Roundabout Verwood & Three Legged Cross February 2019

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LOCAL BUSINESS DIRECTORY Page 50 PAST & PRESENT Verwood Station, pre-nationalisation WHAT’S ON LISTINGS Pages 28 - 30

February / March 2019 - Issue 167/168

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f you are an ardent Sudoku fan then you might have been very confused by the answer to the puzzle in our last issue which had no resemblance to the puzzle itself! Oops! Thanks go to one of our particularly smart but bemused readers who alerted us! The correct solution can be found on page 38. On the ‘smart’ subject, have you come across any of the new ‘Smart’ motorway’s yet? We have an article on page 16 which explains the way they work. Personally I’m not convinced how safe they are as the old hard shoulder isn’t the safest of places to break down or stop in anyway and now even that is disappearing. The thought of breaking down on a dark, wet night and not being able to at least pull off onto the hard shoulder seems

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incredibly dangerous to me with huge articulated trucks lumbering along also in the same inside lane. So until they are all completed we’ll just have to contend with endless 50mph motorway speed limits for now! In fact after Googling SMART - I find it may not necessarily be smart as one would assume. Just marketing speak for a simple 5 element acronym used by businesses to create a helpful aid for an actionable plan for results. The 5 elements being Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-based goals. On a similar vein we have smart meters that go dumb, unlimited phone deals which are in fact limited or free offers that aren’t, etc! I’m sure you all know of many other examples! So my advice would be “Always read the smallprint!”

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Local events and features Community News Past & Present: Verwood Station Clubs & Societies What’s On Locally The Blashford Bulletin

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Feature articles Book Reviews: Books To Get You Talking Motoring: Smart Motorways Explained Mike’s Motors: 500 of the Best History: Forgotten Foods Parenting: Bringing a Pet Into Your family

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Information Advertising Local Theatres, Concerts & the Arts Dorset Waste Partnership: Rubbish & Recycling Useful Local Information Useful Telephone Numbers Local Business Directory

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PAST and PRESENT Verwood Station



he photo above shows a very smart Verwood station and the Albion Inn immediately behind with its white Ebblake brick heart pattern visible on the end gable. This early colour photo is an excellent example of the Southern Railway colour scheme used between 1923 and 1948. Buff for the woodwork and planking, bright chrome green for doors, framing and canopies etc, apple green for canopy brackets and white window bars and glazing frames. The Southern Railway headed poster is also an indication of this period. In 1948 the railways were nationalised with the creation of British Railways. The b/w inset photo was taken towards the end of the B.R era when closure of the line was imminent and the station had a general air of neglect and delapidation.

The photo below is taken from almost the same position (housing prevents the view from any further back). It is hard to believe that standing here 60 years ago you would be waiting on the down platform with the train to Bournemouth just arriving! The road to Cranborne now runs where it did originally 160 years ago before it was diverted over the railway bridge and the old isolated bridge arch is now a useful all weather seating and storage area.

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Julia’s House seeks participants for 2019 challenge events


ulia’s House, the Dorset and Wiltshire children’s hospice charity, is inviting people to sign up to one of their Challenge fundraising events for 2019. The five events offer an exciting opportunity to step outside your comfort zone and achieve something truly amazing, whilst raising funds to help children living with life-limiting conditions. Choose from a Jurassic Coast trek, a tandem skydive, two cycle challenges – one through Mallorca’s stunning coastal scenery or one closer to home in the Dorset/Wiltshire countryside - or you may prefer to pull on your running shoes and take part in the popular Bournemouth Marathon Festival. “By signing up to one of our 2019 Challenge events you can make a big difference to the lives of local, life-limited children and their families,” explains Hannah Miller, Challenge Events Manager for Julia’s House. “We rely on events like this to help us throw a lifeline to mums and dads facing their own enormous challenges every day.” The season begins on 8 June with the Jurassic Coast Trek – a challenging 13 or 26 mile hike which takes in breathtaking views along Dorset’s stunning coastline. Begin the walk at Osmington for the full trek, passing landmark sights including Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove, or join the trail at Kimmeridge for a shorter option as you make your way to Acton Field Campsite near Swanage. All participants will be able to celebrate their achievements with a complimentary hog roast and glass of prosecco at the finish line.

Could you be brave for just one minute to help a child feel brave for a lifetime? Take part in The Big Jump on 3 August and experience the thrill of a tandem skydive, jumping from 13,000 feet under the control of an experienced instructor. A dedicated contact at Julia’s House will give you one-to-one support all the

way and will be there on the day to watch your jump at the Army Parachute Association near Salisbury.

