BH Living Autumn/Winter 2021

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What’s On: Winter walks, e-Scooters: Lost Bournemouth family events Legal or illegal? in Pictures and more... - page 28 - page 12 Inside this edition: Important seasonal message from the NHS for all BH Living readers - see pages 7 & 8 bhlivingdorset @bhlivingdorset bhlivingdorset

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Hello everyone,

As 2021 draws to a close and we start thinking about the new year ahead, many of us will be hoping for a year when we can finally escape the restrictions of COVID and start living life again. I remember thinking the same thing last year but here we are one year on and still living with COVID. It’s probably a safe assumption to say that coronavirus will still be with us in 2022 and we’re all going to have to learn to live with it for many years to come, but this year compared to last, there is light at the end of tunnel - we have a vaccine that has vastly reduced the amount of deaths and hospitalisations. Sadly for some though, the legacy of coronavirus lives on as people who’ve had the virus suffer its effects long after it has left their body. Science and medicine are still trying to learn about the long term effects. In this edition we look at ‘Long Covid’ and how it’s affected local people on page 14. We’re also looking at the toll it’s had on people’s mental health too, with the NHS Steps to Wellbeing Service feeling the strain of trying to deal with the huge upsurge in applications for help. Check out page 20 where you’ll also find some useful pointers on where to find help. But it’s not all doom and gloom in this issue. For most of us, unlike last year, we can look forward to a Christmas with family and friends. But hopefully last year might have shown us what Christmas is like for those who are alone, so let’s spare a thought for those around us who don’t have family or friends to share the season of goodwill with, and take practical steps to make sure they’re not left to feel isolated this year. There’s plenty to get you back out and about this autumn and winter, so check out our family christmas events on page 16 and also our winter what’s on guide on page 30 for ideas and inspiration. Also in this edition, published just after remembrance events across our area, we take a special look at ‘The Blitz’ which happened 80 years ago. 40,000 people, mostly civilians, lost their lives in the 9 months between September 1940 and May 1941 and although over half of these were Londoners, the other half were across the UK, including in the BCP area. We look at the tragedy that occurred at the Bourne Valley Gas Works when the staff canteen took a direct hit from a German bomb. Turn to page 22 to read more and also take the walk that starts very near the spot and takes you through the gardens to the cenotaph in the Lower Gardens (see page 26). I hope you enjoy this edition and don’t forget to stay in touch by following us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. You’ll find us using BHLivingDorset. Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year and I look forward to bringing you our Spring edition in March next year.

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Local News Business News e-Scooters legal or Illegal? Long Covid Christmas in BCP The mental health toll of Covid Remembrance The Blitz Gardens Walk Book Reviews Lost Bournemouth in pictures Winter What’s on?

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Haskins delivers vital grant to Julia’s House to support Dorset families

Let her care be your legacy The children’s hospice charity Julia’s House has been by Erica’s side ever since her daughter Isabella was born with a rare condition that cause chronic lung disease. “Just before her birthday last year, Isabella got really poorly and she had to go into hospital,” says Erica. “She came out just before lockdown started, but the illness had a knock-on effect. She’s constantly on oxygen to help her breathe but now she needs a lot more, as well as a ventilator overnight.

Haskins Garden Centre has donated £15,000 to Julia’s House to help towards the cost of providing care and support for seriously ill children and their families in Dorset. The grant, made through the Haskins Charitable Fund, will support the charity as it offers much-needed respite sessions for families who are caring around-the-clock for a child with a life-limiting condition, either at home, out and about in the community or at the hospice. Roland Robinson, Fundraiser at Julia’s House, explained:“Our respite sessions are a lifeline for many parents and carers, allowing them to take a break while our specialist nurses, carers and therapists work closely with their children, providing clinical, physical and emotional support. The tailored sessions involve specialist toys and techniques to help children develop to their full potential,


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while having fun at the same time. We support the wider family too, from grandparents to siblings. “We delivered 1,530 respite sessions in family homes during the first six months of 2021, and rely on the support from the local community, including local businesses and grants from Trusts and Foundations to deliver our life-changing care. The generous grant from Haskins will allow us to continue providing this vital support for the remainder of 2021, making a huge difference to the lives of so many children and families across Dorset.” The Haskins Charitable Fund was set up in 2017 to benefit charities and community projects local to its four garden centres across the south, through personal nominations from its staff. Julia’s House was nominated by Warren Haskins, Chairman of Haskins Garden Centres.

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“I’ve spent three years ignoring the doctors and nurses when they’ve wanted to talk to me about end of life care for Bella,” says Erica. “I just couldn’t bear to think about it. But this last year, I’ve had to do it. Because if she keeps declining the way that she is, I need to be in the right frame of mind if something happens to her.” Nurses and carers from Julia’s House visit the family in their home to provide medical care and play sessions for Isabella, and essential breaks and support for Erica. “It’s just me and Bella, so when the nurses and carers from Julia’s House come it’s a chance for me to take time out to do simple things by myself, or just sit and chat with them about everything that’s going on,” says Erica. “They’ve seen me at my worst, so they know how to talk to me like a human and I can be open with them when I’m struggling.” 1 in 4 of the children Julia’s House care for are supported by Gifts in Wills. A gift of just 1% can make a huge difference. When you use the Free Wills Service, either in person or online, you could turn a kind thought into a lifeline of vital support for local families like Erica’s.

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Don’t hang up if you call 999 by mistake say Dorset Police Dorset Police is offering advice to callers who accidentally dial 999, in an effort to reduce unnecessary demand placed on operators. Recently there’s been an increase in the number of 999 calls to the police but many of these are subsequently abandoned. There are lots of reasons someone may appear to have abandoned a call to the emergency services, for example a person calling in a crisis situation who is unable to ask for help. The most common cause of an abandoned call is someone accidentally ‘pocket dialling’ emergency services. This is where the phone is not locked and accidently calls 999. A 999 call is recorded as ‘abandoned’ when the line is disconnected before the caller speaks to a member of the emergency services or confirms to a BT 999 operator that they are safe and well. Superintendent Jared Parkin, Head of Contact Management for Dorset Police, said: “When a 999 call is abandoned, it can waste precious time that could otherwise be spent helping someone with an emergency and potentially saving a life. “When an emergency call is abandoned without speaking with the caller, operators in the contact centre spend such a long time researching the phone number and associated details to ensure there is no threat or risk to the caller.” Last financial year, 2020/2021, Dorset Police received a total of 111,312 emergency 999 calls, of which just 21% were actual emergencies. Superintendent Jared Parkin continued: “We understand that accidents happen, but if you do call 999 by mistake, please stay on the line to tell us everything is ok - otherwise valuable resources are taken away from answering other calls.”

Here are some tips from Dorset Police to reduce the chance of accidental 999 calls:


Keep your phone safe and out of reach from children


Lock your phone before you put it in your pocket


Talk to children about how and when to call for help in an emergency - but how prank dialling 999 for fun can have serious consequences for them and others


If you dial 999, stay on the line. Otherwise we will call you back. The police want to know that you are safe and it saves us valuable time. Every second counts.


