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Winter 2016/17 edition

YOUR CHANCE TO WIN An annual bus pass for Yellow Buses worth over ÂŁ500 See page 25

Winter 16/17 in Bournemouth Garden planning for 2017 page 11

Bournemouth’s local heritage page 27 Our local magazine produced for Bournemouth residents

Events and activities to fill you with cheer page 16 & 17

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Decision time I would like to thank all Bournemouth residents, businesses and community organisations who have taken the time to read and digest the extensive ‘Reshaping Your Councils’ information. Having your say as part of the consultation on local government reorganisation has been a really important part of shaping the future of your local services. The results of the consultation will form one of three reports that councillors of all nine Dorset councils will consider before making a recommendation to government in early 2017. You can read more on page 8 about the timescales and next steps to reorganise local government in Dorset.

In the meantime, our ‘Building a Better Bournemouth’ work continues and, over the following pages, you can read how we are progressing with this. Find out about development proposals for the Winter Gardens site, refurbishment of the Pavilion and groyne replacements on the beach. There is also news about the support available to young people under council care, who are in the process of becoming independent adults.

Residents can enjoy a range of leisure and entertainment opportunities this festive season and beyond (see pages 16 and 17). You may find the ‘refreshing winter walks’ on page 24 of particular interest over the New Year, if you are looking to visit some local hidden gems.

Wishing you a very happy and healthy 2017. Councillor John Beesley Leader of the Council

BH Life magazine is delivered free to homes in Bournemouth. It’s also available at a wide variety of outlets. To advertise in BH Life call IMS Group on: 01202 611100 email:

This publication is environmentally friendly using paper sourced from sustainable forests, using no bleaching agents and printed using vegetable based inks. The publication contains advertising and the Council cannot vouch for the legitimacy of, or endorse any advertiser in BH Life. Citizens Advice provide free, impartial consumer advice on 0345 404 0506. Please recycle this magazine when everyone has read it.

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In and around the town 8 ....... Reshaping your council 11 ...... Garden planning 2017 13 ...... Roads and travel 14 ...... Food waste quick guide 15...... Recycling and waste 16 ...... Christmas in Bournemouth 17 ...... Winter entertainment 19 ...... Children and education 21 ...... Health and wellbeing 23 ...... Community news 24 ...... Parks and nature 25 ...... Competition 27....... Focus on history 28....... Preventing homelessness 30....... What’s on?

Publication details Edited by: Jo Evans, Corporate Communications & Marketing, Bournemouth Council, BH2 6DY. Tel: 01202 451616 Email: Designed and produced by: IMS Group Tel: 01202 611100 Copies printed: 86,000 Cost per copy: 10p approx. Advertising: IMS Group Tel: 01202 611100. Email: Distributed by: IMS Group If you do not regularly receive BH Life tel: 01202 451435 or email: Delivery of next issue: The spring edition will be delivered to homes by mid-March 2017

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In and around

News from around the borough

the town

Picture: BrightSpace architects

How the proposed scheme for the Winter Gardens site could look

Proposals unveiled for Winter Gardens site

Pavilion refurbishment underway

Plans to transform and rejuvenate one of Bournemouth’s most famous town centre locations have been revealed.

The site of the former Winter Gardens is the focus of plans featuring a £150 million mixed-use scheme combining leisure, residential, restaurant and retail space with new parking facilities and public realm.

The scheme is proposed by the Bournemouth Development Company, our town centre regeneration partnership with Morgan Sindall Investments.

Proposals include: • 350 to 400 apartments spread across four multi-storey buildings of varying heights • Opportunities for outdoor cafés and children’s play areas • Dedicated space for indoor and outdoor family leisure, including a new piazza • A ‘Grand Garden Walk’ - to provide a continuous prom for pedestrians and cyclists around the town centre • Below-ground parking consisting of 225 public spaces and a private parking space for each residential unit.

Councillor John Beesley, Leader of the Council, said: “The Winter Gardens site is a key town centre location that has been waiting for rejuvenation for many years. There is a need for a comprehensive redevelopment of the car park to provide quality homes, boost economic activity and be an onward catalyst for growth.”

A planning application is expected to be submitted early in 2017. For more information, visit:


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A programme of essential maintenance is taking place to the Grade II listed Pavilion building.

Built in the 1920s, the popular venue includes a stunning Art Deco theatre and ballroom, alongside cafés, bars and meeting rooms. It is also home to Pavilion Dance South West and AUB at Pavilion who manage performance and dance studios within the complex. The work was identified following a survey earlier in 2016 and includes stonework repairs and cleaning, repairs and relining of gutters, repairs to soffits and fascias and redecoration of windows and doors at the southern end of the building.

Councillor Lawrence Williams, Cabinet Member for Tourism, Leisure and the Arts said: “Bournemouth Pavilion is a well-loved venue offering a wide range of popular events throughout the year. We’re refurbishing the exterior to ensure it continues to give good service in the coming years.” Work is due to finish in early 2017. Bournemouth Pavilion, Pavilion Dance South West and AUB at Pavilion will remain open during the works.

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News from around the borough

In and around the town


Awards bloom for Bournemouth

Bournemouth’s green spaces have been awarded a gold at the recent Britain in Bloom UK finals. Shortlisted in the large costal town category, we ranked extremely highly amongst the other finalists.

This year’s entry, as well as success in the regional competition, has been gained through our partnership work with Bournemouth in Bloom and many local volunteers. Congratulations to everyone involved, including households and businesses, for the hard work that made the campaign such a success. If you want to take part in next year’s competitions, register with Bournemouth in Bloom, become a member and join the cause. Find out more at:

Make the most of free Christmas parking Selected council car parks will be offering free parking in the run up to Christmas on Thursday evenings and all day Sundays.

