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The independent directory of local businesses serving the residents of Swanage

Delivered FREE around the town In this issue: Purbeck Railway Circle Win a meal for two at the Bull & Boat Belvedere Singers at Christmas Dorset Wildlife Trust: The Robin Local Business Directory Christians Against Poverty in Swanage Purbeck events News from the National Trust in Purbeck

December 2013


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Introduction

The Swanage Edition 68

Oracle

Published by:

Stephen & Debbie Corney and Martin Budden at Purbeck Publications

Telephone: 01929 408080 Email: info@swanageoracle.co.uk

Copy deadline for the January 2014 edition: 20th December 2013

Disclaimer: Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that data in this publication is accurate, the publisher cannot accept any liability to any party to loss or damage caused by errors or omissions resulting from negligence, accident or any other cause. The Swanage Oracle does not officially endorse any advertising material included within the publication. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in any retrieval systems or transmitted in any form, without prior permission of the publisher.

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Dear Swanage, Welcome to our Christmas edition of The Swanage Oracle! It has taken me a little while longer to get into the Christmas spirit this year, but I have to say I am now really looking forward to my parents coming to visit and that all important turkey dinner. For me that is what this time of year is all about - family, friends, good food and a little bit of magic in the air. There are of course those that are not so fortunate, especially those in the Phillipines right now. Summer Smith from the jewellery shop in Station Road will be travelling at the end of December to help those who have been badly affected, particularly the schools. You can read her story on page 12. Please help Summer to help the people of the Phillipines. We have a full magazine for you this month with lots of local shops and businesses who would like to make your Christmas a special one. The index at the back gives you all there is to find inside. From hairdressers, to bathroom fitters, to electricians, butchers and many more. Please tell them that you saw their details in The Swanage Oracle. This makes all the difference, and makes our work all worth while. Nellie took us a little further away last month and you can read about our weekend in the cold, fresh night air on pages 20 and 21. There is also a calendar you can pull out and fix to your fridge or pin board to help you keep organised this year. The lucky winner of the meal at the Bull and Boat last month was K Brookes. Well done to you! The winner of the tickets to see Aladdin at the Pavilion in Bournemouth was Pam Hammond. We hope you had a great time! Stephen, Martin and Myself Wish you All a Really Merry Christmas and a Very Successful 2014! Very best wishes,

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Rainbows Coffee Morning and Christmassy Bazaar! Saturday December 14th

From 10am till 12pm at The Mowlem Community Centre in Swanage.

Lots of stalls including beautiful crafts, books, toys, photography, cakes, jewellery, tombola and great coffee! Cakes and biscuits too! Come and join us... bring your friends for a chat and enjoy good company, good browsing and great sea views.

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BELVEDERE SINGERS AT CHRISTMAS

On December 14th at St Mary’s Church in Swanage at 7.30pm, Thelma Barlow and Peter Baldwin will be the Special Guests in Belvedere Singers at Christmas Concert. Both have starred in the theatre and of course on TV, including married couple Mavis and Derek in Coronation Street. Thelma appears regularly on our screens in Dinner Ladies and has recently taken part in Celebrity Antiques Road Show for Children in Need. Our other guests include soprano Rebecca Price, organist Neil Sissons and children’s choir the Serrell Singers. The programme will be our usual festive mix, including Hallelujah Chorus and carols for choir and audience. This concert is in aid of the Friends of Swanage Hospital. Tickets available from Corbens, members of the choir or at the door; £10 (includes interval refreshment), children under 12 free.


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Your fundraising efforts make a real difference

Your fundraising efforts over the last two successful Jigsaw Appeals, to raise money for cancer and blood disorders and women’s health, are now being put to use. Work on the new Jigsaw build project at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital is now well underway, with the preparation work having started in October. This is the first step in providing brand new purposebuilt cancer and blood disorder and women’s health facilities for local patients. The new Jigsaw building will be situated between the Eye Unit and the Derwent Suite for Orthopaedics, and will bring together oncology, haematology, gynaecology, breast care and early pregnancy. It will provide more space for rapidly expanding outpatient and day case treatments and will ensure better privacy and dignity for patients. After three successful Jigsaw Appeals our fundraising efforts have now expanded to raise money for all departments across the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch hospitals under the banner of the Bournemouth Hospital Charity - and you can get involved. Lindsey Sturman, Fundraising Manager, explains: “Through the Jigsaw Appeals our supporters have raised nearly £6m which is fantastic. Our staff and the public now wanted to focus efforts on fundraising that would help all areas in the hospital. The Bournemouth Hospital Charity does exactly this.” Last year £1.2m of charitable funds were spent on items such as medical equipment and research, all directly benefiting the patient experience above and beyond what the NHS can afford. For example your donations funded exercise classes for oncology patients and each year we provide small patient gestures, such as presents, for those unfortunate enough to be an inpatient on Christmas Day. We must say a big thank you to our supporters who continue to organise fundraising activities. Here are just a small few: • Thomson Airways who have raised over £21,000 from onboard collections and who have chosen us as their Bournemouth charity of the year for 2013/2014. • Two of our consultants took part in an epic cycle challenge from Land’s End to John O’Groats and raised more than £7,500 for the Trust’s Rheumatology Department and Endoscopy Department.

