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Welcome With local and national elections around the corner local councillors will not be featuring in this edition. Before it’s time to take to the polls why not have a read of our guide to local elections? Your vote matters so make sure you’re in. The Wheels Festival (see page 16) will soon be back for a second year and I can’t wait. Along with the Air Festival and autumn Arts by the Sea Festival, these events help put Bournemouth on the map, bolster the tourism economy and provide wonderful free entertainment for everyone. I hope to see you there. Now that spring has arrived, if you’re looking to get out and enjoy all that’s on offer see page 24 for ideas of how to get active in your parks and at the seafront. And the best bit is that many of them are free or low cost.

With Council Tax bills soon arriving, you may want to know how your money is spent and how the Council plans to deal with less central funding and greater demands on services. It’s a tough challenge but we remain committed and ambitious for our town. You can read more about this on page 21. I hope you enjoy reading about how we’re Building a Better Bournemouth in this edition of BH Life. Don’t forget, you can also keep up to date with your local council services online through our website, Facebook and Twitter.

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In and around the town 8 ....... Your local election guide 11 ...... Living with dementia 12 ...... Cycling and transport news 14 ...... New homes around the borough 15 ...... Town developments 16 ...... Wheels Festival returns 19 ...... Wildlife gardening advice 21 ...... Council finances explained 22 ...... BSO in the community 23 ...... School facilities transformed 24 ...... Get sporty this spring 25 ...... Competitions 27 ...... Community news 28....... Wind farm update 30....... What’s on?

Tony Williams, Chief Executive, Bournemouth Borough Council

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In and around

News from around the borough

the town

New family homes for the town centre

First home owners move in to Gladstone Mews

St Stephen’s Road site

The first residents have now moved into the new Gladstone Mews development of 11 affordable eco homes in Boscombe. The development includes ten two-bedroom and one three-bedroom contemporary-style energy efficient houses and an accessible bungalow. The homes have private gardens, parking, community growing space and an orchard.

First time buyers Dominic Brancaleone, 30, and his fiancé Alicia Bramwell, 22, say the project has made buying their first home together a dream come true. Dominic said: “Boscombe is full of character and has lots to offer local residents. We enjoy the community spirit and creative culture, and it means so much to us to own a property that’s close to the beach, local amenities and family.”

Tenants Dominic Brancaleone and Joshua Holmes with Tina

Residents have bought the Thompson and Clare Hirst from the Community Land Trust homes through a shared ownership scheme meaning house prices were much more affordable than the price of similar properties in the area. The Council has gifted the land on which these houses were built to the Bournemouth 2026 Community Land Trust. Working in this way ensures homes remain ‘affordable’ long after they’re sold on to the next buyer.


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A planning application is being drawn up for a new housing scheme worth £10.4million for the 9-11 St Stephen’s Road car park site, near Bournemouth Square, to encourage more families to live in the town centre. The plan is to build up to 56 new homes, made up of eight town houses and 48 apartments along with residential car parking. The proposals for three- and fourbedroom town houses and two residential blocks made up of one, two and three-bedroom apartments for open market sale, will be aimed at young professionals working in the town centre. An affordable housing element is also being considered specifically aimed at key workers in the town centre. The proposal for St Stephen’s Road is the latest development to be brought forward by the Bournemouth Development Company (BDC), the Council’s joint venture with Morgan Sindall Investments. The BDC has already completed two development projects at Madeira Road and the Citrus development at Leyton Mount.

The BDC expects to submit the planning application in the summer and, if approved, work could start on site in early 2016 with the first residents moving in by 2017.

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In and around the town

News from around the borough

WWII anniversaries set to be commemorated Friday 8 May 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day (VE Day). We will be commemorating this significant anniversary as the Mayor of Bournemouth lays a wreath, at the War Memorial in the Central Gardens, at 11am.

There will also be an exhibition about the closing years of World War II in Bournemouth on display in the Bournemouth

Chill out at Chineside This summer you will be able to relax and unwind whilst dining at a brand new development at Durley Chine.

Work is well underway on the Chineside building which once finished will include a new cafe, takeaway, kiosk and shop as well as a new beach office and public toilets at the entrance of the Chine. Re-developing the existing catering facility at Durley Chine will contribute to our aim to create a world class seafront and will cost £900,000.

Chris Saunders, Seafront Manager, said: “This new development will enhance the look and feel of the area, offer visitors greater choice and provide a convenient location for public facilities, as well as creating local employment opportunities.” A visual of how the finished facility will look

Library at The Triangle. For more information on this, visit: www.bournemouth.gov.uk/libraries

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WWII in Bournemouth: the former Metropole Hotel was bombed in 1943

Details of anniversary events in respect of Victory in Japan Day (VJ Day) on 15 August will be featured in the summer edition of BH Life magazine.

Bournemouth’s digital economy booming

Bournemouth has recently been recognised as the UK’s fastest growing digital economy. The Tech Nation report, the largest ever study of the UK’s digital sector, documents the UK’s digital businesses, including employment figures and areas of specialisation. It found that the digital economy in Bournemouth is booming with the number of new digital companies formed in the town between 2010 and 2013 rising by 212%. Bournemouth is fast establishing itself as a lead in the creative and digital sector, with digital entertainment, digital media, advertising and games all thriving, showing what a great place it is to do business. Your council is encouraging and supporting people to work in this exciting sector with a number of local initiatives. We are also enhancing our digital services and have introduced ultra-fast free public Wi-Fi in the gardens and along the seafront.



Did you know?

• The town has two universities – Bournemouth University and Arts University Bournemouth. • Bournemouth University graduates were recently recognised for their visual effects work on the film Interstellar which won the Special Visual Effects BAFTA and Oscar.

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In and around the town

News from around the borough

Have you visited our new website?

We recently launched our new council website featuring clearer navigation, brighter photography and more customer-friendly content.

The website has been designed to work across a range of devices, from computers to tablets and smartphones, to make it easier for you to access our services online. So if you want to look up events at local libraries, view a planning application, find a car park or pay a council bill, visit: www.bournemouth.gov.uk

Do you love your local market? Helping children get to school safely

Call for safer parking outside schools Please help keep our children safe by parking more considerately. That’s the simple message from our Road Safety Team after a rise in problems associated with anti-social parking outside local schools. Anti-social parking can be extremely frustrating for pedestrians and motorists. Parents parking dangerously is also a concern for our Civil Enforcement Officers and School Crossing Patrollers who are there to help improve safety.

