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Autumn 2017 edition

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Changing seasons, changing times

Winds of change are around local government in Dorset. Bournemouth Council is working ever closer with the Borough of Poole, and both councils have agreed to look at all services being delivered through a joint staff structure. This work will help us achieve necessary savings and will lay foundations for a new unitary council for the conurbation, should the government approve our ‘Future Dorset’ proposal. Read more about this on page 28. We’re moving from the busy summer season into autumn and with it comes a new academic year. With the government’s help, we have invested over £85million in our schools over the past six years. Many of Bournemouth’s children will be learning in new school buildings, designed to cater for our growing number of pupils (see page 15).

There are still plenty of opportunities to get out and experience Bournemouth’s wonderful environment. Find out about the latest developments in parks (see page 13) and works taking place at the beach, including the second phase of improvements at Pier Approach (page 8).

Residents can also look forward to Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival (see page 16). Expect a week-long spectacle of performances and acts covering music, dance, theatre, art and film. There’s an exciting mix of creativity and culture with many free, outdoor events for all the family to enjoy. Have a great autumn.

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

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In and around the town 8 ....... Autumn beach update 11 ...... Tips to reduce food waste 13 ...... Introducing Park Cafés 14 ...... Tackling school parking problems 15 ...... Investing in school buildings 16 ...... Arts by the Sea Festival 19 ...... Children and education news 21 ...... Health and ageing well 23 ...... Foster family experiences 24 ...... Gardening and nature 25 ...... Competitions 27....... Roads and travel 28....... Local government changes 30....... What’s on? Publication details Edited by: Jo Evans, Corporate Communications & Marketing, Bournemouth Council, BH2 6DY. 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 winter edition will be delivered to homes in early December 2017

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News from around the borough

In and around

the town

A new stadium proposed for AFC Bournemouth The Cherries current home in Kings Park

AFC Bournemouth have identified an area of land in Kings Park as a site for a new stadium, which includes the current athletics stadium and the club’s existing training pitches.

Neill Blake, AFC Bournemouth Chief Executive, said: “This is a major investment programme, not only for the football club but also for the town and the region.

“Our original timescale of completion by the summer of 2020 remains, and we are currently working hard to provide our supporters with a bigger stadium and one that is befitting of a Premier League club.” Councillor John Beesley, Leader of the Council, said: “We are extremely proud of the achievements of AFC

Bournemouth and we recognise the importance of the club to both residents and fans.

Photo courtesy of AFCB

“We will continue to work with the club and do all that is appropriate to help them progress with their ambition to build a new stadium in Kings Park.

“This will involve discussions with all interested parties to ensure the needs of the club are met, alongside those of users of the park and the local community.”

A planning application for the new stadium is expected to be submitted next year.

Council backs plans to transform Winter Gardens site The development of a multimillion pound scheme at the Winter Gardens car park is a step closer, after councillors approved plans to acquire part of the land.

The £150 million mixed-use scheme will combine leisure, residential, restaurant and retail space with new parking facilities and public areas.

The scheme has been proposed by the Bournemouth Development Company, our town centre regeneration partnership with Morgan Sindall Investments.

Councillor Philip Broadhead, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Economic Growth, said; “The Winter Gardens scheme will be the largest project of its kind undertaken in the town centre and will see the delivery of


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quality homes, boost economic activity and be an onward catalyst for growth.” Proposals include: • 350 to 400 apartments spread across four multi-storey buildings of varying heights • Dedicated space for indoor and outdoor family leisure • A ‘Grand Garden Walk’ – to provide a continuous promenade for pedestrians and cyclists around the town centre • Below-ground parking - 225 public spaces proposed plus a private parking space for each residential unit.

Cabinet has approved plans to loan 50% of the funding needed to enable Bournemouth Development Company to acquire a section of privately owned land, with the remaining investment coming from Morgan Sindall Investments.

A planning application is expected to be submitted later this year.

 bournemouth.gov.uk

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News from around the borough

In and around the town

New regional adoption agency launched

A new adoption agency covering the whole of Dorset has been established. Aspire Adoption Services is the name given to the new agency. It brings together the three local authority adoption services in Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole and works in partnership with ‘Families for Children’ a local voluntary adoption agency. B

As a regional service, Aspire Adoption is better able to respond to anyone expressing an interest in adoption or special guardianship to ensure that their application is undertaken without delay by highly experienced social workers.

The services Aspire provide include supporting those who have decided to adopt, ensuring timely adoption and special guardianship assessments, matching children for adoption more quickly, and supporting those who have adopted or care for children under Special Guardianship Orders. They will also be providing support and advice to others touched by adoption or special guardianship, including adopted adults and birth relatives. Aspire Adoption is based at the Kinson Hub in Bournemouth, where we host the agency on behalf of the other partners.

 aspireadoption.co.uk

 enquiries@aspireadoption.co.uk

 0300 123 9868

What will our survey reveal?

This autumn, a randomly selected group of Bournemouth households will be invited to complete a survey, asking for their opinions of the council services we provide.

If your household is chosen you will receive a questionnaire through the post and we hope you’ll use the opportunity to take part. The results are used to help us see how we can improve and if our new initiatives are making a difference.

If your household isn’t chosen but you want to take part in other surveys, then why not consider becoming a member of our E-panel? This involves taking part in online surveys to tell us about the kind of local services you need and want. The surveys cover a wide range of local issues.


New home for Jon Egging Memorial The Jon Egging Memorial sculpture has been moved to the top of the East Cliff zig-zag, a location chosen by Jon’s widow Emma and mum, Dawn. Due to the landslip, the sculpture had become inaccessible in its previous location and was perched very close to the edge of the clifftop.

In the summer, all the glass beads in the sculpture were removed for individual cleaning, along with the stainless steel trails. The sculpture was then carefully relocated in time for the anniversary of Jon’s passing and before the recent 2017 Air Festival.

The Jon Egging Trust (JET) has been set up in Jon’s memory and realises his dream of supporting young people to reach their full potential. Bournemouth University hosted 54 young people in the summer for the largest graduation of JET Dorset’s ‘Blue Skies’ students. Blue Skies is an accredited learning programme set up to develop young people’s life and work skills. It provides students experiencing difficulties, with access to inspirational role models and life-changing opportunities linked to aviation, engineering and science.

