Talbot Village Trust funds construction of new Spinal Injury Centre

Talbot Village Trust funds construction of new Spinal Injury Centre

The local grant giving charity, Talbot Village Trust, has donated £100,000 to the national charity Livability Holton Lee to fund the construction of its new Spinal Injury Centre in Dorset.

The new Spinal Injury Centre is located at Livability’s pre-existing Wellbeing Discovery Centre,  Livability Holton Lee. The centre will provide respite and rehabilitation services to people suffering with a spinal cord injury.

The funding received from Talbot Village Trust has created a fully accessible residential space with a kitchen, en-suite rooms and therapy gym. A dedicated team of specialist practitioners will also be on site to offer personalised packages of rehabilitation, and support to people and their families with spinal cord injuries.

Lisa Hemsley, assistant director of fundraising at Livability, said: ‘‘Livability is extremely fortunate to have Talbot Village Trust as one of its supporters. Over the years they have given generously to a number of projects, many which would not have become a reality without their generous funding.

‘‘The Spinal Injury Centre at Livability Holton Lee, will have a positive impact on the lives of the people we support thanks to Talbot Village Trust.’’

Talbot Village Trustee, Nicholas Ashley-Cooper, 12th Earl of Shaftesbury, said: ‘‘We are proud to have donated over £438,000 in the last 16 years to Livability. We know first-hand that through a wide range of disability and community focused projects, Livability works to tackle barriers in people’s lives.

‘‘The opening of this state-of-the-art Spinal Injury Centre really excites me. As someone that has sustained and recovered from a spinal cord injury, I know personally why the need for good rehabilitation is vital. It is always a truly inspiring experience to visit Livability and see the professional support and opportunities given to enhance people’s lives through the wellbeing on offer at Holton Lee.’’

Talbot Village Trust meets biannually, and will be accepting applications for funding from both previous and new applicants in the area before the Trustees meet again in May. Please visit www.talbotvillagetrust.org for more information.


Prestigious award for Poole Quay Boat Haven

Prestigious award for Poole Quay Boat Haven

For the second year running Poole Quay Boat Haven has picked up one of the marine industry’s most prestigious awards.  It beat off competition from 40 marinas around the UK to be named as UK Coastal Marina of the Year 2017 (under 250 berths) by The Yacht Harbour Association (TYHA).

Jonathan White, General Manager at TYHA commented: “The Yacht Harbour Association are very pleased to present Poole Quay Boat Haven with the strongly contested UK Coastal Marina of the Year 2017 (under 250 berths) Award as nominated by their berth holders.

“Winning this accolade for a second year running is further evidence that the customer service and facilities provided by this dedicated team in Poole are of the highest professional standards and greatly valued by moorers and customers of this excellent 5 Gold Anchor accredited marina,” he added.

The Boat Haven offers up to 125 berths for everything from jet skis to 50m superyachts.  With direct access to Poole Quay and the historic Old Town, it’s just a short distance away from the Blue Flag beaches of Sandbanks, making it an ideal location for a day visit or a longer stay.

Poole Quay Boat Haven and Port of Poole Marina are run by Poole Harbour Commissioners (PHC) and they both hold TYHA’s coveted five Gold Anchor Award, which is a measure of marina quality and customer service.  To achieve this recognition, the Boat Haven had to pass a series of rigorous tests including a marina audit, mystery shops and berth holders questionnaires.

Commenting on these awards, Jim Stewart, PHC’s chief executive said: “The team at the Boat Haven pride themselves on maintaining a high standard of care for their visitors and I’m delighted to congratulate them all on this fantastic achievement.”


Talbot Village Trust awards funding to Bournemouth Sports Club

Talbot Village Trust awards funding to Bournemouth Sports Club

Bournemouth Sports Club has received £10,000 from the local grant giving charity, Talbot Village Trust, to invest in refurbishing the clubhouse.

The clubhouse, which is used by the local community for a wide range of events such as sports training, weddings and parties, underwent a much-needed refurbishment to restore it to a more functional condition.

Renovation of the toilet facilities and decoration of the social area ensured that the clubhouse could continue to be enjoyed by all the supporters of Bournemouth Sports Club on a regular basis.

