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Edition 83 FREE EVERY FORTNIGHT From most major outlets or delivered to your door The New Stour & Avon Friday, June 14, 2024 WIMBORNE, FERNDOWN, RINGWOOD, CHRISTCHURCH and SURROUNDING AREAS LOCAL, LOYAL & TRUSTED PLEASE CALL FOR A FREE VALUATION OF YOUR HOME Ferndown office | 01202 890890 | Wimborne office | 01202 842922 Read online at: Town stalwart Jeff is new civic leader P5 MAYOR IS WELCOMED TEACHING A YOUNG DOG NEW TRICKS: How you can help guide dogs society P16 TIE A YELLOW RIBBON: Return of popular memorial event P18 BACK ON THE TRACKS: Steamy day out for 97-year-old Gordon P24

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Ensure protection from whooping cough

With whooping cough cases on the rise, it’s more important than ever to ensure children and unborn babies are protected, says Public Health Dorset.

The authority says whooping cough, or pertussis, a bacterial infection of the lungs, can cause serious complications and that if pregnant mums are offered the vaccine, they should take it up.

“The vaccine is offered during pregnancy, and gives your baby enough protection until they’re old enough for their routine vaccinations,” said the authority. Contact your midwife/GP or nhs. uk/conditions/whooping-cough.

An appeal to have 102 birthday cards sent to a Dorset care home resident to mark a resident’s 102nd birthday led to almost 400 being delivered, thanks to a nearby school.

Sprightly Stan Chapman, who completes a cryptic crossword each morning, said he was ‘overwhelmed’ by the number of birthday good wishes.

When children at Ferndown Middle School, across the road from his King’s Park care home, were told about the request they set about creating.

The cards were then delivered to the centenarian along with some from other schools including Ferndown First School. The total received was 382. Stan, who was a navigator in the RAF during the war and worked for the Post Office then BT, has one son, two grandchildren and

four great-grandchildren. He said: “I was overwhelmed; I was so glad to get them.”

He puts the secret of his old age down to ‘everything in moderation’.

The pupils and their headteacher, Amber Barter, went to visit Stan. He told them about his life and


the youngsters looked through a photo album of old pictures. Amber said:“Stan has become a bit of a celebrity at the school and they really enjoyed making his cards.

“They enjoyed hearing him talk of his life and said they’d make him cards next year as well!”

Police are keen to trace this man in connection with alleged shoplifting at a Fordingbridge shop.

The incident happened at the Co-op, in High Street, between 10.25am and 10.40am on Tuesday, April 29, when around £80-worth of goods were taken. The man is described as white, around 30, 5ft 9in, with ginger hair and beard. He was wearing a navy jumper, black jogging bottoms and black trainers.

“We would urge him, or anyone who knows him, to get in touch with us,” a Hampshire Police spokesman said. Anyone with information should contact police online via the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Constabulary website. They can also call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


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Stan, 102, is a bit of a card! CCTV appeal

School pupil returns as headteacher

Ferndown Middle School has a new headteacher – a former pupil who is delighted to be back.

Amber Barter began the role this term after the retirement of her predecessor Gill Allen who had spent 17 years at the helm.

Ferndown Middle is part of Castleman Academy Trust and has more than 600 pupils from Year 5 to Year 8.

Amber was previously acting head of school at Broadstone Middle School, another of the trust’s schools.

She has also worked at Queen

Elizabeth’s School in Wimborne and the Bourne Academy, and has also spent five years away from the classroom working for Bournemouth Council in an ‘emergency planning’ role. She said: “It’s wonderful to be back at my old school as headteacher. I never imagined I would return in this capacity but I feel so privileged to be doing so.

“I loved my time here and I want students now to feel the same. I am fortunate in that I can build on the foundation

left by my predecessor.

“Our values are those of ‘kindness, curiosity and ambition’ and that is something I am keen to fully embed throughout the school.

“I have been talking to parents at workshops and at the gate during pick-up time to understand what they want for the school.

“There are many extra-curricular clubs at lunchtimes and evenings and our music and sport offering is extremely good.

“After my first half term I am really enjoying it and with a dedicated staff I know that we

Cyclists can learn how to fix their machine at free mend and learn sessions run by the New Forest Bike Project.

Starting on Wednesday, June 19, from 10am-2pm, the Dr Bike sessions will teach students how to do basic bicycle fixes.

The sessions are run by the Community Interest Company which takes in unwanted bicycles and then repairs, restores and relocates them as

are making a huge difference in pupils’ lives.”

Rhonda Moore, CEO of the trust, said: “Promoting from within the trust shows how our promotion pathway is working. “Amber is highly motivated and qualified and has experience from outside education which is always beneficial.”

Ferndown Middle School is fed by Ferndown First School, Parley First School and Hampreston First School.

well as selling used parts. Through these sessions, which are held at 55 Old Milton Road, New Milton, the CIC hopes more people will start cycling or use their existing bike more. Donations of bikes and cyclingrelated items can be sent or dropped off, by appointment, at the NFPB address from Tuesdays to Fridays.

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New mayor welcomed

The new Town Mayor for Wimborne Minster Town Council is Councillor Jeff Hart. Jeff was elected to the Town Council in July 2022. He moved to Wimborne from London in 1987 to take advantage of the excellent schools and was appointed as a school inspector for Dorset County Council.

Jeff is married, has three children, and lives on New Borough Road. He is very active in the community and is chairman of Wimborne Community Theatre and has participated in their productions for more than 20 years. He is chairman of governors at a local secondary school and has a strong interest in Wimborne schools.

During the year, Jeff will be raising money for two charities, Planet Wimborne CIC, a community of local people who are concerned about the climate and ecological crisis facing us today, and Friends of Victoria Hospital whose aim is to support patients of the hospital and others in the community who are in need of health care as may be provided by the hospital, and generally to support the work of the hospital.

Deputy Mayor for the year is Councillor Simon Wheeler who

Dine for charity

Tickets for the Dorset Cancer Care Foundation’s Sparkling Summer Gala Dinner at the Pavilion Theatre are selling fast. They promise an evening of dancing, sensational cabaret, ‘an exquisite’ three-course dinner and a live auction.

But be quick; The event is tomorrow, Saturday, June 15, with tickets at £90.

Every purchase will help make a difference for Dorset families facing financial challenges due to a cancer diagnosis.


lives in Corfe Mullen and runs Wimborne’s Town Band The Quarterjacks, following in the footsteps of his great-grandfather.

Bus marshals pilot scheme

New bus marshals are being deployed on BCP Council travel routes to clamp down on antisocial behaviour.

In partnership with Morebus, BCP Council has engaged specially-trained transport safety officers to travel on services and maintain a presence at the bus stations in Poole, Bournemouth and Boscombe.

The TSOs, who are working in partnership with Dorset Police, are being funded as part of a £480,000 pilot involving four local authorities, to offer an

enhanced and visible presence on public transport network. The decision to recruit them comes after numerous reports of antisocial behaviour in the area’s transport system. The new officers will travel on targeted routes, based on information received from Morebus staff and travellers. Anyone who spots any incidents of antisocial behaviour or feels vulnerable while using the bus network, is asked to text ‘BCP’ to 81018 with the time, date, location and the route number.

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A rubbish lotto

People living in Dorset can enter a free lotto to win £1,000 a week just for picking up litter. Dorset Council says the free LitterLotto app rewards players with prizes just for binning litter. Download the app, take a photo with it as you put litter in a public bin, and for each piece, you get an entry into the monthly £100 Dorset Jackpot and the £1,000 UK jackpot, which runs weekly. Participants must be aged over 12. More info at:

A tasty experience, bar none

Staff and residents ata care home were treated to an afternoon of nostalgia and delicious memories when they were joined by Cadbury archivist Sarah Foden and brand manager Connor Gould.

The pair visited Kings Park Care Home in Ferndown for a talk about the nation’s favourite chocolate brand.

Since the opening of its first shop in 1824, Cadbury has delighted the nation with its confectionary and drinking chocolate, even popping out of our 99 ice cream cones on the beach.

Sarah and Connor told the story of the brand’s great success from the very first shop to celebrating its 200th anniversary in 2024.

The brand’s rich history evoked all kinds of nostalgic memories for the residents who all have their own Cadbury memories.

Connor said: “It’s so rewarding to take part in such a special event as this – we just loved entertaining all the residents this afternoon – they all had their own

special memories to share. Thanks to everyone at Barchester who joined us.”

