Heritage craftsman Terry’s wheels of feel

With swallows flying overhead, a chicken scratching at the floor and the sounds of not very much passing by outside, wheelwright Terry Jenkins is immersed in the peace of his woody world. ‘It’s not always like this,’ he says. ‘I have the lathe on or what have you and it’s noisy, but there’s no need Read More…

Moviola and the village hall screen scene

In the middle of the street in Yetminster, Moviola programme director Toby Walkley is on his way to the Post Office bearing the day’s second armful of out-going discs – and it’s barely lunchtime. With 200-plus venues from Cornwall to Orkney to service, it’s a wonder that he and his mother (and Moviola’s general manager), Read More…

Dorset in the right light

There’s something in the light, in the way it reflects on the water and casts shadows in the sand, but Middle Beach at Studland holds the same fascination for artist Ian Hargreaves as Monet’s garden at Giverny, or the Grand Canal in Venice, or twilight on the Bosphorus at Istanbul. ‘It doesn’t matter how many Read More…

Gordon Haskell: The return of the native

What on earth is Gordon Haskell doing here? Nearly nine years after he beat a tactical retreat from his beloved Dorset to start a new life on the Greek island idyll of Skopelos, the Bournemouth-born singer-songwriter-musician is back under grey skies on frozen home soil. He obviously hasn’t come home for the weather, but he Read More…

The Ninebarrow boys

Firm friends since meeting at school in Poole some twenty years ago, they have grown up together, moved away to study apart and come back to Dorset in order to reach out to the world. Now with an emerging talent Horizon Award nomination at this year’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Ninebarrow – Jon Whitley Read More…

Jill’s life with jam on it

Time was when jam and pickle making were the preserve of every homemaker, traditional weapons in the fight to stave off famine by making the most of the fruits from times of feast. From late summer into autumn, kitchens everywhere were busy with fruit and vegetables being boiled, simmered, pickled, blanched and steeped in readiness Read More…

The art of nostalgia

Having swapped blackboard and chalk four years ago for canvas and brush, former teacher Richard Watkin is enjoying a new lease of life as a painter, turning the Dorset landmarks he loves into vintage-inspired artworks. With wife Judi acting as marketing manager, administrator, sounding board, critic and tea maker, what started life as a hobby Read More…

In search of the Loch Ness Monster

In 1991 Steve Feltham gave up a stable life and secure livelihood to search for the Loch Ness monster. Before he left he told Nick Churchill about his dreams and schemes, but little did either man know that a quarter of a century later Steve would still be hunting Nessie. It’s high time the two Read More…

Capability Brown at Milton Abbey

Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown may have struggled to move mountains, but hills, valleys, rivers, streams, woodlands and lakes were well within his considerable powers. Famously, he’s the man who remodelled the landscape of 18th-century England, creating new features in the countryside and making the rest of it easier on the eye. In his 32 years as Read More…

Why Dorset’s Alright Alright Alright for Ray

It’s the sound of summer, one of the world’s best-known songs with more than thirty million copies sold and this month marks the 45th anniversary of Mungo Jerry’s In the Summertime topping the UK singles chart, a feat it repeated as far away as Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa and the United States. Read More…