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Established Over 35 Years Mid August 2013

Your Independent Local Magazine


Volume 37, Issue 10


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Royal baby’s great a-peal Announcement of the birth of the royal baby on 22 July 2013, created great joy throughout the country, none more so than in Wimborne. To welcome the little prince, George Alexander Louis, a very appropriate peal was rung by the Wimborne Minster Bellringers on the evening of 23 July. The 505 changes of ‘Cambridge Surprise Major’ by Charles Middleton in 1873 (an ancestor perhaps?) took almost three hours. Pictured are the proud parents Kate and William with George Alexander Louis who received his name the day after this picture was taken.


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Hello Readers


Pic of the month

Is there a Doctor in the magazine?

The Editor reserves the right to amend or shorten contributions in order to fit in with the editorial policy and style of the magazine Viewpoint Magazine is independently published and distributed free to homes and businesses in Ringwood, Verwood, Three Legged Cross, Ashley Heath, St Ives, West Moors and Wimborne. Views or opinions expressed in Viewpoint Magazine are not necessarily those of the publisher. The publisher reserves the right to refuse any advertisement deemed to be unsuitable for publication. Information about a service does not imply recommendation. All purchases made through this publication are done so entirely at your own risk. The copyright on all written material, logos and advertising artwork produced by our studio remains with Viewpoint Magazine and may not be reproduced without prior written permission from the publisher.

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Meet me in cyberspace

am a self-confessed Facebook junkie and I’d love you to join me. To many, Facebook is still an unknown world, to others it’s a step into socialising using an interactive medium. For me, it’s not only an effective way of communicating and keeping in touch with family, friends, colleagues and business associates locally, it also enables me to reach out to relatives and friends all over the world. I joined Facebook in 2006 when everyone was rather sceptical about it and I have never looked back. Being a writer is a solitary occupation, one that many don’t understand because not everyone derives pleasure from writing. But creativity comes at a cost. Writers don’t like people looking over their shoulder, or distracting them from their world of words, yet they do need to interact. Facebook offers a solution. I can read snippets of conversation and contribute if I want, and if I don’t, I can be an off-line observer. In the last seven years, I have met some fascinating people from all over the world and have kept in constant touch with friends and relatives that I might otherwise have lost contact with. Do join me on Facebook or like the mags4dorset business page We interact on these pages, post news, updates, competitions, photos and videos of events, usually quite soon after they have happened. See you there,

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local Library Service for housebound Become a est Moors Home Library Clasp, representing 27 years model volunteer Service is manned by of volunteering for the RVS Wimborne Model Town has vacancies for volunteers to assist during the summer season. “We would welcome additional help with the admissions desk and green fingered recruits for our gardening team,” says director Greg Hoar of the family attraction. Call 01202 881924 for more details.


volunteers from the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS). They will deliver books to those who can’t easily get to the library. Recently two volunteers, Judith Sweet and Elizabeth Bowler (pictured) received long service awards. Judith a 10 year service badge, and Elizabeth a Long Service Medal and First

(previously WRVS). If you are interested in receiving the Home Library Service, contact Maria Jacobson on 07786 635154 or 01305 236666. If you want to find out more about the RVS and their befriending service, help with transport and shopping – call 01305 236666.

Rustic Fayre this bank hols!

Be sure to put a diary note not to miss this year’s August Bank Holiday Rotary Rustic Fayre at Potterne Park, Verwood. It’s a great family occasion and this year’s arena events include Three Cross Dog Agility Display, ‘Sunshine’ Dance and Fitness, MAD – Mountainbike Aerial Display, Tae Kwando,


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fun terrier racing and egg throwing. There’s much more besides and that includes stalls, refreshments, beer tent, car boot sale and a huge display of vintage vehicles. Organised by the Verwood Rotary Club, this is one of the biggest highlights of Verwood’s annual calendar.



Opportunity for young West Moors person

can go back in time


or the first time, the Cranborne Ancient Technology Centre is opening its gates for two weeks this August for a special summer holiday club for 7–14-year-olds. Part of Dorset County Council’s Outdoor Education Service, the Ancient Technology Centre is a unique place where the past meets the present. Children will be able to try out ancient crafts and activities. They could help grind wheat and churn butter, create cave art, or be a blacksmith in the Roman forge. The club runs 19–23 August and 26–30 August, 9.30am4.30pm, with a breakfast and teatime club also running over the two weeks from 8.30-9.30am and from 4.30-5.30pm. The club costs £25 per child per day. Bookings are being taken for individual days over the two weeks, with a reduction for whole-week bookings and also a sibling rate. The breakfast and tea time sessions are an extra £2.50 per child per session. Visit or call 01725 517618 to book or for more information.

Job Club will help with CVs

Are you an aspiring 11-17-year-old with a talent for a sport or other physical activity? Do you live in West Moors? Do you need financial help with equipment, coaching or travelling expenses? If so, West Moors Parish Council may be able to help. To apply for this year’s Sporting Legacy Award of £1,000 call into the Parish Council office at 4 Park Way, West Moors BH22 OHL and ask for an application pack.

Dorset Community Foundation is funding a Job Club in Ferndown from 11 September for one year The FREE 6 week course will run on Wednesday mornings from 9.30am to 12.30pm at the Bus Stop Club in Turbary Resource Centre, behind Hope Church in Corbin Avenue on the Heatherlands Estate, Ferndown, BH22 8AE. It is available for all East Dorset residents who are unemployed or in part-time work.  The course includes CV writing, interview techniques, confidence building and computer access to job vacancies. There is an optional session on money management and budgeting from 11.30am-12.30pm. Enjoy a free bowl of soup and a bread roll to end the morning. Interested? Come along to the Launch Open Day on Wednesday 4 September for a chat. For more details or help with transport call Susan Sutherland, Project Manager, on 07866 692528.

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Charity of the year

ENJOYING THE GARDEN PARTY: L-R Sophie, Ali, Jude, Omnia, Mona, Yasmina



BRAVE: Ethan before

Hello Dear Readers, ’m writing my latest literary masterpiece looking at a vaguely familiar sight in the sky - the SUN! Let’s hope it continues, as the warm weather always seems to help with our never-ending fund-raising.

Thankfully, it reflects in peoples’ willingness to donate to our street collections or participate in fund-raising events.*

UNSUNG HEROES: Laura and Martin Webber on the plant stall.

The Osborne Centre is a haven for people with multiple sclerosis, they use it for different things. For some, a home cooked three-course lunch is a highlight, available in our spacious dining room. For others the centre is a meeting place, where members can join friends over coffee in the lounge. Those suffering with fatigue, a common side effect of MS, can completely relax on recliners in an air-conditioned quiet room.

PICK A BOTTLE: Director of mags4dorset, Ben Pulford, picks a bottle - was it a winner?

Close shave at garden party

The lounge and quiet room were funded by winning a ‘People’s Millions’ Lottery grant, run by ITV in 2008 and have now become an integral part of the centre.

Opened by mags4dorset’s editor, Janine Pulford, the MS Society’s summer garden party at the Osborne Centre on 27 July was a huge success

Fund-raising is the lifeblood of our wonderful branch.

Alan Lindsay President Bournemouth and District Branch, MS Society *Why not contact our branch co-ordinator for all future event details Tel: 01202 570300

Next event Charity Golf Day at Crane Valley Golf Club, 20 September.

