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December 2013 • ISSUE 46

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Not long until Christmas now folks! Have you done all your Christmas shopping yet? If not, please consider popping into Christchurch & Highcliffe. Not only are there a wide variety of shops but also many unusual gift ideas, some even made by local artisans. I bought a few stocking fillers at the recent Fiver Fest in Christchurch which took me into shops I hadn’t been in for a while and was pleasantly surprised by the wide choice our local shops have to offer. There’s also free parking in the week leading up to Christmas (dates unconfirmed at time of going to press, we will announce on our facebook page when confirmed). Shopping in Christchurch & Highcliffe is a totally different experience compared with your larger shopping malls with great customer service and just knowing that my little bit makes a huge difference to our local community brings me that feel good factor. If we don’t continue to use our local High Street for shopping we will quite simply lose them, so come on, do your bit and give yourself some of that feel good factor too. Wishing you all a very happy Christmas!

Cheryl Cheryl Dennett Editor & Publisher

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hich Christchurch business has 700,000 customers a year and has recently spent £50 million on improving its facilities but works in an industry that has such tight profit margins that it needs its customer’s parking fees to help balance its books? To confuse you further, despite Peter being a major Christchurch employer and being based in the borough, it uses the name of Bournemouth in its title because of its international standing? A recent visit to Bournemouth Airport by the Christchurch Chamber of Trade and Commerce gave a fascinating insight into one of our borough’s most interesting businesses. Its development over the years is engrossing enough on its own. The airport started in 1941 as a wartime airstrip for Spitfires, after the war for a period it was UK’s only inter-continental airport (until the opening of Heathrow) and it was also the hub for significant aircraft building. Just as engrossing is its current business model. The air flight and the tough bargaining tactics of the low cost airlines makes the running of a regional airport immensely challenging.

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However, it is a challenge that the management and staff in Christchurch rise to with great spirit. The senior management will happily assist the less able-bodied from the car parks, and when no flights are due, the security officers will help with the cleaning. A true team spirit pervades the whole running of the enterprise. The diversity of its functions with its air traffic control, massive fire engines and the air club, air pilot training centres and large hangers and businesses on the commercial side of the airport, all makes this a unique Christchurch business. Of course, for us locals, it also provides a superbly convenient gateway to international holidays. It’s a local business that deserves our support.

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Real Christmas Trees are grown on farms just like any other agricultural crop. To ensure a constant supply, Christmas Tree growers plant one to three new seedlings for every tree they harvest. On the other hand, artificial trees are a petroleum-based product manufactured primarily in Chinese factories. The average family uses an artificial tree for only six to nine years before throwing it away, where it will remain in a landfill for centuries after disposal. Real Christmas Trees Are Recyclable Real Christmas Trees are biodegradable, which means they can be easily reused or recycled for mulch and other purposes.


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Now until Saturday 7th December Penny Simpson and Wendy Scattergood in Hatchling Gallery (upstairs). Winter Exhibition including new artists Stephen Bishop and Robert Amesbury Brooks to continue on into January. Hatch Gallery, 7a Church Street, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 1BW www.hatchgallery.co.uk Now until Monday 23rd December Christmas at the Hayloft - The Hayloft Gallery, 14 Wick Lane, Christchurch BH23 1HX 10-4 daily. Admission free 01202 428004 www.cadarts.com Locally made arts and crafts unique and affordable Christmas gifts Saturday 30th November and Sunday 1st December Highcliffe Castle Christmas Craft & Gift Fair, 11am–4pm. A beautiful range of high quality crafts and gifts from local artists and suppliers displayed in the Castle’s heritage rooms, an ideal opportunity to purchase unique Christmas presents. Adult Admission £1. Accompanied Children Under 16 Free. Season Ticket Holders Free Sunday 1st December – Wednesday 25th December Christmas Services at the Priory - Sunday December 1st Advent Carol Service (Darkness to Light) 6.30pm Sunday December 8th Christingle Service 3.00pm Sunday December 22nd Nine Lessons & Carols 6.30pm Tuesday December 24th, Christmas Eve Crib Service 3.00pm Tuesday December 24th, Christmas Eve Midnight Mass 11.15pm Christmas Day 8.00am. Holy Communion 9.30am. Sung Eucharist 11.30am. Choral Matins and Sermon Monday 2nd December Christchurch Strollers – Highcliffe Cliff top car park. Meet at the shelter near the Cliffhanger Cafe 10.30am. Everyone welcome, walks are free, no special equipment needed. Tuesday 3rd December & Thursday 26th December Stan’s Blues Jam at The Thomas Tripp, Christchurch on Tuesday 3rd December (and every First Tuesday of the Month) and at The Avon Causeway on Boxing Day evening for this month (and back to normal in 2014 on the Last Wednesday of the Month) See www.stansbluesjam.co.uk for details Thursday 5th December Christchurch Priory - Christmas Music and Community Carols 7.30pm Boscombe Band of the Salvation Army. Thursday, 5th December “A Victorian Christmas” talk at Christchurch Library at 2.30pm.

