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New BH Coastal Lottery

BH Coastal Lottery

Bournemouth charities and voluntary organisations can now sign up to a new BH Coastal Lottery, which encourages people to support local good causes. Lottery tickets will be available to buy online from 29 January, with the chance to win prizes of up to £25,000 for just £1 per week. A percentage of ticket sales will go towards local good causes.

If you are a Bournemouth voluntary organisation or charity  and are interested in becoming one of our good causes please email

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Winter Gardens plan approved

Bournemouth Winter Gardens

Plans by Bournemouth Development Company LLP for the iconic Winter Gardens site have now been approved. This £150 million scheme is one of the biggest that Bournemouth has ever seen.

It will create more than 350 new homes, nearly 600 car parking spaces, high-quality restaurants along Exeter Road, a new food store, a dedicated family area with a new piazza, and a widened landscaped pedestrian area along Exeter Road.

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A338 reopens on Saturday

A338 reopens

All four lanes on the A338/Blackwater Junction will be reopened on Saturday 8 December, in time for the Christmas period. The road will be closed southbound Thursday and Friday night between 8pm and 6am, to remove the lane closure. All lanes will then be open from 6am on Saturday 8 December.

Work will still continue on the drainage and widening the embankment southbound up until Friday 21 December, without impacting on traffic.

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Minimise Waste – Maximise Profit

The SWWMG was set up as a self help group in December 1996 in order to develop and promote the use of best practical techniques for the profitable and economic minimisation of all wastes arising from South Wessex businesses, to secure environmental and financial benefits.

The group aims to:

  • promote the efficient use of resources
  • demonstrate the benefits of waste minimisation through the exchange of information and experiences
  • to help businesses achieve reductions in waste arisings and costs through the use of waste minimisation techniques
  • to grow and expand the group to assist all organisations.

The group provides updates on relevant legislation and raises awareness of other sources of help and information.

Many of the businesses involved in the group have made substantial savings through implementing waste reduction strategies.

The group now has a membership of some 300 organisations including service, manufacturing industry and local authorities. Membership is also FREE.

The group meets three times a year, once in Wimborne and twice in Blandford. Meetings usually attract around 40 delegates and agendas cover a wide range of topics. Meetings are organised through a steering group and the Environment Agency offer the secretariat function and also updates the group’s website ( Legislation updates are also provided at each meeting to ensure businesses are informed of changes in legislation and what is on the horizon.

New technologies have been discussed including thermodynamic cracking used for converting car tyres into energy through to the upcycling of lifejackets into arts and crafts items.

Topical issues such as fracking (the process of obtaining shale gas by pumping water at high pressure into shale formations to create fractures to release the gases) have been discussed through to Fire Prevention Plans.

The next SWWMG meeting is due to be held on Tuesday 11th December 2018 from 10am until 1pm at The Crown Hotel in Blandford.  If you are interested in joining the group then please contact for further details.  The agenda for the upcoming meeting can be found here –

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Winners! Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence

Air Ambulance awards

310 guests celebrated the best and brightest from the air ambulance community on Monday 12th November at the national Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence 2018.

Awards hosts Richard Madeley and Angellica Bell handed out 12 Awards to outstanding individuals and teams, whose stories were inspirational, astounding and humbling. The awards, which are independently judged, went to pilots, paramedics, doctors, fundraisers and volunteers who collected their trophies at a ceremony held on the night. Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance were shortlisted as finalists in two categories; Air Ambulance Paramedic of the Year and the Air Ambulance Special Incident Award.

Air Ambulance Paramedic of the Year – Critical Care Practitioner, Mark Williams

Mark has worked with the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust for 19 years and has been with Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance for nine years. Over the past year, whilst working full time, Mark has successfully completed an MSc in Pre- hospital Critical Care.  He was also accepted and trained as a Pre-hospital Examiner with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and he examined within the Diploma of Immediate Medical Care exam in July 2018.

Mark is not only an outstanding practitioner,but also an incredible ambassador for the Charity. He volunteers his time, attends numerous outreach days and has taken part in the Charity’s 54 mile Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge for the past two years.

Mark’s commitment to patient care, calmness under pressure and extra-ordinary scene management was exemplified earlier this year whilst off duty. Travelling home from a family trip to the coast, he and his wife (also a paramedic with the South Western Ambulance Service) came across a serious road traffic incident; the result being five critically injured patients.

This number of patients is challenging for any clinician, let alone those who are off duty and with no medical equipment to hand. Mark took control of the situation and together the pair made an exceptional team; treating the seriously injured and enlisting help from members of the public both before and after the Emergency Services arrived.

Air Ambulance Special Incident Award – This incident involved a team from Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance being tasked to reports of a female trapped underneath a carnival float in Chard. The incident demonstrated the remarkable power of teamwork, meticulous planning, training and experience between all inter-agency services present. It was a true example of a patient having an intact ‘Chain of Survival’, from the initial first aid provided, to their post hospital rehabilitation.

During the Awards, an enthusiastic audience listened to every remarkable story of the shortlisted nominees, all of whom demonstrated excellence and commitment well above and beyond the call of duty. The Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance team just missed out on winning the Special Incident Award, however they were overwhelmingly delighted and proud when Mark Williams was announced as Air Ambulance Paramedic of the Year.

