Thursday, September 28, 2006

Cor! Strategy!

Read it here:
More details at PDC website:

Need funding?

Need funding for a special project?

I have been approached by the Scarman Trust, who have funds available for projects that will enhance the community. These are promoted under the banner of "Community Champions".

There are a number of criteria for eligibility, but key factors are that the amount needed must be no more than £2000 and that it can't be to support the work of an existing group, or to continue existing activities.

So if you have a new idea that could benefit our community, and you think you may qualify, please get in touch and I'll provide more details. Tel: 01929 427277 or

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Council meeting 25 Sept

Among other things:


- Safe bathing: question asked about extending the safe bathing zone: answer - is being discussed with PDC. Also reviewing the 5 knot marker buoys, both for uniformity and position
- Institute Road: can someone do something about the damaged pavements? DCC Councillor Hiett was present and agreed to pursue. Discussion ensued about enforcement of loading bay, stopping people parking on pavements; suggestion made that Loading Bay should be marked in yellow paint, and say Trade Vehicles Only.
- Jurassic Coast signs: temporary metal signs didn't get placed this summer; stone ones in preparation
- Bike racks on Quay: have been put in wrong place


- Local Development Plan: this PDC document comes out on 29 September,for publlic consultation until 10 November, will determine strategy for all of us for next 20 YEARS. Can be viewed at PDC offices, in libraries and on PDC website (from 29/9).


- Britain in bloom: Swanage won a Silver Award in the RHS Britain in Bloom contest, in the Coastal Resorts category; Durlston Country Park won a Conservation and Environment Award for its work

- Funding opportunity: A charity (the Scarman Trust) has some funds available for community projects. Please contact Mike Hadley (427277 or mail@mikehadley) or the Town Clerk for more details.

Monday, September 25, 2006

God retires to Swanage

According to the recent Radio 4 play, Angelophany, God has retired to a bungalow in Swanage.....famous for its awad-winning beaches, etc

First Jonathan Ross, now Him. Who next?

Sunday, September 24, 2006


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Sunday morning in Swanage - cars full of unsmiling young men who look like they're on a mission, drivers exchanging information with each other through their open windows (not on mobiles). They don't look like they're wondering which church to go to!
I do hope all is well.

Posted by Anonymous to swanage view at 9/24/2006 12:38:22 PM

Business in Swanage

(from Swanage Advertiser, September 21, page 4)

from Paul Brown, Chairman of the Swanage & District Chamber of Trade at the

What do you need to improve the future of your business? What are the Plans? What are the opportunities?
All local businesses welcome

Posted by Anonymous to swanage view at 9/23/2006 08:10:49 PM

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Swallows ahoy


At about noon today, Saturday 23rd September, I took some garden rubbish to the Panorama Recycle Centre and had to stop and watch the swallows heading south at low level, skimming low of the hedges taking in their last flies. I counted 10 to 15 a minute heading towards the sun !


Posted by Anonymous to swanage view at 9/23/2006 01:20:59 PM

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Town Council

anything happen at the STC meeting last night?

Posted by Anonymous to swanage view at 9/21/2006 10:43:37 AM

Volunteer Drivers

Anonymous asks: My neighbour is in a wheelchair and is unable to travel by bus to Wareham to link up with the train on the rare occasions she needs to do so. Taxi fare is £19 one way. We don't dispute the right for taxi drivers to make a living, but she is on benefit and gets no extra financial help.Are there any Swanage voluntary organisations or drivers who might assist for a little less money?

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Gourmet Swanage?

The Which? Good Food Guide 2007 is published today. Congratulations to the Cauldron Bistro on the hard work gone into achieving the well deserved accolade “also recommended” (i.e. not quite getting 1 out of 10). Shell Bay in Studland was another also ran. Locally, Poole boasts a restaurant with a score of 3/10, as does Christchurch, and Bournemouth has a 4/10. Looking to our coastal competitors Lymington and Lyme Regis get a 2/10; West Bay and Looe 3/10; St Mawes has a 3/10, and St Ives has 3 and 4/10 restaurants. Padstow has two 2’s, a 5, and a 6/10.

Monday, September 18, 2006

All about Swanage

I think I was bored, but has anyone seen this:

I think it's pretty good

Posted by Anonymous to swanage view at 9/17/2006 09:23:05 PM

Sunday, September 17, 2006

More fuel you

Article in today's - 17-9 - Observer, whoops, that could get a few backs up.
Sorry, back to the article.Sugar Cane and Palm Trees could be the answer to global warming.

A friend of mine commented; 'why can't these idiots find something that is a total pest that can save the world. Brambles, tonnes of them around'.
Stinging nettles, I replied.
Any other suggestions?

Posted by Anonymous to swanage view at 9/17/2006 06:08:44 PM

Friday, September 15, 2006

Padstow Lifeboat

If we get a new lifeboat station in Swanage I hope it looks as good as the one shortly to open in Padstow.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Pavements blocked

The centre of Swanage is plagued with advertising boards blocking the pavements. People have to step into the street to avoid them. Shop and restaurant owners are not using common sense.
May I suggest an amount of clear pavement is maintained at all times? About the width of a double-buggy perhaps?

Posted by Anonymous to swanage view at 9/14/2006 04:47:29 PM


There's loads these days about how obese the population is and how it is a major health problem....and I was thinking about that sitting waiting in Poole hospital the other day.
And counting, roughly, how many of the staff wandering - it seemed to me they appeared to be going nowhere in no great rush - around the building were fattish, fat, very fat, grossly fat and so on.
And thinking. If obesity is such a health problem why doesn't the health service start with some of its staff?

Posted by Anonymous to swanage view at 9/14/2006 03:13:29 PM


Is anyone interested in exchanging information on local edible fungi finds? I just love to cook with wild mushrooms, but find the time involved in locating them less fun than the dog does. I'll start you off with honey fungus (pictured) picked at King's Wood near Rempstone 14/9/06.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Residents' car park

Recently got harangued by a motorist as they drove through the "no entry" signs at the southern end of the residents car park so that they could could get into the other car park, from other persons around at the time it seems like a very regular occurrence.
Thinks, is this a money spinner for the council, camera, £30 ticket, you know the kind of stuff; or will pedestrians such as myself run the risk of being knocked down as all the cars dart through regardless.

Posted by Anonymous to swanage view at 9/11/2006 10:49:47 PM

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Pier pressure

I hear someone smashed all the glass in the shelter at the end of the Pier. If anyone reading this has any ideas who might be responsible, do please tell the police.