind the early years of the lifeboat service in Poole, it is an engaging and accurate rendering of the damage

100 years ago kFrom the Dorset County Chronicle 17 December 1914 German “Jack in the box”; Lieutenant Otto Koehn’s daring attempt at escape from Dorchester Prison to Tilbury docks in a packing case. Baron Munchhausen might marvel at the story which forms the sensation of the week: the story of the escape of Lieutenant Otto Koehn of the German Army, prisoner of

Dorset nature note The development of digital cameras in recent years has been a real boon for bird-watchers. Powerful zoom lenses are now available for relatively little money and we can click away to our heart's content, safe in the knowledge that any duff shots can simply be deleted with the click of a button. It's no longer necessary to be an expert to identify difficult birds, there are plenty of experts out there who can identify your photographs or videos for you, either in person or online. One of the downsides of this digital revolution has been the demise of the notebook and the field sketch. In the past, the best way to confirm the identification of an unusual bird was to make copious notes and drawings on the spot and then consult numerous reference books later at home. One advantage of sketching in the field is that it really makes you look at the bird in detail. Even common birds are seen in a different way with previously unnoticed features of plumage or behaviour often coming to light through close observation. Last December I spent a very enjoyable couple of hours studying rock pipits at Peveril Point (Swanage). In many ways, these unobtrusive pipits are the ultimate 'little brown jobs', rarely given a second look if seen at all. They are, in fact, full of character, which becomes more apparent the longer you study them. I have taken plenty of photos of these birds but it is only through observation and sketching that I feel I've really got to know rock pipits well. kHamish Murray 48

which they suffered to their reputations and the ultimate vindication of the men and the concept of the lifeboat. kLifeboatmen by Simon Wills is published by Pen & Sword at £18.99 (Hardback) and £4.99 (Kindle/ePub); ISBN 978-178346288-9. www.pen-and-sword.co.uk

war at Dorchester, who with great ingenuity and audacity planned to escape home this weekend by enclosing himself, with a supply of provisions and water, in a large packing case consigned to Holland. The determination with which the attempt was carried out to the bitter end was worthy of the attempt and so convincing was the parcel that it was only when the plucky German’s portable home suffered at the rough and ready handling of the stevedores aboard the steamship at Tilbury that the lid came off the case and the tall, pale young Teuton’s heel and head emerged. The large wooden packing case was purchased last week at the POW’s canteen and stencilled with the words “non-poisonous safety matches”.


The Dorset Night Sky this winter The early evening winter sky is devoid of bright planets this year until Jupiter makes his appearance by 9.00 at night in December. However, there are many other intriguing objects in the sky. In early December, Orion has now completely risen above the eastern horizon again by 9.00. He can be seen reaching upwards with shield in his left hand and club in right, protecting himself from the charging bull, Taurus. Sheltering behind the protective horns of the bull you can find the delightful swarm of stars known as the Pleiades, the seven daughters of Atlas and Pleione. They are trying to evade the advances of Orion the mythical hunter. In Polynesia they are known as Matariki – the Little Eyes, and were once a bright star smashed into six during a battle of the Gods. The Pleiades are the nearest of the open or galactic star clusters. They lie at a distance of about 400 light years (or 98,550,000,000,000 miles) and are themselves concentrated in a region about seven light years in diameter. They are all young and hot luminous stars with a distinct bluish hue. With an age of 20 million years, this star cluster would not have been seen by the Earth’s dinosaurs. Another remarkable fact is that the entire star swarm is enveloped in a diffuse

patch of nebulosity which appears as a gossamer glow in long exposure photographs. Apparently, this is not the remnants of the gas cloud from which they formed, but rather a gaseous region of space through which they are travelling at a speed of 25 miles per second. You are most likely to get the best view of this cluster through a pair of binoculars rather than a telescope. They are also a good test of eyesight. Most people can pick out six stars with the unaided eye, but the very keen sighted can discern eleven. The Geminid meteor shower is always worth looking out for. Maximum rates of 100 meteors/hr will occur on the night of 13/14 December. These meteors originate from an asteroid Phaeton rather than a comet. As a consequence, these meteors are likely to be brighter but slower moving than those originating from comets. The sky will also be reasonably dark, as the moon does not rise until 11.00 although the best rates will occur in the early morning of 14 December. At the end of the year Venus and Mercury start to make an appearance in the western sky at sunset and as January advances they will climb higher in the sky. kDavid Strange

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kBinnegar (in East Stoke) This unusual name is first on record at the end of the 13th century, as Beningere in 1299. Other early medieval spellings include Bennegere in 1316, Benegar in 1318 and Beneger in 1355. The meaning is uncertain: it looks like a name that originated in the Anglo-Saxon period, but earlier spellings are needed. One possibility is that it means 'the slope where beans grow', from Old English bean and hangra, another that it may be identical in origin with Binegar in Somerset which is recorded at a much earlier date (9th century) and seems to mean 'the slope of a woman called Beage (genitive case -an)'. Alternatively, the second element may be the Old English word gara 'a triangular plot of land', again with either bean or an Old English personal name. The meaning of the name remains elusive. kA D Mills

kDecember 1954 This year it was November, and not March, that went out like a lion. We did not receive the mauling that some of the country did, but we came near to tragedy, as when a huge elm tree near the gate of Loders Court fell in front of Mr Bill Ives (chairman of our Young Farmers) catching his bicycle but not him – and to comedy, as when Commander Lumby, garaging his car at Spyway, looked up expecting to see the roof overhead, and saw the night sky and the outlines of a neighbouring tree instead. He eventually found the roof, no more than 20 yards away. Mrs Henderson points out that the wind was not entirely an ill one, for it left Loders High Street cleaner than she had ever known it. kReprinted from The Parson Knows – from the Parish Notes of Rev. Oliver Wilmott, 1953-1968, ISBN 0-9531802-1-2 kOverleaf: Horses on Duddle Heath by Tony Gill

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but more likely was for ceremonial purposes. The surrounding henge avoided the ravages of the plough because in the 12th century, the parish church of Knowlton, which stood close by on the banks of the Allen, was built in its centre. A west tower was added in the 1400s, but soon afterwards, the village was all but wiped out by the Black Death and declined steadily thereafter. The church was used until the 18th century, when its roof fell in and it was abandoned. Knowlton Church therefore has two distinctions: one rarely sees the ruins of a parish church, and a Christian church built in the centre of a henge is almost unique. Z 53


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ts inscriptions have been barely visible to the naked eye for more than 200 years, but the imposing Philae obelisk that stands on the south lawn at Kingston Lacy House is at last revealing some of its secrets thanks to new advanced imaging technology. And just as the Rosetta stone and the Philae obelisk were instrumental in understanding the hieroglyphic writing system of Ancient Egypt, so their spacefaring namesakes – the Rosetta Mission and its Philae landing craft – are now furthering our knowledge of the formation of the solar system and the origins of life itself. In the middle of last month, the Philae lander successfully touched down on the surface of Comet 67P/ChuryumovGerasimenko, more than 500 million kilometres away, and scientists hope its analysis of the comet’s make up will provide kKingston Lacy's Philae Obelisk, with the house beyond important clues as to how the raw materials for life first arrived on Earth. Travelling vast distances in the pursuit of learning was something Kingston Lacy’s former owner William John Bankes, the famed early Egyptologist, adventurer and explorer, knew all about. ‘He would have been effervescing to see learned people, real whizzes, gathered at Kingston Lacy to discuss the Philae obelisk and the meanings of its inscriptions,’ says National Trust regional curator James Grassby whose father Richard, an eminent stone cutter, is a research associate at Oxford University’s Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents.

