News in Dorset

Just weeks remain until this year’s Dorset County Show

There are just weeks left to go until this year’s Dorset County Show, one of the county’s largest agricultural shows, that takes place at Dorchester Showground. Organised by Dorchester Agricultural Society, the two-day annual show began in 1840 and will take place on Saturday September 1 and Sunday September 2. Over the weekend there are a variety of attractions, livestock, and fun for all the family to celebrate agriculture and rural life in Dorset. There will also be a range of competitive classes, trade stands and demonstrations. To find out more details on what’s planned for Dorset County Show and to book tickets, please visit or call 01305 264249. Children under 16 go free and tickets are £15 until August 25 when the price rises to £18. Tickets can also be purchased on the day at the show.


Start-Rite Shoes launches #KidsWalkTall campaign to encourage confidence in children and help raise funds for anti-bullying charity

Start-Rite has joined with the Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation to launch the #KidsWalkTall campaign to raise vital funds for the anti-bullying charity. The campaign aims to empower children and encourage self-confidence as part of their journey through school.

For every share of its campaign film with the hashtag #KidsWalkTall, Start-Rite will donate £1 to the charity. In the short film, children share their thoughts on school life, the friendships they’ve made, the struggles they face, and how it’s good to be different.

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Childcare providers urged to sign up for Meningitis Awareness

Childcare providers are being encouraged to demonstrate their commitment to fighting deadly meningitis by signing up to the UK’s first Meningitis Aware Recognition Mark for the sector. There are about 8,000 cases of all types of meningitis each year across the UK, with the under 5s accounting for most. Each case is a tragedy for the individual, their family and friends. The signs of meningitis can be easily mistaken for common illnesses like the flu or tummy bug.

Early signs include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting and muscle pain. More specific signs and symptoms include fever with cold hands and feet, drowsiness, confusion, pale blotchy skin, stiff neck, dislike of bright lights and a rash which doesn’t fade under pressure. Meningitis Now is working towards a future where no one in the UK loses their life to meningitis and everyone affected gets the support they need.  For more information on the work of Meningitis Now visit


Kingston Lacy completes important garden restoration project

The garden team at Kingston Lacy has finished work on restoring the Parterre, an iconic and integral part of the formal garden at the National Trust property just outside Wimborne. The 9-strong team of gardeners has worked tirelessly over the last 8 months, assisted by over 50 volunteers, to bring this area of the garden back to life. With the work complete, visitors to Kingston Lacy are now able to see the vibrant summer bedding, new yew topiary and lawn.

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Friends of Glass Partners with the National Marine Aquarium to Educate and Inspire Ocean-Friendly Packaging Choices

Friends of Glass, the campaign that promotes glass packaging for food and drink, today announced a new partnership with the National Marine Aquarium (NMA). The partnership will seek to highlight how everyday choices we make are an important way of protecting the health of our oceans and marine life and how the food and drink packaging we choose can help them now and in the future.

Friends of Glass is launching a competition inviting people to join in by posting a selfie or photo on social media with the hashtag #CheerstotheOcean. There are ideas for making the entries as creative as possible and £800 worth of vouchers from ethical specialists Responsible Travel for the best submissions. Friends of Glass will donate £1 to the NMA programmes for every #CheerstotheOcean entry received. See


Transform a Young Life

Could you offer a stable home to a child or young person who really needs it? Help them feel safe, loved and protected? Dorset County Council is looking for dedicated foster carers to help transform the lives of Dorset’s vulnerable children. In return, they offer generous fees, allowances and full training and support. There’s no such thing as a typical foster carer. People from all walks of life are welcomed. You can foster whatever your age (over 21); if you are single, married or living with a partner of any sex; whether or not you have children; if you’re claiming benefits or in work, or if you rent or own your home. Fostering offers many choices, including whether you’d like to foster full-time or for short breaks. It’s a chance to make a real difference to a youngster’s life.
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Alan Titchmarsh uncovers some South West secrets

Alan Titchmarsh is back for a second series of Secrets of the National Trust, getting a behind-the-scenes look at some of Britain’s most intriguing historic homes and gardens. Alan embarks on the second half of his 12-part journey across the Trust and visits a different property each week to unlock its secrets. Three of our special places in the South West will feature in this part of the series, including Kingston Lacy and Corfe Castle who are featured in the programme on 1 August and Tyntesfield who is featured in the programme on 8 August.

The series is on Wednesday’s at 9pm on Channel 5 - Tune in and uncover the stories behind your favourite locations.


Update on Monkey World’s Rieke and Bulu-Mata 

Remember the cute orphan orangutans Bulu-Mata and Rieke from Monkey World? Well they now have an equally cute sister, Mimi. Monkey World’s orangutan crèche expanded in 2017, with the arrival of youngster Mimi-Loren from Moscow Zoo! Mimi was sadly rejected by her mother at birth, and so came to Monkey World, as Europe’s official crèche to grow up with other orangutans and an adult female ”adoptive” mother. Already present in the nursery are three-year olds Sumatran orangutans Bulu-Mata & Rieke. The playful pair have welcomed their new sister Mimi, and have shown her the ropes… hoses, cargo nets, and other climbing equipment! With a fantastic adoptive mum, and fab new play mates, Mimi’s future looks bright at Monkey World. See Rieke, Bulu-Mata and Mimi at Monkey World – visit


