Birdnapped – can you help?

Officers are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after the theft of a large bird in Charminster near Dorchester – with images of the animal being released. The incident happened some time between 8.30pm on Friday 12 July 2013 and 8.30am on Saturday 13 July 2013 at Dorset Poultry in Wolfeton.…

Civic Ceremony aids charity

The Mayor and Mayoress of Ferndown, John and Barbara Lewis are pictured with dignitaries and other guests before the annual Civic Service at St Mary’s Church on Sunday, 7 July. The Mayor took the opportunity to thank those who do so much for the community and referred to the council’s long association with St Mary’s.…

Neil Winkley takes his punishment like a man

Yeoman of the Guard’s stocky promotion

Neil Winkley, Chairman of Bournemouth Gilbert & Sullivan Society, volunteered to sit in the stocks at the recent Broadstone Summer Jam to promote the Society’s autumn production of The Yeomen of the Guard. It is perhaps the most serious of all Gilbert & Sullivan operas, and Neil’s stunt fitted well with its theme of punishment and its slightly sinister overtones. Yet Gilbert’s satire and punning one-liners abound, and many believe that it is Sullivan’s finest score.

The Importance of Being Earnest, Regent Centre publicity poster

The Importance of Being Earnest

Regent Centre Review by Janine Pulford This brilliantly written farcical play treated the audience to some of Oscar Wilde’s wittiest lines. The actors delivered with clear diction and the costumes were excellent, but somehow the overall performance lacked lustre. The redeeming character was Merryman the butler, who stole the show. His funny walk, wobbly hands,…

Five young Jitsu stars

Five very proud young gentlemen from Ferndown Jitsu Club are pictured showing off the silver trophies they won in the World Jitsu Foundation International Championships held in Edinburgh last week. Chairman of the Ferndown club, John Hanrahan said, “We would like to say thank you to John Thornton Young Achievers Foundation, Zone Eight Community Fund and West Moors Parish Council for their help in making it possible for our young people to attend this International event.”