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News and Changes

February 23, 2024

News:


A chance for you to nominate someone for the 2024 Police Awards - all kimds of categories.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


Yet more on the recently painted yellow No Parking signs (being now called "yellow blips")
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/24123631.highcliffe-yellow-road-markings-residents-criticise-lines/


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February 20, 2024

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More on the spa plans for Avon Beach. The Echo has details, and a cgi, of what it should look like.
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/24124029.plans-approved-sauna-place-christchurch-beach-huts/
?ref=ebln&nid=960&u=aff34a2f55addc9507adb1b7e0da35f2&date=190224



Fraud warning for all Facebook users.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


Both Christchurch Music Festival and Mudeford Arts Festival return this year in July.
Tickets for the Music on the quomps are already on sale (at reduced prices for early purchases).
The Arts Festival Facebook page still reports on 2023, but presumably will be updated in due course.
However, there is a website inviting all artists, craftpersons, and makers to join in already available - https://mafartists.xyz/

I'm trying to get details of the RNLI Funday, also usually in July, as their website is also still showing 2023.

Changes:

February 17, 2024

News:


The planning application we mentioned back in November to demolish six beach huts at Avon Beach, to make way for a salt water spa, has been approved.
https://planning.christchurchandeastdorset.gov.uk/plandisp.aspx?recno=119069&AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1


Also before Christmas (December 1) we mentioned concerns Police had about the Sports and Social Club licence.
That problem is ongoing, and is detailed in the press this week.
https://www.advertiserandtimes.co.uk/news/social-club-brawls-prompt-police-push-for-licence-review-9352896/


This week's warnings include one for works outside of The Globe, starting Monday.
Upcoming road works information


Changes:

February 16, 2024

News:


Lots on stalking/domestic violence crimes. Also - who are you really talking to online?
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


Councillor Vikki Slade will answer questions on the BCP Council's budget for 2023/24, during a dedicated live Question and Answer session next week. Get your questions in early.
https://mailchi.mp/bcpcouncil/new-council-budget-2425-travel-and-transport-survey-309290?e=cf3c3cb879


You can't fail to have noticed the No Loading yellow road markings that have appeared across the village (in 18 roads apparently). They've made the press. (Blue badge holders take note.)
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/24114814.highcliffe-no-loading-yellow-blips-added-18-roads/
?ref=ebmpn&nid=962&u=aff34a2f55addc9507adb1b7e0da35f2&date=140224



Changes:

February 13, 2024

News:


Launch of National Campaign Against online Fraud. Also, your views requested on the Draft Community Safety Plan Consultation.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated



Changes:

February 10, 2024

News:

This week's warnings.
Upcoming road works information

Given the problems all road users face, don't forget you can report potholes to BCP Council online. There's also an emergency phone number.
https://www.bcpcouncil.gov.uk/roads-and-transport/report-a-problem-on-a-road-or-pavement/
potholes-damaged-roads-or-footpaths



Supporting victims of sexual abuse and sexual violence .
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


Record year for council reuse shop. Lots of other subjects as well..
BCP - Latest news and updates


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February 6, 2024

News:

Well done to everyone who attended the beach clean on Sunday.
There were 42 people, including several first timers, 55.85kg of litter was collected (plus one plank of wood weighing in at 12kg on its own).


This week is Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week
Neighbourhood Alert page updated

Our Watch February - Neighbourhood Watch newsletter.


A new dog grooming business has moved into 422 Lymington Road.
Adore a Dog is also a spa for dogs! (They also have a Facebook page.)


Popular route to the airport and beyond, Avon Causeway, is to shut from March 4 for a month.
Urgent bridge repairs are required.
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/24092093.avon-causeway-close-month-bridge-repaired/
?ref=ebln&nid=960&u=aff34a2f55addc9507adb1b7e0da35f2&date=060224


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February 3, 2024

News:

Don't forget the Friars Cliff beach clean this Sunday (February 4)
Meet at the Wave Wall, 10:30am - 12:30pm.


The proposed Police precept increase has been approved.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


Half term events. Lot of other subjects covered also.
BCP - Latest news and updates

Library news - more half term events. Also covered are events for Safer Internet Day (next week).
BCP - Latest news and updates


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January 2, 2024

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Latest road works news. Several local next week, including two in Lymington Road. One by Pettengells Estate Agents, the other near the Hoburne roundabout.
There are others around the Walkford Road and Solent Road areas.
Upcoming road works information


Here's a surprise. SOS (Save Our Soles) which closed quite a while ago, is returning to it's old premises in Lymington Road.
Opening on March 1 with lots of special offers.
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Reference 14-16 Wharnecliffe Road. Lots of tree felling and garden clearance going on. I can't see any planning application yet, but maybe another big block of apartments is intended.
If anyone knows what is planned, please email.

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February 1, 2024

News:

A reminder. Friars Cliff beach clean this Sunday (February 4)
Meet at the Wave Wall, 10:30am - 12:30pm.


Valentine's Day right around the corner, and unfortunately, it is prime time for romance fraud.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


For anyone who wonders what the Parish Council is up to, you can rest assured that the members are working hard for the benefit of Highcliffe and Walkford.
Below is an update from Council Vice Chair, Adam Sofianos. (It's also worth keeping an eye on the Council website, which has news on Council activities - permanent website link on the front page of this site.)
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In January, the Parish Council approved its budget for the coming year. During this period, we're targeting a number of new projects, as well as continuing to fund existing sites such as Nea Meadows and Wingfield.

