Poole News Archive - 2012


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Havenly' partnership formed - Harmony ay the Haven Spa teams up with Aveda - 17 Sept 12
Harveys Furniture brings 'Fell Good' to Poole - Grand Laucn Weekend to raise funds for RNLI - 17 Sept 12
Top players battle it out in the Pukka Pads Junior Scratch Open - 16 Aug 12
Berkelys says 'Get on your bike' for Estate Agency Foundation Charity - 2 Aug 12
Jurassic Airlines highlights fossil fuel issues with new 'econtainment' - 7 Jul 12'
Olympic Torch Relay - 1 Jul 12
Race For Life - 24 Jun 12
The Chine and The Haven win Tripadvisor Awards for Excellence- 22 Jun 12
Condor Ferries Open Day - 20 Jun 12
Doctors Surgery target of arson - 12 Jun 12
Breeze Volkswagen confims its support for unique road trip event - 9 Jun 12
Dorset battered by storms - 8 Jun 12
Yacht fire in Poole - 4 Jun 12
Dorset youngsters to compete in windsurfing event - 24 May 12
Berkeleys launches heritage property exhibition in Poole - 24 May 12
Rolls Royce enthusiasts flock to the Sandbanks Hotel - 24 May 12
Record breaking Sandbanks Beach - 16 May 12
Cyclist killed in Poole - 4 May 12
Poole Harbour Commisioners Acknowledge Condor's 25th Year - 16 Apr 12
Twin Sails Bridge finally opens to traffic - 4 Apr 12
Firework causes cliff fire - 2 Apr 12
Man arrested after shooting incident - 1 Apr 12
Olympic Torch Route revealed - 19 Mar 12
Poole Beach Soccer League - First in mainland UK - 19 Mar 12
Condor Ferries move to Poole - 13 Mar 12
Twin Sails delays - 13 Mar 12
Armed robbery in Upton - 4 Mar 12
Social Poole - 20 Feb 12
Twin Sails Bridge - 19 Feb 12
Date set for Twin Sails Bridge to open to traffic - 31 Jan 2012
Merry Music raises over £1000 for hospices - 27 Jan 2012
Jack's Magic Beans set to help local hospice - 19 Jan 2012
Winner announced in the "I want to swim the year" competition - 17 Jan 2012
New Year's Bath Race - 1 Jan 2012



A three-hour search and rescue operation for a man believed to have fallen from a boat near the entrance to Poole Harbour has been called off.

The alarm was raised after two men were seen clinging to the side of an overturned boat near the entrance to Poole Harbour at about 10:30 GMT on Sunday 23 December.

Two coastguard helicopters and four RNLI lifeboats carried out a search for a third man who was on board. The two rescued men were taken to hospital with severe hypothermia.

Coastguard and lifeboat volunteers also carried out a search along the shoreline. (Mon 24 Dec 12)



A shellfish farmer, a chartered accountant and a town planner have been appointed as Poole Harbour Commissioners (PHC) to help run the Trust Port and oversee the 10,000 acres that make up Europe’s largest natural harbour.

New Poole Harbour Commissioners - From L-R: Brian Ford, Doug Crammond and Gary Wordsworth.The three new recruits, Gary Wordsworth, Brian Ford and Doug Cramond, who are all based locally, will add further diverse skills and experience to what is already a varied panel of commissioners.

Three vacancies are advertised each year, unless existing commissioners’ time is extended, with the successful candidates expected to hold the position for three years. The vacancies are advertised externally with interviews being carried out by an independent selection panel.

Jim Stewart, chief executive of Poole Harbour Commissioners said: “We look forward to welcoming Brian, Doug and Gary to our board of commissioners who are all dedicated to assisting the organisation in managing the Port of Poole and Poole Harbour. They all bring additional skills and expertise to what is already a broad reaching knowledge base. In this challenging but evolving period of PHC’s history, it is critical that we have a strong and experienced board and I am confident that we have that in place for 2013.”

Vice-chairman of the local fisherman’s association for the past 10 years, Gary Wordsworth, owns and runs the largest oyster farm in the UK and has farmed several species of shellfish from his leased ground in Poole Harbour. Since 2000, Gary has been an annual guest speaker at Southampton University where he lectures on the aquaculture in Poole Harbour.

Former president of the Dorset Chamber of Commerce, Brian Ford, is currently a consultant offering strategic financial advice to a variety of clients connected with planning matters.  For seven years, Brian was a director for Poole Arts Trust Ltd, a charitable company operating the Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for The Arts.

Edinburgh University graduate in Town and Country Planning, Doug is now based in Poole and is a  sole professional practitioner dealing with major development proposals from his own company; DC Planning Ltd. For five years, Doug was a senior planner at Poole Borough Council where he went on to work at local firms Terence O’Rourke and Savills. (Wed 19 Dec 12)



A local man, Neil Davey, has been found guilty of telling a tree surgeon to fell a protected tree in his neighbour's garden to improve sea views from his home in Poole, Dorset.

Neil Davey, 52, paid Thomas McGuire, 34, to fell the maritime pine in his neighbour's garden on Heavytree Road in Branksome Park, Poole. It was alleged that Davey then had "uninterrupted views of the Purbeck Hills and harbour from his hot tub", a council planning inspector told a previous hearing.

McGuire was also found guilty. (Fri 23 Nov 12)



On Wednesday October 24, invited guests gathered for the brand re-launch of Forest Holme Hospice Charity at South Deep Café in Poole, sponsored by Breeze Volkswagen.

While networking over drinks and canapés, supplied by South Deep Cafe, an intimate audience of 40 business leaders learnt of the challenges the charity faces to raise £1 million over the next two years.

