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Mid February 2013 Volume 37, Issue 4

in Fordingbridge!

Your Independent Local Magazine


Established Over 35 Years

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inside Welcome to readers this issue Viewpoint has now expanded into this charming town situated on the banks of the River Avon. Included in this issue is an interview with the mayor, Councillor Malcolm Connolly. As part of the business community unity ethos of the magazine’s owners’, Janine and Ben Pulford, there is also a feature on Fordingbridge informing readers of the diverse shops and services to be found in the town.

Matt Tubbs launches 3G Ace AFC Bournemouth striker, Matt Tubbs, launched the new 3G all-weather sports pitch at Potterne Park in Verwood on 27 January, 2013. Read more on page 5.

Woofability provides assistance EXCLUSIVE

Find out how this dog has changed Tracey Feltham’s life. See page 13.



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Volume 37 • Issue 4 • February 2013

Hello Readers visit our redesigned website today

Things never stand still for long do they? The great news is, our website has changed. It’s been redesigned and is much more user friendly and interactive. If you haven’t already visited, you really must give it a go and do leave a comment and ‘like’ our articles. You can enter our competitions through it too. So go and have a look. We say a big hello to Fordingbridge this month. It was a New Year decision to move towards Salisbury with our distribution. It’s a big step for a small company, but we have found Fordingbridge very welcoming and are pleased to have been so well received. You’ll find a lovely feature on the town on pages 17-21, plus an interview with the mayor on page 16. Another huge change to the magazine is the property section at the back. All thanks to our industrious account managers for making this happen. This section will really give you a new perspective on the area, as you can now catch up with how property prices are behaving. When visiting agents, please mention you saw our new property feature. On not such a high note, we said goodbye to Kris last month, who has been a dedicated editorial assistant with mags4dorset since he left school. He did have a short break from us, but came back because he loved the job so much. He’s working much closer to home now, but you may see his name pop-up occasionally because he’ll still be submitting articles here and there. We wish him well in his new job and thank him for all his hard work in the past. Aren’t the bulbs in a muddle this year? They don’t seem to be following the usual order of appearance. All my daffodils sprang up before the snowdrops, and the tulips joined in the melee too, so did a few bluebell shoots. I didn’t know what was going to flower first, but the snowdrops just pipped the daffs to the post on 3 February. Have a good month and I will speak to you again soon.

Janine Editor

Follow us on twitter Follow us on facebook: Join the editor at Visit our website: Email the editor at: editor Janine Pulford editorial assistant Kris Davy design director Ben Pulford graphic designer Daniel Lee account managers Mark Beechey Russell Harness Annie Walters company secretary Nick Pulford accounts Debbie Payne 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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local National footwear finalists

Invisible hearing from the Hearing Centre With a new office in the heart of Ferndown, the independent hearing aid centre, Digitone has relocated from Verwood. The Mayor of Ferndown, Cllr Terry Cordery, officially opened the premises on 21 January, 2013 during an open day. Managing Director, Mike Stanley, has been an audiologist for 25 years and started his own business, Healthy Hearing, 11 years ago. He took over Digitone in September 2012, which has another branch in New Milton. The new Hearing Centre in Penny’s Walk is close to shops, the library and the post office and easily accessible if travelling by bus. With the Hearing Centre comes invisible hearing – the hearing aid that fits snugly into the ear canal and remains safely out of sight. To find out more or to book an appointment for a free hearing assessment and demonstration call 0800 298 7261 or 01202 877647. 5 Penny’s Walk, Ferndown, BH22 9TH; also at Station Road, New Milton, BH25 6HL.

Amanda and Hannah Arkell, owners of Belle Enfants, have been chosen as finalists in the National Footwear awards in two categories: Best Independent Children’s Shoe Shop and Best New Independent Children’s Shoe Shop. Amanda said, “Here at Belle Enfants, we have worked hard to provide a wonderful selection of all types of footwear for children of all ages, and

Can you make a difference? have gone the extra mile to provide a professional shoe fitting service by having every member of staff fully trained, not only by the shoe manufacturers, but also by the esteemed Society of Shoe Fitters. We are very keen to promote great fitting shoes for long term foot health.” Find them locally in Ringwood, Lymington and Christchurch.

Think bedding plants It’s that time of year again. 2013 is the 11th year that 2nd Verwood Scouts have been delivering bedding plants and baskets to the people of Verwood and Three Legged Cross. All the plants are supplied by a top local nursery, cost less than at most local garden centres and are delivered early in May. Profits go towards helping the Scout group

to provide adventurous activities as well as weekend and summer camps. You can have a beautiful garden this summer and help the local community at the same time. Order forms available from 18 February at Threads and Treads; the Ringwood Road Stores and 34 Margards Lane, Verwood. For more details contact 01202 823424.

Host families are required for one month by the Ringwood Silver Birch Link of the Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline. People from Belarus still live in the shadow of the radiation dispersed over their country 27 years ago as a result of the reactor explosion at Chernobyl. The Ringwood link flies a new group of 9-12-yearolds to England every year for a respite break. A month away from the contamination not only improves their immune system, but has been proven to extend their life expectancy by up to two years. During the month, group activities are provided for the children with the opportunity for host families to join in at weekends. If you can think you can make a difference, please contact Debbie or Chris on 01202 331980, 07913 744698.

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Dramatic 3G opening by AFCB Ace

Have a laugh with the U3A Verwood University of the Third Age (U3A) will be entertained by guest speaker the Rev’d Timbrell at the local United Reformed Church. Well known for his humorous talks, he will entertain at the meeting on 12 March at 2pm. Non members welcome. Call Jeanette on 01202 814008 for details.

Country Market There is a country market every Friday morning in the annexe at Avonway Community Centre in Fordingbridge. Homemade cakes, savouries and preserves, plants, vegetables and fruit in season, eggs and crafts. Free tea or coffee for customers. Call Cathy Godber on 01725 518350 for more information.

STRIKING IT LUCKY: young Rossgarth player shooting a penalty kick at Matt Tubbs

AFC BOURNEMOUTH’S striker, Matt Tubbs, opened a state-of-the-art 3G allweather sports pitch in Verwood in dramatic style on 27 January, 2013. The football ace kicked a ball at a goal to release black-andwhite balloons into the air. The opening ceremony included speeches from Mike Fry, chairman of Verwood Arts & Leisure Association (VALA), which will manage the pitch, and Cllr Spencer Flower, leader of East Dorset District Council, which gave support from the Verwood Contributions Fund for the building of the facility at Potterne Park. The pitch will provide a football and rugby small-sided match and training facility and is one of three new facilities being provided in Verwood following successful negotiations by the council to sell Verwood Leisure Centre to Morrisons for an extended supermarket. The sale has funded a new state-of-the-art 50-station gym extension being built at Verwood Hub and a new sports hall, which is under construction at the Emmanuel Middle School for use by the school and the public. At the opening, Mike Fry said, “We are very pleased to receive this new facility. It will make a great difference, particularly to the younger players here. It has taken us a while

MEMORABLE TEAM PHOTO: Rossgarth Youth Football Club players with (standing behind from left) Cllr Lucy Clark, chairman of East Dorset District Council (EDDC), Cllr Spencer Flower, leader of EDDC, Cllr Simon Gibson, mayor of Verwood, Matt Tubbs, Bournemouth FC and Mike Fry, chairman of Verwood Arts & Leisure Association (VALA)

to get here but, working in conjunction with East Dorset District Council and Verwood Town Council, it’s great to see it all come together.” Cllr Spencer Flower added, “This has been a good example of partnership working between the district council providing funding and support and the work of VALA and volunteers from the local community. The developments in Verwood will improve the sport and fitness facilities in the district and help us to meet our objectives to improve opportunities for young people in the area to live healthy and successful lives.” Following the opening ceremony, young players from Rossgarth Youth Football Club had a chance to try their skills in a competition, shooting penalty kicks at Matt Tubbs in goal. The winner was Joe Buss who took away a football signed by players from Bournemouth FC.

Climate change forum

The next open meetings of the Hyde District Climate Change Forum will be on 7 March and 9 May at Hyde War Memorial Parish Hall. For more details call Debbie Shepherd on 01425 652508.

