Saturday, June 30, 2012

Swanage School radio debate

Big Dorset Brunch show on BBC Radio Solent about Swanage free school - Paul Angel and Lindsay Shaw debating the pros & cons.

Available in full on the podcast for the next 7 days from here:

Thursday, June 21, 2012

US Army visit to Swanage Sat 30 June

Saturday 30th June 2012.

A delegation of US Army and diplomatic personnel including a surviving GI Wes Mullen who was Billeted in Swanage from 1943 until June 1944 will be visiting Swanage to dedicate a memorial on the recreation ground
Full details of the day and timings below (in Comments)

Wind farm

Navitus Bay will be holding a drop in session for parish/town councils and
community organisation representatives on Thursday 21st June at Swanage
Youth & Community Centre, Chapel Lane, Swanage, BH19 2PW\
The session will take place between 9am and 12pm.

In order to enable us to spend as much time with each representative as
possible, please could you attend if possible at 9.30am. The purpose of the
event is to provide an opportunity for you to ask Navitus Bay
representatives any questions you have about the Project proposals.

Unfortunately we may not be able to answer all questions at the event as
research and assessments are ongoing, but we will get back to you with a
response following the events.

We will not be exhibiting any new information at these events and the drop
in session is not open to the public. Please could you ensure that a maximum
of two representatives from your organisation attend the session, as there
will be limited space.

If you would like to attend, please could you get in touch with Rachel by
titled 'Community Drop In' or call 01926 331214.

Priority will be given on the day to those who have notified us of their

If you have questions but are unable to attend the event, please email these
to us at
or call 01926 331214.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Swanage Hospital/Surgeries etc

Public meeting at the Mowlem at 6.30pm on Friday 20 July, to discuss proposed NHS /Swanage changes

Swanage Area Senior Forum

Monday, June 18, 2012

Purbeck core strategy (June 2012)

Further consultation on development in Purbeck

Further consultation is taking place on some changes to the Core Strategy for Purbeck, a document which will guide future development in the district.

The Core Strategy sets out the strategic vision and policies for Purbeck up to 2027. Once adopted it will replace the Purbeck District Local Plan Final Edition (2004) and be used to guide new development and determine planning applications.

Further information can be found at

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Three peaks charity challenge

We are taking part in the Impact - Impact 3 Peaks Challenge on 24/06/2012 to raise money for Impact and I'd really appreciate your support.

We will both be challenged by this one and would relish fair weather for each climb. Any physios among you free on Monday 25th? Your prayers are welcome too.
With a huge thank you.

It's easy to donate online with a credit or debit card - just go to my JustGiving page:

JustGiving sends your donation straight to Impact and automatically reclaims Gift Aid if you're a UK taxpayer, so your donation is worth even more. I hope you'll join me in supporting Impact.

Thank you.

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Future of Purbeck healthcare

If you want to impact the NHS proposals: 

1 Get to one of the workshops below.

2 Join the Friends of Swanage Hospital. Call Mike Ranger on 01929 422040. This is key - power lies in numbers.

3 Watch out for counter proposals from the Friends of Swanage Hospital.

4 When you attend the workshops, remember, just because the NHS have drawn up two proposals doesn’t mean they are the only options.

If there is something else preferred, we will fight for it. If we just accepted proposals from Dorset County Council or the NHS previously, we wouldn’t have a local recycle centre, a Day Centre, a Nursing home, out of hours medical cover etc etc.

Trevor Ayling

[see more on Comments, below]

Wednesday, June 06, 2012


Please see the latest windfarm update from the RYA.
They are asking for the views of recreational boaters. 
West of Wight was the original name of Navitus Bay Wind farm.

Sea-water quality

Wessex Water’s bathing water quality tool has been launched providing real-time information about the quality and cleanliness of the 348 miles (560km) of coastline in the region. It will allow people to check beaches in Dorset, Somerset and North Somerset. During the past year Wessex Water have invested in telemetry equipment that notifies them when an emergency overflow has operated.  Find out more about the tool at:

Swanage beach

Tuesday, June 05, 2012


5 June: given the increase in unpleasant comments and irrelevant rants, I think it's time to try to ensure everyone uses an identifiable user name, so at least people may have a sense of whether comments are coming from one individual or many. We'll see how it goes, and I apologise if it causes any difficulties, but you can blame the bitter b****** out there who see this place as somewhere to grind their axe and pursue personal agendas rather than to contribute to our community
13 June: have reverted to allowing anonymous postings, as the above seems to have seriously limited access. Just hope people can behave sensibly ....

Jubilee tea party Swanage High Street

Charity Acoustic night Wed 13 June

Sunday, June 03, 2012

Swanage gigs in Jubilee pageant

Swanage gigs at Blackfriar's Bridge; photo by  Kitty Wass  from venue 13 Purbeck Art Weeks (at Peveril Point)