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Tickets from the library £1, Friends of Christchurch & Highcliffe Libraries free, including refreshments. Saturday 7th December Church Fayre and Table sale - St George’s Church Hall, 10am1pm. Raffle, Refreshments, Books, Jigsaws, Christmas Cake draw, Games, Lucky dip and tables to browse for a bargain. We will be pleased to see you Saturday 7th December CRAFT AND VINTAGE FAYRE, Bransgore Village Hall, Burley Road, Bransgore. 10am-1pm. Local handmade crafts, food, and Vintage finds. Ideal Christmas Shopping! Visit from Father Christmas (proceeds to Julias House) FREE ENTRY, Homemade cakes and refreshments available. Saturday 7th December Christchurch Priory - Christmas Concert Christchurch Music Zone at 7.30pm Tickets on the Door. Saturday 7th December RNLI Christmas Fayre in Highcliffe Methodist Church Hall from 10.00-3.30. Admission free. Cakes, books, bric a brac, souvenirs, jewellery, jigsaws. Refreshments all day. All welcome. Thank you. Saturday 7th December Christchurch Infant School Christmas Fair from 12pm to 2.30pm – Addiscombe Road, Christchurch, BH23 2AE – Books, Toys, Cakes, Tombola, Raffle, Father Christmas, Games, BBQ, Refreshments, Face Painting, and more. Come along and join in the fun! Entry 50p. Wednesday 11th December The Cadenza Choir will be performing a Christmas Concert in support of The Priory CE VA School at St.Joseph’s Church, Purewell, Christchurch at 7:30pm.Tickets £8 in advance from The Golf Shop,19 Church St, Town Centre, Christchurch. £10 on the door. To include refreshments afterwards. Thursday, 12th December “Mince Pie Munch” at Highcliffe Library at 2.30pm. Humorous seasonal verse and simple competitions. Tickets from Highcliffe library £1, Friends of Christchurch & Highcliffe Libraries 50p, including refreshments. Thursday 12th December Christchurch Strollers – Tuckton/Wick. Meet 10.30am at car park by Wick Lane toilets. Bus X1 to Christchurch then 1C. Everyone welcome, walks are free, no special equipment needed. Saturday 14th December Family Christmas Barn Dance 7pm at Mudeford Wood Community Centre, Piper’s Drive, BH23 4TR. Live music, jacket


potatoes and desserts available and bring your own drink. Tickets £10 adults, £5 children. Call 01425 272084 - www. mudefordwoodcommunitycentre.co.uk.

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Saturday 14th December The Performance of Handel’s “Messiah” performed by The Bournemouth Bach Choir at Christchurch Priory at 7.30pm Tickets £18.00 & £9.00. Tickets from Christchurch Regent Centre, 51 High Street.

