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Edition 80 FREE EVERY FORTNIGHT From most major outlets or delivered to your door The New Stour & Avon Friday, May 3, 2024 WIMBORNE, FERNDOWN, RINGWOOD, CHRISTCHURCH and SURROUNDING AREAS Matchday treat for superfan Michael WATCH OF THE DAY LOCAL, LOYAL & TRUSTED PLEASE CALL FOR A FREE VALUATION OF YOUR HOME Ferndown office | 01202 890890 | Wimborne office | 01202 842922 MOTORING MARVEL: Classic Clifton is a tourer de force P14 RIGHT ON TRACK: East Dorset’s Trac Pac is back P5 01202 145560 UK’sNo1mosttrustedlawncareprovider With our ongoing lawn care packages, you can enjoy a beautiful-looking lawn all year round at no stress to you. Getintouchtodaytofindoutmore. We’ll make your lawn the envy of your neighbours REVIVE YOUR GARDEN: 10-page special P25-34 Read online at:

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£30,000 raised for village planning appeal

Campaign group Action4Alderholt says it will be represented at the appeal into the proposed Alderholt Meadows development, which takes place this summer.

The inquiry into the 1,700-home proposal from Dudsbury Homes is being opposed by the group, which launched a £30,000 appeal to help the parish council pay for a barrister to

represent it during the hearing.

“We believe that the scheme will not meet local needs and will not produce sustainable development,” said Action4Alderholt, which also alleges that the applicant’s transport and environment assessments are ‘over-optimistic’.

A full copy of the group’s submission can be obtained from:

Remarkable Rotary runners raise £2k

Local runners taking part in two fun runs organised by Wimborne Rotary last year raised £2000, which has now been presented to children’s hospice Julia’s House.

The Caribbean Summer Fun Run, run on the hottest day of the summer, together with the Santa Stour Fun Run in December, attracted hundreds of runners, resulting in this great result for charity.

Katie Thompson, a Julia’s House fundraiser, came along to a Rotary lunchtime meeting to speak about the work carried out at the hospice,

and explained how children can access the facilities, and how their fundraising is always active and needed.

After her talk Rotary president Graham West presented her with a cheque for £2000 and said: “We are pleased to have raised this amount for Julia’s House and I would thank all the runners for turning up to enable us to raise this impressive sum.

“I would also thank all the volunteers, including those from Julia’s House, Wimborne Football Club and sponsors for making the events possible”, he added.

Author’s talk

Jane V. Adams will be talking about her book, Nature’s Wonders, on May 17 from 6-7pm at Corfe Mullen Library. Local writer Jane will be in conversation about herself and her latest book for the National Trust, ‘Nature’s Wonders: 50 magical moments that define our seasons’. The book takes us on a sensory jaunt through the seasons, accompanied by her stunning pictures. It’s an inspiring guide to connecting with nature. Book this free event via corfemullenlibrary@dorset or message the library via Facebook.

24-hour help

People in Dorset who need to talk to someone about their mental health can call the friendly, professionally-staffed round-the-clock helpline, NHS Connection.

The line will be answered by a professional in mental health care, who can listen and advise about the caller’s concerns, or worries they may have about friends or family members. Telephone 0800 652 0190.

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Just announced. Evergreen funny man and possessor of one of the best-known Brummy accents, Jasper Carrott is promising two nights of comedy and music heaven for theatregoers this month.

As if the dangle of a Carrott isn’t enough, his show comes with a

generous portion of music from the Strictly ABBA tribute group who will be covering all the bestloved ABBA numbers, like Dancing Queen, Waterloo and The Winner Takes It All.

With a decade-spanning career, the indefatigable Jasper is still touring and still leaving audiences

breathless with laughter. Rightly known as the godfather of British comedy, he brings his trademark razor-sharp wit and charm, not to mention his repertoire of instantly-funny google-eyed expressions to the Tivoli on Monday and Tuesday, May 27 and 28, 7.30pm. Visit

Mike’s first stadium visit for 10 years

A lifelong Cherries fan visited the Vitality Stadium for the first time in 10 years thanks to the support of his home carers.

Michael, pictured with care assistant Chloe, receives assistance from carers based at Care South At Home’s Bournemouth office team and spoke to them about his long-held special wish to visit the stadium and see the Cherries play, having first watched them at Dean Court in the 1960s.

In response, the Care South At Home team organised and went with Michael to watch the Cherries play against Manchester United on Saturday, April 13.

He also enjoyed a VIP stadium tour to see the players’ tunnel and to sit in the manager’s seat in the dugout and look over the pitch.

Michael said: “I watch every game on the

TV at home, so it was exciting to be back at the stadium.

“I used to be a goalkeeper when I played football at school, so it was great

to sit behind the goal. It was a really fast match.

“I really like Solanke as I think he’s got all the skills to play for England, so it was great to see him on the pitch.”

The surprise experience was organised as part of an ongoing partnership between Care South and AFC Bournemouth, which enables residents, home care clients and staff to get involved in a range of activities. These can include weekly seated football sessions, meeting players, coffee mornings, and visits to the stadium.

Tracie Gregory, manager of Care South At Home’s Bournemouth office, said: “We like to get to know the individual likes and dislikes, dreams and wishes of our clients, so it was lovely to make this happen for Michael.”

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Town set for D-Day 80th anniversary

Wimborne Minster Town Council, in partnership with the Minster, Wimborne Royal British Legion, the Museum of East Dorset and other local groups, are organising an event in line with national commemorations to mark the 80th anniversary of the Second World War D-Day Normandy invasion landings.

On June 6, in Wimborne the following events will take place: Readings of original poems by children in local schools as part of the National School Poetry, starting at 11am.

D-Day and Dorset presentation by historian John Smith at the Allendale House East Dorset Heritage Trust (£6 admission). War time re-enactments by Wimborne Community Theatre at different times and locations.

From 3.50pm, a proclamation by town crier Chris Brown followed by performances by the Land Girls, Andy Kennett, local choirs, and a reading of the winning entry from the National School Poetry competition - all on a stage at Willow Walk (next to Waitrose). Minster church service at 5.30pm, bell ringing at 6.30pm. Procession from the Town Square led by Quarterjacks marching band at 8.15pm to the cemetery. International tribute read by the Town Crier at Wimborne Cemetery at 9.15pm followed by lighting of the beacon and concluding with a cannon firing by Wimborne Militia.

For more information, contact Gary on 01202 881655 or email

The Three Okefords Preservation Society Tractor run attracted some 96 vehicles mainly from Dorset and South Somerset, many being members of the East Dorset Trac Pack. Five hours of driving started at Shillingstone with a run of nearly 40 miles through many north and central Dorset villages and picturesque countryside including Bulbarrow Hill, the Winterborne Valley, Durweston, Blandford Forest and Okeford Fitzpaine.

All runners were well catered for at the Old Powerhouse also known as the Bryanston Club. The Shillingstone Steam and Vintage Rally, which is run by the Three Okefords, takes place on May 18 and 19 and has gone from strength to strength over the years and has seen much increased footfall since the demise of the Great Dorset Steam Fair.

For more information, contact Gary on 01202 881655 or email

Bobbys are back

Hampshire Police now have 99 officers named as a Local Bobby. The Bobbies are neighbourhood policing officers with a dedicated area to look after.

“They will identify threat, harm and risk to tackle local issues and protect the community,” said the force.

“They will investigate local crimes and collect intelligence, working closely with partner agencies to identify the best problem -solving approach.”

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Thriller film location is food for thought

Lights, camera, action!

A Dorset company which recycles thousands of tonnes of food waste every year is the unlikely star of a new short movie.

Final year BA film students at Bournemouth University chose Eco Sustainable Solutions as one of the locations for their psychological thriller.

The Dog Food Programme is written and directed by Harry Clothier and revolves around a fictional food crisis in the UK.

A Crowdfunder campaign successfully raised the film’s £1,500 funding from 22 supporters.

It’s hoped the film, which will be up to 25 minutes, will be premiered next month and, possibly, selected for the Leeds Film Festival.

Harry, 20, said: “We were looking for a food recycling centre and Eco fitted the bill perfectly.

“They couldn’t have been more helpful and we got some great footage which will look very cinematic.”

Eco has processed more than 624,000 tonnes of food waste since 2005, creating about 91,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity and powering the equivalent of 33,000 homes for a year.

The commercial, industrial and household food waste is processed at one of Eco’s

state-of-the-art anaerobic digestion plants where it’s turned into energy and also biofertiliser.

Bryony Hammond, Eco’s brand and communications executive, said: “We receive many approaches to see our facilities but it’s unusual to receive a filming request, especially for a psychological thriller film.

“We were delighted to help out Harry and his team and look forward to seeing the final version of the film.”

Other BU students taking part in the film project are Ruby Bates (producer), Alex Geoghegan (director of photography), Kieran Miles-Booy (sound operator) and actors Jack Barber, Fraser Humphrey and John Martin.

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Cleaning ladies play could be a bit ‘dirty’

Broadstone Players’ next production is the comedy, Dirty Dusting, which we will be performing from Tuesday to Saturday, May 21 to 25, evenings at 7.30pm with a Saturday matinee at 2.15pm in Broadstone War Memorial Hall Theatre.

Tickets are £10 each and can be reserved by emailing honsec@ or ringing 01202 678449.

The play revolves around a small group of cleaning ladies who are about to be made redundant and think of an unusual way to earn their living... and it could be a little bit naughty!

The cast and crew have been thoroughly enjoying putting the play together and hope that you will come to see it.

Mar Godfrey Broadstone Players

A blooming good coffee morning

The annual spring coffee morning in aid of Wimborne in Bloom will take place at the home of Anthony and Christine Oliver, Wit’s End Corner, 34 Park Lane, Wimborne Minster on Saturday, May 11, from 10.00am until noon.

There will be a bring and buy table and a raffle and all proceeds will be going towards this year’s In Bloom campaign. All are warmly invited to attend.

Anthony Oliver Wimborne

Quiz night environment boost

The Planet Wimborne Quiz Night on April 25 at the Colehill Sports Centre saw enthusiastic participation from more than 30 attendees.