Claire Heaton, the Council’s Road Safety Officer said: “Our number one priority is ensuring that children are safe walking in, out and around the school premises. We would like to call on all motorists to be more cautious and think before they park. Inconsiderate parking not only causes congestion but it also endangers lives.”

Parents and carers can help reduce problems. Why not leave enough time to allow you to park further away from school and walk the last part of your journey? Remember; always keep the zigzags and yellow lines free. Don’t put others at risk.

Look out for our RESPECT posters at local schools:


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Respect Everyone’s Safety Park Everytime Considerately Think!

If you love markets, and can’t resist a bargain, you need to come down to Boscombe Precinct this May to be part of the national ‘Love Your Local Market’ event. It will be a celebration of our great British market culture and takes place between 13 and 27 May. Boscombe Market is getting behind the campaign and will put on events and activities to run alongside the traditional market, with extra stalls and a wide variety of merchandise on offer. Boscombe Market is Bournemouth’s only regular open air market, operating every Thursday and Saturday on Boscombe Precinct. You can find a wide range of fresh produce from meat to fish, cheeses to fruit, vegetables and flowers. You’ll also find clothing, street food vendors specialising in Thai, Italian and traditional cuisine as well as bargains galore.

And if you’ve ever thought of being a market trader, you could take advantage of a package of support during the event fortnight. This includes free pitches, loan of a gazebo, free insurance and business support to help you get started. Contact Boscombe Regeneration on: 01202 392142 or email: boscombe.regeneration@bournemouth.gov.uk for details.

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In and around the town

Garden waste scheme starts again soon

Now you can recycle foil too

You can now recycle foil in your Big Bin. Foil wrapping, foil trays and foil tops (such as yoghurt or milk tops) are all accepted. Please wash your foil before putting it in your Big Bin to remove any food or drink residue.


Collected foil will be recycled into new foil and other metal products such as drink cans. Recycling just six foil jam tart cases can save enough energy to power your TV for a whole episode of Broadchurch.

Find out more about recycling at: www.bournemouth.gov.uk/recycling


Thanks to you, we recycled 4,735 tonnes of garden waste in 2014. This year’s garden waste collections run from 13 April to 27 November. And if you’re in the scheme, you’ll receive a collection calendar soon.

You can put grass cuttings, hedge trimmings, plant and flower cuttings, leaves, small branches and twigs in your garden waste bin. Garden waste collected in Bournemouth is taken to Eco Solutions and created into compost for use in the Dorset and Hampshire area. Bournemouth residents can also take garden waste to the drop off point in the King’s Park Lorry Park (accessed via Holdenhurst Road entrance) every Sunday between 9am and 1pm. This service runs from 12 April to 29 November. Just remember to bring proof of residence such as a household bill, Council Tax statement or a photo driving licence ID. If you’re not already in the garden waste scheme and would like to register for 2016, please call: 01202 451199 or email: greenwaste@bournemouth.gov.uk

Green grants available for communities

Grants of up to £1,000 are still available from the Green Goals Community Fund to help environmental projects that will support the local area.

Community groups, sporting associations and social clubs in Bournemouth are being encouraged to apply for grants to benefit individual projects which meet one or more of the following criteria:

Bethany School Secret Garden – a Green Goals funded project

• Improving the local environment • Community action in green spaces • Recycling schemes or education and awareness of recycling • Engaging children and young people in environmental issues • Engaging children and young people in healthy lifestyle activities.

Projects must start before the end of June and spend must be completed by the end of August.

The Green Goals Project is a unique partnership between Bournemouth Council, AFC Bournemouth and local businesses. It links football and education to raise environmental awareness, improve the quality of the local environment and benefit the community as a whole.

Find out more at: www.bournemouth.gov.uk/greengoals or contact Linda Maguire on: 01202 451165 or by email: linda.maguire@bournemouth.gov.uk

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Are you registered to vote?

Your local election guide Bournemouth’s local council election will take place on Thursday 7 May this year – the same day as the general election. So in addition to voting for a local MP you will also have the opportunity to vote for the councillors who will run your local services for the next four years. Why should I vote?

Voting for the person that you want to represent you on the Council is an important way you can make your voice heard on issues that concern you.

How to vote

If you’re registered to vote you will be sent a polling card before the election with details of your polling station. You should take this card with you to vote. You can also apply to vote by post or by ‘proxy’ (have somebody vote on your behalf). Each voter can vote for up to three candidates at a local council election.

I’ve lost my polling card – can I still vote?

Yes. If you lose your polling card you can still vote at your allocated polling station. Just give your name and address to staff. If you do not receive a polling card then get in touch with our Electoral Services team.

How to register to vote

Last year the new Individual Electoral Registration system came into place which means each individual is required to register to vote. If you have not already registered you can still do so at: www.gov.uk/registertovote. Once you have completed the registration online, it will be sent to our Electoral Services team who will inform you whether or not your application has been successful.

Applying to vote by post or by proxy

If you want to vote by post or proxy and you haven’t already completed a form, visit our website or telephone Electoral Services.


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Dates to remember 9 April 9 April 20 April 21 April 28 April 7 May


4pm deadline for delivering your ‘nomination papers’ if you want to stand as a councillor. List of the election candidates and locations of all polling stations published at 5pm. Last day to register to be able to vote in the local and general elections. 5pm deadline for new applications to vote by post. 5pm deadline for new applications to vote by proxy. 73 polling stations will open at 7am and close at 10pm.

If you need any other information about the local election in Bournemouth please visit: www.bournemouth.gov.uk/voting or telephone: 01202 451123.


Did you know?

• 250 people are involved in staffing the polling stations. 150 people will also work at the local election count on Friday 8 May

• 176 candidates stood in 18 wards for a total of 54 seats in 2011.

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plans for a spring break?

Spring is a great time for a short break to France or Spain. It’s not just the warmer air you can look forward to – there’s the beautiful scenery, new places to explore and all the relaxation time you want. Our affordable breaks make it easy to get away from it all, with convenient sailings from Portsmouth.

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Sail from Portsmouth and discover the French port of St Malo with our special foot passenger cruise and stay break. Sailing overnight, you can enjoy our cruise style facilities on board before spending time exploring this beautiful walled city, browsing its chic shops and sampling its many restaurants and cafés.