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• The Luff family who raised £3,500 for ITU and the new Cancer and Blood Disorders Unit by organising a special fun day as a thank you for the great care received at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital by their son Sean Luff. All of your money helps us to provide an even better patient experience above and beyond what the NHS can afford. How you can get involved: • organise your own fundraising event • take part in a hospital charity organised event • make a donation • consider leaving a gift or legacy • volunteer • be a corporate sponsor of one of the charity events Some Bournemouth Hospital Charity events: • Tree of Light Service for the Jigsaw Building in the main atrium at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital on Monday 16 December • March for Men raising funds for prostate cancer from Bournemouth Pier to Sandbanks on Sunday 2 March 2014 • Twilight Walk for Women starting at Bournemouth Pier on Friday 6 June 2014 • Football Tournament at the Littledown Centre on Sunday 20 July 2014 How you can keep in touch: • visit our website: www.bournemouthhospitalcharity.org.uk • email charity@rbch.nhs.uk • call 01202 704060 • visit us in the Charity Office in the main atrium of the Royal Bournemouth Hospital • follow us on Twitter @bmthhospcharity or • like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/ bournemouthhospitalcharity


10 Crawfords continues to go from strength to strength and has recently launched a “Build Your Own Veg Box” service under the heading “Food For You” on their website. Crawfords has been servicing the catering trade for many years with Fresh Fruits, Vegetables & Salads and it seemed a natural progression to offer a web based Veg’ Box service following the successful launch of their sister company’s website; Crawfords Feed, where the customer can order all manner of animal feed, wild bird feeds, bedding and accessories. The customer chooses exactly what they want in their box, then Crawfords pick, pack and deliver for FREE within the BH postcode. The website accepts all major Credit & Debit cards and also Paypal, and if you order before 4pm you get next day delivery (Mon-Fri). Crawfords is a well established family company who have a genuine desire to provide the best service possible, while supplying great quality produce at competitive prices. The service is already proving very popular with only a £10.00 spend required. Why not take some of the stress out of Christmas by getting all your Fresh Fruit & Veg from Crawfords Feed.

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Community News

Swanage helps the people of the Philippines Local Swanage jeweller, Summer Smith, was born and raised in the Philippines. She and her husband Michael are trekking half way around the world to take aid funds direct from Swanage to the local areas in the Philippines that need it the most. Summer says: “Our mission is to help a community in the Philippines hit by the recent typhoon. The Philippines are a very Christian and family orientated country.. Most villages are dependent upon churches and schools. Much of the recent aid has been focused rightly so upon food, water and shelter. Nearly 80% of the structures have been flattened leaving nothing but devastation and contaminated land. Some of the worst hit areas have lost everything, houses, churches, schools shops and more importantly family. “We aim to leave the UK at the end of December and hope to arrive in Tacloban and Eastern Samar in early January. We will travel to some of the remoter areas that have been worst affected by the Typhoon to find projects and communities that need help. We expect to find a school or community centre as they are vital to communities but are not likely to be on the top of the aid list as the focus at the moment is food and water. We will make contact with a school to find out what is really required. Simple things such as clean paper, books and pencils are likely to be in very short supply. But we don’t really know until we get there. “We have already paid for our flights and accommodation to the Philippines at our expense. Therefore every penny donated will go directly to the people who need it. We will upload images

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on to Facebook to show where your money is going. If schools in Swanage would like to help we will establish a link with a local school there. Nearly 80% of the Philippines speak English and 70% can speak English by the age of 5, this means it would be ideal for Swanage schools to form a link with a school. “Schools are so important to communities in the Philippines, they bind the community. Young children would be delighted to receive communication from children here in Swanage. However we need to help these schools and communities get back onto their feet and that requires cold hard cash.” Collection buckets can be found in the following shops: Summer Smith Nixons Swanage News Purbeck Electrical Arkwrights Convenience Store Kaffee und Kuchen Fortes Budgens If you require any further information please call 07809 685775.