Free parking dates: • Thursdays (free to cars entering car parks from 4pm) on November 24, December 1, 8, 15 and 22 • Sundays (all day) on November 27, December 4, 11 and 18.

Participating town centre car parks are: Richmond Gardens multi-storey, Central, Winter Gardens, Eden Glen, Town Hall (Forecourt, Extension and Annexe), Braidley Road Bridge, St Stephen’s Road, Richmond Hill and West Hill.

Car parks in other areas include: Boscombe’s Hawkwood Road (main, No1 and No2)* and Palmerston Road*, Southbourne’s Woodside Road*, Westbourne’s Milburn Road*, Landseer Road and Alumhurst Road as well as Winton’s Leslie Road* and Cranmer Road*.

* These car parks are free every evening from 6pm.

For more information, see posters in participating car parks or visit: or telephone: 01202 454721.

Coastline protection work continues Work along Bournemouth’s coastline is underway to install eight new groynes as part of an ongoing beach management scheme. The groynes are being replaced along the stretch of beach from east of Fisherman’s Walk towards Southbourne. The work is expected to be finished by late spring 2017.

Public access to the promenade will be maintained at all times. However, you will need to take extra care as this particular stretch of promenade is more narrow. While works are ongoing the promenade will be busy at times with slow moving contractor vehicles. Some areas of the beach will also be sectioned off whilst works take place so please take note of the safety signs and site cordons.

Councillor David Smith, Cabinet Member for Planning and Environment, said: “These vital works are taking place not only to protect the coastline from future coastal erosion but also to maintain the award winning beaches which attract millions of visitors and residents to the coast each year. The works also complement the Council’s Seafront Strategy – a long-term plan to develop a world class seafront.” For more information, visit:

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In and around the town

News from around the borough

Smart meters are coming

Faster broadband . . . but only if you switch

It’s time for our energy system to change. Between now and 2020, every household in Bournemouth will be offered the opportunity to upgrade to gas and electricity smart meters.

Most Dorset homes and businesses can now receive superfast broadband.

Smart meters mean an end to estimated bills – you will only pay for the energy that you use.

Smart meters also come with a portable in home display that will allow you to see how much energy you are using in near real time, and the actual cost based upon your energy tariff in pounds and pence. Smart meters are available regardless of how you pay for your energy. If you currently use prepayment meters, you will be able to top up online, over the phone or like you do now - at a shop.

Individual energy suppliers are installing smart meters in the homes of their customers. To find out more, contact your energy supplier directly who will provide and fit your smart meter at no extra cost. This is part of a national rollout over the next five years. If you would like to find out more, visit:

War on loan sharks

With many struggling with the cost of Christmas, there comes an increase in the threat of more people suffering at the hands of loan sharks.

We’re working with Citizens Advice Bournemouth to help residents avoid this illegal enterprise and those already suffering from it. Citizens Advice Bournemouth is training key people in the community to deal with illegal money lending to help those affected get the assistance they need.


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We have part funded the Superfast Dorset project, which provides fibre broadband to areas that private companies such as Virgin and Openreach would otherwise not cover.

The investment maintains our competitive edge as a business destination. It also means homes have access to a faster, more reliable connection. The benefit of this is: • everyone in your home can be online at the same time • you can download and watch your favourite TV shows, films and sports when you want • you can make video calls to friends and family.

You will only get the faster, more reliable service if you contact your provider and ask to switch to fibre broadband. The cost depends on what you order, but can be around the same as standard broadband. For more information, visit:

You can contact Citizens Advice Bournemouth confidentially if you, or anyone you know, is affected by loan sharks or is in need of debt assistance. Telephone the Advice Line on: 03444 111 444. If you would like to report a loan shark, call the Illegal Money Lending Team on: 0300 555 2222 (available 24/7).

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News from around the borough

In and around the town

Support for young people leaving care Did you know that we’re responsible for almost 200 young people aged 16 plus, who receive ongoing help as they leave children’s social care and become independent? Our Care Leavers’ service provides these young people with a range of support and advice on employment or further education and help setting up a first home. Our team work closely with other agencies, such as housing and health.

A new mentoring programme has been introduced to link care leavers with a professional mentor from local organisations. Mentors will offer young people regular guidance on different issues. This can help with reducing isolation, building confidence and supporting young

Apprentice scheme success

We recently received an award at the APSE Apprentice of the Year ceremony in recognition of our long term investment in our apprenticeship scheme and commitment to local employment.

Even better, our very own George Smith (pictured above), a third year electrical apprentice, won the title of National Mechanical and Electrical Apprentice of the Year. George works with our Housing and Communities team and fought off competition from gas, electrical and plumbing apprentices from all over the UK. Well done George.

If you are interested in starting an apprenticeship with us, then regularly check our website to see what apprenticeship opportunities are available. Visit:

people to find employment and education opportunities.

Councillor Nicola Greene, Cabinet Member for Education and Children’s Services, said: “I am very proud of our dedicated care leavers’ team who are working hard to enhance the range of help available for our young people to help them achieve their potential as they become independent.”

Are you part of a local organisation or business that could help provide mentors? We’re also looking to provide young people with ‘taster days’ and work experience opportunities to help them gain an understanding of different working environments. Please contact our Care Leavers’ service to find out more on: 01202 458893

Drunk does not mean yes

During the festive period many people will be enjoying a drink or two in Bournemouth’s bars and clubs or at the work party. We all like to enjoy ourselves, but one of the unpleasant sides of this time of year is the increase in reported sexual violence.