Enjoy a relaxing overnight sailing, coupled with a true taste of France. Arriving in Caen’s port of Ouistreham, you’ll indulge in breakfast at a hotel before heading to Bayeux for lunch. You can then return either on the afternoon sailing or choose an overnight return, giving you more time to explore this corner of historic Normandy. Travel until 16 May 2015.

Once castles, monasteries and palaces, Spain’s Parador hotels now offer guests unique surroundings coupled with the modern luxuries you’d expect from a high class hotel. Enjoy two nights at a choice of hotels in coastal, countryside or bustling town locations.

Travel until 30 June 2015.

This break includes:

✓ Overnight outward sailing from Portsmouth with en suite cabin

✓ 1 night hotel stay with breakfast ✓ Return day sailing to Portsmouth

This cruise includes:

✓ Overnight cruise from Portsmouth to Caen with en suite cabin

✓ Continental breakfast at hotel IBIS Styles in Ouistreham

✓ Lunch at Le Pommier in Bayeux ✓ Return late afternoon or cruise overnight*

Travel 27 March to 30 June

This break includes:

✓ Return overnight cruise with your car ✓ 2 nights on board, including en suite cabin

✓ 2 nights at your chosen Parador hotel with breakfast

Find out more at brittanyferries.com/offer15 or call 0871 244 0193 Calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras. Prices shown are per person based on two sharing. New bookings only, subject to availability. Exclusion dates and conditions apply. *Cabin not included, supplement applies. See website for full details.

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Support for those with dementia and their families

Health and care

Living with dementia Did you know that dementia is a common condition that is estimated to affect more than 5,000 people aged over 65 in Bournemouth and Poole? The difficulties faced by those with the condition and their carers are highlighted during Dementia Awareness Week, which this year takes place from 17 to 23 May.

Andy Sharp, the Council’s Service Director of Adult Social Care, said: “We want to make Bournemouth dementia friendly and this means improving understanding, removing stigma and making sure we provide people with the right advice and services so they can live well with dementia.”

What is dementia?

Dementia is an umbrella term for symptoms including memory loss and difficulties in thinking, reasoning or problem-solving. It is a progressive illness and although there is no cure, treatments can slow the progression of the disease. Many people with dementia live happy and fulfilling lives for years.

How is Dementia diagnosed?

If you are worried that you might have dementia, the first step is to make an appointment with your GP who will ensure that there are no treatable medical conditions that might ‘mimic’ this condition.

What support is available?

An early diagnosis can help people with dementia get the right treatment and support, and help those close to them to prepare and plan for the future. We can provide help and advice on a range of services including home care and day centres such as Northbourne Connect, which forms part of the Council’s specialist dementia service.

Northbourne Connect provides day opportunities for people who have significant support needs related to their

dementia. A wide range of activities are on offer for people to enjoy and help them remain active, independent and engaged. For further information on social care services, just call our Bournemouth Care Direct team on 01202 454979. Information, advice and guidance is also available from the Memory Support and Advisory Service which is for people with memory loss and their carers. Telephone: 0300 123 1916 or email: dorset@alzheimers.org.uk for more details.

A carers’ group has recently formed in Bournemouth, it provides an opportunity for people to share difficulties and get expert advice on how to look after someone with dementia. The group meets regularly at Northbourne Connect and you can find out more by contacting us on: 01202 454 749.


Did you know?

• Bournemouth Libraries has a new collection of books for people living with dementia. The books, recommended by health experts, offer useful information and advice about the condition. Speak to our library staff to find out more. • Bournemouth’s first dedicated specialist housing scheme for people with dementia opened in 2011. Brushett House in Kinson provides individual flats for residents with the early stages of dementia.

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Local resident shares her cycling experience

“One of the best things about cycling is feeling the wind on my face” If you’re not already a cycling enthusiast, have you ever imagined yourself being on a bicycle and out enjoying the fresh air? For some people cycling is just about getting from ‘a to b’ whilst for others it’s a form of relaxation, means of getting fit or even a way of life. Here, one local resident shares her cycling experience with us and provides an insight into her motivation for getting on a bike…

Tugba Lyigün first learnt to ride a bike at the age of 33 and now enjoys keeping fit by regularly cycling with her son. She said: “It was always my dream to ride a bike. It may seem something so normal for most people, probably because they learnt to cycle at a young age, but I didn’t have the chance to learn whilst growing up. After seeing the Council’s free adult cycle training, I decided to learn because I thought to myself everyone else can ride a bike, why can’t I?

“I now cycle almost every day, once in the morning and once in the afternoon to take my seven year old son to and from

school. We used to get the bus, but now my son has learnt to ride a bike too and he wants to cycle, even if the weather is cold and wet. I also cycle short distances, such as travelling to the town centre at weekends. “I still consider myself a beginner, so I prefer to cycle on quiet streets near where I live in Westbourne. When we travel to school and back we use the same route, so it’s easier for my son. Aside from cycling to and from school, I like riding by the sea, particularly near Alum Chine. It’s flat and pretty there, especially when the sun is shining. I hope to be able to cycle longer distances as I improve.

“I like cycling, because I get to exercise every day. I find cycling easier and faster than walking, and it’s more fun than travelling in the car or on the bus. One of the best things about cycling is feeling the wind on my face, which makes me feel younger and healthier. Cycling makes me feel relaxed, plus it’s great for the environment.”


For useful information on cycling in Bournemouth visit: www.gettingabout.co.uk/cycling

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Did you know?

Cycling gives you a healthier heart and immune system. It can also help you lose weight, tone your muscles and reduce stress.

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Walk, cycle and use the bus more

Preparing for tomorrow’s journeys today Keeping the town moving is a top priority. With a growing population meaning more people, more jobs and more commuters we need to act now to tackle congestion. We’ve worked hard to secure significant one-off government funding to invest in our local transport infrastructure. People are being encouraged to walk, cycle and use the bus more and these improvements will offer easier, safer and more attractive ways of travelling. In the future leaving the car at home will become a better option for many. Our ‘Three Towns Travel’ work involves major improvements around Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch. In the short-term, this does mean road works and some delays but it is important that we act now to prevent further congestion.

