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News and Changes

Sep 28 News -

Several items in this update, including a request for any information regarding a nasty incident on Highcliffe clifftop last week. Also included are links to lots of information about Covid related business.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated.

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Sep 25 News -
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All about the new NHS COVID-19 Test and Trace app, including a download link.

Nominate someone for Neighbour of The year 2020. See the Alert below:
Neighbourhood Alert page updated.

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Sep 24 News -
The full , and extremely sad, story about the young man who died last week at Hinton Admiral railway station can be seen below:

Also reported was that Councillor Brooks was (unsurprisingly) getting involved.
Yesterday morning he collected six large sacks (including cans, bottles, rubbish, and car parts!) between Castle Lane and Hoburne Roundabout.
Well done to him, and to everyone else who is getting involved, either alone, of in groups.

Although - how disappointing is is that there is so much rubbish discarded by people that one person can collect that much in one morning. (Councillor Brooks also mentioned that was a bonus to his efforts. Along with the rubbish, he collected 11 golf balls from the verge alongside the golf course.)

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It's about the latest restrictions, plus plenty of advice.

Have your say on the the latest COVID related regulations. See the Alert below:
Neighbourhood Alert page updated.

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Sep 21 News -
As already reported, this week is Great British September Clean (until September 27).
Read all about it here:

Also reported was that Councillor Brooks was (unsurprisingly) getting involved.
Yesterday morning he collected six large sacks (including cans, bottles, rubbish, and car parts!) between Castle Lane and Hoburne Roundabout.
Well done to him, and to everyone else who is getting involved, either alone, of in groups.

Although - how disappointing is is that there is so much rubbish discarded by people that one person can collect that much in one morning. (Councillor Brooks also mentioned that was a bonus to his efforts. Along with the rubbish, he collected 11 golf balls from the verge alongside the golf course.)

Many of you will have seen the story of 15 year old Naomi Jupp, the paper girl who's actions almost certainly saved the life of one of her customers, and for which she has been awarded a Neighbourhood Inspector’s Special Recognition award.
The full story appears in the update below.

Neighbourhood Alert page updated.

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Sep 19 News -
BCP have announced news of temporary road closures in Highcliffe in October.
GORDON ROAD and WATERFORD ROAD, HIGHCLIFFE – both roads closed at their junctions with Lymington Road

From Monday 26 October until Friday 30 October 2020

The main Lymington Road will remain open but will be operating on two-way temporary signals

To undertake the installation of power lines o/s No. 402 Lymington Road

DIVERSION: Via Chewton Common Road to access Gordon Road

DIVERSION: Via Stuart Road to access Waterford Road
( Number 402 is the building occupied by Beauty of Highcliffe.)

Neighbourhood Alert page updated.
A flurry of various announcements.

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Sep 17 News -
An announcement from the Parish Council following Monday's exhibition.
Thank you to the 60+ residents who came along to the Parish ‘drop-in’ session on Monday and the helpful comments as well as the feedback from social media.

The ‘Improvement Opportunities’ are now available to see online at the Parish Council’s website www.highcliffewalkford-pc.gov.uk

An important addition is a proposal for FREE car parking in the Wortley Road car park for up to one hour, subject to agreement with BCP Council.

In due course the Parish Council will be taking the proposals to BCP Council who are the highway authority.
Also following the event, I have heard that shop keepers in the stretch we all call the High Street are very concerned at the suggestion that parking may be banned along there.
They are worried that their already under pressure businesses will be badly hit if customers can't park nearby.
It's also pointed out that the parked vehicles are the only things that control traffic speeds, and without them speeding will become a major issue.

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Includes news and video of the most recent attempt to take over the BCP Council.

Neighbourhood Alert page updated.
All about the new Rule of 6, even info on how to report miscreants.

Forgot to mention before. Another long established village business has ceased trading. SOS Shoe Repairs (342 Lymington Road) which provided many more services than just repairing shoes, is no longer with us.

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Sep 13 News -
Don't forget the drop in event about High Street plans tomorrow - from 10.00am to 1.00pm at the Old School House, 254 Lymington Road.
Here's a repeat of the press release
The Future of Your High Street

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Roads and travel news. Includes link to an app for finding your nearest Beryl Bike in our area.

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Sep 11 News -
Today sees the start of
the Great British September Clean, part of the Keep Britain Tidy organisation's work.
Running from today until September 27, we are all encouraged to do our bit, either in groups (no more than six obviously) or just as individuals. Even as little as a few minutes makes a difference if enough people participate.
Read all about it here:

Setting a good example is Councillor Brooks, who will be litter picking between Castle Avenue and the Hoburne Roundabout.

The good people at Highcliffe Friends In Need will be restarting taking local residents to their medical appointments from Monday September 28.
Please ring Cressida Belbin for further details or to book - 01425 279328.
Cressida would also love to hear from anyone able to spare a little time to become a driver. It's extremely flexible, and you won't be out of pocket.

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Sep 9 News -
Here's a press release from our Parish Council. It's about a public drop in event next week, about revitalising the High Street
. The meting is on Monday September 14, from 10.00am to 1.00pm at the Old School House, 254 Lymington Road.
Here's the press release
The Future of Your High Street

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Includes news on the new restrictions, starting Monday (including exemptions). Also news of the reopening of Highcliffe Castle on Sunday, September 20.
Several other informative items as well.

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Sep 7 News -
Have you a loose £20,000 knocking around? You could maybe buy a spare 36,000sqft vacant plot off of Talbot Drive. It goes to auction on Wednesday next week. See the Strettons website for details.

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What's on in the next few months.

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Parks and open spaces news.

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Public health info, and personal health and well being.

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Sep 3 News -

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Mostly about libraries, including home library service. Also fun stuff - with prizes.

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Aug 29 News -
Sadly, but understandable, organised beach cleans have been cancelled until next year.
Pencil in Sunday January 3, and watch for more info around Christmas time.

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Back to school information, and various other bits and pieces.

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Includes plans to rebuild The Beach House on Mudeford Spit.

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Aug 26 News -

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Mostly about travel, including news of Beryl Bikes (bike sharing scheme) coming to Christchurch.

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Aug 22 News -

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Includes remembering the ninth anniversary of the death of Flight Lieutenant Jon Egging.

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Aug 12 News -

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Includes news of a virtual Bournemouth Air Show.

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Aug 11 News -

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Apologies - they are a bit late.
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All about rubbish. Collections, disposal, recycling.

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Various, including what to do if you test positive for COVID.

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Aug 6 News -

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Share your lockdown experiences, and several other interesting articles.
Also includes a link to the following "Eat Out To Help Out" website, so you can find all the places participating nearby.
(Save 50% on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.)


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Aug 4 News -

When Highcliffe Library reopens tomorrow, there are some changes and restrictions.
Rather than list them here, I suggest visiting the Library Facebook page, where everything is explained in detail.

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Aug 3 News -

The mystery of the straw bales in the beck under Gordon Road has been explained.
The straw bales were placed there by Wessex Water as a means to filter the water in the stream. During the recent rains, sewerage contaminated the stream and the water company have spend the best part of the week clearing up the mess.
The bales have done their job, and are now gone.

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Aug 1 News -

Councillor Brooks is on the ball again. He tells me that of the libraries currently still closed in Dorset, Highcliffe Library will be one of the first to reopen - on Thursday August 6.

Latest BCP newsletter.
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Wide range of articles, including advice about travelling abroad, face coverings, Council Leader's next online Q&A.

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July 31 News -

Following the piece about the straw bales in the Gordon Road beck, I now know that the Parish Council is already on the case.
They have written to the owner of the adjoining land, and are currently following up that action.

On the Highcliffe Library situation, Councillor Brooks says that BCP Council are reopening libraries in a phased arrangement.
Many staff were furloughed, as well as being moved to other roles, as a result of Covid-19 situation.
It will take time to get staff back into position to be able all libraries to reopen.

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Includes new vehicle towing powers, and "Cycle to win prizes". Other items as well.

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Lots of Parks and Open Spaces news.

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July 30 News -

Some good news from one of Highcliffe's oldest businesses. Natalie at Crystal World earlier announced that she would be retiring and closing the shop when the lease runs out in a few months.
She has now said the following:
Following an overwhelming number of comments,
Natalie at Crystal World has decided to keep Crystal World re-open for the foreseeable future. The shop temporarily closed for a re-fit on Saturday 18th July but will re-open from Thursday 30th July, on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9am to 5pm.

There will be a large range of traditional and contemporary silver and stone set jewellery, an extensive range of the very popular rocks and minerals. We also do bead and pearl re-stringing and jewellery repairs.

Enquiries: crystalworld@btinternet.com or 01425 279884.

Neighbourhood Alert page updated.
Not exactly our area yet, but there's a spate of cash machine crimes occurring in Bournemouth and Poole, which is a bit too close for comfort. The article includes advice on prevention, ans a picture of a skimming device.

Concerns have been raised about the dumping of straw bales in the stream running under Gordon Road.
I am trying to find out what is to be done about it.

I have also asked why Highcliffe Library is not reopening, unlike others. The Library is an important social hub for many, so it seems unfair to keep it closed.

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July 28 News -

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All kinds of useful stuff, including how to book a virus check if you have any symptoms.

Neighbourhood Alert page updated.
Several interesting items, including a new "Safety In Neighbours Burglary Campaign" as a rise is expected in crimes now that lockdown is eased.
There's also CCTV links to try to catch people using stolen credit cards in the area.

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July 24 News -
Following emails on the subject of the missing seating in the Crow's Nest shelter, I passed the problem onto Councillor Nigel Brookes.
He has been told by a BCP official that the seating will be installed on August 10/11.

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Various, but includes news of an app to find the least crowded beaches.

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Again, various items.

Neighbourhood Alert page updated.
All about compusory wearing of face masks. (better late than never I suppose.)
Also an article about potential rise in hate crimes aimed at disabled.

A new business has started. Highcliffe resident Elodie Stewart is offering a podiatry, chiropody, and foot care service in your own home.
See contact details on Complimentary Treatments page, or the Health Treatments and Products page.

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July 21 News -

Neighbourhood Alert page updated.
Asking for your opinions and experiences on anti social behaviour. It's quite a long article, but just a short survey.

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July 20 News -

Latest BCP newsletter.
BCP - COVID-19. Latest news and service updates

Libraries reopening news, travel corridors, Council Leader Vikki Slades Q&A sessions, and other stuff.

Neighbourhood Alert page updated.
A couple of lengthy articles. One about Dorset's falling crime rates, and the other about enjoying Dorset safely.

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July 16 News -

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Wide range of information.

Neighbourhood Alert page updated.
Plenty to read today. Scams, special constables, and a request for older drivers to say if they want the popular driving refreshers restarted.

As you all know, most of the local shop, cafes, pubs, and restaurants are open in some form or another, but the services offered varies, so cannot be detailed here.
But as examples, The Amberwood has reopened both bar and restaurant, obviously with COVID restrictions still in place, and the Beach Hut Cafe is open for a wide range of takeaway food, including their famous breakfasts.
They also have gained permission to have tables on the beach, so there is plenty of seating (including on their all weather area.
As I said, just about everyone is providing a service again to some degree.

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July 14 News -

As many will know, there was a collision near the junction of Wharncliffe Road and lymington Road last Friday morning.
Very sadly, the pedestrian involved, a local lady, has since died in Southampton Hospital.

Local Police are seeking any witnesses. All the details are in the report below.
Neighbourhood Alert page.

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July 14 News -

As many will know, there was a collision near the junction of Wharncliffe Road and lymington Road last Friday morning.
Very sadly, the pedestrian involved, a local lady, has since died in Southampton Hospital.

Local Police are seeking any witnesses. All the details are in the report below.
Neighbourhood Alert page.

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July 13 News -

Hairdressers Muir Chapman have moved from their premises at the end of The Arcade to 420B Lymington Road, between Ethos Care Services and Hair On The Cliffe. Their phone number is unchanged - 01425 280410.

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Wide range of items.

BCP - COVID-19. Roads and Travel Updates

Changes - Plan and Hairdressers page update (see item above).

July 10 News -

Suspicious behaviour to report on the Hoburne Estate. I have received the following information, and I recommend that if anyone has a similar experience, that they contact local Police immediately as the person is obviously up to no good. Various methods of doing so can be found here:
I live on the Hoburne Farm Estate and would like to make other people aware that a young, short, dark haired young woman rang my doorbell about 12.30 pm today asking about my internet.
Said she had spoken to other neighbours who were complaining about internet speed. She never introduced herself at all. I said mine was fine thanks and I wasn’t interested. She asked me who I was with to which I replied it doesn’t matter and said sorry I have to go. She continued to stare at me and then I said sorry I have visitors so I’ve got to go, thanked her and said sorry and shut the door.
She still stood there staring at the door as could see her through glass. She went off and my friends left and said she was round the corner. There didn’t seem to be any vehicle or anyone else.

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What you can and cannot do advice.

