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ChristchurchEYE Your Local Community Magazine


August 2013 • ISSUE 42

Puzzles Local History Things to do in Christchurch What’s On Guide Local Clubs & Classes Local Trades & Services

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I’m very sorry to tell you that this month, after three years working with us, Julie Ratcliffe, our business columnist will be writing her last column. Julie is also withdrawing from the Christchurch Chamber of Trade & Commerce and all the hard work that came with her role there in order to concentrate on writing children’s novels. Julie’s first novel, ‘The Thirteenth Box’, was the first in her Smugglers’ Town Mysteries series. Set in 18th-century England, it is action-packed and full of colourful characters within a historically correct setting, using actual places around the Christchurch & Highcliffe area. This book was read and enjoyed by every member of our household so is suitable for all ages and makes a fantastic birthday present for anyone. Although we are very sad to see Julie go, I’m pleased that she is one step closer to the next book, The Face of Sam, which I believe should be available nearer to Christmas, how fantastic! I’m sure you’ll join me in wishing her every success with her new career. I would like to say a huge thank you to Julie for her contribution over the last three years and wish her all the best for the future. Thank you Julie. The Thirteenth Box is available to buy now from Bookends, Christchurch Information Centre, The Olde Eight Bells shop, Avon Beach Shop, Highcliffe Castle & Priory Bookshop. Also available via and on Amazon Kindle!

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JUST ONE MORE THING... After three years this is, sadly, my final business column for the Christchurch and Highcliffe Eye magazines having decided to concentrate on my children’s novels. It has been an interesting time and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reporting the challenges facing businesses throughout the Borough.


My very first column was back in August 2010. I wrote about how high streets evolve, of new businesses starting up, how Christchurch High Street has bucked the trend in this recession, and I’ve urged people to shop locally on the parades and streets where businesses vie for local patronage. Other column topics have been the importance of passing trade, local transport systems, Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), apprenticeships and youth employment, the value of tourism, using festivals and events for business benefit and, of course, parking charges.

Questioning the issues will be Christchurch Chamber of Trade and Commerce and I hope that businesses of all kinds get behind it. Having a strong business voice is vital and recently the Chamber has been making changes and focussing its work. Proactive business people on an active Chamber can make a big difference - especially if it works alongside the local authority rather than at loggerheads. Finally, it would be great if everybody joined the Chamber in getting behind the Totally Locally Christchurch campaign. Success here would go a long way in ensuring ours is a thriving town.

Julie Ratcliffe

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There are still testing times ahead. Both Christchurch and Dorset County Councils will be no doubt wrestling with budgets following further cuts to government grants. I sincerely hope they choose not to target parking again, especially Dorset’s truly awful idea of meters on the High Street. Every survey undertaken, such as the Portas review and those by the Federation of Small Businesses, shows that parking charges are a real threat to the vitality of towns.



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Following Creedy Path


hen the redeveloped Druitt Gardens were officially opened in June 2012 the ceremony included a celebratory cycle ride along the pathway that runs between Sopers Lane and Wick Lane. This pathway has long been known as Creedy Path, and its transformation into a shared footpath and cycleway with a ‘resin bonded gravel’ surface is just its most recent incarnation. Before the Druitt Gardens were redeveloped, Creedy Path was generally considered to be a length of crazy paving running near the back gardens of Wickfield Avenue. However, that quirky stone path dated to only the 1950s. Old maps show that the footpath had previously run in an almost perfectly straight line through the Gardens. Although some of the trees have been felled, a remnant avenue delineating this earlier route can still just be discerned (Photo: The former route of Creedy Path, leading between the waste-bin and signpost, as viewed from near the Wick Lane end of the footpath). Because this former route ran close to the line of the medieval town wall it is popularly believed that Creedy Path may have once been part of a track running outside the town between the Priory and the Leper Hospital of St Mary Magdalen (which was situated on the far side of what is now the Recreation Ground) – effectively a medieval bypass! A colourful but dubious local story even suggests that Creedy Path is so-named because canons walking along it could be heard reciting the Christian creed. In reality, the true antiquity of the footpath is unknown, and it seems more likely that its name is derived from the land it bordered, which before the Wickfield Avenue estate was built in the mid-20th century was an 11 acre field system called Creedy. This land is recorded as ‘Crydie’ in the early 14th century. Nevertheless, the origin and meaning of this name remains uncertain. Do you have any theories?


