• Pirates' Holder rues final flaw to finish third

    CHRIS Holder was quick to blame himself for missing out on Elite League Riders’ Championship glory after finishing third behind Leigh Adams and Chris Harris at Coventry tonight. Poole’s young gun tied for top spot in the qualifiers with 13 points alongside

  • Lighthouse serves up a star-studded foodie day

    POOLE’S Lighthouse will be a magnet for gourmets of all ages later this month when it hosts a star-studded day of food-related events. Bite the Lighthouse on Sunday, October 25, is being staged by Dorset’s own Screen Bites, the only annual celebration

  • Harry’s going nowhere despite internet rumours

    Harry Redknapp dismissed any notion that he was about to leave Tottenham after odds tumbled on him becoming the first Premier League manager to lose his job this season. Bookmakers slashed odds on Redknapp, who lives in Sandbanks, leaving White

  • Chewing it over with charitable star Christopher Biggins

    IT’S early morning, but Christopher Biggins answers his telephone with the same enthusiasm he uses on the pantomime stage. With that signature laugh, he cheerily explains the secrets of his successful career and why charity fundraising is so important

  • Brave bride Nicky fulfilled her dream

    A POPULAR Bournemouth care worker managed to fulfil her dream when she wed her long-time sweetheart five weeks before she died of cancer. Nicky Mogg, 41, proposed to Mark Jones after she was diagnosed with lymphoma last autumn. She underwent

  • Ex-Poole bistro head turns up the heat in BBC's Masterchef

    A FORMER head chef of a Poole bistro is proving he can stand the heat as he bids to become the UK’s top professional Masterchef. Steve Groves, who formerly ran the kitchen at Branksome Beach, has reached the semi-finals of the BBC’s current cookery

  • Poole tourism awards recognise vital contribution

    Excellence and quality in Poole’s tourism industry was celebrated at The Palms, the prestigious Sibbett Gregory Poole Tourism Awards, held at Hytes restaurant, Harbour Heights. In its seventh year, Poole’s annual awards ceremony, sponsored by local

  • Planners reject application for Bournemouth support centre

    A CHARITY is appealing against the refusal of planning permission for a new support centre for drug addicts, homeless people and domestic violence victims. The controversial plan to convert an office in Lansdowne Road, Bournemouth, into an

  • Just a little Bat special

    Review: Bat For Lashes, O2 Academy, Bournemouth ATTENDING a Bat For Lashes show is like being sprinkled with fairy dust and whisked into a magical kingdom. The stage was filled with mysterious clouds and full moons that wouldn’t look out of place on

  • 'Common sense' call over bus lane fines from camera car

    TAXI drivers are calling for “common sense” from council parking chiefs after being caught on camera dropping off passengers in bus lanes. The plea follows a report in yesterday’s Daily Echo of cabbie John Walker’s battle with Bournemouth council

  • Peugeot concept clocks-up 76 mpg

    PEUGEOT has unveiled a concept version of its exciting RCZ 2+2 coupé, the RCZ HYbrid4. Based on the same power train as the 3008 Hybrid4, it’s powered by a 2-litre HDi FAP diesel engine with a maximum power of 163bhp and a 37bhp electric motor giving

  • Or She Dies - Gregg Hurwitz (Sphere, £6.99) ****

    FIRST, Patrick receives DVDs in the post. They show invasive footage of him and his wife washing, dressing, going to work – all taken by cameras hidden in his house. Soon they find themselves questioning everything and everyone as their lives unravel

  • Inspector backs rejection of club site housing plan

    AN INSPECTOR has backed Bournemouth council’s decision to refuse planning permission to replace Southbourne Conservative Club with four new houses and a block of seven flats. The application sparked 79 letters of objection, including a petition signed

  • Join debate on meeting the cost of care

    BOURNEMOUTH shoppers will be asked for their views on how best to create a new National Care Service. The Big Care Debate Roadshow will visit Castlepoint shopping park on Friday and Saturday to explain the three options for a widespread reform of adult

  • Man arrested on suspicion of murder after death of woman

    A MAN has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a 26-year-old woman was found fatally injured in Bournemouth. Police were called to the car park of April Court in Wellington Road at around 12.04am this morning after the woman was found

