Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Walking Festival April 29th – May 6th

Britain has been gripped by Winter, but in Dorset's Isle of Purbeck, Spring has Sprung say Walking Festival organisers.

As Britain has been gripped by snow and icy temperatures in recent weeks, the beautiful Isle of Purbeck in the heart of the Dorset's Jurassic Coast has been sheltered from the extreme conditions, with days of clear blue skies perfect for winter walking. The area in January, even boasted the earliest sightings of adders in U.K.

Andy Pedrick organiser of the Swanage and Purbeck Walking Festival, is delighted.
“ We are very lucky in this part of the UK to be relatively sheltered, and often get weather from the Coast of France. It means residents and visitors get to explore some UK’s most beautiful Coast and countryside all year round, in relative comfort and safety.”

The Walking festival now in it's third year, is set to be the best ever, sponsored by beloved outdoor retailer Oswald Bailey, there is a packed programme of special interest events such as art, local history, archaeology and photography.

Andy says:

The festival has grown enormously, the idea being that we cater for all tastes and fitness abilities. There is such a diverse range of activities and attractions in the area, such as the historic National properties such as Corfe Castle, or protected wildlife areas such as the the RSPB nature reserve at Arne, that we can provide something for everyone. We are particularly pleased this year to be able offer photography walks and tuition. We have some of the UK’s rarest species, and those taking part can expect to encounter Sikka deer, a variety of sea birds such as puffin, as well as the potential for sighting of dolphin, minke whale etc. Late April can bring very warm temperatures here, enough to encourage some to take their first dip in the sea!

As the heating blasts away and we struggle into thick coats and thermals, thoughts of walks in Purbeck's Spring flowered filled meadows, would appear the perfect antidote. For perfect spring walking wear visit Oswald Bailey www.oswaldbailey.co.uk
The Swanage and Purbeck Walking festival runs from April 29th – May 6th.
To book accommodation, and find full information of the festival programme, visit www.walkswanage.com Walks can be booked in advance, and hotel owners and festival organisers will help plan your itinerary.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

ACCESS TO TRANSPORT FOR MOBILITY IMPAIRED PASSENGERS


Have disabled people in Swanage and people with prams, heavy shopping or heavy luggage got adequate access to transport? Transport includes ships, cars, buses, railways, airports and the London Underground. Asks Robin from Swanage.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Wind farm exhibition 21st Feb

Eneco has now entered the formal consultation period for the project and will be holding eight public exhibitions to provide people with information and updates on Navitus Bay, along with the next steps. There will also be an opportunity to speak with a member of the development team and provide feedback on the proposals.

The public exhibitions will be held at the following venues and times:

Swanage: Mowlem Theatre – Tuesday 21stFebruary 2012, 2pm to 8pm
Poole: RNLI Lifeboat College – Wednesday 22nd February 2012, 2pm to 8pm
Christchurch: Christchurch Borough Council Chambers – Thursday 23rd February 2012, 2pm to 8pm
Bournemouth: Pavilion Theatre – Saturday 25th February 2012, 10am to 4pm
West Moors: West Moors Memorial Hall – Tuesday 28th February 2012, 2pm to 8pm
New Milton: New Milton Memorial Centre – Wednesday 29th February 2012, 2pm to 8pm
Lymington: Lymington Community Centre – Friday 2nd March 2012, 2pm to 8pm
Newport, Isle of Wight: Riverside Centre – Saturday 3rd March 2012, 10 am to 4pm

The final design of Navitus Bay Wind Park, both onshore and offshore, will be determined only after comprehensive consultation with the public and relevant organisations throughout the formal consultation period of the project which will last until the end of 2013.

Swanage Railway

WESSEX BELLE LIVERY

The Swanage Railway are painting the Wessex Belle set crimson and cream. This is the livery used by British Railways for its corridor passenger stock from 1950 to 1956. At the time there were only a handful of diesel engines, the locomotives had the cycling lion crest and some of the coaches had not been built. Should the railway paint rolling stock to represent different eras or should it continue to paint the stock to represent the period from 1956 to 1967?



Posted by Robin from Swanage to swanageview at 19/2/12 9:15 AM

Creative gatherings

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Caf%C3%A9-des-Artistes/310002965724247

Today a group of like-minded creative people in Swanage decided to establish regular fun gatherings - the atmosphere to be friendly and personal.
Evenings will include live music from talented singer/songwriters, socialising and networking, different speakers and activities.




