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March 2014 • ISSUE 48

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Wow, I can’t believe it’s March already. I’m hoping that by the time you are reading this that the copious amounts of rain have eased up somewhat and that the beginnings of spring are well and truly on their way, goodness knows we could do with a bit of cheering up weather-wise. For this month’s recipe I’ve steered away from my safe haven of baking cakes and have chosen a ‘Slow Cooker Beef Curry’ which you can prepare first in the morning and come teatime….voila! Now that’s my kind of cooking! Why not try your hand at the Sudoku competition this month? It’s a fabulous prize of 2 tickets to see the Easter Holiday Special by The Glad Rag Production Company performed at The Regent, a truly spectacular show not to be missed. There’s a lot higher chance of winning local competitions so come on, get those entries in. Lastly, don’t forget that the clocks go forward an hour at 1am on the last Sunday in March (30th). Until next month,

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RICHARD RICHARD GODSELL GODSELL Est. 1928 Est. 1928

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he Mexican standoff between the three supermarket developers in Christchurch appears to have left only one supermarket standing. A packed Christchurch Council Planning Committee meeting again firmly threw out the plan by Beagles in Stony Lane Christchurch

ESTATE AGENTS & AUCTIONEERS Peter

to sell their factory to Morrisons to develop a supermarket. This was their second major attempt and the building had been redesigned and the traffic flows had been reconfigured. However the Council Committee remained very concerned about the trade diversion such a development would cause. They were unconvinced by suggestions that “linked trips” (people coming to the supermarket and going on into the town) would negate the adverse affect the supermarket would have on Christchurch High Street.

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The following week the same planning committee robustly refused the application for a large supermarket to be developed at Meteor Park (the site at the top of Somerford where the old PC World stands). The site still has planning permission for a large food store, but their attempt to get that extended to an even larger supermarket was rejected. The only surviving planning permission for a large supermarket, likely to be ASDA, is at Bailey Bridge behind the retail park on Barrack Road. Outline planning permission for this supermarket exists although they seem strangely slow in coming forward with the detailed planning application that will enable them to start work. It is clear there is insufficient demand in Christchurch to justify three new supermarkets. Having just the one in West Christchurch may well be the best way forward. However so much money is at stake for the developers that appeals may yet be issued. Accordingly we still cannot be certain that future range of Christchurch supermarkets is finally decided.

Peter Watson-Lee President Christchurch Chamber of Trade and Commerce

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What’s On

refreshments and drinks available 10.30am-1.30pm Friday 7th March The Friday Crafters are back at the Regent Cinema, Christchurch on Friday 7th March 10-3pm.

Friday 28th February to Sunday 30th March The Tuckton Six is a new group of lady artists, many well known in their own right who are now jointly showing works that portray their individual strengths at the Kings Hotel in Christchurch.

Friday 7th March Christchurch Strollers - Stanpit Marsh - Meet at the car park at 10.30. This walk has some inclines and uneven surfaces. Walks are free. For more information contact Wilbert Smith on 01202495088 or wsmith@christchurchandeastdorset.gov.uk

