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BH Stars 2019 Winners Announced



The winners of the BH Stars Awards 2019 were revealed in their finals ceremony on Friday 14th March.

The finals of 2019’s BH Stars Awards have been and gone. Who came out victorious?

We were delighted to report a few weeks ago that a couple of our former interviewees made the shortlists in this year’s BH Stars Awards. These are the awards that recognise people working in the tourism, hospitality and retail industries.

On Friday 14th, the Lighthouse Theatre in Poole hosted the BH Stars Awards 2019 finals. Here’s a few of the highlights from the list of winners:



Regular readers will know that we met and interviewed Coastal Comedy CEO Adrienne Coles last summer. Since then, we have followed the monthly comedy club’s events and progress. Already an award-winning event, Adrienne picked up the Night Time Award from BH Stars.

Commenting on the success of Coastal Comedy, Adrienne told Humans of Bournemouth: 

“I didn’t think four years ago, when I started Coastal Comedy in a hotel in Bournemouth, that it would be where it is today. Selling out the at the Lighthouse Theatre and receiving recognition as the best night out to be had in Bournemouth and Poole. I am delighted and I thank the acts, the audience, my venues and sponsors. Everyone loves a good laugh and the thrill of seeing a TV headliner close up and live. Anything can happen!”

In addition to this award, Adrienne was also personally nominated for the Rising Star award, but lost out in this case to Bill Webb of Poole Hill Brewery.



Is there anything this place can’t do? It already won your hearts (and votes) in our little Restaurant of the Year poll last year. And now Terroir Tapas gets the rewards it deserves for its attitude towards the environment and its waste management. Having eaten there, we know that not a single thing goes unused. Whether that’s in the food and cocktails or in the surfaces and furniture.

Alongside that win, Terroir took home a couple of bronzes too! In the New Business and Innovation & Future Proofing categories.



We have been trying to organise interviews with some of the clever staff from Drgnfly. They’re just too busy being awesome and winning awards! This Pan-Asian fusion restaurant in Ashley Cross, Poole, does superb food and beautiful cocktails. With this in mind, it’s no surprise they took home the New Business Award on Friday.

Click here for a full list of the winners.

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Bournemouth Repair Café Fighting Throwaway Culture



Images by Dominic Hughes and supplied by Transition Bournemouth

Ahead of the return of Bournemouth Repair Café on Saturday 20th July, I met project lead, Jennie Allen, to find out more about their mission.

Bournemouth repair café is a cog in an international movement of repair cafes striving to resist throwaway culture. Originating from Amsterdam, repair cafes are free meeting places with a base of skilled volunteers, encouraging members of the public to bring in damaged goods for repair. From electricals and textiles to jewellery and furniture, the repair café has you covered.

The Bournemouth repair café is a product of Transition Bournemouth – a local community initiative reducing the impacts of peak oil and climate change. The movement is founded on the belief that working together as communities is where real change takes place, as opposed to individual efforts or waiting for the government to act on issues of concern.


Repairs are often simpler than expected


Project lead Jennie Allen, said:

“The goal is to reduce landfill waste whilst encouraging communities to share at the same time…”

Sharing comes in a variety of forms, including skill sharing, tool sharing and idea sharing. A key objective of the repair café is to pass on knowledge. For instance, those coming in with broken iPhones should leave with the skills to fix them.

“It relates to the idea of a circular economy. People always say ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’, but there is a fourth art as well. ‘Repair’ – one that people don’t do as they used to, because of throwaway culture”

A recent study found that one product successfully repaired at a repair café can prevent up to 24 kilos of carbon dioxide emissions. The study echoes the general message implicit in the repair café movement – that the significant barrier to repair is the general public’s lack of necessary skills, rather than irreparable damage to products.


Repair cafés are entirely voluntary, although donations are always welcomed. Donations go towards hiring venues, acquiring new tools and components and covering travel expenses for volunteers. Plus providing refreshments, of course!

Jennie also emphasised that the project should not be viewed as a challenge to local businesses. Rather, they aim to help people become more conscious of sustainable repair practices.


Jennie Allen – Project Lead for Bournemouth Repair Cafe

The event will be held at Bournemouth Library on Saturday 20th July from 2-4pm, in the large meeting room on the second floor.

“We welcome the public to come in with broken items. We will carry out repairs and hopefully teach a thing or two!”

If you are interested, Jennie will welcome you at Bournemouth Library from 2pm tomorrow!

Find out more via the Bournemouth Repair Café Facebook page, or e-mail 

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What’s On: Rosé & Fizz Festival



The festival is hosted by Maison Sax, Ashley Cross, Poole

Following a successful gin celebration, Maison Sax hosts a festival dedicated to all things pink and bubbly…

August kicks off in style this year with Maison Sax in Ashley Cross. They’re hosting their own Rosé and Fizz Festival on the 10th.

The event was announced following the success of their artisan gin festival back in May. It will take place in their huge Provençal garden at the back of this bistro-style restaurant.

English Oak Vineyard are among the local brands showcasing their products, including an array of sparkling wines.

And rosé and bubbly lovers will be very pleased to learn that the event is free to enter. All you need to do is comment “Fizz o’clock” on the event’s Facebook page.

Find out more about Maison Sax in this article, or visit the restaurant’s website

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Stuart Goldsmith to Headline Coastal Comedy



Coastal Comedy presents Stuart Goldsmith

As their season draws to a close, Coastal Comedy has one last high-profile act to share with you…

Award-winning monthly event Coastal Comedy welcomes Stuart Goldsmith this weekend in the last show of their season. The comedian and podcast host will headline the show, taking place on Saturday 13th July at Poole’s Lighthouse Theatre.

Goldsmith has a reputation for smart, accessible stand-up, a natural charm and a quick wit. All this was honed by his early years as a street performer. His act features many up-front revelations about love, sex and romance (among other things), offering plenty of surprises along the way.

Alongside Goldsmith and the event’s founder Adrienne Coles, two other acts will take the Coastal Comedy stage. Opening the show is Rick Kiesewetter, an observational comic with specialist subjects in national identities and stereotypes. And then there’s Johnny Wardlow, part of the BBC New Comedy Awards for three years running.

Coastal Comedy has earned high recognition as one of the best nights out in Bournemouth. This includes the Night Time Award at this year’s BH Stars, plus a finalist in for the Best Night Out Award at 2018’s BAPTAs. Each and every evening never disappoints.

Interested? Get on over to the Coastal Comedy website to book your tickets or visit their Facebook page for more information…

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