The Quiz Night, featuring rounds with a vibrant Green theme, proved to be both engaging and enlightening. It not only provided an opportunity for entertainment but also served as a platform to advocate for environmental awareness and action. John Billington, the quizmaster, received commendation for his excellent hosting, guiding

participants through an evening of fun and knowledge-sharing. Funds raised, exceeding £250, will contribute to ongoing endeavours aimed at enhancing the local environment and promoting sustainability initiatives.

Planet Wimborne extends its heartfelt gratitude to all participants, volunteers, and supporters whose contributions made the quiz night a remarkable success.

Jeff Hart

Director, Planet Wimborne

Singers raise £770 for charity

Following a very successful concert by the Fayrewood Singers of Verwood, a wonderful total of £770 was raised for Macmillan Caring Locally. A short talk was given by the charity and Macmillan goodies were on sale after the concert, while refreshments were served. The choir would like to thank everyone for their generosity. The concert also marked the end

Alors! French fun for this year

Fordingbridge Twinning Association has many events planned for the coming year, including a boules evening on June 20, a visit to our twin town of Vimoutiers over the weekend of October 19/20, a Sixties new-look (watch this space) musical soiree with live music on October 26, and our famous/ infamous Murder Mystery evening (always a sell-out), next February 22, 2025.

The annual ‘Foire de la Pomme’ in Vimoutiers, which is the centre of the French apple industry in France, including

cider, calvados brandy and even camembert cheese, will be a well-run, yet relaxed affair, whereby the English visitors are always well looked after. Additionally, Fordingbridge Twinning will be wellrepresented at the Fordingbridge event on July 29.

For more details and/or joining instructions perhaps, do contact Alison Ayling (chairman) and/ or myself on 01425 650770 or by email on hippotrain@

Derek Ayling Fordingbridge

Farewell to society stalwart

It is with great sadness that the members of Broadstone Art Society have said goodbye to their longest-serving member, Dennis Hill who, at 99 years old, was still an enthusiastic artist coming along to paint both inside at the club and in the summer, painting en plein air. Dennis joined the club in 1956 and has been both chairman and president. He painted in water colours, acrylic and oils. He was also very generous and donated many paintings to charity. He was very talented and gave encouragement as well as constructive advice to many members.

Dennis has had his art work accepted at the Royal Institute,

Royal West of England academy, Royal Marine Artists and the Royal Water Colour Society.

There will be a selection of Dennis’s paintings on show at Broadstone Art Society’s next Exhibition which is open from Saturday, May 25 to Sunday, June 2 at the Youth Centre in Moor Road Broadstone.

Linda Malin

Broadstone Art Society

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of an era, as conductor Peter Coole stepped down from the role. However, all is not lost, as the choir will be carrying on under the guidance of pianist Vanessa and choir member/conductor Sylvia.

For choir info, please ring Margaret on 01425 475232.

Linda Pearson Verwood

Wimborne Minster Folk Festival will be taking place from Friday to Sunday, June 7 to 9, and we look forward to welcoming thousands of people into the town as usual. However, a festival such as ours cannot run without the help of volunteer stewards to assist in manning information points, helping with events and generally assisting our visiting members of the public.

A number of events in Dorset have been cancelled over recent years - Verwood Carnival is a sad loss this year - due to a lack of volunteers. Although we are not in a critical

position, we still require a few extra numbers to help on the Saturday and Sunday of the festival.

Even if you can cover just one three to four-hour shift that would be of great help, in particular Saturday afternoon where we need a certain number to cover the parade for it to take place.

Please help us to keep this wonderful festival going.

If you may be able to assist, please email paulfolkfest@ with your availability. Thank you.

Paul Gunovsky Project manager

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The highs and lows of fostering

Town man’s bravery commended

A Wimborne resident has received a Chief Fire Officer’s Commendation in recognition of his courageous action. The award was presented by Chief Fire Officer Ben Ansell at Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service’s annual awards ceremony, held at Tidworth Garrison Theatre last month.

“There are always highs and sometimes some really tough lows, but each one brings new rewards and new challenges”

The hustle and bustle of a busy household can provide so much joy and fulfilment, seeing others achieve or just sharing experiences over a heart-warming breakfast. Yet, that does not mean there are no challenges involved, with any household regardless of size and make up has its own unique challenges – and that is the same for fostering households.

Edward Bryant of Wimborne rescued a woman from the River Stour last June.

When children come into your life, whether that be short term or long term you know as a carer that, at some point, it is more than likely this child may move on to a more permanent home. It can be emotional to see a youngster move on but our carers highlight that it is nice to see when they become settled and happy in a new home. One carer notes such moment is “a high and a low together! … A high as we know we have made a difference in their lives, but a low, because they are leaving you”

He had been walking his dog, Reggie, when the pet became agitated and drew his attention to the woman being in the water.

Having called a neighbour to bring a ladder to the scene, and knowing that firefighters were on their way to help, he entered the river and helped the woman to get back onto the bank.

This is not only a difficult time for the carer, the child must also get used to a new home, and new guardians.

CFO Ansell said: “These commendations mark the


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appreciation of the Chief Fire Officer of meritorious conduct, that is above and beyond the call of duty, by staff, volunteers, partners or members of the public.

“Every year, I receive a number of nominations, and I was delighted to formally recognise Edward for his swift and courageous action.

“Without him, I have no doubt that a life could have been lost.”

If you are up for a new challenge fostering could be your next step, but remember it does not always go swimmingly, but it promises rewards! That is why Footprints are the best choice for anyone that would feel content in a small supportive environment.

Chief Fire Officer Ben Ansell is pictured above presenting the award to Edward Bryant.

In the next article from the series, we will be exploring what inspires our wonderful foster carers!

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Get set for The Gillingham & Shaftesbury Spring Show, now taking place on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June.

This countryside show offers two days of perfect entertainment for all the family. Children up to the age of sixteen go free and advance tickets are just £15 per adult.

In the main ring, comic capers come alive with hilarious stunt clown Dingle Fingle getting up to all sorts of mischief. Make sure you duck to miss the water cannon! There’s also lots of wonderful animal attractions to enjoy. You won’t turn your snout up at Joseph’s Amazing Racing Pigs as five rare breed trotters hurdle over jumps and enjoy a fun hog hoe-down. Horse fans will adore Amanda Sandow’s famous Spotted Ponies, showcasing circus heritage and the art of woman and horses working together. This year, there’s also a Heavy Horse Village where you can get up close with these giants of the equestrian world, learn more about their important role in our country’s history and see them in action. The countryside theme continues with farmyard animals and fun, free tractor

trailer rides, sponsored by Friars Moor Livestock in Sturminster Newton.

Green fingered fans will not want to miss the line-up of horticultural talks and demonstrations by renowned gardening gurus. Plus, there’s plenty of plant stalls to tempt you to take something home for your own garden. And if you’ve ever fancied having a go at felting or even making your own crown, some of Dorset’s leading crafts people will be sharing their skills In the ‘Hands On’ marquee.

Please note all tickets bought for the original show date of 20th and 21st April are still valid for the rescheduled date. Visit to book and find out more.

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Make leisure centre reopening a priority

This week, Liberal Democrats in Parliament called for swimming pools and leisure centres to be designated critical infrastructure to prevent them being closed on the grounds of their impact on public health, wellbeing and social importance.

No less than 276 local authorityrun swimming pools have closed since 2015 including 23 last year. The Government opened a capital fund to support works on swimming pools at risk of closure, but this was to support repair works and not fund shortfalls in operating costs.

Two Rivers Meet swimming pool, operated by BCP council in Christchurch received funding, to make environmental improvements but it is unclear whether Dorset council applied for funding to support QE Leisure Centre in Wimborne, which has now closed to the public.

I have spoken to thousands of residents across East Dorset who are appalled that no agreement was reached between the council

and the academy trust to keep this centre open. Dorset Council suggested it could not invest in a property it does not own, but this is a short-sighted view, as it will pick up the responsibility of poorer health outcomes for the population when they cannot access local services.

We must find a way forward. The value of swimming lessons to children, group exercise classes for single people and a place for

team sports to build cohesion and fitness is immense. Local government funding has been decimated over the last decade, and because these facilities are not a statutory requirement it is not surprising that they become ‘at risk’ when councils are under pressure.

We are living in a public health crisis, with more than seven million people waiting for NHS treatment and huge numbers unable to work due to sickness. Funding leisure centres, swimming pools, and supporting social prescribing are vital in supporting the health of the nation.

Announcements about benefit cuts and the transfer of sicknote production away from GPs has caused real worry to many people living with disabilities or progressive illness. There may well be some individuals who could return to the world of work, but that assumes that there are job roles to fill for people who need shorter hours, accessibility

adaptation or equipment. Whilst grants exist to support employers who take on those with disabilities, employers are likely to consider long periods out of work as a risk factor when selecting new staff. There is a cruelty in the narrative around people who are struggling with poor health, when we should be supporting people and using services provided through leisure centres to maximise health and support wellbeing.

With 21 leisure centre sites in the Southwest among those closed between 2015 and 2023, and no sign of the Government recognising the impact of the local authority funding crisis, it is time to give leisure centres the protection they need.

Finding a solution to reopening QE Leisure Centre should be a priority of the next Dorset Council, and carrying out an audit of the other facilities to ensure that other communities do not face further losses must be part of this work.

For peat’s sake, let’s support our nurseries

We are fortunate to have an extensive range of excellent plant nurseries and garden centres on our doorstep. They enable us to access the widest choice of quality plants. The government’s planned prohibition on the sale or use of horticultural peat by amateur and professional growers in the UK threatens that quality. Peat facilitates natural water retention in potted plants as well as providing essential nutrients.

No substitute has the same qualities.

Peat-free composts lead to a much-reduced plant survival rate, causing disappointment for gardeners and waste for nurseries.

In opposing the Bill to outlaw horticultural peat, I emphasised the importance of having a vibrant, homegrown horticultural industry.

