Carnivals, lifeboat festival, Cherries versus Wigan and a host of other big events today on our Saturday live blog (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Carnivals, lifeboat festival, Cherries versus Wigan and a host of other big events today on our Saturday live blog
Updated 3:24pm Saturday 17th August 2013 in News
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It's pouring with rain out there and very quiet so we're turning off the blog for now, but keep tuned to the sport boys at Dean Court.
Our reporter Jamie Micklethwaite says there are quite a few pessimistic AFCB fans around. Come on folks, get behind the boys!
See the live coverage of the game from our sports team.
Wigan fans ready for the game. Most of the visitors think they will be leaving with three points in the bag.
Junior cherries Samuel Aston and Joshua Pye ready to cheer on the Cherries against Wigan - kick off less than half an hour away
Big Issue seller James Strickland helped out with the re-vamp.
"It definitely needed doing and it is much nicer in there now," he said.
"They needed volunteers and had a limited budget so I got involved, it is for my benefit as well. Long may it last.
"The support we get from the Big Issue is quite phenomenal, we get access to services which wouldn't otherwise be available."
Dorset Big Issue team leader Kirsten Thomson told reporter Will Frampton that there are many misconceptions about the magazine and its vendors.
"People think we just give them the magazine to sell, but they have to buy it for £1.25, then sell it from their pitch for £2.50," she said.
"It is not charity, the idea is to help people to help themselves and gain self-confidence and useful skills.
"A lot people think they are all addicts and they are just out on the street selling the magazine and that's it, but while some do struggle with addiction, they have great support from the Big Issue Foundation.
"It helps them get on training courses, and with useful things like getting a passport or birth certificate.
"Only some of our vendors are homeless - if we can help people who are struggling to avoid becoming homeless that is better.
"They are very hard working and have to be good at sales, talking to people and managing their own finances."
Open day organiser Carly Redwood (right) with big issue vendors and volunteers.
There's a party going on at The Big Issue office in Poole Hill, up by The Winchester, this afternoon.
The office, where Big Issue vendors from across Dorset stop off to buy their copies of the magazine, has just had a revamp courtesy of local artist Martin Butler, with a bit of help from some volunteers.
There's food and music, and a chance to learn a bit more about the iconic magazine and the people who sell it.
More pics from Councillor Jane Kelly of volunteers at work cleaning the Pokesdown Railway Station mural.
A lot of phone calls to the newsdesk today about our front page lead, council officer Robert Finlay being handed suspended sentence for offences relating to child abuse images. Anger over the judge's comment that there was "no public interest" in sending Finlay to prison.
THE widow of a marine who died in Afghanistan is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to return the bereavement grant she received from the Royal Marines Charitable Trust.
Mother-of-two, Emylie Jennings is hoping to reach the summit on August 22, the day before her fourth wedding anniversary, accompanied by 12 friends.
The group has already raised more than their fundraising target of £10,000 thanks to an influx of donations in the last week.
She said: “There are some lovely messages of support from family, friends and strangers.”
Emylie and her sons received the bereavement grant on Christmas Eve 2011 and are now trying to return the amount with interest so the RMCTF can support other families in a similar situation.
She said: “I want to give something back to help other Royal Marines families who have suffer similar circumstances and thank the Trust Fund for the support they gave me.”
Captain Tom Jennings, 29, was a member of the Special Boat Service based in Hamworthy.
He was killled south of the capital Kabul.
The climbing team arrived in Tanzania on Wednesday August 14 and are keeping a blog so people can track their movements, which can be accessed here: http://nodirectionkilimanjaro.blogspot.co.uk/
View of Bournemouth today from the Balloon
For all motorcycle enthusiasts, pop by the triangle for Chaos in the Triangle, family fun day. The Triangle has been filled with motorbikes, raising funds for “Chaos”, helping families with children with disabilities. There will be live music, motor bikes and sideshows, all for a good cause.
Local MEP Julie Girling, who represents SW England and Gibraltar, will be visiting the Rock on Monday to meet with government ministers, local Police and others over the current border crisis.
She will discuss the escalation of Spanish action with local politicians and many of her Gibraltarian constituents.
Mrs Girling, who has recently faced a torrent of abuse by Spanish Twitter trolls for her support of Gibraltar said; "It is simply not acceptable for the Spanish Police to discriminate against Gibraltarian citizens who are trying moving between Gibraltar and Spain, nor is it acceptable under European regulation to impede their movements between the two countries. Enough is enough, we need to use our influence in Brussels to help find a solution."
Regarding the recent Twitter trolling, Mrs Girling added; "Some of the language used towards me has been deeply unpleasant and misogynistic.
"The support received from constituents across South West England, Gibraltar and Catalonia, Spain, has been appreciated. Be assured, I will continue to fight for Gibraltarian residents and will not allow them to be bullied by the Spanish Government or a minority of Spanish citizens."
Mrs Girling has previously called for constituents to boycott Spain.
Pokesdown station mural clean underway http://t.co/WpoHBC0BC2— @PokesdownCF 17 August 2013
Volunteers have spent the morning painting the mural (pictured) at Pokesdown 'for Boscombe' Railway Station.
The mural - a joint SW Trains and Bournemouth Council art project - was created in 2011 by local artist Adam Klodzinski, with help from the local community.
With the ten or so volunteers was Councillor Jane Kelly. She said: "It certainly needed a clean up due to all the grime from the trains passing.
"We have just used hoses, long-handled brushes and a lot of elbow grease, and now it looks so much better.
"For people coming into Bournemouth in the train it is the first thing they see of the town, and it is very striking from the train."
