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DorsetLife The Dorset Magazine

The best of Dorset in words and pictures

No. 464 November 2017

HEDGEHOGS Stunning pictures from Colin Varndell



CONVICTS What they did, and where they went

SHAPWICK Clive Hannay paintings and village walk

SHAFTESBURY'S BIG CHEESE The irrepressible Charlie Turnbull




November 2017 5

Letters & contact details 41 Our view, your letters


Dorset place name, nature note, dialect quiz

Dorset's hedgehogs 45


Colin Varndell's Wildlife Year 53

Shaftesbury's big cheese

Charlie Turnbull on cheese and local food

Art & extrusion in harmony 57


This month in Dorset Upcoming events in the county

The story of 1950s factory's unique artwork


Dorset artist: Nina Camplin 63 Muralist and trompe l'oeil specialist 69


Dorset convicts down under

What they had done and where they went

What's on at Christmas Eat, drink, stay… Restaurant review, food and drink listings


A Dorset recipe

28 Christchurch's Stanpit Marsh

A hearty venison stew

Its habitats, flora and fauna in autumn

Respite care The Dorset Directory

Dorset's most adventurous septuagenarian

Classified Dorset businesses

75 32 Dorset lives: Robert Lloyd-Evans 80 35

Living in Dorset 82 News from around the county

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

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Woodyates Manston




Iwerne Minster Pimperne

Wimborne St Giles



VERWOOD Moors Valley Badbury Rings Cerne WIMBORNE Colehill Shapwick Up Sydling Abbas FERNDOWN Sturminster Pamphill Merley BEAMINSTER Marshall Piddletrenthide Cheselbourne Corfe Kinson CHRISTMullen Tolpuddle Higher CHURCH Highcliffe BRIDPORT BOURNEMOUTH Bockhampton Stanpit Briantspuddle Upton Country Park DORCHESTER Boscombe Tincleton Hamworthy Eype POOLE Wareham Forest Martinstown Brownsea Arne Abbotsbury Island WAREHAM Wool Studland Bay Portesham Studland Lulworth Old Harry Rocks Ch Tyneham es WEYMOUTH Worbarrow Langton il B SWANAGE Matravers ea Durlston ch Country Park N Halstock


Jess is traumatised by Hallowe'en in Blandford


Over Compton


Jess of the Dairyfields


Sandford Orcas Nether Compton SHERBORNE


Preserving history Conservation at the Dorset History Centre

Clive's paintings and a country walk

Shaggy scalycap toadstools at Arne


The typhoid epidemic caused by an MP

Clive Hannay in Shapwick 47



The Guttridge files

Colin Varndell on this shyest of creatures




Winterborne Charlton Stickland Marshall

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Readers' letters

What's in a name? Does it ultimately matter precisely what things are called? I was surprised recently to see an ad' for a suite of furniture called 'Dorset', when it was clear that the only connection it has with the county is its carefully chosen name. The day before this issue went off to press, the Poole in Poole Pottery was also shorn of its meaning as Poole Pottery in Poole closed its doors for the final time. Quite apart from the loss of Poole jobs that the retail outlet's closure brought about, there is the cultural contribution that the pottery made to the town to consider.

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“…the Poole in Poole Pottery was also shorn of its meaning as Poole Pottery in Poole closed its doors...” It was in 1873 that Jesse Carter acquired the site of the former Walker Patent Encaustic and Mosaic Ornamental Brick and Tile Manufactory. There he installed Carter’s Industrial Tile Manufactory, later called Carter and Co, which had a subsidiary called Carter, Stabler and Evans which, in 1963, was renamed as Poole Pottery. While the pottery has for some years been manufactured at the Middleport Pottery in Staffordshire, as was stated on the company's website: 'All new Poole Pottery designs start life in Poole town itself with the designers who know what makes [the] ceramics so special.' The legitimacy that underwrote that assumption is now gone, although, as Burgess and Leigh Ltd owns the trademark to 'Poole Pottery', it will continue to be called that. What it will not now be in any sense, though, is pottery from Poole.

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The cursive script and elegant penmanship of the collected handwritten sermons of some of the former rectors of Wimborne Minster in the article in our September issue attracted the attention of the appropriately named Mr Waterman

A pair of pleasing hands I was fascinated to read about the chained library at Wimborne Minster (Dorset Life September 2017), and have determined to make a visit when I next come down to Dorset. Although the talk of ancient books and their origins was interesting, what most fascinated me was the two photographs of the various rectors' handwritten notes for their sermons. Even with the greatest of diligence I could not approach the beauty of the calligraphy of either of these very different, but very pleasing, hands. Thirty years of tapping at keyboards instead of applying pen (or nib) to paper has rendered my handwriting all but unreadable – even to me – and I cannot recall the last time I used a fountain pen, rather than a Biro or a rollerball pen to write anything at all. A WATERMAN Via email Your letter is all the more ironic given your surname and its arrival by email, rather than in writing, although we thank you for that choice given your handwriting's stated indecipherability. Accounts/subscriptions ...............................Bryony O’Hara, admin@dorsetlife.co.uk Advertising copy............................... copy@dorsetlife.co.uk Advertisement Sales Director .................................. Dave Silk 01305 836440 dave@dorsetlife.co.uk Business Development Manager .............................Julie Cullen 01258 459090 julie@dorsetlife.co.uk Editor ....................................................................................... Joël Lacey editor@dorsetlife.co.uk Editorial Consultant....................................................John Newth Editorial Designer .......................................................Mark Fudge www.fudgiedesign.co.uk Printed by.........................................................www.pensord.co.uk Publisher...........................................................................Lisa Richards office@dorsetlife.co.uk

19th-century fruit

When my October Dorset Life arrived last week I was interested in the mention of nectarines in the letter from C Few. Certainly nectarines were not commonly available in the shops in the 1950s but I wonder if your correspondent realises that her father's experience would have been replicated in the previous century as, like many tropical fruits, they were grown in the glasshouses of the wellto-do; for example on August 28th 1869 the Blandford Express recorded that Thomas Horlock Bastard (Lord of the Manor of Charlton Marshall) took first prize for his nectarines at the Blandford Horticultural Show, grown no doubt by his gardener. M CHURCHILL Charlton Marshall DIRECTORS JFA Newth (Chairman) LF Richards (Managing) DM Slocock; PMG Stopford-Adams DL; JD Kennard; DE Silk; MG Newth; J Lacey EDITORIAL ASSOCIATES David Burnett; Mrs Barbara Fulford-Dobson DL; David Eccles; Peter Harvey DL John Langham CBE; Mrs Pamela Seaton MBE JP DL; Mrs Terry Slocock; Mrs Amanda Streatfeild; Giles Sturdy MBE JP DL; Hon. Charlotte Townshend DL

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Hedgehogs in Dorset Colin Varndell reveals all about one of our most reclusive animals

The hedgehog is our best loved wild animal, but it is in serious trouble.


he hedgehog is native to Britain and is the only spiny mammal found in Dorset and the UK as a whole. The hedgehog is a nocturnal, insectivorous animal, feeding mainly on soil invertebrates including beetles, caterpillars, earthworms and slugs. The back and flanks of adult hedgehogs are covered with between 6000 and 7000 sharp spines. These spines are actually modified hairs and are the animals’ only protection against potential danger. When threatened, a hedgehog will curl up into a ball with only its sharp prickles showing. Hedgehogs are good climbers and are not afraid of heights, and if they fall, their spines bend upon impact to act like shock-absorbers. Hedgehogs have relatively long legs, but these are partially hidden by a skirt of long fur at the base of the spines. Although a hedgehog can see, its sight is thought to be very limited. Its most acute sense is that of smell. As hedgehogs go about their business, they are constantly sniffing the air and the ground to detect food. They also have good hearing. Hedgehogs become active at dusk, and during the night an animal may wander up to a mile or


more in search of food or a mate. A hedgehog needs to fill its stomach twice during the night, which explains why they are eager to come to food put out for them by humans. Hedgehogs do not form pair bonds but are solitary animals. Mating takes place usually during May and June and is a noisy affair with lots of snorting, huffing and puffing. A female may be mated by more than one male, and a male may mate with more than one female on the same night. The gestation period is about four and a half weeks, although this can be longer if temperatures drop. Baby hedgehogs are weaned after about three and a half to four weeks of age. Usually, hedgehogs have one litter of hoglets per year. Occasionally there may be a second litter, but hoglets born in late summer have little prospect of surviving the winter. During the winter months hedgehogs hibernate. At this time, they reduce their heart rate from two hundred beats per minute to just twenty beats per minute as they enter a deep torpor. The decline of the hedgehog in Britain has been known about for some time, and in 2015 the People’s Trust for Endangered Species published

Left Hedgehogs need to drink plenty of water each night. Below The belly of a hedgehog is covered in soft fur. Its sharp claws are used for digging out invertebrate prey.

the report, The State of Britain’s Hedgehogs. The findings of this report were based on results from four major surveys covering both rural and urban habitats. It concluded that between the years 2000 and 2015, the hedgehog population in Britain had declined by 50% in rural areas and by 30% in urban habitats. One of the reasons for this drastic decline in hedgehog numbers is thought to be fragmentation of habitats, on two distinct levels. On a large scale, the landscape has been carved up by roads, railways, industrial development and intensive arable farming. On a smaller scale, fragmentation has occurred in urban habitats, with walls or solid fences around gardens denying the hedgehog access. The use of slug pellets in gardens can indirectly kill hedgehogs. Even the socalled environmentally friendly slug pellets cause problems for hedgehogs as they denude an area of the mammals’ natural prey. On the large scale, there has been a disastrous loss of hedgerows, copses and woodlands, all habitats which previously supported hedgehogs. Now hedgehogs avoid arable farmland where there is little or no cover, which, combined with the effects of industrial molluscicides and pesticides, denies the animals their natural prey. Badgers are the hedgehog’s only natural predator, but there is no scientific evidence to support the argument that badgers are responsible, or even partly responsible, for the demise of the hedgehog. Indeed, in areas of the country where badgers are not present, the decline has occurred at exactly the same rate. The number of hedgehogs in Britain is now thought to be less than one million, with most living in isolated populations in towns and villages. Such remote populations may shrink to become unviable or at best, without a turnover of fresh genes, inbreeding could lead to increased risk of disease. Unless we help these isolated 7


Hedgehogs in Dorset

Left Hedgehogs love to root around in log piles, where they can find plenty of invertebrates Below Autumn juveniles like this one have little chance of surviving the winter without our help

populations, they are doomed to fail. The Dorset Mammal Group is working towards making Dorset the first hedgehog-friendly county in Britain by raising awareness in towns and villages, by educating the public and by appointing hedgehog town coordinators. So far, ten towns or villages have signed up to the scheme, ranging from villages like Piddletrentide and Halstock to larger towns like Blandford and Dorchester. The coordinators are encouraging local residents to tell their friends and neighbours about the sad situation for hedgehogs. They are explaining the importance of allowing hedgehogs access between neighbouring gardens and asking residents to make holes in fences or walls. They also encourage the teaching of children to respect wildlife, and especially hedgehogs. Local residents are being asked to offer hedgehogs dog or cat meat and water on summer nights, to allow areas of their gardens to go wild, and to make log piles for hedgehogs to root about in. The public are being advised on the importance of burning bonfires on the same day they are built, to avoid hedgehogs making day nests inside. Coordinators are suggesting that residents buy or make hedgehog houses to leave in secluded corners of gardens, preferably covered with brushwood and leaf litter. Members of the public are also encouraged to join organisations actively involved in hedgehog conservation like PTES, BHPS or the Dorset Mammal Group. To find out more about the DMG hedgehog project, email hedgehogs@dorsetmammalgroup. org.uk Opposite page top Unless something changes soon, the outlook for hedgehogs' long-term survival is bleak Opposite page bottom Hedgehogs love to snuffle around in leaf litter in early autumn.

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Shapwick Clive Hannay takes a stroll around a lovely Stour Valley village

onica Hutchings describes Shapwick as ‘a little, lost, unfrequented place’. Her description underrates Shapwick slightly, but also has an element of truth: the village is not on the way to anywhere and gives the impression that it is getting on with its business unmolested by the outside world. Two millennia ago, its significance was much greater as it marked where the Roman road from Dorchester crossed the Stour on its way to Badbury Rings, just to the north. In many ways, the river defines Shapwick. It was the highest navigable point on the Stour – hard to believe today as one crosses either of Wimborne’s bridges and sees the shallows and the vegetation – and the river feeds the fields on its banks. The very name of the place comes from Anglo-Saxon sceap-uuic, ‘sheep village’, but today it is more likely to be cattle enjoying the lush pasture. Not that the river is always friendly: at a funeral in 1870, the coffin was carried away by the rising Stour and presumably out to sea. Even today, embankments in the fields and heavy floodgates at the entrance to the car park next to the church are reminders that the placid summer stream can turn into something very different and much more threatening after heavy winter rains. The village has endured not only flood, because like Blandford, Wareham and other larger Dorset towns, it suffered its own Great


