8 May 2019

Well, what started out as a small hole to determine if it was the OB or not has now developed into a large excavation and has a long way to go.

14 Apr 2019

This month of April 2019 we, the CART team (of which I am now a member) have been helping the Dorset countryside unit in mapping and uncovering the Ferndown OB.This has been talked about by the locals over the past few decades and played in by the local children up to the 90,s. It was assumed to be a air raid shelter and was capped by the DCC for safety reasons in the 90,s. we have uncovered the main entrance , the storeroom and the capped emergency exit manhole. When it is uncovered completely the powers that be will have to decide what to do to make the site safe as it is on public access land. They have shown a interest in remembering the men and their duties and I thank them for that. Will keep you up to date asap.UPDATE.Easter Saturday was great for working and with a mini digger on site we cracked on uncovering more roofing and several runs of vent piping. Best find was some of the hatch mechanism. No finds, not really expected as the children have been using for some time but so far lots of details for the records.

22 Feb 2019


The hatch has been ripped off and the O.B. has been posted on U-Tube under the guise of a new discovery.

Funny how a 70 year old O.B. has a new can of WD40 on the table in the kitchen.

this O.B. can be visited legally on Sunday afternoons for free with usually a small display of their kit on show with experts to answer questions.

Just contact the National trust at Coleshill estates for details. I will add their site to the links page.

22 Jan 2019

There is a correction to the BUNNY WISE (Sgt) Church Knowle unit.

I was contacted be a person who read the article in the Dorset Life Purbeck edition offering to help with some family history/geology. this resulted in the corrections mentioned. THANKYOU.

7 Feb 2018

lytchett matravers talk Tues 6th feb

excellent turn out.  over 50 seats filled and the TALK went very well.

lovely venue with projector and sound system.

looking forward to the next presentation at Dorchester

My display will be at the FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY open day at Poole Grammar School on Saturday 24th March 2018. free entry.

I have re arranged my display and constructed a Mk2 Auxillary supply box and my interpretation of a Mk1 content. photos on page 2 of exhibits.


After my jump with both feet into the murky waters of public speaking in june (a report follows) my second attempt was more polished and with a new computer and more content it was very well received. Ken williams was once again in attendance, Joy his wife (Fred Simpsons sister) was not well enough this time.

a slightly smaller audience of 26 people were present mainly due to inclement weather but never the less a much more pleasant and gratifying experience. thankyou to all our guests for a good review.

well......... my inageral presentation was nearly a disaster.

tried and tested at home and at the venue several times.

first the computer froze and again after a reboot.

Then the sound system  decided to sqeal and i turned it off. i now realize that it was too close to the projector?

then I realized that if you turn out the lights for a projector show you cannot see the lengthy and well prepared notes to go with the slides.

after a horrendous start like that it could only get better.

the audience were silent and listened intently to me flying by the seat of my pants and i had a round of applause to finish. everyone was happy and asked loads of questions afterwards.

improvements for the next show are being put in place as we speak and with a little trepidation I am looking forward to the next one.??

BLUE POOL 10TH SEPT 2PM and provisional bookings for several in the new year.


second TALK a brilliant success.

Not quite a full house but all went well and I have two more talks booked for the new year.

John Wareham (editor)