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New Poole Park Railway is back on track for Summer 2022

Picture Credit: Carol Walker / Poole Park Railway 1988

BCP Council recently announced that Track Systems based in Shropshire have been awarded the contract to construct a new railway track and engine shed at Poole Park Railway. The railway service, which has been suspended since 2018, is now looking forward to the next chapter in its history. Councillor Mark Anderson, Portfolio Holder for Environment, Cleansing and Waste, said: “BCP Council has always been committed to rebuilding Poole Park Railway, and awarding this contract is the first step in getting the Poole Park Railway back on track. “Earlier this year we made a clear financial commitment to ensuring this iconic and much-loved attraction be returned

to Poole Park. These plans will mean the track and engine shed will be improved. Our Big Plan sets out that the rejuvenation of Poole is a key priority for us, and bringing the railway back to Poole Park reinforces this commitment. This investment will ensure the long term future of this special asset for future generations. “Poole Park Railway is special to local residents and tourists alike. It has been a feature since 1949, and I’m so pleased that we will soon see the railway back in action.” Work on site to construct the new larger engine shed and track is anticipated to begin later this year, with an expectation of the service being operational next Summer.

New Christchurch BID to launch Picture Credit: Mike Faherty / Christchurch Food & Wine Festival

The formation of a Business Improvement District (BID) to support trading throughout Christchurch has been confirmed after a recent ballot of local businesses. This follows an announcement of the ballot result in early October in which 78% of levy payers that voted, voted yes to support the formation of a BID within the town. The ballot was facilitated and ratified with the assistance of BCP Council. Results were announced by BCP Council Deputy Leader, Philip Broadhead. Christchurch BID will now operate through to October 2026. It is hoped that the new venture will bring in over £600,000 over the next five years to be spent on the town centre through a variety of business-led projects. Cllr Philip Broadhead, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Economy and Strategic Planning, said: “Christchurch is an amazing town with a beautiful high street and strong local businesses, but we’ve all seen the impact that a changing retail market coupled with the pandemic has had.


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“Christchurch BID will be hugely beneficial, ensuring longevity and prosperity for Christchurch’s town centre. With a resounding 78% voting in favour of this initiative, levy payers have clearly demonstrated their strong commitment to progress their town even further. This will see Christchurch and its wonderful array of businesses continue to thrive in the coming years.”



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‘Get flu jab to protect yourself and others’ urge paramedics Whilst the nation still grapples with the effects of Coronavirus, South Western Ambulance Service is urging BCP residents to get their flu jab soon to protect themselves and others this winter. Flu is a very common and highly infectious disease caused by influenza viruses. It can make people seriously ill - especially older adults, or people with underlying health conditions as well as pregnant women. Health officials are concerned about the potential impact of Covid-19 and flu circulating together this winter with senior medics urging people to get the flu vaccine and Covid-19 booster as soon as possible, because both viruses have the potential to cause serious illness and hospitalisation. Gary, a Community First Responder with South Western Ambulance said: “I was fit and healthy serving my 29th year in the armed forces when I was urgently hospitalised with Covid-19. Even if you’re healthy, get vaccinated to protect yourself and others.” Mike, who works as a Clinical Adviser in the Ambulance Control Room, said: “Vaccination is vital to protect people like me who are immunocompromised. This means I am at greater risk of serious complications from both flu and Covid-19.” A report from the Academy of Medical Sciences warned respiratory illness could reach very high levels this winter, putting signficant pressure on the NHS and potentially causing up to 60,000 deaths. More than 40 million people across the UK including people most at risk and those more likely to spread flu, such as school children - are being of-

fered a free jab this year in the biggest flu vaccination campaign ever. GP surgeries will contact patients eligible for the free NHS flu vaccine, or eligible patients can book an appointment at a pharmacy. Pregnant women can ask for their free flu jab at their local maternity service. People who are not eligible for a free flu jab can pay for it privately at many pharmacies, at a cost of around £15. Those who qualify for the Covid-19 booster should wait to be contacted about it, however if it’s been over 6 months since your last COVID-19 vaccination, you should contact your doctor to make them aware and ensure you are not missed.

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Brand new primary school in Poole is complete Waterloo Estate in Poole is now home to a brand new modern primary school building and preschool. The keys to the new two-storey Hillbourne Primary School have been officially handed over by the contractor to the school with pupils and staff moving into their new surroundings from the beginning of this month. As part of BCP Council’s plans to develop the site, the new school replaces the existing school buildings on the site at Kitchener Crescent. In turn, the location of the new school building means that surplus land to the north and south will be available for the development of new homes once the existing buildings have been demolished in the second phase of the project. Councillor Nicola Greene, Portfolio Holder for COVID Resilience, Schools and Skills, BCP Council, said: “I’m delighted that we have successfully developed a new fit-for-purpose building for the Waterloo community. It will benefit and support our young people to receive a high-quality education in a fantastic environment, giving them the best opportunities to grow and flourish.”

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14 classrooms, a practical room and learning resource centre Administration block Large hall with servery A pre-school with a dedicated play area Two multi-use games areas and outdoor play areas Purpose-built sports pitch A secure staff car park Solar panels

Helen Roderick, Headteacher at Hillbourne Primary, said: “Our new school building allows all of our pupils and staff to work together for the first time. We are very excited about this. We are all thrilled to be working in a such a beautiful building. Having drinkable water, windows that open and shut, a heating system that will keep us all at the right temperature and ‘intelligent’ lighting is going to make learning so much easier!”

Mechanical ventilation in all classrooms Sprinkler system Intelligent lighting The demolition of the existing buildings will facilitate the completion of the external areas and all works will be complete in April 2022.

Free sessions for adults with learning disabilities Bournemouth Gateway have a few regular spaces on their Thursday and Friday sessions for adults with learning and related disabilities. The club offer arts and crafts, support to get online and learn digital skills, zumba on a Thursday and a live sing along on a Friday. Theres a coffee bar, pool table, darts board, games and puzzles, lots of chat and a friendly face. Daytime sessions run from 10.30am - 1pm every Thursday and Friday. Saturday sessions are every other week 6-8pm. The sessions are free but a light supper is offered for £1. The club operates out of The Embassy Centre, Brassey Road, Winton, Bournemouth BH9 1PT.

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Kickstart Scheme boosts prospects for young people In July 2020 the government announced its Kickstart Job Placement Scheme, designed to help young people on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment break into the job market. The last start date for employees in the scheme is 31 December 2021, so with the deadline looming, here’s what you need to know about the scheme and how it could help you.

Why was the scheme created?

Unemployment is a huge problem across the UK, with 575,000 16-24 year olds unemployed in February 2021, according to a House of Commons report. Unemployment in this age bracket has been declining gradually for around five years but since the pandemic hit, unemployment has increased by 61,000 against the same period from the previous year. This means hundreds of thousands of young people claiming Universal Credit or Jobseekers’ Allowance; in June 2020, the BBC reported there were as many as 514,770 people aged 18-24 claiming these benefits. Chief Executive Ian Girling, has said: “The response from Dorset employers regarding the Kickstart programme has been incredible and it is clear that businesses do really want to support initiatives like this and give young people every opportunity. This is an area that is close to our heart and we’ve been really pleased to act as a Gateway and help provide these great opportunities for young people.”

At the same time, the last year has been tough for businesses, especially new enterprises and those who had been looking to expand. This scheme looks to unite young people seeking employment with businesses who want to take on new employees.

