News in Dorset

Recycling - Dorset Does - Because it Matters 

The good news is that most Dorset residents are recycling. Thanks to your efforts, 59.5% of Dorset’s waste is recycled, with just 16.8% going to landfill.

Putting the right stuff in the right bin, using your food waste service and cutting down on the amount of rubbish your household produces is best for the environment and means more of your council tax can be spent on essential local services.

Need help with bins or want to know where your waste should go? Visit


Succeed in Grammar School Entrance Exams

Graham Austin’s 2018 programme for preparing children for the 11+ exams has been a total success. Having sixteen years’ experience in this specialised field he now boasts a greater than 96% pass rate, year on year. Graham always recommends starting the tuition process as early as possible in order to reduce stress on the child and to assist their chances of realising their goals. For further information of his remarkable programme, call Graham on 01202 591521.


Weekly Workshops for Stagewise Students

Stagewise run weekly workshops for young performers on Saturdays and Tuesdays at Lighthouse in Poole, with additional workshops in Wimborne and Christchurch. They are currently inviting new students to join them. Contact Ally Cox on 07702 309486 or visit for more information.


A New Place to Play in Ferndown

Tori’s Tigers is a new place for preschool children of all abilities to play in Ferndown. Tori’s Tigers encourages fun, imaginative play in a calm, inclusive and safe environment. Pop along for a 2 hour play session and discover something new for your little tiger cub. For details call 07835 524277 or see


Moyles Court School

Moyles Court School, for children from age 3 to 16 years, is set within the most beautiful New Forest Park with extensive grounds, offering your child the most wonderful opportunities to thrive in the outdoors as well and the classroom. Not only will the children benefit from smaller class sizes, excellent pastoral care and a curriculum tailored to their individual needs, they will also enjoy weekly sessions in French, PE, Dance, Cookery, Music Bugs and Forest Schools.

Richard Milner Smith, Headmaster says: “Our core values are at the heart of our fabulous school. We offer individualised learning, a flexible approach to travel and wrap around care – making us accessible to so many families who want their children to be happy, learning and achieving in our glorious New Forest setting.” Visit


Try Kumon Maths and English Tuition for Free!

This February and March, the Poole East Kumon Centre is offering a 2 week free trial to any child who would like to try out its individualised Maths and English study programmes. The Poole East Kumon Centre holds classes at St George’s Church Hall in Oakdale every Monday and Tuesday, from 3.45pm to 5.45pm. For more information, contact Kumon Instructor Alex Gorringe on 01202 248302 or 07958 009226 or email:


Help with Literacy Skills and Dyslexia from Carolyn Smith

Some children really struggle at school because they find it so difficult to learn literacy skills. They can learn much more easily with specialised one to one support, which can sensitively identify and address the root causes of their reading, writing, and spelling problems. Carolyn Smith has many years of success in helping children with these difficulties through providing Home Tuition in Bournemouth and the surrounding area. For further information call Carolyn on 01202 309901.


Diary Date: Easter at Lulworth

Head back ‘down the rabbit hole’ for some great Easter family fun at Lulworth Castle from Friday 19 to Monday 22 April, from 10.30am - 5pm. Inspired by the fantastical story of Alice in Wonderland, families can expect a whole host of themed activities and lots of Easter fun. Refreshments will be available including light lunches, cream teas, hot drinks, cakes and ice creams. Tickets will be available online or on the day and include free parking. Call 01929 400352 or visit for details.


Once, twice, three times an…. Alice 

Stephanie Britland loved playing the part of Alice at Adventure Wonderland so much, that she has named her new baby Alice too! Stephanie, who was Alice at the family theme park, opposite Bournemouth Airport, from the age of 14, is now an English teacher and says it was working as Alice for over 6 years and the classic Alice in Wonderland story that inspired her, and husband Mike's, name choice. Stephanie said she will definitely be taking baby Alice to Adventure Wonderland when she is old enough. Visit


Download the United Taxis Booking App

Over the last few years United Taxis has expanded its operation, so it can now cover work from Poole right the way across to Lymington. The company has invested heavily in technology with its bespoke booking App often now being customers’ preferred option. Within minutes, you can book and track your car and receive a text message with the set fare. United Taxis also offer set fares on journeys to and from Bournemouth airport as long as drop off and pick up are pre-booked on a credit card.

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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 07913 417192.


Laceys Family Department - finalists in the 2019 Dorset Legal Awards

Laceys Family Department are proud finalists in the 2019 Dorset Legal Awards demonstrating the team’s strength in understanding every family situation is different and being able to guide clients to the most appropriate service with the aim of reaching a happy solution for everyone involved. Laceys offer its clients a full range of services, from mediation through to other dispute resolution options, allowing them to decide how this emotionally challenging time in their life is handled. For further advice on any family services visit, email or call 01202 755980.


Glenmoor and Winton Academies

Glenmoor and Winton Academies opened in September 2013 supported by a Multi Academy sponsor entitled United Learning. The two Academies are co-located on the same site but offer single sex teaching in all classes. This provides the best of both to students and parents with lessons kept single sex and all the clear advantages that provides with break, lunchtime and extra-curricular activities mixed.