We're setting aside six-figure sums to support improvement works on the High Street and the cliff pathways. These are dependent on commitments from BCP Council, and our BCP councillors will be leading the engagement on these.

We hope to finally see the transfer of Highcliffe Recreation Ground from BCP Council in the next few months. We've set aside some funds for our new responsibilities, as well as some projects there in the near future.

We're also continuing to support local events. Residents will be pleased to hear the Parish Council has stepped in with a £10,000 grant to deliver the Highcliffe Food & Arts Festival. We also have funds set aside for a Christmas event, and potentially another festival later this year.

Coming during a period when BCP will have to made large cuts to its own budget, it's important that the Parish Council continues to provide its local amenities and to support local projects. This is an important year for us, and we hope to have more news on these projects in the coming months.


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January 30, 2024

News:

"The most hated man in Highcliffe" Chris Bulstrode owner of Brentland Limited has dropped his current appeal against BCP's refusal to allow the building of 16 houses in the woodland adjacent to Jesmond Avenue.
(I hasten to point out that the description of Mr Bulstrode is his own, not mine.)

This of course does not mean that further plans to develop the site will not be forthcoming.
Read the whole story below.
https://www.advertiserandtimes.co.uk/news/residents-claim-victory-in-jesmond-wood-planning-battle-9349573/


Local organisation, Happy Hounds, which provides caring home from home dog boarding services while owners are away,
is looking for more hosts.
To find out more, or if you need your dog looking after on a temporary basis, contact Helen on 07702 646909 or 01590 681790, or visit happy-hounds-dorset.co.uk

(There is also a link and more info on the Pets page.)

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January 27, 2024

News:

Latest road works news. Not quite as many local ones this time, but the route to Castlepont looks fraught, and the Walkford works are still on.
Upcoming road works information


Council tax set to rise by the maximum allowable amount.
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/24073032.
bcp-council-set-increase-council-tax-4-99-per-cent/
?ref=ebmpn&nid=962&u=aff34a2f55addc9507adb1b7e0da35f2&date=250124



News about the BCP Council budget (and the upconing increased council tax - by 4.99 per cent).
See the Echo report above on this subject.
Also a couple of "have your say" items on other subjects.
BCP - Latest news and updates

Transforming Travel news.
BCP - Latest news and updates


Included is very good advice for owners of key-less vehicles.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


I know a lot of people use the M&S Food shop in New Milton, so you might want to take a look at this.
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/24076721.marks-spencer-elderly-womans-handbag-stolen/
?ref=ebmpn&nid=962&u=aff34a2f55addc9507adb1b7e0da35f2&date=260124



I keep getting scam emails about my Metamask Wallet (whatever that is). Apparently it's about to be suspended.
It's complete nonsense of course, so if you are getting these, just delete them.

Changes:

January 23, 2024

News:


It's National Neighbourhood Policing Week of action.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


Changes: Tides smart website added to Places to Eat page

January 22, 2024

News:


Since the closure of the Castle Tearooms (and I'm sure you remember the fiasco behind that story) The Cliffhanger has been successfully running a temporary service from a mobile unit adjacent to the tea rooms.
That contract has expired, and BCP Council is inviting tenders to provide the service.
(It is not currently known if The Cliffhanger will tender to continue the service.)
It's interesting to note that the service is temporary, and should be in place by February half term, but the Council is actively seeking caterers to take over the Tearooms by May to July, so any temporary service may only be for a a short period.


In the latest lot of food hygiene ratings, the only Highcliffe business checked was The Catch fish and chip shop/restaurant in Lymington Road.
I'm pleased to se that they received top marks.


No sign of Storm Isha here yet, but the warnings keep being issued, and it seems to be causing big problems a little further West, with a large area near Abbotsbury without power, and fallen trees blocking roads.
The Met Office is still saying it's coming our way, and flood warnings are still in place.


Changes:

January 20, 2024

News:


Latest road works news. There are several coming nearby, so take a look.
Upcoming road works information


Catch up with Councillor Vikki Slade's latest question and answer session earlier in the week.
Some interesting other articles on a range of subjects, including a "have your say" survey.
BCP - Latest news and updates


Yet another storm warning. Storm Isha is expected to give us 24 hours of heavy rain, with potential travel problems and damage.
https://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/24062733.dorset-preparing-storm-isha-travel-set-impacted/


The PCC talks (at length) about the Operation Relentless Community Fund
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


Christchurch Town Council looks to take over local services from BCP Council.
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/24060564.christchurch-town-council-announces-draft-budget-2024-25/
?ref=ebln&nid=960&u=aff34a2f55addc9507adb1b7e0da35f2&date=200124



The popular wedding venue, hotel, and restaurant The Barn (in Gore Road, New Milton) has closed it's doors permanently, while owing money all over the place.
I mention this as some may remember the owner, Charles Bruske, from his days as mananger, and Front of House, at The Cliffhanger in it's early days. He has also owned a number of pubs around the area.
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/24059488.barn-new-milton-understood-permanently-closed/
?ref=ebmpn&nid=962&u=aff34a2f55addc9507adb1b7e0da35f2&date=190124



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January 18, 2024

News:


I have been internet free for a few days, so no updates since the weekend.

Another vacant shop is displaying a "Coming soon" notice. 345 Lymington Road )the old Healthy Pets shop) is to become a nail bar.

While on business news, one of the area's few remaining B&Bs has ceased trading. The owner of Chewton Edge in Walkford has retired, and the business is up for sale.


