Heatherlands Centre on show

Chairman of East Dorset District Council, Cllr Robin Cook was taken on a tour of the Heatherlands Centre in Ferndown on 23 October.
Welcomed by the Centre Manager John Hanrahan, the tour included a visit to Hopscotch Pre-school where Lorraine Clark talked about the new extension that will cater for 75 children.
Robin also met the leader of the Age UK group, Theresa and her helper Miriam and spoke to some of the 27 members. The group provides a much needed meeting place, lunch and activities for all who attend.

AFC Bournemouth Tour – no penalty given to care home residents trying out manager’s seat

Residents of Care South’s The Fearnes residential home in Bournemouth paid a visit to AFC Bournemouth’s Goldsands Stadium last week.
Residents were given a full tour of the stadium, where they had the chance to sit in the terraces, stand in the players’ tunnel and try out the Manager’s and coaches’ seats and the substitutes’ bench.
The tour was finished off with coffee and biscuits in the boardroom.

Bob Walter MP visits Blandford Foodbank

Robert Walter MP (North Dorset) paid a visit to Blandford Foodbank on 23 October to meet staff and learn more about issues surrounding foodbank provision.
At the invitation of Blandford Foodbank Steering Group Chairman, The Rev Brook MacCallam, Bob met with Rev MacCallam himself, Alistair Doxet-Purser, Chief Executive Officer of Faithworks Wessex, volunteer Jacquie Dakin and Foodbank Manager Gail del Pinto at Blandford Forum Methodist Church to find out more about the operation of this local foodbank and hear staff views on the challenges surrounding foodbank provision.

Ferndown’s first poppy

The Deputy Mayor of Ferndown, Cllr Julie Robinson purchased the first poppy in the town following the launch of the Poppy Appeal by the Ferndown branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL) on 24 October.
Those who gathered in the Garden of Remembrance for the occasion included D-Day veteran Ted Young aged 91, who served as a Royal Engineer. He heard earlier this week that he has been awarded the Legion d’Honneur by the French government – the country’s highest honour.

Amber glows at jewellery sale

Lawrences’ popular jewellery auctions in Crewkerne attract a large amount of enquiries and prices at the firm’s recent sale were showing fresh strengths across the market. Amber, long recorded as merely a decorative resin, has now achieved the status of being acquired like a semi-precious stone and a there were nearly 30 lots of amber…


Diwali shines a light on Day Nursery

From making lanterns to enjoying mouth-watering dishes, tiny tots at one Bournemouth nursery were given a taste of the Indian festival of light, Diwali.
It is currently being celebrated by Hindus across the globe and also a little closer to home at the Bournemouth Day Nursery where the children enjoyed a whole day dedicated to this ancient festival and learning about India.

Flying Farewell

There are not many businesses where your colleagues would openly admit that they are glad to see you leave. At Bournemouth airport based Airways Aviation there have been celebrations as Mike Allison leaves his role as flying instructor to join Flybe at Southampton Airport to fly Dash 8 airliners.