After Wimborne-born solicitor James Druitt built his grand new house (now Christchurch Library) on the High Street in 1844 he gradually extended the back garden until it included Creedy Path. He maintained the public footpath and later planted saplings along it to make it ‘more agreeable’. After James Druitt’s death in 1904 there was a real risk that Creedy Path and part of the garden ground would be lost to urban development, with sale particulars specifically noting that ‘forming Creedy Footpath into a 36ft road’ would permit access to a large number of building plots! Fortunately, this fate was averted by James Druitt’s son Herbert, who bought the land. In 1938, shortly before the Wickfield Avenue estate was built, Herbert’s sister Charlotte purchased an additional narrow strip of land at the edge of Creedy Field. In time the footpath moved sideways onto this strip, creating the curious kink in the pathway that still exists. When a public consultation regarding the proposed redevelopment of Druitt Gardens was conducted in 2009 one of the most contentious issues was whether or not the crazy paving Creedy Path should be retained or replaced, with opinion equally divided. Nevertheless, in December 2011 the slabs were lifted, trees were felled, and the work to create a shared footpath and cycleway was begun, heralding a new phase in the history of this apparently ancient pathway. With acknowledgement to research undertaken by Sue Newman and Bev Miller.

The preservation of the garden by Herbert and Charlotte Druitt is the reason that the town now possesses a unique woodland environment just off the High Street. For more information about the history of the formal Druitt Gardens in the early 20th century refer to ‘An Edwardian Garden - From The Diaries of Herbert Druitt’ by the late Olive J Samuel, a founder member of the Christchurch Local History Society. Available from The History Shop (Wick Lane), Christchurch Information Centre, and other local retailers, or directly from the Christchurch-based publisher Natula Publications (www.natula. ChristchurchE YE

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Thursday 1st August – Friday 30th August Art Exhibition - Mark van Wingerden - A Coastal Journey Toward Abstraction a vibrant, solo exhibition by Dorset artist Mark van Wingerden. Exhibition continues ‘till 30th August. View website for more info. Thursdays – Thursday 1st August – Thursday 22nd August Summer Lunchtime Chamber Recitals at Christchurch Priory, Admission Free Retiring Collection Thursday, 1 August, 12:30pm - Julian Jacobson – Piano. Thursday, 8 August, 12:30pm “Musical Banquet” The acclaimed Oxfordshire Trio. Thursday, 15 August, 12:30pm Alani String Duo. Thursday, 22 August, 12:30pm Stephanie Liney – Harp. Thursday 1st August to Saturday 10th August Green Festival - Creative Space - A fun, creative space in the museum to have a go at activities inspired by the nature of Dorset. Cost: Family activity, just drop in. Venue: Red House Museum open from 10am. Telephone: 01202 482860 Saturday 3rd August Stompin’ on the Quomps is a free to attend smooth jazz festival being held on Christchurch Quay on Saturday, 3rd August from noon til 10pm. This year’s bands include The Taverners featuring Ian Shaw. Bring the family and enjoy an afternoon of live music, hot food, bar and stalls. Saturday 3rd – Saturday 17th August Christchurch Arts Guild is staging a major art exhibition at Priory House. With the closure of Priory House this is the final time it will be held at this venue and promises to be better than ever. Tuesday 6th August and Wednesday 28th August Stan’s Blues Jam at The Thomas Tripp, Christchurch BH23 1HX on Tuesday 6th August (Every First Tuesday of the Month) and at The Avon Causeway, Hurn BH23 6AS on Wednesday 28th August (Every Last Wednesday of the Month) Details at www. Wednesday 7th August Summer Evening Organ Concert at Christchurch Priory, 7:30pm Geoffrey Morgan (Christchurch Priory). Admission Charge £7. Thursday 8th August Christchurch Priory Special Evening Tours –Visit areas of Christchurch Priory not usually open to the public, tower, museum, crypts, belfry and roof space. Booking essential. Tickets £10 each available from the Vergers Office Tel 01202 485804. Meet at tower door.

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Saturday 10th and Saturday 31st August Come and grab yourself a bargain from bump to baby and beyond. If you have lots of outgrown clothes and toys you would like to sell please visit Saturday 10th August 10-11.30am at Christchurch Juniors School and Saturday 31st August 10-11.30am at Mudeford Wood Community Centre. Entrance: £1 per adult-children free. FREE goody bag for first 50! Sunday 11th August The Lions Club of Christchurch Car Boot Sale at Stanpit Recreation Ground, Christchurch. 7.30am sellers, 8.00am Buyers - 12.00pm close. Sellers cars £5.00, Large vans and cars with trailers £8.00. Free to buyers, Parking, Toilets and Refreshments. Enquiries: 0845 833 9826. Subject to local weather conditions. All proceeds to Charity. Tuesday 13th August Fun crafts and stories for ages 5-11 at Highcliffe Library. 13th August - Dancing Skeletons. These are free events, but tickets are required. Contact the library on 01425 272202 for more information or to book a place. Thursday 15th August Crafts in the Garden, 10am-4pm Red House Museum, Quay Road, Christchurch. An opportunity to watch demonstrations and purchase crafts direct from the maker in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Paintings, pottery, jewellery, textiles, wood and more. Admission Free Friday 16th August – Thursday 5th September Art Exhibition - The Hayloft Gallery, 14 Wick Lane, Christchurch. Open 10am-5pm daily. Admission Free. Susan Knights, Ann Davison, Brenda Weeks Paintings, Textiles, Jewellery, cards. Saturday 17th August to Saturday 26th October Red House Museum open from 10am - An interactive familyfriendly exhibition about life in a late Victorian household complete with sights, sounds and smells. Follow stories of the Dexter family and their servant, Rose, while exploring a Victorian collection of irons and pans to toys and clothes.

