If wood could talk…

If wood could talk, what tales would this tale…? We’re looking at a stack of incredibly rare Georgian pine. In the shed next door there are oak floor planks, joists, roof trusses, gateposts and who knows what else stacked head high. Much of this wood has been timber for longer than it was trees, it Read More…

At 82, is John the oldest working cinema projectionist in Britain?

John Newcombe has been showing films since 1952 – and at 82 years young he’s still going strong, working regular shifts at Lighthouse, Poole’s centre for the arts. Could he be Britain’s oldest working cinema projectionist? His first break came as a teenage rewind boy in the ABC cinema in Northampton where his job was Read More…

Building for tomorrow

‘I’m very fortunate,’ says Phlip Proctor, ‘to be able to work in style and comfort with the hope of making people’s lives better – I have a wonderful job.’ The forty years of hard work that have gone into creating that good fortune are proof positive that Shaftesbury-based architect Philip Proctor means what he says Read More…

Art of glass

It is the best part of fifty years since a school careers master told the sixteen-year-old Jon Callan that he wasn’t really suited to the world of work. ‘He was possibly the most perceptive teacher I ever encountered,’ says Jon in the airy kitchen of the Dorchester home that a lifetime of ‘not working’ has Read More…

Peter Noble MBE, pixel pioneer

There’s at least one in every smartphone. They’re in webcams, drones, CCTV cameras and movie cameras as well. Since the turn of the 21st century, if not before, the solid state ‘active pixel’ image sensor has become one of the world’s most ubiquitous technologies, an integral part of a global industry worth billions. And it Read More…

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…

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…

Lesley Slight – everywhere and nowhere

Her paintings invoke a magical, mystical, mythical world in which absolutely anything is possible. These are views that are slightly out of reach, just over the hill or around the corner – at once some place and no place, everywhere and nowhere. Lesley Slight has been painting her distinctive capriccio landscapes ever since she arrived Read More…

Finding the ace of spades in Upton

It began as a challenge of sorts, a young man at a book signing goading the local author into writing about the clay industries that up until the early 1970s had employed scores of Upton men. Nine years later and writer Alan Burridge has published his book, Upton’s Clay Industries and Associated Rail Links, primarily Read More…

Give my regards to Broad Street

His business card used to proclaim him as ‘Publicity Terrorist’, but he’ll answer to ‘Hype Merchant’ and acknowledges all that earned him the soubriquet ‘Muck Raker in Chief’ from Private Eye. If there’s one thing journalist Geoff Baker knows about it’s how to kick up a fuss – something he has continued to do at Read More…