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June 2014 • ISSUE 51

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I love this gorgeous weather we are having as I write this. Living and working just by the river, in particular when the sun is shining, reminds me how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful part of the country, Cheryl or world even. I’ve just recently completed my Level 2 Powerboat course so I’m now able to enjoy views of Christchurch & Highcliffe from the water, it really is breathtaking and it’s wonderful to see so many people, of all ages, out enjoying such a wide variety of activities, there really is so much to do locally that we are spoilt for choice.

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When the weather is not so good why not try out our recipe on page 38? This month we have Custard & White Chocolate biscuits, which are simply delicious and really easy to make too. As you may have gathered by now, with my choice of baking recipes, that I have a bit of a sweet tooth! Well until next month, I hope we get to see lots more of this beautiful weather so that we are able to get out and about a lot more to appreciate all the things we have to see and do here in Christchurch & Highcliffe. If not (after all, this is Britain), then don those wellies and a brolly and get out there anyway. My daughter and I just love going out and jumping in muddy puddles, it’s sometimes the simplest things in life that are the most enjoyable, so enjoy! Cheryl Cheryl Dennett Editor & Publisher

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contents Editors Letter 3 Local  History  by  Phil  Tate 6 What's  On 8 Local another Community   Notices optician scoops 9 What's  Onnational technology 9 award Parley G Optometrists lift coveted prize10 for the second time Clubs,  Classes,   roups  &  Societies Peter's  Business  Column 13 Mindbenders 13 An  English  Mum 14 Transition  Town  Christchurch 17 Adopt  a  Pet 21 Win  £25 21 Mudeford  Wood  Jubilee 25 On  the  Water 27 Coffee  Break 28 Kid's  Page 30 CCC  Poem 31 Christchurch  Citizens  Association PARLEY 32 OPTOMETRISTS AT THE FOREFRONT OF OCULAR TECHNOLOGY Garden  View 34 S Christchurch  Rotary 35 NER 4 WIN e 201 l at thationa n N ticia Recipe 38 Op ards Aw Regent  Listings 38 Index 40 Puzzle  Solutions 40 Useful  Contacts parleyoptometrists42 Award winners advertorial 2014_Parley Echo advert A4 mag 02/05/2014 17:41 Page 1

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Dorset based Optician Parley Optometrists have sensationally lifted the coveted national award for Technology Practice of the Year for the second time at this year’s Optician Awards held at the prestigious Hilton Hotel on Park Lane. The optical practice based at Parley Cross beat off stiff competition from other Opticians across the UK to win the award, having won previously in 2008.

The optical practice has reached the finals of the awards for several years and is widely recognised as a leading independent optician on the south coast. Owner and Senior Optometrist Rob Jones, interviewed moments after receiving the award could hardly contain his excitement: “This is what makes it all worthwhile. It’s a real achievement to win the award for the second time and it’s good to be officially recognised for all the hard work the team puts in to ensure the very best eye care for our patients”

As well as the Technology Practice of the Year award, the ground-breaking practice was also short-listed for two other national awards: Campaign of the Year award, helped by their specialist marketing agency IMS Group and also Software Practice of

• Diabetic eye screening • Glaucoma screening & hospital shared eye care • NHS & Private eye exams • Contact lens specialists • Orthokeratology (Eye-Dream) an alternative to laser - for those suitable • Digital imaging of the internal & external structures of the eye • Corneal topography/pachymetry (advanced scanning techniques) • Children’s examinations & coloured overlays for specific learning / reading difficulties • Hospital cataract referral centre • Dry Eye specialists • Advanced 3D OCT Screening for the most advanced eye test

the Year, which recognised their unique use of the latest software to help improve their patient experience and the overall service offered by Parley Optometrists.

When asked why he thought the judges had favoured his practice, Mr Jones, who is also a Senior Optometrist at The Royal Bournemouth Hospital, explained: “It’s very difficult to know what exactly the judges are looking for when deciding on who should win an award, so all we can do is put forward what we as a practice do best and what we feel is important as opticians. The driving force behind Parley Optometrists is to always be ‘at the forefront of ocular technology’ and this is actually our company mission statement. We really believe that by investing in the latest technology available in optics, we are offering our patients the very best that money can buy, and what their eyes deserve.” Since it’s formation in 1999, Parley Optometrists has grown from a relatively small opticians looking after the needs of a few hundred patients to one now boasting a patient register of several thousand meaning they are now seeking an additional optician to keep up with the unprecedented demand for their innovative services.

