Plea for return of Sandsfoot Beach access

Clare Sutton at Sandsfoot Beach

Clare Sutton at Sandsfoot Beach

First published in News Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

LOVERS of a Weymouth beach are being asked to throw their support behind a petition aiming to re-establish access to the popular attraction.

Privately-owned Sandsfoot Beach has been a popular visitor spot for decades, but following a landslip and the removal of the steps in February 2013 for safety reasons there has been no access to the beach from Old Castle Road for more than a year.

Local parent and Green Party member Clare Sutton has now organised a petition to urge Weymouth and Portland Borough Council to work closely with Dorset County Council, local landowners and businesses and the community to find a solution.

Miss Sutton said: “It is a wonderful local asset and lots of people I’ve spoken to really miss it.

“Growing up in Weymouth we used it all the time to get away from the crowds and it has always been an open space where local teenagers can go to experience some freedom in relative safety.

“It’s also a really safe place for young children and really popular with kayakers, people digging for bait, and dog walkers too.

“On a sunny day I’ve counted over a hundred people down there.

“While we know the borough council doesn’t have the money to undertake massive physical works, we’re concerned that local councillors don’t seem to be interested in this issue.

“If enough of us tell the council we want our beach back, maybe they will help us.”

Parent Lyndsey Diment added that the beach has always been a hidden treasure of Weymouth.

She added: “Holidaymakers who have found it have really enjoyed an alternative to the main beach. “A few years ago Clare, I and other mums from Holy Trinity School used to take our children down there after school every week for a big picnic.

“There was a really strong sense of community and we would all urge the council to do what it can to re-establish access.”

Anyone who wants to support the petition can sign it at tinyurl.com/castle-cove or the petition will be taken door to door in the local area.

If you would like to sign the petition but cannot access it online, call Ms Sutton on 01305 771180 or 07917 691434.

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1:44pm Sat 22 Mar 14

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

It is a private beach, why shouldn't the owner keep it private.
Would Clare Sutton welcome all and sundry to her own private premises?
If she would publish her address, we can all go round for a rave (:o))
It is a private beach, why shouldn't the owner keep it private. Would Clare Sutton welcome all and sundry to her own private premises? If she would publish her address, we can all go round for a rave (:o)) IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE
  • Score: 2

2:26pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Tinker2 says...

Come on Tara Cox, reporter, get it right! This is about Castle Cove beach, NOT Sandsfoot. A clue might have been the internet petition address??
Come on Tara Cox, reporter, get it right! This is about Castle Cove beach, NOT Sandsfoot. A clue might have been the internet petition address?? Tinker2
  • Score: 6

3:16pm Sat 22 Mar 14

shy talk says...

Castle Cove beach is the correct name but locally it is also known as Sandsfoot. Lee and Karen Maidment bought it in 2012. They both said “We’re thrilled to buy this lovely beach and intend to help and maintain this local facility for the future for local people”
Castle Cove beach is the correct name but locally it is also known as Sandsfoot. Lee and Karen Maidment bought it in 2012. They both said “We’re thrilled to buy this lovely beach and intend to help and maintain this local facility for the future for local people” shy talk
  • Score: 5

3:24pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Schrodinger's Cat says...

I hate being cynical but I can't help thinking the local election campaign has just started. Is this less about the beach and more about getting Green Party candidate Clare Sutton's picture in the paper? Come on Clare - make an election pledge that, if elected in May, you'll restore access to the beach by the start of the summer holidays. No? Because you know there's almost nothing the local council can do about this.
I hate being cynical but I can't help thinking the local election campaign has just started. Is this less about the beach and more about getting Green Party candidate Clare Sutton's picture in the paper? Come on Clare - make an election pledge that, if elected in May, you'll restore access to the beach by the start of the summer holidays. No? Because you know there's almost nothing the local council can do about this. Schrodinger's Cat
  • Score: 0

5:27pm Sat 22 Mar 14

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

shy talk
Perhaps when Lee and Karen Maidment bought it, they did intend that it should be for local people but haven't specified WHICH local people they would invite (:o))
shy talk Perhaps when Lee and Karen Maidment bought it, they did intend that it should be for local people but haven't specified WHICH local people they would invite (:o)) IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE
  • Score: 1

5:42pm Sat 22 Mar 14

JoeyJo says...

