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DorsetLife The Dorset Magazine

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PORTLAND A tale of two castles

No. 475 October 2018




Photographing Hamworthy's shoreline


West Dorset landscapes Colin Varndell's autumn wildlife 185 years of Tolpuddle's Friendly Society Dorset walk: the Gussages & Ackling Dyke \ 1018EdPages1-19.indd 1


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October 2018 Cows, coast & Colmer's 47 Neil Barnes on his West Dorset images

Church Ope's Pennsylvania & Rufus Castles

Dorset's autumn wildlife 55 Colin Varndell on the county's flora & fauna

Upcoming events in the county

Whitchurch Canonicorum 69

Eat, drink, stay…

A Dorset village explored

Food and drink listings

27 Dorset Walk: Cranborne Chase 71

A Dorset recipe

Around the Gussages & Ackling Dyke

Dorset Apple Cake

Dorset crafts: horologist 75

Fall fashion & beauty

Simon Allen on the wonder of clocks


Snuggle down into autumnal hues

Living in Dorset 77 News from around the county


Education: young & old

The effect of August & September birthdays

Miscellany 80

The Dorset Directory

50 years ago; Henry ; Dorset punishments

Classified Dorset businesses

The Guttridge files 82 The Poole-Bristol canal that never was

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

Jude the Obscured Has health & safety gone mad at the rec?









This month in Dorset

185 years of the Tolpuddle Martyrs' union



Images from Poole's lesser-known shore

The Agricultural Friendly Soc. 61





Hamworthy shoreline stroll





Portland: a tale of two castles




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Cows, coast and Colmer’s Neil Barnes writes of his love of West Dorset

celebrated forty years this August as a professional photographer, having worked mainly in the press and PR sectors. Latterly, though, I turned my lens to the West Dorset coast and countryside. Inspiration, photographically speaking, is


everywhere and in this corner of Dorset it is in abundance, whether of the four-legged variety or the ‘three-tree hill’ as many visitors to the area call Colmer’s Hill, or a single monolithic cliff on the Jurassic Coast. Living in Bridport, I fortunately don’t have to

St Catherine’s Chapel and Portland, taken from Abbotsbury Hill after a long dry spell. I love the gorgeous colours in this.


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I had this shot of high tide at sunset on Hive Beach, Burton Bradstock, planned for nearly a year, because there is a window of only about two weeks when the sun sets in this direction. I had several near-misses before everything came together; the hardest part was getting a clear sky with the sun going down.


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Above Success while on rainbow watch is a very rewarding goal and I’ve been successful a few times now. This is a favourite, not just because it’s a best-seller but because of the perseverance needed. Getting soaked as the rain shower came through over me, all the while hoping the sun would come out, gave me a glorious double rainbow over the cliffs and beach at West Bay. Below Just a few hours old, these lambs were photographed at Abbotsbury. I was very pleased when these two went almost nose to nose like a mirror and knew I had ‘the shot’ as soon as they did it. Left The best sunset I’ve ever seen, sun rays apparently emanating from Colmer’s Hill. I couldn’t believe my luck when this started and I’m sure I was the only one to get it in this way.

travel far to photograph these disparate but iconic views in this beautiful county. West Bay’s East Cliff is best captured with raging seas in the early morning as the sun rises over Chesil Beach. Incredibly atmospheric light and spray combine to make a captivating and exhilarating scene

that makes me want to come back time and time again. Colmer’s Hill is an incongruous conical shape with a tuft of trees standing proud amongst the misty hollows in the autumn and spring, or captured with the sun setting directly behind 7

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Cows, coast and Colmer’s

(trying to photograph that one is not good for the eyes). Possibly one of the most photographed, sketched, painted and revered hills in the country, it is, like West Bay, eyeand mouth-wateringly photogenic. And then there are the cows: occasionally intimidating, mostly calm and benign but always interested in what

you’re doing. They are curious cows – or nosey cows as I call them – and very lovable. Neil can regularly be found behind his market stall on Saturday in Bridport’s East Street, but also has outlets in Crewkerne & West Bay. www.neilbarnes.com Above I call this the Nosey Parkers. Taken through the bars of a gate with a fish-eye lens, they are cows from the Ashley Chase Estate, near Abbotsbury. Left Taken from Eype Down. I had to lie on the ground to get this shot and had it planned for several months to use as a front-page picture for my Bridport calendar. Opposite top A huge Atlantic storm rolls through West Bay. I had to sit on the ground on West Cliff with an arm through a bench support to brace myself against the buffeting wind. This was one of very few shots I managed to get without camera shake. Opposite bottom Also taken from Eype Down. I had to hang around for nearly two hours waiting for the mist to clear and show the top of Colmer’s Hill – but it was worth the wait.


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Dorset’s October wildlife Colin Varndell looks at Dorset’s flora and fauna in the season of mists and fruitfulness ctober ushers in that most colourful of seasons, autumn. It is as though Mother Nature delivers one final flourish of rich hues before dying back to winter slumber. Autumn is the shortest season, but also the most spectacular as deciduous trees and shrubs change their sombre summer greens for the fiery colours of the season. This transition becomes apparent through October, as the deciduous woods and copses of Dorset begin the month in dark green foliage, gradually progressing to a magnificent display of colour by the end. Native hedgerow shrubs add to this kaleidoscope of shades with the vibrant hues of berries like guelder rose, wayfaring tree, hawthorn and blackthorn, the last two often seen tangled together along ancient hedgerows. The contrast in temperatures at this time of year, between relatively warm days and cool nights, produces condensation, floating in the air as vapour rising from damp valleys and river beds. Often, on October mornings, a blanket of white fog is draped across the landscape with trees and other tall features rising above it. Throughout this month there is a frenzy of mammal activity, as small animals prepare for winter. Wood mice collect hazel nuts for winter


storage in a hollow tree or vacant nestbox. Dormice engage in high-energy feeding in order to increase their body weight for hibernation. Hedgehogs, too, will be putting on weight as well as seeking out hibernation nest sites and collecting deciduous leaves to line their nests. The autumn rut of both fallow and Sika deer peaks at around the third week of this month. This is when

Above Goldfinches extract the seed from teasels by ‘combing’ their beaks along the seed heads

Below Wood mice forage amongst the leaf litter for hazel nuts and beech mast


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Above A sika stag strikes an aggressive pose during the October rut at Arne

Below A garden spider spinning its web on a warm October afternoon on Studland Heath

stags or bucks gather their females and keep them close for mating. Fallow bucks utter a deep, guttural bark as they constantly herd their females. The rutting call of a sika stag sounds very similar to a creaking gate needing oil! The high humidity of the season triggers fungi to sprout fruiting bodies in the form of toadstools, brackets, puff-balls and jellies: an enchanted plant form, often appearing mysteriously overnight, and at a time when all else is dying back. One of the

most eye-catching toadstools is the fly agaric, so attractive it is often featured in children’s story books. Find these in east Dorset especially, where the mycelium lives on dead roots of silver birch or pine trees. Wildlife is busy, reaping the rewards of the season. Wasps and red admiral butterflies sip the juices from autumn fruits and windfall apples. Jays collect acorns to bury for winter storage. Often, these buried acorns are forgotten to become the oak trees of the future. Coal tits visit garden birdfeeding stations to collect nuts and seed for winter storage, accounting for the fact that coal tits may appear to be busy for a few days and then absent for a while as they feed on their cache. Bullfinches issue their soft ‘piping’ contact calls as they work their way along hedgerows, feeding on rowan and guelder rose berries. Tinkling charms of goldfinches in their red balaclavas harvest seed from thickets of teasels by combing their bills up and down the seed heads. October is the time for feasting in the natural world since both natural seeds and fruit, as well as insect life, are still abundant. Predators of invertebrates continue to reap their rewards throughout the month. Southern hawker dragonflies dart in and out of the evening sunbeams as they hawk for midges and gnats. Hornets fly by night as well as by day and predate moths. Hornets declined drastically during the 1960s but have gradually recovered and may be seen just about anywhere in the Dorset countryside today. On heathland and other scrubby habitats, garden spiders construct their


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Dorset’s October wildlife

Above A misty woodland path through Pigeonhouse Plantation, Milton Abbas Left Although attractive to the eye, fly agaric toadstools are also dangerously poisonous


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magnificent orb webs, complex structures which often on October mornings are decorated with crystal-clear dewdrops. Each individual web of spider’s gossamer is a unique feat of engineering and one of nature’s most extraordinary spectacles. These webs or nets are designed to catch insects for spiders to eat and it is not unusual to find invertebrates as large as common darter dragonflies entwined in the gossamer. The birdsong silence of late summer is now broken as thrushes, wrens and robins sing to establish their winter territories. Throughout autumn, robin song becomes a distinct feature as females also sing at this time in order to establish their own territory boundaries. Gangs

of tits constantly utter their high-pitched contact notes as they forage for the autumn harvest in hedgerows and gardens. Bird life becomes more apparent now; garden and woodland birds have spent the last few months moulting, but now they are preparing for the onset of winter. The summer visiting birds have now all but gone, but are replaced by redwings and fieldfares as these winter visitors arrive during October to feed on the berries of Dorset’s holly trees and windfall apples. By the end of the month, other spectacular wildlife events occur as spoonbills and avocets arrive in Poole Harbour, building up their numbers to the highest over-wintering populations of these birds to be recorded in the UK.

