Lest We Forget

‘In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.’
– John McCrae

Bournemouth Commemoration this Sunday 14 November.
Bournemouth’s Annual Service of Remembrance and Parade will take place at the War Memorial in the Central Gardens. The commemoration will be attended by the Mayor of Bournemouth, Councillor David Kelsey, and the Bournemouth Charter Trustees and Civic Dignitaries.
The parade will be led by The Salvation Army Band who will play the bugle alongside the Field Gun Display Team to mark the start and end of the two-minute silence.
The Service commences at 10:55am and will be led by Reverend Dr Ian Terry, with music provided by the Salvation Army Boscombe Band and the Bournemouth Combined Cadet Force Band.

Please be advised that Braidley Road, Bourne Avenue and Avenue Road will be closed to vehicle access from 9:00am until 1:00pm.

Photo: Chris Sansbury, Unleash

Bournemouth University Nursing Students awarded Lewis-Manning Hospice Care end-of-life care Scholarships

3 Adult Nursing students at Bournemouth University who applied for a newly launched Lewis-Manning Hospice Care end-of-life care Scholarship scheme will receive £3,000 of funding each for the 2021/2022 academic year.

The students not only receive the financial support but will also receive a range of support from Lewis-Manning, which includes travel costs, online learning, conference opportunities and the opportunity to shadow a member of the Lewis-Manning Hospice Care clinical team.

Interest in the scholarship scheme was extremely high, with 25 applications received. 10 short listed applicants were interviewed by Dr Linda Thompson, LMHC Board of Trustees Dr Sue Green Deputy Head of Department and Dr Sue Baron, Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing from the Department of Nursing in the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences at Bournemouth University.

The successful students include:
·       Grace Shobbrook, 28 years old, “This scholarship will allow me to graduate with invaluable professional development and experiences gained with the best support and knowledge from Lewis- Manning Hospice Care.  Palliative and end- of- life care is something I feel truly passionate about, and I am incredibly proud and grateful for this opportunity.  I look forward to starting this journey.”

·       Abbie McQueen, 21 years old, “This opportunity has given me the investment I need for my future, as nursing is not just a job for me, but a vocation. Palliative care is such an important stage of everyone’s life, and I am honoured to be a part of it.”

·      Tallulah Webb, 27 years old, “It’s an honour to have received the Lewis Manning Scholarship for the following year. I’ve had a special interest in palliative care since the start of my healthcare career and this will give me great learning opportunities that I would have otherwise not had.”                        
Dr Sue Baron, Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing commented “This is an amazing development opportunity for Grace, Abbie and Tallulah and we are extremely grateful to Clare Gallie, CEO, the Board of Trustees at Lewis-Manning Hospice Care, and the Burdett Nursing Trust for making this possible.  Dr Linda Thompson and I had our first meeting with Abbie, Tallulah and Grace this week when their excitement at being awarded these scholarships, and enthusiasm for making the most of the development opportunities that lie ahead was a delight to experience.  We are both looking forward to supporting their development during this final year of their BSc (Hons) in Nursing programme.”

Dr Linda Thompson, Lewis-Manning Hospice Care Trustee said, “We were very pleased with the level of interest shown in the Scholarship scheme and extremely impressed by the talent and passion shown by applicants.”

Lewis-Manning Hospice Care CEO Clare Gallie added, “We are delighted to welcome on board Grace, Abbie and Tallulah and offer huge congratulations on their success in being accepted on to the inaugural Scholarship scheme kindly supported by the Burdett Nursing Trust.  We look forward to working with them over the coming year and helping them to develop their skills and understanding of end-of-life care.

“It’s great to be partnering with Bournemouth University on this new scholarship initiative and I know that it will open new doors and opportunities for the students involved. We see the huge value of investing in student nurses to encourage their interest in palliative and end-of-life care.  We look forward to nurturing this new talent from Bournemouth University.”

About Lewis-Manning Hospice Care

Lewis-Manning Hospice Care is a charity established 29 years ago, providing extraordinary care to patients and their families facing a life-limiting illness across Poole, Purbeck and East Dorset. We offer a range of free hospice care services aimed at helping people to live well through their illness, closer to home.
These include:
– Day hospices, virtual and in person
– Creative arts & wellbeing support
– Lymphoedema clinic for cancer patients
– Better breathing clinic
– Bereavement & family support
Every year we support nearly 500 local people and we develop new services, based on patient need and identified gaps in the area.
To do this we need to raise over £1.6m every year. Without these funds we could not exist.
Our important work increases people’s physical and social well-being, reduces isolation and loneliness, supports people to stay in their homes longer, and alleviates the huge pressures on family and carers.

