COVID-19 Update
Mar23

COVID-19 Update

The situation continues to change daily and in order to properly follow Government advice, we have taken the decision that we will be closing all of our depots to retail customers with effect from the end of today, Monday 23rd March. This will inevitably impact our general collections as well, as we run out of room to store your kind donations. If you are affected, we will call you. We have received many comments & encouragement...

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Now open Saturdays at Poole!
Feb29

Now open Saturdays at Poole!

 Come and visit us at our Poole store for a treasure trove of second hand furniture, clothing, electrics and much more. We are open to everyone! So please pay us a visit and shop with Dorset Reclaim. See you on Saturday! Find us as 3 Didcot Road, Nuffield Industrial Estate, Poole, BH17...

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New Chairman for Reclaim
Feb18

New Chairman for Reclaim

Ray Tovey was appointed as the new Chairman of Dorset Reclaim on the 10th February. Ray brings a wealth of experience having been the Project Manager from the outset in 1998 to when he retired in 2018 and is well known by staff and volunteers. He started by giving his thanks to the outgoing Chairman, Roy Osborough, for all the work he had done over the previous 4 years and to his staying on the management committee to help in the...

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MP visit to Poole
Jan24

MP visit to Poole

Local MP, Michael Tomlinson, who represents Mid Dorset & North Poole, called in to our Poole depot on Friday 24th January to learn more about the work we do. He was given a tour around the various work areas and discussions were had about the positives of volunteering, the benefits to the environment of reuse and what the future may hold. It was a very enjoyable visit for everyone. Michael Tomlinson is pictured inside the Poole...

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Dorchester Improvements
Jul21

Dorchester Improvements

After many years of very dark and dingy skylights, and the odd leak, a plan was hatched to replace the cracked panels and improve Dorchester for our staff and customers alike. After a cautious start replacing panels over the mezzanine floor, ensuring everything worked as planned, more materials were ordered for the assault for the rest of the roof. On Sunday 21st July, a crack Reclaim team made a ridiculously early start and managed...

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Junior Trophy 2019
Jun21

Junior Trophy 2019

On midsummer’s day, the second annual karting event took place near Blandford for the Junior Top Gear Trophy, an event in memory of Paul Tovey, assistant manager in Poole who was killed in 2017. It was every man (and woman) for themselves as the racing took place over 3 sessions on a very hot afternoon.  The winner was never in doubt as Dean from Christchurch hurtled around the course with his usual efficiency and it was Julian from...

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Volunteers Week BBQ 2019
Jun07

Volunteers Week BBQ 2019

We celebrated Volunteers Week on 7th June with a BBQ in each depot for the teams that work so hard for us over the year. On average, our depots have 4 or 5 staff but volunteers can number up to 25 – we could not manage without them!   The depots were shut for the afternoon with food and drinks being provided on site, together with certificate and other presentations. The pictures show the team at Poole on the back of one of our...

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Poole covered area
May20

Poole covered area

An in-house team from Christchurch and Poole depots gave up a day over a weekend in May to build a covered area at the back of Poole depot – something that’s been needed, planned and hoped for over a long time. The monies were donated by the Peter Alliss Foundation as previously mentioned on our news page; Ray Tovey received a cheque at the Ferndown Golf Club from the club captain, Stuart McKenzie and Harry Redknap. The monies have...

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Trent is our second New Recruit
Feb01

Trent is our second New Recruit

Trent Fieldhouse has been appointed as Transport & Technical Manager to look after our vehicle fleet, manage our Christchurch site and generally provide management cover for the charity. He will also have responsibility for coordinating larger projects at each depot, so like most people who work with us, he’s not going to have a chance to be bored. He comes to us after many years as a senior NCO in the Army and also subsequently...

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A new Operations Manager for Reclaim
Jan01

A new Operations Manager for Reclaim

The New Year saw Tom Wright join Dorset Reclaim to carry out the role of Operations Manager, with a responsibility for staff and volunteers, customer care and sales from the depots as well as taking forward online sales as a major project. Tom has a wealth of experience which he brings from another national charity where he developed broad experience from running stores, looking after staff and volunteers to managing a national...

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