Friday, 25 July 2014

AFC Bournemouth help Julia’s House reach its lottery goal

AFC Bournemouth players took time out from training to show their support for Julia’s House by helping to promote its newly-relaunched lottery.
Captain Tommy Elphick and two new sign-ups, Callum Wilson and Junior Stanislas, were among those who entered into the spirit of the occasion at a photo shoot at Dean Court.
The squad are helping to highlight the importance of the lottery as a regular source of income for the charity. The lottery membership currently stands at 6,000, with the hope of reaching 8,000 by Christmas.
“Hitting this target will mean we can reach even more families struggling to cope with a life-limited child,” explained Lottery Co-ordinator Lyndsay Smith. “It costs just £1 a week to sign up making it a very affordable and easy way to support your local children’s hospice,”
“Because we rely on donations for 92 per cent of our fundraising, having a regular income is hugely important as it enables us to plan for the future. We are thrilled that AFC Bournemouth have agreed to support us in this way.”
Players posed with giant lottery balls and took away lottery sign-up leaflets.
Captain Tommy said: “We are proud to be able to support Julia’s House. We think it’s a great charity and it’s a privilege to be able to do our bit. Our goal is to help Julia’s House reach its goal – and get lots of people signing up for the lottery.”
AFC Bournemouth are regular supporters of Julia’s House. Most recently a couple of the players visited the hospice in Corfe Mullen for an impromptu kick around, much to the delight of children and carers.
The Julia’s House lottery has a weekly top prize of £1,000. To join visit

Monday, 16 June 2014

Support the Mumsnet campaign for better miscarriage care

Half of women who miscarry wait 24 hours or more for a scan,
and are treated alongside women with healthy pregnancies
Mumsnet calls for manifesto commitment on better miscarriage care

Mumsnet, the UK’s biggest website for parents, is today publishing the results of a survey into patients’ care and experiences following miscarriage. Around a quarter of a million women miscarry in the UK each year1 – about one in five pregnancies ends in miscarriage – but the statistics published today show that the treatment and support women receive fails to meet their needs or measure up to official national guidelines.

A survey of over one thousand women2 shows:

  • Half (46%) had to wait over 24 hours for a scan to determine if their baby was still alive, with one in five (18%) waiting longer than three days
“When I asked how much longer it would be, I was told I was taking up their time.” A Mumsnet user

  • Half (47%) were treated alongside women with ongoing pregnancies
“I sat with other ladies who were still pregnant and waiting for scans… seeing their happy faces tore me apart.” A Mumsnet user

  • A third (31%) of those who miscarried at home following a scan were not offered any pain relief, or adequate pain relief
“I was under the impression that miscarrying at home was the easy option. It certainly is not easy. I have been in agony.” A Mumsnet user

  • 58% of respondents wanted counselling, but only 12% were offered it
“I had to wait six months to get counselling and lost six months of my life as I was not   coping with the loss.” A Mumsnet user

  • 56% of respondents wanted further medical care but only 26% were offered it
“The hospital said they’d ask a health visitor to contact me. That was two months ago;    nobody has been in touch.” A Mumsnet user

  • Only a quarter (23%) spoke of their experience to friends, and only 13% told wider family
When I felt ready to talk, I didn’t have anyone ready to listen.”  A Mumsnet user

In 2012, NICE guidance on the management of miscarriage stated that miscarrying at home (known as ‘expectant management’) would be the default clinical response for women undergoing miscarriage before the 13th week of pregnancy, but today’s results show this policy is leaving women without the support they need.

  • Only 15% of women who miscarried at home following a scan felt they had the right support, information and pain relief to manage
“I was told, over the phone, to ‘just sit on the toilet and hopefully it will all come out’.”

  • 11 people were asked to store their foetus at home prior to further tests on the embryo
“[I don’t want to] catch my miscarried embryo in a urine sample pot at home, keep it in the fridge overnight if necessary, then take it on the train (two hours) for genetic testing.”

Mumsnet users have developed a five-point Miscarriage Code of Care, which calls for straightforward improvements in the treatment parents receive:
1. Supportive staff
2. Access to scanning
3. Safe and appropriate places for treatment
4. Good information and effective treatment
5.   Joined-up care
Many of the Code’s points are included in best-practice guidance from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Department of Health, but the research shows that, too often, this guidance is not being implemented.

