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DorsetLife The Dorset Magazine

THE BEST OF DORSET IN WORDS AND PICTURES

Weymouth to the world The Dorset Expeditionary Society at 30

No. 433 April 2015

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Bournemouth arcade

The story of Henry Joy's folly

Lulworth Castle A Dorset icon explored

Dorset walks

• Kingston & Encombe • Stoke Abbott & Waddon • Up Cerne & Minterne

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Our view, your letters

Colin Varndell's wildlife year A brimstone butterfly on aubretia

6 Dorset's lakes, lagoons & ponds 48

Living in Dorset 53

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News from around the county

Living treasure of Dorset

6 DORSET'S LAKES LAGOONS & PONDS

Glassblower Emsie Sharp

Focus on Stalbridge 57 Joy's folly: Bournemouth Arcade

From rustic bridge to swanky shopping centre

The STARS who look after the trailway

Focus on Swanage 62

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Focus on Ferndown 66

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The Wayfarers Cricket Club

Kingston & Encombe 71

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Around Up Cerne, Minternes Parva & Magna

1930s 'Schools' locomotive to visit

Clive Hannay paintings and vilage walk

26 Bridport museum: past & future 79 Nets, nooses and a £1m lottery bid

Dorset Walk 2 Stoke Abbott and Waddon Hill

This month in Dorset Upcoming events in the county

Eat, drink, stay… Dining review, pubs & restaurants

Dorset lives: Ben Waters 83

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33 Dorset houses: Lulworth Castle 89

Spring into the garden

From Weymouth to the world 95

30 years of the Dorset Expeditionary Society

The Dorset Directory Classified Dorset businesses

The Dorset Churchills 98 The story of the original Sir Winston

A map showing Dorset places mentioned in this month's issue

A Dorset life for me Roger Guttridge on fire engine chasing

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SHAFTESBURY Melbury Mill Ashmore Child STURMINSTER NEWTON Wimborne Cranborne Okeford St Giles Shroton Shillingstone Edmondsham Pimperne Sutton Bingham reservoir Okeford Fitzpaine Tarrant Horton VERWOOD Buckland Rushton Newton Ibberton Corscombe Chalbury White Sheet Minterne Magna BLANDFORD Forde plantation Evershot Abbey Up Cerne Minterne Parva West Moors BEAMINSTER Waddon Milton Rampisham Cerne Lewesdon Hill Plush Hill Milton Abbas Abbas Abbey FERNDOWN Stoke Abbott Mapperton WIMBORNE Winterborne Piddletrenthide Netherbury Cattistock Kingston Broadstone Powerstock Shitterton Bradford CHRISTCHURCH Peverell Bere Regis Chideock BRIDPORT Uploders Ashley Cross BOURNEMOUTH DORCHESTER Kingston Pallington Boscombe Maurward Fordington West Bay Litton LYME POOLE Branksome West Stafford Burton Cheney WAREHAM REGIS Martinstown Owermoigne Brownsea Island Bradstock East Stoborough Burton Abbotsbury Broadmayne Blue Pool Corfe Th Studland East Castle e F Upwey Norden lee Sutton Poyntz Holworth Chaldon Rempstone Heath Lulworth t la Melcombe Regis Tyneham Harman's Cross go Castle on SWANAGE Worth WEYMOUTH Matravers Ferrybridge N PORTLAND 0 5 miles Penn’s Weare Stalbridge

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Ideas and offerings for gardens and gardening

Finery, fire, weddings & the Welds

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Fashion

What's on offer locally for spring/summer style

A boogie-woogie piano-playing icon

SEASONAL SPECIALS

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Dorset Miscellany

Places with two names, kingfishers, war news

A photo essay

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Editor's letter Spout a cliché, lose a vote Now the Fixed Terms Parliaments Act 2011 is law, every five years we collectively get to choose a person to represent us in Parliament. We have historically tended to vote for a party rather than a person, but given that almost all the political parties seem to have decided that almost all of us are simpletons, then maybe it’s time to change; maybe – and here’s a radical suggestion – we should try to find the best people to represent the voters of Dorset. My personal quest will be a process of exclusion to begin with. So anyone who wishes to present themselves as being for ‘hard-working families’: congratulations, you’ve just lost my vote. Talk to me of ‘saving the NHS’ or of a ‘long-term economic plan’ and you’re barred. Blame the world’s ills on immigrants? No vote for you. And here is the big one: if you seek to get my vote on 7 May by telling me everything that’s wrong with all the other parties’ policies (rather than what you yourself stand for), or that if I vote for someone I’ll actually get someone else, then you had better run away from my door, before I hose you down with cold water then warm you with a stream of invective the like of which you have never heard. No, if you want my vote, tell me what you are going to fight for in Parliament, which of the problems in my corner of Dorset you are going to solve, and why I should believe you. Do that – honestly, openly and knowing the limits of an individual MP – and you might just get my vote. If enough voters take this approach, politicians will have to accept that robots who only utter crassly simplistic soundbites will no longer win elections.

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LAKES, LAGOONS AND PONDS Dorset may be lacking in huge above-ground reservoirs, but it nonetheless has some spectacular bodies of water

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to form the Dorset-Somerset border were effaced from view when the reservoir was flooded. The most prominent of Dorset's ponds, lakes and lagoons is the Fleet lagoon. Stretching eight miles from Abbotsbury to Ferrybridge – and with an area of 1231 acres (nearly two square miles) when measured at the mean high and low water mark – the Fleet is enormous, but shallow. Along its length it varies between 200 and 3000 feet across, but is only just over 15 feet deep at its Chris Moody

orset is blessed with many things, but large areas of man-made pools of water are not amongst them. There is a single surface reservoir of significant size in Dorset, or at least a bit of it is. Sutton Bingham Reservoir covers an area of 132 acres, but only 9 of those acres are in Dorset, and the county border as it wiggles its way back and forth across the portion of water hints either at high old times at map-drawing HQ, or, perhaps more likely, that the once obvious natural features which used

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lagoons and ponds

Mark Sewell

Terry Yarrow

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deepest and about 6 feet (in the centre) at its shallowest. Others of our highlighted bodies of water – the lagoon at Brownsea Island and Poole Park lake – are also brackish, the former also being home to a bewildering array of native and transitory bird life. Equally packed with wildlife, but with less of it passing through, are the fishing lakes that are dotted across Dorset and the ornamental lakes of the county's stately homes, like Sherborne Castle, Forde Abbey and Kingston Maurward amongst others. Perhaps the most perfectly man-made bodies of water, though less capacious than reservoirs, are the mill ponds; when gazing at their still or gently rippling waters, one is overcome by an almost instant mental calming effect. Equally calming, although often changing with the light, are the pools formed by quarrying and clay and gravel extraction, of which Blue Pool is the most famous. Some pools, ponds and other bodies of water – now far from civilisation – may or may not have been manmade, but this uncertainty renders them perhaps the most magical and mysterious of all. It is easy to lose onself in contemplation when gazing at water, but even in a coastal county like ours, that does not always require us to look out to sea. Z kOPPOSITE TOPA sculpture of swans on Pallington lakes near Dorchester; the former fishing lakes are now the home of Simon Gudgeon's Sculpture by the Lakes kLEFT Browsea Island's lagoon is home to thousands of migrating birds every year kTOPMelbury Mill is one of a number of mill ponds around the county, including Worth Matravers, Swanage, Lulworth, Bere Regis and Sturminster Newton kRIGHTNot, it's not Lake Geneva, but the fountain at Forde Abbey's lake

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lagoons and ponds Terry Yarrow

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kOPPOSITE TOP The millpond-like stillness of the Fleet Lagoon belies the occasional violence visited upon it (and Chesil Bank which protects it) by winter storms and flooding

kBELOW Across Poole Park lake at night with the evening breeze gently caressing the water's surface to add a little movement to the stillness of the night

kOPPOSITE BOTTOM Although known as Blue Pool, it can change colour depending on the direction and nature of the light falling on it, as well as the position of the observer Mark Watkin

kABOVEA wild pond in heathland near Poole, whose dark, peaty waters mirror perfectly the never-ending light show that is the sun's transit across the skies

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Two Dorset photographers are celebrating highly successful submissions to the British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP). Shaftesbury-based photographer Bella West won a Gold Award and was named runner-up in the portraiture category of the BIPP’s 2015 Professional Photography Awards. Just two photographers were awarded Gold and Bella won hers for her collection of five intriguing ‘animal being’ images featuring masks created by the felt artist Gladys Paulus. ‘They [the masks] seem to have a life of their own and invite their own interpretation from the viewer which for me is the fun part of photography,’ says Bella, who is a Fellow of the BIPP, and who has also just completed a project (documenting a breast cancer patient through a year's treatment) that will be exhibited nationally this year. Sherborne’s Katharine Davies successfully applied for an Associateship to the BIPP (the institute's secondhighest qualification) in 2014 and hers was judged to be the best of all the Associateship submissions received last year, for which she receives the Institute’s prestigious Peter Grugeon award (named for the 1970s royal portrait photographer). In addition to her portrait photography and work with charity Key4Life, Katharine has just completed a photographic campaign for Dorset Wildlife Trust called My Wild Life, where residents explain what they love about Dorset's natural spaces.

FREESTYLE POTTERY PROJECT Time as an act of art that spills over into real life,’ says Artist Ian Giles is encouraging local people to take part Ian, who presetened his idea to Borough of Poole. He will in a project to create ceramics hold ceramic glazing workshops inspired by Poole Pottery from the during break-times and in after-work 1960s. His own interest was sparked sessions at local businesses that after someone bought him a piece wish to be involved in the project. of Delphisware as a gift and, as he Working with these groups, Ian collected more pieces, he looked will create a large-scale installation into the story behind the pottery. inspired by the retail stands used to The workshops will be similar to the showcase the pottery in the 1960s manufacturer’s practice of giving and 1970s which will be exhibited workers time and materials to explore at Poole Museum in September their own creativity – called ‘Free alongside original Poole designs. Time’– alongside their routine jobs. Companies interested in taking part kFrom the Poole Pottery Delphis collection ‘I see the re-enactment of Free should email arts@poole.gov.uk. 11


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kLiving in Dorset Wonderland leaves Dorset for Chelsea

lacked ‘a story’. This set him thinking about a collection based on Alice. He says that Bob joined him early on Visitors to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year when he ‘got stuck’ sculpting Alice’s will be able to see a stunning set of face. ‘I just couldn’t get it right. Bob is a sculptures celebrating 150 years of Alice’s fantastic sculptor and teacher,’ he says. Adventures in Wonderland by CharmouthOther characters from illustrated children’s based Robert James Workshop. The classics have followed and Disney UK Wonderland Bronze Collection, which will also be on show at the other RHS recently invited the duo to create works from the original drawings of Winnie the shows at Tatton, Hampton Court and Pooh by EH Shepherd. ‘So if you visited Malvern this year, are based on the our tiny workshop you would find Bob and original illustrations by Sir John Tenniel. I making a large walking Christopher, an Robert Ellis and James Coplestone, the almighty Queen of Hearts and a Pooh and two men behind the company, have Piglet in contemplation,’ he says. ‘They are worked together for more than 26 years in scheduled to be installed at our Chelsea a number of different contexts including stand in May so our work is really cut out.’ theatre and education. Back in 2008, For details of where else the sculptures James went to the Chelsea Flower Show can be seen over the coming months, go to and while recognising the talent behind www.robertjamesworkshop.com. the sculptures on show, felt some pieces kAlice gazes at the Cheshire cat

PORTLAND PROMOTES THE RETURN OF THE NATIVES A host of wildflowers on Portland are beginning to thrive once again following work to remove the invasive cotoneaster plant by the charity Plantlife. The programme has been ongoing since 2012 and a large area has been cleared at Penn Weare on the east coast of the isle and species such as the white orchid autumn lady’s-tresses, Portland spurge, bird’s-foot trefoil, Goldenrod Solidago virgaurea and horseshoe vetch have been saved from extinction. ‘The reappearance of the white orchid autumn lady’stresses signalled that the cotoneaster removal was working,’ says Plantlife’s species recovery expert, Tim Wilkins. ‘Now the cleared areas are recovering naturally.’ Cotoneaster was brought back from China and the Himalayas by plant hunters two centuries ago. It grows like a carpet covering large swathes of areas and is perceived to be the number one threat to Portland’s biodiversity, according to Plantlife and Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT), which supported the clearance work. SITA Trust has provided funding through the Landfill Communities Fund.

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FATHER OF ART NOUVEAU COMES TO DORSET

the marriage of the artist’s grandson John to Sarah Lees, a member of the Lees family A world exclusive exhibition of work from of Lytchett Minster. ‘John and Sarah have the Czech master of art nouveau, Alphonse travelled the world with the collection so to Mucha, is being staged at the Russell-Cotes have an exhibition on their home patch means Museum in Bournemouth. Alphonse Mucha: a great deal,’ says James. ‘It also means a lot In Quest of Beauty, is sponsored by local to the staff at Humphries Kirk who have been solicitors Humphries Kirk. instrumental in looking after James Selby Bennett, the Mucha Foundation for so partner at the firm, first many years.’ The exhibition, became acquainted with which runs from 1 April to the Mucha family in the 27 September, includes the 1980s. He recalls ‘the dark iconic Gismonda, the artist’s days of uncertainty and first poster from 1894 that repression’ before the portrays the actress Sarah velvet revolution in Prague Bernhardt. ‘Alphonse isn't as when Mucha’s works well-known as he should be so were under threat. The to give people an opportunity solicitors played a pivotal to see and understand his role in preserving the extraordinary artistic creations collection and its artistic is really special. To stand and heritage, helping to form look at the head of his daughter the Mucha Foundation. crafted in silver and gold is to The link between Mucha see one of the most beautiful and Dorset comes through kLEFT Gismonda and Reverie (ABOVE) by Alphonse Mucha objects ever created.” 13


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Charity campaigner and musician Shane Board, 25, from Poole is among the first recipients of the newly created British Citizen Award medal, which recognises people in society doing extraordinary things. Shane was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was 10 and to raise awareness and funds for diabetes charities, his mother, Iris, launched Pop4Diabetes which they now run together. ‘Ultimately, the aim is to raise funds to help find a cure,’ says Shane, who organises an annual charity ball and records a song to raise funds and awareness of diabetes week each year. Among

the charities to benefit from its fund-raising efforts are the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Diabetes UK. Shane also devotes his time to showing other people that having a lifelong condition need not be a limiting factor in life. Pop4Diabetes is so-called because it uses pop music to help it raise funds, explains Shane, who adds: ‘The honour of receiving this has only made me even more determined than ever to continue with my fund-raising.’ For details of this year’s ball, go to www.pop4diabetes.co.uk

SOLAR STATION ON HOLD

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enquiry but it is unknown whether this will come before Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) is continuing its fight to the general election. Rampisham Down is one of the overturn planning permission for a largest sites of lowland acid grassland large solar station on the protected left in the UK and is home to wildlife such wildlife site, Rampisham Down, as adders, skylarks and a rare group of in West Dorset. In February, it plants and fungi. DWT chief executive, Dr spearheaded the campaign to get Simon Cripps, says it was overwhelmed the decision put on hold by the by the public support with nearly 7,000 Department for Communities and people sending letters to Mr Pickles. ‘DWT supports solar power, just not on a SSSI Local Government. DWT is now (Site of Special Scientific Interest),’ he says. urging Secretary of State Eric Pickles Meantime, DWT is still collecting letters to ‘call in’ the decision and decide which can be sent via its campaign page for himself whether the development kThe Rampisham site from Hooke Road, with markers at http://wtru.st/SaveRDown. will go ahead with the aid of a public showing where the panels will be installed

THRIVING HIGH STREET Bridport has the lowest shop vacancy level in the SouthWest and the ninth lowest in the UK. The Vacancy Report - Mind the Gap! by the Local Data Company, which covers 723 town centres, revealed that the average vacancy rate in England is 11 per cent but Bridport’s sits at a mere 1.9 per cent. Tim Hunt, president of the Bridport Business Chamber, believes that the collaboration between the council, chamber, town market and the many voluntary groups, ensures that Bridport's reputation as an interesting town to visit and shop continues to grow and thus attract interest from new businesses. ‘The appearance of an empty shop is much more off putting to visitors and customers and therefore it comes as no surprise that having such

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good occupancy rates means people want to visit and share such a wonderful and unique shopping experience,’ he says. ‘However, please don't assume that increased visitors alone make our businesses thrive as it’s down to improved sales set against ever increasing costs. But it certainly helps.’

