Thursday, October 11, 2007

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12 comments:

Steve Darrington said...

Thanks to everybody who helped to make the October blues & roots festival so successful.
With 16 venues in Swanage, Corfe Castle and Studland playing host to over 70 performers, it's been estimated there were more than 1,000 different festivalgoers over the weekend!
It is ironic that the more successful the blues festivals become, the harder it is for me to be reimbursed for my expenses. That's because it just isn't practical to charge on the door, and I have to rely on collection buckets.
The more people in the venues, the harder it is to get round to collect the money!
Still, a big thanks to volunteers Maggie and her friends who did a fantastic job.
The Holiday Accommodation Association makes a contribution, so does the LVA, and the Town Council helps too, for which I'm exceedingly glad. Thank you.
But there are many businesses in Swanage that benefit directly from these festivals and don't shell out a bean!
It's not cheap for me to do all this and Yes, I honestly do pay for all the organisation costs out of my benefit money.
So come on, all you restaurants, shops, and accommodation providers that as yet don't show their appreciation in the time-honoured manner - with a small donation!
If you run one of these businesses - or maybe you work for one and can have a word with the boss - please don't be shy!
I'll accept money off anyone to keep all this going.
Thank you all
Steve Darrington
01929 422338
s.darrington@btopenworld.com

Anonymous said...

I see Gord and his chancellor have made it a lot more attractive to purchase 2nd homes now. really helps this area.

Anonymous said...

Let's have some opinions on the best and worst local websites.
I'll start you off with my vote for the worst:

www.swanagechamber.co.uk

Anonymous said...

TONIGHT (Thursday 25th October) for the last time at the Kings Bar, Kings Rd East, Swanage
THE MARTIN JOHNSON BAND.
Starts at 8pm, followed by Frankie Rudd at 10pm and then Disco at Midnight.
Admission Free

Anonymous said...

Local Live Music Venue Closes

The demise of the Kings Bar will leave a terrible hole in the local live music scene.
The Victoria Club was ruined by the loss of the upstairs club room to flats.
The Kings Bar will become shops below and flats above. What a terrible shame.
For those of you who didn't know, the Kings Bar hosted six blues festivals, several jazz festivals, open mic nights and more. There were gigs by artists such as JAMIE CULLUM, LIANE CARROLL (both jazz pianists and singers), BEN WATERS (international boogie woogie pianist), THE GUV'NORS (7 piece funk band), saxophonist CLAIRE HIRST, trumpeter BARBARA SNOW and, at the recent new blues festival, members of Jools Holland's Rhythm & Blues Orchestra.
Not forgetting all the wonderful music from local artists such as Jon Sibthorpe, Frankie Rudd, Steve Darrington, Martin Johnson, and so many more.
The Kings Bar offered a positive affordable alternative to the Mowlem Theatre, because not only did the owners give it free, but they were always ready to spend their own money to encourage live music.
Thank you Bruce and Chris for giving us so much great music over the years.

Now what will happen to the local live music scene?

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Local Live Music Venue Closes

The demise of the Kings Bar will leave a terrible hole in the local live music scene.
The Victoria Club was ruined by the loss of the upstairs club room to flats.
The Kings Bar will become shops below and flats above. What a terrible shame.
For those of you who didn't know, the Kings Bar hosted six blues festivals, several jazz festivals, open mic nights and more. There were gigs by artists such as JAMIE CULLUM, LIANE CARROLL (both jazz pianists and singers), BEN WATERS (international boogie woogie pianist), THE GUV'NORS (7 piece funk band), saxophonist CLAIRE HIRST, trumpeter BARBARA SNOW and, at the recent new blues festival, members of Jools Holland's Rhythm & Blues Orchestra.
Not forgetting all the wonderful music from local artists such as Jon Sibthorpe, Frankie Rudd, Steve Darrington, Martin Johnson, and so many more.
The Kings Bar offered a positive affordable alternative to the Mowlem Theatre, because not only did the owners give it free, but they were always ready to spend their own money to encourage live music.
Thank you Bruce and Chris for giving us so much great music over the years.

Now what will happen to the local live music scene?

Anonymous said...

Winter Skating Weekend
8th & 9th December 2007 10am - 4pm at St Marys RC First School, Manor Road, Swanage.

Come on down and join Peter the skating Penguin on the Breeze Volkswagen ice rink and pick up some presents in the Christmas themed marquee with quality craft stalls & refreshments sponsored by Ellis Jones.

Tickets on sale at Tourist Information Office, Shore road, Swanage.
Children £3.50 Adult £5 Family £15
Places on ice are limited to 30 skaters per session so pre booking is advisable

Anonymous said...

"freedom of speach" is dead !

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/7077934.stm

Anonymous said...

Would the Police do a DNA test on the contents of the condom left on Sunday morning on the road in our cul de sac ? The road upon which the condom was disposed of is double yellow lines, therefore the offender has to be guilty of, litter, illegal parking, and probably obstruction, that is of course obstruction of the highway.

Anonymous said...

Isn't it this kind of thing that makes people lose faith in local councils and become convinced they are staffed by serried ranks of the petty-minded and heavy-handed.
http://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/display.var.1857090.0.council_urged_to_ban_pub_smoking_shelter.php

Anonymous said...

The Sub Prime Mortgage Market and Securitisation, and where your pension fund went all explained at:-

http://GaryNorth.com/public/2637.cfm

RobO

Anonymous said...

Are Swanage businesses doing well?
Would they like to do better?
Do they think that attracting more visitors out-of-season would increase their business?
What attracts people out-of-season?