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DorsetLife The Dorset Magazine

The best of Dorset in words and pictures


Movie stars in Yetminster!

No. 467 February 2018


Clive Hannay village:



A ‘ridiculous, trumpery thing’ and ‘very thin-skinned public man’

ACE OF SPADES Alan Burridge on Upton clay

extraction and Motörhead


PORTLAND The forgotten story of Joanna Szuwalska


wildlife paradise


• Broadstone walk • Far From the Bidding Crowd • Dorset recipe OLD HIGHER LIGHTHOUSE, PORTLAND

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Letters & contact details 37 Our view, your letters

Dorset lives: Alan Burridge

Clay historian and Motörhead biographer

Dorset in close-up: galls 41


Upcoming events in the county

The Wimborne 'Pig' Libel 50

A Dorset recipe Rhubarb crème brûlée

Another beauty from the Guttridge Files

Bourton: wildlife paradise 53

Eat, drink, stay… Restaurant review, food and drink listings

How a few people can make a big difference

Dorset walk: Broadstone 55


Flooring for all purposes

What different types of flooring are available?

A surprisingly rural suburban walk

Living in Dorset 57


Care: all in the mind

When forgetfulness becomes something else

News from around the county

Dorset artist 64







Classified Dorset businesses

Miscellany 66

Dorset place name, nature note, dialect quiz A map showing Dorset places mentioned in this month's issue


The Dorset Directory

Portland sculptor Joanna Szuwalska



This month in Dorset

Clive's paintings and a country walk



Hooray for Yetminster

Clive Hannay in Stoborough 45



Home of Moviola and Dorset's film capital

Paul Quagliana captures mysterious growths



Far From the Bidding Crowd

Creamy takes the agricultural valuers' exam


Nether Compton

Cutt Mill

Fontmell Magna

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Retirement living, but not as you know it

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Readers' letters

It is nearly 125 years since HG Wells wrote The Time Machine. In the book – in the year AD 802,701 – the 'time traveller' visits the English countryside, where he encounters two very different groups living: the Eloi and the Morlocks. The Eloi are narcissists who exist solely to have fun. The Morlocks do all the work that keeps the world working and the Eloi clothed and fed. Every now and again, the Morlocks take one of the Eloi to be consumed. Watching today's Eloi: the YouTube vloggers, reality TV shows and their plucked, spray-tanned, extravagantly groomed, self aggrandising and selfpromotional, selfie-shooting 'stars', one could be forgiven for thinking that HG Wells's dystopian future has

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“…HG Wells's dystopian future has already arrived, and with 800,684 years to spare.” already arrived, and with 800,684 years to spare. In today's world, the Morlocks have the grinding poverty of the 'three-jobs-before-Wednesday', zero-hours-contracts, gig economy. In Dorset, while we still grow some produce, tend animals, create food and keep crafts alive, ours is largely a service economy: tourism, digital media and jobs almost impossible for children of the 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s to comprehend. As a character in a rather different examination of a dystopian society – The Wire – once said: 'We used to make [things]… in this country, now we just put our hand in the next guy's pocket.' For the next generation, whether Morlock or Eloi, we must ensure that not only is there somewhere for them to live, but some meaningful work for them to do too.

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passed the magazine early to me as she was off on a cruise, so I was looking forward to seeing in the new year in calm and tranquility. Imagine my disappointment, then, to see Stewart Canham's (pictorially superb) picture in your piece on migratory birds visiting Dorset. The waxwing (whose calls – or tweets? – are described as 'trilling monosyllables') is captioned as being a bird with a 'Trump-like tonsure'. Please, please try to keep the Dorset Life as the oasis of sanity we need it to be by declaring it to be a Donald Trump-free zone. B (not W J) CLINTON London I fear that you rather undermined this request by sending it to the readers' letters page. Incidentally, sorry about this month's Wimborne Libel coverline. 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; 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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Ram's Horn Gall: a wasp-laid larva causes this spectacular structure

Dorset in close-up: galls In the first of Paul Quagliana's two-part series, he takes a close look at some of the most fascinating structures on our garden’s plants and trees o quote Sir David Attenborough in his book, Life in the Undergrowth: ‘Some insects… have a mysterious ability to compel a plant to produce structures that are greatly to the insects’ benefit but bring no advantage whatsoever to the plant itself. It is as if such insects are able to genetically engineer a plant’s tissues and instruct them to grow in quite different ways. Structures produced in this manner are known as galls.’ Galls may be an obvious aesthetic nuisance to a keen gardener, but for many of us they pass unnoticed. Yet take a stroll with an observant eye


and they can be found in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Some may find the contorted, deformed shapes with their sci-fi, alien-like mutations quite unpleasant, others may see a beauty and a fascination in them. The Robin’s pincushion gall that favours wild roses is particularly large and pleasing to the eye, with its riot of densely packed curly fronds that encapsulate tiny wasp larvae. It is not just insects that cause galls, though. Fungi and bacteria can also do similar work. The alder tongue gall is caused by a fungus that


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Dorset in close-up: galls

Top Sycamore Galls –more accurately a powdery mildew Above Marble Oak Gall growing, unsurprisingly, on an oak tree Right Knopper Gall, another wasp-related gall caused by insect larvae affecting the growth on a tree

creates an elongated ‘tongue’, which grows from the alder catkin and assumes a scarlet hue, shrivelling to an ugly, dark relic that persists over winter. It was once unknown in the UK but it has become more common, spreading its spores far and wide on the wind. Bacteria can cause tumour-like swellings and galls to appear on various plants and trees and tiny mites less than half a millimetre smite the 7

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Dorset in close-up: galls

Above Robin's Pincushion Gall on a rose plant caused by another wasp. Similar, but less dramatic galls on hawthorn and Norway Maple are caused by midges and aphids Right The Artichoke Gall is so called because of the leafy scales it has on its growth

lime and sycamore with an outbreak of tiny, red, densely packed blobs. The creeping thistle gall is home to a particularly attractive fly and one has to marvel at the almost perfect sphere that is created by the marble gall wasp, whose green galls harden to a shiny beige when Autumn comes. One oak tree may be infested, yet adjacent oaks may be curiously untouched. A neat round hole indicates where the grub that grew in there throughout the summer has changed into a wasp and chewed its way out. While most galls may appear to have little use other than for the creatures that produce them, the marble galls are so hard and buoyant that fishing floats are fashioned from them. However, gall wasps do not have it all their own way. In a marvellous adaption, some other wasps can detect the larva that is quietly growing in a gall, drill a hole in the gall and lay one of their own eggs that when it hatches, proceeds to eat alive the incumbent. It’s a wasp-eat-wasp world out there. Galls and the organisms that produce them have got to be surely one of the natural world‘s most unnoticed yet incredibly well-adapted inventions. Every niche that could supply sustenance has been exploited. However, if you are a keen gardener or arborist, take heart: while their presence may be, well, galling and they may assume the role of an unwelcome guest, they are rarely damaging to the flora which they parasitise.


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Above The origin of the astonishing looking Alder Tongue Gall's name is pretty straightforward: it grows on alder catkins and looks like a tongue Left Field Maple Galls shot against the light. Each of these galls comes from an individual mite that lived in it.


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Stoborough Clive Hannay explores the village, green and heath sk what marks the southernmost point of Stoborough, and most people would probably name the roundabout at the bottom of the Wareham by-pass. In fact, Stoborough technically finishes only about 350 yards from the end of the South Causeway from Wareham and everything beyond that is Stoborough Green. For the purpose of this article they will be lumped together, but to drive through the village with an observant eye is to appreciate that at its northern end, most of the houses are much older than the 20th-century infilling that has happened in Stoborough Green. Worthy of note among the latter is Stoborough Meadows, a 1990s development that shows how well modern mixed housing in a traditional idiom can work; with housing requirements what they are, it is a useful model for the future. Stoborough is mentioned in Domesday, and in 1579 is described as having been a borough with its own mayor. But it fell on hard times; in Coker’s Survey of Dorsetshire in the early 17th century, Thomas Gerard acknowledges that Stoborough


is a more ancient settlement than Wareham, but ‘The borough been gone to Wareham,’ he writes. He goes on: ‘Stowborough is a place scarce worth remembering for it consists of very few houses… the men in this place be commonlie mean.’ Even when Frederick Treves came calling 300 years later, he thought it ‘a poor hamlet of a few houses, which was once so great a place as to boast a mayor and corporation.’ Most of those ‘commonlie mean’ inhabitants would have worked in agriculture, often farming at subsistence levels, or in the clay industry. Potsherds found at Stoborough date back to the 1st century, and in 1952 a vat of puddled chalk with a clay lining, four feet in diameter and two feet deep, was excavated; it would have been used for ‘puddling’ clay. It was carefully transported to the County Museum in Dorchester, but in 1970 fell to pieces while being moved. Evidence of even older settlement is King’s Barrow, just the other side of the by-pass. Once twelve feet high, it was halved in height in 1767, when material was needed for road-building. At

Looking towards Wareham and the South Causeway with the town's Lady St Mary church visible next to the pub sign


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Stoborough close for comfort to their main base in this part of Dorset. If there were 100 families then, by the time of the first census 150 years later, it had shrunk to about 50. There were further fires in 1816 and 1817. In 1871 Stoborough Elementary School, the forerunner of today’s thriving Stoborough Primary School, was built. A walk of a little under 3 miles takes in the village and explores Stoborough Heath. A National Nature Reserve in its own right, it is run by the RSPB from their base at Arne. You may hear the song of the Dartford warbler, nightjar and skylark, see dragonflies and damselflies darting over the ponds or even come across the intriguingly named wartbiter cricket. Wildflower enthusiasts may find a host of species, from the mossy stonecrop to the heath dog violet. Parts of the heath can be damp, so stout-ish shoes are a good idea. Park considerately on the road between the Kings Arms and Melancholy Lane, or in the car park of the pub if you are planning to patronise it at the end of the walk. Walk down the road, away from Wareham, and turn left into Melancholy Lane. Go through a gate onto a path that runs

Stoborough's barrel-roofed village hall getting a bit of decorating TLC

that time a headless skeleton was found, wrapped in deerskin and placed in a hollowed-out tree trunk; nearby was an oaken drinking cup. The road that was being built was a new turnpike through the village, now Corfe Road. To balance that rather prosaic name, Stoborough offers two of the most evocatively named roads in Dorset: Nutcrack Lane and Melancholy Lane. The definitive reasons for these are lost in the past, but Nutcrack Lane was the start of a route to the other end of Purbeck that by-passed Corfe Castle; some of the villagers, eking out a living by fair means or foul, preferred to avoid the local seat of authority. Stoborough suffered in the Civil War. The Kings Arms claims to have been built in the 17th century and to have been a billet for Parliamentarian troops, although some architectural historians date it to a hundred years later. Certainly in 1655 the village presented a petition to Parliament, pointing out that ‘in 1643 we willingly permitted our town of 100 families to be burned to preserve the Parliamentary garrison of Wareham.’ Presumably the Roundheads feared that the Royalists might take over the place, which was too


