• Reclusive Poole poet built worldwide following

    A RECLUSIVE Poole poet who died alone has been mourned across the globe by an online community now fighting to preserve her legacy. Margaret Griffiths, who died aged just 62, had no known family, and just a handful of people attended her funeral

  • Reserve plans could lead to dogs on leads

    DOGS may soon have to be kept on leads in the nature reserve of Stanpit Marsh in Christchurch following the results of a public consultation. Local residents and organisations were asked for their opinions on the nature reserve’s draft management plan

  • £100 payout for victim of council error

    A PARTIALLY sighted man is to get £100 in compensation after East Dorset District Council withdrew his free all-day bus travel. A report published by the local government ombudsman today states East Dorset failed to consider its duties under

  • Hunt for owner after ferocious attack by dog

    POLICE are appealing for witnesses to a dog attack that was so ferocious it took two men to separate the animals. The incident happened in Slades Farm Road, Bournemouth, and is thought to have involved a labrador and another dog, described as a bull

  • Guest of honour role for cancer sufferer from Wool

    A CANCER sufferer from Wool and his wife will be the guests of honour at a fundraising day later this month. Kevin and Angela Batch’s world fell apart in January when doctors told the 58-year-old that he was suffering from an incurable cancer. But Kevin

  • Cheers to a special day

    A little of what you fancy, does you good, they say. And one subscriber to the adage is 100-year-old Fran Reader – a lady who attributes her longevity to a daily glass of her favourite tipple. Mrs Reader is a lover of Bailey’s Irish

  • Unemployment figures double in some areas

    Unemployment has more than doubled in some areas over the past year, with up to seven job hunters per vacancy. South Dorset, which includes Swanage and surrounding villages, has seen the biggest increase in the number of people claiming Jobseeker

  • Taj Mahal in Westbourne employed illegal workers, again

    A BOURNEMOUTH restaurant fined £30,000 for employing illegal workers less than a year ago is facing an even bigger financial penalty after being raided again. Officers from the UK Border Agency visited the Taj Mahal in Poole Road, Westbourne

  • Bigger discounts for loyal Ringwood shoppers

    IT has already been hailed a success by traders and businesses but the man behind the Ringwood+Loyalty+Discount">Ringwood Loyalty Discount Scheme has promised it is set to get bigger and better. Jim Stride, who started the scheme seven

  • Frank Turner - Poetry of the Deed ****

    SINGER songwriter Frank’s two previous albums detailed the life experiences of someone in their mid-20s (unashamedly enjoying youth and refusing to grow up), while Poetry of the Deed is more about seizing the moment. The title track is guaranteed to

  • Various - Hacienda Acid House Classics ***

    FOR the uninitiated, the Hacienda was a groundbreaking Manchester nightclub that ran from 1982 to 1997. One of its co-owners was Peter Hook, who just happened to be a founding member of Joy Division and New Order. The Hook-mixed compilation reflects

  • The Miracles - Depend On Me: The Early Albums *****

    With their seamless blend of the Moonglows, Jackie Wilson, The Impressions, James Brown and Sam Cooke, plus a certain something, The Miracles gave the nascent Motown label its first superstars. This sumptuously presented round-up of their first five

  • Mika - The Boy Who Knew Too Much **

    If you have one of the five million copies sold of Mika’s dayglo debut, Life in Cartoon Motion, chances are you’ll be up for more of the same from the Royal College of Music graduate with a penchant for kiddish Freddie Mercury/Elton John impressions

  • Five Minutes of Heaven (15) ****

    This intense drama is rooted in shocking events that took place in Northern Ireland in 1975, but its exploration of the themes of revenge, guilt, redemption and reconciliation resonates with more recent eruptions of hatred in the world. How does a community

  • Jack Said (18) *

    ONE of two things has happened here. Either the people responsible for casting have gone out of their way to find the worst actors in the country to appear in a film for amusement, or the cast themselves have decided the script is so bad they’re not going

  • Time Bandits (PG) ***

    TERRY Gilliam’s rather silly knockabout gets a rerelease for the sole intention of, so it appears, a new interview with the director himself. Still, it’s being released on Blu-ray as well, so maybe that’s wiped some of the elderly muck from the screen

