Thank you for everyone who attended our Poole Quay events this summer. We gained more new members and spread the word about the Society with particular interest in our new Blue Plaque for Poole Hospital and in the old images of Poole on our display boards. I was also really pleased that the Poole Flag Trust, with whom we shared the space, was very successful selling the flags of our town so I hope we will see more flying from boats and buildings in and around Poole.
It seems that the BCP Council is now up and running. I consider the jury remains out on its effectiveness however the opening of toilets in Poole is a first indication that priorities may change slightly. Of great disappointment was the lack of celebration and promotion by the BCP tourism office of the role of Poole in the D Day landings. Whilst veterans of the event visited Poole and were welcomed by the Marines, many more people would have liked to have joined them and recognised the contribution they and the town made to the day. We hope to promote an event in Poole, by working with the Museum, Royal British Legion and others to make sure that Poole has an exhibition next Spring/Summer to celebrate VE/VJ day. Meanwhile there is a celebration of the Battle of Britain at St James church on September 8th, which is being promoted by the Royal Airforce Association. I hope people can attend with the Society.
Despite our best efforts Bournemouth & Poole College have withdrawn from our “then and now” photographic initiative. As such we will look to see if we can work with local photographic clubs. If anyone is a member of one please let me know.
We continue with our talks however unfortunately a mix up with dates meant that the Cornelia Hospital talk was missed by some people. We tried through emails and Facebook to let everyone know but if we couldn’t get through to you please accept our apologies! Other talks this period have been very well received but we are always looking for new speakers and topics.
Finally, it is our annual lunch on the 27th November. Last year we had 65 people attending and had a lovely meal at the Thistle
Hotel. We plan to return this year and hope we can welcome more people; please return the slip in this edition of View from Poole and book your place and select your meal options. I look forward to seeing everyone at this enjoyable event.