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Volume 37, Issue 11


Minister says ‘No’ to 50mph limit on A31

There will be no 50mph speed limit on the A31 at Ringwood says Minister Stephen Hammond MP. His written response to Ringwood Town Council gives two reasons: one is that study findings have shown that only 3% of road traffic collisions along the stretch have been attributed to vehicle speed (drivers travelling too fast for the condition) and secondly, the cost of the 50mph speed limit trial would be over £1M. Continued on page 5

Way Hay what a day!

The Verwood Rustic Fayre organised by the Rotary Club of Verwood was an outstanding success and broke all records. For more details or to see if you feature in the photos turn to page 16.










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I have been working as an editorial assistant at mags4dorset for a couple of weeks. By the time you read this, I will have moved to Portsmouth to undergo a Journalism post-grad course in an on-going attempt to make myself more employable by accruing huge amounts of educational debt, and as such I will be very sad to leave the variety of engaging tasks I have enjoyed in my time at the magazine.

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Perhaps my biggest job was a trip to Verwood, somewhere I’ve managed to never visit before despite living in Dorset all my life, where I spoke to Chris and Anita from Dorset Tech Talk about their exciting new recycling scheme. I wish the pair the best of luck in their future endeavours, and you can turn to page 6 to see the interview and find out more. In this issue we also shine a light on West Moors, displaying the variety of recreational options the small, vibrant town has to offer. Turn to pages 23-25 to find out more, I’m sure you’ll be convinced to make a visit there and investigate. On pages 30-32 we also celebrate this year’s Cranborne Chase Woodfair, showing you the huge variety of exciting activities on offer, along with the businesses in the locality. I also was lucky enough to organise this month’s competition, which included the unexpectedly satisfying task of scrambling up phone numbers. To make sense of this, turn to page 11 and give it a go to be in with a chance to treat yourself with the £60 prize. I hope you enjoy the magazine and my contributions, and have a good month.

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Watch your speed!


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A new form of neighbourhood watch is underway in Dorset for residents concerned about speeding vehicles. Community Speed Watch (CSW) gives local communities the opportunity to get actively involved in road safety. Speed Watch can be set up in villages, towns or urban areas to discourage drivers and motorcyclists from speeding. Dorset Police Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) liaison officers can assist groups in setting up by providing practical advice and support.  The groups use hand held devices to record and monitor details of motorists seen speeding and can also note drivers using a mobile phone or not wearing seat belts. The police then send warning letters to these motorists. Acting Assistant Chief Constable Martin Hiles said: “Through our neighbourhood Partners and Communities Together (PACT) panels we have seen a real appetite from communities to get involved in road safety in their areas. Community Speed Watch is a great opportunity to harness this support and turn it into positive action.”    To get involved, please contact your local Safer Neighbourhood Team to find out if a scheme already exists or to initiate the set-up of a new scheme. Visit for more information.


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Minister says ‘No’ to 50mph limit on A31


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To assist the Minister in reaching his conclusion, two Position Statements have been produced by Enterprise Mouchel, acting on behalf of the Highways Agency. These are available to view at the Ringwood Town Council offices. A signing strategy, however, has been given the go-ahead and the Minister says the Highways Agency will develop and deliver signing improvement by summer 2014. This is too late, says the council, who witnessed yet another pile up with a four car crash on the A31 on 23 August 2013. Cllr Michael Thierry said, “The Highways Agency is talking about improving signage for this time next year. I really believe it is urgent and my deeper concern is that it will be 2015 before we see anything.” He added that the poor people of Ringwood are blighted by the fact that the town has inadequate slip roads that join traffic from a standing start to 70mph. A statement has also been given by Hampshire Police with regard to the proposed 50mph speed limit. Ringwood Town Council will be discussing the Minister’s response and agreeing any further action at its meeting on 6 September (as Viewpoint went to print).

Do you enjoy listening to Classical Music?

The Verwood Friends of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra have arranged seven visits to see this fine orchestra. The visits are by coach with pickups through Verwood, Three Legged Cross and West Moors returning to the same points. New friends would be most welcome to join. VFBSO is non-profit-making and prices are inclusive of concert tickets and the cost of coach. Please call 01202 824959 for more information and details of the programme.

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local larger scale. Over my career I have built up a range of technology-based skills and it seems a waste not to use them to help people.”

Interview with Chris and Anita Rigler from Dorset Tech Talk


orset Tech Talk aims to aid local people with their technological problems, as well as refurbishing donated electronics and selling them on to those who need them. Along with a group of several other volunteers, they have been informally helping the community for several years.

I asked Anita what the purpose of the scheme is: “Because my husband is so good with technology, I have always been able to get something fixed easily when it needs to be fixed. I’ve always wondered how people manage without this luxury, so Chris aims to give them someone to call in this situation.”

As well as giving out advice to people, the couple often receive old machines and bring them up to date then either sell them on cheaply to help fund the group or give them away to people who need them for a small donation.

by Daniel Flynn Chris added, “The people we help are mainly over 50s, and we hope to enrich their lives and stop them from becoming digitally isolated. We think that by introducing these people to things like email and Skype, they are not only provided with useful skills but are also given new opportunities to keep in touch with their family.”

“We give these machines a new lease of life and stop them from being put in landfill. Its not just problems with computers either, we deal wih Sky boxes, broadband and anything electronic really. By going through us they often save time on calling up the major corporations, who can leave you waiting for weeks,” said Chris.

The response they have had so far has been good with the Neighbourhood Watch helping them greatly. 

“One day I came back and there was a printer and a monitor on my doorstep,” said Chris. “We’ve found that our services are mainly split between younger people, who need the cheaper refurbished equipment, and older people, who need our help and guidance. Currently, our biggest problem is a lack of equipment, so we would be very grateful for electrical donations of any kind, preferably in working condition.”

To contact Chris and Anita call 01202 826638 or visit

I wanted to know what spurred them on to do it, “Just odd things I’d been doing involving helping people with electronics really,” said Chris. “I had been given pieces of old technology and refurbished them then passed them onto someone new, and after I retired I decided to do this on a


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Olympic hopeful Former Ringwood School student and talented swimmer Jack Burton has received sponsorship from the Rotary Club of Ringwood, helping him to raise the funds to attend the World Schools Games, hosted in Brazil this November. Following receipt of his sponsorship, Jack gave a presentation to Rotary members, stating: “Nationally I am often ranked first or second in my age group for the three breaststroke events, I have been selected for England Talent training camps and the Beacon Programmes. “In May, I received a selection letter inviting me to represent England at the World School Games but also stating that parents may have to make ‘ a significant contribution to the cost of travel and accommodation.’ “I have been extremely lucky and have received funding from Hampshire County Council, Ringwood Rotary Club and a number of interested individuals. Sport England have now also contributed to support the whole team and this has made a huge difference to everyone. The money will be spent on travel, team accommodation, kit and vaccinations required.” Jack is pictured with his father following his presentation.

Emma had a dream…

“It must have been a couple of years ago I had this dream,” said Emma Budd, “that if I could open a shop this would greatly benefit the independence of all the residents living here.” Occupational therapist at Bickerley Green nursing home in Ringwood, Emma gave much thought to the project and even asked the local Rotary Club to provide funds for a mobile trolley, which they were pleased to do. Time went by, but Emma never lost sight of her main objective. Finally after two years of negotiations, she was allocated a room on the ground floor, which was painted and fitted with shelving and a coffee bar.  Thanks to the generosity of Sainsburys and Ringwood & District Older Peoples Welfare Association and others, the shelves soon became stocked with many of the day-to-day items likely to be required by the residents. Yet, it is no ordinary shop.  With coffee tables under a colourful canopy and artefacts inside from yesteryear, the shop also acts as a reminder of the residents’ younger days. “I am so grateful,” said Emma, “that organisations like Rotary helped us from the start and gave us the encouragement we needed.”

