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October/November 2012


Dear Readers,

hope you made use of the brief Indian Summer which we had in September because I think that’s it for this year! This must be the case since my husband’s shorts, socks and sandals have gone away till 2013 now! Every cloud has a silver lining as they say! During September’s fine spell we managed a lunch-time trip out to the picturesque Drusilla’s Inn at Horton for a restaurant review. See pages 16 & 17 for the review and brief details of their unusual plans for a very quirky B & B! (I think it’s brilliant but some might say it’s a bit baa-aaa-rmy!) Viewed from My Window on page 18 sees one of Patricia’s stray cats having the ignominious honour of becoming named Mr Molly after a failed gender identification! But I’m sure he didn’t really mind since he was so well looked after for his last few years with Patricia!

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We have a Technology-versusIntegrity article written by a twit on page 4 and a scary Book Review on page 6 since it’s that time of year again! Inside we also have many local and general interest articles, 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 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 Trades Directory’ and save yourself time, fuel and most importantly at the moment - money!

Sue West


Business features Restaurant Review: Drusilla’s Inn Rocky Relationships Lifesure Motor

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Local events and features Community News 7,15,21,30 The Blashford Bulletin 12 Clubs & Societies 14 Viewed From My Window: rescued cat stories by Local Author, Patricia Oliver 18 What’s On Locally 20,22

Feature articles Humour: Eating Cereal, LOL 4 Book Reviews: Share The Scare 6 Mike’s Motors: Evoque Epoch Vintage 2012 8 Travel: Canal du Midi 11 Interiors: Wet Rooms 24

Information Advertising 15,27,48 Local Theatres, Concerts & the Arts 29 Useful Local Information 26 Useful Telephone Numbers 28 Local Trades Directory 30

Puzzles General Knowledge Crossword Units of Measurement Drop Down Fun Quiz Number Cruncher Puzzle Solutions

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Eating Cereal, LOL It’s official. I am a twit. By which I mean I have begun to twitter. Tweeter, that is. Twittle. Twot. Whatever it is, I’m now doing it. Last week, I joined Twitter properly. My band has had an account for quite some time, of course and actually I’m in charge of that account - but, somehow, running The Lightyears’ Twitter has always felt like a professional duty. Sufficient people have declared themselves fans of ours to at least theoretically justify posting occasional messages. Supply and demand. However, in setting up my personal account (@sixfootpianist in case anyone was wondering), I’m officially announcing to the world that I deem my spurious personal thoughts on the largely banal things that happen to me daily to be worthy of advertisement. Obviously I’ll be carefully avoiding Twitter clichés such as posting endless photos of my cat/breakfast/ hair, but still… when you think about it, isn’t the fundamental principle behind the world’s most successful social networking site just a teeny bit arrogant? Everyone, claims Twitter, has something interesting to say. Everyone deserves a voice. That’s a very nice idea, but it is of course total rubbish. Not everyone has something interesting to say; if they did, we’d all be afterdinner speakers or philosophers. Here are some genuine tweets from the last 24 hours: ‘i’m gonna go sleep again cuz i feel sleepy’ ‘forgotten how much i love toast omg’ ‘i have completely run out of pants’ I rest my case. What does this mean for society, this trend for allowing every last Tom, Dick & Harry a turn on the soapbox? An excellent documentary I recently

watched entitled ‘PressPausePlay’ addresses the salient issue of the democratisation of culture - once upon a time, you had to be a filmmaker to shoot films, or a musician to make music; now all you need is a Smartphone. One of the interviewees made a very interesting point about how this shift in mankind’s cultural development might be regarded by future generations. We’ll all look back on the last ten to fifteen years, he hypothesised, and feel really quite ashamed of ourselves. That video of the dog saying ‘I love you’ has been viewed seventy-five million times on YouTube. The Indonesian baby that smokes forty a day, he’s got twenty million. But the Moon landing? A mere seven mill. And consider this… the Tweeter in my earlier example who had ‘completely run out of pants’ has eighty-five followers. That’s eighty-five people who have consciously decided that it’s in their personal interest to monitor the underwear status of an (in all probability) complete stranger. Can that be a good thing? We could carry on arguing this forever, of course, and indeed the technology-versusintegrity debate is likely to rage indefinitely, even as Twitter eventually crumbles to make way for its inevitable multi-billion dollar successor. Either way, I’m afraid this is my final word on the matter, as I really must go now. I have, no joke, run out of pants and need to do some laundry. Perhaps I’ll make a movie about it and post it on YouTube. ‘My Pants - A Retrospective...’ Chris plays piano in South London power-pop band The Lightyears. The Lightyears, voted the UK’s BEST POP/ROCK ACT at the Indy Awards, have played Wembley Stadium, toured across four continents and released a record with Sting’s producer. Chris has recently completed his first novel, “Mockstars”. Find out more at by Chris Russell

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Share the Scare This Halloween why not settle down for some good old-fashioned ghost stories with the youngest members of your family. We’re not suggesting you curl up with the latest Stephen King; our selection of children’s favourites will deliver just the right amount of spooky. From toddlers to teenagers, these tales will ensure Halloween is less of a trick and more of a treat.