Local fundraising for JET is essential. With your help, they can change the lives of even more young people.

 joneggingtrust.org.uk/dorset

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In and around the town

News from around the borough

Join Bournemouth U3A, now in their 30th year

Bournemouth U3A has been celebrating a special birthday – a 30th anniversary. Formed in 1987, the organisation helps those who have retired (or semi-retired) to explore learning and new skills or keeping fit in one of their many exercise and dance classes. Bournemouth U3A now has over 1,000 members who come from Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole and even further afield. There are around 90 group leaders who share their knowledge and interests in subjects such as photography, Tai Chi and philosophy to name just a few.

Members will be back in their groups at the end of September. If you’re interested to find out more, pick up a copy of the 2017/18 programme available in Bournemouth libraries, or visit the U3A website.

 bournemouthu3a.org.uk  01202 420700

Bournemouth’s new Mayor

Councillor Lawrence Williams has taken on the role of Mayor and is joined by his wife Elaine as Mayoress for 2017/2018.

The Mayor represents the Council and the people of Bournemouth. Councillor Williams will chair Full Council meetings, preside over citizenship ceremonies, promote local businesses and charities, open events and welcome visitors to the town.

The Mayor raises awareness and funds for local charities though the Mayor’s Charity Appeal Fund. During his Mayoral year, Councillor Williams will be supporting: • Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra • The Hannah Levy House Trust • Pavilion Dance South-West • The Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum.

 bournemouth.gov.uk/mayor


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Russell-Cotes: new improved galleries coming soon Renovation works are underway at the Russell-Cotes following an award of £132,453 by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and Wolfson Foundation. This money will support our Art Galleries Skylight Project which will conserve the roof structures over our galleries, letting natural light in through the stained glass and improving environmental conditions. Long term this will enable us to bring you bigger and better exhibitions.

To carry out this work, there will be partial closure of certain galleries. The historical house, gift shop, café and other areas will remain open throughout this time. There will also be several exhibitions and events still taking place during the autumn months, including work by the artist William Ranken, and decorative arts from Munich Art Nouveau.

The newly improved galleries will be fully up and running from mid-January 2018.

Bournemouth residents can benefit from a discount on the price of a Russell-Cotes annual pass. If you live in BH1 to BH11, an annual pass costs just £12 and means you can visit as many times as you like – valid for 12 months from the date of purchase.

 russellcotes.com/annual-passes 01202 451858

News from around the borough

Look for the hygiene rating Eating out? Getting food in? Find out if a restaurant, takeaway or food shop you want to visit has good food hygiene standards.

In and around the town

Even more reasons to visit Kingfisher Barn and the Stour Valley

We run the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme in Bournemouth and each business is given their hygiene rating when it is inspected by our food safety officer.

We check how well the business is meeting the law by looking at: • how hygienically the food is handled – how it is prepared, cooked, re-heated, cooled and stored • the condition of the structure of the buildings – the cleanliness, layout, lighting, ventilation and other facilities • how the business manages and records what it does to make sure food is safe.

At the end of the inspection, the business is given one of the six ratings from 0-5. The top rating of ‘5’ means that the business was found to have ‘very good’ hygiene standards. Any business should be able to reach this top rating. Look out for rating stickers on display in the window of food businesses or check ratings online.

 ratings.food.gov.uk

Sign up to our email news

Join our email news service and receive the latest information about the things that matter to you, straight to your inbox.

Our email service will keep you up-to-date with what’s happening in and around Bournemouth. Get information and news on a range of topics including roads and travel, council news, events, parks and leisure, libraries and more.

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Here’s what local subscribers had to say about our email information service in a recent survey: It feels like the council is really making an effort to involve everyone in what is going on….please keep it up.

Informative! I found out about the road resurfacing in my area from the alerts, really useful.

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Clear, reliable, relevant information that I don’t have to go and seek out.

Signing up is quick and easy, all you need to do is visit our website, provide us with your email address and choose the topics that interest you.

 bournemouth.gov.uk/emailnews

Exploring and experiencing all the wonders of Bournemouth’s Stour Valley is now even easier. Kingfisher Barn Visitor Centre have launched a new website featuring news and events, volunteer opportunities and details of their new interactive ‘A-Z of the Stour’ exhibition. Work has just been completed on a larger car park at Granby Road and pathways to accommodate the increase in visitors to the centre. Our ‘Nature Tots’ events (pictured above) every Tuesday morning are extremely popular – a suggested £2 donation includes a cuppa for adults! To support our work, a new leaflet has just been launched highlighting three fabulous walks: the Dragonfly trail, the Butterfly trail and the Pollinator trail. These short, easy, circular walks take you through the Stour Valley pointing out wildlife and plants that feature in this stunning part of Bournemouth. We’re looking for volunteers at Kingfisher Barn and Hengistbury Head Visitor Centres to help with conservation management, visitor-centre welcome guides, events and activities, research and monitoring and wildlife gardening. For details email: richard.hesketh@bournemouth.gov.uk or telephone: 01202 451618

 visitstourvalley.co.uk BH Life Autumn 2017


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Seafront developments

Improvements to the seafront and coastline

Pier Approach - A visual of the western side

Heading to the beach this autumn? The summer crowds of visitors may have dispersed but there are still plenty of pleasant beach days to be enjoyed in the coming weeks and months. The surf season in the UK gets underway in the autumn so it’s a great time of year to watch the surfers catching a wave. The beach can also offer you and the family options this October half term – from the amusements at the Pier Arcade to the fun of the treasure island themed play park at Alum Chine.

Whilst you’re heading out for a seafront wander, look out for works taking place to protect, enhance and improve the seafront for future generations to enjoy.

Improving Pier Approach

Our £50million programme of seafront coastal protection work is due to restart in the Southbourne area this October.

Six new groynes will be installed. There will be some temporary closures to parts of the beach to provide working space so we can safely operate construction equipment. The promenade will remain accessible at all times. Please keep clear of the beach near the construction works and do read and observe the safety signs around the site.

Transformation of Pier Approach can continue following the announcement by the Coastal Communities Fund to invest £1.9million in our seafront strategy.

To minimise seasonal disruption, the beach will fully reopen in April 2018.

Pier Approach has already benefited from a £4million investment programme. The contemporary gateway from the gardens to the seafront now attracts families and visitors to the water play feature and the vibrant atmosphere, whilst at night the area is lit up by colourful low-energy displays.

On Saturday 14 October at 11am, come along to Bournemouth Pier for a community beach clean with a difference. Help create a ‘litter free coast and sea’ and let your creative juices flow at the same time. This is a fantastic, free and family-friendly event taking place as part of Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival. Participants will be invited to make litter mini sculptures which we will photograph after the beach clean has finished. There will also be some competitions and educational activities to get involved in. All equipment provided. Please wear sturdy shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. No booking required. Just turn up.