Rotary’s newest member Dr Tim Brigstoke is the newest member to join the Rotary Club of Ringwood. Recently retired after 31 years at the Cornerways Practice in Ringwood, the former GP treated the organisation to a ‘My Job Talk’ in which he gave an insight into the life of a doctor.   He said: “I am very critical of the changes between GP commissioning instead of fund holding, and I believe that the NHS has lost it’s way on basic care due to commercial interests.”

Arty success

The Mayor of Ringwood, Cllr Steve Rippon-Swaine opened the Ringwood Art Society’s Summer Exhibition at a preview evening held at Greyfriars. It was a great success and generated 15 sales on the night when over 200 guests and members browsed 412 exhibits. Trophies were awarded to the artists with the most innovative and artistic skills, judged this year by Linda Patterson. Overall winner was ‘River At Sunrise’ by Virginia Whiting. The Mayor also awarded the Ann Rose trophy, which went to ‘Pre-Match Pep Talk’ by Colin Richins. This was for the painting voted best in show by those attending.

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Charity of the year


ur Summer Fayre has come and gone and raised the magnificent sum of £3,600! Sincere thanks to all who supported us and thanks to Janine Pulford, the editor at mags4dorset, for officially opening the event.

HELLO DEAR READERS, It’s Alan from the Bournemouth and District branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society again. Recently, I attended Crane Valley Golf Club, Verwood, where the men’s captain had arranged for members and guests to take part in his ‘Charity Day’. With our Branch being the grateful recipients of all money raised on the day, imagine my delight

on learning that their generosity had raised in excess of £2,500. Another golf day, this time organised by our own MS branch, is to take place at the same venue on the 20 September. Why not contact the Golf Club or our branch for further details – there may still be a slot.

Bye for now Alan Lindsay President Bournemouth and District Branch, MS Society.

Next month: Away-days Volunteers Community Pay Back

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On the hoof: Juniper the donkey stages a photo-call with staff and residents

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Imagine the surprise when Juniper the donkey staged a walkabout at a Dorset care home.


urprise quickly turned to delight when residents were introduced to the 13-year-old Spanish miniature, visiting Colten Care’s Fernhill home in Longham. Juniper’s role forms part of the donkey assisted therapy programme run by the Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth, Devon. The programme provides therapeutic visits for elderly people and children with additional needs and disabilities. The emotional and physical benefits of companion animals are now increasingly being recognised. Evidence shows that spending time with animals can be highly therapeutic.

Star of the show: Fernhill resident Anna Massey comes face to face with Juniper.


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Want to play football? Verwood Family Church FC plays in Division 2 of the SWEA football league on Saturdays. New players (16+) are required. Training is Tuesdays at 6pm at Potterne Park and 5-a-side on Friday evenings at 6.30pm on the 3G pitches. Please call secretary Andy Pym on 01202 379691 or 07961 071458.

What a wizard

Sembcorp Bournemouth Water (SBW) has taken delivery of a ‘Hydrant Wizard’ which allows water supplies to be maintained when work is carried out on faulty or leaking fire hydrants. Staff are being trained in the new technique, which was trialled successfully on Bournemouth’s East Cliff where a hydrant was replaced without affecting water supplies to domestic and business customers. Previously SBW would have had to interrupt supplies to potentially thousands of people while the work was being carried out. The ‘Hydrant Wizard’ involves inserting a ‘balloon’ into the water pipe, which is then inflated and acts as a plug.

Love singing?

A youth choir, run along similar lines to the hugely successful Rock Choirs, is looking for talented young singers. Dorset Youth Voices is a county choir, set up by the Dorset Music Service, and open to singers aged 11 to 18. Nichola Pendlebury, head of Dorset Music Service, said: “There are no auditions, but we need young people with good voices, who love to sing and would enjoy working towards a big concert each year - and have a lot of fun in the process. Ultimately, we want to create a strong, professional-standard choir that will form the vocal core of our next big concert at the Royal Albert Hall - planned for 2017.” Dorset Youth Voices is conducted by Jenny Deacon, who runs Rock Choirs for adults in Dorset and Hampshire. She said: “Lots of teenagers (as well as adults) can be shy about sharing their voices in public, creating a safe and inclusive environment in a choir like DYV or Rock Choir, encourages singers to be more confident with the voices they have.” Dorset Youth Voices meet once a month on Sunday afternoons at Bovington Middle School, building up to a final concert weekend; this year, the concert will be at Bryanston School in Blandford. There is a cost of £50 involved for a year’s membership, which is subsidised by the county music service - but there are various grant-making bodies and trusts if additional help with the fees is needed. For more information, telephone 01305 225770 or email: dorsetmusicservice@ to register, or complete an online application form at: www.dorsetmusicservice.

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Over 40 members of the Christchurch Cruiser Club visited Broadstone care home, Burwood, last month to the delight of both residents and staff

he club arrived in very noisy convoy on a variety of motorbikes including Harley Davidsons and Triumphs. The members enjoyed showing their bikes to the residents and a few of the staff were brave enough to take a ride round the block on the back. For Burwood resident and motorsport fan Dorothy the visit was a real treat. The new boutique care home brings together over 30 years of nursing home experience of Sarah Jessup and her family. The home accommodates residents with varying degrees of nursing care including dementia and is based on the idea that residents not only receive nursing care but also stimulation, variety and can continue to enjoy the things that they have always done within a small family run home. The bedrooms have private balconies with views over Burwood’s own wooded copse. There is also a pub, The Railway Tavern and theatre for shows and movies all within the comfort and security of the home. If you are looking for a care home with a difference, please call in to Yaffle Care, 100 Dunyeats Road, Broadstone. Tel 01202 693224.

Grants to explore the War Community grants are available from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to mark the Centenary of the First World War. They are likely to be given for projects such as: researching, indentifying and recording local heritage; creating a community archive or collection; developing new interpretation of heritage through exhibitions, trails, smartphone apps etc; researching writing and performing creative material based on heritage sources; conserving and finding out more about war memorials  To apply visit

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“I am absolutely delighted that after years of effort, we have finally managed to accommodate all local Ringwood applicants on one of the three allotment sites in the town and the other two have almost been cleared,” said Cllr Brian Terry, Chairman of the Recreation, Leisure & Open Spaces Committee. He praised staff for working so hard and considering the needs of applicants who, in many cases had allotments that were too big for them to cultivate. “By reducing the size of a number of allotments, we have been able to offer different size allotments that meet the specific needs of individual applicants,” he said. The waiting list is always open for residents. Contact Christine Smith at the council offices or download an application form from If the waiting list becomes empty it will be open to nonresidents but they will be required to pay a higher annual rental.

