Monday, March 25, 2013

Easter activities for children

Have an action-packed Easter at Purbeck Sports Centre

Purbeck Sports Centre, Wareham, has an action-packed programme this Easter Holiday. 

The programme runs from Monday 1 April to Friday 12 April and promises fun and games for children of all ages.  Activities include football; an introduction to golf; cricket; samba drumming; cycling workshops; archery; and trampolining.

They can also enjoy a climbing; intensive swimming lessons; badminton; and learn some diving skills.

Michelle Goodman, the Sports Centre’s Operations Manager, said: “We’ve got a great Easter programme lined up this year which is sure to keep the holiday stress at bay!   And, don’t forget, there are lots of activities for the adults too including gym, swimming, exercise classes, courts and pitches and a sauna.  Why not pop upstairs to the family-friendly Allstars bar afterwards for some refreshments too”

The OFSTED-registered Kool 4 Kidz Club returns.  Children aged between 5 and 14 can enjoy activities and sports for £18.00 a day (£10.00 half day). 

Kool 4 Kidz for the 5-8s, is packed full of games including interactive dance mats and wall; soft play area with ball pit; swimming; mini sports and games; and arts and crafts.

8-14s can have fun in the pool or enjoy a mix of sports including football, hockey, basketball, rounders, tennis and more.

For more information, or contact the Sports Centre on 01929 500 000.

Car park ticket draw?

Parking ticket draw 'boosts trade' in Beaminster
Traders in a Dorset town say what is thought to be the first parking ticket draw in the UK, has helped business.
The scheme allows shoppers in Beaminster to enter pay-and-display tickets into a draw for vouchers from local shops.
Perhaps we could do something similar here? I proposed a draw scheme three times to the Council when I was a councillor, and it was rejected each time as being unworkable. My idea was for everyone to put their phone number on the back of their ticket when they left, place it a secure box, and each  day or week a prize would be given to someone (but the shop voucher route might be better). I thought this might 'sweeten the pill' for those who think the charges are too high, and might even encourage people to use the car parks  – as seems to be happening in Beaminster. I've asked the Town Council to consider the idea again. What do you think?

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Swanage seafront stabilisation scheme

On Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd March Swanage Town Council will be revealing its proposals to stabilise and enhance the Recreation Ground frontage between the public toilets and Victoria Avenue. These will take place at the Town Hall between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Friday 22nd March and between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday 23rd March. There is a further opportunity to see the plans at the annual town meeting at the Mowlem Theatre Community Room from 7 p.m. on Monday 25th March. See more info at:

Swanage seafront stabilisation scheme

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Public Town Meeting 25 March

Open public meeting for residents of Swanage, 7pm,  Mowlem, Monday 25 March.

Co-op Car Park 8-10 Free Parking

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Classical concert Durlston Castle Sun 17 March

Durlston Castle will be welcoming the latest in a series of world-class classical musicians, with a performance by acclaimed double bass player David Daly from Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. 
The concert will include pieces by Schubert, Bruch, Giovanni, Henry Eccles and more. 
The concert starts at 7pm. Tickets are £10 and are on sale at Durlston Castle. 
For more information or to buy a ticket, call 01929 424443 or visit

See comments, below for more info.

Friday, March 08, 2013

The watercooler

OK, THIS is the place for general chit-chat.

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Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Say no to more cables and masts in Purbeck

Say no to more cables and masts spoiling beautiful landscapes

A proposed law will seriously weaken protections for National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) – the jewels of our countryside. 

The new law would remove 60 year-old protections for landscape beauty with no justification. These changes could lead to thousands of miles of new overhead cables and telegraph poles in National Parks, AONBs, and across our countryside as a whole. They would also allow Government to relax rules for other forms of damaging infrastructure in the future, anywhere in the countryside. 

Write to your MP today
We only have a few days left to persuade the Government to change their plans. Please help us to make your MP aware of the threat by writing to them and ask them to challenge these plans in Parliament before it’s too late. It will only take a few moments of your time but could make a real difference to the future of the countryside we all love so much.

Take action:  send an email to your MP today