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A year to forget or a year to remember? Hello everyone, When we published our last edition back in the summer, we were emerging from lockdown, the sun was shining, pubs and restaurants had reopened and children were preparing to return to school. But as I write this short introduction to the latest edition, we find ourselves in the middle of a second national lockdown. In the last edition, things felt positive - we looked at life after lockdown with our post-coronavirus specs on. Restrictions were hastily being eased, the death toll figures were back in single numbers and the ‘R’ rate was below 1. Everything was heading in the right direction. Few of us thought that by autumn, we’d be back where we started. The fragile optimism we had previously, has all but shattered. It feels more difficult to stay positive than before. If any readers are feeling the mental strain at the moment, we’ve published details of a special 24/7 helpline on page 6. Earlier in the year, even in the midst of a lengthy lockdown, many thought that we’d be over the worst by the summer, that things would return to something more like the normal we were used to. For businesses in our region, the last lockdown was a case of sitting tight and ‘waiting for it to blow over’ with most still prepared to look to, and invest in, the future. The mood in the business community now feels more sombre - will this be the last lockdown or will there be more? How long will restrictions last for? When will business confidence return? So I make no apologies in this edition that we’re highlighting the need for all of us to support local businesses as best we can. Check out our ‘Shop Safe’ article on page 11 and our Christmas feature starting on page 14 with details of free parking and reduced bus travel. This December is a very different one to last year. But is there light at the end of the tunnel? Let’s hope that the recent announcements of a vaccine help that much needed optimism to return. It’s widely reported that it’s 95% effective - I just hope I’m not in the 5%. Still, must try and stay positive! Until next time.

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Contents 4-7 Local News 9-11 Business News 12-13 Stay Well This Winter 14-17 Christmas With A Difference 18  Bournemouth Bid 20-23 Modern Slavery 24-26 Book Reviews 28 Happy Hounds 29 Search For A Christmas Star 30 What’s On BH Living Magazine, both in print and electronically, is produced, published and distributed by IMS Group who are an independent magazine publisher with no affiliation to any council or political party. All views and comments expressed in editorial content or by advertisers do not necessarily reflect the views of IMS Group. BH Living is distributed door-to-door in Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole to over 170,000 households. It can also be found at selected pick-up points across the three towns. All content is copyrighted by IMS Group and may not be used or reproduced wholly or in part without the written consent of IMS Ltd. Published & Produced by: IMS Group Distributed by: IMS Group Editor: Jason Harris Features Writer: Vikki Cook Graphic Design: Dan Bartlett For editorial enquiries contact: editor@bhliving.co.uk For advertising enquiries contact: sales@ims-group.co.uk For distribution or subscription enquiries contact: distribution@ims-group.co.uk

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Lansdowne Transformation plans pass first hurdle A £7.7million plan to transform the heart of Lansdowne has been given the green light, following the approval of an ‘initial delivery phase’. BCP Council’s long term vision for Lansdowne is to create an exciting and attractive place to live, work, study and enjoy which will be achieved through a series of major investments to create new urban areas for people to interact, sit outside, host meetings, enjoy events and innovate. Following approval by Cabinet, BCP Council will now progress with more detailed design work and plan how the project will be happen. The emphasis will be on transforming the area, creating an attractive environment aiming to encourage people to stay in the area for longer, meet friends and spend time with colleagues. Councillor Philip Broadhead, Deputy Leader of BCP Council and Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Economy and Strategic Planning, said: “This is a major steppingstone for delivering our

long-term transformational vision for the Lansdowne area. Having listened to the Lansdowne community, these initial improvements will focus on supporting local businesses, economic recovery and better ways of travel. They will also complement the dynamic business community, encourage people back into local businesses and be a springboard for future investments.’’ Following feedback from residents, businesses and transport providers, the first phase will deliver improvements which won’t mean the closure of Holdenhurst Road. This will include art installations, seating and a new event space located outside the Old Fire Station. In addition, a new segregated cycle route, improvements for local buses and safer pedestrian crossing points will be introduced. Funding for the project was secured through a £4.8m million ‘grant’ through the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership Local Growth Deal Funding 3 programme. A further £2.89 million of council ‘match’ funding from local contributions will also be invested in the area, resulting in almost £7.7 million of investment for the Lansdowne area. For more information on the Lansdowne programme, visit: bcpcouncil.gov.uk/lansdowne

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Together We Can - more volunteers needed to help vulnerable residents BCP Council are appealing for more volunteers from across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole to support vulnerable residents needing help and support during the national lockdown and beyond. The council’s ‘Together We Can’ community support helpline has been stepped up following the announcement of lockdown and support is available for those residents who are isolated and need help and do not have friends or family nearby to assist. If you would like to offer your time and help or find out more information: Visit Community Action Network: www.can100.org Email: togetherwecan@can100.org Phone: 01202 466130.

As many as 143,000 disposable face masks are sent to landfill every single day in BCP Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole is binning an incredible 143,262 disposable face masks every single day, according to waste firm Trade Waste, with reports that many face masks are being carelessly discarded in the street or ending up in streams and rivers. “If you walk around Bournemouth today you will see disposable face masks being blown around with leaves in the gutter – they are the new cigarette butt – people are simply chucking them after use. We know that as many as143,262 are being sent to landfill each day in the BCP area – but just how many end-up elsewhere is the scary part”, says Charlotte Green from Bournemouth waste company TradeWaste.co.uk Now that face mask wearing has become a standard part of lockdown life, their disposal is being highlighted as a major new environmental crisis, with masks being found in streams, rivers, and oceans – like the modern-day plastic bottle. Disposable face masks are typically made from plastic in 3 layers: • Non-woven plastic fabric outer • Melt-blown polymer filter such as polypropylene • Non-woven plastic fabric inner • Other – cotton ear loops and metal nose piece

and mask use continue. then “Ifthisrestrictions issue is going to get progressively worse – action needs to be taken today ”

Charlotte Green from TradeWaste.co.uk

The other issue with a disposable mask are the ear loops and metal piece used to grip the nose. If these are discarded intact, they can become entangled around animals and wildlife, especially so when they end up in water courses.

The main problem is that they are specifically designed to be disposable. In a medical setting this is controlled, but out in our towns and cities it’s not. The result is thousands of masks entering the waste system One solution may be to purchase reusable masks and wash them regularly, Many retailers now stock reusable masks including most of the high street fashion chains, small independents and supermarkets.