Fire – this one in 1881, when sixteen cottages were destroyed. This apparent backwater has had two famous sons. The first was William Wake, who became Archbishop of Canterbury from 1716 to 1737. His birthplace is often quoted as Blandford, but actually he was born at (appropriately) Bishops Court Farm in Shapwick. The second was Charles Bennett, who became the first British athlete to be awarded an Olympic gold medal by winning the 1500 metres at Paris in 1900. He was a train driver by occupation, and there were stories of him training by running across ploughed fields and subsisting on a diet of boiled rice and raw eggs. If that is true, the fields were not those of Shapwick, since the family moved to Woodyates when he was a boy and he later lived in Kinson, Bournemouth, where he was for a time landlord of the Dolphin Inn, now Gulliver’s Tavern. He gave up running when he married, but his athletic prowess remained undimmed as he fathered five children. During the Sydney Olympics in 2000, a commemorative mile race around the village helped raise funds for the village green. In the parish church of St Bartholomew, two arches in the north wall and the north porch doorway date from the late 11th and early 12th centuries. The tower is 14th-century. In 1880, major restoration was completed largely through 11

the help of the villagers, who gave their services after work. The late Norman Purbeck hexagonal marble font was moved to its present position under the tower during the restoration. The magnificent iron cover, described by Sir Nikolaus Pevsner as 'exuberant', dates from this period. The east window and reredos were given by Augusta Bankes; it is integral to the village’s recent history that it has been part of the Kingston Lacy estate for 500 years. Folklorists have slandered Shapwick with the story of ‘the Shapwick monster’. The story goes that a crab fell off a fishmonger’s cart as it was travelling through the village, much to the consternation of the villagers, who had never seen one. The oldest inhabitant was brought out to inspect it and announced that it was a monster. The various versions have so many inconsistencies and improbabilities as to be quite unbelievable, but it remains a mystery who decided to paint the inhabitants of Shapwick as comically ignorant and naïve, and why. The centre of the village, around the crossroads, may be explored in a few minutes. Here is the war memorial, which is based on the steps of the Saxon village cross (‘destroyed in a brawl’ in 1880) and is unusual in listing all those who served in the two world wars separately from those who died. The village’s millennium memorial is here, too: simply a list of those living in Shapwick on 1 January 2000. Not a few of the names are echoed in the churchyard of St Bartholomew’s and pre-eminent among them must be the Kerleys, who first came to the village in 1115. There is also a beacon filled with flowers, forged to commemorate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002. 12

Shapwick THE WALK This three-mile walk goes into the adjoining countryside and gives a sense of why the village’s relationship with the Stour has been so important. It is also a pleasant country walk: you will be unlucky not to see a heron, both white and grey, and you may catch a flash of blue as a kingfisher darts over the water. Park in the car park next to the church, which is at the end of – unsurprisingly – Church Lane. At the end of the car park is a stile. Cross it and bear left to a footbridge. On the other side turn right along a track. The instruction for the next mile or so of the route is simple: stay as close as you can to the river on the right. After about a mile, it is necessary to move away from it by 100 yards, in order to cross a bridge with a stile at either end. After this, continue in the same direction to pick up the right-hand fieldedge at an inside corner. Follow it until it bends to the right, where continue straight across, heading for the tower of Sturminster Marshall church, to another stile. Here the main stream of the river re-appears on the right. As it begins to bend quite sharply to the right,

go over a stile and through a gate and follow the river round to reach another stile alongside a gate. Soon the path moves away from the river, uphill, to reach a stile onto a lane; looking to the right, you can see the stonework of White Mill Bridge, whose footings date from the 12th century. Turn left on the lane, cross a road joining on the right, and walk carefully along the lane for a mile to the next turning on the right, by the village sign. This is Piccadilly Lane and leads up to a T-junction with the High Street, where turn right. In about 150 yards, turn left on a path between numbers 8 and 9 and follow it to a stile. Bear left to a stile equidistant between two bushes, then cross the next field in the same direction to a gate and stile. Bear left towards a barn with a grey roof. At an inside corner of the left-hand field-edge, bear slightly more left and head down towards the other buildings of Bishops Court Farm. Cross a stile and a small patch of grass to a stile on the right. Beyond it, turn left on a lane and walk along to the cross-roads. Church Lane is on the right. • Food and drink available from the Anchor pub (www.anchorshapwick.co.uk), which is villageowned, but run by professionals.




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A fascinating meeting of art & industry Sylvia Antonsen tells the story of a 1950s Dorset factory project n 1938 Ludwig Loewy, a German Jewish teacher, and Gillian Rowbotham, sculptor – were engineer, in fear for his life, emigrated from Nazi asked, with the help of a group of students, Germany. He had knowledge and experience a) to design and make a number of large pots of the ‘Schloenmann’ process, a method for to be placed around an inner courtyard area and extruding metal from billet to narrow sections. b) using the architect’s rough brief, to design He contacted John Brown & Co., the Clydeside and construct a pebble mural measuring 30ft x 8ft shipbuilders, who already had an interest in to be placed on the façade of the building. David’s steelmaking and had also acquired a Chesterfield students were Doug Dawson and Christine Revill; engineering company capable of producing Gill’s were Delan Cookson, John Musto, John machinery suitable for his process. This process Morris and myself. was licensed by the newly founded Loewy We were paid for our work, which took almost Engineering Co. the whole summer holiday. The making of the coil During World War 2, extruded material was pots took place at the college, but the mural had advertised as in widespread use in aircraft. Loewy to be constructed on the site while the building was protected from internment as an ‘enemy itself was worked on. Delan remembers that alien’ and enabled to establish his business ‘Gill Rowbotham was terrified of what the other by the influence of John Brown & Co. By 1945, building workers would think of us’. In the ’50s art, Westland Aircraft Ltd, a subsidiary of John students were an alien species. Brown & Co., were using extrusions as part of Gill began by showing us a long roll of newsprint helicopter production. It was not long before other on which was drawn a simple outline in charcoal applications were found, ranging from doubleof the main shapes to be included in the mural. glazed windows to lorry bodies. Other preparatory work involved constructing 2ft In 1952, Loewy set up a specialist firm, 6in wooden frames, stretched with chicken wire Light Machines Ltd, still working in premises at and then filled with cement. These were to be Westland in Yeovil, but eventually he decided to used to find the best way to place the pebbles on commission the building of his own factory. The the wet cement. spot chosen was on the Poole side of Wallisdown Once on the site itself, we saw a huge pile of Road, and the architects were to be Farmer & pebbles delivered from Chesil Beach (forbidden Dark, who had designed a factory for Max Factor nowadays) and the scaffolding and ladders in on the Bournemouth side of Wallisdown Road. place to reach our area of work. The first task Loewy’s brief to the architects was to include involved sorting the pebbles into separate heaps the local creative community, so Bournemouth according to colour: pink/liver coloured/black slate/ Municipal College of Art, then located at the pure white quartz/blue flint etc. We ran out of Lansdowne, became involved and took on a black and white pebbles several times during the very interesting commission during the summer six weeks of work, so John Morris and I cycled of 1954. Some of the college lecturers – David to Southbourne beach, with rucksacks, to Ballantyne, head of pottery, Peter Stoodley, pottery replenish stocks.


Top How the mural looked in June 2015 and (above) how it looked on its initial completion in 1954


The various extrusions produced by the company became features of the artwork

All different kinds of stones were incorporated into the frieze, and they (and the mortar in which they are held) still look in stunning condition given their 60+ years exposed to the elements


It was necessary to cover a roughly 2ft square area of cement and then, bearing in mind the overall design, start placing the pebbles carefully onto the cement, then repeat that process. The size was to keep the cement pliable. Eventually we were able to merge our individual contributions by referring to Gill Rowbotham’s original design. The extrusions were part of the brief too, showing their ‘U’ ‘J’ and ‘H’ sections. It is thought ‘that this was a practical expression of a wish to make the fruits of commercial activity benefit the intellectual community.’ There was a hiccup towards the end of the mural’s construction when it was realised that frost could penetrate the valleys around each pebble, causing them to possibly pop out. A disastrous solution was to cover the whole mural with a cement wash – resulting in a grey scum over the whole panel. Wire brushes did not remove it, and the eventual solution was the use of acid, which did clean the surface. Our summer over, we students went back to college and on to our various careers later. Years later, I found that the Loewy Robertson Engineering Co. Ltd factory building had an entry with a photograph in Pevsner’s Buildings of England: Dorset. During a visit to Bournemouth in 2000, I was surprised to find the words ‘Discovery Court’ on the locked iron double gates, and then no mural facing us, only a 30ft x 8ft cerulean blue board reading ‘MARCONI’ in large, badly formed letters. The building itself seemed unoccupied. Later that week I telephoned the site manager, Ray Hawker, and arranged to meet him. Ray, who has a real knowledge and sympathetic awareness of the merits of the original building, had overseen the transition between Loewy and Marconi. He explained that during the many alterations that took place (which were partly due to the removal of large amounts of asbestos used during the ’50s), it looked as if the mural was to be demolished. Ray then cautiously informed Marconi that the mural was possibly listed. It was therefore saved, although boarded up on account of being ‘dated’. I believe the sixteen

large ceramic pots were all taken away by the Loewy directors. Ray gave me a photocopy of a long article published in The Architectural Review of March 1955 which shows clearly the success of Loewy’s original project and gives some sense of the very pleasant workplace it became. Again, when Marconi were planning another makeover, Ray got in touch to tell me that the mural would be uncovered for one day only during the process of demolition, I arranged for a student at nearby Bournemouth University to photograph what they could. Three weeks later, it was announced on the national news that Marconi had sustained large financial losses and were to close their factory in Poole. Our mural and what remained of an elegant building were saved again. My last visit, three years ago, revealed that the building has been converted to suites of privately rented offices. I was able to walk into the forecourt, and the sun shone just at the right time to show the mural in very good condition. As far as I could see, no pebbles had fallen out and the extrusions were still as placed in 1954. Ludwig Loewy died before his elegant factory building was complete, but for some years his civilised concept, with its decorative acknowledgment to the Dorset coast, has remained there on the sandy heathland, much altered but not lost. His company commissioned a posthumous bust by Jacob Epstein in his honour. As far as I am aware, this is now in the care of VAI Industries (UK) Ltd at Old Orchard Offices, 39/61 High Street, Poole. The author would like to thank Len Tavender for his detailed notes on the background to the Loewy Engineering Factory.

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Dorset Artist

Unless my eyes deceive me Nick Churchill talks to Nina Camplin

Above The Pier Head frontage at Swanage

Below Nina working on her ‘Strong Country’ artwork at Swanage Railway


arely has fake been so fashionable – from fake news to fake tans, faux is determinedly à la mode. All of which causes some amusement for Poole-based trompe l’œil artist Nina Camplin, who has made the art of faking it into something positively authentic since moving to Dorset at the turn of the century. ‘Within a few months of coming here from Luton, I painted the dog in the window mural in Swanage and have since re-painted it three times – I’ve had more work from that one mural than


anything else I’ve done,’ she explains on a brief walking tour of her more visible works. ‘Swanage seemed to take me to its heart and I was asked to do work at Jonathan Ross’s house as a result of the dog in the window. I’ve lost count of how many views of Old Harry Rocks I’ve painted on garden walls that don’t quite have the sea views the owners wanted.’ The work at Cauldron Barn included carrying out some stencilling that Mrs Ross, the screenwriter and producer Jane Goldman, had planned in the garden room, some hand-painted design work in the bedrooms and disguising exterior pipework to blend in with the building’s stone walls. She has also created murals for less stellar clients including Putlake Farm, Quay Foyer in Poole, Farmer Palmer’s, Chococo and Swanage Railway, where earlier this year she re-created a vintage Strong’s Brewery poster in the engine yard on the approach to Swanage station. ‘I think they need murals like that on all their stations now,’ she laughs. Arguably Nina’s best-known work is the mural she made with Antonia Phillips at Swanage Pier Head. First painted for Purbeck Art Weeks in 2007 as the building awaited demolition, a decade later it clings to the rendered frontage even as the old door frame re-asserts itself from behind the plaster. ‘The Pier Head mural attracted an awful lot of publicity at the time and people have really taken to it since. I don’t know if proud is

Unless my eyes deceive me the right word to describe how I feel about it, but I love the fact that people interact with it and I’m always seeing photos of it posted on Flickr and social media. It was only meant to be up for a few months, so it’s slightly strange that it’s here at all really.’ Nina and Antonia made the Pier Head mural after Nina decided she wanted to take part in Purbeck Art Weeks but didn’t want to exhibit in a traditional gallery or open studio setting. ‘I’d not long completed a Fine Art degree, which only confirmed my feelings about galleries – that they tend to exclude people and a lot of work becomes more about the concept than the actual picture. So I was looking for a way to contribute and Antonia suggested we put on an event. She knew the owner of the building and they rendered the frontage and left us to it. ‘The thing I love about murals like this is what puts a lot of artists off – I like working in public. People come up and give their suggestions or ask to be put in the work; it’s very interactive. I’m not an artist who likes to be shut up in a studio so that nobody can see what I’m making. And once it’s done, it’s there for everyone. I might go back and re-touch it but I have no ownership of it once it’s finished.’ The Pier Head – complete with the re-creation of Michelangelo’s ‘Creation of Adam’, made in panels as a project with Poole and East Dorset Art Society – put Nina’s work prominently in the public eye and helped secure her a major commission to paint a four-storey broken wall mural on the side of a house for a leading paint manufacturer. ‘Their PR executive was on holiday in Swanage, saw the mural, made a note of my name and called me. That was quite a job – I seem to spend a lot of time working on skylifts, which is fine except you can’t take a step back and have a look at how the piece is coming along.’ In practice, Nina will map out a mural as a scale version for client approval then execute the plan using a grid system. She says she doesn’t really know how it works, only that it does. She has a feel for it, an innate sense of the art form, but when pressed reveals something of its technical side. ‘It’s about extending space that isn’t there into a false reality, so you have to know about viewing points, how to make perspective work and how to get the light right, otherwise the picture won’t work. You also have to know what paint will work on each surface. The dog in the window mural is in Gilbert Road and the acid from the steam trains wears the paint off so every five years or so I have to go back and re-paint it. When I made the mural for Swanage Railway, they paid to have a resin coat painted on that should protect it for longer.’ In recognition of the overlap between creating murals and street art, Nina embarked on a project painting images of dogs in locations across Dorset, but she doesn’t see herself as a graffiti artist. ‘I’ve studied a lot of what Banksy does, but my twist

was that I always got permission before I painted on a wall. Most of the dog images have gone now, but they were like my signature works for a while.’ The exigencies of earning a living from art being what they are, Nina’s practice also encompasses pet portraits, other commission work, even face painting, but she has also started painting her own canvasses again. ‘They’re canvasses that have already been used that I buy second-hand or are given to me. I’m doing wildlife pictures but only painting on part of the canvas, then whitewashing and sanding back the original artwork to blend it in. It’s early days but I’m quite pleased with them – if I can find the right space that isn’t a gallery, I might even exhibit again.’ www.ninacamplin.com