Highcliffe now has it's own Masonic Lodge. It meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each Month from October to May, at Christchurch Masonic Hall, Warren Ave, Mudeford, Christchurch, BH23 3JY.
There is a website "coming soon" but in the meantime contact details can be found on the Local Organisations page.
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There's been reports of BCP Council thinking about reducing the speed limits on parts of Lymington Road and Ringwood Road in Walkford (presumably to 20mph) but their newsletters have so far not included exact details.
However, the Echo already has a survey asking for opinions about such a move across the whole council area.
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/24056908.think-controversial-20mph-speed-limits/
?ref=ebln&nid=960&u=aff34a2f55addc9507adb1b7e0da35f2&date=180124



There's a nice story about 1st Highcliffe Rainbows, who helped raise a total of £750 for Mudeford RNLI.
The Rainbows raised £100 towards the total by taking part in the Smarties challenge, involving carrying out small acts of kindness, which were rewarded by donations in small change by family and friends.
https://www.advertiserandtimes.co.uk/news/film-premiere-and-girlguiding-fundraising-nets-over-850-for-9348960/



Changes: Business listings and plans updated to reflect above news items.

January 13, 2024

News:


Latest road works news.
Upcoming road works information


Join Councillor Vikki Slade for her next live question and answer session on Thursday, January18, from 12.30pm.
Also a wide range of articles, including how to play the BH Coastal Lottery.
BCP - Latest news and updates


Some local business news.
Natz Bitz (406 Lymington Road) is havibng a closing down sale.
The Governor - the lounge bar moving into the old Napoleons bar at 364 Lymington Road, has a sign saying they are opening on Monday (15 January. It also says "11am till Late".
A pet grooming shop "coming soon" to 420b Lymington Road (next to STAR Boutique.)


Anyone renewing their passport soon? Take a look at the photo requirements.
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/24042991.rules-follow-digital-printed-uk-passport-photos/
?ref=eb&nid=477&u=aff34a2f55addc9507adb1b7e0da35f2&date=120124



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January 12, 2024

News:


Spencers Estate Agents (no apostrophy) now open at 368-370 Lymington Road (corner of Stanley Road).


Library news - what's on January to March.
BCP - Latest news and updates

Changes:

January 9, 2024

News:


Follow up to an appeal following an assault in Christchurch.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


The January 2024 edition of Neighbourhood Watch newsletter - OUR NEWS


Changes:

January 8, 2024

News:


First non stop rain for about three months, now sub zero temperatures (and maybe even snow).
This report includes lots of good advice about dealing with such conditions, including driving on wet/frozen roads.
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/24032568.bournemouth-weather-forecast-predicts-cold-snow
?ref=ebmpn&nid=962&u=aff34a2f55addc9507adb1b7e0da35f2&date=070124


Since I wrote the above earlier this morning, the forecast has changed. We are now warned to prepare for heavy snow starting this afternoon.
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/24034048.dorset-weather-forecast-predicts-heavy-snow-bcp-area/
?ref=ebbn&nid=1324&u=aff34a2f55addc9507adb1b7e0da35f2&date=080124



Changes: Plan, Homes, Estate agents pages updated with newly opened businesses added (New Forest Tile Company, and Spencers Estate Agents)

January 6, 2024

News:


Latest road works news.
Upcoming road works information


Poole Park gate closure. Apply by Monday 15 January for school places. Partnership with Beryl Bikes has been extended.
Adult care support drop-in sessions. Make 2024 a year for a healthier you.
BCP - Latest news and updates

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January 5, 2024

News:


The PCC explains why he needs more money.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


A couple of online scams have appeared - I have received multiple examples.
One is apparently from Netflix - Payment processing error.
The other is supposed to be from EVRI Shipping - Reschedule your parcel,

It's alright for me, as I don't use either company, but if you do, be very suspicious of any emails.

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January 4, 2024

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It is well known that The Beach Hut Cafe opens every Christmas morning to raise money for Macmillan Caring Locally, selling hot drinks and calendars, and collecting donations. (And giving away minced pies and mulled wine.)
This time around the total given to the charity was an astounding £11,152,76! Just incredible.


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January 3, 2024

News:


The Christchurch Community Partnership (CCP) is still going strong. Their aim is to end social isolation for all adults in the area. If you are aware of anyone who is lonely or isolated, this is the organisation to go to.


Do you know about the Facebook page - Highcliffe-on-Sea Memories? It is a private members site, but they already have 2.6 thousand members.


The Christchurch & Highcliffe Brass Band would welcome new members. They say:
"If you would like to learn to play a brass instrument, or have played in the past and would enjoy being part of a supportive and enthusiastic group, come and see us! Or call Paul on 01202 897163 or 07948 203079"


Sea Breeze Holiday Cottage added to Accommodation page. (I must admit I did not know this self catering let existed until now.)


Changes: What's On page updated. Charity Players Panto details included. Also the dates/info for this year's Food & Arts Festival in June

January 2, 2024

News:


All quiet on the news front today (so far anyway).

Happy New year to one and all.

Changes:

December 30, 2023

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Not so much for us in the coming week or so, but the temporary lights at the Walkford Road/Chewton Farm Road junction are retyrning for over a month on January 2.
Upcoming road works information


Highcliffe Castle Golf Club was given a top mark (5) in this months food hygiene ratings.
It seems to be the only local business rated in this round of checks.

Changes:

December 29, 2023

News:


CCTV images after an assault in Christchurch. How to report problems. Another chance to take the Police precept survey.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


Changes:

December 27, 2023

News:


I hope everyone had the Christmas they wished for.