New for 2019 is the Mallorca Cycle Challenge (12-16 September), an epic 4-day adventure during which you will conquer the best and most picturesque climbs on the island, including the iconic Sa Colbara, Puig Major and the breathtaking Cap de Formentor. Exclusive to Julia’s House fundraisers, the Mallorca Cycle Challenge offers a unique opportunity to test your cycling to the limit. Find out if this amazing adventure is for you at a free information evening at the charity’s Dorset hospice in Corfe Mullen on 26 February. David Williams, an experienced ride captain will be on hand to explain all about the challenges of cycling in Mallorca. You’ll be able to ask questions about the ride, get advice on fundraising from the Julia’s House team and discover how the money you raise will make a difference to local children and their families. There’s also an opportunity to get on your bike closer to home with The Big Ride on 22 September. Tough hill climbs, quiet rural roads and spectacular views combine in this classic cycle event starting from the gorgeous Larmer Tree Gardens on the Dorset/Wiltshire border. Taking in a choice of two circular routes of 50 or 100 miles, The Big Ride is suitable for seasoned cyclists or anyone looking for a fresh goal to boost their fitness. If running is more your style, the Bournemouth Marathon Festival (5-6 October) provides an irresistible combination of vibrant atmosphere, fresh sea air and fabulous views. Best of all, it offers something for all ages and all levels of fitness, from the challenge of a fullon marathon to a Kids’ K – meaning your family can run for Julia’s House families. Anybody interested in signing up for a Challenge event can find more information at or call Hannah Miller on 01202 644262.

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Spotlight on Trevor Parsons, Verwood’s wildlife photographer


s a child brought up in London Trevor Parsons was a keen photographer. He moved to Verwood from London in 2002 and has recently re-discovered his love of wildlife and landscape photography that he had as a child. He is a member of the Royal Photographic Society and has worked for the photograhic library Getty. After visiting The Wildlife Roadshow at Lyndhurst last year Trevor was very much encouraged by Simon King from the BBC Springwatch team and says “Before last year no one had seen my photos apart from my family. It


was only when I spoke to Simon King at his wildlife roadshow at Lyndhurst Hampshire and him saying social media was the best way to get my photos out there that I thought I would give it a try and it’s kind of taken off for me. I am a passionate nature photographer.” He has also recently been interviewed on BBC Solent radio and Forest FM and has had photos featured in The Times and RSPB’s Nature’s Voice Instagram page. Trevor’s photos can viewed on his twitter address which is @sonsrap10 or contact Trevor on

Verwood Home Library Service thanks long standing volunteers

special coffee morning took place at Verwood Library in December. Bob and Mary McKay, Home Library Service volunteers with the Royal Voluntary Service, were retiring after 16 years of volunteering, first for the Meals on Wheels Service in Ferndown and more recently for the Home Library Service in Verwood. Dorset Home Library Service Manager Maria Jacobson said: “We will really miss Bob and Mary! They are wonderful volunteers who have visited older people in their own homes for many years, bringing much needed friendship and social contact as well as reading materials. They have been hugely reliable, thoughtful, kind and supportive and I would like to wish them

all the very best for their well- deserved retirement.” The Home Library Service in Verwood needs new clients: if you or someone you know finds it difficult to get to the library then this service might be for you. It is provided by Dorset Library Service free of charge, and delivered by Royal Voluntary Service volunteers every three weeks. Books and/or talking books are chosen individually for each person, and delivered to your home by our volunteers, providing not only a regular supply of reading materials but also a visit by a trusted volunteer. To request a visit please call Maria Jacobson on 01305 236666, e-mail: maria.jacobson@royalvoluntaryservice. or call Verwood Library 01202 822972.

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WORDWHEEL Using only the letters in the Wordwheel, you have ten minutes to find as many words as possible, none of which may be plurals, foreign words or proper nouns. Each word must be of three letters or more, all must contain the central letter and letters can only be used once in every word. There is at least one word that uses all of the letters in the wheel.





