Poole News Archive - 2011

 

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CONDOR FERRIES LAUNCHES 2012 SUMMER SCHEDULE - 30 Dec 11
AFC BOURNEMOUTH SHOWS ITS SUPPORT FOR LOCAL HOSPICE - 17 Nov 11
DEVELOPERS GUILTY OF SANDBANKS TREE DAMAGE - 20 Oct 11
TWIN SAILS TAKE SHAPE - 16 Oct 11
BARFLEUR DEPARTS AGAIN - 3 Oct 11
RESTAURANT EMPLOYEE ATTACKED - 28 Sept 11
KITE BEACH LITTER PICK - A GREAT SUCCESS - 31 Aug 11
2010 SANDBANKS DOUBLE FATAL CRASH - KILLER GETS 7 YEARS - 13 Aug 11
EMPIRE CINEMA ADDS SIX NEW SCREENS - 28 Jul 11
GREEN FLAGS FOR POOLE PARKS - 27 Jul 11
NEW SALES INSTRUCTION FOR QUAY LIVING - 20 Jul 11
BOWLPLEX GETS SEGA ACTIVE - 6 Jul 11
POOLE RNLI LIFEBOAT MUSEUM TARGETED BY THIEVES FOR THIRD TIME - 24 Jun 11
TIDAL POWER FOR POOLE? - 22 Jun 11
REWARD OFFERED FOLLOWING HEATH FIRE - 14 Jun 11
LARGE HEATH FIRE ON UPTON HEATH - 9 Jun 11
POOLE WASTE PAPER RECYCLING FIRE - 7 Jun 11
DOG “ADDER” BITE - LOCAL VET WARNS OF DANGER OF ADDER BITES TO DOGS - 23 May 11
TWIN SAILS BRIDGE UPDATE - 19 May 11
NEW LUXURY SUNSEEKER GOES UP IN FLAMES - 7 May 11
BODY OF A MAN FOUND IN POOLE SCHOOL - 28 Apr 11
POOLE TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB WIN BATTLE FOR NEW GROUND - 15 Apr 11
BUS FIRE IN POOLE - 13 Apr 11
CINEMA TO EXTEND - 3 Apr 11
POOLE DAFFODIL INCIDENT - 16 Mar 11
V PROJECT FAREWELL! - 10 Mar 11
POOLE PARK LAKE WEEDS UNDER ATTACK - 6 Mar 11
POOLE COUNCIL CUTS 162 POSTS - 3 Mar 11
BARFLEUR RETURNS TO POOLE - 1 Mar 11
RALLYE SUNSEEKER RESULT - 26 Feb 11
PETROL STATION TARGETED BY PRANKSTERS - 22 Feb 11
FITNESS FIRST GO LOCAL – with PARKSTONE SPORTS & ARTS CENTRE! - 11 Feb 11
NEW MARINA SCHEME FOR POOLE - 9 Feb 11
APPEAL AFTER ROBBERY IN POOLE PARK - 3 Feb 11
TWIN SAILS PROJECT WELL UNDERWAY - 30 Jan 11
TEN PATIENT VISITS BY LOCAL CANCER CHARITY PAID BY POOLE'S FAVOURITE SHOPPING CENTRE - 27 Jan 11
POOLE BASED COSMETICS COMPANY LUSH, TARGETED BY HACKERS - 21 Jan 11
GERRY RAFFERTY DIES - 5 Jan 11

 

CONDOR FERRIES LAUNCHES 2012 SUMMER SCHEDULE

Poole-based ferry operator, Condor Ferries has today launched its sailing schedule for summer 2012, allowing passengers to book journeys to France and the Channel Islands right up to 4 November next year.

Condor Ferry Passengers travelling from Poole next year will be able to take advantage of an increased number of sailings from the port, with connecting services available to St Malo in France via Jersey and Guernsey. There will be an increased number of Fast Ferry services to the Channel Islands compared to 2011 and the very popular day trip from Poole to the Channel Islands will make a welcome return.

Services from Weymouth to both France and the Channel Islands can also now be booked, including day trips to Guernsey. With an expected influx of visitors for the 2012 Olympic sailing events, Condor Ferries' additional sailings will allow both tourists and residents easy access to France and the Channel Islands even during peak times.