Regular Markets

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. Christchurch Country Market. Everything home-baked, homemade and home-grown locally. Every Monday 9.3011.30. Druitt Hall (behind library). Refreshments available.

Sunday 18th August Tour of Christchurch Priory - visit areas of the Christchurch Priory not usually open to the public, tower, museum, crypts and roof space. Bells are not included in this tour. Booking essential Tickets £8 each available from the Vergers Office 01202 485804 Tour starts 2.30pm Monday 19th August Summer Family Fun Event “Happy Holiday” Adventure - A morning of imaginative & creative play...3 interactive sessions including social breaks & refreshments, suitable for children aged 18months - 7 years with their grown-ups! 9.30am 12.30pm Mudeford Wood Community Centre In assoc with Little Dance Club, The Creation Station & Debutots. Tuesday 20th August A guided heritage walk around Old Christchurch takes place on Tuesday 20th August at 2.00 p.m. Organised by the History Society and Borough Council and led by town and Priory Guide Terry Thomas. Meet at the Arches, Saxon Square. Adults £4. Children Free. Tuesday 20th August Totally Locally Christchurch Meeting at The Fire Station, Fairmile Road, Christchurch, 7pm. Come and see what we are up to and help pass the message on! In the meantime you can check out the website at Wednesday 21st August Summer Evening Organ Concert at Christchurch Priory,7:30pm David Goode (Eton College). Admission charge £7. Saturday 24th August The Highcliffe Branch of The Royal British Legion, Coffee Morning at The Methodist Church Hall, Lymington Road. 10.30am till 12:00, with Raffle also Bring and Buy. If you have any bric a brac that needs collecting ring 01425 276795. Come and make new friends, or just come for a coffee with friends. All are welcome. Monday 26th August Lions Club of Christchurch Charity Duck Race at 3.30 pm at the Mill Stream (opposite Kings Hotel, Castle Street, Christchurch.

Community Notices Contact the elderly Christchurch group is looking for reserve drivers two or three times a year on a Sunday afternoon and more volunteer hostesses to entertain six elderly people to tea once a year. Ring 01202 424482 Highcliffe Friends in Need - If you need transport to take you to a Medical Appt, please ring these numbers. Please try and give at least 48hours notice Thank you. Mon. Cherry Cook 01425-275056 Tues. Ann Hart 01425280083 Weds. Pauline Williamson 01425- 271520 Thurs. Avril Carpenter 01425- 276346 Fri. Kath Kirby 01425279284 Christchurch Neighbour Cars - Door to door transport by volunteer drivers, for the elderly residents in, BH23 area for mainly health related appointments. 50p per mile donation to cover transport costs. Tel the co-ordinator on 01202 430176

All proceeds to local charity. See website: Tuesday 27th August Fun crafts and stories for ages 5-11 at Highcliffe Library. 27th August - Creepy House Construction. These are free events, but tickets are required. Contact the library on 01425 272202 for more information or to book a place. Table top sale at The Regent Centre Christchurch, every Saturday & Monday from 10am to 3pm. A variety of stalls selling interesting items i.e... Costume Jewellery, Charity Stall, CD’s, Book, China, etc..

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Clubs, Classes, Groups & Societies Fitness, Sport and Wellbeing Anyone for tennis? Mudeford Wood Tennis Club welcomes players of all ages and abilities for fun and fair club play on synthetic grass courts. LTA league matches also available. Please see website www. or call 01425 278335 for more details. Pregnancy yoga based exercise, breathing & relaxation classes. Stretch & strengthen your body, relieve aches & pains and prepare for birth. Suitable for all abilities including complete beginners, from 14 weeks of pregnancy. Tuesdays in Christchurch. Contact Rosa 07837 218374 Chi Kung Exercise Classes - Come and join us on Friday mornings 10.45-12.15 upstairs at Wessex Health Studio, 17 Stour Road, Christchurch BH23 1PL Car park at rear. Fee £7.50 www.wessexhealthnetwork. Please call tutor Poppy 01202 735560 YOGA class on Mondays 7.15-8.15pm at Wessex Therapy Clinic, Christchurch, with a British Wheel of Yoga Accredited Teacher. Small group class to ensure individual attention to each student. For more information see or call/text 07803-937143. Yoga Class at the Bay Tree Store in Saxon Square. 0915-1015am. Ideal for beginners, busy mums or those wanting a gentler class. First class only £5. To book a space text or call Elaine Rees on 07504 823517. Yoga classes for all levels and ages in Christchurch! Stretch, strengthen, develop core strength (help back pain) and de-stress! Taught by Yoga Teacher & Personal Trainer Caroline Radway: yoga-for-life or call 07798 941832 (Weds & Fri 10am, Thu 7.15pm). First Class Free! Art and Craft Jump in and Get Wet’ Watercolour Classes in small, friendly, informative classes - overlooking beautiful Christchurch Harbour. Contact Sue on 01202 481099 or email www. Children Musical Steps - Award-winning, inspirational and

