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Stephen & Debbie Corney at Dorset Publications
Copy deadline for the March 2014 edition: 20th February 2014
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Dear Southbourne and Tuckton, Welcome to your February edition of The Southbourne Link! Despite the mixed weather we did manage to get out in Nellie, The Dorset Publications Campervan, and this month she took us to The Solent Sky Museum. Hayden was so thrilled! Nellie, actually has her own Facebook and Twitter pages now. There is also a new fun page right here in the magazine where you can test your knowledge of the South and see if you can recognise where she isâ€Ś so Where is Nellie? Has your fence blown away? Do you need the house cleaned professionally? Do you have a party coming up? Are you moving house? Could your hearing be better? Are you paying too much for your electricity bill? Are the drains blocked? Is the roof in need of repair? Would new dentures give you more confidence? Well, you can find all of these companies and much more inside The Southbourne Link! There are also articles for you, including the Bournemouth Fun Run. If singing is your passion there is a free class you can attend! There is also a quiz night and a nearly new sale at the Portfield Hall as well as stunning photography at Moors Valley. Finally there is a puzzle page as well as a recipe, so do get that all important cuppa and have a read. If you run a local club or society, please let me know, as I can promote you for free! If you have a business and would like to be included in The Southbourne Link, then please give me a call. We offer free editorials with three month packages. Oh yes, do enter our own photographic competition. You could have your photo printed on the front cover! Stephen and I hope that you have a good month and that the sun will return soon! Best wishes,
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The Pure Magic of The Russian Ice Stars in Peter Pan on Ice
Wow, what a super performance! These ice skaters are just amazing. They glide around the ice with such elegance and finesse, yet with such strength and dynamism. The spins, the rope flying, the famous ‘head banger’ all just took your breath away. Every moment was ﬁlled with heart felt dancing. It really was a total pleasure to watch. In addition to that was the acting itself and the clever facial expressions of each of the performers, all very different and perfect for their roles. Of course there was also our very own ‘actor and skater’ Simon Clarke from Wave 105. Well done on the rope scene, I bet you were spinning a bit after that! The show was based on the Peter Pan story by J.M Barrie and was beautifully performed at The Pavilion in Bournemouth. Stephen and I here at Dorset Publications would like to congratulate all the performers, stage management team and Directors. You were fantastic! We would certainly recommend seeing them if you can. Here are a couple of photos to remind us of the night… By Debbie Corney
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Where is Nellie? Do you know the South of England? Can you recognise these places? These are just some of the sights that Nellie, the rather large Dorset Publications Campervan has travelled to in the last few months. The answers are at the bottom of the page so you can immediately see if you are right. Most are easy, but one or two maybe a challenge…? Have a go and see how many places you know! You can also follow her...
1. Compton Abbas Airﬁeld 2. Brighton “Eye” and Pier 3. Wareham Quay 4. Town Quay, Southampton 5. Bournemouth Air Festival 6. Swanage Beach
Planning for your future care Throughout our busy lives, we make arrangements for life events such as getting married, having a baby or writing a will. But most of us will not have thought about planning our end of life care, or having these discussions with our loved ones so that they know what we would want. This would be particularly important if we were to go on to lose the ability to make decisions for ourselves. At The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust we want to provide good end of life care for our patients. This might mean they spend their last days in their place of choice, comfortable, and with their families and friends. For us to give good end of life care, we need to know about your wishes so that we can do our best to meet them. If you are able to make your wishes known, we will do our best to follow them wherever possible. The Macmillan Unit at Christchurch Hospital offers specialist inpatient care to patients at the end of life, and support to their families. The team based at the Macmillan Unit also offer specialist advice 24 hours a day to help deal with problems in the community and in the acute hospital, which is where people are cared for through their ﬁnal days. Advance care planning involves talking to your family, friends and health professionals (GP, nurse or hospital doctor) about what is important to you, so that they are able to work with you to plan for what you want. This becomes particularly important if you later become less well and are unable to tell people your wishes. You may want to talk about: • where you would want to be cared for - some people say that they would want to stay at home if they become less well. However, this may not be a realistic choice in some circumstances, for instance, if you live alone
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• are there certain treatments that you would not want? Do you need to ﬁnd out more about your options? Some treatments may cause more harm than good. For example, cardiopulmonary resuscitation on a frail elderly patient is rarely successful and frequently causes harm such as fractured ribs • your wishes and preferences - how do you prefer things? - would you rather have a side room or share a bay with others? • do you like to sleep with the lights on? Is there anyone in particular that you would want to visit you? • do you have religious beliefs that are important to you and that you would want to be considered if you were at the end of your life? • who you would like to be consulted on your behalf if you were unable to make your own decisions? • practical things, such as who would look after your pets • how to let people know your wishes Regardless of where you may spend your ﬁnal days, good advance care planning is important so that others can take your wishes into consideration. It ensures that your preferences are known and gives you a degree of control. At our hospitals there are a number of things we are doing to ensure that we can provide good end of life care and support to our patients and their families: • we have appointed a dedicated nurse to support patients at the end of life • all wards have an end of life care champion - a member of nursing staff with particular expertise • there are monthly teaching sessions open to all staff • the Macmillan Unit is providing advance care planning training for staff in the community The NHS in Dorset has produced an advance care planning guide to help you prepare for the future and assist with practical arrangements. To download a copy visit our website at www.rbch.nhs.uk or call us on 01202 704271.