Major works are now underway at Bournemouth Station to make it more welcoming and accessible for the millions of travellers who pass through every year. During the works, access to train, bus and coach services will be maintained at all times. Rail passengers are being advised that short stay car-parking and car drop-off facilities will only be available on the London bound side of the train station. There will be a car drop-off area available for disabled passengers on the Weymouth bound side of the train station. Improvements are expected to be finished by late 2015.

Richmond Hill is currently being revitalised and changes include a 20mph zone, segregated cycle lanes and new pedestrian crossing facilities with works due to finish by the end of spring. Works also continue at Boscombe town centre (between Palmerston Road and Christchurch Road). St John’s Road and part of Boscombe Crescent remain closed until the scheme is finished.

Other improvements taking place across Bournemouth include Iford roundabout and Castle Lane West, which are due to be completed this spring.

For more information visit: www.threetownstravel.co.uk and www.bournemouth.gov.uk/castlelanewest

Shared space schemes – what’s it all about?

Already working well in thriving towns and cities across the UK, shared spaces are an urban design approach which aim to give all road users equal priority. The idea is to slow people down and encourage them to take additional care. This shared space approach is being used at Horseshoe Common and introduced to Boscombe.

Within shared space areas, restricted parking zones are identified with signs and there are no yellow lines to indicate the restriction. No parking is allowed in these zones, unless there is clear signage and a marked bay.


At Horseshoe Common, a busy part of town in the evening, extra precautions are being taken with a night time road closure in operation to maintain safety and encourage revellers to disperse across a wider area of town. Access is maintained at all times for emergency vehicles, those who live in the area, as well as those with disabilities who also want to enjoy the new facilities.

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Helping local people to find good homes

Gladstone Mews

One of the supported housing schemes for homeless people 0ver a period of five years, we will have built nearly 200 new council homes.

Creating housing, making homes

Gladstone Road East: These former police houses have been converted into family homes

We all need a home. A roof over our head, shelter from the elements and somewhere warm and dry to lay our head at the end of a long day. In Bournemouth we recognise the importance of providing, and encouraging, good quality housing for local people to rent and buy. We’re doing this by building more council housing, making more affordable housing available, working with private landlords to improve standards, providing support and care alongside accommodation and increasing the homes available for first time buyers...

converted properties will be managed by the Council to provide good quality family homes for local residents on the housing register.

With 3,500 households on the housing register and in need of an affordable home, a programme of building new properties is helping to meet this demand. New homes are popping up across the borough and our biggest councilhouse building project for 30 years is at Duck Lane, West Howe. This £8.7million project is finishing this spring and features 50, mainly three-bed, family homes including a new community centre and skatepark.

Homelessness and specialised needs

Council housing

We have changed the way we allocate council housing to focus more on those in need and give priority to those with a local connection.

A focus on Boscombe

Improving the standard and mix of housing in Boscombe is a key part of our regeneration work. One of the projects there aims to reduce the number of bedsits through a conversion programme of ‘Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs). The Council has bought three HMOs which are being converted into good quality self-contained Improving the standard and flats and will have reduced the mix of housing in Boscombe number of bedsits by 23 in the is a key aim of our regeneration work Churchill Gardens area. The


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First time buyers

Residential mortgages for first time buyers are being offered by the Council as part of the Community Finance Initiative. The first mortgages under this scheme have now been approved, helping local people to get onto the property ladder. We continue to fund a wide range of support and care alongside accommodation which helps vulnerable people with specialised needs live as independently as possible. We also fund a ‘Rough Sleeper Team’ and provide various housing options to prevent rough sleeping. This team helps around 25 people into accommodation every month.

Private rented sector

In Bournemouth, almost one in three properties are privately rented. We work closely with private landlords, including holding an annual landlords’ information event, to raise standards across these homes. Action is taken against rogue landlords and we have carried out a targeted inspection programme of around 2,000 properties in Boscombe over the last couple of years.


Did you know?

• The Council receives an average of 450 homeless queries every month.

• Bournemouth has been cited as an area of best practice in some national research just published, which looks at how councils should help to lead effective housing delivery.

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A great place to live, work and visit

Investment in Bournemouth continues to rise have .

A wave of public and private sector investment is underpinning Bournemouth’s rejuvenation, with much more in the pipeline.

Waterfront events space – sea views restored and a new venue for entertainment

Over recent years we’ve been coordinating and shaping the development of the town centre to support growth through the Town Centre Vision. Improvements have already seen changes at The Triangle, a new children’s playground and investment in the historic Pavilion Theatre. Add to this our work to bring forward new homes and retail space through the Bournemouth Development Company, which has delivered a new multi-storey car park, Bournemouth Arts University student accommodation and housing which is aimed at first time buyers. Bill Cotton, the Council’s Executive Director for Environment and Economy explains: “This work is about more than just bricks and mortar. It champions investment in jobs, homes and transport and builds on Bournemouth’s reputation as a great place to live, work and visit.”

New £3.9million Madeira Road multistorey car park

Turning our ideas into reality: At the seafront

Pier Approach, the main access to the seafront and the central point of seven miles of beaches, is the focus of a £4million improvement scheme to support the tourism economy. The scheme includes better landscaping, colourful lighting and a new water feature. The regeneration of Pier Approach is the flagship project in the Seafront Strategy which has evolved since the launch of the Town Centre Vision. A short walk along from the Pier, work is underway at Durley Chine to create a new catering facility, public toilets and a beach office (see page 5).

Citrus Building - 64 apartments at affordable prices to attract more people to town centre living

Work has also started on the extension of the popular Oceanarium to provide an aquatic bird attraction in addition to its existing aquarium-based offer.

Hotel developments

Work is well under way on a £60million hotel and residential development on the former council-owned Terrace Mount car park by developer ‘THAT Group’. It will house two Hilton Hotels with one of them a top-end, full-service hotel with sky bar, spa and restaurant, as well as apartments and 170 public parking spaces.

New leisure scheme

A visual of the Exeter Road leisure scheme

We are working with the developer Licet and their funders Legal & General to bring forward a £50million leisure scheme on the former NCP car park at Exeter Road. Due for completion in 2016, it will feature a 2,000-seat, 10screen cinema along with shops and restaurants.



Did you know?

Bournemouth experienced the fifth largest growth in the country in the number of new jobs created in the area over the past decade. Bournemouth is also the only town in the South West where jobs have not fallen behind the UK average.

