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The latest car technology explained Matt Peacock, MD of Star Tech, gives his insight into the latest car technology. Keeping our customers safe on the road. Technology is advancing with such momentum. We are seeing more vehicles built with intelligent systems to help assist motorists on the road. Our qualified technicians have experience working with these systems and we ensure they are given the latest training and technical support. It’s a big priority for us. We are proud to lead the way for Independent car specialists in the industry. As a kind customer once said about us “this is no Fred in the Shed!” Let me explain some of this new technology. What is ADAS? Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems, or ADAS, is a term used to collectively describe these smart features. ADAS was invented to quickly warn drivers of danger and to help them avoid accidents. Not all cars have these systems and if they do, it may just be one type

of system. Some of the ADAS that are available vary from rear view cameras to aid parking, to more complicated systems like Lane Departure Warning (LDW). This warns the driver if they drift from their lane, especially on motorways. Pedestrian Protection systems feature a warning of unsafe pedestrian movement. In addition, there are more advanced systems that can actually take some control of the vehicle, such as Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB). Whether your car has adaptive high beams, a collision detection system or autonomous night vision, these are all classed as Advanced Driver- Assistance Systems and require specialist training and equipment to work on them. Electric & Hybrid Cars Environmental performance and accountability is the way forward and we are keen to invest in training and equipment for Electric and Hybrid vehicles.

servicing and repairs for electric/ hybrid vehicles are in the pipeline as we work hard to stay at the forefront of industry change. Our technicians have already completed the first part of their training with more to follow this year. Furthermore, it’s estimated around 1,000 technicians are trained to work on Electric or Hybrid vehicles in the UK. Most of these are in dealerships meaning many independent workshops don’t currently have a trained technician to work on hybrid or electric vehicles. Watch this space!

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April issue...

In This Issue...

Hello! In uncertain times, our team has been humbled to see the various efforts of existing and newly formed groups and businesses in our local communities pulling together to offer others their help and support. I am sure this spirit of working together and helping each other, even if it is at arms length this time, will continue as we work our way through the following weeks and months. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, your wonderful community is there to support you, as are we.

Margaret Green Animal Rescue

Our regular columnists have kept to business as usual this month and update you as best they can. Any events listed are of course subject to change and we recommend double checking details in advance. We will post updates when we are made aware of them, on The Ashley Cross Link Facebook page, so that you can stay in the loop that way. I hope you enjoy the magazine this month and where possible, please support our advertisers during these difficult times. Wishing you and your families well. Until next time,

Harriet Would you like to advertise in The Ashley Cross Link? It’s great value for money and a fantastic way to target potential customers. Visit our website or call us for more details. Please note, advertising space is limited, pre-booking is recommended. Copy deadline for the May issue: Wednesday, 15th April

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Everyday’s a great day for rehoming! Join us at our first major fundraising event in Dorset of the season – GroundDog Day – raising money for rescue animals.

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Coast Home Management Letting your home through AirBnB is a large and daunting decision but once you’ve made that step, letting your home can provide access to those holidays or house renovations you’ve always wanted! Thinking through the pros and cons of using AirBnB for short term lets can be endless but anxieties can be eased with the right support and experience. We are lucky to live in an ideal location to AirBnB your home; not far from Sandbanks with easy access to the beach, Purbeck Hills and surrounded by excellent facilities. All of these are advantageous with special events throughout the year like the Bournemouth Airshow, providing an ideal opportunity to let your home while you’re shelf of the fridge or no space in wardrobes away, proving even more lucrative. is acceptable and understood by AirBnB guests. Some of the anxieties you may have around vetting guests etc are supported At Coast Home Management we provide by AirBnB themselves but other worries support to home owners looking to around co-ordinating cleaners, hiring bed use AirBnB to let their homes. From linen, welcoming guests and worst-case photographic reports, cleaners, linen hire, scenario events may need additional guest welcomes and departures through support. to organising guest activities and caterers or issue resolution. We can support you You might think that your property may not through the process of joining AirBnB be suitable for various reasons, but this isn’t and once you’ve confirmed your guests necessarily true. Clients homes are wide send us the dates and we’ll do the rest! ranging in location, accommodation options Incorporating a responsive security service and styles. Homes can be let throughout and tradesman we can resolve issues as the year working around client availability or they arise without the need to disturb your their bookings. There are also a multitude holiday! of options around how to maximise your availability. Some only take bookings when We are always happy to they are away while other homes choose to talk through the process always be available and the client makes and answer any questions alternative accommodation arrangements you have, to help with your around the bookings. decision! Alternatively speak to our clients and see what they Concerns of having to remove many of think! your belongings needn’t be the case. Stating what space is available i.e. one Lauran Macare

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All plants great and small Chestnut Nursery

