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Talk of the Town

This is what our readers think of our businesses here, in Christchurch! I’d like to nominate The Industry Hair Salon as an example of a good Christchurch business. One thing’s for certain in Christchurch; there is no shortage of hair salons. The industry is tucked away in Wick Lane, (opposite the old post office), so not as high profile as the High Street Salons. My mother and I have used The Industry since their Christchurch branch opened many years ago. This salon ticks all the usual boxes – Welcoming and friendly service; quality cutting, etc. What makes this place special for me is that Michelle and her team treat me like a person, not just a head of hair to make a profit on. They always give good sound advice are very patient when I don’t quite know what I want! They also provided excellent “disaster recovery” for a friend of mine recently when her salon messed-up. A trip to the hairdressers isn’t cheap these days so it pleases me when the coffee & cake they’ve served me isn’t added to the bill like some other salons.

The Copper Skillet and Siena's Italian Delicatessen are always welcoming; always make a point of having a chat like old lost friends, and as my partner is Gluten intolerant, will always go out of their way to provide a suitable wheat free dish! Although we are very impressed with all the Christchurch venues, the Copper Skillet and Siena's Italian Delicatessen needed a special mention.

Colin Nutley & Linda Mamone

"The customer service and choice of products at Wisteria Gifts (93 Bargates) is wonderful - I've been hooked since discovering this lovely shop a few years ago. Owners Lucy and Chrissie have such a great eye for the classic and quirky - it's a treasure trove of all things 'shabby chic' and retro - and are as happy to let you browse at leisure as they are to help you find the perfect something. For babies and children, the shop's exclusive range of handknitted toys is irresistible, too.

Lynnette King, Christchurch resident.

Jenni Howard "Another 'hidden gem', Ye Old Eight Bells (16 Church Street, near the Priory Church) has gifts and a great range of crafts and haberdashery supplies. For adults or children into jewellery making, scrapbooking, knitting or sewing, you'll find lots here to inspire you and owners Ian and Anita are so friendly and helpful. Whether you're looking for blank cards to decorate or the perfect trim for a cushion, or your child has a craft project, put this on your 'must-visit' list."

Jenni Howard

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Christchurch Dial-a-Bus relaunched

Lymington and many other places. These excursions are priced The chairman of the Friends of Dial-a-Bus, Cllr depending Josephine Spencer, was joined by the Mayor and on the length Mayoress of Christchurch Cllr Nick Geary and of journey, usually Gillian Geary at Bure House for the event which between £6 and £8. celebrates five years of the service. Cllr Spencer said: “The Dial-a-Bus operates a wheelchair-accessible Dial-a-Bus service service from their homes for disabled or started five years ago older people who find it difficult to use public and has grown considerably since then to the point transport. The service runs on Tuesdays from that we now have 225 registered users. But we find Dial-a Christchurch West Christchurch and on Thursdays from that there are still a number of potential users in the East Christchurch using a bus supplied by Borough who are not aware of the service, includingservice has The Christchurch Dial-a-Bus Dorset County Council. On Thursdays there is people from Bure Housethe and other such schemes held in at Bure Borough at a ceremony also a service from Mudeford and Highcliffe to the area, which is why we are relaunching it now. scheme in Christchurch. Sainsbury’s and on Fridays from Highcliffe and “I would like to thank all of the Friends of Dial-a-Bus Burton to Sainsbury’s using a Nordcat bus. chairman friends who do a wonderful jobThe raising funds of to the keep the of Dial-a-Bu joined by the mayor and mayoress of Ch Each return journey costs £3.00 but there is also aBack service going.” & Neck Pain Geary at Bure house for the event which 5-4-4 scheme whereby people buying four tickets Pupils from Christchurch Junior School had been Sciatica get the fifth one for free. invited to provide some Dial-a-Bus entertainment during the Migraine operates a wheelchair-acces relaunch and disabled the young dancers andwho the find it diffic or older people In addition, special excursions are operated Joint ceremony Pain Samba Band proved very popular the residents service runswith on Tuesdays from west Ch every Wednesday to a range of destinations such Sports Injuries of the housing scheme. east Christchurch using a bus supplied as Exbury Gardens, Swanage, Fordingbridge, Frozen Shoulder The Christchurch Dial-a-Bus service has been given a relaunch to residents of the Borough at a ceremony held at Bure House, an extra care housing scheme in Christchurch.

