No.33 August/September 07
Striving for Excellence Poole’s Healthy Protecting Poole’s
for the people of Poole Schools Environment
Leader’s new message Eating better, getting Helping to make Poole
and Council priorities fitter! cleaner and greener
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THE THOUGHT of the long school holidays can be a
headache for many parents, but this year the summer
programme launched by Poole’s Youth Work team is
easing the burden by offering a wide range of activities
at an affordable price.
Designed by young people,
the colourful programme
provides opportunities to try
a whole new range of sports
and leisure activities without
breaking the bank.
Open to all 13 – 19 year
olds in Poole, the programme
includes activities such as kite-
surfing, sailing, horse riding,
cycle speedway, kayaking,
wind-surfing, slam poetry,
circus skills, mountain biking
in the New Forest, basket ball and conservation days.
There really is something for everybody, in a variety of
venues around Poole and beyond. Brochures have been
distributed through Poole schools, youth centres, libraries,
churches, health centres and Connexions.
There are still a few places on some courses, so why not
call the Youth Office Tel.262281 to find out more.
Flying flags for Poole Page 5 • More summer events Page 11 • Planning Poole Page 13 • Dates for your Diary Page 15
School admission changes on the way
IF YOU have a child who is due to start in the On-line admissions
reception class at a Poole school, or who is
to transfer to a Poole middle or secondary FROM 3 September 2007, boroughofpoole.com
school in September 2008, you will be the first will have information on how to apply for a school
parents to use the new “equal preference” place so you can apply on-line for September
school admissions system. 2008 admissions.
In future, when parents apply for three schools Visit: boroughofpoole.com/schooladmissions
they would like their child to be considered for, all School term and holiday dates –
three applications will be considered at the same The only real difference is that there will not be
time by each school. Parents will rank the schools 2009/10 a two week holiday around Easter each year.
in order of their preference and the Council will Like many local authorities across the country, There will be a two week break around the end of
offer a place at the highest ranked school that Poole Council is looking to modernise the school March/beginning of April, which may or may not
has a place available. calendar. We are asking for your views on whether coincide with Easter. Schools will still be closed
Poole schools should move to the Standard on Good Friday and Easter Monday but this may
In line with other education authorities in England,
School Year which is increasingly being adopted not necessarily be part of a longer break.
Poole ceased using its “first preference first”
admissions system in September this year. throughout the country. Shorter terms will assist in children’s learning
Currently, the historic three term school year as teachers will be able to plan work on a more
If your child is transferring school in 2008,
(Spring, Summer & Autumn) with terms based focused basis and pupils are less likely to get
watch out for letters from your child’s current
around the date of Easter is still in place. Therefore “burned out” as can happen with the longer
school in September 2007. These will include an
the length of terms change annually. terms at present.
application form and will explain how to apply for
a school place. The Standard School Year operates on a fixed If you would like to comment on the proposal
six term basis. Terms will be of relatively equal or would like more information, please visit:
If your child was born between 1 September
length (2 of seven weeks and 4 of six weeks). The boroughofpoole.com or e-mail: nick.maguire@
2002 and 31 August 2003 and is due to start
school year will still: poole.gov.uk Tel. 261912 or write to:
school in September 2008, an application form
can be collected from your local first, primary • start in September Nick Maguire, Children & Young People’s
or combined school from 1 October 2007. • have a two week break at Christmas Integrated Services, Dolphin Shopping Centre
Alternatively, you can apply on boroughofpoole.com • have at least a six week summer holiday Poole, BH15 1SA.
We’re on the case! Get money for
BULLYING is an issue that our children staying on!
and young people tell us they want
IF YOU have youngsters who
stopped – we take this very seriously.
are considering whether to leave
As part of Poole’s strategy to reduce
school and start work or stay
bullying, schools are taking part in an
on to study, did you know that
annual survey which aims to form as
some young people can receive
accurate a picture of pupils’ perceptions
between £10 and £30 a week for
of bullying. This information allows us to
staying on at school or college
compare data year on year and to measure
the success of strategies in our schools.
The results enable schools to review and An Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) is a government incentive
update their anti-bullying policies and that can help with day-to-day costs. Many 16-19 year olds studying
practices. in England, can get an EMA if their household income is less than
£30,810 a year (2007/08 figures).
Last year’s survey revealed that school practices may be reducing
the number of repeat incidents. The most common reported type of EMAs are not a benefit, and have no effect on any other entitlements
bullying is name calling and the majority of incidents take place in the already received. Maintenance payments of divorced parents are not
playground. taken into account in overall household income and the young person
can even have a part-time job at the same time as receiving an EMA.
Cllr Tony Woodcock, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Children and Young
People’s Services, said: If the student meets the requirements of their EMA contract, they can
also receive bonuses (currently up to £500 for a two year school or
In order to fully appreciate the extent of the problem, we need to
listen to our children and young people.
EMAs are available for a range of courses including GCSE, GNVQ,
The previous survey showed that growing numbers of pupils thought
NVQ, Basic Skills, vocational courses and some work-based learning
their schools were good or very good at resolving incidents, which
courses such as Entry to Employment (E2E) or Programme Led
is very encouraging, but until this damaging behaviour has been
eradicated from our schools and communities we will to work with
schools to continue to monitor and evaluate our practices.
This year’s survey went to schools in May, the results are being added
to the Poole database and returned to schools so improvements can
be made. The results of the survey will be shared with all schools early
How to apply You can apply for EMA at any time, even if you don’t
know which course you want to do or if you change your mind later
on. To apply, young people should open a bank or building society
account in their own name and have a letter from the bank with proof
in the Autumn Term. of the account.
If you would like more information contact Sammy Boyle, Local Connexions offices can help young people with their
Secondary Strategy Behaviour and Attendance Consultant e-mail: applications
email@example.com or Tel. 262736. Go to www.direct.gov.uk/ema or phone the EMA helpline on
080 810 16 2 19 to find out more.
Cllr Brian Leverett, Leader of the Council
“ Following Poole’s local elections in May, a new Cabinet has been chosen and its task is to deliver the Council’s priorities.
During the last few weeks your Council has been deciding the priorities on which to focus its attention. This is a time of
destiny for Poole with great potential for growth and investment, which is essential for the long-term prosperity of our town
and for future generations.
Some of our former objectives have either been delivered or are continuing as part of the Council’s daily work – Customers
First now operates as an effective customer service team dealing efficiently with 20,000 enquiries a month and Poole’s town
centre is already changing for the better and will continue to be the focus for much work, revitalizing this important area of
the town. This progress now affords us the opportunity to concentrate our attention on other things.