If you are anything like us, then your favourite space at home is in your garden. It’s a place of change that with each season provides new possibilities to enjoy nature in all its beauty. Plants bring people together and help us escape the daily grind. Even if you have no garden, a balcony or window sill full of plants, is enough to transport one’s mind. It’s now that most fantastic time of year when anything is possible, as spring is well and truly springing, and we have what you need; all things flowering and beautiful, all plants great and small. The nursery is fully stocked with everything that a gardener could possibly need. The volunteers are working across the nursery, tending to plants and creating displays in our retail area for all to enjoy. The potting shed is a buzz with activity as we pot and sow, our ever anticipated, seasonal ranges of healthy home grown plants. As the sun makes its appearance, the green houses and poly-tunnel, glisten with a bristling array of tantalising foliage and flowers. Traditionally, Easter time marks the beginning of the gardening season. It’s a time to start tidying up your garden, feeding shrubs and roses and house plants. Sowing herbs, hardy annuals and new lawns, or repairing bald patches. Get those shrubs and perennials planted out soon so that they establish before summer. With a watchful eye out for late frosts, summer bedding can even be attempted. The excitement is building for a fruitful season ahead. Please call in and share in the delight at Chestnut Nursery ‘Caring for People, Caring for Plants’.

Andrew Verreck Nursery Manager

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Challenge yourself… By Kate, Lilliput

Thinking of setting yourself a sporting challenge this year? This month, I caught up with Charles Willis Owen, local Orthopaedic Surgeon who talks about completing the hardest sporting challenge he has ever done. Charles completed the Bicingles cycling challenge in France which involved cycling the infamous Mt Ventoux up and down six times. This meant climbing more than 9,000 metres, covering 280km all in one day (14 hours). This is one of the toughest cycling challenges you can do and often people fail to finish but Charles managed to achieve it coming second in the world. How do you tend to fuel your training? I use a bit of plant protein (over meat and dairy) Where did you begin with training for such an with carbohydrate in the ‘golden window’ of 45 event? mins after each session with a 1:4 ratio, then I It was quite a daunting challenge and it was take on a little bit of protein about half an hour difficult to know where to start. Mentally I broke it before sleep too which is thought to help with down into the six separate ascents, so I planned recovery. Aside from that I fuel quite accurately for for six rides of two hours even though on the day every training session, so I can push myself to the I only had about a few minutes rest between each limit of my physiology, not to the limit of my fuel one to fill my pocket up with food! supplies. The majority of my training was using an electronic turbo trainer and a programme called Trainer Road. I also focused on some strength and conditioning and Pilates work (thank you to you Kate!) to help me hold that position on a bike for so long. How did you manage to fit all of your training in with a busy job and a young family? This is always a challenge with three young children and a busy job as a knee surgeon. I did a fair bit of early morning training, took bikes on business trips to train away, and every commute is on my bike. I relied on a lot of understanding and support from my family too! Using the turbo trainer is really time efficient and allows every minute of training time to be high quality. I think quality not quantity is the key. With all of that training did you pick up any injuries? I’ve been racing bikes and running marathons for a long time now, so my body is quite conditioned to it. Often a lot of sports injuries I see are due to too much, too soon (and I’ve certainly made that mistake before!) But this time I stayed injury free through a perfect bike fit (thanks to Tom Cadbury and Team Sky), avoiding over training via the Trainer Road programs, and getting sleep and nutrition spot on. I’m a bit of a sleep nerd; I measure my sleep and do lots of things to protect it. 14 THEASHLEYCROSSLINK

Have you got any tips for anyone wanting to sign up to a sporting challenge? Err don’t do this unless you are crazy (Cingle is French for insane!) A bit like surgery, if you plan meticulously, prepare well (thanks Cadbury’s) and have a great team supporting you, you can get amazing results. Signing up to a challenge gives you a great focus and great sense of achievement. If you’d like to read more about Charles’ challenge you can visit his blog www. sportsorthopaedicspecialist.co.uk/blog If this has inspired you to get on your bike this Spring, come and join us for a fun morning out on the bikes with Charles on Sunday 3rd May. Leaving Rockets and Rascals at 8am for a loop over on the Purbecks. You can choose between a 15-20 mile ride or 35-40 mile ride followed by a free coffee back at Rockets. This is a free social event to get a community of cyclists together to kick off the Spring cycling season. Email info@ cadburyphysiotherapy.com if you’d like to join us.

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Positive psychology and embracing positive ageing (Part II) Hello to you all Following on from last month we are taking a further look at positive psychology - the science of wellbeing and briefly looking at resilience. What is it? What are some of the tools we might apply in our life? ‘Resilience - your ability to overcome, steer through and bounce back when adversity strikes’, Karen Reivich and Andrew Shatté - The Resilience Factor. It has been an area of interest within the field of positive psychology and indeed Martin Seligman, who I mentioned last month, was very interested in the value of our strengths of character and how they can help us deal with difficulty. Resilience can help to strengthen our ability to deal with difficult times, the good news is that it is a skill that anyone can learn, explore and improve to thrive in their life now and in the future - our brains can change and grow! It is an area that I have studied for many years and applied into my life professionally and personally, I offer clients an opportunity to do a psychometric test for resilience and mental toughness at the start of our work together. In simple terms, if you think of something difficult and responded in a way that led to a better than expected outcome so it might look very difficult at the start but there’s a turning towards something better, that is resilience. Therefore, we are able to build resilience and find a way of coping with challenges in our lives. Resilience is something that I believe is essential to have at any age and everyone can develop it by learning appropriate coping strategies. The spectrum of adversity will vary from simple things to big life changing events e.g. divorce, redundancy and illness. One thing that is key is a growth mindset and that exploration of how it might be different, so resilience is a two part story; there’s what happens and then there’s what happens next. Keeping ourselves in a place to be able to challenge things and see that there are opportunities available for us. I particularly like the Self-Help SSRI Toolkit (strategies, strengths, resources and insights) 16 THEASHLEYCROSSLINK