Sexual violence is any unwanted sexual contact. It includes rape, sexual harassment, unwanted touching and any other sexual offences. Sexual violence can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, sexuality, ethnicity or class. And it doesn’t just take place between strangers. More often than not, it happens in relationships, between acquaintances or work colleagues. When one or both parties have had a lot to drink, it can be more difficult to clearly understand if the other person consents to sexual activity and some people may take advantage of this. We’re working with Dorset Police to raise awareness of what true consent is. If you or anyone you know has been the victim of sexual violence please contact Dorset Police.

Victims can also contact The Shores on: 01202 552056 for support and advice.

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Local government

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Decision day approaches! Over 16,000 people from across Dorset – including more than 2,700 from Bournemouth - have had their say on the future of the delivery of services to residents across Dorset. Councillor John Beesley, Leader of the Council, said: “We have been heartened with the level of interest local people have shown, with thousands being involved. People have stopped to chat or have picked up information at the eight roadshows that took place in Bournemouth, attended residents’ meetings and completed the survey. I would like to thank each and every person who took the time to read and digest the detailed information available, and subsequently fill in the questionnaire.” The proposal to reorganise local councils aims to reduce the administrative cost of running services in Dorset by reducing from nine councils to two. This in turn means that a greater proportion of budget can be spent on frontline services. The consultation sought your views about this, and the options for the boundaries of the two new councils, should they go ahead.

What happens next?

Working with other councils in Dorset, we have employed three experienced external organisations to prepare the documents. These will then be considered, in public, by each council. Local Partnerships, a company jointly owned by HM Treasury and the Local Government Association, has produced a financial report. The consultants (ORS) are now working on the

Consultation - the numbers

analysis report after running the consultation, and Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) are preparing the case for change. This includes looking at how each option saves money and improves services for residents. No decisions have yet been made by any of the councils about the future of local government in Dorset. All councillors will receive the ORS and PwC reports on 5 December (the report by Local Partnerships has already been published). On 23 December, a public report will be published.

The Leader of the Council, Councillor John Beesley, explained: “Each council will take the report through a democratic process at meetings in January. These will be open to the public to attend and, in line with each council’s constitution, questions can be asked by members of the public. It is not until all meetings have taken place that a decision will have been made on which, if any, proposal the nine Dorset councils will collectively submit to the government for consideration.”

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid MP, makes the final decision. If he agrees to the proposals, legislation would go through Parliament and the new councils would be created in 2019.

Come along

Bournemouth councillors will discuss the public report on the future of local government in Dorset at the following meetings: • Special Overview & Scrutiny Panel - 9 January, 5pm • Cabinet - 25 January, 10:30am • Special Council - 31 January, 7pm Council meetings usually take place at the Town Hall, but please checkdetails before attending. For more information, including how to ask questions at council meetings, visit:


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2017 garden waste scheme details

Get garden planning The colder months of winter may not be the most exciting season for fair weather gardeners. But you can still put this downtime to good use and there’s even fun to be had in looking forward and planning the gardening year ahead. You could sort through your seeds, decide what you would like to grow and plan the type of outside space you want to achieve. Perhaps it’s time to try something new? There’s nothing quite as satisfying as growing your own produce such as fruits, vegetables and herbs. And let’s not forget the importance of the birds and the bees. There are plenty of easy things you could do to make your outside space more wildlife-friendly.

It’s time to get researching… • If you’re interested in finding out more about wildlife-friendly gardening, visit: Dorset Wildlife Trust: and: • For inspiration on growing your own produce visit:

Sign up for the 2017 garden waste collection scheme

Details of the 2017 garden waste collection service have been confirmed. Do you want to sign up? The 2017 service runs for 10 months from February to December. Collections are fortnightly and the annual fee for one bin is £40. You can also opt for two bins at £60 or three bins at £80. Scheme members receive exclusive discounts and offers.

You must register every year, so please sign up by 13 January to be included for the start of the scheme.

If you live in a flat using shared bins, you can also take part in the service. Please register your interest with us. We will then contact your managing agent or committee to discuss bin options and payment.


Other ways to dispose of garden waste If you decide not to join the 2017 collection scheme, or you have additional garden waste to dispose of, you can: • Recycle your garden waste for free by taking it to your local recycling centre at Millhams or Wilverley Road (Christchurch) • Compost your garden waste at home.

Visit: for details of discounted bins.


Did you know?

• 20,000 residents signed up for the 2016 collection service • Over 3,472 tonnes of garden waste was recycled between February and September 2016

You can apply used coffee grounds, eggshells, chopped-up banana peels, and other organic matter directly to your soil (no composting required), this will offer plants nutrients as they decompose.

Register online and find out more at:

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A338 improvements and staying safe on the roads

Roads and travel

A338 future improvement plans

Preparation is underway for the second phase of A338 schemes, set to open up opportunities for economic growth in and around Bournemouth Airport and Wessex Fields.

Over £45 million has been secured by Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership to fund a series of transport and infrastructure investments, known as the Bournemouth International Growth Programme. The first phase of this work finished in May 2016 and concentrated on resurfacing and improving the A338’s structure, to ensure that it meets current and future standards. We will now lead on the next phase of road improvement schemes planned for the A338, working jointly with Dorset County Council. The schemes will consist of three elements: • improvements to the A338/B3073 Blackwater Junction • a possible widening to the A338 between Blackwater and Cooper Dean • a new on/off sliproad providing access from the A338 southbound, to an employment site at Wessex Fields. Construction is expected to start in autumn 2017. Planning is in the early stages and details of the proposals are being drawn up to go on display at public exhibitions this winter, so look out for updates. You can find questions and answers and more information online at:


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The best way to keep up to date is via our regular e-newsletters. Why not sign up now and select 'Roads and Travel News' from the available options. Visit:

Stay alert this winter

We can’t predict the weather, but you can be sure that our dedicated teams are ready to make Bournemouth as safe as possible for road users and pedestrians this winter. Our winter maintenance service runs until March. We’ll grit the busiest routes when road surface temperatures are forecast to drop below freezing, including: • main bus routes • key commuter routes • roads to hospitals.