  • Alpha Dogs - James Harding (Atlantic Books, £9.99) ****

    You might think democracy is an open and honest process. You vote, someone wins and runs the country in your name, and for your benefit. Well, I’ve got news for you. If the candidates have enough money, how you vote may add to their bank accounts –

  • Schoolboy bus collision victim out of danger

    THE TEENAGE schoolboy who was rushed to hospital with life-threatening head injuries following a collision with a bus is off the danger list, doctors say. Carter Community School pupil Michael Baxter, aged 14, is currently in a stable condition

  • Art events taking place across the south (from October 2)

    Art Loan Exhibition ’08-’09 Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus Manga to Mural: The Sketches of John Thomas Russell-Cotes Art Gallery, Bournemouth Hidden Gems: 20th Century Faces Russell-Cotes Art Gallery Discovering Poole: An Artists’ Haven

  • Mesrine: Part 2 (15) ***

    JEAN-Francois Richet’s two-part biopic won three Cesars (the Gallic equivalent of an Oscar) including the director’s prize and Best Actor for Vincent Cassel in the title role. Mesrine is an epic and brutal tale of crime and punishment inspired

  • Red Heroine (U) Preview

    RED Heroine, a kung fu feast uniting silent film and live music, visits Lighthouse on Wednesday with a live original score performed by the Devil Music Ensemble from the USA. Wen Yim’s 1929 silent film is the only surviving complete Chinese

  • The Invention of Lying (12A) ***

    THE truth about Ricky Gervais’ new comedy, co-written and co-directed by Matthew Robinson, is that it is mean-spirited, misconceived and starved of big laughs. Set in an alternative reality in which everyone instinctively tells the truth and the concept

  • Pandorum (15) **

    PAUL WS Anderson and producer Jeremy Bolt haul the sets of their 1997 collaboration Event Horizon out of storage and give them a new lick of paint for this deep space thriller directed by Christian Alvart (Antibodies). The nightmare is as much for the

  • Morris: A Life With Bells On (12A) Preview

    DIRECTED by Lucy Akhurst from a script by Charles Thomas Oldham, this faux fly-on-the-wall documentary follows a team of talented Morris dancers as they flout convention and the rules laid down by Quentin Neely (Sir Derek Jacobi) to drag the art form

  • Toy Story in 3D (PG) ****

    AN eye-popping revamp of the 1995 computer-animated adventure from the wizards at Pixar. As Andy’s birthday draws near, his toys – especially cowboy Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks) – grow increasingly nervous about new arrivals usurping them for

  • Queen's Park Infants School closed amid norovirus fears

    QUEEN’S Park Infants School is closed today amid fears of an outbreak of norovirus. Staff confirmed that children were being turned away from the East Way school, which caters for children aged four to seven. It is not yet known when it will re-open

  • Whats On Live (October 2-9)

    Submit your event to our FREE calendar listings ART Art Loan Exhibition 2008-09 – Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus Manga to Mural: The Sketches of John Thomas – Russell-Cotes Art Gallery, Bournemouth (until April 30)

  • Award for Wareham stalwart's efforts

    AN ACTIVE member of the Wareham community has been honoured for his work. Charles Patterson, of Folly Lane, has been made an Honorary Townsman and was presented with a lavish certificate, by mayor Cllr Audrey Tighe, to mark the achievement. Scotsman

  • A swell idea that’s good for the town

    THE official launch of the Boscombe Surf Reef is imminent and I can’t wait. That’s not because I can carve a surfboard through the waves as did the late Patrick Swayze in Point Break, because I can’t. In fact the last time I attempted surfing at Boscombe

  • Every one's a hero…

    A PENSIONER who has devoted the past 13 years to helping the elderly and disabled get out and about has been crowned Bournemouth’s Hero of the Year. Michael Bliss, 76, from Townsend, drives the Bournemouth Accessible Transport Bus three days

  • Could traffic be a knockout?

    IN boxing terms, Boscombe has been seen as one of those journeymen sluggers, winning a few fights, but taking a few hefty beatings along the way. Its fanbase has been very much local, but often vocal, and while some cynics have been quick to write off

  • Anyone remember me from school?