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Roar – Cecelia Ahern

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ast swathes of the UK’s road network are being transformed into ‘Smart Motorways’. The government cites them as the solution for congestion, with the hard shoulder being used as a live lane and overhead gantries displaying variable speed limits with cameras enforcing them. Highways England says the introduction of Smart Motorways has ‘increased journey reliability’ as well as reducing personal injury accidents. But this new network requires a new way of driving, as well as a better understanding of what the overhead signs mean. Let’s take a look. Are there different types of Smart Motorway? There are. Though the overall objective of the scheme is to improve congestion, there are different types of Smart Motorway dotted throughout the country. The first is a controlled motorway. This retains its hard shoulder, which can be used in the event of an emergency. The remaining lanes are subject to variable speed limits. These are displayed on overhead gantries, and enforced by speed cameras. If no speed limit is displayed, then the national speed limit is in place. Then there are all-lanerunning sections of motorway. This means that all lanes of the motorway are live, and there isn’t a section of hard shoulder. In the event of an

Like it or not, Smart Motorways are being created across the UK. Here’s how to drive on them. incident, a red ‘X’ is displayed above the closed lane. Any driver who ignores this could not only be getting into a dangerous situation, but subject to a £100 fine and three penalty points on their licence. Again, overhead speed limits are enforced by cameras. Finally, you’ve got a dynamic hard shoulder. While sounding like an 80’s prog-rock band, this section means that the hard shoulder can be opened to live traffic during periods of congestion. A solid white line still signifies the hard shoulder’s location, but those overhead gantry signs will display whether or not it can be used by traffic. It shouldn’t be used if the signs above the lane are blank or displaying a red ‘X’. Again, this is enforced by the overhead cameras. What happens if I break down on a motorway with no hard shoulder? Breaking down on the motorway can be stressful and potentially dangerous at the best of times, but what happens if the worst happens on a Smart Motorway with no hard shoulder? Should you begin to suffer with vehicle difficulties, look out for an emergency refuge area (ERA). These are denoted by blue signs with an orange SOS telephone symbol, and are dotted at 1.5 mile intervals along the highway. If you’re unable to get to

an ERA, you should attempt to get onto the verge (providing there is no barrier), switch on your hazard lights and exit the vehicle safely via the nearside door. If you can’t get to the nearside of the motorway safely, stay in the vehicle with your seatbelt securely fastened. If you’ve been able to get out of the car, contact Highways England via one of the phones placed in the ERA. However, if you can’t exit the vehicle, you need to call 999 from your mobile. Can I get caught for speeding even if a limit isn’t displayed above the road? This has been a point of contention for some time. Highways England states that: “All mandatory speed limits are enforced by police, as is the national speed limit of 70mph when no speeds are shown. If you break the speed limits you will be caught.” The best advice is simply not to exceed the speed limit. Do Smart Motorways actually work? According to Highways England, Smart Motorways are helping to keep roads moving. Published statistics say that journey reliability has improved by 22 per cent and, as mentioned, personal injury accidents have been reduced by more than half. Highways England also says that where accidents did occur, their severity was much lower overall. By James Baggott

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the motorway, and down the lanes? This little car is never going to eat a Ferrari for breakfast, but was certainly able to mix with average traffic and overtake quickly on the motorway, I was so impressed. My next surprise came with its performance down the lanes. The suspension was surprisingly supple and together with quick steering it inspired confidence and could be placed on the road very accurately, surprising oncoming cars. The turbo showed me that a tiny engine can be programmed to lift the Titanic if necessary, so a fast but economical pace could be maintained very safely, as I had already learned this car has powerful brakes and excellent stability after an uncomfortably close experience on the motorway. With 4 seats, the rears are just about sufficient for small people if the front seats are not pushed too far back - yes, the front seats had adequate adjustment. Apart from the optional sunroof, this car has few frills and this is reflected in the surprisingly low price - there are more expensive posh or racy Abarth versions available, but you really don’t need all that to have loads of fun. You can take it that I liked this car a lot. A very Italianate character!

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The friendly ‘friendlies’ club. Experienced and novice players most welcome. You’ll always get a game. Contact Steve Clapton for more details 01202 826685 Meets in the United Reformed Church Hall, Manor Road, on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 7.30pm except August when we have our summer break. Contact our President 01202 825165


We meet every 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm. in the URC Hall Manor Road. Contact. Liz Green 01202 824980 or Janet Stride on 01725 517434


(Verwood Youth Centre in School Complex, Howe Lane) Short Mat bowls is a scaled down version of indoor bowling seen on television. Thursday 1.30pm – 3pm Friday 7pm – 9.30pm. Contact Margaret Hesketh 01202 824856 all ages welcome


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Meet on first & third Tuesday of each month at Crane Valley Golf Club. We welcome new members. If interested please contact our secretary: David Allen on 01202 823541


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meets on the first Thursday of the month from 2.00 – 4.00pm at Meadow Court, Newtown Lane, Verwood. All our members, whilst elderly are full of fun and friendship. Contact: Neil Best 01202 814059


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


Lunches now served 1st Wednesday and 4th Saturday every month at 12.30. Warm welcome and tasty home cooked meal £5 Inc tea/coffee. Ring to book or for lift Jean 01202 825533 or Lin 07906 303212.


