Sunday, April 29, 2012

Swanage Art Trail walks 3/5 May

Swanage & Purbeck Walking Festival
The Swanage Seen Art Trail Walk

Why did Augustus John come to Swanage to paint? Who was Charles Conder? His painting of Peveril Point hangs in Tate Britain. See the picture by Walter Field, hung in the Royal Academy 1873 and used by Southern Railways to advertise Swanage Beach for health and pleasure. Paul Nash & Graham Sutherland both painted in Swanage in the 1930s and also illustrated the iconic Shell Guide to Britain. Who was Mark Gertler, who wrote to Dora Carrington from Peveril House? and painted here in 1916. Learn this and much more on two guided Art Trail Walks as part of the Swanage & Purbeck Walking Festival.
Meet Karen Delahay (one of the sponsors)
10am Thursday 3rd May at the Tourist Information Centre, Shore Road £3.50
Carlotta Barrow (founder)
10am Saturday 5th May at the Tourist Information Centre, Shore Road £3.50

Friday, April 27, 2012

Swanage market

The suggestion of moving the market to Station Road has been raised in a thread on here but it needs to be discussed in its own right. Is there any strong feeling for or against? Should the opportunity be taken to review the format of the market? Does it do anything for the town? Should it be more like Bridport market with a substantial proportion of antique and collectors stalls? How can it be made a tool to attract people with more money to spend to Swanage which it certainly does not do at the moment. 

Posted by Anonymous to swanageview at 27/4/12 9:40 PM

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Food hygiene rating

New food hygiene rating scheme to be launched in Purbeck

A national food hygiene rating scheme is aiming to help consumers make an informed choice about where they eat or shop for food in Purbeck.

Purbeck District Council’s Public Health team has signed up to the Food Standards Agency scheme, which goes live in the district from 1 May. The national Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) will enable ratings to be published reflecting the hygiene standards of food businesses found during inspections by the council.

Each food business will be given a rating on a scale from 0 to 5 when it is inspected by a council food safety officer. The top rating is ‘5’ – which means the hygiene standards are very good. The bottom is ‘0’ – which indicates urgent improvement is required. On 1 May, nearly 100 of the 340 businesses included in the scheme will be rated ‘5’.

Susan Eady, Public Health Manager, said: “The new scheme will enable food businesses to manage risks well by helping them understand how they can comply with the law and continually improve their hygiene standards.

“It will also help consumers make informed decisions about where they eat or shop for food. Look for a sticker like the one illustrated, showing you the food hygiene rating for that business. You might find it displayed in the window, on the door, or as a certificate. If you can’t see a sticker or certificate - ask where it is!

“You can search online from 1 May to check how well businesses have scored before you decide where to shop or eat.

“The Public Health team is delighted that so many of our food business have already managed to get a ‘5’ rating - we have very few low rated premises, and aim to keep things that way.

“As this scheme is new, not all local businesses are included yet. We hope to get all the current lower risk businesses on board by next year.

Sue concluded: “Consumers can have confidence that the standards attached to the scheme have been applied consistently across all participating council areas.”

Purbeck District Council is joining an expected 94 per cent of local authorities by signing up to the scheme. They are launching the FHRS at the same time as the majority of other Dorset authorities.

Further details for consumers and businesses can be found at from 1 May 2012. Ratings for premises in Purbeck will start to appear from 1 May. Information for consumers will also be available in the District Council offices, Worgret Road, Wareham; the Discover Purbeck information centre, South Street, Wareham; and at Swanage Information Centre, Shore Road, Swanage.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Durlston Bus Service

Damory Coaches will be running the Number 5 service from Swanage to Durlston every 30 minutes from 27th May to 30th September.Who will use the service and how will it effect visitors to Durlston? Asks Robin from Swanage.

Number 50 Bus (Swanage/Bmth Stations)

What improvements would you like to see in the Wilts and Dorset bus service from Swanage Station to Bournemouth Station?

Friday, April 20, 2012

Big cat in Swanage?