Whether it’s fallen trees, flooded roads or ice on the ground, we are as prepared as we can be for what the weather will throw at us. We want you to be prepared too, so keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages for all the latest winter updates:

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You can also find more information about our winter maintenance service at:

How safe is your child’s car seat?

Did you know that 67% of child car seats are fitted incorrectly? Poorly fitted seats cost lives.

Ensure your child is safely seated by attending a free car seat check event at the Littledown Centre (BH7 7DX) on Thursday 9 March 2017, between 10am and 3pm. Experts will be available to answer your questions and check your car seat is fitted correctly. For more information about road safety in Bournemouth visit:

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Food waste

Food for thought Food waste is a major issue. In the UK, we throw away seven million tonnes of food and drink from our homes every year, the majority of which could have been eaten. So, if you’re looking for easy ways to save on your monthly outgoings then head to the fridge! You may find some vegetables past their best but still useable, so make a hearty soup. Other nearly out of date items could be frozen now to use another time. That leftover wine could be popped into ice cube trays and frozen to put into your next casserole, stew or pasta sauce.

These are just a few ideas that could save you wasting food and money. If you want to find out more visit: for food storage advice, recipe ideas and lots more hints and tips.

Councillor Michael Filer, Cabinet Member for Cleansing & Waste, said: “Food is a precious commodity. In decades’ time, food may not be as plentiful as it is now and how we have to grow, manufacture and consume food will be different. Future generations will look back and realise how wasteful we have been in the past.

“A food waste service has been operating in Bournemouth since spring 2014 and it is helping to reduce the ever increasing costs and environmental impacts of throwing away rubbish. Last year, Bournemouth’s collected food waste created over 2,300 tonnes of nutrient rich biofertiliser, which is sufficient to cover 146 acres of farmland. The composting process also generated enough electricity to power 139 households and the anaerobic digester (food waste) facility in Dorset.”

Are you putting food waste in your rubbish bin?

If you’re not yet a dedicated food waste recycler then here’s a reminder of how the scheme works. Give it a try and see how much food waste you can keep out of your rubbish bin.


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Most households have two containers for food waste - a small, five-litre kitchen caddy and a larger external container. If you live in a flat you may have a communal food waste bin. You receive a weekly collection of all cooked and uncooked food waste including: • meat, fish and bones • fruit and vegetables • dairy • bread and pastries • pasta and rice • teabags and coffee grounds • eggshells.

Replacement rolls of liners for your kitchen caddy are available from Bournemouth libraries. Take proof of your address with you (a household bill, driving licence or bank statement) and staff will provide a roll of liners free of charge.

If you need a replacement, or larger 23 litre food waste container, contact us and we can arrange this free of charge.

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Christmas waste advice

Recycling & waste

Avoid an excess of waste this winter Christmas waste collections Rubbish



• No collections on Boxing Day - Monday 26 December • A reduced rubbish collection service runs on Tuesday 27 December • Catch up collections take place from Wednesday 28 to Saturday 31 December 2016 • Check online for collection details. Visit:

At this time of year, fridges and cupboards are stocked with food and drink ready for festive and New year celebrations with family and friends. But it’s easy to get carried away, spend too much, and be left with more than you need. Christmas and all the trimmings – greeting cards, present boxes, wrapping, crackers and more – can create a mountain of extra waste. You may also be affected by a change in waste collection arrangements over Christmas (see right), so plan ahead and find even more ways to reduce, reuse and recycle. If you need information and advice, head online and visit:

If you are affected by a missed collection, you can put two extra rubbish bags out on your next collection. Please don’t put bags out before your collection day, as this can attract vermin and cause a mess.


• No collections on Boxing Day - Monday 26 December • Recycling collections due to take place between Monday 26 and Friday 30 December, will instead take place a day later (Friday collections will take place on Saturday 31 December).

Excess waste

If you have extra recycling this Christmas, put it out on your next recycling collection day in a cardboard box or use our clear recycling bags, which are available from Bournemouth libraries from 1 December. Excess rubbish and recycling can also be disposed of at Millhams in Longham or Wilverley Road in Christchurch, between 9am and 4pm daily. Both only close on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Christmas trees

Our crews will be collecting Christmas trees between 9 to 20 January. Homes will receive one collection and only on the day when just your weekly rubbish is collected (the opposite week to your recycling collection). Your tree needs to be left at the kerbside and must be clearly visible to our collection crews. If you miss your collection day, you will need to take your tree to Millhams Community Recycling Centre or Wilverley Road for disposal.

Find out more

You can check online to find out which day your rubbish and recycling is scheduled for a catch-up collection at:

Did you know?

Please make sure your bins are out by 5am and don’t bring them in before 8pm as collections can continue into the evenings.

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Bournemouth has so much to offer this Christmas

Giant Snow Globe

Have yourself a magical wintertime The Christmas spirit is already in full swing and there’s plenty more to come. Grab your hat and scarf and head into Bournemouth to soak up the festive atmosphere in and around the town centre. Enjoy all the delights of the season at the Alpine Market and Moose Bar, have your photo taken in the Giant Snow Globe, wander through the twinkling lights of the Lower Gardens with projections of giant snowflakes along the walkways, or follow our Nutcracker trail. And nothing says winter quite like ice skating under the stars….

Get your skates on*

Ice SKATE Bournemouth, welcomes you back to enjoy skating on real ice in a beautiful setting amongst the trees. Voted Best Night Out at the 2016 Bournemouth Tourism Awards, this year’s set up is even better. The Après-Skate chalet returns, serving a selection of winter warmers that include hot chocolate with dipping marshmallows, mulled wine, hot food and blankets to boot.