Do You Want To Sing? Come and Join Us! It’s a new year and time to do something you’ve always wanted to do. Have you always wanted to sing? Would you like to meet likeminded people and have great fun whilst singing fantastic songs? Then come and join us at Sound of Soul Choir in Bournemouth. We’re an extremely friendly mixed choir, who sing a broad repertoire ranging from modern pop songs to soul classics, by artists as diverse as Bruno Mars and Elbow, to The Four Tops and Eva Cassidy. Member Heidi Stenhouse elaborates, “Last year we sang at some fantastic events including weddings, the Bournemouth Marathon, our own shows, even a flash mob proposal, not to mention all the Christmas performances. Sound of Soul really is such fun, and if you like singing, there really is no better place to be.” Rehearsals are every Tuesday 7-9pm at St.
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Talking about Wildlife... The Common Dormouse Despite its elusiveness, the common or hazel dormouse, with its fairy tale looks, is one of the most popular British mammals. It is famous for its penchant for a good sleep, and, being arboreal, spends most of its active time up in the tree canopy searching for food. Dormice are also nocturnal and hence even more difficult to spot. The tiny dormouseâ€™s round body is covered with golden coloured fur, and large black eyes are an indication of its nocturnal existence. The adults only grow up to 6 to 9 cm in length, with a slightly shorter bushy tail, and weigh from about 25 to 40 grams at their heaviest, right before hibernation. The hibernation period generally lasts from October to April or May, in a hibernation nest built on the ground. This is a vulnerable time for the dormouse, and not all survive it. The dormouse diet mainly consists of nuts, berries, ďŹ‚owers and pollen, as well as small insects. Hazelnuts are of particular importance when they prepare for hibernation by building up body fat.
Dormouse is most often found in deciduous woodland with plenty of undergrowth, hazel coppice and thick hedgerows, and its current stronghold is in the southern counties of England and Wales. Once widespread in Britain, the dormouse population has decreased dramatically in the last 100 years, despite the fact that they have few natural predators. Dormice are extremely vulnerable to changes in habitat and the decline in numbers is mainly due to changes in woodland management and the resulting habitat loss. Today, dormice are a rare and endangered species. They are strictly protected by law and it is illegal to even handle one without a license. By Niina Silvennoinen Common Dormouse
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Portﬁeld Community Hall Porfield Community Hall in Portfield Road, Christchurch has been running as a community centre for over 40 years. We receive no funding or financial help and are very proud that we are able to manage the hall in this way and continue to run it as a viable business. All the profits ploughed back into the buildings up keep, running costs and modernisation. The building itself is over 100 years old and was originally an army barracks, until put into trust by the army for the benefit of Christchurch. Christchurch Sports and Community Association was formed in the early 1970’s and a community centre emerged. The current committee has been running the hall for around 4 years and have in the last few years undertaken major modernisation projects including a brand new kitchen, brand new conference room, major floor resurfacing work and state of the art fire and intruder alarm system. However this is just the tip of the iceberg and we are looking at many other ways we can improve the building over the next few years. Portfield Hall has over 40 regular user groups using its large hall and 3 meeting rooms and also takes bookings for birthday parties and social events. For all the details of the groups currently running