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PURBECK RAILWAY CIRCLE Community News

The Local Support Group for the Swanage Railway The Purbeck Railway Circle (PRC) is the area group for Swanage Railway Trust members in Dorset and the surrounding area. Activities include meetings with railway-orientated talks, slide and film shows. There is an annual ‘Summer Outing’ to another preserved railway or museum (e.g. in 2012 – West Somerset Railway. In 2013 – Amberley Museum). Our meetings include an ‘update’ on the latest happenings on the Swanage Railway and we provide information on the activities of other local railway and model railway groups and societies. The Circle publicises its activities in the Swanage Railway Magazine but the Swanage Railway Trust website will always be more up to date. If anyone would like to be placed on our email listing we offer an email reminder 10 days before each meeting. Please send an email to Gordon Jakes, our General Secretary, at gordonjakes21@btinternet.com. Monthly advertisements are also placed in the local press e.g. The Swanage Oracle. Meetings are normally held on the second or third Friday evening of the month in the wellappointed new village hall at Harman’s Cross which is just a step from the Swanage Railway station of the same name. Our meetings are open to members and non-members alike and everyone will be made welcome. There is no separate membership or subscription of the Circle for Trust members. Admission is free for everyone, including tea/coffee and biscuits, but we do ask for a donation in aid of the Swanage Railway Trust. A raffle is held at each meeting, usually with attractive railway orientated prizes. Please see the list of forthcoming meetings below and come along to one of the meetings

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to see what the Purbeck Railway Circle has to offer you. We look forward to seeing you there. All our meetings are Wheelchair Accessible. Finally, we are always interested in your requests or suggestions and if you have a railway orientated presentation or are thinking of putting one together we would like to hear from you. Friday 17th January “Around Dorset’s Rail Routes” A slide presentation by Colin Stone plus the PRC Annual General Meeting. Friday 14th February “Waterloo to Wenford Bridge” A slide presentation by Hugh Compton. Friday 14th March “The Bluebell Railway and its Connection to East Grinstead” A slide presentation by Roy Watts. On each evening the doors open at 19.00hrs and the show commences at 19.30hrs. Attractions later in the year include a Model Railway Exhibition as part of the Swanage Railway’s Diesel Gala, a visit to the Bluebell Railway, a talk/slide show on the Purbeck Mineral and Mining Museum and a presentation on the History of Narrow Gauge Railways in France.

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The Adventures of Nellie The Purbeck Publications Camper Van Well this month we actually went further afield and Nellie took us to see friends in Brighton. In the last issue of The Swanage Oracle I called us ‘fair weather campers’ so this month I thought we would brave the cold overnight and see if we survived! Well I am here to tell the tale, so I guess you could say that we did. Hayden had a sleep over much to his delight at Connor’s house. He very eagerly said “Goodbye Mummy!” as Stephen and I left in the rather nippy night air to find where we were staying. We are members of Brit Stops, having paid a small fee of £25 for the year. This gives us access to hundreds of pubs, farms and farm shops where we are able to stay in the Campervan for free for the night. This time we stayed at The Tavern at Telscombe, just outside of Brighton. We arrived in the dark and parked up. Having remembered the coffee but not the tea, we decided to go into the pub and get a cuppa. I must admit I felt a bit old entering the dwelling, with lots of local young people and rather loud music playing. Stephen just walked through to the back and much to our delight there was a roaring fire hidden behind the wall with two very comfortable

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The view from the “bedroom” window arm chairs! Such a site to behold… There was no tea, but a small (honestly) glass of brandy went down very well! So now it was time to brave the autumn breeze and settle down for the night. We had bought a hot water bottle on route and Nellie’s whistling kettle was much appreciated for something other than a cuppa! We kept the roof down to keep in as much warmth as we could and snuggled in. We were on a very slight slope which meant blood was rushing to my head! To save me passing out, I asked Stephen to park the other way round and then my feet could benefit from the extra blood flow. Much more comfortable…The wind was blustering around the van and I really liked the feeling of being warm and protected in our little ‘den’. I woke up once in the middle of the night with a very cold nose. I did wish I had brought a woolly hat, but I soon curled up, warmed up and went back to sleep. We didn’t wake up particularly early which I thought was a good sign and much to our amazement when we opened the curtains, we had a sea view! Having parked in the dark we had paid no attention to where we actually were… at least we weren’t hanging off the cliff edge! I put the kettle on and we sat having