How does it work?

The £2 billion fund covers the full minimum wage/National Living Wage of the new employee (depending on the employee’s age) for six months, working 25 hours a week. The business only pays for additional hours worked on top of this time. The fund also covers the employer’s National Insurance contribution, the employer’s pension contribution and provides a one-off payment of £1,500, to support the cost of training, equipment and other vital resources to support their new employee. This incentive encourages businesses to take part in the scheme and give young would-be-employees a chance they might not otherwise have had. Crucially, the placements must all be new roles and cannot be used as a replacement for a job role that has been vacated by someone else.

How can businesses or young people get involved?

Businesses in the BCP area wanting to take part need to get in touch with Dorset Chamber. They’re acting as a local ‘gateway’ for the scheme, working with businesses to guide them through the process. So far they have matched more than 531 young people with 193 companies, with numbers increasing every day. To access the scheme, businesses can contact them directly.

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Young adults looking to get involved can speak to their work coach for help to find the right placement with the right company. Positions on offer change constantly but can range from marketing assistants to customer service roles and computer engineering positions, and they’re all available on the Universal Jobs Board. You can begin applying immediately, or visit the Job Help website ( for guidance to help you through the application process.

Is there anything else I need to know?

When the scheme was first announced, businesses accepting 30 placements or more could apply to take part without going through an intermediary, while smaller enterprises had to use a ‘Kickstart gateway’ service if they had roles for fewer than 30 placements. After a review, the Department for Work and Pensions altered the scheme in February this year. Now any registered business in need of additional staff can put themselves forward for the scheme, with many choosing Dorset Chamber as a Kickstart gateway, in part because they don’t charge for the service.

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e-Scooters: Legal or Not? Anyone who lives in BCP knows the struggles of trying to navigate the conurbation on some of the UK’s busiest roads. According to leading SatNav manufacturer TomTom who analysed user data, Bournemouth is the third most congested town/city in England behind only London and Brighton.

A pedestrian avoids an e-scooter in Winton With so much congestion, it’s no surprise that many have begun to embrace more eco-friendly options such as walking or cycling to their destinations. But that isn’t the only solution available now thanks to the new Beryl Scooter scheme introduced across BCP (although only currently in Bournemouth and Poole) in January 2021. The scheme was an initiative from Westminster. The calmer roads and reduced pollution seen in 2020 due to lockdown was the catalyst that led the current government to introduce new e-Scooter rental trials in specific areas of the UK. The idea was that trials would be rolled out to see how they would be embraced in different locations as well as monitoring how they would work as a new form of convenient and green transport. However, despite the increasing use of e-scooters, a large number of the public remain in the dark as far as the details and rules of the scheme go. This mass confusion regarding the rules for using these fast-moving scooters has led to Dorset Police organising e-scooter awareness days where officers have been stopping e-scooter users to inform them of the rules they need to observe. More concerningly there have been several serious collisions that have left people with injuries, including a 4-year-old boy left with a fractured collarbone after being struck by an e-scooter whilst walking out on the seafront with family. The e-scooter was being ridden illegally by a 30 year old man in a heavily pedestrianised area.


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With a lot of misinformation around and a lack of clarity regarding e-scooter regulations, BH Living is here to unpick some of the rules and look at what is and isn’t allowed.

Are e-scooters legal?

Many people are not sure if e-scooters are legal to use or not and if using them will get you into trouble. So, are e-scooters legal? The short answer is: Yes. e-scooters are legal to own and can be used to ride on privately owned land, but only the rentable Beryl scooters are legal to ride in public spaces and roads. If that is still too vague then let’s explore the long answer: e-Scooters are in a state of ‘Legal-Limbo’ with a government issued trial period being established across the country. These specific e-scooters are provided by various companies and agencies across the country including Beryl in the BCP area (excluding Christchurch), the same company who created the Beryl Bikes. The scooters are available to be rented out and used to travel provided you follow the government guidelines of keeping to the roads and respect the safety of people around you. There is a big question around whether e-scooter riders are required to wear helmets. Surprisingly, despite e-scooters being motorised vehicles capable of speeds of up to 20mph (although Beryl state that their e-scooters are not capable of exceeding 12.5mph on their website), there is no current legal requirement for e-scooter riders to wear helmets. According to the government website – it’s only ‘advised’ to wear a helmet along with bright clothing for visability.



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As part of Operation Relentless, which is focused on tackling antisocial behaviour, the police have been on the lookout for those breaking the rules regarding e-scooters and also people using them to commit crimes. Some riders were asked to sign an agreement that they will stop using their e-scooter illegally on public roads. Eleven people had their e-scooters seized for being used in crimes and a further fourteen were seized for not having insurance.


Can anyone hire and use an e-scooter?

Anyone can hire and use an e-scooter providing they have a full provisional driving licence with category Q entitlement allowing them to use e-scooters. This means it’s currently illegal for people under 15 years and 9 months (the age you can apply for a provisional licence) to use a beryl scooter.

Which e-scooters are allowed to be used?

The government has legalised the use of specific rentable e-scooters provided by Beryl and other registered providers. These scooters are regulated and updated as needed and the data gathered can be used to monitor the usefulness and safety of e-scooters in the area. Privately owned e-scooters are only permitted on private land with the owner’s permission. There isn’t a specific law for private e-scooters so they are currently recognised as “powered transporters” and it’s currently illegal to use them on public roads, cycle lanes or pavements (including parks and promenades).

Where are e-scooters allowed to be used?

While privately owned e-scooters are not legal for public areas, government-issued rentable e-scooters can be used on cycle lanes and public roads (except for motorways) in selected parts of the UK that are under a “trial period”. Due to the speed and possible danger to pedestrians, rented e-scooters can’t be used on pavements or other public spaces used by pedestrians.

The areas undergoing the e-scooter trial period are:Bournemouth and Poole Buckinghamshire (Aylesbury & High Wycombe) Essex (Basildon, Chelmsford, Colchester & Clacton) Kent (Canterbury) Liverpool North Devon (Barnstaple) Oxfordshire (Oxford) Slough Solent (Isle of Wight, Portsmouth & Southampton) Somerset West (Taunton) South Somerset (Yeovil, Chard and Crewkerne) West of England (Bristol &Bath)

Are e-scooters dangerous?

E-Scooters have been involved in a number of accidents and even led to the deaths of some riders. Incidents include a woman in London who was riding an e-scooter and crashed into a parked car sustaining fatal injuries. As well as the four-year old boy injured on Bournemouth seafront, one of our own BH Living distributors was hit by an e-scooter on the pavement as he came out of his house. He ended up in hospital with a broken leg and fractured pelvis.

Beryl scooters are legal to use on BCP roads with a provisional licence. Although there have been many local incidents involving e-Scooters, sadly some of these incidents go unreported. BH Living has been contacted by members of the public who complain they’ve been hit but then fail to report the incident. Currently the advice is that all incidents need to be reported to the police as it’s important to get accurate data during the trial to enable law-makers to consider all the risks and legislate accordingly. According to the police, there have been many incidents where e-scooter riders have been pulled over due to unknowingly breaking the rules which suggests there is an issue surrounding unclear specifications on e-scooter rules and guidelines, possibly leading to further accidents and breaches of the law.

Should there be new legislation?