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Stoborough along the backs of the houses of Stoborough Meadows. Follow it to a kissing gate. Cross the field diagonally to another gate and turn right onto a lane. Walk down to the main road and go straight across into a no through road. Pass The Drove and almost immediately turn left, then in 10 yards fork left on a narrow path towards a telegraph pole. Follow this path, with a ditch on the left, to reach the Wareham by-pass. Turn left for 20 yards, then cross carefully to a gate. Bear left on a path that runs down the edge of Stoborough Heath, eventually with the bottoms of the gardens to the houses on Furzebrook Road on the left. Reach a T-junction of paths at the end of the houses and turn right through the gorse. Emerging onto the open heath, within a few yards there is a three-way split: take the middle of the three options. Follow it as it winds its reasonably well-defined way across the heath, eventually meeting a much wider path. Turn left, uphill, on this path until it bends to the left, with Furzebrook village hall visible ahead. Here turn right on a narrower path which runs across the heath towards two fences, between which is a cutting carrying a railway line. About 30 yards before

the near fence, turn right and parallel it until a crossing-point comes into view. Cross carefully here – since the Swanage Railway completed the link to Wareham, this line is in use – and continue on a clear path which eventually bends to the right round a hillock and joins the Purbeck Way. Follow this across a footbridge, round to the right and across two more bridges to a gate. Turn left on the track beyond and follow it past the houses of Creech Bottom, bearing left in front of Kings Orchard, up to another railway crossing. Cross the line and continue along the track until it swings right into a private property. Here bear left through a gate and walk straight ahead. Reaching a fork, follow the Purbeck Way waymark to the right and continue across heathland, following the main path. At a T-junction of tracks, turn right, then bear immediately left, still on the Purbeck Way. The path leads up to a gate onto the Wareham bypass. Cross to a stile, immediately after which fork left on a path that runs through woodland. When it emerges, continue in the same direction on a track that leads up to Corfe Road. Turn left to return to your car.

Looking southeast from West Lane one sees one of two village pumps in Stoborough. This one is housed in its own brick shelter and shows the village's war dead, the other is on the side of the road and is halfway along Corfe Lane between this one and the Kings Arms.


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Piggy in the middle Roger Guttridge recalls a libel case that was the talk of Victorian Wimborne hen Robert Elcock stepped off the train from Dorchester one Saturday evening in January 1885, he received a hero’s welcome. A carriage and pair waited in Wimborne’s station yard, where the builder, auctioneer and estate agent was met ‘with great cheering by the crowd assembled’. As he took his seat in the carriage, the horses were unharnessed and a team of men began to drag the vehicle through the town. There was a carnival atmosphere as the Town Band led the procession followed by flags and banners and, most significantly, a tableau featuring a huge pig with a net over it. When the carriage reached the Square, Elcock stood and triumphantly addressed the crowd. It was a remarkable reception of the kind usually reserved for a returning war hero or a sporting champ. Yet Elcock was neither soldier nor sportsman. The unlikely cause of the celebration was the 38-year-old’s triumph in a criminal libel case brought against him by a fellowWimburnian. The case had been the talk of Wimborne for weeks but the dispute between Elcock and chemist George Chitty Boor had been building for a couple of years. Back in April 1883, Boor had published a large poster urging Wimborne’s ratepayers and inhabitants not to be misled by an ‘abusive, scurrilous and insulting Bill’ that falsely accused him of making certain statements at a recent electoral meeting. It named those who ‘intimidated and interrupted’ the meeting and ‘persistently stopped voters from recording their votes’ as George Wilson, Robert Elcock and solicitor H W Dibben. The issue went unresolved. Almost twenty months later, all Wimborne eyes were focused on a West Street window, where a cartoon had appeared alongside a newspaper cutting that hinted at nepotism. The colour cartoon featured a male pig lying on its back in a steaming tub under the title ‘The Boar in Hot Water’. The window display also included a picture of a chemist's shop with a sign above the door that read ‘Whines, 1, 2 and 3 Artillery Lane’. This was Boor’s London business address, while Whines was the name of an employee at the Bishopsgate Street chemist’s shop let to his son, Leonard. The newspaper article revealed Leonard Boor as the supplier of disinfectants to the City of London Commission of Sewers, of which his father was not only a member but chairman of its sanitary committee. Wimborne Magistrates’ Court was the place to be on 28 November 1884. The courtroom was ‘crowded to excess, and the doors had to be closed to prevent the crush from the outside’. People were in ebullient mood, prompting threats of prosecution for contempt of court. Boor’s solicitor claimed the cartoon was calculated to hold his client up to ridicule and contempt; the defending solicitor said Boor must be a ‘very thin-skinned public man’ to take any notice of such a ‘laughable, ridiculous, trumpery thing’. After a twenty-minute retirement, Elcock was committed to


Percy House, former home to George Chitty Boor, victim of the 'Pig' libel

the Dorset Assizes charged with malicious libel. A small army of Wimborne folk headed for the county town on 17 January. ‘Somehow or other,’ reported the Bournemouth Guardian, ‘the idea had got abroad that there would be some fun. From the first it was evident that however funereal the counsel for the prosecution might be in his treatment of the case, human nature would triumph over advocacy and laughter would reign as queen.’ The witness everyone was waiting for was George Wilson, secretary of Wimborne Building Society, which rented the West Street room from Elcock. Wilson’s very arrival in the witness box was a ‘signal for merriment and expectation’ and he did not disappoint. The picture was not a cartoon, he said, but a comic picture, and the copy produced in court was a ‘grossly exaggerated pretence’. Asked about the building society’s connection with the picture, he replied that they did ‘not advance on pigs’. Asked if he knew who put it up, he said he had heard rumours but did not think he could give as evidence ‘all the tittle-tattle of the neighbourhood’. Judge Pollock called the cartoon a ‘very unneighbourly, ill-advised and ill-conditioned action’. But without evidence that Elcock was personally responsible, Boor’s case collapsed and costs were awarded against him. In his speech in the Square that evening, Elcock thanked the crowd for their reception and remarked that justice had been meted out by a judge before whom he would rather go than before ‘the Great Unpaid’ – a reference to the magistrates who had committed him for trial. For Boor, 1885 was to prove an eventful year. The Minster parish register records the baptism on 2 February of his son, Cecil, followed on 24 June by the burial of George Chitty Boor himself, aged 54. His wife Alice – twenty years his junior and presumably his second wife, as she would not have been old enough to be Leonard’s mother – continued to live at Percy House until her death in 1899, aged 49. 15

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Left A dragonfly female lays her eggs: a sign that there is plenty of food for the nymphs in the water

Wild about Bourton Brian Cormack meets the volunteers looking after wildlife in the far north of the county. ince Saxon times, Dorset’s most northerly parish, Bourton, has been home to Egbert’s Stone, used by King Alfred to muster his troops before routing the Vikings at the Battle of Ethandun in 878, but placed there decades before by his grandfather to settle the boundaries of Dorset, Wiltshire and Somerset. A new rallying point for community-mindedness and local pride began as a parish initiative as part of the effort to create a Neighbourhood Plan for the village. Over the last two years, through the energy and commitment of a happy band of volunteers, verges have been tended, trees and shrubs planted, new habitats created and maintained, bat and bird boxes installed (attracting barn owls is a priority), a woodland edge managed and Forty Pond, on the outskirts of the village, has been rescued from oblivion. If everything goes to plan, within a few years the village could have its own designated nature reserve that will act as a visitor attraction for years to come. ‘There’s a lot of ground to cover before we get to that point, but we have every reason to be optimistic,’ says Bernard Sullivan, who loosely manages the Wildlife and Habitats group that first came together to carry out a survey of habitats in the parish. ‘I have a long-standing interest in


wildlife gardening so when my wife, Susie, and I moved here a few years ago, we bought a new house with a garden that had nothing in it, a blank canvas. The purpose was to attract as many species as possible to our garden and having done that, I thought we could try to do it on a larger scale.’ The group now takes care of a stretch of verge and a woodland edge on the main road

Below Volunteers get stuck in (figuratively and literally) to Forty Pond during the tidying up


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Wild about Bourton

Above A bee orchid reappearing is one of the signs of progress in Bourton's wildlife

through the village to Wincanton, the three village entrance gates, a water vole habitat on the Stour in Bridge Street near the Bourton Mill site and Forty Pond, its largest project to date, a former stone quarry on the south-western edge of the village. ‘It is the largest pond area in the parish and a really important habitat now that it has been cleared of debris and overgrowth,’ explains Bernard. ‘The village school has come for a visit, the landowner, Mary Taylor, has been very helpful and we’ve heard all sorts of stories, from older villagers who remember playing on the ice when the pond froze in winter to the story of a village postman who apparently drowned in the pond many years ago – we haven’t found any evidence of that, but we’re not finished yet!’ Its work is a testament to people power, but

the group is supported by a small grant from the parish council and regularly seeks the advice of Dorset Wildlife Trust, hosting joint meetings with its counterparts in Wiltshire and Somerset. BBC Radio 4 presenter and naturalist Chris Sperring MBE also visited to offer advice and support. Bernard goes on: ‘Since we started two years ago, we have won over the few doubters and now people are very supportive of us. Perhaps when we started a few villagers weren’t sure if what we were doing was a good idea, but now they’re far more likely to stop and ask what we’re doing and often say that if they had more time, they’d like to help. We have a regular band of eight or nine people who are nearly always available and a lot more who come when they can. It’s all very informal: we have three or four current projects and I just post a task on Facebook and email the members, and those who can make it turn up. ‘We do all the work, but it has been really useful to be able to call on the advice of the wildlife trusts because everything is a habitat for something, so each time we do something for the benefit of one species, it’s likely to be at the expense of another.’ Whereas the verge used to be cut back every few months, it is now done once a year. Leaving the grass to grow and planting parasitic species like yellow rattle to keep the grass down has allowed wild flowers, including three rare orchids, to emerge and set seed. Last summer, at the eastern edge of the verge, the group noticed a concentration of mining bees, solitary bees first found in the UK on the Dorset coast around the turn of the century. They nest in burrows in the ground rather than in a social colony such as a

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hive and the displaced soil from these burrows litters the bank. ‘They seem to be attracted by the ivy flowers, so we’ve planted more for them and hope they’ll be back this year,’ says Bernard. The verge is also home to recently planted gorse, alder buckthorn, crab apple, wayfaring tree, honeysuckle, hazel, yellow buddleia, elder, blackthorn, cherry plum and guelder rose. There’s a hibernaculum – a pit excavated and filled with layers of stones and wood with logs on top – to encourage hibernating reptiles, apples have been left out for slugs, which in turn feed the birds, and the logs are drilled with holes to attract bees and other insects. The three village entrance gates not only speak of the historic turnpike that ran through Bourton but have now become three little managed habitats – one planted with a bird cherry, and a mountain ash and guelder rose at the others, along with wild daffodils, wild tulips, native bluebells and ground cover such as broom. ‘It’s important that as much as possible we plant native species and seek to attract native wildlife. The entrance gates were put up a few years ago by the parish council and caused some little controversy at the time, but by planting them up, not only have we created habitats but the volunteers who have taken them on make sure the gates are well maintained and kept clean. It all makes for a better-looking village.’ One of the additional benefits of all this activity on behalf of local flora and fauna is that it is also producing a more attractive human environment in Bourton. Among the first activities organised by the Wildlife and Habitats group were village litter picks: refuse is not only unsightly, it also poisons habitats. Since then it has also fought pollution from the development of 35 homes at Bourton Mill – mentioned in Domesday and at one time home to the largest water wheel in Europe, as well as having been through other incarnations as a flax factory, iron foundry and dried milk processing plant – forcing waste liquids to be diverted away from the Stour. ‘We’re only two miles from Stourhead, where the river rises, so pollution in the water here runs the entire length of the river, which is not good for the Stour as a whole and certainly not for the water voles we have nesting in the bank by the bridge,’ says Bernard, adding that one of the reasons so many footpaths pass by and through Bourton is that the various factories on the site once employed hundreds of local people. ‘This year we’re taking on the maintenance of the footpaths from the parish council, so that will be quite a job. It’s not a chore, it’s enormously enjoyable and we get a great deal out of doing it. It’s about people coming together and having a positive impact on their community. It can start with one person, but if you have a small group of people who are prepared to just get on and do things, then you’d be surprised how quickly that spreads.

