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First school moving delayed again Report by Marilyn Barber Pupils at Wimborne First School still don’t know when they will be moving to their new multi-million pound premises at the Wimborne Chase development, which is on the Cranborne Road, just out of town. It was originally expected to be September this year, and then November – however problems with access have created a further delay. Continued on page 27

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Volume 44 • Issue 1 • November 2019

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Dear Readers!

For so many people, the switching on of their town or village’s Christmas lights and the accompanying entertainment is a high spot in their festive calendar, but do they always realise the amount of work and time people have given up to make it happen? Sometimes local authorities spearhead the event, and contribute funds towards the lights, but the entertainment and marshalling is usually provided by volunteers. In the last 4Dorset magazine, we ran features detailing the Christchurch Christmas Festival (23 Nov), the switching on of the lights in Highcliffe (24 Nov), and the Broadstone Christmas parade, (7 Dec) which see so many community groups going to extraordinary lengths to create beautiful costumes and ensembles. In this edition of Viewpoint, we detail Christmas events in Ringwood, Ferndown, Fordingbridge, and Verwood, all of which promise splendid entertainment. Our next edition of 4Dorset will feature Wimborne’s colourful Save the Children parade. Despite having spent so many years as a reporter, I am still bowled over by the amount of people who give up their time so willingly. Over the last 16 years as a judge on the Hall and Woodhouse Community Awards I met people – often those who have overcome adversity – who have given up all their spare time to set up organisations to help those less fortunate. Earlier this year as a judge on the last East Dorset District Council awards, I came across those, who in retirement work a full week in the voluntary sector. So do enjoy all the excellent festive entertainment on offer in our region, and in appreciation of their efforts you can always contribute to the charities they support.

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Volunteers help protect New Forest A total of 100 volunteers in the New Forest have committed almost 32,000 hours to helping protect and enhance the National Park. They each clocked up well over 100 hours of activities such as unearthing ancient artefacts during archaeological digs, surveying unique species and recording fascinating historical documents. Brian Matthews has contributed over 1,200 hours removing invasive non-native plants, creating wildlife corridors and improving Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation. Sylvia Crocker from Woodlands has

dedicated over 800 hours volunteering in the Christopher Tower Reference Library within the New Forest Heritage Centre in Lyndhurst and updating the New Forest Knowledge website. Volunteer, training and mentoring co-ordinator, Richard Austin, said, “This scheme has enabled volunteers to see parts of the New Forest that they hadn’t before, all while making new friends, learning about this historic landscape and becoming custodians of it. They can give as much or as little time as they like.” You can find your own volunteer role in the New Forest at uk/volunteering. Volunteer Brian Matthews pulling Himalayan balsam

Action group looks for support People living in Alderholt and the surrounding villages are being urged to join a group that is working to protect the area. Action4Alderholt are also looking for enthusiastic people who understand and can help with updating their website and social media platforms. The group recently conducted a village survey, which they hope will help the parish council to produce a Neighbourhood Plan. Since the formation of the new Dorset Unitary Authority earlier this year, the original East Dorset plan for up to 2,400 houses in Alderholt is ‘on hold’ but not necessarily cancelled. Action4Alderholt is seeking further meetings with planning officers in the hope of convincing them that there are better areas in Dorset to put their housing allocations. Councillor David Walsh said, “When the council agreed to write a single plan for the new Dorset area it was agreed that all work on previous plans would stop and obviously

that includes the East Dorset Plan. Through the plan process we will be reviewing all evidence gathered and consultation responses already received.” He added that he understood the group’s views on development at Alderholt and said Councillor Tooke had pointed out, in detail, the issues and constraints to development. A spokesman for Action4Alderholt said, “It is worth bearing in mind that Dorset Council and our own parish council have agreed to a Climate Change Emergency Plan, which will entail severely reducing carbon emissions. The remoteness of Alderholt from employment and public services combined with poor access roads and virtually non-existent public transport must be considered to be in our favour. Membership of Action4Alderholt is free. If you would like to help, contact Chris Walker on 01425 655631 or 07966 451124.

Don’t touch syringes If you spot a syringe or a needle on public land you shouldn’t touch it. In Dorset you can either report online at: syringes or call Dorset Waste Partnership on 01305 221040 and a cleanup will be arranged as soon as possible.

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In Hampshire you should report discarded syringes or drug paraphernalia to the New Forest District Council on 02380 285000. If you’re unsure which council area you are in, visit and enter a postcode.


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Free range Dorset turkeys direct from Webbs Order early for a flavoursome free-range turkey from Webbs Butchers in West Moors. The Station Road butchers, which will be celebrating its 10th Christmas trading in the village this year, has its own smallholding in Blandford where bronze turkeys range freely until they reach maturity at 20 weeks. As well as its own birds, the West Moors butchers will also be selling the popular Chilcott turkeys from family-run Glebe Farm, Owermoigne, Dorchester, which specialises in rearing top quality bronze turkeys. Your Christmas table won’t be complete without other tasty treats and at Webbs Butchers you

will also find Great Taste award-winning dry cured smoked back bacon and dry cured back bacon. Webbs is one of a handful of butchers that traditionally cures and smokes its own bacon. Its award-winning cranberry sauce, marmalades, jams, chutneys and sausages will also be available in the shop. And in special celebration of their 10th Christmas trading in West Moors, Alex and Lou have planned some extra special Christmas cards. They will hand them out to everyone who shops with them from 20 December as an extra boost to help beat the January blues. Prize details will be listed on Facebook during the lead up to Christmas. 

Lady vanishes with life-size fox

Two bronze statues were stolen from a home in Rockbourne on 17 October. A life-size running fox signed by the sculptress Polly Rome, was taken from an unlocked porch. Another of a woman with her hands in the air, standing a metre tall, by the same artist was taken from the garden. Both were removed between 10.55am and 2.30pm whilst the owners were out. Hampshire police are appealing for information to locate these statues, specifically appealing to auction houses, pawn shops or anyone who

deals in bronze. They have also issued a reminder to anyone with similar garden art or high value outdoor furniture to ensure they are

cemented or anchored to the ground to keep them safe. If you can help trace the statues, call 101 and quote 44190372123.

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Festival makes green sense With more gloomy statistics emerging about the ecological state of the world, it is reassuring to find a Dorset town doing its bit for the environment. The Green Festival in Wimborne, which ran from 19-26 October held several events including the Festival Eco Fair with a variety of ‘green’ stalls at the Allendale. This was followed later in the week with Ready Steady Zero, a cookery demonstration with celebrity chef Lesley

Waters. Rachel Meaden made 840 canapés for the event. She is pictured right with Lesley Waters. There were also craft sessions with Dorset Scrapstore, a WOW Nappy Campaign real nappy workshop, and short films about the relationship between our soil, our food and our health, from the Soil Association.

Hayley Davis with coach Peter Thompson

Putting Parley on the map Golfer Hayley Davis has hit a highpoint by qualifying for the 2020 European Ladies European Tour. The 26-year-old from St Leonards, who represents Ferndown Golf Club, has been under the tutelage of Parley pro Peter Thompson since January.  His computerised golf studio at Parley Golf Centre is where Hayley’s game has been turned around. She has benefited from Peter’s philosophy, which is that the stance is 75% of the shot and the two stages of back swing count for another 20%. She is now preparing to take on the best European women golfers and said, “Peter’s guidance has been invaluable in me improving enough to qualify.  “I have been a member of Ferndown Golf Club since 2003 and have fantastic support there from the members. “Parley has all the training facilities a golfer requires and working with Peter since January is helping me fulfil my potential.” Peter said, “Nine months after starting with me Hayley won the Order of Merit on the Ladies European Access Tour – way above the second placed golfer.” Hayley believes the short game facilities at Parley have really benefited her game. Peter has previously trained winners of the Australian, Portugese and Kenyan Open championships as well as guiding Gary Wolstenholme to become England’s best amateur.

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Two family tickets to visit Beaulieu mags4dorset has teamed up with Beaulieu to offer two family tickets as competition prizes. Read on to find out more. Part of this year’s Victorian Christmas celebrations at Beaulieu will bring the ancestral home of Palace House to life on the weekends of 7-8 and 14-15 December, and 21 December-1 January. Experience a traditionally decorated country home as you step back in time to 1889 to watch Montagu family members, played by costumed actors, rehearsing Cinderella for the house pantomime. Sip a warming glass of mulled punch by the roaring log fire and gather around the grand piano to join in with carol singing. Get creative with festive craft activities, prepare homemade tree decorations, and dress up in Victorian accessories for a selfie. Follow a trail to find Christmas mice around Palace House and talk to Lord Montagu’s cook in the Victorian kitchen. For your chance to win a family ticket to Beaulieu and soak up the festive atmosphere, answer the following question:

magazine. Closing date is 22 November 2019. The first two correct answers drawn will be the winner. Employees of Pulford Publicity Ltd or the Beaulieu attraction are not permitted to enter. There is no cash alternative. The editor’s decision is final. Personal details will be stored securely and will only be processed to determine the winner of the competition. The winner will be announced in the magazine and their name, address and phone number will be passed to the venue or the promoters for the purposes of allocating the ticket.

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Praise for Trust schools Wimborne Academy Trust is celebrating after five of its Church of England first and middle schools received top praise from SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools) inspectors. St Michael’s CE Middle in Colehill, Verwood CE First, Witchampton CE First and St John’s CE First were judged ‘excellent’. And Emmanuel CE Middle School in Verwood, which was declared ‘good’, received praise for undergoing a

‘transformational journey’ since joining WAT. CEO of Wimborne Academy Trust, Liz West, said, “This is the first time our five church schools have been inspected so close together and we are delighted by the ringing endorsement all of them received. “All our schools have their own unique offering, but as a Trust we also work closely together and share best practice, and this collaboration is bearing out in results.”

Chairman of trustees John Dickson and Liz West with pupils from the five schools and executive headteacher Jo Hancock (St John’s and Witchampton), headteacher Adam Parsons (Verwood First) and executive headteacher Ron Jenkinson (St Michael’s and Emmanuel)

Short mat bowls club thrives To mark the 20th year since the Alderholt Short Mat Bowls Club was formed, nearly 30 members and partners attended a garden party at the Three Lions Restaurant in Stuckton. Five members with close connections to the early days of the club continue to play an important role. An engraved glass memento to mark the anniversary was presented to Elizabeth Edmunds, Kitty McGeachy, Lawrence Fordham, Margery and Reginald Pringle. It will be on permanent display in the club’s trophy cabinet at the Alderholt Village Hall. “The club continues to provide an important role within the community and surrounding villages,” said treasurer, Paul Haynes. “With twice weekly sessions, friendly matches with local clubs, plus social events such as the garden party and new year lunch, we offer a variety of reasons why it’s worth coming along and joining in the fun and friendship.” For more information contact chairman Shirley Newcomb on 01425 653027 or come along to the hall any Monday or Friday afternoon.

