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cruise ships return to poole


oole has welcomed the first of this season’s visiting cruise ships, which tourism chiefs hope will put the port on the UK's cruise map. Island Sky, which takes 117 passengers, made an overnight stop on its week-long Ode to Spring cruise taking in the Channel Islands, Lundy, southern Ireland, the Scilly Isles and Falmouth before returning to Poole. It was the first of three Noble Caledonia vessels due to sail into the harbour over the next four months. “It is something we have been working with Poole Harbour Commissioners on, to

encourage more of these small cruise liners to Poole," Poole Tourism Partnership chairman Bruce GrantBraham told reporters.

“Even though there aren’t many passengers, these are high-spending passengers. We are working towards a nice little package of things for them to see in and around Poole and Dorset.” Poole Tourism Partnership and Poole Harbour Commissioners are in negotiation with a number of cruise operators to build a suitable berth so that more small cruise ships can visit the port.

"even though there aren’t many passengers, these are high-spending passengers"

“Increasingly, we are a start and finish port,” said Mr Grant-Braham.

“Rather than just popping in overnight, these customers could be offered somewhere to stay before or after their cruise, to get more money into our economy.” He said they are also looking to accommodate the larger cruise ships that have visited Portland, with up to 2,000 passengers. Poole Harbour Commissioners argue that if the port had a cruise ship berth, around 11 vessels that currently call into other ports in the South West could stop at Poole and if the Quay was extended and the water made deeper, some 12 further ships making 26 stops in South West ports could then visit Poole.

library reopens

Christchurch Library and Learning Centre has reopened after a £2 million redevelopment. Visitors can now enjoy more books and space, better facilities for children and young people, free wi fi, community meetings rooms, refreshment areas and fully accessible toilets – including baby changing facilities. The new facility follows almost a year of renovations and building work. An official opening ceremony will take place on Saturday, while the Sight and Sounds Centre will also open in the building from next month.

abseils pitch

Dorset’s disability charity, Diverse Abilities Plus, is hosting its second Harbourview 110ft Abseil overlooking Poole Harbour on Sunday, June 30. By taking part, fundraisers will be raising money to ensure the charity can provide invaluable support to local children and adults with profound disabilities. No experience is necessary, just enthusiasm. To find out more call 01202 718266 or e-mail sharon.wells@


The best teaching assistant

Bright idea for roundabout

Poole teaching assistant Hilda Beddard is the best in the (south) West! The dedicated classroom helper at Sylvan First School has won the Pearson Teaching Award for Teaching Assistant of the Year 2013 for the South West region after more than 16 years at the school. And she received a standing ovation from staff, parents and pupils when she was presented with her award during a special school assembly. The 61-year-old, who retires this year, was selected from more than 24,000 nominations after she was put forward by head teacher Sarah Lee, who praised her “exceptional contribution to school life”.

A Dorset roundabout could be home to a new landmark to reflect local history. Lytchett Minster and Upton Town Council is appealing for views on whether to install a one metre brazier on top of a 3.5 metre pole on the Baker’s Arms roundabout on the A35. Historically, Beacon Hill on Upton Heath was the site of a beacon that would have been lit to signal important events such as an enemy invasion. The plan is to prune existing trees on the roundabout to ensure the beacon was visible from all four exits. For more information contact the Town Council on 01202 632070.

Torch burns through thousands

Hosting the Olympic Torch relay in Dorset cost local authorities more than £180,000. Bournemouth council spent £93,000 and Poole shelled out £50,947, while Dorset County Council spent £40,000. County council leader Spencer Flower said that Dorset had played its part in a fantastic event. “The key thing is, how often does the Olympics come to this country? We should be proud of our Olympic legacy,” he said. Thousands stood in the rain to line the streets as the iconic torch made its way through Dorset last July.

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n Bournemouth beach was a riot of colour earlier this month as 1,200 flowers were planted to celebrate the town making the finals of the Britain In Bloom competition. The artificial gerberas made up the word Bournemouth as part of the ongoing Blooming Beautiful campaign run by the town's Coastal BID team and Bournemouth Tourism. The stunt also saw real gerberas being given away for free at Paddington Station as BID promoted Bournemouth through national adverts and promotions on London radio stations as well as the local area.

Flying the flag for quality beaches

Beaches in Poole and Bournemouth are among 23 in the South West to earn the right to fly the Blue Flag in this year's Keep Britain Tidy awards. Four Poole beaches and four at Bournemouth have secured the prestigious award. which for 2013 has a higher water quality standard and marks good facilities, safety and cleanliness.

The Poole beaches are at Shore Road, Branksome Chine, Canford Cliffs and Sandbanks, which won its Blue Flag for the 26th consecutive year. Bournemouth's Blue Flag beaches are at Southbourne, Alum Chine, Durley Chine and Fisherman’s Walk. Swanage beach, which won a Blue Flag award, also secured the

new Seaside Award, which went to 27 beaches including two at Bournemouth (Boscombe Pier and Bournemouth Pier) and three at Christchurch (Avon, Friars Cliff and Highcliffe). The Seaside Award is for the highest standards of beach management and meeting guideline water quality. It replaces the Quality Coast Award.

turtle dives Back into old haBits


sea turtle with a damaged spine is being kitted out with its own divebelt to help it swim underwater. Green turtle Ali is one of five now living at the Weymouth Sea Life centre after being hit by boats in Florida Keys and suffering back injuries which left them unable to dive. “All five had weights glued to their shells to help them submerge, but Ali’s shell is so badly damaged the weights won’t stay attached,” said curator Fiona Smith. Now Ali is to be fitted with a specially tailored dive-belt. “It has pockets for the weights, to act just like a diver’s weight belt,” said Fiona. “If Ali’s new dive-aid is a success we may invest in similar devices for the other turtles.” Ali was rescued in the spring of 2002 at Palm Beach and as well as a badly damaged shell was also discovered to be riddled with tumors. In spite of his woes, he was such a feisty individual he was named after heavyweight boxing legend Mohammed Ali.

Ali gets to grips with the new belt

concern expressed Supermarket giant Tesco is going ahead with plans to open an Express store at Sandbanks in July – despite the objections of locals.

Residents have raised concerns about traffic, litter and noise and have said they will boycott the new store destined to open at the site of the Sandacres pub and have gathered support for petitions and a Facebook campaign. Legally, Tesco is able to convert the pub into a shop without seeking planning permission.

car park convert Work has started on a £12 million project to regenerate the former car park at Leyton Mount in Bournemouth.

The fitting of Ali’s new belt coincides with the launch of a major sea turtle conservation month at Sea Life centres across the UK. Turtle Fest, which runs until June 2, highlights the growing threats to turtles from pollution, fishing by catch and tourism development and will raise funds to off-set the running costs of a new £250,000 Sea Turtle Rescue Centre on the Greek island of Zakynthos, built with donations from Sea Life visitors.

The plan will see a development of 64 flats and a 290sqm commercial unit for possible use as a cafe or restaurant. The aim is to improve safety around Horseshoe Common and revitalise Old Christchurch Road. The Bournemouth Development Company is working on the project with the council as part of the 20-year Town Centre Master Vision.

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'Most important decision' on winter gardens delayed

Bournemouth's Winter Gardens could look like this artist's impression



ournemouth Council has deferred what could be its "most important decision for a generation" as planners have put off ruling on a major redevelopment of the former Winter Gardens site until June 17.

Developers had been seeking outline planning permission for a £150 million plan to include indoor and outdoor family leisure facilities, apartments, a hotel, restaurants, public spaces, children’s indoor soft play area and outdoor adventure playground and underground parking. "It's the most important decision the Council has to take for a generation," says Tony Ramsden, a partner at Bournemouthbased development consultants Planning Solutions Partnership. "It has been a long held ambition of many people to revitalise the former Winter Gardens site, which is currently being used as a temporary car park."

But after hearing objections from residents, the council's planning board decided to delay making a decision for a month to give developers time to liaise with residents. The new proposal takes in the derelict crazy golf course, Keystone House and the Klute and Funki Sushi building at 20 Exeter Road to create a site of some six acres. The application was recommended for approval by Council officers and has the support of the South West Design Review Panel and English Heritage. "The aim is to create a truly exceptional design and high quality public realm for residents and visitors to enjoy," says Tony Ramsden. "The proposed Winter Gardens scheme will revitalise Exeter Road and will link the town centre with the BIC and the beachfront in a pedestrian-friendly and active manner."

Don't pass up this Poole offer

A new Poole Pass offering fabulous deals at local, attractions, shops and restaurants has been launched. Developed by Poole Tourism, the pass costs £3 (£2 children) and gives a range of discounts at 24 participating venues across the town and is valid until December 31. From discounts on trips with Blue Line Cruises, Rockley Park Watersports and Splashdown to two-for-one entry at Corfe Castle Model Village and The Blue Pool,

the pass provides plenty to keep the family happy. And it’s not just attractions, Poole Town Centre Partnership members are also taking part in the scheme with special offers at Maddisons Hairdressers in the lower High Street, Waterstones, the Custom House in Poole and Patrick’s Restaurant and Bar at Ashley Cross. To sign up contact Poole Welcome Centre on the Quay or visit

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volunteer call for studland Beach

The National Trust is supporting World Oceans Day on June 8 by showcasing some of the fun and rewarding activities volunteers can get involved with this summer at Studland Beach. A summer of seaside volunteering could include: l Assisting with activities such as den building, beach volleyball or slacklining – a sort of cross between tightrope walking and trampolining.

animal antics

Poole-based international clothing and sports brand Animal is bringing its high-octane Action Sports Tour to the Family Adventure Festival in Bournemouth this weekend. The celebrity Animal team riders will include Martyn Ashton, Blake Samson, Luke Madigan and James Jones who is Wales no 1 BMX rider who will bring a whole new level of extreme to proceedings. Featuring a team of free runners, dirt bike jumpers, scooter and mountain bike riders, Animal's crew will be demonstrating their talents for an action-packed show for the whole family at the BIC until Sunday.

l Overseeing the Discovery Centre at weekends and during school holidays. l Leading or assisting with school group activities. l Providing a warm, friendly welcome (and goodbye) to visitors. l Selling National Trust raffle tickets. Taster session and more information are available at Knoll Beach, Studland between 11am and 3pm on June 8, or call Rachel Rodman on 01929 452306.

a green drive

Poole's Dolphin shopping centre is launching Don't Drive Wednesdays in an effort to cut the town's carbon footprint. Backed by Seeker News, Dorset's largest indoor shopping centre is calling on locals to leave their cars at home and explore greener transport options. The Dolphin has teamed up with morebus, which has agreed to offer a special Don't Drive Wednesdays bus ticket to download via their app at "The Don't Drive Wednesdays campaign is a big step in helping reduce Poole's carbon footprint and we would encourage people to support this mission," says centre manager John Grinnell.

sizeable skating

Verwood's popular BMX and skate park at Potterne Park has been extended. The bowl, which was installed in 2004 and developed in 2009 with flood lighting, seating and a purpose-built BMX dirt track, now boasts an integral shelter, LED feature lighting and a speaker system so users can play their own music. The work was carried out by local company 1 Skateparks following the award of grants worth £65,000 from the Heathland Mitigation Fund, East Dorset District PACT (Partners and Communities Together) and Synergy Housing Association.

new MeMorial to honour 130 killed in BourneMouth air raid


he victims of Bournemouth's bloodiest air raid have been commemorated with a new memorial at the Lansdowne.

More than 130 service personnel and civilians were killed when a crack Luftwaffe squadron hit the town on May 23, 1943. The precision lunchtime raid barely lasted five minutes but wreaked carnage on a series of Bournemouth landmarks including the Metropole Hotel at the Lansdowne, the Shamrock and Rambler coach depot on Holdenhurst Road, the Central Hotel on Richmond Hill, Beales department store on Old Christchurch Road and Bobbys in the Square. The Lower Pleasure Gardens were strafed with machine gun fire. Some 22 buildings were destroyed and 3,354 were damaged. Most of those killed were civilians, but among the dead were several RAF, Canadian and Australian airmen, as well as a number of American soldiers. Amongst the civilians paying their respects to those who died in the raid included 77-year-old Bournemouth woman, Patricia Jones.

The unveiling of the memorial plaque at Lansdowne Crescent Patricia was just seven when she witnessed the gruesome attack that devastated the streets of her home town. Harrowingly, she recalls how an Australian serviceman threw himself on her to save her from flying shrapnel. “I cannot explain how important it is that we remember those who lost their lives 70 years ago today. Some of the sights and sounds I saw on that day I will never forget.” Representatives of the servicemen and women, including three Canadian


veterans, the Canadian Assistant Air Attache, Lt Col Art Agnew, Wing Commander Tony O’Leary of the Australian Air Force and RAF Air Commodore David Lee, joined HM Lord-Lieutenant of Dorset, Valerie Pitt-Rivers, Cllr Phil Stanley-Watts, the Mayor of Bournemouth and relatives of the civilian casualties at the unveiling of the commemorative plaque close to the site of the Metropole Hotel. A new book, Incident 48: Raid on a South Coast Town by Angela Beleznay (Natula Publications), tells the full story of that fateful day.