Comedy Impressionist Jon Culshaw (left) who presented the award to Parley Optometrist’s Rob Jones with Brian Bowles from Grafton Optical and Chris Bennett, Editor of Optician

Parley Optometrists believe in delivering award-winning eyecare for our patients which is why we have invested in some of the latest technology available to ensure that we are giving the best possible care available today.

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local history by Phil Tate

To advertise please call Cheryl on 01202 477214



w h a t ’s o n

What’s On Entries are listed FREE of charge for local groups and events. Submit your listing online at Friday 23rd May – Thursday 5th June The Friday Crafters are having an exhibition in The Hayloft Gallery Wick lane Christchurch open every day, come and buy your handmade gifts. Tuesday 3rd June and Wednesday 25th June Stan’s Blues Jam Tues 3rd June and Weds 25th June Stan’s Blues Jam at The Thomas Tripp, Christchurch BH23 1HX on Tues 3rd June (and the First Tues Every Month) and at The Avon Causeway, Hurn BH23 6AS on Weds 25th June. Details at

crypts, belfry and roof space Children over 8 welcome. Tuesday 10th June Christchurch Library 2.30 pm. “Thyme for a Talk on Herbs” by John Hawkins. Tickets from the library £3 including refreshments. Saturday 14th June Friends of the Red House Museum Garden Party at the Museum 12pm-3pm. Cream teas 12pm-2pm. Stalls. Highcliffe Junior Choir at 12.15pm. Pedlars & Petticoats costumed presentation with a workhouse theme at 2pm. Saturday 14th June RNLI coffee morning from 10-12.30 in Highcliffe Methodist Church Hall. Cakes, books, jewellery, jigsaws, bric a brac, souvenirs. Admission free, donations welcome

Friday 6th – Thursday 19th June Art exhibition of original paintings, prints and cards by local artists Morag Dixon, Dennis Male, Sylvia Musk, Lisa Le Quelenec and Wendy Rayner. Open 10am-4pm daily at the Hayloft Gallery, Wick Lane, Christchurch, BH23 1HX.

Saturday 14th June Summer Fayre at Highcliffe St Mark Primary School: Times: 11am–1:30pm Attractions: Various Stalls, Grand Raffle, Games, BBQ & Entertainment Fun for the family - all welcome!

Friday 6th June Summer Fair – Christchurch Junior School, Clarendon Road, Christchurch BH23 2AA. Fun starts at 5.30pm until 8pm! Come see our stalls, games, BBQ, bar, and refreshments – to name a few attractions. Join us ... adults 50p entry & free entry for children.

Saturday 14th June Silver Jubilee Family Fun Day from 11am to 6pm at Mudeford Wood Community Centre, Pipers Drive, BH23 4TR. Fayre and craft stalls, BBQ, bar and cake/ice cream stalls, live band, bouncy castle, games and lots more. 01425 272084. www.mudefordwoodcommunitycentre.

Saturday 7th June Table sale and Summer Fayre 10am - 12.30pm St George’s Church hall, Jumpers Road Christchurch Come along and browse for a bargain, Tombola Refreshments, books, jigsaws, cakes toys, raffle and late bedding plants. Saturday 7th June Craft and Vintage Fayre - Bransgore Village Hall - 10am1pm. A craft and Vintage fayre with over 30 stalls with good food, preserves, vintage and craft. Promoting locally sourced craft and produce. Free entry and Raffle for Julias House. Saturday 7th - Sunday 8th June Bioblitz - Stanpit Marsh Nature Reserve 8am – 8am Discover biodiversity on your doorstep. Help record as many species as possible in 24 hours. Wildlife events all day & into the night. Full programme & booking Tel 01425 272479. Tuesday 10th June Christchurch Priory Tours - 6.15 for 6.30pm, approx 2¾ hours Tickets in advance £10.00 from the Verger Tel: 01202 485804 Includes tower (176 steps!) museum,



Sunday 15th - Saturday 21st June Christchurch Priory Music and Arts Festival -. Lunchtime concerts with international artists, 17th, 18th, 19th June at 12.30.No bookings required, retiring collection. Tickets for evening concerts available at Regent Centre. Newly refurbished Cafe bar open 10-4pm, serving lunches, beverages and teas. Saturday 21st June RNLI concert - A concert in aid of RNLI by Poole and Parkstone Singers in Highcliffe Methodist Church Hall Admission £6. Contact 01425 279546 Saturday 21st June Open Day - FREE workshops/instrumental try-outs. Try a vocal fix, join a band, learn a drumroll and more. Collect information - get advice from Coda tutors and music therapists. Visit our cafe. 1-4pm at Coda, Chewton Farm Road, Walkford, Dorset BH23 5QL. Saturday 21st - Sunday 22nd June Christchurch Cheese & Chilli Festival - A fantastic day out for all the family and the opportunity to sample and buy

a fantastic array of foods plus cheese and chillies from all over the world at Chapel Gate, Bournemouth Sports Club in Christchurch, which is next to Bournemouth International Airport. See website for details www. Thursday 26th June Friends of Christchurch & Highcliffe Libraries - ‘Cliffs, Coves & Contraband’ a talk by Ann King. Local references. Highcliffe Library, 2.30pm. Phone 01425 272202 or call into the library for tickets. Library Friends £1.50, Non Members £3.00. Refreshments