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Jigsaw Building gets green light

‘Royal’ visit’: Ringwood Carnival Queen Scarlett Smith (front) with attendants (left) Paige I’anson and Taylor Button; Nigel Smith of Ellis Jones and Michael Lingham-Willgoss and Linda Card of Ringwood Carnival

Ringwood Carnival

Final preparations are in hand for Ringwood Carnival, which takes place on 21 September this year. As well as an afternoon and evening parade through the town, there will be free events on the Bickerley including a fun fair, stalls and a grand firework display in the evening. Ringwood Carnival Queen Scarlett Smith has already performed one of the first official duties of her ‘royal’ year. The 16-year-old began a busy few weeks by visiting the offices of her sponsor, Ellis Jones Solicitors, in Monmouth Court, Southampton Road. Scarlett, who was accompanied by her attendants Paige I’anson and Taylor Button, was welcomed by Managing Partner Nigel Smith. “I’m really excited about the carnival. It should be absolutely great,” said Scarlett. “I’m normally on the Forest Forge float in the procession so it’s going to be strange, but very exciting, to be actually touring the floats as Carnival Queen.” Michael Lingam-Willgoss, Vice-Chairman of the Carnival Committee, said this year’s event was on course to be another great community event. “Ringwood Carnival really brings people together. It’s a fantastic event which is not only great fun but also raises thousands of pounds for charity,” he added. Nigel Smith, Ellis Jones’ Managing Partner, said: “Ringwood Carnival is hugely popular and a highlight in the calendar. We’re very pleased to play our part in its continuing success.” A quiz in Trinity Church will be held on Saturday 14 September to kick-start the carnival fun. The first Ringwood Carnival was held in 1929 with the event held every year since 1950.


ournemouth Council has given the plans for the proposed Jigsaw Building at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital (RBH) the green light. Planning permission has been granted for the proposed 2000m2 Jigsaw Building which will be based between the Eye Unit and the Derwent Suite for Orthopaedics. Split over two floors, it will be a centre of excellence for oncology, haematology, gynaecology, breast care and early pregnancy. Richard Renaut, the Trust’s Director of Service Development, said: “It is great news that the plans have been approved and we now look forward to the work starting. I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank all those involved in the Jigsaw project and all the dedicated fundraisers who have supported our cause.” Last month more than 50 people attended a special evening event to see a virtual walkthrough of the proposed building, sharing plans for improved facilities for cancer treatments and women’s health. Initial work is due to start in the autumn with a potential completion date of late 2014. You can find out more about the project at If you have any comments or questions about the jigsaw building, please call the fundraising team on 01202 704060 or email

‘The Big Ask’ Gets a Big Response

More than 4,000 local people have had their say on issues such as GP appointments, A&E services, waiting times and specialist healthcare as part of ‘The big ask’. The unique survey aims to understand local perceptions of NHS services and patients’ priorities. The questions cover a whole range of NHS services, from local GPs and out of hours’ services to community, mental health and hospital services. It also collated people’s thoughts on how the NHS can provide information in the most effective way and what can be improved. Feedback from the survey will be published in the autumn. Further information on the survey and wider NHS news can be found via Twitter @healthydorset or on Facebook at

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Have your say on bus cuts Revisions to subsidised bus services including the North Dorset network, Dorchester to Poole route and Christchurch services will be implemented in the New Year by Dorset County Council. The new arrangements include withdrawing some rural services. There will be no subsidised services during evenings, Saturdays (unless they average 20 passengers per journey or more), Sundays or Bank Holidays unless additional external funding can be sourced. Bus users are being asked what impact the planned changes will have on them and if there are any local initiatives or ideas that could help provide the transport options they need. Spencer Flower, leader of Dorset County Council, said: “We are keen to understand the individual impacts that the changes will have. We can then look to helping with community initiatives in the highlighted areas that can provide residents with a better, tailored service that fits their needs. If you know how to play “Many of the rural buses have very little usage and we badminton, Fordingbridge have had to look at ways of providing a better value for money Badminton Club is for service by empowering local groups to work together. In all you. New members are parts of Dorset there have been successes with neighbourcar welcome of any age and any and dial-a-car schemes that offer residents a bespoke service.” standard - teenagers with an Full details of the proposal and the online form can be accompanied playing parent. found at  Meet at Fordingbridge Town For residents who don’t have a computer, local libraries Hall on Monday evenings can help. Comments can also be made through town and from 7.30pm.  Subscription parish councils. is reasonable.  Call Adele The survey closes on 24 September with a decision from Holmes on 01725 518588 Dorset County Council on 2 October. for details.

Racquets at the ready

Learn a new skill Rugby Ringwood Library is offering a range of relaxed and informal Learning Sessions covering subjects from basic computing to ukulele for beginners. Experienced tutors will support learners every step of the way. There are significant reductions on course fees for those over 60 or in receipt of means tested state benefit. Prices start from £8 for a 2 hour IT Surgery rising to £48 for a 6 week Handmade Christmas programme (before concessions). Subjects include: Basic Computing, Internet and e-mail for beginners, ukulele for beginners plus silver clay jewellery, family history problem solver, crochet for beginners, confidence building. Call 01425 474255 and ask for Learning in Libraries to book your place.


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Ellingham & Ringwood Rugby Club is looking forward to the new season. The 1st XV are competing in London & SE Division 3, the 2nd XV in the Dorset & Wilts Division 2 and the 3rd XV in Dorset & Wilts Division 4. The club has superb facilities at its lottery funded Raymond Brown Memorial Ground in Parsonage Barn Lane, which includes two pitches (one is floodlit) and a clubhouse that has a tremendous atmosphere, particularly on match days. If you’re interested in playing, contact Steve Anderson, Director of Rugby on 07590 803697.

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Opening the Doors to a new Dream

Replacing your kitchen doors and changing m worktops can instantly create a new look kitchen. As specialists, Dream Doors’ approach to kitchen facelifts will save you both time and money while significantly reducing disruption. From contemporary to traditional replacement kitchen door designs, and with 1000’s of colour combinations and finishing touch options to choose from, your replacement cabinet doors can be crafted to give you everything you would expect for your new kitchen.

Dream Doors in Poole is one family business that is bucking the trend.

Angela said: “Most of our customers don’t want the upheaval of ripping out the whole kitchen. We can be in and out in couple of days so it is an efficient and convenient service for them. Feedback is great and we get a lot of business through word of mouth.


ince opening the doors to its Poole showroom in 2011, business has grown from strength to strength and owners Clive and Angela Coldwell are proud of its success thus far. They have now taken the opportunity to expand their business to a new showroom in Christchurch.

“We would like to say a big thank you to all our past and present customers and look forward to welcoming new customers through our doors in both Broadstone and Christchurch,” added Angela.

Dream Doors in Broadstone, Poole is a family run business, yet has the backing of a National company. As long standing Members of Checkatrade, Dream Doors are a highly regarded company with showrooms up and down the country. Dream Doors opened its first kitchen showroom in Hampshire over 12 years ago, selling replacement kitchen doors and promoting its innovative kitchen facelift services from premises in Gosport. The owner saw the opportunity for massive growth across the UK, so took the decision to franchise the business. Now there are more than 45 franchise-owned kitchen showrooms throughout the UK, including Dream Doors in Poole run by Angela and Clive, each offering the same kitchen makeover service and vast range of made-to-measure replacement kitchen doors under the same large brand. From starting with £500, Dream Doors has now grown to a multi-million pound business and continues to expand. Its success stems from a quality product, sold by family businesses across the UK, backed up by a large national brand. Their reputation from Checkatrade allows customers to trust them in their own homes. Husband and wife team Angela and Clive set up the franchise in January 2011 and opened the new showroom in March 2011. Angela said: “We both worked in IT and took redundancy. We decided to do something relating to home improvements, we wanted to do something completing different. So, we went down the Dream Doors franchise route and things are going extremely well, we are 100 per cent up on last year which is fantastic.” Dream Doors Poole offers a quick, easy and economical alternative to replacing a whole kitchen. By replacing the doors and drawers they can transform your kitchen at a fraction of the cost of a complete new kitchen, often saving you up to 50-60 per cent. All doors are made to measure, so simply choose from a range of styles and colours and their fully trained craftsmen will do the rest, saving you time, hassle and stress. They also offer a wide range of worktops, sinks, taps, appliances, lighting and flooring, all installed by approved local tradesmen. Clive Coldwell said: “We offer a no obligation, free quotation service where customers are able to see actual samples in the comfort of their own home, allowing them to get a better idea of colours and styles that will suit their tastes. If needed, we can create CAD (Computer Aided Design) images to show customers what a change of layout or an entirely new kitchen will look like.”

