Poole News Archive 2014


Rock Choir to perform at the Dolphin Shopping Centre - 26 Nov 14

CBBC’s Ed Petrie lights up Tower Park Christmas tree - 25 Nov 14

Unique bags to go on sale at Dolphin Shopping Centre pop-up shop - 17 Nov 14

Christmas Santa Parade cancelled - 15 Nov 14

Local talent TARA FLANAGAN just one step from National Grand Final! - 14 Nov 14

A pedalling challenge for solicitors - 13 Nov 14

Arsonists strike at Upton Country Park - 11 Nov 14

PHC unveils Poole Harbour photographic exhibition - 28 Oct 14

Sandbanks Ferry Annual Refit - 28 Oct 14

New Christmas Grotto Experience - 18 Oct 14

Sunseeker plans to axe 300 jobs in Poole - 17 Oct 14

Towering Christmas tree planned for Tower Park leisure complex - 16 Oct 14

Buckholme Towers School and Nursery opens its doors to public - 14 Oct 14

Hamworthy Heating staff pedal over 440 miles in cycle challenge - 10 Oct 14

Patrick’s event catering reports boost in bookings in 2014 - 10 Oct 14

Local talent Tara Flanagan through to National singing competition ! - 5 Oct 14

Rockley Race for Julia’s House - 30 Sept 14

Something for everyone as Carter Community School opens its doors - 25 Sept 14

Patrick’s to host charity golf day in aid of Julia's House - 2 Sept 14

Student shopping night to return to Poole - 1 Sept 14

Condor Ferries relocate to Poole - 20 Aug 14

Poppy making workshop at The Dolphin Shopping Centre - 20 Aug 14

Cafe Shore closed by fire - 19 Aug 14

Thrifty shoppers flock to Poole's new charity shop - 18 Aug 14

Stars donate to charitable silent auction - 11 Aug 14

Pandora arrives at the Dolphin Shopping Centre - 7 Aug 14 

Patrick’s Bar and Restaurant in Poole to bring soul to the August bank holiday - 27 Jul 14

Mayor of Poole unveils ‘Portraits of Poole’ vinyl at the Dolphin Shopping Centre - 19 Jul 14

Harbour Lives returns to Poole for second series - 14 Jul 14

Coleman reach out to the community at Turlin Moor Luncheon Club - 8 Jul 14

A summer of live music at Patrick’s Bar and Restaurant in Poole - 3 Jul 14

Locals celebrate 100 year old Hamworthy Company Ltd heritage - 23 Jun 14

Competition winner snaps up iPad mini - Jun 14

FJB Hotels scoop two 2014 TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence - 27 May 14

Safety procedures tested by emergency services at Poole Port - 27 May 14

Super success for Wave 105 Cash for Kids - 14 May 14)

Hamworthy Heating staff commit to protecting Hatch Pond wildlife reserve in 2014 - 12 May 14

Dolphin Shopping Centre gets set for Poole Fashion Weekend - 10 May 14

Hamworthy Heating appeals for ‘memories’ as centenary approaches - 20 Apr 14

Competition winner snaps up Go Pro Camera - 28 Feb 14

Dolphin shopping centre chooses local charity to support- 12 Feb 14

Warning of further storms as debris cleared from last storm - 7 Feb 14

Gallery exhibition to celebrate the people of Poole - 6 Feb 14

Breeze Volkswagen encourage firms to nominate their rising stars for award recognition - 5 Feb 14

Hooley at the Haven Hotel in support of Wave 105’s Cash for Kids - 31 Jan 14

Port of Poole Marina voted the UK’s second best marina of the year - 24 Jan 14

It’s time to capture Poole Harbour’s spectacular winter wildlife - 22 Jan 14

Dolphin shopping centre awarded ‘family-friendly’ accolade - 21 Jan 14

Support group for parents of gay children to meet in Hamworthy - 21 Jan 14

LD Lines pledges support for Whale and Dolphin research in the Bay of Biscay - 18 Jan 14

Lemur Landings voted Dorset’s favourite Indoor Play Centre for 2013 - 9 Jan 14

Falkland Square evacuated after security alert - 6 Jan 14




Rock Choir to perform at the Dolphin Shopping Centre

Poole’s Rock Choir will be performing at the Dolphin Shopping Centre on Saturday November 29.

From 12.30pm, members of the 60-piece choir will entertain shoppers with a collective mix of festive music in the centre’s main plaza.

For further information on events taking place throughout December at the Dolphin Shopping Centre please visit: www.dolphinshoppingcentre.co.uk. (Wed 26 Nov 14)




CBBC’s Ed Petrie lights up Tower Park Christmas tree

CBBC presenter Ed Petrie delighted visitors gathered at Tower Park when he switched on the leisure complex’s 20ft Christmas tree.

(From L-R) Amanda Britton, CBBC's Ed Petrie, David Britton and Piers Brown celebrate the lighting of the Tower Park Christmas TreeDesigned by experts in Christmas décor The Christmas Decorators, the tree is a sparkling tower of lights reflecting the magic of Christmas.

Guests at the switch-on were also treated to a sing along carol session with children from the Centre Stage School of Dance and Performing Arts. Ed Petrie, who stars in this year’s Poole Lighthouse pantomime as Robin Hood, joined the children in singing a chorus of uplifting Christmas songs, including Jingle Bells and Disney’s popular ‘Let it Go’ from the smash hit film Frozen.

Managing director of The Christmas Decorators, David Britton, commented: “It was a joy to see so many people enjoying the tree and to have one of our installations switched on by CBBC’s Ed Petrie, who is a fantastic choice for Poole Lighthouse’s Robin Hood in this year’s pantomime.

“It was also delightful to hear the children from the Centre Stage School singing their Christmas songs in celebration. What a great way to start the merriest season of the year!”

Anne Joliffe of Tower Park said: “Nothing says Christmas quite like a tree, and with their vast experience, we knew The Christmas Decorators were the company to create our centre piece. It is beautiful and it was lovely to see the children singing away underneath it. We hope to extend the switch on activities and make even more of the event next year.”

To find out more about the services available from The Christmas Decorators please visit www.thechristmasdecorators.com and select ‘Dorset office’ from the contacts page, or call 01258 839194. (Tue 25 Nov 14)





Unique bags to go on sale at Dolphin Shopping Centre pop-up shop


Staff from Poole’s Marks and Spencer will be running a unique pop-up-shop at the Dolphin Shopping Centre on Wednesday November 19 to raise vital funds for local children’s charity, Gully’s Place Trust Fund.

Gully’s Place Trust Fund, which is run by Poole Hospital Charity, was set up in 2013 to support the 400 infants, children and young people in Dorset who have a life-limiting or life-threatening illness.

Volunteers from Marks and Spencer and Gully’s Place will hold a fundraising stand selling Christmas gifts and specially commissioned bags made by the deaf health charity, Sign It.

Sign It employs disabled people who make unique, one-off bags from donated scrap material. Poole’s Sunseeker is one of the organisations who regularly donate material.
Lin Sheppard, Marks and Spencer charity champion, said: “If you’re looking for a Christmas gifts these bags are the perfect present, they are truly unique and all the money raised will go towards Gully’s Place.

“Gully’s Place has been our charity of the year and our staff are very keen to do all they can to support young people. These children can have a short life expectancy and may not survive to adulthood, they may also need palliative care for weeks, months or years before they approach the end of their life, so fundraising initiatives like this are very important.”

Poole Hospital charity fundraising manager Pamela Bell, added: “This is a great collaboration by Marks and Spencer to support local charities and we are delighted to be working with them and Sign It to raise funds for Gully’s Place and to promote the great work that Sign It do providing employment for local disabled people.

“Marks and Spencer has already raised more than £1,500 for Gully’s Place this year.”
The Dolphin Shopping Centre’s dedicated bag shop, Bag Hut has also pledged to support the campaign. Following Marks and Spencer’s pop-up-shop, the Bat Hug has agreed to help raise funds by selling Sign It’s bags in store to support the project. (Mon 17 Nov 14)




Christmas Santa Parade cancelled

Years of Poole Christmas tradition has come to an end, after town centre chiefs decided to scrap this year’s yuletide Santa Parade on health and safety grounds.

TSanta arriving by Lifeboat in a previous yearhousands of residents, many of them young children, normally line the route from Poole Quay to the town’s Dolphin Shopping Centre, eager to catch a glimpse of Santa as he’s dropped off on the quayside by the town's lifeboat.

But this year, in a move condemned by many residents, Santa has been barred from making his town centre journey amid ‘safety concerns’.

Dolphin Shopping Centre manager John Grinnell explained: “Our Santa parade has been one of the most popular events in Poole, and we’ve loved putting it on every year.

“Sadly, however, we’ve become a victim of our own success. As we’ve seen the numbers swell every year, we’ve become increasingly concerned about the volume of people in such a confined space, especially around moving vehicles.


Earlier today, the Poole Lifeboat crew tweeted "Unfortunately we will not be delivering Santa to Poole Quay this year."


Read the full story and see the local's reactions on the daily Echo website >


Sat 15 Nov 14.





Local talent TARA FLANAGAN just one step from National Grand Final!


Tara Flanagan from Poole wowed the crowd and judging panel at the Open Mic UK Regional Showcase, and is now one step away from performing at the National Grand Final.


Thousands of hopefuls entered Open Mic UK nationwide and the best unsigned singers from across the country were chosen to perform at the live Regional Final shows. Tara performed in front of a capacity audience and professional judging panel in Fareham on Saturday 11th October. She performed an Original Song ‘Run Run Run’ which she has recently recorded at River Studios –a song which will feature on her debut E.P. which is due to be released next year. You can watch Tara’s performance here:



Feedback included ‘Can imagine this on the radio and being a potential hit as it has all the ingredients.’

Tara Flanagan from PooleTara is now set to perform at the Area Finals at Ferneham Hall in Fareham at 4pm on Saturday 29th November.  


Open Mic UK 2014 is the biggest search for unsigned talent in the UK, and travels the country every year. The competition is brought to you by Future Music. Over the years the competition and Future Music have discovered some of the best new talent and propelled them to the big stage, working closely with Sony, Universal, Warner and Syco.  Tara says “I am so thrilled to have got through to the Area Finals!  This is such a great experience and platform for aspiring Singer Songwriters like myself. I cannot wait for the Area Final!”