Left A slow worm rather belies its name as it goes for cover Below Rotting logs from clearance work are a habitat in themselves

‘We’re catching the community spirit. More than just a catchphrase, this is rapidly becoming a necessity at parish level. There are a lot of retired people in Bourton and we have some time on our hands, but we also have a wide range of expertise. Taking action and a degree of personal responsibility ourselves has unexpectedly released a considerable hidden talent within our community, where volunteers get a real sense that they are helping to create something both personal and positive that remote county council departments could never have achieved, even without the funding cuts.’ Bourton is surely not the only community to band together in this way, but there is a palpable sense that others might look upon the achievements of the Wildlife and Habitats group as a blueprint for endeavours that could benefit their own environment. ‘Apart from a few tools, we’ve not bought anything. All it takes is commitment,’ says Bernard. ‘Anyone is welcome to see what we do and have a chat and if that can be seen as a call to arms for other villages and communities, then why not?’ www.bourtondorset.org/habitats-and-wildlife/


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The Dorset walk

As a former railway trackbed, the Castleman Trailway makes for flat, easy walking


Matt Wilkinson and Andy Farrer on a surprisingly rural urban walk

he Romans called it ‘Rus in urbe’: the countryside in the city. Broadstone is hardly a city – not even Poole, of which it is administratively a part, can claim that – but it is an area of high density housing, one of its main roles being as a dormitory for those working in the conurbation. At first sight, whether looking at Broadstone on a map or on the ground, it would appear to be short of anything much resembling countryside or even open spaces. The route of this walk proves that first impression wrong: yes, there is a fair bit of walking on pavements through areas of housing, and some traffic noise from main roads, but it was a pleasant surprise to find so many green and quiet stretches. Broadstone is not much more than 150 years old. Its first church was opened in 1853, the original school in 1871 and the station in 1872. The fact that the last was known as ‘New Poole Junction’ and only called ‘Broadstone’ in 1890 shows how long it took for the name of the settlement to become established. That name supposedly came from large stones forming a bridge over a local stream; even today, there are stones around the town that are claimed to be from the original bridge. The golf course, laid out in 1898, is regularly voted among the top 100 in the country. Mention has been made of the area’s


railway history and part of the walk lies along the Castleman Trailway, formerly the track-bed of ‘Castleman’s Corkscrew’, which opened in 1847 and ran from Brockenhurst to Hamworthy via Ringwood, West Moors and Wimborne. Its nickname arose because its chief promoter was a Wimborne solicitor, Charles Castleman, and it followed a rather tortuous route to take in as many areas of population as possible – Bournemouth was still not much more than a village in those days. THE WALK Between numbers 23 and 25 Barn Road, a path leads onto a playing field. Take this path and walk straight ahead along a line of trees dividing the playing field from another on the left. In the top corner, enter woodland and bear left to follow a well-defined path, ignoring minor paths to left and right. In about 200 yards reach a fork. Take the right-hand option to reach a T-junction of paths in about 80 yards. Turn left and walk down to a paved path, where turn right and almost immediately fork right. As the path bends to the left, continue straight ahead, through two half-barriers, and at the top of the rise, continue straight ahead to reach Dunyeats Road.



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Broadstone Merriefield Avenue. Take the second turning on the right, on an S-bend, and at the end of the culde-sac turn left on a footpath. Almost immediately, go through a gate on the right and follow the track beyond as it climbs gently to the top of Dunyeats Hill, where it bends sharply to reach a fork. Fork left and follow the path downhill to a gate, beyond which turn right. At the end of the houses on the left, turn left and parallel their fences to reach a footbridge. Cross it and turn right to follow an obvious path through trees and two clearings to reach a more substantial bridge.

Right Spring sees the arrival of vivid colours along the walk

Don’t cross it, but turn left and follow the course of the stream, keeping it close by on the right. Reaching a clearing with a footbridge, cross the bridge and turn left to continue following the stream, but now it is on the left. At an obvious cross-tracks by the corner of a fence, turn right, up onto the smooth surface of the Castleman Trailway. Turn left and follow the trailway all the way to the centre of Broadstone. Use the underpass to go under the roundabout, then bear right under another underpass. Turn left up to the continuation of the Castleman Trailway.


In about 1000 yards, fork right and walk down a slope, at the bottom of which, turn left to go under a bridge and cross the main road, Broadstone Way, courtesy of a set of pedestrian lights. Bear slightly left along a footpath that leads to Northbrook Road. Go straight across



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Distance: About 3¾ miles. Terrain: Even when not on pavements, the going underfoot is good, but watch out for tree roots and stumps in places. The gradients are gentle and any muddy patches easily avoided. Start: Barn Road, Broadstone. OS reference SZ012951. Postcode BH18 8NJ. How to get there: From the Fleetsbridge roundabout under the Upton by-pass, head north towards Wimborne on the A349. At the first roundabout (Darbys Corner) take the first exit towards Broadstone. Barn Road is the third turning on the right. Maps: OS Explorer 118 (Shaftesbury & Cranborne Chase), OS Landranger 195 (Bournemouth & Purbeck). A good street map of Broadstone, eg. Estate Publications’ Bournemouth, may also be useful. Refreshments: Nothing actually on the route, but plenty in the centre of Broadstone.


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The wonders of wildlife on show The work of Wimborne photographer Robin Goodlad features in this year’s annual British Wildlife Photography Awards (BWPA) exhibition at Moors Valley Country Park, which runs until 3 March. The prestigious awards attract thousands of entries every year. Robin was highly commended for Ring of Bright Water, a shot of a circling otter, and Ethereal Wood in which he captured a glorious carpet of wild garlic in woodland near Dorchester. He explains that the otter was playing around a small square observation window at an otter sanctuary and was curious about the photographer’s presence. ‘He kept coming to the window and doing perfect loops, which was fascinating,’ he says. ‘Timing was crucial as it was impossible to see when he was coming for his next loop until he was in the window. I think I spent at least an hour here for this one shot!’ Wedding photographer Robin says landscape and nature photography is his favourite way to relax. ‘It is quite the opposite to wedding photography, and so provides the perfect contrast.’ Submissions to the 2018 BWPA are invited in early February. Find out more at www.bwpawards.org

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State-of-the-art skateboarding for Wool It is hoped that a new skate park in Wool will help to foster community cohesion and youth development. The project recently won a £50,000 grant from the sporting organisation Sport England and work could begin in early June. The new concrete skatepark will replace the existing metal framed one located on the D'Urberville playing field. Patrick Murray, project director and local father and skater, explains that the vision is to create a ‘high-class rural skatepark’ which will allow young people of all abilities to safely take part in the sport. ‘The village has large expansion plans and requires infrastructure to sustain its ever-growing population,’ says Patrick. ‘A facility such as this is vital for the families of the Wool, Bovington, Wareham and the surrounding areas.’ Skateboarding has now been recognised by the Olympic committee and will feature in the 2020 Tokyo games. ‘It is an exciting growth sport which is coming into the mainstream and we want to provide an excellent venue for the many riders in Dorset.’ www.facebook.com/woolskatepark/

Above A state-of-the-art concrete skate park will replace the existing metal-framed one in Wool Right A skate jam last summer helped to raise funds for the project


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Living in Dorset

Open day for printmakers Lovers of printmaking and those interested in finding out more about the art form should secure their place at the Printmakers Open event at Lyme Regis’ Town Mill, which runs from 9-28 February. The work of printmakers from inside and outside of the county will be showcased including Exeter’s well-known Double Elephant studio and the Society of Wood Engravers. ‘They will be showing the wide range of their exquisite traditional and figurative work as well as their bold, modern and sometimes colourful engravings that break the mould,’ says Town Mill’s Karol Kulik. ‘Previous printmaking shows have generated lots of interest in Lyme and its environs, especially the workshops that we organise, which have proven so popular that they are quickly booked out.’ Those wishing to attend should call 01297 444042.

Brewing up success in Southbourne Plans are progressing for Southbourne to have its own microbrewery and tap rooms. Richard Brown was forced to change professions from mechanical engineer to carpenter because of a back injury and the switch has led to a potential new career as a brewer. After learning carpentry, he was involved in building two micropubs, The Silverback Ale house in Winton and the former Saxon Bear and Ale house in Christchurch, which gave him exposure to commercial brewing. He started brewing six months ago in a shed in his back garden and three months later brews such as 'Working Like a Dog', 'Take me to Valhalla' and 'Hopposites Attract' earned a listing in the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) Good Pub guide 2018. ‘I love hops so my beers tend to be quite hoppy. I also like citrus and fruity flavours. We started with a pale ale for the summer and it went down really well,’ says Richard. He credits his team of branding guru Scott Marlow, brewery

Studying snowdrops Shaftesbury Snowdrops, which is now in its seventh year, will host a study day on 10 February at Shaftesbury Arts Centre. The day will begin with a talk by Kevin Hughes of Heale House and Garden in Salisbury, which has its own snowdrop week. Next up is Joe Sharman – ‘Mr Snowdrop’ of Monksilver Nursery in Cambridge – whose talk is tantalisingly entitled Yellow Snowdrops - a Jaundiced View. The day will also include a question and

assistant Niki and ‘trusty’ brewery dog Arthur – who has a porter named after him – as his keys to success, as Richard still works as a carpenter at Lush by day. At the time of writing, Richard was waiting for planning approval on premises at 144 Seabourne Road, a building dating back to the 1920s and which started life as a furniture and antique shop and has also been a launderette and a drum workshop. ‘Everyone's been really supportive in Southbourne. It has such a vibrant business community,’ he says. The company is called the Way OutBack Brewing Company after the original brewing shed being in his back garden. ‘I'm a bit of a dreamer,' says Richard and love the idea of a brewery in a tree house. Maybe one day.' For more info, including a crowdfunding campaign, visit www.thewayoutback.co.uk answer session with the experts, a guided tour of the town’s Heritage Snowdrops with Emma Thick and VIP entry into the Snowdrop Sale. Anna Pavord, Independent gardening correspondent and author, will also give a horticultural talk (a separate ticket can be bought for this for those who don’t also wish to attend the study day). Shaftesbury Snowdrops started as a tribute to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and ever since the people of Shaftesbury and the surrounding areas have been planting thousands of snowdrops in public areas to create Britain’s first Snowdrop Town.

