Dorset – Welcome To Poole Tue, 22 Nov 2022 00:51:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Dorset – Welcome To Poole 32 32 Former CEO of Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group joins palliative care charity as board trustee Tue, 22 Nov 2022 00:51:54 +0000

A former chief executive of the Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group has joined Lewis-Manning Hospice Care as a board trustee.

Tim Goodson has extensive experience in the healthcare industry.

He is an experienced NHS Board Member, System Manager, Company Director and a qualified CCAB Accountant with experience providing support and advice to Boards.

Tim led a transformational review of clinical services attracting capital investment and was responsible for a £1.6 billion healthcare delivery budget.

A former Finance Director, he is currently Managing Director of the Dorset GP Alliance, having been CEO of the Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group for nine years and System Manager of the Dorset Integrated Care System for four years.

Clare Gallie, CEO of Lewis-Manning Hospice Care, said: “It is an incredible honor to have Tim join us and we are delighted that he has chosen our charity to come as a volunteer and serve on the board. administration.

“He has extensive in-depth knowledge and experience of the health sector in Dorset, working with commissioning bodies and local GPs.

“We believe his guidance and support will be invaluable in our delivery of exceptional palliative care in our community for years to come.”

Tim said: “I’m really looking forward to working with Lewis-Manning.

“It’s such a great charity and a very worthy cause, which touches us all in one way or another.

“The hospice provides invaluable support and comfort during difficult times in people’s lives.

“Hopefully I can bring my experience to the table and deepen the services she provides.”

]]> Richard Drax criticizes Jeremy Hunt’s fall statement Fri, 18 Nov 2022 05:00:00 +0000 Jeremy Hunt’s autumn statement was criticized by one of Dorset’s Tory MPs.

South Dorset MP Richard Drax has warned of the government and opposition ‘promising to spend billions’ of extra pounds.

Mr Drax told the Commons: “I have immense sympathy for my right hon. friend, we are facing serious financial difficulties for the reasons he has explained so well.

“But both sides of the House are promising to spend billions and billions of pounds more. Can I just remind the House that it is the private sector and hard working people, through their taxes, that pay for government spending?

“So, will my right honorable friend agree with me that raising taxes on both risks risks stifling the growth and productivity that he and I both want?”

Mr Hunt replied: ‘He is right to argue for a vibrant lightly taxed economy and I would like to lower taxes from where they are now.

“I think we are faced with the need to do something quickly to restore sound currency and bring inflation down to 11%, which is why we made some tough decisions today, but yes, he absolutely has reason, there is no future for this country unless we get back on the path to a less taxed economy.

Shop locally with free parking before Christmas Tue, 15 Nov 2022 14:42:18 +0000

There will be free parking on certain days at the end of November and December in selected car parks in the Dorset Council area.

To encourage residents to support local businesses by shopping locally and attending events, free parking will be available on Small Business Saturdays which takes place on December 3 of this year.

Dorset Council offers free parking on the first Saturday in December at: Beaminster, Blandford, Bridport, Dorchester, Gillingham, Lyme Regis, Shaftesbury, Sherborne, Sturminster Newton, Wareham, Weymouth and Wimborne.

Free parking will also be available in car parks run by Dorset Council on various other dates in the run up to Christmas. Details of car parks and dates can be found on the council’s Christmas car park webpages.

Councilor Ray Bryan, Portfolio Holder for Highways, Travel and the Environment said: “Shopping locally is a great way to cut mileage and support Dorset’s superb range of local businesses.

“For something different, why not take a look at what our fabulous independent businesses have to offer and shop locally this year.”

Other providers, such as town halls, may also offer free parking in the run-up to Christmas. Drivers are therefore encouraged to consult the pricing boards / ticket machines in the car park for more details.

Important Information

If drivers normally use an online service to pay for their parking, they should check the car park’s pricing boards/ticket machines for free parking details. If free parking is advertised that day, they don’t need to buy a ticket online.

Street parking fees and private parking fees will continue to apply.

Small Business Saturday is a non-commercial community campaign that highlights small business success and encourages consumers to “buy local” and support small businesses in their communities.

Schools face £2.1m funding cuts in Dorset Sun, 13 Nov 2022 05:00:00 +0000 SCHOOLS in Central Dorset and North Poole will face £2.1million in spending cuts next year – according to a teachers’ union.

The figures indicate that schools in the region will have £169 less to spend per pupil next year (2023/24) than this year (2022/23).

In total, all but one of the 29 schools in Mid Dorset & North Poole will see their purchasing power decline next year compared to this year – according to research by the National Education Union.

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The region’s Liberal Democrats have now called on Chancellor Jeremy Hunt to find further funding for schools in next week’s autumn statement.

