Sandbanks has the X Factor!

Last week, Sandbanks welcomed the arrival of a certain celebrity guest.

X Factor star and double platinum artist Olly Murs and his band mates descended on the FJB Watersports Academy. The Academy is owned by our client The FJB Hotels Group, so LLPR was of course on hand to manage the day’s photography and press.

Olly was in Bournemouth as part of his UK tour and being followed by ITV2 cameras for a new television series.  The programme, due to be broadcast in April, documents his tour and also sees Olly taking part in various challenges and activities along the route.

With the Academy located next to the sea, there was only one challenge appropriate for Olly and his band mates – kayaking!

Dressed head to toe in appropriate waterproofs, Olly took to Poole Harbour like a duck to water, although more like a heron wading in the shallows as Olly sadly can’t swim. He did however successfully paddle his way around the bay, (with a look of terror on his face), watched not only by us and the ITV2 crew, but by countless screaming fans with homemade banners!

It was a great day, and not only fantastic exposure for the FJB Watersports Academy, but our very own LisaB had cheeky photo with the Essex heartthrob!

yummy chefs, yummy mummys & yummy easter eggs

It’s been quite an eventful month really; we’ve had the first rays of spring sunshine (yay! How nice was that?), the Budget (yawn), Mothering Sunday (any excuse for any woman to milk it) and Comic Relief (well done to everyone, including my 11 year old, Leila, for raising much needed funds).

Personally, this past month celebrity chef, James Martin, served me the most amazing steak I’ve ever had (OK, well sadly not just for me, but also for 200 others at the Bournemouth Hotel & Catering Show Dinner). The Liz Lean PR girls and myself dropped into the Print Room for some pancake flipping, under the guise of a “team meeting”, and we spotted TV hottie, Gary Lucy, outside the offices, pacing the pavements of Sandbanks on his mobile phone. Very exciting. Most notable was the incredibly funny and welcome big birthday celebration of Mr Andy Price (of Aruba, The Print Room and West Beach) – a 60’s themed affair, with groovy tunes supplied by Rob and the Jazz Juice crew. What a riot! Watching all the ‘great and good’ of the conurbation’s business community, council and high society grinding to the sounds in their flares, afro’s and other ridiculous get up was hilarious – happy birthday Andy, you threw a really great party!

Along the lines of serious pampering, and for my ‘blatant plug of the month’, I want to introduce you all to a beautiful boutique hair salon which has just opened in Ashley Cross, Poole – ‘Synergy on Parr Street’. The group’s third salon, this little beauty has a wonderful, young creative team led by Dan and Natalie and they’re keen to become a hub of activity for the Cross. The salon has a vintage and seriously chilled out feel, it’s easy to park and the famous ‘the dancing goat’ coffee shop is right next door so it really is now the best place to spot the area’s most glamorous yummy mummys!

Synergy on Parr Street

Working with St Peter’s church and others from Ashley Cross, they are hosting a Street Party to celebrate Kate and Will’s big day on the afternoon of the 29th April. We’ll be down there toasting the newlyweds and having a go with the kids at all their planned activities, come and join us.

We’re looking forward to Easter and the excuse to eat mountains of chocolate, not ideal when the fitness routine is still being attempted, albeit ‘routine’ perhaps is not the best term to use. Anyone seeing me trying to do crunches on the beach the morning after Andy Price’s bash might not have thought I’m taking it quite as seriously as I should be. They hopefully mistook me for some fin- flapping dolphin washed up on the shoreline! It entertained my friend Sarah anyway. Ultimately, I’m trying my best but it’s hard, so I admire any fitness addicts out there with the discipline to make it a key part of their lives, it’s so important for stress busting and health overall.

Whilst wishing you good health, I also hope you receive the Easter egg of your dreams (mine’s a simple Dairy Milk please). Enjoy the ‘Spring’ in your step!

Until the next time…




Valentine’s Day

Wow, I can’t believe we are well into February already; the short, sweet month of love that we PR types like to hi-jack with stories of proposals in obscure places, romance related surveys and tenuous product links to the forthcoming Royal nuptials.