Events Coordinator and Head of Future Music Chris Grayston said “This is just one step from the Grand Final now! They have done so well so far, with this year’s standard being the highest I can remember; an extremely high standard of talent indeed!”


The Area Final Showcases will provide acts with the opportunity to impress many guests from the music and entertainment industry. In recent years the Grand Final has seen A&R representatives from the three major record labels – Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group and Universal Music Group all present.


Message Tara via Facebook if you would like a ticket  https://www.facebook.com/taraflanagan123?ref=aymt_homepage_panel


For more information go to the website www.openmicuk.co.uk, or better still come down and show your support! (Fri 14 Nov 14) 






A pedalling challenge for solicitors

Humphries Kirk staff who took part in the Rotary Dorset Bike RideA team of eight from Humphries Kirk, solicitors, completed The Rotary Dorset Bike Ride raising more than £400 for Cancer Research.

All funds raised from the September event went directly to Cancer Research, a charity which seeks ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.

The team, which included employees from the Humphries Kirk solicitors Bournemouth office as well as in Crewkerne, Swanage and Dorchester, cycled a total of 180 miles across the Dorset countryside.

Jackie Whitton, Swanage business development manager at Humphries Kirk, cycled 30 miles in the event. She said: “After taking part last year I was excited to be able to do it again and it’s great that more of my colleagues joined in.

“Cancer Research is a wonderful charity, it seems that everyone I speak to has been touched by cancer in some way and the money raised will help to fund research into a cure.”

Humphries Kirk provides legal expertise to private and commercial clients, with offices in Parkstone, Poole, Bournemouth, Dorchester, Crewkerne, Swanage and Wareham. The firm also has consulting rooms in Wimborne, Yeovil and London. (Thu 13 Nov 14)





Arsonists strike at Upton Country Park


Roman House at Upton Country ParkAn authentic reconstruction of an ordinary Roman citizen’s home in the UK has been destroyed in an arson attack, on the popular Roman House at Upton Country Park.


Police are currently investigating the matter as a malicious incident, the second such attack at the popular park in 16 months. A wooden harbourside bird hide was destroyed by fire in July 2013.


More details of the incident are available from the Daily Echo website >  (Tue 11 Nov 14)





PHC unveils Poole Harbour photographic exhibition


Following the success of its photographic competition with Bournemouth Daily Echo in 2012 and 2014, Poole Harbour Commissioners (PHC) has unveiled a unique gallery exhibition of 50 images representing the diversity of Poole’s beautiful harbour.


The exhibition is now open to public at the Top Floor Gallery on the second floor of the Lighthouse and will run until Saturday November 15.


Category 3 - Professional Photographer winner - Andrew ThorneResponse to the competitions was so significant that PHC felt that running an exhibition with some of the photographs was a natural extension to showcase the images to the local community.


The photographs capture all aspects of harbour life, from boating, watersports and commercial port activities to wildlife and fishing. The high quality submissions are from local residents of all ages and backgrounds, and highlight the delicate balance between nature and human activities, which PHC seeks to achieve through its day to day work.


Jim Stewart, chief executive of the Poole Harbour Commissioners, says: “The harbour must be one of the most photographed beauty spots in Dorset and we know everyone locally will have a different perspective of it.  As well as involving the community, this exhibition shows the different ways people enjoy Poole Harbour, from sailing to walking and of course through art and photography. We are grateful to everyone who took part in our competitions and feel that these photos show the balance between the humans and wildlife that all share this special area.”


The exhibition is open every Tuesday to Saturday from 11am till closing. Entry is free of charge; however the gallery maybe closed at times for private events. (Tue 28 Oct 14)





Sandbanks Ferry Annual Refit


Sandbanks FerryThere will be a refit to the ferry in 2014 which is planned to start during week commencing 3rd November. It is expected that the ferry will be out of service for 4-5 weeks with all efforts being made to keep the inevitable disruption to the minimum and return to service as soon as possible.


The last service will be at 11.10pm on Sunday, November 2, and the Bramble Bush Bay chain ferry – which crosses the entrance to Poole Harbour between Sandbanks and Shell Bay – will then be towed to Southampton the following day for work to begin, weather permitting. (Tue 28 Oct 14)





New Christmas Grotto Experience

Profits benefiting Fernheath Play Charity - Opening 27 November 2014

The Ark logoPoole-based family attraction, The Ark, has unveiled plans for an exciting Christmas Grotto in Poole Park, which will delight children in more ways than one.


The Ark will transform Poole Park’s cricket pavilion into a magical winter log cabin, home to Father Christmas and his elves from 27th November to 24th December 2014. Funded by The Ark, the grotto is operating as a not-for-profit initiative, with all profits benefiting Fernheath Play, the Bournemouth-based charity which provides specialist free play and short play breaks to fully able and disabled children.


Billed as an enchanting, quality, Christmas Grotto experience, The Ark is hoping to put the magic back into Christmas for local youngsters. Children visiting the grotto will meet Father Christmas and his elves, receive a special gift and enjoy a supervised craft activity such as creating magical reindeer food.


Sarah de Lisle, owner, said: “The Ark has quickly built a reputation for providing first class family entertainment in the beautiful surroundings of Poole Park. We’re delighted to be hosting a dedicated festive grotto in the park’s cricket pavilion this year after working closely with the council in what is a natural evolution for us. We’ve enjoyed a fantastic first year at The Ark and our aim is to deliver the same quality offering at our Christmas attraction; providing an authentic, magical experience for children and adults to cherish, whilst raising money for a worthy local cause.”


The Ark opened in December 2013 following an investment of more than £1.4million by local couple Richard and Sarah de Lisle. Since opening, it has become one of Poole’s most popular family destinations, highly regarded for its impressive facilities including a bespoke soft play area, café, ice cream parlour and ice skating rink.


The Ark Christmas Grotto: tickets cost £12 per child. Pre-booking is essential.
For further information, visit www.thearkpoolepark.co.uk. The Ark, Poole Park, BH15 2SF


Open 10am – 6pm 7 days a week* *Except 25 Dec Closed, 26 Dec 10am – 4pm, 1 Jan 10am - 4pm  (Sat 18 Oct 14)





Sunseeker plans to axe 300 jobs in Poole


Luxury local yacht maker Sunseeker International has announced it could shed up to 300 jobs in Poole by Christmas.

Sunseeker factory on Poole QuayThe shock news came on Friday afternoon as bosses told staff the outcome of a "strategic review aimed at increasing efficiency".

The company – which employs around 2,500 people in the town – says it is streamlining ‘non-core’ activities and investing in bringing new models to market more quickly and insisted it was "100% committed" to continuing UK production.

In 2013, Chinese property developer Dalian Wanda Group paid £320m for almost 92% of the company, famous for providing yachts for James Bond movies and celebrities including Eddie Jordan and Nigel Mansell. (Fri 17 Oct 14)


Read more about this breaking story at the Daily Echo website: http://bit.ly/1rJ7Rfj





Towering Christmas tree planned for Tower Park leisure complex


Guests visiting Tower Park this winter will be awed by a new, giant Christmas tree designed especially for the complex by festive experts The Christmas Decorators.

A previous commission by The Christmas Decorators Used by celebrities such as Coleen Rooney and Mariah Carey, The Christmas Decorators offer bespoke indoor and outdoor Christmas decorations for homes and businesses.

Tower Park’s specially designed tree is planned to be over 20ft high and will stand proud amongst the complex’s other attractions such as the Splashdown water park and swimming pool, Empire Cinema, Bowlplex tenpin bowling, kids soft play, bingo and range of restaurants.

Based in Shaftesbury, the family-run, new regional branch of The Christmas Decorators is manned by David and Amanda Britton and Piers Brown, who are experts in Christmas theming from nostalgic Victorian themes to glittering winter wonderlands with lights, garlands and wreaths.

Managing director, David Britton, commented: “We were delighted when Tower Park Entertainment Centre asked us to design an extraordinary Christmas tree that would take guests’ breath away. We happily accepted that challenge and are looking forward to unveiling our sparkling spectacle to the people of Poole.”

Anne Joliffe of Tower park says: “Nothing says Christmas quite like a tree, and with their vast experience, we know The Christmas Decorators is the company to create our centre piece.”

To find out more about the services available from The Christmas Decorators please visit www.thechristmasdecorators.com and select ‘Dorset office’ from the contacts page, or call 01258 839194. (Thu 16 Oct 14)





Buckholme Towers School and Nursery opens its doors to public

Buckholme Towers School and Nursery, an independent preparatory school in Lower Parkstone, is set to open its doors to the public on Saturday October 18.


From 10am to 12pm, families will have the opportunity to have a guided tour of the school, which is in its 75th year, and to meet the headmaster and teaching staff.


IBuckholme Towers headteacher, Iain Robertsonain Robertson, headteacher at Buckholme Towers School and Nursery, said: “Our open morning is an opportunity to see the school in a less formal setting. Our friendly and knowledgeable prefects and staff will be on hand to show people round, while doing their best to answer any queries.


“Local parents who wish to find out more about the school and discuss the opportunities available at Buckholme Towers are welcome to attend.”


Based on Commercial Road, in Poole, the school is currently offering a limited number of scholarships to internal and external candidates at entry to Years 3, 4 and 5. The school is renowned for its small class sizes and excellent examination results to grammar and secondary schools in the area.


Buckholme Towers School and Nursery provides education for children from two years and nine months up to 12 years old. For more information please call the school on 01202 742871 or visit www.buckholmetowers.co.uk (Tue 14 Oct 14)






Hamworthy Heating staff pedal over 440 miles in cycle challenge

Hamworthy Heating staff racked up an impressive 442 miles in a local cycle challenge designed to encourage employees to get fit and help the environment.

From left to right: Matt Jewell, Naomi Sneade, Rachel Dewar saddled up for the Momentum Cycle Challenge.Matt Jewell, Naomi Sneade and Rachel Dewar, who all work at the commercial heating solutions firm in Poole, swapped car journeys for cycle rides to work as much as possible throughout September after signing up to the Momentum Cycle Challenge.

The free competition inspires teamwork, inviting colleagues to encourage each other to sign up and contribute to the number of miles cycled by employees as a whole. Miles cycled by staff are logged online, with prizes for the companies recording the most miles in a month.

Matt Jewell, who banked an impressive 180 miles on behalf of Hamworthy Heating, said: “Riding a bike is a great way to start the day, it wakes you up and it helps the environment, so everyone’s a winner.