A survey by Bournemouth waste company TradeWaste.co.uk found that the numbers of masks being discarded daily are truly staggering:

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10% are reused, 90% are discarded Globally we use 129 billion face masks per month

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Dorset Christmas Trees partners with Diverse Abilities Dorset Christmas Trees has partnered with local disability charity, Diverse Abilities, to offer a sustainable solution for disposing of the trees it sells after the festive period. Dorset Christmas Trees are employing out of work hospitality teams to deliver the trees locally and will create a minimum of 10 jobs for the initiative. The trees are available online but will also be available for collection on chosen dates in December from the BackYard Apres Ski bar at the Royal Exeter Hotel (Exeter Road, Bournemouth). Simon Brooks, one of the founders of Dorset Christmas Trees, commented: “2020 has been a really tough year for all hospitality workers, and we hope that this offering can help them during what would normally be one of their busiest times of year. “It made sense for us to partner up with Diverse Abilities to promote sustainable disposal of the trees and to further support our local community when they need it most.” Christmas Treecycling, provided by Diverse Abilities, is in its fifth year and will run over the weekend of Saturday 9, Sunday 10, and Monday 11 January 2021. A donation of £10 is suggested on booking a tree for collection. Emma Bovey, fundraising manager at Diverse Abilities, said: “Our Christmas tree collections have returned for the festive season, and we are doing everything we can to make sure it’s a COVID-friendly operation this year. Our collections are always contactless for bookers, so there’s no need to wait for us to turn up over the weekend, pop your tree outside and we’ll do the rest. “Your £10 can help to fund a festive activity session for the children and adults we support, whether that’s baking Christmas cookies or an afternoon of hot chocolates and movies, every penny really does help. Make sure you book early – we sell out every year!” Visit dorsetchristmastrees.com to order your tree, prices from £35, and diverseabilities.org.uk/trees to book a treecycling collection in January.

LOCAL MENTAL HEALTH HELPLINE OPEN 24/7 DURING PANDEMIC Connection is a round-the-clock helpline for people of all ages, anywhere in Dorset, who are experiencing mental health problems and need support. The number

0300 123 5440

offers 24/7 telephone access to mental health advice and support as part of Access Mental Health. You do not need to be known by the service. Phone support and advice is also available for those concerned about a friend or family member experiencing poor mental health. This number will charge at your local rate but Connection can also be accessed via NHS 111 for free. Staff are trained to support anyone who calls, regardless of the level of mental health crisis, and can signpost you to the most appropriate service which meets your needs. This may include directing you to drop-in services that can help. Telephone: 0300 123 5440 Web: www.dorsethealthcare.nhs.uk/patients-and-visitors/our-serviceshospitals/mental-health/connection

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What’s the best way of communicating with the Police? The public is being asked how they would like to communicate with Dorset Police as part of the second phase of a major survey. The survey is looking for people’s views on how they would prefer to contact Dorset Police, as well as how they would like to learn more about the ongoing work being carried out by the Force.

Tackling homelessness and rough sleeping together In the last year, local organisations from across the homelessness sector have been working under the banner of the Homelessness Partnership to end homelessness in the conurbation with the shared goal that ‘everyone has a safe place to live that they can call home’. The draft strategy focuses on three core aims: early and effective prevention, reducing and stopping the reoccurrence of homelessness, and ongoing service improvement and development.

The results will be used to help the Police develop the way it communicates with the public. Anyone who lives, works in or visits the county is now being asked to spend a few minutes completing the survey. This current phase of the survey launched on Wednesday 18 November and closes on Monday 14 December 2020. Chief Constable James Vaughan said: “The Force receives thousands of calls, emails and other messages every week, and we work hard to communicate openly and quickly.

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We want to make sure the public can receive help or information from us as effectively as possible, and so as we continue to invest in new technology and make improvements, it’s essential we know what matters most to the people who we serve.

The survey looks into which option members of the public would choose if they wanted to report a non-emergency matter to Dorset Police, and how they would expect to be treated if they had to make an emergency call to the Force. Have your say at: www.dorsetpolicesurvey.co.uk

The Homelessness Partnership is inviting local residents, businesses and the general public to have their say on how homelessness and rough sleeping can be resolved and prevented across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. The consultation, which launched on 28 October 2020 and will run until 20 January 2021, will help create a shared approach to tackling this issue. Find out more and view the consultation here: www.bcpcouncil.gov. uk/About-the-council/ Have-your-say/Consultations/DraftHomelessness-and-Rough-SleepingStrategy-Consultation.aspx

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“Right now, every young person in the UK is at a disadvantage. 16-24-year olds are seeing the biggest rise in unemployment whilst those from low socio-economic backgrounds are hardest hit. It is clear that Covid-19 will continue to affect lives and livelihoods into 2021 and far beyond.” So says Dr Emma Egging CEO of Jon Egging Trust (JET), who is calling for change if the nation’s young people are to be given the opportunity to thrive. The charity, which specialises in delivering early intervention life-skills programmes are seeking to support more young people and teachers than ever before by introducing a new digital toolkit. ‘JET Inspired,’ a series of films and resources have been developed in partnership with the Red Arrows and licensed by the Ministry of Defence to help young people to re-engage with education and learn key emotional skills that will enable them to feel positive about their futures.

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Bethany’s story Bethany, now aged 19, took part in JET’s Blue Skies Programme from 2013-2016 and found it an immensely constructive experience that helped shape her future decisions.

JET Inspired offers a unique and accessible learning programme that provides young people with the confidence to overcome adversity, identify their strengths and reach their full potential.

JET CEO Dr Emma Egging comments: “Bethany was selected for one of JET’s intensive programmes from 2013-2016 because she had low self-esteem, wasn’t sure what she wanted to do after school and was disengaging from learning as a result.

JET’s Area Director for the South, Allie Hack comments: “Working with young people who have experienced challenges and difficulties in their young lives, shows that often their response is to keep things safe. Where they have experienced trauma or events which have damaged their self-belief and confidence, young people do not want to push themselves, in case they experience events that might further set them back. This limits their ambitions.

“Bethany now currently works two jobs and despite being in the midst of a pandemic affecting the futures of every young person in the UK, Bethany is in great spirits. She explained that despite working 6 days a week and doing some really unsocial hours, she was happy to be in employment. Working two jobs enables her to rent a house with her boyfriend and save up for her degree.”

“Opportunities pass them by, they don’t see themselves as candidates for positions of responsibility and yet often they are extremely resilient individuals. Our programmes allow such young people to reach higher, see the value in their views and invest in their own ambitions.” JET aims to see more emphasis placed on providing the emotional toolkits in schools to support young people in making the right choices.