Top The mural on the side of a house in Clerkenwell Road, London that Nina created for paint manufacturer Valspar Above Nina and ‘Donut’, the dog in the window, from the first incarnation of her mural in Gilbert Road, Swanage




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Dorset's men of conviction John Wright looks at what became of those convicts from Dorset sent to the far side of the world egge was an unfortunate name for a Dorset shoemaker because a leg was one of the only bits left of George Legge after falling off a boat in Botany Bay, New South Wales, and being eaten by a shark. It was June 1807 when ‘stormy weather overturned a sailboat in which he was travelling with several aborigines,’ wrote Michael Flynn in The Second Fleet: Britain’s Grim Convict Armada of 1790. ‘He had been weighed down by two greatcoats he was wearing, and the following week fishermen found a human hand in the belly of a shark they had caught.’ Dorset provided its share of some 137,000 men and 25,000 women transported to Australia in the 80 years after 1787. Women spent the common seven-year term as ‘assigned servants’, men were often given land to farm. It was 8 June 1800 when burglar Ambrose Rideout (often spelt Ridout) broke into the house in Manston rented by Richard Foot and his wife, Cybil, while they were out milking. ‘Ridout got in at the back door in the Garden and broke open their Box and stole 69 Guineas [£5,200 in today’s terms] in gold and a few shillings in Silver also some silver Pocket pieces,’ according to the Tasmanian Government’s historical website, LINC Tasmania. If caught it was more than enough (£1 was often considered the minimum) to get him hanged. All thieves could hope for was a reprieve, while other offenders were banished for less, one Iwerne Minster man, Robert James, being transported to New South Wales in 1790 because he ‘maliciously, injuriously and feloniously did lop, top, cut and spoil’ a large branch from an ash tree belonging to Thomas Bower, captain of the Dorsetshire Yeoman Cavalry. Rideout was found guilty and sentenced to death, then reprieved and transported for life. He sailed with 299 other convicts, including John


Lawrence from Halstock and Philip Strickland from Corfe Mullen, on the naval ship HMS Calcutta on 24 April 1803. Led by Lieutenant Governor David Collins, in October they entered Port Philip Bay, becoming the first Europeans to land in Victoria, not far from where Melbourne would later be established. New South Wales Governor Philip King sent the 421 marines, convicts and settlers on to Hobart in southern Tasmania to help establish the newly founded colony there. By 1810 Rideout had a grant of 30 acres and had received a conditional pardon. In 1819 he had 3½ acres of wheat, ½ acre of beans, ½ acre of potatoes and the rest in pasture, and the

Top Port Arthur Pentitentiary, southeastern Tasmania Left Various convicts transported to Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania), Australia


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Dorset's men of conviction Tolpuddle Martyrs statue outside the Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum in Tolpuddle, Dorset. It shows George Loveless waiting to be transported to Australia

following year he was robbed of tobacco, cutlery and supplies by four convict escapees turned bushrangers, three of whom were later caught and hanged. Rideout was fully pardoned in 1821 and died in 1836 at the age of 81. The most famous Dorset convicts were the Tolpuddle Martyrs, farm labourers from the village of Tolpuddle – Thomas Standfield, his son John, James Brine, James Hammett, James Loveless and his brother George, who had been tricked by local farmers over wages. The charge against them was a contrived one of breaking the Illegal Oaths Act, when all they were doing was discussing how they could convince local squires and landowners to pay landless labourers with families nine or ten shillings a week instead of six or seven shillings. In October 1833 they formed a ‘Friendly Society of Agricultural Labourers at Tolpuddle’ and thought their pay claim was accepted, but local bigwigs resented the confident upstarts and tried to dishonour them publicly. The following March they were tried at

Contemporary drawing of convicts in a chain gang in Australia


Dorchester and sentenced to seven years transportation, the men sent to New South Wales except George Loveless, whom they sent to Tasmania. Few people in Australia regarded these men as offenders, since all they had done was peacefully stand up for decent pay. Tasmania’s Governor Arthur wrote to the colonial authorities in London on 5 September 1834 that evidently George Loveless, and his companions had ‘ignorantly become the victims of more artful men’. Governor Arthur, instead of sending Loveless to the chain gang – a punishment which he described as ‘as severe as can well be inflicted on any man’ – reserved him for work on a Government farm after only one week in irons. This letter helped bring about an unconditional pardon and free passage home, which was granted in March 1836, although the prisoners were kept waiting before being freed. The men also had no idea that they had many supporters in England who had marched through London with 800,000 signatures on a petition calling for their release. Alas, while Hammett would settle back in Tolpuddle, Dorset would lose the other five men, who eventually migrated to Ontario, Canada, and farmed. Some Dorset convicts had less support. According to David Hawkings in Bound for Australia, ‘at the Dorset Epiphany Sessions on 6 January 1835 at Dorchester, Grace Mowlan had stolen from her home in Worbarrow, Purbeck, by former lodger, Hannah Swayne, 43, of Tyneham, Purbeck, one white petticoat, one black cloth shawl, one white calico apron marked “G.M.” and divers other articles.’ Transported on the Henry Wellesley, Swayne was one of six of the 118 female convicts who died during the four-month voyage, the ship’s surgeon, Superintendent Robert Wylie, writing in his journal, ‘Hannah Swayne,

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aged 47 years, put into ship’s hospital suffering with a fever. From her appearance accustomed to drinking spirits. She died on 2 December 1835’, two months before the ship arrived in Port Jackson (Sydney). Twenty-year-old labourer George Apsey was convicted at the Dorset Assizes for stealing clothes, arriving in Tasmania on the Sir Charles Forbes in July 1830, and, inexplicably, dying three years later. His Tasmanian convict record, added to by a ‘Community Contribution’ from Carol Axton-Thompson in 2014, hints at his downfall while assigned to different employers, ‘March 1831: drunk, 21 days Tread Wheel. June 1831: drunk, 7 days Tread Wheel. August 1831: drunk and fight innkeeper at Walfords Public House, 25 lashes. June 1832: insolent. July 1832: insolent and make false accusation against Master – imprisonment with 6 months hard labour on a road party gang. 23 August 1832: died at hospital, Hobart Town. Buried.’ Serious offenders were often sent to the infamous Port Arthur Penitentiary on Tasmania’s south-eastern peninsula, separated from its mainland by a narrow neck of land guarded by a line of vicious dogs. Some of the crimes convicts committed at Port Arthur gaol are variously odd or ridiculous. Caught in the Act (published by Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority) cites John Glanville committing 55 offences over ten years including ‘having turnips improperly’. One convict was reprimanded for ‘washing his shirt during Divine Service’, another for ‘baking light bread’! The list goes on: ‘feloniously, wilfully and diabolically interfering with a dog…having lollipops in his possession…setting fire to his bedding… drawing improper figures on his slate…threatening to split the overseer’s skull with his spade…gross filthiness within the barrack square…wilfully

breaking his wooden leg…apprehending Godfrey Moore and biting his nose off…groaning at the Lieutenant Governor when he entered Government House. One woman got two months in the Female House of Correction for ‘concealing a man under her bed’. Best of all was George ‘Billy’ Hunt. Transported for fourteen years for stealing a handkerchief, his crime was ‘absconding’, Billy being ‘dressed as a kangaroo at the time and attempting to hop to freedom, only to be shot at by rationed soldiers accustomed to hearty kangaroo stews.’ As for Dorset’s real escape artist, smuggler Samuel Norster was from the Isle of Portland and with his wife, Jane, had four children. Caught burgling with his brother, Abraham, the pair was transported. Abraham died on the way, while Samuel played the model citizen, called ‘good, very useful’, perhaps a deliberate ploy to gain his freedom. ‘Good behaviour was the key to promising jobs,’ wrote Alison Alexander in Tasmania’s Convicts: How Felons Built a Free Society. ‘He [Samuel] became coxswain of the government boat at George Town on the north coast. One night in 1839 he stowed away on a visiting schooner among the cattle in the hold.... After nine days the ship reached South Australia. Samuel gained a berth as a seaman on a ship to California, and took another ship for England. Finally he reached Dorset and his family.’ It wasn’t to last. Someone who knew him reported him and again he was transported, this time for life. Once again he was well-behaved but this time he was sent in chains to Port Arthur Penitentiary, a place that struck fear into the hardest offenders. Samuel’s record ends with a single word scrawled across the page: ‘Run’. He had absconded yet again. Did he reach Portland? No records survive to answer that question.

Port Arthur Penitentiary today, Tasman Peninsula, south-eastern Tasmania, Australia


David Cross

Stanpit is a place for sumptuous landscape shots – like this one of Hengistbury Head – as well as a wealth of wildlife

Variety is the spice of life The habitats and animals that live on and around Stanpit Marsh or a place with a 7000-year history of human activity, Stanpit Marsh often has a wild, or at least untamed, look, in part thanks to its variety of habitats of marshland; reedbeds; saltpans, creeks & streams; mud-flats and harbour waters; scrub and the high ground of Crouch Hill. The outer eastern areas of the marsh are composed of closely grazed dense turf, while to the west the freshwater marsh consists of a wider variety of flowering marshland plants. Grazing is an important feature of the Marsh, keeping grasses in check and enabling a stronger growth of flowering plants. Grasses, together with aquatic vegetation, including algae left after receding flood tides, provide food for a variety of wildfowl. Gulls, herons and waders feed on amphibians, insects and worms, which might also be found in this habitat. The reedbeds on Stanpit Marsh are composed mainly of the Common reed [Phragmites australis]. Other plants may be present, particularly around


David Cross

Stanpit Marsh's reedbeds are home to all kinds of bird life


the edges. Reeds are a familiar sight along Purewell Stream, at Great Spires, bordering the upper parts of Mother Siller’s Channel, and in the north east area of the Marsh. Patches of open water and ditches often occur amongst the reedbeds. The flowering heads, leaves, stems and root systems as well as the water, mud and detritus surrounding them, provide a great variety of habitats for animals. Salt-pans and creeks are a feature of the Marsh. Their brackish water levels vary extensively according to the state of the tide and the amount of rainfall. Both water and mud provide a rich habitat for small fish and invertebrates such as worms, crustaceans, insects and molluscs. All these animals in turn, are a plentiful source of food for egrets, herons, ducks and waders. Purewell Stream is fresh water where it enters the Marsh and supports a different range of small fish and invertebrate species from those found in brackish water. These animals, in their turn, attract a different variety of birds including Kingfishers. The stream also provides freshwater for the ponies and cattle which graze the Marsh. The mud-flats at low tide, especially the area known as Stanpit Bight, attract large numbers of feeding birds. Waders, ducks and gulls are supported by the rich supply of small invertebrates living in the mud. The waders are beautifully adapted with their varying beak lengths to take advantage of all the feeding opportunities available at differing depths within the mud. The harbour waters are rich with fish and crustaceans. Herons are often seen feeding on fish and crabs in the shallow waters, while cormorants and terns dive for fish in deeper waters. Aquatic vegetation


Variety is the spice of life As autumn turns to winter, Stanpit's colours change too

and gulls. The tide strand line of dead reeds and other vegetation also harbours insects and crustaceans such as Sandhoppers. After a flooding high tide, sea lettuce [ulva] and enteromorpha also litter the marsh. Many lapwings that have spent the summer rearing young in local fields, return to the marsh. coots can also often be seen in groups grazing the grassy peninsulas with other water birds. Herons and little egrets are a familiar sight feeding in the pools and creeks, as well as the resident teal, Britain’s smallest duck. Young herons may be seen in close proximity to one another whilst learning feeding skills. Redshanks, and the semi-migrant greenshank might also be seen. At high tide, these and other resident birds may be feeding on insects, and other invertebrates within the marsh turf. The marshland peninsulas provide undisturbed roosting areas for the birds during high tide. These areas are vital during the latter months on the year, when energy must be conserved for the body to withstand the colder weather. During the autumn the large, branched purple panicles of the reeds droop to one side and become a mass of silky down, made up of long hairs attached to seeds which are dispersed by the wind. Slowly the reeds die back as the leaves break away and the stems become pale and

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provides food for swans and ducks. Crouch Hill, the highest point on the marsh, is a fairly open area scattered with gorse bushes. The dry, sandy, acid soil encourages the growth of short fescue grasses and small species of clovers, chickweeds, trefoils and sheep’s sorrel. It is well grazed by rabbits and ponies. Such areas are known as ‘acid grassland’ and are relatively rare. There has been some cutback of the gorse associated with a relocation of Natterjack toads to the marsh [a Biological Action Plan Project] and the creation of artificial, temporary pools for spawn and tadpole development. The reduction of the gorse also aids acid grassland regeneration. The scrub on higher sandy areas of the marsh, consists of several habitats. It comprises small trees such as holly, hawthorn and rowan, and thick patches of bramble, gorse and honeysuckle. These are interspersed with open areas of acid grassland, pools and bog. Together with flowering plants, this diversity of vegetation and habitat attracts an abundance of wildlife. In autumn, South Marsh, in particular, is a patchwork of colour as glasswort in the damper areas begins to redden. High spring tides often completely flood the Marsh, making it quite inaccessible. As these floods recede, worms and other invertebrates which have come to the surface provide a plentiful food supply for waders

Stanpit's many watercourses and habitats make it a unique reserve


Belinda Fewings

Perhaps the defining image of Stanpit Marsh is the sight of ponies grazing with the beach huts of Mudeford Spit in the background