The name is Castle Cove Beach. It is not known locally as Sandsfoot Beach as the latter is the beach at the bottom of Old Castle Road - the two are different. The only people who get the name wrong are the Echo reporters. A right of access to the public exists and it is the borough council's responsibility to maintain this.
The name is Castle Cove Beach. It is not known locally as Sandsfoot Beach as the latter is the beach at the bottom of Old Castle Road - the two are different. The only people who get the name wrong are the Echo reporters. A right of access to the public exists and it is the borough council's responsibility to maintain this. JoeyJo
  • Score: 11

5:48pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Harpya Orkinus says...

I used to schnorkel here quite often, in search of Sea Horses - but the experience would have been FAR more enjoyable without the presence of the apparently UBIQUITOUS doggers taking their GM Wolves for a dump on the beach !!
I used to schnorkel here quite often, in search of Sea Horses - but the experience would have been FAR more enjoyable without the presence of the apparently UBIQUITOUS doggers taking their GM Wolves for a dump on the beach !! Harpya Orkinus
  • Score: 1

11:14pm Sat 22 Mar 14

JamesYoung says...

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE wrote:
It is a private beach, why shouldn't the owner keep it private.
Would Clare Sutton welcome all and sundry to her own private premises?
If she would publish her address, we can all go round for a rave (:o))
I think you're on the wrong track here. The beach is private, but with a public right of way, and is owned by the family that bought it. The land adjoining the beach, over which these steps ran, is owned by the council.
There is possibly an easy solution to this: i believe that the boat ramp down onto the beach is actually owned by the flats that have been built on the site of the old sailing club. Possibly the council could come to some arrangement for the use of these?
In the meantime, i'll make the most of the privacy: i have a small sailing boat :-)
[quote][p][bold]IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE[/bold] wrote: It is a private beach, why shouldn't the owner keep it private. Would Clare Sutton welcome all and sundry to her own private premises? If she would publish her address, we can all go round for a rave (:o))[/p][/quote]I think you're on the wrong track here. The beach is private, but with a public right of way, and is owned by the family that bought it. The land adjoining the beach, over which these steps ran, is owned by the council. There is possibly an easy solution to this: i believe that the boat ramp down onto the beach is actually owned by the flats that have been built on the site of the old sailing club. Possibly the council could come to some arrangement for the use of these? In the meantime, i'll make the most of the privacy: i have a small sailing boat :-) JamesYoung
  • Score: 4

6:37am Sun 23 Mar 14

bentleyboy says...

As there IS a public right of way to the beach the local council simply removed the steps completely because of 'Health and Safety' issues. To reinstate the steps would probably be a futile exercise due to the landslip issues at that point, so the boat ramp access is definitely the most cost effective solution , so perhaps Lee and Karen Maidment should get together with Clare Sutton, and press for this easy option. It must surely be most frustrating for Lee and Karen Maidment to buy a beach, intending to give everyone access only to find the main access route has now been removed by the Council ! I remember these substantial wooden steps were only repaired by the Council two years ago- to remove them altogether is really upsetting, as they could have easily been used, with just a few man hours to stabilise the lower path leading to them. I totally support Clare Sutton in her campaign, as I have been used to spending many peaceful days there for the past sixty years, and it is so upsetting to see the lovely cliff path leading from the Nothe to Castle Cove destroyed by the landslips over the decades. To reopen this path would be a major undertaking, but far more worthwhile than the stupid laser lights and the £19,000,000 spent on a totally useless intelligent traffic light system, or the insane and costly 'cycle paths' that go nowhere and seem to be springing up everywhere now.
As there IS a public right of way to the beach the local council simply removed the steps completely because of 'Health and Safety' issues. To reinstate the steps would probably be a futile exercise due to the landslip issues at that point, so the boat ramp access is definitely the most cost effective solution , so perhaps Lee and Karen Maidment should get together with Clare Sutton, and press for this easy option. It must surely be most frustrating for Lee and Karen Maidment to buy a beach, intending to give everyone access only to find the main access route has now been removed by the Council ! I remember these substantial wooden steps were only repaired by the Council two years ago- to remove them altogether is really upsetting, as they could have easily been used, with just a few man hours to stabilise the lower path leading to them. I totally support Clare Sutton in her campaign, as I have been used to spending many peaceful days there for the past sixty years, and it is so upsetting to see the lovely cliff path leading from the Nothe to Castle Cove destroyed by the landslips over the decades. To reopen this path would be a major undertaking, but far more worthwhile than the stupid laser lights and the £19,000,000 spent on a totally useless intelligent traffic light system, or the insane and costly 'cycle paths' that go nowhere and seem to be springing up everywhere now. bentleyboy
  • Score: 1

7:24am Sun 23 Mar 14

bentleyboy says...