Saturday 28th June Highcliffe Junior Choir 100 Club Concert - at Highcliffe St Mark’s Junior School, Greenways, Highcliffe at 7pm. Choir summer concert followed by refreshments. Tickets £4 on the door. Everyone welcome. For more details call Janet 07799 257020. Saturday 28th June If music be the food of love... An afternoon of sacred music and musical interludes with Laudamus and Friends in aid of Christchurch Food Bank. 3pm at St Joseph’s Church, Purewell. Tickets: £8 on 07989 310967

Friday 27th June Christchurch Spiritualist Centre, Barrack Road - We have International Medium Karen Willis with us at 7-30pm. Tickets £5 on sale now at Centre, or phone Phyllis on 01202 463985 for details.

Sunday 29th June Classic Car Exhibition on Christchurch Quay - 10am to 5.00pm. Free exhibition. Classic Cars in the wonderful setting of Christchurch Quay. Free entry for all pre 1983 vehicles. Come and go as you please.

Community Notices

Table-Top-Sale at the REGENT CENTRE every Saturday & Monday from 10am-3pm, selling a variety of interesting items incl: Costume/Vintage jewellery & other items, DVD’s, Bric-a-Brac etc.

Contact the Elderly is urgently looking for more reserve drivers two or three times a year on a Sunday afternoon to take three elderly people out for a little car ride and afternoon tea at volunteer host and hostess homes. For more details ring Carolyn 01202 424482 Volunteer Hospital Car Service - Need transport to your local medical apt? Please ring the number below. 48 hrs notice please. A small donation will be required. Mon. Cherry 01425-275056 Tues. Ann 01425-280083 Wed Pauline 01425-271520 Thur Averil 01425- 276346 Fri Kath 01425-279284 RAGTIME REVELLERS BAND - A brand new Ragtime Band in Christchurch, The Ragtime Revellers, require a lead trumpet player to complete their exciting line up. Interested? Call James 07739 577435 for more info. Transition Town Christchurch is launching GARDENSHARE. We aim to match garden owners who have unused garden space with enthusiastic growers who don’t have gardens – so both can share in the produce. Please text or phone 07849 431612 or email: Christchurch Neighbour Cars - From the end of May, Christchurch Neighbour Cars will be run by Christchurch Community Partnership. The service will continue as before with as little disruption as possible, but with different co-ordinators.

To advertise please call Cheryl on 01202 477214

To see more events in Christchurch visit Sunday 8th June Christchurch Lions Monthly Car Boot Sale from 7.30 to 12.00 at Stanpit Marsh. See website for further information. Sunday 8th June Sopley Car Boot Sale, Owls Barn, Derritt Lane, Sopley 10am-2pm (sellers from 9am onwards). Cars £5, Vans/Trailers £8. FARM SHOP OPEN. Freshly cooked home reared Bacon and Sausage Baps for that Late Sunday breakfast.

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 homebaked, homemade and home-grown locally. Every Monday 9.30-11.30. Druitt Hall (behind library). Refreshments available. ChristchurchEYE


Clubs, Classes, Groups & Societies Fitness, Sport and Wellbeing Mudeford Wood Tennis Club - Very friendly, Adult tennis, year round, on Astroturf, floodlights when applicable. Club Sessions Saturday 2 to 4, Tuesday 6 to 8 plus summertime Thursday 6 to 8. Excellent value 60 pounds per year. Contact 07973 514036 or just turn up. Integral Yoga classes, Sundays 10-11.30 at St Catherine’s Hill Community Hall, Marlow Drive, Christchurch. Feel renewed and rebalanced by gentle postures, breathing exercises, deep relaxation and meditation. First class free, for more information contact Brahmi on 07518 067859. Candlelit Hatha Yoga & Relaxation - Wednesdays 9:4511am at the Christchurch Harbour Spa Hotel Thursdays 8:45-10pm at the Wessex Health Network British Wheel of Yoga Teacher. Please call (07966) 199875 or email to book. £39 for 6-week course (can carry one over)/£7 PAYG 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 Yoga Classes at The Bay Tree, Wessex Health Centre and St Catherines Hill in Christchurch. For a full list of classes kindly text/call Elaine Rees on 07504 823517 or email: Christchurch Parkinson’s Club Thursday 12th at 2pm, Marlow Drive, St Catherine’s Hill, afternoon get together for Parkinson’s sufferers and their carers in the Community Hall. Includes an interesting speaker followed by tea, cake and a raffle. New members welcome Chi Kung Exercise Classes - Come and join us on Friday mornings 10.45-12.15 at Wessex Health Studio, 17 Stour Road, Christchurch BH23 1PL www. Please call tutor Poppy 01202 735560 or email poppy.glentworth@ntlworld. com

