View from Poole Summer 2022

View from Poole Summer 2022

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Chairman’s Note

Welcome to this the Summer 2022 edition of the View from Poole.

The trees are greening up and although the temperature hasn’t got here yet I trust we are all looking forward to a bit of warmth so we can get outdoors. I anticipate that this year Poole will finally wake up from Covid with a full agenda of activities, rather than the brave few of last year. The Society for Poole aim to attend Harry Paye Day on the 18th June and
will host Dorset Architectural Heritage Week’s Guildhall event on Tuesday 13th September (tbc).

I am pleased that the AGM went well, we signed off a couple of years accounts, welcomed Alison Harris to the Executive and set out the aims for the Society for this year. One of the exciting tasks is to refurbish a couple of the heritage lights at the bottom of Evening Hill. I’m pleased that we have now been granted £20,000 from BCP CIL fund to see if we can take down the lighting units, check them for damage them refurbish them so they are set up for the next 100 years. One of the associated tasks is also to push BCP to actually re-erect the “lost” unit which BCP took away 7 years ago after a boat damaged it but never returned. So far tracking the unit down has been a frustrating task but we won’t give up.

We also aim to erect a new Blue Plaque to Louie Dingwall on the wall of the Sandbanks Beach Office and refurbish the boundary
plaque at Durley Dene.

Word that BCP may seek to demolish the Civic Centre building in its entirety, despite the work of the Society of Poole and the
late Robin Moy in particular to get it locally listed as a heritage asset, is most disturbing. We will try to get to the bottom of this but expect a fight!

Meanwhile I wish everyone well, for all to have a well-earned enjoyable summer and to get out and enjoy Poole at its best – in the sun.

Mike Pearce

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May 2022

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