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Summer 2016 edition

YOUR CHANCE TO WIN Front row seats at this year’s Air Festival courtesy of The Cumberland Hotel See page 25

Air Festival on a high for 2016 Changing face of Get active this Bournemouth see page 8 summer see page 22

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9 reasons to attend this year’s festival see page 16

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Dorset – the future With summer just around the corner, Bournemouth offers residents a variety of things to see and do over the coming months. There is the ninth Bournemouth Air Festival, numerous sporting and leisure activities and the BSO make a very welcome return to Meyrick Park at the beginning of August.

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Find out on page 10 how you can have a say. Throughout the magazine you can also read how we’re progressing with ‘Building a Better Bournemouth’.

In and around the town 8 ....... Changing Bournemouth 10 ...... Reshaping your council 13 ...... Beach hut life 14 ...... Help tackle litter 15...... The power of flowers 16 ...... Air Festival 17 ...... Summer events 19 ...... Children and education 21 ...... Roads and travel 22 ...... Local sporting activities 24 ...... Parks and leisure 25 ...... Competition 26....... Preventing homelessness 28....... Spotlight on democracy 30....... What’s on?

Councillor John Beesley Leader of the Council

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Also taking place this summer will be public engagement with residents and businesses on Dorset’s options for local government reorganisation. Bournemouth residents will have an opportunity to take part in a survey and attend roadshows to find out more about the options available.

There is now no doubt that it is not financially sustainable for our local councils to carry on as they are. All councils in Dorset are facing unprecedented financial pressures and increasing demand for services, especially in social care. Now is the time to embrace change, get rid of existing complicated structures and drive out inefficiencies in the current set up. We therefore believe that two unitary councils for Dorset is the best way forward. With input from residents and businesses we can reshape the set up of Dorset’s local government to ensure our local communities continue to thrive.

Wishing you a great summer.

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In and around

News from around the borough

the town Cliff monitoring continues following landslip Many of you will be aware that in late April, there was a significant landslip at East Cliff. It demolished the East Cliff toilets and undermined the supporting structure for the East Cliff lift.

We have worked with specialist technical engineers to undertake a detailed assessment of the cliff area and reviewed and examined historical information. A clean-up of the site was then able to take place in May. This involved:  an abseiling team descending from the clifftop to secure the damaged lifts to the running rails before their removal took place

‘FR8’ Café is part of wider Lansdowne area improvements

New café opens at town’s busiest roundabout

A quirky new café built from a renovated shipping freight container, recently opened in the central pedestrian area of a major commuter roundabout in Lansdowne. The roundabout at Holdenhurst Road near the station is being revamped to make the area safer and more attractive. As part of wider improvements, local artist Rick Walker, has designed brightly coloured panels which direct people to key landmarks across the town. Further works this summer will see new lighting installed.

 a 120 tonne mobile crane removing loose debris from the slope and cliff lift areas.

At the time of going to print the clean-up works were still underway so a decision on the long term plan for the affected facilities, including the cliff lift and temporary toilets, hadn’t yet been made.

Get the latest information

You can find up to date information on our website: bournemouth.gov.uk/news or why not sign up to our new email service and receive the latest council news straight to your inbox? Sign up at: bournemouth.gov.uk/emailme `

Councillor Mike Greene, Cabinet Member for Transport, said: “Through these works we have turned a neglected area into a more welcoming place for the millions of visitors and commuters who travel through this part of town.

“Together with the Council's environmental improvements, I am sure the new cafe will make pedestrians' journey to the station more enjoyable and encourage them to use this convenient route."

Built from an old shipping freight container, the new café is open seven days a week and offers a wide range of food and drink to pick up when you’re on the go.



East Cliff landslip pictured before clean-up work began

If you registered to vote before the deadline, then on Thursday 23 June you will have the chance to have your say in the EU referendum.

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For details about polling stations and for further information about how to register to vote in future elections and referendums, visit: bournemouth.gov.uk/elections

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In and around the town

BU Festival of Learning returns

The Festival of Learning 2016 will run from Saturday 25 June to Wednesday 29 June, with a host of free events and activities on offer.

These range from family activities and sporting sessions to professional development and business-focused workshops.  Saturday The Festival kicks off with a Family Day on campus, which is open to all - young and old. Come along and be inspired with a range of fun workshops. Two talks by award-winning adventurer Alastair Humphreys will also feature. He will share stories from his expeditions, including cycling around the world, and discuss his concept of micro-adventures - short and cheap adventures close to home.  Sunday We take our research out to the community: a day of activities off-campus for everyone to enjoy.

 Monday to Wednesday Activities return to campus with an emphasis on events for schools, professional development and networking opportunities.

Don’t forget to visit: bournemouth.ac.uk/fol to register for regular updates and pre-order your copy of the BU Festival brochure.

Rituals and Revelry at the Russell-Cotes

Puppets have always had a mystery and a magic. The Rituals and Revelry exhibition at the Russell-Cotes captures that magic and makes it accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds. The exhibition runs until 8 October. Also at the Russell-Cotes this summer, from 21 June to 14 August, an exhibition of the work of Brian Froud, fantasy illustrator. And from 16 August to 16 October you can see The Art of Flight, a groundbreaking collection of modern aviation art by David Bent. The Russell-Cotes is open from 10am to 5pm, Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays. Admission charges apply, for more information visit: russellcotes.com or telephone: 01202 451858. The Russell-Cotes house, East Cliff Hall, was the home of Merton and Russell-Cotes Annie Russell-Cotes. Building work started in 1897 and it was one of the last Victorian houses to be built in England.


Community celebrations galore

A colourful array of local fun days, festivals and celebrations are once again set to take place over the summer months, showcasing your passion and support to your local communities and neighbourhoods. It’s a time to come together with friends, family and neighbours and enjoy the refreshments, entertainment and stalls provided. Dates for your diary:  Winton Carnival – 25 June  Picnic in the Park, Queen’s Park – 26 June  Southbourne Shake and Stir – 1 to 3 July  Kinson Summer Festival – 2 to 3 July  Bourne Free, LGBT Pride Festival – 8 to 10 July  Slades Farm Festival – 10 July  Poppy Picnic, Muscliff Park – 23 July  Thai Summer Fair, King’s Park – 7 August.

These events are often organised by dedicated volunteers with the support of local traders and businesses. For more information, see the What’s On listing on page 30.

Face painting, picnics and parades this summer

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In and around the town

News from around the borough

Apprentice opportunities How are you? Have you taken Public Health England’s latest coming soon health quiz? Sign up to our jobs email alerts

Over the next few months we will be looking to recruit six office based apprentices in different council departments.