Bex Vernon, resident experience co-ordinator for Barchester, added: “We are excited to work with brands like Cadbury to bring a wide range of experiences into our homes.

“Our residents had the best time remembering how they have enjoyed Cadbury through their lives, and looking back at all the old ad campaigns.”.

Senior general manager at Kings Park, Jenna May, said: “The residents here have loved being part of it – especially enjoying their own chocolate bars afterwards! It’s also coincided wonderfully with Dementia Action week and really engaged with those in our care living with dementia.

“Sensory activities can make a huge difference to those with this disease and the Cadbury event was definitely sensory and tasting the chocolate really enables positive memories too, transporting them back to happy times. Thank you Cadbury.”

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Petra heads to Petra in aid of Julia’s House

My name is Petra Peters and I’ve always had a particular ambition to visit my namesake Petra, the Rose-Red City in Jordan.

After a casual conversation about a friend’s charity trip to Petra this autumn, my son put our names down on the waiting list and a few weeks ago we were informed we had been offered the places.

So in November, a few days after my 55th birthday and my son’s 25th birthday we are off on a 50-mile trek following an ancient Bedouin migration route and camping under starry skies until we reach our final destination of Petra.

I am fulfilling a lifelong aspiration but also raising money for a fantastic charity. Julia’s House provides practical and emotional support for families caring for a child with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition. Due to the last-minute nature of our trip, we have less than two months to fulfil our fundraising goal.

So I’m asking if anyone would like to donate to Julia’s House via our fundraising pages, please visit: page/petrapeters or justgiving. com/page/benpeters.

Thank you.

Petra Peters

Breakfast meetings up & running

Verwood Rotary Club was delighted to sponsor the inaugural breakfast meeting of the Verwood Business Network. This great new venture is an opportunity for local businesses of all sizes to come together to support one another, share new ideas and find out more about what will help them to grow. It was agreed that meetings would be held monthly from 7.30-8.30am at The Hub in Verwood (doors open from 7.00am for refreshments). Future meetings would include

speakers on key issues as well as time for informal networking and exchanging ideas.

If you are interested in attending future meetings do contact David McGregor on 07858 440208.

Louisa Hiscock

Verwood Rotary Club

Get a buzz from the Busy Bees

Busy Bees Gardening Club members welcomed Penny Jarvis at our recent meeting with her absorbing talk on her travels in Machu Picchu and with snippets on her marathons, including Tokyo in March. Our club’s plants sale was the best yet and numerous members contributed to its success.

On July 11, Gwynne Davies will speak on Growing and Showing Daffodils. Looking ahead to August 8 is our Summer Vegetables Show and Fuchsia competition.

Guild meet goes down a bomb

The recent meeting of Verwood Afternoon Townswomen’s Guild’s included a talk by Kevin Fyles on the Second World War decoy bunker at Moors Valley Country Park. Situated there to protect RAF Hurn, it is now hidden on the golf course.

However, on July 3, 1940, 20 bombs were dropped on Three Legged Cross and on April 23,

1944, Verwood was bombed. The guild is holding a Summer Lunch this month, and several members took part in the final of the Dorset Federation Skittles competition, with Verwood Afternoon Guild coming an impressive second. For Guild information, please ring Judi on 01202 053264.

Linda Pearson Verwood

Civil War show quite a spectacle

The recent English Civil War reenactment in Wimborne was a refreshing addition to the folk festival and I think is well worth pursuing for the future.

The battle at Julians Bridge was quite a spectacle and the attention to detail was exemplary.

All credit to all the participants.

Dave Tulk, Wimborne

Special concert by chorists

Each member is growing the same variety of Fuchsia. There is also the Potato Competition for the highest yield of potatoes grown in a bucket from the same variety of seed potato. We meet on the second Thursday of each month at Canford Heath Library, at 7pm. New faces are most welcome, and the first visit is free. For further details, please contact Angie on 07434 721811.

Marion Martin

Canford Heath

On June 29, the Wimborne Choral Society will perform a special concert at Wimborne Minster, celebrating 47 years of heartfelt dedication to the choir by our musical director, talented musician and friend Christopher Dowie. It will be an exceptional summer concert with a full orchestra of around 40 musicians from Wimborne Chamber Orchestra, professional solo artists and, of course, the choral society choir. It is the penultimate concert that Christopher will lead before retiring.

The last one, a ‘Journey through Mozart and Bach’ is scheduled for November 30, also at the Minster.

Our summer concert will feature a varied programme of British composers such as Parry and Elgar and a major piece from Christopher Dowie himself called A Song For St Cecilia. Info from 07802 589662 Tickets cost from £12, under18s £6, and are available from Square Records, High St, Wimborne, or on the door. Christine Brienne Wimborne

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All aboard for memory lane!

The Ringwood Society is looking forward to welcoming everyone to their exhibition about the Memories of the Railway in Ringwood, writes Alex Bancroft. Following a pilot exhibition at Greyfriars Community Centre in the town, the exhibition will run from Monday, July 1 to Friday, August 2, in the Ringwood Meeting House and History Centre.

We welcome everyone to come along to see photographs, memorabilia and displays about ‘Castleman’s Corkscrew’ railway, an important part of Ringwood’s history for well over a century.

The exhibition was made possible through a grant awarded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and features new footage of local people who remember the railway, providing memories to be kept for generations to come.

Joe Moorhouse, chairman of the society said: “We’re delighted to have original videos that were filmed by students from Ringwood School under the guidance of Jay Cox of Fizeek Media. “These really bring to life what the railway was like and include some interesting and funny memories from those involved.

“There is something for everyone and we hope that by opening on Saturday afternoons more local people, together with tourists, will be able to attend and also take the opportunity to

look at the model of the railway station upstairs.”

For more details about the project, visit the Ringwood Society website at uk/projects/memories-ofringwood-railway or contact us by emailing info@

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Food banks are struggling with increased costs

Concerns about the increasing need for food banks in East Dorset are being exacerbated by high running costs and a decrease in supply chains as donators themselves struggle with the cost of living.

According to Christchurch Support Kabin, despite invaluable support from the local community and businesses, supplies at their sites are running low.

A spokesman said: “We’re finding things harder and we’re supporting more people too.”

If you’d like to help here are some things urgently required: Coffee, sugar and ‘lots and lots’ of long-life milk. Biscuits, tins of soup and beans. Instant stuff, like pot noodles, jars of sauce, bags of pasta and sweet treats.

Non-food items include, wipes, personal hygiene things, sun cream and loo rolls.

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Storm damage fund for farmers

Farmers are eligible to claim from the Farming Recovery Fund which helps those whose land has been severely affected by flooding and wet weather.

The £50m fund helps farmers who need to restore land damaged by Storm Henk in January.

The Fund originally opened in April, to provide grants between £500 and £25,000 for farmers to return their land to the condition it was in before flooding due to the storm. Following feedback, the scheme was updated to remove the 150-metre limit on land flooded by a river, thus including all flooded land near to an eligible river.

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Crying out loud

Wimborne Minster Town

Crier Chris Brown delivered a special cry at 8.00am on the Minster Green to mark the 80th Anniversary of D-Day.

The cry was part of a national cry across the Country and the Commonwealth.

Town’s ‘excellente hospitalité’

Wimborne-Valognes Twinning association hosted 31 visitors for a weekend in and around Wimborne, writes Damaris Eaton

The new Mayor of Wimborne, Jeff Hart, welcomed our guests and their hosts at a civic reception, followed by a rousing display by the Wimborne Marching Band.

In the afternoon, in a combined community effort with Wimborne in Bloom, eight Wimborne gardeners opened their varied gardens to our delighted visitors.

Flags were out and instructions in French together with a big welcome were much enjoyed and

appreciated by our visitors.

In the evening, we filled a London bus travelling through the countryside to the Crane Valley Golf Club, for prosecco on their beautiful terrace followed by a gala dinner. The next day many of the party set off for Tyneham village. Picnic tables were put together for a great picnic and our guests enjoyed exploring and some took the beautiful walk down to Worbarrow Bay. For many, the weekend concluded with a barbecue or quiet evening in the homes of their hosts, ready for an early start from Allenview to catch the Barfleur ferry home.

Town Watch radios already helping in fight against crime

Within less than a week of an updated security radio system being activated, East Dorset Neighbourhood Policing Team reports that they stopped a repeat offender in Crown Mead in Wimborne.