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Now until Thursday 6th March Fashion Fortnight - CADArts members showcase a collection of wearable fashion and accessories at The Hayloft Gallery 14 Wick Lane, Christchurch Open Mon-Sat 10-4 Saturday 1st March onwards Hatch Gallery will be introducing two exciting new artists: Ceramicist Andrew Macdermott and Sculptor James Eddy, Hatch Gallery, 7a Church Street, Christchurch, BH23 1JJ, 07787517958, www.hatchgallery.co.uk Open Tues - Sat 10.30-4pm. Saturday 1st March Craft and Vintage Fayre - 10am-1pm, Bransgore Village Hall, Burley Rd, Bransgore BH23 8AY. Craft and Vintage Fayre, 30 stalls of local handmade crafts and Vintage treasures. Valentines gifts. Refreshments and homemade cakes at Vintage prices! FREE ENTRY. Supporting Julias House. Saturday 1st March Christchurch Fairtrade Day at the Baptist Church on Bargates from 10.30am until 2.30pm. Help us celebrate Christchurch being awarded Fairtrade Borough status. Free admission, Fairtrade foods and crafts, free chocolate fountain. For more info. contact 07878382010 Saturday 1st March St George’s Church Jumpers Road Christchurch restart their table sales on Saturday 1st March. 10am ‘til 1pm. Refreshments will include pancakes and there will be tombola. Do come along and browse for a bargain. Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 26th March Stan’s Blues Jam at The Thomas Tripp, Christchurch BH23 1HX on Tuesday 4th March (and the First Tuesday Every Month) and at The Avon Causeway, Hurn BH23 6AS on Wednesday 26th March (and Last Wednesday Every Month). Details at www.stansbluesjam. co.uk Thursday 6th March – Thursday 27th March Christchurch Priory - Lunchtime Organ Concerts Thursdays at 12:30pm - March 6th Geoffrey Morgan (Christchurch Priory) March 13th Sam Hanson (St Peter’s Bournemouth) March 20th Hugh Morris (Christchurch Priory) March 27th Benjamin Bloor (New College Oxford) Admission free - retiring collection Light lunches,

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Tuesday 11th March Christchurch Strollers - Highcliffe Castle - Meet at public information board in the car park at 10.30. This walk has some inclines and uneven surfaces. Walks are free. For more information contact Wilbert Smith on 01202-495088 or wsmith@ christchurchandeastdorset.gov.uk Thursday 13th March Christchurch Strollers - St. Catherine’s Hill - Meet at entrance to Marsh Lane car park, off Fairmile at 10.30. This walk has steeper slopes and slightly rougher terrain. Walks are free. For more information contact Wilbert Smith on 01202-495088 or wsmith@ christchurchandeastdorset.gov.uk Thursday 13th March Christchurch Library, 2.30pm “How I get my Inspirations” a talk by Rosemary Allen, local author of “Listening to Brahms” and short stories. Library Friends £1.50, Non-Members £3, including refreshments. Telephone 01202 485938 or call into library for tickets. Friday 14th March A Spring Craft Fair is being held at Christchurch Junior School, from 6-9pm. Entry 50p on the door for adults, free for children. Come along and join us - refreshments will be available. Saturday 15th March RNLI Model Boat Show - in Highcliffe Methodist Church Hall a day displaying model boats from 10am-4pm. Coffee, refreshments, cakes, books, souvenirs. Admission free, donations welcome. Look forward to seeing you. Saturday 15th March Christchurch Priory - concert Series 2014 - Bournemouth Bach Choir: perform Haydn - Nelson Mass Handel - Dixit Dominus Bach - Motet: Fürchte dich nicht Tickets from Regent Centre Box Office 01202 499199 www.regentcentre.co.uk. or on the door. (doors open 7pm) Sunday 16th March Charity Bike Ride - 9am start. 2 circular routes starting from Portfield School, Parley Lane, Christchurch. BH23 6BP. 30 miles: Adult £15 in advance, £20 on the day. 60 miles: Adult £20 in advance, £25


on the day. Enter online at www.britishcycling.org.uk/events. For further information please call Paul Reade on 01202 703597. Tuesday 18th March Christchurch Strollers - Saxon Square - Meet outside Oswald Bailey at 10.30. This walk is easy level walking, mainly paved. Walks are free. For more information contact Wilbert Smith on 01202495088 or wsmith@christchurchandeastdorset.gov.uk Thursday 20th March Come to the Red House Museum 6pm for a relaxed craft evening. This month is ‘Make an Owl’. We will be running a workshop on the third Thursday of each month. £12.50, Concessions £6.25 Includes refreshments see www.hants.gov.uk/redhouse 01202 482860 Wednesday 26th – Saturday 29th March Marking the 75th anniversary of the start of World War II, Milton Musical Society with their live orchestra, are presenting Lionel Bart’s Musical, Blitz! Live at The REGENT CENTRE. Table Top Sale at the Regent Centre every Monday & Saturday from 10-3pm, selling a variety of items, Costume/Vintage Jewellery, scarf’s, Handbags, DVD’s, Homemade delicious cakes, Pet Art, etc...

