Saturday, December 29, 2007

Sunday 30th December LIVE MUSIC

There will be Live Music at the Grand Hotel on Sunday 30th December
from 8.30pm in the lounge bar. Free admission, all welcome.

Steve Darrington - piano, vocals, harmonica
Mike Biggs - guitar, vocals
Chris Lonergan - bass, vocals
Bournemouth Fred - drums

For more information, see

Posted by Steve Darrington to swanageview at 4:06 PM

Friday, December 28, 2007

Play in Swanage boost

Congratulations to all involved with Play in Swanage! I hear that (with help from PDC) they have got the full £85,000 they were seeking to complete the next stage, aimed particularly at the younger kids. I believe those responsible for the success include Sue Bryant, Gill Dight and others whose names I shall add if I missed anyone ...


Thanks to everybody who supported my campaign to improve the town's pavements for users of mobility scooters, wheelchairs and baby buggies.

When I started in 2004, I found that the town, district and county councils all wanted improvements, but were having difficulty coordinating action.

By various means I managed to get more drop kerbs installed in Swanage over the last three years.

I am pleased to say there is now a plan across the county to provide a consistent approach to the provision of drop kerbs.

This follows on from "a report in February 2007... and a letter sent to the Town/Borough/Boroughs on 18th October on the subject of Footway Dropped (Tactile ) Kerb Provision" – NS Hamer, Dorset County Council.

Now that the professionals are working on it, I'm taking a back seat and have made all my findings available on my website - go to and click on the link to "Accessible Swanage".

Posted by Steve Darrington to swanageview at 3:10 PM

The 8th Swanage Blues Festival

The next Swanage Blues Festival is on 7, 8, 9 March 2008.
Admission will be free to all venues, except some restaurants where conditions apply.
Anybody who wishes to put up a poster or musician, make a donation, advertise in the printed programme or on the website can contact me at

Posted by Steve Darrington to swanageview at 3:21 PM

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Online scams

A reminder for the unwary... I just received an email saying there had been some unusual activity on my online account and that I should 'click here' to investigate. I phoned my bank first, and of course it's a scam, probably with a dummy site that will ask for your account details. My bank said they would never do anything like this: they would always provide my name (this didn't have my name in the address) and account number. Take care ……

Purbeck events

I've added this site to the Links list on the right. It carries details of events going on in and around Purbeck:

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

NEW TOPIC (Help, Information, Ideas)

If you want to raise a new topic, post your comment in this section — just click first on Comments (bottom right), then on Post a comment (bottom left of the next window), and a new heading will soon be set up, allowing others to see and add their own comments. It seems it's sometimes easier to click on 'Post anonymously' than to open an account in your name - you can always add your name to your message. We try to keep posts civilized.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Vote for the £50m winner

The "people's lottery' vote ends at 12 (midday) today. See details of the four projects at:

(If you know that you want to vote for 'The Edge' at the Eden Project, you can just phone 0870 24 24 601. They will automatically record your vote for you.)

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Street Market

The Station Rd market is cancelled, though the lights will be switched on at 6pm...(no Santa though today).

BUT the Commercial Road street market is going on.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Durlston Bay

Sunday's surf (and rain and wind)

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Winter trade?

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?

Posted by Anonymous to swanageview at 9:30 AM