Whether you’re a confident skater or a total novice, this is a great way to enjoy a winter experience with family or friends. Friendly staff are on hand to help you find your feet and there are ‘seated skates’ for young children and ‘Toddler Time’ sessions. Group bookings and Christmas party packages are also catered for, but do book to avoid disappointment as sessions can be very popular.

After all that skating around you can sit down, wind down, and warm up in the Alpine Apres-Skate chalet. There’s plenty of indoor seating and blankets. Make sure you snuggle up and stay a while to enjoy the seasonal sights and sounds.

Location: Lower Gardens Times: 10:30am to 10pm daily (Apres-Skate chalet closes 11pm) Date: until 3 January 2017 (closed Christmas Day)

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Have a fun-filled winter in Bournemouth

Other highlights this season include: Christmas at the Russell-Cotes

On 10 and 11 December there’s a Russell-Cotes Christmas Fayre with a range of artisan stalls, enjoy holiday refreshments at the café and musical entertainment. Visit Father Christmas and receive a gift or make a Christmas craft. Charges apply. Christmas Fayre open 10:30am to 4pm, admission to the Fayre is free, charges apply to visit the historic house. You can also come and see the house decorated for a Victorian Christmas until 8 January – please note that the Russell-Cotes is closed for restoration work from 19 to 26 December. For more information, visit: or telephone: 01202 451858.

Giant Snow Globe, various locations

Get your photos in early, as the popular Giant Snow Globe will only be around from 5 to 18 December. If you missed it last year, our giant snow globe will be returning to bring you festive cheer and some of the best selfie opportunities.

Nutcracker Trail, various locations

Giant Snow Globe

Have you seen the 20 Nutcracker Kings hiding in and around the town centre? They may be six feet tall, but they can be hard to find. Keep a note of where they are, as there’s a chance for children to win festive prizes. Trail booklets are available from local schools and the Tourist Information Centre and the challenge extends until the 31 December.

Did you know?

Figurative nutcrackers originated as a German symbol of good luck, but are now widely associated as a part of Christmas.

Nutcracker King

Santa’s Grotto, various locations

Santa will be travelling around Bournemouth before Christmas day, bringing his helpers and grotto with him. A great opportunity for the children to meet their festive hero before the big day. The grotto will be visiting Boscombe, Southbourne and Westbourne, make sure you see the website for more details.

Shop until you drop

Not yet managed to buy, wrap and send your Christmas presents off to Santa? Head into Bournemouth or the shopping districts to finalise those Christmas finishing touches and make the most of extended shopping hours and free parking in selected council car parks (see page 5 for details). Or take the bus if you want to enjoy a festive tipple on your trip. For more information about Christmas in Bournemouth visit: and

Winter activities


entertainment There’s some fantastic entertainment and leisure activities taking place in Bournemouth over the coming months, including music, dance, exhibitions and more…

The Bolshoi Ballet presents The Nutcracker (recorded) at Pavilion Dance on Sunday 18 December at 3pm. Tickets: £10/£8/£6 from: or telephone: 01202 203630. The Pavilion Theatre offers this year’s panto, Cinderella, from 3 December until 2 January. Various performances and times. Tickets priced from £17.50 and available from: or telephone: 0844 576 3000.

Indoor winter ice skating can be found at Cool Coast Ice Rink in the BIC’s Purbeck Hall. On from 17 December until 19 February. Various session times, prices from £7. For bookings and details visit: or telephone: 0844 576 3000. Experience the sound of a full orchestra and internationally acclaimed classical music with the BSO at the Pavilion Theatre. ‘Eastern Promise’ on Sunday 15 January at 3pm, ‘Best of British’ on Sunday 4 February at 7pm and ‘Spring into Summer’ on Saturday 4 March at 7pm. Prices and ticket details: or telephone: 0844 576 3000.

Head to the Russell-Cotes if you haven’t yet seen the latest exhibition: ‘Meeting Modernism: 20th Century Art’, which runs until 24 April. Plus, the Café Gallery features ‘Colour Values’ a range of works by well-known local artists ‘Group 7’ until 15 January. Times, prices and details at:

‘Meeting Modernism’

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Advice for parents and carers

Children and education

School application deadline looms

Is your child starting school or transferring to junior school in September? If so, don’t forget that the closing date to apply for a primary/junior school place is 15 January 2017.

You can find lots of useful information about starting school on our website along with all the information to help you apply online, just visit: or telephone: 01202 456223.

Activities to keep the family busy

If you’re looking for some family activities that take place inside, then find out what’s on this winter at your local Bournemouth library and at the RussellCotes Art Gallery and Museum.

You can look forward to January’s Chinese New Year celebrations and it won’t be long before February half term is upon us. • 28 January 2017: Chinese New Year Crafts at the Russell-Cotes • 14 to 17 February 2017: half term activities at the Russell-Cotes and in local libraries.

Further information will be available nearer the time, so take a look at our websites: (or telephone: 01202 451820) and (or telephone: 01202 454848).

Did you know?

Russell-Cotes recently won gold for best small attraction at the Dorset Tourism Awards.

Your guide to services for under-fives The first five years of a child’s life are the most important in shaping their future health, happiness, growth, development and learning.

Parents and carers have the biggest influence on their child’s early learning. The most important education your child will ever receive takes place right at home, with you. You don’t need a lesson plan or fancy toys, just plenty of words, songs and love. Quality childcare and early education is also crucial in providing a solid foundation, which will help support your child for the years ahead. If you are looking to find out more about the types of childcare and early education available, as well as costs and funding, then take a look at our latest Early Years Handbook. From finding your local children’s centre to help with preparing your child for school, the handbook offers a wealth of useful information. Copies of the handbook will soon be available at children’s centres, childcare settings, libraries, doctor surgeries and through the Children’s Information Service. You can also find a copy on our website by visiting:


Did you know?

