The Purbeck Gazette - Issue 187

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August 2015 Issue no. 187

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Wareham Beauties At Carnival Pg 58-59

Armed Forces Weekend Pg 20-21

Wish You Were Here! Pg 29-43

Purbeck Folk Festival. Pg 68

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Editor’s note...


elcome to the August edition of your Gazette! Purbeck is bustling with visitors from all around the world, enjoying everything we have to offer - golden beaches, cliffs, woodland, and magnificant heathland, we’ve got it all. Add to that a jam-packed schedule of festivals and events throughout the summer months and you’d be hard-pressed to find a better place to while away those balmy summer days. Our feature this month, ‘Wish you were here’, celebrates everything on offer for both tourists and locals during August, so dip in and get out and about this month! We’re bang in the middle of Swanage Carnival as this edition comes out, so don’t forget to grab friends and family and head down to the coast for a week full of entertainment! Be generous with your donations as the buckets come along as the Carnival Committee manage to raise an impressive amount of money each year, which goes to local charities. Drive carefully whilst out and about in Purbeck - the number of visitors is up, but this increases the risk of accidents, either in our narrow country lanes, or in our bustling town centres, so be aware people, whether on foot, driving or riding high on a saddle - always better safe than sorry! Have a great month!

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TIDE TIMES AUG‘15 Peveril Ledge, Swanage

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Low 04.46 05.30 06.13 ------01.36 01.39 02.34 03.22 04.06 04.47 05.25 05.59 06.29 -------00.59 02.01 02.54 03.42 04.28 05.11

High 10.06 10.50 11.35 -00.44 01.34 02.31 03.36 04.53 06.16 07.29 08.24 09.07 09.44 10.24 10.55 11.28 11.57 00.07 00.37 00.53 01.31 02.19 03.43 05.35 06.38 07.32 08.21 09.05 09.49 10.32

Low 17.09 17.52 18.36 06.57 07.42 08.32 09.32 10.47 12.00 13.06 14.06 14.58 15.45 16.27 17.07 17.44 18.16 18.44 06.56 07.25 07.58 08.39 09.32 10.45 12.23 13.33 14.30 15.19 16.06 16.51 17.34

High 22.37 23.09 23.56 12.21 13.09 14.01 14.58 16.04 17.24 18.51 20.01 20.53 21.33 22.07 22.44 23.12 23.42 -12.20 12.42 13.14 13.56 14.55 16.43 18.02 19.02 19.55 20.42 21.27 22.10 22.51

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People Make Area Untidy! Dear Readers, Beach Huts I have watched with great interest over the last eighteen months or so the building of the new beach huts, and how nice and colourful they look along Shore Road, and I thought they would be a great addition to the seafront. However now that they are finished and starting to be used, I am less impressed by them. The front row which seem to be used more than the upper tier, spill large numbers of people across the pavement and nearly into the road, with lots of chairs and beach accessories. There always seems to be a lot more people at each hut than they were perhaps designed for, and therefore make the area look rather untidy. Also there are people playing beach games in the middle of the road, which gets in the way of walkers, and vice versa. I do not want to seem to be a killjoy, and I do like the way the beach huts look, but I would be interested to hear other peoples views on this subject. Geoff Allen, Swanage

Motorcyclists Respond Dear Editor, I read the letter in the Purbeck Gazette (July edition, letters, ‘Ban Motorbikes in Swanage’) with a mixture of hilarity and concern. Whilst I appreciate the irritation of ‘L’ plated teenagers on small noisy ‘Twist and Go’ mopeds, as a motorcyclist of many years I could not understand how this could correlate to a generalisation of motorcycle enthusiasts, such that a blanket ban on them in Swanage is at all reasonable. Both myself and my wife are keen motorcyclists and like many are from a variety of backgrounds and professions. I am a civil servant with the M.O.D. and my wife is a chartered accountant and we enjoy nothing more than riding to Swanage and taking advantage of the local hospitality, food and ambience with other like-minded motorcyclists. As for the ‘Hells Angels’ or indeed any other motorcycle club setting fire to ‘Johns’ house – I doubt they would be at all interested in setting fire to the rock that ‘John’ crawled out from under… Dave & Rebecca (Purbeckians, motorcyclists and proud of it!)

In Praise Of Poetry Dear Nico, As an ex-English teacher and lecturer, I am glad to see poetry being included in the Gazette over the last few months. It is a much under-represented art form, even though most people remember poems that they like or that are special to them and use them as a part of ceremonies and special occasions. At birthdays, weddings, anniversaries etc. poetry can capture the happiness, significance, romance and humour of an event and, of course, in contrast it can express the sorrow of sadder times such as partings and funerals when it can also offer comfort and hope. In a more general sense, poetry can describe places, happenings, feelings and experiences in a succinct and intense way which resonates with all of us, either when we read a poem or when we hear one. Over the last three or four years, I have become particularly interested in the way that people hear poems and have become involved in the lively local ‘performance poetry’ circuit.

The Purbeck Gazette During that time performing poetry has taken place at various venues in Purbeck, including the East Bar, The White Horse and the Black Swan in Swanage, The Rex Cinema in Wareham and the Square & Compass in Worth Matravers. There have been well known professional poets at the Square, such as Elvis Macgonagall and John Hegley, and all the evenings at all the venues have been a grand success, with the emphasis mostly upon comedy, satire and just good entertainment – and beer! Sadly the hugely successful annual PAW poetry competition did not take place this year, but I have already made a protest about this in the local press and have approached the organisers about re-instating poetry next year. Meanwhile, as I say, it’s great to see another two poems in the Gazette in June and I hope the trend continues. If anyone is interested, there’s an arts club poetry group that meets in the St. Mary’s Church Rectory Classroom at 2.30pm on the first Monday of the month. (Next meeting 7th September) Martin Hobdell, Swanage.

The Trend Continues ‘Senior Moments’ Where did I put my reading glasses I’ve looked everywhere, even in vases They must be somewhere in the house Perhaps they’ve been stolen by a mouse My friend came to help me look for them She looked at me funnily and said a’hem They’re not lost, they’re on your head I think you had better go to bed Won’t be long now till they take me away I’m definitely going a bit doolalley Marie Neilson

A Medieval System Dear Nico, In response to Martin Hobdell’s letter in the July edition. Read Owen Jones’s ‘The Establishment’. He is a young sassy socialist, journalist and author...the book is brilliantly researched and written. When we all start thinking outside the box and realise there is more to politics than a polarised view then maybe we will see the wood for the trees. PS Why have all public institutions like the National Health, the Police Service, Fire and Teaching professions been constantly undermined, made accountable, suffered huge financial cuts when the only institution to have escaped accountability and cuts are the very bloated Houses of Parliament. There are more unaccountable, financially sound MPs and hangers on in the Houses of Commons and Lords running this small country than there are running the enormous United States of America. No cuts for our MPs, no accountability, no amalgamation of services and no loss of pensions. Why? The system is medieval still and we are kept at arm’s length. Great magazine by the way. Sue Godfrey. Suffolk

Fault Of Right Wing Media Dear Editor, I completely agree with Martin Hobdell’s analysis of the general election result. On the one hand, it’s amazing that Labour was blamed for the global credit crunch, given that Thatcher and Reagan made it possible by abolishing the safeguards introduced by Roosevelt after the ‘30s depression. On the other hand we shouldn’t be surprised this happened, given the vested interests in the right wing media which dominates this country. Thanks to the tabloids, it appears that a lot of people thought Miliband would be a bad PM because of the way he looked in one photograph eating a bacon sandwich. Regards, Mike Pollard, Wareham

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Cardinal Sin No.2

Dear Ed, Following the recent planning application for the old infant school in Jubilee Road, Swanage, which has now been passed, I feel I must write and expose the greed (Cardinal Sin No. 2, part of Christian Ethics) of the Diocese of Salisbury in their failure to take less money for the site and do a deal with Swanage Council, who wanted the site as it stands for a community centre. Do these people not practise what they preach anymore? Apart from this aspect Purbeck District Council have blatantly disregarded serious aspects of this site, such as parking! Jubilee Road has a serious parking problem, which many locals realise. They want to build six houses and convert the school into four flats with parking for sixteen cars. The parking spaces are very tight and some cars will not be able to turn round in the complex, so will have to reverse out onto a major road, against the Highway Code regulations. Not only that, there will be cars parked in the road on both sides of the opening to the complex, obscuring the vision both ways, and cars do exceed well over 40 m.p.h. up and down Jubilee Road, a potential accident area! Notwithstanding this there is another serious aspect, the fact that infants from St Marks School walk up Jubilee Road to get to the swimming pool and cross over just where the entrance to the complex will be. Now when I asked Mr Bird, the senior planning officer at PDC, the man responsible for this application, to come and talk to me re this site, we were outside the school and the infants duly came up the road and crossed in front of us. So he experienced this aspect first hand! A child could be hurt or killed because of cars emerging from the complex. On the day of the application all the planning committee came to view and found it very difficult to park; most of them on the zigzags and double yellows, and yet this application was PASSED. Highway said there is not a problem. Am I missing something here or does greed and stupidity come top of the list? This application could have had a sensible and harmonious outcome if the Diocese had agreed to sell to S.T.C., both parties would have got what they wanted – money and a community centre! Does this make the people involved to be Whisky, Alpha, November, Kilo, Echo. Romeo, Sierra’s! Mrs Ward, Jubilee Road, Swanage.

What Would Jesus Say? Dear Gazette readers, I must write with regards to the two religious school plots in Swanage which are now ‘vacant’ due to both schools moving to new sites - which were (to my knowledge), provided by us, the taxpayers. The new sites (St Mary’s at the lower Grammar School site in north Swanage and St Mark’s at the old Swanage Middle School site) were given to the religious organisations involved, for the new schools. One would have expected that, in the interests of fairness, the religious organisations in turn would have offered the town the old sites vacated to be used for local development - local housing, for local people, perhaps? A simple swap would have been fair - and would have left the town in a better position for the future. But no, sad to say, whilst both religious organisations were only too keen to snap-up the last remaining sites that could possibly have been built on in the future for the good of all (without any religious connotation), they also wanted to retain their old sites, for their own profit. Parents in Swanage have little choice if they don’t want their children indoctrinated into a religion at an early age as Swanage First School only has so many places - and was sadly (and strangely) the only first school not to be granted splendid new buildings and new sports areas and facilities. So, religious organisations get richer, and the community gets poorer, and has even less land to work with.

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Caged Hen Cruelty Dear Editor, Since the ban on battery cages in 2012, many people believe that egg-laying hens are no longer kept in cages in this country. But unfortunately millions of hens in the UK remain incarcerated in crowded, filthy cages simply to produce cheap eggs. As revealed in Animal Aid’s latest undercover film, these ‘colony cages’ offer little - if any - improvement on the traditional battery cages they have replaced and are almost indistinguishable to the layperson. Around half of eggs laid in the UK come from caged hens, and they are not just sold whole in supermarkets. Many are used in the catering industry and in processed goods such as cakes, quiches and fresh pasta, meaning many people are eating them without even realising. Anyone wishing to see Animal Aid’s caged-hen footage for themselves, or who would like information on cruelty-free living, should visit www. or call 01732 364546. Ben Martin, Animal Aid

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Dear Nico, I would like to be able to send a heartfelt thank you to various people through your letter page: On the evening of Saturday 13th June (definitely an unlucky number for me), I made a last minute decision to climb East Hill and take some photographs of Corfe Castle at sunset. The clouds looked as if they might provide a good show and so I took myself off; unfortunately the mist encroached and after only a few snaps I decided to pack up and leave. On making my way back down the hill I came across Andy Lyons who had also been catching the sunset and this turned out to be a lucky thing for, as I walked back down the steps, I missed my footing and ended up with a badly broken ankle half way down the hill! After two hours of IV morphine, two ambulance crews, a fire crew and a Ropes Rescue Team deciding how to get me off the hill, I eventually ended up at Poole A&E just after midnight. I would like to say a massive thank you to Andy and his dog Dakota for keeping me calm and keeping my spirits up as panic began to set in, Rowan Jackson and the Dorset Ambulance Service for their good natured and exemplary care, the Dorset Fire Service crew from Wareham and the Ropes Rescue Team for their caution in extracting me safely from a very dark and slippery hillside. My recovery is proving to be a long, painful and frustrating one and when I’ll take my next sunset photo is anyone’s guess, but thanks guys! I don’t know where I’d be without you all! (Pictured is my last sunset photo taken that evening) Jackie Lane, Swanage

Thanks To Carolyn & TIC Dear Gazette, On behalf of the Lions Club of Swanage I would like to thank Swanage Town Council for once again sponsoring a beach hut on Shore Road for our use during June and July. We have been able to provide this facility for thirty organisations, clubs or individuals and I have received lots of compliments on how much these people have enjoyed the hours they have spent relaxing by the sea and how impressed they are with the new beach huts. Our thanks also go to Carolyn Hooper at the T.I.C for all the help she gave us in setting up this event. Many thanks, Deirdre Mersey, Lions Club of Swanage

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Congratulations To Chloe Dear Gazette, I would like to congratulate Chloe Blake for her outstanding poem called “Taking Words Out Of My Mouth” as printed in July’s copy of the Gazette. It is great that a young girl realises that we now have a problem with communications. Don’t get me wrong, I believe that technology is amazing and it appears that regarding electronic communication nothing is impossible, but we must not let that take over our lives! As humans she says it is getting to the stage when people can’t look you in the eye when speaking to you. They have to have a mobile phone in their hand at all times, and keep looking to see if they have any emails. Confidence regarding conversations seems to be getting lost, which means that we are also losing the art of forging personalities, characters and humour because we can’t express ourselves in full. It is the same with mobiles and tablets; unfortunately because of lack of censorship all sorts of vile programs can be picked up and viewed by any age. Respect is becoming a thing of the past. In my mind without respect we have lost everything! Why should M.Ps be allowed to take mobile phones and tablets into Parliament with them and watch porn when they are supposed carrying out the duties they were elected to do? I am lucky to be coming to the end of my life, because without respect and commonsense I can’t see any future! Disillusioned with life. Hugh Elmes, Wareham.

It’s Bloody Twenty ‘P’! Dear Nico, The Cost of Spending a Deny I was walking along the quay by the Amusement Arcade in Swanage and a family were waiting outside the Public Toilets when a guy came out of the toilets and said; “It’s bloody twenty P.” I recited to the group a poem which was around in the 1940s & ‘50s when the price doubled from 1 to 2d, it went:“Here I sit so broken hearted, Paid 2d and only farted.” NB: The cost of ‘spending a penny’ was 1d, hence the saying; “I must spend a penny,” (viz: an old pre decimalization ‘d’ deny, of which there were, 12 to a ‘s’ shilling and 20 shillings to a £ i.e. 240 to the £. Post decimalization 1970s there were 100Ps so a ‘P’ is 2.4 pence. The cost of ‘spending a penny therefore has gone up from 240th of a £1 to 20% - a fifth of a £1. Regards, Robert Owen, Peveril, Swanage, by email.

Trevor, Purbeck’s Schindler Madam, Whilst there is no doubt that Nicholas Winton (aka “Britain’s Schindler”), whose sad passing this week at the age of 106 has been widely reported around the world, did much to help the evacuation during 1938-1939 of 669 mainly Jewish children from Prague to the UK, one of his less wellknown accomplices was Swanage man, Trevor Chadwick who, as Winton readily acknowledged on many occasions, was ‘the real hero”. “My associate Trevor Chadwick was in a much trickier situation,” Winton recalled. “He managed things at the Prague end, organising the children and the trains, and dealing with the Gestapo.” When asked why Chadwick, a fellow Brit, had received so little public acknowledgement for his vital role in the Kindertransport, Winton pointed out that “Chadwick died many years ago, while I’m still here”. In fact Chadwick had already been organising evacuations from the sharp end when Winton became involved organising things from London. Indeed

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Paddy Hands Over The Reins Dear Readers, I am writing to the Gazette to inform the community that although I am no longer organising the annual Christmas Charity Mail, it will still take place next December. After being heavily involved with this wonderful event for the past seven years, I now feel it is right to hand the organisation on to others in the Lions Club of Swanage. I am delighted that there is a group of people in the club willing and eager to take it on. Of course I will be very pleased to help and support their efforts and aid the smooth running of the event. I hope all of you who have been involved over the years will continue to help the Lions Club in its endeavour and as a result raise much needed funds for local charities or projects. Since 2007 the community has helped us raise and donate over £16,000, a great achievement. Thank you for your continued support and see you all in December. Paddy Rideal, Swanage

Marine Conservation Zone Dear Editor, A great deal has been published in the media over the last few years about Studland Bay’s Seahorses and whether or not the bay should become a Marine Conservation Zone. The facts on these issues are not always made clear and there has been an underlying axis of intent by Dorset Wildlife Trust, Seahorse Trust and latterly The National Trust to set up bureaucratic and costly management structures which are quite unnecessary. Herewith a few facts: Seahorses are found all around the coast of England and Wales. They must breed in those areas to support their widespread distribution. Studland Bay is not the only bay visited by Seahorses for a few months each summer. The Eelgrass beds of Studland Bay are extensive totalling about 100 hectares of healthy and expanding Eelgrass. The Eelgrass beds are one of the Seahorses many habitats. There is probably sufficient Eelgrass in Studland Bay to support more than 1000 Seahorses! Plenty of habitat for the handful which visit most years. Conservationists claim that anchoring activities and moorings are damaging and causing fragmentation of the Eelgrass beds. This claim after extensive and costly research has been found not to be the case. The Seastar Survey set up by Natural England found no evidence that anchoring was causing long lasting damage. A further report (MAIA) which in part did address the fragmentation issue had to be withdrawn due to lack of sound evidence. The actual area of Eelgrass impacted by anchors and moorings is a fraction of the overall area of Eelgrass. Conservationists want to cover the bay with Eco Friendly Moorings (EFMs) for visiting boats to tie up to. These EFMs would be unsightly, costly and

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require ongoing maintenance. Charges would be levied on visiting boats requiring a huge management structure for collection of dues. Boats, crews, boat house, accommodation for the manager and crews and office. All unnecessary as most boats prefer to anchor where they wish rather than be tied up to an EFM in the centre of the bay. Defra have quite rightly not included Studland in the current list of recommended MCZ sites. The reasons Defra have given are Socio Economic. I.e., serious implications for recreational boating, fishing and the dredging of The Swash / Poole Harbour entry channels. These implications will need further research if Studland continues to be a candidate for possible MCZ status. For further information. See boat owners response website: http:// And in particular: Yours sincerely, Nicholas Warner ( Studland Bay Preservation Association )

Switch On Swanage Event Dear All, SWITCH ON SWANAGE Switch on Swanage would like to thank everyone who has so generously donated to our fund raising to provide festive lighting along the whole length of the sea front. I am sure you have seen our team putting the lights up and our aim was to have them lit for the summer months. Unfortunately a car knocked down a post some months ago and S.E.B. say they cannot replace this until August. We are so disappointed after all the hard work not to be able to have the lights on for Carnival. Rest assured the lights will go on as soon as the post is in place! We are holding a music event on Prince Albert Gardens on the August Bank Holiday weekend. There will be music in the evening on Friday 28th, with a bar and barbecue and stalls, and entertainment and music all day on Saturday 29th, finishing with Same Old Faces in the evening. Also we will be on Prince Albert Garden with music throughout Carnival Week. Please enjoy all the events throughout the town during the summer. Cherry Bartlett, by email


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Dear Readers, Climate MP Lobby 17 June 2015 On 17 June, as a volunteer with CAFOD (the overseas development agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales), I and 9,000 others went to London to lobby our MPs about the threats of climate change and what our government could do to minimise them. The lobby was organised by The Climate Coalition, and I met my MP, Richard Drax, along with seven other of his constituents, including five from Christian Aid. We said that the poorest people in the world are already suffering severely from the effects of climate change, in the form of increased frequency of droughts, floods, rising sea levels and landslides caused by rainfall. They are bearing the greatest cost of climate change but they have done the least, if anything, to cause it. If action is not taken now, there is likely to be mass migration of people whose land has become inhabitable because of climate change. We referred to the 5th report of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change). Scientists are 95 per cent certain that greenhouse gas emissions from human activity are causing climate change. In order to prevent a catastrophic increase in global temperature of more than 2 per cent, global emissions from fossil fuels must peak by 2020 and then decline sharply. Our energy must be virtually free from fossil fuel sources by 2030 and completely clean by 2050. We asked Mr. Drax to urge the government to frame policy accordingly and to use its influence on the world stage to persuade other governments and to reach agreement to this effect at the world climate conference in Paris in December 2015. Mr. Drax told us that his primary objective was “to keep the lights on.” He accepted that action must be taken to deal with climate change but believed that we can only do what is practical. He said that he supports nuclear power and, in response to his question, we expressed concerns about disposal of nuclear waste. He was also in favour of wind power provided turbines are located “in the right place”, unlike, in his view, the proposed Navitus Bay scheme. Bernard White, by email

DWT And California Quarry Dear Gazette, Being a member and supporter of the Dorset Wildlife Trust, I recently received a letter from them asking for donations (up to £250 suggested) for their ‘Dorset Wildflower Appeal’. They tell us ‘our once common flowers have declined at an alarming rate’, ‘almost 1 in 5 of England’s plant species are under threat’ and ‘plants are a vital part of many of our ecosystems with a host of other wildlife dependent upon their survival’. They add ‘The network of local wildlife sites in the wider countryside known as Sites of Nature Conservation (SNCI’s) also provide havens.’ At this my ears pricked up as I have been writing to Dr Sharron Abbott at DWT, (who has been very helpful), because the proposed gas drilling site at Suttles-owned California Quarry falls bang slap on top of an SNCI, which made DWT a statutory consultee at the planning application stage.

The Purbeck Gazette Sadly they did not respond or comment at the time (apparently due to an ‘internal error’) and Dorset County Council made no second attempt to request DWT’s input (thorough!?). Dr Abbott tells me that DWT would have supported the County Ecologist’s (a DCC employee) views ‘to ensure the conservation interests of the site were taken into consideration’. Well call me old fashioned but I am really struggling to believe that putting a layer of crushed stone and concrete over the site is likely to achieve that. Further, and worse, the gas flaring will scorch surrounding grasslands and pollute the air upwind of Durlston Country Park with noxious gasses. She also tells me that the site has already ‘been subject to quarrying and is currently under restoration in accordance with a condition in that planning permission’, however a quick glance at the site is enough to see that almost no effort has been put into this at all. As a result she sees the drilling as simply delaying the restoration to ‘wildflower rich limestone grassland’. Really? When exactly can we expect to see meadow flowers flourishing on it? This century? And the M25 will one day be an oak forest? Now I’m not saying that this is not a good charity to support, it’s just that when DWT tell us that SNCIs are really important for protecting grassland flowers under threat, you would think that they would have the courage to fight to preserve them, instead of falling in line with the Government organisations that have vested interests in inappropriate hydrocarbon exploration, and so do or say nothing to hinder it. The protections of countryside in place in Purbeck are there for a reason and should be vigorously upheld. If you agree please write to Imogen Davenport at DWT and tell her so. Andy Kirkwood, Swanage, by email

Can You Help The Guides?