A place that nourishes my soul and makes my heart sing

developed by Chris Johnstone who calls it our resilience playlist - which I often use with clients and further develop with them. It is very empowering to realise we have choices and positive actions can provide us with a different way of looking and being with something. Let’s take a quick look: •

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Strategies - practical steps and things we do that take us in a desired direction so that might be taking a yoga class, starting to meditate, catching up with new friends. Strengths - (we draw upon within ourselves) I mentioned these last month and they can help and support us through challenging times. Resources - we might turn to for nourishment and to support us people. Insights - things we know will work for us, they might be quotes or ideas around change.

A key area of interest for me is exploring transformational resilience and in particular post traumatic growth.

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Poole Neighbourhood Policing Team Be on your guard for Scam emails and telephone calls. How to avoid internet and e-mail scams: • • •

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Set up your e-mail account so that all “spam” (e-mails from unknown senders) is delivered to your rubbish or “trash” folder. If you receive an e-mail you consider to be a scam then our best advice is to delete without opening it. If you receive communication purportedly from your bank asking for security details then you should immediately report the matter to your bank. Likewise if the e-mail pretends to be from an official company, report the email to that company. Install firewalls and anti-virus software on your computer for security. You can report your e-mails to Action Fraud at www.actionfraud.police or at 0300 123 2040

Telephone Scams Unwanted sales calls and companies claiming to be checking your personal information are one of the most complained about scams. You may have received an unexpected call trying to sell you goods or services you don’t need or asking for personal details, such as; •

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other purposes. Ofcom is the regulator for UK telecommunications. It is able to take action in the case of a network or service being misused and causing unnecessary annoyance, inconvenience or anxiety to another person. Ofcom has set out a number of rules for organisations using automated calling systems, including the need to carry a recorded information message which identifies the source of the call and calling line identification which allows people to dial 1471 and access the telephone number of the caller. By calling 020 7981 3040 you should be able to remove your number from the automated system. If you continue to receive silent or abandoned calls and your network or service provider is unable to assist, you can contact Ofcom’s contact centre to register a complaint on 020 7981 3040 or go to www. ofcom.org.uk Be on your guard • Be suspicious if anyone calls claiming to be from a well-known company or bank. • Telephone numbers are not always what they seem; area codes do not always show the true location of the call. • Remember telephone numbers starting with 09 are charged at a premium rate. • Be aware that just because you have hung up, they may not have hung up at their end. If they do give you a number, try to ring back from a different phone or preferably don’t call back. • You can buy call blocking devices from reputable dealers. Avoid buying a blocking device via an unsolicited call. • Say “no thank you” and hang up if you are asked for any personal or banking details or if you are asked to make any payments over the phone.

The caller states there is a problem with your computer or laptop, they are calling from a well know computer company and can fix the problem over the phone. Sometimes they will encourage you to buy software security packages – do not be fooled. Always go to a reputable retailer for security advice and software. You are told you are entitled to a PPI payment or compensation for pension miss-selling. To claim this you just have to make an upfront payment and they will handle your claim. You are called about payments you are entitled to and to get them you must pay in UKASH PCSO 5680 Lindy Wilson vouchers or similar. Once cashed these Poole Neighbourhood Policing Team vouchers cannot be traced. The caller claims to be from your bank or building society and asks you to confirm your HOW TO CONTACT account and or personal details. You are informed you can reduce your council YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD tax bill by appealing and the caller insists on making an appointment at your home to discuss POLICING TEAM what you can do. If you need to speak to us then don’t hesitate The caller claims to be from an alarm company to stop a member of the team whilst we are on and says that they are working with the Police in our patrols or contact us on 101. If a crime is in high crime areas offering ‘free’ alarms if you pay the installation fee. progress or a life is in danger dial 999.

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Easter baking

Food for Thought, By Louise, Westbourne Who remembers as a child making rice crispie or cornflake cake Easter nests?!

sugar laden, these little nests are satisfying and sweet without spiking your blood sugar levels too much. Not just refined sugar free, As Easter approaches, it gets me to thinking but dairy free and gluten free like all of my of years gone by and some of the things we classes. did at Easter including Easter egg hunts, crafts whilst eating lots of mini eggs, making I hope you enjoy these little treats and have rice crispy nests, hot cross buns, family a fabulous, happy and healthy Easter and gatherings and Easter biscuits. I look forward to bringing you more ideas, recipes and tips next month. I wanted to recreate the magic but without all the sugar, wheat and dairy so after a little If you want to find out more about Food time in the kitchen, I'm delighted to share for Thought Cookery School and all the with you my healthier rice crispie Easter upcoming cooking classes and events then nests. visit my website or send me an email. These are great to make with the grandchildren, your children or just for yourself and friends. They went down a storm with my friends who happily taste tested them for me! The peanut butter gives a nice burst of protein and instead of being


