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HighcliffeEYE Your Local Community Magazine


April 2014 • ISSUE 25

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editor’s letter

Last year, many of you helped us back the Christchurch Chamber of Trade’s campaign for a “£1 for 2 hours” parking regime. We are pleased to say that our efforts finally came to fruition and this comes into force from the 1st April. It will apply in the four central Christchurch car parks - Waitrose, Bank, Regent Centre and Saxon Square. Christchurch Council have however, referred to it now as a trial so do please continue to help the businesses in town and make full use of the scheme whilst in place so that we can prove to the Council that this will be worth continuing for the prosperity of our town. Thank you to all those that signed the petition, as you can see, they really can make a difference. For this month’s recipe we have some scrummy Easter Biscuits for you to try. My daughter and I have tried and tested them and although they didn’t look quite as nice as the ones in the photograph, they certainly tasted delicious! Enjoy the Easter Bank holiday!


Cheryl Dennett Editor & Publisher

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What’s On Entries are listed FREE of charge for local groups and events. Submit your listing online at Tuesday 1st April and Wednesday 30th April Stan’s Blues Jam at The Thomas Tripp, Christchurch BH23 1HX on Tuesday 1st April (and the First Tuesday Every Month) and at The Avon Causeway, Hurn BH23 6AS on Wednesday 30th April (and Last Wednesday Every Month). Details at

Thursday 3rd April Christchurch Priory Lunchtime Organ Concert at 12.30pm Jonathan Allsopp (Hereford Cathedral).

Wednesday 9th April Coffee morning at Twynham School, Sopers Lane, Christchurch. Coffee, cakes and crafts. A fundraising event in aid of Pancreatic Cancer. 9.30am-12.30pm. Contact Brenda Weeks 01202 428004 if you require further information. Saturday 12th April RNLI coffee morning in Highcliffe Methodist Church Hall from 10.00-12.30. Cakes, bric-a-brac, jewellery, souvenirs, books, jigsaws. Admission free, donations welcome.

Friday 4th April Craft and Cake Sale 9.30-11.30, Highcliffe Community Association, Greystones House, Waterford Road.

Saturday 12th April Bransgore Horticultural Society Spring Show - 2pm at the Village Hall, Burley Road, Bransgore. Something for everyone - Flowers, Floral art, Art, Photography, Cooking, preserving. Open to non members. Entry forms from Tony - 01425 673436 or Jim 01425 673202.

Saturday 5th April Craft and Vintage Fayre, 10am-1pm, Bransgore Village Hall, Burley Road, Bransgore. 30 stalls of local Crafts and Vintage finds. With an Easter theme and vintage style refreshments, the perfect mornings browse! FREE ENTRY, supporting Julias House.

Saturday 12th April The Christchurch Royal British Legion Women’s Section are holding a Coffee Morning in the Mayors Parlour Christchurch, at 10am till mid-day, Coffee and Cake, or buttered bun, £1.50. Tombola and cake stall. Your support will be welcome.

Saturday 5th April St George’s Church Jumpers Road Christchurch have an Easter themed Table sale on 10am til 1pm. There will be an Easter egg hunt for children and plenty of bargains to buy.

Saturday 12th April Grange Choral Society Concert at Christchurch Priory 7.30pm.A performance of Dvorak’s Stabat Mater conducted by Marcio da Silva.Tickets from Bookends 67 High Street ,Hilary Scott 01202 399139 or at door.£16 reserved, £9 unreserved, £5 students.

Saturday 5th April Highcliffe Horticultural Society will be holding our Open Spring Show at St. Mark’s church hall, Hinton Wood Avenue, Highcliffe from 2-4pm. Entrance Fee 50p. Refreshments available, Raffle & Plant Stall. Contact Show Secretary on 01425 274845 for details. Sunday 6th April The Bean Car Club’s Daffodil Run (The Club for all makes of Veteran & Vintage Vehicles). The rally will arrive at Christchurch Quay from 2.30pm after a run from Maidenhead, Berks. where the Mayor of Christchurch will present the prizes after the final judging. Tuesday 8th April Red House Museum. 10.30am-12.30pm. Easter Bunny Hunt. Prizes & refreshments. Children £3, Adults £1. Children must be accompanied. Booking essential. Phone 01202 482860 or call in. Open Mon-Fri 10-5, Sat 10-4. Wednesday 9th April Red House Museum Main Gallery - Battle Lines Performances on the 2 short plays inspired by real local stories about the First and Second World Wars. 2pm and 6pm. Tickets now on sale at the Red House suitable for 8 and upwards. Wheel chair access. £5 each. 01202 482860 or