Hi Clare,
As you can see I wrote to the Echo few months ago- now at long last you have started your fight.
I really want you to win it !!!!!! It is getting rather difficult to walk there now- but amazingly I still do , from the old Nothe walk – a tricky undertaking for me and many other local people now. Health and Safety would NOT approve.. hope you have recently tried it yourself !!!! Best to wear wellies.. and carry a strong stick !
Kind regards, Tony Wraight

Steps to the beach gone
11:00am Wednesday 11th December 2013 in Your letters

Dorset Echo: Steps to the beach gone Steps to the beach gone
I notice that the strong wooden steps leading down to Castle Cove have now recently been removed after being in place for decades.

It is now only possible to access this tranquil spot by a rather tricky walk leading down to the beach from the old Nothe coastal path, or around the rocks from the sailing club at low tide.

Are there any plans to allow future use of the safe alternative private walkway through the sailing club? Or will this beautiful beach remain closed forever?

TONY WRAIGHT

West Knighton
Hi Clare, As you can see I wrote to the Echo few months ago- now at long last you have started your fight. I really want you to win it !!!!!! It is getting rather difficult to walk there now- but amazingly I still do , from the old Nothe walk – a tricky undertaking for me and many other local people now. Health and Safety would NOT approve.. hope you have recently tried it yourself !!!! Best to wear wellies.. and carry a strong stick ! Kind regards, Tony Wraight Steps to the beach gone 11:00am Wednesday 11th December 2013 in Your letters Dorset Echo: Steps to the beach gone Steps to the beach gone I notice that the strong wooden steps leading down to Castle Cove have now recently been removed after being in place for decades. It is now only possible to access this tranquil spot by a rather tricky walk leading down to the beach from the old Nothe coastal path, or around the rocks from the sailing club at low tide. Are there any plans to allow future use of the safe alternative private walkway through the sailing club? Or will this beautiful beach remain closed forever? TONY WRAIGHT West Knighton bentleyboy
  • Score: 4

2:49pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Mike Edwards says...

When I was a boy this beach was called Sandsfoot . I left the area for 20 plus years and when I moved back it was being called Castle Cove beach . Was it by deed poll or just new blood changing the name ?
When I was a boy this beach was called Sandsfoot . I left the area for 20 plus years and when I moved back it was being called Castle Cove beach . Was it by deed poll or just new blood changing the name ? Mike Edwards
  • Score: 3

9:21am Mon 24 Mar 14

JoeyJo says...

Mike Edwards wrote:
When I was a boy this beach was called Sandsfoot . I left the area for 20 plus years and when I moved back it was being called Castle Cove beach . Was it by deed poll or just new blood changing the name ?
Please could you tell me what the beach at the bottom of the road, now known as Sandsfoot Beach, used to be called? Thank you.
[quote][p][bold]Mike Edwards[/bold] wrote: When I was a boy this beach was called Sandsfoot . I left the area for 20 plus years and when I moved back it was being called Castle Cove beach . Was it by deed poll or just new blood changing the name ?[/p][/quote]Please could you tell me what the beach at the bottom of the road, now known as Sandsfoot Beach, used to be called? Thank you. JoeyJo
  • Score: 1

9:46am Mon 24 Mar 14

Mike Edwards says...

It was called the beach at the bottom of Rylands Lane . Not visited by that many people when I was young . Then the sailing club building arrived and it's status and name was upgraded I suppose .
It was called the beach at the bottom of Rylands Lane . Not visited by that many people when I was young . Then the sailing club building arrived and it's status and name was upgraded I suppose . Mike Edwards
  • Score: 2

12:05pm Mon 24 Mar 14

DarioVerde says...

Sorry Mike, the beach in question is definitely Castle Cove and the one at Rylands lane is Sandsfoot. I have lived here all of my 55 years and it hasn't changed name.
Sandsfoot beach is the one that was stolen from the locals by building a sailing club on it and no one stopping them. This was not the present owners (this is Castle Cove Sailing club that moved when their beach got sold.). This was never a private baech until then.
Sorry Mike, the beach in question is definitely Castle Cove and the one at Rylands lane is Sandsfoot. I have lived here all of my 55 years and it hasn't changed name. Sandsfoot beach is the one that was stolen from the locals by building a sailing club on it and no one stopping them. This was not the present owners (this is Castle Cove Sailing club that moved when their beach got sold.). This was never a private baech until then. DarioVerde
  • Score: 3

12:39pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Mike Edwards says...