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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.

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Clubs, Classes, Groups & Societies Fitness, Sport and Wellbeing Tuesday Lunchtime R&R - Candlelit Hatha Yoga & Relaxation 12:30-13:45 at The Wessex Health Network, Christchurch. Everyone welcome – mixed ability class suitable for all. British Wheel of Yoga Teacher. Please call (07966) 199875 or email becca@yogabee.co.uk for more information. £6.50 per week (£7 drop in if space available). Beautiful Sounds - 2nd Thursday each month - music sessions for adults with learning disabilities includes singing, playing small instruments and having fun! Led by our experienced and expert Stuart Jebbitt. Next session 13th March at 11.15 - 12.45 Cost £5. 01425 276161 or contact@coda.org.uk to book. More information www. coda.org.uk Yoga - new classes for 2014! - Chair Yoga - A friendly, mixed class for a gentler practice on WEDNESDAYS, Portfield Hall 1pm-2pm. Teens Yoga - A class to “wind down” after a day at school or college. TUESDAY, Wessex, Stour Rd. 3:454:45pm. Chi Kung Exercise Classes - Come and join us on Friday mornings 10.45am-12.15 in the upstairs Studio at Wessex Health, 17 Stour Road, Christchurch BH23 1PL. Car park at rear. www.wessexhealthnetwork.co.uk Please call Poppy 01202 735560. Yoga Classes - Every Monday 0915-1015 & Wednesday 0930-1000 at the Bay Tree, Saxon Square, Christchurch. Ideal for beginners, busy mums and those who prefer a gentler pace! Kindly text/call Elaine Rees 07504 823517 or email elainerees@europe.com to book a class. FANCY PLAYING CRICKET? - Mudeford Cricket Club’s four Saturday teams cover all abilities from teenagers to 60+. Join us at Christchurch Sports Club, Hurn Bridge any Thursday in April for nets at 7pm. www.mudefordcricketclub.co.uk for more info and contacts including junior teams. Get inspired! 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

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Art and Craft Highcliffe Horticultural Society - On Monday 3rd March at St. Mark’s church hall, Hinton Wood Avenue, Highcliffe there will be an illustrated talk on “Exploring the North Island of New Zealand” given by Mrs.Rosemary Legrand. Visitors Entrance Fee £1-00. Time 7-30pm. 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 Carbery Machine knitting Club - We meet on the 1st Tuesday of each month at St George’s Church Hall Annex on Jumpers Rd, Christchurch. BH23 2JR from 7-9pm. We are a small friendly group and have demonstrations and speakers. More information from Joy 01202 489614 Christchurch Floral Society “Secondhand Rose” is the title of well known local demonstrator Carol Norman who will be at the Priory hall Princess Avenue for the next meeting on March 7th at 2pm. Doors open 1-30 New members welcome. Weekly Jewellery & Silversmithing classes in the centre of Christchurch. Tues & weds mornings 10-1pm and Thursday evening 7-9pm. Small sociable classes of varied abilities. Classes cover a range of techniques including piercing, soldering, casting, stone setting and enamelling. Contact Louise 07789 915694 Bransgore Horticultural Society March meeting - lecture on Pelargoniums by Roger Butler. Thursday 6th March commencing at 7.30pm, Resource Centre, Ringwood Road, Bransgore. Visitors/new members always welcome.