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Students at Twynham School in Christchurch are helping the older generation get to grips with technology in a scheme that allows those being taught to learn on their own equipment at sessions held in a room attached to Priory Church in Priory House. The church’s outreach chairman, Christine Westlake, came up with the idea that senior 'students' are taught on a one-to-one basis by a pool of ‘IT-savvy’ 13-15-year-olds. It is part of the school’s growing Student Voice project and there have been benefits to both sides. ‘In the first week the youngsters quickly started to adapt the way they spoke to their students to suit them better,’ says Christine. One senior student was able to use her iPad to Skype friends in Florida for the first time, and Adam Winter of Student Voice, says it is a great opportunity to develop interpersonal skills. ‘Something which our future employers will value,’ he says, adding ‘it's great to be part of something that helps to bridge the gap between the generations.’ 15


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STARS SHINE ON TRAILWAY Sue Weeks on the shining lights of a Stalbridge nature reserve

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leven years ago, Stalbridge resident Nick Brown brought together a group of local people to clear a stretch of the old railway line, following the creation of the Stalbridge Trailway and Links Project, funded by a local government grant. The grant paid for the surfacing of the trailway and some paths connecting it to the town. Nick explains that to complete the recreational amenity, it was agreed that the old sewage works land adjoining the line would also be managed, creating a local nature reserve. ‘Once created, it had to be looked after,’ he said, with the wetland area to the south added a couple of years later. Since then, the Stalbridge Trailway and Reserve Supporters, now known as STARS, have worked hard to keep the paths clear and maintain and improve habitats in the reserve. Most of the reserve is owned by Wessex Water and it is leased to Dorset County Council under a management agreement. The wetland is also managed by the council. Its countryside rangers undertake largescale annual management of the area which includes mowing the trailway verges and the reserve’s meadows but the volunteers’ work is invaluable. ‘The rangers and rights-of-way teams do a great job, but are limited by time and resources,’ explains Nick, who was appointed by the countryside rangers as the voluntary ranger for the site. ‘The volunteers give it a more personal touch: a patch of wild flowers here and a little clearing there.’ Advice and help is also given by a professional ecologist employed by Wessex Water. Typical work carried out by STARS involves cutting back overhanging vegetation and spreading scrub from the trailway as well as connecting rights of way and smaller paths so that people can continue to use them. ‘Habitat work often includes more clearing and cutting, but also planting hedges and clearing the ponds, stream and ditches. This is to benefit the wildlife,’ says Nick, who has an ecology degree. He adds that habitat creation is not always as easy as it sounds: ‘It’s always best to work with and enhance what you already have, but it is simple to incorporate something like a dead wood pile. A grass snake took up residence in one of these.’ STARS come from all walks of life and include a physicist, retired submarine engineer and retired chemistry and maths teachers. Among the stalwarts since the beginning are Neil Smith and Pat and Tony Ashcroft. Louise Furre has notched up several years of service and Jan Wardell, who first helped in her capacity as local rights of way organiser and activist, is now keen and wants to help with the reserve, too. ‘Over the years we have had people of all ages from all walks of life, including children,’ says Nick, whose day job is running the local bicycle shop. ‘Recently we have lost some regulars through ill health and are now looking for new members.’ Children can get involved in the work, but tend to be more interested in the events that the group puts on. Last May, around twenty Cub Scouts took part in a

pond dipping and Nick said the Cubs would almost certainly have enjoyed the moth trapping had the STARS been able get enough adult supervisors to k The STARS: 'a patch of flowers here, a little cleaing there' stay up late: ‘It turned out to be a spectacular night with over 70 species identified by the visiting expert,’ he says. ‘Some of these moths are exotically beautiful, and you just don’t normally see them.’ Among STARS’ ongoing projects is creation of a hazel coppice and 100 bluebells grown from locally collected wild seed were ready to be planted out at the time of writing. The reserve is well used by the public and a common question from passers-by is when will the trailway be extended. ‘Proving beyond doubt that they want more of the same,’ says Nick, who says engaging with visitors to the site gives them a chance to explain what they are doing and why, since it can look as if they are ‘cutting nature down’. ‘There would not be a flower meadow unless it was cut. Without management, most of the site would end up as nettles, brambles and blackthorn; all good habitats in themselves, but you would lose the diversity,’ he says. By experimenting on one part of the trailway, Nick is aiming to develop a simple management method of encouraging more wild flowers along the verges. ‘More flowers means more insects, and more insects means more birds and animals,’ he says. ‘If it works, maybe it can be adopted along other stretches all along the North Dorset Trailway. I think that is something people would like to experience.’ Z

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KINGSTON AND ENCOMBE Clive Hannay in a Purbeck village that for years boasted two churches

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hink of an estate village and you might think of the tidiness of Wimborne St Giles or the uniformity of Milton Abbas. Kingston is no less an estate village than these but its varied buildings of Purbeck stone rather straggle across the hillside to the south of Corfe Castle. Its variety is emphasised by some modern additions which for the most part fit well with the more traditional houses and their stone roofs. The estate in question is Encombe, which was bought in 1734 by George Pitt, who already owned Kingston Maurward near Dorchester. His son, John, built the present 22

house and left it to his son, William Morton Pitt. The latter was a considerable philanthropist who spent much of his fortune on creating employment in Dorchester and in Swanage – and in Kingston, where he established twine and sail-making jobs, ‘of a considerable loss and expense to himself yet undoubtedly of great importance to the community’, in Hutchins’s words. The newly impoverished William Morton Pitt sold Encombe and Kingston in 1806 to the 1st Earl of Eldon, John Scott, who with a brief break was Lord Chancellor from 1801 to 1827. The son of a Newcastle coal merchant,


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he was a diehard reactionary – he implacably opposed the development of the railways, for example – and is generally regarded as a dry-as-dust lawyer. He himself believed that ‘a lawyer should live like a hermit and work like a horse’ and one of his contemporaries described him as ‘a sterile soul for all things earthly except money, doubts and the art of drawing briefs’. Yet this austere figure had been the hero of a youthful romantic escapade when he eloped to Scotland with the daughter of a Newcastle banking family, and he showed complete devotion to his wife, Bessie, through almost sixty years of marriage. Perhaps the episode explains why he forgave his daughter, Lady Elizabeth, when she in turn eloped with George Repton, son of the landscape designer, Humphry Repton, and an architect in his own right who worked with both Nash and Pugin. In 1833 Lord Eldon asked his son-inlaw to be the architect for the re-build of the church to the south-east of the village that had served Kingston since

the 12th century as an out-chapel of Corfe Castle. The 1st Earl of Eldon lies in its churchyard with his beloved Bessie. However, it is not this church (now a private residence) for which Kingston is best-known. In 1874 the 3rd Earl commissioned G E Street, architect of the Royal Courts of Justice in the Strand, to design the magnificent church of St James, whose tower can be seen from all over Purbeck’s valley and its inner line of hills, earning the church the nickname, ‘the cathedral of Purbeck’. It is not a complete misnomer as the interior does have the feel of a miniature cathedral, with lots of Purbeck marble, and the tower boasts a peal of eight bells. As a fine example of Victorian Gothic, it has attracted praise from architectural historians as diverse as Pevsner, Betjeman and Clifton-Taylor. Yet the church remains rather soulless, a characteristic captured by Pevsner, who tempered his praise with ‘Harmony, symmetry, nobility are the qualities [Street] aims at. No passion is allowed, no touch of personality, let alone 23


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idiosyncrasy.’ Another authority puts it more succinctly: ‘A shadowy coldness pervades the church.’ The ‘old’ church continued to be Kingston’s parish church for forty years after the building of St James’s, which served in effect as a private chapel for the Scott family. So why did the 3rd Earl have it built? There is a family legend – for which, it has to be said, there is no firm evidence – that His Lordship was discovered in bed with the vicar’s wife, who was wearing nothing but one of the Countess’s hats. If the story is true, one can see that it might have strained relations between squire and vicar, and it would explain the presence of two churches in such a tiny village. For many people today, Kingston is synonymous with its pub, the Scott Arms, and its garden that enjoys a stunning view of Corfe Castle. The pub opened in 1787 as the New Inn but soon changed its name to the Eldon Arms. After World War 2 the name changed again to the Scott Arms because by that time the Earls of Eldon had moved elsewhere and Encombe was owned by a different branch of the Scott family. However, there is still an Earl of Eldon and his eldest son has the courtesy title of Viscount Encombe. The house and part of the estate was finally sold out of the Scott family in 2002. Kingston is so small that you can walk through it in a few minutes, so this route of a little over three miles heads out of the village towards the sea. It passes along the edge of the Encombe valley, which plays such a big part in Kingston’s life and history, and skirts Chapman’s Pool. This is one of the most atmospheric spots on the Dorset coast, the haunt through the centuries of fishermen (many of 24

them residents of Kingston), shipwrecked mariners and the occasional smuggler. Park in the region of the Scott Arms, or in its car park if you plan a well-deserved drink at the end of the walk, and head up the street, passing between the village pump and the house behind it, which was the post office until some twenty years ago. Cross over to visit St James’s, then continue up the road. Just past the de-restriction signs, the private drive to Kingston House goes off to the left. Take the track immediately to its right, next to a ‘no vehicular access’ sign. Follow the track through the woods, continuing straight ahead at any cross-tracks or junction. At the end of the track emerge onto an open hillside with a stone wall to the left. Away to the right is the obelisk erected by the 1st Earl to his brother, also ennobled as Lord Stowell. It is worth keeping to the right so that you can look down into the valley, where Encombe House nestles in its sheltering trees. The hill on the far side is Swyre Head, Purbeck’s highest point. Continue along the top of the valley’s rim to reach the headland of Hounstout – ‘dog’s head’, although to see the resemblance takes a bit of imagination. Here turn left on the coast path and descend towards Chapman’s Pool, latterly on some rough steps that can be slippery if there is a lot of mud about. Turn left over the first stile after the steps and bear quite sharply left to a gate about 50 yards to the right of the field’s far left-hand corner. Up a short slope, turn left on a paved track which eventually becomes a lane and leads down into Kingston next to St James’s. Turn right to return to the Scott Arms. Z


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NETTING THE PRIZE Tony Burton-Page visits Bridport Museum and finds out why its recent lottery award is not just money for old rope

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Small wonder that the town’s strong connection with the industry inspired a nickname for the hangman’s noose: the ‘Bridport Dagger’. The museum displays one of these grisly items, thankfully unused. We are also reminded that the industry is far from dead: the 300-year-old firm of Bridport Gundry mutated into AmSafe and now makes aircraft safety material – for example, arrester nets for aircraft carriers, which prevent planes falling into the sea. Given Bridport’s location on the Jurassic Coast, it is hardly surprising that the museum has an extensive fossil collection. Most of the specimens were collected locally between Lyme Regis and Burton Bradstock: there are ammonites, starfish and even a plesiosaur, a huge, long-necked marine reptile – not the whole beast, but an impressive chunk of it. The museum has a smallscale reconstruction of the creature suspended from the ceiling, not made from any conventional materials, rather from Lego bricks, which perhaps accounts for its slightly bewildered expression. By contrast the (real) starfish are small and delicate, with a preserved fragility that belies their immense age. No museum would be complete without an archaeological display, and Bridport has one of the most significant Roman military collections in Southern England. The material comes from two local sites, Watton Hill and Waddon Hill. The latter was a 1st-century Roman hillfort established shortly after the invasion of 43 AD with a mixed garrison of legionaries, auxiliaries, infantry and archers. The artefacts confirming this include a decorated dagger scabbard, a pilum (a shield-piercing javelin) and a sample of a legionary’s body armour known as lorica segmentata. The museum has a natural history collection, which includes cabinets full of birds’ eggs and butterflies as well as birds and mammals. It also has a collection of military and commemorative medals and coins, including a penny minted at Bridport in the time of William the Conqueror. The social history collection is inevitably focused more locally; the most remarkable part of it is that devoted to Dr Giles Roberts, a Bridport-born apothecary and pharmacist who trained at Guy’s and St Thomas’s Hospitals in London. Once established back in Bridport, he was able to conduct experiments, and he developed the formula for a revolutionary ointment for aches and pains which became known as ‘The Poor Man’s Friend’. It was so

effective that it was still being produced in 1965, although its lead and mercury content would prevent it from being marketed today. The museum’s collection contains some of his medical instruments, the ‘Medical Commonplace Book’ containing his medical recipes, pots of his ointment – and a somewhat disconcerting life-size waxwork of the man himself. There is also a wooden pulpit: Roberts was a staunch Methodist and preached at many places locally. The museum also reveals his experiments with electric shock treatment, and how they ended abruptly after an

