by The Wayfarers Walking Vacations 370 views
Highclere Castle and Bowood House are among the beautiful places visited in this enjoyable video showing just a few parts of The Wayfarers Walking Vacations' "Downton Abbey" walk through southern England. The aim is to give you a taste of what it's like to go on a walking vacation with The Wayfarers, so we see and hear from several guests and from walk leader Philippa Besant. There's wonderful views, sudden glimpses of wildlife and lots of laughter. Also flowers, historic buildings, and a few surprises...
The video is largely set to music specially composed by the former European Composer of the Year Andrew Dickson.
The Wayfarers have been going as a company for 30 years, offering walks across the UK, Europe, America, Patagonia and New Zealand.
Places seen in this video include the famously picturesque Cotswolds village of Lacock, owned by the National Trust, Lacock Abbey, Bowood House and its grounds (laid out in the 18th century by Capability Brown), Beacon Hill (the highest point in Hampshire), Highclere Castle ("Downton Abbey"), the Sandham Memorial Chapel and The Carpenters' Arms in Burghclere, and Lainston House Hotel near Winchester.
Also making an appearance is the Downton Abbey walk manager Jamie Daniel. One of the walk manager's jobs is to offer guests a tempting display of refreshments at opportune moments.
Two days of the 2013 walk were filmed with the co-operation of The Wayfarers' guests, to whom once again we extend our grateful thanks. We hope this video stirs many happy memories.
A celebration of the abundant variety of food and drink grown and made in and around Bridport and West Bay in West Dorset.2
by Spirit of Bridport 1,714 views
"Bridport Food & Drink" is a celebration of the abundant variety of food and drink grown and made in and around Bridport and West Bay in West Dorset.
For more information about Bridport Food & Drink please visit http://www.spiritofbridport.org/
This Video features Bridport Food Festival, Bridport Beer Festival, The Melplash Show, Bridport Farmers' Market and the WI Country Market. There are revellers at the Bridport Hat Festival enjoying cocktails at The Bull Hotel, cows being milked at Modbury Farm, apples picked at Elwell Fruit Farm, potatoes harvested at Washingpool Farm, carrots for everyone from Bothen Hill Produce, fish from Samways Fish Merchants, oysters for breakfast and seafood for lunch at The Riverside Restaurant in West Bay. The West Milton Cider Company and the Marshwood Vale Cider Company show their wares and there's a glimpse inside the historic brewhouse at Palmers Brewery.
The film is set to 'Hearts & Minds' by Bridport band The Gravity Drive, (copyright 2013 Elijah Wolf Music all rights reserved; used in this video with The Garvity Drive's permission). See http://www.thegravitydrive.com
Food & Drink is one of three videos filmed and edited by Bridport-based Watershed PR for The Spirit of Bridport group (http://www.spiritofbridport.org). The other two videos are Bridport Landscape & Seascape and Bridport Art & Culture. All three were filmed by Jonathan Hudston, Stephen Banks and Nick Gilbey, and directed and edited by Stephen and Jonathan. The producer was Sara Hudston. See http://www.watershedpr.co.uk The project was part financed by the European Agricultural Fund for European Development 2007- 2013: Europe Investing in Rural Areas and delivered through the Chalk & Cheese Local Action Group with Defra as the managing authority.
A lively view of the eclectic arts and cultural scene in and around Bridport in West Dorset.3
by Spirit of Bridport 1,084 views
"Bridport Art & Culture" is lively view of the eclectic arts and cultural scene in and around Bridport in West Dorset. This historic market town and its surrounding villages are home to many artists, craftspeople and writers.
For more information about Bridport Art & Culture please visit http://www.spiritofbridport.org/
Bridport hosts an astonishing variety of festivals and events, including Bridport Hat Festival, Bridport Open Studios, gig boat racing and the Torchlight Procession, all of which feature in the film. We see inside the studios of artists Kit Glaisyer, David Risk Kennard, Andrew Leppard, sculptor Greta Berlin (http://gb.c8.com/biography.html), potters at New House Farm in Broadoak, Sladers Yard gallery in West Bay and Eype Centre for the Arts (St Peter's church, in this video showing work by Michael Devlin Taylor).
There's a haunting dance performance of the intercultural love poem Antara, written by Jo-Jo Spinks and performed by Interwoven Productions at Bridport Arts Centre. Painter Marion Taylor talks about Colmers Hill and the Wessex Military Band perform in Bucky-Doo Square in Bridport. There's also glimpses of local performers including Tinker's Cuss, FreAK Circus, Bridport Ukelele Group and AC/Beebies.
The writer Richard Mabey is seen on stage at Bridport's Electric Palace with Sue Clifford, formerly of Common Ground, giving local publisher Little Toller Books' first Kenneth Allsop Memorial Talk.
The film also includes two original pieces of music composed and performed by Andrew Dickson, who lives near Bridport, and is known for his award-winning compositions for film director Mike Leigh. The first piece, 'Saw', is performed on a musical saw, guitar and piano, and the second, 'Dance Piece', is performed on piano, guitar and viola (copyright Andrew Dickson 2013, all rights reserved; both used with Andrew's permission in this video).
Bridport Art & Culture is one of three videos filmed and edited by Bridport-based Watershed PR for The Spirit of Bridport group (http://www.spiritofbridport.org). The other two videos are Bridport Food & Drink and Bridport Landscape & Seascape. All three were filmed by Jonathan Hudston, Stephen Banks and Nick Gilbey, and directed and edited by Stephen and Jonathan. The producer was Sara Hudston. See http://www.watershedpr.co.uk The project was part financed by the European Agricultural Fund for European Development 2007- 2013: Europe Investing in Rural Areas and delivered through the Chalk & Cheese Local Action Group with Defra as the managing authority.
An evocative portrait from sunrise to sunset of the beautiful countryside and coastal scenery in and around Bridport in West Dorset.4
by Spirit of Bridport 3,377 views
"Bridport Landscape & Seascape" is an evocative portrait from sunrise to sunset of the beautiful countryside and coastal scenery in and around Bridport in West Dorset.
For more information about Bridport Landscape & Seascape please visit http://www.spiritofbridport.org/
Video features Colmers Hill, the Marshwood Vale, Eggardon Hill, West Bay, Golden Cap, Charmouth and The Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. There are dreamy shots of wildflower meadows, the splash and sparkle of gig boat racing, sweeping shots of quintessential English countryside and sunny beaches. There's a glimpse of Chideock thatcher Dave Symonds at work and Bridport's famous street market setting up. The film ends with timelapses of spectacular sunsets over the town and a pearlescent starscape above Colmers Hill.
The whole is set to an original piece of piano music, 'Chesil Pebbles', composed and played by Bridport musician Elizabeth Hornby on a 1920s Steinway Grand, (copyright Elizabeth Hornby 2013 all rights reserved; used in this video with Elizabeth's permission). You can download this track and others from http://www.cdbaby.com/artist/elizabethhornby and visit Elizabeth's Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/ladylewesdonhill
Landscape & Seascape is one of three videos filmed and edited by Bridport-based Watershed PR for The Spirit of Bridport group (http://www.spiritofbridport.org) The other two videos are Bridport Food & Drink and Bridport Art & Culture. All three were filmed by Jonathan Hudston, Stephen Banks and Nick Gilbey, and directed and edited by Stephen and Jonathan. The producer was Sara Hudston. See http://www.watershedpr.co.uk The project was part financed by the European Agricultural Fund for European Development 2007- 2013: Europe Investing in Rural Areas and delivered through the Chalk & Cheese Local Action Group with Defra as the managing authority.
by Watershed PR 1,387 views
Bridport Hat Festival 2013: a brilliant day. As it says in this video: "There's nothing like a hat to break the ice!"
Filmed by Watershed PR as part of a commission from Spirit of Bridport to produce a series of videos to promote Bridport and the surrounding area.
by Watershed PR 275 views
What a fantastic Melplash Show! Here's a short video we edited on the same day as the show, showing lots of people, animals and attractions.
Footage shot on Thursday 22nd August (we've got plenty more!) will be used in the Bridport videos, commissioned by Spirit of Bridport, promoting aspects of Bridport and the surrounding area.
Keep an eye on the Watershed PR Facebook page for more updates about the project: http://www.facebook.com/WatershedPR
by PORTLANDPORT1 1,185 views
Portland Harbour Authority is looking for a partner to set up and operate a major commercial shipyard at Portland Harbour in Dorset, on the south coast of England, on the English Channel. It's a big opportunity for an investor to create a successful North West European ship repair facility, with floating dry docks. Find out more in this video, which includes Portland Harbour Authority Ltd CEO Steve Davies; The Rt Hon Oliver Letwin MP, Minister for Government Policy; Rear Admiral Chris Parry; and Liz Myles, Principal, Weymouth College.
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STEVE DAVIES: "There is strong demand and we are excellently positioned, both commercially and geographically."
Portland Harbour is within 20 miles of the main European shipping lanes in NW Europe, and close to major cross-channel lanes. It's only 69 miles north of Cherbourg in France, and it's easy to connect by sea from Portland to the main European hub ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp.
Portland Harbour is a naturally protected area of deep water.