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Left Hedgehogs seek medium size deciduous leaves for their winter nests


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The Friendly Society of Agricultural Labourers Nick Churchill looks at the origins of the Tolpuddle story his month marks the 185th anniversary of the founding of the Friendly Society of Agricultural Labourers. Today the name is all but forgotten, yet it is a landmark in the development of the trade union movement. Formed to right a vindictive wrong, it ended up costing its founders almost everything. Towards the end of October 1833 – the year that the Slavery Abolition Act was passed – the men we now know as the Tolpuddle Martyrs joined some forty others beneath the great sycamore tree on the village green to hear two union delegates advise them on how to organise in an attempt to stave off yet another wage cut. As summer’s warmth gave way to the first chill of autumn, well they might have shivered had they known what the coming months and years were to bring. Their leader was George Loveless, 36 years old, a ploughman and lay preacher. Married with three children, he was self-educated and is thought to have read the work of co-operative pioneer Robert Owen, and he knew about the efforts of trade societies in urban areas to protect workers by securing wage agreements and fixing standards. At his suggestion, the Tolpuddle men formed the Friendly Society of Agricultural Labourers. Members paid a shilling to join, with a weekly subscription of a penny. At meetings in the


home of Thomas Standfield, who was married to George’s sister, Dinniah, they swore an oath of allegiance to the group in front of a painting of a skeleton to remind them of its solemnity. For most of the previous two years, the farmworkers had been reasoning with local landowners and farmers to protect pay. Although they secured an agreement, in the presence of the village vicar, Dr Thomas Warren, to be paid the same as others in the district, while their fellows were paid ten shillings a week, Tolpuddle men received nine. When that was reduced to eight, they appealed to a bench of magistrates chaired by the former High Sheriff of Dorset, James Frampton of Moreton House, at which Dr Warren denied an agreement had been made. The magistrates ruled that the men must work for whatever their masters saw fit to pay them. That was immediately reduced to seven shillings a week and within weeks they were told it was to be cut to six. England’s last remaining serfs had been freed by Elizabeth I, but following the Enclosure Acts, agricultural labourers in the early 19th century still worked for subsistence wages and were typically bound to their labours by tied housing. The spread of religious dissent through Methodism stirred political unrest and although trade societies had enjoyed some success in securing wage rises to

Thompson Dagnall’s sculpture of George Loveless alone in Dorchester prison too ill to be shipped to Australia. Designed for visitors to sit alongside George, on the back of the six seats are the words scribbled down by him as the verdict was delivered: ‘We will, we will, we will be free.’


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Right Pixies Cottage on Main Road, Tolpuddle, is now a holiday let but has been identified as the home of George Loveless by Dr Andrew Norman, author of The Story of George Loveless and the Tolpuddle Martyrs.

keep pace with inflation, the government, fearful of such levels of organisation, had passed a series of Combination Acts preventing collective bargaining. These were repealed in 1824, then partially restored the following year, but trades unions were no longer illegal as Britain’s transformation by the industrial revolution gathered pace. Still, despite the violent suppression of the Luddite protests in which factory machines were destroyed, by 1830 unrest had spread to the countryside after a series of poor harvests. James Frampton – who as a young man had witnessed the bloody fall-out of the French Revolution – read the Riot Act at Winfrith on 29 November 1830 and confronted a crowd at Bere Regis. In the weeks that followed, threshing machines were destroyed on farms at Woolland, Buckland Newton, Stour Provost, Stalbridge, Sherborne and Lytchett Matravers. There were further riots in Lulworth, Preston, Winfrith and Wool as well as a few isolated arson attempts. In January, six Dorset men were condemned to Right The Martyrs Tree on the village green

death for robbery, but were eventually transported to Australia for seven years alongside another six, also sentenced for offences resulting from the violence. George Loveless was not involved in what he later called the ‘incendiarism’ other than keeping watch over property, but although no action was taken, his brother, James, was singled out to Frampton for his part in a riot at Puddletown. Having come together, the Friendly Society of Agricultural Labourers applied for affiliation to the newly formed Grand National Consolidated Trades Union, but within days, on 21 February 1834, notices signed by local magistrates were posted in Tolpuddle, warning that administering unlawful oaths could be punished by seven years’ transportation. Three days later, George and James Loveless were arrested with their brother-inlaw, Thomas Standfield, and his eldest son, John. All four of them worked on the same farm. Also taken in were James Hammett, who is thought to have accepted arrest on behalf of his brother John, and James Brine, no relation to the Tolpuddle constable with whom he shared the name. The arrests were orchestrated by James Frampton who took them to Wollaston House in Dorchester where his stepbrother, Charles Wollaston, heard the testimony of Affpuddle man Edward Legg, who had asked to join the union on 9 December 1833, and sent the six to prison to await trial. Charged under the 1797 Unlawful Oaths Act with causing Legg and John Lock, the son of the Moreton House gardener, to make vows in joining the Friendly Society of Agricultural Labourers, the Tolpuddle Martyrs were brought to the dock in the Shire Hall courthouse on Monday 17 March 1834. The Grand Jury, which decided if the charge should stand, was chaired by Dorset MP William Ponsonby, the Home Secretary’s brother-in-law, and also numbered James Frampton, his son Henry, Charles Wollaston and other co-signatories of the notices. The Petty Jury appointed to reach a verdict was made up of 12 farmers. The judge, Sir John Williams, newly appointed and anxious to please, informed the jury that the safety of


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The Friendly Society of Agricultural Labourers

Tolpuddle’s Old Chapel. Four of the six Martyrs worshipped here and Thomas Standfield and George Loveless were trustees. Built in 1818 but not used as a place of worship since 1843, it is listed on Historic England’s Heritage At Risk register and until recently was used as storage space.

country was at stake and they should find the men is to come; the years 1834-35 are not forgotten, guilty if they believed the oath to be an obligation and many a curious tale might be told of men on the conscience of the person taking it. that were persecuted, banished and not allowed Unsurprisingly they did and the following day the to have employ if they entered the Wesleyan six were sentenced to seven years’ transportation. Chapel at Tolpuddle.’ Typically ministering to the Fuelled by the emerging popular newspapers, poorest members of society, Dissenters were the severity of the sentences caused a public frequently critical of the Church of England and outcry and up to 100,000 people attended a were considered a threat to the status quo, often protest in London just three weeks later; within being persecuted as readily as overtly political months, more than 800,000 had signed petitions organisations. George also wrote The Church for the release of the ‘Dorchester Labourers’. Shown Up, a stinging attack on the Church written But what of those they left behind? With their to Rev. Henry Walter of Hazelbury Bryan. husbands gone, the wives of the Tolpuddle men James Loveless, the Standfields and Brine applied to Dr Warren for parish relief and to the came home in March 1838 and James Hammett same magistrates that had overseen the arrest of in September 1839. The Lovelesses, Standfields their menfolk. All aid was refused. ‘They meant us and Brine all settled on farms in Essex leased for to suffer for the offences of our husbands,’ said them by the committee, then migrated to Canada. the women in a letter to supporters. ‘Tolpuddle James Hammett was the only one to stay in have for many years been noticed for tyranny and Tolpuddle, where he worked as a builder’s labourer, oppression and cruelty and now the union is broke outliving three wives with whom he had seven up here.’ Nevertheless, the London Dorchester children. A reluctant reporter of his own story, it Committee, formed as a result of Robert Owen’s only emerged in 1875 when he was honoured Grand Meeting of the Working Classes on 21 April, by the Agricultural Labourers’ Union with a gold immediately began fundraising for the families. watch and coins. He went blind in later life and Each wife received an initial £2 3d, ‘all equal alike’ before his death in 1891 moved to the Dorchester and payments approximate to the wages of their Workhouse so as not to be a burden on his family. husbands continued to be made until each When he was buried in St John’s Churchyard, had returned. orders were given by Henry Frampton that there Under mounting pressure, in June 1835 the was to be no ‘union talk’ over his unmarked grave. new Home Secretary, Lord John Russell, granted Many still labour under the illusion that trade conditional pardons, which the Tolpuddle men unionism began with the Tolpuddle Martyrs. It refused, and after further pressure all were didn’t. Far from it in fact, but their story represents pardoned unconditionally on 14 March 1836. the moment ordinary workers, the landed gentry George Loveless arrived back in June 1837 and the political class learned the power of and returned to Tolpuddle, where he wrote a collective action to drive change by peaceful pamphlet, The Victims of Whiggery. He recognised means. Today, the owners of the land on which a vendetta when he saw one and identified it the men of the Friendly Society of Agricultural as such in The Victims of Whiggery: ‘I am from Labourers worked may be from the same families principle a Dissenter and by some in Tolpuddle it as those who owned it 185 years ago, but the is considered as the sin of witchcraft; nay, there people who work it are not the descendants of is no forgiveness for it in this world nor that which members of the Friendly Society. 19

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Whitchurch Canonicorum JoÍl Lacey takes his camera to the spiritual heart of the Marshwood Vale ith its 21 letters and seven syllables, Whitchurch Canonicorum is certainly a mouthful to compete with any place name in Dorset. The first part of that name refers either to the light-coloured stone from which the church is built (from hwit, the Old English word for white) or, more likely, to the church’s dedication to St Wite, and the second part to the fact that the village and the living from the land around it belonged at one point to the Canons of Salisbury and Wells Cathedrals. The dedication of the church is unique, whether to St Candida and the Holy Cross or to St Wite and St Cross; Candida is the Latin form of Wite, and although there was no such person as St Cross, it is used as a synonym for the Holy Cross. Along with Westminster Abbey, it is the only church in England to still have a saint’s relics buried within it. Unlike Westminster Abbey, it is dedicated to that saint, St Wite, whose feast day is 3 October. There has been a church on this site since Saxon times. It is said to have been built by Alfred the Great, who bequeathed the village to his son, Ethelward. William the Conqueror gave its living to his personal chaplain, Guntard. Now it is known as the Cathedral of the Vale and apart from the relics of St Wite, it is the last resting place of many local people of note and also of three internationally famous sons.


Above The rather beautiful cottage Old Cross lies at the conjunction of four village roads: Becklands Lane, Lower Lane, Goodens Hill and Berne Lane Left The only church in England to have a saint's relics within (along with Westminster Abbey), and the only one at all to have its own saint's relics within its walls


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Whitchurch Canonicorum

Above a beautifully situated cottage near the churchyard Right Arrow slits as an aesthetic touch on a new-build extension is one of a number of buildings with character in the village

• Sir Robin Day – cited as the ‘grand inquisitor’ in his memorial stone – was a forensic interviewer, presenter of Question Time and the man who was the driving force behind campaigns both the televising of parliament and the introduction of the National Lottery. • Admiral Sir George Summers – the man who is thought to have inspired the story of Shakespeare’s The Tempest – was also the man who established the colony of Bermuda. • Georgi Markov was a Bulgarian defector who

worked for the BBC World Service. In an eerie reflection of current events, he was assassinated with the aid of the Soviet KGB by means of poison on the orders of the then communist Bulgarian government, of whom Markov was trenchantly critical. A poison pellet containing ricin was thought to have been fired into the back of his leg by an umbrella gun as Markov waited for a bus on Waterloo Bridge in London. He died four days later. Within the church, described as Dorset’s finest


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Above Nearly all roads lead to Bridport from this well-maintained fingerpost at Whitchurch Cross Left The English text side of the grave of state-murdered Bulgarian dissident, Georgi Markov. The other side of the headstone is carved in Cyrillic text Below This gate in the wall opposite the lane leading up to the church likely led up to the rectory in times past, given its ecclesiastical design


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Right The village in the vale, shot from the Five Bells junction

parish church by a number of architectural and historical figures, there is a lovely barrel roof and a 13th-century foramina tomb – a tomb with openings – that houses the remains of St Wite/ St Candida. The village has both a Candida House and a St Wite House within a stone’s throw of the churchyard. From the river Char to the west of the village to the Five Bells Cross in the east, there is a whole range of different housing, but a good deal of it is lovely. There are enough chocolate box thatched cottages as well as beautifully

maintained larger properties and sensitively designed and environmentally friendly new builds that one can comfortably describe the village as highly attractive. The former national school is now a village hall and, whilst there is now no village school, there is a two- to five-years preschool open Tuesday to Friday during term time. As well as a village hall and church, Whitchurch Canonicorum also has the third requisite for any village to still be able to call itself a village: a pub, the Five Bells Inn, pretty much at the village's high point, so it's a downhill walk home.