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


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.


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 .


Meet on the 2nd Thursday of the month from September to March, 7.30 to 10pm at the Heritage Centre, The Potters Wheel, Manor Way, Verwood, BH31 6HF Contact:- Clive Grove 01202 826449 Meet at the Village Hall. Mondays 8—10.30pm.. All levels, ages & sexes welcome. Contact Geoff Green 01202 825386


Meets in Cranborne Village Hall on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm. Visitors & new members welcome Contact Chris Bright 01725 517584 or e-mail

VERWOOD METHODIST CHURCH WOMEN’S FELLOWSHIP Come and enjoy a social afternoon - you do not have to be a churchgoer. We meet alternate Tuesdays at 2.30pm for talks etc Contacts Valerie Smith 01202 823993 or Anne Hughes 01202 823327


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.

VERWOOD & DISTRICT HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY Meet in Verwood Memorial Hall at 7.30pm on 1st Thursday of each month. Contact: Leigh Craig 01202 821666


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Are you a stroke survivor or a carer, then join our group at the Evangelical Church, Three Legged Cross from 10am to 12 noon every last Wednesday of the month. Contact Philip Gould 01202 813277 or Ron Collins 01202 822013


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


Meets at the Memorial Hall, Verwood, on the first Thursday of the month at 2pm Visitors and New Members welcome. Various indoor activities, outings and visits to the theatre. Contact Jean Honey 01202 827339.


Ringwood Conservative Club, 22 Christchurch Road, Ringwood. BH24 1DN 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 or 01202 822038


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Verwood & Three Legged Cross Branch holds regular social functions. Contact: David Townsend 01202 821954. e:


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Meets at the Memorial Hall, Verwood on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm. New members & visitors always welcome. You don’t have to be a flower arranger to join-just a love of flowers is enough. Contact Jean Andrews 01202 820413 Greyfriars Community Centre, 4th Wednesday of the month at 7.00pm for 7.30pm. New members & visitors welcome Membership and programme details 01425 471348


We meet at The Methodist Church Hall, Vicarage Rd, Verwood at 7.30pm on the second Thursday of the month. For information please contact: Carol Weaver 01202 822201


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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. 40, Ringwood Road, Verwood. 10.30 am Coffee + guest speaker and singing.1st Wednesday in the month except August. Contact Joyce 01202 825202


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We rehearse at the Verwood Hub on Tuesdays at 2pm, singing a wide variety of music and performing two concerts a year. We also perform short concerts for clubs or associations needing some entertainment at meetings or special occasions. Contact Sarah on 01202 884248.


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n the era of supermarkets, ready meals and worldwide food imports, this month we look at some of the more unusual British dishes that were once common but have now disappeared from our everyday tables.


There is no doubt that although many of our staples have remained, the dishes we eat daily have changed drastically over the centuries. Who would now enjoy a bowl of garum? Yet this fermented fish soup was a favourite of the Romans. We tend to think of the medieval era as being typified by banquets overflowing with roast meat and washed down with endless tankards of mead. In fact, there were many cookery books kept at this time and dishes were often surprisingly complex, served with a great deal of visual wit. Take for example the cockentryce. A capon, or castrated cockerel, was boiled, cut in half and sewn to the rump of a piglet. This was then stuffed and spit-roasted before being ‘gilded’ using

In those days if you were offered custarde, you wouldn’t have poured it over your apple pie. Custarde was a type of 15th century quiche made with eggs, veal and prunes. Medieval foodies loved to combine fruit with their meat in dishes like fish sausage, made from a mixture of fish, currants, cloves, mace and salt. Puddings were equally creative with wonderfully poetic names such as ‘a dish of snow’ - a concoction of whipped egg whites and apple purée, and ‘eggs in moonlight’ - eggs poached in rose water and sugar to resemble moons. Some dishes would probably not be considered palatable today. For example, in the 1700s, cows’ udder would be eaten either roasted or boiled with spices and served cold, and Richard Bradley’s The Country Housewife and Lady’s Director in the Management of a House and the Delights and Profits of a Farm (1736) contains a recipe for boiled vipers. In rural areas, both badger and hedgehog were considered a delicacy.