Dear Residents of Purbeck, Girl Guiding in Purbeck is thriving with over 250 girls aged from 5yrs upwards coming through our Rainbow, Brownie and Guide units every week. Girlguiding gives local girls and young women the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of exciting activities, as well as making new friends, having fun and acquiring new skills. These experiences help our members to grow and develop confidence in a safe, girl-only space. We urgently need adult helpers from September in the following areas: Wool, Wareham, Sandford, Corfe Castle and Swanage. Can you help? If you want to join in the fun and be part of Girlguiding, then please give contact me find out more. Val Burden, Division Commissioner for Girlguiding in Purbeck Tel – 01929 439209 Email

Call Us Purbeckians! Dear Purbeckians, For some time now, we have been attempting to get the Oxford English Dictionary to update its definition of the word ‘Purbeckian’, to include its meaning when related to the good people of Purbeck. Currently, ‘Purbeckian’ only relates to the rock upon which we stand, and we have been trying to get locals to provide different source material to the team at Oxford to encourage them to update the dictionary - the older the better (Purbeckians have referred to themselves as thus for generations). Please give us a hand and send your references to us locals being referred to as ‘Purbeckians’ to:

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Robin Travels Hopefully

Dear Readers, Sometimes it is better to travel hopefully than to arrive and few journeys can rival a trip across the channel from Poole to Cherbourg. Taking advantage of a Brittany Ferries special offer I booked a trip with a free reserved reclining seat on the way out and a four berth cabin with an outside view for £39.50 for the return trip. I sailed on the Barfleur

which has eight decks. The shop and refreshments were on deck 7 and the lounge with my reserved seat was on deck 6, but I spent much of the time at the beginning and end of the voyage on the sun deck on deck 8. There were magnificent views of Brownsea Island, the Sandbanks Ferry, Shell Bay and then a distant view of Swanage and Durlston. As the Ballard cliffs receded into the distance some inflatable boats followed us and attracted a large audience at the ship’s stern. Heading into open water I had a rest before enjoying a fish meal with white wine in the self service restaurant. There was a moderate sea and although the stabilisers stopped the ship from rolling, it was pitching. At the boutique the assistant said it was worse the previous day when there was a rough sea. I went back on the sun deck to view us entering Cherbourg Harbour which is one of the largest man made harbours in the world. A bus took the foot passengers to the town centre. A visit to the supermarket meant that I did not allow enough time for the Cite de la Mer by the quay. Here is an exhibition of the Titanic, the nuclear submarine Redoutable and a sea life centre. The sea life centre had closed by the time I reached it. On the return trip the sea had calmed down. I had beef bourguignon and some red wine before adjourning to my four berth cabin for a shower and a rest. The gentle rocking of the boat sent me to sleep for an hour. Finally there were wonderful views of Poole Harbour at dusk. Yours sincerely, Robin Brasher

Sitting In A Shed? A Room With Half a View I’m in my brand new beach hut Staring sadly at the floor You see, there’s not a window And there’s not a double door My wife is sitting next to me And she can see the view But only through the single door That wasn’t meant for two! When I lean across to look I bump into her head It fells less like a beach hut More like sitting in a shed! Surely someone should have seen This sad, sight-seeing flaw Next time I’m in Swanage Bay I’m going to bring a saw. Martin Hobdell

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Of Pavements, Protestors And Planning


David Hollister writes...

ast month, I mentioned a development taking place in West Street, Wareham, where an ex-car park is being turned into twenty-one luxury flats ‘for the elderly’, and that the development was causing a few problems with the closure of the pavement. The pavement on the left-hand side of West Street, as you leave Wareham, has been closed. The pavement on the other side is – at one point – only 83cm (32.5 inches) in width. That – as shown by our photograph (below) – is two-and-three quarter ‘Purbeck Gazettes’. It is known that most modern wheelchairs are 24 inches to 27 inches wide from one wheel to the other wheel. To enable wheelchairs to move freely through doors, building regulations state that the door width for wheelchair access should be not less than 32 inches / 81.3cm.

The Highways Agency DDA Compliance Programme Design Compliance Assessment Guide DDA Training Spring 2010 March 2010 Highways Agency states: “A clear width of 200cm allows two wheelchairs to pass one another comfortably. This should be regarded as the minimum under normal circumstances. Where this is not possible because of physical constraints 150cm could be regarded as the minimum acceptable under most circumstances, giving sufficient space for a wheelchair user and a walker to pass one another. The absolute minimum, where there is an obstacle, should be 100cm clear space.” It is clear that this pavement is unacceptably narrow, and always has been. Up to now, wheelchairs, push chairs, prams etc could have used the left-hand footpath with ease. Now, the ‘safe’ footpath has been closed. Closed because a developer needs to build right up to it and is obliged to have ‘safety fencing’ to keep people out of the site and to stop site detritus falling on passers-by. And if you’re a wheelchair or pram user, or blind, then ‘tough’. What, then, is the answer? The answer should have been to put up traffic cones to temporarily widen the right-hand pavement, and to control the traffic with temporary lights. You will note that almost everywhere that road works are proceeding, traffic cones and temporary lights are put up to protect the workers. It is disgraceful that this protection is not extended to disabled people and mums and dads with prams and young children. There is still a small group of people protesting about ‘Infrastrata’ drilling for oil in South Swanage, up Panorama Road near the quarries. Some members of this group stood for election to Council and failed to achieve sufficient votes, possibly as what is to them a ‘burning issue’ is actually relatively unimportant to most of the other residents of South Swanage. Chris Suttle, the owner of the quarry, has reassured us all with a published statement (Purbeck Gazette Nov 2014) that ‘fracking’ will not take place.

Infrastrata have now announced that drilling operations cannot now take place until winter 2016/2017, if indeed they start at all. The commercial viability of an onshore well drilled to reach an offshore oil source is questionable anyway. At present there is a huge world glut of oil from existing and conventional wells; any contribution made by the proposed ‘Swanage Oil Well’ would be a drop in a bucket by comparison. The world’s drowning in oil already at a time when environmental campaigners are succeeding in their efforts to have carbon fuels put ‘on the back burner’; look at the hybrid cars, the solar arrays, and indeed the unsightly wind farms. The protest group continues to harass the Town Council who, frankly, have a great many other more urgent issues to deal with. Each FOI request to STC takes up valuable time and resources. They have actually gone so far as to suggest that that part of Panorama Road which leads to the quarries (and used to lead to the old SITA recycling centre, a.k.a. Swanage Tip) should be closed - with no apparent consideration for the quarry businesses or the livelihoods of their employees. Swanage Town Council – who own the road – had a professional safety assessment prepared to assess improvements to the road which might be required to safely accommodate any increased HGV usage and also the current road usage; this has been shared with Infrastrata and with the residents concerned. How the hell much has this cost the ratepayers? In the time that SITA operated the recycling centre, their own statistics indicated that the road was used by 530,000 cars and 8,300 HGVs. Without incident. Now that SITA have moved to the excellent new recycling centre, many of the heavier HGVs have gone. Surely the time to protect that road was twenty years ago? Or could it be that some of the protest group actually have a personal interest? Planning permission has recently been granted in South Swanage for the demolition of several old buildings and the destruction of a wildlife reserve in favour of ‘homes’ which will actually be homes for the wealthy rather than homes for locals who need them. In previous columns at the time, I highlighted the way in which the PDC Planning Department stood by and approved this vandalism. I also mentioned the fact that there were mines, tunnels and old quarries under these sites, but the planners refused to acknowledge the historical truth that these mines existed. I am now informed that at least one of the developers has been obliged to spend around £100,000 to prevent their profits disappearing down a mineshaft, so the refusal to accept the facts has come back and bitten them on the bum. Good show too! And which senior Purbeck District Councillor on the Planning Committee was heard, in an open meeting, to say to his colleagues “Be warned, if we turn this application down it could cost us all money”? Aha! Surely it couldn’t be that the PDC Planners are influenced, when making decisions, by the likelihood that the developer will appeal to the Planning Inspectorate in Bristol and that if the appeal succeeds, PDC will be responsible for costs? It would therefore appear to follow that a developer with deeper pockets than the planning department would be more likely to succeed with an application which to locals and neighbours is unacceptable. Surely not?

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Help – “Mayday” or •••−−−••• ith the primary brief of the NCI being safety, we are constantly aware of the present day methods of asking for help when in trouble. Most people have heard about the two classic means above – the spoken word Mayday and the telegraphic signal •••−−−•••. Both of these universally known signals are dependent on relatively modern equipment, radio technology for the spoken word and light, sound or radio for the •••−−−•••. Prior to the inventions required for the above, the mariner could only ask for assistance from those in sight. Consequently, raising and lowering the arms, generating coloured smoke, flames on the vessel, regularly firing a gun or similar or flying a flag with a ball above or below it, over time became officially accepted as signals of distress and they are all still in use today. With the advent of specialised equipment, over the years the use of Mayday, pyrotechnic flares and radio have expanded the method of transmitting distress signals dramatically. The use of •••−−−••• as a distress signal either by light, sound or radio was not adopted until 1906. You may have noticed that I have not so far used the term SOS! The SOS, Save our Ship, Save our Souls and all of the other translations of this signal are actually “backronyms” – made up after the signal was introduced. Yes the dots and dashes may represent morse code for the letters SOS all run together but they could also be the combined morse code letters VTB, ST7, 3B, or many other combinations. Prior to 1906 the signal for distress was not international •••−−−• was favoured by the Germans, −•−•−• by the Americans and the British Marconi Company favoured −•−• −−•− −••. The distress signal •••−−−••• was designed and agreed by convention, to be a series of dots and dashes that could not be mistaken for any other signal and it has stayed that way for over a century even though morse code is no longer used in the commercial shipping world. At the NCI it is the visual / audio signals that we are mainly concerned with. Taking out all of the electronic means of sending distresses, (most of these are now single button operations from radio equipment), which our good friends at the Maritime & Coastguard Agency kindly remotely monitor for us all, we watch for the people, craft and animals that are not electronically wired up to MCA HQ. The most important thing is that whichever one you use it must be clear and unmistakeable. The need for unambiguous signals like the above, was recently highlighted in a German Coast Guard Station, manned by a very “raw” operator. The radio conversation between the Coast Guard and a panicking mariner went something like: Vessel: “Mayday, Mayday, Mayday” CG:“Vessel calling Mayday, vot is the problem?” Vessel: “Ve are sinking, ve are sinking” CG: “Pliss say again, I do not understand” Vessel: “Ve are sinking, ve are sinking.” CG: “Ja, but vot are you sinking about?” My thanks to our German friends for posting on-line, what is unfortunately only the latest in a long list of international calamities, and to all of you - Stay Safe on land or sea! The Swanage NCI can be contacted at the Lookout at Peveril Point, on 01929 422596, at, or call us on VHF 65. Bob Clark, NCI Swanage.



Sew Good For Swanage!


ello and a big thank you to all my past and present customers, who have helped make my first year so enjoyable and successful. I started my garment alteration and repair business here in Daisy May’s Shopping Arcade, 2 Kings Road East, Swanage in Spring 2014. I was a little nervous to begin with, but with the help and support of family, friends

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and other local businesses I have really Garment Alterations enjoyed the past year. and Repairs So with the warmer weather here at last, it’s time to put away your winter Daisy May’s Arcade woollies and slip into your lighter summer garments. But before you 2 Kings Road East store away overcoats, heavy trousers, Swanage etc. check the buttons, zips, and hems and if you need any running repairs, Tel: Sarah 07922 738335 bring them to me first. I complete all the work myself on the premises, with customer service and attention to detail a priority. If you need a garment pinning up or fitting to you, please ring for an appointment first so I can spend the time with you individually. Telephone Sarah on 07922 738335. Thank you again and hello to all new customers too!


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Be Happy In The Skin You’re In!


iggly thighs? Check. Bingo wings? Check. Muffin top? Check. If you notice all of these and more, then you have a negative body image. Never fear, everyone has a perception of themselves and chances are it’s an unfavourable one. But why is this? Maybe it’s Kim Kardashian flaunting her grand gluteus maximus. But then again we never see a celebrity looking average. Their body image woes are the same as ours, just played out on a bigger stage. For instance, I hardly think reporters would hound you in the street, so they could publish something in OK magazine about how your tummy needs a tuck. Therefore blame tends to be thrust upon the ultra-skinny models. Those who resemble adolescent boys, compared to the females they’re selling to. However common sense dictates that without demand, there wouldn’t be a supply. One London casting director summarised this, “It’s really hard to find size 12 or 14 girls that are fierce.” Personally, I would prefer to not be suffering from plethora of illness (such as infertility, liver failure and death) that could result from an unhealthy BMI, in a bid to be ‘fierce’. Where British Vogue Editor, Alexandra Shulman, demands the demise of ‘size zero’, Karl Lagerfeld has defended it. Speaking out on a German magazine’s decision to operate with ‘real-sized’ models, he said, “These are fat mummies with their bag of crisps, saying that thin models are ugly.” This hasn’t always been the case. In Ancient Greece- think togas- a plump body was prized. This can be seen in the nude, Aphrodite of Cnidus, which displays the better padded parts of the female anatomy. Demosthenes wrote, “We keep female slaves for daily care and wives to give us legitimate children.” What a flattering description of women. Not. This continued

through to the patriarchal Renaissance Italy, when voluptuousness was the epitome of sensuous; having a lot of ‘junk in the trunk’ was linked with wealth and fertility. Furthering this idea, if we delve into the slightly-dim (due to the oil lamps) Victorian England, then we will find that an hourglass figure consisting of an impossibly-thin waist, was commendable, as it was seen to be the best for childbearing. This was an important issue, because of a young Queen Victoria (who went on to be a mother of nine), as she was more of a home maker than Laura Ashley. Thus women’s position was cemented. Contrastingly, in Ancient Egypt possessing a slim body was encouraged, and women were given greater freedoms, including the right to pre-marital, steamy fornication. Another example of slimness becoming popular is from the Roaring Twenties- cue images of spangly flapper girls wildly doing the Charleston decked out in Chanel- a time that heralded the vote for women. Consequently, the vied-after body made a U-turn to boyish, slim and utterly flat-chested. No longer were they wearing (literally) bonecrushing corsets. Today, both anorexia and obesity are on the rise. Whilst anorexia has increased by 15% since 2000, obesity has doubled since 1980. But before we run away with the statistics, what are they? Obesity is an excessive fat accumulation, or a BMI more than 30. Obesity may be triggered by a negative body image, leading to comfort eating. This becomes a vicious circle, as people eat more to console themselves over their inflating gut. Contrastingly, Anorexia Nervosa is a mental health condition that occurs when people obsessively lose weight, often because of a harmful body image. Both of these can lead to health implications like heart failure. These issues are not confined to Western society however. There’s ‘hidden obesity’ in the Middle East, due to modest clothing covering excess weight. Mubarakha Ibrahim, talking about fuller-figures says, “We don’t have the external motivation that non-Muslim women have…When you pass a mirror you’re not looking to see ‘Is my tummy tucked in?’ You’re looking to see if you’re covered.” Other factors like the dearth of womenonly gyms and the deficiency of gym kit that is both modest and practical, contribute to widening waist lines. However it isn’t all doom, gloom and the end is nigh, these clothing practices significantly decrease eating disorders. Despite popular belief, men are also affected. Noticeably, obesity is more prevalent in men. Per contra, one in four people with an eating disorder are male. Where women are bombarded with flat stomachs, men are also subjected to flawless, Herculean six-packs. This can cause issues that male model, Jamie Jewitt, is familiar with, “You become obsessed. You’re never happy.” This weak, flailing self-esteem can pressure men to take steroids for muscle growth. Anorexia, drug addiction…it isn’t healthy. So what can we do about it? Improving your own self-esteem can be a lifesaver. Firstly, realise that others aren’t as critical as you are. Additionally, don’t bash your imperfections; speaking positively can improve your body image. And finally, stop comparing yourself to others! Being unique is a concept that is worn, but it still holds pertinence. If you have broader shoulders, embrace them. Remember that big shoulders might help you out, especially if shoulder pads make a comeback. Very unlikely, but still possible!

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Out Of The Blue Purbeck Rural Watch urbeck Rural Watch is an initiative borne out of recognising a need amongst the rural communities in Purbeck. After a spate of poaching revealed other offences we identified the need for better communication between the communities themselves and the local Policing team. Purbeck Rural Watch comprises of a panel of stakeholders with rural interests who come together to meet periodically. The members share information between the Police and themselves regarding recent crimes and incidents they have experienced. From this Police can then formulate a method for dealing with issues. Working with Rural Watch members we organise proactive events targeting rural crime and those committing it. Such action has been successful both in Purbeck and in other sections across the Force area. Purbeck Rural Watch is still very much in its infancy with a second meeting planned shortly. We would very much like more members to represent the rural communities, landowners, farms, estates etc to join us. Anyone who may be interested in joining us please contact – PC1813 Jon Stuart at Wareham Police Station using the 101 number or email - As you read this the school holidays will be well underway and the carnival and festival season will be in full swing. The holidays that you have planned all year for will be much appreciated. However, for some this is their busiest time and their focus all year has been building up to these few weeks. No rest for them just yet! Purbeck as well as Dorset as a whole will see a huge influx of visitors that places a strain on existing services. Accident and emergency, Coastguard, Fire-fighters and Police – these organisations too have to support well-


Council Announces Results Of Planning Consultation


he results of a recent consultation on future development in Purbeck have been assessed. In early 2015, Purbeck District Council asked for people’s views on a range of issues and options to inform a partial review of the Purbeck Local Plan, which sets out the strategy for delivering development and supporting infrastructure in the district. The options included a range of potential development sites for housing and employment. The Council received 484 responses, from a range of organisations and individuals and a full consultation report can be seen at Key themes arising from the consultation included concerns that local infrastructure would not be able to cope with the level of housing suggested, and concerns about the potential impacts of development on the many important environmental designations in Purbeck. Councillor Peter Wharf, Chairman of Purbeck Local Plan Partial Review Advisory Group, said: “Thank you to those organisations and individuals that took part in the consultation. “The feedback received was very useful and the Council is looking further into how the concerns raised can be addressed. This will include considering the possibility of proportionate growth around the district, rather than at a few large sites, which was a popular suggestion among respondents. “The Council will also be preparing a paper to explore issues around the Green Belt, and will be taking into account infrastructure requirements and environmental constraints as the plan progresses.” People will have another opportunity to comment on the partial review. This further consultation is likely to take place in early 2016 when the Council will publish its preferred options for the plan.

earned leave for people to enjoy the sun, spend time with their families or simply just have a break; yet they still have to maintain the vital cover required to keep people safe. In order to ensure full support is given to those who genuinely need these services please have a little care and thought. For instance:• Remove all your valuables from your car when you leave it and then lock it. • Take care when walking along cliffs or swimming in the sea. • Look after you and your family’s health in the sun. • Don’t just throw a cigarette down or out of a car window, extinguish it first. We want everyone, resident and visitor, to enjoy a wonderful summer in Purbeck. To contact Dorset Police please call our police enquiry centre by dialling 101. Always dial 999 in an emergency when there is a risk of harm or a crime is in progress. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 (mobile phone tariffs may apply). Remember if you See Anything Suspicious (SAS) call 999. For the latest information on what your local police are doing follow our social media, Twitter - @PurbeckPolice and Facebook – Purbeck-Police, we really value your support and comments. Purbeck Safer Neighbourhood Team


My War-time Memories. By Brian Guy

Shaftesbury Military Hospital. The Genius. ntirely run by military personnel, Nurses, Doctors, Surgeons and medical staff, this Hospital was run in a relaxed and pleasant manner, and had an overriding sense of purpose, that inspired one to think that the best would be done for you, whatever your injuries, and with the benefit of dedicated staff. Ward one being a privilege ward for the very severely wounded, had extra benefits; such as a pint of free beer each day, brown ale or light ale, the company of very pretty girls on occasions, that brought round chocolates, and other goodies that were in very short supply outside. A truly wonderful place that inspired confidence, I have much to thank that Hospital for. Major Charnley, later, Sir John Charnley, was an orthopeadic surgeon of great skill and even in those far off days he was looked upon as a genius. He was held in great esteem by all the staff and patients. When I was first taken into his consulting area I at first thought that this very young and fair haired man, small in stature, could not be the surgeon, he looked like a youth apart. that is, from the Majors pip on his shoulder. I must admit to be taken aback by his appearance. A man that would not stand fools gladly, his first words were “who put this monstrosity on you” pointing to my leg plaster. “Poole Hospital Sir” “Useless, absolutely useless” pointing to the area where there was an obvious gap between leg and plaster. He had the plaster removed completely and although the leg had not joined and could be bent about in the middle it was not painful, the tiny pieces of bone were dead. They left the leg like that for some time while they built me at Lake House, ready for an operation. About this time, back home, my half brother was dying in a very unpleasant way, anxious to help, I asked the Major if he could get me home, he promptly fixed me up with a caliper that took the weight off of my feet and on my groin, so that I was able to walk with a broken leg. Came the day! Victory in Europe day would you believe? A young student nurse arrived with instructions to shave me around my groin area.. . After butchering me . I told her to sit on a chair and I will do the job A very relieved young student ..YUK. I was taken off early to the operating theatre, there, the major removed all the dead bone from my leg, then took out the top of my left hip and grafted that into my leg, that is the bit of hip you hang your trousers on! All screwed together with a steel plate, the plate by the way is stamped with a war office arrow and with W.D. for war Dept. The arrow is just like those on convicts uniforms. Bone grafted, not unusual now, but back in 1944 quite something, unfortunately, he could not obtain enough bone to build my leg to its original length, to that end, one is shorter than the other. V. E. Night, woke up with bottom of my bed tipped up at an angle of 45 degrees, underneath me and round my backside soaked with blood, to celebrate V.E. day there was a film being shown in the ward, the last thing one wanted while recovering from a major operation. Later the Major found out that I was an Engineer and asked me if I would like to help him as he made all of his own orthopeadic apparatus, pleased to help, I was taken into a room next to the operating theatre in my wheelchair, when the apparatus was made, he put them on me and photographed me on a bed, with a white sheet for a background, he always gave me a copy. For me, there is a great deal of satisfaction knowing that I had helped,


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The Purbeck Gazette albeit, in a small way, the genius who perfected the hip joint operation that is so common today. Hospitals of this size are little self-contained communities, surprising how relaxed the atmosphere was for a military establishment. Back in Holland my company lifted over 1100 anti personal mines around Schoor. On the 26th a Royal Engineers Dog mine clearing team lifted 127 Schumines (wooden box mines, undetectable with the usual apparatus) And without a casualty . They also constructed a 30 foot single/single Bailey bridge at Smakt. A heavily mined enemy road bock was lifted on the easterly approaches to Venriaj. Later, On the night of the 27/8 Nov. The CO, accompanied by Lt Sparks recced the enemy held Geijsteren castle . Meanwhile Lt A C L Low RE and two drivers were wounded while going to the assistance to civilians who had gone up on a Schu mine. Driver Hartley one of the wounded, was later awarded the BEM for his work in tending the wounded while hit himself. The company provided two men per assault boat on the attack on Geijsteren castle,. They then built a 70 foot double/ single Bailey at Meerlo, And under considerable very heavy gunfire. To take 40 tons. It was completed at 2300 hrs. Back in England, The army nurses had a wonderful sense of humour and nothing was too much trouble for them. I have so much to thank those nurses for and Major Charnley. Genious! Characters? Yes we had the lot, in the top right hand bed of the ward was a very seriously wounded soldier, severely injured, with half his shoulder blades missing and was often in great pain, on top of his bedside cabinet he had an old wind up gramophone, one of those “His masters voice” type with the large fluted horn, the one with the little white dog! On this gramophone he played records, rather like the Salvation army songs, but with communist party lyrics. When you are as badly injured as he was, you could play whatever you liked. Some of the nurses in high spirits because the war was over, had put a hot water bottle filled with iced water under this man, the walking wounded did not like this, got hold of the nurse and stripped her and put her in bed and made her stay there. While all this was going on, I was yelling from my bed, tipped up at 45 degrees, “Move me bed round, move me bed round, let me see” but they refused. R. S. M. Humphrie The Greatest Warrior. A great character of those times and a man I am very proud to have known. Regimental Sergeant Major Humphries. Over a period of time there developed a friendship between this young 19 year old and an old soldier who had served in the South African war, the Great war and was asked back to assist in training young recruits in the second World war. He had been decorated in all these conflicts and had a long bayonet wound down one side of his face, he was a perfect specimen for a “Giles” cartoon of a Guardsman. With his peaked cap down over his forehead. Strange friendship between this young soldier and an old military man, he treated me like a son and I remember him as one of nature’s gentlemen. He showed me all of his medals from South Africa and photo’s of him in his pill box hat and red uniform, and the first world war medals, I know that he had been awarded a medal in this war for saving a group of recruits when one dropped a live grenade in the slit trench, while on battle practice. I was supposed to have these medals when he died, for our friendship and because he knew that I would cherish them and look after them. One day I went to visit him at Wareham and found that the RSM had died and was buried. I do not know what happened to his medals. I was very fond of the old man and was saddened to hear of his death. A Canadian soldier suffering from concussion and starvation was in the next bed to me, what strange effect’s concussion can have! He had been a prisoner of war and had the typical bloated stomach appearance of starvation, his wife came from Scotland to see him, only to be greeted with “What do you want” often he would ask for a cigarette and then screw it out on the polished bedside cabinet. Over all of this sat the Sergeant Major, bolt upright in his bed, drinking his beer and the beer of other patients who did not drink. All Royal Voluntary Service volunteers are DBS checked and receive ongoing training and support. As well as the Home Library Service the Royal Voluntary Service can provide Befriending, help with shopping, and other things you might need – just get in touch with us and find out how we might be able to help. We are currently looking for a Local Volunteer Coordinator to join our well organised team of volunteers. If you are interested in either receiving the Home Library Service or in the role of Local Volunteer Coordinator, please contact Maria Jacobson, Royal Voluntary Service Manager, Dorset Home Library Service, on 07786 635154 or 01305 236666, or e-mail Maria.

