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May 2021

Issue 107

Community Magazine & Local Business Directory

Meet the Locals Bob Bob Hutchings Hutchin ngs OBE OBE

Local History

Highcliffe Highcliffe Castle Castle -- The The Tenants Tenannts

It’s a Dog’s Life

Bertie’s Bertie’s Grand Grand Opening Op ening

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 May edition. As we write this, the shops are open again, hair dressers and beauticians are attempting to restore a semblance of order and the pubs and cafes are open outside. After a year like no other in our living memory, something approaching normal seems just around the corner. With the relaxing of lockdown, some of our local societies and venues are reopening, others continue online so if you feel like dipping a toe in the pool of socialisation, check out the Local Groups to see if anything takes your fancy. Spring and Summer are traditionally when we get all those jobs done around the house, any advertisers in this magazine will be willing to quote for anything you need and you will be supporting them and us. In the meantime, stay safe and enjoy these new freedoms.

Gary & Sally

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 28 HighcliffeBowlingClub 34 It’s a Dog’s Life 40/41 Local History 42 HighcliffeCommunityCentre 48 Crossword 50 NatureonyourDoorstep 54 Wordsearch 56 Localgroups 62 Index of Advertisers

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Local History

Highcliffe Castle - The Tenants

It’s all very well owning a big country pile, but that privilege comes with hefty bills. If you happen to be ‘asset rich but income poor’ then how you pay for upkeep becomes a real and present concern. When Edward Montagu Stuart Wortley (1857-1934) inherited Highcliffe Castle in 1891 it was a bit of a poisoned chalice. An Army officer who served in Afghanistan, Egypt, the Sudan, the 2nd Boer War and WW1, Stuart Wortley got around the problem by selling land for housing (hence Montagu, Stuart, Wortley and Wharncliffe Roads). He also rented the place to wealthy bods whilst he was on his military postings, his overseas hols, or just slumming it at a smaller abode on the estate, which later morphed into the Hinton Oak pub (‘The Oaks’ today).

of Port rtland t (1857-1943) was here in 1900 with his fresh bride, who was formerly Winifred Dallas-Yorke (1863-1954). They’d married the year before. I do find that a double-barrelled nomenclature enables you to get on in life, don’t you know. Bill was variously a landowner, latter-day court rtier, t Tory ryy MP and ‘Master of the Horse’, whilst Win was a humanitarian and early animal rights campaigner. ‘Bert rtie’, t the Prince of Wales (and future Edward VII), was a buddy of the Bentincks, so joined them at Highcliff ffe, f with his mistress Alice Keppel tagg gging g along with her husband. The mind bogg ggles. g If you’re unsure of our royal lineages, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, is actually Alice’s great-granddaughter. Bert rtie, t who acceded to the throne in January ryy 1901, would return as King when the Bentincks rocked up again in 1904 and 1906, that high Edwardian period when the sun shone incessantly, and every ryt ything t was fab if you were wealthy and double-barrelled. War was coming though.

Winifred, the Duchess of Portland (John Singer Sargent).

Another tenant at the castle was the more abbreviated Sir John Aird, 1st Baronet (1833-1911) who was a renowned engineering contractor, taking up residence on two occasions in the early1900s. He was another Tory ryy MP, the first mayor of Paddington (1900) and an avid art rtt collector, who was responsible for shift fting t Joseph Paxton’s ‘Cry rystal y Palace’ from Hyde Park to Sydenham in 1854, as well as building the Aswan Dam across the Nile (1899-1902). Apparently, he liked to throw lively part rties t at the castle for his guests who also enjoyed cycling and shooting (as you do).

Violet Stuart Wortley and her children, c.1900. Violet married Edward Montagu Stuart Wortley in February 1891 the same year that her husband inherited Highcliffe Castle, which he let to the rich and famous (author unknown).

The recently wed William Cavendish-Bentinck, 6th Duke

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William Cavendish-Bentinck, 6th Duke of Portland, c.1900 (Elliott & Fry).