It’s not all about the Valentine’s angle though. I think we should grasp the moment to celebrate all the things we love, even if it’s just a simple spot of clothes shopping! I am starting to relish in the research of a wedding outfit (not for Kate and William sadly, they say my invite is lost in the post) but for the wedding of my fab friends, Katie and Fred. Once all the jumble of the January sales has ended, it is so great to see all the spring collections making their entrance, and I can’t wait to find the outfit of my dreams. I’m easily pleased these days.

As a nation of animal lovers, February gives us another excuse to acknowledge the pets in our lives and our stinky old Zennor is one who deserves celebration this month. We have calculated that in human years, the Sandbanks phenomenon which is Zennor (named after the rugged village in west Cornwall, not the laxatives) is now a ripe 100 years old and deserves her Royal wedding invite, or at least a letter from the Queen.

We should really throw her a party. Zennor is almost as famous with the locals as Harry Redknapp in Sandbanks, where she has spent her life being treated with ice creams from tourists, a daily fried breakfast from the neighbours, or a pie from the newsagent’s delivery driver. She has friends, both human and four-legged, whom I have never previously clapped eyes on, who acknowledge her by name, or sniff, in the street. Her deceiving eyes manipulate the most innocent dog walker into feeling sorry for her, achieving a nice little walk on the beach with a stranger and a new dog to play with. She’s no fool. Zennor has been ‘papped’ windsurfing in the Harbour, and has made friends over a shared lunch box with every builder who has contributed to the Peninsula’s millionaire’s mile. Now she’s an old girl and due to the many rocks she has fished out of the harbour over the years, her teeth are rotten and her breath smells terrible. But she is a legend and we love her; someone should really write a book about her, although genuinely no one would believe some of her crazy stories.

Talking of books and the subject of animals, it leads me beautifully to my ‘blatant plug of the month’ which goes to charity, the Worldwide Veterinary Service (WVS) and Dorset’s very own celebrity TV vet, Luke Gamble, who launches his first book, ‘The Vet: My Wild and Wonderful Friends’ this month. No, the book’s not about his adventures with his PR agency, but an insight into his early career as a vet, leading to the launch of the charity and the subsequent filming of two series of the hit show, ‘Vet Adventures’ on Sky 1.

One of our current missions is to build the fantastic ‘Mile of Smiles’ campaign, raising awareness of the charity’s international work with animals in crisis by creating a mile of photographs of smiling people, or pets, or pets with people who have each donated £2. WVS sends teams of vets, volunteers and supplies to countries where no veterinary treatment is available. The small gift of £2 goes a long way to help animals in dire need and the people who rely on them across the globe. All the smiles can be viewed on the charity’s website and the campaign Facebook page; they’re worth a visit, there are some very funny pictures and, you know how the cheesy saying goes, “Smiling is infectious; you can catch it like the flu. Someone smiled at me today, and I started smiling too”. You won’t be able to help yourself! For more information and to upload your ‘smile’, visit

Here’s hoping you catch smiles and not the flu this month. Until the next time, and my update on my slow but steady process in the fitness stakes, enjoy the love.


Liz x

Tickets are ‘Hot Property’ for Awards

The finalists have been announced and with just weeks to go, tickets for the very first Dorset Property and Architecture Awards are selling well. Endorsing the high profile nature of property in the County, the event on Wednesday February 9th 2011, has attracted TV property expert, Phil Spencer, to host proceedings for the evening.

This is a sector which is often the gauge of economic up or downturn, so attracts plenty of interest.  Property in Dorset has always been a subject of much debate on a national and international level.

Tickets are priced at £50 per head and include a sparkling drinks reception sponsored by PH Warr and a three-course Dorset supper with wine. Cheques should be made payable to Dorset Property & Architecture Awards and sent to Planning Solutions, Russell House, Oxford Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH8 8EX. For more information go to or call 01202 707558.