Mumsnet is now asking the Secretary of State for Health, the shadow Health Minister and the junior Health Minister to commit to improving miscarriage care during the lifetime of the next parliament.

Justine Roberts, Mumsnet Founder, said:

“There’s no escaping the pain of a miscarriage, but for this to be compounded by lack of treatment, pain relief, good care or just plain human kindness is completely unacceptable. We are calling on the three main parties to include a pledge in their manifestos to improve miscarriage care, based on the principles in our code.”

Cathy Warwick, Chief Executive of the Royal College of Midwives, said:

“The Royal College of Midwives welcomes and supports the Mumsnet code of care which aims to improve care for women at a very difficult time. Midwives and other health professionals have an important role to play in supporting women and families through the physical and psychological impact of miscarriage. Kind, compassionate and empathetic communication around care and treatment is an essential step to support families. It is particularly important that there is effective communication between the hospital, GP and midwife to provide ongoing support or advice, as needed.”

Jane Brewin, Chief Executive of Tommy’s, said:

“Losing a baby is a devastating experience and our helpline hears from people every day who are struggling to make sense of what has happened to them and why. More research is needed to help us understand the causes of miscarriage so we can develop treatments that help save babies’ lives. We want families to know that they are not alone and that Tommy’s helpline is here to support anyone who has been through this heartbreak.”

Susan Seenan, Chief Executive of the national charity Infertility Network UK, said:

"Miscarriage is an extremely distressing, and often frightening experience and sadly even health professionals can underestimate the impact which a miscarriage can have.  Good support and access to counselling from sensitive trained staff who understand the emotional as well as the physical effect of miscarriage on both women and their partners can make an enormous difference to those dealing with the grief of losing a baby.  We hope that this campaign will lead to better care and support for everyone affected by what can be a hugely traumatic experience.”

More information on the Campaign
You can find more information on the Mumsnet Site

How to get involved
Please ask the three politicians who can make this happen – Jeremy Hunt (@Jeremy_Hunt, Andy Burnham (@andyburnhammp) and Norman Lamb (@normanlamb) – for their support.
If you don’t use twitter, please send an email to the politicians who can make this happen:
  • Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt –
  • Labour Shadow Health Spokesman Andy Burnham  –
  • LibDem Health Minister Norman Lamb –
We need to ask them to include a promise in their next manifesto to make miscarriage care better. Accounts of personal experiences are particularly effective for explaining why we need their support.
Share this on your Facebook page, and tweet about the campaign with hashtag #miscarriagecare
†Source, Miscarriage Association
‡ 1065 women who had miscarried since September 2011 completed the survey between 24 April – 15 May 2014

Friday, 13 June 2014

What's on this weekend in Dorset ~ 14th/15th June

Teddy Bears Picnic - Bridport

Bring your teddies along to our special storytime session where we'll be reading stories and singing songs to celebrate the Bridport Food Festival. We'll only be offering pretend food for our Teddy Bears' picnic but 

all teddies and children under 5 welcome.

More details here

Silver Jubilee Fun Day

A barbecue and bar will be providing refreshments throughout the day, along with cake and ice cream stalls, fayre stalls and games, as well as lots of children's entertainment, including the ever-popular bouncy castle. Fundraising is key to the long-term success of Mudeford Wood Community Centre, so all funds raised will go towards the continued improvement and refurbishment of the Centre.

Wimborne Folk Festival

We're are hosting the Appalachian marquee and there will be other performers around the grounds, and ...... NO ADMISSION CHARGE!
The tea room will be open all day and there are plenty of benches to chill out in the gardens. We are just across from the Minster; our entrance is opposite King Street car park

More details here

Open Day & Country Fair 14

This year's Open Day and Country Fair is set to be the biggest and best yet with a brand new layout.
It's the perfect opportunity to find out all about how we can help you get the skills you need for a career you'll love, or get additional skills for your CV. Come and take a taste of agriculture, countryside, equine, horticulture, business and much more.
Circus workshops, bouncy castle and soft play areas will be open in the Animal Park or enjoy a stroll through the beautiful gardens.

Thursday, 29 May 2014


The opening night of Annie at The Regent Centre was brilliant, it felt like we had been whisked away to the West End! The Highcliffe Charity Players fail to disappoint and the standard of singing and acting from everyone was very high.

Lucy-May Alner plays Annie beautifully, she has real stage presence and a wonderful voice as well as a great guide to Tumble who plays Sandy the dog and steals the hearts of the audience.