Sir John Aird, dam builder and shifter of the Crystal Palace (The Illustrated London News).

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Then we had Sir Harold Harmswort rth t (1868-1940) who became 1st Viscount Rothermere. He adopted the castle as his country ryy home between 1910 and 1912, which meant he was here for the Bournemouth Centenary ryy Airshow (July 1910) when aviator Claude Grahame-White, who was born in Bursledon (Hants), stayed as a guest. Grahame-White was the first of the pioneering aviators to complete a night flight, also in 1910, and part rticipated t in the airshow, which famously claimed the life of Charles Rolls, the co-founder of Rolls-Royce. Rothermere, of course, was a leading newspaper proprietor. Rolls inadvert rtently t made the front pages.

which, of course, did bend the truth a bit here and there. Take the Oxford Street unveiling of ‘The Queen of Time’ in 1931, that immense statue and horological masterpiece (clock) where Harry ryy takes a tumble at said unveiling and ends up convalescing at Highcliff ffe f Castle. He would have found that tricky as he was the tenant at the castle between 1916 and 1922. He also didn’t have a fall at the unveiling (minor point).

rent the place and spent a furt rther t £25,000 on ‘improvements’, which seems an odd thing for a tenant to do. He planned to build a heft fty t castle on Hengistbury ryy Head (one he could call his own), but that proved to be a castle in the air. He’s buried in the churchyard of St Mark’s as you all know, along with other members of his family. Meanwhile, please remember if you’re watching a fact-based drama, it’s still a drama.

Harry Selfridge, US retail guru, the tenant at Highcliffe Castle between 1916 and 1922. Here he’s pictured c.1910 (author unknown).

The famous oriel window at Highcliffe Castle, which has looked down on some famous tenants in the past (Steve Roberts).

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.

Harold Harmsworth who rented the castle between 1910 and 1912 (Gabell).

And then, of course, there was Harry ryy Gordon Selfridge (1858-1947), the US retail entrepreneur, founder of his eponymous ‘Selfridges’ in Oxford Street (1909) and subject of my popular ‘Mr Selfridge Fact & Fiction’ talk, the fiction bit being a sly reference to the TV V series,

Rose Selfridge, wife of Harry Selfridge, who died in the influenza pandemic in 1918 and is buried in the churchyard of St Mark’s (author unknown).

We know for cert rtain t he was paying £5,000 per annum to

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Bob Hutchings OBE Chairman Highcliffe Parish Council This month’s ‘Meet the Locals’ article features Bob Hutchings who lives in Highcliffe. His professional life in the civil service has taken him to different parts of the country. On retirement to Highcliffe he continued to work on behalf of the local community and is the current chairman of the Parish Council. Bob’s early years were spent in Stoney Lane, Christchurch. After his father came home from the war, Bob and his family moved to Burley village in 1947 where their grandfather ran the local post office. Bob had an idyllic childhood growing up with his two sisters and a brother in the heart of the New Forest. Bob would be out most days cycling, fishing and meeting friends. He had a great deal of freedom to travel around and explore the area.

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Grammar School. This involved a taxi journey to and from the railway station at Holmsley. If he needed to stay on late at school that meant an eight mile walk home across the forest as the last train had already departed. After leaving grammar school Bob was signed for Bournemouth Football Club youth team. However, an injury incurred during a youth F.A. cup match put an end to a promising career on the pitch. Following his father’s advice, he went to London and studied accountancy. He joined the Civil Service and worked in the Audit Service, later the Audit Commission.

