As the evenings again draw in and the days are short we tend not to venture out quite so much, nevertheless the winter period is one where the foundations of the autumn and summer are laid. To this end the Executive team are trying hard to pull together exhibitions and events which will continue to support and promote the town.
Jan Marsh has been working with Andrew Hawkes to bring forward the blue plaque we hope to able to locate at the entrance of Poole Hospital. The plaque will be dedicated to Lady Cornelia Guest who established the hospital on the Longfleet site back in 1907. Meanwhile we are looking to other locations and would welcome suggestions.
There are other issues which I know have motivated many of our members to raise their heads above the parapet. The merger of the local authorities of Poole, Bournemouth and Christchurch has been rumbling on for many months even years but has now got approval which will see a great administrative change for us. But now that the decision has been made, it is for us to maintain the identity of Poole, to keep our traditions and heritage alive and to support and promote the town.
Poole Park has also been in the news with the withdrawal of the train service over the summer, however we have a fabulous Park and I thought it a good time to remind ourselves in this View from Poole magazine about its origins and how important it has been and remains to the town. There is also a story in this magazine of saving lives at sea, something which has been synonymous with Poole for
hundreds of years. I hope you enjoy them.
Meanwhile the Society continues to invite you, our members, and guests to our monthly talks about Poole and its surrounds. We don’t always get it right but we hope that they are enjoyable, informative and a chance to get together. We will also invite our members to join Gordon Brown and friends on coach tours and to attend our Christmas event on December 12th, the Christmas event last year was a great success and this year will be even better! Indeed at the time of writing this we have well over 60 people booked to attend our annual lunch which is very pleasing as I hope everyone enjoys our get togethers.
As ever we are limited in what we can do without your support. Our Executive is short of members and so the burden of “doing” falls to a few. I hope that with your support we can do more and that the few becomes a few more. This help can be to assist in distributing this magazine as well as attending events, bringing forward ideas and projects themselves.
Meanwhile I hope you continue to enjoy this magazine, our talks and events. If you want to drop me a line with ideas and comments, please feel free to do so as any correspondence will be most welcome.
Mike Pearce Chairman