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Just slide on by

Going down town will take on a whole new meaning if an online petition to put a slide on Bournemouth's Richmond Hill is successful. More than 2,000 people have already signed to show their support for the campaign and even Bournemouth council has joined in, suggesting it would need a crash mat in the Square. The petition was started on the change. org website, with the heading “Bournemouth council: please can we close Richmond Hill for a day and install an awesome slide”.

a treat on the streets

Summer got off to a flying start as Poole was treated to a taste of Covent Garden with some of the country's top street entertainers descending on the Quay for a jamboree of stilt walking dragons, fire breathing, pavement art and maypole dancing. Locally-based artist Hazel Evans paid lighthearted tribute to Comedia del Arte’s Pierrot, while the Green Finger Folk entertained from their flower pots and Faceless performed their living sculpture Triathon. There was also traditional Morris and maypole dancing, live music and an arts market with work by local crafters.

poole the uk's gReen capital?

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oole could become the UK's "green capital" according to leading renewable energy expert Samantha Flavel. The prediction comes as a result of the new STEM centre at Bournemouth & Poole College, which marks significant investment in the study and training of the latest energy-saving techniques. “The new science and technology centre is just what the area needs to further secure its position as the emerging green capital of the country," says Samantha Flavel, a member of the Green Knowledge Network and sales director of Climeteq, the

Bournemouth-based manufacturer of the Air-Economiser range of air-conditioning controls. The STEM Centre will become a valuable resource for local businesses, she adds, with a wide range of renewable energy strategies on the training agenda at the campus. The science and understanding of photo voltaic cells, common on hundreds of homes across the area; the strategic use of heat pumps; the harvesting of rain water and electrical voltage optimisation and the installation of electric vehicle charging points all feature strongly at the STEM centre.

Homophobia in schools

Cleaning up the coast

More than half of Bournemouth's school population hear homophobic language every day. That's the shock finding of new research carried out by Bournemouth university Sport Management students.

Some 694 sacks of rubbish were removed from the coastline during the Great Dorset Beach clean. The annual clean-up was supported by 923 people working on 24 beaches including Bournemouth, poole, Studland and Swanage.

A similar number of pupils admitted to using homophobic language to fellow students. in sports clubs, 20 per cent said they had heard homophobic language at their club.

Among the items removed were an empty car park ticket machine cash box, a 25-litre container of sump oil, a giant fishing aerial and numerous broken bottles and smashed glass.

valuables lesson

As the tourist season gets under way, visitors are being warned to remove valuables from their vehicles to put off car thieves. Dorset's crime prevention and Design Advisor, Debbie Oldfield said: "The best advice is not to leave anything in your car."

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A new scheme to help bring long term empty properties back into use has been launched by purbeck District council. The scheme enables the council to offer loans of up to £25,000 to owners of such homes.

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obituary: neal butterworth 1958-2013

Wicked humour and bags of energy

I first met Neal Butterworth on the day I became a newspaper journalist and it has been my privilege to work with him almost constantly ever since. It was 1989 and the Dorset Advertiser Series had offered me a week’s trial to see if the overwritten streams of consciousness I’d been passing off as record reviews for a music industry trade magazine could be translated into the less rarefied atmosphere of a much-loved weekly newspaper. The first thing he asked me was: “Who are you?” Then he gave me a crash course in the what, when, where, why and how... and I was in. In Neal’s company I learned how to be sincere about the work, but not take myself too seriously. He was supremely skilled as a writer, but revelled in nurturing the talents of others. As a manager he led by example, he united more than he divided and displayed an almost supernatural sense of how to get the best out of often quite disparate characters. And even as the disease he fought so hard started to take its vicious toll, he has been on hand with encouragement, advice, his wicked humour and bags of energy. Working with Neal has been a ball. Becoming and remaining his friend has been even better.

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Market continues Boscombe's popular Vintage Market has won a reprieve and will continue trading in the Royal Arcade – at least until June.

The monthly market, which has been operating since October 2010, had been cancelled by the arcade's owners Arnewood Estates. Organisers petitioned the company and an agreement has been reached that will see June's market go ahead while the original decision is reconsidered.

an inspiring leader, sparkling writer and an inspiration

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uch loved and highly respected writer Neal Butterworth has died. He was 55. The former editor of the Daily Echo passed away in the early hours of Monday morning surrounded by his close family. He had cancer. Neal had lately been working with Seeker News as a contributing editor. Born In Manchester, Neal became the youngest newspaper editor in the country at the age of 23. He moved south in 1987 and worked as an editor within Southern Newspapers, now Newsquest, until becoming editor of the Daily Echo and Advertiser Series in 1998. He was made editor-in-chief of the Bournemouth Daily Echo and the Dorset Echo in 2008. With Neal at the helm the Echo

contribution to the town. Since leaving the Echo on December 2011 Neal has advised a range of organisations on media matters and worked a freelance writer, trainer and speaker. He had just moved to Spain last summer with wife Julie when he was diagnosed with bowel cancer and returned to Poole to begin treatment.

helped raise more than £7 million for local charities and won a series of industry awards, including Regional Newspaper of the Year at the 2011 Newspaper Awards Neal was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Bournemouth University in 2007 for his

Oh baby, it's quite a show

With more than 5,000 visitors last year, the South West Baby Show 2013 promises to be bigger and better at its new home at Bournemouth Pavilion on June 1-2. The free-to-attend show caters for the whole family with plenty to keep all ages entertained. Children will find lots of activities to participate in including the National Trust's massive igloo,

face-painting, baking and crafts, not to mention entertainment on the showcase stage. Mums and dads will be able to hear local and national speakers, meet healthcare professionals for valuable one-to-one advice and see a whole range of services and products specifically aimed at parents-to-be and parents of babies and children up to six years.

A proud and devoted husband, father and grandfather, Neal is survived by his wife Julie and daughters Gemma and Dayna.

Neal was a man respected by all who knew him and when we started Seeker News he was kind enough to offer advice and guidance. His input was invaluable right up to helping proof the first issue of the paper a couple of weeks ago. Neal was, and will remain, an inspiration to us all at Seeker News with his easy, relaxed writing style, his honesty, integrity and, above all, his dignity. He will be sorely missed by everyone that knew him and if I only manage to be a fraction of the newspaper editor he was I will be proud of that achievement.

steve cook, editor, seeker news n Neal was a bold, inventive editor whose award-winning papers were bright, punchy and entertaining. Neal was an inspiring leader, a sparkling writer and firstrate colleague who was hugely respected thanks to decency, fairness and warmth. A loving, family man, his numerous qualities as an immensely talented editor included bringing out the best in the journalists who worked for him and always considering the feelings of readers and the community at large. I shall miss him greatly.

Ed Perkins, Deputy Editor, Daily Echo 1998-2013

Charity needs your help

Diverse Abilities Plus, Dorset's disability charity, is looking for fun, enthusiastic people who'd like to be involved with their local community, to join its team of volunteers.

"Being a fundraising volunteer is a fantastic opportunity to meet new people and attend great events across Dorset as well as really making a difference to a vital

local charity," says community fundraising officer Beccy Payne. Volunteers help the charity raise funds and awareness to support children and adults in Dorset with physical and learning disabilities. To find out about Diverse Abilities Plus visit www.diverseabilitiesplus. org.uk or contact Beccy on 01202 718266, or beccy.payne@ diverseabilitiesplus.org.uk

Health minister praise for Poole

Refunding reef

Bournemouth council is trying to salvage some £15,000 of public money it says it is owed by failed surf reef company ASR Ltd which built the £3.2m reef in Boscombe in 2009 but was placed in liquidation in September. The council said it spent £14,813 last March to remove a container left by the New Zealand-based firm and has applied to be an unsecured creditor.

Writing in Seeker News he said: "And because my own cancer can't at this stage be cured, I'll just have to keep sticking the boot in. If I can be so bold as to speak up for those people fighting – and beating – cancer and the people who love them dearly, I'd like to think that, Like l"Oreal, we're worth it."

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Health minister Dr Dan Poulter praised the rapport between staff and patients on a visit to Poole Hospital. "What I've seen today is fantastic in terms of a patient-focussed approach,” said Dr Poulter, who was in Poole to learn more about the extended roles nurses are undertaking in caring for patients with a range of medical conditions. The nurse-led medical investigations unit (MIU) is one of only a handful in the UK led entirely by specially trained nurses who were among the first in England, outside of hospital emergency

departments, to prescribe blood and blood products as part of routine care last year – a service previously only provided by doctors. “The way patients can influence and give feedback is a very good model of how things should be, and is what we want to see elsewhere in the country,” added the minister. The unit offers treatments for a range of conditions including multiple sclerosis, a range of cancers and haematological conditions, as well as neurological disorders and anaemia.


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Police forum

Dorset's Police and Crime Commissioner, Martyn Underhill, is looking for members to join his second forum, at Alderney West Community Centre, Poole, on May 24. The Commissioner’s surgery will take place after the forum, from 12.30pm to 2.30pm, and members of the public can book 20-minute private sessions. To find out more, contact Susan Bickle, PCC Community Engagement Officer on 01202 223743 or email susan.bickle@dorset. pnn.police.uk.

Naked ambition

Back Row: Joan Elleman, Eliot Walker, Middle Row: Iris Stow, Maureen Priest, Front Row: Gracie Rushleigh, Lorna Rees

taking centre stage D place which inspired me to take up a career o you remember having your first in theatre. kiss and a cuddle in the back row of the Regent? Perhaps you first "The Regent Centre is at the heart of saw your future spouse as your our community in Christchurch, so it's an eyes met over a choc ice at the honour to be asked to run a Regent during an afternoon project celebrating people's matinee? memories of this special building." Were you there when the Regent entertained the troops 1931: opens as The Regent, Alongside the memory book Christchurch's cinema. assembling in the build up and blog, Lorna and Sarah 1973: closes as a cinema, to the D Day landings during will be running a special World War II? Did your stage then reopens as the Mecca project to create memory Social & Bingo Club. career begin as you trod the bunting to decorate the boards for the very first time 1982: the final cry of Regent for its big birthday "House!" was sounded, at the Regent? weekend. Christchurch Borough Maybe you were the first Council buys the Regent. They want everyone to get person to cry “House!” at involved, whether it is making 1983: reopened by actress the Regent when it became your own bunting from the Dora Bryan as The Regent a Mecca bingo hall in the special template supplied by Centre, the theatre, 1970s? the Regent Centre, or simply cinema and entertainment centre at the heart of putting your palm print on Or were you last seen being Christchurch. The first act a bunting triangle. Lorna ejected for misbehaviour at the Opening Festival and Sarah hope to have 300 from the Regent by Jock, on June 11 was the Palm individual bunting triangles the cinema’s fearsome Court Theatre Orchestra. to decorate the Regent. The commissionaire, during the 2011: celebrates its 80th bunting will then be kept to be 50s and 60s? anniversary. used at future Regent Centre All these and many more celebrations. memories, reminiscences and anecdotes about the Regent are to be collated into a memory book and blog to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the reopening of the renamed Regent Centre during the weekend of June 14-16. Co-ordinating the celebrations will be artists Lorna Rees and Sarah Leithead from Gobbledegook Theatre. both of whom grew up in Christchurch and regularly attend shows and films at the Centre. "I am thrilled to be involved in organising the 30th anniversary celebrations for the Regent Centre," says Lorna. "I started performing at the Regent Iris Stow, known to Regent Centre staff and regulars when I was just nine years old and it's the as Auntie Iris

Timeline

The designated naturist area at Studland Beach is to be expanded – eight years after the launch of a beach user group to tackle issues of anti social behaviour and improve relations between naturists and other beach users. Under the plan, the northern part of the existing naturist area will be extended some 50m inland. The length of beachfront designated for naturism stays the same and the plan will not affect the Heather Walk footpath, which remains outside the naturist area.


