The Purbeck Gazette - Issue 315

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The Purbeck Gazette SWANAGE CARNIVAL WEEK Events bring thousands on to the streets Page 7 TAT’S THE WAY! Hilda’s first ink – at 89 Page 11 SWANAGE & PURBECK Local & Long Distance. 4-8 seater. also drivers required. Please call Purbeck The Gazette You can also read The real Golden Still friends after 86 years! Page 17 If you need to Let or want to Rent, contact WPM. We offer a personal service to Landlords & Tenants 15c Commercial Rd, Swanage 01929 426200 with a Lasting Power of Attorney Telephone appointments available on 0300 330 5514 or visit Giftware, Homeware & Furniture Unit 4, Daisy May’s Shopping Arcade 2-4 Kings Road East, Swanage, Giftware, Homeware & Furniture Unit 4, Daisy May’s Shopping Arcade Giftware, Homeware & Furniture Unit 4, Daisy May’s Shopping Arcade 2-4 Kings Road East, Swanage BH19 1ES DORSET'S VAN MAN & HANDY MAN Man & Van available - Waste Collection - FencingGardening - Landscaping - General Handy ManInternal & External Painting Web: Email: 077355 82663 HOSPICE SHOP Bargains on offer at Swanage store Page 6 LIDL AMBITION Supermarket wants to open in Purbeck Page 38 CLUB IS A PERMANENT FIXTURE! Men’s Shed group receives reprieve after evicton notice shock MOVIE NIGHTS Purbeck Film Festival preview Page 9 FULL STORY: PAGE 4 The Purbeck Gazette Edition 315 FREE EVERY FORTNIGHT May 27, 2024 Easy ready made meals for camping marshmallows for summer bonfires and BBQ's Picnic ideas 19 North Street, Wareham BH20 4AB WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED THIS SUMMER! WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED THIS SUMMER! 19 North Street, Wareham BH20 4AB Hayfever relief Sun tan lotion a er sun & aloe vera gel Hayfever relief Sun tan lotion A er sun & aloe vera gel Easy ready made meals for camping Marshmallows for Picnic ideas PASTIMES of Sherborne (near the Abbey) Thirty years of dealing in antique & collectible toys. Top prices paid for all types of model railway, die cast cars, early Action Man and Star Wars, Scalextric, Meccano, unmade Airfix kits etc.Those magical makes: Hornby, Dinky, Triang, Spot-On, Corgi, Subbuteo, Britains, Timpo plus plus plus Telephone: 01935 816072 Mobile: 07527 074343

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n Historic house opening up for charity Page 5 Antiques and Collectibles 37 Arts & Entertainment & Spotlight DIary 41-43 Business 38-39 Dorset HealthCare – monthly round up 15 Durlston Country Park – June events 16 Events 47 For Sale & Free Ads 47 Health & Wellbeing 31-33 History - Purbeck’s radar scientists 30 Homes & Garden 34-35 Letters 27 Local Services 44-47 Motoring 36 Politics 28-30 Property 40 Public Notice 47 Puzzles 24-25 Reader’s picture 23 Sport 27 Telling It Like It Is 26 The Great Outdoors Feature 17-22 Tide tables 10 Wareham Town Council – May report 23 Wanted 47 NEWS Smedmore House opening for hospice 5 RSPB Arne shuttle bus back in action 7 Plans for Weymouth lifeboat mural 12 Ploughing match raises £2,000 13 Lola, 11, stars at Street in the Park 14 2 Purbeck Gazette, May 27, 2024
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Survey exposes large divide on nature projects

PEOPLE in Purbeck are sharply divided over the major nature recovery programmes taking place in the area, according to a new survey.

Some hope Purbeck will become the “nature capital of England” with benefits for business and lifestyle.

But others fear it could become an overcrowded “theme park” overrun by litter-tossing tourists who will drive locals out of the housing market.

Community group, Planet Purbeck, carried out the survey for the Wild Purbeck Partnership (WPP), a coalition of landowners and charities spearheading nature recovery and rewilding projects.

Nearly 7,000 responses from local people to questions about the coming changes to Purbeck’s countryside and coast were gathered over several months via social media, face-to-face interviews and questionnaires.

Planet Purbeck aimed to raise awareness of the nature recovery schemes, which they discovered were not well known, and to feed back community views to the WPP.

A report on the survey, available on Planet Purbeck’s website, covers topics such as

Purbeck’s hopes and fears for the future, changes to farming practices, implications for climate change, potential solutions to problems and what the WPP can do to sway the doubters.

The report also asked whether there should be a tourist tax – the Purbeck Pound?

Rob Waitt, from Planet Purbeck, said: “We wanted to give our community a voice to ensure these changes to our countryside and coast deliver tangible benefits to local residents.

“It’s a question of balance. People do want greater access to a healthy, nature-rich environment with clean rivers and seas but they want assurances this will not come at the cost of lower local food production, harm to farmers and more pressure from tourism.”

Some of the views expressed revealed both extremes.

One respondent said: “We have a huge opportunity for positive change – more abundant wildlife will support more rural employment and increased profit for businesses.”

But that was countered by another who said: “Purbeck is home to many who have lived,

Planet Purbeck said some respondents to its survey felt the area could become the “nature capital of England” but others feared it may develop into an “overcrowded theme park”

respected and worked here, not just a second homeowners’ nature park.”

Report co-author, Luke M Luke, said: “Diverse viewpoints are a strength, guiding us towards more informed decisions to benefit everyone in Purbeck.

“Carrying out such a massive survey was a big challenge, but we are proud to have given local residents an opportunity to have their say.

“Getting reactions from nearly 7,000 surpassed all expectations.

“We hope we have established Planet Purbeck as a credible representative of our community to ensure people are at the forefront all Wild Purbeck Partnership projects.”

The full report, in easy-toread illustrated format, can be accessed at https://

Stories of the stage

DON’T Put Your Daughter on the Stage is the title of a talk being given by Dr Francis Burroughs BEM, a lecturer and after-dinner speaker, to members of Dorchester Townswomen’s Guild next month.

Francis, who has had many years’ experience as a public speaker and been honoured for his work in the local community and with charities, has produced

more than 100 operatic productions.

The talk, at Dorchester Community Church, Liscombe Street, Poundbury (DT1 3DF), on Monday, June 10, follows a short business meeting at 2pm.

Visitors are welcome to go along, entry £3, and tea and coffee will be available.

For more information, phone 01305 832857.

Covid-19 jabs for over-75s and more

VACCINATION clinic doors have opened across Dorset, with everyone eligible encouraged to book and top-up their Covid-19 protection.

People aged 75 and over by June 30, older adult care home residents and immunosuppressed people aged six months and over are entitled to a free vaccination.

Eligibility for a spring vaccine dose is similar to previous years but those with a weakened immune system are now eligible from six months old instead of five years.

In Dorset, more than 300,000 appointments are available until the end of June, with the majority at pharmacies, community hospital sites and


People can book via the NHS National Booking Service, on the NHS App, by ringing 119 or by booking with their local GP if they are offering the vaccination. If your preferred location isn’t available at first, please keep trying as more appointments are added each week.

As well as booking via the NHS website and local GP booking systems, some pharmacies accept walk-ins and additional walk-in clinics will be popping-up across the county.

A full list of locations is at dorsethealthcare. covid-19-vaccination-service.

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Men’s Shed wins reprieve

VOLUNTEERS at Wareham Men’s Shed, who were last month told they would have to quit their base at the Purbeck Connect day centre in Sandford Lane, have won a reprieve.

They had been given three months’ notice to leave their workshop by landlord Care Dorset, a company wholly owned by Dorset Council.

But that sparked an outcry among townsfolk, with hundreds of messages of support posted on social media.

originally cited “operational needs” for the building as its reason for the eviction, rescinded the notice pending a meeting with the Men’s Shed’s committee.

And following that meeting, also attended by a representative of Dorset Council and Wareham Councillor Beryl Ezzard, the Men’s Shed can stay where it is for now.

Now, the volunteers have been told they can stay where they are for the “foreseeable future”.

Care Dorset, which had


chairman, Harold Forbes, said: “We had a positive meeting and agreed to meet more regularly so a better understanding can be gained of Care Dorset’s requirements for their premises and clients.”

The Men’s Shed has 30 volunteers, some vulnerable or

Animal magic at care home

CARE home waitress Donna Peck served up a special springtime treat for her residents – a delegation of visiting lambs just a few days old.

Donna, who works at Colten Care’s Castle View in Poundbury, is from a farming family and took along six lambs aged five to 12 days with her daughter, Phoebe.

For David Gale, cradling little Nugget, in his arms brought back memories of his own farming career.

“It was lovely,” he said. “It took me right back to working on the farm.”

Donna also carried visitor Spot to greet fellow resident Ian Gibson in his own bedroom.

Companionship team member, Sue Goodwin, said: “Residents at Castle View really enjoy anything pet-related and the more hands-on, the better.

“The look of pure joy on their faces as they met the spring lambs was brilliant.

“These particular lambs are being cared for as the mother ewes had triplets and so they can only be fed for a few days before the stronger siblings nudge the smallest away.

“Donna and her family of farmers take turns to feed them around the clock.

“They feed with ewe’s milk supplement, using a shepherdess’s trolley with teats and an allocated amount of

Members of Wareham Men’s Shed, who make objects from wood for the local community, were given three months’ notice to vacate their base at Purbeck Connect day centre

disadvantaged, who make objects from wood for the local community.

Mr Forbes added: “We have been overwhelmed by the support from the community, which included many offers of alternative accommodation.

“Some have great potential, but none currently offer the facilities which would enable us to move in immediately.

“Therefore, we are now working through various options which offer the best path for our future.”

milk, so as not to over feed, causing bloating, which is harmful.

“The weaning process is important. The teat feeding continues for the first month, then they feed on little grass

pellets before being set free in the fields of freedom to rejoin the flock.

“Donna has 30 such lambs. Alongside Nugget and Spot, there is even one who bears the name Sue, much to my delight.”

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Castle View resident and retired farmer David Gale cradles visiting lamb Nugget in the lounge of the Poundbury home

Historic house opening doors for hospice

ONE of Dorset’s finest Georgian manor houses, Smedmore House, near Kimmeridge, is once again opening to the public next month to raise money for Weldmar Hospicecare.

The house and gardens will be open to visitors, and the event will also feature music from Swanage Town Band, vintage cars, stalls – including handmade gifts and traditional games – and cream teas.

The property’s owner, well-known historian Dr Philip Mansel, will conduct house tours, along with members of the family, telling visitors about the house’s history and contents.

Dr Mansel said: “We are delighted to welcome back Weldmar, working with them to support their vital work through fundraising at our open day.

“We are committed to supporting the charity – our event last year raised more than £4,000.”

The original Smedmore House was built in about 1610, with the Queen Anne garden façade and elegant Georgian bays added in the 1700s.

The house contains a variety

of interesting objects including a chair used by Napoleon while on St Helena.

The grounds have two acres of walled flower gardens, orchards and a Mediterranean garden.

Clare Ash, Weldmar fundraiser, said: “We can’t wait to be back at Smedmore House, we had such a great time last year, and this year there will be even more for visitors to see and do.

“We are extremely grateful for their continued support, putting on an incredible event that will help to fund our services for the people of Dorset.”

The event is on Saturday, June 8, from 2pm-5pm.

Admission to the garden is £6 on the gate with house tours available for an additional fee. Admission is free for children under 16.

Weldmar Hospicecare provides specialist care for adults in Dorset living with a life-limiting illness and support for their loved ones.

More information about the event can be found at www.

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The house and gardens at Smedmore House, near Kimmeridge, will be opening in a fundraiser for Weldmar Hospicecare

New home for hospice shop

THE new Weldmar Hospicecare shop has opened in Swanage four months after the charity closed its previous premises in High Street.

The new shop in King’s Road West, which used to be the Post Office, has more space and room for sustainable fashion, homewares and other goods. It also has information about the specialist end of life care Weldmar provides to adults in Dorset.