Bill Sivewright, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Chief Executive Officer said: “Mark’s contribution to improving care for critically ill and injured patients is substantial and we are thrilled that this has been recognised at a national level.He is a role model for compassionate paramedic practice and is greatly respected within the region. The professional and capable care that he demonstrated on a day where he was off duty, is a wonderful example of the outstanding effect he has on the people around him. The personal confidence and trust that he placed in others is likely to have far-reaching effects, as those involved are far more likely to offer immediate aid in the future because of the faith that he showed in them. Therefore, Mark’s instinctive actions could potentially benefit patients that we never hear of and that is quite a legacy.”

Speaking of his achievement, Mark said: “I feel absolutely privileged to receive this award. It was amazing to be nominated and I didn’t think for one minute that I would win, as there were so many other worthy nominations. To be with my wife and air ambulancecolleagues on the evening made it evermore special. I am completed overwhelmed; it was very emotional and a very proud moment indeed.”

“I am honoured to be part of Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance. We all do amazing things on a day-to-day basis,but to be recognised in this way is very humbling. I feel very proud and privileged not only for me and my family, but for the Charity as well.”

Further details about the Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence, together with a full list of all the winners can be found at

More information about the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance can be found by visiting: or by calling: 01823 669604.

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RockReef and Pier Zip on Bournemouth Pier win Gold and Silver at the Dorset Tourism Awards

RockReef & Pier Zip win at Dorset Tourism Awards
The team at RockReef and the PierZip on Bournemouth Pier are in jubilant mood after winning some fantastic accolades at the Dorset Tourism Awards which took place at The  Lighthouse in Poole on 8th November.
A record 72 trophies were presented to tourism businesses from across Dorset at the 2018 Dorset Tourism Awards dinner with guest speaker, impressionist Debra Stephenson. Now in its sixth year, the Awards broke all records in celebrating the best of Dorset tourism and also as the route for Dorset businesses to win in the South West. Bournemouth Pier Marketing Manager, Sarah Hunter advised, “We were thrilled to win Gold in Large Attraction of the year and Silver in Active & Sporting experience at the Dorset Tourism Awards. The team here at RockReef & PierZip work extremely hard to ensure all our visitors have a fun & memorable experience and leave with smiles on their faces so I am delighted that all their hard work has been recognised. We are really looking forward to representing Dorset in the South West Tourism Awards and making sure that our reputation extends even further!”
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Phase Two A338 works


The second phase of the A338 improvement works has begun. Over the next couple of month and at any one time there are six groups of workers on site.

This week lane two southbound and lane two northbound will be closed from 8pm to 6am on Thursday 22 and Friday 23 November.

For the latest A338 travel updates, please visit the Bournemouth BIG Scheme blog.

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New Bournemouth Chamber CSR website now live

Bournemouth Chambers new CSR website

We are delighted to announce that the team at e-nexus has just launched the Bournemouth Chamber of Trade & Commerce’s (BCTC) new CSR website which can be found at

The Bournemouth Chamber of Trade & Commerce scheme has developed the CSR accreditation scheme to enable more businesses to be corporately socially responsible by:

Supporting charities by increasing donations to charities, increase staff volunteering and increase payroll giving.

Supporting employees by encouraging employers to support staff with flexible working, home working, stress management, gender and disability equality.

Supporting local businesses by encouraging businesses to buy from local and UK based businesses to create sustainable business communities and economic stability.

Richard Milton from e-nexus said: “We are delighted that the first stage of this exciting project has been delivered. We look forward to continuing to work with the Bournemouth Chamber on this exciting new initiative .”

Founded in 2016, e-nexus is a Bournemouth based Marketing Consultancy that specialises in Strategic Marketing Planning & Performance Measurement. Headed up by Founder and Managing Director Richard Milton, e-nexus have a wealth of national and international experience supporting business owners, managers and marketers to deliver effective marketing for their organisations.

Further information can be found at

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Fire Radio duo see double on visit to Yellow Buses

Fire Radio presenters Maxine Knight and Jason Webster saw double when they visited Yellow Buses in Bournemouth.

The popular duo, known to thousands for hosting breakfast show ‘Fire Breakfast with Max and Jason’, came face-to-face with their larger than life images.

Yellow Buses has taken the unusual step of ‘wrapping’ one of its iconic yellow double deckers in Fire Radio’s orange together with pictures of Max and Jason.

The initiative is part of a new partnership between the radio station and Yellow Buses.

Max said: “It’s brilliant to see myself on Fire’s very own Yellow Bus although I’m getting lots of jokes about looking like the back of a bus. That’s because I am!”

Jason added: “Yellow Buses operate right across Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch so it’s a great way of telling people about Fire Radio. Feel free to tweet us @fireradio when you’re travelling on our bus.”

David Squire, Yellow Buses’ Managing Director, said: “Fire Radio’s winning mix of the most hit music is particularly popular among students and young people, a key demographic for us.

“We look forward to forging even closer ties with Fire Radio over the coming year as our partnership develops.”

Fire Radio plays the most hit music for Bournemouth and Poole.

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