Friday, March 30, 2012

The Swanage School

I hear that PDC have approved the planning application for the new school in Northbrook Road.

Outline Planning Application - Demolition of existing house. Outline application for a residential development of up to 52 units (50/50 mix market and affordable housing) with access via Northbrook Road. Change of use of former school from C2 (Residential Institutions) to D1 (Non Residential Institution). This will involve the demolition of existing extension, portable buildings and hut, combined with a new single storey and two storey extension and sports hall. Create new access to Northbrook Road and move existing access.


Application visuals:

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Swanage Pier best in country

Swanage Pier has been voted best in the country!

Thanks to the hard work and dedication of its energetic volunteers, trustees and supporters,SWANAGE has been chosen as PIER OF THE YEAR 2012 by the National Pier Society’s 650 members. It was runner-up last year,this is the first time it has won the award and marks the Pier Trust's achievements in providing an "excellent visitor experience, keeping the pier in good condition and maintaining excellent websites."
No fewer than 22 different piers received nominations this year: BLACKPOOL NORTH (which recently changed hands) and CLEVEDON in North Somerset tied for second place.
Swanage has a pier to be proud of. Several volunteers have had to hang up their hats recently due to age or ill health and the Pier Trust is looking for extra help on the gate and in the shop - if you have a morning or afternoon spare they would love to hear from you.

29/3/12 12:57 PM

Friday, March 23, 2012

Swanage Area Senior Forum Weds 28 March

Swanage Area Senior Forum

at The Swanage Day Centre, High Street, SWANAGE


Ø The latest on the re-opening of the James Day Care Home
After frantic campaigning and a 3 year process DCC changed its mind and agreed to re-open the Home. There will be a report from Dorset County Council on the progress on the future of the James Day Care Home.

Ø Full update on the Swanage NHS Dentistry situation.
Petition complete, Richard Drax MP involved, what service will be available after April 1st?

Ø AGE UK new Memory Advisory Service
“Many only seek help once the condition has deteriorated, when the person with memory loss is often isolated and cut off from support previously provided by friends and neighbours.

Ø From our last meeting: What is the situation regarding cancer drugs?
Who funds? Who decides? How will it change with the new NHS structure…

This meeting is open to ALL Swanage residents.

So please come along and be sure of a warm welcome, with refreshments:

Tel: 07825 206055 or 01929 426127 for more details

Remember our Hopper Bus!

We can pick you up and return you home. You can arrange this by telephoning Mo on 07825 206055.

Trevor Ayling, Chairman

and the Swanage Area Forum Committee

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Work opportunities for creative young people

The Creative Pioneers Challenge is a nationwide search for digital natives and creative entrepreneurs.

They're offering up to 300 people in the UK the opportunity to find work in the creative industries. Opportunities available include apprenticeships and internships, being offered by 100 creative and digital media businesses. If you are ready to start your own business instead, they want to put you in touch with the people who can help make your business fly.

Most opportunities are in London or other regional centres.

Monday, March 19, 2012

The Swanage School: consultation

All schools hold a statutory consultation before they open and that for the new school runs from today until 10 May. Education Swanage want as many people as possible to give their opinions on the plans.

They'll be holding several drop-ins in the next few weeks at Ulwell, Langton and Herston, as well as a meeting at the Mowlem on Wed 25 April at 7pm. They look forward to seeing you.

They are also having leaflets delivered to local addresses with the Advertiser next week and the Dubber shortly after. They contain a survey which you can return by post or at an event. You can also fill in the survey on the website at

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Welcome to Swanage

Congratulations to Swanage Town Council for the new welcome signs in the car parks. This is something I proposed a while ago, and I believe will be a great help to visitors. Now have to keep pressure on for my other idea, to sweeten the pill for those who find the parking prices too high: to have a car park ticket lottery, whereby you write your phone number on the back of your ticket when you leave, place it in a box provided, and every day or week someone wins £20 (or more). But that was rejected the three times I proposed it, as being 'unworkable'.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Path from Ballard to Whitecliff Farm

I and a few other people would love to know who has destroid this path going down to whitecliff farm. It's a nightmare to ride down and even harder to walk down. They have widened the path and put large rocks as gravel down. Well done to who ever done this:(

Posted by David Furmage to swanageview at 12/3/12 5:08 PM

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Royal opening of Durlston

On 12 March, HRH Princess Anne will be officially opening Durlston Castle, the building will therefore be closed to the public until 2.30pm

Friday, March 09, 2012

Mothering Sunday with The National Trust at Corfe Castle

Mothering Sunday with The National Trust at Corfe Castle

Because all mums are heroes, treat your mum to a meeting with a heroic mother from history this year.

Lady Bankes Mothering Sunday at Corfe Castle features costumed talks by Lady Mary Bankes – a 17th century mum who became a heroine of the English Civil War.

Brave Dame Mary, as she became known, defended Corfe Castle during two sieges by Roundhead forces before it eventually fell to treachery.

But she was also mother to 14 children, and the talks focus on the fascinating details of her family life.

Research by National Trust volunteer Elizabeth Baker has uncovered a wealth of personal information on Lady Mary and her children.

· Eldest daughter Alice wrote a book on household management called Ladie Borlase’s Receipts Booke which includes a recipe for ‘snaile water’ – including real snails!
· Son Ralph is remembered for building Kingston Lacy house, near Wimborne, which is also looked after by The National Trust.
· One of Lady Mary’s followers was paid £200 pounds to open the gates for Roundhead troops and force her to surrender. She was given 10 days to leave with the two daughters then living with her, four servants and whatever she could fit into her carriage.

