Thursday, December 29, 2011

Swanage Walking Group

Is the Swanage Walking Group a bunch of old age pensioners who never venture outside Swanage and cannot walk more than 5 miles or is it the friendliest, best organised and most successful group in Swanage?

Posted by Robin from Swanage to swanageview at 29/12/11 9:24 PM

Swanage Railway (models)


At last Hornby is going to produce models of the push-pull sets that were used on the Swanage Railway between 1959 and 1964. There were 20 sets of which 4 were used on the Swanage Railway every day.

Posted by Robin from Swanage to swanageview at 29/12/11 7:20 PM

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Pier Head

A planning application has been submitted for this site.

Click the title link above (where it says "Pier Head") to go to direct to the design and access statement.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

New subject

If you want to raise a new topic, post your comment here — just click first on Comments below, then type in post a comment (top right of the next window). Can you choose a title for your post, please? Sometimes it's hard to work out what a comment is about and what the subject is. 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. And any posts that become too provocative, insulting, threatening or otherwise unpleasant will be deleted.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Swanage Town Twinning Association

Does the Association make all its members feel welcome?

Posted by Robin from Swanage to swanageview at 23/12/11 10:14 AM

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

C-SCOPE Marine Plan Consultation

Draft C-SCOPE Marine Plan Consultation (Click on title for link to C-SCOPE website)

You are invited to comment on the Draft C-SCOPE Marine Plan. Your feedback is particularly important as this is a pilot project which could help to inform national marine planning. The Draft C-SCOPE Marine Plan is a non-statutory plan which aims to provide users, managers and regulators of the marine plan area, whether in public, private or voluntary sectors, with direction, policies and advice to ensure that their plans and activities contribute to sustainable development in the area. While the Plan should be taken as a whole, it is also intended to be complementary to existing plans and strategies. It seeks to avoid duplication as far as possible but does sign-post users to other relevant plans and strategies where they overlap.

Additionally there is an aspiration that the C-SCOPE Marine Plan will become a material consideration for local planning and regulatory authorities when making decisions on new applications for development, and eventually be given some statutory recognition through incorporation into local plans and national marine plans when they are developed.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Swanage cyclist

Swanage cyclist killed , driver pleads guilty.

Thoughts go out to his family as the legal side continues , at a time of the year when he will be especially missed by family and the cycling community :(

Posted by David Furmage to swanageview at 19/12/11 6:10 PM

National Trust Studland TV programme

The National Trust Studland program on the BBC.

Can anyone help me. I am looking for a copy of the program the BBC aired a few years ago about the management at Studland by the National Trust. If anyone has a copy that I could copy for use with geography students at Leeson House I would be very grateful.

Thank you

Ben Keen

Posted by benn to swanageview at 19/12/11 3:04 PM

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Purbeck Model Railway Group

The Group meets in the Catholic Hall, Rempstone Road. The layouts include Corfe Castle and Ashburton in 1/43 scale. Should the layouts be based on Purbeck prototypes to promote the area and the Swanage Railway?

Posted by Robin from Swanage to swanageview at 18/12/11 10:10 AM

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Day Centres

Peter Clark (of the Swanage and Isle of Purbeck Lib Dems) attended the DCC debate on the future of the Day Centres in Dorset. This is his feedback.

The consultation report and recommendations are all
laid out in a long report (item 7), which is available on the Dorsetforyou website.

As I see it, the situation is as follows.

D.C.C., encouraged by Debbie Ward, the director of Adult Services, seem to
have listened to the consultation. Can this be true? I believe that it is!

The overall preference was to keep the Day Centres in the ownership of
D.C.C.(option 1) This was especially so in the cases of the users of the Day
centres and their carers. Option 3 was the least popular. There was a
widespread view that income streams could be improved both by changing the
qualifications needed to use the Centres and by increasing the use of the
premises by outside bodies. The point made forcibly by Mel and Gerry Norris that
closure of the premises would result in larger public expenditure elsewhere
was also given prominence.

As a result a Partnership option was recommended. The aim would be to
maximise opportunities for partnerships with other groups and to establish
multiple use of buildings.

The Chief Executive voiced concern about how much of this would be possible.
Andrew Cattaway, the responsible cabinet member, was very positive in his
comment that 'this can be achieved.'

A fuller report on how this might be achieved will go to the May cabinet.

That's it. Good news so far, but a long way to go.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Sewage on Swanage beach


Posting this partly to raise awareness of this threat to Swanage‘s greatest asset (the beach), but also as a health warning to beach users.
Raw sewage is being discharged at Swanage beach currently (0930hrs 12/12/11)

There is an incredible stench along the seafront near the banjo pier, making standing on the prom unpleasant at best, and frequently impossible. Standing at the end of the banjo peir had me wretching.

There is also a swimmer in the sea, and surfers preparing to go in. I have chosen not to risk going in the sea today.

Given that there have been no adverse weather condition (flash flooding), discharging sewage at this location is entirely unacceptable.

The public have a right to access this water, use the beach, and walk along the seafront, and this event has taken that right away. Meanwhile Wessex Water are still billing us for sewage treatment.

If you experience sewage at Swanage if should be reported to the Environment Agency who will investigate it. Here is a handy link showing you what to do....

Swanage's great asset should not be turned into a soup of health threatening shit.

Posted by Charlie The Bikemonger to swanageview at 12/12/11 11:04 AM

Sunday, December 11, 2011

High-speed broadband?

On Tuesday evening Purbeck District Council will vote on whether they should contribute £360,000 towards a £9.7M joint Dorset County Council/British Telecom initiative to install high speed fibre optic broadband across Dorset. It is my understanding that £330,000 of this money is already available as part of a grant from central government, therefore only about £30K needs to be contributed by PDC. If Purbeck District Council does not contribute then we will be left in the slow lane of the communication age. If PDC does contribute there would be a huge opportunity to create new internet based jobs across the District, and particularly in Swanage.

There will be an allotted 15 minutes for public participation before the Council meeting begins for members of the public to explain to councillors why it is so important that this contribution be made. Please come to the meeting at the District Council Offices in Worgret Road, Wareham, on Tuesday the 13th December. The meeting starts at 7pm.
Posted by Stephen Foote

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Swanage and Purbeck's 3rd Walking Festival 28 Apr-6 May

Organisers are delighted to announce the launch of the Third Swanage and Purbeck Walking Festival, which will run from April 28th until May 6th 2012.

The programme is set to be as diverse as possible this coming year, take a leisurely stroll for a mile and a half walk around Swanage, discovering the fascinating history of this beautiful Victorian seaside town, or for the more active take the day out, with sixteen miles along the South West Coast Path on the infamous 'Jurassic Roller Coaster. Expect a variety of experiences, with discounts for those opting for trips on Swanage Steam Railway, and pub lunches included for some, or how about resting your feet and eating a packed lunch, sitting in a flower-filled meadow and looking out to sea?

Main Sponsor Oswald Bailey, the outdoor clothing and camping retailer, is once again supporting the festival and says....
“We are delighted to be involved with this popular event in the walking calendar once again, as a Dorset based family firm with 19 shops around the UK, the event totally encompasses the ethos of our brand. We want to encourage people to get outdoors to appreciate what our natural landscape has to offer and this event is the perfect way to do that.”

Festival organiser Andy Pedrick, commented:
“The festival is now well and truly established and it has proved tremendously popular, it’s a great way for everyone to explore the Purbeck’s, and learn about how special the area is. Next years programme will include events of special interest, such as photography, art and food, and family activities etc. It’s going to be fantastic.”