Friday 18th April Christchurch Priory - Good Friday, Bach’s Passion according to St. John @7.30pm with BSO and BBC singers. Tickets from £15 available at Regent Centre. Organ concerts every Thursday at 12.30pm. Retiring Collection. Refreshments and light lunches from 10.30-1.30pm. Friday 18th April – 21st April 2014 Easter Trail - In the grounds of Highcliffe Castle. Find the Easter chicks hidden in the Castle grounds, answer the questions and win an Easter egg prize. £1.00 per trail. 11.00am-4.00pm daily. Saturday 26th April Barn Dance at Twynham School 7.30 p.m - in aid of Cancer Research UK. Tickets £11 to include fish and chips, Tea and Coffee. Raffle. Bring own drinks and glasses. Telephone no. for tickets 07962889905. Saturday 26th April Car Boot Sale at Highcliffe St Mark Primary School, Greenways, Highcliffe, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 5AZ. Times: 10am-12pm. £5 per car, entry 50p adults & children free. Proceeds go to FRIENDS of Highcliffe St Mark Primary School, registered charity: 900343

Saturday 26th April The Royal British Legion Highcliffe Branch are holding a Coffee Morning with a raffle on 10am till 12noon at The Methodist Church Hall, Lymington Road, Highcliffe everyone is welcome come along and make some new friends. Sunday 27th April Portfield Community Hall Craft Fair, Portfield Road BH23 2AQ. Raising money for Macmillan Caring Locally at 1-4pm. Entry is 50p for adults children are free. Tea/coffee and homemade cakes available. Tables cost £15 + raffle prize. To book a table email Tuesday 29th April Christchurch Priory Tours Tuesday 29 April, Thursday 15 May 6.15 for 6.30pm, approx 2¾ hours Tickets in advance £10.00 from the Verger Tel: 01202 485804 Includes tower (176 steps!) museum, crypts, belfry and roof space. Children over 8 welcome. Table-Top-Sale at the REGENT CENTRE every Monday & Saturday from 10am to 3pm. Selling a variety of goods incl, Costume/Vintage Jewellery, Books, Homemade Cakes, DVD’s, Bric-a-Brac, 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.

Community Notices BIG BREKKIE! World Autism Awareness Day. Be a good egg! Invite your friends, family and colleagues to a Big Brekkie on World Autism Awareness Day. Wednesday 2nd April 2014, to show your support and raise awareness of autism and regional charity Autism Wessex. The most important meal of today! Download your event pack now: www. Contact the elderly Christchurch group requires reserve car drivers required for twice a year on a Sunday afternoon when the regulars can’t come. Also volunteer host and hostesses required any area to provide afternoon tea for six elderly people and two car drivers one Sunday afternoon year. a downstairs cloakroom is a must. Call Carolyn 01202 424482.



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wynham School in Christchurch will be welcoming the public on Wednesday 9 April for a coffee morning to raise funds for Pancreatic Cancer UK (charity no. 112708). There will be delicious homemade cakes, tombola, bookstall, local crafts and a raffle. Local businesses have generously donated some fantastic prizes including a spa treatment at Christchurch Harbour Hotel, a Ringwood Brewery Tour for 4 people, £70 of Go Ape vouchers, a Clay Studio voucher and much more. Any type of cancer is a horrible disease but, thankfully, funding and campaigning has seen the survival rates for many types of the disease improve tremendously in the last few decades. However pancreatic cancer, the UK’s fifth biggest killer among cancers, has been little known, poorly understood and chronically underfunded, which goes some way to explaining why survival rates have not improved in 40 years. A recent advertising campaign highlighting this distressing disease attracted a lot of media attention and has raised awareness considerably. The coffee morning is being held in memory of Ann James, a popular local lady, who gave many years’ service at Twynham School as a member of support staff. Ann was diagnosed with the disease in the latter half of 2013 and sadly died a few months later. Her daughter, Sally Lebbern and her friend Liz Cook are organising the event. The doors will open from 10am until 1pm. For further information please contact Liz Cook via lizcook83@ or on 07950 402398 or Brenda Weeks via or on 01202 428004.