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local Students at Moyles Court School near Ringwood celebrated examination success last month. GCSE Art at the school achieved an outstanding 100% A* performance. The school’s first GCSE photography results were rewarding with all students entered gaining 100% A*-C grades. 82% of Learning Support pupils gained 5 or more GCSEs, as did 100% of all other Year 11 pupils. Scholarship student Daisy Webb gained an impressive 9 GCSEs at A/A* and one B grade. Headmaster, Greg Meakin, said,


celebrations! “It is accepted that grades across the country were affected adversely by stricter marking criteria in English, Mathematics and Science this year. This effect is naturally magnified for Learning Support pupils at Moyles Court. “Starting this September, the school is moving to IGCSEs in order to protect all our students from

the disruptive effects of on-going examination reform. To give them the best chance of success, our GCSE classes average 15 pupils for core subjects (English, Mathematics, Science and ICT) and just 10 pupils per class for GCSE option subjects.” Year 9 pupils at Moyles Court School recently learned they passed the FCSE examinations in French and Spanish, with 79% of all passes awarded a Merit or Distinction. Moyles Court has a 100% success rate over the last 5 years for securing all leavers their first or second choice post-16 destination.


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What lies ahead for Purple Haze? The future of land known as Purple Haze on the Hampshire border near Verwood provoked a public outcry when Hampshire County Council produced its 20year Minerals and Waste Plan. The 70 hectare site became a hotbed of controversy when it was designated for sand and gravel extraction followed by non-hazardous landfill. Verwood people maintained they hadn’t been properly consulted and quickly set up an action group to fight the proposals. The Friends of Ringwood Forest (FoRF) chaired by Sarah Jane Sumner spearheaded the campaign. Despite their arguments against extraction, which will devastate part of Moors Valley forest and involve the daily movement of heavy traffic along one of the main routes into Verwood, the plan still includes Purple Haze and is reaching its final stages. Following publication of the Inspector’s report finding the Hampshire Minerals & Waste Plan sound, it is now intended that the plan will go forward for adoption by member authorities. The full council meeting of Hampshire County Council is on 19 September. Cllr Spencer Flower, leader of Dorset County Council and county councillor for Verwood and Three Legged Cross, said, “Once the council [Hampshire County] has adopted the Minerals and Waste Plan, it will be for operators to bring forward scheme seeking planning permission. “There will be many environmental considerations to take into account at the socalled Purple Haze site, due to the potential for serious and lasting damage to Ebblake Bog. The applicant will need to demonstrate beyond all doubt, by the application of the Precautionary Principle, that no environmental damage will be done to Ebblake Bog should they be permitted to extract minerals and fill with inert waste. “In my view there is still a very long way to go at the Purple Haze site as I remain firmly of the opinion that the environmental damage caused by mineral extraction cannot be mitigated.” Sarah Sumner says there may have been confusion over whether the water table runs above or below the aggregates and she says the FoRF are hoping for a lastminute reprieve. If all efforts fail, extraction at the site could start in five years. A copy of the draft changes is at file/2297277

local Record signing at Rustic Fayre

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L-R: Verwood Rugby Club head coach, Mark Ramsey; team support manager, Greg Mason and Martin O’Kelly club Chairman

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the The wedding of Chris Rowden and Alice Sotheran took place at St Mary’s Church in West Moors on Friday, 23 August 2013. The couple left for a honeymoon in New Zealand and Australia.

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This year’s Rustic Fayre at Potterne Park was one of the best. John Edgar who organized the terrier racing and is involved with Verwood RUFC said, “What a day! As always, brilliantly organised by the Rotary Club of Verwood. The Rugby Club signed up eight prospective new players from their recruitment promotion at the Fayre. A record signing.”

The 2013 Bournemouth Air Festival has been called the best yet. In its sixth year, the event was said by tourism officials to have drawn over a million people into the town. On Saturday 28 August the estimated crowd was 446,000 – the most people the town has ever seen in a single day. Highlights over the four-day event were the Red Arrows, who never fail to thrill; armed forces storming the beach; the ear-splitting Typhoon and historic Meteor and Vampire jets. Kay Browning captured this photo of the Red Arrows in their classic diamond formation.

A driver had the misfortune to demolish a petrol pump at Sainsbury’s Garage at Trickett’s Cross in Ferndown on 27 August. Staff reacted quickly by switching off the fuel and electricity and calling the emergency services. Matt Hunter, Sainsbury’s store manager said: “Our priority was to ensure the safety of customers and colleagues. “We’re now back up and running and we’d like to thank the emergency services for handling the situation quickly and efficiently.”

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in the garden


Wimborne in Bloom

The winners of the categories are listed below. Presentation of prizes is on Saturday, 21 September at Allenbourn Middle School, East Borough, Wimborne Minster Shop Present Company

Back garden 49 Oakley Hill

Garden nominated by the town post persons 13 Venator Place

Perennial garden 5 Tapper Court, Barnes Crescent

Overall outside display Doris and Daisy

New entry 32 Greenhays Rise

Garden open to the public where an entrance fee is paid Priest’s House Museum & Garden Hotel, guest house or restaurant 9 West Borough

Church/ churchyard/ memorial garden Wimborne United Reform Church

School gardens or grounds Wimborne First School Patio/balcony visible from the road 3 Helic House, Allenview Road

Visible from the road joint 1st - 25 Day’s Court, Hardy Crescent and 14 Chene Road (Peter Sargeant)

Best use of space around an apartment block Millbank House Country district within 3 miles of town The Barely Mow Hanging basket 5 Hamilton Court, East Borough

Best planted display in artistic container 41 Grove Road

Best garden surrounding a town sign Cranborne Road (National Trust)

Display of hanging or wall baskets, tubs or containers: business premises joint 1st Green Man, The Rising Sun

private dwelling 5 Hamilton Court, East Borough (Karen Sherman); neighbourhood ‘Blake’, Avenue Road


Public House overall outside display The Green Man

Learning about the Verderers’ Court The August meeting of Ringwood Floral Decoration Society was the annual Summer Supper at Greyfriars Community Centre. After the meal, the Head Adjuster of the New Forest, Jonathan Guerelli spoke enthusiastically of his work. He explained his background and training, as well as the purpose and history of the Verderers’ Court based in Lyndhurst. All aspects of his fascinating job were described by taking the audience through his working year. The evening concluded with a questions and answers, which had to be brought to a halt because he had to return to his post as he was on duty that night.  Before he left, a cheque for £50 was presented to him by club president, Mrs Dorothy Brown, towards the cost of fluorescent collars to be worn by ponies in the New Forest. Ringwood Floral Decoration Society’s next meeting is on Thursday, 26 September. There will be a talk entitled ‘A little price to pay’ by Beryl Eady. New members and visitors are welcome at Greyfriars Hall at 2.15pm. Contact Jenny Davies 01425 474391 for more details.

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Dorset Hardy Plant Society is holding a meeting on Wednesday 25 September at 7.30pm. There will be a talk by Rosie Hardy on autumn perennials. A member of the RHS committee, Rosie holds and impressive number of Chelsea gold medals. The meeting is at Colehill Memorial Hall, Cannon Hill Road, Wimborne. Entrance – members free, visitors £3.50. For further details call 01202 882590/875223.

Steam rollers

sport update

flatten record The world record for the greatest number of steam rollers in a formation over a set course was broken at the Great Dorset Steam Fair showground on 31 August, exactly 10 years after the previous record was set.