Its scholars are now studying the findings of Reflectance Transformation Imaging, 3D and multispectral imaging scans of the 6.7 metre tall obelisk in the hope they will be able to read and understand the Greek inscriptions on its base. The writings are thought to date from around 120BC, some 20 years after the Egyptian hieroglyphs on the upper section of the obelisk that first caught the eye of the intrepid Bankes and could provide valuable insights into the relationship between the Greek and Egyptian cultures. Having discovered a taste for travel while accompanying his student friend Lord Byron on his European tours and serving as aide-de-camp to the Duke of Wellington during the Peninsular War, in 1815 at the age of 28 Bankes set out on the first in a series of expeditions to Egypt and the Near East. Over the next four years he amassed a vast trove of notes, manuscripts and drawings of such accuracy that they still stand today as an invaluable record of lost monuments and antiquities. But it was his discovery and subsequent study of a toppled obelisk at the Temple of Isis on the Isle of Philae in the River Nile during that first expedition that has assured his place in history. In 1818 Bankes entrusted Italian engineer and former music hall giant Giovanni Belzoni with the removal of the Philae obelisk back to Kingston Lacy where it duly arrived in 1821 and was eventually erected on the south lawn in 1829, making an unusual and grand addition to the statuary in the gardens. However, for John William Bankes 55


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kOne gets a true idea of the size of the obelisk at Kingston Lacy from this side shot, with people and the house at similar distances for scale

it was its potential as a second Rosetta stone that was its principal attraction. Already a focus for the quest to decipher Egyptian hieroglyphics the Rosetta stone had been found in 1799 by a French soldier in Egypt and taken by the British following the surrender of Napoleon’s forces at Alexandria. Like the Philae obelisk it was inscribed in both Egyptian and Greek hieroglyphs and from his knowledge of the latest studies Bankes was able to decipher the name Cleopatra in hieroglyphic form on the obelisk. It proved to be a vital breakthrough in the quest to transliterate the ancient texts that was finally announced by the French philologist Jean-François Champollion in 1822. Greek had been the language of administration in multi-cultural Egypt since its conquest by Alexander the Great in the third century BC and the obelisk records an exemption granted by King Ptolemy VIII to the Priests of Isis from bearing the expenses of the local administration. Coupled with catering for pilgrims to the tomb of Osiris living at Philae at their expense these costs, according to the Priests’ petition, were financially ruining the temple. ‘The inscriptions on the Philae obelisk are not bilingual,’ explains Charles Crowther, assistant director of the Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents. ‘The hieroglyphs are in pretty good shape and they make the case for tax evasion if you like. The Greek inscriptions have almost disappeared to the naked eye, but we think they are in three sections recording correspondence between the

priests at the Temple of Isis and Ptolemy’s officials. ‘After Bankes’s own study of the obelisk and further examination in the 1880s this is the first detailed study of the Philae obelisk for 125 years and we are hoping it will tell us much more about the relationship between the two cultures, Egyptian and Greek, at that time.’ This autumn the obelisk was fully covered by scaffolding as Dr Crowther and his team captured Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) and 3D interactive images of

kThe rubber-duck shaped Comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko (pictured by the Rosetta orbiter) on which the Philae lander successfully touched down on 12 November

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its entire surface. A photographic process, RTI can reveal surface information that cannot be seen with the naked eye by capturing a subject’s surface shape and colour and enabling the interactive re-lighting of the subject from any direction. While the pink granite of the Philae obelisk has protected the Egyptian hieroglyphs from the extremes of the local weather, it has not been so kind to the shallower inscriptions of the Greek and for the first time since Bankes drew what he could see of them they are to be read again. ‘This is digital archaeology, using the most advanced technologies in their fields to apply to the inscriptions,’ says researcher Ben Altshuler. ‘The 3D images are interactive and can be manipulated very easily to allow us to view them in the round, but the RTI project allows for thorough digital conservation to take place. The spectacular enhancement of the surface enables unprecedented analysis so the data can be stored and shared on a single file with scholars around the world.’ There can be little doubt William John Bankes would have approved. Well educated, rich and reportedly handsome, he was lionized by intellectuals and lauded

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for his pioneering work in the study of Ancient Egyptian epigraphy. The science of archaeology was in its infancy and while his methods would be at odds with current practice, his passion for recording his finds and chronicling their context were ahead of their time. However, there is a dark side to his story and in later life he would only be able to officially enjoy his acquisitions from afar following his escape to exile in Venice after a second arrest for indecency. No amount of technology will ever prove or disprove the legend that Bankes made clandestine returns to Kingston Lacy to admire his home and collections, to which he continued to add even while living in exile. Z kBen Altshuler and Sarah Norodom conducting RTI at obelisk

These are the voyages of the starship Rosetta; its ten-year mission… Ten years after the launch of the European Space Agency’s be read could help us ‘read’ the comet better,’ explains cometary scientist Gerhard Schwehm. Rosetta mission to measure comets, on 12 November its ‘By analysing the material in the comet we hope to Philae lander successfully made the first ever soft – if learn about the evolution of planets bumpy – landing on a comet. in the solar system and ultimately During its decade-long journey about how life evolved on Earth. If towards comet 67P/Churyumovwe can understand the history of Gerasimenko, the spacecraft passed the particles on the comet, space by two asteroids, in 2008 and dust if you like, we may know more 2010, before entering deep-space about the state of the material that hibernation mode in June 2011, It was necessary for life to begin that ‘woke up’ on 20 January this year and will remain with 67P on its was brought to Earth four to six billion years ago.’ orbit around the sun and back out On board the Philae lander is towards the orbit of Jupiter. the UK-led Ptolemy instrument, Rosetta has been mapping the designed and built by researchers comet’s surface, measuring its kAn artist's impression of the Philae lander on the comet nucleus at the Open University, which will gravity, mass and shape. analyse ice and organic matter in the comet. From that information scientists have learned it is not spherical as previously thought, but has an irregular shape kEuropean Space Agency http://www.esa.int/ESA they have likened to that of a rubber duck. kRosetta Mission http://sci.esa.int/rosetta/ ‘No two comets are the same, but the technology that kPhilae Lander http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/ enables the Greek inscriptions on the Philae obelisk to Space_Science/Rosetta/The_Rosetta_lander 58


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imborne Minster town has a lot to offer the visitor in the days before Christmas: a fine selection of shops – from speciality independents to multi-national names – with an unrivalled choice of products, many locally sourced, places to eat and drink in abundance and visitor attractions including Wimborne Minster, the Priest’s House Museum and Walford Mill Craft Centre. The Christmas Lights in Wimborne will be switched on at around 4.00 on Saturday 29 November, before which there will be community entertainment in the Square around the Christmas Tree from 11.00.

On Saturday 13 December there is the annual Great Pudding Stir at the Priest's House Museum (open 10.00-4.00), where visitors are invited to take part as the museum spreads a little festive cheer then, later that day, we have the great ‘Save the Children’ Christmas parade through the town centre, starting at 2.30. I hope that you will find time to come and join us as we prepare for this special time in our calendar. On behalf of the people of Wimborne Minster I wish all readers of Dorset Life a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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kEdward Offer & Co Cigar Importers were in the (Gervis) arcade from 1871 to 1979, the inlaid floor and brass window base remain, although the shop is now a jeweller's

THE GHOSTS OF BUSINESSES PAST Peter Blake looks at the stories behind the signs for businesses that are still there in name only

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o you sometimes look up, and see a faint sign on a wall, occasionally legible, but more often worn away by time, leaving a ghostly impression of what once was there? Do you ever wonder what it said? Welcome to the world of ghost signs… Ghost signs are the advertising signage which has lasted beyond the lifetime of the business which it promoted. They range from small hand-painted signs, up to more ornate metal and stone adverts indicating the pains some businesses took in advertising their presence. Some date back a century or more, some are comparatively recent, but all provide a glimpse of businesses and people, and a way of life, in one way or another, no longer with us. I have been interested in ghost signs for several years now, and have photographed them as a hobby, but also as a record – there is no legal protection for them, and any of them could be covered up or disappear at any time. Here are a few I have found while wandering around Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch, with a bit of their history to help bring them to life. I hope you enjoy looking at them, and that next time you spot a ghost sign, you might give a thought to the person who created it and their story. The first photograph is of the one-time premises of Edward Offer and Co, Ltd, cigar importers, who had

one of the longest runs in business of all the ones I have researched. They are recorded as being in The Arcade, also known as Gervis Arcade, in 1871, Edward and his wife and young son living on the premises, and as The Arcade was only completed in 1866, it is reasonable to assume that they were one of the founding businesses. A shop and premises in the Arcade could be had for £40 per annum in 1868. Edward would have seen the glass roof being installed in 1872. They were still there in 1979, but were gone soon after. I'm sure some readers will recall this tobacconist, and may have even bought their tobacco there. Business was obviously good, as Edward and his wife were living in Grand Avenue, Southbourne, in 1911. Edward died in 1925, aged 81. He also served Bournemouth as Alderman, between 1890 and 1901. They had seen the rapid expansion of the town, which hadin 1851 a population of 691 and two large hotels, right through until fairly recent times. It is interesting to speculate on what finally caused this well-established business to close, maybe cheap package holidays and duty free tobacco played a part? Anyway, the brass sign is a wonderful reminder of Bournemouth's early days, evoking cigar smoking gentlemen relaxing in their clubs. The second photograph has an intriguing link to the previous one. This is the remnant of the sign on the back 63


