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Dear Readers,

feel a bit of a fraud calling this the Spring issue of your magazine - considering the current freezing March weather! This time last year the temperature was 20 deg higher and we were well into the BBQ season and enjoying wall to wall blue skies! We paid for it later though! So here’s hoping 2013 sees a better summer - although I won’t hold my breath! This issue sees articles about technology ancient and modern, with Cranborne Ancient Technology Centre commissioned to build 5000 year old Neolithic structures - details on page 21. And at the other extreme we have a technology review on page 9 featuring a state-of-the-art i-potty of all things! (Not an April fool I can assure you!) No doubt a musthave for all those techno-geeks out there. Not sure about the hygiene aspect though! Inside we have many local and

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general interest articles including Viewed from my Window which features Mr and Mrs Oscar - a thoroughly devoted couple on page 17, Mike’s Motors reviews the new Toyota Avensis on page 8, a local up-to-date What’s On guide, a listing of local Clubs and Societies on page 14 and much, much more. See all the Feature Articles listed in contents. If you would like more members in your club or society, and/ or would like us to publish your news, articles or future events, then simply e-mail the details to us. All our current magazines can be viewed online at Remember - in future when you need a job done or want to treat yourself AND help local businesses, look in here first in the ‘Local Business Directory’ and save yourself time, fuel and most importantly at the moment money!

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Business features Local Dorset Hospitals: Better Together


Local events and features Community News 5,7,13,15,29 The Blashford Bulletin 12 Clubs & Societies 14 Viewed From My Window: rescued cat stories by Local Author, Patricia Oliver 17 What’s On Locally 20,22 Ancient Technology Centre, Cranborne 21

Feature articles Special Feature: Big Ben Cast-10 April 1858 4 Gardening: Seed Sowing on the Cheap 6 Mike’s Motors: Toyota Avensis-The Sensible Option 8 Tech Review: Odd gadgets that really exist 9 Travel: Hidden Algarve 16 Beauty: All About Brows 18 Finance: How to Holiday for Less in 2013 23 Interiors: Light Fantastic 24 Helpful Hints for Hedgehogs 31

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10 April 1858 Big Ben cast at Whitechapel Foundry, London


hat could be more British than Big Ben? You hear the bong of the 13-ton bell every time you watch ITN’s evening news or listen to the 6pm and midnight news on Radio 4. And even if you very sensibly try to avoid the news you’ll have heard the Westminster Chimes – played on the four quarter-bells that live with Big Ben in the Elizabeth Tower at the Houses of Parliament – probably more than any other piece of music. Distantly descended from a tune in Handel’s Messiah, they’re in alarm clocks, doorbells, ice cream vans, possibly even ringtones wherever you go. When you finally arrive at the Pearly Gates and ring for admission, you’ll probably hear them then.

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But there’s more to Big Ben’s Britishness than mere ubiquity. Because there’s nothing more British than a right old foul-up, and Big Ben started its career with not one foul-up but two. One night in October 1834 the Houses of Parliament were burnt to the ground. Next day some fool decided to rebuild them and – shazzam! – a mere 24 years later they were rebuilt. The project was masterminded by Sir Charles Barry but the design of the Great Tower (only re-named last year to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee) was assigned to the great Gothic revivalist Augustus Pugin. Looks like stone, doesn’t it? Looks can be deceiving, though – the shaft of the tower is brick, and the bell chamber and spire are cast iron. The stone is only cladding, like Jack and Vera’s house in Coronation Street. Naturally a great bell had been commissioned. The 16-ton monster was cast in a foundry in Stockton-on-Tees and named after Sir Benjamin Hall, the worthy who supervised the rebuilding. In 1856, before the Great Tower had

been topped out, Big Ben was hung up in New Palace Yard and tested. It promptly broke. Whoops! Just time to order a new one, from the Whitechapel Foundry just across the City. Smaller this time, at a mere 13 tons; but still called Big Ben. It was cast on 10 April 1858 and took 18 hours to haul the 200 feet up to the bell chamber to be tested. And guess what? Yes – it broke too. The clapper, it turned out, was twice the recommended weight. It took three years to repair and, apart from 1916-18 when people thought Zeppelins might hear it, it’s been bonging almost uninterrupted ever since. It didn’t even stop during the blitz, when the Luftwaffe destroyed the chamber of the House of Commons but spared the Great Tower. The Britishness doesn’t stop there, though. The design of the clock itself, a prestige project if ever there was one, was entrusted to a couple of amateurs. Edmund Denison was actually a lawyer, while George Airey was the Astronomer Royal. Theirs was a completely new and quite revolutionary design, which I’d explain to you if I understood it; but it was such a good one that the clock is accurate to a second a day and is regulated by a pile of pre-decimal pennies – adding a penny advances the clock by 0.4 of a second a day. The movement, being more than 150 years old, has been a wee bit stop-start since the 1970s, but Big Ben itself, complete with the original crack, bongs on. It did chime 30 once – but that was deliberate, to announce last year’s opening of the 30th Olympiad. Either an inspired departure from convention or a shallow piece of political gimmickry, depending on your persuasion; but at least nothing broke this time.


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Seed Sowing on the Cheap by Pippa Greenwood


f you want your garden full of colour, interest, perfume and perhaps even tasty crops, there’s no doubt that the least expensive way to do it is to raise your plants from seed. But what can be done to ensure the results in the garden are just as impressive? Start with a little self-restraint. It’s all too easy to buy enough seed to fill a tennis court when you have an averagesized garden. Make a list of what you actually need and put a limit on how many unplanned purchases you’ll allow yourself. Think about sharing. Each packet of seed often contains tens or even hundreds of seeds, so why not agree to swap a few with friends and relatives. This will not only save you money, but will also maximise the range of plants you can grow without increasing your outlay. Don’t be tempted to sow too many seeds at one time. By sowing little and often you’ll maximise flower time of annual flowers and cropping time for

vegetables and herbs. It also means that if the conditions are not right for germination on one occasion, all is not lost. You may not need to buy what you want. Collect seed from your garden or from gardens of friends and neighbours, making sure that the plants are healthy and that they’re ready and ripe or they won’t germinate. Seeds labelled as ‘F1’ will produce flowers whose seeds will not ‘come true’, meaning that the offspring will not be the same as the original plant and will often be less productive. Try to harvest the seed when the plants and the weather are dry, remove any bits of plant debris and allow them to dry off naturally, not becoming too warm or cold. If you can’t sow the seeds immediately, make sure you store them, well labelled, in a cool, dry place. A small heated or even unheated propagator can help you reliably raise a far wider range of plants from seed. Choose one which is sturdily built and has proper ventilation

in the clear plastic lid, otherwise seedlings may die on hot days. We stock some of the lovely UK-made Stewart propagators at Seeds do best if not sown too closely, and by sowing thinly you’ll also save yourself time and money. Wider spacing makes for less thinning out but if you do have to thin out a bit, remember that most seedlings will perform well if looked after properly. Many herbaceous perennials can successfully be divided into several new plants. Indeed most herbaceous plants do better when occasionally divided as the plant does not become so congested and you can dispose of the grotty bits and plant the good sections into fresh soil. Many plants are also easily propagated from cuttings, and over the next few weeks, you could get some great cuttings from summer favourites such as fuchsias for virtually no cost at all. They’ll be flowering later this year too.

