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This is what our readers think of our businesses here, in Christchurch! I love Kelly’s Kitchen in Christchurch High Street. The food and drink is great for both kids and adults, their ice-cold milkshakes are the best! You can just sit in there and watch the world go by. Every order is served up with a smile by the friendly staff who are always very welcoming. I really hope Kelly’s Kitchen wins its battle to stay in Christchurch!!

Editor’s Choice: “I’d like to recommend Pets at Home and Companion Care (the vets within Pets at Home). Since bringing home our new puppy, Manny, a couple of months ago, we’ve found this an invaluable source not only for all the products we need but an abundance of advice & guidance on how best to look after our new addition. The vets’ charges are more than reasonable and would encourage anyone with a pet to go along and meet the team there to see for yourselves.”

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“Dan’s Barber Shop deserves a mention, I feel. Just before term starts I have to drag my 3 boys from Barber shop to barber shop in search of one without endless queues only to have a shoddy cut as they feel rushed to deal with demand. At the beginning of the High Street, they can be easily missed, but having walked past we went in and were pleasantly surprised with only a couple of people waiting. The haircuts my boys received were by far the best they’ve had in a long time and prices were very reasonable too. We shall be returning!”

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“Over the past few months I’ve had the pleasure of working with Christchurch graphic designers, Chapter2 Design. They assisted me with the Stompin’ on the Quomps event and produced a range of promotional materials from advertisements, flyers, a 32-page programme and banners. The design was original and eye-catching and certainly did the trick. Working with them was an absolute pleasure.”

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“I had a fab breakfast at Cheese & Alfies’ in Christchurch. The porridge with hazelnuts, honey and banana would keep you going all day! Make sure you are hungry when you order it!”

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Touching the 12th Century at Place Mill Christchurch’s unique character has been shaped by its long history - so says Phil Tate, organiser of this year’s commemoration of the town’s historic St Faith’s Fair. The free event, to be held at Place Mill on Christchurch Quay on Saturday 9th October from 11.00am until 4.00pm, provides a glimpse of the everyday lives of the town’s medieval residents with music, games, crafts, and historical exhibits

2008 the Fair has been held at Place Mill, believed to be the site of the mill valued in the Domesday Book at two shillings and sixpence.

Event organiser Phil Tate said: “Place Mill is one of the town’s The star attraction at this year’s Fair is timber historic gems and dated to the 12th century which was unearthed deserves to be during the recent development of the King’s celebrated. St Faith’s Arms Hotel site in the town centre. Possibly the Fair will be a last Harpist Stephanie Lin remains of a building from the same era as the ey opportunity to visit the Constable’s House, the timber was rescued by The Mill before it closes for Christchurch Antiquarians, a society dedicated to the winter. We hope that everyone the archaeology and research of the town. keen to support our local heritage will come to the Other contributors at the Fair, all local people giving Fair and leave alms in the Mill’s donation box to assist the upkeep of the building.” their time freely, will be presenting 13th century harp music, longbow demonstrations, calligraphy, the game of nine men’s morris, and more.... Report by Philip Tate The revived St Faith’s Fair was first held in 2007, Picture by Kaz Hand the 750th anniversary of the royal charter. Since

Mudeford Wood Community Centre to be managed by the community Following discussions between Christchurch Council and the Friends of Mudeford Wood (FoMW), an initial agreement has been reached that will keep Mudeford Wood Community Centre open and managed by the community. A consultation carried out by the Council concerning the future of the facility resulted in the creation of FoMW who mounted a campaign to keep the Centre open. The agreement will lead to the drafting of a business plan allowing FoMW to take over the running of the facilities within two years.

“I have volunteered to be part of the Community Group overseeing the running of the Centre and I trust other local people will get involved to manage it and help it become a more vibrant facility.” Further information and directions to the Centre can be found on the website at www.