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eeker News is backing a new, green initiative for Poole. Launched by the Dolphin shopping centre, Don’t Drive Wednesdays aims to reduce the town's carbon footprint. Dorset’s largest indoor shopping centre is calling on local residents and businesses to join forces to help cut CO2 emissions. Launching on Wednesday May 29, the campaign aims to promote other transport options to shoppers, tenants, staff and businesses based in the town centre. “Since joining Dolphin in November 2011, I have been concentrating on looking at ways of saving energy and reducing carbon footprint with green initiatives,” says centre manager John Dolphin centre manager John Grinnell Grinnell.

At the start of this year Dolphin commissioned Bournemouth University to undertake market research and the 522 visitor surveys revealed: l 50 per cent of shoppers travelled to the centre by car l 67 per cent travelled less than five miles to get to the centre Given that Poole has a population of approximately 147,600, the impact on the local environment can be significant, especially in CO2 emissions. “The Don’t Drive Wednesday’s campaign is a big step in helping reduce Poole’s carbon footprint and we would encourage people to support this mission,” adds John.

Don't Drive Wednesdays How to get involved It's simple – every Wednesday leave your car at home and use other modes of public transport or come to Poole by bike or foot.

For £3.50 passengers can travel all day and as many times as they like on the bus in the morebus A zone.

The Dolphin has teamed up with morebus, which has agreed to offer a special Don’t Drive Wednesdays bus ticket only available to download via their mobile app www.morebus.co.uk/ app.

The Dolphin has also bought a further 36 bicycle racks for the centre and partnered with Cycle Paths to offer a free bike service to everyone who comes to the centre with their bike on a Wednesday.

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elderly exploitation fear

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lder people in Dorset are living in fear of debt and may be vulnerable to exploitation because of the continued economic slump, according to new research by Bournemouth University. Many senior citizens are considered asset-rich but cash-poor – they own their own homes but do not have a large monthly income – and are giving up leisure activities and socialising in order to live within their means.

"The return on investments at the moment is nothing. They are in a terrible place"

The Bournemouth University study of financial challenges facing retired people in Dorset says this is affecting their social, mental and physical well-being as the income many had expected when planning for retirement had not materialised. Many older people feel poor in relation to their previous lifestyles and expectations. “It’s really frightening," says lead researcher Dr Sarah Hean, associate professor in Health, Wellbeing and Ageing at Bournemouth University.

"They have done everything right – saved, got pensions, taken out policies and ISAs and put money into property – but the return on investments at the moment is nothing. There is no interest on savings and they can’t sell their houses. They are just in a terrible place.” The research carried out by the University's School of Health and Social Care and Business School looked at the experiences of retired homeowners from across Dorset.

Landslide dangers ignored

The dangers of Dorset's Jurassic Coast are again being spotlighted as sightseers ignored warnings to keep clear of the giant landslide at St Oswald's Way.

The number of landslides across the south coast has increased in the last four months, according to the British Geological Survey (BGS), which has shown 16 cliff falls between Bridport and Chichester from January to April, compared with 22 for all of last year. Authorities have repeated safety messages about not getting too close

to dangerous cliffs between Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. There is still a danger of more rockfalls and sightseers are being told be pay attention to warning signs posted nearby. "Stay away from unstable looking cliffs – not just from the top but from the base of them," says Portland Coastguard officer Karen Tolman. “Don’t get under the cliffs on the beach. The erosion is still going on. There is a lot more to go in places. “The signs are not put there for fun. Please keep away. Don’t take the risk."

Youth wanted

Young people are wanted to join the Youth Council that helps run the Priest’s House Museum & Garden in Wimborne by bringing the ideas and voices of young people into the way the museum is run. Anyone aged 13 to 19 years who lives within a 10-mile radius of the museum is being invited to find out more by emailing priestshouse@eastdorset. gov.uk

Hello Halo

A controversial Bournemouth nightclub has been given permission to reopen with new owners and a new name. The V nightclub was closed down following a serious stabbing incident in February, but following assurances of a fresh start, councillors have approved plans for it to reopen as Halo.

New hall planned

Plans for a new town centre community hall in Christchurch have been put to residents at a public meeting. The new scheme, which will be built largely on the current hall's existing footprint was unveiled by the directors of the new Druitt Hall Association Ltd.

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MPs foresee a fine future for dorset

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hree local MPs shared their thoughts on everything from the economy to Sir Alex Ferguson at a lunch hosted by Dorset Institute of Directors (IoD) last week. As the sun poured through the windows of the Oceanview Hotel in Bournemouth they expressed positivity about the future for Dorset in spite of the scarcity of good news about the economy. MP for Mid Dorset and North Poole, Annette Brooke emphasised the role of teamwork for the future. “Dorset is such a wonderful place to live, it’s where I’m going to retire," she said. "All of us need to work together to maintain

Eastern darkness

Street lights in parts of East Dorset will be switched off over the next few weeks to save money. The changes to night-time street lighting in Verwood, St Leonards and St Ives, Wimborne and Colehill are part of Dorset County Council’s efforts to reduce energy costs. Lamps will be switched off at around 1am or midnight in roads where there are no significant concerns over road safety or crime. The changes will begin in Verwood, St Leonards and St Ives in mid-May.

the quality of the area, plenty of work, good housing and a wonderful environment.” The idea of working together was a key idea for Bournemouth East MP, Tobias Ellwood, who said: “What unites us all is where this county is going to

the digital economy, financial services, tourism, but unless we consolidate on these plans then we will be overtaken by other parts of Britain. “I invite you all to work with elected officials – councillors and MPs. Be proactive about sharing

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Left, Tobias Ellwood MP, Robert Syms MP, Warren Munson (Dorset IoD), Annette Brooke MP, Philip Warr

your thoughts, the positive and the negative. "If you have frustrations over business regulations, formulate them and articulate them and pass them on so that we can then do something about it. "Let’s work together and let’s go forward.” Poole MP Robert Syms felt that some people could be more positive about the nation. “In terms of safety, environment, NHS, political system, Her Majesty in all her glory – this is the best place in the world to live," he said. "Our real problem is that a lot of our citizens don’t realise how lucky they are to be British.”

Christchurch celebrates dragon attack (no, really) "My research T has even unearthed some 13th century paintings of the dragon"

Homes setback

A plan to build affordable housing on a Wimborne car park have been dealt a blow after locals lobbied the council. East Dorset District Council wants to build two rented and six shared-ownership properties on Old Road car park, but residents and traders have objected saying there is not enough parking in the town centre. Councillors have now voted for the matter to be referred back to the Resources Committee for detailed public consultation.

go in the next few years. We will eventually come out of this economic downturn, the world is getting very, very competitive and we need to be at the forefront pushing Dorset to where it should be going. There’s lots of ideas locally on infrastructure,

Amateur local historian and author Phil Tate

his month Christchurch celebrates the 900th anniversary of a five-headed dragon that scorched the medieval town. Probably the town’s best least-known legend, the story appears in a 12th century manuscript written by retired abbot Hermann de Tournai, who tells how a party of canons from the French cathedral city of Laon witnessed the firebreathing dragon setting the town ablaze in 1113. To mark the incredible spectacle, Christchurch Dragon Festival features craft workshops, storytelling, archery, drumming, talks on history and astronomy and other dragon-themed activities, all centred on the weekend of May 25-26 – the very date the dragon was seen in 1113. The occasion is also marked by On the Trail of the Christchurch Dragon, a new booklet by amateur local historian Phil Tate, which tells the story on a self-guided walk around the town centre. "The most mysterious thing about the Christchurch Dragon legend is why such an intriguing story has remained virtually unknown in the town of its origin," says Phil. "Hermann’s account tells us much about everyday life in medieval Christchurch. My research has even unearthed some 13th century paintings of the dragon that I believe have never before been seen locally and which are almost certainly the earliest depictions of the town.” More than 300 local children are to create a dragon frieze to be displayed in the Priory Church, while Christchurch Chamber of Trade & Commerce is hosting a shop-based Dragon Quest competition, with a dragon’s hoard of gifts and voucher-scrolls donated by local traders to be won.


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Chandos Green

Thousands of homes and businesses in Christchurch and Highcliffe are now enjoying superfast broadband. BT has rolled out the high-speed fibre broadband to more than 7,000 addresses in Highcliffe and another 4,000 in Christchurch, with the promise of connecting to more than 22,000 premises in the next few weeks.

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iagnosed with a brain tumour at the age of three, life-changing experiences are nothing new for Bournemouth teenager Chandos

Green. Although the tumour has affected his movement on his left side, Chandos has dedicated his 17-year-old life to helping others less fortunate than himself. He's an ambassador for the Department of Work and Pensions' disability office working with young people and the Minister for Disability to help support people in need to get into University and further education. And on July 9 he will be going to Ethiopia to work with street children and vulnerable women. Chandos is fascinated by Ethiopia and its culture. “Going there opened my eyes up to what they have and what we have – how they’re so happy having barely anything,” he says. “How can we bring that back to the UK and teach people to be happy with the bare minimum?” What happened in Chandos' early life continues to inform the decisions he makes and is a big part of his journey to help the children of Ethiopia learn in their makeshift schools. “I’ve always been wanting to help other people and give back to the community,” he explains. “I was helped and given the chance to have a normal, healthy life thanks to other people. It drove me to want to go back to Ethiopia and help the people out there.”

Ethiopia has an estimated population of more than 91 million people, but there is only one doctor to every 100,000 people and the country relies heavily on outside help to support a population where basic education is a rare opportunity. While Chandos is out there, with a group from Cred Team Trips, he will be teaching the children arts and crafts, English and maths skills. He'll stay in a hostel for UK visitors and is prepared for the basic conditions without the comforts of home. The Cred Team Trips website claims the experience can be life changing and Chandos reaffirms the claim saying: “It changed my life and my whole perspective on what I see and how I imagine things. I think going back will definitely impact me again. "There’s a lot more development going in and I want to see the change and hopefully see what needs to be done still and how I can help them.” Chandos is preparing for his degree in social work at Chichester University and after completing his studies hopes to continue his aid work, adding to his growing reputation as a charity worker. He would like to go back to Ethiopia and help build a school for the community that will last for generations and help local children learn. "Ethiopia is a place that kind of connects with you, regardless of who you are. For me, it’s kind of a second home,” he says. To support Chandos' work text CWAR50 plus the amount you would like to give to 70070.

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Pauline Hallam, who works at the Upton surgery of The Adam Practice, has been made a Practice Hero by Medical Supermarket a national company that celebrates unsung heroes in GP practices.

Adding Allenbourn Six students from Allenbourn Middle School in Wimborne are among the UK's best mathematicians after being awarded prizes in the national Primary Maths Challenge. The youngsters, aged 10 and 11, were among 39 Year Six pupils who competed alongside 70,000 others from 1,800 schools in the test set by the Mathematical Association.