The figures estimate the true purchasing power of schools after taking into account increases in teacher salaries, pensions, taxes and non-staff costs. It comes after the government ordered council-run schools to give teachers a pay rise of between 5 per cent and 8.9 per cent this year, but gave schools no extra money to pay it. which means they have to make cuts elsewhere.

Overall, nine out of ten schools across England will have less purchasing power next year compared to this year, according to the union. More than two in three schools in England will have lower purchasing power next year than in 2015.

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Vikki Slade, Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Mid Dorset & North Poole, said: “Under this government, schools have to choose between teaching children or heating classrooms. School leaders warn they will have to cut teaching assistants, mental health support and school clubs in order to make ends meet.

“Liberal Democrats know that a fair deal for Mid Dorset & North Poole means investing in our children’s future. Parents and teachers will be rightly angry if the Chancellor announces further cuts to schools and colleges next week. »

Data taken from the website, run by the National Education Union, which was updated with figures for 2023/24 on November 8. An explanation of their methodology is available on their website.

Flood protection advice in Dorset Wed, 09 Nov 2022 18:00:00 +0000 A COMMERCE body has compiled a list of measures Dorset households can take to protect their homes from flooding.

It is part of the Flood Action Week, an initiative led by the Environment Agency encouraging those living in areas at risk of flooding to act now to protect their homes, property and their family.

Since 1998, the UK has had six of the ten wettest years on record, and this year for the first time three named storms in a week.

The ten measures proposed by the Property Care Association (PCA) to protect against flooding include:

1) Install flood protection on the doors or completely replace the doors with a flood resistant alternative. Garage door protection also available.

2) Replace standard air bricks with “self-closing” alternatives.

3) Install a “backwater valve” to prevent sewage from flowing back into the building.

4) Check that the masonry is in good condition and paint with a water resistant solution.

5) Consider installing a pump to evacuate the water coming from under the building.

6) Replace standard gypsum plaster with one of the alternative types that do not absorb or retain water.

7) Use ceramic or stone tile with a waterproof adhesive and grout.

8) Place electrical outlets higher on the wall (with wiring running down from the ceiling, rather than the standard bottom-up layout).

9) Buy a pump or “puddle sucker” to evacuate water quickly after a flood.

10) Replace galleys with one that can be cleaned, dried and reused, such as a marine plywood or steel galley.

Members of APC’s Flood Protection Group can help homeowners set up flood protection coverage in their homes. More details can be found at

Publication of Steve Belasco’s book Jurassic Coast from the Sea Mon, 07 Nov 2022 00:00:00 +0000 A new book celebrating the Jurassic Coast from an unusual perspective is the culmination of a photojournalist passion project.

Steve Belasco has just released his third book of photographs of the Jurassic coast taken from a boat.

His book Jurassic Coast from the Sea features stunning photos of the World Heritage Site, which stretches 95 miles from Poole in the east to Exmouth in the west.

Steve, from Portesham, calls this book ‘the great one’, documenting the coast as it ‘lives, breathes and evolves’ in the 21st century.

This 144-page book follows Steve Portland’s From the Sea and Dorset From the Sea books, which have sold over 4,000 pictures.

It contains a foreword by Chris Chibnall, creator of Broadchurch Television, which was filmed in West Bay.

Steve said: “The first thing people say about my photography is ‘it’s a different angle.’

“A lot of them say ‘I’ve lived here all my life and I didn’t know it looked like this. A lot of people who live here would never go on the water. There’s a lot of really beautiful scenery photographers, but they don’t take pictures from the water.”

The photographs are accompanied by snippets of information about the Jurassic Coast and were taken at different times of the day: dawn, midday, dusk and even a stunning night shot of the lights of Portland reflecting in marina waters.

They were mostly taken from Steve’s boat, Strange Weather.

Among the photos in the book is Steve’s award-winning photo of a bottlenose dolphin bursting just below the bow of a giant tanker in Weymouth Bay. He won South West Photographer of the Year in Photojournalism from the British Institute of Professional Photography for the majestic action shot.

As a volunteer ambassador for the Jurassic Coast Trust, Steve says it has been like a mission for him to photograph and present the Jurassic Coast and its waters, from sea level, as they are today.

He regularly lectures on the coastline, England’s only natural World Heritage Site, to local community groups.

It’s hard for Steve to pick a favorite part of the coast, he says, but Portland “fascinates me.”

“You have the industrial side and the geological side too, it’s an amazing experience to have in photography.

“The only change I’ve really noticed is the number of different water sports going on right now.”