Left Reading in the Afternoon, a wood engraving by Leonie Bradley, just one of the printmakers whose work will feature

Above What Richard Brown hopes the microbrewery and brewery tap will look like

Left Shaftesbury Snowdrops is a legacy of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee


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How the Town Centre North could look

The future face of Poole? Plans for another major redevelopment project have been unveiled in Poole which would include a new leisure centre swimming pool, bus station, a hotel and more than 400 new homes. The radical Town Centre North project covers the area between the Dolphin Swimming Pool and the George roundabout. Council-owned sites such as Kingland Road car park, Seldown car park and coach park and the Dolphin Swimming Pool would be redeveloped and plans also include a traffic-free public space in front of the Lighthouse arts centre. Borough of Poole says it is looking for a development partner for the Town Centre North, project which is valued at £134 million. Councillor Ian Potter says the council’s vision goes beyond the areas within its ownership, extending to the bus station bus depot and Brownsea House. ‘These proposals are significantly larger than anything the council has delivered before,’ he says. Last year, plans were announced for a new nine-screen cinema near the Dolphin Shopping Centre and also a major regeneration project on the brownfield site on which Poole Power Station stood.

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social enterprise, The Arts Development Company. They will focus on the ‘welcome hub’ by the Green and will also include construction of a boardwalk and possibly a viewing platform on East Beach, plus enhancements to the West International artist Michael Pinsky Beach promenade. There are also plans is to be involved in shaping to create a cycle path between West Bay improvements to help regenerate and Bridport. ‘I’m really looking forward areas of West Bay. Michael, who to working in West Bay. ‘It’s a striking created the giant installation, village with magnificent views, but much ‘The City Speaks’, for Hull’s City of the place is fragmented and otherwise of Culture bid last year, joins a attractive buildings sit amongst a sea of Michael Pinsky will help to re-shape areas of West Bay cars,’ says Michael. ‘I am hoping that the team of engineers, planners and consultants who will work on work will help create a more cohesive various improvement projects over the next year organised place which will allow people to walk easily and safely by Dorset Coast Forum in collaboration with Dorset-based through the village.’

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Dorset Artist

Carve her name with pride Nick Churchill on Portland sculptor Joanna Szuwalska er work has become an icon of modern Portland, but outside of the Isle she calls home, her name is largely unknown. Not that it troubles her. She is at best ambivalent about the prospect of wider recognition, although she says she has had to work hard in order to be more readily identified as the creator of ‘The Spirit of Portland’, the landmark sculpture that overlooks Chesil Beach from its lofty perch at Priory Corner. ‘I suppose I was a bit shy about it all really,’ says Joanna Szuwalska, who was born in the port city of Szczecin in north-west Poland but has lived in England for 40 years, the last 24 of them in Dorset. ‘My attitude was that it was a piece that needed doing, it was done and unveiled on 18 August 2000 as part of the millennium


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Below Joanna's best-known work, the Spirit of Portland

celebrations and that was that. ‘But the difficulty in honing your practice to be good at something like large-scale public art is that it’s a very narrow niche. I can’t afford to work without clients because stone is expensive, I don’t have a large space to work in and I’m a single mum. I have to live and keep a roof over our heads.’ It took Joanna three years, part-time, to make ‘The Spirit of Portland’ ‘as a labour of love really’ after her design won a competition to create a contemporary statement that would honour Portland’s past. It shows a mason and a fisherman and is set at the peak of Portland’s commercial prowess when it supported thriving stone and fishing industries with dozens of quarries and a bountiful catch from net, line and pole fishers. ‘Sculpting it was truly hard work as well. It took an hour and half from when I left my home before I was able to start work in a leaky old shed in the corner of a quarry yard. I had to walk there, sign in and then turn the power on. The stoneyard workers laughed a bit at first but eventually they left me to get on with it and at break times they would come and chat to me and I was even able to ask them to model for me. ‘I love that stone. There’s a lot of Portland in it and people from the community. It is very male, but I love that all the women who have spoken to me about it really like it as well. They love their community and this is what their fathers and grandfathers did, their work was the means of them staying on Portland, and the women care about that to this day. ‘It’s a memorial to the life and trades of Portland and a celebration of its people. It has to be a figurative piece, literal and lyrical. Like a photograph, I wanted it to directly express the story. Conceptual art would have been out of step with the specification.’ The Portland stone has weathered beautifully, mellowing into its characteristic warm


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Right Joanna's 'Black Rhino' statue exhibited in front of the Portland stone walls of St Paul's Cathedral Below right Joanna's 'Green Man'

shades of grey. Its rough edges have worn smooth and ‘The Spirit of Portland’ has relaxed into the landscape it was hewn from as raw material. Five years after it was unveiled, Joanna gave birth to her daughter. Not long afterwards, she visited Mary Spencer Watson at Dunshay Manor, where the venerable sculptor advised her that for the time being, her primary focus would have to be on being a mother. ‘I didn’t mind hearing that from Mary, she was quite right. She had seen my work and was very encouraging, inspirational in fact. I felt there was genuine mutual respect. The fact she liked it was an accolade to me, my little medal.’ If Joanna was to put all her energies into being a mother, it was important that her daughter knew her as mum first and foremost, so although ‘The Spirit of Portland’ was a regular staging post on their many walks, she didn’t feel the need to explain she had made the piece. ‘My daughter was very familiar with that stone and really connected with it as a Portlander – she called them her stony men, but she didn’t know anything about my involvement until a friend told her. She was amazed but, like all kids, basically took it in her stride until years later when people began to doubt her, adults and children alike. That really upset her. So I set the record straight and made the point to one or two people quite gently by sending cards that give my profession as artist, sculptor, letter cutter and teacher. Since then I’ve made more of an effort to make sure my name is associated with the sculpture. Not only for my daughter’s sake but because as a society, as a community, we should know the names of our artists and strive to make sure others know them as well. ‘The Spirit of Portland’ is public art, but that does not mean the artist shouldn’t be acknowledged.’ Joanna has since been involved with the MEMO Project, which aims to build a visitors’ centre on Portland to raise awareness of biodiversity, both its value and the threats it faces. The project will open in Spring 2020. ‘I’ve been supporting MEMO and did a large relief carving of the now-extinct West African black rhino,’ says Joanna. ‘I made it charitably, but I need to get back into sculpting and do further figurative pieces as well as some more letter cutting. I’ve also got canvasses that are awaiting me, but I can’t make art my only business, I have to do it part-time and make a living teaching – even Mary Spencer Watson was a teacher. I also taught on the prison ship [HMP Weare] when it was in Portland Harbour and was amazed to learn how incredibly creative the people I was teaching were. None of that makes me less of an artist, it just means that new shoes for my daughter take precedence.’ 31

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Dorset Miscellany

Dorset dialect quiz

2) azew a) diagonally across from something else b) clockwise, or 'in the direction of the sun's course' c) dry, milkless

Find the correct definition for each dialect word from three options

3) marrels or merrels a) the game of nine men’s morris b) large playing marbles c) small spots of rain that precede a heavy storm

1) keys a) the traces left by a stag in the underwood b) the seed vessels of the sycamore c) the frayed and unravelled ends of a rope

Adam Jacot De Boinod (Answers at foot of page)

February can be a month of extreme weather in Dorset. Some years ago, I remember a spell of biting northerly winds and sub-zero temperatures which instigated a huge coldweather movement of birds, desperate to find food and open water. Less than a week later the wind changed to a mild southerly, the sun emerged, primroses were in flower and suddenly butterflies were on the wing. These early butterflies are, invariably, the species which overwinter as adults, hibernating in outhouses and various nooks and crannies where they can gain some protection against the worst of the winter weather. They include some of our most colourful and best-known insects like the peacock, comma and small tortoiseshell, however, it is the emergence of the brimstone which always gives me particular pleasure. It is generally considered that this is the original ‘butterfly’ as it is said that the word is derived from the pale yellow colour of the brimstone’s wings. With their ability to survive the winter, adult brimstones can be surprisingly long-lived insects. A summer-born individual should remain alive until the following spring - a life-span of eight months or more. To see

brimstones flitting along the road verges and woodland rides of Dorset, in the early spring, is one of the most evocative signs of nature’s reawakening after the rigours of winter. Hamish Murray, You can follow Hamish on Twitter by searching for @Hamish14453

Dorset place name Smedmore (in Kimmeridge) This name originated in the Anglo-Saxon period and is first recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Metmore: this spelling is an erratic one - the Norman scribes sometimes had difficulty even with comparatively straightforward names of Anglo-Saxon origin. Other early medieval spellings are more reliable and consistent. The name is recorded as Smethemore in 1242 and 1288, as Smedemore in 1244 and throughout the medieval period, and as Smedmoure

in 1387. These all indicate_ a meaning_'smooth or level moor' from Old English smethe and mor. _ The Old English word mor 'moorland', often indicating 'marshy ground', is a common element in Dorset place-names, occurring in at least 20 different names, sometimes as the first part of a compound name as in Moorbath and Morden, sometimes as the final part as in Lodmoor and Rushmore. A D Mills