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Underwater adventure at Moors Valley

Photo © Josh Walker shows Dr Matt Doggett with his winning image, Gannet Jacuzzi

Dr Matt Doggett took a packed room of over 100 people on an incredible underwater journey at Moors Valley Country Park on 1 February. Speaking at a special preview of the British Wildlife Photographer Awards exhibition,

Matt, who took the overall winning shot, showed a wide range of his work, from meerkats in South Africa to the first photograph of a snakelock anemone shrimp in Britain – discovered tucked under Swanage Pier.

Matt’s winning image was shot underwater off the coast of Scotland, and depicts the clean lines of the gannets as they dive for mackerel. Following his still presentation, he treated his audience to a short video filmed underwater at exactly the same time as the winning photograph. The scenes of underwater rivalry showed just how difficult it must be to capture one striking image amongst such a stream of non-stop action. Matt’s advice to would-be wildlife photographers struck a chord with many in the room, “Learn to expect the unexpected, and if you can, be prepared for it!” Ninety stunning images of British wildlife, including Matt’s award-winning ‘Gannet Jacuzzi’, form the British Wildlife Photographer Awards exhibition and can be seen at Moors Valley Country Park until 17 March. The exhibition opens daily and admission is free, but parking charges will apply. For more information go to

Town Council

does the honours

Following the closure of the New Forest District Council (NFDC) office in Provost Street in Fordingbridge, the town council has taken over the information service. Operating from Kings Yard, the new ‘one stop’ for all enquiries offers a range of information and advice on town council services, New Forest District Council services and visitor information. The Mayor, Cllr Malcolm Connolly, said, “I’m delighted that the town council has joined in partnership with New Forest District Council to continue to provide an information service in Fordingbridge. It is vitally important, not just to residents in the town, but to those residents who live in the outlying parishes as well.” Situated in Kings Yard, off Salisbury Street (opposite Fordingbridge Museum), the Information Office is open as follows: November to March – Mon, Wed and Friday 10am to 4pm; April to October – Mon to Friday 10 am to 4pm, Saturdays 10 am to 1pm. The new information officers, Kathy Downie or Julie Tadman can be contacted on 01425 654560.

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business community unity

Charity of the Year

THE OSBORNE CENTRE It’s good to make contact again.


emember last month that I introduced you to the Osborne Centre at West Parley, which is the hub of activities for the local branch of the MS Society. This single storey building was purpose built in 1985, although five extensions have doubled its original size. Facilities include a general day/dining room, quiet room, coffee lounge, computer room, gift shop, hairdressing salon, craft-room, consulting room and a physiotherapy suite. For a minimal charge, people with MS are welcome to use the facilities, which are available Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. We are a large branch, covering an area in excess of 200 square miles. From Upton in the west, all of Poole, Bournemouth, Christchurch and New Milton in the east, we then stretch north to pick up Ringwood, Verwood and Wimborne. Members, unable to transport themselves,

Photos by K Browning

Dear Readers,

are picked up from their homes in one of our eight wheelchair adapted vehicles and brought to the centre by volunteer drivers and escorts. On arrival, members are served tea or coffee with biscuits and are then able to enjoy centre activities or just sit and chat to their friends. Alternatively, there is a secluded garden and a quite room in which to relax. Lunches are prepared and cooked on the premises and served at around 12.30. At all times fully trained care agency staff are available for personal needs whilst volunteers will serve, feed and generally look after our members. You may have noticed that the word ‘volunteer’ keeps appearing. With the exception of our branch administrator, cook and the physio staff, volunteers run our branch. Next month: an insight into running a branch. Bye for now Alan Lindsay President Bournemouth & District Branch MS Society

More volunteer drivers and escorts are always needed (a special licence is not required). Please contact the centre for more details. Tel 01202 570300.

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in the garden

New Chair for Wimborne in Bloom A new chairman for Wimborne in Bloom has been elected for the first time in 20 years. Richard Nunn was voted in at Wimborne in Bloom’s annual meeting on 28 January 2013. He succeeds Anthony Oliver MBE, who felt the time was right to take more of a back seat. Anthony stands down on a high note after the town won gold in the National Small Town Title of Britain in Bloom last year. It also received silver gilt in the regional

competition. Anthony thanked everyone for all the help and support he’d been given since Wimborne in Bloom’s inception in November 1992. Richard Nunn said, “I must convey the very sincere thanks of the current committee members, and their predecessors, to Anthony for his unwavering leadership, and both Anthony and Christine for their sheer hard work over the last twenty years. Taking Wimborne in

Bloom from its inception, through an illustrious two decades, to the ultimate achievement of a national RHS Britain in Bloom title is quite remarkable. What an example – and an almost impossibly hard act for anyone to follow.” During the meeting it was reported that a successful fund raising year had grossed a little over £18,000, but with expenses being in excess of £19,000, the committee had to draw on its reserves. Mr Nunn outlined the year’s programme and particularly appealed for those who might be willing to open their gardens on the Open Gardens Day, Sunday 23 June to get in touch. Ring him on 01202 888793.

RFDS President, Mrs Dorothy Brown with Rosemary Watts (Guide District Commissioner) and John and Rose Smith from Ringwood Vineyard Church

Floral Decoration donations Ringwood Guides ‘Big Build Fund’ and Ringwood Vineyard Church have each received a £300 boost thanks to the Ringwood Floral Decoration Society. The cheques were presented by the president of the society, Mrs Dorothy Brown at the AGM in January. The money, which was raised throughout 2012 for the two local causes, will go towards renovating the Guide’s premises and to help families in distress


Get sowing March is on its way with the promise of some some sunny days. It’s the month for sowing seeds, a general tidy up and some essential pruning. Pruning is not only therapeutic for plants, but gardeners as well – getting rid of all that dead wood and preparing for new growth and flowers. You need to remove dead, diseased or damaged stems from roses. Shrubs

and climbers will also need pruning to encourage good, healthy growth. Seed sowing should be at the top of your ‘to do’ list. Give seeds soil that is wet and warm enough and off they go, and the bigger the seed the deeper it needs to be in the soil to germinate. Some seeds can be sown direct into the ground, such as vegetables, whilst some prefer to be in seed trays and a slightly

in the Ringwood area. Also at the AGM, Mrs Margaret Lupton was presented with a camellia plant for her 18 years service as treasurer of the club. Ringwood Floral Decoration Society’s next meeting is at Greyfriar’s Hall on Thursday, 28 February, 2013 at 2.15pm, and will be a demonstration by Anne Marie Dicker entitled ‘As time goes by.’ New members and visitors are welcome. warmer environment, such as a greenhouse, to be given a good fighting chance. For a bit of instant colour you could think about a hanging basket. A simple garden solution for March is to create your own hanging basket in the colour scheme of your choice, mixing hardy annuals with small evergreen shrubs for all year round interest. A plant perfect for winter baskets and containers is the Vinca, which is part of the periwinkle family. Vinca minor is also a favourite with gardeners for providing ground cover and can be planted in smaller beds and borders. It’s a great way of providing cover for poor, dry and slightly shady garden areas and its creeping and arching stems soon make an attractive carpet of bright green foliage. The small sky-blue flowers appear in spring and Vinca will grow in most soil types but like most other plants, requires good drainage. Happy planting.

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Business Success Story – PHILIP MOSES CHARTERED SURVEYORS Philip Moses is a qualified Chartered Surveyor, Registered Valuer and expert witness and has worked in the local area for 28 years. His business is based in Verwood and Philip is currently the chairman of Verwood Business, which is an active chamber of trade within the town. His company is about to relocate to larger premises. Will the company be expanding? Yes. We will be increasing our staff and will be employing another secretary.*  We may also require a further surveyor shortly, as we are so busy.  

As you have been in the profession for almost 30 years, you must have seen a lot of changes?

February 2013 sees a new era for Philip Moses Chartered Surveyors, as you move into your new offices. This must be an exciting time for you?  After almost 30 years in the profession, I started the company two years ago, and it has gone from strength to strength.  We will be moving into new offices at 3a Ringwood Road, Verwood in March, and will be right in the heart of the town.