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INGREDIENTS (Makes 12) 50g natural wholegrain puffed rice (sainsburys or health food shops sell this) 25g flaked coconut 2 tbsps heaped peanut butter (natural no added sugar, oil or salt) or almond butter 1 tbsp coconut oil 2 tbsp heaped honey or maple / agave syrup to make vegan 2 tbsp heaped cacao powder Pinch of pink himalayan salt Bluberries / small raspberries for topping

METHOD Melt the coconut oil, honey and peanut butter in a heat proof bowl in the microwave for 1 minute on high. Give it a good stir to combine until it’s lovely and glossy, then add the remaining ingredients. Line 12 muffin tins with cupcake cases, fill each up and using you fingers, push the mixture to the sides, making a small hole in the middle of each like a nest, so that you can fill once set. Place in the fridge for around 30 minutes or until set and then fill with blueberries or small raspberries. 20 THEASHLEYCROSSLINK

Number of sales: Hearnes (5 branches) Agent 2 (10 branches) Agent 3 (7 branches) Agent 4 (3 branches) Agent 5 (5 branches) Agent 6 (3 branches) Agent 7 (5 branches) Agent 8 (5 branches) Agent 9 (4 branches) Agent 10 (3 branches)


BOURNEMOUTH 01202 317317

820 660 320 253 250 237 208 198 170 161 Agent 10 170

Agent 10 161

POOLE 01202 377377

Agent 6 - 237 Agent 7 - 208 Agent 8 - 198

RINGWOOD 01425 489955

Agent 4 - 253

FERNDOWN 01202 890890

Agent 5 - 250

Variable Independent Statistics. Including all BH postcode areas except for parts BH23, BH19 & BH20. Including top 10 positions by number of Sales Agreed for the whole of 2019 up to December 31st for agents with more than 3 branches/territories.

Agent 3 - 320

This is yet another indicator that the “online only“ agents are still no competition for the best “full-service“ agents. The only way of being confident that you are getting the best offer on your property is to ensure that it has been marketed fully. Hearnes are the agent that uses prodigious levels of newspaper and magazine advertising, prominent feature properties on the Internet, top quality photography and brochures combined with high levels of quality staff, ensuring the best possible customer experience. As a company Hearnes take almost 9 times as many pages of advertising than the average agent and more than double our nearest competitor. The results show that Hearnes’ traditional methods of marketing combined with modern technology and IT still provide the best results. Contact your local office to see how we can help you!

Agent 2 - 660

In a year which has seen various online agents go into administration and the largest “online only” agent increase their fees by 11% to try to reduce their losses (which rose to £56m) it is the High Street agents that continue to serve the local community best. In this area Hearnes are the agent that has once again quietly outsold every agent in the BH postcode area according to independent Rightmove figures for 2019. Hearnes have increased their leading margin over their nearest competitor from 94 in 2018, to 160 agreed sales, notwithstanding the fact their competitor has twice as many offices. Hearnes have also increased their overall market share once again.





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Poole Osprey project It’s the month we’ve all been waiting for! When the dream of seeing ospreys attempt to breed in Dorset again for the first time in two centuries could become a reality… All ospreys are made equal, but there’s one very special individual who is quickly becoming the star of the Poole Harbour project. Young male LS7 was one of the original cohort of eight chicks translocated from Scotland in 2017, and he was the best of the bunch: first to fledge, to migrate, and incredibly to be spotted in West Africa! Then in 2019 he smashed another milestone, becoming our first translocated bird to return to the UK. And his reappearance couldn’t have been more timely, as he wasn’t the only osprey present in Poole Harbour… Adult female CJ7 was born in Rutland Water in 2015, and first visited Poole Harbour as a two year old in 2017, at precisely the same time as our first cohort of young ospreys (including LS7) were released into the area. It wasn’t long before she found the chicks, and starting visiting them daily. This chance encounter had an enormous impact on her behaviour, and every summer since she has returned to Poole Harbour, clearly hoping to raise her own brood. On 1st April 2019 she landed on the nest in the Middlebere Channel, and to our delight was soon adding sticks! And yet her long wait for a mate continued. So when LS7 landed on another nest on 12th June CJ7 pounced on him, and hardly let him out of her sight again until the end of August. In that time they formed a strong bond, did plenty of nest building, and even had a brief go at mating! All this suggests that 2020 could be the year they’ll make their first breeding attempt, and in preparation we’ve set up a livestream camera at their favourite nest, viewable on our website. We’re awaiting their return this month with baited breath, and will bring you the latest updates in next month’s issue!