The next stage of the Pier Approach improvements are set to start in October, completing our major improvement project to this public space, which covers the western side of this landmark site.

The final phase of work is expected to be finished in spring 2018. Businesses in the area will be open as usual during the works.

 bournemouth.co.uk Coastal protection updates:  bournemouth.gov.uk/beachmanagement Improvement works:  bournemouth.gov.uk/pierapproach Beach clean event:  litterfreecoastandsea.co.uk What’s on and things to do:


Coastal protection work continues

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Join our beach clean

Improved play park

New groynes

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For one wanting their summer to last longer

Close to home, yet a world away, France is the perfect location for a break and the dramatic landscape of northern Spain is simply not to be missed. Keep that summer holiday feeling alive with a sail & stay break departing from Poole or Portsmouth.

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Enjoy a stay at some of our customers’ favourite hotels in Brittany, Normandy and beyond. From tranquil seaside resorts to historic towns, you’re sure to find the perfect location for you including the pretty cobbled streets of Dinan, historic Bayeux and arty Honfleur.

Combine an overnight cruise with a stay in magnificent northern Spain where you'll discover breathtaking scenery, historic towns, long sandy beaches and the dramatic Picos de Europa mountains. Take your pick from some of our favourite hotels in the region.

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Find out more at brittanyferries.com/bhlife or call 0330 159 6689 Prices shown are per person based on two sharing. New bookings only. Terms, conditions and exclusions apply - see website for full details.

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What is the ‘Water Future’?

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Bournemouth Water is always listening.

This Autumn you can read about our ‘WaterFuture’ vision for the next few years - how we plan to invest in your community and provide a great service. All thanks to your input and what you’ve told us.

To learn about your water supply and help shape the ‘Water Future’ visit bournemouthwater.co.uk

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Waste and recycling

Advice and tips on how to save money on food

Every mouthful matters Many of us are already doing our bit to use up more of the food we buy each week. But are there any tips or tricks to help you reduce your waste just a little bit more? Small changes might not seem like much but over time, they can make a difference - to your pocket, to your community and to the environment. Start by doing everything possible to freeze, gift or cook up your leftovers.

Your freezer can be your hero in the battle against food waste. As well as storage space for your usual frozen foods, make some room for perishable items and freeze them before they go out of date and in the bin. Eggs, cheese, milk, fruit and more can all be frozen under the right conditions. If you have leftovers to cook up but need a bit of inspiration to help you do something creative with seemingly random items, then head to the ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ website. There are hundreds of tasty leftover recipes from the nation’s best chefs and leading celebrity food lovers. What are you waiting for?

Gifting food is gaining momentum. OLIO is a free app that connects neighbours with each other and with local businesses so surplus food can be shared, not thrown away. This could be food nearing its sell-by date in local stores, spare home-grown vegetables, bread from your baker, or the groceries in your fridge when you go away.

As part of our work with the Bournemouth & Poole Sustainable Food Partnership, we have recently been encouraging local businesses to sign up to OLIO. Why not download the app to your smartphone and look at what is being offered or start sharing your surplus food?

Turning food waste into compost

For all those bits of food leftovers that you can’t use in other ways, your food waste container comes to the rescue. Meat and fish bones, teabags and coffee grounds, fruit and veg peelings and egg shells can all be recycled in your weekly food waste collection service. This food waste gets composted locally in Dorset and generates energy and creates a liquid soil improver.

If you’re not already using the food waste service and would like to request a food waste container, or if you would just like to know more, visit our website for full details.


In the UK in 2015 alone, £13billion of edible food was thrown away from our homes Reducing food waste could save a family of four as much as £60 a month.

 bournemouth.gov.uk/foodwaste  olioex.com  lovefoodhatewaste.com BH Life Autumn 2017


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Advertising Feature

Is this the fastest growing independent optician in Dorset? As Parley Optometrists open more clinics, take on more specialist staff and invest in even more advanced equipment, Rob Jones who is the owner and senior optometrist of the company reveals the secrets behind their award-winning practice.

Once again Parley Optometrists made it to the national finals of The Optician Awards for Technology Practice of the Year which has to be a record in itself. The company now in it’s eighteenth year has been shortlisted for the national finals no fewer than thirteen times.

Since its humble beginnings in 1999, the practice has seen itself grow to one which offers up to three full clinics a day whilst attracting national recognition for its innovative and pioneering approach to eye care.

Rob Jones who is the owner and senior optometrist at Parley Optometrists puts much of the success down to two things: The first is unrivalled patient care - right from the moment a patient steps through the door they are treated as individuals with very different needs. The second reason is the companies ethos which has been it’s driving force. Being ‘at the forefront of ocular technology’ is the guiding principle, meaning the company has invested in the latest ground-breaking technology. This has resulted in it’s patients experiencing the kind of advanced care one wouldn’t usually find on the high street.

“We never sit on our laurels, says Rob “and we’re always striving for perfection and I think we’ve reached a very high standard but there’s always room for improvement which is why we’ve invested nearly £300,000 over the past two years purchasing new and improved equipment, extending our practice to

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• Diabetic eye screening • Glaucoma screening & hospital shared eye care • NHS & Private eye examinations • Contact lens specialists • Orthokeratology (vision correction alternative to laser - for those suitable) • Digital imaging of the internal & external structures of the eye • Corneal topography/pachymetry (advanced scanning techniques) • Children’s examinations & coloured overlays for specific learning difficulties • Hospital cataract referral centre • Using the latest technology to enable early diagnosis of ocular & health problems NOW OFFERING ADVANCED 3D OCT SCREENING FOR THE MOST ADVANCED EYE TEST

Parley Optometrist’s new light and airy practice

accommodate more advanced testing and recruiting more specialist staff. Eyecare is something I’m passionate about and the team here at Parley share that passion” With a new and extended practice with four testing rooms and more clinics opening to keep waiting lists down, the practice has taken on more specialist staff including Gill Seymour, an experienced and well-known local optometrist, new practice manager Jo Gibbons, Optometrist Miss Jay Sawdy and a new reception team.

With many smaller independent practices closing in the face of fierce competition from well known high street multiples, it’s good to see that there are still independent opticians bucking the trend by offering something that may be in short supply on the high street - modern advanced testing coupled with good old fashioned customer service.