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Wheels Festival

High energy events

Going behind the wheel... a sneak preview of Bournemouth Wheels Festival It’s back for another year; the Bournemouth Wheels Festival takes place from 29 to 31 May, a week after the Bank Holiday. So get ready to experience motion, power and elegance at one of Britain’s biggest free wheels-themed events. As residents, you can make the most of having action-packed entertainment right on your doorstep. Catering for young and old alike, the high energy events take place across the town centre and seafront. You can expect to see historic and classic cars, BMX stunts and supercars. You will be able to watch speed demonstrations from F1 cars, explore inside amazing vehicles and marvel at skateboard stunts and motorcycle displays.

Other festival highlights include:

• Car-crushing and power demonstrations in the Monster Truck Arena on the beach • Pre-war and vintage vehicles displaying at the Pavilion Terrace

• Music and entertainment on the seafront stage

• New this year, arena shows on East Overcliff featuring quad bike stunts, precision driving and freewheel pop-up shows

• Big Community Night Glow bicycle event, Friday 29 May, 9.30pm.

Mark Smith, the Council’s Director of Tourism said: “Wheels is a unique and dynamic festival, making it a big draw for families from all over the UK. It’s a great way to start the season and we want residents to enjoy and take pride in this thrilling event. Bournemouth is a great place to live and it’s free events like this that set it apart from other seaside destinations.”

There’s so much to see and do during the festival, so get a brochure or programme and plan your visit to make sure you don’t miss out.


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Entertainment for all ages

Bournemouth is a great place to live and it’s free events like this that set it apart from other seaside destinations.

Essential information

It’s free to enter the festival site and a variety of paid-for activities will also be available, including grandstand seating for the best views of the Monster Trucks.

There will be some town centre road and seafront car park closures over the weekend to accommodate events – visit the website for full details.

We’re expecting thousands of festival goers so make the most of your local knowledge and bus, cycle or walk in and around town. If you have friends or family visiting from further afield, let them know about park and ride services – details available on the website. Get your copy of the Wheels Festival souvenir programme, packed with detailed information about all the exciting things to see and do. It will be available in early May from the Tourist Information Centre and costs £7.

Find out more

For the latest details of what’s on, opening times and other event information stay in touch to hear all the latest announcements:

www.bournemouthwheels.co.uk bournemouthwheelsfestival @BmthWheelsFest


Did you know?

• You can look out for friendly ‘Festival Makers’ to help you find your way around • Bournemouth Wheels Festival is councilfunded, along with sponsorship, and organised by the Council.

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Upcoming event dates for your diary

Seasonal activities and events are taking place all across Bournemouth over the coming weeks and months. If you’re looking for things to do then make sure you visit: www.bournemouth.co.uk

Here are just a few highlights... Make and decorate your own Easter bonnet at the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum. Drop in from 10:30am to 3:30pm on 1 and 2 April. Cost is £2.50 per child.

Spring stories are also on offer at the RussellCotes’ family storytelling and craft event on 8 and 9 April, 11am and 2pm. Sessions are suitable for ages 5+ and cost £3.50 per child with one accompanying adult free. Please pre-book on 01202 451820. Most Sundays, from 12 April to 20 September, you will find Classic Cars on the Prom from 4pm to 6.30pm. Cars are displayed at West Overcliff Promenade, weather permitting. For more information visit: www.classiccarsontheprom.com

Bournemouth Bay Run takes place on the seafront on 12 April. It includes a half marathon, 10k, 5k and fun run. For more details visit: www.bhf.org.uk/bayrun May half-term runs from 25 to 29 May. Family craft activities are due to take place at the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum, visit: www.russellcotes.com nearer the time for details. And why not find out what’s on in Bournemouth’s libraries at: www.bournemouth.gov.uk/libraries?


Of course, it wouldn’t be the summer in Bournemouth without the Air Festival. The skies come alive with air displays from 20 to 23 August. Look out for announcements about this year’s event on the festival’s Facebook and Twitter pages or visit: www.bournemouthair.co.uk for the latest news.

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Gardening Top tip

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Painted Lady by Adam Cormack

Easy ways to make your garden a haven for wildlife Wildlife friendly gardening provides vital space for nature. Even the smallest of gardens can contribute to the patchwork of sites that provide opportunities for wildlife.


Why not come along to a hands on wildlife gardening event in the garden of Bournemouth Natural Science Society, 39 Christchurch Road? It takes place on 11 April from 10am to 4pm. You can take part in practical workshops and receive expert wildlife gardening advice from Dorset Wildlife Trust, the Council and many more experts. Free entry and light refreshments available.Telephone: 01202 553525 for details

Picture: Tom Marshall

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Create small gaps in any fences and barriers around your garden so that wildlife can access all the goodies you provide. A hedgehog needs a territory the size of at least 20 typical gardens to roam in.

Grow a mixture of native and non-native plants to provide food (nectar) and pollen for butterflies, bees and other insects. Provide food for as many months in the year as possible. In a small space consider planting a container or hanging basket with wildflowers. Create a water feature in your garden. A pond, without fish, will enable amphibians and dragonflies to breed. If a pond is not practical, a simple bird bath or pebble fountain will provide a place for animals to drink. Help wildlife by providing bird and bat boxes, solitary bee nests and bird feeders. But remember good hygiene around feeders and water bowls is vital.


Here’s how you can improve your space for wildlife with some simple advice from our friends at Dorset Wildlife Trust.

Consider leaving part of your lawn uncut. Long grass is an excellent habitat for grasshoppers, beetles and young amphibians, and provides roosts for insects such as damselflies.

Provide food and homes for the beneficial creatures to help develop a balance in the garden which prevents the need for chemicals. Try to tolerate a small amount of pests or weeds. If you blitz the pests, you will lose all the beneficial creatures too.


Bournemouth is part of the ‘Great Heath Living Landscape’ initiative led by Dorset Wildlife Trust. This includes a range of projects to conserve and help people learn about local wildlife as well as improve connections and access to the countryside. In addition to wildlife gardening, there are plenty of other opportunities to get involved, visit: www.thegreatheath.org for details.

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Council-owned companies being set up

Nothing ventured, nothing gained In Bournemouth, there are some things your council is excellent at. So good, in fact, that the service quality we offer is good enough to sell. So that’s what we’re doing. We are setting up a number of commercial companies to trade and generate profits. The companies will be wholly owned by Bournemouth Council, and that means that any profits returned to the shareholder can be used to protect frontline services and keep Council Tax down.