An apprenticeship is a nationally recognised training programme, which combines learning and on the job training. An apprentice can study towards a vocational qualification at the same time as gaining real skills and valuable experience. Apprentices get paid a wage and have paid holidays. We already have a number of apprentices working for us in different roles including trades such as plumbing, carpentry and horticulture as well as office based jobs in customer service and business administration. If you know someone who may be interested in starting an apprenticeship, particularly if they are between 16 and 24 years old, tell them to check our website over the coming months: bournemouth.gov.uk/jobs or sign up to our new email alerts for council job opportunities at: bournemouth.gov.uk/emailme

Our lifestyles can be unhealthier than we think. Everyday habits and behaviours, such as eating too much unhealthy food, drinking more than is recommended, continuing to smoke and not being active enough, contribute to around 40% of all deaths in England. The national One You campaign helps people avoid future diseases caused by modern day life. You can take a quick quiz to find out your personal health score. Then start the fight back to a healthier you.

Take the One You quiz and find out more at: nhs.uk/oneyou

Get the support you need

If you would like support to change your lifestyle and habits for the better then contact LiveWell Dorset, a free service for people who live in Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset.

Wellness advisors are available Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm on: 01305 233105 or visit: livewelldorset.co.uk

Look out for signs of forced marriage

Schools will soon wind down for the summer, and everyone is looking forward to the holidays. But for some children the six-week break is a time of fear and dread as an estimated 350 children in the UK will become the victim of a forced marriage.

Signs suggesting a child may be vulnerable to forced marriage include:

Councillor Nicola Greene, Cabinet Member for Education and Children’s Services, said: “We want to raise awareness of this issue so that people are alert to the problem of forced marriages, particularly over the school holidays. This is because many cases affect children aged under 16.”

• Running away, truanting, prolonged or persistent absence from school.

Forced marriage is illegal in the UK. It is where one or both people do not, or cannot, consent to marriage. Pressure in the form of threats and abuse is used.


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• Young person being anxious or fearing the school holidays

• Family members restricting a young person’s freedom • Young person being prevented from continuing their education

You can report any concerns to the Police on 101, or if you believe a child is in immediate danger, dial 999. The Karma Nirvana charity can also offer advice on: 0800 5999 247.

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In and around the town

New to You Shop – open to Bournemouth residents

New to You is a service giving everyday items a new home at affordable prices, it supports local people and reduces the cost of waste disposal by re-using items that would otherwise be thrown away. The New to You Shop, located in Poole, now receives weekly deliveries from Millhams Community Recycling Centre so it is well stocked with a variety of products. These include furniture, crockery and glassware, toys, sporting goods, DIY goods and lots more.

Millhams Community Recycling Centre is now run by Borough of Poole on our behalf and the reuse shop has been removed from the site. Reusable items are instead sold at their New to You shop, which is also open to Bournemouth residents.

You can find the shop at Cabot Lane Depot, Albany Business Park, Cabot Lane, BH17 7BX (behind the IMO Car Wash and next to Dolphin Indoor Bowls Club). Open every Saturday between 10am and 2pm. Please note that the store is cash only. For more information about the shop visit: poole.gov.uk/newtoyou or for details about Millhams Community Recycling Centre visit: bournemouth.gov.uk/millhams

Love your loo: wet wipes belong in the bin

A blocked drain must be high on the list of worst nightmares in the home, particularly if the problem can be traced back to your own bathroom.

Around 400 blockages are reported in Bournemouth every year. Wessex Water say that many of these could be prevented if so called ‘flushable’ wet wipes were removed from the drains and sewers.

Luke Beattie, from Wessex Water, has seen the damage wet wipes can cause when flushed down the lavatory. He said: “They are marketed as flushable but that just means they will go round the u-bend, but often we find they don’t break down and cause blockages.”

Four skips per week are sent from the Holdenhurst Treatment Works to landfill sites, and Wessex Water is urging residents to tell neighbours and relatives not to flush wet wipes.

Try your hand at Mini-Golf on Boscombe Pier

Britain’s first pier mini golf that feeds the fish too We’ve recently launched a new mini golf facility at the end of Boscombe Pier, with golf balls that feed the fish.

The 18 hole course uses an ecological and biodegradable golf ball that contains fish food in its core. When the player gets to the last hole the ball goes into the sea and feeds the fish. Councillor Lawrence Williams, Cabinet Member for Tourism, Leisure and the Arts, said: “We’re constantly looking to improve the seafront offer for our visitors and this is something that they can have fun with whilst also helping to improve the marine environment here at Boscombe Beach. I can’t wait to try it.” The Mini Golf is open on Boscombe Pier from 10am to 6pm daily and the prices are:  £4 adults, £3 under 16s and £12 for families (up to two adults, three children).

For more information, visit: piergolf.co.uk

For further information visit: wessexwater.co.uk/binit

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Town centre improvements

Building a Better Bournemouth  Exeter Road leisure scheme

Changing Bournemouth  Housing and new restaurant

Cranes on the town’s skyline

With more cranes still rising up in the town centre landscape, Bournemouth’s rejuvenation continues to take shape. In fact, there’s around £50 million of public and private sector investment work currently underway. Recently finished projects have helped provide housing for firsttime buyers, student accommodation, new hotels and public parking spaces. These include the Hilton developments, The Citrus Building, Madeira Road multi-storey car park, and buildings for the Arts University Bournemouth.

A private developer is due to finish its new leisure scheme at Exeter Road this autumn. It will feature cinemas, shops and restaurants. Meanwhile, the Town Centre Vision work takes another step forward with a number of developments being delivered through The Bournemouth Development Company (BDC), which is our 50/50 partnership with Morgan Sindall Investments.

The Hilton Hotel developments


Here’s a round-up of some of our new projects underway:

Berry Court – quality homes and public car parking Councillors have given the go ahead to enter into an agreement with a private rented sector operator to offer high quality accommodation at Berry Court. It is planned to develop 113 flats and a multi-storey public car park at the site. This means that the new homes will be put into the private rental market to improve the quality of rented flats in Bournemouth. The development at Berry Court will include fully replacing the 155 space public car park, meaning no car parking spaces will be lost.

As part of the agreement Bournemouth Development Company will build the new homes and car park funded by the private rental sector operator who will own the flats and return the car park to council-ownership.

Durley Road

Plans to develop new homes at Durley Road car park are currently underway. The scheme involves a block of 40 apartments for sale plus residents’ parking. A planning application for the development will be submitted in July.