After very careful consideration, the whole Council is supporting the following new objectives for our ever-evolving town:
children and Health and
young people well-being
These are ambitious objectives for any town, especially one with such Developing
low government funding as Poole, but unless we address all of them a dynamic
we are never going to achieve our true potential. However, we realise
that the Council is only one part of a very complex community and, giving economy
a strong lead, we intend working with all our partners (Police, Health
Authorities, Housing Associations, the University and College etc.) but
most importantly with you, the residents. Together we can and will achieve
the results that we all desire for our town.
Good work has already begun in many of these areas, but we are well aware
that much still remains to be done. This edition of Poole News includes
articles on how many schools are achieving Healthy School Status and
further ways of helping to protect Poole’s unique environment.
The next few years could see new landmark buildings, new businesses
having confidence to invest in Poole, bringing new jobs for our young The members and officers of the Council, led by its Cabinet, look forward
people. With funds earmarked to improve our schools, they will be better to continuing to work with all concerned to ensure that Poole achieves its
equipped to develop the skills which are vital for today’s modern world. true potential and secures a prosperous future.
‘Healthy Schools help children and young people reach their potential by Chef’s Challenge
building on a solid foundation to do better in learning and in life.’
Paul Wallington, Head Chef at Carter
POOLE schools are all involved in the National Healthy Schools Community College, jumped at the
programme aimed at helping young people to be more healthy. chance of producing a healthy meal in 20
It’s not just about physical health, it’s about good health and happiness. minutes at a Chef’s Challenge Evening at
A Healthy School involves the whole community, from children and Hamworthy First.
parents to governors and staff, in getting the most out of life. Paul said: “I was only too happy to
22 Poole schools have already achieved National Healthy School Status demonstrate that healthy meals don’t
and work on these four themes: need to take ages to produce.” Paul
• Personal, Social and Health Education including drugs, sex and prepared chicken with beansprouts and vegetables in black bean sauce
relationship education and also roasted vegetables.
• Healthy Eating giving pupils the confidence, skills, knowledge and Nia Thomas who organised the evening said: “When the parents and
understanding to make healthy food and drink choices carers arrived they were offered fruit kebabs made by children from the
• Physical Activity encouraging parents to let their children walk or cycle cookery club and later, they all enjoyed the tasting session. The Carter
to school and 2 hours structured physical activity per week students also showed us some great ideas for healthy lunchboxes.”
• Emotional Health and Well-being tackling bullying, boosting self esteem Once again, Hamworthy Co-op supported the event by donating fruit
and supporting children through difficult times hampers and raffle prizes.
Hamworthy First and Nursery – Healthy Schools achievements
Clare Taylor, Headteacher at Hamworthy First and Nursery School, said:
• Breakfast Club began in January
“Healthy Schools supports our ethos of caring for the whole child both
• Healthy Lunchbox ideas leaflet given to parents
mentally and physically, which provides the foundation for learning.”
• Fruit given to all children at break time from Nursery to Yr 3
The Early Birds catch • Chef’s Challenge Evening
the breakfast! • Health Fair held June 27th
At 7.45 sharp, children • Water fountains in each class
attending the Early Birds • Healthy Eating sessions embedded in the curriculum
Breakfast Club begin their • Hot school meals available from Carter Community School each day
day with an exercise session • All teachers, teaching assistants and mid-day supervisors have been
followed by a healthy trained in basic food hygiene
breakfast. Some schools have been working on a programme called SEAL (Social
Based at Hamworthy First and Emotional Aspects of Learning) where children learn to control their
and Nursery School, the club emotions. This has led to reduced conflict and improved learning.
was initially trialled in January In a discussion group, a year seven pupil from Talbot Combined School
on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, but Friday was soon added said: “Being in a healthy school has meant that there is less bullying
when the club became so successful. now, we have the Listening Ear* and the School Council gets things
Wendy Rolls, a qualified PE instructor leads the exercise session. She done.”
said: “We usually kick off the day with some physical activities for about
Cllr Tony Woodcock, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Children and Young
10 minutes, by then the children are ready to sit quietly at the table and
People’s Services, said: Where the Healthy Schools programme has
tuck into their breakfast.”
been adopted, parents have become more involved in their child’s
Early Birds offer fruit, toast, juice and a selection of cereal including health and learning and often feel better themselves. Parents at
Cornflakes and Weetabix to 16 children a day and it’s a time for social Hamworthy First School and Nursery have said that their children
interaction and developing good manners. come home and talk about the programme which shows they enjoy
Nia Thomas, Healthy Schools Co-ordinator, said: “This is a great way for it. For their part, schools are benefiting from steady improvement
the children to start the day and we are very grateful to our local Co-op in behaviour and standards of work. This all creates a better
for providing our first six weeks food for the breakfast club, which was
a great start for us. We’re constantly looking at ways to improve Early
Birds and evaluation forms will be sent to parents at the end of term to
get their opinions.”
atmosphere in which to manage the school.
(*This is an initiative giving children the option to write down their problems or
concerns which are passed to the school’s Pastoral Care Worker who can later
discuss issues with the child concerned.)
Celebrating being Healthy
CHILDREN and staff of Old Town First School and Nursery have just
celebrated gaining the new “Healthy Schools Award”.
After being a healthy school for many years and one of
the first schools in Poole to achieve this new national
award in December 2006, a ‘Healthy School Day’ was
organised to celebrate. Children took part in skipping,
yoga, gymnastics, hand-jiving, meditation and circle
time activities. They also cooked healthy snacks to
share with their parents and enjoyed a healthy picnic lunch, funded and
prepared by the PFA.
After school, England Netball Star, Geva Mentor unveiled a plaque and
parents enjoyed a football match with the school football club playing
against the staff, ending in a one all draw. Netball star Geva Mentor (top left) and Head Teacher Gill Taylor with pupils of Old Town First School and Nursery
Flying the flags
20 Years Of Perfect Beaches
PUPILS from Turlin Moor Middle School were delighted to take a couple
of hours off lessons to help Poole celebrate receiving its 20th Blue Flag at
Sandbanks beach in May.
The sun shone while the children formed a giant 20 in the sand to mark
this very special anniversary. Poole’s 3 ½ miles of golden sands are now
officially amongst the best in the country, if not the world and 20 Blue Flag
awards go a long way towards confirming it.
Poole’s first Blue Flag was presented in1987 and they have been awarded
regularly ever since. Poole is the only town locally to have achieved such
an accolade and it’s something the Borough of Poole are delighted to
Cllr Peter Adams, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, explains what
is so appealing about Poole’s beaches: They are perfect for a family
day out or a relaxing break from every day life in the tranquil and
naturally beautiful surroundings that could rival any Mediterranean
destination. Every effort is put into keeping them to an extremely
high standard so that year-on-year they attract a host of people who
live locally or visit on holiday.