Forest Holme Hospice charity manager Diane Platt with Jane Freeman from Dickinson ManserCharity manager Diane Platt spoke of the innovative ways in which the charity's corporate fundraising team could support Poole businesses to achieve their corporate social responsibility targets.

Diane said: “As a result of cuts in our funding, the charity has to step up to ensure that the hospice's services remain at the same level for when those we know and love, and even ourselves, may need them. Subsequently, we have re-branded from the Friends of Forest Holme to Forest Holme Hospice Charity and expanded our fundraising team to bring a new, fresh approach to fundraising for local businesses.

“With no raffle or auction, this was a charity evening with a difference! What we were asking for is far more valuable to Forest Holme Hospice - we simply need our guests to help spread the word amongst the business community in Poole, the Purbecks and beyond.”

John Corderoy, managing director of Breeze Volkswagen, commented: “We are delighted to support Forest Holme Hospice by sponsoring this evening. It is important that local businesses get behind the good work done by the Poole hospice as the services it provides are vital to our community.”

To discuss future fundraising opportunities contact Hannah Parsons corporate fundraiser at Forest Holme Hospice on 01202 442558 or email Hannah@forestholmehospice.org.uk. (Wed 31 Oct 12)



A 77-year-man is fighting for his life after an accident in Poole last night.

The pedestrian was taken to Southampton Hospital with life-threatening injuries after a collision with a green Ford Focus on West Street near Old Orchard. The incident happened around 7pm. The driver of the Focus was a 47-year-old man from Poole. No arrests were made at the scene.

Police are appealing for witnesses - if you have any information please contact them on 101. (Sun 28 Oct 12)




Tapper Funeral Service has completed a massive investment which has seen the family-run business spend more than £500,000 on a new fleet of exclusive funeral vehicles.

Tapper Funeral Service's new fleet of funeral vehiclesThe fleet which consists of five black Jaguars includes two hearses and three limousines, offering the latest design in terms of comfort, visibility and technology. The six-passenger limousines are fully air conditioned with privacy partitioning and are maintained to the highest standards.

Paul Tapper, joint managing director at Tapper Funeral Service, said: “Families want their loved ones to have the best send-off they possibly can and the vehicles used are an important part in providing the elegance to grace any funeral cortege.

“I am delighted we have been able to upgrade our fleet, which will ensure standards are maintained and we can supply the very best quality of service and care to everyone we serve.”

The new vehicles will be used across Tapper's eight offices and its Harbour View Woodland Burial Ground. (Fri 12 Oct 12)




Harveys Grand Launch Weekend in PooleA Grand Launch Weekend was organised by a Poole furniture store to mark its reopening after a major refurbishment.

Harveys Furniture at Wessex Gate Retail Park, Broadstone Way, also made donations to local lifeboat charity RNLI which brought along a rescue dinghy and set up a stall at the store (September 29 and 30).

Store manager Paul Ellis said: “Having the charity set up shop at our store created a real buzz and we greeted customers with chocolates and goodie bags of gifts too. There was a great ‘feelgood' factor to the whole weekend.

“Volunteers from the local RNLI were able to promote the fantastic work they do in saving lives at sea.

“We have been able to raise hundreds of pounds for the charity thanks to the support of our customers over the weekend,” said Paul .

To find out more about Harveys visit www.harveysfurniture.co.uk

To find out more about the RNLI visit www.rnli.org (Sat 6 Oct 12)




Poole-based print factory and stationery supplier, Pukka Pads Business Forms, has reinforced its commitment to delivering the best service to its customers by appointing four new recruits, Ian Willis, Cheryl Custance, Shaun Nye, and Sam Shannon.

Ian joins the team as an experienced pressman with more than 25 years' in-depth knowledge within the print industry. Leaving his position at Office Team Poole, Ian will be responsible for operating and maintaining the printing presses.

With a background in the print industry, originally working for a family print business for almost 25 years, Cheryl joins as finishing assistant and her new role will include operating the guillotine and finishing the print runs.

Formally working for FT Mail Solutions, Shaun joins Pukka Pads Business Forms with more than 18 years' experience. In his new position as print room assistant operator, Shaun will be responsible for overseeing the operation of the print collator.

Sam, who previously worked at Inspired Forms, which Pukka Pads acquired some of the assets of back in November 2011, has joined the business as Print Finishing Assistant

Managing director and owner, Chris Stott, said : “We are pleased to welcome Ian, Cheryl, Shaun and Sam to Pukka Pads Business Forms . Their experience and knowledge of the printing industry make them the perfect candidates for these posts.” (Thu 20 Sep 12)




The Harmony at The Haven spa, based within The Haven Hotel, has teamed up with the major global brand Aveda to offer a range of spa treatments using Aveda's luxurious line of naturally derived and eco-conscious skin care products.

Located at the very tip of the exclusive Sandbanks peninsula, Harmony at The Haven is Aveda's first luxury beach resort spa in the UK

Aveda believes in restoring balance to the five elements holistically by engaging all five senses - sight, smell, sound, taste and touch - through pure aromas, plant and flower-based products and unique sensory experiences. Clients to Harmony at The Haven can now choose from a collection of spa treatments that use Aveda's range of skin care products including facials, body treatments, manicures, pedicures, waxing and make-up applications. An Aveda retail area has also been introduced to the spa offering both skin and hair care merchandise.

Situated on the ground floor of the hotel, the spa features seven treatment rooms, a relaxation area, sauna and steam room, massage shower, heated indoor and outdoor (seasonal) swimming pools, an outdoor poolside lounge with day beds, fitness room, tennis court and retail area. With direct access onto the renowned Blue Flag Sandbanks beach, it ensures Harmony at The Haven provides day visitors and hotel guests with unrivalled facilities needed for a rejuvenating and tranquil experience.

