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Dear Readers,

ike me, do you get annoyed at the ever increasing amount of rubbish which seems to be scattered around our beautiful, local Dorset and Hampshire countryside? Well, on March 2nd - 4th you can do something positive about it! It’s the date for ‘The Great British Spring Clean’ and we have all the contact details in our special feature article on page 16. Obviously very, very topical at the moment with the current major problem of the disposal of billions of those awful plastic single use water bottles and coffee cups. We enjoy cycling around the New Forest when we can and it seems to me that 75% of the rubbish in the Forest appears to be these bottles and cups! Ironically some of the big name supporters seem

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to be the very people that produce a lot of this rubbish! Still a worthwhile exercise anyway to keep the litter down now until hopefully legislation manages to turn the tide! So by the time the clocks go forward on March 25th (you’ll have to be at work an hour earlier so don’t forget!) we can hopefully look forward to a more pleasant environment whilst walking and cycling in the countryside this spring. For many more local events and activities around the countryside check out our What’s On pages 22 and 24 or our website. 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:

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Business features All About Me: Boundaries and Armour Greenspace UK: What a Difference a Day Makes

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Local events and features Community News Ferndown Before the Bulldozers Clubs & Societies What’s On Locally The Blashford Bulletin

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Feature articles Mike’s Motors: Hatchback Shoot-Out Book Reviews: March Medley Special: The Great British Spring Clean Health: How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep Pets: Four Strange Cat Behaviours Explained Quirky Britain: A Wrose by any other name… Travel: Madagascar ‘The Eighth Continent’

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Information Advertising Local Theatres, Concerts & the Arts Useful Local Information Useful Telephone Numbers Local Business Directory

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Ferndown before the Bulldozers Less than 60 years ago Ferndown was just a village, with gravel roads, a scattering of shops and not even a set of traffic lights. Then the bulldozers arrived and much of Ferndown’s history disappeared forever. Part autobiography and part history, these articles are a fascinating glimpse of a village in transition.

Ringwood Road & Pennys Hill


his series of photos shows how Pennys Hill has developed and changed over the years and is taken from a similar position to our last article where Spinneys Lane joins Ringwood Road adjacent to The White Heather Pub. For this article we have simply turned to face north east up Ringwood Road with the pub on our left. Spinneys Lane was originally a narrow gravel track with three or four homes which have now disappeared, but the name survives as an access road seen in the foreground in the 2018 photo. Originally on this corner before the White Heather Pub stood a private house called Heatherlands. This was also the site for Ferndown’s first butcher’s shop which was opened in1895 by Reuben Webb who later moved across the




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road to The Parade. The stable where he kept his horse, and later his Model T Ford, eventually became the Stable Gallery. Heatherlands was bought from Reuben Webb by the father of Alec Nelmes around 1913 who planned to open a taxi and coach business but was thwarted when WW1 broke out in 1914. Heatherlands was then sold to Marstons Brewery who opened an off-licence run by Mr Nelmes and later his son Alec Nelmes who always sported a bow tie! Strong & Co of Romsey later took the off-licence over which was then demolished in 1960 to rise again as the White Heather pub of today. The book is available from Brian Davis, 31 Whinhams Way, Billericay CM12 0HD, price £13.99 + £2 p&p.

Copyright © Brian Davis. Extract from “Ferndown before the bulldozers and builders moved in.”

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March Medley This collection of recent releases includes modern fairy tales, a psychological thriller and historical fiction at its finest.

Book Reviews

The Toymakers – Robert Dinsdale It’s 1917 and pregnant teenager Cathy Wray seeks sanctuary at a London toy store. She soon discovers that these toys are unlike any she’s ever seen before. There’s a clockwork dog that’s devoted to his master, paper trees that grow from seed, and toy soldiers that wage battles on their own. Cathy learns to call The Emporium home, and the people who own it her family. But then the First World War breaks out, and nothing will ever be quite as magical again. The Toymakers is a must for fans of Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus. The Sacrifice Box – Martin Stewart Five friends make a pact one summer’s day, when they find an old stone box in the woods. Several years later, one of them breaks the rules and dark forces are unleashed, including a killer teddy bear, zombie crows and a demonic puppet. The five must put aside their differences and come together to appease the box before it’s too late. Aimed at teens and young adults, The Sacrifice Box is a winning blend of coming of age drama and supernatural horror.


Happiness For Humans – P.Z. Reizen Romantic comedy meets sci-fi in this enjoyable novel. Aiden’s creators know that he’s an intelligent piece of software, which can read books in under a millisecond, review films and tell jokes. What they don’t know is that Aiden has developed feelings, or that his favourite person is Jen, who helps develop Aiden’s conversational skills. Aiden

is kidnapped after stepping in to rescue her little sister, Emi. Several decades later, we meet Emi in her desperate last attempt to find out what happened to Hana all those years ago. While White Chrysanthemum is, at times, painful to read, it’s impossible to put down and a must-read for lovers of historical fiction. The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night – Jen Campbell This collection of modern fairy tales is dark, twisted and beautiful, and range from the macabre to the heartwarming. You’ll read about a mermaid in an aquarium, a boy who suspects his sister has two souls, and a man who uses animal hearts to keep his girlfriend’s love. There are elements of wellknown myths and fairy stories, but this collection is more Brothers Grimm than Disney. Captivating.

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


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 900821

WIMBORNE & BLANDFORD DECORATIVE FINE ARTS SOCIETY Meets on the third Monday of the month for its


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.


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


monthly lecture at the Allendale Centre, Wimborne, starting at 2.15pm. Visitors welcome. Contact: Christine Maguire 01202 697977

SOCIETY. Talks 3rd Monday every month, on family, social and local history at the Hilda Coles Centre (rear of Priest House), at 8 pm. Visitors welcome £3. Details: 01202 888368 or





It meets at the Colehill Memorial Hall on Wednesday mornings between 9.15 and 11.30 am (term time only). Contact Line Sales (Chairman) 07778582525 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 900821


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


We meet last Wednesday of each month at Kings Head Hotel, Wimborne with lunch and speaker. Contact: Joy Sparshott, 01202 574056 or email Meets in Memorial Hall, Colehill, every month to hear first-class speakers. Non-members welcome Contact Barbara 01202 882590 for dates and details.