Pavilion Gardens Bournemouth’s cultural quarter

We’re currently exploring plans to create a cultural quarter at one of Bournemouth’s most prominent town centre locations. Bath Road North car park is one of the most important sites within the Town Centre Vision sitting prominently alongside the Pavilion, with dramatic views of the seafront and Purbeck Hills. Planning for the site is in the early stages and we are looking at the development potential of the area of land to the side of the Pavilion Theatre. Any development will create the opportunity to redefine this key destination.

Councillor John Beesley, Leader of the Council, said: “The Council’s approach to the development at Bath Road North car park will be thorough and considered. We are in the early stages of planning and any development will need to be of high architectural quality, respecting the views of the Purbeck Hills, enhancing the neighbouring Pavilion and creating a strong and positive visual identity for Bournemouth.”

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Local government

Residents’ views sought

See the bigger picture Reshaping your council: have your say This summer, all councils in Dorset will be asking residents across the county for their views on proposals to change local government structures. Here’s your essential guide to why change is necessary, the options being considered and how you can have your say. Why change?

The government is providing opportunities for more power to be devolved to local areas. It wants to see reforms that enable councils to carry on delivering good quality services whilst also promoting local economic growth. To be given more control over local decision-making and better access to funds to follow-through on these decisions, the government requires councils to modernise.

Added to this, it is not financially sustainable for councils to carry on as they are. All councils in Dorset are facing unprecedented financial pressures. Across the nine Dorset councils we will lose £100million in government grant funding by 2020, while demand for services is rising. Before long, nearly all local government money will be spent on social care, meaning very little available for anything other than basic statutory services.

So what are the proposals?

Across Dorset, there are town and parish councils, district and borough councils, unitary councils (including Bournemouth) and a county council. These structures are expensive and inefficient and do not meet the needs of a modern, thriving county.

All Dorset councils, including Bournemouth, have agreed to work together on looking at options for local government


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reform in Dorset. This could include replacing the nine different councils that exist now with fewer unitary councils, most likely two. We think this offers the opportunity to get rid of existing complicated structures and to reduce costs by cutting out duplication and becoming even more efficient.

What are the options?

At the time of going to print, all nine Dorset councils were in the process of agreeing the options, ready for public consultation. This public consultation starts in summer, and is being conducted by an independent research company. You can find out more about the options on our website at: bournemouth.gov.uk/ReshapingYourCouncil At this stage, our preferred approach is for one new ‘South East Dorset’ urban unitary council delivering all local government services in Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch and the area currently covered by East Dorset District Council, along with a second new unitary council delivering all local government services across the rural part of Dorset. We think that delivering services and planning for the needs of the whole of the conurbation makes the most sense and will bring the greatest benefits to all the people living in that area. We also believe that the knock-on effects of a thriving, joined-up council, will benefit the wider county, which has very different needs to the rural communities living there.

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Timetable for proposed changes to local government

Local government

What are the benefits for Bournemouth residents?

How people live and work isn’t defined by council boundaries. Our thriving county includes a residential hub and economy made up of the Port of Poole, Bournemouth International Airport, two universities and many thriving industrial companies and business parks as well as rural businesses and homes.

Just two unitary councils focusing on the needs of residents and businesses will remove artificial boundaries that existing council structures create. Having fewer councils that respond better to the area’s characteristics will not only save money and deliver better value, but will also create opportunities to maintain and improve services for local people. Councillor John Beesley, Leader of the Council, said: “Whilst Bournemouth has a preferred option no decisions have yet been made. We want to hear what our residents like and don’t like and fully understand any concerns. Once these views are known all councils will work together on a final proposal.”

Improving transport planning

How can I have my say?

All Dorset councils are working together to seek the views of residents, businesses and others. This will help us better understand your views, draw out any concerns and know more about the potential effects on local people. Public engagement will start this summer.

Planning housing for the area

You may be randomly selected by an independent research company to have a say by completing a survey. This will ask you what you think about the area, what is important to you about local government and its services, and what the impacts – good or bad – might be for each of the options. If you are not selected, you can still take part. The survey will also be available online, with copies available in local libraries for those who want to have their say.

I want to know more

We will be holding a series of roadshows around Bournemouth for people to come and talk to us about these proposals. A full list of roadshow locations and further information can be found at: bournemouth.gov.uk/ReshapingYourCouncil

Rich heritage

Timetable for change Date

What happens

Autumn 2016

Results of public engagement available

Summer 2016

Winter 2016/17 Winter 2016/17 Spring 2017 Spring/summer 2017

Global employers

“Reshaping your council” public engagement with residents and businesses

Dorset councils consider public responses

Dorset councils agree final proposal for the new structure of local government across the county

A Premier League profile

Proposal submitted to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

Legislation goes through Parliament to change Dorset’s council structures

Stunning architecture

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Beach life

Developing a world-class seafront

A home from home at the beach Boscombe beach pod interior

Beach huts offer great family fun

Artist’s impression of overnight stay huts

From the traditional ‘bungalow’ to brightly coloured huts and funky pods. Bournemouth’s iconic beach huts are loved by both locals and visitors alike. And from this autumn, work to build the town’s first ever overnight stay huts at Manor Steps (Boscombe) will begin. Overnight stay huts coming to Manor Steps

The 15 new overnight stay huts will offer high quality selfcatering accommodation for up to six people, over two floors. Complete with French doors opening onto a private decking area, these huts will feature an internal shower, a toilet and a kitchen unit with an electric hob, fridge and microwave. Huts will also have wifi. Facilities in the wider Manor Steps area will also be improved. We will build a new catering kiosk, introduce lighting to the zigzag and provide a small, seasonally staffed Beach Office. We have already refurbished the nearby public toilets.

Super huts arrive in Southbourne

Meanwhile, over in Southbourne 21 new ‘super huts’ have been built. At 4.3m x 2.3m, the super huts are larger than traditional huts and are similar in style to the popular super huts at Alum Chine.

Beach Hut


The investment is part of our Seafront Strategy, a long term plan to develop a world-class seafront that will enhance the natural assets of the coastline and create public spaces and facilities to inspire new generations of visitors.

Councillor Lawrence Williams, Cabinet Member for Tourism, Leisure and the Arts, said: “I am delighted that we are able to progress with this exciting new development on Bournemouth’s seafront. The new overnight stay beach huts will be the first of its kind in Bournemouth and will be perfect for those who are eager to stay at a stunning seafront location.”

Work to create the new huts and the wider improvements are planned to start in September and are expected to finish in spring 2017. We will continue to work closely with beach hut tenants in the area to minimise any disruption.

The overnight stay huts will be designed and built by a local company and will be available for visitors to hire on a short term rental basis all year round.

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Bournemouth built the UK’s first municipal beach huts, or bungalows as they were then called, in 1909. A blue plaque commemorates the site of the first hut. In 2011 we introduced accessible beach huts at Boscombe. Today, over two hundred and fifty beach huts are available for weekly, daily and period hire along Bournemouth’s seven mile stretch of beach.