Children Highcliffe Hawks Girls Football training - every Friday evening 6-7pm at Mudeford Wood Community Centre. For girls in year 4, 5 & 6. All abilities welcome. Please contact Annie for more information and to register 07780 933393 or email anniehancock10@gmail.com Award-winning Music classes for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Come and join the wonderful world of music, learning and fun with educational and inspiring classes held on Monday mornings, term time at The Regent Centre. Contact heather.smith@musicalsteps.co.uk 0845 643 5025 www.musicalsteps.co.uk


Creative Ballet Classes for children 3+ at Portfield Hall, Christchurch, BH23 2AQ Thursday from 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 Clubs and Societies Play an instrument? Come along to the Christchurch and District Community Concert Band. Rehearsals Tuesday 7.30pm at the Priory School, Christchurch. Call 07974 320122 for more info. www.christchurchanddistrictband. co.uk THE HEALING TRUST (established 1954) Over 20 years in Christchurch, Healing given on Tuesdays from 1.30–2.30 at Portfield Hall, Portfield Road, Christchurch. BH23 2AQ. No appointment necessary. Minimum Donation £4, for more information contact Steve on 01202 478479 anytime. Highliffe W.I. - Doors open at 7.15pm on Thurs 20 March at the Day Centre, Lymington Rd for tales of the “Secret Agents of Beaulieu.” If you’d like to visit Highcliffe WI for this meeting, please ring our secretary on 01425-271995 to find out more. Amberwood-Highcliffe Afternoon Women’s Institute will meet at Methodist Church Hall, Highcliffe, 2pm, Wednesday, 19th March. Please come and join us. Speaker is Mike Read “Barn Owl – Under the Cloak of Darkness”. Enjoy tea, biscuits, raffle, and sales table.

meet at THE GALLEON, 189 Lymington Road, Highcliffe on the first Tuesday of the month. Take time out and drop in between 11:30am and 2:30pm to socialise in a friendly and informal setting. Lunch available if required. Call Pat on 07985-088549. New Computer Skills sessions now being held for 6+ at Homelands Community Hall, Homelands Estate, King’s Avenue, Christchurch on Thursday afternoons between 2 and 4pm. Non-residents welcome. Admission only £2. Call Ray on 01202 471110 for details Message 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 657914 / 01202 489626 / 01425 611058

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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. Coffee mornings every Tuesday & Wednesday 9-11.30. Refreshments with homemade cakes, clothes & bric a brac. Why not join us at The Salvation Army, Stour Road, where a warm welcome awaits you. Monday Social Club at Portfield Hall. Friendly day out including morning coffee, 2 course freshly cooked lunch. We play Scrabble, Dominos and Canasta. Taxi transfers can be arranged at nominal cost. Contact Les Denmead on 01202 470929 for more information. Highcliffe & Christchurch Male Carers’ Social Group now

 

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However, the one that sticks out most in my memory was our very first anniversary meal as Christchurch residents. We chose a lovely local English restaurant which was fairly lavish by our standards, but had a good reputation for excellent food. We were not disappointed. My husband chose a starter of deep fried camembert, a main of chicken in a rich creamy sauce, and a dessert of a large portion of creme bru·lée (a ‘90s menu if ever there was one!). Did you spot his deliberate mistake? Yep, an extraordinarily large cream overdose! Whilst enjoying each course on it’s own merits, by the time we came to pay the bill I was left holding the credit card while my husband, who had begun to look a bit green round the gills, dashed outside and revisited all three courses in the bushes! Out of 25 years of celebrations, why is it always the disasters we remember most?! I don’t know where we’ll end up this year, but I do know what my present is: remember my new little rescue doggy, who has brought us nothing but joy and laughter since he arrived? Well, we’ve called him Silver! An English Mum