During 2015/16, you can expect to see a new building maintenance company trading as Seascape around the borough. This is because of our excellent track record in quality building projects delivered on time and on budget – including school expansions and The Prom Café at Pier Approach. There will also be a company offering adult social care services such as home care and day care for older people. This company is being set up working with Dorset County Council and the Borough of Poole and, at the time of going to print, has not yet been named.

More companies are planned in the future. We know our government grant is reducing and that our residents cannot afford significant rises in Council Tax. So we have to find alternative ways of raising money to maintain the local services to the standards you expect. Watch this space for details as they develop.


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This year’s budget - where does your money go?


Council finances explained Your Council Tax bill will soon be landing on your doormat – why not take a few minutes to scrutinise the detail in it? But in the meantime, if you’re wondering how your local services are financed and where the money goes then read on.… Council Tax

Council Tax is the local charge that you pay towards council services in Bournemouth as well as Dorset Police and Dorset Fire & Rescue Service.

Because the government has reduced the amount of cash it gives to your council every year (in fact, we now get 50% less than we did in 2010), the proportion of funding for local services that comes from Council Tax is greater now than ever before. However, the amount each household pays has reduced in real terms, as bills have been frozen for five years in a row and the Council has cut its share of the total. Indeed, this five year freeze means that each household paying Council Tax will, on average, be £150 better off in 2015/16.

Bournemouth’s government funding reduced

The cash grant we receive from the government in 2015/16 is just £25million - that’s £9million less than in 2014/15 and 50% less than we received in 2010. We also receive grants for specific developments such as road schemes and new school building. This is also nearly half the 2014/15 level at £15million in 2015/16, compared to £26million the previous year.

Where does the money go?

Three quarters of our net spending is on adult social care and children’s services. Demand for these services continues to rise every year, and as a council committed to looking after the most vulnerable in our society, we have worked hard to protect these areas. In fact, in 2015/16 we will be putting an additional £5.2million into the adults and children’s social care budget, that’s in addition to the £16.8million extra already allocated since 2011/12. Of course, we also have to clean the streets, empty the bins, keep our parks, beaches and open spaces to a good standard, process planning applications, undertake our licensing responsibilities, provide an environmental health and trading standards service, fix the roads and much more...

Find out more

Read ‘A guide to your Council Tax’ leaflet which is delivered with your bill to find out more about our spending plans.


Pay your Council Tax the easy way

We’ve made it even easier to pay your Council Tax by Direct Debit. You can now choose between four different payment dates (1st, 8th, 15th or 22nd), to help you manage your bank account. You can also choose to keep your payments over 10 months (and make no payments in February and March) or pay in 12 equal amounts over the whole year.

So why not join over 50,000 other local people and set up a Direct Debit today. It only takes a couple of minutes so visit: www.bournemouth.gov.uk/counciltax or ring our team on: 01202 451597.

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BSO music projects for all ages

Musicians in the community delivering the BSO Participate programme

BSO Tea Dance

BSO beyond the concert hall...

Lisa Tregale

Already voted the world’s favourite orchestra in 2014, it’s also fair to say that the BSO is one of the UK’s busiest orchestras. Now in their 122nd year, they bring the highest quality live music to around 5,000 concert-goers per week across 35 venues, covering an area of 10,000 square miles.

“Through musical exploration and play, ‘Bbs’ engages with parents and young children. Whilst local schoolchildren often experience their first full symphonic concert, creative music workshops and coaching through ‘Blast’. We work with exceptionally talented young musicians and emerging artists through ‘Rising Talent’, our current Young Conductor in Association is Frank Zeilhorst.

“Just like the BSO Weekend event held at Pier Approach last summer, ‘Resonate’ brings together family and community to watch live performances and participate. ‘Boost’ promotes health and wellbeing through music with performances in care homes and Tea Dances in Kinson and the Pavilion.

“Andy Baker, former BSO Community Musician, was a familiar face and has paved the way for a brand-new team of musicians in the community. ‘BSO Associates’ will see Samantha Mason and Neil Valentine deliver the exciting BSO Participate programme in the Bournemouth area.

“The ultimate role of BSO Participate is to inspire and empower people of all ages, through creative workshops and performance - culturally enriching their lives.”


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To find out more about these projects and the work of the BSO visit: www.bsolive.com


But there’s a lot more to the work of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra as Lisa Tregale, Head of Participation, explains. “Beyond the concert hall the BSO has a vibrant community and education programme called ‘BSO Participate’. It has five strands: Bbs, Blast, Rising Talent, Resonate and Boost. It’s designed to engage with people of all ages in the local community, irrespective of circumstance, and make the Orchestra as accessible as possible.

Did you know?

A three piece band plays at monthly Tea Dances held at Kinson Community Centre. The next event is on 22 April and costs £5 including refreshments. Tickets are available on: 01202 644707.

Over the last three years the BSO has worked with every primary school in Bournemouth thanks to council support and funding through Soundstorm, the lead partner in the Bournemouth and Poole Music Hub. 19 March, 7pm, BIC

Did you know that 600 children and young people from local schools will soon come together to perform alongside BSO musicians? They will commemorate those that gave their lives in World War I in a unique concert featuring specially written ‘Lest We Forget’ poetry and songs, drama and dance.

Book your tickets now at: www.bhlivetickets.co.uk or for more information visit: www.soundstorm-music.org.uk/lest-we-forget

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Improving school facilities for children

Investing in our future generations From chalkboards to interactive screens, playgrounds to play trails and multi use games areas, 21st century school facilities are a far cry from those of the past. In recent years many schools in Bournemouth have been modernised and transformed to meet the present day needs of children and create a setting that gives them the best opportunity to learn. Since 2008 over £83million has been invested in schools to improve facilities and as part of the Council’s detailed and careful planning to meet the need for additional primary school places.

Bourne Academy

Additional funding has been secured through government grants and targeted bids to make this programme of works possible. This money has been used to build three new primary schools, expand existing ones and review and update school facilities to create high quality learning environments. Just some of the transformations around the town includes...

Avonwood Primary

The new £7million primary school building based in Littledown will be fully completed in September this year and will have the capacity to educate up to 420 children. The school, part of the Avonbourne Trust, is already providing two classes for reception children and has the inspiring motto of ‘preserving the wonder of childhood’.