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of the Theatre Royal in Yelverton Road, with the front and main entrance being in Albert Road. The theatre was built in 1882, and could seat 800. It took a year to build, and cost the then considerable sum of £10,000 to build and fit out, equivalent to £1 million today. It was described as 'a handsome and well-appointed theatre’. Between 1887 and 1892 it was the Town Hall, but was converted back to a theatre. In the early 1960s it became a cinema and bingo club, and later a casino and night club. Tony Hancock was one of the many stars to appear there. As to the possible link with the first photograph, the acting manager in the 1890s was a Charles Offer – Edward Offer, the cigar importer in the arcade, had a son called Charles, but I have been unable to prove that he is one and the same. The next photograph, now half covered up, is a sign advertising Augustus J Warren, plumber, who was at 57 Purewell, Christchurch, in 1922. He was listed as a painter and decorator in 1920. The following year, the premises were being used by a saddler, and by 1929, it was a boot repair shop. This wasn't quite the end of the Warren family business in the area, as in 1927 Clara Warren, Augustus' second wife, is listed as a painter and decorator in Bransgore, but this seems to have been short lived, as there is no trace of the business after that date. Augustus died in 1963, aged 69. Ironically, the sign has lasted longer than the building, which no longer exists. This tobacconist sign I had to capture quickly, as the covering sign was being replaced. It is an example of

kThe Theatre Royal sign, half of which has been consumed by a shop named 'Appetites'

more recent ghost signs. G Howard, tobacconist and Post office, took over from William Miles, who ran a library and Post Office there, between 1965 and 1967. The shop subsequently became a McColl's convenience store, still retaining the Post Office function. Although comparatively recent, this sign is a reminder that ghost signs are being created all the time as businesses close and change hands. The decorative scrolls on either side of the surprisingly grand entrance in the next photograph are all that is left to indicate the wine and spirits merchants owned by W W Thomson in Darracott Road. In 1911 William Wilson Thomson, a 33 year old brewery bottling depot manager was living at 15 Darracott Road with his wife Emily, a long way from his native Greenock. By 1923, the first reference I have found, the wine merchants had been established at number 15, under Emily's name, but by 1931 W W Thomson had set up at number 21. The surname is variously spelled with or without the P at different times in the directories, but Thomson appears to be the

kAugustus J Warren's sign has been half covered, while the rest has faded with time

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kG Howard fleetingly appears before being covered again by more modern signage


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kBoth the outline of the window and the scrollwork W W Thomson sign beneath which it sits, have reached near invisibility, having fallen victim to many overpaintings

correct spelling. As the 1930s progressed, another two shops were added, one in Seabourne Road and one in Wimborne Road, Winton. These shops survived the War years, however William died in Bournemouth in 1950, and the final reference to any of the shops I have found was for 1955, which was the shop in Wimborne Road. The trade directories illustrate the increasing numbers of large chains of off licenses in the area, which no doubt helped to squeeze the smaller operators out of the market. The TH Seed sign (below right) is possibly my favourite. It just sums up the spirit of an earlier age, before mass media, and certainly doesn't show any lack of self-belief or confidence. Thomas H Seed was a chemist and druggist, who had shops at a number of locations along Seabourne Road, from at least 1923 until his death in 1945, when the business was taken over by Theo Pumphrey, who was certainly still there until 1959. This sign is on the corner of Harcourt Road and Seabourne Road, where I hope it stays for a long time. On looking more closely at the photograph, I noticed that T H Seed had been painted over an earlier name, which looks like A K H...some more research needed here, I think. This sign for Branksome Dining Room has proved very troublesome, as I have been unable to find conclusive information regarding it, certainly not from the 1920s up to the 1950s in the trade directories, nor in any of the local telephone directories. It is on the corner of Ashley Road and Bournemouth Road. A possible candidate in the vicinity was a dining room situated at 240 Ashley Road, technically Parkstone I believe, which was operated from the mid 1920s by Mrs Laura Ellis. By 1937, Radio House, wireless dealers, were at this address, and in 1940 it was occupied by a tobacconist. Although in the right area, I am not convinced that this is the correct dining room as advertised on the sign, so I'll continue the search. If anyone has any information, I would be very pleased to receive it. If you are fortunate enough to own a property with a ghost sign on it, please preserve it for future generations to enjoy. If, like me, you enjoy spotting them, please take a photograph, for who knows what tomorrow might bring? There is a Facebook page where photographs of ghost signs can be posted, at https://www.facebook.com/ GhostSignsUk Z

kThe Branksome Dining Room sign, still just about legible despite the whitewash peeling

kIt is unclear whether TH Seed took over from an AK...., or vice-versa.

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kThis month in Dorset: Your guide to what's on in the county Gerry Colvin Having toured with The Smiths, appeared on The Old Grey Whistle Test and The Tube, written with Alison Moyet and worked as a songwriter in Nashville, Gerry Colvin arrives at the Sunray Folk Club wth the pedigree of a career that spans five decades. His bands have included The Man Upstairs, John Peel favourites Terry & Gerry, Gerry Colvin’s Inexperience, The Atlantics and the critically acclaimed Colvinquarmby. He has also compered at the Glastonbury festival and performed in a comedy double act with Mackenzie Crook. Last year Gerry released a self-penned solo album, Jazz Tales of Country Folk and is working on the follow up, Six of One, Half a Dozen of the Other. 18 December, 8.00 Sunray Folk Club, Broadmayne Village Hall, 07786 654074, sunrayfolkclub.co.uk

Slim Panatella & the Mellow Virginians Having once almost turned their backs on bluegrass and bid farewell to the folderol, Slim Panatella & the Mellow Virginians soon found the pull of old time Americana impossible to resist and are now heading west for a series of special concerts for Artsreach. Banjo wizard John Breeze joins original members Hilary James, Simon Mayor and Andy Baum for an evening of music from bluegrass to Irving Berlin and all points in between. It’s a good-time sound firmly rooted in the jazz, swing, ragtime and country blues of the 1930s, 40s and 50s. 4 December, 7.30 Wootton Fitzpaine Village Hall, 01297 560948, www.artsreach.co.uk 5 December, 7.30 Frampton VH, 07968 586906 6 December, 7.30 Portesham VH, 01305 871925 7 December, 7.30 Langton Matravers Village Hall, 01929 423834

Hatch & Scratch

Stardust

Presenting new work in development to receive feedback, or ‘scratching’ as it has become known, allows audience to participate in the creation of new dance works. Pavilion Dance South West has invited three artists and their collaborators to present work, which could be at any stage of development, finished and polished or just emerging as a germ of an idea. Afterwards the audience and performers discuss, feedback and reflect on the work presented. The works being presented are Tombola by Justine Reeve and Company, Distance Duet by Jennifer Essex, Rhiannon Faith’s The Date and Dark Waters by Jordan Lennie and Joseph Mercier. 4 December, 7.30 Pavilion Dance South West, Bournemouth, 01202 203630, www.pdsw.org.uk

This charming family adventure presented by Forest Forge was memorably filmed in 2007 with Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert De Niro. Set long ago in England in the tiny hamlet of Wall – separated by a guarded wall from the land of Faerie – a young man has lost his heart and mind to the hauntingly beautiful Victoria Forester. Then, in the dead of night, a shooting star falls and so begins the adventure of a lifetime. In the luminescent glow of this star he will battle witches, sorcery and fate, before finding his heart’s true desire. 5 December, 7.30 Cecil Memorial Hall, Cranborne, 01725 517210, www.artsreach.co.uk 19 December, 7.30pm Corfe Castle Village Hall, 01929 480483, www.artsreach.co.uk