DarioVerde wrote:
Sorry Mike, the beach in question is definitely Castle Cove and the one at Rylands lane is Sandsfoot. I have lived here all of my 55 years and it hasn't changed name.
Sandsfoot beach is the one that was stolen from the locals by building a sailing club on it and no one stopping them. This was not the present owners (this is Castle Cove Sailing club that moved when their beach got sold.). This was never a private baech until then.
I can only give my own account but I lived in Cove Street by the harbour and we used to go along Underbarn walk to Sandsfoot beach and play on the wooden boat that was there and jump off the jetty . That was from 1953 onwards . I went to Holy Trinity and then All Saints and moved away in 1978 . When I came back in 2004 the current boat ramp was on the beach and it was suddenly Castle Cove sailing club . I don't know what went on in the interim .
[quote][p][bold]DarioVerde[/bold] wrote: Sorry Mike, the beach in question is definitely Castle Cove and the one at Rylands lane is Sandsfoot. I have lived here all of my 55 years and it hasn't changed name. Sandsfoot beach is the one that was stolen from the locals by building a sailing club on it and no one stopping them. This was not the present owners (this is Castle Cove Sailing club that moved when their beach got sold.). This was never a private baech until then.[/p][/quote]I can only give my own account but I lived in Cove Street by the harbour and we used to go along Underbarn walk to Sandsfoot beach and play on the wooden boat that was there and jump off the jetty . That was from 1953 onwards . I went to Holy Trinity and then All Saints and moved away in 1978 . When I came back in 2004 the current boat ramp was on the beach and it was suddenly Castle Cove sailing club . I don't know what went on in the interim . Mike Edwards
  • Score: -1

1:26pm Mon 24 Mar 14

bentleyboy says...

Happy days indeed- who could not forget the glorious Underbarn walk from the Nothe to beautiful Castle Cove with the jetty, then a walk up from the beach into Sandsfoot gardens for quiet relaxation, then on to Sandsfoot beach. The beach was always deserted in the winter months, and suddenly everything changed- Castle Cove Sailing club took over there, put ugly fences up, and the peace and quiet was destroyed forever. Now the final straw, the lovely wooden steps have been removed from Castle Cove, so it is a difficult walk for what little remains of the Underbarn walk to climb down to the distant foreshore of Castle Cove, then on to the now deserted beach. I remember prisoners from Portland even helped to repair the Underbarn walk whenever small landslides occurred, now one stretch has collapsed completely- Perhaps' Save our beach', should be 'Save our Beach and Underbarn walk' ? Surely this wonderful coastal path should qualify for lottery funding, as it is used to be one of the very best walks in Dorset. What about 'Save the Nothe Gardens Cascade' also and Save the ' Weymouth Victorian Strings of wonderful lights' or perhaps 'Save Weymouth from Weymouth Council' should be more appropriate now...
Extremely saddened to see the character and charm of dear old Weymouth being destroyed forever.
Tony Wraight
Happy days indeed- who could not forget the glorious Underbarn walk from the Nothe to beautiful Castle Cove with the jetty, then a walk up from the beach into Sandsfoot gardens for quiet relaxation, then on to Sandsfoot beach. The beach was always deserted in the winter months, and suddenly everything changed- Castle Cove Sailing club took over there, put ugly fences up, and the peace and quiet was destroyed forever. Now the final straw, the lovely wooden steps have been removed from Castle Cove, so it is a difficult walk for what little remains of the Underbarn walk to climb down to the distant foreshore of Castle Cove, then on to the now deserted beach. I remember prisoners from Portland even helped to repair the Underbarn walk whenever small landslides occurred, now one stretch has collapsed completely- Perhaps' Save our beach', should be 'Save our Beach and Underbarn walk' ? Surely this wonderful coastal path should qualify for lottery funding, as it is used to be one of the very best walks in Dorset. What about 'Save the Nothe Gardens Cascade' also and Save the ' Weymouth Victorian Strings of wonderful lights' or perhaps 'Save Weymouth from Weymouth Council' should be more appropriate now... Extremely saddened to see the character and charm of dear old Weymouth being destroyed forever. Tony Wraight bentleyboy
  • Score: 4

12:49am Tue 25 Mar 14

Harpya Orkinus says...