More details can be found on the Walking Festival website,

Monday, December 05, 2011

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Strange Tasting Tap Water

Strange Tasting Tap Water

Several people in the High Street in Herston have experienced a very strange chemical taste in their tap water today (29 Nov). Wessex Water have been contacted but are suggesting that the fault lies with tap washers, extensions, fittings or elements in kettles. None of these apply in this case. If you are experiencing water quality problems today could you please contact Wessex Water and ask to speak to Teresa on 0845 600 4 600

Posted by Anonymous to swanageview at 29/11/11 2:59 PM

Monday, November 28, 2011

High Street troubles: meeting Tues 29 Nov

There is a PACT (Police and Community working Together) at 6pm, at Swanage Town Hall tomorrow, Tuesday 29th November. I don't know the full scope of the agenda, but gather that the problems of violence, noise and anti-social behaviour in the High Street is on the agenda. Meeting is open to the public.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

A Sprinkle of White Christmas

Swanage Area Senior Forum is going out on a seasonal limb for our December gathering. We are proud to present the amazing entertainer Trisha Lewis in 'A Sprinkle of White Christmas', a sparkling trip down memory lane. For just £3, which includes festive refreshments, you can listen, laugh and sing-a-long with Trisha.
She has been described as giving a 'spellbinding performance' (Bath Chronicle), 'enthralling' (Lancashire Evening Post) and 'an actress who equally makes us laugh or cry' (Western Gazette). If you haven't seen or heard Trisha Lewis perform, then you are in for a very special treat, so don't miss out on this chance to kick off the festive season and join Swanage Senior Forum members in a heartwarming evening's entertainment.
Everyone is welcome – whatever your age !
We will also be having a Christmas raffle with lovely prizes, which will be drawn as you munch on mince pies and enjoy mulled wine.
So – make a date to join us and put this event in your diary NOW: Wednesday 7th December, 7 til 9pm, Emmanuel Church, Howard Road, Swanage. For transportation or further information 07971 338486.

Posted by Swanage Senior Forum to swanageview at 27/11/11 9:49 AM

Save Wareham Playing Fields!

Not so much a Swanage issue , though some of us still use them as I do , my son plays for Wareham Rangers Football Club. And it would be a great shame for all these fields to go. The teams would be gutted if this happened:(

Show your support please and let's keep our green belt land and at least for the kids sake anyway. Thank you

Link to a site.

Posted by David Furmage to swanageview at 26/11/11 10:51 P

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Localism Bill

The Localism Bill was introduced to Parliament on 13
December 2010, and was given Royal Assent on 15 November 2011. This
Bill will shift power from central government back into the hands of
individuals, communities and councils. Following agreement by both
Houses on the text of the Bill it received Royal Assent on 15
November. The Bill is now an Act of Parliament (law). For more
information -

Education Swanage Autumn Newsletter

EDucation Swanage has produced a newsletter, detailing progress. You can download from link above.

Monday, November 21, 2011

IT FAYRE for Seniors Saturday 26th November, 10 to 3pm

IT FAYRE for Seniors Saturday 26th November, 10 to 3pm

Emmanuel Baptist Church - Howard Road (opposite Jewsons)

There are still 5.7 million people over 65 who have never accessed the internet. Many fear computers and think the skills needed are beyond them. Most have no idea of how vast and fascinating are the things that can be done. Many are not aware of the special facilities for those with difficulties in sight, hearing or control.
We are holding an IT Fayre in Swanage where you will be able to meet other seniors like you and see what they are doing.
Technology is so important and can offer older people numerous benefits, such as keeping in contact with loved ones more easily, capturing important moments in life, shopping without leaving home and so much more.
Free transport is available, including disabled access and refreshments on the day. If you are already using the internet and computer technology why not spread the word and tell your non-IT friends what we are doing !

Posted by Swanage Senior Forum to swanageview at 20/11/11 10:14 AM

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Durlston Castle open again

Durlston Castle is now open, after its £5.2 million refurbishment. I understand the restaurant won't open until w/c 28 November. (And the main car park is open.) Durslton website says (at 19/11) that the seventhwave cafe and restaurant will open on Friday 25th November at 10 am, but if you're planning a visit and want to check, contact them direct on

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Xmas Party for disabled children, Wareham, Sat 17th Dec

Message from John Chalk:

We have booked Lady St Marys Parish Hall on the Quay at Wareham for Sat 17th Dec 2011 between 4-7pm.

We wish to provide a Xmas Party for disabled children any age welcome.

We will have a party Tea with entertainment from a young musician, Christmas carols, children’s Xmas DVD etc we will go with the flow.

Parents/carers are necessary for the well being of their own children.

Please contact below should you wish your child to attend.

It would be great to see them.

There is no cost involved.

Should you not be available you may well know somebody who is then please pass on my details.

74 Corfe Road
BH20 5AY

Monday, November 14, 2011

Use the Mowlem

Congratulations to the Mowlem on the wonderful article in the Echo!

Posted by Anonymous to swanageview at 14/11/11 7:21 AM

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Diana's Deli wins Gold!

Swanage's Purbeck Deli has won gold in the prestigious Taste of the West Awards.

The deli is one of only four Dorset retail businesses to receive the top award, and is the only delicatessen to make the exclusive list.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Making comments/adding subjects

I think the time has come to review the scope of what can be said on this site. Some recent comments have made serious accusations about individuals or businesses, which must at least be upsetting, and at worse could affect business.

Although it may be a shame to limit the possible value of this site by restricting what can be said, it seems only proper that no comments/posts should be made that could be considered libellous. While it can be difficult to prove libel, and to act against those who make such comments, especially if made anonymously, it's only fair to err on the side of caution.

In future, please avoid making any comments that are defamatory, malicious or untrue, whether about individuals or businesses. I'll add racist to that list, too. If you wish to make a comment that might stray into this area, please phrase it in such a way that does not make specific allegations against identifiable individuals or businesses. In future, any comments that are, or may be, potentially libellous will be deleted.

I'm sorry that this will restrict 'freedom of speech', but feel this is the way forward. (Unless anyone can provide clear legal evidence that there is no problem with complete freedom to write anything.)

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Artist Brian Graham at Museum of Wales

Distinguished Swanage artist, Brian Graham, has a major exhibition running at the Museum of Wales. Details on the link above, and examples of his work may be seen at:

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Olympic Torch to visit Dorset;)

Olympic Torch to visit Dorset;) Be nice as a town to do something for this:) Posted by David Furmage to swanageview at 8/11/11 4:54 PM


Coastview has been launched on iCoast – take a look at Coast view is similar in concept to Street View in Google Maps. You can explore the Dorset coast with sea-level photographs taken from a boat rather than street-level imagery taken from a car. Coast view gives you remarkable views of the cliffs and coast so that it is easier to see what access is like to beaches along the coast for kayakers and walkers.

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Durlston events

Want to be involved with a new feature film?

Limited places available: reply by Weds 9th.

Friday, November 04, 2011

Fix My Street


The dark nights are here, and suddenly broken streetlights and uneven pavements change from a minor irritation into a potential danger.

This year, the Fix Before the Freeze campaign encourages you to make a note of street hazards and report them at - now, before they become a winter nightmare.

So, on your way home tonight, look out for streetlights that don't work, or pavements that are just waiting to trip someone up, and be sure to report them.

If you'd like to help spread the word about the Fix Before the Freeze campaign, there is more information there.

Thank you - and watch your step, now!

Maasai warriors in Swanage, 5th Nov

Saturday 5 November at 7.30pm, at St Mary's Church, Swanage



The Troupe's music is incredible, mesmerising to hear and certainly fascinating to watch. An opportunity to experience and enjoy the diverse culture of the Maasai

Crafts and wares will be available for purchase

Tickets: £10 Adults, £5 Children & full-time Students

Church Office 01929 421117

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Folk and Jazz Show at Studland 13 Nov

SUNDAY 13th NOVEMBER at 7.30pm Tickets £8
The Churchfitters
Unique and energetic! A fast-paced show uniting folk and jazz rhythms with the universal appeal of traditional music. Fresh original songs as well some traditional - but all 'Fitted-up' the Churchfitters way. Outstanding vocals and an astonishing array of instruments including fiddle, double bass, bouzouki, flute, sax, guitar, banjo and even a musical saw! All delivered with a large dose of humour, a measure of eccentricity and an abiding sense of fun.
Dave Pegg of Fairport Convention and Cropredy Festival said: 'The most musically inventive quartet I've seen in decades - they blew the crowd away!'


