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Dorset news and views - May 2014

PUBLISHED: 16:41 21 May 2014 | UPDATED: 16:41 21 May 2014

Jeremy Pope, Jane Stichbury, High Sheriff and Catriona Payne former High Sheriff

Jeremy Pope, Jane Stichbury, High Sheriff and Catriona Payne former High Sheriff


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Andrew Simpson (left) and Iain Percy, celebrate on the podium after winning the Goldat the 2008 Beijing Olympic GamesAndrew Simpson (left) and Iain Percy, celebrate on the podium after winning the Goldat the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games

Olympic sailor is remembered with a new sailing venture

The Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) has announced a prestigious new collaboration with the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation (ASSF). Andrew Simpson was a gold and silver Olympic medallist and an America’s Cup professional who was tragically killed in a training accident on San Francisco Bay in May 2013.

Andrew, whose home was in Dorset, had always been passionate about encouraging the next generation into sailing. Inspired by this the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation has been established by the Academy’s Director, Sir Ben Ainslie, Iain Percy OBE & Andrew’s wife Leah. The Foundation will work to honour Andrew’s life and legacy by encouraging youngsters into sailing.

Amanda Simpson, Andrew’s sister and a Trustee of the Foundation as well as being an accomplished sailor in her own right is delighted by the launch. “This is a fantastic opportunity for ASSF to engage with grass roots sailing in a place where Andrew spent much of his youth and adult sailing life.”

The RYA accredited Centre, which opens in May, offers a range of sailing courses for young people, community organisations and adults; including programmes for schools, as well as club sailors.

To book a course or to find out more visit

Jane Stichbury ‘pricked’ as High Sheriff

Mrs Jane Stichbury of Ashley Heath has been selected or ‘pricked’ from the List of Sheriffs for England and Wales, for the role of The High Sheriff for Dorset. Mrs

Stichbury made her declaration of office at a special ceremony at Bryanston School in Blandford. The historical service, known as The High Sheriff’s Declaration announces the nominated High Sheriff of Dorset for the ‘shreival year’ of 2014/15. The Office of High Sheriff is an independent, non-political royal appointment for a single year and is entirely voluntary. The origins of the office date back to Saxon times, when the ‘Shire Reeve’ was responsible to the king for the maintenance of law and order within the county, and for the collection and return of taxes owed to the Crown. These days the High Sheriff supports the judiciary and the Crown and actively lends support and encouragement to crime prevention agencies, the emergency services and to the voluntary sector.

Buckham seeks new key sponsor

Buckham Fair, the popular fundraising dog and pony show run by Martin and Philippa Clunes on their farm near Beaminster, is seeking a new main sponsor. Could this be you and your business?

As the headline sponsor you will not only raise the profile of your business at this event, which attracts thousands of people across the UK and the world, but also contribute towards raising money for this year’s charity which is the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance. If you are interested in being this key sponsor then contact Vanessa on 07980 017039. More details at

A Golden Hedgehog for Dorset’s Gold Coast

Bournemouth Tourism has won two national awards for their ‘Bournemouth vs California’ viral video – a playful take of Visit California’s ‘Misconceptions’ TV

advertisement which featured Hollywood stars.

The video won Digital Campaign of the Year and also Best Public Sector Campaign of the Year at the National PR Golden Hedgehog Awards. To date the video, which features local celebrities Harry Redknapp, Deborah Stevenson and Alex James, has attracted 123,568 views on YouTube.

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