Not too much to report at present, but ........

Christchurch Council have backed the latest plans for the old MCA station at Steamer Point.
This is for 10 detached homes, and is a far cry from the several dozens of properties applied for in the earlier applications. Comments period ends on January 11.
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/24007423.christchurch-town-council-back-plans-coastguard-site/


Those amazing people at the Beach Hut Cafe once again gave up their Christmas lunch to raise money for Macmillan Caring Locally.
Despite the dire weather forecast, it stayed dry until the very end, and in two hours £8.5 grand was raised. Quite incredible.
(And that figure usually rises after the day, when people who couldn't make it also make donations.)
See the photos below.
https://www.facebook.com/beachhutcafe/


It's already getting stormy today, and soon to get worse. A weather warning is in place.
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/24012171.bournemouth-weather-storm-gerrit-set-hit-area/


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December 23, 2023

News:


Lots of varied subjects covered. There's also another chance to take the annual Police precept survey.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


Lots coming up, right across the area.
Upcoming road works information

Talking of which. If you have any plans to travel to the Ferndown/Westmoors areas in the near future, you might want to see this.
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/24005817.a31-four-months-worth-closures-starting-new-year/
?ref=ebmpn&nid=962&u=aff34a2f55addc9507adb1b7e0da35f2&date=221223



A range of articles, including the return of electric BBQs on some BCP beaches during the holiday period.
BCP - Latest news and updates


Changes:


December 21, 2023

News:


Family passwords to counter WhatsApp scams. Chief Constable reflects on the year.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


Changes (and closures) to Christchurch medical practices.
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/24002782.christchurch-medical-practice-close-burton-surgery/
?ref=ebln&nid=960&u=aff34a2f55addc9507adb1b7e0da35f2&date=211223



All about the refurbishment of the Haven inn on Mudeford Quay.
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/24002684.refurbishment-completed-haven-house-inn-mudeford/
?ref=ebln&nid=960&u=aff34a2f55addc9507adb1b7e0da35f2&date=211223



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December 19, 2023

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Staying safe and secure over the holiday period. Also "Have Your Say" on an increase to the Police Precept.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


Silverways Nursing Home has been given a "Good" rating by the Quality Care Commission for it's "happy and safe environment" and for a "positive culture that is open, nclusive and empowering, which achieves good outcomecomes for people".
Very nice to see, and well done to all involved.


I can't see much on the planning front at present, except that AV Ridout (at 414 Lymington Road) want to erect three new signs on the front elevation.
https://planning.christchurchandeastdorset.gov.uk/plandisp.aspx?recno=119124



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December 17, 2023

News:

There's been a spate of garage breakins around Highcliffe and Walkford. See the Neighbourhood Watch page below for details.

Garage breakins (with plenty of advice). Campaign against violence this holiday. Fraud Investigation arrests.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


A range of articles.
BCP - Latest news and updates

BCP bin collection changes over the holiday.


Next couple of weeks road works.
Upcoming road works information


Mudeford ferry out of action until Summer.


Dorset's most wanted criminals.


Highcliffe is getting another estate agent. Spencer's is moving into 366 Lymington Road (on the corner of Stanley Road).
Spencer's is a well established company with branches in several other locations.


The owner and staff at Star Boutique (422 Lymington Road) with opened not that long ago, would like to say the following to residents and customers.
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Star Boutique would like to say a massive thank you to the Highcliffe community for their tremendous support and enthusiasm since our opening in September. We have had a fantastic first season and look forward to many more with you all. As a thank you, we have launched our Winter Sale. You can enjoy up to 40% off your favourite pieces at amazing prices.
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Star Boutique.

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December 12, 2023

News:

Cuts coming to BCP Council services. The current Council leadership inherited a financial nightmare, so we all knew they would have to do something. What tyey are planning can be seen below.
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/23970607.listed-bcp-council-services-set-cut-back-2024/
?ref=ebbn&nid=1324&u=aff34a2f55addc9507adb1b7e0da35f2&date=101223



Meet the local Community Safety Officer - tomorrow at Waitrose. Supporting victims of stalking. Winter vigilance patrols.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated

Changes:

December 10, 2023

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West Highcliffe Councillor (and Deputy Christchurch Mayor) Paul Hilliard needed hospital treatment after being knocked off his bicycle last week.
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/23972659.deputy-mayor-christchurch-knocked-off-bike-town-centre/
?ref=ebln&nid=960&u=aff34a2f55addc9507adb1b7e0da35f2&date=091223



Flood warnings in place again this weekend, with more heavy rain expected.
(Other items covered, including a couple of "Have Your Say" opportunities.)
BCP - Latest news and updates

Transforming Travel news.
BCP - Latest news and updates


Next couple of weeks road works.
Upcoming road works information


It seems that the rumour about Napoleon's becoming an Indian restaurant were false. It's to become a a lounge bar apparently.

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December 7, 2023

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Yet another collision on the A35 near the Cat and Fiddle this morning at about 7:30, which closed the road for a while.
It doesn't appear that anyone was seriously hurt this time luckily,
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/23974382.police-called-car-crash-a35-lyndhurst-road/?ref=ebbn&nid=
1324&u=aff34a2f55addc9507adb1b7e0da35f2&date=071223



A couple of items from the PCC, incliding "Putting victims at the heart of policing" which is great. Also, more on "Protecting women and girls in Dorset from violence ", plus a warning about a scam involving Lloyds Pharmacy emails from our new-ish Fraud Officer.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated

Changes:

December 5, 2023

News:

December Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter


It's not open yet, but signs have gone up at 411 Lymington Road (which was Home Style - cladding company) for New Forest Tiles. They are already well established in a New Milton shop, and you see what they are about at https://www.thenewforesttile.co.uk/.