at the hall please visit our website www. portﬁeldhall.co.uk. Portfield Hall is now also a donation point for Christchurch Food bank. Donations can be left in the collection box just inside the front door. A list of Christchurch food banks shopping list can be found on our website. Portfield Lunch Club for the over 50’s runs on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month. It is a friendly club, and for just £5 you can come and have a 2 course lunch which is prepared on site followed by coffee and biscuits and a raffle. Anyone is welcome, but you must book before hand by giving Annette a call on 01202 257424. Portfield Bears Parent and Toddler Group have been running at Portfield Hall for over 30 years. We are currently raising money to have new gates fitted at the side of the building as the old ones collapsed last year and had to be removed. Hence when the weather is good enough for the children to use our garden, there is no chance of them running out into the road. We are planning 2 fundraising activities; firstly a table top sale on the 1st March from 2.30pm – 4.30 pm. There will
Portﬁeld Lunch Club Christmas Lunch with entertainment from the year 2 choir at Christchurch Infants School
be an abundance of children’s toys, clothes and equipment for sale, as well as refreshments, a raffle and some children’s entertainment to amuse the little ones whilst you browse the items for sale. Entrance for buyers is free (but any donations to our fundraising are welcome). There are a few tables left for sellers which cost £6 each. The second is a quiz night on the 8th March at 7pm. It is a team entry quiz with teams up to 6 people; the cost is £6 per person and includes interval food of jacket potato with a filling and salad (please bring your own drink – glasses are provided). The quiz is being run by DJ Ashley Hooper, and there are prizes for the winning team as well as a raffle. It has always been an entertaining night, and this year I am sure will be no exception. If you would like to book a team for the quiz or a table at the nearly new sale please call Beth on 07771 276807, or email info@portﬁeldhall.co.uk. We are always on the lookout for volunteers, to help out at lunch clubs, toddler groups, events and in general around the hall. If you have any spare time and would like to help please contact Beth on 07771 276807, a cup of tea is always on offer.
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Church members peak with charity donation Members of the Church of Scientology in Poole presented Lewis-Manning Hospice with a cheque following last year’s Welsh 3 Peaks challenge, which saw the group raise money for the charity by climbing to the summit of Wales’ highest 3 peaks in as many days.
wife had need of their help a few years ago. She had cancer and came to the hospice for some treatment brieﬂy. That was in 2009. She did lose her battle, sadly, and passed away in 2010. So, from a personal point of view at least, supporting your work is something I am very willing to do.”
The very physical challenge saw the team complete all the routes and collectively raised over £1200 for the hospice, which supports over 650 local people living with cancer and other lifelimiting illnesses.
Martin adds, “Lewis Manning Hospice, through their work, are clearly an asset to us and often we need them for some harrowing times in life. I can’t imagine a tougher job to do every day.”
The Poole branch undertake a challenge at least once a year for a local charity and this year picked Lewis-Manning for quite personal reasons. Martin Budden, one of the group, explains, “We picked Lewis-Manning as they are known for what they do, and it is something that takes quite some courage. From my own point of view, my
Sara Johnson, Community Fundraiser at LewisManning, said, “We are so thankful to have been supported from this tremendous effort by Martin and Megan and the group. It is humbling when members of community push themselves to take on such physically demanding challenges to help support our patients and their families during very distressing times.”
