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Welcome to the Westbourne Magazine wedding special. In this interesting and varied spring edition I am delighted to bring you features from local suppliers of wedding services, including beach weddings - the only such service in the country - right here in Bournemouth. In addition to this is an update from the high street and loads of great offers from local shops.

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CONTENT Westbourne News Useful Events and Dates Win with Crêpes Farm Beach Wedding Feature Number 83 Expands Bespoke Wedding Cakes Planning Your Big Day Westbourne Map Give Bowling a Try in 2012 Social Groups and Things To Do Easter ‘Spot The Difference’ Puzzle Tilted Pelvis Solutions Now Selling at Southcoast ‘I Do’ and ‘Can Do ‘ Useful Contacts

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Westbourne News

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Your High Street Update

Westbourne continues to buck the national trend with very few vacant business premises. One of the longest standing empty units was the old Milliner newsagent on Poole Road, but no more. After a major refurbishment and extension Circo Lounge has moved in to Westbourne. We went along to the opening party to have a look around and enjoy the tasty tapas and a great selection of drinks on offer. With plenty of comfy seating and a large rear patio, Circo looks set to make quite an impression on the area. As we went to press the old Wesley Barrell unit was being fitted out and will soon open as a luxury kitchen showroom. Other recent additions to our high street include Mystique ladies fashion and Polished Nail Salon on Seamoor Road plus Soft and Natural cosmetic beauty clinic on Poole Road. Existing businesses are also expanding with Zsa Zsa taking over The Quay unit and So Furniture taking on 24 Seamoor Road.

Poole Road Gets A Little Safer

The straight section of Poole Road between the Queens Road traffic lights and the entrance to Westbourne at The Grand has always been tricky to cross. With some drivers using the straight as a drag strip, the road being a major bus route and also used by emergency services, the wide road needed something to help people on foot. Pedestrians have now been given a safe haven half way along the road. Finished in late February, the new crossing island is a welcome addition to the local street furniture, as are the centre white lines that connect it to the Queens Road junction.

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Useful Dates & Events - March & April 2012 4 Mar Alex Roberts blends genres from baroque to blues, with a warm soulful voice, finger-style guitar. Details and tickets 17 Mar St Patrick’s Day 18 Mar Mother’s Day 21 Mar The Ant Law Quartet at Centre Stage. Jazz guitar. For details call 07771 267445. 25 Mar British Summertime 28 Mar Karen Pitt Sextet with “Songs for Spring” at Centre Stage. For details call 07771 267445. 29 Mar The Worry Dolls at Centre Stage. Details and tickets 30 Mar Comedy with Rob Beckett, Charlie Baker and Simon Clayton at Funnybone Comedy at Centre Stage, from 8.30pm. Details and tickets online 1 Apr Bournemouth Bay Run From complete novices to seasoned runners, everyone is invited to join in. Half Marathon, 10k, 5k & 1k Childrens Fun Run. Details on 6 Apr Comedy with Dana Alexander, Roger Monkhouse and Joe Bromhead at Funnybone Comedy at Centre Stage, from 8.30pm. Details and tickets online 8 Apr Easter Sunday 11 Apr The McKie Quintet Cool 50’s post-pop jazz + standards plus jazz funk groove with The Alex Kriche Band. For details call 07771 267445. 12 Apr Neil Innes Comic genius at Centre Stage. Details and tickets 21 Apr Queen Elizabeth II Birthday 23 Apr St George’s Day 6 May Open Day at Argyll Bowling Club. See page 19.

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Crêpes Farm Competition In our new March/April 2012 competition, you have the chance to win sweet or savoury pancakes for two, along with drinks at Crêpes Farm in Westbourne. To enter the competition, email your answer to the question below along with your name and address to You can also enter on our website for free. Competition Question: Which road is Crêpes Farm on? (hint - see their advert on page 2) a. Seamoor Road b. Poole Road c. Alumhurst Road One correct winner will be picked at random and informed by email. One entry per person. The judges decision is final. There is no cash alternative. Your information is protected by the Data Protection Act 1998. Competition closes 21st April 2012.