Managing Director Martin Oliver thanked everyone for their support, adding, “We’ve had a fantastic week, the weather’s been brilliant and it’s probably one of the best events we’ve put on in the 45 years of the Steam Fair. I’m sure my Dad would have been really proud of the show this year, particularly the Roller Special Display. I look forward to seeing you all again in 2014.”


steam rollers took part on a brand new road created in the roadmaking section at the event. This smashed the previous record of 32, which was also held by the Great Dorset Steam Fair. The attempt has been officially acknowledged by Guinness World Records Ltd and one of the independent witnesses was Colin Tyson of Old Glory Magazine, a well respected figure in the steam industry. Janine Pulford, the editor of Viewpoint Magazine


was there and said, “It was incredible to watch the steam rollers pass by one by one, and to see how hard the drivers work to manoeuvre their much loved engines. It was a spectacular event.” Over 200,000 people visited this year’s Great Dorset Steam Fair over five days and there was much to do and see including heavy horses, crafts, steam engines and demonstrations of traditional farming methods.

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The Michael Oliver Memorial Cup for the Best Exhibitor was presented to Graham Atkinson of Burbage, Leicestershire, for his 1932 Aveling & Porter motor roller. He said: “I never thought I’d get anything like this. I’m over the moon and chuffed to bits. I really do feel quite emotional.”

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Mighty Motoring Marvels (Nissan Note 1.5 dci TEKNA)

The Nissan Note 1.5 dci TEKNA is smarter than Oxford University’s brightest student. Why? Because it has systems that keep it, its occupants, and the people around it, safer than the contents of the world’s strongest bank volt.

The driver can then react quicker than an Oxford University student at the beginning of a boat race.

Nissan’s Around View Monitor, for starters, incorporates a colour screen and a camera on each side of the vehicle. These show the motorist an aerial view of their surroundings, making parking straightforward and minimising the risk of swapping paint with a lamppost. But that – much like Oxford University’s fiendishly tough entry exam - is only the beginning.

By Stephen Turvil

Nissan’s Safety Shield includes Blind Spot Warning and Moving Object Detection Systems. The former includes lights housed in the wing mirrors which spring to life when a nearby vehicle is hidden from view by (say) a rear pillar. If the motorist then signals to swap lanes, the relevant light flashes and is accompanied by an audible warning. The driver can then react quicker than an Oxford University student at the beginning of a boat race.

In contrast, the Moving Object Detection system, warns the motorist when something or someone moves into the car’s path (assuming reverse gear is engaged). There is also the Shield’s Lane Departure Warning feature that alerts the driver if he/she wanders off-line. The Nissan Note 1.5 dci TEKNA has other strengths too. Highlights include the tastefully finished cabin, which is large enough for four adults to relax in comfort. Day trip to Oxford, anyone? This town car has a clever boot too. Why? Because it has an underfloor storage area that can be enlarged by lifting the carpeted floor to a higher mounting point. This requires very little physical effort and takes seconds. The rear seats can also be folded flat – or pushed forwards – to enlarge this multipurpose vehicle’s cargo capacity. Plus it is a Nissan. The Note feels beautifully screwed together and should outlast many of its rivals. Furthermore, the 90PS diesel engine is teamed with five-speed manual transmission and ensures the car is fast enough for its class. More importantly, it averages 78mpg on paper which is extremely impressive. This staggering efficiency keeps carbon emissions to a minimum so this top of the range trim can be taxed for free. And good thing too – Oxford University students are notoriously hard up. 22

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West Moors

Advertising Feature

worth a visit

By Dan Flynn


hile its history stretches as far back as the Domesday Book, in which it was recorded as ‘Perlai’, the village of West Moors’ most significant jump into prominence came at the tail-end of the 19th century. At that time, its position as a pivotal stop along the Southampton to Dorchester and Salisbury to Dorset railways transformed it from a relatively obscure hamlet into a vibrant, family-driven community. Despite the railway having long been closed, the village’s charm has stood the test of time, reincarnating itself in the form of a thriving shopping community, providing the social focal point for the village’s 7,400 population. Here we take a look at the variety West Moors has to offer; from butchers to farm shops and dentures to opticians, the retail therapy on offer provides a rich counterpart to the beautiful walks and outdoor activities on offer within the village. West Moors is well worth stopping at, even if you can’t get there by train anymore! The next big event in the village is Remembrance Day (Sunday 10 November) when part of Station Road is closed for a short period during the remembrance service.

WELCOME TO WEST MOORS business community unity

Local Epicentre Local Epicentre on Station Road West Moors is fast becoming a thriving coffee lounge offering excellent coffee and other luxury drinks, homemade cakes, sandwiches, paninis, cream teas and ice cream. As an extra treat there is a mouth-watering choice of delicious Belgian chocolates on offer. What’s unusual, is that Local Epicentre is a ‘Community Interest Company’ which means that any profits are donated to good causes voted for by members. Free membership entitles you to voting rights and referrals to local plumbers, handymen, cake makers, glazing specialists etc who all support Local Epicentre. Preferred partners (solicitors, accountants, financial planners etc) who share the ‘community focussed’ ethos with Local Epicentre offer their first meeting with members free of charge and support the Local Epicentre’s aim to ‘Make Advice More Accessible’. Pop in and enjoy this unique coffee lounge very soon. You will receive a very warm welcome. Local Epicentre

Remembrance Day

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Advertising Feature

Eye’ve Won an iPad!

Oakhurst Community First School, West Moors

Wessex Denture Studio Learning that dentures may be necessary, or experiencing denture related problems, can often leave people feeling bewildered with many questions and concerns. The Wessex Denture Studio in West Moors will be happy to help. The studio provides a service covering all aspects of mouth-care for denture wearers. Fabrication and repair of dentures undertaken.

Mrs J Smith from Ferndown is the lucky winner of a 16GB iPad tablet computer. She visited Eye Style, Dorset, Ferndown earlier this year for an eye examination and whilst at the practice entered a competition to win an iPad. Mrs Smith said; “I can’t believe I am the winner, no one ever expects to win a competition when they enter. I simply filled in a short questionnaire about Crizal Transitions spectacle lenses after my eye test and handed it to my optician, never thinking I’d hear anything more but I’ m absolutely thrilled and very surprised.” Alan Cooke is delighted that the winner of this regional competition should come from his practice and hopes Mrs Smith will use the iPad organizer to remind herself of her next visit. The competition was organised by Essilor Ltd, who manufactures Crizal Transitions adaptive lenses. 24

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To book an eye examination at Eye Style, please call West Moors: 01202 890904 Shaftesbury: 01747 851006 Locks Heath: 01489 589760. For more information on Crizal Transitions lenses visit

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Honey-Bee Farm Producing quality farm produce, Honey-Bee Farm is a small, family run business situated in the Hampshire countryside. Every Friday and Saturday they have a market stall in Station Road, West Moors selling fresh fruit and vegetables. HoneyBee Farm also offers a home delivery service with free range eggs straight to your door. To find out more visit

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The Mobility Shop “Since 2011 The Mobility Shop has grown continually. We recently acquired our new showroom in West Moors and stock over 1500 mobility and daily living aids. “Along with our new products we have access to recycled equipment, so whatever your needs or budget give us a call. We’re open Monday to Saturday 9am to 5:30pm.”

Alex Webb

Electric bikes

Webb’s Butchers

Kingfisher Park in West Moors is the place to go to discover the world of electric bikes. Hants & Dorset Electric Bike Company in Collingwood Road has a large display and encourages those wishing to buy an electric bike to try them out first.

Since opening in September 2010 Webb’s butchers has continued to produce an array of popular jams, chutneys, marmalades and award winning products - even winning 1st and 3rd place for the best banger competition at the Melplash show in August.  Webb’s aims to use local whenever possible. Webb’s opens 6 days a week, Monday to Saturday from 7.30am.