Sara Johnson (centre), Community Fundraiser at Lewis-Manning Hospice, receiving the cheque from Martin Budden and Megan Parkinson of The Church of Scientology in Poole
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Tastes so good... PARSNIP QUICHE WITH BLUE CHEESE
This dish can be eaten hot or cold and it’s great for lunch boxes. You can use up leftover cooked veg from the Sunday roast instead of the freshly cooked parsnip. Sweet potato or carrot can be exchanged for the parsnip. Ingredients: Shortcrust pastry: 100g salted butter 200g plain ﬂour 4-5 tbps cold water Filing: 200g parsnip, peeled & sliced 1 shallot, diced 3 eggs 175ml crème fraiche 290ml milk 1/2 tsp mixed spice or korma curry powder 50g good blue cheese 50g ham or cooked bacon Diane Johnson
Equipment: 23cm / 9 inch buttered/greased loose bottomed ﬂan dish. Rolling pin Method: Make the pastry by rubbing the butter into the ﬂour until it resembles bread crumbs. Add suﬃcient water to bring the pastry together into a ball without it being sticky and leave to rest for half an hour covered in the fridge. Cook the parsnip in boiling water until soft. Leave to cool. Fry oﬀ the shallot until soft. Set to one side to cool. Line a 9 inch greased ﬂan dish with the rested pastry. Prick the bottom of the base gently with a fork to stop air bubbles forming. Bake blind (this will avoid the famous "soggy bottom"!) by crumpling baking parchment and placing it in the pastry case being careful not to tear the pastry. Then ﬁll with ceramic baking beans spreading them out evenly. Cook at 450º F for 20 minutes until lightly brown and a little crisp. Remove the paper and beans. Whilst the pastry case is cooking beat the eggs together and add the creme fraiche and milk, incorporating all together with a whisk. Puree or mash the parsnip with the spice or korma and gradually add to the egg mixture until thoroughly mixed. Once the pastry case has come out of the oven dot the base with the blue cheese, onion and ham. Pour the egg mixture into the pastry case and bake on 180ºC for 45 minutes, or until the centre doesn’t wobble.
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Wildlife Wonders on my Doorstep One of the joys of Wildlife Photography, particularly if working with “macro” or close-up equipment, is the never ending wealth of suitable subjects within easy reach of your own doorstep. When introduced as a Wildlife Photographer you can see that people’s mental picture is of you wrestling with a crocodile or swinging an elephant round by its trunk. Scarce a thought is given to the myriad smaller life forms that surround us in whatever our chosen walk of life and which serve to make up that inter-connecting living web that we call “Wildlife”. After many years of working with Nature in this way I am delighted to be able to share some of the wonderful images I have accumulated with a double-bill of Wildlife Wonders at the Barrington Theatre in Ferndown on the 15th March. The afternoon presentation is devoted to “Wildlife Wonders of the British Isles” and depicts a wealth of species from the length and breadth of Gt Britain and the evening show covers a small section of the British Isles but as its title of “Wildlife Wonders Home and Away” implies there is also some dramatic coverage of other parts of the world with Zimbabwe and the Falkland Islands especially featured together with many images from the mountain tops of Mainland Europe. Prices have been kept deliberately low so that as many as possible can have the chance of sharing these images with me. For those wishing to join, the Wildlife Trusts and RSPB membership teams should be in attendance. Brian Pettit
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The Adventures of Nellie The Dorset Publications Camper Van We had a real treat this month when Nellie, the rather large Dorset Publications campervan, took us to see the amazing planes on display at The Solent Sky Aviation Museum in Southampton. A very good neighbour of ours arrived on our doorstep one Saturday morning after reading about Nellie’s adventures at Compton Abbas. In that article I had said that Hayden, our ten year old son, keeps telling us he wants to be a pilot. Martin, our neighbour, had won tickets to the Solent Sky Museum in a local raffle and very kindly offered us the tickets to take Hayden for a day out. Well Martin, I can tell you that I have never seen Hayden quite this excited! It is possible to actually sit in the cockpit of some of the planes and you can see the sheer delight in Hayden’s glinting eyes, as he holds the controls! He was literally in his element. I wonder what he will be like after his real trip behind the controls and his first flying lesson? (Funnily enough that hasn’t been arranged yet. We don’t fancy being blown over to France in pouring rain!) I loved the morning at the museum and
Hayden strapped into the Harrier cockpit
