Thursday, 30 October 2014

£10,000 in memory of Angie

A TRIBUTE fund set up in memory of a much-missed mum struck down by cancer has raised in excess of £10,000 for Forest Holme Hospice Charity. 


Angie Simms, a popular district nurse from Corfe Mullen, sadly died aged just 55, following a five year battle with ovarian cancer.
Angie, who has three children and four grandchildren was a keen netball player and enjoyed ‘hashing’ - a form of non-competitive cross-country running with Wessex Hash House Harriers.
She was a much loved wife, mum, ‘nangie’ and friend and was known for her wicked sense of humour, beautiful smile and love of adventure.
Angie’s daughter Emma said, “She never let the cancer get her down and even went on eight mile ‘hash’ runs following an afternoon of chemotherapy. She was an inspiration to us all.”
Angie’s niece Hayley added; “Angie was still nursing and treating patients herself whilst suffering from cancer, she was a real life superwoman.”
Following Angie’s death on 24 February 2014, Angie’s friends and family have been busy organising an array of fundraising events in support of Forest Holme Hospice, which cared for Angie during her final days. The most recent event organised by Angie’s husband, Martin, was a 100km social bike ride over the Jurassic Coast known as a ‘Bash’.
Martin said; “Her family, friends and fellow hashers followed a trail that had been laid by volunteers, cycling up and down hills through the picturesque Dorset countryside.
I’d like to say a big thank you to all those who faced the challenge, and had fun, whilst raising money for such a worthy cause.”
To date, Angie’s friends and family have raised a total of £10,754 in her name. To donate in memory of Angie please visit;

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Review - Copocabana at Bournemouth Pavilion


Review of Copocabana opening night.

The first night of the show Copocabana- a colourful production full of song and dance although the storyline could have been better. Jon Lee is a good lead with a great voice and Richard Grieve is great as nightclub owner Sam Silver but the show does lack stage design, scenery change and definitely a lack of “well known” Barry Manilow songs. The song Copocabana is not sung until the finale.
The lack of stage design, backdrops and the constant moving around of two sets of steps spoils what could be an exciting show. The choreography, singing and costumes were good but overall the show lacks just a little something. Nice show but not an exciting show.
Show reviewed by Mumsnet Local Ambassador Sharon
Copocabana is at  the Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre 27 October 2014 – 1 November 2014

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

October half-term - 50% off all off-peak day returns on Southwest trains!

We have a great deal for you from Southwest trains, it's a great time to go off for an adventure with the family.
This October half-term enjoy 50% off standard off-peak day return tickets every day from Saturday 25 to Friday 31 October 2014.
The best news is you can travel ANYWHERE across the South West Trains network! So book your ticket online today and start exploring! You can also book your tickets at ticket offices or by calling 0345 6000 650.

Remember you must book your ticket a minimum of 24 hours before you travel to receive the discounted fare!

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Jamie Jambo - Party entertainer review

Jamie Jambo - Bournemouth party entertainer

We attended a party this weekend where Jamie Jambo was the entertainer. My daughter has seen him before so didn't seem anxious about sitting down to watch him. She is five and finds parties quite stressful as she is very shy. On this occasion she really enjoyed the show, Jamie is fresh and energetic and had the children giggling away.

Some of the children were asked to help out in the show and they all joined in with the fun, Jamie juggled, the children were plate spinning and the birthday girl had a special part to play. We were particularly impressed with the special guest at the show!

We noticed that all of the children were engrossed, including the shy ones and the parents were able to sit back and enjoy a hot drink and enjoy the show too.

We will look forward to seeing Jamie again.

You can find out more about Jamie Jambo here

NB: Jamie was unaware we were reviewing

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Join The Gruffalo’s Child trail at Moors valley

Families are invited into the deep dark wood this autumn and winter to find The Gruffalo’s Child, who has followed The Gruffalo out of his comfortable cave for a trail adventure at Moors Valley.