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Restaurant Review - Upper Deck The Upper Deck restaurant and bar is located within the Christchurch Harbour hotel, which overlooks Christchurch Harbour from arguably one of the best viewpoints in the area. This is one of the many premium hotels that fall under the Harbour hotel group banner. Each of the hotels are located within premier south coast destinations offering waterside views and the same touch of luxury. Seeing as this is therefore not their first attempt at an up market, inhouse restaurant, the Upper Deck comes with an air of pedigree and expectation before you even enter the venue. On arrival, it is not immediately clear where to head in order to find the restaurant and the lack of a clear matradee’s service desk leaves you wondering whether to proceed straight to the bar or to linger at the entrance and await further instructions. This being said, the member of staff that came to greet us was extremely helpful and efficient delivering us to our table and making up for any previous confusion. Once inside and sat down within the restaurant there is a very personal feel which puts you at ease. Although a large restaurant you do not feel like one of many diners but the ambience, sound level and lighting all added to the whole experience. The interior design has been carefully composed and puts across the ‘Upper Deck’ theme with tasteful integrated design. Although we had our dining experience in the evening you could see how the décor, bar and window design and view would make you feel like you were sat in the first class dining suite of a classic ship just setting sail. There were two menus offered to us on the night. The first being the a la carte menu which had a carefully compiled selection of meat, vegetarian and fish dishes across each course. The second menu provided a 3 course for £30 option. This once again gave plenty of choice for even the fussiest of diners - a hard thing to do when designing a set menu. It was nice to see from the menu that the restaurant and hotel were clearly supporting locally supplied produce. I believe it is important to support the local community where possible sourcing from the local farms and fisherman. On ordering our starters and main course we were brought round a choice of artisan breads and mushroom amuse bouche waking up our palette before getting our starters. One of the highlights of the starters was Alex’s twice baked cheese soufflé; it was creamy light with an amazing rich flavour, just divine. I would definitely recommend trying it when you go. For the main courses we chose to have the fish & chips and the steak. To finish off the evening we indulged in the chocolate pot, which was the star of the evening; warm, gooey chocolate heaven topped with a sour raspberry coulis – a perfect match. Accompanying the dessert our waiter chose a dessert wine which had a rich raisin and almond flavour reminiscent of the taste of Christmas pudding making an unusual but perfect addition to the pudding. The food was good and could not be faulted. The portions were generous and served by some extremely attentive and personable waitresses. Another highlight of the evening was the option to add the flight of wines to the dinner courses. This meant that according to your choice of food a wine was selected and delivered with that course, each wine was then explained to you. This added to the evening and elevated the restaurant above its competitors by offering something unique and special. Service – Helpful, Attentive 5/5 Eyes Atmosphere – Busy but personal 5/5 Eyes Food – Good but didn’t blow you away 4/5 Eyes Value–You wouldn’t catch scurvy but might blow the budget 4/5 Eyes Venue – Spectacular views 5/5 Eyes Overall Rating: 4/5 Eyes Our pick: Dining on a summers evening or afternoon would give you that spectacular view as well as the unique dining experience. Plus, it is perfect for when celebrating that special occasion. Reviewed by Charlotte Richards & Joshua Arkell

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Dream Doors (Poole & Christchurch) Win Checkatrade Award for 2013! 2013 was a fantastic year for us. At our annual conference we were awarded the top award for year on year growth, runner up for overall sales for 2013 but most importantly Checkatrade gave us their award for Dream Doors Franchisee of the year! This prestigious award is reflective of what many of our customers have independently said and scored us on the Checkatrade feedback forms.

Celebrating the opening of the Christchurch showroom

This was a huge achievement for us, and one that we didn’t expect, particularly since we have only just completed our 3rd year of trading. We commenced trading as Dream Doors Poole in January 2011, opening our first showroom in Broadstone in March. Despite this been at the height of the recession, we built on quality products and services, to offer customers a real alternative to the normal kitchen replacement. As a Franchise business we cover the whole of the BH postcode district and soon realised that in order to fully support our customer base we needed to expand. After careful consideration we decided Christchurch would be an ideal location for us, so in October 2013 we became the first Dream Doors Franchise to

open a second showroom. We have carefully designed our showroom to optimise the space and incorporate a wide selection of our products to show our customers how we can transform their kitchen. Since opening the new Christchurch showroom we have continued to go from strength to strength. Already we are building a strong customer base which is reflective in our rapidly expanding Checkatrade results. Looking forward, we are excited at the prospects of making the Christchurch branch as successful as the Broadstone branch, and providing our new customer base a real alternative.