With 3.5 miles of massive breakwaters, it's also the second largest man-made harbour in the world.
Vessels can come and go at all times. There are no tidal constraints. Pilotage time is just 30 minutes.
It's an easy deviation to and from Portland harbour, for any of the hundreds of vessels that use the main English Channel and Cross-Channel shipping lanes every day.
The harbour serves vessels as a one-stop-shop for a very wide range of skills and services. It's a successful enterprise.
Portland Harbour Authority's ship repair concession is a long-term opportunity for an investor to develop a major North West European ship repair yard with floating dry docks.
The authority would like to see a shipyard up and running in 18 months' time.
All the permissions required to go ahead with a ship repair concession for at least 30 years have already been obtained.
For the investor, this means there's no risk -- no uncertainty -- no time delays -- in establishing a new Portland ship repair facility.
STEVE DAVIES: "We're looking for a partner who has the knowledge, experience and skills to operate a commercial shipyard, preferably with floating dry docks to deliver a high-quality, cost-effective service to the marine industry."
Portland Harbour Authority has a good track record of establishing long-term relationships with major inward investors (such as Global Marine and Aegean Marine Petroleum Network).
Up to 1000 people are employed on the Portland harbour estate, through 25 tenant businesses.
Market research now indicates strong potential demand for a new shipyard.
Over 95% of 300 ship owners said they would be interested in using Portland harbour for ship repairs.
OLIVER LETWIN MP: "I very much hope that this project will attract the investment it needs because I think it should be a huge success. Portland already does a fantastic job and could do more."
REAR ADMIRAL CHRIS PARRY: "Portland is a thriving commercial port on the south coast of England, on one of the busiest shipping routes of the world.
"I believe that Portland has the unrivalled opportunity to be a world-class basing, maintenance and repair facility which can handle ships up to the scale of aircraft carriers and the largest cruise ships."
Portland Harbour Authority's favoured site for development is The Queen's Pier (recently conserved, upgraded and strengthened at a cost of nearly £5 million).
Portland harbour is the only port in the UK that can accommodate two or more Panamax-sized floating dry docks. There is also potential for Aframax-sized floating dry docks.
The pier's berths can easily accommodate service vessels and pontoons.
Landside paved areas can host ancillary shipyard activities.
A skilled, reliable and flexible labour force is available for marine-related services.
LIZ MYLES: "Weymouth College has substantial experience in marine engineering and shipyard work, the key skill areas for the shipyard repair facility at Portland.
"Weymouth College would welcome the opportunity to support the shipyard by providing training in our world-class facilities."
Big investments have been made in local transport. A road costing nearly £90 million was built ahead of 2012 Olympic Games sailing events, held in Portland Harbour and Weymouth Bay.
The number of Portland summer season cruise calls is expected to rise to 20 or more a year.
The harbour is controlled through a modern and well-equipped harbour office.
Portland Harbour is a highly secure environment, and one that's now ideally placed to expand into the large ship repair market.
There is currently a shortage of dry docking facilities in NW Europe convenient, and cost-effective, to shipping using the English Channel.
Portland Harbour offers excellent possibilities for planned dockings, major ship repair and conversions, as well as emergency repair visits.
by A Tale of Two Bell Towers 729 views
The bells of the tower of St. Giles church in Chideock fell silent for a month and a half recently, while work was carried out to install a new floor and viewing gallery in the bell tower.
Once installed, the Chideock Bell Ringers were keen to ring the bells for not only the first time in six weeks, but the first time on a viewing gallery since Victorian times.
We see captain of the bells, Dave Symonds, make the final adjustments to the height of the ropes, then secure them to the wheels which swing the bells in the tower. He then joins in the historic first ringing.
by A Tale of Two Bell Towers 119 views
The annual flower festival inside the famous West Dorset church of St Candida and the Holy Cross in Whitchurch Canonicorum is a visual treat. Not only is the church a uniquely fascinating and beautiful building, the displays are arrestingly clever and appealing.
The theme in 2013 was hobbies and pastimes, hence the decorated bicycle wheel between the lectern and the organ, and the shrine of St Wite turned into a homage to hiking.
This video shows some of the hard work put into the festival by volunteers and friends of St Candida.
by Abbotsbury Swannery 704 views
With half a dozen nests moved into rearing pens, and eggs hatching all over the place, this year's newborn baby swans are keen to explore their surroundings.
Some are more keen than others, as we see a group of cygnets dozing off together.
The Swannery is open every day from 10am until 6pm (last admission 5pm). For more information, plus some lovely photographs of this years babies, visit the Abbotsbury Swannery Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AbbotsburySwannery
by The Wayfarers Walking Vacations 164 views
Aerial views of the glorious Pembrokeshire coast and countryside, with St David's cathedral and Tenby, to illustrate some features of The Wayfarers Walking Vacations' walking holiday through Pembrokeshire in Wales.
The accompanying music is a tremendously rousing version of Cwn Rhondda (Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer) performed by Liverpool Cathedral Brass Ensemble, Liverpool Cathedral Choir, Massed Choirs from Merseyside, Ian Tracey & Ian Wells. They really - to use an idiomatic phrase - give it some welly.
by Watershed PR 359 views
A brief introduction to the video work we have filmed and edited recently at Watershed PR. Featuring the Whitchurch Canonicorum bellringers, Unwin Safety Systems, Simon Thomas Pirie Furniture, Dorset By Night, Chideock Bellringers, Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service, Cornish Mutual, Lyme Regis, Palmers Brewery, Portland Harbour Authority, The Samlerhuset Group and the voice of Dorset thatcher Dave Symonds.
by SimonThomasPirie 314 views
The story of a bespoke kitchen made by Dorset furniture maker Simon Thomas Pirie for a cook and lover of fine wine living near Salisbury in Wiltshire. As well as revealing the unusual history of this walnut and cherry kitchen, and showing it being used for cooking, eating and drinking a bottle of red wine, this video also includes a short timelapse shot late one Spring day near Salisbury, with the tremendous spire of the cathedral visible across the countryside.
Simon Pirie and his team designed and made this contemporary wooden kitchen for a longstanding client and friend of Simon's, called Martin, who's bought several other pieces of Simon Thomas Pirie furniture over the last decade or so.
Simon says in the video that a relationship of real trust has built up, and as Martin replies: "What Simon says about trust is very key. We trust Simon completely. He's got a very good eye, he understands exactly what we want, he gives us what we need, even if it's not exactly what we want [Martin and Simon both smile at this point], and we've been very pleased with every commission that we've given Simon. Furniture's a real part of the family."
"Thank you," says Simon, "that's really kind of you to say."
Martin is married and has two young children and the kitchen also gives them space to roam around safely.
The kitchen that originally came with the property was much smaller; a couple of old photographs in the video show just how much smaller... It didn't match the scale of the rest of the house at all. So, after a meal and a few glasses of wine, a plan was hatched to build a big extension out over the garden, which conveniently sloped away. Conveniently, because the topography enabled a wine cellar to be built underneath the new kitchen. It's this cellar that's glimpsed in the opening sequence of the video.
Overall, the kitchen was designed to meet three aims. Firstly, it had to be practical, secondly, it had to be a sociable space and thirdly, it had to be beautiful.
"It's absolutely gorgeous.
"The great thing is, it's a beautiful space, and when you're in a beautiful place, you feel great. It's a real wow space. I mean, when we have friends over, they just love to be here as well."
Martin also says: "Cooking in this kitchen is fantastic, I mean, it's an absolutely beautiful space and everything is right at hand. Wherever you turn, whatever you want is within arm's reach."
If you would like to get in touch with Simon Thomas Pirie Furniture about plans for your bespoke kitchen project, please visit the website (http://www.simonthomaspirie.co.uk) or have a look at Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/STPFurniture), Twitter (http://twitter.com/STPFurniture) or Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/simontpirie/). Or all four! You can also subscribe to STP Furniture right here on YouTube for more news and films about kitchen and furniture projects like no others.
by SimonThomasPirie 320 views
An exquisite garden bench crafted by Dorset furniture maker Simon Thomas Pirie is anchoring Liberty of London's new outdoor living department.
From the beginning of April, Liberty's East Atrium will become an outdoor haven with a diverse range of furniture, textiles, picnicware, accessories and gifts for gardeners. Available together for the first time, the fourth floor offering will include classic British looks from Southsea Deckchairs as well as more edgy and unique pieces from designers such as Moroso and Simon Thomas Pirie.
The Floating Bench will be available at the famous department store from 18th March 2013.
This film was shot at West Bay, Bridport's harbour town in West Dorset. Recently, the area has shot to fame with the new ITV drama series Broadchurch, which was mostly filmed at West Bay.
by A Tale of Two Bell Towers 333 views
The process of bellringing as you have never seen it before. We filmed one of the bellringing sessions at the church of St Candida and the Holy Cross in Whitchurch Canonicorum. Whitchurch's captain of the bells, Mark Symonds, calls out "treble's going... she's gone" and the bells swing into action.
by A Tale of Two Bell Towers 310 views
One cold winter's evening at The Clock House Inn in Chideock, the bellringers of the church of St Giles across the road meet for their annual dinner. Topics discussed include events of the past year, the new bells installed in the tower, the weather, and how to make bellringing cool amongst the youth of today.