Bethany said: “The Jon Egging Trust made me the person I am today. Every skill that I have, comes from the foundation that JET built with me when I was just 12. Every year with the programme I developed these skills and my personality blossomed. I love who I turned out to be and I owe it all to JET.” To support JET’s Emergency Appeal please visit: www.joneggingtrust. org.uk/donate/

Careers Hub appeals directly to local businesses to help young people Dorset Careers Hub, delivered by Dorset LEP in partnership with BCP and Dorset Councils, is asking local businesses to provide virtual work experiences for the region’s young people in a move to ensure future talent in Dorset’s key industries isn’t stifled or snuffed out during the current pandemic. The hub are appealing to Dorset’s business community to help create valuable experiences for our region’s young people to work in some of our county’s most exciting and promising companies this academic year. Dorset Careers Hub is especially keen to hear from businesses in the digital or creative industries, finance, manufacturing, health and social care, exporting, construction and tourism. Steve Williams, Careers Hub Lead at Dorset LEP, said: “A small contribution of company time could make a huge impact on a young person’s life prospects. Dorset has a healthy mix of established sectors and new, high potential areas - providing young people with insights into these opportunities will help ensure we develop and retain talent in our region.” To find out more about Dorset Careers Hub visit: www.dorsetlep.co.uk/careers-hub

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We’re supporting BCP Council’s ‘search and shop local’ campaign BH Living is throwing it’s weight behind BCP Council’s latest ‘Shop Local’ Campaign. Residents across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole are being encouraged to ‘Search and Shop Local’ as part of an ongoing initiative to support local businesses throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

“And of course we look forward to welcoming residents and visitors back to the town’s fantastic retail and hospitality businesses when restrictions are lifted and it is safe to do so.”

With non-essential retail shops closed during November due to national restrictions, BCP Council’s ‘Rediscover Safely’ initiative is encouraging everyone to support their local high street and boost the local economy by appealing to all those who may be tempted to shop online over the next month to search and shop local instead.

Andrew Barfield, President of Christchurch Chamber of Trade & Commerce, said “There’s a wealth of retail offers along Christchurch high street all needing the support of local residents.” Paul Clarke, Chair of Coastal BID, echoed the sentiments saying “Our coastal villages across the BCP region sit at the heart of those local communities and we all need to do our bit to keep that heart beating.”

Cllr Philip Broadhead, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Economy and Strategic Planning, BCP Council, said; “Our high streets play a key role in creating a sense of community and place. Behind every shop frontage is at least one livelihood that depends on local people choosing to shop with them. This is why we are reminding everyone to rediscover the magic of the local high street when shopping online.

Steve Reilly of Poole BID, said; “The high street and Quay needs the support, there’s a great offer on our doorstep and we need people to search and shop local wherever possible.” Rediscover Safely is funded by a Reopening High Streets Safely grant from the European Regional Development Fund, allocated to BCP Council by the government. Businesses can access promotional material to display in windows and in-store by visiting: www.bcpcouncil.gov.uk/News/ News-Features/COVID-19/Rediscover-your-high-streets-safely

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KEEP WARM THIS WINTER

By Vikki Cook Am I entitled? You can start claiming winter fuel payments if you: Winter can be a wonderful time, filled with mince pies, Christmas, and the sheer pleasure of curling up away from the cold in a warm house. But while you hunker down by a radiator this year, spare a thought for those who aren’t so lucky. In 2019, a report by National Energy Action (NEA) and E3G (an environmental group set up to tackle climate change) revealed that 17,000 people had died that winter due to fuel poverty – the inability to pay for sufficient heating in their homes. The elderly are particularly vulnerable in cold weather so if you’re worried about heating your home this winter, find out if you’re eligible for fuel payments to help you cover the cost.

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• Were born before 5 October 1954. • Are receiving a state pension or other social security benefit (not including house or council tax reduction, child benefit or universal credits). • Lived in the UK for at least 1 day between 21 and 27 September 2020 – the period known as ‘the qualifying week’.

How do I claim if I’m eligible? It all happens automatically. The Government will send you a letter telling you how much they will pay towards heating your home and when to expect the payment. They will then send the money straight to your bank account, usually between November and December.

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KEEP WARM THIS WINTER How much will I get? This is decided by when you were born and your circumstances:

What if I’m entitled but I haven’t received anything? If you’ve never had the payments before, don’t receive a state pension and you only receive universal credits, housing benefits, council tax reductions or child benefits, you’ll need to contact the Government to arrange the payments yourself. You can call the Winter Fuel Payment Centre on 0800 731 0160. Make sure you have to hand your National Insurance number, bank or building society details and the date you were married or entered into a civil partnership. You can also download a claim form to post to the Winter Fuel Payment Centre by visiting www.gov.uk/government/ publications/winter-fuel-payment-claim-form.

Worried about a vulnerable or elderly neighbour or relative? Remember to check on those around you who might be most at risk of suffering in the cold weather this winter. With the coronavirus limiting our social activities it will be harder for many people to reach out for help. If someone seems to be struggling, you can suggest they contact the BCP COVID-19 Community Response Helpline. A volunteer can help with shopping or prescriptions if they are unable to get out. Age UK’s Advice Line can offer specific advice on how to help an elderly person if you’re concerned they might not be coping in the cold weather. If you’re worried that an adult is suffering in cold weather due to neglect, contact Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch Safeguarding Adults Board (BCPSAB), who can investigate and take action if necessary.

Receiving a fuel payment you don’t really need? If you’re entitled to a fuel allowance but can comfortably afford to manage without it, consider donating your fuel allowance to someone else in need. Dorset Community Foundation’s Surviving Winter fund takes donations to help those living in fuel poverty. For more information on how you can donate your allowance, visit dorsetcommunityfoundation.org/ appeals/surviving-winter/ or call them on 01202 670815.

SIGNPOSTING BCP COVID-19 Community Response Helpline – 0300 1237052 (8am-8pm, 7 days a week) Age UK Advice Line – 0800 678 1604 (8am-7pm, 7 days a week) BCPSAB (Bournemouth & Christchurch) - 01202 454979 BCPSAB (Poole) - 01202 633902 Out of hours BCPSAB for all areas: 0300 123 9895

Tips to stay warm If you don’t qualify for a Winter Fuel Allowance, or if you’re simply trying to save money this winter, try one of these tips to help you warm up without turning up the heating. • Brew a cuppa. Alcohol can lower your body temperature so step away from the hot toddies, but tea, coffee, hot chocolate or warm squash will help keep you warm and hydrated in cold weather. • Eat your heat. Porridge, soups, stews, casseroles and roast dinners. This time of the year is perfect for hot comfort food. Whether you pop open a tin or make it from scratch, a hot meal will keep your body temperature warm for that little bit longer. • Keep moving. Moving about builds up thermal energy inside your body so the more active you are, the warmer you’ll feel. Take a short walk around your home during ad breaks while watching TV, set an hourly alarm to remind you to get up and do something small, or make sure you stand up whenever you’re on the phone to someone. Find a method that works for you and use it to get that blood pumping. • Isolate the warmth. Want to turn on the heating but can’t afford to heat the whole house? Turn off the radiators in any rooms you don’t use on a regular basis and leave it on in the rooms you use frequently, such as the living room and bedroom. • Bottle it up. Make use of hot water bottles. Keeping a cover on it will not only make it nicer to cuddle up to, it will keep the heat in for longer. When it starts to cool, remove it from the cover to take advantage of the heat that’s left before you refill it. • Block out the draughts. Keep your internal doors closed as much as possible and invest in draught excluders, keyhole covers and thicker curtains to limit the amount of cool air that can move through your home. • Layer up. It can be tempting to throw on a nice, thick jumper but lots of thin layers are more effective at keeping you warm than one thick layer because of the air that gets trapped between them. Still cold? Thermal undies might not be the most attractive item of clothing but they work wonders at keeping in warmth. • Cover up with blankets. Electric blankets can be a great source of warmth but remember they can also be a fire risk and must be used with care. Normal blankets will still keep you toasty and they don’t need to be plugged in. Just make sure they’re stored neatly away after use so they don’t become a trip hazard.

