Author Archives: Leigh Hatts
A rare portrait of Florence Gibson who was brought up at Shelley Park by Sir Percy and Lady Shelley is to be auctioned at Bonham’s in London. It may have been painted at the house with the Boscombe sea view … Continue reading
Sandbanks Ferry will cease operating for its annual refit on Tuesday 4 November. This is a day later than announced. Monday’s weather will not now be good enough for the vessel to be towed to Southampton.
Sandbanks Ferry will be out of action for most of November for its annual refit. The ferry will run during the weekend 1-2 November but from Monday 3 November there will be no service. Closure could last for six weeks. During … Continue reading
The Planning Inspectorate held its main hearing for the Navitus Bay wind farm proposal at the BIC in Bournemouth yesterday (14 Oct). Most of those giving evidence were opposed to the scheme which would place the world’s largest wind farm … Continue reading
Hordle Church was moved inland in 1829 ago but it seems that its graveyard containing the bodies of shipwrecked sailors may be reopened for new burials. This is because the All Saints graveyard in Hordle village is now full and may … Continue reading
It is interesting to see which which pubs along the coast have made it into CAMRA’S Good Beer Guide 2015. At Swanage it is The Ship Inn, just back from the little seafront piazza with its fish shops. No more … Continue reading
Purbeck House Hotel in Swanage has an advertisment in the Ramblers’ Walk magazine. Walkers are welcome. The hotel was built as the home of George Burt who worked with his uncle John Mowlem on many London buildings. Burt’s garden is littered … Continue reading
The Royal Marines have abseiled down Bournemouth’s Highcliff Hotel on the first day of the Bournemouth Air Festival. Anyone on thew coast path between Old Harry Rocks and Hengistbury Head should have some interesting views between Thursday 28 and Sunday 31 August. … Continue reading
This Sunday 24 August, St Bartholomew’s Day, sees the annual Festival Service & Picnic at the Old Churchyard adjacent to Hordle Manor Farm. The start time is 5pm with the service following at 6pm. Visitors are invited to bring a picnic … Continue reading
Sandbanks Ferry is operating normally today following the chain break earlier this week.