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Seriously, a great night was had by all and congratulations, not only to the winners but also to everyone who took part, a great evening. The money is quickly collected and dispersed to local good causes. This is just the start of a busy Rotary year for the club with our business partners’ numbers increasing steadily and a re-vamped website to be launched. We accept that different medias must be utilised and this is an area that we have not capitalised upon, until now.

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his more modern twist on a classic tale brought this pantomime straight into the twenty first century. The mix of songs from old classics to chart toppers got everyone in the audience singing along. The star of the show, Ma Hawkins the pantomime dame played by Stuart Tizzard, had everyone falling hook line and sinker with improvised gags and cleverly phrased humor that appealed to both adults and children. Every member of the cast embodied their character with enthusiasm contributing to making the whole show a huge success. It was also lovely to see the cast engaging with the children in the audience. Watch out for the cannon balls! For a local amateur group the sets and costumes were spectacular, you could really see the time and effort that goes into the intricate details. One costume that really stood out was Paulie the Parrot; it was colorful, vibrant and exotic. An outfit I would really love to have in my fancy dress cupboard. The show was great for all the family while also not breaking the bank. The tickets were good value and if you get an early bird ticket you can save even more money. The Regent Centre was the perfect host with it’s personal feel, central location and convenient parking. The staff were helpful and friendly and the drinks and goodies were reasonably priced so you can treat all the family at the interval. While heading out of the show I picked up a leaflet for Annie - one of my favorite musicals. When reading the flyer, interestingly, it is also being performed by Highcliffe Charity Players. I will be definitely be going back in May to see this show – see you there. Verdict – Great way to spend an evening and a good alternative to the cinema. The Eyes Rating – 5/5 Eyes Reviewed by Charlotte Richards & Joshua Arkell ChristchurchEYE 33


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Ingredients 4 tbsp sunflower oil 800g/1lb 12oz beef braising steak, cut into 2.5cm/1in pieces 2 onions, finely chopped 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped 2 chillies, finely chopped, plus extra to taste 2.5cm/1in piece fresh root ginger 4 tsp ground cumin 4 tsp ground coriander 2 tsp ground turmeric 2 x 400g/14oz can chopped tomatoes 2 tsp garam masala 200g/7oz natural yoghurt small handful fresh chopped coriander Method Heat half of the oil in a frying pan and fry the beef pieces for 4-5 minutes, or until browned all over. (You may need to brown the meat in batches.) Tip the browned meat into the slow cooker. Heat the remaining oil in a frying pan and fry the onions for five minutes, then add the garlic, chili and ginger and fry for another 2-3 minutes. Add the spices and fry for another minute, and then tip the mixture into the slow cooker. Add the chopped tomatoes to the slow cooker, then fill one of the empty cans with water and add the water to the slow cooker. Stir everything together, pressing down so that everything is covered in liquid and cook for 8-10 hours on low. About 30 minutes before serving, stir in the garam masala and yoghurt and season to taste with salt and a little more chilli. Cook for a further 30 minutes, and then stir in the coriander.

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No one likes a soggy bottom! It’s a phrase normally associated with BBC2’s Great British Bake Off, but its not just cooks who go to great lengths to ensure their produce (pastry in this case) doesn’t end up with a soggy bottom, it affects gardeners too! I’m not talking about sitting on wet grass, or toppling over in the veg plot after too much potting-shed homebrew, but about the poor plants we expect to grow in badly-drained soil. Out in the wild, a plant’s survival depends on whether its seeds blow into a dry rock face or a sticky clay soil puddle, and that’s fine because one will die while the other thrives. But it’s very different in the domestic garden, where over-enthusiastic humans buy anything that looks pretty, dig a hole and expect it to bloom. The right plant for the right soil is as important, if not more so than its tolerance to sun or shade.