21 a lovely cup of coffee watching the clear blue sky and very calm sea. Bliss. I left the gas stove on for 20 minutes to warm the van as we got dressed and that made all the difference. Our very own heater. We then set off to see if Hayden had got any sleep. The previous day he had mischievously said, with a wistful glint in his eye, “I wonder if Connor will have a midnight snack...?” The boys were very excited when we arrived, fully awake having had a full English breakfast. We took them out to see the sights of Brighton, so onto the Pier we went. One thing to note about Brighton is that parking is expensive. The car parks also do not cater for vans well, as the headroom just isn’t enough. We managed to find a spot in the town centre which was £6 for two hours. It was just enough time to play and then decide what we would do next. It was a gorgeous day, very bright, sunny and crisp. On the pier we bought 30 tokens for £20 which was the cheapest deal. The boys had great fun on the dodgems. I have to say that Hayden’s driving left a lot to be desired, and if he wants to be a pilot, as he keeps telling us, he will have to learn a few skills! It was hilarious watching him spin, then suddenly shoot backwards as he turned the wheel too sharply. This was the first time Hayden was able to go on the rides on his own, due to his height, so it was all

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Hang on tight for the Twister! very exciting for him. The Waltzers were equally entertaining and I am happy to say that the boys did not go on The Booster ride which made my legs go like jelly just watching it! The people we did see on it, seemed to love it, so if you have a head for heights and like being spun high in the air, above the waves of the sea, then this is the one for you! Personally I think I am getting old, as once upon a time I may well have given this a go. After leaving the Pier with the amusements and fair, Nellie took us to have fish and chips, again overlooking the sea. We found a free parking spot! The boys excitedly put the roof up and went ‘upstairs’ while Stephen and I chilled out, drinking another cup of coffee made with Nellie’s whistling kettle. To finish the day off we all went down to the pebbly beach and threw stones into the gently rippling waves. Connor was very pleased with himself as he managed to skim the stones twice, bouncing them softly on the water. Well done Connor! A great weekend was had by all. This would not have happened without ‘Our Nellie’ with her long black skirts and whistling kettle! Where will Nellie go next… find out in next month’s edition of The Swanage Oracle! By Debbie Corney


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The Isle of Purbeck is named as one of 16 new centres to open across UK LOCAL people struggling with overwhelming debt are set to get free help from an acclaimed charity opening a new centre in Swanage. Growing debt counselling charity Christians Against Poverty (CAP) has partnered with Emmanuel Baptist Church in Victoria Avenue to bring its in-depth service to the area. Swanage is one of 16 places opening a centre this month - rare good news for the UK amid continuing economic difficulties and the latest centre will join one in neighbouring Poole. Swanage centre manager Christine North said: “The Church has always been about offering hope and we’re really pleased to be able to give a tried-and-tested route out of debt alongside other great free debt advice in the area like Citizens Advice. “There is a lot in the Bible about looking after the poorest. In our society, a lot of poverty is debtrelated so our congregation has been working

hard to open a CAP centre to help get people back on track.” CAP offers people a uniquely in-depth, caring service to people with spiralling personal debt regardless of their age, gender, faith or background. Every client is visited in their own home, the charity does all the negotiating with creditors and local volunteers offer support to each person face-to-face until the day they are debt free. Christine added: “Typically, debts can build up when a relationship breaks down, or someone loses their job, or through bereavement – so often when people are least able to cope with a financial headache. We’re just so pleased to be able to partner the care of our church with the financial expertise of CAP’s head office in Bradford.” To find out more visit www.capuk.org or call 0800 328 0006.

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Wildlife News

Talking about Wildlife...

The Robin

Traditionally seen as a cheerful symbol of Christmas, the robin is frequently depicted on Christmas cards, and a national favourite amongst birds. It is broadly distributed around the UK, and a familiar sight in parks, gardens and woodlands. Robins are very friendly with humans, and with time, can become tame and feed from your hand. Winter-time especially is a good time to help them out as food is scarce during the cold months, and they will happily accept anything from kitchen scraps to cakes. Make sure, though, that once you start a feeding routine, you stay with it, as the birds will become reliant on the food source. For the rest of the year, the robin menu is a varied mix of seeds, berries, fruits and worms. The male and the female are identical in appearance with the bright red breast and brown wings and back. The young robins

are a duller brown until about two or three months of age, when they gain their famous red colour. Robins build their nests in hidden spots near the ground, often very close to humans, and breed twice a year, from March onward. Its adorable appearance and cheerful disposition has made the robin very popular with humans, but amongst themselves and rivals they are fiercely territorial, with their red breast acting as a warning signal. The British robin is mainly residential, with small numbers migrating to Southern Europe for the winter. The robin is a fantastic wildlife spot as it is easily recognisable and its territorial song can be heard all year round, even on Christmas day, with the male and female songs sounding identical. By Niina Silvennoinen Robin with its distinctive red breast Photo: S Davis