  • The Avengers – Series 1 & 2 (12) ****

    Don’t expect the slick production values of later years – these early episodes have the usual shortcomings of vintage studio-based TV drama. But this is an enjoyable wallow in nostalgia that not only takes us back to the genesis of the series but answers

  • The New Forest Plan - how it developed

    The New Forest National Park Authority has caused controversy with its plans for the future of the forest. Here's how the plan developed... If you have trouble viewing this timeline, click here

  • The power of the sea could produce green energy off Portland

    A GREEN energy scheme drawing on the power of the sea could be sited on Portland. The inventor behind the Searaser wave energy project believes the island could prove to be the ideal base for his scheme. Searaser involves a series of submerged

  • A staggering response?

    IF someone asked me if I’d fancy a drink at 4 o'clock in the morning, there could only be two answers. The first would be to ask what the heck they were doing waking me up to ask such a daft question at that time of the night? The last time I was drinking

  • Poole Hospital's quiet revolution in cancer surgery

    THERE has been a quiet revolution going on at Poole Hospital in the way patients needing bowel cancer surgery are treated. And at its heart is now a new state-of-the-art operating theatre – opened by mayor of Poole Charles Meachin – which will

  • 2 o’clock in the morning

    THE house is mine. It is quiet apart from the low hum of the dishwasher, the beeping of the ‘fridge freezer which my husband, for the third time in six weeks, has tried to fix by defrosting the already pristine and frost-free freezer. He is slowly coming

  • Nearly time for surfers to try out Boscombe surf reef

    THIS is a bird’s eye view of Europe’s first artificial Boscombesurfreef/" target="_blank">surf reef, just days before the £3 million tourist attraction’s official launch. It has now been revealed that lifeguard cover will operate 365

  • Hot coffee date

    I am holding a coffee morning on Saturday October 3 at 11am, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Please come along and enjoy coffee and homemade cakes. There will be a raffle and a national competition. Come along and relax over a nice coffee. All

  • Birthday wish for our dog sanctuary

    I am writing on behalf of the Stray Dogs Sanctuary which is 10 years old this week, to appeal to your readers. During the past decade the charity has established itself in taking in and re-homing stray and unwanted dogs. The trustees would like to

  • Fair play for our dedicated staff

    I am writing in reply to your articles on the Boredom Busters play scheme. I have worked for them for five years and am a fully qualified teacher working in an ‘outstanding’ school in Bath. I find it highly insulting and disrespectful that the published

  • Bournemouth mum's heartache over baby snatch claim

    “I JUST want my baby back.” These are the heartbreaking words of Leila Sabra whose two-year-old daughter A’ishah was snatched in Egypt four months ago. Sitting hand-in-hand with her mother Barbara Maas, from Bournemouth, Leila has told the

  • Irish question puts sovereignty at risk

    MARTIN Skipworth’s assertion (Have Your Say, September 25) that many people believe in what the BNP stands for is valid to a point. Unfortunately, we live in a different political climate than that of 10 to 20 years ago, when one could express his or

  • On the boil at Bournemouth and Poole College

    A PROFESSIONAL cookery diploma at Bournemouth and Poole College is one of only eight to gain accreditation from the National Skills Academy for Hospitality. The course content and delivery of cookery programmes earned the course the accolade. Students

  • Music to schoolchildren's ears

    SCHOOLS Secretary Ed Balls has teamed up with stars from the worlds of pop and classical music to launch the first-ever National Year of Music. Jamie Cullum, Lily Allen and Katherine Jenkins are among those backing the scheme to see millions of primary

  • Calls for free school meals for all

    A MAJOR British union has called for free school meals for all nursery and primary school children. The GMB put forward a motion at the Labour Party conference in Brighton urging the government to build on pilot schemes operating in Scotland, Durham

  • Healthy interest in Wimborne Food Festival

    CHILDREN are being urged to submit healthy recipe ideas to a competition, organised by Tops Day Nurseries as part of the Wimborne Food Festival. The 12 winning entries will feature in a free booklet, which will be available at the event on October 24

  • How much is that graffiti in the window?