To find out more about A Tale of Two Bell Towers, visit the website: http://ataleoftwobelltowers.org/
by cornishmutual 1,748 views
Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service's specialist animal rescue team give advice on what to do in an emergency. They recommend that you:
- Always carry a fully charged mobile phone with you - even on short journeys. Make sure you carry the emergency helpline number for your breakdown/recovery company, vet and insurance company.
- Ensure no one is tempted to enter a restricted space such as a horsebox to assist a horse. It will stress the horse further and this can easily lead to injury of both horse and person
- Do not be tempted to open up doors and ramps; this invites a stressed horse to strive for that perceived escape route and will usually make the situation much worse.
- Try to stay calm yourself. If you remain calm take and speak in an unstressed and steady tone of voice it will help to give reassurance to your horse and help you to think more clearly.
- Summon the Fire and Rescue Service immediately asking for their animal rescue team if they have one. Describe thoroughly the situation and your exact location.
- Summon a horse vet either your own, or if you are away from home, inform the Fire Control operator; they will be able to contact an equestrian vet through the BEVAs directory of vets willing to attend emergencies
- Try to keep the scene as calm and quiet as possible. It is most likely that the Fire Service and vet will utilise heavy sedation or anaesthesia in order to rescue the horse as safely as possible. For these drugs to work effectively they require the horse to have the least possible amount of adrenaline present in its system.
-Have information prepared to pass to the animal rescue team leader.
by cornishmutual 395 views
This video covers standard trailers and non-HGV horseboxes, looks at payload issues, partitioning, headroom and internal configuration.
Is your vehicle up to weight?
Non-HGV horseboxes come in many sizes, with 3.5, 6.5 and 7.5 tonne being the commonest. The weight refers to the overall weight of the fully laden vehicle (gross vehicle weight) -- that's you, the horse, the lorry, your tack, water, everything. So if your 3.5 tonne lorry weighs 2.5 tonnes empty you can only add another tonne of load.
Find out how much your lorry weighs unladen. Take it to your local weighbridge and get a certificate. Then add on your weight, the horse's weight and the weight of all your kit. Ideally you should go back to the weighbridge with the lorry loaded and check the result. Overweight horseboxes are not only dangerous, they are illegal and you are likely to be driving uninsured.
Trailers must be towed by vehicles with enough capacity take the load. Legally, your towing vehicle must be able to take the full weight that your trailer is registered for, even if your total load weighs less than that. You might be towing one small pony weighing 250kg, but if your trailer's gross weight is 2,300kg, legally your car must be capable of towing the full 2,300kg.
Thank you for watching. We hope you stay safe and enjoy your horse.
by cornishmutual 538 views
It can be hard to choose how to transport your horse. You will need to consider your budget, your size of horse, where you want to go and how your individual horse thinks. There is no one size fits all answer. We hope this video makes you more aware of some of the issues you will need to think about to find the right choice for you. The video considers some of the factors that may affect your individual horse or pony.
by cornishmutual 17,901 views
A fascinating and useful demonstration of horse loading and unloading. The very experienced horse trainer Rachel Norris gives clear and friendly advice about many important things to watch out for and do. This video shows a horse loading for the first time in several years, since she was a foal. At crucial stages, it's as if you can see the horse thinking! Rachel's comments illuminate what is happening and draw out lessons to be learned.
Rachel's main tips for loading and unloading your horse safely, and minimising frustration and stress, are:
- Always wear a hard hat gloves, and sturdy boots.
- The horse's legs should be protected with boots (ideally sports boots), and the tail with a bandage.
- If the horse is difficult, use a pressure headcollar with a poll guard.
- Always use a longline not a lead rope.
- Establish the groundwork first, only move towards the ramp once your horse understands and respects your requests.
- A horse won't put his feet where he won't put his nose.
- Keep your body language passive and your eyes looking at the horse's feet.
- Allow the horse time but keep the feet moving.
- Release the pressure as soon as the horse even thinks about moving towards you.
- Repetition is key.
NOTE: If you use a pressure headcollar to load NEVER tie the horse using the training rings or any part that will pull tight. For more difficult/dangerous loaders, or horses that have a genuine fear of loading/travelling, please consult an experienced professional.
by cornishmutual 4,243 views
What you and your horse should wear when loading and unloading your horse and how to load your horse safely into a horsebox or trailer - and unload too.
This video is one of a series of five useful and friendly guides made for Cornish Mutual's HorseSafe campaign. It was filmed with expert Rachel Norris of Equusense at Kingston Maurward College's Equestrian Centre in Dorset. One video in the series was made in partnership with Devon and Somerset Fire & Rescue Service's specialist animal rescue team.
Key advice: What to wear when loading -
You: hard hat, gloves and protective boots are a must.
Your horse: leather headcollar with poll guard, longline, leg protection (boots or bandages), tail protection if your horse needs it. Consider whether your horse needs a rug and act accordingly so he's not too hot or too cold. If you don't rug, take a rug with you for the return trip -- he might need a cooler, or the weather may have turned colder.
How to load your horse:
Calmly lead your horse up the ramp and into your lorry or trailer using a longline, this will allow you to retain control should the horse spook while loading or pull backwards once inside. Walk alongside his head, not his shoulder (if you walk by his shoulder and the horse spooks to the left, he will knock you straight off the ramp). Avoid walking ahead of him. If he stops and you have to turn to face him, look at his feet, not his eyes, ask him forward, but do not lean backwards and pull as he's likely to pull back.
Give him time -- there's an old horseman's saying: 'act like you have ten minutes and it will take you an hour. Act like you have an hour and it will take ten minutes'.
Tie him securely to a breakable or quick release tie. Check he can move his head enough to balance but not enough to turn round or bite his travelling companions.
Fix the partitions once you have secured the horse. Check they are correctly adjusted for your horse's height, length width and comfort.
Seek professional advice with reluctant loaders. You may find that correct use of a pressure headcollar or clicker training will help.
by The Wayfarers Walking Vacations 135 views
Alan Pinkney, one of The Wayfarers' most experienced walk leaders, talks us through some of the sights, scenery and people you will meet on the Ireland: Ring of Kerry walk. At a walk level three, we will be walking seven to 12 miles per day, with opportunities for swimming, fishing, water sports, antique shopping, horseback riding and golf.
To find out more about this Wayfarers Walking Vacation, visit http://www.thewayfarers.com/walking-tours/uk-walking-tours/t
You can also 'like' us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thewayfarers
by The Wayfarers Walking Vacations 176 views
A Coast to Coast Adventure takes our Wayfarers guests through The Lake District, The Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors National Parks. It is a level five walk, because we will be covering 12 to 15 miles per day, with traditional English inn stops along the way. Alan Pinkney, our walk leader, describes the paths as 'undulating' rather than challenging. It is a destination walk, with a rather special ending. Watch the video to learn more...
To find out more about this Wayfarers Walking Vacation, visit http://www.thewayfarers.com/walking-tours/uk-walking-tours/a
You can also 'like' us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thewayfarers
by The Wayfarers Walking Vacations 156 views
Yorkshire is described as England's Green and Pleasant Land, with good reason. It's a fascinating and beautiful county. Walk with The Wayfarers, and you will experience Yorkshire with our walk leader Alan Pinkney, who grew up here. In fact, the walk passes a few hundred yards from his front door!
We walk in a land that time has passed by, with intricate networks of drystone walls creating a patchwork of enclosures across the valleys, and stone field barns in old-fashioned hay meadows.
Sights to take in during the walk include Bolton Abbey, Middleham Castle and the famous Aysgarth Falls, painted by the English landscape paint J.M.W. Turner.
To find out more about this Wayfarers Walking Vacation, visit http://www.thewayfarers.com/walking-tours/uk-walking-tours/y
You can also 'like' us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thewayfarers
by A Tale of Two Bell Towers 169 views
A Christmas tree is put up in the historic church of St Candida in Whitchurch Canonicorum in West Dorset by George Smith, who has sung in the choir at the church for more than 70 years. George has donated the tree as his contribution to Christmas celebrations at the church and in the village, which is in the Marshwood Vale. George's wife and grandaughter help carry the tree into the church through the entrance at the foot of the bell tower; his friend Ken Tubbs helps drill a hole into the trunk of the tree so that it can then be fixed into a stand and later decorated. "Pretty good," says Mr Tubbs as the two men survey their handiwork and George agrees: "Where he's to is good."
This is the first video put together for the Heritage Lottery backed project A Tale of Two Bell Towers, which covers bell ringing and restoration, church and village life in Whitchurch Canonicorum and Chideock.
by SimonThomasPirie 875 views
Dorset furniture maker Simon Thomas Pirie and his team spent four months designing and making a beautiful contemporary wooden kitchen for an old rectory in the Cotswolds. This video - acclaimed by leading kitchen blogger Grahame Morrison as "the best kitchen video ever" - shows how a bespoke kitchen is designed and made from rare English walnut.
It's an experience: from great boards of that walnut being carried into Simon's workshop through a sun-dappled Dorset lane to the final meticulous dressing of the kitchen island as night falls outside one cold December evening...