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Is Christchurch’s Business Your Business? By Julie Ratcliffe Christchurch has been trading for centuries and has many and varied shops and businesses and whilst the doom-mongers tell us that the town is dying, I beg to differ. This new column will take a look at business in Christchurch and although the economic climate is difficult, the outlook here seems better than in many towns. Small businesses are at the heart of the UK economy. Small businesses employ 12 million people – 58% of the private sector workforce. Small businesses are the innovators and the entrepreneurs ploughing savings, time and energy into setting up new ventures. So when we see a new shop or business open we should applaud and support it. In the past few weeks several new businesses have opened. The former Christopher Mark premises now offer a bridal shop, florist consultations, beauty treatment rooms and a second branch for Tony Hair of Highcliffe. There’s a new haberdashery in Bargates and on the High Street we have a new sweets shop – a real trip down memory lane! The former Superbuys shop has been let and Saxon Square will soon have a new Caffé Nero. Business issues in the town are fought for by groups like the Christchurch Chamber of Trade and Commerce and the Federation of Small Businesses, the council has a business portfolio holder and supports the festivals in town. Yes there are big issues, such as parking charges, but this is a great town to be part of and probably the reason why people want to set up shop here. So let’s get behind the town and shop locally to keep the town vibrant; and the shops and businesses should try to lift their game by getting involved and raising their profile. We’re all in this downturn together and together we can ensure Christchurch continues to thrive. Are you setting up a new business in Christchurch? Please do let us know of your news by emailing us at info@christchurcheye.co.uk Solutions to Puzzles on Page 35

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Jamming with the skaters in Christchurch Twenty eight young people aged from 14 to 21 flipped, carved and tailslid around the Two Riversmeet skate park in Christchurch as they took part in the Skatejam competition arranged by the Christchurch Council Playrangers supported by Dorset Youth Service.

deal with. They provide a lot of sessions for younger children throughout the year, so it was important to provide The contest was for two groups of BMX bikers under 16s as well as 16 and over - two groups of something for older skateboarders - again under 16s and 16 and over young people as well. “It was wonderful to - and one group of inline skaters. see the spectacular The onlookers were treated to a host of moves and it’s spectacular moves and jumps as the competitors incredible what they worked hard to impress the judges. There were can actually do. I’m glad we have been able to some hair-raising moments as some of the inline provide such a fantastic facility for them here.” skaters performed backward somersaults in midair Music to get the competitors in the right frame of and skateboarders seemed to lose their boards mind was provided throughout the competition by before landing safely on them, but everyone YMCA Media Machine. completed the competition in one piece. Prizewinners were presented with a variety of Presenting the prizes was Deputy Mayor of vouchers and goods from the competition’s Christchurch, Cllr Sue Spittle, who said: “The sponsors: Forest Leisure Cycles, Cycle Experience, Playrangers arranged today’s event to particularly Back Yard Surf & Skate Shop, The Skate Shop and appeal to the older end of the age range they Animal. 14 14 • Please mention Christchurch Eye when responding to adverts


Making a splash! The new splashpark on the Quomps at Christchurch Quay has been officially opened by the Mayor of Christchurch, Cllr Nick Geary – with the help of scores of children. The splashpark has taken the place of the old paddling pool and now offers a more modern and varied facility for children which will be open all year round. On opening the splashpark, the Mayor said: “Today we finally see the results of this community-based project that is built for the 21st Century. It provides an innovative, interactive, educational and exciting water-based play area for the local community and visitors to Christchurch which we hope generations of children can enjoy.” The facility has come about through partnership working between Christchurch Council and members of the local community, including local children who helped to choose the various elements of the park. It was funded from £100,000 from Christchurch Council and £5,000 from Christchurch Community

Partnership with the bulk of the remaining £129,000 coming from the government’s Play Builder project. Chris Chope, MP for Christchurch, said: “This project demonstrates a forward-looking, imaginative council. The old facility was out-of-date and the council could just have closed it and forgotten about it. Instead the place has been transformed into something which is sure to be a popular part of Christchurch.” Adrian Dwyer, representing the local community, added: “This has been a marvellous example of how the community can work with the local council to achieve fantastic results. It’s good that it has been designed to be accessible to everyone regardless of their ability.” Before the Mayor took the plunge and cut the ribbon to mark the opening, a new flag for the splashpark was raised by its designer, Heather Bradfield from Somerford Primary School, and the Council’s portfolio holder for children and young people, Cllr Josephine Spencer.