Police sergeant Steven Payne explained: “A male was detained having stolen from a store and was in possession of several items that have been recovered. This male has been identified as being involved in several thefts locally and is being dealt with for all these matters.

“These thefts would not have been detected if not for the help of two local stores, the Town Watch radios system supplied by the Wimborne BID and the willingness of shops to report thefts.”

It was approved by Dorset’s Police and Crime Commissioner David Sidwick who is pictured with BID director Scott Fountain.

Mr Sidwick said: “The radios

are such a good initiative and part of the plan to drive down shoplifting and crime throughout Dorset.”

BID manager, Tammy Sleet said: “Our old radio system was not up to scratch, and we’re very grateful for the support of the PCC.”

The funding means the radio infrastructure is updated to a digital system, overcoming past problems with signal and sound quality and allowing companies to instantly communicate with one another.

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Antiques & Collectibles

Vinyl Records, Posters & Film Memorabilia 3rd Mid-Century, Decorative Arts & Ceramics 4th Pictures, Books, Maps & Postcards 5th Silver, Jewellery & Watches 6th Coins, Medals, Militaria & Stamps 7th

Charterhouse are delighted to be instructed to auction the lifetime collection of the late Edward Marnier f rom near Shaftesbury. Richard Bromell of Charterhouse said: “There is a wonderful selection of more than 100 lots from his estate which vary from period furniture, rugs, Asian Art, ceramics, silver and a super selection of pictures estimated to sell for more than £50,000.”

Highlight in the collection is a fine portrait of Brigit Mcnamara by Augustus John OM RA, one of the leading 20th-century Welsh artists, estimated at £15,000£20,000

Charterhouse is now accepting further entries for their busy programme of specialist auctions with Classic Cars on June 27, Vinyl &

An august collection PAST IMES

Entertainment Memorabilia on July 3, Mid-Century & Decorative Arts with Pictures, Maps & Books on July 4, followed by Antiques & Interiors on 5th July 5. n The team can be contacted for advice and valuations at the Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne, 01935 812277 or rb@charterhouse-auction. com.

Air Rifles and Air Pistols wanted, by very keen collector. Any make or model. Any condition. Tel: 07970 742741

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Top prices paid for all types of model railway, die cast cars, early Action Man and Star Wars, Scalextric, Hornby, Dinky, Triang, Spot-On, Corgi, Subbuteo, Britains, Timpo plus plus plus Telephone: 01935 816072 Mobile: 07527 074343

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School’s annual fun run raises £13,000

All the pupils at Broadstone Middle School took part in an annual fun run and raised a staggering £13,000.

In the last three years the event has collected more than £33,000 for the school and several charities.

The children taking part are challenged to complete a run of up to 5k, encouraging them to be fit and healthy and as part of the event, pupils and staff are asked to wear a specific colour to represent the chosen charities.

This year the youngsters wore yellow to show support for the Yolanda Moore Foundation which is a charity set up by Rhonda Moore, the CEO of Castleman Trust that the school belongs to, following the death of her daughter in a hit-and-run incident six years ago.

It supports ambitious young people aged 15 to 24 with funding, mentoring and practical help. Some of the money raised will also go to Julia’s House hospice.

Danii Curtis, who organised the run with the PE team, said: “We have more than 650 children at the school and they all ran either 1.5K, 3K or 5K on our school’s cross-country route, finishing in the middle of our playing field.

“It was so nice to see a flood of yellow, enthusiastic, motivated and hardworking children throughout the event.

“We can’t thank our pupils and their families enough for raising such an incredible amount.

“We were also fortunate to have been donated fabulous raffle prizes including two football shirts signed by Manchester City and Newcastle United, along with a local gym membership.”

Pictured are teachers Duncan McDermot and Danii Curtis with some of the runners

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Food & Drink

Cooking... with Martha Legg

Different Fish Pie

I am not sure if it’s coming back to the British weather, rain and more rain, or because of the stress of the last few months. (family issues on both sides) but I keep craving comfort food. We have been trying to eat a little healthier and found this recipe for fish pie. We have also had it with chicken and it works just as well.

Although there are a lot of ingredients, the mix is very tasty.

We look after our grandchildren on a Tuesday; well, we have the youngest all day and pick up the older one from school. Lizzie has decided that she doesn’t need an afternoon nap so last time we had her, we didn’t put her down for one. She was sitting on my lap watching cartoons, (we had already played a game, made some cheese biscuits, and correctly identified 50 flash cards!) She kept dropping off, but refused to give in and have a lie down. I was ready for a nap, but she wasn’t! Then, as soon as we got in the car to take her home, she

was out like a light!

I had prepared this fish pie the day before, and it was great to come home, put the pie in the oven and relax!


500g skin-on baby potatoes

2 spring onions

Large handful of fresh parsley, chopped

40g smoked cheddar, grated

2 skinless cod fillets, diced 1 leek

2 garlic cloves, minced

Handful of spinach

350ml milk (any you like)

1 tbsp plain flour

1 chicken stock cube

1 tbsp wholegrain mustard 1/4 lemon

Method: Preheat oven to 200C fan. Cut the potatoes in 1/2s or 1/4s. Put the potatoes with water to cover, season with salt, rosemary and a few smashed

garlic cloves and bring to a simmer.

Cool until tender and a knife goes through.

In a pan, sweat the leek and garlic with a pinch of salt and black pepper until soft. Sprinkle in 1 tbsp flour, mix and slowly whisk in the milk until all combined.

Bring to a simmer to thicken, add the stock cube, mustard and simmer for a few minutes before adding in a handful of spinach.

Mix to wilt then turn off the heat. Add a little lemon juice. Fold the diced cod into the sauce.

Put mixture in an oven proof dish.

Drain the potatoes, put back in the pot, add 30g grated cheddar, 1 tbsp olive oil, the chopped spring onions and parsley, salt and pepper.

Using a spoon, roughly mash leaving nice chunky pieces. Top the fish mix with the mash. Add the remaining 10g of cheese and bake for 20-25 mins until golden brown.

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The Little Pickle at the Mill café team are celebrating with their ‘Best New Business of the Year’ certificate collected from the recent Wimborne Business Awards.

The business started trading last year in their riverside location at Walford Mill, the town’s Grade II-listed arts and crafts venue.

Co-owner Andrew Spong said: “We’re so excited about being part of the developing community at Walford Mill, in Wimborne’s most beautiful spot”.

The Mill’s dog-friendly courtyard was recently the latest performance area for the Wimborne Minster Folk Festival, with a full line up of musical performers.

Pictured are Lottie Evans, Veronica-Maria Iordan and Andrew Spong

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McCarthy Stone’s brand-new retirement village is proving to be popular!

The bungalows have already exceeded 50% sold and the next phase of apartments have just been released for sale.

Set within generous grounds close to the Dorset countryside, The Old Market Village will feature state-of-the-art facilities designed to offer a full and varied retirement, including a spacious homeowners’ lounge, multifunction room, on-site bistro and well-maintained landscaped gardens.

The properties are full of thoughtful features – so you can live in style and comfort, while feeling safe, secure and supported. Each property features clever designs and considerations that make life that little bit easier as you get older.

But it’s not just about the bricks and mortar. At The Old Market you will be entering a warm and welcoming

community. There are a number of fantastic communal areas where you can spend time with family and friends –old and new. You’ll be part of a vibrant community where neighbours soon become good friends.

The Old Market retirement village offers two Retirement Living PLUS options to choose from:

• Market House, for over 70s, with a mix of 68 one and twobedroom low-maintenance apartments.

• The Old Market Gardens, for over 65s, offering a range of 32 stunning bungalows each with two double bedrooms. Ten of these will be three-bedroom chalet style bungalow.

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Help to teach a young dog new tricks

Calling all dog lovers!

Could you become a volunteer Puppy Raiser?

Guide Dogs relies heavily on volunteers to help improve the lives of people with sight loss. Around two million people are living with sight loss in the UK and Guide Dogs supports people with a visual impairment to maintain their independence and live the life they choose.

Guide Dogs is looking for new Puppy Raisers to join its team of volunteers. This means looking after future guide dogs for the first year of their lives, socialising them and giving them a loving home. 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.

Volunteer Puppy Raiser, Ian says: “Having May has given me a purpose in retirement. “May has encouraged me to get up, get going, keep fit and keep my brain ticking over.

“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”.

