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BCP Council and Royal Bournemouth Hospital to work together on future travel options at Wessex Fields

BCP Council and Royal Bournemouth & Christchurch Hospitals (RBCH) will work together to draw up future solutions to tackle congestion in and around the hospital site.

Following yesterday’s (30 September) decision by BCP Council’s Cabinet to build part of the road from the A338 up to the Wessex Fields development site boundary line, councillors have pledged to work with the local community on any future plans for the site, including working with representatives from the NHS to develop new infrastructure and policies that prioritise sustainable travel to and from the hospital.

Currently earmarked for employment use, Wessex Fields is located near the A338 and Royal Bournemouth Hospital. Funding via the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership will see part of a road built from the A338 up to the Wessex Fields boundary line which will enable future jobs to be created in this area.

A public engagement event on the future use of Wessex Fields is planned for November 2019.

A partnership between BCP Council and the NHS will see both parties work together to explore future funding options which could include a controlled access road built that connects the A338 to the hospital site, as well as better cycling and public transport access.

Councillor Vikki Slade, Leader of BCP Council, said; “We are clear that Wessex Fields represents a good opportunity to create some valuable, high-quality and skilled jobs, whilst also supporting our Partners in the NHS in addressing congestion in the area.

“We have made it clear that as a Cabinet we want to see any future development plans place more emphasis on sustainable transport options and not just focus on increasing road-space for cars. We are conscious of the impact of transportation on the environment, air quality and reducing our carbon footprint wherever possible.

“It is vital that travel, transport and infrastructure developments support clean economic growth, help to improve health and wellbeing and make the area a better place to live, work and visit.

“We recognise the steps already taken by RBCH to encourage and enable sustainable travel to, from and between its various locations, and we are pleased it has plans to develop this even further.

“We are committed to working with the local NHS in delivering a high quality, integrated and low carbon transport system not just for the immediate future, but for generations to come.”

Debbie Fleming, Chief Executive, Royal Bournemouth & Christchurch Hospitals, said “We recognise patients, visitors and staff are keen for improved access to the hospital, and we believe that working with our Council partners we can reduce congestion in the area, in a way that supports health and the environment. There’s lots of work to do and we’re committed to doing this as a partnership with BCP Council.”

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New trio is a powerful boost for skills for life education

Three new recruits will help Dorset skills for life charity SafeWise roll out new programmes to wider audiences as it continues with ambitious development plans for its learning villages in Bournemouth and Weymouth.

Experienced teacher Sue Sharpe has been appointed as Programmes Manager, and is joined by Programme Development Officer Sarah Jane Woods and SafeWise Weymouth site supervisor Steve Dewland.

In addition to years clocked up in the classroom, Sue, from Wool, has worked in various education roles, including with English National Ballet and English Touring Opera, and brings a wide of range of skills and knowledge to the newly created role at SafeWise.

Sue said: “The first time I looked around the SafeWise learning villages I thought they were fantastic because the big thing is ‘doing’ not ‘talking’, so children and other visitors learn through hands on experience, and that cements the message in their minds.”

Programmes Development Officer Sarah Jane Woods, from Creekmoor, will work with Sue on developing new programmes including older people and young people leaving home for the first time. She will also work to integrate financial education into all scripts at an appropriate level.

Sarah Jane, who brings a host of contacts and project management skills after working for the NHS, local authorities and other organisations, said: “I’m passionate about life skills, and am looking forward to using all my knowledge and experience to forge forward and drive the new programmes to success.”

Sue and Sarah Jane will work across the charity’s centres, and are joined by Steve Dewland who is based at SafeWise Weymouth as Site Supervisor, who will help keep the centre up and running on a daily basis.

Portlander Steve has been site supervisor for large masonry companies across the country as well as for sand and gravel quarries, where he was responsible for large teams and projects.

Steve’s also been in demand across the UK to carry out big restoration and conservation jobs on historic buildings, including landmark buildings in central London.

Steve is already putting his skills to good use to develop recently introduced scenarios at SafeWise Weymouth, including a beach, campsite, park, electricity sub-station, double decker bus and railway.

Steve said: “I had retired and was looking for something to stop me getting bored that would make a difference.I saw the SafeWise job come up, which is a good cause and may help save a kiddie’s life one day, which is what it’s all about.”