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Toyota Avensis - The Sensible Decision


ay ‘Toyota’ to the general public and their responses range from respect to total adoration. This brand conjures up continuous research, design and manufacturing process enhancement which are ideals which many will strive to emulate; Toyota have patiently built their processes from deep foundations with every small detail scrutinised continually by every employee asking the question “in what way can we improve this process or part?”. In Japan they call it Kaizen. They have used this philosophy to gently tell the public they are ‘the best’ in everything they do, and that their car proposition is one you can’t afford to ignore. They have repeatedly used this as a selling proposition enabling them to achieve dominant market penetration in North America especially with the Camry and Prius. But what of reality? Recently their brand has been severely dented by a number of safetyrelated recalls they tried much too hard to cover up or explain away – even laying responsibility at the users door. Latterly they are ‘coming clean’ over problems at the outset like their competitors, while in the background still making extra-warranty concessions on such things as older vehicles developing very heavy oil consumption. They are surely and slowly regaining consumer confidence. With all this floating around

my mind, I was looking forward to testing their medium-large saloon, the Avensis TR-4D, to see just how all this related to reality. It is a direct competitor to excellent cars such as the Mondeo, the new Peugeot 508 and the Mazda 6, strong competition indeed. My car was very smart-looking in a quite creamy metallic silver, although the exterior styling is rather nondescript except for rather heavy and wide rear wings blending into the boot. Open the door to well-sculpted sports seats which

would have been much nicer in back leather rather than the cheap-looking but probably very durable charcoal cloth seats. In the drivers seat, an impressively detailed and finished array of instruments, switches and screens greeted me. Easy to get into the front, plenty of legroom in the rear, spoiled only by a rather short bottom sill to put your legs/ feet through – an important consideration for the less mobile. This diesel was over-noisy to start, and intruded noticeably when accelerating hard, compensating by being quiet cruising and flexible to minimise

gear-changing. The clutch and gearlever were light and precise in operation – a far cry from the previous model. The adjustable seats give a good view out. Conversely the steering although light had precious little ‘feel’ and the suspension tended to ‘hop’ over bumps and potholes – sadly now normal in the UK - the Avensis really should have been ‘tuned’ to match our poorly maintained roads. I particularly liked the SatNav (a vast contrast to the antihuman clunker used on the previous model) which was easy to program with 8 alpha-numeric postcode entry against 6 being the mindless norm on mid-range cars today. My only gripe was that it refused to accept that I could deviate from the programmed route and very nearly had a nervous breakdown, followed by a 10mile sulk. Rather like my regular co-driver really! Clearly, this is a competent car, able to be cheap in terms of cost-per-mile. But that’s as far as it goes. Without any discernable character, no outstanding competences or quirks, I was never enthusiastic to get into it again. I’d go for a car with brio such as a Mondeo or Peugeot 508 anytime. However if I was specifying cars for field staff or managers, it would be high on my list as a durable, safe and cheap-to-run purchase, albeit depreciation could be well above average

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very year, technology firms join in the April Fools fun - so for example in recent years Google announced self-driving racing cars, Toshiba pretended to make a 3D monocle and video site Animoto offered bark recognition for dogs. Not all odd-sounding technology items are fakes, though: there are some truly strange items and accessories out there. Some of the oddest items are related to smartphones and tablets, such as the iStuck mobile phone stand (£3) that looks like chewed bubblegum, the Knuckles iPhone case - designed to look like a knuckle duster - and the justannounced iPotty (£39), a child’s potty with a built-in iPad stand. The idea, apparently, is that letting children use iPads while on the potty will make toilet training a fun game. iPotty

Other gadgets are more sensible, but rather odd looking - such as the iPhone SLR mount, which enables you to attach enormous SLR camera lenses to your phone. It might look like a novelty item, but the price says otherwise: at the current US exchange rate, it’s £156 plus shipping and tax, and of course that doesn’t include the lenses. The mount is available for both Nikon and Canon lenses and promises to bring SLR effects such as

fridge. The manufacturer says it’s “the ultimate combination of rock and refrigeration”. Yours for £405.

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variable depth of field to “the camera you carry with you every day”. Another odd-looking but fairly sensible gadget is the Handspresso Auto ESE, a portable espresso coffee maker designed for in-car use. It uses the Easy Serving Espresso pods you might have seen for ordinary domestic c o f f e e makers, and it’s particularly handy for road warriors who’d rather not pay inflated prices for motorway service station coffees. At around £130 it isn’t cheap, but if you use it regularly it’ll soon pay for itself.

Have you ever wished your fork could nag you about your eating? Good news if you have: the Hapifork (around £70) may look like an ordinary fork, but it’s stuffed with sensors that monitor how quickly you’re eating. It measures the number of times you put the fork in your mouth, the time between each serving and the total time you’ve spent eating, and vibrates and flashes if you’re eating too quickly. The data is then sent to your smartphone. For now the line-up doesn’t extend to other cutlery, but manufacturer HAPIlabs says a spoon is in development.

The HAPIfork was one of several odd gadgets shown at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, but it wasn’t the oddest: we saw GPS-enabled gadgets such as the TrakDot luggage locator (around £30 plus a £10 annual subscription), Nano Nails, which turn long fingernails into styluses for touchscreens (price tbc); the iMusic BodyRhythm, a musicpowered massager that makes You can buy odd things for you look like you’re wearing a your house too, and if you’re a toilet seat around your neck musician or a fan of rock music (currently accepting preyou’ll appreciate the Marshall orders for $69, around £44), Fridge. From the and the thoroughly outside it looks like odd Minime, which the iconic Marshall can create a phone amplifier stack, case or a cuddly and it even uses toy that includes authentic Marshall a 3D rendering of parts including the your child’s face famous logo, fret (or anybody else’s cloth and brassface). Expect to finished faceplate see Minime kiosks with knobs that go in shopping malls Marshall fridge up to eleven, but later this year. inside it’s - yes! - a

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Poole Hospital

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Better together

Better together: ensuring high quality local care

The coming few months will see our three local hospitals in the public spotlight like never before. The proposed merger of The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (RBCH) and Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (PHFT) is set to pave the way for a new era in healthcare. The proposal - the first of its kind in the country - aims to draw together the best of all healthcare facilities provided at our hospitals, Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch, and meet the challenges that face the NHS in the future. Over the course of the next few months, we will publish a series of features. They will highlight how we will continue to meet the needs of the area’s population, provide the highest level of healthcare, and retain services locally and existing areas of good practice.

Why merge?

Providing first class, quality care locally and being able to invest in services in the future are of paramount importance to us. The proposed merger provides many benefits for patients and improved outcomes, through increased consultant-led care and receiving the right treatment at the right time. It will ensure we can continue to invest in local patient services. Combining the skills and strengths of both organisations, that are already providing excellent patient care, places the new Bournemouth and Poole NHS Foundation Trust (if the merger is approved) in the strongest position possible to meet the challenges that lie ahead. There are many examples of where we already work together as separate organisations but we have gone as far as we can. It would be very difficult to begin to realise further benefits, achieve sustainability or address the challenges without merger.

How will the merger affect me?

It is important to remember that outpatient and day case services will remain at all three hospitals, so the vast majority of patients will see no difference in the first class way services are provided. To ensure services can remain local, the new organisation will need to look at how some specialist services will be provided. This will be done together with GPs, clinicians, patients and the public, and any proposals will be fully consulted on. As well as ensuring the continued provision of local, first-class, quality care and investment in the future, there are many benefits to staff and patients which we will explore over the coming months in this feature. We firmly believe that merger is the right thing to do for our patients to ensure they continue to receive high quality care locally. Over the coming months you will hear from a range of staff from our hospitals. We hope you find the features useful and informative. Jane Stichbury Chairman The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Angela Schofield Chairman Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Next issue – June/July: Meet Robert Talbot, Medical Director of the proposed new Trust. If you have a question about your local hospitals, let us know. We will try to answer the most common ones over the coming months. You can email us at: or Find out more at: or Follow us on: Facebook/Poole, Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals

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T he Blashford Bulletin Things to look out for in the coming months at the Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve, Ibsley.

Pond Dippers at the Blashford Centre


very holiday we work with the Bridge’s and Pathways Children’s Centre, based in Ringwood and Fordingbridge, running wildlife discovery events for local families. On our last trip out together we ventured to the pond in search of the wonderful watery wildlife that lives there. It is always amazing how much life there is lurking in the murky depths of a pond. We caught a variety of invertebrates from tiny water fleas and wiggly midge larvae to the giant predators of the pond; the great diving beetles

Male Smooth Newt and dragonfly nymphs. The pond is also home to smooth and palmate newts and if you

sit quietly by the pond you will see the newts and beetles swimming up to the surface for air before diving back down again. Another frequent visitor, often seen basking on the edge of the pond behind the centre is the grass snake, they dip into the pond on the look out for their lunch; a nice juicy toad or newt. If you have never been pond dipping before, we would highly recommend it for any age; we run family pond dipping sessions and adults’ only sessions too!

mice and bank voles. Then as darkness falls we will head out for a night walk in search of the small mammals that took to the skies - bats! Bats use echolocation to find their way around in the dark; they make small clicks and then listen to their echoes to build up a picture of their surroundings. We use bat detectors which convert the high pitch clicks of the bats into something we can hear. The effect is quite amazing, allowing us to listen in to the secret world of the bats. On Saturday we will check the traps and head out on a short walk to look for tracks and signs of some of the larger mammals that live at Blashford. The Blashford Lakes Project is a partnership between Sembcorp Bournemouth Water, New Forest District Council and Wessex Water. The reserve is managed by Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, a charity that aims to protect lo-