The Blue Flag is an internationally recognised award that looks at every
aspect of beach quality. To gain this prestigious status, beaches need
to have excellent bathing water standards, regular beach cleaning,
provision of lifesaving equipment and first aid, refreshments, suitable
toilet facilities, commitment to the environment and generally good beach
Poole beaches flying Blue Flags this year are: Sandbanks, Shore Road,
Canford Cliffs and Branksome Chine.
THIS summer a Green Flag will fly
at Upton Country Park and staff and
Friends of Upton Country Park are
delighted that one of Poole’s favourite
open spaces has been officially
acknowledged with this prestigious
Acres of landscaped gardens, unique plants including the exotic Puya popular walks through the
plant from Chile and numerous walks and viewing spots make the park gardens, woodland and shoreline
a top quality destination. that surround Upton House also
formed part of the day’s judging
Preparations towards this achievement began in September 2006. Nick schedule.
Woods, Leisure Services Ranger, said: “My team has been working hard
with the Friends of Upton Country Park to make sure that the judges Cllr Peter Adams, Cabinet Portfolio
would be really impressed when they visited in the spring. The park has Holder for Culture and Leisure,
so many unique features that we felt confident that a Green Flag could said: This award is welcome
be within our grasp”. recognition for all the staff and
volunteers from the Friends
Independent judges looked at all the visitor facilities and how staff maintain group who work so hard to make Upton Country Park such a special
the park’s historical and natural features. The award also reflects the place. The award means that Upton Country Park can fly its own
high level of community involvement on the site and volunteers from the Green Flag confident in the knowledge that it is among the best
Friends assisted on judging day. managed parks in the country.
Judges were particularly impressed with the Peacock Tearooms, where The prestigious national award scheme for parks is run by the Civic
they were served lunch by trainees working at the facility which provides Trust and recognised by the Department of Communities and Local
training in catering to national standards for people with disabilities. Government, English Heritage and Natural England as the standard
Two of the Park’s new attractions, an orienteering course set up in parks and open spaces should aim for.
partnership with Wessex Orienteering Club and plans for the restoration For more information contact: Nick Woods, Ranger Team Leader e-mail
of the walled garden, were drawn to the judges attention. The ever firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel.261334.
Ten Car Parks Hit The Park Mark • Improved surveillance, signage and
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• Installation of audible warning systems in
multi-storey car parks
• Overall good management and
maintenance of car parks
• Upgrade of lighting
• Replacement of signs and entry gantries
• Replacement of all fire doors in multi-storey car parks
• Refurbishment of lifts (completion 2008)
Park Mark is an initiative of the Association of Chief Police Officers aimed
at reducing crime and the fear of crime in parking areas. The criteria sets
the highest standards, utilising expertise and practical knowledge from the
British Parking Association, who administer the scheme.
Richard Hein, Parking Services Manager for Borough of Poole, said;
Crime in Borough of Poole controlled car parks fell to the lowest levels
ever in 2006/07, with only ten vehicle crimes this year in Council multi-
storey car parks despite 1,790,997 users. In all car parks a total of only
30 crimes were committed despite nearly four million users. We are
confident that the Park Mark scheme has been a positive contributor to
TEN Poole car parks are now accredited under the ‘Park Mark’ Safer
Parking Scheme and car crime figures in Poole are at an all time low.
Working with Poole Safe Together Partnership, the Council has been making
Car parks accredited under the Park Mark scheme are: Broadstone (Story
Lane and Station Approach), Harbourside 1, Branksome Chine, the four town
centre car parks, Sandbanks and the Dolphin Swimming Pool car parks.
car parks around town more welcoming and implementing the Park Mark For more information contact Richard Hein, Parking Services Manager Tel.
Safer Parking scheme criteria …. 262150 or email@example.com
special button which when This dispenser reminds you when medication
pressed confirms that you is due with an audible sound. Should the
are safe and well. If you do medication not be taken from the dispenser
not press the button you the alarm is raised at the control centre.
Technology will be contacted by the
control centre. If you do
Is it for me?
not answer they will then If you are 60 or over, live in your own home
contact your nominated in the Borough of Poole and have a standard
contacts. telephone socket then YES.
DO you consider yourself to be an 2. Falls Detector What will it cost?
independent person who is 60 or over? Do you have a fear of Absolutely nothing! The project has been
If so, then read on to find out more about how falling and wonder how funded by a government grant which enables
Assistive Technology could benefit you. long you could be waiting us to provide equipment and products FREE
for help? for one year enabling individuals to have peace
What is Assistive Technology? of mind, feel safe and independent in their own
This useful device will
The term Assistive Technology encompasses homes.
automatically detect if an
a broad range of monitored equipment such
individual has fallen and
as Fall detectors, Bed and Chair Occupancy
Sensors, smoke and flood detectors, 3
raise the alarm which is If you or a family member could
sent to a control centre benefit from Assistive Technology or
medication dispensers. They are designed to
and response mechanisms
support older people and their carers enabling
put in place.
would like more information contact
people to remain in their own homes. Social Services Helpdesk
3. Medication Dispenser
1. Alertacall Wellbeing Confirmation System
Do you or a family member
Do family members worry about you? or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
sometimes forget to take
The Alertacall system is a telephone with a
Tall Ship trip marks Twinning anniversary
AS Poole celebrates 30 years of twinning with The Poole-Cherbourg Twinning Association is
its closest French neighbour Cherbourg, the delighted to offer two places on board this special
anniversary is being recognised by supporting journey to applicants aged 18 – 26 years who will be
youth projects. joined by two students from Cherbourg.
Most notable is a youth training voyage, ‘The Applications in writing for this once in a lifetime
French Connection’ on board the TS Prince William, experience can be made to: Gina Wilcox, PCTA
5th –12th October. Secretary, 68 Longfleet Road, Poole BH15 2JE.
No previous sailing experience is necessary!
Protecting Poole’s Environment
Helping us care for the environment
‘PROTECTING Poole’s Environment’ is one of Poole’s new objectives.
Looking after Poole’s beautiful green open spaces and award winning beaches,
keeping our streets and public footpaths clean and tidy and improving the level of
recycling and waste disposal facilities, has always been highly important and is now
being strengthened around the borough.
Success cannot be achieved in isolation and by working with others, higher standards
can be reached and new initiatives are more likely to be supported.
Councillor Don Collier, Portfolio Holder for the Environment, said: We are working
hard to strengthen relationships within the community. We need to listen,
respect and respond to residents, who know the issues and can be so
instrumental in resolving them. Working in partnership is the only way to make
sure we protect Poole’s environment now and for the years to come.