*Jurassic Sea Coast can be purchased online from Steve Belasco’s website for £16.99. It can also be purchased at Amazon and Waterstone’s and WH Smith in Weymouth and Dorchester

Dorset village makes history as three norths meet in ‘once in a lifetime’ discovery Fri, 04 Nov 2022 08:01:00 +0000
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A village in DORSET is at the center of the story with calculations concluding that it will become the first place where the three ‘norths’ have met in a single point.

According to calculations by the Ordnance Survey (OS) mapping service, true north, magnetic north and grid north will combine at Langton Matravers this month in a first for Britain.

The historic triple alignment will make landfall in the small village near Swanage in early November and will remain converged for three and a half years as it slowly travels across the country.

Grid north is the blue line on an operating system map that points directly toward or near the North Pole.

True north is the direction of the lines of longitude which all converge at the North Pole, but vary from grid north as it reflects the curve of the earth.

Magnetic north marks the line north to the magnetic north pole.

Having always been west of grid north in Britain, in recent years magnetic north has moved to the other side of grid north. It now reaches the “special line” and will converge with the other two “norths” for the first time in history.

After making landfall at Langton Matravers, the triple lineup will pass north through Poole by Christmas. It will eventually reach Yorkshire in August 2024 before making its final stop in Fraserburgh, Scotland around July 2026.

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Bournemouth Echo: Three map norths meeting at Langton Matravers

Reunion of the three map norths at Langton Matravers (Image: Ordnance Survey)

Mark Greaves, earth measurement expert at Ordnance Survey, said: “It is no exaggeration to say that this is a one-time event that has never happened before.

“Magnetic north moves slowly, so it will likely be several hundred years before this alignment happens again.

“This triple alignment is an interesting quirk of our national cartography and of the natural geophysical processes that drive the evolution of the magnetic field.”

Dr Susan Macmillan, from the British Geological Survey, added: “This is a once in a lifetime event. Due to the unpredictability of the magnetic field over long time scales, it is not possible to say when the three north alignment will occur again.

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Have your say on our community governance review Tue, 01 Nov 2022 09:24:04 +0000

At its full council meeting on October 20, Dorset councilors agreed to carry out a new review of community governance for several of Dorset’s current parish and town councils, which have been removed for public consultation. They include the parishes forming Vale of Allen Parish Council, Winterborne Farringdon Parish Council as well as Chickerell Town Council and Weymouth Town Council.

In response to the agreement, Dorset Council is today launching an eight-week public consultation, allowing residents of scheduled areas and other interested parties to have their say on the most appropriate ways to represent them.

The consultation will run from November 1, 2022 to December 28, 2022 and will seek input from citizens on the proposals for the review. To have your say, please visit Community Governance Review – Weymouth and Surroundings and Vale of Allen – Dorset Council and follow the link.

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government recommends that principal councils undertake a review of their territory every 10 to 15 years.

Cllr Spencer Flower, leader of Dorset Council said:

“Following the establishment of Dorset Council, we spent a year undertaking a review to ensure that community governance arrangements in the Dorset Council area reflected the various parish and town councils and achieved electoral equality. During this review, important alternative proposals were put forward for certain areas. At the July plenary meeting, Board members supported the suggestion to undertake a separate, more focused review of the areas identified. This new revision was agreed at the October Plenary Council.

“We hope this will provide council with an opportunity to put in place strong and clearly defined boundaries, linked to community identity and connectedness, and to remove any parish boundary anomalies that may currently exist, while maintaining compliance with the Local Boundaries Commission. Tips.”

Residents and interested parties are invited to provide feedback on the proposed changes. There are three ways to have your say:

  1. Take the online survey on Community Governance Review – Weymouth and Surroundings and Vale of Allen – Dorset Council
  2. Pick up a hard copy from our libraries in Chickerell, Wyke Regis, Littlemoor or Weymouth Town Center (George Street)
  3. Call us on 01305 221000 and a member of our customer services team will help you complete the survey over the phone

The largest council forming part of the review is Weymouth, for which two options are offered.

Option 1- The proposal follows the Dorset Council Ward boundaries by creating 13 Town Wards with 24 councillors. Option 1 includes taking parts of Chickerell and Bincombe at Weymouth. In Bincombe, a large development of 500 houses has recently obtained planning permission. Dorset Council welcomes views on proposed ward names.

Option 2 – Proposal following Dorset Council Ward boundaries creating 13 Town Wards with 24 councillors. Option 2 Is not include Chickerell’s stake in Weymouth, but include Bincombe’s stake in Weymouth. This is widely supported by the parishes forming Winterbourne Farringdon Parish Council. Dorset Council welcomes views on proposed ward names.

