HighcliffeEYE Your Local Community Magazine
April 2013 • ISSUE 13
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Welcome to all our readers old and new! Our distribution is almost covering most of Highcliffe now I’m pleased to say. If this is the first time you have come across our magazine, let me tell you what we’re all about. Whilst our advertisers fund the magazine, we try to pass on as much local information as possible. Our handy size magazine includes each month: What’s On Guide; lists of local Clubs, Classes, Groups & Societies; Puzzles; Prizes; local Business Column; An English Mum Column; Recipes; Local History; Regent Centre Listings; Kids’ Page; Coffee Break Page; Useful Local Telephone Numbers plus many local articles that happen over the year. No other local publication gives you all that! The idea is to keep the magazine as useful as possible throughout each month and should you need a local trade, service or information then you turn to us. Please mention where you saw the advertisement so that our advertisers know you are reading our magazine, this will help keep the publication funded so that we can continue to produce our useful and informative little mag for you. If you have an interesting local article that you think our readers will be interested in then do please email us at info@localeyemags. co.uk we’re always on the lookout for local stories to keep the magazine as interesting and relevant as possible. My favorite article this month can be found on page 5, which tells us about the famous Mr. Selfridge and his connections with the Highcliffe area. Oh, before I go, another must for you this month is to make the recipe on page 28 - Hummingbird Bakery’s Traditional brownie; this has to be the most amazing Brownie recipe ever! Enjoy!
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Mr Selfridge in Highcliffe By Jenny Wigman When ‘Mr Selfridge’ came to our television screens in January little did I realise how Christchurch could in fact be linked with him. Harry Selfridge was an American born in Wisconsin on 11 January 1856. He was brought up by his mother, his father did not return to them after the Civil War in 1865 and his two brothers died around this time also. With this hard start in life it didn’t deter him and he became quite the young entrepreneur. At the age of 20 he was taken on by a very successful store in Chicago one of the partners being Marshall Field. Marshall Field was a pioneer of department store shopping, someone who influenced him greatly. On a trip to London in 1906 he discovered that London’s shopping experience was sorely lacking and decided to open his own department store, ‘Selfridges’. On 15 March 1909 Selfridges opened to the public. His ideal was to embrace everyone from all walks of life so all could enjoy this new shopping experience. Mr Selfridge was very keen on mixing theatre with shopping and made the department store a destination. In 1916 he decided to have a residence away from the hustle and bustle of London and rented a property in Dorset, this property was Highcliffe Castle. Sharing his time between London and
Highcliffe he rented the property until 1922, the magnificence of Highcliffe Castle obviously appealing to Mr Selfridge’s showman persona. In 1919 Selfridge commissioned the architect Philip Tilden to design his very own castle. He had purchased land at Hengistbury Head; the plan was so vast it was due to cost a fortune. Philip Tilden set to work and some of these beautiful drawings can be found online at the Royal Institute of British Architects picture library http://www.ribapix.com. The plan involved four miles or ramparts with towers, and both a small and large castle. The large castle was to include a Gothic hall, a 300-ft tower, a theatre, a Hall of Mirrors copied from Versailles, a winter garden, a covered lake, long corridors and galleries for pictures, tapestries and other objet d’art, and at least 250 suites of rooms for guests. Unfortunately when his wife died in 1918 his spending became reckless, also in 1929 the Great Depression began. In 1930 he sold the land at Hengistbury Head to Bournemouth Borough Council with a covenant advising that the land was never to be built on. This may have been unfortunate for him as his dream castle was never built but indeed fortunate for us as the land remains unspoilt for us to enjoy. In 1939, at the age of 83, in debt and more or less penniless he was made to retire from Selfridges. After this he led a more simple life and died in 1947 at the age of 91 in Putney. As his wife, Rosalie, was buried in St. Marks Churchyard in Highcliffe, so he too was buried beside her in a very simple grave, his life turning full circle from a humble beginning to a humble ending. Excerpts taken from countrylife.co.uk. HighcliffeEYE