In the Bourne Valley area, a good example of community-led work began in
September with a ‘Have your Say Day’. Residents took photographs of the things
they liked and disliked about their neighbourhood and now work on £400,000 of
improvements is coming to an end.
As a Local Area Agreement (LAA) project, ‘Closing the Gap’ focuses on bridging the
inequalities gap experienced by residents in some areas within Poole. The project Clean up day
has seen the Council working with Dorset Police and Poole Housing Partnership, on
a range of improvements including:
• Waste collection days - 15 skips, 1 refuse truck,
4 flat bed trucks - in total 17.9 tonnes of
• Reseeding grass areas and painting the zig zag
site - 50 residents joined the Safer
Neighbourhood team and ward councillors to
clean up the area and help with work
• Improvements to the Youth Centre - following
consultation with young people,
a multi use games area and new play equipment have been provided thanks to
developer contributions from planning obligation funding. Young people have
also secured funding to refurbish the inside of the youth centre
• School visits encouraging young people to protect their local environment
• Resurfacing of roads and public footpaths
• Graffiti and flytip removal on private and council property
• A community shop to be opened shortly
Ward councillor Lindsay Wilson said: “This project has encouraged residents to
take responsibility and improve their local environment. The results are clear to see,
people told us about the issues in their area and since getting involved, they are
Arne Avenue since resurfacing
taking a pride in their neighbourhood and it is making a real difference.”
Recycling on the Beach!
POOLE residents continue to do a sterling job when it comes to
recycling at home and there is an excellent understanding by local
Cllr Don Collier, Portfolio Holder for the Environment, said: We are
overwhelmed by the level of commitment Poole residents have
shown to both our garden waste services. By doing their bit,
residents are making a significant contribution to protecting Poole’s
families of how important it is. With local people working so hard, the environment. We hope these schemes continue to be supported as
Council’s next mission is to improve visitors’ recycling levels during the
busy summer season. Listen out for the advertisements on 2CR FM for
With over 500,000 visitors to Poole’s beaches each year and over 120
more people see the benefit of this.
Two collection points are:
bins and 40,000 cubic litres of refuse collected each day, there is a strong Date (Saturdays) Location Time
need to promote the recycling message to beach users. As part of this
effort, 55 new recycling bins have been delivered to Poole beaches. 4 & 18 Rossmore Leisure 09:00 -12:00
Exactly like the home recycling bin scheme, blue bins are for recycling
and black bins are for non-recyclable refuse so they are instantly Baiter North Car Park 13:00 - 16:00
recognisable to local people. September
For visitors, the new bins
Date (Saturdays) Location Time
are extremely user friendly
with clear labels explaining 1, 15 & 29 Rossmore Leisure 09:00 -12:00
which items should be Centre
recycled: paper, plastic Baiter North Car Park 13:00 - 16:00
bottles, cardboard, glass, tin
and aluminium cans. So far, Both are open fortnightly on a Saturday. For more information call
the bins have been a huge Customer Services Tel. 261700 or visit boroughofpoole.com/recycling
success with beach users.
The Frith family (pictured)
from Salisbury, visit
We can do more
Sandbanks regularly in We’re doing a fantastic job at recycling our waste in Poole. 78% of us
say we’re committed to recycling so there’s room to do even more…
the summer. Jane Frith
said: The bins are Cans – it can be a messy job but remember you’re caring for your
prominently placed along environment so give it a rinse…even aerosols can go in your blue bin!
the beach front and
Plastics – those bearing the familiar such as milk bottles can go in
certainly make recycling
your blue bin. Just check the container to be certain.
easier. Before these bins
I would have just dropped Cardboard – Simply tear up large boxes into small pieces (it’s excellent
a magazine or an empty exercise and a good stress buster too) … and put it in the blue bin!
can of drink in a litterbin The posters below are featured in an exciting new ‘recycle 5’ campaign.
but these new bins make You should see the ‘When I grow up’ adverts on bus shelters and buses as
it easy to recycle without well as being used as posters and postcards throughout the Summer.
even thinking about it!
Five different adverts focus on items that can go into Poole’s blue
Garden Waste bins. The campaign is being funded by WRAP (Waste Resource Action
Programme) which has awarded Borough of Poole over £259,000 to
Collection promote blue bin recycling.
SINCE the introduction of
the green bin Garden Waste
Collection Scheme in June 2006,
an enormous 57.52 tonnes of
material has been collected! This
is equivalent to 13,050 average
sized wheeled bins full of garden
During home compost awareness week in May, road shows were held
throughout the borough. Residents were given advice from a home
compost advisor and were also encouraged to use the garden waste
For those homes which don’t have a green bin service, garden waste
collection sites are particularly useful. With two sites operating in the
borough, residents can dispose of large quantities of garden waste free
of charge. Trailers and vans are permitted.
Street Watchers Environmental Target
– Your Street Needs You!
DO you take pride in the area you live in? Do you think more could
be done to keep your area clean and tidy? The Borough of Poole and
the Office of the Deputy
Poole needs resident volunteers who want to improve the area they
Prime Minister signed an
agreement in 2004 with
Dog mess on the pavement, a wall covered in graffiti or an abandoned the intention of further
vehicle, are all commonly regarded as untidy and unsightly, however improving services for
these incidents often go unreported and therefore untreated. residents of Poole.
As a Street Watcher, volunteers would work alongside the Council to £90,000 of government
keep an eye out and report anything that makes their neighbourhood less funding was provided
desirable. Acting as the eyes, ears and voice for the area, you will assist over a three year period,
in making your area clean and somewhere to be proud of! to employ two people
to operate the Environmental Response Unit and the Council was set
ambitious targets to remove graffiti, flyposting, chewing gum and litter
from Poole’s streets.
The team inspected and cleaned all Council property and formed
partnerships with other agencies to tackle problems affecting private
property. Not only did the team meet the targets but by far exceeded
them as these figures show:
Following reports from the public or by a council officer:
• Average response time for removing offensive graffiti 3.13 hours
(target: 20 Hours)
• Average response time for removing non offensive graffiti 9 hours
(target: 12 days)
• Average response time for removing flyposting 1 day (target 4 days)
• Average response time for removing chewing gum from designated
areas 8.5 days (target 18 days)
• Reducing the Borough’s street cleansing failure rate for 2006/07 to
13% (target 24%)
This impressive achievement has made a noticeable improvement to the
quality of Poole’s environment. The team’s success is being rewarded
by the Council receiving a further £262,920 of government funding to
reinvest in council services.
We are looking for approximately 40 volunteers from around the borough.