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Preparing your puppy for the next stages of becoming a guide dog.

Caring for and supporting your puppy at home.

Socialising and introducing them to new environments.

Teaching your puppy to be comfortable alone - building up from a few minutes to an hour.

Attending puppy classes, interacting with Puppy Raisers whilst building your training.

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The rewarding feeling of watching your puppy learn new skills.

Knowing you're supporting people with sight loss.

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Being part of a friendly puppy-raising community.

A dedicated manager to support you. If this sounds like something you are interested in and would like to find out more, a virtual information session is planned for Thursday, July 18, from 5.30pm to 6.30pm. If you would like to attend, email uk and they will send you a link to the Teams call.

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Online conference to address housing issues

The provision of affordable housing is a major campaign issue for all political parties.

Soaring house prices, the cost-of-living crisis and wages that have failed to rise in line with inflation have contributed to exacerbate an already dire situation. In 2021 figures released by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities showed that 10,525 households were waiting for an affordable social house in Dorset – the true figure is likely to be much higher. The average price paid for a first home in Dorset has risen to a staggering £282,000 (source Office for National Statistics, March 2024).

Dorset CPRE believes strongly that the delivery of housing that addresses the county’s real needs requires careful consideration.

To help understand the issues fully, Dorset CPRE has organised a free online conference on Thursday, June 20, from 1.30pm to 4.30pm, with presentations by national and local experts in affordable housing.

The conference will be chaired by the crossbench peer and social housing leader, Lord Richard Best, with an introduction by the Dorset CPRE president and the former chief correspondent of BBC News, Kate Adie.

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will address ‘What new homes are needed in Dorset, how many and who is paying?’.

Dr Quintin Bradley, senior lecturer at Leeds Beckett University, will review the relationship between affordability and housing need and the mismatch between the standard method housing requirement targets and the backlog of unmet need.

Elizabeth Bundred-Woodward and Brad Taylor from National CPRE will present the findings of CPRE’s report, ‘Unravelling a

crisis: The state of rural affordable housing in England’, with a focus on Dorset and the South West.

Paul Derrien, Dorset Council housing enabling team leader, will give an insight into the challenges facing Dorset and the council’s plans for the future.

Alison Ward, director of Middlemarch, will provide an overview of community land trusts, their benefits and local examples. You can view the programme, timetable and book at

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Dropping in with good vibes

Seven ‘wobblers’ from Poole recently completed a charity skydive in support of Forest Holme Hospice, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

Jan Kingsland, Cherry Lorberg, Alex Thornton, Sharon Baker, Barry Grundy, Rob Foden and Kayleigh Williams are all members of Good Vibrations based at the Junction in Broadstone, Poole, which provides an Ultimate Whole Body Vibration Workout to help increase health and wellbeing.

The group took the plunge at Old Sarum Airfield near Salisbury, jumping out of a plane from 15,000 feet and free falling for 60 seconds at 125 mph.

So far they have raised more than £5,000 for the hospice charity that provides palliative and end-of life-care and support to more than 1,500 people each year across Poole, Wimborne and the Isle of Purbeck with advanced cancer and other life-limiting illnesses.

Jan said: “We had an amazing time with the skydive.

“It was a team effort as there were six of us and we were all there to support each other

and watch each one of us go up and down! Forest Holme Hospice holds a special place in our hearts at Good Vibrations Poole as there are so many of our wobblers who sadly have had family or friends that needed the care and compassion from Forest Holme Hospice.

“Kayleigh was even more determined to do fundraising as she experienced the sad time of the passing of her mum, who was so young at 55 years old.”

Popular memorial event returns to park

Forest Holme Hospice’s annual Tie A Yellow Ribbon memorial event returns to Poole Park tomorrow, Saturday, June 15. This year the free event, which is sponsored by MSP Capital, will take place between noon and 3pm and is open to everyone, not just those who have lost a relative or friend at Forest Holme.

Members of the public will be able to write a dedication and tie a yellow ribbon in memory of a loved-one, with the ribbons then being returned to the hospice garden for the remainder of the summer, while enjoy local craft stalls, special performances by the Citrus Singers choir, and free craft activities for children.

Claire Cooper, fundraiser at Forest Holme Hospice Charity, said: “This event is an opportunity for our local community to come together, irrespective of whether they have a connection to Forest Holme Hospice, to reflect and

celebrate the lives of our loved ones by writing your dedication and tying a yellow ribbon in the beautiful surroundings of Poole Park.

“People are free to bring a picnic and enjoy this special occasion.”

For those who are unable to attend but would still like to

make a dedication, the hospice will happily make it in their absence.

Visit forestholmehospice.

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How can chiropractic help with sciatica?

For many of us, sciatica is a common complaint and can be debilitating on our daily life.

It is something that is hard to explain exactly how it feels and sometimes we can be left feeling a bit misunderstood about the whole thing.

Most importantly, we are often unsure of who to turn to for help.

The purpose of this article is to give some causes of sciatica and give some solutions to your pain, and who you can turn to for help.


Piriformis Syndrome

The piriformis muscle is a muscle that lies within the pelvis. It is an external rotator of the hip, so it helps to turn our foot outwards. This muscle lies either over or through the sciatic nerve.

When this muscle becomes tight through overuse, it can then compress the sciatic nerve and cause pain.

Slipped disc (disc herniation or disc prolapse)

The disc is the spongey part of the spine that sits between the vertebra. The disc has a strong outer shell and a softer middle. The disc can be affected by repetitive

movements or strain, or sudden severe injury. A disc prolapse is where the shell expands and presses on the nerve, whereas a disc herniation (slipped disc) is where the inner part escapes through the shell and presses on the nerve.

Either of these can affect the nerves that go down into your leg, and therefore can cause sciatica along with lower back pain.

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Sacroiliac or lumbar facet joint irritation

One of the more common factors we see, particularly in younger people, is inflammation within our joints which compresses the lower lumbar nerves or sciatic nerves and therefore cause sciatica. The facet joints sit between each vertebra and right next to the nerves.

If we exhibit factors such as poor posture, repetitive movement, experience stress or even have a fall or trauma then these can accumulate inflammation within our joints and then cause pain.

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For those suffering loss

The Forest Holme Hospice charity has recently launched Bereavement Café @Maravi in Poole.

It is aimed at people who are dealing with the profound loss of a loved one, family member, or friend, while also in the midst of busy schedules and the demands of work and family. Taking place at Maravi Café at Esprit,t 236 High St North, Poole, the Bereavement Café takes place on both a Saturday morning and Wednesday afternoon once a month and offers the opportunity for people to take a moment to pause and

share or reflect with others informally over a cup of coffee and cake who are experiencing similar emotions and challenges following the death of a loved one.

The Bereavement Café offers a warm, relaxed space to share in confidence and is facilitated by specialist volunteers, who are able to help signpost if you are looking for further support. It is free to attend and welcomes everyone, irrespective of their connection to Forest Holme. Further details can be found by visiting uk/bereavement-cafe-maravi.

Cool conga at care home

Kings Park Care Home in Ferndown recently treated its residents, family, friends, staff and wider community to a relaxing evening of pampering and retail therapy.

Attendees were able to find therapies and treatments to try out, courtesy of health and beauty therapists who came along for the evening, as well as also being able to enjoy a little retail therapy too, from handicraft stallholders who brought a variety creative gifts and treats with them to sell.

Kings Park’s home services adviser, Rebekah Goddard,

said: ‘‘These kind of events are wonderful for the residents.

‘‘They allow them to interlink with the local community, make new friends and enjoy a very different evening from the norm.

‘‘It’s also a great opportunity for the public to see a care home in a very different and positive light.’’

Activities lead Claudia Canosa added: ‘‘They especially enjoyed the musical interlude from Nigel Revill – aka the Lone Reveller, who was on hand to play guitar and this got everyone dancing and at one point a conga line was weaving around the home.’’

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Lewis-Manning Hospice

Care stepped in to provide one of their patients with an unforgettable steam train day experience, in collaboration with Swanage Railway and Corfe Model Village.

Gordon, 97, has nurtured a lifelong passion for trains and locomotives, a love kindled by his train driver father.

As a boy of 10, Gordon would often sneak on to trains, riding on the footplate with his father and father-on-law.

These cherished memories have stayed with him throughout his life.

Gordon moved to Swanage 12 years ago, following the passing of his wife, Peggie.