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July 7 News -

Yesterday, Gordon Road and Waterford Road were closed for emergency water works, with the main Lymington Road being down to one lane controlled by temporary lights.
Here is the BCP announcement:

Unfortunately, as from this morning 6 July 2020, Bournemouth Water have closed the above roads at their junctions with Lymington Road due to a burst main. It is anticipated that this closure will be in place for up to five days.

Diverson: Via Chewton Common Road to access Gordon Road

Diversion: Via Stuart Road to access Waterford Road

The main Lymington Road is open but will be operating on two-way temporary signals


It seems that visitors to the area were much better behaved during the weekend just gone, with few of the ridiculous scenes of previous chaos. Police have issed a "thank you" statement through Neighbourhood Alert. (It probably helped that it rained just about all day on Saturday.)
Neighbourhood Alert page

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July 6 News -

Latest couple of Neighbourhood Alert reports:

Neighbourhood Alert page
A lengthy one about preparations for crowds now that tourism industry is starting to reopen, and one about Dorset Police involvement in a nation wide operation against crime gangs.

(This page looks a bit different now. It somehow became corrupted, and either loaded very slowly or not at all, so has been rebuilt. If anyone requires old Alert articles please email.)

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July 5 News -

Good news. The "travellers" at Saffron Drive have travelled. BCP Council added quickly, and obtained a court order on Friday, and baliffs evicted the invaders yesterday at midday.
Councillor Brooks added that a tractor has placed large rocks at the entrance to the ‘green area’ and soil mounds have been placed at a secondary entrance point. A review of security of the site will be undertaken by BCP Council next week.

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Includes - support for walking and cycling, tourism reopening, etc.

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July 3 News -

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Mostly advice about places and businesses reopening.

Some information about our discussions about the Zig Zag path, in which it was noted that Keep Left & social distancing signs were installed at the top of the path, but not at the bottom, and the same situation with No Cycling signs, and that this discrepancy had caused some altercations.

Castle staff pointed out that the bottom of the path is the responsibility of BCP Community Open Spaces Team, but that the social distancing signs have since been installed. (The Castle team passed the issue on to the BCP team.)
The interesting part is about the No Cycling signs, which had apparently been installed, but subsequently stolen.

That's not the end of it though, and the following email from the BCP team explains the situation.
I have seen your email which mentions no-cycling signage.

This is due to be reviewed as part of a wider seafront review in connection with an accessibility study. That piece of work has been postponed during Covid but the consolation part of this should go ahead in the late autumn assuming nothing changing with the current situation.

Signage has been deployed, as well as no cycling signage which promptly disappeared sometime after its installation. As there is no byelaw in place for this site currently any signage we place is advisory only and not enforceable. I respect the opinion that this activity here is not safe and will look to get something else out there in the next week

So all the time most of us thought that cycling was banned on the path, for obvious reasons, it relied on the common sense of people, and we all know that there are always those that will do what they want, regardless of others. Luckily they are usually a small minority. (But after recent public exploits on the coast, you have to wonder.)

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July 1 News -

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Includes a live link for watching this afternoon's meeting between BCP and Dorset County Council to discuss the Dorset-wide health and care response to Covid-19. It starts at 3:00pm.

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June 27 News -
More on the "travellers" invasion of Saffron Drive.
The BCP council is on the case, and working to get them moved on.
Our councillors have asked for all vulnerable locations in Highcliffe and Walkford to be checked/made secure/locked off.

If a resident becomes aware of a further or possible incursion taking place, please contact Mike Parkinson BCP Council (Parks & Grounds Maintenance Manager) mike.parkinson@bcpcouncil.gov.uk straightaway.

You may remember the story of 10 year old Alex from Walkford. During lockdown, he was raising and selling plants (and books) from a stall outside of his house to raise money for the NHS.
Now that school beckons, and his stall has been cleared away, here is his final statement.


Fantastic job Alex. Well done indeed.

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June 26 News -
"Travellers" have invaded the green on Hoburne Estate, where Saffron Drive meets the A337.
Enough said.

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A major incident has been declared after thousands of people ignored both rules and advice, and then left beaches looking like a rubbish tip.

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June 25 News -
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Includes a list of all the business types allowed to reopn on July 4, assuming they comply with the new social distancing rules.

The discussion about signs on the Zig Zag, has led to it being pointed out that cycling is still a problem on the path, not helped by the absence of signs at the bottom of the path.
However, it has to be pointed out that this is not a new problem. Risking life and limb from people cycling on the path has always been an issue, as clear signage has never stopped some of them before.
(Before I start getting emails berating me for critisising cyclists, let me say - as with almost all problems - it is only a small minority that cause a issue.)

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June 23 News -
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Includes a warning about ticks, and an invitation for children to design signs.

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This one includes info about free school dinner vouchers, and news about tomorrow's Q&A with Vikki Slade being a bit later than it's normal Midday, plus other items.

Someone who had an exchange of words with people on the Zig Zag, has pointed out that at the top, it is clearly signed to keep to the left to maintain social distancing, but no such signs are in place at the bottom.
One can only assume that the BCP team responsible think that visitors only go down the path, whereas locals realise that just as many are approaching from the beach below to come up tha path.
The matter has been passed to our excellent local councillors.

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June 17 News -
Latest BCP newsletter. Shops opening, Loneliness.
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Latest Neighbourhood Alert reports
All about Covid related scams, and how to sopt them.

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June 13 News -
The oddest thing has happened with the photo yesterday, which I am unable to explain. (If anyone has any bright ideas I'd love to hear them.)

The photo displays on some devices upside down, and on others the correct way up, so some of you saw it one way, and some the other. Here it is the opposite way to yesterday, so hopefully everyone can see it correctly with one or the other.
All too strange.

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June 12 News -
You may remember that when the ZigZag Path was completed last year, Martin Stewart (of Stewart's Gardenlands) organised the planting of shrubs and pines along the path.
A year on, weeding and maintenance became necessary, and Martin called for volunteers to help.
Needless to say, plenty of Highcliffe residents, including our Parish Councillors (of course) responded, and spent yesterday making the path look its best.
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In the picture are, left to right – David Armstrong, Angus Mcmillian, Martin Stewart, Steve Burman, Judie Burman, Bob Hutchings, Ian Nichols (not in the photo are Andy Rogers, Mel Pike and Nigel Brooks - all behind the camera).
Well done indeed to all concerned.

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June 11 News -
Latest BCP newsletter. Several items included, including shops reopening and BCP vote of confidence.
BCP - COVID-19. Latest news and service updates

The latest Neighbourhood Alert report is about Stop and search figures in Dorset.
Neighbourhood Alert page

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June 10 News -
Latest BCP newsletter. Several items included.
BCP - COVID-19. Latest news and service updates

The latest Neighbourhood Alert report. Included news of a robbery in Somerford Road.
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June 6 News -
Latest BCP newsletter. Includes "Beaches - Your Questions Answered.
BCP - COVID-19. Latest news and service updates

The latest Neighbourhood Alert report contains several items on different subjects, including lots about Celebrating Our Neighbours.
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June 4 News -
Latest BCP newsletter. A wide range of articles in this one, including free advertising for businesses, and the approaching deadline for applying for discretionary business grants.

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Nothing to do with Highcliffe, certainly not directly anyway, but I've heard about a chap who lives in the Forest that may be offering a service that may be of interest to local families.
For many years he has been an auctioneer, and has on many occasions given his time to run charity auctions across the South.
It seems that in the course of his work, he has repeatedly been upset by selling valuble items at auction, only for the proceeds to go staright to a house clearance company, rather than to a family.
Eventually, he has started to offer a reasonably priced probate service, in an attempt to ensure people receive the proper returns on property contents, rather than it all going straight to a house clearance firm.
Got to be worth a look if you are in the sad situation of considering a house clearance.

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June 3 News -
Latest BCP newsletter. Worth a look, with several interesting items.
BCP - COVID-19. Latest news and service updates

A serious case of more haste, less speed yesterday I'm afraid.
The Council Leader is of course Vikki Slade (a name I've typed many times recently).
Many thanks for the people who spotted my error. (At least it shows people are watching I guess.)

Far too much sun I think (although not on the beach I have to say). I also failed to upload the beach party photos on May 31. Done now.

A reminder. Comments (both for and against) on the application for the Greystones work planned by Christchurch Housing Association, mentioned on May 10, need to be in by June 13. Application 8/20/0287/FUL can be seen below:

Once again I can mention our local councillors working for the community, and after many recent years when the opposite was often true, what a pleasure it is to say.

As part of Volunteer Week, Parish Councillors Bob Hutchings and Nigel Brooks, together with Mel Pike from the Highcliffe Castle Wheelers Cycle Club got together on Monday to clear weeds and leaves along Lymington Road near the Golf Club; a total of more than 20 wheelbarrow loads was collected.
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June 2 News -
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Council Leader Vikki Hallam is not happy after witnessing widespread scenes of irresponsible behaviour across our beaches at the weekend. She also has another of her now regular Q&A Facebook sessions tomorrow.

This Alert is all about special constables and volunteers. There are links to find out more, plus a link to find out about becoming a police cadet.
Neighbourhood Alert page

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May 31 News -
Friday evening at the bottom of the ZigZag.
Probably thinking that if the person who came up with the social distancing rules can ignore them, then so can we.
(Thanks for sharing the photo.)

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May 30 News -
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Reopening of markets, and a local discretionary grant scheme to support small businesses.

You may well have seen that the free parking for key workers ends tomorrow. A scheme will still be available for NHS, health, and social care staff. Read all about it in this Echo article.

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May 29 News -
I'm very pleased to tell you that while people have been complaining about lack of open public toilets, our Councillor Nigel Brooks has been very busy on our behalf, and most toilets should now be open. The exceptions are the Cliffhanger and the Noisy Lobster, which are operated by the business tenants.
The Cliffhanger has agreed to open, but - and I quote - "Peter Hayward at the Noisy Lobster is proving more difficult
which probably won't surprise too many locals. There could be progress though, as there is a meeting there this morning.
I suggest reading the following communications between Cllr Brooks and BCP Council officials. It is good to see our politicians working so hard on our behalf.
Public Toilets. Highcliffe, May 2020

More good news from our local politicians, this time from the Highcliffe and Walkford Parish Council.
One of the first things they did when elected was to work with residents to identify problems with the pavements in Lymington Road.
Here's what the Council have said.
Some good news!

In March the Parish’s working group submitted a photographic report to BCP Council identifying some 35 locations where the pavements in the retail part of Lymington Road were badly uneven. I had previously received many ‘first hand’ accounts of falls/trips/ near misses from residents.

BCP Council have started repair work (photo herewith), using the period while shops are closed to work will minimal interruption.


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May 28 News -
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School reopening plans, and other items.

BCP - COVID-19. Latest news and service updates
Catch up with Council Leader Vikki Slade's latest Q&A on Facebook, and other items.

Complaints are coming in thick and fast about the continued closure of public toilets, especially coastal ones (including at the Castle) given the influx of visitors with a relaxation of the travel rules, and half term bringing many more people to the area.
Another issue raised is that the Noisy Lobster is serving food and drinks, but is keeping its toilets closed. It is suggested that this may not be within the law. I don't know, so couldn't comment.

I would suggest involving local councillors to find out the situation - on both counts.

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May 25 News -
Surprisingly, nothing today from either BCP, nor from Neighbourhood Alert.

However, I've heard that The Amberwood, although obviously closed to normal trade, is offering an amazing service to any vulnerable folk in the area.
They have devised a menu, and will deliver lunch for a very reasonable cost, to those people stuck at home in Walkford, Highcliffe, New Milton, and Barton. Meals can also be collected on customers behalf if preferred.
This is available on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.
They are also offering Sunday Roasts to the general public, for collection.

Take a look at their website for details. https://www.theamberwood.co.uk/

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May 23 News -
This Alert is all about motoring. Advice, speeding, all kinds. Lengthy but interesting.
Neighbourhood Alert page

Latest BCP newsletter. Wide range of articles.
BCP - COVID-19. Latest news and service updates

The Cliffhanger has set up a takeaway trailer on the grass outside of the restaurant.
I've asked them if it's for the duration of the coronavirus situation, or just the Bank Holiday, but no reply so far.

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May 21 News -
This Alert is all about special constables in Dorset, and yesterday's National Specials Day (which I'm afraid passed me by before).
Neighbourhood Alert page

Latest BCP newsletter includes news that the usual annual restrictions on dogs on beaches, proms, and paths will be reintroduced from Saturday, May 23. There are other items as well of course.
BCP - COVID-19. Latest news and service updates

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May 20 News -
Police say there were no suspicious circumstances relating to the body found on the beach where Friars Cliff meets Avon Beach on Monday morning. There's been nothing on Neighbourhood Alert (not unusual these days I'm afraid) but there's a piece in the Echo.

