Poole News Archive - 2013

 

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Bowling Club is ‘bowled’ over by support from Tapper Funeral Service - 1 Dec 13
Lemur Landings Wins Prestigious Netmums Award - 3 Nov 13
Dolphin shopping centre security officer honoured for his bravery when he saved a life - 28 Aug 13
Dolphin shopping centre rounds off its ‘Best of Poole’ events - 21 Aug 13
Burial ground shortlisted for annual bloom competition - 21 Aug 13
Pop-up outdoor cinema to return to Poole - 20 Aug 13
Free Pop-Up Open Air Cinema - 12 Aug 13
Surfs up at the Dolphin - 7 Aug 13
James Brown will host Charity Magic Night at The Haven Hotel - 6 Aug 13
Enjoy summer fun and games at Dolphin - 30 Jul 13
Free pop up cinema comes to Poole - 24 Jul 13
Dolphin shopping centre team raises £1,000 for charity at Poole Dragon Boat Race - 15 Jul 13
Dolphin sales soar as temperatures rise - 11 Jul 13
Team Dolphin to compete in Dragon Boat Race - 10 Jul 13
Poole ladies raise a staggering £70,000 for international water aid charity Just a Drop - 3 Jul 13
From Poole to Penguin Pool…Former Poole resident to star in ITV1 documentary - 2 Jul 13
The Mayor of Poole to officially open the Sloop on Commercial Road - 1 Jul 13
China's Dalian Wanda to buy Sunseeker - 19 Jun 13
Poole Harbour Commissioners welcomes Venture Cup Prologue powerboat race to Poole - 13 Jun 13
Poole Hospital trust faces Monitor inquiry into its finances - 10 Jun 13
Poole Harbour Commissioners sponsors 2013 Venture Cup Powerboat Race - 6 Jun 13
Poole Harbour Commissioners aim to attract more visitors to Poole Harbour - 28 May 13
Come by bus, train, bike, foot or however you like – Just DON’T DRIVE! - 28 May 13
BODY SHOP AT 'HEART' OF POOLE WITH NEW STORE CONCEPT - 25 Apr 13
POOLE PCC FORUM – RECRUITING MEMBERS NOW - 25 Apr 13
TAPPER TACKLES FLYTIPPING - 22 Apr 13
BAKE SALE COOKS UP A STORM FOR CHARITY - 9 Apr 13
MAN ARRESTED AFTER ALLEGED ARMED ROBBERY AT POOLE HSBC - 4 Apr 13
CHARITY BAKE SALE AT TOWER RETAIL PARK - 4 Apr 13
CAFE SHORE GOES INTO LIQUIDATION - 15 Mar 13
MAJOR FIRE IN POOLE - 12 Mar 13
POOLE HARBOUR - THE WORLD'S 1st PORT TO DELIVER 3D NAVIGATIONAL SAFTEY - 11 Mar 12
GENEROUS DONATIONS MADE TO POOLE HOSPICE - 24 Feb 13
'MELODIES FOR MEMORIES' EXPANDS IN DORSET - 16 Feb 13
POOLE DOLPHIN SHOPPING CENTRE SOLD - 12 Feb 13
POOLE SONY CENTRE CLOSES - 31 Jan 13
VANDALS DAMAGE GRAVES IN POOLE CEMETERY - 27 Jan 13
AMBULANCE CRASHES INTO GARDEN IN POOLE - 26 Jan 13
JULIA'S HOUSE CHECKS IN AS FJB COLLECTION CHARITY OF THE YEAR- 20 Jan 13
POOLE QUAY BOAT HAVEN AND PORT OF POOLE MARINA ENVIRONMENTAL CREDENTIALS ACKNOWLEDGED - 20 Jan 13
POOLE BUSINESSMAN LAUNCHES FAST TRACK SMALL BUSINESS MENTORING - 7 Jan 13
SANDBANKS HOTEL EVACUATED AFTER TOXIC GAS DRAMA - 4 Jan 13

 

Bowling Club is ‘bowled’ over by support from Tapper Funeral Service

Joint managing director of Tapper Funeral Service, Steven Tapper and Indoors Bowls Club Junior Vice Chairman, Alan BarlowTapper Funeral Service has agreed to continue its support for the Dolphin Indoor Bowls Club for a second year.

The sponsorship from the local funeral company means the bowling club can purchase new bowls for the junior section plus help with the longevity of the club’s quarterly members’ newsletter.

Joint managing director of Tapper Funeral Service, Steven Tapper, said: “We are pleased to be able to help contribute to local sport and in particular the Dolphin Indoor Bowls Club, it’s an invaluable asset to the community.” 

The Dolphin Indoor Bowls Club has more than 1,000 members, with their youngest member just 10-years-old and their oldest member 94-years-old.

Dave Porter, club manager at Dolphin Indoor Bowls Club, added: “We are delighted to partner with Tapper Funeral Service for a second year; it’s a privilege to be associated with a long-established firm.” (Sun 1 Dec 13)

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Lemur Landings Wins Prestigious Netmums Award

Lemur Landings has been voted as the South West’s favourite Soft Play venue for 2013 in the first ever national Soft Play Awards.

Soft Play Award Winner 2013The prestigious awards, run by the UK’s largest parenting site Netmums, saw over 1.6 million mums and dads eligible to vote for their favourite soft play venues across the UK.

The popular play centre and cafe was crowned the winning soft play venue for children in the South West, beating off fierce competition from a number of rival centres in Bristol, Bournemouth & Wotton-Under-Edge. Only 12 centres around the UK were deemed good enough to be regional winners.

Lemur Landings General Manager Pete Watkins said “We are delighted that after just a year of the centre being open as Lemur Landings we have won such a big national award. We’d like to thank all the local parents who voted for us. It is so exciting for the team, all our hard work has paid off.”

The centre will now receive a special certificate to display in their centre along with a three-month gold listing on the Netmums website, a site that has over a million users every week.

Awards Co-ordinator for Netmums, Nicola Lamond said; “We feel that this award is extra special as it is a 'mum's choice' award and acknowledges what a great job these centre’s do.”

Situated on Bournemouth and Poole’s premier entertainment complex, Tower Park, Lemur Landings is an empire of soft play for the Under 12’s; with a massive multi-level play frame; consisting of a multi-slide, bridges, tunnels, ball pools and cannons; a dedicated area just for toddlers; a super sensory area for the under 5’s and a climbing wall, children can run riot in a stunning environment whilst parents relax in the café.