To book your eye test call Parley Optometrists on 01202 575759


AT THE FOREFRONT OF OCULAR TECHNOLOGY Parley Optometrists believe in delivering award-winning eyecare for our patients which is why we have invested in some of the latest technology available to ensure that we are giving our patients the best possible care available today

127 New Road, West Parley, Dorset

Call 01202 575759 to make an appointment VIEW A DEMO VIDEO OF OUR SERVICES INCLUDING OCT SCREENING AT: www.parleyoptometrists.co.uk


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Park life

Introducing Park Cafés Fantastic food in picturesque places is surely a winning combination. But what’s even better is knowing the pennies you spend in our new Park Cafés, will help support Bournemouth’s beautiful parks and open spaces. Now you can enjoy a coffee, have a meal or hold a meeting to support your local park. Woodpecker Café at Queen’s Park and Squirrel Café & Mini Golf in Boscombe Chine Gardens are now council owned and operated Park Cafés.

Chef Darren Roser heads up the team, working from their HQ at Queen’s Park. Darren is passionate about great food being coupled with great customer service. Hailing from Brisbane in Australia, he is a highly-experienced chef who is cooking up a wealth of ideas to develop menus for breakfasts, lunch, hot drinks and snacks – using locally-sourced, high quality ingredients.

Woodpecker Café at Queen’s Park Woodpecker Café is open daily, serving delicious food, drinks and snacks. For those who would like to stay, we have indoor and outdoor seating; perfect for golfers, families and park visitors, or for those who are in a hurry we have a variety of tasty treats and hot drinks available to takeaway.

If you’re looking to get out and about this autumn, then take one of the new marked trails around Queen’s Park. Our walking trails start at the playing field next to the main (west) car park. From the starting post you can follow the coloured arrows to take you on a circular route.

 Green route is a 2km flat route.  Red route is 3km and more hilly - if

you’re feeling fit, why not join the green and red trails together to make a 5km route?

 Wildlife route (blue) is a 1.75km route

that’s good for families. It features five carved sculptures, Drovers Pond (a fine picnic spot) and goes through woodland and heathland.

Squirrel Café and Mini Golf at Boscombe Chine Gardens

Just a short stroll from Boscombe Pier through the picturesque Boscombe Chine Gardens, you will find Squirrel Café and Mini Golf (formerly the Clock Café). It’s open daily from 11am to 5pm in high season (such as school holidays) and at weekends, but check the Facebook page for latest news and opening times.

One of Bournemouth’s 19 parks awarded Green Flag status, Boscombe Chine Gardens also features a play park with water play and stunning bedding displays – it’s well worth an autumn family visit.

Freshly prepared food

Wonderful views

 parkcafes.co.uk  01202 309229

 /woodpeckercafeQP  /squirrelcafeandminigolf

Head chef Darren Roser

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Parking campaign to help keep children safe


Let’s tackle unsafe and inconsiderate parking

If you’re a parent or resident living by a local school, you will be familiar with the morning and afternoon rush at the school gate. It’s often chaotic, potentially dangerous and is a cause of stress for all concerned. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Anti-social parking is a real problem. Unfortunately, too many people think it is ok to park over residents’ driveways or wait on double yellow lines – even short stays and drop offs are not acceptable.

Tackling illegal parking and reducing congestion around schools can not only improve road safety and air quality, but it also offers opportunities to get our children more physically active, which is crucial to their health. We want to support pupils to walk, scoot, cycle or use public transport wherever possible - it’s known as ‘sustainable travel’ and is good for individuals, communities and the environment. Please help us to improve road safety this academic year, by parking legally and considerately. Where possible children and young people are encouraged to walk, scoot, cycle or catch the bus to school. If you do need to travel by car, let’s all ensure there’s safer parking outside schools. A good way to help ease congestion is to park further away from the school gate and then walk the last part of the journey.

Some schools offer STEPs training to teach children how to walk to and from school safely. Ask your child’s school for details.

Some schools are currently reviewing their Travel Plan – speak to the school and see if you can get involved in the process to reduce car journeys.

Three schools are trialling CCTV enforcement of parking on ‘School Keep Clear’ zig zags. This is resulting in fewer motorists stopping on the zig zags. Unfortunately, a small number are still doing this and will be receiving a Penalty Charge Notice in the post.


Park near a junction – it makes it 6 dangerous for pedestrians, cyclists and other vehicles

Park on double yellow lines – they are 6 there for a reason Park on school keep clear markings – 6 this is a clear safe zone at the school entrance to help keep pedestrians safe

Park over residents’ driveways – be 6 respectful to others.


Walk or scoot to school – a great way to 4 keep fit, reduce pollution and improve the air quality around schools

Cycle to school – children aged over 10, 4 can attend a Bikeability course to teach them how to cycle to school safely

Park and stride - leave time to park five or 4 ten minutes further away and walk or scoot that last part of the journey into school

Let older children travel independently by 4 bus - school and public service bus travel helps ease congestion on the roads.

 bournemouth.gov.uk/parking  bournemouth.gov.uk/bikeability  bournemouth.gov.uk/roadsafety 14

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Improved facilities for extra pupil numbers


Investing in Bournemouth’s school buildings Linwood School’s new building

As another academic year begins, children in Bournemouth are reaping the benefits of the latest round of school building improvements - to temporarily or permanently expand some schools. Behind the scenes we’ve been working with schools to fund, manage and build teaching and learning spaces fit for the increasing number of pupils. Year-on-year building projects have got underway as part of our multi-millionpound investment, which has covered most primary schools in Bournemouth. Projects have come in all shapes and sizes. From refurbishing, remodelling and extending existing buildings to the creation of brand new schools. Councillor Nicola Greene, Cabinet Member for Education and Children’s Services, said: “The Council has carefully planned for the extra school places needed and secured government grants to help fund the cost of school building projects. We continue to work closely with local schools to ensure Bournemouth’s children have not only practical, but imaginative learning environments to help them succeed.” Just two of the most recent projects include St Peter’s Academy and Linwood School.

St Peter’s Academy was formerly a secondary school based over two sites. A primary school was introduced at its Iford campus in 2014. This has involved moving secondary pupils to their Southbourne site, upgrading existing facilities and recently opening the new ‘Brother Bernard Building’. The new accommodation includes a hall, dining area, changing rooms, science laboratories, art studios and 14 classrooms. By 2020, the school will be an all-through academy for children aged four to 19.