This Alert is about spotting email scams.
Neighbourhood Alert page

Latest BCP newsletter has various items, including a link to a live Q&A with BCP Council Leader Vikki Slade.
It's TODAY at 12 Noon. (Plenty of notice as usual.)
BCP - COVID-19. Latest news and service updates

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May 19 News -
A few days ago I mentioned young 10 year old Alex. who is raising money for the NHS by selling plants he had grown during lockdown. He's doing brilliantly, and now has added books to his goods. Here's his latest news.
A BIG thank you to everyone who has supported my plant stall. I have had donations of plants as well as money.
I have added a book box so feel free to have a browse for a book to read. You can add to the box as well if you want to.
I have now raised £150 and I am planning on keeping going until June 1st.

Don't forget to look in at 21 Walkford Way to support Alex in his efforts.

Latest BCP newsletter, mostly relating to mental health issues and well being.
BCP - COVID-19. Latest news and service updates

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May 18 News -
I have no details yet, but a body was discovered on the beach at Friars Cliff this morning.
Police are obviously in attendance, and have the area cordoned off, with covers erected.

Plenty of people also taking advantage of the relaxed regulations, and using their beach huts.

Changes have been applied for to the already approved (12 March 2020) building of seven apartments at 165 Lymington Road (a few yards from the Castle entrance). See application number 8/20/0336/FUL below.

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May 17 News -
Latest BCP newsletter:
BCP - COVID-19. Latest news and service updates

This Alert includes a survey asking for opinions on Christchurch local community policing priorities.
Neighbourhood Alert page

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May 15 News -
I can now confirm that the Highcliffe Food and Arts Festival has NOT been postponed, as it says on their website. It has definitely now been cancelled this year.

BCP - COVID-19. Latest news and service updates
Several items of interest, including confirmation that key workers can still park for free, despite parking regulations and enforcement being in place. It tells you how to register if you qualify.
You can also watch yesterday's Q&A with the BCP Council Leader Vikki Slade.

By the way, I forgot to mention that the plan I mentioned (on April 19) to build flats in Chewton Farm Road resulted in a load of objections, including from the Highcliffe & Walkford Parish Council.
Hardly a surprise for one of Richard Carr's schemes, and it will be amazing if the application gets passed, at least first time around.

Now a feel good story if I ever heard one. I'll share with you an email I just received, and hope that some of you will give some encouragement to young Alex.
My name is Alex and I am 10 years old. I have grown some tomato
plants and some spider house plants to raise money for the NHS. Would it be possible for you to tell people about it please?
The plants are outside 21 Walkford Way. There is an honesty pot for money and people can ring the bell to say they have been or push the money through the letter box.
The tomatoes are 50p for 2 plants (they’re a bit tiny)
Spider plants are £1
6 tobacco plants (Nicotiana) for £1:50

I have done all the growing and planting since lockdown.

If people have spare plants from their greenhouses and gardens and would like to donate them for me to sell, that would be great. Hopefully as well as raising money, this will help people in the community who can’t get to the shops.

Thank you for your help.
So far I have raised over £30 and would love to get it to £100!
(Click picture for bigger version)

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May 14 News -
A couple more BCP newsletters.
BCP - COVID-19. Latest news and service updates
Including news of outdoor events being cancelled until September (at least) including Christchurch Food Festival
Highcliffe Food and Arts Festival is currently postponed until September 19 & 20.

BCP - COVID-19. Latest news and service updates
Parking restrictions and enforcement restarted as from yesterday. You can now visit your beach hut, with the two metre restrictions of course.

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May 12 News -
A couple more BCP newsletters.
BCP - COVID-19. Latest news and service updates

BCP - COVID-19. Latest news and service updates
This one includes news of another Q&A with council leader Vikki Slade at Noon tomorrow (May 13).
The link is in the newsletter.

The Friars Cliff Beach Clean planned for June 28 has been cancelled. It is hoped beach cleaning events can be resumed in September, although the teams are currently in discussion to see if there's any way events can take place in a safe manner before that.

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May 10 News -
I'm not suggesting for a second that anyone should object to the planning application below, far from it in fact.
But it is very interesting to see the work that the Christchurch Housing Association is proposing at Greystones in Waterford Road. There's quite a lot of work involved.

Macmillan Caring Locally, a charity close to many peoples' hearts, has started a weekly Friday night online quiz.
It runs from 7:30 - 8:30pm. and you can find out all about it, and how to take part, on their Facebook page below.

Surprisingly, there's nothing from either BCP, nor from Neighbourhood Alert, not even about not going out this Bank Holday weekend.

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May 8 News -
In the latest Alert below, there's a survey into public perception of the Police handling of the lockdown. Over 16s only.
There'a also a piece on the National Gas Emergency Service keeping everything safe, which includes a link to activities for kids (their word, not mine).
Neighbourhood Alert page

Here's a "by the way". As gardeners realise, locating potting compost at present is a real problem.
Right now, the Ferndene farm shop at Bashley has got it piled up, and also has lots of basket (and other) plants available. I can't imagine any of it will last long though.

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May 7 News -
Another BCP newsletter:
BCP - COVID-19. Latest news and service updates
This one includes news of recycling centres reopening on May 11, and about longer term help for the homeless, plus other stuff.

I hear that the residents of Rothesay Drive will be out on the street tomorrow morning at 11am, and raising a glass to celebrate VE Day (social distancing maintained of course).

Is any one else doing anything, despite all the restrictions?

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May 6 News -
A couple more BCP newsletters.
BCP - COVID-19. Libraries - keeping you connected
BCP - COVID-19. Latest news and service updates

The story (May 3) about Castle Wheelers (Highcliffe Castle based cycling club) efforts to raise money for NHS locally, led to me discovering more about cycling in Highcliffe.
The Wheelers are a membersip club, formed by mainly retired locals, as an offshoot from the Council organised Healthy Rides Scheme. The members wanted to take their cycling to a level a bit more taxing than that offered by the HRS, which is mainly aimed at less experienced, and less fit people who just want some regular healthy exercise.

The HRS is led by volunteers, and ride out on Mondays from Highcliffe Castle, on easy short rides, from as little as 5-7 miles with stops. It is free, and there's no need to book.
The Wheelers ride out from the Castle on Wednesdays and Fridays, usually on 20-30 mile trips, but usually with a cafe stop at halfway.

The websites for both of these organisations have been added to the Community links page. Take a look , and take your pick.

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May 5 News -
Another BCP newsletter. Includes news on bounce back loans for small businesses and keeping children safe.
BCP - COVID-19. News and updates

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May 4 News -
A planning application may be of interest. I know that the owners of Castle Lodge B&B in Lymington Road have been considering their future for some time, surrounded as they are by a big building site on one side, and by another coming soon on the other.
So it wasn't a surprise to see an application for the property appear, proposing demolition and the building of a block of eight flats. Take a look at application 8/20/0250/FUL below.

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May 3 News -
The long standing Highcliffe Castle based cycling club (the members are mainly retired locals) are raising money for the NHS, and have released the following statement.
The 'Rainbow Rides' charity appeal to raise funds for our front-line medics in a national crisis!

We are a group of mainly retired cyclists, members of a Highcliffe Castle based cycling club, and we have agreed with The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch NHS Foundation Trust Charitable - (RBCH.NHS.Trust for short) - that we will dedicate our daily 'exercise' rides to sponsoring our medics as a demonstration of our thanks and support. We have adopted the title of Rainbow Rides to administer our sponsorship activities.

As a Club. we will be sponsoring each other, but we also seek the wider support of Highcliffe and Walkford residents. These are dire times when, to show our extreme gratitude to the front-line NHS staff who are saving so many lives while risking their own, has never been more deserved...and needed!

If you feel that you can add to our sponsorship please e-mail Castle-Wheelers@mail.com and one of us will get back to you with details.

Thank you for your help,

Mel. Pike (Club Secretary)
It's interesting to note that the Club caters for all levels, with different rides for varying levels of fitness and ability.
You may be interested in finding out more.

A couple more BCP newsletters, and worth taking a look at.
BCP - COVID-19. Testing for Over 65s. Vickki Slade's latest Q&A. Lots more
BCP - COVID-19. Latest News and Advice

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May 1 News -
A couple more BCP newsletters.
BCP - COVID-19. Stay at home activities
BCP - COVID-19. Latest news

Dorset Police are asking everyone to be vigilant, and to report any activities that may be related to drug dealing. Apparently, the dealers have had to change the way they operate during travel restrictions.
Neighbourhood Alert page

Here's a link that some might find helpful. GoCompare have designed a mileage calculator,, and guidance to help drivers find out how many miles they travel each week, month, and year.

Changes - Useful links page has the above link added

April 29 News -
From May 1 BCP Council are easing restrictions on walking dogs on the beach. There is also another Q&A with Council Leader Vicki Slade.
That is today at Noon - pity they don't give a little more notice, although you can see it after on Facebook.
You just cannot be involved.
News of these things, along with other news, can be seen below.

BCP - COVID-19. Latest news

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April 28 News -
See the Alert below for news of Dorset Police's new Assistant Chief Constable, Chief Superintendent Samantha (Sam) de Reya.
Neighbourhood Alert page.

Latest BCP newsletter:
BCP - COVID-19. Looking After Your Wellbeing - Yoga, Talking about your concerns, and more

Now for something more local. One of Highcliffe's longest running businesses (more than 40 years) Crystal World, will be closing later in the year, when owner Natalie takes well earned retirement.
Natalie would like you to know that when the shop is able to reopen, and things start getting back to normal (or should we now call it the "New Normal") all stock be available at 50% of marked prices, as a celebration of
the shop re-opening, and a thank you to the many loyal and long term customers over the last 40 years!

In the meantime, if anyone has an enquiry, or would like a particular item(s) reserved for when the shop re-opens (Natalie will contact them at this time and reserve it for a week) they can e-mail her, with contact details to:

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April 25 News -
See the Alert below for news of Dorset Police's enforcement of travel movement restrictions - over 100 fines so far.
Also reported: Dorset's crime figures remain stable,
Neighbourhood Alert page.

Latest BCP newsletter:
BCP - COVID-19. News and Updates

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April 24 News -
Many thanks to everyone who emailed information about the photo of residents shown on Wednesday.
Most pointed out that the people were there awaiting the passing of a hearse carrying a well loved lady from the Community Association.
So immediately, I sincerely apologise to anyone upset by the photo, which seemed to suggest that people were merely sunning themselves.
It was also pointed out that a foreshortening effect failed to show that many, if not all, had made the effort to stay the required distance apart.
A couple of comments were made however, making the point that pedestrians had to walk in the road to stay two metres away from the waiting residents. (Which, given the circumstances, seems to be a small price to pay.)

As usual, despite the current situation, the scammers are still working hard! A resident reports that there is an email going around reportedly from the DVLA about non payment of road tax.
The resident checked it out, and its an absolute fake scam email.
Be aware.

There's a Coronavirus Message from Dorset Police’s Deputy Chief Constable David Lewis and Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill. It includes a link to a related video.
Neighbourhood Alert page.

Stewarts Garden Centre has reopened it's website for online shopping, which is really good news for us gardeners trying to source plants and other garden needs.
They point out that it is impractical to supply their entire ranges, but many plants will be available.
You can order from Thursday to Sunday, and the goods will be delivered Tuesday to Thursday.
The announcement below includes a link to their website.
Stewarts Reopens Their Website For Online Ordering.

Latest BCP newsletter:
BCP - COVID-19. News and Updates

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April 22 News -
I add the following photo, almost without comment, of Highcliffe residents' idea of two metre social distancing.
Maybe the instruction should also be published in yards or feet and inches. Perhaps it would then mean more to some of them.
(Click pic for big version. Maybe you can recognise the faces.)

Latest BCP newsletters:
BCP - COVID-19. Another Onlne Q&A with council leader Vicki Slade - TODAY at Noon
BCP - COVID-19. News and Updates

Don't worry if you miss the Q&A. It will be available afterwards on Facebook and YouTube.

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April 19 News -
The latest update to Neighbourhood Alerts is about unacceptable behaviour connected to the virus situation.
It seems some morons are doing things like threatening to cough or spit at emergency workers and police, and members of the public.
Neighbourhood Alert page.

Latest BCP newsletter:
BCP - COVID-19. News and Updates

Planning applications are being processed again, and there are quite a few around our area. I think they are mostly just improvements, but one that caught my eye was at 20 Chewton Farm Road, where they want to demolish it and build a block of 14 apartments in it's place. Comments accepted until April 30.
Planning application 8/20/0189/OUT

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April 17 News -
BCP car parks, which now include those in our area, are displaying the following helpful notice.
(I obviously added the email link.)

"To assist during the COVID 19 pandemic BCP Council
are allowing key workers to park without payment until further notice.

If you are a key-worker please e-mail parking@bcpcouncil.gov.uk
providing your registration number, your name and the name of your company.
While on car parking, it's worth remembering that Christchurch traffic wardens are still operating. (I'm not sure if they are still called Civil Enforcement Officers.)
They've long had a reputation for being over zealous, and less that sympathetic, and from reports I've received they appear to be maintaining that attitude.

