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Making a Song and Dance

reat Oaks care home in Bournemouth recently opened its doors to the community to provide unique entertainment including an aerial hoop display and Milo the dancing dog. The state-of-the-art specialist residential care home put on a spectacular show of live entertainment throughout the day for its “Making a Song & Dance” Open Day. Crazy Circus, a local dance group, wowed guests with a variety of elegant aerial hoop display performances, as well as floor dance routines and a special show with Milo the dancing dog. Rachel Dryden, chief executive officer of Encore explains, “At Encore we pride ourselves on continually offering our residents a choice when it comes to experiencing new and progressive activities which have a

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positive impact on their health and wellbeing. “No two days are the same, and by hosting this community open day at Great Oaks, we had the opportunity to showcase some examples of the type of activities our residents experience as part of their weekly activities programme. Our care staff get involved with the daily activities and enjoy them with residents, as well as inviting outside entertainers into the home. We listen to our residents to create personalised care programmes, which allow us to connect with every person in an imaginative way.” Encore specialises in modern, purpose-built, private care homes. The growing family of homes includes Great Oaks in Bournemouth, which was crowned the winner of the Dorset Building Excellence Awards 2018 for Best Inclusive Building; Fairmile Grange in Christchurch, (in partnership with the

Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust), which has been awarded Top 20 Recommended Care Home in the South West 2018 by; and Hamble Heights in Fareham, which has achieved several awards; including Best Activities in the Regional Great British Care Awards. Visit or call Nikki Toomer on 01202 476960

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Lots to look forward to Welcome to this edition of BH Living. We’ve been listening to reader feedback following our last edition which was really positive. We’re glad so many people like it but we want to make it even better! So in this edition, you’ll find more news about what’s happening in your area, whether you live in Bournemouth, Christchurch or Poole. Dare I say the ‘C’ word yet? We’ve also put together a fantastic ‘Christmas Spread’ giving you the low-down on all the events and festivities across our region for the yuletide season. As well as Christmas, there’s a lot to look forward to in our area over the coming months. Last edition we reported on the new council being formed for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole but at the time, there was a legal challenge from Christchurch Council which had cast doubt on the whole process. This challenge has now been dismissed by the High Court and the ‘merger’ will now take place. For now, the new unitary authority will be called BCP (Bournemouth, Poole & Christchurch) and a shadow council and executive committee have been working hard in the background to make sure the transition is as seamless as possible. More information on the new council and how it’s shaping up can be found on page 4. Have you arranged your works Christmas party yet? Perhaps you’re the person who gets lumbered with arranging the big family get together every Christmas? Fear not, we’ve teamed up with Oceana Hotels to offer one lucky reader the amazing prize of a Free Christmas party for 15 at the luxury Cumberland Hotel in Bournemouth! And if you aren’t the lucky winner, check your inbox after entering the competition for an exclusive discount especially for BH Living readers. Go to page 19 to enter. Finally, I’d just like to draw your attention to our Winter Health feature on page 22. It contains some good advice about how we can help our local NHS during a very demanding period, as well as looking out for our vulnerable neighbours during the dark, cold winter months. Enjoy this edition, have a very Happy Christmas and see you in 2019!

Jason Harris Editor

Contents 4-8 Local News 11 Motoring 14 Local History 16 Christmas across our area 19 Competition Win a Christmas party

21 Your letters 22 Health 24 Charity news 26 Books 28 Remembrance 30 What’s on

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collections, housing and planning applications. Currently both Bournemouth and Poole are already UA’s with Christchurch currently a borough within a County Council. All three towns will become one combined new Unitary Authority on 1 April 2019.

BCP - Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole’s new council Will it affect my local services? BH Living answers the frequently asked questions Throughout this article Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole council is referred to as ‘BCP’ With all the local drama of the judiciary review involving our local councils now well behind us, we now know for certain that our new local council will come into force on 1 April 2019. As a single unitary authority, it will take over from our three existing borough councils. In this article we will try to answer some of the questions you may have in plain easy to understand English. What is a Unitary Authority (UA)? A Unitary Authority is a single tear local government system which differs from that of a County Council structure which is a two tier system (sometimes three tier if Parish Councils are operating in a district or town). A UA is mainly responsible for essential services such as; education, transport, planning, fire and public safety, social care, libraries, waste management, trading standards, rubbish collection, recycling, Council Tax


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Who will be its leader? The leader of the council will not be known until after the first election for the council, due to take place in May 2019. However in the shadow authority Cllr Janet Walton, leader of Poole Borough Council is currently the Shadow Executive Chair. On 17 October the full shadow council confirmed the appointment of Mr Graham Farrant who was duly elected as the Chief Executive of the new BCP Council. Previously Mr Farrant was Chief Executive of HM Land Registry and Chief Land Registrar and also previously held roles as Chief Executive of Thurrock Council and also London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. He transformed Thurrock into a council with a strong regeneration strategy providing excellent services to residents. What is this ‘shadow authority’ I hear and read about? The BCP Shadow Authority is currently made up of 125 members all of whom are current elected Councillors in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. Their primary job is to prepare the area for the new council which will be taking over on 1 April 2019. During this time they will be planning to ensure a seamless transition of key public services from the old council structures to the new unitary authority. They will also be planning budgets and council tax for the new authority. How much is this costing us, the tax payer? It was predicted that the cost for setting up the new BCP Unitary