Linwood School has a number of campuses and caters for pupils aged three to 19 with special educational needs and disabilities. Work to improve classroom facilities at the school’s Alma Road (Winton) site, has involved demolishing part of the building and replacing it with a new two-storey modular extension containing six classrooms.

Meanwhile, the Education and Skills Funding Agency is progressing the Livingstone project for the Aspirations Multi Academy Trust. This will involve creating a brand new school for students aged four to 19, called Livingstone Academy. They aim to open in central Bournemouth in September 2019. The school will work with the digital industry and the curriculum will be centred on computer science and creative thinking. The vision is to develop young people as creative technologists with the skills to thrive in today’s digital world. The school building programme is part of our work to make sure there are enough school places available for children in Bournemouth. Our focus is now moving from primary to secondary school places With the government’s help, we have invested over £85million in our schools over the past six years. St Peter’s Academy

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Arts by The Sea

Make a splash at this year’s A The Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival is back for the seventh year running from 14-21 October. Get ready for a week jam-packed with captivating events celebrating work from local to international artists. Expect a wide variety of acts and performances covering theatre, music, dance, performance art and film and become immersed in creativity and culture. Councillor Pat Oakley, Cabinet Member for Tourism, Leisure and Arts, said: “The line-up is even more varied and spectacular than ever before, with many free events. We’re extremely proud of our festivals here in Bournemouth – it’s what sets us apart from other resorts. Arts by the Sea offers residents and visitors the chance to experience and explore performing and visual arts with a spectacular coastal backdrop.”


by Avanti Display Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 October, 7:30pm Bournemouth Town Hall – Free This is the festival’s spectacular opening event. A family friendly performance with humble beginnings and an epic finale. Designed to engage with the architecture of its location, the show combines a vibrant interplay of water and light, physical performance and music.


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by Kerith Ogden and Bee Jasco Saturday 14 October, 12pm to 4pm & 6pm to 10pm Sunday 15 October, 12pm to 4pm & 6pm to 8:30pm Lower Gardens - Free This will be a great performance for all the family. Set in a fictional future where plastic has become part of the marine life. Look out for plastic chip-fork sea urchins, colourful drink-bottle sea anemones, seabirds that have bred with yellow plastic ducks, battered Lego fish and plastic-bag seaweed.

Save Our Seas: Message in a bottle

by Lulu Quinn Satuday 14 October and Sunday 15 October – throughout the day and evening Seafront – Free The 8-metre-long blue bottle installation has been made from recycled bottles and will lie on the sand creating a focus that summarises the need to rethink the use of plastic in the everyday. Be part of the exhibit by writing a message and putting them in plastic bottles to form the outer skin of the sculpture.

The Sea Sphere

by Show Globe Saturday 14 October, 12pm, 3pm & 6:45pm The Square – Free Watch as a real-life mermaid, encased in a huge magical ‘Sea Sphere’, gracefully glides her way through the crowds. Curious about her new surroundings and its inhabitants, this wanderer from under the sea is set to engage with all ages. With a host of nautical interactive sound effects and a blaze of bubbles wherever she goes, this majestic walkabout act is not to be missed.

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Other autumn events BFX Family Weekend

BFX is a Bournemouth University Visual Effects, Animation and Games Festival taking place from 2 to 8 October. The festival culminates in a two-day family weekend on 7 and 8 October. It’s aimed at enthusiasts aged eight to 18, boasting an array of educational and fun workshops, talks and demos to enthuse and inform on the routes in to this ever-expanding industry. Find out more: bfxfestival.com

Half term and Halloween

Turning the Tide*

Mick Stephenson Satuday 14 October, 12pm to 11pm and Sunday 15 October, 12pm to 10pm. Lower Gardens - Free Plastic is one of the most versatile materials ever produced, but its impact on the environment is incalculable. Turning the Tide is an immersive large scale light installation, which invites the visitor to walk amongst a sea of plastic.

Plastic Beach*

by Sol Cinema Saturday 14 October, 12pm to 2pm, 4pm to 6pm & 7pm to 8pm Lower Gardens - Free Cinema and environment lovers rejoice. Housed inside a small but perfectly formed solar powered cinema, a series of screenings will highlight the issues of plastics in our oceans and the actions being taken. Roll up for the smallest and most memorable cinema experience on offer at the festival.

These are just a few of this year’s highlights. For more details of these and other events, visit the website. And don’t forget to join us on social media – we’d love to see your photos of the events.





The school break takes place from 23 to 27 October. There are lots of activities in Bournemouth libraries, at Hengistbury Head and Kingfisher Barn visitor centres, and children’s crafts at the Russell Cotes. Autumn themed events include the Halloween Trail at Hengistbury Head – come and solve the creepy clues. 28 and 29 October from 10:30am to 3pm - starts at the visitor centre and costs £3 per child. For more information turn to page 30.

Get ready for Christmas

From 14 November, come and experience Bournemouth’s brand new Alpine Market and see the Square transformed into a winter wonderland. A twostorey Alpine Lodge will play yuletide tunes and have a heated indoor and outdoor seating area. Enjoy the offerings of the festive food stalls and be tempted by the quirky stocking ideas found in the boutique stalls. Plus, a fantastic entertainment calendar is planned for the winter season. Find out more: bournemouth.co.uk

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Children and education

What next? Information and advice for young people At this time of year, many young people who have finished their exams may still be deciding what to do next. Especially if their exam grades were lower than expected, they’ve changed their mind about what they want to do, or something has happened to make them reconsider their plans.

Childcare funding options Choosing the right childcare and understanding the costs and funding options can seem overwhelming. But don’t worry, we have lots of useful online information that can help you decide what’s right for you and your child. If you live in Bournemouth and are looking for childcare solutions, then have a look at our online childcare search. You can find options for children aged under five, over five and ideas for the school holidays. Simply type in your postcode and how far you’d like to travel. You can also find information online about ways to help to pay for childcare through tax credits, childcare vouchers or tax free childcare for example.

If you have young children, don’t forget that the government has increased childcare funding to 30 hours a week for working parents who have children aged three or four.

The new entitlement is to support working parents with the cost of childcare and to help those who want to return to work or wish to work additional hours.

Visit our website to find out if you are eligible.

 bournemouth.gov.uk/childcare  bournemouth.gov.uk/30hourschildcare  cis@bournemouth.gov.uk

 01202 456222

Our B-Town Youth website provides young people with the information they need to take their next steps, whether that is continuing in education, training or finding employment. They can find information on the latest local job and apprenticeship opportunities and there’s also a section offering advice on how to land a job.