‘BIG CAT SIGHTING IN PEVERIL. at 2030 on Tuesday 17th April. I was in our second bedroom when I looked through the window and saw a large black feline about 15 feet away with the body size of a Labrador dog, but with shorter legs, and a thick straight tail, round head and pointed ears. It spanned about two 18 inch paving slabs, when he saw me he did an about turn and cleared our six foot garden fence in one bound. RobO Posted by Anonymous to swanageview at 20/4/12 4:55 PM

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Swanage Town & Community Partnership: 26 April 2012

Quarterly Meeting 26th April 2012 @ 6pm Swanage Town Hall 1. Welcome 2. Apologies, 3. Minutes of 20th January 2012 meeting 4. Matters Arising 5. Housing Challenges- Chris McDermott PDC 6. Updates from Partners 7. AOB 8. Date of AGM

Gardeners’ Questiontime: Wed 25 April

Spring into Action – Gardeners’ Questiontime It's that time of year again … Spring is here and our gardens (and gardeners) are stirring after the long winter months. Swanage Area Senior Forum invites you all to our meeting on Wednesday 25th April for a special Gardeners’ Questiontime. Our panel of local green-fingered experts, who are all experienced growers here in Swanage, will answer your questions and offer their advice and tips to enthuse all levels of gardeners. Do you have a burning gardening problem you need help with? Then we invite you to send in your questions prior to the meeting (see below). We will also be sharing with you, outline details of the exciting proposal for a Therapeutic Garden at the Prospect Nursery site and an introduction to Herston and Swanage Horticultural Society's activities. There will be our usual delicious refreshments, and a ‘Gardener’s Delight Raffle’ with proceeds going to Macmillan Cancer Support. So,whether you are an old hand – or a brand new gardener, come along and be enthused as spring/summer gets us all out there - even it's only to a flower pot by the back door or a window box! WEDNESDAY 25TH APRIL, 7PM GARDENERS' QUESTIONTIME SWANAGE DAY CARE CENTRE HIGH STREET, SWANAGE All welcome – whatever your age! QUESTIONS PLEASE – send your questions in advance of the meeting to: e-mail:; or by post to: Jean Gibbs, 3 Convent Mews, Swanage, BH19 2LZ We will also have the latest news on NHS dentist provision Posted by Swanage Area Senior Forum to swanageview at 19/4/12 8:11 AM

Sunday, April 15, 2012

SOUND IT OUT Saturday 21st April

Saturday the 21st April.
The Rock-A-Hula Club and the Purbeck Film Festival in association with Replayed Records, Swanage are pleased to announce a special Record Store Day 2012 screening of:
A documentary by Jeanie Findlay about the very last record shop in Teeside.

Doors are at 8pm, £3 admission, and the evening begins with DJ's playing the latest record store day releases.
The film will be screened at 9pm and lasts 75 minutes.
After that we are inviting the audience to bring along and have played either the first record that they ever bought, their favourite record, or maybe a record that has special significance to them. Sorry, vinyl only. 33,45 or 78rpm catered for.
We are looking forward to a fun, relaxed evening in what is fast becoming the new cultural centre of Swanage. Drinks and popcorn available.

We hope you can make it. Please forward this to anyone that you feel may be interested.

Should anyone have suggestions for shows, exhibitions at the Legion, please get in touch.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Exhibition L'Artishe Gallery 21 April - 9 May

A new exhibition for the Spring, featuring Purbeck Artists
Carlotta Barrow, Mike Bizley, Chris Burke, Frances Hatch, Sally Maltby, Rachel Meddick, Antonia Phillips and Toby Wiggins.
This group will be showing an interesting selection of work including paintings, drawings, carvings, ceramics and glass.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Purbeck District Council elections Thurs 3 May

These are the candidates standing in the forthcoming elections. You don't need a polling card to vote at a polling station.

Swanage North
CLARK Peter Benwell
Liberal Democrat

Swanage North
Labour Party candidate

Swanage North
MARSH Gloria Ann
The Conservative Party candidate

Swanage South
Liberal Democrat

Swanage South
The Conservative Party candidate

Swanage South
ROKER Rupert
The Labour and Co-operative Party candidate.
Lib Dem leaflets:
Swanage North
Swanage South

[Will post links to other parties sites/literature if provided]

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Does Echo care about Purbeck?

Have you wondered if the Echo gives a *** about what goes on in Purbeck? Anyone else noticed that the same article has been headlining the Purbeck online page since 21st March?! Has there really been no news in Purbeck since then?

Swanage Mermaids Moonwalk London 2012

Four landladies from Swanage, all members of the Swanage and Purbeck Hospitality Association, will be taking part in the 15th Moonwalk London. On May 12th, Hyde Park will once again play host to the 15 year birthday party for this famous moonlit Marathon and Half Marathon that will see ordinary people taking on an extraordinary challenge! The Swanage Mermaids will be donning their decorated bras and joining the happy throng of walkers pounding the streets of London.
Since the first Moonwalk in 1998 this unique challenge has brought together over 200,000 women and men who have the united goal of raising money and awareness for vital breast cancer causes. This year another 17,000 brave walkers will be striding out together in their trademark decorated bras. They have in previous years been accompanied by celebrities such as Jennifer Saunders, Lorraine Kelly and Paul O’Grady.

