2016: Obituary – Glennis Owen (Glen) Bower

BOWER Glennis Owen (Glen) Peacefully passed away on Wednesday 1st June 2016, aged 92 years. A much loved Husband, Father and Grandfather, who will be greatly missed by all of the family. A service of Thanksgiving & Remembrance will be held at St James Church, Kingston on Friday 17th of June at 2.00pm. Family flowers only please, but donations if desired, to Local Macmillan Nurses, may be made on-line at funeraldirector.co.uk/glen-bower or sent to James Smith Funeral Directors, 60a Kings Road, Swanage, BH19 1HR, Tel 01929 422445

Bournemouth Echo, 9 June 2016

2015: Obituary: Ivy Louisa LEWIS nee CHAPPELL

LEWIS Ivy Louisa (née Chappell) Passed away peacefully after a short illness at Poole Hospital on Friday 20th November aged 86 years. Beloved wife of the late Ron. Dearly loved mother of Dennis, Owen, Brian, Sue, Jackie, Julie and Teresa and to Vreni, Roz, Sue, Simon, Adrian, Tony and the late Rich. A loving grandma and great grandma. Funeral Service in the Church of St James, Kingston on Monday 7th December at 2.00pm. Family flowers only please, donations if desired for the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance may be sent to Albert Marsh Funeral Directors, St Michaels Road, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 4QU. Tel: 01929 552107.

Bournemouth Echo, 3 December 2015

2015: Arrest after man suffers fractured skull when car flips over and lands in woods

A man suffered a fractured skull and a dislocated shoulder after the car he was travelling in overturned and landed in woods. Police said a man has been arrested following the crash in Kingston, near Corfe Castle, last night. Police are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward.

It happened about 10.50pm yesterday, Thursday, July 16, when a Black Skoda Yeti came off the road on the B3069 West Street, near to Kingston Country Courtyard.

Two men aged 24 and 25, and both from Reading, were in the vehicle which was travelling from Langton Matravers toward Kingston when it left the road, overturned and landed in nearby woods.

The 25-year-old man was taken to Poole Hospital with serious injuries, including a fractured skull and dislocated shoulder. He is said to be in a stable condition and his next of kin have been made aware. Police, fire and ambulance emergency services attended the scene and the road was closed while the collision investigation team examined the area.

PC James Howes, of Dorset Police’s Traffic Unit, said: “We are making enquiries to determine exactly what happened.

“I am appealing for any witnesses to the collision to contact me. I would also urge anyone who saw the manner of driving of the Skoda immediately before the incident to contact Dorset Police on 101.”

A 24-year-old man from Reading has been arrested in relation to the incident and is currently helping police with their enquiries.

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 16:494. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.

Bournemouth Daily Echo, 17 July 2015

2014: Obituary: Angela Susan LARDNER nee KING

LARDNER ANGELA SUSAN. Passed away peacefully at Joseph Weld Hospice on 30th November 2014, aged 68 years. Much loved wife of Peter, devoted mother of Matthew and Rebecca, grandma to Molly and Oscar. Funeral Service will be held at Poole Crematorium on Monday 15th December at 11.00 am followed by a Service to Celebrate her Life at St James Church, Kingston at 12.30 pm. Family flowers only please, donations if desired for Weldmar Hospicecare Trust may be sent c/o Woods Funeral Services, 11a Icen Way, Dorchester, DT1 1EW. Tel: 01305 250425

Bournemouth Echo, 3 December 2014

2012: Obituary: Colin Henry SANSOM

SANSOM Colin Henry. Passed away peacefully after a long illness on Saturday 22nd September 2012 aged 74 years. He will be sadly missed by his wife, daughters, grandchildren, friends and all the staff at Clevedon Court which the family would like to thank. Funeral service on Tuesday 2nd October, 1.30pm at South Bristol Crematorium. Family flowers only please but donations if desired for Parkinsons UK & Crohns and Colitis UK may be sent c/o Arthur E Davey & Sons, 82 Silvers Street, Nailsea, BS48 2DS. Tel: 01275 852307

Bristol Evening Post,  27 September 2012

2009: Airline tycoon snaps up Encombe estate

An airline tycoon is believed to have snapped up a vast country estate.