It’s not only a useful resource for young people, but also for parents to help you support them to make important decisions about their future.

If your child is not in education, work or training, has no plans at all and wants to talk to someone, they can ask to see a youth adviser. Appointments can be arranged at our Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) centres in Boscombe or Kinson or at one of our youth centres.

 b-townyouth.co.uk  01202 451100

Need to apply for a school place? Applications are now open for 2018 school places in Bournemouth. If your child will be starting primary or secondary school, head online to find out more and make an application.

Secondary school applications close on 31 October 2017 and primary school applications close on 15 January 2018.

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Give yourself the best chance of living a longer, healthier life

Is there a secret to ageing well? People are living longer, often reaching a ‘ripe old age’ and becoming nonagenarians (aged 90 to 99) or older. Perhaps this is down to good genes, good luck or could it be good lifestyle choices? In Bournemouth, data tells us that the average life expectancy of a man is 78 whilst it’s 83 for a woman. But it’s not all about numbers. Reaching a good age is only half the story. Quality of life is also crucial – being healthy and independent for as long as possible. A good approach to both attitude and lifestyle could add years to your life. These measures can help you maintain your health and age well: • stop smoking • manage your weight • drink less alcohol • move more and get active.

It’s also important to keep an eye on your health and identify any risks early. An NHS Health Check can help you prevent dementia, stroke and heart disease.

If you are aged 40 to 74, at some point you can expect to receive an invitation in the post for a health check. Everyone who is eligible will receive an invitation every five years. In Bournemouth, your free health check will take place at a local Boots store. Your invitation will provide you with details of how to make an appointment.

The health check is a bit like a ‘midlife MOT’. It takes about 20-30 minutes, where you’ll be asked some simple questions about the health of your family and the lifestyle choices you make that may put your health at risk.

You’ll have your height and weight measured together with your blood pressure and cholesterol checked. Your results will be explained to you, exploring how you can reduce any risks identified in order to stay healthy. You may need further checks with your GP.

Don’t ignore your invitation for a health check If you receive an NHS Health Check invitation don’t ignore it. Book your appointment and find out more about the state of your health. “The health check was very useful and interesting. The lady was very nice and full of knowledge and useful information.” Carl, 46 “I found this health check useful to give me some idea of how good / bad my health actually is. I now know which areas I need to work on to stay in good health as I get older.” Tanya, 57

Make changes now

If you want to make changes to your lifestyle but don’t know where to start, try LiveWell Dorset. This free service offers health and wellbeing information, advice and support for adults living in Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset.

 livewelldorset.co.uk

 queries@livewelldorset.co.uk

 0800 8401628

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Thinking of fostering? He did

Are you single, married or in a same sex relationship? If you have room in your life and could provide a secure and caring home for a Bournemouth child we would like to hear from you. In return, you will have the help of a strong, supportive fostering team who are here to help you every step of the way, as well as fees and allowances. It also takes a lot less time than you think! Interested? Call 0800 009 3084 or visit our website at Bournemouth.gov.uk/fostering


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A first-hand experience of fostering


What’s it like being a foster family? Our foster mum cares for mother and baby placements

Local mum Lesley and her family have been fostering local children for 12 years. In a bid to help encourage others to come forward and foster, Lesley tells us how she got into fostering and the impact is has had on her children and family. “After the birth of my own children, I felt it would be difficult to go back to work and still give them the time they needed. I had met a really inspirational foster carer and enjoyed being around her and the children she was caring for. That’s how it all began…

We’re in need of more carers

“At first I had all the usual concerns, particularly about how fostering might impact on my own children. I really needn’t have worried. It has been a great experience for them – helping them become the rounded, non-judgemental young people they are today.

“There have been a few difficult times, but when I talk to my children, they always say: ‘Oh just get on with it, mum – that’s who we are… a foster family’. They’ve never asked me to stop doing it. We think around 30 children have now come to live with us for different lengths of time. Some still keep in touch.

“Initially, I started fostering under-fives but as my own children got older so did the children I fostered. I now foster mother and baby placements – helping mums to become more confident parents. Sometimes I have dad and baby placements too.

“My parents and my partner’s parents are really proud of what we do and they’ve been very supportive. To be honest, as with all families, the whole network of supportive family and friends is key to making the most of being a foster carer.

“Fostering really isn’t for everyone, but my advice is, if you think you might like to foster – then just make that first call. You aren’t committing yourself to anything.”

 bournemouth.gov.uk/fostering

 bournemouthfostering@ontracagency.com

 0800 009 3084

We are keen to find more people like Lesley and her family. There are always more children than carers and we’re looking for more individuals and families from all backgrounds, to fill the gap for local children.

If you’d like to know more about what’s involved in fostering, you can email us or give us a call. We would be delighted to have a chat. Alternatively have a look at our website to discover the different types of fostering.

National Care Leavers’ Week 25 to 31 October There will be a week-long schedule of events and activities to highlight the contribution local young people who have been in care – known as care leavers - make to the community. Find out more visit: bournemouth.gov.uk/careleavers

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Gardening and nature

Tips to help our local wildlife

Help the hedgehogs this autumn Hedgehogs are common in parks, gardens and farmland areas, but prefer areas of hedgerow and woodland edges. Hedgehogs also settle in suburban habitats where food is plentiful. In the autumn, hedgehogs are getting ready to hibernate. They will be on the lookout for safe spots to stay until the spring. Unfortunately, the hedgehog population is in decline but if you have a garden there are a few things you can do to help.

If you’re planning a bonfire do check your woodpile before you light your fire, as this is a perfect spot for hedgehogs to hide. And don’t fork over compost heaps in case hedgehogs or other animals have taken up residence. Hedgehogs can travel up to 2km a night, climbing fences and swimming across ponds to get to neighbouring gardens. With many residents totally fencing off their gardens, these little creatures are finding it hard. Leaving a small, postcard-sized hole in your fence will make it easier for them to roam about and find food. Remember that the Hed geh o g f a ct f ile hedgehog is a gardener’s friend, eating all of the slugs in your garden. 1 He

Hedgehogs are nocturnal. If you find a hedgehog out in the daytime it’s probably unwell. Hedgehogs that are obviously sick or injured can be put in a box (wear thick gardening gloves) and provide it with some water and dog or cat food (a nonfish variety). Contrary to popular belief, don’t give the hedgehog milk or bread.