Brittany Maxted

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One thing that is certain in the travel industry is that you never know what will happen next! Unfortunately, we have had to deal with all sorts of natural disasters; earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, bush fires and landslides. Political situations such as military conflicts and terrorist attacks, and more frequently of late, airline or travel company failures. But travel is part of our lives, we travel for work and we travel far and wide for leisure. The Coronavirus is an unprecedented situation. We don’t know what will happen next, but we do know that eventually, it will run its course and that the crisis situation will pass. So, keep thinking about those dream holiday destinations and keep planning for the future! How about Hawaii? A group of islands with sunshine all year round, beautiful beaches and miles away from anywhere else in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Sounds like a plan! There are no direct flights from the UK but there are good, one stop connections via many major hubs in the US. Hawaii is an archipelago of islands but only seven are inhabited and of those, the largest four are the ones most visited. There are frequent domestic flights between the islands of less than an hour duration.

The second largest island, Maui (727 sq ft), called The Valley Isle, is famous for its beautiful beaches and lush interior with mountains and valleys. Don’t miss the impressive Wailua Falls. If you’re combining islands, relaxing Maui is a good option to combine with either Oahu or The Big Island.

Oahu, (597 sq ft) is the most well known of the Hawaiian Islands, with the famous Waikiki Beach and legendary surf beaches of the North Shore. It’s called The Gathering Place because the island has the largest population of all the islands. There are a wide variety of shops and restaurants in The island of Hawaii, also known as The Big Waikiki. The iconic landmark, Diamond Head Island (4,028 sq ft), still has volcanic activity. Crater, forms part of the skyline from Waikiki Mount Kilauea is constantly erupting and is one Beach. In 1978 the inaugural Kona Ironman of the most active volcanos in the world. The Championship took place with 15 entrants. In landscape is quite dramatic ranging from snow2020, over 2,000 entrants will take part in the capped peaks, to lush rain forests, black sand beaches and black lava fields. The main cities are Ironman World Championships. Pearl Harbour is still the home of the largest US Navy fleet in Hilo and Kailua-Kona and the island’s top tourist the Pacific and the USS Missouri and Arizona attractions are The Hawaii Volcanoes National Memorial tour is outstanding. The Polynesian Park and Mauna Kea Observatory for amazing star gazing. The summit of Mauna Kea at 13,796 Cultural Centre is well worth a visit and snorkelling from Hanauma Bay is excellent. ft above sea level offers spectacular, panoramic views over the Pacific Ocean and other islands. Finally, Kauai (562 sq ft), known as the Garden It is also one of the best places in the state of Isle, is the smallest of the main Hawaiian islands. Hawaii to watch the sunset! It’s famous for its lush vegetation and rugged coastline. The sheer cliffs of Na Pali Coast and the dramatic Waimea Canyon, featured in the films Jurassic Park and Jurassic World. If you’d like more information about holidays in Hawaii please contact me by phone or email.

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Spring into creativity

I have been recently reminded how creative, tenacious and resilient creation is. From erupting plants to marauding pathogens, this Springtime fills me with hope and anxiety in equal measure. Played out against this backdrop, we have numerous creative opportunities on offer this spring to raise the spirits. Gardening Seeds of creativity are being sown in the polytunnels this spring! A new gardening project is forming with a view to engage the local community. This includes growing plants to brighten up our local area, to sell and to supply our community meals, tea and toast and to offer additional fresh food to those who are in most need. The project enables us to come together and reap the rewards of community growingliterally! Art group The Tuesday morning art group continues to be our longest running community event weekly, combining social, coffee and of course creativity through art for wellbeing. Messy Church Once a month, the church transforms an explosion of crafting supplies - cereal boxes and beads to paint, glitter into sparkly sequins, fingers and faces covered in icing, floor lined paper for painting, gluey hands, smiling faces and lots of mess; after all it is in the name! Messy church is on the 4th Wednesday of every month 3:45pm5:45pm where families’ get to explore the bible in an entirely new way through crafting, creating, dressing up, activities, sensory play, songs, games and eating dinner with all our friends. As we move from winter into spring, I am also reminded of the impermanence of things. As we journey into the many uncertainties ahead of us, let us all be creative, in demonstrating our grace, wisdom and compassion for all, each other and all of creation.

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Office Tel: 01202 733580

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St Peter’s Church

Church Road, Parkstone, BH14 0NN

Sunday Services: 8am Holy Communion - our quiet service using traditional language. 10am Parish Eucharist - our sung service with hymns and ceremonial. Holy Week and Easter - the heart of the Christian year Palm Sunday: 10am service with palm ceremonies and reading the passion. Maundy Thursday: 7:30p.m. service with feet washing and watch until midnight. Good Friday: 12noon Meditative Service; 1:45pm Good Friday liturgy with veneration of the cross. Easter Day: 5:30am Dawn Service – vigil, lighting of new fire, Sung Eucharist. Then usual Sunday morning services. Call the office on 01202 749085 (Monday-Thursday, 10am -12noon) or follow us on Facebook.