“At Hamworthy Heating, we are encouraged to be environmentally aware. Staff are able to take time in their working day to help collect litter at our local beauty spot, Hatch Pond, and we also helped to plant trees in Tuckers Field, a public natural green space in Hamworthy.”

For more information about Hamworthy Heating’s sustainable energy solutions for commercial businesses and the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility work, please call 01202 662500, email sales@hamworthy-heating.com, or visit www.hamworthy-heating.com. (Fri 10 Oct 14)





Patrick’s event catering reports boost in bookings in 2014  


Patrick’s Restaurant, Bar and Event Catering in Poole has reported an increase in popularity for its event catering service during 2014. Bookings have doubled since autumn 2013, and with enquiries coming in thick and fast for next year, the Ashley Cross establishment is confident that 2015 will be another successful year.


Patrick Michael, owner of Patrick’s, said: “The current trend in the food industry is to keep dining relaxed and simple. Here at Patrick’s we can offer a more laid-back style of catering including barbeques and hog roasts. People seem to like the idea of grazing, rather than sitting down to a set menu.”


He added: “We provide bespoke menus for each individual client, whether they require a simple buffet for an office meeting or elaborate canapés for a wedding.”


In order to provide the best possible event catering experience for its customers, Patrick’s works closely with a variety of local businesses and suppliers, including hog roast company Tasty Pig and its regular restaurant suppliers.


Looking ahead, the restaurant is hoping to work on building more close relationships with producers and suppliers, in order to benefit each other. The team will also offer their pop-up barbeque catering at local events including Wimborne fireworks display, a fireworks display at Castle Court school and at next year’s Party In The Park.


Patrick’s is open every day from 10am for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For more information on future events and offers go to www.facebook.com/Patrickspoole. (Fri 10 Oct 14)





Local talent Tara Flanagan through to National singing competition!


Open Mic UK18 years old Tara Flanagan from Poole has made it through to the Regional Finals of the prestigious OPEN MIC UK singing competition and will now be performing in the live showcases of the competition at Fareham Hall in Ferneham on Saturday 11th October at 4pm.


Thousands entered, but Tara made it through the audition stage and will now take part in a live head-to-head battle alongside the best talent in the region, performing in front of hundreds of audience members and a music industry judging panel in their bid to win a place at the National Grand Final.


Tara Flanagan from PooleOpen Mic UK 2014 is the biggest search for unsigned talent in the UK, and travels the country every year in search for the UK’s best singers, singer-songwriters.   Over the years the competition and Future Music have discovered some of the best new talent and propelled them to the big stage, working closely with Sony, Universal, Warner and Syco.


Tara auditioned for Open Mic UK last year and made it all the way to the Southern Area Final. This year she competes again, this time singing some of her own songs. Tara says “I loved Open Mic UK last year, it gave me great performing experience and I was so pleased to get to the Area Final!  I’ve been working hard over the past year, singing at various events, and writing and recording my own music.  I’m currently recording my first E.P, which I am ecstatic about! Fingers crossed the competition goes well for me!”


Tara’s been singing seriously since the age of 10.  She has competed in competitions such as the Worldwide Competition Music Immersive, Talentcall and Starsensations where she has been a Grand Finalist.  This summer she sang at the Bournemouth Food and Drink Festival.  Judges feedback from her Open Mic UK audition included – “Great vocal/ guitar combination”.   Tara’s E.P is due to come out early 2015!


For more information go to www.openmicuk.co.uk, or better still come down and support your local talent performing! Tara will be performing on Saturday 11th October, Ferneham Hall, Fareham at 4pm. You can purchase tickets from the website, on the door subject to availability, or from Tara Flanagan.  Give her a ‘like’ on Facebook and message her for details! (Sun 5 Oct 14)






Rockley Race for Julia’s House

This coming weekend the Dorset coast will host the second Bournemouth Marathon Festival which will see a team from family-run watersports company, Rockley take part in the half marathon to raise money for Julia’s House.

Rockley recently announced the Dorset based children’s hospice, Julia’s House as the company charity and the half marathon is the second event of the year that is being used as a fundraising opportunity for their chosen cause.

The team of eight, made up of Rockley MD, staff and friends and ranging from first time distance runners and experienced racers, will complete the half marathon which takes in both Boscombe and Bournemouth Piers.

Pip Woods, Managing Director of Rockley commented: “We are really looking forward to Sunday and especially to be running for Julia’s House. We are dedicated in our drive to do as much as we can to support them and the fantastic work they are doing.”

Rockley supporters will be based at the Riva Café in Southbourne where runners will pass at the three, five and seven mile sections, and also at Bournemouth Pier for the finish. You will be able to spot the team among the hundreds of runners taking to the streets on Sunday, look out for their bright blue Rockley/Julia’s House running vests.

Rockley  bike teamA recent 50 mile bike ride, half marathon, 100 mile bike event in the New Forest and Novembers’ Bitter Beast are all part of Rockley’s aim to do more together to stay healthy and fit and raise funds for Julia’s House*.

* To support the Rockley team, donate to the Julia’s House charity and find out more about their fundraising efforts go to www.justgiving.com/teams/rockley (Tue 30 Sept 14)






Something for everyone as Carter Community School opens its doors


From science experiments and geography challenges to sports demonstrations and art workshops, there’s something for everyone when Poole’s Carter Community School opens its doors to prospective students and their parents on Thursday 2nd October.


Carter Community School - Pupil and teacherBased in Blandford Close, Hamworthy, the school’s Acting Principal Ms Sam Davidson, students and staff (including the Year 7 team) will be on hand to welcome visitors, providing guided tours and the opportunity to see the curriculum brought to life through a variety of exciting demonstrations.


Activities include a photo booth and print workshop, Geography ‘Under Pressure’ challenge, weird and wonderful science experiments, free food samples in the dining hall and a variety of sports demonstrations.


Commented Ms Davidson:


“Choosing a secondary school is such an important decision. Evenings such as this provide an opportunity for children and their parents who are currently making that choice to see for themselves the wide variety of learning that goes on at Carter on a daily basis. Being able to talk to children who are already at the school, meet teachers and experience what goes on in our classrooms means they get a real feel for why our students so enjoy their learning here".


*Carter Community School’s open evening is held on Thursday 2nd October, starting at 5.45pm with an address from Ms Davidson at 6pm. (Thu 25 Sept 14)






Patrick’s to host charity golf day in aid of Julia's House

Patrick’s Restaurant, Bar and Event Catering in Ashley Cross will be hosting a golf day on Tuesday September 30 at Broadstone Golf Club in aid of Julia's House, the Dorset hospice which is dedicated to helping children with life-limiting conditions.


Patrick’s to host charity golf day in aid of Julia's HouseThe fundraising event is open to anyone who’d like to support the charity and includes a full day of activity from 9.30am. The price is £65 per person (Broadstone members £30.00) and includes a bacon bap and coffee and a three course dinner at Patrick’s. In addition, there will be prizes for the winning teams of four.


Patrick Michael, owner of Patrick’s Restaurant, Bar and Event Catering, said: “We are happy to be able to support such a worthy charity and hope the golf day will be a lot of fun for our customers who join us.”


There are limited spaces available for the golf day. Call Patrick Michael direct on 07890 441317 to book.


Patrick’s is open every day from 10am for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For more information on future events and offers, go to www.facebook.com/Patrickspoole. (Tue 2 Sept 14)






Student shopping night to return to Poole


Owing to popular demand, Poole’s Dolphin Centre will be holding its second student shopping night on Monday September 29.


In partnership with Student Shopping UK, the Dolphin Centre will be throwing open its doors from 6pm to 9pm to exclusively welcome students from across the region. 


Some of the biggest high street brands, including Topshop, New Look, Primark, River Island and Body Shop will be offering exclusive discounts, giveaways and competitions for one night only.


As well as all of this there will be free samples from Subway, plus local pubs and bars, an eight lane scalextric track and live music throughout the night from Bournemouth and Poole's Dance and R&B station, Fire Radio, will be taking to the decks.

Centre manager John Grinnell said: “Last year more than 2,000 college and university students from across Poole and Bournemouth helped us launch the Dolphin Shopping Centre’s first-ever student shopping night. The event was a huge success, with retailers taking up to half of their usual day’s takings within the first hour of the event. This year will be even bigger and better and we look forward to welcoming more students to the centre.”

For more information, and to pre-register online for a wristband, visit http://studentshoppinguk.com/events/poole (Mon 1 Sept 14)






Condor Ferries relocate to Poole


Condor Ferries will transfer its service to the Channel Islands to Poole, because its previous base at Weymouth cannot cope with the new, larger high-speed Austal 102 vessels.


Condor will still operate their current Vitesse vessel from Weymouth until Easter next year. The company will run the new high-speed service from Poole starting in the spring 2015, after coming to an agreement with Poole Harbour Commissioners. (Wed 20 Aug 14)






Poppy making workshop at The Dolphin Shopping Centre


A storytelling theatre company will be holding a free poppy making workshop for children and families at the Dolphin Shopping Centre on Saturday August 23 to commemorate the centenary of World War I.


Valise NoireFrom 11am to 1pm, Poole-based company Valise Noire will be hosting a dynamic workshop called ‘Poppy Fields’ which will be held in the ground floor unit next to Thorntons.


The Poppy Fields project incorporates the making of thousands of poppies while children are told stories of the First World War as seen through the eyes of two Red Cross nurses.


Centre manager John Grinnell said: “Poole played a significant role during the First World War and we believe it’s important children learn and help commemorate the centenary. As a theatre company, Valise Noire uses a unique way that incorporates storytelling and craft to help entertain and educate. Poppy Fields is a fantastic project and we are delighted to be able to host the scheme at the shopping centre during the school holidays.” 


Valise Noire was founded in 2011 and is a storytelling theatre company that creates, tells and interprets stories by bringing performance and visual art together. It received £10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the Poppy Fields project, part of which aims to make thousands of poppies to be part of a performance at Green Park on Saturday August 30 and culminate in an exhibition at Poole Lighthouse in October. (Wed 20 Aug 14)






Cafe Shore closed by fire


Cafe ShoreFire has severely damaged the Cafe Shore restaurant in the exclusive peninsula of Sandbanks in Poole, Dorset. Both the bar and upper restaurant at Cafe Shore on Shore Road were damaged and the peninsula was cut off while crews tackled the flames.