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Dorset Lives

The ace of spades Ray Fairclough interviews Alan Burridge, Upton clay industry historian and Motörhead biographer t began as a challenge of sorts, a young man at a book signing goading the local author into writing about the clay industries that up until the early 1970s had employed scores of Upton men. Nine years later and writer Alan Burridge has published his book, Upton’s Clay Industries and Associated Rail Links, primarily to record the town’s recent industrial past, but also in answer to the young man he had met in 2008. ‘It was the launch for my book, When Upton Had Trains, which was about growing up in Upton in the 1950s and 1960s, and this lad Mark Strand gave me four photos taken at the old Dorset Clay Products site where Factory Road is now – his dad Mervyn worked there,’ Alan explains. ‘Well, I remember Mervyn – me and my mate John Westacott used to look up to him, even though he was quite short. He had these slanted eyes like the actor Lee Van Cleef and it was his job to load the kilns when they were cold and unpack them when they were hot. In summer he used to tear a towel roll in half, tie it round his waist and work in just his underpants, it was that hot.’ Alan is the third generation Burridge to live in the same bungalow on Blandford Road so, armed converted wartime munitions factory – with its Above Left to with his own memories of the site and a few more salt glazed drainage pipes, the area was home to photos, including one of the old brickworks, he other potteries including the Carter Company (later Right: Alan, Lemmy Kilminster set to the task. A chat with Cyril Gillard, who had Poole Pottery), Branksea Pottery on Brownsea (lead singer of worked at the brickworks moved things along, Island, Doulton and the Architectural Pottery in Motörhead) and particularly as they were overheard by Brian Selby Hamworthy, Sandford Pottery and the Wareham Mick Stevenson of Motörheadbangers whose 1955 Ordnance Survey map of Upton Ball Clay Company. The Lytchett Brick Company showed the factory sites. Some more asking became the Upton Brick & Tile Co and was joined around brought further treasures to light, including by the Beacon Hill Brick Company, which is listed photos taken at Dorset Clay Products around 1950 by Norman Loveridge, who had his new camera at work that day to test it out. For Alan it was an affirmation – though none was needed – of the sense of kinship he has known in Upton all his life. ‘This was true community spirit at its very best and these instances, along with many others experienced when getting this book together, will remain as golden moments in my life,’ he says. Globally, ultra fine ball clay– as opposed to the coarser china clay – is a scarce resource and is only mined in three sites in Dorset and Devon and some parts of the eastern United States. The Wareham Basin is the biggest of the three British sites and Alan’s book collates all that is left within living memory – and a lot more besides – of the industries that once thrived on it. Dorset ball clay had been an important export From Alan's book on Upton Clay industry, 1972: 'The levelling of the old clay pit by bulldozers. from Poole for hundreds of years and by the midThe base of the distant tree line is the old Roman road.' 20th century, as well as Dorset Clay Products – a



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The ace of spades

A page from inside and the outside of Alan's book on Upton's clay industry

Alan last year, shorn of his locks, with grandson Liam

as an active company to this day. Since the early 19th century, owners of clay pits on the Purbeck heaths had been laying narrow gauge railways to transport ball clay to the shores of Poole Harbour, but after the arrival of the mainline London & South Western Railway in 1884, clay was transported further afield by rail. Many of the factories had their own sidings to the mainline and the trains took the strain until the rapidly developing road network began to take it over from the 1950s onwards. ‘The point of doing the book was because I didn’t want to see all this history lost,’ says Alan. ‘Upton has changed in lots of ways and people who have moved here might not know a lot about its past. I was wondering what the kids of today would think if they had to wait for the railway gates to open as the train went through Lytchett Crossing in Poole Road. ‘There’s an entrance to the Castleman Trailway there now, but it used to be the railway line. I remember climbing over the tracks, up over the bank and jumping off this five-foot ledge onto what we thought was just grass below. Beneath it was this thick, sticky wet clay and I went in it up to my knees and was sinking further. John Westacott was with me and he held out his hand for me to take. As he pulled me out I told him I was going to lose my wellies. He said never mind that – I’d lose my bloody life if I stayed there!’ Alan’s conversation is littered with his own interventions in the story of the area’s clay industries. With others he used to help himself to the waste – known as ‘off-key’ pipes because sub standard ones gave off the wrong note when tapped – from the Grog, a circular metal trough with a six-foot grinding stone that crushed discarded pottery and bricks. ‘We went home with our hands dripping in blood and Mother would roll her eyes and say: ‘Oh, you lot have been at the Grog again.’ These days you’d be rushed to A&E for a tetanus jab!’ Although resolutely cheerful, Alan lives with

the degenerative effects of multiple sclerosis and is now largely housebound. Upton’s Clay Industries and Associated Rail Links is to be his final book and in December he also gave up editing Motörheadbangers, the tri-annual magazine of the fan club dedicated to his heavy metal heroes, Motörhead, whose singer Lemmy – his close personal friend for nearly 40 years – died suddenly in December 2015. Just a few months earlier, Lemmy emailed Alan after hearing about his diagnosis: ‘I am devastated by your news… I wish you all the good you can get from your life as it has become… You will NOT die before seeing me again, you hear me? Best, Lemmy’. ‘I’ve done 38 years with Motörhead,’ sighs Alan, ‘most of them as a hobby, although for the last twelve I’ve been on the payroll. It’s a shame, but I just can’t do the writing any more. I’ve had a ball, though. People used to ask Lemmy if he vetted the magazine but of course he didn’t – he trusted me. Motörhead never let anyone down and the fan club never let anyone down, so it’s not going to start now.’ Upton’s Clay Industries and Associated Rail Links can be ordered direct from the author at alan.burridge1@ntlworld.com, price £8.50.


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Moviola Nick Churchill goes to the far West to find the beating heart of the movie industry... in Yetminster n the middle of the street in Yetminster, Moviola programme director Toby Walkley is on his way to the Post Office bearing the day’s second armful of out-going discs – and it’s barely lunchtime. With 200-plus venues from Cornwall to Orkney to service, it’s a wonder that he and his mother (and Moviola’s general manager), Christina, haven’t worn a groove from the family home to the counter, so frequently do they make the journey. In fact, when it was mooted that Yetminster Post Office be closed down, Moviola was a large part of the reason it wasn’t. Moviola is a not-for-profit rural film scheme based in Yetminster, where it began life in 2001 with the aim of showing films in rural communities. Its founder, Phill Walkley, had, with others, started the Purbeck Film Festival five years earlier and initially ran the new venture as a pilot project until it was incorporated as Dorset Film Touring in 2004 and registered as a charity a year later. Before long, the organisation’s tentacles stretched far outside its home county and in 2009 the name Moviola was adopted to reflect the scale of the operation. Today it has 52 partner venues across the south-west and more than 200 associate venues the length and breadth of the country. ‘We’ve always been a film family and a filmcollecting family and that’s down to Dad and his absolute passion for film, so when he said he wanted to start showing films in village halls, we were hooked immediately,’ says Toby. ‘Dad left me to take charge of my first screening at the age of 12: it was Cinema Paradiso and I even gave an introductory speech.’ ‘My first solo show,’ says Christina, ‘was in Thornford and I’d got everything set up, positioned the picture on the screen, turned the player off, waited for everyone to get settled, turned it back on, the sound came up but no picture. It was my worst nightmare and I couldn’t think, so after five terrifying minutes I had to admit defeat and asked if anyone knew anything about TV electrics. Five alpha males immediately sprang to my aid and, would you believe it, there was a lead that hadn’t been pushed in far enough. I could have screamed. I went back to run shows at Thornford every year for ten years after that and, bless them, without fail someone always came up to me to remind me of that first one.’ The timeless wonder of the village hall suits Moviola very well. As expected, its audiences


are largely aged over 50, but not exclusively so – the 2011 film, Bridesmaids, even drew a few hen parties. In general the screenings attract people who could just as easily stay at home and watch telly, but prefer to go out and be with their friends and neighbours, enjoying the communal experience without having to trouble the town centres. They’re far more concerned with simply seeing the film and are not that bothered about all-singing, all-dancing, ultra high-definition surround-sound screenings. ‘It’s just as well, as Victorian village halls are not really designed for 21st-century acoustic technology, so the sound just bounces off the walls, floors and ceilings and you probably wouldn’t hear a thing,’ Toby explains. ‘When we started, it was all VHS and we used to get new editions of films and think they could never look any better than that. Then DVD came out and now there’s BluRay, which is a step too far for some of our members.’ So, no sign of the crystal-clear sound and vision of DCP, the Digital Cinema Package, at Moviola then? ‘We’ve had demonstrations but the boxes are too heavy to lift and the technology too complex

Above Not the 1957 war movie The One That Got Away, but Christina illustrating the size of the Moviola screen Below Bournemouth Community Cinema, which screens films booked through Moviola at the Henry Brown Centre in West Howe. Pictured at a showing of the singalong version of Frozen are helpers (from left): Cllr Blair Crawford, Alan Brooker, Mike Brewer and Ted Taylor.


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Right Phill Walkley at his leaving party – note the outsize cake in the background, a nod to his favourite film Some Like It Hot Below Some of Moviola's most successful films

for what we do. For now.’ With a wry grin, Christina adds: ‘After all, this is rural Britain and as any village resident will tell you, the internet is not as reliable out here as it is in the city – mobile dishes are not very good either, so anything involving streaming is a non-starter.’ Last year Moviola’s partner venues hosted some 2000 screenings for 125,000 people. Each entailed Christina, Toby (who lives part of the week in London) or one of seven other projectionists taking a disc of the film, a screen, a player and a projector – preferably with spares of everything – to a village hall, setting it all up and running the show. Each venue sells tickets, pays Moviola and keeps the profits. Some venues add extras like food and drink, others use film nights to raise money for specific good causes. All seem to enjoy it. Over the years several venues, most recently Motcombe and Bothenhampton, have made enough money to buy their own projection equipment and run their own nights as associate venues, using Moviola as a booking and licensing service that deals with the film distributors and secures better rates by economies of scale. Associate venues pay thirty-five per cent of their ticket money to the film company and a £40 service fee to Moviola. With 200 venues that’s a pretty powerful – and completely independent – nexus for non-theatrical community cinema. It was Christina, who happened upon a quirky 2009 mock-umentary, Morris: A Life With Bells On. ‘I was on the internet and found this little film that had been shot in Dorset with next to no budget. None of the film distributors wanted it because they thought nobody would watch a film about Morris dancing, which totally misses the point of course, so the producers asked if Moviola would show it, which we did and it was a hit. 'Not only were the distributors then convinced that the film had an audience, but they started to take Moviola a lot more seriously and we were able to get much better deals to the benefit of the entire network.’ Venues choose from a menu of film titles selected by Toby, place their orders and then Christina (with Toby’s help when he’s home) sets off to Yetminster Post Office to mail out the discs, which are returned in due course and sent back to

the film company. Surely, though, in 2018 when films can be downloaded from the ether and watched on a mobile phone screen, sending discs around the country by post is a little anachronistic? ‘Not at all. People like to get together and because we usually get films in the weeks before they come out on DVD but after they’ve finished their cinema run, for a while Moviola screenings are among the few places they can be seen in public.’ Ken Loach’s ferocious lambasting of the benefits system, I, Daniel Blake, was a hit and found Moviola contacted by food banks and Citizens Advice Bureaux to facilitate awareness and fund-raising screenings. It also prompted venues to collect on behalf of food banks. ‘That was a particularly powerful example of community cinema in action,’ says Christina. ‘I don’t know of a single person who has seen that film that didn’t feel the need to respond to it in kind in some way. Film is an incredibly potent medium, especially when the message is carried beyond the screen.’ Typically though, the most popular Moviola films are somewhat lighter fare. Summer in February, the 2013 British drama about the love life of Edwardian painter Alfred Munnings, flopped at the box office but did so well for Moviola that it eventually accounted for an eighth of the film’s total earnings. For years, Moviola’s biggest title was the 2008 adaptation of the Abba musical, Mamma Mia!, until Nicholas Hytner’s 2015 film of Alan Bennett’s The Lady in the Van smashed all records. The Oscar-drenched homage to classic film musicals, La La Land, has been widely booked, as has the uplifting family story, Lion – there are even some bookings for the gritty coming-of-age drama, Moonlight. ‘We’re not a film society, we’re all about giving the people what they want,’ says Toby – although he later adds that there are times when that’s not such a good idea. ‘Somehow one venue got a little confused and was determined to book Moonlight instead of La La Land,’ he says with a roll of his eyes. ‘They were adamant they wanted Moonlight, the “musicals one”, they said. It took me some time to convince them Moonlight was about a gay drug dealer growing up in Miami, but in the end they were glad I had persisted and potentially saved an awkward moment on the village film night.’