Charlotte Butterworth, spa manager, says: “We are proud to introduce Aveda to the spa as well as a dedicated Aveda retail area. Aveda is a strong, pioneering brand with 95 per cent naturally-derived from plants and no-petroleum based minerals, high performance products and we are delighted to partner with this global brand. This brand fits perfectly with our philosophy to be a sanctuary for relaxation and re-invigoration as well as our continual aim to enhance a guest's overall wellbeing through their inner health and outer beauty.”

Claire Linney, Aveda's UK Marketing Manager, added: "We are very excited to be working with The Harmony at The Haven spa , it's a fantastic location and their philosophy and approach to spa and wellbeing is very much in tune with everything Aveda stands for."

An exclusive event is to be held at Harmony at The Haven on Thursday September 20 to celebrate the introduction of Aveda.

Harmony at The Haven is part of the FJB Collection and is open seven days a week, Monday to Friday from 7am to 10pm and Saturday to Sunday from 7.30am to 8.30pm. For information about day retreat packages, spa breaks or membership to Harmony at The Haven please telephone 01202 700211, email spa@havenhotel.co.uk or visit www.harmony-haven.com . (Mon 17 Sep 12)




Harveys Furniture store at Wessex Gate Retail Park , Broadstone Way , Poole , is holding a Grand Launch Weekend on September 29 and 30 to raise funds for lifeboat charity RNLI.

Harveys the furniture store - logoThe event marks the store's reopening after an extensive and stylish refurbishment. Customers visiting during the Grand Launch Weekend will be able to take advantage of an extra 10% off, plus Harveys will be donating funds to the charity.

Store manager Paul Ellis said: “Representatives of the RNLI and will be attending planning to bring one of their craft. We hope shoppers will come along to support them and the vital work they do. We will also be happy to show customers round our new-look store which showcases our ‘feelgood furniture' in home settings that we hope will inspire.”

Opening hours are Monday to Friday 10am – 8pm; Saturday 9am – 6pm; Sunday 11am – 5pm.

To find out more about Harveys visit www.harveysfurniture.co.uk . (Mon 17 Sept 12)




Budding young golfers from across the south gathered at Parkstone Golf Club on Thursday August 2 to battle it out in the Pukka Pads Junior Scratch Open competition.

Pukka Pads MD, Chris Stott, Jacques Cooke (Burhill), Pukka Pads National Account Manager, Garry WrightThe mixed tournament, which is managed and sponsored by the Poole-based stationery supplier, was divided into three categories - 18 and under, 16 and under and 14 and under, with winners walking away with £2000 worth of prizes courtesy of Parkstone Golf Club.

The individual winners were Jacques Cooke (under-18s,) Ben Bushnell (under-16s) and Ben Small (under-14s). There was also an award for the top female competitor which went to Rachel Naylor (under-14s) from Parkstone.

Pukka Pads managing director and golfing fan, Chris Stott, said: “This year's competition has been fantastic. As a well-known stationery brand with teenagers and students we felt it was only necessary that we arrange an exciting event that brings young, talented minds together.”

Pukka Pads Junior Scratch Open has become an annual high profile competition and following its success last year, this year Pukka Pad and Pukka Pad Business Forms were pleased to announce support from HSBC.

Chris added: “Working with such credible companies as Parkstone Golf Club and HSBC gives the competition every opportunity to push the boundaries even further. Thanks to everyone who has helped make the event a success, we have received lots of positive feedback and hope to see you all again next year.”

Photos from Pukka Pads Junior Scratch Open can be viewed on their Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/PukkaPadsLtd . (Thu 16 Aug 12)



BERKELEYS, a member of The Guild of Professional Estate Agents (The Guild), is taking part in the Great British Property Cycle Ride, pedalling from POOLE to WEYMOUTH (relaying between Guild member agents) on Monday 27 August in aid of the Estate Agency Foundation (EAF), a charity dedicated to eliminating the causes of homelessness.

Berkeleys will be joining Guild Director Jon Cooke, and Guild Member Sean Newman for part of the journey as they take on the ultimate challenge of cycling the entire 3,000 miles of the route around the coast of the UK. The Guild is proud to be associated with such a fantastic cause in such a visible and powerful way, and this is perfect timing after Bradley Wiggins' fantastic win in the Tour de France and the Olympic sailing events in Weymouth.

The Great British Property Cycle is a 32 stage cycle event, taking place from the 28 July until 28 August covering 3,000 miles in total around the coast. As a member of The Guild, Berkeleys automatically becomes an ambassador of the Estate Agency Foundation for the Poole area whereby we can help raise money for the EAF.

John Jennings, Associate, Berkeleys Property Agents, Canford Cliffs, PooleThe cycle event will see Guild members from around the UK come together to support this charity. John Jennings from Berkeleys Property Agents will cycle from Poole to the next Guild office along the route - Roger McGhee Estate Agents in Weymouth. They will then take over and so on, to join the continuous ‘Guild Relay' around England and Wales until the end of the route scheduled for 28 August in Exeter.

John Jennings says “Our agency is always keen to get involved in local community events and I am proud to be taking part in this personal cycle challenge whilst raising money for the EAF along the way. A Guild representative will be driving ahead at each stage of the event to prepare refreshments at every Guild office pit stop which is a great way to highlight the teamwork of our 680 Guild member offices nationwide.”