Bob’s work took him to various postings around the country. In Lincolnshire he met Judy, the lady who became his wife. They have been married almost sixty years. Bob is proud of his sons Steven and Bob attended Brockenhurst David and also of his grandchildren. Eddy is studying medicine at Cambridge and Chrissie has recently been on stage in London starring in the latest Harry Potter play. Bob ended his career in 1998 as the Director of the Audit Commission for Wales. Judy and Bob bought a mobile home in Mudeford and spent time Bob at work in the Audit Service

relaxing and getting to know the area. Bob still had commitments in Wales. As an auditor he had been appointed to assist in the running of a failing housing association. He successfully turned it around but was so impressed by the work that they did, he continued to volunteer to help run the organisation. Later he joined another association which provided homes for people with learning difficulties or drug problems and for single mothers who needed a secure refuge. Bob volunteered for the housing association for sixteen years. During that time he was instrumental in acquiring and managing over 3000 properties. On several occasions new properties or facilities were officially opened by HRH Princess Anne, who Bob got to know. In 2010 Bob was awarded an OBE for services to the voluntary

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sector. Princess Anne presented the award to him at Buckingham Palace.

council and stood for election. When In 2012 Bob and Judy bought a the first six elected parish house in Highcliffe. Bob became active in local politics. councillors met, Bob was In March 2017, following landslide damage to the zig zag appointed as council path from the grounds of chairman. The Highcliffe Castle to the beach, Christchurch Council decided it parish council started out with was beyond economic repair very little in the and would not be replaced. Local residents, visitors and the way of facilities and resources, Bob being presented with the OBE by Princess Anne elderly had to use a flight of holding their 117 steep steps instead. For early work that the parish people with mobility issues this meetings in a room in the old school house beside the council carried out at Nea was impossible. Bob led a medical centre. The parish Meadows on behalf of the local campaign to persuade community. Christchurch Council to finance council are one of the links between the people of repairs which included Major initiatives in the first two Highcliffe and the new BCP presenting the council with a years of the parish council have council covering the large area included the development of a petition signed by 3000 local of Bournemouth, Christchurch residents. After a lot of neighbourhood plan, working to and Poole. The other link for research led by Bob, including revitalise the High Street and Highcliffe residents is via their obtaining estimates from civil improve the pavements. BCP ward councillor, two of engineering companies for the Future projects include a whom also sit on the parish cost to replace the path, the refurbishment of the Wingfield council. The parish council are council relented. In 2019 a Sports Pavilion home to the funded by local council brand-new path was opened taxpayers via a precept on BCP Highcliffe Hawks youth football allowing the public once again club. The club hosts some who carry out other services to easily walk from Highcliffe fourteen youth football teams such as rubbish collections, Castle to the beach. providing a vital facility for street lighting, educations, In 2019 Christchurch Council young people. Bob is also keen highways, planning and social decided to bring back local to see the parish council care. parish councils. Highcliffe develop the recreation ground At almost their first meeting Parish Council was officially in the centre of the town to Highcliffe council were made formed on 1st of April 2019. provide an activities trail and aware that the Nea Meadows Bob knew he had a lot of sensory garden for elderly carpark was in a very poor state residents. experience to offer the new of repair, often waterlogged and Bob has spent his entire was too working life serving the public small. The and continues to do so in parish retirement where he is making council raised funds a positive impact on the lives of Highcliffe residents. to have the site properly Councillor Bob Hutchings OBE drained, is contactable via enlarged bob.hutchings@highcliffewalkfo and rd-pc.gov.uk or 07759 629489. tarmacked. Bob is really Nick Saunders proud of the Bob and Judy with sons Steven and David

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Wholly Realistic Holistic li ti is i Wh lly R li tic I have been writing this column for a while now. I hope you are getting helpful tips and ideas about how to boost your body’s ability to achieve and maintain optimal health and wellbeing (sometimes known as bio-hacking). I have named this column “Holistic Health” and thought it might be useful to define Holism and outline the principles involved.

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Health maintenance strategies include seeking help early when symptoms arise. Interventions, when required, should be timely, as natural, and conservative (i.e. as small), as possible. Vigilance is key to maintaining health. Waiting for symptoms to occur is reactive and waiting for them to worsen is counterproductive and destructive. Now, the above description may sound mystical or esoteric. Far from it. It is absolutely realistic; to the extent that in 1948, the World Health Organisation (WHO) made the following declaration: “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” I totally agree!