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Getting Married at The Priory Holy Trinity, Christchurch (‘The Priory’) has been hosting weddings since Mediaeval times. Before the English Reformation it served two congregations: (a) Augustinian ‘canons regular’ who met in the Great Quire with its renowned thirteenth century misericords; and (b) the parish church, led by the canons, where worshippers gathered in the Nave, still the longest of any parish church in England. Brides have been walking the centre aisle for many centuries, and maybe you could be next! If you, your parents or your grandparents are - or have been - a parish resident or regular worshipper, you might qualify to have your wedding in the Priory. If you’d like a more intimate venue, St George, Stourvale is licensed for weddings also. We provide annually a free marriage workshop for couples getting married in the Priory.

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Teen Column:

Now I understand the true meaning of community spirit and how much it can help you to get through anything. I was involved in a car accident where I was knocked off my moped in Burton, Salisbury Road. It left me with a break to my pubic ramus, (Pelvis) and a very swollen and bruised right leg. After spending two nights in hospital, I came home to amounts Nonumerous wIu nderstandth of cards, flowers and chocolates, etruemean some, from people seen  ingofcomm throuIghadn’t ha yt unityspirita hing.Iwasin for years. I was at a downnpoint n vo d h lvedinacar owmuchitc Salisbshaken after the accident, uryRup accidentwh anhelpyou oaand d. e re very low. 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A Day in the Life of... an Educator with Life Education Wessex

ranging from Nursery through to Year 6. Programmes are an appropriate duration, style and content for the age group and build from year to year, developing the key themes of health and drug education. The educational philosophy of Life Education is based Having taught in Christchurch at the Priory upon the interactive exploration of health and personal School for 19 years, my first year with Life issues to allow children to make informed healthy Education has been an interesting transition. I used to work with 20 people but now I work alone choices. Therefore, it is hardly surprising that you can be on the receiving end of some interesting comments, with my closest companions being a puppet giraffe called Harold and a vacuum cleaner called questions, answers and insights into the perceptions of primary aged children relating to health and personal Henry! Yes, as an Educator you are teacher relationships! The subject areas that we cover with and caretaker of your own mobile classroom. I guess the mobile classroom (its formal name but children support the general themes of the Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship curriculum with some frequently referred to as the life bus or van!) is schools integrating our visit into their Health Week or probably a good place to start my day. through building on extension work in class following Having liaised with two schools and our towing the visit. contractor it is always a relief to turn up for work and find that the mobile classroom is already at the school In the last year I have visited 46 schools seen approximately 17,500 children and driven 3,000 miles, and, ideally, placed where you were expecting it to which has been a big difference from the 3 miles each be, with easy access to sockets for electricity. This way commute I did to the Priory for 19 years. Which can range from the staff car park or playground, if brings me on to my fourth companion – TOM TOM, space permits, or in the grounds of a nearby village without whom I would have struggled to find my many hall, church or even the village green. Depending on the size of the school we might be visiting for anything new workplaces! from just one day to five or six and engaging with about At the end of the day I pack up the resources, vacuum 100 pupils a day during our stay. Whilst Life Education and dust and say goodnight to Harold, Henry and Wessex covers Dorset, Somerset and Devon, the area TAM. Yes, I promised to come back to TAM (full name I primarily cover is Christchurch and Bournemouth, Transparent Anatomical Mannequin).We use TAM so if you have children at school in the area ask them to illustrate the position and functioning of the main whether they recall Harold the giraffe visiting their systems and organs within our bodies. Not the easiest school. thing to describe in words so why not pop in to one of our parents’ sessions when we are visiting your Having set the classroom up - lighting, heating, air children’s school and see for yourself! con, TV, DVD and TAM, (I’ll come back to her – my Sarah Haberfield third companion) - it is time to greet classes of pupils 32 • Please mention Christchurch Eye when responding to adverts