I started in this area in 1985, and the majority of East Dorset District (including Verwood, St Leonards, St Ives, Ferndown and up as far as Sixpenny Handley) was in my designated ‘patch’ at the Valuation Office.  I therefore watched as the area grew rapidly, as estates such as the bungalows in Acacia Avenue and Laburnum Close, Verwood and the houses in Whitfield Park, Ashley Heath were being built. In St Leonards, St Ives and Ashley Heath, there was a progressive change in the planning policies, allowing higher density development than previously permitted. Over the years, I have carried out many valuations for new development schemes. I also watched the exclusive houses being built in Ashley, on the south side of the A31. Since then, there have been many more new developments, and they keep on coming, with Barratt Homes having

just completed the Fairwood Place flat scheme in Brock Way, Verwood. I have lived in Verwood and Three Legged Cross since 2001, and have seen several alterations to the town’s road infrastructure – such as the crossroads in the centre and the addition of the Home Farm Road bypass – as well as the construction of new buildings such as the Old Potteries shops and offices, and The Hub.

What are the services you provide and what areas of the country do you cover? We are General Practice Chartered Surveyors, concentrating primarily on property valuations and condition surveys; but our range of experience across many areas of the profession enable us to provide a good all-round service to clients. We deal with most types of property, from residential to commercial, industrial, leisure and land.  We can advise on landlord and tenant issues, as well as peripheral concerns, such as insurance or rating queries.  Most commonly, we are instructed to provide valuations, building surveys, RICS HomeBuyer reports or schedules of condition, to assist clients on new purchases or leases, or rent reviews 10...Viewpoint February 2013

on existing tenancies. We also value company premises for financial accounting purposes, and carry out valuations for tax reasons. I am personally qualified to act as an expert witness. We generally cover Dorset, West Hampshire and southern parts of Wiltshire.

Why do your clients choose Philip Moses Chartered Surveyors? We are passionate about providing our clients with an excellent personal service, which we try to tailor to their individual needs.  Our clients consider us to be reassuringly thorough, as we allow the time necessary to carry out each task to the highest standard. We also communicate with our clients at every stage of the process.  They find it most helpful to be able to speak to their own surveyor at the end of the line, when they need assistance.  * Philip is looking for a qualified secretary with relevant experience, to be based at the new office, and can accommodate someone available during school hours. Anyone interested should ring him on 01202 814028.


Valentine’s gifts inspired by inFUSed Following last month’s issue, the students from Ferndown Upper School (FUS) are continuing their exciting business enterprise in the local community. The business has been operating for a few months now and the students are keen to promote their products and services until the Enterprise Challenge Awards this month. The FUS students set up a company called inFUSed Group and have been offering a variety of products and services. For Valentine’s Day, the students offered a range of photo frames, personalised individually. For more information on the inFUSed Group’s products, please visit www. With the Enterprise Challenge Awards approaching, the inFUSed Group has

arranged a unique photography service for students, parents and business leaders. While students are with their friends and family, they will be able to have their picture taken in order to remember the hard work they put in during this exciting period of their lives. To make the memory even more special, the group has invested in an elegant backdrop for the photographs. The inFUSed Group would also like to thank The Warmer Group who have mentored them throughout the Enterprise Challenge. Their contribution has certainly helped make the project a success and their enthusiasm has motivated the students to perform at their very best.

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local We need more foster carers!

Happy birthday Verwood TG

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‘The Boy Who Led Them’ George Chittenden

The Verwood Afternoon TG celebrated its 32nd birthday in January with a large cake made and iced by members Mona Davis and Doreen Knowlden. The sweet voice of Linda Sambrook entertained members with popular songs from over the years, along with a raffle and a sale of handmade jewellery and greetings cards. A total of £781 has been raised for charity over the past year. The guild now looks forward to another busy and successful year.

- the rise and fall of a smuggling gang leader Local author George Chittenden has been making his dreams a reality by attending book signings and even art/ literary festivals to promote his debut novel, ‘The Boy Who Led Them’. “It’s been hard work. Writing is a solitary profession and it’s taken the best part of a decade to finally land a publishing contract and get my name in print, but it’s all been worth it,” says George.  ‘The Boy Who Led Them’ opens in modern times when a young victim of bullying discovers a two-hundred year old message from Jacob Swift, the king of smugglers, and gets caught up in an adventure that has the potential to solve all of his problems and a mystery several hundred years in the making. A story of honour, loyalty and England’s troubled past - treasure lost and finally found. ‘ The Boy Who Led Them’ is available as a paperback or ebook on Amazon, eBay and in bookstores.

Bournemouth is investing in improving the lives of looked after children by expanding its adoption and fostering services. The council is growing its children’s social care services with the addition of a number of new social work posts for fostering, adoption, and child care social work. One of the key aims will be to recruit more adoptive parents and foster carers from Bournemouth and surrounding areas to care for looked after children. An investment is also being made to set up a small, dedicated, social care team responsible for looking after children and young people currently in private foster care. This includes the large number of language students in the borough living with host families. The new team’s job will be to ensure these children and young people are given suitable and safe placements. Gill Bishop, Service Manager for Bournemouth’s Children’s Social Care said, “We currently have 246 looked after children in Bournemouth. With this new recruitment drive, one of our key targets is to increase the number of foster carers in the town. By doing this, we will be able to give more children high quality placements in the local area, providing stability and avoiding the disruption of having to move schools and lose friends.” Two other posts have also been agreed by the council and qualified social workers interested in finding out more should contact Gill Bishop on 01202 451712. Anyone interested in becoming a foster carer for Bournemouth should contact the Fostering and Placements Team on 01202 456789.


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Sunny brings smiles by Janine Pulford

It’s empty now, mum


Many readers will know from following our regular columns in 2012 by Magsie, the golden retriever, that Woofability is the local charity that provides assistance dogs for the disabled.


ounded by Andy and Jenny Clarke, in 2009, Woofability has been working hard training dogs over the past three years and the charity is now forging partnerships between these beautiful, skilled animals and disabled people in the area. I had the pleasure to meet Tracey Feltham from Alderholt who has been successfully partnered with a Woofability assistance dog. Tracey is only in her early forties, but has suffered with back problems for the past 15 years, and in 2003 underwent spinal fusion treatment. Two years ago, she was diagnosed with fibromyalgia a long-term condition that causes chronic pain all over her body and a heightened and painful response to pressure. She also

Can I take your socks off?

has calcification around her right hip. Even simple things like bending to pick up something she’s dropped can be unbearably painful. And walking distances isn’t an option, she has to use a wheelchair. “I’m lucky that I have a loving family,” says Tracey. Her children Lauren and Louis are now teenagers. “The worst part of the condition is that I’ve never picked up my son and done normal things with him,” she says. Though her husband, Colin is very supportive and in her own word, “Wonderful,” Tracey was finding that coping with so much pain on a daily basis, was giving her very little to smile about. Enter Sunny. A two-and-ahalf year old golden retriever with special powers. The partnership between Sunny and Tracey began last December and Tracey’s life has turned around. She said, “I can’t believe the difference Sunny has made. She helps with simple things like bringing me the mail, fetching the newspaper, helping to load and

unload the washing machine and helping to undress me at night. If I drop something, she picks it up and she is very gentle, extremely well behaved and goes everywhere with me. When we go to the bank, she presses the entry pad to let me in and if I stop for a coffee, she will even take my purse to the counter to pay. She is amazing. “Having Sunny has also taken the pressure off my husband considerably. He used to ring me throughout the day to check I was all right, but now he knows that Sunny’s looking after me.” The golden retriever has fitted in well with the family, but her main focus is Tracey and I observed how attentive Sunny was. Even when at rest, she seemed to have that sixth sense to know exactly when Tracey needed her. “She bonded with me really quickly,” says Tracey, “She is such a poppet and part of the family, but if I do have any worries, however small, I just ring Woofability. They are so helpful. Andy and Jenny are very inspirational people.”