Alicia Andrews, Sales & Marketing Director at Condor Ferries commented: “We have worked hard to ensure that our 2012 summer schedule allows our passengers even greater freedom when it comes to sailing times for trips to France and the Channel Islands next year. “Our increased sailings from Poole demonstrates our commitment to the Dorset port and we are delighted to be able to resume the day trip service which gives passengers a taste of the Channel Islands plus genuine Duty Free shopping onboard. We've also introduced a new connecting service from St Malo back to Poole which gives passengers the unique opportunity to cross the Channel, shop onboard for genuine Duty Free goods and cruise through the spectacular coastline of the Channel Islands on one trip “

Customers wishing to book the newly-released sailings can do so via Condor Ferries' newlook website – www.condorferries.com - which offers a wealth of content about its destinations including information about local events. The website also includes comprehensive details of sailing times, port facilities and visitor information which provide access to everything you need when planning a visit to the Channel Islands or the region around St Malo in France.

Visitors to the site will be able to use the streamlined, secure online booking service which has been developed as part of the project and is designed to help customers find the best fare available for their chosen travel dates. (Fri 30 Dec 11)

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AFC BOURNEMOUTH SHOWS ITS SUPPORT FOR LOCAL HOSPICE

AFC Bournemouth recently paid a visit to Forest Holme Hospice as part of The Football Leagues partnership with national charity Help the Hospices.

The local club has been assigned to support the Poole-based charity, which is dedicated to caring for patients with cancer and other life limiting illnesses, through various fundraising activities.

AFC Bournemouth visit the Forest Holme Hospice in Poole - Photo copyright Seeker.Uk.comNot only was the visit a sign of support, it also gave the team the opportunity to look around the hospice and chat with staff about the care they provide.

Vice Chairman at AFC Bournemouth , Jeff Mostyn, said: “National charities receive so much repetitive support – local charities need help more than ever. AFC Bournemouth has a huge local profile to build charity awareness; we're professional, ambitious and enthusiastic in supporting local work.”

Debra Dennett, Fundraising Manager for Forest Holme Hospice, added: “We are very excited about working with AFC Bournemouth over the coming months. This partnership is a fabulous opportunity for us to raise the awareness of the hospice and promote the care we give to our patients.”

For more information visit www.friendsofforestholme.org.uk (Thu 17 Nov 11)

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DEVELOPERS GUILTY OF SANDBANKS TREE DAMAGE

Two developers, Alistair Collier, 41, and Harvey Lee, 66 who own Barrington Homes, have both been found guilty of permitting or causing the destruction of five trees, which were blocking plans for three luxury homes worth £11m on a site in Sandbanks, Poole.

Both men who will be sentenced at Bournemouth Crown Court next month are expected to appeal their convictions.

An outline planning application for the site in 2010 was refused because one of the homes would have stood too close to the trees. A few weeks later the trees had been damaged using a technique known as "ring barking" which involves slicing into a tree with a saw and removing part of the bark at the bottom of the trunk which eventually causes it to die. (Thu 20 Oct 11)

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TWIN SAILS TAKE SHAPE

The two "sails" of the new Twin Sails bridge in Poole have now been put in place.

Twin Sails bridgeThe operation is a major milestone in the construction of the bridge which will span Backwater Channel between Hamworthy and Poole. Building began on the bridge in October 2010. It is scheduled to open in 2012.

The bridge deck and lifting leaves are made up of 41 separate sections of steel which have been welded together on site over recent months.

Council strategic director Jim Bright said: "Moving more than 500 tonnes of steel safely from dry land to the Backwater Channel is a huge technical challenge.

"The sheer scale and complexity of this engineering operation is remarkable and unlike anything we've witnessed before in Poole."

Borough of Poole council has set up a public viewing area on West Quay Road for people wanting to watch the work being carried out.

The new bridge will provide improved links to 26 hectares of brownfield land, unlocking a large regeneration site where up to 2,000 homes could be built over the next 10 to 15 years. (Sun 16 Oct 11)

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BARFLEUR DEPARTS AGAIN

The Barfleur FerryThe Barfleur, which operates a cross-Channel ferry service between Dorset and France has set sail for the last time today following a seven-month trial. The Barfleur, which runs between Poole and Cherbourg, was withdrawn in March 2010 but resumed on a trial basis in March 2011.

Brittany Ferries blamed the "depressed state of the economy", a lack of freight and high oil prices. But the company said the ship could return again if the outlook improved. A spokesman said: "We need to look at all the figures from the summer. (Mon 3 Oct 11)

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RESTAURANT EMPLOYEE ATTACKED

A Poole restaurant employee was seriously injured when a man walked in through the kitchen, picked up a knife and attacked him at Georgie Porgies Buffet World restaurant in Tower Park , on Monday 26 September 2011.

The victim of the attack is understood to have suffered wounds to his shoulder, right arm and side as he tried to defend himself, although the injuries are not said to be life threatening.

The restaurant was not open to customers at the time of the attack but opened as usual for the evening, despite an ongoing police investiugation.

A 22 year old man was later arrested and it is reported that police are not looking for anyone else in connection with the attack.