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Number 83 Expands

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Number 83 will be celebrating their 1st birthday at the end of March. We caught up with Claire to find out about what’s planned for the next twelve months. Claire started with a message for all the Number 83 customers, “Thank you to all of our fab customers over the last year. Your feedback has been invaluable – keep telling us what you think so we can carry on offering you the high quality, unique gifts and art that you seem to love as much as we do. A special thanks to all of our Facebook followers. You’re all fantastic and constantly wow us with your amazing compliments and support.” And Number 83 is expanding, “The whole back section on the ground floor will be dedicated to an even wider variety of cards whilst we’ll be offering more gifts and home ware upstairs following the great success of the Christmas room.” Wedding Supplies at Number 83 The wedding season is with us once more and Number 83 have sourced an exciting new range. Claire told us more, “We have something for every ceremony. From handmade bunting to guest books, wedding signs to place settings, from stationery to jewellery. The list goes on and on. And to make life just that little bit easier we’re setting up a wish list service not only for weddings but for any occasion you can imagine. Just pop in and we can hold your hand through the whole process. And remember; if you can’t see it in the shop just ask. We’ll know exactly where to look!” Claire finished on a social note, “Follow us on Facebook to get updates on the plans for our 1st birthday celebrations! We look forward to you raising a glass of champagne with us.”

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Bespoke Wedding Cakes

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As Sweet Serenity enters its second year in Westbourne, we caught up with Lindsey to find out how her business has developed in the first year. "I wanted to say a really big thank you to all our customers, we have had an amazing year and hope to have many more in the future. Our classes have been really popular throughout the year, and with more people turning their hand to cake decorating we have been able to teach everyone from new mums to the 'bride-to-be' create their cake for a special occasion." Bespoke wedding cakes are much in demand, "We’ve had a big year for wedding cakes, with many brides wanting something a little bit different and bespoke, we have had some real fun creating designs to compliment our brides themes. We have kept the recession in mind and have created beautiful wedding cakes at reasonable prices, and we can guarantee we have something to fit anybody's budget."

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Planning Your Big Day the Westbourne Bookshop

Following the Westbourne Magazine Wedding theme, Kirsty is here with a reminder of all the things that your local bookshop can do for you in the run up to the big day! The dress, the flowers, the cake and the church are all booked, but have you got the bride and groom a card? We have traditional and more modern selections to choose from. If you still have the hen/stag weekend to survive and need a little gift then we have a selection including: Tips for Husbands and Wives from 1894 £4.99 Dont’s For Husbands from 1913 £3.50 Dont’s For Wives from 1913 £3.50 Do you have your speech written and perfected? Father of the Bride Speech and Duties £8.99 Be the Best Best Man £8.99 How to Write Wedding Speeches and Toasts £5.99 Have you got a little something for the flower girl? Bridesmaid’s Diary £10.99 And most importantly, have you packed a travel guide and some good books for the honeymoon? Venice Top Ten £7.99 Maldives Lonely Planet Guide £13.99 Summer of Love by Katie Fforde £7.99 Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt £7.99

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Mother’s Day is on Sunday 18th March so do have a look in our window at the selection of gift ideas and cards, many of which have the traditional “Mothering Sunday” greeting inside. We have some new gift stationery that Mums would love and a great selection of Royal themed books if your Mum is looking forward to the Jubilee later this year. Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Souvenir £7.99 Queen Elizabeth II Souvenir Album £12.99 Easter is over the weekend beginning 6th April. We have some lovely spring themed cards to send to adults and children, and although we don’t have anything chocolatey to tempt you, we do have some great healthy gifts for all the family. Utterly Otterleys by Mairi Hedderwick £5.99

Myro and the Railcar by Nick Rose £6.99

Monteverde 1000 piece jigsaw by Charlie Harper £11.99

Rocky Mountains 1000 piece jigsaw by Charley Harper £11.99

Bradshaw’s Handbook Facsimile £10.00

Soldier’s Wife by Joanna Trollope £18.99 Signed editions while stocks last

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Would you like to play bowls? Argyll Bowling Club are looking for new members Men and Women of all ages welcome

Why not come along and have a go? We have 2 greens and a public restaurant and a licensed bar!

