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Poole Rotary, in conjunction with Lighthouse Poole, offers an intriguing selection of Maritime Perspectives on Poole’s seafaring past, present and future on Saturday 3 September with something for the whole family. 

The day is based on the successful ‘Pirates, Castaways & Codfish’ events held at Scaplen's Court in 2019 and 2021 and offers a wealth of insights on Poole’s rich maritime history. The second largest natural harbour in the world, it is a mecca for water sports enthusiasts and home to the headquarters of the RNLI.  

The Sherling Studio features the final play of a trilogy about events and personalities from Poole in 1621, 1688 and 1718. Performed by the Scaplen’s Court Players, it tells of Poole boy Woodes Rogers who was appointed Royal Governor of the Bahamas in 1718 and had to deal with the pirates over-running the islands including Blackbeard, Calico Jack Rackham and Anne Bonny.  

Between performances local groups Choir Engine and Save the Whalers will be singing and sharing stories about everyday life in Poole during the 17th century. 

Other highlights of the day include Angel Exit theatre company discussing preparations for next year's Poole Community Play, a celebration of the town’s links with Newfoundland, and there are screenings in the Cinema of Beyond the Horizon, a documentary about Pip Hare, Poole’s Vendee Globe round the world yachtswoman, and Louisa, An Amazing Adventure, an animate adventure portraying one of the RNLI's most daring rescues. 

Jon Exton from Poole Rotary will introduce Why Poole?, the organisation’s 2024 maritime shorts competition, and environmental sustainability expert Dr Simon Cripps will present a talk, Our local waters: Perspectives of a Marine Scientist. Younger visitors will be able to join in the pirate boat building activity and local community groups will be represented at stalls. 

Published 26 July 2022