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Business Column £1 for 2 hours Parking The new “£1 for 2 hours” parking regime comes into force from the 1st April. You will recall the Eye magazines (and many readers) helped the Christchurch Chamber of Trade’s campaign to achieve this change.


It will apply in the four central Christchurch car parks - Waitrose, Bank, Regent Centre and Saxon Square. However Christchurch Council has referred to it as a trial. So please do come to Christchurch and take full advantage of the scheme. And when you come, use those two hours to look at our shops, have a coffee – or even lunch. The Council will monitor the parking numbers and we in the Chamber will monitor the effect it is going to have on trade. If we can show that trade and visitors increase, we can argue the change should be permanent. Whilst we may think it is obvious that lower parking charges help town centres thrive, with deep Councils cut-backs, we are going to need to produce hard evidence to justify it.

Invasion of the Job Snatchers If you are wondering what happened to the BBC3 programme I mentioned previously, I am told the last episode is being finalised and the date for the start of the six-part series is about to be set. The programme follows a dozen unemployed youngsters who came to Christchurch to get work experience. From its title – Invasion of the Job Snatchers - it is clearly going to focus on the antics of the job seekers who took part. However you will be able to see inside a number of local Christchurch businesses and see how BBC3 views the town. Accordingly I reckon it will be well worth watching, even if I suspect some local business owners will be doing so whilst hiding behind their sofas!

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An English Mum aster hol’s are nearly upon us, and exasperated parents can be heard expelling a collective sigh of, well, exasperation, as they once again attempt to keep the little darlings entertained. Due to a couple of my kids very helpfully getting older, Rachel I am now down to just one child and a dog to keep happy this holiday — and I have a cunning plan! (Yes, so cunning you could pin a tail on it and call it a weasel).

My plan involves treasure, and you may be surprised to learn that there is actual treasure hidden right here in Christchurch! Absolutely anyone can find it. Well, anyone with the ‘Geocaching’ app downloaded to a smart phone (or a GPS device, if you’re serious!). For the uninitiated, ‘Geocaching’ is a global game of hide and seek. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. You get to poke around in the undergrowth, making sure no one sees what you’re doing(!), and once found, you surreptitiously record your name on a log in the cache before replacing it without anyone seeing — any treasure items can be taken as long as you replace them with something else. Finds can also be logged on the website to keep track. There are hundreds of caches right here on our doorstep — there maybe one right outside your house, you never know!

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Back to my cunning plan; I get to dress up like a spy (not compulsory, but any excuse...) and take excited child on a treasure hunt and dog gets a walk at the same time — everybody wins! Oh, and the best bit? It doesn’t cost anything! If ‘app’s’ aren’t really your thing, you could always head up to Highcliffe Castle and join in the annual Easter Egg hunt instead — just as much fun and with chocolate at the end of it! Have a very Happy Easter, An English Mum :) PS. Go to for more info if you’d like to join in!

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Clubs, Classes, Groups & Societies Fitness, Sport and Wellbeing Gentle Yoga & Relaxation - Tuesdays 12:30-13:45 at The Wessex Health Network, Christchurch. Ideal for busy mums and over 50s. British Wheel of Yoga Teacher. Please call (07966) 199875 or email for more information. £6.50 per week (£7 drop in if space available). 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. for more info and contacts including junior teams. Yoga for adults & children - CHAIR Yoga - use of a chair for gentle stretches. All are welcome on Wednesdays at Portfield Hall, Portfield Road, Christchurch - 1pm-2pm. TEENS Yoga - a small group to practise yoga, release tensions & relax.. Tuesdays 3:45pm - 4:45pm @ Wessex Health, Stour Road. To book. Thai Yoga Massage Therapist. 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. Please call tutor Poppy. 01202 735560 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. Vinyasa Flow Yoga Classes - A 60 minute flowing yoga class for all levels, 7-8pm at Priory House, Christchurch. Contact Caroline on 07798 941832 or visit to book. First session FREE! YOGA CLASSES - Every Monday 0915-1015 and Wednesday 0930-1030 at the Bay Tree, Saxon Square, Christchurch. Ideal for beginners, busy mums and those who prefer a gentler pace! Kindly email Elaine Rees on or text/call 07504 823517 to book a class.

