floods in wessex

What does the future hold for flood victims across the UK?

Flood issues have swept the nation for the last five months, plunging the country into chaos. As people fight to protect their assets and decontaminate their homes from dirty floodwaters, the nation has rallied together to raise funds.

Charities such as Flood Wings, The Red Cross and Easyfundraising.org.uk have raised thousands of pounds in funds that have been distributed throughout the UK to flood victims.

Some of the worst effected areas are Somerset and South West Dorset. Residents feel stranded as they continue to battle the floodwaters that do not appear to be reseeding. The majority of victims are only armed with sandbags and brooms that have been used to sweep surface water from homes.

surfing in Bournemouth

“surf’s up”

Sandbanks-based public relations agency, Liz Lean PR, continues to expand and strengthen its team with the appointment of two new team members, Ellie Cowley and Beth Kendall.

Ellie joins the team as an account manager with over six years’ experience in ground level and strategic PR at Merlin Entertainments. During her time with the global visitor attraction giant, Ellie played a significant role working with more than 39 Sea Life centres and six Dungeons across the globe. She has extensive experience in targeted consumer and trade PR on both regional and national levels.

awards for young people Bournemouth

Communication Award

A team of young entrepreneurs from Parkstone Grammar School have been honoured with a communications award from the prestigious sandbanks-based PR agency Liz Lean PR (LLPR).

The award was one of four titles scooped up by the 10 strong group of talented girls from team ‘Zimu’ at the Enterprise Challenge Awards 2013.

Offering students the experience of running a small business, the Enterprise Challenge requires teams of young people to examine sales, marketing and production methods to successfully sell a product of their choice.

Bournemouth news

Losing your mobile phone...

What should you be more worried about…losing your mobile phone or being abducted by aliens?

Looking at some of the obscure insurance policies taken out with Lloyd’s of London, it is surprising to discover that only 20% of mobile phone owners insure their handsets, an everyday gadget that most people heavily rely upon. (Source. ONS. January 2014)

Budget Mobile Cover, the specialist mobile phone insurer suggests that with mobile phones becoming increasingly expensive, cover for your mobile technology is a sensible way to protect against a costly and inconvenient loss, theft, breakdown and accidental damage.

what's on in Bournemouth

Sandi Thom set to make live DVD concert

Sandi Thom set to make live DVD concert with special guests as part of April UK tour

"Authentic and Intimate" says The Independent

"Pure, Flowing Vocals" says The Guardian

says The Times

Scottish singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Sandi Thom, widely recognised for her million selling debut 'Smile…It Confuses People' will make a Live Concert DVD at the newly refurbished Historic Tivoli Theatre in Aberdeen during her UK tour in April. Hot off the heels of the release of her 5th album, the Classic Rock covers album, simply entitled ‘The Covers Collection', the DVD will be released in Autumn 2014.

wind park in Bournemouth

Navitus Bay scales back proposed wind park

Navitus Bay Development Ltd has today announced that it will scale back the proposed wind park in order to reduce its visual impact.

In response to feedback received from the public and statutory consultees during the final round of consultation last year, the developer will remove the northernmost part of the development – the ‘top triangle’ – which will move the site up to 3.8km further away from the shore.

This latest change, when combined with the previous scaling back of the site in December 2012, will significantly reduce the visual impact of the development from all viewpoints along the coast in Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, whilst ensuring that the project continues to make an important contribution to sustainable energy generation in the UK and to the local economy in the shape of jobs and investment.

plays and concerts venue Bournemouth

The Regent Centre appoints Greg Rawlings as Manager

The Regent is the centre for the arts, entertainment, cinema and the community in Christchurch whilst also serving audiences in East Dorset, the New Forest and beyond.

The Board of Directors of the Regent Centre are pleased to announce the appointment of a new Manager, Greg Rawlings, who has grown up in the area and now lives in Ensbury Park.

Greg Rawlings comes from the LifeCentre in Winton near Bournemouth, where he oversaw the conversion of the former Moderne cinema into a multi-purpose conference centre. The Moderne, much like the Regent, was built in the 1930s as a 1,500 seater Super Cinema. It closed in the 1980s and again, just like the Regent, became a Bingo Hall. Today it is the LifeCentre multi-purpose conference centre and is an object lesson in architectural restoration with much of its white stucco interior and exterior designed to reflect its original glory days as an Art Deco palace of the silver screen. The project is an award worthy tribute to Greg and the team at the LifeCentre.

Bournemouth weather

In the Elements - Live Weather Station

What is the weather like in Bournemouth?

In the Elements have a live Bournemouth Beach Weather station, with live temperature and wind readings for Bournemouth Beach. So, if you aren't sure whether to risk a trip to the beach, take a look at In the Elements' website for a live weather reading.

Our live webcams are perfect for wind surfers, dog walkers, wake boarders and beach visitors.

marketing in Bournemouth


Intergage Launches Dream Days Initiative

Intergage MD, Paul Tansey, recently took a month away from the office to achieve his dream of riding his motorbike throughout Spain with his wife. This inspired Paul to introduce the Dream Days initiative, which allows each and every team member at Intergage to work towards achieving their dreams.

The team celebrated the launch with a party at their head office in Poole. Paul and the management board planned for the team to finish early and celebrate with a bouncy castle, sparklers, BBQ, a cake and Toffee Apple Cider!

Bournemouth Council News

Council backing for Voluntary Groups

Local Bournemouth voluntary and community groups are being encouraged to apply for funding as the Council opens their Community Action Grant Scheme for another round of applications.

The small grants scheme set up by the Council to support voluntary and community groups offers grants between £200 and £5,000 which must be spent within 12 months to help fund a specific one-off project or activity.

The Bournemouth Council initiative aims to provide financial support to groups, who through the work they do, are helping to reduce anti-social behaviour, providing activities to reduce health inequalities and improving engagement within the community.

local music news in Bournemouth

Saturday Sun: Orixé

Debut Album Released: Monday 13th January 2014 on Viva La Fleetwood Records

“Where do Saturday Sun songs go? It's a question that's formed with awe. The way the group orchestrates and bends those minutes.” – Daytrotter

“Gentle acoustics and lush melodies” – Q

Saturday Sun are a 4-piece from Swanage in Dorset who take their name from the Nick Drake song and make music echoing in parts Drake’s 60’s acoustic sound, but with an added fusion of folk, rock and blues, recalling maverick John Martyn, with a touch of psychedelia early Pink Floyd style. The mixture of influences creates a sound built on gentle but intricate acoustic guitar work, but one that sonically grows into something bigger with lush expansive melodies.


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