There have been many questioning the use of e-scooters and feeling unsafe with the almost chaotic introduction of them into cities and towns, this understandably has brought up conversations regarding new laws and legislation. Bournemouth Promenade is set to become a “go-slow” area with the speed of e-scooters in the area being restricted to 3-mph to increase public safety, likely a result of the danger shown by riders speeding through public areas with little regard for people on foot. Legislation will likely be decided upon once the trials across the UK have gathered enough data and public opinion has been considered. The main areas that should be looked into seem to be where and how e-scooters are allowed to be used and how law-breakers can be caught following illegal activity as the e-scooters lack any obvious identifiers.

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Fatigued or tired? More short of breath than usual? Feeling anxious or depressed? Could you be suffering the effects of Long Covid?

The COVID-19 virus has been the main topic everywhere for the past couple of years, with most of us concerned over the possibility of catching it and potentially spreading the virus to loved ones. Traditionally, those who caught the virus would be ill for a week or two (some more than others) but for the fortunate, symptoms would then pass after a while and life would return to relative normality. However for some their symptoms have never really disappeared and they continue to suffer the effects of the virus long after they first contracted it. Those suffering the longer lasting effects of Coronavirus are now referred to by the NHS as suffering with ‘Long Covid’ a condition affecting the body and leaving the sufferer struggling to fully recover long after being infected with the virus.

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levels and it didn’t take much for me to feel exhausted” “I had COVID last October when I was 19, and I was in university halls, I was lucky enough to be one of the least impacted by the effects of COVID in my house, as my flatmates were a lot worse than me. However, I do feel like it really did knock my energy levels a lot and it didn’t take much for me to feel exhausted. This long Covid side effect took ages to leave and to be honest, I’m not sure it has fully yet, even a year on. I’d say I’m quite a healthy person, as I’ll eat quite well and walk to a lot of places but I don’t feel as healthy as I did.”- Madeline- 20, Bournemouth.

What are the signs?

Some who have suffered from COVID-19 have reported continuing effects for weeks and even several months after first having the virus, although there is evidence to suggest that there may be some people who are suffering with Long Covid who are unaware they had even caught Coronavirus in the first place. Alongside many Long Covid sufferers who experience the regular effects of COVID, such as breathing issues and Flu symptoms for an extended period of time, there are those who are suffering from long COVID who may find themselves with less familiar yet long lasting effects including fatigue and soreness, even depression. Because COVID-19 is still a relatively new disease, the medical profession are still learning about it’s behaviour and very little is known about its longer lasting effects. We spoke to some local people suffering the longer term effects of Coronavirus, now commonly referred to as ‘Long Covid’. describing how they feel and how it has affected them over time:


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“I got COVID symptoms on 1st January 2021. I was probably the fittest I’ve ever been just before getting COVID and had recently just completed a 100-mile bike ride. There is very little information about long COVID, but my gut feeling is that my body was already very stressed through over training on the bike so when I caught COVID it really hit me hard. I also have a 1-year-old and 5-year-old so whilst having COVID, I had no time to rest. For the first 3 months after catching COVID I had zero energy, no taste or smell and a constant headache. I then started feeling a bit better but anytime I attempted exercise it would set me back. Any intense exercise is still not possible which for me is hard to take as it’s a big part of my life. Right now I still suffer with fatigue that comes in waves, have headaches most of the time and suffer badly with brain fog, I’m nowhere near as sharp as I used to be. I have blood tests next week to rule anything else out and my doctor is also seeing if there are any trials I could get on. Jack – 37, Bournemouth



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What are the symptoms?

The most common symptoms according to the NHS website include; Extreme tiredness, shortness of breath or tight chest, difficulty sleeping, ear aches and tinnitus. Many symptoms are flu-like including joint pain, loss of appetite, high temperature, coughs and headaches, sore throat and even rashes. The most common long lasting symptom appears to be a loss of taste or smell, sometimes both.

This gives us a better idea of how likely people are to suffer long term effects of COVID even after the initial infection has passed, with most being affected for at least 12 weeks. Because the data used is from people who self-reported their symptoms, there is the possibility that there are many more across the country who are suffering from Long Covid without recognising it or have just not reported their condition.

Is it like normal Covid?

Long covid follows the same conditions of the normal COVID-19 virus and includes many of the same symptoms, however they may not be as strong or affect the body immediately. The other difference between the normal short-term COVID-19 symptoms and Long COVID symptoms is that while COVID-19 virus usually affects the body for a time and then recovers, Long COVID can cause the symptoms to linger for a long time and not show signs of proper recovery alongside potentially taking a mental toll and possibly eading to mental health issues.

Is it contagious?

Long COVID is not contagious, it is the body’s natural response to the COVID-19 virus and recovery. So, while you may still suffer some of the same symptoms, there is no concern of spreading the virus.

Will this require medication?

There is no specific medication for Long COVID but if you visit a GP, they may prescribe you treatments and rehabilitation for specific symptoms after a few medical tests.

Do I need to isolate? What do the stats say?

The NHS published statistics they’d gained from surveys conducted on Long Covid sufferers. All people involved in the survey self-reported suffering from Long Covid, meaning they weren’t officially diagnosed with the condition. The results suggest that many people who took part in the survey were possibly only suffering the early signs of Long Covid as most had only been experiencing symptoms for 12 weeks or less. But when the survey was taken again later, the amount of respondents claiming to have Long COVID symptoms for at least 12 weeks jumped remarkably as did those claiming to have experienced the symptoms for over 12 months.

Period Duration Data to 6 March 2021 Less than 12 weeks At least 12 weeks At least 12 months

Estimate 309 697 70

Data to 2 May 2021

66 869 376

Less than 12 weeks At least 12 weeks At least 12 months

Since Long COVID is not contagious and just a body response, you will not need to isolate so long as you have followed the normal COVID-19 isolation rules previously.

Medical support

If you believe that you are suffering from Long COVID and need some medical support then you should get in contact with your local GP and book an appointment to discuss your condition. Even if you are not suffering strong physical effects, Long COVID may take a toll on your mental health and you should ask for advice from your GP if you are feeling anxious or depressed. A GP may take you through some small medical tests in order to check your symptoms and pinpoint the cause. These tests may include checking your blood pressure and heart rate, blood tests and maybe a chest X-ray. If you would like to find more information on Long COVID then you can find more details on the NHS website at You can find more information on contacting the NHS here using-the-nhs-and-other-health-services/

SOURCE: Office for National Statistics

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‘tis the season to be jolly After a fun-filled summer, it’s time to pack away the sun cream and beach towels and snuggle in front of the fire in your favourite winter woolies with a warm mug of mulled wine (non-alcoholic alternatives are available, including warm cranberry juice which we’re told is delicious)... For many of us, it’s been almost two years since we’ve been able to celebrate the festives season properly. With lots happening this season across Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch post-lockdown, it’s the perfect time to get stuck in blow off those lockdown cobwebs and enjoy Christmas again! There’s a huge range of different things to get up to from pantomimes to outdoor treasure hunts and even sailing with Santa! There’s something for everyone this season regardless of age, budget and ability!