At one point, there were eight fire engines at the scene, as well as support vehicles, and those living in neighbouring properties and flats above were evacuated.


All staff and diners were evacuated safely and there were no reported injuries. Manager Emily Davies said an electrical fault was believed to be to blame and it was not clear when the business would be able to reopen. (Tue 19 Aug 14)





Thrifty shoppers flock to Poole's new charity shop


Shoppers in Poole had their first chance to do some bargain hunting in the new Salvation Army Trading Company Ltd (SATCoL) charity shop as it opened its doors at 78 High Street on Tuesday 29 July.


The new Poole Salvation Army Charity ShopAfter a special opening ceremony with The Salvation Army’s local Corps band in full swing, the shop’s team of staff and volunteers welcomed a crowd of customers.

SATCoL Area Manager, Sally Walters, said: “The response from local residents has been fabulous – we’re really delighted with how the shop has been received. We even had people knocking on the door whilst the shop was being fitted, eager to come in. The shop offers a large selection of stock and we really value the custom of the local community. We also greatly appreciate any spare time that people may have to volunteer with us.”


The shop sells everything from clothes and accessories to books and household items and opening sales from the shop’s first day of trading raised over £1,000. Profit from the shop contributes to The Salvation Army to help fund its valuable work throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland – including homelessness and addiction services, care for older people, help at emergency incidents and support for adult victims of human trafficking in England.


Customers at the new shop’s opening were also offered one of SATCoL’s innovative loyalty cards. The free ‘re:ward’ card rewards customers each time they spend £5 in the shop or donate their unwanted items using one of the shop’s reuseable ‘re:bags’. Each time a customer spends £5, one side of their re:ward card will be stamped, with 10 stamps entitling them to a £5 credit to spend in the shop. On the other side of the card is the reward scheme for donations, which works in conjunction with a re:bag – a reusable black, white and red bag that can be bought at the shop for 99p. Each time a re:bag is brought into the store full of donations, a stamp to the value of £2 will be given.


If you are interested in volunteering at the Poole shop please visit the shop at 78 High Street, open Monday to Saturday 9am – 5pm, or call 01202 675981 for further information.

For more information on SATCoL charity shops visit www.wear2shop.co.uk (Mon 18 Aug 14)






Stars donate to charitable silent auction


Celebrity Silent AuctionMany stars of the stage and TV have shown their support for a silent auction that is raising funds for two local Dorset charitable organisations; JAIO Art which supports and gives opportunities to young creatives  through an art scheme that encourages skills growth and development in visual art and theatre.  The other organisation to benefit is Poole based Julia’s House Children’s Hospice which is the only children’s hospice charity in Dorset dedicated to helping life-limited children and their families across the county and in South Wiltshire.


Lavish Life in Westbourne is promoting the silent auction which has seen high profile stars such as Amanda Holden, Helen Mirren, Torvill and Dean and Flavia Cacace donate personal items.


Amanda Holden who was brought up in Westbourne has donated a size 8 Kyri dress and Richard Shah shoes. 


Dame Helen Mirren who was awarded best actress at the Laurence Olivier Awards for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in The Audience has donated a signed print and a pair of gold LK Bennett evening shoes and a signed photo.


Ice skating stars, Jane Torvill and Christopher Dean, OBE showed their willing support by donating 2 signed photos.


Fans of Strictly Come Dancing will be able to bid for Favia Cacace’s signed ‘Midnight Tango’ beige Latin shoes with diamonte clasp.


All the items are listed on www.jaioart.co.uk and bids can be made by sending an email to jaio07@fastmail.fm


The items are open for bids until the end of August at which time there will be a buffet event in Lavish Life, located in the historic arcade in Westbourne, where successful ids will be announced.  Details of the event will be posted on the web site. (Mon 11 Aug 14)





Pandora arrives at the Dolphin Shopping Centre


Luxury jeweller Pandora has confirmed it will be opening a new store at the Dolphin Shopping Centre. The new signing is the latest in an on-going plan for the Dolphin Centre to attract to new brands to Poole.


The Pandora boutique has signed a 10-year lease and will be positioned next to Thorntons. The prime retail unit will undergo a refit to unveil an 1100 square foot concept store, which is scheduled to open in mid-September.  


John Grinnell, centre manager, said: “This new retail letting is exciting news for both Poole and the Dolphin Centre shoppers.


“Over the next 12 months we have a number of new developments taking place and with Pandora joining the scheme it means we can continue the trend of bringing new names to the town. Adding Pandora to our retail offering is further evidence that retailers are favouring Poole as a shopping destination and have confidence in the Dolphin Shopping Centre.”


Dan Shaw, VP of Retail for Pandora added: “We are thrilled to announce the opening of our new store in Poole. As a Danish brand aimed at women of all ages, the new store embodies a Scandinavian, feminine design and acts as the perfect setting for our beautiful hand-finished jewellery.” (Thu 7 Aug 14)






Patrick’s Bar and Restaurant in Poole to bring soul to the August bank holiday


Local musician Paul Kinvig, is set to showcase his eclectic talent this August bank holiday weekend at Patrick’s Restaurant, Bar and Event Catering, with an intimate acoustic set inspired by greats such as James Taylor, George Michael, Hall & Oates, Paul Carrack and Mike and the Mechanics.


Paul KinvigA singer/songwriter with more than 20 years’ experience, Kinvig writes songs that combine great melodies with meaningful, descriptive lyrics.


Patrick Michael, owner of Patrick’s Restaurant, Bar and Event Catering, said: “For those wanting to listen to some great homegrown music during the August bank holiday, Paul Kinvig is the man to see.


“His solo acoustic concerts are intimate events where he relates the stories behind the songs, interspersed with cover versions done with a real twist. Kinvig is a real musical talent not to be missed.”


Paul Kinvig will perform at Patrick’s on Sunday August 24, from 9-11pm. For more information on future events and offers call 01202 734000 or visit www.facebook.com/Patrickspoole. (Sun 27 Jul 14)






Mayor of Poole unveils ‘Portraits of Poole’ vinyl at the Dolphin Shopping Centre


An artistic shop vinyl, which fills the window of a vacant unit on Falkand Square, has been unveiled by the Mayor of Poole, Councillor Peter Adams.


The new shop window vinyl in situThe new vinyl showcases the talent of students at the North Light Centre for Art and Design. The project is the result of a close collaboration between the Borough of Poole and Bournemouth and Poole College in a bid to capture the diverse range of people living and working in the area. The photos are shot at a selection of iconic Poole settings and events.


The images were initially showcased in February at a week-long exhibition at the Dolphin Centre and following such positive feedback they have now been incorporated into a more permanent display.


Centre manger of the Dolphin Shopping Centre, John Grinnell, said: “At the Dolphin Centre we are so pleased to have facilitated this exciting project. It’s great to see the students work creating such positive, modern images of Poole.”


The Mayor also expressed his thanks at those who had made the project possible, he added: “We are so thrilled that the Dolphin Shopping Centre has given us the chance to show these images in a new and innovative way. We would like to  offer our thanks to the people who facilitated the project including John Grinnell and the Dolphin Centre for hosting the display, Brie Logan the inspiration behind the project, the student photographers, Design Print Internet who produced the vinyl for us, and of course, those who had their photos taken.”


More of the photos can be seen online at : https://www.flickr.com/photos/poolepeople


(Sat 19 Jul 14)





Harbour Lives returns to Poole for second series

This week sees the return of Harbour Lives, presented by Ben Fogle.


Ben returns to the Dorset coast to catch up with the diverse mix of people living and working around Britain's biggest natural harbour, Poole. In the first episode, he joins a former lawyer on an early morning hunt for lobsters and finds out why he swapped a high-flying city job for life at sea. A local astrophotographer then takes Ben to one of Dorset's most iconic landmarks - Durdle Door - to attempt to capture the natural limestone arch in complete darkness, before the presenter discovers the secret behind the mining of one of the most important building blocks of Britain - Portland stone.


This new series of 8 episodes starts this Thursday, 17 July and can be seen on ITV at 8.30pm. (Mon 14 Jul 14)




Coleman reach out to the community at Turlin Moor Luncheon Club

Turlin Moor Luncheon Club in Poole opens its doors every fortnight to host a lunch event which is to support vulnerable adults and older people in the area.  The popular event is hosted by St Gabriel’s Church in Turlin Moor and partnered and sponsored by Poole based charity, Prama Care.  It is proving so popular with local residents that it is getting booked up in advance each time!

The Luncheon Club recently made an appeal through its sponsor, Prama Care, for the need to fundraise to buy some much needed new equipment. 

Poole based Coleman Insurance Brokers willingly stepped up and donated £500.  The Luncheon Club had no difficulty in deciding how the money would be spent and used it to purchase a dishwasher.

Reverend Pam Goddard from St Gabriel’s Church said, “I am thrilled that Coleman has chosen to support this local charity. The dishwasher will definitely be put to immediate use and will make life much easier for our volunteers at the Club!”

Steve Risk, Director of Sales and Marketing at Coleman Insurance Brokers added, “Coleman love to help local community charities and it is good to see how much value and support this particular organization is adding to its local community. The work they do is truly excellent.”

Anyone wishing to find out more about Turlin Moor Luncheon Club is urged to contact Steve and  Lin steveloveitt@hotmail.com or local community worker Paula Wade p.wade@poole.gov.uk (Tue 8 July 2014)





A summer of live music at Patrick’s Bar and Restaurant in Poole

Patrick’s Restaurant and Bar in Ashley Cross is inviting its customers to support the south coast’s local bands, by attending the venue’s live music events this summer.


With a line-up of great gigs booked for the summer months, including a Bank holiday set by veteran singer songwriter Paul Kinvig, Patrick’s is ensuring the menu of live music is eclectic and will appeal to everyone.


Salamander lead singer Daniel WastellRock and pop band Salamander will be playing twice in July and promise to shake up the ‘Status Quo’, with a fantastic mix of covers from bands such as Robert Palmer, Thin Lizzy and Status Quo, combined with a selection of more modern hits from the likes of Kings of Leon, Snow Patrol and Razorlight.


This will be followed with a gig by musical duo Innocent Bystanders in August. Offering a unique sound, the band comprises Scottish singer Selina Hunter and pro-guitarist Frank Smithland.  Finally, Paul Kinvig will complete the summer’s gig and showcase his song-writing talent reminiscent of greats such as James Taylor, with an intimate acoustic set in late August.