Funnybones Janet and Allan Ahlberg What could be more fitting for Halloween than three skeletons on a night out? This classic tale of a somewhat unusual family unit will ease the youngest of readers into Halloween. Setting out on a walk, ready to scare someone and then settling for frightening themselves, it’s a humorous (or should that be humerus?) story with the best laughs coming when they try to reassemble Dog Skeleton. A definite bone-rattler for your littlies, it’s certain to have you humming ‘Dem bones, dem bones’ up until bedtime. The Graveyard Book Neil Gaiman Nobody Owens or ‘Bod’ is no ordinary boy. It’s not surprising really given that he’s been raised by ghosts and ghouls after his own family was murdered. Will Bod survive to adulthood given his unusual adopted family? Will his parents’ killers catch up to him? And how do you learn about life, from the dead? This is a strange and compelling tale for older children. Heavily influenced by Rudyard Kipling’s ‘The Jungle Book’, it’s easy to see why Gaiman has earned himself an

army of devoted fans… among the living. Pure Dead Magic Debi Gliori Move over Mary Poppins, there’s a new nanny in town. Mrs McLachlan’s hired to sort out the strange and mysterious Strega-Borgia family. She has her work cut out dealing with both the children and the parents, not to mention beasts in the basement. This is a Scottish clan in crisis and only a super nanny can come to their rescue. It’s a strange tale that mixes tradition and new technology into a bizarre brew that could have come straight from a Scottish cauldron. Little Shop of Hamsters (Goosebumps Horrorland) R.L. Stine The Goosebumps series does exactly what it says on the tin. Here’s one of our favourite titles in which Sam, who’s desperate to have a pet, starts work in a pet shop. He soon discovers that hamsters may be small, but they’re not always

cute. For anyone who enjoyed ‘Bunnicula’, the vampire bunny has nothing on these evil furballs. Be careful what you wish for… and don’t forget to check the hamster cage before you go to sleep. Kiss of Death Malcolm Rose A school trip goes very wrong when twins Kim and Seth and their friend Wes visit Eyam: a community that was wiped out by the Black Death. Kim and Wes decide to take coins (one of which happens to be cursed) from the bottom of a well in the village only to have the theft come back to haunt them. When the boys are struck down with what looks like the plague, it’s Seth to the rescue. It brings new meaning to the phrase ‘take nothing but photographs’. The Boy Who Haunted Himself Terry Deary A bizarre story of an experiment that goes somewhat awry, the shy and retiring Peter Stone becomes possessed by a spirit from the past. He faces an epic internal struggle to regain his body and mind. This is a chilling tale, with a sting at the end. Paul McKenna fans: be warned.

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Mike's Motors By Mike Wattam

Evoque Epoch Vintage 2012


t’s mind-boggling to attempt to understand the evolution of the original ‘Landie’ into the car road tested this month. In the post-war Midlands, Maurice Wilks could see many ways in which he could improve upon the wartime Willys’ Jeep he was using on his farm, and with his brother who was in charge at Rover in 1947, designed the ‘Landie’ which reached production in 1948. The series 1 was a comfortless but rugged go-anywhere working tool which could literally be repaired in the bush using simple materials available in an ironmongers shop. You could make a new door in a few hours if you had access to a sheet of aluminium, or weld in a new lump of chassis. It took the world by storm and soon the Rover plant at Solihull was pumping them out day and night. They had a rather similar design breakthrough with the Range Rover in 1970 which similarly took the world by storm. Now the Evoque. Land Rover describe the Evoque as a ‘crossover’ and it is, in the way that the Range Rover is ready to climb walls while being one of the most luxurious limousines inside. They have packed the same principles, style, engineering and quality into a small-

er, cutting edge package. It becomes only the second Land Rover to truly earn the ‘Range Rover’ badge. Open any door and you can see and feel it, this car is special. And the public agree, not only are the orderbooks full and the plant working flat-out to meet demand, but it is already highly fashionable in the way the original Austin Mini was. It has given ‘banger’ drivers the aspiration to something much more sophisticated and inspired owners of other manufacturers 4x4’s. But does it deliver? Open the doors and a sumptuous interior meets you, the more expensive version seats have leather in abundance, while cheaper versions feature high quality cloth and all have armchair seats with plenty of side and back support. The internal design has that expansive, expensive look and can range from discrete to bling according to your specification. Instruments and controls appear to be carved from the solid and everything you need falls very neatly to hand. I had been sceptical of the steeply rising window line which gives the car its ‘signature’ look and believed the view out especially for rear seat passengers would be compromised. Not so, you sit high and this is good for vision all round - it will never be easy to clout your own gate-post! Fire it up and the engine settles down to a subdued purr – even the diesel – and only wanton acceleration will remind aurally that you are using fuel. The high output petrol

engine in the ‘Dynamic’ is truly powerful and easily gives over 30mpg while 60 comes up in only 7 seconds – performance enough for anybody on today’s crowded roads. The more modestly specified 2 wheel drive ‘Pure’ with the Peugeotderived eco-diesel, stop-start and manual gearbox impresses with 10.6 seconds and startling economy of over 50mpg when driving with restraint. So, Evoque is fleet and frugal. The drive is excellent. Smoothness and insulation over lumpy English roads is top-notch, while body control in

fast bends and slow corners is above reproach. The steering is full of feel, responsive and accurate. Take great pleasure in driving something really special. Problems? The starting price from around £29,000 is just where the most obvious ‘volume’ competitors top out. Yet this car simply inhabits a different planet, so direct comparison is futile. Will it join my stable? Yes, but I do need a sponsor!