Right The beautiful barrelvaulted ceiling of Whitchurch Canonicorum's 'cathedral of the vale': St Candida & Holy Cross Church


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The Dorset walk

The Gussages & Ackling Dyke After eighteen years Matt Wilkinson hangs his boots up, but not before a trip to the north-east of the county. His replacement, Paul Quagliana, took the pictures. his is the 135th and last ‘Dorset walk’ that I have prospected for Dorset Life. Arthritic joints mean that it is time for a different pair of boots, with younger feet in them, to pound the rights of way of our county. As a finale, I have returned to the part of the county that in my view provides the best walking of all: not Purbeck, not West Dorset, but Cranborne Chase. With its undulating landscape, wide vistas, greenwoods, fast-draining soils, intriguing history and sense of isolation, it takes the prize. To be on its downs on a day of blue skies and fluffy white clouds is to be glad to be alive. Then there are Bokerley Dyke, the Dorset Cursus and Ackling Dyke: any self-respecting Cranborne Chase walk must take in at least two of them, and this route visits the last two. Not that there is anything of the Cursus to be seen on the ground, although it is clearly identifiable in aerial photographs. Its two banks, about 100 yards apart, run across the Chase for 6¼ miles. Tumuli and barrows cluster around and even within it, and archaeologists assume that it was some sort of processional route, but the truth is that not even the experts know for sure what it was for or who built it more than 5000 years ago. Ackling Dyke, some 3000 years younger, was part of the main Roman road that ran from Londinium to Isca Dumnoniorum (Exeter) and passed through Badbury Rings. It would have


been built on an embankment (or ‘agger’) to help prevent flooding, and nowhere is that feature more clearly to be seen than on the stretch across Cranborne Chase. The Gussage villages are something of a curate’s egg, with some lovely old houses, especially in Gussage All Saints, some not bad modern development and some fairly disastrous 20th-century infilling. Gussage St Michael in particular is very much a working village, where the practical, such as farm machinery, corrugated iron etc, rubs shoulders with the picturesque.

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The Gussages & Ackling Dyke

THE WALK Walk back out of the village, towards Gussage St Michael, following the road over a bridge and round to the right. Just before the village sign for Gussage St Michael, turn left up an enclosed grassy track. At the fork, turn right into Sovell Down Nature Reserve. Take the clear path through the reserve to another stile, after which turn right to walk round the right-hand edge of a very large field. At the far end of the field, under some power lines, go through a gap into the next field and turn left. Bear right round the end of the line of trees at the top of the field and continue to a gate onto a lane.


Turn right, then in ten yards right again, over a stile. Follow a path that meanders through the wood, soon paralleling its right-hand edge. Emerge


over a stile into an open field and bear right, downhill. Cross a stile into woodland and turn left on a path that descends steadily to reach the road through Gussage St Michael. Turn left, then when the road bends to the left, go straight ahead, passing to the right of the village hall. Continue up this road to the impressive double gates of Manor Farm, bypass them courtesy of a gap to their left, and walk on up the drive. At the edge of the farmyard turn right, and in about 120 yards left onto a track, with a hedge on the right and a fence and open fields to the left. In about six hundred yards, opposite the far end of a roughly oval patch of woodland in the field to the left, turn right over a double stile and bridge. Turn left for about fifty yards, then go through another gate on the left. Despite what the waymarks say, the kindest option to the owners of the private garden in which you find yourself is to turn immediately right up a path between a laurel hedge and a fence. Turn left round the end of a large outbuilding, then right, and continue up the path to the drive, which leads to a lane.

Above A quintessential Cranborne Chase walk vista


Left Ignore the waymarks and follow the path between a laurel hedge and a fence

Turn left and in ¼ mile, soon after Meadowside on the left, turn right up a paved drive to North Farm. Past the farm buildings, the drive becomes a rougher track. About five hundred yards after the buildings, it turns sharply left, crosses the Dorset Cursus, enters the next field and turns right to run up its right-hand edge. At the top of the field, pass to the right of an old gate and turn right on a path along the top of Gussage Down, which re-crosses the Cursus. In about six hundred yards, just after two tumuli in the field on the right, the path bends to the right.



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The Gussages & Ackling Dyke Right One of hundreds of tumuli in Cranborne Chase

Here turn left and in a few yards left again to follow the left-hand field-edge. In the first corner, turn right, downhill. At the bottom of the field, turn right on a grassy track and almost immediately follow it round to the left. At the end of the first field, continue straight on on a rather rougher grassy track. Follow this into an open field and walk along its right-hand edge. Enter the buildings of Down Farm and go straight ahead on its drive. This leads up to a lane, where turn left.


Just before the main road, cross a gate on the right, turn right and walk round to where the trees on the right end, about 150 yards from the first corner. Here go into the field on the right and follow its right-hand edge – it is rough going at first but becomes easier. Walk right to the very far end of the field, where go through a metal gate and the embankment of Ackling Dyke, and turn immediately right on a path that leads through the wood alongside the embankment. Cross a lane and continue, this time on the embankment – you are actually treading where the legions marched.


In a little over a thousand yards, turn left onto a broad track that is the Jubilee Trail and crosses Harley Down. In almost ¾ mile, it bends sharply round to the right then the left, keeping woodland to the left. In a further ¼ mile, just before leaving the wood, turn right on a track


Turn right. In 1/3 mile, at the top of a rise, turn right through a gate onto a track. In ¼ mile, turn left. There are actually three left-turn options: a gate, a path that runs between two posts, and another gate. Take the middle one, between the posts, and follow this path down to the road through Gussage All Saints, where turn right to return to your car.



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which is enclosed at first but then reaches a fork; take the right-hand option, which becomes a track across Tenantry Down. Follow it into an open field and along the right-hand edge and, at a corner, into the woodland on the right. Stay on the track as it bends to the left but then walk straight ahead, still on the track and ignoring all turnings, to a lane.

Gussage All Saints

Distance: About 9½ miles. Terrain: Undulating, but no fearsome climbs. Generally good underfoot, but with some brief rough stretches Start: The western end of Gussage All Saints, near the war memorial. How to get there: From the A354 BlandfordSalisbury road, turn south at Cashmoor, signposted to Gussage St Michael and Gussage All Saints. Stay on this road through the former, to the latter. OS reference ST999108. Postcode BH21 5ET. Maps: OS Explorer 118 (Shaftesbury & Cranborne Chase), OS Landranger 195 (Bournemouth & Purbeck) & 184 (Salisbury & The Plain). Refreshments: Drovers Arms, Gussage All Saints. When this pub closed a couple of years ago, the community got together and bought it and now it is a busy hub of village life.


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Dorset Lives

About time! Brian Cormack talks to horologist Simon Allen hen it comes to time, as with so much else, accuracy is everything. But sometimes perfection is simply the point at which something just feels right. Simon Allen of the Clock Work Shop at Abbotsbury is explaining why the precision tolerances achieved by the best engineers do not necessarily make them great clockmakers. ‘If you made a clock to the kind of minute tolerances employed in engineering, it wouldn’t work,’ he says. ‘You have to have “end shake” and “side shake”, which is to say the cogs need to have up and down movement and left and right movement. How much is just enough and how much is too much or too little is all a question of feel – you either get it or you don’t.’ Thus in a nutshell Simon deftly encapsulates the art and craft of his trade – some can do it, most cannot. He is an antiquarian horologist, a clockmaker who specialises in the repair and restoration of antique clocks, and the sales floor at the Clock Work Shop has more in common with an exhibition space, perhaps, than with a high street retail outlet. The clocks on show all tell the time but these are far from ordinary timepieces and range from the rare and sought after to the highly prized and historically important. What’s particularly striking – apart from the quarters, halves and hours that duly arrive, like clockwork in fact – is the incessant tick-tocking. Somehow it manages to speak simultaneously of both urgency and relaxation, of the need to move on and be still. ‘Funnily enough, I don’t even notice it,’ says Simon. ‘In fact, I’m more likely to if one of them is slightly out than when they are all running properly.’

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Although he is still in his thirties, Simon has the tuned ear and time-honoured wisdom more readily associated with a master craftsman of older vintage. He puts much of that down to his close friendship with the world-renowned clock dealer, Gerald Marsh of Winchester. ‘I was his final apprentice and, like me, he came to the trade with nothing. He worked his apprenticeship then bought the business, all the time bringing on other apprentices, until he sold up as I finished mine. He made sure we’d all be kept on, but I decided to go it alone and I think he appreciated what I was doing and ever since he has been ready to offer help and advice. We’ve always taken on apprentices because I think we have a duty to pass on these skills. I learned my trade from the best and out of respect for Gerald I want to strive for this business to be the best – not only the best dealer as he was, but also the best, most trusted repairers in the world.’ For all the ambition, there’s also clearly a vocational aspect to horology for Simon, but surprisingly, clock-making was not his first love. ‘That was cricket,’ he reveals. ‘Growing up, that’s all I wanted to do and I did well enough to get into the Somerset Academy until I was let go at nineteen. It was a blow and for a few years I did a series of jobs that went nowhere – I ran a nightclub for a year, which was fun, but estate agency was the final straw. I hated it. My stepfather was a jeweller in Dorchester and I kept asking him questions about things, especially clocks, until he couldn’t answer any more. That was when I decided to get an apprenticeship and