In those days, Gordon enjoyed an active lifestyle, exploring the town, travelling to see trains, and living independently. However, an accident three years ago dramatically altered his life.

He fell and broke his hip, becoming housebound and

experiencing profound loneliness. Reflecting on this challenging period, Gordon said: “The last time I tried to leave the house, my whole body was shaking and trembling, I couldn’t control it and I ended up in hospital, it was really scary.”

In a heart-warming effort to lift Gordon’s spirits and give him something special to look forward to, Lewis-Manning

Hospice Care arranged an unforgettable day out on the Swanage Railway steam train line.

The hospice team contacted Swanage Railway which generously provided tickets for Gordon and nurses, Ellie and Paula, to ride the train through the spectacular Purbeck scenery. Gordon was greeted by the enthusiastic team at Swanage Railway and was thrilled to see

the unique Victorian London and Southwestern Railway T3 class steam locomotive No. 563 arrive. He revelled in taking photographs from the window, enjoying the breath-taking countryside views.

The journey included a stop at Corfe and the Model Village where he was warmly welcomed back by staff after a long absence. The staff remembered Gordon, reminiscing about his previous visits. Gordon, Ellie, and Paula savoured tea and cake in the beautiful café grounds before exploring the model village. Reflecting on the day, Gordon said: “Thank you so much to Lewis-Manning. It’s my first day out in three years. This is the best day I’ve had in years! “I can’t believe the experience that I’ve had and I was so wonderfully looked after and supported by the nurses, Ellie and Paula, without them I wouldn’t have been able to leave my home.”

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Have a say on local plan

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Team on street

Hampshire Police’s local Safer Neighbourhood Team will be outside Tesco on the High Street in Lyndhurst on Sunday, June 16, at 10am.

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Blooming good reason for a beautiful day out

Twenty gardens in and around Wimborne Minster will be open on Sunday, June 30, from 11.00am to 5.00pm to raise funds for Wimborne in Bloom. You pay £7.50 at the first garden visited. Start at any garden and visit in any order - they are well signposted throughout the town.

Why not enjoy a day out and see some lovely gardens at the same time as raising money for Wimborne in Bloom. Teas are available at some of the gardens.

Full details on the Wimborne in Bloom website:

For further details please contact Les Halton on 01202 880131.

The gardens which will be open are as follows:

10 Elizabeth Road

15 Minster View

6 Rowlands Hill

‘Wits End Corner’, 34 Park Lane.

The Gate House, 1 Copper Court Leaze, Poole Road

‘Trumpeters’, 25 West St

6 Julian’s Road

41 Julian’s Road

‘Serles House’, 47 Victoria Road

3 Redcotts Road

4 Redcotts Road

Wimborne Community Garden, School Lane

4 Tennyson Road

‘Mayfield’, 4 Walford Close

‘Pencoed’, Furzehill

6 Smugglers Lane, Furzehill

38 Beaucroft Lane

1 Leigh Lane

11 Colborne Avenue

‘Hollybank House’, North

Leigh Lane

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Open Gardens / Special Events – July 2024


Beautiful and historic garden laid out in C17 by John Tradescant and enlarged in C20, featuring several gardens surrounded by walls and yew hedges: blue and white garden, cottage style and mount gardens, water and wild garden.

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Enchanting 180 yr old cottage home of two Royal Academy artists. Charming 32ft x 12.5ft cottage garden

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Japanese themed water garden featuring granite sculptures, ponds, waterfalls, azaleas, rhododendrons, cloud topiary and a collection of goldfish and water lilies.

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LECTURE: ‘The Gardens at Athelhampton – Their History & Ongoing Development’ by Owen Davies & Sophy Roberston

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This third garden lecture is by Owen Davies, the estate manager at Athelhampton House and Sophy Roberston, the head gardener. Athelhampton is one of England’s finest Tudor Manor Houses and this glorious Grade 1 architectural garden is full of vistas with spectacular planting, ponds with fountains and the River Piddle flowing past. Owen & Sophy will give a talk on the history of the gardens at Athelhampton, as well as an update on their ongoing maintenance and redevelopment in recent years.

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Answering your questions to your horticultural hang-ups. Please email me (including photos) if you’d like a question answered in the next issue. What is a good small tree for my garden?

Trees are absolutely essential in the garden, and no matter the size of your plot, there is a tree for you.

Trees bring life and wildlife into the garden, provide valuable shelter and shade, movement and height to add a more 4D experience which is aesthetically and psychologically pleasing. We are attracted to trees for good reason – our ancestors used trees for shelter and food and it is a respected scientific field of thought that it is still inbuilt in us for this reason.

Trees come in all shapes and sizes, from the giant redwood to the often petit Japanese Acers. Some trees are narrower than others so it depends what space you have in the garden as to what shaped tree is best.

Shorter, wider trees that are excellent in a small garden are Japanese Acers, Cercis canandensis (‘Forest Pansy’ has the most gorgeous ruby red foliage), Cornus kousa, Dwarf fruit trees, and Malus ‘John Downie’.

More upright narrow trees that I love are Cercidiphyllum

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japonicum (I think this is my absolute favourite tree, truth be told – it smells like burnt sugar in the autumn at leaf drop), Cercidipyllum aponicum ‘Rotfuchs’ (the burgundy leafed version of cercidiphyllum – it gets even better!), Sorbus (Rowan), Prunus ‘Amanogawa’, Prunus ‘Snow Goose’, Betula pedula, Parrotia persica ‘Persian Spire’, Amelanchier ‘Obelisk’ to name a few.

I suffer from hay fever, what can I do with my garden? Hay fever is miserable, and

can make what should be a lovely spring and summer an endurance test. But, whilst you cannot control what your neighbours grow, there are many options for plants that will not add to the hay fever burden in your garden. There are some plants and trees which are absolute no-no’s. In fact many of our most common and stately trees are some of the worst offenders sadly. Silver birch (Betula spp.) is one of the worst offenders of all the plants and trees, yet is so common in gardens and street scenes, and Quercus (oak), Populus (poplar), and Acer pseudoplatinus (sycamore) are also bad for allergy sufferers. In terms of plants, avoid sunflowers, chrysanthemums and dahlias among others. Plants that are least likely to affect you are those that are pollinated by insects, rather than wind; those that have a shorter flowering time; and those that have heavy, sticky pollen.

Male plants are also a problem, since they are the pollen producers not the females. Some plant varieties are male or female only, whereas some plants have both male and female flowers on one plant. An example of male and female plants is Ilex (holly) – it is the female varieties and cultivars

Exploring Stour & Avon...

Start at the tiny historic church at Winterborne Tomson, which is part of the parish of Anderson. It’s usually open and is full of unusual box pews. Then walk west along the road, passing the impressive avenue of trees along the drive to Anderson Manor. Turn right and head north up Muston Lane. Soon you’ll come to the Winterborne stream, which is a tributary of the Stour, and also another church, which is a church no longer although the cemetery is still maintained. After another half mile, Muston Lane is crossed by a Roman road, a bridleway nowadays. Join it and turn right heading

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which carry the berries, males will never bear berries but will produce pollen.

A completely pollen-free tree is Acer ‘Autumn Glory’, and double hollyhocks have virtually no pollen either (in fact many double flowers are good for allergy free gardening).

Also be aware that grass pollen is a big cause of hayfever, so it’s no wonder that we are seeing an increase in sufferers and severity now that we have the push for ‘no mow May’, and reduced verge cutting. Sadly all good things come with side effects too.

Follow these guidelines and it is perfectly possible to have a fabulous garden that is allergen friendly.

Thomas Ogren is a leader in the field of allergy free gardening, and is well worth looking at if you are interested, or consult a horticultural consultant or designer to help you.

with retired Dorset rights of way officer CHRIS SLADE

north east and following the hedge for over half a mile until in enters a wooded stretch heading north. Look out for a colony of

honey bees occupying a tree on your left. Soon you come to a meeting of ways as you enter Great Coll Wood where you turn left and head north west following the parish boundary along the edge of the wood. To your right you might discern a bank and ditch, part of the Saxon Combs Ditch. After a mile in Great Coll Wood you leave it to cross a field to meet Little Coll Wood where you turn right and head north for 100 yards to enter it, heading west for over a quarter of a mile, then left, south, to leave the wood and head south, enjoying the views for about two miles downhill, retracing your steps when you’ve crossed the Roman road. When you get back to your start point you’ll have walked about six and a half miles.