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‘Christmas tree wonderland’

Bournemouth’s town centre is ready to light up this year by more than 100 festive illuminations. Visitors will be led through town by gingerbread people, trees of light, polar bears and many more. Throughout their trail they will find an alpine village featuring a Christmas market, an ice rink, sleigh rides and lots more festive surprises. Date: 19th November 2021 – 2nd January 2022 Where: Bournemouth town centre How much: Free More Info:

Winter Pantomime ‘Peter Pan’

The panto is back in town! A show full of excitement and fun that’s suitable for the entire family, featuring popular household names such as Noel Brodie. This festive extravaganza will have you falling off your seat with laughter you won’t want to miss it. Date: 4th December 2021 – 2nd January 2022 Where: Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre How much: £13-£28 More Info:

‘Outdoor Bournemouth Treasure Hunt’

This is a virus safe way of getting out in the fresh air and exploring Bournemouth and all it has to offer. Excellent for families and teams as a great building exercise ending at a pub offering a discount to any treasure hunters that enter! Date: 11th October 2021 – 13th January 2022 Where: Bournemouth Library, The Triangle How much: £14.99 for 1-2 people, £19.99 for 3-4 people, £24.99 for 5-8 people. More info:



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‘Sail With Santa’

Join Santa on a 1 hour and 15-minute cruise around Poole harbour during the Christmas period. Enjoy festive treats and presents from the man himself while passing the iconic sights such as Brownsea Island, Sandbanks Peninsula and Studland. Date: 4th December 2021- 24th December 2021 Where: Poole Quay How much: Adults and children £12.50, Infants, £5 More info: city-cruises/sail-with-santa/

‘The Magic of Motown’

Poole’s Centre for the arts is hosting the hugely successful ‘The Magic of Motown’ for its 13th year. With hits from the most iconic Motown stars in history, this will surely be a night to remember. Date: 28th January 2022, 7:30pm Where: Lighthouse, Poole How much: £19.25 - £30.25 More Info:

‘A Very Dorset Christmas’

Family fun at the marvellous Poole Museum that will not break the bank, encouraging children to be creative with arts and crats in a festive atmosphere. Date: 18th December 2021 – 24th December 2021. Where: Poole Museum How much: Free/donations accepted More info:


‘Christchurch Priory Advent Fayre and Craft Market’

A festive event to get you excited for Christmas featuring craft stalls, musical entertainment and tower tours. Date: 27th November 2021, 10:30 – 18:30 Where: Christchurch Priory How much: Free More info:

Firewalking/Lego walking fundraiser (Relate charity)

Raise money for Relate Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch by completing a fire walk (18+) or Lego walk (6+). An event suitable for all members of the family to support the people in which the charity facilitates. Date: 29th February 2021 Where: Highcliffe Castle How much: Sponsorship donation required More info:

‘The World-Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra’

Audiences of all ages are going to be blown away by the return of the world’s most popular big band. Join in for a fantastic night of extraordinary night of live music. Date: 5th December 2021, 15:00 Where: The Regent Centre Christchurch How Much: £25 More info:


‘Steam and Lights’

A colourful and vibrant steam train journey through the isle of Purbeck Countryside, suitable for all ages. See the ruins of Corfe Castle during the one- hour journey while enjoying the cosy, festively decorated carriage interiors. Date: 27th November 2021- 31st December 2021 17:15-19:15 Where: Swanage Railway, Station Approach How much: Free More Info: steam-and-lights-p3017043

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Santa? Father Christmas Visits Lollipops!

Choose between breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea and visit

If he’s not stuck up a chimney, chances are Santa Father Christmas in his grotto. Ticket price includes food and is making an appearance somewhere near you so drink and a special gift given by the man himself. why not drop in on the big jolly fella himself this Date: 6th December 2021 festive season? Breakfast with Santa at Mr Mulligans

Meet Santa this Christmas for breakfast, crazy golf and a free gift! Ticket prices include breakfast and golf. Date: 11th Dec 2021 – 12th Dec 2021 9am-11am, 18th Dec 2021 – 19th Dec 2021 9am-11am. Where: Mr Mulligans, BH2 Leisure. How much: Adults £12, Children £10. More Info:

Santa’s Woodland Grotto

Visit Santa at Upton Country Park this Christmas and receive a quality wrapped present! Date: 10th – 12th Dec 2021, 18th – 24th Dec 2021 Where: Upton Country Park, Poole How much: Adult £4, Child £15.50, Young Child (13-36 months) £12 and babies (under 13 months) £5.50. More Info:

Moors Valley Railway Santa Special

Hop on the train and be transported to Santa’s grotto while enjoying festive music, flashing lights and mince pies! Date: 11th Dec 2021, 10:30am – 4:30pm Where: Moors Valley Railway How much: £22.50 pp More info: santa-specials/2021-12-11/


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Meet ‘Farmer Christmas’ Experience

Visit the enchanted barn during your trip to Farmer Palmers this winter to see Santa! Date: 11th Dec 2021- 23rd Dec 2021 Where: Farmer Palmers, Poole How much: £15 add on to admission price More info:

Brunch with Santa at Riverside

Sit down for brunch with Santa this Christmas time at riverside and enjoy the beautiful scenery sitting near the water. Children get a present too! Date: 4th Dec 2021 and 11th Dec 2021 Where: The Riverside, Tuckton How much: Adults £15, Children £8 More info:

‘Breakfast with Santa’

Finished off with a festive storytelling, Christmas tunes and photo opportunities with Santa. Date: 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th and 19th Dec 2021. Where: Cliffhanger, Highcliffe, Christchurch How much: £17.50pp More info:



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Are we facing a Mental Health Pandemic? By Evie Coffey The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in unprecedented disruption to the community, our health service, and the economy. For many, this year has also posed a substantial threat to people’s mental health. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in unprecedented disruption to the community, our health service, and the economy. For many, this year has also posed a substantial threat to people’s mental health. It’s easy to assume that hope will return once lockdown is over, and vaccines are rolled out. But restoring lives back to normal will be no simple task for everyone.  Monthly mental health referrals across the UK have hit their highest point in two years. Evidence suggests the mental health impact of disasters outlasts the physical impact, suggesting today’s elevated mental health need will continue well beyond the coronavirus outbreak itself.  Charities have warned the surge is set to continue and called for action from the UK and devolved governments. The UK government says it has plans to expand and renovate mental health services, backed by £2.3bn a year by 2023-24.


Mark Wildey, branch director at Bournemouth Samaritans, said: “Samaritans is busy 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and this hasn’t changed during the pandemic. “Our volunteers have provided emotional support over 2.3 million times since social distancing restrictions began in March 2020. We have been hearing from people feeling concerned about isolation, unemployment, mental health, and illness, amongst other issues. “While social restrictions are easing, the challenges people are facing won’t necessarily alleviate quickly as the pandemic’s impact is likely to be felt for several years. Therefore, it is essential that we look after our own mental health and others by continuing to check in on one another and sharing how we are feeling, whether it’s with a friend, family member or a confidential helpline like Samaritans.”