Above Simon Allen gets his eye in at work

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Emma Moore

Right Clock pieces ready to be assembled

to come so I can certainly see a future for this trade, regardless of how technology evolves. That has always happened – when did you last read a sundial? In many ways antique clocks are closer to the art market – they hold their value and make very sound investments. The best makers all numbered their pieces and often signed them, so there’s a real sense of history with each piece.’ The earliest clocks were typically made for the wealthy by blacksmiths and up until the invention of the pendulum in the second half of the 17th century, would have only had hour hands. Within fifty years or so the mercury pendulum countered the tendency for pendulum rods to vary in length and speed with changes in temperature, enabling more consistently accurate timekeeping, and minute hands were added. The workings are based on a number of mechanical gear trains – the more trains, the more complex the clock – and the constant movement of brass wheels on steel pinions produces wear and tear that culminates in the need to repair. ‘When you think of the conditions in which these were made – dusty workshops with low light and temperatures up and down – it is a fantastic privilege to keep them going,’ enthuses Simon. Most of what we see is quite high-end, but two or three hundred years ago every small town had a clockmaker and there were a lot of them about – you can still pick up longcase clocks at auction for a couple of hundred pounds that can be brought back to life.’ Then, perhaps with an eye on future workload, Simon sounds a note of caution: ‘Just one thing – WD40 does many things very well, but not clocks. It stops clocks, as it’s an abrasive.’ •Simon is holding an open day with local cheese and wine on 19 October at The Clock Work Shop, West Yard Barn, Abbotsbury, DT3 4JT. 01305 873852

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Below Apprentice Jess YarhamBaker plying her trade

I’ve not looked back since. What I love about it is there’s no pressure – the biggest mistake you can make in horology is to rush. Rushing never saves time; it only ever means the job takes longer. It’s far better to take your time and do it properly in the first place.’ Last year, Simon’s business merged with the Clock Work Shop, founded in 1996, which moved from Winchester to Abbotsbury three years ago this month. He works with business partners Richard Scorey, who takes care of the Winchester shop, and Kevin Hurd, who is in Abbotsbury once a week, giving Simon time to make house calls. Horologist Tom Hannagan and apprentice Jess Yarham-Baker complete the team. ‘I think there’s a certain type of person who’s into clocks,’ says Simon. ‘They seem to have time to appreciate things and will take time to share stories. These clocks will be around for years


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Burwood Nursing Home


urwood Nursing Home, a family run care home in Broadstone, Poole, has achieved the highest rating of Outstanding from the Care Quality Commission, the independent regulator of health and adult social care in England. Burwood is the only care home in Dorset providing nursing care to achieve an outstanding rating and less than 2% nationally achieving such an accolade. The achievement can be put down to the innovative, and somewhat quirky style of the home and the quality of the care provided. The owners of Burwood have been providing care to the local community in Broadstone for over 40 years and in the early 80s built the first purpose built nursing home in Dorset. Recently, with the knowledge and understanding of care over the years, a new home was built next to the original and included many features such as balconies, ceiling hoists and interesting communal areas. ‘There have been many new homes opening in recent years in the local area but these are generally the large corporate provider who provide somewhat institutional care without the personal and individual touch that the smaller family run home can offer’ explains Sarah Jessup. ‘Burwood are very responsive to the resident’s, their families and staff needs, likes and choices where the owners and management take an active role in the running of the home.’ We believe that variety and stimulation is so important and activities such as singing and dancing have a wonderful effect on wellbeing. The home has its own pub, the Railway Tavern, serving pub lunches and an art deco theatre for musical and drama productions. The local community are also actively involved such as theatrical groups using our theatre to rehearse and put on shows for us and other local care homes. There are cameras in the garden, including one in a bird box, so residents are able to watch what goes on in the garden on their televisions. We also have wonderful staff who truly enjoy their work and being a part of what we do in many ways, from providing care to singing and dancing in our theatre. The home has been described as a cruise ship, everything is on board.


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Living in Dorset If you have a story you think would be suitable for Dorset Life, 's Living In pages, please contact Sue Weekes. You can reach her by email at livingindorset@dorsetlife.co.uk or you can call the Dorset Life office on: 01929 551264

How now ice-cream cow?

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‘They’ve got to almost wake up and come alive before I’m happy,’ says sculptor Jonathan Sells about his stone carvings. And there is plenty of life in one of his most recent works, a quirky cow fountain commissioned by Peter and Hazel Hartle of Purbeck Ice Cream, which celebrates 30 years of the business. Jonathan, who lives in Corfe Castle, learned his craft on the stone-carving course at Weymouth College in 1986 and has created a number of high-profile sculptures including for Christchurch Priory and Lulworth Heritage Centre. He likes his work to be viewed from a 360-degree perspective and the carvings on the back of the cow’s head represent the animal’s spirit. ‘They are beautiful creatures,’ he says. Hazel and Peter are delighted with their new addition to Lower Scoles Farm in Kingston. ‘We strive to be highly professional with a dose of daft,’ says Hazel. ‘And Jonathan was on the same wavelength as us.’ www.jonathan-sells.com

The mice that came to dinner A family of cheeky field mice that were raiding Lynda Stewart’s rescue guinea pigs’ food bowl provided the inspiration and impetus for the teacher to fulfil her aim of writing a children’s book. ‘The mice were leaping in and out of the hutch and helping themselves, but Buttercup and Cookie didn’t seem to mind,’ says Lynda. ‘My children and husband were always saying, “When are you going to write that book?” so it gave me the idea to pen a story with a message about sharing.’ Since publishing the book, for which she also did the illustrations, Lynda divides her time between teaching and creative writing activities in local schools and libraries and has even organised a 500-word story competition on Radio Wimborne. She also shares her experiences of self-publishing with others. ‘I explain how the children, too, could be authors one day,’ says Lynda. Who’s in My Bowl? can be ordered through Waterstones or Lynda’s website and is also on sale in Gullivers in Wimborne and Westbourne Bookshop. www.dorsetdaisybookpublishing.co.uk

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A taste of local honey Shoppers would expect to be able to buy honey in the Dolphin Shopping Centre in Poole but might not expect it to be produced from the centre’s own bees. Back in 2015 the shopping centre created a rooftop garden with two beehives. The honey costs £5 and all proceeds go towards local charity, the Chestnut Nursery, which supports adults with mental illness. ‘Increasing biodiversity was a huge benefit to introducing the rooftop garden at the centre,’ says centre manager, John Grinnell. ‘We were aware of the demise of the bee population and staff actively came forward with ideas about what they could do to help.’ A number of staff have since completed the British Bee Keepers’ Association training. The centre has also installed a Bee Cam in the Eco Hub so that shoppers can watch the bees in action. 37

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Living in Dorset

Goats get down to business Work to restore Portland’s Verne Common rare habitats has been given a boost with a natural way to clear the scrub: munching goats from nearby Fancy’s Farm. The limestone grassland restoration project will benefit a multitude of species including the unique cretaceous form of the silver studded blue butterfly which only survives on Portland. A short film, showing the moment the goats are released onto the land and interviews about the work with Dorset Wildlife Trust and Fancy’s Farm will be shown at the Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre. The borough council says the goats are friendly and will enjoy visitors, but asks for dogs to be kept on leads as they may scare nesting birds and other species. Top The goats provide a natural way to clear the scrub Below One of the Michael House gardens, shot at an open day earlier this year

The Tolpuddle business that is changing education A publisher based in a small corner of Dorset has been recognised nationally for the work it is doing to try to change education for the better. PG Online, based in the Old Coach House in Tolpuddle, aims to support teachers with a new generation of resources for lessons and delivery. The company is a finalist in the Lloyds Bank National Business

Awards UK. It was founded by Rob Heathcote in 2013 who, having family connections in Dorset, decided to move the business and his family here: ‘Being shortlisted in such prestigious awards gives the whole team an added boost and shows that businesses based on the south coast can have global ambitions,’ says Rob

Wildlife garden innovation awarded The Michael House homeless charity and hostel in Grosvenor Gardens, Boscombe, has once again shone in Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Wildlife Friendly Gardening competition. It was named in the new innovation category, which highlights those who have used innovative ways to create wildlife friendly features such as using an old bath tub as a pond. In the case of Michael House, which won the community garden category last year, they include a pond made from a tractor tyre. Chief executive

Mark Horsford explains that all of the plants in the garden are natural anti-depressants, such as lemon balm. ‘I’m so proud of the residents,’ he says. ‘They’ve created a wonderful sensory garden.’ The charity shared honours in the category with Helen Mandy of Beaminster, Jacqui Warder of Puddletown and Hannah March from Maiden Newton, who all showed great innovation in their gardens, said the judges. The awards ceremony, sponsored by the Gardens Group, took place at Castle Gardens in Sherborne.

Motcombe’s Memorial Hall a model of success As Motcombe Memorial Hall passes its 90th year, such is its popularity, with 27 groups regularly using it, that plans have been submitted for a grant to build an adjacent additional hall to reduce the growing instances of double bookings. Chairman John Maynard says that a proposal was recently put to villagers to gauge support for live streaming. ‘The result of which is that it is now a regular feature of hall entertainment,’ he says. ‘Audiences at the Memorial Hall arguably had a better view of La Bohème or The Ideal Husband… than those watching simultaneously in London. And also, the bar is a lot easier to get to!’ 38

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Dorset Miscellany

50 years ago From Dorset – The County Magazine, autumn 1968 Thatching Lives On, by Audrey Constant ‘I be a thatcher and thatching to-the-truth-of-music is about done for. If you look at these thatched cottages about Dorset, they will all tell their own story. Why the reed is just thrown down on the roof hugger-mugger. They can’t thatch no more down this part, I can tell ’ee; they lay it on all of a heap.’ So said a Dorset thatcher in 1918. He was wrong. Thatching in these parts is anything but done, as a journey through any part of the county shows. Around 1820, when Welsh slate was produced on a huge scale and transported by rail throughout the country, and when the French wars put up the cost of wheat and wheat straw to prohibitive levels, thatching changed from the cheapest form of roof to the most expensive. Thatching is still going strong in 2018, as seen on this lovely house in Fontmell Magna Another thatcher bemoaned the number of young people in thatching: ‘The young ’uns don’t want to learn to cut a spar or use a thatcher’s hook. It’s all right on a fine sunny day, but come the frost and wet weather, they’d rather be working under a roof than on one.’