Marilyn Allis Open Studio Watercolour artist Marilyn Allis opens her studio to the public this month, offering mulled wine and hot chocolate as well as her paintings. Working in a loose and impressionistic style in watercolour, but also acrylic inks and mixed media, she uses strong vibrant colours to capture movement and energy. Marilyn, who runs workshops in Dorset villages and exhibits in galleries throughout the country, recently finished filming for Sky TV’s instructional art programme, A Splash of Paint. She has also published three books, including Painting Dorset in Watercolour. 5-7 December, 11.00 East Farm, Winterborne Whitechurch, 07789 026546, www.marilynallis.com 66

Lesley Slight Although Lesley Slight’s paintings incorporate both real and imagined places, the Dorset landscape looms large in them, as in To The Sea (pictured here). Her paintings are made in the studio from a mixture or memory and invention evolving from ‘a chaos of painterly smudges, strokes and wipes pushed around on the surface’. After a successful career in accessory design, she returned exclusively to paintings in the late-1990s and lives in West Dorset. Until December 20, 10.00 The Art Stable, Child Okeford, 01258 863866, www.theartstable.co.uk


David Stroud

Medieval Winter Day

Robin Hood Returning to Poole after three years, Ed Petrie plays the favourite family outlaw in a new production of Robin Hood at Lighthouse. The CBBC stalwart began his career in showbusiness as a stand up comedian, while Robin Hood’s arch nemesis, the dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham, is played by classically trained actor Patrick O’Kane (Game of Thrones and Jamaica Inn) who also returns after a stint as Fleshcreep in Jack and the Beanstalk at Poole last year. Joining Ed and Patrick is Tom Bright as Friar Tuck. Tom, has written and directs the panto for the third year running. Lighthouse favourites Neil Smye and Dan Looney are also on board as are local actresses Stephanie Walker and Alicia Woodhouse, (the Woodland Fairy and Maid Marion respectively). Pictured are (l-r): Stephanie Walker, Neil Smye, Ed Petrie, Dan Looney, Alicia Woodhouse. 5 December – 5 January, Various times Lighthouse, Poole, 0844 406 8666, www.lighthousepoole.co.uk

Friends of Guys Marsh Carol Service Actor Jeremy Irons and Downton Abbey writer Julian Fellowes lead the readings at the Friends of Guys Marsh Carol Service to be held at Sherborne School Chapel. With carols and other seasonal pieces performed by Sherborne School Choir and brass ensemble, the service marks the tenth anniversary of the Friends of Guys Marsh, the charity set up to support staff and prisoners at HMP Guys Marsh, near Shaftesbury, as well as prisoners' families, by funding a variety of special projects at the prison. The group aims to help reduce reoffending by funding the work of a resettlement coordinator and a

Offering a journey backwards in time, visitors to the Ancient Technology Centre’s Medieval Winter Day will be able to try their hand at traditional winter skills including green woodworking, charcoal burning, hurdle making, fire making, hedge laying, axing logs, faggot making and pole lathing. The Centre has six full sized reconstructions of ancient buildings and the Roman smithy will also be operation for the day, while a range of activities will also be available in the Earthouse. Each building represents a different time period or vernacular style so visitors can compare building techniques and styles using the most complete archaeological evidence. All activity at the Centre is determined by the seasons, although it’s not just about history – homemade teas, cakes and burgers made from locally-reared beef will also be available with proceeds going towards the support of the Volunteers Association. 6 December, 10.00 Ancient Technology Centre, Cranborne, 01725 517618, www.ancienttechnologycentre.co.uk

Barnardo’s playworker to help prisoners and their children get the most from family visits. ‘One of our projects is to start Prison Phoenix Trust yoga classes in the prison so that prisoners can not only keep fit but keep calm,’ explains Joanna Kozubska, the new Chairman of Friends of Guys Marsh. ‘We are absolutely delighted that Julian Fellowes and Jeremy Irons, patron of the Prison Phoenix Trust, will be supporting us by giving readings at this special event.’ 7 December, 5.30 Sherborne School Chapel, Tickets by email: f.cowley@virgin.net www.friendsofguysmarsh.co.uk

B Sharp Voices

Christmas Spectacular

Composer/musician John K Miles worked with young singers from the region on a series of songs that draw on different musical traditions. The project was set up to explore the ideas of shared values, emotions and experiences through a musical palette from world music, jazz, classical and pop, building to performances that feature a vocal collective and special guests Jack Ross and Zoe Palmer. The singers are from a core group of young aspiring soloists and primary school children from St Mary’s, Bridport; St Michael’s, Lyme Regis, Mrs Ethelston’s, Uplyme and Marshwood Primary, as well as secondary school students from The Woodroffe, Lyme Regis; Beaminster and the Sir John Colfox in Bridport. 6 December, 7.00 Bridport Arts Centre, 01308 424204, www.bridport-arts.com 7 December, 2.00 Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, 01297 442138, www.marinetheatre.com

With the Christmas Spectacular shows now in their third year, the Regent Centre has lined up another festive feast featuring lavish costumes designed and created by Sue Simmerling. Back at the North Pole, the world of big business has arrived in the form of Gregory Thriftpenny who plans to make Santa’s workshops more efficient and create a toyshop empire where money rules. Can Santa and his friends stop him before he destroys the magic of Christmas? Can the spirit of Christmas survive in the corporate world? Will Benji and Bruce the polar bears save the day once again? 20-24 December, 2.30, 7.30 Regent Centre, Christchurch, 01202 499199, regentcentre.co.uk 67


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11 Dec 7.30 JOE BROWN & HIS BAND Tickets £25 12 Dec 7.30 SUPERSONIC 70'S XMAS SHOW - "CHRISTMAS CRACKERZ" Tickets £15.50 13 Dec 8.00 THE BLUES BAND Tickets £20 19 Dec - 3 Jan see website for times RON MARTIN AND BORN2 present SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS Tickets £15 1 in 10 free (Under 16's £12.50)

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Facing Tides Theatre The premiere of a new work by Facing Tides Theatre artistic director Rob Windsor, Sparrow’s Share is billed as the fourth part of The Big ‘A’ Trilogy that deals with addiction and comprises Windsor’s earlier plays Off Her Facebook!, Damaged Goods and Gridluck. The new work is presented in a double bill with the first drama, Off Her Facebook! in which stroppy, binge-drinking,18year-old Laura Higgins struggles to deal with the sense of conflict in a family caught up in the web of addiction that focuses on her father’s alchoholism. In Sparrow’s Share, the audience finds out what happened to Laura’s mum, Kate, both before and after the initial story. Rob Windsor is a night nurse at Clouds, the addiction centre that treated Robbie Williams, among others. 6 December, 7.30 Rutter Room, Shaftesbury Arts Centre, 01747 854321, www.shaftesburyartscentre.org.uk

kThe James Lascelles Quartet: Aspects of Joy 11 December, 7.30 Chetnole Village Hall, 01935 873555, 12 December, 7.30 Pamela Hambro Hall, Winterborne Stickland, 01258 880920, www.artsreach.co.uk kAladdin 11 December – 4 January, Various times Pavilion, Weymouth, 01305 783225, www.weymoutpavilion.com kBournemouth Bach Choir: Messiah 13 December, 7.30 Christchurch Priory, 01202 499199 (Regent Centre), www.bournemouthbachchoir.org kSave the Children Christmas Parade 13 December, 2.00 Town Centre, Wimborne, 01258 840354 kSwan Lake 17, 18 December, 7.30 (Thurs mat 2.30) Corn Exchange, Dorchester, 01305 266926, www.dorchesterarts.org.uk kThe Logboat Sessions 18 December, 7.00 Poole Museum, www.boroughofpoole.com/museums kSnow White & the Seven Dwarfs 19 December – 3 January, Various times Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne, 01202 885566, www.tivoliwimborne.co.uk kDorset Chamber Choir Christmas Concert 20 December 7.00 St Mary & St Bartholomew, 01202 885313 (tickets) kWinter Solstice Sunrise 21 December, 7.15 Corfe Castle, 0844 249 1895, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/corfe-castle kFancy Dress Swim 25 December, 11.00 Charmouth Beach, www.rnli.org/charity-swims kDorset Wildlife Trust: Holes Bay Walk 30 December, 10.00 Upton Country Park, 07947 141539, www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk kGrand Duck Race/Lyme Lunge 1 January, noon/1.00 Windsor Terrace/Cobb Beach, Lyme Regis, 01297 442242, www.lymeregisrotary.org kBournemouth Symphony Orchestra: Johann Strauss Gala 1 January, 3.00, 7.00 Lighthouse, Poole, 0844 406 8666, www.lighthousepoole.co.uk