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Add colour and impact

As temperatures soar and gardens bask in summer sun, gardens are bursting with summer colour and buzzing with birds and insects. Planting of all summer planters, baskets, containers, and borders can be still carried out. Hundreds of colours, textures, and scents of summer bedding and patio plants.

Geraniums, Fuchsias, Petunias, Salvias, Lobelias, and many more can still be planted to give summer-long flowering and colours.

Perennial shrubs and container-grown Roses can be planted out, preparing the planting beds and pots with compost and fertiliser.

Vegetable and fruit gardens can be fully planted out and fed and watered to help establishment and encourage


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General garden tasks include dead-heading flowers and Roses to help extra flowering and fruiting and light pruning and tyingin of climbers, fruit and vegetables. Use canes and string to support tomatoes, cucumbers, and beans. Use feeds and fertilisers to boost colour and growth. Lawns should now be mowed regularly, and repairs carried out where necessary. Seeding and feeding can still be done. Watering after application maybe required. A visit to your nursery or garden centre, is well worth doing as they will have a huge range of planted summer baskets and tubs for instant colour and impact for the summer lazy days to come.


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Garden party is a blessing

There will be a Garden Party on Sunday, July 21, from 1pm at Brackenwood, God’s Blessing Green, Holt, BH21 7DD (next to Stewarts Garden Centre, Broomhill).

There is easy parking, it’s wheelchair friendly and dogs are welcome on a lead. The event is in aid of Dorset Cancer Care and the Wimborne Scout Group. Visitors have been welcomed since 2011 and almost £30,000 has been raised for local charities including Wimborne Hospital, the MS Centre at West Parley and cancer treatment at Southampton Hospital.

Almost £14,000 has been donated to Poole Hospital for cancer care who choose exactly what equipment the donations go towards. This year it is hoped to raise £2,000 to purchase another reclining chair for chemotherapy.

Attractions on the day will include: Christchurch & District Concert Band, Cream teas, Classic British Bikes, Lake + Fernery, Plant stall, Tombola + Crafts. Entry is £5.

For further details, contact Fay on 01202 885685.

GUSSAGE All Saints Village Fete Saturday, June 22 (12-3pm) at Gussage House

Murderous open-air comedy

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Productions are on a mission to create highly visual, boundary-pushing comic theatre through creative and energetic storytelling and this summer they return to Dorset with a fresh take on the legendary detective duo, performing for one night only.

“Watson, I’m sorry to say but they are dead, murdered, killed!

“This will be our toughest investigation yet, get my coat and my hat!”

When a body is mysteriously found lying in the middle of Landsdown Manor Gardens, the police have no option but to call on Sherlock Holmes and persuade him to take on his toughest case to date.

With his loyal assistant Watson, the nation’s top detective duo battle through

baddies and villains to discover who is behind the murder in the garden. Brought to you by the awardwinning troupe Calf2Cow (The Jabberwocky), this outrageous comedy is full of slapstick and multi-rolling and is, of course, pumped full of live music and rock ’n’ roll!

Celebrating all of Sherlock’s wonder mixed with a brandnew tale, expect a comical night out that will leave you smiling.

Sherlock And Watson; A Murder In The Garden’ is in the grounds of Winterborne Stickland Sports and Social Club at 6pm on Sunday, June 16.

Gates open at 4.30pm when a barbecue and bar will be available, so gather up your friends and family, bring your cushions and camping-chairs, and join Artsreach for an unmissable murder mystery in the great outdoors! Suitable for ages 12-plus. Tickets and further information are available from 01258 881329, in person from Winterborne Stickland Social Club or online at

Dementia awareness play raises £1000

A play about dementia has raised £1,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society. Still Alice, adapted from Lisa Genova’s award-winning book and film, was recently performed by Wimborne Drama Productions, pictured right, at the Tivoli Theatre. From the proceeds of programme sales and bucket collections – and with the total raised matched by a donation

from the group – Wimborne Drama Productions were able to give £1,000 to the Society. Chairman of the group Gary Paine said: “Thanks to the wonderful support of our audiences, Wimborne Drama Productions are delighted to make this donation and we hope it will help support those living with Alzheimer’s and help fund vital research.”

On receiving the donation,

Ross Boon, regional fundraiser for the charity, said: “We’re extremely grateful for this.

“One in three people born today will develop dementia in their lifetime, and there are currently 900,000 people living with dementia in the UK.

“Alzheimer’s Society is here for everyone affected by dementia.

“Call the Dementia Support Line on 0333 150 3456 or visit for advice.”

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Fun and games for all with the ever-popular Spank The Plank dancers, children’s entertainer Mr Merlin, bbq, stalls, celebrated Gussage cream teas. Admission £2.50 (under-15s free). Sorry, no dogs.

The Wurzel that could happen

Cider drinkers, brand new combine harvester owners and folk who like a whiff of agriculture about their music should catch the Wurzels kicking off Ringwood Carnival.

The kerchief-wearing, innuendospouting five-some has paved the way for the Scrumpy n’ Western genre, soaked in double entendre, and mainstream parody.

Signed to Columbia and EMI, they still play sell-out shows and festivals where their West Country cover of Kaiser Chiefs’ ‘Ruby’ has been a favourite of late - not to be outdone by their

hip-hop version of Combine Harvester.

Supporting is Dorset band, the Jimmy Hillbillies - four voices, 16 strings, a pair of accordions and a didgeridoo - whose roots in country, old-time folk and cowpunk add a rustic shine to stomping hoedown music.

The Wurzels appear on Friday, September 20 at The Barn, Ringwood. Bar opens at 6.30pm, doors 7pm, show 7.30pm. Carnival, Saturday, September 21. More information from event/88586.

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Anya Taylor-Joy and Chris Hemsworth star in Academy Award-winning George Miller’s much-anticipated return to the iconic dystopian world of Mad Max.

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Dirt in the Gate Movies are thrilled to celebrate 35 years since this high-octane Patrick Swayze fuelled romp burst onto cinema screens!


International tribute artiste Wayne Dilks and his band pay tribute to the late George Michael in this stunning show.


Sun 16 Jun: 14:00 Jonas Kaufmann headlines David McVicar’s spectacular staging, under the baton of long-time collaborator Antonio Pappano.


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Hard Miles tells the uplifting true story of the bicycling team from a correctional school that embark on a seemingly impossible bike ride from Denver to the Grand Canyon.


Experience time and space on the big screen with Ncuti Gatwa as The Doctor and Millie Gibson as Ruby Sunday and celebrate an epic two-part end of season finale.


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This 25th Anniversary production is a powerful and stirring reinvention of the show, celebrated the world over.


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The home of Country House opera in South West England featuring renowned soloists, a full orchestra and a large chorus of emerging young artists

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Composer: Paul Carr

Librettist: Euan Tait (After Thomas Hardy) 23, 25 July at 19.00 | 27 July at 14.00

Marking 100 years since the composer’s death… Giacomo Puccini 22, 24, 27 July at 19.00 | 25 July at 14.00

The Golden Anniversary Friday 26 July at 19:00

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Colehill Community Choir’s Summer Concert is taking place in St. Michael’s Church, Colehill on Saturday, June 29, at 7.30pm.

The concert will be a celebration of musical theatre with songs from South Pacific, Hello Dolly, Cats, Phantom Of The Opera and many more. Go along for a summer’s evening of fun and uplifting music followed by complementary refreshments in the church hall.

The concert is free but donations are asked to St. Michael’s Church to help towards the summer holiday programme for children and families.

Numbers are limited. If you would like a ticket to reserve your place, contact Susan Davies by email at colehillcommunitychoir1@ or telephone 01202 842311.

Colehill Community choir is run on a voluntary basis by Susan Davies and is open to everyone, irrespective of age or experience.

It was facing the possibility of having to close following the retirement of its pianist in July 2023.

In September, the choir’s conductor of 13 years, Peter Coole, had to step down but Susan was determined to find a way to keep the choir going. She was introduced to an amazing young musician, Erin Bruce, who following A-levels and before pursuing a career in musical direction, is now accompanying the choir each week on the piano as well as arranging pieces for the choir to sing.

Darren Ayling, headteacher at St. Michael’s Middle School and has been a member of the choir for 13 years, has taken over the reins and is now conducting the choir.

Erin and Darren, pictured above, have breathed new life into the choir and it’s members are looking forward to performing once again for the community and to continue to raise funds for local charities and community projects.