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CUTTING THE RIBBON: Editor Janine Pulford

Raising over £3,600, the event included the head shave of 10-year-old Ethan Tanner. His father Nick handled the clippers and after several minutes, Ethan’s wavy locks vanished. Mum, Val, who has MS was very proud and said, “He did it for the Osborne Centre because he knows how beneficial it is for me to come here and he wanted to help.” Ethan’s twin, Thomas, was there to support his brother’s heroic action, which raised a fantastic £330. The Osborne Centre is a micro community for those with MS who meet and enjoy social activities and lunch.

MS is an illness that can strike at any time. Mona was diagnosed at 15 years old. She said, “It’s the way I am and I have to get on with life.” A relapse a few years ago put her in a wheelchair and her last relapse paralysed her right arm. She keeps smiling and visits the Osborne Centre every week. Barbara Grainger’s story was different. She had been a head of department at a local school when one day she woke up and felt ill. She said, “When MS was diagnosed it changed my life forever.” She had to give up her job and found life tough as the symptoms dragged her down. “The Osborne Centre is very supportive,” she says. “I enjoy coming here.” The atmosphere at the garden party was very relaxed and following Ethan’s head shave, there was an exciting display of wheelchair fencing.


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Anne Williams,

105, and still going strong!

No, that’s not my age!” exclaims Anne Williams of Ringwood, “that refers to the number of blood donations I have given since my mother persuaded me to become a donor. I am hoping to stay fit enough to remain a donor for a little longer, though my son David is catching me up fast at 97 donations


he presentation took place on a special occasion, when seven year old Lydia McConnell from Southampton was present to give special thanks to all blood donors. Lydia had been desperately ill since July last year with a brain tumour and had relied upon 89 blood transfusions since then, and is now in remission.    “Although I have no idea whether any of my blood was used for Lydia,” continued Anne, “I feel proud of the fact that many other people have benefited, and who knows, I might want some back myself one day!” Bob Davies, Marketing Manager of the NHS Blood Services said “The Blood Bank holds between four and a half to eight days of blood stock in the bank. As only 4% of the population give blood, then 96% of us all rely on others to help us out in an emergency.   Anne is an active member of Trinity Church in Ringwood and would be happy to encourage any other local folk to start giving blood. “There’s nothing to it really,” says Anne, “I will keep going for as long as they want me, especially as it all takes place at Trinity just down the road.”

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We have a BBQ winner! C ongratulations to Susan Pitchell from Ferndown, the winner of the Leisure Grow 2 Burner Grill Stream Roaster Barbecue worth £279. Provided by Haskins, the barbecue was offered as a fabulous prize in last month’s Viewpoint along with a voucher for £25 towards meat or drinks provided by mags4dorset. Susan’s entry was the lucky one drawn from over a hundred and she was thrilled with her prizes. She said, “I really wanted to win.”

Director of mags4dorset Ben Pulford and Dave Brown, Haskins Team Leader present Susan with her prizes

“I enter a lot of competitions and have had a few small wins, but nothing like this.” Viewpoint is available at drop off points in Ferndown and Susan collected her copy from the Barrington Centre. She said, “I enter a lot of competitions and have had a few small wins, but nothing like this.”

She and her husband Stephen have lived in Ferndown for 30 years and they love to read 4Dorset and Viewpoint. “We like the local content,” said Susan. They are really looking forward to using their new barbecue and according to Susan, Stephen is the expert. “He’ll be doing the cooking,” she said. “And we both love meat.” She chose to spend her £25 prize voucher at W Patterson in Ringwood. Dave Brown, Team Leader at Haskins presented the barbecue to

Susan at the Longham garden centre. He said the popularity of barbecuing has not waned and that Haskins will happily offer advice to anyone looking to replace or purchase one for the first time. Full information on the leisure range visit

Answers were:

Across: 6 Salmonella, 7 Burger, 8 Hot dog, 9 Tin foil, 10 Ketchup. Down: 1 Kebab, 3 Australia, 4 Sunshine and 5 Salad.

Badminton Club’s new season

Fordingbridge Badminton Club will be starting its new season on 2 September and is looking for new members. Venue: Fordingbridge Town Hall on Monday evenings from 7.30 pm. Enquiries to Adele Holmes 01725 518588.

Travellers Site objection in Marl Lane


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A planning application submitted to the New Forest District Council on the travellers site in Marl Lane has sparked 140 objections including one from Fordingbridge Town Council. The Chairman of Fordingbridge Society has written to register a strong objection urging district councillors to reject the application on the grounds that the required change of use is contrary to the recently adopted policy and plan for the area.  He said, “We do not think that such a blatant departure from it [the plan] should be tolerated at such an early stage, otherwise it will have little value.” The planning application was due to be considered on Wednesday, 14 August. (After Viewpoint went to print).


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network, including community helpers and local supermarkets: “Sherrell and Minnie have been instrumental in the organisation of events. This year Sainsbury’s and Tesco’s came on board, they provided the food for some of the activities, and helped encourage healthy eating.” Sherrell said, “The kids love getting involved, and it keeps them busy.”

John believes these projects should be given recognition for positive changes happening in the Heatherlands community. Another aim is to use the Dalek model as a fundraising tool, and John says: “If you see the Dalek outside a stall or supermarket, you’re going to have a look at it. If you can raise a smile, you can get people donating.”

Dalek invades Heatherlands - Report by James Lewer One of Doctor Who’s arch enemies invaded Heatherlands Community Centre during a week of arty activities in the school holidays Artists worked alongside parents and community leaders to open up children’s minds into an exciting new world. The theme of the week was space, which coincided with the announcement of the 12th Doctor, and what better time to create a life-size model of

a Dalek - an alien invasion in motion! Community group leader, John Hanrahan was delighted by the number of children coming along: “We had 800 through the door in a week,” he said. John feels these new projects including build

a Dalek, filmmaking and cosmic jellyfish puppets have vastly improved the variety on offer at Heatherlands. He said: “In the last five years, the workshops have gone from sitting round a table colouring in, to bringing in quality artists.” He praised the support

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Tala’s page-turning fundraiser Tala Reyes from West Moors undertook a mammoth jumbo read for elephants last month. The St Mary’s pupil is only eight and has been obsessed with elephants since she first saw them at Paington

Zoo. She loves them so much that for her seventh birthday she declined to have a party and instead held a fundraiser for the endangered creatures.  She has raised over £600, and the money will go to the

David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Africa that rescues orphaned elephants. Tala’s reading challenge took place at West Moors Library, Verwood Market, Penn Court Café, Kingston Maurward, Sainsburys and on Yellow Buses. Fiona Harwood-Smith from Yellow Buses said: “When we heard what Tala was doing all by herself we were delighted to help. Travelling on the buses not only helped her raise money from the passengers but also raised awareness about the elephants she is desperate to help.”