Tony Wraight ?? Distinctive hair, bumped into someone from Weymouth in Sloane Square c September/Oktober 1967 ?? Small world !!
Tony Wraight ?? Distinctive hair, bumped into someone from Weymouth in Sloane Square c September/Oktober 1967 ?? Small world !! Harpya Orkinus
  • Score: 0

5:45am Tue 25 Mar 14

bentleyboy says...

You have a far better memory than me- Amazed you still remember me !
- 47 years have passed, and amazingly I am still alive after those happy hippy days in London, Paris and LA. I was walking my beloved Underbarn walk then and even now I walk the Nothe Gardens most days feeding the lovely squirrels and birds .

http://www.tvwglobal
.com/Bentley1TVW/

Please write and bring back those happy memories of swinging London when the world was a happier place.

tony@tvwglobal.com

Sincerely Tony Wraight

Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly and they will show themselves great.
You have a far better memory than me- Amazed you still remember me ! - 47 years have passed, and amazingly I am still alive after those happy hippy days in London, Paris and LA. I was walking my beloved Underbarn walk then and even now I walk the Nothe Gardens most days feeding the lovely squirrels and birds . http://www.tvwglobal .com/Bentley1TVW/ Please write and bring back those happy memories of swinging London when the world was a happier place. tony@tvwglobal.com Sincerely Tony Wraight Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly and they will show themselves great. bentleyboy
  • Score: 0

11:34am Tue 25 Mar 14

JamesYoung says...

bentleyboy wrote:
You have a far better memory than me- Amazed you still remember me !
- 47 years have passed, and amazingly I am still alive after those happy hippy days in London, Paris and LA. I was walking my beloved Underbarn walk then and even now I walk the Nothe Gardens most days feeding the lovely squirrels and birds .

http://www.tvwglobal

.com/Bentley1TVW/

Please write and bring back those happy memories of swinging London when the world was a happier place.

tony@tvwglobal.com

Sincerely Tony Wraight

Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly and they will show themselves great.
That is a cracking looking car. Just out of interest, what are the two "horns" either side of the steering wheel for?
[quote][p][bold]bentleyboy[/bold] wrote: You have a far better memory than me- Amazed you still remember me ! - 47 years have passed, and amazingly I am still alive after those happy hippy days in London, Paris and LA. I was walking my beloved Underbarn walk then and even now I walk the Nothe Gardens most days feeding the lovely squirrels and birds . http://www.tvwglobal .com/Bentley1TVW/ Please write and bring back those happy memories of swinging London when the world was a happier place. tony@tvwglobal.com Sincerely Tony Wraight Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly and they will show themselves great.[/p][/quote]That is a cracking looking car. Just out of interest, what are the two "horns" either side of the steering wheel for? JamesYoung
  • Score: 0

12:23pm Tue 25 Mar 14

bentleyboy says...

The two 'horns' are quick change paddles, enabling the driver to go even faster and change gears quicker, which I will NEVER use as I am quite happy with driving at 30mph !

On to the far more important topic of the missing Castle Cove steps- by removing them totally, the Council now has surely created a dangerous cliff situation, where children will be attracted towards, as a muddy and dangerous cliff is all that remains there now . The 'barriers to the path access have been simply pushed over, allowing anyone to walk on the top public footpath path, from the road so it is now turning into a dangerous situation by the Council's unwise decision to remove the wooden steps, thinking their action would prevent access. I have lately seen kids trying to clamber up and down the dangerous cliff, so suggest the Council now act quickly and work with the Sailing Club or whoever purchased the houses where the old Sailing Club used to be, and allow the public access down the safe access steps already in place there before someone gets seriously injured falling down an unfenced sheer drop. over the dangerous cliff face.,
The two 'horns' are quick change paddles, enabling the driver to go even faster and change gears quicker, which I will NEVER use as I am quite happy with driving at 30mph ! On to the far more important topic of the missing Castle Cove steps- by removing them totally, the Council now has surely created a dangerous cliff situation, where children will be attracted towards, as a muddy and dangerous cliff is all that remains there now . The 'barriers to the path access have been simply pushed over, allowing anyone to walk on the top public footpath path, from the road so it is now turning into a dangerous situation by the Council's unwise decision to remove the wooden steps, thinking their action would prevent access. I have lately seen kids trying to clamber up and down the dangerous cliff, so suggest the Council now act quickly and work with the Sailing Club or whoever purchased the houses where the old Sailing Club used to be, and allow the public access down the safe access steps already in place there before someone gets seriously injured falling down an unfenced sheer drop. over the dangerous cliff face., bentleyboy
  • Score: 5

3:09pm Tue 25 Mar 14

bentleyboy says...