Art and Craft SUSAN KNIGHTS Watercolour Classes ‘Jump in and Get Wet’ in small, friendly, informative classes - overlooking

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beautiful Christchurch Harbour. Contact Sue on 01202 481099 or email www. Bransgore Horticultural Society - Lecture by Jennifer Harmer ‘Look who’s in the garden’ - a talk on plants named after famous people. Meeting to be held at the Resource Centre, Ringwood Road, Bransgore, on Thursday 5 June commencing 7.30 pm. Non members welcome. Carbery Machine knitting Club meet on the first Tuesday of each month at St George’s Church Annex, Jumpers Rd, Christchurch, BH23 2JR from 7-9pm. We are a small, friendly, active group, and all machine or would-be machine knitters are welcome to come along. Tel Joy on 01202 489614 Highcliffe Flower Club come and watch professional flower demonstrator Trisha Lewis “Remembering Joyce Grenfell” in the Methodist Hall, Lymington Road, Highcliffe on June 11th at 2pm, doors open 1.30, visitors welcome, followed by afternoon tea. Christchurch floral society meeting on June 6th at Priory Hall Princess Avenue Demonstrator Katie Baxter “Recycle and reuse” Competition “Forgotten treasure” Books and Plants stalls. Doors open 1.30pm, 2pm start All Welcome. Highcliffe Horticultural Society will be holding their June monthly meeting on Monday 2nd at St. Mark’s church hall at 7-30pm. Mr & Mrs Pitman will give an illustrated talk about their garden entitled “A Quart into a Pint Pot.” Visitors welcome. Entrance £1-00.

Children Highcliffe Junior Choir - Children’s choir open to boys and girls 11-18. All abilities welcome - no audition required just commitment and enthusiasm. Rehearsals every Friday 4.15-6.15 at Highcliffe St Mark school, Greenways, Highcliffe. Tel: 01425 276544 for more information. 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! heather. 0845 643 5025 www. Creative Ballet Classes for 3+ at Portfield Hall, Christchurch, BH23 2AQ. Classes on Tuesday &Thursday from 3.15pm.The classes are fun and creative whilst

building confidence and coordination as well as teaching poise, movement quality, musicality, spatial awareness. Call Sally on 07950459119 or email sally.

Clubs and Societies Highcliffe Evening Townswomens Guild meet at 7pm on the third Tuesday of each month in the Parlour of the Methodist Church Hall, Lymington Road, Highcliffe. Visitors and potential new members welcome. Secretary - Mrs. Frances Snoxall - 01425 277328 CHRISTCHURCH AND DISTRICT COMMUNITY BAND Come and join your community band! If you play, or used to play a brass or woodwind instrument, or are a music reading drummer; you’ll have a great time with us. Friendly, fun and FREE! Call 07974 320122 (ages 15+) CHRISTCHURCH PROBUS CLUB - Meets 10.15am on the 1st Tuesday monthly at the East Close Hotel, Lyndhurst Road, Christchurch. A very friendly welcome awaits all retired professional and businessmen. Interesting speakers and excellent lunches! Please contact the Secretary, Robin Haggett, on 01202-482528.

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Amberwood-Highcliffe Afternoon Women’s Institute will meet at Methodist Church Hall, Highcliffe, 2pm, Wednesday, 18th June. Please come and join us. Hear about “Hotter Comfort Concept”, with shoes to view. Enjoy tea, biscuits, raffle, and sales table. PHOENIX WIDOWERS FELLOWSHIP Meets 10.30-12.30 every Monday at Christchurch Baptist Church Hall, Bargates. If you have lost a loved one come along and join our friendly group of gentlemen. Have a tea/coffee make friends and have a game of carpet bowls! Highcliffe WI - Doors open at 7.15pm (Day Centre, Lymington Rd) on Thurs 19 June for a fun evening’s entertainment organised by members. If you’d like to join us for this, a buffet, quiz & raffle, ring our secretary for more info on 01425/271995.