Ann Tiller, who cut the ribbon to open the new store with volunteer Anne Moore, said it was good to see the shop so busy on its first morning.

“I’ve been fundraising for Weldmar for about 32 years,” she said.

“I was there at the start when Joseph Weld helped set it all up, and later I came into the shop here as a volunteer.

“I enjoy doing it, meeting

people in the shop, and having a chat. This new shop is going to be wonderful.”

Anne Moore, who has been volunteering with Weldmar for 18 years, said she enjoys being part of the team.

“I just love it – I feel like I’m doing some good for the community, good for myself and love meeting the people that

I work with,” she said.

“The new shop is amazing compared to what we had before. There’s so much space, and it’s so well laid out. It’s gorgeous.”

One of the first shoppers through the door was Karen, who said: “I think it’s so welcoming. Deana and the team are so lovely when you come in, and you get treated with a lot of respect.

“When you come in, you feel as though they are genuinely pleased to see you there.

“I love the new shop. The set up is beautiful and I wish everyone there all the love and luck in the world.”

“I also really like the bit on the window that says ‘thank you’ to people coming in.”

The new Weldmar Hospicecare shop in Swanage is open Monday to Saturday from 9am-5pm and from 10am-4pm on Sunday.

Purbeck Plod challenge

EAST Dorset Ramblers are once again hosting their Purbeck Plod challenge walk next month from Swanage.

Participants can choose from three distances – 25 miles –walk or run – or 16 miles and 12 miles, for walkers only.

The event is fully supported with drinks and snacks en route, with a hot food option at the end

on returning to Swanage.

To enter the event, on Sunday, June 23, visit the East Dorset Ramblers website – – for an application form, or e-mail purbeckplod@ uwclub,net for details.

The fee is £7 for entry by June 9 or £10 if entering on the day.

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Volunteers outside the shop in King’s Road West in Swanage
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D-Day insights at tank museum

YOUNGSTERS visiting The Tank Museum at Bovington during spring half-term this week can find out more about the machines used on D-Day 80 years ago.

Visitors to the award-winning attraction can learn about the historic event through a morse code machine activity, float a tank task, and interactive games and trails.

Head of Visitor Experience, Rosanna Dean, said: “D-Day was the largest military naval, air and land operation ever

attempted, and this half-term we tell the story of the role of tanks and the crews at D-Day through an exciting programme of hands-on activities.”

Visitors can take part in tracked vehicle rides and see an explosive live tank display every weekday.

Children can let off steam in the museum’s soft play area and enjoy the outside tank themed adventure play area.

The museum has more than 300 armoured vehicles and 10 exhibitions.

The museum has activities for youngsters at spring half-term

Just the ticket to visit nature reserve

IN a sign that summer is nearly with us, the RSPB Arne shuttle has returned.

The 2RN bus service, which connects Wareham with the popular RSPB Nature Reserve at Arne, provides a convenient way for locals and tourists to visit the site.

After a successful pilot, the shuttle is now in its third summer of operation.

The service will run until the end of August on Wednesdays and Sundays, up to six times a day.

A ticket is £2 for an adult single, with concessionary bus passes accepted, children under 7 travelling free, and under 19s travelling half price.

Tim Christian, general manager at Dorset Community

The 2RN service connects Wareham to at Arne

Transport, said “We’re delighted that the 2RN has returned to RSPB Arne for the third summer running.

“We think it makes it easier for everyone to visit the site and have a great day out in this amazing corner of the Dorset countryside.

“What’s more, travelling to Arne on the bus means you get a discount on your entry.”

The minibus service is delivered by Dorset Community Transport in partnership with the RSPB, the Purbeck Community Rail Partnership and Wareham Town Council.

Full details about the service, including timetables and ticket prices, can be found at www.

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Town’s beach gains seal of approval

SWANAGE beach has been awarded a prestigious Blue Flag – for the 24th consecutive year – by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.

The beach, owned and operated by Swanage Town Council, has also won a Seaside Award, as one of the best beaches in England.

Culvin Milmer, the town council’s visitor services manager said: “We are so proud to once again be awarded the Blue Flag Award.

“The application process for this is quite challenging but it clearly shows that we have a clean and safe beach that strives to meet the needs of the wide range of residents and visitors who use our beach throughout the summer.

“The weekly water testing

shows that the water quality is ‘excellent’ and the beach cleaning regime and customer facilities ensure that Swanage Beach remains a fantastic and safe place for everyone to visit.”

Keep Britain Tidy’s chief executive, Allison OgdenNewton OBE, said: “These awards are a credit to the collective efforts of beach managers, volunteers, residents and businesses who have worked tirelessly to maintain, protect and improve some of our best-loved and most popular beaches, and we’d like to take this moment to recognise and applaud them.

“Visitors to a beach flying a Blue Flag can be assured the beach will be clean, safe and meet the highest environmental standards, as well as

international bathing water quality standards.

“The Blue Flag is the world’s most recognised award for beaches and marinas and, to qualify, each applicant must meet and maintain a series of stringent environmental, educational, safety and accessibility criteria.

“Seaside Awards are presented to the best beaches in England and celebrate the quality and diversity of our coastline.”

The Blue Flag and Seaside Awards are aimed at improving

A small slice of Bake Off

A FORMER contestant on the popular television show Great British Bake Off has entertained residents from Upton Bay care home at Hamworthy.

Margaret Richardson shared her experiences as a

participant on the show at a talk in Dorchester, discussing the challenges of filming during the Covid pandemic.

As a special treat, she baked a delicious tea loaf and scones for everyone to enjoy.

the quality of England’s coastline and promoting the country’s best beaches.

Blue Flag is an international award managed by Keep Britain Tidy on behalf of the Foundation for Environmental Education. It is only presented to beaches with water which has achieved the highest classification as set by the EU Bathing Water Directive and has an environmental education programme, while Seaside Awards are presented to the best beaches in England and celebrate the quality and diversity of our coastline.

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Summer nights at the movies

HARRY Potter fans are in for a magical evening this summer as a film of his first story is being shown at Corfe Castle – with a special train service laid on by Swanage Railway to and from the event.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone will be screened in the grounds of the castle on Friday, August 23, as part of this year’s Purbeck Film Festival.

The film – the first in the series of seven titles written by JK Rowling – follows Harry’s first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as he discovers he is a talented wizard.

Gates will open to the public at 8pm and the film will finish at around 11.15pm, with audience members able to walk the short

distance to Corfe Castle station to complete their evening travelling on a heritage diesel train to Swanage.

A similar arrangement is being made on Saturday, August 24, when Wonka will be screened in the Castle Grounds, finishing slightly earlier at about 10.45pm.

Swanage Railway Company chairman Gavin Johns said:

“The Swanage Railway is delighted to be working with the Purbeck Film Festival’s dedicated volunteers in their presentation of these great films against the backdrop of Corfe Castle's dramatic ruins by providing evening heritage diesel trains from Swanage and Norden – the latter next to the Purbeck Park long-stay car park – so film enthusiasts and

families can enjoy the popular event without the hassle of parking in Corfe Castle.”

Claire Burns, from the film festival, said: “We hope the mixture of a heritage train ride and watching a Harry Potter film in such beautiful surroundings will cast a wonderful spell over everyone attending the event, as well as the treat of watching Wonka.

“It promises to be a special weekend and a great curtainraiser to the full festival programme later in the year.”

Purbeck Film Festival will be presenting its biggest outdoor cinema season with seven films in five venues: Saturday, August

Purbeck Film Festival will be presenting outdoor cinema at Corfe Castle, Knoll House, Careys Secret Garden, Durlston Country Park and the Blue Pool Nature Reserve

3, Barbie, by the – pink-lit –swimming pool at Knoll House Hotel in Studland; Saturday, August 17, Ghostbusters, at Durlston Country Park; at Corfe Castle, Harry Potter on Friday, August 23, and Wonka on Saturday, August 24; Saturday, August 31, Calendar Girls at Careys Secret Garden near Wareham and at The Blue Pool Nature Reserve; A Room with a View on Friday, September 6; and Moulin Rouge! on Saturday, September 7.

The main festival runs from Friday, October 18, to Sunday, November 3. Details are on the festival’s website – purbeckfilm. com.

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Teach pup new tricks

THE Guide Dogs charity is looking for new puppy raisers in the Purbeck Gazette area to join its team of volunteers.

The role involves looking after future guide dogs for the first year of their lives, socialising them and giving them a loving home.

A spokesperson for the charity said: “It’s a hugely rewarding role with plenty of support and training, plus you will meet lots of new people in your area who are raising pups.”

Puppy raisers will:

n Prepare their puppy for the next stages of becoming a guide dog.

n Care for and support them at home.

n Socialise and introduce them to new environments.

n Teach their puppy to be comfortable alone – building up from a few minutes to four hours.

n Attend puppy classes, interacting with puppy raisers while building your training.

A dedicated manager will support puppy raisers.

Volunteer puppy raiser, Ian, said: “Having May has given me a purpose in retirement.

“May has encouraged me to get up, get going, keep fit and

Mural would mark

200 years of RNLI

A MURAL celebrating the 200th anniversary of the RNLI could be coming to Weymouth.

A planning application has been submitted for the artwork, which would adorn the side of the Custom House Cafe, at 8 Custom House Quay.

The building is Grade II-listed and dates from the late 18th century, originally as a merchant’s house.

The picture would feature the Ernest and Mabel lifeboat, moored on the opposite side of the harbour, and would be visible from either side of the waterway, including from the RNLI Weymouth Lifeboat Station.

“The RNLI are a charity founded in 1824 and they are driven by their values of selflessness, courage, dependability and trustworthiness, with volunteers at their heart,” the application

“She has also brought me amusement, as she does something every day that amazes me or makes me smile.

“She has stolen everyone’s heart, a lot of people in the local community know her and love her.”

said. “The vast majority of RNLI people are volunteers - ordinary people doing extraordinary - supported by expert staff, all working together to help communities at home and abroad save lives.”

It said the charity had been stationed in Weymouth since 1869, with the town station among the “busiest lifeboat stations on England’s south coast”.

“The purpose of the proposed mural is to commemorate the RNLI’s significant contribution to the local community of Weymouth and the lives that they’ve saved at sea over the past 200 years,” the application continued.

“In addition, it will promote awareness of the charity, which will generate donations and interest from residents and visitors in volunteering opportunities.”

Puppy raiser Ian says the role has given him a sense of purpose

Anyone interested in becoming a puppy raiser can apply through the Guide Dogs website at https://www.

For enquiries, email VolunteerSouthwestWales@

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Brave souls unite: Lewis-Manning Hospice

Care hosts thrilling Fire walk Fundraiser and raises over £13,000

Brave souls united at the Lewis-Manning Hospice Care Fire Walk fundraiser, which took place on Friday 17th May in Ashley Cross Green, Poole, raising £13,000 for the charity.

44 fire walkers took up the challenge and bravely walked barefoot over a bed of red-hot coals on the Green.

Participants included members of the public, corporate company teams and even a hospice patient!

The Fire Walk was kindly sponsored by local businesses, Katie Fox Estate Agents, Le Bateau and Howdens. Additional support was also received from Barratt Homes, Minuteman Press, Capital Barriers & Temporary Fencing Limited, Job Shop and Axent Workwear.

Hospice patient, Brian, who is registered blind said, “I’ve never done a fire walk before, so I was curious as it’s something different. People often say to me, ‘you can’t do things like that because you’re blind, but I like to do challenges. I was so happy to be able to do this for LewisManning as they’ve helped me so much and brought so much enjoyment to my life. It’s brilliant to be able to give

something back as a thank you for their invaluable support. I’ve raised over £300!”

Area Fundraiser India Turner said, “Wow what an evening it was! Huge respect to everyone who took part. There was a real celebratory, community feel to the event with everyone encouraging and supporting each other. We were incredibly lucky with the sunny evening and we had a great turnout of spectators too. Lots of the fire walkers had brought along their friends and family. It was my first event working for Lewis-Manning Hospice Care and I was blown away by the level of support and camaraderie with everyone was in such high spirits!