Woofability provides other support too and covers the cost of Sunny’s vet’s bills and her food. As I got up to leave, Tracey dropped her glasses on the floor and true to her breed, Sunny retrieved them for her. “That’s the wonderful thing about Sunny,” Tracey beamed as she took her glasses back. “She makes me smile.” To request a partnership with an assistance dog, contact Woofability today. Ex-forces people who are registered disabled are also encouraged to apply. Woofability always requires volunteer dog walkers and socialisers. For more information call 01202 814643 or email The next major fundraising event for Woofability is a Black Tie Ball at Bentley’s Restaurant in Ferndown on 29 April 2013, sponsored by Mums Behaving Madly. To book your table call 01202 814643.

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BLEAK OUTLOOK FOR FURZEHILL COUNCIL OFFICES The Christchurch and East Dorset Partnership has made an announcement about its accommodation needs following speculation about its future plans. An officer working group has identified that the best option for the partnership is to have the majority of staff located in the current civic offices in Christchurch with a smaller civic hub to be built in Wimborne, and to dispose of the existing offices at Furzehill. David McIntosh, Chief Executive of the Christchurch and East Dorset Partnership said, “The decision for Christchurch and East Dorset Councils to share services has proved to

be a sound management decision. It has provided, and continues to provide, savings which have allowed both councils to set balanced budgets. “However, the pressure on future spending and the shift of financial risks from central to local government means that we need to look at further ways to reduce costs. We also need to make sure we develop efficient ways of working, suitable for the 21st century. “It makes sense for the majority of our staff to be located in one building, both economically and in terms of efficiency. The cost our two main buildings is increasing as they age and, having looked at the obvious options, the one

we are suggesting is the most suitable.” The civic offices in Christchurch would continue to provide customer services and the Christchurch Council chamber would be retained. The Wimborne civic hub would also house customer services, as well as a council chamber for East Dorset, community meeting rooms and a number of workstations for staff when working in East Dorset. Customer access will be improved by locating council facilities close to public transport routes and car parks. “Although we will be reducing our costs, there would be no intention of

East Dorset District Council Offices could be gone in three years

reducing services to the public in either council area as part of any accommodation changes,” added David McIntosh. “Each of the two councils would be maintaining its sovereignty and will continue to meet and make decisions, which are in the best interests of their respective areas.” The partnership board, that oversees the development of joint working between the two councils, has agreed that this is the best option and has asked officers to prepare a report to go to each council’s Resources

Pedal power for BHF Vehicle crime on The British Heart Foundation (BHF) road cycling event takes place on Sunday, 28 April in Dorset. There are four different options with 25, 50, 66 and 100 mile circular routes. Individuals, teams and families can all take part. Participants can start the bike ride any time between 8am and 10am at Queen Elizabeth’s School, Wimborne. Entry fee £15 for adults and £5 for under 16s

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accompanied by an adult. Registration on the day is available but at a higher fee. Visit or call 0800 169 3672.

The number of thefts from vehicles across Dorset increased by 12.3% from April 2012 to 27 January 2013 - an increase of 355 offences. Between 1 and 27 January there were 13 reported break-ins to cars parked at beauty spot locations across Dorset – including rural car parks in Cerne Abbas, Bridport, Blandford, Wimborne and Wareham. Businesses using vans, trucks or lorries should take steps to reduce the chances of having diesel stolen from them. Ideally,

these vehicles should be parked inside buildings or in a secure compound overnight. Chief Inspector Jared Parkin said, “It sounds simple, but the main thing I’d encourage motorists to do is to make sure they leave their vehicles securely locked. We are seeing lots of vehicles being broken into that were not even locked… “I would encourage tradespeople not to leave expensive tools and materials in their vans, even if they are securely locked.”

Committee seeking approval to carry out further feasibility work on the preferred option. Once detailed feasibility work has been completed, the proposal will be the subject of a further report with a view to its recommendations being implemented. No specific timetable has been drawn up as yet, but implementation could be around three years away. The council has pledged to keep its members, staff, residents and the general public fully aware of any plans as they develop.

Dorset Police is encouraging motorists to take simple steps to reduce the chances of their vehicles being broken into.

Advice includes: • Valuable items and shopping should not be left in cars, either in view or hidden away • Windows and doors should always be securely locked when vehicles are left • Sat navs should not be left in cars and their holders and cables should not be left on display. Sat nav marks should not be left visible on the windscreen • If a vehicle has an alarm, always use it – even if the vehicle is only going to be left for a short period of time

Sporting legacy award Jo Trussell an aspiring sports star from West Moors has received a legacy award from West Moors Parish Council. 14...Viewpoint February 2013

The award, of up to £1,000 for a rising sports star aged 11-17, was offered by the parish council to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympic Games in London last year. Joe is the National Junior Jitsu champion and is due to take part in the Jitsu International Championships in Edinburgh in 2013. He trains at the Ferndown Jitsu Club in the Heatherlands

Community Centre,and also helps to train the next generation by teaching mini jitsu to 4 to 7 year olds. The formal presentation of the award took place on 30 January, 2013, at the Ferndown Jitsu Club where members of the council and invited guests were treated to a wonderful demonstration by young people of all ages. Joe received a certificate and trophy. The chairman of the parish council, Cllr Penny Yeo said, “West Moors Parish Council would like to say a huge thank you to the Jitsu Club for such a wonderful

evening organised by John Hanrahan, the demonstration was absolutely amazing with so many talented young people. The demonstration was followed by a light supper sponsored by Synergy Housing. “The parish council would also like to thank Phoenix Marble and Granite of West Moors for their kind donation of the marble base for the trophy.” Applications can now be made for the next legacy award, so if you know of an aspiring young person please contact the parish office on 01202 861044 for an application.


Viewpoint has now expanded into Fordingbridge and who better to interview than the civic leader of the town

Fordingbridge unwrapped

Janine Pulford meets

Councillor Malcolm Connolly,


the Mayor of Fordingbridge

ducated locally, Malcolm Connolly has lived in Fordingbridge for 30 years and was inspired to become a councillor nearly 10 years ago after being made redundant from a managerial position. “I’d always been interested in local council work,” he said, “and after being made redundant, I wanted to work locally. Since becoming a councillor, I have never looked back. I enjoy every minute of the job. It taxes the mind and can be quite rewarding - having a sense of humour helps.” To his credit, he has been elected as the town mayor for the last four years and in that role, as well as being an ambassador for the town, he chairs the council meetings. “It’s an honour,” he says acknowledging that his fellow councillors have such confidence in his leadership. When I asked if he would like to stand for a fifth term, he didn’t give much away. “People should think of taking on the honour,” he said, “But not everyone has the time or wants to take the pressure of being chairman.” There’s a definite twinkle in his eye as he speaks, which seems to indicate that if he is proposed for a fifth term, he might accept. Outgoing and gregarious, Malcolm likes to think that residents can approach him about any problems in the town. He’s been responsible for spearheading a new committee to look at the traffic issues in Fordingbridge. The first meeting was on 29 January and one of the committee’s aims is to seek the help of county and district councils to formulate a longterm solution. “More stringent parking regulations may help,” Malcolm said. “We are also working with Disability Access and will be meeting with them in the second week of February to see where improvements can be made to make it easier for those with mobility problems.” He is enthusiastic and proud of Fordingbridge, which is a busy place. “I’d like to think that all

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factions are pulling together for the betterment of the town,” he says. The Fordingbridge Society and Avonway Community Centre are all very active as are the Business Forum, the Lions and the Rotary clubs. The events that run throughout the year are evidence of this. “The Fordingbridge Festival organised by the Rotary Club is an annual event and last year it was spectacular,” he explains. “And the Moto-Guzzi cavalcade through the town held every August Bank Holiday Monday creates a real buzz. People come from all over to see the bikes and trikes and we get around 160 motorbikes taking part. “Christmas in Fordingbridge with live reindeer was a first in 2012 and that went very well. We’re having a meeting soon to discuss the possibility of running it again this Christmas. We had a great response from the businesses to offset the overheads and we hope they will do the same again. I. N. Newman generously helped with the lights.” There is a saying, ‘If you want something done, ask a busy person,’ and Malcolm Connolly doesn’t let the grass grow under his feet. As well as being the town mayor, he has just become the sub postmaster of Sandleheath Post Office. Married to Marie, they have three children Eileen, Peter and John who have all grown up and flown the nest. But Malcolm and Marie like company around the house and have recently adopted two Yorkshire terriers, Pippa and Polly who were searching for a new home. Malcolm Connolly is energetic, enthusiastic and approachable. Perhaps it is his enthusiasm that rubs off in the town because the day I visited, it was cold and bleak, yet everyone I met was polite, friendly and made me feel very welcome. The Fordingbridge Society was showing a film at the council offices and even invited me to join the audience. There are some very interesting and lovely shops there too as you will see from the feature on Fordingbridge on the next five pages.