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This month in Dorset Send details of upcoming events (with two months' notice) and any suitable pictures to thismonthindorset@dorsetlife.co.uk or call the Dorset Life office on 01929 551264. Entries are free, but we cannot guarantee all events will be included.

Dracula: The Bloody Truth

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This new comedy show will take audiences on a journey across Europe, from the Transylvanian mountains to the seaside town of Whitby as the frantic Van Helsing and his three amateur actors try to stage a life-changing, factual theatrical production of the events of Dracula. Directed for Le Navet Bete by one of the UK’s most exciting comedy directors, John Nicholson (from Peepolykus), Dracula: The Bloody Truth promises to have the vampires back in the ground and leave audiences flying high. 8 February, 7.30 Gillingham School Theatre, 01747 833844 9 February, 7.30 Toller Porcorum Village Hall, 01300 320373 10 February, 7.30 Corfe Castle Village Hall, 07590 352219, www.artsreach.co.uk

Award-winning singer, songwriter and musician Louise Jordan tells the stories of inspirational women of the Great War who challenged expectations. From the woman who dressed as a soldier on the Western Front to the female footballers banned by the FA, the ambulance drivers running the gauntlet of enemy fire in Flanders and the so-called ‘surplus million’ single women, their stories are their legacy and they resonate to this day 8 February, 7.30 Springhead Trust, Fontmell Magna, 01747 811853 9 February, 7.30 Nether Compton Village Hall, 01935 413220 10 February, 7.30 Shipton Gorge Village Hall, 01308 897562, www.artsreach.co.uk

Restoration, Radar and Rogue Monkeys! This new exhibition tells the story of Durlston Park through the recollections, photos and souvenirs of visitors over the last hundred years. The exhibits piece together the story of the clifftop site, from picnics at Tilly Whim in the 1920s to top secret World War 2 radar research, weddings, a glass menagerie, runaway monkeys and the award-winning restoration of Durlston Castle. ‘Over the last few years, people from Swanage, Purbeck and all over the country have come forward with some amazing documents, pictures and stories,’ says Ranger Ali Tuckey. 3 February-3 March, 10.00 Fine Foundation Gallery, Durlston Country Park, Swanage, 01929 424443, www.durlston.co.uk

Dorset County Museum Music Society Born in Moscow and brought up in Australia, Andrey Lebedev came to prominence as the young guitarist picked by Julian Bream to perform for the Julian Bream Trust. And in 2014 he premiered two Trust commissions, ‘Construction with Guitar Player: Beyond the White Hand’ by Sir Harrison Birtwistle and ‘Sonata No.5 Ars Combinatoria’ by Leo Brouwer, in a London recital curated by Bream. His recital in Dorchester brings him together with Australian mezzo-soprano Lotte Betts-Dean in an exploration of music by Dowland, Britten, De Falla and contemporary composer Brett Dean. 7 February, 7.30 United Church, Dorchester, www.dorset-county-museum-music-society.org.uk

John Robins: The Darkness of Robins One of the most distinctive voices in British comedy John Robins reflects on love and loss as he laments the fact he can’t break up with himself in his latest show, ‘The Darkness of Robins’. The winner of last year’s Edinburgh Comedy Award, Robins has become a fixture on the comedy circuit since his debut in 2005, and with fellow comedian Elis James has enjoyed a meteoric success with The Elis James and John Robins Show on Radio X, which, like Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant and Adam & Joe before them, has spawned one of the UK’s most popular podcasts. 13 February, 7.30 Electric Palace, Bridport, 01308 428354, www.electricpalace.org.uk

Elysian Piano Trio Award-winning musicians Emily Sun (violin), Jane Lindsay (cello) and Jennifer Hughes (piano), the Elysian Piano Trio bring a varied programme of music to Bournemouth this month. Beethoven’s ‘Ghost’ Piano Trio in D and his Theme and Seven Variations on ‘Bei Männern, Welche Liebe Fühlen’ from Mozart’s The Magic Flute are featured alongside Frolov’s concert fantasy on themes from Gerhswin’s Porgy & Bess and Brahms’s Piano Trio in B. Meeting at the Royal College of Music, the Elysian Piano Trio bonded over a shared passion for chamber music and a particular love of the piano trio repertoire. 18 February, 3.00 Kimmeridge House, Bournemouth University, www.bournemouthchambermusic.co.uk

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This month in Dorset Defender of the Dead Sian Williams's moving comedy drama is set on an archaeological dig near Stonehenge where retired Army NCO Zac (Eltjo De Vries) is responsible for security. His main job is trying to keep the peace between various hippies, archaeologists, pagans and other visiting factions. For a man who helped to sort out Northern Ireland and the Balkans, this should be a straightforward mission. Directed by Anne Pearson and produced by Boiling Kettle Theatre Company, which has been bringing text-based theatre to rural communities for the last ten years. 9 February, 8.00 Shelley Theatre, Boscombe, 01202 413600, www.shelleytheatre.co.uk

Dippy, the Natural History Museum’s iconic replica skeleton of North American Jurassic dinosaur Diplodocus, will be seen outside London for the first time this month in Dorchester. The tour will only add to Dippy’s colourful history, which already encompasses the world’s wealthiest man, a crown prince and the early development of dinosaur science, and it is hoped the skeleton will help spark the imaginations of the next generation of scientists and researchers. Fittingly, the first stop on the tour finds Dippy within reach of the Jurassic Coast – the birthplace of

Journey to the Impossible

paleontology – in what will be the final exhibition before sections of the county museum close for a major refurbishment. When it reopens in 2020, it will be a world-class contemporary museum and exhibition space. 10 February-8 May, 10.00 (not Sun) Dorset County Museum, Dorchester, 01305 262735, www.dorsetcountymuseum.org

We are the lions, Mr Manager The story of Jayaben Desai, the inspirational leader of the 1976-78 Grunwick Film Processing Factory Strike, who was recently named amongst the women as having the biggest impact on women’s lives over the past 70 years as part of the Radio 4 Women’s Hour Power List. Desai brought the issue of workplace exploitation and racism to the fore, challenged the perception of Asian women being inherently passive and docile, whilst having the measure of the most brutish and charmless of her managers, telling them: ’What you are running here is not a factory, it is a zoo. But in a zoo there are many types of animals. Some are monkeys who dance on your fingertips, others are lions who can bite your head off. We are the lions, Mr Manager.’ 23 February, 7.30 Halstock Village Hall, 01935 891744, www.artsreach.co.uk

A coming-of-age quest, devised by the Little Soldier Company and scripted by Matt Harvey, Journey to the Impossible features epic songs, cinematic storytelling, hip hop dance… and bicycles. Three kids are in trouble – no wonder, really, as they knocked on the door of an inter-dimensional portal and ran away. Using bikes, bandanas and neural space travel, we journey with them on an adventure to the impossible, taking on intergalactic challenges, fighting invisible forces and opening the door to jaw-dropping new possibilities. Inspired by the novels of Jules Verne, Journey to the Impossible is a homage to the sci-fi films of the 1980s and a celebration of adventure stories for all the family. 10 February, 2.00, 7.00 Lighthouse, Poole, 01202 280000, www.lighthousepoole.co.uk

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[Title of Show]: A New Musical Jeff and Hunter, two self-confessed nobodies in New York, make a pact to write an original musical and submit it to a festival. The only catch? The deadline is in three weeks! Suitably energised, they gather their two actress friends, Susan and Heidi, and their accompanist and musical director, Larry, on the keys. But what should they write about? Jeff and Hunter decide to follow the old adage, the one about writing what you know, and set off on a unique musical adventure writing a musical about writing a musical. In this intelligent, playful new musical, the audience is treated to an inside look at the tough work of being a creative artist. Frequently hilarious and occasionally heart-breaking, is a love story celebrating individuality and creativity. 7, 8 February, 7.30 Jellicoe Theatre, Poole, www.thecollege.co.uk/jellicoetheatre

Consistently gaining enthusiastic reactions from audiences and critics alike, the Ferio Saxophone Quartet raise the curtain on a new season of Concerts in the West this month. In 2015 Ferio made their debut at the Purcell Room, as winners of the Philharmonia /Martins Musical Ensemble Award and during the same year they were winners of the Royal Over-Seas League’s Ensemble Competition. Most recently, the group has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe, Brighton, Newbury, Machynlleth and Petworth Festivals. The Ferio Quartet enjoys performing new, specially commissioned music, including pieces written by Laura Bowler and Simon Rowland-Jones. Last year they invited composer Guillermo Lago to write a new work inspired by three of William Wordsworth’s poems, which they premiered at St John’s Smith Square in April. 16 February, 11.00 Bridport Arts Centre, 01308 424204, www.bridport-arts.com 47

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Further diary dates

Talk: 19th Century Pilots in Sailing Boats on the Bristol Channel 13 February, 2.30 Beaminster Museum, 01308 863623, www.beaminstermuseum.wordpress.com

Exhibition: Metamorphosis 1-12 February, 10.00 The Gallery Upstairs, Upton Country Park, 07906 759620, www.thegalleryupstairs.org.uk

Cirque Enchantment 13 February, 7.30 Weymouth Pavilion, 01305 783225, www.weymouthpavilion.com

Bowjangles: The Quest for Excalibow 1 February, 7.30 Chetnole Village Hall, 01935 872998, www.artsreach.co.uk 2 February, 7.30 Wootton Fitzpaine Village Hall, 01305 269512, www.artsreach.co.uk 3 February, 7.30 Morden Village Hall, 01929 459431, www.artsreach.co.uk