“The hospice retail shop which overlooks the Green stayed open until 9pm too, adding to the buzz of the evening and showcasing our sustainable shopping offering.”

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Spring COVID -19 Vaccinations

This spring people aged 75 or older and anyone aged six months and over with a weakened immune system are entitled to a free COVID-19 vaccination.

Book your COVID-19 vaccine through the NHS App, on the NHS website or by calling 119, with appointments available in Purbeck at the following locations:

• Wareham Community Hospital

• Day Lewis pharmacy on South Street

• Well Swanage pharmacy, 40 Station Road.

A walk-in clinic will be held on Wednesday 29 May from 10am - 4pm at Swanage Hospital, Queen’s Rd, for local residents, no appointment needed but there may be a wait.

Martin Sale, lead pharmacist for the vaccination service in Dorset, said:

’Your protection from COVID-19 fades over time, even if you have previously been vaccinated. The spring vaccine will topup your protection and help you avoid serious illness. If you are unsure if you are eligible check the NHS website, and during your appointment a healthcare professional will talk you through it and make sure it’s right for you.

“With plenty of appointments available for anyone who is eligible, make sure you get yours before the end of June to keep you healthy throughout the summer months. Our clinics tend to fill up quickly at first, so don’t be disheartened if you can’t get a booking straight away – check again later.”

Visit the Dorset COVID-19 vaccination service webpages for a full list of clinics with opening days and times: www.dorsethealthcare.

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Ploughing match coins in the cash

THE Wareham & Purbeck Vintage Ploughing Committee raised £2,000 for the Dorset Cancer Centre at Poole Hospital through its 48th ploughing match.

The event was held at Manor Farm, Studland, on the way out to Old Harry, overlooking Studland Bay and across to Bournemouth, by permission of Steve Smith.

Forty competitors were booked to plough, and tractor and trailer rides went down well with visitors.

Class winners: Open 3 furrow, John Harris; YFC, Owen Smith; Novice, Kelvin Selby; Horticultural, Derek Hiscock; Classic, Malcolm Selby; Vintage trailing, Brian Johnston; Vintage Mounted, Tom Smith; Best work using short boards in Vintage trailing, David Cobb; Most Promising Youngster, Tristan Chandler; Best Kept Tractor, Julian Pryor; Combined scores in the 3 Furrow Class, John Harris; Best finish by a non- prize winner, Chris Evans; Best ins and outs by a non-prize winner, Vince

Wareham & Purbeck Vintage Ploughing Committee raised £2,000 for the Dorset Cancer Centre at Poole Hospital

Legg; Best Ploughing by a W & P member in YFC Class, Owen Smith; Best W & P member in any class, Best Ploughing by a lady competitor, Helen Selby; Purbeck Champion, Malcolm Selby; Reserve Champion, Malcolm Selby; Champion, Tom Smith.

The committee would like to thank all the sponsors, everyone who came out and supported the event and bought raffle tickets, and those who gave raffle prizes.

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A Living Trust, is a legal arrangement that allows you to protect your assets, including your home, from care costs along with potential inheritance tax implications. Here are a few key points to consider:

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2. Care Costs: Placing your main home into a living trust can ring fence the property from any potential future care costs. Thus, protecting your inheritance

3. Inheritance Tax Planning: A living trust can be part of an estate planning strategy to minimize inheritance tax liability. By placing assets into a trust, they can be excluded from your taxable estate upon your passing, potentially reducing the amount of inheritance tax your beneficiaries would owe.

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One of the advantages of a living trust is that it is reversable, meaning you can make changes to the trust or remove your home from the trust during your lifetime. This flexibility allows you to adapt to changing circumstances or wishes.

5. Trust Administration: When you establish a living trust, you typically designate yourself as the trustee alongside one to three other trustees. Thus, maintaining control over the assets and allowing you to continue using and managing them as you did before. Surviving trustees take over the administration of the trust upon your incapacity or death. The effectiveness of a living trust in achieving your specific goals will depend on your individual circumstances. Oakwood Wills offer a free consultation in the privacy of our own home. Tel 07832 331594 email: info@oakwoodwills.

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Fans celebrate centenary of comedy legend

FANS of legendary comedian Tony Hancock gathered to celebrate his life and work in Bournemouth on the day he would have turned 100.

The event at the Queens Hotel was organised by the Tony Hancock Appreciation Society (THAS) and a number of special guests attended.

Hancock – ‘The lad himself’ – grew up in the resort where his dad John, a comic and entertainer, ran the Railway Hotel in Holdenhurst Road.

His father then bought the Durlston Court Hotel in Gervis Road not long before he passed away in 1934, and the young Hancock lived there with his mother and stepfather.

Hancock attended Durlston Court Preparatory School, part of Durlston boarding school, near Swanage.

He made his first tentative steps in showbusiness in Bournemouth and developed his stage skills further by entertaining troops in the Second World War.

After the war, he would become internationally famous through his radio show – then television show – Hancock’s Half Hour, which millions tuned in for each week.

The birthday party on May 12 for the tragic star, who took his own life in 1968 when he was 44, included a Punch and Judy show using original scripts

Members and guests of the Tony Hancock Appreciation Society gathered at the Queens Hotel in Bournemouth

from Hancock’s 1963 film The Punch and Judy Man.

There were displays, photographs, merchandise and almost 100 fans attended.

Special guests included representatives from the families of Hancock and his writers, Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, as well as people from the BBC and the world of radio and television.

Tim Elms, from THAS, said: “Tony and his family moved to Bournemouth when he was three and went to school in the

Isle of Purbeck.

“He met and watched many entertainers and comedians who worked in the local hotels and theatres, so Bournemouth really helped mould him.

“His popularity remains and our membership is booming, and his 100th birthday was something we felt we had to mark.

“The BBC is also marking his centenary year with programmes on the radio and hopefully a new generation of fans will be created.”

Young Lola aces it on the decks

AN 11-year-old schoolgirl so impressed judges with her DJ set at this year’s Street in the Park event in Dorchester that she won two categories in the Up & Coming DJ awards.

Lola Phillips, from Christchurch, started developing her DJ set nearly 18 months ago and has cut her teeth in battle of the band events in her school.

The student has been practising her DJ skills whenever she can and draws inspiration from a broad genre of music and singers including Lauren Hill and Amy Winehouse.

Lola’s mother, Louise Phillips, said: “I am so proud of Lola. She has always loved music and listening to lots of different bands.

“Playing music is a massive part of her life. She is also really interested in the technical aspects of being a DJ and has honed her skills brilliantly.”

The winners of the Up & Coming DJ Competition were announced at Street in the Park where 10 DJs battled it out with their personal mixes.

After winning her prize, Lola, who attends Twynham School, said: “I’m so excited. Music for me is about feeling good. It took me three days to choose the tracks for this event. I’m so pleased with the outcome.”

Three of the winners, Lola, Champz and Bean, will be competing to become the Street in the Park 2024 champion at the We Out Here festival in Wimborne St Giles in August.

Lola Phillips at Street in the Park in Dorchester
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Your Health Matters

Dorset HealthCare’s monthly round-up

Community nurse headed up local Nurses’ Day celebrations

Critchell, who works in our Purbeck district nursing team, has been given the prestigious title of Queen’s Nurse. Awarded by community nursing charity The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI), becoming a Queen’s Nurse indicates a continuing commitment to high standards of patient care, learning and leadership. And the honour is among many local achievements we celebrated on Nurses’ Day –May 12 – showcasing the difference nurses make every day to patients, families, carers and other healthcare colleagues.

Trudi’s journey as a nurse

started in 2000 at Poole Hospital – now part of University Hospitals Dorset – where she gained experience in trauma and orthopaedics, critical care and acute medicine.

She joined Dorset HealthCare 14 years ago and has worked in various roles including nurse, ward sister and ward manager at the trust’s community hospitals before becoming team lead for district nursing.

For the last five years she has been working as a community nurse in the Purbeck area, based at the Wellbridge Practice in Wool, and also as part of the trust’s urgent care service.

Dorset’s beaches simply the best for water quality

DORSET’S beaches have been ranked the best in the UK for clean water.

Analysis of Environment Agency summer water quality ratings has put the county’s coastal spots in first place for clean seas.

Joining Dorset at the top end of the table were Devon and Suffolk, with the three having the highest percentage of ‘excellent’ beaches for clean water, according to the analysis by UK travel site, Holiday Park Guru.

In Dorset, 89% of beaches

are rated as ‘excellent’ for summertime water quality.

The Environment Agency data only includes water quality readings from May 15 to September 30 when giving ratings to bathing areas.

Clean water ratings at UK beaches by county – from best to worst: Dorset: 89% of beaches rated ‘excellent’ for sea water cleanliness; Devon: 86%; Suffolk: 83%; Cornwall: 81%; Tyne and Wear: 78%; Northumberland: 77%; Lincolnshire: 77%;

We are really proud of Trudi. The Queen’s Nurse Award reflects her dedication and commitment to providing the best level of care possible for our patients.

At the same time, I’d like to thank all of our nurses for what they do. Whatever the setting, wherever the location, whomever the patient, the one thing all nursing staff have in common is their unwavering commitment to make a difference to people’s lives.

Not just their patients, but their patients’ families and

loved ones, too.

We have a wide variety of nursing roles available, many with training opportunities for anyone starting their career or looking to change direction.

Join #TeamDorsetHealthCare by visiting the ‘work for us’ page at www.dorsethealthcare.nhs. uk/ and for any questions around recruitment events or training opportunities, contact

DAWN DAWSON Chief nursing officer at Dorset HealthCare

Hampshire and New Forest: 75%; Isle of Wight: 73%; Merseyside: 57%; Essex: 53%; Sussex: 52%; Cumbria: 50%; Norfolk: 50%; Kent: 45%; Yorkshire: 40%; County Durham: 16%;

Somerset: 10%; Lancashire 0%.

For more details, and a full breakdown of the analysis, log on to www. brown-flag-awards.

Durdle Door beach in Dorset PHOTO: Pixabay COMMUNITY nurse Trudi
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Trudi Critchell (left) with Professor Deborah Sturdy CBE, chief nurse for Adults Social Care and Department of Health and Social Care

DURLSTON in June is a great time of year to come and visit! The park is full of colour and life, from wildflowers in the meadows to butterflies, such as adonis, small and common blue, or our local speciality, the Lulworth skipper. Keep a watchful eye on the sea as bottlenose dolphins may also make an appearance, while down in Durlston Bay, fishing Sandwich Terns can be seen and heard.

In the Fine Foundation Gallery until June 9 is a Dorset Art Weeks group exhibition, The Instinct of Hope, curated by Dorset Visual Arts to celebrate Dorset’s landscape and wildlife. In the Learning Centre and Studio, On the

Wild Side, by artists Heather Gibbons and Robin Mackenzie, will explore the coastal landscape in oils, wood engravings and lino cuts.

Then from Wednesday, June 12, to Thursday, June 27, artists Julie Herring and Julia Polonski will be in collaboration bringing their exhibition Rooted in Nature to the Fine Foundation Gallery.

Paintings, drawings and mixed media will all be on display, inspired by natural and human connections. All exhibitions are free to enter, and work will be for sale.

There are plenty of guided walks in June, as there is so much to see around the park. Whether it’s a wildflower walk, a seabird stroll or meet a moth, we have plenty on offer. Take a look at the Durlston website for more information on all guided walks and events. Our seabirds are still out and about on the ledges, including guillemots, razorbills, fulmars and shags. Why not join the Rangers on a Seabird Boat Trip to spot some of our favourites. Boat trips are

Fishing folk raise £1,300 for Heart Heroes cause

THE Poole and Wimborne Fly Fishers aren’t just about catching fish and searching for new recipes to enjoy them.

Every year members raise money for a worthy cause and this year the cause is Heart Heroes.

Established in 2018, Heart Heroes supports both children and families affected by life-long heart conditions through inclusive projects, subsidised trips and events, family support in hospital, mental health and wellbeing support, and much more.