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o what is Christchurch’s biggest business?

There is no doubt in my mind it’s the residential property business. There are at least 20 estate Peter agency offices in the Borough - one for every 2,500 of population - but that is just the start. Local property developers, builders, surveyors, solicitors, mortgage brokers and removal firms are all dependant on a busy housing market. Then there are the add-ons such as the kitchen fitters, carpet sellers and DIY stores who thrive when house moves increase, so it’s easy to see the housing market is very important to the economy. As a retirement and holiday destination, the cycle of people moving down here and perhaps downsizing to retirement flats has always kept the market going. That was until the collapse of the housing market in the autumn of 2008, the first and biggest casualty of the recession.





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This activity is good for the local economy, but it is often house prices that are the talking point. These are again strengthening and correctly priced properties are selling well but such is the demand that gazumping has returned. Will it last? The market is overheating in London so will steps be taken to cool it down? With pent up demand and the improving economy overall, let’s hope that in Christchurch the market will remain active, which will be good news for our local economy and businesses.

Peter Watson-Lee Christchurch Chamber of Trade and Commerce

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But what a turnaround now! Suddenly sales have taken off with a vengeance. House transactions nationwide are the highest they have been for years and triple what they were in late 2008. Certainly the local estate agents and solicitors’ conveyancing departments have never been busier. The boom has been fuelled by continued low interest rates, the government’s help to buy scheme and a flourishing buy-to-let market.

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ver a recent holiday weekend, we decided to take our dog for a ‘relaxing’ walk in the countryside near Wimborne. Rachel All was going well, until I tripped over a pothole and face-planted the field in a most unladylike manner. In my vain attempt to save myself, I let go of the dog’s lead. I was quite chuffed when, rather than running off, Silver came trotting up to me to make sure I was ok! With this in mind, once I’d dusted myself off, I suggested to An English Dad that we let him walk off lead for a bit (the dog, not An English Dad!). After all, Silver has a pretty good recall at the beach where we usually take him, what’s the worst that could happen...? As soon as I unclipped the lead, the little blighter was off faster than a whippet out of a gate, chasing after all the new smells! We called and whistled him to no avail as he made circles skipping round the field, occasionally coming within a whisker of grabbing distance before running off again! I noticed there was a country lane at the back of the (considerably large) field and on seeing the dog head for it, I hobbled after him. It was at this point I discovered we weren’t actually in a field. It was a bog, cunningly disguised as a field, and I was now up to my ankles in stinky, squelchy mud. Two more ‘fields’, several thorn bushes, two near misses with a car, two wrecked pairs of shoes and twenty minutes later we finally got him back! Did I mention my dog is white, and that I’d paid to have him groomed just the day before? He was muddier than a farmer’s welly, and appeared extremely pleased with himself! So, it’s back to the dog beach for us this month, where I shall be doing some serious training! Have a great month! An English Mum x

CHRISTCHURCH COACH HOLIDAYS 2014 8 DAYS SCOTLAND ULLAPOOL THE CALEDONIAN HOTEL Sunday 14th Sept – Sunday 21st September £399 per person Half Board (Overnights first and last nights in the Scottish Borders) Built in the early 1900s, the 83-bedroom Caledonian Hotel is one of the oldest hotels in the area. It still boasts a quiet, friendly and welcoming atmosphere and pleasant gardens. The Hotel overlooks Ullapool’s working harbour and the colourful fishing boats on Loch Broom. 5 DAYS - TURKEY & TINCEL THE SEFTON HOTEL BABBACOMBE Monday 1st Dec – Friday 5th December

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5 DAYS NEW YEARS BREAK THE SEFTON BABBACOMBE, TORQUAY Monday 29th December – Friday 2nd January 2015 £325 per person Arrive at the Sefton Hotel for afternoon Tea and Mince Pies. Evening Meal will be served in the Chandelier Restaurant followed by Evening Entertainment in The Oasis Show BarTUESDAY 30th Today we will visit Trago Mills one of the largest shopping centres in Devon with all the Christmas gifts and resents. CHRISTCHURCH COACH HOLIDAYS IS A FAMILY RUN COACH COMPANY THAT OPERATES A SMALL SELECT SELECTION OF COACH HOLIDAYS IN GREAT BRITAIN AND ABROAD. WE ALSO PROVIDE A SERVICE TO ALL TYPES OF PRIVATE GROUPS TO DESTINATIONS IN THE UK AND ABROAD. WE HAVE OVER 40 YEARS EXPERIENCE IN THE COACHING INDUSTRY. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON OUR HOLIDAYS PLEASE PHONE 01202 490333 or e-Mail us Christchurch_Eye_advert 17/04/2014 14:05 Page 1