St Luke’s

Wellington Road, Parkstone, BH14 9LF Sundays Services: 9am & 10.30am (with children’s groups up to 15) and 6:30pm. Fortnightly: Special Groups for Bible discussion, prayer, friendship and care. Mondays: Rainbows, Brownies and Guides in the hall. Wednesdays: Morning Worship at 9.30 with Coffee Hour from 10am – 11am. Thursdays: Parents & Toddlers Group in the Church from 10am – 11:30am. Fridays: Youth Club at the Hall for Years 6 – 9 at 7:30pm. Easter Services Mon 6th to Wed 8th April, 7pm in the Chapel Reflective Service Thursday 9th April, 7pm at the Church Hall, 37 Birchwood Road - Passover Meal Good Friday, 10th April 10.30am Children’s Activities. Come as a family 2pm Hour at the Cross. Everyone is welcome Easter Day, 12th April, 9am Holy Communion 10.30am All Age Holy Communion with Easter Egg hunt and 6.30pm Easter Praise Church services and events please visit www.stlukesparkstone.org.uk or visit our facebook page. Call Christine on 01202 717268.

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Approaching the first anniversary of the BCP Council, Councillors’ Dion and O’Neill remain committed and focused on “all” information concerning the “Climate Emergency”. We believe it is critical that the true causes of this phenomenon are identified so that proper Regular Events resources can be invested into those areas Wriggle and Rhyme, for under 5 years that have major impact. Governments are Mondays 11am - 11.30am spending billions and we must ensure that Tuesday 2:15pm - 2.45pm ‘your money’ is placed against best solutions. Storytime, for 2-5 years - Tuesdays 11am Current examples of energy and transportation 11.30am appear to be major factors in decarbonizing Games & Colouring - every Saturday morning the environment. (different theme each week) Decarbonizing solutions must not be allowed to erode the delivery of public services which Homework Club - Mondays 3:30pm - 4:45pm residents pay for and demand. These services Games Hour (Adult) - Tuesdays 1:30pm include the filling of pot holes, sweeping of streets, 2:30pm removal of litter and other mandated public Computer Buddy - Tuesdays 2pm - 4pm services. Knit & Natter - Wednesdays 12:45pm - 3pm In Penn Hill, our focus on achieving change Three ‘C’ Club Coffee, Community & Chat is inefficient use of transportation, energy, last Friday of each month biodegradables, recycling, and tree planting with Lego Club - every Friday from 3:30pm - 4.30pm serious targets for environmental advantage. Pragmatism combined with passion is how Councillor Surgery & Win On Waste Councillors Dion and O’Neill address climate 10:30am - 12noon. Last Saturday of each change. It is not practical for everyone to month abandon their car and ride a bike. We know April Dates public transportation remains lacking in sufficient coverage. A working mother buying weekly Wednesday 1st, from 11am to 12noon groceries or an elderly person attending a doctor’s Poole Park Access and Play - A talk on Poole appointment or anyone with a job to travel to, pay Park improvements with Toni Powell (booking their mortgage, need a car! We will continue to essential). challenge planning where permission is given to Wednesday 8th, from 11am to 12noon build flats with fewer than 50% parking spaces. Mindfulness with Imelda The justification that residents of these building Wednesday 15th, from 4pm to 5pm projects not needing parking because of efforts to French Conversation Group encourage car sharing and bike riding are false. Friday 17th, from 11am to 12noon We will continue the fight to get planners to Spanish Conversation Group recognize that advancement depends upon infrastructure and that new builds include charging Wednesday 6th May, from 11am points and similarly solar panels. We all want to An illustrated talk of The Lindisfarne Gospels do our bit for the environment, but if all cars go with Paul Collins (booking essential). electric they still need to park somewhere and Children’s Events they need to be recharged. Tuesday 7th April, from 11am to 11:30am Spring Storytime and Plant a seed Cllr Bryan Dion and Cllr Tony O’Neil Friday 17th April, from 11am to 12noon Email Tony: tony.oneill@bcpcouncil.gov.uk Children’s Creative Writing with Rory’s Story Email Bryan: bryan.dion@bcpcouncil.gov.uk Cubes and Storyboarding. Suitable for children age 7+ Poole foodbank collection point here all year! Books - DVD - Audiobooks - eBooks for all the family to hire Printing, Scanning & Photocopier Computers with free access to the internet Free Wifi, daily newspapers and magazines to read Poole Foodbank Collection Point here all year!


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Another exciting art exhibition – including the legendary ‘wonderwall’ – will be held in The Gallery Upstairs, Upton Country Park. Close to 200 artworks from members of the East Dorset BraveArt Society will be on display. Free entry. Framed and unframed artworks and cards for sale. www.thegalleryupstairs.org.uk.

Sunday 5th April, first race starts at 9am Bournemouth Bay Run

Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, 1K kids Fun run Check the website for separate start times. Whatever your running ability – fun or competitive, there’s a race for you. Set against the backdrop of Bournemouth’s famous seven-mile stretch of golden sand choose from a variety of distances and enjoy the fantastic views as you walk, jog or run along the South’s premier coastline! www.bournemouthbayrun.co.uk

Monday 6th April, 7:30pm

Dorset Chamber Choir St John’s Church, Macaulay Road, Broadstone, BH18 8AR. Tickets £10 (students and children £5) available from choir members, at the door, or from our contact number: 07522 188364

Saturday 9th May, 2pm - 3:30pm Charity Nearly New Sale

Broadstone Methodist Church, Lower Blandford Road, Broadstone, BH18 8DP. Clothes from maternity to 12 years, toys, books, linen, equipment, furniture etc. Entrance is £1 per adult. All proceeds are donated to the SPRING charity at Poole Hospital (supporting families through baby loss). Come and grab some bargains! To donate or register to sell, contact cliffandjanetsibley@ hotmail.co.uk / 01202 699420. These events were correct at the time of publishing, readers are advised to check before attending. To list an event here, please contact Harriet on 07572 317541 or email harriet@ ashleycrosslink.co.uk

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Do you have vulnerable children who are turning 18? Laura Edwards, Private Client Solicitor at Humphries Kirk in Parkstone, considers steps that parents could take if they have vulnerable children who are turning 18.

