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Winter 2015/16 edition

YOUR CHANCE TO WIN An ‘escape experience’ at Cyantist or tickets for Anton & Erin’s new show See page 25

Winter in Bournemouth Winter wildlife advice see page 14

Children’s talking project see page 23

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Activities for Christmas and beyond see page 13 & 16


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Working for you this winter Winter is officially here and we’re ready to deal with the challenges of this time of year. Our services are prepared for whatever the weather has in store for us (see page 7). Behind the scenes much work is also taking place to prepare for further reductions in government funding and setting the Council’s 2016/17 budget in February (see page 6).

We have been working through these financial challenges for some years and have thought innovatively and taken action to safeguard the town’s future. One example is BH Live, which was set up five years ago. This successful charitable trust operates the town’s key entertainment venues and leisure services such as the BIC, Pavilion, Littledown Centre and Pelhams Park Leisure Centre (see page 19).

We’re also working closer than ever with our neighbouring councils to explore the possibility of one council for Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch and East Dorset (see page 8).

Planning for the future continues to be a theme and you can read about our beach management project to protect the coastline on page 12. We also bring you some ideas for how you can make the most of the beach this winter.

I hope you enjoy all that Bournemouth has to offer over the festive period (see page 16) and I would like to wish you a very Happy New Year. Councillor John Beesley Leader of the Council

BH Life magazine is delivered free to homes in Bournemouth. It’s also available at a wide variety of outlets. To advertise in BH Life call IMS Group on: 01202 611100 email: sales@ims-group.co.uk

This publication is environmentally friendly using paper sourced from sustainable forests, using no bleaching agents and printed using vegetable based inks. The publication contains advertising and the Council cannot vouch for the legitimacy of, or endorse any advertiser in BH Life. Citizens Advice provide free, impartial consumer advice on 0345 404 0506. Please recycle this magazine when everyone has read it.

Read and listen online at: bournemouth.gov.uk/bhlife

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In and around the town 8 ....... One council for south east Dorset? 11 ...... Christmas waste and recycling 13 ...... Winter beach activity ideas 14 ...... Garden waste scheme 2016 16 ...... Your Bournemouth Christmas guide 19 ...... Building a Better Bournemouth 21 ...... Proud to care 23 ...... Children’s talking project 24 ...... Health and wellbeing news 25 ...... Competitions 27 ...... Community news 28....... Spotlight on democracy 30....... What’s on?

Publication details Edited by: Jo Evans, Corporate Communications & Marketing, Bournemouth Borough Council. Tel: 01202 451616 Email: bhlife@bournemouth.gov.uk Designed and produced by: IMS Group Tel: 01202 611100 Copies printed: 86,000 Cost per copy: 10p approx. Advertising: IMS Group Tel: 01202 611100. Email: sales@ims-group.co.uk Distributed by: IMS Group If you do not regularly receive BH Life tel: 01202 451435 or email: bhlife@bournemouth.gov.uk Delivery of next issue: The spring edition will be delivered to homes in mid-March 2016

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In and around

News from around the borough

the town Development of the Winter Gardens car park a step closer

People power halts Navitus Bay plans

In September, the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change refused planning permission for the Navitus Bay offshore wind farm. This followed strong local arguments that the proposals would have a serious effect on both the natural environment and the local economy.

Exciting plans unveiled for the Winter Gardens site

Fresh proposals to redevelop the Winter Gardens car park were recently approved by Cabinet. Now that this first-stage approval has been secured, a detailed planning application will be submitted during 2016 with a possible start on site the following year. The residential-led scheme, put forward by the Bournemouth Development Company, our 50/50 partnership with Morgan Sindall, features up to 400 highquality flats involving one, two and three-bedroom apartments and penthouses.

The development plan for the 1.86 hectare site also includes a 400-space public car park, restaurants, shops and public realm improvements.

Councillor John Beesley, Leader of Bournemouth Council, said: “As a key town centre location there is need for a comprehensive redevelopment of the Winter Gardens site.

“By providing high quality accommodation we can offer a more attractive choice to owner occupiers and first time buyers to encourage more people to live in the town centre. This will ultimately boost the local economy, provide new jobs and attract further investment to Bournemouth.”

As delivery partner for the long-term Town Centre Vision, the Bournemouth Development Company is working to redevelop council-owned land assets in the town. For more information, visit: bournemouthdevelopmentcompany.com

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Councillor John Beesley, Leader of the Council said: “Common sense has prevailed and our beautiful natural environment, coastline and dependent tourist industry have been protected for future generations.

“The scale of public reaction to EDF and Eneco’s Navitus Bay proposals to industrialise and irrevocably damage the outstandingly beautiful and natural Dorset coast was unprecedented. “I would like to thank the local residents, businesses, Poole and Christchurch Bays’ Association, Challenge Navitus and our MPs who have campaigned so passionately against this scheme. We now look forward to continuing to grow Bournemouth’s position as a leading national and international tourist destination as further investment flows into the town.”

In October the Navitus Bay developers, EDF and Eneco, confirmed that they would not appeal against the Secretary of State’s decision.


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News from around the borough

In and around the town

The Spur Road is over 40 years old and the foundations are failing

Minimising the impact of A338 roadworks Works continue on the A338 Spur Road as Dorset County Council carry out a major road reconstruction programme. The £22m scheme, funded by the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership, is part of a five-year programme of work to unlock jobs and housing around Upper Gardens Bournemouth Airport. Works continue between now and 31 May 2016. Wherever possible we are working with Dorset County Council to manage the knock-on effects to the surrounding roads in Bournemouth. To minimise disruption, we are:

• Widening the road at the hospital roundabout to provide dedicated lanes for east and westbound traffic. These modifications, costing £10,000, will take about a week and are planned to be completed before Christmas. • Co-ordinating the Council’s and utility companies’ planned road works so that the alternative routes are kept clear. • Staffing the Council’s traffic control room during busy times to ensure that traffic flows as freely as possible.

If you’re a motorist, please plan ahead when you’re using the A338 and the alternative routes to ensure you get to your destination on time. Options to consider include: • Alternative travel methods • Car sharing, visit: carsharedorset.com • Travel outside peak hours.

For more information, visit: dorsetforyou.com/bournemouth-spur-road

Better access at Bournemouth Station

Recent works to develop Bournemouth Station have now finished. This first phase of improvements provide a better experience for those arriving to Bournemouth by coach and train. With significant changes to the layout, more accessible bus, taxi and cycling facilities as well better signage, it is much easier for you to travel through this part of town. The works were part of our Three Towns Travel commitment to tackle Bournemouth’s future congestion.