If you would like further information on Lemur Landings please call 01202 740500 or visit the website www.lemurlandings.co.uk. (Sun 3 Nov 13)

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Dolphin shopping centre security officer honoured for his bravery when he saved a life

A security officer from the Dolphin shopping centre in Poole who saved the life of a male shopper has been honoured for his bravery.

Three years ago, Mike Tague, 46, jumped into action to rescue a gentleman who suffered a heart attack and collapsed in the centre.

He has been presented with an employee of the year award for his commitment and bravery in the line of duty at the first-ever CleanEvent annual conference held at the Walton Hall in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Mike witnessed the gentleman collapse on the CCTV and when he rushed to his aid his heart had already stopped. Prior to the arrival of the paramedics, Mike battled for nine minutes to save his life using the defibrillator.

Looking back on his heroic rescue Mike said: “When I arrived at the incident all my first aid training came to the front of my mind. I checked the man for vital signs and found he wasn’t breathing, it was then the adrenaline kicked in and I called for the defibrillator to shock him.”

Mike also promptly administered chest compressions before using his radio to call for the emergency services.

He added: "I am truly honoured to have won this award; it is great to be recognised for your hard work.”

Dolphin centre manager, John Grinnell, said: “With his personal and professional attributes, Mike assisted this person without reservation – and saved a life. The entire centre’s security staff are trained in first aid, but to be involved in saving someone’s life is a very rare occurrence. It highlights the importance of having basic medical knowledge. An incident such as this makes all the training worthwhile.” (Wed 28 Aug 13)

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Dolphin shopping centre rounds off its ‘Best of Poole’ events

The Dolphin shopping centre in Poole will be rounding off its free summer entertainment this Saturday (August 24) by hosting a vibrant arts event in partnership with Poole Lighthouse.

Its final ‘Best of Poole’ event will kick off at 11am and finish at 4pm with a selection of art and craft workshops on offer to families.

As well as free face painting and entertaining street dance performances, children can design and take home their own canvas, enter a competition to win a canvas from the centre’s Canvas Printing Company, plus shoppers can put their artistic talents to the test and help create a piece of community artwork.

Poole Lighthouse will also be offering children packets of ‘magic beans’ to grow their very own beanstalk in time for this year’s pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk, starring Debra Stephenson and Patrick O Kane.

John Grinnell, centre manager, said: “We’ve had a great response to the ‘Best of Poole’ events that the Centre has held throughout the summer holidays, it’s been fantastic to see families making the most of the free entertainment that has been on offer. I’m sure lots of shoppers will be in the Centre on Saturday for the final event with Poole Lighthouse.” (Wed 21 Aug 13)

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Burial ground shortlisted for annual bloom competition

Tapper Funeral Service’s Harbour View Woodland Burial Ground has been shortlisted as one of 80 national finalists from 2,000 entries in this year’s South and South East in Bloom competition.

The annual competition, which is sponsored by Southern Water, sees more than 1,000 cities, towns and villages across the south and south east showcase their achievements in environmental responsibility, community participation and horticultural achievement.

Last year Harbour View was presented a prestigious silver gilt award in the competition and this year the local funeral directors is hoping to win gold in the large cemetery category.

Steven Tapper, joint managing director at Tapper Funeral Service, said: “The team at Harbour View Woodland Burial Ground work incredibly hard maintaining the site. Last year we were only three points short of the 170 required for the top gold award, which is pleasing for a first-time entry.”

Harbour View is no ordinary burial ground or funeral facility; it is fortunate to occupy a position that enjoys a host of wildlife and nature along with dramatic views of the lagoon areas of Poole Harbour, the Purbeck Hills and Corfe Castle. (Wed 21 Aug 13)

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Pop-up outdoor cinema to return to Poole

Following its huge success back in July, Poole’s pop-up outdoor cinema is set to make a return this Friday (August 23) thanks to the Dolphin shopping centre and Poole Town Centre Partnership sponsoring the free event.

The open air cinema will take pride of place in Falkland Square and will screen a selection of Disney classics throughout the whole day with the following films being shown:

  • 9.30am – Bambi
  • 11.00am – Finding Nemo
  • 1.00pm – The Aristocats
  • 3.00pm – Toy Story
  • 5.00pm – Pirates of the Caribbean

John Grinnell, Dolphin shopping centre manager, said: “The last outdoor cinema event was a huge success and we received fantastic feedback. Not only is it a great way of giving shoppers a more varied experience, it also gives them a chance to relax and stay longer in the town centre.”

Shoppers will be able to enjoy the film on 20 colourful large bean bags which will be organised in the square as a dedicated seating area around the 18 square metre LED screen.

Jonathan Sibbett, chairman of Poole Town Centre Partnership, said: “We wanted to make Falkland Square a place to relax and spend more time. The new seating is part of our plans to use this area as a space for more events and develop Poole as a great town centre destination.” (Tue 20 Aug 13)

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Free pop-up open air cinema in PooleFree Pop-Up Open Air Cinema

Families made the most of Poole’s free pop-up open air cinema in Falkland Square on Friday July 26. The Dolphin shopping centre and Poole Town Centre have sponsored two outdoor cinema events; the next free event will take place on:

Friday August 23 with screenings of Disney classics. (Mon 12 Aug 13)

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Surfs up at the Dolphin

To coincide with National Marine Week (27 July to 11 August), the Dolphin shopping centre in Poole will be holding a free family event in partnership with the RNLI to celebrate the south having some of the UK’s best beaches.

On Saturday August 10 from 11am to 4pm, the centre will be filled with a collection of water-themed activities as part of its ‘Best of Poole’ summer entertainment.

As well as the RNLI displaying one of its rescue boats and providing demonstrations on how to stay safe out at sea, SUP Inflatables will be on hand to provide expert advice and product guidance on the latest watersports craze, paddleboarding.

There will also be an exciting have-a-go surf simulator competition with the chance to win a £30 Animal voucher.

For the younger children there will be face painting and Boots mascot, Sunshine Sam, will be in the centre offering shoppers advice on sun protection.

John Grinnell, centre manager, said: “We kicked off our summer entertainment on Saturday August 3 with Poole FC and Poole Pirates and it was a huge success. We have received lots of positive feedback towards the free events that we will be running throughout the summer holidays. There will be something for all the family to enjoy and I’m sure they will all be hugely popular.” (Wed 7 Aug 13)

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James Brown will host Charity Magic Night at The Haven Hotel

The FJB Collection is delighted to announce it’s biggest night in the ongoing series of events to help raise support for Skye Cowan.

