Highcliffe Herald March 2021

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March 2021

Issue 105

Community Magazine & Local Business Directory

Meet the Locals Mike Mik ke Neville Nevilllle

Local History Lost Lost Bournemouth Bournemouth

It’s a Dog’s Life Dirty Dirty Bertie Bertie

What’s On Local History Meet the Locals

Going Places It’s a Dog’s Life Fiona’s Real Food

Book Reviews Local Articles Local Clubs & Societies



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Welcome to the March edition. March is one of our favourite months, not only do we celebrate a birthday but there are always new signs of life in the garden. Also the promise of longer days after the clocks go back leading hopefully to warmer times ahead. For many people, this winter has seemed particularly long and difficult but we hope that as the vaccinations continue to roll out we are on the home stretch. Even though it has been wet and cold, we still have to get out every day with our ‘boys’ and you can read how they get on in It’s a Dog’s life. Whatever you do this month, we sincerely hope that you all stay well. If you enjoy our monthly magazine the best way you can support it is to give a call to the businesses listed within. Please do your best to support local businesses this year.

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8/9 Local History 12/13 Meet the Locals 16 Going Places 20 Holistic Health 22Legal Matters 24 Fiona’s Real Food 26 Book Review 34 It’s a Dog’s Life 38 Sudoku 40/41 Local History 48 Crossword 50 Community page 52 Castle Wheelers 54 Nature on your Doorstep 56 Localgroups 62 Index of Advertisers

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Local History

Lost Bournemouth

I’m not a fan of the word ‘timeless’. People use this to suggest that a landscape is never changing, yet everything changes even if only subtly. Take any townscape, where buildings come and go, churches become supermarkets, and despisers of carbuncles have an ‘IMAX’ in their sights. When I wrote my second book, ‘Lesser Known Bournemouth’ (2019), I was keen to record some of the buildings that the town had lost as well as others that had found ingenious new uses, so not just the place of worship that became a cathedral of shopping, but also the fire station that became a live music venue and so fort rth. t

‘Lesser Known Bournemouth’, published November 2019. (Courtesy of Roving Press)

One church you won’t find today is Holy Trinity, formerly in Old Christchurch Road (18691981) facing Glen Fern Road. An unusual Romanesque-style church with a later addition of a stand-out brick tower, it was


nicknamed the ‘Rocket Church’ and it was easy to understand why from photographs.

The aptly-named Grand Hotel in Fir Vale Road, which was demolished in 1962.

Holy Trinity church showing off its new tower in 1957

Sadly, the church burned down but not before Wimbledon tennis champion Virginia Wade’s father had been added to the list of vicars (1942-47). Virginia, incidentally, was born in the town in ’45. Mrs Steve was born the same year: It was a good year. In the same part rtt of town once stood the aptly-named Grand Hotel in Fir Vale Road: Grand by name and grand by nature. South Western House resides on the site today, the hotel having been demolished in 1962. As photos testify fy, y this had been one of Bournemouth’s largest hotels. People needed places to stay. They also needed to get here. Back in the days before polluting vehicles clogg gged g up roads, holidaymakers packed trains with suitcases.

Bournemouth West station was the terminus of the old Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway in Queens Road which disgorged excited visitors from 1874-1965, including a young Mrs Robert rts. t The old railway hotel still exists t’other side of road (apart rtments t today).

Bournemouth West railway station, fondly remembered by Mrs Steve.

A lot of folk will tell you that ‘Bournemouth has no history ry’ y (I beg to diff ffer) f or that the modern resort rtt start rted t with a chap called Tregonwell who built the first house, c.1810-12 (I concur: Today’s Royal Exeter Exx Hotel). It wasn’t the very ryy first building though as there was cert rtainly t already a pub, the Tapps Arms, renamed the Tregonwell Arms, which stood at the junction of Old Christchurch Road and Post Offi ffice fi Road (1809-85).

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The latter road name makes sense as the pub doubled up as the town’s first post offi ffice fi for a while. ‘Just off fff to post a letter love’ (cough, cough).

The long lost Southbourne Pier, which was demolished in 1909.