Guild Director Jon Cooke, who is organising the event, is taking-on the ultimate challenge of cycling the full 3,000 miles over the 32 stages. The Guild team is expected to make a pit stop at the Berkeleys office in Canford Cliffs on Sunday 26 August. Jon Cooke says; “It is going to be a very demanding couple of weeks both physically and psychologically but to see so many familiar faces from across the Guild network along the way will be great encouragement. I would like to personally thank all the Guild agents taking part in the event for their help and support in raising money for a very worthy cause close to many estate agents' hearts.”

The target is to raise £100,000 with the help of those working in the property industry from this testing event. For more information or to make a donation to the EAF please visit www.eafcharity.org (Thu 2 Aug 12)



Dorset-based innovator Richard Hartnell, whose Jurassic Airlines experience was a huge hit at the launch of the Jurassic Coast Earth Festival in May, has spent recent weeks enhancing the flight in the run up to its stay at ‘ Onboard International Airport'  in Weymouth to offer passengers the latest in what he describes as ‘Ecotainment'.

Jurassic Airlines - Passengers enjoying the 'ecotainment'The 737 flight simulator takes passengers back 250m years in time to fly with dinosaurs, incorporating a humourous narrative from the pilot and co-pilot to explain the history of the Jurassic Coast and raise awareness of the effects of fossil-fuel usage on climate change.

The experience, which had its test flights from the specially built Lyme Regis International Airport in May, had passengers enthusing about its authenticity. On arrival at fast-track Check-In, passengers are asked the usual questions about what they may be carrying, but with the emphasis on fossil-fuel-derived products (fleeces, mobile phones etc). They then pass into the departure lounge via the Humiliascan enhanced biometric security scanner before a brief wait for their flight. During this wait, Jurassic Coast TV entertains and informs, with breaking news from different geological times and mass extinction events. Passengers then board their flights and, after their time-travel safety check, take off on their 15-minute trip back into hyperspace.

Jurassic Airline - Check inWith green credentials foremost, the airports and aircraft are constructed with the help of recycled materials designed to minimise the Airline's carbon footprint. “It doesn't stop there either,” boasts Hartnell. “Compared to our competitors' 737 fleets, ours burn significantly less fossil fuel to travel immense distances in a fraction of time.”

An excited passenger checking in with his family said, “I've heard they have an innovative in-flight entertainment programme to while away the eons of time on long-haul flights to Pangaea. We can't wait to see the dinosaurs when we get there!” One passenger said it was his first ever flight.

Jurassic Airlines will be flying from Onboard International Airport (in front of the Weymouth Pavilion) from 26 th July to 8 th September during the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Tickets will be available from the Weymouth Tourist Information Office in the Pavilion. And, as a result of popular demand from time-travellers in Lyme Regis, and the Town Council giving the go-ahead, Richard hopes to reinstate Jurassic Airlines in Lyme Regis in the near future. (Sat 7 Jul 12)



The Olympic Torch comes to Poole on Friday 13 July 2012. You can find out all the information on the route, events taking place and timings at the Borough of Poole website at : http://www.poole.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/sports-clubs-fitness/olympics/olympic-torch-relay/torch-relay-events/

Don't forget to share your pictures and stories with us on Twitter @PooleView (Sun 1 Jul 12)




Congratulations to all those who ran, walked or in some cases ran with pushchairs round the Race For Life course in Poole today, despite the weather and soggy ground under foot!

And they're off, the Race For Life starts in Poole Park

Find out more about race For Life from : http://raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org (Sun 24 Jun 12)





The Chine Hotel in Bournemouth and The Haven Hotel, based on the renowned Sandbanks peninsula, have received TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence awards. The accolades honour hospitality excellence and is only given to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on the world's largest travel community website.

Both hotels are part of the independent hotel group, the FJB Collection, and join sister hotel The Harbour Heights on the 2012 prestigious award list. To qualify for the Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travellers on TripAdvisor. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.

The Chine Hotel with its AA red rosette restaurant is often referred to as Bournemouth's best kept secret . The Haven Hotel is based at the tip of the Sandbanks peninsula and this hotel with an award-winning two AA red rosette restaurant and Harmony spa offers uninterrupted views of Poole bay, Brownsea Island and the Purbeck hills . Travellers visiting the travel community website have consistently commended both hotels with the highest recommendation, and as a result TripAdvisor has recognised these achievements.

John Butterworth, owner and managing director of the FJB Collection, says: “We are thrilled to receive these coveted awards as we strive for service excellence in providing each of our guests a fantastic and memorable holiday. We would like to thank our guests who have taken the time to write such positive reviews about their experience with us.” (Fri 22 Jun 12)



CONDOR FERRIES OPEN DAY - Tuesday 26 June 2012

Condor Express will be moored at Poole Quay from 3pm where visitors will be able Condor ferryto take a tour of the fast ferry, visit the Bridge, meet the Captain and take part in a quiz for a chance to win a family holiday to Jersey!

Onboard, representatives from Visit Guernsey, Jersey and St Malo tourism will be providing information about the destinations and competitions, alongside fragrance, beauty and confectionery samples from Condor Ferries Duty Free Shop. Visitors will also have the opportunity to book a half price day trip from Poole to the Channel Islands of Guernsey and Jersey.

Admission is free, all donations received will go to Poole Sailability.

To find out more visit www.condorferries.com (Wed 20 Jun 12)




A suspected arson attack has wrecked a doctor's surgery on Canford Heath in Poole.

Canford Heath Dr's Surgery destroyed by arsonistsDorset Fire & Rescue were called to the surgery in Culliford Crescent at around 0230hrs on Tuesday morning.

Dorset Fire and Rescue said the roof of the surgery was completely destroyed. The service said 40 firefighters were called to tackle the blaze, which is thought to have been started deliberately.