"some of the sights and sounds I saw on that day I will never forget"

Patricia jones, Bournemouth air raid survivor



ollowing the success of last year’s Castaway Five Day Challenge for Dorset-based Diverse Abilities Plus, the charity is again offering the chance to take part in this year’s Seeker News-sponsored event. Running from September 21-25, the event is open to anyone aged 18 years and over and can be entered as an individual, or with a friend, family or colleagues. It is also ideal for company team and motivational building. No level of physical fitness is required – just a sense of fun and adventure. The charity that supports local children and adults with physical and learning disabilities is looking for 24 men and women to take on the challenge taking place at a mystery woodland location by the sea. Participants will experience the fundamental elements of survival as well as a variety of fun activities, secret challenges and tasks to learn and complete, including building a natural shelter, fire lighting techniques, sea life-raft survival skills training, navigating by the stars and sea fishing. Sharon Wells, events fundraiser at Diverse Abilities Plus, said: “The Seeker Castaway Five Day Challenge is a once in a lifetime opportunity and by taking part you will help us to make a difference to the lives of children and adults with learning difficulties and profound physical disabilities. "If you fancy a challenge or just want to get away from the daily routines and stresses of life, this is for you! You will learn unique survival skills, make new friends and overall have a fantastic, fun experience.” Sue Robathan, from Melodies in Motion, took part in last year’s Challenge and


said: “One of the main benefits of the five days was the community spirit that was experienced by all participants. "Building our shelter, keeping warm and sharing nourishment became the common denominator to link very different people together to forge strong bonds. "I would definitely recommend the Castaway Challenged to anyone.” PICTURE: SIÂN COURT

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Last year’s participant Tracie Dempster also added: “I am absolutely amazed that I made the whole event duration. I feel an enormous sense of achievement. "I’ve learnt a lot about myself and in the process have raised a lot of money for charity and raised awareness.” If you think you can survive the Seeker Castaway Five Day Challenge, entry is £50 per person and each participant is kindly

a few quotes from last year's Castaways

Tony Herbert: “Fantastic experience! Very wet and sometimes cold, but would not have missed it for the world!”

The start of something beautiful? I let out a strange sound, half grunt half sob, as I pulled my tired legs out of the clinging mud. The suction tried to pull my boot off and I slumped back down exhausted and demoralised. As an ex-member of Her Majesty’s Forces you’d think that I would have been prepared for this, but I was in the RAF, we didn’t do tents, we stayed in hotels when we went away. This was the last time I slept outside, it wasn’t in a warzone, it wasn’t even part of the Seeker Castaway Challenge, this was Glastonbury. The year was 1998 and the torrential downpours had turned Somerset into the Somme. At this point I vowed that

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I would never again subject myself to this horrible experience. So what possessed me to get involved with the Castaway Challenge? Aside from it being an amazing cause that fully deserves everyone’s support I thought, right, here’s a bit of a challenge, mentally, physically and even emotionally. I’ve made my kids cry before by refusing to go camping with them, who knows maybe this is the start of something beautiful, perhaps I’m the next Bear Grylls? Probably not, but maybe it will make camping in the garden with the kids seem a little less daunting.

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Sue Robathan: “The team worked very well together to cover the week with the right attitude to conjure the right team spirit for the group.” Justin Crook: “My experience of the Castaway Challenge was really good as I didn’t know what to expect. It broadened my knowledge.” Ken Whillock: “Good event, not too challenging, good fun with good group. Very social with good man-banter!” John Stafford: “I had an excellent time doing the challenge despite the weather. The staff were excellent and very well trained.” Andy Day: “I had a great experience on the Castaway and felt I learnt a great deal. I found the staff very knowledgeable, helpful and approachable.”

asked by the charity to raise a minimum of £550 in sponsorship monies. Diverse Abilities Plus will support participants fully with fundraising ideas to help reach their target easily. For more information visit www. or contact Sharon Wells on 01202 718266, email sharon.wells@diverseabilitiesplus.

58 years of support

Diverse Abilities Plus is the only charity that has been supporting children and adults with cerebral palsy and other physical and learning disabilities in Dorset for 58 years. The charity provides a range of assistance, support and education services for young people aged two to 19, adults with disabilities, and their families. Services include: Langside School: A specialist day school for children with profound and multiple disabilities. Children's respite projects: Including overnight care – offering respite and help for families managing the challenges of providing full time care for their child; home support (domiciliary care) for children and young people; and holiday and after-school activities, giving young people with disabilities the chance to have the leisure and fun opportunities that their peers enjoy. Fun activities for siblings, who

often are young carers as well, are also provided as well as parent support groups and a one-to-one parent befriending service to help families cope. Support for adults: a well equipped day centre, where adults can learn new skills and enjoy a wide range of experiences. A supported living service helping adults live independently in their own home with 24/7 support. Advice: providing assistance for adults and children with disabilities, their families or carers to claim disability benefits and apply for deputyship status. The charity was founded in 1955 by Mrs Phyllis Edwards who formed a group of parents intent on providing better opportunities for their children with physical and learning disabilities.

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letters to the editor

embarrassing bickering by time-wasting Mps

The amount of time MPs have wasted over bickering about gay marriage is not only disgraceful, but embarrassing. As rightly addressed by Brenda Weston from South West Equality, there are 28 times more lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual people in the UK than there are members of the Conservative Party alone. Instead of representing the majority of us who do not have a problem with same-sex marriage, MPs seem to wavering over the interests of those who can only be described as a bigoted minority. To me, this is not good enough. Instead of focusing on more pressing issues, MPs seem to be devoting a great deal of time and energy to a highly personal matter that is simply no one else’s business. Like any other relationship, nobody else, aside from those who enter it, will be affected. Rather than chasing up companies who owe the national pocket millions, for example, MPs are deciding it’s a great idea to waste their working hours debating an issue that probably won’t even have a knock on effect.

Should same-sex couples be given the right to marry? Absolutely. At least when that matter is settled MPs can go back to actually doing their jobs. Louise Campbell Skinner Street, Poole

where's the uplifting bird feeder gone?

Does anyone know if the man who fed the birds every morning at Branksome Rec is still in action? For years the pigeons (and sometimes gulls) would gather on rooftops near the traffic lights to await his short walk across Alder Road to the corner of the Rec. There he would empty a carrier bag of bread as the birds circled above, waiting patiently for their breakfast. As he left they landed and made the most of this manna from the bread man. I used to walk down Alder Road on my way to work and every morning was treated to this most wonderful scene played out before me from my elevated view. It was a genuinely uplifting experience that would set me up for the day and equip me to face the forthcoming trials and tribulations.

I often used to think I should arrive early one morning just so that I could thank him for laying on this amazing spectacle, but sadly I never did. I lost my job to redundancy and, frankly, couldn't face retreading my former route to work. Perhaps I should have done though as I really miss seeing this glorious morning routine played out before my very eyes. I live in France now, but picked up your excellent paper on a recent visit to see friends in Poole and thought I'd drop you a line to see if anyone else had ever felt the same joy at witnessing such a simple act of kindness. Frank Spicer Caen, Basse-Normandie

nice car, ps3, anderton and a faulty bridge

Poole's Twin Sails Bridge – looks great, but doesn't work properly. It's a bit like owning an Alfa Romeo, having Darren Anderton on your team and trying to play PS3. Another triumph of style over substance then – serves as a pretty good metaphor for Great Britain in 2013. Julian Tomes Lake Drive, Hamworthy


Flapping about at a great screening

Wareham roared back to the 1920s with a special preview screening of The Great Gatsby. The Rex Cinema in Wareham has been a cinema since 1920 and it still retains the charm of that period making it the ideal venue to sit back with a cocktail to enjoy Baz Luhrmann's latest spectacular. Flapper dresses, pearls, blazers and boaters filled the stalls whilst a vintage Rolls-Royce delivered one group of cinema-goers. A great cinema and Great Gatsby – all in all a great night out, old sport.

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putting in FarM's way



t attracts more visitors than Glastonbury, but only a fraction of the coverage. Open Farm Sunday, on June 9, is the one day in the year when farmers and producers across the country unite to open their workplaces to the general pubic. Organised by Linking Environment And Farming (LEAF), a registered charity that assists farmers and producers to manage their farms as efficiently and sustainably as possible, it was set up in 2006 and last


year brought more than 150,000 people onto Britain's farms. Although about three-quarters of Dorset land remains in agricultural use, advances in technology and modern methods mean farming is no longer the county's major employer. However, the principles of farming – to produce food from the land – have remained unchanged since time began.

Just as each farm is different, each Open Farm Sunday event is unique. They range from a simple farm walk through to a full open day with lots of activities available for the whole family to enjoy. Most events are held at working farms, but a small number are smallholdings, farms run by schools or city farms. Together they showcase the range and diversity of British farming.

pimp my garden

Pimperne villagers will be opening their gardens to the public this weekend to raise money for Julia’s House. On Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2, visitors are invited to wander round some 15 plots of all shapes and sizes, including low maintenance, plantsman, wildlife, rose, an orchard and traditional cottage gardens. Entry is £3.50 for adults, children go free. Tickets and a map of the gardens are available from the village hall. There will also be teas, craft and plant sales.

igniting funds

Ignite, BCHA's learning and work programme in Bournemouth, has celebrated its third birthday by securing a further three years' funding from The Big Lottery Fund. Its work has also been awarded the South West Learning Project Award, at the Adult Learners' Week National Awards.

Participating farms in Dorset

(Please wear appropriate footwear and sun hats if the sun is shining!) East Close Farms, Hinton Admiral, Christchurch BH23 7DU 11am-4pm Meet the animals, tractor and trailer rides, self-guided tours. static displays 01425 272777 Lower Hewood Farm, Hewood, Chard TA20 4NR 11am-4pm Meet the animals, hosted farm tour, self-guided walks, environmental stewardship Pound Farm, Cranborne BH21 5RN 11am-3pm Meet the animals, tractor and trailer rides, static displays 01725 517310 Stevens Farm, Martinstown DT2 9JR 11am-4pm Farm tour, animal petting, machinery display 01305 889485 Washingpool Farm, North Allington, Bridport, DT6 5HP 10am-4pm Meet the animals, tractor and trailer rides, self-guided tours, fresh produce, farm shop 01308 459549 Down Barn Farm, Rawston Farm, Tarrant Rawston DT11 8SH 11am-4pm Meet the animals, tractor and trailer rides, static displays, farm tours, farm shop 01258 452769 Middlebere & Hartlands Farms, Norden BH20 5DX 11am-3pm Meet the animals, tractor and trailer rides, static displays, farm tours and talks 01929 550338 (no dogs due to livestock)

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l The agri-food sector contributed £89.1 billion to Britain’s economy. l It employs 3.5m people

l There are more than 105,000 farms in England, 41,000 in Wales and 52,000 in Scotland l UK farmers produce 52% of all food consumed in the UK l Our farmers grow 23% of all fruit and vegetables consumed in the UK l UK farmers supply 82% of the meat consumed in the UK l UK farmers supply 83% of the dairy produce and eggs consumed in the UK l 10 million loaves of bread are baked in Britain every day l 5,900 litres of milk are produced by each of the 2.3 million dairy cows in the UK each year l 1 million tonnes of sugar is produced each year from sugar beets grown by British farmers

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Bus troubles for sight affected

Dorset people living with sight loss are missing vital appointments because they have difficulty travelling by bus. In an effort to make bus travel less difficult for its members Dorset Blind Association is backing a campaign to introduce audio announcements on buses to indicate bus routes, destinations and next stops. “For people with sight loss properly accessible bus travel is vital to help them maintain independent and active lives,” says Dorset Blind Association chief executive officer Jonathan Holyhead. “Audio announcements on all bus services would make a massive positive difference and all bus drivers would benefit from visual impairment awareness training, so they know how difficult life for people with sight loss can be.”

heating holme

Leading manufacturer and supplier of commercial heating and hot water equipment, Hamworthy Heating is branching out in aid of its nominated charity of the year Forest Holme Hospice. The Poole-based company will donate staff volunteering hours and funds raised from activities and events to the charity. Diane Platt, charity manager at Forest Holme Hospice, said: “We are delighted that Hamworthy Heating has nominated the hospice to be its charity of the year.”

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Jarvis JuMps in as patron


Beebies star Chris Jarvis has agreed to become a patron of Winchelsea School, the special school in Alderney, Poole that is committed to meeting the educational needs of children who have a Statement of Special Educational Needs The star of Show Me Show Me visited the school recently to meet staff and students and was bowled over by the reception he received. “I feel flattered to be asked to get involved with this very special

place and of course I’m delighted to do so,” said Chris who lives in Bournemouth. Meanwhile, the school’s PTA is continuing its efforts to raise funds to buy iPads to help youngsters with learning difficulties overcome some of their barriers to communication. The touchscreen units offer interactive learning spaces that require very little motor control and can be used in every subject. “They are a communication aid that is socially acceptable and boost self esteem – this is so important

green on the greens

Bennington Green, Dorset's leading multidisciplined building and construction consultancy practice, held its charity golf day recently in aid of Breast Cancer Care. The event was hosted by Parkstone Golf Club and consisted of four ball teams with representatives from local and national construction and property-related companies raising some £3,000 for Breast Cancer Care. Alexandra Eaton, marketing manager for Bennington Green said: “The staff at Parkstone couldn't have been more helpful. They were so accommodating and made sure the day went without a hitch. “We are grateful to our sponsors; Coles Miller, Quantum Recruitment, Elite Training and Acquit Debt Recovery who also helped to make the day so worthwhile.”