Details of the proposed options for the other parish wards which are also part of the review can be found at Community Governance Review – Weymouth and Surroundings and Vale of Allen – Dorset Council

Goats, dogs, cats and rabbits in need of homes in Dorset Sat, 29 Oct 2022 04:00:00 +0000 GOATS, dogs, cats and rabbits are looking for their forever homes.

Dorset-based animal rescue center Margaret Green hopes to find forever homes for a number of animals currently in its care.

Can you help ? All the details are below.

Echo of Bournemouth: Noxnox (Picture: Margaret Green Animal Rescue)

Nox is a seven-month-old “very smart” German Shepherd. She is a really friendly and outgoing girl who is looking for a home where her new owners will ideally have experience with large breeds, and will have time to continue her training and socialization.

Echo of Bournemouth: MiloMilo (Image: Milo)

Milo is a 10 month old Whippet mix. He’s a “very outgoing and rambunctious guy” who loves to let you know he’s arrived! As he is still young, he would benefit from taking puppy lessons with his new family, which would also be a great way for him to bond with his new owners. He would be happy to live with older children.

Echo of Bournemouth: Black Jackblackjack (Photo: Margaret Green)

Black Jack is an adorable four-year-old Greyhound who loves life! He can be very energetic and excited with his toys, so he is looking for an adult-only home or a family with teenagers. He would like to find a home where he will receive lots of attention and his new owners will ideally have experience with greyhounds, but he could not live with little furry ones.

To register an interest in adopting Nox, Milo or Black Jack, please contact the Lincoln Farm team: [email protected]

Echo of Bournemouth: ChloeChloe (Photo: Margaret Green)

Chloé is a beautiful nine-year-old cat who loves her independence. She is quite happy to sit in your company, but she prefers to receive affection on her own terms. She likes to explore and is known to hunt, so would suit a quiet, rural home. She is looking for a home with experienced and understanding owners and where she will be the only pet.

Echo of Bournemouth: pepper and splashPepper and splash (Photo: Margaret Green)

Pepper and Splash are five-year-old Anglo-Nubian male goats who are looking for a home where they will have plenty of space with tall fences. They will also need solid housing, where they can keep their feet dry and healthy in the winter. They are curious boys who like to be around people, so they would love to receive lots of human interaction in their new home.

Echo of Bournemouth: Vernon and TikkaVernon and Tikka (Photo: Margaret Green)

Vernon searches for a new home with his best friend, Tikka. They are both three years old and quite adventurous. They are currently not prone to being handled, but this could develop over time as they enjoy being given stories while relaxing on the ground. They like to be high up and jump around so they would like to find a big forever home.

To register an interest in hosting Chloe, Pepper and Splash or Vernon and Tikka, please contact the Church Knowle team: [email protected]


Push to divest oil and gas from Dorset Pension Fund Wed, 26 Oct 2022 04:00:00 +0000 Dorset Council and the county-wide Dorset Pension Fund, which involves other public bodies, are again under pressure to divest from oil and gas.

Activist Caz Dennett says now is the time to invest in something for good.

She asked the fund, whose main contributors are Dorset Council and Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council, if they were comfortable with oil and gas investments which she says can lead to “ leukemia and childhood cancers, unlivable environments and sacrificed communities.”

She told Dorset Council’s October meeting that she had now withdrawn her services as a senior security consultant at Shell after deciding she could no longer tolerate what she said was their reluctance to attack the results of their actions on the environment.

Dorset Echo: Previous lobbies aimed to persuade Dorset Pension Fund to divest from fossil fuels

Another public question at the Dorset Council meeting came from Julie-Ann Booker on behalf of the group Dorset Action on Pensions.

She asked when and how members of the Dorset Pension Fund would be consulted on government proposals to change the local government schemes in which they invest in climate-related areas – and how this would be achieved before the November 24 deadline for consultation.

Ms Booker said: “If Dorset Council submits a response to the consultation, what arrangements is Dorset Council making to consult Dorset Pension Fund members on the council’s submission, and what is done to inform pension fund members of the Government’s consultation and their right to make individual representations?”

Deputy head of council Cllr Peter Wharf, who sits on the Dorset Pension Fund Committee, said he would take advice on the matters, adding that a review of how the fund was invested was currently underway with a report expected in the middle of next year.

Earlier in the year, at a meeting, the pension fund committee was told that, through its investment managers, there had already been a “substantial” movement of oil and gas holdings into “green” investments.

The committee has been lobbied repeatedly over the past two years over what activists say are immoral or environmentally harmful fund holdings.

Photos – Previous lobbies aimed at persuading the Dorset Pension Fund to divest from fossil fuels