All the children playing the orphans in the show have obviously worked very hard to produce such a professional group, but we must mention Isobel Aldred age 8 who plays Molly so sweetly.

David Coward plays Oliver Warbucks and Tracey Challen is Miss Hannigan and both play their parts brilliantly, we loved the enthusiasm by all of the cast and it was great to see Emma Torrens back at The Regent Centre as Grace Farrell.

Quote from my 7 yr old reviewer: "It was amazing, it made me cry! I loved it, when can we see it again?"

If you haven't got tickets yet the show is on at The Regent Centre in Christchurch

Wednesday 28 – Saturday 31 May 7.30pm with a Saturday Matinee at 2.30pm.
 The show is selling tickets fast so don't delay, you won't be disappointed!



Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Competition !!

Win  a pair of tickets to see Annie at The Regent Centre Christchurch


Award-winning Highcliffe Charity Players return with their latest keenly anticipated musical - the legendary Broadway and West End smash hit, Annie. Based on a popular American comic strip, this irresistible family show tells the enchanting story of little orphan Annie - and her lovable dog, Sandy. Its a heart-warming rags-to-riches journey set during the Depression. Abandoned on the steps of a New York orphanage run by the tyrannical Miss Hannigan, plucky Annie discovers a happier life when she is selected to spend a short time in the luxurious residence of wealthy industrialist Oliver Warbucks. But Miss Hannigan and her evil brother have other plans for Annie... With a cast that features a number of talented children (plus a cute dog) and a score that includes such memorable hits as Tomorrow, its little wonder that Annie has proved such an enduring family favourite.

28th May - 31st May

We have 2 tickets up for grabs to see Annie at The Regent Centre on Wednesday 28th May at 7.30pm.

To be in with a chance of winning this half term treat, just tell us what your favourite musical is and why.

Send your email to with your full name and contact details.

The closing date is midday on Wednesday 21st May.

We reserve the right to pick another winner if the prize isn't claimed within 72 hours.

Good Luck!


Saturday, 19 April 2014

Theatre Review - Easter Holiday Special

Review from the Regent Centre Christchurch

After the success of the Christmas shows, The Glad Rag Production Company have created a brand new show to welcome the holiday season, filled with song, dance and laughter.
The story is based on the Sunny Hills Holiday Park and the team of yellow coats that provide the entertainment.

The cast are there to greet you in their yellow coats as you walk into the theatre, and it feels like you have stepped into a holiday camp for the evening. We were dazzled by the lavish costumes designed and created by Sue Simmerling. The stunning costumes really stand out, particularly in the disco scene.

Charlie Barrington 'Bobby' was a particular favourite of my 7yr old daughter. She was delighted that he stopped to speak to her after the show.
The dancers are excellent and it is obvious how much work they have put in to their routines, even the youngest little girl didn't put a step out of time.
Fabulous vocalists and a stand out performance from Philip 'Fudge' Coyle who plays Troy Del Marr, the cast perform nostalgic songs to big band ballads with ease.

The show has something everyone will enjoy and you can see it at the Regent Centre, Christchurch

Sat 19 April  2.30 and 7.30pm
Sun 20 April 2.30 and 7.30pm

Please note: We were given complimentary tickets to review this show

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Children's Disco Party - Review

This week my daughter attended a birthday party with a brilliant entertainer, so we thought we would offer a review.

Simon Western offers several different party options; a disco, puppet show or Count Backwards magic show.

This party was a disco for a five year old.

I found Simon friendly to both parents and children and for the whole hour he was very involved and the games were fast moving. The usual party games were included as well as an interesting hat game based on musical chairs, but instead of chairs, using hats placed on their heads. This was much more suited to a larger number of children and they all seemed to enjoy it.

The birthday girl was made to feel special, the older children were given special tasks and the younger ones enjoyed the bubbles and foam. Parents had the option to join in but weren't pressured into doing so.

My daughter is very shy and chose to watch the fun to begin with, but she did join in eventually and was thrilled to win a sweet for dancing. There was no pressure for those who wished to watch instead of join in, but plenty of prizes and fun for those that did. Simon managed the games very well, the children didn't seem to mind if they didn't win as the next game kept them occupied.

We would recommend Simon and his Disco Party, here are his details if you would like to contact him:

Tel:01202 469885/07957214314

Please note: This is a free review and the entertainer was unaware he was being reviewed.