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Across 1. Integers (6) 7. Member of an ancient Jewish sect around the time of Christ (8) 8. Hawaiian garland of flowers (3) 9. Fluid in the mouth (6) 10. Shared on-line journal (4) 11. Song used to praise the Deity (5) 13. Dog of mixed breed (7) 15. Dogmatism (7) 17. Yellow fossil resin (5) 21. Organs of locomotion and balance in fishes (4) 22. Dark brownish-red colour (6) 23. Sweet potato (3) 24. Ribbon-like intestinal parasite (8) 25. Sharpshooter (6) Down 1. Small measure (usually of food such as custard) (6) 2. Japanese woman trained to entertain men (6) 3. Country, capital Madrid (5) 4. Principal bullfighter (7) 5. Military knapsack (6) 6. Oil used as fuel in lamps (8) 12. Curved oriental sword (8) 14. Deep red (7)

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Canal du Midi


n 1996, the Canal du Midi became the first canal in the world to receive World Heritage status, as one of the ‘greatest engineering feats of modern times’ and ‘outstanding landscape fashioned by man’. Designed to link the Atlantic to the Mediterranean across south west France, it had been planned since Roman times but work did not start until 1667, taking 14 years and 15,000 people to complete. Sadly, the engineer Pierre Paul Riquet passed away just months before the royal barge opened the first stretch in his native town of Béziers, in 1681. From Toulouse, where it joins the Canal de Garonne, to the vast Etang de Thau on the Mediterranean, the 245 km long waterway is dotted with over 300 supporting structures, including bridges, locks and canal aqueducts invented by Riquet to cross streams and rivers. The canal tunnel in Malpas was also a world’s first, completed in secret in just a week before the authorities had a chance to find out. They had refused permission on safety grounds. The tunnel remains one of the highlights along the route, rivalled only by Fonserannes, a

steep staircase of seven locks and now a listed monument. For 200 years or so, the canal brought wealth to the region, encouraging agriculture, trade and related business, from boat yards to inns. It was the cheapest way to transport people and goods since a single barge could carry the equivalent of 125 ox-driven carts. Having turned down the canal because of the cost, the town of Carcassonne soon realised its mistake and agreed eventually to finance a diversion. Inevitably, the advent of the railway brought commercial trade to an end but right across Languedoc, the Canal du Midi is alive and well, an integral part of the landscape, meandering past lock-keepers’ cottages, hill top castles and red-roofed villages nestling among vineyards and sunflower fields. Fed by reservoirs from the Black Mountain, or foothills of the central range, shaded by plane trees, pines and cypresses which stabilise the banks and preserve moisture, it’s a peaceful haven for holiday barges, yachts and cruisers. Fishermen doze on the banks, swans and ducks nest in the reeds and the old tow path doubles up as a cycling and

walking trail. For those who cruise along the canal, there is plenty of excitement, working the locks, ducking under low bridges, heading into the tunnel, and plenty to see, from Marseillan and the nearby oyster beds to the medieval walled town of Carcassonne, the largest in Europe, or Toulouse, the vibrant ‘pink city’ basking on the banks of the Garonne. There are picturesque harbours along the way, Castelnaudary, Le Somail, Capestang, wine tasting cellars, flower-draped inns, nature reserves, home to peacock butterflies and 200 species of birds, and glistening lagoons where flamingos feed among the islands. In Port Lauragais, the Pierre Paul Riquet Centre is dedicated to the history of the canal while at the nearby Seuil de Naurouze, the highest point on the route and the watershed between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, an obelisk has been erected in Riquet’s honour. There is no better place to celebrate this local genius, an engineer with amazing vision but also a caring man who introduced sick pay and rest days for his workers, centuries ahead of his time. by Solange Hando

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


utumn has arrived and lots of our winter residents have returned and settled back in to life on the nature reserve. As we progress further towards winter the lakes will start to look very busy indeed as they become packed full of ducks. On the lakes look out for the goldeneye, goosander, shoveler, pochard, wigeon and also our smallest UK duck the teal. Most of these birds will have spent the summer in northern and Eastern Europe and have migrated south west to spend a milder winter here with us. Some pochard may have travelled from as far away as Russia. Goldeneye drake

From November it can be possible to see a modest sized starling murmeration over Ivy lake and sometimes north of Ibsley water as dusk falls. Our starling population is boosted by winter migrants and the starlings gather together, flying like a shoal of fish in the air before settling down to roost in the protection of the reed beds. They won’t be safe for long however if our other popular winter visitor returns. From December we will usually receive our first sightings of the bittern and starlings feature highly on their menu!

tors ask how to tell them Great white egret and little egret apart from the little egrets so hopefully the photograph attached with the two species standing side by side will help! Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust will be running guided birdwatching As the alder cones open to walks throughout the autumn reveal their seeds look out for and winter so check out our flocks of siskin feeding at the website at the bottom of the tops of the trees. This autumn you can eat page for dates and times. a tree too! The fungi fanatics amongst us For the secyear know autumn ond is also a good running we time to look for are holding mushrooms and our popular Blashford is as ‘Eat a Tree’ on good a spot as event any with its wet S a t u r d a y Octowoodland sup- 6th Walk, porting quite an ber. array of fungi to talk, nibble spot. The bril- and sip your liant thing with way around fungi is that B l a s h f o r d Siskin is can be there one day and Lakes on a gone the next, so you never short walk know what to expect! Our fa- to discover some of the ways vourite is the fairytale toadstool that our woodland plants have made their way into our kitchthe fly agaric. ens. Places are limited so booking is essential.

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Local Clubs and Societies



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

We are looking for new members as well as existing members. The club meets every third Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm at The Swans, Morrison’s Car Park,Verwood, Contact Sue on 07889668313.



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


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


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


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


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.


Meets every other Thursday at the Methodist Church Hall, Verwood. £2 per evening includes refreshments. Contact Marilyn Fisher 01202 814212.