The Diverse Abilities Children’s Team Offers Support 

The Diverse Abilities Children’s Team provide a range of support services to children and young people living with disabilities across Dorset.  The charity’s team offer day and overnight respite, play sessions and activities during school holidays and at weekends, a weekly youth club, support in the home and support in the community. They also provide advice, support and signposting. As a team, they understand the challenges faced by families caring with a child or young person with a disability and strive to support the children to achieve extraordinary things. Get in touch to find out how the team can support you all year through on 01202 718238. Or find out more at


Blandford charity donates £10,000 for new ‘haven’ for young people with cancer

A Blandford charity set up in memory of Ted Newton has donated £10,000 to an appeal for a new ‘Home from Home’ close to Southampton Hospital to replace the current home where his family stayed for free to be near Ted. The Newton family stayed at the current CLIC Sargent home, CLIC Haven, nine years ago whilst nine -year-old, Ted Newton, was being treated for Ewing’s Sarcoma, miles away from home in Southampton.

Devastatingly, Ted’s treatment didn’t work, and he very sadly passed away in 2010, aged 10. Since Ted’s shock diagnosis his family have been prolific in their fundraising to provide much needed support for other families of children and young people with cancer. To help support the charity go to:


No Red Arrows at Swanage Carnival: Saturday 28 July to Saturday 4 August

Please note that the Red Arrows will not be performing at this year’s Swanage Carnival and Regatta, as printed in the last issue of Primary Times. Instead, this enormously popular carnival will be hosting more than 100 events including amazing firework displays, Carnival's got Talent, Titan the Robot and much more. Read more in our Festival feature or visit


Dorset School Awarded Top Environmental Award 

A primary school in Dorset has claimed top honours in the prestigious Environmental Youth Award. Dumpton Primary School, Wimbourne, was presented with a prize in June at the Royal Bath and West Show. The judging panel were impressed by the school’s overall approach to environmental education. The Environmental Youth aims to promote greater awareness and understanding of conservation and environmental matters, by encouraging and recognising the contribution made by young people. The scheme is now open to entries from the six counties of Bristol, Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire, East Devon and South Gloucestershire.


Self-Catering Holidays at Court Farm 

Discover your perfect self-catering holiday near beautiful Bude and its award-winning beaches, with Court Farm Holidays. All the holiday homes are child-friendly and many welcome dogs too. Have fun in the games room, splash away in the child-friendly indoor heated swimming pool, get active in the large outdoor play area, go rock pooling on the beach and feed the animals each morning. The two farmhouses, courtyard barns, houses with hot tubs and cottages sleep from 2 to 17. For prices and availability see or call 01288 361494 or 07813 594056.


PierView - a Great Spot for a Celebration or Party 

PierView is a new private venue located right on the beachfront close to Boscombe Pier. With stunning sea views, PierView is perfect for kids’ parties and family celebrations. The venue is available all year round for hire on a self-catering, room only basis. There’s seating for up to 50 people and a food prep and storage area, leaving you to choose and take food and drink for your guests. The PierView hire costs from £50. For more information, go to


10-year-old Lola completes Mountain Challenge for Local Hospice 

It's probably fair to say that not many Year 5 pupils climbed 15 mountains during their school holiday - but that's exactly what Talbot Heath School pupil Lola House did to raise money for Forest Holme Hospice. Ten-year-old Lola House recently completed the huge challenge of the Welsh 3000, which involved 21.5 hours of very demanding climbing and walking. Lola was motivated to do the challenge in memory of her Nanny, who was cared for at Forest Holme, and she managed to raise over £1,500 for the hospice, which holds a special place in Lola and her family's hearts. See


Get Help with Literacy Skills

Carolyn Smith has over 20 years’ experience in helping children gain confidence and success in reading, spelling and writing by providing carefully devised programmes of individual tuition. She also offers a gentle, dyslexia screening assessment, including a learner profile and recommendations, for pupils between the ages of 5 – 13 years. Assessment and tuition can be provided in your home in the Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch areas. If you would like to discuss your child’s needs, call Carolyn on 01202 309901.


Sign up now for Saturday Art School

Based at the Arts University Bournemouth, Saturday Art School offers creative courses for young people in school years 5-13. Whether your child is eager to try new techniques or is passionate about a creative career path and wants to gain more experience, these courses offer an opportunity to study in a specialist university. From Young Artists, right through to the Portfolio Preparation course, there are classes for students in school years 5 – 13, on Saturday mornings, from 9.30am to 12.30pm. Call 01202 363030 or email, or see


Dyslexia Assessments and Support from Diverse Thinking

Vicki Angel is a fully qualified dyslexia assessor with over 20 years educational experience. Her business, Diverse Thinking, aims to recognise and support children and adults with Specific Learning Difficulties. Vicki works in local schools and universities carrying out dyslexia assessments. If your child is struggling in school despite additional help and support, an assessment will pinpoint areas of strength and areas they may need specific support with. Contact Vicki via or call 07913 417192.


A Validated Course to Enhance Inclusion and Mental Health in Schools

Iron Mill College, a leading provider of education in wellbeing, is running its Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Child and Adolescent Mental Health this autumn. It’s an ideal course for anyone who is working with children and parents, to promote psychological wellbeing and improve mental health. This recognised qualification will contribute to your personal and professional development, as well as offering a route into further study and careers. This 2-year foundation degree is a full-time course, available to study at Iron Mill College in Poole, with teaching 1 day per week. This course is validated by the University of Worcester. Book now: or ring 01392 219200.










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