PICTURE: SIÂN COURT Chris Jarvis with pupils from Winchelsea Special School

for children like my daughter who spend their lives being different,” says Sara Layden, chair of the PTA at Winchelsea. “There are thousands of apps for teaching across a range of subjects and can also be used for visual schedules and feelings boards –

Hotel's huge help for sophie's legs


Ray Stevens, Tanya Greening, Sophie Thompson, James Dixon-Box, Suzanne Allan

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Local solicitors are giving their time to write standard Wills free of charge in return for a donation to Lewis-Manning Hospice. Any sum is welcome but suggested donations are £75 for a single Will and £110 for mirror Wills. There is no obligation to include Lewis-Manning Hospice in your Will, but if you choose to remember us with a gift, we would be very grateful. The money raised will help Lewis-Manning Hospice provide specialist palliative nursing care to local people living with a life threatening illness and support for their family and carers.

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A Bournemouth hotel has helped raise £5,000 for Sophie's Magic Legs, the charity fund aiming to raise money for local girl Sophie Thompson to be able to walk again. Days Hotel hosted a fundraising dinner and charity auction following the grand opening of its new Wedding Pagoda by Sophie and couple Roy Stevens and Suzanne Allen on the eve of their wedding. The event raised a massive £5,232 towards the target of £40,000 Sophie needs to pay for an operation for her to have the 'magic' legs that will allow her to walk again.

Craig raises thousands

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again, a useful tool for children who struggle to communicate in a conventional way.” The school’s summer fair is on June 15 from noon to 2pm, featuring a BBQ, DJ, Infectious dance troupe, cakes, games and bouncy castle. All welcome.

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Swanage solicitor Craig Wells is the toast of his firm after raising nearly £5,000 for charity by successfully completing his first-ever London Marathon. The father-of-two had aimed to raise at least £1,750 for his chosen charity Children with Cancer UK but, in the event, has brought in more than double that amount. So far he has received £4,060 in donations which with Gift Aid equals about £4,800 and money is still coming in. Craig, a partner with Ellis Jones Solicitors, said: “My mum was on the Embankment at about the 24 mile mark and my wife, Julie, and sons Thomas and Samuel were tracking my progress on the Virgin London Marathon website. “I was tired and emotional but very pleased to have finished.”

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aerial view of a man with great standing at Cherries

Cherries legend Steve Fletcher might have hung up his boots, but he'll still be in the spotlight as local telecommunications company Aerial Direct have pledged to sponsor the stand named in his honour. The renaming of the North Stand took place in 2010 to reward Fletch for his service to the club, with his name and image being displayed on the stand’s roof. Aerial Direct, a telecommunications company with over 25 years’ experience in the industry, will sponsor the stand for at least the next two years. Commercial director of AFC Bournemouth Rob Mitchell said: “It is great to have built another

new commercial relationship with a thriving company which will help enhance the club’s name further within the local business community. “We are going through a very exciting period in the club’s history on the pitch, and to have commercial partners such as Aerial Direct join forces with us, certainly helps support our progression commercially off the pitch.” Mike Rhys, managing director of Aerial Direct added: “As a company Aerial Direct is very excited about sponsoring the Steve Fletcher stand. “We especially look forward to creating a long and prosperous relationship with the club and its fans.”

Jaya on Board as dBa's new Fundraising Manager


xperienced charity worker Jaya Da Costa has joined Dorset Blind Association as fundraising manager. She will be based at the charity’s headquarters in Parkstone and take care of Community and Business fundraising including aspects such as organising events, supporting fundraising volunteers and creating links with the business community. Having lived in Bournemouth for most of her life, Jaya studied mathematics at the University of Bristol and later worked as a support worker for students with autism and other physical and mental learning difficulties, including those with sight and hearing loss. Since 2007 she has been working for Trichotillomania Support, a charity that helps people free themselves of a condition that causes them urges to pull out their hair or eyelashes. “My history in charity has given me great enthusiasm for fundraising and I am delighted to be beginning this new challenge as Dorset Blind Association’s Community and Business Fundraiser,” she says. “I enjoy travelling and have been lucky enough to visit many countries around the world.

Just the job

It's a high five for Bournemouth recruitment company Jobshop UK, which has placed its fifth candidate in a permanent role with Poole-based Oak Telecom. Samantha Badham has now joined Oak Telecom as Service Renewals Administrator. “I am absolutely thrilled at recruiting Sam,” says Oak Telecom HR manager, Sarah Marks. “All of my credit goes to Jobshop’s recruitment consultant, Kelyn Goater – she just ‘gets’ us! “She really does have a great talent for selecting just the right people and really listens to what we need, taking into account the style of person too.”

catching the wave Wave 105 is celebrating its position as commercial market leader after the latest (RAJAR) independent audience research has revealed the station has become the number one regional licence in the UK based on market share.

With 393,000 people tuning in for an average of 10.2 hours a week, delivering 4,014,000 total hours each week, the results are significant for the south coast-based radio station, even out-performing Radio 1. Steve Power at Breakfast has seen his market share jump from 9.7 per cent to 12.2 per cent – a new record high which firmly positions Steve as the commercial market leader delivering a comparable market share to the combined Heart, Capital and Jack breakfast shows.

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I have volunteered for many causes including working with the homeless helping with soup kitchens and outreach and set up a weekly soup kitchen with the Rotaract Club of Bournemouth. “I founded Valley of Hope Children’s Foundation to support the orphanage in Kenya that I have been visiting annually since 2009.”

"my history in charity has given me great enthusiasm for fundraising"

Dorset Blind Association receives no regular government funding and relies heavily on donations, grants and legacies. To help it call 01202 712869 or visit uk or send a donation to 17 Bournemouth Road, Lower Parkstone, Poole , BH14 0EF. For more information please contact Jaya Da Costa, Community and Business Fundraiser on 01202 712864 or 07775 556476.

Personal assistants in the south west have high levels of job satisfaction and commitment to the profession, according to a national survey of PAs by recruitment experts Hays PA & Secretarial. The research shows that PAs in the south west enjoy their jobs and want to remain within the profession, with almost two thirds (63 per cent) of respondents saying they are either happy in their current role or would apply for a senior PA position in the same organisation.

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south west loses 35,000 JoBs in 5 years


here are 35,000 fewer jobs in the south west at the end of last year than before the recession, according to the latest figures published by the Office for National Statistics. The workforce jobs figures show that September 2007 and September 2012, the number of jobs in the south west fell by 35,000. The TUC, whose leader Frances O’Grady will be in Dorset to speak at the Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival and Rally on July 21, says job creation in key industries across the region has not been strong enough to replace heavy job losses elsewhere. “While the south west has managed to avoid the levels of mass unemployment we saw in the 1980s, job creation across the region is still patchy," she says.

The figures show that in the five years to September 2012 professional, scientific and technical jobs rose by 29,000 (17 per cent) and human health and social work jobs were up by 25,000 (seven per cent). However, constructions jobs fell by 30,000 (14 per cent) and jobs in manufacturing by 15,000 (six per cent). Defence and public administration jobs were down by 12,000 (seven per cent). "We need to see action to stimulate demand in the economy," says Frances O'Grady. "We cannot afford to return to business as usual, where jobs and growth are concentrated in too few sectors and in small pockets of the country. "That’s why we want to see investment in housing, transport and energy now to get the whole of Britain working again."

In fine health over refurbishments Award winning chartered builders, Greendale Construction is currently on a number of upgrades and refurbishments to health centres across the region. The projects are being completed by Greendale’s special small works division and are primarily refurbishments to existing GP consulting rooms, treatment rooms and utility rooms to provide work spaces that conform to NHS requirements.

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Our main objective was to undertake the works whilst the practice continued business as usual

“Our main objective with all the health centre and surgery contracts was to undertake the works whilst the practice continued business as usual," says Greendale contracts

manager Carl Nolan. "This meant careful planning and understanding from both parties in order to deliver these modern work spaces with minimal consequence to the day to day running of the essential facilities and services provided.” Sites include: Upton Heath Centre, Gervis Road, Beaufort Road, St Leonards, Kinson Road Medical Centre, Carlisle House Medical Centre and Providence Surgery.

Dragon's loans firm now open for all ages The Start-Up Loans Company, chaired by former BBC Dragon James Caan that helps thousands of young people start a business has been given the green light to open their doors to budding entrepreneurs of all ages. Previously, the scheme has been targeted at 18-30-year-olds, but will soon be available for anyone who needs support and help in turning their idea into a business.

"I welcome Lord Young's recommendation to remove the age cap for Start-Up Loans," said James Caan. "Seeing the huge success of the programme to date exceeding our initial targets by 50 per cent leaves me with no doubt that there is significant demand from more mature individuals who want a chance at being their own boss."

Cashing in on new tax changes

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is your FirM Missing out on thousands?


usinesses could be missing out to the tune of tens of thousands of pounds by not claiming tax relief for their research and development (R&D) activities. That's the claim from chartered accountants and business advisers Princecroft Willis (PcW) after it successfully saved a Dorset company more than £30,000. Upton-based Pambry Electronics designs, develops and supplies microphones, connectors and associated products to some of the world's biggest manufacturers. The family business, founded in 1972 by Brian Bicknell and now run by his son Nigel, has an annual turnover of £2.3 million and counts several UK blue chip companies among its customers. It specialises in microphone development particularly for the mask and fighter aircraft fields and also distributes cable, connector and speaker systems. The advanced facilities at its factory on the Upton Industrial Estate include a state-of-theart acoustic chamber costing £50,000 and used for the accurate measurement of microphones and speakers. "We operate in a very specialised area and R&D is a key part of the business," said Mr Bicknell whose daughter, Gemma, has now joined Pambry Electronics as sales administrator. He added: "We are looking to launch 12 new products in the next year as part of our expansion plans. "Princecroft Willis looked in detail at our R&D

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Nigel Bicknell, Pambry Electronics' managing director (centre) with Mark Johns, managing partner, Princecroft Willis, and Rachel Curran, assistant tax manager

abacus keep on trucking

Abacus, the Ferndown and Andover-based vehicle hire specialists, have signed a £450,000 order for 11 more environmentally-friendly Daf manufactured trucks with Euro 5 specification engines. The 18 and 10 ton vehicles will have specially designed bodies constructed by Ferndown-based Horton Vehicles. “We like to upgrade our fleet on a regular basis so our commercial customers can operate as environmentally friendly as possible,” said founder Dave Wolfenden.

activities and, as a result, we will be able to claim back £30,000 in tax relief. That pays for one guy and is very welcome. "The government should be congratulated on supporting research and development. We'd like to see more initiatives like this," Mr Bicknell added. Mark Johns, PcW's managing partner, said Pambry Electronics was a "classic example" of a company involved in research and development which was entitled to claim tax relief on its activities. "Many firms may be unaware of the considerable tax incentives available to them which may run into tens of thousands of pounds. It's very satisfying when our actions lead to clients such as Pambry Electronics being able to achieve significant savings," added Mr Johns.

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jack be nimble at sony awards

106 Jack FM has won a silver award in the prestigious Sony Radio Academy Awards, the radio equivalent of the BAFTAs, coming second only to BBC Radio 2. The Best Station Imaging award is in recognition of the station's quirky and comical production work. The bits between the songs are voiced by former Blake's 7 actor Paul Darrow and the epic movie-trailer style promotional trailers by movie and cartoon voice actor Marc Silk.

Tomorrow's IT stars recognised

Poole-based Innovate, a leading IT solutions provider, was proud to support the young business stars of tomorrow by sponsoring the Best Use of IT Award at the recent 2013 Young Enterprise Awards. Adrian Pitt from Innovate presented the winning team, Blue Ace, with their trophy during the awards ceremony which took place at The Queen’s Hotel in Bournemouth. The team was made up of 10 pupils, aged between 14 and 18, who represented four local schools –

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Adrian Pitt from Innovate presents Blue Ace with the Best Use of IT award

Avonbourne College, Bournemouth Collegiate College, Harewood College and Talbot Heath School – and they demonstrated the best use of IT by implementing a website, social media feeds and QR codes. Adrian said: “We were delighted to be involved with the Young Enterprise

Awards, which nurtures and inspires young people to be successful in their future careers. “It was a great evening and all the students seemed to have really enjoyed the process and ‘confidence’ was high.” The aim of the annual Young Enterprise Awards is to encourage entrepreneurial behaviour in young people across the UK. The students are tasked with making and selling real products to real people to experience the challenges of running a small business from the boardroom to the frontline.