Bradley’s cookery book has instructions on how to prepare badger by cutting off its ‘gammons’ (hind legs), stripping them and then soaking them in brine for a week to ten days, after which they should be boiled for four or five hours and finally roasted. The hedgehog was a Romany favourite and would have been widely eaten in midBedfordshire where there was once a thriving Romany gypsy population. The hedgehog would be caught, packed in clay and baked on the open fire. Once the clay had hardened it was broken away, which took the skin and spines with it, to uncover a meat said to look and taste like roast pork (hence the ‘hog’ perhaps). Beestings (or beastings) pudding was another rural dish. A milk pudding, it was made at home from the rich colostrum of a cow that had recently given birth. The Victorians were adept at using every part of a slaughtered animal for food, from the brains to the hooves. Calves’ ears would be shaved, boiled and fried; offal used to make various patés; and calves’ feet boiled to extract the natural gelatine. We could probably learn a lot from the Victorians in managing our food wastage today. Perhaps future generations will look back on our love of Super Noodles and tinned baked beans with both horror and amusement.

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for contact details of many Local Entertainment Centres Mon-Sat, 10amRingwood House & History - an exhibition showcasing the former engi- Centre, 22 Meeting 12noon (Weds until Wellworthy Meeting House Lane, Ring3 - 30 Mar neering works by archivist John Hawkins 2.30pm) wood BH24 1EY. 01425 480656 Verwood Horticultural Society extends an open invitation Verwood Memorial Hall, Ringwood 7.30pm to a talk by Joy Whittingham on the Dorset and Somerset Road, Verwood, BH31 7AA. Non memThu 7 Mar Air Ambulance. bers £3 entry. Members £1 entry. Salisbury Jazz Club presents Doc Houlind's Revival All The Michael Herbert Memorial Hall, Music 8pm – Stars (Denmark). £10 on door (students £5). Ample car West Street, Wilton. SP2 0JS. email: 10.30pm. Doors Fri 8 Mar parking – dancing – raffle. BRING YOUR OWN DRINKS or ring open 7pm. & NIBBLES 01672 564241 Barrington Centre, Ferndown, BH22 East Dorset NT Association Robin Cook will present a 9TH. All welcome. Information Janet Wed 13 Mar 7.30pm talk on 'My Life at Harrods'. Matthews 01202 855001, Forest Forge Theatre, Endeavour Park, Forest Forge's adult drama group 'Act Your Age' bring Crow Arch Lane, RIngwood, New Foryou their production of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'! BH24 1SF. 01425 470188. 15, 16 Mar 7pm The course of true love never did run smooth…see this est,, details classic Shakespeare tale come to life! on Hub Theatre, Brockway, Verwood "Bourne2Sing" Male Voice Choir Concert. A truly enter- The 7QE. Concert in aid of fund raistaining Concert showcasing popular songs for easy lis- BH31 ing for "The Day Care Centre" in Ver7.30 pm tening and performed in two segments with Compere Fri 15 Mar wood. Advance ticket purchase recomand Guest Artiste. Tickets £7-00 either at the door or mended. for 01202-828345. further information. Sat 16 Mar Sat 16 Mar