The Moonwalk London is organised by health charity Walk the Walk Worldwide, this, their flagship event, raised in excess of £5.8 million in 2011 alone, bringing the total to over £75 million in just 14 years. With 1 in 8 women in the UK expected to experience some form of breast cancer, Walk the Walk emphasises the importance of maintaining a healthy weight and active lifestyle which includes regular exercise and healthy eating. Organiser and founder of Walk the Walk Worldwide, Nina Barough, says ‘The Moonwalk is about women and men taking charge of their lives by not only getting fitter themselves to take on this challenge, but by uniting in the common bond of making a difference to vital breast cancer causes. It is probably the most dynamic and awe-inspiring night you could ever experience.’

The Swanage Mermaids invite you all to join them at their celebratory 70 & 80’s disco party on Saturday May 26th at the Royal British Legion. Tickets are on sale at the Legion and from Jackie Lane, Lesley Gardner, Sally Gutteridge and Ann Jones at £10 each, please email or call directly for details: 01929 422221 or 07894 556575 01929 423319 or 07788 597567 01929 425794 or 07845 178757 01929 426318 or 07895 273569

And ALL proceeds will go directly to the Moonwalk!
If you are unable to join us on that Saturday but still wish to donate to this worthy cause, our fundraising website address is:
Many many thanks for your support and we hope to see you on Saturday to celebrate our success!

The Swanage Mermaids

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Knitted garden at Durlston

Well worth a visit...

Joyous Swanage

Mail on Sunday [8th April2012] Chris Evans ~ Nice One states:-
“I can’t begin to tell you how good a time I had on my birthday this year. It was last weekend and it was magical….Best of all was the joyous afternoon we spent in SWANAGE.
Have you ever been? The locals don’t want their well-kept secret getting out but, with apologies to the Swanagonians, I have to tell the world about this modest but perfectly formed cove on the south coast, with fish and chips to die for and a stretch of open water that could give the Cote D’Azur a run for its money.”

Chris goes on to say how he and his family; “played on the beach under the golden spring sun in a cloudless blue sky, I can honestly say I don’t remember ever being more content in my whole life.”

Thanks Chris, but don’t tell everyone they’ll spoil it.


New Information centre at Peveril Point

Coastwatch have organised a new permanent exhibition in the buildings around and below the Lookout at Peveril Point.
They hope that everyone will enjoy the huge amount of information and worksheets and that it may lead to donation revenue!

Posted by Sally Maltby to swanageview at 8/4/12 9:28 AM

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Swanage Town and Community Partnership meeting, Thursday 26th April, 6.30

The next Swanage Town and Community Partnership meeting is on Thursday 26th April at 6.30. We will be focussing on Housing (primarily affordable)with speakers from PDC Housing Section who will get us up to speed. Agenda and last minutes to follow soon.

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Annual Parish meeting Thursday 12 April

NHS Dentists

4 Days with NO Swanage NHS dentist

As I write , we are 4 days without an NHS dentist in Swanage. I met with Richard Drax MP on the 30th March with Mandy Mason. A petition with over 2500 signatures was delivered. There is a solid commitment to a new NHS dentist in Swanage with 50% more capacity than the last. But WHEN??? The NHS have committed to a mobile unit in the meantime, but WHEN??? (Sound familiar?)
Earlier in the week we managed to pressure the NHS from a vague statement that a mobile unit would be available sometime after April 2012 to sometime IN April 2012. But WHEN??? Richard Drax agreed to meet with the NHS hierarchy to get that mobile in place. We are sending a DAILY reminder to Richard Drax, Dorset County Council and the NHS as the days drift by.....

Trevor Ayling, Chairman

Windfarm consultation ends 17 April

Eneco's public consultation ends on Tuesday 17th April, act now to have your say.

Eneco has completed its second series of exhibitions, where it gave more information about the offshore element of its proposals.

The public consultation ends on Tuesday 17th April 2012 and all feedback must be received by Eneco by that date. Please respond, it is important to do so even
if you gave feedback at the events in 2011.

Challenge Navitus aims to provide accurate information in addition to what the developer is presenting. Please look at the website and links will take you to the
"What You Can Do" ,
"Public Consultation" and
"Why Challenge It?" pages.
Eneco has a feedback form which you could complete, but if you feel that it channels your opinions in directions you do not want, or does not easily let you express your views, then just write to them.

Eneco Wind Park
Units 3 & 4 Athena Court
Athena Drive
Tachbrook Park
CV34 6RT

It is a good idea to copy your letter to your councillors and MP who should represent your views.

Please encourage your friends to look at the website so they can see the animations, be better informed and keep up to date with the developments at Navitus Bay windfarm

More info on the Challenge Navitus website