The group who promoted the winning entry in last years competition to find a Dorset flag has donated £1000 to the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Service.
The Dorset Flag Group which includes Jacquie Hall, Town Crier of Wareham, Chris Brown, Town Crier of Wimborne and Dorset flag designer Dave White were given a tour of the facilities located at Henstridge Airfield in Somerset and saw the Air Ambulance crew in action as a call came in during the presentation.
Tracy Bartram – fundraising coordinator for the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance was delighted to receive the cheque for £1000, stating Its amazing how the public support us in so many different ways. Having a flag for Dorset is fantastic. The fact that money raised from selling the flag is helping the air ambulance continue to fly is even better. We need to raise in excess of £1.2m a year, and this goes to show that people can help us by raising funds in so many different ways.’
Funds had been raised from the sale of the groups winning flag entry St Wites Cross during last years campaign to see Dorsets first ever county-wide flag elected. A previous £500 had been donated to Wimborne Minsters Priest House in November 2008.
Dave White stated Wed always intended to give surplus funds from the campaign back to local charities and the Air Ambulance Service seems a highly appropriate one, given that it is entirely funded by donation.”
The group left behind flags, stickers and badges to pass around the crew, noting that the helicopter and the flag matched somewhat.
Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance crew members are pictured with (L-R)Tracy Bartram, Chris Brown, Jacquie Hall and front, Dave White.
Contact : Dave White : 07500 918 477
A Dorset town crier has been reunited with his handbell after it was stolen.
Chris Brown, Wimborne’s town crier, said the bell was in a bag which was taken while he was DJing in a pub earlier this month. The missing bag and bell, which has little financial value, were left anonymously, close to Mr Brown’s car, on Sunday. He said he was “very happy” after it appeared an amnesty had led to the culprit having a change of heart.
Mr Brown said: “I really never thought it would appear again but some friends were calling and found the missing bag and bell by the rear of my car. I promised an amnesty which appears to have enabled the prankster to relieve their conscience and am a very happy town crier.”
The 11ins (30cm) high military-issue handbell, which has an iron clapper, dates from World War I when it was used for gas attack warnings. The bell is used to accompany Mr Brown’s “cries” around the town and at national and international gatherings. He had notified local scrap and antique dealers to keep an eye out following the theft.
Read the article on the BBC Dorset website (published 25 June 2012)
A Dorset town crier is appealing for his handbell to be returned after it was stolen.
Chris Brown, Wimborne’s town crier, said the bell was in a bag which was taken while he was DJing in a pub. The 11 inch (30cm) high military-issue handbell, which has an iron clapper, dates from World War I when it was used for gas attack warnings.
Mr Brown said: “It’s extremely loud. I want to get it back, it’s been everywhere with me.”
The bell is used to accompany Mr Brown’s “cries” around the town and at national and international gatherings.
He added that local scrap and antique dealers had been notified but the bell had little financial worth.
Read the article on the BBC Dorset website (published 13 June 2012)