The five members from the early days

Man jailed for fraudulent bankcard transactions A Bournemouth man who committed a string of fraudulent bankcard transactions has been jailed for 15 months. Matthew Anthony Langley Sheldon, 33, of Christchurch Road, was sentenced at Bournemouth Crown Court on 20 September after admitting 11 charges of fraud by false representation. Sheldon also pleaded guilty to three other offences. Between 19 December 2018 and 6 August 2019 he used bankcards from 11 victims to complete fraudulent transactions across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Ferndown. Officers obtained CCTV footage from each of the incidents and identified Sheldon as the man using the bankcards. He was also filmed by a member of the public breaking into a Volkswagen Transporter on West Overcliff Drive. In total, Sheldon stole approximately £1,000 using fraudulent transactions. He was arrested on 14 August.

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Good forecast for switch on

Photos by Tom Scrase (2017)

Come rain or shine, the BBC South Today reporter and weather presenter Sarah Farmer is due to switch the lights on in Ferndown along with the Mayor Cllr Mrs Julie Robinson, on Saturday 30 November, so mark the date in your diary now. The event is forecast to take place in Penny’s Walk with a Christmas Market, live music, stalls selling seasonal items and the Barrington Centre offering usual catering delights with some Christmas specials. Santa will arrive at 1pm and there will be the opportunity to be photographed with him and receive a goody bag for a modest fee. There will be live entertainment and children’s rides all afternoon. The big switch on will take place at 5pm when the wonderful Christmas tree in Victoria Road and Penny’s Walk will light up. Organised by Ferndown and Parley Rotary CIO, Ferndown Chamber of

Town Crier Mike Andrews with Sarah Farmer (2017)

Commerce and Ferndown Town Council, entrance is free and any profits will go to charity. The event would not be possible without the support of Hearnes Estate Agents, the town council, Xerocad, Pulford Publicity and mags4dorset. It’s a great way to start your Christmas and in addition there will be another exciting event taking place at the light switch on this year.

Plastic Free Ferndown

At the same time as Ferndown Christmas Lights Switch On, Plastic Free Ferndown will be celebrating the town’s new ‘Plastic Free’ status awarded by marine charity Surfers Against Sewage. Come along and make the party happen. Guess the number of lids in a bottle and you could win a hamper of plastic free goodies. There will be a plastic free stall with items for sale from Bamboozle, and Our Planet Zero Waste, plus activities for the children. Adults may even find a free glass of bubbly and slice of festive cake to keep them out of mischief while the children are busy, so look out for Plastic Free Ferndown in the bar at the Barrington Centre, courtesy of Ferndown Town Council.

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Charity of the Year John Thornton Young Achievers Foundation

Christmas bingo might tempt you! Here at the John Thornton Young Achievers Foundation (JTYAF) we are constantly overwhelmed by the support we receive. We are extremely grateful for every penny that is donated, as without it we wouldn’t be able to continue the work we do. Since 2008, the JTYAF has been providing local young people with the opportunities that they deserve, helping them achieve their potential and their ambitions. Almost 2,000 young individuals have been awarded JTYAF bursaries and scholarships and the charity has supported numerous group and whole school projects. Our supporters take on all manner of crazy challenges to raise funds for John’s Foundation and Paul Hartley is no exception. He recently completed a Half Iron Man, a huge physical challenge, which was obviously recognised by his friends and family as he raised an incredible £1,392 in sponsorship. We can’t thank Paul enough, and were touched to hear his reasons for choosing the JTYAF as his recipient charity. “I first came across the JTYAF when they offered my son a grant for an electric trike, which has allowed him the same independence that other children his age have,” said Paul. “When

Paul completing his challenge

I realised that the JTYAF ensure every penny goes to worthy causes and is run by volunteers, I wanted to give back. Before I started preparing nine months ago, the last race I participated in was sports day 35 years ago, and I had never run more than three miles let alone an endurance triathlon. It quickly became apparent that I had bitten off more than I could chew and there was no guarantee that I would be able to make it. The Half Iron Man is the toughest thing I have ever done and knowing that there was over £1,000 riding on it helped get me through and made completing it all the more satisfying. I hope I have made John proud.”   An Iron Man isn’t on everyone’s bucket list, but if you would like to help us too, maybe our Christmas Bingo would be more tempting.  Eyes down on Tuesday 3 December at the Cumberland Hotel.  Tickets cost £12 for your books and include dinner with a filled jacket potato.  Purchase from or call Pete on 07792 121645 for more details.   Linda Thornton Charity Secretary JTYAF

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Accommodation with an edge Dorset is well known for its beautiful coastline and countryside, which attracts visitors from all over the world. For those who prefer to self cater, there is a huge amount of accommodation available, but how do you choose that home from home comfort with a distinct edge? Award winners can often provide what you’re looking for, so how about

a round of applause for this year’s Self Catering Accommodation of the Year in the 2019 Dorset Tourism Awards: gold – Greenwood Grange, Higher Bockhampton; silver – Merry Hill Barn, Luxury Dorset Cottages, Abbotsbury; bronze – Doles Ash Farm Holiday Cottages, Dorchester, and commended was Burnbake Forest Lodges, Corfe Castle.

Janice Styles with grandson Tom Styles collecting the trophy for Doles Ash Farm

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Don’t be afraid to ‘go digital’ ‘Going digital’ can be a scary prospect for some – but it doesn’t need to be. The Superfast Dorset Team at Dorset Council has a network of 70 volunteer Digital Champions who offer free, one-to-one computer help sessions in libraries and other venues. Cllr Gary Suttle, portfolio holder for Economic Growth and Skills, said, “If you struggle using computers, tablets, smart phones or are just a bit rusty you are not alone. Around 150,000 people across Dorset are not confident using a computer and 70,000 of these have never been online. If you are unable to use digital technology it means you can miss out on simple pleasures, such as sharing family photos.”  Digital Champions can help and also show you how to use Skype, simply call 01305 221048 to find out more.

Hat trick for Moors Valley For the third time, Moors Valley Country Park has won an award in the Large Visitor Attraction category of the 2019 Dorset Tourism Awards. The park, which is jointly owned and managed by Forestry England and Dorset Council, took silver. It has added several new attractions this year including ‘Bewildernest’ it’s most adventurous play structure to date, Shaun the Sheep Farmagedon

Glow Trail and the thought provoking ‘Earth Photo’ outdoor exhibition open until 15 December. In total, 78 trophies were handed out in the 2019 Dorset Tourism Awards. The Winner of Winners was Bagwell Farm Touring Park in Weymouth. Durlston Country Park took gold for Accessible and Inclusive Tourism whilst Shire Hall won silver in the same category as well as gold for the Small Visitor Attraction of the Year.

Business club revelation AFC Bournemouth chairman Jeff Mostyn has addressed a delegation at the United Nations General Assembly. He travelled to New York to speak in his role as global ambassador for the UN-backed organisation Football for Peace and AFC

Bournemouth. Jeff revealed this news to more than 100 businesspeople at the Cherries’ Directors’ Dinner held at Vitality Stadium. For further information about the business club, email commercial@afcb. or call 0344 576 1910.

Record number at Lions’ quiz A total of 125 players took part in the recent Wimborne and Ferndown Lions’ annual autumn quiz at The Barrington

Centre, Ferndown. It was the swansong for veteran quizmaster Ken Taylor. A net profit of over £750 will go to selected Lions’ charities.


Dorset Police arrest ‘county lines’ dealers

A total of 27 people were arrested between 7 and 11 October, as a result of co-ordinated law enforcement action to disrupt drug related activity across Dorset. Fourteen arrests were closely associated with alleged ‘county lines’ networks operating within Dorset with known links from London. Approximately 26 safeguarding checks were also conducted at known vulnerable addresses in Dorset linked to cuckooing, identified through local neighbourhood policing teams. A 16-year-old girl was safely returned to her Dorset address as a result of partnership working alongside colleagues from British Transport Police and South Wales Police. One man was arrested for suspected trafficking offences as a result. Deputy director of Intelligence, Chief Inspector Andrew Dilworth said, “Alleged county lines gangs see rural areas as an easy target, thinking it is easier for them to move in to those areas and not be noticed.” Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill said, “County lines is a growing problem, and one the police simply cannot tackle on their own. We need the support of everyone who cares about our communities, and that’s why we’re asking members of the public to be our eyes and ears and to contact the police if they see anything that doesn’t look right.” If you notice someone is showing signs of county lines involvement, you can report your suspicions online at, or by calling 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Animals don’t have road sense With the clocks having gone back, and darker evenings, motorists travelling through the New Forest are being asked to drive slowly and add three minutes to their journey. This is the extra time it takes to drive some of the most dangerous routes in the Forest at 30mph rather than 40mph. A total of 63 animals were killed last year on Forest roads - ponies, cattle, donkeys, pigs and sheep. Sadly, the figure is already up nearly 14 per cent on the same period last year, with 67 animals having been involved in road accidents since January. The winter campaign was launched at the Fighting Cocks pub at Godshill, which is on the worst road for animal accidents. Five animal silhouettes are going on tour to prominent locations around the New Forest. They show the number of each kind of animal killed last year, and provide an eye-catching reminder that winter evenings are the most dangerous time for accidents. Records of accidents over the last five years show that Thursdays and Fridays between 5pm - 6pm in November and December see a peak in animal deaths and injuries. Report all accidents involving a pony, cow, donkey, pig or sheep to the Police on 999 (emergency) or 101 (nonemergency). “Failing to report an accident with a commoner’s animal can lead to prosecution,” says Sue Westwood, clerk to the Verderers. “The Verderers offer a reward of up to £5,000, payable to anyone providing information which leads to the successful prosecution of a driver responsible for a hit and run accident.”

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Jon and his wife Philippa

Golden display by RDA

The young riders at Green Cottage Riding for the Disabled Association group at Three Legged Cross have been celebrating the 50th birthday of the National RDA. During the summer they took part in a challenge with Somerset RDA groups, but they wanted to do something extra. It was decided they would perform a musical ride in front of their families, friends and supporters. The riders wore golden hat covers, plus waistcoats or capes and even the ponies had special golden saddlecloths complete with the ‘RDA 50years’ logo. Pony leaders and side-walkers also wore golden waistcoats. The outfits were sewn by Vicky Gumm – a dedicated volunteer with the group for 44 years – who arranged the choreography. Riders tried to stay level with their partner, keep a close plan when crossing each other while doing a figure eight – and the routine included a much-loved trot. It ended with the ponies standing in a straight line, their riders bowing to the audience. There were smiles all round as the children were presented with their 50th golden rosettes by a representative from the RDA national office. For one youngster, the newest recruit, it was only his fourth ride. It was exactly 40 years since the group, then known at Holtwood RDA, moved to Green Cottage Riding Centre. On the day, Katie, a 20-year-old pony, who has given 20 years of great service to the RDA, retired. She has given so many local children the chance to gain confidence, improve their lives, have fun and keep great memories. The morning concluded with presentations of flowers, and people were able to enjoy a 50th celebration cake and other refreshments.