The mural's theme is ‘Local Past, and Present’. Duty station manager Darryl Smith said it has made a big impact on passengers alighting at Pokesdown or just passing through.
Plenty of other events going on today, including music and motorbikes at Chaos in the Triangle, as mentioned below.
Also an open day at the offices of The Big Issue in Poole Hill, a good chance to find out about the work they do with local homeless and vulnerable people.
Dave Turnbull from RNLI Swanage crew is just about to start the build a boat competition at at Prince Albert Gardens as part of Swanage Lifeboat Festival.
He said: “It’s definitely the highlight of the week, each team will be given four hours to build their vessel from basic materials and they will test it out on the water at 4pm.”
The BBQ is smokin' outside Flirt now, and the first live band is rockin'! Chaos In The Triangle today http://t.co/VjiGNksTQx— @FlirtCafeBar 17 August 2013
Neil Lucas talks to visitors at the (Not so) Secret Garden event at Knoll Gardens in Hampreston
The AFCB Bournemouth - Wigan game is being broadcast live in Australia and the Netherlands, on Setanta Australia and Fox Sports Netherlands. It is also the game of the day on The Football League Show, 11:55pm tonight on BBC One.
Visitors arriving for the (Not so) Secret Garden day at Knoll Gardens in Hampreston @Bournemouthecho @KnollGardens http://t.co/1zyioBhuH1— @RichardBmthEcho 17 August 2013
Carol Davies, Barbara Coole, volunteers at Age Concern Christchurch hold an auction at the town's carnival this morning
Our photographer Jon Beal sent over this pic of traffic backing up on the A338 and down the Cooper Dean roundabout slip road.
Part of the cause is a camper van which has broken down between the Springbourne roundabout and Boscombe junction. Police are currently directing traffic.
MEMBERS of Dorset’s Youth Parliament have voiced their concerns about cyber bullying at a meeting with the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner.
Martyn Underhill also spoke to the five young people about exam stress during a two hour meeting at Winfrith HQ.
Mr Underhill said: “I am delighted to have met the members of Dorset Youth Parliament.
"I believe strongly in young people having the chance to express themselves. Cyber-bullying was a key concern for the members at today’s meeting. I told them that it is vital that young people confide in someone if they are being bullied online.
"We must all work together on identifying and intercepting problems early on, before they become a crisis.”
Eve Laird from UKYP said: “We are keen to help students with anxiety and are planning a ‘Stress Less’ day to give teenagers, parents and teachers the advice they need to spot the signs of stress.”
Around 700 Wigan fans expected in town today for the game.
Let's show them plenty of hospitality but not too much of the ball!
No delays at the Sandbanks Ferry. Why not head across to Swanage to join in the fun at the Lifeboat Festival. @bournemouthecho @SwanageTIC— @RichardBmthEcho 17 August 2013
Pictured are 2013 Christchurch Carnival Queen Abigail Foster, and Carnival Princesses Charlotte Ross and Olivia Vincent.
Mayor of Christchurch Councillor John Lofts opens the proceedings at the Carnival on Christchurch Quay this morning.
Amanda Shorey and a group of Scouts and Guides celebrating their £2,500 grant from O2 Think Big for a festival celebrating the history of Scouting on Brownsea Island.
A (not so) secret garden event will be taking place at Wimborne’s Knoll Gardens today to raise money for The Knoll Gardens Foundation.
The one-day extravaganza will feature a wide range of gardening and wildlife-related activities including free planting advice from Knoll’s owner and holder of ten consecutive Chelsea Gold Medals, Neil Lucas.Major raffle prize winners will be announced around 3.30pm.
The event runs from now to 4pm and admission is £5.50 for adults and £4 for children aged 5 to 15.
The final weekend of Swanage Lifeboat Festival kicks off today with a build a boat competition, a raft race and live music all evening.
Each team will be given a sheet of plywood, one broom handle, nails, screws, grey cloth tape and quick drying glue at 12pm for the build a boat competition.
Nine teams will then test their vessels with a race at Stone Quay from 4 till 5pm.
The fancy dress raft race starts at 5pm on Swanage main beach and teams will have to complete a loop to pick up their damsel in distress from the Quay.
Live music from Frankie Rudd and the Reptiles will continue until 11pm at Prince Albert Gardens.
Excitement building ahead of AFCB Bournemouth game versus Wigan this afternoon.
Wigan players are apparently enjoying a stroll on Bournemouth beach right now.
Jamie Micklethwaite has gone off to investigate!
The latest addition to the line-up for the Saturday night of Night Air at the Piers in association with Corona, has now been announced by Wave 105, the official commercial radio partner of the Bournemouth Air Festival.
Loveable Rogues are set to return to Bournemouth to show that Britain’s Got Talent in abundance.
Fresh from supporting Olly Murs on tour, the boys will be taking a break from the studio, where they are currently recording their highly anticipated second single, to perform at Night Air at the Piers.
The popular group are in good company as they join Irish rockers Kodaline, Newton Faulkner, Gabriella Cilmi, new girl band Neon Jungle and 80s pop icons Johnny Hates Jazz on the Saturday night’s music programme.
The Friday night, August 30, includes Blue, Westlife star Shane Filan, The Feeling, feisty girl band Stooshe and X Factor graduates Lucy Spraggen and Diana Vickers.
Priced at £7, tickets are on sale via the BH Live website www.bhlivetickets.co.uk, with limited numbers left for each night. Gates open at Boscombe Pier each evening at 6pm, with the show running until 10pm.
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