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Wimborne TIC saved in principle

Stagecoach Emily is the new Principal of Stagecoach Ringwood and is very excited to get started on her new business venture. With an hour of singing, an hour of dancing and an hour of acting each week, students have a busy term ahead.

Following negotiations with East Dorset District Council, the Board of Trustees of the Priest’s House Museum in Wimborne has agreed in principle to work with the council to continue the running of the town’s Tourist Information Centre. The final details have still to be formalised but it is likely that the arrangement will be similar to that agreed in Christchurch where the Regent Centre will take over running of the Information Centre there.

Activities include a Halloween fancy dress competition, trip to see ‘Thriller’ at the Mayflower Theatre, bring a friend day, and an end of term presentation with Michael Jackson themed madness. Emily has danced for many years, locally and internationally and is now a secondary school dance teacher. Emily has such enthusiasm and passion for the arts, she decided to open her own Saturday morning school to increase the local area’s education in the performing arts. “It has been a lifelong ambition to have my own performing arts school. Attending Stagecoach is a fantastic way to build children’s confidence, with small classes and yearly Ofsted inspections the quality of teaching is high, current and fun!”

Stagecoach Ringwood is holding an open evening on 18 September, see below for details

Ferndown has its own promenade - in France! In celebration of 20 years of twinning with Segré, ‘Promenade Ferndown’ was officially inaugurated at a presentation in the French town on Monday, 26 August. The floral walkway is situated between two bridges along the banks of the River Oudon. During the ceremony, Ferndown Mayor Cllr John Lewis presented Segré’s Deputy Mayor JeanYves Ledoux with a milestone made of Dorset limestone showing the distance of 289 miles or 465 km between Segré and Ferndown. Mr Ledoux is also chair of the Segré Twinning Association.

Leadership change Councillor Ian Monks is the new Leader of East Dorset District Council. The change follows Cllr Spencer Flower’s election as Leader of Dorset County Council in May. In the same month, Cllr Monks was elected deputy leader and he has been shadowing Cllr Flower since then. Ward councillor for Alderholt, where he has lived for the past 29 years, Cllr Monks worked in banking and finance for 40 years, starting in the City of London and having various postings around Southern England. He has a range of professional qualifications including a postgraduate MSc and is married with three grown-up children and two grandchildren.  Elected to the District Council in October 2008, he has served on the Scrutiny, Planning, Licensing, Community and Resources Committees. Cllr Simon Tong has been elected as deputy leader.


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in & around the area 21 September 7.30pm Alpha Discovery Dinner. The New Life Community Church is pleased to be hosting a Discovery Dinner as an introduction and launch for ALPHA ( at Avonway Greenwich Suite, Fordingbridge. It will include entertainment by comedian and writer, Andy Kind. Open to all on a ticket only basis. Contact Kane: or telephone 07909 711886 to book or find out more.

27 & 29 September 7pm Othello - Live by Satellite at the Regent Centre, Christchurch. Nicholas Hytner directs an adaption of Shakespeare’s classic tale of deceit, featuring Adrian Lester in the title role. Tickets £13. Box office 01202 499199

28 September 11.30am–4pm Harvest Festival at Kingston Lacy House, Wimborne celebrating the end of the farming cycle with traditional harvest celebrations in the kitchen garden. Standard entry price. For more information phone 01202 883402

What’sON Details were correct at the time of going to print but readers are advised to check before attending

25 September

Cooking in the kitchen garden at Kingston Lacy, Wimborne. As well as an opportunity to meet the local cook, visitors will be able to sample local produce. Visit http://www. for more information.

20-23 September

Beachwatch Big Weekend organised by the Marine Conservation Society. Volunteers needed to tackle the tide of litter washing up on our shores. For more details go to beachwatch Tel 01989 566017.

21-27 September daily

Swanage and Purbeck Walking Festival. Variety of walks from military history to art and family fun. Explore beautiful coastlines guided by those with expert knowledge. For details contact Andy Pedrick 07790 474478 or visit

24 September 7.30pm The Fordingbridge Surgery and Patient Participation Group (PPG) will be holding a Public Meeting at the Town Hall, Fordingbridge (Refreshments will be served from 7pm) All patients welcome.

27 September 7-10pm

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Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival. Theatre and dance events to enthrall audiences. For more information and ticket information visit www.

27 September 7.30pm–10pm Leading guitarist Amanda Cook gives a classical recital at Kinson Community Centre, Bournemouth. Known for her captivating charm, this is surely not to be missed. For more information visit or phone 01425 650076

Diva Night at the Clay Studio, Christchurch. Paint unique pottery pieces and help raise funds for Breakthrough Breast Cancer. Call 01202 475000 for details.

27 September

Back to School Quiz with bangers and mash to raise funds for Lewis-Manning Hospice. Venue, Parkstone Grammar School. Entry £15 per person, maximum of six people per team. School uniform fancy dress is strongly encouraged. Call 01202 701000 to book your tickets

3 October 7.30pm

Talk on ‘Ponies and People of the New Forest’ by Sue Bowser who has been in the New Forest for 10 years and has many fascinating stories to tell. National Trust Bournemouth and Poole Association meeting at the Hallmark Hotel, Durley Chine Road, Bournemouth. Members £2, Guests £3. Tel 01202 708779.

5 October 5.55pm

The Tchaikovsky Metropolitan Opera is presented live by satellite from New York at the Regent Centre, Christchurch. Produced by Deborah Warner, the show moves from farmhouse to ballroom, with a powerful snowstorm providing the dramatic setting for the finale. Tickets £22. conc £20. Box office 01202 499199

5 October 7.30pm–10pm

‘A Night at the Movies’, a brass band concert by Ringwood and Burley Band at The Barrington Theatre, Ferndown. Tickets are available from the Barrington Theatre, Greyfriars Community Cenre, Ringwood. For more information, contact 01202 877515

5–6 October

Cranborne Chase Woodfair, a twoday festival celebrating woodlands and contemporary rural life with a variety of activities on offer. See advertisement on page 30.

15 October 7.30pm

Dracula at the Layard Theatre, Wimborne. An adaption of Bram Stoker’s classic tale by John Inman. Tickets £13, conc £11. Box office at 01202 847525

26 October 3pm

Beaulieu’s annual Fireworks Spectacular, one of the largest fireworks displays in the South. The explosive and dynamic display will this year be set to an I Spy theme. Event tickets are available to buy on the day from 3pm. Adult £13, Child (aged 5 – 17) £8, plus a great value family ticket for 2 adults and up to 3 children £37. For more information, visit www. or telephone 01590 612345.

4 October 7.30pm

A new theatre production of Strindberg’s ‘Miss Julie’ at the Layard Theatre, Wimborne. Translated as part of Strindberg 2012, the actors took a literal English translation of the text and worked with it through improvisation to develop the new script, so it promises to be a very exciting new production. Tickets £13, conc £11. For more information, visit

3 November 2.30pm


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Variety Remembrance at the Barrington Theatre, Ferndown – A salute to HM Forces, their families and friends, the Remembrance ceremony will include introductions, music and dance. Proceeds will go to Help the Heroes; the Jon Egging Trust; Ferndown Community Association and Ferndown Support Group. Box Office: 01202 894858

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‘The Yeomen of the Guard’ Lighthouse Poole, 23–26 October 7.30pm, plus matinées Tues & Thurs 2.30pm

‘The Yeomen of the Guard’ is perhaps the most serious of all the operas, yet Gilbert’s satire and punning one-liners abound and there are plenty of plot complications. Many believe it’s Sullivan’s finest score. Set in the Tower of London, the story revolves around a false charge of sorcery with impending execution, a hasty marriage to a blindfolded strolling player and a clever escape. The mix of characters ranges from the Lieutenant of the Tower to the bumbling jailer.