Councillor Mike Greene, Cabinet Member for Transport, said: “Bournemouth is rightly seen as a fantastic place to live and work, so in the future we can expect more people, more jobs and more commuters. In turn that means a need for easier, safer and more attractive sustainable travel options and the works we have carried out are part of that programme. The improvements at the Station will provide a better experience for those arriving to Bournemouth by coach and train, as well as those changing bus as they travel around town."

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In and around the town

News from around the borough

Funding issues in the spotlight

Frontline services are a top priority

In February, Bournemouth councillors will discuss and set the 2016/17 budget. This will include prioritising the amount of funding available for council services and setting the level of Council Tax charged to local residents. Could adoption be right for you?

In need of a permanent and loving home

Our award winning adoption service is seeking potential adopters to parent older children. Figures reveal that nearly half of the Bournemouth children who are waiting to be placed with adoptive families are aged four years or older. A survey commissioned by First4Adoption, the national adoption information service, found that people who live with children are twice as likely to say that children of four or over are less demanding than children under the age of four.

Councillor Nicola Greene, Cabinet Member for Education and Children’s Services, said: “We have known for some time that potential adopters often prefer to parent a baby rather than an older child. What is surprising is that these so-called older children are as young as four. We want to find homes for these children, many of whom have complex needs or are in sibling groups. We would love to hear from anyone considering adopting a child of that age or older.” Find out if adoption could be right for you. Telephone us on: 01202 456743 or for more information visit: bournemouth.gov.uk/adoption

We already get 50% less in government funding than we did in 2010. Bournemouth is faced with further government funding cuts along with ever increasing demands on council services.

With social care services for vulnerable children and adults now taking up around 75% of the Council’s budget, we have no choice but to face some very difficult decisions about how we deliver and fund frontline services. This will include increasing and introducing charges as well as beginning to make really tough choices about what services we can continue to provide at the current levels, or even at all.

Councillor John Beesley, Leader of the Council, said: “Clearly, with much less money the Council will now have to re-think its priorities. However, frontline services, especially those for vulnerable adults and children, will always be the Council’s top priorities for spending.” You can keep up to date with our funding news and service developments at: bournemouth.gov.uk

School place deadline looms

Is your child starting school or transferring to junior school next September? If so, don’t forget that the closing date to apply for a primary school place is 15 January 2016. You can find lots of useful information about starting school on our website along with all the information to help you apply online, just visit: bournemouth.gov.uk/schools or telephone: 01202 456223.

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In and around the town

News from around the borough

Christmas event returns to Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre

Will it snow? Is Bournemouth due a long cold snap and is it likely to snow? Or will we have another mild winter with average temperatures? We don’t have the answers but our dedicated teams of council staff are ready whatever the weather. From dealing with flooded roads and fallen trees to ‘salting’ key routes if the temperature drops, we’re as prepared as we can be for what the great British weather has in store for us.

Did you know that last winter we undertook 35 gritting/salting treatments? If you’ve ever wondered which roads get treated when it’s icy you can get the lowdown on our website on when and how we grit/salt. Find out more at: bournemouth.gov.uk/gritting

Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre celebrates its third Christmas with a return of its seasonal gift event. From Saturday 28 November, you can discover a wide range of local, unique and responsibly sourced gifts for friends and family.

If adverse weather conditions strike, keep an eye out for news about your local council services with our severe winter weather alerts at:

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Located on the centre’s mezzanine floor, the area will be devoted exclusively to all things Christmas, including decorations, handmade items from local crafters, local ales, jams and chutneys and homewares.

The Visitor Centre is open daily from 10am until 4pm – except Christmas Day, when the centre is closed.

For more details, contact the centre on 01202 451618, or email: hengistbury.head@bournemouth.gov.uk or visit: visithengistburyhead.co.uk

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Lots of family seasonal events take place at the Visitor Centre including the popular ‘Reindeer making’ craft sessions. Booking is essential and details can be found on page 30 or look out for the quarterly Bournemouth ‘Guided Walks and Events’ leaflet.

Do you need your Winter Fuel Allowance? Dorset Community Foundation – a local charity raising funds for those most in need across the county – is re-launching their Surviving Winter Appeal, which helps older people at risk during the winter months.

Donations primarily come from people who donate their unwanted Winter Fuel Allowance. The Foundation distributes these donations as grants to support elderly people across Dorset who are most in need. Last winter the Foundation was able to support 412 local older people in this way.

The annual appeal was first launched in 2011 when statistics revealed that, on average, there are around 400 winter-related deaths of older people every winter in Dorset. The figure for 2013/14 was 379 and the one for 2014/15 was 336.

To find out more or donate, please visit: dorsetcommunityfoundation.org For information on how to stay well this winter please visit: bournemouth.gov.uk/warmandwell

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One council

Local authorities discuss merging

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Christchurch

Wimborne Minster

Left to right: Council Leaders from Bournemouth, Poole, East Dorset and Christchurch

One council for Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch and East Dorset We are working with Poole, Christchurch and East Dorset councils to explore the possibility of a single, brand new unitary authority for the whole area. The new council would serve around 500,000 residents with a gross budget of over £1billion, making it the eighth largest council in England.

It would deliver all local government services to the residents of south east Dorset, including Bournemouth. These services include social care for vulnerable adults and children (currently accounting for around 75% of Bournemouth’s budget), road maintenance, waste, recycling and street cleaning, planning, tourism, parks, trading standards, school admissions, social housing, registrars, environmental health, youth services, libraries, public health and many more.

Why do it?

All councils are being increasingly squeezed financially as a result of austerity measures, with less government funding every year. In Bournemouth’s case we have already lost 50% of our government grant with more cuts to come over the next few years. In addition, there are even more responsibilities being placed on local councils. To continue to be viable and able to provide essential and valued public services, we need to look at different approaches to funding them.

A single council for south east Dorset would save money and provide more efficient services, because there would be one staffing structure and fewer buildings would be needed, saving on maintenance costs. There would also be better planning of big strategic issues such as transport links, land planning and housing.

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The south east Dorset area is already a natural, mostly urban community with a strong economy. 208,000 people work in south east Dorset across 20,000 businesses.

What happens next?