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electrocuted dog leapt through his shop window. With such a variety of exhibits, the museum is certainly a ‘must see’ on a visit to Bridport. Entry has been free since 2009 and it is open from April to October. But the curator, Emily Hicks, is determined to have it open all year round, which could only happen if the heating system is improved. If the proposed redevelopment of the museum goes ahead, it will indeed happen. The Heritage Lottery Fund awarded the museum a Stage 1 Pass for this redevelopment, which in layman’s terms means nearly £100,000 for architects, designers, project managers and consultants. When the draft plans are drawn up, they will be sent to the Heritage Lottery Fund to apply for the full grant – which would be over £1 million. Emily says that the catalyst for redevelopment was the bequest of the rope and net collection of Anthony and Frances Sanctuary, which she describes as ‘a museum’s worth of items’ kDr Giles Roberts, inventor of the ‘Poor Man’s Friend’ ointment

kA Roman legionary talks to a young visitor to the museum

connected with the rope and net firm Bridport Gundry – photos, plans, work and training records, ledgers, samples, together with a considerable amount of machinery, much of which is hand operable and could be reassembled so that visitors to the museum could operate it themselves. But the museum is already well-filled – so much so that items not on display are stored in the Local History Centre, a hundred yards away in Gundry Lane. The museum will need to be redesigned to make better use of the available space, and the rope and net collection will form the centrepiece of the main gallery. The redevelopment will give the museum the chance to modernise the elderly heating system – the night storage

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PUTTING THE B IN BOOGIE-WOOGIE Lindsay Neal on pianist Ben Waters’ journey from Upwey to the stars

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or more than 25 years he’s travelled the world earning a crust playing boogie-woogie piano. Now Ben Waters is one of Britain’s most sought-after musicians, but with no obvious cultural or geographical connection to the United States’ Deep South, how did an underachieving schoolboy from Upwey in the early 1980s even get to hear the music that has become his life, let alone master it? ‘It was all down to the company my family kept so I was incredibly lucky in that respect,’ says Ben. ‘There was a lady called Val Crabb who ran the Hope and Anchor pub in Bridport. She was friends with a boogie piano player called Diz Watson who had a band called Diz and the Doormen who used to come down to Dorset once a year to play a round of gigs in Evershot village hall on the Friday, Rampisham village hall on the Saturday and finish off at West Bay on the Sunday lunchtime. They’d bring all these other rhythm and blues bands like Juice on the Loose, the Balham Alligators with Geraint Watkins on piano and Rocket 88, which was Ian Stewart’s band. He was the 30

pianist who formed the Rolling Stones with Brian Jones and an incredible man. ‘We’d go along with my uncle and aunt Ray and Eva, Polly Harvey’s mum and dad, and all through the weekend there’d be musicians hanging around their house. I was transfixed by the piano players and got them to show me how to play things. I wasn’t very good at school, but this was something I could do, it was like a drug to me.’ It clearly did Ben’s cousin no harm either – as PJ Harvey, Polly has two Mercury Prizes and an Ivor Novello Award to her name. ‘Dorset is buzzing with live music and it’s a really good standard as well,’ says Ben. ‘That’s how it’s similar to New Orleans or Memphis; it has the same kind of laid back feel. There’s a relaxed-ness about the way the music is played, you can hear it in Fats Domino it’s an easy style, nothing forced or frantic. It’s what I aspire to in the way I play and that’s a Dorset thing.’ Ben also points to a certain insularity that makes it difficult to impress locals. He recalls playing a busy show


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with West especially Dorset jump now that Tom blues institution and Molly are Custer’s Last performing. Blues Band at ‘I’ll be the Hope and redundant Anchor in the before I know days when Polly it,’ laughs Ben, used to rehearse only half joking. upstairs and pay ‘Molly has a her keep with a great voice and free gig at the is playing the end of her stay. piano now as ‘Custer’s well. The way had a great Tom is with the local following sax is just like and still do, so I was with the the place was piano at his age. heaving. There He’s always on were these two YouTube looking old boys sat at different at the bar, as players, Willie kBen at home with his musical family I suspect they Garnett from would be every Rocket 88 is night of the week, and one of them turns to the other and his absolute favourite so that band is now influencing its says: ‘Packed ’ere tonight.’ To which the other says: ‘That second generation of Waters. Tom sits in with the band all ain’t nothin’ ’pared to when PJ Proby waz ’ere las’ week.’!’ the time, but Molly’s not so keen on travelling – driving 14 Having played alongside some of the biggest names in hours to get to a gig, that’s not for her.’ rock ’n’ roll, including Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ray Ben will much more readily admit to his good fortune Davies, Pete Townshend, Paul Weller, Mick Hucknall and (rather than his unimpeachable talent) putting his the Rolling Stones (in 2011 Ben put together the album success all down to a recording that he made in a studio Boogie 4 Stu, in tribute to Ian Stewart, all the Stones in Powerstock at the age of eighteen with his friend Dave played on it as did Polly Harvey, Jools Holland and Rocket Hatfield on double bass. 88), that Dorset imperturbability has been sorely tested in ‘He just pressed record and left the tape recording for Ben’s career. 45 minutes. We did 10 or 11 numbers, loads of mistakes, ‘I realised a long time ago that most of the people that me singing flat, really rough. The next thing I know he’s approach me to play with them do so because they know turned up with a thousand CDs. ‘It’s OK we don’t have pay what I do. Nobody’s going to ask me to learn Rachmaninov for them for a couple of months,’ he says. I said: ‘Pay for so I’m usually within my comfort zone. I’m more concerned them?’ He actually did me a favour and before I knew it he with how it sounds and that’s the same whether it’s the was sending them everywhere, even Radio One. Fox Inn at Corscombe, which ‘John Peel and Andy Kershaw sounds perfect, or the Royal started to play it they loved its Albert Hall, which is a big honesty and authenticity. That echo-y barn. I just want to do tipped off Loose Ends on Radio the gig, have a cup of tea and 4 and Paul Jones on Radio come home.’ 2. I was asked to audition to Home for Ben, wife Ruth and replace Chris Holland, Jools’ children Tom, 14, and Molly, 12, brother, in the Shakin’ Stevens is the beautifully worn 18thband, got the gig and for a century Watercombe House, while my ego allowed me to not far from their previous think it was because Chris home in Owermoigne and thought I was really good, but not a lot further from where of course he wanted to get he grew up in Upwey with out of it so he could join his his parents who now live at brother’s band full time. Watercombe. He and Ruth also ‘That was 25 years ago and have a travel business running I’ve been playing for a living small group trips to interesting ever since. I spend half my destinations and there’s the life travelling, I’ve seen some annual Watercombe Festival stunning places, but I love to organise, but music is very coming back to Dorset, there’s much the family business, nowhere else I’d rather be.’ Z kBen's left hand dances on the keyboard imparting the driving boogiewoogie sound 31


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k An aerial view of Lulworth Castle. To the left is the parish church of St Andrew, to the right the Roman Catholic Chapel of St Mary. Lulworth Castle House is behind the castle, with the Army ranges in the background.

‘ONE OF DORSET’S GRANDEST AND MOST INTERESTING COUNTRY HOUSES’ The history of Lulworth Castle is bound up with the stories of the Weld family and of one of the most important estates in South Dorset. John Newth has been to visit.

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t was in 1971 that I visited Lulworth Castle for the first time. More than forty years on, I hope it is safe to admit that it was an act of blatant trespass, born of curiosity. I clambered over the wire fence and wandered through the remains of the castle. A light rain fell on me as I stumbled over the stones, bricks and lumps of masonry that littered the ground of the roofless ruin. Jackdaws cried raucously from what was left of the four corner towers, fire-blackened in some places, overgrown with ivy in others, and with their windows mis-shapen and devoid of mullions or glass. The atmosphere was eerie, deserted and depressing. The contrast the castle presents today could hardly be more striking: the outside has been restored to its original

appearance and the inside, while not fully restored, has been put into a usable condition and contains hints and echoes of what the castle must have been like in its heyday. Destruction by a disastrous fire and rescue some fifty years later are only the latest chapters in the story of one of Dorset’s grandest and most interesting country houses. It was built as a hunting lodge in the early 1600s by Thomas Howard, Lord Bindon, in the hope of attracting James I for a visit and thereby currying favour. The castle was sited and designed for maximum effect, its towers and battlements endorsing the fiction that it might have been a stronghold of medieval knights. The main room on the 33


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k Herbert Weld sits on the lawn, surrounded by his possessions, during the disastrous fire of 1929

ground floor was the great hall, with the great chamber above. The King did visit once, in 1615, but by then Thomas was dead and the castle had passed to his cousin, the Earl of Suffolk. In 1641 the castle and its estate was bought by Humphrey Weld. He was the grandson of a wealthy merchant who, Whittington-like, had come to London from the family home in Cheshire to seek his fortune and had not only found it but ended up as Lord Mayor. The Welds were a staunchly Catholic family and were ostracised following the Popish Plot of 1678 and, ten years later, the accession of the Protestant William and Mary. Two generations on, Edward Weld was accused of involvement in the 1745 Jacobite uprising; although he was quickly exonerated, it showed how Catholics could never feel completely secure. His son, also Edward, had plans to create a new entrance hall and to replace the main stairs, but he died young and it was left to his brother, Thomas, to see the scheme through, using the Bastard brothers of Blandford as his builders. This Thomas was active in promoting Catholic emancipation and created at Lulworth the Chapel of St Mary. It was the first free-standing Roman Catholic church to be built for public worship in England for over two hundred years and was completed five years before the law was changed to allow Catholics to worship in

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public. Permission had to be sought from the King, George III, who hedged his bets by telling Thomas that he could ‘build a mausoleum and you may furnish it inside as you wish’. George knew very well what was going on, of course, and in fact visited the chapel in 1789. The chapel is built to look like the type of classical garden building that was popular in the late 18th century. Inside, it is delightful but with an air of reverence: a light and airy space whose decoration and artefacts range from a 1785 organ to a domed ceiling painted in 1987 to celebrate the building’s bicentenary. The next Weld to own Lulworth, also Thomas, studied for the priesthood after the birth of his daughter and the death of his wife, and eventually became a cardinal. He passed Lulworth to his brother, Joseph, and lived in Rome, where he was often to be seen in the company of his grandchildren: however shady the private lives of some cardinals throughout history, Cardinal Thomas Weld remains one of the very few to have been legitimately both married and ordained. Joseph’s son and two grandsons inherited in turn. His son, Edward, employed Joseph Hansom (he of the Hansom cab) to modernise the castle, including the installation of central heating. When that branch of the family died out in 1928, the estate passed to Herbert Weld, the son of Joseph’s second son. His was not a happy tenure: death duties had taken their toll; much of the furniture was claimed by the widow of one of his nephews who would have inherited Lulworth but who had been killed in the Great War; Herbert’s young wife died in the same year that he took possession of the castle; and in August of the following year came the fire that left the castle a ruin. The origin of the fire is not known, but suspicion fell on the primitive electrical system that had been installed. Fire engines arrived but ran out of water, despite efforts to pump it from the sea at Arish Mell, a mile away. Molten lead dripping from the roof helped to spread the fire, which burned for three days. Valuable paintings, furniture and silver were rescued with the help of two Girl Guide packs who were camping in the park, and were piled on the lawn around Herbert while he watched his castle burn. Herbert being childless, Lulworth passed to the line descended from Joseph’s third son, and was inherited by Herbert’s first cousin once removed, another Joseph. He became the first Catholic Lord Lieutenant of Dorset and was knighted in 1973. His name is still revered by older people in Dorset and lives on in Joseph Weld Hospice in Dorchester. It was during his tenure that the branch of the family that held land in Lancashire died out and its assets reverted to Lulworth. This provided the means to stabilise and modernise the estate and to start the work of restoring the castle. The son of ‘Sir Joe’, Wilfrid, inherited on his father’s death in 1992. It was he who entered a partnership with English Heritage to complete the restoration, and the formal re-opening took place in 1998. The roof had been replaced and the towers returned to their original appearance. The upper floors were not restored but the ground floor was made safe and re-floored. The two main rooms are the saloon, created from the great hall in the early 18th century, and the dining room, which was converted from a chapel. The stonework has been left bare; in the hall, the course of the main staircase can be traced


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on the walls, and a great arch still spans the dining room. Such echoes of the castle’s history capture the imagination in a way that better-preserved country houses with a less chequered history do not. As well as being open to visitors, the castle is in understandable demand for weddings, dinners and other functions, while the park is home to various events, notably the annual Camp Bestival. In the basement, the kitchens, larders and other domestic offices have been re-created and there are displays relating to the family and the estate, as well as a section devoted to the fire and an activity room for children. At the other extreme, visitors can climb a modern staircase in the south-east tower to admire the surrounding parkland, hills and countryside from the roof. To the south they will see Lulworth Castle House. Sir Joseph lived in East Lulworth but Wilfrid Weld was keen that the family should have a home in the park and had the house built in 1977 to the design of his brother-in-law, Dorchester architect Anthony Jaggard. It is one of the major examples of 20th-century domestic architecture in Dorset. When Wilfrid Weld and his wife, Sally, moved from Lulworth Castle House, it was taken over by Wilfrid’s son, James, and his family. James has managed the estate for the last twenty years but a chief executive was recently appointed to take over that role, partly to introduce new ideas and expertise and partly k Inside the beautifully ornate Chapel of St Mary to give James more

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FROM WEYMOUTH TO THE WORLD Brian Cormack looks at thirty years of the town’s Dorset Expeditionary Society

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ts tentacles spread all over the world, but the heart of the Dorset Expeditionary Society (DES) remains firmly rooted in Weymouth and Portland where it was founded 30 years ago next month by teachers Clive Burgess, retired Head of Upper School at Wey Valley, and Budmouth College vice principal John Hegarty with the primary intention of making adventurous outdoor activities available to young people in order to promote leadership and personal development. The DES now takes young people on expeditions from Ecuador and India to Canada, Kenya and Kyrgystan as well as in the UK. This year it is offering, for the first time, a unique expedition with the San Bushmen of the Kalahari. ‘Really, the DES as it is today with its head office in Weymouth has grown into a national organisation, but our philosophy hasn’t changed since John and I sketched out a few ideas on the back of a beer mat in North Portland Working Men’s Club in 1985,’ says Clive. ‘We got together a team of like-minded individuals who shared our vision, namely to provide the opportunity for every school in Dorset to be able to offer expeditions at home and overseas to young people and to make sure that no young person would be excluded from taking part for financial or other reasons.’ Their mission was inspired by Lord Hunt, organiser of the 1953 Everest expedition, the first to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain. Hunt was a great advocate of challenging outdoor activities as a means of developing leadership and self-sufficiency in young people and became the first director of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme for which the DES is an Approved Activity Provider.