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Raw, cured and smoked

A sharing board of delicious Kings bites: olives, spiced nuts, breads, hummus, cured meat and smoked fish The Flagstone Noon Gun will go very well as it’s a full white

Alex`s soufflé “Arnold Bennett”

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The Kings “Josper” mixed grill

Chicken, steak, sausage & tomato with fat hand cut chips The Houghton ‘The Bandit’ Shiraz-Tempranillo has a little spice and isn’t over the top

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Transition Town Christchurch launches “GARDENSHARE”


he Transition Movement began about ten years ago and it immediately caught my interest as it aimed to spread the word at local level about environmental issues. It did not intend to press people to join huge campaigns but to encourage them to look at ways of changing how things were done in their neighbourhood. This became known as a ‘transition’. There are now hundreds of Transition groups in UK and in many other countries. We believe that lower energy consumption will become inevitable and that it is better to plan for it than to be taken by surprise. Communities have started up projects in areas of food, transport, energy and waste as local responses to the global challenges. Together these small-scale initiatives make up something much bigger, and help show a sustainable way forward for governments, businesses and the rest of us. In Christchurch we believe that more food should be produced locally, not least to reduce the ‘food miles’ that are currently expended to fill our supermarkets. Transition Town Christchurch has previously championed local food producers but now we want to enable individuals who have nowhere to grow their own produce to link with garden owners who have unused space. We will meet with each grower and garden owner to help them find the best way for the scheme to work. If you would like to hear more about Gardenshare or Transition Town Christchurch please Text or phone 07849 431 612 or email: Anne Mason, Chair - Transition Town Christchurch

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Own Boat Tuition


hristchurch is a beautiful place in which to keep a boat but it is also one of the trickiest harbours. It is tidal, has lots of shallows inside and outside the harbour and strong currents along its riverside trot and pontoon moorings. To enjoy boating here, one needs to acquire skills in mooring techniques suited to the river conditions, be adept at predicting tide levels that can vary considerably even from the published tide tables and hone your navigation skills to be confident in setting out to sea and returning safely.


The key to successful mooring on the river is to understand how to use the wind and current to assist rather than hinder you as you moor. If you have a trot mooring, then setting up a proper trot line is an essential aid - especially if you need to moor single handed. Being able to hold your boat still and then use the wind and current to push you sideways makes mooring an easy exercise, with or without a crew to help. Undertaking trips along our coastline is another matter. To the east we have the Solent guarded by the Hurst Narrows. To the west we have Durleston and St Albans headlands - and that’s before we reach Portland Bill. All these features can catch out the unwary, but with a proper understanding of tides and the effect they have on headland waters, journeys can be planned so that these potential hazards are nullified. To find out more please contact Saltwater Experience on: 0800 0786 176 / 0786 749 3333 or email . Alternatively go to our website Advertisement Feature

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Adopt a Pet


’m lovable Henry, a Saluki lurcher cross. I’m 5 years old and around 26 inches to the shoulder. I’ve sadly recently been returned Henry through no fault of my own after being in a home for four years. I can be nervous around other dogs and humans I don’t know, as I’ve had some bad experiences in the past. I am coming on leaps and bounds though and socialising well with other dogs. I could live on my own or with a female dog. I’m looking for soft comfy bed in my forever home and lots of love and cuddles.

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Biggest Family Fun Day Planned to Celebrate Silver Jubilee 2014 sees the 25th anniversary of the opening of Mudeford Wood Community Centre and plans are well underway to celebrate the Centre’s Silver Jubilee with a Family Fun Day on Saturday 14th June. The Mayor of Christchurch will be officially opening the event at 11am. A BBQ and bar will be providing refreshments throughout the day, along with cake and ice cream stalls, fayre and craft stalls. A bouncy castle and children’s games will be central to the familyfocused event.

Dawn Brookes

If you are interested in getting involved with entertainment, or would like to hold your own stall, offer donations or help in any way, please get in touch on 01425 272 084 or email office@mwct.