Member Geoff Bacon’s grandson has been in and out of

hospital since he was born and he and his family have received amazing support from this small but powerful charity.

Members converged on Manningford Trout Fishery on a beautiful spring morning and fished themselves senseless.

Donations on the day from raffles and fun competitions raised an impressive £1,300.

The competition was fierce but the real winner was Heart Heroes.

For more information visit,

every Friday evening until July 5. They depart from Swanage Pier for a beautiful cruise along the picturesque Jurassic Coast. Book your places through www.cityexperiences. com/poole/city-cruises/ summer-birdwatching-cruises/ or call 02077 400400.

Whether you come up for a coffee, an hour-long walk or an all-day explore, Durlston is a beautiful location for everyone to enjoy, so we hope you enjoy June here as much as we do. For more information on events and more, visit our Durlston website, www.; visit the Seventhwave café website at www.seventhwaverestaurant.

WIMBORNE Minster has once again secured its official Fairtrade town status.

The eco-accolade reflects the efforts of local businesses, residents, community organisations and educational initiatives in promoting ethical trade practices in the town and supporting global sustainability.

John Spatchet, chair of Wimborne and Colehill Fairtrade, said: “We’re delighted to have successfully renewed our Fairtrade community status. We’re thrilled that so many outlets in our communities support Fairtrade and we, in turn, are supporting farmers and producers in the developing world to get a fair deal and to operate sustainably, promoting trade and climate justice.”

Durlston Country Park has a lot going on this month Poole and Wimborne Fly Fishers together with Geoff Bacon’s family
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Major Conservation Charities Urge Businesses

to Prioritize Nature

In an unprecedented alliance, three of the UK’s leading conservation charities – the National Trust, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), and the Wildlife Trusts – have issued a compelling call to action for businesses across the nation. In a joint press release, these organizations emphasized the urgent need for companies to integrate nature conservation into the core of their business strategies.

The collaborative statement highlights the critical role that the private sector plays in environmental stewardship and biodiversity protection. By embedding nature-focused principles into their operational and strategic decisions, businesses can significantly contribute to the preservation of the UK’s natural heritage.

A Call for Sustainable Business Practices

The charities’ appeal comes amid growing concerns about the rapid decline of wildlife and natural habitats. According to the latest State of Nature report, the UK has experienced significant biodiversity loss, with 41% of species showing a downward trend. The National Trust, RSPB, and the Wildlife Trusts argue that reversing this trend requires a concerted effort from all sectors of society, including businesses.

Hilary McGrady, Director-General of the National Trust, emphasized, “Nature is not just a passive backdrop to our lives; it is integral to our wellbeing and economic prosperity. Businesses must recognize that a healthy natural environment underpins our economy and should act accordingly.”


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The press release also outlines the economic benefits of investing in nature. Healthy ecosystems provide essential services, such as clean air and water, flood protection, and pollination of crops, which are crucial for long-term economic stability. The charities point out that businesses which invest in sustainable practices can enhance their resilience, reduce risks associated with environmental degradation, and build a positive brand reputation.

Beccy Speight, Chief Executive of the RSPB, added, “There is a strong economic argument for protecting nature. Companies that lead the way in sustainability are likely to see long-term benefits, including cost savings, innovation opportunities, and increased customer loyalty.”

A Roadmap for Action

To support businesses in this transition, the conservation charities propose a set of guidelines and best practices. These include conducting environmental impact assessments, adopting circular economy principles, and investing in conservation projects. The Wildlife Trusts’ CEO, Craig Bennett, urged companies to engage with local communities and conservation experts to ensure that their efforts are both effective and inclusive.

In conclusion, the joint press release from the National Trust, RSPB, and the Wildlife Trusts is a clarion call for businesses to put nature at the heart of their decisions. By doing so, companies can help safeguard the UK’s natural environment for future generations while also reaping substantial economic and social benefits. The message is clear: the time for action is now, and businesses have a pivotal role to play in shaping a sustainable future.

The Secret Garden hosts a variety of exciting events and immersive courses throughout the year, ranging from beekeeping to macrame, willow weaving to bird ringing, and tea tasting to forest bathing!

Careys is also the home to Southern England’s only pair of nesting Ospreys.

There are regular yoga sessions amidst the tranquil embrace of nature and a weekly parent and toddler forest school group with crafts, nature trails and storytelling.

With seasonal craft fairs, gardening workshops and expert-led tours, there’s something for everyone, all year round And we’re growing interesting plants too! Highly scented, edible, seasonal and sustainable, always peat-free Shop online to click and collect from the gardens or get in touch for wholesale orders

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The Benefits of Exercising Outdoors for Your Mental Health

Exercising outdoors brings many benefits, especially for your mental health. Simple activities like walking, running, or cycling in nature can make a big difference in how you feel.

Being in nature helps reduce stress and anxiety. The fresh air and green spaces have a calming effect, helping to clear your mind and make you feel more relaxed. Spending time outside lowers levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which can improve your mood and reduce feelings of depression.

Exercising outdoors is also more enjoyable because of the changing scenery and open spaces. This variety makes it easier to stick with your exercise routine. You’re more likely to look forward to your workouts when they are fun and interesting.

Sunlight is another important benefit of outdoor exercise. Natural light helps your body produce vitamin D, which is good for your bones and immune system. Sunlight also helps regulate your sleep patterns, so you

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sleep better and feel more energised during the day.

Social interactions are easier when you exercise outdoors. Joining a local running group or chatting with other walkers in the park can make you feel part of a community. These connections can boost your mood and make you feel happier.

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One of Purbecks best kept secrets is the flat cycling network across the Rempstone Estate.

If you are a cyclist, then you have probably ridden the forest trails between Purbeck Park and Studland Bay. But if not, you might be surprised how easy the trails are to cycle on and being nestled so close to Poole Harbour the terrain is quite flat and only gently undulating at worst. Ross Kempson, who owns Cyclexperience set up a bike hire business at Purbeck Park (then Norden) back in 2008, fifteen years after starting a lager business in the New Forest. “After the success of our business, I started to look for additional locations and having lived in Bournemouth, I was familiar with the Purbeck area but always considered it too hilly for most people to enjoy cycling. But after spending a couple of days cycling with my son, we discovered some really easy cycling along tranquil trails which also rewarded us with fantastic views”.

The bike hire unit at Purbeck Park is open seasonally from April to October. Bikes can be booked online and suggested routes are also shown on the website . You can download a free app on the app stores (search ’cyclexexperience’) which tracks your progress on your phone. The most popular route is Bike to the Beach which follows part off the National Cycle Network to end up at Studland Bay. For the more adventurous, you won’t find renting a E-bike a pointless choice if you follow the Over the Hills route taking you to the coast at Kimmeridge for a spot of fossil hunting or the slightly less hilly Steamy Swanage route which can be combined with a steam train ride either to or from the town station.

And if you want to buy a bike, you can save some money with an exrental or a new bike can be sourced from their New Forest business and delivered to Purbeck Park.

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News from Wareham Town Council – May report

THE new town council met for the first time on May 14.

Councillor Marian Cotton, the Carey Hall dynamo, was elected as Mayor.

Cllr Zoe Gover, of Joys in North Street, was elected as Deputy Mayor.

In order to be legally compliant, the council accepted the Model Standing Orders used across the country.

These are based on the premise that town councils do not operate on party political lines.

Wareham Town Council can make an addendum, including what has been local custom.

The town clerk had drawn up a calendar of council meetings for the next five years – the term of the current council.

Cllr Gover said the new

schedule would be easier for her as someone in full-time employment.

The full council meetings will be held every month instead of six-weekly.

All committee and council meetings will be held on Tuesday evenings with usually two meetings on one evening.

This will reduce the time staff members have to work in the evening and leave them more time to work office hours.

Because there are now eight Liberal Democrat councillors and eight Independent councillors, the council voted to change the membership of committees to an even number.

There is a mixture of experienced, newer and new councillors on each committee.

Cllr Tighe’s knowledge should be useful on the buildings project steering group.

A large number of local organisations have a council representative and councillors volunteered for these positions according to their interests.

The public is welcome to attend the next council meetings on Tuesday, June 25, and July 23 at 7pm in the council chamber.

Further information is available on the council’s website, uk, or by phoning the town council office on 01929 553006.

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Sudoku 3D puzzle

Place 1 to 9 once into every black-bordered 3x3 area as well as each of the 54 rows indicated by the coloured lines. Rows don’t cross the thick black lines.

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9 Smell, it’s said, in European river (4)

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18 Doctor around city gets English award in present time? (8)

19 Clan ready to accept power (4)

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16 Northern manor is renovated for one in royal house? (6)

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Step up to help skatepark!

WHAT was it that Abraham Lincoln said about pleasing all of the people all of the time? I am never surprised to learn that my controversial comments have not gone down well with all readers – I do understand that my views may to some people be from a bygone era but then so am I. I’ve reached my late 70s and am unlikely to develop fresh opinions at this stage. I look back and cannot help but feel that my generation has enjoyed the privilege of living in a country which has not been involved in all-out war since the day I was born – we’ve had peace, most of us have prospered, we’ve been able to make our own choices and, to a great extent, freedom to write and say what we like. And for that I am truly thankful. Yes, I know that my era is coming to an end and that a great deal of what I do and say is “politically incorrect”. And my answer to that is – “so what”.


congratulations to David Sidwick, our newly elected Police and Crime Commissioner. Romped home. The public have entrusted you with three more years – I hope you will use them well and that we may enjoy three more years of whatever it is that you have planned for us. I think I was both disappointed and surprised at the volume of pre-election publicity that suddenly appeared on Facebook and noted your assurances that this was not pre-election publicity at all but a clear statement of your intentions. I hope that not only Facebook but also the Purbeck Gazette will continue to enjoy press releases from you setting out your progress. But never forget, David, that what we want in Swanage and in Wareham are simply more boots on the ground, proper crime deterrents and, most of all, a police presence that is present and not

30 miles away from any trouble.

The council road repair gangs are out and about in all sorts of rural areas of Dorset, although few of them appear to be in Purbeck. Sadly, most of the work is going to be ‘surface dressing’. The council press release assures me that it is a quick process, with bitumen binder – a sticky, tar-like substance – sprayed onto the road to seal the road against water damage. Stone chippings are spread on to restore grip and these are compacted with a roller.

Drivers can travel on the road as soon as the work is finished, with slow-moving vehicles helping to further embed the stone chippings. And anything travelling at normal speeds is liable to pick up a thin coating of tar and a few paintwork blemishes. A sweeper travels along the road within 48 hours to clear any immediate surplus stone. Line markings are reinstated shortly afterwards.

Now let’s see if it works! If our vehicles need an MOT inspection to drive on our roads, I think it’s time the roads were inspected and given an MOT, a certificate of safety for travelling on! And if the roads fail their MOT, the people that live on that road should have a reduction in their road tax for the year! Perhaps this would encourage government to repair them properly! These are our roads and we, the public, do not believe the road tax is being used properly!

ALARGE portion of the ramps on Swanage Skatepark became unsafe and were removed by Swanage Town Council in February 2023. The council resurfaced a large area of the park and has committed £15,000 towards new ramps, but this isn’t anywhere near enough, so, in spring last year, Swanage Skatepark Community Project (SSCP) was formed. It’s a small

group of volunteers led by Lorna Haines who has a legacy of fundraising for Swanage Skatepark. They are passionate about rebuilding and improving the space.

They ran a consultation survey over last summer with more than 150 responses all in support of improving the skatepark and holding community events in the space. They aim to raise £200,000 for new Skatelite ramps in the large empty space in the park and fill a smaller currently empty section of the park with new ramps, too, thus making their park even bigger and better than before.

If they hit their funding target, they can access £6,000 in match funding from Sport England. This will give them a great start! Please donate what you can to help make this happen. Every donation you make helps to show bigger funding organisations that our community is in support of rebuilding the skatepark. This project can be found at https:// swanage-skatepark.