Incident commander Sean Frampton said: "Fire crews worked really hard to get this fire under control and limit damage to property.

"We had to call in our aerial ladder platform, based at Westbourne, and a water carrier from Christchurch to assist us in dealing with this severe fire."

Dorset Police is also investigating another fire in the shopping precinct overnight.

The surgery is now closed and patients with appointments are being advised to contact nearby Mitchell Road surgery.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Dorset Police >

(Tue 12 Jun 12)




Tower Park-based motor dealership Breeze Volkswagen has strengthened its support of events in Dorset by adding a unique road trip adventure, the Eurorally 33, to its partnership portfolio for 2012.

Organised by Charity Road Trips to raise money for a series of children's charities, the inaugural Eurorally 33 will kick-start in Wimborne on Saturday June 9 at 9am and will finish in Rome on Friday June 15. Breeze Volkswagen has branded a Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet GT and supplied the vehicle to the event organiser which will be used as a marshal car.

Nick Rees of Breeze Volkswagen hands over keys to the Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet to the organisers of the Eurorally 33, Charity Road Trips.From leaving the start line in Wimborne, the Volkswagen Golf will follow the rally throughout the seven day trip which will see the competitors visit Paris, Zurich, Bellagio, Portafino, Lucca, Siena and finally cross the finish line in Rome.

The Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet 1.4 TSI GT 160PS is finished in silver and is a fun open-top car. On sale in the UK since last September, the Golf Cabriolet combines familiar Golf features with a sportier look and an electrically powered fabric roof which can be folded away in just 9.5 seconds. With a strong engine and lots of standard kit, including front and rear parking sensors, climate control, automatic headlights and wipers, Bluetooth and front sports seats, the car will be ideal and comfortable for the organiser to use as a marshal car.

Ashley Platen-Mills, founder of Charity Road Trips, says: “We create unique adventures and our first-ever Eurorally is just one of the worldwide events the charity runs. Breeze Volkswagen join an ever growing list of corporate sponsors, both national and multinational, and we would like to thank Breeze Volkswagen for its support in providing us with a vehicle which will be used as a marshal car – an integral part of any race.”

Nick Rees from Breeze Volkswagen adds: “ We're very pleased to be supporting the first-ever Eurorally 33. It sounds an extremely exciting adventure, helping to raise important funds for children's charities, and we wish all drivers the best of luck.” (Sat 9 Jun 12)




Whilst the gales and rain are expected to shortly ease, there has been much damage left in their wake.

In Poole, scaffolding has collapsed onto a Sunseeker yacht along Poole Quay during a period of high winds. There has also been reports of trees being blown down, with one tree coming down on top of a van in Ferndown. The van's occupnats were lucky to escape injury as the tree brought down power lines in the incident. (Fri 8 Jun 12)




Ten crew members were rescued from a racing vessel, Magnum, which was taking part in this weekend's International Paint Regatta in Poole Bay on Sunday morning, following fire on board.

The incident happened just after 11.30am off Bournemouth. Other boats in the vicinity immediately came to the assistance of the vessel, before the RNLI arrived.

The fire was quickly brought under control and the boat was towed back into Poole. (Mon 4 Jun 12)




The FJB Watersports Academy, Sandbanks' premier watersports training facility, is set to host its' first-ever Dorset School Games Windsurfing Championships on Sunday May 27, from 1pm to 5pm.

More than 50 pupils, age 10 to 16, from seven schools across Dorset will descend on the Watersports Academy and go head to head in Poole Harbour, the second largest natural harbour in the world, in a series of windsurfing competitions for the chance to be crowned junior champion.

All students competing have been having lessons at the Watersports Academy during the past eight weeks and the emphasis of the event will be as much on enjoyment as good racing. A series of race courses will be mapped out in the harbour and racing will begin at 2pm. Pupils will be racing in teams of three and t here will be two classes of windsurfing, a 4.5 metre sail class for more novice windsurfers and a six metre sail class for the more proficient windsurfer.

Following the main race, a team relay race will commence at 4pm and the teachers will then go sail to sail and compete in their own race.

The top four teams will visit the Official Windsurfing Test Centre in Weymouth on the June 14 to have a tour of the Olympic Arena and meet past and present Olympians. The overall winning school will be awarded with a trophy and all participants will receive a medal when Bournemouth welcomes the Olympic torch on July 13.

Schools taking part will be Poole Grammar School, Poole High School, Blandford-based Bryanston School, Castle Court School in Wimborne, Highcliffe School in Christchurch and Bournemouth-based Avonbourne and St Michael's Schools.

Organiser and manager of the FJB Watersports Academy, Dave Hartwell says: “With 50 school children from across the region coming to take part in our inaugural School Games Windsurfing Championships this will be a great event. With the world's leading windsurfers coming to Weymouth this summer, we wanted to give youngsters the opportunity to take part in their own competition.”

The events takes place at The Watersports Academy, Banks Road, Sandbanks, Poole, BH13 7PS. The timetable of events is as follows:

Sunday May 27, from 1pm to 5pm.
Race timings:
13:00 – Registration
14:00 – Racing begins in Poole harbour
16:00 – Team relay race and teacher's race
17:00 – Prize giving

(Thu 24 May 12)



Berkeleys launches heritage property exhibition in Canford Cliffs, Poole, Dorset

Berkeleys has unveiled a local heritage exhibition in Canford Cliffs Village, Poole. The opening occasion was attended by Her Worshipful the Mayor of Poole, Councillor Mrs. Carol Evans, The Rt Hon. Robert Syms, MP and Councillor Mrs. May Haines, Canford Cliffs Ward along with over one hundred guests at the Harbour Heights Hotel.

