Friday, April 29, 2011

Herston Fields


'I see that herston field has been ploughed up for the first time in years. That'll help the local butterfly population.
It'll be interesting to see what crop is laid or if this was a political act.'

28/4/11 7.03 AM

The Scott Estate 'ordered' the farmer at Coombe Farm to plough up the field. Draw your own conclusions.

Posted by Anonymous to swanageview at 29/4/11 7:57 AM

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

New shop: the eclectic abode

The Eclectic Abode has opened in Commercial Road, selling a select range of Scandinavian ceramics, furniture, art, wooden toys and other attractive items for the home.

Swanage Seen Art Trail Guided Walks.

May is the month to start celebrating the arts in Swanage & Purbeck, a good beginning is to find out about the famous Artists from the past who were inspired to paint here. Artist, Carlotta Barrow, founder of the Swanage Seen Art Trail will be giving 3 guided walks around the trail during the Swanage & Purbeck Walking Festival. With her extensive knowledge on this subject it will make an interesting walk. Tuesday 3rd,Thursday 5th and Saturday 7th May, meet at 10 am at the Paul Nash information board, Sandpit Field, Swanage. The free map and guide leaflet can be obtained from the Tourist Information Office, Shore Road or downloaded from the website Cost of guided walk £3.00

Bargain Craft-Stalls Available on Swanage Pier

For the first time, in 2011, we are delighted to offer local craftsmen and women the opportunity to rent a pitch on which to display and retail their goods. The pitches are priced at £20 per day and with 130,000 visitors each year Swanage Pier offers a fabulous opportunity for local exposure and chance to reach prospective customers living, working and holidaying in the area.
If you would like a copy of our booking form and conditions please email or contact us if you would like to arrange a visit before you make your mind up.

Available space is limited so numbers will be controlled and pitches sold on a 'first come first served basis'. All money collected in rental will go towards the pier restoration appeal.

Posted by Anonymous to swanageview at 27/4/11 6:37 AM

Monday, April 25, 2011


Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "New subject":

BBC TV NEWS reported on Sunday 24th April there had been scores of reports from the public of water bikes harassing dolphins in Durlston Bay. The item even showed video taken by the public.

Is it not time for a Bi Law prohibiting these noisy obnoxious machines from launching from supposedly family friendly Swanage and Purbeck waters altogether ?


BBC TV NEWS; 24 April 2011 updated at 13:04
Warning after dolphins 'harassed' off Swanage coast
Jet-skiers were warned after a pod of dolphins was "harassed" while swimming off the Dorset coast.
The dolphins were in Durlston Bay, Swanage, on Saturday afternoon when jet-skis and power boats were spotted chasing them to catch a glimpse.
It was feared they could have been injured by propellers due to the large number of vessels out at sea during the hot weather.
HM Coastguard warned it was an offence to harass marine animals.
The dolphins were later spotted off Ballard Down.
Dorset Marine Police was also called to the scene.

Posted by Anonymous to swanageview at 25/4/11 9:41 AM

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


What is the point of having double yellow lines in Swanage when the disabled badge brigade just park anywhere?
I just watched a family of seven stride off from their camper van parked on High Street. Who gives these badges out?
There soon wont be any space for the genuinely disabled to use.

Posted by Anonymous to swanageview at 19/4/11 12:53 PM

Saturday, April 16, 2011

NHS in Purbeck: meeting Thurs 12 May

NHS Dorset and the Purbeck Health Network Group invite you to

Have your say

Thursday 12 May

Swanage Bay Caravan Park
Panorama Road
BH19 2QS

Between 2 and 4pm

Refreshments will be available from 1.30pm

Questions can be taken on the day or submitted in advance
For more information call 01305 368900 or email

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Police Gazette?

Anyone else think that the online Purbeck Gazette is turning into a police website?

Posted by Anonymous to swanageview at 14/4/11 3:29 PM

Local elections

Local elections are being held on Thursday 5th May to elect Swanage representatives for Purbeck District Council and Swanage Town Council. There will also be a referendum on whether to adopt the Alternative Vote, rather than the present 'first past the post' system, for national elections in the future. You should have received a Polling Card with details of where to vote. If not, and you think you should be able to vote, contact Purbeck District Council on 01929 556561

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


Recording Your Local Butterflies

Bill Shreeves, Records Officer for Dorset Butterfly, will be giving a talk about how to record butterflies at Herston Hall, 7pm on Saturday 16th April. Entrance £1

Did you know that 34 species of butterflies that are to be found in Dorset are present in and around Swanage? thats 74% of the Counties species!

Posted by Anonymous to swanageview at 12/4/11 1:18 PM


Another holiday period and once again we are faced with empty shelves in the Co-op. Is this going to be another summer without fruit and vegetables? As a loyal customer my patience is wearing thin. Suddenly home delivery by other supermarkets that don't trade in Swanage seems very appealing.

Posted by Anonymous to swanageview at 12/4/11 9:46 AM

Monday, April 11, 2011

Friends of the Mowlem AGM Tonight at 7.30

Sorry pic is sideways. But it seems meeting is open to all 'new and prospective members' if you're interested

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Bad news for Purbeck School's Easter ski trip

Bad news for Purbeck School's Easter ski trip!!

Purbeck School has cancelled its ski trip to Switzerland at the last moment, due to concerns that the operator may be unreliable.

This is hardly news - the operator was banned from running ski trips a decade ago, yet he continues to do so. This article (from 2000) hardly makes for comfortable reading:

(Teachers have to undergo CRB checks - why wasn't this man and his company checked for a relevant criminal or business history?)

Several schools found themselves in the same predicament over the February half term, and pulled out, but the company denies any responsibility, and one council (which presumable vets all travel providers) has been left with the task of compensating parents since the parents paid money to the school (this establishing a contract) who then paid the firm.

This company was discussed in s school trip forum in the TES a few weeks ago, which every school receives:

Let's be grateful this has been called off before our kids are placed in any danger!

But who vetted this company? Does the council vet all such firms, and provide head teachers with a list of approved companies? Why did this only get discovered at the eleventh hour? It has been in the press around the UK the past few months. There have been three high profile similar cases involving this company in the press since February. And a Google search produces lots of worry information extending right back to the operators banning ten years ago - and earlier. Enough to, if known, give one second thoughts about entrusting our kids and teachers.

It is good Mr Holman stopped this in its tracks. Our kids' safety is more important than money or pride, or a lost holiday ski trip. Good luck to any parents who have to recover their money (800 quid) and sorry to the kids who were left disappointed. I hope they get an alternative trip.
This is a lesson for us all - do your due diligence first!!

The story is in Friday's Echo.

Posted by Anonymous to swanageview at 9/4/11 2:00 AM

Monday, April 04, 2011

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