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Look at this little Belling Cooker from the 1950s!

Wareham Town Council Update

Julie, our Gazette correspondent, details the goings on in recent council meetings.....

Cookers have been sold here since 1937, and still are now...also fridges, kettles, lighting...everything a home could need


ollowing written consultation between Wareham St Mary Primary School and the Town Council, Mr Brendan Mullany, Chair of the School’s Governors, had been invited to speak at the Council meeting. He described the funding shortfall experienced by small schools faced with increasing demands such as reshaping curricula, designing means of assessment, and Special Educational Needs training. Combining St Mary’s with St Mark’s in Swanage and Corfe Castle Primary in a Multi Academy Trust would achieve pupil and teacher numbers deemed practical by the Department for Education. The Trust would be open to other schools joining later and could prevent a compulsory collaboration between St Mary’s and more distant schools. Purbeck District Councillor M. Wiggins reported that he and the other two Wareham District Councillors have received training and briefings, if required, for their committee appointments. Also that the District Council was supporting the alternative changes to County Council ward boundaries worked out by Councillor Budd. Lastly, that planning permission had been granted for Kemps Hotel to be redeveloped as housing and for the solar array at Little Farm, Worgret Road, to be extended by 600 panels. Councillor Spooner was congratulated on the organisation of the tea room and Councillor Russell on recruitment of veterans for the commemoration of D-Day event at Leeson House. The Policy, Resources and Finance Committee had looked at items of the Council’s expenditure and income and approved donations to the Purbeck Film Festival and Wareham Explorer Scout Unit. The Planning and Transport Committee had considered numerous planning applications including a dog grooming business in Drax Avenue, building work in St Michael’s Road and conversion of barns at Swineham Farm for holiday accommodation and functions. The Amenities Committee heard that the town would not be receiving all the expected money from Bloor Homes for the play area at Westgate, but that there would still also be funds for other play areas and Recreation Ground sports. The Town Museum Committee is seeking funding for a replica sword and Wareham In Bloom Committee wonders where to plant 41 trees. The Town Council agreed to pursue a Local Neighbourhood Plan for Wareham and will set up a working party, apply for grants and use a training day at Purbeck District Council. Wareham Town Councillors chose not to receive allowances in spite of possible expenses such as purchase of a computer, software and printing materials. The next Council meeting is on Monday 10th August, 7pm in the Town Hall, Wareham. Call 01929 553006 for further information about all of the Council’s meetings or visit the website at www. wareham-tc.govuk.

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First Female Apprentice At Suttles Of Swanage

Suttles Takes on First Female Apprentice Mechanic and Promotes three Staff to Director Level rowing company Suttles, local employer to sixty eight staff, has just taken on its first female apprentice mechanic, Josie Dowding. As part of her role, Josie helps the mechanics team in the workshop, servicing and carrying out inspections of all vehicles, as well as changing brake shoes and other mechanical maintenance. Josie works on Suttles’ sixty-strong fleet of vehicles, ranging from transit vans, tipper lorries, diggers, as well as fixed plant in Suttles’ quarries. Josie works at Suttles part-time alongside studying for Bournemouth & Poole College’s Level 2 Light Motor Vehicle Mechanics course. In


Charity Shop For Wool


Weldmar Charity Shop opened in Wool on Friday 10 July at Unit 5, The Parade, Dorchester Road. We are an established local charity, based in Dorset, with great expertise in caring for people at the end of life, whether at home, in the hospice or from our Wellbeing Services. Our care for a patient and their family may just be for a few weeks or months or it could be for two years or more. Our services are free and we only receive a third of our funding from the NHS. This means our new charity shop, like our existing shops and outlets, plays a vital contribution towards our running costs and will be dependent on support from Wool residents. Tina Chalkley, the manager, and Heather McKeown, her deputy, look forward to meeting customers and getting to know the local community. Please bring us your donations of clothes, shoes, accessories, jewellery, linens, household goods, books, DVDs and bric-a-brac, which can be brought to the shop. Tax payers can gift aid their donations to increase the value by 25%. We also need volunteers to help in the shop and anyone interested is invited to come in and talk with the manager. Sally Weld, one of Weldmar’s Vice Presidents, performed the official opening ceremony at 2pm on Friday 10 July. The shop will be open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday and all profits go directly to patient care.

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September, Josie will be carrying out her City & Guilds in Level 2 Heavy Motors Vehicles at Southampton College, whilst continuing her apprenticeship at Suttles. Apprentice mechanic Josie Dowding said “I tried to get work at various garages but they all said that I wouldn’t fit in with the garage environment, mainly down to me being a girl. It was really great that Suttles gave me this opportunity and now I’m able to gain my experience by working on a whole range of vehicles.” In addition to taking on a new apprentice mechanic, three managers have recently been promoted to director level as part of the growing company. These include Sue Marshall who was promoted from office manager, Michael “Jimmy” James from Plant Manager, and sheet piling division Suttle Projects’ Alistair Maidman. Pictured. Josie Dowding, Apprentice Mechanic, with Michael “Jimmy” James in the Suttles workshop]

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Opepe Bench For Children’s Centre


he staff, parents, carers and children at Swanage Children’s Centre would like to say a massive thank you to Swanage Pier Trust. The Pier Trust kindly made and donated a bench complete with plaque for the Children Centre’s garden. The bench was made from 18 year old (1997) Opepe wood which was previously part of the old pier. The bench has provided the Centre with a quiet area for families to sit and enjoy the garden. Rachel Girling, Playworker, helped to organise the making and delivery of the bench which was handmade by Mr Brian T Erskine, Pier Master. Rachel commented that she had enjoyed working with the Pier Trust and developing community links, she is hoping that in the near future the Children’s Centre will host a sponsored toddle to raise funds for the pier to say thank you. If you would like more information about the Children’s Centre and the activities it offers for families with children under 5, please contact them on 01929 423589 or visit their webpage childrenscentres Please contact me if you require any further information. Regards, Julie Dufour, Administration Assistant, Swanage Children’s Centre, Tel: 01929 423589

Further Medal Awarded

New TV Show Focusing On Swanage Lifeboat Were you rescued? Want to tell your story? Get involved!!



ictured above is our very own Brian Guy of Swanage, having recently received the ‘Chevalier Legion de la Honneur’. Congratulations Brian!

all to Wall Media – the company behind BBC shows ‘Who Do You Think You Are’ and ‘The Gift’ – is producing a new primetime ITV documentary, ‘Above and Beyond’, celebrating the dedication of Swanage RNLI lifeboat volunteers in saving lives at sea. The hour-long show, currently scheduled to air on Christmas Eve later this year, will feature stories from rescues carried out by the Swanage RNLI lifeboat volunteers and the production company is now looking for people who have been rescued to share their memories. “We appreciate that the circumstances surrounding rescues may have been frightening and stressful, therefore we understand if some people not wish to revisit those times. However, we do feel it is important to highlight the 24/7 commitment of the volunteers and the incredible service that they provide.” – Wall to Wall Media. Anyone wanting to talk to Wall to Wall Media about their experience of the Swanage RNLI lifeboat crew can email lifeboat@ or call 0207 241 9304.


Farewell To Nick

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icholas “Nick” Crutchfield passed away peacefully at Swanage Hospital on 28th June 2015, aged 63 years. Brother to Jill, the late Vivien, brother-in-law to David and uncle to Ben, Lotte and Gilles. Nick was well-known throughout Purbeck for his artistic driftwood furniture (one of Nick’s ‘thrones’ is pictured, left, with flowers placed in his memory). The community wished Nick a fond and emotional farewell at a thanksgiving service for his life, which was held at St Nicholas Church, Worth Matravers on Tuesday 7th July. Local artist, Carlotta Barrow, has written the below poem in Nick’s memory.....

For Nick The sound of Summer rain. Nature gently weeping for its own. For we have lost a special brother, uncle and true friend So as we mourn. We will remember Nick. His wit, kindness intelligence and originality. As I tread lightly on my ‘Poirot’ Parquet floor Think, how we all have A piece of his, Remembering- he lives on, the legacy of love in our homes and in our hearts for evermore. Zooks

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Take The Purbeck Pledge!


urbeck councils and health organisations are working together on the campaign to raise awareness of alcohol-related issues in the district and signpost people to appropriate support services. Dr Alastair Ward, Wareham GP and Purbeck Pledge Project Sponsor, said: “The alcohol reduction campaign is the first of, hopefully, many Purbeck Pledge campaigns which aim to improve the health and wellbeing of people in the district.” Dr Ward continued: “The idea of the Purbeck Pledge is to raise awareness of alcohol related problems and encourage a safer approach to the use of alcohol. This year the challenge is for people to cut down - or cut out - alcohol for the 31 days of October.” Councillor Bill Pipe, Local Communities Spokesperson for Purbeck District Council, said: “The pledge is for anyone who drinks regularly. It’s surprising how many of us drink more than is good for us without really noticing, so this campaign is for anyone who wants an opportunity to look at how much they are drinking and do something about it.” Councillor Pipe continued: “By the end of October, hopefully we will feel better, look better, and, of course will have had some fun on the way!” During the Pledge month, there will be a number of events across Purbeck offering information on alternatives to alcohol; tips for cutting down; and where to get help and support. Information will also be available online and people can sign up to newsletters containing tips, drinking facts and alternatives to drinking to keep them motivated and on track. A social media campaign will enable pledgers to share their progress and support each other towards making a positive change. People can get involved by signing up to take the Purbeck Pledge and reduce their alcohol intake for the month at www.dorsetforyou. com/Purbeck-Pledge Please see press for details or follow Purbeck District Council on Twitter @Purbeck_DC for all the latest information. The Purbeck Pledge is led by the Purbeck Integrated Health, Wellbeing and Social Care Forum which brings together a number of organisations including Health; Dorset County Council; Purbeck District Council; patients; and representatives from the community to engage and work together on issues relating to health and social care needs in Purbeck. The Forum is supported by funding from the Dorset NHS Clinical Commissioning Group.

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Work On Oil And Gas Rig In Swanage Postponed


xploratory drilling for oil and gas from California Quarry outside Swanage has been postponed for a year. InfraStrata plc had intended to drill in winter 2015/16. It is now planning to drill in winter 2016/17. The project will use conventional drilling technology of a type employed in Dorset for more than 60 years. It does not involve hydraulic fracturing (fracking). Seasonal restrictions on acquiring new seismic data from the site have delayed completion of the preparatory stages. InfraStrata CEO Andrew Hindle said: “InfraStrata will not be able to commit to a drilling rig until the 2D seismic data has been acquired, processed and interpreted. In addition, the proposed well is an onshore to offshore well and it is necessary for the area from which a well is drilled to be held under a petroleum licence, either by InfraStrata or by a third party. This will need to await the results of the 14th Landward Licensing Round, which is not expected until later in the year. These factors mean that it will not now be possible for the well to be drilled before February 2016. Because our planning permission restricts drilling to between October and March each year, there will not be time to complete the programme in 2016. With this in mind, we plan to drill in winter 2016/17 instead.” Project facts: InfraStrata has planning permission to drill from onshore at California Quarry to a prospect offshore deep beneath the seabed. The project targets limestones and sandstones (not shale) and will use conventional methods, not hydraulic fracturing (fracking). The three-acre site for the exploratory well lies within California Quarry, southwest of Swanage in Dorset. It is on a previously quarried area of a working quarry away from residential areas and has been chosen carefully to minimise the impact on neighbours. It is screened by mature trees to the north and not overlooked by residential properties on the other three sides. The project includes the construction of an enclosed well site compound within the three-acre site comprising a flat stone surface, soil screening, containment bunds and a security fence. Using conventional directional drilling, the well will reach a depth of approximately 2,000 metres (6,600 feet) below the sea to the south of the site. There are three phases to the drilling process: 1. Construction of the well site - expected to take up to eight weeks. 2. The assembly and installation of drilling equipment and facilities and drilling of the exploratory well - expected to take up to eight weeks. 3. Should oil or gas be encountered, the drilling rig would be demobilised and InfraStrata would undertake a long-term test with the well to establish whether it could produce oil or gas commercially using conventional methods. Any subsequent development of the site would require planning permission. If no commercial oil or gas are encountered, then the well will be plugged and abandoned and the well site restored to its original state.



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Dramatic Flypasts Over Purbeck By WWII Hurricane Fighter


ramatic flypasts by a Second World War Royal Air Force Hurricane fighter that starred in the classic late 1960s film ‘Battle of Britain’ have marked a successful Purbeck at War Weekend staged by dedicated Swanage Railway volunteers. Stunned passengers on a Norden to Swanage steam train watched in amazement as Mark 11c Hurricane No. PZ865 – belonging to the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight – made two passes over the heritage line south of Corfe Castle just before 5pm on Saturday, 27 June, 2015. The fighter was the last of 14,533 Hurricanes to be built for the Air Ministry and rolled off the Hawker production line at Langley in Buckinghamshire during July, 1944, with the inscription ‘The Last of the Many’ on its fuselage. Swanage Railway General Manager Matt Green said: “The sight and sound of the Hurricane being put through its paces was incredibly thrilling to watch and listen to – it made the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. It was a dramatic and inspiring display of flying skill by the pilot. “We’re very grateful to the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight for being able to incorporate the Swanage Railway into its demanding schedule on what must have been a very busy national Armed Forces Day. “The Hurricane’s two flypasts over the steam train running south of Corfe Castle gave our Purbeck at War Weekend organisers a deserved pat on the back and was marvellous recognition for all their hard work,” added Mr Green. The Purbeck at War Weekend featured photographic displays about the

Swanage Railway during the First and Second World Wars as well as 1940s music and singing from the Bournemouth-based Mellor Sisters. Also attending the special commemorative event was an award-winning military band from the No. 2433 (Ramsgate and Manston) Squadron Air Training Corps in Kent which travelled to Swanage to pay tribute to a 1940s main line express steam locomotive named after the Squadron’s home airfield. Southern Railway ‘Battle of Britain’ class Bulleid Pacific steam locomotive No. 34070 ‘Manston’ was named after the Kent airfield that played an important part in the crucial Battle of Britain during 1940. ‘Purbeck at War’ photographic exhibitions showing the line during the First and Second World Wars – including defences and the sites of aircraft crashes – took place at Harman’s Cross and Corfe Castle stations as well as at the Purbeck Mineral and Mining Museum next to Norden station. One of the Purbeck at War Weekend organisers, long-time Swanage Railway volunteer Bob Bunyar, said: “It was a wonderful weekend with a marvellous spirit and I would like to thank everyone who helped to stage the event. The sight and sound of the Hurricane’s two flypasts was out of this world and sent a shiver down my spine. The fighter made famous by the Battle of Britain of 1940 is a marvellous memorial to all those brave men of the Royal Air Force who fought for their country during the Second World War.” A massive 45-tonne steam-powered crane dating from 1940 that was used across the south of England to repair war damage to tracks and signalling equipment after German air raids was also on display at Swanage station. Built by Ransom and Rapier, DS1561 also helped to operate two massive fourteen inch calibre former battleship guns in Kent which were aimed across the English Channel to Nazi-occupied France. Swanage station was also home to a special photographic exhibition covering the 30-year association between the Royal Corps of Signals, based at Blandford Forum in Dorset, and the Swanage Railway. Swanage Railway train times – and special event details – are available online at or by telephone on 01929 425800. Pictures - Hurricane in flight, thanks to Andrew P.M. Wright Top this page, and facing page, Tim Crabb. Thank you! WELL DONE FRANK & TEAM FOR ALL THE HARD WORK!!!

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WWII veteran, Cliff Brown, getting some attention! Photo : Tim Crabb

Hurricane flying over Corfe Valley. Photo: Andrew P.M. Wright

WWII veteran, Cliff Brown with (l) Dinah Johnson and Gazette Editor (r), Nico Johnson. Photo: Tim Crabb



ot on the heels of the fantastic ‘People’s Commemoration of D-Day’, held at Leeson House at the start of June, I can report a very similar success with the Armed Forces Day event at the end of the same month. Back in February a very positive meeting, attended by 29 representatives from the Royal British Legion (RBL), the Army and local groups, was held to map out plans for the year. At that meeting it was agreed that most Armed Forces Day events this year would be held at stations along the Swanage Railway. Under the banner ‘Purbeck at War’, Railway volunteers arranged many information boards depicting how the local community dealt with various aspects of World War 2, and Platform 1 in Swanage was filled with a number of items that had a link with the period. There was also a fantastic fly past by a Hurricane from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight on Saturday afternoon. The aircraft chased a train between Corfe Castle and Harmans Cross long enough for Andrew PM Wright to get some fantastic photographs, and then it thrilled many people along the seafront. (Regrettably the Sunday fly past had to be cancelled at short notice due to operational reasons). Also on Platform 1, the new ‘Photograph Exhibition of Three Decades of the Army at Swanage Railway’ was unveiled which will be on display on most days until September. Now to mention the fantastic Mellor Sisters! We did not actually contact them; they in fact called us and offered their services for the weekend. They went down great guns during their performances on the station platform, and were a true delight to watch. There was a good turnout from those who represented the Royal Air Force in this 75th anniversary year since the Battle of Britain, including our local air cadets, also members of 2433 (Ramsgate & Manston) Squadron, Air Training Corps, together with their award-winning Band.

Thank you to you all, including Railway staff, the veterans and members of the public – especially those who went to great lengths to dress up for the occasion. I am of course praying for good weather on Saturday 25th July, when 11th (Royal School of Signals) Signal Regiment will exercise the right to march through Swanage, following the granting of this right by the Town Council in July 2005. Officers and soldiers, mainly from 3 (Harrogate) Squadron (the Town’s adopted Squadron), will be accompanied by members of the Royal Logistic Corps Band. Plans for the day and for the Swanage Carnival, which starts as the Parade ends, are now very much in hand! Assuming that the Liberty Parade goes well, and with 150 fine members of the British Army involved, it should do, we will have held three very good Armed Forces related events in less than two months; a commendable achievement for the Swanage community. There will then be an opportunity for a review, before various groups of people start to consider the Remembrance Sunday Parade. I am keen to encourage constructive feedback on any of our three events or the wider subject of how we integrate with military veterans or the Armed Forces. Perhaps you feel that you have not been supported over the years, or you now do need some help? These may be strange questions to ask, but ex-servicemen and women are often very proud people, and usually would not bother, or trouble, others….. Taking this a stage further, as the Parade Marshal for the RBL in Swanage, I am keen to encourage some new faces at our Remembrance Sunday Parade; I can assure of a warm and sincere welcome, should you wish come along. I’m sure you will be made just as welcome in Wareham or Corfe Castle too. Frank Roberts, Chairman, Swanage Army Link

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Swanage Fire Station Update


i and welcome to this month’s look at what has been happening at Swanage Fire station. Operationally it’s been busy, we responded to twenty seven incidents which have included: • Thirteen small fires involving grass and heathland • Five false alarms

• Two property fires • One road traffic collision • Six special services The one that put us to the test involved a multi-agency attendance on the evening of 3rd July. We were alerted at around 8pm to the cliffs at Emmetts Hill, Worth Matravers. On arrival the crew were met by the local Coastguard teams that were already on site. The incident involved a 52 year old male who was trapped by his legs under a fallen rock. After consultation it was decided that a member of the Fire Service would be winched down to the casualty by the rescue helicopter to make an assessment.

After this was carried out a plan of action was put together and the teams started working to release and rescue the casualty. During the rescue teams from the Coastguards, Swanage fire crews, Fire Service special rescue teams from Poole, South West Ambulance Trust Paramedics and H.A.R.T team from Exeter, Search and Rescue helicopter crew and Dorset Police all worked together to release the casualty. The casualty was finally air-lifted to Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester at 9:29pm. It was great to see so many different emergency teams working together. Thank you to everyone involved. On a different note, you may be interested to know that many of my team at Swanage Fire Station have recently carried out advanced trauma and medical training with our colleagues from the Ambulance service. This is in preparation for us to start a new role as medical first responders for the Swanage area. Please watch this space for more information in the near future. And finally, a date for your diary. We will be holding an Open Station event on Sunday 2nd August from 4pm to 8pm. You will be able to come along to the station meet and chat to the crews, look around the appliances and there will be demonstrations taking place. So please put that date on your calendar and come along and see us. It’d be good to meet you all. Stay safe and test your smoke alarms. Phil Burridge, Station Commander

Purbeck School Awarded NACE Challenge Award


n Monday 6th July, The Purbeck School was proud to accept the NACE Challenge Award from none other than the CEO of NACE (National Association of Able Children in Education) herself, Rowena Gaston. Rowena congratulated the school on their success, recognising the rigorous nature of the accreditation process and the consistent quality of provision that the NACE team had observed. She agreed that although the award

acknowledges expertise in the teaching and support of able, gifted and talented students, it is a clear indicator that the school has the very best aspirations for every one of its learners. In accepting the award, Headteacher Leanne Symonds spoke of how the award clearly signalled that every student can expect to achieve their future aspirations at The Purbeck School, whether gaining places at the very best universities in the country or securing training through other respected pathways, including vocational apprenticeships. Speaking at the ceremony, Head Boy Ben Hocking explained that with Purbeck School support he had recently secured a summer school placement at Bristol University, a position that is rumoured to be more difficult to attain than an actual place at the institution itself. Similarly, Head Girl Keren Austria praised the school in supporting her successful application to the prestigious Pathways to Law scheme. The NACE report praises The Purbeck School’s staff for ‘going the extra mile’, a phrase that resonated with Councillor Toni Coombs, Dorset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, who commended students, teachers, parents and governors for their great work in securing the Challenge Award. The award has been received during the week of the school’s Celebration Evenings at which a great many students in every year group receive awards for their progress and attainment across the curriculum. Clearly children at The Purbeck School are living by the school’s motto: ‘aim high, aspire and succeed’.