Corfe Castle is open 10am-5pm. Talks are free and take place throughout the day – normal admission charges apply.

Lady Bankes Mothering Sunday also features a free themed family-friendly activity trail with a prize on completion and Lady Bankes Teas.

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Please prove you're not a robot

Do others find these things really irritating and hard to use? I'm sure they must put people off posting comments.

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

OK Classic Fishing Tournament 12 May



Now in its third year, the OK Classic Fishing Tournament goes from strength to strength. Sponsored by Johnson Outdoors UK and supported by AnglersAfloat there are once again some fantastic fishing kayaks and other great prizes to be won. Three of the latest fishing kayak designs from Ocean Kayak are the main prizes. First prize is the newest design in the Trident Ultra series, the Ocean Kayak Trident Ultra 4.3 which has, among its many features, an exciting performance hull. Second prize is the Ocean Kayak Prowler Elite 4.1 which is an upgraded version of the best selling Prowler 13 Angler. Third prize is the Ocean Kayak Tetra 12 Angler which is ideal for kayak angling and also a great all-round boat to enjoy on the water.

Last year there were 79 entries to the OK Classic, nearly twice as many as the year before, and £790 was raised for the local RNLI lifeboat station. The tournament takes place on the beautiful waters of Swanage Bay, Dorset and is open to all amateur kayak fishermen who would like to take part. This is a catch and release competition with competitors trying to catch as many different species as possible during an allotted time period on the day of the tournament. It costs £10 to enter and all entry fees will be donated to the local Swanage RNLI Lifeboat Station.

All competition entrants must be 18 or over and full entry details and the rules are available from the Johnson Outdoors UK website where entrants can also download the necessary competition forms. On the Johnson Outdoors UK and AnglersAfloat websites there will also be lots more information about the launch venue and local amenities.

Johnson Outdoors UK AnglersAfloat

Digital Re-tuning

Great I did it, now everything is pixilating, the sound is a split second after the lip movements and I cant change channel using my remote :-(

Monday, March 05, 2012

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 delete.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was anyone else woken up at 0220 hours on Monday 5th March by an aircraft which sounded as if it was crashing, or a Focke' dive bombing? The aircraft seemed to be going round and round over Swanage for at least 20 minutes.
Naturally there was also the usual 0505 & 0525 ‘planes climbing away from Bournemouth Airport.

Drivers Beware

Some Ba****ds stole my catalytic converter from my van parked in my drive on Friday night :-(

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Missing Art Trail board


This board was on St Mary's Church railings (they can be seen in the picture). A car went through the railings when the road was iced up. When the railings were removed, someone offered to look after the board, if anyone knows who that was or where it is please contact me: It's urgent, as the people who sponsored this board will be coming to St Mary's church on the 12th March and we would like it back in place by then

Friday, March 02, 2012

Swanage Comedy Festival: 30th March

Hancock's return, kicks off 'Sun Sea and Stand Up'
Swanage's 4th Dorset Piddle Comedy Festival

This years eagerly awaited festival programme will kick off on March 30th at Durlston Castle, with Bournemouth based Theatre group 'Burnt Toast' making their début in the area.' Performing Hancock's Half Hour, they will show-case two episodes of the classic Radio broadcasts, “The Missing Page”, and “The Bowman’s.”

Organiser Dave Taylor says:
“This is going to be a fantastic night of entertainment, that brings something a little different to the established programme. Tony Hancock made his stage début at Durlston Court School in 1933, so we are delighted to be able to revive such a great talent, and bring his work back to its original roots. The performance will give you the feeling of being in the studio during a live broadcast, with the audience joining in to provide sound effects! If you are fan of the 'Lad Himself' you are in for a treat.”

Durlston are also offering a set 3 course early supper menu, at their Seventh Wave restaurant for £20.12. Pre booking is essential and tables are available for reservation from 5.30pm

Also on Friday 30th, The Royal British Legion host an evening of Open Comedy, with the chance to see possible stars of the future, tickets on the door at the amazing price of £3!

The Sun Sea and Stand up programme follows on Saturday 31st March with established local venues Bay View, The Football Club, and The Royal British Legion, offering a fantastic programme, including BBC New Comedy Award winner and triple Pierrier award nominee Dan Atopolski (who also played Jesus in the Da Vinci Code!) Nick Page (“The best Story teller on the circuit, Rhod Gilbert.) and Steve Best (“Rip roaringly funny” The Guardian.) with a great mix of compares for all three venues.
With continuing sponsorship from Piddle Brewery, the festival is going from strength to strength.

Dave says:
I believe we are offering something for everyone with this years Festival, and we are anticipating packed houses at each venue. We want Swanage to be known across the country as a great venue for Comedy as we have great venues and support from the local community as well as bringing something exciting and unexpected for our visitors to the area

Full details of the festival programme can be found at
Tickets are available on line at www.wegottickets and


Robin from Swanage said...

Did the Berlin Airlift begin the process of making friends with our European neighbours which developed with the Swanage Town Twinning Association and the Wareham-Hemsbach Society?

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Celtic Dream: Mowlem 8th March

Celtic Dream is one of the most original and authentic shows in the world. Embodying the true spirit of the Emerald Isle, this show is a breathtaking myriad of brilliant choreography, phenomenal vocals, astounding musicianship and glittering costumes. With a selection of the finest dancers, vocalists and musicians from around Ireland, Celtic Dream takes audiences along a breath taking journey of music, song and dance with a kaleidoscope of colour against a backdrop of highly infectious, powerful and spirit invoking music. Celtic Dream will leave you mesmerised and wanting more and more of the ultimate Irish experience. (From their website)