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he Holmhurst estate stretched from Hinton Wood Avenue in the west to Cranemoor Chapel in the east. The northern boundary may be roughly estimated as Pinewod Road and the southern boundary as Braemar Drive. The main entrance was from Hinton Wood Avenue where the small red-bricked Lodge, which was the gardener’s home, stood until late last century. The original drive to the house swept to the north of the Lakewood pond through thickets of rhododendrons. The house was built in the early Victorian style and had a separate bell tower which housed a clock. There was a large, imposing iron-studded front door. The entrance hall was dominated by a beautiful wooden staircase. Each rung of the banisters was carved with rabbits and squirrels. The butler’s and chauffeur’s houses are still standing in Chewton Common Road but Holmhurst itself was demolished about 1960. The earliest known resident of Holmhurst was Sir John Thursby, a very popular character in the village. He was elected a churchwarden of St. Mark’s Church and re-elected sometime later in spite of his frequent absences from the district. He gave the church choir annual supper parties which appeared to have been hilarious. The earliest reference to Holmhurst was the announcement of the wedding of Sir John’s daughter:- “October 13th 1888 - A marriage is arranged and will take place between Mr Willoughby Aston Littledale of Bolton Hall and Miss Violet Thursby of Ormerod House, Burnley, Lancs. And Holmhurst, near Christchurch, Hants”. Sir John was a sportsman who enjoyed hunting and shooting. At Holmhurst he kept a pack of harriers of fifteen couples. The horn was carried by his son, George, who was reputedly an excellent rider. The parties and dances were eagerly anticipated by all the young gentry. Newspaper
records report that the festivities often continued until 3 o’clock in the morning and that the tables were laid with gold plate. The last residents were Mr and Mrs Pike, Mr Pike owned a company which mined china clay at West Creech in Dorset. The famous Blue Pool was part of his mining operations. When Mr Pike died, Mrs Pike became a recluse. She believed in transmigration and thought the soul of her late husband had entered a rabbit. She would allow no rabbits to be killed on the estate and paid local children half a crown for every rabbit they brought to her. The gardeners were encouraged to grow food for the rabbits; consequently the whole area was swarming with rabbits of different colours. Some of their offspring can still be seen at twilight in the grounds of the junior school – sometimes as many as thirty or forty grazing quietly between the trees. Mrs Pike built two-storey hutches for the rabbits, enabling poachers to put a hand in the hutch and quickly grab a rabbit. During the Second World War the house was used by the Fire Service and later by the Ministry of Defence as a staff club for the De Havilland workers from Christchurch Airfield and was run by the Holiday Fellowship. At that time the grounds of the house were very overgrown and the wildlife abounded. Rabbits, of course, adders and badgers were seen in great numbers. The officers spent their evenings watching the badgers at play outside their sets which were at the present site of the junction of Holmhurst Avenue and Hinton Wood Avenue.
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Art and Craft Highcliffe Flower Club, come and watch a professional flower arranger demonstrate in the Methodist Church Hall, Lymington Road on the second Wednesday of each month at 2pm, doors open 1.30pm. We are a friendly group and visitors are welcome. Jewellery & Silversmithing classes- Based in Christchurch, weekly & one day classes in small groups. All abilities welcome. Mornings and evenings available. A range of techniques covered including soldering, stone setting and enamelling. Contact Louise 07789 915694 platinajewellery.co.uk Christchurch Floral society next meeting at Priory Hall Princess Avenue will be on April 5th Demonstrator Allison Finch “Well Read” Competition “Spring has Sprung” and Plant stall Doors open 1-30 All Welcome. The Christchurch Arts Guild (CAG) - A club for artists whose current membership has a diversity of interest and experience. The Guild provides the opportunity to exhibit and holds regular Critiques, Artist Demonstrations, Life Classes & Workshop Evenings. For full details visit www.christchurchartsguild.org or phone Sandi Hitchens on 01425 613569 SUSAN KNIGHTS ‘Jump in and Get Wet’ watercolour classes in small, friendly, informative classes - overlooking beautiful Christchurch Harbour. Contact Sue on 01202 481099 or email susanknights@ hotmail.co.uk www.susanknights.co.uk Beautiful Sounds - Music workshop for adults with learning disabilities. 2nd Thursday of each month 11.15 to 12.45. £5 per person, carers and family go free. Phone for more information 01425 276161 or email email@example.com.