You can contact the clubhouse on 01202 767395 from 14th April until 30th September

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Give Bowling a try in 2012

find out about the Argyll Bowling Club

Argyll Bowling Club has been a part of Westbourne since it was founded in 1905 and is still around today, yet surprisingly there are many local residents who don't even know they exist! Perhaps this is because the club is located on the West cliff Overdrive and many people just park their cars and go down to the beach not realising there is a bowling club there at all. We spoke to Sylvia Nagarkar who told us more, “You would be hard pressed to find a bowling club in such a prime location where the views alone are some of the best on the south coast. The sub-tropical gardens of Alum Chine are just across the road from the club with pathways leading to the sandy beaches. A truly ideal location. We are very fortunate to have two bowling greens and can accommodate league matches and friendly games throughout the bowling season.” There is a public cafe serving meals, snacks, drinks and ice creams. As a bonus, they also have a licensed bar which is open during normal licensing hours. Sylvia told us more about a drive to encourage new members, “We will be having Open Days on Sunday 6th May and Sunday 10th June, when anyone can come along and have a go at playing bowls for FREE. We will supply the bowls and shoes plus any guidance and instruction. We welcome people of all ages. This will be an ideal opportunity for you to come along and have a go or just pop in for a tea, coffee and a chat with our members. If you like it, you may even want to join the club. If you are already an experienced bowler, you will be even more welcome!”

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Social Groups & Things to Do group in the Westbourne area

Bournemouth Lions Club Empowering volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs. Visit The Westbourne Orchestral Society Practice every Friday, 7.30 - 9.30pm. Concerts are held locally and they are always happy to welcome new members. For more info visit: Reading Group (Booktalk) 1st, 2nd & 4th Mon 5 - 6pm, 3rd Mon 6 - 7pm A social group that get together to talk about books, share their thoughts and have fun, held at Westbourne Library. Please contact the Library on 01202 761845 to check availability before attending. Westbourne Rotary Club Thursdays at 7.30am at The Savoy Hotel Email for more info: Children's Storytime (pre-school ages) Thursdays 2.15 - 2.45pm at Westbourne Library. Please contact the Library on 01202 761845 to check availability before attending. Argyll Bowling Club on West Overcliff Drive Full programme throughout the season, includes regular weekday and Saturday league matches, plus friendly matches that take place during the week. Find out more:

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Swing Unlimited Big Band Group Local musicians getting together voluntarily for their own enjoyment and musical fulfilment, performing for and entertaining local audiences. Find out more: Meridian Friends An organisation for seniors in the area. Events throughout the year and plenty of social meetings. Contact Julie on 01202 428888 to find out more. Circo Pub Quiz Every Monday there is a Pub Quiz from 8pm at Circo Lounge. ÂŁ1 entry and the winning team takes the cash prize. Bournemouth Folk Club Regular gigs held at Centre Stage (on Queens Road). Diverse range of musicians from around world. 01202 707498 or The Chicken Soup Choir Every Tuesday at 8pm in Centre Stage, Queens Rd Large community choir, over 60 people singing modern rock, pop and gospel songs. Regular performances at the venue and throughout the area.

What’s On Calendar See a full list of Westbourne based groups and events on our website, visit

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Easter Puzzle for your peepers

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Tilted Pelvis Problems

Ann Runyard on the Bowen Solution

There are twenty four muscles of the pelvis and thigh primarily creating movement from the hip to the knee. A combination of factors, including lifestyle, poor posture, occupation, sporting activities and trauma can result in tightness, damage, pain and misalignment As an experienced Bowen practitioner, I have found this gentle but powerful muscle technique most effective in treating conditions of the lower back and legs. A tilted pelvis affects more people than one would first imagine and can present with or without symptoms. My philosophy is to monitor and advise, as often basic Bowen procedures along with the constructive rest exercise, is often sufficient. However, when signs and symptoms are present, as in an exaggerated tilt, there may be pain and a marked discrepancy in leg length. It then becomes important for the condition to be addressed quickly with specific procedures, as it can have a knock-on effect through out the spinal column. This could include the sacrum, hips, ankles, knees, neck and TMJ (temporal mandibular joint). Chronic pain is most debilitating both mentally and physically. Emotions can fluctuate, with anger often very close to the surface. Sleep patterns and appetite can be impaired and often there are skin changes (colour and texture) at the site of injury. It is quite a challenge for any Bowen practitioner when addressing chronic pain. The first priority is to restore the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) to a balanced state. This is what Bowen is all about. It takes time for the system to settle and in my experience with back pain, emotional problems may surface. Time and care is paramount. With specific pelvic procedures to propagate this healing and repair, Bowen is profoundly effective with reverberations throughout the body, including the musculo-skeletal, nerve, blood and lymphatic system. Last, but by no means least, is the feel-good factor? It is quite remarkable. Are you walking around with a pelvic tilt?