Patrick Michael, owner of Patrick’s Restaurant, Bar and Event Catering said: “Nothing says ‘summer’s here’ better than the sound of live music, and the Patrick’s team and I are looking forward to an exciting line-up of gigs here in July and August.”


For more information on future events and offers call 01202 734000 or visit www.facebook.com/Patrickspoole. (Thu 3 Jul 14)




Locals celebrate 100 year old Hamworthy Company Ltd heritage

Dozens of local residents have joined together to celebrate the 100 year old heritage of the world renowned Hamworthy Engineering Company.


Hamworthy Heating and Wartsilä (formally Hamworthy plc) as well as John Zink Hamworthy (formally Hamworthy Combustion), were each born out of the world renowned 'Hamworthy Engineering Company' founded on Poole Quay in 1914.


While three other sectors of the original Hamworthy company were sold and moved location, the Poole- based Hamworthy companies are still very much part of the Poole community*.


Over 70 guests, including the Mayor of Poole, Fred Dinenage MBE and long serving members of Hamworthy Heating celebrated the 'Hamworthy Company' centenary at an event hosted by Wartsilä (formally Hamworthy) Water Systems.


Guests were treated to a presentation and an exhibition of company memorabilia, which included information collected during a recent appeal for memories by Wärtsilä and Hamworthy Heating in celebration of their hundred-year-old roots.


Technical Director at Hamworthy Heating Ltd, Bob Walsh, said: "The Hamworthy Company's success story is one we are very proud to be a part of and we are inviting the local community to share that pride by sharing their memories of the company with us, because it is their story as much as ours.


"I'm sure if Hamworthy's founders Percy and Sidney Hall could see how their legacy has grown from one company on Poole Quay to over three global companies with worldwide renown, they too would be incredibly proud" Bob said.


The memories appeal has seen three generations of local residents share stories about their own experiences with the Hamworthy Company, as well as those of parents and grandparents, giving a rich insight into how the people of Poole lived in decades past.

Stories have included a couple who met as colleagues at Hamworthy Engineering and got married on March 1, 1980,  a gentleman who rowed Hamworthy staff across Poole Harbour to work in the morning and that during 1968 the ladies' toilet couldn't be used if the tide was high. 


In response to the memories appeal, Alan Burridge of Upton described his father's surprise on being met by Nazi soldiers when exiting the Hamworthy Company canteen on one occasion in the 1960s:


Alan said: "Canteen facilities were provided, and Dad had lunch there during the week. The canteen was, I believe, on the first floor, and he and a work colleague walked out of the door after eating to go down a set of steps to ground level. Both Dad and his colleague were veterans of World War II, so you can imagine their surprise when they saw 'snow' everywhere, and uniformed German soldiers with helmets and rifles.

"They spent a minute or so looking at one another in disbelief, in what appeared to be something of a time-warp, until they walked further on, and saw the bustling activity of a film crew.


"The soldiers were 'extras' and the 'snow' was salt, to make the area look like Norway, as part of the Kirk Douglas and Richard Harris World War II film, 'The Heroes of Telemark.'

"At that time, West Quay Road had a railway track and a small steam train, which was used for shunting, and the film makers needed a small clip of the train, snow, and soldiers for the film."


On the DVD, which is still available and sometimes shown on TV, it seems to be the one clip which was not filmed in Norway itself, and is a nostalgic reminder of Poole during that now long-lost era."


It is hoped the memorabilia and memories will be exhibited at Poole Museum in the near future. Those wishing to submit stories and memorabilia can still do so by emailing ellie@lizleanpr.co.uk or connecting with Hamworthy through the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/hamworthy100 - which already includes photos and stories from over the years. (Mon 23 Jun 14)




Competition winner snaps up iPad mini


Prize winner Molly Tasker ith PHC Harbour Master Brian Murphy and the winning photographFollowing its photographic competition at the start of the year, Poole Harbour Commissioners (PHC) has awarded its final competition winner, five-year-old, Molly Tasker.

PHC’s Harbour Master, Brian Murphy, presented Molly with an iPad mini after she submitted a photo as part of the competition’s under-21 category. 

Molly, who owns a Nikon camera, said: “I love taking photos in Sandbanks, especially of the chain ferry. This prize is fantastic and I can’t wait to show everyone in my class.”  (Jun 14)




FJB Hotels scoop two 2014 TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence


Recognised as Top Performing Hotels as Reviewed by Travellers on the
World’s Largest Travel Site.


The four star rated, Harbour Heights Hotel on Sandbanks, Poole and the Chine Hotel in Bournemouth, part of the FJB Hotel Group, today announced that they have both received TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence awards. The accolade, which honours hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide.  Establishments awarded the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the world and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on the website.


FJB Hotels are a family owned collection of four individual and luxurious hotels positioned along the beautiful South coast of England in Bournemouth and on Sandbanks in Poole. Winning the awards for the Group was Bournemouth based, The Chine Hotel; a three star establishment secluded in acres of beautiful gardens and only a few minutes’ walk from Bournemouth beach. Also scooping the prize is the Harbour Heights Hotel; a boutique style four star awarded hotel located in Sandbanks, Poole.


When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honorees that takes into account reviews ratings.  Businesses must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, volume and recency of reviews. Additional criteria include a business’ tenure and popularity ranking on the site.


John Butterworth, Managing Director of FJB Hotels commented,

“There is no greater seal of approval than being recognised by one’s customers. Winning TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence for two hotels within the group is a huge source of pride and motivation for our entire dedicated team. On behalf of the Chine and Harbour Heights Hotel we’d like to thank all of our past guests who completed reviews.”


“TripAdvisor is pleased to honour exceptional hospitality businesses for consistent excellence,” said Marc Charron, President of TripAdvisor for Business. “The Certificate of Excellence award gives top performing establishments around the world the recognition they deserve, based on feedback from those who matter most – their customers. From Australia to Zimbabwe, we want to applaud exceptional hospitality businesses for offering TripAdvisor travellers a great customer experience.” (Tue 27 May 14)




Safety procedures tested by emergency services at Poole Port

A realistic scenario of a potential crisis incident was re-enacted at the Port in Poole, hosted by Poole Harbour Commissioners in conjunction with Condor Ferries, Borough of Poole, and all the emergency services.


The exercise was a first for Poole where three emergency situations were tested in succession: evacuation of a ferry, full decontamination, and survivors’ reception centre.


actors from The Casualties Union as passengers of Condor Ferries being briefed by a serviceman from Dorset Fire and Rescue with information about their pets (a 'hypothetical' tarantula was inside the yellow bag)36 actors representing the passengers on board a Condor Ferries vessel were sourced by the Casualties Union, a voluntary organisation which works with the emergency services. Two dogs also played their roles, including one assistance dog. More than 160 people were involved in the scenario overall from Poole Harbour Commissioners staff to representatives from the local authority, Dorset Police, Dorset Fire and Rescue, and South West Ambulance Service.


Dave Laut, Poole Harbour Commissioners’ safety and security manager, said: “This exercise has been an important test of how well all these relevant organisations can come together and handle a potential crisis in Poole Harbour. We have all learnt a significant amount. The Casualties Union provided us with a true perspective of the potential fears experienced by passengers and were prepared to go to any length to follow the process, even undergoing full decontamination in the ‘pop up’ showers, including the dogs! We are extremely pleased with the results of the exercise; our collective goal is to maximise safety and to ensure the most efficient response to any potential incident in Poole Harbour.” (Tue 27 May 14)




Super success for Wave 105 Cash for Kids


The Wave 105 Cash for Kids team are thrilled to announce that following its superhero fundraising day more than £10,000 was raised for disadvantaged children across the south.


Wave 105 Superhero presenters and teamWave 105 Cash for Kids joined forces with a host of Tesco Express stores, schools, businesses and Wave 105 listeners across Dorset and Hampshire who all dug out their best superhero fancy dress to help fundraise and support the initiative.


Wave 105 Cash for Kids charity manager, Gloria Hill, added: “We are totally overwhelmed by the support we received for our first ever Cash for Kids Superhero Day – it was a huge success!


“We all had a fantastic time donning our fancy dress and our presenters also made a huge effort. We had Super Ted, Batman and Mighty Mouse out on the road across the area visiting those who were fundraising.”


Wave 105 Cash for Kids believes that all children across the region should have the chance to live life to the full and reach their individual potential. The charity supports thousands of children from birth to 18 years old who are ill, disabled, underprivileged or who simply need extra care and guidance. This is done by providing grants to individual children, other children’s charities, community groups and health organisations. Last year Wave 105 Cash for Kids raised more than £520,000 locally and touched the lives of up to 17,000 children.


For more information on Cash for Kids, for fundraising ideas or to make a donation visit: www.wave105.com. (Wed 14 May 14)




Hamworthy Heating staff commit to protecting Hatch Pond wildlife reserve in 2014    


Hamworthy Heating staff have committed to keeping a local wildlife reserve as nature intended for the second year running.


The Hamworthy Heating Team join forces for Pond Watch along with Poole Council officialsThe Poole based company, which makes commercial boilers, is situated just yards from local beauty spot Hatch Pond and formed a staff ‘Pond Watch’ team in August last year.


This May will see the 10 strong troop join forces with Poole Borough Council for a second year, helping to litter pick, water plants and keep an eye on Hatch Pond’s diverse array of wildlife throughout the summer months. 


As well as being home to mute swans, great crested grebes and bitterns, the wildlife reserve is also a favourite haunt for fishermen and hosts an oak tree planted by children from Canford Heath Middle School to mark the Queen’s Jubilee.


Staff at Hamworthy Heating are granted time to assist with the ‘Pond Watch’ scheme during work hours as part of the company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme.


Hatchpond Lake, PooleBob Walsh, technical director and head of Hamworthy Heating’s CSR committee, said: “Giving back to the area we work in is very high on our list of priorities. Hatch Pond is a little oasis rarely found in such an urban area and with it being a stone’s throw from our company doorstep, we get real satisfaction in helping to keep it clean and tidy so we were very happy to commit our time to the project for a second year.”


Liz Williams, Environmental Enhancement Officer, Borough of Poole, commented: “We are delighted the Hamworthy Heating team will be joining us on ‘Pond Watch’ again this year. The company’s support demonstrates the way in which every individual can make a difference by helping to look after the areas that they work and live in.”