In the first instance, we are trying to gauge the level of interest and would
Waste and Cleansing Service
like to hear from anyone who thinks they would make a good ‘Street
Watcher’, or would like more information.
Waste collection and cleansing are
If you would like to improve the look of your area but can’t to commit to two areas which residents have
being a ‘Street Watcher’ there are other ways to get involved: great interest in. The Council has
• The Council can provide a graffiti removal kit for anyone who wants to produced two leaflets to help advise
clean up graffiti on their private property and inform residents about the
standards you can expect to see in
• Litter Picks – This can be a great community activity that members of your area and what you can do to
the community, young and old can join in with. Borough of Poole can help us make things better.
help organise these and loan the kits including gloves, pickers, sacks.
The Council will work with the organisers after any clean up to remove These are available online at
any waste collected. boroughofpoole.com/
environment or you can
If you would like to volunteer as a Street Watcher or want more information request a leaflet by contacting
on this, borrowing a graffiti kit or organising a litter pick, please contact Customer Services Tel. 261700.
Tel. 261747 or e-mail: email@example.com
‘Lock It Or Lose It’
Summer Campaign To Beat Cycle Theft
VEHICLE crime typically focuses on car vandalism and theft, however
bike users are no less at risk than car users. Surprisingly, last year saw
339 thefts of pedal cycles in Poole, which is an 11.5% increase on the
As a result the Police and Poole Safe Together Partnership have teamed
up with local bike retailer Bikelab to launch this summer’s ‘Lock It or
Lose It’ campaign aimed at beating pedal cycle thefts in Poole.
The campaign is aimed at increasing awareness amongst bike users
about the importance of a bike lock. Throughout June police gave away
500 free Kryptonite D-Locks (srp £30) and UV marking pens for pedal
Supt Nick Hazelton said: People need to be more vigilant when
leaving their bikes, never leave them unattended, always lock them
to something secure and remove any accessories such as lights
that could be taken from the bike.
If you missed the chance to receive a free bike lock or UV pen, these are
available to purchase at Bikelab, 2-4, Wimborne Road. Tel. 330011 or
You’re Safe And Sound
PUB and restaurant managers around
Poole have been working hard to ensure
their customers can enjoy a bite to eat or
a relaxing drink in a safe environment.
Poole’s safest premises have been
accredited under the prestigious ‘Safe &
Sound Awards Scheme’ meeting criteria
which includes prevention of crime, disorder
and public nuisance, maintaining public safety and protecting children
Run by the Poole Safe team, the scheme brings Licensing Officers POOLE Safe Together Partnership has been working
from the Borough of Poole and Dorset Police officers together to build tirelessly over the last year to bring crime down in
positive partnerships with the licensed trade to advise landlords aiming Poole. The results are in and it looks as though the
to achieve an award.
work paid off!
Poole Safe team member PC Chris Ingram, said:
In 2006/07, compared with 2005/06:
“The Safe and Sound Awards represent an excellent working
partnership that has developed between licensees, the authorities • Crime down by 10%, (on track to meet government target to
and other partners. We are proud of the efforts that have been reduce crime by 17.2% by 2007/08)
made by all involved and look forward to being part of the town’s • Vehicle crime reduced by 24%
development in the months and years ahead.” • Wounding (assault involving injury) reduced by 16%
• Criminal damage reduced by 11%
An awards ceremony was held to
• Burglary reduced by 3% on already very low numbers
announce three main winners and
accredit a further 20 premises who Cllr Ann Stribley, whose portfolio includes the Safe Together
were all awarded a certificate for Partnership, said:
display and a window sticker to
promote their status. All in all it’s a great result for Poole and we’re still working on
improving our status as the second safest town in the country!
The Gold Award was presented to
Penn Central at Penn Hill. Owner The Partnership is interested in hearing people’s views on crime
This year’s winners Mike Callaghan said: “We have in Poole and has devised a short questionnaire. It will only take
worked hard to train our staff to deliver a first class service and safety a few minutes to complete and it gives residents a chance to
is an integral element of this”.
The Silver Award was presented to the Victoria Cross in Parkstone.
The Bronze Award was presented to the Inn In The Park,
influence which crimes are tackled over the next year.
If you would like some copies of the survey please call Vikki Howe
Tel. 633497 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Contacting Your Local Ward Councillor
News from the Parlour
e-mail: email@example.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org SINCE the Mayor took office in May, he has been involved in a
Tel: 633043 Tel: 693920 busy round of events.
Charles Meachin Judy Butt Some of the highlights ...
e-mail: email@example.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: 682405 Tel: 650276 Royal Marines Falklands Parade On 24
May, Mayor of Poole, Councillor Jeff Allen and
Tony Trent John Rampton
e-mail: email@example.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Dorset, Mrs
Tel: 511240 Tel: 265875 Valerie Pitt-Rivers, inspected the Guard of the
BRANKSOME EAST WARD HAMWORTHY EAST WARD Royal Marines, Poole on Poole Quay, where
they assembled during their Parade through
Mary Hillman Roger Gregory
e-mail: email@example.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: 773078 Tel: 633020 Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Falklands War, the Royal
Guy Montrose Mike White Marines, Poole marched through the town to exercise their right as Freemen
e-mail: email@example.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org of the Borough. A short service followed in Falkland Square, conducted by
Tel: 633022 Tel: 256712
Reverend Martin Evans RN Chaplain Royal Marines,
BRANKSOME WEST WARD HAMWORTHY WEST WARD Poole with speeches by the Mayor of Poole and
Lieutenant Colonel Guyer, Royal Marines, Poole.
Philip Eades Graham Chandler
e-mail: email@example.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Civic Service and Parade On Sunday 10 June,
Tel: 07977 431887 Tel: 675371
the Mayor held his Civic Service at St James’
Joyce Lavender Michael Wilkins Church, Thames Street. A full Ceremonial Civic
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Tel: 741817 Tel: 240427
Parade followed along Poole Quay to the steps of
the Guildhall. The Parade was accompanied by the
BROADSTONE WARD POOLE TOWN WARD bands of the Salvation Army, Poole Sea Cadets and
Michael Brooke Chris Bulteel other local organisations.
e-mail: email@example.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: 696549 Tel: 745494 Coming soon ... Sunday 2 September The Mayor
Wednesday 31 July As part of the will open the ‘Party in the Park’ at
Graham Mason Brian Leverett
e-mail: email@example.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Scouting Centenary celebrations, the Ashley Cross at 1pm.