Contact Ann on 01202 760492 to find out more and book an appointment.

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After successfully selling two properties towards the end of 2011 and beginning of 2012 with relative ease father and son directors Philip and Kieran have decided to expand their already growing residential lettings and property management business and start selling as well. When we asked Kieran whether this was the right time to start selling property, he stated, “absolutely, 100% as we have commented on a number of occasions, 2012 and 2013 are years of opportunity and despite all the doom and gloom reported by the media and a lot of estate agents my father and I genuinely believe that there is some light at the end of the tunnel. It really is a case of being pro-active not reactive.” Philip added, “for any growth in the housing market one of two things needs to happen. Either first time buyers are offered more realistic opportunities or buy to let investors need more readily available financing to assist in any purchases. This is where developments are happening however. Yorkshire Building Society for example have announced plans to ease some of its lending criteria in order to expand its buy to let lending across England and Wales, Co-operative Bank’s broker lender has promised to up its mortgage lending in this sector by up to a third lending at least £600 million in buy to let loans in 2012 as uncertainty in the wider housing market fuels rental demand. So it does seem that competition is rising between lenders with other lenders reviewing their criteria also.” Kieran finally commented, “We will be continuing the theme of offering tempting discounts to all clients in both our sales and letting departments and welcome any comments in relation to this article or any previous topics that we have covered. We have a wealth of knowledge and experience and take pride in the services that we provide to our clients and we very much look forward to any calls.” For free property advice or to book a no obligation sales or lettings market appraisal and discuss our latest offers please contact Southcoast Property on 01202 768885 or email enquiries@southcoast



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I Do!

Do’ attitude at Bournemouth Beaches

“I DO” are the famous words that bring two people together in marriage – hopefully for life! While they are two very short words, they form a huge commitment. Outside of the couple getting married, there will also be many people who have lots to ‘DO’ to ensure the big day runs smoothly. For many of the services that surround a wedding, there will be numerous big days each year, all of which must run to perfection. Sash told us what Bournemouth Beaches do, “Here at Bournemouth Beaches we also have much to ‘do’ to ensure our guest’s stays are perfect. From wedding party accommodation to fishing holidays and from walking holidays to short breaks we need to ‘do’ everything required to ensure our customer has a great stay.” They are also getting ready for a busy season, “Spring is possibly our busiest time as we will be preparing our properties for the new holiday season. Deep cleans, upgrading if required, decorating, new furnishings maybe – it all needs to be thoroughly checked and prepared for a busy few months. Our sales staff are also working hard taking a large amount of bookings, advising guests on our properties, and assisting with their travel plans. We now organise airport transfers meaning that our guests are in our care even before they arrive to Bournemouth or Poole. We also will start to recruit for our housekeeping department to increase our current staff levels in readiness for the nonstop season ahead – so if you are or know a really good, reliable cleaner then please call us.” “This year once again sees an increase in the properties and services we are offering so both our training and staffing levels have increased to meet the challenges with a smile. For the many holiday accommodation landlords in the area we are pleased to announce that bookings for the new season are going very well and the year is set to be very successful. Just spare a thought for all those people who ‘do’ what needs to be done in order for the thousands of tourists who visit each year to have a great stay!”

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Westbourne Magazine - March & April 2012  

The March and April 2012 Westbourne Magazine - wedding special.

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The March and April 2012 Westbourne Magazine - wedding special.