PURBECK Sounds – your newest community radio station – is in the process of moving into “The Hub”, a town-centre premises provided to us by courtesy of The Loft Community Centre in Commercial Road and Swanage Emporium in Kings Road East. Official opening is still a few weeks away, but a great deal of work has already been done. In the meantime, our station manager, Graham Turner – “the flying G” – has been working flat out on putting a programme of presenters and features together.

Listeners have started to find the station online through their tablet, laptop or PC, and although there is no intention of applying for an FM licence, there will be other ways for people to tune in. Purbeck Sounds has already found a home on smart speakers, with

Alexa now recognising commands to enable and play the station.

With Purbeck’s listeners in mind, programme playlists have been kept open so that listeners will hear the best sounds from all decades from the 1950s to the present day. There will be an emphasis on the arts, local conversations and community events, as Purbeck Sounds sets out to restore a voice in broadcasting for the region.

We feel that we will be ahead of the curve as radio evolves, and if we can get our audience used to listening on different mediums, we won’t be too concerned. We will give them options and support them to find a different way of using radio.

Purbeck Sounds has set up a crowdfunding platform to raise £15,000 towards the set-up and early production costs of the new station, and has approached the business communities of Swanage and Purbeck to help.

Early support has come from firms including Swanage Sparks, Purbeck Media Group, Jewsons, Wayne’s Carpets, Travis Perkins, Paul Barron Arts, the Loft Community Centre and the Emporium.

All of the station volunteers are members and pay a subscription of £10 a month to support Purbeck Sounds, as well as giving up a lot of personal time.

And finally, a message to all those listeners who don’t like me or what I do. The station will be on the air 24/7 and my “Drive Around Purbeck” show will be on for four hours a week –Monday to Thursday, 5–6pm. So that leaves 164 hours a week when I’m not on air!

Lots of varied input, all sorts of music and features, check out the website and see what we have in store for you!, press ‘Schedule’ and see for yourself. Hope you enjoy our output and let us have your thoughts and opinions.

It Like It Is
26 Purbeck Gazette, May 27, 2024

Blue is colour for Parkinson’s Day

IF you live in Swanage, you may have noticed that the Mowlem turned deep blue on April 11, World Parkinson’s Day – thanks to Dan and the Mowlem trustees for that.

The Shore Road beach huts were also lit blue – thank you Matt and Swanage Council.

Swanage Co-op – thank you Simon and your team; and the National Trust at Corfe Castle gave us space to give out information and to talk to people about Parkinson’s.

Many of those who stopped to donate or chat enjoyed a free cupcake decorated with blue icing.

The cakes were made and generously donated by Nigel and Joan Dragon of the Village Bakery, Corfe Castle.

We are very grateful to all the many people who have supported us and helped in all manner of ways, including Jim from Purbeck Press who has been generous in his help with our publicity materials – using lots of blue ink!

You may by now have got the idea, if you didn’t know before, that Parkinson’s UK’s colour is blue.

So, look for blue balloons and blue banners when you come to visit us on our next awareness/ fund-raising outing

– Corfe Castle May Fair on Bank Holiday Monday, May 27, in the Castle Grounds.

Our new support group, PurbeckParkys, was launched in January 2024 with the aim of offering friendship, information and support to people in this area, including family and carers, who are living with Parkinson’s.

It also aims to raise awareness of Parkinson’s and gather some money for research.

Our official title is PurbeckParkys – Parkinson’s UK café – and we operate under the guidance and support of Parkinson’s UK, the national charity supporting people living with Parkinson’s and funding research into the fastest growing neurological disorder in the world.

Parkinson’s used to be referred to as Parkinson’s disease. The initials PD are often still used as a shorthand for referring to the disorder, however, it is now generally recognised that Parkinson’s is not ‘A’ disease but rather a condition caused by certain brain cells dying and depriving the person of dopamine, thus creating a complex disorder which can give rise to up to 40 different symptoms.

A person living with Parkinson's may exhibit none or any combination of a number of

Youngsters learn fishing know how at the lake

ELEVEN Juniors fished at Harbourbridge Lakes, near Chickerell, for a coaching session hosted by Dorchester & District Angling Society (DDAS) Juniors.

Parents, juniors and coaches were bathed in warm sunshine as tutorials were presented on how to cast with a rod and reel and casting with a feeder to a clip.

those symptoms.

Our group got off to a good start, meeting monthly at the village Inn in Ulwell.

We are very grateful to Brian Gate, the manager, and the directors at the Ulwell Holiday Village, for generously hosting our first four meetings.

As the village gets busier with holiday guests, we have moved out and accepted another generous offer, this time from the Swanage Cricket Club.

Throughout the summer months we shall be meeting in its lovely Pavilion, starting on Wednesday, May 15.

We hope to take advantage of its veranda to enjoy the sunshine and the restful view of the immaculate playing area.

We continue to meet between 2.30pm-4.30pm on the third Wednesday of the month.

The structure is informal, and it is a drop-in cafe, so come when you can and leave when you must.

We sometimes have a speaker in the first half of the afternoon – those meetings are always flagged up in advance so that those who want to hear the talk know when to arrive.

If you are living with Parkinson’s, or care for, or about, someone who is, you will be welcome at any of our monthly PurbeckParkys meetings. Just turn up, or contact me at the address


Whether you have any connection with Parkinson’s or not, if you have time and energy and skills that you think could be used to help our group, I shall be delighted to hear from you, too.

Become a Friend of PurbeckParkys.

David Gynes

Parkinson’s UK volunteer activity leader, david.gynes@ parkinsons-uk.goassemble. com.

Facebook: Purbeck Parkinson's Group –PurbeckParkys; Instagram: @purbeckparkys.

30mph limit is no problem

WHAT an earth is Martin Hobdell on about in his letter – Purbeck Gazette, May 10?

The 30mph speed limit in Harmans Cross is only a mile long, so less than two minutes driving.

Even if he were allowed to drive at 60mph he would only save a minute!

When Antoine de SaintExupéry was a young man in a hurry and always rushing around he was told to ask himself: “What are you going to do with the time you are saving by such haste?”.

Anya Squires via email

Juniors also learned how and what to look for when trying to locate fish on a typical lake.

The juniors caught fish from the smaller species to big carp of nearly 10lb in weight and all went home tired but smiling.

For more information about DDAS Juniors, go to or contact

For fishery information, search for Harbourbridge Lakes on Facebook.

Letters Sport
Six-year-old George Ellis and his mum, Carly at Harbouorside Lakes
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A Conservative town no longer

ON Thursday, May 2, Dorset went to the polls. In Swanage, branch members were up early outside polling stations. We worked hard to get out our vote – telephoning members and knocking on doors.

It was a long day – and our thanks must go to all those who so tirelessly supported our candidates from dawn to dusk.

As you must know, Liberal Democrats now control Dorset Unitary Authority, with 42 councillors – Conservatives with 30, Greens four and Labour two.

Nationally, Rishi Sunak is on the ropes. Polling guru John Curtice is reported as saying the results added up to “one of the worst, if not the worst” performances by the Conservatives in 40 years. Kwasi Kwarteng, former disastrous Chancellor under Liz Truss, told LBC that there was “no such thing, really, as a safe Tory seat anymore”.

In Swanage and Purbeck,

Labour candidates confirmed Kwasi Kwarteng’s forebodings.

Standing as a candidate for Swanage for Dorset Unitary Authority, Debby Monkhouse gained 1,084 votes – only 64 votes behind Conservative candidate Bill Trite, who – along with Gary Suttle, was elected.

As a candidate myself, I gained 789 votes, fourth on the poll, Debby being third.

But it was our results for Swanage Town Council which truly deserve to be celebrated. We now have four Labour councillors, elected for Swanage South. Debby Monkhouse was elected with 760 votes, Jules Dorrington with 655, Sarah Vile with 652 and Cliff Sutton with 634.

councillors – and those in 2019 – being elected. There are now six Conservative councillors, four Labour and two Independents.

Swanage Labour members were praised by South Dorset Labour Parliamentary candidate, Lloyd Hatton, who knocked on many doors with our councillor candidates. Our community campaigning over the last eight years, he said, had been justly rewarded.

As Debby told me: “We have worked hard since 2016 to save local lives by fighting the closure of Poole A&E and saving Swanage Ambulance Car.

At the count, veteran Swanage Conservative Bill Trite told me that Labour had done “extremely well”, in what he described as a “Conservative town”.

“Conservative town no longer,” Labour member Peter Jacobs said when he heard the results.

Our thanks go above all to Debby Monkhouse, the driving force for all our community campaigning. She will be ably supported by her new colleagues – Sarah, who says she is a “passionate supporter” of genuinely affordable social housing; Cliff, who looks forward to “a fresh start for our community”; and Jules, who will be champion for its youth.

Swanage Labour Group Leader Debby Monkhouse told me how “delighted” she was –since 1963 there had only been one, or at best two Labour

“Since the cost of living crisis began, we’ve set up two mobile larders supporting up to 100 local families each week.”

Her message to the people of Swanage was clear: “Thank you for recognising our work!”

We also owe a vote of thanks to Avril Harris, Swanage’s first – and so far, only – Labour Mayor, who has been such a source of strength to us all.


Chair, Swanage & Rural Purbeck Labour Party

Pupils get a lesson in democracy

WE have had elections locally in Dorset, and I want to extend my thanks to all the candidates who stood to represent their local communities. It is not easy putting oneself forward for election, but it is vital for our communities that we have people willing to do so.

The results were disappointing for the Conservatives, and I am always sorry to see hard-working dedicated local councillors lose their seats. In Mid Dorset we still have one Conservative councillor in West Purbeck, and I’m really pleased that David Sidwick returned as the Police and Crime Commissioner for Dorset.

I have been out and about in the community as usual visiting people, charities and businesses. I popped into the pharmacy in Sandford to have my blood pressure taken on

World Hypertension Day. One in three adults have high blood pressure, but are not aware of it, and a quick check could save your life. The pharmacy will forward the result to your doctor, who will get in touch if they have concerns or need to follow up.

I’m always keen to get young people involved in politics, and I organised a Parliamentary-style debate for children in year 6 at Lytchett Matravers Primary School. It was on the vital topic of banning homework and we had a lively debate. The children voted to ban homework –though the teachers were not so keen!

pleased that parents of children from nine months old can now apply to access governmentfunded childcare from September.

I visited Tops Day Nursery in Wareham to chat about childcare provision, and really enjoyed reading “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” to the children, and seeing the butterflies that they are hatching. Quality childcare is vitally important, and we are fortunate to have so many great providers here in Purbeck.

are vital at preventing loneliness, especially in our rural areas. If you would like me to drop in to your community event or gathering, please do get in touch. It doesn’t need to be a big formal event – I’m always happy to meet constituents and hear their views and chat.

Supporting families and communities is one of my priorities, and I’m really

I recently popped in to the Pop-in-Place in Bere Regis for a coffee. It’s always lovely to see how important these community gatherings are for local people. Groups like the men’s shed, the WI and U3A

I continue to hold regular surgeries in the constituency, so please do get in touch if there is something you need help with. Email me on michael. or contact my office on 01202 624216. You can also follow what I’ve been doing on Facebook, michael4MDNP, or on my website,

MICHAEL TOMLINSON Conservative MP for Mid Dorset and North Poole

Chris Bradey Michael Tomlinson
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Policing: Vision for the future

THIS month, police and crime commissioners were elected for their new term of office. I would like to congratulate David Sidwick, who was re-elected for Dorset, and to thank my colleague Howard Legg and other candidates for putting themselves forward for election.

I know that Mr Sidwick will be keen to continue with his own plan, but it seems timely to share the Liberal Democrat perspective on crime as we move towards a general election and the likelihood of a new Government under which he will serve.

In the nine years I have been chair of my local neighbourhood watch, the role of police officer has changed markedly. Many officers have moved to roles behind a screen rather than on the street and this has impacted the perception of safety in our communities.