Authority would cost around £11.8m. At the shadow executive meeting on 17 October funding of £7,936,160 for the delivery of Phases 1 and 2 of the BCP Local Government Reorganisation Programme was approved, in addition to the £1.16m already allocated. Currently this is below estimated costs but with phase 3 of the new council’s formation and also future redundancy costs it is not known yet what the final amount for the setup of the new council will have cost. Some think these costs are high but in the original Future Dorset proposals it was anticipated that across the whole of Dorset savings of £108m could be made within the first six years. Can I contact the Shadow Authority about issues in my local area? The Shadow Authority themselves cannot make decisions on local issues as these will still be the responsibility of our current councils until the change over date, however you can still contact your existing local Councillor, as she/he will still act on your behalf, for now, within the framework of their own borough council. Will I pay more council tax? This has been the subject of much debate and passionate discussion. The current plan being discussed is that Christchurch will have its main council tax rate frozen** for a transitional period of time with Bournemouth and Poole’s rising as per current guidelines until all three towns are paying the same council tax. In truth the answer to this question will not be known until the Shadow Authority agree and votes on the 2019/20 council tax. Are they going to change my refuse/recycling collection day? Rubbish/recycling collection is classed as an essential service, so initially many of us may not see much of a change. However the new authority may make changes in time to deliver these services more efficiently. Can I change my child’s school? This cannot be answered yet until the new council is in place, we have however been told that it is highly likely the current ‘catchment’ areas

will still apply albeit with the possibility of some localised ‘tweaking’ in a few areas. When are the elections for the new BCP Council? Elections for the new council will take place on 2 May 2019. A total of 76 councillors will be elected to the new authority, down 49 from the current 125 members. It is expected that all the main parties will be contesting all seats along with independents in all three towns. The electoral process used will be first past the post with the top two, or in some wards three, candidates with the most votes being elected. Can I apply to become a Councillor? Yes in most circumstances you can, providing you are a British citizen or a citizen of the Commonwealth or European Union*. There are a few exclusions which may prevent you from standing for election. For excellent guidance we recommend you visit this government website: How can I find out more? The Shadow Authority have a website which contains a lot of useful information on the set up of the new council, its membership, minutes of past meetings and a calendar of future meetings. Their website can be found here www.bcpshadowauthority.wordpress. com/membership/ you can also follow the shadow authority on its twitter feed @bcp_sa though at time of writing (Nov 2018) they do not yet have a Facebook page.

Alternatively keep checking out our own BH Living website where you can keep abreast of local issues in all three towns and also comment online about any of the latest burning issues. *correct at time of publication November 2018 ** A precept will apply for any town council created and this will be a small extra cost to residents of the town in which it applies.

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New chairman and director for Poole BID Poole BID (Business Improvement District) has announced the appointment of Adam Keen as the new chairman for the organisation, and welcomes a new director to its management board. Adam Keen, general manager of morebus, said: “I am honoured to have become the new chairman of the Poole BID - this is a very important time for the BID and I look forward to ensuring that the business plan is delivered to levy payers within the five-year term. Jonathan has been instrumental in leading the BID thus far, and I will relish the opportunity to take the reins and help plans develop further.” In addition to this new appointment, Andy Byatt, owner of Titan Leathercraft, has joined the board as a director of Independent Retail. On joining the board, he said: “I’m looking forward to being a part of the board of directors and helping to shape the future of Poole’s high street, making it a progressive and lively place to live and trade.” The Poole BID continues to be managed by Justin Hundley-Appleton, who took over the role in January of this year.

What is the purpose of the Poole BID? There are over 300 BID schemes in the UK, whose purpose is to give businesses, in a defined area, a way to agree on initiatives they want to be delivered, that will help their business thrive. All businesses involved contribute and benefit equally, so while small businesses contribute less than bigger businesses, the percentage remains the same. This creates a fund that has the power to make a real difference. While Poole has stiff competition when it comes to retail – Bournemouth, Castlepoint and, of course, online – it also has strong assets and a lot of exciting potential (see page 8). The ingredients are all there for Poole to be a booming coastal town, and Poole BID has created its five-year plan to maximise the area’s potential. This can be viewed on the Poole BID website: 01202 308800

Is BHS coming back? Beales in Bournemouth is one of four branches of the department chain attempting to revive the British retailing institution, as a concession in some of its stores. This new move is currently in its trial period but and if successful, more branches are expected to follow suit in the spring of next year. Different concessions will be trialed in different areas, to understand if consumers are still interested in the brand. In Bournemouth, the menswear and womenswear concessions are branded British Homestore, a slight change from the traditional British Home Stores. The other three Beales stores involved are in Mansfield, Peterborough and Skegness. BHS fell into administration in 2016, after 88 years of trading. The iconic British brand was a much-loved institution, so this possible comeback is sure to spark some excitement amongst British consumers. lovebeales


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War on Waste Sunrise Organics on St Michael’s Road in Bournemouth has launched a zero waste organic loose food area, in a bid to reduce plastic waste. They also have a refill station, where customers with their own containers can top up on laundry detergent, fabric conditioner, and hygiene products. According to the charity, Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), the UK generates around 2.4 million tonnes of packaging waste per year. Roughly 1.7 million tonnes of this is generated by households. We currently recycle around 50% of plastic bottles and just 12-15% of mixed plastics. These figures show that we still have a long way to go, where recycling is concerned, and serves to highlight the need for schemes to reduce packaging in the first place. Food waste is another hot topic at the moment. WRAP’s ‘ Love Food, Hate Waste’ campaign aims to educate consumers on the environmental impact of food waste, as well the cost to individuals. They estimate that an average family of four could be saving up to £70 per month, by planning meals, getting creative with leftovers, and making better use of their freezer. Their website,, it’s packed full of tips and information to help consumers stay savvy, save money and waste less.

Many supermarkets, including Asda, Aldi, Tesco and Lidl, now offer great deals on ‘wonky’ veg, in an effort to encourage us to embrace food that may not look perfect, but is still perfectly fine to eat. Plenty of wholesome, delicious produce is in season in the UK over the winter months, including pumpkins (why not pick your own at Sopley Farm!), wild mushrooms, and watercress. You can learn more about what’s in season, and find some great recipes here: www.thefoodrush. com/articles/seasonal-food-what-actually-growsin-the-cold-winter-months/ Sunrise Organics: 01202 553155

Having a winter clear-out? Here’s the winter opening times for your local Recycling Centres Millhams Community Recycling Centre, Ringwood Road, Bournemouth, BH11 9LQ. Open 9am-5pm Nuffield Household Recycling Centre, Nuffield Road, Poole, BH17 0RS. Open 9am-4pm Christchurch Household Recycling Centre, Wilverley Road, Christchurch, BH23 3RU. Open 10am-4pm

Poole based IT refurbishment company tackling waste CFA Trading, one of Europe’s biggest IT refurbishment companies, is on a mission to show people how buying a refurbished laptop or PC not only makes economic sense, but helps the environment too. According to HSE (Health and Safety Executive), roughly 2 million tonnes of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) are discarded each year by householders and companies in the UK. This puts a huge strain on landfill and recycling sites. They believe that a shocking number of computers are being discarded once they start slowing down or looking old – despite being fully functional. Rather than letting these machines end up on landfill sites, their aim is to direct them back into the hands of consumers.