.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.

WESSEX SINGERS Meets in Cranborne Village Hall on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm. Visitors & new members welcome Contact Chris Bright 01725 This a choir of about 40 singers that meet regularly in St James' Church, Holt, and St Michael's and All Angels Church, Colehill. 517584 or e-mail Contact the organiser via the Parish Clerk on 01202 887786 COLEHILL FLOWER ARRANGEMENT CLUB

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


A totally amateur band offering its members fun and challenges playing within a large wind band and raising money for local charities. Contact Damon Corio, Conductor, on 07759 837404,



The friendly ‘friendlies’ club. Experienced and novice players most welcome. You’ll always get a game. Contact Steve Clapton for more details 01202 826685


- working to save plant varieties. Meets in Colehill Memorial Hall monthly Sept to June to hear well-known speakers.. Visitors welcome. Details from Pam on 01202 883352.

Monthly talks Sept to May at St. Catherine’s Church Hall,Wimborne plus ADVENTURE IN THE WOODS walks & field archaeology opportunities during summer months. Contact Forest School club for children 4-8 years of age at Edmondsham Forest Ian Richardson 01202 252397, School, between Verwood and Cranborne. Woodland walks, camp fires, nature crafts etc. Contact Kirsteen McCormick 01725 517807


St Leonards Hotel, 185 Ringwood Road, St Leonards, Nr Ringwood, BH24 2NP on 3rd Thursday of the month. Good Food & Bar. Music from 7.30-10pm. (Doors open from 6.30pm). No membership required. Contact Geoff 07798 721405


Volunteers Wanted every Wednesday 09.30-15.00 to help maintain Whitesheet Plantation. For more info contact our Team Leader Ranger Kayleigh - 07795 678 300 or



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


Monthly Meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 7.15pm in the Community Learning & Resource Centre at 41-44 King Street, Wimborne. Visitors Welcome. Contact 01202 887006 or

The Society hold rehearsals in September for a show at the Hub, Verwood in January. Members also meet throughout the year for various social events. Contact: Sue Gardiner 01202 825731 or




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.


Girls aged 4-18 years meet at The Lantern, Merley every Monday during term time, from 6:00pm. New members always welcome. Contact: Jazz Adams on 07977246912 We are a friendly group and welcome new members and visitors. We meet every second Tuesday of the month (excluding August) at 7:30 pm in The Hilda Coles Learning Centre, Priest’s House Museum, Wimborne. Please contact the secretary for details on 01202 887198


The sessions will take place on Fridays monthly from 1 – 4pm at St at Three Legged Cross Village Hall Friday afternoons 2pm-5pm Michael’s Centre, Colehill, Wimborne. Free parking and disabled access. Meet Friday evenings 7pm-9.30pm Contact: Peter Turnham 01202 823440 Contact Cilla Sparks on 07759 835728

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




At the United Reformed Church, Verwood. 4th Monday of the Month at 10.30am excluding August. Singing meeting for people with memory problems. Aim is to give carer & cared for quality time together. FREE. For more information call Gwen Turner on 01202 827800 .

Welcomes retired and semi retired people to take part in our groups and classes of social and educational interest. Contact: David Allen on 01202 823541




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


Meets every other Thursday 7- 9pm at the Methodist Church Hall, £2 per evening includes refreshments. Contact Wendy Robinson 01202 825805.

Verwood & Three Legged Cross Branch The Branch holds regular social functions. Contact Mrs Denise Pugh 01202 824549 Mixed choir, singing harmony songs from around the world-African, gospel, Taize, folk etc. No auditions, beginners as well as experienced singers age 10 upwards. Meet at Greyfriars Wednesdays, 7:30 – 9:30. Pay as you go. Contact Kirsteen McCormick 01725 517807



I would like to start a daytime knitting/crochet group in my area to include Verwood, Cranborne & Wimborne. Antone interested, including beginners who would like to learn please contact Margaret Clyde 01258 840128 or


Local artists who meet twice a month in St Catherine's Church Hall, Wimborne. Meetings start at 7.30pm prompt. Non-members welcome for £3 per meeting. Info: 01202 892064,

All abilities accepted, coaching can be provided for the novice or to improve your game. We have good facilities & a great social calendar. Contact Elaine Campbell 01202 840545 Meet 3rd Wednesday of each month from September to June at 7.30pm in Wimborne Town hall for talks on mainly historical places, people or events in the Wimborne area. Contact: Mrs A Cross 01202 848922


Based just outside Wimborne: amateur group meeting Tuesday & Thursday: courses available. Full bindery facilities: contact Phil on web site


for mature people (i.e. pensioners) wishing to learn the ukelele. No previous musical experience is necessary. Held at the Beacon Centre, St Mary's Church, Ferndown on Thursdays 2 - 3pm. Contact Pam Roberts 01202 896224



Meet Wimborne St Giles Village Hall on Mondays at 7.30pm. Leader Jeremy Avis. For further info:


Want to try woodturning? Come and join us at St Leonards & St Ives Village Hall Braeside Road St Leonards Ringwood BH24 2PH 1st Wednesday each month 7.15pm-9.30pm. for more details Contact: Alex Wells Secretary on 07759663151 or just come along .COLEHILL BRIDGE CLUB Meets on a Friday afternoon to play rubber bridge in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Contact Hugh on 01202 883580 for details

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Special Feature

he Great British Spring Clean campaign, which is taking place on 2-4th March, has a simple aim: to bring people across the country together to clear up the litter that blights our towns, villages, countryside and beaches. The campaign is organised by Keep Britain Tidy, an independent charity working towards eliminating litter, ending waste by creating sustainable practices, and improving our beaches, parks and streets. PLACES TO BE PROUD OF The goal of the Great British Spring Clean is to inspire 500,000 people to get outdoors, get active and help clear up the rubbish around them, so that they can ‘live and work in places that they can be proud of and prosper in.’ The campaign works with individuals, businesses, organisations and public bodies, and has some bigname supporters including Coca-Cola Great Britain, Lidl, McDonalds, Wrigley, Costa, Iceland, KFC, Greggs, Stagecoach, the RSPCA, the RSPB and the Marine Conservation Society. GET INVOLVED ‘Join our growing army of #LitterHeroes who have had enough of other people’s