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Snowdrop Weekends 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25 February, 10.00 Forde Abbey Gardens, 01460 220231, www.fordeabbey.co.uk Snowdrop Sundays 5, 12 February, 11.00 Mapperton, 01308 862645, www.mapperton.com Emily Endean photography exhibition 6-24 February, 10.00-5.00 daily, Create at the Cove, West Lulworth, 01929 400270, createatthecove.com/ East Dorset National Trust Association: History of the Bournemouth Fire Brigade 7 February, 7.30 The Barrington, Ferndown, 01202 866001, www.ednta.org Lunchtime recital: Emma Kirkby & Jakob Lindberg 8 February, 1.05 Lighthouse, Poole, 01202 280000, www.lighthousepoole.co.uk Bournemouth & Poole National Trust Association: The Life & Times of Tommy Cooper 8 February, 2.15 St Andrews Church Hall, Bournemouth, www.bournemouthandpoolenta.org.uk

Lyme Regis Art Society Talk: Pam Simpson, London College of Fashion 13 February, 2.00 Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis, 01297 445464, www.lymeregisartsociety.org.uk Verwood Jazz Club: Roger Marks Cornish Armada 15 February, 7.30 St Leonards Hotel, 01202 873725, www.verwood.org Wimborne Drama: The Winslow Boy 15-17 February, 7.30 (Sat mat 2.30) Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne, 01202 885566, www.wimbornetivoli.co.uk Paul Weller 18 February, 7.30 Bournemouth International Centre, 0844 576 3000, www.bic.co.uk Jimmy Osmond – Moon River and Me 20 February, 7.30 Weymouth Pavilion, 01305 783225, www.weymouthpavilion.com The Grahams 22 February, 7.30 Drimpton Village Hall, 01308 867442, www.artsreach.co.uk 23 February, 7.30 Ashmore Village Hall, 01747 811364, www.artsreach.co.uk 24 February, 7.30 Hinton Martell Village Hall, 01258 840066, www.artsreach.co.uk 25 February, 7.30 Milborne St Andrew Village Hall, 01258 839230, www.artsreach.co.uk

Griff Rhys Jones: Where Was I? 9 February, 7.30 Regent Centre, Christchurch, Wimborne Camera Club 01202 499199, www.regentcentre.co.uk 23 February, 7.30 The Allendale, Wimborne, 01202 887247, www.wimbornecameraclub.org.uk BSO Flute, Viola & Harp: Impressions of Spring & Summer Murder She Didn’t Write 10 February, 7.30 Memorial Hall, Sturminster Marshall, 23 February, 7.30 Shelley Theatre, Boscombe, 01258 857447, www.artsreach.co.uk 01202 413600, www.shelleytheatre.co.uk 4 March, 7.30 Durlston Castle, Swanage, 01929 424443 Exhibition: Alan Hayden 23 February – 29 March, 10.00 Hayloft Gallery, The Fisherman’s Friends Christchurch, 01202 483519, www.cadarts.co.uk 10 February, 7.30 Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne, 01202 Kast Off Kinks 885566, www.tivoliwimborne.co.uk 24 February, 7.30 The Barrington, Ferndown, 01202 894858, www.thebarrington.online Dorset Family History Society: Jenny Malin – A Bournemouth Orchid Society Spring Fair & Show Grandmother’s Legacy 24 February, noon The Allendale, Wimborne, 12 February, 7.30 St John’s Church Centre, Parkstone, 07712 479056, www.bournemouthorchidsociety.org.uk 01202 785623, www.dorsetfhs.org.uk BSO: Elgar’s Cello Eulogy 25 February, 3.00 Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth, Maggie Reeday Quartet 0844 657 3000, www.bic.co.uk 10 February, 7.00 Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, 01297 Swanage Blues Festival 442394, www.lymeregisjazzfestival.co.uk 1-4 March, daily Various venues, www.swanage-blues.org Bournemouth Sinfonietta Choir: Mass in Blue Chesil Stormy Seashore Scavenge 3 March, 7.30 Lytchett Minster Parish Church, 12 February, 11.00 Chesil Beach Centre, Portland, 01722 710511, www.bschoir.org.uk 01305, 206191, www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk


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Rhubarb crème brûlée Verity Hesketh conjures up a sweet, sharp treat luxurious crème brûlée accented with forced rhubarb’s lively colours is a classic, especially for the shortest and most romantic month of the year. Cooked with care, this dessert is simple but impressive, the acidity of the rhubarb flawlessly cutting through the vanillainfused creaminess of the custard. Forced rhubarb is available between January and April, when it is replaced with the more vigorous outdoor-grown stalks. The origins of crème brûlée are rather shadowy, the first written reference to it appearing in 1691 in the French cookbook, Le Cuisinier Royal et Bourgeois by François Massialot, who cooked at Versailles. His recipe does not differ much from Mrs Machin’s recipe from the 1700s. However, similar desserts have been recorded in England earlier, as far back as the 1500s, involving the format of caramelising sugar on top of cream. Although this recipe is thought of today as being quite French, and despite the 1700s fashion set by the Whig aristocracy for employing French cooks, Mrs Machin could have been cooking something quite traditionally English.


Mrs Machin’s Bloxworth Burnt Cream recipe Take the yolks of four Eggs, one spoonful of flower, a little orange flower water, beat it together, then put it in a pint of Cream, and as much Sugar as will sweeten it, stir it together, put in a stick of Cinnamon , and set it on a gentle fire keeping it stirring till tis pretty thick, then pour it in the dish you serve it up in, let it stand till it is as thick as

a Custard, then Sift Duble refin’d Sugar over it, and hold a red hot Sallimander over it till tis burnt pretty Black, serve it up hott. The salamander referred to in Mrs Machin’s recipe would have been a circular iron plate on a long handle which was heated over the fire and held over food to cook it, doing the job of a grill. The 1700s were an age of great technological innovation, a precursor to the Industrial Revolution poised on the horizon. Activities in the kitchen were affected by these innovations just as much as society at large, in the form of rolled sheet iron produced improved kitchen utensils such as the salamander, superior fire grates, and modern novelties like the clockwork spit. The invention in the late 17th century of a muslin cloth for steaming fed England's obsession with puddings – previously, a cook would have had to obtain fresh animal guts in which to steam her pudding! Rhubarb may be one of our favourite fruits, but it is in fact a vegetable with an identity crisis, and a relatively modern European discovery. Siberian in origin, rhubarb as a medicinal rootstock made its journey west via the river Volga some time in the 16th century. Reaching Europe in the 1800s, it was soon being grown by gardeners in Britain and France rhubarb for ornamental use. However, it wasn’t long before the gap in the northern European soft fruit-growing calendar meant rhubarb readily took off as a popular culinary ingredient. Queen Victoria famously had her very own variety cultivated in honour of her coronation. Forced rhubarb was an accidental discovery


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at Chelsea Physic Gardens in 1817, when some stems were accidentally covered with soil in the depths of winter. The resultant 'forced' shoots appeared some weeks later and were found to have superior flavour. Rhubarb is very acidic, of course, and therefore a delicate balance between sweetness and sharpness needs to be struck when cooking with Ingredients Rhubarb compote 454g (1lb) rhubarb stalks, trimmed, cut into pieces 1 tablespoon clear honey Juice of 1 orange Crème brûlée 400ml (14 fl oz) whole milk 150ml (5 fl oz) single cream 40g (1½ oz) caster sugar 4 egg yolks 1 vanilla pod, split 100g (3½ oz) soft brown sugar Icing sugar to finish Method Preheat the oven to 200°C/Gas 6. Place rhubarb pieces into shallow baking dish. Squeeze over orange juice and drizzle with honey. Place into the oven and bake for 25 minutes, occasionally basting the fruit with the cooking juices. Mush the now-tender rhubarb until it resembles a compôte, spoon equal quantities into the bottom of four small heatproof ramekins and set aside. Now place the milk and cream into a pan over a medium heat. Bring to the boil then remove from the heat. Place the caster sugar and egg yolks into a mixing bowl and beat together until fluffy.

it. Rhubarb can easily carry other assertive flavours such as ginger, orange and rosewater while keeping its own kick. Strictly speaking, this pudding would have most likely been served up by Mrs Machin on the Bloxworth estate during springtime, when the cows would have been producing their richest abundance of milk. Gradually add the milk and cream mixture, stirring well. Strain the custard back into the pan and add the vanilla seeds and pod. Stir with whisk over a medium heat until the custard thickens, then remove from the heat. This may take a while as the eggs release their starches which thickens the custard. The resulting custard should coat the back of a spoon – it doesn’t need to be particularly gloopy. Pour the custard into the ramekins. Stand the ramekins in a roasting dish, surrounded by hot water halfway up their sides. Place in oven preheated to 150°C/Gas 2 and bake for about 30 minutes until the custards are just set, but gently wobbly. Lift out of the roasting dish and leave to cool, then chill thoroughly. This part of the process is crucial to properly set the custard. Before serving, evenly sprinkle the top of each crème brûlée with the soft brown sugar. Place the dishes under a very hot grill or even better if you can get hold of one, blast the tops with a cook’s blowtorch until golden-brown and melted. Place in the fridge until ready to serve (about fifteen minutes). Finish with a dusting of icing sugar and, depending on your blowtorch technique, you may have either terrified or impressed your guests. A firm rap with the back of a spoon, and the sugar should shatter in a single, satisfying snap. 51

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Where to: eat, drink, stay Use our extensive guide to restaurants in and around Dorset to help you to find somewhere special. real ales and fine wines. Open daily 10.00am – 11.00pm. Lymington (Hants)

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 homecooked food. 4 en-suite bed & breakfast rooms. Cranborne The Café, Cranborne Garden Centre. www. cranbornegardencentre.co.uk 1725 517546. Fully licensed café serving breakfast, 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 awardwinning cheese board! 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

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Flooring for living Michael Handy looks at different surfaces for different rooms ne size certainly doesn't fit all when it comes to flooring, but neither is there a universal covering that is best suited to all. Is the main priority for a given surface softness and comfort, durability despite high traffic, proximity to the great outdoors, likelihood of staining materials falling on it or a great resistance to high moisture? Even assuming there were a floor covering that could perform at the highest level in all of these situations, there is a great likelihood it would fail on a final measure: price. As well as the different types of oor covering, one should also pay attention to the preparation of the oor before it receives its covering. It's all very well laying some expensive and waterproof tiles down on a bathroom oor, but unless the oors been suitably stiffened to prevent the grouting from cracking, there's really no point. Equally there's no point buying the ďŹ nest wallto-wall, ďŹ tted carpet that money can buy only to skimp on the quality of the underlay. You won't lift the former to replace the latter, so it obviously needs to be as long-lasting as the carpet.