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Home is where A&T's heart is

After a successful first year supporting the Wessex Cancer Trust (WCT), local insurance group Alan & Thomas is funding the Trust’s holiday home at Hoburne Naish resort in New Milton for 2013. One of two holiday homes in the area, it is available to cancer patients and their families across the Wessex region and provides much needed respite as well as the chance to spend important quality time together. “I knew that our staff would give 100 per cent to supporting WCT and last year was no exception," said Alan & Thomas HR Director, Susan Reeves. "We’ve held dress down days, written a cookbook, attended various WCT events and even organised our own quiz to raise funds and to be able to fund the running of the holiday home for the coming year is fantastic."

sensory garden plan by nick churchill

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ith a garden due to be created at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show that has a sight loss theme, Dorset Blind Association has welcomed plans to plant a sensory garden at Wimborne Model Town. The new garden is being created from an under-developed section of the grounds and a wooden pavilion and new pathways are already in place. Planting is continuing and a water feature will be installed before summer. The sensory garden project is being led by long term Model Town stalwart Alan Dean supported by a team of volunteers with design input from multiple Chelsea gold winner, Neil Lucas of Knoll Gardens. “This project is a model example of what can be done with a great idea and some genuine goodwill,” says Jonathan Holyhead, chief executive officer of Dorset Blind Association. Fundraising for the project is ongoing with awards, grants and support being received from the local community, town and district councils, Rotary groups and The Macular Society. “The trustees of the charity were keen to mark this special occasion

Adding colour to Rainbow Fund

Rachel Parker and Henry Shutler, both trainee advisers with Inspire Professional Services, took a day out from the office to help local charity The Amelia Grace Rainbow Fund decorate their beach hut on Southbourne beach.

with a new project for the site,” says Model Town director Gregory Hoar. The Model Town has always provided a sensory experience allowing close up examination of the miniature buildings with roofs, windows and shop fronts all providing tactile surfaces for exploration. Sound has also been a part of the Model Town experience with organ music wafting from the Minster, the telephone ringing in a mini red phone box and even the sound of toilets flushing from the mini public convenience!

Dorset Blind Association helps up to 1,000 blind or partially sighted people each month. It receives no regular government funding for this and relies heavily on donations, grants and legacies. To help it call 01202 712869 or visit www.dorsetblind.org.uk or send a donation to 17 Bournemouth Road, Lower Parkstone, Poole , BH14 0EF. For more information contact Jonathan Holyhead, chief executive officer of Dorset Blind Association on 01202 712861.

The Dorset-based charity is named after Amelia Grace Cooper who died of neuroblastoma, a form of cancer in 2010. The charity uses the beach hut to lend out to the children and their families. Amelia’s mother, Chantel Cooper was keen to give the beach hut a facelift before the summer season and Inspire was happy to lend a hand. Director Ian Govier provided the paint and brushes and despite the freezing April weather, Henry and Rachel did a great job sprucing up the inside.

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enormous oak amounts, wood you believe... Poole-based Flooring Direct has installed more than a million square feet of oak flooring during its 45 years in the industry. The company supplies and fits luxury flooring to both the commercial and domestic sectors, including the popular Koh Thai Tapas restaurant chain and The

Reef sea view apartments in Boscombe. Flooring Direct has even shipped their specialist range of flooring to tropical islands as far as Saint Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean. Director Sally Kaye puts the success down to the 170 years of technical experience shared by

members of the Flooring Direct team. "Being in the industry for 45 years we’ve seen flooring fashions come and go, but oak has always been popular. It's hard-wearing, sophisticated, timeless and has never lost its appeal over the years," she says.

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ew research from Duport.co.uk shows there was a record level of net company growth in Bournemouth last year, suggesting the local economy is beginning to thrive. Company registrations in Bournemouth reached a record high last year, leading to a record level of net company growth in the area. Between January and December, there were 1,614 new companies formed and the company register grew by an impressive 826. These figures are backed up by Bournemouth’s position at number 18 in Duport’s league table of the top 100 UK towns for company growth. Southampton lags behind at number 67 and neighbouring Portsmouth doesn’t make it into the top 100 at all.

"a record number of company formations suggests business confidence is growing in the area"

Recent development initiatives in Bournemouth could be behind the surge in net company growth. The council is set to receive £2 million in government funding to create Europe’s first National Coastal Tourism Academy. The academy will be for all businesses involved in the visitor industry and aims to boost customer service and tourism skills through training, marketing initiatives and industry tool kits. Further regeneration is taking place in the form of a new project to develop two town centre car

parks into accommodation and commercial space, as part of a wider £40 million regeneration project. Managing director of Duport. co.uk, Peter Valaitis said: “Our research shows some very positive statistics for Bournemouth. A record number of company formations suggests business confidence is growing in the area. “The investment being poured into regenerating the town centre and improving the tourist offering should strengthen the economy in years to come and help the town move towards greater prosperity.” The Duport Business Confidence Report for Bournemouth contains a variety of data that can be used to gain an insight into the local business landscape. More information can be found at www.duport.co.uk/bournemouth.

where the walls have encouraging words Dorset designer Samantha Denisdottir has transformed the Wimborne headquarters of Teachers Building Society with an inspirational makeover. The mutual wanted to modernise its headquarters’ working environment and inspire the team to deliver its ambitious growth plans. Samantha, owner of Bournemouth’s LoveNordic design company delivered a striking revamp featuring inspirational quotes, original furniture and bright colours. She paid particular attention

to the reception area and staffroom where she produced a contemporary, upbeat environment for customers and staff. “The colours of the Teachers logo inspired us to inject vitality to the space while still endorsing the brand," said Samantha. "In addition to revamping the office, part of our role was to encourage a feeling of well being and appreciation for the staff. We also added some beautiful design classics which gave the final result a little Scandisparkle!”

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dining out on mentoring service County's food firms queue up for benefits of expertise on offer

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orset’s volunteer business mentoring service has seen a significant increase in the number of food-related companies it is helping – and is calling on others to get in touch. A high proportion of Dormen’s mentors have considerable experience in hotels, restaurants, food production, marketing and distribution and are passionate about this important sector of the county's economy. The mentors are keen that businesses which could benefit from mentoring know it is available. Many rural Dorset companies are eligible to access the service entirely free of charge if they sign up before September 30. Other small businesses in the county can be linked with a volunteer business mentor for up to 12 months for a £100 annual admin fee. Vivian Dunn from Dormen said: “Mentoring is particularly valuable when

a business is growing or considering doing something new or different. “The owners may have a range of ideas and are seeking an outside perspective to help them explore their options, decide what to do and how to do it.” Dormen’s current clients include restaurants, cafes, outside caterers and local producers including bakers, cheese, chocolate, sauce, jam and chutney makers. A number of quirky and original food-associated clients have recently come forward for mentoring. Among these is Florrie’s Tea Party, a vintage china and accessories business, which hires out pretty tea sets and sources local food to recreate tea parties of the past. Honeybuns of Holwell started as a ‘kitchen table’ business with boss Emma Goss-Custard delivering her wheat – and gluten-free cakes by bicycle around Oxford. After a move to Dorset, Emma and husband Matt realised there was a definite market for their products if they wanted to grow.

"Mentoring is particularly valuable when a business is growing or considering doing something new or different"

Emma said: “We knew the business had potential but were unsure what sort of business we wanted to be in the future. “We called in Dormen and our mentor got us to think about some fundamental questions. Did we want to stay small and artisan or did we want to grow much

bigger? He helped us look at what we wanted from a personal as well as a business perspective. “We now have a staff of 25 and our products are available nationwide in stores including Waitrose as well as farm shops and local independent shops."

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Fingers on the pulse The Body Shop has unveiled its new Pulse concept store in the Dolphin shopping centre, Poole. The new shop aims to transform a routine shopping excursion into one that’s educational and representative of The Body Shop’s Beauty with Heart mission by creating a space that’s more interactive for the customer. The official ribbon cutting was performed by Alex Boyce, with help from her mum and Fiona Hansford from Naomi's House, which provides respite

care to babies, children and young adults up to the age of 18 and young adults into their mid twenties. The store held a raffle and cake sale to raise money for the children’s hospice. Laura Muir, assistant manager of The Body Shop in Poole, said: “Customers can still shop for cosmetics, skincare and other products but they’ll be able to do so with the help of expert brand consultants, one-on-one consultations and makeovers.”


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centre gets a new green look

Visitors to Bournemouth town centre will see a number of projects being completed by Greendale construction. The award winning chartered builders are busy at work constructing two new kiosks in Bournemouth’s Lower Gardens which are being clad in locally sourced purbeck stone. The Bic toilets are getting a refurbishment and at the pavilion, Greendale are carrying out repairs to the external fabric of the building. The Russell-cotes Museum is having works which involve extensive replacement of the existing roof coverings, as well as renovation of architectural features of the Grade ii Listed building.

Merlin's wizard awards win

Merlin Entertainments, the global tourist attraction operator with its headquarters in poole, has been named one of the uK's leading companies by the British private Equity & Venture capital Association (BVcA). Merlin, which runs Madame Tussauds and Legoland, picked up two awards in the South West and Wales final of the BVcA Management Team Awards, produced in partnership with clearwater corporate Finance, which celebrates the achievements of companies backed by private equity and venture capital. Merlin is now the second largest theme park operator in the world after Disney and is backed by private equity houses Blackstone and cVc.

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may 17 2013

Haskin’s Kevin Holmes and Simon Morris with Chairman Pat Birch, with (rear) Johnny and Pat Sturman and Standard bearer Peter Langholz

memorial's garden donation

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erndown’s Royal British Legion has received £100 worth of vouchers to buy plants and products for its war memorial garden.

The donation, presented by Simon Morris, general manager of Haskins Garden Centre and outdoor manager Kevin Holmes, was made to Ferndown RBL’s chairman Pat Birch after a request was made to Haskins by garden committee members Grant Parrot, Pat and Johnny Sturman. Simon Morris said that he was delighted to support the club’s ambition to enhance

the memorial garden where 48 service personnel are listed from the First World War and 25 from the Second World War are honoured, with John Thornton, the former pupil at Ferndown Upper School who was killed in Southern Afghanistan in March 2008 whilst serving as a Royal Marine Officer. “We look forward to seeing the replanted garden in a few months’ time,” said Simon. “It could be a contender for a Ferndown In Bloom competition category.”

cobhaM flying high foR uk's top appRenticeships

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The team, who won the competition in 2012, have been competing in the regional heats for the past two months. As part of the competition the team renovated a local nursery school and fundraised for Help for Heroes as part of a community project. In addition, the team conducted school and college visits to talk about how doing an apprenticeship means young people can earn while they learn in a real job gaining a real qualification and a real future.

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ewis-Manning Hospice is bowled over by the success of its first ever Corporate Bowling Challenge. Held at Bowlplex, Tower Park, the event raised more than £2,500 for the charity, which provides free care to local people with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Sponsored by Bowlplex and Vehicle Strategies, the corporate challenge and networking event sold-out in just over a week and saw

some 200 people from 26 local companies compete for team and individual trophies across 24 bowling lanes. The team title finally went to MEH Construction and their owner Magnus Harding also won the individual title with an impressive score of 184. Event sponsors Vehicle Strategies, whose co-owner Jeff Lester was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer, is continuing its support of Lewis-Manning Hospice by donating

“After being diagnosed with prostate cancer it spurred me on to be more proactive rather than reactive and I could see how we as small business could see a great return on investment, generate new business and support a great local charity,” says Jeff.

CaB get their kits for nightrider

Citizens Advice Bournemouth will be entering a team in the London Nightrider cycle challenge on June 8 and 9. The sponsored overnight bike ride takes in some of London's most iconic landmarks and the CAB Swans team includes Ao Spice, Peter Yates and Helga Williams all from Bournemouth. "I have been training since August and hope to complete this cycle challenge having raised money for Citizens Advice Bournemouth and improved my physical well-being," says Citizens Advice Bournemouth trustee director Ao Spice "We have kindly been offered the use of e-bikes for the event from The Electric Transport Shop in London. Our start and finish location is Alexandra Palace, which is the highest point above

sea level in London so you can imagine how steep the final climb will be, I've cycled up Richmond Hill on the electric bike and it was a real revelation." Peter Yates, a partner in Active Support Homes, added: “I’m doing this, not so much as a personal challenge, more in a genuine desire to raise funds for CAB who perform a particularly important, valuable and necessary role at this time of austerity.