Skye Cowan is six years old and lives in Poole. She is a bubbly and determined little girl who has Cerebral Palsy, Spastic Diplegia. Her family are trying to raise enough money for Skye to go to St Louis Children’s Hospital in Missouri, US, so she can have an operation called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy. This operation is unfortunately not available on the NHS.

‘Reach for the Skye’ are a series of events hosted at The Haven Hotel, Poole, to raise money for Skye Cowan’s operation. The FJB Collection are delighted to announce our biggest evening yet, ‘Magic Night’ on 15 August 2013.The night promises to be a fun-filled evening of jaw dropping magic, hypnotism and theatrical pickpocketing hosted by professional opportunist, James Brown.

James Brown has spent the past 20 years perfecting his skills as a world-class magician, pick pocket and hypnotist. His unique blend of sensory deception, sleight of hand and con artistry has made James one of the most sought after performers for both close up and cabaret. In recognition, the world famous Magic Circle awarded him the title of The Best Close Up Magician in the UK, a trophy he is quietly very proud of.

Whether performing cabaret or intimate close up, James blends the techniques of the magician, the hypnotist and the pickpocket into a mind-blowing experience for everyone. Unlike a traditional stage hypnotist James will never humiliate or offend but will take the audience on a sensational journey of discovery into the human mind.

FJB’s Group Revenue Manager commented: “The FJB Collection is pleased to be supporting Skye Cowan in her journey to St Louis Children’s Hospital. We are very excited about James Brown’s Magic Night and are honored that The Haven Hotel is hosting such an important event.”

The jaw dropping night is not to be missed! It will be held on 15 August 2013 at the Haven Hotel on Banks Road, Sandbanks. Doors open at 7.30pm, tickets are £5 and will go towards Skye’s operation, tickets can be purchased on the door.

If you would like to find out more about events at the hotel please call 0845 337 1550 or visit www.fjbcollection.co.uk . For further information about Skye and her operation, please visit www.helpfundskye.co.uk. (Tue 6 Aug 13)

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Enjoy summer fun and games at Dolphin

If you are looking for free ways to keep the kids entertained this summer, look no further than Poole’s Dolphin shopping centre for entertainment throughout August.

Each Saturday 11am to 4pm, up until Saturday August 24, the Dolphin will be hosting a series of family events highlighting the ‘Best of Poole’.

Kicking off with an array of sporting-themed activities on Saturday August 3, the Dolphin will be offering professional football coaching with Poole FC and an exhilarating shootout competition with a giant inflatable goal.

Poole Pirates Speedway team will also be in the centre with a display of its bikes from across the ages to mark the world famous team’s 60th anniversary.

John Grinnell, centre manager, said: “Throughout the summer holidays the Dolphin shopping centre is partnering with a number of local organisations, including the RNLI and Poole Lighthouse, to host some fantastic free events which highlight the very best of Poole. There will be something on offer for all the family, from face painting, to art and crafts workshops, to treasure hunts and a surf simulator.” (Tue 30 Jul 13)

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Free pop up cinema comes to Poole 

Get your bobby sock on and quiffs at the ready as Poole’s Falkland Square becomes the venue for free screenings of Grease on Friday 26 July.    

As part of innovative plans to entertain shoppers and celebrate the summer, the Dolphin Shopping Centre and Poole Town Centre Partnership have sponsored two pop up open air cinema events in Falkland Square. 

The first takes place this Friday with screenings of Grease showing throughout the day at 11am, 1pm, 3pm & 5pm.  Shoppers will be able to relax on 20 new colourful bean bag seating areas in the square and enjoy the film for free on a temporary 18 square meter LED screen. 

John Grinnell, Dolphin Shopping Centre Manager, said; “The pop up cinema is a great way of giving shoppers a really interesting more varied experience with a chance to relax and stay longer in the Dolphin Shopping Centre and Town Centre.  We hope it proves really popular and that visitors will enjoy it.”   

Jonathan Sibbett, Chairman of Poole Town Centre Partnership, said:” We wanted to make Falkland Square a place to relax and spend some time, the new seating is part of our plans to develop this area as a space for more events and develop Poole as a great town centre destination.” 

The next Poole pop up cinema will take place on 23 August with free screenings of Disney classics will take place throughout the day. (Wed 24 Jul 13)

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Dolphin shopping centre team raises £1,000 for charity at Poole Dragon Boat Race

The Dolphin shopping centre’s Poole Dragon Boat Race team has raised close to £1,000 for two charitable causes.  

Dolphin Shopping Centre team taking part in the Dragon Boat Races in Poole

The event, which took place in Poole Park on Sunday July 14, was in aid of Diverse Abilities Plus and Poole Hospital Charity. The 17-strong team, which comprised of Dolphin Centre management, retailers and security staff finished in the top ten.

John Grinnell, Dolphin centre manager, said: “The team had a great time taking part in the race, we couldn’t have asked for better weather and the atmosphere was fantastic. It’s extremely rewarding to know we have raised such a great amount of money for two worthy charities.”

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Dolphin sales soar as temperatures rise

The Dolphin shopping centre in Poole is reporting soaring sales on summer accessories as temperatures rise.

With the weather in Dorset hotter than Ibiza, Beales sold 149 pieces of beachwear and more than 50 paddling pools during the first weekend in July. 

The centre’s dedicated surf shop, Animal, also achieved a high number of sales selling 128 t-shirts and 66 pairs of flipflops.

Aside from clothing, Shakeaway, the milkshake and smoothie bar in Kingland Crescent, had a record weekend and helped refresh more than 600 customers with ice cold drinks.  

John Grinnell, Dolphin centre manager, said: “The weather has a huge impact on customer choices. We have waited a while to enjoy some sunshine and I think everyone is relieved to finally be making the most of it.” (Thu 11 Jul 13)

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Team Dolphin to compete in Dragon Boat Race

A team from the Dolphin shopping centre in Poole is gearing up to compete in this Sunday’s (July 14) Dragon Boat Race.

It’s the second year team Dolphin has competed in the annual Chinese boat race across Poole Park. Last year they raised almost £1,000 for Diverse Abilities Plus and Poole Hospital charity.  

The 17-strong team will comprise of Dolphin Centre management, security members and retailers.

John Grinnell, Dolphin centre manager, said: “The team has such a great time taking part in the race last year that we signed up again. Knowing that we are raising money for two such worthy charities in the borough makes the whole experience a rewarding one for all.”  (Wed 10 Jul 13)

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Poole ladies raise a staggering £70,000 for international water aid charity Just a Drop 

Poole’s most adventurous ladies, led by Wimborne resident, Kerry Seewooruthun, have just completed the Three Peaks Challenge – climbing the highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales – in order to raise funds for international water aid charity Just a Drop.  