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Art and Craft SUSAN KNIGHTS Watercolour Classes ‘Jump in and Get Wet’ in small, friendly, informative classes overlooking beautiful Christchurch Harbour. Contact Sue on 01202 481099 or email susanknights@ Highcliffe Flower Club. Come and watch a professional flower arranger demonstrate in the Methodist Church Hall, Lymington Road, on the second Wednesday of each month at 2pm, doors open 1.30pm. We are a friendly group and visitors are welcome. HIGHCLIFFE ART FELLOWSHIP, Wed 2 April - 2.30pm Methodist Hall, Highcliffe. Demonstration of Still Life in style of Old Masters by Sonia Bacchus. Enhanced by 51” TV for close up of work. Visitors welcome. Fee £2. Friday 4th April Christchurch Floral Society meeting at Priory Hall, Princess Avenue 2pm. Demonstrator Emily Broomhead “Shabby Chic” Competition “Easter Parade” Plant stall Doors open 1-30pm All Welcome. Carbery Machine Knitting Club meet on the first Tuesday of each month from 7-9pm in the Annex of St George’s Church, Jumpers Rd, Christchurch. BH23 2JR We are a small friendly group, always welcoming to new members. For further information, please call Joy on 01202 489614 Children Highcliffe Hawks Girls football training, every Friday 6-7pm at Mudeford Wood Community Centre. For girls in school years 4, 5 & 6. For more information and to register please contact Annie 07780 933393 or email Musical Steps - 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.smith@musicalsteps. 0845 643 5025 Creative Ballet Classes for children 3+ at Portfield Hall, Christchurch, Dorset BH23 2AQ Thursdayfrom 3.30pm. 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. Mudeford Wood Active Kids - Established Holiday Club for children aged 4-11 years during Easter (Monday 7th to Friday 11th April) packed full of sports and fun activities. Open 9am to 4pm at Mudeford Wood Community Centre, Pipers Drive, BH23 4TR. Call 01425 272084. www.

friends. Every Monday 10.30-12.30 Christchurch Baptist Church Hall, Bargates, or Ring Irene 01425 279656

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Sessions Music and Heritage Club for young people aged 11+ who love music. Every Tuesday from 6pm in The Back Room, Old School House, Lymington Rd, Highcliffe BH23 5ET See you there! e:Sessionsbh23@ tel/text: 07971472768 or follow us on fb Clubs and Societies Community Singers every Tuesday 7.30-9.30pm. A fun, friendly and informal group. Songs include rounds, calls, folk music, spirituals, world music, and songs from the shows and rock and pop. No auditions - £5 per evening. First session free. 01425 276161 or for more information. 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. 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. Community Wind Band - Are you a current / lapsed brass or woodwind player? Come to one of the best kept secrets in the area!! Christchurch and District Band are a not for profit community wind band and welcomes you!! Call 07974 320132 for info. PHOENIX WIDOWERS FELLOWSHIP - If you have lost a loved one please come along and join our friendly group. Our guys say it helps to chat and make