WW1 Tiger Moth on display particularly enjoyed sitting in the Flying Boat cockpit with Hayden as well as watching the footage of the S6a which won the Schneider Trophy - Fascinating! I have to admit that I am no expert at all when it come to planes, so Chris Smith, the Supervisor from the Solent Sky Museum has provided us with some information which I thought you may find interesting. It gives you an impression of just how important the south of Britain was to the aircraft industry – and how that heritage is quickly being lost and forgotten… Here’s Chris: “The Solent region (which we define as roughly a diamond shape with corners at Bournemouth, Eastleigh, Portsmouth and Isle of Wight) was the centre of the world for aircraft development between about 1910 and 1960. “There were 26 aeroplane companies locally, and they built everything from Spitfires to jet fighters, space rockets, hovercraft and helicopters. Solent Sky Museum has roughly 20 airframes representing these companies, including our recently completed Schneider Trophy exhibition, including the Supermarine
Sat in the cockpit of “Beachcomber” S6a which broke the world closed-circuit air speed record in 1929, at 325 mph. The Spitfire was designed and built just down the road from the museum. 22,000 were built during WWII, 8,000 of those in Southampton – even after the factory was bombed, production moved to carpenters’ workshops and bicycle shops. In the museum we have a Mk24 Spitfire – one of the very last to be built, and the fastest and most powerful of them all. “The Sandringham flying boat represents the Empire Airways flying boats which flew from Southampton to the British Empire. Southampton was the world’s largest flying boat port, and the very word “airport” comes from here. Built as a Sunderland bomber in 1943, our flying boat, ‘Beachcomber’, was modified to carry Chariot submarines and was later
Nellie outside the Solent Sky Museum
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converted to a passenger aircraft. She flew the world’s last scheduled flying boat service in 1974, making her the last of the great flying boats. “We have two jet fighter cockpits – a Harrier jump jet and Supermarine Swift. Visitors are encouraged to strap themselves in, and then flick all the switches and pull all the levers while making jet-fighter soundeffects, thus fulfilling our EU requirement to have ‘interactive’ exhibits. Our jet fighter collection includes the world’s only jet-fighter-flying-boat, the Saunders-Roe SRA/1.”
The museum is jam packed with exhibits If you want more information about the Solent Sky Museum please do visit their website, which can be found at www.solentskymuseum.org. I believe they are in need of some sponsorship too, so if you have a passion for planes and want to help, please let them know! Of course we had our customary cuppa in Nellie by the sea at Town Quay watching the very active port in action. We were lucky this time with the weather, having blue skies and a warm day. Did you recognise where the photo on page 8 was taken? Where will Nellie go next? See in next month’s issue of The Southbourne Link! By Debbie Corney whereisnellie @whereisnellie
Clarity Hearing Solutions are awarded Gold Standard rating in new best practice scheme Clarity Hearing Solutions in Christchurch and Verwood has been awarded ‘Consultant Approved’ accreditation by Phonak, the world’s leading manufacturer of hearing instruments. In a first of its kind, the award recognises the centre as offering an outstanding level of care to their customers and best practice in audiology. To qualify under the ‘Consultant Approved Site’ scheme and become recognised as a centre of excellence, audiologists at Clarity Hearing Solutions were required to pass a series of audits against best practice set by an independent advisory panel, made up of some of the best clinicians in the country, including Harley Street audiologist Rony Ganguly and Professor Quentin Summerfield from the University of York. The journey towards becoming a ‘Consultant Approved Site’ started off with a simple self assessment form, whereby audiologists at Clarity Hearing Solutions analysed themselves to see where they measured against the best practice ideals identified by the programme. They were then audited by independent experts, each with their own fields of expertise. Hearing Aid Audiologist Simon Cowell said: “We are extremely proud to have achieved ‘Consultant
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Wildlife enthusiast reveals secrets of creating stunning photography Award-winning photographer Tony Moss revealed an impressive knowledge of local wildlife at Moors Valley Country Park, near Ringwood on 24th January. Speaking at a special preview of the British Wildlife Photography Awards exhibition,Tony, whose photograph of a Bearded Reedling was Highly Commended in the competition, took a packed audience on a journey to some of his favourite locations as he explained how he works with the natural rhythms of each animal to capture his stunning imagery. His Highly Commended shot was taken at Weymouth’s Radipole Lake. “I like to set myself a project,” said Tony. “I heard the birds during a summer visit to the Park and their stunning call really stuck in my mind. It has a ringing, zinging quality that once heard is never forgotten. However with 80 hectares of reed bed I knew it wouldn’t be easy to get the photograph I really wanted. I also knew it would have to be a winter shot as the birds feed on ground insects in the summer and are rarely seen. It took me several visits to the Park, in some pretty cold weather to secure this shot so I was really delighted it was Highly Commended in the competition.”