‘Well, I believe we are an outstanding provider of expeditions,’ says Clive without embarrassment. ‘We are selective and we make no bones about it – unlike some commercial providers you cannot simply buy your way on to one of our expeditions, that could be incredibly dangerous not only for the individual but for the whole team. Our leaders get to know the members of the team sometimes over an 18-month period before they go, they don’t just meet the team leaders at the airport as often happens. ‘Our leaders, all volunteers, are expected to make a contribution towards their own costs and our young participants have to raise some funds for their trips themselves. It’s all about commitment. When they’re on

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kMade it! The end of the Morocco expedition 2012

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the expedition each of them has to take responsibility for an aspect of the trip – food, transport, security or any one of countless other things. Our trips require certain levels of fitness and mental strength and we have to be sure that everyone on the expedition is able to cope with what they will encounter. ‘Selection is everywhere in our lives and it is foolhardy to include a young person if at the time they are not quite ready. More often than not it is the young person who decides to withdraw from selection. We respect the integrity of the individual and always leave the door open to them to return at a later date, which is something that happens often.’ A registered charity, the DES is funded through individual and group membership (many local schools are members), private donation and grants from bodies including the National Lottery and Children In Need. It also works closely with two other Weymouth-based charities – the Claire Clements Trust and the Will Mackaness Trust, both of which also provide grants to young people. ‘We make grants to individuals so they can gain national qualifications in outdoor learning, but also to schools and clubs with the proviso the funds are spent on outdoor activities for the benefit of young people who may otherwise be excluded. Leadership development should be open to everyone.’ For example, Wey Valley School and Westfield College spend all or part of their grant on the Duke of Edinburgh Awards programme and Budmouth College on its Year 7 Freshers’ Camp. The latest member, Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy uses its grant to fund climbing and biking clubs. Grants range from £750 to £1000 – in all some £70,000 has been distributed over the years – and organisations pay a membership fee of £50 a year. ‘So it’s pretty good value,’ notes Clive. ‘We are completely apolitical, all schools are very welcome to belong and all enjoy the same level of membership. Where the DES is the expedition provider for a member school, as with Wey Valley School’s Nepal trip, we work in partnership with the local authority. It’s not uncommon for young people that have been on an expedition to want to give something back and many of

them go on to train as leaders. ‘These are life changing experiences; we see it every time. The young people blossom, they come out of themselves. Two of our young leaders who have come through our system, Dan Gale and Naomi Dodds, both from Weymouth, have led demanding expeditions, Dan to Arctic Sweden and Naomi to Chile.’ A measure of the society’s ability to make a positive difference is that three of its leaders have been awarded the MBE, most recently Clive’s co-founder John Hegarty for services to education and outdoor learning. He joins Martyn Hastings, from Weymouth, who was made an MBE for his services to the Duke of Edinburgh Awards scheme in 2010 and Richard Backwell, from Sutton Poyntz, whose award for services to the DES came in 2007. ‘That is an astonishing achievement, to have three leaders awarded the MBE makes us very proud. John, Martyn and Richard, and all our volunteer leaders, are dedicated to the service of young people and the community.’ The DES has been – and still is – blessed with the patronage of like-minded people who excel at getting things done. Clive describes the current chairman,

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kFreshers’ Camp, Budmouth College

retired tea broker David Panter of Tarrant Rushton as ‘a formidable man’ very much in the mould of the society’s first chairman Christopher Pope (of the Dorchester brewing dynasty, his son Oliver is now a trustee) and its first patron, the late Admiral Sir John Hamilton: ‘an inspirational man, very hands-on with training, he could still walk the youngsters off the hill well into his eighties.’ The current patrons are Major General Sir Michael Palmer, Lord Jim Knight of Weymouth, John Montagu the Earl of Sandwich and William Christopher. All are united in admiration for the society’s continuing provision of quality leadership opportunities for young people from Dorset and further afield, as well as its superb track record in community works overseas, such as the annual expeditions led by Martyn Hastings to the Murugi region of Kenya where the work of DES teams has had a profound impact on the health and well being of the local people. Also in Kenya, DES teams have helped build and equip a major hospital at Baragu and built the first day secondary school in Meru South. In northern Nepal, the Okhle Village Trust was set up by Richard Backwell to run a variety of projects in a cluster of remote villages in the Mahabharat hills, distributing funds and expertise that have helped build water projects and a community centre at Kat Guan.

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The DES encourages peer-led member expeditions and destinations have included mountain biking in Iceland, cycling in Morocco or Norway, trekking the GR20 in Corsica and mountaineering in Kyrgystan. ‘These ventures have been outstanding experiences for the respective teams and have provided a big step up when applying for university places or employment,’ says Clive. ‘I guess one of our subliminal aims is to reconnect young people with the natural world – on expedition there is no television, mobile phones often don’t work and the young people don’t miss them at all. These trips are not adventure holidays, they are about learning to lead; they empower young people to develop leadership skills, build self-confidence; we’re helping create good citizens and parents tend to see the expeditions as an investment in their children’s future.’ The boldness and scope of the DES programme could seem anachronistic in an age when safety considerations rightly dominate decisions made about extra curricular activities. Not a bit of it, says Clive, who fully supported the end of self-regulation at outdoor education centres in the wake of the 1993 Lyme Bay kayaking tragedy when four teenagers were swept out to sea and drowned. ‘While I believe that without risk there is no achievement, in the past young people have died through the negligence of adults so the tougher regime was inevitable. The DES regularly contributes to the Young Explorers’ Trust Forum on safety and DES leaders assess risk assiduously. Dorset Expeditionary Society has an impeccable safety record. We haven’t had a single serious incident and that’s down to selection, training and an exceptional bunch of leaders and trustees. ‘Look, many thousands of people volunteer in this country and we’re no different, it’s about giving something back to the community. There’s nothing new about David Cameron’s Big Society, it has been happening for years.’ Z kFor more information about the Dorset Expeditionary Society, visit www.dorsetexp.org.uk email them at dorsetexp@gmail.com or call on 07766 718246

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kRound Chimneys, the home of John Churchill, who is thought to have moved there in 1628

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Norman court. For his part in the Norman Invasion his rowing up in the 1970s with the surname Churchill grandson Roger de Courcil (1050-1087) was granted lands the inflected ‘any relation’ formed a frequent in Somerset and by the early 13th century the name had question. Sir Winston Spencer-Churchill cast a evolved to the familiar Churchill and travelled into Dorset. long shadow and it continues to crop up even though The stellar Churchills are descended from Roger the power of marketing has now seen the metaphorical Churchill (1522-79), a blacksmith who married the bulldog replaced by a much different canine as the widowed daughter of William Peverell of Bradford Peverell. primary association with the name; oh yes. According to the online family tree he had one brother Family folklore had it that the war leader was indeed a William, from whom my family descends. However, distant relation, descended from one of two Dorset farmer historian William Coxe writing in 1820 shows Roger brothers. Our ancestors had settled in Purbeck, while the had two brothers, John and William, who other brother’s line produced the noble established themselves in Corton Denham Churchills including John, the first Duke of and Dorchester respectively, the latter Marlborough; Sir Winston and, later, Diana emerging as the wealthy 17th century textile Spencer, the Princess of Wales and mother merchants that built Colliton House and of the current heir to the throne. bought Muston Manor. Learning that Marlborough came from a The waters are further muddied by other long line of Dorset men – his father the first family trees online that appear to originate Sir Winston Churchill (1620-88) had lived in America where interest in the name at Minterne House, as had his father before stems from the Churchills in the Plymouth him – certainly piqued the interest, but Colony from the 1640s and Sir Winston when a family tree posted on a genealogy Spencer-Churchill’s mother, the actress website appeared to confirm a link between Jennie Jerome, being American. His son that family and my own, it required more Randolph married Pamela Digby (later investigation. Pamela Harriman, US Ambassador to The tree maps the established Churchill France), who grew up at Minterne with pedigree traced by Burke’s Peerage to Gitto kLike his future namesake, this Sir Winston her brother, the current Lord Digby. de Léon (970-1060), possibly a deposed heir was a keen historian and writer As for my own family, from living memory to the throne of Aquitaine taken in by the 42


I know we come from a line of agricultural workers. My great great grandfather Henry Churchill had Greenlands Farm at Studland having inherited it from his first wife and is buried at St Nicholas’ Church where his headstone proclaims him a ‘yeoman farmer’. His son Job sold Greenlands and bought Povington Farm at Tyneham, leaving my great grandfather Mark to continue farming in Studland. Extensive primary source research of parish records, wills and court papers by Job’s great great granddaughter has traced our family back to the Dorchester suburb of Fordington, where Francis Churchill, a miller, was born around 1590. The search for his parents continues, but for now it seems clear that although they lived in close proximity there is no link to the noble Churchills. Indeed, while those Churchills were making history, Francis’s descendants ‘fell upon the parish’ then moved on to Wareham, Stoborough and Rempstone Heath, before settling in Studland. So, having dispelled a family myth, what of my aristocratic namesakes whose line now stands heir to the throne? Their motto Fiel Pero Desdichado (Spanish for Faithful But Unfortunate) drips with pathos and in our own

kIf one mentally removes the wig and lace collar, adds a cigar, a bowler hat and a scowl then the resemblance between the two Sir Winstons is not difficult to see

kThe impressive monument to Charles Churchill, brother to the Duke of Marlborough

time we have known the story of the Princess of Wales, born a Spencer and descended from Churchills. Deeper in history royal mistress Arabella Churchill and General Charles Churchill, a fine soldier, both had to exist in the shadow of their brother, the Duke of Marlborough, an arch pragmatist and perhaps England’s greatest soldier. Lord Digby, whose family bought Minterne in the 18th century, holds that the emergence of the Churchills from farmers to nobility in the course of just three generations is due largely to a knack for marrying well and, although there’s tragedy and misfortune too, their stories are certainly marked by an unerring ability to seize opportunities. Marlborough’s father, Sir Winston Churchill was the first to promulgate the family’s Norman ancestry, a key attribute for a Cavalier courtier, but his grandfather Jasper had been nothing more regal than a copyhold tenant farmer at Bradford Peverell. The family’s rise began with Winston’s father John (born 1595) being admitted to study law at Middle Temple in 1614. By the time Winston was born – in London, his baptism is recorded at St Dunstan’s-in-the-West in Fleet Street – John had already lost his first wife and son then married well above his station in 1618 when he wed Sarah Winston, heiress of Sir Henry Winston (whose effigy lies in St James’ Church, Longburton) and the source of their son’s given name. A contemporary account has John taunted by Henry Hurding, Lord of Litton Cheney, for his ‘poore stocke and mean parentage’, but he nonetheless attained the office of Deputy Registrar of Chancery and in 1621 had a hand in the downfall of Sir Francis Bacon, the Lord Chancellor accused of corruption. Following Sarah’s death he returned to Dorset and bought a modest estate at Wootton Glanville. His former manor house Round Chimneys still stands and the initials JC and number 28 are inscribed on one of the stacks, suggesting he moved there in 1628. Within five years he was also able to rent nearby Minterne Farm and in 1642 leased Minterne House paying rent of £5 4s, four 43


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1660 marked a change in fortune quarters of wheat, two quarters as Winston resumed the lease and a bushel of maize and one fat on Minterne and completed his ox. timely volume Divi Britannici: During the Civil War John was Being a Remark Upon the Lives a Royalist commissioner of array of all the Kings of this Isle, which and following the King’s defeat in was eventually published in 1675. 1646 he paid a compound (fine) In 1661 he was knighted and of £440 allowing him to keep elected MP for Weymouth and his estates and live at Minterne Melcombe Regis, a post he held with his third wife, Mary Allen of for eighteen years even though he Wootton Glanville, whom he had was the only one of its four MPs married in 1643. Winston was not not to contribute to the rebuilding so fortunate and his compound of of the harbour bridge. £446 nearly ruined him. Having enjoyed royal favour A clever youth, at sixteen he under Charles II and James II had been admitted to St John’s and seen his eldest son John put College Oxford, but left without down the Monmouth Rebellion in taking a degree. During the Civil 1685, Sir Winston Churchill died War 'he was a youthful, staunch in London on 26 March 1688 and and bigoted adherent of the King,' was buried at St Martin-in-theaccording to the later Sir Winston Fields next to his youngest son in the biography Marlborough: His Theobald despite instructions in Life and Times and saw extensive his Will that he was to be buried action as a Captain in the King’s with his father. Horse before being shot through The manor at Wootton Glanville the arm in December 1645. was sold, but he left Minterne However, as had his father, to his widow who, following her so Winston also married well, death in 1697, bequeathed it to wedding Elizabeth Drake (with Charles in respect of clearing his her sizeable dowry of £1500) in father’s debts. This incensed John 1648. Her late father Sir John, who loved the homely atmosphere a relative of Sir Francis Drake, of Minterne and according to Lord had been MP for Lyme Regis in Digby, on hearing it had passed 1624 and with Winston having kMary Churchill's memorial to her late husband John, including a rather to his brother, flew into a fury and fallen out with his father over threw his sword across the room, money, the formidable Lady Drake, pointed reference to her having borne the cost of that memorial cracking a beautiful blue and gold mirror that was later to a Parliamentarian, opened her home at Ashe House in Devon to the impecunious newly wed Churchills. Accounts pass to the grandson of his father’s namesake, also called Winston. vary, but Winston and Elizabeth had as many as thirteen In time John would eventually ‘make do’ with Blenheim children, almost all born at Ashe, most notably Arabella Palace. That his father’s will also appointed other lands to (1648), John (1650), George (1654) and Charles (1656), and be offered to John ‘if he would give as much for them as the family remained there until his father’s death in 1659. anyone else’ can only The gravestone in have rubbed salt in the St Andrew’s Church at wound. Minterne is pointedly It's true that all inscribed: “This families have their ups stone was erected and downs, but when and laid here at the they are played out as cost of Mrs Mary publicly as those of the Churchill widdowe lofty Churchills they out of her affection assume an epic quality and comemoracon of that echoes down the her beloved husband centuries. John Churchill Esq”. My connection to Mary requested in her them, if it ever existed, Will of 1675 that, with is lost to history except Winston’s permission, that in searching for she be buried with it perhaps we find her husband. In the that none of us is all event she was laid to that different from the rest with her mother in other, whatever we’re Wootton Glanville. kMinterne in around 1800 called. Z The Restoration in 44


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k After spending winter in adult form, brimstone butterflies are seen on the wing in early spring. This male is resting on an aubretia flower.