.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


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.


Would love to have more members. All Welcome. A friendly atmosphere, quite good facilities and an even better reception! 12-4pm. Details from Mary Edge 01202 829217


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

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Wimborne Bowls Club News

ll mens teams retained their league status in the Bournemouth & District Leagues, Mens 1st team retained league position in the Dorset League, however the Mens Second team were the Champions of Dorset League Division 2 & the third team retained league status. Our ladies in the photo, Christine Sexton & Margaret Wilson were runnersup in the Dorset Ladies Pairs Final. We attracted 15 new members who we look forward to be league playing members next season.

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t’s almost five years since we last reviewed Drusilla’s Inn just outside Horton when Gary and Nicky Watling had just taken over to begin the transformation of the reputation and fortunes of this lovely thatched country pub. Horton is situated on the boundary between the chalk downland of Cranborne Chase and the heathland of the New Forest and Drusillas Inn is a little hidden gem almost equidistant from Verwood and Wimborne found on the Horton Road with views of sheep grazing on rolling fields to the Horton Tower beyond. This Gothic red brick folly was said to have once been the tallest non-religious building in Britain and various descriptions seem to vary between five and seven stories! It’s use seems to have been lost in the mists of time but is reputed to have been built as an observatory by Humphrey Sturt in the early 1700’s. Today it discreetly hides mobile phone masts so it still has links with the heavens 300 years later! Prior to Drusilla’s, Gary and Nicky previously ran a successful Bistro in Ashurst and using this Horton Tower experience their intention at Drusilla’s was to offer simple, freshly made, locally sourced, seasonal food at sensible prices in a relaxed atmosphere. In addition to the meals, all the sauces, purèes, and even the after dinner chocolates are all freshly made! Since it was such a beautiful warm September day we decided to do a lunch review and to see the pub on one of those rare occasions this year when the sun was shining! The garden at the front is an attractive, cottage style which sets off the thatched pub behind perfectly. My husband was very impressed with the stripey lawn!

Main Bar

The pub interior is split into 4 main areas. The main central bar with fires at each end, with the lounge bar leading off to the right followed by the Garden Room beyond which has recently been extended and can now cater for up to ninety. To the left of the main bar is the “Round Room” restaurant with it’s stunning vaulted oast house style roof feature which can cater for forty and has waitress service. All meal prices are the same wherever you choose to eat - nice and simple - we like that! An excellent selection of local real ales and ciders on tap together with a good choice of wines are available from the bar - my husband chose a pint of golden Westons Cheddar Valley The Round Room cider which looked a bit murky to me “but it’s supposed to” he explained. The menu changes depending on the season and what is available from local suppliers and we were still in time to catch the Summer Set Menu and the Summer A La Carte Menu. Since all the food is freshly cooked on the premises, the range of dishes is carefully selected depending what is in season but together with the specials board, there is always plenty of choice. All the sauces are flour free and about 90% of dishes are also gluten free which these days is so important for many diners. For starters my husband chose the deliciously light,

17 Creamed Ricotta & Chive Mousse from the Set Menu, generously topped with Smoked Salmon, accompanied by a Radish Dressing. Other choices included Duck Parfait with a Local Chutney, Chilled Melon with a Compote of Mulled Berries and Drusilla’s Soup with their Own Baked Bread. A basket of which appeared prior to the starters to tempt the tastebuds!

Seared Dived Scallops set on Apple Purèe & Black Pudding

I selected from the A La Carte Menu and ordered my favourite - Seared Dived Scallops set on Apple Purèe and Black Pudding which sounded like a tasty combination. Apparently dived scallops are hand selected by the diver rather than by the usual harvesting method of dredging which gives a drier and tastier scallop. Black pudding does seem to be appearing more on menus these days in unexpected combinations which I thoroughly approve of - since I am such a great fan. This was no exception and tasted as good as it looked and sounded! Main courses next and we swapped menus so my husband was allowed to choose from the A La Carte menu! Choices ranged from Char Grilled Fillet of Beef, Fillet of Sea Bass, Dorset Venison Steak to a delicious sounding Broad Bean and Blue Vinny Tagliatelli. The Venison was finally selected which was glazed with Blue Vinney and set on Celeriac Mash and Cranberry Jus. Mash, like Black Pudding is now combined with all sorts of delicious combinations and celeriac can certainly be recommended. As can the Char Grilled Dorset Pork set on Mustard and Rosemary Potato and coated with an Apricot Glaze which I chose from the Set Menu. One of four choices including a vegetarian Spiced Five Bean Cassoulet glazed

with Goats Cheese and topped with tossed Rocket. Both dishes came with a Melange of perfectly cooked Fresh Seasonal Vegetables. My husband reckoned that the Drusilla’s Sticky Toffee Pudding from the Summer A La Carte menu draped with Butterscotch and served with Honeycomb Ice Cream was probably one of the most delicious he had tried and he has certainly tried lots! A photo just wouldn’t do it justice he said! My Fresh Seasonal Fruit Salad with a Light Raspberry Sorbet from the Set Menu was just as nice but much more restrained I thought. After our puddings we finally managed to grab a word with Gary who always seems to be rushed off his feet. Despite this he has somehow managed to find the time to come up with an exciting new venture for Drusilla’s which involves designing and building fully insulated, heated Shepherd Huts from scratch complete with all mod-cons and ensuite facilities and will be situated in the paddock at the rear of Drusilla’s to create a unique style of B & B accommodation! Using local workforce and materials, he hopes to have the huts ready for occupation in the newly landscaped Paddock for Spring 2013 together with a small shop selling local produce, a small flock of sheep in a pets corner and is even planning to plant his own orchard! Phew! Nicky also isn’t one to let the grass grow under her feet either (as it were!) and is gradually expanding her list of popular country pub walks from Drusilla’s including one to Horton Tower - the latest one being from Verwood and West Moors. Check the Fresh Seasonal Fruit Salad and Light Fruit Sorbet website for more details. Coffees arrived with a couple of Gary’s delicious Home Made Chocolates and after hearing about the up and coming French themed Beaujolais Nouveau evening on the 3rd Thursday in November, the regular music nights and all the other exciting current events, we wondered if there was anything left for Gary and Nicky to come up with in the next five years! But whatever happens, thanks to Gary and Nicky, Drusilla’s is certainly now back on the map!