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New Musical Director needed for The Allen Singers of Wimborne


he Allen Singers of Wimborne seek a new musical director. Due to the departure of our musical director, Johnathan Watkins, because of increased work commitments, The Allen Singers of Wimborne have an urgent requirement for a Musical Director. The choir is an amateur mixed-voice choir and has approximately 25 members and meets every Wednesday evening to give concerts or rehearsals on alternate weeks. The music that we currently sing is a varied mix of the old and new

which has great appeal to our audiences in the care homes, community centres and private retirement homes in the Wimborne and surrounding areas. Rehearsals take place at the United Reformed Church in Wimborne. We are looking for someone who loves music and can carry on the good traditions of this longstanding choir. Anyone who may be interested please contact Georgie Walston, Secretary, tel. 01425 476900 or email


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ot everybody finds it easy to visit their local library to pick up books and talking books. Many people cannot leave their home at all or only with great difficulty. The Home Library Service is for older, frail or disabled people. We can also help if you are recovering from an operation, caring for another person, or have difficulty with transport. Please contact your local library, or call Dorset Library Service on 01305 225000 if you are interested in this service or if you would like more

information. A member of staff at the library will arrange to visit you. They will talk with you about the kind of books you enjoy and how many you would like to receive at one time. You will then be introduced to a WRVS volunteer, who will deliver your books to your home and who will visit every 3 weeks on a set day, totally free of charge.All WRVS volunteers have an enhanced Criminal Record Bureau check (CRB). Interested? Just pick up the phone and get in touch!

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Meet in the Verwood Area on first Wednesday of the month. 7.15pm-9.30pm. Contact : Trevor Pogson, Chairman on 07825 093832 or Ann Hilton, Secretary on 01202 823212

Meetings are held once a month on the first Thursday of each month at 2.30pm at Colehill Methodist Church, Lonnen Road, Colehill Contact the organiser via the Parish Clerk on 01202 887786



Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every month (excluding August at Colehill Memorial Hall, Cannon Hill Road 7.30p.m. Contact the Secretary on 01202 883810

Forest School club for children 4-8 years of age at Edmondsham Forest School, between Verwood and Cranborne. Woodland walks, camp fires, nature crafts etc. Contact Kirsteen McCormick 01725 517807



Outdoor and indoor activities: braais, boat cruise, walks, barn dance, darts, South African dinners. Camaraderie! fun! Contact Phillipa 01202-740265


The Group meets for meditation & discussion at St Michael's Church Centre, Colehill on 2nd & 4th Thursdays each month 10.30 am to 12.30 pm. Contact the organiser via the Parish Clerk on 01202 887786


It meets at the Colehill Memorial Hall on Wednesday mornings between 9.45 and 11.45 am (term time only). Contact Shelagh Fuller (Secretary) 01202 842919


We meet at St Michael's Church, Lonnen Road, Colehill on Fridays at 7.00 pm to 8.00 pm. Contact Jenny Wright on 01425 473963.


This Club meets on the 3rd Monday of the Month at Colehill Memorial Hall, at 7.30 pm. Contact the Chair, Anne Clark, on 01202 575951.


Co.MaD meet to rehearse most weeks on Tuesday evenings at 8.30 in the Memorial Hall Contact 01202 887659


All abilities accepted, coaching can be provided for the novice or to improve your game. We have good facilities & a great social calendar. Contact Bob Hillbourne 01202 887913

Verwood & Three Legged Cross Branch The Branch holds regular social functions. Contact Mrs Denise Pugh 01202 824549


Meets in Memorial Hall, Colehill, every month to hear first-class speakers. Non-members welcome Contact Barbara 01202 882590 for dates and details.


The Hideaway, Moorlands Road, Verwood, BH31 7PD on 3rd Thursday of the month. Good Food & Bar. Gigs from 8-11pm. (Doors open from 7pm). No membership required. Contact Geoff 07798 721405


.Oddfellows is one of the oldest and friendliest societies in the world. For further details contact Flo Munro 01202 820965, Loyal Acorn Lodge. The Oddfellows - making friends, helping people.


This a choir of about 40 singers that meet regularly in St James' Church, Holt, and St Michael's and All Angels Church, Colehill. Contact the organiser via the Parish Clerk on 01202 887786


Welcomes retired and semi retired people to take part in our groups and classes of social and educational interest. Contact: Brian Hawkins on 01202 829924

VERWOOD & THREE-LEGGED CROSS TWINNING ASSOC. Meet on the 2nd Wednesday of the month from October to March from 7.30 to 10pm Contact: Terry Bright 01202 822959



Over 65 talks, functions, outings and special events held throughout the year in Verwood, West Moors and Ferndown. Contact Membership Secretary: Janet Matthews 01202 855001





Meet at the Village Hall. Mondays 8—10.30pm.. All levels, ages & sexes welcome. Contact Geoff Green 01202 825386

Meets 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm in Three Legged Cross Village Hall, between West Moors & Verwood. Contact Audrey Webb 01202 828572 We meet monthly, usually the last Wednesday in the month, at the Hub, Verwood at 7.30pm. Admission £5 for Non members. Secretary: Janetta Lakin 01202 822936


This club meets on Wednesday afternoons and play commences at 2.00pm. Contact – Enid Coates - 01202 827096


Girls aged 4-18 years meet at Wimborne Baptist Church every Monday during term time, from 6:00pm. New members always welcome. Contact: Jazz Adams on 07977246912


Meet at Three Legged Cross Village Hall Friday afternoons 2pm-5pm Friday evenings 7pm-9.30pm Contact: Peter Turnham 01202 823440


We meet on Monday evenings - 7.30-9.30 pm from September to April, at St Michael's Church Centre,Colehill. We also run workshops, competitions and illustrated talks. Contact Carol Wiles on 01202 510844 At the United Reformed Church, Verwood. 4th Monday in the Month at 10.30am. Singing meeting for people with memory problems. Aim is to give carer & cared for quality time together. FREE. Call Carolyn Polden on 01725 517272 for more details.


Traditional and contemporary folk dances from around the world. No partners needed. Meeting on 1st, 3rd and 5th Fridays of each month from 7:30 – 9:45 in Edmondsham Village Hall. Pay as you go. Contact Kirsteen McCormick on 01725 517807.


Based in the grounds of Cranborne Middle School in E Dorset. We shoot on Sunday mornings, Tuesday & Thursday evenings in the summer months also shoot indoors in the winter. For info.


Meets in Cranborne Village Hall on the 1st Tuesday of each month at The sessions will take place on Fridays monthly from 1 – 4pm at St 7.30pm. Visitors & new members welcome Michael’s Centre, Colehill, Wimborne. Free parking and disabled access. Contact Chris Bright 01725 517584 Contact Cilla Sparks on 07759 835728 or e-mail

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t’s that time of the year when we look forward to hot sunny days and warm balmy evenings. Well you can always dream can’t you! But seriously, lawn bowls is the perfect way to enjoy summertime and Cranborne is the perfect setting for it. If you are an experienced bowler or have never played before why not come along to one of our open days; Saturday 27th April and Sunday 5th May between 10am and 4pm. Cranborne is

known as the ‘friendly friendlies club’. We don’t play leagues but have sufficient friendlies to play one or two, sometimes three matches most weeks and you are almost certain of getting a game. There is no pressure; you can play as little or as often as you wish. You don’t have to live in Cranborne; many of our members come from the surrounding towns and villages. We’d love to meet you. Please contact Steve Clapton on 01202 826685 for further information.

Crichel Fine Arts Exhibition 2013


howcasing the works of nine artists living in the Vale of Allen the ever popular Crichel Fine Arts exhibition will once again be held in the attractive village of Witchampton. An eclectic mix of art will be on display including the textile art of Trisha Forshaw and Rosemary Jarvis, fine art paintings in a variety of media from Diana Henry, Sue Hammond, Jane Hall, David de

Mattos, Loraine Sherlock and Geoff Merrick and the ever popular illustrated cartoons from Simon Merrick Jones. Guest artist this year is Helen Godfrey with her wire sculptures. The exhibition in the village hall is open from May 25th to May 27th, 10 am – 5pm. Light refreshments available.

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Long ago in the Algarve, says the legend, a Nordic princess pined for her frozen homeland until her husband, the King of the Moors, planted thousands of almond trees. The snow-white blossom soon brought a smile to her lips and to this day almost every house in the Algarve looks out to an almond tree.