Find out more

The site of the UK’s first municipal beach hut

If you want to book a beach hut visit: bournemouthbeachhuts.co.uk for details.

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Waste and recycling

Keeping our town and seafront litter free

Be a hero and help keep our town clean Beach cleaning stations now located at the seafront

With summer on the way we’re all likely to spend more time out and about. There’s nothing worse than seeing litter in our public spaces, ruining the environment and posing a hazard to animals and wildlife. Hundreds of litter bins are provided all across the borough and emptied on a regular basis. In the summer we rake the beaches by tractor every morning and manually litter pick the beach twice a day. Yet litter still has a nasty habit of lingering about. Local people are helping to fight back and a new beach initiative is helping visitors to do their bit too.

Join Bournemouth Litter Squad

We want to make litter picking in the community simple and fun for people of all ages. As part of our Green Goals project with AFC Bournemouth, we have launched the Bournemouth Litter Squad and have litter pick starter kits to hand out.

Kits are designed for anyone who lives or works in Bournemouth and can be used to pick up litter in your area as often as you like. Each kit includes gloves, a high-visibility vest, a litter picker and black bags. So far we have over 170 community volunteers from 17 organisations litter picking across the borough.

If you would like a starter kit or want to find out more, please email: recycle@bournemouth.gov.uk


Four new beach cleaning stations have been unveiled along Bournemouth beach to encourage beachgoers to help keep our coast litter free. The idea is that you can borrow a litter picker and bag from the station, spend a couple of minutes collecting litter, then share your efforts on Twitter or Instagram using #2minutebeachclean #Dorset.

Stations are available on the promenade every day and are kept stocked up by our Seafront team. #2minutebeachclean participants are encouraged to dispose of their collected litter in the existing public litter bins on or near the beach.

To discover more about #2minutebeachclean, visit: litterfreecoastandsea.co.uk or contact 01305 221752.

seeing litter about – pick it Four things you can do 3 Ifup.youYouhate might feel a bit embarrassed Help reduce the amount of waste you produce. at first but there’s lots of community 1 For example, make the switch to reusable cups minded people who pick up after the next time you buy a hot drink on the go and help reduce the billions of disposable cups thrown away each year.

Always put your litter in the bin, obviously! Even 2 better, take it with you and dispose of it at home.


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those who are less considerate.

problems such as fly tipping 4 Report (illegally dumped waste in public places). Report it online at: bournemouth.gov.uk/flytipping

Our seafront ranger demos the #2minutebeachclean equipment 

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Bournemouth in Bloom news

Nature and gardening

The Power of flowers Many of us spend endless hours nurturing our plants, tending our gardens, patios or hanging baskets. Horticulture has the power to help make our lives greener, healthier and happier. Even if you don’t have your own garden, just take a look at your local green spaces and other recreational areas to enjoy. Shrubs, trees and flowers add visual interest and bring benefits to our health and wellbeing.

RHS Britain in Bloom is a nationwide community gardening campaign to transform areas and it helps people to improve their local environment. Local groups participate in the ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ campaign each year, focusing on community action to transform spaces.

Bournemouth in Bloom has been running for over 30 years and has achieved great success in local, regional and national competitions. Individual residents, businesses and ‘In Bloom’ local areas participate with their creations. Plus, there’s South and South East (SSE) in Bloom judged in July. We won gold in the coastal town category last year and have been selected to take part in this year’s RHS Britain in Bloom national competition.

Bournemouth’s environment is important to all of us and huge efforts from individuals, groups and communities are helping to maintain and transform even the smallest of verges to the largest of natural open spaces.

So if you’re passionate about gardening, environmental issues or Bournemouth’s natural environment, keep up to date with the latest Bournemouth in Bloom news and show your support by visiting: bournemouthinbloom.co.uk

King’s Park Nursery – open for the summer season

Calling all keen gardeners, don’t forget to come and browse the great range of plants and shrubs at King’s Park Nursery. There’s even a new loyalty card scheme to give customers some great savings. The nursery is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 4pm and is located in King’s Park – access via Christchurch Road entrance.

Many new volunteers have joined the nursery this year, but we’re always looking to welcome more. Just call Chris to find out about opportunities on: 01202 427581 or email: kingsparkplants@bournemouth.gov.uk

Have you signed up for the Garden Waste Scheme?

Did you know that we’ve had 18,500 registrations for paid garden waste collections so far? As a result, we’ve collected over 1,160 tonnes of garden waste from February to May. If you haven’t signed up yet, there’s still plenty of time to make the most of the scheme. Collections run until 16 December and the fee is £35 (or a £50 collection fee for two bins).

To register and pay using a debit or credit card visit: bournemouth.gov.uk/gardenwaste

It will take a few weeks to deliver your calendar, sticker and bins (if needed) before your collections start.

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Air Festival 2016

9 reasons to make a date with Bournemouth Air Festival

A flying start to your summer entertainment

Are you ready for the 2016 Bournemouth Air Festival? The UK’s best aviation event will be back from 18 to 21 Au displays, on the ground action and evening entertainment. Now in its ninth year, here’s nine reasons to show yo


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You will find exhibition stands, stalls and refreshments on offer between Bournemouth and Boscombe Piers from 10am to 6pm Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Traders also have the option to stay open until 10pm on every evening except Sunday. So, whether you are interested in tasting or sampling different foods, learning new things or seeking an adrenaline rush, there’s something for everyone.





If you love the Armed Forces, then you will be in your element. The Royal Navy will be back with a fleet of vessels in the bay. Beach assault demonstrations are a must see and make sure you visit the interactive Royal Navy, Army and Royal Marines’ villages on the seafront and RAF village area at Pier Approach.


When the sun goes down that doesn’t mean the end to all the fun - Night Air will light up the skies with pyrotechnic night flying, street entertainment, live music and military performances (Thursday, Friday and Saturday).

Find out more




We welcome back the RAF Typhoon, Royal Navy Black Cats Helicopter Display Team, Tigers Parachute Display Team, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and The Blades.

Since 2011 the Festival has raised an estimated £100,000 for the Air Festival charities through selling souvenir brochures and charity wristbands and those that have joined the Patrons’ Club scheme. This year’s military nominated charities are the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and the Jon Egging Trust. Find out more about Patrons at: bournemouthair.co.uk/business


The awesome Red Arrows have displayed 26 times since 2008 and this year the team will be flying on all four days. Squadron Leader David Montenegro, Red 1, said: “There’s always a phenomenal response from everyone at the Air Festival. We’re really looking forward to seeing another packed seafront and displaying to hundreds of thousands of people, see you all in August!”