Simon Pirie specialises in creating bespoke kitchens for clients across Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Somerset, but this job was unusual because much of the kitchen is solid native walnut, with another solid timber - sycamore - used in many of the parts that you can't really see. A lot of English walnut was required -- along with masses of attention to detail in design, in building and in fitting.
As John Beaves says in the video: "When you have it as a tree, as a log, nothing's gone wrong. But when you start cutting into it... It is two hundred years old, unbelievably expensive, you can't find any more of it and you've sold it to someone. If you cut it wrong, what are you going to do? There's no going back - you can't just go and get another bit. So we have to make sure we do it right, and do it justice, basically."
Put this need to get things right with a very tight schedule and you can understand the intensity you see throughout the video -- not just in activities like cutting, routing, planing, polishing and fixing problems lying flat on your back -- but also in moments of laughter and pure pleasure.
This is a kitchen that was -- as Simon Pirie says - made to be of the absolute best quality, with space put to its best possible use and everything fitted together perfectly in a subtle, solid and robust design that will last for many, many years.
The video itself (made by Stephen Banks and Jonathan Hudston at Watershed PR in Bridport, Dorset) is in four main sections.
- The first part (start - 04:58) documents the initial processes of preparing and cutting the raw English walnut.
- The next part (04:58 - 06:35), which was filmed in September 2012, shows a workshop buzzing with activity, with the team excited to get the kitchen finished and installed in the client's home.
- One week later, the third part of the film (06:35 - 09:04) gives the viewer a first view of the kitchen as it starts to take shape. The main units are in and there are only a few jobs left to do.
- We join John and Simon again for the final part (09:05 - end), with the finished kitchen and the two of them reflecting on the project as a whole.
At the end Simon says: "I quite like walking away from a job. Once it's the client's, it's the client's. We don't feel over-sentimental about it. Being design-led, we're always wanting to push on to the next project. It's a kind of constantly evolving process - we're always moving on and changing."
If you would like to get in touch with Simon Thomas Pirie Furniture about plans for your bespoke kitchen project, please visit the website (http://www.simonthomaspirie.co.uk) or have a look at Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/STPFurniture), Twitter (http://twitter.com/STPFurniture) or Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/simontpirie/). Or all three! You can also subscribe to STP Furniture right here on YouTube for more news and films about absorbingly exquisite furniture projects.
STOP PRESS: Coming up in April 2013 - a film about one of the bespoke kitchens that Simon Thomas Pirie and his team have created in the Salisbury area. It's a walnut and cherry kitchen designed for a cook and wine lover...
The music is by Ludovico Einaudi: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/artist/ludovico-einaudi/id742082
7 - tracks Ora, Dietro Casa and Nuvole Bianche (album - Una Mattina) and Primavera (album - Divenire). Filming and editing by Watershed PR (http://watershedpr.co.uk)
by Unwin Safety Systems 1,513 views
Solar is Unwin Safety Systems' new range of wheelchair and occupant restraint systems for wheelchair accessible vehicles.
Solar is made to be significantly stronger than international standards require. The range secures wheelchairs weighing up to 100kg as standard: for higher weights of wheelchair Unwin can produce bespoke systems.
Solar has unique features, derived from more than 50 years of Unwin expertise in the safe transportation of wheelchairs and their occupants.
The Unwin rail pocket provides an aluminium track fitting which is smaller, lighter than anything else on the market.
The occupant restraint uses the OEM tried and tested solution of a tongue and buckle -- the safest kind of connection because it can be easily released under tension.
For the professional converter, Solar is easy to fit.
Solar's design is modern and stylish. Extensive customer research showed a clear desire for this.
One customer said: 'I would like a style and vision for my vehicle that improves the internal aesthetics'
Solar is the answer. Subtle and contemporary, it blends shapes, textures and colours to enhance car interiors.
Customer research also highlighted European Type Approval as a major goal for all tested products. Another customer said: 'I want to deal with a company that recognises and understands vehicle type approval'
Unwin understands this. The whole Solar range fulfils the requirements of 2007/46/EC for Whole Vehicle Type Approval. It is rigorously tested to the international standard ISO10542 for wheelchair tie-downs and occupant restraint systems. Unwin's in-house laboratory gives converters across Europe the chance to test vehicles and Solar kits for European Type Approval.
Solar delivers uniquely high levels of safety and style. It is the perfect choice.
MANY THANKS to everyone at Brotherwood Automobility in Beer Hackett in Dorset for letting us film in their factory and in one of their top-of-the-range VW Sharans, and for being so helpful all round. Special thanks to company founder Rod Brotherwood and team leader Robert Mathews for appearing in the video and giving us their thoughts on why they use Solar across their whole range of converted vehicles, and what it's like to work with Solar.
by London Mint Office 595 views
An engaging and informative look at the work and spirit of the Samlerhuset Group, from its roots in Norway to its spread across Europe, featuring staff in the London Mint Office, the world's most expensive gold coin, the Olympics, the World Cup, war veterans, a champion speed skater, the Nobel Peace Prize and the Mint of Norway, plus the World Money Fair in Berlin.
Below is a transcript of most of the video. (YouTube sets word limits!)
Samlerhuset creates delighted collectors.
Since starting in Norway in 1994, Samlerhuset has expanded across Europe. The Group now operates in 15 countries.
The UK is served by the London Mint Office. Staff here -- as in other parts of the Group -- create and sell collections of coins, commemorative medals and other collectibles such as ingots.
They think up entirely new series.
They put together sets of historic interest.
They work on campaigns with central banks and government mints.
Always they strive to nurture lifelong trusting happy relationships.
TIM BANKS: "For me, to see that a customer has come back and ordered another product, extended their collection, they've placed their faith in us, that we can help them with their coin collecting, you know, it gives me a really warm sense, it's a cherished feel and it makes me feel very proud that we've been able to satisfy that customer need."
Samlerhuset has deep roots. In the early 1980s, while still at school in Norway, two of the Group's founders set up a stamp-collecting business, and published a series of magazines. This is their first press clipping.
PETER SWANSTON: "They saw their role then as we do now to explain, to educate, to bring people into the market to the idea of collecting for the first time."
Direct marketing is central to creating collectors... so staff are encouraged to attend Samlerhuset's own marketing academy, where courses are designed to share good ideas between countries and stimulate the development of new concepts.
NAOMI PARRY: "The coin... is the hero. Each has an individual and unique story... we want people to take these products seriously... They're steeped in history, they're part of a way we can preserve our vanished heritage."
Samlerhuset has now run more than a thousand campaigns, supplying more than two and a half million customers worldwide. The Group's reach and reputation has enabled partnerships with global phenomena such as the Olympics and The World Cup.
In 2012 The Smithsonian Institution - the world's largest museum - brought over from the US one of the world's most legendary coins. Worth more than seven million dollars, the 1933 Double Eagle toured seven European countries. It attracted thousands of visitors and massive media interest.
NAOMI PARRY: "we got tremendous feedback from it, that our customers really enjoyed it, and it is, it was, a truly stunning coin."
Samlerhuset also sponsors individual athletes and sporting organisations such as the ice hockey federations of Finland and Latvia.
PEKKA KOSKELA: "I think it's very fruitful and I feel it's very dynamic to do this sponsorship".
Through coins and medals Samlerhuset has raised millions for war veterans in Norway, Finland and the UK.
Samlerhuset is also very proud to be -- since 2003 - joint owner of the Mint of Norway. The Mint is Norway's second oldest company, set up in 1686. The Mint's made every medal for the Nobel Peace Prize. The Mint also makes everyday circulation coins for several national banks -- including Norway's -- and commemorative and limited-edition items for other clients.
JAN--EIRIK HANSEN: "The Norwegian Mint is well known for delivering quality. We're also well known for maintaining very good relationships with our clients... our clients know that they can trust us and that they can rely on us"
The promise of quality also draws more than 13,000 people every year to the World Money Fair in Berlin -- part-owned by Samlerhuset... Everybody of note is here -- all doing business, all taking delight in collecting
PETER SWANSTON: "It's the most important coin fair in the calendar... and we're very proud to own this forum and to be able to nurture it and to bring the industry together in a single place and at a single time"
Having grown across Europe, Samlerhuset now plans to use all its assets and expertise to grow beyond Europe.
PETER SWANSTON: "We've already expanded a lot internationally, our concept of creating delighted collectors works extremely well across different borders, and we're going to introduce that across the globe."
by Dorset by Night 8,173 views
Music by Douglas Dare: http://www.youtube.com/user/dougiedare - you can download it for free (limited to 100 downloads): http://soundcloud.com/douglas-dare/dorset-by-night-soundtrac
This film acts as the prelude to a large-scale collaborative documentation of the night skies above Dorset, England. Dorset is the only county in the UK without a city, with the county town being Dorchester. In vast swathes of the region, stargazing is a delight and an absolute pleasure.