Witnesses and anyone with information are asked to contact them on the new police number 101. (Wed 28 Sept 11)

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KITE BEACH LITTER PICK - A GREAT SUCCESS

Easy Riders logoEasyRiders, a local Kitesurfing school, with the help of local Kitesurfers and Poole Kitesurf Club did a Big Tidy Up at the local Kite spot. The beach down on Sandbanks affectionately known as ‘ Kite Beach ' has been constantly bombarded with rubbish from passers by and the water users in Poole harbour. The wave of rubbish that is constantly being washed up on the beach is a hazard for beach users and the local kiters.

So Easyriders had had enough and decided to organise The Big Tidy Up. With the help of a national scheme from the council who provided all the bibs, pickers, gloves, bags and arrange the pick up at the end. Go to the website www.thebigtidyup.org if you would like to set one up in your local area.

Easyriders and the volunteers on the Big Tidy Up Easyriders and the rubbish collected from the beach

 

In total they had 29 volunteers; they collected 24 bags of rubbish and 7 bags of recycling. The clean up took 2 hours and went the whole length of the beach. The volunteers were fantastic and had a great laugh while doing it. Finishing up in the Sandacers Pub for a well deserved drink!

Many thanks to all who helped and we hope this will set an example for others in the area that its easy to set up your own litter pick. Take pride and care of your local area, EasyRiders and Poole Kitesurfers do!! (Wed 31 Aug 11)

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2010 SANDBANKS DOUBLE FATAL CRASH - KILLER GETS 7 YEARS

Jonathan Knowles who crashed his mother's Mercedes into a couple walking home in Sandbanks has been jailed for seven years. Judge Wiggs handed Knowles seven years in prison for each death and two years jail for grievous bodily harm, to be served concurrently. No penalty was given for failing to provide a specimen of breath. He has also been disqualified from driving for seven years.

Jonathan Knowles left Café Shore, got behind the wheel of the silver sports car before speeding off up the road and ploughing into the three pedestrians..

Knowles had straddled the left-hand pavement with the Mercedes, hit a lamppost and then struck three pedestrians, crash investigators discovered. They estimate it reached 60mph.

The car then mounted the right-hand pavement, driving along the top of a small wall and finally coming to a halt as it hit a lamppost, 128 metres from the first impact.

The victims of the crash were Alan and Rochelle Bernard, their friend Mrs Penny Michalowski was seriously injured. (Sat 13 Aug 11)

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EMPIRE CINEMA ADDS SIX NEW SCREENS

Six new ‘studio screens' open at the Empire cinema in Poole tomorrow, making it one of the largest in the South.

The £3million refurbishment at Tower Park , bringing 500 extra seats and top-of-the-range projection and sound systems, means Empire Cinemas can show a greater range of films. Coming just in time for the summer blockbuster season, the upstairs expansion will also be available for private hire and conferences.

More than 17 million people have used the cinema since it opened in 1989 and it has shown more than 8,000 movies. (Thu 28 Jul 11)

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GREEN FLAGS FOR POOLE PARKS

Poole ParkThree of Poole's Parks have won Green Flags this year, with Poole Park (fourth time), Hamworthy Park (twice) and Upton Country Park (sixth time) earning the right to fly the prestigious flag.

The Green Flag Award Scheme recognises and rewards the best green spaces in the country. For 2010/2011, a record number of awards were made with 1200 parks and green spaces currently flying a Green Flag or Green Flag Community Award. (Wed 27 Jul 11)

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NEW SALES INSTRUCTION FOR QUAY LIVING

Quay Living logoQuay Living, Poole's most comprehensive lettings, management and sales service , has been awarded the joint instruction to market and sell the remaining luxurious apartments in the Orchard Plaza development, situated just off the Quay in Poole's Old Town.

The development, which has transformed the area into a contemporary, bustling part of Town, comprises one and two bedroom apartments, plus stunning penthouses with views across Poole Harbour.

Having established a solid reputation for offering a professional, first-class service for landlords and tenants alike, Quay Living has been brought on-board to sell the latter phases of this highly successful scheme.

Helen Challis, joint owner of Quay Living and Quay Holidays said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded the joint instruction. We already let and manage a number of Orchard Plaza apartments and our new office is housed within the development, so we are ideally placed to meet potential buyers and show them everything that this stunning central location has to offer.”

To find out more, call 01202 683444 , or visit www.quayholidays.co.uk . (Wed 20 July 11)

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BOWLPLEX GETS SEGA ACTIVE

Leading ten pin bowling and leisure centre provider, Bowlplex, has announced a major, exclusive deal with amusement and entertainments giant SEGA.