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petal power to Boost Business


ellow Buses is backing a groundbreaking local promotion to help Bournemouth’s businesses. Every bus is now marked with a flower sticker showing support for the successful Blooming Beautiful Campaign run by the Bournemouth Coastal BID. The scheme is designed to boost trade in Westbourne, Southbourne, Boscombe, West Cliff and East Cliff. The aims are to promote the town and show locals and tourists that there is more to Bournemouth than just the centre, and encourage them to visit other coastal parts as well when they are shopping. Yellow Buses is crucial to the plan because it moves people around and takes them along the resort’s whole coastline. The brighter bus company has promoted the bid through regular social media updates, putting up posters and encouraging the whole town to become involved. Jenni Wilkinson, Yellow Buses’ Head of Marketing, said: “We are happy to support promotions that benefit local businesses. “We want to help raise awareness of the great levels of customer service that can be found in Bournemouth.” Des Simmons of Bournecoast and chairman of Bournemouth Coastal BID, said: “The majority of businesses along the coast were right behind us.

Yellow Buses' Head of Marketing, Jenni Wilkinson, left, and marketing assistant Sally Spicer “And Yellow Buses became a voluntary contributor because they understand the benefit of bringing businesses together for the greater good. “It is crucial to have the support of a company like Yellow Buses because we want people to explore more of Bournemouth, and this is easily done on a bus.“ Local businesses voted to join together and create the Coastal Bid, taking advantage of new legislation that allowed them to form a company to fulfil objectives set by those businesses.

Invest in roads or suffer the jams

Civil engineers are warning more investment is needed in the region's roads, despite the government's announcement of improvements to ease congestion. The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) South West has welcomed road minister Stephen Hammond’s roads upgrade scheme, but says it does not go far enough. The ICE State of the Nation report, due later this year, says transport is a

“particularly critical issue for the South West” in the light of the region's peripheral location and recent weather. Among the problem areas it highlights is the A31 linking Dorset to the South East. "In terms of our transport infrastructure, the South West is rapidly becoming the poor relation within the UK," said regional director for the Institution of Civil Engineers South West, Trish Johnson.

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Partnership project is outstanding in its Field


top shops rewarded


oole celebrated the stars of its retail world at the annual Top of the Shops Awards. Sponsored by Sibbett Gregory and Breeze Volkswagen, the retail BAFTAs were attended by more than 90 retailers and representatives from across Poole. A glittering ceremony at the Quay Thistle Hotel on May 16 saw winners, The Body Shop, based in the Dolphin shopping centre and specialist sports shop Running Free in Ashley Cross, run away with the top accolade of Best Overall Retailer for the multiples and independents respectively. Now in its eighth year, the awards saw a great response with 70 businesses entering eight awards, broken down into independent and multiple retailer categories. Putting them to the test on skills including window displays, staff knowledge and the payment process were independent mystery shoppers from Retail Resource Dorset. For the first time an individual staff member was recognised, with Wendy Foster from Mr Simm’s Olde


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"Customer service has never been more important"

Sweet Shoppe receiving the award for Outstanding Customer Service. The event, organised by Poole Town Centre Partnership and supported by the Borough of Poole’s Economic Development team, was a huge success with Wave 105’s presenter Mark Collins announcing the winners which included Guitar Mania and John Lewis for Best Customer Service, Animal and In Tide clothes shops for best window displays and Synergy hairdressers for the best Facebook marketing. WHSmith were the winners in the Dolphin Shopping Centre Customer Service Award. Centre manager John Grinnell said: "Customer service has never been more important and the Dolphin shopping centre prides itself on providing a great customer experience.

"This award is an opportunity to celebrate the dedication of our retailers who deliver outstanding service each and every day.” Jonathan Sibbett, chairman of Poole Town Centre Partnership and director at sponsors Sibbett Gregory, said: “Retailers across the board have continued to inspire their staff and raise their game which made this year particularly tough for the judges. "Whilst providing an excellent experience for shoppers is a team effort, it has been a real pleasure to recognise an individual this year and our congratulations go to Wendy for her superb customer service.” John Corderoy, managing director of Breeze Volkswagen, said: “Retailers and local businesses are at the heart of any vibrant community and Top of the Shops is a celebration of the fantastic work and contribution made by all those in Poole. Every year there are exceptional examples of innovation which go on to inspire others and raise standards in the town. Well done to everyone involved.”

Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership is celebrating the completion of a £2m project with Field International Ltd – its biggest to date and its first private business investment from the Growing Places Fund. The Government allocated £9.6m from the Growing Places Fund to Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership for projects which generate economic activity and help Dorset’s economy grow. Organisations must be able to pay back all funds invested, so they can be then re-invested in future developments. Poole-based Field International Ltd is an internationally renowned manufacturing company specialising in defence and aerospace.

This investment will safeguard 85 jobs in Poole and allow for the creation of a further 20, including apprenticeship positions over the next few years. David Ramsden, Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership Board Member, said: “Field International Ltd is an important local employer working in key sectors of the local economy and exporting worldwide. We are extremely pleased to be able to support this business and proud of our first private sector investment.” Mark Booker, CEO for Field International Ltd, said: “The investment from the Growing Places Fund will allow the business to continue to support engineering jobs and apprenticeships in the local area.”

sequoia's riding high

Crewkerne-based heritage developer Sequoia Land & Property's managing director, Jason Mills is going to be kept busy at this weekend's Royal Bath & West Show, near Shepton Mallett.

As the show's main equestrian sponsor, Jason will be presenting prizes to some of the top owners and producers in the horse world throughout the fourday annual show. "Sequoia is delighted to be sponsoring the ridden coloured horse and pony classes," he says. "I love the fact it gives such a wide range of horses, ponies and riders a chance to compete at an extremely high level."

Jason believes in supporting local events and communities so when he and his project manager Natasha Gawler discussed the prospect of Sequoia sponsoring Bath & West, Jason took little convincing. Sequoia is interested in doing more equine sponsorship, particularly for ROR (Retraining of Racehorses) classes and would like to hear from show organisers with ROR classes in need of a sponsor. Contact Jason Mills can be contacted on 01460 279652 or by email: jason@sequoia-property. com

Battling cyber crime

Best Customer Service Independent PCs Made Simple

Best Facebook Marketing Synergy

Best Overall Independent Retailer Running Free

As an independent business we are nothing without the loyalty of our customers and their valuable recommendations, so being honoured with the Best Customer Service Independent award at Top of the Shops vindicates our established policy of always striving to exceed expectations.

We are always proud to be involved in Top of the Shops and even more delighted to win Best Facebook Marketing. Social media has become very much part of our marketing strategy and a proven way to communicate with our clientele.Being part of the competition gives us an opportunity to network and socialise with other businesses in Poole.

Running Free is a specialist running and fitness shop, we provide friendly and expert advice from our trained staff. We have gait analysis in store with clothing and footwear from Nike, Brooks, Asics & Ronhill. Winners of Best Overall Independent Retailer 2013, with thanks to all our customers and staff!

Poole-based Solweb is helping small businesses tackle cyber crime and stay online. The Federation of Small Businesses estimates that cyber crime costs small business £800 million a year; something that Solweb feels can easily be reduced if small businesses use the correct tools and seek professional advice when trading online. Solweb creates fully integrated and secure

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happy Birthday Moors valley!

by Paul Morton The Sound Approach Birds of Poole Harbour

The sights and sounds of summer are a joy whatever your natural history interests are. Whether you’re a greenfingered guru or insanely interested in insects, summer showcases a grand theatrical performance matched by no other season. If I can think of one word that’s sums up summer it would be ‘frantic’. Frantic not for you or I who will probably be lazing on a nice comfy deckchair sipping on a Pimm’s and pondering over what meat to put on the barbecue, but frantic for the rest of nature because wherever you look the natural world is working its socks off to exist. Birds are up at the crack of dawn singing until they can’t sing anymore, hopefully winning the heart of a passing love interest. Flowers are exhausting all their energy producing nature’s very own firework display in the hope that the even harder working insects are attracted to them to help them with pollination. Dragonflies re-enact aerial battles similar to those of recent wars but with a touch more control and precision while our native reptiles out on the heathlands travel for days (and nights) in the hope of finding another scaly mate. To get a real understanding of the word frantic you should log into the new

Terns fiercely defend their nests

Birds of Poole Harbour webcam (www. and watch the Brownsea Island Sandwich and common tern breeding colony. It combines mayhem with magic and pandemonium with pleasure as hundreds of terns pack themselves onto the small breeding islands situated on the lagoon. Each and every day from mid-May onwards sees them fiercely defending their tiny nest site from their just as fierce neighbours. Whatever gets you buzzing this summer, before you take your final sip of that Pimm's, make sure you take the time to sit back, watch and appreciate just how hard nature is working.




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structure – a musical tree house whimsically called The House of Baba Yaga and the opportunity to get up close with the fabulous Gruffalo himself who will be visiting Moors Valley to join in the Country Park’s 25 anniversary celebrations on July 20 and 21. If you miss his visit that weekend you can still enjoy the Gruffalo Trail at the Park until June 16 and from July 20 to August 31. There has never been a better time to find out, or rediscover all that Moors Valley has to offer and Seeker News readers can make some great savings with our special discount vouchers. Just cut them out, take them along when you visit, and enjoy a great day out! You’ll find Moors Valley Country Park and Forest just off the A31, near Ringwood. For more information about all 2013 events and Park facilities call the Rangers on 01425 470721 or go to www.



oors Valley Country Park and Forest is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and the Rangers have pulled out all the stops to encourage Park visitors to join in the festivities. A huge number of events and activities have been planned to run all summer long. Still the third most visited country park in England, alongside an incredible events programme Moors Valley is also home to lakeside walks and cycle trails, unique forest play structures, a tree top trail, authentic narrowgauge steam railway, Go Ape Tree Top adventures and Forest Segways. And alongside all the fun and excitement, the Park remains a great place for wildlife; one of the best places in the UK for dragonflies and the site of a very successful water vole reintroduction programme. Highlights for 2013 include the opening of a brand new play

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1) Plough up a long disused field (5, 3, 6) 10) Visage made up to look like a clown’s (5, 4) 11) Adopted by criminals to hide their identity (5) 12) Stratagem outlined to carry a new system forward (6) 13) Member of a military assault unit (8) 14) Confused mixture of dense undergrowth (6) 16) Redolent and aromatic scented air (8) 19) One very jolly 7th of a week (5, 3) 20) Unreliable and not to be depended on (6) 22) Colloquial question asked of the American crime writer (8) 24) Line of similar pressure (6) 27) Dark and lacking all illumination (5) 28) Stated reason for taking a course of action (9) 29) ‘Go at it’ like this and you’ll raise the blacksmith (6, 3, 5)

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2) Found way out west on the lone prairie (5) 3) Really, truly awfully badly achieved (9) 4) Earn around £12500 pa. and you’ll almost be able to manage (4) 5) Periods of time just before dawn are often described as small (3, 5) 6) Over which a king or queen might reign (5) 7) Flag that joins a number of small nations together (5, 4) 8) Serve the food onto plates and bowls (4, 3) 9) Printing where the ink transferred to a rubber surface before the paper (6) 15) There is nothing to solve or rectify (2, 7) 17) When joined notes run smoothly up and down a scale (9) 18) Found in Rome a rather grand church (8) 19) Favourite question of the mean or very careful (3, 4) 21) Upon which might be sent a small boy for a purchase (6) 23) Remove the knot and loosen the bonds (5) 25) What the small boy in 21 might do with his purchase (5) 26) Stallion at the end of his racing days (4)

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Where to go and what to see for all the family JUNE 1 Circles in the Sand

JUNE 1-2 Dorset Art Fair

Half term fun continues at Lighthouse with Circles in the Sand, an imaginative, captivating play by Tam Tam Theatre and aimed at the under 3s. It's a story without words framed by an evocative soundscape using rhythms and music drawn from around the world to explore new ways of playing with sand. Created by award-winning theatre director Sarah Argent and performed by actor Marleen Vermeulen, the piece aims to create a world of play.

Organised and curated by Dorset Visual Arts to coincide with Dorset Art Weeks, the Dorset Art Fair goes ahead at Kingston Maurward House. It's a festival of contemporary art, design, making and media, with demonstrations, presentations, screenings, stalls and join-in activities. A range of artworks will be shown, from photography, painting and performance to sculpture, film and woodwork.

With a new name and a new team of volunteers, Wimborne's perennially popular folk festival is back. The three-day event will see folk musicians and dance sides from all over the UK performing in various venues, with the main concert programme at the Allendale Centre being headlined by British folk stalwarts The Albion Band and rising stars including the Carrivick Sisters and Blair Dunlop.