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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.



e started seeing a stray or feral cat wandering across our field garden near to the pond. We did not know where it had come from, but every day it would appear and stay for some time hunting. Its explorations took it into one of our greenhouses, but I did not notice and it wasn’t until I was looking for another cat gone missing that I opened the door I had closed earlier and found this poor cat in a terrible state unable to find a way out, clambering up the walls in sheer panic. Obviously I let it out, much to its relief and it ran away. However in spite of the earlier experience, the cat decided that a heated greenhouse was a good place to sleep on a winter’s night, and we had made a hole in the door at each end of the greenhouse so that any cat locked in by mistake would always have a point of exit or escape. This was obviously a cat with no home but one that did not welcome attention, so we made provision for it in the greenhouse, a comfy bed, toilet facilities and a tray of cat biscuits, water and of course sachets of food. All provisions and contributions were well received and nothing was wasted. Instead of just a feed at night, it became necessary to feed the cat in the morning also as we began to get the ‘Mee.. ooooow’ treatment whenever we entered the greenhouse. We called the cat ‘Molly’ and she was with us for a couple of years. Then one day when I saw her, ravenous for food, she had what could only be described as a ‘curtain of blood’ hanging like a bib from her mouth. It was alarming to say the least. I put the food down for her, and despite

her obvious problem she ate all before her and asked for more. She had to be taken to the Vet as soon as possible. I could not imagine what could be the matter. The RSPCA provided us with a catching cage and our concern for the cat increased as blood was being dripped onto the floor of the greenhouse. Overnight she did enter the catching cage for the food we had placed inside, so next morning it was straight to the Vet and as we feared, it was bad news. After examination, she was found to have a cancerous lesion in her mouth which was now bleeding, there was no solution other than for her to be put to sleep. We had not been able to get close to her, but we had cared for her and any parting was always with deep regret and sorrow. We had done all we could. However we have to remember her as Mr Molly, as we had failed on our gender identification! Whenever we see the beautiful giant yellow flower of the Solandra Grandeflora we remember poor Mr Molly as he used to like sitting in its pot, and we are thankful that he did find a good home in the end.

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.

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1. Which fictional monster lived on Skull Island? 2. On the TV show Sesame Street, what colour is the Cookie Monster’s fur? 3. In the Shakespeare play Othello, what is referred to as “the green eyed monster”? 4. What is the more common name for a lycanthrope? 5. Lending its name to a roller coaster at Seaworld in Orlando, Florida, what is the name of the legendary sea monster that is said to have been seen off the coasts of Norway and Iceland? 6. “Monsters Unleashed” is the sub-title to a 2004 sequel to which 2002 film? 7. Which comedienne called herself “the Sea Monster” when she first began doing stand-up comedy? 8. Also used as a motor racing track, which site hosted the Monsters Of Rock festivals between 1980 and 1996? 9. Who played the title role in the 1994 film Frankenstein? 10. In which Stephen King novel does a monster take the form of a clown called Pennywise?

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Wishbone Ash - The true originators in modern rock music! £18 Ancient Harvest & Apple Day. See our Roman Cider Press in action. Bring bottles and apples and press your own juice to take away. Adults £4.00, Children £2.00 Moors Valley Countryside Fair -This is a great event offering the chance to see a variety of both traditional and modern countryside skills and also to have a go.

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Animal Blessing at the Minster Church

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Verwood Concert Brass. £8, U12 £4 SEAN HUGHES - Life Becomes Noises (16+ only £16.00 FILM: Anna Karenina(12A). Adults £6.50, £5.50 (Matinee), U16 £4.50

Tivoli Theatre*, Wimborne Ancient Technology Centre, Damerham Rd, Cranborne, Dorset. BH21 5RP. 01725 517618 Moors Valley Country Park, near Ringwood. Admission FREE, parking charges apply. Wimborne Minster Church, High Street, Wimborne, Dorset. BH21 1HT The Hub, Verwood* Tivoli Theatre*, Wimborne Tivoli Theatre*, Wimborne Greyfriars, 44 Christchurch Road Ringwood BH24 1DW, Greyfriars Office 01425 472613.

Wed 10 Oct 7.30pm

Film Night - The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. £5

Fri 12 Oct

7.30pm - 11pm

Sat 13 Oct


Wine Tasting & Dinner. £19.50 including 3 Course Verwood United Reform Church, Manor Road, Verwood dinner with wine served at each course. Ancient Technology Centre, Damer‘Agincourt’ Storytelling by Direct Theatre Peter ham Rd, Cranborne, Dorset. BH21 Courtnay. 5RP. 01725 517618

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11am - 4.30pm

New Forest Cider. Pound Lane, BurNew Forest Cider Apple Pressing Weekend. Steam ley. Hampshire, BH24 4ED. 01425 403 pressing, morris men and local craft demonstra- 589. Parking in the village centre with tions. Swing boats and coconut shy. Adults £2, free tractor and trailer rides to and Children U14 free. from the cider farm.