From 3 October 2014 until 22 February 2015, self-led Gruffalo’s Child activity trails will be in place at Moors Valley near Ringwood, and 23 other Forestry Commission forests across England, continuing the nationwide celebrations of the 10th anniversary of the book’s publication.

While following the trail route, families can take part in activities based on their favourite book’s characters.  The trail will lead them through the forest using activity boards to help them discover nature and woods at a time of the year when forests are at their most beautiful and the animals are preparing for winter.
In addition, there will be activity packs available for £2, which will include a foraging bag, a fun-packed activity leaflet, a colouring-in sheet and a special Gruffalo's Child sticker. These special packs will encourage children to learn more about the behaviour of animals in autumn and how they search for food, create shelters and prepare for the cold winter months.

For more information go to or call the Rangers on 01425 470721.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Sell-out ball raises a record-breaking £40,000 for Julia’s House

The Julia’s House annual Butterfly Ball has raised more than £40,000 for the children’s hospice charity.
The sell-out event, held at Canford School, was attended by 160 guests including two of the charity’s patrons, actor Martin Clunes and actress and impressionist Debra Stephenson, who both pitched in to make the evening a success.
Martin Clunes conducted the charity auction which  including two lots he had donated - a walk-on part in the next series of Doc Martin and one of the suits his character wore in the hit TV show. They turned out to be the star lots, attracting combined bids to the tune of £2,250.
Debra Stephenson brought the house down when she rounded off the evening by singing the opera classic Oh Mio Babbino Caro, receiving a standing ovation.
As well as a three-course dinner and charity auction, there was also live music, entertainment and dancing.
The charity’s corporate and events manager, Linda Schofield-Green, said she was thrilled by the amount raised, which was £8,000 up on the previous year and a record for a Julia’s House ball.
“It was such an amazing night. We had patrons, trustees, supporters, parents, staff and volunteers all playing their part and contributing to a wonderful family atmosphere. Martin and Debra were just superb. We are so grateful to them and to everyone for making the ball such an outstanding success.
“I cannot imagine how we are ever going to top that next year!” 

Friday, 26 September 2014

New squirrels go into hiding on Brownsea

This autumn, visitors to Brownsea Island will be taking part in an unusual squirrel quest. One toy squirrel will be hidden each day during half term, and the lucky person who finds one can take it home. 
There are also real red squirrel walks, taking place daily from Monday 29 September to Friday 24 October at 11.30am and 2pm, as well as special walks for children every day during half term. 
“We wanted to continue the adventure that was started last year and carry on the fun,” said Claire Dixon, Visitor Services and Enterprises Manager on Brownsea Island.
“Our squirrels are always particularly active at this time of year and more easily spotted. We thought it might be fun to let a few toys ones be equally active and make a break for freedom across the island.”
The island’s red squirrels are one of the few colonies left in England – the isolation on the island having protected them from the squirrel pox brought by their grey cousins, which have removed the red squirrels from most of the rest of England.
The National Trust is working to ensure the squirrel’s long term survival, including removing wild rhododendron to allow the natural re-growth of heath and pine trees – ensuring there will be a food supply into the future. Thinning some of the pine trees allows them to grow more pine cones containing the nuts the squirrels eat – as well as giving room for the trees to naturally regenerate.
Chris Thain, Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Reserve Manager on Brownsea Island said, “One of the most magical things about Brownsea Island is that visitors can get up close to wildlife all year round. As summer turns to autumn we’ve seen an increase in the amount of squirrels foraging for food, so this is the perfect time to visit the island for a wildlife experience you won’t forget.”    
At 500 acres, the island is large enough to sustain a thriving population of red squirrels, and unusual in not having any natural predators – encouraging them down to the ground to feed where they can be more easily seen. It’s estimated by conservationists that the island population is doing so well that it is currently at about the maximum the island can sustain.
“This is a good time to see them when they are busy gathering food for winter which is why we have our squirrel walks on the island. You are almost guaranteed to see one of them at this time of year when they are active and busy collecting food for the winter,” continued Claire Dixon.