LIFE EDUCATION WESSEX a.k.a. Harold and the Life Bus! • In the United Kingdom about 450 children start smoking every day. ASH Life Education Wessex is a health education charity Fact Sheet, 2007. working with over 45,000 children in Dorset Schools. Drugs (other With its own mobile classrooms and specially trained than alcohol and educators, the charity visits over 200 Dorset schools cigarettes) every year. December 2008 The seven year health education programme shows children Among 11 – 15 year olds: how their bodies work and what they need to stay healthy. • 25% of pupils have ever taken drugs. The early sessions show the importance of a healthy diet, lots of sleep and plenty of exercise. Later on in KS2, before • 17% of pupils reported taking drugs in the last year. • Prevalence was similar among boys and girls and the children move on to the independence of secondary school, the charity alerts the children to the threats to their increased with age, from 6% of 11 year olds to 31% of 15 year olds. health including the dangers of smoking and drug and alcohol abuse. • Pupils were most likely to have taken cannabis. Sadly the health statistics for today's youngsters have led • 61% of pupils who had taken drugs in the last year had to the prediction that today's younger generation is likely taken only one type of drug. to die at an earlier age than its parents due to its lifestyle • 5% of pupils said they usually took drugs at least once a choices. However, there is hope - the prediction is based month. on 'choices' . With special age-appropriate sessions, Life • 36% of pupils had ever been offered drugs. They were Education aims to give the children the knowledge and skills most likely to have been offered cannabis (22%). that they will need to make healthy choices for a long and • Pupils’ first drug use was most likely to be sniffing happy life. volatile substances (51%). This was most common overall, LIFE EDUCATION WESSEX IS A CHARITY! Every year particularly among pupils who first tried drugs at an early the charity needs to raise money to support the cost of the age. visits to local schools. For every child who visits the mobile • Pupils whose first experience of drugs was at the age of classroom, Life Education needs to raise approximately £4 . 14 or 15 were most likely to have first tried cannabis. (Last year the charity visited over 45,000 children in Dorset. • Pupils were most likely to have received the first drugs This year, there is an additional campaign to raise they took from a friend of the same age. The most common money for two new mobile classrooms. The charity is reason they gave was “To see what they (drugs) were like”. keen to hear from anyone who can help in any way. To • Pupils who had taken drugs more than once were most register your interest in helping this local charity to help likely to have taken cannabis on the most recent occasion your local community please contact Di Day on di.day@ lifeeducationwessex.org.uk. In particular, if you would like to (45%). Drug use, smoking and drinking among young people in nominate the charity as a recipient of your own fundraising England in 2007, Elizabeth Fuller (Editor), A survey carried activities whether at home or at work then please let Di out for the NHS Information Centre by the National Centre know what you are planning as she might be able to help for Social Research and the National Foundation for you with advice or promotion. Whatever your skill or talent, please make contact as fundraising projects require all sorts Educational Research, 2008. of skills from all sorts of people! WHY DO WE NEED LIFE EDUCATION? SOME QUOTES from our service users: Every three days a child under 10 is treated in hospital hi harold for the effects of alcohol. 648 children under 10 have been treated in accident and emergency wards for alcohol- i am very happy that my daddy is quitting smoking and it its all because of you i told him about what could happen related illness in the past five years. They were among to him when i got home and he listened to me and desided 24,000 under 16s who drank so much that they needed to quit hospital help. love from Indiexxxx (Received Feb 2010 from a local primary • More than 500,000 children aged 10 - 17 drink in school child) bars while 13% buy alcohol openly in shops. An amazing experience yet again which captured the • The number of youth under the age of 18 admitted attention of a very enthusiastic, lively class!" to hospital because they have drunk too much has Mrs S. Canipel St Walburga's RC Primary (Yr 4) jumped by 80% over the past five years. Home Office, November 2008. www.christchurcheye.co.uk I T: 01202 477214 I M: 07791 022190 • 33


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Blue Plaque Leaflet I am sure you have all seen the blue plaques that adorn some of the buildings in Christchurch.