For those interested in inviting Hamworthy Heating to support local projects aimed at improving the environment are invited to email ellie@lizleanpr.co.uk.


More information about Hamworthy Heating’s CSR programme can be found at www.hamworthy-heating.com/csr . (12 May 14)




Dolphin Shopping Centre gets set for Poole Fashion Weekend


Fashionistas prepare, the Dolphin Shopping Centre is getting set for its Poole fashion event – a whole weekend of free styling tips, catwalk shows and beauty advice to help shoppers achieve their summer look.


Taking place on Friday May 30 and Saturday May 31, between 11am and 4pm, shoppers will be able to view the latest summer styles and holiday season looks from the centre’s leading brands including Beales, M&S, Next and Primark to name a few.


In addition to the scheduled fashion shows, there will be competitions throughout the weekend, special offers plus The Body Shop and Beales will be on hand offering make-up and beauty advice so visitors can indulge themselves and relax with a range of treats available.


Centre manager, John Grinnell, said: “We have previously held fashion show events and think they are a great way to engage with our shoppers. They provide retailers with a good way to showcase what they have on offer for the season. Our retailers are really behind the activity and we have some great high street names supplying garments for the catwalk.


“We feel it is important to offer free events for our customers and fashion focused ones have proven to be a great success in the past.”


For further information on the Poole Fashion Weekend visit: www.dolphinshoppingcentre.co.uk (Sat 10 May 14)




Hamworthy Heating appeals for ‘memories’ as centenary approaches


Hamworthy Heating is asking local people to come forward with their memories of the company’s history.


The national commercial boiler manufacturer, based in Fleetsbridge, Poole, will be celebrating its 100 year old roots in June this year and is gathering stories and photographs about the company’s heritage.


Opened in 1914 by founders Percy and Sidney Hall, ‘Hamworthy Engineering Company Ltd’ has played a large role in shaping the economy of Poole as we know it today.


Originally housed on Poole Quay, the business quickly built a worthy reputation for high quality products, selling pumps and compressors for use in marine engineering – a side of the company that expanded rapidly during the First and Second World Wars.


The original site of Hamworthy Engineering Company on Poole Quay


The exceptional standard of products earned the firm one of the first Admiralty ‘Class A’ certificates to be issued to any firm in Britain and allowed products to be accepted without further quality control checks.


Post-war Britain saw the firm diversify products in order to thrive; joining with British Combustion Equipment Limited and providing oil-fired industrial installations – an innovative concept produced by the firm ahead of its time.


New ideas and exceptional quality saw the company expand to larger premises on ‘Fleets Corner’ in 1954, where Hamworthy Heating’s Head Office remains today.


During 1988 the rapid expansion of Hamworthy Engineering resulted in the company taking a fresh look at its diverse operations, which, although using related engineering skills, were each meeting different needs for different industries.


From the original divisions came new subsidiaries, each one registered as a Limited company in its own right and the company known as Hamworthy Heating was born.


Bob Walsh, technical director at Hamworthy Heating, said: “In the 1960’s, the Hamworthy company said: The development of Hamworthy (Company) has depended on people who in their various capacities have served the company loyally and well. It is they who count most . . . whatever we say the company has done, they did. The same is true of Hamworthy Heating today and we are so keen to gather the memories people have of the Hamworthy Company’s part in the local community.”

He added: “Tracing our company history gives us a fascinating insight into the part it has played in shaping our local community, and in turn, how the local community has shaped the path of our business. We would be delighted if people could share their memories of the firm’s past with us, as our company’s role in the local community is extremely important to us.”


Hamworthy Heating hopes to use the memories collected to create a special exhibition panel of the Hamworthy firm’s past. To submit memories, please call Ellie Cowley at Liz Lean PR on 01202 701828 or email ellie.cowley@lizleanpr.co.uk before Wednesday 30 April.


For more information about Hamworthy Heating’s community projects and sustainable products, visit www.hamworthy-heating.com. (Sun 20 Apr 14)





Band of local M&S volunteers set to tackle beach litter in Poole

Part of the Big Beach Clean-up to clear litter on 140 beaches and canals Volunteers treated to an M&S voucher Marks & Spencer (M&S) is urging the Poole community to descend on Baiter Park beach to free it from litter as part of this year's Big Beach Clean-up.


Taking place on Saturday 26th April 2014 from 12.30pm, the Big Beach Clean-up is hosted in partnership with the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) and invites local residents, businesses, universities and societies to join employees from M&S Poole to scoop up unwanted rubbish.


Brie Logan, Store Manager at M&S Poole, said: "We're calling upon as many local people as possible to help us rid Baiter Park beach of litter. This is a fun initiative that will bring the Poole community together to help our local environment and protect our precious marine life."


Volunteers across 95 beaches and 45 canals in the UK will this year join forces with the aim of clearing more than last year's massive haul of 30 tonnes of litter - the equivalent weight of two double decker buses.Most of the litter collected on Baiter Park beach will be common waste items such as fishing nets, ropes and bottles tops. However last year M&S beach and canal cleaners found an array of unusual items including a bath, coffee maker, HM Prison Service toothbrush and a Freeview box.


Additionally, MCS will take the opportunity to assess the impact this year's storms have had on beach litter and debris at locations across the country.


Last year over 9,000 people (4,000 M&S employees and 5,000 M&S customers) volunteered and collected 4,000 bin bags full of litter after cleaning over 300km of beaches and canals.


Samantha Fanshawe, MCS Chief Executive, said: "This week of action is a great opportunity to clean up some of our best loved beaches and remove litter that has built up following recent storms. Rubbish washed up or left on beaches not only harms wildlife but spoils our enjoyment of the coast too, so the more people that take part the more litter we can remove from harm's way. Throughout the year, there will be activities and resources for schoolchildren to learn more about our seas and the fascinating marine life they support."


The M&S Big Beach Clean-up is part of M&S' Forever Fish campaign which is funded by the profits from the 5p carrier bag charge in M&S foodhalls. Since its introduction in 2008, the charge has reduced carrier bag use by 75 per cent and raised over £6 million for good causes. Customers can find out more www.marksandspencer.com/plana and follow the event on twitter (@marksandspencer or search #beachclean) and facebook (www.facebook.com/marksandspencer). (Fri 11 Apr 14)




PHC introduces kite surf permit in Poole Harbour

Following months of consultation with the kite surfing community, the British Kite Sports Association (BKSA), Borough of Poole, Natural England and the RNLI, Poole Harbour Commissioners (PHC) has now launched a kite surfing permit scheme in Poole harbour.

Map of the proposed area and regulations - Click on the map for a larger sized versionThe £20 permit came into force on March 28 and moving forward all kite surfers must have a valid permit prominently displayed when kite surfing in Poole harbour.
Over the years, PHC has opted for an educational and support approach, which included regular meetings with the kite surfing community and being involved in the setting up of the Poole Kite Surfing Club and the creation of a Code of Practice. This went some way to improving the safety of the sport. However over recent years popularity has increased and accidents have occurred, therefore greater regulation was deemed necessary.


Click on the map to see a fullsize image >

Commenting on the new permit, PHC harbour master, Captain Brian Murphy, said: “Thank you to all those who have supported this process and have provided positive and constructive feedback. The sport will be monitored carefully going forward and it is hoped that together we can ensure the activity is as safe as possible.”

For a map of the preferred kite surfing area in Poole Harbour and to purchase a kite surf permit please visit PHC’s website www.phc.co.uk or alternatively application forms can be obtained from the harbour office. Training schools should apply to the harbour master.  (Fri 4 Apr 14)




Get cracking for Wave 105 Cash for Kids


The Wave 105 Cash for Kids team have launched its annual ‘Easter Appeal’. From Monday March 24 until Friday April 11, the charity is asking for listeners to donate an Easter egg to various drop-off points across Dorset for disadvantaged children.


(L-R) Wave 105 drive time presenter Rick Jackson with John Gosling and Luke Haskell from TJ Waste, Andy Grice from Pickfords and Lesley Powell from Sainsbury’sWave 105 Cash for Kids charity manager, Gloria Hill, said: “This is the fourth year of running our Easter Appeal and last year we were able to distribute more than 2,000 eggs to disadvantaged children.  An Easter egg might not seem like much, but for a child who would otherwise not have had a treat at this time of year it can bring a huge smile to their face, and a little bit of joy. Hopefully with the help of our listeners we’ll be able to deliver even more eggs this year.


“Huge thanks go to our 2014 sponsor TJ Waste and our supporters, Pickfords, FJB Hotels and Sainsbury’s.”


Wave 105 Cash for Kids have drop-off points at various Sainsbury’s stores across Dorset as well as at hotels in the FJB Group. For a full list of drop-off points across the south please click on the Easter Egg Appeal tab on the Wave 105 website www.wave105.com. (Fri 28 Mar 14)



Chestnut Nursery Spring Sale


Chestnut Nursery is a project of SWOP (Sheltered Work Opportunities Project) which is a registered charity. The project provides meaningful work in a supportive and pressure-free environment, for adults with severe and enduring mental illness.


Chestnut is a retail horticultural nursery selling a large range of shrubs, perennials, bedding, fruit trees, compost and local honey. They are holding their first Spring sale on Saturday 5th April when there will be reduced plants, stalls and refreshments.


They will also be opening until 5.30pm Monday to Friday for the first time and are now open 7 days a week for the season. (Fri 28 Mar 14)




The Dolphin Shopping Centre is getting fit for Sport Relief


The Dolphin Shopping Centre will be alive with action on Friday morning (March 21) in celebration of Sport Relief.


In association with Everyone Active Leisure Centre and the centre’s dedicated bicycle shop, Cycle Paths, shoppers will be able to make the most of the energetic charity fundraiser and participate in an array of sporting activities.


From rowing, to cycling and live Zumba classes, there will be something to suit everyone’s needs, no matter what their fitness level is. 


The Dolphin Centre management team will also be getting in the spirit, participating in the sporting activities and collecting money for Sport Relief.


As well as the fitness fundraising, at 11.30am there will also be a light-hearted mascot mini-circuit challenge between Poole Town FC’s Dylan the Dolphin, the shopping centre’s dolphin mascot and Everyone Active’s bumble bee.   