We have more Artsreach events due in the New Year. Details will be sent nearer the time.

The Artsreach Programme for the whole of Dorset can be seen at
and you can join the Artsreach mailing list (for all events in Dorset) at

Stephen Yeoman
on behalf of Studland Village Hall

Parking at Durlston

Hypocrisy gone mad.

Can anyone remember when the Ferry Company put up parking meters along the Ferry Road in Studland, and DCC had a turn and made them take them down?
Well now DCC propose pay and display parking for themselves along Durlston Road and Lighthouse Road!
but link isn't working yet...

Posted by Anonymous to swanageview at 2/11/11 3:30 PM

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

New subject

If you want to raise a new topic, post your comment here — just click first on Comments below, then type in post a comment (top right of the next window). Can you choose a title for your post, please? Sometimes it's hard to work out what a comment is about and what the subject is. 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. And any posts that become too provocative, insulting, threatening or otherwise unpleasant will be deleted.

Gypsy and Traveller sites for Swanage - PDC Consultation

Exhibition on 21 November 2011, 3.30 – 7.30 pm, The Mowlem, Shore Road, Swanage.
Information also available at Library and Town Hall.

A Council report has been made public today regarding gypsy and traveller sites, ahead of a Council meeting on 8th November. Consultants have been working on behalf of Dorset councils to prepare the Gypsy and Traveller development plan document. A consultation is planned for Nov-Feb across Dorset. After trawling through around 100 sites, the consultants have shortlisted four sites for consultation purposes. One is in Wool and three are in Swanage. Two of the sites at ‘Herston Fields’ and Washpond Lane have been promoted by the landowner for this purpose. The remaining site is within county council ownership in North Swanage. PDC say they are disappointed that at this stage they only have four sites for consultation, which is insufficient to meet the known gypsy and traveller needs in Purbeck. They hope the consultation will help attract landowners to suggest further sites for consideration.

Please note that Council on 8th November is only being asked to agree to publishing these four sites for consultation purposes. Council is not being asked to agree to the principle of whether these sites are suitable and should be allocated. Decisions on the sites that will be allocated as gypsy and traveller sites will come later in the plan process. By then they hope other sites will be suggested for consideration providing them with greater choice.

The papers are available here:

Posted by Anonymous to swanageview at 31/10/11 11:13 PM

Monday, October 31, 2011

Call for Participants for a Film [POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE]

Call for Participants for a Film


Power and Service: A new film work by Laura Eldret

Artist Laura Eldret invites all residents of Swanage and surrounding areas to take part in an exciting new film artwork exploring notions of Power and Service. Individuals are invited to attend one of two creative introduction workshops led by the artist, she will introduce the story behind the art project, past examples of her work and initial ideas. Though in fact the intention is to inspire participants imaginations to invent and develop their own personal characters to dress up as or act as in the final film. The intention is that the cast of characters (participants) will embody anything from biblical to ludicrous notions of Power and Service, from a cheerleader to a man walking a dog.

Participants will then present themselves acting their character in a short film of all the participants, shot on the morning of 5th November in Prince Albert Gardens, Swanage. In addition to being part of a collective film portrait, individual photographic portraits will be taken and all participants will receive a copy of their character portrait.

No previous acting experience is required, all adults welcome!


Refreshments will be provided at the meetings and during the filming, and it is intended to be a fun social event! There is a small amount of budget to cover individuals' expenses of parking/travel and costumes/ props.

To get involved email:

This is part of the project A Tale of Two Occurrences that is Arts Council England funded.

With special thanks to Lesson House, Swanage Town Council and Dorset County Council Arts Team for their support in kind and advice.

Blues Festival (Comments)


The recent Swanage Blues Festival was the 16th that I have organised.

If you go to, then Past Festivals, and finally "2011 October" - you can read what people thought about Swanage and the last blues festival on 7, 8, 9 October.

Steve Darrington

Posted by Swanage Blues Comments to swanageview at 31/10/11 7:01 AM

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Second home council tax

Council Tax blow for second home owners.

Well I would have to say about time this happen. I have always said if you can afford a second home you can afford to pay the full amount on your council tax ;)

Posted by David Furmage to swanageview at 30/10/11 9:26 AM

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Mowlem/Sea Salt: new leaseholders?

I see there's a 'Sale Agreed' sign in the Sea Salt window. Anyone know who's taking over the lease?

Friday, October 28, 2011

Planning regulations?

Royal Victoria Hotel Grade II listed building ignored by planners?

There seems to be various advertising and new doors appearing on this one time revered building -but no enforcement. Is some official going to make the landlord of the East Bar take down his plastic first floor advertising board, before it's been there four years, and he no longer has to reinstate the balcony?

Posted by Anonymous to swanageview at 28/10/11 9:19 AM

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Swanage Blues Festival

2,3,4 March 2012

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Swanage ....

Nice place to live.


Posted by Anonymous to swanageview at 22/10/11 8:08 AM

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

New grant funding

See link above for grants up to £7,500 available from Dorset County Council.

Dorset County Council recognises and values the potential of organisations of all sizes working across Dorset to deliver outcomes for the communities they serve.

The Dorset County Community Fund has been set up to build the capacity of the voluntary and community sector and parish and town councils in order to deliver stronger services and support for local communities.

Funding Principles

The fund will support new or distinct parcels of work, i.e. ‘projects', only. These must have a start and finish date, a budget, specific outcomes and outputs
Capital and revenue funding is eligible
Continuation funding will not be eligible
Funding to develop or enhance existing work is eligible if it improves chances of that work becoming more sustainable and less dependent on grant funding
Joint initiatives and projects enabling shared services are eligible
Funding for activity before a grant agreement has been confirmed is not eligible

The Fund will not support

* Individuals
* Animal Charities
* Overseas Organisations
* Hospitals and Hospices
* Rescue Services
* Schools or colleges
* Projects based outside Dorset

How much you can apply for?

Grants up to £7,500

The fund will be open for applications from the 18th October 2011 and the closing date for the first round of applications is the 6th January 2012.Applicants will be notified of the outcome after the 27th January 2012.

The next round will open to applications on 1st February 2012.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Swanage Council meetings

Scheduled meetings of Swanage Town Council. Note that meetings are sometimes re-scheduled, so if you are interested in a particular meeting, it's worth checking it's on the scheduled date. You should be able to see agendas amd supporting papers on the Council website (link above).
Evening meetings. Note that a number of meetings are now held in the evenings - so if you are among those who campaigned for this, so that more people could attend after work, please go along, before they are suspended again owing to lack of interest.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

ADHD? Meeting 2nd November

What is ADHD ?

How is it diagnosed ?

How is it treated ?

Want to know more?

Dr Janet Kelsall (Consultant Paediatrician)
will be giving a presentation on ADHD
Wednesday 2nd November 2011
Swanage Fire Station, Kings Road, Swanage. BH19 1HP
Time 10.45 – 12.00
Please contact Sandy Adams on:-Tel No: 01202 850644/07554116548
or Email:
to book your place

Monday, October 10, 2011

New school for Swanage!

Congratulations to everyone at Education Swanage, for their success in being approved by the government to open a new Free School in Swanage. This is from their Facebook page (more on the link above).

"Just a quick note to let everyone know the fantastic news - the Swanage School proposals have been accepted and we'll be opening a brand new secondary school in Swanage in September 2013!

Huge thanks to everyone who's been so supportive of Education Swanage over the past months and years. There's a lot of hard work to come, but our mantra has always been 'a school created by the community for the community' and we know that together we will do something truly amazing for local children.