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Downs in Dorset

SUPPORTING FAMILIES IN DORSET WHO HAVE A CHILD WITH DOWNS SYNDROME “Downs In Dorset” has been in operation since May 2010. The group was formed when a lack of support for families with a child who has Down’s Syndrome, and feeling of isolation, prompted Jo Phillpot and Ceri Tyack to join forces and create the first local Downs Syndrome play/support group. To date, the group continues to support families with the assistance of Jo Phillpot (Group Founder) and Joanne Scates (Group Leader), who both have children with Downs syndrome. Everyone is welcome to attend the group. It is a drop in session for parents, children, friends, carers and wider family members and anyone who has had a pre-natal diagnosis that their child has Downs syndrome. If a group environment is not for you, Joanne Scates and Jo Phillpot are more than happy to visit parents/parents-to-be at home. The group meets on the first Friday of every month at the Somerford Children’s Centre, Solent Room, Draper Road, Christchurch, BH23 3AS, from 12:30-14:30 and is mainly aimed at 0-5 year old children who have Downs syndrome. The group provides a relaxed and safe environment for people who wish to come along and share their experiences and knowledge with others who are in a similar situation. If you are the parent of a child diagnosed with Downs syndrome and you wish to get in contact, please phone Joanne Scates on 07595421148 or Jo Phillpot on 07772732842 or alternatively email Picture: The group receiving a cheque from Norman Scates (Canford Lodge Freemasons).



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Ingredients 150g butter, softened 125g caster sugar, plus extra for sprinkling Finely grated zest of 1 lemon 2 medium egg yolks 250g plain flour, plus extra for dusting 1/2 tsp mixed spice 40g currants 10g chopped mixed citrus peel Method 1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan160°C/gas 4. In a large bowl, beat the butter, sugar and lemon zest until creamy. Beat in the egg yolks until smooth, then beat in the remaining ingredients until it forms a ball. 2. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and roll out to about 5mm thickness. Using a 7cm fluted pastry cutter, cut out about 20 biscuits. Re-roll the trimmings as you go. Place on 2 large, non-stick baking trays, spaced a little apart. 3. Bake for 15-18 minutes, until pale golden. Sprinkle with caster sugar, then cool on a wire rack. As a finishing touch, stack a few biscuits and tie with ribbon. They will keep for a week in an airtight container. HighcliffeEYE 17

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f your garden is short on space, rammed with plants, or you simply have an unsightly vertical surface to cover, climbing plants can be used to great effect: from clothing frameworks such as pergolas and arches to hiding sheds and even neighbours! Whether it’s as fast growing as a Triffid, a dainty floral twiner, or an evergreen clinger, I’m certain there’s a climber out there for you, it’s just a case of meeting your perfect match. For those of you lucky enough to have a south-facing doorway, why not spoil yourself with the highly scented fragrance of Star Jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides). Not only is it evergreen, but it boasts the added benefit of a claret-red leaf colour in autumn. For those with a north-facing entrance, how about a plant combo starting with an early flowering Clematis tolerant of shade, such as ‘Frances Rivis’, followed by the stunning pink flowers of Rosa ‘Zephirine Drouhin’, perfect in shade with the added bonus of being a thornless variety. If it’s a shady spot and a fast growing evergreen you require you really can’t beat Ivy, but I understand many people are not huge fans, so why not put in the extra effort and seek out a great alternative known as Pileostegia viburnoides.  It’s a bit of a mouthful but not only is it evergreen, it will provide white flowers in summer and like Ivy is a self clinger, but nowhere near as vigorous. As well as the other common examples, such as Wisteria (only plant this in full sun and if you are prepared to tie it in and prune it twice annually), Honeysuckle and Pyracantha (great for deterring intruders due to its woody thorns), there is a whole range of other shrubs which can be grown against a wall or fence, not forgetting trees of course, such as the beautiful trained fruit trees we often see in Victorian walled gardens. Shrubs planted at around 30cm away from the base of the wall or fence can be manually tied in and make excellent wall cover, often with the added benefit of flowers.  Photinia ‘Red Robin’ for example, or Garrya elliptica make unusual evergreen wall coverings, and look great with a second flowering climber twining through.  Don’t forget the huge variety of annuals available which you can grow from seed, such as Sweet Peas, Morning Glory, or maybe try climbing French beans as an edible wall covering?