The latest updates to Neighbourhood Alerts are worth looking at.
There's a warning about crooks trying to take advantage of the situation by posing as either council officials, or NHS representatives.
There's also a link explaining the way Dorset police is dealing with the powers they have (or at least - think they have). Given the many reports of police overstepping their authority across the country, this is well worth taking a look at.
Neighbourhood Alert page.

Latest BCP newsletters:
BCP - COVID-19. Watch Leader of the BCP's Q&A session on YouTube
(This is the event we told you about a couple of days ago.)

BCP - COVID-19. News and Serice Updates

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April 15 News -
A bit more on the bonfires situation.
Please remember that smoke can cause extra health issues for many vunerable people.
Also, it is vital that we can all enjoy our outside space at the moment (if we are lucky enough to have some) so please consider your neighbours before burning rubbish.

Latest BCP newsletter:
BCP - COVID-19. More Stay at home Activities

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April 14 News -
The report of selfish and arrogant joggers should now include some cyclists. Reports are now coming in thick and fast.
As always, it is a minority causing problems, but I suspect we have all experienced these holier than thou people while out walking. It's just that you would have hoped that at the moment they might act with a bit more consideration for others.
Here is a email I received that sums up the situation well, so it's word for word.
Every day for years we have enjoyed an early morning one hour walk along the cliff paths and beach.
We see respectable, polite local people at the same time, however over the last four weeks we too have experienced very rude joggers, cyclists ????? that completely ignore the two metre rule and deliberately run / ride into our path!
Also, it seems to me that with these people totally ignoring the two metre rule, they must believe they are immune.
Maybe we can convince them to share the secret.

A short while ago, we published a BCP newsletter about being considerate with bonfires, which are obviously more prevalent as people try to get rid of materials no longer collected. Sensible advice on dealing with them was included.
It seems that, once again, a small number are being considerably less than considerate.
The worst (so far) that I have heard about was a late night bonfire very close to a dwelling, which once lit was left unattended. Neighbours were forced to maintain watch on it, and were very close to calling the Fire Brigade.
Come on people, a bit of common sense please.

Latest BCP newsletter:
BCP - Leader of BCP Vikki Slade - Live Q&A

This newsletter is about a live Q&A on Facebook tomorrow starting at 12 Noon. There's also a link to email questions in advance.

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April 13 News -
I'm hearing reports that we have a small number of joggers behaving badly locally, not only ignoring social distancing rules, but being extremely rude to pedestrians, more of less expecting them to jump out of the way.
I even have a report of one lady trapped on a narrow footpath near the golf course with a middle aged male jogger coming the other way, who had no intention of being considerate, and actually barged the lady out of his way.
There was a very similar incident reported near Freshwater Drive a few days ago.

Arrogant in the extreme, and totally contemptible any any time, but even more so at the moment.

Latest BCP newsletter:
BCP - COVID-19. New online support groups.

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April 11 News -
Still no details on the police helicopter action yesterday morning, except that it was sweeping an area from around Sea Corner, down to the Castle, before going around the loop again.
Just a thought - there are several unoccupied cafes and restaurants in that area.
In the absence of any facts, you can't beat a good rumour.

The Highcliffe and Walkford Council notice yesterday generated some interesting points.
For example, for many people Nea Meadows is well within the 5 minute drive that Matt Hancock said on television and in the press that we can do, in order to exercise or walk our dogs, so anyone doing so is within the Government rules.
The problem with this, as far as I can see, is that any suitable park or likewise within a urban residential area is going to be a target for many law abiding people who are trying to stay within the rules.
The result is, and we've all seen the pictures of London parks (for example), that these areas end up with far too many people in a fairly confined space, thereby defeating the object.
On occasion, this seems to have happened at Nea, resulting in the Council announcement.

Surely, it would make more sense to allow people to drive further (New Forest maybe) and find areas where it is much easier to avoid other humans, never mind the two metre rule. Perhaps a little common sense is in order.
Talking of which, it seems that some police officers are using the situation to throw their weight around, despite the Home Secretary warning against "heavy handed measures" being "not appropriate". She has been very clear, and also said "That is not the guidance".
Hey Ho.

The Neighbourhood Alert yesterday was an article about cold callers, especially at this time
Take a look by clicking the link above. It includes a link to a printable warning poster.

Latest BCP newsletter:
BCP - COVID-19. Stay at home activities

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April 10 News -
The police helicopter was up and about this morning, at around 4:00 - 4:30 this morning.
Assuming they weren't admiring the pink moon, if anyone has any idea what/who they were looking for, please email.
(Sadly, these days we don't get the level of information we used to get from our local constabulary, so rely more on locals for info on incidents.)

The Highcliffe and Walkford Council are concerned of reports of numbers of car drivers parking (and presumably walking/exercising) at Nea Meadows. There are serious concerns that rules on social distancing and unnecessary journies are being flaunted.
Here is a statement from Chairman Bob Hutchings.
It’s abundantly clear that the vast majority of us are obeying the government’s 4 rules to help combat Covid-19. One of those rules is not to travel by car to take essential exercise. But the Parish Council has been advised that there were 10 drivers in breach of this rule at NEA MEADOWS car park yesterday afternoon.

The Council would be loathe to completely close the Meadows but unthoughtful drivers could force our hand and spoil things for those walkers exercising appropriately within the rules.

Latest BCP newsletters:
BCP - COVID-19. Stay at home this bank holiday weekend
BCP - COVID-19. News and Service Updates

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April 9 News -
The latest Neighbourhood Alert release is Live In Dorset? Love Your Local Area
It includes links to subscribe to the latest news from both BCP and from Dorset County Council.

Latest BCP newsletter:
BCP - COVID-19. News and Service Updates

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April 7 News -
Reference the bags left outside of charity shops, Sue Ryder in particular.
"A resident" has put up a sign (using the back of a poster from one of the bags) pointing out forcibly that the shop is obviously shut at present, and to "take your crap to the dump".
Fine sentiments, but as the "dump" is also shut, it is not possible to comply.

I suspected when the announcement to close the recycling centres, and to reduce household collections, was made that it would lead to a) fly tipping, and b) rubbish piled up in the streets.
The first of those is already happening in many places, and I think we will see it everywhere, the longer the closures/service reductions go on.

Latest BCP newsletters:
BCP - COVID-19. Care workers urgently needed
BCP - COVID-19. Looking after your mental health during lockdown
BCP - COVID-19. Stay at home activities

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April 3 News -
I'm starting to wonder about a serious lack of common sense in some people.
It seems that bags are being left outside of closed charity shops, which was a big problem before the current shut down.
It's even more ridiculous now that the shops are shut for the foreseeable future.

Latest BCP newsletters:
BCP - New Waste & Recycling Service
BCP - COVID-19. Service Updates
BCP - COVID-19. Latest News & Info

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March 31 News -
It looks like crooks are targeting restaurants and cafes, mostly closed of course for obvious reasons.e
Following the breakin at The Paddle a few nights ago, the Beach Hut at Friars Cliff has now been attacked.

This crime hasn't yet appeared on Neighbourhood Alert reports, but it seems to have happened on Sunday evening, where the criminals broke in through a rear window facing onto the Life Saving Club premises.
Obviously damage was caused, and even theft of the coffee machine was attempted, but no alcohol is on the premises, so who knows what they thought they would get from the crime.

What makes this particularly nasty is that the cafe owner was working as a volunteer that evening, preparing the evening meal at Macmillan Caring Locally in Christchurch Hospital.
The only good thing is that the *****'s were caught clearly on camera I understand, so hopefully Police will be releasing pictures soon, if they don't already recognise the culprits.

Neighbourhood Alert page is worth a look today.
Reports range from advice about bonfires (particularly relevant since suspension of services starting tomorrow) to links to a new Police coronavirus advice website, to an open letter from public service organisations, working together.

Unusually, no BCP newsletter today.

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March 29 News -

Reports have arrived of a burglary at "a Cafe on the Junction of Lymington Road and Waterford Road" (you work it out). It happened somewhen before last Thursday morning. Details on the Neighbourhood Alert page,

Here's the latest news from BCP :
BCP - Waste & Recycling Services
(This is about stopping many collections, and closure of recycling centres. It's about Bournemouth and Poole, but states that the information applies to Christchurch from April 1. I suspect a major problem coming up here.)

Another BCP newsletter about COVID-19:
BCP - Dedicated helpline to support the vunerable.

Here's a link that may be useful.
When is an email authentic. How to spot a scam.

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March 24 News -
There's obviously not too much happening in the village at present.
With all our favourite pubs, clubs, restaurants, and cafes closed there's not much to do.
Although some places are still offering a takeaway service, and a few even a delivery service, so you need to check before venturing forth - obviously keeping in mind social distancing.
(Now there's a phrase that has hit the language running.)

Needless to say, crooks will always see an opportunity, and some extremely nasty ones are targeting the elderly and vunerable, as these heartless people always will.
It appears that they are knocking on doors pretending to be from "the council" and saying that someone would return to take people's dogs into quarantine.
It's obviously a dog stealing exercise, and so call the Police immediately if you know of any instance.

Also, in the BCP newsletter below, it specifically lists walking your dog as one of the things you can still do.

Talking of social distancing, see below.
BCP - COVID-19 - Social distancing - why it is important

There's not much point in me updating the What's On page at present. Unless you have checked and know better, you can probably assume that the events listed are cancelled.

CORONAVIRUS – ACTION by Parish Council
With immediate effect all meetings of the Parish Council have been cancelled and, for the duration of the pandemic, decisions will be taken by the Parish Clerk following electronic consultation with the Chairman and other Parish Councillors.

Clearly, two of the subjects uppermost in people’s minds are the sourcing and delivery of food supplies, and how to obtain other forms of care/support they might require. We understand that supermarkets are increasingly under pressure on home deliveries, but there are a number of local suppliers who are delivering.

Although we are unable to recommend any particular sources of supply, the Parish Council is happy to show the details of suppliers and supporters that we become aware of.
Please use our website to tell us the names and contact details, and we’ll include them there.
Above all, our message is stay at home, keep safe.

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March 21 News -
Highcliffe Castle is now closed to visitors May 31 (at least).
You can still contact Castle staff by email or telephone. Details on the Castle website.

The new Lymington Road cafe/deli/coffee shop, Two Bees - by the sea (at number 355) are trying to do their bit in these trying circumstances. They are going to stock fresh fruit and veg, and offer a phone in and takeaway service.
The local family who own the place unfortunately could not have opened at a worse time, but are still offering a good range of products, including gluten free and vegan, all available by phoning 01425 511881.
Find out more on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/QueenMomBee/

BCP has launched a 'Together We Can’ community response, to help and support vulnerable people during the coronavirus outbreak.They want to hear from you if you want to get involved.
BCP - COVID-19 - Together We Can
BCP - COVID-19 - Update

Neighbourhood Alert page updated with information on COVID-19 cold calling scams.

There are some small changes to the Highcliffe Charities page.

Changes - What's On updated. (mostly Sports & Social Club, and Cliffhanger events).
Places to eat page updated.

March 18 News -
Given the Government advice about non essential travel and meetings, the Chair of Highcliffe and Walkford Parish Council, BobHutchings, has issued the following statement.

Like every responsible person and business in the UK the Highcliffe & Walkford Parish Council must decide how best to manage its affairs whilst the Coronavirus outbreak remains amongst us.

The Council Chairman, Bob Hutchings, commented that they’ve listened to the Government’s advice to minimise travel/meetings that are not essential, and with that in mind the Council is discussing on 25th March a scheme to delegate decision making to the Chairman/Vice Chairman.

Of course, members of the public can attend all Council meetings, but he said he sincerely hoped residents will understand, and not come on 25th.
He promised to redouble efforts to keep everyone fully informed via the Council website (highcliffewalkford-pc.gov.uk).

After 25th March meetings will be cut to an absolute minimum for the foreseeable future..


Yesterday I mentioned that we can expect people to do their bit to support anyone caught up in the crisis, especially those more frail and/or elderly who are following advice and self isolating. Their advice includes not being even able to walk their dogs.
So I can report that for anyone living between The Golf Club and Chewton Glen, and not able to get out (over 70s or those with serious health problems) a caring local is offering dog walking support. Lymington Road resident Natalie Mallory can help out after 5pm, lunchtimes at 1pm, and weekends (negotiable).Natalie does not drive, hence the area she can cover.
She can be contacted :
Via phone call: 01425 274079
Via Text: 07983517759
Via email: Nataliemallory@live.co.uk

By the way, is it just me, but I find it extremely condecending of some faceless beurocrat in Westminster to consider all over 70s to be all about to pop our clogs if we step outside the door.
Lots of over 70s in this part of the world are fitter and healthier than many much younger people, especially those office dwellers working and living in the smut and choke of London.

Here's the latest COVID-19 news from BCP :
BCP - COVID-19 - how to get help, social distancing, etc

Changes - What's On updated.

March 17 News -
There has been a follow up announcement about the car park situation in Christchurch.