Belinda Fewings

Earlier in the year, waterfowl of all sizes bring forth their young for the first time

brittle. Breakdown and decay of this material provides a protective and fertile feeding layer (litter layer) for worms, crustaceans and insects. The reeds survive the winter with the help of oxygen which diffuses through the remaining hollow stems. These act as airways to the long, creeping root systems in the mud below. The hollow stems also provide a protective habitat for overwintering animals such as woodlice, earwigs, spiders and the larvae and pupae of wainscot moths. The reeds continue to provide cover for a number of birds including reed buntings, ducks, coots and herons. Aquatic vegetation, including the algae, dies back in autumn. As decay proceeds, a rich layer of organic matter is produced, providing plenty of food for detritus feeders such as shrimps. Many aquatic animals become relatively inactive as the temperature falls. Some, such as dragonfly and damselfly nymphs spend the cold months on the bottom while others, including ragworms and corophium, burrow deep in the mud. Some, including pond skaters, leave the water to lay eggs and survive the winter on land. Others, such as shore crabs and prawns, move into deeper water which is warmer than the Marsh creeks and pans. Small fish shelter in water around the bases and roots of aquatic plants. Birds such as herons, egrets, curlews, redshanks, greenshanks and gulls may have to search and probe the mud more deeply for their prey. However, as this food source is relatively inactive there will be plenty to eat. Teal return to the marsh at the end of the


breeding season. They also feed in the pools, but are surface feeders. Gulls and waders change to their winter plumage at this time of the year – the larger Herring and Black-backed gulls having a speckled appearance to their head feathers. But more noticeable is the change in the Black-headed gulls, which lose the majority of their black head feathers, retaining just a few behind the eye. The tawny-coloured young gulls now form small groups, as they learn to fend for themselves. Oyster-catchers develop a white throat band in the winter. Outside the breeding season, from autumn onwards, swans tend to be more tolerant of each other and form small flocks in the harbour. Swans that may have nested further up-river, return to the estuary with their young. Cormorants are a familiar sight in the estuary. They can be seen roosting, and drying their wings, on the grassy peninsulas and distant Blackberry Point. In autumn, salmon, which have been maturing out to sea, travel through the harbour and up-river to spawn. Sea trout migrate into rivers in early autumn to spawn. The young may spend a year or more in the estuaries and creeks before migrating out to sea. Eels, having reached maturity up-river, pass through the estuary and out into open seas en-route to spawning grounds in the mid-Atlantic. Young mullet and flounders return to the sea in late autumn to find deeper, warmer waters for the winter. Adult grasshoppers and most crickets cannot survive the winter. Their eggs, which are laid in the ground during the summer, will overwinter in this state. A few spiders can actually survive the winter in the adult form, their bodies containing a variety of ‘antifreeze’ substances. But most orb-web spiders die. The next generation survives the winter in eggsacs, either as eggs or spiderlings. Decaying leaf matter and logs provide ideal cover for insects and other animals that overwinter in the adult form. Frogs, toads and snakes may take advantage of rabbit burrows in which to hibernate. • This piece is abridged from an article on the Friends of Stanpit Marsh's website, www.friendsofstanpitmarsh.org.uk

The Virtual Dementia Tour simulates the effect of living with dementia.

A Dementia Resource for the Community of Christchurch F airmile Grange, the private new care home situated in the centre of wellbeing on the grounds at Christchurch Hospital, is becoming known as a dementia resource for the community. Its groundbreaking initiatives help to support those living with dementia, as well as their loved ones.

The nursing and dementia care home in Christchurch is managed by encore and hosts this free event for local healthcare professionals, support groups and the community to continue to raise awareness and challenge thinking about the illness. It also helps relatives to better understand the condition and improve communication with their loved ones.

Fairmile Grange care home invites the community to experience what it is like to live with dementia, thanks to a revolutionary training course. The Virtual Dementia Tour uses specially designed clothing, equipment and sounds to simulate the effect of living with mid-range Alzheimer’s. The course, run by Experience Training Ltd, is the only medically and scientifically proven method for a healthy brain to encounter what dementia is truly like.

Another community initiative is Fairmile Grange’s Memory & Creativity Café, which takes place every other Sunday. The Café has been specifically tailored for those with dementia. Each session has a special theme that encourages guests to reminisce in fun and creative ways through engaging activities; such as quizzes, singing, baking, arts and crafts, food tasting and sensory experiences. The Memory & Creativity Café is run by Encore’s Research Associate, Chloe Bradwell. As a PhD student (and previously Fairmile Grange’s Activities Manager), Chloe is developing innovative ways to lead reminiscence sessions for people with dementia to promote positive relationships with their carers and family members. The aim of the project is to reach out to people in the Christchurch community and surrounding areas; making connections with those living with dementia and isolated elderly individuals to encourage them to take part and reminisce about their wonderful memories. The Memory Café is free for residents of the care home and for the carers of guests. Guests are charged a nominal fee of £3 for an afternoon session, which includes food and refreshments. Forthcoming themes include Fashion Through the Ages, Remembrance Day and the War, and Winter Time.

Forthcoming Memory & Creativity Cafés are to be held on 29th October, 12th and 26th November, from 2-3.30 pm. The next Virtual Dementia Tour at Fairmile Grange will take place on 9th November. To book a free place on the Virtual Dementia Tour, or for more information about the Memory & Creativity Café, visit www.fairmilegrange.co.uk or call 01202 007569

Liza and Ken creating sensory pictures.

Dorset Lives

Is it a bird…? Roger Guttridge talks to Robert Lloyd-Evans, possibly Dorset’s most adventurous septuagenarian t was a sunny Sunday in the spring of 2014 and Robert Lloyd-Evans was enjoying the views along the Dorset coast from his Robin 2160 stunt trainer plane. Somewhere above the Lulworth firing ranges, he smelt burning and the plane’s electrical system suddenly failed. He had no working instruments, no radio contact with Air Traffic Control (ATC) and no transponder to tell them his position. The wing-flaps were also not working. Robert considered making an emergency landing at Dorset Gliding Club’s airstrip near Wool, but once he had satisfied himself that the aircraft was not about to burst into flames, he decided to head for Bournemouth International Airport. With no working instruments, he used his mobile phone to inform ATC of his predicament and his need to make an emergency landing. ‘I couldn’t hear them because of the engine noise – I just hoped they could hear me,’ he says. As he approached the airport, he spotted a Ryanair 737 passenger jet approaching the runway. He phoned ATC again to say he would slot in at a safe distance behind it. ‘It can be dangerous as the powerful vortices can tip you upside down,’ he says, ‘but if you come in at an angle above the glide path, you would normally be safe. I kept my head.’ Later investigation revealed that the exhaust muffler shroud had disintegrated, leading to a wiring burnout.


Robert with his Robin stunt trainer at Bournemouth Airport in 2007


It was a cool piece of flying by any standards but especially for a man of 71, as he was then. But then Robert Lloyd-Evans has aviation fuel running through his veins. His father, Dudley Lloyd Evans (unlike his son, he didn’t use the hyphen), was an official World War 1 ‘flying ace’ with eight confirmed ‘kills’ and twelve claimed. He was one of very few pilots who served in the RAF in both world wars and was decorated three times for gallantry. Dudley, who trained Spitfire pilots during World War 2, was acutely aware of the dangers of flying and discouraged his two sons from joining the RAF. Which is perhaps why Robert’s adventurous spirit initially came out at ground level – or even below sea level, as his scuba-diving dates back to his student days at Trinity College, Cambridge. More than half a century later, he travels to exotic destinations to scuba-dive including Indonesia, the Galapagos, the shark-infested Coco Islands off Costa Rica and Shaab Rumi in the Red Sea, where he explored the underwater village where sub-aqua explorer Jacques Cousteau lived for a month. In the 1990s he filmed the Studland Bay Wreck and a two-minute piece was shown on the BBC. Robert was in his sixties before he was introduced to ‘masters’ swimming – competitive swimming for adult age groups. As the son of a

Is it a bird…?

Welshman, he was eligible to register for Wales and soon after, broke Welsh records for the 60-64 years age group. He has since held records for the 65-69 and 70-74 categories and, since officially entering the 75-79 age group on 1 January 2017, he has already set several more Welsh and South West English records, all of them in breaststroke or 1500m freestyle. He has also won numerous medals in British and Welsh Championships. Perhaps most impressively, he was a member of the six-man Septuagenarians that became the first team of over-70 swimmers to complete a Channel relay in 2015. Academically, Robert studied natural sciences at Cambridge and gained a PhD in theoretical chemistry before embarking on independent research in mathematical physics. He then retrained in computers and joined the electronics company, Plessey, which brought him to Poole in 1981. In the course of his career, Robert has written a number of scientific papers and a couple of telecommunications textbooks with the inviting titles Wide Area Networks Performance (published in 1996) and The Quality of Service in 3G Networks (2002). Wide Area was used to train BT

engineers, while one reviewer described Quality of Service as the ‘best cure for insomnia I’ve come across’. ‘It did actually have some good reviews as well!’ Robert stresses. More recently, Robert wrote a science fiction novel, Arvath’s Fourth Law, after the plot came to him in a dream. He has also developed his own theory of the origin of the universe and plans to make a second attempt to have it published in the science magazine Nature. ‘I’m saying that the Big Bang theory is a lot of rubbish,’ he says. ‘The theory is based very much on pure mathematics.’ Robert’s aerial adventures began with hanggliding on the Marlborough Downs and continued with the Wessex Hang-Gliding Club after his move to Poole, before he learned to fly light aircraft with Bournemouth Flying Club. As if this were not sufficiently adventurous, in 1994 he signed up for stunt training in Russia, flying Yak-52 trainer planes from a 1930s grass airstrip founded by Stalin near Smolensk. The following year, Robert spent a week at a Lithuanian Air Force base, home of former members of the Soviet Piston Engine Aerobatics Team. On his first day, it was too wet and windy to fly following two weeks of sunshine and the pilots blamed him for bringing the weather from England. His punishment: to drink ‘lots and lots of vodka. The next morning, the weather was beautifully clear again but I had such a bad hangover I could barely walk, let alone fly,’ he says. ‘I did some aerobatics but the quality wasn’t good. They were quite forgiving and my aerobatics improved after that.’ Robert bought his red and white two-seat stunt trainer plane in 2000 and keeps it at Bournemouth Airport. But why, in his 75th year, does he do all these things? ‘I have time on my hands and am fortunate enough to be in good health and to have decent finances,’ he says. ‘And I have inherited my father’s sense of adventure.’

Left Robert (left) with fellow Poole medallists Karen Yendole and the author at the 2013 British Masters Swimming Championships in Plymouth

Robert with the Antonov 2 biplane he flew in Russia



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Living in Dorset

Unlocking Dorset's heritage for all

Neil Warren

If you have a story you think would be suitable for Dorset Life, 's Living In pages, please contact Sue Weekes. You can reach her by email at livingindorset@dorsetlife.co.uk or you can call the Dorset Life office on: 01929 551264 RSPB Arne and Moors Valley Country Park to improve the visitor experience for disabled and deaf people by the provision of all-terrain mobility scooters, British sign language videos, visual stories and easy-to-read documents. The project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the organisers are looking for disabled and deaf volunteers with a passion for heritage to become ambassadors. Email the team at heritageability@ livingoptions.org or call 01392 459222 for more information.

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The South West is ‘restricted’ when it comes to access for disabled adults, says the Papworth Trust charity. Feedback from disabled and deaf people suggests much more can be done to make places more accessible in Dorset. To address such issues, Heritage Ability wants to ‘unlock’ areas of the country. In Dorset, it will initially work with Durlston Country Park, Lulworth Cove,

Lulworth Cove one of the locations which features in the Heritage Ability project

Lyme golfer in world final A Lyme Regis golfer has won through to the world’s largest amateur golf tournament final. Melissa McMahon, who started playing golf at the age of eleven after watching her brother play for the county, became the first female golfer to win the UK final of the Audi Quattro cup to secure her place. She and her playing partner, Jon Ball from Taunton, beat more than 2000 contestants and will face golfing elite in the final, which will be held on a cliff-top course on the Baja Peninsula in Mexico in December. ‘The course at Quivira looks absolutely fantastic. I can’t wait to play it and, of course, enjoy some lovely winter sun,’ says Melissa, who became a member of Lyme Regis Golf Club in 2008 and has played for the Dorset County Ladies first team since she was 14. She has worked as secretary at the Lyme club for five years and as well as her world final is looking forward to the club hosting the English Girls U14s Championship in 2018: ‘Our first national event in 125 years,’ she says.

Left Melissa competing in the UK final

Sustainability champions wanted If you have knowledge or a burning interest in areas such as recycling, vegan food, permaculture, energy efficiency or similar topics, you could become part of an exciting new sustainability project in the county. The Sustainable Dorset charity wants to build ‘a rich and vibrant’ network of sustainability champions who can help and support others with information and advice in specific areas. Angela Fendley from the charity explains that a number of individuals have already been appointed but more are needed. ‘We are looking for champions particularly in areas such as Shaftesbury, Sherborne, Bridport, Lyme Regis, Weymouth and Portland, who can help connect people and communities in order to nurture resilience across the county,’ she says. Those interested in being considered as a

The current line-up of Sustainability champions

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Grand plans for Poole town centre... Poole town centre is set to have a multiplex cinema for the first time. Empire Cinemas is intending to redevelop the former Argos store and its adjoining units in the Dolphin Shopping Centre turning them into a nine-screen cinema complex with four restaurants. Empire has signed a 25-year lease with the centre and the new build, due to open at the end of 2018, will include an open-air rooftop screen. Legal & General bought the Dolphin Shopping Centre in 2013 and is working on an 18-month improvement programme which will also include refreshing the look of the internal mall and improvements to Falkland Square and Kingland Crescent outside. The Dolphin is the largest covered shopping centre in Dorset. Artists’ impressions of (above) how Poole's new town centre cinema might look and (below) of Hamworthy's 850-home power station regeneration project

& power station regeneration Plans have been submitted to redevelop the brownfield site on which Poole Power Station sat before it was demolished in 1993. Gallagher Estates and Land Improvements hope to build 850 homes and a new quayside public area called Newbridge Point next to the Twin Sails Bridge in Hamworthy. There will also be floorspace at ground-level for commercial and community use. A new central park is proposed, which would include a children’s play area and recreational space. The developers believe the design will provide a network of streets linking Hamworthy recreation ground, the quayside and Poole town centre. They admit, though, that redeveloping the site raises various challenges due to its previous uses (including as a former oil depot) such as below-ground structures and contamination matters. ‘We hope the council will be supportive of the plans to see this site developed for housing and other uses such as a new central public park which will benefit the wider community,’ says Gregg Wilkinson, managing director of Gallagher Estates.