"i’m doing this, not so much as a personal challenge, more in a genuine desire to raise funds for CaB"

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£100 for every car or light commercial vehicle purchased through them, when customers mention Lewis-Manning Hospice during their initial enquiry.

However, in my 70th year and with a heart condition that has needed a pacemaker for the past 20 years, this is a very serious, daunting personal challenge and I really hope that people will support the massive effort on my part, with their support for the great work that the CAB does."


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may 17 2013

welcoMe to ouR single-lane town

n the light of our beloved Bournemouth Council spending £86,000 on installing just two illuminated signs welcoming visitors to our shores, one can only admire the irony that they are to be in 3D so soon after the town has rid itself of the IMAX. After all, given the intention that those Las Vegas-style billboards were meant to "enhance the sense of arrival for visitors", the fact that the ensuing road works along the spur road actually reduced the A338 to just one lane seems to have had the opposite effect on those of us who live here. Whilst some might say this could be construed as somewhat counterproductive, it’s not as though the council don’t have form for this kind of chaotic spur road incontinence. Heaven forfend they might actually know what it is they’re meant to be doing. Who on Earth could possibly forget how a lane was closed for seven miles a couple of years back to accommodate rehousing of wildlife. Fun it wasn’t but what the heck when accommodating a wild stoat takes precedence over a Volkswagen Beetle.

an open letter to the Football association Dear FA I am writing to inform you of my wish to cancel my interest in the FA Cup. For more than 40 years this once magnificent competition has been a huge part of my life. As important to me as oxygen, food and water. It has angered, surprised, depressed, amazed, excited, humoured, humbled and evoked in me just about every other emotion known to mankind. From the preliminary qualifying rounds to the final itself, I’ve

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But what do I, a humble beach hut dweller, know of such weighty matters? After all, it’s not as though I’m a member of the Bournemouth Council Cabinet for Tourism, Leisure and Culture. That’s right, a self-appointed cabinet that makes our local politicians quite the political animals they like to think they are. Rod Cooper believes an illuminated neon Gateway to Bournemouth sign is just what the town needs and he should know given that he’s the cabinet member for tourism, leisure and culture. “Bournemouth has a thriving tourism economy and is a premier destination for visitors, with millions

kicked balls, headed floated crosses and made crunching tackles, albeit from the comfort of touchlines, terraces and sofas. But no more. In the words of Level 42, it’s over and I ain’t going back. Your decision to allow last week’s Wembley showdown to kick-off at 5.15pm was the final straw. The one that shattered this camel’s back into tiny little pieces. The one that makes my position untenable. I guess it all started when FA Cup ties stopped being played exclusively on Saturdays at 3pm with replays taking place the following Tuesday or Wednesday evening. Suddenly games began springing up on Fridays, Sundays and Mondays to satisfy the TV

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travelling along the A338 each year to enter the borough.” Yet given the high car parking charges and raft of empty shop premises that lie idle in town, it does make me wonder what it is that makes Rod Cooper so keen to

companies, with replays having to wait for more than a week. That old adage ‘if it ain't broke don’t fix it’ clearly means nothing to you FA officials, hence the outrageous ruling that now sees semi-finals played at Wembley. And you’re also happy to sit back and allow clubs to disrespect the competition by fielding weakened sides at every opportunity.

As you will have gathered, I was close to cancelling my interest as it was, but a 5.15pm kick off for the FA Cup Final on a day when other Premiership fixtures took place?! Scandalous! I’m not stupid. I do know why these changes have been made. It’s about money. Money. Money, money, money, money. The TV companies pay the bills and so what they want, they get. But at what cost? The magic of the FA Cup has gone and I wonder how long the competition can survive in its current guise? It wasn’t so long ago that AFC Bournemouth were making world headlines by knocking United out of the tournament at a packed Dean Court. These days it would hardly warrant a mention.

welcome those very same millions into Bournemouth for. Still, he is a member of the ‘cabinet’ so he must know what he’s talking about and I’m pleased for him because there but for the grace of God go I. When I was a youngster the FA Cup was everything. The world would grind to a halt on Cup Final day. Family and friends gathered to watch the action, regardless of whether their team was involved. Last Saturday at 5.30pm I was trimming the hedge. Perhaps more worrying was the fact that my 10-year-old footie mad son was helping me! I won’t waste my time making suggestions as to how the FA Cup can recapture its magic and mystique. You wouldn’t listen even if I did. A Champions League place for the winners would soon sort it, but as I said, I won’t waste my time. It just leaves me to say thanks for the memories. RIP the FA Cup.

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bob cosfoRd’s flying

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here are a few British artists that have defined a generation, Peter Blake and the swinging sixties, Damien Hirst in the Britpop nineties and between them Bob Cosford with his illustration that everyone of my age will always remember from the late seventies. If you don’t know, Bob was the man responsible for the iconic title sequence of Grange Hill, Brookside creator Phil Redmond’s secondary school drama that ran for more than 30 years and introduced us to youth heroes Tucker and Zammo. I grew up with the Grange Hill

pupils, I started secondary school the same year they did, and before they went on strike I never realised that students were supposed to have rights – these were the good old days of flying board rubbers rather than flying sausages! Bob Cosford is unassuming as we sit in his Boscombe home, eating lemon drizzle cake and discussing the legacy of his most celebrated artwork. “To be totally honest, I’ve never watched Grange Hill, ever,” he says. “I was a generation too old. It’s only recently that I’ve realised how amazingly important it was to people who watched it.”

And it’s still important, a print of the flying sausage sequence signed by Bob and Zammo (or rather, actor Lee MacDonald) recently sold for over £140 on eBay to raise money for Comic Relief. Moving to Boscombe a year ago from his native London, Bob is a fan of the town’s active art scene, but does he draw inspiration from the traditional ‘kiss me quick’ personality of the seaside? “I imagine that there’s a lot of artists who get their inspiration from the area around them, I made a conscious decision not to do that. I’m not saying that it’s a bad thing, there’s some fantastic stuff

out there. If you lived here all of your life you’re probably more influenced by it. “We love it here though, we go down to the beach every day, take the dog down there, if you live by the sea you’ve got to have a dog. We haven’t met one person yet who’s got a bad thing to say about Bournemouth.” One of the great things about Bob Cosford is his total lack of the pretentiousness that can afflict some members of the artistic world. Is this because illustrators have a commercial background and suffer from not being seen as “proper” artists?


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“I think there’s a certain snobbishness about Artists with a capital A.

Even Michelangelo had to do commercial works for patrons to pay the bill.

“It does depend, if there’s an exceptionally gifted illustrator, like my friend David Hughes who was asked to design the sets for an opera in Italy, he gets involved in amazing things like that.

“Obviously some didn’t, van Gogh went mad and cut his ear off because he never got paid, I didn’t really fancy that. I need to earn an income.

I suppose that his work is acclaimed, if you put his work alongside an established artist their work would be considered the same, but because he’s doing it commercially there’s still that thing attached to it that it’s a bit of a dirty business I suppose.”

“Our website features the work of three other artists, we work as a collective and the aim is to put the work out there and hopefully people will like it and want to buy it to put on their walls – it’s a commercial business.” There’s a Roy Lichtenstein print on the wall of Bob’s front room, so does he believe

that this most celebrated of illustrators has made the crossover into mainstream art with his retrospective exhibition at the Tate? “He nicked all of his ideas from comics, he reproduced them beautifully, he recreated them and changed them a bit, they were big and everything was hand painted, but he basically just nicked things.” So has his most iconic work made him a wealthy man? “I don’t own the original of the Grange Hill artwork, that belongs to the guy

who commissioned it. If you were in the music industry you’d get royalties, as an illustrator it’s not like that. The Grange Hill art was on TV last week on the Matt Lucas show, if that was music I’d get paid.” So, 35 years on the flying sausage is still a part of British culture and even its creator has started to realise that for a certain generation that image still defines their school years as much as wearing their tie skinny side out or writing Frankie Says Relax on their school books. To view more of Bob’s work visit his website www.eyedreampictures.co.uk


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1890: Bournemouth Municipal Band

1910: From left, seated are Sir Edward Elgar, Sir Dan Godfrey, Sir Alexander Mackenzie & Sir Charles Stanford; standing are Sir Edward German and Sir Hubert Parry)

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ournemouth Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 120th anniversary with a concert at the town's Pavilion Theatre on

Saturday and a new exhibition. The Orchestra has teamed up with Bournemouth Library to share a series of artefacts, pictures and programmes from the last

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120 years, to celebrate the Orchestra’s long history. With its roots as a band at the end of the pier, the exhibition will chart how the original Municipal Band grew to become one of the

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country’s leading orchestras and the world-class ensemble it is today. The free exhibition pays tribute to the inspiring leadership of many musical greats, from founder Sir Dan Godfrey to its current principal conductor Kirill Karabits, with photographs and memorabilia ranging from the late 1890s right up to the present day.

"This is an exhibition which not only charts the history of the Orchestra, but reflects wider events and the amazing development of Bournemouth from a Victorian town to the major coastal resort it is today," says BSO spokesperson Jacky Thorne.

"Anyone who has memories of growing up with the Orchestra will enjoy seeing items from its archive, many on show for the first time." The Orchestra's celebratory concert at the Pavilion on Saturday will be conducted by Kirill Karabits and will feature star violinist Nicola Benedetti in a programme which mirrors that played at its inaugural concert in 1893, as well as music from Benedetti’s bestselling album The Silver Violin, which was recorded with the BSO and was one UK’s best-selling classical recordings of 2012. The exhibition is on show at Bournemouth Library until July 13.

2013: Principal conductor Kirill Karabits conducts at Poole

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FiVE YEARS AGO 18: Joe Statriani ft paul Gilbert – Bic TEN YEARS AGO 30: Gene pitney – pavilion 15 YEARS AGO 28: Lighthouse Family – Bic 27: The Dubliners – poole Arts centre 29: Vanessa Mae – Bic 20 YEARS AGO 17: The Everly Brothers – Bic 21: Suede – poole Arts centre 25 YEARS AGO 26: Frankie Laine + NYJO – pavilion 27: The ink Spots – pavilion 28: chas & Dave – pavilion 28: Billy Ocean – Bic 30 YEARS AGO 17: Howard Keel – Winter Gardens 28: Harry Secombe – Winter Gardens 30: Motorhead – poole Arts centre 35 YEARS AGO 18: Steve Hillage – poole Arts centre 20: The Yetties – Winter Gardens 22: Dave Brubeck Quartet – Winter Gardens 23: Ac/Dc – Village Bowl, Bournemouth 25: Jonathan Richman – Winter Gardens 25: The chieftains – poole Arts centre 26: Elkie Brooks – Winter Gardens 27, 28: The Max Bygraves Show – Winter Gardens 28: Flamin' Groovies + Radio Birdman – Village Bowl, Bournemouth 30: Bonnie Tyler – Winter Gardens 40 YEARS AGO 23: Nana Mouskouri & the Athenians – Winter Gardens 25: David Bowie – Winter Gardens 45 YEARS AGO 21: Jimmy cliff + Wynder K Frog – The Ritz, Bournemouth 24: The Gods – The Ritz 25: Julie Felix – Winter Gardens 29: Spooky Tooth – The Ritz 50 YEARS AGO 18: John Leyton, Mike Sarne, Billie Davis – Winter Gardens 19: Brian poole & the Tremoloes – Bure country club 22: The Blues Brothers – Le Disque a Go Go 55 YEARS AGO 26: Ted Heath & His Orchestra – pavilion


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Frome food fest fundraising fun

Dorset foodies made the most of an early taste of summer sunshine to turn out for the annual Frome Valley Food Fest at Cattistock, near Dorchester. The fundraising event for the local playing fields and village hall has become an annual event running alongside the tongue-in-cheek Dorset Knob Throwing contest, in celebration of the famous hard biscuit. Food fans could try a range of exotic flavours and dishes from venison fajitas to chilli chocolate marshmallows.