The lawful use of peat on the Continent gives growers there a massive competitive advantage

over British counterparts. The Netherlands alone uses thousands of millions of kilos of peat in plant production. As 95% of the use of peat globally is for fuel to generate heat and power, what justification can there be for our Government to ban its use in our gardens? Why is the Government not

concerned that the processing, transporting and importing of coir as an inferior peatsubstitute from Sri Lanka and Indonesia causes far more serious damage to the environment?

Banning horticultural peat is an example of gesture politics.

n The issue as to whether banning some adults but not others from having the freedom to be able to purchase tobacco products lay at the heart of the debate on the Tobacco and Vapes Bill.

Supporters of the Bill consistently misrepresent its effect as being to outlaw smoking on an age-related basis.

If tobacco is so harmful, why not ban its use rather than merely its sale?

The Bill is only restricted to the purchase of tobacco and not to its use which remains lawful for all those aged over 18. This is another example of gesture politics.

n By June 10, all cats aged over 20 weeks must be microchipped. This complements a similar requirement for dogs which has been in place since 2016. There may, however, still be as many as one million dogs and three million cats which are unmicrochipped.

Against that background, it was gratifying that the minister accepted my suggestions in the debate on pet abduction that the enforcement of new laws should be used as a means of reinforcing the legal requirement to microchip.

If a dog or cat is lost, it is far more difficult to trace if it hasn’t been microchipped.

n It is essential that all laws banning or criminalising behaviour should be effectively scrutinised. In this context, the public thanks which I received from a Labour Shadow Minister for using amendments to properly challenge legislation is much appreciated.

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Classic Clifton a tourer de force

A 1936 Austin 10 Clifton Tourer, which has been in the same family since 1951, is being sold in the Charterhouse classic & vintage car auction at Haynes on June 27.

“This charming little tourer has been through four different members of the same family over the past 73 years, which is really quite remarkable,” said Richard Bromell.

This Austin 10 Clifton Tourer complete with a Dickey seat, has had little use recently, with the occasional outing in good weather to the local shops to buy a newspaper on the weekend.

Coming to auction with a vast history file documenting all the works carried out since 1951, this little charmer is estimated at £6,500-£7,500. Charterhouse is now accepting further entries for their busy programme of specialist auctions including coins, medals, stamps, toys, classic cars, and classic motorcycles throughout May and June.

n Richard Bromell and the Charterhouse Team can be contacted for specialist advice and valuations at the Long Street Salerooms, 01935 812277 or via rb@

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Discovering Britain: The Joys of Local Travel

In a world where exotic destinations often steal the spotlight, exploring close to home offers its own set of perks worth celebrating.

First off, local travel is a win-win for everyone. When you spend money at nearby shops and attractions, you’re giving a high-five to your local economy, helping to keep your community buzzing with life. And let’s talk money – sticking to local adventures won’t burn a hole in your wallet like far-flung trips might. With shorter distances to cover and cheaper transportation, you can enjoy a getaway without watching your bank balance nosedive.

Being eco-friendly is a big plus too. By ditching long flights and opting for local jaunts, you’re doing your bit for the planet, reducing your carbon footprint one trip at a time. But the best bit? Local travel lets you really get to know your neck of the woods. Whether it’s finding hidden gems or diving into the history and culture of your area, each trip becomes a lesson in falling in love with where you live. Before you jet off to distant shores, consider the wonders waiting right on your doorstep. Dive into a local adventure and uncover the magic of Britain just around the corner.



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Western Highlands Rail & Sail (6 day)......................... £929 SATURDAY 1st JUNE Kentish Castle & Glorious Gardens (5 day)................. £499 SUNDAY 2nd JUNE Dordogne (8 day)......................................................... £949 SUNDAY 2nd JUNE London at Leisure (3 day).............................................£227 SUNDAY 2nd JUNE Somerset Seaside (5 day)............................................ £499 MONDAY 3rd JUNE Llandudno, Portmeirion & Gardens (5 day)..................£486 TUESDAY 4th JUNE Rail, Sail & History in Lancashire (5 day)...................... £549 THURSDAY 6th JUNE Scenic Lakes & Mountain Goats (5 day)...................... £599 Torquay at Leisure (6 day)............................................ £499 SUNDAY 9th JUNE Rhine Valley - Boppard (6 day)..................................... £729 All about Somerset (5 day)............................................£489 Great Cities of the North West (5 day).........................£539 MONDAY 10th JUNE Cornish Delights (5 day)...............................................£479 TUESDAY 11th JUNE Torquay Rail & Sail (6 day)............................................£539 SUNDAY 16th JUNE SUNDAY 9th JUNE SUNDAY 9th JUNE MONDAY 10th JUNE HOTEL TRAVEL VILLAS All aboard! For details or to book: 01202 767022 Wednesday 15th May £38 Looe & Polperro Saturday 18th May £45 Devon County Show (coach & entrance) £15 Dorchester Market & Weymouth ................................................. Friday 31st May £32 Sherborne Castle & Gardens (coach & entrance) Friday 31st May £49 Bath & West Show £49 (coach & entrance) Saturday 1st June £29 Cardiff Tuesday 4th June £36 Weald & Downland Museum £36 (coach & entrance) Wednesday 5th June Thursday 6th June £40 Royal Mint (coach & entrance) Tuesday 11th June £59 Eden Project (coach & ticket) ....................................................... Tuesday 14th May £52 Kennet Canal with lunch (coach & ticket) Wednesday 22nd May Saturday 29th June £118 Frozen the musical, Drury Lane, London (coach & ticket) ................... £15 Dorchester Market & Weymouth
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Quick-to-cook burgers are twice as spice

These fragrant, fiery pork burgers are so easy to prepare and quick to cook and, better still, they make make a delicious change from traditional burgers and they’re only 200kcal per serving. Suitable for Step 2.

Serves: 2

Prep time: 20 Minutes

Cook time: 16 Minutes

Calories: 200 kcal per serving

Total Fat: 7.6 g

Steps: 2


200g really lean pork fillet (all visible fat removed), minced

½ small red onion, grated 1 red chilli, deseeded and diced

2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 stalk lemon grass, peeled and finely sliced

2 tbsp finely chopped fresh coriander

2 tbsp lighter than light mayo a squeeze of lemon juice few sprigs of parsley, chopped

Sprinkle with parsley. Mix the minced pork, red onion, chilli, garlic, lemon grass and coriander together in a bowl or blitz in a food processor or blender until well combined.

Season with some salt and pepper. With lightly-floured hands, divide the mixture into four portions and shape into burgers. Spray lightly with oil.

Cook the burgers under a preheated hot grill for six to eight minutes on each side, until cooked through and golden brown.

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1 large carrot, grated ¼ small red or white cabbage, coarsely shredded 2 spring onions, finely chopped

Make the coleslaw: Mix together the carrot, cabbage and spring onions in a bowl. Stir in the mayo and lemon juice and season to taste.

n To enjoy this dinner on Steps 3 and 4, add one grated carrot, one grated red apple and 1 tbsp lighter than light mayo to the coleslaw. Serve with 150g boiled or steamed rice and 2 tbsp sweet chilli sauce. This will add 1.2g fat and 43g carbs per serving.

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Summer Fair at Bryanston

The Wessex Event Company are delighted to be holding our 3rd Summer Fair in the beautiful house and grounds at Bryanston School on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th May this year

Bring the whole family for a fabulous day out, there is something for everyone.

After being inspired by the host of artisan foods, crafts, plants, garden furniture and accessories, why not chill out in our two Street Food Areas, where you can enjoy mid morning snacks, lunches and afternoon treats, including Pizzas, Bratwurst, Falafels, Dorset Lamb burgers, Hot Potatoes, Ice Cream, Churros and Crepes, all washed down with coffee, tea, soft drinks or something slightly stronger from the fairs Bar. While you sit and eat and relax you will be entertained by fabulous local artists including Emma Hardy, Max Elmore, Tom Carr, Shannon White, and Phil Smith.


Climbing Tower, caving tunnel, Alpaca Walking and meet Disney Princesses and Superheroes

There will also be the ever popular flower arranging demonstrations, with the chance to win a beautiful flower arrangement, falconry and classic cars

There is so much for children to enjoy. Our children’s entertainments will include a bouncy castle, rides, games and face painting. We also have a Circus Skills Workshop, Magic Man, Sand Art and Craft Area on both days for children to participate in and learn some of magic of the circus.,

The cost of entry is just £4 for Adults, £3.50 for concessions, with children under 16 just £1, making this one of the most affordable, family friendly, value for money days out you will find in the area this summer.

So come early, stay late and enjoy a wonderful day out in the most beautiful of settings.

We would like to thank our sponsors Nationwide Home Innovations, Save Energy UK, Meyers Estate Agents Blandford, and Holt Recruitment for their support of our events.

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Make your move to Stour Gate happen with Shared Ownership.

The new Shared Ownership Scheme is an affordable way to purchase one of our stunning properties. It allows you to buy part of your home and pay rent on the rest, so you can move in and enjoy the McCarthy Stone lifestyle without committing to outright purchase. It also allows you to manage your finances for possible future needs.

Shared Ownership is run in conjunction with Homes England, our government approved partner. With this scheme, you can purchase up to 75% of the value of your property. When you visit the development, our Sales Consultant will be able to provide you with full details.


• You can purchase up to 75% of the value of the property.

• If you purchase 75% there will be no rent payable on the outstanding share.

• Benefit from the McCarthy Stone lifestyle in a home you love.


• It provides a more affordable way to buy one of our retirement properties.

• You can enjoy the McCarthy Stone lifestyle without paying the full purchase price.

• Buying a percentage share of the property allows you to manage your finances to cater for possible future needs.

• You could claim up to £500 a year to help with essential repairs in the first 10 years.


To apply for the Homes England Shared Ownership scheme you need to fulfil some simple criteria which our Sales Consultant will explain in more detail:

• Be aged 60 years or over.

• Have an annual household income of less than £80,000 per year.

• Only own one property, after buying the new one.

Call 0800 2014742 for more information or visit mccarthystone.

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Five ways chiropractic care can benefit you

Postural alignment

It’s quite widely known now that chiropractic care can really benefit your posture.

In order to measure this, we do a postural analysis within your New Patient Consultation where we place objective markers.

