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Posted on 26th May 2015

Meet Ben: the ten-year-old figure skater with Olympic ambitions - Bournemouth Echo

Ben Gregory from Hamworthy has been in skates since he was five years old. But, over the past year, he has discovered a flair for figure skating. Now he is sponsored by The Ark in Poole, where he trains several times a week.   

Ben was recently featured in the Bournemouth Echo, read the article here

Posted on 27th April 2015

Congratulations To Ben Who Came 2nd In The Basingstoke Coaches Cup!

The results are in and Ben managed to secure 2nd place in the 2015 Basingstoke Coaches Cup! Ben skates for the freestyle team BXFIST. (Bournemouth Xtreme Freestyle Ice Skating Team)... If you would like to see Ben in action, you can usually find him on The Ark's Ice Rink.  Congratulations Ben!  


Posted on 14th February 2015

Love Is In The Air at The Ark!

In spite of years of vowing she would never re-marry, duty manager Hayley House made a shock proposal to her long-term partner Jerry (The Ark's maintenance manger) when she emerged from a large wrapped gift box earlier today.

The couple, always come in for breakfast while one of their children has ice skating lessons and Hayley decided it would be the perfect opportunity to pop the question.

Tux, The Ark’s mascot penguin wheeled Hayley out in a wrapped box, then, with the assistance of his handler, Tux unrolled a banner saying “Jerry, will you marry me….?” and Hayley emerged!  Thankfully, the reply was a resounding “Yes,” from Jerry.  

The couple, who have been together 13 years, have five children, and Hayley said she decided to change her view of getting married when she overheard their two youngest children, Joshua and Evie saying ‘So, you're not our real Mum and Dad then’.

“I have been quite vocal in the past about never getting married again and in turn Jerry has also adopted this approach. He has never been married before,” said Hayley.

“The reason for doing this now? I want to make my family complete and when better to propose than Valentine’s Day?” she added.

Congratulations Hayley and Jerry – we're looking forward to The Ark’s first wedding!


Posted on 14th February 2015

The Ark Valentine’s Day Surprise

Posted on 27th November 2014

The Ark, Poole Park Charity Christmas Grotto Reviews

Review 1, Sam Palmer: All the children had a fantastic time, your new grotto is really cool & all the elves were great with the children & Santa made each child feel special, was such a wonderful night, topped off with a yummy festive tea which everyone also enjoyed, But then the chocolate yule log came out & then it turned the childen loopy! ha 

I will definatley be recommending your grotto to everyone x

Ps All the penguins are very much loved & enjoying their new homes 


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