We are working on detailed plans to make sure the financial aspects and benefits stack up in order that we can be sure of continuing to provide the best value for money services to residents. Alongside this we are also looking at a variety of ways for local people to tell us what they think about the proposals. Once finished, we will put our case to the government for approval, which would then mean a formal boundary review to determine the electoral wards and number of councillors in the new authority. The go-live date for the new council could be April 2019, with local elections taking place in May that year.

Councillor John Beesley, Leader of Bournemouth Council, said “One council for south east Dorset is a significant opportunity for residents and businesses. It is important that we consider all options in detail, and we must get this right. I believe that, given the significant economic concentration in south east Dorset, this geographical combination makes the most sense for local residents.”


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For one who loves a home from home

Save up to 25% on next year’s holiday in France or Spain If you’re looking for an unforgettable holiday for 2016, nothing beats booking a cottage with Brittany Ferries. Not only will you enjoy the freedom of a place you can call your own, but you can also take your car packed with everything you need. Add to this a choice of unbeatable locations and an easy, stress-free way to get there – all included in the price – and you’ve got next year’s holiday all mapped out. Book now and save up to 25% on all 2016 cottage holidays – even during peak season.

For more information visit brittanyferries.com/bhlife or call 0330 159 6689 New bookings for 2016 only. Saving applies to the basic inclusive holiday cost but excludes seasonal and weekend supplements and on board accommodation when travelling to France. Also excludes additional passengers, vehicle supplements, pet travel, insurance and winter sun holidays. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Book by 15 December 2015. See website for full details.

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Waste & recycling

Tips on reducing waste this Christmas

Too much food this Christmas or not enough? Did you know that in the UK, 74 million mince pies and two million turkeys are thrown out every Christmas? It’s easy to be tempted by supermarket special offers at this time of year. You may also worry about not having enough and buy extra items ‘just in case’. But often, when you take stock of what you’ve bought in advance, there’s more than you need. Making a shopping list is a great way to stay on track and can help reduce wasted food at Christmas.

Don’t forget that any food waste you produce, such as meat and fish bones, egg shells, food scrapings and more, can be recycled in your food waste container.

If you do have spare non-perishable items, either before or after Christmas, why not donate them to your local food bank and help others in need? There are drop off points throughout the borough including all Bournemouth libraries. For more information visit: trusselltrust.org

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Your guide to Christmas holiday collections Residents with Friday collections

All residents

We will run catch-up collections from: • Monday 28 to Thursday 31 December 2015 and, • Monday 4 to Wednesday 6 January 2016.

Excess waste and recycling can also be disposed of at the community recycling centres at Millhams in Longham or Wilverley Road in Christchurch, between 9am and 5pm daily. Both only close on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

We won’t be collecting rubbish or recycling on: • Christmas Day - Friday 25 December, or • New Year’s Day - Friday 1 January.

You can check online to find out which day your rubbish and recycling is scheduled for a catch-up collection at: bournemouth.gov.uk/christmascollections or telephone: 01202 451199.

If you’re affected by the Friday missed rubbish collections, you can put two extra bags out. Please remember not to put extra rubbish bags out before your collection day as these can attract vermin and cause a mess.

Christmas tree arrangements

If you have extra recycling put it out on your next recycling collection day in a cardboard box or our clear recycling bags (available from all Bournemouth libraries from 1 December).

All residents should make sure their bins are out by 5am and don’t bring them in before 8pm, as collections will continue into the evenings.

Millhams

We will collect real Christmas trees from 11 to 22 January 2016. Make sure your Christmas tree is visible to our collection crews. Leave it at the edge of your property from 5am until 8pm on the opposite week to your recycling collection. If you miss your collection, you’ll need to take your tree to Millhams Community Recycling Centre or Wilverley Road. Alternatively, you could support local charity, Diverse Abilities, who are collecting Christmas trees for £5 on 9 and 10 January. Find out more at: diverseabilities.org.uk

More information: bournemouth.gov.uk/christmascollections • bournemouth.gov.uk/recycling •Telephone: 01202 451199

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Beach management

Helping to preserve our beaches

Protecting our coastline We’re doing essential work to protect our beaches

Groynes are an essential part of preserving the coastline

Bournemouth’s award winning beaches, enjoyed today by millions of visitors and thousands of residents, are very different from how they looked in the past. Natural coastal erosion has changed the landscape of our coastline. Over the years, measures have been taken to protect and maintain our beaches. And now work has begun on the latest beach management programme, just over 100 years since the first coastal defences were built along Bournemouth’s coastline.

Delving into the past

Until the early 20th century the beach was naturally replenished by cliff erosion. But with the land on the cliff top eroding at an estimated rate of three feet per year, action needed to be taken. In 1907 we started a comprehensive seawall and promenade scheme. It was carried out in sections until the current prom and sea wall between Alum Chine and Southbourne was built. This new prom and sea wall cut off the natural supply of sand from the cliffs to the beach resulting in the beach becoming smaller. The response was to experiment with groynes in an attempt to slow down the drift of sand caused by coastal erosion from the west to the east. The first groyne was built 100 years ago in 1915 opposite East Cliff Lift.

By the 1960s it was clear that groynes alone would not be enough to halt the complete loss of beach. With no beach to protect the sea wall from the action of the sea, the wall was being breached on a regular basis. The solution was to dredge sand and replenish the beach. The first beach replenishment programme started in 1970 with further amounts of sand added over the years.

What work is being done?

The first phase of our 17-year beach management programme has started. It involves replacing 30 groynes along the coastline, predominately between Southbourne and Hengistbury Head with a number sited on the boundary with Poole. Beach replenishment will also take place between the piers and to the east of Boscombe Pier during this winter (2015/16). Councillor David Smith, Cabinet Member for Planning and Environment, said: “These vital works are taking place not only to protect the coastline from future coastal erosion but also to maintain the award-winning beaches which attract millions of visitors and residents to the coast each year.”

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• Parts of the beach will be cordoned off for safety reasons during the works. The promenade will remain accessible for seafront users and vehicles at all times.

• Initially the sand may look darker than the current beach but will lighten to a normal colour with exposure to oxygen and daylight.

• As part of the works planned from 2015 to 2032, a schedule of beach replenishment is set to take place once every five years.

You can find more information, including ‘frequently asked questions’ and the programme of works on our website: bournemouth.gov.uk/beachmanagement

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Seafront

Make the most of your beaches this winter

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winter beach activities Fresh morning walks, a hot chocolate looking out to sea or a cycle along the promenade, these are just a few of the reasons why our beaches are enjoyed all year round.

