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…

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…

Bournemouth in the Stones Age

When William Wordsworth wrote: ‘Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive, But to be young was very heaven’ he could have been writing about the seismic cultural changes which occurred in post-war Britain. For many in the UK, the 1960s was ‘that dawn’ and to be young and in the right place at Read More…