It may be an old favourite, but when Bournemouth Gilbert & Sullivan Society presents it this autumn, the music will be in new hands.

in & around the area How to enter

Enter on our website or send your answer on a postcard to G&S Comp, mags4dorset, First Floor, King Geo V Pavilion, Peter Grant Way, Ferndown, Dorset, BH22 9EN. Close date is 1 October 2013. The first correct answer drawn will be the winner. There is no cash alternative. Employees of Page & Pulford Ltd and The Bournemouth G&S Society are not permitted to enter. The editor’s decision is final.


Following Jean Holt’s retirement as musical director after 22 years, the society has appointed Keziah Jacombs (Kizzy). She has a degree in music and is an experienced musical director, musician and conductor.

Kizzy, Musical Director

The Bournemouth Gilbert & Sullivan Society has joined with mags4dorset to offer a pair of tickets to the first night on Wednesday 23 October 2013.

For your chance to win this pair of tickets to see ‘The Yeomen of the Guard’ answer the following question:

What are there plenty of in this satire?

Find out more about New Forest Airfields Did you know that the skies over the New Forest were busy with aircraft during World War Two? Have you discovered where the many airfields close to Ringwood and Fordingbridge were located? Do you know how to find what is left of these once thriving sites? If the answer is ‘no’, or you would just like to find

out more, then Ringwood Library can help. There is currently a fascinating display of books by local authors, maps, cuttings and ground plans featuring the airfields as they were both then and now. The library is located behind Greyfriars Community Centre on Christchurch Road, with a free customer car park.

Tots and Tinies

The new term has started for Tots and Tinies at Fordingbridge Library on alternate Friday mornings from 9.30am to 10.00am. Songs, rhymes and stories aimed at 0 to 4 year-olds. Free. Next dates are: 20 September, 4 and 18 October, 15 and 29 November and 13 December.


to Clapton winner. The winner of the prize tickets to see the Classic Clapton at the Regent Centre in Christchurch was Andy Bryant (email). The answer was ‘Slowhand’

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Cranborne Manor Garden Centre Many new season products have started to arrive at Cranborne Manor Garden Centre. Already in stock are spring flowering bulbs from crocus to narcissi. Our giftware has already started to look towards the autumn, all the bright colours of summer are going and we move into the warmer colours of winter. During October we will see the arrival of our new rose stock; this ever-widening range should have something for everyone.

At the end of October we start looking forward to Christmas and this is when you will see our new range of Christmas decorations being put on display. In between all these shopping opportunities why not relax in ‘The Old Potting Shed Tea Room’ whether it is for morning coffee, a light lunch or a gloriously naughty cream tea there is bound to be something to suit all tastes. Cranborne Manor Garden Centre also has plenty of free parking, so why not visit us, but also go and explore this beautiful part of East Dorset on foot.

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Inn at Cranborne At this 17th Century English Country Inn, amongst the wood burning stoves, cosy corners and sharing tables, you will find hearty food from a daily changing menu that is interesting but not overwhelming. The rooms at the Inn have been lovingly restored to feature large beds with snuggly duvets, a choice of pillows and fabulous en-suite bathrooms with powerful showers, some roll-top baths and Bramley products. Set in the heart of Cranborne Chase, the Inn has ample opportunities for activities particularly fishing and shooting.

It is a short drive to the New Forest, the beautiful Jurassic coast and sandy beaches of Bournemouth. Wimborne, Salisbury, Shaftesbury and many gardens and historic places are within an easy drive. The area is also great for cycling and walking, with the Jubilee trail nearby.

Known for producing fresh and iconic pub food with a twist, most ingredients are sourced locally to ensure authenticity of classic dishes. For the more exquisite offerings, ingredients come from further afield. Jane Gould, Director and Manager says, “We are proud of our kitchen team who excel in the art of cooking a variety of delicious food bursting with passion. With offerings sure to tempt the most sensitive of taste buds, we think you’ll be able to taste the passion and quality in their food too.”

You can dine in the Village Bar, Snug or Inglenook Bar and the Lamp Room offers private dining for up to 12 people.

A comprehensive wine list of hand crafted wines is available, beers include cask and bottled Badger beer plus the Inn’s own village ale ‘The Fleur’ as well as internationally acclaimed lagers such as Peroni and Amstel, as well as thirst quenching Guinness. Stowford Press cider is on draught along with Pearwood and Applewood cider. Soft drinks include freshly squeezed orange juice.

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Jane adds, Our aim is to provide all that you would expect from a country inn plus a few surprises. We are always on the lookout for innovative local products and are never afraid to try most things at least once.

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All the fun of the Woodfair The Cranborne Chase Woodfair is coming to Hampshire this autumn. Organised by the Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty team. David Blake, one of the organisers, said, “We want people to come and taste local food, have a go at a craft or activity they have never tried, learn something utterly unexpected and wonderful and feel included and welcome and excited and hungry for more. We want to make this, the fourth Cranborne Chase Woodfair, even more inclusive and provide even more opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to get stuck in and have a go with lots of have a go workshops. “We’ve everything from big forestry machines to bronze age woodworking, falconry to furniture makers, timber frames to wood turning. The Cranborne Chase Woodfair will show why wood is as relevant today as it’s always been,” says organiser, David Blake.

He goes on to explain the philosophy behind the event: “We believe that the Woodfair is a celebration of some of the region’s most famous crafts, both traditional and contemporary undiluted by an overly commercial event. So you will not find a fun-fair, but you will have a lot of fun climbing trees, watching the displays and taking part in the theatre shows. You will not find lots of pseudooutdoor clothing made in China, but you will discover a treasure-trove of local products from food and furniture to toys and games. If you are looking for a fantastic day out this is it. If you want to get ahead with the Christmas shopping, look no further.”

A number of exciting bespoke workshops have been created to enable people to gain a deeper engagement with the event and the amazing people who make it all happen: the crafts people, the turners, bodgers, carvers, weavers, sculptors and coppice workers who will welcome you; the archaeologists, historians, ecologists, biologists, engineers, farmers, huntsmen, dog handlers, shooters and foresters who you will meet. These are available on a limited basis ahead of the event at

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La Fosse

Restaurant and Rooms Mark Hartstone, his wife and little daughter have owned La Fosse for six years


he restaurant has a relaxing atmosphere, good food and wine. The menu is set daily, offering seasonal choices. La Fosse prides itself on its traditional British dishes with a dash of international cuisine. Ingredients are fresh and locally sourced. Mark uses the fabulous suppliers from Dorset and sometimes ventures as far as Wiltshire and Hampshire. All the cooking is done in-house, as an integral part of the family business, and food is not mass produced. Often old time favourite dishes with Mark’s own creative twist will be offered. He has an absolute passion for fresh, local, seasonal food and loves the county of Dorset.  Very well known for his amazing cheeseboard and love of local cheeses, Mark won ‘Dorset Best cheeseboard’ and ‘highly Commended cheeseboard’ from the British Cheese Awards in consecutive years. Last year he received ‘Taste of Dorset, Best Dorset Recipe’ and was winner of the ‘Norwegian Seafood challenge’ in London.  La Fosse offers a friendly, efficient and professional service with six comfortable, four-star, en-suite rooms for bed and breakfast or dinner, bed and breakfast. The restaurant is open for dinner for outside guests from Monday to Saturday and ideal for private parties and house parties. La Fosse features in the Good Food Guide 2013.