Keep your eyes peeled for news of a public meeting to be held very soon!"

Paul Angel

Friday, October 07, 2011

Homage to Swanage

Homage to Swanage by Elvis McGonagall

A poem written to celebrate the re-opening of Swanage Library in July 2011

If you're sick and tired of the big city smoke
If you need to escape and be a refugee —
Come and swan around Swanage
Old London by the sea

"Come unto these yellow sands"
To a landscape that'll steal your heart
Come sit by the shore with Augustus John
Come to Swanage, a surreal work of art

Framed by ancient cliffs and downland
Sitting snug in a horseshoe bay
Bathed in gentle Dorset sunshine
Sculpted from limestone, chalk and clay

One time Swanawic, sprung from a mill pond
Fishing village and seaside port
Turned elegant, swellegant watering place
Come to Swanage, a Victorian resort

Where the past is cloaked in mason's stone dust
Where the sea-spray air is fresh 'n salty
Where memories of childhood holidays are made
Swanage — the birthplace of Basil Fawlty

Come and perambulate along the Pier
Promenade on the Parade
Laugh at the Punch and Judy man
Grab your bucket and spade

Eat fish 'n chips, play crazy golf
Have a Chococo sundae Purbeck ice cream
Then pedal a pedalo beyond the Isle of Wight
Or do nothing in a deckchair but dream

Sit on top of the world at Durlston
Look out across the Globe to the earth's farthest corner
read the words written in "great nature's open book"
Wonder at the glory of her flora and fauna

Where golden samphire, tamarisk and spider orchids grow
Where gulls, guillemots and gannets criss-cross
Watch yellowhammers and Adonis Blue butterflies
Behold The Lesser Spotted Jonathan Ross

Stand beneath a Hyde Park Corner Archway
Step across the House of Commons floor
Lean on balustrades of Billingsgate
Clock the clock-less clock tower and more

See sights that say "St Anne's of Soho"
"St George's, Hanover Square"
Never mind the bollards — you're not lost
There's a load of cast-irn bollards everywhere

Spot half of London's fixtures and fittings
marvel at monumental relic rescue
Thanks to Mowlem 'n Burt — recycling kings
The top-hatted Steptoe and Nephew

Toil with the ghosts of the quarrymen
Cut the paving slabs for streets unknown
Listen to the echoes of hammer and chisel
The chipping and the shipping of the stone

Go Jurassic, get palaeontological
Become an apostle of the fossil
Walk in the footsteps of dinosaurs
Dig down and discover the colossal

Turn back time two hundred million years
Touch the immemorial, sense evolution's reach
There's crocodile teeth those whaleback hills
There's bones in them stones on the beach

Come to Thomas Hardy's Knollsea
Feel the pages of a novel come alive
Come to Enid Blyton's Toy Town
Fall into an adventure with the Famous Five

Steam through history on the railway line
Take a day-trip to where royalty fell
Climb the ramparts of a ruined castle
Go loco on the "Wessex Belle"

Fly with the bats into Tilly Whim Caves
Smuggle rum 'n brandy in a bootlegger's box
Dive deep among the wrecks of the wild waves
Hear the bells ring beneath Old Harry Rocks

Fancy dress up to the nines on New Year's Eve
Have a night 'n day Hogmanay rumpus
Set off on a pilgrimage along Priest's Way
Drink a pint in the shrine that is the Square and Compass

Join windswept cows on the coastal path
Paddle at the water's edge
Set sail and swim with the dolphins
Dance on a marble ballroom ledge

Enter the gates of Tony Hancock's alma mater
Come and get a bit of Swanage knowledge
Find all the facts that you need — in the library
Use it — it's your free college

Come to jazz — blues — folk — film festival
Where life is a carnival - regatta old chum
Be disarmed by old-fashioned charm
Relax and let yourself succumb

Yes come and swan around Swanage
Be seduced by its siren call
Come and see Old London by the sea
And you might just never leave at all

Elvis McGonagall

Tourism charge for Purbeck? Meeting 12 October

Should tourists contribute to improving transport infrastructure in Purbeck?

This is NOT a general public meeting for everyone, but for those representing organisations working in tourism.

Purbeck District Council are exploring whether tourists should provide a contribution to improvements to transport infrastructure in Purbeck and would value your input at a workshop on Wednesday 12 October 2011 at Morden Village Hall.
Currently only new development, e.g. houses, is required to contribute to transport infrastructure, but the Council is considering expanding the policy to generate income from tourists who visit Purbeck by car and add pressure to the road network.
A number of options have been suggested:
 congestion charging
 a levy on tourism accommodation
 a levy on car parking
 a levy on tourist attractions, and
 voluntary contributions
This is not a full consultation but a workshop to get feedback from representatives from the tourism sector as to whether these preliminary proposals could work in practice. If you are the appropriate person in your organisation to attend please pass this invitation on.
10.30am Meet and greet with tea/coffee
11.00am Presentation by Steve Dring, Planning Policy Manager, Purbeck District Council
11.30am Workshop to discuss the proposals
12.30pm Feedback
1.00pm Close
Please book your place, preferably by email, by 7 October 2011.Contact:

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Heroes Haven Fundraising Dinner: 13 Oct

There will be a fundraising dinner on 13 October at Windjammers Restaurant in the High Street. Tickets to this three course repast are a very reasonable £20 which includes a £5 donation to Heroes Haven. Time is 6.30 for 7 pm.

This is a chance to have an evening out and put something into a good cause. Tickets ave available from Windjammers and from Georgian Gems.

Posted by Anonymous to swanageview at 5/10/11 5:23 PM

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Blue flag award

Blue flag award.

So we are only meant to have 3 discharges during the bathing season. So how do we get a blue flag and is their testing to get one out of date and behind the times:( I would rather swin in clean water:)

Posted by David Furmage to swanageview at 4/10/11 12:43 PM

Wind farm

Interesting presentation from Eneco to the Town Council last night. Most striking thing was the revelation that there is NO room for any significant negotiation on the siting of the turbines. They will be placed in the area shown, not anywhere else on the larger zone, as most people believed is what they had been told. Visuals can be seen at the Gazette offices (though I've placed copies here, but not very easy to see online).

Monday, October 03, 2011

Poole flying boats

A UTube item is of local interest at:- Poole Flying Boats during WW2.


Posted by Anonymous to swanageview at 30/9/11 3:42 PM

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Swanage - let's shout about it!

In the next Saturday Guardian mag - the 'Let's move to...' features Swanage (Sat 1st Oct)
Do you have a favourite haunt or pet hate?
Please write, by next Tuesday, to:
After the event there's a forum/debate at

Thanks to Antonia Phillips for noticing this.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Studland Village Hall events

SUNDAY 9th OCTOBER at 7.30pm Tickets £8
Ben Osborne presents 'Jurassic Journey'
Specially commissioned by Artsreach and our sister organisation in Devon (Villages In Action), 'Jurassic Journey' is the acclaimed multi-media presentation celebrating the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, brought to you by award-winning photographer and popular rural touring presenter Ben Osborne. Showcasing his amazing photography, video and sound recordings, the show also features specially commissioned music (composed by Dorset's Sammy Hurden), poetry (written by Devon-based Matt Harvey) and some engaging characters created by local artist/sculptor Lal Hitchcock. Commentary, audio-visual sequences, soundscapes and humour will create a richly entertaining evening for anyone interested in what happens when four artists take a close (and occasionally sideways) look at a coast near you.
There is also a singing workshop featuring the songs from Jurassic Journey at the National Trust Discovery Centre on Knoll Beach from 11am till 4pm - more details on

SUNDAY 13th NOVEMBER at 7.30pm Tickets £8
The Churchfitters
Unique and energetic! A fast-paced show uniting folk and jazz rhythms with the universal appeal of traditional music. Fresh original songs as well some traditional - but all 'Fitted-up' the Churchfitters way. Outstanding vocals and an astonishing array of instruments including fiddle, double bass, bouzouki, flute, sax, guitar, banjo and even a musical saw! All delivered with a large dose of humour, a measure of eccentricity and an abiding sense of fun.
Dave Pegg of Fairport Convention and Cropredy Festival said: 'The most musically inventive quartet I've seen in decades - they blew the crowd away!'