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Poole puts  itself on the   map for 2019 3.6m Day visits per year

37% Visitors come from South East & London

£200m Tourism contributes to local economy

Poole Harbour has enjoyed an impressive year of development – and it has no plans to slow down in 2019 In May, the new £10m South Quay berth welcomed its first cruise ship. The deep water quay stands at 200m long and 40m wide, and can accommodate vessels up to 220m in length. It may be some time before we see the likes of Cunard’s Queen Mary II berthing at Poole though. She measures a whopping 345m in length, meaning only the bigger ports - such as Southampton - would be able to accommodate her. The new facilities do however show Poole’s intentions to become a destination for cruise lines so who knows what the future may hold? In September, the port celebrated an historic first, with two cruise ships calling on the same day. The first was the Corinthian, which offers “private yacht-like” accommodation for 100 guests. She will return to Poole six times in 2019. The second to berth at Poole was Astoria, the largest cruise ship to have visited the new cruise berth, measuring 160m. She will return to Poole a further seven times in 2019. Cruise ship calls to Poole doubled in 2018, and it’s predicted they will double again in the coming year. Now that the new cruise facilities are up and running, the Port of Poole has become a member of Cruise Britain, a joint initiative between British cruise ports and service providers, which aims to raise the profile of Britain as a world-class cruise destination.

An exciting future for  Poole town centre With the greater footfall entering Poole by ferry and cruise ship, it’s perhaps no surprise that the town is making efforts to boost its appeal, both in terms of shopping and entertainment. 2019 is set to be an exciting year and should result in more money coming into the local economy. Residents can expect to see more new initiatives, continued improvements and new attractions arriving in the town. Recently, planning permission has been granted for the creation of a new nine-screen cinema complex (including open-air rooftop screen!) and four adjacent restaurants to be sited near the Dolphin Centre at the top of Poole High Street. This great new attraction will aim to keep the town centre of Poole thriving, while the estimated 3.4 million visitors per year to the town will have a betterrounded offering of leisure activities. The Dolphin Centre is also looking to buck the national trend of retailers disappearing from the high street, with the successful launch of two new stores: H&M and Deichmann. They are also offering a range of children’s clubs and activities in their ‘Eco Hub’. eco-hub

Length of football pitch Astoria – 160m Queen Mary 2 – 345m


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Would you travel over 300 miles or to another country to see your optician? Local opticians Parley Optometrists have built a reputation for clinical expertise and advanced eye-care, but are they so special that you should make a special journey? Clearly a lot of people think so, as they boast a client database including some that travel from Cornwall, Wales, the Midlands, Teeside and even France, Cyprus and Australia!

continue to exceed our patients expectations. We’ve got some of the most advanced testing equipment in the country so it figures that we need some of the best, most highly skilled staff to operate it”. The practice was one of the first in the UK to offer 3D retinal scanning or Optical Coherence Tomography, and offers a range of different services above and beyond what is usually available on the high street. This has resulted in them becoming a referral centre for other opticians in the area. The practice also offers an impressive range of frames and contact lenses to suit those with designer tastes or those on a tight budget.

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More experienced professionals have recently joined the clinical team at Parley, which now consists of over 14 staff members. This enables the practice to run four testing clinics per day in their newly refurbished practice. Rob Jones, owner and senior Optometrist explains: “The importance of a good team cannot be underestimated, especially if we want to

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MOTORING Bournemouth Traffic data profiles* show an average daily count of 66,374 (14,000 more vehicles per day since 2001) on the Spur Road between Blackwater and Cooper Dean. 23,818 were recorded at Iford Roundabout with much of this traffic originating from or going towards Christchurch. These figures clearly show neither the A35 through Christchurch nor Iford/Castle Lane West can continue to sustain this yearon-year increase in traffic.

The North  Bournemouth  Corridor Is now the time to seriously discuss the Christchurch bypass? For many years there have been discussions by politicians and environmentalists alike regarding a proposed Christchurch Bypass. Now with the creation of a new council in 2019, has the pendulum swung very much in its favour? With major works currently taking place on the Bournemouth Spur Road we have recently seen a glimpse of the congestion that potentially could fall on our area unless a strategic plan is put in place. Current plans approved or under discussion are:  Plans for 850+ homes on Roeshot Hill   The new school on Fairmile now open  Bournemouth Airport’s new growth plans  The development of Wessex Fields off Castle Lane into a ‘world-class business district’  Plans to significantly increase capacity at AFC Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium  The now confirmed growth of the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospital With the infrastructure as it is presently, these developments would place even more strain on the Spur Road and A35 Barrack Road/Iford Roundabout. Councillor Claire Bath told us that “Christchurch Councillors unanimously agree that a bypass is long overdue for our town. Our roads are in gridlock which affects the local economy and the health of our residents through vehicle emissions”

It’s a problem that isn’t going to go away and has led to various suggestions from local residents and politicians including an interim solution in the form of a North Bournemouth/Christchurch park and ride scheme. Land adjacent to the Spur road could be utilised for this. Environmentally sound bus links to these areas then become viable with safer bike lanes becoming a reality. A mono-rail system is also in the early stages of discussion linking the main conurbation to the airport. With some joined up, strategic thinking from the new BCP council, a number of issues could be addressed in one go. Councillor Lawrence Williams, told us “we need the roads around Iford and the hospital to be relieved and the way forward is the planned A338 extension through Wessex fields. This will certainly help to adjust traffic flows, the finance for this is already in place in the form of government grants through the Dorset LEP. However the corridor through Christchurch, although a great idea, will need careful management, as proved recently, plans are great but the reality hits when the work starts” Whilst echoing Councillor Williams comments, another Bournemouth Cllr, Councillor Bobbie Dove, expressed environmental concerns. She told us “There are 2 main routes** on the table namely the red route and the purple route which differ greatly in cost and also with respect of implications for residents in the area. However, the biggest impact will be on the ecology and biodiversity of the proposed sites, both of which contain SSSI, greenbelt and common land (cowherd’s marsh)” Only one thing is certain; traffic levels will continue to increase year on year as the local economy continues to grow. Forward thinking and sound investment by our new BCP Authority can help to avert future traffic chaos in North Bournemouth and Christchurch and there has arguably never been a better time for discussions to begin. What do you think? Email the editor at *Source: Department for Transport **To read more about the suggested routes referred to above visit our online article at:

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A338 –   will the pain  be worth it? If you drive, or have to use public transport to get to work, it’s likely you’ll have been affected by delays caused by the A338 works.   It has had a widespread effect across the whole conurbation, but do you actually know what’s going on?