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Purbeck Events for December 2013 Date

Event Name & Type

Time and Location

Contact Details

All Month

Wareham’s Street Markets

Thursday: East Street 8-1pm Saturday: The Quay 8-2pm

Various Activities & Courses

Burngate Stone Carving Centre

www.burngatestonecentre.co.uk

Walks, Talks, Courses, Exhibitions, Demos

Durlston Castle and Country Park

01929 424443 www.durlston.com

Wed’s

Discover Arne

RSPB Arne 10-12noon FREE

01929 553360

14, 15, 21-24

Santa Specials

Swanage Railway

01929 425800

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Summer in February

Harmans Cross VH 7.30pm £4

www.harmanscrosshall.co.uk

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Farmers Market

Wareham Town Hall 8-12noon

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Craft & Produce Market

St Martin’s Broadmayne 2-3.30pm

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Rainbow Coffee Morning and Christmassy Bazaar

The Mowlem 10am - 12pm

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Dance

Harmans Cross Village Hall 7.30pm

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Belvedere Singers at Christmas

St Mary’s Church, Swanage 7.30pm

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Jurassic Jaunt

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Winter Solstice

Corfe Castle 7.15am £10

0844 249 1895 Booking Essential

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Corfe Castle

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Bryan’s Saturday Dance

Furzebrook Village Hall 7.30pm

01929 551332

01305 853765

01929 551332

www.jurassicjaunts.co.uk

All the information has been compiled by Discover Purbeck Information Centre (01929 552740) and Swanage Tourist Information Centre (01929 422885) www.visitswanageandpurbeck.com and is correct to the best of our knowledge

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National Trust in Purbeck

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building and skimming stones. The initiative came about in response to fears 21st century children are increasingly disconnected from the natural world and risk missing out on some of the most important childhood experiences. It also prompted Project Wild Thing – a collaboration between film makers Green Lions and the National Trust – which produced a feature length documentary and a movement dedicated to tackling what has been dubbed ‘nature deficit disorder’ in children. The find out where Project Wild Thing is showing, or for more information, visit www. projectwildthing.com. For more ideas about natural play, go to www.50things.org.uk. Corfe Castle has been shortlisted in two categories for this year’s Bournemouth Tourism Awards, backed by Bournemouth Council. The castle is in the running for Tourism Attraction Experience of the Year, with the focus on the Medieval Village event, and Best Evening Experience of the Year for the Medieval Falconry and Jousting. Conservation work at the castle is meanwhile progressing as planned, despite the St Jude’s Day storm. “We didn’t have any particular issues with the storm and all our scaffolding was in good order afterwards,” said Project Manager James Preston of contractor Sally Strachey Conservation. “It’s all been going as planned apart from the sheep going onto the scaffolding, which is quite a funny thing to see in the morning!” Work to conserve stonework on the first, third and fourth towers, as well as the north tower and south west gatehouse, is due to continue until December 23. Jon Bish, Communications Officer

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A natural play area for children in Corfe Castle is due to start taking shape in the Spring. The play area in the woods near West Mill was first discussed two years ago when local children and their parents were invited to the woods to talk about what they would like to see there. Since then there have been discussions with planners with the result that the scheme has now been simplified. It is not thought that a formal planning application will be necessary, however, the project will be phased and local people will be asked for their views as it progresses. “What is now being proposed is using totally natural materials to create a space for children to play in and experience nature,” said National Trust Ranger Jim Cribb, who is leading the project. There will be balance beams to run along, logs to climb on and tree stumps to jump over. Natural wood will be used throughout and there will be no equipment with moving parts. “All the wood will be sourced from our own woodlands along with some living willow,” said Jim. “The idea is it will blend into the surroundings and won’t intrude into the landscape. It’s really just an extension of existing trackways that people have made themselves through the woodland. We are making those safer with things to entertain kids along the way.” The area is part of a nationwide drive to help children reconnect with nature through play and the Trust hopes it will appeal to visiting families and locals alike. Children are being encouraged to enjoy the great outdoors through 50 Things To Do Before You’re Eleven and Three Quarters – including childhood favourites like camping, den


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