Summer may be a distant memory but with the peak of the tourist season behind us, this time of year provides a great opportunity for you to take advantage of all the things to do at the seafront.

Here are five ways you can enjoy visiting the beach over the winter months…

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Why not take your workout to the beach? You won’t need any equipment, just use what’s around you to burn off the calories. From zig zag walks, to a run along the prom, or try out the gym trail at the Coastal Activity Park. Any age or ability can benefit from activity in the sea air. If you want to take in the fresh sea air doing something less strenuous then how about a clifftop stroll or a walk along the beach. It’s also a favourite location for dogs to enjoy too so why not bring them along, just remember to clear up after them! If you just want to relax and take the weight off your feet then our scenic land trains can take you along the beach between Alum Chine, Bournemouth Pier and Boscombe Pier. There’s also a new route taking you to Boscombe Precinct and Boscombe Chine Gardens. This service is available at weekends throughout the winter. If you’re feeling brave enough. Why not have a go at open water swimming in the winter months? It may be icy cold but there are great benefits to swimming in the sea and if you decide to take the plunge on Christmas Day you can raise money for a good cause too. The Macmillan White Christmas Dip is held by Boscombe Pier and is into its eighth year. Find out more at: whitechristmasdip.co.uk

If all that fresh air and exercise makes you feel hungry or in need of a warming drink, then there are plenty of dining places to choose from along the seafront. Why not try the Prom Café overlooking the newly developed Pier Approach by Bournemouth Pier? With views out to Old Harry Rocks and the Isle of Wight, there’s no better location to enjoy a meal or a drink. The new Tourist Information Centre is also nearby and offers a range of gifts, including locally produced items.

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Winter wildlife

Winter wildlife tips and advice

Living with the urban fox

Some people like them and some people don’t, but however you feel about foxes they are part of our urban lives. Like many other towns and cities in Britain, Bournemouth has a large population of foxes.

They tend to stay in family groups and often live in overgrown areas or find shelter under garden sheds or outbuildings. Their presence is most obvious in January and February, which is their mating season, when you may often hear screaming sounds in the night. Foxes are not a significant risk to you, or your pet’s safety but they can be a bit of a nuisance. A few simple steps can prevent them being enticed to a particular area:

How can I deter foxes from using my garden? Remove access to food supplies - where foxes stay will depend on the amount of food available so avoid feeding them as this will make them tame. Clear up fallen fruits in your garden and if you’re living in a flat keep communal bins tidy.

Remove places of shelter – cut or clear away long grass or dense vegetation and keep garages, green houses and sheds closed. Putting up fencing, planting prickly plants around the garden and preventing access underneath sheds will help deter foxes but note that this is not good for hedgehogs.

Use repellent – if a fox has taken up residence in your garden you could use an appropriate animal repellent. Take care to make sure it’s approved to use for foxes otherwise it could pose a risk to other animals or humans and would be illegal.

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Winter wildlife advice

You can also do your bit to help garden wildlife in the lean and cold months of winter. Make your garden into a wildlife haven to increase the diversity of creatures that can not only survive but thrive. Help birds by providing feeders containing good quality seeds or peanuts. Fat-based foods are excellent winter food. Make sure they’re up high so as not to attract foxes. Provide a shallow dish or container of water at ground level for garden wildlife but make sure it is kept ice free. Leave herbaceous and hollow-stemmed plants unpruned until early spring. These can provide homes for overwintering insects.

Interested in wildlife?

There are lots of wildlife events taking place at Hengistbury Head and Stour Valley into the new year. From bird watching to guided walks and moth mornings, these events are suitable for all ages and help you to get closer to nature. For more information, visit: bournemouth.gov.uk/parks


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Garden waste

New garden waste scheme starts in February

Introducing the 2016 garden waste scheme The 2015 garden waste scheme finished in November and we’re now introducing a new improved garden waste collection service in Bournemouth, for a charge. So if you want to know how to join the new scheme, what your alternative options are for dealing with garden waste, and why charges have been introduced, then read on.

When does the scheme start and how much does it cost?

The new service runs longer, from February to December. Collections are fortnightly and the annual fee for one bin is £35. This works out at a cost of £1.60 per collection. You can also opt for two bins for garden waste collection for £50. There will be exclusive discounts, offers and events for residents who sign up to the new garden waste scheme including compost giveaways and garden related discounts.

Why have charges been introduced?

The garden waste collection service operated for only eight months of the year and cost over £650,000 a year to run. It first launched in 2008 and grew in popularity with over 32,000 households participating this year. Gardeners have urged us to expand the scheme to include the busy early spring and late autumn periods and to allow for extra bins where required. With the current financial challenges for all councils, reluctantly we need to introduce a charge to be able to continue to run the existing scheme and introduce changes.

How do I join the scheme?

If you would like your garden waste collected in 2016 you will need to register, even if you were registered in previous years and already have a garden waste bin. If you live in a flat you can also take part in the enhanced service using shared bins, following a site visit and agreement from the managing agent or committee. You can find out more about the scheme and register online at: bournemouth.gov.uk/gardenwaste or telephone: 01202 451199.

How can I dispose of garden waste for free? If you decide not to join the 2016 collection scheme or you have additional garden waste to dispose of, you can:

• Recycle your garden waste for free by taking it to Millhams Community Recycling Centre or Christchurch Household Recycling Centre (based on Wilverley Road). • Take advantage of the free drop off point for garden waste at the King’s Park Lorry Park every Sunday from 21 February to 18 December 2016 between 9am and 1pm. • Compost your garden waste at home – details of discounted bins available at: bournemouth.getcomposting.com starting from £6.

Frequently asked questions and further information can be found on our website. Register now at: bournemouth.gov.uk/gardenwaste

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Christmas

Your guide to Christmas in

Bournemouth

Do you fancy following a glowing trail through the Gardens of Light, skating in style under the trees and taking a twinkling tour of the town on board the Santa Express? You can find all of this and more in Bournemouth’s Lower Gardens. You’ll also discover our traditional alpine market, Moose Bar and Christmas Stage in the Square, all of this with the bonus of free parking in selected council car parks on selected Thursday evenings and Sundays in the run up to Christmas. So, with festive fun guaranteed, here’s 5 ideas of how to make a day of it in Bournemouth this Christmas.