When will the works finish?

What are the   planned changes?

The works are scheduled to finish in June 2019, with a break between 10 December and 6 January, to help with the Christmas rush. During the break, the roads will be back to four lanes, but with a 40mph restriction.

The southbound slip road onto the A338 at Blackwater Junction is being extended, and a third lane is being added to the stretch of the A338 from Blackwater towards Cooper Dean. Blackwater Junction has been the scene of many serious and, on occasion, fatal accidents over the years. The aim of these works is to make this stretch of road safer, while improving the flow of traffic in both directions.

The A338 will remain open and useable throughout this entire period, but there will be some lane restrictions.

A major part of the works will include making the current two bridges at Blackwater into one big bridge. This will involve time consuming work within the central reservation to fill in the gap between the northbound bridge and the southbound bridge so the additional lanes can be carried by the one big bridge.

Poole residents urged to find alternative routes during Hunger Hill improvement works – 9 months An £11.7 million scheme of major road improvements, at the Townside area in Poole, started on Monday 8 October 2018.


A338 Facts: I t is 84 miles long and stretches from the A35 in Poole to the A420 in Basselsleigh in Oxfordshire T he A338 Bournemouth Spur Road was built in the early 60s with the A338 Wessex Way road scheme following on in the mid 70s T raffic levels measured in the stretch between Blackwater and Cooper Dean have steadily risen from approx. 53,000 vehicles per day in 2000 to approx. 68,000 in 2017* *Source: Road traffic census information from annual road surveys taken by Dept for Transport

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The Townside scheme covers the area between Hunger Hill and Poole Bridge, including West Street and West Quay Road. It involves the reconfiguration of the Hunger Hill junction to improve its efficiency, as well as the provision of more direct and safer crossings for pedestrians and cyclists.

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This is a major infrastructure project and some disruption is likely, so Borough of Poole is encouraging drivers to think about the steps they can take, such as allowing extra time for their journeys, or using alternative routes.



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Memories of Christchurch


As our three local authorities of Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch prepare to become one ‘Super Council’, BH Living takes a look at the history of each town. Of course the towns won’t cease to exist, it’s only the administration that is changing, hopefully for the better, to secure a more prosperous future for the people of our area. But in these pages, we’ll be taking a look at how each area has developed and thrived over the years.


Photo credit: With thanks to the Christchurch History Society, for their kind permission to publish these photographs.

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We spoke to the Mayor of Christchurch, Cllr Mrs L Dedman, who is asking anyone in the community who has information or documentation pertaining to Christchurch’s heritage, to contribute to an exhibition she is putting together. As the last Mayor of the Ancient Borough of Christchurch before the two new unitary authorities come in place in April 2019, Cllr Dedman is keen to preserve all that makes Christchurch an “Ancient and Historic Borough”. The hope is that the initial exhibition, which she hopes to have ready by March, will be kept and used in a museum setting in the future. To contribute to the exhibition, please contact Cllr Dedman: *Any photos and details you send us will not be used for any marketing purposes and will not be stored on a database or shared with any 3rd party.

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Bournemouth Christmas Tree Wonderland set to dazzle The brand new winter attraction opens on November 16, and will feature over 100 glittering trees. The trail will begin with an illuminated big wheel on the seafront, before moving through the Lower Gardens and featuring themed trees from cities around the world including Moscow, St Petersburg, Bethlehem, Seattle and Warsaw. The centerpiece of the whole attraction will be the Bournemouth Wonderland Tree. This 60ft LED spectacle will be made up of 30,000 individual lights programmed for regular sound and light shows. Visitors will also enjoy a Tree of Light, Santa’s grotto, and a canopy of cascading lights over Pine Tree Walk. Also dotted around the town will be a series of magical illuminations including a giant teddy bear, gingerbread people, animated polar bears, a snow lion, fairies and elves.


As well as what is sure to be a stunning spectacle of decorations and a fun-filled calendar of family events at Poole’s Dolphin Centre, the town is also playing host to some Christmas events with a twist. These are sure to be memorable!

Christmas outdoor films Snuggle up under patio heaters and picnic blankets, to watch a festive favourite. Hot food and drinks will be available to purchase. Where: Sainsbury’s Plaza, Poole, BH15 1EG When: Two showings: 16:30, 18:30 What: Films TBC

Sail with Santa

Christchurch: Christchurch Christmas Festival 24 November, 10am - 8pm Enjoy Santa’s procession, festive street markets and a mini funfair. Listen to choirs, live bands and entertainers in Saxon Square, before the Christmas lights are switched on at 6pm. More information: christchurchchristmasfestival/ Psst! Don’t forget to stop by Runton Road in Branksome, to see the residents’ spectacular Christmas displays, and help raise money for their chosen charity.

Mulled wine and mince pies, Christmas carols, magic show and balloon modelling, snacks and soft drinks. Children will meet Santa and receive a Christmas gift. When: 8 - 9 December 15 December – 24 December Duration: 1 hour and 15 minutes How much: £16.50, infants (0-1) FREE Where: Departure from Poole Quay

Is that you Santa Claus?

This Christmas, Santa is popping up all over Bournemouth, Poole & Christchurch so there’s a good chance he’s making an appearance somewhere near you. Check out some of the places where we’ve heard he’ll be.

Stewarts Garden Centre On November 24, Santa is arriving at Stewarts Garden Centre in Christchurch and Broomhill. Arriving in a 1914 Rolls Royce 40/50 ‘Alpine Eagle’ Continental, and accompanied by the Dorset Youth Marching Band, little ones won’t want to miss out on this memorable day. Santa’s reindeer will even be there on the day. Times: Christchurch 10:15am | Broomhill 1:15pm Throughout December, you’ll also have the chance to meet Santa’s reindeer at Stewarts, and meet Santa in his grotto.


Visit for more information (Booking is essential to visit Santa).

