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March 2014 • ISSUE 24

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editor’s letter

I’d like to give a warm welcome to all you new readers out there; as the magazine has grown, this has enabled us to widen our distribution to hundreds more homes within Highcliffe. Although we are a community magazine bringing you many local business and community articles, we are actually funded by advertising. By using the local services within these pages and mentioning where you saw them, this will in turn enable us to keep producing our magazine for you, for free. We’d like to thank all our readers, both old and new, for your continued support and we hope you enjoy our latest edition. Happy Reading,

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Local  History  by  Phil  Tate What's  on  Guide Community  Notices Clubs  &  Classes An  English  Mum Adopt  A  Pet Peter's  Business  Column MindBenders Garden  View Highcliffe  Rotary Recipe Coffee  Break Kids  Page Christchurch  Neighbour  Cars Regent  Listings Index Dorset  POPP Puzzle  Solutions Useful  Telephone  Numbers

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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


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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.

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.

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...

To see more events in Christchurch visit www.visitchristchurch.info

Community Notices Contact the elderly is looking for volunteer host and hostesses who would be willing to entertain up to six elderly people and two car drivers one Sunday afternoon a year. Reserve drivers required. Call 01202 424482 Carolyn Dennis.

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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. 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

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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s Spring slowly buds into life, the cheery heads of yellow daffodils beginning to sprout remind me that it will soon be my wedding anniversary. This year is one of those landmark ones — silver, a whole 25 years! Over Rachel 21 of those years have been happily spent here in Christchurch, and with no shortage of restaurants to choose from here we’ve had many a celebratory meal in town.  

We’ve been to a cheapish and cheery pizza place, (where I knocked over a bottle of red), the usual Chinese, Indian’s and carvery’s, various pub’s and on one occasion a very expensive one (with portions so tiny we had a trip to Bargate’s chippy on the way home!). 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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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

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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. 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.

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HIGHCLIFFE on SEA ROTARY CLUB

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he wheels of Highcliffe Rotary Club continue a pace as we are well into the New Year whether that be with our own events or in conjunction with of other nearby Rotary Clubs.

Mike We have again donated £1,000 to the Christchurch Food Festival Education Trust and the funds will be used to provide a 7 week course to selected pupils of Highcliffe School who have been identified as being in most need of additional support so they may be given the opportunity to develop a valuable life skill or to enter the hotel and catering industry. The course will be run by a qualified chef and be for up to 11 students and provides an understanding of budgeting, purchasing, basic food hygiene and the practice of food and cooking. Past courses that we have funded have produced outstanding results from all participants.



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Over the past three years in cooperation with some of our local Rotary colleagues, we have been providing books to Schools in Uganda. The books are sourced by local schools and local parents and are sorted, indexed, packed and sent via DHL airfreight charity account to Uganda. So far, fifteen school libraries each with 1300 books have been created and the Ugandan children are ecstatic, as until now they have had no books and have learnt by rote from a blackboard and generally the schools where the libraries have been created have improved the learning of the pupils by a whole year. We have also provided football kit to some Ugandan schools courtesy of the generosity of Highcliffe School. 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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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. Serves 4 - 6

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Coffee Break

Sudoku Competition Win two tickets to see the Easter Holiday Special at The Regent Centre! Fill in the grid so that each row, column and 3x3 box, contains the numbers 1 through to 9 with no repetition. You don’t need to be a genius. These puzzles use logic alone. Watch out! Sudoku is highly addictive! Simply complete the Sudoku Puzzle, fill in your details and post your entry to: LEM PO Box 7812, Christchurch BH23 9HZ. Name Tel.No Address Good Luck! Entries to be received no later than 31st March 2014. Winner picked at random from correct entries.

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A warm welcome awaits you at the 2 local Highcliffe Slimming World Groups

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ow would you love to lose weight and never feel hungry? Yes? Well with our unique food optimising plan that’s exactly what you can do. Fill up on lovely free foods which include unlimited amounts of fresh fruits, vegetables and salads, along with fish, lean meat, potatoes, pasta and rice!!! Sounds good…. So why not come along to one of the local groups and join a fantastic group of ladies and gents doing exactly that. At the Highcliffe Day Centre group run by Consultant Sarah, you can meet John and June, our “Couple of the Year” who between them have lost an incredible 9 stone in a year!!! And our other Highcliffe group run by local Consultant Martyn, who himself has lost over 8 stone. He says “We love welcoming new members and watching their weekly success” it’s one of best parts of our job, he added. Everyone is welcome and it’s great to welcome our male members as well, and I’m very proud that one of our male members made it through to our UK final of Man of the year. Sarah’s group can be group can be found at Highcliffe Day Centre, Lymington Road, Highcliffe every Tuesday at 6pm, and Martyn’s group at St Marks Church Hall, Hintonwood Avenue, Highcliffe every Wednesday at 930am. For further details please feel free to call us, Sarah on 01425 471435 or Martyn on 07714 030407. HighcliffeEYE 27