This video was created by Bridport filmmaker Stephen Banks (aka DorsetScouser: http://about.me/DorsetScouser). The final Dorset by Night film will be shot by photographers across the county, so that a more accurate rendition of Dorset can be made. If you want to get involved, visit the Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/DorsetbyNight - or @DorsetbyNight on Twitter - http://twitter.com/DorsetbyNight
Locations, in numerical order, or as follows:
1. Sculpture by the Lakes - Search for Enlightenment
2. Sculpture by the Lakes - Search for Enlightenment
3. Man o' War Bay
4. Durdle Door, looking towards Weymouth and Portland
5. Boats at Monmouth Beach, Lyme Regis
6. Eggardon Hill
7. Eggardon Hill
8. View of Weymouth and Portland Harbour, from outside HMP The Verne
9. West Milton Bus Stop
10. Off A35, heading towards West Compton, near Stancombe Coppice
11. RSPB Arne, looking towards Poole Harbour
12. Eype Beach
13. Charmouth Beach
14. Sculpture by the Lakes
15. View from Felicity's Farm Shop, Morcombelake
16. Hill on B3157 (Coast Road), just before Abbotsbury, looking towards Weymouth along Chesil Beach
17. Portland Bill
18. Weymouth Beach
19. Corfe Castle
20. Hardy's Monument
21. Boats on Lulworth Cove
22. Lulworth Cove
23. Milton Mill
24. Hill on B3157 (Coast Road), just before Abbotsbury
25. Charmouth Beach
26. RSPB Arne
27. Eggardon Hill Radio Tower
28. Rampisham Communication Masts
29. Farm barn off A35, heading towards West Compton, near Stancombe Coppice
30. Lyme Regis from The Cobb
31. Man o' War Bay
32. Hive Beach, Burton Bradstock,
33. St. Catherine's Chapel, Abbotsbury
34. Lyme Regis Harbour
Big thank you to the following:
Bridport Tourist Information Centre, who will be showing the film throughout the Bridport Festival of Culture
Douglas Dare Music: http://www.youtube.com/user/dougiedare
Tamsin Chandler and the team at the Spirit of Bridport Festival of Culture: http://festivalofculture.com/
Watershed PR, who kindly sponsored the film and supported Stephen throughout the making of it: http://watershedpr.co.uk/
Wessex FM: http://www.wessexfm.com
Advantage Digital Print, for supplying banners for the Bridport TIC windows free of charge: http://www.advantagedigitalprint.com/
Robert Farrington and everyone at RSPB Arne (near Wareham)
The National Trust (@JurassicCoastin on Twitter twitter.com/jurassiccoastin)
The Channel Guest House, Weymouth
Simon Gudgeon, Sculpture by the Lakes: http://sculpturebythelakes.co.uk/
HM Prison The Verne
by Flyte So Fancy 1,045 views
Flyte So Fancy's stand at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2012 won a certificate of merit for the excellence of its presentation. This was the first time that Flyte So Fancy has exhibited at Hampton Court and owners Phillip and Anne Weymouth were thrilled with the award. The stand created a real buzz on press day with many well-known faces stopping to admire the Gypsy Hampton henhouse, the Maggie's Six henhouse and the Granary henhouse. See if you can spot TV newsreader Michael Burke in this video.
by Arts Council England 250 views
Cockwood Primary School in Devon has been awarded an Artsmark Gold for the teaching of art in the school. This video shows children painting a large-scale banner with colours from the Union Jack, sculpting clay in response to Barbara Hepworth's Mother and Child piece and learning about what makes Britain great.
by Flyte So Fancy 3,087 views
Maggie's Six Henhouse from Flyte So Fancy: Elegant, beautifully designed and available in a range of colours, this traditional henhouse is Flyte So Fancy's most popular starter home. A country classic that makes an enchanting addition to any garden it is also a highly practical and sturdy home for up to six laying hens. Expertly made in Dorset from FSC certified timber, Maggie's Six is both durable and attractive. It's simple to attach a covered run, making it safe and secure if need be. Easy to clean and easy on the eye, this is the perfect small henhouse and will be on display this year's RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.
by Flyte So Fancy 6,715 views
The Gypsy Hampton Court Henhouse from Flyte So Fancy: Built as a romantic hideaway for up to 15 lucky chickens, The Gypsy is the ultimate luxury henhouse. Taking its inspiration from the traditional Gypsy wagons, it boasts an impressive list of quality features including solid marine chandlery brass fittings, heavy gauge steel galvanized and trim-finished roof and hand-made solid steel steerable wheels and axles. The Gypsy is practical and durable as well as beautiful. Handcrafted in Dorset using FSC certified timber, this new red and green colourway accented with gold leaf has been designed especially for Flyte So Fancy's stand at this year's RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.
by Flyte So Fancy 4,246 views
The Granary Henhouse: Flyte So Fancy are very pleased to announce that our friends Marvin and Rebecca of New Barn Timber have asked Flyte so Fancy of Dorset to take over the manufacture and supply of their famous Granary Poultry House range. This fabulous range of poultry houses has appeared at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show over a number of years and its unique design has won medals and a great deal of praise for its mix of style and functionality. Made from finest FSC certified timber and resting on staddle stones the Granary range can accommodate anything from six to 30 happy hens.
by Unwin Safety Systems 693 views
New 2012 video about fitting and removing Adjustable Front Straps from Unwin Safety Systems, the leading maker of wheelchair safety systems. Below is a transcript of the instructions given in this training video.
Position the wheelchair centrally over the floor tracking and apply the brakes.
To attach the adjustable front straps into the rail, press down on the ribbed part of the ATF, to locate in the rail, and then push firmly towards the wheelchair until the yellow clip drops and locks into place.
Unfasten the Velcro and with the buckle release button facing outwards, fasten the front straps to the front wheelchair frame, on the designated front tie-down attachment point on left and right sides of the wheelchair.
Tension both straps by pulling on the free end of the webbing, and secure the Velcro fastening.
A suitable rear tie-down must now be fitted.
The front tie-downs must only be removed once the rear tie-down has been taken off.
Unfasten the Velcro, release the front strap's buckle, remove the strap from the wheelchair frame and clip back together.
Lift the yellow retaining clip fully, remove the front straps from the rail and re-fasten the Velcro. Repeat on opposite strap and store safely.
by Unwin Safety Systems 739 views
New 2012 video about fitting and removing EasiSit from Unwin Safety Systems, the leading maker of wheelchair safety systems. Below is a transcript of the instructions given in this training video.
Place the EasiSit in the desired location. Turn the black handles anti‐clockwise until a positive stop is reached. Lift the black handles and turn through 90° to raise the plunger.
Locate EasiSit into the rail, turn the black handles and push EasiSit backward and forward slightly so the locator pin drops into the slots and the safety plunger falls securely into the rail beneath. Ensuring that both plungers are fully engaged in the rails.
Turn the black handle clockwise to apply the "anti‐rattle" mechanism.
To use the EasiSit as a wheelchair restraint, lift the armrests, if fitted, into an upright position and fold the seat cushion upwards.
Position the wheelchair in front and away from the EasiSit, pull out each karabiner and attach to the wheelchair frame.
Guide the wheelchair up to and against the telescopic stand-off bar, adjusting it to fit the wheelchair frame.
If desired, height adjustment can be achieved by releasing the two thumb screws and repositioning them along with the stand-off bar to the next row of holes.
Finally depress the foot pedal to tension the restraint and lock the wheelchair securely. Apply the wheelchair brakes.
The lap and diagonal belt can now be positioned on to the passenger.
EasiSit is fitted with two seatbelts which enables it to be used either right or left handed, whichever is more comfortable to the user.
For some users with poor upper body control both seatbelts can be used at the same time to aid stability when sitting in the seat, or, using with a wheelchair.
To release the wheelchair, first remove the passenger's lap and diagonal belt.
Lift the red handle and the foot pedal together at the same time.
Release the wheelchair brakes and push the wheelchair forward.
Remove the karabiners from the wheelchair frame, allowing them to retract to their storage position and move the wheelchair away. Reapply the brakes.
Depress the foot pedal to remove any possible tripping hazard.
Return the EasiSit to its bus seat position.
by Unwin Safety Systems 4,845 views
New 2012 video about the popular Home and Away Harness from Unwin Safety Systems, the leading maker of wheelchair safety systems. Below is a transcript of the instructions given in this training video.
The Home and Away harness is designed to provide additional support to seated passengers.
This equipment consists of a seat anchorage system that remains with the vehicle, and, a harness that fits to the passenger prior to travelling.
Before fitting the harness, ensure that the anchorage straps on the seat back are fitted with all their quick release buckles at the rear of the seat's back.
Place the harness over the shoulders of the passenger with the yellow band at the front. Fasten the two Velcro straps securely.
Position the passenger onto the seat and attach the two shoulder straps into the buckles on the seat's back.
Attach the two waist strap belts to the lower side buckles, ensuring that the right one is passed under the vehicle seat belt.
Attach the centre crotch strap to the rear centre buckle.
Adjust to fit and ensure that the waist strap is low enough to give complete control and support.
Fasten the vehicle seat belt around the passenger.
To remove the harness, undo the vehicle seatbelt.
Unfasten the centre crotch strap and the waist strap.
Undo the two shoulder straps.
