Why We Love Purbeck

MICHAEL O’SULLIVAN RETIRED LIGHTHOUSE ATTENDANT    Michael was about to start a career in the merchant navy when he saw a job advert.  ‘Would you like to be a lighthouse keeper?’ it asked. Michael liked the sea and enjoyed the idea of.... Read More
LIZZIE CONSTANTINE NHS PULMONARY EXERCISE SPECIALIST and NORDIC WALKER    Lizzie Constantine describes her move to Purbeck from Buckinghamshire, three years ago, as the best decision she’s ever made. Last year, during the lockdown, her partner proposed to her in a.... Read More
Rhiannon Shutler
Rhiannon Shutler Autor, Illustrator and Conservationist Rhiannon is a busy person; along with raising two children, she is currently working two jobs and somehow finds time to write books and poems in her spare time. The natural world has always.... Read More
Liv Cooper
Liv Cooper BIRDS OF POOLE HARBOUR OSPREY PROJECT Liv Cooper has one of the most unusual mothering roles in Purbeck. Liv lives near Wareham, but through summer months, she preps fish for osprey chicks on the shores of Poole Harbour. She.... Read More
KEVIN KEATES (KEATES QUARRIES)  - QUARRYMAN and STONEMASON Among the huge slabs of honey-coloured Purbeck stone near Acton, Kevin Keates is a real gem. He’s warm, kind and a great storyteller, but he also has a secret skill: he can read.... Read More
JULIE HATCHER MARINE BIOLOGIST Julie Hatcher fell in love with Kimmeridge a long time ago. She was studying marine biology at the time but was imagining her career would take her somewhere like South America; ‘Dolphins were my thing,’ she.... Read More
FRANK ROBERTS VOLUNTEER at HERSTON HALT & SWANAGE ARMY LINK Frank gets things done. During the 40 years or so he’s lived in Swanage, he’s installed signalling along sections of the Swanage railway line; he’s helped join the Swanage line.... Read More
Carol Birnie
Carol Birnie CORFE VILLAGE STORES Every customer to walk through the door at Corfe Village Stores gets a cheery hello from Carole.  Some visitors to Corfe, she says, are a bit taken aback! For them, shopping may have ceased being a.... Read More
Becky Mack
BECKY MACK  RNLI VOLUNTEER & PATENT ATTORNEY RNLI volunteer, Becky Mack is blushing. She’s just been stopped by yet another Swanage resident who saw her in the BBC’s Saving Lives at Sea series. Clearly, Becky is embarrassed by all the attention,.... Read More
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