The Tregonwell Arms which predated the ‘First House’ and lasted until 1885

Oh, and the history ry, y well, let’s not forget that as Bournemouth prospered and grew it swallowed up other, older districts, thereby acquiring its history ry. y I’m sure you all know that when Bournemouth first emerged it was as a convalescent retreat for invalids, but reinvention as a fully-fledged resort rtt would soon follow. If you have this ambition though you need to provide facilities for all those visitors, so the improvement commissioners got to work, building a pier for perambulation, oh, and the railway arrived (1870). There are, of course, two piers today, but one of those lesser-known stories involves the town’s third and long-lost pier, that of Southbourne (1888-1909) which was badly damaged by storms and then demolished.

list all the well-to-do who graced the fledgling resort rtt with their presence, but I will single out the naturalist Charles Darw rwin w (180982) as he leads us to another little bit of ‘Lost Bournemouth’. He rented the thatched Cliff fff Cottage for a month in September 1862 to aid his son’s convalescence aft fter t a bout of scarlet fever.

Another place for the visitors to go was the Winter Gardens. The first incarnation resembled the Cry rystal y Palace, an immense glasshouse, which became a popular classical music venue (1893-1935) with a capacity of some 4,000. Cliff Cottage where Charles Darwin stayed in September 1862.

This site is occupied today by a rather larger construct, the BIC. Darw rwin w was a famous chap by the time of his visit having published his ‘On the Origin of Species’ three years earlier in 1859. The first Winter Gardens, which resembled the ‘Crystal Palace’.

Rather regrettably this was replaced by a brick construction, which itself was demolished in 2006. Bournemouth’s reinvention attracted the rich and famous for this greenfield resort rtt always aimed high, a destination for the genteel rather than the riff ff-raff f fff (one reason the railway arrived relatively late in 1870 was the fear that easy access might encourage the hoi-polloi to start rtt rocking up in increasingly large numbers). I don’t have room to

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Take care & stay safe folks. Steve Roberts Steve Robert rts’ t first book, ‘Lesser Known Christchurch’, was published in August 2015, by Dorset book specialist Roving Press. His second book, ‘Lesser Known Bournemouth’, was published in November 2019. For more information visit the publisher’s website www ww ww. w rovingpress.co.uk or the author’s website www ww ww.steverobert w rts.org.uk t (Twitter: @SRChristchurch) All Photographs courtesy of Bournemouth Library

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became an instructor in the army cadets. As an officer he commanded a detachment. This was extremely helpful as it enabled him to get to know the local youths and their parents on his beat and for them to know him. It meant that Mike was not just ‘another copper’ but was one who was clearly seen to be working for the benefit of the local community. It enabled him to defuse tensions in the local community. Mike became a trainee Detective Constable, still based at Clapham. It was here that he and a colleague ended up dealing with a string of armed robberies at banks and post offices. They were carried out over a wide area of London by the same gang. Often there were CCTV images of the suspects but at that time, these were not being shared across the whole of the Metropolitan Police, just to the police units nearest the crime scene. Mike and his colleague managed to arrest and successfully prosecute the gang

who were responsible for at least 132 robberies. Mike realised that the system the Metropolitan Police had for managing the CCTV images of suspects needed to be overhauled. In 2006 he set up a dedicated unit that was tasked with reviewing CCTV footage from hundreds of thousands of CCTV cameras in the capital. Mike became aware of police officers who were exceptional at recognising suspects from CCTV and other images. In 2009, in the USA Professor Richard Russell was studying a condition known as prosopagnosia where people have great difficulty recognising faces, sometimes even their own in a photograph. Russell heard that there were individuals at the other extreme of the scale and carried out test on them and found that they were about 90% accurate in their recognition of faces. As a result, Russell wrote an academic paper about those with this extraordinary skill and named them ‘Super Recognisers’. UK based psychologist Josh Davis wrote his dissertation on forensic analysis of CCTV footage. His paper was

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combined 4,500 positive identifications. Mike’s unit was called on to assist in numerous other cases such as the 2018 Salisbury incident where Russian agents attempted to murder a former Russian secret service officer and his daughter using a poison called Novichok. They have also assisted foreign police forces with their investigations.

Mike and daughter Isabel at the War Memorial

concerned with the problems of misidentification and how poor some witnesses and police officers were at identifying suspects filmed on CCTV. Mike Neville contacted him and they worked together to study the Super Recognisers in his unit. Davis subjected the officers to a series of facial recognition tests. Those that performed well were asked by Mike to carry out further identifications of individuals from CCTV images. Mike was then a Detective Inspector running the Metropolitan Police Circulation Unit which was able to handle CCTV images of suspects in a far more professional way, enabling more identification to be made. In 2011 there was widespread rioting and looting in London with copy-cat offences in other parts of the country. The Met. Police

started to analyse over two hundred thousand hours of CCTV footage recording the events. The advanced computer facial recognition software that the Police were using at that time identified one suspect. A single Super Recogniser identified over a hundred and ninety. It was then that the Metropolitan Police started take note of the Super Recognisers. Since then, this area of police work has grown in acceptance. In 2013 Mike, by now a Detective Chief Inspector was asked to set up a dedicated unit with 6 Super Recognisers based at New Scotland Yard. By 2016 Super Recognisers were responsible for 2,500 identifications in criminal cases that led to a conviction or caution. All other forms of forensic science made a