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kDorset Miscellany

Dorset history in objects kA wooden tabernacle The Tabernacle in Milton Abbey church is an extraordinary survival. It is a small hanging cupboard in which was kept the consecrated bread, or Host, for Mass. It is unique in that it is made of wood; most tabernacles or pyx-shrines were of stone. It is beautifully carved in an elaborate Perpendicular style and it is painted. The monastery was established under the Benedictine Rule in 964 by the Saxon King Edgar. Its income came from rents paid by tenants of the extensive land holdings, and from the wool crop of the monastic sheep. By the 13th century, wool was the biggest English export, mainly going to the cloth manufacturers of the Low Countries and of northern Italy. A huge fire destroyed the Abbey church in 1309. Rebuilding dragged on for over 200 years, but it was never finished. Taxes had to be paid, and some of these were taxes paid to the Pope. Italian merchants on business in England were entrusted to collect for the Pope. Sometimes

the Abbot could not pay, and the Italian merchants offered loans on the security of future wool crops. Such loans could also be raised for the re-building, and elaborate plans for an enormous church were drawn up. Stage by stage the church progressed, beginning with the eastern end, but there were long pauses. Crises such as the Black Death, and heavy criticism of the monks' behaviour by the Bishop, did little to help. Precious possessions of the monastery such as plate and jewels were pawned. The main rebuilding took place under Abbot William Middleton at the end of the 15th century; the central tower was completed together with much of the vaulting of the chancel. But When Henry VIII’s Commissioners came to call with the Deed of Surrender in 1539, the church was far from complete. The huge nave had not been started, and as impressive as it is today, Milton Abbey Church is on a fragment of what might have been. kAbridged from Dorset History in 101 objects by Terry Hearing, published by Dorset Books at £19.99; ISBN978-1-871164-96-1

Dorset nature note Birds have a hold on our imagination that few other living creatures have. They are inextricably entwined in our language and superstitions. Even people who know or care little about wildlife use avian imagery: as wise as an owl, up with the lark, dove of peace, eagle eyed… the list goes on. Most of us know that it’s one magpie for sorrow, two for joy and so on, the cuckoo is the harbinger of spring and we would prefer not to have to have an albatross round our neck. Some of the references, though, aren’t so obvious. The term ‘halcyon days’ refers to the kingfisher, which used to be known as the halcyon. The name in fact comes from ancient Greece where Alcyone, the daughter of Aeolus (the ruler of the winds), threw herself into the sea in a fit of

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grief but, instead of drowning, she was transformed into a bird which calmed the waves. It is for this reason that sailors in ancient times always considered the kingfisher to be a bird of good omen. The original halcyon days were in December, around the winter solstice, but by Shakespeare’s time they were more associated with calm days of late summer. More recently, the use of ‘halcyon days’ often has a more nostalgic tinge evoking those endless summer days of youth. Whatever the mythology, an encounter with a kingfisher is still a magical moment. Such a colourful, exotic looking bird brightens up the dullest day and certainly lives up to its description as ‘the jewel of the river’ kHamish Murray


Why do so many Dorset places have two names? A Bennett, Milton Keynes. There are all sorts of reasons why places have more than one name. In some cases it is exaggerated propriety (preferring Sitterton to Shitterton, for example). The village of Shroton (whose name derives from the time of Domesday when its tenant-in-chief was Sheriff of Devon), even though in Domesday it is recorded as Werne, and it was known as Yuern Curtenay in the mid-13th century. One has to wonder if the Courtneys (also of Devon) were terribly popular if the locals preferred to refer back to a tenant from the 11th century to name their village. Iwerne Courtney tends to be how outsiders refer to it. In the case of St Aldhelm’s Head/St Alban’s Head, which was named for the small chapel there, the latter interpretation is thought to be a 19th-century ‘correction’ – ie a disbelief of a non-Dorset person in the existence of a St Aldhelm; residents of Sherborne, whose abbey was founded by St Aldhelm in 705 are pretty sure he did exist, even if he lived later than the 3rd/4th-century martyr whose name is immortalised as a city in Hertfordshire, but who, ironically, may not have been called St Alban at all. Then there is the simple passage of time and changing fashions of toponymy, as in the Okefords. Acford (oak-tree

Dorset place name kHorton

ford) was the name root shared by Child Okeford, Okeford Fitzpaine and Shillingstone. Child Okeford comes from Cild (son of a royal or noble), Fitzpaine (son of Payn) while Shillingstone, which in the space of 37 years in the 15th century, went from being Skillyng Okeford to Shillingstun – in both cases is named for Schelin – the person who held the manor…, at the time of Domesday. Winterbourne St Martin/Martinstown: this place, with a church with a dedication to St Martin, lying by a river that only flowed in the winter, was first known as Winterbourne St Martin; its modern version – Martinstown – only dates back to 1494, so one can easily understand why a definitive decision as to what to call it has not yet been made. Finally there is the frankly brain-addling history of East Chaldon/Chaldon Herring and West Chaldon/Chaldon Boys. West Chaldon was once owned by the Boys (or de Bosco) family. East Chaldon was named after the Harang family (and Chaldon Hareng occurs before Chaldon Boys, by 37 years again, but this time in the 13th century), and although the West was to become more valuable than East Chaldon in the late 18th century, it was named in relation to Chaldon Herring, which was to the east of it; both parishes had a church of St Nicholas and, in 1844, their bishop decided to merge the parishes. Now, just to test the compass rose to its limits, West Chaldon is defined as being a part of Chaldon Herring; in other words, West Chaldon is in East Chaldon. Clear? Good. Terry Yarrow

The Dorset question

This name has its origin in the Saxon period and is recorded as Hortun(e) in two Anglo-Saxon charters, dated 1033 and 1061, copied into the 12th-century Sherborne Abbey Cartulary. In the Domesday Book of 1086 it is again recorded as Hortune, and characteristic medieval spellings are Horton(e), so there has been little change in the form of this name up to the present day. An even earlier reference to this settlement is a particularly interesting one: in the Anglo-Saxon bounds of the neighbouring estate of Didlington, dated 946, there is mention of horetuninge gemaere 'the boundary of the Horton people'. The meaning of the name is simply 'the dirty or muddy farmstead or estate', with reference to a settlement on muddy soil. Not surprisingly perhaps, this is a place-name found in several other English counties, among them Berkshire.kA D Mills

100 years ago kFrom the Dorset County Chronicle 1 April 1915 LATE WAR NEWS French report Accurate fire on the part of the splendid French artillery drove the Germans in disarray from the village near St Mihiel. Bombs have been dropped on Reims by a hostile aviator. Two people were killed and the cathedral damaged The British front – nothing to report again There was no bi-weekly report from Field Marshal Sir John French on Tuesday as there was nothing to report.

NOTES AND TOPICS The decision of the Dorchester Agricultural Society to hold a show this year will meet with cordial approval on the part of agriculturalists and the general public. It can scarcely be said that the times are happier now than they were last autumn, or that the causes of anxiety are less, but there is a growing feeling that the interests of our greatest national industries are likely to be prejudiced, and no good purpose served, by allowing such exhibitions to lapse, and the life of the agricultural societies to be jeopardized. Although the show may be on a smaller scale than usual, and the attractive horse section may be entirely absent, the holding of the exhibition will be in consonance with local feeling. kOverleaf: Weymouth Harbour by Rob Spears

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t takes a long time to perfect the technique of successful glass blowing but after twenty years Emsie Sharp has, as it were, cracked it. She began her career learning about stained glass at Farnham Art College, but after a spell in the ‘hot shop’ was hooked on the art of glass blowing and now commands decent prices for her beautifully fine tableware, lamps and abstract work. ‘As soon as I tried it [glassblowing], that was it…, but it takes a long time to be really good, so you have to persevere.’ She spent three years in Venice where the work is on a much larger scale, allowing the glassblowers to have up to twelve pots of different coloured glass melting away in the volcano-like furnace. Emsie uses clear glass, to which she can add colour from blocks, like sticks of rock, arranged neatly in her studio. Her work is sold through fairs around Christmas, as well as to customers far and wide, with people often buying her work for wedding presents. She does some teaching too. She explains of her art, ‘You’ve got to be in control of it.

You need an assistant, you can’t make glass on your own. It is very quick, takes only ten to twelve minutes, but is very intense and things can go wrong.’ It is a physical craft with mouth, arms and legs all involved in the process, from standing twiddling the irons in the heat and twirling them like a majorette’s baton, to rolling them on a bench and, of course, the blowing; it is this that magically transforms the fiercely hot molten silica, with its honey-like hue, into a form that becomes quickly recognisable as glass. In fact time is of the essence. Everything is done free hand, using calipers for measuring which produces a perfect but hand-made looking result. ‘I’m a chaotic, untidy person, but in this (showing studio) I am very precise.’ Z k Portrait by Millie Pilkington, pen-portrait by Liz Pope. Abridged from Great Faces of Dorset, published by Dovecote Press at £20, ISBN 978-0-9929151-0-0 and available from bookshops across Dorset and via www.dovecotepress.com 53


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JOY'S FOLLY The story behind the building of Bournemouth arcade. By Peter Blake.

k An ideal day for a visit to Joy's Folly

which occupied the same position as the Arcade, was built of rough fir poles, and spanned the glen, at the bottom of which ran a small brook which ran into the Bourne. This bridge was built by Thomas Shettle in 1853 for the benefit of his tenants in Old Christchurch Road, but it was also used by the general public for a toll of one halfpenny. It was not only a picturesque short cut to the cliffs and pier, but also a popular meeting place. This was the site Henry Joy chose for his ambitious, if speculative, Arcade, and despite the opposition, and the difficulties with the site, given the depth and problems with laying adequate foundations, he lived to see the Arcade become one of the Town's most valuable assets, even though it threatened to ruin him at first. The Arcade was commenced in 1866, and took seven years to complete, with the glazed roof the finishing touch.The building work did not go smoothly, Bournemouth Libraries

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heavy brick built Arcade of shops, which have been built over, thereby spoiling, what had hitherto been one of the most picturesque spots in Bournemouth'. Thus wrote Philip Brannon in his 1869 Guide to Bournemouth, leaving his readers in no doubt that he did not approve of Henry Joy's new Bournemouth Arcade, originally known as Gervis Arcade, which had begun in 1866. Brannon clearly felt very strongly about this matter, as he had previously carried advertisements for Joy's building company in his Guides, and I'm sure that Joy would have taken his business elsewhere following Brannon's statement. Soon dubbed Joy's Folly by sceptical townsfolk, the Arcade as we know it today only really emerged in 1873, when the glazed roof was put in place. From this time, the value of the Arcade as an all weather shopping centre really became evident, and the Arcade also became the place to be seen, being described in Bright's Guide to Bournemouth as being one of ' the greatest attractions of the town', and a 'favourite promenade' where could be seen a 'motley concourse of fashion and beauty.' Indeed, the author went further, stating that the Arcade reminded him of Bath in all its splendour. Of course, Frederick Bright had a vested interest in promoting the Arcade in a favourable light, given that his store had a considerable presence there. What had angered Brannon and the other opponents of Joy's scheme was the sweeping away of a pretty glen, crossed by a rustic bridge, which was covered with ivy and other climbing plants, including wild roses in the summer. Another commentator, W J Day, described the glen, known as Church Glen following the building of St Peters Church in 1851, as 'a deep dell of exceptional charm'. The bridge,

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kJoy's Folly carpenter, as were his father and grandfather. In 1842, he married Elizabeth Hebditch, and was living with her and their four children in Chalbury in 1851, still earning his living as a carpenter. By 1861, they had moved to the Holdenhurst area of Bournemouth, by now with their seven children. It was at this time that his enterprising spirit came to the fore, and a series of ambitious projects were carried out by him contributing to the development of Bournemouth as we know it today. Not all his building projects proceeded smoothly, as in 1857 the Bournemouth Inspector of Nuisances reported him for a defective privy. These projects included Southbourne Terrace, overlooking the Square, in the mid 1860s, the Assembly Rooms in Seamoor Road, now Our Lady Immaculate Catholic Church, built in 1886, The Quadrant, and Westbourne Arcade in 1885. By 1871 he was describing himself as a builder, and living at South Bank, Southbourne Terrace, which he had been responsible for building. In 1881, by now a builder and farmer, so he had acquired some land as well, the family were living in Westover Villas, k One of the few extant images of Henry Joy

as at one stage the walls collapsed, 'like a pack of cards' according to Day, no doubt convincing the inhabitants that the project was foolhardy from the outset. It is interesting to see that the Arcade was so little regarded in the early days that one of the inner shops and residence could be had for £40 per annum on a 21 year lease, and one of the larger outer shops for £60 per annum, and many of the units remained empty for a considerable time. By 1871, the Arcade housed a Post Office, Milliner, stationer, Cigar merchant (Edward Offer, whose brass shop plate and tiled sign can still be seen), tailor, upholsterer, umbrella maker, confectioner, an Algerian goods dealer and jeweller amongst others. Many of the businesses struggled to make a living in the early days, and very few lasted the whole term of their leases. As the years went on, the Arcade became a prestigious place to have an establishment, catering for the well to do folk of Bournemouth. Certainly in 1911 all the units were occupied, with Bright's occupying six units, and Charles Fox, jeweller, also there, established in 1876 and still going strong today. Henry Joy was born in Chalbury, Dorset, around 1822. In the 1841 census, his occupation is given as k Some of the furnishing work was opulent. This elaborate stained-glass window survives to this day at Essential Jewellery at number 17

k Beyond the sombre and compact entrance, the arcade opens up to be wide and bright

Westover Road, a very respectable address, with solicitors, ministers and surgeons as neighbours.For many years, Joy sat on the Christchurch Board of Guardians, the authority that administered the Poor Law, and he was one of the surviving members of the old Bournemouth Commissioners, the town's first governing body, indicating a desire to play a wider role in society as well. Sadly, Elizabeth died in 1882, and Joy remarried, to Mary Teresa Crosby, later that year. By 1901 they had moved to Seamoor House, Poole Road, Westbourne, which he subsequently had razed to the ground, and erected twelve houses on the site, now known as Eldon Place. By 1901, the family were living in Duncairn, Manor Road, Eastcliff. Joy died in April 1906, and is buried in Wimborne Rd cemetery, alongside Elizabeth. In his will, Joy left in 59