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n the lush rolling hills of the interior, the trees herald the first days of spring, flowering among vineyards, orange groves, fig and carob trees. Just a stone’s throw away from the coast, it’s a quiet land of orchards and meadows, meandering lanes and forests and red-roofed villages tucked in the greenery, their whitewashed houses topped by filigree chimney pots, in Moorish style, and rooftop terraces where laundry and fruit dry side by side. Goats wander across the road and sometimes a donkey and cart rattle along the cobbled streets. Up there, the cool wooded slopes of the Serra de Monchique are dotted with rivers and lakes, moors and dark forests where rosemary and oleander splash colour in the clearings. The fragrance of eucalyptus and pine follows you along the trails but you find swathes of chestnut and oak and ‘strawberry trees’ whose innocent-looking berries are eagerly collected to make the local firewater. It’s a paradise

for ramblers and birdwatchers hoping to spot goshawks and royal eagles. With a subtropical micro-climate, mountain and sea all in one, the Serra claims over 1000 species of plants but now and then a church bell chiming in the distance betrays the presence of an isolated village, perched on a terraced slope where vegetables and fruit compete for space. The road to the top winds past the spa resort of Caldas de Monchique, once the site of Roman baths and the place where King Joao II came to take the waters in search of a cure, in the late 15th century. Now the emphasis is on beauty and well being, pampering and relaxation. In a deep wooded glen, quaint buildings gather around a shaded square and you are welcome to stroll in the park, quench your thirst and best of all, make a wish at the Fountain of Youth. Beyond this charming watering place, you reach the rustic hill town of Monchique, once a prosperous weaving centre for wool and cloth, still famous

today for a wide range of craft, linen, wicker baskets, tree sculptures, wooden spoons, dried flowers and scissor chairs, invented, some say, by the Romans and so-named because of the way they fold up. All sorts of goods spill out on the pavements but step inside and you may find the shopkeeper quietly nursing her baby while grandma is shelling peas for the family’s supper. Then follow the lanes climbing up to the square and the whole town is at your feet, tumbling down the hillside among camellias, hydrangeas and fruit trees. The panorama is superb but anyone with a head for heights and twisty roads will also enjoy the drive up to Foia, just five miles away and the highest point at nearly 3,000 feet. Standing on the summit, battling with the wind, you feel like the knights of yore surveying the wild rolling lands of the Algarve, from the verdant slopes of the Serra to the coastal plain and the Atlantic glistening like silver on the horizon. by Solange Hando

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Viewed From My W indow A small selection of short stories written by Patricia Oliver from Horton near Wimborne, describing the ups and downs of caring for feral cats over the years with photos by J Santana-Martin.


Mr & Mrs Oscar

he many cats and kittens that appear at our window after dark were becoming cause for concern especially as we ended up with hefty Vet’s bills as well as mounting food bills. We arranged with the RSPCA that if we caught them they would pay for the neutering, so we set about catching all the cats that came for food at night and one by one we had them neutered. They were all very shy and panicked if we came near, but a catching cage was provided by the RSPCA which helped enormously. After a short time in our special cage all cats are given the opportunity to be free again or remain in the vicinity with food and shelter provided. Aware that there seemed to be a cat or cats living in our garage, we managed our first catch which was a cat we named Oscar. We had seen him around but he was unapproachable. One of our resident cats called Henry would often be seen doing a ‘dance’ with Oscar, as we called it, circling and threatening each other, but it had not yet come to blows. Oscar was not too difficult to catch as he loved his food, so after his operation we kept him in a greenhouse which had one end covered in chicken wire, so not sealed up completely, to see if we could befriend him. He was tolerant of us, but not really prepared to allow too much licence although he would wait expectantly for his food and just loved his biscuits. We waited about two weeks to see if we could get closer, but it was obvious this was not going to be an option, so we let him go. We then realized that Oscar had a companion as we found them together many times. They would be seen cuddled up together or walking together with their tails intertwined, it was so

lovely to see them. They certainly did not wish to be parted. We called his constant companion Sophie which soon became ‘Mrs Oscar’. Being female it was imperative to catch her and have her neutered as we did not want to have any more kittens to care for, but we realized we were too late for this season as we found three kittens living with Mrs Oscar in the garage. Once again we tried our best to tame this feral cat, but without success, she was not aggressive, just very timid and preferred we kept our distance. After a couple of weeks, and being sure her wound had healed, we let her go, but she remained close by and went back to the garage. If we saw her on the patio enjoying the food, she would make a hasty retreat and it would be sometime before she would stay close when she saw us, but gradually over time and with the encouragement of Mr Oscar she became less timid and only retreated to a few feet away. Mr & Mrs Oscar seemed very content and did not go far, although they did enjoy a walk around the patio tails intertwined, asleep in the vegetable garden, or making a nest for themselves in the long grass, but they rarely bothered to hunt. The full story and many more are in the book “Viewed From My Window” by Patricia Oliver price £10 + £1.75 p&p. For more details, contact Patricia on 01202 826244. All proceeds go towards the Veterinary and Welfare needs of the 16 feral cats currently in her care.



All About Brows - How To Pluck Like A Professional

You might be surprised to read that there is a quick, simple and easy way to look years younger and all you’ll need is a pair of tweezers. Well-groomed eyebrows are essential for creating a youthful look, but it’s easy to forget them. Many women spend a great deal of time - and money - on trying to improve their skin, hiding lines and wrinkles and emphasising their best features, without giving their brows a second thought. Eyebrows serve as a frame for your eyes and by creating the right shape you can instantly lift your face, draw attention to your eyes and look altogether more beautiful. It is crucial to do it correctly however, because the wrong shape, size or even colour eyebrows can have a dramatically different effect and leave you looking permanently surprised, confused or angry. It’s important to think before you pluck so here’s our guide to making sure you have beautiful brows:

Work With What You Have The key is to work with your natural brow shape - whatever that may be. Some people are lucky enough to have brows that naturally sweep up to an arch, whereas others are born with much straighter eyebrows and need to do a little more work to create the desired look.

Trimming You might not think it, but eyebrow hair is often quite long.

A little trimming is essential for allowing the hair to lie nicely and fall into shape easily. Remove any hair that grows beyond your upper brow line - do this by brushing your eyebrows up - with a brow brush - and snipping off the long ends. Next, brush the hair downwards in the opposite direction and cut the hairs that extend past the lower brow line. To finish, brush the hair into place. Your eyebrows should already be looking much better.

Time To Tweeze

Tweezing can be a little painful at first, so it’s a good idea to open up your pores before you start by holding a warm facecloth over your brows. Ensure that you’re working in good natural light and determine where to begin. It’s good to start by holding a pencil vertically against the side of your nose and observe where it meets the brow - this gives a guide to where your eyebrows should begin. Pluck any hair away that grows before this point. Take a few hairs at a time and do the same on your other brow. Looking straight ahead, hold the pencil against your nostril and move it diagonally across the outer half of the iris of your eye - the point at which the pencil is lying is where the arch of your brow should

peak. To create the best shape for your brow, gradually tweeze a line that tapers when you reach the peak of your arch. Again, take a little at a time from each brow and keep them both looking even. To finish the shape, place your pencil back against your nostril and this time extend it diagonally to the outer corner of your eye. This is where your brow should be at its thinnest. Pluck from the arch to this point, tapering the line gradually, so that it is at its thinnest at the far corner. Don’t be tempted to pluck away too much hair - remember that the fuller your brows are, the more youthful you’ll look. Work slowly and steadily, tweezing one hair at a time and be sure to keep standing back from the mirror to check how the shape is progressing.