The two car parks will be developed during 2020, but unfortunately, at this stage, we cannot confirm the date of commencement of works, or closure dates for the car parks.

You will be able to continue to use these car parks until further notice.

In anticipation of this change, the car parks were re-configured last year which introduced an additional 105 car park spaces to mitigate the loss of these two car park sites.

In addition to Pit Site, Bargates and Saxon Square, there is long stay parking available in Mayors Mead, Leisure Centre and Willow Way car parks.

Kind regards.
Parking Administration Team
BCP Council

As we would expect in this current virus situation, I hear that people in the community are coming forward to offer help to those who need it, especially any seniors who may be affected by the self isolation advice.
Let me know if anyone knows of any virus crisis voluntary efforts.

Another crisis related announcement is that, following Government advice, Friars Beach Cleans have been cancelled for March, April, and May. The June 28 event is still on at present.

There's a couple of BCP newsletters:
BCP - £79 million allocated to transform South Coast sustainable travel
BCP - Latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advice and news

BCP - Your Council Tax

Changes - What's On updated.

March 13 News -
Our new Councillors have been busy again, especially Councillor Brooks, who has extracted full details of the road works at Sea Corner which have been causing long delays.
Below is the information he has received.
Highcliffe Road Works - Junction - (A337) Lymington Road/ Gordon Road/ Waterford Road

Southern Gas Network reported a major gas leak and an emergency closure was instigated from 12:30 on 2 March 2020. Gordon Road and Waterford Road were closed at their junctions with Lymington Road to avoid four-way temporary lights being placed on Lymington Road. Two-way lights are in operation to keep delays to a minimum.
Whilst these works were being undertaken South West Water (Bournemouth Water) discovered an issue in the same location and have co-ordinated with SGN to undertake their repair.
This was approved by the Street Works Officers as it was considered that this would be a better option than reopening the two roads for a weekend then having to set up Traffic Management and close both roads again, indeed South West Water started work on Friday afternoon alongside SGN to undertake and complete the works as soon as possible.

Roads closed at their junctions with Lymington Road
From Monday 2 March 2020 until 16 March 2020
To undertake investigation and repairs by SGN and Bournemouth Water
Diverson: Via Chewton Common Road to access Gordon Road
Diversion: Via Stuart Road to access Waterford Road
Lymington Road will be operating on two-way signals

While talking councils, the following has been announced to parking permit holders, but applies to everyone wanting to park in Christchurch.

Please be advised that as from the 1st April 2020, Pit Site and Bargates Car Parks will no longer be available for permit holders.
This is due to the planned development of both car park sites during 2020.
In anticipation of this change, there are 105 additional car spaces that have been made available across Christchurch in current car parks to mitigate the loss of these two car park sites.

With apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Parking Administration Team
BCP Council

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March 12 News -
Apart from traffic problems caused by the temporary lights at Sea Corner, and the associated partial road closures, it seems to be fairly quiet at the moment.
However, there are plenty of crooks out there wanting to rip us all off, and one particularly nasty effort is trying to exploit the coronavirus situation.
See the Neighbourhood Alert page for details, and what to do if you are contacted.

The page also has LOTS of advice on helping to prevent the disease, both for yourselves and your family, but also advises on helping the more vunerable members of the community.

There's some BCP newsletters:
BCP - Your new waste and recycling service
BCP - NEWS - What's On In March
BCP - NEWS - Coronavirus in Dorset

Changes - What's On updated.

March 5 News -
Following on from Highcliffe & Walkford Parish Council's initiative to find out what residents wanted for the future of Highcliffe, and how things could be improved, it showed that, among other things, conditions along Lymington Road in the centre of the village need serious attention. Ever increasing traffic, condition of the pavements, empty shops, were among concerns.

To that end the Council has been busy on your behalf, and has issued the following press release.
Please take a look, and particularly note that your involvement is welcome.

Revitalising Highcliffe's High Street

I hear that the Co-op is to close for a major refurbishment later this year. dates not yet known, but the store will be closed for "several days". More when we know more.

When Highcliffe Castle started the Cafe Scientifique meetings I announced them, thinking that many would find the subjects very interesting, and so it turned out.
The monthly presentations are held in the Castle Tearooms, starting at 5pm for food and drink (and chat) followed by a talk at 6pm, and ending with a Q & A session. This year's series has been announced (details on the Cafe Scientifique website http://cafescientifiquehighcliffe.org.uk/),
You've missed the first one, but the next is on Thursday March 19.

One presentation that stands out for me is on July 16, where the subject will be Rosalind Franklin, whose work was instrumental in the discovery of DNA, although it was not recognised in her lifetime. The date is close to the centenary of her birth is on July 25.

Something else I haven't mentioned for a long time, and have been asked to remind everyone about, is the Highcliffe Theatre Group, which is still going strong after more than 50 years.
They organise about two dozen coach trips a year to theatres across the South(e.g. Chichester, Salisbury, Poole, Bournemouth, Southampton, Newbury, Guildford, Royal Albert Hall, Royal Opera House, Sonning and Glyndebourne). Anyone from the Highcliffe and Friars Cliff areas who wants to know more should contact Celia Roskilly (01425 272566) in the first instance.

There's a BCP newsletter:
BCP - NEWS - Clearing up after the storms, Cold Calling, Council Budget, etc, etc

Changes - What's On updated.

March 1 News -
One of the projects undertaken by our Parish Council is to revitalise the High Street. (Yes - I know it's actually Lymington Road, but many of us call it the High Street.)
Part of that project is to sort out the uneven and quite dangerous pavements, which has been a big problem for years, and which CBC steadfastly did absolutely nothing about.

To that end the Parish Council would like to hear from anyone who has had a problem over the last couple of years, and has issued the following statement/request.

Highcliffe – uneven and defective footpaths

Have you tripped or fallen over? A new initiative has been launched by the Highcliffe & Walkford Parish Council under the name ‘Revitalise the High Street, Highcliffe’ to revitalise the retail and business centre along Lymington Road, which is in effect Highcliffe’s ‘high street’. More to come on this shortly!

Part of the project is about pedestrian safety. If you have tripped or fallen over in the last 2 years along Lymington Road, whether you have reported it or not, I would like to hear from you so we can collate the ‘evidence’.

Please email me with your name, approx. location of your trip/fall and the month/year.

Thank you and much appreciated.

Councillor Nigel Brooks nigel.brooks2@bcpcouncil.gov.uk


There's a couple of BCP newsletters:
BCP - Waste & Recyling - includes news of a exhibition at Highcliffe Castle
BCP - What's On in Libraries - includes news on World Book Day

The Neighbourhood Alert page updated - "Supporting Communities Affected By Flooding"

Changes - What's On updated.

Feb 27 News -
For all you cruise lovers, and I know there are plenty of you, an event is coming up you may well be interested in.
On Wednesday March 25, Fred Olsen Travel are holding a free promotional event at Highcliffe Castle, with free drinks on arrival, and lots of goodies to be won in a prize draw.
It runs from 2:00pm - 3:30pm, or from 3:00pm to 5:00pm.

Places are limited, so you need to visit or phone the nearest Fred Olsen shop, which is at 2 Church Street in Christchurch, phone 01202 830154.

I've been a bit slow, but two new(ish) businesses have been added.
Sparkle Nail Bar is at Highcliffe Corner, 401 Lymington Road (where the bike shop uses to be) and The Eaterie, (a very nice looking licensed restaurant/coffee bar) has opened at 104 Ringwood Road, Walkford.

Details of both are on the appropriate business pages.

Changes - What's On updated.
Plan, Beauty, Eateries, Walkford pages all updated.

Feb 23 News -
Quite a while back, on October 29) we told you that Amelia Raine (also organiser of the Highcliffe Beach Cleans) was
leading a local campaign to try and achieve Plastic Free Community status for Highcliffe.
(The original idea was from Surfers Against Sewage, intended to reduce single-use plastics in every day life.)

I'm pleased to say that the campaign is up and running, and that a couple of local businesses have received awards for their efforts. Most notably, the Cliffhanger Cafe has made huge strides in their efforts, and according to marketing director Karen Goldingay, the business aims to become completely plastic free.
Napoleons bar in Lymington Road also received an award for their efforts.

To find out what you can do to in support of this campaign, you are invited to a free event at Churchill's Rothesay Lodge in Stuart Road on March 26 from 10:30am, where tea/coffee will be served.
To get some idea of numbers to be catered for, please phone Helen on 01425 384965.

More details on this story here:

Changes - What's On updated

Feb 19 News -
An interesting new bus service is coming our way.
The ‘F1’, known as ‘*Busters New Forest Explorer’, will be operating via Highcliffe from Sunday April 5. It will run on Saturdays, Sundays, Bank Holidays and School Holidays, on 89 days during the period until Sunday August 30.

(’BUSter BEAR’ is the company mascot - very clever.)
The F1 will provide a new link from Christchurch through Highcliffe, Bransgore, Burley and the New Forest to
The service will operate four return trips per day, providing the opportunity for passengers to sample some of the best parts of the New Forest, from the top deck. Customers will be able to visit market days in Christchurch and Ringwood, have a cream tea in Burley, and explore the interesting shops there, and walk the Moor at Picket Post.

More good news is that (unlike the Morebus New Forest Tours) concessionary passes can be used on this route.
This is obviously a bonus for many of us.

Timetables and further information will be available both online (at www.yellowbuses.co.uk) and in leaflet form from

There's a BCP newsletter:
BCP - Various news item, including BCP strategy delivery plans

Don't forget that you can buy various "Love Highcliffe" goods from HATS. See below:

Changes - What's On updated

Feb 14 News -
The Highcliffe & Walkford Parish Council have issued the following reminder.

HWPC - Neighbourhood Plan

Thank you to all of you who have already completed the Neighbourhood Plan questionnaire ..... we would like to hear from many more of you! Just to recap, the Neighbourhood Plan, when complete, will help us all shape the future of our part of the new BCP Council conurbation.

The quickest way to respond is online at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/HWNP-1 it only takes a few minutes; also there are ‘hard’ copies available at the Old School House in Lymington Road from a ‘help yourself’ dispenser in the entrance vestibule.

As another reminder, here is the article that appeared in this month's Highcliffe Herald.
Neighbourhood Plan - Your Parish Council wants to hear from YOU!

I would urge everyone who hasn't already done so to give your opinions, and to complete the survey.
After all those years of CBC, with many councillors and council officers often treating residents with utter distain, and doing whatever they wanted, without a thought of consultation, we now have elected oficials who actually want to work for the community, and to hear what residents want.
Let's support them.

Changes - What's On updated

Feb 7 News -
Anyone who might be out late might be interested in a new late night bus on the 1A route.
From February 24, and on Monday to Saturday, a bus will leave Bournemouth Square at 00:05am. It could be useful for anyone going to a show, or dining out. The service is even later coming from the New Milton direction.
Here's the timetable:
Bournemouth Square (Stand O) 00:05
Boscombe, Sovereign Centre (Stand E) 00:15
Jumpers Corner 00:23
Christchurch High Street 00:29
Somerford Sainsbury’s 00:37
Highcliffe, Sea Corner 00:43
Walkford Hotel 00:46
New Milton, Whitefield Road 00:52

Caird Avenue Tesco: 00:59
Walkford Hotel: 01:04
Highcliffe, Sea Corner 01:06
Somerford Sainsbury’s 01:12
Christchurch High Street 01:19
Jumpers Corner 01:24

The whole new timetable from Bournemouth to New Milton Tesco, via Highcliffe obviously, can be seen below.

There's a couple of BCP newsletters:
BCP - What's On - Includes an exhibition at Highcliffe Castle
BCP - Budget Proposal - Council Tax Harminisation

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Feb 6 News -
The flashing buoy story is more interesting than we thought.
A resident contacted the Marine & Coastguard Agency, who were able to identify it from it's reflectors and markings as being from the USA. It's travelled across the Atlantic, and it's lights are still working!

Unsurprisingly, it seems that it is not worth the owners coming to salvage it, but New Forest District Council have said they will collect it - sometime. That will be a challenge, giving the location.
Maybe it will get washed back out again and continue its travels.

Check here again later, as I have some news on new bus services.

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Feb 5 News -
A large flashing buoy (had to be careful with the spelling there) turned up on the beach below Barton cliffs, flashing away every five seconds or so.
I'm guessing it is a fairly major channel marker, so may have been missed by someone by now.
If anyone knows where it came from, or who might want it back, please email.

(Click the picture for bigger version)

Changes - What's On updated

Feb 3 News -
Highcliffe Library (and lots of other Dorset libraries) are having a harry Potter Triwizard Tournament this week.
From today until Friday you can just drop in (although Wednesday the library is closed) and wizards, witches and Muggles are invited to take part in a tournament of their own, competing in enchanting games, making magical crafts and testing their skills with an array of activities.
How can you resist?

Now that the new hairdressing salon - Hair On The Cliffe - is open, appropriate business listings and the village plan have been updated.

