Monday, March 21, 2005

Glad to be in Swanage!

The last few days have made me realise that Spring has sprung. What a wonderland we live in, To see the world start to come alive once more, is a joy, and no less than that. What makes it even better, is the great good fortune of being born in this most beautiful area by the name of Swanage. I do count myself as lucky, for this is Gods own Country.Dancing Ledge

Posted by Anonymous to swanage view at 3/20/2005 10:25:24 PM

Sunday, March 20, 2005


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What is so special about Langton Matravers?Tonight Saturday 19th both at 7.30 pm they have Mozart Requiem in C and the Clarinet Concerto in the Church, and over the road in the Church Hall is the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra's contemporary music group doing Philip Glass, Michael Nyman etcGood for Langton but what about some culture in Swanage?

Posted by nick storer to swanage view at 3/19/2005 02:55:19 PM


‘BENCH-RESTUS’Although extinct for some time along the Jurassic Coast of Purbeck ‘Bench-restus’ are still well established on the other side of Poole harbour, right through and on into Bournemouth. In fact a new group of over 25 have been observed in Ashley Road Upper Parkstone, (one would think a hostile area due to the public houses along there). However it seems the reason for the survival of the Bench-restus’ is because they are overseen by extensive CCTV which must immunizes them against the disease known as ‘antisocial behavior’. No doubt the Isle of Purbeck will be able to exploit the findings of fossilized bench-restus’ when the first are found at the foot of the Jurassic Coast ?Robert Owen ~ Perveril.

Posted by Anonymous to swanage view at 3/20/2005 11:28:34 AM

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Drinking in Public?

Proposed Ban on Drinking in Public Places

According to the local press boozing in public places is to be prohibited in Swanage. If this is enforced uniformly it has to be the daftest idea of the year. It will make it illegal to have a glass of wine with a picnic. Step outside the Carnival beer tent with a glass in your hand and it can be snatched away by a policeman. In our larger towns and cities one of the great pleasures of summer evenings is sitting in the park listening to a concert enjoying a picnic and a bottle or two of wine.No doubt its all aimed at stopping kids drinking too much and looked like a GOOD IDEA in the rarified confines of Westport House. Then again perhaps it will ony be applied to the young and those of us who can pass the grey hair test will be left to our own devices. The more rules and prohibitions we concoct about anything the more attractive we make it to the young.

Posted by Keith Roker to swanage view at 3/17/2005 05:21:00 PM

Swanage architecture

Beauty, and I suppose truth, lie in the eye of the beholder. Whenever passions are aroused by a threat/offer to demolish an old building I am reminded of the artist Paul Nash's acerbic desription of Swanage in the 30s. The inhabitants, he wrote, instinctively look over at the cliffs when they stand talking on the seafront, in order not to see the "Purbeckian/weslyian/gothic" horrors of the town. Now everybody want to preserve these horrors!Perhaps we could have a new thread on Swanageview for nominations for the ugliest building in town. We are spoilt for choice. Taking into account its surroundings I suggest the Post Office.

Posted by Keith Roker to swanage view at 3/17/2005 03:38:14 PM

Monday, March 14, 2005

Investment for Swanage

Getting new investment into Swanage Swanage, like most seaside resorts, is living off investment made in the nineteenth century. We make a virtue of it and call it heritage but how long do we expect it to last?What investment has there been in facilities for the public in the last century? We could not even agree on a marina to stop boats being blown onto the beach every time theres an east wind. Does anyone have any ideas for attracting investment? Say something which would directly and indirectly create 100 new jobs here.

Posted by Keith Roker to swanage view at 3/13/2005 01:45:20 PM

Cafe culture?

I see Gee Whites on the Quay have applied for a licence to sell alcohol. Is this appropriate, can the continental café culture work in Swanage?

Posted by Anonymous to swanage view at 3/13/2005 09:40:47 AM

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Make things happen in Swanage

Community Plan update

A successful first 'workshop' meeting was held in the salubrious surroundings of The Purbeck House Hotel. Over glasses on wine, a full house of 64 people gathered to discuss which issues they felt were most important from the thousands of comments gathered in the consultancy phase. Next meeting is Tuesday 15th, 6.15pm for 6.30pm at Purbeck House Hotel. Then another at 2.15 for 2.30 at The Mowlem Community Room on Saturday 19th.

Sad that no one under age of 35 or so to represent the young people of swanage. Perhaps they'll flood in for the next meetings - tell any you know.

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Highways, Pavements etc 0800232323

Do you know that you can call this Dorset County Council FREEPHONE number - 0800 232323 - to report any problems with damaged pavements, broken road surfaces, faulty lighting etc? (Great idea: I wonder how effective the service is). (I believe the operaion is named 'Clarence').

Give away not throw away?


Is anyone interested in setting up a freecycle group? Details are at but basically its a set of online noticeboards with offers and wanted listings for things you would rather give away than throw away. The nearest group is in Poole but there is no reason for not having one in Swanage as well. The overall aim is to reduce the amount which goes to landfill which sounds like a good idea.

Posted by Keith Roker to swanage view at 3/8/2005 10:15:25 AM

Monday, March 07, 2005


I seem to spend most of my day clicking on to Swanage View in anticipation of new postings. Is there a name for this affliction and where can I get treatment?

Posted by Peter John Cooper to swanage view at 3/6/2005 10:30:00 AM

Friday, March 04, 2005

Home Rule?

Home Rule for the Purbecks?

I know, you are going to burst out laughing. But there are quite a few local folk that think it would be a wonderful idea. One has put forward the idea of having a barbed wire barrier across the road at Corfe. Anyone got any suggestions what uniform the border guards should wear.
Dancing Ledge

Posted by Anonymous to swanage view at 3/4/2005 01:50:15 PM

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Traffic wardens?

Some time ago I posted an invitation for Swanage townsfolk to tell me if anyone has seen a traffic warden in Swanage. No one came forward, the assumption being?

I have heard there are such beings, and that they really do exist. I find this hard to beleive. Fairies in my garden..Fine, we have some of them?...I Think?

But Traffic wardens? Come off it! They are mythical figures of someones imagination...Created, methinks to give an impression.

Perhaps we could have some cardboard cutouts of these mythical beings stood on street corners, for that seems to me to be the nearest we will get.

Now about these Fairies at the bottom of the garden?
Dancing Ledge.

Posted by Anonymous to swanage view at 3/3/2005 11:17:31 AM