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ournemouth residents are being urged to consider how much food they throw out as national figures show the average family wastes £50 of food a month.

Some 38 per cent of all rubbish thrown in Little Bins in Bournemouth is food and the council’s recycling team is encouraging locals to think more about food waste to help reduce the amount and save money. The council is supporting the Love Food Hate Waste campaign which

asks people to think about how they use, shop, store and cook the food items they buy. Georgina Lamb, waste and resource projects manager, said: “The main reasons why we throw away good food are that we cook or prepare too much or we don't use it in time. Simple things like menu planning, drawing up a shopping list, checking use-by dates, portion sizes, making good use of your freezer and learning more about what to do with your leftovers, can make a huge difference in reducing food waste.”

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to use your freezer better l Use an online portion calculator for items such as potatoes, rice pasta – often too much is cooked and thrown away. l Plan a weekly menu and use it to draw up a shopping list. l Learn how to maximise leftovers through recipe ideas found at www. lovefoodhatewaste. com/recipes l Stock up your store cupboard on long life essentials and herbs and spices to jazz up everyday food items.

recipe White Chocolate and Raspberry Pannacotta, Raspberry Sorbet Recipe from Matthew Budden, Executive Chef at the Highcliff Marriott Hotel White chocolate pannacotta 500ml double cream 150ml milk 100g white chocolate 25g sugar 3 leaves gelatine Raspberry Jelly 1 punnet fresh Raspberries 75g caster sugar 100ml water 1 ½ leaves gelatine For the pannacotta Softened gelatine leaves in cold water Combine double cream, milk and sugar in a heavy based pan and bring to the boil, remove from heat and mix in white chocolate. Once the mix is incorporated, mix in the softened gelatine. For the Jelly Softened gelatine leaves in cold water Combine raspberries, sugar and water in a pan and warm through gently once the raspberries start to break down remove and puree along with the softened gelatine with a blender and pass through a fine sieve. Pour the jelly into desired moulds and set first, let them set firm before adding the pannacotta and let set so you get a two tone effect. Serve with fresh raspberries, raspberry sorbet and white chocolate shavings.

Pete's shellfish behaviour

Award winning Dorset Oysters are celebrating their fourth year in business by opening a specialist shop in Penn Hill. Pete Miles, who founded Dorset Oysters in 2009 after failing to source good oysters locally for his restaurant, Storm in Poole, is keen to offer local shoppers the chance to buy his famed produce. With his experienced team, he'll prepare a catch of the day, as it comes, or with a fresh sauce ready to just pop in the oven at home. Oysters and shellfish will come with advice on cooking and favoured recipes.


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gardenWATCH by Sally Bishton Garden Design 01202 889153 / 07752 641189 www.sallybishton.com

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his is a great time to be out in your garden, the perennials are emerging after a very long cold winter, the trees are in blossom and we can all look forward to those summer evenings sitting outside as the sun goes down – well, we can always hope! At this time of year there is still a slight chance of frost, but you can start to think about buying and planting your summer bedding plants in containers and hanging baskets. The garden centres are full of them, the sheer flower power of annual bedding can’t be beaten, but they don’t provide much pollen or nectar for the bees and butterflies, so consider them as bright accents rather than the main event in your garden if you can. Herbaceous perennials like erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’, verbena bonariensis, nepeta, hardy geraniums and shrubs such as buddleja and lavender will help the local insect life whilst giving you a lovely summer display of colour and you will have them for years. Don’t forget to water them regularly when they are planted.

To avoid the very leggy clematis look with all your flowers above eye height next year, give spring flowering varieties like clematis montana a prune when they have finished flowering, they will flower next year on the shoots produced this summer. if you have grown any plants from seed, gradually begin hardening them off by leaving outside for increasing amounts of time during the day before planting in situ in the garden. Evergreen shrubs can be pruned now, but leave them until later if they are in flower. Have a great month in your garden and if you want inspiration from other gorgeous local gardens this summer you could visit ones that are open for the National Garden Scheme. Details at www.ngs.org.uk

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ildlife in the Garden is the theme for a series of new events at Knoll Gardens near Wimborne. These special wildlife-focused events include dawn chorus gatherings, garden tours and bat walks. They will highlight the many environmental benefits associated with Knoll’s renowned naturalistic gardening style as well the pure enjoyment that wildlife can bring to any garden. Night owls can go newt lamping, bat spotting and moth hunting on May 25 from 9pm; or stroll on the nearby common in search of the elusive nightjar before returning to observe the antics of the bats at Knoll on June 15, again at 9pm. Those who prefer to enjoy their wildlife in normal daylight hours are not forgotten. Butterfly, dragonfly and damselfly walks take place on July 20 and August 2 at 11am and 2pm on both days. All the wildlife events are organised by the Knoll Gardens Foundation (KGF) in partnership

A clouded yellow butterfly at Knoll Gardens

with wildlife charities, including the RSPB, Dorset Wildlife Trust, the Dorset Bat Group and dragonfly and butterfly expert Keith Powrie. KGF is a charity that uses its research and education programmes to promote the sustainable

gardening practices used in the garden to help everyone create wildlife friendly and truly beautiful gardens. For more information and booking go to www. knollgardensfoundation.org.

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Now is the time to hoe off those weeds as they emerge and consider adding a layer of compost mulch to

the borders as this will help with weed control and improve the soil.

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Where to go and what to see for all the family MAY 19-JUNE 2 MAY 24-26 family adventure festival, bournemouth 7s festival Launched in 2008, Bournemouth bournemouth 7s is an action-packed bank holiday

MAY 26 bond in Motion

MAY 27 sherborne castle country fair including one of the largest rare breed shows in the country, Sherborne castle country Fair boasts a varied programme of events, country activities, stands and entertainment in one of Dorset's finest settings. The Fair was started by volunteers in 1996 with the aim of raising money for local charities, especially those working with children. To date the committee, still run by volunteers, has given £849,267 to local charities and support groups. www.sherbornecountryfair.com

New for 2013, the Family Adventure Festival promises plenty of excitement for the whole family. With fringe events from May 19, it will feature a wide range of indoor and outdoor pursuits along with expert advice and a chance to buy accessories. The BH Live Adventure Hub will take place indoors at the Bic from May 31 until June 1, with activities also taking place on the beach.

weekend filled with crunching sport, great live music and a range of other entertainment.

Headlining the entertainment bill this year are the mighty cuban Brothers – you have been warned!

Bond actor Richard Kiel, who played the seven foot tall, razortoothed Jaws will visit the Bond in Motion attraction at Beaulieu on May 26. He'll be at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu to meet fans and reacquaint himself with some of the vehicles from his best known moments in the hit films The Spy Who Love Me and Moonraker. Richard will be accompanied by Blanche Ravelec, who played his love interest Dolly in Moonraker, for the visit from 1030am to 4pm.

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The world’s largest rugby, netball and music festival, it attracts more than 20,000 people and this year, for the first time, the programme will feature Dodgeball in the line up.

MAY 27-31 MAY 29-JUNE 9 purbeck art weeks bournemouth Music Art Weeks is a two-week competitions festival: dance purbeck festival incorporating some 50 artists exhibiting in their open festival studios with a group show at

MAY 31-JUNE 2 MAY 31-JUNE 2 shaftesbury festival lyme Regis Jazz, blues & beer Two of Shaftesbury’s favourite festival festivals have come together to create the town's first food, music and arts festival. The well-established Shaftesbury Food Festival has now joined forces with the Shaftesbury Music & Arts Festival to provide a unique showcase of local food, music and art for residents and visitors to the picturesque Saxon hilltop town. With a programme of supporting events during the week before, the main event runs for three days at the end of the month.

Legendary British blues and jazz drummer Ginger Baker, tops the bill at this year's Lyme Regis Jazz, Blues & Beer Festival main concert with sterling support from soul giant Geno Washington at the Marine Theatre. The festival will be opened by the Mayor of Lyme Regis at cobb Gate at 4pm on May 31. On Saturday, events will start with the popular annual umbrella parade at 11am.

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Started 85 years ago by Sir Dan Godfrey, the founder conductor of what has become Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Music competitions Festival was first staged in the old Winter Gardens in July 1927 when 7,000 competitors came to compete. The Music, Speech and Drama Festival runs from June 24 to July 5.

Rollington Barn, near corfe castle. The festival has been growing steadily over the last few years, recently hosting alumni such as Sir Anthony caro, Jim Hunter, Sheila Girling and Melvin Bragg as guest speakers. The music programme has included performances by world class musicians including the Gabrieli consort and Natalie clein.


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Dorset singer songwriter Paul Kinvig launched his latest album, Fall From Grace, with a special party at Smokin' Aces in Bournemouth's Triangle. Available to download on iTunes and Amazon, the new set follows the success of his first two longplayers, Red Room and Edge. Having performed his own material for more than 20 years, Paul has also written for other UK artists. His soulful pop-rock songs have been compared to the likes of Paul Carrack and George Michael. Paul was supported at the album launch by fellow singer songwriter Polly Morris.

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udding Spielbergs and Tarantinos, this could be your moment. Purbeck Film Festival, which runs from October 11 to October 26, is again running the highly regarded Purbeck Shorts Competition. Organisers are inviting directors and producers to enter their short films – no longer than ten minutes – to show in the Purbeck Shorts screening evening on October 18 at Wareham's Rex Cinema. "The competition is open to drama, documentary, animation and we will consider other categories, but we are looking for innovative ideas and hope to discover the next big talent in British

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cinema," said festival administrator Julie Sharman. This year there is not only the Jury Prize and the Audience Award, but a special Best Student Film Award. Closing date is September 7. The year's Purbeck Film Festival is the 17th year it has run in a variety of venues not only in Purbeck, but also in Poole and Bournemouth. The main focus of this year's festival is British cinema, but the programme will also include world cinema, old favourites and new releases. Full details and entry requirements for the Purbeck Shorts Competition at www. purbeckfilm.com

Four decades since Marc Bolan established T Rex as a nearpermanent fixture on Top of the pops in its glam rock heyday, the inimitable Danielz has elevated T-Rextasy beyond the boundaries of a mere tribute. Not only does Danielz bear an uncanny resemblance to Bolan, but after more than 20 years on the circuit, T-Rextasy are the only band to have been authorised and endorsed by Marc's catalogue managers. They play the Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne on May 25.