On the fringes of the New Forest and resting on the banks of the River Avon, Fordingbridge has been in existence for well over 700 years.


ts name was derived from the Great Bridge, constructed in mediaeval times, which was built upstream of the ford. With seven magnificent arches, this feat of engineering can be viewed in its splendour from the riverside park. On a sunny day, the park comes into its own with a children’s play area and paddling pool (open during the summer). There are also secluded memorial gardens and playing fields within the recreation ground. A visit to the park won’t go unnoticed by the ducks on the river. They will waddle as fast as they can to greet you to find out if you have anything worth eating. And the swans like to say hello too. Local sports clubs using the field include the rugby club, and Fordingbridge Turks, one of the oldest football clubs in England, which was established in 1868. Fordingbridge Town Council was established in 1878 with the town hall being built in the High Street the following year. It is a landmark building with a clock tower. Also within the town, you’ll find a museum, which houses local history exhibits including some 9,000 artefacts collected by brothers John and Richard Shering. Situated in an old granary in Kings Yard, Salisbury Street, the museum is run by volunteers Other iconic structures worth seeking out are the large bronze statue in honour of the controversial artist, Augustus John which features on the riverside near the Great Bridge and the church of St Mary the Virgin offering typical Norman characteristics. Both are within walking distance of the High Street. Avonway Community Centre is a hub for local clubs and societies and the home of Stepping Stones, the only pre-school in Fordingbridge. Rooms at Avonway can be hired at a very reasonable rate. An active society with over 200 members is the Fordingbridge Society, which can be found at The town is easily accessible by car and bus (X3 Bournemouth to Salisbury route) and has an abundance of independent shops and boutiques.

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2515 Ringwood & Fordingbridge Air Training Corps

Fordingbridge Tree and Groundwork Services Whatever you need doing in the garden, from site clearance to driveways, hedge cutting to tree surgery or fencing to landscaping, call Spinney Adlem at Fordingbridge Tree and Groundwork Services.

2515 Ringwood and Fordingbridge Air Training Corps

Personal visits by potential cadets (ideally with a parent or guardian) are welcome on parade nights, Tuesday and Friday 1915-2145. Come along and see if you like it.

Zumba fitness

Zumba Fitness Fordingbridge

Zumba is the most popular dance fitness programme in the world, and now YOU can join in this worldwide fitness phenomenon every Monday evening at Burgate School in Fordingbridge.

The Arch Clinic

The Arch Clinic offers rapid, effective treatment for injuries and chronic conditions. Acupuncture, counselling, hypnotherapy, reflexology, homeopathy and free hearing tests are also available. Call 01425 650074 to book your appointment.

Fordingbridge Dance Studios


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Enterprise Care

Fordingbridge Dance Studios

For all your flooring needs: carpet, sheet vinyl, luxury vinyl tiles, engineered timber, laminate and ceramics. Fitting, home selection service, free no obligation measure and quotations. Based in Fordingbridge since 1988.

Enterprise Care offers top quality care services in the local area. “Our objectives are built around a person’s dignity, privacy, choice and we believe in continuity and encouraging people’s independence.”

This acting school offers drama classes for children aged 4-17 years. Your child will grow in confidence, make new friends, learn to perform in front of an audience and join in the fun.

Fordingbridge Dance Studios is your local dance school, offering classes from aged three to adult in ballet, tap, modern, acrobatics and stage work. Based at Avonway Community Centre five days-a-week.

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BUSINESS COMMUNITY UNITY - FORDINGBRIDGE FEATURE business community unity Advertising feature

Home at Seventy One Jacksons Solicitors

Augustus John

The Great Bridge Sentinel

All The Cool Stuff

You will find all the cool stuff here: LEGO, Star Wars, My Little Pony, Transformers, clothing, Labyrinth, Ludo, Wheeljack. If you’ve got kids or you’re a big kid yourself, this is a must visit store.

The Cottage Loaf

“Try our delicious new range of handmade pies and pasties, using only local meat from the New Forest area. Unique wedding cakes are also our speciality with very competitive rates.”

Price Butchers

“We also cater for all outside and indoor catering, buffets, BBQs, hog roasts and our new chicken rotisserie with six different marinades to choose from including a range of salads.”

Jacksons Solicitors

Jacksons Solicitors of Fordingbridge are a long-established firm serving both the individual, and company clients. Their offices are conveniently located just off the High Street with parking to the rear. Telephone 01425 652110.

Home at Seventy One

“Our speciality is supplying quality country-style vintage furniture, lovingly restored and hand painted to a high standard - ‘shabby chic’ style. All realistically priced. Open Wednesday to Saturday.”

Perkins Motor Accessories Established for over 45 years. Perkins stocks a full range of top quality parts and accessories for the motorist and cyclist. Oils and additives plus Bosch and Draper tools. Free customer parking.

Sentinel Health Care

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Fordingbridge Care Home is a recently opened 60 bed Specialist Dementia Care Home built from the ground up to reflect the very latest thinking in dementia care.

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St Martins Gallery

Bristow & Garland


St Martin’s Gallery

This pretty little gallery is at nearby Ibsley. It hosts a vast and continually changing exhibition of local and international art and craft. Suppliers of jewellery, silk flowers, pottery and sculptures.

Select Pets & Foods

For all your pet’s needs. Frozen and live reptile food, frozen sea baits, RFDs for legal limit air pistol and rifles. Phone 01425 655998.

Fordingbridge Post Office

Bristow & Garland

For a huge selection of cards, stationery and gifts as well as all the usual postal services including foreign exchange, pop into Fordingbridge Post Office.

Bristow & Garland have been buying old books in the New Forest and Dorset for nearly 50 years; also buying autographs, documents, letters, diaries, journals, photograph albums and postcard albums.

Animals’ Voice

The Alcove

“We sell new Ulster Weavers goods and donated items to raise funds. We are available to give talks about our work locally. For details contact us today 01425 653663.”

Have you got a sweet tooth? This family owned business has been established for over 23 years and is situated in the heart of Fordingbridge selling traditional weigh out sweets.

Caxton Decor and Interiors “Awarded Best National Retailer 2011, we offer possibly the most comprehensive selection of fabrics, wall coverings and soft furnishings in the area. Little Greene, Sanderson and Dulux paints stocked in our extensive hardware department.”


The hair salon opened in 1938 as ‘Maison Ivy’, and this year celebrates 75 years of trading. The name was changed to ‘Reflections’ in 1989 and beauty therapy was introduced.

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The Barrel & Bottle Co

Forum Framers

The Butler Tray

C Harrison & Son

FigTree Café

Bridges Café

An independent off-licence offering real ale and cider straight from the cask. Over 50% of the stock is locally sourced from 25 different suppliers. Come and sample some of the best this area has to offer.

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

Established for over 25 years, this family run business has been in Fordingbridge for 10 years. Forum Framers provide a bespoke service and can frame anything from a muchloved teddy bear to a sports shirt.

“Come and visit us at the FigTree Café, enjoy our great coffee and freshly prepared food, or simply relax in our coffee lounge and use our free WiFi.”

Call at The Butler Tray, browse hand painted furniture, home accessories, the carefully selected gift ideas, unique greetings cards, beautiful baby and nursery items, and the, proudly stocked, local handcrafts.

For a warm welcome, friendly service and fresh home-cooked food, from English breakfast, coffee and cake, to toasties and fish and chips, you’ll find whatever you fancy at Bridges.

