Moyra Cross

Moyra Cross Like a large number of people in and around Swanage, it was very sad to learn of the recent death of Moyra Cross at the age of 92. It was my good fortune to work with her on the Committee of the Society, eventually succeeding her as Chairman. She led the Society through one of its periodic difficult times, reviving its fortunes, so that when I became Chairman in 2007 it was thriving again. Moyra was one of those people with an indomitable spirit, a powerful lady of considerable intellect and…continue reading →

Message from the Chairman….. IT’S GOOD NEWS!

Message from the Chairman..... IT’S GOOD NEWS! I am delighted to report that at a well attended EGM on November 28th, the motion to dissolve the Society was withdrawn and a lifeline has been given for the Society’s future. A Steering Group, comprising Collette Drayson, Karen Delahay, Jane Gladding and Lesley Kennedy was voted in to look at how the Society should re focus to be relevant in the 21st century and to recommend any necessary changes to the Rules, for ratification at the AGM to be held on 10th April 2015 at…continue reading →


IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL PURBECK SOCIETY MEMBERS An Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) of the Society will be held on Friday 28th November 2014 at 2.30pm in the Mowlem Community Room, Swanage. When the following motion will be put : “That the Committee has concluded reluctantly that the Society, as presently constituted cannot continue, as insufficient members are offering themselves for the Committee and the Society therefore cannot be managed effectively and in accordance with its Rules. In accordance with Rule 13, the Society be dissolved, its remaining funds, after settling all bills and…continue reading →

Future of The Purbeck Society

Due to the lack of people coming forward to run the Society, the Committee has taken the sad decision that the Society shall be dissolved. Please look out for announcements about an Extra-ordinary General Meeting to be held in the Autumn to formally wind up the Society.continue reading →


As Swanage residents will be aware, the consultation period for the Local Plan is in progress, with leaflets outlining various options for housing sites, town centre development and the seafront. The Society has submitted a detailed response, summarised below, to the Consultation on the Plan, which runs until 2027. We consider the Plan to be of vital importance to the controlled development that is bound to take place in Swanage and Purbeck in this period.  However, the Swanage Local Plan must fit with the Purbeck District Plan adopted in 2012, after the earlier…continue reading →


NAVITUS WIND PARK - OBJECTION In response to the Phase Four Community Consultation, The Purbeck Society, after due consideration of the current proposals, sees nothing in them to reverse our previously expressed opposition. We therefore, submit herewith the Society’s formal objection to the current proposals with our comments arising from the latest round of consultation exhibitions, together with a resume of the points made previously which we consider to be equally valid now.
UN ruling puts UK Wind Farms in jeopardy

UN ruling puts UK Wind Farms in jeopardy

There was an interesting article in the Independent last week (27th August 2013). Plans for future wind farms in Britain could be in jeopardy after a United Nations legal tribunal ruled that the UK Government acted illegally by denying the public decision-making powers over their approval and the “necessary information” over their benefits or adverse effects. The new ruling, agreed by a United Nations committee in Geneva, calls into question the legal validity of any further planning consent for all future wind-farm developments based on current policy, both onshore and offshore. The United…continue reading →

Web-Report – Autumn 2013

THE PURBECK SOCIETY Affiliated to the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) WEB-REPORT - AUTUMN 2013 Chairman’s Notes Society Matters The Society’s website is receiving plenty of interest and a number of enquiries via have been received. If you have any contributions for the site, e.g. photos or articles relevant to the Society’s activities, please e-mail them to Frank Nicoll at who will coordinate them with our webmaster David Churchill. Thank you to those who responded positively to our plea to members to receive communications by e-mail. However we need…continue reading →
Navitus Bay Wind Farm update!

Navitus Bay Wind Farm update!

Wind Farm update! By David Gerry Members will recall that at the AGM, by a large majority, it was agreed that our Society should continue to monitor and if appropriate object to the windfarm that is proposed for Navitus Bay, lying off our coast. Further, members agreed that the writer should continue to represent the society at meetings of the steering group of the Poole and Christchurch Bay Association (PCBA). I can report that NBDL, the French and Dutch consortium that are proposing to build the wind farm, will present their final proposals…continue reading →