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Saturday Dance Night with the Zoltans. Top swing and jump jive band. £10 (On the door £12)

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The Hub, Verwood*

Swans, Morrison's Car Park, Pennine Way, Verwood, Dorset. BH31 6UL. Sue 07889668313 Allendale Community Centre, WimWimborne Historical Society presents "Footsteps borne, Dorset. BH21 1AS. 01202 in the Sands of Time" by David Smith 887006 Wimborne Drama Group presents "HAY FEVER" Tivoli Theatre*, Wimborne by Noel Coward. Adult £10, Matinee £8 Verwood Memorial Hall, Ringwood Tabletop sale/ Craft Fair. Tables pre-booked are £5 Road, Verwood, BH31 7AA. Chris or £6 on the day Mudge 07972727536 Colehill Memorial Hall Quiz Evening Murder Mystery Dinner Dance and Show. £19.50, The Hub, Verwood* Adult Members Concession £18.00 Fun Run -KidsK, 5k or 10k. Fundraising for Julia's Bournemouth Seafront. 01202 644220 House, Lewis Manning & Forest Holm Hospices. or FILM: Hope Springs(12A). Adults £6.50, £5.50 Tivoli Theatre*, Wimborne (Matinee), U16 £4.50 Rockbourne Fair. Around 90 stands, including Salisbury Racecourse. many exciting new stalls. Make a start on your Christmas shopping. Adults £5, Children Free. Bournemouth Gilbert & Sullivan Society presents Lighthouse 21 Kingland Road, Poole, 'Iolanthe' - A satire on The House of Lords. Wed Dorset. BH15 1UG. 0844 406 8666. £12, Thurs - Sat £13. Conc. £11 (not Fri/Sat eve) Bird Feeder Making - RSPB and Wildlife Trust join Knoll Gardens Hampreston, Near Knoll Gardens for wildlife open days. Admission Wimborne, Dorset BH21 7ND. 01202 is free, but donations to the Knoll Gardens Foun- 873931 dation are welcome Verwood arts and craft society exhibition of crafts Verwood Memorial Hall, Ringwood Road, Verwood, BH31 7AA. and gift fayre Musical Production of 'Raffle & Olivia - A True The Blackledge Theatre, Godolphin Love Story'. Fundraising for the Stars Appeal. £30. School, Milford Hill, Salisbury. SP1 Includes Pre-show Singapore Slings or Wine 2RA. Liz Connock 01425 651777 Canapes Around Wimborne Town Centre Wimborne Food Festival Ancient Technology Centre, DamerRoman Weekend. Open Weekend ham Rd, Cranborne, Dorset. BH21 5RP. 01725 517618 FILM: Ice Age 4: Continental Drift - Comedy AdThe Hub, Verwood* venture(U) Adults £4, U16 £2, Conc £3.50 Verwood Organ & Keyboard Society presents Ian The Hub, Verwood* Griffin. Tickets £5 JOE BROWN and his Band - The Guvnor’s back! Tivoli Theatre*, Wimborne Pure Class! £22 Over 50's Singles Club - Event to be Decided. £1 on the door

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Private Willis déjà vu in B’mouth G & S Iolanthe


ike Griffiths turns the clock back 19 years when he takes on the part of Private Willis in Bournemouth Gilbert & Sullivan Society’s production of Iolanthe at Lighthouse, Poole from 24-27 October. He played the role for the Society in 1993 and it has always been one of his favourites – ‘It’s the only time I’ve been on sentry go since National Service,’ he says! Iolanthe is Gilbert’s satire on the House of Lords – a very topical subject – at the end of which all the peers are turned into fairies!

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Nicky Stevens to star in Wimborne Pantomime


orset’s Tivoli Theatre Director Charlie North Lewis, producers Ron Martin Management and Born 2 Perform are delighted to announce they have secured the services of ‘Nicky Stevens’ from the famous Brotherhood of Man to star in this year’s fairy tale pantomime ‘Cinderella’ Charlie North Lewis is said to be “very happy” about this year’s signing. “We have a brand new and exciting cast who will retain the already very high standard”. Ron Martin, a very established Theatrical Agent and producer, is proud to be bringing Nicky to his beloved home town of Wimborne, having spent the past 4 years providing pantomime talent at the Tivoli Theatre each Production has been met with increasingly huge popularity and great reviews. Ron Martin manages the skills and talents of entertainment professionals worldwide, and

is regularly involved in introducing talent into Television shows here in the UK; however his greatest love has always been Pantomime. Ron is excited to be working with an extremely talented cast along with help from his wife and her performing arts juveniles “Born 2 Perform”, also based locally. This really will be a home grown tradition. ‘Cinderella’ the world’s favourite fairy tale story and possibly the most famous, is set to bring spectacular sets, beautiful costumes, an energetic and highly amusing script laced with the legendary and dynamic voice of Nicky Stevens is all set to provide a wonderful magical Pantomime suitable for all the family, young or old. BOOK EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT!!! Adults 13.00, Children under 16 £10.50. BOX OFFICE 01202 885566 or ONLINE AT