Define Your New Shape When you’re finished you can enhance your new shape by applying a little colour to make your eyebrows really stand out. If your hair is fair, choose either a brow powder or pencil that’s a shade lighter than your hair colour. For dark hair, choose one that’s a shade darker. Gently sweep the product over the brow hair and set using a clear eyebrow gel.. by Helen Taylor

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See P.30 for contact details of many Local Entertainment Centres "The Games We Used To Play" at the Priest's House The Priest's House Museum, 23-27 10am -4.30pm Museum. Early season exhibition taking a nostalgic High Street, Wimborne, Dorset. BH21 1 - 30 Apr look back at childhood. 1HR. 01202 882533 Buster Bunny’s Big Easter Activities. Easter craft The Priest's House Museum, 23-27 10am -4.30pm activities. Fun for all the family. High Street, Wimborne, Dorset. BH21 1 - 18 Apr Adult £3.50, Conc £2.50, Child £1, Family (2+3) £8.50 1HR. 01202 882533 Verwood Historical Society present a talk entitled "MUTINY, MAYHEM & MURDER" an illustrated talk St. Michael's Parish Centre, off Manor Tue 16 Apr 7.30pm by Mrs. SHIRLEY CRITCHLEY on the search for HMS Road, Verwood. Trevor Gilbert 01202 824175 "WAGER" LOST 1741. FREE for members. Charge for Non-Members. Edmondsham House - Open Garden for NGS. Adults Edmondsham House, Wimborne Dor17, 24 Apr 2pm - 5pm set BH21 5RE. 01725 517207 £2.50, Children £0.50. Kingston Lacy House, Wimborne, Wed 17 Apr 11.15am - 1pm From plot to vase Dorset. BH21 4EA. 01202 883402 Musical: ‘My wife and The King’ by local musician Wed 17 Apr 7.45pm The Hub, Verwood* and songwriter Sam Stuckey. Directed by Pat Richardson £12 ; Seniors £10 Forest Forge Theatre Company present: The Boy at Lighthouse, Poole, BH15 1UG, 17, 18 Apr 8pm the Edge of the Room, A fairytale for adults full of boyatedge song, movement and puppetry. Verwood Trad Jazz Club presents - John Maddocks The Hideaway, 17 Moorlands Road, Thu 18 Apr 8pm - 11pm Jazzmen. Tickets on door from 7pm. Meals available Verwood BH31 7PD. Geoff 01202 822038 in the restaurant or Jazz room. Sparkle and Shine Monthly Afternoon Tea Dance Fri 19 Apr 2-4pm The Hub, Verwood* £4.50 (incl tea/coffee Forest Forge Theatre Company present: The Boy at Cranborne Village Hall, BH21 5Q8, Fri 19 Apr 7.30pm the Edge of the Room, A fairytale for adults full of boyatedge song, movement and puppetry. 20 Apr - 2nd Walford Mill Crafts Wimborne Mapping the Way Jun Free Entry Kingston Lacy House, Wimborne, Sat 20 Apr 9am - 12noon Car Boot Sale (booking essential 01202 843008) Dorset. BH21 4EA. 01202 883402 Bournemouth Rat Pack 9 piece band with vocals to Sat 20 Apr 7.30pm The Hub, Verwood* swing, jump, jive & pop to. £10 (Adv),£12 (door) Sat 20 Apr 8pm Tivoli Theatre*, Wimborne Deborah Bonham £12.50 The Hub, Verwood*. Tickets from Verwood Organ & Keyboard Society presents Wed 24 Apr 7.30pm Janette 01202 822936 or Andrew Varley. Visitors £5, Members £3. Peter 01202 814976 Kingston Lacy House, Wimborne, Thu 25 Apr 11.30am - 12.45pm Meet the House Conservation Team Dorset. BH21 4EA. 01202 883402 Tivoli Theatre*, Wimborne, Thu 25 April 7.30pm Jim Davidson - You Must be Joking! Adults Only - £20 Ladies’ Well Being Evening NM £3.50; M £3 ( incl Fri 26 Apr 7.30pm The Hub, Verwood* complimentary glass of bubbly on arrival) Traps, Tracks and Signs. Find out more about the To book please contact Michelle on mammals of Blashford Lakes. Friday evening will 472760 or Blashford- 9.15pm & include setting and putting out small mammal traps 01425 26, 27 Apr 7.30am Meet at the Blashand the opportunity to use a bat detector. On Satur9.45am - 11.30am day we will check the traps and head out on a short ford Lakes Education Centre, Ellingham Drove, BH24 3PJ walk to look for tracks and signs. Suggested donation £6 per person. Tabletop and Craft Sale - A good mix of handcrafted Verwood Memorial Hall, Ringwood items and bric a brac - something different every Sat 27 Apr 9am - 12noon Road, Verwood, BH31 7AA. Chris month for everyone to enjoy. We also make a good Mudge 07972727536 cup of coffee! Tables £ 7.00 Book please in advance 'Verwood Concert Brass' Spring Concert. Sat 27 Apr 7.30pm The Hub, Verwood* Adult £8, U12 £4 Queen Elizabeth School, Wimborne, Dorset Bike Ride in support of the British Heart Sun 28 Apr 8am - 10am Dorset, BH1 4DT. 0845 130 8663. Foundation. Choice of 25, 50, 66 and 100 mile circular routes . Sun 28 April 3pm Tivoli Theatre*, Wimborne Honor Blackman as Herself & 2Kingston Lacy House, Wimborne, Wed 1 May 12noon-1pm Meet the House and Collections Manager 3pm Dorset. BH21 4EA. 01202 883402 "The Games We Used To Play" at the Priest's House The Priest's House Museum, 23-27 Museum. Early season exhibition at the award1 - 31 May 10am -4.30pm High Street, Wimborne, Dorset. BH21 winning Priest's House Museum taking a nostalgic 1HR. 01202 882533 look back at childhood. Kingston Lacy Courtyard Restaurant. East Dorset NT Association Thu 2 May 10am Kingston Lacy, Wimborne, Dorset. Informal coffee morning BH21 4EA. 01202 855001 Fri 3 May 7.30pm The Hub, Verwood* Comedy Café £11.50 incl a plate of food Dawn Chorus Walk. Enjoy an early morning stroll Moors Valley Country Park and Forand listen to the Dawn Chorus. Please bring binocu- est, Horton Road, Ashley Heath, Nr Sat 5 May 4.30am - 7am lars if you have them. A light breakfast of hot drinks Ringwood, Dorset, BH24 2ET. 01425 and pastries will be served at the end. Adults and 470721. Booking essential. £5/person accompanied children 12 years and over.

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he Ancient Technology Centre is poised to make its mark on the landscape later this year when it unveils its latest reconstructions…at Old Sarum and Stonehenge! The ATC was awarded a contract earlier this year by English Heritage to reconstruct three Neolithic structures based on the archaeological evidence from the Durrington Walls excavations near Stonehenge in Wiltshire. Currently, the prototype reconstructions are underway at a site near Old Sarum, and the final constructions will be permanently on display at the new Stonehenge Visitors Centre in early 2014. The work is being carried out by ATC staff and English Heritage volunteers, many of whom have been involved from the very beginning - coppicing and gathering materials from Garston Woods in Sixpenny Handley and additional timber from the Cranborne Estate, using traditional Stone Age flint axes and adzes. You can keep up to date with this project via the blog on our website: . Additionally, the ATC has been extremely busy this Winter working with a record number of schools in Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole, providing exciting days in the woods, on site and also as outreach programmes to schools, where we have worked with the schoolchildren to construct and thatch Iron Age roundhouses at their schools – no easy task in the bitter temperatures and wintry showers! One school also included a full-on Iron Age camp with exciting hands-on activities ranging from Iron Age food to making fire and working hot metal. As this article goes to print, a similar programme is underway at a school in Dorchester – this time it’s a Stone Age camp complete with an epic stone drag of a 1-tonne monolith, creating a ditch and bank, cave painting and a ceremony with music and dance to be performed by the children to welcome the stone to its new home. You can explore more about the Stone Age at our Stone Age Open Weekend on the 13th and 14th of April, with lots of hands-on Stone Monolith moving

Age activities and living history throughout the weekend. Our new season of Storytelling and Music begins on the 4th of May and will feature internationally artists and a range of themes to keep everyone entertained. OPEN DAYS: STONE AGE WEEKEND April 13th and 14th. 10am – 4 pm VIKINGS GALORE! OPEN WEEKEND July 27th and 28th 10am – 4 pm ROMAN WEEKEND September 21st and 22nd 10am – 4pm

ANCIENT HARVEST & APPLE DAY Oct 12th 10am – 4 pm ANCIENT WINTER DAY Dec 7th,10am – 4 pm STORYTELLINGS AND MUSICAL EVENTS May 4th – Storytelling May 25th –Music and Storytelling July 13th – Storytelling STING IN THE TALE FESTIVAL OF STORYTELLING (17-29th August 2013) ATC will host 3 events for the SITT Festival 2013 August 17th – Storytelling and Sting in the Tale Festival Launch August 21st. – Storytelling and Craft Day 10am to 4pm with The New Forest Storytellers August 27th - Storytelling and performance art October 19th – Storytelling November 9th – Music Concert November 23rd – Storytelling December 20th, 21st, 22nd - Bear Feast Check our website for more details of all these events: Ancient Technology Centre, Damerham Road, Cranborne, Dorset BH21 5RP. 01725 517618