• Between birth and five years old, 90% of a child’s brain development occurs • A child’s brain develops depending on what experiences they have at a very young age • By age three a child’s brain is estimated to be about twice as active as an adult’s brain.

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Your local support services

Improve your lifestyle in 2017

Eating healthily, keeping active, drinking within limits, cutting down on smoking or managing your stress levels can all help to improve your lifestyle and keep you in good health.

We commission a wide range of services that help to improve the quality of life for residents in Dorset. So if you have a health related New Year’s resolution then visit: to find out how we can help you.

Living well – courses for wellbeing

Skills & Learning Bournemouth Dorset and Poole are taking part in a large research project, funded by the Department for Education.

As part of this research, we are inviting people in Bournemouth and Example of a learner’s course-work Poole who are aged 19 and over to complete short, part-time community learning courses. We want to see if the courses help people develop strategies to manage mild to moderate mental health problems such as stress, worry, anxiety and depression.

Courses focus on self-help, lifestyle, confidence building, progression and employability and offer an opportunity to meet new people, learn new skills and develop new interests. The courses include: sewing machine skills, watercolour for beginners, mixed media painting, and expressive drawing – to name just a few.

Health and wellbeing

NHS Health Checks now taking place at Boots

If you are between 40 and 74 and live in Bournemouth, you could be invited for a free NHS Health Check at your local Boots store.

An NHS Health Check helps identify potential risks early on. You can then reduce your chances of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease and some forms of dementia by making changes to the way you live.

It takes about 30 minutes and you’ll be asked some simple questions about the health of your family and the lifestyle choices you make that may put your health at risk.

You’ll have your height and weight measured together with your blood pressure and cholesterol checked. Your results will be explained to you, exploring how you can reduce any risks identified in order to stay healthy. You may need further checks with your GP.

If you need help to make changes then the health professional can advise you. Support is also available through LiveWell Dorset, which can help you to make positive changes to improve your health. Look out for your invitation from Public Health Dorset and contact Boots to book your check.

Did you know?

Public Health Dorset is a service provided by Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset councils, working together to improve and protect health.

Contact Skills & Learning on: 01202 262300 or visit: for more information.

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Community news

Charities and local groups

Do you love your local park?

Find out about the independent, charitable work that is taking place behind the scenes to enhance and transform green spaces.

The Bournemouth Parks Foundation is on a mission to create the very best parks, gardens and open spaces right here in Bournemouth. This involves going above and beyond our parks’ normal maintenance, to turn them into captivating spaces in which to relax, learn, exercise and play.

Set-up in January 2015, the Foundation is already working on a number of projects. These include fundraising to replace the Lower Gardens aviary with a beautiful new structure, creating an arts and sculpture trail along the Stour Valley, and working with local people to create a pocket garden on Kinson Village Green.

Above: Hand-carved bench in Muscliff Park Left: Talking bench at Tuckton, both projects funded by the foundation

Take a look at local parks in an aerial video and sign up and support the Bournemouth Parks Foundation. Together we can create amazing parks. Find out how by visiting:

Can we count on you to help?

Do you want to see how your individual actions and achievements to tackle climate change can make a real and measurable difference?

Count On Me is a community campaign designed to bring local people together in a collective way of counting carbon to show that we care. You might not even realise how some of your everyday activities are helping to save tonnes of personal CO2 emissions.


Your veggie lunch counts. Growing your own fruit and veg counts. Finding other ways to travel, such as walking and cycling count too.

Did you know?

This project supports our work to become a green economy leader by reducing carbon emissions and using our green credentials to support business and attract talent to the town.

Celebrate the positive steps you’re taking by joining other like-minded Bournemouth people and help count how much carbon CO2 we’re collectively saving. You can also find information on community projects which are helping us to live more conscious and healthy lives, contributing to a more sustainable and resilient Bournemouth. Can we count on you to help? Visit:

Donate and help save lives this winter Dorset Community Foundation’s Surviving Winter Appeal is helping vulnerable local people feel warm and well, this winter.

When colder weather set in last year, 75-year-old Joan* avoided switching the heating on because she could not afford the bill. Although she used to be an active player of sports, she can now hardly move due to a range of medical conditions which make her particularly vulnerable to the dangers of cold weather. Thankfully she received a winter fuel grant from Dorset Community Foundation to help her stay warm and well.

Around 350 vulnerable people die in Dorset every winter because of the combined effects of fuel poverty and social * Resident’s name changed

isolation. If you would like to help save lives and have an unwanted Winter Fuel Allowance or you would just like to make a contribution, then send your donations to the Surviving Winter Appeal.

You can send a cheque made out to the Dorset Community Foundation to: The Surviving Winter Appeal, Dorset Community Foundation, The Spire, High Street, Poole, BH15 1DF. You can also donate online at: or telephone: 01202 670815.

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Parks and nature

Discover the hidden gems of Bournemouth

Refreshing winter walks Wildlife at Hengistbury Head

Walking is good for the mind and it’s good for the body, suitable for the whole family and doesn’t cost a penny. Some of us like to stroll, taking in every detail of the sights and sounds around, whilst others prefer a faster, brisker pace that gets the heart pumping. However you choose to take your walk, find new and interesting places to discover in and around Bournemouth.