Tel: 695507 Tel: 676104 Sunday 23 September
Mayor will receive the Spirit Flame on
Daniel Martin Carol Evans Poole Quay and present it to Lilliput The Mayor will launch the
e-mail: email@example.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: 07790 396919 Tel: 633020
Sea Scouts who will take it across to Harbourside Community Walk
Brownsea Island. at 8.30am everyone welcome to
CANFORD CLIFFS WARD NEWTOWN WARD
Sunday 26 August The Mayor will join in. More details available at
Carole Deas Brian Clements open the popular ‘Poole Park Fest’ www.rotaryclubofpoole.org contact:
e-mail: email@example.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org John Duckenfield: Tel. 767949.
Tel: 709394 Tel: 733158
on behalf of the ‘Friends of Poole
Park’ at 12 noon.
May Haines Mike Plummer
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Tel: 888228 Tel: 730909 Val Mitchell, Carers
CANFORD HEATH EAST WARD OAKDALE WARD
says We can help
Graham Curtis Peter Adams carers to look after
e-mail: email@example.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
someone and have
Tel: 690575 Tel: 775192
a life of their own. they may be given information,
Sandra Moore David Gillard advice or services. Carers can also
e-mail: email@example.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org People who look after
have their needs assessed. Some
Tel: 388418 Tel: 633023 a friend or relative who has an illness
of the services that may be offered
CANFORD HEATH WEST WARD Janet Walton or disability often have to juggle their
e-mail: email@example.com time and energy to accommodate
Jeff Allen Tel: 633023
the demands of caring. For the cared for person:-
• Care services at home
Tel: 675807 PARKSTONE WARD For many people, caring is a 24/7
• Aids and adaptations to the
Christopher Matthews Don Collier commitment. Others have to balance
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org e-mail: email@example.com looking after someone with other
Tel: 656838 Tel: 710551 • Day activities or a day centre
family commitments or a job.
MERLEY & BEARWOOD WARD Ann Stribley For those balancing work and caring, • Respite care
David Brown Tel: 732969 new government legislation can help. • Short term care at home whilst
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Since the Work and Families Act was friends or family take a break
Tel: 577538 Tony Woodcock
e-mail: email@example.com introduced in April 2007, employees
For the carer
Daphne Long Tel: 771628 who are carers can request a change
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org • Advice and information
in their working hours to help them
Tel: 721491 PENN HILL WARD • Carers courses and study days
cope and employers must consider
Peter Maiden Elaine Atkinson • Support groups
e-mail: email@example.com their needs as a carer.
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org • Outings and activities
Tel: 746510 Many carers struggle on alone without
If you are caring for someone you
any help. However, everyone who
Unsure which ward you live in? Xena Dion can talk confidentially to Val about
e-mail: email@example.com has an illness or disability that means
Telephone Electoral Services on 633061.
Tel: 633016 your caring situation or if you would
they cannot manage without help is
like to go on the mailing list to be
Conservative Ron Parker entitled to a free assessment of their
advised of activities for carers please
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org needs As a result of the assessment
Liberal Democrat Tel: 707755 call 261174.
Time to get involved The Local Development Framework is the term given to the planning
documents that the Council will produce. Over the next three years
Poole’s planners will be producing five documents which support
PLANNING deals with the really big issues facing the town such
appropriate development in Poole.
as where to build new homes, allow for job opportunities, ensure
adequate health facilities and protecting valued open spaces • Core Strategy - the overarching document for planning in Poole
and areas of nature conservation interest and it’s not just about • Site Specific Allocations documents
deciding whether a house extension is acceptable. • Town Centre North Area Action Plan
This is achieved by producing the ‘Local Development Framework’ • Planning Obligations - funding for infrastructure needs
which, together with Poole’s Sustainable Community Strategy, sets out • Heathlands - joint with other SE Dorset authorities
the vision and strategy for the town up to 2026.
There has already been public involvement in the Core Strategy and
during the summer, planners will be consulting on key issues and
If you care how Poo options for the Site Specific and Heathlands documents (outlined
le will look in the below) and they would like to hear your views.
future, now is the ti
me to get involved. So, if you have views about the long term planning of Poole,
then drop us a line, send us an e-mail or just pick up the phone.
e-mail email@example.com or Tel.633360.
Protecting heathland Accommodating development
ONE project which Poole plan- ANOTHER document in the Local
ners are currently working on, in Development Framework, is the Site Specific
conjunction with colleagues in Allocations Development Plan Document
neighbouring authorities, is the which is also in the course of preparation.
Dorset Heathlands Development Residents as well as landowners and
Plan document. This will be a key developers, are invited to not only suggest
part of the Local Development suitable sites for development, but also
Framework and will affect many consider the Issues and Options put forward
residents so planners would like in the consultation leaflet, which may
to hear local people’s views. influence the future of the borough.
The need for affordable homes, local jobs, business expansion and
Poole, Bournemouth, East Dorset, Christchurch improved community facilities means that the town will continue to see
and Purbeck Councils have all been affected change and new investment. The challenge is to ensure this is managed to
by planning restrictions imposed last year preserve a high quality of life for the town’s residents and avoid harming
to help protect sensitive heathland in the Poole’s many environmental assets.
area from the impact of development. The This is a new Plan that will deal specifically with the future allocation of land
south east Dorset area has 8000 hectares or specific sites within the borough and form part of the Local Development
of heathland lying within 43 Sites of Special Framework (i.e. the Government’s revised planning system).
Scientific Interest (SSSI) which provides
The consultation leaflet will be available in public libraries and sets out the
habitat to many rare species of birds
main issues that face Poole in identifying sites to meet development needs
butterflies and reptiles.
and invites comments on some of the options for development.
The new restrictions introduced 5km zones around the heathland which
It can also be requested by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
affects all development land within the borough. An ‘interim strategy’
expiring 2009, was introduced requiring financial contributions from Your views are invited by early September and these will help the Council
developers of new properties within that zone to help offset the impact consider all the alternatives. The next stage will be the publication of
of the development. These contributions are being used to provide better the Preferred Options in the summer 2008 which will be informed by the
management of heathland, warden services and investing in alternative feedback from the consultation.
open space. If you would like to discuss this process or the leaflet itself, contact Helen
Harris, Senior Planning Officer Tel. 633329 or e-mail helen.harris@poole.
A permanent solution to ease the potentially damaging effects of further
housing and population growth in south east Dorset is being sought by the
five councils. New homes in Poole
A discussion paper published for public consultation in August will be DURING the year ending March 2007, 780 new homes were completed
available to view at the Civic Centre reception, in all public libraries in including 603 flats, 153 houses and 24 bungalows. A total of 114 dwellings
Poole or on-line at boroughofpoole.com/planningpoole were demolished so a total of 666 additional properties were built
For more information contact Strategic Planning e-mail: in Poole. The figure for the previous year was 828. Hamworthy East had the
email@example.com or Tel.633360. most new homes largely due to the Shapwick Road development. Canford
Cliffs, Parkstone and Poole town centre had just over 100 each.