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December 3, 2023

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Yet another large project has a planning application in.
Pennyfarthing have made yet another application for the old MCA site at Steamer Point, having had all their previous attempts rejected. Once again, they have reduced the number of dwellings they want, this time dramatically, to only ten.
https://planning.christchurchandeastdorset.gov.uk/plandisp.aspx?recno=119106&AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1

This one has also has also made the Echo.
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/23961662.plans-lodged-former-mca-centre-steamer-point/?ref=ebln&nid
=960&u=aff34a2f55addc9507adb1b7e0da35f2&date=031223



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December 2, 2023

News:

A new planning application has been made for 359-379 Lymington Road, which is a lot bigger than the plan granted permission in 2019. (This is the site of the old music centre, next to Ludlam's.)
https://planning.christchurchandeastdorset.gov.uk/plandisp.aspx?recno=118984

This has also made the Echo.
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/23959799.plans-apartments-homes-highcliffe-high-street/


Next couple of weeks road works. Again, it's worth a look, as there's several local/nearby locations.
Upcoming road works information


Wide range of articles today. More on the impact of knife crime, retirn of the Christmas Lift Legends scheme, and a Safer Christmas campaign.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


If you missed it, here's a chance to see last Wednesday's Q&A with BCP Council Leader Vicki Slade. Plus several other matters, including applying for school places, supporrting your local shops, and more.
BCP - Latest news and updates

Library news, especially things for kids. Also a chance "To Have Your Say" on Council budget plans.
BCP - Latest news and updates


Changes:

December 1, 2023

News:

Concerns have been raised that the Highcliffe Sports and Social Club is not complying with its premises licence.
Dorset Police fears the club is “not upholding the prevention of crime and disorder and public safety licensing objectives”.
Full story below.
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/23954351.call-licence-review-highcliffe-sports-social-club/
?ref=ebln&nid=960&u=aff34a2f55addc9507adb1b7e0da35f2&date=011223



Changes: What's On page updated

November 30, 2023

News:

Don't forget the Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner's public meeting TONIGHT.
The Old School, 254 Lymington Road, 7:00pm
See details here


Highcliffe Community Church have changed the contact information.
See Churches page for detail. I'm told there is a website coming soon as well.)


How the Pineapple Project is supporting young women in Dorset.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


Changes: What's On page updated

November 27, 2023

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Highcliffe Community Church have announced their December services dates and times
See the details here. (The Church meets at Greystones and welcomes everyone.)


16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


Changes: What's On page updated

November 26, 2023

News:


Chewton Glen has won "Rural Hotel of the Year in the 2023 Food and Travel Readers Awards" for a second time.
https://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/23945445.luxury-new-forest-hotel-wins-top-award-second-time
/?ref=ebln&nid=1092&u=fab6ae8e0543ff9b042e6f63e8093797&date=251123




All about the recent campaign against knife crime.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated

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November 25, 2023

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Upcoming road works information
Take a look - they've got us surrounded!


Have your say on BCP Council budget plans. Ends on 20 December.
Other subjects also covered.
https://mailchi.mp/bcpcouncil/have-your-say-on-our-budget-proposals
-live-qa-with-councillor-vikki-slade-poole-gets-ready-for-christmas-shine?e=cf3c3cb879



All about the recent campaign against knife crime.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated

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November 24, 2023

News:


DOGS must be kept on leads on some beaches and open areas in the Dorset Council area, senior councillors have decided.
The announcement is extremely vague, and just states that "particular areas" and "some beaches and open areas" will be affected.
I am trying to get more information about thhe actual locations from our Councillor. Watch this space.
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/23941875.dogs-must-now-kept-lead-across-parts-dorset/


Two articles from the PCC. Lengthy as usual, but interesting none the less.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


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November 22, 2023

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Another application to buid a sauna at Avon Beach has been made.
This time they want to demolish six beach huts on the prom near the Noisy Lobster and build it there.
https://planning.christchurchandeastdorset.gov.uk/plandisp.aspx?recno=119069


More in the fight against knife crime
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


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November 20, 2023

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There's a plannig application for Beech Lawn, 51 Hinton Wood Avenue. They want to demolish this property, and build two in it's place.
https://planning.christchurchandeastdorset.gov.uk/plandisp.aspx?recno=118995


Yesterday's beach clean still took place, despite gale force winds, and high tides covering much of the beach.
Thirteen hardy souls (including a couple of new faces) still collected 14.95 kilos of litter. Well done to all involved.


Talking of Friars Cliff:
The renovation of the Beach Hut Cafe continues until the end of the week, so inside seating is still not possible.
Everything is still available outside though, by ordering at the window.i

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November 19, 2023

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Next week's “Current Roadworks” information.
Further information can be found on www.one.network


From the PCC "Joining forces to protect the young people of Dorset"
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


Next weeks speed camera locations.