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to the Arcade on Old Christchurch Road in 1986. There can be no doubt that Henry Joy was a man of vision and conviction, who played a major part in the development of Bournemouth despite considerable opposition and uncertainty about the success of his projects. I am sure that in later life he was able to look at the buildings he developed in Bournemouth with a great deal of satisfaction and pride. Z Bournemouth Libraries

excess of ÂŁ47,000, a considerable sum in those days. His widow, Mary, died in 1924, having lived out her last days in comfort in a fourteen-room villa in Preston, Sussex. Joy's obituary refers to his 'indefatigable energy, indomitable will, and that valuable gift the power of foresight'. Day, who knew Joy for about forty years, remembers him as having a kindly smile, being free of ostentation, and living quietly, despite being able to live in the most fashionable parts of town. Day also relates a story from Joy's early life as a journeyman carpenter, walking the roads seeking work with his tools over his shoulder. He managed to get some work on a building then under construction, which later became the Woodman Tavern in Branksome. From these humble beginnings, and with practically no capital behind him, Joy was able to carry out his speculative building projects and to prosper. Day, no apologist for Joy, is in no doubt as to Joy's importance in the development of Bournemouth. In his words, 'his work remains if not noble in appearance, a monument to a bold and determined pioneer in the making of Bournemouth.' History has been kinder to Joy's Folly than his contemporaries were. Being unaware of the charming glen and bridge which existed before the Arcade was built, and of the outcry against the despoiling of the site, a charge which shows there is nothing new when new developments are proposed, we see rather a structure which speaks of an earlier, more elegant age, where drapers and umbrella makers could make a living, and fashionable townspeople went to see and be seen. The importance of the Arcade was recognised in 1974 when it was listed as a Grade II building of Special Architectural or Historic Interest, and Henry Joy's part in its creation was honoured by the placing of a plaque on the inside entrance

k The rustic bridge that made way for Henry Joy's arcade to the disgust of Philip Brannon


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UP CERNE, MINTERNE PARVA AND MINTERNE MAGNA Matt Wilkinson and Dan Bold enjoy the upper Cerne Valley

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his route lies pretty much at the geographical centre of Dorset, depending how you measure it. That is appropriate because apart from the sea, it has all the features of an archetypical Dorset walk: hills, woodland, streams, cornfields, pasture, expansive views and pretty hamlets. Much of the walk is over land that has been in the care of the Digby family since a scion of the Digbys of Sherborne Castle bought Minterne House in 1768. Among his descendants were the Captain of HMS Africa at the Battle of Trafalgar, Jane Digby – who created scandals by her generous attitude to men and took Sheikh Medjuel el Mezrab, twenty years her junior, as her fourth husband and who is buried in Damascus, and Pamela Harriman, who was Bill Clinton’s Ambassador in Paris. The last was the sister of the present Lord Digby, who was a popular and successful Lord Lieutenant of Dorset from 1984 to 1999 and who still lives at Minterne. Before the Digbys, the property belonged to the Churchill family (see page 42) and the Napier family, whose name survives in Nappers Mite in Dorchester, originally the Napier Almshouses. They rented the property from Winchester College, to whom it had been granted after the Dissolution of the Monasteries had taken it away from its previous owners, Cerne Abbey. The present Minterne House was built in the early 20th century. The overbearing tower on the east front (built to house a water tank) prevents it from being a beautiful building, but its abiding glory is its gardens. They are constructed around a chain of small lakes, waterfalls and streams and over one and a half miles of walks. Palm trees and towering rhododendrons, framed by tall cedar and beech trees, provide a new vista at each turn. They contain an important collection of Himalayan rhododendrons and azaleas from the Wilson, Rock, Forrest, and Kingdon Ward expeditions to the Himalayas. These are combined with spring bulbs, cherries, maples and many fine and rare trees; the garden is noted for its autumn colouring. The walk earlier passes a great Dorset house much older (and more beautiful) than Minterne. The gabled Up Cerne Manor is, in the opinion of many good judges, among the finest of Dorset manor houses. It was built in around 1600, mostly using stone from the ruins of Cerne Abbey, and for a while was owned by Sir Walter Raleigh. Much of the interior was destroyed by fire in the 1800s. But with the 15th-century church next door, Up Cerne is a place to be savoured by even the most demanding connoisseur of beautiful things in Dorset. 62

kArable fields and copses make for a whole series of pleasing vistas

THE WALK Turn left out of the car park and in 175 yards right into an open field. Walk along the ride in the middle of the field towards a wood, the top of which is visible over the brow of the field. On reaching the wood, bear right, following its edge and then the edge of an open field. At the bottom of the field turn right, then left through an opening in about 80 yards. Turn immediately left on a path which soon becomes a track which descends to reach a lane at the bottom of the hill. Turn left and walk past the manor house and church in Up Cerne, then straight ahead on the lane, uphill at first, to reach the main road.

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Go straight across onto a path that bears left to run through woodland parallel to the road and reaches a lane. Turn right and walk up through Minterne Parva (not much more than a single farm). At the end of the buildings, follow what is now a track round to the right. Soon reach a cross-tracks and go straight ahead, up a very grassy track. It climbs the hillside, curving to the left, and enters woodland through a gate. Stay on the track as Minterne House comes into view on the left and at the top of the hill, go through another gate and turn left at the T-junction. This track runs through woodland but eventually emerges with an open field on the left.

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Distance: About 6½ miles Terrain: Mostly good underfoot, although the enclosed paths may be muddy after rain. Two significant climbs – up each side of the Cerne Valley. Start: Hilfield Local Nature Reserve car park on Hilfield Hill. OS reference ST636039. Postcode DR2 7BE (this is actually the postcode of the nearest postal address, Hilfield Friary, which is some way to the north and at the bottom of the hill). How to get there: The car park is on the road that runs from Evershot to Minterne Magna. From the west, turn east off the A37 Dorchester-Yeovil road at the staggered cross-roads signed to Evershot the other way. From the east, turn west off the A352 DorchesterSherborne road about ½ mile north of Minterne Magna. Maps: OS Explorer 117 (Cerne Abbas & Bere Regis), OS Landranger 194 (Dorchester & Weymouth). Refreshments: None on the walk. The closest are in Cerne Abbas or Evershot.

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downhill, leaving the field by a gate at the left-hand end of a small wood. Head down to a gate visible in the next corner of the field beyond, then continue to descend, following the track along the right-hand edge of the next field. After a gate, bear left to a ford, and at a fork in about 50 yards, take the right-hand option and walk up to the main road next to St Andrew’s church. Go straight across, up the left-hand edge of a patch of grass. Turn right onto a track and in 25 yards right onto a path. This leads to another track, where turn left and head straight uphill. The track passes just inside the right-hand end of a wood and continues uphill to a line of trees ahead.

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Don’t enter the trees but turn right and follow the left-hand field-edge. Turn right at the first corner and left through an opening in a further 100 yards. Turn right to walk up the right-hand field-edge to about 150 yards before the top corner. Here go through a gate on the right and turn left on a lane. Follow the lane round a sharp left-hand bend and in a further 200 yards turn left down a narrow path into an open field. Turn right to follow the right-hand field-edge for between ¾ mile and a mile to reach the place where you entered the field near the start of the walk. Turn right through the gate and left on the lane to return to the car park. Z


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STOKE ABBOTT AND WADDON HILL Teresa Rabbetts on a western welly-friendly walk

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estled beneath Waddon Hill lies the enchanted gold ham stone village of Stoke Abbott. Although just six miles from Beaminster, the village is tucked away; enclosed by a narrow, winding valley hidden amongst an undulating landscape it has the impression of being an isolated settlement forgotten by time. The village can boast buildings of medieval origin and is surrounded by green lanes and tracks of the same age; however the surrounding landscape bears witness to even earlier history. Waddon Hill was the site of a Roman fort and dates to the invasion of 43AD when, newly crowned from obscurity, Emperor Claudius decided that in order to gain respect and political security he needed a glorious military victory to prove himself; where better could he do this than in Britain which had managed to remain free when previous invasions had ultimately been unsuccessful. Quarrying on the eastern part of the hill in the late 1870s uncovered Roman coins and pottery and also a magnificent 1st-century iron scabbard, now on display in Bridport Museum. Extend exploration of the area beyond this walk and you come to nearby, (and finally confirmed as the highest point in Dorset at 279 metres high), Lewesdon Hill, site of an Iron-Age univallate hill fort, some of the banks and ditches are still visible. Unusually, for a high point 66

in Dorset, Lewesdon Hill, now owned by the National Trust, is enclosed by woodland with some magnificent ancient beech and oak trees; glimpses of the surrounding landscape through the trees makes the climb to the top worthwhile and in the spring the woods are carpeted with bluebells. William Crowe, rector of Stoke Abbott from 1782 to 1788 celebrated his regular walks up Lewesdon Hill in a poem he called Lewesdon Hill which, although somewhat lengthy for modern tastes, in its day was admired by Wordsworth and Coleridge. Above the noise and stir of yonder fields Uplifted on this height I feel the mind Expand itself in wider liberty. Named in the Domesday Book as ‘Stoche’, by 1275 the village had become Stok Abbatis. Stoc from the Old English meaning a secondary settlement and abbotis of the abbot and so it was literarily the secondary settlement belonging to the abbot, the manor originally belonged to the abbey of Sherborne. Originally introduced by William I, it was once a common custom across the villages of England to sound a curfew bell. Stoke Abbott is a rare survivor of this practice, at one time the village was awoken daily at 5.30am although this lapsed during the World War 2 when bells


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could only be rung as a signal if the German invasion began, however, it was revived in May 1954 at the slightly more sympathetic time of 7am and then only in the summer months. Long before the growth of any form of state provision, social welfare payments from friendly societies across Britain were essential to the survival of families in times of crisis. Members were entitled to a weekly benefit when ill-health prevented them from working and their family received a lump sum if they died. In Stoke Abbott, Revd William Austin-Gourlay founded The Club in 1870. With a membership of 102 associates there was clearly a need for support in the community although the rules ensured that it was strictly policed and available only to those in genuine need: No member while drawing sick pay may work, or visit a public house, or be out before dawn or after sunset. Annually on the first Friday in June the Club held a payout day of celebration and feasting, the villagers decorated their houses with streamers and the highlight of the day was the procession behind the Beaminster Band, when each Club member walked or danced carrying a wooden stave decorated with ribbons, pausing regularly for cider along the route before feasting and dancing. Nowadays the village still holds an annual celebration in the form of Stoke Abbott Street Fair which is held in July.

Leave Beaminster heading west on B3163 and turning left on Stoke Road, signpost indicates Stoke Abbott, opposite St Mary’s Primary School. Start: Stoke Abbott village – track opposite the New Inn Distance: 3 miles Terrain: Caan be muddy and wet – begins with a steady uphill climb. Maps: Ordnance Survey Explorer 116 Lyme Regis & Bridport

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THE WALK The walk begins along Anchor Lane which is a green lane directly opposite the New Inn car park with Anchor Cottage (the former Anchor Inn) on the right of the path. Follow the path as it rises steadily through the tree-lined path until it flattens out slightly and arrives at a gate and stile marked with a yellow Dorset County Council route marker. Entering the field over the stile follow the path which runs slightly to the left of centre – at this point the route is most clearly marked by the path left by previous walkers and may be slightly overgrown during summer months.

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At the top of the field cross the stile and follow the steps down a steep bank bank into Norway Lane and then turn right. Follow the lane uphill until reaching the junction with the B3162. At this point (on the black route 2a to 2b) it is possible to extend the walk to include Lewesdon Hill and the waymarker can be seen on the roadside opposite Stoke Knapp Farm showing ¼ mile to Lewesdon Hill.

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Waddon Hill on the right and old quarry workings on the left, to the next gateway, go through the gate, following the direction of the yellow arrow marker. Once through the gate, the path descends to the approach to Chart Knolle, keeping first Waddon Hill and then strip lynchets on the right hand side. Through the next gateway, again maintain the route indicated by the yellow arrow marker.

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Just before the house at Chart Knolle as the sweeping trees of Gerrard’s Hill can be seen beyond, there is a four-fingered signpost and Stoke Abbott is marked as ½ mile to right. Follow the tree-lined path which eventually drops down into a lane and continue downhill back into Stoke Abbott village.

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Rich Baxter hosts a new open mic night and welcomes singer songwriters of all ages to take to the stage. Held on the first Wednesday of the month at Patrick’s restaurant and bar in Ashley Cross, each performance will be recorded and showcased on Rich’s YouTube channel and the venue’s Facebook page. ‘Rich is heavily involved and well connected within the local music scene playing solo, duo and band gigs on guitar, vocals and drums so his presence at the open mic nights will be an encouragement to both seasoned musicians and those who are new to performing in front of an audience,’ says Patrick’s owner, Patrick Michael. 1 April, 8.00 Patrick’s, Ashley Cross, 01202 734000, www.facebook.com.patrickspoole

A collaboration between drummer and percussionist Asaf Sirkis and vocalist/ composer Sylwia Bialas (pictured), pianist Frank Harrison and bassist Patrick Bettison, the quartet celebrates a wide range of musical influences from contemporary classical music and Polish folk music to the traditional sounds of southern India and the Middle East. 2 April, 8.00 Dorchester Arts Centre, 01305 266926, www.dorchesterarts.org.uk

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Second World War Stories A new exhibition to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of Second World War opens this month at the Priest’s House Museum and Garden, Wimborne. Drawing on the wartime experiences of the East Dorset community it features personal stories, objects and uniforms as well as displays including a camouflaged helmet, soldier’s playing cards and tinned dried milk. East Dorset witnessed a great deal of wartime activity, from the Fire Watchers and Women’s Land Army on the Home Front to the area’s use in the build up to D-Day and the presence of unfamiliar faces, both allied troops and prisoners of war. The exhibition, Second World War Stories, aims to show how the people of East Dorset ‘kept calm and carried on’ during those trying times. 1 April – 1 August, 10.00 (not Sun) Priest’s House Museum, Wimborne, 01202 882533, www.priest-house.co.uk

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kThis month in Dorset Aled Jones It is, astonishingly, thirty years since Aled Jones, the Welsh chorister with the pudding bowl haircut and the voice of an angel, took Walking in the Air into the top five. He recently released The Heart Of It All, his 30th album – that’s one more than the Bee Gees and 10 more than both Queen and AC/DC – he’s now closing in on Black Sabbath’s tally of 33. The new album not only finds him rediscovering the traditional music that first shaped his interest in singing, but further

The Ken Dodd Happiness Show For over sixty mirth-filled years Ken Dodd has applied a tickling stick to the nation’s funny bone and there’s no reason to suspect this year will be any different. The Happiness Show promises to discumknockerate audiences with a tattifelarius evening of laughter and songs. Expect an early start, a late finish, loads of gags and a selection of songs presented in Doddy’s unique vocal style. 4 April, 7.00 Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth, 0844 576 3000, www.bic.co.uk