The Academies are heavily oversubscribed, but still welcome any prospective parent contacting the Academies for a meeting with the Principal and subsequent tour. For more details, email or contact the Academies direct on 01202 527818.


Exciting News from Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park!

Farmer Palmer’s is all about you and your little VIP’s, hence you are the first to hear its exclusive hot news! Pre-schoolers are going to love its exciting re-investment project that is in progress. Farmer Palmer’s is planning to offer your little ones stimulating brand new entertainment later in 2019.

Farmer Palmer’s is on the verge of hearing from Purbeck District Council Planning Department. Its stimulating National History Museum endorsed educational project will have children roaring with delight!

The friendly folk at Farmer Palmer’s have already been asked “How do I get on the “list” to be one of the first to be invited to see what everyone will be talking about?” If you want to find out, simply visit the website where you can sign up for news, become a pass holder or visit regularly and watch the magic unfold.


Wear A Hat Day is back! 

Wear A Hat Day is back! Now in its hattastic 10th year, this important fundraising event is a must for every family and school in the nation. Taking place on Friday 29 March 2019, organisers would like thousands of children, parents and teachers across the country to join in, create entertaining and colourful hat-themed fundraising events in support of leading charity Brain Tumour Research.

Wear A Hat Day creates a huge swell of support for research into brain tumours and offers fresh hope for patients as well as their families and friends. This charity really needs your help to make it the biggest, boldest and hattiest EVER! Visit to register and get a free fundraising pack today!

Primary Times Magazine is proud to support Wear A Hat Day 2019 and is offering a prize for the school that raises the most money per pupil. See the Primary Times and Wear A Hat Day websites for more details.


Hillside School Welcomes ‘Royal’ Visitors 

The pupils and staff of Hillside First School in Verwood were honoured with a visit from Henry VIII's niece and husband, the Duke and Duchess of Suffolk, as part of Year 4’s Tudor topic. The couple, who were greeted with respectful bows and curtsies, talked to the children about life in their times and went into great detail about how the Tudor men and women would dress. The children were encouraged to feel samples of fabric, wooden plates and pewter tankards. The children thoroughly enjoyed the visit and will remember the facts that were brought to life for them.


Children in Dorset Take Part in Biggest Wildlife Survey in Schools

School children across Dorset will be filling up bird feeders, turning classrooms into bird hides and creating wildlife friendly bakes in preparation for watching and counting the birds in their school grounds for the 2019 RSPB Big Schools’ Birdwatch.

The Birdwatch, which takes place during the first half of the spring term, until 22 February, is a chance for children in Dorset to put down their books and discover the nature that lives in their local community. The Birdwatch involves children spending an hour watching and counting the birds that visit their outdoor space, before sending the results to the RSPB. Last year, 60,000 children and teachers took part counting more than 100,000 birds. To take part in the Birdwatch, visit:


New Bike, Scooter and Skateboard Track for Weymouth

A new track for bikes, scooters and skateboards, which is the first of its kind in Britain, will be installed in Weymouth. Plans to install the new pump-track at Wyke Regis Playing Fields are now underway.

The 40 metre long pump-track facility will be suitable for bikes, scooters and skateboards and will provide a safe place for these to be used. The maintenance free pump-track will replace the current mud mounds which over the years have become unstable and not fit for purpose. The new facilities are designed to encourage people to be active and get outdoors.


Littledown Play Park gets a Facelift

Work on the £100,000 refurbishment of the Littledown Play Park in Bournemouth is underway. New equipment is being installed to create an exciting play area for young children. The playpark, designed for children aged three to seven, will include toddler and junior multi-play units, a carousel, see-saw, slides and two different sets of swings. Existing seating will be revamped with new seating rocks and swan seats installed for maximum interactivity. There is a playpark for older children nearby. For more information visit


Cycle Training For Children in Bournemouth

Children aged 10 and over are being encouraged to sign up to one of the February Half Term Bikeability courses at Kings Park Cycle Centre in Bournemouth. Bikeability is a national cycle training scheme that gives children the skills and confidence to ride a bike safely on the road. There are three Bikeability levels, each designed to improve cycling skills, from whatever level. Sessions are free of charge at Kings Park Cycle Centre to children who go to school in Bournemouth.

Two-day courses will run on Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 February and Thursday 21 and Friday 22 February. To book a place for your child email or call 01202 454636.


Healthy Heart Grant West Country Region Now Open

Not-for Profit organisations and local groups are being encouraged to apply for funding of up to £10,000 for community projects in Dorset that promote heart health. Funding is awarded for original, innovative projects that promote a healthy heart and help reduce the risk of developing heart disease. Projects should aim to promote activities such as cooking skills, healthy eating, improving physical activity levels and mental wellbeing, all with a focus on a healthy heart. The 2019 application period has now opened and will close on Thursday 14 February. Groups will find out if their application has been successful on Tuesday 12 March. See


Have Your Say on the Plans for Christchurch’s Two Riversmeet Park

Following Christchurch Borough Council’s decision to develop a new Country Park local families are being invited to make their suggestions on the layout, features and activities for the park as part of a programme of ongoing engagement. Information about the proposals is available on a dedicated section of the Two Riversmeet Leisure Centre website – see - search for two-riversmeet-park





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