Registered charity no. 1120193

Dorset Spark! Local Talent and Business Event

Creative and  digital tech businesses are invited to meet future talent and consider ways to attract the finest graduates via workshop activity with potential recruits at ‘Dorset SPARK’, taking place on Wednesday 20th October.

Dorset SPARK will focus on retaining and attracting talent to the creative and tech sector in the BCP area. This event is part of BCP Council’s ‘Future Skills and Employment Week’ at Boscombe Royal Arcade and is hosted by Dorset Growth Hub.

It’s the perfect time for collaboration between multi-generational and multi-sector teams to find a practical, innovative solution to their challenge.

To register, click here.









REMINDER: On the Road…in Wallisdown!

Don’t forget tomorrow evening’s On the Road in Wallisdown, between 6 – 8 pm.

Bournemouth Chamber has received funding to re-establish trading districts in the Bournemouth area. The aim is to increase footfall, develop links, and put Wallisdown back on the map.  Bournemouth Chamber is holding Information Evenings and our first one will be in Wallisdown.

Join us to find out how the Chamber can help your business.

It is free to attend, but please register your interest here.

Request for Food Parcels from Small Businesses

A message from Dolly Senior,  KIDSCAPE

The Department of Education has given a grant to BCP Council to run a programme for families in need that will provide school holiday activities and food over the Easter Holidays and we are proud to be chosen as one of a small number of providers on the pilot scheme.

As part of the programme, we will be providing lunches and tea for the children that attend the club to encourage a healthy and balanced diet and also providing a food box to the families at the end of each week to encourage families to cook a healthy meal together.

As the scheme grant is very tight, we have only a small budget to do the catering.

As a small business ourselves, we would like to promote other small businesses and we are hoping that you can work with us on this project by donating food items. To make life easier for you, we will be happy to come and collect these items from you.

We will also put your business cards and information in with the food box and will also include your business into our report for BCP and the DfE.

Please see below the link to the programme that will give you more information:


We sincerely hope that we can work together in this small pilot project and help reduce child hunger.

Thank you in advance for any help you can give.

Yours sincerely,
Dolly Senior

Budget 2021 – your complimentary Budget Report

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has now unveiled the UK Government’s 2021 Budget. In his  statement, Mr Sunak revealed plans to help the country’s economy after the unprecedented financial impact of the coronavirus crisis.

I am pleased to enclose a complimentary St. James’s Place Budget Report which provides an important overview of all the essential facts and figures.


I  hope you find this useful in identifying how the tax changes announced may affect you. If you would like to discuss any specific areas of tax planning, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Wai Man Cheung
Senior Partner Practice of St James`s Place Wealth Management
Mill Street, Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset, SP7 0NU
Tel: 01258 830099  07734 787804


BCP Council: Financial support for businesses

Commenting in response to the lockdown announcement,  Councillor Philip Broadhead, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Regeneration and Economy at BCP Council, said:

“We’re determined to do everything we can to support our local businesses through the latest government lockdown. This will be one of our key priorities over the next four weeks. While this weekend’s announcement will undoubtedly place further strain across all sectors, we have confidence in the strength and resilience of our vibrant and dynamic business community.

“We will remain in regular communication with business owners and community leaders, signposting the latest guidance and support that will be made available at both the local and national level through our channels. We hope to receive more information from the government over the coming days and will be issuing further updates this week. At the same time, the Council will be looking closely and quickly around what we can do as a local authority to help our businesses through this tough period.’’

Click here to visit the BCP Council Financial Support for Business pages


Patron: Work from Vitality Stadium AFCB

AFCB are delighted to be able to offer workspace here at Vitality Stadium for those looking to get out of the house or simply enjoy a change of scenery.

As a COVID-secure venue, we are now able to take bookings for hospitality boxes or larger conference space for you and/or your team to work from during the week.

We appreciate that with social distancing in place, some smaller groups will need large spaces to operate within. However, this will not be reflected by an increase in price. To view our daily rates, please click here. Please note, if you are looking to book for a longer period of time, please contact our team to discuss an appropriate package.

To ensure the safety and wellbeing of our staff and clients, we have put stringent processes in place to give you peace of mind during your visit. Our extensive list of safety solutions includes social distancing compliance, capacity limitations, PPE and enhanced cleaning practices.

You can view our conference rooms in their new format by clicking here.

For more information or to book space at the stadium, please contact a member of the team by emailing events@afcb.co.uk.

We look forward to welcoming you to Vitality Stadium soon!