What’s On - Festive Season Outdoor ice skating The outdoor ice rink is back and this year it includes ‘Rinky Dinks’ – a safe and secure area for young ones to experience the ice away from the main rink. When: 15 November – 6 January, 10:30 – 21:30 weekends, 11.45 – 21:30 weekdays. Where: Lower Gardens, Bournemouth, BH1 2AQ How much: Adults £11, Children £9, Conc. £10, Family (2+2) £36 Contact: Christmas lights switch on   at Castlepoint FREE Christmas event. Enjoy a fantastic show full of incredible costumes, dancing and, of course, switching on the Christmas lights. When: 23 November, 17:00 – 19:00 Contact: 01202 510050 Littledown Christmas Market When: 25 November, 11:00 – 16:00 Where: Littledown Centre How much: Adults £1, children 50p, under 5s FREE Contact:

Upton Country House Santa is waiting in his woodland grotto to welcome boys and girls into his real wood cabin complete with animals and interactive fun for the whole family. Opens on 30 November and runs until Christmas eve. Wednesday to Friday 10:30 – 17:00, Weekends 09:30 – 18:00. (Price not available at time of going to press)

Santa’s Grotto in Boscombe The Boscombe Grotto, located in the Sovereign Shopping Centre, features an exciting walk-through fantasy cavern where children can see animatronic Christmas characters and animals, before being taken through by the elves to receive a gift from Santa himself. Open from 1 December to 22 December. Prices not available at time of going to press.

Reindeer making at Hengistbury Head Outdoor Education Centre Make your very own reindeer decoration. When: 24 – 25 November & 1 – 2 December, 12:00 – 15:30 Where: Hengistbury Head, Bournemouth, BH6 4EW How much: £7 per person Contact: 01202 451618 Love Actually with   live orchestra When: 30 November, 19:30 Where: Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts How much: Tickets from £41.25 Contact: 01202 280000 Christmas Drive In Movies A range of movies will be showing, including Elf, Home Alone, and The Polar Express. When: 21 – 23 December, various showings Where: Old Holmesley Run Way, Forest Road, Thorney, Bransgore, Christchurch BH23 How much: £29 per car Contact: For more info and to book, visit

Twynham Church Christmas Fair Twynham Church, Barrack Road, Christchurch, BH23 2AL November 17, 9:30am - 3pm £1 entry. Meet Santa, enjoy live music and children’s activities, and shop at a wide range of stalls.

Spot Santa’s sleigh in the night sky Don’t forget to look out for Santa’s sleigh on Christmas Eve – or rather, the International Space Station. For more information, be sure to check out the NASA website:

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This Christmas season, imagine treating your friends, family or colleagues to a three-course festive meal – for free! Thanks to The Cumberland Hotel in Bournemouth, one lucky person will be able to do just that. The Oceana group of hotels is located in the heart of Bournemouth, and is known for offering a range of party packages and tribute nights, to keep you feeling merry throughout the festive season. The Cumberland pulls out all the stops, with stunning decorations and over 7,000 fairy lights twinkling throughout the hotel. You could even make a night of it, by booking yourself a room, so that when you hang up your dancing shoes you won’t have far to travel to your bed! For more details, visit the Oceana website:

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Chabad’s giant Menorah lighting Bigger is better this Hanukkah, as Chabad Bournemouth will once again light the giant Menorah. On Monday December 3 from 6pm, opposite Bournemouth Pier, watch the lighting and enjoy latkes, chocolate gelt, doughnuts and hot soup. Chag sameach!

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What is Hanukkah? Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish “festival of lights” that hails back to the second century BCE. Israel was ruled by the Greeks, who tried to force their way of life on the Jews. Against the odds, a small group of Jews managed to defeat the army, and drive them from the

land. When the temple was theirs again, they tried to light the Menorah, but found they only had a one-day supply of oil. Miraculously, this oil lasted for the whole eight days, which is why Hanukkah is celebrated with oily foods such as latkes (fried potato pancakes) and doughnuts.

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Keep well this winter For many, this time of year means cosy nights in, lovely hearty food and crisp winter walks. But unfortunately, the colder months can also bring colds and sickness, not to mention hardship to our more vulnerable members of society. We’ve put together some tips for staying healthy and staving off nasty bugs this winter.

Eat and drink well

Keeping warm

Drink plenty of water and make sure you eat healthily. Eating fruit and vegetables that are rich in vitamin C can help boost your immune system, and make you less prone to bugs.

Just keeping warm can be a challenge for those on low incomes. The elderly and long-term sick are particularly vulnerable during winter. Government advice is that thermostats should be set to a minimum of 18 degrees (but ideally 20 degrees). It’s important to have at least one warm room to sit in even if you don’t heat your entire home. Use a blanket to keep warm if you’re sitting for long periods.

Stop the spread of germs If you are over 65, have health problems, or a weak immune system, it’s a good idea to get the flu jab. Ask your GP – most run regular flu jab clinics. If you experience a tummy bug, make sure you stay hydrated. While unpleasant, symptoms should clear up on their own within a few days. Avoid visiting your GP or the hospital, and minimise contact with others (especially children, pregnant women and the elderly), to reduce the risk of spreading the bug. Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds and dry thoroughly. In the event of a tummy bug, give your bathroom a good deep-clean with bleach. More info on the free flu Jab: vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/

Look after your   mental health The winter months can be tough on our mental health as well. It’s estimated that up to 20% of the population could be affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), brought on by the shorter, darker days. Special lamps that mimic daylight have been found to help, such as the Lumie Bodyclock Starter (search “Lumie Bodyclock Starter” on Amazon to see the range).


Drink plenty of hot drinks and ensure you have at least one warm meal per day. It’s a good idea to keep moving, as it keeps your blood circulating. If you’re struggling to make ends meet and need help with food, there are foodbanks across the area that can help. More advice on keeping warm:

For more info   on foodbanks: Bournemouth: Poole: uk/our-projects/hope-crisis-foodbank-plus/poole/

Remember: You may be healthy and ablebodied, but some of your close neighbours may not be. Keep an eye on them during the winter. For many vulnerable people in winter, isolation is the biggest problem so call in on them if you are able.