Mudeford Wood Community Centre has come a long way since its creation 25 years ago. One person who was instrumental in forming the friends of Mudeford Wood Community Centre, which then transitioned into the charity Mudeford Wood Community Trust, is Dawn Brookes. Now Chairperson of the Trust, Dawn was deservedly presented with a Meritorious award by Christchurch Borough Council in April. Dawn received the award for her commitment and passion to ensuring this much-loved community facility remains open and improves, and for working to retain what is worthwhile for the present and building for the future. Finally, a date for your diary; the next Family Quiz Night will be held on Saturday 5th July from 7pm. Tickets are £7.50 to include fish and chip supper, so call 01425 272084 or email

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hen the wind is blowing you will see a multitude of sails in Christchurch Harbour. Growing up locally I was caught by the sailing bug John and a friend’s Mirror dinghy was a great way to get started. Avoiding going aground then beating back against the wind and current turns you into a sailor, but racing really sharpens your skills. Racing sailing dinghies in the confines of the Harbour has developed many fine local sailors including a number of world champions. Christchurch Bay offers superb conditions for cruising and racing bigger sailing boats. Sailing boats took me all over the Mediterranean, Bahamas, Caribbean and across the Atlantic but I still retain a healthy respect for the knowledge gained in local waters and the English Channel. You have various choices if you want to start sailing locally. You can launch your own boat at the slipway near to Mudeford Quay. Christchurch Sailing Club is at the Quay, with fleets of dinghies and cruisers. Mudeford Sailing Club is based in a Dutch barge close to Argyle Road. Highcliffe Sailing Club is next to the RNLI station at Mudeford Quay. Another option is the junior and adult sailing courses run by Hengistbury Head Outdoor Centre. The prevailing wind on this coast is south westerly so you are usually blown down the Harbour. The Run and Christchurch Entrance can be a lively stretch of water so make sure that you know what you are doing before venturing out to sea. As many local sailors will confirm you can stand up in most of Christchurch Harbour and there is usually someone nearby to lend advice! See you on the water!!

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Coffee Break

Sudoku Competition Win two tickets to see The Sooty Show at The Regent Centre! Fill in the grid so that each row, column and 3x3 box, contains the numbers 1 through to 9 with no repetition. You don’t need to be a genius. These puzzles use logic alone. Watch out! Sudoku is highly addictive! Simply complete the Sudoku Puzzle, fill in your details and post your entry to: LEM Competitions, PO Box 7812, Christchurch BH23 9HZ. Name Tel.No Address Good Luck! Entries to be received no later than 30th June 2014. Winner picked at random from correct entries.


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Garden View - June

How Low can you grow? Mention the word ‘alpine’ to a garden designer and (in general) you’ll be given the same facial expression as a child who’s just bitten into an unwaxed lemon! Insignificant leaf growth with tiny Lee flowers … what’s to love? Associated with badly designed 60’s rockeries, these low growing perennials really do get a raw deal. In the main, the poor little things can’t climb very far, can’t extend their roots to escape from water logged soil, and have not adapted to elongating their stems to reach the sunlight (because a naughty gardener planted the pot-bought specimen under the shade of a tree). Alpines, like other successful species, have adapted themselves to their native habitats, often found clung to the side of a windy rock face way above sea level. When you observe them in the wild, you easily understand why they are so small. The exposed sites would quickly dry out large leaves, so many are small in size such as those of Hypericum olympicum, and others often silver in colour such as the very cute Artemisia schmidtiana ‘Nana’. Rather a mouthful to say and often not the most romantic sounding names either, take Pulsatilla vulgaris (the pasque flower) as an example. It might not win any prizes in the largest plant competition, but its ability to grow on nearly solid limestone rock is pretty impressive. So too are its beautiful flowers, delicate dissected foliage and crazy seed heads. Until I saw a glasshouse full of alpine plants all in bloom at the same time I wasn’t a huge fan either, but seeing them up close and personal when displayed at waist height, you realise how wonderful these tiny creations are. Over recent years, alpines have really been appreciated for their versatility and employed in new applications. Take the humble Sempervivum ‘Othello’, famous for thriving on hot dry tiled roofs and now widely used on green roof schemes where it can adapt to the very shallow free draining soils. It’s quite a vigorous semp, with beautiful red tints in winter. Grow in shallow containers in full sun where it will quickly spread to around 30cm in width. If you are looking for a plant to cover an old dry stonewall or soften the corner of a raised bed, look no further than Campanula poscharskyana ‘Stella’. If happy, it does have a tendency to walk, but with its long flowering season and pretty purple flowers I’m sure your neighbours won’t mind if it starts appearing in their crevices too. June is a busy month in the garden, and as well as a good time to plant alpines, other jobs include: • • • •