Centre manager, John Grinnell, said: “Once again we are really looking forward to getting in the Sport Relief spirit and raising funds for the charity. Shoppers love getting involved with the activities and it’s a great morning for all. The whole team at Dolphin Centre will be getting stuck in and taking part. It should be a vibrant and fun-filled day for all!” (Wed 19 Mar 14)




Twin Sails annual maintenance closes bridge for one week


Travel between Poole town and Hamworthy is set to be disrupted at the end of the month when the Twin Sails Bridge closes for its annual maintenance and repairs.


The Borough of Poole have announced that the bridge, along with Rigler Road, will be shut to vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians from 7am on March 31 until 7am on April 7.


Boat traffic will not be affected. A diversion will be put in place via the old Poole Bridge and the scheduled lifts will take place as normal. (Fri 14 Mar 14)




Recycling event gets the ‘green’ light from families


Some of the families enjoying the environmentally friendly Eco LoungeDuring February half term an empty unit at the Dolphin Shopping Centre was brought back to life with more than a quarter of a tonne of recycled materials thanks to local families.


In a bid to position its commitment to sustainability, the Dolphin invited children to help create an environmentally-friendly Eco Lounge whereby free activities and crafts where on offer.


Throughout the week more than 750 children were inspired to be green and get creative with recycled materials from building bottle furniture, producing purses from milk cartons, wallpapering with magazines, to creating toilet roll puppets and making paper plants.


Centre manager John Grinnell, said: “We have received fantastic feedback following the Eco Lounge event. Not only was it free and meaningful, but it meant parents could let their children get involved in a fun, messy activity that was out of the home.


“It is important to us that we drive the Centre’s sustainability and be a responsible and integral part of the Poole community in raising awareness of the importance of recycling, and this is exactly what this event did.” (Fri 7 Mar 14)





Dolphin shopping centre launches a new app-roach


TDolphin Shopping Centre launch new Apphe Dolphin shopping centre in Poole has recognised how the mobile phone world is transforming the way people communicate and has created a mobile app to keep up with demand.

The centre sees thousands of visits to its website through mobile devices and saw the app as the natural development in its communications.

The free app has interactive content and promotional offers to engage local shoppers. It connects users to all of the upcoming events taking place at the Dolphin, as well as featuring an interactive map.

John Grinnell, centre manager, says: “Retail and the way in which we shop has changed dramatically, shoppers are increasingly online via mobile devices and it is here we want to capture their attention – by driving footfall and dwell time into the stores. It is important for a centre to be able to fuse online activity with what is happening at the centre offline. Our free app is simple to use and will be an at hand guide to the centre’s activities.”

To download the app, visit the app store on an Apple or Android device and search ‘Dolphin Shopping Centre’. (Fri 28 Feb 14)




Competition winner snaps up Go Pro Camera

Competition winner Craig Fascione and his prize Go Pro cameraPoole Harbour Commissioners (PHC) has awarded its first competition winner a Go-Pro Camera.

Poole-based, Craig Fascione, submitted a fantastic action shot of H20 kitesurfer, Jordan Hurst, in Poole Harbour for the first category of PHC’s photographic competition.  

Craig, who is a water sports enthusiast himself, said: “I couldn’t believe it when they told me I had won the PHC competition, there were some great images. I have wanted a Go-Pro camera for a while now, it’s a great piece of a kit and I can’t wait to get out on the water and use it.” (Fri 28 Feb 14)





Dolphin shopping centre chooses local charity to support


The team at the Dolphin shopping centre has chosen Poole’s Sea Rangers as its nominated charity for 2014. The Sea Ranger Association is an organisation for ages nine to 21 which aims to get girls involved in a number of water-based activities such as sailing, rowing and canoeing. 


Poole Sea Rangers and centre manager John GrinnellThe Dolphin centre will donate all funds collected from its organised charity events in a bid to not only raise awareness of the Sea Rangers but to also help achieve their aim of raising money for a new safety boat.


Jill Bailey, senior officer of Poole Sea Rangers, comments: “Words cannot express how grateful we are to the Dolphin shopping centre for choosing us as its lead charity. Hopefully, with the help of the Dolphin we can reach more people within the community and introduce more young people to take part in water activities safely.”


John Grinnell, centre manager of the Dolphin shopping centre, adds: “Poole Sea Rangers is a fantastic charity and one that makes a hugely positive contribution to the community that should be commended. We are delighted to be able to assist them in their crucial work and look forward to a long and positive relationship that will help them grow within the community to reach more young people and their families.” (Wed 12 Feb 14)





Warning of further storms as debris cleared from last storm


The Met Office has issued further weather alerts, this time an Amber Alert for the South West as another storm heads our way.


Marker buoy washed up onto Sandbanks BeachThe previous storms have left a trail of destruction in their wake, including some unusual objects deposited on the beach at Sandbanks.


Whilst you wouldn't be surprised to see a buoy on the coast, to actually bump into it on the beach, well that's different! A large red marker buoy was washed up onto the beach at Sandbanks during the last storm as a result of the high tides and winds.


FLog washed up at Sandbanksurther down the beach by the Haven Hotel, the power of the sea and wind can be witnessed by the large tree trunk that has appeared on the concrete jetty .... wonder where that has come from!


With another storm forecast over the weekend, you can't help but wonder what we might find on the beach next! (Fri 7 Feb 14)







Gallery exhibition to celebrate the people of Poole


The Borough of Poole and the Dolphin Shopping Centre have come together to host an exclusive gallery event to showcase the people living and working in Poole. 


The images have been created by students studying for a BTEC extended diploma in art and design from Bournemouth and Poole College.


The artistic portraits, captured by the students, include iconic Poole settings and events including Poole Quay, Poole Park, Remembrance Sunday, fireworks night and the lantern parade.


The college, Borough of Poole and the Dolphin Shopping Centre will be a hosting a private viewing of a selection of the photos on Monday February 10 from 6.00pm to 8.00pm in the former Early Learning Centre, in the lower mall of the Dolphin Shopping Centre. 


The Mayor of Poole, Councillor Philip Eades, will open the event and Nick Day, head of art and design at the college, will talk about the project. John Grinnell, centre manager of the Dolphin Shopping Centre, will also say a few words about the collaboration.

The photos will remain on display at the exhibition until February 15. As well as the exhibition, the photos will be used in a whole range of internal and external Council communications. (Thu 6 Feb 13)




Breeze Volkswagen encourage firms to nominate their rising stars for award recognition


Tower Park-based motor dealership, Breeze Volkswagen is searching for a rising star of the future as part of the 2014 Rock Star Awards.


As sponsor of the Rising Star of the Future Award, Breeze Volkswagen is looking to acknowledge an outstanding employee, aged between 16 and 26, of any Dorset-based company and is encouraging employers or colleagues to put forward their nominations by Saturday March 1.


The winning employee will be recognised for achievements in the early stages of their career and for their contribution to the company they work for.  An employee that stands out from the rest by displaying great ambition, innovation and drive to become leaders of tomorrow will be crowned the winner.


Entry is free and nominations are invited by colleagues and managers that are working with someone they feel are a rising star.  The Award entry will need to detail why the nomination is being made, for example ways they have benefited the business, new ideas or initiatives they may have introduced, examples of excellent customer service and any instances of simply going that extra mile.


John Corderoy, managing director at Breeze Volkswagen, says: “We are delighted to sponsor the Rising Star of the Future Award.  This category is an excellent way to find and celebrate driven, committed and passionate individuals who are ensuring a bright future for themselves and the business they work for.


“At Breeze Volkswagen we strive to achieve the highest levels of staff satisfaction and loyalty and as a result we have a strong, unified and committed workforce that is focused and enthusiastic towards delivering first-class service to our customers.”

Angela Fletcher, managing director at Rock Recruitment and founder of the Rock Star Awards, adds: “Harnessing the career aspirations, ideas and developing knowledge of bright young staff is a shrewd way for local businesses to develop an enthusiastic, committed workforce. It is great to see Breeze Volkswagen supporting this.  I look forward to judging this category with the motor dealership and finding an employee with an excellent work ethic and potential to make them our winner.”


To nominate, please visit www.rockrecruitment.co.uk, click on Rock Stars and submit an entry for this category.  Those shortlisted will be invited to the award ceremony at the O2 Academy, Bournemouth, on Thursday June 5. (Wed 5 Feb 14)




Hooley at the Haven Hotel in support of Wave 105’s Cash for Kids


Brace yourselves for the biggest St Patrick’s Day celebration on Sandbanks. On Monday 17 March 2014, the Haven Hotel is excited to announce that they are hosting an Irish Hooley to help raise donations for Wave 105’s charity, Cash for Kids.

Cash for Kids, provide grants to individuals as well as other local charities with one goal, to help ensure that the basic needs of Children across the region are met. They firmly believe that in this day and age, no child should go without their basic needs and are committed to supporting children on the South Coast under the age of 18, who are financially, socially, emotionally or physically disadvantaged.


All profits made from ticket sales for the ‘Hooley at the Haven’ event will be donated to the Cash for Kids charity. Not only this, on the night there will be a silent charity auction as well as a “guess how much gold is in the pot at the end of the rainbow?” competition.


On arrival, guests will be greeted with canapés and our very special Black Velvet cocktail. Throughout the evening, there will also be a buffet, serving traditional Irish culinary delights and live non-stop music from local band ‘Celtic Confusion’. They will be taking to the stage to perform lively, foot tapping Irish folk music to get you in the mood for line dancing all night. For beginner dancers, there will be lessons provided to get you dancing the traditional Irish way.

Mr Belk, General Manager of the Haven Hotel commented: “We are very excited about the Hooley at the Haven, not only does it promise to be a fun filled evening but it allows us to raise some much needed funds for our charity partner, Cash for Kids and their very worthwhile cause.”


This event is the first of an extensive calendar of events by the FJB Collection in support of their new charity partner, Cash for Kids.


This lively event is not to be missed! It will be held on 17 March 2014 at the Haven Hotel on Banks Road, Sandbanks. Doors open at 7.00pm, tickets are £30 per person with all profit from ticket sales going to Cash for Kids.


Pre-booking is required, please call 0800 48 400 48. Guests are invited to wear something green!


For more information about events across the FJB Collection please visit www.fjbhotels.co.uk or call 0800 48 400 48 to book your tickets. (Fri 31 Jan 14)




Port of Poole Marina voted the UK’s second best marina of the year


Poole Harbour Commissioners’ (PHC) Port of Poole Marina has been voted the UK’s second best marina of the year at the 2014 London Boat Show.


