Lockdown song in praise of bouncy floor

Drama, dance and all forms of visual art course through its veins, but ever since it opened more than 40 years ago the beating heart of Lighthouse has kept time to the rhythm of bass, guitar and drum.   In celebration of the part popular music has played in its rich history and in the lives Read More…

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…

Radio Free Purbeck… and not a pirate in sight!

‘What I envisage for Purbeck Coast FM is that someone can get into a taxi in Swanage or drop in to a café for a cup of tea and we’ll be on the radio.’ Radio Station Manager Michelle Langthorne has only been in the job since June, but she arrived with a clear idea of Read More…

DeLorean – all-new electric time machine

As a record producer he made some of the biggest hits of the 1970s, now lifelong petrolhead Phil Wainman has gone back to the future to regenerate a classic DeLorean sports car – as an all-electric vehicle! The iconic DMC DeLorean PRV V6, the same model as the star of the 1985 blockbuster movie Back to Read More…

Drawing inspiration from horrible history

Horrible Histories illustrator Martin Brown on his Dorset life ‘What I’ve realised since I came to Dorset is that history is not preserved in aspic, it’s part of people’s everyday lives, they live in it – it’s all around us.’ History is something that Martin Brown knows a bit about. Since he teamed up with Read More…

Frank is still doing it his way

If a single volunteer is worth half a dozen pressed men, Swanage will need an even greater number to replace the tireless community efforts of Frank Roberts should he ever fully retire Some fifty years ago, Frank Roberts fell in love with Swanage during a family holiday, like many before him. To Leeds-born Frank it Read More…