Tala Reyes

Calendar Girls and Boys of Ringwood

“Thank you everyone who supported last year’s Ringwood Calendar,” said Dr Geoffrey Ridgway OBE MD, immediate past president of the Rotary Club of Ringwood. “Last year Ringwood School raised £1200 towards the school’s charities, matched by another £1200 by Rotary towards Rotary charities.” The occasion was the presentation that took place early in July at Ringwood School in front of budding photographers and parents, all eagerly awaiting the results of the new competition for next year’s calendar.  “The standard this year has

been even higher and more creative than last with some very artistic talent,” continued Dr Ridgway. “And thanks to the encouragement and influence of the course leader of photography, Stuart Fielder, (pictured on the right), we can now announce the winners and the names of whose photograph will be

associated with each month from the record 380 entries submitted this year.” Among the winners were: Emily Pollitt Y12, Sophie Sparrow Y12, Mark Kendrick Y13, Katie Laurilla Y13, Jaymie Devereux Y12, Charlotte Beal Y13, Hannah Rackley Y13, Georgia Stickley Y9, Mark Skeates Y9.

Allenbourn girls achieve on netball tour Two teams of girls from Allenbourn Middle School in Wimborne recently went to Shropshire to take part in a competitive netball tour. This is the first time the school has taken part, and the results were very promising.  The 18 girls, all from Year 8, were competing against 37 other school teams from all over the country.  The event, organised by JCA tours, was held over a weekend in

the beautiful grounds of Condover Hall in Shrewsbury. The Allenbourn ‘A’ team came third in the cup final, while their ‘B’ team came second in the plate final.  Antonia Dufek, PE teacher at Allenbourn, and the leader of the trip, said that it was a wonderful experience, adding, “All our girls really enjoyed themselves, and did the school proud.”

Young brass musicians give recital


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Hillside Community First School in Verwood enjoyed a recital by some of the Year 3 and 4 pupils. The children had been having lessons with Colin Francis from Dorset Music Services and played some of the tunes they had learnt over the last two terms. It’s hoped that they will now continue with their brass lessons. Graeme Threw will also be demonstrating his Samba drumming skills, along with the children who have been attending the after school drumming club.


‘The Voice’ of Ringwood Lions gift Geoff Ridgeway of the Rotary Club of Ringwood recently handed over the presidency to Michael Lingham-Wilgoss, (MLW), also known as the ‘Voice of Ringwood.’ “This year is going to be a fun year,” said MLW, “not only will we be raising over £10,000 towards our various charities, and assisting with the new food bank project, but everything we do will contain an element of fun, a mixture of sport, social entertainment, and achieving many benefits for those with greater needs than ourselves.”

New members are welcome Contact Geoff Kynaston 01425 474733

New commanding officers at Verwood Corps

helps Beaucroft School Wimborne and Ferndown Lions Club have given £1000 to Beaucroft Special School in Wimborne to help towards the provision of specialist outdoor play equipment.

New commanding officers were installed at the Salvation Army in Verwood on 28 July 2013. Captains Gia and Eka Salarishvili have been seconded from the Salvation Army in Georgia. They have two teenage daughters Katy and Mary and have been in the UK for around four years. Before arriving in Verwood, Gia and Eka had held appointments at the Southampton Scholing Corps and at Southern Division HQ. Moving from Southampton to Verwood has required a significant domestic change for the family and Katy and Mary will now continue their education locally.

Gymkhana in memory of loyal volunteer

The Green Cottage Group of Riding for the Disabled held a successful gymkhana in memory of Terry Jenner, an enthusiastic and loyal volunteer who died recently of cancer. It was open to all of the group’s disabled riders aged 6–13 years. Overall winner was Tom Meadowcroft from Linwood School and Terry’s widow, Viv presented the trophy. This was the first of what will now become an annual event. The Riding for the Disabled Group meets on Thursday mornings at Green Cottage Stables, Three Legged Cross. It is entirely supported by charitable donations and all instructors and helpers are registered volunteers.

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The five Rs are here to help: Rethink, Reorganize, Renew, Risk, Rejoice

Is there a better way to use your living space? Rethink your needs and see what you can do to create a home that works for you It might need a little reorganisation and a de-clutter. We all live with our own mess, but the chances are, you won’t miss it when it’s gone. De-cluttering will also make room for new possibilities. Reorganize anything that is no longer working for you. Maybe you need to keep your coffee cups in a different cupboard, or plug your kettle into a different plug to make life easier. If something you use regularly is stored too high,


put it in a more convenient place. Less stress for you means a happier home. Renew tired looking woodwork with a clean and polish – buy a good furniture polish and love your wooden objects. Rehang and rearrange pictures - theme artwork and group it with furniture to create a focal point. Don’t hang your pictures too high. The top of a large frame should be a little over over 5’.

Move ornaments to new locations – you will see them in a new light. Accessorize – renew cushions, throws, flower arrangements, candles and inspiring art. Any of these will freshen your home and need not cost a lot. Renew your paintwork – try a different colour. Add something new – replace an ageing coffee table, or buy a beautiful vase or lamp to fill a corner. Taking risks with your home

décor can be exhilarating. Sometimes by stepping out of your comfort zone and being adventurous can reenergize your house. You could be daring with a colour scheme or introduce a few bold patterns. You may want to go hi-tech in your kitchen or have a fun bathroom. By carrying out all or some of these ideas, you can freshen your home and lift your spirits. So finally, you can rejoice!


Now in its 6th year, the Curtain Cabin has grown to meet local demands. The new Edmondsham Road showroom is much larger facilitating the expansion of the product range with exclusive lighting, bed linen, readymade curtains, home accessories, small items of furniture etc. Some call it an ‘Aladdins Cave’ with some unusual and unique wall hangings and accessories. Owner and designer, Dawn Moses says, “The local public have said it’s great to have a shop of this kind in the area and it is a definite asset.” With a vast pattern book range, Dawn and her team: Anna, Oriana, Steve and Paula, can help design and fit any look for window and room dressings. Having established a good reputation with emphasis on personal service, Dawn has a dedicated team, all of whom take pride in their work and strive for the very best. Visit to find out more.

Independent showroom offering a personal and bespoke service in kitchen and bathroom design. Friendly staff will visit your home to plan, design and supply your ideal kitchen or bathroom. Large range of worktops, sinks and accessories in stock. Pop in and see how Lifestyle Kitchens and Bathrooms can help you.

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BRIAN’S KITCHENS “At Brian’s Kitchens I pride myself on providing quality products and a personal service whether designing and fitting a complete kitchen or mobility adaptations in the bathroom. Service is paramount especially when helping my customers choose their cupboard doors, tiles or appliances. There is no need to trawl round showrooms. Allow me to bring the designs and samples to the comfort of your home.”


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Contakt Carpets is a family run business established for over 45 years offering first class services in all types of flooring. Contakt Carpets deals with virtually all major manufacturers of carpets, vinyls, laminate and real wood flooring, carpet and vinyl tiles. Extensive ranges of samples are on display at the showroom.

RFM Windows is a local independent retailer based in Ringwood with over 15 years experience in installing UPVC, aluminium and hardwood windows, doors and conservatories. No job too small, or too big - RFM Windows specialize in the small onewindow replacements to the large contracts. 14


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TIEGLA TILES Be inspired by Tiegla Tiles. With beautiful patterns and styles from Italy and across the world, you will find fabulous displays to admire. Tiegla Tiles specializes in different concepts of tiles, but still at very competitive prices. Call into the showrooms at Parley Cross - the Tiegla team offers a friendly and professional service.