Bowlplex, which has its headquarters in Bournemouth, has teamed up with SEGA Amusements Europe Ltd to launch the brand new SEGA   Active Zone experience.

The announcement follows an investment of more than £2 million in state-of-the-art equipment and interactive amusement games across its 18 entertainment centres in the UK, including Branksome and Tower Park, Poole.

SEGA Active Zone features a selection of family favourites with a twist from the Sonic All Stars Collection, such as Sonic Sports Air Hockey and Sonic Sports Basketball which have been designed with recognisable SEGA branding and colours, as well as its iconic Sonic the Hedgehog character, which celebrates its 20 th anniversary in 2011.

Tracy Standish, Managing Director of Bowlplex, in the new SEGA Active Zone experienceTracy Standish, Managing Director of Bowlplex, said: “We're really excited about the partnership with SEGA. It's such a prominent brand within the industry and we're thrilled to be associated with the company on this level. We work hard to push the boundaries of family entertainment and strive to be the first to introduce new concepts and we believe working with SEGA to introduce SEGA Active Zone is testament to that.

“We use the ‘Great Indoors' tagline to express our commitment to being an all-weather attraction which offers entertainment for people from all walks of life; whether it's families with young children, young adults, our more senior crowd or businesses who want to host corporate parties or team building events with us. The introduction of SEGA   Active Zone adds an extra dimension to what we already offer to them, meaning that visitors can enjoy a great day out, bowling, playing interactive amusement games and having lunch, dinner and drinks at our Branksome or Tower Park centres.”

Justin Burke, General Manager at SEGA, said: “We've worked closely with Bowlplex in varying capacities for the past 15 years and the relationship between the two brands has naturally progressed since then. The new partnership has come at the right time and is a perfect fit for both companies, which are equally committed to being industry leaders, continually introducing new and innovative approaches to family entertainment.

“Active games are very popular at the moment and SEGA Active Zone reflects that. We still offer our legendary video titles but add to that a mix of more active and interactive machines including dance machines, air hockey and basketball to name a few, enabling families and friends to enjoy playing together.”

Families can now experience SEGA Active Zone at Bowlplex in Branksome and Tower Park, Poole. For further details contact Bowlplex Branksome on 01202 765489 or Bowlplex Tower Park on 01202 715907, alternatively visit www.bowlplex.co.uk . (Wed 6 Jul 11)

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POOLE RNLI LIFEBOAT MUSEUM TARGETED BY THIEVES FOR THIRD TIME

The Old lifeboat station - now the popular Poole lifeboat museum - at the east end of the quay was once again targeted by thieves last night, who stripped the lead of the roof.

The theft was discovered on June 21 2011 by Poole lifeboat station's volunteer Deputy Launching Authority, Rod Jenkins, as he drove past down the quay.

This is the third and last time that thieves will have helped themselves to this expensive metal as what is left will be cleared off and sold to raise money to pay for the repairs and a watertight felt roof will be put on.

Volunteer Coxswain Jonathan Clark said:

‘Its sickening that thieves have targeted us again. It means money that would have been spent on saving lives at sea will now have to be used to make these essential repairs.

Jonathan added:

‘Our poor old lifeboat museum is looking worse for wear as it is and is in desperate need of a lick of paint, there will now be no money for this'.

It is thought that the theives were disturbed by somebody.

The museum is open every day and manned by a band of willing volunteers, come rain or shine.

The souvenir sales and donations are a vital source of income for the Poole RNLI lifeboat station and the historic original building is itself an important free visitors attraction on Poole quay.

So far this year nearly 12,000 visitors have gone through the door, catching a glimpse of the past.

The museum is home to the Dunkirk little ship Thomas Kirk Wright which was the former Poole RNLI lifeboat from 1939-1962. (Fri 24 June 11)

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TIDAL POWER FOR POOLE?

The tide floods in and out of Poole Harbour every day and now a plan is being proposed by the Poole Tidal Energy Partnership to harness that huge elemental force.

Poole Tidal Energy Partnership is seeking support from the community to bid for a chunk of money to study generating electricity from the tide.

Their website says ""We need your support to win EnergyShare funding for a study of the potential for electricity generation from the tide from the harbour area of Poole. The energy needs of Poole are significant, but this highly predictable source of power is literally on our doorstep. There are innovative devices out there which can trap some of that energy, balancing alongside the valued leisure, wildlife and commercial activities of Poole."

More details and how you can support the bid can be found on their website at : http://www.energyshare.com/poole-tidal-energy-partnership (Wed 22 June 11)

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REWARD OFFERED FOLLOWING HEATH FIRE

A reward is being offered for information that helps catch thosebelieved to be responsible for a heath fire on Upton Heath, Poole.