The Nutcracker Vienna Festival Ballet makes its annual visit to Wimborne with a production of Tchaikovsky’s perennially popular classical ballet The Nutcracker. The enchanting tale of The Nutcracker is one of the ballet’s best-loved stories and follows Clara and her nutcracker doll, which magically transforms into a princely soldier. Together, they combat the Mouse King and join the Sugar Plum Fairy for a wonderful trip to a kingdom made entirely of sweets. Founded in 1980 by the Austrian dancer and artistic director, Peter Mallek, Vienna Festival Ballet aims to present top class classical ballet at affordable prices. 4 December, 7.30 Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne, 01202 885566, ww.tivoliwimborne.co.uk 69


kThis month in Dorset Sing Noël! La Nova Singers return to Highcliffe Castle with Sing Noël!, a celebration of Christmas music including Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols accompanied by harpist Katie Salomon. Marking the start of the group’s tenth anniversary celebrations the concert features Herbert Howells’ Here is the Little Door, Peter Warlock’s The First Mercy and Sleep, Child of Winter by Karl Jenkins. With mulled wine and mince pies in the interval, the audience will be able to enjoy familiar Christmas songs such as The Angel Gabriel and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. 10 December, 7.00 Great Hall, Highcliffe Castle, 01425 278807, www.lanovasingers.co.uk

Angelite Bulgarian Choir The famous Angelite Bulgarian Choir makes its first visit to Poole to showcase its unusual polyphonic sound. The choir’s trademark timbre is produced by having a second vocal line running slightly behind the main melody, which when coupled with glissando, shouts and unconventional rhythms produces an almost other worldly sound. Largely unknown to the outside world before the fall of Communism, Angelite’s virtuoso singers were previously the Bulgarian state television choir and went on to record with some success as Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares drawing on folk and classical traditions. 11 December, 7.30 Lighthouse, Poole, 0844 406 8666, www.lighthousepoole.co.uk

Rory McGrath & Philip Pope

Blast from the Past Christmas

After their hit dad-rock album Dark Side of the Moob, Rory McGrath and Philip Pope return to the stage with what they are calling ‘an evening of sophisticated comedy and song’. Audiences are invited to expect wit, elegance and clever musical pastiche, but are warned that what they find could well also include silliness and filth. ‘This is the show where music and comedy meet, have a few drinks, fight, then stagger home singing hits from the sixties – something to offend everybody,’ they say. Rory and Philip played last year’s Edinburgh Fringe 2013, their first such outing for 23 years having initially worked together in 1983, on the Channel 4 comedy Chelmsford 123. 13 December, 8.00 Bridport Arts Centre, 01308 424204, www.bridport-arts.com

Two shows that celebrate the welcome ghosts of Christmas Past as Blast from the Past theater company lift the lid on the origins of Christmas as we know it today. A Victorian Christmas, playing in Lyme Regis and Bridport, takes its lead from the stories of Dickens and Hardy, but also includes some of the more obscure festive songs from the 19th century – and in the traditional spirit of the season song sheets will be provided so everyone can join in. In Dorchester there’s a chance to savour A Medieval Christmas, which explores the roots of kissing under mistletoe and some of our more familiar carols. The players also present two of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, complete with animal masks. 11 December, 7.30 Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, 01297 442138, www.marinetheatre.com 12 December, 11.00 Bridport Arts Centre, 01308 424204, www.bridport-arts.com 8.00 Dorchester Arts Centre, 01305 266926, www.dorchesterarts.org.uk

RAF In Concert Celebrating the Red Arrows' 50th anniversary, the RAF in Concert tour returns to Poole with a programme of music to match world’s most famous aerobatic display team. With a speciallywritten Red Arrows march called Diamond Nine the concert will also include a

Peter Pan Having first played the role at the Pavilion in 2008, children’s favourite and Blue Peter presenter Barney Harwood returns to Bournemouth this Christmas as Peter Pan. Barney is one of the best-known faces on children’s television having presented many of CBBC’s top programmes including Smile, Totally Doctor Who and Basil’s Swap Shop, as well as Blue Peter. He’ll be joined by Early Doors, Strictly and Waterloo Road star Mark Benton as Captain Hook. 6 December – 4 January, Various times Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth, 0844 576 3000, bic.co.uk 70

tribute to Andrew Lloyd Webber, big band numbers including Mack The Knife ands a rousing finale featuring favourites such as Jerusalem and Rule Britannia. BBC Radio 2’s Alan Dedicoat with act as compere. 12 December, 7.30 Lighthouse, Poole, 0844 406 8666, www.lighthousepoole.co.uk

West Gallery Carols Following the success of last year’s West Gallery Concerts and the Hammond folk song workshops and concert in the summer, the Ridgeway Singers and Band resumed rehearsals this autumn to explore West Gallery carols from the Puddletown and Pulham manuscripts. Led by Tim Laycock and Phil Humphries, the musicians and choir have extended their repertoire and will also present two newly composed carols inspired by the South Dorset Ridgeway in a celebration of the Christmas spirit. 30 November, 3.30 St Mary the Virgin, Puddletown, 01305 848510, www.artsreach.co.uk 14 December, 3.30 St Swithun’s Church, Allington, 01305 269512, www.artsreach.co.uk


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kEat, Drink, Stay: the review

The Rose & Crown

178 Wareham Road, Lytchett Matravers, BH16 6DT 01202 625325 www.roseandcrownlytchett.co.uk

Main menu# 8 starters 16 mains 9 puddings (incl. 3-cheese board)

PRICE(£) 4.50-6.00 7.50-17.00 4.75-5.95

Cost of a meal for two including house wine: For two courses £39.00-61.00 For three courses £48.50-72.90 Red wines: 4 on list White wines*1: 5 on list Rosé wine*1: 1 on list Sparkling wine*2: 4 on list

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he Rose & Crown was closed when current landlords Neal and Heather took it on four years ago, but since the pub's re-opening, it has built a reputation for good quality food in a friendly atmosphere. Like the village in which it sits, the Rose & Crown is bigger than one might expect as a result of a number of extensions over the years since it was built in 1908. There are clearly delineated – if not separate – eating and drinking areas and the dining area sits either side of a fire which was most welcome on the very chilly night of our visit. It's probably worth stating that the range of eating options at the Rose & Crown is such that if someone in your party cannot be catered for from the range of main, fish, grill, vegetarian and gluten-free options, they must have very particular requirements indeed. For smaller appetites, a number of the main menu items are even

available in three sizes of smaller portion: senior, child and baby bowl. The menu bears a small house symbol for all of the menu items which are made in-house. This is something which one might hope all eateries would adopt, but one suspects many would be ashamed by how little it was used. In the case of the Rose & Crown, only very few items lack the house symbol, including the two pies on offer, but even for these two items, it is very much in their favour that they are proper shortcrust pies, not just a bowl of sauce with a puff-pastry lid calling itself a pie. We, though, started with the soup of the day (leek, broccoli and pumpkin) and the chicken fillet sautéed in honey and mustard. The latter was tender, tasty and served on a bed of leaves with a very nice lemon mayonnaise indeed. The soup was welcoming, tasty and retained its heat all the way to the end of the bowl. It came with a couple of huge hunks of bread (options for which included white, malted, walnut or fennel), also excellent. For our mains we opted for the wild boar and apple faggots with mash, peas and gravy, and the rump steak which came with chips, peas, mushrooms and onion rings. The latter came cooked exactly to specification and was succulent and full of flavour; the chips were very good with the perfect Goldilocks chip status of combined crunch and fluff. The faggots were a great mix of taste and texture and complemented by a deeply flavoured gravy and a creamed mash that still had body, as well as being smooth. There are flavours of the day for the crumble and cheesecake options on the pudding menu, and my companion availed herself of the orange-flavoured cheesecake, while I opted for the ginger baked sponge with a sharp lemon sauce (and an offered and gleefully accepted custard). The cheesecake was smooth with a crunchy, but not too crunchy, biscuit base and the orange flavour worked really rather well; the baked sponges came with sizeable chunks of ginger, which will attract some and repel others, but which went very nicely with the sharp/sweet lemon sauce and unctuous and comforting custard. Our visit for this review coincided with a large local firework display so there were fewer people than normal in for dinner, but it should be a matter of no small merit that, thanks to the discreet and friendly service, the Rose & Crown still managed to retain the warm and friendly atmosphere of previous visits. Z Julian Powell 73


Where to: eat, drink, stay

Take advantage of our extensive guide to restaurants in and around Dorset to help you find somewhere special.