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Christmas   dinner winner! Food tips to ensure  you and yours stay safe from food poisoning According to the FSA, there is an estimated one million cases of food poisoning in the UK every year. Here are their guidelines to keep you well-fed and merry this Christmas.

Defrosting your turkey  Make sure you check the guidelines on the packaging and allow enough time  If your turkey doesn’t have instructions, you can calculate the time it will need to defrost. In a fridge around 4°C, allow around 10-12 hours per kg  Always defrost your turkey in a container in the fridge, not at room temperature  Make sure your turkey is fully defrosted before cooking, otherwise it may not cook evenly

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Easing the strain on A&E this winter Every winter, we hear stories in the news about the strain faced by A&E so we spoke to Richard Renaut, Chief Operating Officer of The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, to find out what measures are being put in place and what we, as patients, can do to help relieve some of the pressure.

Preparing your turkey To minimise the chance of harmful bacteria spreading, be sure to do the following things:  Use different utensils, plates and chopping boards for ready-to-eat and raw food  Don’t wash raw turkey as this will splash germs onto your hands, clothes and surfaces. Thorough cooking will kill any bacteria present  Wash your hands with soap after touching raw meat  Do not prepare food if you have just had food poisoning or have an infectious illness. For illnesses like norovirus, allow 48 hours after symptoms have ended, before preparing food

Over the winter months of 2017, what factors placed the greatest strain on hospital staff and resources? In Bournemouth and Christchurch we serve a community with a higher number of older people who tend to experience the effects of the cold more than most. Working with our partners, we were able to plan ahead. We have fantastic staff who rose to the challenge, day after day. The snow of early 2018 was a difficult time, due to the challenge of getting staff in and out of the hospital when public transport had drawn to a halt and the roads were dangerous to drive on. Luckily, social media, staff flexibility and our community of 4x4 drivers came to the rescue. As a result of the icy conditions on the roads and pavements, we saw an increase in patients coming in with fall related injuries. What measures were taken to help combat this strain? We work closely with our partners in the community to ensure patients who are medically ready to return home can do so in a timely fashion – at any time there can be 80 or more individuals in hospital beds who would be better off at home. We also opened additional beds during the peak winter period to help support additional demand. We’ve worked to optimize flow through our Emergency Department, and step up staffing numbers, across key services. We are also encouraging people to have the flu jab - this saves lives.

Cooking the turkey

Will similar measures be put in place this year?

If you’re roasting a whole bird, be sure to cook the stuffing separately, rather than inside. Stuffed birds take longer to cook and may not be cooked thoroughly.

We’ve been planning for winter 2018 since the start of the year – we build on the work of previous years and discuss what we can do better and more efficiently internally and with our partners in the community.

Always ensure meat is steaming hot and cooked throughout. Cut into the thickest part of the meat and check there is no pink meat, and that the juices run clear. In a whole bird, this is the area between the leg and the breast. FSA Website:

One of the problems that the NHS experienced was people arriving at A&E when they could have been treated elsewhere. How can people find out where to go to get the right treatment? There’s a handy guide on the Stay Well in Dorset website, which can help you identify what level of care you need, whether it’s a pharmacist, 111, your GP, or a trip to A&E.

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CHARITIES A gateway to fun, help and support BH Living recently dropped in on Bournemouth Gateway Club, based in Winton. It’s a club that provides a place where adults with learning disabilities can come to socialise and learn new skills. The centre is run by three paid members of staff – Sam, Becky and Anna - and multiple volunteers, some of whom are service users themselves. When we arrived to have a look around, a delicious smell was in the air, and we were introduced to Malcolm, the centre’s volunteer chef, who was busy making mushroom stroganoff. There were groups doing cake decorating and craft activities in a very happy, lively and friendly atmosphere. The centre really felt cosy and comfortable, with lots of colour and artwork adorning the walls. It was certainly a warm and welcoming environment. Semi-structured sessions take place on a Thursday and Friday and involve a range of courses and projects, as well as self-led activities such as pool and socialising, and a twocourse hot lunch. On Saturdays, a social night is also offered. Find out more about membership costs, and how you can get involved, contact: Anna Reeves: 07872 627301 Bournemouth Gateway Club, Embassy Youth Centre, Brassey Road, Winton

YMCA hosting the BIG Sleep Easy Directors and staff from over 20 businesses and organisations across Dorset are expected to take part in ‘The BIG Sleep Easy’, YMCA Bournemouth‘s biggest ever sponsored rough sleeping event which is raising awareness of the ever-growing challenges of homelessness in our area. The event is taking place on November 17 at the Bournemouth Sports Club (Chapel Gate), near Bournemouth International Airport. Fundraisers will wrap up warm, build shelters out of cardboard boxes, take part in challenges, then sleep outside for the night. Their only protection will be their sleeping bag, hot drinks, and the warm messages of those who’ve sponsored them.

Bournemouth Council has been provisionally awarded further grants of £349,000 from a £30m central government fund, that has been set up to reduce and prevent homelessness. The council’s successful bid will help to help fund work to reduce the number of rough sleepers in the town.

As well as raising awareness of local homelessness, the event aims to raise at least £10,000 of funds to support the charity’s work. The YMCA provides support for homeless individuals, to help them return to independent living and a positive long-term future.

Get involved! If any local organisations (or individual fundraisers!) would like to get involved, please email Martin Stockley, Fundraising Manager on, or call him on 07897 563473.


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Bournemouth Council awarded more funding for rough sleeper support

The funding boost will help increase support for the most complex rough sleepers in independent accommodation, allow extra support to help rough sleepers into private rental accommodation, and fund an additional psychological specialist to work with individuals. This grant is in addition to the £387,000 that was awarded earlier this year.




Posh Pizza is the order of the day at Jenkins and Sons A long-time fan of the Urban Guild group of restaurants, I was excited to sample the new offering from Jenkins and Sons. Moving away from their more traditional pub-style food, J&S now serve wood-fired pizzas, following the success of their sister restaurant, The Wood Oven. Starter was the fried crispy squid for me, while my partner went for the garlic and mozzarella pizza bread. The squid was cooked in a light, crispy batter and served with a lovely, zesty dipping sauce, and fresh, flavourful salad. It was a delightful mix of textures and delicate flavours. The garlic pizza bread was thin and crispy, with plenty of gooey mozzarella cheese. Delicious!