Constituents regularly contacted me worried about safety who, having read a story

in the paper, as-sume that they are at considerable risk of crime. It takes some convincing that Dorset remains one of the safest counties across England.

Although the responsibility for crime sits with the PCC, most residents reach out to their councillors when they have a problem, and this is one reason Liberal Democrats would scrap the office altogeth-er and invest the money into frontline policing. Police would be held to account by a police authority including elected and co-opted community representatives.

shop or strolling down the high street can be enough to build community confidence.

There is a risk that we look to the past through rose-coloured glasses with memories of Dixon of Dock Green and a police house in every village. This is unrealistic, but we know that just the sight of a uni-formed officer popping into the local

As technology changes how we interact with each other, it is inevitable that more crime takes place online – from frauds to sexual exploitation, cyber stalking and hacking. Lib Dems believe such crimes should be managed by a directly funded Online Crime Agency so police forces can focus on issues like burglaries and thefts, as well as increase their work making our roads safer, taking early action on youth offending, and building confident communities alongside council anti-social behaviour and en-forcement teams.

When Robert Peel set up the police almost 200 years ago, he said that “every community member must share the responsibility of preventing

crime as if they were volunteer members of the force. They will only accept this responsibility if the community support and trust the police.”

Sadly, recent high-profile incidents have damaged that trust and the reduction in police numbers – albeit now being restored to its former level – has furthered the fragility of this relationship.

We are therefore calling on the police to overhaul and improve its vetting and recruitment standards, introduce mandatory training for police on the impact of trauma, particularly on women and girls, and improve access to restorative justice. Through this, the support and trust that Sir Robert Peel held so dear can be restored and our communities thrive together.


Lib Dem Prospective Parliamentary Candidate –Mid Dorset & North Poole

Vikki Slade
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D-Day commemoration salutes the radar scientists of Purbeck

TO coincide with the 80th anniversary of D-Day, a special display will be mounted at the Langton Matravers Museum of Local History featuring surviving examples of historic Radar equipment, including both intercept receivers and navigational equipment used on D-Day.

This has been made possible by the generous loan of the exhibits by Dr Phil Judkins of the Purbeck Radar Museum Trust. An accompanying storyboard shows how Microwave Radar turned the Battle of the Atlantic in the Allies favour, making the invasion of Europe practicable.

The preparation for D-Day involved a number of littleknown technical advances, without which the invasion would certainly have been a failure. Most of these originated in the work of the scientists based in Langton Matravers and Worth Matravers from May 1940 to March 1942.

As well as the patient work of the military deception teams, who succeeded in conning the Germans into diverting hundreds of thousands of troops from the Normandy sector of the ‘Atlantic Wall’ to defend places the Allies had no intention of invading, earlier technical advances in Radar were essential to make the D-Day invasion possible.

The Allies would have lost the Battle of the Atlantic in 1943, and with it the war, but for the invention of Microwave Radar at Langton Matravers in Dorset. This technical advance allowed the Air Forces to successfully locate and attack German U-Boats, forcing them to retreat from the Atlantic altogether, just when the Allies were losing so many ships and their vital cargoes that Britain’s

All the 6,000 vessels involved in the D-Day landings were equipped with a new form of radar-based navigation equipment – pioneering the same physical principles as modern GPS navigation systems

whole war effort was in danger of collapsing.

As it was, the vast numbers of troops needed to sustain the invasion of Europe were safely ferried across the Atlantic. More than 1.5 million GIs were already in Britain by D-Day, although only 59,000 landed with the 83,000 British and Canadian forces on D-Day itself.

In addition, every one of the landing craft that took these men ashore had been manufactured in the US and needed transport across the ‘pond’. It was these craft that were in critical short supply, limiting the number of troops that could be put ashore in a single day. This is why the planned simultaneous invasion of southern France had to be delayed until August 1944.

MICROWAVE Radar was still vital on D-Day to protect the invasion fleet from potentially devastating attacks from U-Boats. But several other ingenious inventions emanated from the Radar scientists in

Purbeck that contributed decisively to the success of Operation Overlord.

Every one of the 6,000 vessels involved in the D-Day landings was equipped with a new form of Radar-based navigation equipment –pioneering the same physical principles as modern GPS navigation systems.

This allowed the ships to stick to narrow channels that had been cleared of sea mines. Without this kit, substantial numbers of vessels would have been sunk, seriously jeopardising the success of the assault.

At the same time, an adaptation of this technique was in use to allow accurate navigation of planes on missions to drop parachutists or bomb crucial targets.

Scientists working at Worth Matravers produced equipment that was essential to the delay of German reinforcements near Calais, far to the north of the Normandy invasion beaches, during the critical vulnerable period of consolidation of the

Allies tentative foothold. Radar deception techniques – outlined in a booklet available at the Langton Matravers Museum – reinforced Hitler’s belief that the main thrust would be directed at the Pas de Calais, until it was too late, leading him to delay deploying crucial Panzer Divisions from Calais to Normandy.

One of these inventions was as deceptively simple in concept as the scattering of aluminium strips from aeroplanes –‘Window’ – to deceive German Radar into “seeing” an invasion fleet heading for Calais on June 6, 1944. Of course, it needed to be scattered repeatedly at exactly the right time and place, requiring such accurate flying that the Dam Buster Squadron was called upon to achieve it. The invention of this use of ‘Window’ was made by Joan Curran, one of the many women who were active in war work, especially Radar. Their involvement gave Britain a huge advantage over the Nazis, who would not use women in any sensitive role.

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Hawthorn good for the heart

OVER the last few weeks, I have been visiting the spectacular bluebell woods near my home.

This is something I always do at this time of year. I feel I need to pay homage to nature and how amazing she is – the colours of the beach leaves as they emerge, a verdant lime green with the purple – they are definitely purple – carpets of bluebells, interspersed with delicate white stitchwort and wood anemone – and the moss this year is quite extraordinarily abundant.

The various shades of green and the spring birdsong is good for the soul and makes it a joy to be alive.

If it ever dries up, and apparently it looks like it might, it is a time to be harvesting some of the spring blossoms. It must be dry, so about 11am on a sunny day is a perfect time for picking. Any moisture and they

will rot.

Pick hawthorn tops and flowers just as they are opening. Hawthorn, or crateagus, is for the heart, making it beat strongly by strengthening the heart muscles. This helps with circulation and regulating blood pressure.

Once dried, they can be used as a tea, or they can be put in a Kilner jar – fill the flowers to the top and then pour brandy into the jar to cover every flower to make the beginning of your own tincture.

In the autumn you strain out the flowering tops and add the berries, which are excellent antioxidants to make a cholesterol lowering, heart tonic.

Elder flowers, sambucus nigra, are another flower that should be picked soon. Shake them well to get rid of all the hiding insects! They can be dried to make a delicious calming tea for allergies and

Hawthorn can be used in a tea or a tincture

nasal congestion. The flowers are also used as a diaphoretic –making you sweat – together with mint and yarrow to bring a fever to a head. A steaming cup of tea, warm bed with a hot water bottle and a good sweat sees off lots of viruses and will aid a speedy recovery. As an alternative, they too can be steeped in brandy until the autumn when the berries are

added to make a strong, immune-boosting, cold-busting tonic.

I am going to have to remember to take my clippers and a bag to harvest where I find, always making sure not to take too much from any one area.

n Fiona Chapman is a naturopathic herbalist (email

New chief at county care firm

A DORSET care firm has appointed a new managing director.

Adult social care provider Care Dorset, owned by Dorset Council, has announced Chris Best as a permanent MD. Chris had been performing the role in an interim capacity since September last year, following the decision by previous MD, Steve Veevers, to step down.

Before moving into the interim role, Chris had been Care Dorset’s director of HR and organisational development


since its inception in October 2022.

Care Dorset is a local authority trading company, meaning it is a private company owned by the council.

“My heartfelt thanks to everyone who assisted with the selection process, which included people we support, their families and my colleagues,” Chris said.

“The challenges facing the adult social care sector are well-known. But I believe we are in a better place than others not just to chart a way through – but indeed offer more and ever-improving services.

“My first priority in that effort is to bring our five-year strategy into being, and I know I have the support of our chair

and the board in that. I also thank them today for this appointment.”

Care Dorset chair, Caroline Tapster, said: “Since stepping into the role, Chris has combined his knowledge and experience of the care industry to manage and build strong relationships.

“Chris has lived the values of Care Dorset and has incorporated them, not only into his day-to-day delivery of his role, but also into the development of the company strategy.”

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Health & Wellbeing

Go on, take 10 minutes for yourself!

IT is so easy to lose sight of who we truly are, just as we are. We can so often get lost beneath the intricate web of who we are as a mother, a daughter, a wife. Who are we beneath trying to be good at all these other people?

The endless pressures of life pushing and pulling us in all directions. The comparing, the trying, the wanting. It can be exhausting and very easy to become disconnected and distant from who we actually are and what we really want. It can be harder still to remember who we are after years and years of subconscious patterns and behaviours becoming our default personality or way of being. Often, these are adopted as a way of feeling accepted and loved. Totally understandable, we all want to feel loved. The problem with this way of operating, is we can become exhausted by constantly chasing the approval or love from others. We can become burnt out and eventually a little empty. The pursuit of external possessions or praise from others can dwindle and lose its thrill.

Taking some time out each day for yourself, even for 10 minutes – which we all have – to just be or sit or ponder, walk, paint, write, whatever lights you up and makes you smile can be so enriching for the soul, and if done regularly, can really begin to remind you that you can be that source of joy and fulfilment for yourself. It can begin to give you a sense of calm and peace that is invaluable and rather addictive.

Another tip is mediation. I know it’s become a bit of a trend and possibly a bit offputting for some, but I can’t recommend it enough. If you think of it as simply a quiet moment for yourself, to “check in” and begin to hear that quiet voice inside, that may have been hushed, it can make more sense and be more appealing.

Sitting quietly somewhere comfortable for just five minutes and noticing yourself breathing in and out, is over time, incredibly enriching. Instead of wanting to run for the hills when I’m at the end of my tether, I now run to my bedroom for my 10 minutes of quiet!

This all sounds rather simple, I know, but it is surprising how

Meditation can seem off-putting to some, but perhaps think of it as simply a quiet moment for yourself, to “check in”

rarely we take 10 minutes for ourselves and what a difference it can make when we do. What I have noticed with my clients, is that even when you make a small change, it can have a ripple effect on your life. Difficult parts can begin to get easier and improve and that empty feeling can fade.

Whatever you choose to do with your ten minutes every day, is obviously completely up to you, but make sure it is

something that brings you joy and feels a little bit exciting to do again the next day. Over time this will begin to become a habit that brings calm and a reminder of who you truly are, just as you are.

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Meditations in nature: Time out on the Jurassic coast

A DESIRE to be by the sea and my inherent love of geology and fossil hunting has brought me to the Jurassic coast. Low tide is at 11am providing safe conditions for a stroll along the beach. The sea is flat and calm, and the sky is a deep blue with not a cloud to be seen.

Unfortunately, I am not alone – fossil hunting has become a national pastime. Not only is it fun and interesting, it also provides a profound connection to the millions of years of evolutionary history of the plants and animals that once lived here. To pick up a fossil is like finding buried treasure that has survived 200 million years and you are the first person ever to have seen and held it in the palm of your hand.

Some days there are many to discover, other days, like today, fossils are more difficult to find, perhaps because of the number of people, but also the wave and weather conditions –usually the rougher the better.

So, it is not long before I give up and just enjoy the sights and sounds of being beside the sea, for that is what my body and soul needs the most. People have turned to the healing powers of the seaside for years. Now science can tell us why this multi-sensual, blue space makes us feel better. Firstly, sea air is cleaner, less polluted and contains more negative ions. These atoms or molecules have more electrons than protons and have been negatively charged by wind and sunlight. They enter our bodies mainly through our skin and respiratory system. Their presence increases our serotonin levels boosting our energy and improving our mood.

Secondly, the sea breeze is good for our immune system as plants that grow by the coast emit a substance called phytoncide which inhibits the growth of bacteria.