Dorset Mind

Dee Swinton, Dorset Mind’s Income Generation & Marketing Manager, said: “We know that we have a real crisis in Dorset happening, in terms of suicide rate at the time of the pandemic we didn’t see a spike, but we think now there’ll be an increase as the effects of job loss and uncertainty continue.  “We still don’t know the full effect of the pandemic, but


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we believe things like PTSD and other anxiety-related conditions and possible breakdowns and burnouts are going to be happening from now onwards, but until we get some more time under our belt, we are not going to see the full effect of that. “During lockdown, we saw our funding drop and referrals for our services rise. When you have a mental health condition, you can’t afford to wait that long. A lot can happen in that time. We are present in some of the surgeries in Poole and Bournemouth, and if someone shows up displaying mental health issues, they are signposted to us within a week. By us assisting at an early stage, we can help prevent that.”


Data from ONS (Office for National Statistics) looked at self-reported depression in Great Britain. Around 1 in 5 (21%) adults experienced some form of depression in early 2021 (27 January to 7 March); this is an increase since November 2020 (19%) and more than double that observed before the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic (10%). Mental health related absence is the most common cause of long-term sickness absence in UK workplaces. Stress-related absence has increased, with 37% of respondents to the CIPD and Simply Health, Health and wellbeing survey saying that stress-related absence had increased in the last year. Data from Anxiety UK shows that whilst 37% are looking forward to return to normal life, 36% are more uneasy about it, with the rest having no strong feeling about it.



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“Since coming out of

lockdown, my anxiety hasn’t gone away. In some ways it’s got worse. I feel like everything has become more chaotic.”

Hear ‘Megan’s’ story

Megan (name changed for anonymity) 22 years old, from Bournemouth, who has been struggling with her mental health, said: “My anxiety got bad during the pandemic, I felt like there wasn’t much guidance on what was going on, it was all very confusing, and I felt helpless.  “Since coming out of lockdown, my anxiety hasn’t gone away. In some ways it’s got worse. I feel like everything has become more chaotic. I find myself stressing about things that wouldn’t usually bother me, like getting the bus somewhere or going to the shops.  “I now have a lot of time on my hands as I am working significantly fewer hours in my new job, this has meant I have had a lot of time to sit and home and do nothing, which has been putting me into negative ruts. “I think the main things that helped with taking away my negative thoughts are little daily habits. When I have a bad day where I struggle to do anything, I put on a podcast and do a simple task like tidy or organise something in my room, this would help distract me from my anxiety and help me feel productive.  “I think another thing which helped is planning my week ahead and making sure I had something planned each day, this would help me feel organised and that I have things to look forward to. On the days I felt I had nothing to do, I would see what my friends were doing and failing that, I would take myself out on a walk somewhere I don’t usually go to break up my day.  “I have luckily had a lot of supportive friends and a boyfriend who have done such a good job at helping me over the past year, and this has been the main reason I have managed to cope with it all. Even with this, I have still felt alone at many points. I think my advice for anyone who has been feeling alone with no one to talk to would be to make the first step of reaching out to a friend, family member or charity. In Dorset, there are loads of support groups wanting to help people.”

Where to find help

You’re not alone if you feel like Covid-19 has taken a year out of your life or if you’re in the same spot you were at the start of the first lockdown. The pandemic made it difficult for most of us to follow through on whatever goals we had for 2020 and 2021, and it most likely disrupted your personal life, education, or work - or a mix of all three. Being ‘behind’ in these areas can leave anyone feeling overwhelmed. You may be feeling a lot of pressure to ‘get back on track’ and anxious to start living again or make up for what you didn’t do last year. It is important to speak up when you’re struggling and tell people how you feel because there’s always someone who wants to help.

Practical steps

According to Dorset Mind, just a few simple steps can help a little way towards recovery:

1. Connecting - Talking to someone and share how you are feeling

2. Get active – Get out of the house and get exercising

3. Learning – Exercise your brain  4. Taking notice – Mindful, Meditation, Yoga all help  5. Giving back – Helping community, e.g. A charity

More help Steps to Wellbeing accepts self-referrals by web and telephone for people aged 18 and over.  It also provides services for people registered at a Dorset GP surgery. Public Health England have developed explicit guidance on mental health in the crisis. If you want to build a personalised plan for supporting your mental health, you can also visit the PHE Every Mind Matters site, developed in collaboration with the Mental Health Foundation. If you have been affected by any issues in this article and want to talk, reach out to someone directly by using the details below:

Dorset Mind: 01202 315329  Samaritans: 116123 Calls can be made 24/7 CALM (Campaign against living miserably): 0808 802 58 58 5pm -midnight

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80th anniversary of The Blitz

Britain is no stranger to the tragedies and loss of war, being one of the major powers involved in defending Europe from the German forces as they occupied France and attempted to seize control of most of Europe as well as Russia and Africa. Many soldiers, sailors and airmen/women died defending the freedoms we now enjoy today. Every year these brave men and women are rightly remembered in our acts of remembrance. But often the innocent civilians who lost their lives during war are overlooked or forgotten. 2021 marks the anniversary of ‘The Blitz’ - the most famous attacks on Britain which took place 80 years ago. They were orchestrated by The Luftwaffe in an attempted to damage Britain’s defences in preparation for a potential future invasion whilst also hoping to break the nations resolve to fight. The south coast of England suffered from being easily accessible to the Luftwaffe bombers stationed in northern France and many areas around BCP were hit with German bombs.

According to the police records from the time there were around 54 British aircraft lost over Dorset with multiple crashes into the waters off Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. The statistics show that Christchurch saw a lot of aerial fighting and at least 4 Allied plane crashes or forced landings during the Blitz. German aircraft were also reported as missing over Christchurch by the Luftwaffe. Even with the valiant defence efforts of the RAF, Dorset saw many great losses, such as the bombing of Bourne Valley on the 27th of March 1941 when a lone Luftwaffe Bomber descended from the sky at noon and attempted to hit the railway viaducts. It released two bombs that missed and hit the Bourne Valley Gas Works and resulted in 33 deaths, making this the largest single loss of life in Poole during World War 2. A former worker named Tony King was 20 years old at the time and was working his last day before leaving for the Army and enjoying his lunch break in the canteen when he heard the first bomb hit the store at the end of the foundry. When the ceiling began to rumble, Tony and his fellow workers threw themselves under nearby tables with only seconds to spare as the next bomb exploded right above them. The hall was destroyed, Tony suffered injuries to his leg, hand and skull from shrapnel while 6 of the 8 men at his table were killed. While many will remember the tragedies and loss of life in London (20,000 Londoners lost their lives during The Blitz) as the German bombers attacked the City with little regard to civilian life, few remember the civilian losses that were suffered locally during Britain’s darkest hour.

The Dorset Constabulary had recorded around 4,307 heavy high explosive bombs dropped on Dorset, 396 of them are reported to have failed and did not detonate. The military and police had to investigate any bomb sites to both record and clear damage or manually detonate the unexploded bombs with controlled explosions. Dorset was not only victim to high explosive bombs but also 37,007 incendiary bombs dropped to cause fires and destroy equipment along with 14,550 smaller bombs which were used as anti-personnel to kill and injure people or damage vehicles. The German aircraft were mainly focused on passing over Dorset to reach more vital military targets further inland, however attempts were still made on local military and industrial targets, such as Poole harbour and Portland. The RAF put up a brave defence over the skies of Dorset and BCP with Fighter Command squadrons flying from RAF Warmwell. These squadrons had been defending the south during the Battle of Britain and were responsible for weakening the Luftwaffe as they headed further inland towards London and the south east.