    BETWEEN September 1955 and October 1959 I was a pupil at Twynham School. I have since spent my life away from the Christchurch area. I would very much like to hear from those that I was at school with, maybe with a view to a reunion. This would include

  • Summer spoiled by dog incident

    A few months ago, I was walking peacefully through Kings Park when a dog came running very fast towards me away from its owner. The next thing I knew it had pushed my right leg so hard that I lost my balance and fell over, badly spraining my ankle.

  • Psychobabble – see under jargon

    In response to Mr Lawrence Williams (Have Your Say 30th September) the word ‘psychobabble’ does, indeed, exist and is by no means new. The word was invented in 1975 by R D Rosen, author of Psychobabble: Fast Talk and Quick Cure in the Age of Feeling

  • Good advice and fun on the beach

    May I please take this opportunity through the letters page of our local paper to express, on behalf of Citizens Advice Bournemouth and the Mayor’s charities, our gratitude to all those who attended and took part in the Beach Festival which was held on

  • No help for hard working people

    MY wife has been diagnosed with a debilitating condition called fibromyalgia and also has arthritis in her hip and back. She has severe difficulty walking any distance and cannot navigate steps or slopes with any ease. As a result of

  • Dorset tops UK league for old people’s areas

    A NEW study of Britain’s ageing population has revealed Dorset has two of the oldest population areas in the country. The average age of Christchurch residents is 50.1 years with those in East Dorset at 49.7, putting the two areas in fourth and fifth

  • Cafe society

    IT was a nice surprise to go to the Community Café in Cunningham Crescent. There was a really nice atmosphere and a good value breakfast. I felt a strong sense of community in this café and I encourage people to go there. It is somewhere I would not

  • Working for justice in an unfair world

    Last Saturday was street collection day for the local group of Amnesty International, and we would like to give heartfelt thanks to all those who generously gave to the cause of human rights. The money we collected by shaking our tins in Bournemouth

  • Winning design ‘not on shortlist’

    THIS is the striking design chosen for four iconic new beach huts for disabled users, which are to be built at Boscombe. But although the winning design, The Seagull and the Windbreak, won the unanimous approval of the judging panel, it did not make

  • Summer to remember

    MY granddaughter and I have just had a most rewarding summer despite the poor weather. We helped Youth Cancer Trust at Tracy Ann House, Alum Chine. There, teenagers to 30-year-olds from the UK enjoy a week’s holiday. My 15-year-old granddaughter felt

  • A kick in the teeth by bailed-out bank

    We are a small local business who have banked with a leading high street bank for five years. The recession has restricted the flexibility the bank afforded us, but we have always been allowed access to un-cleared funds. We bank several cheques daily

  • Police seal off Wellington Road after incident

    POLICE have sealed off part of Wellington Road in Bournemouth after an incident last night. A number of officers including forensics are on the scene. Activity seems to be centred upon a footpath near the bridge in Wellington Road.

  • Sure eggs is eggs?

    How many times have your readers sat in a restaurant and said their food is fine when it’s not, just to be polite? It’s such a British thing to do. We just don’t question where our food comes from. But I think it’s time we started asking. That’s why

  • Ringwood School goes international

    RINGWOOD School has been awarded a prestigious prize after bringing the wider world into its classrooms. The International School Award has been given to the school for its work in introducing an international dimension into its curriculum so students

  • New Forest beauty spot trashed

    THIS is the squalid scene that greeted visitors to a New Forest beauty spot. Bags of rubbish were strewn across the car park at Hatchet Pond – one of the most popular picnic areas in the New Forest – after the litter bin overflowed. The bags attracted

  • Altered images

    BY GEORGE he’s done it again! Veteran designer George Davies has been credited with changing the face of fashion three times. Now he’s got a fourth style innovation up his tailored, hand-stitched sleeve. And he’s chosen Beales as the launch pad for

  • Will Pooh be Christmas best-seller?