The Great British Spring Clean litter and are willing to do something about it,’ urges the campaign’s statement. ‘Together we can make a difference and clean up the environment on our doorstep.’ You can do some litter-picking by yourself or with friends and family, although make sure you stay safe, particularly if you’re litter-picking near roads. If you prefer to join an organised event or group, the campaign page has a handy map of what’s on – and you can also enter your postcode to discover events taking place near you. Visit get-involved/support-ourcampaigns/great-britishspring-clean. At Killingbeck in Leeds, for instance, the plan is to clean up the local nature reserve, making ‘the green space on their doorstep’ a nicer, safer place for both people and wildlife. There are also plans to do a litter pick-up in the areas covered by Leeds Health Walks. Meanwhile, Belper claims to be planning its biggest litter-pick ever on the 3rd March, with several sites targeted for clean ups. There are lots of events on the map already – just click on a virtual map pin to see a snippet appear, then click the snippet heading to find out exactly where and when the event is taking place.

FEELING ADVENTUROUS? The more adventurous of you may like to combine litterpicking with sightseeing, exercise or both. Wayne Dixon, whose adventures can be tracked by following @WayneKoda on Twitter, is walking and litter-picking his way around the 7,500 miles of Britain’s coastline accompanied by his dog, Koda. He is raising money for Mind and North Inuit Dogs while also supporting Keep Britain Tidy and their Great British Spring Clean campaign. It’s a cause dear to his heart and Koda’s, as Koda nearly lost a leg when he was injured by a discarded can. You may not have a few years to spare to follow in Wayne’s footsteps, but a shorter coastal excursion could be fun. If you like to be on the water rather than walking beside it, you could join the Plastic Patrol, as featured on The Russell Howard Hour. The group paddleboard the waterways of Britain removing discarded plastic. ‘We’ll supply the litter pickers, refuse sacks and we’ll even dispose of everything you find – just come along, do your bit and have fun.’ Visit and click on ‘clean-up events’ to find one near you.

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Sudoku Number Sudoku (hard): Each row, column and 3x3 box must contain the numbers 1 through 9 exactly once. This can be done by applying logic, you do not have to guess.


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HE Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) has found itself a new mini mascot – a Poll Dorset cross lamb – for 2018. Born on 7 January, about two months earlier than the rest of his potential field companions, the lamb was rejected by his mother and has been raised in the warm kitchen of his owner, AONB director Linda Nunn. “That he arrived so early was a slight miscalculation on my part. The aim is for all my 100 ewes to lamb in March or April,” said Linda. “However, this lamb took to the bottle really well and has been no trouble at all, although I always know when it’s feeding time as he lets me know.” The lamb is currently nameless, so the

AONB is asking younger readers to help them christen him. There is just one stipulation, however – any name must begin with the letter G like all of Linda’s lambs born in 2018. The winner, who will be chosen by the AONB team, will receive a cuddly sheep who bears a close resemblance to the real mini mascot. Entrants should be 10 years old or under. Name suggestions should be emailed to: The closing date is 12 March 2018. The winner will be notified via email. And in case anyone is wondering, the Hart remains the AONB’s main mascot for 2018 and beyond!

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How To Get A Good Night’s Sleep By Alison Runham



poor night’s sleep might seem like just an inconvenience. But research has shown that insufficient or poor-quality sleep can contribute to serious health problems, including: • Weight gain and obesity. • Weakened immunity. • Increased risk of diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, heart attack and stroke. • Reduced fertility and libido. • Reduced memory, concentration and reaction times. • Increased risk of depression, anxiety, paranoia, hallucinations and psychotic episodes. This means it’s vital that we all get enough good quality sleep, which usually means at least seven hours. However, it’s not always easy. THE ENEMIES OF SLEEP • Burning the candle at both ends, trying to fit in relaxation and domestic duties. • Sleep disorders: night terrors, sleep walking, sleep talking, sleep paralysis, teeth grinding, restless limb syndrome and sleep apnoea. • Needing the toilet. • Pain e.g. from arthritis. • An uncomfortable mattress or pillow. • Menstruation (pain, heavy bleeding and hormonal changes that affect temperature and production of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin). • Snoring. • Blue light. • Smoking and alcohol.

• GORD (Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease) or LPR (laryngopharyngeal or ‘silent’ reflux, in which stomach acid can damage airways, causing asthma-like symptoms) TEN TIPS TO HELP YOU SLEEP: 1. Stop snoring. Maintaining a healthy weight can help. Try sleeping on your side, nasal strips, sprays or mandibular adjustment devices. If these don’t work, consult your doctor, as you may be receiving a reduced oxygen supply at night. 2. Don’t go to bed hungry - but don’t eat late. Don’t eat less than two hours before bedtime. If you’re hungry in the evenings, choose something light and easily digestible. Milk can make you feel full and its tryptophan can help sleep, but it’s absorbed poorly (a carbohydrate-rich snack at the same time may help). 3. Stop smoking and eliminate evening alcohol and caffeine. Caffeine is a stimulant and both nicotine and alcohol affect our sleep length and quality. All three can contribute to GORD and LPR. 4. Look after your body and its clock. Our bodies need exercise and daylight during the day and a more relaxed, dim environment in the evening to trigger our body clock regulation hormones. 5. Avoid blue light two hours before bedtime. Blue light, produced by modern TVs,

tablets, computers and mobiles, interferes with melatonin production. While blue light filters help, most just reduce, rather than eliminate, blue light. 6. Declutter your brain. Try writing down your worries and to-do lists before bedtime. It can be therapeutic in itself, and relieves the stress of trying to remember everything. 7. Have a night-time routine. Choose relaxing activities like reading in the hour or two before bedtime. Try having a warm (not hot) bath with relaxing aromatherapy oils. 8. Make your bedroom a haven. Avoid using your bedroom as a work space or dumping ground for clutter. Keep your bedroom well ventilated, not too hot or cold, and softly lit. Try blackout blinds - and earplugs if you have noisy housemates or neighbours. Invest in a comfortable, supportive mattress and pillows. 9. Don’t lie there worrying about not sleeping. Instead, get up and do something relaxing, such as reading a magazine or doing a jigsaw, until you feel sleepy. 10. Finally, see your doctor if you have problems with hormonal changes, night time urination, mental health, GORD, LPR or pain – or if these tips don’t work. Your GP can investigate possible causes and recommend helpful treatments and lifestyle changes.