Sudden death of police officer Tributes have been paid to Dorset Police Detective Constable Jon Hicken who died on his way to work. Jon, 47, was found unconscious in Boscombe Chine Gardens at Boscombe Pier, on the morning of Sunday 6 October. He was pronounced dead at the scene. There were no suspicious circumstances as Jon died of natural causes. Dorset Police’s Chief Constable James Vaughan said, “We are all deeply saddened by the death of our serving police officer Jon Hicken. “At this very difficult time, our thoughts are with Jon’s family and close friends, many of whom are Dorset Police colleagues. I have relayed to them my deepest condolences. “Following 10 years of service from 1997 until 2007 with West Midlands Police, Jon transferred to Dorset Police. He held a variety of posts within Dorset Police working both in uniform policing roles and more recently as a detective within CID and public protection. “Jon was widely regarded as an excellent police officer. He dedicated his professional life to protecting the most vulnerable in the community and has been instrumental in removing dangerous offenders from the streets of Dorset. “As a person, Jon was a popular approachable man who had the ability to find humour in the most difficult of circumstances. He was a dedicated family man who often shared his pride in his family with colleagues. “Jon was well respected among his peers and his loss will be deeply felt by the policing family both on a professional and personal level.”

EU Citizens urged to apply for settled status EU Citizens living and working in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, are being encouraged to apply for settled status if they wish to stay on in the area after the UK’s exit from the EU. Dorset is in the top 10 for areas in the UK with the highest number of EU citizens living locally and contributing to the local economy, many in the health and social care sector and hospitality industry. EU Citizens have until 31 December 2020 to apply for the right to stay. The application can be done online uk/eu-settled-status


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Christmas Extravaganza for the whole family

Where? When?

On Ferrett Green

7 December from 1pm-9pm

Lights switch on at 5pm Christmas in Verwood is going to be a truly community event with so many organisations coming together for the annual Christmas Extravaganza. These include Verwood Rotary, Flameburst, Verwood Carnival Committee, Verwood Concert Brass, Verwood Scouts and the Heathland and Heritage Trust.

Father Christmas arrives at Ferrett Green at 5pm, after which the Mayor and Father Christmas will officially turn on the Christmas lights. Father Christmas will then go into his grotto. Verwood Concert Brass’s Training Band will play carols around the Christmas tree. The Heritage Centre will serve hot coffee, whilst outside, the Twinning Association will supply mulled wine and marshmallows.

Extravaganza by Stuart Clifton

There will also be many local stalls and rides. All proceeds will go to local clubs and societies.

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Other festive events in Verwood Christmas Market and more

St Michael and All Angels Church is hosting a Christmas Market in its parish centre on 30 November from 1-4pm. There will be a tombola, beanbag toss, treasure island, Christmas cards and ornaments, children’s activities and refreshments. The Advent Carol Service is on 1 December from 6-7pm with the Christmas Carol Service on 22 December from 6-7pm.

Nativity/Christingle & Carols by Candlelight

Verwood Methodist Church is to hold a Nativity/Christingle at 4pm on 3 December, with their Carols by Candlelight at 6pm on 17 December.

Christmas Fair with Santa’s Grotto, Sat 7 December

Verwood Hub, Emmanuel and Potterne Park are hosting a Christmas Fair at The Hub from 10-4pm. There will be fun, stalls and entertainment. Santa will be in his Grotto from 11.15am until 1.15pm and from 1.45pm until 3pm. Music will be provided by Verwood Concert Brass and there will be entertainment from Verwood Pantomime Society and local schools. Entry is free.

Christmas Concert, Sat 14 December

Verwood Concert Brass will present a Christmas Concert at The Hub at 7.30pm. Tickets from 01202 828740.

Christmas Rhyme Time Special, 17-19 December

Children will be able to enjoy a Christmas Rhyme Time Special at Verwood Library from 10.15-10.45am. This free event will include stories, crafts and sing-a-longs. Youngsters are welcome to wear Christmas outfits. Children under eight must be accompanied by a parent or carer. No booking is required.

Christmas Dance, Thurs 19 December

Verwood and Three Legged Cross Twinning Association is holding a Christmas dance with Cliff Path and the Zig Zags at 7.30pm at Verwood Memorial Hall. The tickets are £10 to include food and are available from the Heritage Centre or from twinning committee members.

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Join ladies’ choir

Verwood’s Fayrewood Singers are keen to add a few more voices to their ladies’ choir.

Spokesperson Linda Pearson said, “No auditions are necessary; we sing for pleasure and very much enjoy what we do, learning two, three and sometimes four-part songs. We perform an annual spring concert, donating the proceeds to charity, plus a ‘coming-up-for-Christmas’ concert at the end of

November.” The singers also accept invitations to perform ‘mini concerts’ for clubs and associations in need of some entertainment at meetings and events. Linda continued, “Our conductor, Peter, and pianist, Keith, love what they do and provide all kinds of music for us to get our

teeth into. “We work hard, but we love to sing and we rehearse every Tuesday at the Verwood Hub, 2-3.30pm. “Come along and see if you like us. After all, singing is fun and it’s good for you.” Contact Marilyn on 01202 826303 or Linda on 01202 280491.

Dance until the clock strikes 12 The Hub has become one of the leading Ceroc freestyle venues in the south. Dancers come from far and wide to enjoy the excitement in Verwood where they can dance to some great upbeat Ceroc tracks in the main room, or choose to get smooth and funky in the

SILC class. Great dance floors with two DJs. The next get together is Friday 15 November from 8pm-midnight. No glass slippers please because Prince Charming is gearing up to find his Cinderella at the panto in January! See page 36 to find out more.

Tip recommendations Dorset County Council will meet on 5 November to consider a recommendation to provide additional funding to secure continued free access for local Dorset residents to the Somerley Household Recycling Centre (HRC) on Verwood Road. This follows Hampshire County Council’s (HCC) plans to start charging nonHampshire residents an entry fee for each visit to the site. The Dorset Waste Partnership, and then Dorset Council, raised concerns that this would inconvenience local Dorset residents who live nearby, potentially causing them to drive a greater distance to their nearest free-access HRC in Wimborne, which could suffer increased costs and congestion as a result. Longer vehicle journeys would also increase carbon emissions, contradicting developing plans for tackling climate change in the wake of Dorset Council’s Climate Emergency declaration

last May. Following a survey run by Dorset Council earlier this year, the council’s Place Scrutiny Committee requested a solution to be found which doesn’t involve direct charging of visitors. Renewed talks, led by Dorset Council leader Cllr Spencer Flower have resulted in the latest report that will be taken to Cabinet on 5 November. It makes the following recommendations: • Dorset Council provides additional funding to Hampshire County Council to secure continued free access to the HRC at Somerley for Dorset residents • Officers will begin investigating the development of a new recycling and waste transfer facility in the East of Dorset • A survey will be undertaken to determine the use of all Dorset Council HRCs by residents outside

Dorset, to help inform the HRC review and future strategy. The report will also outline similar arrangements to continue Dorset resident access to BCP Council’s HRCs at Millhams, Nuffield and Christchurch. Cllr Tony Alford, portfolio holder for Customer, Community and Regulatory Services at Dorset Council, said, “This is great news for Dorset residents in the East of the county, who made it clear how much they value the site at Somerley and that they expect councils to work together in the best interests of the taxpayer. “Through better crossborder working with both Hampshire County and Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Councils, we can maintain current arrangements which are convenient for local residents, better for the environment and help alleviate pressure on our other household recycling centres.”

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Dr Nashir Karmali DC on a visit to Nepal

Humanitarian aid Alchemy Health Clinic in Wimborne has raised over £400 at its recent Sunday charity lunch. All profits will go to help the clinic’s Humanitarian Aid Project in Nepal.


linic principal, Dr Nashir Karmali, will be revisiting Nepal this winter to help with the much-needed support for the people trying to rebuild their lives after the earthquake disaster. A series of events held in the past year has helped to raise over £18,000. Over the past 30 years, patients and friends of the Alchemy Health Clinic have helped raise thousands of pounds for worthy causes including Julia’s House hospice and The Leigh

Park Community Hall Project. Dr Karmali said, “Patients and friends of Alchemy Health Clinic have most generously given of their time to support these and other causes.” He said more events are planned for 2020 and all are welcome. If you know of a project that needs support at home or abroad, Alchemy Health Clinic would like to hear from you. Email info@ or call 01202 880136.


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Kaden runs in Dad’s memory An eight-year-old Poole boy has raised almost £1,700 for a hospice after completing the Junior 1.5K at the Bournemouth Marathon Festival in memory of his dad. Kaden Dugmore decided to run for Forest Holme Hospice because they had provided end-of-life care for Dad, Karl, who died aged 39 in August. Kaden sacrificed his playtime to train in Sunday Park Runs or in the evenings with his uncle. He said, “I ran in memory of my daddy who was my hero and lots of his friends called him ‘legend’. Daddy loved to run whenever he could squeeze in the time from taking care of me. I know I will make him very proud. This is my first challenge and I hope there will be more.” Paul Tucker, fundraising manager at Forest Holme, said, “Kaden is a very special

little boy and we are all so touched by what he has done and absolutely overwhelmed with the amount he has raised. His dad was clearly loved by many.”

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Residents love a cuppa The people of West Moors gave their support to the Macmillan coffee morning held at the Nationwide Building Society, which raised £1,490. There was a raffle of a hamper donated by manager Lara, whose colleague Sarah dyed her hair a permanent green. PC Steve and PCSO James drew the winning ticket.

Kaden with Karl

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Amazing transformation of injured soldier

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A former soldier, who lost half his skull, but miraculously recovered to carry the union flag at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympics, delivered a presentation at The Tank Museum in Bovington in October. Experts suggested that David O’Mahoney’s life support should be turned off, following a severe traumatic injury he suffered

in 2011, but he stunned the medical world by recovering. Lance Corporal O’Mahoney, who was a soldier in the Household Cavalry when he was struck by a vehicle, said, “After my injuries I suffered from mental health problems, and had suicidal thoughts. “Working with a psychologist was a turning point for me and my aim

Lance Corporal David O’Mahoney recovering from his head injury

is to be that same turning point for others. “I have recently joined forces with Emma Willis founder of Style for Soldiers, and we have rolled out my Wellbeing Package to her database of injured servicemen and women. “It is already having an incredible impact, and our plan is to take it across the UK reaching those who can’t travel into London.”