Lasting Powers of Attorney If your child is vulnerable (for example, they may have severe learning difficulties), you may feel that they will struggle to manage their finances without your support. Your son or daughter may wish to make a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA). One option is a property and financial affairs LPA who can assist with all aspects of finance, from selling a house through to managing a bank account. The second type is a health and welfare LPA. This can only be used if a person lacks sufficient mental capacity to make decisions about their care and hospital treatment. Deputyship If your child is approaching the age of 18 and does not have sufficient capacity to make decisions, you may wish to consider becoming a court-appointed deputy. Without this, it will

be difficult to assist with your children’s finances when they turn 18. An alternative is to become an appointee, which provides the legal right to deal with a person’s benefits if they are unable to do so. Provision in your Will and Vulnerable Beneficiary Trusts You may also wish to consider how best to make provision for vulnerable children in your Will. It may be necessary to leave the money on trust if you feel your children would be incapable of managing this. It is also possible to set up lifetime trusts for vulnerable children or adults. However, trusts are complex and have tax consequences so specialist legal advice should therefore be taken. For further information on LPAs, deputyships, acting on behalf of a vulnerable person, or making provision in your Will, contact Laura Edwards on 01202 715815 or l.edwards@hklaw.uk



LocalClubs&Groups Bournemouth Big Band, Swing and Jazz Club 2nd Wednesday of month, 7:15pm at Kinson Community Centre. Call Tony 01202 842866 Bournemouth Caledonian Society 80 Shelbourne Road, BH8 8QZ. September to May. Dance Yourself Fit Night, 7pm on Mondays. Club Nights 7.45pm on Thursdays. Scottish functions throughout the year. Call Joan Higgins on 01202 603577. higgins.joan@yahoo.co.uk www.bournemouthcaledonian. com Bournemouth Carnival Band 1st Thursday evening of each month. Call Alan 01202 594378 Carers in Mind Support Group Delivered by Dorset Mind charity twice a month, this mental health peer-support group helps carers focus on their own self-care. Professionally facilitated. 12-2pm at Community Health Clinic, Shaftesbury Road, Poole, BH15 2NT. Visit website for timetable: www.dorsetmind.uk Community Choir with Big Hearts Alderney Manor Social Club on Thursdays. Please contact 07840 976584 for details Dolphin Indoor Bowls Club Just off Cabot Lane, Poole we are the largest indoor bowls club in England. Open all year round with superb facilities for members & their guests, including a new catering franchise & subsidized bar. Contact Reception on 01202 675551, email: reception@ dolphinibc.com www.dolphinibc.com Dorset Family History Society meets at St George’s Church Hall, Oakdale on the 3rd

Tuesday of the month. Call 01202 785623 for details or visit www.dorsetfhs.org.uk Dorset Light Photographic Club Meets 7pm every other Wednesday at St Gabriel’s Church, Keysworth Road, Hamworthy, BH16 5BH. Call 07968 039755 for details East Dorset Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club Salterns Road, Poole, BH14 8BL Tel: 01202 740219 www.edltcc.co.uk Epilepsy Action 2nd Monday of the month, 7pm-9pm. Call Mark on 07526 858947 or Kamlesh on 07833 663051. eabournemouth@ hotmail.co.uk Lions Club of Poole Men and women working to help the community and enjoying each other’s company. 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month in Oakdale at 8pm. Contact Robert on 0845 833 4756. www.poolelionsclub.co.uk Lilliput Woman’s Institute 2nd Tuesday of every month, 2pm at Holy Angels Church Hall, Lilliput Road. Lilliput visitors most welcome. Call Hannah on 01202 747410 or just turn up on the day. Live Laugh Love Ladies Club www.livelaughloveladies.club Lychett Bay Ramblers Meet every Sunday morning 5-10 mile walks. Suit 50 years+. Looking for new members. Call Sally on 07779 185950 Magna Sinfonia Run by musicians for musicians, able players are welcome to join our thriving orchestra. Call Chris on 07917 859339 or email info@magnasinfonia.org www.magnasinfonia.org