The new developments mean that SafeWise now needs more volunteer visitor guides to help schools, groups and other visitors learn essential skills for life in its learning villages in Bournemouth and Weymouth. Call 01202 591330, email or go to to find out more.

Chief Executive Rob Hattersley said: “I would like to welcome Sarah Jane, Steve and Sue to SafeWise, and say a big thank you to our funders and sponsors that have made their recruitment possible, especially Wessex Water, Dorset Council, Postcode Lottery and Strategic Solutions.”

“It’s a great time to join SafeWise as we launch exciting new programmes, and continue with ambitious development plans at our learning villages in Bournemouth and Weymouth.

“We are recruiting right now for volunteer visitor guides so get in touch if you fancy getting involved with SafeWise being on board for the next exciting stage of our journey.”

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Best Drinks Product Award

Mapperton Estate’s Montague Cuvée sparkling wine wins Saffery Champness sponsored ‘Best Drinks Product’ Award Category at the Dorset Magazine Food, Drink & Farming Awards

Mapperton Estate’s Montague Cuvée sparking wine was announced as the winner of the Saffery Champness sponsored ‘Best Drinks Product’ Category at this week’s Dorset Magazine Food, Drink & Farming Awards.  The prestigious awards took place at The Italian villa at Compton Acres in Poole. Other business shortlisted as finalists in the popular award category were BH1 Gin and The Dorset Ginger Company.

Saffery Partner Roger Wareham advised, “We are incredibly proud to have sponsored these awards and in particular this category as it’s a sector that we have a particular specialism in.  Dorset has become a recognised hub for its food and drink entrepreneurs to launch their exciting new ventures.  Competition in the ‘best drinks’ category has been very stiff but we were delighted to present this award to Mapperton Estates.”

Lou Lou Brown, Café & Venue Manager at Mapperton Estates enthused, “We are thrilled to accept this prize on behalf of the Earl and Countess of Sandwich.  We are delighted to have received this recognition and are feeling extremely proud!”

About Saffery Champness LLP

Saffery Champness LLP is the 12th largest firm of chartered accountants in the UK (by fee income), providing specialist advice to a wide range of individuals, businesses and not-for-profit organisations. The firm does not try to be all things to all people. Instead, its focus is very much on seven core areas of business, where it has built significant expertise and can really bring value to clients’ affairs: private wealth; entrepreneurs; land and estates; not-for-profit; sports and entertainment; international; professional and consultancy businesses.

For over 160 years, the firm’s success has been founded upon providing clients with a genuinely partner-led service, and working with them to create bespoke solutions that help them to achieve their personal and business objectives.

Saffery Champness has 82 partners and partner equivalents and over 700 staff across nine UK offices, plus Dubai, Guernsey, Geneva and Zurich. The firm is also a member of Nexia International, a leading, global network of almost 250 independent accounting and consulting firms, spanning 115 countries.

Visit for more information or see Twitter: @Safferys.

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Destination Awards seek digital businesses ‘making waves’

Digital businesses are amongst those being urged to ‘seas’ the day and enter BCP’s new Destination Awards before the closing date of October 6.

The Destination Awards – launched in July – recognise businesses striving to make Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch a great place to visit and live and work.

Fifteen select, yet diverse categories include the Digital Transformation Award, the Responsible, Ethical & Sustainable Tourism Award and the International or Inbound Tourism Award.

Further categories recognise businesses excelling in the areas of Tourism, Hospitality, Events, Retail and Transport.

Chris Palmer is a Destination Awards judge and as owner of AnyTech Solutions in Poole, is passionate about celebrating the area’s flourishing digital community.

He said: “I’m proud to be part of the fastest growing digital community outside of London and I feel extremely privileged to be part of awards which will recognise the huge contribution they are making to the area.”

The Destination Awards have been created by the Destination Management Board – which replaced the former Bournemouth and Poole Tourism Board on April 1 this year.

Chair of the Board David Bailey said: “As the name suggests the Destination Awards will commend the huge range of businesses which are working hard to make the new BCP conurbation a fabulous destination for everyone, whether they are visiting or holidaying here, work here, or are proud to call it home.