Awarded Best National Retailer 2011, Caxton Décor’s home improvement centre offers so much! Possibly the most comprehensive selection of fabrics, wall coverings and soft furnishings in the area. Custom made curtains and blinds, fabrics including Sanderson, Harlequin, Zoffany, Malabar, Hardy and Crowson. Little Greene, Sanderson and Dulux paints are available from stock.

NEW LIGHTING SHOWROOM FOR CHRISTCHURCH There`s a new lighting showroom in town, offering a huge range of lights. Pay a visit to the Home Lighting Store UK, one of the largest showrooms in Dorset and Hampshire, at 181 Barrack Road, Christchurch BH23 2AR and experience lighting at its best.

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Pavilion makeover


est Moors Parish Councillors recently helped paint the sports pavilion at Fryer Field, thanks to a £400 grant under the Dulux ‘Let’s Colour’ project. Eight parish councillors and an East Dorset district

councillor gave up four hours on a Saturday morning to help turn white, grubby walls into a colourful space, and a tired, grey, flaking floor is now a fresh green. Local painter and decorator Brian Whale assisted in transforming the dowdy

building into a bright, cheery space. The pavilion is used by youth and adult football teams as well as for parish council meetings throughout the year. It is also used by the community for events such as fun days.

Young fashion designers hit the catwalk

Sixteen pupils from Allenbourn Middle School in Wimborne recently displayed their fashion skills at a show hosted by Corfe Hills School In front of an audience of over 300 parents, staff and friends, the pupils strutted their stuff, modelling the amazing creations they had made. Some of the dresses even included electronic circuits and LEDs, for some very special effects.   Head of Design & Technology at Allenbourn, Lorraine March said,  “This is such a celebration of talent, and it has all been done as an extension club, in their own time.  The pupils involved have shown huge commitment and dedication, and the results were outstanding.”

25 Years of East Dorset National Trust Association


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The seeds of the National Trust East Dorset Association were sown in the spring of 1988. Today, the Association has nearly 600 members 22 from the founding year. Events include talks, outings, guided walks, skittle and supper evenings, lunches

and coffee mornings, which raise funds for the National Trust. Over the past 25 years the Association has donated approximately £85,000 to the National Trust. Interested in joining? Contact Janet Matthews on 01202 855001 or visit www.

in the garden Verwood is blooming beautiful

Best front garden – Ms Annette Fisher

Verwood in Bloom, run by the Verwood Town Council, was judged this year on a beautiful summer’s day at the beginning of July by Emma Burris, group plant co-ordinator at Golden Acres Nurseries Ltd. Prizes will be presented in Verwood Memorial Hall at the Verwood & District Horticultural Society’s Autumn Show on Saturday 14 September from 4pm.

Results: Schools – Best Garden Achievement - Verwood CE First School  Best Novel Planter - Trinity CE (VA) First School  Residents - Best Front Garden - Ms Annette Fisher       Best Use of Containers/ Hanging Baskets - Mrs Susan Simpson    

Best novel planter – Trinity CE (VA) First School

£50 Haskins vouchers winner

A retired London hair stylist has won £50 worth of Haskins vouchers after entering the mags4dorset competition in the June issue of 4Dorset, Viewpoint’s sister magazine. Jean Jones from Ferndown, said that she was amazed to hear that she had won. Haskins Garden Centre’s Customer Services Manager Joolz Walford presented Jean, and her partner and ‘head gardener’ David Gill, with the vouchers which the couple immediately spent on a selection of plants. “I rarely ever enter competitions so it was a surprise to hear that we had won,” said Jean. “You always think it will be someone else – it’s fantastic and we will enter more competitions in the future.”

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motorcycle parade The International V Twin Rally is celebrating its eighth year in Fordingbridge This popular event will take place on 23-26 August. It attracts many visitors and includes the Saturday afternoon Moto Guzzi parade around the town. There is always a great collection of V-Twins of all sorts for people to admire. Members and nonmembers welcome on any kind of


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V-Twin motorcycle. Meet old friends and make new ones. Camping with good facilities, live bands, trade stands, real ale bar and food.

For more details visit k/ p events/event

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Personal approach to decision about care At Allenbrook we appreciate that with so much conflicting information and advice available, it’s not easy to make a decision about which Home to choose for a loved one, and getting things wrong can be heartbreaking. That’s why we offer a personal approach to making a decision about care. We don’t expect you to simply choose us from a website or a list of Care Homes, we’d prefer it if you came to meet us in person, see for yourself what we have to offer and let us answer your questions. We hope it will be time well spent.

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Stationery, chocolates, cards

C Harrison & Son is a long-established family business. “We now stock an exclusive range of Belgian chocolates, hand picked and wrapped to your own individual taste.”

Timothy’s and

Timothy’s retail shop has a range of products including ceramic pieces, vibrant glassware, simple candles and much more. These are sourced with a view to finding items that are truly special for your home. At you can purchase a selection of products, with safe, secure ordering and prompt delivery. 

100% pass rate

Fordingbridge Dance Studios is celebrating another successful year. Students of all ages have achieved 100% pass rate for ballet, tap, modern and acrobatics exams, with some students earning places at vocational stage schools across the country. Now enrolling for September, with classes for all ages and subjects. For your no obligation trial lesson email fordingbridgedancestudios@

New Life Community Church Alpha ‘Discovery Dinner’ NLCC is pleased to be hosting a ‘Discover Dinner’ as an introduction and launch for ALPHA (www. at Avonway Greenwich Suite, 7.30pm, Sat 21 September. It will include entertainment by comedian and writer, Andy Kind. Open to all on a ticket only basis. Contact Kane by email: or Tel: 07909 711886 to book or find out more.

NEW Kitchen, Bathroom and Bedroom Studios NOW OPEN in Ringwood

Earlier this year Elliotts made the decision to move the kitchen and bathroom studios out of their Fordingbridge branch and relocate them, in a more spacious environment, just down the road at their Ringwood branch. The studio team of Libby and Kevin, also relocated and joined Louise in the new premises. The new studios are located at Elliotts, Pullman Way, Ringwood BH24 1EX and are open from 8am – 5pm Monday to Friday and until noon on Saturdays. Elliotts in Fordingbridge can be found at The Bartons.

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sport update Ferndown’s ‘Olympic Legacy’ facility for young skaters Report by James Lewer

Ferndown Town Council is preparing to invest in a new facility that will become a popular outlet for young people within the community. Deputy Mayor Cllr Steven Lugg is championing the project to build a skate bowl and is confident that it will be beneficial, claiming that skate sports have the “biggest participation for 10-25 year olds in this country.” Olympic legacy has become a popular term that sporting enthusiasts have adopted, and there is a determination to link this inspirational phrase with getting young people involved in physical activity. Cllr Lugg believes the new skate bowl will tie in with this concept: “The Olympics have reingaged people with sport again, and I think this is the way to continue it. There are a lot of youngsters who want to do this sport, and it’s recognised by Sport England.” In the past, skate-parks were overlooked as venues for sporting skill and excellence, but it seems opinions are changing. Cllr Lugg thinks some people, often from an older generation “recognise the negative connotations because of the associations with hoodies and graffiti,” but he encourages people to look beyond the stereotype and says, “Watch them skate. It requires a lot of skill and strength.” Cllr Lugg is positive about the use of space and as a consequence, the amount of people who will use the new skate bowl. He explained that the area of scrubbed trees to the side of the existing skate park would be utilised, effectively doubling the size of the skate park. He added the current skate park can have up to 200 users a day. He said he’d been delighted by the reaction from youngsters to the new skate facility. “A group of them turned up to the committee meetings as a result of the plans”. It seems this has had a knock-on effect, with political engagement evident from a new generation, when there are issues they can relate to.