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Out of hours walks: Join our regular group of walkers for a peaceful out of hours walk around the Kingston Lacy parkland. Donations welcome. Sorry no dogs allowed. Walks take place each month - please see website for dates and details. Kingston Lacy Health Cycle Rides: Every Thursday, In partnership with Moors Valley Country Park, come and join our fun, friendly and active free cycle rides from 9.30am (please arrive 15 minutes early). Wimborne Country Market - Locally produced cakes, savouries, jams, chutneys, honey, eggs, meat, vegetables, plants, flowers and craft Keeping House: winter tours of Kingston Lacy house. Enjoy an exclusive guided tour around the State and Ground floor rooms during it's winter closure.

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Kingston Lacy: Kingston Lacy: The Allendale Community Centre, Wimborne BH21 1AS Kingston Lacy:

10am - 4.30pm (Mon Priest's House Museum & Garden, 23Until 31 Mar - Sat), 10am - 4pm Sound!: Exhibition exploring communication, dialect and 27 High Street, Wimborne, BH21 1HR. 2018 (Mon-Sat from 1 Nov music. Normal admission charge. 01202 882533. Art, music and archaeology inspire in a major new exhibi- The Salisbury Museum, The Kings tion for 2018, ‘Brian Graham: Towards Music’. The exhi- House, 65 The Close, Salisbury, Wiltrepresents a unique interpretation of the evolution shire, SP1 2EN. 10am – 5pm(Mon – bition of music and dance. Art Draw: £25 per ticket to win ‘The Until 12 May Sat) Melchester Quartet’ by Brian Graham. The draw will take No booking required. Normal admission place on 20 Mar 2018. Purchase tickets online https:// charges apply £7.50 Adult, £3.60 Child, £18.50 Family. JeThRo. We're very lucky to have the brilliant Cornish comedian Jethro coming to The Hub for an evening of Verwood Hub. 01202 828740 Fri 23 Feb laughter! Jethro Tickets are now on sale! Contact the Verwood Hub to get your ticket! Wimborne Camera Club presents David Noton's Chasing The Allendale Community Centre, Wim7.30pm Fri 23 Feb The Light Roadshow. Tickets are just £12.50, borne BH21 1AS Bournemouth Orchid Fair and Show. Exquisite and inThe Allendale Community Centre, triguing orchids on display. Free advice & orchid clinic. Wimborne BH21 1AS. Village Green Sat 24 Feb 12noon - 4.30pm Free potting demonstrations - bring along your plants for Café open for refreshments. £3.00; chilfree advice. Trade attractions. dren (U 16) enter free with paying adult. West Moors Memorial Hall, Station East Dorset NT Association Janet Seal presents a talk Road, West Moors, BH22 0HZ. All WelMon 26 Feb 2.30pm on 'East Dorset in Saxon Times'. come. More info 01202 855001. Dan Clarke presents an evening of mediumship, to sup- The Allendale Community Centre, Wim7pm (Doors open port Dorset Dog Rescue. Tickets £10 each; please con- borne BH21 1AS Mon 26 Feb 6.30pm) tact Julie on 07854 211132. Wed 28 Feb 7.30pm Fri 2, 9, 16, 23 Mar 11am - 2.30pm Fri 6, 13, 20 Apr

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Salisbury Jazz Club presents "New Orleans Jazz Bandits". Large Car Park – Bar – Tea/Coffee – Dancing – Raffle. Last orders for HOT FOOD 8pm. £10 on door

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Wimborne Horticultural Society presents "Trekking the Himalayas" through a Nursery mans eyes, by Mr Groves East Dorset NT Association - Patrick Kempe presents a talk on 'New Year's Day Parade - London'. Stargazing Event: Gain an out of this world experience. The cost for adults is £5 each (cash or cheque on the night/includes a free tea or coffee), with no charge for children.

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Hub theatre Brockway, Verwood BH31 7QE contact 01202 828740 To book please contact Jim or Tracy on 01425 472760 or Meet at the Blashford Lakes Education Centre, Ellingham Drove, BH24 3PJ. Sorry no dogs. The Allendale Community Centre, Wimborne BH21 1AS Verwood Memorial Hall Verwood. 01202 824473 or Town Council - 01202 820880. Storage available from 23/2/18. Offers of help on Fri 2nd or Sat 3rd March would be greatly appreciated. The Stockman's Lounge - Auction Centre, Netherhampton Rd (A3094) – Salisbury. SP2 8RH. Wendy 01672 564241 email Main Hall, Allendale Community Centre, Hanhan Road, BH21 1AS Barrington Centre, Ferndown, BH22 9TH. All welcome. 01202 855001. Sutton Veny Village Hall (High Street, Sutton Veny, Wiltshire BA12 7AP) Bookings must be made in advance, tel: 01725 517417, or email: St. Leonards Hotel. 185 Ringwood Road. St. Leonards. BH24 2PE. Near Ringwood (on A31). Hotel restaurant bookings 01425 - 471220. Jazz details, contact Janet 01202 873725 or Geoff 07798 721405. Knoll Gardens, Wimborne BH21 7ND 01202 873931. Book online at or 01202 873931

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9th March - Viva Neil Diamond