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Christmas with a

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Many of us will be looking forward to Christmas this year and why not? We’re just a step away from kissing goodbye to what has to be one of the worst years in most our lifetimes.

2020 has not been a positive one for most but Christmas is a chance to put the doom and gloom and behind us and focus on something a little more positive, hopefully with family and friends but at the time of going to press, England is still in lockdown and the future still a little uncertain.

most of us this year. For those who spend Christmas with the extended family in big gatherings, it’s unlikely that this will be allowed. And for those who usually attend church, it’s unlikely that there will be many Christmas services this year either. But this Christmas also gives us the chance to do things differently and to perhaps be a bit more creative in the way we celebrate the festive season. Here’s a little inspiration to help pull-off a Christmas to remember.

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Hands up who always opts for the supermarket ‘Extra Special’ or ‘Specially selected’ Brandy and orange infused Christmas pudding with a dusting of icing and cinnamon. Well, this Christmas why not be brave and cook up your very own extra special Christmas pudding? And if you don’t know where to start, here’s our very own Brian from the BH Living team with the perfect recipe to get your loved ones and friends oohing and aaahing after tasting your yummy offering.

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Mouth-watering mince crumbles Why buy mince pies when you can make them? They say food tastes better when you’ve baked it yourself and I have to agree. But then that might be down to the delicious recipe that our Sales Manager Brian passed onto the BH Living team.

In case you hadn’t guessed, Brian has spent some of his long-gone distant days working in a famous local family bakery and was even rejected from taking part in The Great British Bake-off because he was too good (ok, it’s because they don’t allow ex ‘professionals’ to take part). Here’s Brian recipe for moreish mince crumbles: This recipe is so simple to make, it combines homemade mincemeat which you can then use to make 8 individual Mincemeat Christmas Crumbles. To make the mincemeat 1 large peeled, cored and chopped Bramley Apple, 50g Ground Almonds, 2 teaspoon mixed ground spice, ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon Nutmeg, 3 tablespoons of Brandy (or non-alcoholic alternative), 110g vegetable shredded suet, 175g Raisins, 175g Sultanas, 110g Currents, 100g Candied mixed peel, 175g Soft brown dark sugar, 1 orange zested and juiced, 1 lemon zested and juiced Crumble Topping 140g digestive , 100g caster sugar, 100g unsalted butter (Melted), 1/2 teaspoon mixed spice

Method Combine all the ingredients into a large mixing bowl, mix well, cover and leave overnight for all the flavours to blend. Next morning place the mix into an ovenproof dish (we use a casserole dish and lid) cover and place in the oven for 2.5 – 3 hours at 110c (1/4 gas/225f) When you remove from the oven let it cool but keep stirring from time to time to mix in all the juices and flavours, don’t worry about any veritable fats as when combines these add to the flavours. When cool place into sterilised jars, cover and leave in a cool dark place and it should keep for up the three months

To make the Crumbles Break up the biscuit’s into fine crumbs, as in the sugar, melted butter and mixed spice and combine, this will make a loose crumble topping Into some small individual bowls place some of your homemade mincemeat into the base of the container, then place some of the crumble mix onto the top of each bowl. Place in the oven for around 8 – 10 mins, 180c just until it turns into a golden crust. Serve hot either on its own or with ice cream, custard or for that Christmas taste a Douglas Fir sauce.

Winner, winner turkey dinner (aka: how to not poison your family this Christmas)

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. Here’s some tips to ensure you’re not one of those statistics this Christmas. Defrost your turkey · Make sure you check the guidelines on the packaging and allow enough time · Always defrost your turkey in a container in the fridge, not at room temperature · 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 · Make sure your turkey is fully defrosted before cooking, otherwise it may not cook evenly and could harbour bacteria that would otherwise be killed during the cooking process. Prepare 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 · Wash your hands with soap after touching raw meat · Don’t wash raw turkey as this will splash germs onto your hands, clothes and surfaces. Thorough cooking will kill any bacteria present · 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 Cooking the turkey 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. 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: www.food.gov.uk BH Living  Did you know: Your fridge should be below 5°C to keep harmful bugs and bacteria at bay

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Films and TV to look out for

The Christmas Dolly Parton’s Chronicles: Part Christmas on the square - Netflix Two - Netflix

It’s been two years since siblings Kate (Darby Camp) and Teddy Pierce (Judah Lewis) saved Christmas, and a lot has changed. Kate, now a cynical teenager, is reluctantly spending Christmas in Cancun with her mom’s new boyfriend and his son Jack (Jahzir Bruno). Unwilling to accept this new version of her family, Kate decides to run away. But when a mysterious, magical troublemaker named Belsnickel threatens to destroy the North Pole and end Christmas for good, Kate and Jack are unexpectedly pulled into a new adventure with Santa Claus (Kurt Russell). Written and directed by Chris Columbus (Home Alone, Harry Potter) and co-starring Goldie Hawn, THE CHRISTMAS CHRONICLES 2 is an action-packed adventure for the whole family that’s full of heart, humor, and holiday spirit.

A rich and nasty woman, Regina Fuller, returns to her small hometown after her father’s death to evict everyone and sell the land to a mall developer - right before Christmas. However, after listening to stories of the local townsfolk, reconnecting with an old love, and accepting the guidance of an actual angel, Regina starts to have a change of heart. This is the story about family, love, and how a small town’s Christmas spirit can warm even the coldest of hearts. Starring Dolly Parton, Christine Baranski, Jenifer Lewis, Treat Williams, and directed and choreographed by three-time Emmy and Golden Globe winner Debbie Allen. Featuring 14 original songs with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton.