Blandford Crown Hotel, 8 West Street. 01258 456626. Elegant hotel nestling in the heart of Dorset offering luxury accommodation, function rooms, award-winning beers and freshly prepared food. Bournemouth Arbor Restaurant at The Green House, Grove Road BH1 3AX. 01202 498900. info@thegreenhousehotel. com. www.arbor-restaurant. co.uk Serious food in a chilledout setting offering guilt-free dining. Unfussy, knowledgeable service from staff that love food. 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.

and gardeners, or just somewhere to rest. East Burton, Wool (Near 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 andplenty of free parking.

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. 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.

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.

Lytchett Matravers (Near Wareham)

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

Rose & Crown, 178 Wareham Road, BH16 6DT. 01202 625325. www.roseandcrownlytchett. co.uk. Good beer and homemade food are served in this charming family friendly pub. Extensive choice of food on the menu and specials boards.

Corfe Mullen (Near Wimborne)

Morden (Near Wareham)

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.

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.

The Café, Cranborne Garden Centre. 01725 517546. www.cranborne.co.uk From morning coffee to afternoon tea with a light bite in between. Ideal for walkers

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Sturminster Marshall

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.

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 pubrestaurant on the river Frome with views of the Purbeck Hills; fine wines, award-winning beers and freshly prepared food. The Quay Inn, The Quay, BH20 4LP. 01929 552735. www.thequayinn.com. Very popular riverside pub serving steak, seafood and breakfast. Fine selection of ales and beers. Live music at weekends. Quality bed & breakfast available

Farnham (Near Blandford)

Christchurch

Cranborne

'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.

Tarrant Monkton (Near Blandford)

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 Sturminster Newton Sturminster House Tea Rooms, Sturminster House Tea Rooms, Bath Road, DT10 1AT. 01258 471808. www. sturminsterhousetearooms. co.uk. Light, wholesome meals and evening meals (please book), using local produce. Relax in traditional tea rooms with scrumptious cream teas, pastries and cakes. Symondsbury (Near Bridport) Symondsbury Kitchen, Manor Yard, DT6 6HG. 01308 538309 www. symondsburykitchen.com. Stunning café offering delicious home cooked, seasonal food. Breakfast, Lunch, Cream Teas. A magical spot, available for private hire.

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. MonSat 8.00 to 4.00. The Olive Branch, 6 East Borough. 01202 884686. A stunning and elegant pubrestaurant a minute's walk from Wimborne centre, secluded riverside garden, awardwinning beers, fine wines and freshly prepared food.


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HOME FARM SHOP A treasure trove of fine foods

Award-winning farm shop and Taste of Dorset Best Independent Tearoom. Tarrant Gunville, Nr Blandford DT11 8JW Tel: 01258 830083 E-mail: info@homefarmshop.co.uk www.homefarmshop.co.uk

Open: Tue – Sat 9am to 5.30pm, Sunday 10am to 4pm, Closed Mondays

Celebrate Christmas at Ulwell, Swanage BH19 3DG Christmas lunches available 4, 11 & 18 December (Booking necessary) Delicious local roast turkey or beef and all the trimmings, dessert and coffee £13.50 "#

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Staff parties or family/friends "get together" 3 courses £17.95, 2 courses £14.95 Menus and details on request or drop in to discuss. Also available: Hot and Cold Buffets and skittle evenings. "#

SPECIAL CHRISTMAS EVE MENU from £21.95 "#Closed Christmas Day "# BOXING DAY ROAST Lunch 2 courses £13.95 NEW YEARS EVE 3 COURSE CELEBRATION MENU £39.50 per person NEW YEAR'S DAY ROAST LUNCH 2 courses £13.95

AMPLE CAR PARKING OR JUST 1½ MILES STROLL FROM THE TOWN 01929 427644/422823 www.villageinn-swanage.co.uk

Steve & Gill Wish all our customers, old and new, a very Merry Christmas and a healthy & prosperous New Year

RESTAURANT, BAR & EVENT CATERING Two course £17.95 Three course £22.95

Pre-orders please. £10 per head deposit required when booking. Cream of broccoli & stilton soup

Supplements at £4.95

Homemade farmhouse course paté

pan fried in an orange and black cherry sauce

Prawn and avocado cocktail

pan fried with king prawns and saffron butter

with croutons

served with a plum chutney; toast & butter King prawns on a bed of salad with avocado and Marie Rose sauce.

Individual smoked salmon terrine

Duck breast

Monkfish medallions

Slow cooked pork belly

served with black pudding, apple mash & parsnip crisps

with cucumber and a lemon and dill dressing

All served with seasonal vegetables, roast and new potatoes

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with clotted cream and a raspberry coulis

Roast topside of beef

with Yorkshire pudding and a horseradish sauce

Roast Dorset turkey

***** Lemon tart Chocolate brownie sundae

with Cornish vanilla ice cream and a hot chocolate and caramel sauce

Hazlenut meringue

with sausage & bacon rolls. stuffing & cranberry sauce

with brandy soaked berries and vanilla cream

Roasted squash, spinach and goats cheese Wellington

17th century classic christmas pudding with brandy custard

with a red wine & balsamic glaze

Poached fillet of Portland plaice

in a white wine, spring onion & cream sauce

Figgy pudding

Cheddar, stilton and brie

served with grapes, biscuits and chutney. Supplement £2.75

East Burton Road, Nr Wool, Wareham, Dorset DT2 8RL Tel: 01929 462292 www.sevenstars.co.uk

PARTY AT PATRICK'S THIS CHRISTMAS FROM ONLY £17.50 PER PERSON Call 01202 734000 to make a booking Patrick’s Restaurant, Bar & Event Catering 1 Bournemouth Road, Ashley Cross, Poole, Dorset BH14 0EG web: www.patricksrestaurants.co.uk web: www.patrickscatering.co.uk e-mail: Infopatricksrestaurants.co.uk Tel: 01202 734000 Find us on Facebook www.facebook.com/Patrickspoole Follow us on Twitter Patricks_Bar

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Reflections on a year

‘…AMID THE FURZE AND COPSES' Neil Sentance looks back over twelve months as he takes a late December walk around his West Dorset home

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turn out of our front gate and head up the lane towards the old church. Opposite the old school is a gap in the dry-stone wall, past a silage container and I start up the brambly corridor to Bothen Hill. It’s a short but steep climb up to the cairn at 420 feet, breathless at the top. To the south is Lyme Bay, sun-strewn blue, shimmering. Small boats skiff across the bay towards Charmouth, following the line of younger cliffs westwards, from Jurassic to Cretaceous. Vast clouds billowing up from the southwest loom over West Bay, with its swish new-build flats incongruous amid the old fishermen’s cottages, concrete rest-homes and fish-and-chip cabins. In January we walked here with our friend Mila, down from London on the bitterest weekend of the year. It was glassily cold as we trudged down to the beach, now an empty quarter, no dog-walkers, no sea-anglers. The whipcord wind lashed straight off the bay, rolling up stony grey waves. Weathering gulls flattened against the sky. We could barely stand in the gale, and Mila was forced to holler, huddled in her cashmere. The light was flat, Nordic and reedy. We left for the pub, faces shining. To the west is the Marshwood Vale, scattered small villages and folding fields and high-banked hedgerows… Iron Age hill forts – Coney’s Castle, Lewesdon, Pilsdon Pen – range across to the eastern chalk uplands and earthworks of Eggardon Hill. This was a year of more shade than light. A tonic has come through walking. Our West Dorset village is networked with narrow paths and sunken lanes, some municipal, some ancient. I clamber up the hill as often as the desk-dictatorship allows. In the summer it’s all vaulting green up here, but now in midwinter often as not the fog coils in over the hillsides; on such a day, of the conical Colmer’s Hill to the southwest, only the tops of the buffeted pines are visible. It’s one in a series of hills that are cut