The Air Festival brochure is a great keepsake and will help you make the most of the event. Plus, for every brochure sold, money will be donated to the Air Festival charities. Brochures are available to order online from early July and are on sale from the first week of August. Check the website for outlets or visit the Tourist Information Centre at Pier Approach or Daily Echo office on Richmond Hill.

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The Swiss Air Force Super Puma Display Team will be demonstrating the incredible agility and remarkable power of the Super Puma helicopters. Also, new this year is the SandBar, offering a superb day and nighttime alternative to the more formal corporate hospitality marquee. The SandBar will have a fantastic beach front location and a selection of delicious food. If you want a fabulous family day out you will need to book a place at the SandBar by visiting: bournemouthair.co.uk/hospitality


Typically, there will be more than 20 hours of flying displays at this year’s event. In fact, since 2008 there have been more than 112 hours of displays.


You can do more than spectate at the Air Festival. Why not get involved and volunteer to be a Festival Maker? Our volunteers are vital in helping people with directions, giving out maps, as well as assisting with information about what’s going on, when and where. If you’re interested in being a Festival Maker, email us: festival.makers@bournemouth.gov.uk

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Summer Live takes place in the Square from 1 July to 14 August. Expect free live acoustic music and entertainment, an outdoor bar, live art demonstrations and more.

Fireworks will once again be lighting up the summer sky above Bournemouth Pier at 10pm on Friday evenings from 29 July to 26 August.

Candlelight Nights is a free event for children, taking place at dusk on Wednesday 3, 10, 17 and 24 August. Join in with the lighting of thousands of candles in coloured glass jars to see the Lower Gardens transformed in one of Bournemouth’s oldest and most enduring traditions. The Luna Cinema returns to The Waterfront at Pier Approach from 9 to 12 August. Experience the magic of outdoor movies at a seafront location. For prices, films and showings, visit: thelunacinema.com

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The seafront hosts the P1 Bournemouth Grand Prix of the Sea event over a weekend on 3 to 4 September. Powerboat P1 is the fastest growing marine motorsport series in the world. Race courses are close to shore, tight and fast, making it a great spectacle. For details visit: p1superstock.co.uk

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For more information about these and other events in and around Bournemouth, visit: bournemouth.co.uk

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Information for parents and carers

Children and education

Funded early education for two year olds

Kids get arty at the Russell-Cotes

Don’t let the kids be bored this summer holiday, there’s so much on offer at the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum. From 26 July to 31 August there are ‘Creative Tuesday’ sessions for £5 and ‘Workshop Wednesdays’ for £6, both limited places and booking required. Or drop into the ‘Themed Thursday’ creative craft sessions which only cost £3.50. For full details and more information, visit: russellcotes.com, follow us on Twitter @Russell_Cotes or like us on Facebook. Telephone lines are open 10am to 4:30pm Tuesday to Sunday on: 01202 451820.

The early education funding covers up to 15 hours of childcare a week and can be used at local nurseries, pre-schools and childminders to help support your child’s development.

Summer activities at your local library

We’re offering a fantastic free activity at Bournemouth Libraries for children aged five to 12 during the summer holidays.

This year’s Summer Reading Challenge The Big Friendly Read - celebrates 100 years of Roald Dahl’s popular stories. Every child who signs up will be given an awesome collector folder. As they take part in the challenge to read six library books, they will receive collector cards to complete their folder.

There will be other rewards to collect and a medal for all who finish the challenge. Bournemouth Libraries also need young people aged 13 to 24 to volunteer to help us run The Big Friendly Read. Could you or someone you know help?

To find out more, visit: bournemouth.gov.uk/libraries. It’s free to join the library, to borrow books and to take part in The Big Friendly Read.

Do you have a two-year-old? If so, you may be able to claim funding to help pay for childcare. Two’s Too is a scheme that allows eligible children to receive free early education from the funding period after their second birthday.

Don’t wait for the holidays…

Your children can get reading now with their local library. Try BookTrack 100 – the popular reading challenge for children throughout the year. Read books of your choice, tell library staff about them and collect stickers and badges. Find out more at: bournemouth.gov.uk/booktrack

Make sure your child isn’t missing out by finding out if you are eligible using our online checker. Alternatively, visit your local children’s centre or the Children’s Information Service who will be able to discuss your personal situation and confirm if your child can receive the funding.

To find out more and for help finding suitable childcare for your two-yearold, please contact your local children’s centre or the Children’s Information Service on: 01202 456222 or email them at: cis@bournemouth.gov.uk. Information and the online checker can be found by visiting: bournemouth.gov.uk/two

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Roads and travel

Transport information

Cashless parking - are you registered?

‘Getting About’ smartcard now available A new Getting About card has been introduced and it’s the smarter way for bus users to travel around Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch.

The Getting About smartcard costs just £5 for adults and £3 for children and provides a handy way to buy your one-day unlimited travel on local buses.

You can use the card as often as you need for one day’s travel on Yellow Buses, More Bus and First buses within the valid area of the three towns. You will need to get a smartcard before you travel which is available from: The travel information office at Bournemouth Station (underneath Asda) Yellow Buses enquiry office, Avenue Road

More Bus enquiry office – Poole Bus station.

Once you have your card with at least one day’s travel added, you can then start using it and can top it up on the bus for further trips. Old style Getting About paper tickets are still available to buy from bus drivers at a cost of £5.80 (adults) and £3.60 (children).

We hope to make improvements to the service in the future. For now, more information including terms and conditions can be found at: bournemouth.gov.uk/gettingaboutcard or look out for information leaflets.

Changes to cashless parking

Residents, shoppers and visitors parking in Bournemouth are reminded to register with the town’s new cashless parking provider, PayByPhone (not to be confused with the old provider ‘phoneandpay’). The cashless parking service, PayByPhone is easy to use and can be accessed online, via mobile app and by phone.

A key benefit of PayByPhone is that it lets you top up your parking session remotely. You can also choose to receive an alert on your phone when your parking session time is running low. You can then decide if you want to return to your car or top up quickly using the app or automated phone service. Last year, PayByPhone was one of the first apps to be available for the Apple Watch meaning PayByPhone users can check time remaining, and top up, with just a few taps to the wrist.

To register with PayByPhone visit: paybyphone.co.uk or download the app. Alternatively, you can phone: 01202 217070.

Cycle training to boost your confidence

Cycling is the perfect way to enjoy the local area whilst getting fit and boosting your wellbeing. We want to help you stay safe when you are travelling on your bike regardless of your age or experience. We offer free ‘Bikeability’ cycle training for ten to 15 year olds as well as separate sessions for adults (over 16s).