Moreton’s New Village Hall Celebrated By Villagers


00 guests attended the opening of the new village hall in Moreton including the architect and fund raising consultant Tom Roberts and the building contractors Matrod Frampton. Local dignitary HM Lord-Lieutenant of Dorset Mr Angus Campbell arrived at the new Moreton Village Hall by horse drawn carriage to officially open the new hall. Mr Campbell was greeted by Maeve Sexty the hall secretary and other committee members before the unveiling of the new hall sign. Other guests included donors to the hall fund and those who have generously given time and effort to make the project such a success including the Bovington Military Wives Choir who performed in a charity concert at St Nicholas Church, Moreton, Viridor, Garfield Weston and Bernard Sunley. Since the opening the Community Lunch, organisers have received a generous grant from POPP to help them set up a monthly lunch for over 50s in the area and a number of regular classes will be starting up including

pilates, salsa, aikido, yoga and ballroom dancing. For further information on events at Moreton Village Hall see the website

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Dorset Beekeepers In Dramatic Monkey World Rescue!

ast Dorset Beekeepers Association member Patti Sandham and her husband Richard were enjoying a lull between collecting bee swarms - or so they thought! A message on the answerphone put an end to that. It was Jocelyn from Monkey World. They had a swarm of bees, could they help? Patti and Richard take-up the story.... “After a few questions it appeared as if the swarming bees had put their roots down and settled into an old wooden cable drum. The problem was that the cable drum was suspended over a pond in the middle of one of the Capuchin enclosures. Jocelyn was worried that the Capuchins would disturb the bees and get stung. “We went over to Monkey World and met up with Emma who showed us the problem. Eventually we came up with a cunning plan. “We would go back at dawn before the bees were active and, more importantly before the Capuchins were let out of their dormitory, and take the cable drum out of the enclosure. This way we would be working into daylight rather than into darkness. “We arrived just before 5am to meet Kate who had been there all night bottle feeding – so although we were feeling a bit short of sleep, we could hardly complain. “Equipped with rope, sheets, knives, loppers, box etc., we set off in a buggy through the jungle to the Capuchin enclosure. First job was to make the hive safe so that we could work on it without having to worry about flying bees. “We blocked the entrance hole where the cable went into the drum with some pieces of flexible foam, then wrapped a sheet around it to make sure there were no escapees from other holes.

“That was the easy bit. Now with Patti and I underneath the cable drum, Kate cut through the cable – which turned out to be a bit of hydraulic hose so easier than we thought it would be. Next problem was getting the cable drum out of the enclosure as the gates did not open very wide. “Eventually the operation was successfully completed and the drum hive was transported back to the car. “Back we went to Worth Matravers with our precious cargo and placed it in a sunny corner. “By chance, the landowner, John, was up and about – but then it was 06:30 – and he proceeded to cook breakfast for us.” Pictures show: Richard & Patti Sandham busy at work as beekeepers!

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R.N.L.I. Crew Profile A

Andy Lyons

Lifeboat crew and assistant mechanic on allweather lifeboat

ndy joined the RNLI when he returned to Swanage in 2007. From a young age, Andy used to work on the local hire boats in the area, where he would often hear the maroons go off and see the lifeboat launch. This sparked his interest in becoming a crew member, however due to work commitments and then moving away from Swanage, Andy never got the opportunity. Now he has moved back to the area and thankfully has a role where an employer allows him to leave when the pager goes off. As well as Andy’s crew role, he also covers leave for the full-time station mechanic. Andy says: ‘We all give up a lot of time training for the RNLI, but this training can be used in real life situations such as first aid, so not only are we able to help people at sea in difficulty, but also in everyday life situations we come across’. ‘My favourite memory of my time at the RNLI would have to be when I was winched up into the Coastguard helicopter from the deck of the lifeboat. That was certainly an experience I won’t forget- even more so on the way back down dangling over the water on a bit of wire! ‘I was lucky to grow up in Swanage so the place has many favourite locations and memories for me, though Peveril Point is probably my favourite. As an amateur photographer as well, it can provide some stunning scenes.’ ‘Swanage lifeboat station are currently fundraising for a new boathouse to replace the existing building which is now 138 years old. The lifeboat station will house the new Shannon class all-weather lifeboat that is hoped to arrive in late 2015. ‘The station will also provide much improved facilities for the volunteer crew. They are aiming to raise £200,000 towards the total. Andy is particularly looking forward to the new lifeboat station, as he says: ‘Having the new boathouse will making our Monday evening mechanic nights so much easier- no more rolling around on the mooring fixing and maintaining the boat!’

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Helpline No – 01929 424363 August News Round The holiday season is upon us and, hopefully, the weather is as good as it was in June. However, very hot weather is not always good for the elderly and frail. So I’m asking all our volunteers to make sure that if you have someone who knows you, who you know is alone and maybe at risk in the heat, that you spend a minute or two to check that they are ok. It is important that they do know you as we do not want to encourage older people to open doors to anyone unknown to them. From the information we get from Dorset Alert the police information website we know this is risky and a few residents in the Purbeck area have had callers offering services of different kinds at exorbitant rates or even entering the properties and removing valuables. The Swanage Area Dementia Friendly Community is now up and away and we are encouraging our volunteers to attend one of the Dementia Friend Awareness Sessions. They only take an hour of your time. They are going to be held on mornings, afternoons and evenings so there should be one to fit in with your busy lifestyles. We will soon be sending our volunteers an email with more information on how to book your places. If you are not one of our Good Neighbours you can also join an Awareness Session. Just call into Swanage Library for more information on becoming a Dementia Friend.

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n Monday evening on 6 July, Valerie gave her talk about the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance. The helicopter is based at Henstridge and can attend an incident at Swanage in twelve minutes. Then it can take the casualty to any hospital within another twenty minutes. In daylight it can fly in any conditions when there is reasonable visibility. July is the busiest month. It is a voluntary service which is funded from donations including collection boxes and textile recycling. Next year they are going to replace the helicopter with a faster one that can fly at night and take two stretchers. Robin Brasher


wanage Friendship Club provides hot meals twice a month for retired single people who like enjoying a meal together. It has been running for over 40 years serving the community. At present we are in need of more helpers to prepare and serve the two course hot meal we provide on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month from September through to May the following year. We have 4 teams with a leader which take it in turns to do this and volunteers work on alternate months. These are happy occasions for both those who help and retired folk who come to lunch. Please consider if you would like to join us on one of our friendly teams. At the moment there are a few vacancies for lunch for single retired people as a few of our members have had to retire for various reasons. For more information please contact Maureen Marriott on 01929 426325 or if not available, Chris Pullen on 01929 423505.

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On Top Of The World! YOUR Pictures.....

Send us your pictures to Original files ONLY please, as they come straight off the camera with NO alterations. Some mobile phones may not produce useable pictures due to low resolution. Remember to include your name in the email! Denise Exon

Tree climbing fox, by Jackie Stephens

Young Kestrels on cliff, by Jordon Tucker

Woodhenge at Worth Matravers, by Jordon Tucker

Swanage Bay, by Gill Richards

Alpaca at Wool Carnival, by Christine Bridson-Jones

Moving the Gull Posts, by Lindsay Morgan

Sunset over Purbeck, by Richard Murgatroyd

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Wish You Were Here! O

ur beloved Isle of Purbeck (never, ever ‘The Purbecks’ - there is only ONE Isle of Purbeck, and if you get caught referring to it in the plural within its boundaries, you’re likely to get poked with a pitchfork - you have been warned!), anyway, where were we? Oh yes, our beloved Isle of Purbeck...... Summer is finally here! Don’t let the odd spot of rain put you off folks, we inhabit a glorious little chunk of land, on which you’d be hard-pressed to suffer any form of boredom, so gather-up friends and family and get out and about this month. Over the following pages you’ll find a wide selection of Purbeck businesses who’d love to see you over the next few weeks - although they’ll likely be busy with visitors and tourists, all local traders and service providers understand the value of their local, year-round customers, and they make an effort through our hallowed pages to get in touch with you, our lovely locals, and tempt you out and about every month. This month, we’re letting you know what’s best in Purbeck in August - places to visit, special offers, local events, new menus, festivals, fairs and much more! Have fun, send us your pictures (to and take care!

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AUGUST EVENTS Sat 1st SQUARE FAIR Sun 2nd 2pm Rajasthani Heritage The Miracle Theatre Company presents: Brass Band Mon 3rd 8pm Theo Band Tue 4th 8pm Mochara Wed 5th 8pm Tantz Thu 6th 8pm The Velvet Doonicans Fri 7th 8pm Dana Immanuel and the Mon 29th July - Sun 11th Aug Stolen Band Sat 8th 8pm Harare END OF SQUARE FEST Fri 14th 8pm Pronghorn Sun 16th 2pm Mal Webb & The Formidable Vegetable Orchestra. Sat 22nd 8pm Radio Banska Wed 26th 8pm Wayward jane Sat 29th 8pm Roving Crows Mon 31st 2pm Woohoo Revue

Lady St. Mary Flower A Country Day Out At Festival Creech Grange


ady St Mary Flower Festival will be held 6th to 10th August with the theme this year of HOPE. A Preview on Wednesday at 7.45 pm will be by ticket only available from the Parish Office at £6 including refreshments. The Festival will depict people and charities giving Hope to others. There will be an exhibition in the Parish Hall along with refreshments 10am – 5pm. A concert on Saturday 8th at 7pm On Sunday there will be our annual Songs of Praise at 6pm. Further information can be obtained from Pat and Clive Cherrett 552087 or from the Parish Office 550905.


he Parish of Wareham are pleased to announce that by kind invitation of Mr Norman Hayward, Creech Grange will be open to the public on Sunday 16th August. The day will start with a short open air service at 11am followed by the grounds and attractions open at 11-30am. Please come and join us for this once a year special day. Enjoy a walk in the grounds to the beautiful little chapel of St John where there will be musical renderings throughout the day. Enjoy a cream tea on the lawn or other refreshments, visit the Morgan Vintage car display and watch the Harleys arrive. There will be numerous stalls, donkey rides and alpacas. At 4-00pm there will be a sung evensong in the chapel. This special day enables the parish of Wareham to raise money for the work of the church within our community over the next year and we are grateful to Norman Hayward for giving us this opportunity.

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Furry Fun In The Sun At Family Fun Day!


he sun promises to shine for a brand new family fun day taking place at Kingston Maurward’s Animal Park on Sunday 9th August 10am-4pm. The family day will entertain children and adults alike with summer fun with activities and animal demonstrations in a jam-packed schedule including Animal Encounters with ferrets, hawks, reptiles and cockroaches, plus animal quizzes, competitions and meet the rare breeds in the animal park. Children’s activities take place throughout the day - with egg and spoon race, sack race, three legged race, plus bouncy castle, face painting and much more!

Bring a picnic and sit on the lawn or take a tour of the stunning formal gardens and lake. Usual Animal Park admission costs apply –please see website for details. Come along and enjoy some family fun in the sun!

Wish You Were Here?! Burngate Stone Carving Centre Open for Summer Activities Tuesdays Children’s have-a-go carving 10-12am or 2-4pm Wednesdays Adult have-a-go carving 10-12am: carry on carving 2-4pm Introduction to stone carving with Val Quinn 10am-4pm Thursdays Family have-a-go carving 10-12am or 2-4pm Booking essential 0192943905 or email o come and ‘Have-a-go! Here are some of the comments we have received. ‘Great place for children to learn!’ ‘We regularly bring the children for the stone carving sessions and they love it. They are well looked after and get to create amazing things. It’s a lovely setting and they serve refreshments!’ ‘Great Fun!’ “As we were on holiday in Dorset, we thought this would be a fun activity so we signed up for the adult havea-go stone carving. Our teacher was brilliant and gave us easy instructions to follow. We were all very surprised after two hours we had created lovely pieces of stone carving which we could take home.” ‘A Great Day Out!’ ‘I have been going to stone carving for a few years now every time I visit and it is brilliant. Each time I learn a lot and the view whilst I am working is stunning!’ ‘A Great Escape!’ ‘Our tutor was excellent, safety conscious, fun and a good teacher with plenty of time for our various aptitudes and artistic abilities!’ The Burngate Stone Carving Centre, Kingston Road, Langton Matravers, Swanage, Dorset BH19 3BE


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s the season hots up in Swanage, the Railway’s highly popular evening diesel service makes a welcome return. The “Sunset Diesel Shuttle” will operate every evening from 21st July until 31st August. The service will enable visitors to the area to leave their cars at home and let the train take the strain. Visitors staying at the popular camping and caravan sites can ride the train to quaint pubs in the attractive village of Corfe Castle and to restaurants and other attractions in the seaside town of Swanage. The Sunset Diesel Shuttle operates throughout the evening and has specially discounted fares. Can there be a cheaper, easier and more relaxing way to travel with a grandstand view of the line and the beautiful Purbeck countryside from the glass fronted diesel unit (see website for Shuttle fares or pick up a leaflet at our stations) The Swanage Railway “Freedom of the Line” tickets available on the daytime steam trains are also valid on the evening service at no extra charge. For Carnival Week, why not let our trains take the strain out of getting into Swanage? The train service will operate every 40 mins between 10:00am - 18:00 from Norden Park & Ride and Corfe to/from Swanage. The Shuttle will operate all evening with the last train from Swanage at 22:15. On firework nights (Saturday 5th July, Wednesday 29th July and Saturday 1st August) trains will connect with the conclusion of the firework display and the park & ride will be open until late.

Open Air Theatre

The Three Musketeers by Illyria Saturday 22 Aug 7.30pm Adult £16, child £8, family £40 All for One and One for All! Join D’Artagnan, Athos, Porthos and Aramis in their adventure across 17th century France as they dodge the machinations of scheming Cardinal Richelieu. This production is a whirlwind of excitement, broad comedy and the dazzling swordplay for which Illyria has an unmatched reputation. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice adaption by Illyria Friday 7 Aug, 7.30pm Adult £16, child £8, family £40 This boy-wizard story, famously told in Disney’s Fantasia, features brooms that come to life, non-stop laughter, more water than you have ever seen in a play before, and breath-taking magical illusions designed by Paul Daniels! Exciting magical family fun for all ages 5+. BE Booking essential Tel. 0844 249 1895 Picture- copyright: NTLP/National Trust Images/176340



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Securing The Future Of Swanage Pier


wanage Pier Trust is celebrating a major step forward in plans to secure the future of the Pier, with news that the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) is backing the project with initial support for a £893,800 grant including a development grant of £88,000. The Pier now needs to raise aprox £800,000 in matched funding in order to obtain the full grant. The £1.7 million project will see Swanage Pier returned to its Victorian splendour, replacing parts of the structure which are in a critical condition and at risk of collapse. A new Visitor’s Centre will also be created with an exhibition about the Town’s heritage, marine environment and World Heritage Coastline. The project will allow the Trust to develop educational activities, including an outdoor classroom. Improvements will also be made to make the Pier and all its facilities accessible for disabled users. Ben Adeney, Chief Executive of the Pier, has welcomed the announcement “This is excellent news for Swanage and the local community. We are very pleased that the Heritage Lottery Fund is supporting this important project. The first pile was driven on the existing Swanage Pier in 1895, making this the 120th Anniversary, so what better time could there be to mark this important milestone in the Pier’s history, with a big step towards securing its future.” *The Chairman of Swanage Pier Trust, said: “The Pier is one of Swanage’s most important and iconic structures, as well as being one of only fourteen remaining timber Piers in the Country. We are very grateful to all of the partner organisations who have contributed and supported the project so far. We are also very grateful to the local community and our volunteers for their support in getting us to this stage”. Commenting on the award, Nerys Watts, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund, South West, said: “The Pier is an important cultural and heritage feature of the Town, as well as being vital to the local economy. Over 125,000 people visit the Pier each year. We are delighted to be able to support the

Swanage Pier Trust, thanks to money raised by National Lottery players; in their work to repair the pier, ensuring that it can be preserved for and enjoyed by future generations.” The Heritage Lottery Fund previously stepped in to enable the Trust to carry out emergency repairs following major storm damage in 2013, which caused a section of the structure to collapse. Thanks to a grant of £39,900 and the amazing generosity of the community, the Pier was able to re-open after several months. Ben Adeney went on to say that: “This announcement is a major step towards achieving our goal to repair and regenerate the Pier, but we still have some way to go to reach our fundraising target. We have several initiatives we are going to be launching over the coming months and would be very grateful for any businesses or members of the community who might like to step forward and support this work.”

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Harmans Cross Field Day - Traditional Fun For The Whole Family!

A Fete- A Flower Show- A Gymkhana! his is a true old-fashioned English Village Field Day with plenty of entertainment and fun for all the family. The Flower and Vegetable Show is famous for the quality and quantity of exhibits, whilst Horse Show and Gymkhana – starts at 9.00am offers lots of rosettes and trophies to be won and fun for all throughout the day. Our attractions include a Grand Raffle – 1st prize £100 – and lots of other great prizes. The much-loved Dog Agility Display – come and watch the pups put through their paces! The Wessex Military Band will be playing two sets of music in true traditional style. The Village Club and their team will be serving delicious teas and snacks, and there will be a licensed bar, barbecue, cold drinks and ice-creams. We have craft and produce stalls with a huge variety of local produce for sale, displays to entertain and inform; there’s lots for children, too, including Children’s Rides – roundabouts, bouncy castle, zip-wire, trolley ride, swingboats, and Jamie Jigsaw - the magician and juggler. For all ages we have side-shows and games – darts, hoopla, wheel of fortune, pick a duck, pull a cork, coconut shy, skittles and much more. All this for just £1 entrance; free parking…surely the best value in Dorset!


And if you come on the train – then admission is half price. The proceeds of this annual event go straight to Village Hall funds and enable us not only to keep our rental prices low for local groups, organisations and casual hirers, but also to keep our beautiful new Village Hall properly maintained and in tip-top order. We hope to see you there!


New Station Underway!


015 has seen us move out of our lifeboat station into temporary accommodation, the all-weather lifeboat moved afloat to a mooring instead of in her boathouse and we have welcomed two tractors and a boarding boat to our range of equipment. All these changes are part of the preparations for building the new Swanage Lifeboat Station and the arrival of our new jet propelled Shannon class lifeboat due in the spring of 2016. From the temporary facilities and with our new equipment the volunteer lifeboat crew have already launched to sixteen rescues before we even enter the busiest time of year. The build of new lifeboat station is well underway with the ground works and stabilisation work nearly completed. Preparations for laying the new slipway have begun with the main boathouse structure soon to follow. In parallel our new lifeboat is under construction, currently being in two sections, the hull and deck structure, that are in the process of being fitted out separately prior to being joined together at the later stages. Both projects are on track for completion in 2016. Neither of these projects would have been possible without the many donations made to the Swanage RNLI. In 2013 we launched the Swanage RNLI Community Appeal to raise funds for our future boathouse and thanks to the many individuals, groups and organisations who have supported the Appeal we have exceeded our original target of raising £200,000. As the Appeal is drawing to a close we are delighted to report that this target has been almost doubled thanks to the generosity and enthusiasm of our supporters.

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Summer Exhibition


teve and Chris Clarke at The Gallery at 41 in Corfe Castle specialise in the work of Dorset artists. ‘Dorset has so many talented artists and we are delighted to be able to show such a fine selection of work’. Living in this beautiful county inspires the painters to capture the colours, shifting light and variety of Dorset, as well as their travels further afield with easel and sketchbook. The gallery shows paintings by David Atkins, Lucy Best, Vicky Finding, Felicity House PS, Mike Jeffries, Richard Price ROI, Judy Tate and Edward Vine. Local sculptor Moira Purver SWA shows wonderful figurative work with a feeling of living energy, Sue Lansbury explores our relationship with the landscape and passage of time and Brendon Murless blurs the boundaries between traditional techniques and contemporary artwork. The gallery also has beautifully crafted glass, ceramics and jewellery by local makers. The gallery has changing exhibitions throughout the year. Usual opening hours are from Tuesday to Saturday and Bank Holidays 11am to 5pm. The gallery will always try to assist in finding the painting or sculpture you want and is happy to make a special appointment to view work. The Gallery at 41, 41 East Street, Corfe Castle, Wareham, BH20 5EE. Tel 01929 480095



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A Winning Flavour!


hank you to everyone who entered our Gelato Competition and congratulations to Jay Goulding who won with his Dorset Scrumpy Cider flavour. We chose this flavour as we really like the idea of combining some locally made cider with our gelato, creating a scrumptiously refreshing and tangy flavour, unique to the area. Dorset Scrumpy Cider is available to buy in our Gelateria throughout August. We have had a huge response to the competition, receiving so many fantastic ideas that we have decided to announce some runners-up. The runners-up will be announced on our Facebook page swanagefortes throughout August, so look out for your idea! Don’t forget we always have our flavour suggestion box in store, so if you have any ideas or flavour requests then let us know. This summer we are also introducing the ‘Pan Gelato’ or ice cream sandwich! The Pan Gelato is a popular treat in Italy and consists of our delicious gelato served in a light, sweet Italian bread. It really is an Italian speciality and with National Ice Cream Sandwich Day approaching on August 2nd, why not give it a try! We hope that you have a fantastic summer and look forward to welcoming you at Fortes Gelateria soon! Fortes Gelateria, The Mowlem, Institute Road, Swanage. Open daily until late throughout August.

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Award Winning Locally-Sourced Food


lavells Café and Restaurant is nestled in the charming and idyllic village of Kimmeridge one mile inland from the world Heritage cost. We are part of a family that have farmed in Purbeck since 1962 and are passionate about offering delicious locally sourced food with delightful service at an attractive price. Our ethos “from field to fork” is reflected in the menu, all lamb, pork, beef and venison dishes are made from meat that has been reared on our family farm. Fish and shell fish is caught from Kimmeridge bay and the nearby Dorset coast. Our seasonal menu can be enjoyed in our cosy café, or alfresco on fine afternoons and during the summer time. The day time menu is imaginative, relaxed and informal offering an array of delicious homemade breakfasts, lunches and traditional afternoon teas as well as excellent wines and local beers. Our evening menu oozes with culinary splendour, exemplified by our infamous “Kimmeridge Bay” lobster thermidor. In 2013 Clavells was thrilled to be awarded the winner of the Best Café or Tea Room in the Taste of Dorset Awards. In 2014 Clavells were equally delighted to have achieved a Gold award in the café/tea room category in the Taste of the West awards.