Number cruncher? THE FEST ROCKS THE PARK -
IF you’re interested in how Poole’s finances
looked at the end of 2006/07, you can find 26/27 AUGUST
a snapshot version and the full Statement POOLE PARK FEST
of Accounts on boroughofpoole.com/ returns this August
councilbudget Bank Holiday week-
end with fabulous live bands on the
West Field stage.
Do you have a heart condition? Sunday sees JK (pictured right) as
Poole Heart Support Group (PHSG) are Robbie Williams, a favourite at Mr Kyps,
keen to contact Poole residents who are with the Ju Ju Men, Stipe, Rockin the
not already members. Joint and Ezio entertaining the crowds
from 1pm to 7pm.
PHSG produce a quarterly magazine
which provides useful information on local On Monday, The Great Pretender tops the bill with amazing Queen covers.
health services and general support for Local favourites, The Agency and Ben Waters will provide support throughout
those with anxieties about their condition. the day.
Extra copies of the September edition are But it’s not just about music, the Fest offers two days of fun for all the family with
being produced and the group are keen donations invited in support of the Friends of Poole Park. Bring some friends
for it to benefit a wider readership. – you won’t be disappointed!
To obtain a free copy, contact Jan Mesher on 01202 250108 or e-mail
For more information contact Bob Lister Tel.730476 or visit www.friendsofpoole
For those with impaired vision, large print and audio versions
will be available in September at local libraries, The Health
Information and Resource Centre, Poole Hospital and
Bournemouth Eye Hospital.
To Your Letterbox...
OVER the next few months, Poole residents will
be asked to help with two important surveys.
The first is a census of people living in newly built
Make homes such as Poole Quarter and Seldown Eco
Village. The results will help us plan services for residents of new developments
A Splash by finding out about the people moving in to these homes. Follow up work later in
the year will help us gain a greater understanding of their experiences and needs
which will also influence future new housing developments.
The second survey will be used to find out about the childcare needs of local
families. By learning about the type and extent of services required by Poole
parents we can help to develop services to ensure there is enough quality
childcare to meet local demand.
In order to provide value for money services, the Council needs information about
its residents. If you receive one of these questionnaires, please help us by taking
the time to respond.
The results of both surveys and feedback on how the results will affect local
services will be reported in future editions of Poole News and online at www.
For further information please contact:- Katharine Watters, Senior Research
Officer, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel. 633367.
Action against Addiction
IT’S all change down at the Dolphin Swimming Pool. A NEW initiative has begun to help with the fight against drug addiction.
After undergoing a major £600K refurbishment, the Leisure Centre With access to premises near the town centre, Poole Drug Action Team in
and health and fitness suite opened its doors in April with 120 new partnership with other agencies and faith groups, is supporting substance
members joining the facility. misusers in Poole. Offering a wide range of holistic services, this joint work aims
With state of the art cardiovascular and resistance equipment, the to help clients in their journey towards independent living.
new suite also includes a new members only changing room and Life isn’t always straightforward and no one has all the answers, but Poole Drug
sauna to relax those aching limbs after your workout. Services are working together to ensure that client needs are met as quickly and
Weekly exercise classes ranging from Body Pump, Aerobics and effectively as possible.
Core Blimey (Abs Class) are also available in the studio. Access to the new service will be through referral from any of the Poole Drug &
With membership fees starting from as little as £25.50 a month, Alcohol Services listed below.
look no further - keeping fit at the Dolphin makes perfect sense. For PACT: Poole Addiction Community Team Tel.633875
those with health referrals, special rates apply. EDAS: Essential Drug & Alcohol Service Tel.733322
For more information contact Ben Buckland, Fitness Manager Action On Addiction Tel. 399101
e-mail: email@example.com visit www.everyoneactive.com Steven James Practice Tel. 660669
or Tel. 677217. For further information please call Poole DAT Tel. 633065 or 633635
Dates for your Diary
Town Centre Markets: Farmers’ Markets – Falkland Square and street market – High Street every Thursday from 8.30am Tel. 649433
Date Time Event Venue Contact
Every Monday 8pm Granny Cousins Ghost Walks – spooky tales of Old Poole Meet outside Scaplens Court Museum, lower High Street 07977 969080
& Weds evening
till 5th September
Daily 11.30 & 2pm Guided walks Brownsea Island 707744 or www.nationaltrust.org/brownsea
Daily 11.15am & 1.45pm Tractor Trails for less mobile visitors Brownsea Island 707744 or www.nationaltrust.org.uk/brownsea
Every Thursday Summer Breeze on the Beach with Wave 105 – beach barbecues, Shore Road beach pooletourism.com or 253253
evening in Aug live music, volleyball – family fun and entertainment
Every Friday evening 7pm Coles Miller Quay for my Car Poole Quay
Every Tues eve 6pm Condor Ferries Dream Machines Poole Quay pooletourism.com or 253253
till end Sept
4/5 Two days of live tribute bands Canford Park Arena, Magna Road www.marvellousfestivals.com
8 Open Air Theatre trip with Singles that Mingle Brownsea Island www.singlesthatmingle.co.uk or 07810 544326
8 7.30pm Open Air Theatre –‘All’s well that ends well’ – Mons, Weds & Fridays Brownsea Island 251987
till 24 August
9/14 Zippo’s Circus Canford Park Arena, Magna Road www.zipposcircus.com or 0871 210 2100
12 11am – 4.3-pm Poole Lifeboat Station Open Day Poole Quay (near lifting bridge) 672439
18/19 11am – 9pm Bournemouth & Poole Town Show – arena events, music stage, dog shows Canford Park Arena, Magna Road www.myspace.com/bournemouthpooletownshow
– family fun
25/26 1pm -5pm Sat, Poole Flower Show in aid of the Shaftesbury Society Charitable Trust Victoria School, Lindsay Road, Branksome 752014
10am - 5pm Sun
26/27 10am – 4.30pm August Craft Show – hand made arts and crafts Upton Country Park www.uptoncountrypark.org
26/27 Poole Park Fest – two day free festival for all the family featuring live bands Poole Park www.friendsofpoolepark.co.uk
supplied by Mr Kyps Live Music Venue
Date Time Event Venue Contact
Every Mon & 8pm Granny Cousins Ghost Walk - spooky tales of Old Poole Scaplens Court, lower High Street 07977 969080
Every Tues eve 6pm Condor Ferries Dream Machines Poole Quay pooletourism.com or 253253
Ever Fri eve 7pm Coles Miller Quay for my Car Poole Quay pooletourism.com or 253253
Daily 11.30 & 2pm Guided walks Brownsea Island 707744 or www.nationaltrust.org/brownsea
Daily 11.15am & 1.45pm Tractor Trails for less mobile visitors Brownsea Island 707744 or www.nationaltrust.org.uk/brownsea
2 Summer BBQ with Singles that Mingle Branksome Dene Chine www.singlesthatmingle.co.uk or 07810 544326
2 11am - 5.30pm Poole Family Arts Festival - Free fun family arts festival - live music, Upton Country Park Contact Marianne on 01202 633972 for more info
arts crafts, dance, theatre, set in beautiful gardens so bring a picnic!