Bikeability is the modern day cycling proficiency. Sessions are currently free and take place at King’s Park Cycle Centre on most Saturdays and during most school holidays, from March to October. Each course takes two mornings or two afternoons to complete. Places are limited, to book and find out more about Bikeability and adult cycle training, visit: bournemouth.gov.uk/cycletraining or call 01202 454636.

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Summer activities

It’s never too late to take up a sport

Get out and get active

There’s a range of sports available in your local park

Keeping healthy and active is good for our bodies and minds and it’s never too late to try a new sport. There are all kinds of activities happening across our parks and gardens throughout the year. For instance you can learn orienteering at Queen’s Park, cycle in the Velodrome or even play ping pong in the Lower Gardens as part of our new Ping! project with Table Tennis England. Our sports pitches, bowling greens, tennis courts and athletics centre are all available for hire by clubs, teams or individuals and there are many marked trails and pathways across our parks to discover. So, grab your kit and we’ll see you outside.

Cycling at Slades Farm

Did you know we have our own Velodrome, with access for all? Bournemouth Cycling Centre is an Olympic-sized 250m banked tarmac track at Slades Farm.

The centre is available for booking by all clubs, organisations and individuals. You do need to have a coach on site with you at all times, so booking is essential – whatever your level or ability. We now manage the centre bookings in partnership with Active Dorset. If you want to book please email: sports@bournemouth.gov.uk or call: 01202 456874. For more information visit: bournemouth.cc

Give orienteering a go We’ve teamed up with Wessex Orienteering Club to encourage people to try this fun sport that’s suitable for all ages. You can walk, jog or run around a course with no set route. The aim being to navigate between fixed control points, marked on a unique orienteering map, in the quickest time by deciding the best route for you.

Local sessions start at 1:30pm and finish by 4pm, taking place at: • Queen’s Park on 17 July - meet at the play area next to the golf shop • Slades Farm on 27 August - meet at the fenced play area with the zip wire • Bournemouth Uni Urban on 17 September meet outside the Sport BU reception.

The cost is £6 adults and £3 for children including a map and electronic timing chip. Qualified coaches will be on hand to give help and advice before you start. You will need to wear suitable active clothing and footwear. For more information visit: wessex-oc.org


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It’s a ping thing

Ping! is a free street table tennis project that takes place in towns and cities all over England. Bournemouth was selected as this year’s venue for the national launch of Ping!, which took place on 10 June.

Throughout the summer watch out for tables popping up all over our parks and gardens, giving you the opportunity to play ping pong for free. There’s no catch, just grab bats and a ball (at the side of tables) and play away. Some tables will eventually find permanent homes after the Ping! event. For more information visit: bournemouth.gov.uk/ping

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Newly refurbished opticians celebrate with an open day LOCAL SUCCESS STORY

Go-ahead optician Parley Optometrists says visitors will be able to enjoy discounted frames and lenses PLUS demos, showcases and free samples Local success story Parley Optometrists have recently undergone extensive refurbishment and now boast a state-ofthe-art practice with no less than four testing rooms in order to keep pace with increasing demand.

To celebrate the new milestone and to showcase whatʼs on offer in the upgraded practice, the trail-blazing opticians are holding an open day on July 2nd with special guests set to attend including a life-sized Mini-on!*

Parley Optometrists began life back in 2002 as a small family opticians, started by father and son team Steve & Rob Jones but quickly began to make a name for itself attracting national awards for its technically advanced range of treatments and services.

The practice has been short-listed no less than 14 times for various national awards in its relatively short lifetime - something owner and senior Optometrist Rob Jones is keen to point out is not just down to the heavy investment in new technology but also to the professionalism and committment of the team working alongside him: “Itʼs been incredible to think back on our journey so far. We started up with

the vision of offering people the kind of optical care which wasnʼt freely available on the high street. Our founding principle was to be at the forefront of ocular technology - and this is still our slogan sixteen years later! The team here have really bought into this guiding principle and thatʼs partly what has led to our success.”

So why has Parley Optometrists been so successful? “Being a bit of a perfectionist myself, I was keen to buy the best technology on the market so we could offer patients unrivalled eyecare” said Rob, ”I didnʼt really imagine being short-listed for so many national awards though - let alone winning any!”

Since their humble beginnings, the practice has grown to over 8,000 registered patients leaving Rob with the enviable problem of finding a solution to continue to keep patients happy: “We were victims of our own success” he admits, “We were getting lots of recommendations but our waiting list for eye tests was getting longer. It was clear that we had to grow and quickly. We were running out of time and space to be able to see the volume of people who were looking for eye tests. We took on even more specialist staff and put

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then we found that we were struggling to keep up with the increasing demand. It was inevitable that we would have to have a full refurbishment which has now led to four testing rooms plus dedicated screening and treatment areas.”

The practice has also enlarged its range of spectacles and contact lenses with eyecatching new display areas, and is now able to offer top designer names such as Versace, Prada and Tiffany alongside its great value everyday frames. The Open Day is on Saturday 2 July at 127 New Road, West Parley BH22 8EB and will offer great one-off deals on leading designer frames with generous discounts on top lenses. A raffle including top prizes such as a Nikon camera will also be raising funds for Dorset Blind Association whilst those looking for professional advice may find the demos and presentations helpful. Younger visitors will also love having their picture taken with a Mini-on!* Call 01202 575759 for more information.



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100’s of Giveaways and Free Samples Great discounts on selected frames & lenses Special demonstrations and advice on eye health Raffle which is raising funds for Dorset Blind Association Prizes to include: Nikon Camera A pair of premium lenses Bottles of wine Meet a Mini-on!* Showcases from some of the best-loved designer names

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Parks and leisure

Bringing history to life Hengistbury Head is well-loved by locals as a place of leisure - to walk, take in the views and get close to nature. But did you know that Hengistbury Head is a Scheduled Ancient Monument? It’s also a great place to learn about how humans have used and shaped this exceptional landscape. Archaeological excavations have helped unlock the secrets of the past. The human occupation of Hengistbury Head started with nomadic hunters setting up temporary camps around 12,000 years ago. Following this a community of people settled there. And during the late Iron Age, it became an international trading centre and port with links to the continent. You too can discover more about our fascinating history by visiting the Archaeology Gallery at the Visitor Centre. We also bring history to life with events for all the family, run by volunteers. These include:

Making and decorating pots on 27 July, 1pm to 4pm. Get inspiration from our collection and then have a go at making your own pots. Small fee (£1) to cover the cost of materials. No need to book. Flint-knapping workshop on 27 July, 2pm to 4pm. Learn to make hunting gear and behave like a Stone Age hunter. Free, no need to book. Cave Art on 6 August, 1pm to 4pm. Experimental archaeology, wall and tile painting. Fun for all ages. £1 per tile. No need to book.