Phil Pott’s - the perfect plaice

Feeling peckish? Phil Pott’s is the perfect place for a filling portion of traditional fish and chips with a chilled drink to wash it down. See the advertisement for offers.

Belinda’s Bakery

Everything baked fresh for today, every day. Rolls, pastries, morning goods plus filled rolls and sandwiches made to order with a wide range of fillings. Teas, coffee, snacks, hot savouries, soup and jacket potatoes.

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education - Advertising feature -

REWARDING AND EXCITING TUITION ITTC was founded in 1984 to provide high quality English language teacher training courses. The Cambridge CELTA and the more advanced Delta are considered the world’s benchmark in English language teaching qualifications. ITTC is the only local centre that provides both these courses, and has Cambridge CELTA courses running throughout the year.

The CELTA course appeals to a huge cross section of people; from gap year students who would like to fund their travels abroad, to mature adults who are considering a change of career or a second income. The wonderful thing about this qualification is its universal currency. For anyone intending to travel abroad, the Cambridge CELTA qualification is recognised worldwide and is a gateway to employment. ITTC runs courses under a variety of formats, and on all the courses candidates have to pass two assessed components: classroom practice (planning and teaching lessons) and classroom-related written

assignments. The assessment is continuous and validated by a Cambridge approved external assessor. There is no final practical or written examination.  The fulltime CELTA course is a very practical, four-week intensive programme. ITTC also offers a 14-week parttime and a 13-week online course for those who are unable to commit to a fulltime course; candidates would have to attend teaching practice every Saturday throughout the course. Uncertain if this is for you? ITTC runs regular taster days, when you can actually try a bit of teaching and learn all about this rewarding and exciting profession.

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here is a buzz amongst the pupils at Dumpton School in Wimborne. The all new Design and Food Technology Department is being used at all levels in the school, as is the relined, covered swimming pool and the outdoor classroom. The 40 PC ICT Department has also

been upgraded and the four resurfaced tennis courts are now visible from space! Last summer the school said goodbye to 41 Year 8 leavers who moved on to Canford, Bryanston, Clayesmore and Queen Elizabeth’s armed with an impressive 20+ scholarships.

COUNCILS COME HEADTO-HEAD Members of the school council at Trinity CE (VA) First School in Verwood recently visited the town council offices and met the mayor, Cllr Simon Gibson. They wanted to find out how their local council functions. The mayor and the town clerk, Mrs V Bright, answered their questions, and the children gave information on their fund raising activities and explained how their school council meetings are usually run. One of the highlights was when the children were given the chance to try on the mayor’s robes.

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L-R Pam Morrell, Mollie Benson, Jason Knight, Linda Whyman, Pam Prendergast and Jo Sinclair


Gym twice a week at 90! Mollie Benson from Ferndown is an inspiration to us all. At the grand age of 90, she still visits her local gym, Ferndown Leisure, not once, but twice a week to keep fit and enjoy a bit of socialising. Since being sent to the gym under ‘Doctor’s Orders’ in the year 2000, Mollie and her two friends, Pam Morrell (72) and Pam Prendergast (78), both from West Moors, have met up almost every week to work out. Their trainer, Jo Sinclair, has been with them all the way. Celebrating her 90th birthday last month was a milestone for Mollie, and Ferndown Leisure Centre presented her with a bouquet of flowers. Assistant Manager, Jason Knight said, “We think its fantastic that the little group started 13 years ago and are all still coming here. They are lovely people. Not many people of Mollie’s age are still using the gym, but she just goes to prove, that you are never too old.”

Ayes to the right The Rev’d Vanessa Herrick, Rector of Wimborne Minster, became the seventh new member to be enrolled by the town’s Rotary Club on 10 January. She brings the total of lady members to five – more than 10 per cent of the club’s membership.

Ezi-Help Now Available Help is available for local residents aged over 65 who are struggling to pay their fuel bills this winter. A variety of cold weather related support and services are being funded as a result of the Dorset Community Foundation’s “Surviving Winter” appeal. Grants are available to assist with paying fuel bills, heating repairs, extra support for lunch clubs, befriending schemes, help with transport, and emergency radiators for Dorset Fire and Rescue to deliver to any homes that do not have heating. This year’s appeal is also funding a limited supply of one kilogram tubs of Ezi-Melt de-icing salt for use on domestic paths. These will be distributed through local community groups across the county. Grant applicants can be made to
the Fund Account Manager,
Abchurch Chambers,
24 St Peters Road,
Tel: 01202 292255. Donations to the appeal can be directed to the same address.


Smoking ban in cars I write with reference to: MP calls for ban on smoking in cars - MidJanuary Viewpoint (P30) Not only should smoking in cars be banned when children are present, it should be banned everywhere except in private homes. Even outdoors, those nearby are subjected to unpleasant smoke and at outdoor events such as the Steam Fair, it is dangerous! Young children are at the level of lit cigarettes being carried around, as well as being subjected to smoke - and even adults are at risk of burns. Only those who positively agree to be in a smoky atmosphere should be subjected to it. Lindsey Dedden (Mrs) Email

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BUSINESS COMMUNITY UNITY - MOTHER’S DAY business community unity

Mum’s the word!


By Helena Houghton

It’s Mother’s Day on Sunday, 10 March, so don’t forget to spoil your Mum and let her put her feet up for a change other’s Day is a very long established tradition. The earliest celebration honouring mothers dates back to the annual spring festival of ancient Greece dedicated to Rhea, the mother of the Gods. The Greeks would pay tribute with honeycakes and fine drinks and flowers at dawn. Centuries on, Mother’s Day is still the biggest flower-buying day in the year in Britain: each year sales increase by an average of seventy per cent on a normal day’s trading. In the UK, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the fourth Sunday in Lent, but in other countries around the world, it is celebrated at different times. In Europe, most countries honour their mothers on the second Sunday in May, as do the Americans. 10 May is the dedicated day in many Asian and Middle Eastern countries. There are many ways of treating your Mum. Taking her out for a meal will certainly give

her the break from household chores that she deserves. Eating out with mum is so popular that you will have to book early to get the venue of your choice. We are spoilt in this area, with a large quantity of restaurants and pubs, but those around this feature are great examples of local ones offering good quality food. Another much appreciated gift for Mum is a pampering session at a local beauty salon, so here’s a suggestion. Simply Beauty in Ringwood, recently became a Clarins Gold Salon, and is currently offering a melting honey hot stone massage. Doesn’t that sound wonderful? There are many other professional treatments available at Simply Beauty, all in warm and friendly surroundings and the salon also stocks the full range of Clarins products and many other perfect gifts for Mother’s Day. See their advertisement for contact details. For something lasting, you can’t go wrong

with jewellery. Fields Jewellers in Ringwood is a well-respected high street shop, stocking highly competitive jewellery, rings and watches with makes including Sekonda and Kahuna. Fields Jewellers will also tailor make items for that personal touch. Professional advice is given by email and you can also purchase jewellery online at www. Having read this article, you have got no excuse for forgetting Mother’s Day, so pick up the phone and order something wonderful to show your Mother how much you love her. 24...Viewpoint February 2013

local Squadrons celebrate together

Four Squadrons including 2515 Ringwood and Fordingbridge Air Training Corps joined together to march through Fordingbridge on 3 February, 2013, to the Methodist Church where there was a service of celebration for the founding the Air Cadets.

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Permitted development rights for change of use from commercial to residential


s part of the package of measures to support economic growth, the government’s chief planner has recently alerted Local Planning Authorities (LPAs) in England of the government’s proposal for the forthcoming permitted development rights for change of use from Office (Use Class B1a) to Residential (Use Class C3) which will come into force in spring 2013. This will mean that offices will be able to be converted to residential use without the need for planning permission. However, before conversion can take place owners/ developers will be required to notify the LPA of their proposal to enable the authority to ensure that the proposal does not have any significant transport and highway impacts and/

or would not take place in safety hazard zones or areas of high flood risk and land contamination. Where those safeguards cannot be satisfied, planning permission will continue to be required. The permitted development rights will only cover change of use. Any associated physical alterations or additions to the building, which currently requires a planning application will continue to need one. This new permitted development right will come into force in Spring 2013 and run for a period of three years from the date of coming into force. At the end of that period the government will review the operation of the rights with a view to potentially extending those rights for a further period or indefinitely. Peter Tanner, Managing

Director of town planning and development consultants Tanner & Tilley, said, “We have a number of clients who will be able to benefit from this relaxation of planning control and make good use of vacant or under occupied offices by converting them to residential accommodation, adding much needed housing to the local housing stock.” The purpose of the government’s alert to LPAs is to enable them to consider whether there are any specific locations that should be exempted from this change, for example where there would be the loss of a nationally significant area of economic activity or substantial adverse economic consequences at the local authority level which will not be offset by the positive benefits the new rights would bring.