JUNE 8-9 Netherbury Open Gardens One of the longest running village garden schemes in the country, Netherbury Open Gardens celebrates its golden jubilee this year with a photographic display showing the changes the last 50 years have made to the gardens and the village. Started in 1963 by Mary Poole, who still lives in the village, to help with the upkeep of St Mary’s Church, the event still raises money for the church but it also benefits other village causes. dolphinDDW_ad_268x168_AWv2_HR.pdf 1 13/05/2013 13:52

JUNE 7-9 Wimborne Minster Folk Festival

JUNE 8 Corfe Mullen Carnival For the last 47 years, Corfe Mullen Carnival has provided a highlight of the year for locals and visitors alike. This year's Carnival Princess is Emma Fall, with Katie Thacker and Lucy Baulin chosen as attendants. Raising money for good causes has been a key aspect of Carnival activity and this year's beneficiary is Forest Holme Hospice, which provides free care for those living with life-limiting illnesses. The Hospice has to raise an extra £1m over the next two years to prevent some services being cut.

JUNE 10-16 Bridport Food Festival

until NOV 30 Blandford Fashion Museum

A chance to taste, try and buy Dorset food and drink from local producers, Bridport Food Festival celebrates its tenth anniversary. With food happenings, such as the Nordic Gourmet Seafood Dinner, around the town all week, visitors can sample and shop in the producers marquee, watch chefs in the Cookery Theatre or enjoy an ale at the Beer Festival. Some 13 exhibitors have already booked their places for the Main Event farmers' market on June 15.

Blandford Fashion Museum has unveiled two new exhibitions for 2013. A Passion for Pattern, in the Museum ballroom, illustrates the different treatments given to fabrics at different times in history from the Victorian era to the modern day, while Party Time is arranged as a series of vignettes including a children’s party from 1930. Pictured here is a 1930s bag made of cream satin printed in primary colours influenced by Clarice Clift, from the floral section.


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interview travis


During soundcheck I sat down with Fran Healy and Dougie Paine of Travis to find out about the new album, paternity leave and Paris, Texas. This is your first gig for a while, what’s it like to be back? F: We took five years off to be dads so it’s been quite a while since our last confession. D: It just feels like we never go away. It’s nice to be where we are because it’s been five years since Ode to J Smith [the last album] and this record feels like starting again in a nice way. We’ve had that time off and we’ve got the enthusiasm and hunger to make a record that we’re passionate and feel excited about. So we’re all rejuvenated and feeling very excited by it.

The Lovable Rogues

You’ve got a new album, Where You Stand, out in August - how has your sound changed over the past 16 years? F: We were finding our feet with our first album, Good Feeling, and coming to the end of the recording we started to come into the sound that became The Man Who. It’s more gentle and melodic with the occasional rock out. We jump from album to album, so Good Feeling was really rocky and very Britpoppy, The Man Who was a thing of its own, it was a very different record for its time and then we went pop with The Invisible Band and then edgy and dark on 12 Memories and then back to pop on The Boy With No Name, then rock ‘n’ roll again on Ode to J Smith. D: This album’s interesting, it’s kind of another thing for us. F: It’s a wee bit different, but it’s still recognisably us. You’ve been credited with influencing many bands over the years - Chris Martin credits you with ‘inventing’ Coldplay... F: That’s very nice of him to say that, but they invited Coldplay, we can’t take responsibility for that. D: He should take responsibility for that.


F: Own it, Chris! So who influenced you? F: We were just sitting there listening to Paloma singing Never Tear Us Apart by INXS and when I was 12 years old there was that. There’s these moments when you’re 12, before you start getting cool, that’s when you absorb a lot. I was listening to INXS, George Michael, then later on Neil Young and The Band so we had this pop thing happening. D: We’ve got this lifelong love affair with pop music, the first band that I remember hearing and thinking ‘That’s my band’ was when I was eight and it was Adam and the Ants. The Beatles and Bowie were my sister’s record collection. It was perfect for a wee boy, pirates and all that. And then your listening palate widens as you grow up and you become allegedly more sophisticated. The band is named after Harry Dean Stanton’s character Travis Henderson in Wim Wenders’ cult movie Paris Texas, are you big film buffs? F: Very much, I met Wim Wenders for the first time about three or four days ago and he knew the band. He started talking about Paris, Texas and then he leaned over and said to me: ‘But you would know about that’. I was like: ‘I named my band after that film,’ and he said: ‘I know and what a great character to name your band after’. He was so nice. He lives around the corner from us in Berlin. D: Ask him to do the next video... F: It will be three hours long and really, really, really sad.

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Tony Hadley

shine at 105 live review wave 105 live BIC, may 25

words & pictures by STeVe COOK


here was something for everyone as Wave 105 Live took over the BIC for a one night indoor festival. From the fresh-faced boy band charm of Union J and Loveable Rogues to the pop of Stooshe, something for mum with Tony Hadley and Mark Owen, Travis rocking out and the jazz pop of Paloma Faith, this was a mix of artists and styles that could so easily have clashed but it worked wonderfully. The atmosphere was amazing and even a few crowd management issues before the doors opened couldn’t take away from the sheer enjoyment of the evening. “It was wonderful. The crowd’s amazing, the venue’s brilliant and I’m coming back on the fifth of June,” said Paloma Faith after the show. “This is part of my summer thing before I say goodbye to my last album and bring out a new one. I’ve started writing in America and I’ve written with some amazing people.

I’m hoping the album will be out either the end of this year or at the start of next year.” So does she prefer festivals and shows like this or her own shows? “I love both, I just love performing live, they’re two very different things, it’s incredible to play your own gigs because everyone knows the words and nothing is more exhilarating than writing a song and hearing other people sing it back to you, but with a festival you can reach an audience where not everyone knows who you are and you have to prove yourself more so it’s kind of a challenge.“ And the challenge to convert people that aren’t already fans worked, I’ve now joined my nine-year-old daughter as a Stooshe fan and I think she may now agree with my love of Travis. Pop is about fun, pure and simple, and this evening delivered aplenty.

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an 'eyesore' 100 years on


abelled an eyesore when it opened on May 29, 1913, Bournemouth Municipal College is now very much part of Bournemouth's Lansdowne landscape. Designed by the Borough Architect, F W Lacey FRIBA, in what he called the Renaissance style, it is built in red brick and Portland stone. Now known simply as The College, the town's public library was part of the building until 2002. In 1960 it took over two Victorian houses, Asham House and Woodcote, that had been used by Bournemouth School for Girls when it opened in 1917. A new building was built between them in 1932 and is now the catering block. A number of Horsa huts were built in the 1940s and a three floor extension added in 1957. The College was drawn by influential British etcher Dorothy E G Woollard (1886-1986), who produced some 200

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original etchings and woodcuts between 1910 and 1930. Her townscapes and landscapes attracted an enthusiastic market in the UK and the USA.

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5 YEARS AGO 3: Avril Lavigne + Jonas Brothers – BIC 4: Ali Campbell – BIC 15 YEARS AGO 2: Edwin Starr + The Pasaden+ Jaki Graham – Pavilion 12: Art Garfunkel – BIC 20 YEARS AGO 5: Harry Connick Jr – BIC 11: Runrig – Poole Arts Centre 25 YEARS AGO 31: Aswad – Poole Arts Centre 2: Del Shannon + Gerry & the Pacemakers – Pavilion 3: The Damned – Poole Arts Centre 7: Don Williams + Philomena Begley – BIC 10: David Sylvian – Poole Arts Centre 11: Leo Sayer – BIC 13: The Kinks – Poole Arts Centre 30 YEARS AGO 3: Matt Fretton – Midnight Express, Bournemouth. 4: Mike Yarwood + Brotherhood of Man – Winter Gardens 5: Robert Palmer – Poole Arts Centre 9: Pleasure & the Beast – Midnight Express 10: 52nd Street – Midnight Express 13: Mezzoforte – Academy, Boscombe 35 YEARS AGO 3: Blue Oyster Cult + Japan – Winter Gardens. 7: Steve Gibbons Band – Poole Arts Centre 11: Heatwave – Village Bowl, Bournemouth 31: Maddy Prior + Andy Desmond – Winter Gardens 40 YEARS AGO 31: Cilla Black – Winter Gardens 45 YEARS AGO 2: The Shadows + Ray Alan – Pavilion. 3: The Seekers + Russ Conway – Winter Gardens 4: The Marmalade – The Ritz, Bournemouth 7: Tom Jones + Ted Heath Orchestra + Roy Castle – Winter Gardens. 11: The Nite People – The Ritz. 50 YEARS AGO 1: Johnny Bev + Zoot Money + Tony Blackburn & the Ravers – Pavilion Ballroom. 55 YEARS AGO 18: Johnny Dankworth & his Band – Winter Gardens 9-15: Billy Cotton & his Band – Winter Gardens.

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a great taste in HQs


The Guild of Fine Food, which runs the Great Taste Awards and the World Cheese Awards, has moved to new headquarters in north Dorset. The new Guild House in Gillingham has a purposebuilt kitchen, judging and food storage area to enable hundreds of food judges to gather and blind taste the thousands of products entered into Great Taste each year. Established in 1995 the Guild's full range of publishing, Ricky Cooper, captain of the Wales polo team, joined up with the guests at the Beach Polo taster event at Compton Acres

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he Asahi British Beach Polo Championships at Sandbanks has become one of the highlights of the Dorset summer. Building on the success of the last five years the 2013 event on July 12 and 13 promises to be a great

social and business occasion with polo and volleyball providing the sporting entertainment Once again the food is supplied by Beales Gourmet and selected guests were invited to sample the menu at Compton Acres earlier this month. Tony Beales and his team have some

real treats in store on a menu that includes smoked chicken, lobster and balsamic caviar, accompanied by a delightful Chablis. With the high speed thrills of the sport, the partying and the food, this is bound to be yet another amazing weekend at Sandbanks.

event, training and marketing activities will take place from the new HQ including; designing and publishing Fine Food Digest, Great Taste book, Good Cheese and many other publications to support fine food producers and the independent retail sector. The building, on Kingsmead Business Park, had previously been a warehouse and was transformed by Christchurchbased Space Industries.

Bee prepared for new ale

Badger is hoping its new ale, Brewer's Bee, will cause quite a buzz. Continuing Badger’s countryside theme, the seasonal cask ale for spring has been named after one of the countryside’s most prodigious workers.

Brewer’s Bee is a golden tawny ale brewed with a floral honey aroma, light hop notes and a biscuity backdrop. The 4.4% abv ale uses Cascade and Styrian Goldings hops and honey from Rowse,

one of the UK’s most established honey producers. Head Brewer at Badger, Toby Heasman, explains: "Brewer’s Bee is the first new cask ale I’m brewing this year – we have two exciting new ales planned where I will be exploring single hop varieties from around the world with different beer styles, which will include Slovenian, German and American hops. "We plan to expand this further in 2014 with hops from Australia, New Zealand and some new UK varieties."

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he life and music of Nick Buckle, one of the best known faces on the local live scene for more than 40 years, will be celebrated at a special charity memorial show at Mr Kyps, Ashley Cross on June 7. Nick, who passed away suddenly in January, had played drums and percussion for top soul outfit The Agency since their formation in 1985. Last year he also started a country-blues offshoot band, The Three Apostles with his son Robbie and Agency singer Andy Wilkinson. His musical partner for more than 40 years, Agency guitarist Tim Holt says: "As a band we have lost someone who can never be replaced, a man whose humour always shone through. "Nick was one of the most respected drummers in the area – even Paul Beavis said that Nick set the bar. Praise indeed." Nick and Tim formed their first band, Skydog, in 1974, soon changing the name to the Freshly Layed Band. More than a thousand people attended Freshly Layed’s farewell gig in 1979 at Bournemouth Town Hall, just a few months after they had reached the finals of the Melody Maker talent show at the Roundhouse in London

judged by Bob Geldof, John Martyn and Justin Hayward. Regrouping as The Outsiders, Nick and Tim with Richard Furter and Tris Stevens, played the local circuit for two years before parting company. Nick then joined Ronnie Mayor’s Biz International, playing on the 1982 single Stay True. By 1985 Nick was ready to go back to his soul roots and rejoined Tim. One rehearsal at Holdenhurst Village Hall and The Agency was formed. “Amazingly it worked and has done for the last 28 years,” says Tim. “It’s an incredible achievement.” In Nick's memory, The Agency will be joined at Kyps by Robbie Buckle and saxophonist Howie Casey, the veteran of countless sessions for the likes of Paul McCartney, T Rex, The Who and ABC. All proceeds will go to the British Heart Foundation. "Nick was a lifelong friend whose passing is still hard to come to terms with. He loved his family and friends and is madly missed," adds Tim. "We hope anyone who has enjoyed Nick's talents over the last 40 years come to Mr Kyps on to celebrate his life."

Cheesy alex for Buzzcocks spinoff

Blur's Bournemouth-born bassist turned cheesemaker, Alex James is to front a new spinoff show from Never Mind The Buzzcocks. What A Load Of Buzzcocks will find the rocker-farmer looking at old clips of the main show and then saying things about them. "I've always been a big fan of [Never Mind The Buzzcocks] and I'm looking forward to seeing some of the highlights from the past 17 years," he said. Executive producer Dan Baldwin added: "The What A Load Of Buzzcocks

comedy narrative will provide the perfect retrospective look at our ever-changing world through the eyes of Britain's funniest music quiz. "This world of popular culture will be reflected, prodded and poked within classic archive from the show, telling its own story of major events that matter most to the viewer... like Take That splitting up... Michael Jackson marrying Lisa Marie Presley... and Mr Blobby getting to number one. It promises to be bloody funny." Broadcast dates have yet to be confirmed.