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Greyfriars Community Centre, 44 Christchurch Road, Ringwood BH24 1DW Meeting House & History Jazz Night at the Meeting House - Memphis Jazzmen. Ringwood Centre, 22 Meeting House Lane, RingThu 21 Mar 7pm General Entry - £7 wood BH24 1EY. 01425 480656 11am - 4.30 pm Arundells, 59 The Close, Salisbury, SP1 23 Mar - 22 (closed Thursday/ Art exhibition ‘Picture Salisbury’ by the Salisbury Group 2EN. 01722 326280. of Artists. Admission to garden and exhibition £3.50. May Friday) West Moors Memorial Hall, Station East Dorset NT Association Tom Yendell will present a Road, West Moors, BH22 0HZ. All welMon 25 Mar 2.30pm talk on 'Mouth and Foot Painting Artists'. come. Information Janet Matthews 01202 855001, "Verwood in Tune" - afternoon of music by David Ingley Verwood Hub BH31 7QE Wed 27 Mar 2pm on a Technics GA3 keyboard. £8 The Allendale Centre, Hanham Road, Wimborne Country Market fair Wimborne BH21 1AS, 01202 887247 or Sat 30 Mar 10am - 4pm Young Naturalists Get outside, learn new skills and im- To book please contact Jim or Tracy on prove your wildlife knowledge whilst having fun! Specifi- 01425 472760 or Blashfordcally for 13 to 17 year olds, our Young Naturalists group Meet at the Blashmeets monthly and activities will include practical conser- ford Lakes Education Centre, Ellingham Sun 31 Mar 10am - 2.30pm vation tasks along with opportunities for bushcraft and Drove, BH24 3PJ. Suggested donation surveying. Please dress to be outside and bring a £4 per person. Sorry no dogs. packed lunch. Mon-Sat, 10amRingwood Meeting House & History 31 Mar - 4 Michael Blake - Exhibition by local artist 12pm (Weds until Centre, 22 Meeting House Lane, RingMay 2.30pm) wood BH24 1EY. 01425 480656 Wildlife Tots: Eggs-travaganza Outdoor play, explora- To book your place please contact Tracy 01425 472760 or Blashford10.30am-12noon OR tion and discovery for pre-school aged children and their on Mon 1 Apr parents or carers. Suggested donation £4 per child. Chil- Meet at the Blash1-2.30pm ford Lakes Education Centre, Ellingham dren must be accompanied by adults. Sorry no dogs. Drove, BH24 3PJ. Booking essential. Verwood Flower Club invite you to join us for a demonVerwood Memorial Hall, Ringwood stration by Irene Hickson entitled "A Blast From The Tue 2 Apr 7.30 pm. Past" Entry for visitors £3. For more information please Road, Verwood, BH31 7AA. call 01202 814419 On-line booking: FurTue 9 Apr Radical Reptiles and Amazing Amphibians A wild Day ther information from Jim Day or Tracy (7-12 yrs) Standish at BlashfordOut Crafts, pond dipping and a woodland walk in Wed 10 Apr 10am - 3pm search of frogs, toads, newts, grass snakes and adders! Meet at the Blash(5-8 yrs) ford Lakes Education Centre, Ellingham Booking essential, admission £21. Drove, BH24 3PJ. The Michael Herbert Memorial Hall, Salisbury Jazz Club presents GOLDEN EAGLE JAZZ Music 8pm – West Street, Wilton. SP2 0JS. email: BAND. £10 on door (students £5). Ample car parking – Fri 12 Apr 10.30pm. Doors or ring dancing – raffle. BRING YOUR OWN DRINKS & NIBopen 7pm. 01672 564241 BLES Sat 16 Mar


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

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lashford Lakes is getting a makeover! The unique mix of habitats at the Wildlife Trust nature reserve is home to a range of wildlife from kingfishers and otters to our famous great white egret, Walter. Soon visitors will be able to enjoy looking for and learning about our iconic wildlife and more besides from our new and much improved facilities. Thanks to generous donations from the local community and funding from Veolia Environment Trust, we are able to renovate parts of the reserve to make it as welcoming as it can be for people and wildlife. We have begun work on a number of changes and you may notice some parts of the reserve are inaccessible or currently not looking their best. However, this is only temporary and the results will be a vastly improved and altogether better nature reserve. Here is what we have in store… • A brand new bird hide – this will be a much bigger, more flexible space overlooking Ibsley Water than the existing

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.

Tern Hide it replaces. The new hide will have a green roof perfect for pollinators and will provide panoramic views so you can get the best look at the lakes’ wonderful wildlife. • A second pond and a new sensory garden – these additions will provide new habitat for wildlife and more accessible pond dipping areas for visiting groups of children and adults. • A welcome hut and more seating – a new welcome hut will be manned by volunteers who will greet visitors and answer questions about the wildlife. We will also introduce more seating and picnic tables. • A new wildlife discovery trail and improved signage – we are creating a new discovery trail with beautiful willow sculptures and chainsaw carvings for visitors to enjoy. New and improved signs will guide visitors and provide more information about the reserve’s wildlife. • A new elevated viewpoint – this will be beside the main car park to give panoramic views across Ibsley Water,

ideal for viewing starling murmurations and other gatherings of birds. We’re very excited about the improvements to Blashford Lakes; it is such a special place and we hope the new developments will help more people experience and appreciate the wonderful wildlife on our doorstep. To help the birds through the last of Winter why not join us to weave a willow bird feeder on Monday 18th February from 10.30am until 12noon. Please telephone 01425 472760 to book your space, cost £5 per feeder. 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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asking around to see if any of your neighbours need some extra help. Or check out The Cinnamon Trust (www., which puts volunteer dog walkers in touch with pet owners who need support. There’s also Borrow My Doggy (www., which connects dog walkers and pet sitters with pet owners. Lots of animal rescues also need people to foster pets long or short term.

