Planting a future at College

Kingston Maurward College has taken advantage of an ingenious scheme devised by the Woodland Trust to create more woodland in its call to ‘create a Charter for Trees, Woods and People that will redefine the relationship between trees and people in the UK for the future’. Working with people, partners and organisations across the UK, the Woodland Trust has restored more than 10,000 hectares of woodland and planted thousands of woods and millions of trees over the past four decades. As part

An Evening with Sam Griffiths at Kingston Maurward Equestrian Centre

Kingston Maurward Equestrian Centre will be proudly hosting an evening with international event rider Sam Griffiths on Friday 5th February. The Dorset-based winner of Badminton Horse Trials in 2014 will be discussing his career to date and his plans for the future, give a demonstration and training advice. Sam has made a career for himself in the UK as an International Event Rider having moved from his

Twist of fate for Grand Hall at Kingston Maurward

A flood that caused colossal damage at Kingston Maurward House in the autumn may have actually played a positive hand in restoring the historic building to its former glory. After the flood, caused by faulty plumbing work in the roof, consultants were called in from Historic England (formerly English Heritage) to assess the damage, resulting in some major redecoration being required hailing back to the mansion’s original splendour. The damage was so severe that much of the House, dating back to 1717,

Military Preparation students fighting fit with Royal Engineers

Kingston Maurward Military Preparation students have been put through their paces with a visit from the Royal Engineers at the Dorchester College Campus. Corporal Reece Sturgeon and his colleagues gave the students a full briefing about the Engineers, explaining how, within the corps, there are eighteen different trade pathways that recruits can choose from including plumbing, building, electrics, driving and surveying – many of which are artisan trades, and all of which entail further specialised training after the recruitment process. Corporal Sturgeon

Florists Blossom with Industry Insight

Kingston Maurward's Level 3 Floristry students have been treated to a recent industry visit to national floristry wholesaler Country Baskets. Thanks to a Facebook post by the wholesaler seeking Colleges to work with, tutor Tracey Nadin contacted the company who laid on a generous day of demonstrations and workshops at their Bristol outlet. The twenty eight Level 2 and Level 3 Floristry diploma students took advantage of the company’s specialty – silk flowers – with the Level 2 students creating an Alice

Nigel’s a Winner

Congratulations to Kingston Maurward Dairy Manager Nigel Allen whose beautiful picture of a frosty Thorncombe Woods scene has won first prize in the Wessex FM and I.J. Brown Photo Calendar Competition. Creative Nigel’s stunning snowy scene caught the judges’ attention and won him a GoPro Hero 4 camera. He said: “I’m so pleased I took part in the competition and was surprised and delighted to have been chosen as the overall winner!” For the full story go to: Well done Nigel!

All aboard at Kingston Maurward College!

Level 1 Personal Development & Outdoor Adventure students at Kingston Maurward have trialled an exciting ten-person paddleboard on the campus lake to practise their teambuilding and co-ordination skills. Students faced bitter winter winds and freezing cold water in the thrill-seeking stamina session. Tutor Ryan Evans said: “The students did really well – it was quite a task as there were so many working together on one board but by the end of the session their co-ordination was excellent – it was

Festive Ferret Fundraiser

This year’s Festive Ferret Racing Night at Kingston Maurward raised a fantastic £470 for Marie Curie Cancer Care. The fun-filled ferret-full evening welcomed over 75 people who enjoyed a delicious buffet, raffle and races throughout the evening with prizes including vouchers for Nando’s, Hall & Woodhouse, Swanage Railway, the Tank Museum and Kingston Maurward Animal Park. Organiser Chrissie Rolfe said: “It was a great night – sponsors and guests alike had a great time – a brilliant turn out, good food and

Horticultural Students Help at Southfields House

Kingston Maurward College Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horticulture students have once again helped out at Dorchester’s Southfields House as part of the UK’s annual Older Peoples’ Day. For the fourth consecutive year Kingston Maurward students have been involved in clearing and tidying the communal gardens of the residential home. Horticulture course tutor, Alan Jacobsen, said: “The way the students conducted themselves and the hard work they carried out was exemplary – they did the College proud. We were invited by the