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Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy reflects on Olympic Legacy The first anniversary of the Olympic and Paralympic Games has been celebrated nationwide, Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) is one venue which is reflecting on its success and building towards the future. The Academy was able to assist in the preparation of Olympic sailors and played a crucial part in the overall success of the British team’s impressive medal haul of two golds, four silvers and a bronze, which collates to five Olympic and two Paralympic medals. One gold medallist, Sir Ben Ainslie CBE, was a frequent visitor to WPNSA whilst undertaking his Olympic training said, “WPNSA is home to some of the best sailing waters in the world, and the venue itself has showcased one of the most watched global events.” He added, ”The new generation getting out on the water has a very bright future and a first rate sports venue readily available to them that represents such a great opportunity. I have no doubt the venue will go on to host a raft of quality sailing events as it is now firmly on the map as a premiere location to compete. Personally I will never forget winning my Olympic gold medal in front of a home crowd and on waters so familiar to me.”  Ainslie is now a member of the WPNSA Board of Directors, and will

continue to play a role at the centre. He is not the only gold medallist to sing the praises of the Academy. Paralympic Gold Medallist Helena Lucas MBE won gold in 2012 in the 2.4mR event.  She said: “Winning gold on home waters in Weymouth and Portland was an amazing experience, the support is something I will never forget and it spurred me on tremendously. Training and competing at WPNSA throughout my preparation certainly contributed to my result and I will always love sailing here. The Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy

is an unbeatable venue for disabled sailors with new, purpose built, facilities. I don’t know of any other sailing venue where the needs of sailors of all abilities are so well catered for.” WPNSA was the first Olympic sailing venue to open to international competitors prior to the Games since Kiel in 1972. By operating in such a way, this created a level playing field for competitors. During this period WPNSA hosted sailors from Italy, USA, Canada, Australia, Spain, Sweden, Holland, Argentina, Denmark and Russia.

James Lewer: ‘Magical Madrid outclass spirited seasiders in a football feast!’ The football landscape on the southcoast has changed significantly in recent years; it seemed like only yesterday when AFC Bournemouth was fighting to maintain Football League status. Four years on and the Cherries have won promotion to the Championship, and on the back of this, a glamour tie against Spanish giants Real Madrid. The megastars rocked upon the shores of Bournemouth on 21 July, the excitement growing in the seaside town as kick-off approached. To the delight of those who had paid over the odds for a ticket, Ronaldo started the match and didn’t disappoint. The team-sheet was

glittered with star studded names, but locals could hardly wait to catch a glimpse of the Portuguese superstar in action. The sun-soaked surface glistened as he and his teammates graced the turf, and within minutes he bamboozled Bournemouth’s defenders with his trickery. Ronaldo’s class finally shone through, finding his way past a stubborn Bournemouth with one of his trademark free-kicks. The shot dipped and swerved and in a flash nestled into the bottom corner, this unstoppable strike was an unbelievable sight for the naked eye. Within minutes the home team were reminded of Ronaldo’s clinical

nature, as he punished the heavy touch of the defender by slotting the ball into the net for Madrid’s second. From this point on the flood gates opened, and an exhibition resulted in Bournemouth being hit for six. Defeat was a reminder of the gulf between the two sides, but more importantly it gave AFC Bournemouth exposure to the outside world which puts them on the map. For realists and most of the local support, it wasn’t about the result. The match was a reward for the efforts of players and fans in recent seasons, which has resulted in a exciting Championship football campaign which is now underway.

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Cherries enjoy double bubble! Report by James Lewer

The eagerly anticipated kick-off to the new football league season had finally got under way, and AFC Bournemouth had a dream start with two back-to-back home wins against Charlton Athletic and south coast rivals Portsmouth. The Cherries were playing their first game in the second tier for over 20 years, and victory over the Addicks meant that Bournemouth enjoyed a succesful season opener.

Lewis Grabban proved to be the hero, scoring a brace for the home side. The forward powered Bournemouth in front after 26 minutes, meeting Harry Arter’s cross to head in from close range. Four minutes into the second half, and Kermorgant’s volley put Charlton level. However, Grabban won the game for his team with a fantastic 25 yard strike which flew into the net. After one match, AFC Bournemouth sat 3rd in the table, supporters will be over the moon if they can maintain such a position come May 2014. Just 72 hours later and the Cherries switched attention to a cup campaign. The draw had produced a mouthwatering tie against south coast rivals Portsmouth, which attracted plentiful numbers to the Goldsands Stadium. The two-goal hero against Charlton didn’t play any part in the

match. Eddie Howe presumably resting him ahead of an away clash against Watford. Instead the Cherries manager opted for a five man midfield, which was spearheaded by the somewhat isolated lone striker Wes Thomas. The majority of the first period saw the Cherries dominate posession but create very few goal-scoring opportunities. Pushing the ball out into wider areas gave Bournemouth more joy, where young Ryan Fraser was able to showcase his burgeoning talent. The 19-year-old winger was a tricky customer throughout the 90 minutes, using his pace to pin the Portsmouth backline. Another standout peformer was the goalscorer Eunan O’Kane, at times the 23- year-old had glimpses, if I dare say, of Scholes-esqe finesse about his game. The youngster was composed, and his vision was second to none.

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Verwood Rugby Club’s home base of Potterne Park boasts one of the best playing pitches in the county, coupled with a multi-use 3G all weather training facility. A project is now in progress to provide an increased and dedicated rugby training area. As the new season opens in September, Potterne pavilion will, largely through the work of those involved with Verwood RUFC and Verwood Arts and Leisure Association (VALA), shortly boast a fully licensed bar and improved seating areas.  The new facilities will be shared with all Potterne Park’s sports and leisure clubs as well as the general public. Verwood Rugby has also entered into an alliance with another club – Dorset Dockers - allowing them to share the Potterne facilities.  This will increase the


exposure of rugby in Verwood and two clubs playing and socialising together will give Verwoodians the ability to watch rugby most weekends during the season. The annual Verwood RUFC handbook will be obtainable from various retailers and services in the town.  A full list of fixtures and club social events will be listed at:  All levels of enthusiastic players and supporters will be warmly welcomed and they should look out for the squad training at Potterne Park every Thursday from 7pm. For further details and an introduction to coaches call John Edgar on 01202 822427 or team captain Lenny Lawson on 07825 409015.

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It was around 10 minutes into the second half when the Cherries finally broke the deadlock, the stubborn Portsmouth resistance finally broken. Ryan Fraser initiated one of his weaving runs down the right flank, his first time shot was blocked by an on-rushing defender and O’Kane was unmarked inside the box to smash home the rebound. One goal was enough for Bournemouth in the end, Portsmouth failed to offer much in the final third and the Cherries managed to hang on. Under the bright floodlights, the travelling Portsmouth fans remained boisterous until the final whistle. In truth, they were a credit to a club which has been through the doldrums in recent seasons. However, it is a sign of the changing fortunes along the south coast, with AFC Bournemouth enjoying the fruits of success after troublesome times in years gone by.