We have more Artsreach events due in the New Year. Details will be sent nearer the time.

The Artsreach Programme for the whole of Dorset can be seen at
and you can join the Artsreach mailing list (for all events in Dorset) at

Stephen Yeoman
on behalf of Studland Village Hall

Jurassic Coast Pathfinder Report

The Jurassic Coast Pathfinder Project Steering Group have put together the final report on the Jurassic Coast Pathfinder project. This report to Defra evaluates the project activities and makes recommendations back to central government relating to coastal communities adapting to coastal change. Reference is made to the new Swanage Coastal Change Forum that is currently being set up, to look carefully at the issues that face Swanage in the future.

PayPal spoof

A word of warning. I've been getting lots of emails purporting to come from PayPal, saying my account needs verification, directing me to a very plausible-looking website. But it's all a spoof ('phishing') to get my account details. Apparently, if PayPal DO want to contact anyone, they will always use your name, not just 'Dear PayPal Member'. Watch out! Ditto, watch out for similar notifications from banks, building societies, etc: anyone who wants your card details. Always worth phoning to check.

Monday, September 19, 2011

New Police 'non-urgent' telephone no (101)

Dorset Police activates 101 number for non-urgent calls

Police in Dorset have activated a phone number for non-emergency calls.

Members of the public can call 101 to contact the police to report less urgent crime and disorder or to speak to local officers.

You can still call the local Dorset number: 0120 - 222 2222

Or even Swanage police station (if amyone's there): 422004

Sunday, September 18, 2011

A-Z Health and Care Market Place (Sat 24 Sept)

A-Z Health and Care Market Place

10:00am - 12:00pm, Saturday 24th September, Mowlem Community Room


The Friends of Swanage Medical Practice, Swanage Senior Forum and Dorset POPP (Partnership for Older People Projects) have worked together to provide a forum for Health and Social Care services in Swanage.

Come and meet your GPs, Youth Club Workers, Children's Centre staff, Swanage Community Hospitial staff (including Minor Injuries Unit team), District Nurses, Community Psychiatric Nurse, Counsellors, Advisors on drug and alcohol mis-use - to name but a few - who will be available to talk to you about how they provide care and support to our community.

Dorset POPP have kindly sponsored this event to enable us to bring together over 20 different services from statutory to voluntary to retail.

You may not need these services right now, but in the future they will still be there for you - now is the time to learn about them !

Refreshments available.

Health & Care Market Place
(for everyone from babies to senior citizens)

The Community Room, the Mowlem
Saturday 24th September
10.00 to 12.00

Do not miss this chance to speak to over 21 providers of
Health & Care Services in Swanage

Coffee/Tea + Cake £1

Friday, September 16, 2011

Scuba challenge sunk for this year

Scuba challenge over for this year:

Getting the Mowlem moving

The 50/50 Club: a new initiative for Swanage’s Mowlem Theatre

There is determination and passion amongst the residents of Swanage to resurrect the fortunes of the Mowlem Theatre, an institution that for some considerable time has been lagging behind some of its more illustrious neighbours…however, fuelled by a desire to stand up and do something, all of this is about to change…

Swanage Resident Dave Taylor has come up with a plan to try and raise the funds necessary to try and tempt national circuit acts to the Mowlem. Before moving to Swanage Dave ran a Comedy Club in London and also worked with some of the country’s leading comedians and entertainers; he has become a well-known figure in the area after introducing the hugely popular Swanage Comedy Festival in conjunction with the Swanage & Purbeck Hospitality Association.

At a recent meeting, the Theatre Trustees declared that they had no funds available to pay guarantees to acts, meaning that it would be unlikely to attract names to the theatre. A cunning plan was then devised. Fifty people invest £50 each to raise cash to finance more professional shows at The Mowlem. The campaign was launched just one week ago via Facebook and other Social Networking sites and a meeting was held in Swanage on Wednesday 14th September at The Rock-a-Hula lounge above the East Bar…
”The level of interest and the numbers attending was extremely encouraging” said Dave as around 40 people came along to support the venture and pledge or pay their £50. The concept and plan was enthusiastically received by the meeting and the only concerns voiced were towards how the idea would be perceived by the’ Mowlem Trustees, none of whom were able to attend the meeting…
However Dave managed to convince the attendees of the Trustees support, in principle, of this plan and that everyone has the same goals and objectives, namely a vibrant and successful community theatre, well equipped and managed, offering shows and events that people want to see.

Dave said “with the pledges of support made tonight and previously, we have a proposal that has been enthusiastically embraced by the people of Swanage. We will invest this money wisely and attempt to bring shows to Swanage that people will enjoy and appeal to a wide audience. Any profit made from the shows will be reinvested in future shows and also in buying much needed equipment for the Theatre. This will benefit all users of the Mowlem and help the Trustees to provide a theatre and equipment the Community can be proud of.”

With Dave’s passion and enthusiasm, ably supported by his newly elected Committee and the determination of the people of Swanage it seems as if the future for the Mowlem Theatre might be looking just a little brighter…

For more information or to join the 50/50 Club please visit or Contact Dave Taylor on 07412 072214

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Comedy Festival 22,23,24 September

Thursday 22nd September – John Otway at the RBL – YES THAT JOHN OTWAY!! And only £10


Saturday 24th September – SUN SEA & STAND UP – An Englishman, Irishman & Scotsman come to Swanage….3 VENUES 3 GREAT ACTS ONE UNFORGETTABLE NIGHT!! £13 for advance tickets at the RBL and Bay View - £18 including return travel to Harmans Cross from Swanage and Corfe on the COMEDY EXPRESS!!

also there is an ALL VENUES ticket option at just £30 for all 3 shows (£35 including train travel) Tickets on sale at the TIC Shore Road, On Line at and all venues

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Purbeck Film Festival 14-29 October

The Festival runs from Friday 14th to Saturday 29th October 2011. More info via link above.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Affordable business premises

Affordable town/village business premises

Is anyone else finding it a problem to find start up business premises? Is this similar to the housing situation, in that there is plenty of it, but there is very little that is affordable.

Asking around quickly we have come across a number of people who are looking for premises to run a business from.

How big is this problem ?? It seems there is a need for start up business/workshops/farm buildings/barns, that could include a range of business uses.

Posted by Anonymous to swanageview at 12/9/11 6:36 PM

Rainbow Kebab Licence extension

Anonymous has left a new comment :

Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Rainbow Kebab Licence extension

I note the number of responses has reduced to over 150 down to 146. Censorship ?

Posted by Anonymous to swanageview at 12/9/11 6:20 PM

New Subject

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Burngate Centre Autumn Craft Fair 17/18 Sept

Burngate Stone Carving Centre

Autumn Craft Fair - Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th

Open daily - 10am to 5pm

Local art & craft, Demonstrations, Exhibition of sculpture, Family carving sessions, Cream teas and light refreshments & Car parking available.
Posted on 05 Sep 2011

Friday, September 09, 2011

Mowlem's future

There is a movement to try and help the Mowlem! It's called the Swanage 5050 club. There is a meeting on the 14th Sept at the East Bar at 7.30pm.

More info can be found here
Would be great to see some local support for this initiative.