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See P.29 for contact details of many Local Entertainment Centres Wimborne Literary Festival with lots of interesting Community Learning & Resource authors, poets & illustrators. Centre,41-44 King Street, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 1EB. 3 Cross Market. Friendly Indoor Market com3 Legged Cross Village Hall. Sue prised non-commercial market stalls selling 9am - 1pm handmade gifts, crafts, bakery, produce & refresh- 01202 890001 ments. FREE Parking and Admission The Barrington Centre*, Ferndown. 2.15pm FILM: SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN Tickets 01202 679390 7.30pm, 10,11 Matinee Churchill Productions present 'Calendar Girls' £10 Tivoli Theatre*, Wimborne 2.30pm Matinees £8 Ringwood Musical & Drama Society presents 8pm The Hub, Verwood* 'The Soiree'. £12 BORN IN THE USA - The ultimate Dream Rock Barrington Centre*, Ferndown. 7.30pm Spectacular ! Tickets £19.50, Seniors £19.00, FCA The Tickets 01202 679390 Friends £18.50

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Parish Hall, Pamphill Green, Wimborne Art Club Autumn Exhibition & sale of Pamphill Wimborne, Dorset. BH21 art and craft. Free admission & Light refreshment. Pamphill, 4ED. 01202 888342. LENNY HENRY - POP LIFE! £24.50 Tivoli Theatre*, Wimborne Memorial Hall, Ringwood Tabletop sale/ Craft Fair. Tables pre-booked are £5 Verwood Road, Verwood, BH31 7AA. Chris or £6 on the day Mudge 07972727536

60's & 70's Party Night. £6 (£5 Members) The Hub, Verwood* FILM: Casablanca- War romance(U) Adults £4, U16 The Hub, Verwood* £2, Conc £3.50 Wimborne Historical Society presents AGM and Allendale Community Centre, Wim"Discovering Dorset - Part 6" by borne, Dorset. BH21 1AS. 01202 Wed 21 Nov 7pm Rev. Stuart Timbrell 887006 The Regular Joes - A 40's theme night. Chance to The Hub, Verwood* dress up in 40's fashion or allied WWII uniform. Fri 23 Nov 7.30pm Adv £10; On the door £12. Verwood Farmers Market Ferrett Green, Verwood, BH31 6HF Sat 24 Nov 9am - 1pm Christmas Fair. Free Entry. Santas's Grotto The Hub, Verwood* Sat 24 Nov 10am - 4pm (11.15am - 3.15pm) £5 Members £4 The Three Snake Leaves’ Storytelling by the Com- Ancient Technology Centre, Damerpany of Storytellers Ben Haggarty, Hugh Lupton, ham Rd, Cranborne, Dorset. BH21 Sat 24 Nov 7.30pm Sally Pomme Clayton & musicians Dylan Fowler 5RP. 01725 517618 and Gill Stevens‘ Milton Abbey Christmas Craft Fair. All proceeds Milton Abbey School, Milton Abbas, Sun 25 Nov 10am - 4pm going to Julia’s House. Blandford DT11 0DA Verwood Organ & Keyboard Society presents The Hub, Verwood* or 01202 822936 Wed 28 Nov 7.30pm Tony Whittaker Tickets £5 Salisbury Christmas Market. On the first day the The Guildhall Square, Salisbury Wilt29 Nov - 16 10am - 6pm daily and Christmas Market will be open from 10am - 8pm shire SP1 1JH. Stephanie Swann Dec until 7pm Thu - Sat 07436 266 560. with special opening celebrations starting at 5.30pm and a lantern procession at 6.15pm. GOGO - Girls Only Jazz Orchestra. £10, Members The Hub, Verwood* Fri 30 Nov 7.30pm £8, Adv £9 Tickets from 01425 280444 or Enrique VS Shaky Tribute Night & Freestyle. Adv The Hub, Sat 1 Dec 8pm £10 Verwood* Blashford Lakes Centre, Ellingham Come In to Roost. Booking essential. Watch a Drove, near Ringwood (meet at the dusk spectacle as up to 20,000 gulls, 500 geese Tue 4 Dec 3.30pm - 4.30pm and 200 goosander come in to roost on Ibsley Wa- Tern Hide) Hampshire BH24 3PJ. Jim Day or Michelle Crooks 01425 472760 ter. . Suggested donation £3. Sorry, no dogs. FILM: Batman, the Dark Night Rises. Action drama The Hub, Verwood* Wed 5 Dec 2pm, 7.30pm (12A) Adults £4, U16 £2, Conc £3.50 Vienna Ballet present COPPELIA. £16 & £18 U16 Tivoli Theatre*, Wimborne Thu 6 Dec 7.30pm £12.50 FILM: Polar Express. Animation adventure (U) Sat 8 Dec 2pm The Hub, Verwood* Adults £4, U16 £2, Conc £3.50 Forest Forge Theatre Company presents 'Midnight Greyfriars Community Centre, RingSat 8 Dec 2.30pm wood, BH24 1DW. 01425 472613 is a Place' Ancient Technology Centre, DamerANCIENT WINTER DAY. See the crafts and skills ham Rd, Cranborne, Dorset. BH21 Sat 8 Dec 10am - 4pm that thousands of winters have seen be5RP. 01725 517618 fore.Tickets £4 adults and £2 children. Christmas Party to The Atlantics. Jive & swing to Sat 8 Dec 8pm The Atlantics playing classics from the 50's era. The Hub, Verwood* Adv £10; On the door £12. COUNTERFEIT STONES –19th Bogus Breakdown. Tivoli Theatre*, Wimborne Sat 8 Dec 8pm £18.50 Sat 17 Nov


FILM: The Sweeney(15). Adults £6.50, £5.50 (Matinee), U16 £4.50

Wed 21 Nov 2pm, 7.30pm

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Wet Rooms

They’re hip, they’re hot and they’re wet, wet, wet – and no, we’re not talking about an Eighties pop band, but the aspirational trend for bathrooms. Katherine Sorrell looks at what you need to know before installing a wet room or walk-in shower.