Tony’s advice to would be wildlife photographers included pointing out that there was an awful lot of luck in photography, “But the more time you put in the luckier you get!” Around 90 stunning images of British wildlife form the British Wildlife Photographer Awards exhibition and can be seen at Moors Valley Country Park until 8th March. The exhibition opens daily and admission is free, but parking charges will apply. For more information go online to www.moors-valley.co.uk or call 01425 470721.
Katie Davies Countryside Interpretation Ranger at Moors Valley Country Park with Tony Moss and his Highly Commended image
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Moscow State Circus to play Bournemouth The Moscow State Circus returns to the UK with it’s latest & greatest production to date, Park Gorkogo. Set in the mystical centre of Moscow’s cultural & artistic quarter Park Gorkogo (Gorky Park) is the perfect back drop for what is undoubtedly the greatest & most famous circus on earth. Superstar Clowns Splendid Pavlik & Klava invite the audience to this wondrous & mysterious place, a place to romance, a place to stroll & take in Moscow at sunset & a place to see magnificent feats of human achievement, in many case’s, non of the like have ever been witnessed in Great Britain before. As our Loveable Buffoons reminisce about past times in one of the most famous cities on earth they are surrounded by a multitude of flying, back flipping, juggling & roller skating performers
As the park changed in accordance with the mood of the new century, it’s traditions were the basis of the new concept of Park Gorkogo, these changes are reflected in the new show as like a pendulum it swings from the Unbelievable and award winning Flying Trapeze of Alievs White Birds to the whirlwind roller skating of the Veslovskis. from 3 bathing beauties on the revolving ariel ring to the vertical pole jugglers of the 4 Yakovleys. From the most elegant hand balancing of Vladislav Khostik to the gorgeous & gracious ariel sail of Natalia Goncharova. Add to the mix the Kozak whip crackers & the revolving Russian swing catapulting its 10 strong troupe high into the apex of the chapito at breakneck speed & you will see an amazing awe inspiring show, created especially for its first ever European tour. “Genuinely eye-popping” – The Evening Standard “Thrilling” – The Times
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Bournemouth & Beyond Discovery Group Two teachers, invited to teach both girls and boys in a remote valley in northern Pakistan, gave the opening presentation in our Spring Series of talks. This was followed by an absorbing presentation of the history of the Army and Experimental work at the Barracks in Christchurch, including the invention of the Bailey bridge. “From Barbados to Dorset”, “Study of ﬂora and fauna at Studland” and “The tower at Sway” are among the talks in our calendar. Day and half day visits to interesting places are in place and our Autumn talks programme is an exciting prospect. Join us Tuesdays 7.30pm at St. Andrews United Reformed Church Hall, St. Stephens Road, Bournemouth, BH2 6JJ. Membership: £18.00 per person for 12 evenings. Visitors £2.50 per evening. Find out more on our website: www.bournemouthandbeyond.co.uk See you there!
Don’t bin it - create with it! My name is Barbara Becker; I love the coast, nature and snippets of scenes. I enjoy capturing the essence of what I see. Making use of recyclable materials such as cardboard, tissue from shoe boxes and newspaper to build layers and texture, I then paint using Acrylics. I’d say my work is ‘eco friendly’!
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Big Fun Run hits Bournemouth MAKE 2014 your time to shape up and smile at a fun run that hits Bournemouth for the ﬁrst time. Entries are now open for the Big Fun Run on Monday July 28 which promises to give people of all ages and abilities the chance to get active. Organisers, GSi Events believe the stunning sea views showcase the very best of the town and the area making it the perfect location for the 5K which starts at 6.30pm at Undercliff Drive, Southbourne. Kids under five go free and to celebrate the launch we’re offering everyone else an early bird offer which gives £1 off every entry. Big Fun Run director, Neil Kilgour said: “If you’d love to get more active in 2014 then this is a great place to start. “The Big Fun Run is strictly for fun and all about easy, relaxed exercise. It doesn’t matter how quickly or slowly you go. You can run, jog, juggle, dress up, take a buggy. It’s your choice. “There’s no pressure, just some easy moves and a lot of laughs. It’s all about taking part and enjoying the day. The events aren’t timed so what’s motivating Big Fun runners is the chance to get together with family or friends and do something healthy in the great outdoors. “They’re family affairs with people across the generations taking part. It’s not unusual to see a grandparent, mum and kids all at the start line. Lots of runners take part in fancy dress. Are you getting a picture of something a little different? This isn’t about testosterone charged athletes charging home in a record time. It’s about mums with prams, dads with toddlers on their shoulders, Fred Flintstone running around with his grandma. Throw in 101 Dalmations and you get an unbeatable mix.” The Big Fun Run in Bournemouth is among 18 Big Fun Runs across the UK staged from July until October 2014. More than
7,000 people took part in the nationwide events last year and more than £200,000 was raised for charity. The Big Fun Run is brought to you by the experienced team at GSi Events who are also behind the Bournemouth Marathon Festival which last year saw 9,000 runners enter. The Big Fun Run are proud to be family media partners with the Primary Times, a free magazine delivered to primary schools across the UK which reaches more than two million homes. Entries for The Big Fun Run in Bournemouth cost £11.49 for adults, £9.49 for children and runners over 65 and kids under five go free. Everyone who finishes gets a medal, goody bag and refreshments. An early bird price of £1 discount is available if you sign up before February 23. To enter the Big Fun Run 2014 go to www.bigfunrun.com. Join in the chat on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ BigFunRun or on Twitter at #BigFunRun.