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Verwood Choral Society

erwood Choral Society held another successful concert in December at the Methodist Church in Verwood and a large audience enjoyed some lovely Christmas music and Carols. All of the concerts raise money for charity and this one raised £650 for ‘Coping with Chaos’, a local charity which supports disabled children and their families. This enables them to go away for short breaks together as a family and also provides support and help for the families and carers.


Verwood In Tune - Afternoon concerts

eyboard concerts held on the last Wednesday each month from February to November at the Verwood Hub, will be switching to the afternoon at 2pm in 2019.


The choral society, since its formation 30 years ago, has raised well over £20,000 for mostly local charities. They are now taking a break and will begin preparing for the next concert in June 2019. New members of all ages are welcome to join us, especially Tenors and bases. Rehearsals take place every Monday evening between 7.30pm – 9.00pm at The Parish Church of St Michael’s in Verwood. For more details call the Chairperson, Sue Longstaff, on 01202 829212 or e-mail Sue on

There is a full programme of professional artistes, many returning by popular request. Full details are on the Verwood Hub’s website.

Verwood Outdoor Bowling Club

he Verwood Outdoor Bowling Club starts its playing season on Saturday, 13th April and Application Forms for experienced players are available now from the website or contact the Secretary, Roger Bassett on 01202 376296 or email For those want-

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Hillside Community First School News


he pupils and staff of Hillside First School in Verwood were honoured with a visit from Henry VIII’s niece and husband, the Duke and Duchess of Suffolk recently, as part of Year 4’s Tudor topic. The couple, who were greeted with respectful bows and curtsies, talked to the children about life in their times and went into great detail about how the Tudor men and women would dress. They proceeded to remove a few of their many layers of clothing, explaining the reasons for their design and choice of materials – a little cap with ear pieces to ensure that the devil couldn’t whisper in your ear, or the fine cloth being

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Doctors’ Numbers

Fire Stations

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Cranborne Fire Station 01722 691000: Non emergencies

The Cranborne Practice (Cranborne)

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Verwood Fire Station 01702 691000: Non emergencies

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

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The Verwood Surgery, 15 Station Road

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Dr H J L Morris And Partners 01425 653430 The Surgery, 12 Park Lane, Alderholt Dorset Emergency Care


Dentists’ Numbers

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

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Verwood Dental Care 35 Ringwood Road, Verwood

01202 824177

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

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Emergency care (after hrs)

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Lloyds Pharmacy, VERWOOD 01202 822364 23 Station Road, Verwood. Mon - Fri: 9-6:30, Sat: 9-1, Sun: Closed Lloyds Pharmacy, FORDINGBRIDGE 01425 652300 1 Salisbury Street, Fordingbridge Mon - Fri: 9-6, Sat: 9-5.30 Boots, RINGWOOD 01425 474170 11 Southampton Road, Ringwood Mon - Fri: 9-5:30, Sat: 9-5:30 Boots, CASTLEPOINT 01202 549971/548139 Castlepoint,Bournemouth. Mon - Fri: 9-8, Sat: 9-7, Sun: 10:30-4:30 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 Lake Road Surgery, Lake Road, Verwood. Mon: 7am-11pm, Tue-Fri: 6.30am-11.30pm, Sat: 7am-11pm. V-01/19

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Police Stations

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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


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

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: 7 Jan - 5 April 19 Half Term: 18 - 22 Feb 19 Easter Holidays: 8 - 22 April 19 Summer Term: 23 April - 23 July 19 Half Term: 27 - 31 May 19 Summer Holidays: 24 July - 30 Aug 19 (3 Sept 19) Autumn Term: 2(4) Sept - 20 Dec 19 Half Term: 28 Oct - 1 Nov 19 Christmas Holidays: 23 Dec 19 - 3 Jan 20 UK holidays Easter: 19 - 22 April 19 May Day: 6 May 19 Spring Bank Holiday: 27 May 19 Summer Bank Holiday: 26 Aug 19 Christmas: 25,26 Dec 19 New Year: 1 Jan 20 More useful information overleaf

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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 0800 820 999 Sewerage–Southern-emergency 0330 303 0368 (& water)- Wessex 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

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

01202 70 41 69 111 01202 30 36 26 01202 48 63 61 01202 66 55 11 01722 33 62 62 023 8077 72 22 01202 85 64 10