Following your care plan, we re-measure this and often see vast improvements in posture.

Chiropractic care helps posture as it allows for increased movement throughout the spine, reducing muscle tightness and tension, and improving all round flexibility. Good posture helps with so much, including reducing headaches, neck pain, and shoulder pain!

Easing pain

Chiropractic adjustments work by getting movement through specific restricted joints of the spine, which are causing inflammation, irritating nerves, and causing pain.

By adjusting these joints, the pressure on the nerves and the irritation is reduced,

allowing the inflammation to heal and the pain to decrease.

We normally advise other factors such as rehabilitative exercises and massage therapy to support this.

Better mobility

In the same way chiropractic adjustments help with reducing pain by increasing movement in the joints, the same technique also helps to increase overall mobility and flexibility within the spine. This helps to prevent injury but also allows you to progress in your sport or hobby without pain or dysfunction.



We strive to give every patient the absolute best chiropractic and massage care , as well as providing outstanding customer service. We are a motivated team passionate about getting you better and enabling you to live a pain free life, getting you the best version for you ! Conditions we can treat:

• Migraines

• Lower Back Pain

• Joint Pain

• Frozen Shoulder

• Tennis Elbow

• Neck Ache

Sports Therapy Consultation And Results Session Is £65


£45 (NORMALLY £120)

Improved energy and sleep

When spinal tension or inflammation is healing effectively, we tend to see an overall improvement in sleep and energy. While there are limited studies on this, in our personal experience a lot of patients report noticing that their sleep has improved and they feel more energised since starting chiropractic care.

Enhanced mood

With all of the above, it’s easy to see why you would feel in a better mood when you feel like you have good posture, reduced pain, notice you move and sleep better and just feel more energised!

A lot of patients report that they feel better in themselves or even their partner or family member note that they are overall happier.

n If you think chiropractic care is right for you, then give us a call on 01202 604707 or email us on admin@ to book in now.

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Monday – Thursday 8am – 7pm Friday 8am – 6.30 pm
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A luxury care home w h a heart RESIDENTIA L CARE | DEMENTI A CARE | NU RS IN G CARE | SHO R T BREAKS SPRING OPEN AFTERNOON AT VERWOOD HOUSE 2 – 4.30pm, Thursday 30th May Contact our friendly team today to find out more: Verwood House, 42-44 Ringwood Road, Verwood, Dorset BH31 7AH | RESIDENTIA L CARE PROVIDER O F TH E YEAR 2022 This May, we look forward to welcoming the local community into Verwood House for our spring open afternoon. During this event, guests will have the opportunity to browse a range of craft and plant stalls, and enjoy complimentary refreshments in our bistro café. Visitors are also welcome to take a tour of our boutique care home, and see the superb features and facilities which set our home apart from the standard care home. SPACIOUS EN-SUITE BEDROOMS | BRIGHT LIVING SPACES FOR SOCIALISING WELLBEING & BEAUTY SALON | AN ELEGANT CAFÉ | PRIVATE DINING SUITE RESIDENT CHEF & COMPLETE NUTRITIONAL SUPPORT 01202 812250 |
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Repeat colours, patterns and materials for high impact

The fastest way to revive your garden and give it that Chelsea wow is to use repetition in the garden. By repeating certain colours or patterns you bring unity and cohesion to any garden space. It may be tempting to try and cram in as many diverse styles as possible to bring some drama but with design, less is more! By repeating the same colours or patterns throughout the garden you unify the space. Imagine a bedroom where the pillows don’t match the bed sheets or three different types of wallpaper? It suddenly looks chaotic and awkward. Choose a few complimentary colours and then repeat them throughout the garden area for immediate impact.

The same goes for paving and hard landscaping. Try and keep to a couple of material choices used repeatedly throughout the garden. Rather than lots of mismatching styles. Using the same paving material in different parts of the garden helps to create a joined-up garden. By keeping some restraint in the garden by using repetition your green space will feel far more inviting and enjoyable.

As summer arrives the gardens are full of flowers and blossoms in every shade and colour. Bees and insects busy pollinating and collecting honey. It’s a great time now to plant out new beds, borders and pots and containers with hardy shrubs, perennials, Roses and Herbs. Summer patio and bedding plants can now be planted in all your tubs and baskets with a huge range available from your local nurseries and Garden Centres.

Prior to planting, compost can be added and season long fertilisers for stronger healthier growth and flowering. Vegetable gardens should now be fully planted with runner beans, peas, Tomato plants, and courgettes and outdoor cucumber can be planted out in a warm sunny position. Weeding, feeding, staking, and tying of all plants will be needed as they grow. Pests and diseases may become visible so treat and spray at the first signs to limit damage. Lawns and grass areas can be treated with weed, feed, and moss killers. Rake areas before applying to improve aeration and surface drainage. Reseed any bare patches and allow 10-14 days before mowing. As the weather warms make sure your hoses and water butts are ready for watering and irrigation. General tasks such as pruning, spring flowering shrubs can be done now staking, and tying mulching of beds, borders and pots will help suppress weeds and help conserve moisture. Use, bark, gravels, or any other mulching materials. Although there is plenty to do it’s a delightful time to be out in your garden, allotment enjoying the warm sunshine, amongst all the flowers and nature.

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It’s never too late to refresh and rejuvenate your garden and Suttle Stone Quarries extensive range of decorative chippings, building aggregates, soils, sleepers and more are the perfect place to start! Whether you’re at the start of your garden renovation journey or simply looking for the finishing touches, they have something to suit every need.

Their range of Dorset limestone chippings from their quarry in Worth Matravers are not only aesthetically pleasing but also practical and hard-wearing, ideal for use on driveways and pathways as well as for decorative purposes. If this doesn’t take your fancy they have a range of other options, including Silver Granite and Sandringham chippings.

If planting is more your thing, then their new super soil will be of interest; a great nutrient rich soil for flower beds and vegetable patches available in both 8mm and 10mm. For the bigger details don’t forget your sleepers and gabion baskets! Whilst sleepers are perfect for borders, creating raised beds and supports including steps, gabion baskets filled with gabion stone are the most effective way of creating stability within garden designs and you can also use them to create bespoke garden furniture that will stand the test of time.

All of these products and more are available for nationwide delivery, or you can collect from their Manning’s Heath Road Depot in Poole, near Tower Park.

For sales and any other enquiries you can visit their website, call them on 01929 439444 or alternatively you can email them at

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Play about with angles moving away from the plain rectangle

If your garden is looking like a one-hit-wonder, why not play around the angles? There’s a tendency to plan rectangular gardens with a skinny border around the edge and lawn plonked in the middle. Usually in the misguided thought process that this will provide more space. However, these can provide little in terms of interest, you see the entire garden all in one glance meaning the garden feels small and lacklustre. Why not think about cutting the space up using a 45-degree angle for example, which immediately draws your eyes into opposite angles? Play around on paper with dividing your garden up into different zones with angles and start to create inviting areas. You’ll be amazed at how much more you can fit in your space when compared to the plain rectangular design. Playing around with angles can provide the illusion of space and help make even tiny gardens feel bigger.

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As we look ahead to the warmer months, we’ll soon be turning our attention to our gardens and the prospect of spending more time outdoors.

Whether that’s simply relaxing or entertaining friends and family, our gardens are a focal point, particularly in the Spring and Summer months.

What better way to make the most of your time outdoors, than by creating an outdoor living environment with Broadview thanks to their louvred roof pergola systems and garden awnings.

With one of the largest ranges of outdoor living systems in the South and manufactured by the Belgium based industry leading brand Brustor, every system from Broadview can be custom designed to fit your property.

Outdoor pergolas with rotating and retracting roofs operated by remote or app control, along with weatherproof side screens and heaters can effectively create an extra indoor room, outdoors!

Alongside of this, it’s not just the structure alone that Broadview can provide. Their specialist design-team work alongside a wide range of suppliers across the South who offer outdoor kitchens, hot tubs, fire pits and garden landscaping– all of which can help to create a stunning outdoor living environment that can be used all year round.

No more leaving guests outside to entertain themselves while you nip back into the kitchen to prepare the next course or organise the next round of drinks, with an outdoor kitchen positioned within your new outdoor structure, you really can make the most of entertaining this year. What’s more, thanks to either sliding glass walls or integrated screens, the structure can be completely enclosed and with the great addition of heating and lighting, it can be used in all twelve months of the year. As the temperature drops, simply slide the glass shut and you can create a cosy and sheltered area within your garden, protected from the elements. Or, in warmer weather, all you need to do to make the most of the sunshine is

open the roof and side screens for the perfect al-fresco space. As well as their range of pergolas, Broadview also offer fully cassetted retractable awnings that can be installed to your property for added shade.

Broadview has an extensive range of awning models to choose from, each with their own features and all can be operated by either Somfy remote control or a manual crank handle.

Made with a beautifully crafted aluminium frame of superior quality and a weather-resistant fabric cover, the awnings provide stylish shading for your sunny patio. Available in any RAL colour and with the addition of LEDs and heating, Broadview has the perfect solution for you.

And it’s not just Broadview’s range of outdoor shading solutions that can offer shield from the Summer’s sun and glare; they have an innovative range of internal window coverings from motorised blinds to plantation shutters and also specialise in solutions for large-shaped windows including apex and gable end windows, to roof lanterns.

Many homeowners think that their complex shaped windows prevent them from being covered with a blind, but worry not, you can still enjoy the beauty of an apex window with the coverage of a seamlessly fitted shade.

Available in an endless range of colours and materials, along with robust, colour matching hardware and cutting-edge technology, Broadview’s bespoke blinds will allow ample natural light to flood into your home but offer shade when you need it. Now is the perfect time to give your indoor and outdoor space a makeover. Broadview Shading Solutions, a family run business based in Dorset, are celebrating 55 years in business this year.

Their expert team specialises in helping you to create the perfect shading solution for your home, from concept to completion. Contact our team today 01202 679012 or visit their website:

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More Wow and Less Work

Grasses are in fact almost as old as the hills that they frequently cover so effectively in nature; and yet from a gardeners’ perspective grasses are still seen by many as rather new and untested in our gardens.