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Now is the time to go undercover
It’s still pretty chilly during February but planting seedlings under glass (or plastic) can give you a great start for the season ahead. A bit of time and money invested now in a polytunnel or greenhouse will give you beneﬁts for years to come. Can’t wait for Spring to come? There’s plenty of vegetables that can be started oﬀ indoors now. Jobs for February:Erect a cold frame, polytunnel or greenhouse. Plant out onion sets Sow tomatoes indoors Chit seed potatoes Sow early beetroot and summer cabbages Plant soft fruit bushes
The days are getting a little longer, green shoots are starting to appear and we’re all just itching to get out in the garden now. Just one problem it’s still likely to be blooming cold!
With both greenhouses and polytunnels you need to remember that they can become very hot in the summer and ensure that adequate ventilation is available.
Extremes in weather are typical for this month so even if we do have a warmer spell I wouldn’t be in too much of a hurry to start sowing seeds outdoors. It’s at this time of year that having some undercover growing space is a real boon - not least because it’s so much more of a pleasure working in a protected environment, basking in the glory of those few rays of sun, than it is feeling a gale force wind that seems as it if’s come straight from the arctic! If you don’t have a greenhouse, polytunnel or cold frame then why not think about investing in one now? Get it built in February and you can get a head start on many plants for the season to come.
So, now that you have this great new space what can you plant in it? Early tomatoes can be started oﬀ in pots and if you plant some summer cabbages now you can get them established and beneﬁt from a crop by late spring or early summer. Cucumbers, beetroot, leeks and lettuces can also be sown indoors and if you want to try something a little more exotic why not plant some peppers, aubergines and even a melon?
Which is best? Consider the space available - if space is limited then a cold frame, may be a good option. Green houses can oﬀer lots of beneﬁts but are generally not a great idea if your garden is also the kids play area and they can be hugely expensive. On the plus side, they are not easy to get rid of so if you’re prepared for a bit of work you may be able to pick up a second-hand one very cheaply providing you are happy to dismantle and move it yourself (try free cycle). We opted for a polytunnel, which was very reasonable in price and gave us several weekends of entertainment building it. Follow the instructions carefully, don’t rush it and you’ll need at least 2 of you when it comes to putting the plastic on.
This is also a good month to think about soft fruit . Most fruit bushes, trees and canes need time to get established before you start to get a good yield and it is easy to overlook them in favour of crops that give a quicker return. If you don’t have any fruit growing on your plot how about adding just one type of fruit each year? You could plant raspberry canes this month, or incorporate a gooseberry or blackcurrant bush into your border. If you have pot grown strawberries that have spent the winter indoors then place them outside as they will only ﬂower after exposure to cold weather. Plants that have over wintered outside can be brought in now.