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along to our Weekly Meetings every Wednesday 2.00pm4.00pm, at Greystones Hall, Waterford Road, Highcliffe. Enjoy an afternoon out with other local people that will be full of entertainment, speakers, activities, chatting and refreshments. Warm welcome for all. Contact number 01202 848145. Christchurch Macula Group – Meetings at Christchurch Day Centre in Highcliffe. First Tuesday of every month. 2pm to 4pm. Andy Alderman 01425 270479. Christchurch 50+ extends a warm welcome to active unattached ladies & gentlemen over 50 to our lively social/friendship group. Come and enjoy many varied activities. We meet every other Wednesday evening. Please ring for more details. 01202 417632 / 01425 611058 Christchurch Blind Club -Meets the fourth Tuesday every month in the afternoon from 1400 until 1600 at the Priory Hall giving visually impaired folk the opportunity to get together and chat over a cup of tea and to access specialist information and equipment. Contact should initially be made with The Dorset Blind Association office in Poole, telephone 01202712869 or firstname.lastname@example.org French language section Monday 10-12noon. Intermediate, mixed ability. Principally conversation via various subjects conducted by bilingual Professor Jean Guillaume. Come and join us and keep that brain active - you know it makes sense. Greystones House, Waterford Road. Portfield 50+ Lunch Club, 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at Portfield Hall, Christchurch, BH23 2TW. 2 course meal severed at 12 mid day, cost £5. Raffle. Booking essential. Contact Beth Richards 01202 473965. Christchurch Memory Cafe - Alzheimer’s Society is holding its monthly Memory Cafe on Wednesday 10 April from 2.30-4pm at St Joseph’s Parish Centre, 67 Purewell, BH23 1EH. This is an ideal place for people with dementia and their carers to meet others over a cup of tea in a friendly environment.
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was asked recently what the Chamber of Trade does for the town as a whole. Chambers of Trade are organisations set up by businesses to speak up for and to lobby on their behalf. Chambers work Julie on initiatives that support businesses and promote their localities to the outside world. Christchurch Chamber of Trade and Commerce is not a large organisation and does not have a great deal of money. Often it kick starts and supports initiatives until they run on their own. So, how does it help businesses and the town as a whole? Here are examples of its work. The town’s CCTV scheme was set up as a joint initiative between the Chamber, Council and Police; the Christchurch Food Festival was initiated by the Chamber and run by businesses; the Christmas Festival began as a Chamber initiative for a late night shopping event; the Chamber runs the Shoplink Radio Scheme, an offshoot of the CCTV scheme, to help prevent business crime; the Parking Refund Scheme, where businesses offer to refund 1 hour’s parking charge for a set spend, is Chamber run. The Chamber holds business events and produces publications, such as the Christchurch Shopping and Services Guide and Christchurch Business Guide to promote business. Recent lobbying has included the £1 for 2 hours parking campaign and support for the Totally Locally initiative. Without a successful business base, towns become run down. Shops and industrial units lie empty, jobs disappear, property prices drop. So a healthy local economy is vital to the wellbeing of a town and its residents. A pro-active Chamber of Trade is an essential part of this. Christchurch works best when it works together. The Food Festival is testament to that fact and local Councils and Chambers should work in partnership to create conditions in which businesses can thrive. www.xchtrade.co.uk
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Tuesday 16th April Christchurch Priory Special Guided Tours - Tour starts at 6.30pm meet at the Tower Door. Visiting ground floor and the areas of the Priory not usually open to the general public including tower, museum crypts and roof space. Booking essential. Tickets £10 per person from the Vergers’ Office at Christchurch Priory Tel: 01202 485904. Not suitable for children under 8 years. Wednesday 17th - Saturday 20th April Milton Musical Society present - RAGTIME The MUSICAL. Not to be missed, multi-award winning musical. It is based on the award winning novel by E. L. Doctorow, with a libretto by Terrence McNally, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty. Regent Centre, Christchurch. Friday 19th April Christchurch Royal British Legion Womens Section are holding a barn dance at Bargates, Christchurch 7.30pm – 11pm. Tickets £5 each. Ploughman’s food. Contact Lisa Hillman 01202 480762 or Club Bar 01202 483142. Mrs Powis is caller. Saturday 20th April Cancer Research UK Christchurch Branch. Barn Dance at Twynham School, Stony Lane, Christchurch 7.30p.m.Tickets £9.50 inc. Fish & Chips, Tea/Coffee. Raffle, Bring own glasses and drinks. Contact 01202 473354. Saturday 20th April Grange Choral Society Concert at Christchurch Priory on Saturday April 20th at 7.30pm The Mozart Requiem and Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna conducted by Marcio da Silva. Tickets £9 & £15 students £4 from Christchurch Information Centre and 01202 399139.