A massive success story in nature, this large and diverse group of plants actually offers so much more than just traditional flower or foliage colour. Beautiful, versatile, tough and genuinely low maintenance they offer an approach to gardening that many find deeply attractive, and which is perhaps more in sync with our modern approach to environmental matters.

Strongly architectural, they work well en masse but are just as happy in mixed plantings and need little by way of aftercare once established. As most of the taller flowering deciduous grasses come into their own from high summer onwards, they are well placed to provide that much desired ‘wow’, just at a time when our gardens might otherwise be quietening down. Recently replanted in the Prairie Style the Dragon Garden at Knoll has a mix of grasses and perennials that together provide a fabulous display of flower and shape, tone and texture from midsummer right through to Christmas and deep into winter.

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Grass Masterclass - with expert Neil Lucas of

This is the first of four stand alone classes. These friendly, informative sessions are suitable for private gardeners and trade professionals alike.


To obtain special RHS MEMBERS PRICE of £40 please phone nursery direct and quote membership number. Knoll Gardens Ltd, Wimborne, BH21 7ND

Your Local Lawn Care Providers For The Poole Area, At Your Service.

At Greensleeves, we’re committed to delivering beautifully healthy lawns that can be enjoyed all year round. We are also dedicated to unwavering customer service, and pride ourselves on providing convenient, stress-free lawn care solutions.

With our ongoing lawn care packages, you can enjoy a beautiful-looking lawn all year round at no stress to you. Our tiered and tailored options mean you can simply select the perfect package for your requirements and let our experts do the rest.

Our dedication to excellence is reflected in the testimonials of over 8,500 customers on Trustpilot, where we have a 5-star ‘excellent’ rating. Whether it’s seasonally appropriate lawn treatments, repairing damage, or enhancing overall beauty, our specialist treatments will meet the diverse needs of lawns of all shapes and sizes.

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Family food festival features ‘Foo Fighters’

A tasty treat is on offer at a Dorset food festival in June.

The Upton House Food & Music Festival takes place at Upton Country Park between Friday and Sunday, June 14 and 16.

Alongside international street food, there’s a tasty bill of top UK tribute acts, with free kids’ entertainment, arts,

crafts and some novel eating contests. Three-day family tickets are available from £34, with single-day family passes starting at £26, and tribute acts on offer include Queen, Oasis, Foo Fighters, Amy Winehouse and Madness. On the food front, producers such as Southbourne-based pop-up Texas barbecue experts, Sobo Smoko will

feature, alongside drinks from the likes of Poole’s Shanty Spirit seaweed vodka. The site opens at 5pm on Friday and 11am on Saturday and Sunday. Pre-paid on-site parking is available and well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome.

Visit uptonhousefoodand musicfestival. com.

Latest town walk proves a tasty treat

Enjoying sampling food from some of Wimborne’s superb artisan food shops and cafés April 24 saw a group of 20 guests take part in Salamander’s latest Wimborne Food Walk. The group enjoyed superb patisseries cakes and bread at Petit Prince, learned all about Fluffett’s superb eggs and tasted their superb local honey. East Street Deli provided tasting of their cheese of the month, a superb mature cheddar, gluten-free brownies and flavoured nuts. The Dean’s Court Café offered tastings including delicious homemade houmous, granola, peanut butter, and banana on sourdough. At Bell’s fish guests tried the made-on-thepremises smoked salmon, learned some fish cookery tips and saw a very large monkfish! They then visited the new 2K café and enjoyed a delicious freshly-made beetroot, carrot and orange juice and described their interesting new home-cooked menu. Finally, a real treat visiting Yayu’s kitchen where all enjoyed homemade Indonesian food. All agreed we are lucky to have access to such

on days out, as they are light, unbreakable, and of course reusable. The mugs are from Dorset designers Dolly Hot Dogs with seashore, sea life and country designs. Salamander has all the tools and gadgets you need for outdoor cooking and barbecues, including the product of the month, an airtight large marinating box. They also have lots of tongs and other tools and gadgets including thermometers,

a must for checking meat and fish is properly cooked. Making your own burgers is great fun and great for children to help with and they are easy to use; presses from £8. The popular patio gas-powered paella stand with paella pan from Vaello is back in stock. See their easy paella recipe online at where you can also sign up to their monthly newsletter and be first to hear about future events and enter their monthly prizes draws too.

traditional enamel plates and mugs too. These are great for using in the garden and

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cooking, eating and drinking outdoors. Great ideas for gifts too Join Cooking Knife expert Sven from Robert Welch for our event on Thurs 16 May from 5.30 - 6.30. Tickets £5 Reserve your place in store, phone or e mail 01202 840144 / -
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It’s the great scheme of garden things

As part of the National Gardens Scheme, more than 100 gardens opening in Dorset in 2024 spread across the region. Thanks to the generosity of garden owners, volunteers and visitors, the Scheme has donated more than £70million to its beneficiary charities since its foundation in 1927 and last year

Here are some of the sensational Dorset gardens opening for the Scheme this May & June:

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Tranquil Japanese themed water garden. Granite sculptures, water falls, azaleas, cloud topiary

Opening: 5 May; 16 June (12-5)

20 WICKET ROAD, Kinson

Small suburban garden where the design uses every trick in the gardening handbook to create a truly memorable space

Opening: 17, 18, 19 May (2-5).

Adm £5, chd free. Teas.

Location: Bournemouth BH10 5LT

(1-6). Adm £5, chd free. Teas at Penmead Farm

Location: DT11 8NZ

PENMEAD FARM, Sutton Waldron


A plant lovers paradise! Unusual Plant Garden packed with vibrant unusual plants, many rare and exotic.

Great views! Woodland and stream walk, meadows, vegetable garden, orchard, pond. Open: 9 June (2.30-6.30), 13 June (3.30-7.30). Adm £5, chd free.

Location: DT11 8PF

Opening: 11, 12 May; 15, 16 June (10-4). Adm £4, chd free.

Location: BH13 6DQ


Alan Titchmarsh described this amusingly creative garden as ‘one of the best 10 private gardens in Britain’. Ingenious use of unusual plants!

Opening: 19 May; 16 June (14.30) Adm £5, chd free. Teas

Location: BH21 1EN



13 acres of peaceful gardens in ancient monastic setting. Specimen trees, Saxon fish pond, herb garden, orchard, apiary

Open: 29th May; 26th June (114) Adm. £7, chd free

Location: BH21 1EE

THE OLD SCHOOL HOUSE, Sutton Waldron Designers garden. Hornbeam hedges creating ‘rooms’, orchard, secret garden

Open: 9 June (2-6), 13 June


Award winning gardens designed and maintained by volunteers.

Opening: 10 June (2-5). Adm by donation. Light refreshments NGS days only.

Location: BH15 3EF

THE HOLLOW, nr Blandford Forum

Lovely views! ⅓ acre Hillside cottage garden. Interesting variety of plants.

Water features. Fruit and veg garden.

Open: 15, 16, 19 June (2-5). Adm £4, chd free.

Location: DT11 8NJ


Enchanting 180 yr old cottage (32ft x 12.5ft) home of two Royal Academy artists

Opening: 23 June (2-4) Adm £3.50 Chd free

Location: BH23 1DN

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May sees the end of cherry blossom, the wonder of apple blossom to start the month, and some of the first fruits of the year at the end of the month. It truly is a fine month in the garden. The fresh spring greens of trees as they finally spring to life and provide food for insects and baby birds is pretty heart-warming, and the sun has strength and promise. Weed!

Those weeds keep coming in earnest in the warm weather, so pull out or hoe off any weeds whilst young to prevent seed heads from forming.

Check Lilies for lily Beetle and Box for box moth caterpillar. Both of these pests are difficult to control, and can cause quite serious damage to your plants if ignored. Box moth has been an increasing emerging pest in the UK over recent years, and it was definitely in Ferndown last year as I noticed many lost their plants. Many owners of substantial box hedging and those planning to plant have chosen to

n The stunning cherry blossom trees at Wisley in the late evening sun really bring the garden to life at this time of year

replace with a similar-looking plant due to both the devastating impacts of box moth and box blight on the plants. There is some hope however, as blue tits are now starting to try them out as a food source (though not sufficiently to protect bushes from significant attack), as well as parasitic wasps. Hand picking

is the least harmful method of control, but generic biological control ‘Fruit & Veg Protection’ and generic systemic insecticides will have some effect.

Good plant alternatives include Euonymus, Yew, Pittosporum and Berberis. Lily beetle damage is caused both by adults and larvae, but the larvae do the most

Hannah Hobbs-Chell is a horticulturist and garden designer/consultant. If you have a question for her, email:hannah.hobbschell@ including a picture if relevant

damage. The adults are bright red on top, but tend to fall off upside down when they sense vibration as a defence mechanism, rendering them invisible! Their larvae generally hide under the leaves and disguise themselves with a layer of their own dung!! Keep watch, and pick off and kill any larvae and adults seen.

Support growing herbaceous plants

You can buy special hoops and rings to help prop up taller herbaceous plants, these look great, but can be pricey if you’ve got lots or are on a tight budget!

Gardening club show

Wimborne Gardening Club held its spring show in the Allendale Centre, writes Anthony Oliver

More than 120 entries across 36 different classes included daffs, tulips, spring flowers, floral art, cookery and photography. There was a special class for children who had to produce a miniature garden in a seed-tray. Six trophies were presented and each winner received a £10 voucher donated by Stewarts Nurseries. The six youngsters who produced the gardens in a seed-tray all received vouchers from Martin Stewart. There was a brisk trade on the

plant sales table which brought in £159 and a raffle raised £152. Entrance was free but donations brought in a further £103 and a number of new members joined the club.

The May monthly meeting is a coach trip to Kew Gardens on May 13. Full details are on the website at but hurry seats are filling up fast! The June monthly meeting, on Monday 3rd, is a visit to Stewarts Nurseries at Broomhill. And, all being well, an autumn show will take place on Saturday, September 14, so get planting your vegetables so that we

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Other homemade alternatives are small sections of bean canes and string or wire.

Propping up really helps to make the most of the display, and stops the wind from snapping taller plants.