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Garden waste collection service

It’s almost time to start collecting those autumn leaves, pruning back trees, shrubs and bushes and having a general garden tidy.

If you’re registered for the garden waste service, don’t forget to make the most of your fortnightly collections. The service runs through to 15 December but refer to your garden waste calendar to find out your last collection date. Details of next year’s scheme will be available in the next edition of BH Life magazine and on our website.

If you’re not registered for the garden waste collection service then try and compost your garden waste at home. You can also take excess garden waste to the recycling centres at Millhams or Wilverley Road (Christchurch). bournemouth.gov.uk/gardenwaste

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Exclusive competitions for BH Life readers


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Village Gym in the Village Hotel Bournemouth, is offering you the chance to win one of 2 three month memberships to their newly improved state-of-the-art gym. You will train on the latest Technogym Kit and have the chance to join an unrivalled selection of Les Mills Group fitness classes.

Whether it’s group cycling, stamina, cardio or resistance training or you simply want to keep yourself active then for your chance to win this fantastic prize just answer this simple question:

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To enter, email your answer and contact details to: bhlife@bournemouth.gov.uk or send a postal entry to: BH Life competition, Bournemouth Borough Council, Town Hall, Bournemouth, BH2 6DY. Closing date: 24/11/17

If you’re not fortunate enough to win this time, make sure you check out Village Hotel’s website for their latest gym membership offers: villagegym.co.uk or call 01202 416122

To enter, email your answer and contact details to: bhlife@bournemouth.gov.uk or send a postal entry to: BH Life competition, Bournemouth Borough Council, Town Hall, Bournemouth BH2 6DY Closing date: 24 November 2017 Prize has no cash value and cannot be transferred. Family ticket is for 4 people including a maximum of 2 adults. Dates subject to availability.

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Plan ahead to avoid travel disruption

Improvement works start September at Blackwater Junction

A338 improvements consist of three elements and the first scheme, work on improvements to the Blackwater Junction, start this September. There is often significant queuing at the existing Blackwater Junction on the B3073. At peak times, queuing can extend to cause delays on the A338. The works seek to alleviate traffic congestion in the vicinity of Blackwater Junction, improving journey times and traffic flow. Works at the east junction are programmed for this September and construction of west junction is programmed for 2018.

The message is to think about any A338 journeys you may need to take and ‘plan ahead’, for example by allowing extra time for your travel.

If you use the A338 in this area, why not sign up to our blog to keep up-to-date?

 A338.info

Roads and travel


A proposed new junction for Wessex Fields There are plans for a link road to improve access to the Royal Bournemouth Hospital and a major employment site earmarked for development.

Delivered as part of the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership’s Bournemouth International Growth (BIG) programme, the proposed scheme will enable people to access employment opportunities at Wessex Fields, and provide a second route into the Royal Bournemouth Hospital. The proposed link road and junction will unlock this area of land for development and create over 2,000 new jobs. The plans have been well received by business leaders and the Hospital.

Councillor Mike Greene, Cabinet Member responsible for Transport, said; “Wessex Fields is a significant asset in Bournemouth and the area is already earmarked for economic development. However, the existing road networks are congested, inadequate and are acting as a barrier to growth. Through this additional government funding we have an opportunity to transform the transport infrastructure in this part of the town and enable Wessex Fields to reach its full economic potential, creating more jobs for the future.”

In addition to creating new jobs and providing a second access to the hospital, the new link road and junction will also retain existing jobs, reduce congestion on Castle Lane East, improve sustainable travel options and reduce road casualties in the area.

The Bournemouth Marathon Festival takes place in Bournemouth and Poole on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 October.

To accommodate this popular event, there will be a number of road closures and parking restrictions, particularly in Southbourne, Boscombe, East Cliff and West Cliff, so make sure you check whether you will be affected.

Plan ahead to avoid Marathon Festival road closures

For more information, visit the festival organiser’s website or check our road closures web page.

 bournemouthmarathon.com  bournemouth.gov.uk/roadclosures

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Local government

Working together, saving money In the last edition of BH Life we told you about our work with the Borough of Poole to bring together essential support functions, including HR, IT, finance and legal services to create a single corporate services staffing base for the two councils. Work continues towards similar joint services for libraries, tourism and seafront operations. Now, both councils have agreed to look at all services being delivered by a joint staff structure. The partnership would be amongst the first of its kind nationally involving two unitary councils. It would see both councils served by a single, integrated team delivering services to more than 340,000 residents, 10,000 businesses and over eight million visitors across Bournemouth and Poole.

Importantly, both councils would retain their own sovereignty, identity and democratic processes under the proposals. Each council would also continue to set its own priorities and budget. Councillor John Beesley, Bournemouth Council Leader, said: “Through an extended period of budget constraints,

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.


Full Council:

6 September, 11 October and 8 November at 10:30am

12 September, 24 October and 5 December at 7pm

18 September, 16 October

Planning Board: and 20 November at 2:30pm 12 and 28 September, 3, 17 and 26 October and Licensing Board: 7, 14 and 23 November at 9:45am

Please see our website for details of Overview and Scrutiny Panel meetings.

Please confirm details before attending.

 bournemouth.gov.uk/councilmeetings  01202 454713


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Bournemouth Town Hall

Poole Civic Centre

Bournemouth and Poole must save a further £27.8million between 2018 and 2021. Creating a single staffing structure serving both councils would help us achieve the savings we must make and would also lay the foundations for a new unitary council for the conurbation should the government approve our Future Dorset proposal.”

An announcement on the Future Dorset proposal to replace Dorset’s nine councils with two new ones from April 2019, is expected this autumn.

 futuredorset.co.uk

Area Forum meetings

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

Boscombe: 14 September and 16 November at Kings Park Academy, 7pm North Bournemouth: 16 September at Howe Croft Community Centre, 10am and 18 November at Kingsleigh Primary School, 10am Southbourne: (AGM) 9 November at Immanuel Church, 7:30pm Throop, Muscliff, Strouden, Townsend and Holdenhurst: 19 October at Bournemouth School for Girls, East Way entrance, 7pm Wallisdown, Winton West and Ensbury Park: 28 October at Ensbury Park Community Centre, 10am Westbourne: 27 September at Westbourne Library, 7pm Westcliff: 26 September at St Michael’s School, Somerville Road, 7pm

