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