Fifty not out!

Few things better capture the essence of an English summer than the sound of willow on leather. Add to that the lure of healthy competition and a slap up tea and even non-cricketers can begin to appreciate the appeal of playing the sport they call ‘the gentleman’s game’. But what happens to players when childhood Read More…

Access to the countryside made easier

‘Very often one of the first things to go when people’s mobility becomes more limited is the confidence to take a simple walk in the countryside – that’s why this scheme enjoys overwhelmingly positive feedback.’  Even allowing for the upbeat assessment of its project manager Neil Warren, the merits of Countryside Mobility are undeniable. Established in Read More…

‘It’s the music, mate’

‘At the end of the day, it’s the music mate. That’s why we’re talking, that’s why we’re here, that’s why we tour the South West, that’s why the Arts Council give us money, it’s the music.’  Roger Preston is considering his four decades as a Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra cellist, forty years that have seen his Read More…

The last word in slow food – snails

For nearly a decade and a half a family-run company from Wimborne has been putting the gastro into gastropod by producing the last word in slow food – snails.  They’re low fat, protein-rich, waste-free and unexpectedly versatile, so much so that last year Dorset Snails won the Farm To Fork category at the Future Food Read More…

The ‘Lichen Lady’ of Studland

‘Bare patches; don’t forget the bare patches…’ Joy Fildes has been careful to keep the sharing of her apparently boundless scientific knowledge to an elementary level in keeping with the degree of understanding in her one-man class. Thankfully, at 87 years young, a lifetime of teaching has more than prepared her for the task. After all, Read More…