As the passenger stands up, unfasten the Velcro straps, remove the and harness and store safely.
by PlankbridgeHutmakers 5,435 views
A fascinating behind-the-scenes tour of the Plankbridge Dorset Hutmakers workshop with Plankbridge co-founder Richard Lee. Including: the shepherd's hut hand-built by Richard for the Chelsea Flower Show 2012, several other shepherd's huts of different sizes and colours, an island bothy, and a living van being restored for Dorset Wildlife Trust. The huts are all at different stages of construction, and the tour shows members of the different Plankbridge teams hard at work. Plankbridge shepherds' hut making teams each consist of two people, and the teams are named after Dorset rivers: Frome, Piddle, Stour and Cerne.
Richard draws on years of knowledge and experience to vividly describe a range of subjects including cast iron wheels and chassis, corrugated iron (tin), lead flashing, lighting, home offices, Douglas Fir, single versus double glazing, painting, furniture and scenic artistry.
The aim of the tour is simply to show you what goes on in the UK's top hutmakers' workshop. If you've been thinking about visiting the workshop at Piddlehinton near Dorchester in Dorset but perhaps feel you live a bit far away, well, it's hoped this video will give you a good sense of how Plankbridge shepherds' huts are made.
Or it might inspire you to visit. In this video, obviously, Richard is talking to the camera and the camera can't ask questions -- but if you come on a tour of the workshop for yourself, you most definitely can.
But one big question can certainly be answered now: Do Plankbridge deliver huts to anywhere in the UK? YES -- and even overseas. Recent destinations have included Ireland and the French Alps.
For more information please call 01300 348414 or email email@example.com
by SimonThomasPirie 811 views
How Dorchester in Dorset got its newest public work of art; a beautiful oak bench handmade by Simon Thomas Pirie Furniture.The bench was fitted in Tudor Arcade in May 2012 by Simon Thomas Pirie Furniture's workshop manager John Beaves and his colleague Mike.
You can see Simon himself sitting on the left, at the end, when two days' of fitting parts together, measuring up, drilling, cleaning, chemical resin injecting, bolt inserting and general fixing are over... and it's time for a sit-down.
As John tells a delightful woman right at the every end - you should keep watching - "The bench is now officially open."
It was commissioned as a new public work of art for Dorchester's Tudor Arcade, outside Waitrose and Fat Face, as part of a revamp of the shopping area.
The bench was made from oak, steam bent and scorched, at Simon Thomas Pirie Furniture's workshop in Briantspuddle in Dorset, between Dorchester and Bere Regis.
As Simon explains in a companion video to this piece, the bench was inspired by many things. Seen from above it's shaped like a question mark and it's meant to provoke conversation as well as providing a place simply to sit down and have a conversation.
It's also inspired by traditional love-seats, where you can sit back to back but side by side.
Sitting in it - or on it - is also meant to make you feel rather like you're sitting on a throne. It commands a great view of the arcade.
It's fun. It's comfortable. It's there for you.
So - please go and give it a go.
Everyone here at Simon Thomas Pirie Furniture put a lot into it.
We're proud to have our work displayed right in the middle of Dorchester, in Dorset's county town.
We hope you enjoy seeing it and using it for many years to come.
by SimonThomasPirie 1,162 views
A new public art work is being made for Dorset by the team at Simon Thomas Pirie Furniture. It's a long snaking bench, inspired by love seats, and shaped like a question mark. The piece is being handmade from oak; steambent and scorched. The bench will be sited in Dorchester's Tudor Arcade outside Waitrose and Fat Face.
The oak has to be steamed for at least two hours before it can be bent in a double-ended jig. Every second counts when the timber first comes out of the steamer. It has to be transferred to the jig as quickly as possible so that it can be pressed into the shape desired. That's why at the start of this video you'll see - and hear - such an emphasis on speed and effort. Two cameras were used to capture the process as it happened for real. (Look very carefully and at one point you'll see a pair of legs running hurrying through the background; that's the second cameraman moving from spot to spot in the workshop at Briantspuddle in Dorset). We genuinely did not know what was going to happen...
Simon Pirie explains some of the thinking behind the design of the bench. "It started with the idea of the love seat which is where, basically, you're sitting side to side with someone who's sitting facing in the opposite direction. There's a long history of love seats.
"And then there's the idea of a long snaking bench with quite abstracted seats and people facing in different directions.
"And also it's slightly throne-like. I design chairs to be really comfortable and there's a kind of grounding when you sit on a chair, especially an armchair, where it just feels right. Somehow it makes you feel bigger because it's comfortable and it's well designed."
Sections of oak are also scorched and blackened with a blowtorch, brushed and then scorched again.
As Simon says, "There's a knack to scorching like everything else. Get the blowtorch too close and it doesn't seem to work... You need to be a couple of inches away. When you get it going perfectly it almost seems to flow in front of you, which is really nice. Like liquid.
"As well as making it black it also weatherproofs the oak, which means you don't have to add any unnatural chemicals to it. It just becomes black, and it becomes its own timber treatment in a sense.
"So we're doing it partly for contrast and partly for resistance to weather over time. It's a kind of perfect finish."
After the entertainingly dirty job of brushing the oak to remove loose fragments, it's scorched again.
"We give it a second scorch because that really brings out all the woody textures. All the soft material is burnt away and you get that really textural, visceral feeling out of it, which is really exciting as a woodworker. It's lovely."
Simon concludes: "I'm really proud of it and I hope that people in Dorchester and Dorset really enjoy it. We're looking forward to getting it in."
The bench is due to be fitted in Dorchester's Tudor Arcade at the start of May, 2012.
by London Mint Office 820 views
The world's most expensive gold coin ever to come to auction went on display at Goldsmiths' Hall in London on 3 and 4 March this year.
The 1933 Double Eagle is a legend in coin collecting circles. It is possibly the most valuable ounce of gold in the world, inspiring the passions of kings, presidents, collectors, and thieves. In 2002, a 1933 Double Eagle sold for 7.6 million dollars, making it the most expensive gold coin in the world to come to auction up to that time. The actual coin which went on display in London has never come to auction and is one of a handful of 1933 Double Eagles known in the world.
by CruiseLymeRegis 1,095 views
Lyme Regis in Dorset, England, is at the heart of the Jurrassic Coast World Heritage site and distinguished by its unique Cobb. This sturdy harbour defence was made famous by the opening scenes from the film adaptation of The French Lieutenant's Woman -- a classic novel written by Lyme Regis resident and author John Fowles. It also features in Jane Austen's novel Persuasion. Jane Austen, John Fowles, Beatrix Potter , Tennyson and JMW Turner are just some of the famous writers and artists who have visited and been inspired by Lyme Regis. Today, the town is teaming with galleries and bookshops selling the works of talented modern-day artists who have been drawn to the town by the beauty, peace and drama of its surroundings.Steeped in history, gilded by the sea and surrounded by stunning scenery, it's no surprise that so many creative people continue to make their home in Lyme Regis, drawing on its wealth of natural beauty and ancient heritage.
by PlankbridgeHutmakers 2,477 views
Garden designers Adam Woolcott and Jon Smith, who have won three Gold Medals at the Chelsea Flower Show, explain their inspiration and outline their plans for the Plankbridge Shepherd's Hut Garden. Adam and Jon are at Waterston Springs in Dorset, where they pick out just a few of the features they are aiming to include in the artisan garden they are creating for Chelsea Flower 2012.
Features will include a hand-built shepherd's hut (see other videos on the Plankbridge Hutmakers YouTube channel for more information about this), a mysterious-looking pipe in a stream, Hart's Tongue Fern, southern marsh orchids and other wildlowers, plus rare Fry and Blackpod runner beans from the Heritage Seed Library.
by PlankbridgeHutmakers 1,056 views
Inside the shepherds' hut being built by the Dorset hutmakers Plankbridge for the Chelsea Flower Show 2012, scenic artist Jonathan Holbrook outlines how he is going to weather the hut, so that it looks like it's about three years old.
Jonathan Holbrook has worked on numerous TV programmes and films, includes Pirates of the Caribbean and Danny, Champion of the World.
One of his more unusual tasks was building wombat tunnels for the BBC.
As the Plankbridge garden designer Adam Woolcott said, on hearing of this commission, "Not many men can say they've done that!"
by PlankbridgeHutmakers 3,130 views
A first look at the unique shepherd's hut being built for Chelsea Flower Show 2012 and the Plankbridge Hutmakers Artisan Garden inspired by Dorset.
Plankbridge have hand-built authentic shepherd's huts since the year 2000. Shepherds' huts are corrugated iron-clad wheeled vehicles with a distinctive curved roof. They were originally used on Victorian farms in Dorset to give shepherds shelter during lambing times. The opening scene of Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy, which describes the shepherd Gabriel Oak caring for a newborn lamb in his hut, was set in fields near Plankbridge's workshop.
Plankbridge were the first company to revive the craft of hutmaking and restore antique shepherd's huts for contemporary use as garden retreats, home offices and extra accommodation.
Plankbridge pride themselves on attention to detail, faithfulness to tradition and using the finest sustainable materials using local suppliers and craftsmen. Their huts' simple lines grace any garden scheme, traditional or contemporary.
Every Plankbridge hut is fully bespoke, including colours and fittings such as the traditional woodburner, hand made windows, fittings and furniture.