through by the two rivers, the Asker and the Brit. Their confluence is where Bridport grew up, an industrial ropemaking centre since the Middle Ages – it reminds me of a Lancashire mill town without the steeples and stacks. Buzzards circle, tireless, though often mobbed by crows. On a walk in November I heard one screeching, very close by. As I turned into a thicket of young birches, I saw him, perching, his weight bowing the branches. He clocked me and took off, awkward at first, then imperious on the wing, his cry primordial. I saw him last over toward Eggardon. In September I went with my wife and kids to the kite festival there. Too gusty for kite-flying, our five-year-old took me on a

walk of the ramparts, away from the madding crowds. We stopped on a ridge and watched the lapwings tottering over Powerstock Common, green on green. Filled with the long view, I look downhill into the fore and mid-ground, searching for our house and garden in the valley bottom. There’s another squall veering in. I can just make out the flapping of the asphalt roof of our shed, flailing like a comb-over, exposing the sodden planks – last night’s storm has ripped out the tacking again. I look past the bristling hedgerows of the organic farm and the green woodpeckers rummaging on the ground for ants, and towards the village. I can see along the high paved main street towards the Victorian new church in fine Arts and Crafts style and the cottages of forest marble, the tough limestone quarried locally. Newer houses, creeping bungalow blight, have spread towards the town, itself bulged out of its ancient core in the last four decades and run through by the main road, built over the route of the old seaward railway. Such manic highways are what the writer Michael Smith sees as the modern-day equivalent of medieval open sewers – fumy, littered unplaces. I turn back to the southeast, looking past the nature reserve, and over fields of huddling sheep, white monoliths on the pasturelands brindled with black rooks. Seagull armies mass on the opposite field, then wheel up the swell of the hillside, over the remnants of strip lynchets, the ageold terracing common in this part of Dorset. Alpacas graze near an iron-wheeled shepherd’s hut. My eye follows the track to the old church, now stranded on the village margins, its tower and chancel all that remain. It’s time to go home. I take the longer route over the high field towards Shipton Gorge and find the bridleway. It normally doubles as a watercourse, but is now iced over and I half skate, half tumble, back down to the gate and the metalled Long Lane. It’s blustering down this way too, dead leaves mashing and telephone wires singing, stridulating. In August I came down here with Alan, our American cousin, watching the miner bees making homes in the friable sandstone banks. He is a Washington lobbyist but workaday hassles fell away as we walked. He first visited here in 1971, a teenager hitching with his older brothers along the southwest coast path. Some things are familiar, he said, but his memories are dim forty years on. These walks inscribe a kind of life-geography, an emotional bonding to place. In Scandinavia this type of thing is being used as a psychotherapy, a getting back to earth, a re-grounding in the restorative effects of nature. And amid the furze and copses and wind-ragged thorn trees, you get a taste of what the Japanese have long known of the benefits of ‘Shinrin-yoku’ – forest bathing – stress management via woodland strolls. It works. Z k Water and Sky, a collection of writings by Neil Sentance, is published by Little Toller Books at £12, ISBN 978-1908213-23-5. www.littletoller.co.uk


A poem for winter

THE VROST

Alan Chedzoy presents a seasonal poem by Dorset dialect poet William Barnes Come, run up hwome wi’ us to-night, Athirt the vield avroze so white, Where vrosty sheades do lie below The winter ricks a-tipp’d wi’ snow, An’ lively birds, wi’ waggen tails, Do hop upon the icy rails, An’ rime do whiten all the tops O’ bush an’ tree in hedge an’ copse, In winds a-cutten keen. Come, maidens, come: the groun’s a-vroze Too hard to-night to spweil your clothes. You got noo pools to waddle drough, Nor clay a-pullen off your shoe: An’ we can trig ye at the zide, To keep ye up if you do slide: Zoo while there’s neither wet nor mud, ‘S the time to run an’ warm your blood, In winds a-cutten keen. Vor young men’s hearts an’ maidens’ eyes Don’t vreeze below the cwoldest skies, While they in twice so keen a blast Can wag their brisk lims twice so vast! Though vier-light, a-flickren’ red Drough vrosty window peanes, do spread Vrom wall to wall, vrom he’th to door, Vor us to goo an’ zit avore, Vrom winds a-cutten keen. (‘athirt’ – across; ‘avroze’ – frozen; ‘spweil’ – spoil; ‘drough’ – through: ‘trig’ – hold you up; ‘s'the’ – is the; ‘wag’ – move: ‘lims’ – limbs: ‘he'th’ – hearth)

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his poem first appeared on the 30th of December, 1841, in the Dorset County Chronicle. The writer kept a boys’ school at Norman House, South Street, Dorchester. (The building has defied the developers and is still there, near Napper’s Mite). Nobody, not even his family, knew that Barnes was writing these Dorset dialect poems. Having composed them, it was his practice to go round to the newspaper office, presumably after dark, and to pop them into the letter-box. Almost all his poems were first printed in the Chronicle, though later they were collected into books. For a long time people did not know what to make of them. The editor was one. He printed them not in his regular ‘poetry corner’, with the likes of ‘proper poets’ like Lord Byron, but among the agricultural advertisements. Many readers thought they were meant to be jokes because it was assumed that nothing seriously meant could be written in dialect. However, Barnes believed in the value of recording the experiences and the language of Dorset farm workers, among whom he had been born in the Blackmore Vale in 1801. He remembered Christmases long ago with the puddles and paths all icy, so that giggling girls need not dirty their skirts. And he remembered the young people, men and maidens, chasing and shouting across frozen bartons, too full of life to feel the cold. And he remembered them with love.

kThe People’s Poet: William Barnes of Dorset, by Alan Chedzoy, is published by History Press at £14.99, ISBN 978-0752455389; www.thehistorypress.co.uk

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THE DORSET LIFE CHRISTMAS QU Z Save this page for Boxing Day, when you can, in equal measure, delight and exasperate your friends with your knowledge of Dorset. All the correct answers have appeared in Dorset Life in 2014. To enter our prize draw yourself, send a copy of this page with the answers selected to: Dorset Life Christmas Quiz, 7 The Leanne, Sandford Lane, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 4DY by 5 January. The first entirely correct solution to be drawn from the hat will win a £25 prize for the person who submitted it. 1) What links a colonial style house in Sherborne, a former church in Ashington and the Ibberton and Belchalwell Village Hall? a) They were all lived in at one stage by Sir Frederick Treves b) They are all corrugated iron prefabricated buildings c) Each of them is on one of Dorset’s most prominent hills

7) Which village in Dorset was described by Sir Frederick Treves as ‘exquisite’, by Arthur Mee as ‘one of the most lovable villages in Dorset’ and by Douglas Adams & John Lloyd as ‘a puddle which is hidden under a paving stone’. a) Tolpuddle b) Briantspuddle c) Affpuddle

2) What are expansion megapolygons? a) Bournemouth University Maths department’s new extension buildings b) Members of the board of the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership c) Shapes in the Flats Dolomite beds at Kimmeridge on the Jurassic Coast

8) Which church is now home to thirteen etched-glass windows by Sir Laurence Whistler CBE a) Morecamblake b) Moreton c) Mosterton

3) Which wordsmith wrote lyrics to 161 songs about Bournemouth? a) Billy Bragg b) Cumberland Clark c) Dave Dee 4) Where in Dorset is the headquarters of the organisers of the World Cheese Awards a) Sturminster Newton b) Veiny Cheese Pond in Long Crichel c) Gillingham 5) Whose last stop in England before his fateful final journey to Italy is thought to have been at Lulworth Cove? a) William Wordsworth b) Percy Bysshe Shelley c) John Keats 6) Which north-western Dorset Village was in Somerset until 1896 and has a church dedicated to St Nicholas? a) Sandford Orcas b) Oborne c) Trent

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9) Where was a ‘new’ Roman villa excavated and, briefly, opened to the public in 2014? a) Druce Farm near Waterston b) West Fossil Farm near Winfrith Newburgh c) Bokerley Farm near Woodyates

14) Where was the UK’s first purposebuilt anchorage for steam-powered Royal Navy vessels established? a) Poole b) Portland c) Seatown 15) In which town did author and publisher James Stevens Cox have a menagerie that included a toucan, a hornbill and a jaguarundi? a) Beaminster b) Verwood c) Wimborne Minster 16) Where in Dorset will you find a thatched castle a) Woodsford b) Withywind Coppice c) Bonfire Hill