BraveArt Staged by the East Dorset BraveArt Society, BraveArt 8 features more than 100 new artworks, all at affordable prices. Pictured here is ‘There’s a Storm Coming’ by EBDAS member Rhys Abbott. The group is now in its seventh year having formed out of adult education classes and meets weekly at Upton Community Centre. A second exhibition, BraveArt 9 is planned for the Street Gallery at Poole Grammar School from 23 to 31 May. 24 April – 4 May, daily The Gallery Upstairs, Upton Country Park, 07906 759620, www.thegalleryupstairs.co.uk

Retorica Having met at the Royal Academy of Music, Philippa Mo and Harriet Mackenzie have performed as Retorica all over the world. Career highlights include recitals in the Beijing NCPA and Shanghai SHAOC, performances in Odessa, Ukraine as part of the 2D2N Festival and tours of Japan and Germany. Their debut album English Violin Duos was Gramophone magazine’s Editor’s Choice and the ‘Must Hear’ CD for chamber music. Retorica’s recording of John McCabe’s double violin concerto has also been critically acclaimed. 25 April, 8.00 Sladers Yard, West Bay, 01308 459511, sladersyard.wordpress.com

exploring his spiritual side as well as his love of show tunes and he’ll be carrying that musical eclecticism into his live shows, interspersing the songs with anecdotes from his three decades in the public eye. As singer, actor, author, broadcaster, TV presenter, musical theatre performer and part-time dancer Aled has forged a lasting career for himself that has seen him perform at the Hollywood Bowl, turn down Johnny Carson, appear on Top of the Pops and present Songs of Praise. 2 April, 7.30 Lighthouse, Poole, 0844 406 8666, www.lighthousepoole.co.uk

Jimmy Webb A legend of songwriting, with 50 years of hits for artists as diverse as Glen Campbell, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Judy Collins, Isaac Hayes, Art Garfunkel, Linda Ronstadt, REM, Carly Simon, Billy Joel, Keith Urban and Rumer, Jimmy Webb has written songs like Wichita Lineman, By the Time We Get To Phoenix, Up Up and Away, Galveston and MacArthur Park. He has enjoyed rave reviews for his stage show in which he accompanies himself on piano mixing colourful anecdotes about his life in music and razor-sharp renditions of his best-known songs. 17 April, 7.30 Tivoli Theatre, 01202 885566, www.tivoliwimborne.co.uk

Gods Are Fallen And All Safety Gone Written and directed by Selma Dimitrijevic, Gods Are Fallen And All Safety Gone takes a look at what happens when we discover that our parents are flawed human beings who will disappear from our lives, probably sooner than we think. In an intimate and funny exploration of mother-daughter relationships, two male actors explore the relationship of a thirty-something daughter and her ageing mother in a series of frank and familiar exchanges that encompass the everyday – tea, travel, boyfriends, more tea; as well as the truth of their apparently tense relationship. 26 April, 7.30 Lyric Theatre, Bridport, 01308 424204, www.aloadofstuffandnonsense.co.uk

Penelope RETOLD Olivier Award nominee and The Stage Best Solo Performer, Caroline Horton, presents an epic, heartbreaking and fiercely playful tale of love, loneliness and the need to be free. The titular heroine lives on the paradise island of Ithaca where she awaits the return of her war hero husband. Made with the input of soldiers and military wives, Penelope RETOLD is an irreverent collision of classic myth, The Odyssey and contemporary rage told with the aid of poetry, songs, comedy and YouTube clips. 22 April, 8.00 Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, 01297 442138, www.marinetheatre.com 73


kThis month in Dorset Ewan McLennan Returning for a new season of talks and performances, the Justice Café hosts Scottish singer songwriter Ewan McLennan followed by a Q&A session on the theme ‘Can Songs Change the World?’ McLennan 2012 album The Last Bird To Sing was awarded the Alistair Hulett Memorial Prize for Political Songwriting and he has previously visited Dorset to play the Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival. Ewan is a troubadour, balladeer and storyteller cut in the old style. He has played the The Justice Café a part of the on-going Shire Hall Project to transform the site into major visitor centre and includes lectures, talks, tours, theatrical and musical events throughout the year. 18 April, 8.00 Justice Café, Shire Hall, Dorchester, 01305 266926, www.dorchesterarts.org.uk

The Fureys The band are back on the circuit in support of their new album, The Times They Are A-Changing, a collection of well-known songs by writer/ performers they have met over the years including Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Ewan McColl, Pete Seeger, Jim Croce and Gordon Lightfoot. Alongside favourites like Sweet Sixteen, I Will Love You and The Green Fields of France, the group will play new versions of classics such as Scarlet Ribbons, The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face and Both Sides Now. 23 April, 7.30 Regent Centre, Christchurch, 01202 499199, www.regentcentre.co.uk

Paul Merton’s Impro Chums Following the publication of his autobiography, Only When I Laugh, Paul Merton is taking to the road again with his renowned Impro Chums. A long-running mainstay of the famous Comedy Store the improvisational format was a sensation when it his British television screens in the late 1980s as Whose Line Is It Anyway? The touring show reunites Paul with two of that show’s regulars: American comic Mike McShane and comedian/pianist Richard Vranch, who will be taking a break from performing stand up in French among other things. The cast is completed by Lee Simpson who, with Vranch, wrote and performed on Paul Merton – The Tour and Paul Merton – The Palladium, and Suki Webster, a regular guest of the Comedy Store Players and co-writer of Paul Merton’s Birth of Hollywood. 25 April, 7.30 Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth, 0844 576 3000, www.bic.co.uk

Charlie Baird Charilie moved to Dorset two decades ago and the variety of the county’s landscapes has informed his work ever since. Works (like Light After Rain, pictured) show his trademark bold use of colour and light. ‘Abstract is often the starting point,' he says, 'but it can be a bit like the Emperor’s New Clothes. I need something to tie me down.’ 18 April – 23 May, 10.00 (Wed – Sat) The Art Stable, Child Okeford, 01258 863866, theartstable.co.uk

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One of the world’s most successful songwriters Albert Hammond’s hits account for some 360 million records sold worldwide. In his new stage show he plays the songs, talks about the stories behind them and recalls the artists he has worked with including the likes of Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Neil Diamond, Julio Iglesias, Willie Nelson, Whitney Houston and Tina Turner. The set list features international hits such as The Air That I Breathe, One Moment In Time, Down By the River, It Never Rains in Southern California and When I Need You, as well as his first hit, Little Arrows, now more than 50 years old. He’ll be backed by a four-piece band: Daniel Serrano (keyboards/guitar), Juanjo Melero (guitar), Carlos Solano (bass) and Rafael de la Cruz (drums). 24 April, 7.30 Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne, 01202 885566, www.tivoliwimborne.co.uk

Plenty of pomp and pageant as well as musical interpretations of the English countryside in this afternoon concert conducted by Frank Zielhorst (pictured), the BSO’s Leverhulme Young Conductor in Association, a key role at the orchestra in which he is not only honing his own skills but also taking part in the BSO’s education programme. The concert opens in grand style with Handel’s spectacular ‘Fireworks’ Music and goes on to include Walton’s regal ‘Nimrod’ and the Crown Imperial March. Vaughan Williams’ English Folk Song Suite and ‘The Lark Ascending’ evoke more pastoral themes, as do Holst’s St Paul’s Suite and ‘A Walk to the Paradise Garden’ by Frederick Delius before the traditional rousing finale to Elgar’s signature ‘Pomp and Circumstance No 4’. 19 April, 3.00 Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth, 0844 576 3000, www.bic.co.uk

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Further dates for your diary kExhibition: Treasured Mementos: Survival of the Smallest and the Finest 1 April – 23 December, 10.00 (not Sun) Priest’s House Museum, Wimborne, 01202 882533, www.priest-house.co.uk kEaster Egg Hunt 3-6 April, 10.00 Kingston Maurward Gardens, Dorchester, 01305 215003, www.kmc.ac.uk 3-6 April, 10.00 Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, 01305 871130 (TIC), www.abbotsbury-tourism.co.uk/gardens/ 3-6 April, 10.00 Corfe Castle, 01929 481294, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/corfe-castle/ kEaster Bonnet Parade 5 April, 3.00 Baptist Church to Jubilee Pavilion, Lyme Regis, www.whatsoninlyme.co.uk kMichael Ball: If Everyone Was Listening 7 April, 7.30 Windsor Hall, BIC, 0844 576 3000, www.bic.co.uk kFrom Page To Screen 8-12 April, daily Various venues, www.frompagetoscreen.org.uk kEast Dorset Heritage Trust Walk: Ashmore & Tollard Royal 9 April, 10.00 Meeting place on ticket, 01202 888992, www.edht.org.uk kGrimethorpe Colliery Band 11 April, 7.30 The Exchange, Sturminster Newton, 01258 475137, www.stur-exchange.co.uk kBroadstone Music Series: The Magic Flute 11 April, 7.00 St Nicholas Church, Corfe Mullen, www.broadstonemusicseries.info kSpecialist Charity Plant Fair 12 April, 10.00 Mapperton Gardens, 01935 424724, www.mappertonn.com kBournemouth Symphony Orchestra: Family Concert – Mini ’Lympics 12 April, 11.15 Lighthouse, Poole, 0844 406 8666, www.lighthousepoole.co.uk

The Year Clock Dorset singer-songwriter and actor Tim Laycock revives The Year Clock for a one-off show with Artsreach this month. Co-written and performed with fiddle player Colin Thompson the fully dramatised piece tells the story of the life and works of William Barnes, whose rich Dorset dialect poetry continues to provide unique insight into the Dorset life in the Victorian era. The four periods of the poet’s life are compared to the four seasons of the year as described by Barnes in his poem The Year Clock. 26 April, 7.30 West Stafford Village Hall, 01305 261984, www.artsreach.co.uk 76

kBlandford Art Society 16 April, 4.00 Pimperne Village Hall, www.blandfordartsociety.weebly.com kSimple Minds 19 April, 7.00 O2 Academy, Bournemouth, 0844 477 2000, www.o2academybournemouth.co.uk kBournemouth Gilbert & Sullivan Society Spring Concert: 'I Have a Song to Sing, Oh!' 19 April, 7.30 Regent Centre, Christchurch, 01202 499199, www.regentcentre.co.uk kSunray Folk Club: Bob Fox 23 April, 8.00 Broadmayne Village Hall, 07786 654074, www.sunrayfolkclub.co.uk kJulie Jepson: Personal Triumph 25 April, 8.00 Shelley Theatre, Boscombe, 01202 413600, www.shelleytheatre.co.uk kPowerstock Cider Festival 25 April, 6.00 Powerstock Hut, 01308 485375 kPlant Fair: Specialist Nurseries 25 April, 10.00 Knoll Gardens, Wimborne, 01202 873931, www.knollgardens.co.uk kGalahad 26 April, tbc Thomas Tripp Beer Festival, Christchurch, 01202 490498, www.thomastripp.co.uk kRachael Roberts Jazz Band 26 April, 2.00 Tithe Barn, Symondsbury, 01308 424116, www.symondsburyestateholidays.co.uk kStewart Lee: A Room with a Stew 27 April, 8.00 Electric Palace, 01308 424901 (Bridport TIC), www.electricpalace.org.uk kIsle of Purbeck Mid-Week Volunteers 28 April, 10.00 Various venues, 07436 157328, www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk kLyme Regis Fossil Festival 1-3 May, daily Various venues, 01297 445021, www.fossilfestival.com kSherborne Abbey Festival 1-5 May, daily Sherborne Abbey, 01935 815341 (TIC), www.sherborneabbeyfestival.org kDorset Knob Throwing & Frome Valley Food Festival 3 May, 1.00 Cattistock Playing Fields, 01300 320404, www.dorsetknobthrowing.com

Comfort and Convenience Marilyn Palmer, Emeritus Professor of Industrial Archaeology at the University of Leicester, looks at how comfort and convenience were introduced into Victorian and Edwardian country houses at the Friends of Shaftesbury Abbey Museum 2015 spring lecture for 2015. She'll examine what effect new methods of water supply, sanitation, lighting and heating had on life in these houses and on their households, both Upstairs and Downstairs. 22 April, 7.30 (open from 6.30), Shaftesbury Arts Centre, 01747 854321


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t is not terribly long since the Greyhound in Winterborne Kingston – three-quarters of the way from Blandford Forum to Bere Regis – reopened its doors after a very substantial refurbishment that saw both interior and exterior completely upgraded. As luck would have it, and owing to a fortuitous combination of house move and birthday, my companion on the evening we visited had in fact been the first paying food customer when the pub reopened its doors. Since that day, the food has undergone a subsequent transformation with the recent appointment of a new chef not just in terms of its execution, but also the philosophy. The menus which once served equally well for lunch and dinner have been split, such that the lunchtime food is what what might call hearty pub classics. The evening offering is of a more sophisticated but still unpretentious nature. In addition to the à la carte menu options, there were also two specials – one starter, one main – on offer. The starter was a spicy lentil and tomato soup, while the main

course was seabass accompanied by crushed potatoes. My companion went for the soup, while I – after considering the salmon fishcakes, mixed beets, pressing of chicken and ham hock, Parma ham with celeriac rémoulade and crispy whitebait – opted for the Greyhound Scampi with garlic mayonnaise. The soup was accurately (if not initially terribly helpfully) described by my companion as containing tomato and lentil, with a spicy kick. On further pressing, the information that it was warming both in terms of temperature and spice, but most importantly was very tasty and well balanced, concluded the description. My scampi was beautifully cooked (both the flesh and the very nicely crisped breadcrumb coating) and served with a flavoursome if somewhat unusually green-coloured mayonnaise. Both came into that most felicitous category of 'simple things, done well'. For our mains I aimed for consistency by choosing the Greyhound burger, while my companion ignored the braised blade of beef, 10oz ribeye steak, roast chicken breast with artichoke, king prawn linguine, fish & chips, pan-roasted chicken of hake with chickpea and chorizo and baked potato gnocchi, before selecting the gammon sirloin with a poached duck egg. It was clear from the gentle humming noise across the table that the gammon with its perfectly poached duck egg were going down very well indeed. My burger, which was served (as it should be) in pick-up-and-eat fashion and contained, along with the meat, cheddar cheese, caramelised onions, end-to-end-sliced pickles and smoked streaky bacon, also came with double-dipped chips and a somewhat superfluous celeriac rémoulade. The meat patty was nicely flavoured, well cooked and the bun didn't disintegrate on being picked up as some are apt to do. For our puddings there was no Greyhound signature pudding to select, so I opted – on the chef's relayed recommendation – for the raspberry ripple and chocolate chip cookie sandwich (the cookies playing the part of the bread), while my companion chose a spiced apple crumble with crème anglaise, which went down very well indeed, with its crunchy hazlenut topping and cinammon spice. My sandwich's cookies could have done with ever-soslightly less freezing – or a touch more thawing – as they were initially resistant to the attentions of my spoon and fork; the frozen raspberry ripple within and the piped chocolate sauce that accompanied it were delightful. ◗ Julian Powell 79


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

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Crown Hotel, 8 West Street. 01258 456626. Elegant hotel nestling in the heart of Dorset offering luxury accommodation, function rooms, awardwinning beers and freshly prepared 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.