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Just what is a wet room anyway? In a conventional wet room, the whole bathroom is, potentially, the shower area. There’s no step up into the shower cubicle – in fact, there’s no shower cubicle; instead, the room is tanked (treated to make it completely waterproof) and given a floor drain and a decent-sized shower head. Add a conventional loo and basin, and bingo, you have a wet room. Why would I want one? Wet rooms done well are stylish, contemporary and seen as the last word in luxury, and some say they add value to a property – though it must be added that this seems to apply mainly to high-end, urban homes rather than your average suburban semi or country cottage. If you enjoy

an indulgent shower then a wet room gives you an unparalleled sense of freedom and space (you can even design it so you have a view); and if your bathroom is on the small side then removing the bath will give you loads more room. Wet rooms should be easier to keep clean, too – no fiddling around the screen or tray, just a mop over as necessary, which is especially easy if you fit a wallmounted basin and WC. Finally, wet rooms can be better for older people or anyone with impaired mobility, as there’s no step up into the shower to negotiate. What can go wrong? It’s not advisable to convert your only bathroom into a wet room – potential buyers tend to want at least one bath and, what’s more, you do need access to a dry loo and basin,

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25 is enclosed by a good-looking glass panel: thus the water is contained in one area (so no soaked loo roll), and the room won’t need such extensive preparation with regard to drainage and tanking. The risk of leaks is reduced – though there are no guarantees. The disadvantage is that a walk-in will take up more space than a standard shower cubicle. What are the technicalities? Wet rooms are often recommended for ground floors and basements, where the sub-floor is more likely to be solid. In a first-floor installation it’s more tricky. You may need to strengthen joists in order to bear the load of heavy stone tiles; you’ll certainly need to ensure that the floor is stable, as wooden joists that flex could create cracks in tiles or waterproofing. In all cases you need to create a suitable drainage slope, either with a ‘former’ and suitable levelling compound, or a pre-formed

tray set into the floor. To pressure or a small tank, for accommodate waste fittings, example, you may need to fit you may need to raise the a bigger tank or add a pump. entire floor level of the room, Finally, ventilation. Fit a really which could mean having to good extractor fan, following re-size the doorway. Really good tanking is vital. It may be in the form of impermeable sheeting or a trowelled-on sealant, and should be applied to the entire floor of the wet room or walk-in, the walls that are likely to become wet, and extend beyond by 50cm each side. Another option Uniline 1400 recess easy access wet room shower screen, £315, for walls is to use Unishower, 01845 522232; prefabricated waterresistant boarding. In both building regulations religiously cases it is necessary to seal (ask advice from your local vulnerable areas (corner joints planning authority), and avoid and pipework penetrations) condensation by also having using a special sealing strip. some form of heating in the Then there’s your water room, whether underfloor or supply. If you have low water radiators. 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


1 Durrant Road, Bournemouth, 01202 551999 / 0845 790 9090

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Verwood Concert Brass Band Hall, Moorlands Rd Mike Daymond 01202 822549 Monday: 10am - 3.30pm Wednesday: 10am - 3.30pm EDV-0912


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 Autumn Term: 4(3) Sept - 21 Dec 12 Half Term: 29 Oct - 2 Nov 12 Christmas Holidays: 24 Dec 12 - 4 Jan 13 Spring Term: 7 Jan - 28 March 13 Half Term: 18 Feb - 22 Feb 13 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 - 4 (2) Sept 13 UK holidays Christmas: 25 & 26 Dec 12 New Year: 1 Jan 13 Easter: 29 March - 1 April 13 May Day: 6 May 13 Spring Bank Holiday: 27 May 13 Summer Bank Holiday: 26 Aug 13 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

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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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Accountancy Services Payroll Perfection 13 Advertising Roundabout Mags 27,32 Beauty, Health & Fitness Accentuate 29 Moves Fitness 29 Rocky Relationships 23 Building Services / Home Improvements DM Fitting Services 13 Graham Histed 1,29 Handy Hands 15 JM Installations 9 MC Brickwork 5 Carpet & Upholst. Cleaners Peter Millin Carpet Cleaning 7


Central Heating & Plumbing M Jackson Plumbing & Heating 25 Children's Education & Care (inc. Schools & Nurseries) Verwood Day Nursery 13 Chimney Sweep Oliver Chimney Sweep 1 Financial Services Lifesure Group Ltd 9,31 Fitted Furniture Marmalade Interiors 29 Select Interiors 15 Flooring Contakt Carpets 5 Garden Services & Supplies Herb'll Fix It 32 Health & Fitness see Beauty, Health & Fitness

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Special Award for Lion Don Crabtree

imborne and Ferndown Lions Club member, Lion Don Crabtree, has been awarded the Bert Mason Humanitarian award for his commitment and dedication to Lions Youth programs. Don, together with his wife Pauline, has been a member of the Lions for 16 years, having previously been with Christchurch Lions Club. He also served on the 105D Cabinet for a number of years, again covering Youth activities. Don has always been enthusiastic and dedicated towards encouraging young people to take an interest in Lions Youth activities. He has managed Wimborne & Ferndown’ Lions Youth campaigns, such as the annual Peace Poster competition, Youth Football, search for Young Ambassadors and various other Youth related activities. He has also lobbied for Lions funds to be donated to other Youth related projects including equipment for Schools. Sadly, Don has had to step

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