Grants available

De Moulham Trust (Charity No. 1049323)
Grant Applications Invited
The De Moulham Trust invites applications for projects with a charitable purpose that will benefit the inhabitants of Swanage.
The Trust operates two funding streams. Applications for sums not exceeding £1,000 will be assessed at the Trust’s quarterly meetings, the deadlines for which are 28th February, 31st May, 31st August and 30th November.
Applications from those seeking grants in excess of £1,000 but not exceeding £50,000 will be determined twice annually and should be received not later than 31st October for the Trust’s December meeting, and 30th April for the Trust’s June meeting.
Further information and application forms can be accessed on the Town Council website or by contacting the Clerk to the Trustees, Town Hall, High Street, Swanage, Dorset BH19 2NZ.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Bournemouth Arts Festival 3 Sept - 15 Oct

Concerts, theatre, dance, shows... things for adults and children, many events free.
Check out the link for more info

Monday, September 05, 2011

Purbeck Core Strategy changes/consultation

The revised Core Strategy document showing recent changes is out for comments. Copies in library/town hall and online.

Panorama Rd recycling centre

Title: Closure of the current rubbish tip

Does anyone else think it would be better to use the current rubbish tip site as a car park for visitors and locals to use to park and walk along the coastline and enjoy the countryside rather than just filling it all in and fencing it off like the old tip was when that was closed?

All they would have to do is remove the fencing and the rubbish containers to turn it into a car park.

Posted by Swanage Resident to swanageview at 5/9/11 11:41 AM

Wareham road closure (Sept 19th for 5 weeks)

A five-week A351 closure will be imposed 24-hours-a-day between the Baker’s Arms and Holton Heath roundabouts, forcing traffic to make a lengthy detour through Sandford, across Wareham Forest’s B3075 and back onto the A35.

The closure comes into force on September 19.

Posted by BrambleBayFerryplc to swanageview at 5/9/11 1:24 AM

Saturday, September 03, 2011


Friends of the Mowlem

Update - about 60 people attended the recent 'special' meeting. Many new faces. It was lively and positive. Everyone agreed that the one aim in common is to support and encourage the Mowlem to thrive and succeed for the Community of Swanage. Following the meeting there was an opportunity for refreshments and informal networking. Many skills were offered: Catering, hospitality, networking, marketing, interior design, music, public relations, design consultancy, education, web design, journalism, business, graphic design. It was suggested that another meeting of the friends, trustees and community together should be arranged soon.

It would also be great to encourage the younger people to the next meeting so that their voices and ideas can be heard too.

Watch this space! Please people don't waste time, on here with negative responses, life is too short.

Posted by Anonymous to swanageview at 2/9/11 10:12 PM

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Education Swanage

Does anyone know the outcome of Education Swanage's meeting with the government last 10 August???? There is nothing up on its website and my enquiries are not being answered.

Posted by Anonymous to swanageview at 31/8/11 12:05

Monday, August 22, 2011

Localism Bill

Does anyone have any thoughts on the planning aspects of the Localism Bill? This will enhance the position of parish councils, such as Swanage Town Council and enable any local group of 21 people or more to demand official recognition and support and draw up a "neigbourhood development plan" As a result, it is claimed, "Neighbourhood planning will allow communities to come together through a local parish council or neighbourhood forum and say where they think new houses, businesses and shops should go – and what they should look like." (source "A plain English guide to the Localism Bill")

The idea of a couple of dozen random and self-selecting and unelected citizens being able to take control of planning looks pretty scary to me. You notice the word "or" in my quote. You can set up in opposition to the parish council and there does not seem to be anything to stop a determined developer setting up a group if they can persuade 21 noddies to join it and writng their own neighbourhood plan for their patch of the town.

On the other hand it looks like the residents of a conservation area could put themselves in a better position to safeguard the area against unsympathetic changes, an area in which it must be said PDC have been more than a little lacking. A problem we have discussed on here in the past.

Posted by Anonymous to swanageview at 21/8/11 10:23 PM

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Mowlem Live Music

Let's all get together and support the attempt by the Hospitality Association to bring the Mowlem Theatre into the mainstream of Swanage's thriving live music scene!
On Saturday, 27 August 2011 at 7.30pm there will be three bands - well worth your money.
Click on 'Mowlem Live Music' above to go to the Mowlem website.

posted by Steve Darrington

Posted by Mowlem Live Music to swanageview at 21/8/11 12:31 PM

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Dorset Minerals Core Strategy

Have your say on the strategy for quarrying

Dorset County Council, Bournemouth Borough Council and the Borough of Poole are inviting your comments on the future strategy for quarrying sand and gravel, building stone and other minerals.

We tend to take minerals for granted – yet materials sourced from quarries are around us every moment of every day.

The Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole Minerals Core Strategy aims to ensure the supply of minerals in environmentally acceptable ways.

Purbeck Stone is a mineral of national importance found locally, occurring west of Swanage to Worth Matravers. Many villages in Purbeck are characterised by buildings made of the stone and it has also been used in the architectural detailing of a number of cathedrals in England. The minerals strategy supports further stone working and considers the appropriate scale of workings within the distinctive limestone landscape of the area. People are asked if they agree with the approach in the minerals strategy.

Elsewhere in Purbeck, the minerals strategy identifies areas where sand and gravel is found and people are asked to comment on these areas as well as the way in which specific locations for future quarry sites will be selected

Additionally, important resources of ball clay, used in the ceramics industry, are also found in Purbeck. The strategy identifies two future areas for future extraction, one north-west of Wareham and one west of Stoborough, in order to direct working to the least sensitive areas.

The Minerals Core Strategy also sets out the approach for dealing with other minerals and policies to manage quarry development and restoration.

The strategy for minerals extraction is available to comment on until 9 September 2011.

For further information go to or call Dorset County Council’s minerals and waste planning team on (01305) 228571.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Mobile phones

Does anyone have comments on mobile phone coverage in Purbeck/South Dorset between the big 3 providers, Vodafone, Orange, 02. I understand some people have problems with 02 at certain times as their network tends to get overloaded. Any info gratefully accepted. Thank you.

Posted by Anonymous to swanageview at 17/8/11 7:23 PM

Sewage on the beach

Article from the Avertiser page 4 August 18, 2011 by George Willy.


With our busy simmer season in full swing , about the last thing we want is the news of a sewage spill located in the press as happening ' just yards from Swanage's Blue Flag beach.'

Wessex Water has launched an investigation into what is delicately described as ' sewage solids ' that escaped onto the privately-owned beach at Ocean Bay following recent intense rainfalls.

As the report makes clear , if the spill had happened on the adjoining public beach- which is of course owned by Swanage council - we would be disqualified from having a Blue Flag. The award recognises ' excellence in cleanliness.'
Beach owner Dick Woodford said ' The thing that appalled me is that it took Wessex Water 24 hours to turn out.I spent the first day cleaning up the mess on my own.'
Wessex Water said the spillage occurred ' following a period of intense rainfall which temporarily inundated the system'
The result was that what were delicately described as ' sewage solids ' escaped into a private beach - ' a very important seafront area.'

So anyway being a member of Surfers Against Sewage and I am hoping soon to be a representative for the them for Swanage and Durlston bay. I find this appalling and upsetting not just for myself and my family , but for the many people who use our beach.

This is SAS’s core campaign protecting the health of recreational water users from sewage polluted water.

Scientific studies have consistently highlighted that those using beaches, lakes or rivers for sports are most at risk of falling sick from an illness associated with sewage polluted water. In some cases this risk is 3 times greater than your typical bather because sports like surfing involve more immersion and ingestion of water.

Despite SAS’s success at virtually eliminating continuous sewage outfalls there are some notable brown spots’ across the country where raw sewage is still discharged on a daily basis and these areas are subject to current SAS campaigning. The main examples of this are in Brighton, Guernsey, The Thames and Northern Ireland.

We are also seeking improvements to the combined sewer overflow (CSOs) systems that pollute recreational waters all too frequently, usually after heavy rainfall.