Changes - What's On updated

Jan 31 News -
Following the successful Neighbourhood Plan Workshop before Christmas the Highcliffe & Walkford Parish Council is now undertaking a wider survey of residents views on how the future of the area can be shaped in planning terms.
A full page advert is in February’s edition of the free ‘Highcliffe Herald’ magazine, but you can see it here by clicking below:
Your Parish Council would like to hear from you!

The easiest way to give your views is online at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/HWNP-1 . It only takes a few minutes. (There's also a link in the file above.)
You can also pick up a hard copy of the survey from the Parish Council Office entrance, then return it either by hand, or by post.
Just in case anyone doesn't know, the Office is at the Old School House, 254 Lymington Road, Highcliffe, BH23 5ET.

By the way, anyone wanting to comment on the Jesmond Avenue planning application (see item and link on January 29) has until February 14 to do so.
From the huge number of objections to the previous application, I suspect there will be considerable interest.

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Jan 30 News -
Another release from the new hairdressers, who will be opening on Monday next (February 3)

Following on from our previous message confirming the take over of ‘Faith Hair Design’ on Lymington Road in Highcliffe; we are delighted to announce that HAIR ON THE CLIFFE will be opening it’s doors and starting to take bookings from MONDAY 3rd FEBRUARY 2020.

We are extremely excited to welcome you all and to introduce you to the very professional and knowledgable skills of our stylists and barbers all within a warm and friendly environment.

For more information or to make a booking; please contact Angela direct on (01425) 501053 or at sahara1957@aol.com and she will be more than happy to assist you.

We will be arranging a proper opening evening in a couple of weeks, where we will offer demonstrations and treats for all to enjoy and will release details of this in due course.

Thank you for all the support pre-opening, we look forward to welcoming you to HAIR ON THE CLIFFE next week!

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Jan 29 News -
There are many flood warnings on Dorset and Hampshire roads from Friday onwards.
Included is the whole road from Ringwood to the Stoney Lane roundabout in Christchurch.
I suggest you check out the situation before you travel too far.

At last, as we knew they would, developers has applied for planning permission for the Jesmond Avenue site.
They want 18 houses and 36 apartments. (That should be cosy on that particulat plot.)
I suspect that there will be people wanting to have a say over this plan, so take a look at application number 8/19/0943/OUT.

Be aware that both the BCP Council’s Arboricultural and Landscape Officers report of December 5, and the Urban Design report of November 29 do NOT supporting the development.
Also, the Planning Applicants Transport Statement of January 2020, by Paul Basham Associates, acknowledges there is inadequate parking, particularly for visitors.

Yet more on the Faith Hair premises, which are being taken over. The new business has released some more information, and are also looking for stylists and barbers.
As is usual, we will do what we can to help new Highcliffe businesses, so see their statement in full below.
SUBJECT: One Salon Closes, Another Salon Opens! New Hair Salon on Lymington Road in Highcliffe

Good morning!
My business partner, Cam and I are delighted to announce that we have taken over from Faith Hair Design on Lymington Road in Highcliffe and will be re-opening as a brand new hair salon; HAIR ON THE CLIFFE!

With the two of us having many years in the industry and already with 3 successful salons between us in the local area; we are very excited to bring our combined style of the highest quality service and professionalism alongside a varied range of hair treatments. All of which created within an eclectic, warm and welcoming environment with the most knowledgeable, talented and friendly staff.

HAIR ON THE CLIFFE will be offering something for all with woman, men and children all being catered for; so whether you are looking for complete hair transformation or are bringing your toddler for their first hair trim, all will be welcome and can expect the same level of skill and approachable service!

We will be releasing our opening date shortly and will then be looking forward to throwing our doors open to meet you all... Once open, you will of course be more than welcome to pop in for a cheeky look around to see what hair services we provide within the new salon surroundings and take advantage of a free consultation!

Angela & Cam xx


We are looking for a team of highly skilled, knowledgable and professional people with a passion for all things hair and styling to work in a warm, welcoming and friendly new business.

For more information or to apply; please contact Angela direct on (07782) 215342.

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Jan 27 News -
Yet more news about Faith Hair, which closed last Friday.
The shop has been taken over, and will be reopening - still as a hairdressing business - as "Hair On The Cliffe".
Very best of luck to Angela and Cam in their new venture.
More details when I have them.

Those of us of a certain vintage may well remember one of the big groups of the 1960s, The Merseybeats.
They are coming to Highcliffe Sports & Social Club on Friday February 28. Tickets are £20.
Amazingly, the two main singers and guitarists are the original band menbers.
They will be supported by New Amen Corner, but I don't know how many of them are originals.

I can't see too much to get over excited about on the planning front at present. It's mostly people trying to improve existing homes.
Email me if you know differently.

Changes - What's On updated

Jan 22 News -
A while ago I reported that I had heard that Faith Hair in Lymington Road was closing down on January 10, the information coming from a regular and reliable source.
Almost immediately, the business owner demanded that I remove the article, as it wasn't true. I did so, and apologised online.

Now it seems that the only part of my news that was incorrect was the date. See the article below, which comes from the salon itself.
Faith Hair Design Ltd

Monday at 14:50 ·

END OF AN ERA. The salon will be closing for business this Friday 24th January. We thank you all for being amazing followers and customers over the past 5 fantastic years. We are all starting a new Journey. Marie will be going Mobile 07976590142, Bev will be mobile 07551007790, Amy Nkwanyana is mobile 07450256236 and trading from Strands in New Milton, Emily will be carrying on her NVQ at Strands in New Milton, Amy Bee is due her little baby boy in March and Claire is taking a break from Hairdressing, Chevy is mobile 07709218711 and trading from Pretty Soul in New Milton.
Sorry for any inconvenience. All the staff are on Facebook if you want to contact them.
Thank you for all your support with our little shop xx

The Highcliffe Beach Clean on Sunday was another big success, with 57 people on the beach. 25 of those were first timers, and 6 new sign ups from people walking past.
40 bags of litter were collected, weighing in at 41.69kg, and that doesn't include the big items that were found, such as the pallet and lobster pot. There's photos on the facebook page:

On that page there is also pointer to a Valentine's Day at Castle Beach. (Friday 14, 10:30 - 12:30.)

Changes - What's On updated

Jan 19 News -
Final reminders:
Highcliffe Beach Clean today, starting at 10:30am
Also today, Active Highcliffe starts at 11am (until 3pm) at the Castle. Organised by Highcliffe Rotary, it's to show what the area can offer you.

Not much on the planning front this week. Highcliffe Castle Kitchen wants to change and replace some bits and pieces, and alter the signage by the main entrance on the main road.
Take a look at application 8/19/1512/FUL below.

- What's On updated

Jan 15
News -
Last Sunday's Beach Clean at Friar's Cliff was another sucess, with 86 people turning out, including 50 first timers.
(The lovely weather helped I guess.)

The first Highcliffe Beach Clean of the year takes place this coming Sunday, January 19, from 10:30am - 12.30pm.
As usual, meet at Groyne H5 below the Cliffhanger Cafe.

While on the subject of beach cleans, all the year's dates for both Friar's Cliff and for Highcliffe, are now listed on the What's On page, right up until January 2021.

- What's On updated

Jan 10
News -
Many apologies to all concerned.
It seems that the information I was given about Faith Hair closing was incorrect, despite coming from a normally very reliable source.

I still don't know how the story came about, or why the source was so certain, but many apologies to Marie the owner.

There's a BCP newsletter:
BCP - What's On News
All kinds of stuff. from Bird Watch, to concerts, to the annual temporary ice rink


Jan 9
News -
Apologies for the lack of updates recently. I've been unwell and unable to get out and about.

However, there are a couple of items to mention.
On Sunday next (January 12) ses the first beach clean of the year at Friars Cliff.
Meet at 10:30am at Steamer Point Wave Wall as normal. New faces are always extremely welcome.

Here's a plea that I've made many times before. Highcliffe Friends In Need, who provide volunteer driver services to take locals to medical appointments, and return them home, are in dire need of more drivers.
You won't be out of pocket, and there's no set times or days to commit to. Even occasional availability would be a great help.
Have a think about it please. Even a hour or two now and then would help neighbours who would otherwise struggle to get to doctor, dentist, or hospital appointments. Take a look at the file below, and consider if you will give Cressida a call.
Highcliffe Friends In Need

There's a BCP newsletter:
BCP - Library News, What's On

- What's On updated

Jan 3
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Reference the survey from Martyn Underhill (Dorset's Police and Crime Commisioner). The one is entitled "Would you be willing to pay for extra policing?".
Be aware that Mr Underhill and members of his team will be at Saisbury's on Monday morning to seek the public's views.
He'll be there from 9:30 until 11:30am.

Other locations they are visiting can be seen on the latest Neighbourhood Alert offering.


Jan 1
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Happy New Year everyone. I hope it is a good one for all of you, and for Highcliffe.
I think that with all the good work being done by so many people, the village will be an even better place to be this year.

(By the way, I have been wished a happy new decade. Unfortunately, that is another year away. 2020 is the end of a decade, not the start of a new one.)

- What's On updated

Dec 30
News -
One of the local annual traditions once again took place on Christmas Day (I believe for the 14th year) when the Beach Hut Cafe opened from 11am until 1pm.
Thousands of mince pies, and hundreds of bottles of mulled wine were served by the cafe owners, their family and friends, and numerous members of staff, all of whom gave up their Christmas morning to help raise money for Christchurch Caring Locally in Christchurch Hospital.
The pies and wine were free, but the huge crowd that turned up to support the event made generous donations, which along with the sale of hot drinks, came to - are you ready for this - an amazing £10,087 !
Simply amazing, and in only two hours! Also, if previous years are anything to go by, more donations will follow, from the many people who couldn't get there on the day.

Another annual charity event takes place on New Year's Day, right next to the Beach Hut at Friars Cliff, when members of Christchurch Life Saving Club, and their families and supporters, brave the elements and cold water to take a swim.
It begins on the dot at 12 Noon, and if you are mad enough to want to join them, just turn up between 11 and 11:30am to register.
Proceeds will be shared between Macmillan Caring Locally, and the fund for long awaited, and much needed Club House.

Lots of changes applied for to an application to redevelop 29 Wharncliffe Road, which was originally passed in june 2017. To see the new application - 8/19/1394/CONDR- see below (January 17 is the last date for any comments).

Another application which may be of interest to people in Walkford is a plan to sever land at Solent Road, and build three detatched bungalows. To see application 8/19/1500/FUL, see below.

Neighbourhood Alert page sees another length item from Martyn Underhill (Dorset's Police and Crime Commisioner0. This one is entitled "Would you be willing to pay for extra policing?".

- What's On updated

Dec 26
News -
I hope everyone is having the Christmas they were hoping for. Pity about today's non stop rain.

Before Christmas (December 15) I mentioned the Parish Council organised workshop, aimed at giving local groups the chance to put forward their opinions on ways to improve futire life in Highcliffe.
The Council has now issued a press report on workshop, along with a couple of photos.
See the press release by clicking here.

(As always, click pics for bigger versions)

The Council website can also be visited here:

- What's On updated

Dec 20
News -
Fencing has once again appeared around the proposed development site at Jesmond Avenue. There was a long battle to get the hoarding removed, which it eventually was, as the site was not actually a development site, only a proposed one.
I'm trying to find out the facts behind the latest fencing.

Another of Bernie Farrenden's charity Jazz & Swing concerts is coming up on Sunday, 12 February, at Hoburne Bashley. Proceeds are going to Highcliffe Rotary's chosen charity, the Honeypot Childrens Charity.
These evenings are extremely popular, and always with high class musicians, as well as Bernie's group.
See the poster below for details (tickets direct from Bernie):
Jazz & Swing Charity Concert

- What's On updated

Dec 19
News -
There's more BCP newsletters:
BCP - Useful information for the holiday period
BCP - Waste collection and recycling over the holiday period

It's worth reading these, especially the second one, as it contains useful information.

Martyn Underhill, Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner is resigning after seven years. He has written an open letter to Dorset residents, which can be read in full on the Neighbourhood Alert report below.
Latest Neighbourhood Alert Report

While housekeeping this site, I found quite a number of broken and changed links, especially where groups have changed their website addresses, or have sites for the first time. These are now corrected, but I would ask that if you find any links not working, or incorrect details (contact information especially) please contact me by email so that I can correct any errors.
email me here

- What's On updated
Lots of new stuff here, including details of an Extraordinary General Meeting of the Residents Association in January.

Dec 16
News -
While talking about the Highcliffe & Walkford Council yesterday, I forgot to mention that Chairman Bob Hutchings, has written to the chairman of Nationwide over the closure of the Highcliffe branch.
He received a speedy if not altogether unsurprising response from the regional director, Andrew Manning.

Quoting a range of statistics, Mr Manning outlined the society’s case that their facilities are no longer needed in the village because most residents now use other branches. He said it was “a carefully considered decision.”
Cllr Hutchings said: “Mr Manning advised that they were ‘keen to help’ vulnerable members who need extra support during the change.
“He concluded by asking the parish council to direct customers to call into the Christchurch branch or call 0800 554 1225.”