Scarfel Peak summitThis will be another adventure to add to a growing list for Kerry and her team of ladies who have also climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Kenya, organised a Water Ball, jumped out of planes and fire-walked!   

Kerry was inspired to support Just a Drop after she met the charity’s President, legendary explorer, John Blashford-Snell. She says, “John asked me how much I was planning to raise for the charity and was rather taken aback when I said I was aiming to reach £100,000!”  

In fact, to date, the ladies have raised a staggering £70,568 for Just a Drop, and funded three water projects – two in Ecuador and one in Tanzania.  

“Every penny we raise goes towards changing the lives of people who do not have the simple but precious gift of water – something we all take for granted in the UK. On behalf of all of the ladies, I’d like to thank our friends and family, as well as the local community who have supported us, both in this challenge and throughout the time we have been supporting Just a Drop.”  

The next project to be carried out by Just a Drop, thanks to the money raised, will take place in Kasokela, Zambia later this year. The project will provide a borehole to a small, rural community.  Presently, families draw their water from contaminated wells, some distance from their homes.  As a result, there is a high prevalence in water-related diseases that mostly affects children under the age of five.  In addition, the daily 45 minute walk to collect the water disrupts time which would otherwise be spent in school or generating an income.  

Kelly Railton, head of fundraising at Just a Drop says, “We have been amazed and inspired by what Kerry and all the ladies have done to raise over £70,000 for Just a Drop.  They have put so much time, passion and dedication into every activity they have organised or taken on, not least in the Three Peaks Challenge they completed last week in very tough conditions.  The monies they have raised, and the support the local community has given, has meant we have been able to provide clean, safe water to three villages.  They really have saved and changed lives.  We can’t thank them enough for that.” 

The new borehole in Zambia will reduce the distance walked in search of water and the number of associated deaths from water-borne diseases, especially in young children, and it’s all thanks to Kerry’s dedication and drive. (Wed 3 Jul 13) 

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From Poole to Penguin Pool…Former Poole resident to star in ITV1 documentary

 A former pupil of Ashdown Technology College, Canford Heath, Poole, who is now head of the bird section at ZSL London Zoo has a starring role in new ITV1 documentary, The Zoo. 

Adrian Walls, formerly of, Belmont Road, Parkstone, appears in the three-part documentary which goes behind the scenes of the UK’s most iconic Zoo,  beginning on Wednesday 10 July at 8pm. 

Viewers will see Adrian in the first episode, being aired on Wednesday 10 July, where he’ll be introducing a new group of young penguins to the colony at ZSL London Zoo’s Penguin Beach exhibit.   

Adrian, who now lives just outside of London, started his career in bird keeping working at Merley Bird Gardens in Wimbourne, Dorset, where he spent nine years working from the age of 16 learning about birds. 

He now manages the large team of bird keepers at ZSL London Zoo in Regent’s Park, looking after more than 100 different species of birds, including the residents of England’s largest penguin pool, Penguin Beach.  

Adrian said: “I’ve had a lifelong passion for birds, and I just can’t imagine working anywhere other than ZSL London Zoo.  

“Having a film crew following you around takes some getting used to, but I love being able to talk about and share my dream job!” (Tue 2 Jul 13)

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The Mayor of Poole to officially open the Sloop on Commercial Road

The £150,000 transformation of the Sloop on Commercial Road in Poole is complete. The pub, which is owned by Dorset based family brewers, Hall & Woodhouse, will celebrate its official opening on Thursday 4 July where the Mayor of Poole, Councillor Philip Eades, along with other invited guests, will raise a glass to toast to the success of the pub. The pub will be open to the public from 7pm.

Paul Lavery licensee and Business Partner of the Sloop said: “I am delighted with the new-look of the pub and the customer response has been fantastic. People have been commenting on how much lighter, brighter and more welcoming the Sloop is as a result of the investment.

“There have been lots of new faces popping in as well as our regular and existing customer base which is encouraging. They’ve noticed the difference and are impressed with the outcome of the investment. For me, the stand out point is the garden area, which is really something special. Hopefully we will have some lovely weather where we will be able to show it off!

“The refurbishment has been taking part in stages, so we’ve been trading as and when we can but what has proved popular is our new Sunday carvery, which runs from 12-5pm and offers a selection of three roasts at any one time. There were lots of families here sampling the new carvery offer which was great to see.”

Matt Kearsey, Business Partnerships Director at Hall & Woodhouse said: “We are delighted to have invested this money into the Sloop. We see investing in our public houses as a key way to ensure our Business Partners success, and therefore our success. I am looking forward to attending the opening party on the 4th and seeing how the community enjoy the new look Sloop.”   

Along with the changes made to the building, Paul and his team have created a whole host of activity throughout the week including open mic nights on a Tuesday, karaoke on a Thursday and a DJ on a Friday. It’s not just entertainment that the team has got planned; they’ve also introduced some value for money food offers, including curry night on a Monday and steak night on Wednesday. 

The refurbishment has also brought about greater flexibility. The Sloop can now cater for large groups including private parties and weddings with a special partitioned area.

The pub also has the capability to play music late into the evening, so the Sloop will be popular amongst those looking for a night out as well as those early birds who will be able to enjoy breakfast.

The Sloop, Commercial Road, Poole, Dorset, BH14 0HU (T) 01202 986252

(Mon 1 Jul 13)

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China's Dalian Wanda to buy Sunseeker

One of the Sunseeker sites - Poole QuayDalian Wanda Group, a Chinese property developer, has said that it will spend £1bn ($1.6bn) to buy a British yacht maker and property in London.

Wanda will pay £320m for almost 92% of Sunseeker International, famous for providing yachts for James Bond movies, which is based in Poole. It was confirmed this morning by Dalian Wanda that it will acquire a 91.81 per cent shareholding in Sunseeker, with the remaining 8.19 per cent being taken on by Sunseeker management.

It has also been reported in the local press that  it has been promised that the day-to-day running of Sunseeker in Poole will be unaffected, with its 2,500-strong workforce keeping their jobs. The deal is set to be sealed by mid-August. (Wed 19 Jun 13)

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Poole Harbour Commissioners welcomes Venture Cup Prologue powerboat race to Poole

Local co-driver, Simon Wood-Power, from Christchurch, with team member Markus Hendricks and Stefan Whitmarsh, won the four-day racePoole Harbour Commissioners (PHC) award-winning marina, Poole Quay Boat Haven, was the final host venue of The Venture Cup Prologue Powerboat Race, which finished in Poole on Tuesday June 11.