The way water companies plan their investment programmes also requires major attention. Much of the current investment has ignored or disregarded the impacts of climate change, in particular changing weather patterns that will result in increased flows of water into and out of the sewage works without treatment because there is not enough capacity to store the sewage. It is therefore discharged through CSO’s. More pollution incidents are expected because of this and that means more time out of the water for the likes of YOU and US!

Surfers Against Sewage have a alert text system which is free to sign up too , which I myself use and many times during the summer have received text stating sewage is going to the bay. I suggest anyone to have this text service. Link here

I hope this is sorted out soon and make everyone feel safe to use our beach.

Posted by David Furmage to swanageview at 17/8/11 6:01 PM

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Broadband funding for Dorset

£9.4 million broadband allocation for Dorset

Here is a link to a document released by the government today detailing their commitment to superfast broadband I the uk:

As you can see, Dorset is to receive 9.4 million to help with updating broadband services. Unfortunately, allocations will be left in charge of local councils, and thus if they don't know what to do with the money, it'll be left unspent. However, it looks like local businesses and residents will have a say too, so there is hope here.

So, come on Dorset county Council - now is your chance. The money is there for the taking and the government want to assist rural areas - there should be no excuses anymore.

No excuses.

Posted by Reece de Ville to swanageview at 16/8/11 9:12 AM

Thursday, August 11, 2011

New subject

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Tuesday, August 02, 2011


Some of the people commenting on here are being nasty, petty and abusive of others in the expression of their opinions. In future any comments containing such attitudes will be deleted in their entirety.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Joe's Cafe

Studland beach cafe and shop fire 'deliberate'

A fire in a wooden beach cafe and shop in Dorset is being treated by police as suspicious.

Firefighters were called to Joe's Cafe kiosk on South Beach, Studland, just before 09:30 BST.

The crews from Swanage quickly extinguished the blaze. A fire and service spokeswoman said the damage was "severe" to the contents of the kiosk.

She said the fire was being investigated by Dorset Police who also attended the scene.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Swanage Carnival Sat 30th July - Sat 6th Aug

Fun for everyone all week long.
Check out the link above or

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Swanage Matters

Can it only be STC that could send every household details of a "recently re-launched" website which doesn't work?

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Kids' holiday club

Summer Holiday Club!This might interest some of you with kids. Forest School 4 Schools provide the opportunity for children to learn through play in the great outdoors whilst having fun and enjoying new experiences.

Activities include:
* Bushcraft activities
* Storytelling
* Shelter building
* Physical and Sensory play
* Campfire cooking
* Team building games
* Woodland sculptures
* Wildlife conservation and much much more.....
* Ropes and knot work

Tuesdays and Wednesdays 8:45am - 1pm £8; 8:45am-3:45pm £12

Upton Wood July 27th, August 3rd, 10th, 17th

Lytchett Matravers School July 26th, August 2nd, 9th, 16th

More details: or Phone on 07528 150010

Wind farm

Should the proposed windfarm be placed in a position that would create less visual impact than the existing scheme? View the link above to see Dr Andrew Langley's proposal.

For information on the next phase of the consultation schedule, see:

To see Eneco's proposal and to make comments to them: [However, I couldn't find a way on their site of making any comments by email: just by phone or snail mail — presumably they want to discourage communication!]

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Swanage Community Partnership ?

Swanage Community Partnership ?

When is the next meeting ??

Posted by Anonymous to swanageview at 20/7/11 12:22 AM

Monday, July 18, 2011

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Rainbow Kebab Licence extension

0300 LICENCE EXTENSION for the RAINBOW KEBAB on Lower High Street, (Lower High Street should be re-named ‘High High Street’ for the amount of alcohol licenses already there, when a drunk falls over he/she is still within reach of another drink!).

The two police officers on duty for Purbeck over night, if they come to Swanage and were to arrest one of the hundreds of riotous drunks the nearest custody suites are either Poole or Dorchester thereby taking up half their shift processing them ‘within their Human Rights’, (what of the Rights of Swanage Council Tax payers and residents ?) Why not have ‘holding suites/cells’ at Swanage Police Station, (if it is still there) and transport them in bulk to Poole for processing, or better still don’t grant anymore alcohol licenses or renew existing ones.

Swanage Resident.

If you agree then post a comment or better still write with your complaint to:-


Or email;


Posted by Anonymous to swanageview at 13/7/11 11:48 AM

Swanage Pier job (evenings)

5PM ~ 9PM

Swanage Pier is a magical place to be on a summers evening and we would love to be able to keep the pier and the shop open for longer during the warmer months'. But at the moment we don't have enough volunteers to make this possible. We need more help and would love to hear from anyone who would like to spend a couple of hours on a summers evening chatting to customers, helping to serve simple refreshments or perhaps standing on the gate taking the evening toll fees. To get involved please phone our lovely shop Manager Kathy on 01929 425806
Or call into the shop for a chat with one of our friendly volunteers
Or you can find out more by visiting
or send me an email

Posted by Anonymous to swanageview at 12/7/11 8:10 PM

Thursday, July 07, 2011

The Red Orb Sculpture Exhibition 30 Aug- 5 Sept

The Red Orb Exhibition' - Raising the profile of three dimensional art to a new level!

10 Purbeck Sculptors, 9 invited sculptors, 5 selected sculptors, all with one aim in common:-
A unique collaboration, exclusively showcasing an eclectic mix of contemporary sculpture, from some of the South's most accomplished three-dimensional artists, working in a diverse variety of mediums and styles, from willow to wire, and from the classical to the contentious!

Featuring work from Andrew Thomas, Marzia Colonna ARBS, Jonathan Sells, Greta Berlin, Robert Mileham, Vivien Mallock ARBS, Scott Taylor, Richard Atkinson-Willes, Moira Purver ASWA, Emma Pickering, Martin Debenham, Carlotta Barrow, Chris Burke, Robin Beuscher, Sue Lansbury, Kim Creswell, Jo Burchell, and Jamie Hart. It will be a totally new experience for Purbeck, as an exhibition of this kind has never previously been organised in this area before.

Curator Andrew Thomas said:

“This is such a tremendous achievement for all that are involved.” “Purbeck is traditionally known for its landscape artists, but we really want to change people's perspective of what is happening here.” “There is definitely an emerging cultural art scene that will rival anything in the U.K. which is hugely positive for us.” We hope that with enough support, the Red Orb Exhibition will be an annual event.” “Leeson House is also such a unique venue, I think everyone who visits will be surprised and inspired.”

The Red Orb Sculpture Exhibition runs from Tuesday 30th August - to Monday 5th September 2011.daily from 10am - 5pm
3 indoor Galleries to explore, Outdoor Sculpture Trail, demonstrations
Venue: Leeson House, Langton Matravers, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 3EU
Free Admission
Free Parking
Refreshments available
For more information contact Myrna Gomes Maria
Tel: 01929 553187

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Comedy Festival 22 - 24 Sept

The next Comedy Festival runs from September 22nd to 24th. The show will consist of Edinburgh Fringe Style performances on Friday 23rd September with an evening of ‘Open Mic Comedy' running in pubs in the area on Thursday 22nd September including the Bankes Arms at Corfe Castle. Performing for the first time in Swanage will be TV illusionist Ali Cook, recently seen on the new ITV Show hosted by Jonathan Ross and Penn and Teller. Also appearing on the Mowlem bill will be the highly entertaining Andrew Bird, who brings to Swanage his 'Village Fete' a one man show about village life and all it's quirks.

Harman’s Cross Village Hall offers an inclusive ticket with return train travel from Swanage or Corfe on the ‘Comedy Express’. Included in the line up is Englishman Al Barrie, Irishman Mike Smiley, perhaps best known as 'Tyres from the cult hit series “Spaced.” and Scotsman Alan Francis, TV scriptwriter, who has also picked up Channel 4's 'So You think Your Funny Award.'