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Gardens of Light and ice skating, until 3 January (except Christmas Day)

Why not follow a glowing trail of lights and projections through the Lower Gardens and explore a selection of our famous light pods (4pm to 10pm)? Then, to get that magical festive feeling, come and skate under the trees. Or you could just snuggle up and stay a while by enjoying the rink side après-skate chalets serving tempting hot dishes including hearty soups, sharing cheese fondues, delicious pastries and more. You can also indulge in a wide choice of hot drinks including barista coffees and luxury hot chocolates. And don’t miss out on the full bar serving warming mulled wine, mulled cider and craft beers. For added Christmas sparkle, champagne is always on ice.

The skate rink is open daily from 10am to 11pm. Booking for ice skate sessions is recommended.

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Santa Express, until 30 December

Our iconic land train is running a special Santa Express route to help you make the most of your day out in Bournemouth. This hop-on hop-off service starts and ends in the Lower Gardens with stops at Westover Road, Old Christchurch Road, the Square and the Triangle – ideal for weary shoppers. A small charge applies.

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Giant Snow Globe, until 6 December

Have you spotted the Giant Snow Globe in the town centre? Why not stop by, get your photograph taken in the globe and you may even get a chance to meet the stars of the Pavilion’s panto, ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’. Visit the website for Snow Globe locations.


Christmas

Enjoy all that Bournemouth has to offer this season

Christmas cheer in Bournemouth’s ‘coastal villages’ and beyond Remember to also support your independent traders, family businesses and local shops this Christmas. It’s Small Business Saturday on Saturday 5 December, the perfect day to demonstrate your support by visiting local traders and taking part in any events and activities they have planned.

• Boscombe Countdown to Christmas - until Christmas Eve. Local music, entertainment, arts and crafts. Highlights include Santa’s arrival on the land train, real reindeer and children’s entertainment on 5 December. For more details, visit: makeitbournemouth.co.uk

• In Southbourne, Grotto on the Green takes place on Saturday 12 December from 12pm to 4pm. Visit Santa in his Grotto, enjoy family activities and indulge in festive food and drink. And don’t forget Southbourne hosts a secret postbox so you can send your letters to Santa

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– be quick the last posting day is 6 December. For full details visit: southbourne-on-sea.co.uk

• Discover Westbourne this Christmas for unique shopping, relaxing cafes and festive food. On 5 December the Christmas lights will be switched on, Santa will arrive and special events are set to take place. Find out more at: discoverwestbourne.co.uk/Christmas

And don’t forget to head over to the other shopping areas including Kinson, Winton and Moordown. On Saturday 28 November from 11am to 5pm, Kinson Village Green (next to The Kinson Hub) will host a special Christmas event with hot seasonal food and drink, hand crafted presents and carols around the Christmas tree at 4pm.

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Make the most of free Christmas parking

Alpine Market, Moose Bar and Christmas Stage

Free parking dates:

• Thursdays (from 4pm)

November 26, December 3, 10, and 17.

• Sundays

November 29, December 6, 13 and 20.

Participating town centre car parks: The Square comes alive at this time of year with festive fare and quirky crafts galore in the alpine market, and an atmospheric backdrop of live singers, dancers, musicians and more on the Christmas Stage.

Don’t forget to stop in for a drop of Glühwein at the popular Moose Bar – the perfect way to round off a Christmas shopping trip with family and friends. Alpine Market: until 30 December Christmas Stage: until 1 January Moose Bar: until 3 January

For more information

Full details on all the activities and events including prices and booking details where relevant, please visit: makeitbournemouth.co.uk

• Richmond Gardens multi-storey • Central • Winter Gardens • Eden Glen • Town Hall (Forecourt, Extension and Annexe) • Braidley Road Bridge • St Stephen’s Road • Richmond Hill • West Hill.

Participating car parks in other areas:

• Boscombe – Hawkwood Road (main, No1 and No2)* and Palmerston Road • Southbourne – Woodside Road* • Westbourne – Milburn Road*, Landseer Road and Alumhurst Road • Winton – Leslie Road* and Cranmer Road*.

* These car parks are free every evening from 6pm.

For more information Visit: bournemouth.gov.uk/parking or telephone: 01202 454721.

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Developing your local services

Entertainment & leisure

Building a Better Bournemouth With the funding squeeze taking a grip on the public purse, councils have long been looking at innovative ways to keep delivering high quality services to local people. In Bournemouth, it’s been five years since BH Live was set up and contracted to run our venues and leisure centres. We take a look at what this has achieved for your local sports, wellbeing and entertainment facilities.

What is BH Live and who runs it?

BH Live is the charitable trust that run venues, leisure centres and catering including the Bournemouth International Centre, Bournemouth Pavilion, Littledown Centre, Stokewood Leisure Centre, Pelhams Park Leisure Centre and Sir David English Sports Centre. They took over the operation of these venues in 2010 to help resist future government cuts and have improved services, created jobs and boosted our local economy.

What is the Council’s involvement?

The buildings, with the exception of Sir David English Sports Centre, are council-owned. We work in partnership with BH Live to make sure the leisure and events services meet the needs of both local residents and visitors.

Five years old and going strong

BH Live is proving to be a nationally recognised success with more people than ever getting active and coming to business and cultural events.

Peter Gunn, BH Live Chief Executive, said: "We’re achieving what we set out to do, getting more people, more active and attending events, whilst continuing to boost the regional economy through our conference and exhibition facilities. Proactive management and working with external organisations and clubs has created even more opportunities for people to improve their health and wellbeing.”

With BH Live, we are setting the standard and showing other towns and cities how working with a charitable trust can improve the town’s services. And not only has BH Live saved residents more than £5million since it began managing the facilities, it has generated an estimated £204million for the local economy. It has also created new jobs whilst sustaining more than 4,500 regional jobs across retail, accommodation, tourism and transport sectors.

Councillor John Beesley, Leader of the Council, said: “Our partnership with BH Live enables Bournemouth as a town to offer incredibly high quality and well-attended entertainment, sports and leisure facilities. As one of the most active regions in the UK and with the quality and diversity of services improving year on year, we continue giving residents and visitors everything they expect – and more."

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Did you know?

• Over £8million of partnership funding has been invested into the leisure and event facilities. The most recent one being the extension of Littledown gym. • Bournemouth leisure centres have in excess of 30,000 weekly visits. • Events at Bournemouth International Centre and Bournemouth Pavilion contribute around £50 million annually to the town’s economy.

