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Going Gold – Trethowans sponsor The Mayor of Poole’s Maritime Ball

Trethowans, a leading law firm in the South of England with an office in Poole, are confirmed as the Gold Sponsor of The Mayor of Poole’s Maritime Ball and sponsors of the Champagne Reception and arrival drinks.

The Mayor of Poole’s Maritime Ball takes place at the Lighthouse on 13th May as part of the UKs Maritime Festival and is a special fundraising event dedicated to raising money for three of the Mayor’s charities, namely Lewis-Manning Hospice, Chestnut Nursery and Waggy Tails Rescue.

The event is set to be a prestigious night of glitz and glamour. On arrival, guests will enjoy a glass of champagne courtesy of Trethowans followed by a delicious 3-course dinner after which the evening will continue with an unforgettable night of entertainment. There will be plenty of opportunities to win prizes and donate to these three local charities.

Mark Daniels, who heads the Poole office of Trethowans said, “We are proud to be the Gold and Champagne Sponsors of such a prestigious local event. When we heard about the Maritime Ball and the charities involved, we wanted to support the opportunity. Our staff have even voted Chestnut Nursery as our Poole office charity for 2017/18. We are all very much looking forward to playing our part on the 13th May and supporting the local community.”

Cllr Xena Dion, Mayor of Poole proudly says, “I am delighted to welcome Trethowans as the Gold Sponsor. They have long standing local connections and having their support at the Maritime Ball is a big bonus for us all.

The event promises to be spectacular, we have already generated a huge amount of support and interest from the local business and private sector and there is still a chance to purchase tickets from  priced at £750 for a table of 10.”

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Colourful launch for Yellow Buses’ new network

It’s all change this weekend as Yellow Buses rolls out its colourful new network.  Leader of Bournemouth Council, Cllr John Beesley, and Bournemouth Borough Council’s Executive Director for Environment and Economy, Bill Cotton, visited the bus company’s Yeomans Way depot in readiness for the launch on Sunday (January 15).

Yellow Buses has introduced eight colour coded lines through Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch and will be serving Ringwood for the first time in its history.  The new lines – Bourne, Priory, Uni, Royal, Village, Coast, Dolphin and Heath – reflect the company’s strong local connectivity and sense of community.

The new routes operating on each line with be denoted by the first letter of the name – e.g ‘R’ (for Royal) followed by the service number such as 1, 2, 3 or 4.  All of the current 22 service numbers have changed with the exception of four routes which are subsidised by Bournemouth Borough Council and the Borough of Poole.  The new network will focus on key hubs, including the Royal Bournemouth Hospital and Bournemouth University, while offering new off-peak connections to destinations such as Mudeford, Verwood and Ringwood.

To make it easier for passengers the new route map resembles the iconic London Underground map.  The new network is designed to reflect the changing life and work patterns of its passengers as well as simplifying the routes and addressing congestion.  Extra early morning and late night services have been introduced on some routes to help shift workers at locations such as Bournemouth town centre, Poole town centre and the Royal Bournemouth Hospital.  Journey times have also being revised on several routes in order to improve punctuality and reliability, while bus frequencies and timings are being simplified to help customers.

Andrew Smith, Managing Director, said: “We have spent a long time speaking with passengers and analysing data in order to make the changes work for everyone.  Yellow Buses in one form or another has proudly served Bournemouth and the surrounding area for 114 years, but the needs and requirements of our passengers are constantly changing.  Our new network highlights that unique local bond with the introduction of an even more customer orientated service using route names which reflect the area served.  It’s a network designed for the needs of our customers in 2017 and we believe it will prove very popular.”

Cllr John Beesley, leader of Bournemouth Council and formerly a non-executive director of Yellow Buses, said: “The new network and colour-coded system will make it easier and more convenient for passengers. And the map is instantly recognisable because it’s based on that of the London Underground so it will help visitors and tourists.”


Full details of the new network can be found on Yellow Buses’ website at

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MAYOR’S WALK OF FIRE – An Alternative Burns Night


Will you bite the bullet, overcome your fears, channel your inner ‘adrenaline junkie’ and walk 20 feet over 670C degree coals? On 27th January 2017 the Mayor of Bournemouth will be hosting a charity Fire Walk raising funds for four local Charities.  It will be a chance to have one of the most thrilling and exciting evenings of your life! The Mayor himself will also be taking the plunge and participating in crossing the trail of fire.

The bold and brave Fire Walkers will have two hours of ‘learn or burn training’ (don’t worry it’s just a name!) which will give them all the skills they need to complete the challenge. When the dare devils are all fired up and ready to go, the walk will be held at 6:30pm The Cumberland Hotel, Bournemouth.

You will fight fire with fire and come away with a tremendous sense of achievement, and a positivity that you can apply to all aspects of life. During this training time supporters can have supper, listen to live music and be ready to cheer you on. All Fire Walkers will receive a Certificate of Achievement on completion of their walk. Sponsors of this exhilarating event include Bournemouth Vision Centre of Southbourne, Wilton Funeral Services and Just Shutters.

Said Mayor of Bournemouth Cllr Eddie Coope, “Come and join me – as individuals or as a Corporate Team – for a night of adventure!  Meet new friends and help raise money for four local Charities.”

The minimum age is 14 years but there is no upper age limit so the whole family can participate. Register now on or call the Mayor’s PA on 01202-451117 or e-mail: The non-refundable Registration Fee is £30 per person and payment is required at time of registration.

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Mayor of Bournemouth to bring new vibrancy to his Charity Ball

The Mayor of Bournemouth, Councillor Edward Coope, will be hosting his Legends themed Charity Ball at the Pavilion Ballroom on Saturday, 8 April 2017 to not only raise money for his chosen charities, but also to have a fabulous night out with good food and amazing entertainment.

The Worshipful The Mayor of Bournemouth says: 

“This year, I have decided to give the Mayor’s Charity Ball a new edge and vibrancy and to this effect I have been working with my Event Manager for the Ball – Tim Seward.  On a day-to-day basis, Tim manages the Cliff House Hotel in Southbourne, Bournemouth and alongside this role he holds many voluntary positions.  Earlier this year, Tim event-managed the Bournemouth Chamber of Trade and Commerce’s 100th Anniversary celebrations and is currently organising a sell-out Christmas Ball for the Chamber along with other events.  He will certainly make my Charity Ball one to remember.”

Both local and national entertainment will play a key feature at the Ball, and confirmed acts include –

  • Khronos Agoria, the all boys’ dance company – as featured on Britain’s Got Talent 2016.
  • Helen Jenkins, professional vocalist – Dorset Venus Award winner
  • Stagewise Theatre School
  • First Position School of Dance
  • From the X Factor 2016, the talented singer – James Hughes.

Tim Seward said:

“I am delighted to have been asked to give the Mayor of Bournemouth’s Charity Ball a fresh new approach and can guarantee a fun-packed non-stop evening of amazing entertainment, all put together by working alongside Andy Brennan from                                  OCD Productions.”


During the evening there will be a raffle and auction raising funds for the Mayor’s four Charities:

  • The Stable Family Home Trust
  • The Bournemouth Hospital Charity – for Men’s Health and Cancer Treatment
  • The Bournemouth Parks Foundation
  • The St John & Red Cross Defence Medical Welfare Service.


If you would like to know more details in regards to sponsoring this event or advertising  in the event Programme, or would like to reserve tickets at £45pp, please contact Hazel Randall – Mayors PA or by calling 01202 451117.

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