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Roundabout East Dorset Villages December 2018

Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

Dear readers,

Welcome to this year’s Christmas edition of Roundabout East Dorset Villages. Although the very mild weather we have whilst we go to print makes Christmas seem a very long way off – despite all the Christmas displays and goodies already in the shops!

Not that I have ventured anywhere near any shops at Bournemouth or Castlepoint recently what with the dreadful Spur Road hold-ups and the reconstruction of the car park at Castlepoint reducing car parking substantially! Oddly enough my phone has just alerted me to Black Friday but I’m still not tempted! No doubt like most of you I find internet shopping one of the great benefits of the digital age!

Of course my husband agrees with me wholeheartedly on this subject as it now avoids the annual Christmas shopping expedition which he absolutely detested since the male and female concept of shopping are just worlds apart! Proving the saying that – ‘Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus!’

Of course the Postal Service really comes into its own at this time of year and we have a potted history on page 20 which I found fascinating especially the fact that scam emails and particularly scam letters have been with us for around 150 years!

As well as seasonal features we still have all the usual articles  and if like me you MAY want to treat a loved one at this time of year AND help local businesses, look in here first in the ‘Local Business Directory’ on page 34!

Finally my team and I would like to wish all our readers and advertisers the very warmest of festive greetings for this Christmas and the New Year.

Roundabout Verwood & Three Legged Cross December 2018

Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

Dear readers,

Recently my daughter visited a Christmas grotto in a Garden Centre but said that she still doesn’t feel very Christmassy! Well – it was only the end of October! So I thought the photo on this issue’s cover which was taken in December a few years back if you recall should help to put you all in the mood!

The inevitable Christmas round robins are a bit like marmite – you either love them or hate them! Our 1st one arrives right at the beginning of December from my husband’s elderly aunt who emigrated to New Zealand in the ‘70s. A lovely hand written letter which to me signals the start of our season when we keep in touch with many old friends and members of the family we rarely see but still like that annual point of contact!

And despite all the various forms of social media which are used these days, to receive a card with a well written letter in the post means so much more I think than just a vague throw away txt or similar.

Which wouldn’t be possible of course without our excellent Postal Service. A really fascinating potted history is on page 36 and believe it or not scam letters (similar to today’s scam emails) were around in the 1870s. Nothing new there then! Page 43 also lists the last posting dates for Christmas.

There are lots of festive themed articles inside and if like me you want to treat a loved one AND help local businesses, look in here first in the ‘Local Business Directory’ on page 46!

Finally my team and I would like to wish all our readers and advertisers old and new the very warmest of festive greetings for this Christmas and the New Year.

Roundabout Ringwood December 2018

Monday, November 19th, 2018

Dear readers

No doubt like me you probably thought scam emails and letters are a scourge of the internet age, but surprisingly they have been with us for around 150 years, as in the 1870s for only $75 you could buy $1500 of the ‘best and safest’ counterfeit money! A special feature on page 36 has a potted history of the Post Office which explains all and even why it was called Royal Mail.

Also on this subject we have the Christmas posting dates on page 43.

If you are a chocoholic combined with a terrible sweet tooth then don’t look at the beauty article on page 40! Here you’ll find a selection of gift ideas for those special people like teachers, best friends, yourself and especially chocoholics with a special chocolate and marshmallow face mask packaged with a bar of Green & Black’s chocolate! I would be very tempted to try it although the combination with pink clay might make it rather gritty of course!

Ringwood’s annual Christmas Eve carols in the Market Place is always a great way to put you in the festive mood. It’s a very sociable occasion as most of the town seems to turn up!

Don’t forget if you want to treat a loved one AND help local businesses, look in here first in the ‘Local Business Directory’ on page 46!

Finally my team and I would like to wish all our readers and advertisers old and new the very warmest of festive greetings for this Christmas and the New Year.