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concert of songs about legendary English werewolves is being taken on tour by South West-based folk act the Wren Band – and they’re coming to Poole Lighthouse on June 6. The band – formed specially by the eight musicians of Wren Music to mark the folk music charity’s 30th anniversary – is hoping the popularity of all things werewolf and vampire will bring a new audience to traditional English folk music. “It’s a very werewolf and canine-influenced show,” said Marilyn Tucker, artistic director of Okehampton-based Wren Music. The concert uses stories from Sabine Baring-Gould’s Victorian collections of folklore, including his famous The Book of Werewolves, as the inspiration for the show. The band looked at the stories and then sifted through the archive of traditional folk songs to find those which matched the tales. Marilyn says that although most of the stories are old, they will resonate with a 21st century audience: “There is a whole new generation of people who are really interested in folklore and we are hoping they might like to explore the music as well because the two go together. And references from BaringGould’s folklore writings are now appearing in popular culture such as Harry Potter. “We felt that this was too good an opportunity to miss, with

our knowledge of folklore and folk songs, and this new-found interest in the whole area of werewolves. So we’ve put the two together.” Hounds also play a part in the concert, which is entitled When The Moon Is Full, as Marilyn explained: “We do know that Baring-Gould corresponded with Arthur Conan Doyle when Conan Doyle was researching The Hound of the Baskervilles, which was obviously based on Dartmoor. “Some of the famous stories of Dartmoor didn’t make it into folk songs, so we’ve written some new ones such as The Hairy Hand, which is a 20th century myth. It’s the story of how the hairy hand comes across the handlebars of a motorbike and takes it off the road. For me, this bridges the gap between older folklore and urban tales.” The tour is a rare chance for the musicians at Wren to get together and play; usually, they work separately on musical projects in communities across the South West. “This is the first time all eight of us have done this together,” said Marilyn. “The whole process has been really exciting. We’re working entirely as a team and it is a fabulous way of working.” The eight members are cofounders of Wren Music Paul Wilson and Marilyn; bagpipe player David Faulkner; vocalists Sarah Owen and Rosa Rebecka; mandolin player and story-teller Matt Norman and duet Nick Wyke and Becki Driscoll on fiddles and vocals.

exploring the deep blues sea

Bournemouth blues band Paint It Blue has been plucked from relative obscurity to headline a charity concert in Greece this autumn. They'll be playing on the island of Zakynthos at the special invitation of Greek wildlife group Earth, Sea & Sky, whose founder Yannis Vardakastanis has seen the band three times in the UK and become an ardent fan. “Yannis has been working with Sea Life centres to build a rescue centre for loggerhead turtles,” said Paint It Blue singer songwriter Hannah Robinson. “He tells us there’s a strong blues following on the island and is convinced people will turn out in force to support a live show. “We’re very excited about it, and delighted that ticket proceeds will be helping the new rescue centre,” she added. Zakynthos hosts the biggest concentration of loggerhead turtle nests in the Mediterranean – as many as 2,000 in peak years – but the tourism boom of the last four decades has had a devastating impact. The new Rescue Centre in Gerakas at the island’s southern tip has been built by Earth, Sea & Sky with funds donated by Sea Life centre visitors across Europe. Hannah, 23, from Christchurch and her fellow band-members – guitarist Pete Quintin (24), harmonica player Ed Fish (23), drummer Marcin Dyba (44) and bassist Albert Dyba (22) – will play opposite the new facility on September 4. Sea Life centres are helping foot the band’s travel bill and Yannis is providing free accommodation for the duration of their stay. There are also plans to produce a DVD of the event with a donation from every sale providing a further boost for the new rescue centre.

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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George Orwell's 1984

Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra


The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs

Bodies in Urban Space auditions

A hilarious and harrowing tale in which the audience is introduced to Apple supremo Steve Jobs and a factory full of Chinese workers toiling to make iconic iPhones. The play explores the legality and morality of electronic sweatshops, complete with armed guards, underage workers and disturbing tales of the toxic effects of hexane. Agony shows how one man’s story might not be able to topple an empire, but it can certainly give it a righteous shove.

Fancy being part of an internationally renowned and groundbreaking work? Then audition for Austrian choreographer Willi Dorner's Bodies In Urban Spaces performance, in which human bodies are squeezed into the nooks and crannies of the finest landmarks in Bournemouth. www.paviliondance.

June 4-5, 7.45pm (Wed mat 2pm), Lighthouse, Poole

The story is as familiar as it is resonant, but Orwell's literary classic can always stand a retelling. Sell a Door Theatre Company continue their 2013 season with Matthew Dunster’s faithful adaptation of George Orwell’s classic dystopian science fiction novel. There will be a post-show talk after the performance on Tuesday

Priscilla Queen of the Desert

until June 8, 7.30pm (Fri 5pm, 8.15pm, Sat mat 2pm), Mayflower, Southampton

Direct from the West End and Broadway the feel-good international hit sensation plays Southampton with Jason Donovan and Noel Sullivan sharing the limelight as Tick – Noel until June 1 and Jason completing the run. Priscilla is the heartwarming, uplifting adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship.

Blue Remembered Hills

June 11-15, 7.45pm (Wed, Sat mat 2.30pm), Lighthouse, Poole

Dennis Potter’s charming and profound play captures his expansive humanity, his wicked humour and his fierce intolerance of ordinary cruelty. Moving, funny and unforgettable.

June 15, 7pm & June 16, noon Square & Compass, Worth Matravers

One of the hardest working bands on the UK roots music circuit, Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra have built a sizeable fan base following numerous tours. In Dorset to play the atmospheric Square & Compass pub, the hot seven-piece features guitars, mandolin, harmonica, accordion, trumpet, double bass and percussion.

Slim Chance

June 8, 7.30pm, Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne

Slim Chance are celebrating their 40th anniversary with an active summer schedule and a new version of the hit single How Come. Reformed but unrepentant, the band is reawakening the musical legacy of founder member Ronnie Lane (ex/Faces, Small Faces) with a touring show that is universally very well received, combining excellent musicianship and classic songs.

Jackson – Live in Concert June 1, 7.30pm, Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth

Jackson – Live in Concert sees long-time fan Ben Bowman recreating the Michael Jackson experience with his rendition of the King of Pop's classic hits.

June 7, 8pm, Bridport Arts Centre

Fronted by French singer Véronique Joly, Bossaveroda play music that encompasses jazz and pop within a variety of Brazilian grooves. Singing in French, English and Portuguese, Véronique is accompanied by both acoustic and electric guitars, sax/flute and percussion to create a rich soundscape.

June 14, 8pm, Dorchester Arts Centre

The Glenn Miller AAF Orchestra with Strings June 9, 4.30pm, Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth

The current leader of the Glenn Miller Orchestra and lover of the great bandleader's music, Ray McVay is making the most of a rare chance to tour a show that features some of his very best arrangements played by his Army Air Force Orchestra, complete with the Glenn Miller Strings.

Glyndebourne Live – Ariadne auf Naxos

June 4, 7pm. Lighthouse, Poole

The 2013 Glyndebourne Festival opens with a new production of this compelling and intricately crafted collaboration between composer Richard Strauss and writer Hugo von Hofmannsthal. After the enormous success of Der Rosenkavalier, the two men conceived the idea of a light entertainment, a small trifle to amuse and divert the public.

Monstrous Regiment

June 6-8, 7.30pm, The Exchange, Sturminster Newton

An adaptation of Terry Pratchett's 31st novel in comic Discworld series staged by Sturminster Newton Amateur Dramatic Society. Directed and produced by Nicky Dimmer and Alan Mash, the company has been around since 1930.

Funnybone May 31, June 7, 8pm, Centre Stage, Westbourne Tonight's bill is topped by Seattle wag Dave Fulton with help from Jarlath Regan and Doogie Dunlop; while next Friday you'll find Imran Yusuf and Jason John Whitehead with a third act to be announced.

June 2, 2.30pm, Pavilion Dance, Bournemouth

Derren Brown

June 7-8, 7.30pm, Windsor Hall, BIC

The master of psychological illusion will mesmerise, shock and entertain audiences with his latest stage show. For the past 12 years he has created television and stage performances that have stunned audiences, debunked the paranormal, won copious awards and encouraged many to improve and enhance their own mental abilities.

Jeremy Gardiner

June 8-29 (Wed-Sat only), 10am, The Art Stable, Child Okeford

Jeremy Gardiner is a painter whose landscape paintings not only describe the lie of the land, but analyse landscape as a geological evolution over time. He has applied the influence of landscape modernists such as Peter Lanyon, John Tunnard and Ben Nicholson to the landscapes of Dorset and Cornwall.

review suggs & greg davies

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here comes a time in every man’s (and woman’s) life when they have to admit that time is beginning to get the better of them. When birthdays past start to outnumber birthdays future. I’m pretty securely into this phase of my life as I get ever closer to my half century but thankfully there’s some great, amusing company to poke fun at the thinning hair and spreading tummy, why can’t it be the other way round? Suggs is now one of the elder statesmen of British popular culture and when he’s taking time out from

performing with his beat combo on the roof of the Queen’s house he’s out on the road sharing his life story. Personal discovery can be prompted by many things, the birth of a child perhaps, but for Suggs it was the death of his cat on the morning of his 50th birthday. During his show he leads us on a journey, from discovering the identity of his father on Wikipedia to tales of the Nutty Boys miming badly on Top of the Pops. From start to finish this is a show that firmly cements the Madness frontman in the affections of his

audience, we were all there because we loved his music, but we left loving his wit and humility. For Suggs, the reality of aging manifested itself in a pair of reading glasses, for Greg Davies it took the form of a producer on Live at the Apollo, or more accurately what he said about Greg’s body. Greg Davies takes to the stage at the Pavilion in a slightly too tight black T-shirt, it’s not that the T-shirt is too small, well you know how it works. Anyway, the producer pointed out that Greg might want to wear a different top since his black T-shirt made him look like a black

bin full of coleslaw – and this from a man who hardly knew him. The departure of youth is fully lamented in Greg’s show and he warns the younger members of the audience that their fate will be the same as his, their beautiful, lithe bodies turning to flabby ham in the blink of an eye. I know we’d all like to once again frolic in those carefree days of youth but would we want to return to the pain of acne and teenage angst? No, for me middle age is where it’s at, especially when it’s so amusing taking the mickey out of ourselves.

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lick through the myriad Freeview channels and eventually you will land on a gangly Will Smith in his breakthrough series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. It’s a role the 44-year-old star played for six years from 1990, a sweet natured sitcom that was a direct spin off of his successful music career. But his journey since leaving that show has marked an even bigger leap than the one from the b-ball courts of west Philadelphia to the plush LA suburb of the title. Now, nearly 20 years later, Smith is one of the biggest, most bankable film stars on the planet. When he first hit his stride with major roles in big budget movies like Independence Day and Men In Black, he gamely declared the opening dates around the fourth of July meant it was Big Willie Weekend, gleefully promoting movies which duly delivered big box office bucks. But from the outset of his career he demonstrated serious acting talent in Six Degrees of Separation. He’s been Oscar-nominated for his acting twice in his career – for Ali and The Pursuit of Happyness – while also enjoying success with the trashy, smash hit 1995 buddy-cop tale Bad Boys, a film that was directly responsible for the beefcake physique he has maintained ever since. “I worked out for about three months, with weights and a physical trainer to get in shape,” he said at the time. “I generally do that because if you’re in shape physically then you’ve mentally prepared for the long hours and all the rest of it.”

Friday June 7 After Earth (12A) Behind The Candelabra (15) The Iceman (15) The Last Exorcism: Part II (15) Friday June 14 Admission (12A) Man Of Steel (12A) Wednesday June 19 A Haunted House (15) Friday June 21 Before Midnight Raanjhanaa Snitch (12A) Spike Island (15) World War Z (3D) Friday June 28 Despicable Me 2 The East (15) Hummingbird (15) Stand Up Guys This Is The End (15)

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By the time he essayed the role of the last man on Earth in I Am Legend in 2007 he had settled into the role of muscular action hero. “I feel like everything in your life begins with physical conditioning,” he said. “I love eating sweets but I feel like the quality of my parenting is based on my physical conditioning; the quality of my relationship with my wife, the quality of all the interactions I have in my life start with being in great physical condition.” As far as parenting goes, his kids with actress wife Jada Pinkett Smith have inherited much of their parents’ charisma, talent and style. Twelveyear-old daughter Willow co-starred with him in I Am Legend (and has since landed her own recording contract) while 14-year-old Jaden (who has his own clothing range, as well as a budding music career) appeared alongside his dad in The Pursuit of Happyness, before playing the lead in The Karate Kid. Now Will and Jaden are reunited in After Earth, a big budget sci-fi flick set on a world long since uninhabited, where every life form has seemingly evolved to pursue mankind to destruction. Not a great place to crash

land your spacecraft then, which is what they proceed to do. So does this mark a handing over of the action man baton? Possibly. While still in his physical prime Will Smith is too smart a guy to know that throwing yourself into stunts is a young man’s game. Besides, he is as proud of his boy as any father should be. “He has the best of Jada and I,” Smith declared while promoting The Karate Kid. “He’s such a fantastic, disciplined young man. "He’s really sensitive so he can capture emotion, but as far as another take goes, he’s all for doing it again.” One thing Jaden won’t face from an industry that has not always been colour blind in its casting choices is

“There is racism in Hollywood, but on a certain level everyone is green"

the casual, mindless racism that a generation of African-American actors faced before men like Will Smith changed attitudes. As far back as 1999, when he was in London to promote The Wild, Wild West, Will Smith addressed this issue directly. “There is racism in Hollywood,” he said, “but on a certain level everyone is green. If you can put butts in seats then people will make films with you.” Everyone else might be green with envy, for with his name currently attached to more than 30 new movies as an actor or producer Smith won’t be short of things to do for a while, he’s the head of a cinematic dynasty that will endure for many years to come.