The finalists are as follows (in alphabetical order):

Best Architectural Practice:

Anders Roberts & Associates

Broadway Malyan

David James Architects


HGP Architects

Ingenium Archial Ltd

Morgan Carey

Philip Proctor & Associates

Quantum Group

Terence O’Rourke

The Architects Design Group

Trinity Architects

Western Design

Williams Lester


Best Conversion or Extension

Anders Roberts & Associates – The Exchange Building, Hinton Road, Bournemouth

ASN Capital – Badorgan Road, Bournemouth

Graemar Group/Tesco – Westbourne Methodist Church, Bournemouth

G Warren/Harriplan – Breeze, 1 Charminster Road, Bournemouth

Morgan Carey – The Goods Shed, Wareham

Western Design – Pump House, Spetisbury

Williams Lester – 1 Bury Road, Poole

Best New Commercial or Mixed Use Development

Barratt/HGP Architects – Honeycombe Chine, Bournemouth

Christchurch Harbour Hotels Ltd/Broadway Malyan – Christchurch Harbour Hotels

DWP – St Clements Road, Bournemouth

Graemar Group/Tesco – Westbourne Methodist Church

Williams Lester/Brightwater – Studland Dene, Bournemouth

Best New Community Project

Dorset County Council/Surestart – Children’s Centre, Swanage

Ingenium Archial Ltd/Borough of Poole – Hamworthy Community Library

Philip Proctor & Associates – The Exchange, Sturminster Newton

Terence O’Rourke/Dorset County Council – Milldown Primary School, Blandford

Best New Residential Development

Anders Roberts & Associates – 21 Buccleugh Road, Poole

David James Architects/Banner Homes – Crichel Mount Road, Poole

Philip Proctor – Grosvenor House, Shaftesbury

Quantum Group – Aspire, Alton Road, Poole

Quantum Group – Bailie Park, Poole

Terence O’Rourke – 29a Western Avenue, Poole

Best Eco or Environmental Project

David James Architects/Towncourt Homes – Canford Crescent, Poole

Dorset County Council/Surestart – Children’s Centre, Swanage

Western Design/Portus Homes – Partridge Walk, Poole

Zeroc Holdings – St John’s Way, Poundbury

Best Estate or Letting Agent

Dave Wells Properties (Letting Agent) – Bournemouth

Edwards Estate Agents – Ferndown

Move on Rentals – Parkstone, Poole

Realty Property Solutions – Parkstone

Richard Godsell Estate Agents – Southbourne, Bournemouth

Slades Estate Agents – Bransgore

Slades Estate Agents & Letting – Christchurch

Slades Estate Agents – Highcliffe

Slades Estate Agents & Letting – Southbourne

YouHome Estate & Letting Agents – Bournemouth

Best Rural Development

Morgan Carey – Burngate Stone Carving Centre

Waitrose/John Lewis /Morgan Carey – The Cricket Pavilion, Wimborne

Williams Lester/Wilton Homes – Chantry Farm, Gillingham

We look forward to welcoming you on the night!

Cheryl Cole’s X Factor bootcamp to take place in Sandbanks Superhome?

Cheryl Cole’s X Factor bootcamp to take place in Sandbanks Superhome?

Our local newspaper, Bournemouth Daily Echo, is taking on Perez Hilton in the gossip stakes today! The rumour is the X Factor might be coming to Poole.

Everyone’s favourite X Factor judge,  Cheryl Cole, is required to stay in the UK after her recent bout of malaria, so X Factor location scouts are looking for a suitably stunning location to rival her fellow judges’ overseas venues.

The glamorous Girls Aloud singer might be hosting her bootcamp in a multi-million pound mansion called Emporio, according to Sandbanks-based property developers Seven, who confirmed receiving an enquiry from ITV.

Emporio by Seven Developments, Sandbanks

“We got a call after they saw our Emporio house, which has recently been finished. We understand they are just looking at it as one option at the moment,”confirmed the guy from Seven Development, but there was no mention of his name…

Our client, Adrian Dunford of Tailor Made estate agents in Sandbanks, who was happy to be named, said he was not surprised the area was being considered “When the sun is out, Poole Harbour and Sandbanks compare with anywhere in the world,” he said. “The backdrop of the water is fantastic and the views are terrific.”

All the girls in our office agree that a sunny Sandbanks can rival last year’s judges destinations including Dubai, Los Angeles and Tuscany. We think that the three-floor, £4.5 million Emporio would be a winning venue for the X Factor and we’d happily look after  Cheryl while she’s in town.