Self-guided trails

Sea air

If you want to join others and beat the Monday blues with a refreshing and fun stroll then join a Monday Morning Meander. All meanders start at 10am and last between one and a half to two hours. They are free to join and take place all across the borough including: Strouden Woods, Millhams Mead, Turbary Common and Iford Meadows. You can find our more in our latest Bournemouth Parks events leaflet or visit: The Upper and Central Gardens offer a quieter and calmer town centre walking experience alongside the Bourne Stream with beautiful scenery, outstanding trees and a boardwalk, which allows you to walk through an area of wet meadow. Look for the Tree Trail leaflet at: for a self-guided tree walk through the Upper and Central Gardens lasting around two hours.

You can also find self-guided trails for the Tropical Gardens at Alum Chine. Originating back to the 1920s, the gardens are a tropical retreat, home to a haven of unusual plants. For more information visit:


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Hengistbury Head is an excellent location to explore on foot. There are a myriad of paths winding across the reserve, reaching up onto Warren Hill, where, earned with a little effort, you can enjoy the spectacular views. Hengistbury Head is also a great place to see a range of wildlife and it is home to the Visitor Centre where many nature-based events take place. Take a break for refreshments at The Hiker or Solent Meads Golf Café or hop on the landtrain if you get too tired. Find out more at:

Nothing says refreshing quite like a visit to the seafront with the sound of the waves lapping at the shore and the feel of the sea breeze on your face. You can choose to take in the views from along the cliff top or head for a stroll along the prom. If you’re willing to risk a little sand in your shoes, then walking along the beach can really burn calories.


If you want to discover riverside scenery, find out about local nature or understand more about local history then Stour Valley offers all this and more. Visit Kingfisher Barn Visitor Centre to see what activities are taking place (download our Parks events leaflet) or find out more at:

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Exclusive competition for BH Life readers

Your chance to win a Yellow Buses annual bus pass worth over £500* Since 1902 Yellow Buses have been plying the town’s highways and byways, serving the needs of the area’s population and visitors alike. From the early days of the trams to today’s ultra-modern, easy access and environmentally friendly buses, they enjoy as much iconic status as the Pier itself.

Yellow Buses are offering one lucky winner the chance to win an annual pass worth over £500!* All you have to do is answer this simple question. Don’t worry if you don’t know the answer, as you can find it in the text on the left.

Their routes cover Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch and each year Yellow Buses carry over 13 million passengers travelling over eight million kilometres. They are helping to play their part in reducing congestion and improving the environment with their modern low emission buses.

On average, how many passengers do Yellow Buses carry each year? a) 1 million b) 3 million c) 13 million

To enter, email your answer and contact details to: or send a postal entry to: BH Life competition, Bournemouth Borough Council, Town Hall, Bournemouth, BH2 6DY. Closing date: 15 February 2017

In fact, today’s buses offer you much more than you might imagine: comfort and bright airy spaces, easy disabled/pushchair access and Wi-Fi. You can even download your ticket on your mobile device via the YB Move app.

If you are not lucky enough to win, then check out the latest schedules at: or download the Yellow Bus app which is available on both iOS and Android.

Details of our past competition winners can be found at:

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Focus on history

Local heritage in Bournemouth

Mayor, Cllr Eddie Coope attends celebration

Eventide Homes (now renamed Edgecombe Gardens)

The Mayor and Janet Edgecombe, Chairman

JR Edgecombe, Mayor from 1933 to 1936

Local charity celebrates 80 years The 1930s was an era of poverty, a time when the workhouse was still in existence. In Bournemouth, an almshouse charity was founded by the Mayor, JR Edgecombe. He envisaged a community of small villas where the needy could find security in the latter part of their lives. The Cooper Dean family provided a location on Castle Lane and included payment for three homes. In the summer of 1936 the first two blocks were built and ready for occupation. In 1952 plots in Hastings Road were purchased for more homes, and in 2000 a further building was added. Owned by the Eventide Homes Charity, there are 70 homes today providing accommodation for eligible people aged over 60.

To celebrate the charity’s 80th year in 2016, the trustees have renamed the site to Edgecombe Gardens. Earlier in the year a celebration and thanksgiving service was held, with afternoon tea for guests and the unveiling of a bird house in the grounds.

Find out more about the charity at:


Did you know?

Philip Hardy designed the homes and he later entered into a partnership with fellow architect AJ Seal to form ‘Seal and Hardy’, whose work included the Echo offices on Richmond Hill.

Delve into the past Bournemouth Library has unrivalled information about the local heritage of our town. The Heritage Zone on the 2nd floor of the library has printed books, maps, local newspapers from 1850s onwards, census returns, historic electoral rolls and a large collection of images. Much of the material is unique, but some items are available for loan.

Redhill Gardens c1920

Our friendly and knowledgeable staff can help you trace your family history. We have birth, death and marriage records for Bournemouth, dating back to 1837. We also have a collection of Bournemouth and Christchurch Parish Registers, with some records going back to 1576.

All 12 Bournemouth libraries provide free public access to the ‘Ancestry’ online database with UK Censuses from 1841 to 1911.

Trolley buses 1969

You can also use the free ‘Streets of Bournemouth’ website. This is Bournemouth’s virtual museum, developed with Bournemouth University, containing individual memories, maps publications, photographs, paintings and the history of our town. Come in and visit Bournemouth Library or find out more about local library services at:

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Councillors approve a five year strategy

How are we helping to address homelessness? A five-year strategy to help prevent and reduce homelessness and rough sleeping and improve support services, was approved by councillors recently. Reflecting national trends, Bournemouth has seen an increase in the numbers of residents contacting us because they are at risk of, or have become homeless. There is also an increase in the number of people sleeping rough.

Councillor Robert Lawton, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “We are committed to tackling homelessness and rough sleeping in Bournemouth. We are facing increased demand on our services due to a number of reasons, including the current economic climate and changes to the housing markets as well as some residents having very complex support needs. So, it is vitally important that the Council is prepared and adapts its approach and services accordingly.”