Meyrick Park hosts major event

We’re delighted to be working with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra to bring back the much-loved weekend of outdoor concerts at Meyrick Park this August.

The weekend opens with a Classical Extravaganza on Friday 5 August featuring popular classical music including Ride of the Valkyries, Carmen, Star Wars and many more.

Saturday 6 August sees the return of the famous ABBA Symphonic Spectacular, with a quartet of singers conducted by Pete Harrison and backed by the BSO performing the endless number of evergreens by the pop superstars.

The Family Funday Sunday from midday on 7 August is filled with fun musical events including a Family Orchestra, a Big Sing, Inspiration Choir Southampton, and more. The day finishes with a show of lasers, lights and fireworks choreographed to a specially created soundtrack.

Councillor John Beesley, Leader of the Council, said: “This will be one of the biggest and most spectacular events of the summer in Bournemouth and we are absolutely thrilled to be able to help make it happen.”

Tickets are on sale from the BSO on: 01202 669925 or bsolive.com, from BH Live Tickets on: 0844 576 3000 and in person from the Pavilion and the BIC.


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Exclusive competition for BH Life readers

Win front row seats for this year’s Air Festival at The Cumberland Hotel Proudly sitting atop the East Cliff, the splendours of The Cumberland Hotel’s art deco surroundings await the winners of this fantastic summer competition. You could win one of their renowned luxury brunches while enjoying the Bournemouth Air Festival from what has to be one of the best viewing places in the town.

The prize is for one group of up to four people and will include a glass of champagne* on arrival along with their famous luxury brunch. You will also get to enjoy their luscious strawberries and cream.

The Cumberland Hotel has so much to offer. It’s home to Ventana Grand Café, a two rosette brasserie which has established itself as a firm favourite with locals and visitors alike. Stepping out onto the Miami inspired poolside lido deck you may get that feeling of being abroad with green palms, a turquoise pool and relaxing chill beds. The lucky winner will enjoy their prize on Thursday 18 August. As well as the glass of champagne* on arrival, additional drinks can be purchased separately from the bar. The hotel’s ever helpful waiting staff are also on hand to take your orders. All you need to do is sit back, relax and enjoy this annual air festival from your prominent vantage point.

Congratulations to our competition winners from the spring magazine – Gill Hickson received a pair of tickets for The Glenn Miller Orchestra, whilst Zac Farley, Pam Wilks and Win Barton each received family tickets to Marwell Zoo.

T&Cs apply.*Champagne can be substituted for non-alcoholic beverage if preferred. Alcohol cannot be offered to under 18s and people who look under this age may be asked for ID. The prize is to be taken only on Thursday 18 August and is not transferable. It is not permitted for it to be sold and it cannot be used with any other offers. Full T&Cs: bournemouth.gov.uk/bhlife

How to enter

To be in with a chance of winning this spectacular prize just answer this simple question: How many rosettes has Ventana Grand Café been awarded? A) 2 B) 4 C) 6

Email your answer and contact details to: bhlife@bournemouth.gov.uk or send a postal entry to: BH Life competition, Bournemouth Borough Council, Town Hall, Bournemouth, BH2 6DY. Closing date: 1 August 2016

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Practical help and advice available

Helping those in need Our Housing team provides support and information

Being homeless or under threat of becoming homeless can be one of the most difficult and isolating experiences a person can go through. We recognise this as an issue in Bournemouth, as it is in most towns and cities across the UK, and have support services in place ready to help those in need. Homelessness comes in a number of different forms and there are a number of reasons why people find themselves in this situation. It could be that someone is staying with friends or family on an ad hoc basis, squatting or in other insecure accommodation. But the most severe and visible form of homelessness is rough sleeping.

What we are doing to prevent homelessness?

Each month we receive up to 1,000 queries from people who are homeless or threatened with becoming homeless. We encourage people to seek help early, so they can access the wide range of services we have available. We want to help people who are facing these difficulties and prevent their situation from deteriorating.

Councillor Robert Lawton, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: ”Nobody likes to think of someone sleeping rough and we actively encourage people in this situation to talk to us and access support. We fund a rough sleeper outreach team and provide around 200 hostel bed spaces. Some people who are rough sleeping become entrenched on the street and can initially struggle to engage with the support on offer. Our assertive approach involves not ‘giving up’ on these individuals, being persistent and continuing to work to develop meaningful interactions.”


Nobody likes to think of someone sleeping rough and we actively encourage people in this situation to talk to us and access support.

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Meet Dave

Dave fell on hard times and was struggling to cope with his alcoholism. Dave joined the army at 17 and fell into a drinking culture, which also continued after he left and was working in other jobs. His marriage ended and subsequent relationships broke down. Dave’s drinking escalated and alcohol began to take over his life. He stopped working, lost his home and was in and out of hostels and sleeping rough. We reached out to him and arranged for a bed in a detox unit. He was there for two years, learning new skills and is now volunteering at the night shelter.

Dave said: “I am two years clean and this is because I have structure to my day. I don’t know what I would have done without the encouragement of the outreach team, who made me feel I could keep trying. They never seemed to get fed up of my failures.”

How can you help?

We don’t encourage you to provide food, money or bedding to people sleeping rough. This is because it can sustain someone in a harmful situation. Instead, why not donate money to established charities? If you know someone who’s at risk of being homeless encourage them to seek our help. For more information, and to read more of Dave’s story, visit: Bournemouth.gov.uk/homelessness


Did you know?

The Bournemouth and Poole Rough Sleeper Team (BPRST) is run by national charity CGL and receives council funding. The service assists people to move away from the streets and to get the help and support they need.

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Spotlight on democracy

A new Mayor for Bournemouth East Southbourne and Tuckton councillor, Eddie Coope, has become Bournemouth’s 104th Mayor. During his year in office he will be supporting and fundraising for a number of local charities. Eddie was born and bred locally and attended St Peter’s School in Southbourne. Before establishing his own landscaping business, he worked as a land surveyor and served in the Royal Artillery. He has long been involved with local issues and was elected as a councillor in 2007.