For full details of the festival programme please visit

Tickets are available on line at


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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Coastal change exhibition Thursday 30 June/Sat 2nd July

Jurassic Coastal Change Exhibitions - Find out more about adapting to coastal erosion

The Jurassic Coastal Change Pathfinder Team are inviting residents and visitors to the Jurassic Coast to a series of exhibitions in June and July to find out more about how coastal erosion may affect them and the area in the future. The exhibitions will highlight the causes of coastal change, and show what the coast may look like in 20, 50 and 100 years time using specially commissioned, computer-generated images. They will also present some of the ideas that communities themselves have come up with to adapt to change, following workshops along the Jurassic Coast as part of the project.

The exhibition dates, times and venues are:

Swanage: Thursday 30 June and Saturday 2 July at the Mowlem Theatre Community Room, Swanage, BH19 1DD
Exhibition: 10am-9pm (Thur) and 10am-7pm (Sat)
Presentations at 1pm and 7pm (Thur) and 3pm (Sat)

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

DCC cuts support for School Transport

Context....DCC will no longer guarantee a place on the free school bus to Purbeck School, in direct contravention of the undertaking they gave when the abolished our 2 secondary schools in 1974. The six formers will now have to find £400 each to get to this poorly performing instution. swanage families are being effectively taxed for having children! In addition all children (and from next year that means 11yr olds too) will have to produce a pass or be refused travel. fine for most kids most of the time but we all know how chaotic some kids and families can be. and we all forget to put stuff in our mny kids will be roaming swanage every morning when that rule is enforced...but if you live in Whareham where you don't have to pay £400 for the privilide you can just stroll in to scholl as usual. DCC just doesn't give a **** about Swanage kids or any kids come to that. Swanage can become a retirement and second home haven for all they care.

Posted by Anonymous to swanageview at 27/6/11 10:55 PM

Monday, June 27, 2011

Guinness Scuba challenge

Plans continue for the Guinness World Record™ Attempt for the ‘Most people scuba diving’, in Swanage Bay on 24 September 2011. See more on the link..

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Swanage webcam

Does this work for anyone? I can't access it as I don't use Internet Explorer.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Card pumps

Doing our green bit.

Just a thought , my girlfriend and I had to drive all the way over to Sandford to fill up with fuel. Now she said would it not be a great idea to put a card fuel machine at our local garages , so you could pay by card and not have to travel so far to buy fuel. Plus when tourists come down they would not run out of fuel driving all over the place. Just a thought!

Posted by David Furmage to swanageview at 21/6/11 5:56 PM

Swanage Armed Forces and Veterans Weekend 25th-26th June

This year's events include the 11 Signals Regiment, Royal Corps of Signals, Liberty of the Town Parade, led by the Adjutant General Corps Band, Winchester.Saturday 25th Morning.

Also to celebrate the 90th Anniversary of the Royal British Legion a “Poppy in the Park Family Picnic”, bring your own or purchase some food on Sandpit Field with stalls etc.
This starts at 2pm and we have great food available hot and cold,Hog Roast,Gourmet burgers ,Cream Teas.Yumm! Part activities all arranged,games organised by Allnatt venues and St Marks school.

Stalls etc still on Sandpit field Sunday then meet the Veterans and Serving members of the Armed Forces Sunday afternoon on the parade with marching bands, and followed by the Mayors Civic Service at St Mary's Church Swanage.

Please support our Veterans and Armed forces.

Posted by carolyn to swanageview at 21/6/11 3:10 PM


Link to possible sources of funding, compiled by DCC, provided via Kim Gallagher of Swanage Town and Community Partnership.

Saturday, June 18, 2011


(This topic moved from Community Partnership)
Yes, download speeds are always the focus - but upload speeds are so incredibly poor. Fibre optic would enable both upload and download to be a great deal speedier than present. The copper wiring they have currently at the exchange, and which carries the speeds to your house, just aren't up to large streams of data. So changing this to fibre optic would give you much higher speeds. The issue with video conferencing is having quick upload speeds - ie using Skype to share screens and documents etc. Just trying to currently send any file larger than 200mb takes up to 2 hours + (if you're lucky).

There are a great deal of photographers in this area for instance, and I can only imagine their pain at having to wait hours to upload high quality resolution images. Imagine how this would be for large businesses trying to work over the exchange.

i think if we looked across the country, download speeds aren't brilliant, but - as you rightly say - upload speeds are never mentioned. I know they're laying the fibre optic in Bournemouth, so it really needs this council to step up and make a case (however realistic) for Swanage to get on a list - make it attractive to BT, tell them the businesses and home workers that would benefit. BT - as much as i hate them! - could be convinced to be part of providing employment for the local community etc.

I'm a filmmaker and attempting to upload my films (3min promo pieces, 300-400mb in the main) to YouTube and my website has proven to be almost impossible at times. Let alone actually sending the files to clients (I email via yousendit over night). You can get round the problems, but if a number of people were to upload large files to send at once, we would have a serious problem. I know of a fair few farmers who have been unable to send livestock forms etc back due to poor connections in more rural areas - downloading the forms are fine, but problems in uploading anything has proven to be very costly business wise. Add to that, once you have more home workers (should be the future with no new offices available in town or businesses willing to move here) sending files and creating websites to fill with content, the current system really won't be able to cope.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Bike demo 25 June

Hi, Charlie The Bikemonger here... probably the best bike shop in swanage ;-). We are having a demonstration day at the Bankes Arms Studland on 25/6/11, where people can come along and try a range of weird and wonderful bikes. Full details at...

Posted by Charlie The Bikemonger to swanageview at 17/6/11 3:52 PM

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Sandbanks Ferry

An item on BBC Breakfast highlighted the high cost of tolls on the Humber Bridge, which have gone up from £2.70 to £3. The Humber bridge is over a mile long, (6,300 feet), and the distance to ‘go around’ some 50 miles plus. Sandbanks Chain Ferry on the other hand is £3.50 for 1,060 feet with a go around of circa 35 miles and the ferry itself is some 200 feet so only has to travel 800 feet. Seems like a rip off to me or is the toll fee based on Sandbanks earnings not Purbeck's ?

Posted by Anonymous to swanageview at 15/6/11 3:04 PM

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Swanage Library

Swanage Library re-opens 9.30 am tomorrow, 15th June, after its extensive refurbishment.

Jurassic Coastal Change Exhibition 30 June, 2 July

Jurassic Coastal Change Exhibitions - Find out more about adapting to coastal erosion

The Jurassic Coastal Change Pathfinder Team are inviting residents and visitors to the Jurassic Coast to a series of exhibitions in June and July to find out more about how coastal erosion may affect them and the area in the future. The exhibitions will highlight the causes of coastal change, and show what the coast may look like in 20, 50 and 100 years time using specially commissioned, computer-generated images. They will also present some of the ideas that communities themselves have come up with to adapt to change, following workshops along the Jurassic Coast as part of the project.

The exhibition dates, times and venues are:

Swanage: Thursday 30 June and Saturday 2 July at the Mowlem Theatre Community Room, Swanage, BH19 1DD
Exhibition: 10am-9pm (Thur) and 10am-7pm (Sat)
Presentations at 1pm and 7pm (Thur) and 3pm (Sat)

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Swanage Community Partnership AGM 17 June

Annual General Meeting, 17th June 2011

@ 10am Swanage Town Hall

[Meeting open to all, especially anyone who wants to get involved in helping make Swanage a better place to live, work or visit]

1. Welcome,

2. Apologies,

3. Appointment of Chairman

4. Appointment of Vice Chairman

5. Appointment of Honorary Treasurer

6. Appointment of Secretary

7. Chair’s Report and Review of the CSP 2010/2011 – A. Faulkner

8. Statement of Audited Accounts – M. Ayres

9. Minutes of 4th March Quarterly meeting

10. Matters Arising

11. New Group Development

12. Neighbourhood Plans update

13. Education Swanage Update

14. Review of other projects throughout the Town – M.Ayres

15. AOB

16. Date of next AGM