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September is not the end of the gardening year, but the beginning. Bulbs are now in stock and it is better to plant narcissus (daffodils) now to ensure good roots. Tulips can be left until late October to avoid the risk of tulip fire, but don’t leave it too long to choose Sue Evans your varieties as stock goes quickly at the garden centre. Now is a good time to look at the garden and decide if plants need moving or splitting. Green manure plants can be sown on any ground that will be left bare until spring. Biennials for spring flowering like wallflowers and polyanthus can be planted out. Hardy annuals can be sown outside where they are to flower next year. Sow them in several straight shallow drills about 15cm (6”) apart within each area. This makes weeding easier when the seeds have germinated. For more gardening advice visit Wolvercroft where the team will be happy to help.

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Military Tattoo

takes off The Waterloo Show and Military Fair takes place on 15 September at Wimborne St Giles by kind permission of Lord Shaftsbury and aims to raise funds for bereaved military families who have lost their loved ones. Proceeds will be distributed to service charities that deliver care to these families. These include the Soldiers Charity (ABF), Caring for Courage, Scotties Little Soldiers, Combat Stress, SSAFA and the Defence Medical Welfare Service. The show consists of a Tattoo (Massed Military Bands, Pipes and Drums, Red Devils, White Helmets, Action Gun Team, as well as the Blades and Great War Air Display Teams); a Display Area with Army display teams and armoured vehicles, Fire and Rescue displays, Police displays, Air Ambulance, as

well as the Military Vehicle Trust and Classic Cars; a Countryside Area with Countryside Ring, trade stands, country displays, lawn mower racing, dog show and pony show. In addition there will be other attractions such as clay pigeon shooting, archery and paint balling. There will be a major children’s area with a fun fair, go karts, bouncy castles, Punch and Judy as well as a Food and Drinks village.

A Beating to Quarters

takes place on the evening before the show (14 September) with the Band of the Royal Signals, the Pipes and Drums of the Scots Guards Association and the Gurkha Dancers. Tickets should be purchased in advance.

Tickets can be purchased at or at the gate on the day

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ARIES 21 March–20 April There could be rows in the middle of September that you might enjoy but will actually have long lasting negative results. The days surrounding the 20th are perfect for asking for, and accepting a leadership role. Money from a refund, dividend, or legal settlement will arrive in the final days of the month. TAURUS 21 April–21 May Your powers of attraction will be very strong throughout mid-September. Ultimately, you will opt to make a serious commitment to someone who makes you feel secure, appreciated, and respected. A group project will come to fruition near the 19th. Don’t be surprised if you’re offered to teach a class. Signing a contract is well starred toward the end of September. If you don’t like the terms that are initially offered, you can negotiate better ones. GEMINI 22 May–21 June Things start looking up around the 19th, when you’ll be given a raise, award, or promotion for a job well done. Treat yourself to some sexy undergarments as the month comes to a close. You’ll have a delicious chance to show off your purchases when September turns to October.

CANCER 22 June–23 July Let a loved one lead you into unfamiliar waters in mid-September. This is a great time to sample foreign cuisine, try unfamiliar authors, and visit new places. A degree, award, or contract will be awarded to you in the final days of the month. This is your chance to capitalise on your expertise. LEO 24 July–23 August Your financial picture will improve greatly in the beginning of September and you’ll be able to treat yourself to an expensive luxury that was previously out of reach. A teaching or writing opportunity could come your way over the next few weeks. Trust your instincts regarding your health in the waning days of September. Visiting a homeopath or trying a holistic therapy will yield impressive results. As an added bonus, your sex drive will return with a vengeance. VIRGO 24 August–23 September A beautiful love letter, voice mail, or even a surprising text will arrive at mid-month, and it will bring out your sensual side. The 19th marks a beautiful turning point in a romantic relationship. A commitment ceremony or exchange of rings will be in the works. A teaching or writing job will be awarded to you at the end of the month.

LIBRA 24 September–23 October Money from a job well done will come to you during the middle weeks of September, helping you buy some antiques and vintage goods. Surrounding yourself with beautiful things from another period inspires your creativity. Pay careful attention to your dreams toward the end of September, as one will inspire an impressive work of art. Projects involving music, poetry, and photography are looking particularly good. There is a good chance you will get paid for your work, which is a little like earning a salary to have fun.

CAPRICORN 22 December–20 January You’ll have to keep your cool this month. Unleashing your temper will harm your reputation. Make it your mission to remain cool under fire. Your good mood will return on or around the 19th, when you receive a license or certificate. Once you have permission from the powers that be, you’ll be able to expand your sphere of influence. The end of September is ideal for throwing a party. Get in touch with an old friend who is celebrating a birthday. This gathering will turn out to be the social event of the season.

SCORPIO 24 October–22 November A relative will ask for your honest opinion at midmonth. Be as tactful as possible, as this person is a lot more sensitive than they let on. A passionate romance will heat up toward the end of the month. The two of you will decide to deepen your commitment, making more time for intimate pursuits. Seal the deal by getting a makeover. Update your hairstyle and your wardrobe, and invest in some sexy lingerie as September draws to a close.

AQUARIUS 21 January–19 February You should take the lead in an intimate relationship at mid-month. You’ll get paid more than you expected on or around the 19th, helping you make some big improvements to your home. You’ll attract lots of favourable attention toward the end of September. Be sure to look your best before attending a glittering party.

SAGITTARIUS 23 November–21 December An expert will offer to take you under their wing at midmonth. Studying alongside this authority figure will give you valuable experience. Be ready to have your ego cut down to size! The closing days of September are great for buying or selling a piece of property. It’s possible a youngster, elderly relative, or roommate will join your household, making it a much happier living situation.

PISCES 20 February–20 March Discussions about money will be tense at mid-month. Your ideas about finance are very different from those of a business or romantic partner. The sooner you enact a compromise, the happier you both will be. The results of a self improvement programme will be impressive around the 19th.

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MOVING motoring NEWS

ASK THE EXPERT By Nolan Irving

Q. Has the market really turned a corner, as everyone seems to be saying? A.

Certainly, the press and broadcast media have been getting very excited about the state of the property market over the past month or so. However a lot of this excitement centres around London. The regions outside of London have certainly not enjoyed the same level of activity with a very real North-South divide being ever more evident.


ccording to the latest official figures from the Office for National Statistics, for example, house prices have surged by 3.1% in the past year, with the average price across the UK as a whole now standing at £242,000. Locally, we have seen more activity from first time and investment buyers but this has coincided with a shortage of properties coming onto the market and therefore resulting in lots of good buyers waiting to snap up the homes as soon as they do become available. This lack of supply has helped to push up prices. A recent article in the Sunday Times property section specifically

by offering a government guarantee to lenders who provide mortgages to people with a deposit of between 5% and 20%. The sale price must not exceed £600,000 and the buyers must be buying for their own occupation – not buy to let – and the property must not be a second home. Many pundits feel the launch of this scheme will further fuel property price rises so it may be that this autumn is the best time to buy - if you can find a suitable property. On the other hand we could just be seeing the creation of a new unsustainable property bubble and we all know what happens when bubbles burst as they inevitably do. My invariable advice is always try to avoid thinking of your home as an investment – it is your home. If you want to move then do so for reasons of necessity eg work, retirement, bigger/smaller family or just because you have fallen in love with a person or perhaps the property you want to buy.

Example of property around the average price in Verwood. Town house £249,950 3/4 bedrooms – master en-suite Kitchen/Dining room South facing garden

picked out Ringwood and Verwood as being particular ‘hot spots’ with rises since January this year of 10.5% and 9% respectively. With this in mind, I feel that for those considering selling, this could well be the best time in recent years to make it happen, and for those thinking of buying to take advantage of low interest rates and a relaxation of lending criteria by most major lenders. The other consideration is the launch on 1 January next year of the Government’s ‘Help to Buy Mortgage Guarantee Scheme.’ It is designed to increase the supply of high loan-to-value mortgages

Selling or renting? Contact Irving and Sons Estate Agents 01202 823333

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