The Crimestoppers charity is offering the cash to help detectives investigating the blaze, which began near Upton on 9 June. The fire destroyed a one sq km area (247 acres) of heath. Detectives are still trying to trace two young white men seen near the A35 footbridge leading to Heights Road, who they say may hold vital information. More information is available here > (Tue 14 Jun 11)

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LARGE HEATH FIRE ON UPTON HEATH

Strong winds caused the fire, on about three sq km (740 acres) of Upton Heath, Poole, to quickly spread. Homes in some nearby roads have been evacuated and crews are tackling the fire from behind the properties.

Members of the public are being asked by Dorset Police and Dorset Fire and Rescue Service to stay away from the heath to avoid hampering the fire fighting efforts. Homeowners have been asked to be prepared to leave their properties if the fire approaches.

A spokeswoman said: "If smoke or fire is approaching your property, we would remind the public to leave their property and not to go back inside for any reason."

The fire service has opened Upton Community Centre for people who have had to leave their homes.

Smoke from the fire can be seen for miles around and is blowing across parts of the A35.

The Upton slip road is closed but the rest of the A35 remains open. (Thu 9 Jun 11)

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POOLE WASTE PAPER RECYCLING FIRE

Firefighters tackled a blaze which broke out at a waste paper recycling factory in Poole yesterday evening, following reports of a fire at the SITA UK site in Mannings Heath Road just before 6pm.

The surrounding roads were closed off and diversions set up by Dorset Police, causing rush-hour traffic tailbacks, while the fire was tackled. (Tue 7 Jun 11)

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DOG “ADDER” BITE - LOCAL VET WARNS OF DANGER OF ADDER BITES TO DOGS

Dogs often find old tennis balls, sticks and discarded rubbish when out on a country walk but Maverick, a 4-year old Weimaraner discovered a rather more sinister piece of treasure when out walking in Lychett Mattravers with his owner – an adder!

Maverick - Photos showing a swollen face just after the bite and 24 hrs later with much reduced swellingMaverick's owner, Mrs Lloyd-Evans, heard hissing whilst the handsome boy was running in the ferns and bushes and the poor dog emerged with a snake attached to end of his nose. His face began to swell immediately and thankfully his owners' quick thinking to take him straight to the vet meant he could be treated promptly with IV fluid, anti venom and anti-inflammatory drugs.

Caty Swain, veterinary surgeon at Companion Care Vets Poole (Which is within the Pets at Home store in the Wessex Gate Retail Park, Poole) said, “It is so important to get a dog suffering from an adder bite to a vet as quickly as possible as there is a very high mortality rate. Maverick was with us within 30-minutes of being bitten and quick treatment meant that his prognosis was good. His face dramatically reduced in size following re examination the next day and Maverick was almost back to normal. He is doing really well following his ordeal!”

The adder is the only venomous snake native to Britain and fairly widespread throughout the UK. Bites generally occur when a dog is out on a walk and exploring the areas where snakes are basking in the sun. This makes them likely to disturb the snakes, either accidentally or due to their investigative actions. Most snake bites tend to occur between March and October when the snakes are more active due to the warm weather.

Caty goes on to advise, “If you suspect that your dog may have been bitten by an adder seek prompt veterinary attention.” (Mon 23 May 11)

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TWIN SAILS BRIDGE UPDATE

Twin Sails bridge under constructionA new viewing area has now officially been opened to allow residents and visitors to watch the work progressing.

The public viewing platform on Hochtief's construction site beside Wilkins Way off West Quay Road, was officially opened by Poole's new mayor, Cllr Graham Wilson. (Thu 19 May 11)

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NEW LUXURY SUNSEEKER GOES UP IN FLAMES

Firefighters tackled a blaze on a large new £7-10m luxury motor yacht in the Sunseeker boatyard on Poole Quay, shortly after 11pm on Friday night.

The 34m (112ft) Sunseeker motor cruiser was completely destroyed but nobody was hurt.

More than 50 firefighters and six fire engines were involved and the cause of the blaze is being investigated by both the fire service and Dorset Police.

The fire damaged boat

The fire damaged boat

The boat was due to be shipped to its new owmer in Mexico within the next few weeks. (Sat 7 May 11)

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BODY OF A MAN FOUND IN POOLE SCHOOL

The body of a man found dead in the grounds of Poole High School on Tuesday 26 April has now been identifed as that of Donald Morgan, a 22 year old local man.

It is reported that the police are not treating the death as suspicious and have confirmed the 22 year-old died as a result of hanging.