Our approach includes support services with an emphasis on preventing people from becoming homeless in the first place. If you, or someone you know, is threatened with homelessness, contact us for advice as soon as possible. Our Housing Options team are available on: 01202 451467.

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:

14 December, 25 January 8* February at 10.30am 19 December, 16 January 20 February at 2:30pm 17 and 31 January, 21* February, 7 March at 7pm

13 December, 12 and 26 January, 2, 16, and 23 February and 2 March at 9:45am

Overview and Scrutiny Panel meetings visit:

Please check details before attending on: 01202 454713.

How can you help? If you see someone sleeping rough contact Streetlink. This national system links with local support teams who can provide rough sleepers with help and advice. Visit: or telephone: 0300 500 0914. You can find out more about our work to address homelessness at:

Area Forum meetings

Area Forum meetings are run by residents with support from ward councillors and take place in different locations across the town. Boscombe: 12 January at King’s Park School, Ashley Road, 7pm Ensbury Park, Wallisdown & Winton West: 21 January at Ensbury Park Community Centre, 10:30am Throop, Muscliff, Strouden, Townsend and Holdenhurst: 16 February at Bournemouth School for Girls, East Way entrance, 7pm Westcliff: 21 March at St Michael’s School, Somerville Road, 7pm Westbourne: 22 March at Westbourne Library, 7pm.

Bournemouth Older People’s Forum

2 December and 20 January at the Pavilion, Lucullus Room, 10:30am.

*These meetings will discuss the budget.


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What’s on


Events and things to do in Bournemouth

Christmas gift event at Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre

Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre is holding a Christmas gift event until New Year’s Day. Showcasing beautiful Christmas decorations, gifts and glassware. For more information, visit: or telephone: 01202 451618.



Mayor’s Charity Appeal: sponsored Reindeer Run along the seafront for adults and children. Pier Approach, 6pm. Visit: or call Sara: 01202 704060 The Colour of Me by Wriggle Dance Theatre, Pavilion Dance. A family performance suitable for 3 to 7 year olds. 11am and 3pm. Tickets: £6 (under 2s free) from: 01202 203630 or: Autumn Revue at Pavilion Dance, 6pm. Join in for an entertaining evening of dance performances. Tickets £6 from: 01202 203630 or: Business Come Dancing at Pavilion Dance. Lots of ‘strictly’ razzmatazz, this charity competition and

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Bournemouth & Beyond Discovery Group talk: Bournemouth Cinemas by Hugh Ashley at St Andrew’s URC main hall, St Stephen’s Road, BH2 6JJ. 7:30pm. Visitors welcome £3. Visit: Dorset Humanists: A talk by Dr Arif Ahmed a philosophy lecturer at Cambridge, Moordown Community Centre, 2pm. Free entry. BSO at the Pavilion Theatre – see page 17 Lord of The Dance, Pavilion Theatre. Tickets from £37: or 0844 576 3000

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black tie gala event includes a welcome drink, Christmas dinner and disco. Tickets: £45 from: 01202 203630 or: Mayor’s Charity Appeal: A Christmas Soul Sensation with Ray Foster & The Soul Classics, West Hants Club, 7pm. From £13, tickets on: 01202 519455 The Bolshoi Ballet presents the Nutcracker, Pavilion Dance - see page 17 Dorset Humanists: ‘Amnesty International & The Human Rights Act’, Moordown Community Centre, 2pm. Free entry. Macmillan White Christmas Dip, Boscombe Pier at 9:45am. Visit:

Dorset Humanists: ‘Losing faith’, Green House Hotel, Bournemouth, 7.30pm, Free entry. Mayor’s Charity Appeal: sponsored Walk of Fire, Cumberland Hotel. Registration and full details from the Mayor’s PA on: 01202 451117 Chinese New Year Crafts at the Russell-Cotes. See page 19 Holocaust Memorial Day event at the Life Centre, 711-715 Wimborne Road, BH9 2AU, 3pm. Booking details:

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Dorset Humanists: Darwin Day Celebration with Dr Julian Baggini, Bournemouth International Centre, 2pm. See website for details and prices. The Mayor’s Charity Appeal: comedy at The Shelley Theatre, in partnership with Coastal Comedy. Tickets £19, includes canapés on arrival. Proceeds to the Mayor’s charities. Bar open from 7pm. Tickets and further details from Theresa on: 01202 451637

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BSO at the Pavilion Theatre – see page 17 Half term activities. Family activities at local libraries and the Russell-Cotes. See page 19 Bournemouth & Beyond Discovery Group talk: Bournemouth Gardens by Michael Rowland at St Andrew’s URC main hall, St Stephen’s Road, BH2 6JJ. 7:30pm. Visitors welcome £3. Visit:

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Friday 16 December

Seth Lakeman Award-winning folk-singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Seth Lakeman is touring with his band and special guests Wildwood Kin.

Friday 13 January

Circus Of Horrors Britain’s Got Talent finalists celebrate 21 years with this spectacular show, featuring an amazing amalgamation of bizarre, brave and beautiful acts!

Sunday 15 – Tuesday 17 January

Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet THE NUTCRACKER & SWAN LAKE Two of Tchaikovsky’s greatest and most treasured ballets of all time.

Thursday 19 – Sunday 22 January

Faulty Towers THE DINING EXPERIENCE Basil, Sybil and Manuel are back ready to dish up a ‘70s-style 3-course meal and a good dollop of mayhem.

Monday 6 – Saturday 11 February

Blood Brothers Willy Russell’s West End sensation will visit Lighthouse as part of a national tour. This award winning play is captivating, moving with a superb score.

Monday 20 – Saturday 25 February

The Play That Goes Wrong Fawlty Towers meets Noises Off in this multi award-winning West End smash hit comedy that will leave you aching with laughter.

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