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Long COVID Kate Garraway’s heart-breaking story of her husband Derek’s year long battle with Covid has been made even more complicated by the lack of legal protections she and Derek had in place. In her heart breaking documentary “Finding Derek” Kate explained how she was unable to access funds to manage her husband’s care or to refinance her mortgage. Kate did not even have the legal right to see his medical notes, owing to data protection. Research by Solicitors for the Elderly shows that 65% of the population think our next-ofkin will make medical and care decisions for us if we are no longer able to. In reality this is not the case unless a Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney is in place. Whilst there has been a rise in the number of enquiries made about Lasting Powers of Attorney during the pandemic only 22% of people in the UK actually have one. Kate’s situation shows how important it is that you have one in place. More people do have Lasting Powers of Attorney in relation to their Property and Financial Affairs in place or an old style Enduring Power of Attorney that does remain valid if created correctly prior to 1 October 2007 but Kate’s situation shows how important it is that everyone has one in place in order to ensure that you have done everything you can to make life as easy as possible for your loved ones.

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It is essential that you get your legal documents right and so it is important to use a specialist lawyer experienced in this area of the law and someone who is trained to support people making these crucial complex and difficult decisions. Anita Whelan Chartered Legal Executive at Dixon Stewart New Milton is a member of Solicitors for the Elderly. Solicitors for the Elderly is an independent national organisation of lawyers who provide specialist legal advice for the elderly, vulnerable, their families and their carers. Not only has she gained significant experience in this area of law but she has also undergone a unique qualification focussing on additional skills to enable her to work with older and vulnerable people. She holds an Older Client Care Practice Award. Like all members of Dixon Stewart she is committed to providing a personal, efficient and friendly legal service. You can contact her or her assistant Marie Kilbey on 01425 621515 or by e mail on enquiry@dixonstewart.com. Alternatively you can contact one of her colleagues, Helen Stewart or Victoria Elford in the Highcliffe office of Dixon Stewart on 01425 279222 or again on enquiry@dixonstewart.com. We are here to help.

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For 2 About 12 large raw prawns 1/2 a chopped onion 1 small clove of garlic chopped 1/2 inch of grated or sliced fresh ginger 2 large tomatoes deseed and chop each quarter in two 1 teaspoon red Thai paste 1/2 tin coconut cream 1 tablespoon of coconut oil 1/2 a lime juiced Serve with steamed rice and Pak choy.

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Heat the oil in the sauté pan and add the onion, garlic and ginger, cook gently for 3 minutes and then turn up the heat a bit and add the prawns. Once you have done this turn on the pan containing the Pak choy. Allow the prawns to cook for 3 minutes and then add the tomatoes and Thai paste stirring gently to mix in. Cook a further 3 minutes and then add the coconut cream and the lime juice. Turn down to a simmer and cook for 4 more minutes. I like to serve the curry over the rice with the Pak choy on the side, it's a lovely creamy curry and if you want it a little more hot or less just adjust the amount of curry paste.

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Local History

New Milton Rugby Club

Glendalyn House, Fernhill Lane 2015.

New Milton has many sporting facilities of which to be proud. Tennis, bowling, cricket and football are all played to a very high standard in our parish. However, we can be particularly proud of our rugby club which will be celebrating its centenary in 2024. In the immediate aft ftermath t of World War One and the Spanish influenza epidemic there was a great desire to return to a peaceful life. On 26th September 1920 when the Recreation Ground was unveiled and handed over to the people of New Milton, the Reverend John Edward Kelsall, the driving force behind the creation of ‘The Rec’ said that he hoped that when people were ‘out of health, despondent or ill-humoured’ they would be ‘re-created’ by sport rtt on the ground. New Milton was rapidly developing with houses being built and many people moving into the area. A number of the new arrivals were ex-serv rvicemen v or were middle class families whose sons had attended rugby playing public schools. The New Milton Advert rtiser t of 10th May 1947 report rted t on the first rugby club dinner aft fter t World War 2. Some of the original members