Pop Club – the next generation Dorchester-based music collective, the Pop Club, is marking its eighteenth birthday by funding ten bursaries to provide ‘fun music-making’ activities to those young people who might not otherwise have access to them. Many members joined when they were ten or eleven years old and are now moving on to the next phase of their life, whether that be university or the world of work. Whether individuals love singing or playing an instrument or want to write their own music, they will have the chance to acquire performing and production skills as well as learning how the music industry works under the guidance of mentor and music producer, Mickey Wills. Many former members have gone on to work in the music industry. The group meets in the Dorchester Corn Exchange once a week to rehearse and has access to workshops and a professional sound system. They also play in gigs and festivals throughout the year. To find out how individuals can qualify for the year-long bursary, call Dorchester Arts on 01305 266926 or email enquiries@dorchesterarts.org.uk

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Living in Dorset Far right Activities at Carey Camp as they look today Below right Some kind of potatorelated activity being undertaken at Carey in its earlier days

Calling happy campers If you recall spending happy and carefree days visiting Carey Camp in Wareham Forest as a youngster, the outdoor education centre would love to hear from you. Now in its seventieth year, the centre has played host to more than 150,000 children from Dorset schools either as residents in its camping field or as day visitors. It nestles in woodland not far from the River Piddle and offers activities such as tree-climbing, orienteering, archery and den-building. For many children over the years, it has been their first experience of independence and being away from home. Centre

manager Paul Burrows explains that as well as outdoor activities, children are also encouraged to embrace camp-site life. ‘Even small things like remembering to zip up their tents to keep out the elements are a lesson in self-sufficiency,’ he says. The camp has built up a large collection of photographs, cuttings and letters and Paul explains that they are keen to continue to build on its history. ‘We’d love to hear from anyone who remembers visiting, particularly if other generations of their family stayed there,’ he says. ‘We’re hoping to find families whose connection with us spans three generations or more.’ Anyone who wants to contribute to the camp’s history archive should email Serena Unsworth at s.unsworth@dorsetcc.gov.uk

Gas company repays one act of kindness with another A flood in Gillingham earlier this year, which left 200 customers without gas, has had a happy ending for a local school. St Mary’s Primary School’s main hall was taken over as a base for the gas network company, SGN, as its engineers worked hard to restore the supply. To repay the school’s generosity, 36 volunteeers from the company painted walls and woodwork in the main hall and one of the classrooms, as well as weeding footpaths around the playing field and removing an old wooden maze that had been concreted into the ground. The company’s Poole depot got involved as part of its Community Action Programme, which gives employees a day off to make a different in their local community. The act of kindness meant the children came back after the summer break to a spruced up playground and classrooms. ‘The St Mary’s School community all very much appreciate the hard work that the team put in to improving our school environment both inside and out,’ says head teacher Sarah Bullmore. Headmistress Jenny ‘The children now have more available play space and a better learning environment, and our Year Six Dwyer accepted children are especially pleased with their refurbished classroom.’ the award with the school’s head and vice head girls

Sherborne Girls wins Tatler best public school award Sherborne Girls has been awarded ‘Best Public School of the Year’ at the Tatler Schools Awards 2017. The award comes at the end of a particularly successful year for the school: it announced a double ‘excellent’ rating in the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) quality inspection and achieved another outstanding set of exam results across GCSE, A Level and International Baccalaureate. Headmistress Jenny Dwyer, who accepted the award alongside head girls, Harriet and Grace, and vice-head girls, Amelia and Flora, said that ‘every member of the school’ has contributed to the recognition by Tatler. She adds: ‘The award gives us such confidence as well as a really strong platform on which to build and move forward.’


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Bottle-nosed dolphins are the most likely species of cetacean to be seen off the Dorset coast. The sudden appearance of a pod of these wonderfully adapted marine mammals never fails to generate excitement - even amongst those people who profess to having little interest in wildlife. In this country, dolphins are usually associated with warm summer days but studies at coastal watchpoints have shown that November is a peak month for seeing ‘bottle-noses’ in the English Channel. The photograph of young and adult dolphins in stormy seas off Durlston Head was actually taken the day after Bonfire Night. Bottle-nosed dolphins are well known for their intelligence and, not surprisingly, they have a brainto-body ratio which is only surpassed by humans. They hunt for food primarily using echolocation, sending out pulses of sound and listening for the returning echo to locate fish. By using underwater hydrophones it is possible to hear these sounds along with the many other intriguing squeaks and whistles that dolphins emit. These dolphins are found through the tropical and temperate oceans but

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recent genetic studies have confirmed a number of subspecies and at least two distinct species of bottlenosed dolphin with the likelihood of further taxonomic discoveries in the pipeline. Although there is a fair amount of luck involved in seeing dolphins off the Dorset coast, it’s always worth looking out for those tell-tale dorsal fins breaking the surface. Witnessing the presence of such seemingly exotic creatures in home waters is a truly unforgettable experience. Hamish Murray, You can follow on Twitter by searching for @Hamish14453

Peacemarsh (in Gillingham)

This is no doubt a name of medieval origin although it is not recorded before the early 16th century. It appears as Pesemershe in 1535 and as Peasemarsh in 1628. This is therefore 'the marshy land where peas grow', from Old English pise and mersc. The same name is found in East Sussex as Peasmarsh: this is on record as early as the 12th century. The interesting transformation of the Dorset name from Pease- to Peace- (first noted on the

first Ordnance Survey map of 1811) is probably due to folk etymology. Both names may not refer to the cultivated pea but rather to some wild plant of the pea family. But both names essentially preserve the original form of the word pease (surviving still of course in pease-pudding and the like). The word has a curious history: it was mistaken for a plural in the 17th century, resulting in the evolution of the singular word ‘pea’ with its new plural ‘peas’. A D Mills 41

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Paul Jessup, who together with his wife, Sarah, run the care home said: ‘One of our residents remembers the seats, having watched the Beatles perform at the Winter Gardens.

Burwood Nursing Home in Broadstone, which already has an old styled pub, the Railway Tavern, wanted to improve its entertainment offering by building the theatre, which is modelled on a 1930s Art Deco music hall. The theatre even features the old seats from the Bournemouth Winter Gardens concert hall that was demolished in 2006.


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We also have a lot of schools and local dance groups visit us and it’s great for them to have a stage for their performance. This week we showed some old silent Chaplin movies on the screen and had a pianist play to the scenes. With the Art Deco styling of the theatre it really took you back to how it would have been in the early days of cinema.’’ There are more big events planned with The Good Old Days production coming to the theatre at the end of the month.

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Epidemic! Roger Guttridge with the story of the tragic typhoid outbreak, eighty years on n the front door of a house in Bournemouth, someone had placed a large yellow cross to warn people that the place was infected. The warning was so effective that even the baker and milkman stayed away. What no-one realised was that behind the door were Typhoid carrier Angus Hambro MP (back row, second left) on the steps of three young children, alone and practically starving. Merley House with Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin (third left) and guests It was the summer of 1936 and the children’s mother and three siblings were hospitalised, early victims of a bacterium was found. The trail led to a sewage tank at typhoid epidemic that was to become perhaps the area’s Merley House, which occasionally overflowed, hence the greatest health crisis of modern times. In six months, variation in test results. Captain Angus Hambro, MP, Merley over 700 people were hospitalised and at least 71 died – House's owner, was mortified to learn that he was the possibly more because some victims were holiday-makers carrier. He'd travelled widely abroad and once suffered a who had gone home before their symptoms appeared. severe fever, which now appeared to have been typhoid. Edna Kearley was eleven when she, nine-year-old sister In 1996, fourteen survivors marked the sixtieth Eileen and their brother Stanley, eighteen months, found anniversary of their ordeal at, of all places, Merley House. themselves alone in the Windham Road house. When I A picture of them on the steps appeared in Nurse Mary interviewed her in 1992, Edna (by now Mrs Travis) told me: Graham’s booklet on the epidemic in 1997. The reunion ‘My father, a chauffeur, was in London and no-one realised was the idea of Dennis Long, of Ferndown, who was a we were alone. For five days we lived on stale bread and victim twice over. As well as contracting typhoid when he Oxo, which was all we had in the house. People were too was ten, he was also the son of William Long, the owner frightened to come near and we didn’t go out because we’d of Frowd’s Dairy. ‘The whole business made my father been told not to.’ bankrupt,’ he told me. Once her father returned, Edna was able to visit her Four-year-old Peter Coles of Poole had a glass of milk family in Boscombe Hospital’s isolation unit: ‘It was a with his daily breakfast in 1936 but on one occasion traumatic experience, queuing outside the hospital gates,’ refused to drink more than a few sips because it ‘tasted she recalled. ‘You would hear that certain people had not odd’. ‘My father felt he had to show me there was nothing come because their relative had died.’ wrong and drank the rest in one gulp,’ Peter recalled. Mr Edna herself was admitted to hospital in January 1937 Coles should have trusted his son’s judgment. A couple of – the epidemic’s 718th and last victim. ‘I vowed that if weeks later both were in Alderney Isolation Hospital with my family came through it, I would become a fever nurse typhoid and Mr Coles almost died. ‘I had a fortnight in bed when I was older. True to my word, I started at Boscombe and when I got up, I couldn’t walk and was terrified,’ Peter Isolation Hospital in 1942,’ she said. said. He recovered and became Mayor of Poole in 1981. It was early August when the first trickle of people began Trainee ballet teacher Elizabeth Collins, eighteen, lived in consulting their GPs about gastric symptoms, but few Bournemouth but was on holiday on a farm in Shropshire doctors had ever seen a case of typhoid and the illness by the time she was diagnosed. ‘No-one came up with the remained undiagnosed for weeks. By 20 August, the correct diagnosis for some time. number of patients had risen to 315 and the man from My own Bournemouth GP eventually hit on it,’ she said, the ministry was sent for. Within hours of his arrival, Dr ‘but not before there had been deaths. A school friend W Vernon Shaw, one of the great epidemiologists of his was operated on for peritonitis, proving fatal, of course. day, had identified milk from Frowd’s Dairy at Poole as the Tests at Ludlow confirmed my illness. The nearest hospital common factor. Frowd’s 192 staff was 30 miles away and I had to members were quickly exonerated. have a full-time nurse and was kept Dr Shaw’s inquiries led him to perfectly still in case the intestines milk from five smallholdings beside perforated.’ It was six weeks before a stream at Merley, near Wimborne. Elizabeth returned to Bournemouth A farmer’s wife and twelve-year-old and a year before she could do ballet son were already ill and she later died to her usual standard. Some health of typhoid. But Shaw calculated that effects continued for the rest of her she had contracted it too late to have life. ‘On the plus side, I remained been the source. Other evidence put slim for many years and could wear the stream itself under suspicion, but marvellous clothes,’ she said. ‘But five water tests proved negative. It food was a problem. I had to start was not until the sixth and seventh with small meals and no roughage – The Kearley family soon after Edna (second left) was tests in October that the B. Typhosus discharged from hospital in 1937 worse than a baby!’



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f history is all about the evidence, then how its sources are recorded and stored is of manifest importance. So the task of conserving and protecting the historical record for posterity is a vital part of the work undertaken at Dorset History Centre, the county’s archives service and local studies library. As a result of it we have an invaluable archive that is freely available for public inspection. It is stored on eight miles of climatecontrolled shelving in a strong room in Dorchester, but before anything is added to the collection, it must go through a rigorous vetting procedure that applies the same criteria to court documents and estate records as it does to a tin box of family treasures. ‘It all comes down to whether it is likely to be of long-term historical importance,’ explains Dr Mark Forrest, Collections Archivist. ‘There are certain things like coroners’ records and church documents that have their own retention schedules, but most of it involves a value judgement of some kind on our part. Sometimes we approach organisations with a view to acquiring their records, other times people come to us. Some items are outside our collections policy, but


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custom-made containers that support each end of the tube so that it doesn’t lie on itself in storage.’ As part of a larger restoration project being undertaken by Lord Shaftesbury, Jenny has been working on some large parchment maps, some of which date from the mid-17th century, of the estates at Wimborne St Giles. They show fields and plots of land, many labelled with the tenant’s name, although only some are still legible. A thorough cleaning under carefully controlled circumstances can work wonders, but it will not perform miracles and sometimes even the most skilled conservator has to admit, if not defeat then certainly a tactical withdrawal. ‘It’s quite rare that something is completely beyond help, but then we’re not looking to recreate items,’ sys Jenny. ‘Once we have got a document to the state where leaving it will not cause it to deteriorate any further, then the work is done. There’s an ethos of ethical conservation that involves staying true to an item’s history and preserving its character as much as the content. That hasn’t always been the case and even though conservators in the past were acting in what they thought to be our best interests, very often the repairs deteriorate quicker than the original documents and cause far greater damage.’ As in architecture, there is a move to make honest repairs that are distinct from the original material. Jenny has recently repaired a broken wax seal attached to a common recovery document from the Bankes Archive that dates from 1814 in which Henry Bankes asserts his absolute ownership of land over tenants Joseph Lowden and Henry Hunt. ‘I’m very excited to be repairing wax seals because we don’t often get to do that. It’s incredibly stressful but great fun, because you have to make a thin membrane of new wax to go over the cracks in the old seal without melting any of the old wax. Again, though, we’re not trying to replicate the old wax or pretend the join isn’t there, so the new material is a lighter tone.’ Conservation is an expensive business and funding is a constant issue, so Jenny divides her time between working on the History Centre’s collection and securing commissions from private clients such as Lord Shaftesbury. She points to a Victorian photograph that has been brought in for preservation. ‘The client wanted the photograph restored, but to remove all the foxing would only

be possible with strong bleaching chemicals. The board mount is acidic and has done the photo no favours at all, so we’ve been able to scan the image, Photoshop the blemishes out and print a pristine copy, while the original can be separated from the board and safely stored in acid- and alkaline-free conserving paper.’ And the greatest fear of the dedicated conservator? ‘Bugs. Silverfish are the worst. They’re voracious and only come out in the dark, so you never see them unless you set traps. You might not even know you have an infestation until you open a box and some of the boxes in an archive like this don’t get opened for years, but Dorset History Centre is the best facility I have seen for pest control. We have a sorting room that acts as quarantine and we have a freezer, which is the best way to kill pests, although it is possible one or two will acclimatise and hibernate, then wake up when they’re in storage, so we have to remain vigilant. We had an archive donated recently that had to be treated for bug infestation. It was driven to a massive industrial walk-in freezer near Exeter and frozen for a fortnight, then thawed for a week then checked again for pests before it was brought back here for storage.’ What might, in fact, be called cold, hard history. www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/dorsethistorycentre https://dcc.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/bankes-archive