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House prices are on a roll


he recovery continues to gather pace with property coming to market setting a new record national average asking price. According to the House Price Index compiled by this month’s 2.1 per cent rise has left the national average just shy of a quarter of a million pounds at £249,841, surpassing the previous high by £3,606. Miles Shipside, Rightmove director and housing market analyst says: “The tumbling of records is being driven by the equity-rich generation with a definite southern bias, though agents in most parts of the country are reporting strong demand for well-priced and decentquality stock. "Despite a new national record, it’s not green-shoots of recovery across the board, especially for the deposit-strapped mass-market." The average price of property coming to market has risen by 9.1 per cent so far in 2013, the strongest start to a year since the 10.5 per cent recorded in 2004. This is the fifth monthly rise in a row, with all regions in positive territory this month. Shipside cautions: “The recession appears to have precipitated a change in buyer behaviour which has left them more choosy and less willing to settle for second-best.


I am a tenant currently in a one year tenancy which is due to expire on February 28, 2014. I have just been told by my employer that I am going to be made redundant at the end of June 2013. Due to the economic climate and time of year I am concerned that I may not find alternative employment. Therefore, I was thinking it may be better for me to move back to my parents' house and surrender my tenancy early. My initial contact with the landlord is he is not willing to release me, can I just move out and hand back the keys? What are my rights; it’s not my fault I am losing my job?


You have signed and entered into a fixed term agreement which is legally binding. Unless you have a break clause in your Tenancy Agreement (some tenancies do offer this at around the six month mark, you will need to read your Tenancy Agreement), you are responsible for the rent for the whole term.

"Not only are they looking for value and wary of paying over the odds, prospective buyers are also giving thought to ease of resale, a sign that the pain of this financial crisis has left them more mindful of the liquidity of their assets.” Lenders are cherry-picking in an effort to improve the quality of their future mortgage book by offering some tantalisingly cheap mortgage rates to those with decent deposits, courtesy of the Funding for Lending Scheme. There are fixed rates from 2.34 per cent with a minimum 25 per cent deposit, and even interestonly options at 2.19 per cent for those with a 50 per cent deposit of at least £300,000 to put down. The availability of cheap money is key to driving positive sentiment and, with 84 per cent of respondents to Rightmove’s latest Consumer Confidence Survey stating that they felt prices would be the same or higher in 12 months’ time, this seems to be feeding through to home-movers. However, the pent-up demand is still being frustrated by the restricted supply of fresh property. Rightmove has recorded three per cent fewer properties coming to market when comparing the first five months of 2013 to those of 2012.

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x-Cherries' boss Harry Redknapp is planning a raid on his former club. The Queens Park Rangers manager is believed to be interested in Bournemouth’s promising midfielder Harry Arter.

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The QPR boss is a big admirer of the Republic of Ireland under 19 star, having watched him regularly for the Cherries. And Redknapp will be hoping his close relationship with the Dorset club will be enough to land the player, who has played a key role in Bournemouth's promotion into the Championship. Arter's contribution was eight goals in 42 appearances and manager, Eddie Howe, will be desperate to hang on to the exWoking man.

O'Driscoll returns with relegated Bristol

Former Bournemouth boss Sean O'Driscoll is returning to Dean Court. He brings his Bristol City to the south coast for a pre-season friendly on July 27 (kick-off 3pm). The Robins were relegated to League One from the Championship last season with the Cherries going the other way. Bournemouth's pre-season will kick off with a training camp in Switzerland and Southern Germany during the first week of July. The trip will also see Eddie Howe's side play a warm up fixture against former Switzerland Super League champions FC Zurich. Other friendlies already confirmed include a visit to

O'Driscoll and Jason Tindall Wimborne Town (July 6, 3pm) and Christchurch (July 9, 7.45pm). Meanwhile, Cherries go to Bashley on July 10 (7.45pm) in a game to honour their long-serving player-coach Paul Gazzard. Tickets for the visit of Premier League side West Ham United on July 13 (3pm) for Stephen Purches' testimonial are now

on sale. The Premier League side will field a West Ham XI in support of the injured utility player, who is celebrating 10 seasons on the south coast. Tickets are priced at £15 for adults, £10 for concessions (over 65s, students and ambulant disabled) and £5 for under 16s. The executive area is priced £25 for adults, £20 for concessions and £15 for children. Tickets can be purchased via the ticket office at the ground, in person from Bournemouth Pavillion, over the phone on 0844 576 1910 and online at On July 18 Cherries go to Poole Town while on July 20 they travel to Woking. They return to Dean Court on July 24 where they entertain Portsmouth.

Meades moves on Left-back Jon Meades has left the Goldsands and joined Oxford United after his contract was terminated by mutual consent.

The 21-year-old, who can also play across the midfield, failed to make an appearance in a Cherries shirt after signing last summer on a free transfer. Released from Cardiff City 12 months ago, the Welshman went on to have a successful loan spell at AFC Wimbledon, scoring one goal in 26 appearances and picking up supporters' young player of the year as well as the Radio WDON player of the year.

Pitman – bring dropped helped me Being dropped to the bench spurred hot shot Brett Pitman to his free-scoring exploits that won Cherries promotion to the Championship. Brett, who netted an impressive nine in eight consecutive appearances, says Eddie Howe's decision to drop him in February for the home defeat to Coventry City and the following away match at Leyton Orient helped shaped his season. “I was disappointed,” he told the club's website. “I wanted to play, but I hadn’t been playing quite as well as I had hoped." The Jersey-born 25-year-old was introduced in both matches, but impressed in the fixture at Brisbane Road, netting an impressive volley to briefly bring the Cherries back into the game.

“The gaffer told me to go out and work hard, and I tried to do that when I came on at Orient to prove a point, and I came on and scored.” Cherries eventually secured promotion to the Championship with a 3-1 victory over Carlisle United in the final home match of the season, and Pitman says the squad reacted to a setback that day in a similar vein to himself. “I don’t think anyone expected us to go up that day. When their equaliser went in, I think that was the most disappointed I’ve been in football. It hurt us, but it sprung us into action and after that the swing of momentum massive.”

Eddie's MotM

Eddie Howe has landed the npower League One Manager of the Month award for April. The Cherries' boss pipped Doncaster Rovers' Brian Flynn and Yeovil Town's Gary Johnson to win the final trophy of the 2012/13 season after notching up four wins and a draw to clinch promotion to the Championship. "It is definitely an award for the whole team; not just the players but the staff around us", he told "It's a really nice award and it's come at a nice time of year, so there is no worry about the next game in terms of a curse!"


pinning hopes on vital funds

TEN PIN BOWLING Poole-based ten pin bowling star Autum

Chamberlain, 18, has been selected to represent England in the Ten Pin Bowling World Championships to be held in Las Vegas this August. The former Rossmore Community College student has been bowling since she was just five-years-old and has represented England from the age of 13. She has won more than 70 UK, European and World individual, doubles and team medals at junior and adult level, including team gold at the European Championships in Holland last year. Along with her five team-mates, Autum will make up the Team England Ladies adult team. She practices up to five times a week and is supported by her parents who accompany her on the various UK and worldwide trips, all at their own expense. An apprentice at Alan & Thomas Insurance in Poole, Autum must now raise the money to fund the trip to the World Championships herself as there is no central funding for ten pin bowling in the UK, unlike the USA and Sweden where the event is a recognised sport. To help her on her way, Alan & Thomas has donated a three figure sum to the appeal and Autum has planned several fundraising events herself, including a 10km sponsored run in July. Generous colleagues at Alan & Thomas

are also chipping in with funds by holding dress down days and a special breakfast between now and the August departure but Autum still has a huge sum to raise so is appealing to local people and businesses for their help. “To represent England at the sport which I love is truly an honour but I have to raise quite a large sum of money for this dream to happen.," she says. "I am grateful for the support I have already received from friends, family and colleagues at Alan & Thomas but I still have a long way to go!” If you would like to support Autum, please visit her fundraising page online

Among the medals


Rowing Academy pupils celebrated a very successful day of racing at the 2013 Ball Cup at Eton Dorney coming away with one gold medal and a bronze. Young Ben Cavill, Year 8, enjoyed a fantastic day out on the 2012 Olympic course and smashed his heat in his J13 single, finishing 100 metres ahead of the other five boats. He then went on to gain gold in the final with a very convincing win. The WJ16 girls 4 (Katherine Young, Lauren Wareham, Charlotte Pardy, Georgie Neville) won Bronze in their coxless quad, even after another boat came into their lane which forced them into some interesting steering. The J15 girls coxed quad (Nina Rudd, Tash Kingsley, Ellie Mackin, Jesse Marais and Amelia Wood Power) made it to the final after a fast heat and finished fifth.

Bashley supremo Richard Millbery is claiming that it will be business as usual at the Southern Premier outfit next term despite the dramatic collapse of a planned move to New Milton. The New Foresters had intended to make the switch to New Milton Town’s Fawcett’s Fields ground in time for the 2013-14 campaign. They would have played under BashleyNew Milton and had hoped to benefit from wider support.

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Unbeaten Parley battle past champions CRICKET Parley maintained their unbeaten start

to the Dorset Premier Division season with a hard-fought victory at champions, Wimborne & Colehill. The visitors batted first, posting 2179, before restricting the hosts to 195-9 and make it three wins out of three this summer. The division’s other unbeaten outfit are Ferndown Wayfarers. They kept their record intact with an easy success over Dorchester at Weymouth Avenue. Ferndown batted first, hitting 223 all out, with Dorchester (144) falling 70 runs short of their target. In a cracking derby at the Delph, Broadstone (177-5) claimed victory for the first time this season by scoring a fivewicket success over Poole (176).

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Ben Bridgen of Wimborne Winton continue to impress this term and their batsmen were on top against new boys, Swanage. They wracked up 309-3 before bowling their visitors out for just 171. Elsewhere, Stalbridge (177) beat struggling Weymouth (158) by 19 runs at Redlands.

Last-minute brace seals consultants' win

CHARITY FOOTBALL Everyone was a winner as staff from

Nuffield Health Bournemouth Hospital took on consultants from Royal Bournemouth Hospital in aid of Julia’s House at AFC Bournemouth's Goldsands Stadium. With the two teams tied at 4-4, the closely fought game was heading

towards a penalty shoot out when the consultants scored two goals just before the final whistle for a final score of 6-4. So far more than £500 has been raised for the children’s hospice through donations on the day and the proceeds of a raffle held by Nuffield Health Bournemouth Hospital after the game.

Business as usual at Bash in wake of move collapse Both clubs had insisted this would not be a merger as that would have meant Bashley-New Milton dropping down to the Wessex League, but the move hit the buffers as New Milton pulled the plug on the deal.

However, Millbery, who intends to stand down as Bash chairman said: “We ran out of time. We were coming up to the AGMs and everything would have had to have been settled by then.”

News that the deal had been aborted drew fury from supporters on the Bashley message board.

Millbery also insisted that the club would continue playing at Bashley Road in the new season and that his decision to stand down as chairman was final.

Officials at both clubs are tight-lipped as to why the move was halted in its tracks.

It is understood he will remain on the club committee.

Walker takes his time on decision to stay or go

Poole Town skipper Michael Walker admitted he is taking time out to decide whether to stay with the Southern League South & West champions or make the move to his home town club. Southern Premier Weymouth are making an audacious

bid to tempt Walker to the Bob Lucas Stadium after the player became a free agent at the end of a hugely successful campaign. Not only did the Tatnam favourite lead the Dolphins to promotion, but he also picked up Dorset Senior Cup and

Southern League Championship Cup winners medals. Walker also ran the London Marathon less than 24-hours after playing in a game for Poole. “I’m very happy at Poole,” said the Weymouth-based defender. “But I will have to do what is best for my family.