of the club are recorded as stating that the first game took place in 1924 when a New Milton rugby club team took on a BBC team. The match was played on the Recreation Ground and was described as a ‘real how-do-youdo aff ffair’. f The first president of New Milton Rugby Club was Major Alfred Trestrail DSO. He was a local solicitor, parliamentary ryy candidate, staunch support rter t of the local British Legion and the town clerk of New Milton Urban District Council from 1926 to 1932. He was also a founder member of the Grove Tennis Club, now Hale Gardens, as well as on the committee of New Milton football, bowling and cricket clubs. The second President, Wilfred

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Wilfred Hasseldine. Club president and owner of Glendalyn.

Hasseldine, was a great support rter t of the club. He was a master builder who had built Broadcasting House in 1931 and soon aft fter t moved to New Milton where he purchased Glendalyn house on Fernhill Road at the junction with Barrs Avenue. Glendalyn had a large field at the back of the propert rty t which Mr Hasseldine allowed the rugby club to use free of charge from December 1931 through to his death in 1963. This became the first true ‘home’ for the club. There were no changing facilities at the ground. Home and away players had to either change in the Public Hall at the Recreation Ground or later at the Milton Hotel and then drive to the ground. Until 1938 the Club only played in the Christmas and Easter


university and school holidays, successfully attracting players from all over the New Forest area as can be seen from the December 1934 to January ryy 1935 results when the New Milton team played six matches winning five. Some New Milton players went on to play at county and international level including J.S.R. Reeves who played on the wing for England and the British Lions and Drummond St Clair Ford who was capped five times for Scotland. In November 1937 the club had problems in raising a team for the fort rthcoming t Christmas fixtures so merged temporarily with Bournemouth Sport rts t Club to become known as New Forest Wanderers but only four matches are recorded as played. In September 1938 a meeting took place in the New Milton Hotel where the club was reformed as New Milton and District Rugby Club to play for a full season with Mr Hasseldine as president and the home ground at Glendalyn. On 5th of September 1939 Ashley Secondary ryy School opened. This was the first purpose-built school in New Milton that had dedicated playing fields. Aft fter t World War Two it became the first school in the area to play rugby. The school produced some outstanding players who went on to play for New Milton. It is believed that six pre-war members of New Milton Rugby club lost their lives in World War two including Drummond St Clair Ford who was killed whilst commanding a submarine in the Mediterranean. Others included

Milton Hotel c 1920s used for team meetings and as a changing room.

Edward ‘Paddy’ Gunter who, along with his brother had played for the town in the 1930s. Paddy was killed whilst serv rving v as a fighter pilot during the Battle of Britain. The Club closed in 1942 and restart rted t in 1946. One of the challenges to be resolved was that of changing facilities. The club was able to hire a room at the British Legion Hall alongside the Recreation Ground. For £1 a match, the club were off ffered f the use of the smaller hall, the kitchen and a tiled washroom where port rtable t baths could be used. Three tin baths were acquired and these became the only postmatch washing facilities for the next fift fteen t years. Post war the club went from strength to strength. The 1949– 1950 season saw the team notch up twenty ty-five y wins, three defeats and three draws. This included defeating the Bournemouth 1st XV. XV V In 1963 Mr Hasseldine died and his house and grounds were sold. The Club needed to find a new home. They were allowed to use the hut off fff of old Milton road that was the HQ of the Boys Club.