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istrict3 are three school friends who all met through a mutual love of RnB music and harmony singing. Since uploading their first cover online, they have racked up an impressive seven million YouTube views, nearly a million combined Twitter followers and a rabid following of fans called 3eeks who have them continuously topping the UK and worldwide Twitter trends. After a successful run in last year's X Factor, they hit the road playing to more than 200,000 fans on the X Factor tour. After the tour the boys headed straight into the studio to write and record their highly anticipated debut EP. The boys’ next step to global domination is the next incarnation of their successful sold out show District3 Live – Get Your 3eek On that plays the Old Fire Station, Bournemouth on May 31. Why did you want to be singers? Greg: Something i always wanted to do even as a child and then decided it was the only career for me. Dan: i love making music. Micky: i don't really know the answer to that one, my parents' influence i suppose. What's image without sound! Where did you learn to dance? Greg: i don't think i have yet ;) Dan: i actually like watch people dance a lot more than i like doing it. Micky: i can't but i try.

Who was your fave x Factor judge? Greg: Nicole Dan: Tulisa Micky: Gary Who's your pop idol? Greg: Travis Garland or Tori Kelly Dan: chris Brown Micky: Lauren Hill What was the last song you downloaded? Greg: Dear No One – Tori Kelly Dan: poppin' Yags – Thrift Shop Micky: ES protheum's album Who are the best and worst dressed in the band? Greg: None of us see ourselves as fashionistas Dan: Best Greg, Worst Me Micky: We all dress the way we want to so i suppose we all must think we are the best at how we dress. Who's the most famous person you've met? Greg: The Queen Dan: Michael Jackson Micky: Nicole Scherzinger Which one of you is the messiest on tour? Greg: Micky Dan: Greg Micky: Greg What's your favourite cake? Greg: chocolate eclair Dan: carrot cake Micky: chocolate fudge What's your fave thing about the seaside? Greg: Nudist beaches Dan: Surfing Micky: Sand between my toes

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Review nigel kennedy: bach & fats walleR Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth Ambling on stage a mere minute late – a fact that so impresses him he has to share it with us – Nigel Kennedy doesn't so much invite us into his world as seduce his willing audience with boyish charm. At times it feels like he's easily distracted – opening an on-stage tech store – before returning his concentration to the matter in hand, namely playing his socks off. In fact, for all the air punches, the playful musical jokes, the swearing, football references and jokes about the British economy – his take on Bach's Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor features only one on account of the state of the British economy – his sheer musicianship would win even the most difficult-to-please musical snob. Dedicating the performance to his mentor Yehudi Menuhin he pays the great master the ultimate accolade by approaching the music with skill, grace and the complete artistic freedom that allows him to inject a Bach partita with a reggae beat, take a detour into some modal Celtic improvisation, then play

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the guts out of the Second Sonata. In the second half his ensemble (guitarist Karek Smietana, Yaron Stavi on double bass and percussionist Krzysztof Dziedzic) comes into its own as he investigates Fats Waller, making a hearty meal of How Can You Face Me Now?, skewering Viper's

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Drag and bringing home the bacon with a subtle, genrebusting version of Brubeck's Take Five before a supremely flamboyant assault on Monti's folk-flavoured Csárdás. It's a long time since Kennedy could be considered an enfant terrible, but the boy has lost none of his bite.

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paul Weller will play Southampton Guildhall on June 27 in a special warm up show for his date with Kasabian at Hard Rock calling on June 29.

Local artists are invited to submit their work for inclusion in an open exhibition at Moors Valley country park and Forest, near Ringwood.

He'll be supported by canterbury singer songwriter Syd Arthur.

Working with a theme of Lakes, Rivers & Forests, the exhibition is to celebrate 25 years of the rural landscape, linking with park's own 25th anniversary celebrations.

Tickets for the Southampton show are on sale now from bookingsdirect.com or on 0877 338 0000. He'll also be playing the isle of Wight Festival on June 14.

Entry forms are available at www.moors-valley. co.uk. The exhibition runs from May 25 – July 14.

The aim of the ‘Green Deal’ is simple: it is to SAVE UK home owners money by reducing energy bills! Some ways in which you can reduce your energy costs

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Celebrating their 25th anniversary with a full UK tour and a Greatest Hits compilation, Carol Decker and her boys are back. Formed in Shropshire in 1986, they notched up a plethora of worldwide hits. The original line up split in 1991, but T'Pau's latest incarnation is a regular on 80s bills at home and abroad.

Formed in Paris in 1962 to perform backing vocal duties for French greats such as Charles Aznavour and Edith Piaf, the original group disbanded in 1973 as director Ward Swingle moved to London to recruite a new line up and although the singers have changed many times since, the group has kept going.

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May 18, 2pm Lighthouse, poole

For Sale – extraordinary handmade shoes! They’re magical and mysterious. Buy them before they disappear in a puff of smoke! The inescapably eccentric Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Company return to Lighthouse with a size 10 retelling of everyone’s favourite story about elves and shoes.

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May 28, 10:30am Maiden Newton Village Hall May 28, 4pm Kimmeridge Village Hall May 29, 10.30am child Okeford Village Hall

Hand To Mouth Theatre cook up some theatrical nourishment for the under-eights and their families. Using imaginatively designed shadows and puppets, with original live music and song the two players search for the recipe for the perfect story.

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May 23, 24, 7.30pm (3pm Sat mat) Lighthouse, poole

Highly visual, and reimagined for a new generation, this brand new co-production is set in a futuristic dystopian underworld of organised crime.

May 19, 7.30pm Regent centre, christchurch

May 31, 7.30pm Shaftesbury Arts centre

The hugely popular Dorset-based blues outfit, The Producers open the Shaftesbury Festival with a reconstituted line up that now includes original front-man Harry Skinner and bass player Dave Saunders with Ray Drury on keyboards and drummer Biff Smith.

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May 25, 7.30pm The Anvil, Basingstoke May 31, 7.30pm Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne

Following a triumphant tour of the USA and Canada, The Zombies are back on the road in this country with the promise of new material. In 2011 they released Breathe Out Breathe In, an album that some compared favourably to Odessey & Oracle, the peerless 1967 album.

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May 24, 7.30pm The Exchange, Sturminster Newton

May 24, 11am Bridport Arts centre

Accompanied by his his regular collaborator John Reid, eloquent tenor Nicholas Mulroy is sure to provide a delicious set of arias, songs, melodies and tangos at this special morning concert. The programme will include Purcell's Music For a While, a selection of songs by Schubert and some of Benjamin Britten's folk songs.

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May 26, 7.30pm portesham Village Hall

Offering a contemporary take on traditional Danish folk music, fiddle player Harald Haugaard uses ancient songs and ballads as a base, reinventing them and adding modern expressions to create her own songs as a showcase for wild improvisations.

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Here’s a chance for six lucky readers to win family tickets to take the kids to meet the Octonauts at Weymouth Sea Life Park.

Costume characters of crew members Captain Barnacles, Peso and Kwazii will be delighting younger visitors to the Park every day until September 29. Cartoon adventurers The Octonauts have become a smash hit with young CBeebies viewers, captivating their imaginations as they explore the world’s oceans, rescue the creatures who live there and protect their habitats. The characters will appear regularly, giving youngsters the chance to meet their heroes, and

there are a host of extra Octonautical activities lined up. For your chance to claim a family ticket – for two adults and two children – worth more than £60 each, just email the answer to the question below to octonauts@seekernews.co.uk What is the name of the Octonauts’ underwater base? Entries must be delivered before midday on May 31. Winners will also get to explore the Sea Life Park and meet its thousands of amazing sea creatures, from otters, penguins, sharks, sea turtles and rays to seahorses and many more.

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May 18, 19, 7.30pm Windsor Hall, Bic

Having run the world (well, almost) and made it sit up and take notice, Eddie Izzard is going back to what he does best – making it laugh its socks off. His new show, Force Majeure, follows up the worldwide smash Stripped, which sold out a threemonth residency at the Théâtre de Dix Heures in Paris with Eddie performing in French.

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May 22, 7.30pm Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne

May 25, 7.30pm coade Theatre, Bryanston

As one of the events leading up to the Dorset Opera Festival, guest curator Sir Jonathan Miller brings his one man show to Bryanston School. Under the Influence will find the great polymath talking about events that have shaped his life. He might even spill the beans on his concept for Dorset's La Traviata.

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May 24, 8pm Lighthouse, poole

Since appearing in the guise of his redneck jailbird countryrockin' alter-ego Otis Lee Crenshaw in 1998, Rich has rightly been acclaimed all over the world, enjoyed sell out tours and plenty of TV and radio work. With a bit of luck we'll meet Otis and Rich in Wimborne this month.

A musical and cultural exchange commissioned by SoundStorm to link coastal communities, Dorset singer songwriter Alex Roberts travelled to the Gaelic-speaking Western Isles of Benbecula and the Uists to work with schools and musicians from LCC Benbecula. Scottish musicians have likewise visited Dorset.

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bouRneMouth festival of woRds

May 25, 8pm Bridport Arts centre

Star of Channel 4's The Last Leg and BBC2’s Rob Brydon Show, Josh Widdicombe brings his brand new stand up show to Bridport this month. Support comes from Seann Walsh with his new show, Ying and Young.

May 24-31, daily Various venues, Bournemouth

Bournemouth Festival of Words is a charitable company that celebrates the written and spoken word in South East Dorset. This year's programme includes a range of workshops and events.


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n the packed setting of London’s City Hall, the crew of the Starship Enterprise gather to meet the UK press. The setting, all glass and chrome amid the futuristic backdrop of a fast developing metropolitan skyline, sits incongruously next to the even older and more magnificent Tower of London. But it has been chosen specifically, because this is the bit of the UK capital destroyed in an early sequence in the new adventure Star Trek Into Darkness, scenes that introduce John Harrison as the new nemesis to Kirk and co in the movie. Harrison is played by Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch who cheerfully admits he was "over the moon" at joining the smash hit sci-fi franchise. He’s refreshingly uncool in his excitement to be a part of a Hollywood blockbuster, that sits alongside his small screen sleuth and a forthcoming role in The Hobbit. It’s a career beginning to move at warp speed. Star Trek director JJ Abrams is clearly a fan. “Working with him, frankly, exceeded all expectations and I think everyone stood a little bit taller when he was around. It was a wonderful way to take advantage of what the story was, because this was a very intimidating figure.” Not that Cumberbatch himself felt too intimidating, he was still reeling from the shock of being offered the role. “I was a huge, huge fan of the first film,” he smiles. “It’s such a

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rich experience to be in a master storyteller’s hands where you’re taken on a journey of high emotion, comedy, adventure and romance.” The air of easy camaraderie amongst the Enterprise crew is palpable, with Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg and Karl Urban evoking the bonds shared by their respective characters, Kirk, Spock, Uhura, Scotty and Bones. Pegg, who was a fan of the original show, admitted he was reluctant to show too much enthusiasm when Abrams originally offered him the role – “I felt like such a slut just going ‘YES!’,” he chuckles – that he held out for a day or two before signing on. “I remember JJ said ‘The worst thing that can happen is that every couple of years we get to spend some time together and have a lot of fun,’. It was a no-brainer from that point.” And yet the challenge remained for everybody to reprise these characters in a film that exceeded the glowing reviews and stratospheric box office of the 2009 original, while – as Karl Urban notes – making a new film without repeating the old one. “I’d say that everything is bigger about this film in terms of spectacle

and story,” says Chris Pine. “If, in the first one, we got a chance to establish these characters and who they were this one gives us a chance to explore different sides of our characters. “For me it was trying to find the flipside to a character who is so self assured, to find that fragility and vulnerability in the man was exciting and difficult all at the same time.” Zachary Quinto, cast as the half Vulcan first officer Spock, had more prosaic details to contend with. “There’s a general kind of challenge for me playing Spock, who is often erroneously assumed to have no emotion. To cultivate an inner life and convey actually the fact that there’s quite a deep well of emotion in this character is a consistent challenge. But shaving my eyebrows takes the cake.”