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See P. 30 for contact details of many Local Entertainment Centres Kingston Lacy House, Wimborne, Meet the House Steward Dorset. BH21 4EA. 01202 883402 Cancer Research Race for Life Kingston Lacy House, Wimborne 01202 883402 The Allendale Community Centre, Wimborne Horticultural Society . A talk on ’Iris Hanham Road, Wimborne Minster, through the year’ by Mr Russell. Plants for sale. Dorset, BH21 1AS Connoisseur Art Tours. Booking essential. Kingston Lacy House, Wimborne, 01202 883402 (line 8) Dorset. BH21 4EA. FILM: Les Miserables (12a) Adult £4; U16 £2 The Hub, Verwood* Verwood Trad Jazz Club presents - Jeremy Huggett’s The Hideaway, 17 Moorlands Road, Harlem 5. Tickets on door from 7pm. Meals available Verwood BH31 7PD. in the restaurant or Jazz room. Geoff 01202 822038 Kingston Lacy House, Wimborne, Car Boot Sales. Booking essential BH21 4EA.Book on 01202 843008 Ringwood’s International Festival of Street Perform- Various venues around Ringwood ance Art with Music, Song, Dance, Street Theatre, town. Jugglers, Story Tellers. Magicians, Fire Eaters, Supported by The Rotary Club of Sword Swallowers and the like. Ringwood. Bats About G & S, Tivoli Theatre*, Wimborne £12.50 Adult - £10 Over 60'S - £5 Under 16'S Verwood Historical Society present an illustrated talk St. Michael's Parish Centre, off Manor "LEPE COUNTRY PARK" by SARAH WAREHAM and Road, Verwood. Trevor Gilbert 01202 LESLEY KEYS on the geology, history and wildlife of 824175 FREE for members.Charge for this coastal strip of the New Forest. Non-Members. Crichel Fine Arts exhibition, showcasing the works Witchampton Village Hall, Witchampof nine artists living in the Vale of Allen. ton. Dorset. Loraine Sherlock Light Refreshments available. 01258 840303 Craft & Garden Fair in the park. Craft Carnival 01202 Kingston Lacy House, Wimborne, 842407 or Dorset. BH21 4EA. 01202 883402. Butterflies and Moths: FREE family event, small Moors Valley Country Park and Forcharge for facepainting and quiz trail. est, Horton Road, Ashley Heath, Nr All ages, children must be accompanied Ringwood, BH24 2ET. 01425 470721 Kingston Lacy House, Wimborne, Bike treasure hunt. Booking Essential. BH21 4EA. 01202 883402 (line 8) Run River Run. Bring your wellies for a splash in the To book please contact Michelle on Dockens Water river and discover the fish and other 01425 472760 or Blashfordwildlife that lives there. We’ll supply the nets and Meet at the Blashexpertise for fantastic family freshwater fun! Sugford Lakes Education Centre, Ellinggested donation £3 per person. Booking Essential. ham Drove, BH24 3PJ Kingston Lacy House, Wimborne, Above & Below Stairs Dorset. BH21 4EA. 01202 883402 Moors Valley Country Park and ForChildren’s Photography Walk: 8 to 12 years. est, Horton Road, Ashley Heath, Nr £4.50/child Ringwood, BH24 2ET. 01425 470721

DJ School for 11-15 years £5. DJ Del Storey shows the basics of mixing & playing music to a crowd. Practical gardening with Neil Lucas at Knoll Gardens - ‘Gardening with Gravel’ featuring Knoll’s new gravel garden. Spend some time in the garden with Knoll’s owner.Limited places.Booking advisable. £15

The Hub, Verwood*. Tickets from Janette 01202 822936 or Peter 01202 814976 Kingston Lacy House, Wimborne 01202 883402 Kingston Lacy House, Wimborne 01202 883402

The Hub, Verwood* Only 10 places.

Knoll Gardens, Wimborne Dorset BH21 7ND. Book online at or ring 01202 873931 Walford Mill Crafts Wimborne Dorset Art Fair—Free Entry Tabletop and Craft Sale - A good mix of handcrafted Verwood Memorial Hall, Ringwood items and bric a brac - There's something different Road, Verwood, BH31 7AA. Tables £ every month for everyone to enjoy. We also make a 7.00 Booked please in advance good cup of coffee! Chris Mudge 07972727536 Kingston Lacy Courtyard Restaurant. East Dorset NT Association Kingston Lacy, Wimborne, Dorset. Informal coffee morning BH21 4EA. 01202 855001 Walford Mill Crafts Wimborne Don't Look Back! I Told You So. -Free Entry The Allendale Community Centre, Wimborne Horticultural Society. A talk on ’Seven Hanham Road, Wimborne Minster, Scilly Days’ by Roger Grier Dorset, BH21 1AS Kingston Lacy House, Wimborne, Connoisseur Art Tours. Booking essential. BH21 4EA. 01202 883402 (line 8) To book please contact Michelle on Catch the Bug! A family wildlife discovery event – explore the meadow with a sweep net to find brilliant 01425 472760 or Blashfordbugs, crazy crickets, dazzling damselflies and great Meet at the grasshoppers! Suggested donation £3 per person. Blashford Lakes Education Centre, Ellingham Drove, BH24 3PJ Booking Essential.

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How to Holiday for Less in 2013


s winter draws to a close, conversations about where to go for summer holidays are on the increase and the difference between what we can afford and what we would ideally like often represents something of a discrepancy. However, there are steps which can be taken to bridge the gap and help us afford a summer holiday which may otherwise be financially out of reach. Book Early or Book Late As far as saving money is concerned, there are two choices on the table and they are booking either late or early. Whether you book far ahead using low-cost airlines and advance bookings for accommodation or snag a last-minute bargain from a package holiday company, either of these approaches can work wonders for your budget. The key is to decide which suits you best and to plan your holiday around that. Indecisiveness will cost you money, so take the time to make a clean decision on your strategy. Advance accommodation bookings websites such as holidaylettings. are fantastic and when

booking flights, try skyscanner. net or to track down the cheapest ones. If you’re flexible about both when and where to go and are just looking to find a great deal, then companies such as, and all offer fantastic higher-end packages for less money when you book at the last minute. Plan Your Budget While it’s a nice idea to lounge around in the luxury of a five-star hotel, your accommodation is really only a place to sleep and store your luggage. This is a good example of how stripping some aspects down to the bare necessities can save you money. Do some research into the restaurants and other holiday expenditures in the area you’re visiting to track down ways to eat, sleep, drink and sightsee for less money rather than just turning up and paying for what you find. You really will save a fortune. Travel Light Airlines these days charge a great deal for excess baggage. This is especially true for the low-cost airlines and this represents another area where some advance planning can save you cash. Take some

time to put together a packing list which will make the most efficient and effective use of space so you don’t have to take any extra or unnecessary items that will bump up your budget. Be Prepared to Travel Out Of Season While summer may be a mere figment of our imagination here in the UK, other countries do see sunny weather in May and June as well as into September and October. July and August are peak seasons for UK holidaymakers so if you’re not bound by school holidays, travel either earlier or later in the year to avoid peak season and its associated costs. Consider a House Exchange A house exchange is a great way to get some decent accommodation at a very minimal cost. This is especially true if you have a family as exchanging a nice home in the UK can go a long way when travelling to countries where things are a bit more affordable. Websites such as are trusted, reputable and have been running for a great deal of time.

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Lighting can be used to emphasise good points or disguise problem areas, to highlight colour, texture and form, and to divide, unify or open up a space. In short, lighting can make or break a room, says Katherine Sorrell


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f you’ve ever felt that a room is boring, bland and lifeless, the chances are that it’s not your furnishings that are to blame, but your lighting. Poor lighting flattens and dulls, while clever lighting can give va-va-voom to the simplest of decorative schemes. Lighting isn’t just a practical thing, it’s psychological, too, reinforcing our sense of security, comforting us, and sending out signals of welcome, vitality and warmth. Because of this, it’s worth ensuring that any lighting scheme is truly flexible, adapting at the touch of a switch to your mood, the time of day, and the way in which you use each room. If possible, you should design your lighting scheme at the earliest stages, when planning how you will use the room and where the furniture will be grouped. Once you have worked out how you will live in the space, you can ask yourself where you will want light, how much you will require at what times, and what effects you wish to create. ‘When lighting any room it’s essential to design a scheme so that light comes from more than one source or direction,’ says Sally Storey, design director of John Cullen Lighting. ‘You can layer lighting effects in the same way that an interior designer layers fabrics and textiles.’ Professionals divide light into four main types: general light, which gives good overall lighting; task light, to brightly illuminate a specific area such as a worktop or reading corner; accent lighting, which highlights features such as pictures, shelving or architectural detailing; and atmosphere lighting, which sets the mood, from a dramatic mix of light and shade to mellow pools of light in different areas of the room. Most rooms require three or four of these

Left: To add extra dimensions to your lighting simply plug in table and floor lamps in strategic locations. Above: Use an adjustable lamp at a desk or beside a sofa to provide task lighting for working or reading.

types, provided by a combination of downlights or spotlights on the ceiling, track lights, floorlevel or wall-mounted uplighters, wall washers, floor or table lamps, and special shelf or display lighting. Of course, we can’t all start from scratch when redesigning our lighting, so if you’re looking for a quick upgrade on a budget, you could just spend a few pounds replacing main light switches with dimmers, and plug in a selection of table or floor lamps at strategic points, enabling you to layer the lighting and emphasise special features. With these fundamentals in mind, forward planning and creative thinking are the keys to designing a lighting scheme. Think of it as painting with light, creating washes and filling in with highlights and lowlights. Each room is your blank canvas, but with imagination and a little effort it can become a work of art.