Cllr Hutchings added: “Presumably everyone with an account, if they choose to feel vulnerable, should drop in and say Mr Manning told them to come and seek help. Who knows, the staff might even refund your taxi fare.
We felt we had to write a letter from the parish council but I was not in the least bit surprised by the response.”

Some changes have been applied for to change some aspects of the major (and already approved ) plans for 167-169 Lymington Road.
Take a look at Application 8/19/1389/CONDR here.

- What's On updated

Dec 15
News -
The Parish Council continued to be very pre-active on Friday, when they held a workshop in St Marks Church Hall.
The meeting was well attended by lots of local interest groups, and everyone actively participated, leaving the Councillors with lots of ideas and comments to sift through as they continue to work on an Action Plan for Highcliffe and Walkford.
The next step is to announce the results in the new year, and we'll be able to monitor progress in a number of ways, including the free magazines readily available, and on this website, and of course on the Parish Council website:

This democratic process (unusual, certainly in this area) led by councillors who actually want to listen to, and work for residents, led me to think how extremely lucky Highcliffe is, in that there are many groups and individuals working for the benefit of Highcliffe people, in all sorts of areas.
We have councillors who care, we have HATS, who have already done so much in their short time in existance, there is established groups like Highcliffe Rotary, the HRA, and Highcliffe Charities, raising money for local causes, and helping those in need, we have small groups like Highcliffe & Walkford in Bloom, led by Susan Smith, and of course the Food Festival team, the Charity Players, and many more.
But we also have groups like Highcliffe Friends In Need, led by Cressida Belpin, who help people get to medical appointments and the like. (They are seriously short of volunteer drivers by the way - phone 01425 279328 if you can help.)

Some local businesses also work constantly for local charities as well. Immediately coming to mind are the Beach Hut Cafe and The Amberwood in Walkford. Both have raised tens of thousands over the years, The Beach Hut specifically for Macmillan Caring Locally, and The Amberwood for several local cgroups.
By the way, a reminder that the Beach Hut will once again be giving up their lunch to open on Christmas Day from 11am until 1pm, just to raise money for Macmillan. Mulled wine, mince pies, and the usual drinks will be on offer, with every penny donated or spent going to the charity.

I apologise for not mentioning everyone and every group, but the more you look, the more people and groups you find working for the community. As i said previously, Highcliffe is lucky indeed.

- What's On updated

Dec 11
News -
Don't forget tonight's annual concert by the Salvation Army Band, organised by Highcliffe Rotary.
Entrance is free (but with a collection during the interval) and it starts at 7:45pm.

Monday's public meeting by the Parish Council was well attended.
Here's the follow up statement.
Residents turned out in numbers to voice their opinion on how public money should be spent by Highcliffe and Walkford Parish Council.
The meeting at St Mark’s Church Hall was hosted by the parish council chairman, Cllr Bob Hutchings and was aimed at finding out the priorities of the village’s council taxpayers.

The precept levied by the new council, set up under local government reorganisation this year, goes towards funding services and maintaining facilities and open spaces in the Highcliffe and Walkford area.
The precept is £27.58 for a band D property and is dwarfed by the council tax charged BCP Council.
HWPC will have around £164,000 collected from the precept to spend in the next financial year.

Cllr Hutchings: “We really want to know what you the residents would like us to do on your behalf and to improve life in the village, the environment and the amenities.”
He added: “The parish council can play a really important role in making life better for everyone in Highcliffe and Walkford.”

Among the concerns raised by some of the 40 members of the public were the state of the pavements, overgrown weeds, litter and litter bins, safety issues on Lymington Road and the scale of planning applications, particularly the number of flats being built.

Cllr Nigel Brooks said work had begun on framing a Highcliffe and Walkford neighbourhood plan which will set out how the village should develop and be protected in the coming decades.
The process is expected to take around 18 months.

- What's On updated
Estate Agents page updated (Austin & Wyatt removed)

Dec 9
News -
Don't forget tonight's public meeting, being held by Highcliffe & Walkford Parish Council to find out what residents want from their councillors.
It's at 7:00pm in St marks Church Hall.

There's another BCP newsletter, which includes what to do if you applied for a postal vote, and have not yet received your voting pack:
BCP - News

Here's a surprise. The Noisy Lobster is applying again for a first floor terrace.
You have until December 29 to make comment.
See Application 8/19/1296/FUL here

There's also a largish demolition and two storey extension application for 8 Castle Avenue.
Neighbours might want to check it out.
See Application 8/19/1402/HOU here

- What's On updated

Dec 4
News -
There's a Charity Fayre this Saturday.
The Amberwood in Walkford is holding the event, which promises to have something for everyone. Running from 10am until 3pm, there will be Homemade Cards, Cakes, Jewellery, Gifts, Handicrafts, Bric a Brac, Tombolla, Competitions and Much More. See some great Christmas gift ideas.
You are invited to bring a friend and enjoy a coffee and a chat.

It's a full day, as the event is followed by the famous annual Pickled Onion Competition at 5pm, then by music from Retro Rita at 8:30pm.)

Take a look at the day's poster.

All proceeds to the Royal Bournemouth Hospital Cancer Unit.

There's more BCP newsletters:
BCP - Railway Strike Action Affecting Services until 20 December
BCP - Library News and Events

Changes - What's On updated.

Dec 1
News -
Here's an opportunity to have you say.

Highcliffe & Walkford Parish Council is hosting a public meeting in St Mark’s Church Hall, at 7pm on Monday, December 9.
Come along to meet your parish councillors, and to let them know the things YOU think they should be planning to do in the coming year.

Our parish councillors want to ensure they are aware of what residents opinions are, so take this opportunity.

Changes - What's On updated.

Nov 29
News -
First some news about the announced closure of Nationwide in Lymington Road.
Ex councillor Colin Jamieson has organised a petition in an attempt to get the decision reversed.
I know it can be signed at the Community Association (Greystone House, Waterford Road). It may not make any difference, but doing nothing will achieve precisely that, so it must be worth the effort.

Talking about Waterford Road, Newtown House at number 24, has applied to demolish the building, and erect a block of 23 apartments.
(This after they got permission in 2017 to massively extend the place.)
See the plans below. Comments by December 11.

Also on planning, we knew it was coming, but permission has been granted to redevelop the stretch of Lymington Road from 261 to 275B (the bit where HP Music had to move from).
The plan is to create a mix of shops, houses, and flats. See the details of 8/17/1254FUL (including some minor changes to the original application) below. It's a big project.

There more BCP newsletters.
BCP - Latest News
BCP - What's On in December

Changes - What's On updated.

Nov 25
News -
Friday evening's Christmas Lights event was a big success. The village was buzzing, and big crowds turned out, despite the weather not being wonderful.
Well done HATS, and thank you.

There are photos, video, and comments on the HATS Facebook page.

Sadly, I have received complaints from a very few irate drivers who had delays of 30 minutes or so.
The main gripe is that there was no advance warning of the road closure. I'm not sure how long in advance the signs need to be displayed, but possibly it should be a little longer next time. Just a thought.

There's another BCP newsletter
BCP - Waste and Recycling News

Changes - What's On updated.

Nov 17
News -
It might well be old news for many, especially those who do their banking with Nationwide, but after promising to keep the Lymington Road branch open until at least 2021, Nationwide have now said they will be closing in January.
They say there are branches in New Milton and Christchurch, which is exactly what all the other banks said as they closed our local branches.
It seems Nationwide are no different, except that in some ways they are worse, having persueded lots of residents to move their financial dealing to them, wth their promise to remain open.
See the story below, along with comments from locals.

On a far happier note, Lymington Road will be closed in the early evening next Friday (November 22) so that Santa will be arriving by open top Yellow Bus in time for the Highcliffe Christmas lights to be switched on by Bob Hutchings (Chair of Highcliffe Parish Council) at 6:00pm.
It should be a great evening, with live music, a snow machine, free hot chocolate and mince pies (courtesy of Tesco), Santas Grotto for the kids (sponsored by The Oaks), burgers and hot dogs by Chris Watson (award winning butcher).
There's also a childrens' parade of the Christmas laterns they have been making at Highcliffe library.
Most of the shops will be staying open late as well, and many of them are decorated appropriately.
It is going to be fun, and should not be missed.

Sadly, the planned Rotary organised Tea Party, due to take place on Tuesday, December 3, has had to be cancelled.

There's an important BCP newsletter
BCP - List of candidates for the election on December 12

Changes - What's On updated.

Nov 11
News -
A couple of dates for your diaries.
The very popular annual Salvation Army Christmas Concert, organised by Highcliffe Rotary, is on Wednesday, December 11, starting at 7:45pm, at St Marks Church.
It will be busy, so early arrival is highly recommended. It's a free concert, but with a collection for charities during the interval (when refreshments will be available).

Also organised by Highcliffe Rotary is a Tea Party. It will be on Tuesday, December 3, at 2:30pm.
It's primarily intended for those who live alone, so if you, or anyone you know would like to attend, please phone Tony on 01425 276433.

There's a couple more BCP newsletters
BCP - Latest Travel News and Advice (This one includes the chance to have your say on the Local Plan Consultation.)
BCP - Latest On The Twin Sails Bridge

Changes - What's On updated.

Nov 8
News -
Our recently elected Parish Council has not been idle since selection, and have issued the following press release. You will notice it mentions a newly created website about a proposed Neighbourhood Plan, which is well worth a visit.

The site includes contact information, and a short video about neighbourhood plans.

Press Release from Highcliffe & Walkford Parish Council - Neighbourhood Plan

There's been a burglary in Wharncliffe Road. See the Neighbourhood Alert page for details.
The page also includes a lst chance to have your say on Action Fraud, but you'll need to be quick to do so.

Changes - What's On updated.
Village Plan updated to reflect recent changes (including Kiteley's Solicitors move to 333 Lymington Road).
A link to the Parish Council site (see above) added to Front page.

Nov 4
News -
It looks like Daniel's fish and chip shop/restaurant has finally been sold.
It was on the market for a long time, and you may remember that James from Berties was trying to buy it back.
At the time Daniel was trying to sell his whole chain, and James eventually pulled out.
The shop is now called The Catch, and has disappeared from Daniel's website, so it seems he decided to just sell the Highcliffe branch after all.
The Catch appears to be a very large chain, but the Highcliffe shop does not appear on their website yet.

Surprisingly, last week's ram raid on the Coop (the second such raid in only a few months) has not appeared on the Neighbourhood Alert bulletins, so I have no crime number, or anything that has not already appeared in the press.

Changes - What's On

Nov 1
News -
First things first.
There have been some incidents where con men have been trying to trick their way into peoples houses.
At least once they suceeded, before demanding a large sum of money to do fix a non existent problem.
They walked all around the house, and were very intimidating.

There were three of them, and were driving a white van. Police are aware of these incidents, so if it happens to you, or you know of any other attempts, please contact Police immediately.
It should go without saying, that you should never let anyone into your property unless you are sure of their indentities.

Another bunch of crooks are using the Brexit situation to try to con people by telephone.
See Neighbourhood Alert page.

Highcliffe Friends In Need are in serious need of more volunteer drivers to take people to their medical appointments.
To find out more about how you can help your fellow residents click below.
Highcliffe Friends In Need

A new business has opened in our area. Actually not new, it has been successfully operating for over ten years in the Corfe area, but owner Helen now lives nearby, and is offering the service locally.
Happy-Hounds-Dorset provides a home from home dog boarding service on a one to one basis.
Helen says that regardless of breed, age, or size, Happy Hounds will find the perfect people to care for your pet while you are away, or cannot do so yourself for any reason.
I have to say that this sounds like a great option, rather than sticking your animal in kennels, where they are unlikely to be treated on a one to one basis.
Take a look here.

More BCP newsletters:
BCP - Fireworks displays across the area, and other November events

BCP - What's On in Libraries - November and December

Changes - What's On updated (including Sports & Social Club December entertainment).
Pets page updated.

Oct 29
News -
Another successful beach clean on Sunday. 50 people turned up, including 3 new faces.
The next one is not until January 12 next year.

Questions are being asked about the rather tasteless large purple entrance signs to Highcliffe Castle.
They have replaced the previous ones located either side of Rothesay Drive by the flower beds, which were clear but simple black and white. The new signs are in addition to the brown tourism signs on the main road.
Was it really necessary to erect the new signs, and if so, did they have to be so hideous?

More interesting, and something we will probably be hearing a lot more about, is Plastic Free Highcliffe. (This is part of a Surfers Against Sewage campaign to reduce single-use plastics in every day life.)
The campaign is being led by Amelia, who already organises the regular Highcliffe Beach Cleans, and the target is to try and achieve Plastic Free Community status for Highcliffe.
Watch this space.