Pupils from Avonwood receive help with their new vegetable patch from Avonbourne College students

The Bishop of Winchester Academy

Over £14million has been invested to provide state of the art buildings and facilities that can support the learning of over 1,000 pupils. Many of these new facilities are available to the community outside of school hours. A new sixth form has also been created which enables pupils to continue their studies at the academy up until the age of 18.

Kingsleigh Primary School

The school has been expanded to enable up to 120 pupils to be admitted into each year group. Just under £5million has been spent on refurbishing many areas of the school and providing outstanding new teaching and learning spaces.


Jane Portman, Executive Director for Adults and Children’s Services, said: “The Council has worked closely with schools to carefully plan for the extra places needed and has secured government grants to fund the cost of all our school building projects. Our primary concern is always to provide the highest quality learning environments that support children getting the best start in life.” Executive Head of Avonbourne Trust, Debbie Godfrey-Phaure, said: “When we heard of Bournemouth’s urgent need to find extra primary school places in the town we knew we wanted to help and we are very pleased that we have been able to do just that. Avonwood Primary opened its doors in September and our first set of children have settled in fantastically.”

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With spring in the air, it’s time to get active

A range of activities on offer at the Coastal Activity Park, Boscombe

Sporting things to do

With mornings becoming brighter and evenings lighter, sporting opportunities are coming up thick and fast this spring. Whether you’re looking to try something new, get into shape or make new friends there’s plenty of sporting activities for you to take advantage of. Get active at the seafront

The first of its kind in the UK, the Coastal Activity Park at Boscombe Pier offers some awesome activities on sand, land and sea. As well as a six station gym trail, bouldering, slack-lining, table tennis and swingball are all free to enjoy.

Courts are available for beach volleyball and football or, for a more extreme experience, on-site surf schools offer instructor-led sessions in sea kayaking, surfing and standup paddle boarding.

There’s also a unique musical trail along the pier featuring a selection of large hand-crafted instruments, including tubular bells and a babel drum. For more information, visit: www.coastalactivitypark.co.uk

On your marks, get set, go!

At 9am every Saturday morning, Bournemouth’s parkrun takes place at King’s Park from the Athletics Stadium.

The free 5km timed run is open to people of all ages and abilities allowing you to set your own personal challenge. So if you’re looking to get fit, reduce stress without any financial commitment then why not give Bournemouth parkrun a try? All you need to do is register on the website at: www.parkrun.org.uk/bournemouth

Get into the swing of it

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popular sport. You can either pay as you play or if you get the golfing bug we do have season tickets available.

For special offers and to find out more visit: www.queensparkgolfcourse.com or telephone: 01202 451675.

Try something new?

With 11 bowling clubs in parks across the borough, why not put any reservations aside and give this non-contact sport a try? It’s suitable for men and women of all ages. So if you’ve ever thought of learning to play bowls then come to the open day at Boscombe Cliff Bowls Club at Woodland Avenue on 17 May between 10am and 12 noon or 2pm to 4pm. Bowls will be provided plus free coaching. Please wear comfortable clothing and flat shoes (no heels). Just turn up on the day or for more information contact Malcolm Perkins on: 01202 729679.


Did you know?

• In June, Queen’s Park will host the 64th Bournemouth Open Golf Tournament. The competition attracts amateur golfers from across the country for a week long range of events.

• 2015 could be a significant sporting year for AFC Bournemouth. The Cherries finished in their highest ever position in the league last season. Let’s hope the success continues and we will be celebrating in May.

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Two great competitions especially for BH Life readers

Reader Competitions

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CHRIS de BURGH & BAND The Hands of Man Live


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Information from local groups and services

Community news

Start your savings habit today Did you know that Coastal Community Savings & Loans is the local credit union offering services to those living, working or volunteering within Dorset?

Coastal promotes the habit of saving by:

• encouraging members to save regularly, however small the amount • welcoming junior savers (under 16s), with them benefiting from an attractive interest rate and no membership fee.

Coastal offers affordable loans exclusively to members:

• being an ethical organisation the decision to lend is linked to the ability to repay • offering low interest rates with no arrangement fee or early repayment fees • signing up to a savings plan alongside the loan helps promote a savings habit

• as an alternative to payday lenders, short term affordable credit is available.

To become a member the following is needed: • a completed Membership Application form • original documentation to confirm ID, address and National Insurance number

• membership fee of £5 and a minimum £1 Membership Share deposit.

Find out more

Coastal has a branch at 531/533 Christchurch Road, Bournemouth BH1 4AG or visit them online at: www.coastalcreditunion.co.uk

Be a part of Winton Carnival’s 10th birthday celebrations Run entirely by volunteers as a non-profit event, 10 years ago Winton Carnival was conceived as a way of bringing together the local community.

Attracting thousands of people, the Carnival has two main elements. It starts with a traditional parade through Winton featuring bands, floats and marchers from a range of organisations. The action then shifts to Winton Recreation Ground where you will find stalls and attractions as well as a stage featuring music from local bands and performers.

This year’s event will take place on Saturday 27 June and you could help make it happen. The Carnival takes a huge amount of organisational effort by a very small team who will welcome any extra support. So if you would like to volunteer to play a part in giving Winton its big day of the year, please email the Carnival now: info@wintoncarnival.co.uk

You can also find out more on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/thewintoncarnival or visit: www.wintoncarnival.co.uk

Dorset Police issue 101 advice

101 is the non-emergency number for the police. But what type of queries can be reported on this number?


You can call 101 in the following circumstances: • to give the police information about crime in your area • to speak to the police about a general enquiry • if your car has been stolen • if your property has been damaged • if you suspect drug use or dealing in your local area • to report a minor traffic accident.

Calls to 101 (from both landlines and mobile networks) cost 15 pence per call, no matter what time of day you call, or how long you are on the phone. You can also access a range of services online: www.dorset.police.uk If your matter is a real emergency please dial 999.

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Wind farm update

What’s the latest on the Navitus Bay wind farm?

Planning Inspectorate considers wind farm

The public consultation and examination period for the highly contentious Navitus Bay wind farm has concluded (11 March). The government’s Planning Inspectorate overseeing the planning application now has the onerous task of considering the thousands of documents and issues that local residents, businesses and MPs as well as environmentalists and campaign groups have submitted. It has until 11 June to make a recommendation to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change to approve or reject the EDF Energy and Eneco plan. The Secretary of State holds the ultimate decision-making power and will grant or refuse development consent by 11 September 2015. At the end of January, successful campaigning led to the Culture Secretary agreeing to review the Navitus Bay scheme following a warning that it threatens the setting of the Jurassic Coast and its UNESCO World Heritage Site status.