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BEAT started in September 2004, the ﬁrst street dance crew to open in Bournemouth. They made their West End debut in 2007 and have since competed in the British street dance championships, Southern street dance championships, hip hop championships, performed in Disneyland Paris, danced at the Royal Albert Hall, ITV’s ‘Story of Street Dance’ and most recently performed at the prestigious Sadlers Wells Theatre in London. In 2009, Laura was appointed the organiser of the southern
regional Hip Hop championships by Hip Hop International. As well as annual shows in local theatres, BEAT hold an annual awards night so that the students get recognition for their hard work being awarded certificates, medals and trophies. Now years later and having built a good reputation in the area, we are always being booked to give workshops in schools, perform at events and provide children’s parties! BEAT continues to grow due to popular demand with classes all over the area.
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LEWIS Tackle your bills
Winter is coming. Don’t wait until you’re knee-deep in the white stuﬀ to sort your bills. Here, prevention truly beats cure – tackling your bills now means you can take the ﬁnancial bite out of winter chills… Free loft insulation and even boilers (for some). While the loft insulation free-for-all's ended, some will still be entitled to some serious free energy-saving measures. Most of the big six energy ﬁrms oﬀer free boilers, typically worth £2,000, and free insulation, usually worth about £300. Crucially, you don't need to be with the energy provider to get it, but you do generally need an income under £16,000, and to be on income-related beneﬁts or pension credit. I can’t deﬁnitely say you’ll qualify, but it is worth checking. Alternatively, the wellmeaning but stuttering Green Deal initiative is designed to let you pay for things like underﬂoor heating, double glazing and solid wall insulation, from the 'savings' you make on energy bills. Deciding whether it’s right for you is complex, so for full help read www.moneysavingexpert.com/greendeal
comparison on any Ofgem-approved comparison site – just search for The Conﬁdence Code at www.ofgem.gov.uk to see the full list. If you're not online, use a comparison with a phone service, such as Energyhelpline on 0800 074 0745, or uSwitch on 0800 051 5493. Paying energy bills by monthly direct debit’s up to 6% cheaper. If you can, do, as it’ll usually mean discounted bills of up to 6% less, so contact your provider to check. Though always do regular meter readings for accuracy, as your bill is estimated. If it’s too high, you have a right to ask for it to be lowered. Got electricity only? You can still save. With electricity only, you can still get a cheap ﬁx to save just follow the info above. For those on Economy 7, assessing is trickier. It’s only really a boon for those who use at least 40% of their energy at night. If not – don’t bother. Full help to decide at www.mse.me/eco7
Can you ﬁnd your stopcock? No sniggering - winter frozen pipe bursts can create an Save £100s and beat the hikes. average £7,000 of damage, often worsened as many Rather surprisingly, ﬁxing energy, where you lock in a set scrabble round searching for their stopcock - the mains rate, is now cheaper than a normal switch. Five of the big water oﬀ switch - for ages as their home ﬂoods. six energy providers have now announced hikes, and their best new prices are costlier than the cheapest ﬁxed Take the time to ﬁnd it now – mine is under the kitchen sink. Others ﬁnd theirs in the bathroom or inside a tariﬀs. So right now you can get the very cheapest deals cupboard. If yours isn’t working, you may want to call a available, and it comes with no-hike certainty. plumber now, before it’s a problem. The only exception to this is a variable (ie, subject to Choosing between heating and eating? hikes) tariﬀ from minnow Spark Energy – though it hasn't If you're seriously behind, or in general ﬁnancial hardship hiked (yet?), needs paying upfront, and feedback ain't - as far too many are after the hikes - you may be eligible great, so I’m ignoring it. for special help. Call the Home Heat Helpline on 0800 33 The cheapest ﬁx comes from E.on for a year, but slightly longer and only a touch more are deals from EDF or Npower. Crucially, these two have no exit penalties. So on the oﬀ-chance the Prime Minister delivers the price cuts he’s promised, and the even more unlikely event that they’ll be so substantial that other tariﬀs elsewhere are cheaper, you'll be free to leave. However, always do the numbers for your own circumstances. To check if you can save (you may be on an older, cheaper deal), and who your winner is, you can use my Cheap Energy Club top ﬁxes comparison at www.cheapenergyclub.com, or do a standard
66 99 to check. Plus if anyone in your home was born on or before 5 January 1952, you're due up to £300 in taxfree winter fuel payments. Payments should be made automatically, but if you’ve never had it before then you may need to register - see www.gov.uk.
Plus anyone on speciﬁc income support, jobseekers' allowances or pension credit gets £25 in cold weather payments for every 7 days it's sub-0 C.
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