Mudeford Wood Community Centre comprises a large hall that is used for various sports, dance Cllr Alan Griffiths, Leader of Christchurch Council, classes and children’s parties with a further two said: “I’m glad we have been able to sit down with rooms and a kitchen. Rooms are suitable for the Friends group to come up with a plan which carpet bowls, bridge, yoga, coffee mornings, etc. will retain this facility for the community. During the day it is home to pre-school parent and “We undertook the consultation to find out whether toddler groups. the Centre was still something which local people Outside is an all-purpose tennis and football court wanted. The Friends group has shown us that the with a thriving tennis club during the summer and Centre is used and supported by many people and football clubs in the winter. It is surrounded by so we are happy to work with them to preserve woodland walks and cycle routes and includes and improve our Centre. access to a fishing lake. 8 • Please mention Christchurch Eye when responding to adverts


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TUCKTONIA A nostalgic look back on Tucktonia Christchurch’s 1970’s miniature town


ne of my fondest childhood memories within Christchurch is Tucktonia. We didn’t have Chessington, Thorpe Park or Paulton’s then. Tucktonia was the only equal to these theme parks and it was right here on our doorstep. A generation of Dorset children brought up in the 1970s remember the Tucktonia theme park with great affection. But 10 years after it opened in 1976, the park suddenly closed. The owners of Tucktonia wanted to build a roller coaster at the rear of the park, but were refused permission by the local council. Not long after this the park closed. Today the site, in Christchurch, is a housing estate with no traces of the theme park remaining (Although it is rumoured that amongst the hedges you may find the remains of the turning circle for the Motorway). A newspaper article revealed that the entire model village was destroyed in a fire within a warehouse on Verwood Industrial Estate. However one model survives... this being Buckingham Palace which was acquired, restored and put on display at the Wimborne Model Town, Wimborne Minster in 2002 and moved to Merrivale Model Village, Great Yarmouth in 2006. Tucktonia was located on Stour Road. It originally occupied 4 acres of the 21-acre Tuckton Park Leisure Complex. The park was closed down in 1986, having become rather run-down and neglected, with the buildings and fixtures being cleared and the land used for

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residential building and a public house called "Bar Max" and then ‘The Old Colonial’, later to become retirement flats. The park was best known for its large model village layout, which included a representation of London. It was billed as 'Best of Britain in Miniature' and as the country's biggest tourist attraction after The Tower of London, it was thought to be the largest model landscape of its kind in Europe. Built to a scale of 1:24, Tucktonia was a fully intergrated living spectacle with a complex railway system, motorways, waterways, commercial airports, airport traffic and other animated features controlled by sophisticated electronic equipment. The park included a 7.25-inch narrow gauge ride-on steam train that had operated there since 1980 but following the closure of Tucktonia it was moved to the Moors Valley Railway in the

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Moors Valley Country Park near Ringwood, Hampshire. The Moors Valley Railway opened to the public at the end of July 1986, using much of the equipment— locomotives, rolling stock, some trackwork and workshop machinery moved from Tucktonia during the previous September and October. Tucktonia was the brainchild of former double British Formula 3 champion Harry Stiller who still lives in the area. ‘I originally bought the land in 1961 when it was just a big open field. In 1972 I opened what was then the ‘Tuckton Park Golf & Leisure Centre’ and went on to sell it in 1975 to Watneys Grand Metropolitan. I was fortunate enough to find Paul Taylor, a gardener (who later became Head Gardener) at Tucktonia who had started working there within the first few months of it’s opening in 1976 up until 6 months before it closed in 1986. ‘I left Tucktonia when I had heard that the place was being knocked down and I couldn’t bear to see that. For many of us, working at Tucktonia had become an obsession. We enjoyed being there so much, there was always so much to do and we loved looking after the place. For many a year I worked a 70 hour week on a Basic rate and during the summer season I would work nights too and sleep on the floor of the Arcade with the Security dogs until my day shift would start. My wife and I were saving up for our first flat. I lived on Proplus and Beer to keep me going all those hours, I rarely saw my wife!’ Paul goes on to say ‘Within the Tucktonia Guides there was a questionnaire for visitors to fill in. We always received wonderful comments; one in particular I remember read ’I recently visited Compton Acres to see the flowers but was quite disappointed then I came here to see the models and loved the flowers even better!’’. Paul was very proud of his horticulture at Tucktonia and his love of gardening was plain for all to see. Paul grew all the plants himself from seed starting in the winter months making for an all year round job. Paul is still in the gardening trade with his own business now, P & R Landscapes. BBC Television's Multi-Coloured Swap Shop