PHC supported the esteemed powerboat competition by providing free berths at Poole Quay Boat Haven for the 11 powerboats competing, offering trailer storage and a lift out facility.

The marina also held a prestigious champagne event for the competitors, where the Mayor of Poole, Cllr Phil Eades, honoured the winning team.

Poole Harbour Commissioners chief executive, Jim Stewart, said: “Poole Harbour Commissioners were delighted to be able to offer its services for this year’s Prologue Venture Cup. The event was used by organisers as a warm-up and testing ground for next year's much larger and more ambitious Venture Cup London to Monte Carlo powerboat marathon.

The winning boat Cinzano“PHC is very keen to help promote and support these types of events taking place in Poole Harbour, as not only does it encourage a welcome to event organisers but it also brings increased business for the traders and businesses on the Quay and the town.”

Local co-driver, Simon Wood-Power, from Christchurch, with team member Markus Hendricks and Stefan Whitmarsh, won the four-day race with their powerboat, Cinzano.  (Thu 13 Jun 13)

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Poole Hospital trust faces Monitor inquiry into its finances

Poole HospitalPoole Hospital is being formally investigated amid concerns over its finances.

Health sector regulator Monitor will look into "significant financial pressure" predicted by Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Trust chief executive Chris Bown said he welcomed a discussion on the topic.

The hospital trust said it could face a deficit if a planned merger with the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch trust failed to go ahead. (Mon 10 June 13)

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Poole Harbour Commissioners sponsors 2013 Venture Cup Powerboat Race

Poole Harbour Commissioners (PHC) has shown its commitment to support the world’s longest, toughest and most prestigious powerboat competition, The Venture Cup Powerboat Race.

The inaugural Venture Cup Prologue, which concludes in Poole on Tuesday June 11, kicks off in the heart of London on Saturday June 8, after which the teams race to Southend and then along the south coast to Brighton before crossing the Channel to Guernsey.

The following days will see the fleet race around the Channel Islands to St. Cast in France, before crossing the finishing line in Poole where competitors will be greeted with a prestigious Champagne and laurels event at Poole Harbour Commissioners’ award-wining marina, Poole Quay Boat Haven.

As a sponsor of the Venture Cup Powerboat Race, PHC will be providing free berths at Poole Quay Boat Haven for the 11 Powerboats competing, offering trailer storage and a lift out facility.

Poole Harbour Commissioners chief executive, Jim Stewart, believes the event will be fantastic in bringing additional tourism to Poole. He said: “Poole Harbour Commissioners is delighted to be able to offer its services for this year’s Venture Cup. It is the ultimate race with all levels of adventure and it’s fantastic for Poole that the race is finishing here.

“PHC is very keen to help promote and support these types of events taking place in Poole Harbour, as not only does it encourage a welcome to event organisers but it also brings increased business
for the traders and businesses on the Quay and the town.” (Thu 6 June 13)

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Poole Harbour Commissioners aim to attract more visitors to Poole Harbour  

In a bid to attract more visitors to Poole Harbour, Poole Harbour Commissioners (PHC) has reduced the cost of short term harbour dues.

The new harbour dues for 2013 will be as follows:

  • Daily - £0.95 per metre will be reduced to £0.50 per metre
  • Weekly - £3.85 per metre will be reduced to £2.00 per metre

Poole HarbourPoole Harbour Commissioners received no external funding and the operation of Poole Harbour, which at 10,000 acres is Europe’s largest natural harbour, is funded from dues raised and other commercial activities.

Jim Stewart, chief executive for Poole Harbour Commissioners, said: “Following suggestions on how to attract new visitors to the Harbour, we felt it was important to review the cost of short term harbour dues. Harbour dues in Poole were already cheaper than most other comparable harbours on the South Coast – this initiative will we hope encourage even more visitors to the Harbour. 

“PHC work very hard to ensure a high level of customer service and we are always willing to listen to any suggestions that will help increase tourism in Poole.

“Poole is an ideal tourist location and with the enhanced Quay facilities set out in the PHC master plan, we will provide greater opportunities for visitors in the years to come.” (Tue 28 May 13)

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Come by bus, train, bike, foot or however you like – Just DON’T DRIVE!

On Wednesday May 29, the Dolphin shopping centre in Poole will be taking its green initiatives to new heights with the launch of its new community project, Don’t Drive Wednesdays.

Don't Drive Wednesdays Dorset’s largest indoor shopping centre is calling on the people of Poole to join forces to help reduce the town’s carbon footprint by using other transport options available to shoppers, tenants, staff and businesses.

The green campaign has been initiated in response to results from market research which the Dolphin commissioned Bournemouth University to undertake at the start of this year.
A total of 522 visitor surveys revealed:

  • 50 per cent of shoppers travelled to the centre by car
  • Two-thirds of shoppers (67 per cent) travelled less than five miles to get to the Centre

Dolphin centre manager, John Grinnell, said: “Since joining Dolphin in November 2011, I have been concentrating on looking at ways of saving energy and reducing carbon footprint with green initiatives.

“Given that Poole has a population of approximately 147,600, the impact on the local environment can be significant, especially in regards to CO2 emissions.

“The Don’t Drive Wednesday’s campaign is a big step in helping reduce Poole’s carbon footprint and we would encourage people to support this mission.”

more bus is supporting the campaign by offering a special Don't Drive Wednesdays bus ticket, which will only be available to download via their mobile app www.morebus.co.uk/app. For £3.50 passengers will be able to travel all day anywhere in Zone A.

The Dolphin has also bought a further 36 bicycle racks for the centre and partnered with Cycle Paths to offer a free bike MOT to everyone who comes to the centre by bike on a Wednesday.

Poole councillor, Xena Dion, added: “The Borough of Poole is committed to progressing sustainable transport and we believe encouraging people to leave their car at home, when possible, is the right way forward and even to increasing the provision of safer cycling routes and more efficient bus routes.

“We recognise, that for a number of people, car use is an essential mode of travel, but for those who have easy access to bus routes and who perhaps are not regular bus users we would ask them to ‘give it a go’!”