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Local Entertainment Centres Knoll Gardens, Wimborne BH21 7ND Book online at or 01202 873931 The Ancient Technology Centre. DamerPRE-HISTORY WEEKEND. Adults £10, Children £5, 10am 4pm ham Road, Cranborne, Dorset, BH21 24, 25 Mar U 4's free - Tickets available on the gate on the day. 5RP. 01725 517618 Ringwood Meeting House Meeting 7:30pm (Doors/ bar La Nova Singers, the very popular, classical women's House Lane Ringwood BH24 1EY. Sat 24 Mar open 7:00pm) choir in concert. 01425 480656 Moors Memorial Hall, Station East Dorset NT Association - Graham Gidding presents West Road, West Moors, BH22 0HZ. All welMon 26 Mar 2.30pm a talk on ' Bird Watching in the Dark'. come. More info 01202 855001. "Verwood in Tune" concert with Matthew Bason, keyHub theatre Brockway, Verwood BH31 Wed 28 Mar 7.30pm board, piano and accordion 7QE contact 01202 828740 Memphis Jazzmen, great music, great atmosphere. Ringwood Meeting House Meeting 7:30pm (Doors/ bar Tickets on the door £7 Raffle in aid of Julia's House House Lane Ringwood BH24 1EY. Thu 29 Mar open 7:00pm) 01425 480656 Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts: Join us over the Easter holi- Kingston Lacy: £2.50 per child (normal 30 Mar - 15 10am-4pm days to take part in an Easter trail and claim your Cad- admission applies). Apr bury chocolate prize. Salisbury Jazz Club presents "Doc Houlind Revival All The Stockman's Lounge - Auction CenDoors open 7pm Stars (Denmark)". Large Car Park – Bar – Tea/Coffee – tre, Netherhampton Rd (A3094) – SalisFri 30 Mar Music 8pm - 11pm Dancing – Raffle. Last orders for HOT FOOD 8pm. £10 bury. SP2 8RH. Wendy 01672 564241 on door email Bugs and Buds Toddler club, encouraging a love of na- Knoll Gardens, Wimborne BH21 7ND Sat 31 Mar 10.30am - 12noon ture from a young age. Check availability and book at 01202 873931 Sat 24 Mar

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Willow Workshop - learn simple weaving skills as you make your own garden plant climber with Tracy Standish. £30 book online or by phone

Grandma's Attic Antique & Collectors Fair. Popular and The Allendale Community Centre, Wimwell-attended quality antique and collectors fair. Up to 60 borne BH21 1AS. Admission just £2 stands. Parking nearby. Village Green café open. On-line Further information from Jim Day or Wild Easter A 'Wild Day Out!' . Explore nature's playStandish at Blashford10am - 3pm ground with an exciting day of wild play and crafts with Tracy Meet at the Blashan Easter theme. Booking essential, £16 per child. ford Lakes Education Centre, Ellingham Drove, BH24 3PJ. Family Pond and River dip Discover the weird and To book your place please contact Jim wonderful denizens of the deep on a family pond and or Tracy on 01425 472760 or Blashfordriver exploration. Catch the wonderful wildlife lurking in Meet at the Blash10.30am - 12.30pm the weedy depths of the Blashford pond before pulling on ford Lakes Education Centre, Ellingham your wellies for a splash in the Dockens Water river in Drove, BH24 3PJ. wellies and a change search of fish. We’ll supply the nets and expertise for of socks and shoes a must! Suggested fantastic family freshwater fun. donation £4. Booking essential. Edmondsham House, Edmondsham Adventure in the Woods for age 3 - 8 yrs. Whole days Cranborne and verwood) in the woods taking part in various Forest School (between 8.45 am – 4.15 pm spent 5RF. Contact Kirsteen Freer on activities e.g. nature crafts, woodwork, campfire cooking, BH21 01725 517807 or email advenwoodland walks. £30 including lunch and snacks East Dorset Antiquarian Society (EDAS) lecture. "The Bournemouth University (location still to Meet 7.15pm for pick and shovel is the only true discoverer of the past". be decided). Check EDAS web site 7.30pm Find out more with Tim Schadla-Hall, University College, nearer the time. London. Visitors welcome. Verwood Arts and Craft Society Talk by Ellen Schmidt United Reformed Church Hall, Manor 7.30pm entitled Traditional Japanese Embroidery road Verwood.Ann Aitken 01202 893659 The Stockman's Lounge - Auction CenSalisbury Jazz Club presents "John Maddocks’ Jazz Doors open 7pm Netherhampton Rd (A3094) – SalisLarge Car Park – Bar – Tea/Coffee – Dancing – tre, Music 8pm - 11pm Men". bury. SP2 8RH. Wendy 01672 564241 Raffle. Last orders for HOT FOOD 8pm. £10 on door email The Allendale Community Centre, Wimborne Horticultural Society Spring Show Wimborne BH21 1AS Cranborne Bowling Club Open Day. Everyone welcome. Mick Loader Memorial Recreation Experienced or novice bowlers. Reduced first year memGround, Penny's Lane, Cranborne, 10am - 4pm bership fee for new members. We only play friendly BH21 5QE. Contact club secretary, matches so none of the pressure of playing leagues. Steve Clapton on 01202 826685 for Iinfo Verwood Traditional Jazz Club are very pleased to wel- St. Leonards Hotel. 185 Ringwood come the return of "Baby Jools Jazzaholics" on our 11th Road. St. Leonards. BH24 2PE. Near 7.30pm - 10pm. anniversary. This six piece band in the traditional style is Ringwood (on A31). Hotel Doors open 6.30pm. a fabulous combination of the rhythm section with the restaurant bookings 01425 - 471220. very experienced front line. Meals can be taken in the Jazz details, contact Janet 01202 restaurant or in the venue. 873725 or Geoff 07798 721405. Musique a Trois in concert. Return of a favourite group Ringwood Meeting House Meeting 7:30pm (Doors/ bar known for their French ‘chansons’ old and modern - from House Lane Ringwood BH24 1EY. Django style Gypsy Jazz and traditional Swing to Latin, Telephone 01425 480656 open 7:00pm) in French and English. Tickets £10. E-mail Verwood Concert Brass Spring Concert. Book tickets in The Hub, Brock Way, Verwood, Dorset good time for the ever popular concert featuring the Ver- BH31 7QE. Tel 01202 828740. Tickets 7.30pm - 10pm wood Concert Brass Band, Verwood Town Band and from The Hub box office. £10 adults. £6 Verwood Training Band who will entertain you with a under 19's fantastic variety of brilliantly played music.