Creating a buzz about bees


nnette Brooke, MP for Mid Dorset and North Poole, joined a giant ‘bumble bee’ and campaigners from the environment charity Friends of the Earth in January, to draw attention to the alarming decline in UK bee numbers. Annette was one of more than 125 MPs to show their support for Britain’s threatened bees. Last year, Friends of the Earth launched its Bee Cause campaign, which has been backed by more than 80,000 people and calls for the government to introduce a National Bee Action Plan aimed at saving our bees. Annette Brooke MP said, “I am extremely concerned about the rapid decline in British bees. They’re not only an iconic part of our countryside; they play a vital role in pollinating our crops and flowers too. It is great news that Friends of the Earth are creating a buzz about these crucially important insects – I’ll be doing all I can to help protect our bees in 2013.” A study last year found that if bees disappeared it

Annette Brooke MP backs British bees at Westminster, 15 January 2013. Photo © Friends of the Earth

Friends of the Earth’s Bee Cause campaign is asking David Cameron to adopt a National Bee Action Plan: • • •

to ensure our towns and countryside provide bees with enough flowers to feed on and places to nest; to help farmers, gardeners and park keepers to reduce chemicals that harm bees; and to protect Britain’s 250+ bee species, not only the ones who make our honey.

would cost British farmers at least £1.8 billion a year to pollinate their crops by hand - which would cause food prices, such as fresh fruit and vegetables, to rocket. Friends of the Earth’s Executive Director Andy Atkins was delighted that

Annette was showing support and said, “People up and down the country can help by creating bee-friendly gardens and habitats to enable bees to thrive, but it is vital that the Government does its bit too by introducing a National Bee Action Plan.”


amateur photographic competition 2013 Sponsored by Ferndown Photographics, 26 Victoria Road, Ferndown

Your chance to win a GE X400 camera worth £79

in & around the area WHAT’S ON RICH MINDS An evening of mediumship with clairvoyant Greg Smith takes place at the Allendale Centre, Wimborne on Friday, 22 February at 7.30pm. Tickets £10. For further details please call 07427 162282.

THE LOCK IN The Lock In promises to do for English folk dance what Riverdance did for Irish dance, and Diversity did for street dance. Fastpaced and innovative, bringing together some of the UK’s top clog, sword and Morris dancers. Taking place at Lighthouse, Poole on Sunday, 24 February at 7.30pm.  Tickets available at £16.50 from the box office on 0844 406 8666.

mags4dorset is running a photographic competition to give local budding photographers the opportunity to produce a front cover shot for 4Dorset magazine. 

The theme is wildlife and this includes plants and trees as well as animals, birds, amphibians, insects, fish and spiders. How to enter:
Send your photographs to mags4dorset Have the time of your life at a disco and jive Photographic Competition, 1st Floor, King George V night at the Barrington Centre in Ferndown Pavilion, Peter Grant Way, Ferndown, Dorset, BH22 9EN. on Saturday, 2 March from Or, email your entry to, or enter 7.30pm.  Bar open until late. online at

 This is a fundraising event   for Ferndown Community Rules:
There is no age restriction. Entrants may submit Association. Tickets a maximum of three photographs on the theme of £5.50, £6 on the door. Box ‘Wildlife’.
Minimum size of prints: 7” x 5” (178 x 128mm) office  01202 894858. max size 10” x 8” (254 x 203mm).
 Email submissions must be sent as jpeg images at a resolution suitable for front cover publication, (usually 300dpi). All entries must be taken in Dorset or Hampshire.
 Images must not be digitally enhanced and must not have been previously published.
 Photographs must have suitable captions identifying the date taken and the locality, but with no identification marks whatsoever on the front of the photograph. 
Photographs will not be returned unless a stamped, addressed envelope with the correct postage is included with the entry.
 Copyright of the winning photographs remain with the photographer, but mags4dorset reserves the right to publish the images on the front cover and inside the magazine within one year from the date of judging. Also to publish online.
 The competition is only open to amateur photographers. The close date for this competition is Friday, 30 August 2013.
 2nd and 3rd place images will also feature on front covers of 4Dorset Magazine. 
There is no entry fee.
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Please remember to mark your name and address clearly on your email, or on a separate piece of paper enclosed with your photograph.


ONE ENCHANTED EVENING Cancer Research UK Ferndown Committee invite you to an enjoyable evening of food and entertainment at St Mary’s Church Hall, Ferndown on Friday, 8 March at 7pm. Tickets £15, available from Cancer Research UK, Ferndown branch - Pam Bentley 01202 872074; St Mary’s Church Office, 01202 897087; Anne and Terry Hansford, 01202 891147. All proceeds in aid of Cancer Research UK.

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DAFFODILS Chris Hill, UK Champion Grower will give a talk at the Ferndown Horticultural Society’s next meeting at Ferndown Village Hall, Church Road, Ferndown, Friday, 8 March at 7.30pm. For further information call Rosemary on 01202 693689.

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Our members have a face to face interview , there qualifications, accreditations and insurance policies are all verified by, they must provide references which Checkatrade. com contact and verify. All Reputation Reports received on-line are read and then verified instantly, every Reputation Report that Checkatrade receive through the post from a consumer is read and a percentage spot checked.

There will always be a job in or around your home that you are unable or should not be attempting to do yourself. with its years of experience is there to make it easier for you to source the correct company for the job. Here are just some of the Checkatrade members covering your postcode area. When you use a member please give your feedback, this is so important in helping their next potential customer know what you thought about them.



ClaBo Glazing & Building Ltd

Canford Drains



Pure Electric

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

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

T: 01202 880202

T: 01202 603956 • M: 07773 342665




Poole Joinery Windows Ltd

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

Call: 01202 661299


Keens Drainage Services Ltd

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

T: 01202 828081


The Door Hanger Ltd

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


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

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


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

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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 •

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Client feedback is now appearing everywhere! It now seems that we will not purchase a product or service without reading through the feedback made by others who have already tried and tested the delights of a company before they commit. Just how important is this? Using previous client feedback about services and skills has always been valuable, but with online focus playing an ever bigger role in peoples` lives, it has now become crucial to your business and how you run it. You only have to look at the travel business or even at the market for trades-people, like plumbers and builders, to know that, for many consumers, being informed by `feedback` before buying is now considered essential. This trend has sky-rocketed because online, `word of mouth` comment has become easy to place and almost instantly accessible.

A well-known household name - now introducing a new era in searching for professionals With this powerful trend in mind, a leading online search company,, has

recently launched a new site focussed specifically on helping consumers and businesses find the professional that`s just right for them. Their trusted sister site has been successfully helping those looking for tradespeople for over 14 years and were the first business in the UK to vet and monitor trades. The site now receives over 400,000 visitors per month. Verified testimonials via an independent third party are extremely powerful for a business, but even more informative for a prospective client searching amongst the many services on offer. For the prospective client, not only are the businesses easy to find, at the click of a button, they can also download a one-page report about the business. This shows their scores and qualifications, along with their previous client feedback. The site provides reassurance as each member has been thoroughly vetted to join and are then continuously monitored, endorsing professionalism, trust and transparency. Checkaprofessional is a safe and informative place to find professional services.

Conclusion‌ The online revolution is growing in popularity for users and really can make client feedback the basis of each purchase or service required. It really is the most informative way to choose a service provider.