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A rather arty centenary party

In 2024, Poole and East Dorset Art Society (Pedas) is celebrating 100 years of making art with two major exhibitions and community events.

From June to July 2024, Lighthouse, Poole will host an exhibition featuring the best from the last 35 years, including works by existing and former members.

Chairman Jacqui Gush said: “Exhibitions are important, but we like to share our love of art with as many people as possible. “We’ll be inviting all the art clubs in the area to a painting outside (en plein air) festival in the summer, and later in the year, a community event in the Dolphin Shopping Centre.”

The Story of Poole And East Dorset Art Society exhibition will be at a later date at Poole Museum.

John Biggs, president of Pedas, said: “Poole is our home and the museum is the natural place to tell our story.

“There will be rarely-seen works by celebrated members from throughout our century.”

The society was formed in 1924 by a group of artists living in Poole so they could stage an exhibition in the town.

That has happened every year since (except the war years). The club has always included well known and highly accomplished artists, the two most famous being Augustus John and Henry Lamb, but plenty of others will surprise with their creativity. In 2019 the club became a charity with the aim of making art

available to the local community, much the same as in 1924. Since 2006 the society has run the Gallery Upstairs at Upton Country Park.

The exhibition runs from 21st June 21 July 27.

Opening times: Tues to Saturday, 10am-6pm

Lift for wheelchair access, free entry.

Visit, 01202 280000, or

Family look at Dark Ages

In the style of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Treehouse Theatre invites you to join them at the Pilgrims Inn as a merry company rests on its journey to St Edward’s shrine in Shaftesbury, entertaining with tales of murder, miracles, music and mayhem.

Taking a mischievous peek into life a thousand years ago, the Shaftesbury Tales troupe is walking from Corfe Castle to ShaftesburyAlongside Treehouse Theatre.

The Child Okeford show is in the village hall at 4pm on July 20, and in Fontmell Magna at 7pm on July 22. Further information and tickets are available from 07855 117530 or online at

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See our net zero heroes

A free photographic exhibition showing how Dorset businesses and community groups are tackling climate change is going on the road over the summer. Our Journey To Net Zero features photographer Nick Bowring’s images of 13 local organisations that, with the help of the council’s Low Carbon Dorset programme, are helping reduce the county’s carbon footprint. Images show how Wimborne’s Canford Renewable Energy produces the region’s first green hydrogen production from water and renewable energy.

their gas consumption by a third. Other schemes include the hidden heat pumps of Sherborne Abbey, Suttles Quarries in Swanage, which has swapped power hungry diesel machinery for electric alternatives, and Broadmayne First School, which heats its swimming pool with sun-power.

Blandford’s Town Museum shows off the new solar panels which are cutting its energy bill and Harlees Fish and Chips in Verwood show how they reduced

The exhibition will visit locations including Verwood Hub from August 2-18 and Durlston Country Park from July 22-August 1.

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Right royal party for cancer choir

A Dorset community choir for people whose lives have been affected by cancer was invited to send a representative to a Buckingham Palace garden party celebrating the creative industries.

Rising Voices Wessex was formed 11 years ago aimed at linking music with health, and is formed of cancer survivors and people who have cared for sufferers.

Noeline Young, a co-founder, attended with her daughter Hannah, both of whom have had cancer. She said: “The whole choir was surprised and honoured to be invited to attend the garden party. “We were nominated by UK Music, the organisation representing the production side of the UK’s commercial music industry.

“We saw the King, Queen and Prince Edward and a variety of guests, such as Tess Daly, Vernon Kay, Lenny Henry and actor David Harewood. It was a wonderful experience.”

Rising Voices Wessex performs regularly at events across the county. The Summer Concert with tea will be held at Merley House on August 11 at 4pm. Anyone who has experience of cancer, either personally or who has supported a loved one, can join the choir, which rehearses on Tuesdays from 6.45pm-9pm at St John’s Church, Parkstone. There are no auditions or requirements to read music.

The choir can be contacted at 07500 676083 or visit

Get shaken AND stirred

The popular vintage festival Shake & Stir has announced its return to Southbourne’s Fisherman’s Walk on June 22 and 23.

Now in its 10th year, the festival features vintage music, fashion, style, memorabilia, local traders, classic cars, and live music from the 1920s, 1970s and everything in between.

Last year more than 30,000 visitors attended.

With two full days of live music there is something for everyone, from rock & roll to rockabilly, from country to jive bunnies! There are also three nights of evening parties in local hotels and bars.

Hosted by DJ Mr D the bandstand comes to life on Saturday with the fab sounds of the Fifinellas, Andy Kennett as Billy Fury, Little Dave & the Sun Sessions followed by the Sting Rays and headliner Mr Phil Hayley & His Comments. Sunday begins with country artist Paula Pitman followed by Mark Keeley as Elvis.

Peter Gill returns as Jerry Lee Lewis followed by the international rockabilly band Original Cool.

Showcase DJ sets include Dynamite Dave on the band stand , Andy Shailer and Crazy Rhythm Jukebox on the Heavens to Betsy stage and Retro Grooves on the Jive Talking stage.

Little Miss Sixties and local choirs Resonate and Sounds Like Fun will grace the stages and you’ll find the Singing Historian in the Walk on the back of a Second World War jeep singing songs from the war years.

Local vintage store Here Comes The Sun is showcasing retro fashion in the Fashion Show on Sunday where the contestants will also gather for the Vintage King and Queen competition. There are workshops, dance classes, fairground stalls, live music, classic cars. To find out more information and book tickets, visit

Ben’s take on lack of intelligence

Comedian Ben Elton was originally known as ‘Motormouth’ and, if you catch his show at Poole’s Lighthouse theatre on Saturday, October 19, you’ll discover why.

The comedian who co-wrote Blackadder, the Young Ones and was compere on Saturday Night Live, brings his rapid-fire brand of stand-up back to the stage in the Authentic Stupidity tour.

“Since my last live tour, a new existential threat has emerged to threaten humanity,” says Ben.

“Apparently, Artificial Intelligence is going to destroy us all!

“Well, I reckon our real problem isn’t Artificial Intelligence it’s good old-fashioned Authentic Stupidity!

“Forget AI! It’s AS we need to be worrying about...” Booking details are available from event/ben-elton.

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Farming & Environment

A day at the farm with

Tiffany Fleming

Tiffany is a volunteer at High Mead Farm in Longham, Ferndown.

High Mead Farm is a working farm run to promote the benefits of engaging with animals, soil, and nature. They ‘create purposeful roles for our cofarmers, young people and adults alike, to help bring about a sense of well-being and self-worth that many have never experienced before’.

I spent last Friday morning serving in the High Mead Farm Shop, and what a buzz there was about the place in the afterglow of the Spring Fayre!

It was as though the festival vibe had stayed on, soaking up the sunshine and lifting everyone’s spirits. I was ably assisted by CoFarmer Paul, which left me with very little to do, so I decided to use the time to best effect and sat down to draft this column. Paul mentioned that he had yet to feature in my regular missives, so I promised to make sure his hard work was acknowledged! Paul has an excellent eye for detail and loves nothing better than making sure the shop is looking its very best. No sooner has each customer left the shop than the replacement stock is priced and on the shelf - excellent work! I was glad of Paul’s help as

it turned out to be an eventful morning, with numerous deliveries and the arrival of a very generous donation by nearby Haskins; lots of super wooden shelving units. It was such a useful addition to the Farm, but not the only addition we are celebrating. Just 24 hours before the Spring Fayre, Lucie and her animal care team hatched 24 quail chicks.

Lucie describes them as a ‘bevy of tiny, leggy, bumble bees’ (bevy, covey or flock being the collective noun for a group of quail). Whatever you call them, they are super-cute.

Other new faces include Blanket and Banger – two of the happiest Kune Kune piglets you’ll ever meet. I’m not sure which they’re enjoying more, the spring grass or all the attention they’re getting!

But, as we welcome our newest arrivals, we must also prepare to say goodbye to a few of our favourites too. Almost half of our 11 guinea pig pups are getting ready to head off to their new homes – a better-handled pet would be hard to find! – and little Mischief and Milo, our pygmy goat bucks, are also preparing to head off to a wonderful new life. I do hope their new owners know exactly what they are letting themselves in for! These adorable little goats are quite the most impish rascals I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. They are as bright as buttons and learn very quickly - both a pleasure and a pain.