"The main challenge for me was remembering to take my arthritis medicine"

Simon Pegg, the self described senior member of the Enterprise crew, had to contend with the often daunting physical aspect of his role as Scotty. “Yeah, it’s a physically demanding job. I’m 34 now, so it’s tough. But I got through it, and think that shows on screen. The main challenge for me was remembering to take my arthritis medicine.” Benedict Cumberbatch, two years older than Pegg, laughs along with his fellow cast members. The trajectory of his recent career has been so dizzying one senses even he can’t quite believe how well it has all gone. So what would his younger self have made of playing iconic characters in films and series such as these? “I genuinely don’t know. He’d be pretty chuffed, I think, he wouldn’t have believed it – and he still doesn’t.”


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herries legend Steve Fletcher has announced the end of his playing career after 24 years in the professional game. Big Fletch moved to the Cherries from Hartlepool in 1992 and scored 121 goals for the club over his 728 appearances. The decision has been a tough one for the 40-year-old but he hopes to remain at the club in a non-playing role. “I have spoken predominantly to Eddie Howe, and also to the chairman Eddie Mitchell, and I don’t want to just be a figure on the training pitch and not close to team selection,” he said. “That is the last thing I would have wanted to end my career doing as I have always been a player and a big part of the team. “And after discussions with the gaffer, we have come to the agreement for me to go into something else at the football club and, hopefully, start a new chapter in my career with AFC Bournemouth. “I want this to be a positive. Don’t get me wrong, I have shed many tears and will probably shed a lot more in the forthcoming weeks when people start messaging and Tweeting me and sending me fantastic things through the post and videos of great memories. “I could look at it as a massive negative but I want massively to turn

it into a positive and just say ‘I have had a fabulous 20-year career at Bournemouth, 24 as a professional’. “While my playing career at Bournemouth is ending, I want to be involved, in some department, with the success going forward with the manager and Jason (Tindall). “I have always wanted to stay at the football club and, hopefully in the forthcoming weeks, I can sit down with the gaffer and Eddie Mitchell and discuss what is going to be the best direction for me to take and what suits not only the manager and chairman, but also what suits me as well.” Fletcher is without a doubt one of the club's greatest legends but how would he like to be remembered? “Just as a great ambassador for the football club and somebody who gave his heart, soul and practically his whole career for the club. “I wore my heart on my sleeve. I was never the most gifted but I have had a long, distinguished career, more than most kids would ever dream of. “I have just given 100 per cent and I hope people remember me for the good things I have given to this football club, not just on the pitch but off it as well. “I would hope that I have been a good ambassador for the club and someone who has given the supporters some great memories.”

Howe: Fletch made me look like a good player cherries' boss Eddie Howe has paid tribute to his friend and long-time team-mate Steve Fletcher, hailing their ‘incredible journey’ together. Having played alongside Fletch, Howe’s first move when appointed cherries' manager in January 2009 was to bring him back from crawley Town.

“i remember him making my job so much easier as a centre half. if in doubt, on my left foot or right foot, i’d just plonk a long diagonal on to his chest or on to his head and he’d do the rest. He made me look like a good player a lot of the time really!

And with Fletcher going on to play a key part in the side that survived a 17 point deduction and then achieved promotion a season later, Howe was quick to pay tribute to his 20-year contribution to the club.

“Then coming into management, he was our first signing and we couldn’t have wished for a better signing or a better character. coming back the second time, although he didn’t play such a huge role on the pitch this time he was absolutely key off it keeping the lads motivated and grounded.

“it is really difficult to put into words my feelings for the big man and what he has done for this football club,” he told afcb.co.uk.

“He has been a brilliant servant to the football club and we just wish him well now in his next chapter.”

Joe to repay the faith Cherries to

Defender Joe Partington is determined to repay the faith shown in him by manager Eddie Howe by targeting a pre-season return to action. Partington was one of a number of players to be handed a new contract at the Goldsands Stadium this month, putting pen to paper on a new twoyear deal. Having spent the majority of the season as an unused substitute before fracturing his ankle at the start of April, the 23-year-old says he is grateful for the opportunity and will work hard to prove that it is justified. “It’s nice because I have been here a long time and the gaffer’s obviously seen something in me that he wants to keep,” he told afcb.co.uk.

host Pompey

AFC Bournemouth will entertain south coast neighbours Portsmouth this summer at the Goldsands Stadium. In the first official pre-season fixture to be announced the Cherries host Pompey on Tuesday, July 23. Ticket details to be announced later this summer.

Hot season tickets AFC Bournemouth have been doing brisk business in season tickets for next season in the Championship. With games against the likes of Nottingham Forest, Leeds United, Birmingham City, Reading and Harry Redknapp's QPR in the offing, adult prices start at £400. A family of four is able to view the 23 home games for £600. Current season ticket holders have until Friday, May 31 to renew their existing seat, after which time the seat will become available for general sale.


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Dave Tarr (MD Sea View Coaches, sponsor), Greg Gluchowski (club captain), Leyton Glover, Aaron Morgan, Peter Barnes (team manager)

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who needs an engine to enjoy the thrills of speedway? You may be familiar with the oval shale track in Poole, two wheeled riders battling for the lead, their steeds being pushed to the limit, the crowds and the smell of liniment. Hang on, I hear you say, I thought it was the wonderful smell of Castrol R. Oh no, that’s the Pirates, we’re at Poole Cycle Speedway. Started in the late 1940s on bombsites in London, Poole quickly became a centre for the fledgling sport. Back then the track was in Oakdale and the Gem Pirates were the first British team champions in 1951.

Today, the club is based in Baiter Park and can attract crowds of up to 500, all of them watching the high speed antics for free. It’s a friendly, family sport and it tends to run through the generations. Sea View Coaches MD, Dave Tarr sponsors the team and for him it’s about the love of the sport rather than commercial considerations. “I was a rider and my son rode, so I got involved with the club and we helped build the track," he says. "There’s no gain in it, we support them. It keeps the youngsters off the

streets, it helps them get good jobs and it helps them in their futures.” So how big is the sport? Team manager Peter Barnes says: “There’s now about 30 clubs in the UK, six of them racing in the Elite League, but there’s also international racing in Australia, Poland and the US. At the end of November there’ll be five or six riders from the Poole club competing in the world championships in Adelaide. It’s quite a vibrant sport – it’s similar to speedway but without an engine.”

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The county side are on the Lords trail and your support could prove vital.

Victory will keep Alan Willows' men on course for the semi-finals and a potential trip to the home of cricket later in the season. Defeat, however, will effectively end Dorset's interest in a competition they won in 1988 and in which they finished runners-up in 2006. County officials are hoping for a big crowd at Dean Park – one of Minor Counties cricket's most spectator-friendly venues. "It's a game we are looking forward to", said Willows, "and one we have to win. A good crowd will obviously help tremendously and I think spectators will be in for a cracking day's cricket." Dorset's showdown with Staffordshire, which gets underway at Dean Park at 11am, is followed by a trip to Buckinghamshire on June 2.

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Dorset cricket needs you!

And on May 26 they face a crucial showdown with Staffordshire at Dean Park.

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your support vital for a trip to lords With the 2013 Minor Counties Knockout Trophy qualifying campaign having reached halfway, Dorset are currently lying third in their five-team group four having lost to Wales and beaten Berkshire.

At Harbourside Park

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prep school u-11s in fine finals Bournemouth Collegiate Prep School under-11 hockey team acquitted themselves admirably at the South West Regional hockey finals at Millfield School in Somerset. The young BCS team enjoyed great success on their first outing to this event and although they lost their first two games 1-0, they

also managed two draws – including one against eventual tournament winners Dean Close – and bowed out with a 1-0 victory over St Petrocs. Leah Wilkinson, Welsh hockey international and BCS coach said: “The boys played brilliantly. They gelled together well, supported each other and had some fantastic results.“

sailing

grammar pair well placed

Poole Grammar boys, Oliver Aldridge and Ben Whaley finished second and third respectively at the Topper class Inland Championships held over the bank holiday weekend on Grafham Water, Cambridge. Other local sailors from Parkstone Yacht club Elliott Kuzyk, Nathaniel Gordon and Jack Butters were also in the prizes finishing eighth, 19th and 30th.

A Bournemouth teenager has smashed his way into the England Schools table tennis team. Harewood College student Jamie Trevillion, 15, has served up a series of strong performances to get called up into the international squad. Representing Dorset in the English Schools National Championships, Jamie finished joint third in the tough under 19s category, beating tournament favourite Josh Robinson along the way. Jamie received a call the following day to say he had been selected to represent England

Jamie with coach Steve Foster at the Schools’ International Invitation event to be held on the Isle of Man in June. "I am so excited and thrilled to be picked to play for England and cannot wait – it’s a dream come true,” says Jamie.

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late-starter Jackie picked for festival

Bournemouth windsurfer, Jackie Lambert has been chosen to be the first female Team Rider, representing windsurfing at the National Watersports Festival (NWF), at Hayling Island, near Portsmouth. “I am delighted to have been selected" says Jackie. "I’m not your typical team rider – most are young guns, but I started windsurfing in my late 30s and between us this year, my hubby Mark and I have reached our centenary!" The NWF is a celebration of Windsurfing, Kitesurfing, Stand

Up Paddleboarding (SUP) and Kayaking. "Promoting an all-inclusive community spirit is what the NWF is all about. Last year, the youngest competitor was six and the oldest in their 80s!" adds Jackie.


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Bash on the up

Frank Gray has set his sights on further improvement at Bashley next term. And with a move to New Milton very much on the cards the Bashley manager insists his men could be drawing support from a much wider catchment. The New Foresters have agreed to move ahead of the 2013-24 season to New Milton’s Fawcett Field ground. The only thing holding this up is approval by the Football Association, but the uncertainty appears to be of no concern to Gray. “We’re just carrying on as normal until the FA rubber stamps the move,” he says. “The aim is to progress year on year. You should always try to improve on what you did the previous season.”

13th not enough Bournemouth Poppies boss Kenny Vaughan described his side’s 13th place finish in the Wessex Premier as “disappointing.”

He has vowed to make changes both on and off the pitch at Victoria Park. “Most people would be satisfied with a mid-table finish, but I am not,” he said. “We under-performed throughout the campaign. We need to learn the lessons, rebuild and push on.”

Players staying on

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wimborne town 0 Arsenal XI 2 The Cuthbury, may 7

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uch is the pull of the Arsenal brand that a team of its young, up-and-coming stars could more than treble the average attendance at Cuthbury in this benefit game for former Wimborne stars Andy Culliford – battling a debilitating illness – and Kev James whose playing career was ended following a serious injury. Ahead of the game Arsenal and Republic of Ireland legend Liam Brady, now the Gunners' academy director, told Seeker News: “There are Arsenal supporters all over the country. This game gives us the opportunity to help two young players and gives our own young players an insight into how life does not always go the way you want it to.” Freed from the battle for points Wimborne produced the kind of flowing performance rarely seen

during the regular season. Bashley’s James Stokoe, guesting in a Wimborne shirt for the night, demonstrated how life at the higher level had improved his football, producing some deft touches and

High ambitions for Magpies Killick has a point to prove

Christchurch chairman Mark Duffy received a boost from his playing staff as the search for a new manager continues.

Wimborne Town boss Steve Cuss aims to take the side forward and meet the demands for further progress made by new chairman Paul Miller.

him during his first two seasons at Cuthbury, said: “Paul Miller has ambitious plans and I’m delighted to be in a position to try and help him achieve them.