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St Aldhelm’s Church in Branksome has a Roll of Honour that holds the names of the Bourne Valley Gas workers tragically lost in the Blitz and ensures that those who died locally in the terror of the Blitz will not be forgotten. Various memorial services and tributes took place across BCP on Remembrance Sunday in memory of those who lost their lives in conflict. We also remember those men and women who lost their lives in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. We will remember them all.



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Meyrick Rise Care Home

When you love every day, it’s magic. At Meyrick Rise, every day is sprinkled with ‘Magic Moments’. One day our residents might be taking part in our exercise classes, the next, enjoying some flower arranging or alternatively they may choose to potter about in the garden. Our dedicated team bring award winning, innovative thinking into every aspect of every day of the extraordinary care we provide at Meyrick Rise. You’ll see it in our beautiful décor, glorious gardens and quality food and dining. When everything is right, bright and beautifully done – it’s a place where you can truly love every day.

For more information, call our friendly team on 01202 983970

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Bournemouth Gardens walk

A seasonal walk-through nature and a chance to visit some local food places for when you feel the chill and want to warm up, this is a great chance to enjoy the outdoors with the family as Jack Frost comes to visit.

The start of the walk

Autumn is here and winter will be soon approaching, it’s the perfect time to see the changes of the season with the leaves changing colour and falling from the trees. So, we have decided to bring you a brisk 2-mile walk through somewhere filled with nature and some historical landmarks to enjoy while still being close to some nice cafes to warm up and grab some refreshments. The walk begins at the historical viaducts on Coy Pond Road, if you are bringing your car then you may be able to find a place to park along the road near the pond itself or even in a small car park under the viaduct where Coy Pond Road connects to Dalling Road, if not then you can take the number 16 Morebus to Yarmouth Court and walk down Bourne Valley Road until you reach Coy Pond Road. These viaducts were a target for a Luftwaffe bomber during the Blitz, the bombs missed and unfortunately hit the nearby Bourne Valley Gasworks with many lives lost. See our special commemorative article on page 22 for more details. When you have arrived, follow the road down until you reach the Pond Gardens. Once you have come to the gardens then you can continue down the path and follow it straight, eventually crossing over Branksome Road. The path will continue down for a while so you can relax and enjoy the scenery as the season changes. After some distance you will pass by the water tower, this was built in the style of a Victorian Gothic castle turret around 1885 when it was used to hold a water tank that would supply an ornamental fountain (that is now gone) it also would provide water to local plant schemes planned in the area. After you cross Queens Road you will continue under the Wessex Way overpass and around the Bournemouth Gardens Tennis Centre. Following the path and keeping straight will bring you to the War Memorial that pays tribute to the local people that died during both World Wars. It’s a fitting place to visit now on the 80th anniversary of the Blitz and a good addition for this walk. After passing the memorial you will reach the Square and need to cross over into the Lower Gardens. The Lower Gardens have some toilets to the right as you come enter in case you need them and there is a food kiosk immediately to the left so you may be able to grab some refreshments and rest a bit on one of the park benches. Follow the path through the middle of the gardens, on the left side is where the famous Bournemouth Eye used to carry passengers 500 feet into the air and provide a great view of the area and over the English Channel, take the second left turn


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Gardens Water Tower

War Memorial

The end of the Walk located next to the Garden Deli and cross the bridge over. Crossing the bridge will place you at Pine Walk which you can follow to the end. Pine Walk was originally called Invalids Walk before WW1 due to the reputation it had for pure air and health benefits, resulting in many ill people visiting Bournemouth to make the walk. When you reach the end of Pine Walk there will be a left turn leading upwards to the Picnic Park Deli and the current Bournemouth Aviary. This area marks the end of the walk and places you in the centre of town where you can visit all the nearby shops and warm up or even just catch a number 16 bus and head back if you leave onto Westover Road and go left for a bit until you reach the bus stop.



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The Letter by Kathryn Hughes I was given this book by my mother in law (she passes a lot of books my way!). I don’t always have the time to finish some of them, however, this one I couldn’t put down and read it in almost one sitting! The book begins with one of the main characters, Tina, dealing with a lot of troubles in her life mainly a drunken and abusive husband. Tina works in a charity shop and one day she comes across an unopened letter she finds in an old suit that has been dropped off at the shop. She decides to open the letter and is so moved by what she reads, she’s determined to track down the addressee. The book then takes you back to 1939 and tells the story of Billy and Chrissie and the reasons behind why the letter was written. This is such a heartwarming tale that you instantly feel connected to the characters. From the strict and stiff-upper lipped Dr Skinner, who is determined to make Billy’s life a misery. To the kind hearted, no nonsense Miss McBride who helps Chrissie in her darkest days. I would definitely recommend this book. It is a joy to read and will stir all your emotions. Available at all good book shops and for £4.49 Reviewed by Sarah Harris

ASIN : 1472229959 Publisher : Headline Review (8 Oct. 2015) Language : English Paperback : 416 pages ISBN-10 : 978-1472229953 ISBN-13 : 978-1472229953

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The Perfect Daughter by Alex Stone Jess has spent her whole life trying to please her mother. She finally meets a man who seems to care about her, is interested in her as an individual and encourages her to follow her hopes and dreams. Suddenly he is gone, she is left to face life and her mother alone once again but the police are interested and think she may know something about his disappearance. This was a gripping read. It is full of manipulation, control and a complex relationship between mother and daughter. This book instantly drew me in and as I read through each chapter the more toxic, sinister and utterly believable it became. This is brilliantly written, keeping the reader in suspense right to the end. You think you have it all worked out but nothing is further from the truth. This novel will grip you so you are unable to put it down until you reach the end… be prepared to put your life on hold while you read this book! Available at all good book shops and for £8.99 Reviewed by Alison Evans

ASIN : B09983PPQH Publisher : Boldwood Books (19 Oct. 2021) Language : English Paperback : 355 pages ISBN-10 : 978-1802803136 ISBN-13 : 978-1802803082

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Lost Bournemouth

Local author John Needham’s book Lost Bournemouth is a faithful reminder of the history surrounding Bournemouth and how it has changed. The detail found in the writing captures the events vividly and the chapters break up different parts of Bournemouth into an easy read. Needham has also complimented his historic knowledge with fascinating pictures of times long past to give us a real look into the town of our forefathers, even including some with modern pictures to compare the notable changes we see now. This book is much more accessible than searching dozens of articles online and a must have for anyone interested in the history of the town.

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1 - Fairlight Glen Tram Crash Bournemouth had a history of using trams and with great success, but in 1908 it saw the worst tram accident in the Country when the brakes on tram 73 failed. The vehicle was sent down Avenue Road at a speed of 70mph, the average speed of a tram being 8mph. The tram crashed, left the rails and overturned before falling into Fairlight Glen.

The BIC was opened in 1984 with strong opposition from the public. The BIC was to host to conferences from all three major political parties which brought many visitors and much-wanted revenue to the town. Many today remember a heated swimming pool within the BIC, in 2003 a decision was made to close down the pool, in 2007 it was removed. The Bournemouth bus station was originally located off the square on Exeter Road and was in use until 1980, despite a fire wrecking most of the landmark building in 1976. Demolished in 1982, the site made way for the NCP multi-story car park, currently in operation.