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Summer Full Of Events @ The Greyhound


nce again The Greyhound will host its August Bank Holiday Beer and Cider Festival in an idyllic setting of the newly designed pub garden at the foot of Corfe Castle. With an unrivalled view of the majestic medieval ruin, the Greyhound garden has an impressive line-up of musicians during summer culminating in the popular Elton John Tribute on August 29th 2015. It’s a free event and there will be a BBQ. Line up for this year’s fabulous festival is as followsOn Friday,August 21st at 7pm Americana Blues trio – Hugh Budden, Pete Harris and Jeradine Hulme. On Saturday, August 22nd 22 at 2pm Rock Rhythm and Blues with Jon Walsh followed by the Bournemouth Hospital Band at 6pm. On Sunday, August 23rd at 4pm Rock and roll to the sounds of Orgi and the Caf Racers. Friday 28 August- Act to be confirmed. On Saturday August 29th Elton John Tribute. On Sunday August 30th - Julie Lewis at 1pm and Big Joe Bones at 7pm. There will be a BBQ all weekend and a hog roast on Saturday evening at 6pm. During the rest of August, in the lead up to the Festival, the Greyhound Garden has a great line up of music planned as part of their August Summer Holiday Calendar. Saturday August 1st at 1pm - The Transitions do superb covers from Cash to The Clash. Sunday August 2nd, chill out with jazz duo Zoe Schwartz and Rob Koral. Saturday August 8th, keep the jazz flag flying with Julie Dunn and Brett Neville. Sunday August 9th - Parisian-born Veronique Joly and Rob Palmer. Saturday August 10th - Funky folk band, The Darwins. Sunday August 16th - Veronique Joly and Rob Palmer.

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‘Gee but it’s good to be back home’ I want to be back in Swanage again To meet old friends, catch up on the gen I loved the time that I spent away So many good things, had good holiday But my heart lies in ‘good old Dorset’ Can’t wait to return and have a reset I must be getting old and tired


Want my space and all required Will not be long now, counting the days Till I get into my good old ways There’s no place like home, it’s true Doing the things you want to do ‘Hold on Swanage’ I’m coming back To get my life back on track Marie Neilson

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A Juke - Not A Joke by David Hollister


e normally do a run to see our friends and relations in Derby in the run-up-to Christmas, but as there was a spare weekend in our June calendar we decided to go up and see them and enjoy the beautiful Derbyshire countryside with its leaves and flowers on show, rather than in sparse winter mode. So when Westover Nissan offered me a four-day loan of the new Juke Nismo RS, I jumped at the chance. I’ve reviewed a good number of cars for the Purbeck Gazette in my time, including a number of Nissans – even two previous incarnations of the Nissan Juke – and I have to say right now that the 5-door Nissan Juke Nismo RS is amongst my top five cars in the last ten years. Yes, it’s that good. The previous Juke models had a great deal going for them; quirky, easy to drive, smart, reliable, reasonably economical, etc. But they weren’t…… exciting. The Nismo, on the other hand, once you get to grips with it, is astonishing. It is billed as ‘the ultimate performance crossover’. It brings together decades of knowledge learned on the race track, was built solely with performance in mind, and wow! It shows! The standard Juke front fascia has been modified with a larger grill, the side sills have been re-sculpted, and even the tailgate spoiler modified to achieve a design that cuts through the air and applies a 37% gain in aerodynamic downforce over the standard model. From the suede-trimmed sports bucket seats and the alcantara and leather steering wheel, through to the lightweight 18” alloy wheels with front and rear red brake callipers and vented disc brakes, not to mention the uprated competition-tuned suspension, it screams ‘performance’ at you. And it’s not crying ‘wolf’ either. Its 1.6 litre direct injection Turbocharged intercooled motor delivers an astonishing 214ps in conjunction with the optional 4wd M-Xtronic gearbox. That’s over 25% more ‘grunt’ than my 2.0i Mazda MX5. The ‘competition’ style includes LED daytime running lights, signature door mirrors and detail line, and a rear fascia diffuser, a suede meter hood with red stitching, and carbon-look finish on the head unit surround, gear know and gear base ring. Then there’s the technology. All the Nissan ‘bells and whistles’ including a Nissan Connect Navigations system, an ‘around view’ monitor, the ‘safety shield’ equipment that gives you visual and audible warning when someone’s in your blind spot, audible ‘lane control’ that lets you know when you’re ‘wandering’ (I turned it off as I ‘wander’ all the time). The ‘intelligent key’ just hung around my neck on a piece of string all weekend, enabling me to lock, unlock, start and stop the Juke without touching it. For a serial key-loser, what an amazing idea that is! The Sat-Nav, once we had studied the instructions for a short time, was superb. Easy to program, easy to modify, a good clear voice with directions at exactly the right times, plus audible speed camera warnings. I could have

done with ‘live traffic’ information as we have on our TomTom, but the TA warnings came through loud and clear usually allowing us sufficient time to modify our route to avoid traffic had we so wished. It connected to my iPhone through Bluetooth easily, allowing me to make and receive hands-free calls and play my music as well. All sorts of other gismos; tyre pressure indicators, automatic lights and wipers, climate control, xenon headlamps, cruise control, traction control, insurance-approved alarm system, a choice of three driving modes (sport, normal and ‘eco’ – you can guess which I used), and so much more. Yes, the seats and suspension are a bit on the hard side for ‘old bones’. But we both got used to it very quickly and suffered no lasting damage! But the real cracker – and I mean double-wow – was the gearbox. Optional 2-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive, or let the car make its own mind up. Either fully-automatic for easy and relaxed travelling, especially in towns and heavy traffic. Or an 8-speed sequential automatic gearbox, operated either by the main gearstick or by ‘flappy paddles’ behind the steering wheel. Just switch seamlessly from one to the other; cruise along in a queue of moving traffic, then ‘paddle’ down a couple of cogs and put your foot flat on the loud pedal to pass where safe to do so. And leave the overtaken cars in your rear mirror. A long way back. This is the sort of gearbox you find in a top-of-the range Audi or BMW costing twice as much. Phenomenal. Overall length – 4165mm. Compared with 3920mm on the basic Mazda 2. So, Tina, it really isn’t much longer than your own car……..ten inches, actually. Width 1765mm – that’s 7cm wider than yours …… need I go on…….trying to justify it?! Max speed a believable (but not proven) 124 mph. 0-60 in 8 seconds. Fuel consumption (combined) supposed to be 38.2 mpg. I managed 31.1 mpg over 550 miles that’s 81% - the best I have ever achieved, and that’s using ‘sport mode’ and enjoying feeling the ‘whoomph’ of the 1.6 turbo engine. I don’t do ‘economy runs’. I do ‘fun’. And now the down side. The list price is a tad under £24,000, but the road tax is only £205 (my MX5 is more) but I would suspect that Westover Nissan will always have some excellent deals and finance offers going. And the downest down side of all. They wanted it back. And will probably sell it as an ex-demonstrator to some lucky so-and-so. If you phone Dave Merifield at Westover Nissan on 01202 532100 he will gladly show you the brochures, and arrange a test drive for you in a Nismo. Maybe even the one I used. If I haven’t stolen it by then………..

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Tax Reconciliation – P800

Economic Review Of Q2, 2015


uring the three months to end of June the FTSE 100 index fell by 3.7% and was down by 3.3% over 12 months closing at 6521 at the end of June 2015. Our analysts generally commented on the global situation as follows : ‘The 2nd quarter was characterised by exceptional volatility in bond markets as mild inflation expectations replaced fears of deflation, leading to higher bond yields, especially in Europe. Meanwhile, equities have performed relatively well as economic growth has improved in the Eurozone and Japan and, is bouncing back in the US. Also, equities were buoyed by $1.2 trillion of global merger and acquisition activity, the highest since 2007. We believe that equities will continue to outperform bonds though investors should remain alert to the pace of US monetary tightening and the possibility of contagion from a potential Grexit.’ With specific reference to the UK, selections from our analysts’ comments are as follows : ‘The UK has benefited from growth in consumer spending but there are some doubts over the durability of the economic expansion due to poor productivity and the prospect of further government spending cuts and uncertainty created by the EU referendum. A Stability Budget will be presented by the new government on 8th July. Possibly, interest rates will have to stay low in order to compensate for a tight fiscal policy. Indeed the IMF (International Monetary Fund) suggested that the Bank of England should not increase interest rates until mid 2016. Although earnings per share might decline by 9% this year, there could be a 13% bounce back in 2016. For 2015 and 2016, the FTSE 100 Index is on a prospective PE ratio of 16.8x and 14.9x respectively. Our asset allocation is neutral on UK equities’ ‘In Q2, UK equities reached a record high but volatility in Eurobonds and the Greek crisis dragged markets back. If the US hikes interest rates in September, it could lead to some calls for an earlier monetary tightening in the UK (this year rather than next). However, it is expected that the pace of monetary tightening could be gradual not only in the US but also in the UK. We are neutral on UK equities’. Kate Spurling lives in Swanage and is an investment manager with Charles Stanley, Dorchester office – (01305) 217404 – Charles Stanley & Co Limited is authorised and regulated by the FCA and is a member of the London Stock Exchange.

HMRC has started the tax reconciliation process for the majority of taxpayers who are taxed under PAYE and will issue form P800 when appropriate. If you have overpaid tax for 2014/15 a cheque for the tax refund should arrive about two weeks after the form P800. You don’t have to request that tax refund. However, before cashing the cheque from HMRC please compare the figures shown on the computation of tax on the P800 against your form P60 or payslips for 2014/15. Where the HMRC computer system thinks you have not paid enough tax for 2014/15 you will also receive a form P800, showing the amount of tax apparently now due for payment. It is even more important to check the calculation of any underpayment of tax. Common problems include: - State Pension is an estimated figure, not the actual amount received; - The value of benefits (e.g. company car or health insurance) are not as reported by your employer for 2014/15; - The business expenses you claimed to be set against your income haven’t been deducted. All of those problems arise because of the timing of returns processed by HMRC, which is not necessarily in line with the programme to issue P800 forms. Another major issue this year is the duplication of employment income, which leads to an apparent underpayment of tax. This can happen because PAYE records submitted by employers are double counted by the HMRC system computer. If the income on your P800 looks too high you need to contact HMRC to get it corrected, or we can do that on your behalf.


Child Protection

er Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) has published three national reports on the police services approach to child protection. Between January 2014 and June 2015, HMIC conducted twenty one inspections of different aspects of the police response to child protection issues, including eight inspections of individual forces as part of the National Child Protection Inspection programme. Dorset was not one of the eight forces inspected. The reports cover the police role in keeping children safe, how police deal with online offending and exploitation, and how police and partners share information to safeguard children. The reports found that there is a continuing rise in referrals to the police of child protection cases most notably in respect of some elements of child sexual exploitation, such as online grooming. The Paedophile Online Investigation Team, CSE Team and SSCT can be contacted on 101. In an emergency always dial 999.

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Resolve your legal matters with Battens Solicitors

Don’t get caught in legal limbo By Natalie Mason, Solicitor in the Tax, Wills, Estates and Trusts Department of Battens Solicitors Limited and a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). Living longer is of course good news but with it comes the sobering fact that, as we age, more of us will have dementia. The Alzheimer’s Society estimates that 800,000 people in England already live with dementia and one in three over65s will go on to develop it in some form. It’s common sense to write a will to provide for your loved ones when you die, but if dementia or another degenerative condition leaves you mentally unfit to make decisions while you are still alive everyone is left in legal limbo. This is where a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is invaluable. It allows you to decide now who will have the authority to manage your money and even how or when they use it. Making an LPA gives you control and peace of mind. Take the planning of care home fees for instance. Without an LPA, your family could be left with no authority to manage your funds to help pay for your needs. They may have to apply to the Court of Protection for an order to access the money, a potentially frustrating and upsetting experience in what is already a difficult situation. An LPA can also help when you run a business. Consider how difficult life would be if you or your partner or major shareholder were suddenly incapable. What would be the impact on your customers, colleagues and employees? As always, the best advice is to speak to the experts. Battens Solicitors has been established for more than 300 years and is a Legal 500 firm. We act for many clients on Powers of Attorney and deal with applications to the Court of Protection. Pick up the phone, or drop me an email, and we can discuss the best way forward in your particular circumstances. Please contact Natalie Mason on 01929 768720 or for more details about how we can help you. Battens will be available for one to one appointments at Wareham Library every Monday from 10am until 1pm.

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Trading Standards


rime is a profitable business. 70% of crimes committed are acquisitive crime, where the perpetrator has gained financially from the crime. In 2002 the Government introduced the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, a law allowing enforcement agencies including Local Authorities and Trading Standards to identify, freeze and where found guilty, confiscate the criminal property gained from the crime. The philosophy being that the removal of the criminal property, the money, would prevent further funding of criminal enterprises and may offer a more realistic punishment for offenders. In 2012 /2013 in excess of £12 million was recovered nationally from convicted criminals by Trading Standards using this process. Trading Standards Services up and down the country have been using this legislation for crimes such as: • Food fraud • Unsafe items being sold such as electrical goods • Selling counterfeit clothing, counterfeit electrical goods, • Rogue traders targeting the elderly and vulnerable • Car traders ‘clocking’ cars • Sale of mobility aids for the disabled which never materialised • Scams • Illegal slaughterhouses Any money confiscated through the courts is redistributed by the Home Office and a percentage is given back to the Local Authority to be used specifically on local crime prevention initiatives.

If you suspect you have been a victim of crime by someone selling you goods or services then why not let us know about it. Call the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06 where all calls are treated confidentially. Working with Citizens Advice we may be able to help you resolve the problem, seek to obtain money back and prevent the same happening to someone else.

Summer Vehicle Crime Police Launch Summer Vehicle Crime Campaign. orset Police is launching a new vehicle crime awareness and prevention campaign, to coincide with one of the busiest times of year in the county – the summer school holidays. The offence of theft from unattended motor vehicles (TFUMV) usually peaks during the hot weather, as more people visit local beauty spots and beaches. However, vehicle security can go to the back of people’s minds once they’ve parked up and they often leave themselves open to becoming a target. Local business and residents don’t escape the clutch of the thieves either, whether they’re parked on a driveway, roadside or in any type of car park. Dorset Police has spoken to a convicted car thief about how he selected vehicles, to provide tips on how to avoid becoming a victim of vehicle crime, as thieves often need only ten to twenty seconds to commit a crime. Detective Inspector Andy Dilworth of Bournemouth Police Station, said: “Vehicle crime has been an issue in Dorset for several years, and despite arresting prolific offenders regularly, criminals continue to target vehicles across the county. “In this hot weather, people sometimes leave their windows open and doors unlocked when they park up or leave smaller items like sunglasses on show, which entices the thieves to try door handles and break-in to the vehicle. “Some criminals attempt to steal from one hundred vehicles per night, so the advice we’re giving is clear: remove it, lock it!” A convicted car thief, who committed vehicle-related crimes in; Charminster, East Cliff, West Cliff, Winton and Boscombe, is working with the police to move on from his criminal past, and has provided the following advice for motorists, to avoid being targeted. He said: “The more security that your car has, the less likely it is to get done. “When I’m looking at a car, I’m looking at what kind of security it’s got, I’m looking at whether it’s going to be something quick and easy or if it’s going to take a bit of time. Depending on the situation and time I’ve got, I decide whether it’s worth doing. I’ve found wallets in there, car keys and house keys, jewellery – people just leave a lot of stuff. Don’t leave anything on display – nothing. I wouldn’t even leave anything in door wells.” The local man added that certain things deter a criminal from breaking into your car: “Stickers, security signs that say ‘this car is alarmed’, visible alarm systems – the flashing red lights – steering locks, gearstick or handbrake locks – those type of security measures. These tell me that this person has gone out of their way to secure their car and, therefore, they are more forward-thinking so would be less likely to leave anything of value in their car…I would be less motivated to do it


Time To Switch Off! Stress rises for South West workers checking work emails out of hours ore than a quarter of South West workers (28 per cent) access work emails outside office hours – and 23 per cent say that doing so increases their stress. According to a study by employee healthcare specialist PMI Health Group, workload pressure is the biggest reason for reading or sending emails outside of work (59 per cent), closely followed by professional pride (32 per cent). “Mobile technology, such as smartphones and tablets, is extending the workplace into employees’ homes and while this offers benefits for flexible working, it can also lead to work-life boundaries becoming blurred,” said PMI Health Group Director Mike Blake. “This is clearly posing a risk to employee mental health and employers must be mindful of the potential consequences of this, from reduced productivity to stress-related sickness absence.” Of those South West workers checking emails out of hours, 83 per cent say they do so in the evening and more than a third (38 per cent) do so while they’re on holiday. The study also revealed that across the whole of Britain younger workers are more inclined to access work emails out of hours than their older colleagues – 48 per cent of those aged 25 to 34 do so, compared to 31 per cent of those aged 45 to 54. “This finding reflects the general use of smartphones and tablets with previous studies showing that the younger generation spend more time online than older individuals,” Mike added.


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The Gourmet Peddler

Posh Purbeck Parcels


ooking outdoors does not mean you have to have burgers, go to town, get fancy, and get stuck in. What we have here is a fancy meat parcel, with wine. This is based upon an oven recipe where the ingredients are cooked in a damned hot oven without the foil. It translates fairly well to an open fire. You will need: Fillet steak in a roughly 3” cube Fresh parsley Mushrooms Parma ham or similar Garlic Red wine What to do: It starts with the big chunk of fillet steak. This gets covered in chopped garlic and fresh parsley Next slice the mushroom and wrap the beef in the mushroom slices. Big mushrooms make this job easier. Next is the Parma ham, wrap the parcel in Parma ham. You will need at least two slices Wrap in foil and you are ready. Cook over a hot fire or BBQ for around 3 minutes each side (6 minutes total). Then unwrap the parcel, pour in a good slug of good wine, wrap it up again, and give it 6 minutes. The timings will depend on how big your steak is, and how rare you like it. I think the one I made was slightly overcooked.

To oven cook this recipe: it’s the same method, same timings but without the foil. Leave the garlic out of the parcel, and make a small mound of garlic in the oven tray. Place the wrapped beef on top of the garlic. Then pour wine over the whole thing after 6 minutes. Either way the beef juices, garlic and red wine light sauce that forms in the parcel or oven tray is excellent.


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Seabass In Trouble

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SATURDAY 29th August, 9am - 1pm COMMERCIAL ROAD, SWANAGE Seasonal Home-Grown Vegetables available Seabass sinking into deep trouble as European states fail to agree on adequate rescue package. Iconic fish faces uncertain future, says Marine Conservation Society, and drastic measures are required to protect the stock. he UK’s leading marine charity, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), says a fish that has become a restaurant favourite in recent years requires urgent help from European states if the fishery is to be saved from a complete crash. The charity says a temporary ban on all fishing for seabass should not be discounted. Seabass is an iconic species which is popular with both restaurants and retailers, but one that has been subject to overfishing for many years. Since 2008, recruitment of young fish into the main seabass stock in the Northeast Atlantic has been poor, and since 2010, the size of the population has been rapidly decreasing and is on track to plummet to levels from which it may struggle to recover. The latest scientific advice from the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) indicates the situation for seabass is getting worse. Samuel Stone, Fisheries Officer at the Marine Conservation Society, says that not enough is being done to reverse the fortunes of seabass: “Lack of agreement between EU member states over how to manage this valuable stock leaves the fish and its fishermen facing a very uncertain future. Fishery management measures that sufficiently reduce catches are urgently needed to reverse the fortunes of this fish; if such measures cannot be agreed and implemented quickly, a complete moratorium on fishing for seabass may well be necessary in the foreseeable future”. While much of the seabass sold in the UK comes from farmed sources, a significant amount is wild caught. Last year ICES, the scientific body which provides advice on seabass in the EU, recommended total catches of both recreational and commercial fisheries be decreased by a massive 80% to prevent further decline of the stock. Due to continued disagreement between Member States on management of seabass, the European Commission had to apply emergency measures between January and April 2015, banning pelagic trawling during the spawning period. Subsequently, a three fish bag-limit for recreational fishermen and restrictions on catches for commercial fisheries, as well as an extension of the moratorium of commercial fishing for seabass around Ireland to include all vessels, have all been agreed by Member States. These restrictions are predicted to reduce catches by only 60% for pelagic trawlers, 22% for demersal vessels and 6% for hook and line fisheries – a far cry from the 80% total reduction advised by ICES. “New advice from ICES for bass fishery management in 2016 indicates that the stock is in an even worse state now than previously recorded. ICES are recommending catch totals of just a third of what was proposed last year for 2015, with only 541 tonnes recommended for 2016. Last year, the UK alone caught well over 1000 tonnes of seabass, with the French catch being even more than this at over 1300 tonnes. “The stock is in rapid decline, and much more needs to be done – and urgently to prevent this iconic and important fishery from collapsing.” says Samuel Stone.



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Wildflower Decline Causes Concern


orset Wildlife Trust (DWT) is launching a new conservation project to help declining wildflowers in the county. The wildlife conservation charity is aiming to raise £20,000 to ensure this vital work can go ahead. Plants provide an essential part of our ecosystem and a whole host of wildlife is dependent on the flowers found in traditionally managed wildflower meadows, including butterflies, bumblebees, frogs and birds. However, Dorset has lost over 20 hectares of plant-rich wildlife sites in the last 3 years alone, leading to concern that our countryside is insufficient to maintain wildflower populations long term. DWT’s Director of Conservation, Imogen Davenport said, “Changes in grassland management over the last century have altered conditions leading to the loss of wildflower habitat, both in Dorset and the UK. The consequences of understandable aims to increase food production such as re-seeding of meadows with quick-growing grasses, increased use of fertiliser and cutting meadows earlier in the year have all contributed to the disappearance of wildflowers. On the flip side, many grasslands too difficult to manage efficiently have been lost to scrub. If we want to maintain places where wildflowers thrive in the county, it does take special efforts by landowners, and we want to help make this possible through the Dorset Wildflower Project” The publication of the England’s Plant Red List* in 2014 revealed that many plants in the UK are declining at a worrying pace. The study found that 1 in 5 plants are classed as under threat, with a 20-30% drop in their population. This includes well-known flowers such as the ragged-Robin, harebell, quaking grass, common rock-rose and field scabious. Restoring and connecting the surviving plant-rich sites and creating new sites are essential to help stop this decline. 100% of all donations will go straight to the Dorset Wildflower Project and will be used to: Survey key sites across the county, recording threatened species and assessing the best opportunities

for restoration; Introduce threatened wildflower species on target sites by spreading green hay or wildflower seeds collected from the best wildflower sites; Engage with the public to raise awareness of the plight of wildflowers and involve them in identifying threatened species in the countryside; Follow-up with the owners and managers of vulnerable wildlife sites to advise on how best to manage the land and support key plant species; Improve the control of livestock grazing, which is vital for maintaining plant-rich grassland; Work to control scrub and bracken to prevent encroachment onto plant-rich grasslands; To find out more, and donate to the Dorset Wildflowers Project, visit or phone 01305 264620. Photo credits: Top: Chalk grassland © Mark Heighes Left: Common rock rose © Ken Dolbear, MBE Above: Bee on flower © Ken Dolbear, MBE

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Gazette Gardening with Simon Goldsack

Act Now for a Spectacular display next Spring! n the middle of enjoying what this summer has to offer it is difficult to project your mind forward but it is important to do so because a little action now will ensure your Rhododendrons and Camellias produce a mass of blooms next spring. In August and September their new growth from this season is maturing and next year’s flower buds start to form all over the plant. In most seasons or on damp soils that process will occur without any intervention from the gardener but the 2015 season has been one of the driest I can remember. With no significant rain since January the rootzone in the soil is currently very dry and this could cause the flower buds to abort or not form at all leading to a less than spectacular display next spring. The solution is simple...water well once per week between now and the end of September or until we have significant rainfall. Because the soil is so dry at present a long slow application over a long period is much better than a quick watering can full in a matter of seconds. Far better to leave the hose gently running at a rate that the soil can soak. Leave the hose on for between fifteen minutes and one hour depending on how fast the soil can absorb the water. Do this once per week and remember a periodic soak is far, far better than a daily sprinkle. Camellias (pictured below) require moisture in late summer to ensure beautiful blooms in spring


They are medium to large upright shrubs with a profusion of Mallow flowers in late summer. Holme will have a lovely selection throughout August. Hibiscus ‘Red Heart’ (below)

Hibiscus ‘Bluebird’ (right), Hibiscus ‘Hamabo’ (left)

Hibiscus are great plants for hot sunny sites. The various forms of Hibiscus syriacus are tough cookies and are at their best in August.