The exhibition entitled, “Local History, Local Heritage: Canford Cliffs, Branksome Park, Sandbanks,” is hosted at Berkeleys offices. Historical imagery and photographs are on display, many dating back to the early 1900s. The main theme connecting the pieces is the celebration of local natural history and residential property architecture. The exhibition reflects on the lasting legacy left by these heritage assets today. Some photographs are revealed to the public for the first time. Properties with a historical story to tell are being featured in the exhibition. These were selected from the 1500 plus properties that Berkeleys has sold in the area over the past 21 years.

“Looking back through the history of this beautiful area, we realised that the heritage assets that drew home buyers to Canford Cliffs a century ago, hold very much the same allure today,” says Berkeleys Director, Adrian Black. “The chines, the pines, the gardens, the coastal landscape and the outstanding architecture – in particular 1930s Modernist and Art Deco buildings - all contribute to what makes this area so attractive and enduring.”

Berkeleys has teamed up with local historian Iris Morris and the Andrew Hawkes Poole Photographic Archive to provide these valuable insights into the local area. Iris Morris has published books on the history of Canford Cliffs and Sandbanks. Andrew Hawkes has amassed an exceptional archive of photography of old Poole and regularly publishes local area titles. Additional insights have been given by the Canford Cliffs Land Society, local Residents Associations and local residents.

“The Berkeleys team has a fantastic knowledge of the local area and looking through our own archives, we have been able to trace many of today's well-known residential buildings back to their original plots and architecture.” continued Adrian Black, “The exhibition begins with an insight into the sale of the first land plots for development in the late 1880s.”

The presentation of Berkeleys heritage exhibition is particularly poignant as it opens at a time when Poole Council seeks to develop a 25 year strategic plan for the future of the beaches considering leisure facilities and existing assets. The council has asked for ideas to increase income and private investment whilst conserving the natural beauty of the cliffs and seashore.

The exhibition, located at 1-3 Haven Road, Canford Cliffs, is open to the public and will run until mid-July, 2012. (Thu 24 May 12)





The Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts Club has descended on The Sandbanks Hotel this week.

Consisting of members from all over the world, the club has chosen to spend a week in Dorset for their annual rally and the hotel is hosting them.

Seventeen Rolls Royce, Bentley and E-type Jaguar cars on display at The Sandbanks HotelThe club will be touring Dorset's famous Jurassic coastline during their stay and the excursion will finish with a special gala dinner at the hotel on Friday May 25.

Tony James, rally organiser, says: "It is always challenging trying to decide where to take 17 cars for a week.  The Sandbanks Hotel has plenty of space for our cars and the team at the hotel have been very obliging in helping to arrange our trip.  Sandbanks is a beautiful location and is the perfect basis from which to explore the coastline, so it seemed a perfect choice.”

Seventeen Rolls Royce, Bentley and E-type Jaguar cars will be displayed in the hotel car park at various times during the stay and visitors are encouraged to come and see the cars and talk to any of the 34 owners. 

Philippa Thompson, general manager of The Sandbanks Hotels, adds: “It's great to be hosting the enthusiasts this week. Visitors to Sandbanks will need to keep their eyes peeled as there are sure to be some classic sights around the peninsula this week!” (Thu 24 May 12)





Four of Poole's award-winning beaches are once again celebrating the receipt of the prestigious Blue Flags as this year's winners are announced.

Beaches at Canford Cliffs, Shore Road, Branksome Chine and Sandbanks will once again be flying the exclusive Blue Flag, recognising them as some of the best in the world.

However, it is Sandbanks beach that is flying its Blue Flag particularly high as it is the first beach in the UK to receive the exclusive award for 25 years, since 1987. The beach will be presented with a special plaque to mark its tremendous achievements. (Wed 16 May 12)





A 17-year-old male cyclist has died after being involved in a collision with a car on the Holes Bay Road. The A350 Holes Bay Road was shut for several hours following the incident. (Fri 4 May 12)





PHC's patrol and workboats met Condor Vitesse at the Channel Buoy near Shell BayPoole Harbour Commissioners (PHC) assisted in Condor's 25th anniversary celebrations on Tuesday April 10 by escorting the arrival of the Condor Vitesse into Poole.

PHC has worked with Condor, providing harbour control support within the Port of Poole, since Condor sailed its first passenger service between the UK and the Channel Islands on 10 April 1987.

Jim Stewart, PHC chief executive, extends congratulations to Condor for reaching this milestone. He says; “We are proud to have welcomed Condor to Poole since the company started its ferry operations. We gave the Vitesse special attention as it entered the Harbour with water cannons from our patrol boats in acknowledgement of this significant achievement.”

PHC's patrol and workboats met Condor Vitesse at the Channel Buoy (near Shell Bay), then led it through the Harbour and into its berth within the Port. (Mon 16 Apr 12)




In a rather quiet manner, the Twin Sails Bridge was finally opened to traffic this morning.

Following delays caused by the failure of the road surface on the lifting leaves of the bridge, no doubt the unheralded opening of the bridge was welcomed by the Council and the contractors. (Wed 4 Apr 12)




It is believed that a stray firework caused a massive cliff blaze that spread rapidly through gorse opposite luxury flats at Canford Cliffs.

It took over 40 firefighters with 10 water jets to stop the flames at Canford Cliffs on Saturday night. The fire was blown along the cliff face and destroyed 500 square metres of gorse below Cliff Drive.

The fire was believed to have been started by a firework let off from the beach below. (Mon 2 Apr 12)




Dorset Police are questioning a man on suspicion of attempted murder after a gun was fired at a house in Rossmore Road, Poole.

