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Tom Carter

Tom Carter
Tom is an Oxford university graduate and budding journalist from Southampton. He studied history as an undergraduate at Wadham College. Music and culture, politics, local news and history are his among his favourite subjects to write about. And when not writing, he spends time playing guitar, reading, and walking his two dogs.

Council and Charities Collaborate to Support Rough Sleepers

For institutions that provide support for the homeless in the tough winter months, COVID-19 has made life much more difficult. In previous years, St. Stephen’s Church in Bournemouth and the United Reform Church in Poole have both offered support and shelter for rough sleepers. This year, however, the risk of Coronavirus spreading in communal shelters has made them unable to offer the same level of assistance. Organisations that have been able to provide support, meanwhile, are having to deal with new challenges posed by Coronavirus...

AFC Bournemouth Comes Together to Condemn Racist Abuse

AFC Bournemouth have condemned the online racial abuse directed at Junior Stanislas after Saturday’s 1-0 win at Stoke. In a statement posted on the club website, chief executive Neill Blake described the comments as "disgusting" and "completely intolerable". "I am astounded that people believe writing and posting these comments is acceptable", said Blake. "We will be contacting Twitter and the FA for their help in identifying the individual concerned, and will pursue the strongest possible action against them".

Remembering Poole’s Spymaster, John Le Carré

The illicit activities of his father, who had a reputation as a con-man, gave Cornwell his first experience of the duplicity and secrecy that he would experience first-hand as an MI6 agent, and portray so vividly as a writer. Years later, he dramatized elements of his childhood in the novel A Perfect Spy, using his father as inspiration for the scheming con-man Rick Pym...

The Four Horsemen Among Most At-Risk Music Venues in the UK

Amid these difficulties, the #saveourvenues campaign is supporting The Four Horsemen. The national campaign, started by the Music Venue Trust, has raised over £1 million to help prevent the closure of hundreds of grassroots venues. Their initiatives include encouraging fans to "adopt a venue" by donating to their crowdfunders. Organising watch parties on social media is another initiative, for livestreamed shows by artists supporting the campaign...

Children’s Charity Moves Online to Support Young Carers in Bournemouth

Research suggests that young carers have been particularly hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic. With much of the country still under coronavirus restrictions, organisations...

Extinction Rebellion Activists Demand More Progress from BCP Council

Over the past few years, climate change activism has become increasingly mainstream. Public opinion has shifted in favour of concerted national action to reduce the UK’s emissions. A recent survey from the Business Department revealed that 82% of people were concerned about the impact of climate change. In response to this, a growing number of local councils across the country have declared climate and ecological emergencies...

Poole Sailor Sets Off on Round-the-World Voyage

Poole-based sailor Pip Hare is one of 34 sailors competing in one of sport's ultimate endurance challenges. Namely, the Vendée Globe. On 8th November, she set off from Les Sables d’Olonne, France, on a race around the world. Each competitor in the race must sail alone and non-stop around the globe without assistance. They will have to contend with harsh conditions and brutal weather, and cope with being alone at sea for months...

Bournemouth Live Music Scene Moves Online for Lockdown 2.0

"It’s a severe body blow, and will likely finish some venues off permanently’ said Glenn Bowen, the drummer for Dorset-based rock band Trip Wizard. ‘The live music industry was in purgatory even after the first lockdown, and many bands were reluctant to play any gigs as the likelihood of them being shut down was high. We had a couple of high-profile shows cancelled at the last minute because the venues weren’t able to make it viable for them..."

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