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New Store for Ferndown in Ameysford Road

November 13 2013

Wednesday 13 November was a big day for Ameysford residents. For the first time in many years they found they had an exciting new convenience store within walking distance.

The TraceyAnns Store offers a full range of groceries with the bonus of an off-licence in a modern, spacious and bright environment. This independently owned shop also offers a refreshment corner, providing respite whilst shopping or a handy place to meet with friends, a feature that is bound to be popular. Both facilities are unique in Ameysford.

Previously known as the Streamline Stores, situated at 61-63 Ameysford Road, the stores are the fruit of much labour by the new owner Tracey, who purchased the property and has carried out the major refit after it had stood empty and been something of an eyesore for many years

The formal opening was carried out by the Deputy Mayor Cllr Steve Lugg, himself a very local resident who may well now become a customer!

New Youth Shelter Unveiled in Ferndown

November 05 2013

A new 22-seat youth shelter has been installed on a Ferndown estate to help tackle the issue of anti-social behaviour.

The hexagonal shelter arrived on the Heatherlands estate in East Dorset to provide young people with a safe place to meet.

It has been placed alongside the BMX track on Ford Lane and comes with solar panels on the roof to power a low-level ambient light activated by a movement sensor.

The community project was led by Police Constable Julian Humphries, on behalf of the Heatherlands PACT (Partners and Communities Together), and compliments the extensive improvements made by Ferndown Town Council to the football pitch and nearby paths.

The youth shelter follows the opening of a new BMX track on the estate earlier this year.

PC Humphries said: “The aim of both projects is to reduce anti-social behaviour by giving local youths a place where they can meet away from local residents and businesses.

“It has been my pleasure to work on the estate for 11 years and each year things have been improving. This latest project is a fine example of partnership working, providing local youths with their own safe and resilient place to meet.”   

Ninety per cent of the £10,000 cost of the project was funded by Synergy Housing through their Neighbourhood Toolkit Fund.

Julie Robinson, chair of Synergy Housing’s local neighbourhood panel, said: “This will be an excellent resource for young people living on the Heatherlands estate and all over Ferndown. 

“It’s great that we’ve been able to support the funding of a project like this through the Neighbourhood Toolkit. It will make such a difference to the local community.”

The remaining funds were met by East Dorset District Council, Ferndown South Neighbourhood Watch and the Heatherlands Community Association.

John Hanrahan, Heatherlands community leader, said: “This is a much needed facility for the older teenagers giving them their own space.”

Douglas Lock, chair of Ferndown South Neighbourhood Watch, added: "This shelter is long awaited, sorely needed and will be much appreciated.

“It is a welcome improvement to the Ford Lane recreation area and the Neighbourhood Watch help for this shelter is in tune with their aspirations for improving life in local communities."

Cllr Steven Lugg, deputy Mayor of Ferndown, said: I have been determined since joining council in 2008 to improve Ford Lane Recreation Ground facilities to an appropriate standard.  With the support of community colleagues, such as PC Julian Humphries, we have achieved this together for the Heatherlands community.”

Ferndown Jitsu Club - Medals Galore!

October 30 2013

Group with a haul of Awards, Trophies and Medals.

NATIONAL JUNIOR TEAM RUNNERS UP 2013

With a change of date and in a school half term, Ferndown Jitsu Club were a little short on numbers at the National Junior Atemi's Competition held this year in Walsall Birmingham on Saturday 26 October.

However we still walked away with a haul of Awards, Trophies and Medals. Alesha Cronk won Gold - Busta Howard won Silver - Arron Killford & Brandon Cronk won a Bronze each - Beau Spencer, Josh Cronk , Sensei Ollie Prestion won a Special each. winning 7 Trophies and 12 medals.

Sensei Fiona Richarson won the Jitsu Foundations "Ambassador of the Year Award" 2013 for her work in the development in Mini Jitsu for the 4 to 7 year olds and Jordan Lea passed his 1st Kyu Brown Belt grading, he also was Top Student in the grading and is now a Sensei, he is only the 9th Student to reach this rank at Ferndown.

A very well done must go to Ferndowns Lead Instructor Sensei Rob Hanrahan and his team of Instructors for their hard work and also, to our very own Erica for all of her help.

Chairman Sensei Hatamoto John Hanrahan said "Please keep it up, Ferndown came second in the National Team Competition and I am very proud of you all"

Photo Description - Group with a haul of Awards, Trophies and Medals. Alesha Cronk won Gold - Busta Howard won Silver - Arron Killford & Brandon Cronk won a Bronze each - Beau Spencer, Josh Cronk , Sensei Ollie Prestion all won a Special award each. Thats 7 Trophies and 12 medals. 

LAUNCH OF FERNDOWN POPPY APPEAL 2013

October 25 2013

The annual Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal is renowned for providing excellent welfare and aftercare support for the Armed Forces community.

On Friday 25th October, Ferndown’s Deputy Mayor, Cllr Steve Lugg, officially opened the local appeal at Ferndown’s RBL Garden of Remembrance.

The Ferndown branch of the Royal British Legion has one of the largest memberships in the UK and is keen to raise a record sum.

Cllr Lugg spoke movingly at the ceremony:

“In so proudly and emotionally opening the local Poppy Appeal for 2013, I think of our Armed Forces past and present.  I think of my contemporaries, of my son in the Household Cavalry and of everyone’s sons and daughters. I know that fallen comrades would hope that those remaining are well looked after by us all and so I ask the Ferndown public to support this Appeal generously once again”

Nationally 350,000 volunteers are needed for the Poppy Appeal collection.  Last year £35 million was raised.  If you would like to help out with the collection in the Ferndown area, please contact the Royal British Legion in Church Road Ferndown on 01202 877706 or e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A fundraising indoor cycle ride is to be held once again on Fri Nov 1st at 8pm at Ferndown Royal British Legion in aid of the Poppy Appeal.  Each sponsored rider is asked to complete a 15 minute ride, covering 4 miles on cycle machines provided by Ferndown Leisure Centre.  The idea is to cover 544 miles – the equivalent distance of Ferndown to its twinned town, Segre, in France.  Why not go along to support the team?  The event is open to all.