NHS Retirement fellowship - Poole Monthly meetings at Poole Hospital. Any retired NHS staff welcome. Call Patricia on 01258 721111 or email jan2gin@yahoo.co.uk Parkinson’s UK - Poole & District Branch St Georges Church Hall, Oakdale, every 3rd Saturday of the month. For those affected by Parkinson’s (people with Parkinson’s, carers, their families and friends). All are welcome! Call 01202 946888 Parkstone Camera Club Wednesday’s, 7.30pm - 10pm www.parkstonecameraclub.org.uk Parkstone Community Group Coach trips Day trips to lovely places on executive coaches. No membership fees. Very reasonable prices and all welcome. Please contact Annette and Gordon Brown on 01202 742049 or 07824453235 gordonharrybrown@hotmail.com Parkstone Conservative Club 14 Parr Street, Ashley Cross 01202 722322 www.parkstoneconclub.co.uk Parkstone Evening Townswomen’s Guild Meets 3rd Monday of the month. For information, email marilynhallett775@gmail.com Parkstone Friday Club For senior citizens. 1st Friday of each month, 2.30 - 4.00pm. St Dunstans/ ex St Osmunds Hall in Florence Rd. All are welcome. Followed by tea, chat and a raffle. Very relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Small monthly charge for all members. For more information call or text 07811 490588

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LocalClubs&Groups Parkstone Gardening Society We meet the third Tuesday in the month at St. Aldhelm Centre, Branksome 7pm for 7-30 start . We are a friendly club and have speakers every month. Details at www.pgsgreenfingers.co.uk or call 01202 749744. Parkstone Rotary Club Meet 1st & 3rd Thursday of the month, Royal Motor Yacht Club, Panorama Road Sandbanks. For information contact Ray Bursey on 07968 725006 Penn Hill Badminton Club If you can play a reasonable game (not beginners) come and give us a try. Friendly Badminton Club who play Friday nights at Canford Cliffs Village Hall. Contact Tony on 01202 892168 or email tony.oriole@talktalk.net Poole & Bournemouth Stamp and Postcard Club Meet on the 1st & 3rd Thursday of the month at Upton Community Centre. 7.15 for 7.30pm. Contact Michael on 01202 604741 or www. philatelyinbournemouth.co.uk/ poole-club Poole Heart Support Group secretary@poolehsg.org.uk www.poolehsg.org.uk Poole Leisure Painters Every Tuesday and Friday 10-3pm at Poole Lighthouse. www.pooleleisurepainters.co.uk Poole Lymphoma Support Group 0808 808 5555 or www. lymphomas.org.uk/support or information@lymphomas.org.uk Poole National Women’s Register Meets fortnightly on a Tuesday or Wednesday evening in members’ homes. Details at www.nwr.org.uk or call 01202 735582 Poole Over 55s Meet four times a year at The Spire, High Street, Poole.

Please join us for refreshments and speakers. No charge, all welcome. Call 07927 012556 or email poolover55@gmail.com Poole Poetry Collective 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm. The Scout Hall, Hermitage Road, Parkstone. New members welcome. www.facebook.com/ poolepoetrycollective Poole Writers Circle Alternate Wednesdays, 7:30pm www.writerspoole.co.uk The Rotary Club of Poole Tuesdays 12.15 for 12.30 at The West Hants Club, Roslin Road South, Bournemouth BH3 7EF. Serving the community locally and internationally. Contact secretary@poole.rotary1110.org or go to www.poole.rotary1110.org Royal Air Forces Association Social meetings featuring guest speakers. Second Monday of every month. 66 North Road, Poole. 7pm for 7:30pm start. Call 01202 710998 for info Say So Create Person centered creative workshops for adults with learning difficulties and disabilities runs most Mondays on a weekly basis at Poole Cricket Pavillion, Poole Park. Contact details as below. Say So Drama Engaging individuals through drama, increasing; confidence, self-esteem and motivation in a friendly and vibrant environment. Weekly in Winton, Wareham and Ferndown. W: www.saysodrama.co.uk E: enquiries@say-so.org.uk Facebook: Saysodramacreate Call Emma Greenslade on 07725 942609 Soroptimist International of Poole Professional women who help the disadvantaged. Meets 2nd

Monday of the month (excl Aug/ Dec), 7:30pm, Salterns Hotel, Poole, BH14 8JR. Call Helen on 01202 842795. www.sigbi.org/poole Speakability Group For people who have had a stroke, which has left them with communication difficulties. Wednesdays, 11am-1pm at Longfleet Baptist Church Hall. Call Patricia on 07547 474717 www.stroke.org.uk St John’s Badminton Club Ashley Road, Parkstone. Welcomes all experience and non-league players. We are a small friendly social group who meet every Friday from 7.30pm till about 10.00pm. Just turn up, or contact: Geoff on 01202 900645 or John on 01202 682123. University of the Third AgePoole U3A Provides a wide range of educational, sporting and leisure activities for (semi) retired. Visit www.pooleu3a.org.uk or call 01202 678113 Viewpoint Residents’ Association and Neighbourhood Watch info@viewpointresidents.co.uk Wessex Harmony All female, A Capella chorus. Ocean Academy, Poole on Tuesday evenings, 7.30-10pm. New members always welcome. Call 07770 544619 for more details. Wimborne Wagtails Saturday mornings at QE Centre. Swimming and water therapy to all ages with physical/ mental disabilities. www.wimbornewagtails.org.uk World Ship Society 2nd Saturday of the month. Call 01202 694338 for details

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