John concluded: “So remember, as of Wednesday May 29 if you are coming into Poole town centre, whether it be for work, to meet friends or to shop, why not try a new form of transport, instead of bringing the car.” (Tue 28 May 13)

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BODY SHOP AT 'HEART' OF POOLE WITH NEW STORE CONCEPT

The Body Shop is set to unveil its new ‘Pulse’ concept store on Saturday April 27 in the Dolphin shopping centre, Poole.

The new boutique aims to transform a routine shopping excursion into one that’s educational and representative of The Body Shop’s ‘Beauty with Heart’ mission by creating a space that’s more interactive for the customer.

To celebrate the opening, staff will be offering free consultation advice and makeovers, plus the first 100 customers will receive a goody bag.

An official ribbon cutting will take place at 10am with a representative from Naomi’s House and throughout the day the store will be holding a raffle and cake sale to raise money for the children's hospice.

John Grinnell, centre manager, said: “We are excited to see the new look Body Shop, the ‘Pulse’ concept has been greatly received at other shopping centres across the country and we are looking forward to re-opening the Poole store.”

Laura Muir, assistant manager of The Body Shop in Poole, said: “Customers can still shop for cosmetics, skincare and other products but they’ll be able to do so with the help of expert brand consultants, one-on-one consultations and makeovers.” (Thu 25 Apr 13)

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POOLE PCC FORUM – RECRUITING MEMBERS NOW

Police and Crime Commissioner for Dorset, Martyn Underhill, is looking for members to join his second forum which will take place in Poole on Friday 24th May 2013. It will run from 10.00am to 12.00pm at Alderney West Community Centre.

The Commissioner’s surgery will take place after the forum, from 12.30pm to 2.30pm. Mr Underhill is inviting members of the community to book a private twenty minute surgery session with him, to discuss any individual matters in confidence.

The PCC forum is open to any member of the community who has an interest in community safety, crime and policing.  This presents the community with an opportunity to raise local issues directly with the PCC.
Martyn Underhill said: “I am committed to achieving a forum which is truly representative of the Poole area and I welcome applications from all sections of the community.”

Susan Bickle, Community Engagement Officer for the PCC added: “The PCC forums are an ideal opportunity for members of the community to meet their Police and Crime Commissioner. It will give them an opportunity to have their voices heard and will actively contribute in making Dorset an even better place to live.”

To express interest in becoming a forum member or to book a surgery appointment, please contact Susan Bickle, PCC Community Engagement Officer on 01202 223743 or email susan.bickle@dorset.pnn.police.uk.

Visit the PCC website at : http://www.dorset.pcc.police.uk to find out more about the work of the PCC (Thu 25 Apr 13)

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TAPPER TACKLES FLYTIPPING


A mass pile of flytipping off Randalls Hill has been cleared thanks to the hard-working grounds men at Tapper Funeral Service’s woodland burial site, Harbour View in Lytchett Minster, Dorset.

Tapper  Funeral Service's groundsmen tackle flytippingTyres, bags, boxes and even a sofa were cleared from the public land that has been steadily piling up over the past few months, to the extent where the stream could no longer flow.

Tapper Funeral Service took on the responsibility to clear the site and even paid for a skip to be brought in to clear the rubbish.

Rachel Lawton, cemetery manager at Harbour View, said: “It’s horrible to see people are using this spot as a flytipping site. This area is fortunate to occupy a position that enjoys a host of wildlife and to see it being treated in this way is very sad. Our grounds men have worked tirelessly to clear the rubbish and we hope it remains tidy.” (Mon 22 Apr 13)

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BAKE SALE COOKS UP A STORM FOR CHARITY

 

Kind-hearted staff from Tower Retail Park’s Fabric Warehouse raised £222.00 for Diverse Abilities Plus at a charity bake sale on Saturday April 6.

For the duration of the cake sale two members of the Fabric Warehouse team, Allen Olde and Shaun Goodall rode static cycles to prepare themselves for their charity bike ride from London to Paris in September in which they hope to raise £3,000 for the charity.

For the duration of the cake sale two members of the Fabric Warehouse team, Allen Olde and Shaun Goodall rode static cycles to prepare themselves for their charity bike ride from London to Paris in September in which they hope to raise £3,000 for the charity. (Tue 9 Apr 13)

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MAN ARRESTED AFTER ALLEGED ARMED ROBBERY AT POOLE HSBC

A man has been arrested after a robber allegedly armed with a gun was chased by a passer-by from a bank in Broadstone, Poole.

The raider entered the HSBC bank in Lower Blandford Road in Broadstone, Poole, at about 09:40 BST, pointing a black handgun and demanding cash.

Dorset Police said armed police, a helicopter and dog units assisted in the investigation and a man in his mid 20s was arrested at an address on Commercial Road. They said nobody was hurt in the robbery.

Part of Commercial Road, in Lower Parkstone, was later sealed off and a car was towed away by police from a nearby block of flats. (Thu 4 Apr 13)

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CHARITY BAKE SALE AT TOWER RETAIL PARK


Kind-hearted staff from Poole’s Fabric Warehouse will be holding a charity bake sale on Saturday April 6 to raise money for Diverse Abilities Plus.

Staff at the Tower Retail Park store, based next to Tower Park Entertainment Centre, will be baking muffins, brownies, cupcakes and biscuits to sell on the day from 11.00am to 2.00pm.

All proceeds donated will go to Diverse Abilities Plus, the only disability charity in the county that supports children and adults and their families throughout their life.

For the duration of the cake sale two members of the Fabric Warehouse team, Allen Olde and Shaun Goodall will be riding static cycles to prepare themselves for their charity bike ride from London to Paris in September in which they hope to raise £3,000 for the charity.

There will also be a customer raffle and Ace Snack Bar will be providing tea and coffee. (Thu 4 Apr 13) 

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CAFE SHORE GOES INTO LIQUIDATION

From the Daily Echo 15 March 2013:

"The company behind a prestigious restaurant has gone into liquidation with debts of £404,000.

Cafe Shore Limited in Sandbanks has entered into insolvency proceedings as it owes £219,000 to the taxman and £185,000 to other creditors. Despite the liquidation the restaurant in Banks Road in Poole remains open as it is now trading under Cafe Shore Holdings Ltd. It is able to do so as the lease for the Banks Road property was owned by the holding company, which is now negotiating to purchase the furniture and kitchen equipment." (Fri 15 Mar 13)

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MAJOR FIRE IN POOLE

Buckholme Towers Prep School - seriously damaged by fireA fire which severely damaged the Buckholme Towers Preparatory School is likely to have been caused by an electrical fault, Dorset Fire & Rescue Service has said.