The Port of Poole Team with their awardThe marina was shortlisted among three other finalists in the GJW Marina of the Year competition which was organised by The Yacht Harbour Association to celebrate customer service in the marina sector.

Nominations were open to all UK marinas that have a Gold Anchor rating and winners of each category were determined by a panel of independent judges who decided the finalists based solely on customer feedback.


Jim Stewart, chief executive of Poole Harbour Commissioners, said: “We are very proud to have received this accolade and it’s incredibly rewarding knowing it’s our customers who have voted for us. John and his staff have worked tirelessly to provide a welcoming marina with fantastic facilities.”


John Binder, marina manager, added: “We want to say a big thank you to all our customers both for their votes and for their on-going support. We look forward to seeing you all in 2014.”


To find out more about the Port of Poole Marina and Poole Quay Boat Haven visit www.poolequayboathaven.co.uk (Fri 24 Jan 14)





It’s time to capture Poole Harbour’s spectacular winter wildlife


Poole Harbour Commissioners (PHC) and the Bournemouth Daily Echo are continuing to celebrate Poole’s vibrant harbour by launching its second photographic competition category dedicated to the harbour’s winter wildlife.


PHC and the Echo are encouraging readers to submit their wildlife photographs by February 8 for the chance to win a return trip to Gijon or Santander for two passengers, plus a car and cabin, courtesy of LD Lines.


Poole’s spectacular harbour is a wildlife hotspot and never more so than at the coldest time of year.

The return of the popular photographic competition will focus primarily on Poole harbour through the winter months and will run until March with different categories used to entice readers to submit their photos.

A prize will be presented to each category winner and the remaining two categories consist of photography professionals and photographs taken by under 21’s.

Jim Stewart, chief executive of the Poole Harbour Commissioners, says: “Poole Harbour is a haven for wildlife during the winter. There is a really good variety of birds from wintering waders including avocet to visiting waxwings from Scandinavia.

“Brownsea Island is also home to a variety of wildlife, including a thriving population of the scarce and threatened red squirrel and Sika deer.”


To enter, email your wildlife picture to PHCphotocomp2014@bournemouthecho.co.uk and include the words PHC Competition2 in the subject line. Entrants must include their name, age, address, telephone number, email address and a brief description of the location or event and time of year. (Wed 22 Jan 14)





Dolphin shopping centre awarded ‘family-friendly’ accolade


The Dolphin shopping centre in Poole has been voted the top ‘Family-Friendly Shopping Centre’ in a reader’s survey set up by Primary Times magazine.


The prestigious Primary Times Reader Star Awards was set up recognise the most family-friendly destinations and attractions across Dorset.


The accreditation follows a survey that parents of children aged four to 11 across Dorset were asked to complete in October 2013.


Commenting on the award win, John Grinnell, centre manager at the Dolphin shopping centre, said: “I am over the moon with our award win that confirms Dolphin shopping centre is a great place for families. We work hard to ensure that everyone who passes through our doors each year has a fantastic shopper experience, whatever their age.

“The majority of our shoppers are families and by going that extra mile by adding family-friendly events, such as the upcoming Eco Lounge event in February half term, we have been able to create a child-friendly shopping centre perfect for family outings.”


As well as topping the shopping centre category, the Dolphin is also thrilled to share its good news with its resident bike shop, Cycle Paths, who was voted the readers most favoured bike shop in the region.


Jean Clift, joint-owner of Cycle Paths, added: “We are really pleased to have been awarded this accolade. We opened our first shop on the first floor of the Dolphin shopping centre 15 years ago this February and we are still here and going from strength to strength.” 


Anne Blackham, sales and marketing manager at Primary Times said: “We’d like to say a massive thank you to all the readers who made the effort to complete the Reader Star Award survey and hope they are as interested in the results as much as we are! We were absolutely delighted with the readers’ response and applaud all the individual category winners.” (Tue 21 Jan 14)



Support group for parents of gay children to meet in Hamworthy


Ricochet, the only support group for parents of gay children in Dorset, will hold its next monthly meeting in Hamworthy, following its move from Dorchester. The meeting will take place on Saturday 1 February, in the afternoon. 


Both fathers and mothers from across the county attend the meetings, a private time to share concerns over tea and coffee with people in the same situation. Topics covered include how to tell friends and family, how others may react to the news and gay boys' and girls' chances of becoming parents themselves. 


Ricochet founder Colette Hill says: ‘We have made the move to Hamworthy following feedback around journey times. Hamworthy is more accessible for most.'


Anyone wishing to attend should email ricochet.enquiry@gmail.com or call the helpline on 07803 309781. (Tue 21 Jan 14)




LD Lines pledges support for Whale and Dolphin research in the Bay of Biscay.


LD Lines, a leading European ferry and freight company, who have recently started new ferry services from the UK (Poole) to Spain (Santander and Gijón) and Ireland (Rosslare) to France (St Nazaire) and Spain (Gijón) has offered it’s help to the marine conservation charity MARINElife.


MARINElife has been given access to three routes aboard the Norman Asturias with all three, Poole to Santander, Poole to Gijón and Gijón to St Nazaire, going through the heart of marine-life paradise: the Bay of Biscay.


MARINElife research has demonstrated that the bay, located off the coast of western France and northern Spain is a hotspot for many whale and dolphin species. MARINElife has been researching and surveying this vibrant area of ocean since 1995 and the support of LD Lines has ensured the conservation effort can continue.


The Bay of Biscay is especially important to a vast diversity of marine-life because beneath the waves of the bay, there are many deep water cliffs and canyons which create concentrated areas of food such as fish, squid and krill which in turn attracts larger marine mammals and seabirds. The Blue whale, the largest animal on the planet, is known to visit the area for feeding as well as many other species of whale and dolphin including the rarely spotted Beaked Whales.


Adrian Shephard from MARINElife said: “These ferry routes give MARINElife the opportunity to expand our vital conservation research in an extremely productive area for whales and dolphins and we deeply appreciate the assistance LD Lines have provided”.A spokesman from LD Lines commented: “We are delighted to be supporting the inspirational research work of MARINElife via our UK – France – Spain services which traverse the Bay of Biscay. The vital conservation work they undertake will be extensively promoted on board as we are certain this will be of enormous interest to many of our travelling passengers”.


Conservation research is so important because many species of marine mammals remain threatened due to the pressures from environmental changes, over-fishing, whaling and marine pollution. MARINElife’s monitoring work is helping understand the changes in populations that are occurring and what action can be taken to safeguard their future.


MARINElife is confident the access offered by LD Lines will provide substantial data on marine mammals and seabirds in the area. Passengers crossing with LD Lines will also have the opportunity to look out for marine wildlife in its natural habitat by observing from the decks. Dolphin pods can be very large in Biscay and will often come in to bow ride and in the summer months, large numbers of 25 meter Fin Whales can be seen with their tall blows visible for miles. (Sat 18 Jan 14)




Lemur Landings voted Dorset’s favourite Indoor Play Centre for 2013.


The results from the prestigious Primary Times Star Awards for 2013 have been revealed and Lemur Landings has been voted as Dorset’s favourite Indoor Play Centre for 2013, landing the award for the 2nd year in a row. Parents were asked to complete a survey that appeared in family friendly magazine, Primary Times.


This award for Lemur Landings, one of the county’s largest soft play centres, follows on from a recent award as the Netmums South West’s favourite Soft Play venue for 2013 in the Netmums National Soft Play Awards.

Lemur Landings General Manager, Peter Watkins, said: “We are delighted to be the winners of these two awards, they are extra special as they are voted by our customers. We’d like to say thank you to all the local parents who voted for us. It is a testament to the team who have worked so hard to make 2013 such a wonderful year.”


Anne Blackham, Sales and Marketing Manager at Primary Times said: “We’d like to say a massive thank you to all the readers who made the effort to complete the Reader Star Award survey and hope they are as interested in the results as much as we are! We were absolutely delighted with the readers’ response and applaud all the individual category winners.”


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.


You can read more about the Primary Times Star Awards at www.primarytimes.net/dorset. (Thu 9 Jan 14)



Falkland Square evacuated after security alert

Staff and shoppers were evacuated from stores in Poole’s Falkland Square this afternoon, following a security alert. Police cordoned off part of the square outside the WH Smith store, adjacent to the railway crossing, after reports of a suspicious package, it is believed.


Officers shepherded shoppers away from the area, before a police sniffer dog and handler entered WH Smith to check out the store. The all-clear was given two hours later. (Mon 6 Jan 14)







Poole Trail is a permanent mobile-friendly trail for visitors and residents to enjoy, brought to you by the Borough of Poole in partnership with Poole Museums and supported by Poole Pottery.


Poole Trail logo - look out for this sign on the signpostsThis cutting-edge scheme has created a whole new way for people to explore the town and its history.


Inspiration for the Trail came from Borough of Poole Museum Service, whose collections and resources reveal the amazing stories that Poole's buildings, streets, open spaces and Harbour have to tell. As well as great archaeology, art, pottery and social history, the Museum collections include archive film footage, oral history recordings and historical photos which illustrate and tell these stories.


Through these stories the Museum Service wanted to provide visitors and residents with an open air museum where they could find out more about Poole's historic buildings, its natural environment and local attractions such public art-work. Working with other Borough of Poole services, the Museum appointed City-Insights, a company that specialises in mobile internet, to create a practical way of making these stories available to the person in the street.


Poole Trail sign outside the Customs House on Poole QuayCity-Insights developed an approach for Poole which links street signage, information panels, a simplified street map, a mobile-friendly website and an expandable behind-the-scenes database of archive material. The team developed over 40 stories connected to 11 More to Explore signposts around Poole Quay, Old Town and Harbourside Park. The stories use short, edited clips of material from the Museum Service's collections that can be downloaded and enjoyed on a mobile phone while standing at the right location.


The stories cover all topics from notorious smuggling gangs to Britain's first Boy Scout camp on Brownsea Island, and can be explored via the website or by walking from More to Explore signpost to signpost. Rather than being a set route, Poole Trail is a series of related locations that you can visit in any order you wish, at any time you chose, coming across stories as you discover the town, and make your own trail.

Lots more information from the website at : www.pooletrail.com (Tue 31 Jan 12)






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