Happy memories of arts centre 40 years ago

Cherry Haynes has been coming to Lighthouse since before it opened and says she loves it just as much now as she ever did. Having applied after seeing an advert in the Echo, Cherry was one of our first stewards – or usherettes as they were known then – and attended a series of training Read More…

Remembering Graham Stansfield

Graham Stansfield 3 May 1940 to 13 April 2018 Dorset composer Graham Stansfield passed away peacefully in Poole Hospital on Friday 13 April following a long and valiant struggle with cancer, an illness he steadfastly refused to make concessions to. He worked consistently throughout lengthy and often debilitating periods of treatment. Indeed, just six days Read More…

A moving story

On the face of it they have little in common – she’s a woman in her fifties with early-onset Parkinson’s; he’s a teenager far from home who doesn’t fit in with the world around him. She’s trying to come to terms with her range of conscious movements being slowly eroded; his overload of feelings finds Read More…

Life in the fast lane

This is anything but messing about on the water; this is ‘the greatest adrenalin rush ever’ according to veteran offshore powerboat racer, owner and builder Ian Toll. The smile on his face tells its own story and, as the stories flow, so too does the twinkle in his eye. Ian is one of the leading Read More…

The Vinyl Say 016: For Dancers Only

In every collection there are records that get played all the time, many of them for years, decades even. Then there are those that, while no less treasured, somehow fall by the wayside to lie in wait, ripe for rediscovery. This occasional series chronicles some of those nuggets as they resurface from my own back pages. So, Read More…

Mystical landscape of Dorset’s hinterland

Effectively the spine of the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), the South Dorset Ridgeway sits shoulder to shoulder with the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. The 17-mile stretch of the South West Coast Path National Trail from West Bexington to Osmington Mills is a sea wall separating the coast and the county’s rugged Read More…

Whatever happened to Tucktonia?

It was the original Little Britain and as the forerunner of Alton Towers and Chessington World of Adventures, arguably the country’s first theme park. To a generation that grew up in Dorset in the 1970s and early 1980s, Tucktonia was the doyen of days out – leisure-time nirvana on the banks of the Stour. Time Read More…