Exhibiting at RHS Chelsea is a huge milestone and privilege. Plankbridge are very proud that a Plankbridge hut will be the first shepherd's hut ever seen in an RHS Chelsea show garden -- at the most prestigious flower show in the world.
The Artisan Gardens area is the ideal place to focus attention on the simple beauty and craftsmanship of a shepherd's hut. The garden, featuring a wildflower garden and disused watercress bed, is very personal to Plankbridge: not only because the hut is hand made, but also because much of the garden will come from the company founders' own garden in Piddlehinton - a wildlife haven.
Plankbridge hope that visitors to their show garden, whether they are professional garden designers or home enthusiasts will appreciate and be inspired by the design and craft skills on display.
Plankbridge hope that visitors will take home a lasting memory of a revived craft, shown in a beautiful setting, rooted in Dorset tradition and literature.
by PlankbridgeHutmakers 1,051 views
Plankbridge Dorset Hutmakers build shepherds' huts of the very highest quality for you to relax in and enjoy. Glimpsed at work in this mini-symphony are Plankbridge senior hutmaker Jake Reilly on circular saw and corrugated-iron cutter, joiner Gary Crewe on hammer, company founder Richard Lee on breather membrane stapler, and hut restorer and Cerne team leader Johnno Farrar on angle-grinder. The cockerel you can faintly hear later lives close by to Waterston Springs in Dorset, where Plankbridge began and where the Plankbridge show hut can be seen. All the birdsong was recorded on site.
Stephen is Watershed PR's digital executive. We've been watching this piece develop and we think it's fantastic - we being his colleagues of course :)48
by Stephen Banks 24,116 views
A labour of love, four months in the making. I moved to Bridport just over a year ago and immediately fell in love with the place. What better way to show my affection for such a place than to make a movie about it?
Shot on a Nikon D7000 camera, producing 16MP stills for a 25fps video. Some shots in this were 30 second exposures, meaning I had to stay with the camera for an hour and a half just to get six seconds of footage.
I see far too many touristy video features about the West Dorset coastline. Too many quaint holiday cottages and clichéd shots of people eating ice cream on the beach. This video was shot in the winter and, for a growing number of people interested in stargazing, shows that Bridport is a fantastic location for seeing the night sky. It is also beautiful at night.
I started experimenting with time lapse photography back in October 2011, producing promising results. Since then, my videos have come on in leaps and bounds and I am consistently producing my best work yet. By no means is this a finished work. Consider it Bridport by Night version 1. I will be getting a car soon, so this work may evolve to become the whole of Dorset by Night.
Follow me on Twitter: @DorsetScouser or visit my website: http://www.scousebysouthwest.com
Music is 'Arrival of the Birds' by the Cinematic Orchestra. I purchased the track on iTunes (http://itunes.apple.com/ie/album/arrival-of-the-birds/id297
787201?i=297787336) and edited the sequence in iMovie.
Here is a breakdown of all the places in order they are seen:
1. Back garden of a house just outside Shipton Gorge
2. Road leading up to Vearse Farm, just outside Bridport
3. St. Mary's church, South Street
4. Hill climb heading towards Burton Bradstock
5. Looking up at the trees on top of Colmer's Hill, Symondsbury
6. West Bay Promenade, looking out towards Charmouth and Lyme Regis
7. View of Colmer's Hill, Symondsbury
8. Cliffs at West Bay Beach
9. Palmers Brewery in Bridport
10. Fishing boat at West Bay Harbour
11. West Bay beach
12. View of Bridport from Colmer's Hill
13. The Riverside Restaurant, West Bay
14. Looking out to sea at West Bay
15. West Bay Harbour
16. Newly refurbished Bridport Town Hall
17. Fish pass on the River Brit, behind Palmers Brewery in Bridport
18. Cliffs at West Bay
19. Asker Meadow (?) between East Road and Sea Road North / St Andrews Road
20. Red Brick Cafe, St. Michael's Trading Estate, Bridport
21. The Tea Station, West Bay
22. Fields near the footpath to West Bay, from Bridport.
by Palmers Brewery 727 views
Palmers Brewery draymen Tim Joy and Barry Knight deliver real ale and cider to three pubs in West Bay, Dorset. This video was made to mark Palmers becoming the first small brewery in the UK to be awarded Cask Marque's Distributor Charter for excellence in the distribution of cask-conditioned ale.
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by Palmers Brewery 1,147 views
How we brew Dorset Gold at Palmers Brewery in Bridport, Dorset.
This short film shows just a few of the processes, with time-lapse shots inside and outside the Brewery, and the brewhouse team enjoying themselves as they craft finest real ale.
Dorset Gold Website: http://www.dorsetgold.com/
Facebook Page: http://on.fb.me/szTMBp
Palmers Brewery on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/palmersbrewery
In the 2011 SIBA Business Awards, Palmers were commended for "a series of on-line films celebrating its history and people" - page 44 of The Publicans Morning Advertiser, 1 December 2011. Overall, Palmers came second in the main national Business Award. SIBA has more than 500 members. http://siba.co.uk/businessawards/2011-awards/winners2011
by Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens 244 views
Flowers at Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens in Dorset, on a peaceful sunny afternoon following a short shower of rain.
by GlastonburyAbbey 827 views
An evocation and celebration of Glastonbury Abbey - 36 acres of peace, beauty and tranquility which have distinguished the spiritual life of Glastonbury for centuries.
Glastonbury Abbey in Somerset was once the grandest and richest abbey in England. It was brutally shut down and ransacked in 1539 during King Henry VIII's Dissolution of the Monasteries.
The Abbey ruins are now a Scheduled Ancient Monument, open to visitors every day except Christmas Day.
Among the costumed guides seen in this piece are Saxon monk Brother Cedric, the Nottinghamshire pilgrim Matilda, and the Elizabethan knight Sir Richard Pollard, right hand man to King Henry VIII.
The fishpond was built in the early 19th century. Fish include common carp, golden orfe, tench and rudd. The pond takes water from Chalice Well (see below).
The aerial shots in the second half of the piece were filmed from the top of the tower of the church of St John the Baptist in Glastonbury.
The ribbon seen towards the end is tied to the Glastonbury Thorn in the grounds of the Abbey. Many people believe that the Thorn originates from Joseph of Arimathea's staff. Legend has it that Joseph of Arimathea (who, according to the Bible, donated his own tomb for Christ's interment after the Crucifixion) came to Britain, bearing the Holy Grail - the cup that was used by Christ at the Last Supper and later by Joseph to catch the blood from His Crucifixion. When Joseph landed on the island of Avalon, he set foot on Wearyall Hill - just below Glastonbury Tor. Exhausted, he thrust his staff into the ground, and rested. By morning, his staff had taken root - leaving a strange oriental thorn bush - the sacred Glastonbury Thorn.
For safe keeping, Joseph is said to have buried the Holy Grail just below the Tor at the entrance to the Underworld. Shortly after he had done this, a spring, now known as Chalice Well, flowed forth and the water that emerged brought eternal youth to whosoever would drink it.
The candles are in the recently refurbished St Patrick's Chapel.
The music is Orff's Carmina Burana - Soprano Aria - In Trutina; Soloist, Flora Beverley. The recording (by Daniel Baker) is of a live performance by the Bryanston School Orchestra at St Paul's, Knightsbridge, London, in Autumn 2010. It is used with the permission of Bryanston School.
by KilverCourtTV 298 views
Roger Saul tells us about the brands that will be filling up the Emporium at the Kilver Court Grand Designer sale, happening on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th July 2011.
Kilver Court Website: http://www.kilvercourt.com/
Kilver Court Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/kilvercourt/
by KilverCourtTV 1,007 views
The new Kilver Court Designer Emporium in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, getting ready for its launch on Saturday, July 23, 2011.
The emporium is the first part of plans for a £10 million designer outlet village, a completely new concept in British shopping.
Kilver Court is a wonderful eclectic mix of old textile mill buildings.
Owner Roger Saul, who founded Mulberry, says: 'This is where I first bought Mulberry as a brand back in 1996, as the Mulberry HQ.
'It's also where we opened the iconic Mulberry factory shop, which is one of those rare secrets that people spend their lives trying to find but sort of everybody knows. Over the years I should think it's become one of the most successful factory shops in the world.
'It's a place where you can find that special bargain, and it's not just for people in the UK, but from all over the world.
'What we are trying to do now is to take that special brand experience and widen it with a group of the most special eclectic British and international fashion brands and mix it with food and gardens so it's a great experience altogether, a great day out.'
Brands include Aubin & Wills, Toast, Myla, Cabbages & Roses, Emma Bridgewater, Miller Harris, Margaret Howell, Pedlars, Duchamp, Beatrix Ong, Isabella Oliver, MiH Jeans, Sara Sanskara, Pennard Plants, Robert Mills Ltd, and Sauls.
This video features fine examples of furniture that will be on sale at the Kilver Court designer emporium, including a Giant Carver Chair for grandparents to sit reading with grandchildren, a mirror once painted green with tincture of arsenic, a re-upholstered former Welsh chapel chair and a table made by Roger and his son Freddie. The table is inlaid with oak parquet flooring from an old Bristol ballroom.