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ourteen million people tuned into the first episode of Blue Planet II, making it the most watched television show in 2017, enthralling the public with tales from the ‘big blue’ ocean. Marine wildlife is often hard to appreciate as we can’t always see it, but this programme has given us all a new understanding of the complex and beautiful habitats and marine species living beneath the waves. Another much talked about issue it focussed on, was that of marine litter, one of the biggest threats to marine animals. It is estimated that around the world 1 million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals and turtles are killed each year as a result of litter. Dorset is home to a great variety of marine life, with regular visits from grey seals, semiresident dolphins and even passing basking sharks, but the amount of litter found in our seas has turned the ocean into a very dangerous place for them. Our seas and beaches are awash with plastic toys, food packaging, lighters, balloons and fishing paraphernalia, which often takes years to decompose. Seabirds for example, might spot something shiny and think it’s food, which if eaten becomes impacted in their stomachs and can cause death. Larger marine animals can also risk ingestion and entanglement from litter. The good news is that everyone can make a difference by making a few small changes.

Reducing single use plastics is one big step in the right direction. In the recent budget announcements, a tax on takeaway boxes is being considered to reduce the amount of single-use plastic which could end up in the sea. Many of us could start doing something about it now by making different purchasing decisions – for example using a re-fillable water bottle rather than a single-use plastic bottle. Dorset Wildlife Trust has designed its very own refill bottle, available in our online shop at Even if you have just two minutes, take a stroll along the beach and pick up some litter as you go, as part of the #twominutebeachclean. You can also help with conservation work in Dorset in 2018 by joining Dorset Wildlife Trust as a member, volunteering, or simply helping to spread the word. Find out how you can get involved:

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

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e have almost seen off the worst of the winter and are daring to let our thoughts drift towards spring. Some days will be crisp, cold and sunny whilst others will be wet and grey and some may even have a hint of warmth to the early spring sunshine. Now is a time of transition at Blashford Lakes Nature reserve. All winter the staff and volunteers have been working hard coppicing willow, cutting and clearing brambles, making dead hedges and generally getting the reserve ready for spring. Once March arrives the larger jobs will have to stop so that we don’t disturb the birds and other wildlife that will soon be setting up home and rearing young. With warmer weather and ever increasing daylight just around the corner now is the last chance to see some of our winter visitors and the first chance to see some new arrivals. The Bittern that has been

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sneaking around the reed beds all winter will surely be moving on soon, so if you haven’t caught a glimpse of this elusive bird yet, you may have one last chance before next winter. Another exciting sight at this time of year are migrating birds that briefly pass through the reserve on their way elsewhere. Look out for the impressive Osprey that sometimes stop in for a quick feed and then carry on their way. The sand martins will also be returning soon and showing off their spectacular flying skills. Last spring and summer they created quite a spectacle zooming about in front of Goosander hide. Birdsong will be filling the air but if you look closer to the ground there will be further signs of spring. The snowdrops and wild daffodils are now pushing their way up through the woodland floor adding a splash of colour. You will also see the first butterflies flitting here and there enjoying the warmer weather;

Adder look out for brimstone and peacock butterflies. You may also be lucky enough to spot an adder or grass snake tentatively venturing out and testing the warmth of the sun. All in all there is plenty to see and enjoy throughout February and March. To explore the reserve’s birdlife with a guide, why not join Education Officer Jim Day for a family bird walk on Saturday 17th March. Booking is essential, please telephone 01425 472760. The Blashford Lakes Project is a partnership between 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 local wildlife and inspire people. For information on upcoming events visit our website: or phone: 01425 472760. For up-to-date wildlife information visit our blog: blashfordlakes.




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A Wrose by any other name … by Kate McLelland

If British towns and villages lived up to their names, you could visit Coat or Matching Tye to buy a new outfit then pop along to Fryup to satisfy your Greedy Gut, before heading to the pub to Guzzle Down a pint of Beer.

Quirky Britain


ou may think these are all places invented by the late Sir Terry Pratchett, but in fact the names mentioned here belong to real villages in Devon, Essex, Norfolk, Somerset and Yorkshire. The UK’s roads are littered with signposts pointing out destinations that sound funny, rude or – let’s face it – utterly weird. But if you’ve ever wondered why the original residents chose to burden their home town or village with such a name, the answer is, they probably didn’t. Since the name first appeared hundreds or even thousands of years ago, it will have undergone a gradual transformation, being mispronounced or added to by each new group of settlers. Location, Location, Location Our place names originally combined different pieces of information, including the geographical characteristics of the land, residents’ names

or occupations and the religion they followed. The Anglo Saxons were practical in their approach to naming, describing geographical features or the size or type of settlement a traveller could expect to find. The Dorset village of Scratchy Bottom (voted second in a 2012 poll to discover Britain’s worst place name) refers to a hollow place in the landscape where the soil is rough, while the modern city name Birmingham is made up of three different elements: the given name Beorma, the word ‘inga’ (meaning family or tribe) and ‘ham’, meaning homestead. The Normans, who invaded in 1066, were known to rename places to suit their own tastes. For example a village in Essex known as Fulepet (‘foul pit’ in Anglo Saxon) was renamed as Beaumont (‘fair hill’), while Beaulieu (‘fine place’) in Hampshire was given its name by a Norman French landowner who loved the local landscape. Gods and saints Our town and village names also reflect the country’s religious history, acknowledging the worship of pagan gods and goddesses as well as Christian saints. The war god Woden is reflected in the name Wednesfield (West Midlands) and Wodnesfeld

(Essex), while Thursley in Sussex was originally a sacred spot for the worship of the god Thunor (the name means ‘Thunor’s Grove’). Throughout the UK you’ll also find ancient villages linked to church names. This often occurs when a settlement becomes large enough to warrant the development of a second church. The village is then divided by its church name, for example, Chalfont St Giles and Chalfont St Peter. If you live in an oddly-named place you’ll probably have learned to put up with outsiders poking fun, but for some the teasing can get a little too much. In 2012 the town of Staines – much derided by Sacha BaronCohen’s comic invention Ali G – voted to change its name to ‘Staines-upon-Thames’ in an effort to improve its image. So why don’t residents of our more oddly titled towns and villages do the same? We can only conclude that they love their quirky designations and don’t want to alter them. After all, these colourful names provide an insight into the earliest origins of our cities, towns and villages and it would be a sad day for all of us if they disappeared. Anyone fancy a trip to Great Snoring?