The Fridays Crafters are at the Regent Cinema Christchurch for you to purchase your Christmas Gifts for your friends and family 10-3pn on Fridays in the cinema foyer

Saturday 14th December Highcliffe Christmas Carnival, Lymington Road, Highcliffe A well-attended event and great fun for all the family! This year’s Carnival theme is SHOWTIME. The CARNIVAL PROCESSION starts at 6pm, but make sure you get there EARLY - LYMINGTON ROAD CLOSES TO TRAFFIC AT 5PM. For more info: highcliffecarnival.org.uk Tuesday 17th December Christchurch Strollers – Stanpit Marsh. Meet 10.30am at car park. Everyone welcome, walks are free, no special equipment needed. Thursday 19th December Christchurch Priory - Carols with the Mayor 7.30pm Tickets available from Christchurch information centre. Friday 20th December Christchurch Strollers – 10.30am. Saxon Square, with coffee/ mince pies after walk at Cheese and Alfies. Everyone welcome, walks are free, no special equipment needed.

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Community Notices Christchurch Neighbour Cars -HOLIDAY CLOSURE. FROM MONDAY DEC.23RD TO FRIDAY JAN 3RD 2014. Please book early for any appointments week beginning Jan 6th, as there will be no answering service over the holiday period. Wishing you all a happy Christmas. French teacher sought for intermediate class at Highcliffe Community Association (Greystones House) Mondays 10am - 12. We are seeking a charitable gesture as this post is non remunerative. HCA is a local asset well worth supporting. Please contact Robert Lucas 01425 272332 Numberworks 2013-d.pdf 1 14/08/2013 11:40:33

Monday 23rd December Mudeford Wood Active Kids - from 9am to 4pm - Popular, established Holiday Club for children aged 4-11 years, includes Christmas Treasure Hunt and fun activities. Mudeford Wood Community Centre, Pipers Drive, BH23 4TR. Call 01425 272084. www.mudefordwoodcommunitycentre.co.uk. Table-top sale at the Regent Centre Christchurch, every Monday & Saturday from 10am to 3pm, selling a variety

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t’s that time of year again, when previously sane friends suddenly succumb to OCD — Organised Christmas Disorder. You know the ones — they have the cake made in October, the presents bought (and wrapped) Rachel in November and all the Christmas cards written and sent by the 1st of December. This is most definitely not me. I know for a fact that the cake will be bought, not made, the presents will arrive on the last delivery day Amazon has available, and will finally be wrapped up by around 2am on Christmas Morning. Oh, and don’t expect a card. I’m fairly certain that most of my long-suffering friends would have thought I’d died, if it were not for the reprieve of being able to post a message on Facebook sometime in-between stuffing the turkey and peeling the sprouts.

Christmas Day is always a little on the frantic side in the English Mum household! According to Delia and Nigella, I should be able to prepare copious quantities of mouth watering dishes, presented on an impeccably dressed table, whilst wafting around the kitchen looking like I’ve just spent the day at the spa. The reality is I’ll be lucky if I make it out of my dressing gown by lunchtime and my make-up will be hastily scrawled on in between shouting at kids to get dressed, attempting to dig out the dining table (usually buried under heaps of post), and remembering to rest the turkey. It’s chaotic, frantic, sometimes fraught, but by the time the turkey sandwiches are starting to curl and the dips have formed a light skin, the family usually agrees that it was a great day. As for me, I envy the turkey — a rest would be very welcome sometime around lunch time on Christmas Day! However you spend your day I hope you have a very blessed and Happy Christmas. An English Mum :)