AT CHRISTCHURCH HARBOUR HOTEL

A  GREAT  PLACE  TO  RELAX,  DINE  AND  DRINK where coastal heritage meets yacht chic, guests are welcome to visit throughout the day. From early morning coffees, long lunches from the outdoor grill, Afternoon Tea and sundowners on the terrace, rolling into the buzz of dinner and drinks under the stars...

A  G R EA T  BRI TI S H  S UN DAY   LU NCH Enjoy a fantastic choice of fish and seafood starters alongside terrines and of course Alex’s twice baked cheese soufflé, followed by some great roasts, from classic beef, pork and lamb to whole chickens, duck and locally caught fish to share. Desserts from naught ice cream cocktails to puddings and chocolate fondant. 3 courses £21.50

A N  E V E N I N G  WI TH  DES  O’CONNOR Join us on Thursday 27th March 2014, for a night of food, drink and once in a lifetime opportunity to be up close and personal with the world-wide star Des O’Connor. Expect anecdotes from Des’ glittering career, along with a rare chance to enjoy music and singing from the award-winning man himself in this intimate setting. £59.50 per person, to include: • Arrival drinks • Three course meal • Entertainment from Des and the band

TO BOOK PLEASE CALL UPPER DECK 01202 400954 • Christchurch Harbour Hotel •

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hristchurch NeighbourCar is a volunteer car scheme that has been running successfully for over five years. The scheme covers residents in the BH23 area and provides a door-to-door transport service for medical trips for those who have difficulty accessing public transport. Trips are paid for by suggested donations of 50p per mile. The volunteer drivers receive expenses to cover their mileage; they also enjoy the feeling of helping their community. Drivers offer as much time as they can spare and there is no obligation on them. Having made a success of the scheme Clare Walker, the co-ordinator, is looking to hand over the reins at the end of March to a willing volunteer. The co-ordinator receives calls, on a dedicated phone line, from clients and then asks the volunteer drivers if they would be available to provide transport for the requested trip. Currently there are 14 drivers who help over 600 clients on the books. Success of the scheme enables Clare to make a donation to different local charities at the end of each year. The drivers are also rewarded with a social event to thank them for their efforts. Do you think you could spare a few hours a week to help keep Christchurch NeighbourCar going? Would you like to know more? Please contact Erica Pretty from Dorset Partnership for Older Peoples Programme (POPP) on 07825 145726 or email: e.pretty@dorsetcc.gov.uk

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With Christchurch Information Centre (01202) 471780 Live Thur 27 Feb 7pm Sold Out. Encores £13 Concs £12 Fri 28 Feb 2.30pm & 7.30pm & Thur 20 & Fri 21 March 7.30pm NATIONAL THEATRE’S WAR HORSE – Satellite broadcast Sat 1 March 10.30am GodFirst Film £1 DESPICABLE ME 2 2D (U) Sat 1 March 5pm £22 Concs £20 Live by satellite on screen Metropolitan Opera NY PRINCE IGOR - Borodin Sun 2 March 7.30pm £19.50 Concs £17.50 GERRY & THE PACEMAKERS Gerry Cross the Mersey Wed 5 – Sat 8 March 7.30pm. Mat: Sat 8 2.30pm £14.50 Conc £13 Theatre 2000 – ASPECTS OF LOVE Love Changes Everything – Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic hit show Sunday 9 March 7.30pm £20 Lee Memphis King his Band & Singers ONE NIGHT OF ELVIS Mon 10 – Thurs 13 March 2.30pm & 7.30pm MANDELA – Long Walk to Freedom (12A) Friday 14 March 7.45pm £12 Concs £10 Alan Ayckbourn ImpAct Theatre – NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Sat 15 March 4.55pm £22 Conc £20 Live by satellite on screen Metropolitan Opera NY – WERTHER - Massenet Sun 16 – Tue 18 March 7.30pm. Mats Sun 16 – Thur 20 2.30pm Colin Firth is THE RAILWAY MAN (15) Wed 19 March 7.15pm £19 Conc £17 Live by satellite on screen Royal Ballet – SLEEPING BEAUTY Saturday 22 March 7.30pm £17.50 Concs £16.50 UK FLOYD Wed 26 – Sat 29 March 7.30pm. Mat Sat 2.30pm £14.50 Conc £13.50 Milton Musical Society – BLITZ Lionel Bart’s hit musical to mark 75 Anniversary of WWII Sunday 30 March 7.30pm £20 Concs £18.50 Tale of 2 Cellos – JULIAN & JIAXIN LLOYD WEBBER Mon 31 March & Tue 1 April 2.30pm & 7.30pm Mat Thur 3 2.30pm Meryl Streep – AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY (15) Wed 2 April 7.30pm £13.50 Conc £12.50 Evening of Clairvoyance 3SPIRIT – Keith Charles, Ivan Lee & Dan Clarke Thur 3 April 7.30pm Encore by satellite on screen £13 Conc £12 ELTON JOHN – Million Dollar Piano at Caesar’s Palace 24 Hour Car Park charges. Air Conditioned www.regentcentre.co.uk *Pre-show Dining at The Kings £23. VIP Experience £39.50 inc ticket