Bournemouth Older People’s Forum: 22 September and 1 December at The Bridge, Littledown Centre site (BH7 7DX), from 10:30am for refreshments. This meeting is for anyone interested in the wellbeing of this age group. Email: pat4bop@accessdorset.org.uk

 bournemouth.gov.uk/areaforums  01202 451165

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What’s on

Events and things to do in Bournemouth


Yoga in the Park, free beginners’ yoga sessions every Sunday at 10am until 24 September, Central Gardens. Bring a mat or a towel. facebook.com/Parkyoga.Bournemouth

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Dorset Humanists: ‘The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND): Its Activities and Ethos’ Moordown Community Centre, 2pm. Free entry. dorsethumanists.co.uk Cherry Tree Nursery plant sale, 8am to 3pm, off Northbourne roundabout: cherrytreenursery.org.uk Bournemouth International Triathlon: bournemouth.co.uk Twilight walk at Hengistbury Head. Join the ranger for an evening walk. 6:30pm. Booking essential on: 01202 451618. £5 adults, £3 children. Southbourne Literary Society: Clive Mulley ‘Walking the Appalachian Trail’ and John Symonds ‘The

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Wireless in Wartime’, Trinity Methodist Church, Southbourne Road, 7:30pm. Visitors welcome £4. southbourneliterarysociety.org.uk or 01202 426010 Sand Art at Hengistbury Head. Create a fun picture using colourful sand. Picture prices £2.50 to £5. 1:30pm to 3:30pm. No need to book. visithengistburyhead.co.uk Dorset Humanists: ‘The Joys of Being an End-ofLife Companion’ with Macmillan Caring Locally, Green House Hotel, Bournemouth, 7:30pm. Free entry. dorsethumanists.co.uk

October October is Black History Month: blackhistorymonth.org.uk

1,15,24 Sand Art at Hengistbury Head. Create a fun picture using colourful sand. Picture prices £2.50 to £5. 1:30pm to 3:30pm. No need to book. visithengistburyhead.co.uk BFX Festival – see page 17 2-8 Bournemouth Marathon Festival: 7-8 bournemouthmarathon.com Southbourne Literary Society: Des Curtis ‘The Most 18 Secret RAF Squadron’ and ‘The Bowlease Jewel’, Trinity Methodist Church, Southbourne Road, 7:30pm. Visitors welcome, £4. southbourneliterarysociety.org.uk or 01202 426010 14-21 Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival – see page 16 BSO concert season: Beethoven Bonanza, Pavilion, 14 7pm. Prices and tickets at: bsolive.com Community beach clean – see page 8 14


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Free open weekend at the Russell Cotes – see page 26 School half term holiday: bournemouth.gov.uk Spooky Halloween Crafts at the Russell-Cotes, 10am to 12:30pm. £2.50 per child. russellcotes.com Dorset Humanists: ‘Astounding Science and our Genetic Legacy’, Green House Hotel, Bournemouth, 7:30pm. Free entry. dorsethumanists.co.uk Museum at Night: ghosts and ghouls stalk the corridors of the Russell-Cotes after dark. Visit: russellcotes.com Halloween Trail at Hengistbury Head. Solve creepy clues - starts at the visitor centre, £3 per child. 10:30am to 3pm. No need to book. visithengistburyhead.co.uk

Bournemouth remembers: On the 12 November the town’s Remembrance Day Service will take place by the War Memorial in the Central Gardens. The service starts at 10:57am and is followed by a two minutes’ silence at 11am. The Service lasts for around 40 minutes and concludes with a Wreath Laying Ceremony. Find out more: bournemouth.gov.uk/remembrance

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Dorset Humanists: ‘Spectacular Wildlife’ with Jane Atkins from BBC’s Natural History Department. Moordown Community Centre, 2pm. Free entry. dorsethumanists.co.uk BSO concert season: Italian Passion (Mozart, Mascagni & Mendelssohn), Pavilion, 3pm. Prices and tickets at: bsolive.com The Remembrance Day Service at the War Memorial, Central Gardens. From 10:57am. Visit: bournemouth.gov.uk/remembrance

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From 14th onwards, Christmas in Bournemouth arrives – see page 17 Southbourne Literary Society: Gordon Le Pard ‘Picking Mr Darcy’s Pocket’ and Felicity Porter ‘The History of the Regent Centre’, Trinity Methodist Church, Southbourne Road, 7:30pm. Visitors welcome, £4. southbourneliterarysociety.org.uk or 01202 426010

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Home Grown

Great Oaks, the brand new Encore care home in Bournemouth, has seen some incredible growth over the last couple of months.



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residential, nursing and dementia care home has not only opened its doors and begun creating a community of residents but there has also been home-grown success in the garden! Great Oaks features a beautiful SHUKZJHWLKNHYKLU^P[OYHPZLKÅV^LY beds and a vegetable patch for greenÄUNLYLKYLZPKLU[Z[VOLSW[V[LUK;OL raised vegetable patch has proved very WVW\SHY^P[OYLZPKLU[Z;OLZ\JJLZZVM which can be seen with the Gardening *S\I»ZÄYZ[Z\JJLZZM\SºOHY]LZ[» Activity Manager, Sue Goktas, has been getting to know the new residents [VÄUKV\[[OLPYPUKP]PK\HSPU[LYLZ[Z c

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Fri 29 September Thomas McClary & His Band A concert celebrating the music of the Commodores & Lionel Ritchie, with passion and energy that will have you dancing ALL NIGHT LONG!

Tue 10 – Wed 11 October The Tempest By William Shakespeare A powerful, passionate production featuring stunning Contemporary African choreograpghy, supported by Africa Express and Arts Council England.

Sat 14 October One Night of Queen A spectacular concert, recreating the look, sound, pomp and showmanship of the greatest rock band ever. This show will ROCK YOU!

Tue 24 October Trash Test Dummies Showcasing jaw dropping acrobatics, juggling and stunt work this award winning, sidesplitting slapstick comedy routine takes the household wheelie bin and delivers a dump truck full of hilarity.

Tue 31 October Ballet Black Triple Bill featuring Red Riding Hood With bold choreography, blending classical and contemporary dance this exciting ballet company comprises international dancers of black and Asian descent.

Tue 7 – Sat 11 November The Weir By Connor McPherson Winner of the 1997 Olivier Award for best new play, this chilling modern classic marks its 20th anniversary year with this stunning new production.

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BH Life Autumn 2017  

Bournemouth Borough Council's residents magazine hand delivered to every home in Bournemouth. With news, features and essential information...

BH Life Autumn 2017  

Bournemouth Borough Council's residents magazine hand delivered to every home in Bournemouth. With news, features and essential information...

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