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Care: all in the mind Eric Black looks at when minor memory lapse changes to something else e've all done it. We've all had the conversation that begins: 'Who was that actress? You know, the one who was in that TV show with the actor who was in that film we saw with whoosit? Often this riddle, wrapped in an amnesia ends a day or so later when, while you are slicing tomatoes, a light bulb goes off. 'Sandra Bullock!' you shout, Ă propos of nothing. Sometimes fatigue, frustration or someone planting the wrong ďŹ rst name in your head makes it simply impossibly to remember something which, if not trivial, is at least simple. Sometimes, though, this may be something else, but how do you go about discerning what is a 'normal' agerelated change in abilities and what may be an indicator that something else is at work? Fortunately, US scientists have developed a ten-point guide to things to look out for in terms of having a suspicion of someone developing dementia, particularly Alzheimer's disease (along with their attendent 'normal for one's age' equivalents). This is not a pass/fail exam, though, and if you see some signs of any of them, a precautionary mention to your GP might be


worthwhile. Few illnesses get worse treatment for being diagnosed sooner, and none bar hypochondria gets better for pretending it isn't there. Even if there is nothing speciďŹ c you can put your ďŹ nger on, make sure you keep talking to your doctor regularly about it. This list is not an alterative to talking to a GP and where the mind is concerned, an absence of evidence is not evidence of an absence.

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Care: all in the mind 1. Disruptive memory loss One of the most common signs of Alzheimer's is memory loss, especially when trying to recall very recently learned information. Other signs might be forgetting important dates or events, asking for the same information over and over (without recalling you'd asked for it already). If you rely more on memory aids or family members for things you used to handle on your own. Similar, but different typical age-related change: Sometimes forgetting names or appointments, but remembering them later. 2. Fall-off of problem-solving abilities Some people may experience changes in their ability to develop and follow a plan or work with numbers. They may have trouble following a familiar recipe or keeping track of monthly bills. They may have difficulty concentrating and take much longer to do things than they did before. Similar, but different typical age-related change: Making occasional errors when balancing a chequebook. 3. Increased difficulty with familiar tasks People with Alzheimer's often find it hard to complete daily tasks. Sometimes, people may have trouble driving to a familiar location, managing a budget at work or remembering the rules of a favourite game. Similar, but different typical age-related change: Occasionally needing help to use the settings on a microwave or to record a television show.

4. Confusion about times and places People with Alzheimer's can lose track of dates, seasons and the passage of time. They may have trouble understanding something if it is not happening immediately. Sometimes they may forget where they are or how they got there. Similar, but different typical age-related change: Getting confused about the day of the week but figuring it out later. 5. Trouble with vision & spatial awareness For some people, having vision problems is a sign of Alzheimer's. They may have difficulty reading,

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Care: all in the mind judging distance and determining colour or contrast, which may cause problems with driving. Similar, but different typical age-related change: Vision changes related to cataracts. 6. New problems with words when speaking or writing People with Alzheimer's may have trouble following or joining a conversation. They may stop in the middle of a conversation and have no idea how to continue or they may repeat themselves. They may struggle with vocabulary, have problems finding the right word or call things by the wrong name (e.g., calling a 'watch' a 'hand-clock' or a 'tram' a 'bus on rails'). Similar, but different typical age-related change: Sometimes having trouble finding the right word. 7. Misplacing things or being unable to retrace one's steps A person with Alzheimer's disease may put things in unusual places. They may lose things and be unable to go back over their steps to find them again. Sometimes, they may accuse others of stealing. This may occur more frequently over time. Similar, but different typical age-related change: Misplacing things from time to time and retracing steps to find them. 8. Poor or decreasing quality of judgement People with Alzheimer's may experience changes in judgment or decision-making. For example, they may use poor judgment when dealing with money,

giving large amounts to telemarketers. They may pay less attention to grooming or in keeping themselves clean. Similar, but different typical age-related change: Making a bad decision once in a while. 9. Withdrawing from work or social activities A person with Alzheimer's may start to remove themselves from hobbies, social activities, work projects or sports. They may have trouble keeping up with a favourite sports team or remembering how to complete a favourite hobby. They may also

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Care: all in the mind

We all lose some faculties as we age, but if we start to lose the essence of who we are, that can be devastating for all concerned

wish to avoid being social because they are aware of something happening and wish above all else to hide the changes they have experienced for their loved ones. Similar, but different typical age-related change: Sometimes feeling weary of work, family and social obligations. 10.Mood and personality changes The mood and personalities of people with Alzheimer's can change. They can become confused, suspicious, depressed, fearful or anxious. They may be easily upset at home, at

work, with friends or in places where they are out of their comfort zone. Similar, but different typical age-related change: Developing very specific ways of doing things and then becoming irritable when that routine is disrupted. • Alzheimer's is not the only form of dementia; around a tenth of people dealing with dementia do so following a stroke – known as vascular dementia. Whatever form the disease may or may not be taking, diagnosing dementia in others is always going to be easier than doing so in oneself, but even if you are convinced that someone may need to have a conversation with their GP, it can still be an uphill struggle. If it took five years to convince someone that wearing reading glasses did not make them look elderly or ten years to make them accept the idea that wearing a tiny hearing aid and being able to hear people is better than not wearing one and being unable to hear what people say, it is worth accepting it may be a hard sell to convince them to go and see the doctor about dementia. It is an effort worth making, and it is also worth enlisting the help of others. The more advanced things are, the harder it is likely be to convince someone to go and get help. Remember, though, however hard it may be for you to help someone, it is much, much harder for them to ask to be helped, so be prepared for resistance.

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Great Oaks challenges loneliness in the community G reat Oaks care home in Bournemouth invited elderly members of the community, who would have been on their own this Christmas, to join its residents for Christmas Day lunch.

The care home teamed up with Hope in the Community and Age UK Bournemouth, to find lonely members of the community to ensure they do not spend the holiday alone. Father Christmas made a special appearance at the home to deliver a gift to each resident and guests on the day. After lunch Great Oaks’ dedicated activities manager organised carol singing and festive activities such as charades to take place for everyone to join in with if they wish.

Ian MacDonald, Home Manager of Great Oaks, said: “Christmas is a time to be spent with loved ones and friends, so it was important for us to work with Hope in the Community and Age UK Bournemouth to reach out to those who would have otherwise spent it alone.

“The wellbeing and happiness of our residents is central to our ethos but we also wish to extend this belief to our wider community. Our family at Great Oaks enjoyed sharing this special time with our guests and bringing them joy during the festive season.” Great Oaks is situated in a peaceful, private woodland setting in Bournemouth. It is the third residential, nursing and dementia care home in the South from Encore, which specialises in modern, purpose-built, private care homes. The growing family of homes includes the much-anticipated Fairmile Grange in Christchurch, which opened in December 2016 in partnership with the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Encore’s Hamble Heights in Fareham opened its doors in 2013 and has since achieved several awards; one of which was Best Activities Coordinator for the South West in the Great British Care Awards.

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Creamy made us laugh all day. He really is a prize idiot.’ In the pub later, Colin explained how Creamy had turned up at the farm where the examination was taking place fifteen minutes late – already a capital offence in Ingram’s book. One part of the exam was to value a pen of ewes. A sign outside the pen said ‘All good in tooth and udder’ but Randy, not seeing the sign, jumped into the pen, shouting at the other valuers to write down his findings while he went from sheep to sheep holding open their mouths to see whether all teeth were in place for a few entertaining minutes, until one of the candidates pointed out the sign. ‘You b******s,’ Randy muttered. ‘You could have told me.’ When they had to value some cattle, Randy asked why they were called steers and heifers when they all looked the same. ‘That he can’t tell the difference between a girl and a boy explains a lot,’ sighed George, who made an appointment to see Arthur Ingram about Hunter Creme’s inducement. The senior partner sat back in his chair, shaking his head: ‘I am not sure we have ever had such an unsuitable person try to join the club. He is a buffoon.’ Arthur still had the exam papers on his desk and picked up the notes from the oral exam: ‘Ah, here it is. I asked him what the acronym NSA stood for and, of course, the answer is…’ George said the words in unison with the senior partner: ‘Nitrate sensitive area.’ Arthur continued, ‘So Hunter Creme says, after much head-scratching, “Oh I know, National Sheep Association.” That’s true enough, so I replied “Oh yes, so it does. But I was thinking of something to do with nature.” ‘More head scratching and then Hunter Creme offers, “National Soil Association”. Well by this time he had already failed, but I thought I’d give him a chance to redeem himself, so I told him it was something to do with fertiliser.’ Arthur Ingram sat back in his chair and couldn’t contain himself as he said: ‘Hunter Creme looked at me triumphantly and said, “Got it: National S*** Association”.’ When the results were announced, Colin came into George’s office with a bottle of gin: ‘Thanks for getting me through, George. Just then, the telephone rang. They both somehow knew it was Creamy: ‘Fat lot of use you were, Hayward. I've been Ingrammed, but he won’t get me again – that’s the last exam I’m ever taking.’ George replied ’Still, Randy, at least you’ve got more time for the London lady, or are you going to wait until you know the difference between a steer and a heifer?’


eorge Hayward arrived at his office after a long day in the livestock market to be greeted by his secretary, Mary, who was wearing an exasperated look on her face: ‘Thank goodness you’re back. If I have to spend one more minute with that dreadful man bellowing orders for tea and more tea, I’ll swing for him.’ George knew instinctively Mary could only be talking about one person – Randolph ‘Creamy’ Hunter-Creme. George invited him into his office and sat behind his desk as Creamy took the client’s chair, slumping into it as if he hardly had the energy to sit up straight. ‘George, old chap, I need your help. Made a bit of a pig’s ear of the exam today and, as your senior partner is one of the examiners, I thought you could put in a word for me. There’s a case of Berry’s finest in it for you.’ Creamy had been taking his agricultural valuer’s exam, which George had passed five years earlier and was a very stringent test of a pupil’s abilities. George’s senior partner, Arthur Ingram, was very proud of the Society and set the county’s exam every year. He was keen that only the very best joined the ‘club’ as he liked to call it and was wellknown for making the test very difficult. To pass in Dorset was quite a badge of honour. More often than not, the phrase repeated by a candidate when asked if they’d passed was, ‘I was Ingrammed’, which generally led to much sympathy. Creamy said: ‘I’ve always been rubbish at exams. Work my heart out and then fall to pieces under pressure.’ He stared at the floor with his head in his hands. ‘I even left a supper party early last night to swot up, stayed up all night and now I've blown it.’ George knowing the answer, cocked his head to one side as he asked: ‘But you had done work before last night, hadn’t you, Randy?’ Creamy looked up from his reverie and leered unappealingly: ‘Difficult when you’re on the scent of something tasty. Got this bird in London who I’ve been taking out for six weeks.’ George, who had been coaching his assistant, Colin Lowland, for two months in preparation for the exam, rolled his eyes as he showed Creamy out. Colin was washing his boots in the yard behind the office. ‘It was bloody tough,’ he said of the exam to George. ‘I reckon Ingram gave me a harder time than anyone else, just because he didn’t want to show favouritism, but old

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Dorset Life February 2018 (Issue 467)  

In this issue: Dorset in close-up: galls, the mysterious growths caused by wasp larvae Clive Hannay pants Stoborough, plus village walk Roge...

Dorset Life February 2018 (Issue 467)  

In this issue: Dorset in close-up: galls, the mysterious growths caused by wasp larvae Clive Hannay pants Stoborough, plus village walk Roge...