The Ellingham & Ringwood under 15s girls’ side received a welcome boost when they were awarded £460 from the Waitrose Community Matters scheme. The team enjoyed a great deal of success last season winning the RFU South Coast League. On the back of this, Sophie Carey was selected in the England Talent Development Group. and a number of their players represented Hampshire. Katie Jones from Waitrose said, “We were delighted that we were able to support Ellingham & Ringwood, they are a great club and their women’s and girls’ sides have a fantastic reputation both locally and across the country.” Raj Karkera, the club’s under 15’s girl’s coach said, “We’re delighted to receive this generous sum from Waitrose and we’d like to thank all of their customers.” He added, “We’ll be using the grant to buy some equipment and pay for training courses for our volunteers who give up so much of their time to support us.”

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ervice 132 will operate every 2 hours Monday to Friday via Ashley Heath, St Leonards, Tricketts Cross, Heatherlands Estate, Ferndown, Ameysford Road, Wimborne Road West and Leigh Road. Gardbus is investing £40,000 in a modern wheelchair accessible bus for this route. Gardbus will be providing a regular bus service along Ameysford Road, Kingsway, Leeson Drive, Bracken Road, Clayford Ave, Wimborne Road West and Leigh Road for the first time in a number of years. Why not take advantage of all the routes we operate with a dayrider ticket Adult £6.50 child £3.50 valid on all Gardbus services for one day.

Be part of a unique opportunity to experience a traditional tea ceremony in the oriental tea garden at Kingston Lacy, an area not normally open to the general public Discover a fascinating insight into Chinese tea, tea culture and its origins at the first every tea ceremony at Kingston Lacy. On the day, experience the carefully crafted tea wares and tools that are used to maximise the appearance, aroma and taste of the tea. The tea will be prepared in an elegant, relaxing and calm environment offering you the chance to sample numerous styles including white, green and black teas. Cha Yi or tea art, is much more than just a way to prepare tea but a life-long pursuit that aims to incorporate an understanding of nature, our surroundings, people’s personalities and individual preferences. The tea ceremonies will be happening on 24 and 25 August at 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm each day. The tea ceremonies will last approximately 45 minutes and cost £10 (standard garden entry applies). Places are limited to 10 people per a ceremony. Please book by telephone on 01202 883402 (line 8). 22

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what’s on

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

21 August 7pm

Sting in the Tale, Lost with Treehouse Theartre and Candle-lit evening. Wimborne Model Town, 16 King Street, Wimborne, BH21 1DY. £4.50 per person. No booking necessary, includes entry to the model town.

29 August–1 September   Bournemouth Air Festival. A spectacular,
award-winning aviation-inspired event in Bournemouth. Truly a festival in every sense of the word, this is undoubtedly the largest seafront show of its kind in Europe.

21 August 6pm-10pm

Until 27 August 10am-5pm

Verwood over-50s Singles Friendship club meets at the Hideaway Restaurant for an optional meal at 6pm, followed by Scrabble night at 7.30pm. Call Sue on 01202 887942 for more information.

65th annnual exhibition of Fordingbridge Art Club at Fordingbridge Town Hall. Free entry. Contact Joy Dickens 01794 390295.

31 August  9am-12.30pm 

23–26 August 

36th International V Twin Rally celebrates its 8th year in Fordingbridge. Good facilities, live bands, trade stands, real ale bar and food. Superb riverside location in the New Forest. Always a great collection of V-Twins of all sorts. Saturday afternoon bike parade around the town. Members and non-members welcome on any kind of V-Twin motorcycle. Meet old friends and make new ones.

25 August 9am-5pm

Charity Fun Day. Junior football tournament, stalls, BBQ, games, face painting on Fryers Field, West Moors BH22 0LL. In aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital.

26 August  12 noon-5ish 

The Rotary Rustic Fayre at Potterne Park, Verwood. Dog agility, Mountainbike Aerial Display (MAD), terrier racing, balloon release, vintage vehicles, stalls, car boot sale. Entry adults: £4.

Craft Fayre and Table Top Sale. 
Cakes, bread, cheese and meats, handmade crafts, jewellery, wool work, bronze figurines, greeting cards, dog coats and beds, handbags. Refreshments. Verwood Memorial Hall, free entry.  

31 August 7.30pm 

Samantha Sings the Shows. Verwood girl Samantha Stevens peforms at the Barrington Theatre. She always dreamed of becoming a singing star, she has now has the opportunity to showcase her talent. Tickets £8 (£7 concessions). Book on 01202 894858

3 September 7.45pm-10pm

‘Best of British’ fun quiz for Help For Heroes at St Leonards and St Ives Ex-Services Club, School Lane, The Close, St Ives. Max six to a team. All welcome. Call 01202 870062.

7-8 September 11am-4pm

28 August-1 September

45th Great Dorset Steam Fair at Tarrant Hinton. The spectacle covers an enormous showground – over 600 acres. Steam engines, heavy horses, craft tents, music, fairground rides.

Luscombe Valley Railway autumn run. Five inch gauge, ground-level, passengercarrying railway, traction engine, steam lorry and full sized steam car. 17 Brudenell Avenue, Lilliput, Poole. In aid of Lewis-Manning Hospice. For more information on the railway visit

14 September  2pm-4pm 

Mark Pitman, Band Day. Come and listen to Mark’s smooth saxophone sounds. The local saxophonist will entertain shoppers with covers and musical delights from 2pm to 4pm on the Bandstand at the Sovereign Shopping Centre, Boscombe, Bournemouth.

15 September

Purbeck Marathon. The route will remain unchanged from last year. Close date for entries is 31 August 2013 or before if the limit is reached. Enter online at http:// For more events check our website 24

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Win tickets to a family night out The Hub, Verwood - 28 September, 7.30pm Adult £8; U16 £5; Family of Four £20 Fancy a family night out dancing to the biggest songs in the last few years performed by a Rihanna tribute act? Party rooms for children with Wiis and Playstations, arts and crafts and monster inflatables. Stay to the end for the big balloon drop and a good old-fashioned boogie to top it off.

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In its 45th year, the Great Dorset Steam Fair is forecast to be the busiest yet. The event takes place from 28 August to 1 September at the impressive Tarrant Hinton site. Martin Oliver, the Managing Director of the Great Dorset Steam Fair and son of the late Michael Oliver who founded the event, said: “I don’t think anyone could have predicted the huge scale the fair has become today, especially as it grew in popularity gradually year on year, but Dad always knew it would be successful. “Back at Shaftesbury in 1968 the show enjoyed 2,000 visitors. This quickly grew to 50,000, and now the show regularly attracts over 200,000 people. It’s amazing to think that these days the show has 25,000 people camping on site at any one time – that’s the population of a sizeable town!” The Great Dorset Steam Fair is a typically British event offering a unique blend of nostalgia and entertainment. Whether you are a steam engine enthusiast, heavy horse lover, music fan, browser or just on holiday in the South – if you want an excursion, take a trip to one of the greatest shows on earth!