A pop-up restaurant called Bukowski is starting at Kilver Court on Saturday, July 23. This is a wonderful new fast slow food concept.
Kilver Court Website: http://www.kilvercourt.com/
Kilver Court Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/kilvercourt/
by PlankbridgeHutmakers 1,847 views
Plankbridge senior hutmaker Jake Reilly demonstrates micro bevelling, a process which adds to the quality and comfort of a Plankbridge hut.
by PlankbridgeHutmakers 2,012 views
The HQ of Dorset Hutmakers Plankbridge is home to 350 wonderful Southern Marsh Orchids. This short film shows some of these beautiful wild flowers and a Plankbridge shepherd's hut. Plankbridge co-founder Jane Dennison tells how the number of Southern Marsh Orchids at Waterston Springs has increased massively since the turn of the century - when there were only 11 - and how fantastic it is to see so many now. Plankbridge have faithfully managed their land to encourage wildlife.
The evocative music comes from a track called Floating from the LP Spirals by Dorset musician Andy Grant. Thanks very much to him for kindly granting permission. For more information about Andy Grant and CDs including Spirals, see http://www.andygrant.net/
For more information about Plankbridge - Britain's leading makers of shepherds' huts - see http://www.plankbridge.com/
by John Holman 2,003 views
Old Bournemouth tram number 113 is to be restored by the Dorset hutmakers Plankbridge.
Plankbridge - Britain's leading makers and restorers of shepherds' huts - recently moved from Druce near Puddletown to a new workshop at Carters' Barn near Piddlehinton.
Richard Lee of Plankbridge tells in this short film how he first saw 113 on a farm at Milton Abbas, where he'd gone to look at a shepherd's hut. The farmer had never got round to restoring the tram.
Richard thought instantly -- "I want one of those" -- and so he and Plankbridge co-founder Jane Dennison bought it.
The plan is to faithfully restore 113 for use as an office and as somewhere to eat lunch.
Richard and Jane are keen to hear from people who know things that might help with the work coming up. They would also just like to know more about the tram.
It was built by the Brush Electrical Engineering Company of Loughborough, a business founded by Charles Francis Brush, from Cleveland, Ohio, in Lambeth in 1879. Brush moved from London to Loughborough about ten years later.
113 dates from 1926, when Brush employed around 2,500 people.
The company has since been through several changes of ownership, but is still going today.
Only 13 Bournemouth trams are known to survive, out of the dozens which once criss-crossed the town. Many thanks to Gareth Prior of the excellent website www.britishtramsonline.co.uk for the information in the list that now follows.
13 - In store in Bournemouth awaiting restoration
21 - Awaiting restoration Wales
31 - In store in Bournemouth awaiting restoration
42 - In store in Bournemouth awaiting restoration
53 - In store in Bournemouth awaiting restoration
60 - In store and in need of restoration
71 - In store in Bournemouth awaiting restoration
85 - On Display at Museum of Electricity, Christchurch
86 - unrestored lower saloon on display at Aston Transport Museum, Birmingham
101 - stored at Seaton Tramway awaiting restoration
106 - rebuilt as Seaton Tramways number 16
113 - you know about if you're reading this!
126 - restored as Llandudno tram 7
For more information about Plankbridge, visit http://www.plankbridge.com
For more about Brush, visit http://www.brush.eu
The Brush forum on http://www.inloughborough.com is also interesting.
by Palmers Brewery 1,179 views
A tribute to one of the unsung heroes of British brewing -- malt deliverer Brian Wood.
Brian has been delivering sacks of malted barley to Palmers Brewery in Bridport, Dorset, for nearly 30 years. By hand, he's loaded and unloaded about 73,000 sacks. That's approximately 3,650 tonnes winched up from the back of his lorry into Palmers' malt loft.
'Brian Wood is a legend in his own lifetime,' says Palmers' head brewer Darren Batten. 'He's a good, honest, nice guy and he comes in and he gives us a brilliant service.'
Over the last three decades Brian has worked for breweries nationwide. Nowadays, from his home in Chelmsford, Essex, he delivers mostly to Palmers, Arkells in Swindon, Felinfoel near Llanelli, Harveys in Lewes, Elgoods in Wisbech, and Fullers in Chiswick.
'I absolutely love them,' says Brian.
'I've always been proud to be involved with the malt; I just enjoy my work.'
Brian is known for taking exceptional care of things. His lorry, for example, a DAF 1900, has done more than 1.5 million miles since he bought it new in 1988. It's specially fitted with an aluminium floor for the superior transport of malt.
Brian, his lorry and the whole process of malt delivery can be seen in this videdo.
One of Palmers' aims is to show what an extraordinary amount of often-unseen love and care goes into the making of quality real ale.
Darren says: 'People don't realise the love and care that goes into brewing a pint of beer and it's one of our greatest pleasures that so many people are sustained by the brewing industry. There are people that we've worked with 20, 30, 40 years, some of them, and it's great that we all appreciate that we are making a product our customers like and that all our suppliers are passionate about as well.'
Taking malt in sacks enhances quality. Darren says: 'We haven't got to blow malt across the brewery or put it up conveyor belts. All those handlings of malt damage the husk and the husk is very important in a traditional brewing mash tun like ours.
'Long may it continue' is Darren's wish -- and Brian's too.
'I don't ever see myself retiring,' says Brian. 'I feel good, I look after myself, I just want to keep on working.'
The other voice you can hear in the video is that of Jonathan Hudston, of Watershed PR, who shot and edited this piece.
Note: not all of the words quoted above are in the piece. People always say more than can be used in a short film!
by John Holman 197 views
Bridport-based artist Kit Glaisyer discusses the hills and big houses of West Dorset, following on from the publication of the book Portrait of the Artist, that he produced with photographer George Wright and writer Lu Orza. Warning: contains thinking aloud! :)
by John Holman 6,454 views
How to plant, grow and prune cider apple trees brilliantly explained and demonstrated by John Worle. Essential viewing for anyone thinking of planting a tree. Mr Worle reckons that only 1 in 10 people normally get it right.
And he should know. Over the last five years he's grown more than half a million cider apple trees. In total, he has over 50 years' experience in producing trees and managing orchards. In 2004 he was awarded a Gold Medal at the Bath & West Show for his Lifetime's Contribution to the Orchards and Cider Industry of the West Country.
In this video, he's talking at the ceremonial opening of a new orchard at Melplash between Bridport and Beaminster in West Dorset. The orchard is planted with 20 varieties of old Dorset cider apple trees re-discovered during a long county-wide search by the renowned cider apple expert Liz Copas, author of A Somerset Pomona, and Nick Poole, founder of the West Milton Cider Club and the famous Powerstock Cider Festival.
Mr Worle propagated the trees at his Herefordshire nursery. The new Melplash orchard is owned by the distinguished cider apple grower Rupert Best. It's named Linden Lea after a poem by the 19th century Dorset poet William Barnes.
More than 200 other individual trees have gone to a range of buyers from across Dorset and beyond, including the National Trust, farmers and the Mill House Cider Museum at Overmoigne (not far from both Weymouth and Dorchester). The aim of this dispersal is to aid the great 21st century Dorset cider revival.
As Mr Worle says in this video, some varieties will make better cider than others - particularly if they're not going to be blended, but used singly.
Traditional Dorset varieties at Linden Lea are:
Hains Late Sweet
Dash Hays Crab
Yeovil Sour Cadbury
Cap of Liberty
SHARP / DUAL PURPOSE
(Dual purpose means they could also be used as cookers)
Mr Worle is assisted in the video by his nursery manager Peter Biurkowski. Onlookers include Alan Stone, author of the Somerset Cider Handbook, Emily Pykett, author of the Totally Dorset blog (http://totallydorset.wordpress.com) and Emily's mum Sue. They bought a Golden Ball, a particularly sought-after variety from Netherbury in West Dorset, of which only one tree was known to survive.
This video was filmed by Jonathan Hudston of Watershed PR (also an original member of the West Milton Cider Club - which is one reason why he so enjoyed Mr Worle's talk!)
Please browse through Transition Vision's videos for three other pieces related to the Dorset Cider Project, and the revival of old varieties.
by John Holman 867 views
Dorset Wildlife Trust's nature reserve Powerstock Common and Kingcombe Meadows Farm seen close-up with new stockman Ashlea Kirk.
Cattle-hunting, fence-testing, quad-bike riding, sheep-finding, bedding and feeding all feature.
Ashlea, who's 24 and grew up in Winterborne Whitechurch between Dorchester and Blandford, explains his own philosophy of farming and how Dorset Wildlife Trust looks after Powerstock Common and Kingcombe Meadows Farm, two of its most important properties.
This piece was shot and edited for Transition Vision TV's Farming Channel by Jonathan Hudston of Watershed PR. His is the other voice you can hear apart from Ashlea's.
And you might get the occasional glimpse of a muddy boot.
Otherwise nothing, because Ashlea is the star.
by Watershed PR 1,568 views
Vivid history of Lulworth Castle in Dorset and its nearby chapel. Includes a dramatisation of King George III's visit to the chapel in the 18th Century, and an eye-witness account of the devastating fire at Lulworth Castle in the 1920s. This is a shortened version of the official video made for Lulworth Castle.