Firm, but fair Punishments from the Dorset of yesteryear Many of us got bored as young children listening to interminable sermons while sitting on bone-hard pews during church services. We would probably not have played up quite so much had our improper behaviour resulted in a prison sentence, as it did in 1631 Dorchester, where, ‘On August 25, Jo Kay and Nicholas Sims did play at All Saints in Sermon time, and laughed, and Sims did stick Kay a box on the ears and carry themselves irreverently.’ We might also be a bit more circumspect about having

a beer with our barbecue if, like Robert Foote in 1632 Dorchester, we risked being charged with ‘being several tymes drunk and wishing that fire and brimstone would fall on this town, it being sufficiently proud.’ He received a prison sentence with hard labour. Had his wife told him off too severely, she might have been put in the stocks for scolding, or even ducked, although the magistrates for one female convict of this crime at least had her punishment deferred from midwinter to the spring. Still, being a nagging wife carried less stigma than being a single mother. Susannah Philips of Bishops Caundle was, in 1785, made to stand throughout a church service, wrapped in a white linen sheet, while reciting confessional phrases about her ‘base-born’ child. Abridged from Dorset Customs, Curiosities & Country Lore, by Mary Brown, ISBN 978-1-85455-0477

Dorset place name Waterston (in Puddletown) This place is first recorded as just Pidere in the Domesday Book of 1086, that is simply with reference to the river on which it lies, with the implication 'estate on the River Piddle' (and with a characteristic Norman spelling of the river-name). Then in 1212 it is referred to in a Latin form as Pidela Walteri 'Walter's Piddle', this becoming Walterton in 1227, Walterston or Pydele Walterston in 1268, and then with similar spellings throughout the medieval period. The original meaning is thus straightforward: 'the farmstead or estate (on the River Piddle) of a man called Walter', from-Old English tun and a Germanic personal name that was introduced from Continental Europe in the 11th century. No reference to this early owner called Walter has been found. The modern spelling with loss of the medial -l- is first found in the 17th century, this reflecting the pronunciation of the name (the surname Waters is likewise often derived from this old personal name). A D Mills 40

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Dorset nature note By the end of September many of our butterflies have passed their prime and their numbers start to decrease. However, now is often a good time to see migrant species like the painted lady and clouded yellow which cross the Channel from continental Europe each year and add a welcome splash of colour to the local countryside. Numbers of these migrants can vary greatly from year to year. Some years, sightings can be counted on the proverbial fingers of one hand while at other times counts can be in the thousands, even tens of thousands. Not all these butterflies will necessarily be direct migrants; a good percentage may well be the offspring of butterflies that migrated here earlier in the year and then managed to breed successfully. With its orange-yellow wings bordered in black, the clouded yellow is a particularly distinctive insect, often seen flitting across coastal meadows in search of nectar from lateflowering plants such as fleabane (illustrated). Although once considered a purely migrant species, in recent years clouded yellow caterpillars have been observed overwintering on the Bournemouth under-cliff and other sites along the Dorset coast. I have seen umpteen clouded yellows during my time in Dorset and, although each one is still a pleasure, none can match the excitement of my first encounter with this butterfly in a Preston park over 50 years ago; it was an exotic presence in such everyday surroundings. Hamish Murray

Dorset around the world In Charleston, South Carolina, there is an estuary formed by four rivers: the Wando, the Stono, the Ashley and the Cooper rivers. The last two, as well as being the longest two of the four, are both named for the same man: Anthony Ashley Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury and the chief Lord Proprietor of the Carolina Colony (named for King Charles – Carolus) when it was founded at Charles Towne, later

Charleston. The two rivers meet just by Fort Dorchester, which is named after Dorchester County (to the northwest of Charleston), which was named after Dorchester, Massachusetts, from where the Carolina Dorchester settlers came, which was in turn named for Dorchester, Dorset, from where the original Massachusetts Dorchester settlers came.

Iconic Dorset inventions: 2 Henry the, er, vacuum cleaner How Henry went from being an industrial vacuum cleaner to a smiling bowler-hatted friend with a nozzle for a nose is by no means a definable fact. The two options of the story cited in national press articles are that the smiley face was either done as a doodle on a demo model at a trade show in 1980, or it was designer Mike Walsh who created the smiling face and nozzle-nose design. What is without dispute is that Numatic International, the company behind Henry, were based in Beaminster at the time of ‘his’ invention in 1981. Whether it is the cunning design, the reliability and quality of the vacuum cleaner, its British identity, the fact that alliteratively ‘Henry the…’ goes with ‘Hoover’, or the simple fact that his smiley face and human name make a domestic appliance almost like a member of the family, Henry is a huge success. More than 20 million have at some point been in service around the world. The smiling, bowler-hatted Henry has in more recent years been joined by Hetty (pink), Harry, Charles, James & George.

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The waterway that wasn’t Roger Guttridge recalls abortive plans for a Dorset and Somerset Canal t was described over 200 years ago as ‘one of the best the original object conceived undertakings ever designed for the counties of creating a link of Dorset and Somerset’ and I often ponder on how between Poole different much of our county would have been had the and Bristol? Dorset and Somerset Canal been completed. Imagine a The necessary waterway from Poole Harbour into Somerset to connect Act of Parliament with the Kennet and Avon Canal and on to Bristol. received Royal It almost happened. The first eight miles at the Somerset Assent in 1796 end were actually constructed before the project ran into giving the Dorset trouble. The Dorset and Somerset Inland Navigation, as it and Somerset was originally known, was conceived in 1792, when canal Canal owners mania was at its height as an alternative to the long and the right to draw The plan for a two-arched aqueduct at Fiddleford hazardous sea voyage around Land’s End and the even water from any more challenging overland journey. The proposal was source within discussed at a public meeting in the Bear Inn, Wincanton, 2000 yards of their canal and to create a junction with the in 1793. Prospective investors believed they could rely Kennet and Avon, thus connecting it to the national canal on a regular traffic in coal from Bristol and the Somerset network. coalfields to Dorset and, in the opposite direction, Purbeck Work on the Mendip collieries branch began at Cote, clay destined for the Staffordshire potteries. Other in the parish of Stratton, but no sooner had the first anticipated cargoes included freestone and lime from barge been launched than the scheme ran into the first Somerset and timber, slate and wool from Dorset. in a series of financial problems. Of £70,000 pledged by The project attracted great interest and subscriptions prospective shareholders, only £58,000 was forthcoming. greatly exceeded the minimum required. A route was With people now preoccupied by the war with France, the drawn up that ran from Bath to Frome (with a branch to promoters lurched from one crisis to another and managed the Mendip collieries) and on via Wincanton, Henstridge, to complete only eight miles of their canal. Progress was Stalbridge, Sturminster Newton, Lydlinch, King’s Stag also hampered by the rocky and uneven terrain in the Bridge, Mappowder, Ansty, Puddletown and Wareham to Mendips; those first eight miles required 25 bridges, three Poole Harbour. tunnels, an aqueduct, twenty stop gates Wareham people voted to support the and three balance locks. route, but in Blandford they had other ideas. Construction finally ceased in 1803, when A meeting at the Crown declared that the the last of the money ran out, although canal would be of greatest benefit to its hopes lingered on until the mid-1820s, proprietors and the county if it went from when attempts were made to involve Sturminster Newton to Poole via Blandford the canal company in plans for a railway and Wimborne rather than Wareham. The covering the same route. These plans also Blandford route was finally decided on in foundered and it would be another thirty 1795, but with branches to Wareham and years before the Somerset and Dorset Hamworthy. The 37 miles from Freshford to Railway came to fruition. By then the Dorset Stalbridge was costed at £100,000 and the and Somerset Canal was an eight-mile, remaining 33 miles from Stalbridge to Poole overgrown relic. One of the few surviving at £83,000. documents is a plan for a double-arched But there was opposition from Dorset aqueduct over what is now the A357 road at landowners, in particular Lord Rivers, who Fiddleford. It shows a ford where the stone insisted that the canal must not extend bridge is today and two cottages which still ‘beyond some point betwixt Sturminster survive. The site is literally a stone’s throw and Blandford, otherwise withholding his from the present-day Fiddleford Inn. I lived consent’. As a result, a drastic decision was next door to this former brewery in the taken to abandon the southern section of 1960s and have often tried to imagine it as the canal, reducing its length to 48 miles a canal-side pub serving pints and meals to and the cost to £146,000. the crews of passing narrow-boats. From the perspective of the 21st century, The Waterway that Never Was is one it seems incredible that the canal would of 35 chapters in Roger Guttridge’s now terminate at Gain's Cross, south of book Dorset: Curious and Surprising Shillingstone. Would this not have defeated The finalised Bath - Shillingstone route (Halsgrove, £9.99).



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Two very different castles: Pennsylvania Castle and Rufus Castle above Church Ope Cove

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inherited the castle. Granville Penn and his family did not have the same passion about the castle or the area, and John Penn's beloved home was eventually sold to J Meyrick Head in the late 1800s. Throughout the building’s history it has been both a private residence and a hotel. Colonial UK now own the castle and Managing Director Chris Holleyoak explained during an interesting tour of the estate that there are not many intact 19thcentury castles like this, by the sea, for event hire. Walking in the footsteps of John Penn and King George III, I was able to view the amazing

Above Pennsylvania Castle with its crenelated wall tops and beautifully manicured gardens

Below Rufus Castle displaying an altogether more rugged approach to both its architecture and the surrounding plant life

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ruin, once part of the Pennsylvania Castle estate, today lies in the grounds of a private house. The current owner kindly allows small guided groups to enter her garden occasionally to gain a view of its structure from inside. A short enchanting walk along the coastline and steep steps via the ruins of old St Andrew’s Church will bring you to the impressive Pennsylvania Castle. John Penn, a great scholar, writer and poet, loved Portland. The grandson of William Penn, the founder of the state of Pennsylvania, John had the vision for a castle overlooking the sea, and it was his friend, King George III, who gifted him the land on which to build his coastal mansion. In 1797, John commissioned James Wyatt, the popular and sometimes controversial architect of the romantic period, to build his dream. After three years and a cost of £20,000, the neo-gothic castle, built of local stone, was finished. It was fashionable to have romantic ruins in your gardens and for a short while in its history, Pennsylvania boasted two: Rufus Castle and the remains of old St Andrew’s Church. Pennsylvania Castle was officially opened by Princess Elizabeth, the daughter of King George III, in 1800. King George, a regular visitor to the area, celebrated one of his wedding anniversaries at the castle. He promoted bathing and Penn had a bath house built, but the site of the baths was common land and this caused a problem: the Court Leet wanted a yearly rent which Penn refused to pay. The bath house was abandoned and, although in need of restoration, it is still there today. John Penn died in 1834. He never married or had children, so upon his death his brother