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educational music classes for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers. Monday mornings at The Regent Centre. Come and join the wonderful world of music, learning and fun. Term starts 25th September. 0845 643 5025 www. Bransgore Toy Library - Village Hall, second Monday of the month 10-11.30am. Toys for babies and preschool aged children. £1.50 for one adult and child, £1 each additional child. Includes refreshments and toy hire for a month. Contact 01425 673692 Clubs and Societies Play a brass or woodwind instrument? Come to Christchurch and District Community Concert Band! Players of all ages and abilities. Fun, friendly, light hearted rehearsals every Tuesday in Christchurch from 7.30pm-9.30pm. Call Steff : 07974 320122 for more info. Sessions Music and Heritage Club every Thursday, The Old School House, Lymington Rd, Highcliffe 5.30 - 9.30pm. If you are aged 12+ (School Year 7 upwards) and interested in music, drop in and say hello; bring an instrument or borrow one of ours! fb or CHRISTCHURCH PROBUS CLUB - Meets 10.30am on the 2nd Tuesday monthly. A very friendly welcome awaits all retired professional and businessmen. Interesting speakers and excellent lunches! Contact the Secretary, Robin Haggett on 01202-482528. Highcliffe WI take their summer break in August and enjoy garden parties and coffee mornings. Meetings resume in Sept and visitors/potential members are always welcome - for more info call the secretary on 01425/271995. THE HEALING TRUST (established 1954) Over 20 years in Christchurch, Healing given on Tuesdays from 1.30 – 2.30pm, at Portfield Hall, Portfield Road, Christchurch. BH23 2AQ. No appointment necessary. Minimum Donation £4 for more information contact Steve on 01202 478479 anytime. Over 60’s Group - Homelands Activity Group extends

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a warm welcome to non-residents to their weekly social at Homelands Community Hall, Kings Avenue, Christchurch between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. every Monday. Contact Irene on 01202 473489 for further information. The Phoenix Fellowship Club for Widowers - A cordial welcome is extended to widowers to join this friendly group at their weekly meetings at Christchurch Baptist Church Hall on Mondays between 10:30a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Contact Irene or Richard on 01425 279656 for further information.

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You are now on the Inland Ridgeway, go straight on to the metal gate. After ¼ mile, you will see a Trig point on your left. At the left fork option, carry straight and at the next left sign, turn left. You will now have some derelict buildings in the field to your right and tumuli to your left. Follow the fence to the gate and carry on along the ridge. After 1/3 mile, you will find a telegraph pole in the right hedge. The path swings left, following the line of the telegraph poles which leads onto a track. Follow this to the bottom. At the bottom, turn right through a gate and continue along the track to a gate with the stream to your left. After 100 metres you will come out onto the road on the opposite side of the small river where you started. Jurassic Jaunts © Jurassic Jaunts AP 2009

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Chemists The Grove Pharmacy, 48 The Grove, Xch 01202 484310 Mon – Fri 9-6 Sat 9-1 Wessex Pharmacies, 186 Somerford Road, Xch 01202 482197 Mon-Fri 9-1.15/2.15-5.30 Sat 9-1.15 Rowlands Pharmacy, 136 Purewell, Xch 01202 484840 Mon-Fri 8.45-6.30 Sat 8.45-1 Your Local Boots Pharmacy, 2A Twynham Avenue, Xch 01202 486276 Mon-Fri 8.45-1/2-6.15 Mudeford Pharmacy, 94 Mudeford, Xch 01425 272798 Mon-Fri 9-1/2-5.30(Weds ‘til 1) Sat 9-1/2-5 Boots the Chemist, 23 Saxon Square, Xch 01202 483034 Mon-Sat 9-1.30/2.30-5.30 Burton Pharmacy, 123 Salisbury Road, Burton 01202 477771 Mon-Fri 9-1/2-6.30 Lloyds, 248 Lymington Road, Highcliffe 01425 274291 Mon-Fri 8.45-5.30 Sat 9-4

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