The pupils at Poole High School were due to return from their Easter break yesterday but will now not return until after the Bank Holiday weekend. (Thu 28 Apr 11)

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POOLE TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB WIN BATTLE FOR NEW GROUND

Poole Town have finally found a permanent home as the Planning Committee finally decided to approve the plans for a new £2M ground off Magna Road, Bearwood.

More than 150 people, plus the team mascot Dylan the Dolphin, packed the Hamworthy Club for the meeting on the building of two floodlit pitches, a 150-seater stand and a clubhouse.

The club now needs funds to build the ground, including a 156-space car park. It is unlikely to be ready for at least 18 months, so the existing ground at Tatnam will be used until then. (Fri 15 Apr 11)

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BUS FIRE IN POOLE

The emergency services rushed to a bus in the Constitution Hill area of Poole this morning after reports that a fire had broken out.

Fire crews quickly extinguished the blaze in the engine compartment at the rear of the bus, but not before severe damage was caused to the bus. (Wed 13 Apr 11)

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CINEMA TO EXTEND

The Empire cinema in the Tower Park complex in Poole is set to become one of the largest in the south if plans to build six new screens by the start of the summer go ahead.

Plans have been revelaed that will put in an extra 500 seats upstairs, bringing the total number of theatres to 16 and cementing the cinema's status as one of the top 20 in the country. The licensing application for six new cinemas, varying in size from 44 to 77 seats, next to the Monkey Bizness children's play area was lodged with Poole council this week. If the application is successful, it will see Poole as the biggest movie centre for miles around. Cinemas at Bristol, Portsmouth and Southampton have 13 or 14 screens each.

Whilst the investment is seen as welcome, it is unclear what plans there are to cope with the additional traffic, and parking needs the extra capacity might bring. (Sun 3 Apr 11)

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POOLE DAFFODIL INCIDENT

A Poole mother has complained to the local newspaper about the treatment she and her children received, afetr the Police were contacted in relation to an incident involving the picking of large number of daffodils on Whitecliff Recreation Park, in Poole.

You can read the local newspaper report by following this link >

The story has been picked up by the national media and discussed at length on many TV and Radio shows. For a more reflective piece on the whole story, follow this link to The Telegraph website >

Whatever the rights and wrongs of this story, the clear message is, leave our daffodils alone! (Wed 16 Mar 11)

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V PROJECT FAREWELL!

A Sunny and Successful Send off for Dorset Wildlife Trust's ‘V' Funded Youth Volunteering Project.

The burning of the gorse.  © Rachael McMeekenThe ‘V Project Finale', which took place at Holton Lee on the 24 th February, marked the end of Dorset Wildlife Trust's three-year programme of working with young volunteers, funded by V, the national volunteering organisation.  The day saw an enthusiastic turn-out of volunteers ready and willing to help clear and burn the overgrown gorse and pine to allow space for the heathland plants of this unique landscape on the edge of Poole Harbour to flourish.

All concern about the weather was unfounded and a beautiful and dry day meant that bonfires could be lit to burn the cleared gorse and fir shrub.  The day was organised by six BA (Hons) Events Management students from Bournemouth University, and the conservation task was led by Steve Davis, Volunteering Programme Manager at Dorset Wildlife Trust and Matthew Briars, Holton Lee Environment Manager .

The volunteers covered a broad age range with the youngest being fifteen years old, including some regular volunteers for Dorset Wildlife Trust and Holton Lee and others who had never carried out any conservation work before. Annette Brooke, MP for Mid-Dorset and North Poole, also attended, touring Holton Lee, meeting the team and chatting with volunteers to find out what work was taking place and why.  Hope FM was also on site to carry out a live interview with members of the events organising team, who remarked that the support from Hope FM and Ms Brooke was a great morale boost for everyone involved.  The event closed with a surprise presentation to the Events Management students of Volunteering England Gold Awards as part of National Student Volunteering week. 

The Dorset Wildlife Trust and Bournemouth Uni team with local MP Annette Brooke (second from left).  © Nicky HoarRachael McMeeken, Bournemouth University Events Team Leader, said “The day was a great achievement, and none of it would have been possible without those who kindly volunteered their time to help the environment.  Many thanks to all who helped make the day such a success; the volunteers, Dorset Wildlife Trust, everyone from Holton Lee and the Bournemouth University team.  It was an enjoyable day that allowed valuable work to be done to help retain such a beautiful environment”.

Dorset Wildlife Trust is always looking for eager and passionate volunteers to offer their skills or lend a hand with ongoing projects. For more information about Dorset Wildlife Trust and their forthcoming events visit, www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk or tel: 01305 264620. (Thu 10 Mar 11)

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POOLE PARK LAKE WEEDS UNDER ATTACK

Barley rafts, kept afloat by a three-inch mat of recycled trainers, are the latest high tech method of tackling the smelly weed that contaminated Poole Park Lake during the summer of 2010.