Plant hanging baskets, and start putting out any bedding plants and pots now that the days and nights are a bit warmer and there is less chance of frost.

Revise outdoors, or go for a walk/run in nature before or after your exams

The dreaded school and uni exams begin this month. Try to get some fresh air by revising outdoors if you can, and take a walk/run before or after an exam to help clear the mind and destress the body.

Exams produce lots of adrenaline and, as a result, lots of glucose and walking in nature helps your body to rid itself of that excess so that it causes less unwanted anxiety and physical symptoms. Wish you the very best of luck, you’re a star no matter what as you’ve done your best - that’s all anyone can ask for, and all you can ask of yourself.

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can put on a good show! Anthony Oliver, Honorary Treasurer of the Club thanked those who gave up their time to judge the entries, all those who exhibited and donated raffle prizes and plants for the plant stall and all who helped to make the show a success. Keep up to date with activities and events on the website.

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Talented young musicians from Canford School and the Royal College of Music will be joining the Seion Quartet in a recital of string quartets by composers Smetana and Shostakovich for Broadstone Music Series’ next concert. Also among the performers will be international cello soloist, Hugo Svedberg, so a fundraising night to remember for classical fans. Music Series is a local charity supporting music in Broadstone and aims to provide high quality classical music experiences for all within the community. Tickets, £12 adults and £3 for u-18s with refreshments included from broadstone

Friday, May 31, 7pm, in the Broadstone UR Church, Higher Blandford Road.

Whose side

Get set for a thrilling Bank Holiday Weekend as the Battle of Wimborne charges into town from May 25 to 27. Whose side will you be on? Royalist Wimborne or Roundhead Poole? Think Hollywood epic with spectacular costumes, artillery and galloping horses as, for the first time, over 600 members of the English Civil War Society will be re-enacting ‘The Battle for Wimborne’. The town will come alive with Royalist and Parliamentary soldiers and cavalry plus an authentic military camp set up at Julians Bridge. Discover the plot hatched by Royalist ‘Wimbornites’ as they were called, to attack the Roundheads of Poole and how the Wimbornites were doublecrossed and ambushed under heavy attack! A riot that broke out in Wimborne Minster church, causing the Earl of Shaftesbury to send in troops will also be brought to life along with drum workshops and military parades. Military Living History in the

Although it is not currently a legal requirement, please consider wearing a face covering to protect yourself and others when visiting the Tivoli.

civilian population suffered. There’ll be interactive displays of

life in the 17th century including basket making, weaving, dyeing, food preparation, music, printing, writing, needlework, embroidery and woodturning.

PAW 2024: Open studios and exhibitions to world class music

Purbeck Art Weeks Festival invites you to a two week long celebration of art in all its forms - from 25 May to 9 June. Explore artists’ studios across the region and discover a diverse array of artwork on the art trail.

At Rollington Barn, the Festival hub, immerse yourself in a collective exhibition showcasing the range of local talent such as painters, sculptors, textile artists, metalworkers, glass artists, woodworkers, ceramicists, and more. Attend daily demonstrations, workshops, and talks at the Pop-Up Studio in the Barn’s courtyard, and don’t miss the Purbeck Young Artists’ showcase in the Byre, displaying wonderful emerging talent. Pick up a brochure to chart your own art trail and keep an eye out for a remarkable 24 ft ‘Water Bottle Tree’, created by Purbeckbased sculptor Robert Marshall, popping up at secret locations across Purbeck. Share your sightings on social media by tagging #PurbeckArtWeeks and @purbeckartweeks.

And as the sun sets, experience enchanting music and events with renowned ensembles and musicians such as Gawain Glenton, I Fagiolini, the Fieri Consort, Helen Charlston and Toby Carr and the vocal ensemble The Gesualdo Six. Plus, hear from distinguished sculptor Philip Jackson, PAW’s President, who will be speaking on The Changing Face of Beauty and The Purbeck Poets will be back for their open mic poetry night. Information and tickets for all events and concerts are available on the PAW website.

For more information, including event details and updates, visit the PAW website and follow @purbeckartweeks on social media.

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Battle for Wimborne?

The Museum of East Dorset is hosting a new exhibition ‘From Revolt to Rebellion’ telling the story of Wimborne from the Civil War, through the Restoration and finally the Monmouth Rebellion, ably portrayed by the town’s own Militia who will be celebrating their 25th anniversary with a special event in September.

And East Dorset Heritage is holding a series of fascinating talks at Allendale House including ‘Clubmen 1645’, the true story of how local people rose up to protest about the devastation of their homes and livelihoods caused by the war. To find out more, visit www.

Much-loved Welsh songster, telly presenter, radio host and all-round good egg Aled Jones will be helming a one-nightonly concert with the Fulltone Orchestra and performances from special guests, British/ Italian soprano Carly Paoli and Welsh National Opera star, Gareth Dafydd Morris at the Pavilion, Bournemouth. Under the direction of conductor Anthony Brown, the 50-piece orchestra will play an eclectic selection of music from concert halls, cinemas, and opera houses.

Audience-pleasing works include Sibelius’ Finlandia and Dvorak’s emotive 2nd Movement of The New World Symphony. There will also be tributes to legendary composers Ennio Morricone and Henry Mancini. And the orchestra will perform cinematic treasures such as Gabriel’s Oboe and themes from Out Of Africa, The Magnificent Seven and The Lord of the Rings. The evening will then conclude with a surprise finale. Friday, May17, 7.30 pm.

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Will you root for the Royalists or the Roundheads? Be transported back in time to experience Wimborne’s historic 17th century battle where King and Parliament clashed bitterly.

BOLAN’S SHOES (15) Mon 15 Jan: 10:30 (Silver Screen)

Over 600 cavalry and foot soldiers from the English Civil War Society will be charging into battle in a thrilling re-enactment of this historic conflict. Which

Classic meets cinematic Battle for Wimborne

(15) Sat 20 Jan: 14:00, 17:00 | Sun 21 Jan: 14:00, 20:00 | Mon 22 Jan: 20:00 | Tue 23 Jan: 20:00 KEN RUSSELL’S GOTHIC (18)

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Sat 4 May: 10:30, 14:00, 20:00 | Sun 5 May: 10:30

Celebrate 25 years of The Phantom Menace with special screenings back in cinemas for a limited time only!


Sat 4 May: 17:00 | Sun 5 May: 19:00 | Mon 6 May: 13:30, 16:30, 19:30 | Tue 7 May: 13:30, 16:30, 19:30 | Thu 9 May: 13:00 (S), 16:00 | Fri 10 May: 13:30, 16:30 | Sat 11 May: 10:45, 16:30 | Sun 12 May: 16:45a

A celebration of the most iconic - and much missed - homegrown star of the twenty-first century, Amy Winehouse.

ROYAL OPERA: CARMEN (12A) Sun 5 May: 14:00

BACKSTAGE TOUR Tue 7 May: 10:00

PSYCHIC SALLY (LIVE) Wed 8 May: 19:30

The nation’s favourite psychic is back on tour!

NT LIVE: NYE (12A) Thu 9 May: 19:00 | Sun 12 May: 13:30 (S)

Michael Sheen plays Nye Bevan in a surreal and spectacular journey through the life and legacy of the man who transformed Britain’s welfare state and created the NHS.

CIVIL WAR (15) Fri 10 May: 19:30 | Sat 11 May: 13:30, 19:30 | Sun 12 May: 19:30

In a dystopian future America, a team of military-embedded journalists races against time to reach Washington, D.C., before rebel factions descend upon the White House.

ALL OF US STRANGERS (15) Mon 13 May: 10:30 (Silver Screen)

Andrew Scott, Paul Mescal, Claire Foy and Jamie Bell star in this haunting and beautiful drama.

SINATRA: RAW (LIVE) Wed 15 May: 19:30

Sinatra: RAW brings to life the man who defined an era, and whose musical legacy will never die.

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Get rebellious and revolting this summer!

Brace yourselves for a summer steeped in intrigue and conflict as the Museum of East Dorset unveils Rebellion and Revolt.

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

Rebellion and Revolt isn’t just about battles and bloodshed. It’s about the agonising choices that Dorset residents faced during these turbulent times. Imagine it’s

1642. Parliament has clashed with the Crown, plunging us into civil war. Do you side with the Roundheads, champions of Parliament and a Protestant monarchy? Or the Cavaliers, loyal to King Charles I and the Church of England?


picking the wrong side.

Fri 12 Jan: 12:30, 16:00 | Mon 15 Jan: 19:30 | Tue 16 Jan: 12:30, 16:00 | Thu 18 Jan: 13:30, 19:30

Sir Ridley Scott directs Oscar-winner Joaquin Phoenix in this stunning historical epic that begs to be experienced on the big screen.


Fri 12 Jan: 19:30 | Sun 14 Jan: 19:30 | Mon 15 Jan: 14:00 (S) | Tue 16 Jan: 19:30 | Thu 18 Jan: 17:00

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The answer wasn’t simple. Religious beliefs, political allegiances, and even family ties could pull you in opposing directions. This exhibition will challenge visitors to consider the moral complexities of these conflicts and the consequences of

Young history buffs, assemble! Unleash your inner detective with a new themed trail around the museum, free crafts and ‘Decide Your Side’ dressing up. Will you be with the rebellious Roundheads or the cunning Cavaliers?

BOLAN’S SHOES (15) Mon 15 Jan: 10:30 (Silver Screen)

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KEN RUSSELL’S GOTHIC (18) Sat 20 Jan: 20:30 [35mm]

THE MIRACLE CLUB (12A) Mon 22 Jan: 10:30 (Silver Screen)

ANYONE BUT YOU (15) Mon 22 Jan: 14:30, 17:30 | Tue 23 Jan: 14:30, 17:30 HIGHCLIFFE CHARITY PLAYERS PRESENT: ROBIN HOOD (LIVE) Fri 26 Jan: 19:30 Sat 27 Jan: 11:00, 14:00, 18:00 Sun 28 Jan: 14:00,

Little Explorers Mini Musketeers is a morning of fun children’s craft activities on May 28. Admission is not included but is free with Annual Passes. And history buffs won’t want to miss the thrilling Battle for Wimborne reenactment staged by the English Civil War Society. In September, the Wimborne Militia will be celebrating its 25th anniversary. The Museum of East Dorset’s exhibition serves as a perfect companion piece to these exciting local events, offering deeper insights into the historical context that shaped Dorset. Rebellion and Revolt will run until October 12.