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Both castles look out over one of Portland's loveliest spots: Church Ope Cove

architecture of this building as they would have There are suggestions that the castle was built seen it – there have been no structural changes to around a house already on the site from Tudor the original part of the castle. Welcome additions times. Churchill, Eisenhower and De Gaulle are have seen extra bedrooms, taking the total to nine said to have sat round the table in the drawing en-suite, all tastefully renovated. Each bedroom room, planning the D-Day landings. The base has its own name and style. A dual-purpose of the table in question, with its ornate carvings, orangery is at the heart of entertainment during dates back to 1645 and the top is dated 1850. the summer and in winter it houses a heated During John Penn's life at the castle he swimming pool. A recent wedding held at the commissioned John Hoppner, a talented colourist castle was a true fairytale: a local man married a and artist, to paint a portrait of him. (Hoppner had lady from Pennsylvania USA! a story of his own: King George III took a particular The Dorset Gardens Trust (DGT) takes a keen interest in him, which sparked rumours that interest in the garden and no wonder, with its Hoppner could have been his illegitimate son.) landscaped terraces, formal and wonderful A later owner sold off the portrait and, having kitchen gardens. A magnificent waterfall can be travelled through many US collections, it returned found in the lower part of the castle grounds to the UK in 2013 and now hangs exactly where towards the sea. John Penn was instrumental in John Penn intended. the development of the grounds and The Dorset What does the future hold for this 19th-century County Chronicle and Somerset Gazette in July castle estate? Pennsylvania Castle will continue 1863 makes reference to artist and landscape to offer its tailored event service and would like to architect William Nesfield (1794-1881) being expand the number of rooms to provide additional involved at some point in the garden’s history. luxurious accommodation. One idea is to build Nesfield had many notable garden commissions unusual stone lodges into the cliff edge. So during his career, including Kew Gardens. Dennis Pennsylvania Castle is set to create more tales for Hewitson of the DGT says that the site is important another generation and for the foreseeable future, to the Trust because of its marine location Rufus Castle will remain a romantic ruin for all together with its historical associations. This site to enjoy. is one of the few examples of picturesque theory For future Rufus Castle tours contact Portland surviving in the county. Museum. The museum houses splendid Unfortunately, during my tour there was no displays on both castles and the Penn family. mention of secret passages or hidden rooms, www.portlandmuseuem.co.uk although an extremely well-used stone staircase, previously part of the servants’ quarters, is a clue For exclusive luxury hire of Pennsylvania to the fact that the stairs may pre-date the castle. Castle contact www.thepenn.co.uk


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From humble beginnings operating just within the Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch conurbation, they now operate UK wide - from the southern tip of Britain, across to Kent and up as far as Wales and Yorkshire, increasing their boundaries all the time. Mark’s strong professional reputation precedes him, and the MC Plan & Site Services team aim to always provide a personalised and professional building control service to all clients - regardless of size and value. Mark said, “These past five years have seen us go from zero to smashing through the targets we originally set. We’ve chosen our staff wisely and I’m confident that we have a great team as well as a dedicated working ethos in the office. With the inhouse training programmes and personal development we have introduced, I know that we have another exciting time ahead of us, especially given the amount of redevelopment that is going on in this area alone. We’re relishing the next five years to see what more opportunities will abound. “The latest two investments to the business are a new updated website which went live last month and a bespoke quotation system which makes the whole process from start to finish much slicker.”

MC Plan and Site Services has grown exponentially and in its five short years has experienced rapid growth with work ranging across both public and private sectors, to cover overseeing refurbishments of existing office buildings and homes, and much larger entertainment venues and commercial premises, offering advice and problem solving along the way. Today they have grown the team to 28 (including 3 consultants) and moved premises twice already, with more staff in the pipeline and another move anticipated for early next year to accommodate their ever expanding work force. With the increased staff numbers, comes mounting need for vehicles. In 2016 they invested in a fleet of 5 new Nissan Qashqais and this year saw them invest in a fleet of 5 state-of-the-art Toyota C-HR Hybrids plus another 3 livered vehicles. MC Plan & Site Services act as a ‘one stop shop’ encompassing all building control services under one roof in an efficient and cost-effective manner. They work closely with all parties involved throughout the process including the application submission, planning assessments, site inspections and completion of works and have very quickly become a leading firm of Independent Building Inspectors in the UK. The company is licensed and regulated by the Construction Industry Council to carry out building control throughout England and Wales

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Hamworthy: a shoreline stroll Angus Rich explores a shoreline lesser-known to strangers to Poole nown to the Romans as Moriconium, Hamworthy may be thought of by some outside Poole as little more than a former industrial area famous for once having had a power station. They might also know about it being linked to the town of Poole by both the old (but recently refurbished) lifting bridge and the relatively new Twin Sails bridge, which may well be alone in Dorset bridge history in having an infants’ school and nursery named after it. As well as its industrial and residential parts of Hamworthy, and the extensive Rockley Park holiday centre and former Royal Marines base, there is another part of Hamworthy that boasts lovely views of the Purbeck Hills, of Brownsea Island and the more industrial port of Poole. This shoreline is just about walkable between the low-water and high-water marks if you don’t mind jumping up and jumping down from concrete,


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moored to buoys in Poole Harbour with views of the Wareham Channel, Patchins Point, Long Island, Round Island, Green Island, Furzey Island and, of course, Brownsea Island. There is seaweed of different types, boats in all states of repair and indeed mooring docks in all states of repair, from the swanky versions with their electrical lifting gear to the sad, weatherbeaten and partially destroyed former piers that testify to the existence of earlier boating activity now departed.

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Above Flotsam from stormy days leaves a fascinating variety of objects on the walkway Right A groyne at the western end of the beach at Hamworthy Park Below right A rather more impressive jetty with out of the water storage and yet still one man launching

in itself. One visitor described it as ‘shabby chic’, which seems a little harsh. It has its own beach huts, seasonal paddling pool and some great kids’ playground equipment as well as a pair of goalposts for kickabouts. Whilst it also has one of the least car-friendly car parks in Poole (only 60 spaces, narrow entrance, nowhere to turn round) it is only chargeable 9.30-15.00 and you get 30 minutes for free. The beach at Hamworthy Park is also a dog-friendly beach all year round. So while Hamworthy may not have the cachet of Sandbanks, it does have an awful lot of things going for it, not least of which is some of the best vistas of Purbeck you will see, safe waters for kids and always something happening in front of you to catch the eye, whether it’s seabirds wheeling on the wind or a pair of windsurfers rising onto their foils and humming their way along to the horizon.


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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.

Bridport Mindfest Building on last year’s first Bridport Mindfest, this year’s edition again tackles the opening premise of reducing the stigma attached to the mental illness that affects one in four adults. It is an all-ages festival of arts, events, workshops, talks and exhibitions using a range of venues in and around Bridport. Headline speakers this year include Daily Mail advice columnist Dr Bel Mooney and the BBC’s ‘Street Doctor’, Dr Jonty Heaversedge, who will be offering local businesses advice on how they might play a part in supporting Bridport’s wellbeing. Comedian Rob Gee will perform Kevin, King of Egypt, the story of an escaped psychiatric patient who meets Millie and embarks on a journey that will change their lives forever. Also billed are musician-film maker Danny Sumbler and singer-songwriter Will Ferris. Bristol-based rapper Dizraeli will be working with young people at Bridport Youth Centre. 5-10 October, daily Various venues, www.bridportmindfest.org

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Arts by the Sea Bournemouth’s annual jamboree of international arts blends theatre, music, dance, spoken word, literature, visual arts, film and comedy in curious spaces and places across the town. until 6 October, daily Various venues, 01202 451734, www.artsbythesea.co.uk AsOne Theatre: Escaping the Storm Peter John Cooper’s four-hander about the pioneering family planning campaigner, Marie Stopes, and her move to Portland in search of refuge from the storms of controversy that engulfed her. There she founded Portland Museum and entertained her friend, Thomas Hardy. 16 October, 7.30 Royal Manor Theatre, Portland, 03336 663366, www.royamanortheatre.co.uk 18 October, 7.30 Shelley Theatre, Boscombe, 01202 413600, www.shelleytheatre.co.uk 25 October, 7.30 Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, 01297 442138, www.marinetheatre.com Exhibition: Ebb ’n’ Flow A meditation in contemporary lace by Jane Atkinson drawn from personal observation on a daily walk around Stanpit Marsh. until 28 October, daily Walford Mill Crafts & Priest’s House Museum, Wimborne, 01202 841400 / 882533, www.walfordmillcrafts.co.uk Exhibition: 1918 – The Road to Damascus until 31 October, 11.00 Clouds Hill, Bovington, 01929 405616, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/clouds-hill Exhibition: Wildflowers The lives of four girls from Edwardian Wimborne are told through displays, activities and games, including newly commissioned illustrations and pressed flower albums and nature books made by Viola Bankes of Kingston Lacy. Until 30 November, 10.00 (not Sun) Priest’s House Museum & Garden, Wimborne, 01202 882533, www.priest-house.co.uk Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra: Monumental Mahler Curtain-raising concert for the BSO’s autumn season finds principal conductor Kirill Karabits at the helm for Mahler’s ‘Resurrection’, the largest symphony ever made, with the Symphony Chorus, soprano Lisa Lindstrom and mezzo-soprano Nadine Weissmann. 3 October, 7.30 Lighthouse, Poole, 01202 280000, www.lighthousepoole.co.uk NGS Open Gardens 3 October, 2.00 Edmondsham House, Edmondsham, 01725 517207, www.ngs.org.uk 14 October, 11.30 Frankham Farm, Ryme Intrinseca, 07594 427365, www.facebook.com/ frankhamfarmgarden Blair Dunlop 4 October, 7.00 Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, 01297 442394, www.marinetheatre.com Swanage Blues Festival 4-7 October, daily Various venues, www.swanage-blues.org

Michael Petrov & Alexander Ullman Bulgarian-born cellist Petrov and pianist Ullman are two of the most outstanding young talents at work in the UK and will perform music by Beethoven and Rachmaninov in Bridport as part of this season’s final ‘Concerts in the West’ tour. 5 October, 11.00 Bridport Arts Centre, 01308 424204, www.bridport-arts.com Botanical Art Workshop with Julia Trickey A two-day course for beginners fascinated by the natural world and more experienced artists who want to advance their botanical art. 5, 6 October, 10.30 Sculpture by the Lakes, Pallington, 07720 637808, www.sculpturebythelakes.co.uk Twisted Tales Inspired by cult TV series The Twilight Zone and Inside Number Nine, Twisted Tales combines three different plays that all ask the same question: How far would you go to get what you want? 5 October, 7.30 West Lulworth Village Hall, 01929 400790, www.artsreach.co.uk 6 October, 7.30 Broadmayne Village Hall, 07443 659912, www.artsreach.co.uk 7 October, 7.30 Halstock Village Hall, 01935 891744, www.artsreach.co.uk The Art of the Matter Paintings, drawings and sculpture by members of Poole and East Dorset Art Society. 5-22 October, 10.00 Gallery Upstairs, Upton Country Park, 07906 759620, www.thegalleryupstairs.org.uk Rich Hall’s Hoedown Grouchy, deadpan American stand-up dissects Trump’s America by revelling in Americana. 6 October, 8.00 Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne, 01202 885566, www.tivoliwimborne.co.uk 61