Michael Palin: Travels Of A Lifetime return to Himalaya Following the success of his latest BBC Two travel docu-series, Michael Palin will return to screens once more this December for a bonus Christmas special of Michael Palin: Travels Of A Lifetime, focusing on the travel series Himalaya. In October, BBC Two’s Michael Palin: Travels Of A Lifetime drew an average of 2.7m viewers per episode, and saw Sir Michael revisit his travel journals, diary entries and reveal his personal untold story from his most iconic travel shows Around The World In 80 Days; Pole To Pole; Full Circle; Sahara. In this brand new 90 minute special, Michael will be turning his attention to Himalaya, an astonishing journey of discovery that Michael made in 2004, at 60 years of age. For years, the Himalayas represented one of the ultimate tests of exploration. In this series, Michael tests himself against them, venturing through India, Pakistan, passing through the shadow of Mount Everest, the Tibetan Plateau and Bhutan. Palin said: “For me, the word Himalaya evoked the spectacular, the beautiful and the downright dangerous. It’s a name everyone had heard of, but most people, myself included, didn’t really know. Since I was a boy reading about the adventures of Hillary and Tensing, the Himalaya had been one of those epic destinations that seemed more mythical than real. “I wanted to find out about the people who lived in and around the roof of the world. To see how the mountains affected their lives, and shaped their cultures and beliefs. To discover the realities of life in lesser-known lands like Bhutan and Nepal. And to immerse myself in one of the most awe-inspiring landscapes on Earth. In the end, the journey exceeded all my expectations. I’m greatly looking forward to revisiting it.”

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Gary Barlow’s ‘Night At The Museum’ ITV have got one of the hottest tickets in town this Christmas with a one-off special performance from Gary Barlow. Night At The Museum will see the award-winning singer songwriter performing both new music, from his new album ‘Music Played By Humans’, and some of his greatest hits accompanied by an orchestra in the splendid setting of London’s iconic Natural History Museum. Gary will be joined through the night by a range of special guests including global superstar and friend Michael Bublé.

Commenting on his forthcoming show, Barlow said: “I am so excited to host this music special. During a tumultuous time for the whole country, it feels amazing to be able to put on a proper night of entertainment at one of the most exciting locations in London and featuring some amazing guests and musicians. It’s going to be a very special evening and even though we are staying inside at the moment, let’s get our glad rags on and make believe we’re heading out for the night” ITV have yet to announce the exact date of the show and are keeping their lips firmly sealed, so check out your Christmas TV guide for more information!

Shop Local for hidden Christmas gift gems

This Christmas is going to be very different for many and not least for our local businesses. During the second national lockdown, many of us will have taken to the internet to start our Christmas shopping. Internet retailers have enjoyed a boom in sales as lockdowns and restrictions have changed shopping habits. Local businesses on the other hand have had to close their doors during what would have been one of the busiest times of the year. Our local businesses need our support more than ever this Christmas and they could be solution for finding that elusive present for the person who seems to have everything.

And that is where the ancient art of browsing comes into its own. There is a wealth of unusual gifts hiding in many of the shops across our area, just waiting to be discovered, Many of our local shops are staying open later to give workers and busybees time to shop in the evening in the run-up to Christmas. At the time of going to press, we’re expecting the latest national lockdown to come to an end on 2 December and although the Christmas markets and many of the elaborate Christmas wonderland lighting has been cancelled this year, the race will certainly be on amongst local retailers to offer the most creative and cost-effective gifts. It’s expected that retailers will want to make up for lost time and will offer a raft of incentives and promotions to encourage us to splash the cash.

Free Car Parking and Discounted bus travel None of us can see the future too clearly, including BCP Council and the local bus companies. So it’s difficult to predict the scale of restrictions that will be in place on the run-up to Christmas but many will be hoping that if and when the second lockdown ends on December 2nd, there will be the opportunity to go into our local shopping areas and centres for a spot of Christmas shopping and perhaps some Christmas cheer.

Bus passengers will receive an early Christmas present from both Yellow Buses and Morebus in the form of a ticket that permits from two to five people to travel together on any number of journeys for a day in the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole area for just £5 - a saving of £7 on the normal price. The discounted tickets, purchased from the driver, will be available throughout the day each Sunday prior to Christmas (6, 13 and 20 December) and from 5.30pm to midnight every Thursday (3, 10 and 17 December). Tickets will be valid only for the operator from whom they are purchased (T&Cs apply) Meanwhile, BCP Council is offering car users a series of free parking offers across the conurbation: on both Thursday evenings and Sundays in the main town centre car parks, and within other districts on Saturday afternoons. Free parking will be available as follows: Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch Town Centres: • Thursdays 3, 10, 17 and 24 December, 4pm to 10pm • Sundays 6, 13 and 20 December, 10am to 6pm. District car parks - Boscombe; Southbourne; Westbourne; Winton; Highcliffe; Ashley Road, Poole; Broadstone; Penn Hill, Poole; Canford Cliffs and Ashley Cross: • Saturdays only, 5, 12 and 19 December, Midday to 6pm. The free parking days and locations were chosen following discussions between BCP Council and local businesses in order to maximise the benefits for both residents and businesses. The specific car parks included in this scheme can be found at: www.bhliving.co.uk/shoplocal

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Advert Feature

Christmas in Bournemouth Bournemouth has some great advantages. Its location of course but also the brilliant shops and hospitality venues, from one end the town centre to the others. Coffee shops, cafes and restaurants, clothing shops, art galleries and much more. They make the difference and will continue to give Bournemouth town centre the edge. You might be surprised at how many businesses are opening up in the town centre, especially in the hospitality sector with the independent sector in both retail and hospitality very much on the rise.

We knew 2020 might be a tough year for our high streets and town centres. None of could have known just how tough it would turn out to be. As we head towards Christmas we are all looking forward to emerging from the second lockdown and giving our town centre and its great businesses a much needed boost. One of the best ways of showing that support is through the Bournemouth Town Centre Gift Card. The Gift Card is the perfect way of supporting the vast range of our superb local businesses. It was launched last year but is now an even more important method to back local traders, shops and businesses as our high streets and town centres begin to recover from the pain of the lockdown again. It is a Mastercard-based gift card that can be used at scores of shops, salons and leisure and hospitality venues across Bournemouth town centre. Picture a store or shopping centre card, but for Bournemouth town centre. You choose the amount you want to preload, purchase the card and give it to family, friends, colleagues or your staff. They can spend it how they wish, all in one go or bit by bit in nearly 90 outlets in the town centre. It’s an imaginative, versatile and flexible present for any occasion with so many options for using it. It has been an unbelievably challenging time for our retail, hospitality and leisure sectors, but throughout this period. There has been a huge amount of work going on to get our town centre back to business in a way that is safe and reassuring for residents, visitors and everyone who works here and that remains the key message. When we can, we want to encourage everyone to come and support Bournemouth town centre, bringing people into the town centre safely to socialise, shop and work.

