Published: May 19, 2020 | Updated: May 19, 2020

Dorset Biz News round-up with Lighthouse, Lester Aldridge, SafeWise and Dorset LEP

The Lockdown Band – Lorna, husband Adam and children Dylan and Rufus – perform ‘And the Floor Bounced’.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

Lockdown song sings praises of legendary bouncy floor 

A song celebrating the part music has played in the lives of generations of audience members of Lighthouse, Poole’s centre for the arts, is getting views across social media.

Lighthouse commissioned Dorset-based artist Lorna Rees of Gobbledegook Theatre to pen the song called ‘And the Floor Bounced’.

The catchy tune is performed by The Lockdown Band – Lorna, husband Adam and children Dylan and Rufus – and can also be seen at lighthousepoole.

Lorna, whose first stage performance was at the age of ten at Lighthouse in the children’s cast for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, said: “Lighthouse has been a constant in my life – I was born a few months after it opened in 1978 and we used to visit throughout my childhood.

“My parents took me there to see the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and it felt like a life changing moment.  

“As an artist I’ve worked with Lighthouse on lots of projects in recent years and my husband got his first job there after leaving school, in the technical team, so we have this very powerful connection.” 

Seeking further inspiration Lorna took to social media to appeal for people’s memories of gigs at Lighthouse and, before that, Poole Arts Centre. 

She said: “I was thrilled at the response, it was overwhelming.

“I had hundreds of replies, many of them mentioned the bouncy floor and lots of them came with little stories about who they went to the gigs with, what happened, how they felt, it’s incredible.

“I have learned such a lot not only about who has played at Lighthouse over the years, but how important those gigs have been in people’s lives.

“Music is a powerful force and memories associated with it last a lifetime, that is why the song has to be about the audiences and their experience.

“It’s about the experience of going to a gig at Lighthouse and how that can change your life.” 

Lorna has included many of those who contributed in the video for ‘And the Floor Bounced’ and their stories will form part of the venue’s archive. 

Elspeth McBain, Lighthouse Chief Executive, pictured left, said: “Lorna is one of many local artists whose work we admire and seeing the fabulous videos she and the Lockdown Band are making inspired us to commission a new song and video.

Anyone who has been to a gig here over the years and experienced the unique phenomenon of the Concert Hall floor actually bouncing when everyone dances on it will particularly appreciate the song.

“It’s a real community memory and we can’t wait until we can reopen and offer the much-needed opportunity for collective socialisation as the final part of our recovery from this time.” 


Lester Aldridge offers meditation sessions to clients

Bournemouth law firm Lester Aldridge is offering free weekly meditation sessions to its clients.

Every Tuesday at 1.30pm, YogiKeith is hosting a guided meditation session for 30 minutes virtually via Zoom.

In fact, YogiKeith is the alter ego of Keith Hart, Law Librarian at Lester Aldridge, pictured left.

A British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) Qualified Level 4 Diploma Yoga and Meditation Teacher, Keith has run weekly yoga and meditation classes for Lester Aldridge staff during the last two years with extra sessions in the firm’s Health & Wellbeing Weeks.

He provides mixed ability classes focusing on relieving the physical, mental and emotional strains of a busy professional life.

Most students are beginners.

YogiKeith said: “No experience is necessary, just bring yourself, sitting in any chair comfortable for you, wearing whatever you wish.”

Matthew Barrow, Managing Partner, pictured right, added: “I have participated in many of YogiKeith’s meditation sessions over the past couple of years and have found them hugely beneficial.

“This is a great opportunity for others to benefit.”

To join one of YogiKeith’s sessions, email to book your free place.


Help us build a virtual learning village say SafeWise

Skills for life charity SafeWise is calling for local people – especially children – to help create an exciting new virtual learning village this summer.

The virtual village aims to provide realistic and immersive learning experiences to equip visitors with the skills, knowledge and confidence to live active, fulfilling and safer lives as the country emerges from Covid-19 and beyond.

The virtual village will be realistic and interactive, using a 360 model of its real learning village, requiring discussion and decision-making to tackle skills for life and safety scenarios.

Rob Hattersley, SafeWise Chief Executive, pictured left, said: “The virtual learning village is an exciting new development which will grow over the coming months into a rich online resource on

“It will ultimately form a key part of our service to schools, groups and other audiences when SafeWise bricks and mortar learning villages re-open.

“We’re reaching out to teachers, families, groups, and particularly children, for suggestions and feedback.

“We want to check we’re getting it right and ensure the virtual village really does meet the needs of our various audiences.

“We would love to hear views about our initial plans.

“Please visit to fill in a survey and find out how to get involved.”

SafeWise has secured grant funding from Talbot Village Trust to kick-start initial development of a virtual village to go live this summer based on SafeWise’s popular Junior Safety Inspector family tours.

The aim is to then confirm further grant funding or sponsorship to develop the virtual village in coming months for schools and other audiences.

It would form a core part of support already planned for teachers to use in the classroom, and for preparation before and after a visit to our bricks and mortar learning village.

“I would like to thank Talbot Village Trust for their grant, and, indeed, all our funding partners and corporate sponsors for their valuable support at this time,” added Rob.

“We are currently in the early stages of planning the virtual village, including how much it might cost, and welcome any interest from companies or organisations interested in partnering with us in this exciting development.”

SafeWise is a registered charity and is supported by police, fire and health services as well as local councils  and corporate sponsors.


Dorset LEP identify local skills gap

Results from a survey carried out before the coronavirus pandemic reveal that of the 242 Dorset employers taking part more than half (56 per cent) were experiencing skills gaps within their existing workforce.

Over a quarter of employers reported gaps in digital skills (27 per cent), closely followed by skills gaps in sales and marketing (23 per cent), complex analytical (17 per cent) and leadership and management (15 per cent).

Employers also anticipated they would need more of these skill sets in the future due to digitalisation trends in their workplaces.

The Dorset 2020 Employer Skills Survey was carried out by Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

The results can be seen on the Dorset LEP website.