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This month in Dorset Purbeck Film Festival The 21st Purbeck Film Festival comes of age with a characteristically varied programme. At the heart of the festival are the 26 screenings at the Rex Cinema in Wareham, which is just a third of the programme. There are films showing at Durlston Castle in Swanage and Lighthouse in Poole as well as in some thirty village halls, community centres, pubs, hotels and churches. Highlights include In Between, Maysaloun Hamoud’s acclaimed contemporary story of three Arab women, last year’s Oscar winner from Chile, A Fantastic Woman, and Sorcerer, William Friedkin’s blistering 1977 remake of Clouzot’s 1953 classic, The Wages of Fear. Other titles playing are All the President’s Men, Ingmar Bergman’s Smiles of a Summer Night and Verneuil’s I As In Icarus, starring Yves Montand with a score by Ennio Morricone. 12-27 October, daily, many venues, www.purbeckfilm.com The New Jersey Boys 6 October, 7.30 The Exchange, Sturminster Newton, 01258 475137, www.stur-exchange.co.uk Police Dog Hogan Featuring Guardian columnist Tim Dowling on banjo, a genre-defying blend of folk, country, pop and urban bluegrass. 6 October, 8.00 Bridport Arts Centre, 01308 424204, www.bridport-arts.com Curry & Comedy: Sarah Ali Choudbury + Paul Tonkinson 6 October, 7.00 Key West, Bournemouth, 07717 762734, www.keywestbournemouth.co.uk Music in the Park 7 October, 2.30 Pageant Gardens, Sherborne, 07784 900955, www.sherbornetownband.co.uk UK Fungus Day Foray 7 October, 10.00 Hardy’s Birthplace Visitor Centre, Thorncombe Woods, 01305 251228, www.dorsetfungusgroup.com Dorset Family History Society Talk: ‘Frank Norman Fox’ 8 October, 8.00 St John’s Heatherlands Church, Parkstone, 01202 785623, www.dorsetfhs.org.uk Ocean Film Festival World Tour An evening of ocean-themed films to educate, inspire and thrill. 9, 17 October, 7.30 Regent Centre, Christchurch, 01202 499199, www.regentcentre.co.uk 16 October, 7.30 Weymouth Pavilion, 01305 783225, www.weymouthpavilion.com The Blues Brothers John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd in the classic 1980 Saturday Night Live spin-off. First fifty get free film poster and a White Russian. 10 October, 8.00 Regent Centre, Christchurch, 01202 499199, www.regentcentre.co.uk Sherborne Literary Festival 10-14 October, daily Various venues, www.sherborneliterarysociety.com

Dylan Moran: Dr Cosmos Brand new touring show from the one they call the ‘Oscar Wilde of comedy’. 11 October, 8.00 Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth, 0844 576 3000, www.bic.co.uk One World by the Sea Festival The Arts by the Sea fringe event is an international celebration of diversity in Bournemouth and Poole with a programme of music, food, film, dance and theatre. 11-13 October, daily Various venues, www.oneworldbythesea.co.uk My Sweet Patootie Vintage swing, country blues, folk, and ragtime collide in an uplifting vaudeville-style show performed with tight vocal harmonies, instrumental virtuosity and humorous storytelling by this Canadian trio. 11 October, 7.30 Piddletrenthide Memorial Hall, 01300 348247, www.artsreach.co.uk 12 October, 7.30 Wootton Fitzpaine Village Hall, 01297 560948, www.artsreach.co.uk 13 October, 7.30 Ibberton Village Hall, 01258 817269, www.artsreach.co.uk 14 October, 7.30 Studland Village Hall, 01929 450204, www.artsreach.co.uk Pack Monday Fair The former Michaelmas street fair dates back to 1490, when Abbot Peter granted his workmen a holiday. In this incarnation there is live music on Friday and Saturday nights and the street fair and food market on Monday. 12, 13, 15 October, 9.00 Cheap Street, Sherborne, 01963 364399, www.packmondayfair.com Madama Butterfly Featuring an impressive cast and live orchestra, Russian State Opera bring Puccini’s sublime Madama Butterfly to Poole. Sung in Italian with English surtitles. 13 October, 7.45 Lighthouse, Poole, 01202 280000, www.lighthousepoole.co.uk Wimborne Food Festival 13 October 10.00 The Square, Wimborne, 01202 971179, www.foodevents4u.co.uk Holmes & Watson: The Case of the Rhyming Crime Arthur Conan Doyle’s adventures are turned into clever verse and lively lyrics by two accomplished spoken word performers. 13 October, 7.30 Bladen Valley Social Club, Briantspuddle 01929 471002, www.artsreach.co.uk The God and Monsters Show Storytelling with Emily Hennessey, Mikael Oberg and Ben Haggarty; music by Jonah Brody and Sheema Mukherjee. 13 October, 7.00 Ancient Technology Centre, Cranborne, 01202 888992, www.crickcrackclub.com The Cathedral of Pleasure Sing the praises of Jamie Double and stretchy sinners, acrobatic unbelievers and marvellous malefactors. 13 October, 8.00 Electric Palace, Bridport, 01308 428354, www.electricpalace.org.uk The Big Bang Gang: Sarajevo Big Bang Swedish company use stories, songs and cabaret to explain how one fatal gunshot in Sarajevo started the Great War. 14 October, 7.30 Portman Hall, Shillingstone, 07870 972089, www.artsreach.co.uk 63

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This month in Dorset Giants of Science A duo of self-proclaimed dimwits hope to shed some light on the giant subject of Science with the aid of Albert Einstein, Galileo, Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and… Kriss Akabusi. 18 October, 8.00 Melbury Osmond Village Hall, 01935 83265, www.artsreach.co.uk 19 October, 8.00 West Stafford Village Hall, 07968 633834, www.artsreach.co.uk 20 October, 8.00 Stalbridge Village Hall, 01963 363331, www.artsreach.co.uk 21 October, 8.00 Drimpton Village Hall, 01308 867617, www.artsreach.co.uk The Enchanted Illuminations See the famous Abbotsbury Gardens in a different light as large sections of the planting are lit with special events on Family Fright Nights for Halloween. 18-28 October, dusk Abbotsbury Gardens, 01305 871130, www.abbotsbury-tourism.co.uk Jethro – The Count of Cornwall 19 October, 7.30 Mowlem Theatre, Swanage, 01929 422239, www.mowlemtheatre.co.uk Duo Teresa Carreno A classical piano and cello recital. 19, 20 October, 8.00 Tincleton Gallery, 01305 848909, www.tincletongallery.com Fierce Flowers This young French trio are a product of the Parisian oldtime and bluegrass music scene. 19 October, 7.30 Langton Matravers Village Hall, 01929 423834, www.artsreach.co.uk 20 October, 7.30 Powerstock Hut, 01308 485474, www.artsreach.co.uk 21 October, 7.30 Tarrant Gunville Village Hall, 01258 830361, www.artsreach.co.uk Halloween at Shire Hall With free entry for younger visitors in fancy dress, ghosts, ghouls and skeletons go on trial in the courthouse as slime oozes from the walls in the cells below. 20-28 October, 10.00 Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum, Dorchester, 01305 261849, wwwshirehalldorset.org Toots and the Maytals One of the all-time great reggae, ska and rock steady outfits showcase their hits including ‘Pressure Drop’, ‘54-36 (That’s My Number)’ and ‘Funky Kingston’. 21 October, 7.00 O2 Academy Bournemouth, 01202 399922, www.academymusicgroup.com/ o2academybournemouth Just Eat It (PIC Eat) Part of the Conscious Cinema festival, this powerful documentary follows a couple that decide to survive only on foods that would otherwise be thrown away. 23 October, 7.00 Gaunts House, Wimborne, 01202 841522, www.gauntshouse.com Exhibition: Bournemouth Arts Club 26 October-5 November, 10.30 Gallery Upstairs, Upton Country Park, 07906 759620, www.thegalleryupstairs.org.uk Halloween Spooktacular Family event with spooky woodland walk, fancy dress, fireworks display set to music and bbq.

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



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

The Martyrs Inn, DT2 7ES 01305 848249. www.themartyrsinn.co.uk. A delightful pub serving food all day, made with fresh local seasonal ingredients, in the centre of the historic village of Tolpuddle. Wareham

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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. Four en-suite bed & breakfast rooms. Cranborne The Café, Cranborne Garden Centre. www. cranbornegardencentre. co.uk. 01725 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!

The Italian Kitchen, 37 South Street, BH20 4LR www.theitaliankitchendorset. com 01929 550990 Contemporary restaurant at Wareham Quay serving authentic Italian casual fare during the day and a la carte in the evening.

The Fish Inn The Bridges. 01425 473185. www.fishinnringwood.co.uk. Home cooked and prepared food in comfortable and relaxed surroundings with a variety to suit any appetite or taste. Sturminster Marshall The Red Lion, 01258 857319. www.redlioninn-dorset.co.uk. A family-run pub which offers you a warm welcome and delicious homemade food. This historic building is in the stunning village of Sturminster Marshall.

Symondsbury (near Bridport) Symondsbury Kitchen, Manor Yard, DT6 6HG. 01308 538309 http:// symondsburykitchen.com. Stunning café offering delicious home cooked, seasonal food. Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea. Open seven days a week. Tarrant Keyneston (near Blandford)

Marshalls On The Green Café Bar & Bistro Sturminster Golf Club Moor Lane. BH21 4BD 01258 858444. www.sturminstermarshallgc. co.uk. Marshalls are delighted to re-open their doors after a well deserved renovation. Open seven days a week and bookable for evenings.