Unsightly and smelly tassel weed and decomposing blanket weed covered most of the salt-water lake and the Barley rafts form part of a three-pronged attack to control the weed and algae.

Some of the Barley rafts now being placed in Poole Park LakeBarley straw bales, transported from the Isle of Wight, create a reaction between the water and air that releases a natural chemical that can kill the blanket weed algae. Twenty-four bales, four metres by two metres, have been rolled into the lake and towed to positions where they will float, partly submerged, protected by blue covers.

This treatment will be needed for a number of years and by also reducing the salinity of the lake, it is hoped this will tackle the tassel weed problem.

The £45,000 package of work includes:

  • Further upgrades to the sluice gates which drain the lake and refill it from the harbour;
  • The barley bales and
  • The addition of blue dye to the water, which reduces sunlight and hopefully controls the growth of the weed. (Sun 6 Mar 11)

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POOLE COUNCIL CUTS 162 POSTS

Poole C ouncil has confirmed it will cut 162 posts from its workforce of about 2,050 staff.

The Borough of Poole said up to 33 people would be made compulsorily redundant, most by the end of March. Other cuts to the workforce are being met through voluntary redundancy, redeployment and deleting vacant posts.

The Conservative-led council has agreed to slash its 2011-12 budget amid a 14.2% cut in government funding and increased demand for services.

The council said the equivalent of 72 full-time posts were already vacant and it was continuing to work to reduce the number of compulsory redundancies. (Thu 3 Mar 11)

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BARFLEUR RETURNS TO POOLE

BarfleurMaking her return after a year long absence, the Barfluer was welcomed back into Poole by enthusiastic supporters at the harbour entrance. Many of the passengers on board the Barfluer also sailed on the last voyage she made from Poole.

The Barfleur is now back in service until October, when the service will once again be reviewed. (Tue 1 Mar 11)

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RALLYE SUNSEEKER RESULT

Reigning Scottish Rally Champions David Bogie and Kevin Rae took their first ever event victory in the Dulux Trade MSA British Rally Championship in their Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IXReigning Scottish Rally Champions David Bogie and Kevin Rae took their first ever event victory in the Dulux Trade MSA British Rally Championship in their Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX as they won Rallye Sunseeker International, the new opening round of the British Isles premier rally series. The win is extra special for the pair, as it is the first for a Scot in the British Rally Championship since Alister McRae took a win on the Scottish Rally in June 1997.

Thousands of people flocked to the forests and heaths of Dorset as the 2011 Rallye Sunseeker got underway. Watch some of our footage (available in HD) shot during the morning, in Ringwood Forest. (Sat 26 Feb 11)

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PETROL STATION TARGETED BY PRANKSTERS

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-12526271 (Tue 22 Feb 11)

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FITNESS FIRST GO LOCAL – with PARKSTONE SPORTS & ARTS CENTRE!

Parkstone Sports & ARts Centre Activities posterFitness First, the largest privately owned health club operator on the planet, founded in Bournemouth in 1993 are spending the day at Parkstone Sports & Arts Centre – a training centre for children & young people aged 8-16 years in Poole to clear the cobwebs and paint the walls…!

The centre has a long history, founded in 1948 as a Boys' Club, it has changed forms many times and now provides affordable, accessible & inclusive training in Arts; Dance; Drama; Football & a widening range of other sports.

Soon to lose its borough funding PSAAC are desperate to raise funds to ensure they can stay open, delivering high quality provision to Poole's young people who could not afford to do so elsewhere.

Fitness First is a supporter of PSAAC, regularly helping to re-decorate and raise the standard of the environment in which members learn. The involvement of the Fitness First Community Team is invaluable to PSAAC and they truly make a difference whenever they come – bursting for action. (Fri 11 Feb 11)

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NEW MARINA SCHEME FOR POOLE

Reports in the local press indicate that Poole Harbour Commissioners are proposing a £20-£25 million boat haven with 950 berths, to include a new home for neighbouring Poole Yacht Club.

The proposal which would be sited off of Hamworthy Park would include some land reclamation, pontoons, a berth for a cruise ship, workshops and a small marine business park, possibly an education centre and the potential to create several hundred new jobs.

At present no information is available on the Harbour Commissioners website at : http://www.phc.co.uk/ (Wed 9 Feb 11)

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APPEAL AFTER ROBBERY IN POOLE PARK

Police are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after a robbery in Poole Park.

The incident, in which a 16-year-old boy was assaulted by three men, before they stole personal possessions, happened in the car park of Mezza Luna, in Poole Park, between 12.15am and 12.30am on Tuesday, 4 January 2011.