A firearm was recovered fromthe property in Parkstone on Friday morning after officers had earlier cordoned off a bungalow.

A 51-year-old Bournemouth man is currently in custody as investigations continue.

Nobody was injured but police are appealing for anyone in the area with information about the incident at about 11:15am to come forward.

A Dorset Police spokesman said: "During the incident a firearm was discharged, however no-one was injured. A 51-year-old Bournemouth man has been arrested and the investigation is ongoing." (Sun 1 Apr 12)




The full route that the Olympic Torch will take around the country has been revealed. The full route can be viewed on the BBC website, for when the torch is in Dorset you need to view Days 55 - 57.

The torch will be travelling through Poole on Friday 13 July (Day 56) , before stopping in Bournemouth for an evening of Olympic celebrations. (Mon 19 Mar 12)





Dorset County FA have worked closely with the England Beach Soccer team and Poole Borough Council to create the first mainland Beach Soccer League in the Country, which will be starting in June.

England Beach Soccer team in action on Poole sandsWith the England squad now calling the Poole sands their home, and having the best beaches in the Country, it was only sensible to create a provision in the town. The construction of a second permanent pitch on the sands between Canford Cliffs and Branksome Chine by Poole Borough Council has helped make this dream into a reality.

The league this summer will run for six weeks during June and July, and is currently open to applications from teams, details of which are available at www.dorsetfa.com . This is a fantastic opportunity for the local area, whether teams are looking for an addition to their summer training programme, organisations/colleagues for staff bonding or a group of friends to make the most of this fantastic venue to play this great version of our national game.

In addition to the Poole Beach Soccer League it is hoped there will be many other Beach Soccer activities and events run in Poole throughout the summer in partnership between Dorset FA and England Beach Soccer. There are already plans to introduce women's and junior competitions in future years if the league proves a success this summer.

John Hawkins, Chief Executive of England Beach Soccer said; “ "We are absolutely delighted to be working so closely with the Dorset FA to develop the first ever County FA led beach soccer leagues and various events in Poole. For many years we've wanted to develop Dorset as a beach soccer mecca as it has the most stunning beaches and the Council, Dorset FA and the potential players here seem to have the appetite to create something very special. These initiatives are taking beach soccer in England to a new level, and will surely become the template for all good beach soccer development in the future".

Todd Govan, Football Development Officer at Dorset FA said; “ The Poole Beach Soccer League marks a massive step forward to achieving our vision, the provision of this alternative format of the game to engage more players, and officials, in the sport whilst utilising our fantastic local natural resources. Working with England Beach Soccer provides fantastic support and a pathway for all involved to progress in the game.” (Mon 19 Mar 12)




Following the discovery of cracks in the harbour wall in Weymouth, Condor Ferries temporarily moved operations to Poole in February.

Condor Ferries has confirmed today that sailings will be relocated from Weymouth to Poole until further notice. Feedback from Weymouth and Portland Borough Council indicates that the interim remedial works carried out by the council on the berth at Weymouth Port have not been successful and their advice is that the berth remains out of use

The fast service to the Channel Islands and St Malo, France, will operate from the port throughout the summer while the damaged harbour wall is repaired. (Tue 13 Mar 12).




The new Twin Sails Bridge has been hit by another setback – lumps of road surface falling off the lifting leaves.

An area measuring approximately 20m by 7m area needs to be pulled up and inspected, then the sections will be relaid. As yet, Hochtief (the main contractors) are unable to give a date for when the bridge will fully open to traffic and pedestrians. (Tue 13 Mar 12)




Two armed men entered the Spar shop in Upton Triangle, Poole, and threatened a member of staff on Thursday night.

Police are appealing for information after one of the robbers, who was behind the counter stealing cigarettes, exposed his face when a pregnant woman entered the Spar store. The woman completed her transaction and left. The men later fled with cigarettes and an undisclosed amount of money.

Police have released CCTV from the incident, including images of the gunman who removed his facial covering.

View the CCTV images on the Dorset Police website by following this link > (Sun 4 Mar 12)




On Wednesday 22 February 2012 the Borough of Poole are doing a little experimenting with Social Media which will see them ‘ tweeting ', ‘ facebooking ', using flickr and YouTube to highlight what the Council does and what the public are doing from 7am until 7pm.

There are many things they do as a council that they very rarely shout about. Most people will be surprised by the range of services they offer. As part of the event, the council is holding an online Q&A session with Councillor Elaine Atkinson, Leader of the Council, and John McBride, Chief Executive of Borough of Poole, between 3pm and 4pm.

To find out more and get involved follow them at #socialpoole, on Facebook , Twitter , flickr and YouTube .




Work on the new Twin Sails Bridge continues in readiness for it's opening to traffic . A brief video (available in HD) below shows the bridge lifting, to allow craft to pass through.



The new bridge will have its official opening ceremony on the 9 March 2012. This is the anniversary of the opening of Poole's current bridge which opened on 9 March 1927. A free two hour spectacular event will be held on the former power station site in Hamworthy involving music, singing, parades and much more. Due to the capacity of the site this will be a ticket only event. Further celebrations will continue on Poole Quay including music, street entertainment and a firework display at 9 pm.

People will be able to get their first close-up view of Poole's new Twin Sails Bridge on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 February 2012. The Mayor of Poole's Community Weekend will give people a chance to walk across the Twin Sails Bridge in a traffic-free environment before its official opening in March.

On Saturday 25 February, The Mayor Poole, Cllr Graham Wilson , will lead a civic procession from Poole Museum to the Twin Sails Bridge to watch its iconic lifting leaves being raised at 10.15 am. Once the 'twin sails' are lowered at 10.30am, the Mayor will cut a ribbon before leading the first group of invited local guests across the bridge and back again.