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 chilled-out setting offering guilt-free dining. Unfussy, knowledgeable service from staff that love food.

The Ship in Distress, 66 Stanpit, Mudeford. 01202 485123. ship-in-distress. co.uk. 300-year-old smugglers’ pub, awardwinning restaurant and two bars offering à la carte menu, vegetarian options, snacks and traditional pub grub. Corfe Mullen (Near Wimborne) The Coventry Arms, Mill Street, Corfe Mullen, BH21 3RH. 01258 857 284. www.thecoventryarms.com 15th-century pub, open all day. Delicious local food, real ales, riverside garden and open log fire. Bookings recommended.

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 ensuite bed & breakfast rooms.

Cranborne The Café, Cranborne Garden Centre. 01725 517546.www. cranbornegardencentre.co.uk Morning coffee, lunch & afternoon tea. A delicious selection of homemade cakes. Winter opening hours until

28th Feb: Mon-Sat 9.30am– 4pm, Sun 10am–4pm Farnham (Near Blandford) The Museum Inn, 01725 516261. www.museuminn.co.uk. A superb country inn situated in the picturesque village of Farnham, Dorset. Irresistibly fresh, seasonal, sensibly priced food. 7 days. Horton (Near Wimborne) Drusilla's Inn, 01258 840297. www.drusillasinn.co.uk. Traditional freehouse with a stunning view of the Horton Folly Tower. Fresh, locally sourced produce, quality real ales and fine wines. Open daily 10.00am – 11.00pm. Lytchett Matravers (Near Wareham) 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. Morden (Near Wareham) The Cock & Bottle, 01929 459238.www. cockandbottlemorden.co.uk. Our head chef is renowned for his cuisine. We offer light lunches, bar meals, Sunday roasts and a full à la carte menu. Poole '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. Sturminster Marshall The Red Lion, 01258 857319. www.redlioninndorset.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

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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 cafĂŠ offering delicious home cooked, seasonal food. Breakfast, Lunch, Cream Teas. A magical spot, available for private hire.

Tarrant Monkton (Near Blandford) The Langton Arms, 01258 830225. www. thelangtonarms.co.uk. Pub/ restaurant. Guest rooms, civil ceremony licence, open seven days a week, food served all day on Saturday and Sunday. Wareham The Old Granary, The Quay. 01929 552010. Beautiful pub-restaurant on the river Frome with views of the Purbeck Hills; fine wines, award-winning beers and freshly prepared food. 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 Springfield Country Hotel, Grange Road. 01929 552177.www.thespringfield. co.uk. Set in six acres at the

Traditional historic riverside pub SUPERB SUNDAY ROASTS Serving home-cooked food Award winning-steaks and daily caught fish Find selection of Real Ales and Beers Fine Regular live music Quality bed & breakfast

foot of the Purbeck Hills. Bar lunches, afternoon teas and full Ă la carte dinner. Private function rooms available. Wimborne Angels Coffee Shop, Quarterjack Mews. 01202 849922. The place to visit whether you want a hearty breakfast, morning coffee, a great value lunch with wine or a cream tea by the river. Mon-Sat 8.00 to 4.00. The Olive Branch, 6 East Borough. 01202 884686. A stunning and elegant pub-restaurant a minute's walk from Wimborne centre, secluded riverside garden, award-winning beers, fine wines and freshly prepared food. Wnterborne Kingston The Greyhound, North Street, DT11 9AZ. 01929 471332. A newly refurbished rural free house offering locally sourced pub classics and superb Sunday roasts, located in a quaint village. Stunning beer garden.

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fashion for spring/summer 15 f Now under new ownership, Pure is the perfect place to unwind. Enjoy a lovely Caci facial on special promotion throughout April, or consider one of the popular pamper packages: a great excuse for catching up with friends or for a special occasion. Wedding and pre-wedding treatment packages and make-up are available. Environ skincare, Jane Iredale the skin care make-up and Lash perfect eyelash extensions are now stocked, and OPI foot and hand treatments and Shellac gel polish are on offer. f For 22 years Classy Collections has been dressing the 50+ ‘forgotten’ lady with carefully selected merchandise from top to toe. The new season sees many fresh, versatile and feminine ideas, with vibrant colours and easy-to-wear pieces. Classy Collections provides originality, quality and exclusive styling with a difference for their customers. New arrivals include Josef Seibel, the award-winning footwear for style and comfort, and H.B. leather moccasins. Do visit Classy Collections – you certainly will not be disappointed. f Independent, family-run Lace and Buckle shoes of Bridport and County Shoes in Dorchester provide a wide variety of footwear for ladies, men and children: from shoes for every day to those for special occasions. The fully trained, experienced staff take great pride in offering a warm, friendly and professional children’s shoefitting service. The brands they offer – Start-Rite, Super-Fit and Ecco – are made of the best quality leathers for a soft, comfortable fit that supports and protects feet, vitally important for healthy growth and development. f With spring in the air, it’s time to brighten up your wardrobe with Barbour’s new spring/summer collections: great products from the new Equestrian, Nature Trail and Classic Country ranges, and timeless style available now. This year berties are featuring a new supplier, Fjällräven, famous for their range of timeless, classic and durable outdoor products, plus a range of performance footwear from HanWag, featuring quality walking boots. If you love the great outdoors, visit berties to find that unique country style. f Smith & Smith of Bridport is a traditional family-run Gentleman's Outfitter, trading in Bridport since 1884. Nowadays

Well-fitting casual gear can be smart as well as practical

they stock ladies’ clothing too and their stock is available online as well as in their shop. On-line or in store, with Smith & Smith you are certain of excellent customer service! f Overly Gorgeous specialise in unique hand-made, affordable clothes for ladies size 16 to 34. The owner, Julie Trickey, is a dress designer and dressmaker with a flair for putting people at ease and helping them choose the perfect clothing. She also provides a service such as advice on styles to suit each individual, and personal appointments. They are holding an Easter Extravaganza on 11 April from 10am – 4pm with bubbly and nibbles and 20% discount on clothes. f Spring/summer 2015 welcomes beautiful colours to La Belle: from pale pastels to rich jewel through to sharp monochrome. Whether you are choosing an outfit for a special occasion, going casual, shopping for cruisewear or for weddings, the choice is yours. A warm welcome awaits you at La Belle, where Sue Slade and her team endeavour to make the shopping experience a pleasure. As Sue says: ‘You will be spoilt for choice at La Belle – so come and be spoilt.’

“You’re special, that’s why we care” • Condici • John Charles • Damianou • Rabe • Lucia • NassC • Gina Bacconi • H & O • Oscar B • Emreco • Sommermann • Steilmann • Ursula (exclusive in the UK) Allison • Tia • Habella and more in sizes 8-24

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fashion for spring/summer 15 shoes. Hats, fascinators and jewellery complete the perfect outfit. They are delighted to introduce their new dye-to-match service on a selection of shoes and fascinators to achieve the perfect match for your special occasion. Their in-house tailoring service will ensure the perfect fit. They also stock a wide range of vintage-inspired giftware for that unique present. Visit Irene for a friendly welcome and excellent service. f Summer 2015 is going to be bright as well as beautiful, thanks to the latest fashion trends for strong vibrant colours. But you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need to buy a complete new wardrobe to create the new seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s look, because Dents have brought out an exciting range of fabulous summer leather and fabric gloves in all the latest shades that will help transform any outfit for spring and summer. Look out for the charming lace gloves in a range of new colourways, including lime green and hot pink, and the new-style summer leather gloves in citron yellow, tango orange, bubblegum pink and lunar blue. For formal occasions, Dents as always have designed a range of sophisticated summer leather gloves in soft colours such as dove and parchment that will add real style to any outfit. And for a touch of fun, why not add some spots or flower patterns to create a sunnier look? Dents gloves are available at most main department stores and fashion outlets, at their Warminster factory shop or visit www.dents.co.uk.

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f Mirage is a ladiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; fashion boutique which provides classy and colourful clothing with a full range of accessories. Much of their stock is unique to them in the area. They offer a friendly and helpful personal service with honest, expert advice. The aim is for all customers to enjoy their visit, whether they buy or are just happy to browse. Mirageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stock of French and Italian fashion, evening wear, fascinators, jewellery, plus much more, changes weekly. f Tucked away on Mill Lane, just off the picturesque Square in Wimborne, is a littleknown jewel. The Riverside Gallery is a life-style shop with a strong focus on great clothing and accessories. Their designer jewellery, bags and scarves truly complement the stylish clothing from labels like Masai, Seasalt, Great Plains and Braintree. Unobtrusive, personal service makes shopping at the Gallery a real treat, whether you are buying a new dress, a charming babygrow or an unusual gift for someone special. f Irene stocks a fabulous range of fashion and occasion wear for sizes 8-26. They have many well-known and popular brands and have new spring and summer ranges in store, including this seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wedding outfits and the perfect attire for Royal Ascot. There is a fabulous shoe department stocking FitFlops as well as special occasion

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Spring into the garden The secluded gardens at Minterne, where over sixty types of birds are to be seen and heard, and with the gardens' seasonal profusion of rhododendrons, Japanese cherries and magnolias, have been described by Simon Jenkins as 'a corner of paradise'. Goddard Landscapes are a local company with more than ten years' experience in the landscaping business. They carry out a variety of landscaping work including driveways and fencing and have a range of machinery to cope with any size garden. MacPennys are an independent family-run nursery offering good-value home-grown plants and expert advice in a peaceful setting including an eight-acre sales area and four acres of woodland gardens. They are not an all-frills garden centre, but offer the gardener something a little different. Dorset Garden Structures are a family business offering a high-quality service from initial concept and advice, through full design to completion. Their buildings are individually designed to suit you, whether a sturdy but simple workshop/garage or an attractive home office or studio. Choosing the right look for your garden is important and they are happy to spend time with you to ensure that the final design and materials are selected to complement and enhance the appearance of the completed structure. The Wheelie Bin and Recycling Store from Dorset Log Stores is the perfect place to hide away those numerous unsightly plastic bins we now all have to use. Constructed from thick pressure-treated timber and sturdy metal fittings, the stores have a clever hinged lid that can be attached to the wheelie bin lid, so they open in unison. Based in the heart

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PET CARE

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Healthy Pets (Blandford) Ltd

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Stanton Ltd

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Specialists in dietary requirements which can be tailored for your pet. Also stockists of bulk animal and bird foods and quality beds & accessories.

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By Roger Guttridge; the illustration is by Becky Blake

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here was a time, in the distant days when I was a news reporter, when I was known to colleagues as a ‘chaser of fire engines’. This may not have been intended as a compliment, but I chose to see it as one – as a tribute to my enthusiasm. I was, quite literally, the guy who saw a fire engine’s blue flashing lights as a cue to perform a U-turn and set off in pursuit. Deprived of a blue light or siren of my own, I was at a disadvantage. But if I lost sight of my quarry as it steamed through the East Dorset traffic, I reverted to plan B – following the telltale water-trail left as the fire engine’s brimful tank sloshed its contents overboard at every turn and roundabout. If the ‘shout’ (as the firemen term a call-out) turned out to be a false alarm or an innocuous chimney fire, I would return with my journalistic tail between my legs. But often I arrived ahead of the game – sometimes so far ahead that it brought me trouble as well as a story. There was such a scenario one day in 1979: I collected my wife and two-year-old son from playschool when a Wimborne fire appliance went screaming by. I glanced at my watch. Whilst these days the Bournemouth Echo is printed overnight, in the 1970s our deadline was 12 noon. If I hurried, I might make the first edition. ‘Sorry, can’t go home yet – got to follow that,’ I shouted as I performed my U-ey. Five minutes later we were at Whitesheet Plantation, an area of tall conifers between a giant refuse tip and a fishing lake. I’d covered numerous heath and forest fires before, not least during the infamous summer of 1976, but as forest blazes went, this was a cracker. Fanned by a strong wind, the flames leapt twice as high as the trees themselves, according to my story in the Echo (so it must be true). Using all my experience as an habitual firechaser, I did a directional assessment of the vast smoke-cloud, parked the company Renault off-road and directly upwind and left the family while I went off to do my job. No mobile phones in those days, and no phone box at Whitesheet either. After a quick chat with a helpful fire chief, I headed for the nearest bungalow and borrowed their phone to dictate my story. I was still dictating when the room suddenly went dark. Had day unexpectedly turned to night? Had there been an unscheduled eclipse of the 98

sun? Either would have been sinister but for me the reality was even more ominous. I immediately realised what this meant: the wind had changed direction. I hastily finished reading over my story and legged it back towards my makeshift parking bay. Now I was really worried. Not only was the area enveloped in smoke but the fire had done a U-turn of its own, jumping the road and setting light to vegetation on the other side – the side where I had left the car. When I reached that point, there was no car or family to be seen – just a lot of scorched trees and bushes where they had been. Given that the wife didn’t drive in those days, I couldn’t decide whether to be relieved or alarmed. Where on earth had they gone? More importantly, were they safe? A firefighter pointed east and I followed his directions. Eventually I spotted the car… and heard the story: ‘When the wind changed I could see smoke behind the bungalow and then flames coming up behind it,’ Mrs G recalls 36 years later. ‘It got very dark as the smoke was blocking out the sun. Then people started walking past us and away from the area. I sat wondering when it would be time to get out of there, but expecting that you’d turn up at any moment. I was thinking we might have to leave the car and walk. I didn’t know what to do. I felt very abandoned.’ Enter the British army – and a truckload of squaddies from the RAOC petrol centre at West Moors, who were helping with the firefighting. ‘This very sooty, sweaty sergeant-major came over and said, “What are you doing here?”’ says Mrs G. ‘I told him my husband was a journalist covering the fire. He said, “In a few minutes this place isn’t going to exist any more. You’d better get out of here.” I told him I couldn’t drive. Then he saw the key in the ignition.’ The RSM promptly leapt into the driver’s seat, started the car and drove off as his troops broke into a chorus of, ‘Cor! Go on, Sarge!’ and other ribald military-speak. ‘He drove us up the road to safety. But he wasn’t very impressed with you. And when you finally arrived, you were in a panic because the car had disappeared. And when we went past the spot later, it was completely blackened.’ True. But at least we made the front page. Z


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