What’s also encouraging is just how many established, long-standing businesses have changed what they do and how they do it having the imagination, flexibility and versatility to do things differently whilst retaining that commitment to customer service & experience. A clean, green and tidy environment is another key factor in attracting visitors to any town centre - and keeping them there. Throughout 2020 we have been working in collaboration with a range of organisations and partners to lead a number of campaigns including Stay Local, Spend Local, and the hugely successful Bournemouth Coffee Culture Month in October and at the beginning of the November lockdown we also launched Support Local. It’s vital, as we come out of lockdown again, that residents and visitors support businesses in the town centre. We want to encourage you to come into Bournemouth, celebrate Christmas and take advantage of travel incentives such as free parking and deals with our local bus companies. There are so many great reasons to shop local and support our amazing hospitality venues. In doing so you will be contributing to the long term success of our town centre. We look forward to seeing you. And please don’t forget to sign up to our great Gift Card scheme. For more information about the card, where you spend it and how to buy, please visit Bournemouthgiftcard.co.uk

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MODERN SLAVERY Is it happening in your street? Investigation by Vikki Cook BH Living looks at the real and present danger of ‘Modern Slavery’ in our area Hanna* swallows a mouthful of cheap vodka, wincing as it burns her throat. She hates the taste but it serves its purpose as her world grows fuzzy at the edges. When she hears footsteps outside her door she no longer shudders in fear. A key turns in the lock and an unknown man enters the room, unbuckling his trousers. He doesn’t lock it behind him. She knows better than to try to escape by now. It might seem like a scene from a Scandanavian crime drama but Hanna’s experience was very real, and she’s not alone. Thousands of people in the UK are tricked or forced into what is known as ‘modern slavery’ every year, a crime that can take various forms, including sexual exploitation. In this issue we take a deep-dive into the world of modern slavery to find out more. What exactly is it, what is being done to tackle it and what, if anything, can we do to help end the practice in our own area?

WHAT IS MODERN SLAVERY? Slavery is the exploitation of a person or group of people for the benefit of another. The sale or purchase of slaves became illegal in 1833 in Britain, formally ending our involvement in the transatlantic slave trade. As a result, it might be easy to think of slavery as a practice that vanished long ago into the murky depths of the old British Empire. In truth, slavery has not only continued to exist, it has evolved and adapted. In our modern world, slavery typically takes one of the following forms: Sexual exploitation

Domestic servitude

Criminal exploitation

Forced labour

Debt bondage is, according to Dorset Police, ‘the most widespread’ form of tricking someone into slavery, in which a person is told they owe a debt and must perform certain duties in order to work it off. Victims can be from any nationality, any background and any gender, although those involved in trafficking and

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enslavement are more likely to target vulnerable people; those living in poverty, the young or those involved in substance abuse. Reports from charitable groups involved in rescuing victims have noted that certain groups are more at risk of certain forms of exploitation. According to the Salvation Army’s report on modern slavery this year, women are significantly more likely than men to be sexually exploited or placed into domestic servitude, while men are more at risk of being forced into criminal activity or physical labour. Because victims are often too afraid or are unable to come forward, it is impossible to estimate the number of cases in the UK or beyond with any degree of accuracy, although efforts have been made by various sources. The UK Government’s annual report on modern slavery confirmed that over 10,000 potential victims were identified in the UK last year, but some believe there are between 100,000 (Centre for Social Justice report ‘It Still Happens Here’ 2020) and 136,000 (Walk Free Foundation) potential victims yet to be identified.

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HOW DOES SOMEONE BECOME ENSLAVED? There are multiple ways in which a person may find themselves a victim of slavery and this is one of the reasons the issue is so complex. Let’s return to Hanna’s tale. She had been living with her family in Poland, earning a pittance in her factory job when she met a man through friends. They began a relationship and he told her about his life in the UK. He led her to believe work in the UK was plentiful and better paid, and that if she moved into a flat with him over here, they could start a new life together. Excited, she left Poland, dreaming of the better life that awaited her. When she arrived, he took her passport and identification and locked her in a room. For the next 8 years she was frequently moved from one city to the next and plied with drink and drugs to keep her quiet while she was beaten and raped. Sadly, Hanna’s story isn’t unique. Skim the experiences of those who have escaped slavery and you will find almost every one of them has a similar tale. Whether it’s the man who sold his daughter into domestic servitude to financially support the rest of his family or the homeless person on the streets of our very own town who is forced into acting as a drug mule, slavery prays on those who are vulnerable and in need. To make matters worse, many of the victims trafficked here from other countries speak little or no English. Those who are able to ask for help are threatened with violence and according to the ‘It Still Happens Here’ report, it isn’t unusual for victims to be “‘paid’ with alcohol or given drugs to control and coerce them into further exploitation”.

HELPING VICTIMS ESCAPE There is always hope out there for those who find themselves the unwitting victims of slavery. The police work hard to tackle the criminal gangs that deal in trafficking and exploitation, but there are also a number of charities and organisations that focus on getting help for those in need. One of those charities is the Salvation Army, who have been contracted since 2011 by the Government to help with cases arising in England and Wales. Between July 2019 and June 2020, they took 2,592 potential victims (until the authorities have reviewed the available evidence their status as victims cannot be confirmed) into their support service. So how does the referral work? A concern may be reported by anyone to the Modern Slavery Helpline, local police or other service, and referred through the National Referral Mechanism (NRM). After this, the case may be referred to the Salvation Army, who appoint a First Responder to speak with the potential victim about their experience and assess what kind of support would most benefit them. They can arrange safe accommodation, social workers, medical care and police assistance, if necessary, to help them escape and take legal action against the people who enslaved and exploited them. They can also offer the kind of support that is crucial to help them move past their experiences, from counselling and financial support to legal advice and educational opportunities. One victim who found the Salvation Army’s services invaluable was Mark, a British man who found himself living on the streets after the relationship with his family deteriorated. Alone on the streets, Mark was befriended by a young man whose family were kind enough to offer him work that could help him back on his feet and a caravan he could stay in. Relieved to be given the chance for warmth

This is another reason for the complexities around the issue. An enslaved person might first be pulled into one form of exploitation, only to be drawn into other crimes. A man who is forced to work 14-hour days in a warehouse might be led into drug or alcohol abuse to cushion his suffering. Once addicted, he might be coerced into trafficking drugs from one county to another, making him not only a victim of slavery, but a criminal in his own right. One thing is abundantly clear: slavery is far from a clear-cut problem.