show broadcast live from the park on one occasion. The park's model London was used extensively in the obscure 1976 King Kong spoof Queen Kong. Rides and attractions present whilst the park was operating • Various small scale fairground rides • A range of standard kiddie rides, including 20p-a-go mini bumper three wheeled Motorcycles • Magic castle themed giant six lane Fun Slide (May 1986) • Boating lake with motorised bumper boats • Amusement Arcade • Ride on small scale Landrover cars • Crazy Golf/Nine hole golf course • Seven and one quarter inch miniature narrow gauge scale ride on Steam Train – Later moved/sold to Moors Valley Railway (19801985) • Model village • Two and a half inch gauge electric model railway, featuring half a mile of track, and seventy five items of rolling stock • Cafeteria • Golfers Arms & Raceway Bar • Go-kart track • Mini-Cinema, showing cartoons • Souvenir shops A film night of the opening of Tucktonia (feature runs approx 30mins) and a featurette will be held at the Red House Museum on the 11th May 2011. More details will be available nearer the time. Christchurch Eye would like to thank both Paul Taylor & Harry Stiller for help with this article. Paul has kept many, many photos and paper clippings throughout Tucktonia’s life and hopes to share these with the public at the Red House Museum in May next year where a Film night of the opening of Tucktonia will be shown. I T: 01202 477214 I M: 07791 022190 • 13

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Christchurch Mayor congratulates couple in first Chamber wedding The Mayor of Christchurch, Cllr Nick Geary, stepped in at the end of the first ever wedding performed at Christchurch’s Council Chamber to congratulate the couple. Claire Edmed and Steven Lee were presented with a certificate marking the historic occasion along with a bottle of champagne. The ceremony came about following approval by Christchurch Council for the Chamber to be used for civil ceremonies and Dorset Registration Service being granted a licence to use the venue by Dorset County Council.

It was all a bit of a rush as we’d originally planned to go abroad but then had to change our plans.”

Although there are other venues licensed in Christchurch for civil ceremonies, including Highcliffe Castle and some hotels, this is the first Register Office Ceremony Room in the Borough.

The Mayor added: “I’m really happy that our Council Chamber is now available for residents of Christchurch to hold their weddings here. Previously people would have had to travel outside the Borough to have a ceremony at a Register Office, now they can stay closer to home.”

Steven Lee said: “It’s great that we were able to have the option of using the Council Chamber.

The Chamber will be available for ceremonies every other Saturday during the year.

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Recipe Roasted Pumpkin Soup Note: You’ll need a pumpkin which weighs about 1.5Kg for this recipe.

Ingredients 3-5 medium cloves garlic, unpeeled 1kg (2lbs) pumpkin, peeled and deseeded Olive oil 1 large onion, finely chopped 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 teaspoon ground cumin Salt and pepper, to taste 1 litre (1 3/4 pints) vegetable or chicken stock Cream, for serving (optional) Freshly grated nutmeg, or chilli flakes for serving (optional)

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Method Preheat oven to 190C / Gas mark 5. Chop the pumpkin into even-sized chunks (about 5cm / 2 inches across). Place the pumpkin with the unpeeled garlic cloves in a roasting tin. Drizzle with a little oil and toss to coat the pieces. Bake in the oven. Check after 20 minutes and remove the garlic at that point and set it aside. Roast the pumpkin until it’s soft and tender. Be careful not to burn it. Heat a teaspoon of oil in large (at least 2.7 litre capacity) saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, nutmeg, cumin, salt and pepper. Fry gently, stirring, until the onion is just softened slightly. Add the roasted pumpkin and stock and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until onion is completely soft and the stock has reduced a little. The more the stock reduces, the thicker the soup will be and the more concentrated the flavour. Season to taste. Peel the roasted garlic and add it to the soup. Remove from the heat and allow to cool for about half an hour before pureeing in batches in a blender. Serve the soup hot with cream and/or grated nutmeg/ chilli flakes if preferred. 18 • Please mention Christchurch Eye when responding to adverts

