Sandbanks Ferry operating

Sandbanks Ferry is operating normally today following the chain break earlier this week.

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Sandbanks Ferry out of action

Sandbanks Ferry appears to have a broken chain and is not running today.

The Daily Echo has an unpdate.

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Southbourne’s Bistro on the Beach in top ten

Britain’s 20 best beach restaurants in The Times today includes Bistro on the Beach at Southbourne.

“Former Claridge’s head chef Mario Lesnik is serving up dishes worthy of his alma mater on the prom in Bournemouth at this smart but casual diner,” says the paper.

“On the menu are the likes of duck liver pâté and pork tenderloin with New Forest mushroom cream sauce — or you can just pop in for a bacon and brie panini, or grab an ice cream from the kiosk.”

It’s a good stopping place when finishing the walk along Bournemouth’s Poole Bay and before crossing Hengistbury Head to the Christchurch Coastal Path section.

Also featured is the just opened Pig on the Beach at Studland. It’s not on the beach because this is the former Manor House Hotel on the cliff and once known for its teas.

Now it is now more a long lunch and dinner place. A double bed for one night in the winter will be £119 excluding breakfast.

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‘Most people’ against Navitus wind farm

Formal registered opinions on the proposed Navitus wind farm off the Bournemouth coast indicate that the majority is opposed.

Dorset green groups including Dorset Friends of the Earth are in favour of the scheme but many others are concerned about the loss of the unspoilt sea view. Benjamin Disraeli and Henry James are just two early visitors who were deeply impressed by the view of the bay from Bournemouth.

My representation has been registered with with more than 2,000 others from councils, organisations and members of the public:

As the person who devised the original Bournemouth Coast Path and the author of Exploring the Bournemouth Coast Path guide book I consider that the wind farm would deter visitors by spoiling an outstanding bay view.

“This view has been lauded by many for around 200 years.

“The unspoilt ‘Naples Bay’ view is vital to maintaining home tourism and so reducing the numbers using aircraft which cause serious pollution. “To have the wind farm in the proposed location is not ‘eco’.”

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Hengistbury Head rescue

A man has been airlifted from the beach to hospital after being found at the bottom of the Hengistbury Head cliff.

The circumstances are uncertain but it serves as a reminder to walkers to always stay on the path however interesting the view below.




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Swanage Promenade closed

Swanage promenade was closed today Thursday 3 July following the discovery of possible grenades on a building site.

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Hengistbury Head centre is Heritage Project of the Year

The builders responsible for converting the early 19th-century barn into the Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre have won an award for the project.

Herbert H Drew & Son Ltd of New Milton has been awarded Heritage Project of the Year by the National Federation of Builders.

The award was announced during a lunch at the Connaught Rooms in London by TV consumer affairs specialist Dominic Littlewood.

“Being shortlisted in an awards scheme such as this is testament to the hard work and commitment you demonstrate every day, well done,” he told the guests.

“Congratulations to all the winners. It’s nice to be presenting awards to the builders and associate companies who’ve done the job right.”

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Gordon Selfridge exhibition at Highcliffe Castle

As we approach the First World War anniversary Highcliffe Castle is staging an  exhibition reminding us that Gordon Selfridge escaped the fear of Zeppelins by moving his family to the Castle.

Soon his wife Rosalie established an emergency convalescent camp for US soldiers on Highcliffe Recreation Ground.

The Evening Echo has a report on the exhibition mounted by historian Ian Stevenson.

Selfridge, Shopping King of Highcliffe Castle is open daily until Sunday 7 September; admission £3.35.

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Two go under Sandbanks Ferry

On Friday evening a small boat collided with Sandbanks Ferry with one of the two crew being swept under the chain ferry vessel.

The small inflatable dinghy suffered an engine failure whilst in the path of the ferry.

The person who was thrown into the water to be swept under the ferry surfaced on the other side. Two Poole lifeboats were quickly on the scene.

The Bournemouth Daily Echo has an updated report.


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UNESCO opposes Bournemouth wind farm

UNESCO is opposing the plan for a wind farm off the Bournemouth coast.

UNESCO’s scientific arm, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), says: “Any potential impacts from the Project on this natural property are in contradiction to the overarching principle of the World Heritage Convention as stipulated in its Article 4, as the completion of the Project would result in the property being presented and transmitted to future generations in a form that is significantly different from what was there at the time of inscription and until today.

“Specifically, the property will change from being located in a natural setting that is largely free from man-made structures to one where its setting is dominated by man-made structures.”

IUCN adds: “The Project will have a significant impact on the natural setting of the property, in that it would adversely impact on important views from the property, including views from the main visitor centre at Durlston Castle towards the Isle of Wight, where the Project would replace the Isle of Wight as the dominant feature on the horizon.

“This is likely to significantly impact on visitors’ experience and appreciation of the property in its wider natural setting, which could in turn compromise the long term sustainability of the management of the property, through a loss of revenue and reduced opportunities to present the property in its natural setting to a wide audience.“

Challenge Navitus, which campaigns against the wind farm, points out that France has protected the views around Mont St Michel and is asking the British Government to protect the Bournemouth and Purbeck coastal views.

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