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Between July 2019 and June 2020, more than 1,000 people like Mark were identified as potential victims of labour exploitation in the UK

Between July 2019 and June 2020, more than 1,000 people like Mark were identified as potential victims of labour exploitation in the UK, according to the Salvation Army’s report.

and safety, Mark accepted. But it was a trick. Over the next 2 years, he was forced to work long hours in the family’s scrap metal business with no pay and very little food. Each day they drove him to sites where he would be made to dig among dangerous piles of rubbish for bits of metal that he would collect and bring back to the family’s yard. There, he had to sort the metal under their watchful eyes, bleeding, starving and exhausted. They controlled his every movement and no matter how hard he worked, they beat him regularly. It was thanks to neighbours that Mark was finally rescued. They reported their concerns to the police, who found Mark hiding in the yard, beaten and bloodied. The police rushed him to hospital where he was treated for multiple old and new injuries, before being referred through the NRM and placed in the Salvation Army’s care. With support from various agencies, including the local Community Mental Health team and Adult Safeguarding teams, Mark was able to heal the rift with his family and returned to live with them.

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A further 848 experienced sexual exploitation, 291 were pushed into criminal activity, and 273 experienced domestic servitude. Many believe these figures to be a drop in the ocean, and the wider statistics seem to support this. The National Referral Mechanism received 7,586 referrals between January and September of this year alone. The number suggests a drop in overall reports compared to last year but with the lockdowns of this year providing fewer opportunities for anyone to notice that something is amiss, this is hardly surprising. What is clear is that until this year, the number of referrals have been steadily increasing since at least 2014, and if you think it only happens elsewhere, you’d be wrong. According to the Home Office, 59 potential victims were reported to Dorset Police last year, almost twice as many as in 2018. Does this mean that slavery is increasing? Maybe not. The Office for National Statistics, in reporting the rising referral rate between 2010 and 2018 stated ‘it demonstrates an increasing number of victims becoming known and consenting to be referred.’ It is for this reason that every single member of the public should know how to recognise the signs of slavery, and how to refer a suspected victim for help.

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In our supposedly enlightened world, it’s easy to think that slavery is nothing more than an echo of a bygone time but the reality is more sinister and we all have a duty to be aware of its presence in society. We should all look deeper. Are the young women in the nail salon there out of choice or is it forced servitude? Do the EasternEuropean men painting that building seem happy, or are they malnourished and afraid? Until we make the effort to see beyond basic appearances and help those in need find support, slavery will continue to flourish in our modern society.

HELP THEM GET HELP There are a number of sources who can help potential slavery victims:

Modern Slavery Helpline:

Crimestoppers:

Salvation Army referral helpline:

Anti-Slavery International:

0800 012 1700 0800 808 3733

0800 555 111 antislavery.org

Local police

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BOOK REVIEW

11:22:63 by Stephen King

The assassination of JFK is probably one of the worlds most asked What if? questions. It’s a question of human nature, a natural instinct of our species to ask ‘what if?’. What if Titanic was travelling just 5 knots slower? What if Hitler remained an unknown in his native Austria? These are questions we will never know the answers to. Stephen King’s ’11:22:63’ masterpiece addresses the ‘what-if’ question but raises lots of other too. Best known for his writings on horror and the supernatural, here King delves into Science fiction and “he started writing the novel before putting it down then coming back to it years later”. You can see why, rewriting history is as hard as predicting the future, if not more so. This book has divided opinions amongst its readers judging by reviews which were not good and bad. A very thought-provoking question is explored in this book: what if the assassination of Kennedy did not happen? It’s a science fiction time traveller book but not one which will tie your mind in knots. It’s relatively easy to keep up with, albeit it a long read. Jake Epping is a recently divorced teacher from Lisbon Falls, Maine USA. Jake sets an assignment to his students to write an essay on a day which changed their lives. One of the essays by a pupil called Harry Dunning affects Jake in such a way they become good friends, both in the current and in the past. A few years later Jake meets a local burger bar owner called Al, who over the course of just a couple of days seems to have aged by many years, it is here Jake gets shown the entrance to a ‘wormhole’ that offers a trip back into late 1950’s America. Whenever someone enters the wormhole, they always arrive at 11:59am on September 9th 1958, a world of no mobile phones, no internet and where people still say hello to each other without being suspicious. No matter how long they stay in 1958 and beyond, when they return they have only been gone just 2 minutes of our own modern time. When, and if they then decide to go back in time again, it’s 11:59am on September 9th 1958 all over again. Before too long Al shares with Jake his theory on how together they can change the course of history and try to stop the assassination of Kennedy. But first they have to be sure it was actually Lee Harvey Oswald who pulled the trigger that fateful morning. If they do mange to stop it what will the world be like now, here in the 21st century? Add into the mix a car he falls in love with (1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner), the woman he falls in love with (Sadie Dunhill) and some Cold War Russians now living in America you have a great story wrapped around this one historical event. This a well thought-out book, excellently researched. 750 pages is a lot in this modern era but it was as interesting as it was thought provoking. Being taken back in time to an era of more simplicity (but not necessarily better than today) was a joy but also raised a further question: Were those days better than today? Reviewed by Brian Case: BH Living @bhlivingdorset

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BOOK REVIEW

My Greatest Football Team ever by Tom Fordyce If you’ve got a youngster who lives, breathes and dreams football then this could be just the tonic to keep them quiet for hours. The book is squarely aimed at boys and girls aged 7-12. I read this book to my 7 year old son at bedtime – reading around three pages at a time. The idea of the book is that slowly during the course of reading the 160 pages, the reader begins to build their own football club- a club which will aim to dominate the world. Choose your kit colours, your stadium, your pre-match meals and even the chants the fans will sing at your games! But the important bit is selecting your team – here the players are handily divided into their best playing positions. The players featured are from current day right back to the 1920s. Who will you choose to play in attack - Pele, Aguero or Henry? Read all about the players and their achievements and then make your selection. Once you’ve selected your starting eleven of world beaters, it’s time to select your subs and finally the assistant manager who will help you and your team to success – will it be Sir Alex Ferguson, the most successful manager in Premier League history, but who has a bit of a temper? Or perhaps Brian Clough, who can be a bit of a big-head, but can get the best out of an average team? There’s always the option of a current successful manager like Klopp or Guardiola – the choice is yours but they all have their strengths and weaknesses. This book was a joy to read together and really engaged my son who took each selection deadly seriously. His final team featured an awesome array of talent with De Géa, Messi, Christiano Ronaldo and Pele all in the same team. Now there’s a mouth-watering prospect! Available to order from most good book shops or on Amazon for £6.50 Review by Jason Harris

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LOCAL LIBRARIES Lockdown libraries still lending Despite the fact that all our local libraries are currently closed (at the time of going to press) following government regulations, there are still many ways to get your hands on your favourite reads for free with the Order & Collect and Home Library Services. Get a surprise hand-picked selection of books to keep you going through lockdown and beyond. Fill in the library’s Order and Collect form to tell them the topics, authors, and genres you like. They’ll choose a bundle for you, issue them to your ticket and phone to let you know they’re available. You can then safely collect your order from the BCP library of your choice. If you’re not one for surprises, you can still reserve a specific title by using the library order form (available online for registered members or by calling your library or by visiting the library’s catalogue at librarieswest.org.uk - although there is still a small charge for this.