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Round the clock mental health services Connection is a 24/7 telephone helpline for anyone in Dorset experiencing a mental health crisis. Call 0300 1235440. Dorset HealthCare is leading a fresh approach to support people who are struggling to cope, heading towards a breakdown or feeling suicidal. Access Mental Health allows people to define their own crisis and seek help immediately. You can access round-the-clock help and advice using the telephone helpline. Face-toface support is available for people aged 18 and over at The Retreat. This drop-in support service is in Bournemouth and Dorchester. It’s open 4.30pm to midnight every day. Run in partnership with the Dorset Mental Health Forum, it provides a safe space where you can talk through your problems with mental

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health workers or peer specialists. In addition, there are drop-in services in Bridport and Shaftesbury, with one in Wareham coming soon. Steve Jones, Dorset HealthCare’s mental health community services manager, said, “This is a really innovative approach, which has been co-designed with local people. You can still access our regular mental health services, but this provides more flexibility if you need help urgently – face-to-face support in the evenings, and someone at the end of a phone 24 hours a day.” More information: www.dorsethealthcare.


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MIND YOUR BACK! It’s a staggering statistic when you consider that back and neck pain affects more than 10 million people in England and Scotland. It’s the second most common cause of absenteeism in the workplace, averaging at 12 days of loss of work per year. And the key factors? These days, it’s not physical work and lifting alone, but most injuries and pain are linked to sedentary lifestyles. Factors that have the greatest impact on our backs are sitting for too long (93%), commuting (88%) and screen time (78%). Worryingly, there is an increase in more children suffering from bad backs linked to carrying heavy rucksacks, long periods of sitting, using computers, lap tops, mobile phones and untreated sports injuries. So what can we do to protect our backs? Regular exercising, to include cardiovascular eg walking, running, cycling, rowing and swimming. In

addition, stretching and core strengthening eg Pilates and yoga, which will also increase your body awareness. An hour a day can help reduce back pain by as much as 50%. Can one be too young or too old for chiropractic treatment? No. Patients at Alchemy Health Clinic range from new-born babies to those in their twilight years. They all find regular chiropractic spinal check-ups and treatment invaluable. Just like we benefit from having regular

Art for hearts National charity Heart Research UK has raised £37,500 with its ‘anonymous heART project’, auctioning unique, anonymous, original A5size artwork by celebrities, artists and designers. Over 450 pieces were created by huge names

including Alan Titchmarsh MBE, Zoë Wanamaker CBE, Ralph Steadman and street artist Paul Insect. Although a full list of contributors was available, the artist of each piece was kept a secret until after the auction on eBay in October. When the virtual

dental check-ups and our cars serviced, regular chiropractic care can also be invaluable. So why wait any longer? Book your first chiropractic consultation now and experience the benefits. Reader offer: SAVE 20% OFF YOUR FIRST CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT quote 20MAGS4DORSET when booking. Alchemy Health Clinic Tel: 01202 880136 or email:

hammer came down, all 457 pieces found new homes, raising thousands of pounds for Heart Research UK’s pioneering research in to the prevention, treatment and cure of heart disease. The bestselling piece was a painting by Robert Smith, iconic rock star and frontman of The Cure, which commanded £5,050.

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Society helps you to go back in time By Marilyn Barber The popularity of TV programmes such as ‘Who Do You Think You Are’ and the proliferation of websites, which allow you to trace your ancestry, have heightened the interest in finding out more about your antecedents. However, the volunteers at Dorset Family History Society, who operate out of the Treetops Research Centre in Fleets Lane, Poole, have a word of warning. Publicity officer and volunteer Shirley Robinson said, “People think that by using a website, tracing their ancestors is easy, but I am afraid very often they haven’t done it properly. They think they have discovered some impressive titled ancestors in their family tree, but sometimes it is a case of two people having the same names and similar birth dates, and they go back along the wrong line.” I am guessing that when ‘Who Do You Think You Are’ delved back into the family tree of EastEnders actor Danny Dyer, they were

correct in their discovery that he was descended from Edward III and William the Conqueror! Very often the same names run through a family, and so generations become difficult to unravel - not to mention the confusion when you have to wade through the descendants of multiple siblings. Fellow volunteer Debbie Winter said, “Websites are a very valuable resource, but sometimes people come up against brick walls.” And this is one way in which the society can help. “Our success rate is quite good with brick walls,” said Debbie. “It’s wonderful when you get a Eureka moment.” (I mentioned that I had a mysterious aunt that my mother’s brothers and sisters only talked about in hushed tones and that although I had a birth date, I could find no record of her death. And within a few minutes, Debbie had made a discovery.) Although it is a Dorset society, they can help

people whose ancestors who come from far and wide. A visit to this hub of ancestral clues costs just £3 per day, and 25p per print out. The research centre is open to both members and non-members. However, if you want to join, the subscription is £12 – £16 for overseas members – and you get four journals a year. Funding for the society, which is a charity, comes from the membership. There are more than 600 members and some are from overseas. So what if you know little beyond your grandparents? “We would sit you down and first of all look at the 1939 census which was made at the start of the war. And then we would go back from there,” said Shirley, adding that the first full census was in 1841 and then every 10 years since then. The society pays for the use of three ancestral websites, and in addition can pull up church records

L-R, back row, Debbie Winter, Chris Chuck and Theresa Dobbs, with front, Shirley Robinson and June Clift

online. In addition to one-toone assistance in your ancestral quest, volunteers at the Treetops Research Centre have access to British newspapers archives, miscellaneous non-Dorset records and a library of books and magazines. On sale are books, CDs and research aids, family history computer database software, maps and ancestor record sheets and charts. A member of the Federation of Family History Societies, Dorset FHS holds monthly meetings at St George’s Hall, Darbys Lane, Oakdale, on the second Tuesday of each month at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Recent talks have included ‘The Brick wall of Missing Deaths’, ‘Finding Evidence of Migration in Dorset Records’, and ‘D-Day - Studland and Poole’s Involvement’.

They also organise coach trips to places such as The National Archives, Kew, and other repositories and places of interest. One important date in their calendar is a Family History Day at Parkstone Grammar School on 21 March next year. There will be free entry and free parking. Last year they took part in Wimborne’s history festival. In total the research centre has 16 volunteers, who come in on different days, however they are always looking for more. If you would like to help someone to uncover their family history, ring Shirley on 01202 785623. The Treetops Research Centre is in Suite 5, Stanley House, 3, Fleets Lane, Poole, BH15 3AJ. It is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10-3pm. More information from

Can you help reveal the origins of mystery staff? By Julian Hewitt, Fordingbridge Museum Some readers may have seen our recent appeal for information about a ceremonial staff donated to Fordingbridge Museum. It was found in 1991 by Poole resident, Hugh Molver, at a local rubbish tip and he took it home and kept it in his garage. Twenty-eight years later he cleared out the garage and came across the wooden staff, which he generously donated to Fordingbridge Museum. At just under six feet tall, it has a ball-shaped top. The ball is gold with a red band around the middle on which is written “HUNDRED of FORDINGBRIDGE”. Below the ball is a metal collar decorated with an ornate foliate design. Museum staff were mystified. They didn’t know what its function was, how old it was or how it ended up on the tip. A theory that it could have been a theatrical prop seemed to be contradicted

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by the level of craftsmanship used to create it. Most responses from the public suggested it was a ceremonial staff of office, and museum volunteer researchers have been trying to throw some light on it. The Hundred is an administrative area dating back to Anglo Saxon times that was overseen by a court that met regularly. The Court of the Hundred of Ford was held in the Court House that still is a dominant building in Salisbury Street. It would have been here that the constable of the parish was elected and after taking his oath, he would have been presented with his staff of office. It’s possible that the staff is the constable’s staff of office, although further evidence would be needed to establish this. The constable was responsible for the peace of

the town and had powers to arrest and detain prisoners. If necessary, prisoners would be conveyed to Winchester for trial. He would also appoint the watch on the bridge during ‘fence month’ to prevent poaching in the Forest. He also had standard weights and measures to ensure traders were dealing fairly. On Sundays, the constable, accompanied by the churchwardens, would leave the church during the service and visit the various public houses in the town to note the persons drinking there. How these notes were used is not clear. The position of the constable of the parish was abolished in 1878, so if the item is the staff of office, Fordingbridge Museum would love to know where was it kept until 1991. Meanwhile, would the current churchwardens be up for visiting a few of the pubs next Sunday?

A museum visitor holds the staff


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Former football manager and winner of I’m a Celebri Fordingbridge on Saturday 30 November to switch on An afternoon of events is being organised, run and funded by Fordingbridge Events Group on behalf of Fordingbridge Town Council. At 4.15pm a procession of Trigger the Train and the elves on heavy horses, will start at Salisbury Street. It will travel along the High Street, delivering Santa to his grotto at Avonway Community Centre. Entry to Santa’s grotto is free and it will be open from 4.30pm until 8pm. At 6pm there will be the announcement of the local hero nominated by the people of the town. At 6.30pm, the town’s Christmass lights will be switched on by Harry Redknapp, who will share some information on why Fordingbridge has a place in his heart. Activities in town throughout the evening include street performers and live music as well as steam rides across the bridge. Provisional activities throughout the evening include: Avonway: Country Market, performances by students from Fordingbridge Dance Studios, Stepping Stones Teddy Tombola, Fordingbridge Toy Library, face painting, craft activities for children, Inner Wheel, mulled wine

and mince pies with the bar open. Avonway Annexe: Community and charity hub featuring stands from local organisations and charities. Bridge Street: Steam rides across the bridge and a steam organ. Fordingbridge Museum: Lucky dip. Library: Evening wear clothes swap with Fordingbridge Greener Living. High Street: Elves’ workshop at Hearts at Homecare, street performers including a performance by dance group, Shake Dance. Roundhill: Live music, craft tables and craft activities for children, animals and refreshments. Salisbury Street stage: Live music. Town Hall: Star Wars event, Forres Sandle Manor choir, Hyde Band, live music. The Regal: free film and refreshments. United Reformed Church: Craft market. Nicky Jenkins, chairman of Fordingbridge Events Group, says, “We have used the proceeds from the Fordingbridge Festival to put on a Christmas community event to remember. The night looks like it will be a tremendous success and we are

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Join Elf Workshop at Hearts at Home Care Hearts at Home Care owner Samantha Edwards proudly continues to be very involved in community based charity events. Samantha has arranged her amazing team of elves to be present at the Christmas in Fordingbridge lights switch on, on Saturday 30 November where they will be serving hot chocolate. Hearts at Home Care is a family owned and managed domiciliary care company which was established in 2016 after working over 20 years in the care sector. Hearts at Home Care are a Professional Home Care Provider with experts in Complex and Palliative Care Services. “Our vision is to be at the forefront of providing an outstanding service of Domiciliary Care” said Samantha. “We are committed to delivering an exceptional service, giving the service users we support the opportunity to continue living in a safe environment and promoting independence.