10) Which Dorset villages lies in the cleft of a valley, yet has its own airfield? a) Cerne Abbas b) Melbury Abbas c) Compton Abbas

17) Where in Dorset is vodka made from milk? a) Drinking Barrow b) Seaborough c) Cow Corner

11) Which colourful coastal feature is 273 feet higher than the White Cliffs of Dover a) Black Ven b) Redend Point c) Golden Cap

18) Which Christchurch landmark had an over-river garderobe for sanitary reasons? a) Place Mill b) Christchurch Priory c) The Constable’s Hall

12) Where in Dorset is there evidence of human habitation from 10,000BC a) Hengistbury Head b) Old Harry Rocks c) The River Jordan

19) Which place in Dorset once had a railway for the transportation of pigs? a) Shillingstone b) Charnage c) Poundbury

13) In which Dorset river was a 9’3”, 203lb sturgeon caught in 1911? a) The Hooke b) The Char c) The Frome

20) Where is Dorset’s only ‘thankful’ village? a) Langton Herring b) Langton Long c) Langton Matravers


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money is never time wasted. Even if you reach the end of the exercise and you have the lowest-price, highest specification for each of the preceding things, then at least you know that is the case. Often where someone has stayed loyal to, say, a bank’s home & contents or car insurance for a number of years, the organisation has been milking the customer progressively more and more. Never assume that someone will reward loyalty with price freezes (Dorset Life subscriptions being an honourable exception); it is a sad matter of fact that so-called promiscuous consumers – those who regularly switch providers – generally get a better deal than those who have remained loyal for years. Having said that, you may not even need to switch; some financial institutions will give a renewal quote (often one done by direct debit, so you don’t notice the increase so much) that is higher or much higher than the previous year’s. If you call them and tell them that you have had a quote (and it needs to be a genuine one) that is much less, they may well be prepared to reduce the renewal cost. The author once received a home contents quote which was 50% higher than the previous year’s, but, on being challenged with a quote that was 30% lower than the previous year’s, the bank in question matched the new lower quote, which was less than half the price of the originally proposed renewal. So to avoid big shocks in the future, make small changes to the way in which you plan your finances now; control your spending, plan your future income and prepare for big forthcoming items of expenditure and you'll have a happy Christmas and a prosperous new year. Z

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The Dorset Directory: your guide to local businesses in Dorset

PRICES (excluding VAT)

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Danmor Lodge Care Home

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Boxed ads 2.5cm single column: 3 months £115, 6 months £215, 12 months £340 5cm single column: 3 months £235, 6 months £405, 12 months £620

24-hour care for long-term or respite requirements 2 lounges, one with new conservatory Two 8-person passenger lifts • Hydrotherapy baths Situated near to the beautiful Weymouth coastline, the majority of our comfortable rooms are en-suite 14 Alexandra Road, Weymouth DT4 7QH Part of the Alexandra care group Tel: 01305 775462 www.danmorlodge.com Danmor Lodge is situated near to the beautiful Weymouth coastline.

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Careford Lodge is a purpose built single-storey home set in fi ve acres including a paddock to enable residents to enjoy the horses and the country views

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All oriental items, single items, collections, complete house or bank box contents purchased. Books, coins, china, clocks, furniture, jewellery, silver, stamps, pictures or anything unusual. We have been trading for 40 years in the area. Immediate settlement. You are invited to contact 01202 733550 or e-mail michaelhamiltonjones@btinternet.com or write to: Hamilton-Jones, PO BOX 6570, BH14 8HA

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We supply and fit all types of high-quality carpet, rugs and hard flooring with the highest level of workmanship and service. No job too small or too large. 49 Poole Road, Bournemouth BH4 9BA Tel: 01202 767400 www.carpetgalleries.co.uk

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The Dorset Directory: your guide to local businesses in Dorset Goddard Landscapes Limited Richmond, Lower Street, Okeford Fitzpaine, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 0RN Tel: 01258 861046

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Gifts Kate Good Pottery Gifts to treasure Fine stoneware pottery Commissions welcome High Street, Tisbury, Salisbury SP3 6HD Tel: 01747 870367

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Private hospital

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here’s a scientific theory (which I confess that I originated while twiddling my journalistic thumbs during an endless council debate about nothing in particular) that a local authority’s ability to discuss briefly and to the point is inversely proportionate to the importance of the subjects it is required to discuss. Put another way, the smaller or less significant the topic under discussion, the more time a council seems to require to talk about it. My theory was born out of personal experience in the 1970s and ’80s, when I was Wimborne district reporter for the Western Gazette and later the Bournemouth Evening Echo. These were the heady days, soon to pass, when newspaper editors had staffs and budgets that their 21st century successors can only dream of; when meetings of district councils and their committees, and even town and parish councils, were part of a local reporter’s staple diet. The local government reporter today is an endangered species: if even one journalist turns up, the chairman may be seen rattling his chain of office in excitement. Thirty or 40 years ago, in contrast, we had three or four reporters at every district council and committee meeting – not only the two abovementioned papers but the Wimborne & Ferndown Journal and the Poole & Dorset Herald. To continue the endangered species theme, the Journal and Herald, sad to say, are now extinct, while the other two no longer have an office in the district. For the local reporter, the more rural of the many parish councils were the worst. While your friends were at home with the spouse and the telly, you could spend an entire evening listening to people discussing such diverse topics as dog-poo on the playing field, vandalism at the bus-stop and a planning application for a granny-flat. Many of the councillors could talk for England. If only they could be hooked up to a wind turbine, imagine how much useful hot air could be generated. Compared to the parish councils, Wimborne (later East Dorset) District Council was a slick operation – a council with teeth and some relatively meaningful business to discuss. It did have its moments, of course, but we journalists had our own ways of showing our appreciation. If I remember rightly, the Winter Olympics were on when the planning committee spent an hour discussing one item before failing to make a decision. Inspired by the judging format for the Olympic ice dancing, the trio on the press bench marked the end of the debate by raising a sheet of paper in each of our six hands and delivering our verdict – 0.1, 0.2, 0.1, 0.3, 0.2, 0.1. Had we done this in another of our regular environments, Her Majesty’s Law Courts, we’d surely have been sent down for contempt. Happily even the stuffiest old councillors had a sense 98

of humour. And although most of them have since been elected to that great council chamber in the sky, the journalistic Day of Judgment has not been forgotten. ‘I remember being told the story by an officer or another councillor after I joined the council in 1983,’ says Pauline Batstone, now a member of Dorset, North Dorset and Sturminster Newton councils. ‘We thought it was quite a good wheeze. It had become part of council folklore.’ Though we perhaps did not realise it at the time, local government was a rapidly evolving beast in the 1970s as the wartime generation gave way to a brave new world of party politics, attendance allowances and even female councillors. Pauline recalls that female members were still a rare breed in the 1980s and were expected to wear hats and gloves at full council meetings. When I first covered the old Wimborne and Cranborne Rural District Council in the early 1970s, women councillors were virtually unheard of while many of the men’s names were prefixed by a services title. The army, navy and air force were all represented. Lieutenant Colonel PJK Warren was the RDC chairman and Major Somebodyor-Other was vice-chairman. Other members included Commander Aubrey Tod and Squadron Leader Norman Trodd while Wing Commander Bill Groves flew in, guns blazing, a year or two later. There was also a sprinkling of country gentlemen, most memorably the triple-barrel surnamed Councillor Claud Hanbury-Tracy-Domvile, whose name alone occupied two lines of type in the narrow newspaper columns. Apparently he was originally Hanbury-Tracy, acquiring the ‘Domvile’ as a condition of accepting an inheritance. No-one spared a thought for the poor reporter who, ever mindful of his word count, found himself engineering ways to avoid mentioning him more than once in a story. Ironically it was the advent of free newspapers that began the decline of the paid-for local paper, creaming off much of the advertising, employing smaller editorial staffs and inducing readers to question why they were paying good money for a paper when free ones dropped through the letterbox. Commercial radio, the internet and other media have driven more nails into the coffin. The unfortunate consequence is that the Fourth Estate is now rarely around to keep an objective eye on how local authorities spend our hard-earned council taxes. Z


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