“Don’t dream, girl! Get a job in a call centre,” Samantha Stevens remembers being told at school. But that’s not what she wanted to do. Samantha Stevens from Verwood wanted to perform. “I never fancied ‘X-factor’ or ‘The Voice’,” she says, “I always believed that hard work from the ground up would see me through.” Now, her dream is coming true with her own show at the Barrington Theatre: ‘Samantha Sings the Shows’. Taking place on 31 August at 7.30pm, tickets £8 (£7 concessions). Box office 01202 894858.

Magic Musical comes to town!

Follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Barrington Centre, Ferndown, where Ferndown Phoenix Musical Society are putting on the Musical - Wizard of Oz, with a cast from age eight to adult, Including two dogs! This is set to be a top class show, proceeds will be donated to Waggy Tails Rescue. See advert for show details.

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Renault Zoe Dynamique Intens By Stephen Turvil - Farewell internal combustion engine and hello to the fullyelectric Renault Zoe Dynamique Intens. Its manufacturer claims that this supermini’s range – as defined by a rolling road test in ideal conditions – is more than one-hundred and twenty miles. However, in real-life expect to cover ninety miles on suburban roads in the warmer seasons and sixty-two miles in the winter (ish). Clearly, this zero-emission workhorse best suits short journeys. Furthermore, its range is influenced by factors such as the number of passengers, the terrain, the motorist’s driving style and how much equipment is operating, eg air-con. Once flat, the vehicle can be recharged via a cable and a standard plug in three to four hours. The alternative is to refuel – at various speeds and various costs – via public ports, which can found with the car’s



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satellite navigation system. The Renault Zoe Dynamique Intens propels 88 brakehorse-power through smooth automatic transmission to the front wheels. This five-door hatchback therefore hits 62 miles per-hour in about 13 seconds which is fair for the class. This complements the light steering, sure-footed chassis and comfortable ride – so despite the unconventional power source it feels similar to a traditional car on the road. The most notable variations are that the electric motor has lots of pull at low speed and is extremely quiet. The Renault Zoe Dynamique Intens is practical too. It therefore seats four people in comfort and has a class competitive 338 litre boot. This top of the range trim is also beautifully equipped. Highlights include the: reversing camera, parking sensors, automatic


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lights and windscreen wipers, and the key-less entry system. The Zoe can also pre-heat/ cool its cabin in readiness for a journey. The Renault Zoe Dynamique Intens costs £15,195 on the road. This, however, includes the government’s plug-in grant that encourages motorists to buy alternatively fuelled cars. In addition, the motorist must lease the battery based on usage. Prices start at £70 permonth, which includes a mileage limit of 7500 per annum. Within this contract, Renault must replace/repair the battery if its capacity falls below 75 per cent. So, what we have is a fairly low cost and environmentally friendly supermini that should find a few customers. That said – as with every electric car – the Zoe’s uncertain, long term, resale value suggests that it best suits the ‘financially brave’.


Royal Daimler goes under the hammer Classic car auction specialist Historics at Brooklands have picked up a motor car that has graced the driveways of the most majestic homes in Great Britain. The 2001 Daimler Super V8 LWB limousine was the personal transport of Her Majesty The Queen for three years. It was driven within the Windsor Castle estate and to and from Buckingham Palace, for both private and official functions. The car has a mileage of 15,242, is powered by a 4-litre supercharged V8 375bhp and features an interior with deep lambswool floor rugs. A further feature is a pair of neon blue lights by the rear view mirror, which were used to identify the vehicle in

which the Queen was travelling when approaching her destination. At The Queen’s request, the Daimler features a factory-adapted centre armrest with a sliding holder specifically designed for Her Majesty’s handbag. The car is sold with all original documentation, two sets of keys, the original registration number, along with photographs of Her Majesty driving and being driven in it. Vigorous bidding is anticipated at the late summer sale in Surrey on 31 August, with the estimate at £25,000-£30,000. For more information on the auction, call 0800 988 3838 or visit the website:

New HQ for Rallye Sunseeker 2013 The 2013 Rallye Sunseeker is the final round of six, in this year’s MSA British Championship, and will feature a new Rally HQ at the RNLI College. Rallye Sunseeker Director Rick Smith said: “The facilities allow us to look after our teams, crews and officials in a professional manner.”
 The new service park for competitors and crews contesting this year’s event is at Creekmoor Park and Ride, two miles from Poole town centre, and its proximity to Rally HQ means the atmosphere will be maintained throughout the weekend. Clerk Rob Pike said the facility is, “Spacious and well lit with a smooth tarmac surface, providing all the teams with an ideal working environment.”  Rally Sunseeker will take place on 18 and 19 October.


Monthly Horoscopes The popular television personality and presenter, Russell Grant, is back this month with your horoscope for

AUGUST 2013 ARIES March 21 - April 20 The second half of the month finds you taking up the challenging gauntlet of the world of work. This would be a good time to apply for a promotion or ask for a rise. End the month by taking a break, going on holiday or enjoying the company of people from far flung lands. TAURUS April 21 - May 21 Jobs related to writing, teaching, and research are looking especially good. An intense romance will be a welcome diversion as August turns to September. Having an outlet for your sexual desires gives you an enticing sparkle. GEMINI May 22 - June 21 You will be offered a teaching or writing job around the 21st. Working from home can take some pressure off in the final week of August. Do whatever you can to avoid long commutes.

CANCER June 22 - July 23 A romantic relationship reaches an exciting turning point near the 21st. If you’re single, you will meet someone special at a party in the second half of August - an aloof rebel who makes you laugh. LEO July 24 - August 23 Mid-August is perfect for taking a short trip. You could even find romance on this trip. An intimate relationship will give you great pleasure in the closing days of August. Let your partner take the lead in your relationship. VIRGO August 24 - September 23 In the second half of the month, you will get fame and acclaim for a job well done. Use this success as a springboard to another project. By the end of August, you’ll be able to choose the clients, customers, and projects that appeal to your artistic side.

LIBRA September 24 - October 23 A business or romantic partner will encourage you to make a dream come true before the end of the month. Summon your courage and take the plunge. Venturing into unfamiliar ground will be very exhilarating. Working behind the scenes allows you to exercise your artistic talent at the end of August. Don’t show your efforts to anyone else until next month. SCORPIO October 24 - November 22 A property deal comes to a successful conclusion near the 21st. You will have to move like lightning to reap the full benefit from this sale or purchase. August closes with a glamorous party. Be sure to wear something special to this festive occasion. SAGITTARIUS November 23 December 21 The chance to go on an overseas trip arrives quite suddenly at mid-month. Seize this opportunity the moment it is offered. The final days of the month put you squarely in the spotlight. You’ll get plenty of fame and acclaim for your talent. Don’t be surprised if you’re offered a high-powered job as a result of this publicity.

CAPRICORN December 22 - January 20 An exciting letter from an educational, religious, or cultural institution will arrive near the 16th. Take this opportunity to study alongside a respected teacher. You’ll have more money for luxuries as August turns to September. AQUARIUS January 21 - February 19 A creative endeavour pays off in the days surrounding the 21st. Don’t be surprised when you are profiled by a prominent website, magazine, or newspaper. The last days of August are perfect for creating some long-term financial security. PISCES February 20 - March 20 Help from a government agency arrives near the 21st, allowing you to afford some high priced equipment. The waning days of August put the emphasis on partnerships. This is a great time to take on a business partner or make a romantic commitment.