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Do ensure that you provide sturdy wires for plants to travel up. The best and most cost-effective way is simply to fix vine eyes (spaced horizontally around 2m apart) to the fence or wall and vertically at 30cm intervals.  Then use a taught network of galvanised wires to provide support.  Be sure to tie climbers in horizontally and not vertically as most people do … this way they will look great in your garden rather than flopping over the fence and delighting your neighbour … now that really would drive me up the garden wall! Until next time, happy gardening Lee

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HIGHCLIFFE on SEA ROTARY CLUB HIGHCLIFFE SCHOOL ROTARY DINNER On Thursday 13th February 2014, the Highcliffe School pupils continued their links with Highcliffe Rotary Club by inviting the members to what Mike is now annual Dinner. The School has and will continue to work with the Club on a number of charity projects and competitions. Some 14 GCSE students from its’ renowned catering department put their skills to good use in preparing and presenting a full evening meal. The menu comprised of Twice Baked Cheese SoufflÊs with pear and baby leaves; Beef Bourguignon with Roast Potatoes and seasonal vegetables and Meringues with Spice Plums to finish. The quality of the cooking and presentation, once again, delighted the Rotarians.


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Rotary President John Zeale congratulated and thanked the pupils, teachers and the School for organising such a successful evening. CABARET NIGHT Friday 28th February 2014 saw the third Charity Cabaret Night this time held at the Hoburne Shorefield Holiday Park with a good attendance of Rotarians and guests enjoying a fine three course dinner. The entertainment was provided by Nicole Young who performed many songs from the 50’s & 60’s, Country & Western and the West End Shows. In excess of £700 was raised for the Smile4Wessex and Life Education Wessex charities and plans are already in hand for next year’s event. Our next major fundraising event will be our Charity Golf Day on Tuesday 20th May 2014 at the Highcliffe Castle Golf Club when proceeds will go to the Smile4Wessex in support of the Children’s neurological centre at Southampton General Hospital. If you would like any more information on the above or Rotary in general then please call me on 01425 622658.

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ade In Dorset Craft and Vintage Fayres are a monthly seasonally themed event run by two good friends, Karen and Jane, who share a passion of all things Homemade, Homegrown, Vintage finds of times past and keeping our shopping local. Our 30+ stalls combine all of this into wonderful selection of unique gifts, ideas for the home, and delicious homemade goods. We serve vintage style homebaked cakes and slices along side our teas, coffees and new hot chocolates and retro style milkshakes (all at vintage prices!). Entry is FREE and we support Julias House with donations on the door and from our themed kids craft table and monthly (homemade) prize draws. Held 10am - 1pm on the 1st Saturday of each month at Bransgore Village Hall, Burley Road, Bransgore BH23 8AY, we welcome all customers old and new (and their friends!) to enjoy a truly unique atmosphere. For details contact 07812 555516 facebook - Made in Dorset

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Sainsburys 01425 277885 Helplines 1 Lyndhurst Road, Christchurch Anti-­‐social Behaviour     01202  495044         Mon-Fri 7.00-23.00 Sat 7.00-22.00 Sun 10.00-16.00 Trading  Standards   01305  224  012 Lloyds 01425 274291 Citizens  Advice  Bureau                                                            0844         245  1291 248 Lymington Road, Highcliffe Childline 0800  11  11                               Mon-Fri 8.30-18.30 Samaritans   08457  90  90  90     NSPCC 0808  800  50  00 Day Lewis Pharmacy 01425 613222 Southern  Electric   0845  071  3953 4 Old Milton Green Parade, Christchurch Rd, New Milton Mon-Fri 9.00-18.00 Sat 9-13.00 British  Gas 0800  048  0202         Gas  Emergency 0800  111  999 Wessex Pharmacies 01202 482197 Environment  Agency             03708  506506 186 Somerford Rd, Christchurch National  Drugs  Helpline 0300  123  6600 Mon-Fri 9-1.15/2.15-5.30 Sat 9-1.15 Age  Concern                                             0800  169  6565 Rowlands Pharmacy 01202 484840 National  Debtline                                                                     0808  808  40  00 136 Purewell, Christchurch Alcoholics  Anonymous 0845  769  7555 Mon-Fri 8.45-6.30 Sat 8.45-1 Narcotics  Anonymous                                   0300  999  1212 Overeaters  Anonymous 07000  784985 Mudeford Pharmacy 01425 272798

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