“We want to hear from digital businesses, regardless of their size. We also want to reach out to those businesses which attract a wealth of foreign visitors to the area each year, and those which are striving tirelessly to make their businesses more sustainable.”

He continued: “Entering the awards is very straightforward, and all finalists, not just the winners, will benefit from detailed feedback to help them take their business to the next level.”

Following a comprehensive judging process including ‘mystery shoppers’, the Destination Award winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony at the Bournemouth International Centre in March 2020, from five finalists in each category.

The awards are being organised and delivered by dbox events.
Headline sponsor Yellow Buses has pledged its support to the awards for three years. The other sponsors for 2020 include Expectations Travel, The International Education Forum, Cameo Nightclub and the Marsham Court Hotel.

The 15 award categories are:

· Events & Cultural Award

· Attraction of the Year

· Large Hotel of the Year

· Small or Boutique Hotel of the Year

· Unserviced Accommodation of the Year

· Café or Tearoom of the Year

· Restaurant or Bistro of the Year

· Retail Innovation Award

· Getting About Award

· Business Tourism Award

· Responsible, Ethical & Sustainable Tourism Award

· International or Inbound Tourism Award

· Digital Transformation Award

· Industry Support Award

· Night-time Experience Award

Entries are open until October 6.

For information on how to enter visit:

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VROOM WITH A VIEW: Buster Bear enjoys the top deck on one of Yellow Buses’ iconic open toppers.

Yellows’ open top passengers set to top 100,000

More than 100,000 people are likely to have caught one of Yellow Buses’ iconic open top vehicles by the time the operating season ends.

Yellow Buses recorded more than 84,000 passenger journeys on Buster’s Beach Bus between Easter, when the service started, by the end of August.

And with the service continuing to run between Boscombe and Sandbanks – now on a shoulder season hourly timetable – until the end of September, it is expected that the six-figure total will be smashed.

The Bournemouth-based company introduced the open top service, named after the Yellows’ popular mascot, after repeated requests from passengers. It gives great views of coastal scenes and serves many of the resort’s cliff-top hotels.

Buster’s Beach Bus was new for summer 2019, but incorporated a section of route between Bournemouth and Alum Chine which already operated with open top buses.

During the first six weeks of the operation the open-toppers had already carried 24,000 passengers, the vast majority of them holidaymakers, and the success story continued throughout the summer.

David Squire, Managing Director of Yellow Buses said: “For a newly introduced service the number of customers that we have carried has been amazing. We are really pleased with the success of the open-toppers and they will definitely be back for 2020.”

David, who recently led a management buyout of the company from its French owners, added: “We will be investing in our open top fleet for the summer of 2020 by buying some newly converted vehicles to be branded in our iconic Yellow Bus livery featuring, of course, Buster Bear.”

The extended route with kick off again in time for the Easter school holidays on April 5, 2020.

Timetables for the rest of the 2019 operating season can be found online at

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Innovative Bournemouth hotel has recycling ‘in the bag’

Bournemouth’s Marsham Court Hotel has increased its monthly recycling by three tonnes on last year, thanks to the introduction of a simple jute bag.

The family-run hotel in Russell Cotes Road installed a reusable recycling bag in all of its 95 guest rooms in June after observing a growing number of guests dropping their recycling into collection bins in reception.

Marsham Court MD Rosie Radwell said: “As a business we have been working hard to get the amount of waste we send to landfill to a minimum and our guests have shown us that they are also keen to do their bit.”

“When we introduced recycling bins in our reception area last year we found people were actively bringing their recycling to us. So we added additional recycling bins to all floors. We have now taken this to another level by producing a jute recycling sack for each room which enables us to collect cardboard, paper and plastic on a daily basis. We recycled 86.08 per cent (nine tonnes) of our waste in July 2019, compared to 73 per cent (six tonnes) in the same period last year and we hope this figure will continue to grow.”

The average UK hotel guest generates about 1kg (2lb) of waste per night, more than half of it in paper, plastic and cardboard.

Marsham Court guests simply hang their recycling bags on their doors each morning for collection. They are also provided with the hotel’s recycling statistics by Bournemouth-based Waste Management Facilities, in a monthly e-shot.