A while ago (September 13) we mentioned the threat to our bee population from Asian hornets, and that nests had been found and destroyed in New Milton.
They have now been found much nearer to home, in Highcliffe and Christchurch.
You can find out all about the hornet, and report sightings, on the British Beekeepers Association website.

Changes - What's On updated.

Oct 21
News -
A planning application has appeared. It is proposed to demolish 26 and 28 Wharncliffe Road, and build two apartment blocks in their place. One of seven apartments, and the other of six.
Comments can be submitted until November 13. See application 8/19/1255/FUL below:

A reminder that next Sunday sees the next beach clean at Steamer Point - the last of the year.
Meet at the Wave Wall for a 10:30 start.

Changes - What's On updated.

Oct 19
News -
A follow up to the story of the abandonded car in Saffron Drive.
A local resident has finally received a reply about it. The email says it all, so I'll just give it to you as received.
I have now heard from DWP via BCP who inform me that they have checked and the car is taxed and insured, and as such is not 'abandoned' and does not constitute an offence.
I explained that the tyres were flat and it looks as though someone has tried to force entry into the back of it, but Richard just said 'if the owner chooses to leave the car to deteriorate there is nothing to be done'.
The only time further action could be taken is if the car deteriorates to such a level as constitutes a danger to the public i.e.: oil/fuel spilling, and if that is seen we are to get in touch straight away?

I did ask if they had noted who the owner was, and could they not be contacted with a view to moving the car, but was told it was 'not their job' as no offence has been committed?

So it seems we have to put up with a car being allowed to deteriorate until such times as it constitutes a danger then something may be done.

You couldn't make this stuff up could you? I wonder when the tax or insurance runs out.

Changes - What's On updated.

Oct 18
News -
So what's been happening? One or two things it seems.

There's a rapidly deteriorating abandoned car near the dentist in Saffron Drive on the Hoburne Estate.
Residents have reported it to both the police, and to BCP Council, but without success in getting it removed so far.

Interesting news on the never ending saga of the Jesmond Avenue proposed development.
BCP Highways want £8000 to improve local bus stop, and Hospital Trust want £53716 to cover additional A&E cover.
See these two files: BCP Comments and NHS Comments.

The old G&T shop, which was sold at auction, was almost immediately resold to a developer. I guess we might see a planning application in the not too distant future.

Neighbourhood Alert page updated
Have your say on Policing in Dorset, and news of an extra 50 officers being recruited.

More BCP newsletters:
BCP - Waste & Recycling. Rescue your pumpkins
BCP - Accidental Recycling of BCP News

Changes - What's On updated.

Sept 30
News -
No news to report, except that I am out of action for a couple of weeks, so no updates.
However, keep emailing anything you think is of interest, and I'll deal with it when I get back.

One thing. The Beach Hut Cafe website disappeared a few weeks ago, and has since changed it's address.
It is now www.beachhutcafe.uk - not .co.uk as it was. (Our business listings changed to reflect this.)

Another BCP newsletter:
BCP - News - The Autumn Edition

Changes - What's On updated.

Sept 26
News -
There's been a burglary at a property in Ranelagh Road. See Neighbourhood Alert page for details.

There are several articles on the the Alert page, including one about upcoming Older Driver events.
These start next week and are popular, so anyone interested should take action promtly.

More BCP newsletters:
BCP - Roads and Travel News
BCP - What's On, including Halloween events

Changes - What's On updated.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated.

Sept 22
News -
I forgot to mention - The Glow Lounge has opened at 245a Lymington Road (next door to Sunshack Tanning - which is interesting).

Popular singers The Diamond Divas, who perform to raise money for Macmillan Caring Locally, have had a few changes to personnel, including their contact information.
If you don't know about the Divas, here's some background.
The Diamond Divas are a ladies choir based in Highcliffe, who sing to raise money for the Macmillan Unit at Christchurch Hospital.
Their repertoire is varied and fun, and since their formation in 2012 they have raised over £31,000 for their charity. The money comes in generous donations from the many local clubs and groups to which they sing. All the money raised goes to The Macmillan Unit, the Divas pay all their own expenses.

The Divas rehearse at the Methodist Church in Highcliffe on Wednesday evenings at 7pm.
For more information or to book please contact Maureen Hardy on 01425 280367 or email petmo.hardy@btinternet.com
If you sing and have time on your hands the Divas are always looking for new recruits, and would be delighted to welcome you, but please note that they are a working choir and do expect some commitment from their members.

The Amberwood at Walkford have now published their full range of events over the Festive period, ranging from Santa visiting for the grand illuminations switch on on November 29, to the very popular New year's Eve bash, and including lots of music. (Not to mention the annual pickled onion competition.)
See What's On page.

Another BCP newsletter:
BCP - Recycle Week 2019 - 23-29 September

Changes - What's On updated.
Glow Lounge added to Hair & Beauty page (most businesses listed now also have links to websites/Facebook pages)

Sept 18
News -
French restaurant Bistro My Way finally opened last weekend.
Already hearing good things about the food. See https://www.facebook.com/bistromyway/.

Another successful beach clean on Sunday. 48 people turned up, including six new faces.

Changes - What's On updated.
Plan and business listings have Bistro My Way and The Coffee Garden added (and Blue Sky Deli removed).

Sept 16
News -
As we knew they would, Pennyfarthing have made a fresh application to build on the old MCA training establishment site at Steamer Point.
They first applied in 2014, assuring everyone that new properties would be in keeping with nearby housing.
It was nonsense then, and it's even more nonsense now. The new plan has a big block of flats in art deco style, overlooking the bay.
I'm sure plenty of people will want to have their say on the application, but only have until October 4 to do so. See the application below:

Does anyone know what was going on near Groyne H2 on Saturday afternoon?
Two policemen appeared to be retrieving items from the end of the groyne, and were still there an hour later.
Any informaation gratefully received.

Apart from our normal Steamer Point and Highcliffe beach litter picks, there are several others coming up locally.
This info from Amelia, who also reminds us of the next quarterly Sunday, October 6, from 10:30 - 12:30.

Avon Beach - Marine Conservation Society Great British Beach Clean - Friday 20th September, 10am - 12pm
Gundimore Beach - International Coastal Cleanup - Saturday 21st September. 10am - 12pm
Mudeford Quay - World Cleanup Date - Saturday 21st September, 2pm - 4pm
Highcliffe Castle Beach - Surfers Against Sewage Autumn Beach Clean - Saturday 19th October, 10am - 12pm

Another BCP newsletter:
BCP - Poole Bridge - Changes to lifting schedule

Highcliffe Nursing Home (5 Stuart Road) is making a big deal of their new;y completed "luxury suites". Anyone interested can go to their open day on Thursday (September 19) from 11am to 4pm.

Changes - What's On updated.

Sept 13
News -
You may well have seen articles in the press about the Asian Hornet, which can devastate our bee population.
Sad to say it has been spotted a bit close to home, as a nest was discovered in New Milton.
The experts are asking for any sightings be reported. You can find out all about the hornet, and report sightings, on the British Beekeepers Association website.

Last week we mentioned the boiler and ship's wreckage which had became visible due to the very low tides.
To add to the photo of the boiler, I now include photos of the other wreckage.
(Click pictures for larger versions)

Another BCP newsletter:
BCP - Have your say on 5G connectivity - By email or in person

There's a litter pick at Steamer Point this Sunday. Meet at the Wave Wall for a 10:30am start.

Changes - What's On updated.

Sept 3
News -
Many of us have seen over the years (off of Castle beach) the old ship's boiler partially exposed at very low tides, but personally I have never seen as exposed as it was a couple of days ago.
(Click picture for larger version)
(Thanks for the excellent photo Martin.)

Also, There is another structure nearby, which I don't remember seeing before. From a story from an old timer, who used to swim out to it as a lad, it could well be the remains of the wreck's deck.

I mentioned the Macmillan Coffee Morning on September 27, and asked if there were any other participants other than the Beach Hut Cafe. So far I received the information below. Any others?
I am doing a coffee morning on Saturday 19 October between 9 and 12 at Highcliffe St Mark’s Church Library, Hinton Wood Avenue, Highcliffe.
All proceeds will be shared between Macmillan Caring Locally (Christchurch Macmillan Unit) and Breast Cancer Awareness (Wear it Pink Day is Fri 18 Oct).
Please pop in and support us. Any donations of raffle prizes and cakes welcome. Please deliver to 21 Walkford Way on Fri 18 Oct.
Look forward to seeing you there.

Another BCP newsletter:
BCP - What's On in Libraries in September & October

Changes - What's On updated.

Aug 28
News -
Sorry the site has been quiet - I've been otherwise engaged.

I have heard that a resident in the village centre has had a window damaged, probably by an air rifle. Police have been informed, and are treating it quite seriously.
If anyone else has had a similar incident, please inform the Police.

Next month, Neighbourhood Watch and The Soldiers’ Charity have announced a new initiative to bring neighbours together to share a meal while raising money for both charities.
Read all about Together For Good: The Neighbourhood Watch Big Curry in the Neighbourhood Alert page (link below).

On Friday, September 27, it is the annual Macmillan Coffee Morning. If you are taking part, or know any organisations that are, please let me know.
I know about The Beach Hut Cafe, which always participates.

Changes - What's On updated.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated

Aug 16
News -
A reminder. Sunday September 1 sees the now annual free outdoor concert by the very popular Swing Unlimited at Highcliffe Castle. It's from 10m until 4pm.
The regular collection of classic cars will also be on display.

Be aware that the car park will be closed during the event, except for blue badge holders and participants.
However, there will be a free shuttle service from and to the cliff top car park.

Another BCP newsletter:
BCP - Have your say on the draft Council Plan

Changes - What's On updated.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated

Aug 16
News - First thing - the petition about getting the speed limit around the bends near the Naish entrances can be found on NextDoor, for those of you with access.

I haven't yet had a chance to get full stories, but some more new businesses have opened or about to open.
Already open is Healthy Pets of Highcliffe, recently opened at 349 Lymington Road, in what was a short lived barbers shop (and next to the Hearing Aid Centre).

Also open is Woodworks, which is supplying gifts and other goods, in what was Brave, at 401 Lymington Road. You can't help but notice that their sign is dwarfed by the Brave sign, which is still in place.

"Opening soon" is Kiteley's Solicitors at 333 Lymington Road, which until recently was Accolade. They have been operating out of 280, in the same building as Morris Scott.

Here's a question. Why is there a door several feet off the ground at the Methodist Church? I'm sure there's a perfectly reasonable explanation, but it certainly looks odd. (The photo below was sent to me - not mine.)
(Click picture for larger version)

Another couple of BCP newsletters:
BCP - Upcoming Events

BCP - Roads and travel information

Changes - What's On updated.

Aug 14
News - A follow up to the closure of the clifftop path through Naish.
Hoburne are saying that it is not a right of way and that
"The improved park security will benefit the company's staff and customers".
There was plenty more waffle along the same lines, but there was no mention at all of any problems they may have had to deal with over the many decades that people have been using the path to access the beach.

In future, people from the Barton side of the park will have to walk around the main road, using narrow footpaths (which don't look wide enough for a pram or some pushchairs) alongside a very busy main road, which seems to have most motorists completely ignoring the 40mph speed limit (which probably accounts for the common excursions through the Chewton Glen fence).

Apparently there is a petition on the go to try to get the speed limit on that stretch reduced to 30mph.
If anyone knows where it is available, please let me know.

Changes - What's On updated. (Includes all the Cliffhanger December tribute nights.)

Aug 12
News - I'm told that Hoburne Naish have put coded locks on the gate at Chewton Bunny/Barton to stop non residents from using the pathway to the beach.
I realise that this is not part of the Coastal Path, which goes inland from the Bunny, and skirts around Naish, and then back to the clifftop at Barton, meaning that Hoburne are within their rights.
However, it does not seem very neighbourly of them, just to stop a few residents who sometimes use the path.

A BCP newsletter. have your say on the Council's proposed plan:
BCP - Proposed Plan - A Survey

Police are asking for witnesses to the traffic accident in Barrack Road on Friday, since when a lady has sadly died.
See the Neighbourhood Alert page below.
It also contains the results of the just ended firearms surrender amnesty.

Changes - What's On updated.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated

Aug 2
News - A reminder - the annual Highcliffe Art Exhibition started on Saturday, and runs until August 19.
As it is in the Methodist Church Hall, the exhibition is closed on Sundays, but is open from 10am until 5pm every other day.
Paintings are for sale, and admission is free. See https://highcliffe-art.info for more about Highcliffe Arts fellowship.

Some changes in the Highcliffe business scene.

Since yesterday, The Rothesay is no longer open as a B&B.

Accolade are no longer located in Lymington Road. They are still operating as always, but are now based at home.
See https://www.accoladehomeimprovements.com

A new tanning business is "coming soon". The Glow Lounge is situated at 245A Lymington Road.
Meanwhile, at 253, the French cafe Bistro My Way should be open within a month, or so they tell me.

A BCP newsletter:
BCP - Childrens Summer Reading Challenge

Changes - What's On updated.


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