3 - Bournemouth Bus Station

5 - Mr Lewis Tregonwell Statue 4 - Victorian Gardens The Victorian Gardens have been considered the jewel in the crown of Bournemouth, they were taken over by the town and the area was cleared of brambles and undergrowth in 1873. Glades and paths were formed, and wooden bridges that criss-crossed the Bourne Stream were installed.


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The founder of Bournemouth was a captain of the Dorset Yeomanry; Mr Lewis Dymoke Grosvenor Tregonwell who lived from 1758 to 1832. The Statue of the founder, can be found outside of the Bournemouth International Centre.


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6 - The Square This picture shows how the area has changed from 1906, where the at the centre of the square was a grassed area and at its centre was a large pole. This was around the time tram systems were introduced into the town, the first trams arriving around July 1902, running from Pokesdown to the Lansdowne and on to Westbourne through the square, and the square was to become a central terminus.

8 - The Metropole Hotel The Metropole Hotel was located in Lansdowne opposite of Bournemouth & Poole College but was unfortunately destroyed during WW2. The Metropole was hit directly by a German Bomb in 1943 when Bournemouth saw its worst air raid of the war. Canadian servicemen were staying in the hotel when the bomb hit, resulting in many losses of life. The area was not redeveloped until the 1950s when the London House was built, now part of Bournemouth University.

7 - The Invalids’ Walk/The Pine Walk This path going through the Pines next to the Central Gardens to the seaside has been a part of Bournemouth for a long time. The Invalids’ Walk was frequently used due to the belief that the air from the Pine trees was good for the body, especially being so close to the sea air. The name likely a reference to many people who walked the path when ill in hope of being revitalised, changed to the Pine Walk after WW1 to try and change the reputation of the town.

9 - Old Alum Chine bridge The old bridge leading over Alum Chine has seen it’s fair share of history, including visits by writer Robert Louis Stevenson and an18-year old Winston Churchill, who would become the Prime Minister. However, Winston’s visit to the bridge resulted in a 30 ft fall when he attempted to jump to a nearby fir tree branch, resulting in him being bedridden for a few months while he recovered. 165 7

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One of the more well-known attractions of the town, the Bournemouth Eye was a tethered hot air balloon that would take visitors up to 500 feet into the sky in a fully enclosed gondola. The trip lasted only twelve minutes but would provide a fantastic view of the surrounding countryside and the English Channel along with Bournemouth itself, it would even offer fully illuminated night rides.

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There are countle ss changes to the town that have taken place and this book will bring back many memories, using images from the past and some from the present day. Lost Bournemouth shows the reader what has been forgotten and what has disappeared through time. It is an engrossing visual chronicle, providing a wealth of history and recollections for residents and visitors alike.




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In Lost Bournemouth , local author John Needham brings together 160 colour, black-and-white and sepia photographs from throughout last century to show what has change d and how the way of life has altered through the generations. The book will focus on certain areas of the town such as the seafront and the pier, and the cinemas, theatres and the Winter Gardens that enterta ined the many visitors and residents of the town vanished. Even everyd that have now ay street scenes show how Bourne mouth has develop ed, while pictures of the magnificent Victoria Gardens, with its once great fountai ns that have been replace d with flower beds, reveal what has been consigned to the history books.


Since it was founde d in 1810 by Lewis Tregonwell, the Dorset resort of Bournemouth has developed to become a favourite destina tion for holidaymakers across the decade s. Many people have happy recollections of summers spent there, but althoug h the memories remain constant, the town has witnessed many changes, some good and some bad.

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What’s On Autumn/Winter

The Nutcracker

The classic ballet production returns with a full orchestra complements the purity of the dancing and traditional staging, to bring a taste of imperial Russia to the UK. Where: Lighthouse, Poole When: 8 January - 9 January How much: £24.75 - Adult £19.00 - Under 18s Contact: 01202 280000

Ocean Film Festival

The Ocean Film Festival is the place to be if you have a love of films and the aquatic world, the Regent Centre will be holding this experience to entertain anyone! Where: Regent Centre, Christchurch When: Thursday 25 Nov 7:30pm How much: £15.50 per ticket Contact: 01202 499199

Liam White presents

‘The Bublé Experience A music tribute to the world-famous Michael Bublé by the talented Liam White. Unmissable... Where: Highcliffe Castle When: Tuesday 14 December, 7:30pm How much: £15 per ticket Contact: 01202 093377

Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club

The world has been too dry and dreary recently, so get out for an evening and enjoy the Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club at the Pavilion and bring some joy back to the world! Where: Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth When: 5 Dec, 17 Dec, 27 Dec, 31 Dec 7:30pm – 9:30pm How much: £17.50 per ticket Contact: 0300 500 0595

Ballroom with Lawrence James

Christmas at Aruba

Where: Pavilion Dance South West, Bournemouth When: 9 September to 9 December, Monday to Sunday 7:30pm How much: £6.50 per ticket Contact: 01202203630

Where: Aruba, Pier Approach, Bournemouth When: 20 Nov 2021-1 January 2022 How much: £19.50 - £32.50 Contact: 01202 554211

Been inspired by Strictly Come Dancing recently? Well, you aren’t the only one! Lawrence James is here to tach all those looking to move their feet in the ballroom.

Calling Planet Earth

A New Romantic Symphony that pays tribute to one of the most remembered times of music – the 80s! Featuring songs from now legendary artists such as Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, The Human League and more! Where: Regent Centre, Christchurch When: Saturday 11 Dec 7:30pm How much: £26.50 Contact: 01202 499199

New Year’s Eve Fireworks It’s getting closer to the time where we can wave goodbye to this year, why not do it with a bang at the fireworks display? Make sure to get your New Year’s resolutions ready!

Where: Christchurch When: Friday 31 December 7pm More info: https://bonfirenightparty. com/event/dorset/christchurch-newyears-eve-fireworks-2021-12-31/

Christmas Market Bournemouth

The Bournemouth Alpine Market is back this festive season to celebrate the holidays with quaint chalets serving Christmas treats or handmade gifts, this is the perfect place to take a visit over the holidays. Where: The Square, Bournemouth When: 19 November – 2 January How much: Free to attend

Retro Apres Ski club vibes and all things festive at Aruba this holiday with ski themed drinks and retro ski attire encouraged by those attending. Perfect for anyone wanting a snow resort feel.

Magical Fun with Farmer Christmas’ at Farmer Palmers

You can visit the Farmer Palmers Christmas event for a chance to spend a fun day out with the family and even visit the Enchanted Barn with Father Christmas himself! Where: Farmer Palmer’s, Poole When: 11 December -23 December How much: £15.00 per child in addition to normal entrance fee Contact: 01202 622022

‘Fox & Cubs Club’ for dads & kids

If you’re interested in getting to know about the nature on your doorstep then the monthly Fox and Cubs Club sessions are a great activity for dad’s and kids to spend time together outdoors. Where: Upton Country Park, Poole When: Saturday 18th December 10:00am - 11:30am How much: £4 per child, Adults free Contact: https://uptoncountrypark.

The Gallery Upstairs presents ‘Wild’ - the Upton Country Park This is an opportunity for artists in any visual art medium to create new and original work for the Upton Country Park Open 2021.


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