Environmentally damaging soap waste is also being expunged by the Marsham Court thanks to a partnership with ethical brand CLARITY & Co. As an alternative to miniature plastic bottles the hotel provides refillable dispensers of CLARITY & Co’s Juniper & Seaweed shampoo & bodywash, which is produced by blind and disadvantaged workers, in all its guest bedrooms.

CLARITY & Co’s unwrapped naked soap bars have also recently been introduced, along with stickers explaining how the enterprise is tackling disability under-employment in the UK.
Rosie continued: “Tiny shampoo bottles might seem luxurious, but according to, a shocking 200 million soap and shower gel miniatures are dumped from UK hotels into landfill each year.

“All our guests are offered the chance to use the CLARITY products in return for a £1 charge on their bill, which is reinvested straight back into the charity. The Marsham Court is incredibly proud to be the first three-star hotel in the country to use these Clarity & Co products and we hope other hospitality providers will now follow suit.”

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Village Hotel Club’s boost for Cherries youngsters

AFC Bournemouth is partnering with the Village Hotel for a sixth year in succession.

The Village Hotel will continue its partnership with the Cherries as regional supporters for season 2019/20.

The Village Hotel, located off Castle Lane East, supports AFC Bournemouth’s under-21 squad by providing the team access to the leisure facilities, helping with recovery sessions as well as personal development.

The Village will also continue to sponsor the coaching kit of AFC Bournemouth under-21s manager Shaun Cooper.

Facilities at the Village include a state-of-the-art gym, spin studio, spa, 25-metre swimming pool, meeting and events facilities and free parking.

AFC Bournemouth partnerships manager Amy Marks said: “The Village Hotel in Bournemouth has stunning facilities and provides a brilliant venue for our young players to stay match fit.

“We are delighted to have signed them up for a sixth consecutive year and look forward to an ongoing and fruitful relationship.”

Amy Spreadbury, director of sales at Village Hotels, said: “We are so pleased to be continuing our partnership with AFC Bournemouth which sees the Premier League club’s players utilise our gym, spa and pool.

“Seeing the Cherries youngsters about the place is an inspiration to so many people to stay fit and active – and this perfect link between two regional sporting market leaders keeps that message at the forefront of our minds.”

The Village Hotel is also continuing as an executive partner of AFC Business for a third season running and will be regularly attending corporate and club events.

AFC Business, the free-to-join business club with 1,800 members, is the engine for all the club’s commercial activities.

It was launched in 2009 and gives members exclusive offers at AFC Bournemouth, access to events and is a great chance to meet local businesses. 

The monthly events – consisting of breakfasts, evening occasions and director level events – are well established and regularly sell out in advance.

For further information about the business club, email or call 0344 576 1910

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Cherries sign Goadsby for sixth year

Cherries sign Goadsby for sixth year

Leading property consultancy Goadsby has signed for AFC Bournemouth for a sixth consecutive year. 

The independent firm of estate agents, surveyors and valuers will remain as Official Partners of AFCB’s Community Sports Trust for the 2019/20 season.

Goadsby, which celebrated its diamond anniversary last year, will continue to sponsor the Trust’s schools project Citizenship & Respect.

The project uses young people’s love of football to encourage good behaviour at school, at home, in sport and within the community.

The project is split into two 30-minute sessions for youngsters – an interactive class lesson followed by a practical session, allowing them to discuss and share ideas about the importance of respect.

Paul Stewart, managing director of Goadsby (Commercial), said: “As a long established business working right across this beautiful part of the world, we felt we wanted to continue supporting this important project and give something back to our community.

“We didn’t have a moment’s hesitation about signing up again to sponsor the Cherries’ Citizenship & Respect campaign, which does so much superb work with young people and positively enriches their minds as they take their first steps into adulthood.”

AFC Bournemouth partnerships manager, Amy Marks, said: “We are delighted to once again partner with Goadsby. Our long relationship has seen the firm commit to so much good work with young people in the region.

“The Citizenship & Respect project continues to expand and has proved be a huge hit with local schools over many academic years, thanks greatly to the support of Goadsby.”

Goadsby has been providing professional services across residential and commercial property markets since 1958 and has grown to become one of the leading independent estate agents in central Southern England and the largest covering Dorset, Hampshire and South Wiltshire.

Goadsby is one of the UK’s top ranked property providers and with 23 residential sales offices, 15 letting departments and three commercial offices.

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