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Safari By Stephen Turvil

No. No. No. Haynes Workshop Manuals may have inspired millions to fix their cars but put down that screwdriver. Move away from the hammer too. And slide that saw back in the toolbox. Why? Because you cannot reduce our Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster to a pile of parts. We need it to take us to Sparkford, after all, which is where Haynes Manuals are created. What a tremendous destination for this mechanically minded Southern Safari.


he SLS AMG Roadster is one of the most remarkable cars of its generation. As such this two-door beauty has a 6.2-litre (badged 6.3-litre) 571PS V8 engine that propels Haynes Manual lovers to 62mph in 3.8 seconds. It is hard to explain how that feels… but it makes most other “fast” cars look like tractors. Despite its immense power this beast is easy to drive gently. It is therefore a thrilling rocket for the track and a cosy cruiser for everyday conditions. And so it should be for £176,925. Extras such as ceramic brakes and carbon fibre mirrors propel its price tag beyond £200,000. How many manuals is that? Right, let’s leave the tools behind and head to Sparkford. Leave Verwood on the B3081 to Sixpenny Handley then continue through Gillingham. Remember to enjoy the SLS Roadster’s thrilling exhaust note but best stay below its 197mph top speed. Then, join the A303 westbound to Sparkford and park our priceless machine somewhere very, very, safe.

The Haynes Publishing Company has been in Sparkford since the Sixties on the site of an old milk factory. Its first manual helped motorists disassemble and rebuild the Austin Healey “Frogeye” Sprite, which is a nice little car. Since then, the company has sold more than 150,000,000 manuals worldwide. Creating a guide typically takes a two person team three to six months. The process involves buying the vehicle, taking it to pieces, and rebuilding. Then comes writing and artwork. The car or motorcycle is then sold to a member of staff or the public. Haynes has also produced guides to the Starship Enterprise and Thomas the Tank Engine but - as of now - no SLS. That is not an invitation for you to disassemble ours. But there is more to Sparkford than its Haynes Manuals. It also has an ancient church, a centuries old pub, and attractive houses. But could anything be more striking than the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster? Now – for the final time – put down that circular saw.

CAB column


Q) My car insurance needs to be renewed soon. I’m happy with my premium, but I’ve heard that new laws mean that women will have to pay more. What can I do to keep my payments down? A) New rules which came into force on 21 December mean that insurers can no longer offer different premiums based on gender. This means that women, who were once offered lower rates because they have fewer accidents, may see their insurance costs rise. Your policy won’t be affected until it’s due for renewal. Once you need to renew, shop around to make sure that you’re getting the best deal. Remember, cancelling your policy

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before its renewal date can incur a fee and might mean that you lose any no-claims bonus that you’ve built up. Make sure you read the small print carefully if you’re considering swapping your policy before it’s up for renewal. There are things you can do to keep your premiums down. For example, fitting some extra security measures onto your car could make your insurance cheaper. If you can show that you are a safe driver you may be able to access the best rates. It’s not only car insurance which is affected. Other forms of insurance which have previously had different rates or payouts for men and women, such as life insurance and some pension schemes, may also change. If you’re about to buy any insurance products or think that you might be affected by the change, then make sure you speak to your insurer, your broker or a financial advice service like your local CAB. For more information on getting the best deal on insurance, visit the Citizens Advice website To contact the CAB ring:

0844 245 1291

or visit Wimborne - Mon, Tues & Thurs 10am3pm, Wed 9.30am-11.30am, Fri 10am-1pm; or Ferndown Mon & Thurs 10am-3pm


New speed limit plans for lorries


The government is considering raising the speed limit on single carriageways for lorries over 7.5 tonnes. It could rise from 40 to 45mph, or to 50mph. The proposal is subject to a government consultation document that highlights both advantages and disadvantages. The consultation ended on 1 February. Potential benefits include reduced congestion/frustration; reduced accidents; and a levelled playing field for freight operators. This is also thought to strengthen the economy by shortening journey times for freight operators, creating more time for extra deliveries which could make businesses more profitable. Potential disadvantages include increased cost to Highways Agency/local authorities; more serious accidents; and environmental damage.

BICKERLEY GARAGE on Kings Arm Row, Ringwood has a lot to celebrate. Not only has it reopened under new management following an 11 month closure, but it has been invited to join the Bosch Car Service Network, a leading UK service provider, making a commitment to quality and customer service. Garage owner, Steve Churchill, a local businessman who owns two other Bosch Car Service garages in the area has invested heavily in bringing the garage up-to-date and to a standard that has been recognised and accepted by an automotive leader.

Faster traffic could also be noisier which might make life less comfortable for those who live close to major roads. Roads Minister, Stephen Hammond said the government was “committed to doing everything it can to improve conditions for economic growth.” He said the consultation on increasing the single carriageway speed limit for certain HGVs had been held after listening to industry experts who say that this will boost the UK economy and businesses of all sizes, and added, “While this is likely to lead to more than £30M a year in benefits for businesses through quicker journeys and reduced congestion, I want to make sure we have carefully considered the evidence of all of the effects on the economy, environment, and of course road safety, before we make a decision.”


OPENS FOR BUSINESS AGAIN With a dedicated team of fully Bosch trained technicians, Bickerley Garage offers a service that complies with a manufacturer’s warranty making it a much cheaper and a genuine alternative to a main dealer. Steve said, “My attitude to running a business is that you should always be customer focussed, and aim to get it right first time, every time.” For more information or to book a service with Bickerley Garage contact: 01425 470203 or visit www. For more information on Bosch Car Service visit


£39.50 inc. FREE retest

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NO CHAIN! 2/3 Bed Retirement Cottage on Small Select Development Close to shops and amenities. Open Views, GFCH & D/Glz. Parking.

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Reference: BBR1662

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NO CHAIN! Short walk to amenities yet quietly situated, 2 Dble Beds, Rear Lnge, Mod Kit & Bathrms, Sunny aspect Rear Garden.

FAVOURED DESIGN! Popular 4 Bed (Ensuite) Family Home in Cul De Sac. Lnge, Sep Dining Rm, Cloakrm, Mod Kit & Bathrm. GFCH & UPVC D/Glz.

VACANT! Residential Cul-DeSac close Forestry. 3 Beds with En-Suite, Good size Lnge/Din plus Sun Cstry. Mod Kit & Utlty Rm. GFCH & Garage

FAVOURED! Village Centre Location with 3 Beds, Ensuite Shower, Fully Fitted Mod Kit, Rear Lnge/Diner Rm, South Facing Grdn. GFCH & D/Glz.

SCOPE FOR IMPROVEMENT! Good size mature Grdn & Dble Garage. 3 Beds, 20ft Kit/B/Fast Rm, Rear Lnge/Diner with Sun Cstry. Vacant.

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FERNDOWN £425,000

BRAND NEW! Quality Private Cul-De-Sac, 3 Beds, Ensuite, 19ft Kit/Din Rm, Lnge onto Rear Grdn, Garage, Quality Features including Solar Panels.

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AVAILABLE NOW! Brand New & established location. Spacious Lnge/Din Rm, Large Kit/B/Fast Rm, 3 Beds, Ensuite, Many Features, Must Be Seen

BRAND NEW! 4 Bed House in mature loaction. Ground Floor Shwr Rm, Lrg Kit, Master Bed with Ensuite, High Insulation Standards.

RECENT TO MARKET! Spacious 4 Bed Family Res in Good Size Grdn, Close to Woodland. Cloakrm, 21ft Kit, Utlty Rm, Study & Ensuite. D/Glz & GFCH.

Reference: BBR1618

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WEST MOORS £339,950

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NEW TO MARKET! Very Well Presented Mod 3 Dble Bed (Ensuite) Bung in Favoured Cul-De-Sac. Cloakrm, Sep Din Area, Sth Facing Grdn. Garage.

RECENT TO MARKET! Well Appointed, 3 Beds (Ensuite), Sun Cstry, 90ft Rear Grdn & Quality Road, close to shops. Ample scope to extend. Garage.

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Reference: BBR1673

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Viewpoint February 2013  

February 2013 issue of Viewpoint Magazine. A monthly Dorset community magazine established over 35 years.

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