Pictures (top to bottom): Pelhams Park Leisure Centre, McBusted at the BIC (photo courtesy of Charlie Raven), the extended Littledown gym, Pavilion Theatre, Terrace cafés and bars

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Help when you need it by people who care

At Horizon Home Care we value every individual we care for. We provide services in people’s homes from collecting their shopping to 24 hour live in care. Whether you have just come out of hospital or are simply feeling that some of life’s daily tasks are becoming a bit to difficult to manage, we can help. It doesn’t cost and arm and a leg and it can make the world of difference if you, or someone close to you, are finding life a bit hard at the moment. We pride ourselves on the quality of our staff who are all passionate about providing the best help and care.

Telephone: 01202 737456 www.horizonhomecare.co.uk

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Proud to care

Highlighting the important work of homecarers

Proud to care Raising the profile of professional homecarers Professional care workers have a vital role in the local community. Unfortunately, they can be undervalued and their contribution to the care sector underestimated by some. But without them, many residents would not be able to continue to live independently in their own homes.

Linda, 56, is a domiciliary carer for a local company and covers the Boscombe and Southbourne areas. She gives us an insight into her role and we also talk to her client, Alice.

Linda said: “Care work is very rewarding. There might be more highly paid jobs in the world but I wake up every morning and look forward to going to work. How many other people can say that?

“The most enjoyable part of my role is going into a client’s home and seeing them smile when I walk in. They are genuinely pleased to see me and that’s a special feeling.

“I have a large family and seven children so nothing really fazes me when it comes to care work. I always treat people how I’d want my mother to be treated or think about what I would expect for myself. Ultimately, to be a good carer you need that natural ability to care and common sense helps too.”

Alice, aged 79 from Southbourne, receives a visit from Linda once a week to help her shower and provide emotional support. Alice said: “It’s a bit daunting when you first have a carer come into your home as you don’t know what to expect. But I now see Linda as a friend. Sometimes I get depressed and it’s good to talk to her and hold her hand. “I think a good carer needs a sense of humour. It makes a real difference and Linda and I always have a laugh. Without a carer it would make my life harder and it would make my husband’s life harder too as he has his own health issues.”

Bournemouth is celebrating the contribution that professional homecare workers make to the lives of local people with the launch of a campaign called ‘Proud to Care’.

Councillor Blair Crawford, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: “The purpose of the Proud to Care campaign is to wave the flag for our homecare workers and highlight the crucial role that homecare workers play in empowering our residents to live independent lives and enabling them to continue to live in their own homes.”

Linda & Alice

Are you interested in becoming a professional homecare worker? Do you want to read about other carers’ experiences? Visit: bournemouth.gov.uk/proudtocare

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Children

Improving speech and language skills

Working together to get our children talking It is estimated that in the UK at least one in 10 children have communication needs. In Bournemouth, ‘Come Talk with Me’ is our new project to help improve young children’s speech, language and communication skills. The early years are the most important time for a child's development and Come Talk with Me can help. Each month, we promote a simple ‘top tip’ which can be used by parents and carers and anyone who interacts with young children. These tips can be built into everyday activities. They are simple things that you can do that can make a big difference to your child’s development. Look out for the top tips displayed on posters in children’s centres, libraries, childcare settings and doctors’ surgeries.

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• By 18 months babies will usually be talking and able to say around 20 words. These are usually things you say a lot at home, words such as ‘milk’ and ‘bye-bye’.

• By two years old toddlers will usually use 50 or more single words but they will understand between 200 and 500 words.

Each childcare setting, children's centre and library now has a 'Communication Champion'. Their role is to promote the development of good practice in speech, language and communication and to help parents and families do the same at home. They can give you advice and guidance and also direct you to other areas of support, such as local speech and language groups.

What you do matters. So, start good communication today and have fun practising the top tips.

• By three years old children will usually be able to put four or five words together and be able to have proper conversations. • By four years old children will usually ask a lot of questions like ‘what’, ‘where’ and ‘why’ and start to like simple jokes, though often the jokes will make little sense.

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Councillor Nicola Greene, Cabinet Member for Education and Children’s Services, said: “Being able to speak clearly and to understand and interact with others is vital as these skills support so many other areas of children’s development. Without good communication skills children will not reach their full potential and research has shown that children supported at home make much better progress in school and then later on into the rest of their life.”

Did you know?

• A child’s brain doubles in size in the first year of life and by the age of three it will have reached eighty percent of its adult volume.

• Often a child’s vocabulary will quadruple between their first and second birthday.

Get involved You can find out more and get involved by signing up to our facebook page ‘Bournemouth Early Years’ or by visiting our website: bournemouth.gov.uk/cometalkwithme

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Health and wellbeing

Can you help hospital patients?

Older people’s charity, Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) urgently needs volunteers to help at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital. Volunteers are required to help with trolley rounds in wards bringing refreshments and a friendly face to patients not able to go to the shop.

Anne Lodge, Royal Voluntary Service volunteer, said: “I love working at Royal Bournemouth and I volunteer once a week. I not only help patients and their relatives, but also help contribute to generating income which we donate to the hospital to enable new facilities to be purchased.” If you’re interested and would like more information, please contact RVS on: 0845 601 3661 or email: retailsupport@royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk

Worried about staying warm? Call the Home Heat helpline

With winter nearly here, we’re reminding Bournemouth residents who are worried about staying warm, to call the Home Heat Helpline for help with their energy bills.

Home Heat Helpline is a free, impartial and confidential service that provides advice on rebates, grants for insulation and new boilers, and tips on saving energy. The service also advises people worried about paying their energy bills and keeping warm during the winter. In particular, lowincome households in urgent need of heating help and advice. People in Bournemouth could benefit but many do not realise what support is available.

If you are concerned about keeping your home warm you should call the free helpline. Thousands of people are entitled to some kind of help so you’ve got nothing to lose and possibly lots to gain by getting in touch.

Telephone the helpline on: 0800 33 66 99 or visit: homeheathelpline.org.uk. It is free to call and is open 9am5pm Monday to Fridays.

New law bans smoking in cars carrying children

We know that secondhand smoke is harmful, especially to children. Smoke can do much more damage to children because their lungs are smaller and they are still developing their immune system.

In October, smoking in cars carrying anyone under 18 became illegal. Both the driver and passenger could be fined £50. There are good reasons why more needs to be done to protect children from secondhand smoke. More than 80% of smoke is invisible and doesn’t smell of anything. Not exposing a child to secondhand smoke can vastly reduce their chances of developing conditions such as meningitis, cancer, bronchitis and pneumonia.