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Fordingbridge Christmas lights

ity Get Me Out Of Here, Harry Redknapp, will be in n the Christmas lights. still planning extra activities. We are thrilled to bits that Harry Redknapp can take time out of his schedule to come and turn the lights on. It’s going to be amazing.” There will be lots of refreshments on offer around the town. Nicky added, “We are trying to encourage people coming to the town for Christmas in Fordingbridge to use our shops and cafes for food and drink during the evening. In addition to this, there will be refreshments spots around town.” As well as the town car parks - which will be free after 6pm - there will be additional free parking at Fordingbridge Rugby club and The Burgate School.

What’s not for sale competition

This year sees a new Christmas window competition. Check out the shop windows and spot the object that’s not usually for sale. Entry forms will be available from 30 November from The Gourmet Grocer, The Fordingbridge Bookshop, Caxtons, Fordingbridge Tourist Info Office and Created by You. The competition will run until the end of December.

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‘Animal OBE’ for outstanding Keep your dog safe at Christmas By Cedar Vets Search and Rescue Dog ‘Tis the season to be merry’ – slump down on the sofa to watch A Search and Rescue Dog from Dorset, who completed hundreds of searches during his exemplary 10year career, has been honoured by the UK’s leading veterinary charity, PDSA.  Border Collie Charlie, who worked with his volunteer handler Matt Cooke, posthumously received the PDSA Order of Merit – known as the animals’ OBE – for his outstanding devotion to duty and service to society.  Charlie, who passed away in 2017, is the 32nd recipient of the award since its institution in 2014. His medal was presented to canine colleague Zak at a special presentation at Highcliffe Castle on 15 October. 

Matt said, “Charlie was my boy. My dog-of-a-lifetime. He was a pleasure to train and work alongside, and I am immensely proud of everything he has achieved in his career. For him to receive the PDSA Order of Merit, even after he has left us, is such an incredible honour. I am thrilled to have Zak – his Hampshire Search and Rescue colleague – accept the medal on Charlie’s behalf.”

Out of work mousers seek rural employment Cats Protection Bournemouth & District are in need of outdoor placements for cats that aren’t suited to a conventional home. Ideally they would be situated away from roads and have shelter in barns, outbuildings or stables. They will require food once or twice a day but in return

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will keep the rodent population down. Neutered and health checked, the cats will probably keep their distance at first, but in time you may be rewarded with a cat that allows strokes on their terms.  Call 01202 840543, or email adoption@bournemouth.

Christmas will soon be upon us and it’s usually a time for great joy. What is less well known, is that it can be a poisonous and hazardous time of year – and that’s nothing to do with unwelcome relatives coming to visit, but rather the potential threats that our canine friends face around Christmas. Let’s make a start with the Christmas decorations: the holly and the ivy. The leaves and fruits of these plants are toxic, and can cause irritation to the mouth. Also, when passing down into the stomach and intestines they may cause vomiting, diarrhoea and abdominal pain – although the signs are short lived and recovery should be swift – within a day or so. Other seasonal plants may also pose a threat – mistletoe for example, and when you go on your Boxing Day walk in the New Forest to shed a bit of weight, acorns are also toxic. Now let’s consider the foods that we all know and love. Chocolate: there’s plenty of that around at Christmas. What a good job it’s not poisonous to humans or we’d weep in despair. But for dogs, it’s a big “No.” It’s all down to the cocoa content – the darker the chocolate, the worse it is for dogs. The quantities causing adverse effects are surprisingly low – for example a 10kg West Highland White eating a 100g bar of milk chocolate, or just 15 grams (approximately 1/6th bar of quality dark chocolate) will require treatment. Bear in mind that boxes of chocolate sweets often contain sugary contents and are only chocolate coated so the quantity of chocolate taken in will be less. The signs are quite varied – drooling, abdominal pain, panting and effects on the heart and circulation. Christmas dinner: onions and garlic are a common ingredient of sauces and stuffings; these can cause changes in the blood leading to anaemia, often several days after ingestion, it’s best not to let your dog lick your plate after you’ve finished! Of course there’s always turkey – and bones are a potential foreign body, and can lodge inside your dog’s intestine, sometimes requiring surgery to remove them. Christmas pudding or cake: both contain vine fruits such as raisins, currants and sultanas. The dried form poses the greatest risk – grapes are also toxic but it’s harder for dogs to eat them in large quantities. For reasons not well established, these are quite toxic to dogs and can lead to kidney failure. After all this excess, we may

the Queen’s Speech with a cup of coffee or tea in hand – both contain caffeine – much as with us, this is a stimulant to which dogs are more sensitive and will have effects on the heart and can cause agitation and restlessness. Beware chocolate-coated coffee beans, a ‘double whammy’ of chocolate and caffeine, or chocolate-coated raisins – another ‘double whammy’ of toxicity. It’s been a hard day of celebrating, so come evening time we feel the worse for wear and might take aspirin or paracetamol for a headache – both are toxic to our canine friends if given in excess – aspirin can cause widespread effects on the brain, digestive tract and kidney, whilst paracetamol can affect the liver and blood cells. It’s because dogs are so much smaller than us that they can be overdosed. There are other potential poisons to be aware of, such as nicotine, xylitol (a sugar substitute), peanuts, macadamia nuts and batteries (in the Christmas presents). If your pet has ingested any of the plants, foods or medication listed above then seek veterinary advice immediately. A veterinary surgeon can use drugs to cause vomiting and bring up what is in your dog’s stomach; they can give adsorbents to reduce absorption; provide supportive care with intravenous fluids and administer appropriate medication. Fireworks add stress to our pets too, especially over New Year. Loud bangs can cause upset and there are medications available to help with this. Well, do enjoy Christmas, stay safe and if you have any queries, contact Cedar Veterinary Surgery on 01425 473683.


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First school moving delayed again Report and photo by Marilyn Barber A spokesman from Dorset Council said, “Officers from Dorset Council, including John Sellgren executive director of Place, met with representatives from Bloor Homes on Tuesday 22 October to discuss their programme of works for the junction of Burts Hill and Allenview Road, which includes the footpath up to the new school site. “All the plans have now been agreed with the council highways officers and appropriate legal agreements are being signed. It is intended

that the contractor for Bloor Homes who will be undertaking this work, will be on site as soon as the closure period starts to begin work.” A sign at the end of Allenview Road states that its junction with Burts Hill will be closed from 4 November until 27 March next year. Building work on the new school was started in September 2018. The existing school in School Lane has a capacity for 300 children, whereas the new school will be able to accommodate 450 pupils.

Mayors buy first poppies Local events to launch this year’s Poppy Appeal took place on 26 October. Wimborne saw an impressive parade of historic vehicles travel into the Square and after a cry by Wimborne town crier Chris Brown, the Mayor Cllr Shane Bartlett, bought the first poppy. Normandy veteran Denis Bowater, who landed on Sword beach during

D-Day attended the event. In Ferndown, following a morning parade through Penny’s Walk, the launch went with a bang when thousands of poppy petals exploded inside the Barrington Theatre. The first poppy was purchased by the Mayor, Cllr Mrs Julie Robinson from Mick Arnold MBE. The winner of the best-dressed shop

The Mayor of Wimborne, Cllr Shane Bartlett buys the first poppy from cadets. Photo by Marilyn Barber

window was AE Jolliffe & Son Funeral Directors. Meanwhile, in front of the Memorial Stone on Ferrett Green in Verwood, the Mayor Cllr Mrs Pat Morrow purchased the first poppy from Mr Bob Richmond, honorary Poppy Appeal organiser. Remembrance Day services and parades will be held on Sunday 10 November.

Verwood Mayor at the Memorial Stone

The school seen from Allenview Road.

Tractor stolen A blue Ford 2600 tractor was stolen from The Burgate School grounds in Fordingbridge between 2.35am and 4am on 22 October. Two men are believed to have entered the grounds by cutting the chains on the gate with an

angle grinder. Hampshire Police is appealing for anyone with information to report it on 101 (quote reference 44190377928). Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Fordingbridge, we have a problem! Avonway Community Centre in Fordingbridge has a major problem. Heavy rain has found its way into the South Room resulting in buckets under leaks and problems with lighting. Fordingbridge & District Community Association, the charitable organisation that manages and maintains the centre, has set up a fundraising campaign. ‘Roof at Risk!’ has already received £1,000 donation from the Bridge Club and £300 from Roxy Bellows. Further donations

can be made at Avonway’s office, alternatively, you can buy a roof slate for £5 and your name will be added to a Roll of Honour to be included in a time capsule in the finished roof. The re-roof, which must be carried out with like-for-like using real slate, is likely to cost more than £50,000. The Association will also be applying for grants and putting on fundraising events. To donate on line visit we-need-a-new-roof-1

Poppy petals flutter down at the Barrington © Tom Scrase

Paralympian at social enterprise event Sprinter Bethany Doran from West Moors, London 2012 Paralympic medallist and Gullivers Farm Shop and kitchen manager, is the guest speaker at a Farm to Fork evening taking place at the Old Thatch in Ferndown

on 27 November at 7pm. Bethany will talk about the journey that took her from being an international athlete and Paralympian to the corporate world and the battles she faced. The event will showcase

the impact that Social Enterprises can have on the local community. There will be live music from 9pm. For tickets contact 01202 406779 or 01202 619891.

Ashely Heath woman dies following collision A family has paid tribute to Zoe Eleanor Maclennan, aged 90, who died following a single vehicle collision on the M27 at Cadnam on 23 October. Her family said, “We are deeply shocked and saddened by her sudden passing, not long after the bereavement of losing

her husband. “Zoe will be greatly missed by her son and daughter, granddaughters and all those who loved her.  “We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Hampshire emergency services for all their efforts after arriving promptly at the scene.” 

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Parades, carols and lights in Ringwood The Christmas season in Ringwood starts on 1 December. There will be entertainment for children and families plus a Christmas market with around 40 stalls showcasing

local crafts, foods, drinks and gifts. There will also be small fairground rides and stage and street entertainment to give the event a festival feel. Mulled wine will be available, and there will be live music on a stage throughout the day and in the High Street.