    A BOURNEMOUTH artist has done a Banksy and made himself £10,000 in the process. Cameron Hope was astonished when his graffiti-art treatment of an old picture of the Studland Dene Hotel in Bournemouth sold to an anonymous buyer. The piece

  • Global outlook for Bournemouth's Portchester Sports College

    LINKS with fellow pupils across the world have helped Portchester Sports College in Bournemouth to become an International School. Students have already made contact with young people in France, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Turkey and are involved in projects

  • Stop messing about

    Angry dog owners are fighting an East Dorset District Council proposal which, among other controls, would see them banned from walking their pets on sports fields. The consultation process over this very controversial issue continues until

  • Old pupils return as teachers

    ASHDOWN School in Poole is taking its recycling responsibilities very seriously – pupils are being recycled into staff. Head of art Graham Haslett, PE technician Kelly Hordle and teaching assistants Katie Belbin and David Dummakin are all former

  • Three arrests after £2m Poole port drugs seizure

    THREE men arrested following the seizure of drugs valued at £2 million in Poole have been released on police bail. Officers from the UK Borders Agency swooped on the port on Monday after the freight ferry arrived from Santander in northern Spain. Three

  • Round-clock drinking rethink is ‘a bit late’

    TOO little, too late – that’s a Bournemouth MP’s verdict on Labour’s pledge to turn back the clock on 24-hour drinking. Prime Minister Gordon Brown used the party conference to announce plans to give councils the power to impose blanket bans on

  • Review: Morecambe, Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne

    TWENTY FIVE years after his death, comedy genius Eric Morecambe is still revered as a national treasure. Within seconds of actor Bob Golding taking the stage in this astonishing one-man tribute, the audience were howling with laughter.

  • A Sense of achievement

    THIS summer I did something I never thought I’d be able to – I embarked on a volunteering holiday to help deafblind children enjoy a week away from home, which also gives their parents a break from what can be a 24-hour task of care. My expectations

  • Edgar's versatility a key factor for Howe

    CHERRIES boss Eddie Howe has pinpointed Anthony Edgar’s versatility as one of the main reasons for swooping for the untried West Ham youngster. Howe is today set to sign Edgar on a month’s loan with the highly-rated 19-year-old expected

  • Junior Paralympics: Gold glory for Evie

    BOURNEMOUTH rising star Evie Boyle underlined her all-round future Paralympic potential after twice climbing the podium at the National Junior Games last weekend. Boyle – from Westbourne – marked her fourth outing at the multi-sport event in Stoke Mandeville

  • England clause included in Charlie deal

    POOLE Town could cash in should Swindon-bound striker Charlie Austin go on to win an England cap. Austin is today expected to complete his move to the League One outfit in a deal which could potentially be worth in excess of £50,000 to the

  • Combined team set to be a major force

    DORSET'S top two swimming clubs have sensationally agreed to field three combined teams for the newly-renamed National Arena Swimming League, whose regional rounds start next week. The dramatic move by Bourne-mouth Dolphins and Ferndown Otters will instantly

  • Newman: 'I should have done better for GB'

    BUCCANEERS young gun Kyle Newman admitted his pride at helping Great Britain topple Australasia 49-40 at under-21 level on his international debut at Poole last night. Then he modestly said he wasn’t happy with his display despite notching

  • Bigger discounts for loyal Ringwood shoppers

    IT has already been hailed a success by traders and businesses but the man behind the Ringwood+Loyalty+Discount">Ringwood Loyalty Discount Scheme has promised it is set to get bigger and better. Jim Stride, who started the scheme seven

  • Council ‘doing its bit’ for affordable housing

    HOUSING bosses in North Dorset have hit back at a report naming Dorset the most expensive county for property in the South West. District councillors have gone on the offensive in the wake of findings by the National Housing Federation which revealed

  • Council ‘doing its bit’ for affordable housing

    HOUSING bosses in North Dorset have hit back at a report naming Dorset the most expensive county for property in the South West. District councillors have gone on the offensive in the wake of findings by the National Housing Federation which


    CLAIRE LOUISE DAVIES 01/10/88 Wishing a Special Daughter and Sister every happiness on your 21st Birthday. Love from Mum and Laura x x x


    HALLARD TED Treasured memories or our dearest Dad, who passed to rest Oct 1st 1959. Look around your garden Lord, he won't be hard to find, he has a face that's full of love and a heart that's good and kind. Your loving Daughters Roma and Valerie.