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Shaftesbury’s Mr Cheese Ian Kennedy talks to the irrepressible Charlie Turnbull t might have started as an accident of geography, but over the last fifteen years, Charlie Turnbull’s relationship with Dorset has blossomed into an abiding passion. Just as he has taken its many moods to his heart, so too is Dorset assimilating the energy, expertise and barely bridled enthusiasm of this most irrepressible of settlers. Not only has Turnbull’s deli and bistro become something of a foodie haven in Shaftesbury, Charlie has had a hand in the town’s Food and Drink Festival, has helped instigate the Gold Hill Cheese Run – a reason-defying exercise in strength and endurance that involves hefting 45- to 55-pound cheese truckles up the famous cobbled landmark – and was on the team that brought the winter Snowdrop Festival to life. ‘I travel all over Britain judging cheese, internationally as well, and there’s nothing that compares to Dorset,’ he says. ‘When you add to that family and friends and sharing food, life doesn’t get any better.’ That seems to be Charlie Turnbull in a nutshell. For all that his CV marks him out as something of a grand fromage – globally acknowledged cheese expert, bowler-hatted judge at the World Cheese Awards and Great Taste Awards among others, Guild of Fine Food board member, successful retailer, entrepreneurial digital innovator – it’s the everyday stuff that he values the most. ‘Food is often the excuse to indulge those real passions of friends and family.’ It all started when Charlie, a trained accountant, came back from South Africa and needed a job. He came to Dorset in search of family friends and discovered a passion for making cheese. ‘My being


Charlie judging at the Word Cheese Awards

in Dorset is purely accidental – a friend told me about the shop because when they saw it there were two model ships in the window and my father was in shipping, so that was taken as a sign.’ By his own admission, Charlie’s natural inclinations are more towards the gourmand than the gourmet and, for all that he clearly knows more than enough about the subject to be an insufferable one, he’s resolutely not a food snob.

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Shaftesbury’s Mr Cheese ‘Look, I grew up on a farm in a family of five and if you didn’t make your space at the kitchen table, you went without. I just love eating and want to make people happy by enjoying food. That’s what Turnbull’s is all about – I want people to leave the shop with smiles on their faces.’ For all that he won’t admit to being more than a ‘gifted amateur’, Charlie is fast developing a name as a retail innovator with his new ClicBoxShop venture that aims to provide an e-commerce marketplace for Britain’s small food and drink businesses. ‘We have a large number of small producers in this country and a small number of large producers, but not enough in the middle. In Dorset I’m a big admirer of the Barber family food businesses as an example of mid-sized producers that have the longevity of much bigger organisations but the understanding you get by handing things on through a family. There’s a lovely goat’s cheese called Woolsery made in Up Sydling by Annette Lee, but when she stops, there’s nobody to take it on and the danger is that the cheese ceases production. That’s how it works in this country – it’s not like making camembert in Normandy, where when one producer retires there are 90 others to carry on.’ Under EU law – ‘and it’s good EU law, by the way’ – Britain now has twelve Name Protected cheeses, either as Protected Designation of Origin or Protected Geographical Indication. France has 64. There’s work to be done, says Charlie. ‘It’s the British way. We’re natural traders but we’d sell our heritage for a song. West Country cheddar is known the world over and it’s down to a man called Joseph Harding, who originated the recipe for modern cheddar in the mid-19th century. He didn’t keep it all in Somerset, though: he spread the love.’ Conversely, Dorset Blue Vinny, which does enjoy geographical protection, has something of a chequered history and had all but fallen into extinction by the 1970s. ‘Its reputation is fully restored now,’ says Charlie, ‘but it just wasn’t a very well-made cheese and 50-odd years ago, it was in a terrible state. Today there are something like 700 named British cheeses and we’re getting much better at things like branding and telling the stories and social histories that come with those cheeses.’ At the other end of the spectrum are the massproduced cheeses that ensure eighty per cent of cheese sold in this country is discounted in one way or another. It’s a statistic that would give most epicures heartburn, but not Charlie. As far as he’s concerned, the more people eating cheese the better, because a greater number of them will find themselves exploring the wider of world of cheese – today’s consumer of industrial ‘mousetrap’ is tomorrow’s turophile. The same reasoning has seen Charlie, through his involvement on the board of the Guild of Fine Food, get behind the not-for-profit Academy of Cheese and Britain’s first professional cheese qualification. ‘The Academy’s

agenda is all about educating people and informing them about the range of cheese so that more people come to love cheese and understand what they are eating.’ Although Charlie’s ardour for cheese has long since melted the border with obsession, there are things in his life that are more important than cheese – albeit they’re all improved by a carefully compiled cheeseboard… providing yet another parallel for the incorrigible Mr Turnbull. ‘Cheese nearly always gets the last word at dinner. It’s last out and so people spend longer with the cheese than any other course, it’s when stories get told, secrets are shared and an evening can turn into a long night. People have their own pleasure with cheese, often in quite a quiet and passive way, but it’s definitely there.’ INFORMATION www.turnbullsdeli.com www.academyofcheese.org www.clicboxshops.com

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Big Country Following the phenomenal response to the band’s 30th anniversary tour celebrating their third album, The Seer, Big Country have now extended their celebration by a year. The Seer famously included an appearance by Kate Bush, joining the late Stuart Adamson on the title track, and the single, ‘Look away’, was the group’s biggest UK single, reaching no. 7; the album reached no. 2. The band will perform the album in its entirety, as well as visiting their stunning catalogue of songs, including ‘Harvest home’, ‘Fields of fire’, ‘In a big country’, ‘Chance’, ‘Wonderland’, ‘Look away’, ‘The teacher’ and ‘East of Eden’ from such massive albums as the triple Grammy-nominated The Crossing, Steeltown and Peace In Our Time. 24 November, The Old Fire Station, Bournemouth 7.00 01202 963889 www.oldfirestation.co.uk/

Lesley Slight Having lived and worked in West Dorset since 1973, Lesley Slight is steeped in its landscape, which features prominently in her imagined scenes. ‘It has an ancient and primordial being, and a timeless quality not quite of this century,’ she says. ‘So much of it seems relatively untouched by developments evident elsewhere. For me it has ever-changeable moods, sometimes welcoming, yet at times disturbing and forbidding. It is the mystery that I constantly seek to investigate and explore in my work, and is pivotal to its continuation.’ This is the Art Stable’s third show of her work. until 18 November, 10.00 (Wed-Sat) The Art Stable, Child Okeford, 01258 863866, www.theartstable.co.uk

Faith i Branko Serbia’s leading Roma violinist, Branko Ristic, and UK accordionist Faith Ristic perform high-energy original Roma/jazzinfluenced music that also incorporates tabor pipe, double bass and guitar with the accordion and violin. The music ranges from melancholy Roma violin laments to storming kolos and further explorations into jazz improvisation, swing, Gypsy rumba and Turkish and Indian influenced songs. Straight from the village of Gornja Grabovica, the band arrive in Dorset for their debut rural tour and audiences can expect a joyous, passionate, boisterous, fiery and spirited performance. After the show, the musicians will also be available to talk about Romani culture and music. 16 November, 7.30 Buckland Newton Village Hall, 01300 345455 17 November, 7.30 Langton Matravers Village Hall, 01929 423834 18 November, 7.30 Chetnole Village Hall 01935 873555 19 November, 7.30 Ashmore Village Hall 01747 811364, www.artsreach.co.uk

FIREWORKS 3 November, 6.30 Wareham Rugby Club, 01929 552224, www.warehamwednesdays.org 4 November, 7.15 North Dorset Rugby Club, www.shaftesbury-gillingham.roundtable. co.uk 4 November, 6.00 Dorchester Rugby Club, 07968 203932 4 November, 5.30 Butchers Coppice Scout Camp, Bournemouth, www.fireworksbournemouth.com 4 November, 4.00 Littledown Park, Bournemouth, 01202 417600, www.littledowncentre.co.uk/events 4 November, 5.00 Sherborne Castle, 01935 812072, www.sherbornecastle.com 4 November, 7.00 St Michael’s Middle School, Colehill, 01202 883433, www.wimbornefireworks.co.uk 4 November, 6.30 The Harbour, Lyme Regis, www.lymeregiscarnival.co.uk 4 November, 7.00 Bridport Leisure Centre, www.bridportroundtable.co.uk 5 November, 3.00 Weymouth Beach, 01305 779410, www.weareweymouth.co.uk 5 November, 5.00 Poole Quay, www.pooletourism.com tbc 5 November, 6.00 Stanpit Recreation Ground, Christchurch, www.christchurchrotary.org.uk

Jane Eyre: An Autobiography Struggling to think, live and love beyond the stifling expectations of duty, class and convention, governess Jane Eyre and Master Edward Rochester take a dark journey towards sensual and intellectual liberation. Charlotte Brontë’s Gothic subversion of fairytale romance has been distilled for the stage under its full title by writer/director Elton Townend Jones as performer Rebecca Vaughan embodies everywoman Jane – and several other characters – in an intimate study of love’s realities. 4 November, 8.00 Corn Exchange, Dorchester, 01305 266926, www.dorchesterarts.org.uk 57

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Notorious spy, Mata Hari, is widely thought of as a dangerous, glamorous figure. A century after Mata Hari’s execution and inspired by her own words, performer Katharine Mary tells the story of a powerful and compelling woman (her Netherlands upbringing, time in Indonesia, invention of her alter-ego). As Mata Hari reflects on the events that led to the firing squad, we learn there's more to the woman than a dancer, lover, confidante and courtesan. 9 November, 7.30 Sandford Orcas Village Hall, 01963 220208 10 November, 7.30 Winterborne Stickland Village Hall, 01258 880920 11 November, 7.30 Briantspuddle Village Hall, 01929 471002, 12 November, 7.30 Studland Village Hall, 01929 450204, www.artsreach.co.uk

Now entering its fourth decade, Bournemouth Bach Choir completes its 30th anniversary year with a concert of stirring music at Wimborne Minster. The bill of popular classics include Vivaldi’s Magnificat, Mozart’s ‘Eine kleine Nachtmusik’, ‘The arrival of the Queen of Sheba’ by Handel and Zelenka’s Miserere in C Minor as well as music by Bach and Haydn. The choir was reborn in 1987 by Edward Caswell for a performance of the St John Passion in St Peter’s Church in Bournemouth and has since developed a fine reputation, performing regular concerts with a professional orchestra and soloists under the baton of Tim Hooper, who took over as musical director in 1992. 4 November, 7.30 Wimborne Minster, 01202 824413, www.bournemouthbachchoir.org

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Since making his 2004 debut in Zurich, Teo Gheorghiu has performed around the world, including in London, New York, Paris, Tokyo, Zurich, St Petersburg, Madrid and Prague. He has performed with many top orchestras, including the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Tokyo Symphony Orchestra under such esteemed conductors as Sir Neville Marriner, Vladimir Fedoseyev and Lan Shui. In Bournemouth he will join the BSO with conductor Harish Shankar for a programme that features Tchaikovsky’s Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.24 K.491, the Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana by Pietro Mascagni and Mendelssohn’s 4th Symphony. 12 November, 3.00 Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth, 0844 576 3000, bic.co.uk

Joined by friends and colleagues from the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, violinist Marieke Blankestijn (pictured) and clarinettist Richard Hosford present a concert of chamber music masterpieces. The programme features Dvorak’s G major Quintet for String Quartet and Double Bass and Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet as well as the fascinating ‘Arcipelago Möbius’ by the Italian composer Ivan Fedele. The concert is a fund-raising event for Dorchester Arts as it works towards its aim of creating a dedicated arts and music venue in The Maltings at Brewery Square. 8 November, 7.30 Ashton Barn, Martinstown, 01305 266926 (Dorchester Arts), www.dorchesterarts.org.uk

1997 Olivier Best New Play, Conor McPherson’s chiller The Weir is set in a small Irish town where locals spend a stormy night exchanging stories around the crackling fire in Brendan’s pub. The arrival of a young stranger, haunted by a secret from her past, turns folklore tales into something more unsettling; one more chilling and more real than any of them could have imagined. 7-11 November, 7.45 (Wed, Sat mat 2.30) Lighthouse, Poole, 01202 280000, www.lighthousepoole.co.uk

Nuit d’Amour Mezzo Louise Innes and soprano Elizabeth Cragg sing opera classics and standards by Cole Porter and George Gershwin in Nuit d’Amour. Louise and Elizabeth have travelled the globe, bringing opera and the American songbook to life, and they will be performing some of the most beautiful duets from the operatic repertoire, including the Letter Duet from Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, ‘Belle nuit, o nuit d’amour’ from Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann, ‘Sous le dôme épais’ from Lakmé and arias from Puccini’s La Bohème and Saint-Saens’s Samson and Delilah. 10 November, 7.00 Forde Abbey & Gardens, 01460 220231, www.fordeabbey.co.uk Adam Trigg