Cllr Tim Ward

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ringwood news Two parades will leave the Furlong, with the first at 11.45am. The second at 5.45pm will bring Santa, who will switch on the Christmas lights in the Market Place at 6pm. These are set to be spectacular this year ­– previous gaps will be bridged and there will be an extension of the lights down West Street. Road closures will be in place for the High Street and Southampton Road (between Fridays Cross and Mansfield Road). …continued on page 30 Photographs of last year’s event © CatchBox

Ringwood Rotary Club

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Festive fun

at the Furlong, Saturday 7 December, 11am-3pm

A winter wonderland community event will take place at the Furlong shopping centre. The courtyard will have a fun inflatable igloo Photo Booth experience with festive props and lots of interactive entertainment for all ages. Customers will receive a free hard copy photo and a digital print to share with family and friends. Stilt walking elves, festive face painting, an elf balloon modeller and a Christmas card craft art station will bring fun and entertainment, as will a dancing Father Christmas. If he stops bopping for long enough you might just find out if you’ve made the naughty or nice list this year. In the case of adverse weather, some events may need to be cancelled without prior notice. Father Christmas won’t be giving out presents just yet but the elves would

love donations for the Mission Christmas appeal – which helps under privileged children in the area to receive a gift on Christmas Day.

Christmas Eve in Ringwood Market Place The Rotary Club of Ringwood organise this event, which includes carol singing at 6pm, with music provided by the Salvation Army Band and the Ringwood and Burley Band. Father Christmas will arrive in the Market Place in a carriage drawn by Robert Sampson’s Percheron horses. In an unusual twist, Father Christmas

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will receive presents, which will go to local children’s homes and special schools. There will also be a Nativity tableau provided by local churches. This popular event has been financed by a grant from Ringwood Town Council and with the support of many local firms and organisations.


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Family values at the heart of the company Family-run Tile and Bathroom Showroom holds family values at the heart of what they do. Owner Kris, is the second generation of his family’s tile business and puts the Ringwood showroom’s success down to their family values. “We believe service is key and that people buy people, so it is fundamental for us to not only give the very best in customer service but to have the best team out to uphold these important values. The recent addition of Rex, with his twenty plus years bathroom industry experience and attentive character, in our view serves to not only complement the luxury bathroom furniture fit-out we invested in this year but, and more crucially, complements our team of experienced people to assist our valued customers.” Walking around the new showroom, after its extensive renovations last winter, it feels light and airy with almost triple the showroom space of the previous showroom. You’ll find British brands like Vanity Hall alongside the sleek modern Pelipal and curvy Ambiance Bain furniture. The stunning contemporary freestanding brass bath on display shows how to do traditional opulence with handmade Victorian gloss tiles with a twist. The vast array of bathroom displays are all paired with Italian porcelains big and small and, of course, Spain’s Porcelanosa tiles. If decorative tiles are your thing, they offer an extensive range of these too by Italian BISAZZA and Ca’ Pietra, the latter being a specialist brand of natural stone with an entire floor and wall area dedicated to their beautiful products. Needless to say the welcoming staff are approachable and always on hand to talk detail and specifications with you. Working closely with Kris, who heads up the sales team and leads the commercial tile supply arm of the business, Beckie is their senior tile sales representative who enjoys advising customers on all things tiles with the added benefit of also being the office manager who manages all things customer related, so you can’t help feeling in capable hands from start to finish. Viewing is highly recommended and you can find their beautiful showroom on Castleman Way, Ringwood, BH24 3BA. Visit for more local news please mention VIEWPOINT Magazine when you contact our advertisers

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foodie news / most of us are sorry for what we said when we were hungry.

TheInn at Cranborne Food feast at

Review by Janine Pulford

Having recently changed hands, as well as its name, The Inn at Cranborne woos diners with a variety of dishes, some with a distinctly French accent.


wned by Matt and Emily, who run successful cookery courses in France with celebrity chefs, you can expect fine food to be served at this attractive 16th century inn, with a few pub favourites. The couple, who have four children, have not only developed three ‘Big In France’ properties, but have been featured on Channel 4’s Escape to the Chateau. They also cater for weddings and private functions. A carpenter by trade, Matt has more recently turned his talent to cooking and enthuses about his plans for the Dorset inn, which has 60 covers with another 80 seats outside. “I will be installing a braai in the inglenook fireplace and we will cook large cuts of meat over a wood fire,” he said. This South African method of barbecuing

is sure to create a talking point and will no doubt attract foodies from far and wide.

On the night of our Viewpoint review, we chose: Three-cheese double baked soufflé with cheese and chive sauce Chicken liver pate on toast served with chutney Boeuf Bourguignon with mustard mash King prawn linguine Chocolate torte with chocolate crumb and vanilla ice cream Lemon posset with raspberry coulis and shortbread

Cheesaholic’s dream

My soufflé was well risen, light, fluffy, and brown on the top. It stood cheerfully in a moat of creamy cheese and chive sauce. With a flavour beyond words, the crispy crust gave an extra cheesy burst.

Meat-lover’s paradise

Ben, my eldest son and MD of mags4dorset, found the generous portion of paté loaded onto a slice of rustic toast equally delicious. “The salad and dressing and rich, sticky chutney pair with it beautifully,” he added.

Battle of the bulge

It was time to face-off with our mains. Okay, Ben’s portion of Boeuf Bourguignon filled the plate with two thirds beef and one third creamy mash, but my linguine surely had the edge when it came to good looks. It was piled into an artistic peak surrounded by sumptuous prawns.

And so the flavour fight began.


Boef Bourguignon

While Ben enthused about the tender beef, which arrived with carrots, onions, sweet potato and parsley, I was overdosing on linguine heavily laced with garlic, which assailed the nostrils before announcing itself to the taste buds. There were smoky tones too, elevating the dish, and diced courgette provided texture, so I naturally thought mine was best. Ben argued that the hit of mustard mash and undertones of rosemary brought a new element to the flavour game, making his dish far more balanced. I countered saying that I expected to see something other than parsley as a green item on his plate, but he dismissed the comment. By now I was finding my prawns succulent and juicy. Ben’s eyes lit up and to my surprise, he plundered a few, which put my linguine in the lead. What’s more, I couldn’t fault the flavours of the silky pasta, which basked in a creamy sauce. It had a fiery, peppery hit and a lemony tang. But no matter how refined the dish, my Brummy upbringing took over and I asked for sauce – what sacrilege. Ben’s dish was a stand-alone and to prove it, he almost licked the plate clean, but admitted to being over full. The food was clearly neck and neck and we drew a truce. I also had to leave part of mine to allow room for dessert. It really had been a battle of the bulge.

King Prawn Linguine

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foodie news Posset past the post!

Ben’s torte, though rich and delicious, was a rather large portion and defeated him. And so it was that my lemon posset became the clear dessert winner. Its citrusy burst hit the taste buds with every spoonful. The mint leaf was a genius contrast of flavour, the finger of shortbread offered a crunch before melting in the mouth, and the fresh strawberry and coulis added fruity variation.

Join the party The Cranborne Inn invites you to a launch party on 23 November from 5pm. Wood-fired cooking, complimentary food and drink. Everyone is welcome.

Lemon Posset

Rooms with a view

We thoroughly enjoyed our night at the inn, and had we not lived ‘down the road’, we might have sipped a few more drinks from the famous gin collection, booked a room each, and stayed overnight. As it was, Ben’s Indian pale ale, Wicked Wyvern by Badger Beers, and my small glass of Chardonnay and lemonade were sufficient. The inn has nine luxurious rooms with views around Cranborne and is dog-friendly. Your ‘best friend’ will even get a treat bag on arrival and a sausage breakfast! And there is plenty of countryside around this pretty Dorset village where you can walk off a good meal. The Inn at Cranborne is set to see some interesting culinary developments and local people could be in for a few surprises. “The braai is one, but pop up restaurants and celebrity chef courses will be featuring too,” says Matt, so watch this space. Or even better, pay a visit and find out for yourself. Parties welcome. Seasonal fresh food features highly, and the Christmas menu is available now.

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around & about / what’s happening in your area.

what’s on

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

14 November 6.30pm-8pm

Salamander Cookshop, Wimborne. Hear about artisan coffee roasting, taste the coffee and meet an expert barista from Sage, plus a chance to taste some of the great bakes from Petit Prince Café, East Street, Wimborne. Tickets £10 (£15 for 2). For details and to reserve a place www. salamandercookshop. com or email office@ salamandercookshop,com.

14 November 4pm-8pm

Bournemouth & Poole College open event. Free entry. Chat to students, see facilities and get careers advice. Takes place at the college in Meyrick Road, BH1 3JJ.

15 November to 2 January

Christmas Tree Wonderland in Bournemouth. 100 trees from the seafront, through the lower gardens to the Alpine Bar in the Square. Cascading lights, golden reindeer, Polar bears. Santa and Elves at Beales.

16 November 10-noon Wimborne in Bloom preChristmas coffee morning at 34, Park Lane, Wimborne. Bring and buy table and raffle.

16 November 3pm

Wimborne Town FC against Gosport Borough at Cuthbury.

16 November 8pm

An evening of Celtic music with Anna Massie and Mairearad Green at Ferndown Village Hall, Church Road. Tickets from Adrian and Juli on 01202 083740 or Linda and Les on 01202 623740.

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18 November 7.30pm Club Prints Competition (Black and White or Colour), Wimborne Camera Club, St Michael’s Church, Colehill Lane, BH21 7AB. Visitors welcome.

19 November 7pm

At Ringwood Library – ‘Not all ghosts are humbug!’ A Victorian festive tale. Tickets from the library or by calling 01425 474255.

19 November 7.30pm

Bournemouth Electronic Organ Society present concert of popular music by Steve Hubble at Queen Elizabeth’s School, Wimborne. Visitors very welcome. £6 payable at door. Info: 01202 895254.

20 November 10.15am

Explore parts of the Regent Centre in Christchurch which are normally off-limits to the general public. Book on 01202 499199.

20 November 10.30am At Fordingbridge Library, ‘Working in the Shadows’ archive film from 1943, not shared in over 75 years. Free event.

21 November 10-noon Find out about the Home Library Service at a coffee morning at Broadstone Library. Talk to Royal Voluntary Service and library service staff and volunteers while enjoying coffee, cake and browsing for a good book. To receive the Home Library Service contact Maria Jacobson, RVS manager, on 07786 635154 or 01305 236666, or e-mail Maria.Jacobson@

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21 November 2pm-4pm

Ringwood U3A at Greyfriars Community Centre. Prof Anne Anderson, an Arts Society lecturer will talk on ‘Rene Lalique: Master of Art Nouveau Jewellery and Art Deco Glass’. See uk or call Pete on 01425 478077.