Crews were called to the school in Lower Parkstone, Poole, at 02:47 GMT, today, Tuesday 12 March 2013.. The fire was still burning four hours later. The main A35 route into Poole was closed during the morning rush hour as crews tackled the blaze and made the building safe.

No-one was injured in the blaze, which damaged the first and second floors. Dorset Fire and Rescue Service said the fire was not being treated as suspicious. (Tue 12 Mar 13)

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POOLE HARBOUR HAS BECOME THE WORLD'S FIRST PORT TO DELIVER 3D NAVIGATIONAL SAFTEY

Poole Harbour Commissioners has successfully commissioned a new navigation system making Poole Harbour the first port in the world to commercially adopt a 3D Vessel Traffic Monitoring System.

Harbour Master Captain Brian Murphy with the new C-Vu 3D navigational systemThe unique C-Vu technology is specifically tailored to present an accurate real-time 3D solution for increased navigational safety in ports and harbours.

The system offers a higher level of situational awareness thereby enhancing Poole Harbour Commissioners efficient safety operation of marine traffic within their jurisdiction.  

The technology provides complete flexibility in selecting viewpoints and perspectives, both above and below the water, of a vessel being monitored. It adds significant support in detecting dangers by employing collision and grounding predictions, assisting harbour control to monitor the spatial distance of moving vessels, particularly important during the rise and fall of tides.  

Data from the system can be stored for up to 10 years and played back in full detail at any time, enabling analysis of marine incidents and adding value in claims investigations.

Commenting on the organisation’s latest 3D VTS installation, Poole Harbour Commissioners harbour master, Captain Brian Murphy, said: “As guardians of Europe’s largest natural harbour, it is Poole Harbour Commissioners responsibility to ensure we consider the best technology available to deliver an even higher level of navigational safety.

We are thrilled with the new C-Vu system, its 3D display of critical vessel movement information has helped us to understand in amazing clarity and flexibility the reality of what is actually happening above and below the water. It is clear that C-Vu is setting the future standard for vessel traffic systems, and we at Poole are pleased to be an early adopter of this enhancement to vessel monitoring technology.”

GeoVS CEO, Alastair MacDonald, added: “We are delighted to have been chosen by Poole Harbour Commissioners to install a C-Vu® 3D VTS system in their vessel traffic management centre. The highly positive feedback following the installation has confirmed our ability to deliver innovative technology that enhances operational safety, productivity and efficiency.” (Mon 11 Mar 13)

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GENEROUS DONATIONS MADE TO POOLE HOSPICE

Tapper Funeral Service’s Outlook Bereavement Support programme has raised more than £200 for Forest Holme Hospice following its first social event of the year.

The generous donations were collected from a buffet lunch for widows and widowers at Parkstone Yacht Club.

More than 60 spouses descended on the yacht club’s lounge for the communal get-together which aims to provide support to those who have lost loved ones.

Steven Tapper, joint managing director at Tapper Funeral Service, said: “Outlook Bereavement Support aims to create new friendships and help foster local community support. Bereavement can be different for everyone so we wanted to create an environment which people can call upon when they wish, to allow them to work through their emotions at their own pace, but not in isolation.”

The programme, which is the first of its kind, holds free monthly events with a voluntary collection for a specific charity of choice.

For more information on Outlook Bereavement Support and opportunities to attend events, please visit www.bereavement-care.co.uk or call 01202 478887 or 01202 338535.

Follow Outlook on Facebook: www.facebook.com/outlookbereavementsupport for latest updates. (Sun 24 Feb 13)

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'MELODIES FOR MEMORIES' EXPANDS IN DORSET

Age UKs Dorchester and Bournemouth are in the process of launching their “Melodies for Memories” service at several locations in Dorset. These locations are as follows: Lyme Regis, Chickerell, Shaftesbury, Swanage, Wareham, Upton, Ferndown, and Highcliffe.

Melodies for Memories sessions will run every fortnight at a venue in the above 9 locations. These fortnightly sessions will give those people affected by memory loss, and their carers, the opportunity to meet others who share an enjoyment for music.

Music has been proven to be beneficial for retaining memory. Natalie Betts, Melodies for Memories music facilitator, said: ‘People can recall familiar music much later into life than other memories. It is great to encourage listening to music at home, but being socially active at groups like Melodies for Memories will help delay the progression of memory loss even more.’

Sessions will include activities such as warm up exercises, singing exercises, tongue twisters, group singing, instrument playing and discussion about music, using questions and visual aids. The Melodies for Memories sessions will cover different types of well-known music and themes, including, At the Movies, Swinging 60s and Rat Pack.

Yvonne Cable, Melodies for Memories Project Manager, said: ‘We aim to make the sessions as fun and informal as possible. It doesn’t matter whether you are musical or not, this is about promoting health and wellbeing for people with memory loss and equally for their carers, so please just come along and join us”.

Download the 'Melodies for Memories' information leaflet (40kb PDF) >

For more information on “Melodies for Memories” please contact Yvonne Cable, Project Manager, Age UK Dorchester/Bournemouth at :-Yvonne@ageukdorchester.co.uk. (Sat 16 Feb 13)

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POOLE DOLPHIN SHOPPING CENTRE SOLD

The Dolphin Shopping Centre in Poole  has been sold for £57.7million, it has been announced.

New owners Legal & General Property (LGP) bought the centre on behalf of its Managed Fund from Dutch firm Wereldhave. Wereldhave bought the centre at the end of 2010, and had been planning an ambitious rejuvenation scheme for the shopping centre. (Tue 12 Feb 13)

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POOLE SONY CENTRE CLOSES

The Poole Sony Centre and the Bournemouth branch have shut down after the company that owned them went into liquidation.

A notice has been put up on the door of the Poole branch explaining that the operating company DVID Ltd has gone into liquidation. (Thu 31 Jan 13)

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VANDALS DAMAGE GRAVES IN POOLE CEMETERY

Dozens of headstones at aPoole cemetery have been vandalised in an overnight attack.

Visitors to Poole Cemetery, on Dorchester Road, on Saturday morning discovered that graves had been desecrated and headstones pushed over. The vandals damaged about 25 graves and council officials have spent the weekend working to repair the damage and clear up.

Police are investigating and have appealed for witnesses.

A spokesman said: "This deliberate damage is needless and causes untold distress who have loved ones buried there.

"The police will do all we can to locate those responsible and bring them to justice." Officers are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward by calling 101 or Crimestoppers. (Sun 27 Jan 13)

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AMBULANCE CRASHES INTO GARDEN IN POOLE

An emergency ambulance responding believed to be responding to a 999 call, left the road and crashed through a garden fence in Longmeadow Lane, Creekmoor, at around 10.30pm Friday evening.

