Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Credit Union

The Coastal Credit Union had their launch today.

It's open every Tues 10.30 to 12.30 in the Old Stables.

I'm already a member and dropped in to show them some support. Eventually, they hope to be able to open at other times as well.

If you'd like to know more about Credit Unions then

Although Mike reports that it's a "small savings and loans scheme." They lend up to, I think, £7K and you can save as much as you like.

They lent to me when the banks wouldn't touch me - pre credit crunch!

Now my credit score has risen I checked with my bank to see if it would be cheaper to repay my current loan by borrowing from them. He looked at my agreement, shook his head, and said stay with them, they're a lot cheaper than us.

Posted by Anonymous to swanageview at 6:24 PM

Tuesday, April 27, 2010


Those of you who use the Zig-zag path to visit Durlston Bay, can you help with this, please? It seems more and more people are abusing this beautiful place. People are leaving more and more litter and smashing bottles. (How can somebody go somewhere because they find it a great place, and then trash it for everyone else?) I have also heard that people have recently tried to set fire to the large, ancient, cedar tree (Macracarpa, I believe). Suddenly this is beyond people just having a bit of fun. Destroying a tree like that would not only be massively anti-socially environmentally destructive, it would also be a criminal offence and could set fire to the woods and in turn the nearby flats.                                          (Photo: thanks to Dom Greves)

I fought the Conservative town council and certain councillors for two years to get that path open, for the enjoyment of all. I have also sat in on meetings where the Police and Coastguard have argued for it to be closed, because of some the activities that go on, and because if people get injured (or dead drunk) it would be hard to get them out. I have argued many times that people need a place like this to get a bit wild. But I can see if things carry on like this, the place will be closed again.

Can I ask you to take away your litter if you go there, not to break glass, and please control any fires and make sure they are out before you leave? And if you know people who are causing trouble, can you try to ask them to behave? If they won't or you can't approach them, please think about telling the Police or posting information up here. Perhaps take photos too.


Putlake Farm

Alfie up at the Putlake Farm has had terrible problems with car parking. Apparently the planners don't want people to park in the field to buy local produce and entertain the kids. Does anyone know if St Mary's, the parish church, has planning permission to allow folk to park on the grass in the church yard?

Posted by Anonymous to swanageview at 8:18 PM

Monday, April 26, 2010

Town Meeting (Parish Assembly) Tonight 26 April

The town's annual meeting is tonight at 7.00pm in the Community Room at the Mowlem.

YOUR meeting; YOUR views; YOUR chance to have a say on any matters affecting Swanage.

This is not a Council meeting, although many Town Councillors will be there. And if any resolutions are proposed and passed by the majority present, then the Council will be bound to address the matter.

(Sorry I didn't post this earlier, I did mean to.)

Saturday, April 24, 2010

New Comedy Channel launched by the Echo.

There's lie, damn lies and then there's ........... politicians.


New Comedy Channel launched by the Echo.


Listen and watch our Parliamentary Candidates.

Posted by Anonymous to swanageview at 4:34 PM

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Lib Dem Election office

The Lib Dems have candidates for the Purbeck District Council:
Swanage South ward – Mike Hadley;
and for Langton ward – William Knight;

and for the General Election – Ros Kayes.

Although the Lib Dems are getting a popularity surge at the moment, we are far from complacent and still need lots of help to get our message out.

We have an Election Office, where supporters and helpers can drop in and talk to us or help in many ways, maybe with delivery, putting up posters, telephoning or canvassing.

The office is at 81 Ulwell Road, Swanage (just before the Vets, in the grassed crescent, on the way to Studland),
Tel: 01929 421433 with an alternate number 01929 426485. The office will be open daily up to the election from 10:30 a.m. until 2:00 pm and again from 4:00p.m. to 7:00p.m.

If you would like to help, do please visit us or get in touch.

Classical Festival (Seranata) Kimmeridge 26-28 August

..they've got Katherine Jenkins

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Kitten found by Pier

This notice was near the Pier yesterday, 19th April. Black and white kitten found; call 01929 421307

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Election debate

Did anyone else go to the Swanage Senior Forum at the Middle School on 17/05/10? The UKIP candidate was certainly entertaining in his efforts to obtain an equal platform with the other candidates!

Posted by Anonymous to swanageview at 1:51 PM

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Auxiliary units

The Auxilary Units were set up during WW2 to fight off the hun - if they invaded.

When they were disbanded - late in '44, the 'members' were told that as they were secret units there'd be no medals or recognition.

Luckily, people talk and so various websites have been set up, and books written, to get to the truth.

I use this road quite often, but usually from Corfe, so I could have gone passed it quite often without noticing it, but today I was going t'other way.

The flickr, and tiny links are a photo of a memorial stone that's been erected to the 'Creech Bottom Seven'. The warlinks link is info about Auxilary Units.


Coming passed to East Creech today I saw this


Locals in an Auxilary Unit. These are news to me, but there's plenty of stuff on the good old idiotweb eg

Would anyone know of any local connection?

The Memorial isn't on Google Streetview, so it hasn't been there long.

Posted by Anonymous to swanageview at 7:06 PM

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Prices at the Co-op

I estimate that our weekly bill at the Co-op has increased by 30-50% over the last year.This is way over any rise in inflation and way over the general increase in food prices. Since the re-organisation there is also considerably less choice and customers are now often only offered a more expensive version of a product.