23 November 10am-11pm

Christchurch Christmas Festival. Lights switch on at 6pm by the Mayor of Christchurch accompanied by TV presenter Fred Dinenage.

23 November

Day of Christmas activities in Wimborne followed by switching on of the town’s lights at 4.30pm.

23 November 10am – 11.30am

Children’s nearly new sale at Verwood Memorial Hall to raise funds for Verwood First School. £1 entry per adult.

23 November 1pm

West Moors Horticultural Society lunch followed by presentation of cups and trophies at West Moors Memorial Hall. Details: Sue Hamlett on 01202 871536.

24 November 10am-3pm

Stir-Up Sunday tradition of making a Christmas pudding at Kingston Lacy. Pre-booking essential.

25 November 7.30pm – 9pm

Clothes swap at The Lantern Church, Merley. Drinks, nibbles and loads of clothes. Bring washed clothes on a hanger. Tickets £3 per person.

26 November 7.30pm Nicki Tutton will present a talk on Brownsea Island to West Parley Gardening Club at the Memorial Hall. Further details Malcolm Plascott on 01202 950521, email: plascott@

28 November 2pm

Archive film screening of ‘Working in the Shadows’ (1943) at Ringwood Library. Free event, donations welcome.

29 November 1pm-4.30pm

30 November and 1 December 10am-4.30pm Wimborne Art Club Autumn Exhibition, Pamphill Parish Hall, Abbott Street, BH21 4EF, sale of original paintings, cards and arts and crafts. Entry free, refreshments and parking on site.

30 November 4-8pm

At Fordingbridge Library, festive clothing exchange for adults and children. Tickets £2 on door for three tokens to exchange for three items.

30 November 4-8pm Christmas event in Fordingbridge. Harry Redknapp will switch on the Christmas lights at 6.30pm.

30 November

Christmas events in Ferndown, with Santa arriving at 1pm and weather presenter Sarah Farmer switching on the lights at 5pm in Victoria Road.

30 November 4.45pm Christmas tree light switch on in Poole High Street to be attended by the Mayor and some of the cast of the Poole panto.

4 December 2.30-4.30pm

Strictly Come Tea Dancing at the Allendale Centre, Wimborne. Music by the Soggy Biscuit Dance Band. Cost £7.50 per person (£5 for nondancers). More info Ian Thorp on 07939 030875.

1 December 6.30pm

Advent service by candlelight in Wimborne Minster Church.

1 December

Ringwood Christmas Light Switch on by Santa at 6pm. Parades at 11.45am and 5.45pm. Mulled wine, live music, stalls, fairground rides and street entertainment.

7 December 11am-3pm

Festive fun activity day at the Furlong shopping centre, Ringwood. Inflatable igloo photo booth, walking elves, face painting and meet ‘dancing Father Christmas’. Free event.

7 December 11am

Broadstone Christmas festivities with the parade, leaveing Story Lane at 1.30pm. Christmas market and Father Christmas grotto.

7 December 1-9pm Christmas Extravaganza at Ferrret Green, Verwood.

14 December 7.30pm Handel Messiah. Bournemouth Bach Choir & Orchestra Christchurch Priory. Tickets: 01202 485804 or visit: www. services-and-events


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Downton success for Regent The much-anticipated film Downton Abbey has been a huge success at the Regent Christchurch in more ways that one. When it finished its first run on 10 October, nearly 12,000 people had seen the film over 52 screenings. Universal Studios, which released the film, told the Regent Management, after they had collated the first day’s national box office receipts, that the Regent was the number one independent cinema in the UK and Ireland for achieving the

highest gross figures. The Regent was even mentioned in despatches to the studio bosses in Hollywood. A bucket collection was held after every screening on behalf of the Dorset Blind Association of which Julian Fellowes, the scriptwriter for Downton’s TV series and the film, is one of their patrons. This raised £2,561. Julian Fellowes recorded a personal good luck video message for the Regent, which was played before every screening of Downton Abbey.

Hardy letter added to collection An important letter written by Thomas Hardy’s novels and poems reflect the Hardy – who for two years lived in a house social history of Dorset during his life in Avenue Road Wimborne - has been time and are loved and admired across jointly purchased by Dorset Archives Trust the globe. This correspondence provides and the Thomas Hardy Society. another little window into the personal life The handwritten letter, composed in of this iconic author.” June 1922, six years before the author’s The letter has been deposited at the death was addressed to Sir Clifford Allbutt, Dorset History Centre where it can be Regius Professor of Physic at Cambridge. viewed alongside a range of other HardyHardy references the ‘strange experience’ related archives. of visiting a mental institution, Clerkenwell House, with Allbutt and of his fascination with meeting the patients there. In the letter, Hardy also alludes to his first meeting with Allbutt in 1893. Carola Campbell, chairman of the Dorset Archives Trust said, “The Dorset Archives Trust is delighted to have led the acquisition of this historic letter with the generous The letter from Thomas Hardy support of THS. Thomas

Rector appointed as a Canon

L-R Laura Dean, Simon Foulkes, Gary Theobald, Felicity Porter, Gareth Owens

Rev Andrew Rowland, who has been rector of Wimborne Minster and the Northern Villages since September last year, has been appointed as a Non-Residentiary Canon of Salisbury Cathedral. He was welcomed on 3 October at Evensong, but will have to wait until 5 May 2020 to be officially installed into the Canonry of Fordington, because the quire is at present full of scaffolding. Rev Rowland has been Rural Dean of Wimborne since 2016. He was ordained in Salisbury Cathedral in 2001, and priested in 2002. He served his curacy at Verwood before being appointed vicar of West Moors in 2005.

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around & about / what’s happening in your area. Why was the snowman raiding a bag of carrots? He wanted to pick his nose.

Alfie is real-life Billy Elliott Alfie Rogers, 9, from Christchurch has been chosen to appear with the Royal Ballet in their Christmas production of ‘Sleeping Beauty’, which opened at Covent Garden on 7 November and runs until mid-January. A pupil at Bournemouth’s Jamie-Lee Dance Academy, this will be Alfie’s first ever appearance in a ballet. Alfie’s mother Lucy said, “Alfie decided he wanted to ‘click-clack’ (tap dance) after watching the musical ‘Billy Elliot’ at Southampton’s Mayflower in 2017.” Just like Billy Elliot, it hasn’t always been easy for Alfie, who has been picked on and ridiculed for preferring ballet over football (another passion). To encourage him to keep on dancing, Lucy had the idea of writing to British choreographer Sir Matthew Bourne, who invited Alfie to see his allmale contemporary dance company perform ‘Swan Lake’ when it came to Southampton earlier

this year. Lucy added. “Watching Matthew Bourne’s thrilling, powerful production and meeting the dancers afterwards, showed Alfie just what can be achieved and inspired him to continue living his dream. Alfie now aims to be an ambassador for boys who ‘dare’ to take up classical dance.” Alfie’s biggest wish is to be selected for the performance on 16 January (children always share performances), which is the one that will be shown live around the country. Alfie’s local theatre, the Regent Centre, will be showing this relay as an ‘encore’ evening on Sunday 26 January (the day after Highcliffe Charity Players’ annual panto ends) which means that

Alfie would actually see himself dancing on the big screen.

Musical youngsters sought Children in Year 5 and above are invited to enter the Young Musician Competition – organised by The Fordingbridge Rotary Club – which is being held on Tuesday 12 November at Forres Sandle Manor School. There are two categories – solo instrument and solo vocal. The winner of this heat will be entered into the Rotary District Final.

The main entrance to the school is in Station Road, Fordingbridge, and people need to start arriving at 6.30pm – 7pm. There will be nibbles and canopies, with a cash bar too. For further details or an application form to register for the competition email the co-ordinator:

Rags to riches will have you in stitches Join Cinderella, her handsome prince, some silly step-sisters, and a whole host of comical cast members for a night to remember (your glass

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slipper!) with the Verwood Pantomime Society! They will take you through the rags to riches tale of twists and topsyturvy turns when the Prince

decides to trade places with his valet Dandini – leading to a grand ball where no one can quite sort who’s who at the do! And Cinderella of course is dealing with some very naughty stepsisters who’d rather call her “Smella” and keep her at home, away from all the fun. Let’s just say Cinders has a mind of her own… A spectacular, sidesplitting show with plenty of “it’s BEHIND you!” What could be better, and funnier, than a night out with the family at the panto? Shows will run on 18 January and 2225 January – book your tickets online or from The Hub, Verwood.


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Review: Hay Fever Ferndown Drama Barrington Theatre

Wimborne Drama Tivoli Theatre

By Marilyn Barber Written in 1924 - nearly 100 years ago - Hay Fever is nevertheless still amusing to today’s audiences, and Ferndown Drama did an excellent job of bringing this comedy to the Barrington stage from 23 to 26 October. In the words of one of the characters ‘This family is artificial to the point of lunacy’. The story centres around the eccentric, self-centred Bliss family, who separately invite four disparate guests for the weekend. In portraying the mother, Judith, Christie Hughes clearly enjoyed the opportunity to become an absentminded, retired actress. Her novelist husband David – played by Alan Ball – was equally

Review: Strangers on a Train

obtuse, vague, and self absorbed. Their selfish behaviour was more than equalled by their children Simon and Sorel, with David Beddard and Scarlet Ball securing a mastery of petulance. Not the family you would want to visit, let alone stay with. Mike Tong was Sorrel’s ‘nice’ guest Richard, whilst Dina Berlyn affected some very subtle facial expressions as the insecure Jackie, David’s guest. John Sivewright, was the flaky Sandy, Judith’s friend, whilst Leah Jane, put in a very impressive performance as the confident, outspoken Myra, who had been invited by Simon. And then they all swapped partners!

Putting up with all this bad behaviour was the maid Clara, played by Helen Kuster. This was a very well rehearsed production and special mention must be made of two of the actors, who had very little time to get under the skin of their characters. David Beddard had been cast as Sandy, but when the actor who was to play Simon was unable to appear, he swapped parts. Director John Sivewright then stepped into the role of Sandy, which he had played with another group 15 years before. Combined with an impressive set, this was another success for Ferndown Drama.