No other vehciles were involved in the incident and there were no injuries reported. (Sat 26 Jan 13)

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JULIA'S HOUSE CHECKS IN AS FJB COLLECTION CHARITY OF THE YEAR

The FJB Collection is delighted to announce that they will be supporting Julia’s House, the Dorset Children’s Hospice, as their chosen Charity of the Year for 2013.

2012 was a successful year for the Bournemouth & Poole based hotel group with fundraising efforts, such as family events and quiz nights, in aid of Julia’s House raising a total over £3000.

Julia's House logoFollowing on from this success, The FJB Collection are pleased to launch their Charity of the Year campaign for 2013, which coincides with the children’s hospice’s 10th year. Beginning this January, an extra £1 will be included on the bill for each room booked with the FJB Collection, which can be removed at a guests’ discretion. Leaflets in the rooms explain that the money is to support a local charity whose aim is to maximise and enrich the quality of life for children and young people with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions. 

Community Fundraiser Steve Mills from Julia’s House said: “We are thrilled to have the FJB Collection onboard. They have always been incredibly supportive of Julia’s House and­ this will give our difficult task of raising £3.3 million through 2013, our tenth year, a very welcome boost.”

FJB’s Group Operations Director Greg Giles commented: “The FJB Collection is pleased to be supporting Julia’s House over the coming year, not only providing a venue for future events but with the £1 a room donation objective. A number of the team recently visited the hospice in Corfe Mullen and returned determined to assist in providing the financial support required for Julia’s House to continue providing vital care for children with life-limiting conditions.”

The hotel group has an extensive calendar of events for 2013 already in place, with a selection of them in aid of Julia’s House. Members of staff are already planning sponsored events, such as participation in the inaugural Bournemouth & Poole Marathon so 2013 is set to develop an exciting and fruitful partnership.

If you would like to get involved with the campaign or attend any hotel events please call 0845 337 1550 or visit www.fjbcollection.co.uk for further information. (20 Jan 13)

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POOLE QUAY BOAT HAVEN AND PORT OF POOLE MARINA ENVIRONMENTAL CREDENTIALS ACKNOWLEDGED

Poole Harbour Commissioners’ (PHC) two marinas, Poole Quay Boat Haven and Port of Poole Marina, have been acknowledged for their environmental credentials and awarded ‘The Green Blue’ during this year’s Tullet Prebon London Boat Show.

On Wednesday January 16, Jim Stewart, chief executive of Poole Harbour Commissioners and Port of Poole Marina manager, John Binder received certificates for both marinas.  

‘The Green Blue’ is a joint environmental initiative created by the RYA (Royal Yachting Association) and BMF (British Marine Federation) to promote the sustainable use of coastal and inland waters by boating and watersports participants, as well as the sustainable operation and development of the recreational boating industry.

Jim Stewart, chief executive of Poole Harbour Commissioners, said: “We are very proud to have received this award from The Green Blue. John and his staff have worked tirelessly to help raise awareness of important environmental issues amongst our berth holders, so it’s great to see their efforts recognised.”

John added: “We are confident that we are doing the best we can to minimise our impact on the environment and to help our berth holders and visitors do the same.”

Backed by a site visit and audit by The Green Blue, notable improvements have included the installation of a pump out facility, clearly signed recycling facilities for berth holders, motion sensors to minimise energy and water wastage in shower block facilities, and secure waste oil and fuel storage. Berth holders have also received awareness raising information on a range of topics from marine litter, oil and fuel spills and non-native invasive species; as well as free fuel collars to help them prevent splashes and spills when refuelling.

Jane Swan, The Green Blue’s Project Manager commented: “We are delighted to present certificates to Poole Quay Boat Haven and Port of Poole Marina to recognise the positive steps they have taken to make their sites environmentally sound and sustainable. Over 100 organisations have registered with the toolkit and we have completed over 180 site visits to marinas, harbours and clubs using the Marine Toolkit as a guide and it is very encouraging to see so many now taking their environmental responsibilities seriously.”

To find out more about Poole Quay Boat Haven and Port of Poole Marina visit www.poolequayboathaven.co.uk (20 Jan 13)

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POOLE BUSINESSMAN LAUNCHES FAST TRACK SMALL BUSINESS MENTORING PROGRAMME

Poole based millionaire business owner Phillip Reynolds is urging ambitious entrepreneurs to get on board his Entrepreneur Express, a new mentoring programme designed to fast track small business owners to success.

Phillip ReynoldsThe programme is based on the experience Reynolds has gained in growing his computer software business, Oak Telecom, to an ISO quality accredited, award winning, unrivalled dominance of the telephone call management sector.

"I couldn't sit back any longer watching businesses owners fail when I knew I had the answers right at my fingertips that would help them manage and grow their businesses,” said Reynolds.

“Other mentoring programmes are almost always focused on marketing. Entrepreneur Express goes far beyond that and includes Business Building, Master Marketing and Talking Technology modules.”

The programme, which kicks off on January 1st 2013, will be delivered through a web portal, online seminars and webinars and at six annual conferences held across Southern England. With membership starting at £47 per month it’s also very affordable.

“At the heart of the UK economy are 4.6 million small business owners and this new programme has been created for them. Entrepreneur Express does exactly what it says on the tin, it shows people how to take the fast track to business success. I hope to help thousands of small businesses in the coming years and help the economy get back on its feet.”

Reynolds started off as a one man band working from his dining room. Today, Oak Telecom (www.oak.co.uk) has 45 employees and is not only surviving the recession but thriving, even seeing record sales as recently as November 2012. He now wants to share the secrets of his success with other budding entrepreneurs and business owners.

To find out more visit www.entrepreneurexpress.com (Mon 7 Jan 13)

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SANDBANKS HOTEL EVACUATED AFTER TOXIC GAS DRAMA

The Sandbanks Hotel was evacuated today and seven people treated by paramedics after a toxic gas incident at the Hotel.

The four-star Sandbanks Hotel on Banks Road was evacuated following the discovery of noxious chlorine gas around 10.45am. Some 50 people were evacuated from the 108-room hotel, and police put a 60m cordon in place while specialist hazardous materials firefighters using gas tight suits and breathing apparatus worked to make the building safe. The beach and the road around the hotel were also cordoned off for a time.

The hotel was finally declared safe and reopened to staff and guests shortly before 1.20pm. (Fri 4 Jan 13)

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