Spring Forward


Well the nights are becoming lighter and despite recent weather being to the contrary the temperature is gradually rising which means that the clocks will be changing soon.

This coming weekend, Sunday March 25 at 1am to be precise the clocks will move forward an hour (spring forward, fall back as the Americans remember it). We will loose an hours sleep but will gain more daylight later into the evening.

Daylight Saving Time was created by William Willett (Coldplay singer Chris Martin's great-great-grandfather) in 1907 to stop people wasting valuable hours of sunlight during the summer months. However although this was discussed in Parliament in 1908 the law was not passed as many disliked the idea.

Willett spent his life trying to convince people that it was a good idea, but it was only introduced in the UK in 1916 - a year after he died.

Germany became the first country to adopt the clock-changing plan on April 30, 1916, in order to save on coal usage, and on May 21, Britain followed, as World War One was underway.

The Summer Time Act of 1916 was passed by Parliament and the first day of British summer was reported as May 21, 1916.

Supporters at the time of the proposal argued the scheme would save energy by reducing domestic coal consumption.

They also said it would increase supplies available for manufacturing the war effort during WW1.

It has been in place ever since – despite criticism from some groups. Some critics argue BST should be completely abolished and Britain should operate on GMT permanently. They argue there is little practical gain from changing the time twice a year and the process is disruptive to schools and business.

Luckily nowadays most of our modern devices connected to the internet change automatically. However your clocks and watches will not so you will need to remember to change them.

If you are lucky enough to be spending a Dorset family holiday here at Gorselands who cares if you get up an hour late.