Studies show that plants cannot survive for more than just a few days if left in standing water. It’s a little known fact that roots need air too … well, most plants that is. You see there’s a clever lot who have adapted over the years to thrive in such conditions and they’re commonly known as bog plants. I understand it’s not the most glamorous name, unlike their closely-related cousins such as water lilies, which are known as hydrophytes. Plants that thrive in heavy, wet clay soils, which are damp but not permanently waterlogged, include the beautiful bold leaves of the Hosta, the feathery plumes and delectably dissected foliage of the Astilbe, and any of the Primulas, which are ideal for low-growing spring colour. For fern lovers, Osmunda regalis is a favourite or for a splash of summer colour in full sun try Lobelia cardinalis. If you have a larger garden and need to fill areas of damp soil, try the herbaceous Rodgersia which look great planted in drifts, and if you have a really large area why not try the prickly rhubarb-like Gunnera manicata: children will love standing under the giant leaves of its huge green umbrella!

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resh beginnings of spring now naturally engulf Christchurch and the evidence is all around us. As the weekly Monday market in the high street sets up, spattering sparkles of frosted sunlight bounce and pilot over stools Grace that stock anything from paper clips to shinny watches. Furthermore, there is no longer an abundance of crispy brown leaves underfoot as new rich and royal greens begin to sprout from the arms of wakening trees throughout the town. As the axis of the Earth is increasing its tilt relative to the Sun, the day will soon be upon us when we shall be required to turn our watches forward an hour so that we can enjoy for longer the feather droplets of sunlight that dissipate over our awakening homes. With longer hours to the day how shall you choose to spend it? Some flitting ideas include: twilight walks along Stanpit Marsh to breathe in the spring sunset, or trips down to Avon beach to enrich the body with salty sea air. Moreover, the spring equinox will occur this month where the Earth’s equator will pass the centre of the Sun resulting in day and night being the same length. This seems a somewhat magical day of the year, much like a full moon or a passing comet due to its lack of occurrence. As the transaction from winter to spring gets under way Christchurch shall shine in its fresh newborn riches. We shall soon have our eyes open to the cycle of life through the nature that surrounds our own habitats as it begins to wake from its frozen and icy sleep. The process is slow but extraordinary and being simple is what makes it beautiful. As Shakespeare quotes us for spring: ‘’hath put a spirit of youth in everything’’.

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Poetry Corner by CCC Poets Tete - a - Tete by Pam Davies There’s a chorus of trumpeters on my window-sill, brilliantly golden despite a chill, with tu-tu petals of paler colour dancing in the breeze, amongst slender green leaves Homed in yellow pots on a red stand, they’re already starting their own band. There’s a chorus of trumpeters in vernal array awake to a freshly delightful spring day. They’re moving gently to a blackbird’s new song, petals wide open with expectant pleasure to be greeted by music ready to play as tiny daffodils peep and sway.

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Motoring  and  Travel Christchurch  Coaches Maarten's  Taxi Lovely  Car Keith  Motors

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Property  Management  &  Lettings Richard  Godsell  Estate  Agents Bullock  &  Lees  Estate  Agents

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THE MAN FROM THE FACTORY SALES EVENT A senior representative from the Ford Motor Company will be available in our showroom on 15 & 16 March to offer a limited number of manufacturers vouchers of between £500 – £1500 in addition to any deal offered by Keith Motors. This truly is a one-off opportunity – don’t miss out and remember to book in your appointment and free mini valet on 01425 283 440. When?

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Christchurch Eye Community Magazine March 2014