Posh Cheese & Summer Pizzas

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As a vegetarian, I was pleasantly surprised by the variety on offer, including a vegan pizza option made with cashew cheese. I went for the ‘Posh Cheese’ - the Urban take on the Quatro Formaggi, topped with Barbers 1833 vintage cheese, Dorset Blue Vinney, goat’s curd, and Old Winchester. The four cheeses complemented each other superbly, with the creamy goat’s curd helping to balance out the strong, sharp blue cheese. A cheese lovers dream.

My partner sampled the ‘Summer’ pizza, which featured Chipotle chicken, peppers and a cooling yoghurt and herb drizzle. I’ll have to take his word for it, but I’m told that the combination of flavours was nice, if a bit mild and slightly lacking the kick you’d expect. Although full, we couldn’t pass up the selection of sumptuous sounding desserts. We ordered the Urban mess, and lemon and blueberry posset – purely in the name of research, you understand! Both desserts were very generous. The posset was a perfect balance of creamy and tart, and came with a delicious almond shortbread. The Urban mess was a mountainous heap of meringue, perfectly ripe strawberries, and lashings of thick double cream.

Lemon posset

For me, the atmosphere of J&S has always been a big draw. With its mellow music, warm and friendly service, and quirky décor that pays homage to the building’s origins as a butcher’s shop, it’s an ideal spot for both dinner with friends, or an intimate date. Review by Mel Boyle

Win a meal for two,  courtesy of Urban Guild Urban Guild is offering two lucky people the chance to dine for free at one of their four restaurants: Urban Reef, Urban Beach Hotel, Jenkins & Sons and The Wood Oven. All you have to do is like our facebook page at: Winner will be chosen on Friday November 23. Terms and conditions: Booking must be made at chosen restaurant within 2 months of closing date. Monday-Thursday only, subject to availability.

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“I didn’t plan to become   an author” admits local writer

Stephen telling me about his books over a cup of coffee. Stephen Clegg’s path to becoming a published writer was an unconventional one, filled with intrigue, family secrets and a 250-year old mystery. The former businessman says that while it was never his plan to become an author, he has always loved storytelling. When he discovered some papers belonging to his great, great aunt Maria, he unearthed her twenty-year legal battle to reclaim an estate that belonged to the family. This long and winding road inspired him to write his debut novel Maria’s Papers, which was published in 2012. From that moment, he’d caught the writing bug. Fast forward six years and he’s now working on book number seven – with no sign of slowing down! Originally from Stockport, Stephen settled in Bournemouth in 1971, where he met his wife Jay. The pair have two children and four grandchildren.

‘We absolutely love it here,’ he says. ‘It’s a lovely part of the world.’ When asked about his writing methods, Stephen told me,

‘I absolutely do not plan the books from start to finish. The one that’s at the publisher at the moment…I didn’t know until about 6 pages from the end how I was going to end the story!’ His books span across many decades, which Stephen says threw up a few challenges in terms of research, from mundane everyday life – for example, whether lamps were gas-powered or electrical – to the more in-depth details, such as the inner workings of the rail networks and local police departments. Talking to Stephen and seeing his enthusiasm, not to mention the astonishing rate at which he’s publishing his novels, it’s clear to see that he’s a natural-born storyteller.

‘I keep saying to my family that I’m going to stop writing, but I don’t think I can turn the process off!’ he laughs. You can get in touch with Stephen via his website, By Mel Boyle’


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The Hallenbeck Echo Stephen F. Clegg, Austin Macauley, 2017 Part of a series of books by local author, Stephen Clegg, The Hallenbeck Echo is a pacey, intriguing story that takes its readers on a journey that spans the decades following World War II. Following a bizarre set of events, historians and police become embroiled in a mystery that runs deeper than any of them could have imagined, and unearths the horrific past of a secret weapons research facility. This is a cleverly-crafted story filled with twists and turns that keep the reader guessing. It’s chilling and suspenseful, but the action is broken up nicely with moments of humour. It seamlessly manages to be both detailed and easy to follow. It’s not a short book, by any means, but the engaging style and well-thought-out narrative make it an enjoyable, easy read.

A perfect read for fans of pacey mysteries filled with clever conspiracies and suspenseful plot twists. A real page-turner.

My Arch-Enemy Is a Brain in a Jar David Solomons, Nosy Crow, 2018 They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but it’s impossible not to be drawn in by this one, with its green sparkles and purple pages. My Arch-Enemy Is a Brain in a Jar is the fourth children’s book by David Solomons, local screenwriter, author, and husband of novelist Natasha Solomons. Brothers Luke and Zack have swapped bodies. While Zack only has his brother’s weird feet, Luke is now the proud owner of Zack’s superpowers. An encounter with his arch-enemy gives him the perfect opportunity to test his new-found powers, and plenty of hilarious high jinks ensue. Children will love this creative take on the classic “body-swap” genre, and the fun and engaging storytelling will appeal to big kids too!

A fun, exciting read that should keep children hooked from start to finish.

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REMEMBRANCE Marking the 100th   anniversary of the end of WW1

We will remember them 2018 marks 100 years since the end of World War 1. On the 11 day of the 11 month at 11am, the guns finally fell silent and peace prevailed, for a while at least. This year, we not only remember the 100 years since the end of World War 1 but also those who have given their lives in the service of their country in the wars and conflicts since.

Remembrance Day,   Sunday November 11

Poole –   War Memorial, Poole Park

Bournemouth – War Memorial, The Remembrance service will start at 10:50am, with a field gun salute at the Central Gardens The Remembrance service will be held by the War Memorial in the Central Gardens (opposite the Town Hall). It starts at 10:57am, followed by a two-minute silence at 11am. The service will last around 40 minutes and will finish with a wreath laying ceremony. HM Lord-Lieutenant of Dorset (or their representative) and the Mayor will lay the first wreaths, followed by military and civilian organisations, and finally the Ex-Service Wreath Layers will lay their wreaths together. You can watch the service in Bourne Avenue (an area of the Central Gardens), or in Avenue Road. Areas in Bournemouth Avenue and the Gardens are reserved for wheelchair users. There will be two formal parades made up of ex-service men and women, and youth organisations. The parades set off at 10:35am from Exeter Crescent, and will march through the town centre to the War Memorial to take up their positions.


beginning and the end of the two-minute silence. A parade will enter the park before the service. The Society for Poole will be laying a wreath at the War Memorial at Poole Park and Hamworthy Park.