But the best way of protecting anyone from harmful smoke is to stop smoking. If you want to quit smoking, or help a friend or family member to quit, speak to one of LiveWell Dorset’s specially trained advisers. LiveWell Dorset is a free service for people who live in Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset who would like support to change their lifestyle. Telephone: 0800 8401628 or visit: livewelldorset.co.uk

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Competitions

Exclusive competitions for BH Life readers A

Win a pair of tickets to the evening performance of Anton & Erin’s new dance show

“Just Gotta Dance”

Saturday 13 February 2016 Pavilion Theatre • 3pm & 7:30pm Here’s your chance to win tickets to the 7.30pm performance of Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag‘s thrilling new show, ‘Just Gotta Dance’, which is stopping in Bournemouth during its 2016 UK tour. Featuring exciting new choreography, sparkling costumes and a sensational show band performing timeless music from the golden age. The show will feature classic hits such as Fever, Night & Day, Lullaby of Broadway, Too Darn Hot, Bye Bye Blackbird, Jealousy Downtown, New York New York and many more all performed by a full 25 piece concert orchestra.

Q: Who is appearing alongside Anton Du Beke in ‘Just Gotta Dance’? A) Erica Roe B) Eric Morecombe C) Erin Boag To enter, email your answer and contact details by 9 January 2016 to: bhlife@bournemouth.gov.uk or send a postal entry to: BH Life competition, Bournemouth Borough Council, Town Hall, Bourne Avenue, Bournemouth, BH2 6DY. Terms and Conditions apply. A full copy of the terms and conditions can be found at: bournemouth.gov/bhlife

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News from groups around the community

CAB wants 75 volunteers to celebrate 75th anniversary

Community news

Bournemouth Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) deals with a staggering 13,000 enquiries every year. And now the busy charity hopes to be able to help many more by encouraging new volunteers to step forward.

Having recently celebrated their 75th anniversary, Bournemouth CAB is attempting to recruit 75 new volunteers. There are currently 85 volunteers, aged 16 to 88, from all walks of life. Increasing that number would enable the bureau to offer an improved service on issues such as debt, benefits, housing, employment and families/relationships. Samantha Whiting, Bureau Manager, said: “We have a solid core of volunteers and retired people. There are also many opportunities for students, people upskilling, those improving their language skills, lone parents and others who just want to give a little back to the community.”

To apply to become a volunteer email: recruitment@bournemouthcab.co.uk or visit: bournemouthcab.co.uk

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Christmas shopping week at Cherry Tree Nursery

Did you know?

• The town’s bureau opened in September 1940 a year after the national CAB was formed. • The bureau operates over two sites at the Town Hall and The Kinson Hub. • Bournemouth CAB can be contacted for an advice assessment on: 03444 111444 from 10am to 3:30pm Monday to Friday.

A special Christmas Shopping Week takes place at Cherry Tree Nursery from 30 November to 5 December. Why not call in to see the wide variety of locally sourced, fairly and ethically traded items on sale? You can find Fairtrade products, hand-knitted scarves, hats and hand-warmers from the Cherry Tree Knitting Group, and hand sewn items made by Cherry Tree volunteers and friends. Look out for hand-made cards, seasoned sustainable logs and kindling, Cherry Tree calendars, and all their usual items such as local honey, crafts from around the world, bags and herbal products. The nursery will be open from 8am to 3:30pm on weekdays and from 9am until 1pm on Saturdays. Free parking and toilets are available. The Nursery can be found off the New Road Roundabout in Northbourne. Telephone: 01202 593537 or visit: cherrytreenursery.org.uk for more information.

Cherry Tree Nursery is in Northbourne

Have you heard of Sunday Assembly?

Sunday Assembly Bournemouth is a non-religious/secular congregation that celebrates life. The group don’t do religion but they’re ok if you do!

There are 72 assemblies world-wide with another 50 in the making. Their motto is ‘Live Better, Help Often, Wonder More’,

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Did you know?

Cherry Tree is a project of the registered charity, SWOP, and currently provides sheltered work rehabilitation to 170 adults with severe and enduring mental illness.

so come along and join their Sunday assemblies for inspirational talks, poems, live music and singing. This friendly group meets at the Embassy Youth Club on Brassey Road, Winton. Assemblies are usually the third Sunday of each month from 11am to 12:20pm, with a coffee and chat from 10:30am. For more information visit: http://bournemouth.sundayassembly.com/ or search ‘Sunday Assembly’ for their Facebook page. You can also phone Sue on: 07855 069178.

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Spotlight on democracy

Your local councillors In Bournemouth, 54 councillors represent the 18 areas of the borough known as ‘wards’. You get an opportunity to vote at local elections held every four years for three councillors to represent your ward. The last local elections were held in May 2015. If you want to discuss issues with your local councillors then why not talk to them at one of their ‘surgeries’, usually held once a month in local meeting points such as libraries and community centres.

If you want to find out who your local councillors are and how to contact them then head to our website. You can search for councillors by name, by ward or by political party. Find your local councillors online, visit: bournemouth.gov.uk/council

We also have a councillor list in a printed format. If you don’t have internet access and would like a copy sent to you, please telephone: 01202 454713.

Bournemouth Council Chamber

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Did you know?

• The role of a councillor is varied, they campaign on local issues, make links with local organisations and businesses, hold surgeries for their local residents to raise issues with them and vote on decisions made in council meetings.

Kinson South election

An election for two council seats in the Kinson South ward will be held on Thursday 10 December. Residents in the Kinson South ward who are registered to vote will be sent a polling card before the election with details of their polling station. You can view further information online including a list of the candidates. Visit: bournemouth.gov.uk/voting or telephone: 01202 451123.

Council and Area Forum meetings Council meetings usually take place at the Town Hall and they are open to the public. Here is a selection of some of the meetings for the coming months.

Cabinet: Planning Board: Full Council: Licensing Board:

16 December, 27 January, 10 February* at 10:30am 14 December, 18 January and 15 February at 4pm

8 December, 19 January, 23 February* and 1 March at 7pm

3 and 10 December, 14 and 28 January, 4, 16 and 25 February and 3 March at 9:45am

Overview and Scrutiny Panel meetings visit: bournemouth.gov.uk/overviewandscrutiny

Area Forum meetings

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

Boscombe: 14 January and 10 March at King’s Park School, Ashley Road, 7pm Ensbury Park & Wallisdown: 16 January at Rooper Hall, Victoria Park Road, 10am Pokesdown: 25 January at MCC Church, Hannington Road, 7pm Throop, Muscliff, Strouden, Townsend and Holdenhurst: 18 February at Bournemouth School for Girls (East Way entrance), 7pm. Westcliff: 15 March at St Michael’s School, 7pm Westbourne: 16 March at Westbourne Library, 7pm

Please check details before attending on: 01202 454713.