a the absence of proper launch in like reports or the local press a champagne Many towns have them. It is interesting, although reception not surprising, that our Council talked about putting well with quotes from Blue Plaques on historic buildings in the early 1970’s known personalities, that sort of thing, the Christchurch that it was not until nearly thirty years later, in 2000 Local History Society and the Christchurch Borough as a millennium project, did the whole scheme get off Council are pleased to announce in the Christchurch the ground and only then with the assistance of the Christchurch Local History Society and funding from Dr Eye that this wonderful informative leaflet called the Christchurch Blue Plaque Millennium Trail is Alistair Somerville-Ford (a passionate supporter of the now available from The Christchurch Local History heritage of Christchurch). Society (located in Christchurch Library) and from the Many, many hours of meetings with the Council Information Centre. Price £1.50 planners, contractors, plaque makers, resulted in the So I urge you all to get a copy, take time to do the trail marvellous set of seventeen informative plaques we and you will be able to impress your friends and visitors have today. Additional plaques were also sponsored by the Council, Bookends, Morgan Gibaud Associates with your local history knowledge. But please do not and John Troke. They record items as diverse as what leave it thirty years! is probably the oldest Council house in Christchurch and a Trolley bus turntable. CLHS Programme 2010 The meetings usually take place on the first To accompany the plaques a brilliant leaflet was Tuesday of each month from September to May at produced, using a marvellous painting by Brian Green Clarendon Road Junior School starting at 7.30pm called “Christchurch, Where Time is Pleasant.” The Introduction explains itself perfectly, 7th September 2010 - Pioneering Aviation in the New Forest by John Levesley. “The Christchurch area has seen many millennia of human activity the Millennium Trail commemorates 5th October 2010 - Sir Henry Drummond Wolff and sites from Neolithic times to the twentieth century Boscombe Spa and Chine by John Barker. some of which remain, but most do not. The pace of 2nd November 2010 - Eyes in the Deep by Stephen change accelerated in the last century, especially with Hall. the advent of motorised transport, which has caused drastic changes in most towns and villages. Our aim is, therefore to record and preserve some of the lost and forgotten past of Christchurch A large clear map shows the location of the Blue Plaques together with another 27 places of historical note, they are all numbered and on the reverse you can find out lots of additional interesting information. For example; the Ship Inn on the High Street has been an Inn since the eighteenth century and at one time had a landlord whose name was Mr Booz! The original leaflet has been out of print for a number of years although a small number have been available through the Christchurch Local History Society. As the availability of the leaflet declined the demand seemed to increase. Ann Simon from Christchurch Council organised a reprint of the leaflet and the Local History Society advised on a few amendments, (it is amazing how Christchurch has changed in just ten years). In

7th December 2010 - Wessex Churches and their Landscapes by John Lewis.

The Christchurch Local History Society produces a quarterly journal for its members (also available to purchase at Christchurch Information Centre) and organises a series of talks from September to May. These take place at the Christchurch Junior School in Clarendon Road, on the first Tuesday of the month. Local History Room, Christchurch Library, 29 High Street, Christchurch, BH23 1AW. Tel: 485938 This room is open weekdays from 10am to 12.30pm (except Wednesdays). It is staffed by volunteers drawn from the membership of the society. More information on the Society can be found at www. historychristchurch.org

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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 October edition of Christchurch Eye. 4 Sept Avon Tyrrell Outdoor Centre Family Fun Open day, Fun for the whole Family come and see our Vintage Car display with mystery guest???? Fairground Rides, Pony Rides, stalls & live entertainment. Beer tent, BBQ, Cream Teas and lots more. Why not try out one of our activities i.e: zip wire, climbing wall or how about a swim in our pool? Something for all ages to enjoy! 1pm-5pm Free entry to all! UK Youth, Bransgore, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 8EE. 5 Sept Three Counties Car Rally Highcliffe Castle 12.00noon 4.00pm 01425 278807 5 Sept Swing Unlimited Big Band Highcliffe Castle 1.00pm 4.00pm This is an outdoor event so please bring your own rugs or low backed chairs. 01425 278807 11 Sept Dorset Archaeological Days 2010 - St Catherine’s Hill Free Guided Walk. Visit Bronze Age barrows, a Roman fort and other historical features with Michael Hodges of Christchurch Local History Society. Meet in the small car park at the foot of St Catherine’s Hill Lane at junction with Marsh Lane at Fairmile 2.00pm 01305 224921 12 Sept The Lions Club of Christchurch is organising a Car Boot Sale at Stanpit Recreation Ground, Christchurch. All proceeds to Charity. 8.00am - 1.00pm Refreshments available. Enquiries: 01202-426206 12 Sept Dorset Archaeological Days 2010 Christchurch Castle Free Guided Walk. Explore the castle’s varied history on a short walk with Michael Hodges of Christchurch Local History Society. Meet at: Palmers Piece, at start of Convent Walk, Castle Street, Christchurch. 2.00pm Map Ref: SZ160 927 15 Sept Dorset Archaeological Days 2010 Christchurch - a Saxon town free guided walk. Learn about the origins of Christchurch as the Saxon burgh of Tweaoxneam (or place betwixt the waters) with Michael Hodges of Christchurch Local History Society. Meet at Pound Lane, NE end of the high Street, at south end of Fountain pedestrian underpass. 2pm 01305 224921 18 SEPT FIT CHRISTCHURCH Free Fun Day of Sport and Healthy living for people of all ages 10am - 4pm THE QUOMPS A multitude of activities for people to try throughout the day including; Break the Guinness World Record for 100mtrs on a Space Hopper or cross the Christchurch Scouts Rope Bridge. Various demonstrations including; Pure