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November 17, 2023

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Yet another storm warning today for both Dorset and Hampshire.
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/23929156.met-office-issues-yellow-rain-warning-dorset-south/
?ref=ebmpn&nid=962&u=aff34a2f55addc9507adb1b7e0da35f2&date=161123



Nothing much else to say today, except that the Link below gives a warning and advice about Black Friday scams, of which there are many
There's also a piece about the new deputy Chief Constable.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


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November 14, 2023

News:

Another storm warning - starting today.
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/23919597.thunderstorms-warning-issued-bcp-met-office/
?ref=ebmpn&nid=962&u=aff34a2f55addc9507adb1b7e0da35f2&date=131123



Talking of storms. As last Sunday's Friars Cliff beach clean was unsurprisingly cancelled, it has been rearranged for this coming Sunday (19 November). Usual place and time, Wave Wall, 10:30am - 12:30pm.


"Hidden Crime" webinars coming up. You can book for free. Plus - Dorset Police are introducing metal detector wands.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


Changes: What's On updated (includes a Swing Unlimited concert at St Mark's)

November 12, 2023

News:

Next week's “Current Roadworks” information


LOTS of stuff from the Police and Crime Commissioner. Plus a couple of other matters.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


This months Neighbourhood Watch newsletter


Mobile speed camera locations for next week. Monday looks like a lot of local activity.
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/23915542.dorset-speed-camera-locations-week-november-13-19/
?ref=ebln&nid=960&u=aff34a2f55addc9507adb1b7e0da35f2&date=121123



Latest food hygeine ratings includes one or two local establishments. (Hoburne didn't come out overly well.)
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/23914650.new-forest-holiday-park-told-some-improvements-needed/
?ref=ebln&nid=960&u=aff34a2f55addc9507adb1b7e0da35f2&date=121123



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November 11, 2023

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Finally got my computer back from its holiday at Rapid PC, now fixed and better thanever.
So I suspect that there's lots to report once I've been through the 200+ emails in my inbox.

In the meantime, a reminder that tomorrow there is a Remembrance Service at St Mark's at 10am, followed by an Act of Remembrance at the war memorial at 11am.


Later, or more likely tomorrow, this section will probably have lots to read.

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November 2, 2023

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Lots about Storm Ciarán this morning. Dire warnings for the whole area.
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/23896192.storm-ciaran-hits-
bournemouth-christchurch-poole/?ref=ebln&nid=960&u=aff34a2f55addc9507adb1b7e0da35f2&date=021123


And more.
BCP - Latest news and updates


Help for domestic abuse victims.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


The Noisy Lobster is selling beach huts - for a mere £65,000.
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/23895084.noisy-lobster-lists-avon-beach-huts-sale-65-000/
?ref=ebln&nid=960&u=aff34a2f55addc9507adb1b7e0da35f2&date=021123



No free pre-Christmas parking this year.
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/23892268.no-free-christmas-parking-bournemouth-
christchurch-poole/?ref=ebln&nid=960&u=aff34a2f55addc9507adb1b7e0da35f2&date=011123


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October 31, 2023

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Very silly mistake yesterday. When I mentioned the planning application for 341/343 Lymington Road, I said that the premises were vacant.
In actual fact 341 is 'The Beauty Spot', 343 is the Asian shop.

A survey for you, as a 2023 Crime and Community Survey is launched.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated



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October 30, 2023

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Some planning applications that may be of interest. There are a couple more than this, but they appear to be minor alterations only.

A plan to demolish 8 and 9 Hoburne Lane and build a load of new properties. They want to remove or change the conditions applied to the original application.
https://planning.christchurchandeastdorset.gov.uk/plandisp.aspx?recno=119013

An application to sever land at 90 Smugglers Lane North and build a 3 bedroom detached house.
https://planning.christchurchandeastdorset.gov.uk/plandisp.aspx?recno=119011

An application to build two apartments, and make other changes, to 341/343 Lymington Road.
https://planning.christchurchandeastdorset.gov.uk/plandisp.aspx?recno=118326

An application to divide 3 Seaview Road to create an additional dwelling.
https://planning.christchurchandeastdorset.gov.uk/plandisp.aspx?recno=118923


Working with businesses to combat shop lifting.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


BCP Local Plan drop-in sessions. Young Carers Week. Other matters also covered.
BCP - Latest news and updates


Changes: What's On page updated. (Now includes next Saturday's RNLI Coffee Morning.)

October 27, 2023

News:


Latest road works information. Highcliffe and Christchurch have several mentions.
Don't forget that more details can be found at https://one.network/


Several items, including a survey on the new "immediate justice" scheme. The PCC included an image apparently showing an overview of his annual safety survey. You'll need better eyesite than mine to get anything from it though.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


Library and Heritage news.
BCP - Latest news and updates


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October 24, 2023

News:


Very sadly, the search for a missing lady from Christchurch has ended with the discovery of a body in woodland close to Gordon Road.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


Cost of Living News Special. Grants, vouchers, advice.
BCP - Latest news and updates


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October 23, 2023

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There are plans afoot to demolish a house in Wharnecliffe Road (Number 36) and build a block of apartments.
I can imagine that this might cause a few comments from residents. There is no application made yet, but you can get an idea of what is intended below.
https://www.advertiserandtimes.co.uk/news/plan-to-demolish-clifftop-home-for-apartments-9335767/


While on planning issues, a while ago we reported that The Noisy Lobster had applied to make fairly large changes.
The plans have been passed.
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/23870664.noisy-lobster-restaurant-avon-beach-set-refurbishment/
?ref=ebln&nid=960&u=aff34a2f55addc9507adb1b7e0da35f2&date=231023



More on the fight against drugs. Also, Dorset remains one of the safest places in the country.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


Latest road works information. It covers the whole area, so you'll need to look for the areas of interest.
Even more details can be found at https://one.network/

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October 19, 2023

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A couple of items here. One about Dorset Police working with local businesses, and the other about social media scammers - a massive problem.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


It was good to know that The Diamond Divas are still going strong after many years.