National Rail Enquiries 0345 748 49 50 National Express Coaches 0871 781 81 81 Bournemouth Airport 01202 36 40 00 Southampton Airport 0844 481 7777 Traveline (Bus, Coach, Ferry & Rail) 0871 200 22 33 AA (Automobile Association) 0800 88 77 66 RAC (Royal Automobile Club) 0333 2000 999 Wilts & Dorset Bus Enquiries 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 01302 380 900 0345 345 43 45

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

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Post Offices


VERWOOD 01202 829712 11 Manor Road, Verwood, BH31 6DS. Mon - Sat 9am - 5.30pm

VERWOOD 01202 822972 1, Manor Road, Verwood, BH31 6DS Opening Hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs 10 - 1, 2 - 5. Wednesday CLOSED. Fri 10 - 1, 2 - 7. Sat 9 - 1. For younger readers: Rhyme Time, Story Time, Chatterbooks and other activities in the School Holidays. Various Monthly Adult Group Sessions Citizens Advice Bureau Drop-in on 1st & 3rd Thursday each month. 10am - 1pm Comprehensive Information Service inc. Public Computer Network, & Photocopier facilities. Home Library Service for housebound residents.


01725 517210

Cranborne Stores, 1, The Square, Cranborne, Dorset, BH21 5PR. Mon - Fri 6am – 6pm. Sat 6am – 5pm. Sun 8.30am - 1pm

THREE LEGGED CROSS 01202 822002 Verwood Road, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 6RJ Mon – Fri 9am – 5.30pm. Sat 9am – 12.30pm

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Accountants KCI Accountancy 43 Advertising Roundabout Mags 38,51 Artisan Furniture Jason Anthony-Bespoke Designs 5 Bathrooms/Bedrooms/Kitchens Brian's Kitchens 15 Caterbitz 13 Custom Creations 34 Dream Doors 39 RPS Bathrooms 41 Beauty, Health & Fitness Body Consultancy 9 Healthy Soles Footcare 21 Mindful Life Dorset 7 Range of Motion 43 Verwood Massage & Sugaring 22 Building Services / Home Improvements Brooklyn Home Improvements 52 Graham Histed 13 Hg Froud & Son 27 MC Brickwork 22,45 Pines Property 21 The Doors Group 9 Verwood Builders 15 West Moors Fencing 47 Care Homes Waypoints 31 Central Heating & Plumbing M. Jackson Plumbing & Heating 7 M. Bullman Gas Heating & Plumbing 31 PLH Heating Services 19 Children's Education & Care (inc. Schools & Nurseries) Talbot Heath School 2 Verwood Day Nursery 27

Chimney Sweep Complete Sweep 17 Cleaning Services CMH Carpet Cleaning 17 Easy Squeegee 47 Zero Dry Time 25 Domestic Services Kate's Helping Hands 47 Electrical Appliance Repairs County Appliance Care 27 Electrical Supplies Ringwood Electrical Ltd 36 Electrician FT Electrical Ltd 47 Mead Electrical Services 47 Flooring 1st For Floors 1 Contakt Carpets 11 Flooring Elegance 45 Florist The Summerhouse 11 Garage Services DLH Cars & Commercials 19 Reverse Park 49 Verwood MOT Centre/MMT 52 Garden Services & Supplies ARK Fencing & Tree Work 11 Evans Above Tree Care 21,50 Fayrewood Trees & Landscapes 13 General Garden Services 27 Greenthumb Lawncare 11 MB Davis Gardening 47 Soli Tree Arborist 35 Stay Tidy 49 Stay Tidy - Pressure Washing 22 WGC Tree Services 47 Health & Fitness see Beauty, Health & Fitness

Painting & Decorating Brushstrokes 45 Tony Wint - Painter & Decorator 47 Plastering & Decorating Smart Solutions 47 Plumbing see Central Heating & Plumbing Recycling Dorset Waste Partnership Removals & Deliveries BH Pro Move Sewing Machines S. Ford Sewing Machines Soft Furnishings Blindwise Solicitors Forest Edge & Meesons Solicitors Legal Eagle Wills Ltd Surveyors Moses Rutland Chartered Surveyors Theatre & Film Barrington Centre Tuition Karen York-Tuition Upholstery Mike Bowers Upholstery Windows, Conservatories & Repairs AM PM Glazing Greenspace UK Robert Price & Sons RPS Locks & Glazing

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