The Encombe Estate in the Purbeck countryside was put on the market in September last year for £25 million by American merchant banker Charles McVeigh, who paid £11m for it in 2002 and spent millions restoring it.

Now it is reported that James Gaggero, a 49-year-old former officer in the Irish Guards, has paid £20m to become only the sixth owner of the plush pile in its 1,100-year history.

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James Gaggero

The Gaggeros built their fortune operating an airline and ferries to the Moroccan port of Tangier. The airline, Gibraltar Airways, eventually moved to Britain as GB Airways and was bought for £103m by easyJet two years ago. Gaggero’s Bland Group of companies now encompasses travel and hotel firms. Mr Gaggero is the second airline boss linked to the estate, with Sir Richard Branson thought to have toured it earlier this year.

The 2,000-acre estate includes 60 acres of formal gardens, a swimming pool, three lakes and a Grecian-style temple. The house itself has 13 bedrooms, a galleried hall, dining room with a double-height ceiling and Victorian library with marble fireplaces.

Mark McAndrew, head of country homes at Strutt and Parker, the estate agent which had been instructed to sell the property, said: “It is exceptional – one of the biggest estates that have come to the market in the past few years.”

Encombe is considered one of the best pheasant shooting estates in the country. It has carp in ornamental lakes and also offers fly fishing for sea bass off its rocky coast. Another agent who is familiar with the property confirmed that Gaggero was the buyer, adding: “I imagine he is buying it for the shoot.”

Pop star Kylie Minogue is also thought to have been interested in the estate.

There was no one available for comment at the Bland Group’s offices.

Bournemouth Daily Echo, 30 June 2009

2009: Motorist killed in Corfe Castle crash

A motorist died after his car crashed into a wall on the B3069 near Corfe Castle, police said. Emergency services were called to West Street in Kingston at around 6pm yesterday.

The driver’s black Mercedes had left the road and smashed into a wall near the Scott Arms pub. The 57-year-old man, from the Swanage area, was airlifted to Poole Hospital by the police helicopter but was later pronounced dead.

Dorset Police are urging any witnesses to contact them on 01305 222222.

Bournemouth Daily Echo, 20 January 2009

2008: Obituary: John LOCK

LOCK JOHN. Peacefully at Swanage Hospital after a long illness, on 7th December 2008, aged 68 years. Much loved husband of Joyce, father to Sheralyn and Darren and grandfather to Louisa, Tyler, Tegan and Jake. He will be greatly missed by all his family and friends. Funeral Service at St. James Church, Kingston, Corfe Castle on Wednesday 17th December at 11.00am. Family flowers only please. Donations to ‘Swanage Hospital’ may be sent to James Smith F/D., 60a Kings Road, Swanage. BH19 1HR. Tel 01929 422445.

Bournemouth Daily Echo, 11 December 2008

2008: 2,000 acres of entrancing history

A highly important 2,000-acre historic agricultural and sporting estate on the Purbeck coast is being offered for sale with a guide price of £25 million.

Encombe House is one of the most distinguished country houses in the South West, the original house being substantially remodelled and extended by John Pitt, the well-known Parliamentarian and amateur architect. In 1804 Encombe was purchased by the eminent lawyer, Lord Eldon, Chief Justice of the Common Pleas, who became Lord Chancellor in 1806. Anthony Salvin subsequently made some alterations for the Third Lord Eldon in the early 1870s.

The house has grown in scale over time through several phases of development principally by John Pitt, then MP for Wareham, after he inherited the property in 1735 on the death of his father, George Pitt of Stratfield Saye, later the seat of the Duke of Wellington. The structure of the central block dates from an earlier house that was the ancient seat of the Culliford family. The site previously formed part of a retreat of the Abbess of Shaftesbury for more than 500 years. The interior of Encombe consists of several large rooms including a dining room with an ornate plasterwork ceiling designed by John Pitt in the style of William Kent, large arched French windows and an elaborate fireplace. A door in the dining room leads to the colonnade that links the central part of the house to the east wing. The library, remodelled by Anthony Salvin, overlooks the gardens to the south and west and is regarded as one of his greatest achievements. The hall and the staircase in the centre of the house were remodelled by Anthony Salvin in 1870 and are thought to be part of the earlier Culliford house. Encombe’s former stables were also designed by John Pitt and have a central pavilion surmounted by a clock tower. Part of the stables were converted into a dining hall used for shooting lunch parties.

