Ringwood Carnival Queen begins countdown to 2017 event
August 18, 2017

Ringwood Carnival Queen begins countdown to 2017 event


New Ringwood Carnival Queen Morgan Long has officially fired the starting pistol for this year’s event. The 16-year-old began a busy few weeks by attending a photocall with key sponsor Ellis Jones Solicitors at its Monmouth Court office. “I’m really looking forward to the carnival and especially the procession. It’s great to be a part of it,” said Morgan. It’s … Read More

UB40 leads to employment through Facebook
August 18, 2017

UB40 leads to employment through Facebook


More than 70 bar staff who performed at a UB40 concert in Darlington were recruited exclusively over Facebook, it’s been revealed. Dani Gallone of Berry Recruitment in the town took to social media rather than rely on more traditional methods of recruiting.

AFC Business seeks more riders for charity ride
August 18, 2017

AFC Business seeks more riders for charity ride


AFC Bournemouth Commercial Director Rob Mitchell is looking for a further five riders to join him in the Heartbeat Cycle Ride 2017. Rob is hoping to create a team of 10 riders from the local business community to take part in the 40 or 70-mile ride through the Test Valley, on September 10. Rob said: “I’ll be tackling the 70-mile … Read More

Champion results for LeAF Studio
August 17, 2017

Champion results for LeAF Studio


She has already been crowned a British champion in her chosen sport and now Serena O’Connor has proven to be a champion academic. The LeAF Studio student and 2016 British Elite Duathlon Champion had more cause to celebrate when she collected her A-level results – achieving gold medal standard with two As and an A*. Serena, who will now study … Read More

Oak A-levels on the up
August 17, 2017

Oak A-levels on the up


Oak Academy has seen increases across the board in this year’s A-level results, with every student who applied securing a university place. The A-level and vocational combined average grade is a C, up from a low D last year. And the average grade for vocational qualifications is now an impressive Distinction*, surpassing last year’s good grade of Distinction. Almost twice … Read More

High standards maintained at Arnewood
August 17, 2017

High standards maintained at Arnewood


Mark Colman (head of sixth form) LEFT and Nigel Pressnell (headteacher) RIGHT, with some of their star A Level students The Arnewood School in New Milton is celebrating another successful year of A-level results – with every one of its students passing. In addition to 100% securing A* to E grades, more than one in five students (21%) achieved A* … Read More

Avonbourne’s bright sparks
August 17, 2017

Avonbourne’s bright sparks


Avonbourne Sixth Form is celebrating the success of its A-level students. The Bournemouth academy has seen 94% of its students achieve A* to E, including notable results in many subject areas. In Art, Religious Studies and most languages there was a 100% record of students achieving A* to C grades. Among the individual successes was bright by name bright by … Read More

Familiar faces join steel company
August 15, 2017

Familiar faces join steel company


Two new employees have been taken on by Poole-based steel decking firm SMD – although their faces will be familiar to many.

Brave Ali uses her cancer treatment to help others
August 15, 2017

Brave Ali uses her cancer treatment to help others


A Shillingstone woman whose mouth ulcer turned out to be head and neck cancer is inviting people to ‘sponsor’ her through six weeks of radiotherapy, with all proceeds going to charity. Marie Campbell, known as Ali, is currently undergoing the treatment following major head and neck surgery. And thanks to her friends, family and a Just Giving page, she has … Read More

Second Beach Netball UK event is a hit
August 15, 2017

Second Beach Netball UK event is a hit


The UK’s only Beach Netball event rolled into Bournemouth for a second time and attracted teams and spectators from across the country. Sixteen teams from as far afield as London took part in the event on Boscombe Beach (July 1st). The closely contested tournament was eventually won by London-based Team Ghaz (pic attached), who beat local team Ringwood Brewery 12-8 … Read More

Positive outlook for Dorset businesses
August 14, 2017

Positive outlook for Dorset businesses


Businesses in Dorset defied downturn fears with a positive outlook for the local economy in the latest results of a quarterly survey. Some 61% of respondents described the economic climate as good or strong/positive, while just over a third said that it was okay. More than two-thirds said that the economic climate in their own sector was good or strong/positive. … Read More

Data firms ‘sleepwalking to disaster’
August 10, 2017

Data firms ‘sleepwalking to disaster’


The Government’s new Data Protection Bill published this week has been widely welcomed by an industry expert – with a warning.