Learning about history

The Year 3 and 4 pupils at Hillside Community First School in Verwood have been learning about their town, it’s surroundings and its history. Mrs Pam Reeks, of Verwood Historical Society and a previous teacher at the school, led groups of children around the town, pointing out buildings of interest and talking about their significance,…

Feeling overwhelmed by a stroke?

Annette Brooke, MP for Mid Dorset and North Poole, joined forces with the Stroke Association and stroke survivors from around the country at a Parliamentary reception to help raise awareness of the emotional impact of stroke. The event was held to highlight the findings of the Stroke Association’s latest report ‘Feeling overwhelmed’ which reveals that…

Year of the Dragonfly

The Dragonfly Society is celebrating its 30th year. Moors Valley Country Park and Forest is one of the best places in the country to see dragonflies and damselflies. 27 of the 50 species recorded in the UK have been seen at the park, it has a dragonfly as its logo, an impressive wooden dragonfly sculpture…

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.