14/16 Animal Windfest - major annual watersports event Sandbanks pooletourism.com or 253253
15 10.30am – 3.30pm 100 years of Scouting – Family activity weekend Brownsea Island www.nationaltrust.org.uk/brownsea or 707744
15 8pm Sarruga presents Peixos (Fish from the Deep) Street artists from Poole Quay and High Street www.insideoutdorset.co.uk or 08700 668 701
Barcelona present a spellbinding parade of underwater sea creatures
29 2pm – 5pm Open Day – Dolphin Indoor Bowls Club – a warm welcome awaits 52 Waterloo Road, off Cabot Lane 675551
visitors to the club
Information provided above was correct at the time of going to press – it is advisable to check details in advance. For details of all performances at Lighthouse, Poole’s centre for the Arts visit www.lighthousepoole.co.uk
Borough of Poole Full Council, Cabinet meetings and Area Meetings at 7pm unless otherwise stated: All dates are provisional and subject to approval by Council
Council Meeting....18 September Cabinet Meetings....4 September
Area Meetings Venue
Hamworthy East and West and Poole Town 5 September St James’ Church Hall
Canford Heath, Creekmoor and Oakdale 12 September TBA For more information
Newtown and Parkstone 19 September Committee Suite, Civic Centre contact Tel. 633043
Canford Cliffs & Penn Hill 26 September St Luke’s Church Rooms, Wellington Road or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
COUNTRYSIDE EVENTS… TAKE A WALK IN POOLE’S COUNTRYSIDE
DATE DAY TIME EVENT TITLE DETAILS SITE/MEETING PLACE
1 August Wed 10.30 am - 4pm Children’s Wildlife Funday Come and meet a range of wildlife groups and join in with lots Upton Country Park
of exciting activities at our annual Funday.
5 August Sun 2 - 4 pm Guided walk Canford Heath Find out about this internationally important site wildlife and Meet at end of Francis Avenue, by gate, near
Nature Reserve history and what it takes to look after it. entrance to Knighton Heath golf course.
Turlin Moor Fun Day Fantastic day of fun events from bouncy castles and climbing Recreation ground behind the pavilion on
8 August Wed 11am-4pm
walls to face painting and art activities and it’s all free. Turlin Moor, off Blandford Road.
18 August Sat 9am -10:30am Moth trapping event. Why not come and be amazed by the sheer variety of these Upton Country Park in the walled garden, adjacent
night flying insects. to the Peacock Tea Rooms.
1 Sept Sat 10.30am - 12pm WATCH (for children ages 7-13) Learn how fossils are created and where you may be able Classroom, Upton Country Park
Fossils - the past revealed to go in search of them
3 Sept Mon 9am -11am Guided walk for Dorset Bird Week Come and discover some of the wading birds of Holes Bay Upton Country Park. Meet by the Peacock Tea Rooms.
Are you interested in getting involved at your local nature reserve or open space? There are a number of ways you can help – acting as extra eyes on the sites,
reporting problems through to us, or helping with practical work.
If you would like to find out more about taking part in conservation tasks or becoming a volunteer Tel. 265265 or e-mail: email@example.com
Sport Kiteboarding Special
WHEN it comes to watersports, it doesn’t So where does kiteboarding’s appeal lie? Woodman Point in Western Australia and Shark
get much better than Poole Harbour. Bay in South Africa, are rated as her favourite
“We get a lot of windsurfers who want to try
spots. With such extensive global experience,
The world’s second largest natural harbour something else,” said Emma.
Emma has become one of the world’s top female
has long been a magnet for sailors, “The difference is you can go out kiteboarding kiteboarders.
canoeists, water-skiers and windsurfers. when there is less wind. You only need 10-12 knots
The World Tour, which runs from April to September
Its sheltered waters and stunning setting to get a kite up, so you can almost go anywhere,
each year, is an official world championship. Last
provide the perfect location for all aquatic any time.”
year, Emma was a consistent top 10 finisher and
enthusiasts. And for a complete beginner? aims to finish with an overall top 10 world ranking
Now another sport is swiftly muscling its way on to this year.
“You don’t need any previous experience on the
the scene – kiteboarding. water. I have taught 14-year-old kids to 50-year- “Along with wanting to do well in the competitions I
Though a relatively new addition to the adrenaline old adults – it’s all about technique. The appeal enter, I just want to enjoy my kiting and to promote
junkie’s roster, the sport is growing rapidly in is the learning curve is not as steep as it is for the sport,” she said. “I want to really push my
popularity. windsurfing. You can have fewer lessons and be boundaries and kite as many different beaches
a competent kiteboarder. Travelling is also a lot with all the new friends I have made.”
Lessons in the harbour are available all year round, easier as you only have a kite and your board, not
and it’s rare not to see kites dipping and weaving out loads of big equipment.” For those keen to have a go, contact:
at sea as you drive along Sandbanks nowadays.
Emma is also adamant Poole is one of the best Surface2Air Sports,
Instructor Emma York, who teaches in Parkstone, bases possible for any kiteboarder. 14 – 16 Station Road,
has watched the sport blossom. “Kiteboarding
“Poole Harbour is amazing,” she said. “There is Ashley Cross,
really is growing in this country now,” said Emma, 27.
somewhere to board whichever direction the wind Poole.
“It really is taking off and we are trying to encourage
is coming from – Sandbanks, Branksome or even www.s2as.com or Tel. 738448
more people into it. Like many people, I started as
a windsurfer. I was teaching windsurfing in Greece Knoll Beach at Studland. I don’t know many places or Poole Harbour Watersports
when I first had a go at it. It’s only been a sport for where that is possible.”
284 Sandbanks Road,
about a decade and at the start the kites were very And someone with Emma’s extensive experience Poole.
basic compared to what they are now.” should know. She has taught in Venezuela, South www.pooleharbour.co.uk or Tel. 700503
Africa and Australia, to name but a few locations.
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translated into many European and Asian languages. Free internet access is available in all Poole
libraries. If you need this in your own language Tel: 633293.