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Experience The Other Side Of Lulworth


he Lulworth Rangers are inviting visitors to experience Lulworth’s varied coast and countryside through a packed series of outdoor activities this summer. The 2015 ‘Experience Lulworth’ programme of events promises to uncover aspects of the Lulworth Estate not usually discovered on a casual day visit. From guided country walks to on-location photography workshops, butterfly safari to family beach art, and much more, each event showcases a different aspect of Lulworth’s history, natural landscapes, wildlife and geology. Ideal for families are the circular strolls of Durdle Door and the Fossil Forest while for children in particular there are fossil making classes, a rock pool school and KidsArt Wednesdays. Art workshops with Lusea Warner take their theme from Lulworth’s coast and countryside, and include silk scarf painting, fossil printing and the traditional art of lino printing. All activities take place in and around Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door and East Lulworth on the privately owned Lulworth Estate. The Lulworth Ranger Team is employed to provide outdoor education, environmental management and visitor services to those visiting this part of the Jurassic Coast and its surrounding countryside. To view all Lulworth has to offer this summer visit www. news or call the Rangers on 01929 400155 for more information.


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Puffins Are The New Rock ‘n Roll


by John Garner

or quite a time, quite a time ago, I lived in London. I lived in lots of areas of London, but if you’ve ever lived in London you’ll know how easy it is to visit anywhere else in London, thanks to the Underground. Yet I didn’t visit lots of the things that people who don’t live in London spend fortunes visiting. The Tower of London for example. There is an endless list of things I didn’t go and experience in London because there is an endless list of things to experience. But there are some pretty impressive experiences to be had around here as well, so I am determined to start experiencing them as if I was a tourist. And I started last month. I learnt something about Puffins in July. Like recently married blokes in 1970s sitcoms, they pretty much give up looking good once they’ve got a mate. Blokes (they were often called blokes in the 1970s) once hitched (they often got hitched in the 1970s) let themselves go. They put on a couple of stone and neglected to take due care and attention to their personal hygiene and stopped buying clothes almost on the spot. The Puffin equivalent is to get rid of that bright multi-coloured beak and let the bright orange feet go grey. Well. What’s the point in making an effort once you’ve got yourself a mate for life? There seems to be no divorce equivalent in the puffin world, just as people in 1970s sitcoms had to grin and bear each other with almost never hilarious results. I’m thinking mostly of George and Mildred, for those of an age to remember. This wasn’t exactly how it was described on a recent boat trip to see the Puffins, but it gives you a small insight into Puffin lifestyles. Bright and colourful in the mating season. Drab and grey for the rest of the year. Anyway, a fantastic trip it was. Two hours out on a boat looking at seabirds. I am not a spotter of seabirds as a rule. My knowledge of seabirds is negligible. I know they nick your chips when you’re not paying attention or sometimes when you are paying attention and can be quite intimidating as a result. I know they make a great deal of noise at certain times and I know that the word ‘seagulls’ is used by people like me who use the word to describe any gull-like bird that makes a lot of noise, lives on and around the sea and nicks your chips. But things have changed since the boat trip. I can now identify Guillemots for example. A wondrous bird of the same family as the Puffin and when they fly you can see the resemblance. A frantic batting of wings that seem inadequate for the job, but a Darwinian necessity that is made up for when you see them underwater. Now, we couldn’t see them underwater that day but I have seen them underwater at a sea-life centre and they are quick as you like, making them excellent fish finders and eaters. The night we went was not the calmest of evenings. Nor was it the

warmest of evenings. One person was sick over the side- not everyone likes Puffins- although it could have been as a result of the rocking and rolling of the boat. However, it was a fantastic evening and a chance to do something completely different for an evening and it turned out to be a fabulous spectacle to boot. Not only did we have a brilliantly enthusiastic guide from Durlston country park to help us out with the sighting and identification of the wildlife, there was also information about the geology of the area as seen from the sea during the bird free zones of the trip. The trip headed out to Old Harry and then back across the bay to Durlston and the quarried sections of the cliffs and further still. Further even than the domains of the Durlston Country Park, into the badlands of the National Trust. Living so close to the edge you could faint. As a bonus we saw dozens of monster jellyfish, of which there has been a glut this year apparently. As a real bonus we actually saw some puffins. Five in all and they were splendid little things. Getting on a boat and seeing things from the sea is a brilliant thing to do and one that I for one do all too frequently. Your perspective is altered completely and the world you inhabit is noted for all sorts of new reasons. I’ve lost count of the times I’ve walked or cycled over the top of the cliffs of Old Harry and that in itself is a marvellous thing to do. But seen from the water and with the geology explained and with birds such as Peregrine Falcons being pointed out, you can’t help but see things in a another light. Although I’ll be perfectly honest and say that I couldn’t see the Peregrine Falcon even in the warm glow of the evening sun, so the ‘seeing things in another light’ thing only works metaphorically not literally, for me. It might have been as a result of one of the lens caps still obscuring the view of the binoculars of course. Believe it or not that’s not the most significant thing about all of this. The most significant thing is that it’s probably the first time I’ve tried to use binoculars for more than a few minutes in my life. They’re great by the way. They make things that are far away seem really close. Imagine that. Or don’t imagine that. Get some binoculars and use them to see the variety of wildlife around the south coast. I shall be using them more from now on, uncapped and pointed in the right direction. Who knows where it might lead. And blokes. Have a wash, make an effort to get fit and buy a new jumper. Who knows where that might lead! For professional advice on which binoculars to buy, or for an excellent selection for sale, see the adverts on page 37 for the Wareham Binocular Shop.

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Exchange + events An exciting new exhibition by internationally acclaimed land artist Chris Drury, and writer Kay Syrad opens later this month. Chris and Kay spent a year visiting three organic farms in North Dorset talking to the farmers and creating work exploring the links between farming, wildlife, landscape and people, as part of international climate change art project Cape Farewell. Works include a large hand-made book, buried in the earth for a year, portraits, mono-prints, digital work and more. The exhibition is open daily from the 15th August to the 1st September between 11 and 5. On the 19th August, at 2.30pm Chris and Kay will be offering the chance to take a tour of the exhibition with them, to hear more about their work. At 7.30 that evening, come along to the Fine Foundation Gallery at Durlston Castle, to hear them talking about the project, and the role of art in tackling climate change, with Cape Farewell Director David Buckland. On the 20th August at 7.30 pm. come and hear the farmers involved in the project talking about the challenges of managing land for food production, wildlife and the environment. To find out more, visit Summer Events There are lots of exciting ways to enjoy the Park this summer,



including wildlife photography walks, a dry-stone walling taster day, wildlife walks, stargazing and more. From the 13th August, you can enjoy a display in the Belvedere, exploring the work of the Dorset History Centre For more events and wildlife, visit or Family Fun Highlights of our family activities this month include a kids printmaking workshop on the 1st August, between 2 pm and 4 pm, kite making on the 6th August, a bug-hunt on the 13th and paper making on the 20th – booking is required – for more details, have a look at the website. Our amazing Family Explorer bags are bursting with fun activities for all ages, along the Woodland Trail and are available to hire every day from the Castle, as is our Summer Family Trail ‘What the Dog Saw’. Every Wednesday throughout the holidays, families can take part in ‘Wild Wednesdays’, with a range of free activities available at the Learning Centre between 11 and 3. Take the Number 5 to Durlston Do make use of the Durlston Bus, which runs every half-hour from 10am - 5pm until Saturday 26 September 2015. Hop on at Swanage Railway, the Pier, Wordsworth House or Durlston. The bus also stops at the King George’s Car Park, Victoria Avenue, so perfect for parking for the market.

Margaret Green Animal Rescue

ould you give Brian or Alfie a home? These lovely dogs have been in our care for a while now while they wait for their forever homes. Both dogs need to be the only dog in the home and both need owners that have experience with owning terriers. Brian (pictured, below) is a very fun and energetic 5 year old Jack Russell Terrier. He enjoys playing ball and snuggling up with his bumble bee teddy afterwards. Brian knows all of his basic commands and will do anything for some hotdog and a fuss! Alfie (pictured, right) is a 5 year old terrier. He is lively, loving and excitable and needs an active forever home. Alfie would prefer not to be left for long periods of time and he is never happier than when he is getting lots of fuss!

Brian and Alfie have been in kennels for months and we would love to find them their forever homes as soon as we can. If you would like to find out more, please call 01929 471340 or visit www. margaretgreenanimalrescue. Brian and Alfie are at Margaret Green, Lincoln Farm, Winterborne Kingston, DT11 9BP.


Crab in seashell on Swanage beach, by Karen Smith

Albion Historial Falconry at Corfe Castle, by Ashley Carter-Hobbs

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Purbeck Chamber Music Festival


he Purbeck Chamber Music Festival takes place this year from September 4 - 6, and offers something very special. The Musical Director Natalie Clein once again invites her international musician friends to Purbeck to make music. This year’s theme of ‘Bach, Jazz and Inspiration’ hints at the unexpected. How will virtuoso jazz saxophonist and composer Hayden Chisholm weave his colourful and exotic thread through the programme? What surprises will he and his good friend violist Gareth Lubbe come up with in their improvised interventions? What composers will you hear that you’ve never heard before? Musical boundaries will be explored and crossed as these imaginative musicians get together and let the event’s ambience inspire them. Anyone who heard Gareth’s amazing overtone singing last year will be delighted to welcome him back – if you missed him last year, now is your chance. Also our local BSO star Jesper Svedberg returns to join Natalie in the Brahms Sextet on Saturday 5th in St Edward’s Church, Corfe Castle. Mahan Esfahani is an extraordinary harpsichordist who brings the music and instrument to life with seriously unstuffy playing. Come and hear his interpretation of J S Bach’s sublime masterpiece, the Goldberg Variations at The Fine Foundation Gallery, Durlston Castle on Sunday 6th at 10.30am. With Russian violinist Boris Brovtsyn and Hungarian violinist Katalin Kokas, violist Judith Busbridge and Louisa Clein’s literary connections adding to the line-up, these concerts and much more offer us a weekend of musical

treats not to be missed, so make sure you book your tickets in good time. For more information and tickets see . Tickets can also be bought at Wareham and Swanage Tourist Information Centres.

book review - book review - book review


ollowing on from his first novel, ‘Final Age: A Child’s Eye’, Swanage-born author, Alexander Ford, now brings us ‘Final Age: Conversations with a spider’, the second book in the Final Age series. Where the first book introduced young Michael as the main character, ‘Conversations with a spider’ focuses on one of the other main characters in ‘A Child’s Eye’, Spider, whilst taking the reader on a science fiction rollercoster in a futuristic world which has been ravaged by the results of a devastating solar flare. Monsters, mutated people and animals lurk around every corner - infected or mutated by the effects of the solar flare. How? After reading both books in the series, I’m still not entirely sure how scientifically a solar flare causes mutations and infections amongst a wide range of species, who cares! Whilst sociopath ‘Spider’ relives a painful past as he travels the land, avoiding or killing the ‘infected’, he bumps into fellow survivors and together they struggle to avoid not only the infected and mutated, but also the cannibalistic survivors who want them for their juicy flesh. I love a bit of sci-fi myself, and this is an acceptable read for a sunny day on the beach. It’s not particularly deep, there’s no real meaning or moral to it, it’s just a good yarn. Different ideas seem to have been pulled together from a variety of sources, and some of the scenes involving cannibals reminded me of episodes of ‘The Walking Dead’ (TV series), but that’s artistic license for you! A good, apocolyptic read with monsters, blood and gore aplenty. Available now, published by Vanguard Press, priced at £8.99 and available at local and national bookshops. ISBN: 9781784650353 Nico Johnson

Wild West All The Way

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t may have been a grey day, but that didn’t stop the good townsfolk of Wareham turning out in their ‘wild west’ best to enjoy the Carnival Procession this year. The Lowreys entered a float with an enormous number of street dancers to accompany them along the route - just for a change!! They always put on such a good show it’s now hard to imagine the carnival without them. The Muddlecombe Men were also in residence, offering up a beautiful selection of bearded ladies and squaws, along with their very own portable Wild West saloon! Wareham Rainbows brought along the ‘First Settlers’, and children from the local dance school danced beautifully down the street, from beginning to end, sporting fantastic fairy wings. As always, a wonderful day, spent with brilliant people, in a fantastic town. Well done to all the organisers, and a big thanks to the team from Wareham Wednesdays, who were on-hand and assisted with traffic/people control. Roll on the rest of the summer in Wareham!! Whoop!

At Wareham Carnival!

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Open Air Cinema - See Films On The Big Screen


urbeck Film Festival and National Trust are pleased to be copresenting another summer film season. ‘Stars on the Beach’ on Saturday 15th August features Cher in the hit comedy-drama MERMAIDS (with fabulous soundtrack) outside the Discovery Centre, Knoll Beach, Studland. If it rains the first 40 ticket holders will still be able to enjoy the film under cover in the centre. The ticket includes a Fish and Chip supper (veggie option) in the cafe before the film and the world famous National Trust ‘Shoop, Shoop’ Cocktail Bar, will be open! Tickets: £15 for Supper and Film (40 sold in advance) from Knoll Beach Office 01929 450500 or on the gate - £6 Film Only. Free Parking after 7.00pm. For August Bank Holiday weekend ‘Stars under the Stars’ come to the grounds of historic Corfe Castle. On Friday 28th we are screening WHAT WE DID ON OUR HOLIDAY an uplifting comedy of family life starring David Tennant and Billy Connolly, Saturday 29th brings fun for all the family with PADDINGTON - who could resist the delights of the marmalade loving bear? Our last screening on Sunday 30th features the exciting action thriller JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT - a covert CIA analyst uncovers a Russian plot to crash the US economy. Bar, hot and cold drinks and Purbeck Ice Creams will all be available or

bring your own picnic. All the Corfe Castle films are weather permitting, so we are hoping that last year’s wonderful weather can be repeated! Tickets are only sold on the gate on the night - sorry no credit cards. Remember for ALL four films bring your own seating, blankets and do wear warm clothing. Full details on our website:

The Adventures Of Two Dutch Dolls


irst published in 1895, ‘The Adventures of two Dutch Dolls’ has now been republished by Viv Endecott of the Ginger Pop Shop in Corfe Castle. Illustrator, Florence Upton, returned to England from America in the late ninteenth centuary aged fourteen, with her mother and sisters after the death of her father, and began to draw in an attempt to pay her way through art school. Florence illustrated ‘The Adventures of two Dutch Dolls and a Golliwogg’, which went on to become highly popular, along with following sequels. The accompanying rhyming story was written by Bertha Upton. It was published shortly after the time when the ‘Jim Crow’ segregation laws came in throughout the USA, and was therefore groundbreaking as the cover featured a black character hand-in-hand with two white characters - very much against the segregation laws. Florence’s character, ‘Golliwogg’, is first described by the other dolls in the book as a ‘horrid sight’, before the dolls quickly realise he has a ‘kindly smile’ and they have nothing to fear - an early nod to those who judge books by their covers..... After fearing Golliwogg at first sight, the other

dolls then attempt to chat him up, and accept and befriend him. The book is written in rhyming form, and follows the dolls and their friend, Golliwogg, in their adventures with ‘Jack-in-a-box’, Clown, the hobby horse and more. Sadly, The Uptons did not trademark their character, Golliwogg, and it became the generic name for the dolls we recognise today (although now more often spelt Golliwog). He even appears in later Enid Blyton books, for example, as well as gracing the famous Robertson Jam Golliwog pins collected by so many people over the decades. The book also features American Minstrel dolls and African costume dolls (copies of humans from other lands), whilst Golliwogg is thought to be one of the ‘fairy folk’. Most agree that the original character Golliwogg was not a form of racial slur, but rather a character in a book which tried to illustrate different people of the world in doll form, for children. Due to the name later being taken and then utilised as a derogatory term for black people, the history around Golliwogg himself as a character has been all but lost to many. The illustrations really are beautiful, and the book itself is a stunning reproduction of the original. It is available from Ginger Pop in Corfe Castle square, priced at £5.99, or from

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Purbeck Valley Folk Festival


here’s so much more than great music to discover at the Purbeck Valley Folk festival (27-30 August) this summer. Families are spoilt for choice with all manner of colourful, quirky festival fun at the popular Bank Holiday event. Set amidst the beautiful tumbling hillside between Corfe Castle and Swanage, festival-goers are surrounded by stunning views whether camping or for the day. Featuring a host of favourite attractions to keep kids and adults alike entertained. There’s storytelling and creative workshops, so little ones can have a go at juggling and circus skills, face-painting, arts and crafts, puppet shows by Pickle Jar Arts, drama and games workshops. Not to mention singing workshops, a wishing tree, Giant Scrabble, craft workshops, children’s meditation, morris dancing, maypole dancing, treasure hunt and professional clowns. Youth music workshops will be led by festival favourites Kadia. This is for young people that can already play their instruments and gives them a chance to get together with other young ‘folkies’ (and not so ‘folkies’) and make some noise. Last year this workshop culminated in a the group getting up on stage for a performance on the Sunday afternoon. Poetry is also encouraged with workshops, performances and the famous Poetry Slam. At the Purbeck Valley Folk festival you’re guaranteed to experience many unexpected sights and sounds. The theme for this year’s Fancy Dress Saturday is the letter R. With prizes available, there should be plenty of robots, rockers, reindeer and rabbits in the crowd. Grown ups can also enjoy activities for the mind, body and soul. Lots of the workshops are organised and led by festival-goers. All workshops have a really friendly atmosphere and vibe and include basket weaving, crochet, linocut print, tutu making, clothes making, bunting printing, wood turning, pottery, stone carving and Yorkshire longsword dancing. You can even unwind with meditation, yoga, pilates, laughter yoga and synergy sound circle. One of the festival highlights is sure to be the Songwriters Circle featuring Del Amitri’s Justin Currie and Squeeze’s Chris Difford. This is a unique chance to see these award winning songwriters in a more relaxed and informal setting, telling us about how their songs came about. New for this year, Chris Hopgood (Coda music school and Swanage guitar teacher) will be running special ‘Come and Try’ music sessions where

anyone can turn up and have a go at a variety of different instruments. Chris will then be running hour long sessions every day getting musicians of all ages to play together and work towards a performance on the Sunday. If the music is all getting too much, there’s a lovely little cinema area that’s perfect for the kids during the daytime and with films for the grown-ups later on in the evening. In case you just need to sit down and chill for a bit. If this still hasn’t whet your appetite, there’s an array of delicious food and drink stalls offering the best local and more exotic produce. All this and the very best folk, roots and world music including headline acts Chris Difford, Justin Currie, Richard Thompson, Stornoway, Hot Rize, Kathryn Tickell, Megson, Martha Tilston & the Scientists, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin and The Moulettes. Tickets are selling fast for this year’s festival, which takes place on 27-30 August. Weekend tickets (Fri-Sun) include free camping and are on sale now at just £110 (youth £55, children over three £20). A limited number of Festival day tickets are also now on sale at £50 per day (£25 youth, £10 child). For more information please visit www.purbeckvalleyfolkfestival. and for tickets call 023 80711818 or

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Are Your Feet Healthy?

o you have problems with your feet? Awareness is the best way to keep your feet healthy. There are many different causes for your foot pain, some of which are; Corns – A corn is a small area of skin that has become thickened due to pressure on it. Corns can press in to the deep layers of skin and can be painful. Calluses – A callus is larger and broader than a corn and tends to form on the underside of your foot and joints of toes. They are usually painless but can become painful. Cracked skin- Appears on heels, big toe areas and on ball of foot, due to dry skin and friction from footwear. In growing toe nails- These develop when the sides of the toenail grow in to the surrounding skin. The nail curls and pierces the skin which becomes red, swollen and tender. Fungal infections (athlete’s foot) - This is a fungal infection of the foot. It causes peeling, redness, itching, burning and sometimes blisters and sores. It can also cause thickened yellow toe nails. Blisters- They are fluid-filled bumps that look like bubbles on the skin. Bunions- When your big toe is angled towards the second toe, the deformity is called a bunion. This causes a bump on the side at the base of the big toe. There is often thickening of the skin; this can become inflamed, swollen and painful and may have a corn or callus on it. Thickened Nails- May be caused by infection under the nail plate, an injury or some diseases. If you are experiencing any of the above then our foot health practitioner – Sally Roberts is here to help. A Foot Health Practitioner helps to keep your feet healthy and gives advice on day to day foot care. They can treat and alleviate your foot problems. They also carefully trim nails and prevent nail issues developing and check for cracks and breaks in the skin and inflammation such as blisters. Treatment also includes looking for signs of infection like nail fungus or other obvious early problems. Don’t ignore foot pain. If your feet hurt you need to find out why and find a solution. For more information or to book an appointment please contact Swanage Therapy Centre on 01929 426506.

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Dementia Friendly


ollowing the Prime Minister’s 2012 challenge to improve dementia care by 2015, PAS 1365 Code of practice for the recognition of dementia-friendly communities in England has been published by BSI, the UK’s National Standards Body. The guidance has been developed in conjunction with Alzheimer’s Society and the Department of Health. It has had collaborative input from organizations including Age UK, the Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) and Public Health England. There are an estimated 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK with numbers set to rise to over 1 million by 2021, and expected to soar further to over 1.7 million by 2050. Currently two thirds of people with

dementia live in the community and 70 per cent of people in care homes have dementia or severe memory problems. To help create an independent ageing population, the government’s challenge focused on three key areas: improvements in health and care, better research, and creating dementiafriendly communities to help those with dementia, their families and carers. Dementia-friendly communities are at the forefront of the agenda and people with dementia in England are encouraged to live as independently as possible with choice and control, whilst eliminating the stigma that surrounds dementia and reducing social isolation. Once a community has demonstrated how they meet the criteria, they are issued with a symbol which they can give to organizations and businesses in their community that wish to be part of the dementia-friendly communities’ initiative and have stated what their actions are towards becoming dementia-friendly. Swanage is now a dementia-friendly town.