    IT MAY only have been October 1 to you. But for Britain’s bookworms it was Super Thursday, the day when 800 new novels, biographies and celebrity musings hit the nation’s bookshops. Constant readers – and you’d have to be to get through that lot –

  • Hampshire County Council will protect frontline services

    FRONTLINE services at Hampshire County Council will remain protected as new measures are taken to mitigate the effects of threatened government public spending cuts. Members of the efficiency panel met recently to consider how the county council will

  • Hamworthy Co-op plans rise from the ashes

    Residents of Hamworthy, Poole, will get their first chance to view the plans for their new Co-op at a public meeting. The store is being scaled down from the original plans, following the destruction of the Blandford Road supermarket in a fire

  • Arnold confident ahead of Vase tie

    Verwood Town go into tomorrow’s Vase trip to Wells City (3pm) on the back of an impressive 3-2 Wessex Cup win over Romsey Town on Wednesday night. Dan Baguley’s double and an Adam Faulkner strike saw off the Premier Division outfit and booked

  • Killick's relief after Austin deal finalised

    TOM Killick believes the completion of Charlie Austin’s drawn-out move to Swindon Town will finally allow his squad to learn to live without the prolific frontman. Austin was due to be unveiled to the press at the County Ground this morning after signing

  • Middlo tipping Holder for riders' title

    NEIL Middleditch believes Chris Holder’s spectacular Grand Prix Challenge success at Coventry two weeks ago could help inspire the Aussie to more glory on the same track tonight. The Pirates star lines up at Brandon (7.45pm) as one of the favourites

  • Cherries: Injuries still a worry despite Edgar deal

    INJURIES again look set to heavily influence Eddie Howe’s team selection as Cherries bid to get their League Two form back on track tomorrow. The league leaders travel to Port Vale with a four-point advantage over the chasing pack, despite Tuesday’s

  • Cherries: Defoe's delight at Edgar loan move

    LOAN recruit Anthony Edgar set his sights on making a positive impact after revealing that cousin Jermain Defoe gave his Cherries move a seal of approval. Manager Eddie Howe yesterday signed the highly-rated teenager on a month’s loan after being given

  • Gray third in national race series

    BROADSTONE’S Luke Gray (Hargroves/Scott) secured third place overall in the the British Mountain Bike XC Series. His fine end to the season was capped when he took the runners-up spot in the final round of series at the former World Cup venue at Plymouth

  • Oaks keen on National League tilt

    JAMES Croker was keen to play down Oakmeadians’ early-season promotion potential, but did admit the lure of National League rugby was a target for the Meyrick Park club. Croker’s charges have made a stunning start to life in South West One East, notching

  • Wilford loving it at Chapel Gate

    CHAPEL Gate new boy Frazer Wilford believes Bournemouth’s players will have no excuses if they don’t clinch promotion this season. The 22-year-old hooker switched from Havant to the Lions in the summer and has played every minute of his new club’s National

  • Bye backing Hammers to improve

    ANDY Bye believes Hamworthy United will rise from the ashes of Phil Simkin’s acrimonious departure, but is more than willing to pile extra misery on the County Ground outfit tomorrow. Bye’s New Milton and the managerless Hammers meet tomorrow

  • 'Bring back the traffic' say Boscombe traders

    WE want the traffic back. That’s the plea from some Businesses in Boscombe, almost two decades after the centre of the Bournemouth suburb was pedestrianised. A campaign is lobbying Bournemouth council to re-open the shopping precinct to


    WENDY BARNES HAPPY 40TH BIRTHDAY Love Nigel, Megan and Bonnie x x x


    KATIE BROWN 18 TODAY To our Darling Daughter, wishing you every happiness on your 18th Birthday. May all your dreams come true, all our love Mum, Dad and family x x x


    COCHRANE ROBBIE 2.10.74 - 7.5.05 Its your Birthday Robbie We don't know what to say We love and miss you more With every passing day. Love always Mum, Dad, Tom, Polly xxxx


    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.


    RIETIKER ALAN Died suddenly on 26th September at home, aged 68, after an illness courageously bourne. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends. Funeral Service at Poole Crematorium on Monday 19th October at 11.30 am. Donations to 'Parkinson's


    EYEARS COLIN Passed away in hospital on 24th September, aged 51 years. He will be sadly missed by all family and friends. Service to be held at Bournemouth Crematorium on Thursday 8th October at 11.00 am. Family flowers only, but if desired donations

  • JARVIE ...

    JARVIE HILARY & IAN Congratulations on your Ruby Wedding Anniversary. We wish you every happiness. Lots of love from Mum and all the family.