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Featuring the music of Madness, Tim Firth’s Olivier Award-winning stage musical opens on the night of Joe’s sixteenth birthday and a split-second decision that forces him to choose between himself and his heart. As two very different paths unfold before him, the consequences of that choice will change his life forever. Starring George Sampson from Britain’s Got Talent and Emmerdale actress Deena Payne, the high-energy show is propelled by a string of Madness hits including ‘Baggy trousers’, ‘It must be love’, ‘House of fun’ and, of course, the title song. 14-18 November, 7.30 (Wed, Sat mat 2.30) Weymouth Pavilion, 01305 783225, www.weymouthpavilion.com 59

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Further diary dates Exhibition: Suddenly Last Summer until 11 November, 9.00 The Gallery, Arts University Bournemouth, 01202 533011, www.aub.ac.uk Handmade for Christmas 2017 1 November – 31 December, 10.30 (not Christmas Day) Workhouse Chapel, Sturminster Newton, 07900 580716, www.workhousechapel.co.uk The Vera Lynn Story 2 November, 2.00 The Exchange, Sturminster Newton, 01258 475137, www.stur-exchange.co.uk Exhibition: Trevann Fanthorpe & Friends’ Drawing & Ceramics 2-13 November, 10.00 The Gallery Upstairs, Upton Country Park, 07906 759620, www.thegalleryupstairs.org.uk Talk: The Wildlife of Churchyards 3 November, 7.30 Bridport United Church Hall, 01305 264620, www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk Poole & District Model Railway Society Exhibition 5 November, 10.30 Poole Grammar School, www.pdmrs.wordpress.com Guided Bird Walk 7 November, 5 December, 10.00 Thorncombe Woods, Higher Bockhampton, 01305 251228, www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/Hardysbirthplace WOW presents Me and My Girl 8-11 November, 7.30 (Wed mat 2.30) Weymouth Pavilion, 01305 783225, www.weymouthpavilion.com

The Laurent Quartet 16 November, 7.30 Nether Compton Village Hall, 01935 413220, 17 November, 7.30 St George's Church, Bourton, 01747 840057, www.artsreach.co.uk James Ehnes 16 November, 7.00 St Giles House, Wimborne St Giles, 01202 669925, www.bsolive.com Sleeping Beauty 16 November, 7.30 Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne, 01202 885566, www.tivoliwimborne.co.uk 21 November, 7.30 Mowlem Theatre, Swanage, 01929 422239, www.mowlemtheatre.com Exhibition: Wimborne Art Club 17-19 November, 10.00 (Fri 1.00) Pamphill Parish Hall, www.wimborneartclub.org.uk Elkie Brooks 17 & 24 November, 7.30 Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne, 01202 885566, www.tivoliwimborne.co.uk

John Law & Nick Sorenson 17, 18 November, 7.30 Tincleton Gallery, 01305 848909, www.tincletongallery.com Dorset County Orchestra 18 November, 7.30 Dorford Centre, Dorchester, 01308 897133, www.dorsetcountyorchestra.org.uk Eype Makers Market 19 November, 10.00 Highlands End Holiday Park, Eype, 01308 426919, www.highlandsendholidaypark.co.uk Talk: Alistair Sooke & Patrick Cunningham The Eduardo Niebla Experience – Caro & the Sea Music Commission 10 November, 7.30 Cecil Memorial Hall, 22 November, 2.00 Poole Museum, 01202 262600, Cranborne, 01725 517500, www.poolemuseum.co.uk 11 November, 7.30 Portesham Village Hall, Strange Face – Adventures with a Lost Nick Drake 01305 871035 Recording 12 November, 7.30 Cerne Abbas VH, 23 November, 8.00 Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, 01297 01300 341332, www.artsreach.co.uk 442138, www.marinetheatre.com John Mayall In Concert Elvis 56 with the ‘If I Can Dream’ Band 25 November, 7.30 Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth, 11 November, 7.30 Royal Manor Theatre, Portland, 0844 576 3000, www.bic.co.uk 03336 663366, www.royalmanortheatre.co.uk Wimborne Choral Society & Decadent Brass Fairy Tales for Grown Ups 25 November, 7.30 Wimborne Minster, 01202 603569, 11 November, 7.30 The Earthouse, Ancient Technology www.wimbornechoralsociety.org.uk Centre, Cranborne, 01725 517618, Tulsa Time Band: A Tribute to Don Williams www.ancienttechnoogycentre.co.uk 26 November, 7.30 Barrington Theatre, Ferndown, Milton Musical Society: Masquerade 01202 894858, www.thebarrington.online 15-18 November, 7.30 (Sat at 2.30) St Mark’s Hall, Bournemouth Chamber Music: David Owen Norris Highcliffe, 01202 499199 (Regent Centre), 26 November, 3.00 Kimmeridge House, Bournemouth www.regentcentre.co.uk University, www.bournemouthchambermusic.co.uk Tim Kliphius Trio Tenth Anniversary Concert Shelley’s Heart 15 November, 7.30 County Museum, 01305 756827, 25, 26 November, 7.30 Shelley Theatre, Boscombe, www.dorset-county-museum-music-society.org.uk 01202 413600, www.shelleytheatre.co.uk Blandford Art Society: Rob Adams Really Classical 16 November, 1.00 Pimperne Village Hall, 1 December, 11.00 Bridport Arts Centre, www.blandfordartsociety.weebly.com 01308 424204, www.bridport-arts.com Verwood Jazz Club: Old Hat Jazz Band Inua Ellams: An Evening with an Immigrant 16 November, 7.30 St Leonards Hotel, 01202 873725, 1 December, 8.00 Corn Exchange, Dorchester, 01305 www.verwood.org/verwood_jazz.htm 266926, www.dorchesterarts.org.uk The Head Wrap Diaries 2 December, 8.00 (tbc) Bridport Arts Centre, 01308 16 November, 7.30 Halstock Village Hall, 424204, www.bridport-arts.com 01935 891744, www.artsreach.co.uk 60

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WHAT'S ON AT CHRISTMAS Add festive sparkle to your run up to the festive period The Larmer Tree Christmas Fair 2017 runs from Friday 1 December 6.00-9.00, Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 December 10.004.00. Visit the gardens, buy unique Christmas gifts, enjoy musical entertainment and delicious food. Meet the alpacas and birds of prey. Adults £4.00, Seniors £3.00 (including a complimentary welcome drink). Children under 16 free entrance. Mr Merlin & Okey Dokey The Dragon perform special children’s shows at £3 each. Please call 01725 516971 or visit www.larmertree.co.uk for more information. Christmas is a special time when Santa delivers presents all over the world, but what would Santa himself like for Christmas? Mrs Claus needs your help to find out! Join this fun, festive, musical adventure and help make Santa's Christmas wish come true! Includes a special present for every child (from Father Christmas himself) after the most Christmassy Christmas show ever. Recommended for under 7’s. Appearing at the Allendale Centre, Wimborne on 19 December. Visit www.theallendale.org for details. Join us on 14 December at the Bournemouth Marriott Hotel for an evening of glitz and glamour whilst listening to the smooth sounds of the Rat Pack as the nine-piece Bournemouth-based big band plays at the Highcliff. Open to individuals or groups, priced at £55 per person, enjoy an arrival drink, a three-course dinner, festive novelties and live music. The Bournemouth Marriott Hotel offers comfortable accommodation, exceptional service and an unparalleled location for your next business trip or holiday. Located above the West Cliff, looking out over long sandy beaches, it combines warm hospitality with dramatic cliff-top sea views. Relax and unwind in one of our well-appointed rooms and suites, which offer plush bedding and high-speed

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Wi-Fi, as well as 24-hour room service. Visit our Brasserie Blanc restaurant for delicious French cuisine and superb beachfront views, or use the Leisure Club, which features a heated indoor pool, a tennis court, a sauna and a gym. Contact mhrs.bohbm. events@marriotthotels.com or call 01202 557702 for more details. A series of fun and festive events are taking over Wimborne Minster in the lead-up to Christmas. Getting people into the festive spirit the ‘Christmas Lights Switch On’ will take place on

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Discover Wimborne before and during Small Business Saturday on the 2nd December 2017. From the 8th November, Wimborne Minster is showcasing its vibrant local business community in the lead-up to Small Business Saturday. Taking place on the 2nd December, Small Business Saturday is a national campaign encouraging shoppers to 'go local'. Welcoming visitors and locals, different Wimborne businesses will be hosting a fantastic array of events and promotions throughout the town. A Business Networking Event will also be held at the Priests House Museum on Friday 1st December with expert guest speakers handing out valuable business advice. Small Business Saturday itself will be marked by a busy Street market showcasing local micro-businesses on the East Street. >P[OM\UKZWYV]PKLKI`[OL>PTIVYUL)0+[OPZ^PSSTHYR[OLÄYZ[ of two late night shopping events and the return of Handmade Wimborne, an artisan craft market in the Square.

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WHAT'S ON AT CHRISTMAS Saturday 25 November. From Saturday 2 December, a busy Street Market will arrive on East Street in time for two late-night shopping events. At the same time, the ‘Handmade Wimborne’ artisan craft market will return to the Square. The popular carnival-style ‘Wimborne Save the Children Parade’ will return on Saturday 9 December. Wimborne’s famous Minster church will be illuminated for all to see during a ‘Son et Lumiere’ event on Saturday 16 December. To top it all off in the week before Christmas, ‘The Walnut Crackers’ band will do three performances in town on Wednesday 20 December. Finally, a magical ‘Christmas Carol Service’ will take place in the Cornmarket on Friday 22 December. Supported by the Wimborne BID, to find out more visit: www.wimborne.info Christmas at The Mill (11 November 2017 - 7 January 2018) presents a specially curated collection of gift ideas that provide a refreshing alternative to the high street. Browse and buy from the best in British craft. Find decorations for the tree by Rhiannon Thomas, snuggle up with a Georgia Wilkinson cushion and fight the cold with knitwear by Jules Hogan. There is no better place to start the Christmas gift search than at Walford Mill Crafts. If you are not feeling Christmassy yet, then a visit to Groves Nurseries in Bridport will melt the heart of even the coldest Christmas. Grinch Of course, Santa will be visiting Groves again this year, arriving on 25 November from 12 noon until 4.00, then he will be back every Saturday and Sunday afternoon 2.00 until 4.00. Groves will also have a very special Choir Saturday on 2 December with school choirs performing all day. Check out Facebook (fb.me/grovesnurseries) for loads more info. At the heart of Hall & Woodhouse’s Blandford Brewery is the Brewery Tap. This beautiful venue – available for Christmas parties in December – is a truly unique space that is so different from the normal restaurant environment, but still showcasing the best in food and hospitality that is the mark of Hall & Woodhouse, and while sharing our love for all things beer. With parties for all kinds of occasions catered for, call us to find out how we can help you. From mini Christmas puddings, wrapped-up winter walks around the grounds and a warming nip of sherry in the servants’

It's time to rummage for that special gift for that special someone hall, there are a lot of Christmas traditions waiting to be formed at Kingston Lacy this year. Don’t miss the decorations in the house throughout December and the illuminations in the garden every weekend. Santa Claus will also be returning to Kingston Lacy. Tell him your Christmas wishes whilst paying him a festive visit in the laundry.See www.nationaltrust.org.uk/kingston-lacy for information. With an all new market, ice rink and events around the town, Bournemouth is the perfect place to spend Christmas by the sea. A brand new alpine market will transform the town centre into a winter wonderland, with boutique stalls serving tasty treats and stocking ideas. The Alpine lodge in the square offers winter warmers – whether you fancy a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie or are happy simply soaking up the atmosphere and enjoying the entertainment. Bournemouth’s historic gardens will twinkle and glow with fairy lights and illuminations, and nestled at its heart is an ice rink where you can skate under the stars or cosy up in the Moguls café bar. In the run up to the big day there’s


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CHRISTMAS AT T H E K I TC H E N Join us at The Kitchen this Christmas for unforgettable festive and Christmas parties. From our mouth-watering 3-course lunch menu to group dining party nights and exclusive hire, we have a host of menu and dining options with delicious, seasonal food and drink at the heart of everything we do. Nestled in the heart of Poole Park with spectacular lakeside views, our stylish, spacious restaurant has easy access and ample free parking. Tel: 01202 742842 Email: info@thekitchenpoolepark.co.uk



WHAT'S ON AT CHRISTMAS late night shopping, Santa’s grotto and Jack and the Beanstalk at the Pavilion Theatre. Spreading the festive cheer across the destination, there are also fun filled Christmas activities in the coastal villages: Boscombe, Southbourne and Westbourne. Forde Abbey’s White Christmas runs from 7-21 December (except Mondays and Tuesdays) each afternoon from 3.30-7.00. There’s a magical illuminated trail around the gardens and inside the house we’ll be decking the halls; you can even join Father Christmas by the fireside in the Great Hall on 16 and 17 December. Free with admission to the gardens. www. fordeabbey.co.uk There’s lots of festive fun at Upton Country Park this Christmas Season. Our Santa’s Christmas Grotto returns with a new and improved look and we’re transforming our Walled Garden into a Magical Light Garden filled with plenty of lights and laughter. There’s also the Great Dorset Arts and Crafts Weekend, ‘Meet the Reindeer’ Weekend, Christmas Wreath Workshops and Festive Lunches and Christmas Parties. Not forgetting our Tea Rooms and gorgeous grounds that provide colour and beauty all year round. Check uptoncountrypark.com/Christmas for details. This Christmas, the Ark will be hosting a very special attraction with Santa’s little helpers. Children are invited to meet the Ark’s merry bunch of elves and enjoy a special thirty-minute experience at the Elves Work Station, with a choice of activity such as gingerbread decorating, Christmas craft, making magical reindeer food and learning the elf-abet with letter writing to Father Christmas. Available on selected dates throughout December, tickets are priced £7.50 per child and can be purchased direct from the Ark. The Kitchen is perfectly positioned on the edge of Swan Lake in Poole Park. With Christmas fast approaching, the menus are set and the crackers are ordered. A festive three-course lunchtime menu can be booked for parties of two to ninety for £17.50 per head. Party night bookings cater for corporate, private and individual parties with a cranberry fizz cocktail on arrival, three delicious courses and disco dancing until midnight.