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In addition to the usual book lending they are perhaps best known for, BCP Libraries are also offering online activities and fun for younger residents; Wriggle n Rhyme are still running online sessions, there is live children’s book reading and various activities including craft and Lego challenges.

All loans have been renewed until 14 December. If your items are already overdue, please renew them to prevent further charges building up.

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I’m one happy dawg! HAPPY HOUNDS

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Help us find BCP’s ‘Happiest Dog’ in our free to enter contest. Is your dog a naturally happy dog? Is he (or she) the happiest dog in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole? Send us a snap of your four legged friend and you could be in with a chance of winning 2 months of premium dried dog food thanks to our friends at Pets Corner.

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Over the last few months the team at BH Living have been scouring BCP in their search for the area’s happiest dog, and we’ve come across some adorable happy hounds in the process. Check out these chipper furry friends and go to our Facebook page to vote for your favourite. This is the last of the heats for BCP’s happiest hound. The finalists will feature in our next edition (Spring 2021) where the winners from each heat will readers will have the chance to vote on who they think should be crowned as BCP’s Happiest Dog.

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VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE Go to our facebook page at: www.facebook.com/bhlivingdorset to vote for your favourite happy hound. Everyone who votes will automatically be entered into a free prize draw to win a £20 Town Centre Gift Card – which can be spent at over 95 Bournemouth town centre locations including shops, restaurants and entertainment venues. Terms and conditions:

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Search for a Christmas star

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For most, 2020 will go down as a year to forget but as bad as we think the year was, there are still things worth celebrating and in particular people worth celebrating. So in this edition, in partnership with our friends at Castleman Estate Agents, we’re looking for a Christmas Star - someone we think deserves recognition for what they’ve done this year. But we need your help! We’re looking for our readers to nominate someone who’s gone beyond the call of duty to improve the lives of local people during this annus horribilis. If you know someone who deserves to be our Christmas star this year, then head over to our Facebook page and nominate them, but hurry, nominations close on 16 December - 9 days before Christmas in order for us to arrange delivery of a fresh Turkey (donated by Castleman Estate Agents) and a bottle of finest Champagne (from the grateful team at BH Living) So put your thinking caps on. We’re not necessarily looking for someone who has had a hard year - many of us have, some worse than others admittedly. We’re looking for a volunteer that’s gone the extra mile, a neighbour who’s demonstrated amazing community spirit, a key worker that’s given everything or simply that person who’s quietly helped others, not realising the amazing help and support that they’ve been.

To nominate your Christmas Star, go to BH Living’s Facebook page here; www.fb.com/bhlivingdorset We’ve pinned our ‘Search for a Christmas Star’ post to the top of our page. Put the name of the person you’re nominating and why you think they deserve to be recognised. Please don’t put any personal details in the post. No phone numbers please.

On 17 December our panel of judges from Castleman and BH Living will decide the winner and will contact the person who nominated them via Facebook to get the winners contact details. YOU MUST BE ABLE TO SUPPLY THE CONTACT DETAILS OF THE PERSON YOU’RE NOMINATING IF WE CONTACT YOU AFTER THE CLOSING DATE.

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What’s On

December

The Santa Show PLUS Rides (COVID Secure) Where: Adventure Wonderland, Hurn When: 12 & 13, 19-23rd December How much: £16 Children / £5 Adults Contact: www.adventurewonderland.co.uk Cinderella Drive-in Panto Where: Adventure Wonderland, Hurn When: 12 December – 2 January How much: £60 for a family ticket Contact: www.flixdrivein.co.uk Some Guys Have All The Luck (Rod Stewart tribute) Where: Pavilion, Bournemouth When: 17 How much: £27.75 Contact: www.bhlivetickets.co.uk Happy Ever After with Chris Jarvis Where: Lighthouse, Poole When: 18 December – 3 January How much: All tickets £12.50 Contact: www.lighthousepoole.co.uk Christmas with ABBA’s Angels Where: Bar Key West, Bournemouth Pier When: 19 December How much: £39 for 3 course meal (max of 6 booking restriction) Contact: marketing@thebournemouthpier.com BSO: Christmas Crackers Limited seats 2m apart (+Digital Live Stream) Where: Lighthouse, Poole When: 19 December How much: £14 - £48 Contact: www.lighthousepoole.co.uk

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Family Christmas Trail Where: Kingfisher Barn, Muscliff When: 19 - 24 December How much: £2.50 Contact: www.visitstourvalley.co.uk

January Victorian Christmas

Where: Russel Cotes Gallery East Cliff, Bournemouth When: 3-4 January Contact: www.russellcotes.com Circus of Horrors (25th anniversary) Where: Pavilion, Bournemouth When: 13 January How much: From £21 Contact: www.bhlivetickets.co.uk The Elfkins (Film) PG Where: Regent Centre, Christchurch When: 30th January How much: £7.50 Contact: www.regentcentre.co.uk

February

We are Nature with Ray Mears Where: Lighthouse, Poole When: 20 February How much: £26.75 (£24.75 - Seniors) Contact: www.lighthousepoole.co.uk Fire Walking / Lego Walking STARS Fundraiser Where: Highcliffe Castle When: 27 February How much: £20 - £100 sponsorship required Contact: www.starsdorset.org/event/ fire-walk-at-highcliffe-castle

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Prepaid funeral plans from £2,955

■ Stunning crematorium, air-conditioned ceremony hall and complete funeral home facilities. ■ Set amongst ancient Dorset woodland, we are planting new woodland and encouraging a meadow habitat. ■ Peaceful and unhurried environment with panoramic views of Poole Harbour and the Purbeck hills. ■ At least 90 minute separation between funerals. ■ Funerals available seven days a week with catering and refreshments on-site. To arrange a visit or discuss our prepaid funeral plan options, please call 01202 630111 Randalls Hill, Lytchett Minster BH16 6AN www.harbourview.co.uk

Christchurch and New Milton Ceremony Halls Everything that’s needed for a simple, dignified funeral service

NEW MILTON

CHRISTCHURCH

» Newly refurbished ceremony hall

» A calm, dignified environment, recently built

» Accommodates up to 50* people

» Accommodates approximately 40* people

» State-of-the-art audio/visual equipment

» State-of-the-art audio/visual equipment

» Air conditioning and refreshments

» Air conditioning and refreshments

» Funeral packages from £2,595

» Funeral packages from £2,595

01425 629000

01202 478887

51-53 Old Milton Rd, BH25 6DJ

*Subject to health restrictions related to COVID-19.

89-91 Barrack Rd, BH23 2AJ www.tapperfuneralservice.co.uk

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