Councillor Coope said: “Representing the town is not only a great opportunity but also a privilege. I look forward to giving Bournemouth and my chosen charities 100 percent in what I expect to be a very challenging but enjoyable year.” The Mayor also acts as the chairperson at Full Council meetings and attends several hundred civic engagements each year, acting as an ambassador for the town. The 2015/16 Mayor, Councillor John Adams, now takes on the role of Deputy Mayor. For further information about the Mayor’s role, visit: bournemouth.gov.uk/mayor

New Mayor Cllr Eddie Coope and Mayoress Janet Coope (left)

The Mayor’s charities

The Stable Family Home Trust - supporting people with learning disabilities

Bournemouth Parks Foundation - independent charity supporting, enhancing and protecting parks, gardens and open spaces Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals - Urology Department for men’s health/cancer treatment

St John and Red Cross Defence Medical Welfare Service - supporting Armed Forces personnel and their families in Bournemouth.

Profits from the upcoming Swing Unlimited Big Band Annual Firework Spectacular will go to the Mayor’s charities. The event takes place on 16 July, 7pm to 10pm at St Peter’s School field. Tickets £10 from: subb.co.uk

Council and Area Forum meetings Council meetings usually take place at the Town Hall and they are open to the public. Here is a selection of some of the meetings for the coming months.

Cabinet: Planning Board: Full Council:

Licensing Board:

Area Forum meetings are run by residents with support from ward councillors and take place in different locations across the town.

20 June, 20 July and 7 September at 10:30am

Throop, Muscliff, Strouden, Townsend and Holdenhurst: 16 June at Bournemouth School for Girls (East Way entrance), 7pm

26 July and 13 September at 7pm

Boscombe: 14 July and 15 September at King’s Park Academy, Ashley Road, 7pm

20 June, 18 July and 15 August at 2:30pm

23 June, 4 and 19 July, 10 and 25 August, 1 and 13 September at 9:45am

Overview and Scrutiny Panel meetings visit: bournemouth.gov.uk/overviewandscrutiny

Please check details before attending on: 01202 454713.



Area Forum meetings

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North Bournemouth: 9 July at Howe Croft Community Centre, 10am and 17 September at Kingsleigh Primary School, Haddow Road, 10am

Pokesdown: 25 July at ‘The Kitchen’, 821 Christchurch Road, Pokesdown, 7pm

Ensbury Park and Wallisdown: 30 July at Ensbury Park Community Centre, 10:30am Westcliff: 27 September at St Michael’s School, 7pm

Westbourne: 28 September at Westbourne Library, 7pm.


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What’s on

Events and things to do in Bournemouth


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Dorset Humanists: ‘Ten Ways the Universe Tries to Kill You’, Green House Hotel, 7:30pm, free entry. dorsethumanists.co.uk Winton Carnival, high street parade from 10:45am followed by an afternoon of fun at Winton Rec. Free. wintoncarnival.co.uk BU Festival of Learning – see page 5 or: bournemouth.ac.uk/fol

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Southbourne Shake and Stir, get ready to swing, jump, jive, rock and roll at this vintage festival at Southbourne Grove. Email: info@southbournefestival.co.uk Kinson Summer Festival from 12noon to 8pm, music, stalls and more at Pelhams Park Boscombe Vintage Market, Royal Arcade, 10am to 4pm Bournemouth Music Competitions Festival concert, Pavilion, 7:30pm. £4.75 to £8.50. bmcf.info Cherry Tree Nursery plant sale, 8am to 3pm at the nursery, off New Road roundabout. Tel: 01202 593537 Visit: cherrytreenursery.org.uk Bournemouth Older People’s Forum, Lucullus Room at The Pavilion from 10:30am Bourne Free, Bournemouth LGBT Pride Festival. Parade starts at East Cliff at 11am and works its way to the Triangle. bournefree.co.uk Moth Morning, 10am to 12pm at Kingfisher Barn, Stour Valley. Join the rangers for this free event. Tel: 01202 451548

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Bournemouth Food and Drink Festival, The Square and other locations and venues around Bournemouth. bournemouthfoodanddrink.co.uk Picnic in the Park at Queen’s Park, 2pm to 6pm. Live music, entertainment and stalls. Front of golf course Pavilion, Queen’s Park West Drive.

Slades Farm Festival, 10am and 5pm. Dog show and entertainment. wwwepaf.org.uk/festival Pier to Pier swim, Bournemouth Pier. bournemouth.co.uk Mayor’s Charity: Swing Unlimited Big Band Annual Firework Spectacular, 7pm to 10pm at St Peter’s School Playing Field, entrance via Broadway, Southbourne. Tickets £10. subb.co.uk Poppy Picnic, Muscliff Park, 12pm to 4pm. Bring a picnic and enjoy an afternoon of entertainment in support of The Royal British Legion. T-shirt design session at Russell-Cotes, 11am, £5. Book on: 01202 451820 Venetian Mask workshop at Russell-Cotes, 10:30 12:30, £6. Book on: 01202 451820 Drop in craft session at Russell-Cotes, 10:30am to 2:30pm, £3.50. russellcotes.com Beach Soccer Championships, Boscombe Seafront. bournemouth.co.uk Friday Fireworks, Bournemouth Seafront, 10pm. See page 17


Creative Tuesdays at the Russell-Cotes. 11am, £5. Book on: 01202 451820 Workshop Wednesdays at the Russell-Cotes, 10:30am to 12:30pm, £6. Book on: 01202 451820 Themed Thursdays at the Russell-Cotes, drop in craft sessions. 10:30am to 2:30pm £3.50. russellcotes.com 3, 10, 17 & 24 August - Candlelight Nights, Lower Gardens from dusk. See page 17 5, 12, 19 & 26 August - Friday Fireworks, Bournemouth Seafront, 10pm. See page 17

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13 BSO Proms in the Park, Meyrick Park – see page 24 for details Boscombe Vintage Market, Royal Arcade, 10am to 4pm Thai Summer Fair, King’s Park, Adults £5, 18-21 29 under 18s free, 10am to 6pm The Luna Cinema, Pier Approach for prices, films and showings: thelunacinema.com


Boscombe Vintage Market, Royal Arcade, 10am to 4pm 11 P1 Powerboat Grand Prix, Bournemouth Seafront: Visit: bournemouth.co.uk

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Dorset Humanists: ‘Animal Journeys - Migration & Navigation’ Moordown Community Centre, 2pm. Free Entry. dorsethumanists.co.uk Air Festival – see page 16 for details Cream Tea Festival, Stour Valley, 10am to 8pm. RSPB event at Kingfisher Barn. Cream teas available, bake your own over a fire or forage for your own Stour Jam. Tel: 01202 451548

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Bournemouth International Triathlon, Bournemouth Pier. Visit: bournemouth.co.uk

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BH Life summer 2016  

Welcome to the Summer Edition of BH Life - The official magazine of Bournemouth Borough Council. The magazine is packed with all the latest...

BH Life summer 2016  

Welcome to the Summer Edition of BH Life - The official magazine of Bournemouth Borough Council. The magazine is packed with all the latest...


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