Museum admission applies. For more information, visit

Return of vegan ‘Megamarket’

The Dorset Vegan MegaMarket returns for the first time in spring on May 18 and 19.

This outdoor event will again be at the historic Maumbury Rings Roman Amphitheatre in Dorchester from 10am to 4pm each day.

The two-day weekend

‘MegaMarket’ has more than 50 stalls of 100% vegan products at the north end of the rings.

With free entry and an outdoor grass venue, everyone can go and enjoy the event.

And with a large amphitheatre you can bring your own blankets or chairs for relaxing and dining. There will be many stalls from local businesses offering delicious hot and cold food and drinks, cakes, ice-creams, vegan deli and other fine cuisine, along with health and beauty care, ethical clothing, eco-friendly products, jewellery, advice and much more.

The venue is fully accessible and well-behaved dogs on a lead are welcome.

For more information, e-mail

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Discover county’s creative community

After the last event in 2022, the ever-popular, biennial Dorset Art Weeks is returning, from May 25 to June 9. It will feature 266 venues, as well as activities and exhibitions celebrating the best of fine art, craft and making across the county

Discover the county’s creative community, featuring contemporary works by more than 500 artists and makers showcasing new work in open studios, group shows, galleries and events.

Artists across the whole county will be unveiling new work and sharing their ideas and inspiration, often in surprising or yet-to-be-discovered places. 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), the producer of Art Weeks, is working again with Hall &

Woodhouse Pubs as the event’s lead sponsor.

As part of the event, there will be a residency programme to support two emerging artists at Hall & Woodhouse’s home, the Brewery Tap (venue 223) in the heart of the county, Blandford Forum.

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

‘The Instinct of Hope’ (venue

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173) examines Dorset’s rich and precious ecology, focusing on the locations and terrain that artists explore which make the county so distinctive.

Sir Ridley Scott directs Oscar-winner Joaquin Phoenix in this stunning historical epic that begs to be experienced on the big screen.


Georgian and medieval parts of the building, there will also be a new sculpture trail with a variety of works in the terraced grounds.

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The Sherborne (venue 1) is Dorset’s major new venue for the arts.

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The exhibition, ‘Housework’, weaves together elements of Sherborne House’s past, and marks the start of a new programme of cultural activity. As well as a specially-curated show in the

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Information about each of the venues can be found in the Dorset Art Weeks Guide, with 30,000 copies located at cultural outlets across Wessex. Full venue details are also available on the Dorset Art Weeks website, along with an online flipbook of the Guide and events calendar. Visit

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Dorset Art Weeks 25 May - 9 June

Discover Dorset’s creative community, featuring contemporary work from over 500 artists and makers exhibiting in open studios, group shows, galleries and events. This biennial event organised by Dorset Visual Arts features 266 venues across the county and is a great way to see some art and craft whilst exploring the beautiful regions of Dorset. Dorset Art Weeks is the perfect opportunity to make unexpected discoveries and experience firsthand the practice and process behind many talented visual artists and makers. This year’s event also marks the opening of The Sherborne (Venue 1), Dorset’s major new venue for the arts, where Dorset Visual Arts is the lead arts partner. The Instinct of Hope exhibition at Durlston Country Park sees work featuring Dorset artists responding to the Climate and Ecological Emergency (Venue 173). The sponsors of Dorset Art Weeks, Hall & Woodhouse have pubs across the county and are perfect places to take a break on your day out visiting some of the art venues.

Copies of the free Dorset Art Weeks Guide 2024 can be picked up at cultural venues across Wessex. Browse the Guide and discover a wide range of art using the maps to plan the perfect day out. You can also access all the information on the website, and the free Dorset Art Weeks App.

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16th January 7.30pm Matinee 17th January 2pm Tickets adult evening: £8.00 Adult Matinee: £7.00 child under 16: £6.00 Sunday 21st January 7.30pm Tickets £27.50 Mon 22nd January 7.30pm Matinee 24th January 2pm Adult: £8.00 evening/ £7.00 matinee Child under 16: £6.00 BACK TO BACHARACH THE ETERNAL DAUGHTER (12A) SALTBURN (15)
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Extraordinary window into living with dementia

What does it feel like to be inside the mind of someone living with dementia?

That is the question posed by Lisa Genova in her award-winning book, and Oscar-winning movie, Still Alice, which has now been adapted for stage and will be performed by Wimborne Drama Productions at the Tivoli Theatre this month.

The play tells the story of Alice Howland, a university professor at the height of her career, who is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Fiercely independent, with a husband and two children, Alice strives to make sense of her changing world as her memory begins to fail. This heartbreaking and hopeful adaptation by Christine Mary Dunford puts Alice onstage with Herself, providing the audience with an extraordinary window into the experience of living with dementia.

This production of Still Alice is directed by Sali Pike, who has first-hand experience of

dementia: Her grandmother lives with the condition.

“When I read the script, it helped me gain a new understanding of what my Nan must be feeling,” said Sali.

“It gives people with Alzheimer’s a voice. “It is a cleverly-written

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Sir Ridley Scott directs Oscar-winner Joaquin Phoenix in this stunning historical epic that begs to be experienced on the big screen.


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Using the magic of theatre, it shows Alzheimer’s through the eyes of Alice as she adjusts to her new perspective on life. “It’s a powerful play with some lighthearted moments and beautiful scenes.”

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Playing the title role is Julie Sissons. Michelle Barter plays Herself. Also in the cast are Andy Gill, Scarlett Dixon, Calum Hearne, Kelly Webb and Chris Durham.

The play is on at the Tivoli Theatre from May 23 to 25. Evenings at 7.30pm. Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.

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THE MIRACLE CLUB (12A) Mon 22 Jan: 10:30 (Silver Screen)

play and I couldn’t put it down. It had me gripped and I knew it was a play I needed to see brought to life.

For more information and to book tickets, contact the box office on 01202 885566 or visit www.

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“Still Alice takes the audience on a journey from sympathy to empathy. It explores living with dementia and not dying from it.

HIGHCLIFFE CHARITY PLAYERS PRESENT: ROBIN HOOD (LIVE) Fri 26 Jan: 19:30 Sat 27 Jan: 11:00, 14:00, 18:00 Sun 28 Jan: 14:00, 18:00

Wimborne Drama Productions are pleased to support the work of Alzheimer’s Society and will be making a donation in aid of the charity.

Pictured: Julie Sissons as Alice, right, with Michelle Barter as Herself.

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Events in association with... Wimborne B.I.D Arts, entertainment, what’s on PLEASE KEEP CHECKING OUR WEBSITE THE FUREYS THE SIGNATURES: NORTHERN SOUL LIVE ZZ TOPPD Saturday 18th May 7.30pm BACK TO BLACK (15) POST OFFICE SCANDAL: THE INSIDE STORY 13th & 15th May 7.30pm Tuesday 14th May 7.30pm Tickets £16 Friday 17th May 7.30pm Thursday 16th May 7.30pm BRIAN DOWNEY’S Friday 10th May 7.30pm JOHNNY CASH BLEEDING LOVE (15) Friday 3rd May 7.30pm Tickets £25 7th & 8th May 7.30pm Matinee Tickets Adult: £9.00 evening /£8.00 matinee Child under 16: 7th May 2.30pm ROADSHOW £7.00 DANIEL O’REILLY: Sunday 5th May 8pm Tickets £25 OUT OF CHARACTER LAST SEATS REMAINING ALIVE AND DANGEROUS Tickets £27.50 Saturday 11th May 7.30pm Tickets £25 THE ULTIMATE COMMITMENTS & BLUES BROTHERS EXPERIENCE Matinee 14th May 2pm Adult: £9.00 evening/ £8.00 matinee Child under 16: £7.00 Tickets £25 Tickets £20 Tickets £25

A day at the farm

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’.

Marvellous May is finally upon us, my favourite month of the year!

April suggested that spring was on its way, but, to my mind, spring waits until May before

it really gets its game on. With the mud finally receding, there is a flurry of activity under way to prepare for our annual shindig, the fabulous High Mead Farm Spring Fayre!

Public Notice


Notice is given that John Candy has applied to Dorset council for a new premises license in respect of Lakeside Kitchen, Manor Farm, Todber, Dorset, DT10 1JB, for the provision of alcohol (on and off premises) and hosting of sporting activities between the hours of 08:00 – 23:00 Monday to Sunday. Any interested party or responsible authority may make representations by emailing: licensing@ or writing to, Licensing Team, Place Services, Dorset Council, County Hall, Dorchester, DT1 1JX within 28 days from the date of this notice. The licensing register and details of this application may be inspected by contacting the licensing section during normal office hours via email or phone on 01305 838028. It is an offence under Section 158 of the Licensing Act 2003 to knowingly or recklessly make a false statement in connection with an application, the maximum fine on summary conviction is unlimited.

Date: 19th APRIL 2024

Although the actual event takes place on Saturday, May 25, there is a long list of jobs to be done before we can welcome you through the gates. The chicken and duck pens have been taken down and are being cleared in readiness for their superior replacements, and all the animals that have been sheltering inside throughout the winter months, are slowly being reintroduced to their outside runs ready for the big day. As ever with our events, there is all the usual fun to be had at the Farm, but our Spring Fayre offers so much more. It’s a family-friendly affair where you can have a really smashing time, literally!

You can try your hand at our much-loved Crockery Smash, test your aim on the Coconut Shy, parade your canny canines in our Dog Show, or simply enjoy live music, fab food, and a drink or two.

Dancing is optional for those who wish to participate but the Chicken Poo Bingo is definitely not to be missed! Yes, that really is a thing. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting the Farm’s website, or via our Facebook or Insta pages (adults £5, children £2.50, children under five go free!) or on the gate on the day (adults £6, children £3, children under five still go free!).

