Welcome to this the Winter 2022 edition of the View from Poole.
It is getting dark again however I hope everyone is keeping warm in these difficult times, it won’t be long until Christmas and longer days – honestly. We remain committed to
Poole’s heritage however things are becoming more difficult with BCP being a larger and more impersonal organisation, the fact that we are part of a larger conurbation doesn’t help as there is less of a focus on Poole itself. It is therefore disappointing that our present Mayor, as passionate as he may be, appears to have got swallowed up in the system. We desperately need our heritage leaders to step up, be bold and to be a rallying point for the cause of Poole, to shout loudly about heritage issues of concern to us
all and to effectively communicate between like minded groups when battles need to be fought. Unfortunately, since the creation of Charter Trustees, this does not appear to be the case.
All Poole Councillors are part of the Charter Trustees for the town and must take a step forward. The debacle of the Remembrance Sunday event in Poole Park is an embarrassment to us all and must not be allowed to be replicated. To this end the Society continues to fight for the missing heritage lamp post, recently trying to cajole the CEO of BCP Mr
Graham Farrant, as well as the Chairman of BCP Cllr Hedges (who has previously supported us on this point). We have been told “soon” and indeed I have been asked to attend a
meeting, so fingers crossed we can make progress on this and the refurbishment of a couple of the light units for which we have been allocated £20,000 but have been blocked so far from doing anything.
We are also now committed to our next large project which is to Beat the Sea Bounds in 2024. This, one of Poole’s most high-profile heritage events, has not occurred for several
years and indeed the last event in 2016 with Mayor Xena Dion, had to be organised unofficially as the Poole Council of that time, wouldn’t sanction the event. This time we hope
to shut the Quay, provide an afternoon of entertainment on the Quay with sea shanties etc whilst the sea bounds are beaten, returning to a pirate event on and in the Quay!
Presently we have reached out to Poole Maritime Trust, Poole Rotary, Pirates of Poole and PHC but hope to engage with local businesses and other organisations to create the full experience. This will be a fitting event for our centenary year in 2024 and one I hope everyone can come along to and enjoy. If however you are able to help us organise this please let me know!
Meanwhile keep warm and safe.
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