*A Special Cabinet takes place on 10 February at 10am before the usual meeting to discuss the Council’s budget for 2016/17. The budget will be approved at a Special Council meeting on 23 February at the usual time of 7pm.

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What’s on

HIGHLIGHT

Events and things to do around Bournemouth

Beast or Best Friends?

Animals in Art, Russell-Cotes until 13 March 2016

Adored as pets, worshipped as Gods, exploited for food and hunted for sport. Are humans really animals’ best friends? Explore the beautiful paintings and sculptures in this exhibition and judge for yourself. For details visit: russellcotes.com or telephone: 01202 451820.

December

Santa and his reindeer in Boscombe, 11am to 2pm. See page 17 or visit: makeitbournemouth.co.uk 5 Boscombe Vintage Market from 10am to 4pm, Royal Arcade: Visit: facebook.com/BoscombeVintageMarket 5 Westbourne Christmas Festival and Lights Switch-on. Santa arrives at 9.45am with entertainment throughout the day and switch-on at 5pm 5 & 6 Reindeer making at Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre. Suitable for families with children aged 5+, £7 per child for one reindeer. 1pm to 3pm. Booking essential on 01202 451618 5 & 12 Golden reindeer hat making with the RSPB, Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre. Wrap up warm, activity outside. Ages 4+. £3.50 per hat. No booking required – just turn up between 11am and 3pm 6 Make your own Christmas Wreath, Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum, 11am to 4pm. Cost £30 per adult. Booking essential on: 01202 451820 or visit: russellcotes.com for details 7-31 Art exhibition: 92-year-old local artist, Dorothy Williams, displays her paintings at Bournemouth Library (top floor) 5

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Dorset Humanists: ‘Women, Religion, and Humanism’, Moordown Community Centre, 2pm. Free entry. dorsethumanists.co.uk Bournemouth & Beyond Discovery Group talk, ‘Dorset’s Industrial Revolution’ by Claire Randall. 7:30pm at Richmond Hill St Andrews United Reformed Church Hall (St Stephen’s Road, BH2 6JJ). Visitors welcome, £3. For details: bournemouthandbeyond.co.uk

Reindeer making and festive crafts at Stour Valley. 10am to 2pm. Family fun at Kingfisher Barn (park in Granby Road car park). £7 per reindeer. Booking essential on: 01202 451618 12 & 13 Reindeer making at Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre – see details for 5 & 6 December 12 & 13 Victorian Family Christmas, Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, visit Father Christmas and make a Christmas craft.11am to 4pm, £6 per child, booking essential on: 01202 451820 12 Southbourne Christmas on the Green 12pm to 4pm. Visit: southbourne-on-sea.co.uk 14 Shooting Stars - Geminid meteor shower at Hengistbury Head. 8pm to 10pm. Includes a hot drink. £5 adults and £2 for under 16s. Booking essential on: 01202 451618 16 Pavilion Tea Dance featuring the BSO Dance Band, The Pavilion Ballroom. Tickets £9.50 from 0844 576 3000 or visit: bic.co.uk 19-20 Victorian Family Christmas, Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, visit Father Christmas and make a Christmas craft. 11am to 4pm, £6 per child, booking essential on: 01202 451820 12

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February

Bournemouth & Beyond Discovery Group talk, ‘Women, work and wool’ by Dr Cheryl Butler. 7:30pm at Richmond Hill St Andrews United Reformed Church Hall. Visitors welcome, £3. For details: bournemouthandbeyond.co.uk Behind the Scenes Tour, Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, 11am. Tickets £15 pre-booking essential. To book call: 01202 451820 or visit: russellcotes.com for further details National Trust Bournemouth and Poole Association:

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Bournemouth Older People’s Forum, Lucullus Room at The Pavilion from 10:30am National Trust Bournemouth and Poole Association: winter talks programme, 2:15pm at the Wessex Hotel, 11-3 West Cliff Road, BH2 5EZ. Members £3, nonmembers welcome £4. For details visit: bournemouthandpoolenta.org.uk Bournemouth and Poole Holocaust Memorial Day event at the BIC, for details visit their Facebook page or: hmdbp.wordpress.com

winter talks programme, 2:15pm at the Wessex Hotel, 11-3 West Cliff Road. Members £3, non-members £4. Visit: bournemouthandpoolenta.org.uk Dorset Humanists: ‘The Life of Charles Darwin‘, Green House Hotel, Bournemouth, 7.30pm, Free Entry. dorsethumanists.co.uk National Trust Bournemouth and Poole Association: winter talks programme, 2:15pm at the Wessex Hotel, 11-3 West Cliff Road, BH2 5EZ. Members £3, nonmembers £4. Visit: bournemouthandpoolenta.org.uk

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

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To request a different format telephone: 01202 451435. You can also read or listen online: bournemouth.gov.uk/bhlife

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OTTO AND THE ROBIN A delightful festive tale of making friends and overcoming fears for the under 8s. Full of festive cheer, fun songs, and gorgeous puppetry.

Wed 20 January

BEYOND THE BARRICADE A must-see evening for all fans of musical theatre, celebrating the very best of the West End and Broadway.

Thu 28 January

PROF. ROBERT WINSTON MODIFYING HUMANS: WHERE DOES GENETICS STOP? An evening of conversation discussing the implications and ethics surrounding human enhancement.

Mon 29 February – Sat 5 March

THE MOUSETRAP See the longest running Agatha Christie in theatrical history. Following a sell-out week in 2014, the legendary, record-breaking, hit thriller returns!

Tue 15 March

TELL ME ON A SUNDAY Jodie Prenger stars in Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black’s classic musical. A romantic tale of a young English girl, in New York in the 1980s.

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BH Life Winter 2015 /16  

Bournemouth Borough Council's residents magazine. Winter 2015 edition including Winter/Christmas events in Bournemouth

BH Life Winter 2015 /16  

Bournemouth Borough Council's residents magazine. Winter 2015 edition including Winter/Christmas events in Bournemouth

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