Duffy had been concerned that a new arrival, to replace Graham Kemp, would see some players heading for the exit. These fears were quelled following a meeting with the players. "I met the players and they decided to stay together," he said.

Miller, named as club supremo earlier this month, is targeting a challenge for the Southern League Division One South & West play offs in the new season and a promotion to the Southern Premier the season after. Cuss, who has already met the targets set for

"There will be increased pressure both on myself and the team. I have a good group of players who have proved themselves capable of meeting the rigours of Southern League football.

Lions make it safe in last home game Bournemouth Lions secured their National 2 South status in their last home game of the season with a 29-14 home win over Dings Crusaders at Chapel Gate. "I'm delighted with the team’s performance against a robust and often dangerous West Country side," said coach David Dean. With Sam Hardcastle starting for the 225th time and Robert Bruce notching up his 150th appearance, the result means Bournemouth

Wimborne produced the kind of flowing performance rarely seen during the regular season

linking well with frontman Matt Kemble. Arsenal, with Brady and his assistant, fellow former Gunners star David Court, keeping a watchful eye from the stands, produced some delightful football but found a resolute Magpies' defence hard to break and Jason Harvell in the Wimborne goal had to be in top form to deny Thomas Eisfeld. With 11 substitutes on the bench Magpies boss Steve Cuss rang the changes in the second half with former striker Tom Jeffes making a return. Arsenal introduced Chuba Akpom and the young Gunner forced the save of the game from substitute keeper Dan Ackerman. He lashed the ball in from wide of the six-yard box and Ackerman brilliantly parried over the bar. The Gunners' opener came on 73 minutes as Akpom tore through the Wimborne defence before slotting the ball home. Then at the death Akpom notched up his second of the night as his deflected shot found the back of the net.

will hang on to 13th place and remain in N2S for next season. Bournemouth completed their 2012-13 programme away to Taunton Titans on Saturday. l Lions' Colts squad completed a fantastic treble, beating Marlborough to secure the Dorset and Wilts Merit league championship and add to the U17 Dorset & Wilts Cup and Dorset & Wilts Merit league play off title they'd already won.

"It is important I keep that nucleus together." picture: Alex Williamson

Poole Town will not be playing in next season’s Southern League Premier just to make up the numbers, manager Tommy Killick insists. Instead the Dolphins' boss is seeking to take his squad to a second consecutive promotion and a place in the Conference South, but admits he will have to sign some new recruits. “Towards the end of the last campaign we were quite low on

numbers," he says. "We had only 17 fit men in the squad so we’ll have to bring in a few more if we are to get out of this league.” One barrier to Poole’s further advancement could be the Conference’s tight ground-grading regulations. While a move to a proposed new ground at Bearwood is still very much part of the club’s long term plans, efforts are being made to bring Tatnam up to the required standard.


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by paul baKEr

arcy Ward is determined to have a say in the destination of this year’s speedway World Championship. The young Aussie’s own title hopes were shattered after suffering a fractured right shoulder blade during a spectacular crash at the Swedish Grand Prix in Gothenburg a fortnight ago. But despite facing another six weeks on the sidelines, the Pirates number one reckons he has plenty to race for in the 2013 Grand Prix Series. He told Seeker News: “It’s not what I would have wanted, especially as I was lying second in the championship going into the Swedish Grand Prix. But that’s the nature of the game and there’s no point whinging about it. “I’m going to miss about four championship rounds and so my title hopes are definitely over. But that doesn’t mean I won’t get a say in who wins it.

“When I come back I’ll be going all out to ruin other people’s chances by picking up those valuable points that they all need. I’m going to be a bit of a spoiler and just because I can’t win the title doesn’t mean I won’t be trying.” Despite the seriousness of the injury, a philosophical Ward is keen to look on the bright side. “When I got back to Dorset I went and had some scans”, he explained, “and was told I didn’t need surgery. That’s something to be grateful for and you have to take the positives from situations like these. “The worst part is that I just can’t do much physically because of the pain and because I have to rest as much as I can. It’s a shame the Ashes hasn’t started yet because at least I could sit and watch the cricket. “But as soon as I get the nod I’ll start training and getting fit again, but I guess

a united front in handling Pirates I'm not the world' biggest football fan but I can't pass up this opportunity to pay tribute to Sir Alex Ferguson. What he has achieved as manager of Manchester United is phenomenal and I doubt anyone will come close to matching his record in the future. When you look at his success, much of it is down to man-management. There's not much he can do about what happens on the pitch, but off it his role has been vital. And that's something I can certainly relate to. The financial rewards might be very different, but there are obvious similarities between Sir Alex's role as manager of the country's best football team and mine as manager of the country's top speedway team. Both of us are dealing with young men, many of whom are thousands of miles from home and who often need an arm around them when times get tough.

Darcy Ward nursing the wrist he injured against King's Lynn

miDDlO Pirates manager neil middleditch

Sir Alex might have a reputation for his hairdryer antics, but, according to those who know him, behind that tough Glasgow exterior lies a caring individual who is extremely loyal and who protects his players at all costs. And that's how I hope my riders see me, both at Poole and when I'm on Great Britain duty. Tactics and strategy are of course very important, but so is the ability to know your

I just have to be patient and sensible about things. “Eight weeks out adds up to a lot of meetings and a lot of money but what can you do? The plan is to get along and watch as many meetings as I can and I just want to say thanks to all the Poole fans for their messages of support.” Reflecting on the crash itself, which came on his 21st birthday, the Pirates star claims he wouldn’t have done anything different despite the painful outcome of that dramatic heat six. He added: “I hadn’t scored in my first race so I needed something in my second. I was racing hard and that’s what you have to do. “As it happened I knew it was going to be a big one and I immediately knew I’d done some damage. “But that’s racing. It happens sometimes and you just have to get on with things."

team, know their personalities and recognise when things aren't 100 per cent. If a rider is down or upset about something it's my job to put my arm around him and pick him up again. I suppose I see myself as a kind of father figure and I think that's a vital charictaristic whether you're a speedway, football or ping-pong team manager. At the very top level of sport you are dealing with highly talented individuals. Be it Wayne Rooney or Darcy Ward, these guys need support and that's a huge part of a manager's role. The way you treat them can make or break their careers and so it's crucial to get it right. Another thing Sir Alex is famed for is his ability to rebuild and reinvent United year after year, And that's something we concentrate hard on at Poole too. We have enjoyed fantastic success over recent years but it doesn't happen by magic. Just like United, we have a network of scouts across the world who are watching and reporting on a daily basis and we have riders earmarked already who most speedway fans will have never heard of. Just like

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"Just like sir alex, we can't afford to be complacent"

Sir Alex, we can't afford to be complacent. Success doesn't fall into your lap, you have to work hard at it. I, along with everyone else, congratulate Sir Alex on a truly wonderful career. But his passion for United is like mine for the Pirates and so I don't for one minute expect we've heard the last of him. He's a truly inspirational figure and one that all of us in the world of sports management can look up to and learn from. FERGiE picTuRE:THESpORTREViEW.cOM


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POOLE 53 D. Ward 2',X,2',Fx=4+2 D. Stachyra 3,3,3,3=12 C. Holder 2',3,3,3,0=11+1 D. Andersson 3,0,0,1=4 M. Janowski 2,3,3,3,3=14 K. Howarth 1,0,0,3=4 R. Tungate 0,1',1,2'=4+2

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EASTBOURNE 39 B. Pedersen 1,2,4,2,1'=10+1 A. Shields 0,1',2,1'=4+2 S. Gustafsson 1,2,1,0=4 T. Lahti 0,1',0,0=1+1 C. Woodward 0,2,2,1',2=7+1 D. North 2',1',1',1=5+3 K. Doolan 3,3,0,2=8

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LAST heat blunder by Maciej Janowski cost Pirates victory over Lakeside at Wimborne Road.Trailing by three points going into that final encounter, the hosts, who picked up their 90,000th race point on the night, needed a maximum return to seal a fifth Elite League win of the season. And that crucial 5-1 was on the cards with skipper Chris Holder and Janowski pulling well clear of Peter Karlsson and Davey Watt. But with just over a lap to go, Poole's flying Pole inexplicably spun out of control allowing the Hammers pair through for a share of the race spoils and a 48-45 success. With Darcy Ward sidelined by a fractured shoulder blade, boss Neil Middleditch turned to former Pirate Hans Andersen as a replacement. And the Dane more than played his part in helping the hosts storm into a 10 point lead after just six heats.

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poole piRates 45 lakeside haMMeRs 48 wiMboRne Road, May 8

But a tactical 7-2 win in the seventh from Watt and Lewis Bridger, got the Hammers back on track although not even the POOLE 45 H Andersen (G) 2,3,0,1*=6+1 D Stachyra 1*,1,1,1=4+1 C Holder 3,2,3,3,3=14 D Andersson 0,1*,1,0=2+1 M Janowski 3,2,1,2,R=8 K Howarth 2*,0,0,2*,2=6+2 R Tungate 3,2*,Fx=5+1 LAKESIDE 48 P Karlsson 3,3,2*,3,2=13+1 K Nilsson 0,0,3,3=6 Ls Bridger 1*,1,2*,1=5+2 D Watt 2,6^,3,3,1=15 P Swiderski 1,2,2,0=5 R Mear 0,0,0,0=0 R Lawson 1,0,2*,1=4+1

most pessimistic Poole fan would have predicted defeat. One thing that all sides need is a little bit of luck but that's something that has completely deserted Middleditch's men this term. An already bulging injury list was added to when young reserve Rohan Tungate suffered a damaged groin when crashing in heat eight – a spill that came just as his partner Dawid Stachyra had just hit the front. Stachyra was well beaten by Kim Nilssson and Richard Lawson in the rerun and that misfortune, the sort that seems to haunt the Pirates at the moment, was enough to move the visitors to within a point of their opponents.

pHOTO: STEVE cOOK

Pirates' Maciej 'Magic' Janowski A 5-1 in the 11th put the Hammers ahead and it was a lead they wouldn't surrender despite the best efforts of the brilliant Holder, who underlined his return to form with a hefty 14

point haul. But it was Janowski's last heat horror that eventually handed the visitors victory and leave a big home crowd shaking their heads in disbelief.


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eil Middleditch has vowed to ring the changes in a bid to end Poole's horrendous start to the season. The Pirates are languishing in the lower reaches of the Elite League table following a run of disappointing results both home and away. And while injuries to key riders haven't helped his cause, Middleditch is refusing to make excuses for his side's poor form. He told Seeker News: "Results have been very disappointing and it's time to act. After a decent home win over Eastbourne a couple of weeks ago I thought we had turned the corner and our season would kick on from there. "But then came a real slap in face at home to Lakeside where we quite literally snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, something we simply shouldn't be doing at Wimborne Road. "That result told us all we needed to know and so Matt Ford and I have been on the phone ever since chasing riders and trying to do deals in a bid to put things right."

He added: "Obviously we have had our fair share of bad luck and Darcy Ward fracturing his shoulder in the Swedish Grand Prix was a real blow. "But we are not in the business of making excuses. The results haven't been good enough and something has to be done." Middleditch refused to name both potential targets and current riders who might be facing the axe. But he did confirm was that changes will be made 'soon'. "I am constantly on the phone at the moment", he added, "but it wouldn't be fair to name names at this stage. "But what I can say is that changes will be made as soon as possible and we certainly won't be sitting back and doing nothing about either our results or league position. "We need to act fast to get our season going again and if we do that and things click, there is no reason why we can't start climbing the table quickly and get ourselves involved the title hunt."

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