The great long list of party-prep for the Spring Fayre doesn’t mean to say we get let off the day job. As I was writing this column, the horticultural team were hard at it planting sweetcorn. Not your usual corn-on-the-cob variety; this is Glass Gem Corn, the most beautiful corn in the world. This vibrant strain of rainbow-coloured kernels gets left on the plants to dry then harvested when hard. It makes for perfect popcorn or can be ground into cornflour. The strain became something of an online sensation back in 2012, but its origins date back to the late 18th century; it was one of a wide variety of corn varieties grown by native American tribes. But why the change from our usual variety? I thought it might have been

the rarity of the colours that was the attraction but ‘no, it’s because of badgers’ came the reply.

Local badgers loved our previous corn varieties so much we regularly lost our crops to them. Apparently, they are not big fans of ‘flint corn’ - this hard variety, so our cobs should be safe until harvest. I can’t wait to see how they look in all their multicoloured glory – proper gems indeed!

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Drivers warned over deer

Recent flooding has forced deer to move nearer to roads in Dorset – with an increased risk of traffic collisions.

Dorset Council has placed signs in areas where deer are known to cross roads but said: “Deer are unpredictable and travel in groups so if you’ve seen one, another could follow very quickly.” The highest risk times are between sunset and midnight, and the hours before and after sunrise.

After dark, use full-beam when there is no opposing traffic. But dim your headlights as startled animals may ‘freeze’ rather than leaving the road and don’t overswerve to avoid a deer. If you do hit a deer, pull over at a safe place then call the police, giving as precise a location as you can, as they have specialists who can attend the scene. Do not try to assist or move the deer as this can put you in danger.

Scanning alert from police

Drivers are being warned to be on the lookout after reports of people seen using a scanning device on driveways in Colehill

East Dorset Police say the activity is: “Likely to be linked

to keyless car theft or ‘relay’ theft,” which occurs when: “A device is used to fool a car into thinking its key is close by.”

For advice on all types of vehicle theft visit dorset.police. uk/cp/crime-prevention.

New signs at danger junctions

New warning signs have appeared at high-risk junctions.

Dorset Council says the aim is to alert drivers and bikers to adjust their speed as they approach such areas. Signs have been installed on the approaches to junctions at Thickthorn Cross, on the A354, near Blandford, on the B3145 at Clatcombe Lane, near Sherborne and signs will also be installed on the A354 at Thornicombe in the near future.

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I should Coco... and so should you!

Hello, I am Coco. I am a four-year-old French Bulldog and I am looking for a calm and experienced home.

It takes me a little while to get to know people, but once I trust you, I am a playful and affectionate girl who enjoys grooming and cuddles.

I enjoy socialising outside with other dogs as long as they are calm and relaxed. I do become attached to my humans and have a lot of love to give, so I will need to be the only pet in the house.

If you are able to offer Coco or one of her lovely friends a forever home or a foster home please contact our office on 01202 875000, e-mail: or visit our website We also have lots of other dogs who are

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Upcoming Events: Please do make a note in your diary and come to support us:

May 12, Dorset Dogs Festival: Poole Park, 11am to 4pm.


June 15, Ferndown Fete on the Field - King George V Playing Field, Ferndown, from

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.

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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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We are seeking an exceptional candidate to teach French to our girls (aged 7 -13). Hanford School has an excellent academic record, and the girls sit common entrance and scholarships to top independent senior schools. To start in April 2024 or sooner


To work as part of our team, carrying out a variety of cleaning functions. A great opportunity for an enthusiastic and helpful person, training will be given. Core hours are approximately 25 hours per week (by arrangement) term time only, to include weekdays plus Saturday mornings. To start January 2024.

To learn more about these opportunities please call the School Office on 01258 860219 or visit our website:

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July 7, Dog Show at the Broadstone Fun Day, Recreation Ground, Broadstone, we will be there from 1pm onward.

July 21, Wiseguys Coffee Morning –Coffee Morning and stalls for Waggy Tails, Christchurch.

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Energy-saving grant from Sport England

Thanks to £157,000 from Sport England, Christchurch’s Two Riversmeet Leisure complex will now benefit from solar panels to help heat the pool there.

With around 10,000 swimmers using both of the centre’s pools every month, it’s estimated that Two Riversmeet will see its energy usage reduced by 100,000 kWH a year, with utility costs expected to decrease by around 20 per cent, said BCP Council.

Good advice from marathon man Adam

A Citizens Advice employee completed his first full marathon whilst raising funds for the local charity.

Adam Spong, who is the Advice Session supervisor at Citizens Advice in East Dorset & Purbeck, recently completed the Brighton marathon and helped raise more than £3,300 which will go towards the general running costs of the service.

Adam said: “It was a great event to be part of and I want to thank everyone who has donated and supported me.

“We’ve raised a considerable amount of money which will help local residents access our services and additional donations are still very much welcome!”

Adam was one of three runners who ran the Brighton Marathon in aid of Citizens Advice in East Dorset & Purbeck.

The other people have connections with the charity.

Citizens Advice in East Dorset & Purbeck is an independent charity and relies upon grants and donations to fund their service.

To find out more, including how to donate, visit their website at www.edpcitizensadvice.

Make sure you smile... you’re on TV10!

The picturesque Dorset village of Tarrant Monkton and the Langton Arms pub are getting ready to welcome all runners and spectators to the 39th annual Tarrant Valley 10, also known as the TV10, on June 2 at 10.30am, writes Fiona Forbes

It promises to be a great morning out with plenty for everyone to do - runners, spectators and supporters alike.

In addition to the races there will be a barbicue, ice-creams, teas, coffees and a raffle.

Rogue Racer will be chip timing the adults’ 10km race through the stunning Cranborne Chase countryside, as well as the Children’s one-mile run.

Online printable certificates will be available to download for all runners, and there will be lots of photos. We are so fortunate to be supported by our village pub, the Langton Arms. It is owned by local farmers James and Barbara Cossins, who set up the ‘Love Local, Trust Local’ initiative and annual awards which promote excellence and quality for Dorset suppliers and businesses. With a delicious locally-sourced menu, much of which comes straight from the farm, and a great range of beers, wines and non-alcoholic drinks, why not book in for a delicious lunch afterwards too.

As a dog-friendly run, we are delighted to

be supporting Guide Dogs for the Blind this year as one of our chosen charities for this not-for-profit event.

They will be turning up in force so it will be a great chance to find out more about this wonderful charity and the work they do. We will be giving out many prizes and are delighted that a Guide Dogs representative will be presenting them!

So do sign up and come along.

The starter whistle sounds at 10.30am in Tarrant Monkton, DT11 8RX.

For further details please visit our website, where you can also follow the link to enter.

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The heavy way to give charity a lift

Acid jazz and funk pioneers the Brand New Heavies are to play in Bournemouth – after a fan asked them to perform in memory of his mum.

Steve Heald, from Ferndown, will donate all profits of the concert to UK Dementia Research Institute.

The group had a string of hits in the 1990s - including Midnight at the Oasis - and continue to wow audiences.

They are regarded as a top-class live act and they play with an eight-piece band – and at their Bournemouth concert will be supported by Omar.

Steve’s mum Thelma died two years ago and he has sought the help of funeral directors AE Jolliffe & Son in Ferndown to assist him with the event. It will be held at Bournemouth Pavilion on Saturday, August 10, and tickets are on sale through BH Live or


Other local businesses helping Steve include Pulford Publicity which has designed the posters, Xerocad which has printed them and Lansdowne Woodward which assisted with insurance.

Steve said: “I love music and when my mum died I decided to do something. I go to a lot of concerts and afterwards I always try and speak to the band.

“I saw the Brand New Heavies at the Barbican in London and asked if they’d play and they said they would. I was really taken aback, but delighted.

“I don’t use computers or emails so I asked AE Jolliffe & Son if they’d help.

“They did and without them I wouldn’t have been able to do it. “They are doing all the

emails for me and Pulfords and Xerocad have also been amazing with the promotional material.

“The Heavies are one of my favourite bands - they are as good as anybody live.

“The sound and quality are absolute class. I have seen them a number of times.

“Hopefully we can sell out and raise as much as possible for the dementia charity.”

Debbie Brown from AE Jolliffe & Son said: “After doing the funeral for Steve’s mum we continued to support him and then he asked if we could help him put on the concert.

“We said we’d be delighted to help and have been liaising with all the necessary people in order to get the show on the road.

“It will be a great concert and the more people who go, the more that will be raised for a great cause.”

Property pros share industry insight at brunch

Property professionals gathered for a seminar with a twin focus on women in surveying and predictions for the construction sector.

Developers, surveyors, valuation experts and lawyers were among those who attended the Utilita Bowl ‘Brunch & Learn’ morning hosted by Poole-based MSP Capital and building consultancy Sillence Hurn.

It was the third industry event to be staged by MSP Capital under its ESG strategy Foundations for Better Futures launched last year.

Guests heard presentations from two senior figures at Sillence Hurn, MD Alex Hurn and head of residential services Chloe Hylton.

In her talk, entitled Women in Surveying, Chloe highlighted the benefits for property companies of having a more diverse workforce with a greater range of insight, expertise and experience.

She encouraged employers to consider more options for ongoing professional development to help women advance in their property careers. Alex outlined some of the pressures which the residential property industry has faced in recent times, predicting an uptick in activity from this year due

to factors including extensive brownfield remediation.

He said skills shortages would continue to impact the UK construction sector and called for investment in skills to become more of a priority. He also encouraged property colleagues to ‘collaborate and network’.

Previous ‘Brunch & Learn’ events have included a seminar at AFC Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium on biodiversity net gain rules for developers and a gathering focused on real estate trends and natural capital solutions on development sites. Reflecting on the event, Chris Sheppard of MSP said: “It was fantastic to see business people gather together to learn about interesting topics and exchange their experiences.”

And Eleanor Collins, marketing executive, added: “Brunch & Learn offers a unique blend of industry knowledge and learning, creating an invaluable opportunity for professionals to share their thoughts around property trends and ESG practices over coffee and a conversation.”

For more information on Foundations for Better Futures, visit betterfutures.

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