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Posted on 13th June 2016

Bournemouth Junior Chess Tournament and The British Chess Championships 2016

The Ark sponsored the inaugural Bournemouth Junior Chess Tournament on Saturday June 11th held at Harewood College. Sarah de Lisle’s son Arthur came second in the Under 9’s category and his school friend Simon Button came first.  Prizes included free entry to the British Chess Championships, which Bournemouth is hosting for the first time in 70 years at the end of July.

Find out more about The British Chess Championships including how to enter here

Posted on 11th April 2016

The Ark Will Be Closed From 3pm On Saturday 16th April Due To Camp Bestival - Space Camp Tour!

The Ark Will Be Closed From 3pm On Saturday 16th April Due To Camp Bestival - Space Camp Tour!

Tickets are still available from Camp Bestival

Posted on 18th March 2016

The Ark Awarded Green PEA Award For Reduced Carbon Emissions

Green PEA, the energy certification scheme aimed at reducing carbon emissions for local businesses and supported by Borough of Poole and Christchurch & East Dorset council, has hailed another successful round of certificate presentations for organisations who have achieved progress through the Green PEA scheme. 

At an event staged by Green PEA member The Kitchen in Poole Park, several members of the scheme collected their Level 1, 2 and 3 certificates, with one company, Brittany Ferries, receiving its Level 4 certificate, the first one to be presented within the scheme. 

Companies represented at the presentation included the Green Pastures Christian Centre and the Hadland Care Group, along with Brittany Ferries. The Kitchen’s certificate was received by General Manager Rachel Pountney, who also collected a Level 2 certificate for their other catering establishment in the park, The Ark. Work done recently on both buildings includes: having magnetic conditioners, renewing their energy contract, installation of solar PV and replacing all their lighting with LED lighting. 

The event also included a presentation by Green Wing UK, a delivery partner within the scheme who supplies magnetic conditioning devices that reduce fuel consumption through a process called ionisation. 

Paul Cooling, Chair of the Green PEA company, commented: 

“To have so many organisations collecting their certificates is testament to the success of Green PEA and how companies and other organisations are really benefitting from being members of the scheme. We are delighted that Brittany Ferries has reached Level 4 status and we look forward to many more members progressing towards their individual targets. Every step forward results in a reduction in carbon emissions and energy costs, which is what Green PEA was established to achieve.” 

If you are a business or organisation (including a school or faith group) from Poole, Christchurch or East Dorset and are interested in joining the Green PEA scheme please contact us on tel: 01202 633029 or 01202 633346, by email: or though the website www.greenpea

Posted on 22nd February 2016

The Ark Holiday Camp Dates Announced

The Ark team has devised an all-weather multi-activity holiday camp suitable for children between 5 and 12 years old.

With an emphasis on enjoyment and team building, The Ark activity camp will not only increase your child’s confidence, but also their overall fitness, coordination and balance.

Easter Camp - 28th March to 8th April

May Half Term Camp - 30th May to 3rd June

Summer Holiday Camp - 25th July to 31st August

October Half Term Camp - 24th October to 28th October

Posted on 1st February 2016

We Are Hiring

The Ark are looking for fun energetic individuals who are looking for part time work at the weekends and during school holidays in a busy family environment.

Hours are 09.30am-6.30pm (8.5 hour shift)

We pay over the minimum wage and have company benefits attached to the job offer

To apply please send a copy of your current CV to

Positions available for immediate start for the right candidate

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