By Marilyn Barber It was another nail biting performance from this talented group with the firm message ‘be wary of chatting on public transport to someone you don’t know’. Based on the psychological thriller novel by Patricia Highsmith, it tells the story of two men whose lives become entangled after one of them proposes that they ‘trade’ murders. Richard Cawte was chillingly manipulative as Charles Bruno who appeared by chance to meet Guy Haines, (Rob Cording-Cook) on a train. Both actors were hugely convincing and it was difficult to believe that Richard hadn’t set foot on

a stage since 1990. Hang on to him Wimborne Drama as he is clearly a fine character actor. Rob is a regular with the group, and is always up to the mark with his portrayals. Judy Garrett had the chance to demonstrate plenty of emotion as Charles’ mother, whilst Jemma Cable evoked sympathy as Guy’s new wife. There was good support from fellow actors James Bourner, Richard Scotson and Colin Pile. The play requires many scenery changes,

and using a filmed backcloth worked well, adding authenticity to the action. Director Phyllis Spencer should be proud of this production, which clearly appealed to Tivoli audiences as the theatre was packed during the three day run from 17-19 October.

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in the home / home is where the heart is .

Exciting Winter Weekend Have a happy plastic free Christmas If you want to help save the environment, how about having a Millers Antiques and Bettles Gallery are cooperating again with a Winter Weekend event in Ringwood. There will be an exciting display of English and Continental antique furniture and decorative items at Millers Antiques, Netherbrook House, 86 Christchurch Road on 23 and 24 November. Just three doors away, Bettles Gallery at 78/80 Christchurch Road will be showing work from painters: Martin Brewster, Lindsey Cole, Felicity

House, Debra Sweeney, Rita Brown and Roger Bettle. The potters are: Jack Doherty, Akiko Hirai, Peter Swanson, Steve Neville, David Rogers and others. The selection and choice at both venues will create an exciting proposition for your own home, or could also make an out of the ordinary Christmas gift for someone else. Either way, your visit could be well worthwhile. Opening hours are 10am-5pm each day.

plastic free Christmas? There are plenty of gift ideas to please those who really don’t want their presents made from plastic and you don’t have to spend a fortune. Here are three simple suggestions. Bar of shampoo instead of shampoo in a bottle Toothbrush made from bamboo instead of a plastic one

Have you thought of treating an elderly relative to a milk delivery for a few months as a Christmas present? The older generation were brought up with doorstep deliveries, so why not introduce a little nostalgia with your Christmas gift. Also, did you know most wrapping paper generally cannot be recycled because it is often laminated with plastic, foil and other non-paper

materials. How about using brown paper (readily available in craft shops, or locally at Xerocad) and pretty it up with a potato print? All you will need are some red and green ink pads and carved potatoes in the shapes of holly and berries. The children can try their skill at doing this at the Barrington on 30 November and don’t forget to buy a roll of string to tie the parcels up to save you using sellotape!

Beeswax wraps that can be used instead of cling film There will be a stall at the Barrington on 30 November showcasing products by Bamboozle, a local company that is thoroughly researching plastic free options and that already sells bamboo toothbrushes. Also Our Planet Zero Waste will be there to give you more ideas.

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in the home

Movie magic comes to Wimborne


ovie magic is coming to Dacombes of Wimborne with an in-store cinema showcase, providing a stylish introduction to the ever-expanding world of home cinema and smart home technology. Dacombes are holding their very own premiere event in November at their Leigh Road store to demonstrate the new Smart Home Apartment and Dolby Atmos 4K Home Cinema, complete with cinema seats and popcorn.  Having served the local community since 1920, this latest investment from the family-owned and run store showcases the latest in 21st century home and workplace entertainment system, which uses smart technology.  The Smart Home Apartment and Home cinema are controlled by URC and make controlling lighting, sound, security and even the window blinds an absolute joy.

The Home Cinema is powered by Arcam & Monitor Audio with THX Extreme Cinema Speakers from KEF. A Sony 4K Projector and Blu-Ray players provide the entertainment. Dacombes’ MD Matt Renaut, said, “Whilst many people are familiar with voice activated and app controlled systems for various aspects of living in the home, the latest large screen entertainment systems appeal to not only the home consumer but also to a wide range of commercial and educational organisations, plus innovative designers and

architects. We’re inviting the trade from across Dorset to come and see what’s on offer with special personal viewings and a launch event on Thursday 21 November. “With the take up of affordable viewing packages which allow people to choose what they want to watch and when, from popular series to the latest films and documentaries, customers from all sectors are enquiring about the smart technology and how to best incorporate it into their homes or offices.”  For your invitation to the launch event, email jess@ stating Dacombes/Viewpoint or ring RoutePR on 01202 896698.  Dacombes have

recently received awards for their achievements at the recent ERT Industry Awards in London, which recognise excellence across the

electrical retail industry. The company won the Turning Point Award and Best Small Independent Consumer Electronics Retailer.

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in the home / home is where the heart is .

Oh Christmas tree! By Bunty Dinger

One of the most exciting parts of Christmas is buying a tree and decorating it. It’s something the children can get involved with and if you happen to love Clark Griswold of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, you will know that thrill when your Christmas lights actually turn on. Tree decorations come in all shapes, sizes and colours. Being traditionalists in our home, we prefer to buy wooden, glass or felt/material baubles and our kid’s home-made items always take pride of place, especially at the top of the tree. Every year we gather an extra one or two tree decorations and because our family has celebrated Christmas for many years, we have more than one tree can accommodate, so sometimes we have two trees.

But it does seem that the more baubles you acquire, the smaller the tree you buy. I have already decided that when I get too old to have a large tree and drag that huge box of decorations out of the loft, it will be time to gift the baubles to the children or grandchildren, who have loved seeing them every year anyway. Anyway, our garden centres are crammed with Christmas decorations at this time of the year, so there are plenty of places to browse and buy tree decorations. You can theme your tree to a colour, or two colours, but

this novel idea for baubles raised a smile when I read about it. You can buy kitsch decorations of some of the 20th century's most iconic people from the National Theatre shop. The glass baubles are hand painted and make a striking gift or addition to any Christmas tree or display. So if you want a little Ziggy Stardust on your tree, you can have it for £16. It’s a theme too far for me, but you might love the idea. If not, think about giving a bauble or two as a Christmas present.

Pictured are: Ziggy Stardust/David Bowie, Amy Winehouse, Prince and Freddie Mercury, all £16 each and available from

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Can you help pedal to victory? A school, college or youth group that would like to build a pedal car to compete in Ringwood’s bi-annual Pedal Car Grand Prix, is being sought. You could win £1,000 budget from Ringwood-based KFA Connect who need help to construct a vehicle to the right specification. Southampton-based Bike It International Ltd, a customer of KFA Connect, has offered further support, as well as a range of parts free of charge to the constructors. KFA Connect would like to compete in the race using the vehicle, but will also lend it to other businesses or charities to help with fundraising over the next decade. Contact for more information.

What’s your favourite New Forest building? The New Forest National Park Authority is asking people to nominate their favourite building, which has been completed in the last three years. The New Forest Building Design Awards recognise the best new developments in the National Park, with new buildings, larger developments and extensions eligible for an award. Categories are best residential scheme, best non-residential scheme, best conservation project and best green building. Nominations are open until 31 December 2019. Submit your nomination at uk/buildingawards.

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PLANNING IN BRIEF New Forest District Council has turned down an application for the erection of a property on land adjacent to Willow Nook, Parkers Close, Ringwood.

Ringwood gardeners have got the plot People in Ringwood have been recognised for their impressive allotments, with prizes being awarded at a recent full Ringwood Town Council meeting. Judged by members of the Ringwood Garden Club, Mr Atak, chairman of the judging panel said the good plots were good and the best were exceptional. The overall winner achieved 100 per cent. Mayor, Cllr Tony Ring, congratulated all plot holders on their achievements. Prizes were presented by Cllr Andy Briers. The winners and runners up at each site were: Hightown Road 1st Peter Malloy; 2nd Mr M Gubbins. Mini Plots 1st Josephine Burkin; 2nd Josephine Burkin.

Southampton Road 1st Anne Taylor; 2nd Colin Joy. Upper Kingston 1st Mr & Mrs Shields; 2nd Michael Skeath.

Overall Winner: Mr and Mrs Shields. Prize winners received gift vouchers, site winners and the overall winner also received trophies.

Dorset Council has received an application to convert offices at 6, The Square and partly over 1-4 Crown Court Wimborne into six two-bedroom, one onebedroom and one three-bedroom flats on the first and second floor. The commercial unit on the ground floor would be retained. The building previously housed Barclays Bank. Comments on this application can be made until 18 November. As part of a wider scheme to upgrade the sewer network in Wimborne and to connect the Wimborne Chase housing development – which is to the north of the town – Wessex Water has applied to Dorset Council for permission to replace the culverted bridge into the Allenview South car park to enable access while the bridge is closed. There would be temporary access off Hanham Road into Allenview South car park to enable access whilst the bridge is closed. Dorset Council has received an application to demolish two buildings at 85-87, Church Road, Three Legged Cross and to erect three chalet bungalows. A proposal to demolish the property at English Farm, Verwood Road, Three Legged Cross and to erect a replacement has been submitted to Dorset Council.


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Toyota Corolla Touring Sports Self Charging Hybrid Auto Driven by Steve Bulley In the age of the SUV many believe the estate car is a thing of the past. Toyota is trying to convince you otherwise with the new Corolla Touring Sports Self Charging Hybrid Auto. The car is fitted with 1.8-litre hybrid engine with a relatively modest 120bhp but should deliver 70+ MPG in mixed driving the manufacturers say. For company drivers the all-important figure of 75g C02 per km makes this an excellent option for company car drivers looking to save on tax and employees who want to cut their fuel bills. If you have not enjoyed a Self Charging Hybrid before, you simply treat it like a regular petrol car and it'll top

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up its battery automatically when it has energy to spare. It can then decide for itself when to use the electric motor improving economy or increasing performance. The result is economy that rivals diesel cars and a nod to the environment. For me it’s the first time I have driven an estate, or tourer as they call it, for many years. The car felt light and nimble and I achieved 61 MPG in mixed driving. Inside it’s a typical Toyota – you’re not short of electronic assistance including Intelligent Park Assist, which is excellent. The build quality is very good with soft plastics and the interior is very well laid out. When it comes to the load area, the seats can be folded fully flat which is a real benefit and the space will be sufficient for a majority of users, although the tourer’s sloping rear tailgate opening restricts access for large items. When it comes to looks, it’s rather forgettable, but that’s not the point. Toyota has clearly gone for practicality

over style, which is understandable with a car like this. I’m personally not a fan of the CVT auto as the car revs loudly when you put your foot down on the accelerator. Toyota Hybrids are not new and have been chosen by over 12 million drivers around the world so, If you need a smooth car that is economical, has good load capacity and will be reliable you could do worse than the Toyota Corolla Touring Sports Self Charging Hybrid Auto.


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