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Dorset recipe

Dorset Apple Cake Verity Hesketh celebrates Dorset apples with a seasonal cake recipe o get stuck into the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, what could be more openly traditional than a Dorset Apple Cake? I defy anyone not to go a little bit dribbly at the thought of a piece of this unctuous, toffee-ish cake – wonderfully firm, portable and filling, great for popping in a Tupperware box and taking for a walk in the country. The sweetly crunchy toasted almond topping is a perfect partner for the soft squishiness of the apples. You will need to purchase or pick fairly sweet, firm dessert apples that will hold their shape when cooked (generally speaking, the more acidic the apple, the more it will break down on cooking). Try Cox’s, Orleans Reinette, Egremont Russet or Ribston Pippin for the nicest textures. Although apple cakes from all over the British Isles and even the world are all special in their own way, we seem to have generously adopted the


apple cake as our own: our official county culinary symbol, as recognisable as a Devon cream tea or a Cornish pasty. As far as the origins of the apple cake go, the cake we recognise today as the Dorset Apple Cake has been tailored to suit changing tastes throughout the centuries. The earliest recording of an apple cake that contains elements of today’s cake is probably Mother Eve’s Pudding, and a fabulous old recipe (written entirely in rhyming couplets) from Tyneham. The recipe seems likely to be fairly ancient, as the groat, or 4d piece ceased being issued in 1662. Mother Eve’s Pudding Would you have a good pudding pray mind what you are taught Take two penneth of Eggs when they are twelve for a Groat Take ye same fruit that Eve once did cozen 71

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Dorset Apple Cake Some salt and some Nutmeg ye whole will compleat Six hours let it boil without any flutter Nor is it quite finished without wine and sugar.

Well pared & well Chop’d at least half a dozen Six Oz of Bread, let Moll cut ye Crust Six Ounces of Currents from stem & stone sort Lest they stick in yr teeth & spoil all ye sport Six Ounces of Sugar wont make it too sweet

DORSET APPLE CAKE Ingredients For the cake: 100g toasted almonds to sprinkle on the top 150g unsalted butter, softened 125g light brown muscovado sugar – toffeeish 2 medium eggs 1 teaspoon almond extract 75g spelt flour – to match the nutty flavour 75g ground almonds For the apples: 4 dessert apples 25g unsalted butter 1 heaped tablespoon light brown muscovado sugar 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon Method Grease a 20cm springform cake tin and line the base with baking parchment. Peel the apples, quarter them and cut out the cores, then cut each quarter into slim wedges (one quarter apple should yield roughly 6 wedges). Melt the 25g butter in a frying pan and let it start to sizzle gently. Add the sugar and stir until the mixture bubbles. Add the apples,

Although the overwhelming majority of Dorset’s orchards were used primarily for cider production, a handful of other orchards were planted with commercial fruit during the Victoria era, the golden age of the wizard horticulturists. Orchards such as Stubbs Orchard in West Dorset, planted with commercial fruit before 1890, would have included popular Victorian varieties such as Harvey, Ribston Pippin, Royal Jubilee, Blenheim and Lord Derby. Throughout the month of October, there are dozens of apple events where you can help to celebrate our county’s sweetheart, getting in touch once more with all the different types of crunch, flavours and colours. At a typical Apple Day, you can expect to see traditional ways of making cider, apple juice and other recipes using apples. Activities are usually very much hands on, so it’s a great family day out. Apple Day was originally created and launched by Common Ground in 1991 to celebrate rare British varieties. Common Ground also aims to promote the richness of our country’s landscape, ecology and culture. The sheer diversity of ancient apple varieties that grow in the United Kingdom is utterly enormous – to date, there are three thousand or so varieties of apple that can grow in the British Isles, around enough for you to eat a different type every day for six years.

sprinkle over the cinnamon and cook over a medium heat for about 5 minutes, turning occasionally, until the apples are just tender and very lightly caramelised with the brown sugar. Remove from the heat and leave to cool. While the apples are cooling, put the butter and caster sugar in a large bowl and beat together – the old-fashioned way if you’re feeling strong, or whack out the electric mixer – until light and fluffy. Break in an egg and beat well, then gently beat in the second egg, along with the almond extract, and a spoonful of the spelt flour (this helps to prevent the mixture curdling). Add the ground almonds, sift in the remaining flour and fold in gently with a large metal spoon. Scrape the mixture into the prepared tin and gently smooth the surface with a palette knife, then arrange the apples on top in circles. Scatter the toasted almonds and finally trickle over any buttery juices from the pan. Place in an oven preheated to 170°C and bake for 45-50 minutes, until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Stand on a wire rack to cool for a few minutes before releasing the tin. Serve warm with something creamy, or pop it in a tin for a peckish moment.


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Fashion & beauty

Fall fashion & beauty Katie Carpenter advises you make the most of autumn's extravagant hues very time autumn hoves into view, it always comes as a little surprise, and in fashion terms, a very pleasant one. Autumn means one can start to cosy up in wonderful woollen knits, hats & scarves can be worn without fainting from the heat and the colour palate opens up to rather less strident hues vying for one's attention. Don't get me wrong, you can find retinathreateningly bright colours from anywhere on the 'Fall in New England' leaf-peeping colour chart, the difference between this season and the others is that the natural colours of autumn are almost always bang on trend in autumn. Just because they are so 'right' for the lead up to winter, It's not just clothes either, if you've been downplaying the make-up in favour of SPF 50 moisturisers during the summer that wouldn't end, now is the time to reach for some subtle shades to match and accent with your outfits. Browner hints in foundation, lipstick to enhance, not overpower your natural colours. As your skins begins its slow lightening as the sun's rays get weaker, you can start to do more


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Youngest and eldest Eric Black on the different factors facing children born in September and August here aren't many day's in one's life when the difference of a minute could make a year's difference. One's birthday is, however, one of those moments because irrespective of which 11.59pm to 12.00am minute authorities choose, there is an arbitrary day on which children born at the former time go into one year's schooling, those born the minute after go into the following year's intake. So far, so arbitrary, but does it actually make any difference? Well, yes. A huge amount in some regards, very little in others, but it is wise for both parents and schools to keep an eye on a child's progress to ensure that they are neither lost by work that is beyond them, nor held back by work that is too easy for them. At the age of five, being 364 days older or younger than the other children in your year is an age gap of 20-25% of your life, depending on which way it goes. As development occurs at different stages in a child's life depending on the child, a young six-year-old might benefit from being with five-year-olds, whilst an advanced and


'old' five-year-old might be more stretched and more interested being in classes with six-year-olds. Now every child always wants to appear more grown up than he or she actually is, but they are not necessarily the best judges of what is in their long-term interest, otherwise we wouldn't have

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An everyday tale of parish council folk by Dennis Legg; the illustration is by Becky Blake lthough the Parish Council that Jude Hawley chaired was the Vale of No Dairies Parish Council, the village in which he lived was Butterton Abbas – one of five villages that made up the parish. Each year, in addition to the Parish Council meetings, Jude had to chair a Butterton Abbas meeting for matters pertaining only to that village. This included deciding the precept – the tax levied at parish level – which was supposed to be a ring-fenced tax: it could, theoretically, only be spent on the village. Jude had always thought the precept was the purest form of taxation. Other than the village’s contribution to the clerk’s salary (or gratuity as it was, Jude thought, rather gratuitously known) there were just a few insurance policies to pay for. Every other single penny of precept was spent on specific things decided upon by the people of the village… or at least those who turned up to meetings. A string of health and safety interventions on the playing field equipment at the Butterton rec had been racking up the precept in maintenance costs over the last four years and Jude had decided to bite the bullet and float the idea that perhaps it was time to replace the old-fashioned playthings on their concrete bases with a more kneefriendly surface. ‘Christine,’ said Jude, looking to the clerk, can you read the summaries of the last four reports from our designated playing field health and safety inspectors please?’ ‘Of course, Jude. This report from four years ago stated that the rocking horse rocked too much and it would need dampers installing to make it rock less in case it ejected a small child off who could not hold onto its sleek metal hand rails, which they also described as a risk. Three years ago they told us that the roundabout went round too fast and that at low speeds it wasn’t stable and that a child could get thrown off by centripetal force or fall off at low speeds. They also felt it was a bit low to the ground and could be a trap hazard. This was a theme they also raised about the bottom of the rocking horse two years ago. Last year they condemned the basketball hoop.’ ‘How the hell can they condemn a basketball hoop?’ asked Colonel Ouistraham. ‘Apparently,’ Christine continued


deadpan, there are some sockets on the pole holding the hoop that are small enough for children’s fingers to get trapped in.’ The Colonel paused for a moment. ‘Those holes are about ten feet off the ground! Who the hell do they think we’ve got playing basketball here, the Harlem Globetrotters?’ ‘The sockets needed to be sealed,’ Christine continued amiably, ‘in such a way so as not to present a cutting hazard. Luckily,’ she concluded, ‘in each of the last four years, the inspectors were able to find someone within their organisation to complete the works.’ ‘Hang on a minute,’ said the Colonel, warming to his theme as some ugly muttering could be heard in the village hall. ‘So these charlatans come in here, charge us to condemn something, then charge us to put it right?’ Jude felt it was time he re-asserted some kind of order to the meeting before it exploded in outrage: ‘In a word, yes, but we think we’ve found a way around it.’ ‘Get some new flippin’ inspectors!’ bellowed the Colonel. ‘Well,’ Jude continued, ‘that’s one approach, but perhaps it’s time to cut the Gordian knot. Perhaps it’s time to install some modern equipment that they cannot find fault with and that comes with a maintenance contract whereby the company that installs the equipment also repairs it and pledges to keep it up to H&S standards for ten years? What do people think about that?’ ‘Does that mean that more children will be using the playing field?’ asked a gentleman with whom Jude was unfamiliar. ‘I would imagine so,’ replied Jude. ‘After all, that’s the point of having playing field equipment for them to play on.’ ‘Then I’m against it,’ said the mystery man. ‘But why?’ Jude asked. ‘Ever since I moved in, in 1957, all summer long, every year, there’s kids running around screaming, having fun. It’s really annoying.’ Jude was nonplussed: ‘Didn’t your children play there?’ ‘Yes, but they’ve left home now long since,’ the man replied, ‘and I’ve been hoping for a bit of peace and quiet.’ There was something of a lull as the assembled room struggled to form an opinion about this, while the Colonel had a coughing fit that seemed for a moment to be likely to finish him. Jude’s neighbour, Flick, came to the rescue. ‘What’s the opposite of schadenfreude?’ she asked. ‘What do the Germans call upset at the happiness of others?’ ‘I know what I call it, Wilson,’ snarled the Colonel looking at the hitherto unidentified man: ‘Meldrewism!’ ‘Well,’ replied Mr Wilson,’ you won’t catch me paying for any new equipment. I want it minuted that I refuse to contribute.’ ‘Unfortunately, Mr Wilson,’ Jude said gently, ‘if the meeting votes to buy some new equipment, you won’t get a choice. It’ll be in your council tax.’ Mr Wilson’s face coloured before, to the amusement of all, he finally spluttered out: ‘I don’t believe it!’


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In this issue: Cows, coast and Colmer's: Neil Barnes's images of West Dorset Dorset's autumn flora and fauna The Agricultural friendly socie...