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WHAT’S ON OFFER IN CHRISTCHURCH? By Julie Ratcliffe One way that some towns try to encourage visitors and tempt new business is with loyalty schemes. In Christchurch, there are schemes to provide consumers with special deals and discounts. There’s Christchurch Eye’s Privilege Club and the Chamber of Trade scheme, A Better Deal, where people can receive an email in which shops and businesses list their offers. A recent edition had 14 special offers and 26 regular discounts available for a variety of goods and services. But is this enough to encourage people to shop and do business in Christchurch? Shops in particular can take advantage of crowdpulling fairs and festivals and the Chamber of Trade’s Christmas shop window display competition encourages this by providing winning businesses with a trophy, some free publicity and an invitation to the Chamber’s Annual Dinner at the Captain’s Club. Making shop windows inviting is one thing but a concerted effort is needed to make the town itself appealing. Improvements are being made to Saxon Square and it’s encouraging to read that the Council is to undertake a blitz on litter and wants to work with businesses in this task. Unfortunately enforcement doesn’t appear to work but community litter picks and volunteers tidying up the town are good examples of where pride in a community can make a difference. A tidy town is an attractive one, so do businesses have a role? Yes, making businesses look attractive can include sweeping the pavement outside and providing a bin, especially fast food and drinks firms, and a number of businesses do this. And maybe business input into the clean-up will produce greater understanding between the issues and the solution. But wouldn’t it be great if people had enough loyalty to their town not to drop litter in the first place. Details of the Christchurch loyalty schemes can be found on the Chamber of Trade website at: www. Information on Christchurch Eye Privilege Club and current offers can be found on our website www. The Privilege Club is now free to all traders wishing to sign up.

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The Grumpy Old Man Column

R.I.P. Personal Service? Dear Editor, I enjoyed the article by Mr. OrchestonMatthews in August’s Christchurch Eye. I didn’t realize until then that I was a G.O.M. (Grumpy Old Man). My G.O.M. pet hate is about how the internet seems to have taken personal service out of the picture. Christchurch has many fine shops with knowledgeable, enthusiastic and patient staff. I visit Castles when I want a grommety-type fixing for an oojamaflip or the Bay Tree when I think I need vitamin supplements. Try having a conversation with EBay or Amazon and relying on their suggestions when you’re not quite sure what you need! The magic of personal service is that someone listens to what you say; interprets the information and provides the solution on the spot. Hardware, vitamins, clothes, food – it doesn’t matter what you want – the principle is the same. The internet is ideal if you know exactly what you want and trust the company behind the web site. While online I still have to suffer unrelated “pop up” adverts inviting me to join virtual casinos and, on a recent occasion, “meet hot single girls from Russia” – very disconcerting if all you want is to order a new belt for the vacuum cleaner. Quite frankly I don’t care if I have to pay a bit more for good old fashioned service and I hope real shops will be around as long as I am. Always remember – If you smile at a computer – it won’t smile back! Anon

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Community Diary & Information This is a free page to publicise your local events and information. Copy deadline is September 10th for inclusion in the November edition of Christchurch Eye. 1 Oct Regular monthly Farmers’ Market in Saxon Square. Over twenty local producers selling quality home produced/reared produce including; meat, cheese, bread, plants, herbs, cakes, fruit and vegetables. First Friday in the month from 9am - 1pm 3 Oct Highcliffe Classic Car Rally at Highcliffe Castle 11.00am - 3.00pm 01425 278807 9 Oct St Faith’s Fair at Place Mill, Christchurch Quay. 11.00am until 4.00pm. A glimpse of the everyday lives of the town’s medieval residents with music, games, crafts, and historical exhibits. Costumed local people present 13th century harp music, longbow demonstrations, calligraphy, the game of nine men’s morris, and more... FREE (Alms to Place Mill donation box welcome). 9 Oct Motown Magic - Hoburne Park Tickets £10.00 - over 14’s only. Book Early. Limited Availability 01425 273379 10 Oct The Lions Club of Christchurch Car Boot Sale. Stanpit Marsh Recreation Ground, Christchurch. Sellers Cars from 8a.m. - 1p.m. (£5) Buyers cars from 8.30a.m. (By donation). Refreshments and toilets on site 19 Oct Portfield School Pub Quiz - Inviting local brainiacs to join us at our Autumnal Quiz. Great prizes to be won & a light-hearted way to mingle in the Dorset area. Domino’s Pizza is kindly providing a delicious supper which is included in the ticket price. Only £7 pp (plus a free glass of wine on arrival) Starts 7.30pm Download an Entry Form from their website Portfield School, Parley Lane, Christchurch Dorset BH23 6BP Oct 23 - 12 Nov Art Exhibition - ‘Autumn Knights’ by Susan Knights, Regent Centre, High St., Christchurch. 24 Oct Autumn Wedding Fair at Highcliffe Castle. 11am 4pm. For all your wedding needs. Adult Admission £1. 01425 278807

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