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he owner of a solar panel business has been sent to prison for misleading consumers and trading unfairly. Floyd Alan Gordon Lewis (aged 36, of no fixed abode), who was trading as ‘Totally Solar’ and ‘Advanced Solar’ from a base in Poole, was sentenced to nine months’


imprisonment at Bournemouth Crown Court on 2 August. He had pleaded guilty to nine offences under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 at a previous Crown Court hearing on 13 June. The prosecution was brought by Dorset County Council’s trading standards service after extensive investigations into consumer

complaints across Dorset. Floyd Lewis was the proprietor of the businesses that had been operating from 18 Cortry Close, Branksome Business Centre, Poole. He had pleaded guilty to knowingly or recklessly engaging in unfair commercial practice between 17 March and 31 October 2010 by failing to complete work; not refunding properly cancelled contracts with consumers; his workmen failing to attend at consumers’ homes at agreed times; and ignoring consumer’s legitimate attempts to claim money back.

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Call: 01202 661299

DOOR HANGING The Door Hanger Ltd

We supply & fit all types of interior & exterior doors Also general carpentry & joinery Call: 01202 513069 • M: 07941 191855

T: 01202 828081



Activate Electrical

All aspects of electrical work undertaken Fuseboards • Sockets • Lighting • Fault finding Electrical inspection reports • Flat panel TV installations T: 01202 880202 • M: 07956 469174

ROOFING Gregory Adams Roofing

Flat roofs • Tiling • Slates • Leadwork Roofing repair work • Roof cleaning Fully Insured T: 01425 476635 • M: 07831 186160


Aerial & satellite repairs/installations Freesat, Freeview, Sky, TV wall mounting, home cinemas & CCTV T: 01425 206352 • M: 07740 345045

WATER SOFTENERS Dorset Water Softeners

Family company based in Ferndown specialising in supplying, installing, servicing & repairs. Salt deliveries & collection. 01202 375565 •


Drains, toilets, sinks & showers unblocked CCTV surveys, drains repaired & relined 24/7 service

High pressure jetting, unblocking drain lines CCTV surveys, root cutting, relining, septic tanks, treatment plants, mains connections & soakaways

All aspects of flat roofing including single ply, Slating, tiling, new roofs, repairs and leadwork Established family business for over 100 years T: 01202 882777 • E:

Pure Electric

Windows • Doors • Conservatories Installation & Repairs Also general building joinery & kitchen fitters T: 01202 718713 • W:

Reliable local company who supply & fit double glazed windows, doors & conservatories Fascias, soffits & guttering • FENSA registered


Davids Of Wimborne Ltd

Custom World Fitted Furniture

Call: 01202 896816

Fowl crime

In July, this rather large and lovely looking bird was stolen from its home in Charminster near Dorchester. The rhea, a large flightless bird with grey plumage, long legs and neck was found a few days later following an appeal by the police.

Fully Qualified, Trained & Approved Electrician We welcome all electrical enquiries

Stable Fencing

All commercial & private work undertaken Prompt & professional service Please phone for a free quote Tel: 01202 875327 • Mob: 07873 444439

PLUMBING SJH Plumbing and Heating

All aspects of plumbing including bathroom installations. Air source heat pumps & solar hot water T: 01202 549192 • M: 07966 654132

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Cooperative Funeralcare opens new branch Report by James Lewer

Mick Arnold and Shaun Flynn at the opening ceremony

To mark the opening of its new branch in Ferndown, Cooperative Funeralcare hosted a ceremonial event with a balloon release for the community. The new location in Penny’s Walk replaces the original office on Victoria Road. A former mayor of Ferndown, Mick Arnold MBE cut the ribbon alongide Shaun Flynn, President of the

Ferndown Chamber of Commerce. Mick said: ‘It’s a much bigger place, and Cooperative Funeralcare is well known for its sympathetic dealings with the bereaved families, so I think it will do well.” Charlie Loveday, the funeral arranger at the new branch, believes it will be a “peaceful and tranquil place to come and sit and spend time with loved ones.” She added: “This is a spacious new branch and a nice place to work.”

A chance to win tickets to see Classic Clapton

The World’s No 1 Eric Clapton Tribute Band featuring Mike Hall, who not only looks like Eric, but sings and plays guitar like him too! Classic Clapton comprises four excellent musicians who stunningly recreate Slowhand’s electrifying stage peformances. The whole of EC’s illustrious career is covered, including Cream, John Mayall’’s Bluesbreakers, The Yardbirds, Blind Faith and the solo years. The show is a two hour journey though the music of Eric Clapton, including the hits – ‘Wonderful Tonight’, ‘I Shot the Sheriff’, ‘Lay Down Sally’ and much more!

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Submit your answer online at or send it on a postcard to Eric Clapton Competion, mags4dorset, 1st floor, King George V Pavilion, Peter Grant Way, Ferndown, Dorset, BH22 9EN. Close date is Sunday 28 August 2013. The first correct entry drawn will be the winner. Employees of Page & Pulford Ltd and the Regent Centre are not permiitted to enter. The editor’s decision is final. There is no cash alternative.

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Nolan Irving of Irving & Sons Q. Do you have any advice on getting valuations? A. The first thing you need to bear in mind is that valuing property is not – and never can be - an exact science. In the end, your home is worth precisely what someone is actually prepared to pay for it - and that can be hard for any agent to predict with absolute accuracy, whatever the state of the market. Having said that, a good agent, with a strong track record of selling similar homes in your area, should be able to provide you with an evidence based assessment of what your home is currently worth. Beware of those agents who ask you what you think your property is worth – they are fishing to gauge your expectations and this will undoubtedly colour their judgment. Others, meanwhile, routinely over-value - with every intention of talking you into accepting a price reduction almost as soon as they have won the instruction, usually on a long term sole agency contract. The standard response to this conundrum, of course, is to get a number of valuations (normally three) from different agents, and then simply eliminate the highest and lowest in favour of the one in the middle. Nevertheless, it is not impossible that one of the other valuations is actually nearer the mark. So, how do you tell? The important thing is to understand how each agent arrived at his or her figure. What did they base their opinion on? You need to see evidence of the prices achieved for similar properties in the area – known in

the trade as comparables. And you need to understand not only the similarities the agents have taken into account, but also the differences. Is your home in better or worse condition? Does it possess additional features? Does its location compare more or less favourably? Also, you need to know the age of these comparables. Precisely how long ago did those properties actually sell for those prices? If it was a while, you need the agents to explain what has changed since, and what adjustments they have made in order to take account of those altered circumstances. Agents in a market like todays, where new property instructions are at a premium, can be tempted to either over value to gain fresh stock, or cut commissions, and neither tactic will ensure you actually sell your property for the right price or to the best buyer. You would be right to interrogate the agents to ensure they can justify their valuation and can and will provide you with the service you deserve despite perhaps a low commission quote. Your home is your most important asset and its valuation and eventual selling price too important to leave to chance. So – my advice is to go for the agent who makes the most convincing case for their valuation – whatever the figure they arrive at!

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

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