This choir of Highcliffe ladies will put on concerts for any club or organisation to raise money for Macmillan Caring Locally. and have just passed the £50K mark. Amazing!
They can be contacted on 01425 280367, or through their Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/charitysingers/?locale=en_GB


Changes: Local organisations page updated (Divas Facebook page added, plus current telephone number)

October 12, 2023

News:


When I mentioned a couple of days ago that it looks like Napoleon's is to become an Indian restaurant, and that it's been a while since we had one, I completely forgot the (newish) Shahid's in Walkford.
Shahid's is both restaurant and takeaway, and is located at 104 Ringwood Road, where The Eatery was.
https://shahidsindiancuisine.co.uk/


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October 11, 2023

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The rebuild of Mudeford All Saints Church seems to be getting closer.
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/23842085.plans-progress-rebuild-mudeford-saints-church/
?ref=ebln&nid=960&u=aff34a2f55addc9507adb1b7e0da35f2&date=101023



Several articles, including news of a webinar on online safety.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


Transforming Travel news.
BCP - Latest news and updates


There's a couple of really useful local websites (other than this one).
The Highcliffe and Walkford Parish Council website has information about Highcliffe Link launched in response to the Cost-of-Living Crisis.

The Residents Association site has a page of Useful links, including to local voluntary groups

Changes: What's On page updated

October 10, 2023

News:


It seems that the rumour about Napoleon's being taken over and becoming a restaurant is to be soon confirmed.
Apparently it is to become an Indian restaurant, which Highcliffe hasn't had for a long time - not since the days of Elephant Walk/Saffron.


Following my communication with Councillor Andy Martin, he has kindly given me a list of what is happening on the BCP and Parish Council fronts. I'll give it to you as I received it. (It's good to see that they are staying busy on behalf of residents.)
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1: New 30mph speed limits are being consulted on for Lymington Road and Ringwood Road, Walkford, where both are currently 40.

2: The appeal against refusal of 16 homes on Jesmond Wood is to be by written statement. Residents are asked to lodge their objections to the appeal.

3: New traffic regulations are have come into force at Highcliffe School and other TROs for the seafront were agreed at Cabinet last month.

4: The BCP Local Plan is being reworked and Andy Martin, David Martin and Adam Sofianos are redrafting the Highcliffe section to strengthen environmental policies in particular.

5: Highcliffe clifftop paths have been added to the BCP seafront programme for investment.

6: BCP Council is trying to close a £44m gap in its budget inherited from the previous administration. There will inevitably be cuts in services.

7: BCP FuturePlaces is being closed down by the new administration.

8: The Wharncliffe Road planning application has been refused.

9: HWPC is working on a biodiversity strategy for the parish.
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"Fix the Future Community Fund"
Neighbourhood Alert page updated



Changes: What's On page updated

October 6, 2023

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Not quite sure how I missed it, but the Oakhaven charity shop at 290 Lymington Road has closed down (relocated elsewhere).


If anyone is wondering why the smart looking Honey Cake Patisserie at 355 Lymington Road is still not open, i have been told that it is because (like many businesses since Brexit) they cannot find a suitable chef and staff. It could even stay closed until next Spring.


Talking about smart looking shops, I suspect that the new ones recently built will remain unoccupied for a while,
It seems that the rents are extremely high. (Exorbitant if you ask me.)
For example, the premises on the corner of Stanley Road is asking £15,000 per annum. That's a lot of business to do just to pay the rent, never mind stock, staff, and all the usual normal bills.


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October 5, 2023

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It seems one or two things did happen while I was away.


Tides Cafe (330/332 Lymington Road) is finally open.
Opening hours are Tuesday to Thursday 08:30 to 14:00 and Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 08:30 to 15:00.
An A-board outside gives different times but is incorrect and is being changed.


Catz Pyjamas (318 Lymington Road) sadly didn't last too long, and has been repleced by (another) computer repair shop.
One Stop IT Services "for 'Computer Repairs, Business IT Support,
Website Design, Connectivity & VOIP'. 'Microsoft 365".
Apparently you can also have a coffee there, while your repairs are taking place.


"Help us make Dorset #NoPlaceForDrugs"
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


Library news.
BCP - Latest news and updates


Changes: Village Plan and various business listings amended and corrected. (See above news items.)

October 3, 2023

News:


So what's been happening in my absence? Not too much that I've heard about thus far.

I do know that that the Beach Hut Cafe Macmillan Coffee Morning raised an amazing £3000 for Macmillan Caring Locally.

I also notice that Flair Interiors (415a and 415b Lymington Road have now combined their two shops, and have a smart new sign. (Flair specialise in kitchens and bathrooms.)


Wide range of subjects covered in several articles.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


October Neighbourhood Watch newsletter.


"Have your say" opportunity on BCP Council plans. This is aimed at getting the views of students across the area.
BCP - Latest news and updates


Having previously said that their cafe would be one of few to remain open, Sainsbury's hvae now announced that it will close this month.
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/23818617.sainsburys-cafe-christchurch-close-october/
?ref=ebmpn&nid=962&u=aff34a2f55addc9507adb1b7e0da35f2&date=280923



Highcliffe's AGE UK charity shop is looking for donations of good quality, but unwanted, goods. There's also interesting information about environmental group, The Wombles.
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/23816053.highcliffe-charity-shop-asks-people-donate-unwanted-items/
?ref=ebln&nid=960&u=aff34a2f55addc9507adb1b7e0da35f2&date=290923


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September 18, 2023

News:

The annual coffee mornings raising money for the cancer charity Macmillan is almost upon us.
Most will be taking place on Friday September 29.
However, please note that the event at The Beach Hut Cafe is a week earlier, on Friday Sepember 22, from 10am - until Noon.
As most know, Beach Hut fundraising is for Macmillan Caring Locally in Christchurch, not any national organisation.