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Home Angels

Home assistance, making home living easier. A family company that cares for all your home needs

Cooking cleaning, washing, shopping, ironing and much more ....

Please call 01202 241407

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Business  &  Professional Miller  Bros  &  F.P  Butler  Ltd

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Carer  Homes/Help Homefield  Grange Apex  Care   Inter-­‐County  Nursing  Care  &  Services Queensmead

2 9 12 33

Children,  Pets  &  Education Christchurch  Cattery Sophie's  Pet  Care

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Food  and  Drink The  Kings  Harbour  Hotel  Ltd Upper  Deck  Restaurant

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Gardens Southern  Tree  Specialists Broadoak  Tree  Care David  Burgess  Garden  Design

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Health,  Beauty  &  Lifestyle Tracey  Butchart  Foot  Health  Practitioner Foot  Rescue Purewell  Electrical All  Mobility Dorset  Denture  Clinic Scissors  Christchurch Slimming  World Specsavers  Optical   Highcliffe  Dental  Practice

4 7 16 20 20 27 27 31 36

Home  Improvement Dunkley  Tiles Paul  Belton  Construction Ashley  Blinds  UK A  Beautiful  Clean Dream  Doors JT  Blinds Build  Exchange Roof  Exchange Plumb  Exchange A  &  S  Painting  Services Comfort  Rooms Flying  Angel Home  Angels

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Motoring  and  Travel Christchurch  Coaches Keith  Motors

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Property  Management  &  Lettings Mitchells  Management

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CHRISTCHURCH COACH HOLIDAYS 2014 5 DAYS – ISLE OF WIGHT THE SHANKLIN HOTEL Monday 21st April – Friday 25th April £249 per person Half Board

9 DAYS - AUSTRIAN TYROL St JOHAN THE BABYMIO HOTEL ALL 4* OVERNIGHTS IN GERMANY Saturday 17th May - Sunday 25th May £689 per person - Singles £799 Half Board

5 DAYS – TENBY THECLIFFE NORTON HOTEL Friday 9th May Tuesday 13th May £249 per person Half Board

5 DAYS – BABBACOMBE Nr TORQUAY THE SEFTON HOTEL Monday 31st March – Friday 4th April £199 per person Half Board

6 DAYS - TURKEY & TINCEL 6 DAYS - TURKEY & TINCEL THE CLIFFE NORTON HOTEL THE CLIFFE NORTON HOTEL Thursday 6th Nov – Monday 10th Nov Thursday 6th Nov – Monday 10th Nov £249 per person Half Board £249 per person Half Board

8 DAYS - SCOTLAND ULLAPOOL THE CALEDONIAN HOTEL (OVERNIGHTS IN GRETNA) Sunday 14th Sept Sunday 21st September £399 perperson Half Board

5 DAYS - TURKEY & TINCEL THE SEFTON HOTEL BABBACOMBE Monday 1st Dec – Friday 5th December £199 per person Half Board

6 DAYS - TURKEY & TINCEL WESTON-SUPER-MARE THE YORK HOTEL ON SEA FRONT Monday 17th Nov - Saturday 22nd Nov £239 per person Half Board