Serving up a record

TENNIS Southbourne will be the venue for a

unique Guiness World Record attempt next weekend, and one thing is for sure, it will be heart-pumping stuff. Members at Southbourne Tennis Club are hoping to have the most people ever taking part in a single Cardio Tennis session on June 8. Cardio Tennis is a high energy oncourt work out and the bid to smash the record of 75 will see hundreds of pounds raised for charity. Proceeds will be donated to two fantastic causes - the Chernobyl Children Life Line and the club’s own Disability Tennis fund. Chernobyl Children Life Line gives children in and around the Russian city up to an extra two years of life expectancy, whilst Southbourne’s Disability Tennis fund helps disabled tennis players from the local community get involved in the sport. The event will take place on the club's outdoor courts from 10am to 11.30am. Afterwards, the courts will be open to participants to try out the facilities.

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Running: It’s for everybody and every body!


o you have daunting memories of running from school that have put you off ever since? Trudging around muddy fields being shouted at by an over zealous teacher never was much fun. The reality is that running isn’t like that all. Being active makes you look and feel younger and it’s never too late to start an exercise programme. Regular physical activity helps reduce stress but also delays the onset of aging by boosting circulation to your skin, improving your complexion and maintaining muscle tone and flexibility. Exercise doesn’t only benefit you on the outside but also on the inside where you can’t see it. Regular aerobic exercise such as walking, running, swimming and cycling keeps heart and bones strong, reduces cholesterol, lowers blood pressure, controls body weight,

improves posture, boosts your immunity and keeps your circulation healthy. It gives you more than physical benefits too. Being active makes you feel more positive, energised, empowered, motivated and ready to face the world! It doesn’t have to be hard either. Regular, light activity is brilliant for your health. Running is one of the best forms of exercise to achieve these goals. It’s not time intensive, it burns more calories per minute than other forms of aerobic exercise, it’s accessible, it’s simple, you don’t need a huge array of fancy kit just a good pair of trainers and some comfortable clothing. Running is a health-enhancing activity that’s within the reach of everybody and every body. Let’s banish those wrong running memories and get going as a runner in the right way!


Poole Festival of Running on June 2 is a full day of running and activities in Poole Park for the whole family. Dorset's Olympic marathon runner and Commonwealth Games marathon bronze medallist LIZ YELLING and her steeplechaser husband Martin put the case for running

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Getting started Getting started Getting started Getting started Liz's top tips Help a kit check list First steps

Don’t worry, people won’t be looking at you in your running kit! You don’t have to purchase brightly coloured, tight fitting synthetic fabrics. Functional, comfortable, high performance and affordable kit is readily available. l A good pair of running shoes. Best bought from a specialised running retailer. l A T-shirt. Not cotton – choose a lightweight material. l Shorts/leggings/tracksuit bottoms that you feel comfortable in. l A lightweight jacket/gilet (optional). You know all about British weather! l Sports socks. l A big bag full of desire and motivation!

The magical thing about becoming a runner is that your body is brilliant at adapting to exercise and so the more active you are, the easier it gets! It’s a misconception that to be a runner you need to start with actual running. Instead, it’s vital to start with gentle walking and build up the frequency, duration and intensity. Do: l Start with gentle walking. l Plan your route. l Establish a regular routine and time to be active. l Develop a support network – encourage a friend to start with you. l Always check with your GP before starting a new exercise programme. Don't: l Leave your front door and start running as fast as you can. This is more likely to leave you in a puffing, red-faced heap at the end of the road. Not very motivating!

l Don’t be daunted by the prospect of becoming a runner. It’s not all tight lycra, sweaty bodies and skinny, speed snakes! It’s quite the opposite. Get out and get started and you’ll soon find that you are an inspiration to other people just like you. l The hardest thing about running is taking the first step. Being a successful runner doesn’t mean running faster than anyone else. It means being able to walk/run/walk or run at your own pace, with confidence, balance, rhythm, posture and style. l The most daunting thing about trying something new is the feeling that you are in unfamiliar territory, out of your comfort zone. Everyone feels nervous when they start something new. It’s natural. l The great thing about starting running is that it’s more about your journey to become a healthy, active and energised person than it is about how fast or how far you run. When you first start you won’t be running at all! l Take it slowly. Don’t rush. Building up activity time gradually and progressively will see you grow in confidence, ability and fitness. l Be brave! You can do it!

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Festival running fun for the whole family

If you’re looking for something active to do this weekend, why not join hundreds of other people taking on a running challenge at the Poole Festival of Running? Sunday’s annual festival, which takes place in Poole Park, features eight races so there’s something for runners of all ages and abilities. For children aged eight to 14 there are five separate minithons, as well as a race for the under eights. Each race is fully marshalled by experienced members of Poole Runners and all routes are on closed road within the confines of Poole Park.

Running Free offer an excellent range of footwear, clothing and accessories in our shop. Our fully trained staff can examine the customers feet and running style to help them select the right shoe. The customer is encouraged to test run the shoes on our in-store treadmill. Running Free is pleased to announce that customers can now take advantage of Video Gait Analysis in store. This takes approximately 30 minutes. So what are you waiting for? Come and visit us at our running shop located at 22A Bournemouth Road, Lower Parkstone, Poole, Dorset BH14 0ED now.


The Dorset Cancer Centre 5k is open to participants of all abilities over the age of 14, be they joggers, fun runners, or those looking for a manageable challenge. The Poole 10k is a competitive race hosted and marshalled by Poole Runners. The fast, two-lap, flat course incorporating both Poole Park and the harbourside, attracts international elite runners every year and is open to club and recreational joggers. The festival’s organisers, Poole Runners and Borough of Poole, have this year named the Dorset Cancer Centre as the

festival’s beneficiary. Sponsorship raised from all races, along with a percentage of the entrance fee, will go to the centre, which helps cancer patients from across Dorset. Online entry for all races has now closed, but you can register at the marquee in Poole Park on Saturday between noon and 3pm, or on the day, if spaces are available. The registration fee for the minithions is £6, the 5K is £7 and the 10K is £12 for club runners and £14 for non-club runners. You can make a donation to the Dorset Cancer Centre online at www.justgiving. com/phwl

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ell what a couple of weeks it’s been since my last Seeker News column. A lot has been happening at Wimborne Road – never a dull moment you could say. Dominating the headlines has been our decision to reshuffle the pack by bringing new riders in and letting others go. These sort of things are never easy, but our form this season has been unacceptable. The product we have been serving up has simply not been good enough and something had to give. Our promoter Matt Ford has recognised this and instead of sitting back and hoping things will change, he’s been proactive and done something about it. He’s taken some tough decisions and he’s done so in the interests of Poole Speedway. It certainly wasn’t pleasant letting Kyle Howarth go because he is a young Brit with a big future, but things just weren’t clicking for him at the moment. I’ve had a long chat with him and he is fine. He understands, has shown a great attitude and he’ll be back riding for Poole soon enough. As for the two new boys we’ve brought in, we have very high hopes for both of them. Thomas Hjelm Jonasson is the sort of rider who can blow hot or cold, but when he’s hot he’s outstanding

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and I’m confident we’ll see the best side of him at Poole. When Matt called him and offered him a place he immediately said ‘yes please’. There was no hesitation which suggests he’s really fired up and ready for the challenge. In Przemyslaw Pawlicki we have a really exciting prospect and a guy we know all about to our cost. He blew us away riding for Coventry in the play-offs a couple of seasons ago and performances like that is why we have signed him. It’s a gamble, of course it is. But we had to do something. As I have said, our form this season has been unacceptable and it has to improve quickly. If this doesn’t work we will change it again and we’ll keep doing so until we get it right. It’s certainly one of the toughest periods I’ve known at the club and we are all feeling the pressure. But sport is fickle and in a few weeks’ time we could be back challenging for the Elite League title again and our problems will all be forgotten. In the meantime I would just ask our fans to stand by us and continue

Making tough decisions Kyle Howarth in action

"It certainly wasn’t pleasant letting kyle Howarth go"

being patient. We are known for our knowledgeable crowds at Wimborne Road and I know they understand and appreciate what we are going through. Just time to mention Tai Woffinden’s brilliant Czech Grand Prix victory a fortnight ago. What a wonderful performance from a hugely talented rider. The British title, 14 points guesting for us in the win at King’s

Lynn and then the gold medal in Prague – what a week for the lad. With my Great Britain manager’s hat on, it’s great to see Tai in such good form and it sets him up nicely for a tilt at the British Grand Prix in Cardiff this weekend. Talking of Cardiff, I can’t wait. It really is a special occasion and I look forward to seeing you all there.

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att Ford has made a dramatic U-turn as he continues in his bid to fix Poole's disappointing early season form. The Pirates boss last week kicked Dawid Stachyra out of the side and replaced him with Latvian, Andrej Levedev. But the Wimborne Road supremo has changed his mind and reversed the decision. Fears over Levedev’s availability appears to be the key factor for Ford's change of heart. He explained: “There is no question that British fans will


get their opportunity to see Andrej race in the UK. “I have always said that Poole Speedway is a priority and the fact he would miss some key fixtures for us with his commitments and that together with Dawid’s scores, I felt it would be wrong to compromise the club. “Dawid has scored in all his 11 meetings for us and crucially netted five (paid eight) points at King’s Lynn last Wednesday and four (paid six) at Wolverhampton earlier this season. “He is absolutely delighted that he is staying and I have every confidence that he can be a big part of the team turning the season around."



Date of birth: November 27, 1988 Place of birth: Vetlanda, Sweden Nationality: Swedish Previous British clubs: Edinburgh (2008-09), Swindon (2010), Poole (2011), Peterborough (2012) Thomas Hjelm Jonasson won the Premier League and Trophy with the Edinburgh Monarchs in 2008. In 2009, Jonasson continued to race for Elit Vetlanda in Sweden, Gorzow Wlkp in Poland and Edinburgh in the UK. He briefly signed as a doubling up rider for the Belle Vue Aces in the Elite League at the start of 2009 but was not used. In 2010 he rode for Swindon Robins, with stints at Poole Pirates in 2011 and Peterborough Panthers in 2012.


Title Holder meticulous in his defence

Poole skipper Chris Holder has left no stone unturned as he prepares to defend his British Grand Prix title this weekend. The reigning world champion has been back on the testing track ahead of Saturday's Millenium Stadium showdown. Holder missed the Czech Grand Prix semi-final cut a fortnight ago on countback with seven points in Prague after Jaroslaw Hampel passed him for the win in their last heat race. The 25-year-old Pirate also surrendered second to Matej Zagar and third to Andreas Jonsson on the last lap of heat 13. Aside from his second place in the Swedish Grand Prix in Gothenburg, Holder has yet to produce the form which carried him to glory in 2012. But his record in Cardiff is second to none having won there in 2010 and 2012 and finished third in 2011. And it's a record he is keen to maintain. Holder, who is sixth in the World Championship and 15 points back on series leader Emil Sayfutdinov, said: “It been a good place for me over the years but Saturday is a new event, a new Grand Prix. I’ve got to make sure

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I go well to get some points back ion the championship leaders. I need a big performance. “My machines have not been working well enough and so I have been busy sorting things out. “Emil and Woffy (Tai Woffinden) got a lot of points again and they’re pulling away a little bit. I can’t leave it too late. “I have been doing some practice and testing with Johnsy (tuner Peter Johns). The changes I’m making through the meeting aren’t working for me. When that doesn’t happen, you start scratching your head. It makes it hard, but we’re trying all the time and I’ve got to be a little bit better than this.” Despite his problems, few would back against the Aussie coming good in Cardiff and he won't be lacking in the support stakes either. Hundreds of Poole fans will be making the journey west and there will be plenty of Aussies there too. "It's an amazing atmosphere in Cardiff," added Holder, "and all the riders love it. It's a huge event and I'll be doing my best for both Poole and Australia."

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Date of birth: September 5, 1991 Place of birth: Gorzow Nationality: Polish Previous British clubs: Coventry (2010-11) Przemyslaw Pawlicki is a member of Poland under 21 and under 19 national teams. Pawlicki is a current team under 21 world champion and team under 19 European champion. He had a brief spell in Britain with Coventry Bees in 2010/11. He turns out for Polish club side Caelum Stal Gorzow, Rospiggama Hallstavik in Sweden, Holsted in Denmark and German League outfit, AC Landshut.

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hanges to the Pirates squad had an immediate effect on Bank Holiday Monday as the Pirates beat King’s Lynn 47-43. But Poole owner Matt Ford is still calling on Elite League bosses to bring in a squad system for 2014 after previously being forced to postpone Pirates' clash with Lakeside following an injury to Polish international Przemyslaw Pawlicki. Ford says a squad system would allow clubs to attract more of the sport’s top riders to British speedway and ensure back-up is always available. “I have Poole assets loaned out to several Elite League clubs and now I am unable to track a team. It makes no sense at all,” he says.

“With a squad system we have the potential to entice GP riders to the Elite and avoid running teams under-strength or lacking in numbers.” Ford called off the Lakeside meeting after Pawlicki took a blow to the head and suffered damage to his leg in the SGP qualification quarter-final at Abensburg and because he had yet to appear for the club, Pirates were not entitled to use rider replacement to cover for him and would have had to track a Premier League guest. Pawlicki put in a fine performance on his Wimborne Road debut just five days later, taking two heat wins and finishing the night second only to Chris Holder for the Pirates. New Pirates profiled on p35

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