If you know of any others in the area, please email, and I'll mention them on my return.


Now - this really is the last update until I get back.

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September 16, 2023

News:

Star Boutique is finally opening at 422 Lymington Road - TODAY!
Owner Darcy has this to say:
" Star Boutique is an independent womenswear boutique coming soon to Highcliffe!
Offering classic British Boutique fashion labels alongside stylish accessories, jewellery and more. We cannot wait to welcome you, with free customer forecourt parking. "



BCP Council Leader Vikki Slade described last Wednesday's live Q&A as a great success.
If you missed it you can watch it below.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIkLii3D01M


Police have issued very clear cctv images of someone stealing a bike at The Captains Club Hotel.
What to do if you recognise the person is included. Also a lengthy piece from the PCC on rural crime.
https://news.dorset.police.uk/news-article/ab760688-4552-ee11-9d5b-6045bdd24049


The Methodist Church finally has a new minister. Following Rev Phillip Dixon leaving last February, Rev Andrew Pottage took over on September 1.


There will be no updates for a couple of weeks as I'm out of the country, but please keep your news coming in, and I'll catch up on my return.

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September 9, 2023

News:


A range of subjects in this one, including news of a live Q&A with BCP Council Leader Vikki Slade.
It's next Wedneday, and there's various ways to get your questions in.
BCP - Latest news and updates


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September 8, 2023

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Don't forghet it's Music Festival time - tomorrow from 11am until 7pm - on the cliff top near theCliffhanger.


Wide range of subjects covered in several articles.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


Library news..
BCP - Latest news and updates


Yet more traffic chaos coming to Christchurch, as major work starts in Barrack Road (again) and around the Fountain Roundabout (again).
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/23771861.roadworks-
barrack-road-fountain-way-christchurch/?ref=ebmpn&nid=962&u=aff34a2f55addc9507adb1b7e0da35f2&date=070923



The plans for the Noist Lobster (reported last weekend) have made the press.
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/23756123.refurbishment-plans-noisy-lobster-avon-beach/
?ref=ebln&nid=960&u=aff34a2f55addc9507adb1b7e0da35f2&date=070923



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September 6, 2023

News:


CCTV appeal following an incident at McDonald's in Somerford Road
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


Here is the September issue of Our Watch, the Neighbourhood Watch newsletter.
https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/sites/default/files/documents/2023-09/September%20newsletter%20FINAL.pdf


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September 2, 2023

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I have received an amazing document that a lady found when sorting through her deceased mother's effects.
(Her mother's name was Sheila Claydon - whom some of you may have known.)
The document "Highcliffe-on-Sea - Official Guide" was issued by the Highcliffe and District Chamber of Trade - who knew there was such a thing?
Unfortunately it is not dated, but from the photos I would guess it was late 50's or early 60's.
Of the many businesses included only a couple are still operating, including Ludlam's, who had two shops in Lymington Road in those days.
There were all kinds of interesting businesses in the village, including two dairys (at 337 and 251 Lymington Road).

What I need to do now is to find the perfect home for it. Any bright ideas anyone?


Mostly about the air show, but other items include applying for school places.
BCP - Latest news and updates


National Crime Week. Final chance for the Annual Safet Survey.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


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September 2, 2023

News:


I have received an amazing document that a lady found when sorting through her deceased mother's effects.
(Her mother's name was Sheila Claydon - whom some of you may have known.)
The document "Highcliffe-on-Sea - Official Guide" was issued by the Highcliffe and District Chamber of Trade - who knew there was such a thing?
Unfortunately it is not dated, but from the photos I would guess it was late 50's or early 60's.
Of the many businesses included only a couple are still operating, including Ludlam's, who had two shops in Lymington Road in those days.
There were all kinds of interesting businesses in the village, including two dairys (at 337 and 251 Lymington Road).

What I need to do now is to find the perfect home for it. Any bright ideas anyone?


Mostly about the air show, but other items include applying for school places.
BCP - Latest news and updates


National Crime Week. Final chance for the Annual Safet Survey.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


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September 1, 2023

News:


Highcliffe's FREE Music Festival is now only a week away.
Below is the program and event poster in two formats.

Double page layout (best for desktop and laptops): https://issuu.com/mags4dorset/docs/cliff_top_music_festival_2023-issuu?fr=sNjA4YjY0NjE5MjY

Single page layout (best for tablets and phones): https://issuu.com/mags4dorset/docs/cliff_top_music_festival_2023-issuu?fr=sN2QzZjY0NjE5MzM

There is also a get together on Wednesday September 6 in Highcliffe Sports and Social Club, 6pm - this is for volunteers and anyone who wants to find out more about the event.


Hoburne Developments have again applied for permission to build more than 100 new houses on farm land adjacent to the A35.
Details on application 8/23/0512/FUL can be seen below. Consultation ends on September 22.
https://planning.christchurchandeastdorset.gov.uk/plandisp.aspx?recno=118768


Dorset Police have a "Meet The Team" stand on Bournemouth sea front for the duration of the aair show.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated



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