Record Crowds Visit Sandbanks for the Beach Polo

Blue skies and record crowds were a winning combination for the 8th Asahi British Beach Polo Championships as two days of adrenaline-fuelled sport cumulated with a sell-out beach party.

Sandbanks Beach welcomed up to 10,000 people on 10 and 11 July as visitors enjoyed top international polo players competing against each other to win this years’ title. Team Eclipse Scotland stole victory from Team Clogau Wales in a thrilling final match with a 9 - 8 defeat in the dying seconds.

The fast paced beach polo matches also saw Team Alix Partners England and Team Meyado Barbarians playing extremely well with a 13-9 win to England keeping the crowd on the edge of their seats as they watched the sub-final at close quarters.

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Giant penguin to welcome feathered friends to the town

A penguin as tall as a single decker bus is set to pop up at Bournemouth locations in July, to celebrate the launch of the Oceanarium’s brand new penguin enclosure, opening in the school summer holidays.

Those who spot ‘Humbug’ the giant penguin and photograph themselves with him are asked to share their image on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #BournemouthPenguin for the chance to win a family of four 2015 Silver Membership, an invite to the VIP family launch and a penguin themed goodie bag.

Sara Kirchel, Oceanarium marketing and PR manager, said: “The colony of penguins is going to make a great addition to the Oceanarium and excitement has been building since we made the announcement. We want to add to this buzz and get people involved in our giant penguin hunt around Bournemouth. We hope everyone has their cameras at the ready and we look forward to seeing the photographs.”

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Police launch a new app to tackle hate crime

Dorset Police has joined forces with the Borough of Poole and Bournemouth Borough Council to launch a pioneering app for iPhone and android smart phones to help victims of hate crime.

The app helps the most vulnerable members of society understand how to deal with the traumatic effect of such crimes, why it happens, how to report it and where to seek help and support.

As hate crime is thought to be widely under- reported, the app allows individuals to report instances in the privacy of their own safe environment.

Adnan Chaudry, Chief Executive of Dorset Race Equality Council, said: “I am delighted with this great initiative. We know that there is still under-reporting of hate crime in Dorset and this app will make it easier for people to report incidents easily and quickly.”

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Encore! Review

I was told about this new company about six months ago and I must admit that my first thought was to wonder why we would need yet another theatre group in an area that is already bursting with them. However, having now watched their debut show I can see that they have filled a tiny gap in the market – and filled it rather well, as it happens.

That gap has come about because as far as I know this is the only local theatre group where there is no lower age limit for youngsters – I‘m not talking stage schools here – so the cast of this production ranged from about age 5 through to adult.

The concept was good too, with mini versions of half a dozen shows rather than just a selection of songs. I couldn’t fault the choices – Hairspray, The Sound Of Music, The Wizard Of Oz, Annie, Shrek and Billy Elliot – although I did feel that the latter, good though it was, seemed a tad flat as a finale after the joyousness of the previous section, Shrek.

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New book on activating care home gardens

Garden designers, Mark Rendell and Debbie Carroll, have written a book about the reasons why care home gardens for people with dementia are not being used more actively, particularly when they had been redesigned before. They believed that it was important to find out why as they wanted to make sure that the gardens they designed would be well-used spaces for the residents and staff alike.

Mark said, “It’s been an eye-opening journey and the findings from our research project were not at all what we expected to see. We set out to answer a simple question, "Why aren't care home gardens used more?" We’ve discovered that the care home’s culture, rather than the quality of the garden design, plays a key role in how well their residents use their outside spaces. We had to completely change the way we work as designers.”

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RoadWise brings road safety to life at SafeWise

SafeWise, the award winning interactive safety education charity which runs LV=Streetwise in Bournemouth and the Weymouth Community Safety Centre, is breaking new ground as construction commences at the rear of the Weymouth centre on RoadWise - the UK’s first life-sized outdoor road safety village. RoadWise will provide a memorable safe, controlled opportunity for pedestrians, cyclists, new motorcyclists, younger and older drivers to practice skills for life - walking, riding and driving in a ‘real life’ environment. As a training environment it will help to drive down casualties on our roads, helping to deliver the sustainable changes in behaviour needed to make our roads safer.

Dorset Fire & Rescue Service has been a co-founder of both safety centres and now, Dorset Fire Authority and the Office of the Dorset Police & Crime Commissioner have laid down some funds to kick start the building, with the support of Dorset County Council. RoadWise will be built by main contractors and long term SafeWise charity supporters Morgan Sindall and charity founder supporters Siemens, SSE and Network Rail,

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Dorset hairdresser appointed to work with Hollywood A Lister

Dorset hairdresser and salon owner Stephanie Stevenson is appointed Living Proof UK In-salon Educator for Jennifer Aniston’s Living Proof Products.

Living Proof, the multi award winning hair product range, announced that Stephanie Stevenson (Steph),business woman, celebrity hair stylist, and owner of HNB Salon and Spa based in Sandbanks, Poole, Dorset, has been appointed Living Proof UK Educator.

Living Proof offers a range of multi award winning hair products created in the USA, under the direction of award winning scientist Robert Langley.

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Random Acts of Kindness

When A One Insurance, the Dorset based insurance firm heard about the, “Random Acts of Kindness Initiative,” being launched by The Westbourne Trader’s Association and supported by the Bournemouth Coastal BID, which was being used to encourage businesses and the local residential community to ‘do something nice for someone' and to help traders engage with other local businesses and their customers they decided they would go all out to be involved as the initiative fits well with the A-One marketing strategy of working with the local business communities.

In the first week A One gave away gingerbread men and chocolate brownies to all businesses on the high street and to unsuspecting members of the public.

In the second week A One walked into various eateries and paid unsuspecting diners bills at lunchtime.

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Land train to make debut at Wimborne Minster Folk Festival

The Wimborne BID announces that they will provide a land train during the 2015 Wimborne Folk Festival, which runs from the 12th to 14th June inclusive and the land train will run on the Saturday and Sunday.

Says, Ian Faulkner Chairman of the Wimborne BID, “The train will help visitors and the community to get around and about the town, the intention is to make it easier for people to circulate and we thought that transport by train was more in keeping with the style of the festival rather than using a bus, and adding the land train will a bit of additional fun over the two day festival.”

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Dorset fire and rescue

Barbecue and bonfire safe now the warmer weather has arrived

Now that warmer, lighter evenings are with us, barbecues and bonfires are beginning to sizzle across Dorset and the South West.

But behind the bangers and burgers, the warmer weather has a serious side. Dorset Fire and Rescue Service, as part of the Fire Kills campaign, is asking everyone to take extra care when cooking al fresco, especially when lighting barbecues or bonfires.

Community Safety Manager, Dave Prior said “It’s natural to want to go outdoors and enjoy the warmer weather with family and friends - many of us can’t wait to get the barbecue lit. We all know how tempting it can be to give stubborn coals a helping hand, but, please be patient and make sure you use the right tools for the job.

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Bournemouth news

Richard Attenborough’s Memorial Service

Influential stars gather to remember one of Britain's finest actors and directors

On March the 17th 2015 we attended the memorial service for The Lord Richard Attenborough. Held at the historic Westminster Abbey, the setting was the perfect environment in which to celebrate Richard's accomplishments, and thank him for his contributions to the world of cinema and media.

Stars of the film world attended the service, including Alan Rickman, Dame Judi Dench, Sir Michael Caine and Sir John Hurt. The star of The Avengers and Thor, Tom Hiddleston also attended, and read an extract from St Matthew 5: 1-10. Penelope Keith also conducted a Bible reading during the service.

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