At approximately 11am, the Mayor will invite local residents to walk across the bridge, giving a fantastic opportunity for everyone to see their new bridge close up. The event finishes at 4pm.

As part of Saturday's special event, Poole Rotary Club will be offering residents the chance to buy a commemorative certificate for a minimum £2 donation, with all money raised going to local charities.

The Twin Sails Bridge will also be open to pedestrians to walk across on Sunday 26 February from 10am to 4pm. To mark the symbolic linking of Poole Town and Hamworthy, The Mayor is inviting people to form a human chain across the Twin Sails Bridge. The 'Hands Across the Harbour' event will take place on the Sunday at 1.30pm. (Sun 19 Feb 12)





Poole's long awaited second harbour crossing, the Twin Sails Bridge , will open to traffic on Monday 27 February 2012.

This landmark structure stretches across the Backwater Channel providing an additional road link for Poole Town and Hamworthy communities unlocking one of the largest regeneration sites in the South West.

The Twin Sails Bridge pictured during construction in October 2011

To celebrate the completion of this 20-month construction project a community weekend will be held on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 February 2012 on the Twin Sails Bridge before it opens to road traffic.

On the Saturday The Mayor of Poole and invited local guests will lead the first group to walk across the Twin Sails Bridge. The Mayor of Poole will then invite all local residents to participate in a walk across the bridge giving a fantastic opportunity to see their new bridge close up.

To mark this special occasion Poole Rotary Club will be offering residents the chance to purchase a commemorative certificate for a minimum £2 donation with all money raised going to local charities. The Twin Sails Bridge will also be available for residents to walk across on the Sunday.

An official opening ceremony will be held on Friday 9 March 2012. This is the anniversary of the opening of Poole's current bridge which opened on 9 March 1927. A free two hour spectacular event will be held on the former power station site in Hamworthy involving music, singing, parades and much more. Due to the capacity of the site this will be a ticket only event. Further celebrations will continue on Poole Quay including music, street entertainment and a firework display at 9 pm. (Tue 31 Jan 12)





A band of talented, local musicians has helped raise over £1000 for two Poole hospices. Broadstone Community Concert Band, which has about 45 players ranging in age from school children to the retired put on a charity musical extravaganza at Lighthouse, Poole's Centre for the Arts, just before Christmas.

Broadstone Community BandThe proceeds from the ticket sales have gone to benefit Forest Holme, a 10-bed hospice in Poole, which is dedicated to caring for patients with cancer and other life limiting illnesses as well as Lewis-Manning hospice in Lilliput.

The concert was the idea of band conductor Damon Corio and musical medic Dr Stephen Kirkham, a lead consultant in palliative care at Forest Holme and also a euphonium player with the band.

Broadstone Community Concert Band was founded in 1989. There is no formal playing standard to join – just a love of music. (Fri 27 Jan 12)





Broadstone Pantomime Productions are showing that the spirit of goodwill continues even after Christmas. This year, the group's lively production of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk' will be raising money for Poole-based hospice, Forest Holme, which enhances the quality of life of patients with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses.

Broadstone Pantomime Productions cast of  ‘Jack and the Beanstalk'This year sees the group, which is a non-profit organization, clock up its thirty second panto. Catharine Hutchings who helps produce the shows said: “We have decided to give to Forest Holme because a couple of us on the committee know about the support Forest Holme give to people at such difficult times in their lives. We are hoping the show will raise about £400 for the hospice.”

The show runs until 21 January at Broadstone War Memorial Hall, Tudor Road in Broadstone. Tickets can be bought from Hillier and Wilson Estate Agents at 188B The Broadway in Broadstone. (Thu 19 Jan 12)





2012 Speedo Open Water Swim Series Competition winner Ivor HewittWith the sport of open water swimming increasing in popularity by the day, it was no surprise to see hundreds of hopefuls register their interest in winning a free pass to every event in the 2012 Speedo Open Water Swim Series. Competition winner Ivor Hewitt will not only receive entry into each event, but will also get his hands on a brand new Speedo triathELITE wetsuit along with lots of other goodies and training tools from the official sponsors and partners of the series. Ivor was as surprised as he was delighted; “I haven't won a competition since I won a biggest smile contest at school when I was about 8 so I'm really happy!”

The 2012 Speedo Open Water Swim Series is formed of six events starting with a lake swim in Eton on the 27 May which features the ‘10k swimmers marathon' along with a number of shorter distances for those not ready for the full 6.2 miles. Following that is the brand new Women Only event on the 10 June, which will see Ivor donate his free entry to someone more suited to the female-only environment! After the two lake swims, the Series moves to the River Thames for three swims at Windsor on the 8 July, Hampton Court on the 15 July and Marlow on the 26 August. The Series finale takes place on the 16 September at Sandbanks in Poole with a sea swim in one of the most picturesque locations in the UK.

All six events in the Speedo Open Water Swim Series 2012 are now open for online entries at www.humanrace.co.uk where you will also be able to follow Ivor's progress as he swims the entire year! (Tue 17 Jan 12)




The annual New Year's Bath Race took place on Poole Quay this morning. Despite the overcast sky and rain showers, large numbers of spectators braved the weather and gathered for the start of the race at 11am.

Numerous teams in many varied and imaginative craft took part, with even a tractor taking part this year!

2012 New Years Bath Race on Poole Quay

As is often the case, some teams were in trouble before the start of the race, with the crews taking to the water as their craft either sank or overturned as they were "boarded" or sunk by rival teams.

Watch a brief video of this years event on YouTube in HD ...

(Sun 1 Jan 12)