In 2017 Mike retired from the Metropolitan Police and set up his own company called Super Recognisers International. They employ people from all walks of life who have the ability to always remember a face. They are asked to assist clients such as airport security, large public event security and private companies and individuals. They are also contracted by police forces around the world. Mike continues to serve as a Colonel in the Army Cadets. After teaching himself to play the flute he gradually became more involved in the national training of army cadet bands and currently organises over 80 cadet music units. Mike has managed to combine his long association with Freemasonry and his great interest in history. He has written books on Freemasonry links to historic crimes. He also runs Jack the Ripper historical walks in London taking clients to the locations of the infamous murders and recounting what happened there. We wish Mike a long and happy retirement. If you would like to find out more about Super Recognisers visit their website at www.superrecognisersinternation al.com There is a link to the national association that will enable you to take a test to see if you have the skills needed to be a Super Recogniser.

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Gut Instincts to Boost Your Health So, you have maintained spatial-distancing and frequent hand washing, but want to get some easy tips on supporting your own immune system? You may have heard a lot recently about the importance of gut health. There is a very good reason for this. It is often said that:

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Stress impacts your whole body, especially your digestive and immune systems. The classic indications are the development of ulcers or IBS, but many of us feel stress in our gut first. Stress responses decrease your gut efficiency, slowing down digestion and immune function. Stress management techniques like adequate sleep and meditation help both digestive and immune functions.


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Thank you very much for all the enquiries that I have received this month. I very much appreciate how interested you are in legal matters. Here are just a few of the matters that have concerned you this month. My Mum and I have always been very close and there has only ever been the two of us. I have read that if Mum loses mental capacity I will not be able to speak on her behalf about her care and medical treatment without having a lasting power of attorney in place. Is this the case? Yes I am afraid so. No matter how close you are to the person you are caring for should always have a lasting power of attorney in place for health and welfare as well as property and financial affairs particularly if your mother is now getting on a little. Without such a document there is always a risk that the organisations with whom you might deal in the future may well proceed to organise care, treatment or a nursing home for Mum in the event of her ill health without considering your wishes My Dad has had a stroke and is not able to get out of the house at the moment. I appreciate it takes a long time to make a lasting power of attorney in relation to property and financial affairs. Is there anything I can do whilst the lasting power of attorney is being made and registered?

Yes. Dad could ask his bank to appoint a member of his family as a third party on his accounts. Some banks may require Dad to visit and so this will be difficult. Some banks will allow you to take a form away for Dad’s signature. An alternative is to make a general power of attorney which is a


short instantaneous document lasting for a shorter period allowing an attorney to act on Dad’s behalf normally until the lasting power of attorney has been registered My husband has to move into a nursing home as I am no longer able to look after him. I am worried that I may have to sell our home in order to pay the nursing home fees. I am sorry your husband has not been well. As you are continuing to live in your home then the value of it will not be taken into account as capital belonging to your husband when deciding how much he has to pay for his own nursing home fees. The value of your home is completely ignored whilst you are living there and so no-one will be able to make you sell it. You do need to take advices about the steps you can take to preserve your home in the event of you dying before your husband or you moving into long term care. I wish my partner to be able to live in my house after my death but I do wish to leave the house to my children. Can that be done? Yes, it can be done. You need to have a specific clause in your Will confirming those wishes. The clause in the Will would normally provide for your partner to be responsible for the outgoings on the house after your death. You can also include provision in the clause for the remarriage or cohabitation of your partner. At Dixon Stewart we are happy to help you with all the above matters and many more so do get in touch if you need any help on enquiry@dixonstewart.com or by calling Helen Stewart on 01425 279222

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For fifteen years Jake and Lexi have played the same six lottery numbers with their friends, the Pearsons and the Heathcotes. They have all sat and discussed how they would spend the cash, the possible outcomes and the usual hopes and dreams for a big win. Then one weekend, the group is divided, someone hides the truth and the numbers come up. Jake and Lexi now have a winning ticket worth a huge, life changing amount of money, but their friends will do anything for a piece of it.