This Christmas why not treat the kids and yourself to something a little different? The Furlong shopping centre in Ringwood will be hosting a very festive interactive animal experience with farmer Ian from the popular Longdown Mobile Farm. In amongst twinkly fairy lights and hay bales, you will meet miniature donkeys, newborn chicks, geese, ducks, piglets and kids (of the goat variety). Why not join in the fun and get up-close and festive with a #donkeyselfie, with Max the miniature New Forest donkey? After meeting the animals, you can then enjoy a spot of shopping at one of the many big name stores or boutiques, and then relax with an artisan coffee at one of the pretty courtyard cafes. This family friendly event runs 10.00-4.00 Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 December and is totally FREE (funded by the generosity of the stores from the Furlong).

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Eat, Drink, Stay: the review

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t's around six months since the dining room at Hotel Miramar was refurbished and restyled as No 43 restaurant, in honour of the birth year (1943) of Bob Blakemore, who bought the Miramar 20 years ago. The hotel itself sits just 200m away from the Russell-Cotes Museum on East Overcliff Drive in Bournemouth. As well as the furniture and décor, there is a redesigned menu, which like the ambience, balances the modern with the traditional. There is a fixed-price (£32.50) daily specials menu and an à la carte menu which offers alternative classic dishes – fillet steak, surf & turf, lobster, Dover sole either meunière or tempura-style fried fillets – at supplementary prices. On the night of our visit, we both opted to choose from the daily specials menu. For the starter, I chose the deep-fried butterfly prawns in panko crumb, my companion the cream of watercress and potato soup. The latter was really quite herby (in a good way) and had clearly been based on a very good stock. It was well thickened, as one might expect with a potato soup, warm and tasty. My crumb coated prawns were crunchy on the outside (as panko is meant to be), well cooked on the inside. Pearls of cantaloupe melon seemed to be a very popular choice, but few diners had opted for the chicken, bacon, asparagus and mushroom terrine. The à la carte options were smoked salmon with cream cheese, garlic king prawns, Caesar salad, a warm vegetarian Mediterranean tartlet, a smoked salmon & caper tartlet and a sharing platter of salmon, prawns and salad with a Bloody Mary dressing. Before we move onto the subsequent courses, it's worth mentioning the house wine with which we accompanied our meals. The French Sauvignon Blanc was one of the nicest of its


variety I've had in a very long time and quite the nicest house wine I've ever had. For our main courses, we again picked from the daily menu, but ignored the hearty appeals of sauté of beef goulash and mushroom stroganoff and the cooler compilation of cold meats with salad; I opted for the roast loin of pork, my companion for the steamed fillet of salmon. The pork fillet was not the cucumber-shapedand-sized variety one sees in supermarkets, but a finely sliced fillet six inches across; it came with a square of very nicely executed crackling. The salmon fillet was both sides of the spine and like the pork was on the well cooked edge of perfectly cooked. No 43 does not stint with its sauce or its vegetables with both new and balled roasted potatoes, green beans and a very tasty ratatouille. More from politeness than need we took the dessert and cheese menu. There is one warm dessert and the rest chilled. Across the table, fruit salad was ordered, whilst I chose the apple, pear and sultana crumble. The fruit (in both cases) was delicious and my crumble mix, while not that of my school days in texture, was not one of the modern gum-shredding-oat-flake variety either. Alternatives were lemon posset, triple chocolate gateau, soufflé beignet and a sherry trifle. We took coffee in the drawing room where a pianist riffed on popular melodies from the 60s and 70s. It was as appropriate a way to end as elegant an evening as one can imagine. Julian Powell


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Where to: eat, drink, stay Use our extensive guide to restaurants in and around Dorset to help you find somewhere special. 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. Lymington (Hants) Bournemouth Neo Restaurant, Exeter Road, BH2 5AH. 01202 203610. www.neorestaurant.co.uk Exceptional dining in the heart of Bournemouth. Panoramic glass fronted building, stylish art deco interior, sea view sun terrace and brasserie style menu. 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 home-cooked food. 4 en-suite bed & breakfast rooms. Cranborne The Café, Cranborne Garden Centre. www. cranbornegardencentre.co.uk 01725 517546. Fully licensed café serving delicious lunches, homemade cakes, and cream teas, using local produce and seasonal vegetables grown in our own kitchen garden. La Fosse Restaurant and Rooms, The Square BH21 5PR. www.la-fosse.com 01725 517604. Enjoy delicious locally sourced food in a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere. Open for dinner Monday to Saturday. Try the award-winning cheese board!

Beach House Pub Restaurant, Park Lane, Milford-on-Sea SO41 0PT. 01590 643044. www.beachhousemilfordonsea. co.uk. Grade II-listed Victorian mansion with stunning sea views, situated 200 yards from the beach. Award-winning cask ales and fresh seasonal dishes. En-suite rooms available. Lytchett Matravers (near Poole) 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. Poole The Kitchen & Scoops Ice Cream Parlour, Poole Park, Poole, BH15 2SF Tel: 01202 742842 www.thekitchenpoolepark. co.uk. Stylish new waterside café-bar, offering C best of British classics and comfort food favourites including handmade pizzas. Daily specials inspired by the changing British seasons. Ringwood (Hants) The Fish Inn The Bridges. 01425 473185. www.fishinnringwood.co.uk.

Home cooked and prepared food in comfortable and relaxed surroundings with a variety to suit any appetite or taste. Sturminster Marshall The Red Lion, 01258 857319. www.redlioninn-dorset.co.uk. A family-run pub which offers you a warm welcome and delicious homemade food. This historic building is situated in the stunning village of Sturminster Marshall.

food served all day on Saturday and Sunday. Wareham The Italian Kitchen, 37 South Street, Wareham, BH20 4LR www. theitaliankitchendorset.com 01929 550990 New contemporary restaurant at Wareham Quay serving authentic Italian casual fare during the day and a la carte in the evening.


The Old Granary, The Quay. 01929 552010. www.theoldgranarywareham. co.uk Beautiful pub-restaurant on the river Frome with views of the Purbeck Hills; fine wines, award-winning beers and freshly prepared food.

Seventhwave Durlston Castle, Lighthouse Road, Swanage, BH19 2RW 01929 421111 www.7eventhwave.com Open from 9.30am daily. Stunning views and varied menu. Breakfast, lunches, all day treats. Local produce and lots of seafood.

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

The Village Inn, Studland Road, Ulwell. 01929 427644. www.thevillageinnswanage.co.uk. 1½ miles from Swanage, ample parking. Excellent food, wines and real ale, bar food and Sunday lunch carvery. Ideal for Purbeck walkers.

Springfield Country Hotel, Grange Road. 01929 552177. www.thespringfield.co.uk. Set in six acres at the foot of the Purbeck Hills. Bar lunches, afternoon teas and full à la carte dinner. Private function rooms available.

Symondsbury (near Bridport)

Angels Coffee Shop, Quarterjack Mews. 01202 849922. The place to visit whether you want a hearty breakfast, morning coffee, a great value lunch with wine or a cream tea by the river. MonSat 8.00 to 4.00.

Symondsbury Kitchen, Manor Yard, DT6 6HG. 01308 538309 www.symondsburykitchen.com Stunning café offering delicious home cooked, seasonal food. Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea. Open 7 days a week. 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,


The Olive Branch, 6 East Borough. 01202 884686, theolivebranchwimborne. co.uk A lovely pub-restaurant moments from Wimborne centre, secluded garden, award-winning beers and freshly prepared food. Stunning en-suite rooms nearby at 1777. The Albion.


Dorset food: Venison stew with celeriac purée Verity Hesketh with a warming seasonal bowl s the air becomes frostier, the nights draw in still further and mittens become a necessity, below ground the fallen leaves are turning to mulch, enriching a variety of winter provisions. This month, I have tried to encapsulate as many autumnal flavours as possible. The celeriac purée makes a beautiful, soft fluffy pillow of subtle flavours, soaking up the rich boozy venison and mushroomy chestnut gravy. This recipe is suitable to prepare in advance; pop it back in the oven when darkness falls, or let it cook gently through the evening, serving to warm through tingly fingers and toes. It is especially lovely when accompanied by a plush, fruity red wine. Venison (from the Latin venari meaning ‘to hunt’) has been a meat traditionally associated with feasts and celebration since at least medieval times. When the Normans and Plantagenets ruled England, the land was divided up into royal forests (such as the New Forest in neighbouring Hampshire) and hunting wild deer, boar and birds was limited to the privileged, so deer was impossible to procure for the ordinary peasant. The perception of venison today is still to some extent marred by its history of elitism, entrenching an image of poshness amongst townfolk, despite comparable prices to beef. Venison is barely mentioned in the manuscript cookery books for Dorset, presumably because the deer would simply have been roasted, but other game meats such as pheasant, partridge and pigeon are regularly cited. Swan would have also been a very popular posh meal; the swans at



Abbotsbury weren’t there originally for ornament! From the medieval period we have some knowledge of high-class food and cooking, but little information about normal eating patterns. Even in the 17th and 18th centuries, the bias is towards gentry cooking, partly because that sector of society was more literate, and partly because they could afford the foods that made recipe books necessary. Occasionally the diet of more ordinary people survives, sometimes very incidentally, from sources such as court cases. Diet is also sometimes recorded because the people concerned were famous or eccentric; Henry Hastings, squire of Woodlands, definitely came into the latter category: ‘He never failed to eat oysters, both dinner and supper time all season … he was never wanting of a cold chine of beef, venison pasty, gammon …. His sports supplied all but beef or mutton, except Fridays, when he had the best of salt-fish.’ This description dates from 1638 and shows clearly how the rich could afford to live mostly off the rich pickings from their estates (including game), reducing shopping costs significantly. Today, venison is a fairly green alternative meat to choose; not green in the sense of going off, of course, but green in its eco-credentials. The deer is free-foraging and has a truly wild lifestyle, making it the leanest meat with the lowest cholesterol content you can eat. The deer population in Britain is significantly on the up (six free-roaming British species total well over 1 million animals), meaning that it unquestionably

requires ‘management’ – in this case selective, targeted culling by experienced marksmen. Deer destroy large tracts of British farmland: a single deer can devour an entire bed of lettuce in about a minute. They strip the bark from trees and munch their way through flower-beds and fields. One of the best places for viewing deer in Dorset is at RSPB Arne. In the rutting season there is a soundtrack of testosterone-fuelled stags: their aggressive behaviour is usually early in the morning, but they can be vocal throughout the day. These deer are sika, brought to Brownsea Island from Japan by an MP named Major Kenneth Balfour for ‘show’ in the late 19th century. Ingredients 1kg shoulder of venison, cubed Bottle of fruity red wine (merlot or similar) 2 sliced onions 3 large garlic cloves, diced 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves 2 bay leaves 1 sprig of rosemary Olive oil 1 tablespoon plain flour 2 tablespoons tomato purée 1.5 litres good quality stock 200g chestnuts (roasted and skinned) Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper Chopped fresh parsley, to garnish Celeriac Purée 2 large celeriac, peeled and roughly diced 50g unsalted butter 1 tablespoon double cream 100ml milk 2 bulbs of garlic 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg Method For truly dramatic results, marinade the venison with the red wine for 24 hours before starting your cooking. However, results are still very flavoursome if you choose to marinade the meat as you are preparing the vegetables. Add roughly half the bottle of wine (enough to cover the meat) to marinade. Add the sliced onions to half of the olive oil and caramelise gently until golden brown and crispy around the edges. Next, add the garlic, stir and cook for a further minute before adding the pancetta to the casserole until they turn golden. Using a draining spoon, remove the onions, garlic and pancetta to a separate bowl. Using a draining spoon, carefully remove the venison from the wine marinade, putting it into the casserole dish on a high heat, browning all over until the meat is well-sealed. Add the tomato purée to the pan, allowing it to cook out slightly with the meat. Allow the liquid

However, the deer being competent waders and swimmers, they have now spread from the island throughout much of the Purbeck area. Many of the deer made the crossing to the mainland to escape a terrible fire which swept across Brownsea Island in 1934. Traditional Venison Marinade ½ a bottle of red wine ¼ pint of olive oil 2.5 fl oz (57ml) wine vinegar 2 tablespoons crushed peppercorns One onion, diced 2 bay leaves

to reduce slightly, then pour in the chicken stock and bring to the boil. Preheat the oven to 110°C. As the liquid boils, use a spoon to skim off any scum that rises to the surface. Add the chestnuts, bay leaves, rosemary, thyme, cinnamon and the rest of the wine and salt and pepper seasoning before putting the lid on. Cook in the oven for a good three hours, until the venison is very tender. While the venison is cooking, make the celeriac purée. Add the celeriac to a saucepan, bring to the boil then reduce the heat to a simmer. Add a tight-fitting lid to the pan and cook for 20 minutes, or until the celeriac is tender and a knife slices easily through it. Drain the water and fold in the cream, butter and milk, also adding your sprinkle of thyme leaves. Season with a little cracked black pepper and the nutmeg. Once everything is combined, add the contents to a blender and whizz it up until it is silky smooth and irresistible. To plate, divide the venison between four plates. Add a spoon of the celeriac purée, spoon over a little of the sauce and finish with a little chopped parsley and a sprinkle of nutmeg and thyme.


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Dorset Life November 2017 (Issue 464)  

In this issue: Dorset's hedgehogs captured in images Clive Hannay paints Shapwick, and a village walk portrait of a shaggy scalycap toadstoo...

Dorset Life November 2017 (Issue 464)  

In this issue: Dorset's hedgehogs captured in images Clive Hannay paints Shapwick, and a village walk portrait of a shaggy scalycap toadstoo...