And finally, we absorb more Vitamin D by the sea as it tends

to be sunnier and brighter by the coast than inland.

Once past the crowds and beyond the dangerous cliffs, I find a sheltered place to lie down. The weight of my body carves a comfortable hollow in the rounded, sea-worn pebbles, and a tall rock protects me from the wind. With my trouser legs and sleeves rolled up and suitably protected from the strength of the sun, I am transported to warm summer days.

Above me I watch a peregrine falcon soaring over the cliffs towards his nest site. I can also see the flight paths of aircraft and their slowly fading contrails. For once, I am not envious of the holidaymakers heading for the continent. For in this moment, I cannot think of a more soothing place to be than here beside this gentle sea listening to the ebb and flow of the pebbles as they are pulled back and forth by the waves.

While the visual beauty of the coastline is unquestionable,


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In addition, the ‘acoustic camouflage’ of the breaking waves drowns out other noises and distractions and helps us to clear our minds of anxieties or pressing concerns.

Feeling totally at peace, I lay here for some time just enjoying the stillness, warmth and tranquillity. The world and its problems are far from my thoughts as I connect physically and psychologically to this incredible shoreline.

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A good year for tulips, but what now?

IT has been a good year for tulips in pots. The slow, cold spring has meant that they have continued in flower for an exceptionally long time. But now it’s time to take them out of their pots and replace them with summer flowers.

It can be quite a dilemma, whether to try to keep the bulbs for another season, or not. With most large-flowered hybrid tulips, the message is probably not. It’s easier to treat them like bedding plants and discard the bulbs every summer.

Sometimes the flowered

bulbs remaining in the compost are big enough to flower another spring. In which case, if they are at least 2-3cm in diameter they may well flower if they are cleaned and stored dry over the summer in a netting bag hanging in the garden shed or greenhouse. Mice cannot get hold of the delicious bulbs for a midnight feast that way.

But smaller bulbils should be removed, cruelly stamped on with the heel of your boot and consigned to the compost heap. Unless you are going to start a bulb nursery, growing on small bulbs will only result in tulip

fire and disappointment.

Pretty little species tulips are an exception, however – they are much tougher. Providing the ground is light and welldrained, they could be left in situ to flower another spring and with luck will naturalise.

The gardens at Great Dixter, in East Sussex, are famous for their tulip displays, and Fergus Garrett, the head gardener, has worked out which named tulip varieties reliably perennate –last from year to year. If you

dislike the whole, wasteful process of throwing away spent tulip bulbs, it would be worth spending a day there to see which are doing well.

The soil at Great Dixteer is not light and well-drained – it’s heavy and can be quite wet. But the gardeners put on plenty of garden compost to help open up the clay, and they have worked

Tulips in pots have continued in flower for a long time in a cold spring

Wonderful wisteria is putting on a show

AT last, after months of rain and gloom, we can enjoy a glorious May. Everything has had enough moisture to produce the very best of flowers, and everywhere everything is bursting into blossom.

And this year the wisteria seems to be flowering especially generously. Older plants are smothered in bloom and even quite young wisterias are producing flower. They are

notoriously slow, usually, to come into flower, but it does help to prune them twice a year.

A young plant growing away well will make long stems during the summer, and it is these that need to be cut back by about a half during July or August. Allow a few stems to climb a support and make a structure, but be careful not to wind these long, twisting uprights around a drainpipe. They get very fat and are

immovable once they have formed wood. The drainpipe may not be able to withstand its clasping snake for very long.

In the winter, reduce the tendrils to about two or three buds to form flowering spurs. The winter cut is in many ways more important than cutting them down during the growing season in July. The following summer they will work out what they should be doing, and by winter even quite young plants will start to initiate flowers.

Intriguingly Japanese wisterias – W. floribunda – wind clockwise, and Chinese forms – W. sinensis – twist anticlockwise. It’s worth remembering when you’re wrestling with reluctant tendrils on a cold day.

The named cultivars are quite spectacular, and because they are propagated by grafting,

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they can seem expensive. But beware the seed-raised, cheaper alternatives. The flowers will not be as spectacular as the grafted, named varieties. And it will take several disappointing years to discover the mistake. Invest in a fine W. floribunda ‘Yae-Kokuryu’, for example, with long racemes of scented, double flowers in shades of deep violet and lilac. Or buy a W. sinensis ‘Amethyst’ with crowds of mauve, perfumed flowers throughout the spring. And either will lend a rich, classy air to any sunny wall. Wisteria need the warmth of a south-facing house wall to flower well. And pruning should shorten the waiting time. And feed the young plant with rose fertiliser in spring to promote the formation of flower buds. Your wisteria will reward you with a jaw-dropping display.

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Castle show raises nearly £30,000

DORSET Blind Association’s eighth annual motor show, held at Lulworth Castle earlier this month, achieved a recordbreaking fundraising total of £29,828.44.

The event welcomed more than 6,000 members of the public through the gates, making it the association’s most successful show to date.

The glorious weather, coupled with a magnificent display of vehicles and a wide array of stalls and entertainment, contributed to an

excellent day.

Significant sponsorship from Blue Sky Financial Planning and Daizun Investments helped make the event possible.

The show featured an array of cars, from vintage classics to modern supercars, and more than 60 stallholders offering a variety of products.

Visitors enjoyed live performances from the Rock Choir, Miss Lisa Locarno, the Bournemouth Carnival Band – also known as ‘The Spiderman Band’ – and The

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“We are overwhelmed by the support from the local community, our sponsors, volunteers and everyone who attended,” said Sam Baker, event organiser at Dorset Blind Association.

“The positive feedback has been incredible, and we are

already receiving inquiries about next year's event.

“The funds raised will make a significant impact on our ability to continue providing essential services to those living with sight loss in Dorset.”

The event, as well as raising money, provided a platform to increase awareness of the Blind Association's work.

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The mark of excellence

ONE of the tools I use when I am valuing jewellery or silverware is checking the hallmarks, those tiny symbols stamped onto precious metal pieces.

They carry a rich history that stretches back centuries.

These marks, which you could liken to a signature, denote the purity of the metal, the maker and sometimes even the location of creation.

The origins of hallmarks can be traced back to the Byzantine Empire, where goldsmiths began to mark their work to signify quality and authenticity.

However, the practice really flourished during the Middle Ages in Europe when guilds emerged as hubs of craftsmanship.

Guilds regulated the quality and standards of their members’ work, and hallmarking became a means to guarantee authenticity and protect consumers.

In 1300, King Edward I of England passed the Statute of Gold and Silver, which mandated hallmarking to control the purity of precious metals.

This marked the formalisation of hall-marking in Europe, and similar regulations soon followed in other countries.

Over time, hallmarking systems became more complex.

Additional marks were introduced to denote the maker, the date of creation and sometimes even the location of manufacture.

These intricate systems varied from country to country, reflecting regional traditions and regulations.

At Heirlooms, we have our own maker’s mark, which is from Birmingham.

I chose Birmingham as it was the nearest Assay Office to where I was born, which was Worcester!

It is the initials HoW, which stands for Heirlooms of Wareham.

The initials are enclosed in a heart-shaped shield, much like the shield with the Wareham town crest in it.

Today, hallmarking remains an essential aspect of the jewellery industry, providing consumers with confidence in the quality and authenticity of their purchases.

Rolex could make £6,000

DUKE’S Auctioneers is staging a Fine Jewellery, Watches, Accessories, Wines and Spirits auction next month.

The sale offers a curated collection of exceptional variety, including treasures for long-time jewellery collectors and first-time buyers alike.

The auction begins with Fine Jewellery on Wednesday, June 12, followed by Watches, Accessories, Wines and Spirits on Thursday, June 13.

The five pillars of the auction, jewellery, watches, accessories, wines and spirits, are each marked by pieces of

high quality and exceptional beauty.

A highlight among the watches is a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust Gentleman’s Bi-metal Bracelet Watch, estimated at £4,000-£6,000 (pictured). Wreathed in gold and silver, this striking watch exudes elegance and prestige. The piece is in excellent condition and is in its original box with papers and Rolex tag.

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Lidl looking for new sites

SUPERMARKET giant Lidl is on the lookout for new store locations in Purbeck.

The cut-price food chain has launched a new appeal for landowners and property agents to highlight potential sites as it bids to open hundreds of new stores across the country.

A document highlighting where the firm is looking for sites includes Swanage, Wareham, Wimborne and Poole, as well as Lymington and Sherborne elsewhere in Dorset.

The discounter is also on the

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lookout for sites in Salisbury, over the Wiltshire border, as it marks its 30th anniversary.

Currently, Lidl has stores in Poole, Ferndown, Dorchester, Gillingham and Shaftesbury.

Richard Taylor, Lidl GB chief development officer, said:

“Having fortified our infrastructure with significant investments like Luton, which is the largest warehouse in the Lidl world, we’re proud to have achieved record market share this month.

“We have also been the

fastest growing bricks and mortar supermarket for the past seven months in a row.

“With an exceptional store network and our laser focus on operational excellence, we’re welcoming more customers through our doors than ever before, which positions us perfectly for continued expansion.

“As we celebrate our 30th year, our commitment to ensuring that all households across the country have access to high quality produce at

affordable prices is stronger than ever.

“We’re planning to open hundreds of new Lidl stores but ultimately see no ceiling on our ambition or growth potential.

“This is why we’re continuing to invest in new locations whilst exploring innovative routes to expansion.

“As we look ahead, we’re excited to welcome even more new shoppers to our existing stores, as well as those we’re planning to open across the country in the coming months and years.”

In a bid to encourage development, Lidl is offering a ‘finders’ fee’ should a suitable site be identified, which would see either 1.5% of the total freehold purchase price, or 10% of the first year’s rent for leaseholds. This would equate to £22,500 for a completed £1.5 million site purchase.

The announcement said the company is specifically looking for sites in “prominent locations with easy access and strong pedestrian or traffic flow, with 1.5+ acres for a standalone store and up to four acres for mixeduse schemes”.

It added: “Sites should allow for unit sizes between 18,000 and 26,500 sq ft and over 100 dedicated car parking spaces, and Lidl’s flexible approach means it will consider freehold, leasehold or long leasehold opportunities.”

IR35 and why did it become such a problem?

IR35 Rules – often known as off payroll working rules – first appeared in April 2000 and are used to determine whether a contractor should be treated as an employee or self-employed for tax purposes.

Often seen as complicated and confusing, reforms introduced in April 2021 had the effect of making life harder for both the contractor, if they were seen as being inside IR35 – as they would be treated as

employees and taxed as such – and for the hiring client who would then be liable for the contractor’s employment taxes.

This problem is usually called double taxation.

The effect of this was that hiring clients reduced the numbers of contractors they needed, while there was an increase in contractors looking to close their businesses down, either as solvent liquidations (MVLs) or creditors voluntary

liquidations (CVLs), because their businesses were no longer viable or already insolvent.

Further reforms, introduced by HMRC on April 6, 2024, will see HMRC automatically offset the taxes already paid by a contractor when issuing a business with an IR35 bill. It is hoped that these changes could see more contractor roles appearing outside IR35, which would be of benefit to both

hiring client businesses and contractors.

How this plays out only time will tell, but the consensus currently is that it will lead to more roles sitting outside IR35, and thus avoiding the double taxation scenario.

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Can I ask to work from home when I start a new job?

LEGAL changes mean employees have the right to ask to work from home on day one of a new job, according to employment experts at a law firm with offices in Swanage.

The shake-up of flexible working rules is among a raft of employment law modifications which came into force last month.

Ellis Jones Solicitors has urged employers to ensure procedures are in place to meet the new legislation.

Previously, before April 6, workers must have been employed for at least 26 weeks before they could make a request for flexible working.

This includes working part-time, term time, compressed hours and remotely. One such request could be made every 12 months.

Now, under the Employment Relations (Flexible Working) Act 2023, employees can request flexible working from their first day in a new job and they can make two requests in any 12-month period.