    JARVIS VANESSA Aged 90. Died peacefully on 29th September 2009. Beloved Wife, Mother and Grandmother. Will be greatly missed but remain forever in our hearts. Rest in Peace. The Funeral Service is at the Church of Transfiguration, Parkstone at 1.00 pm


    CASE DAVID EDWARD Suddenly on 25th September 2009. Very special Husband and best friend of Frances, Dad, Grandad and Grandpa to both families. Funeral Service at Poole Crematorium on Thursday, 8th October at 2.30 pm. Family flowers only please


    PETER LOCKYER 11.11.1946 - 02.10.2002 My darling husband, this year would have been our Ruby Wedding, but it's now seven years without you and I miss you so much. Our love is forever, Chrissie.


    KATIE POTHIN To a very special Daughter on her 13th birthday. Hope you have a fantastic day, lots of love Mum X X


    MICHAEL DIFFEY HAPPY 50TH BIRTHDAY Lots of love to you from Nicky, Michael and Liam x x x


    KATIE POTHIN Happy 13th Birthday Have a great day Love from Nan, Grandad and Emma XXX


    WENDY BARNES Love and best wishes on your 40th Birthday Maureen Andrew, Hollie and Harrison

  • WISHART ~...

    WISHART ~ WEAVER NEW ZEALAND Forthcoming wedding. 24th October 2009. Taruna, Hawkes Bay. Jennifer and Dean. Friends and family may wish to visit the wedding website where they will find further details available to them:


    COCHRANE ROBBIE Special wishes to a great Brother on your Birthday. Missing you so much. Love Sam and Lee


    COCHRANE ROBBIE Thinking of you on your Birthday and everyday. Love and miss you Rob. Stewart, Nancy, Sam, Xiola, Joe.


    COCHRANE ROBBIE Happy Birthday Bruv. Remembering the good times, miss you loads. Warren, Cassie and Isabelle

  • GIL ...

    GIL CAWLEY 60 Today You didn't really think we would let you get away with it! Happy Birthday All our love Mum, Chris & The Kids xxx

  • LOCKYER ...

    LOCKYER PETER Darling Daddy & Popsy. Still missing you. Love always Kellie, Mark and Will xxx


    TINA STRINGER Happy 50th Birthday Tina, have a good time. With love from Mum and Dad and the rest of the Clan 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


    GRACE FREEMAN 2008 Our dear Mum on this your Birthday. We cherish the memories of you Missed and never forgotten. All our love Margaret, Gordon and Ron and all the family xxx


    AGAR GEORGE HENRY Passed away peacefully on 28th September 2009. Beloved Husband of the late Bet. Much loved Father to Gordon, Michael and Ken and to Rita, Moira and Linda, also a loved Grandfather and Great Grandfather. Funeral Service at Poole Crematorium


    TINA STRINGER Happy 50th Birthday. Hope you have a great time. With lots of love Steve, Michelle, Daniel, Emma, Nick, Elisha and Poppy. X X


    CULLEN PETER Passed away peacefully at the Macmillan Unit at Christchurch Hospital on Sunday 27th September, aged 60. He will be sorely missed and lovingly remembered by Wife Mary and all the family. Service at Hinton Park Woodland Burial Ground on Thursday

  • BARNES (nee...

    BARNES (nee RIGHT) RHONA NANCY DOREEN Died suddenly on 28th September 2009, aged 82 years. Loving Wife of the late Roy, Mother of Yvonne and Guy, and Darryl and Jackie, and beloved Grandmother of Kevin and Natalie. Dear Sister of Den and Rosemary, and


    PALMER ARTHUR Our deepest sympathy and condolences to Kath and family, our thoughts are with you at this sad time. From Barrie & Pauline Toop and family in Australia.


    BARRETT JOAN On 24th September 2009, passed away peacefully at Elizabeth House, aged 90 years. Sadly missed by all her family and friends. Service Poole Crematorium on Wednesday 7th October at 3.30pm. Flowers or, if preferred, donations made payable to


    ROGERS BETTY On 29th September 2009, peacefully in Poole Hospital, aged 85 years. Wife of the late Ken. Much loved mum to David and the late Ken. Loving sister of Jill and dear nan to Mark and Michelle and to Donna and Richard. Great nan to Josh. Sadly