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Lighting Room By Room Living rooms Ideally, install a range of

lighting options, from bright reading lights to softer lights for relaxing and entertaining. You could also highlight shelving, pictures or a coffee table.

Dining rooms A pendant hung over a dining table creates an intimate atmosphere. Fix wall lights at a lower level – more appropriate when sitting. Kitchens Adjustable spotlights, on tracks or

in the ceiling, are practical for general light, with lights mounted beneath wall cabinets to illuminate worksurfaces.

Bathrooms Combine crisp, bright lights,

in the form of ceiling downlighters, for an energetic feeling, with softer lights, such as wall washers, for a relaxing bath.

A chandelier over a dining table provides mellow pools of light. The feature wall has been illuminated by hidden washers.

Bedrooms require subtle, flattering lighting, although a good light for mirrors is essential. For bedside reading, wall-mounted lights free up space on a bedside table. by Katherine Sorrell



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Doctors’ Numbers The Verwood Surgery, 15 Station Road

01202 825353

The Cranborne Practice 01202 822825 (Verwood) Lake Road/Newtown Road

Fire Stations

EMERGENCIES ONLY: Dial 999 Cranborne Fire Station 01725 517200: Non emergencies

The Cranborne Practice (Cranborne)

01725 517272

Verwood Fire Station 01202 823082: Non emergencies

Three Legged Cross Surgery 67/71 Church Road, Three Legged Cross

0844 5769435

Wimborne Fire Station 01202 882633: Non emergencies

Dorset Emergency Care


Police Stations

EMERGENCIES - 999 and ask for ‘police’

The Old Dispensary Medical Practice 01202 880786 32 East Borough, Wimborne BH21 1PL

Verwood Police Station Non emergencies - 01202 222222

The Quarter Jack Surgery 01202 843626 Rodways Corner, Wimborne BH21 1AP

Wimborne Police Station Non emergencies - 01202 882345 or 101

Walford Mill Medical Practice 01202 886999 Knobcrook Road, Wimborne BH21 1NL

Dentists’ Numbers Forest Lodge Dentist Surgery Vicarage Road, Verwood

01202 827272

Thomasson Dental Surgery 35 Ringwood Road, Verwood

01202 824177

Lakes Dental Practice 131 Newtown Road, Verwood

01202 823345

Fordingbridge Dental Highfield House, Bartons Rd,

01425 652331

Dorset Dental Helpline

01202 854443

Emergency care (after hrs)

0845 7010401

Wimborne Dental Health Practice 01202 887700 30 East Street, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 1DU Mouth Peace Dental Practice 01202 888000 1 Corn Market, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 1JL Dr N D Greenway 01202 888303 Knobcrook Road Wimborne Dorset BH21 1NL ADP Dental Practice 01202 881338 Jessop House, 28 Mill Lane, Town Centre, Wimborne Minster BH21 1JQ


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Verwood Concert Brass Band Hall, Moorlands Rd Mike Daymond 01202 822549 Monday: 10am - 3.30pm Wednesday: 10am - 3.30pm EDV-03/13


VERWOOD RECYCLING 01202 828083 Somerley, Verwood Road, Ringwood 1 April - 30 Sept: 8am - 7pm 1 Oct - 28 Feb: 8am - 4pm 1 March - 31 March: 8am - 5pm WIMBORNE RECYCLING 01202 881316 Brook Road, Wimborne, BH21 2BH 1 Apr-31 Oct 9am-6pm. 1 Nov-31 Mar 9am-5pm. Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Year’s Day

School Terms & Holidays

Please Note: School term and holiday dates are usually set over 14 months in advance of the academic year. They are based on a school year of 195 days although individual schools can use 5 of these days for staff training. Parents should contact the individual school to find out when their training days will be. All dates taken from and for Dorset and Hampshire dates that are in white are where days differ for Hampshire. Term/holiday Easter Holidays: 29 March - 12 April 13 Summer Term: 15 April - 24 (23) July 13 Half Term: 27 May - 31 May 13 Summer Holidays: 25(24) July - 30 Aug 13 (2 Sept 13) Autumn Term: 2 (3) Sept - 20 Dec 13 Half Term: 28 Oct - 1 Nov 13 Christmas Holidays: 23 Dec 13 - 3 Jan 14 Spring Term: 6 Jan - 4 April 14 Half Term: 17 Feb - 21 Feb 14 UK holidays Easter: 29 March - 1 April 13 May Day: 6 May 13 Spring Bank Holiday: 27 May 13 Summer Bank Holiday: 26 Aug 13 Christmas: 25 & 26 Dec 13 New Year: 1 Jan 14 More useful information overleaf


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Verwood Police Station Wimborne Police Station Crimestoppers Verwood & 3 Legged Cross Neighbourhood Watch

Utilities / Emergencies

01202 222 222 01202 882 345 0800 55 51 11 01202 82 14 14

Local Councils & Agencies

Electricity - Emergency -SSE Emergency Gas - Emergency BT Faultline Water- Brmth & West Hants

0800 36 59 00 08000 72 72 82 0800 11 19 99 0800 80 01 51 01202 590059

East Dorset District Council Dorset County Council Verwood Town Council Wimborne Town Council Colehill Parish Council Environment Agency Floodline(warnings & Advice)

01202 88 62 01 01305 22 10 00 01202 82 08 80 01202 88 16 55 01202 88 77 86 0800 80 70 60 0845 988 11 88

Sewerage – Southern (& water)- Wessex National Emergency

0845 2720845 0845 600 3600 08702 41 46 80

Citizens Advice Bureau Visitor Information—Wimborne

01202 88 47 38 01202 88 61 16

Bournemouth A&E NHS Direct Bournemouth Hospital Poole Hospital Salisbury Hospital

01202 70 41 67 0845 46 47 01202 30 36 26 01202 66 55 11 01722 33 62 62

Train Times / Enquiries National Express Coaches Bournemouth Airport Traveline (Bus, Coach, Ferry & Rail) AA (Automobile Association)

Southampton Hospital

023 8077 72 22 01202 85 64 10

RAC (Royal Automobile Club)

0800 82 82 82

Wimborne Hospital

Wilts & Dorset Bus Enquiries

08457 09 08 99

Samaritans Drinkline Careline (Counselling) Carers Line National Debtline RSPCA -Ashley Heath Al-anon (10am-10pm) year round Relate-Dorset & South Wilts

0845 790 0800 917 0208 514 0808 808 0808 808 0870 010 0207 403 01305 26



Travel 0845 748 49 50 0870 580 80 80 01202 36 40 00 0870 608 26 08 0800 88 77 66

Helplines 90 90 82 82 11 77 77 77 40 00 18 49 0888 22 85

Childline NSPCC National Drugs Helpline Age Concern Seniorline Community Legal Advice Direct Alcoholics Anonymous, 24 hours:

0800 0808 0800 0800 0808 0845 0845

Post Offices


Verwood Library

Wimborne Library

VERWOOD 01202 829712 11 Manor Road, Verwood, BH31 6DS. Mon,Tues, Thurs & Fri 9 - 5.30, Wed: 9 -1, Sat 9 - 12.30 WIMBORNE 0845 722 3344 7 High St, Wimborne Dorset, BH21 1HR Mon – Fri 9am – 5.30pm. Sat 9am – 12.30pm COLEHILL 01202 889727 1, Smugglers Lane, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 2RX Mon – Fri 9am – 5.30pm. Sat 9am – 12.30pm CRANBORNE 01725 517221 3 Wimborne Street, Cranborne, Dorset, BH21 5PP Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri 9am – 5.30pm Wed, Sat 9am – 12.30pm. Lunch 1pm – 2pm FURZEHILL 01202 883022 1 Smugglers Lane, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 4HB Mon – Fri 9am – 5.30pm. Sat 9am – 12.30pm THREE LEGGED CROSS 01202 822002 Verwood Road, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 6RJ Mon – Fri 9am – 5.30pm. Sat 9am – 12.30pm WIMBORNE ST GILES 01202 517228 Wimborne St Giles, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 5LX Mon – Fri 9am – 1pm HAYES 01202 880944 11 Wimborne Rd, West Wimborne, BH21 2DG Mon – Fri 9am – 5.30pm. Sat 9am – 1pm VERWOOD 01202 822972 1, Manor Road, Verwood, BH31 6DS Opening times: Mon, Tues, Thurs 10 - 1, 2 - 5. Wednesday CLOSED. Fri 10 - 1, 2 - 7. Sat 9 - 1.