They are certainly keeping the team at High Mead on their toes.Our next free Open Day is July 7, which also includes a Yard Sale – a ‘not to be missed’ date!

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Sorry seatbelt statistics

Analysis carried out by the AA of the provisional road casualty statistics for 2023, shows that one in 12 young passengers (aged 14-29) are not wearing a seatbelt, while one in 40 drivers are dicing with death by failing to clip in.

Car occupants not wearing their seatbelt are putting themselves, fellow passengers, and other road users at unnecessary risk by not putting their belt on. The figures also show that one in every 300 drivers has been observed using their hand-held mobile phone whilst driving. Even though being caught for using a hand-held mobile phone carries a £200 fine and six points, many drivers are still tempted to pick up their phone. Earlier this week, two fifths (44%) of drivers said that this behaviour was worsening on UK roads.

Investigation shows that both seatbelt compliance and mobile phone use worsen in the evening and at night – with mobile phone abuse up 2.5

times at night. This highlights the brazen nature of some, believing that the cover of darkness gives them licence to misbehave.

Overall, fatalities on UK roads fell 4% in 2023 compared to 2022, but the number of pedestrian deaths increased year on year.

As part of its Motoring Manifesto, the AA has called for more road traffic officers to police the roads as well as set challenging road safety targets to eliminate road fatalities and injuries. This includes high profile, road safety campaigns on issues like seatbelts.

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On the 12th of May Jan sadly passed away while on holiday in Cornwall with her sister and dog by her side. A greatly-loved Sister, Mum, Gran and Great-gran. The service will take place on the 18th of June at Poole crematorium at 12 o’clock, everyone welcome. Family flowers, donations to Asthma UK or Asthma + Lung UK. Funeral directors Colin J Close of Blandford forum 01258 453133.


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Join Diverse Abilities for a Charity Golf Day at Hoburne’s Crane Valley in Verwood, which this year will be sponsored by Quay Safety and Christchurch Timber & Trading Ltd.

The day takes place on Wednesday, July 10, and spaces are open for teams of four, or for individuals to enter and be teamed up with others. Teams can enter for £350, or individuals for £87.50.

Everyone will receive 18 holes of golf, tea or coffee and a bacon roll on arrival and a buffet lunch after the golf. There will also be prizes for mini-games throughout the day, including nearest the pin and the longest drive.


Demi Tarrant, events executive at Diverse Abilities, said: “This is a great excuse to get your friends or colleagues together for a day of golf, and raise

Come and join our staff body at our vibrant and happy prep school for girls (aged 7-13) set in the beautiful Dorset countryside:


The role of Houseparent at Hanford holds a uniquely important position of trust and influence in the Boarding House. The successful candidate will have the ability to lead, motivate, support and understand the pupils in their care and will have overall responsibility for the functioning and orderly running of the House. They will be the first point of contact for boarders’ parents and guardians and will have excellent communication skills.

The successful applicant will be required to work weekends and evenings as required and have significant overnight responsibility. Accommodation will be provided. To start in January 2024.


We are seeking a caring and empathetic resident Matron with strong inter-personal skills and a can-do attitude, who will be an excellent role model for our pupils. The successful candidate will make a significant contribution to the pastoral welfare of the pupils and will have the capacity to support and understand young people in all aspects of their development, especially their emotional, academic and pastoral needs. They will expect and embody high standards of behaviour, courtesy and care.

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Money raised by the teams will help to provide vital support at the charity including:

n Diverse Abilities is the only charity that supports children and adults with profound physical and learning disabilities, and their families, in Dorset.

The charity is a lifeline to many families in the county and provides round the clock care and support, making every day better.

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Initiative set to boost women in rugby

Wimborne RFC is an amateur rugby club very much at the heart of the community, currently located in Gordon Road, although there are advanced plans for the club to relocate to purpose-built facilities.

The club runs sides through all age groups in mini and youth rugby from age 6 to 15, where more than 500 children participate in events on a Sunday morning from 9.30am.

Once they reach 16, they then join the Wimborne Academy which covers ages 16-18 and then progress to Wimborne seniors with three senior sides in levels 6, 8 and 10. The club also runs a Vets touch session weekly and have recently introduced ‘walking rugby’ which is proving to be extremely popular with more than 20 people regularly taking part on a Friday morning, some new to the game and some getting back into exercise and reconnecting with new and old friends. The club has also been growing the girls section this year and has announced that in collaboration with England Rugby a new Rugby Football Union (RFU) initiative has been launched that will see Wimborne host a series of activities to get girls aged 9-18 involved with the game over summer.

Love Rugby camps are part of an RFU campaign that is designed to promote and support girls’ rugby. England Rugby wants girls to have the belief and confidence that rugby is for them, and the campaign is designed to help clubs show the passion, energy and fun that girls experience when playing rugby with their friends.

With England’s Red Roses currently positioned as the number one-ranked side in the world, and with a World Cup being hosted in this country next year, there is huge excitement and increased interest around women’s rugby union at present. Wimborne is capitalising on the momentum by running Love Rugby camps for girls. Girls of all abilities are encouraged to attend, and gain from the benefits the sport brings. These camps are designed to introduce girls to the fundamentals of rugby, build confidence, and foster teamwork. Each session will be led by qualified and experienced coaches who are passionate about the game and dedicated to creating a fun, inclusive environment.

What to Expect:

Skill Development: Learn basics, including passing and game strategy (non-contact).

Fitness Training: With exercises tailored to enhance your rugby performance. Team Building: Activities that promote camaraderie, leadership, and sportsmanship.

Fun and Games: A mix of drills, practice matches, and friendly competition. The summer camps provide a fantastic way to make new friends, stay active, and experience the thrill of rugby.

No prior experience is needed - just bring your enthusiasm, trainers, water bottle and a willingness to learn.

Girls, or their parents and guardians, can find out more by visiting or contact Kat Marsh (Girls lead/head coach) at girlsrugby@wimbornerugbyclub.

Club hosts successful Dorset Championship

The 2024 Dorset County Golf Amateur Championship, the highlight of the Dorset golfing calendar, has been successfully staged at Crane Valley Golf Club in Verwood.

The championship, which began on Friday, May 24, saw the 63 best amateur players teeing up in 36-hole strokeplay.

Players were whittled down until Lee James from Broadstone Golf Club emerged victorious.

This is the first time these prestigious championships have been held at Crane Valley with Dorset County Golf Union president Peter O’Brien congratulating the team on a ‘magnificent’ event.

Winner Lee was also full

of praise for the course, highlighting that Crane Valley ‘ the best-conditioned course I’ve played this year’.

County secretary, Sean Whelan, was equally delighted with the event and thanked Hoburne head of golf, James Slade and

everyone from Crane Valley ‘... for their support, unwavering enthusiasm and the impeccable level of detail provided both on and off the course.’

James Slade, head of golf at Hoburne who runs Crane Valley said: “We were honoured to

be chosen to host the 2024 championship, the premier amateur golf event in the county, and have been planning for the event for a couple of years.

“Thanks go to course manager Andy Clark and his team. “The Valley Course was presented impeccably, and we were delighted to get such positive feedback from all the players about its layout and superb condition.

“Our team’s hospitality, clubhouse and patio, with views over the 18th green, created a great atmosphere for both players and visitors and I am proud the event was such a success.”

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Specific considerations in brief This area of law is about overall fairness, for which meeting your respective financial needs is likely to be a key issue, so that you can both move on with your lives after divorce. However, the family law requires consideration of a number of factors, to be found in Section 25 of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973, examples of which include:

Standard of Living

The standard of living enjoyed during your time together as a married couple, so that you may seek to maintain that standard of living if possible.

Future earning capacity

Can you grow into your career and/or retrain, or is there very little left which inevitably leaves limited growth?


Contributions to the marriage, such as assets accumulated or lost prospects, perhaps as a result of giving up work to ensure support for children.

A period of cohabitation prior to marriage should be included when considering the overall length of your relationship.


Disability is bound to be considered, to gauge potential limits on future earning capacity, and the need for treatment or ongoing care.


Spousal misconduct in a marriage when determining financial settlement is rarely considered regardless of any ‘moral code’. However, recklessly frittering money away or addictions adversely affecting asset values, might be financially measurable.

Financial disclosure

You must each fully and frankly disclose your financial circumstances to the other. It follows that if your spouse decides to ignore this or fabricate the true value of assets, they should be held accountable. Rob Price, Associate Family Law Solicitors

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