Matron’s Round - Our Local Hospitals’ Monthly Column

CHA Conference n June, staff from both hospitals attended the annual Community Hospitals Association (CHA) conference. They would like to share their experiences with you: “The theme of the weekend was ‘Small is Beautiful: Making Small Superb, Diverse and lnfluential.’ High profile speakers from universities, the private sector, NHS executives and even an MP challenged us to examine how we can deliver high quality care that is value for money, and at the same time influence the direction of the NHS regarding community hospitals and local services. As well as keynote speakers, there was also a series of workshops where groups shared the projects that had won them a CHA Innovation Award. The sessions we found particularly informative and appropriate were


the Gold Standard Framework for End of Life Care and Outcome Focused Rehabilitation and Research Studies. From both a nursing and therapy point of view, the conference was excellent at showcasing innovative practice and helped us learn how other community hospitals are managing the same type of issues that we encounter. It was lovely to find out that some of the best practices already in place in Swanage and Wareham are to be introduced in other hospitals! The conference allowed us to show off our wards and gave us a sense of pride in our chosen professions. We would like to thank the Friends of both hospitals for sponsoring our attendance at such an action packed and inspiring event which has brought new energy to the hospitals. Those of us who work in community hospitals already understand the pivotal role we play in serving our community and providing individualised care for patients close to home, but we have come away with contacts, ideas and the enthusiasm to improve patients experiences, not only in our hospitals but in the wider Purbeck community.” Until next time, take care! Matron Donna (pictured)

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Sport Swanage Sea Rowing Club

Doing Swanage proud - Home and away wanage Sea Rowing Club’s annual regatta took place in June. Nine clubs from Dorset and Devon battled it out in a highly competitive event – but the home team managed to snatch the overall winner’s trophy. The windy conditions brought some challenges – not least erecting the marquee on Sandpit Field! Racing started in the morning with the junior crews who competed in both under 14 and under 16 races. This was followed in the afternoon with adult races, in which all our crews gained good results. This meant that before the final race – the Men’s A crews – Swanage and Weymouth were on equal points. In a nail-biting finale, the Swanage crew was victorious, clinching the overall trophy. The day was rounded off by an enjoyable evening in the rowing club’s gig shed, involving a barn dance, bar and hog roast. Further afield, the club went to Ireland in May for the Ocean to City race, part of the Cork Harbour Festival. This event draws hundreds of


participants from all over the world, racing in everything from traditional wooden boats (currachs), gigs and longboats to Chinese dragon boats, kayaks and canoes. Thirteen Swanage rowers took part, eight in the gig ‘Peveril’ and five in a yawl (an Irish rowing boat). The 15 mile race started at the sea, then went up the River Lee to the centre of Cork. Both crews did Swanage proud, coming second in their categories. The trip was an opportunity for the Swanage crews to make connections with other clubs, row in new waters, and enjoy some excellent hospitality, music and social time. A repeat trip is already booked for next year. If our articles whet your appetite for gig rowing, why not come to our open sessions which – weather permitting – take place on Tuesday evenings (from 6pm) and Saturday mornings (10.30am to 12.30pm). Starting at the floating jetty near the boathouse, these short rows cost £2. There’s no need to book, but after three such sessions, you need to become a member to continue rowing. For more details about the rowing club or membership go to www. or phone Gill Jennings on 01929 424144.

Swanage Bowlers


wanage lost to Greenhill (Weymouth) by 21 shots to 14 but put up a very good fight until near the end. Towards the end of the match Swanage were only one shot behind at 14/15. The next end they were holding one shot, only for it be taken away by the

Greenhill skip who played a weighted shot to get a score of three after a triple “wick”. So instead of the score being 15/15 it was now 14/18. Later on Swanage were again holding five shots, only for the Greenhill skip to draw the shot. On the final 21st end the score was 14/19 so they either had to win five shots to draw and then play an extra end, or six to win. Such a high score on only one end is always very difficult to achieve and in the event they went down another two. So final score 14/21. Pictured: Four Swanage ladies who reached the county semi-finals at Lyme Regis on Sunday, June 28th. Clive Bryceson, Club Sec

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School Games Sailing & Windsurfing Finals


ictured are children from Lady St Mary Primary school in Wareham who were the only local school to take part in the School Games Sailing and Windsurfing finals, held recently. The children competed against others from larger junior and private schools from the Dorset area. In the windsuring Ben Yarrow and Daniel Orgill came 2nd and 3rd, and in the sailing St Mary’s children came 4th and 5th in the heats. Also pictured are the three children who were nominated for the Purbeck Sports Awards for their contribution to sport (right). A huge well done to all the children involved - next time round, let’s see ALL the local schools involved!!


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Swanage Good Causes Benefit From Purbeck 10k Race


WO Swanage good causes are in line to receive hundreds of pounds after the ‘best ever’ Purbeck 10k run. Swanage Disabled Club and the Friends of Swanage Hospital will receive all the profits from this year’s race. More than 500 runners entered the event which was organised for the fourth year running by Purbeck Runners. It sold out more than a month ahead of race day. Commonwealth Games star Steve Way won the race with a time of 32.37, almost a minute clear of Bournemouth AC team-mate Peter Thompson.

Serena O’Connor, 15, continued her remarkable rise through the running ranks winning the Ladies event in 37.14. Poole AC and Bournemouth AC were the Men’s and Ladies team winners respectively. Ross Wayne, Purbeck Runners’ Race Organiser, said: “The atmosphere at this year’s event was the best yet and we’ve had some great feedback from runners. “We would like to say a special thank you to Ellis Jones Solicitors whose support has been fantastic. We’re really proud to work alongside such a progressive Dorset company. Their support will help boost the amount the event can raise for our two local charity partners.” Ellis Jones’ Partner Craig Wells, who is based at the firm’s Swanage office, and Angela Hutton, legal secretary, were among the runners. Craig said: “As a member of Purbeck Runners I know only too well what a great event the Purbeck 10k has become. We literally jumped at the opportunity to be a sponsor.” Swanage Lifeboats benefitted from the 2013 and 2014 Purbeck 10k races, receiving a £1,500 donation in each of the years towards their brand new boathouse.

Swanage Tennis Club


n a very sunny and calm afternoon, the first Inter-Schools Tournament took place at Swanage Tennis Club. The club organised this event to give local children a chance to experience the buzz and excitement of tennis competitions. It would also be a chance for many of the children to play at Beach Gardens for the very first time. Swanage Primary, Corfe Castle Primary, St Mark's and St Mary's all fielded teams of six budding tennis stars. The afternoon was organised into mini competitions of girls' doubles, boys' doubles and mixed doubles and medals were awarded to all competitors. With umpires on each court and supporters watching on, the afternoon proved an exciting and tense one for players and spectators alike. Teams played match tie-breaks to ten points, guided and monitored by club members. A break for squash was essential before the results were eventually announced. A shiny new Inter-School trophy was to be awarded to the school who had achieved the most points in all of their matches. Despite being close and there only being three points in it, St Mary's RC Primary claimed victory and were the proud recipients of this prestigious

new award. The smooth running of this special afternoon is due largely to the efforts of Nathan Fowler (club coach), Graham Ward and Meg Mutter.

Swanage St Mary’s School Win Purbeck Cup


ince last September, twelve Purbeck Primary Schools have been taking part in the Purbeck Cup football competition. After 30 matches in the Group stages, four schools went forward to the semi-finals with the Final being played on 28th June between Swanage St Mary’s Catholic Primary School and Stoborough Primary. The Final was played at the Purbeck School in very hot conditions; plenty of water breaks were necessary. St Mary’s scored a very early goal before

adding a further goal to build a 2-0 lead. Stoborough fought back well to level the score at 2-2, and the game was finely balanced at this stage. However, St Mary’s always looked dangerous on the break and the second half of the match saw the team take their chances well to emerge with a deserved 5-2 victory and the Purbeck Cup trophy. Despite the heat, both teams are to be congratulated on playing the match in a good spirit and playing some excellent passing football that was a pleasure to watch. The competition organisers would like to thank Anthony Muraro, a Purbeck based Wealth Management Consultant representing St. James’s Place for sponsoring the medals awarded to both teams. This is the fifth year that the competition has been held; four schools have won so far so far, so there is everything to play for next season! Pictured: Top Row: Spencer Grygiel, Bradley Smith, Jake Streams, Callum Nattriss, Max Marshall Brickstock, Ben Abrey, Luca Frediani, Luca Berry, Daniel Montiero. Bottom Row: Sam Bowen and Jacob Pope. WELL DONE TEAM!!

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Let’s Run Together! Husband & Wife Running Team

Running Together – Husband and Wife Team Tackle the Purbeck Course he Purbeck Marathon is building its reputation as a unique and stunning race as well as one that has terrific organisation and strong local support. The Purbeck Marathon and The Purbeck 16 have now attracted entries from the highprofile husband and wife running team Martin and Liz Yelling. The Poole-based couple have also contributed to The Purbeck Marathon website with training advice that is designed for different levels of runners. Martin and Liz run Yelling Performance, a sports coaching consultancy for individuals and groups. The training plans devised by Martin and Liz will help runners prepare for The Purbeck Marathon and The Purbeck 16, although they will still be tough races, even for the best prepared of runners. Martin Yelling has represented Great Britain and is now a coach and running journalist. He produces the regular Marathon Talk podcast, founded the New Year Jantastic running challenge and is a co-founder of the Bournemouth Marathon Festival. Martin will be running The Purbeck Marathon this year. Liz Yelling has represented Great Britain at the Olympic Games and is a Commonwealth Games medallist. Alongside her coaching she has contributed to running and lifestyle magazines and commentated on the 2012 Olympic Marathon for the BBC. Liz is tackling The Purbeck 16 in its debut year and she will no doubt discover that it is not an easy option. Entry details are available on the race website at www.thepurbeckmarathon. where it is also possible to order souvenir hoodies and sign up to help out at the event. The race cannot take place without the help of many volunteers on the day. It is not necessary to run to be a part of this great and unique event. This marathon is a community event, put on by volunteers in order to share our favourite runs with you and to raise much needed funds for local charities and good causes. In 2014, we were able to donate £6,000 to these causes, a 50% increase on 2013. If you would like to become involved, please contact info@


Swanage & Wareham Rugby Football Club


ow that Swanage & Wareham Rugby Club are back in the league where traditionally the club feel they belong in Southwest One, the teams have been training over the sand dunes at Studland as well at the clubhouse on Tuesdays at 7pm, where anybody who plays at whatever standard are all welcome.

Volunteers took part in the Nat West Rugby weekend on the 27/28 June sorting out much needed maintenance on the clubhouse and surroundings including painting the goalposts, cleaning out the gutters etc. Swans start their pre-season friendlies with a home game against Reading Abbey at 3pm on the 22nd August, with another home fixture the following Tuesday 25th August, against Wimborne with a 7.30pm kick off, possibly under Swans’ new floodlights. The last of the friendlies is away at North Dorset on the 29th August once again at 3pm at Gillingham. The league season starts on the 5th September with Swans having a Home fixtures with a tough game against Towcestrians, the visitors coming from Northamptonshire. The following Saturday, 12th September, Swans have to travel away to Maidenhead, with a home match against Newbury on the 19th September, and on the 26th September an away game at Swindon. So come on all you rugby supporters, Swans are bringing you the best rugby in the area as they match up in Southwest One. Do come along and support the team, especially as for most away fixtures the Club will be running coach trips to these games for a nominal fee. Ron Butler (Publicity Secretary)


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irst and foremost, the club would like to thank The Globe Pub, Link Rider Coaches, Suttles Stone Quarries and Woodlands Landscaping & Building Services for their generous Sponsorship which has allowed the club’s entire Youth Section to wear both new caps and shirts. The Club’s Youth Section spokesman, Tim Ives, who has done, and is continuing to do, an amazing job stated that it is “incredibly important to forge such strong links within the community to help raise the profile of the club”. The club are also keen to announce that the second Youth Fun Day will take place at the club on the 2nd of August. The Youth Section. The Under 15’s have won 1 of their 4 games with Charlie Dyke, Jack McDermott, Ryan Stearn, Tom Wollen, Alex Wood and Steve Wooley all making their senior debuts for the Sunday side. The Under 13’s have also won 1 of their 4 games with some excellent contributions from Archie, Benjamin, Isaac, Lily, Mia, Reuben and Ryan. The Under 11’s have recorded 2 victories out of their 5 matches with Andrew, Brandon, Harry, Holly, Jake, Oscar, Safia and Tia all making significant contributions. Finally, the Under 9’s have won 5 of their 7 matches to occupy second place in their league just behind a strong team from Bournemouth who they met in a Cup-Final at Dean Park on the 28th of July. Everyone has made excellent contributions/progress this year especially:- Benji, Freddie, George, James, Jess, Joe, Max, Regan, Riley, Seb, Sid and Thomas. The Saturday 1stXI The Saturday 1stXI have won 5 of their 10 matches in the first half of the season to lie mid-table (6th) in the Premier Division. The highlights of the batting have been the 3 centuries by Ian Booth (2) and Mike Salmon. Salmon has also made a half-century as has Ben Baczala (2), Francis Kerins, Ricky King, Ryan Norman and Jem Warner. With regards to the bowling, the outstanding performances have come from Swanage’s leg-spin ‘sensation’


The Purbeck Gazette Warner - who recently made his full debut for Dorset. He has taken two 5 wicket hauls including 6-40 against Broadstone. Ryan Norman and Mike Wells have also both registered 5 wicket hauls. The Saturday 2ndX1 The Saturday 2ndXI have won 6 of their 9 matches to occupy third place at the half-way stage. The highlights of the batting have been the 4 half-centuries by Tim Ives, Steve Kent, Mike Nash and Paul Norman. There have also been useful contributions by Andy & Pete Baczala, Pete Barker, David Haines. In terms of the bowling, the highlights have been Matt Beard’s hat-trick and 5 wicket hauls from both Barker and Dave Morton. There have also been contributions from Barker, Kent, Nash, Chris Rabjohns and Andy Tillman. The Sunday Side. The Sunday team have played in some very entertaining friendly matches every week. The stand-out performance in this team was Matt Beard’s unbeaten century as well as half-centuries for Barker and Cameron Beard. Also… Last but by no means least, the club would like to thank Angie, Kelly, Michelle and Sharon for providing the players with the best teas in Dorset and also all of the coaches for all of their hard work and dedication with the various youth teams. As well as, Pete Dyer for giving-up his Saturday afternoons to score so efficiently to enable the side to take the field with 11 players. For all the latest results/news please visit our website:- www. Pictured are the victorious Swanage Under 9’s Cricket team. Left-to-right:George, Joe, Sid (captain), Regan, James, Jess and Thomas. There was also another player Riley (not in the photo........)

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t is only a matter of a few weeks now until the 2015/16 season gets underway. Alan Lay’s first team squad has been strengthened in a number of areas and are set on improving on last season’s 11th place finish. Training for this last month has been concentrated on getting the players back up to match fitness; this is something the managerial team have worked hard on this pre-season as it’s very much in their minds that in the previous two seasons, the 1st team have started very slowly. Trying to play catch up for the rest of the season is not easy and although they have had good periods within the season a good start is of paramount importance. Coach Brian Churchill has now introduced the ball into his pre-season training regime which all the players are pleased about. When asked about how pre-season was going Brian said “With the nucleus of the first team squad having done Alan’s beach running and fitness work over the past four weeks it means I can concentrate a little bit more time on the technical side of our game and look to improve our game craft and style of play”. The Reserve side have a little longer until their season gets underway, Dorset league 1 doesn’t get underway until mid September. Jossie, the new Reserve manager, will be looking to improve on last season’s performance. The team avoided relegation by a single point and although competing well in most games, struggled for a consistent team. Joss and assistant Steve Arp having been in the game in Dorset for a number of years, obtained a lot of contacts along the way, and this will bring a lot of players to the Club. At the other end of the age scale we are currently in the process of setting up a new Under 9 team for the forthcoming season. Training has commenced and new players are very welcome. To find out more about times and what is involved in being a member of a team, contact our Youth Secretary Alison Newell on 07545 762401 A lot of our other youth teams have continued training throughout the summer and although the Club is hoping for another successful season, our main priority is to have as many youth players playing football and enjoying their football as possible. As mentioned before if you or someone you know would like to join a current youth team make Alison your first contact. It is hoped that in the not too distant future we will have a permanent changing facility at King George’s playing fields ,home of the clubs youth

football. Members of the Club’s committee have been in long consultation with the Town Council. The council are donating a significant sum towards the half a million pound project and we will be applying to different associations like the Football Foundation the national lottery among others, as well as raiding our own funds to meet the shortfall. This new facility will be replacing the toilet block currently situated at the end of the car park at King George’s, so as well as providing changing facilities for our youth teams it will be a community toilet. It’s also hoped that other clubs will use this as their base. There will be a kitchen facility with the capability to serve teas and light snacks to the users of the skate park and any passing members of the public enjoying King George’s. We have just recently had our AGM and all Club officials are staying in their positions, apart from Barry Audley who is standing down as joint Vice Chairman. Barry’s business, Kingston Contractors, is very busy and Barry reluctantly stood down knowing he can’t give the time to the role of Vice Chairman as his business goes from strength to strength. Barry will still remain on as a valuable committee member. The Club would like to thank Barry for all the hard work he has done, not only as Vice Chairman but also for all the years he’s been associated with the club, as Chairman, Assistant Manager and player; as I stated earlier he’s staying on as a valuable committee member. The drainage problem which Day’s Park is infamously well known for is well and truly underway to hopefully being resolved. A French drain has been dug along the far side of the pitch and behind the far goal. This will take the excess water from the problem area of the pitch. Thanks must go to Vice Chairman Dawson Russell who has been orchestrating the process, which has involved giving up a lot of his time, and has also been sourcing a lot of the materials from local companies. The Dorset Premier League recently held their AGM at Day’s Park and we were delighted to win a number of awards: Website of the year for the second successive season, thanks to main website contributor Gerald Dimarco, 2nd place to club photographer Trudy Lay in the “photo of the season” and 3rd place in the Club Secretary section went to our Secretary Mari Watson. A very successful evening! Come on You Swans! John Peacock

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Spotlight Event Diary

Diary Entries are FREE if your event is FREE. If you charge, then it’s £5 plus VAT per entry, per month. DEADLINE for SEPT is noon, 10th Aug KEY: * = Start time not known or n/a; Ffi = for further information; Sw = Swanage; Wm = Wareham; VH = Village Hall, Telephone code 01929 unless otherwise stated.

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Swanage Regatta & Carnival Various Events all week. Programmes available from 1st July throughout SWanage & online. Ffi: Swanage Carnival Week At Swanage Railway. Ffi 01929 425800. Stone Carving Festival At the Square & Compass Inn, Worth Matravers. Ffi: 01929 4339229. Arts & Crafts Exhibition. At The Purbeck School, Wareham. Free Parking, refreshments, disabled access. Square Fair At the Square & Compass Inn, Worth Matravers. Ffi: 01929 4339229. Box office opens For the Rex Players production ‘A Trippple Bill’, 25th, 26th September. An evening of drama, music and comedy. Bring your own picnic. Tickets 8.00 from Discover Purbeck Information Centre, South St, Wareham 01929 552740 Durlston & Purbeck Photographic Exhibition In The Belvedere Room at Durlston Castle. Free admission. Ffi: 01929 423841. Swanage Walking Group Meet near Hampreston church for level walk around Longham Lakes, Hampreston and Ferndown. Ffi 01929 550399. Purbeck Artists & Stallholders At Worth Matravers Village Hall. Kids Printmaking Workshop With Catherine Anne Pitchford at Durlston Castle. For ages 8+, £12, booking essential. Lytchett Matravers Flower, Craft and Produce Show Held in the village hall. Produce and crafts. Flower arrangements, which have an Alice in Wonderland theme, will be displayed in the tea room. There will also be plant sales and a tombola. Cups and trophies will be presented at about 4pm. We hope that profits will allow us once again to donate to local worthy causes. Church Knowle Fete In the grounds of the Old Rectory, Church Knowle. A village fete for all the family with traditional stalls and games. Stone Carving Festival At the Square & Compass Inn, Worth Matravers. Ffi: 01929 4339229. Arts & Crafts Exhibition. At The Purbeck School, Wareham. Free Parking, refreshments, disabled access. Companion Dog Show & Family Fun Day At Margaret Green, Church Knowle. Entry £3 for adults, £1 for children. Durlston & Purbeck Photographic Exhibition In The Belvedere Room at Durlston Castle. Free admission. Ffi: 01929 423841. Purbeck Artists & Stallholders At Worth Matravers Village Hall. Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band Live acts at the Square & Compass Inn, Worth Matravers. Ffi: 01929 4339229.

Mon 3rd * Arts & Crafts Exhibition. At The Purbeck School, Wareham. Free Parking, refreshments, disabled access. 10:00 Durlston & Purbeck Photographic Exhibition In The Belvedere Room at Durlston Castle. Free admission. Ffi: 01929 423841. 11:00 Purbeck Artists & Stallholders At Worth Matravers Village Hall. 20:00 Theo Bard Live acts at the Square & Compass Inn, Worth Matravers. Ffi: 01929 4339229. Tue 4th * Arts & Crafts Exhibition. At The Purbeck School, Wareham. Free Parking, refreshments, disabled access. 10:00 Durlston & Purbeck Photographic Exhibition In The Belvedere Room at Durlston Castle. Free admission. Ffi: 01929 423841. 11:00 Purbeck Artists & Stallholders At Worth Matravers Village Hall. 20:00 Mochara Live acts at the Square & Compass Inn, Worth Matravers. Ffi: 01929 4339229. Wed 5th 10:00 Durlston & Purbeck Photographic Exhibition In The Belvedere Room at Durlston Castle. Free admission. Ffi: 01929 423841. 10:30 Swanage Walking Group Meet at Fontmell Down NT CP (free limited parking) for downland walk over Fontmell Down and through Compton Abbas. Ffi 07747 832055 11:00 Purbeck Artists & Stallholders At Worth Matravers Village Hall. 20:00 Tantz Live acts at the Square & Compass Inn, Worth Matravers. Ffi: 01929 4339229. Thu 6th 10:00 Durlston & Purbeck Photographic Exhibition In The Belvedere Room at Durlston Castle. Free admission. Ffi: 01929 423841. 10:00 Lady St Mary Flower Festival In The Parish Hall. Exhibition & refreshmants in the hall 10-7pm. Festival Concert Saturday 8th at 7pm. Songs of Praise, Sunday 9th at 6pm. 11:00 Purbeck Artists & Stallholders At Worth Matravers Village Hall.

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Fete & Craft Fair On Sandpit Field. Swanage & Purbeck Rotary Club. Stalls, Crafts, Entertainments, Games, Raffle and more. Velvet Doonicans Live acts at the Square & Compass Inn, Worth Matravers. Ffi: 01929 4339229. Open Golf Competition At The Dorset Golf and Country Club. Part of Swanage Lifeboat Week. Durlston & Purbeck Photographic Exhibition In The Belvedere Room at Durlston Castle. Free admission. Ffi: 01929 423841. Lady St Mary Flower Festival In The Parish Hall. Exhibition & refreshmants in the hall 10-7pm. Festival Concert Saturday 8th at 7pm. Songs of Praise, Sunday 9th at 6pm. Purbeck Artists & Stallholders At Worth Matravers Village Hall. Purbeck Model Railway Group Running session at The Stables, Godlingston Manor, Washpond Lane, Swanage, BH19 3DJ. Ffi: Robin Brasher 427015. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice At Corfe Castle. Adults £16, child £8, family £40. Dana Immanuel & The Stolen Band Live acts at the Square & Compass Inn, Worth Matravers. Ffi: 01929 4339229. Purbeck Produce Farmers Market At Commercial Road, Swanage. www. Durlston & Purbeck Photographic Exhibition In The Belvedere Room at Durlston Castle. Free admission. Ffi: 01929 423841. Lady St Mary Flower Festival In The Parish Hall. Exhibition & refreshmants in the hall 10-7pm. Festival Concert Saturday 8th at 7pm. Songs of Praise, Sunday 9th at 6pm. Swanage Walking Group Meet at Scotland farm, near Corfe Castle for a circular walk via Wytch Farm, mostly on forest tracks, with no steep slopes or stiles. Ffi 01929 425165. The Great Swanage Bake Off At the Catholic Hall. Part of Swanage Lifeboat Week. Purbeck Artists & Stallholders At Worth Matravers Village Hall. The Great Swanage Bake Off Sale At The Catholic Hall. Part of Swanage Lifeboat Week. Harare Live acts at the Square & Compass Inn, Worth Matravers. Ffi: 01929 4339229. ‘Dubheart’ At The Scott Arms, Kingston. Jerk Shack BBQ.