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Madagascar ‘The Eighth Continent’ By Solange Hando



adagascar is the world’s oldest island: it first split from Africa and then from India around 70 million years ago. In the Indian Ocean, between the Mozambique mainland to the west and Reunion and Mauritius to the east, it is the fourth largest island on earth, almost 1,000 miles long, 360 across, best known for the unique flora and fauna which evolved in isolation for a surprisingly long time. According to experts, the first settlers arrived from Borneo in 500 AD and since then, 90% of the original forest has been lost, and deforestation is still ongoing. Most affected are the more densely populated central highlands, laced with paddies and barren hills, but Madagascar still claims over 40 special reserves and national parks – several of them listed as UNESCO World Heritage – with a rich diversity of habitats. Ecosystems range from dry spiny forest in the south, dotted with baobabs and octopus trees, to mangroves and lakes, deciduous trees and dramatic pinnacles in the west and tropical rainforest in the east, where some of the most popular national parks can be accessed from Antananarivo.

Ranomafana is a good 10 hour drive south of the capital, the route winding past colourful villages and hills with spectacular views. But one can overnight in Antsirabe, a pretty place bustling with rickshaws and craft shops, then continue the next day. Driving down at dusk in the final stages, it feels almost like the end of the world as the seemingly impenetrable cloud forest rises all around above the Namorona river and waterfall. Morning is the best time to explore the park, when animals are more active. This is where golden bamboo lemurs were first discovered in 1986 and, along the steep trails, nature lovers may be rewarded with wonderful sights as they and other lemurs leap through the trees, playing with their young or swinging from branches. Guides imitate the call to locate them and also point out spiders, frogs, red giraffenecked beetles and tropical birds such as pastel-hued cuckoo rollers or magpie robins. Mossy memorial stones recall ‘ancient people of the forest’ among tall tree and bird’s nest ferns, traveller’s palms, orchids and lobelia. Chameleons can also be spotted, perfectly camouflaged day or night.

East of the capital, the Andasibe-Mantadia national park is an easier option, just a four hour drive with a choice of walking circuits and gentle paths. Palm and dragon trees mingle with eucalyptus, blue tea plants, bird’s nectar, berries and much more. There are birds and butterflies, reptiles, geckos and several species of lemurs, including indris, the largest of them all, whose melancholy ‘singing’ can be heard at dawn. On the nearby river islands, now a sanctuary for rescued lemurs, black and white ruffed lemurs, playful ringtails and lovely diademed sifaka, or ‘dancing lemur’, happily pose for wide-eyed visitors paddling in canoes around the reed beds. Fauna or flora, around 90% of species are found nowhere else on earth and one can barely imagine 14,000 species of plants, many with medicinal properties, 170 species of palms, thousands of orchids, hundreds of birds, fish and over 100 species of lemurs, many endangered or rare. It is the world’s top biodiversity hotspot, ‘the eighth continent’, say some ecologists, and in this impoverished but beautiful ‘red island’, one hopes the goverment will bring greater stability and progress to benefit both the people and their incredible natural world.

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Doctors’ Numbers

Fire Stations

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

Cranborne Fire Station 01722 691000: Non emergencies

The Verwood Surgery, 15 Station Road

01202 825353

EMERGENCIES ONLY: Dial 999 and ask for ‘Fire Service’

The Cranborne Practice (Cranborne)

01725 517272

Verwood Fire Station 01722 691000: Non emergencies

West Moors Group Practice 175, Station Road, West Moors, BH22 OHX

01202 865800

Wimborne Fire Station 01722 691000: Non emergencies

Dorset Emergency Care


The Old Dispensary Medical Practice 01202 880786 32 East Borough, Wimborne BH21 1PL The Quarter Jack Surgery 01202 843626 Rodways Corner, Wimborne BH21 1AP Walford Mill Medical Practice 01202 886999 Knobcrook Road, Wimborne BH21 1NL

Dentists’ Numbers

123 Dental 01202 827786 11, The Old Potteries, Manor Way, Verwood. Forest Lodge Dentist Surgery Vicarage Road, Verwood

01202 827272

Thomasson Dental Surgery 35 Ringwood Road, Verwood

01202 824177

Lakes Dental Practice 01202 823345 Unit 4a, The Old Crossroads, Verwood Fordingbridge Dental Highfield House, Bartons Rd,

01425 652331

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 Age Concern

Verwood Concert Brass Band Hall, Moorlands Rd Mark Talbot 01202 821786 Monday: 10am - 3.30pm Wednesday: 10am - 3.30pm EDV-2/18

Police Stations

EMERGENCIES - 999 and ask for ‘police’ Verwood Police Station Non emergencies: dial 101 Wimborne Police Station Non emergencies: dial 101


VERWOOD RECYCLING 01202 828083 Somerley, Verwood Road, Ringwood 1 April - 30 Sept: 9am - 6pm 1 Oct - 28 Feb: 9am - 4pm 1 March - 31 March: 9am - 5pm WIMBORNE RECYCLING 01305 221040 Brook Road, Wimborne, BH21 2BH 1 Apr-30 Sept 9am-6pm. 1 Oct-31 Mar 10am-4pm. 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 Spring Term: 2(4) Jan - 29 March 18 Half Term: 12 Feb - 16 Feb 18 Easter Holidays: 30 March - 13 April 18 Summer Term: 16 April - 25(23) July 18 Half Term: 28 May - 1 June 18 Summer Holidays: 26(24)July - 31 Aug 18 Autumn Term: 3 Sept - 21 Dec 18 Half Term: 22 - 26 Oct 18 Christmas Holidays: 24 Dec 18 - 4 Jan 19 UK holidays Easter: 30 March - 2 April 18 May Day: 7 May 18 Spring Bank Holiday: 28 May 18 Summer Bank Holiday: 27 Aug 18 Christmas: 25,26 Dec 18 New Year: 1 Jan 19 More useful information overleaf