The Council has voiced strong concerns about the risks posed by the vast offshore wind farm on Bournemouth’s local environment and businesses.

Mark Smith, the Council’s Director of Tourism said: “We must do all that we can to protect the natural beauty of our outstanding coastline for the benefit of residents and the tourism economy that depends upon this magnificent setting.”

What is being proposed?

EDF Energy and Eneco want to construct and operate one of the world’s largest offshore wind farms in Poole Bay, between Purbeck and the Isle of Wight. For more information visit our website: www.bournemouth.gov.uk/windfarm

Council and Area Forum meetings Council meetings usually take place at the Town Hall and they are open to the public. Why not come along and see democracy in action?

Forthcoming meeting dates:

25 March - 10:30am 29 April - 10:30am 27 May - 10:30am Full Council: 21 April - 7pm 25 May - 5pm Planning Board: 16 March - 4pm 20 April - 4pm 18 May - 4pm Licensing Board: 17, 26 March - 9:45am 7, 16, 28 April - 9:45am 5, 14, 26 May - 9:45am


Overview and Scrutiny Panel meetings – please see the website for details.

Please check details before attending on: 01202 454713.



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Area Forum meetings are run by residents with support from ward councillors and take place in different areas across the town.

Queen’s Park & Charminster Community Forum: 11 March at the Moose Hall, 119 Malmesbury Park Road at 7:30pm Southbourne Area Forum: 12 March, Immanuel Church Hall, 120 Southbourne Road, 7:30pm North Bournemouth Area Forum: 14 March and 19 May at Kinson Community Centre, 10am West Cliff Community Open Forum: 17 March at St Michael’s School, 7pm Westbourne Community Open Forum: 19 March at Westbourne Library, 7pm Winton Action Group: 2 April and 14 May at Winton Library, 6pm Wallisdown, Winton West & Ensbury Park Area Forum: 25 April at the Bournemouth Society for Visually Impaired, Victoria Park Road, 10:30am Pokesdown Community Forum: 21 May at Metropolitan Community Church Hall, Hannington Road, 7:30pm Throop, Muscliff, Strouden, Townsend & Holdenhurst Area Forum: 18 June at Bournemouth School for Girls, 7pm


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What’s on

Events and things to do around Bournemouth

March Swans and Scones Mother’s Day Walk, Hengistbury Head. Enjoy a pleasant stroll at Hengistbury Head and return to the Visitor Centre for a cream tea. £5 adults, £2 under 16s. 1:30pm to 4pm. Booking essential on: 01202 420909


Cherry Tree Nursery Plant Sale, a wide range of stalls all in aid of charity. Off New Road Roundabout, Northbourne, 8am to 3pm Tel: 01202 593537

A world exclusive exhibition titled ‘In Quest of Beauty’ will be displaying at the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum. It features the work of Czech master of Art Nouveau, Alphonse Mucha, from 1 April to 27 September 2015.

Quest of Beauty



Entrance to the Russell-Cotes includes the exhibition and costs £5, with Gift Aid. For more details visit: www.russellcotes.com or telephone: 01202 451858.

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Easter Family Fun Day, Boscombe Chine Gardens, 11am to 4pm. Free entry, visit: www.boscombechinegardens.org Mayor’s Charity Duck Race, Bourne Stream (Bandstand) from 2pm. Duck tickets: £1 each Contact: 01202 451117 or email: mayor@bournemouth.gov.uk for details Easter Trail at Hengistbury Head, 10am to 4pm. Collect your trail sheet from the Visitor Centre. For children aged 5+ accompanied by an adult. No need to book. £1 per child. Telephone: 01202 420909 Mayor’s Charity Ball, Pavilion Ballroom. Ticket details from: mayor@bournemouth.gov.uk or 01202 451117. Dorset Humanists: ‘Why Secularism Matters’. Moordown Community Centre, 2pm. Free Entry. www.dorsethumanists.co.uk


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Boscombe Vintage Market, The Royal Arcade, 10am to 4pm. Visit: https://boscombevintagemarket.wordpress.com/ Southbourne Bowling Club open day, Seafield Gardens. Free hourly sessions at 10am, 11am, 12noon, 2pm and 3pm. Contact Peter on: 01425 271401 or Maureen on: 01202 420662



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Twilight Walk for Women, Bournemouth Seafront, 7.30pm. Visit: www.bournemouthhospitalcharity.org Pavilion Tea Dance featuring the BSO Dance Band, Pavilion Theatre, 2:30pm. Tickets £9.50 from 0844 576 3000 or visit: www.bic.co.uk Dorset Humanists: ‘The Improbability Principle with Professor David Hand’ Moordown Community Centre, 2pm. Free Entry. www.dorsethumanists.co.uk



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Bournemouth Bay Run, visit: www.bhf.org.uk/bayrun Easter Fun at the Stour Valley. Including bunny trail, basket and mask making. Meet at the Barn and park in Granby Road car park off Muscliffe Lane. Free event. 10am to 3:30pm. 01202 451629 Moordown Bowling Club open day, Endfield Road, from 10:30am. Try bowling for free, all ages welcome. Visit: www.moordownbowlingclub.com Richmond Park Bowls Club open week - free introduction to bowls, equipment supplied. Bowling instruction from 10am until 8pm daily. Winton Rec, Fitzharris Avenue. Tel: 01202 515435 Moordown Bowling Club open day, Endfield Road, from 10:30am. Try bowling for free, all ages welcome. Visit: www.moordownbowlingclub.com

Boscombe Cliff Bowls Club open day – try bowls for free. See page 24 or telephone: 01202 729679. Dorset Humanists: ‘Key Campaigns of the British Humanist Association’, Green House Hotel, Bournemouth, 7.30pm, Free entry. www.dorsethumanists.co.uk Bournemouth Wheels Festival – See page 16

Race for Life, Bournemouth Pier, 9am. Visit: raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org Queen’s Park Picnic in the Park from 1:30pm. Free event that all the family can enjoy. Contact Peter Webber: 07553 316089

To check the latest events in Bournemouth visit: www.bournemouth.co.uk


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