Jailed for child sex offences

A former pilot has been jailed for 12 and a half years for a string of child sex offences. Bartle Frere, 51, of Shipton Gorge, was handed the prison term at Bournemouth Crown Court today, Wednesday 17 June 2015, after being convicted the previous day for 16 sex offences. These included eight charges of sexually assaulting…

Broadstone Community Concert Band

Broadstone Community Concert Band returns to Lighthouse, Poole’s centre for the arts on 27 June. The 50-strong band’s Summer Concert will feature a varied programme with pieces from composers as diverse as Holst and Lloyd Webber, representing the classical repertoire as well as the world of stage musicals in a concert bill that will also…

Walking on air for charity

The management at Bournemouth’s Castlepoint Shopping Park have set themselves challenges in a bid to boost funds for Autism Wessex. Whilst other members of the team will keep their challenges at ground level, Castlepoint’s management suite administrator Tanya Hatcher has selected to Wing Walk at Compton Abbas airfield on Sunday 5 July.

Olympic visitor for school

Double Olympian Liz Yelling made a special visit to Poole Grammar recently on behalf of the Bournemouth Marathon Festival to celebrate the school winning a prestigious athletics competition. There were a total of 26 local schools taking part in the junior races, held in association with Active Dorset at last year’s Bournemouth Marathon Festival and…

Oarsome fundraisers

Local businesses raised £2,000 to help blind and partially sighted people at the Dorset Blind Association Virtual Row event in Bournemouth Square on Friday. Business supporters, volunteers and visually impaired people used rowing machines in Bournemouth Square on Friday to compete and raise funds at the annual Virtual Row. Members of the community joined in…