Funk Street Dance, U3A International Folk Dance Group, Dorset Tae Kwando Tigers and SUK Hothai Martial Arts Club to name but a few. Prize hampers, FREE prize draw with a chance to win goods/services/vouchers from all the organisations that attend on the day, last year’s prize hampers were valued over £1,500 in total. 18 Sept Cockney Nite to be held at the British Legion in Christchurch with a genuine Pearly King and Queen from London. Live Cabaret Act and Cockney Songs. Ticket price to include Cockney food 7.30-11pm. Tickets £12.50 from Julia’s House Charity Shop, Xchurch. 01202 485111 18 & 19 Sept UK Windsurfing Association event, Steamer Point/Friars Cliff Beach. 19 Sept Beachwatch beach litter survey, Friars Cliff Beach at 10.30am. 20 Sept Transition Town Christchurch meeting at the Baptist Church in Bargates 7.30pm-9.30pm. Make Do & Mend: Learning from the Past – Bothered about our throwaway society? Look at the positive changes we could make to our lives in Christchurch by living with less. This event is FREE with refreshments. For more information about Transition Town Christchurch, please email dmsmith@ tiscali.co.uk 21 Sept Join local historian Michael Hodges for a ghostly Autumn Equinox walk around Christchurch. Meet under the arches of the old Town Hall in the High Street. Limited tickets are available from Christchurch Information Centre, 49 High Street. Adults £3.00 Children £1.50 01202 471780 25 Sept Portfield Hall Community Open Day 10.30pm-3.30pm 1pm – Mayor officially opening the new kitchen. FREE Entrance. Bouncy Castle, Climbing wall, Live Music, Have a Go sessions, Face painting, Messy Play plus loads more! Guest appearances from Peppa Pig & SpongeBob! Free parking at Peeks Party Store. 26 Sept Christchurch & Highcliffe Band - Bandstand Marathon, Christchurch Quay 2.00pm 26 Sept Cockpit & Military Vehicle Day, Bournemouth Aviation Museum, Merritown Lane, Hurn 10am-4pm Normal entrance prices apply: Adult £3; Child £1.50 (3-16 yrs).

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Tues 14 & Wed 15 Sept 7.30pm Mat Wed 2.30pm GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO (18) Sub titles Friday 17 September 7.30pm £13.50 Concs £12.50 MICHAEL JACKSON EXPERIENCE Saturday 18 September 7.30pm £14.50 Concs £13.50 KATHAKALI Classical Indian Dance Sunday 19 September 7.30pm £10.50 Concs £9.50 B’mth Concert Brass – LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS Wed 22 – Sat 25 September 7.30pm £12.50 Concs £11.50 Christchurch G & S Soc – PRINCESS IDA

Thurs 9 & Fri 10 September 7.30pm £12.50 Concs £11.50 Theatre 2000 – THE BOYFRIEND Saturday 11 September 7.30pm £15 BEATLES, BLUES & BLUE VIOLIN PROJECT Former ELO & Electric Light Orchestra Part II Members & Current Members of the Orchestra Phil Bates & Mik Kaminski

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