The Co-op website is about the only supermarket site that does not list all its products and prices nationally. Maybe I'm too cynical,but I strongly suspect this is so they can vary their prices according to the location of each supermarket.

Supermarkets like Asda and Tesco are now much, much cheaper than the Co-op to the point where I can understand why more people seem to be getting their groceries home delivered by them.I support the Co-op for its ethical stance, but I am beginning to feel that we're being exploited because of our location.

I wonder if anyone else feels like this.

Posted by Anonymous to swanageview at 1:25 PM

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Swop a Topper for a Kayak?

If you fancy moving on from your Kayak and would like to swop it for an old but sound Topper, please get in touch.   Mike Hadley:  0779 693 4808 

Studland Heath on fire again.

Studland Heath on fire again. 13/4
Posted by Anonymous to swanageview at 3:17 PM

Dorset Beach Clean 18th April 2010

The annual Great Dorset Beach Clean is this Sunday, if you want to help to pick up litter from our beaches.  Last year over 700 volunteers helped clean 32 beaches in Dorset.  Can you spare an hour at your nearest beach on the day?  More details on the link above, with information on all the beaches. Here are our local ones, with times:

Chapman's Pool
13.30 - 15.30
Swanage North BeachSeafront by Ocean Bay Restaurant14.30 - 16.30
Knoll Beach, StudlandNational Trust Visitor Centre11.00 - 13.00

Prize draw (to help the Railway connection)

PEAT (Purbeck Environment Action Team) are holding a prize draw to try and raise £25000. to help with restoring rail links in Purbeck. So please buy a ticket for £5, and if you think you can help with selling tickets and putting up posters please contact
They need volunteers to sell tickets and distribute the posters.

To buy a ticket, call Beryl Ezzard on 01929 550138 or email

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Black Gold

We're rich, again!

Independence for Purbeck, get digging, we're floating on oil.


Posted by Anonymous to swanageview at 7:25 AM

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Employment in Swanage

I was wondering how jobs were advertised in Swanage.

I know there are a number on businesses in Swanage including shops etc but my daughter and I have searched on various employment sites trying to find her a job before going to college in October and it appears that the only jons there are is as a carer,nurse or at Purbeck School. Nothing wrong with those, if thats what you want to do but can any body point us in the right direction to find her work in the field of child care as that is the course she will be doing at Uni or even seasonal work at one of the sites or shop etc.

Any help realy would be appreciated

Posted by Anonymous to swanageview at 10:33 PM

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Schools update

Please can the schools have another thread.

Community and PDC Councillors have grave concerns about lack of funding

Posted by Anonymous to swanageview at 8:22 PM

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Bayview Caravan Park


Saturday, April 03, 2010

Town Hall

Blogger Purbecklad said...
Town Hall Roofing Costs I have heard it rumoured that the roof of the Town Hall is going to cost something in the region of £400,000 to repair. It is a listed building and obviously you cannot just do something on the cheap, but I was surprised at the cost. Does anybody have an idea of what work is involved so we can check we are getting good value for money here. Thank you
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Friday, April 02, 2010

Swanage Hospital


The NHS ‘CHOOSE and BOOK’ is working seriously against Swanage residents.

Those of us who live in Swanage, take great pride in the Swanage Cottage Hospital as a valuable LOCAL facility, donating time, money and effort in supporting it, but this is brought into jeopardy by the NHS ‘Choose & Book’.

I live two minutes from the Hospital but the choice given to me was; Bournemouth, Poole, Dorchester, but against Swanage was “Not available”.

Therefore Swanage Residents are expected to travel a round trip of circa 50 miles, pay through the nose for parking and have to walk along endless corridors.

The reason Swanage appointments are full is because people who live close to the other hospitals prefer a day out in Swanage where they do not have to pay parking etc.


Posted by Anonymous to swanageview at 3:42 PM

Burngate Easter Craft Fair

Easter craft fair Friday 2nd, Saturday 3rd April 11 am - 4pm  at Burngate Stone Carving Centre, Kingston Road, above Langton Matravers. Stalls, displays, stone-carving, refreshments.

Purbeck Gazette under new ownership

Local business man, Colin Baines of Wondernet and Nico Johnson, Editor of The Gazette, have combined forces and have launched a new company, Purbeck Media Ltd.
As of April 1st 2010, Purbeck Media Ltd took over ownership of well-established local paper, The Purbeck Gazette.

This change in ownership will see The Gazette come back under local control after several years under the wing of national Newspaper company, Tindle Newspapers Ltd.

Both Colin and Nico intend to continue expanding The Gazette as the main local paper for our area, ensuring you have somewhere to advertise your businesses, events and festivals, as well as continuing to offer you somewhere to have local editorial printed.

With the widest distribution in the area and the highest number of readers, Colin and Nico see the future of The Gazette as being very bright indeed, so please do continue to support us with advertising and we will ensure that we continue to offer you real value for money, an excellent distribution and a wide readership.

You can contact us with enquiries at our office, 17b Commercial Road, Swanage, Dorset. BH19 1DF, by calling 01929 424239 or by emailing

Here’s to the future!

The Purbeck Gazette
Editor - Nico Johnson
Main office - 01929 424239

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Urgent info?

An urgent request. What would be the quickest and most reliable way to get an urgent message out to the community of Purbeck? Is there a formal procedure ?

Posted by Anonymous to swanageview at 1:14 AM