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Utilities / Emergencies

Verwood Police Station


Wimborne Police Station Crimestoppers

101 0800 55 51 11

Local Councils & Agencies

Police, Fire & Ambulance Emergency Electricity - SSE Emergency Gas - Emergency

999 08000 72 72 82 0800 111 999

BT Faultline

0800 800 151

East Dorset District Council

01202 79 50 96

Water - Bournemouth Water

01202 59 00 59

Dorset County Council Verwood Town Council Wimborne Town Council

01305 22 10 00 01202 82 08 80 01202 88 16 55

- Southern –leaks Sewerage–Southern-emergency (& water)- Wessex

0800 820 999 0330 303 0368 0345 600 4600

Colehill Parish Council

01202 90 08 21

Environment Agency Floodline(warnings & Advice)

0800 80 70 60 0345 988 11 88

Citizens Advice Bureau - Ferndown - Wimborne Visitor Information—Wimborne

01202 89 38 38 01202 88 47 38 01202 88 61 16

Bournemouth A&E NHS Non Emergency Bournemouth Hospital Christchurch Hospital Poole Hospital Salisbury Hospital Southampton Hospital Wimborne Hospital

01202 70 111 01202 30 01202 48 01202 66 01722 33 023 8077 01202 85

National Rail Enquiries National Express Coaches Bournemouth Airport Southampton Airport Traveline (Bus, Coach, Ferry & Rail) AA (Automobile Association) RAC (Royal Automobile Club) Wilts & Dorset Bus Enquiries

0345 748 49 50 0871 781 81 81 01202 36 40 00 0844 481 7777 0871 200 22 33 0800 88 77 66 0333 2000 999 01202 33 84 20


01202 551 999


0800 11 11

Drinkline National Debtline RSPCA -Ashley Heath Al-anon (10am-10pm) year round Relate-Dorset & South Wilts Community Legal Advice Direct

0300 123 1110 0808 808 40 00 0300 123 07 49 0207 403 0888 01305 26 22 85 0345 345 43 45

NSPCC Age Uk Seniorline Alcoholics Anonymous, 24 hours: National Drugs Helpline

0808 800 50 00 01202 530 530 0808 800 65 65 0845 769 75 55 0800 77 66 00


41 69 36 63 55 62 72 64

26 61 11 62 22 10




Post Offices

VERWOOD 01202 829712 11 Manor Road, Verwood, BH31 6DS. Mon - Sat 9am - 5.30pm 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 517210 Cranborne Stores, 1, The Square, Cranborne, Dorset, BH21 5PR. Mon - Fri 6am – 6pm. Sat 6am – 5pm. Sun 8.30am - 1pm 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 884991 103, Wimborne Rd West, Stapehill, Wimborne, BH21 2DH. Mon – Sat 6.30am – 10pm. Sun 7am – 10pm. Xmas Day closed.

Wimborne Library

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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Lloyds Pharmacy, VERWOOD 01202 822364 23 Station Road, Verwood. Mon - Fri: 9-6:30, Sat: 9-1, Sun: Closed 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 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 Lake Road Surgery, Lake Road, Verwood, BH31 6EH

Mon: 7am-11pm, Tue-Fri: 6.30am-11.30pm, Sat: 7am-11pm.

Colehill Pharmacy, COLEHILL 01202 888001 42 Middlehill Rd, Wimborne BH21 2SE Mon – Fri 9am – 6pm. Sat 9am – 1pm Walford Mill Pharmacy WIMBORNE 01202 840048 Knobcrook Rd, Wimborne BH21 1NL Mon – Fri 9am – 6.30pm (Closed 1pm – 2pm)

Verwood Library

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.

Colehill Community Library

COLEHILL 01202 886676 Middlehill Road, Colehill, Wimborne, BH21 2HL Opening times: Mon 2 – 5pm. Tues 9.30am – 1pm & 2 - 5pm. Wed Closed. Thur 2 - 5pm. Fri 2 – 6.30pm. Sat 9.30am - 12.30pm




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Accountants KCI Accountancy 25 Advertising Roundabout Mags 30,39 Animal Services Marwood Canine Spa & Club 5 Bathrooms/Bedrooms/Kitchens Brian's Kitchens 15 Custom Creations 33 Dream Doors 2 Kitchen Confidence 17 Beauty, Health & Fitness All About Me 28 Clarity Hearing Solutions 40 Lynda Corbin-Counselling 33 Building Services / Home Improvements Brooklyn Home Improvements 27 Graham Histed 7 Hg Froud & Son 19 MC Brickwork 7 The Warmer Group 35 White & Sons 35

Caterers Wiltshire Farm Foods 13 Children's Education & Care (inc. Schools & Nurseries) Talbot Heath School 40 Verwood Day Nursery 27 Chimney Sweep JD O'Brien Master Chimney Sweep 29 Cleaning Services CMH Carpet Cleaning 37 Hygiea Roof Cleaning 28 Electrical Appliance Repairs County Appliance Care 19 Electrician Mead Electrical Services 33 Financial Services My Gold Platform 27 Flooring 1st For Floors 1,21 Flooring Elegance 7 Garage Services DLH Cars & Commercials 9

Reverse Park 19 Garden Services & Supplies ARK Fencing & Tree Work 33 Castell Tree Care 19 Evans Above Tree Care 17,38 LM Landscapes 27 Soli Tree Arborist 9 Stay Tidy 7 WGC Tree Services 33 Health & Fitness see Beauty, Health & Fitness Solicitors Legal Eagle Wills Ltd Surveyors Moses Rutland Chartered Surveyors Theatre & Film Barrington Centre Windows, Conservatories & Repairs AM PM Glazing Greenspace UK


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