This provided changing rooms, showers and a place for aft fter t match teas. The club was able to rent two rugby pitches at Ashley from Lymington Borough Council. In 1971 the old Ashley Pavilion was extended and renovated to become the clubs permanent home bringing together the pitch, changing facilities and bar all to one location for the first time! This is brief overv rview v of the history ryy of rugby in New Milton and is based on “A Rugby Club. The First Fift fty t Years Of New Milton Rugby 1924-1973” a book recently published and written by three former players Malcolm Mecklenburgh, Nick Mussert rtt and Philip Hutton. The book is available from Malcolm, 01425 614404, price £15.00 should you wish to read more. Nick Saunders Nick Saunders is a local historian who would be pleased to hear from any reader who has information relating to local history ry. y In addition he would be interested to see any postcards or photographs of our district. Tel: 01425 618549


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Nature on your Doorstep ‘Calling the Violet’ by Lucy Larcom Dear Little Violet, Don’t be afraid! Lift your blue eyes From the rocks mossy shade! All the birds call for you Out of the sky; May is here waiting, And here, too, am I.

May is such a beautiful month to be outdoors, there is so much to see and appreciate in nature. The birds are busy breeding, wildflowers are reaching out from the undergrowth and it’s easier to spot all signs of activity in nature. The nightingale (right) s renowned for its beautiful song, melodious notes that you would not expect from such a plain looking bird. Early May is the best time to try and spot one as the males return from their winter in Africa, to defend their territory and attract females. Their determination can make them sing in full view, so now is the time to follow the song and see one if you can. Other birds to watch out for are swifts (below), swallows and house martins. Swifts can be spotted in towns as much

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RSPB NEW FOREST LOCAL GROUP The New Forest local group of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds are hosting an on-line Zoom talk at 7.30pm on Weds 12th May. Tony Bates, member and previous group leader, will present his action photos of birds, mammals and insects “In Flight,” that motivate his passion for photography.

Currently all indoor and outdoor meetings are suspended due to Covid-19 restrictions. For any further information, please email NewForestGroup@RSPB.org.uk or visit the Group’s website www.rspb.org.uk/groups/ newforest. Admission to on-line meetings for non-members is currently £5.00 per event. Railway Club of the New Forest meet on Friday 28th May Via Zoom - Ian Copplestone presents “Transport around the world” Visitors contact the website for details - arrive from 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start. www.railwayclubofthenewforest.org Highcliffe 'Castle Wheelers' community cycle club welcome competent new members! Exercise, enjoyment...and cake! www.castlewheelers.uk/CastleWheelers@mail.com Highcliffe Art Fellowship Our Zoom demonstration on 5th May will be by Sonia Bacchus showing us how to paint architecture in acrylics. On 2nd June Tim Wilmot will paint a Town/Harbour scene in watercolour also via Zoom. Both demonstrations will start at 2pm. Further details can be found on our website– Highcliffe-Art.info. New members welcome.

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The Arts Society New Milton The May 2021 talk is: Cracking Glass: Britain’s Big Four’ Post- War Glass Companies. This talk takes place via Zoom on Thursday 11th March at 10.30am. The link will be sent out in good time. New members and visitors are welcome. For more information please contact Chris Davies on 07768 648604 or Membership Secretary Wendy Hazell on 07766 073096. Thank you.

Cafe Scientifique Highcliffe www.cafescientifiquehighcliffe.org.uk Thurs May 20th 2021 Zoom talk- log on from 6.45pm (Talk starts 7.00pm followed by Q&A) Title: BlueHealth – how “blue spaces” can improve our health and well-being- Dr James Grellier Dr James Grellier is an epidemiologist and environmental scientist with an interest in understanding the effects of the environment on human health. Over the past two decades, he has worked on quantifying the effects of a wide range of environmental stressors on health including drinking water contaminants, radiation, and air pollution, and on environmental justice issues in central Europe. Since 2016, he managed a large international project called BlueHealth, which focused on quantifying the positive effects that the natural environment—in particular blue spaces like coasts, rivers and lakes—can have on human health and well-being. He holds research positions at the European Centre for Environment and Human Health (part of the University of Exeter Medical School) and the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. See website www.cafescientifiquehighcliffe.org.uk (log on for the access link to the talk) Facebook: cafe-scientifique-highcliffe 01425 275959 for more info. ALL WELCOME.

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