Christchurch On Saturday 3 November, Christchurch Royal British Legion Band will be holding a Festival of Remembrance at Christchurch Priory and will be joined by the excellent piped band of Clayesmore School. Tickets can be purchased by calling 01202 874610 or via the Priory’s online ticketing system: On Sunday 11 November, People will line the parade route and pay their respects. The schedule is as follows: 9:50am: Parade (led by the Band of the Royal British Legion) sets off from the British Legion premises in Bargates and marches down Bargates and the High Street. The parade will pick up the Mayoral party at Saxon Square.

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‘Battle’s Over’ is a national day of events commemorating the centenary of Armistice Day. As part of this, a lone piper will play ‘Battle’s O’er’ at 6am at Bournemouth’s War Memorial. Jenny Young, a Bournemouth historian, has managed to compile a full list of the 1,222 men with direct links to Bournemouth who lost their lives in WW1. In honour of these fallen men, 1,222 poppy crosses will be planted in front of the Town Hall. Five ‘silent soldier’ silhouettes will be stationed around the town, as well as an LED candlelit memorial frame in the Gardens. At 6:40pm, a cascade of poppies will be projected onto the front of the Town Hall, and the names of the first and last to die will be read out. A trumpet will sound the Last Post, followed by the Reveille. At 7pm, a beacon will be lit, to signify peace. Throughout November, Bournemouth Library will host an exhibition sharing stories of local men who lost their lives in 1918. The Russell-Cotes gallery is running a First World War exhibition until November 18, which features military memorabilia, artefacts and artwork. 10:10am: Arrive at the Prior to lay wreaths in the Garden of Remembrance. Members of the public will enter the Priory through the main north door. 10:50am: Remembrance service begins, followed by a two-minute silence at 11:00am. The parade will then return to the Legion premises.




Essential information to help protect your property this winter

Top ten tips for a problem-free winter 1. Know where your internal stop tap is and how to turn it off. If you don’t have one you’ll need to get one installed as it’s an insurance requirement to operate and control the supply in the case of an emergency 2. Check existing insulation and replace areas showing wear and tear 3. Fully lag all pipes if possible but especially those in unheated areas such as lofts, garages or gardens 4. Get advice about insulation thickness from the experts at a DIY store 5. Isolate and drain outside taps

Are you ready for winter? There are lots of simple steps you can take to prepare for a cold winter and now is a great time to get ahead and make sure homes are snug. Need a bit of extra help? If you, or someone in your house, has a medical condition that requires constant access to a supply of water, or you would find it difficult to reach an alternative supply during an interruption to the mains supply then sign up to our Priority Services Register.

6. On very cold days, leave the loft hatch open to allow warm air to circulate and prevent pipes from freezing

Did you know? Your gas and electricity provider also offer priority assistance, you’ll need to contact them directly to sign up for their Priority Services.

7. If you’re away for a few days, ask a friend to visit and keep watch for leaks

8. If you’re away for longer, leave your central heating on a low setting 9. Cold water tanks should be insulated on all sides but not underneath to allow warm air to circulate 10. Keep the contact details of a reputable plumber to hand.

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What’s On Bransgore Bonfire and Fireworks Come early and enjoy the sounds of the Christchurch & Highcliffe Brass Band. Hot food available to buy. Where: The Three Tuns Inn, Ringwood Road, Bransgore, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 8JH When: 2 November from 17:30 How much: Tickets in advance: £15 family (2 adults and up to 3 children age 3-16 yrs), £5 adult and £3 child (age 3-16yrs). Contact: Buy tickets online (booking fee applies) or from Bransgore School, The Village Pet Shop or Three Tuns Inn. On the gate prices, £7 adult and £5 child (3-16 yrs). Littledown Fireworks Where: Littledown Centre When: 3 November, Gates open from 5pm. Displays at 7pm, 8pm and 9pm How much: Adults £7, children £4.50 Contact: Bonfire Night Fireworks on   Poole Quay Jugglers, live music and fire performers. When: 5 November, Entertainment starts at 17:00 with a free fireworks display at 20:00

Wine and cheese evening in aid of Julia’s House Bodega Where: 12 Wick Lane, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 1HX When: 7 November, 19:30 How much: Tickets: £25 (£5 of every ticket will be donated to Julia’s House) Call ahead to book. Contact: 01202 476857 Rick Astley Live in Concert Where: Bournemouth International Centre When: 10 November, 18:30 How much: Tickets from £30.75 Contact: 0844 5763000 Bournemouth Symphony Chorus presents: Always Remembered, A Commemoration for Armistice An epic and moving programme of great music and readings including recitations of poems and heartfelt letters home from the trenches written by Dorset soldiers.Conductor: David Hill Where: Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts When: 11 November, 16:00 How much: Tickets from £12.75 Contact: 01202 280000 Steve Peat – Bikes and Beers Mountain biking superstar, Steve Peat, tells the story of his illustrious career. Where: Regent Centre When: 20 November, 19:30 How much: Tickets £19 Contact: 01202 499199


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Jurassic Park in Concert  Celebrate the classic franchise’s 25th anniversary with an unforgettable screening accompanied by a live orchestra. Where: Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre When: 22 November, 19:30 How much: Tickets from £26.50 Contact: 0844 5763000 Royal Marines Christmas Soectacular The world famous Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines will end the year with a military music spectacular featuring festive music, military marches, big band hits and popular showstoppers Where: Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre When: 29 November, 19:30 How much: Tickets from £19.50 - £22.75 Contact: 0844 5763000 Dorset Vegan Festival Where: Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts When: 9 December, 10:30 – 16:30 How much: £5 (Under 16s FREE) Contact: 01202 280000 The Exorcism Where: Bournemouth Little Theatre When: 10 – 15 December, 19:45 How much: Tickets: Adults £8 - £10 Contact: 01202 513361 Snow Patrol Live in Concert Where: Bournemouth International Centre When: 27 January 2019 How much: Tickets from £61.25 Contact: 0844 5763000


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News from the three towns of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole including; What's On this festive season, A338 News, Winter Health, local b...

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News from the three towns of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole including; What's On this festive season, A338 News, Winter Health, local b...

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