In his book In Search Of The Perfect House, Marcus Binney comments that the central chimney in the form of a triumphal arch was almost certainly designed by John Pitt. He also notes that, while many 18th century country houses consist of a grand centre flanked by lower wings, Encombe is like five almost identical classical houses joined together.

Both wings at Encombe have self-contained apartments while the east wing is arranged for use as an annexe or additional guest accommodation.

Current owners Mr and Mrs Charles McVeigh acquired Encombe in 2002 and have carried out an extensive award-winning restoration of the house and the formal grounds.

Encombe’s landscape is one of the finest in Britain with Grade II listed parkland surrounding the house which is approached by a long drive winding down from the head of the valley from the village of Kingston. In the grounds and set on the surrounding downs are a number of listed follies including an obelisk erected in 1835 in honour of Lord Stowell, the brother of Lord Eldon, and the grotto formed of large stone blocks laid to form a bridge with a labyrinth and alcove underneath. Other landscape features of special interest include Swyre Head, Houns Tout, Chapman’s Pool and St Aldhelm’s Head.

A well equipped livery stable has recently been created on the site of former farm buildings in the heart of the Golden Bowl, 1,000 acres at the heart of the estate which is totally private having no public right of access. Post and railed paddocks to the north and west of the yard provide grazing and exercise facilities, while there is excellent riding over the estate itself and the network of bridleways in the locality.

In addition to the main house, which includes two self-contained staff flats, there are 10 houses and cottages and a quantity of agricultural land. Apart from the Golden Bowl there are three other secluded coombes, each leading to the coast.

Encombe also has one of the finest high pheasant shoots in southern England and its land includes two-and-a-half miles of coastline designated as a World Heritage Site.

The estate has only changed hands five times in the last 1,100 years and Savills’ Alex Lawson, who is handling the sale, said: “Encombe is without doubt one of the most desirable estates in England and the sale will attract considerable interest from buyers worldwide. It is rare for a traditional family estate with a house and location of this calibre to come to the market. It is also highly unusual to find an estate that has an exceptional principal house in such good repair, together with an estate within a genuine ring fence, offered with over 2,000 acres.”

Mark McAndrew of Strutt and Parker said: “Turning in to the drive at Encombe and catching a first glimpse of the house nestling way below you makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end. It is an exceptional and entrancing place.”

The Encombe estate as a whole has a guide price of £25 million. More information is available from estate agents Savills on 0207 499 8644 and Strutt & Parker on 0207 629 7282.

Bournemouth Echo, Monday 22 September 2008

2008: Appeal for new house thrown out

A planning inspector has thrown out an appeal for a new house to be built in the grounds of a listed former church in the hilltop hamlet of Kingston near Corfe Castle.

When the plan came before the council architect Barry Chapman told councillors: “The proposed new house is intended for my eldest son, Jody, who has lived all of his life in the village of Kingston, and his fiancée, who without this proposal would have no prospect of purchasing a property on Purbeck.”

Mr Chapman won permission for the church to be converted into a house some 30 years ago. He urged councillors to back the application to demonstrate wholehearted commitment to encouraging young people being able to get homes in their local communities.

Councillors went to see the site in June 2007 and then backed their planners with a refusal.

Appeal inspector Olivia Spencer says the former church sits slightly outside the main group of properties and forms a part of the conservation area with its own distinctive character.

The new architect-designed two-storey house would be below the level of the church and have little impact on the street scene. However it would be clearly seen from a footpath and from another view would be the only village building to be seen.

She thought: “The resulting apparent extension of development would disrupt its green setting and that of the church.”

A minimal number of trees were proposed to be removed to make way for the new house.

However the inspector thought the small windows proposed on its southern side would lead to a gloomy interior which could lead future residents to press for the removal of more trees.

Published in Bournemouth Daily Echo, Saturday 20 September 2008