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Christchurch Rotary


s I write this article the sun is shining and the Town is expectant of another bumper Christchurch Food Festival. A number of my fellow Christchurch Rotarians will be involved on the day and have been working Paul tirelessly behind the scenes to contribute to the success of this event. This is an event, which sees all ages mixing to enjoy and celebrate food in Christchurch; to me it doesn’t get much better than this. Some “eagle eyedâ€? readers may have noticed that Christchurch has featured on BBC 3’s ‘Invasion of the Job Snatchers’. Well some of our members, and business partners have featured prominently throughout the series. In my opinion the program initially portrayed Christchurch as “one foot near the graveâ€?, locals will know that this is a vibrant, exciting and beautiful place to live. Likewise, Rotary often suffers the same fate of being labelled a bunch of ‘oldies’, but again my colleagues know the reality, and hopefully readers are getting the message. Whilst some of us may have hung up the disco shoes, what we lack in youth we make up for in enthusiasm. In our club we try to take an active part in all aspects of local life, be it eating and drinking at the Food Festival, raising funds on the High Street, to recently cleaning the ‘Rotary corner’ brickwork at The Red House Museum. Bet you didn’t know we did that? These are just some of the things we get up to in ‘old’ Christchurch. Let them think what they like, we know the truth, so its shush from me‌.. See you soon. If you are interested to know more, or just pay us a visit then make contact, you will be made very welcome.

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Upper Gordon Rd in Highcliffe – a surprisingly good place to invest in property?


was talking to someone who lives in Highcliffe, just off Wharncliffe Road. He popped his head through our door in our new offices at 22a Bargates, whilst his wife was shopping in Waitrose. After seeing our Christchurch Property newsletter, he wanted to pick my brain as he wanted to purchase his first Buy to Let property and has Jeremy noticed our previous articles, so was interested in getting to know the industry a little bit more. As he has lived in Highcliffe for over 8 years and he felt comfortable investing there as he knew it well. He wanted to buy a semi-detached house in Highcliffe, but after doing some research, found his deposit couldn’t stretch to the £250,000 required to buy a semi in Walkford or £275,000 for the Saffron Drive development off the A337. So he thought he would never be able to get into property investing. However, I encouraged him to take a longer term look at choosing a property to buy. Just like most men take many months, even up to a year to choose a new car, as do many landlords take the same time to decide where to buy their next buy to let investment. In fact we found a few 3 bed semis that could be bought for around £190,000 to £210,000 in Upper Gordon Road in Highcliffe. Whilst a lot of them are currently tenanted by council tenants, 19 of the 70 properties on the road are privately owned and 6 of the 19 are privately rented. Whilst they do take around an extra two weeks than normal semis to find tenants, they rent for around £850 to £900 per month, making the yield around 5.2% per year. Also, the values of the semi’s on Upper Gordon Road have risen by 281% since 1995, that’s a good investment in anyone’s books. It just goes to show ex local authority properties shouldn’t be dismissed out of hand when investing in property. That’s not to say they don’t have their issues, but instructing a letting agent will often mitigate many of them. Feel free to pop through the door of our new offices at 22a Bargates in Christchurch or send me an email to Jeremy Clarke, Belvoir 01202 588920

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A chocolate chip cookie and custard cream in one - super-simple and they'll keep in the biscuit tin for a fortnight Ingredients 140g butter, softened 175g caster sugar 1 egg ½ tsp vanilla extract 225g self-raising flour 85g custard 85g white chocolate, chopped into small chunks Method 1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Line 2-3 baking sheets with baking parchment. Put the butter and sugar in a food processor and whizz until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla, and mix well. Sift together the flour and custard powder, then tip into the bowl and pulse to mix into a dough. Scrape out the food processor and work the chocolate in by hand. 2. Roll the dough into balls a little smaller than a walnut, then place on the baking sheets, a little apart to allow for spreading. Press each biscuit down lightly with your fingers. 3. Bake for 12-15 mins until lightly golden. Remove and cool on a wire rack.

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INDEX OF ADVERTISERS Business &  Professional Simpkins  &  Co  Solicitors Heritage  Investments Miller  Bros  &  F.P  Butler  Ltd

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Carer Homes/Help Inter-­‐County  Nursing  Care  &  Services  Ltd Silverways  Nursing  Home

FUNERAL DIRECTORS Miller Bros. & F.P. Butler Ltd

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Hotel, Bar  &  Restaurant The  Kings  Hotel Cliff  House  Hotel Upper  Deck  Bar  &  Restaurant Sabai  Thai  Restaurant

16 18 20 41

Motoring and  Travel Carvets Christchurch  Coaches Maarten's  Taxi Keith  Motors

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Property Management Belvoir  Lettings Bullock  &  Lees Richard  Godsell

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