After the fire: Ferndown & Parley Commons

For years Ferndown Common will bear the marks of the fire that devastated thirteen hectares of its internationally important habitats last July. In its immediate aftermath it looked like a war zone, a wasteland, but slowly the carbonised gorse and blackened sand will be reclaimed and the first flush of bracken could be seen this summer.

Parnham, so much more than furniture

On 15 April 2017 a fire destroyed the fabric of Parnham House to write a devastating new chapter in the chequered history of one of Dorset’s oldest stately homes. It was an ugly, inhuman, destructive blow to the 500-year-old house, particularly as its recent history had been anything but. This month marks 40 years since Read More…

Back from the brink

Although he has seen ticket sales more than double since taking over Weymouth Pavilion in July 2013, director Phil Say remains a reluctant figurehead for the entertainment venue’s undeniably successful rebirth. ‘It’s not rocket science,’ he declares, ‘but if you put on shows people want to see, at prices they can afford, in a clean Read More…