Welcome to the January 2017 E-Bulletin

We would like to wish all our supporters a very happy and prosperous 2017.

Trustees needed for an exciting new environmental charity

Cranborne Chase Landscape Trust

This is a fantastic opportunity to help run a new charity - the Cranborne Chase Landscape Trust (CCLT), which is focused on conserving and enhancing the Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). In particular, the charity has been set up to help:

  • Ensure that traditional rural trades and crafts are kept alive
  • Offer young people opportunities to gain practical countryside skills
  • Encourage and enable people to get out and explore the countryside
  • Provide opportunities for all ages to learn about the wonderful landscape, wildlife, history, archaeology and culture of the area
  • Promote the area as a green tourism destination for those who might want to come to walk, ride or cycle or learn about the area
  • Offer a wide range of volunteering opportunities

Current projects we are involved with: Helping to deliver a new visitor and interpretation centre for the Cranborne Chase AONB and supporting a conservation project to improve local habitats for the endangered Turtle Dove.

Skills that we are looking for: We would be really interested in hearing from you if you have skills or experience in any of the following areas: fundraising/bid writing, project management, marketing/promotion, HR, finance/book keeping or business acumen.

For more information: Visit our website www.cranbornechaselt.org.uk. If you would like to have an informal chat, then please contact Steve Avery, Chairman of CCLT savery1@btinternet.com / 01425 483075 or Zam Baring, Trustee and Vice Chairman of the AONB Partnership Panel zam.baring@keofilms.com

All interested applicants are asked to send a supporting statement and CV to Shirley Merrick on shirleymerrick@cranbornechase.org.uk

Closing Date: 30th January 2017 Interviews: February 2017 (TBC)

Stargazing Event

Dark Night Skies - Taking Light Readings

Join us for an enthralling evening under some of the darkest skies in southern England!

Warm clothing is advised. There will be a presentation followed by the star gazing event, with a longer presentation if it is cloudy.

This event is led by Bob Mizon, Coordinator: Commission for Dark Skies, British Astronomical Association
and members of the Wessex Astronomical Society.

Location: Ansty Pick Your Own, Salisbury SP3 5PX
Time: 7.30pm - 10.00pm
Cost: £5 adults/16yrs & under free

Please book in advance by calling 01725 517417, or email us at info@cranbornechase.org.uk

Help ensure the dark starry skies of the AONB continue to be seen and appreciated

Dark night skies are one of the very special qualities of the Cranborne Chase AONB. National data continues to show the general loss of dark night skies across the country and an increasing risk of light pollution across the AONB.

In order to conserve and enhance the quality of our night skies the AONB's Management Plan 2014-2019 has a clear objective to apply for the prestigious Dark Night Sky status for the AONB.

How can you help?

You can do your bit to help us to gain International Dark Sky Reserve status for Cranborne Chase AONB! Go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NL375VD and take the Dark Sky Pledge if you'd like to support this work. Find out more on our website: our-work/dark-night-skies/

Cranborne Chase Woodfair


The Cranborne Chase AONB Partnership has agreed that the Cranborne Chase Woodfair will no longer be held in the foreseeable future. It was a difficult decision and has been taken with a heavy heart.

The AONB team has increasing commitments to different projects during 2017 and beyond, not least a recently successful major Landscape Partnership Scheme which will hopefully see a myriad of new projects taking place across the AONB in future years. Alongside that, our Foundations of Archaeology project is growing in popularity with volunteer numbers increasing; the team continues to work on tourism initiatives; the Dark Night Sky bid; a major outdoor arts event 2017; various forthcoming seminars on topics of community interest and our vision of a Countryside Centre for the AONB remains. Weekly commitments to our Partnership, planning and other Local Authority colleagues continue. Team resources available to stage such large events as the Woodfair are unfortunately now stretched very thinly. We will, however, be present at the Chalke Valley History Festival again this year and we would urge you to come and visit us there June 26th-July 2nd.

The Woodfair has been a truly fabulous event since 2007 and we would like to take this opportunity of thanking all the many traders, demonstrators and thousands of visitors who have supported the event over time. Together, you all made the Woodfair the unique event that it was. We also thank both the Rushmore and Breamore Estates who have hosted the Woodfair and Bradsons Event Services who brought their professional skills to bear in the organisation of the Woodfair.

The AONB team is sorry for any disappointment this decision may cause. There are many opportunities for future events to help showcase this stunning AONB and the work that is being undertaken by the AONB Partnership, team and communities of the area. We hope you will be able to come along and enjoy them in the same way that you enjoyed the Woodfair.

Thanking you again for your support,

Linda Nunn
Director, Cranborne Chase AONB

Foundations of Archaeology Project update

Friday 9 December witnessed a party of FoA volunteers swarming up the flanks of Hod Hill, in the company of Claire Pinder (Dorset County Archaeologist).