Best Wishes,

Steve Darrington
www.stevedarrington.com

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Macmillan Cancer Support at Swanage Area Senior Forum


It's a sobering thought that one in three of us will get cancer, and it is, possibly, the toughest thing most of us will ever face. If you, or a loved one, are diagnosed with cancer, you'll want to be reassured that there's a team of people in your corner supporting you every step of the way.
Chrissie Wathan-Neal, from Dorset Macmillan Cancer Support will be the guest of Swanaage Area Senior Forum at our monthly meeting on Wednesday 22nd February, 7pm, at the Swanage Day Centre.
Around 4,400 people are diagnosed with cancer in Dorset every year, and Macmillan trys to reach out and improve the lives of those people by providing practical, medical, emotional and financial support.
Come along to hear all about Macmillan, what they do, how they can help us and how we can help them.
Everyone welcome - whatever your age !

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Swanage Pier on TV

Swanage Pier on TV Monday BBC2 6.30pm
Britains Heritage Heros is a series in which John Craven and Jules Hudson meet the people saving British crafts and heritage. Mondays trip is a celebration of the rich heritage of the south west. Starting off at Swanage pier.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01ckrmq

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

AS BLUE AS THE SKY

The story, the film, the talk
The chance to be involved
A unique chance to find out more and be involved in a feature film shot primarily in Swanage and Purbeck

Thursday February 16th, 7.30pm at Swanage Royal British Legion Club
For more information or to register, contact
Emma Fernandez at Violet PR on 07849748434 or email at Emma emma@violetpr.com

Jokes about Railway Enthusiasts in the Swanage Railway Project.



Should people be subjected to ridicule because of the hobby they choose? How should they react? Should they stop being railway enthusiasts, should they ignore the comments, or should they make jokes about themselves?

Grammar School site.




An outline planning application for a residential development of up to 52 properties (50/50 mix market and affordable housing) has now been submitted by Welfare Dwellings Residential Care Ltd for the former Grammar School site. The application also includes significant changes to the old school building. Namely demolition of the existing extensions, portable buildings and huts, combined with a new single storey, two storey extension and sports hall. The new Swanage Free School is due to open in September 2013. Full details of all this can be found on-line at:
http://planning-purbeck.dorsetforyou.com/planning/PlanAppDisp.asp?RecNum=38299

So what do people make of this?

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NO PARKING ON VERGE

Charlie the bikemonger said...

Don't park on the verge.

Today I was amazed to see over 20 "NO PARKING ON VERGE" signs along the road that is opposite swanage middle school running alongside the high street.

Over 20 signs? Some of these are less than a car length apart.

How much did this cost?
Why over 20 signs?
Why not build a few laybys and address the parking issue
If its to stop damage to the grass, you should see the damage done by the post installers.

They are an eyesore and excessive, surely someone has got something wrong.

13/2/12 7:04 PM

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Exhibition by Antonia Phillips at Durlston Castle


NEW EXHIBITION AT DURLSTON CASTLE

Sat 11th Feb - Sun 26th Feb

Don't miss the first solo art exhibition in the Gallery at Durlston Castle...

Paintings and original prints by Antonia Phillips are on show and you can also find out more about two amazing landscapes both near and far :: Purbeck and Iceland.

The Gallery is open every day from 10 - 4pm

For more info call Durlston on 424443, or Antonia on 07947 613430

Blue Pool Halt?

Robin from Swanage said...
Blue Pool Halt

Should the Swanage Railway build a halt where the Railway Line crosses footpath 13 400 yards from the Blue Pool?

8/2/12 10:38 PM

Anonymous said...
Blue Pool Halt

Should the Swanage Railway build a halt where the Railway Line crosses footpath 13 400 yards from the Blue Pool?

No. It should focus its resources on linking to the main line.

9/2/12 12:20 AM

Friday, February 03, 2012

Make cycling safer

David Furmage said...
Should we make cycling more safer in Dorset?

After reading the Times campaign which has been running for the last 2 days link below ;)

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/public/cyclesafety/article3307439.ece

Should we be providing proper cycle lanes and spend money on bringing back cycle tests to all schools at an early age.?

3/2/12 11:13 AM

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

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