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Free Baking Mornings for under 5’s at Sandbanks Beach Cafe

Budding young Delia’s and Jamie Oliver’s can cook up some tasty treats and test their baking skills at the Sandbanks Beach Café every day with the launch of the ‘Little Chefs’ morning.

The new initiative, which is free to anyone purchasing a drink, will be held every day from 10 -12 pm. Children under five can get creative and learn the skills of rolling and cutting their very own

biscuits with the help of the Sandbanks Beach Café staff.

Sue Bartlett, regional manager of Banquets Group, proprietor of Sandbanks Beach Café said: “We welcome many families who enjoy a bite to eat and a relaxing drink in the wonderful surroundings of the Café.

“To give parents a break and offer a fun activity for children, we are launching the Little Chefs’ morning. The activity is absolutely free to any child under five when their parent purchases a drink.

“Every week our pastry chef will devise a new biscuit recipe and children can create their own biscuits which will then be baked in our seaside kitchen. Children will also receive a free Babyccino to enjoy with mum or dad and will go home with the biscuits they made. Or they can try the freshly baked treats they created with another drink in the Sandbanks Beach Café.”

Little Chefs’ mornings will help children to understand food and learn important baking skills, giving them the freedom to get creative and have fun in the kitchen.

The Little Chefs’ mornings will start from 16th October and will run every day from 10am – 12pm until mid December.

For further information contact Sandbanks Beach Café on 01202 708621 or visit

Help needed at Julia’s House Charity Shop

The Julia’s House charity shop in Bransgore is desperate for volunteers after losing some of its helpers to local employment opportunities. The shop, on Oaktree Parade, is looking for people to help for a morning, afternoon or for a few hours.

“We urgently need help both on the till and be- hind the scenes sorting donations, steaming clothes and lots of other essential tasks. We are a friendly team and would love to meet anyone that is interested in donating some time – just pop in for a chat and a coffee without obligation. Perhaps you are a mum whose children are now at school – just a few hours a week would help us a lot! You don’t need retail experience be- cause we will train you,” explains shop manager Rosemarie Spalding.

The Julia’s House charity shops are vital in the charity’s bid to raise £2.7 million to run its free service for Dorset families.

“We’ve always been lucky to have fab volunteers in the past and I just know there are people out there who can help!”

If you would like to discuss joining the team, please contact volunteer co-ordinator June Maid- ment on 01202 644220, call Rosemarie or Deb- bie at the shop on 01425 673946 or visit the shop at 1 Oaktree Parade.


The National Theatre’s award-winning production of WAR HORSE comes to The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton from 19 February – 15 March 2014 as part of a ten month, nine-venue tour of the UK and Ireland.

Seen by over 2.4 million people worldwide since its premiere at the National Theatre in 2007, WAR HORSE will visit Plymouth Theatre Royal, Birmingham Hippodrome, The Lowry in Salford, the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin, Sunderland Empire, the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford and the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff.

National Theatre Producer Chris Harper said: ‘We are delighted that our production of War Horse will soon be touring the UK and Ireland and we are particularly thrilled that the tour opens in Devon, where the play is set. After London, New York, a US tour and Australia, War Horse comes home.

WAR HORSE is the powerful story of a young boy called Albert and his beloved horse, Joey, who has been requisitioned to fight for the English in World War I. Caught in enemy crossfire, Joey ends up serving on both sides during the war before landing in no man’s land, while Albert, not old enough to enlist, embarks on a treacherous mission to find his horse and bring him home. A

remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship, WAR HORSE features ground-breaking puppetry work by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, which brings breathing and galloping horses to life on stage.

WAR HORSE is based on a novel by Michael Morpurgo, adapted by Nick Stafford and presented in association with Handspring Puppet Company. Directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, it is designed by Rae Smith, lighting is by Paule Constable and movement and horse choreography by Toby Sedgwick. The puppetry directors are Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler, with video design by 59 Productions Ltd, song-making by John Tams, music by Adrian Sutton and sound by Christopher Shutt.

Now in its fourth year in London’s West End, WAR HORSE consistently attracts sell-out houses at the New London Theatre. The Broadway production, which continues its run at the Lincoln Center until 6 January 2013, was the winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Play and a Special Tony Award for Handspring Puppet Company.

The Canadian production opened to critical acclaim in Toronto in February 2012, while a North American tour began in Los Angeles in June 2012 and will visit 27 cities in its first year, with future productions planned for Australia and Berlin.

Tickets for War Horse (Wed 19 February – Sat 15 March 2014) are on sale from The Mayflower Box Office tel: 02380 711811, online at or in person from the Mayflower

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