21:00 Sun 9th 09:00 Charity Duck Race Ducks on sale in town £1. Part of Swanage Lifeboat Week. 09:00 Swanage Angling Club Comp Part of Swanage Lifeboat Week. 10:00 Durlston & Purbeck Photographic Exhibition In The Belvedere Room at Durlston Castle. Free admission. Ffi: 01929 423841. 10:00 Lady St Mary Flower Festival In The Parish Hall. Exhibition & refreshmants in the hall 10-7pm. Festival Concert Saturday 8th at 7pm. Songs of Praise, Sunday 9th at 6pm. 10:00 Book Stall & Games On Swanage Seafront. Part of Swanage Lifeboat Week. 10:00 Family Fun Day At Kingston Maurwood College. 11:00 Purbeck Artists & Stallholders At Worth Matravers Village Hall. Mon 10th 10:00 Durlston & Purbeck Photographic Exhibition In The Belvedere Room at Durlston Castle. Free admission. Ffi: 01929 423841. 10:00 Lady St Mary Flower Festival In The Parish Hall. Exhibition & refreshmants in the hall 10-7pm. Festival Concert Saturday 8th at 7pm. Songs of Praise, Sunday 9th at 6pm. 11:00 Purbeck Artists & Stallholders At Worth Matravers Village Hall. 19:00 ‘The Tempest’ Outdoor Theatre At Prince Albert Gardens. Part of Swanage Lifeboat Week. Tue 11th 10:00 Durlston & Purbeck Photographic Exhibition In The Belvedere Room at Durlston Castle. Free admission. Ffi: 01929 423841. 11:00 Purbeck Artists & Stallholders At Worth Matravers Village Hall. 17:30 Swanage Sailing Club, Junior Race Part of Swanage Lifeboat Week. 19:15 Rotary Club of Wareham Meet at Springfield Country Hotel at 7.15pm Speaker - Hope and Homes for Children For more information please contact Tony on 553936 or see our website” Wed 12th 10:00 Book Stall On Swanage Seafront. Part of Swanage Lifeboat Week. 10:05 Swanage Walking Group Meet in Corfe Castle NT Car Park for circular walk via Corfe Common, Little Woolgarston, Rollington Hill and Challow Hill. Ffi 01929 289135. 11:00 Purbeck Artists & Stallholders At Worth Matravers Village Hall.

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70 20:00 Fun Quiz At Swanage Con Club. Part of Swanage Lifeboat Week. Thu 13th 11:00 Purbeck Artists & Stallholders At Worth Matravers Village Hall. 18:00 Gig Race Main Beach, Swanage. Part of Swanage Lifeboat Week. 18:30 Swanage Sailing Club Senior Race Part of Swanage Lifeboat Week. Fri 14th 11:00 Purbeck Artists & Stallholders At Worth Matravers Village Hall. 18:00 Live Music, Bar & BBQ At Prince Albert Gardens. Part of Swanage Lifeboat Week. 20:00 Pronghorn Live acts at the Square & Compass Inn, Worth Matravers. Ffi: 01929 4339229. Sat 15th 10:00 Swanage Walking Group Meet at far end of Corfe Mullen car park by village hall for Interesting level walk on footpaths, lanes and bridleways around Corfe Mullen. Ffi 01202 623230. 11:00 Purbeck Artists & Stallholders At Worth Matravers Village Hall. 11:00 Lifeboat Festival & Fair At Prince Albert Gardens. Part of Swanage Lifeboat Week. 11:00 Cape Farwell Exhibition At the Fine Foundation Gallery, Durlston Castle. By land artist Chris Drury and writer Kay Syrad. Work exploring the links between farming, wildlife, landscape and people. 12:00 Build a Boat Comp At Prince Albert Gardens. Part of Swanage Lifeboat Week. 16:00 Build a Boat Race At The Stone Quay. Part of Swanage Lifeboat Week. 17:00 Raft Race Main Beach. Part of Swanage Lifeboat Week. 18:00 Live Music, Bar & BBQ At Prince Albert Gardens. Part of Swanage Lifeboat Week. 19:00 ‘Mermaids’ Open Air Cinema At Knoll beach, Studland. (15) Certificate. Tickets £15 to include a fish and chip supper (veggie option). Sun 16th 09:00 Lifeboat Fun Run From Prince Albert Gardens. Part of Swanage Lifeboat Week. 11:00 Purbeck Artists & Stallholders At Worth Matravers Village Hall. 11:00 Cape Farwell Exhibition At the Fine Foundation Gallery, Durlston Castle. By land artist Chris Drury and writer Kay Syrad. Work exploring the links between farming, wildlife, landscape and people. 11:00 Lifeboat Festival & Fair At Prince Albert Gardens. Part of Swanage Lifeboat Week. 11:00 Creech Grange Open Grounds open at 11.30am after a short open air service at 11am. 14:00 Mal Webb Live acts at the Square & Compass Inn, Worth Matravers. Ffi: 01929 4339229. 15:00 Stoborough Sunday Afternoon Tea Club At Stoborough village Hall. Afternoon tea on the third Sunday of every month, between 3-5pm, Telephone 01929 553503 for further information 19:00 Lifeboat Service At Swanage Pier. Part of Swanage Lifeboat Week. Wed 19th 10:30 Swanage Walking Group Meet at Stourpaine Village Hall Car Park for all day circular walk via Hod Hill, Hambledon Hill, Child Okeford and Shillingstone. Ffi 01929 422795. 13:45 Cream Tea Fayre At Swanage Day Centre. Craft Stalls, Tombola, Raffle. Fri 21st * Beer & Cider Festival At The Greyhound Inn, Corfe Castle. Live music all weekend. 11:00 Cape Farwell Exhibition At the Fine Foundation Gallery, Durlston Castle. By land artist Chris Drury and writer Kay Syrad. Work exploring the links between farming, wildlife, landscape and people. Sat 22nd * Beer & Cider Festival At The Greyhound Inn, Corfe Castle. Live music all weekend. 09:45 Swanage Walking Group Meet at Ballard Stores for a figure of eight walk taking in coast path, Ballard Down, Studland & return via the Glebe estate. Ffi 01929 424462. 19:30 The Three Musketeers by Illyria At Corfe Castle. Adults £16, child £8, family £40. 20:00 Radio Banska Live acts at the Square & Compass Inn, Worth Matravers. Ffi: 01929 4339229. Sun 23rd * Beer & Cider Festival At The Greyhound Inn, Corfe Castle. Live music all weekend. 11:00 Winfrith Newburgh Summer Craft Fair At Winfrith Newburgh Village Hall, Water Lane, Dorchester, DT2 8LR. In aid of refurbishment of village hall. All locally handmade crafted goods. Light lunches, teas, coffees and cakes. Free Entry. Email: 14:00 Jim Etherington Live At The Black Swan, Swanage. Mon 24th * Beer & Cider Festival At The Greyhound Inn, Corfe Castle. Live music all weekend. 19:00 ‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’ Open Air Cinema in the grounds of Corfe Castle. Certificate (12A). Tickets £8 Adults, ££4 Child, £20 Family. Refreshments available. Wed 26th 10:00 Swanage Walking Group Meet at Worth Matravers CP for circular walk via Hill


Bottom, West Hill, Emmetts Hill, St Aldhelm’s Head Quarry and Weston Farm. Ffi 01929 426926. Wayward Jane Live acts at the Square & Compass Inn, Worth Matravers. Ffi: 01929 4339229.

Thu 27th * Purbeck Valley Folk Festival At Purbeck Valley Farm, Corfe Castle. 4 Stages, open mic, sessions, workshops, poetry, kid’s fun. 20% off with proof of BH19 or BH20 address. Ffi: Fri 28th * Purbeck Valley Folk Festival At Purbeck Valley Farm, Corfe Castle. 4 Stages, open mic, sessions, workshops, poetry, kid’s fun. 20% off with proof of BH19 or BH20 address. Ffi: 19:00 ‘What We Did On Our Holiday’ Open Air Cinema in the grounds of Corfe Castle. Certificate (12A). Tickets £8 Adults, ££4 Child, £20 Family. Refreshments available. Sat 29th * Purbeck Valley Folk Festival At Purbeck Valley Farm, Corfe Castle. 4 Stages, open mic, sessions, workshops, poetry, kid’s fun. 20% off with proof of BH19 or BH20 address. Ffi: 09:00 Purbeck Produce Farmers Market At Commercial Road, Swanage. www. 09:40 Swanage Walking Group Meet at NT Visitor Centre in Corfe Castle (bus from Swanage) for linear walk to Swanage mostly on footpaths following railway line. Ffi 01929 421039. 19:00 ‘Paddington’ Open Air Cinema in the grounds of Corfe Castle. Certificate (PG). Tickets £8 Adults, ££4 Child, £20 Family. Refreshments available. 20:00 Roving Crows Live acts at the Square & Compass Inn, Worth Matravers. Ffi: 01929 4339229. Sun 30th * Purbeck Valley Folk Festival At Purbeck Valley Farm, Corfe Castle. 4 Stages, open mic, sessions, workshops, poetry, kid’s fun. 20% off with proof of BH19 or BH20 address. Ffi: 10:00 Purbeck Antiques & Collectors’ Fair At Furzebrook Village Hall. Homemade cakes and lunches. Admission £1. Ffi: 01929 761398 Mon 31st 12:00 Harman’s Cross Field Day Fete, Flower Show, Gymkhana. Entry £1. 14:00 Woohoo Revue Live acts at the Square & Compass Inn, Worth Matravers. Ffi: 01929 4339229.


EVERY MONDAY 09.00 U3A Table Tennis Group meet at Harmans Cross VH. 09.30 Under 2.5 years old group. Till 11am. at Parish Hall, Wm. 09.45 Toddler Club URC, Sw. Till 11.15 10.00 Table Tennis Club Sw FC All ages/abilities £2.50 Till noon. 480093 13.00 Play and Learn at Wareham’s Children’s Centre, Streche Rd, Wm. Till 2.45pm 13.00 Under 1s and Tums at Chapel Lane, Swanage. Till 3pm 14.00 Pins and Needles at Harmans Cross VH. 14.00 Swanage Disabled Club meet until 4pm. Meeting place alternates between Catholic Hall & Queensmead Hall, Sw. Transport available. Call Mrs Daphne Saville on 01929 425241 ffi. 16.45 Soccer Skills Sw FC First Sch chldn £1 Till 5.45. 425175 18.00 Sw Tennis Club Snr Club Session. 426312 19.00 Wareham Choral Society meet URC Meeting House, Chch St, Wm. Till 9. New singers always welcome. 554229/553460 19.00 Swanage Youth Club. School year 10 and upwards. Till 9.30pm 19.00 Whist. Come & join us at the Reading Room, Church Hill, Swanage. Ffi, call 07984 968733 19.00 Purbeck Chess Club. Mortons House Hotel, Corfe Castle. Ffi, call Brian Beard 425988 19.30 Purbeck Quire rehearse at Wm Methodist Church. New/visiting singers (no audition necessary). String & wind players also welcome. Ffi: 423505 or 480737. 19.30 Wareham Art Club Workshop at Wareham Parish Hall. Ffi: 553718. 19:30 Badminton & Table Tennis Club, Adults, Swanage Methodist Church Hall. Small friendly club. All levels welcome. Til 10pm. 07917 473390 19.30 Wm Folk Dance Club Stoboro’ VH. All welcome. 553519/422730 19.30 Swanage Badminton Club at the Swanage School, till 9.30pm. Ffi: 07986 653219 19.30 Swanage Air Cadets meet at Air Training Corps HQ, Court Road, Sw. Cadets age 12+. Ffi: email: oc.2185@aircadets.mod. 20.00 DARTS at the RBL Club, Sw. 20.00 Herston Hall Management C’ttee Bingo EVERY TUESDAY 09.00 First Steps Toddler’s Group. Swanage Methodist Church till 10.15am. Ffi: Tom Bullock on 421767, office hours, or 09.30 Isle of Purbeck Arts Club. Painting and sketching. At the Catholic Church Hall, Rempstone Rd, Sw. Till 1pm. Outdoors in summer. Ffi: Gina on 421689. 09.30 Well Baby Clinic at Chapel Lane, Swanage. Till 11.30am. 09.30 Kiddies Corner Mother & Toddler Group (term time only) No fee - donations welcome. Purbeck Gateway Church. 551415

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09.30 Wareham Art Club Workshop at Wareham Parish Hall. Ffi: 553718. 10.00 Wareham Croquet Club meet at the Recreation Ground until 5pm. New members and visitors welcome. Call Bridgit on 01929 552816 or Lesley on 01929 553927 or email 10.00 Sw Tennis Club Club Session. Till 11. 426312 10.00 Sandford Toddlers at Sandford Community Hall, till 11.30am. 10.00 Short Tennis at Sw FC All ages & abilities £1.50 Till noon. 425175 10.30 Swanage Walking for Health Group starter walks (15-30mins). Start from the Mowlem Shelter on Swanage Seafront. Get back into the swing of things gently! Ffi: 481000 11.00 Guided Tours of St John The Baptist Church, Bere Regis. Come and find out why there’s a chap with a headache on one of the south aisle pillars! Visiting groups are always very welcome on other days/times, by contacting either Richard on 471339 or John on 471469. Light refreshments can be organised with advance notice. All welcome. 12.00 Nature Tots (0-4yrs) at Bovington Memorial Hall Garden. Until 2pm 14.00 Swanage Walking for Health Group. Walks of 60-90mins, various locations. Walks are very social, for a range of abilities. Walks start from car parks at Studland, Corfe, Arne, Durlston, Langton, Acton, Worth and Kingston. Ffi: 481000. 14.00 Harman’s Cross Village Hall Art Group Till 5 14.00 Wareham Short Mat Bowls. Furzebrook VH. Roll-up session, all standards welcome. Ffi 401799 17.00 Sw Tennis Club Junior Session till 6pm. 426312 18.00 Sw Youth Centre Girls’ Night (Yr 8+) Till 10 18.15 Sw Cricket Club Practice till 8.30pm 18.15 Sw Bridge Club Mowlem Community Room. 423497 19.00 Wareham Air Cadets meet at Air Training Corps HQ, St Martin’s Lane, Wm. Cadets age 12+. Ffi: email: oc.2185@aircadets.mod. 19.30 Swanage Group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets at Swanage Day Centre, High Street, Swanage. If you want help to stop drinking, you are welcome. Or call 01202 296000 for more details. 19.30 Sw & Langton Folk Dance Club Langton VH. Ffi: 421913 19.30 Belvedere Singers rehearsal at their NEW venue, St Mark’s CE VA Primary School, High St, Sw. Parking on-site. All singers welcome! 423729 20.00 Sw Regatta & Carnival Assoc Bingo Herston Leisure, Herston Yards Farm, Sw. 20.00 Carey Hall, Wm Bingo EVERY WEDNESDAY 09.00 St Mark’s Toddlers Group, St Mark’s Church, Swanage. Herston, Sw Till 11am 09.45 Corfe Wool Workshop Corfe VH, East St. Members £1.50; non-members £2.50. Till12.00. 427067 10.00 Short tennis for adults at Swanage Football Club. All welcome. Equipment supplied. Till noon. 10.00 Breast Feeding Group at Wareham’s Children Centre, Streche Rd, Wm. Offering peer support and breastfeeding counsellor advice. Till 12 noon. Ffi: 552864 10.30 Play and Learn at Kids of Wool (BH20 6DY) until 12 noon. 11.00 Volunteer Centre Drop-In at Swanage Library till 1pm. Find our about volunteering to support community groups & charities 13.15 EBC TOTS meet Emmanuel Baptist Ch, Victoria Ave, Sw. Til 2.45. £1 per child. 14.00 Herston Senior Citizens meet Herston Hall, Jubilee Rd, Sw. All welcome 14.00 Open Garden at Stone Rise, 25 Newton Rd, Sw. Till 5.30pm. As part of the National Gardens Scheme. 14.00 Health Qigong: Fitness and relaxation. Till 3pm. With Penny at the Mowlem Community Room, Sw. Ffi 07969925502 15.00 Extend Exercise Class, now at Morton Village Hall. To improve strength, balance and flexibility. All welcome. Donations welcome. Ffi: 471490. 16.15 Swanage Football Club U-7s Training til 5.15pm. £1. Ffi: 426346 17.15 Swanage Football Club U-9s Training til 6.15pm. £1. Ffi: 426346 18.00 Swanage Youth Club. School years 7&8. Till 8.30pm 18.45 Sw Hockey Club Training Wm Sports Centre. Till 8. 424442 19.00 Wm Bridge Club at the Library, South St. 552257 19.00 Wareham Short Mat Bowls Club Roll-up evening Furzebrook VH. 401799 19.15 Purbeck Runners meet at the Crows Nest, Sw. 4/5 mile run. 19.30 Swanage Musical Theatre meet Swanage Bay View Complex Rehearsal Room. All welcome. Ffi: 426161 19.45 Badminton Group meet at the Purbeck Sports Centre until 9.15pm for games of mixed doubles. Ffi, please call Kate on 01929 421806 or email katespurling@ 20.00 Sw Youth Centre Club Night (Yr 9+) Till 10 20.15 Dorset Buttons Morris Practice. URC Hall, Wm. 423234/421130 20.30 Wm Swimming Club Adults. All standards + stroke improvement. Till 10 22.00 Sw Youth Centre Club Night (16+) Till 11.59 EVERY THURSDAY 08.30 Wm Home Producers Veg, cakes, plants, flowers, handicrafts. URC. New producers/helpers welcome. Till 11. 553798 09.00 Swanage Painting Club. Catholic Church Hall, Rempstone Rd, Sw. Friendly group. New members including beginners welcome. Till 1pm. Ffi: Jane on 01929 427078 09.30 Play and Learn at Chapel Lane, Swanage, till 11am. 09.30 Well Baby Clinic at Streche Road, Wareham, until 12 noon. 09.30 Sensory Play for under ones, at Bovington Centre until 10.30am 10.00 Wm Parent & Toddler Group During term Parish Hall, Quay Till 11.45. 556806


10.00 First Dorset Credit Union is in Wareham at ‘Not Just Sundaes’ community cafe, South Street, Wm. Until 12 noon. 10.00 Wool Country Market D’Urbeville Hall. Cakes, preserves, plants, crafts, vegetables. Coffee & biscuits available. 10.00 Sw Tennis Club Club Session. Til 11am. 426312 10.00 Tea, Coffee, Biscuits at Queensmead Hall, Sw. Til 11am. Adm 50p 10.00 Volunteer Centre Drop-In at Wareham Library till 12pm. Find our about volunteering to support community groups & charities. 10.00 Wareham Croquet Club meet at the Recreation Ground until 5pm. New members and visitors welcome. Call Bridgit on 01929 552816 or Lesley on 01929 553927 or email 10.30 Harman’s Cross Village Hall Chinese Art Group 10.30 Mid-Week Market Morning Service URC, Church St, Wm. Prayer requests to Revd. Simon Franklin 556976 11.00 Sensory Play for 1-4yrs old at Bovington Centre, until 12 noon. 13.00 Studland Toddler Group at Studland Village Hall until 2.30pm. 13.30 Under 1 year olds at Wareham’s Children’s Centre, Streche Rd, Wm. Anti-natal mums welcome. Till 3pm. Ffi: 552864. 13.30 Toddler Group. All Saints’ Church, Sw. 423937. Till 3pm (Term times) 14.00 Life drawing classes at Harmans Cross Village Hall from 2pm till 4pm. For further information, ring 427621. 14.15 Sw Over-60s Meet in the Rectory Classroom, Swanage, Sw. All Welcome. 17.45 Swanage Youth Club. Learning Difficulties and disability (age 11-25) night. Till 7.30pm 18.00 Five High Singers, United Reformed Church Hall, Swanage. 11 - 18 years. Till 7pm 18.15 Sw Cricket Club Practice till 9pm 18.30 Swanage Sea Rowing Club Circuit Training at Swanage Middle School. Ffi: 07776 201455 19.00 Health Qigong: Fitness and relaxation. Till 8pm. With Penny at Furzebrook VH, Wm. Ffi 07969925502 19.00 Purbeck Gateway Club meets at Wareham Youth Centre until 9pm. Purbeck Gateway is a club for adults with learning difficulties. We meet during term time and have fun! All welcome. Ffi: Lew on 552173. Email: 19.15 Wm Town Band Brass & Woodwind players welcome. 551478/01202 242147 19.30 Short Mat Bowls in the Durbeville Hall, Wool. All standards welcome, till 9.30pm. Ffi: 552682 19.30 IoP Arts Club Choir meets till 9.30pm at Swanage First School (NOT Dec 14, 21, 28, Jan 4, Feb 22, Apr 5,12) till May 10 19.30 Swanage Youth Club Youth Action (year 7 - sixth form). Till 9.30pm 20.00 Herston Hall OAP Committee Bingo Sw EVERY FRIDAY 09.30 Health Qigong: Fitness and relaxation. Till 10.30pm. With Penny at Furzebrook VH, Wm. Ffi 07969925502 09.30 Little Fishes Baby and Toddler Group. Catholic Church Hall, Rempstone Road, Swanage. Term time only. Until 11.30am. Ffi: Alex on 07904 412067. 10.00 Swanage Library Rhyme Time, until 11.30am. 10.00 Table Tennis Club Sw FC All ages/abilities £2.50 Till noon. 480093 11.00 Toddler Time For Under 5s And Carers. Wareham Library. Stories, songs and crafts. Every Friday, including school holidays. Ffi: 01929 556146 14.00 Pottery Classes held in Corfe Castle. 2 - 5pm. Call Rachel 01929 480455 to book. £10pw 14.30 Short Mat Bowls at Durbeville Hall, Wool. Till 4.30pm. All standards welcome. Ffi: 552682. 18.00 Purbeck War-Game & Model Club. Royal British Legion, Sw. 426096. 18.00 Sw Youth Centre Club 12-13 (Yr 7-9) Till 8 18.00 Sw Tennis Club Senior Club Session. 426312 18.15 Sw Bridge Club Mowlem Community Room. 423497 19.00 Sw Youth Centre Seniors Club Night (Yr 9+) Till 9.30pm. 19.00 Swanage Scouts meet during term time at the URC Church Hall, Sw. Open to boys & girls aged 10-14 years. Ffi: 19.30 Short tennis for adults at Swanage Football Club. All welcome. Equipment supplied. Till 9.30pm. £3. 20.00 Sw Youth Centre Live Bands (as advertised) Till 10pm. 22.00 Sw Youth Centre Late Session (Yr 9+) till 11.59pm (members free) EVERY SATURDAY 08.00 Purbeck Runners meet at the Mowlem, Sw. 4/5 mile run. 09.00 Sw CC U11 - U15 Practice till 10.30 09.30 Sw CC U9 & U10 Practice & Kwik Cricket till 10.30 10.00 Tea, coffee and home-made cakes in the Parish Hall on Wareham Quay during the Community Market. Til 2pm. Bric-a-Brac stall weekly. Christian bookstall .most weeks. All welcome for a warm-up and a friendly chat. 20.00 Herston OAP Committee Bingo at Herston Hall, Sw EVERY SUNDAY 09.00 Purbeck Runners meet at the Mowlem, Sw. 8+ mile run. 09.45 Skyscrapers Children’s Group at Swanage Methodist Church Hall. Including a cooked breakfast, games and fun bible stories, ages 0-11. Ffi: Tom Bullock on 421767, office hours, or 10.00 Arts and Crafts Market at the Mowlem in Swanage. A wide range of local art for sale, including pottery, glass, cards, fabric and much more! To book your table, or for more information, call Tony on 01929 421321. 10.30 Stoborough Emmanuel Baptist Church meet at Stoborough First School, Stoborough. All very welcome.

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