Every Monday - Christchurch Market (all year) Up to 100 traders selling a variety of food, clothes, household goods, plants and bric-a-brac in the mainly traffic-free High Street and Saxon Square. Farmers Market first Friday of every month 9am – 1pm. Regular monthly Farmers’ Market in Saxon Square. Over twenty local producers selling quality home produced/ reared produce including; meat, cheese, bread, plants, herbs, cakes, fruit and vegetables. Christchurch Country Market. Everything home-baked, homemade and home-grown locally. Every Monday 9.3011.30. Druitt Hall (behind library). Refreshments available.
Saturday 20th April Car Boot Sale – Come and get a bargain!! 10am until 12 midday, Sellers to arrive by 9am. Cars/Tables £5 each. Refreshments will be available. Hosted by FRIENDS of Highcliffe St Mark Primary School (Greenways, Highcliffe, BH23 5AZ).
Friday 26th April Closing date for entries for the Performers Festival 2013. Handbell teams, recorder groups and assorted string groups are invited to perform before an adjudicator and audience. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org 01202 483519 for further information.
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Friday 26th April Award-winning duo, Tinderbox, in concert with Mike Silver on April 26th to benefit local children’s charity, Amelia’s Rainbow – www.ameliasrainbow.org. Christchurch Community Partnership is presenting this concert at the Regent Centre - tickets £12 – or £10 before April 22nd.
Tuesday 23rd April The next Town Guided Walk starts from the Old Town Hall, Saxon Square at 2pm. Organised by Christchurch History Society this 1½ hour popular heritage walk is led by Christchurch Town Guide, Terry Thomas. Adults £4, children free, dogs welcome.
Saturday 27th April Coffee Morning with Bring & Buy also Prize Draw at The Methodist Church Hall ,(Next to Berties Fish & Chips) Lymington Road, Highcliffe. Free entrance, every one welcomed, come and make new friends or just come and meet your friends for a coffee. Sec. Lucy Eden 01425276795.
Thursday 25th April ‘An Audience with Rebecca Shaw’, Dorset based bestselling author of the ‘’Turnham Malpas’ & ‘Barley Bridge’ series of village life. Highcliffe Library, 2.30pm. Numbers limited. Tickets from the library. Admission; Library Friends £1.50, Non Members £3.
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If you’re fed up of cowering in the corner with your hands over your head, you could always take the little darlings to the local library. I recently took a peek in Christchurch branch, which is nearing the end of a full refurbishment and extension. It is with some relief that I can finally go in there without needing a disguise due to a certain ‘incident’ which occurred when my kids were quite small. At the time I also owned a new puppy. Not knowing quite how to deal with the barking, the biting and the nasty deposits on the floor (and that was just the kids) I trotted along to the library and borrowed two books. One was called ‘How to Tame your Toddler’ and the other was a book on dog training. It was with some embarrassment that I returned the remains of the books two weeks later; the Toddler Taming book having been eaten by the puppy, and the dog training book having been scribbled in by the toddler (much to the amusement of the librarians and the detriment of my wallet). Anyway, the library now looks all fresh and lovely, and they usually put on free events for the kids during the holidays. (Make sure you check out the lovely ceiling skylights if you go in). Alternatively you could always leave the kids at home with an unsuspecting baby sitter and go to the library for some peace of your own!
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Can You Dig It? Soil, mud, dirt or muck, call it what you will, but is yours any good and can you dig it? One of the most common ‘moans’ I get from gardeners is that “my soil is rubbish”. We’ll presume they mean it’s not great quality (and not that it’s full of litter), but I’m never quite sure what people expect from their soil. Probably a soft, stone free, sifted loam or maybe a dark, rich organic compost such as that found in a grow bag. The reality is that soil, like man, is never perfect. Sometimes too wet, too squidgy, too crumbly, or too firm, and, just like humans, the perfect soil takes hard work to maintain. Now I realise that some people were just born perfect, just as some loamy soils are too. But if you’re not one of the lucky ones, and your soil is more arm pit than Brad Pitt, here’s what to do about it. Like all things in life, there are extremes. I (being a horticultural extremist) had to go the whole hog and excavate the clay from my borders, replacing it with 40cm of topsoil, but unless you’re starting a garden from scratch, and have access to a digger, I’d
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