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Clubs, Classes, Groups & Societies Fitness, Sport and Wellbeing Forest Fitness and Wellbeing Walking Group - Meets every Tuesday 9.30am-10.30am at Beach Hut Café, Friars Cliff (free parking at Steamer point). A lovely coastal walk with a friendly group. £2 walk. Please contact Lisa 07984 784032. Tea Dance - Come and enjoy ballroom and sequence dancing, make some new friends, we enjoy a good chat with a cup of tea. We are a friendly group of dancing partners. Tuesdays 2pm/4pm. The Hall, Marlow Drive, Christchurch. Contact Maureen 01202 473658. 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 www.labouroflove. me.uk Chi Kung Exercise Group - Come and join us on Friday mornings 10.45 - 12.15 in the upstairs Studio at Wessex Health, 17 Stour Road, Christchurch BH23 1PL. Car park at rear. Fee 7.50 www. wessexhealthnetwork.co.uk Please call tutor Poppy 01202 735560 Gentle Fitness Class to Music - Come and join us on a Monday afternoon 1.45pm to 2.45pm at Highcliffe Methodist Hall, High Street. Enjoy the music of the sixties, get your muscles moving, improve your coordination and strengthen your body. Cost £4 termly or £4.50 PAYG. All levels welcome call Julie on 07799 650388 for details. Candlelit Hatha Yoga & Relaxation - Thursdays 7:20-8:35pm at The Wessex Health Network, Christchurch. Everyone welcome – mixed ability class suitable for all. British Wheel of Yoga Teacher. £6.50 per week (£7 drop in if space available). Please call (07966)199875 or email becca@yogabee.co.uk to reserve your place. Art and Craft National demonstrator Michael Bowyer will be demonstrating at Christchurch Floral Society Princess Avenue on December 6th at 2pm Competition “Christmas Glory” Bric a Brac stall Come along and

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see wonderful flower arrangements all welcome. Carbery Machine Knitting Club meet on the 1st Tuesday of each month at St George’s Church Hall Annex, Jumpers Rd. BH23 2JR. We have a varied programme and welcome old and new members alike. More details, contact Joy on 01202 489614 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 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 - Weekly sessions in the centre of Christchurch. Tuesday & Wednesday mornings 10-1pm and Thursday evening 7-9pm. A variety of techniques covered including piercing, soldering, stone setting, casting and enamelling. New classes starting January 2014. Contact louise 07789915694 Children Creative Ballet Classes for children 3+ at The Portfield Rd, Christchurch, Dorset BH23 2AQ Thursdayfrom 3.45pm. The classes are fun and creative with an emphasis on building confidence and coordination as well as teaching poise, movement quality, musicality, spatial awareness, strength and flexibility. Call Sally on 07950459119 or email sally. burbage@gmail.com Award-winning, inspirational and 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! 0845 643 5025 heather.smith@musicalsteps.co.uk www.musicalsteps.co.uk Clubs and Societies WI Book Club - New members wanted. Join a friendly group exchanging opinions on books and authors. Meeting at The Hall, Marlow Drive, Christchurch, second Wednesday every month, 10:15am till 11:30am.


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brand new ‘not-for-profit’ enterprise launched this month, focused on the continual development of Christchurch town and its community. The Christchurch Foundation Trust was the idea of employees at Quantum Group, developers of the former MOD site at Bailey Drive. Last week the site owner and developer announced that Asda is planning to open a new store at Bailey Drive in 2015. CEO David Hines, of Quantum Group, said “This is a very exciting time for Christchurch. To celebrate the news, Quantum Group has decided to seed The Christchurch Foundation Trust with £1million from the profits of our deal with Asda. This is a fantastic way to kick start the trust, which was set up by employees of our business.” The trust will be working with residents and businesses to generate ideas and create new economic, social and environmental projects that have a positive impact on the town. Simon Hammond, Community and Engagement Director of Quantum Group and acting Chairman of the trust, said “I have spent a number of months speaking and listening to the Christchurch community. Many of the local residents are passionate about Christchurch and have expressed how keen they are to play an active part in its continual development. Therefore, to be actively involved in forming The Christchurch Foundation Trust is a great privilege and opportunity for me.“ Simon’s role for the coming months is to work with other employees within the Quantum Group – who are giving up their time for free – to bring the trust to fruition. One of the first priorities is to set up an independent board to run, and manage, The Christchurch Foundation Trust. “I will be searching for this new board in early 2014,” says

