Christmas came early to Colehill First School
December 14, 2017

Christmas came early to Colehill First School


Christmas arrived early at one east Dorset school when the whole day had a festive theme. Youngsters at Colehill First School, part of Wimborne Academy Trust, enjoyed a special yuletide timetable. School uniforms were swapped for Christmas jumpers and Santa hats, reindeer antlers and sparkly tinsel were the obligatory headwear. Heateacher, Andrew Turrall, said: “The last week of term before … Read More

Avonwood’s Got Talent!
December 14, 2017

Avonwood’s Got Talent!


Talented Bournemouth school children took to the stage and showed they have really got talent. The pupils of Avonwood Primary School wowed audiences when they showed off an array of many different performance skills in their own ‘Got Talent’ show. Inspired by the popular ITV programme Britain’s Got Talent, the youngsters put on such a good show that if Simon … Read More

Property brand heads to Ipswich
December 14, 2017

Property brand heads to Ipswich


A highly experienced property professional has launched a new business in Ipswich to take advantage of the growing number of people renting. Entrepreneur Donna Turner, a former lettings manager for a well-known business in the town, has become a licensee for VeriSmart Inventories. She compiles inventories for letting agents and landlords using a copyrighted system including the best in voice … Read More

Sixpenny Handley celebrates Good Ofsted
December 14, 2017

Sixpenny Handley celebrates Good Ofsted


An east Dorset school has received praise for providing a safe, thriving and nurturing environment for its children. This ringing endorsement for Sixpenny Handley First School came from Ofsted after it inspected the school and declared it ‘Good.’ Other highlights from the report included praise for headteacher Clare Hewitt and her “relentless drive” to improve the school and ensure pupils … Read More

Trees of Remembrance return
December 14, 2017

Trees of Remembrance return


Dorset’s Douch Family Funeral Directors are again inviting people to leave messages on Christmas trees in memory of lost loved ones. Trees of Remembrance are now standing at its branches Douch & Small in Wimborne, AE Jolliffe & Son in Ferndown, Lesley Shand in Corfe Mullen and Blandford, Ives and Shand in Parkstone and Albert Marsh in Wareham and Upton. … Read More

Give a Christmas gift which helps local heart patients
December 13, 2017

Give a Christmas gift which helps local heart patients


The Wessex Heartbeat charity is urging people to give a ‘heartfelt’ Christmas gift which could save a person’s life. Since it began 25 years ago, Wessex Heartbeat has raised almost £16m for the Wessex cardiac unit at Southampton General Hospital, funding research, equipment and projects including the Young Adult Cardiac Centre and a £1 million refurbishment of the children’s ward. The … Read More

Happy Christmas from the Western Front – a hero too hot to handle
December 13, 2017

Happy Christmas from the Western Front – a hero too hot to handle


A Christmas card sent 100 years ago by one of the First World War’s most heroic tank officers is to go on display for the first time. Elliot Hotblack sent the simple card from ‘Advance Headquarters Tank Corps’ in December 1917, presumably to his parents in Norfolk. It includes a print of a crewman waving his cap from a Mark … Read More

Dorset accountant recognised for ‘Outstanding’ contribution
December 12, 2017

Dorset accountant recognised for ‘Outstanding’ contribution


A Dorset accountant has been recognised for his ‘outstanding’ contribution to inspiring the next generation of enterprising young people. James Robinson was presented with a glass paperweight marking his ten years with Dorset Young Enterprise, a charity which empowers young people to harness their personal and business skills. James, a Partner with chartered accountants and business advisers PKF Francis Clark, … Read More

Celebrations as Hampshire care home is declared ‘Outstanding’
December 8, 2017

Celebrations as Hampshire care home is declared ‘Outstanding’


A Hampshire care home is celebrating after being officially rated as one of the top dedicated dementia homes in the country. Colten Care’s Linden House in Lymington is one of only 55 dementia homes in England to be declared ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The rating also places the New Street home in the top one per cent … Read More

Coleman Insurance Brokers is ‘Secret Santa’ for families battling cancer
December 5, 2017

Coleman Insurance Brokers is ‘Secret Santa’ for families battling cancer


Coleman Insurance Brokers has become a ‘Secret Santa’ for Dorset families facing cancer this Christmas. The company, based in Poole, is the first business to donate to Dorset Cancer Care Foundation’s (DCCF), Secret Santa appeal. The appeal, which launched this month (December), is asking for donations to enable local families facing cancer to buy festive food and gifts. CEO Steven … Read More

BBC Countryfile visits Sturminster Newton care home
December 5, 2017

BBC Countryfile visits Sturminster Newton care home


Residents and visitors at Newstone House did a triple take when they were visited by BBC Countryfile star Adam Henson and two alpacas. Adam and alpacas Oliver and Jimmy were filming at the Colten Care home in Sturminster Newton for an upcoming episode of Countryfile. Adam met residents in the home’s lounges and indoor beach and even took his furry … Read More