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Lloyds Pharmacy, VERWOOD 01202 822364 23 Station Road, Verwood. Mon - Fri: 9-6:30, Sat: 9-1, Sun: Closed Boots, CASTLEPOINT 01202 549971/548139 Castlepoint,Bournemouth. Mon - Fri: 9-8, Sat: 9-7, Sun: 10:30-4:30 Boots, FERNDOWN 01202 871841 Tricketts Cross, Ferndown Mon - Fri: 9-7, Sat: 8:30-1, 2-5:30, Sun 10-4 Boots, WIMBORNE 01202 848226 Rodways Corner, Wimborne, BH21 1AP Mon – Fri 8am – 7pm, Sat 8am – 5.30pm Bretts Pharmacy, ASHLEY HEATH 01425 470982 High Street, Ashley Heath. Mon - Fri: 9-5:30, Sat: 9-1 Morrisons (in Store),VERWOOD 01202 826555 Chiltern Drive, Verwood Mon - Fri: 9-1, 2-8, Sat: 9-1, 2-6, Sun: 10-1 Verwood Pharmacy, VERWOOD 01202 828499 3, Station Road, Verwood. Mon - Fri: 9-5 Colehill Pharmacy, COLEHILL 01202 888001 42 Middlehill Rd, Wimborne BH21 2SE Mon – Fri 9am – 6pm. Sat 9am – 5.30pm (Shut 1-2.15pm) Walford Mill Pharmacy WIMBORNE 01202 840048 Knobcrook Rd, Wimborne BH21 1NL Mon – Fri 9am – 6.30pm (Closed 1pm – 2pm) WIMBORNE 01202 882770 Crown Mead, rear of 55-57 High Street, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 1HH Opening times: Mon10am – 6.30pm. Thur 9.30am – 6pm. Tues 9.30am – 1pm Fri 9.30am – 5pm. Wed Closed. Sat 9.30am - 4pm







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Parkinson’s trek

arkinsons is an incurable, progressive, fluctuating neurological condition that affects all movement, balance and coordination and 1 in 500 of the population suffer from it. It touches 1 in 7 people as it affects the partner, family and friends of the person with Parkinsons as their mobility and ability to function normally decreases. Parkinsons UK is a charity, solely funded by voluntary donations, legacies and sponsorship and we are committed, not only to finding a cure for Parkinsons, supporting everyone touched by the condition and campaigning for better services but, also to try and raise awareness of this very debilitating condition. Christine Orange is the Information and Support Worker for Parkinsons UK and covers Bournemouth, Christchurch, East Dorset and the Channel Islands areas. Her job is to help and support people in their own homes with benefit applications, emotional support, up to date information and help to access various services. If you know of anyone who you could benefit from such help, please contact Christine on 0844 225 9826, or on

Graham Histed

Carpenter/Builder 33 years experience ALL WORK UNDERTAKEN FREE ESTIMATES/ADVICE Home: 01202 821388

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Along with Pavillion Dance and Dance South West, Parkinson’s UK is holding an Information Day in Bournemouth Pavillion to celebrate World Parkinsons Day on April 11th. It will run from 10.00am until 5.00pm, with stalls and information tables available all day, so if you would like to know more about Parkinsons and also how dance and singing can help manage the condition please do go along. In November Parkinsons UK are organizing a Trek in Nepal to help raise funds for research. The aim is to raise £60,000 by sponsoring a group of volunteers to walk up and then down, part of the Annapurna Massif for 8 days in Nepal. Christine has decided to do the trek, so if you would like to sponsor her or make a donation please go to ChristineOrange. Parkinsons can happen to anyone. It is not just an ‘older persons’ condition but it can happen to anyone at any age. They have made big steps forward in the treatment and management of the condition and hope that a cure is just around the corner, but they need help with funding for research and helping people who are touched by it.

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Local Business Directory Your quick guide to everyone and everything local in your Magazine …

Accountancy Services Payroll Perfection 19 Advertising Roundabout Mags 13,27 Aerials & Telecoms Cranborne Aerials 1,15 Bathrooms/Bedrooms/ Kitchens Dunkley Tiles 25 Beauty, Health & Fitness Josie Young-Massage 19 Local Dorset Hospitals 11 Building Services / Home Improvements DM Fitting Services 1,2 Dunning A Jiffy 7 Graham Histed 29 Handy Hands 15

Central Heating & Plumbing RJC Domestic Plumbing 7,29 Children's Education & Care (inc. Schools & Nurseries) Edmondsham Forest School 29 Verwood Day Nursery 2 Chimney Sweep Oliver Chimney Sweep 1,15 Chiropody Teresa Dimond Chiropodist 29 Garden Services & Supplies Herb'll Fix It 7 Health & Fitness see Beauty, Health & Fitness Painting & Decorating Adrian White Painting & Decorating


Plumbing see Central Heating & Plumbing Restaurants/Takeaways/Pubs The Drovers Inn 2 Soft Furnishings Blindwise 5 Supermarket Waitrose - Wimborne Branch 13 Surveyors Philip Moses Chartered Surveyors 32 Taxis Turnaround Private Hire 29 Windows, Conservatories & Repairs AM PM Glazing 5 Dorset Windows 32


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Pennys Walk, FERNDOWN 01202 894858 19 – 27 West Borough, WIMBORNE 01202 885566 Canford School, Canford Magna WIMBORNE 01202 847525 Kingland Road, POOLE 08700 668701 High Street, CHRISTCHURCH 01202 499199 Salisbury 0871 2244007 BOURNEMOUTH 0871 2244007 TOWER PARK, POOLE 0870 0102030 Commercial Road, SOUTHAMPTON 023 8071 1811 Westover Road, BOURNEMOUTH West Promenade, Malthouse Lane, SALISBURY 01722 320333, Ringwood Road, VERWOOD Stone Lane, WIMBORNE 01202 841400,

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Helpful hints for Hedgehogs


s the spring settles in, the hedgehogs wake from their hibernation. 2012 was a difficult year for hibernating hedgehogs as the weather didn’t settle into a normal winter plan. It resulted in many hedgehogs being brought into care, due to flooding of their homes and insufficient materials to build them warm enough. During hibernation the hedgehog slows its breathing to one breathe every minute and reduces its core body temperature to conserve energy. It uses fat reserves to get through the harsh winter days. They make their homes under sheds, in hedgerows, in gardens, compost heaps, and garages. They use mud, hay, grass, logs, sticks, paper, plastic; anything they can find for warmth. Not all hedgehogs survive hibernation, it is dependent on their health and their fat reserves which they build up

throughout the year. As the weather warms into spring, the hedgehog will make around five homes, and will spend their time in each throughout the spring and summer. Please check your garden, NEVER use netting, slug or

keeping larger animals out. Items such as an old upturned washing up bowl, logs, wooden box, plastic box or a large plant pot. See what you can create! Ensure your garden has access in and out for a hedgehog, a full water bowl and some cat biscuits in that newly built home, will all entice hedgehogs to visit your garden. The hedgehog has a litter of hoglets twice a year, around the months of May and S e p t e m b e r. They have four - five hoglets each time as their survival rates are low.

Creating a good environment for a hedgehog in your garden, putting water and food out cat pellets. Ensure you gently will increase their survival rates, turn over compost heaps and not only for the adults but their check areas before strimming babies too. the grass! Try to keep an area that has: long grass, bushes, a log pile, places for a hedgehog for more information or contact to hide. Why not build a hedge- Rachel Begley 07810 004 371 hog a home? Something that if you find a poorly hedgehog can keep them dry and warm with a 5x5 inch entrance hole,

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