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The George Inn and The Wheatsheaf Inn

There has been a George Inn and a Wheatsheaf Inn in the village of Milton for over 200 years. The George Inn is first mentioned in a bill submitted to the parish in 1797. Other parish records show that the choir of St Mary Magdalene Church were paid in beer which was provided on alternate Sundays by the two inns. From the 1813 records we can see that Mrs Elizabeth Dawkins at the George and Mr Clemming at the Wheatsheaf were charging 2 shillings and 6 pence for five pots of beer each Sunday.

parish doctor. He later died of his wounds. The coroners court rtt was heard in the Wheatsheaf Inn. The Christchurch Times of Saturday 27th March 1886 report rted t that the George Inn was used by the coroner to hold an inquest in March 1886 to investigate the death of George Biddulph who had lost his life whilst working on the construction of the railway line from Brockenhurst to Christchurch. Sadly, this was not the only casualty in the construction of the railway line.

Both were coaching Inns and were at the very ryy heart rtt of village life in Milton. They were also places that could be used for public business such as parish meetings and in some cases, court rtt hearings.

Anthony and Sheila Carr were the last landlords of the George. They sold up in October 1999, stating that lack of patronage forced their hand. The new owners refurbished the building and inside created small offi ffices. fi It then became the George Business centre. I am unable to find a record of when the Wheatsheaf Inn first opened for business. But the earlier mentioned 1813 bill for beer provided to the church choir does give some indication that the Inn has been in business for well over 200 years. The current Wheatsheaf Inn is made up of two adjacent buildings consisting of the original and the neighbouring grocers shop. As can be seen in this photograph.

George Pub Milton Village C 1900

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On 3rd of June 1825 James Read, a smugg ggler g was shot by customs offi fficers fi during an incident on the beach at Naish when 60 smugg gglers g tried to overpower 6 customs offi fficers. fi Read was brought up to the village, taken to the poor house at the back of the George Inn and attended by the

The original George Inn can be seen in this photograph which was taken from the village green looking across the Lymington Road. This was pulled down in 1905 and rebuilt in redbrick. On the side of the building facing the main road are two bricked up doorw rways. w On the terracotta tiled lintels above the doors can be seen 1905. Looking up at the top of the building the coat of arms of Pool are visible. They are ornately carv rved v in brick. This is because the Inn was owned by Marston Brewery ryy of Poole when it was rebuilt.

The Wheatsheaf Inn and Grocers shop

From left ftt to right is the Wheatsheaf Inn, the grocers shop, at the time of this photo run by a Mr Chipperfi rfield. fi Next door is a cobbler’s shop, then the blacksmith’s forge, the blacksmith’s house and the 1905 George Inn.

The grocers store was run from Victorian times through to 1966. The last proprietor of what was then called Milton Stores was a Mr Robinson. When he died the shop was sold to the Wheatsheaf, probably to the brewery ryy and incorporated into the Inn eff ffectively f doubling the size. At the rear of the Inn is a building that has been used as a stable block and later a motor garage. It is still in existence. It ceased being used as a vehicle garage when the Wheatsheaf Garage moved to a purpose-built garage site on the other side of Church Lane. That site is now used as a plumber’s supply shop. The car park of the Wheatsheaf was formerly the site of the first post offi ffice fi in Milton. This was in existence from 1834 to about 1950, when the Post Offi ffice fi moved to a new building across the road. The original Post Offi ffice fi was used as an Estate Agents until being pulled down in the mid-1960s. It is probable that from the 18th century ryy through to the 1930s the two Inns would have played a great part rtt in the every ryy day lives of the local residents and workers. They were a place for the workers to relax and unwind aft fter t the labours of the day had come to end. They were a place to exchange gossip and find our which employers were hiring and at what rates.

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This was where dealers and hawkers would have off ffered f items for sale to make a little extra money. They were a centre for welfare. These were prevalent in rural areas where there was less access to the pawn broker that was normally found in towns. Court rtt records tell us of a John Parker of Milton who was steward to the George Inn benefit club in 1825. Pubs or Inns would oft ften t run a coal club or a clothing, boot and shoe club. Men would pay into them and when there was enough money to buy in bulk at a discount the club would pay out and the coal or other goods shared out. There was oft ften t a ‘Halfpenny Club’ in rural Inns. Typically, these clubs would be paid into by agricultural labourers at 1/2d the first week, then 1d the next and so on in increments of 1/2d.

When the collected sum got to an agreed figure, perhaps 28s. 8d then the pay-out would be 28s to every ryone y and the landlord who organised the club got the 8d diff fference. f It was a way of making sure labourers had some form of savings that did not get frittered away on beer or cider. These two buildings have been at the centre of local Milton village life and are an import rtant t part rtt of our local heritage.

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