Kate Brooks, head of employment/HR services at Ellis Jones, said: “Flexible working, particularly remote working, remains a major issue for some businesses and their employees.

“The changes mean that the employee not only has the right to request flexible working from their first day, they no longer have to explain what effect it would have on the employer and how any effect might be

dealt with.

“The onus is now on the employer, who must make a decision within two months and any refusal must be for one of eight prescribed reasons.

“It is paramount to consider an individual’s request on a case-by-case basis, and not adopt a general approach to rejecting flexible work requests as this could amount to unlawful discrimination.”

Employers are urged to review and update their policies to align with the new regulations, put a flexible work request policy in place and consider training for managers.

Kate said: “These changes to flexible working are long awaited.

“Clearly some firms need their people in the workplace. However, more generally, not only are there clear benefits for workers but these new measures will also be beneficial to many businesses.

“Research has shown that businesses that embrace flexible working can attract a more talented pool of employees and increase staff motivation, which in turn reduces staff turnover and increases retention.

“Employers are encouraged to embrace the shift in workplace dynamics and see this as a positive opportunity for their business to grow and excel.”

Other employment law changes which have come into force this month cover redundancy protection during

pregnancy, maternity leave, adoption leave and shared parental leave.

There have also been changes to the National Minimum Wage and the National Living Wage and increases to statutory family-related pay and sick pay.

Looking ahead, there will be

amendments to the law covering the duty of employers to prevent sexual harassment of their employees coming into force in October.

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On the move: It pays to be prepared

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CERTAIN dates/days of the week are more popular, the closer you get to your moving day, the more likely your dates will already be booked. Get insurance cover

IT’S essential you ensure your goods are adequately protected throughout your relocation. Read the terms and conditions

HOW many times have you clicked “I have read the terms and conditions box” without giving it a glance? We’re all guilty of it. You might be required to unplug electricals,

cover floors etc. Not being prepared could slow things down and create extra charges. Check for access issues

DO a quick recce with large vehicles in mind, tight bends, low hanging trees etc, to ensure things go as smoothly on the day.

Protect your carpets

AT Armishaws, our crews carry carpet protectors but these may not cover against everything if access is muddy. Add extra coverings before your removers arrive.

Disconnect electrical equipment

MAKE arrangements to disconnect white goods. Curtains, shelves and anything fixed to the walls should also be taken down ready to move. Declutter to save taking

unwanted items with you

MOVING home is the perfect time for that long promised clear out. You don’t want to pay to take clutter with you only to have to find somewhere else to hide it!

Check and clear loft spaces

MOST removal companies are not insured to work in lofts unless boarded and lit. Check those droopy drawers

If you have any ‘wobbly’ furniture, get repairs done before it’s moved. The stresses of moving house can exacerbate existing structural weaknesses. Disassemble system furniture SYSTEM or self-assembly furniture is not designed to be moved whole and often does

not go back together well if dismantled. Take furniture apart carefully in advance of your move. Place screws/fixings in a bag and tape it to the furniture so it doesn’t get lost. Ensure everything outdoors is ready to go ANYTHING to be transported from the outbuildings or garages should be prepared in advance. Plants should either be potted or their roots contained in a plastic bin liner. Garden tools should be tied in bundles and swings, climbing frames, dismantled ready to go. Prepare to unpack over several days IT’S usually not possible to unpack everything at your new home in a single day. Decide what’s most important and focus on those key items. Don’t forget to eat! “OH, we’ll get something on the day…”. There might be delays. The last thing you need are ‘hangry’ kids and rumbling stomachs, so pack provisions to keep everyone fed and watered. Book a shopping delivery WHEN you get to your new home, the last thing you want to worry about is “a big shop”. Plan ahead and book a food and essentials delivery to arrive at your new address the day after your move.

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Festival finds a place for family

THIS summer’s Poole Harbour Festival promises great music – and great entertainment for families.

The festival is being headlined by Razorlight, The Coral and Reef with sets from The South, Toploader and Artful Dodger.

The dance tent stars Lisa Lashes, Ultrabeat, Jaguar Skills and Seb Fontaine, while the tributes bill include shows dedicated to Queen, Madness, Ed Sheeran, Amy Winehouse and Fleetwood Mac.

The festival, with 50 acts across four stages, also showcases the cream of local music talent including Mother Ukers, Sixteen String Jack, Blackwater County and

singer-songwriter Gaz Brookfield.

“The line up attracts thousands of live music fans, but just as important to us are the hundreds of families who rely on us to provide top children’s entertainment – and lots of it – in a safe and secure environment,” said festival organiser Ben Dyas.

Free children’s entertainment over weekend includes Jules the Entertainer, circus shows and the Amazing Dinosaur Shows with ferocious T Rexes Bruno and Baxter, Zuki the Stegosaurus and Spike the Spinosaurus.

Jamie Jigsaw promises a mix of high energy games, balloon modelling and

hilarious stunt, and children can also enjoy Mad4Animals’ meet and greet shows.

Jamie Jambo, the double Primary Times Reader Star Award winner, incorporates magic, comedy, juggling, unicycling and puppetry into his show, and Krazy Kev’s comedy magic never fails to win over the crowds.

“Having an all-ages audience adds something really special to the festival’s friendly vibe,” Ben added.

“Families love coming to us

because we’re local, the site is big enough for everyone to have some space, there’s always something going on and the finish times suit everyone’s schedule.

“That’s why we’ve grown into one of the best family festivals in the area.”

Poole Harbour Festival is at Baiter Park, Poole, from Friday, July 26, to Sunday, July 28.

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Treats for gardeners next month

SUMMER is nearly here and several gardens are opening in the Purbeck area next month as part of the National Gardens Scheme.

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Half-term history adventure for kids

YOUNGSTERS will be transported back in time to the English Civil War this spring half-term at the Museum of East Dorset in Wimborne.

A Marvellous Mascots drop-in clay session is on offer on Monday, May 27, 10amnoon.

Children can discover the story of a famous 17th century war dog mascot and then unleash their creativity by making their own miniature mascot out of clay. The session is free with museum entry.

The popular Little Explorers children’s craft event returns on Tuesday, May 28, from 10am1pm.

Children can discover heraldry and make amazing flags, just like real soldiers from the past.

They can also explore the museum garden and search for

eight acres. Wheelchair access is reasonable except immediately after heavy rain. Open for NGS: Tuesday, June 11, (10am-5.30pm). Admission £7, children free. Cream teas in The Orchard Café. Easy to find on the B3070 road to Lulworth two miles out of Wareham. Owner Simon Goldsack will do a guided tour throughout the open day, normally on the hour.

n Littlebredy Walled Gardens, Littlebredy (DT2 9HL)

ONE-ACRE walled garden on south-facing slopes of Bride River valley. Partial wheelchair access, some steep grass slopes. For disabled parking follow signs to main entrance. Open for NGS: Tuesdays, June 18 and 25, (2-6pm). Admission £6, children free. Homemade teas. NGS days: park on village green then walk 300 yards. For the less mobile – and on normal open days – use gardens car park.

n Rampisham gardens, Dorchester (DT2 0PU)

SIX gardens opening on Sunday, June 9, (noon-5pm). Combined admission fee for all gardens of £8 adults and £4

children. Access to all gardens for wheelchairs. Gravel pathways and terraced lawns at Pugin Hall mean wheelchairs can only access part of the garden. Woodturners at two venues with studio and selling walking sticks, decorative items and bowls. The church will be open and decorated with flowers. A map of all the village and gardens will be provided on the day. Polaris available all day to escort less able around the gardens.

n Long Bredy gardens Corner Cottage and Langebride House, Long Bredy (DT2 9HU)

JOINT opening on Sunday, June 30, (2-5pm). Combined admission fee both gardens £8, children free. Homemade teas available. Corner Cottage garden is opposite the front drive for Langebride House. Corner Cottage has won an award for best garden at Melpash Show. Langebride House has several magnificent trees in grounds. Limited wheelchair access if wet. Entries subject to change –for the latest information visit

trail clues, and enjoy story time with friends from Wimborne Library. The cost is £3.50.

The museum’s Secrets and Seals drop-in family session is on Wednesday, May 29.

Children can learn how messages were sent in the 17th century, craft their own secret message using a quill pen and seal it with a wax stamp to keep it hidden from prying eyes.

The session runs from 10am-noon and is free with museum entry.

The Museum of East Dorset has a new exhibition, Rebellion and Revolt, currently on display until Saturday, October 12.

The exhibit delves into two pivotal national struggles that profoundly impacted Dorset – The English Civil War of the 1640s and the Monmouth Rebellion of 1685.

All roads lead to village gardens

GARDENERS in the villages of Briantspuddle and Affpuddle will be opening their doors to visitors next month in aid of Briantspuddle village hall. Some 15 gardens will open in the pretty and historic village of Briantspuddle, including Cruck Cottage and the Grade II listed village hall, and St Laurence Church in


Other attractions at the event on Sunday, June 23, 10am-4pm, include a church flower festival, plant sales, a classic car collection, an exhibition by local artists, teas and lunches at Briantspuddle village hall and a bar.

Entry is £7 – children under 10 free – and free car parking is available.

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Friendship, love and art

AWARD-WINNING comedian Seann Walsh, Chris Harper (Call the Midwife, Coronation Street) and Aden Gillett (The Crown, The House of Elliot) star in Art, coming to Lighthouse Poole this summer.

Yasmina Reza’s play, which won Best Comedy at the Olivier Awards, Tony Awards and Moliere

Huge showcase for artists and makers

MORE than 500 artists and makers will be showcasing their work during Dorset Art Weeks, now under way.

The event, held every other year, will also feature 266 venues, as well as exhibitions and activities.

Visitors can enjoy printmaking, painting, sculpture, drawing, ceramics, jewellery, wood, metalwork,

glass and textiles, as well as many other artforms and processes.

Dorset Visual Arts (DVA) produces Art Weeks and Hall & Woodhouse Pubs is the event’s lead sponsor.

As part of the event, a residency programme will support two emerging artists at the company’s Brewery Tap in Blandford Forum.

Folk group harvest

RUM Ragged, a folk group from Newfoundland in Canada, are performing two concerts in Dorset as part of a wider UK tour.

The group has played at some of the world’s premier folk, celtic and roots venues and festivals, and recorded five award-winning studio albums.

They are said to combine a reverence for their roots and a creative, contemporary edge, and boast bouzouki, fiddle, bodhran, banjo, guitar and button accordion.

Honest, thought-provoking and humorous, Rum Ragged are performing with Dorset touring arts charity Artsreach.

Its director, Kerry Bartlett, said: “I was thrilled to discover this traditional folk group while in Newfoundland last September, and really enjoyed the way Rum Ragged celebrate their musical heritage – we’re looking forward to sharing their music with audiences in Dorset, which should have particular relevance given the

Awards, explores art, love and friendship.

A seemingly simple purchase of contemporary art – an all-white painting – ignites a hilarious debate among three close friends.

Art is in Poole from Thursday, August 29, to Saturday, August 31 – for tickets and further information, phone 01202 280000 or visit www.

The members of the cats are pictured (left).

Information about each of the venues can be found in the Dorset Art Weeks Guide, available at cultural outlets across Wessex.

A new exhibition curated by DVA and featuring Dorset artists celebrates the county’s biodiversity in partnership with Durlston Country Park National Nature Reserve.

And The Sherborne, Dorset’s major new venue for the arts, will be staging its Housework exhibition, which weaves together elements of Sherborne House’s past.

Full venue details are also available on the Dorset Art Weeks website, along with an online flipbook of the guide and events calendar.

The Dorset Art Weeks app – search for Dorset Art Weeks on Google Play and the App Store – is ideal for navigating to venues, creating a favourites list or finding nearby venues.

Dorset Art Weeks runs from Saturday, May 25, to Sunday, June 9.

rich history between our county and this Canadian island.”

Rum Ragged are at Drimpton village hall on Thursday, June 6, and Broadmayne village hall on Friday, June 7.

More information about the band and tickets can be found online at www.

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