Bournemouth Sports Club has a number of other facilities including football and rugby pitches, cricket pitches, squash courts and archery grounds.  These are used by sports clubs in the area such as Bournemouth Sports FC and Bournemouth Archery Club.

The funding received from the Trust was also used to replace damaged sports equipment, which is vital for the continued running of the sports club’s weekly sessions.

Mark Rance, general manager of Bournemouth Sports Club, said: ‘‘Thanks to the generous donation we were given by Talbot Village Trust, we have been able to update our main clubhouse which has created a welcoming atmosphere for all of our guests to enjoy.

‘‘We cater to a large mix of people, from sports club members, to those looking for a venue to hire. It is important to us to continue to operate our facilities at the highest standard, and the donation received has ensured this for many years to come.’’

Russell Lucas-Rowe, Trustee, added: ‘‘We are proud to support all different types of charities, churches or places of education with our funding. Bournemouth Sports Club is relied on by so many in the community to act as a place for all ages to put into practice their passion for sport.  It is fantastic to see that our donation has benefited all that use the club.’’

Talbot Village Trust meets biannually, and will be accepting applications for funding from both previous and new applicants in the area before the Trustees meet again in May. Please visit www.talbotvillagetrust.org for more information.


Inspire Entrepreneurs’ Conference – November 16

Inspire Entrepreneurs’ Conference – November 16

The Inspire Entrepreneurs’ Conference took place at the Bournemouth International Centre in November with 190 of the South’s biggest entrepreneurs in attendance to experience a fantastic line up of guest speakers sharing their expertise.

Hosted by Inspire, business and tax advisors, speakers included Alastair Humphreys (National Geographic Adventurer of the Year), Alex Dryden (Global Market Strategist for JP Morgan), and ‘techpreneur’ Matt Hawkins among many others.

Amongst a collection of Dorset business owners, our very own Liz Willingham was also asked to share her thoughts and business insights from the world of PR.

Liz commented, “I was pleased to be asked to provide business insights based on our experiences for the Inspire Entrepreneurs’ Conference. Video footage of entrepreneurs in their own environments was a great way to demonstrate the diversity of – and also the synergy between – Dorset’s businesses. I enjoyed being a part of it very much.”


Image courtesy of Inspire


Pavão String Quartet strike a chord with Tapper Funeral Service

Pavão String Quartet strike a chord with Tapper Funeral Service

The Bournemouth Chamber Music Society presented the Pavão String Quartet for a special concert at Bournemouth University’s Kimmeridge Hall. The concert was sponsored for the first time by Tapper Funeral Service’s Outlook Bereavement Support.

The Pavão formed 13 years ago at the Royal Academy of Music, and has since won many prizes, both individually and as an ensemble, including a Grammy and Brit Award nomination.

The quartet came together to treat guests to a sample of Haydn, Schubert’s Death and the Maiden, and Dame Ethyl Smyth. To conclude the concert, the audience experienced Pavão’s interpretation of Arnold Bax’s first quartet.

Joint managing director of Tapper Funeral Service, Steven Tapper, said: ‘‘The Bournemouth Chamber Music Society is often associated with musicians of an exceptional standard who play all over the world, with the Pavão Quartet being no exception.

‘‘I was pleased to see so many of our friends from Outlook Bereavement Support attend the concert and enjoy listening to the music. Our bereavement support brings together those who have lost loved ones and enables them to help each other through the grieving process. I believe music is a great therapy.’’

Leanne Adimi, funeral director at Tapper Funeral Service, added: ‘‘The musicians were extremely talented and performed beautifully. Through Tapper Funeral Service’s sponsorship of the concert, I was able to be introduced to music that I would never have heard before. It was lovely to spend quality time with friends from Outlook Bereavement Support, enjoying music together.’’

Outlook Bereavement Support represents a series of events which take place across Dorset and bring the bereaved together.  Free to attend lunches and walks are held for for anyone who has lost their spouse in the last few years, and aims to create new friendships and community support.

For more information about upcoming events please visit www.tapperfuneralservice.co.uk/bereavement-support/event-calendar.