Simon “so that we can create some strategic direction and really engage with the Christchurch community on what their thoughts and ideas are.” Not only will the scheme use the £1million, promised by Quantum Group, but will also be working to identify new and additional sources of funds, which will further enhance and continue the work of the trust. Simon elaborates on how he and the board might do this. “Part of the role of the new board will be to identify ways of generating even more funds to help Christchurch. We are already researching ways of generating donations, funding partners and ‘match funding’ opportunities from other organisations”. The development at Bailey Drive was agreed by Christchurch Borough Council in June 2013. The site will offer, in addition to the new Asda supermarket, 25 affordable houses and a range of new community benefits, including an outdoor fitness area, a new ferry point with access into Christchurch and a children’s play area. Quantum Group is also planning to build a modern interpretation of the Bailey bridge, acknowledging its creator Donald Bailey, OBE, who designed and developed the renowned World War II invention. Over the coming months the trust will be speaking to charities, schools, businesses, residents and other organisations on how it can help them and the town. If you are interested in finding out further information about The Christchurch Foundation Trust, you can visit their website which offers details about how to get involved, how to apply and some of the opportunities the trust is currently exploring. You can find it at www.christchurchfoundation.co.uk.

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Garden View

Surviving Christmas Surviving a modern day Christmas can be challenge enough for humans, but just imagine how difficult it is if you’re a plant. You’ve been reluctantly forced to flower, grown in a light controlled polytunnel and you’ve been force fed with growth stunting hormones to ensure you’re not too straggly when flowering on Mrs Cratchit’s table …. and here’s me feeling sorry for the turkey! It seems such a shame that after all the effort, you go and kill the poor thing after just one week of taking custody. This year will be different though, because whether giving or receiving a houseplant this festive yuletide, help is at hand with my top tips for keeping them alive (until New Year at least!). •

Avoid placing plants in a draughty location such as windowsills, or near to a frequently opened door, (they won’t appreciate the large fluctuations in temperature)

Avoid hotspots, such as in front of or above a radiator or fire

Water plants by plunging them into a bowl of tepid (not cold) water, and then allowing the water to fully drain out from the pot before returning to its location

Azaleas like humid conditions, so stand these on a tray of gravel filled with water, (but ensure plants are not sat in water)

Create a ‘plant area’ where groups of plants can be stood together, this will create more humidity

Avoid direct sunshine

Ensure the compost never dries out or is too saturated, water little and often

Remove faded flowers to prevent disease and to promote flowering

And finally, don’t get emotionally attached, think of flowering houseplants as a medium term bunch of flowers or a Christmas decoration, and after flowering if they look a little jaded, return them to the compost heap in the sky - I don’t think there’s any worse house plant tragedy than a straggly Poinsettia in July with three stunted yellow leaves. Poinsettias are popular because they look wonderful, but here’s a little word of warning, be careful not to get the sap of a Poinsettia on your skin as they can cause irritation, and always keep them out of reach of pets and children. Have a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year Lee 38 ChristchurchEYE


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New Year’s Eve Party We’ll be serving a sumptuous ‘Bring Me Food’ menu - a five course mixture of sharing dishes, platters and the ‘Best’ Beef Wellington, as well as coffee and petit fours! The party continues into the night with a live DJ in the Bar/Lounge area. The price includes a complimentary glass of Champagne at midnight to celebrate the New Year! £69 per person To book New Year’s Eve at The Kings, please speak to a member of staff

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ctober and November are very busy months here at Christchurch Rotary. In October we have the Swimafun, a “swimming challenge” open to the local community to raise money towards their chosen charity and ours. Unfortunately, this event was cancelled due to technical pool issues BUT has been re-scheduled for Saturday 25th January, 2014 With this disappointment behind us, and the pending doom of the weather forecasters, what hope did we have for the Stanpit Bonfire and Fireworks Spectacular? I am pleased to advise this event went ahead and all those months of planning were rewarded. Not only has the club secured thousands of pounds to be used in the local community, but also a safe family evening was enjoyed by all. Originally set up because of a tragic case the club set out to create an event celebrating a long tradition in which the whole family could enjoy. The fact that all profits go back into the community is a bonus. So, with funds in the bank its time to start moving the money to its intended home, and there are all to many good causes in our local community that would probably surprise you. Like everyone else at this time of year my thoughts are turning to the Festive celebrations, being with family and having a good time. Unfortunately, only around the corner from us all are the lonely, vulnerable, fragile and forgotten. This will not be far from our thoughts at the club with various festive fund raising already in place. If you think alike then why not come and take a look at us in person, perhaps drop us an email.

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