The sheer scale of the earthworks on this hillfort perhaps made as deep an impression on 'founders of archaeology' such as Colt Hoare as it did on us. Hod Hill is also one of the two places where the Durotriges and the Roman army are said to have actually clashed, if Richmond, who excavated the site in the 1950s, is to be believed.

geophysical survey

Richmond found Roman ballista bolts in proximity to what he interpreted a chieftain's house. Irrespective of whether such a head-on conflict actually happened, the Roman military camp and barracks inserted into one corner of the hillfort still stands as one of the most striking examples of the Roman occupation of Iron Age Britain. All the more so, since the rigidly rectilinear Roman barracks can be contrasted with the huge array of very round Iron Age huts which a recent geophysical survey of the site revealed (see photo on right).

Nearby Hambledon Hill also boasts an Iron Age hillfort and the sequence of occupation between the two forts, and the commanding nature of both may become clearer as our evidence base increases as a result of continuing investigation of this archaeologically rich part of Dorset.

For more information about the project and to find out how you can be involved, please have a look at the blog at foundationsofarchaeology.wordpress.com or get in touch with Emma archaeology@wyvernheritage.co.uk or ring 01747 870810 or 07983279825.

Dorset Food & Drink - FREE Event 16th Jan

Grants and support to grow your Food & Drink business in Dorset

Dorset Food & Drink

There has never been a better time to start the year with high hopes and ambitions; to dust of those ideas and plans and look to the future. Dorset Food & Drink, the county's networking and membership organisation for food producers and retailers is delighted to bring together a mix of partners who can help businesses start or develop their plans.

The food and drink businesses of Dorset are deeply rooted in a long history of artisan producers, many of which have developed into strong local and even national brands. Consumers, retailers and the hospitality industry look to this heritage to assure themselves of high quality, locally and ethically sourced products that enhance their own experience.

Katharine Wright of Dorset Food & Drink said "the New Year is often time when we think of a fresh start and 2017 could be an inspiring time for our wonderful food and drink businesses. There are grants and other support available to support business growth, to help create new jobs or improve marketing and business skills. All food and drink businesses are invited to join us at Kingston Maurward College on Monday 16 January to meet representatives from grants programmes, and business support."

Simon Hoare, MP for North Dorset will be present as the Key Note speaker and there will be plenty of opportunities to talk to grant providers and business support. The event starts at 5.00pm with booking essential as numbers are limited. To book contact 01305 224785 or go to www.eventbrite.co.uk


Katharine Wright - Dorset Food & Drink
e: k.wright@dorsetcc.gov.uk t:01305 228239

Sarah Harbige - Dorset LEADER Programme Manager
e: s.e.harbige@dorsetcc.gov.uk t: 01305 228699

Funding Update

Sources of funding

Heart of Wessex LEADER Local Action Group - grants for rural businesses and organisations: www.heartofwessex.co.uk.

Northern Dorset LEADER Local Action Group - grants for rural businesses and organisations: www.dorsetleader.org.uk.

You can also see all the funding information on the AONB Website funding page. This shows the latest postings from our funding blogger page, and you can subscribe to receive automatic updates.

The Wiltshire and Swindon HLC Project is now complete!

Historic Landscape Characterisation

Historic Landscape Characterisation is the examination of the historic and archaeological processes which have influenced the form and use of the modern landscape. It is concerned with the whole landscape and provides a broad overview of the historic environment present in each area.

In practical terms, Historic Landscape Characterisation data can be used for:

  • Planning applications and development strategy.
  • The conservation and management of heritage sites and landscapes.
  • Academic research and local study.
  • Community projects and initiatives.

This web page is intended to give a flavour of the work produced by the Wiltshire and Swindon HLC Project, with an interactive website being made available once the entire county has been characterised.

If you would like to know more about this exciting project, have any comments, or would like to get involved then please send an email to Thomas.Sunley@wiltshire.gov.uk.

Save your Red Phone Box

Red Phone Box

RURAL communities are being urged to adopt their local red phone box - or face the possibility of its removal.

Out of 46,000 working public payphone kiosks on the streets of the UK, around 8,000 are traditional red phone boxes, but the advent of mobile phones means many phone boxes are seldom used, if at all. BT is currently consulting on proposals to remove a number of kiosks - including many that haven't been used at all during the past year.

But towns and villages across the country also have the opportunity to preserve their local phone box for just a £1 under BT's Adopt a Kiosk scheme. More than 3,500 kiosks have been adopted and transformed into a variety of new uses since the scheme was introduced in 2008.

Some decommissioned phone boxes have been fitted with life-saving defibrillation machines. Others have been turned into art galleries, mini libraries or information centres. Whether communities wished to retain a telephony service, adopt the physical kiosk, or see it removed, anyone with an interest should speak up as part of the consultation. BT said it had always acknowledged that the company had a duty of care to safeguard what was a iconic fixture in many communities.

BT head of payphones Neil Scoresby said: "The success of the Adopt a Kiosk scheme has shown the huge amount of affection communities throughout the UK have for red phone boxes." For more details about Adopt a Kiosk, see the website at www.business.bt.com.



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