    DANIEL WHITE Happy 18th Birthday Lots of love Mum, Dad, Tanya, Chris and Dean


    NORTON IAN DENNIS Died peacefully at Poole General Hospital on September 26th, Ian, aged 60 years (formerly of Hartlepool), with his good friend Sue at his side. Son of the late Jean Bagnell, Brother of Gloria (Csukardi) and Brother-in-law of Les (Australia


    PHIPPS RON Passed away on 27th September 2009 at Poole Hospital, aged 85. Much loved Father of Roy, Father-In-Law of Sandra and Grandad to Ryan and Sian. Thanks to the Staff in Furzey Ward, who cared for Ron during his many visits. His Funeral will take


    GLOVER BETTY ROSEMARY Widow of Marcus Glover, (Late Manager of Lloyds Bank, Moordown Branch) and formerly widow of Flying Officer, James Cutler. A successful stage actress of the 1930's. In later years highly active in the voluntary and charitable sectors

  • HAMES IVY...

    HAMES IVY MAY Passed away at home on Saturday 26th September 2009 aged 88. Dearly loved Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother. Her Funeral Service will be held at Poole Crematorium on Friday 9th October at 10.00 am. Family flowers only please. Donations


    CLAIRE LOUISE DAVIES HAPPY 21st BIRTHDAY ON OCTOBER 1st Lots of love "Beauty Babe" From Nanny, Grandad and Uncle Roger x x x

  • SARAH "...

    SARAH " I'M NEARLY 18" HACKLETON IS 18 TODAY! Happy Birthday Sarah Lots of love Mum, Dad, Laura and Rich x x x x

  • JONES (MOGG...

    JONES (MOGG / JOHNSON) NICKY Much loved Mother of Sam and Nytell, Wife of Mark, passed away on 26th September 2009 at home, after a year long battle with cancer, aged 41 years. 'And death shall have no dominion.' Funeral Service at Kinson Cemetery on


    JONES (JOHNSON) NICOLA My little baby sister will be greatly missed by all. Always in our thoughts. Love always X X X X X Caroline, Steve, Lloyd, Jay and Shannon.


    BALL LESLIE ERIC Dad you have been gone 24 years but I still miss your smile, love and the laughs we had, never ever to be forgotten. Your loving daughter Angela xx


    GREENAWAY GWENDOLEN JOAN Suddenly at home on 17th September, aged 78 years. Loving Mum to Steve, Barrie and Lori, Silvia and Glenys, beloved Grandma to Ali and Christopher, Lucy, Phillip, Tim, Liz, Darryl and Samantha, dear Great Grandma to Harlen, Jacob


    ZAKRZEWSKI KAZIMIERZ (Tony) Passed away peacefully on September 28th at Poole Hospital aged 95. His funeral will take place in his beloved Poland. Enquires to Adrian on 01202 381625


    ROSSER HAROLD (Harry) Died peacefully on Saturday 26th September 2009, aged 80 years. Now reunited with his beloved wife Margaret. A much loved father, grandfather and friend. He will be sadly missed. His Funeral Service will be held at Poole Crematorium


    WHITCHER IVAN Although three years have passed we still miss you so much and will always love you. Treasured memories will never fade. Love Margaret Joyce, Sons, Daughters and families xxxx.


    TOPHAM WINIFRED MARY On 22nd September 2009, passed away peacefully at home, aged 92 years. Sadly missed by all her family and friends. Service St. Andrews Church, Florence Road, Boscombe, on Tuesday 6th October at 11.45am, followed by refreshments in


    BROWN JACK On September 28th 2009, peacefully in the Red House Nursing Home, Syresham, aged 91 years. Formerly of Parkstone, Poole. Dearly loved Husband of Marjorie, loving Dad to Phil and the late Michael, much loved Grandad to Joannie, Kate and Marie


    FARRELL BERYL (nee COLE) Late wife of Alex passed away peacefully at Poole Hospital on Sunday 27th September 2009. Much loved by family and friends. Funeral Service on 8th October at 11am at Poole Crematorium. Family flowers only but donations if desired