CHRISTCHURCH COACH HOLIDAYS IS A FAMILY RUN COACH COMPANY THAT OPERATES A SMALL SELECT SELECTION OF COACH HOLIDAYS IN GREAT BRITAIN AND ABROAD. WE ALSO PROVIDE A SERVICE TO ALL TYPES OF PRIVATE GROUPS TO DESTINATIONS IN THE UK AND ABROAD. WE HAVE OVER 40 YEARS EXPERIENCE IN THE COACHING INDUSTRY. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON OUR HOLIDAYS PLEASE PHONE 01202 490333 or e-Mail us holidays@christchuchcoachholidaysltd.com

Queensmead A Care South Residential Care Home Thinking of moving into a care home? We’re here to help Situated in the heart of the Christchurch community, we provide quality residential care in a home-from-home atmosphere. Whether you’re looking short respite stay or a new home, we offer a warm welcome, comfort, security and peace of mind. To arrange a visit or find out more, please contact the Queensmead manager, Janine May

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Useful Contacts Police/Crime Police  (Emergency)     Police  (Non-­‐Emergency)   Crimestoppers   Neighbourhood  &  Home  Watch

Library Information

999 101 0800  55  51  11   01202  222  222

Medical/Health  Services NHS  Direct     111 Bournemouth  A  &  E   01202  70  41  67   Bournemouth  Hospital   01202  30  36  26 Christchurch  Hospital 01202  486  361 British  Red  Cross  Medical  Loan  Service  01202  484074 Local  Council  &  Services Christchurch  Borough  Council     Dorset  County  Council           Christchurch  Information  Centre Regent  Centre Bournemouth  Airport Post  Office   Dorset  Family  Information  Service

01202  495000     01305  251000         01202  471780 01202  499199 01202  364000 0845  722  3344 01305  221066

Helplines Anti-­‐social  Behaviour     01202  495044         Trading  Standards   01305  224  012 Citizens  Advice  Bureau                                                            0844         245  1291 Childline 0800  11  11                               Samaritans   08457  90  90  90     NSPCC 0808  800  50  00 Southern  Electric   0845  071  3953 British  Gas 0800  048  0202         Gas  Emergency 0800  111  999 Environment  Agency             03708  506506 National  Drugs  Helpline 0300  123  6600 Age  Concern                                             0800  169  6565 National  Debtline                                                                     0808  808  40  00 Alcoholics  Anonymous 0845  769  7555 Narcotics  Anonymous                                   0300  999  1212 Overeaters  Anonymous 07000  784985 Taxi  Firms Christchurch  Radio  Cabs     Chritax Priory  Cabs  

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Christchurch Library 29 High Street, Christchurch BH23 1AW 01202 485 938 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

9.30am to 5.30pm 10am to 7pm 9.30am to 1pm 9.30am to 7pm 9.30am to 5.30pm 9am to 4pm

Highcliffe Library Gordon Road, Highcliffe BH23 5HN 01425 272 202 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

10am to 6.30pm 9.30am to 5pm Closed 9.30am to 1pm 9.30am to 6.30pm 9.30am to 4pm

Chemists Sainsburys 01425 277885 1 Lyndhurst Road, Christchurch Mon-Fri 7.00-23.00 Sat 7.00-22.00 Sun 10.00-16.00 Lloyds 01425 274291 248 Lymington Road, Highcliffe Mon-Fri 8.30-18.30 Day Lewis Pharmacy 01425 613222 4 Old Milton Green Parade, Christchurch Rd, New Milton Mon-Fri 9.00-18.00 Sat 9-13.00 Wessex Pharmacies 01202 482197 186 Somerford Rd, Christchurch Mon-Fri 9-1.15/2.15-5.30 Sat 9-1.15 Rowlands Pharmacy 01202 484840 136 Purewell, Christchurch Mon-Fri 8.45-6.30 Sat 8.45-1 Mudeford Pharmacy 01425 272798 94 Mudeford, Christchurch Mon-Fri9-1/2-5.30 (Weds 'til 1) Sat 9-1/2-5 Burton Pharmacy 01202 477771 123 Salisbury Road, Burton Mon-Fri 9-1/2-6.30


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?

Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 March

Time?

Saturday 9am – 4pm and Sunday 10.30am – 4pm 15 & 16 MARCH ONLY! 0 £150 £500 – ucher o Ford V mini + FREE * valet

Where?

Keith Motors Christchurch Only

*Appointment and free mini valet subject to pre booking – please call us Christchurch, Lyndhurst Road, Christchurch BH23 4SB (opposite Sainsbury’s) Ringwood, 156 Christchurch Road, Ringwood BH24 3AP

Christchurch: 01425 271 371 Ringwood: 01425 472 242 www.keithmotors.com keithmotors

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