The victim, who was thrown into the lake, was not injured during the robbery.

One of the offenders was white, of stocky build, about six feet tall with chin length blond hair. He was wearing a black hooded top with large yellow writing across the front, jeans and black shoes. The second offender was also white but shorter, wearing a smart woollen hip to knee length jacket. The third offender was white but no other description is available. The three men were in a group with some women.

Police Constable Aimee Stubbington, of Poole police, said: “This was a serious incident and I would encourage any witnesses to contact me urgently.

“After the victim was thrown into the lake, the offenders walked off toward the bus station in Poole town centre.

“Anyone with any information about this incident should contact Dorset Police in confidence on 01202 22 22 22 urgently.”

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 01202 or 01305 22 22 22 quoting incident number 06:230. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply. (Thu 3 Feb 11)

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TWIN SAILS PROJECT WELL UNDERWAY

Twin Sails under constructionThe massive engineering and construction project marked by large cranes visible over the quay, is on time and within budget.

Despite the recent freezing weather, work has continued apace, with three of the four piers under construction. The east water pier is not yet being built because that is where the navigable passage runs through the Back Water Channel, connecting Holes Bay with the main harbour.

As contractors work in a waterproof cofferdam to construct the piers in the channel, the deck and lifting leaves are being precisely made from steel plate at Cleveland Bridge UK at Darlington, which is one of only two UK companies capable of manufacturing the necessary 40 pieces of steel. These will be ferried down by lorry and assembled on the site. (Sun 30 Jan 11)

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TEN PATIENT VISITS BY LOCAL CANCER CHARITY PAID BY POOLE'S FAVOURITE SHOPPING CENTRE

 

The Dolphin Shopping Centre, Poole , is thrilled to announce that three local charities have benefited from generous donations from visitors following a year-long fundraising campaign. The cash raised benefited each charity in a unique way including funding ten patient visits by local cancer charity About Face and new, much needed equipment for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Poole Hospital.

From L-R Lisa King, Dr Tony Pigott,  Debra Dennett and Pam BellAfter careful consideration, the deserving charities; About Face, Friends of Forest Holme and t he Poole Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit were each selected to receive donations from fundraising events organised by The Dolphin Shopping Centre throughout 2010 – raising a total of £1,500.

Ian Catley from About Face revealed the exciting news of just what the donation means to the charity;

“The very welcome support from the Dolphin Shopping Centre visitors will offer About Face ‘one to one' volunteers ten more opportunities in 2011 to visit patients right around the County of Dorset , offering support and information. All our volunteers have ‘been there before' on their own head and neck cancer journey.”

Debra Dennett from Friends of Forest Holme commented;

Friends of Forest Holme is delighted to have been one of the chosen charities of the Dolphin Shopping Centre for 2010. As well as receiving much needed funds to enhance palliative care, the activity has raised awareness in the local community.”

Pamela Bell from Poole Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit , thrilled with the donation said;

“We are delighted to have been chosen as one of the local charities benefiting from the generosity of visitors to the Dolphin Shopping Centre in Poole . The funds raised will go towards Poole Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit equipment fund and will be used to purchase equipment to ensure we can provide the very best in Neonatal care.”

For further information visit: www.dolphinshoppingcentre.co.uk (Thu 27 Jan 11)

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POOLE BASED COSMETICS COMPANY LUSH, TARGETED BY HACKERS

 

Lush, the Cosmetics retailer based in Poole, Dorset, has suspended online sales after being targeted by hackers.

Lush websiteIt asked anyone who placed an online order between 4 October and 20 January 2011 to contact their bank in case their card details had been compromised.

A message at lush.co.uk says:"Our website has been the victim of hackers. 24 hour security monitoring has shown us that we are still being targeted and there are continuing attempts to re-enter.

"We refuse to put our customers at risk of another entry – so have decided to completely retire this version of our website.

"For complete ease of mind, we would like all customers that placed ONLINE orders with us between 4 October 2010 and today, 20 January 2011, to contact their banks for advice as their card details may have been compromised." (Fri 21 Jan 11)

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GERRY RAFFERTY DIES

Gerry Rafferty has died at the age of 63 after suffering a long illness. Rafferty had battled a drink problem and spent time in hospital in Bournemouth with liver failure. Rafferty died peacefully at his home in Upton, Dorset, with his daughter Martha at his bedside.

His career high came in the 1970s and included the anthemic Baker Street and Stuck in the Middle with You, recorded with his band Stealers Wheel.

He was born in Paisley and began his musical career as a busker on the London Underground. It is understood his funeral will be held in Paisley later this month. (Wed 5 Jan 11)

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