I have today taken some images to show the Council 'barrier' put up to stop people walking on the public footpath. This has not been inspected since it was put up, and now allows everyone to walk down the still secure, albeit rather dirty tarmac path, strewn with litter that has not been cleared by the council for a long time.
The wooden bridge is still perfectly sound and it is only the far end of the path that show any signs of ground movement.- a few cracks in the tarmac. One would have assumed that the Council in their wisdom would have checked this area in the past few months and sealed it off at the time they removed the old substantial wooden steps, but all that is left is a muddy slope, and some rope, where judging by the footprints and random rocks, many people are still using to climb up and down the cliff . It would not take a greet deal of work to reinstate the steps, and give pleasure again to at least the hundreds of people who have signed the petition so far. in the past few days.

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I have today taken some images to show the Council 'barrier' put up to stop people walking on the public footpath. This has not been inspected since it was put up, and now allows everyone to walk down the still secure, albeit rather dirty tarmac path, strewn with litter that has not been cleared by the council for a long time. The wooden bridge is still perfectly sound and it is only the far end of the path that show any signs of ground movement.- a few cracks in the tarmac. One would have assumed that the Council in their wisdom would have checked this area in the past few months and sealed it off at the time they removed the old substantial wooden steps, but all that is left is a muddy slope, and some rope, where judging by the footprints and random rocks, many people are still using to climb up and down the cliff . It would not take a greet deal of work to reinstate the steps, and give pleasure again to at least the hundreds of people who have signed the petition so far. in the past few days. https://onedrive.liv e.com/?cid=a6a94a95c a84dac7&id=A6A94A95C A84DAC7%21433&Bsrc=P hotomail&Bpub=SDX.Ph otos&sff=1&authkey=! AM3Vm48niYx9Vcc bentleyboy
  • Score: 3

11:49am Wed 26 Mar 14

Harpya Orkinus says...

I wonder how many people are still alive who attended "Bincleaves Collegiate School", which was owned and run by Ms Doris M Francombe at a house called "The Pines" in Bincleaves Road ?? I was at the school in the early 1950s, and fondly remember many school forays to the little beach in question. There was a big, heavy raft or something above the high tide mark, which we would clamber all over. I believe it was as a pupil at this school that I was in a party which took a boat trip around the ships in Portland Harbor including HMS Victorious, a carrier. I THINK we even went aboard, but not sure at this late date. The school was ideally situated for expeditions along the littoral, and Newton's Cove was always a popular destination for finding marine life in the pools behind the reef..
I wonder how many people are still alive who attended "Bincleaves Collegiate School", which was owned and run by Ms Doris M Francombe at a house called "The Pines" in Bincleaves Road ?? I was at the school in the early 1950s, and fondly remember many school forays to the little beach in question. There was a big, heavy raft or something above the high tide mark, which we would clamber all over. I believe it was as a pupil at this school that I was in a party which took a boat trip around the ships in Portland Harbor including HMS Victorious, a carrier. I THINK we even went aboard, but not sure at this late date. The school was ideally situated for expeditions along the littoral, and Newton's Cove was always a popular destination for finding marine life in the pools behind the reef.. Harpya Orkinus
  • Score: 1

6:50pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Is it me or is everything rubbish? says...

Really interesting reading the comments on here. So much better than the usual name calling nonsense.

By the way, my nan used to take me to this beach when I was young (we lived in Clearmount Road) and we always used to call it "Mary's beach".

I have no idea who "Mary" is/was or if she was the owner, but that's what it was called!
Really interesting reading the comments on here. So much better than the usual name calling nonsense. By the way, my nan used to take me to this beach when I was young (we lived in Clearmount Road) and we always used to call it "Mary's beach". I have no idea who "Mary" is/was or if she was the owner, but that's what it was called! Is it me or is everything rubbish?
  • Score: 1

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