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                                      January / February 09

    Inside this issue...
    Do you know a deserving
    young person? – page 10                          Tickets to
                                                 Winter Ice Skating
                                                    at the BIC
                                                   see page 29
    Get fit and be active – page 14

    How to seek help with
    debt problems – page 23

    BH Life Jan/Feb 09
4  ... Local news                                                            22 ... Reach out for a new start
9 ... The best of Boscombe                                                   23 ... Living life in the red?

10 ... Do you know a deserving                                               24 ... Book news and reviews
            young person?
                                                                             26 ... Bournemouth’s big birthday bash
12   ... Make waste reduction your                                           27 ... World class dancer returns to
            New Year’s resolution
                                                                                           the Pavilion
14 ... A day in the life of a fitness advisor                                28 ... Community news
16 ... Are you living life to the full?
                                                                             29 ... Half term activities with
20 ... Health news from The Royal                                                          Boredom Busters
            Bournemouth Hospital
                                                                             30   ... What’s on in Bournemouth?

                                           ‘    Looking forward to it
                                           It’s official: 2008 is history. The Beijing
                                           Olympics, the American Presidential
                                                                                              area will be opening this spring in the
                                                                                              Central Gardens (see page 5). Also, the
                                           Election and the Bournemouth Air                   improvements on Boscombe Seafront
                                           Festival are all just memories.                    (see page 9) will be coming to
                                           The ‘credit crunch’ turned to recession,           completion. I can’t wait to discover
                                           as banks were bailed out. Many local               the designer ‘surf pods’ and the first
                                           people will feel the pinch in 2009 as a            artificial surf reef in Europe, now due
                                           result (see page 23 for debt advice).              for completion later this year - weather
                                           But the New Year gives us the chance to            permitting!
                                           commit ourselves to new resolutions.
                                           For me, it’s more exercise (see page 14            As the town’s first ever Air Festival was
                                           on how to stay active) and doing more              such a success, we are going to repeat it
                                           for family and friends.                            this year, even bigger and better - now
                                                                                              there’s something to look forward to!
                                           As 2009 promises to be tough, we’ve
                                           included some of the things that we can            Councillor Stephen
                                           look forward to in our new-look BH                 MacLoughlin
                                           Life. A state-of-the-art children’s play           Leader of the Council

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                                                                                        It’s served its purpose but now it’s
                                                                                        got to go. Don’t wonder what to do
                                                                                        with your real Christmas tree this
                                                                                        year, leave it out for collection.

                                                                                        Our real Christmas tree collection
                                                                                        service takes place between 12 and
                                                                                        23 January. To take part you will
                                                                                        need to leave your tree next to
                                                                                        ‘Little Bin’ on the week you only
                                                                                        put your rubbish out (not the week
                                                                                        your recycling ‘Big Bin’ is collected).

                                                                                        If you’re unsure of the day
                                        Architect’s impression of the college campus    you should be putting your tree out
                                                                                        for collection, or you have any

    Approval for                                                                        other queries, call our Customer
                                                                                        Contact Centre on 01202 451199 or
                                                                                        look at:


    college building                                                                    NEWS IN BRIEF
    Planning permission has been given
    for regeneration of The Bournemouth
    and Poole College. Key buildings
                                                                                        Dogs on
    will be refurbished at the Lansdowne
    campus and new accommodation
                                                                                        the beach,
    built.                                                                              have your say
    The £60 million scheme will see            The Bournemouth and Poole College
    refurbishment of the heritage and          and the town. For many years we          Don’t forget to have your say on
    landmark listed buildings such as the      have been coping with these buildings    proposals to extend dog free areas
    clocktower. There will also be             which are desperately in need of         at Alum Chine and Southbourne
    improved landscaping across the six        modernisation.”                          beaches.
    acre site.
                                               Councillor John Beesley, Chairman of     View the proposals and complete a
    A new restaurant will be created           the Planning Board said: “We have        feedback form at the library, beach
    along with a mall. This will provide       been working very closely with the       offices or online at
    outlets such as a travel agency and        College to ensure that their plans are All
    florists, together with contemporary       in line with the requirements for the    forms must be received by 16
    hair and beauty salons. This will          Grade II listed buildings.”              January to: Bournemouth Seafront
    enable students to train in a realistic                                             Information Office, Undercliff
                                               The construction work will begin         Drive, Bournemouth BH2 5AA
    working environment.
                                               shortly and will take place in phases    or emailed to:
    College Principal, Lawrence Vincent        to minimise disruption. The project is
    said: “The work we wish to carry out       scheduled for completion in 2014.     
    is essential for the future success of

            Holocaust Memorial Day
First held in 2001, the date for
Holocaust Memorial Day was chosen as
the anniversary of the liberation of

As part of the local commemoration of
the day, the Bournemouth Jewish
Representative Council will be staging
an exhibition from the Jewish Museum
called ‘The Last Goodbye: The rescue of
children from Nazi Europe.’

It is the story of the 10,000
unaccompanied children who came to
Britain on the Kindertransport,
highlighting issues relating to prejudice,
racism and indifference. Come and see
this moving exhibition at Bournemouth
Library from 19 January until 2 February.

The theme for National Holocaust
Memorial Day 2009 is ‘Stand Up To
Hatred’. There will also be an event on
                                               Photo: Weiner Library. The exhibition displays photographs of the Kindertransport
the afternoon of 27 January at the
Pavilion starting at 1.30pm. A survivor of the Holocaust, Mala Tribish, will be talking about her experiences. Members of
other minority groups who face discrimination in the 21st century have also been invited to talk about their experiences.

 If you are interested in attending this event please contact: or call 07876 653761

New play area to
open in Central
Kids will have a dedicated place to play in the town centre
soon, with a state-of-the-art play area planned for the
Central Gardens.
The new facilities will be designed to be in keeping with
the surrounding environment with wooden style play             Councillor Beverley Dunlop, Cabinet Member for Economy
equipment. This will replace the area currently used as        and Tourism, said: “Once completed, children will be able
a putting green. However, the recent £90,000                   to enjoy first class play facilities that they have chosen
refurbishment of the mini golf course in the Lower             themselves, which I'm sure they will be thrilled with."
Gardens will ensure that a similar attraction is still         The Central Gardens play area is expected to open in
available in the town centre.                                  the spring.
Throughout December we’ve been asking both adults and
children to vote for their favourite designs. Further
facilities could include a play house and slide for young               For further details telephone the
children, a nest swing, a climbing frame with cargo nets                 Parks team on 01202 437812
and a cableway/zip-line.

                                                                                            for the
                                                                                            Already dreaming of long
                                                                                            sunny days on the beach?
                                                                                            If so, you might be
                                                                                            interested in a new
                                                                                            development of 24 beach
                                         Purbeck View: New beach huts at Alum Chine
                                                                                            huts at Alum Chine.

                                                                   Having received planning permission, the ‘Purbeck View’
                                                                   beach hut development offers an opportunity to lease a
     Kids play for free                                            seafront property, with the security of a 25 year term.
                                                                   As part of the project a new water play area at Alum
     Have you heard about our free Play Rangers Service?           Chine will also provide interactive water features, a
     Sessions take place at four locations across the              timber ‘sea monster’ play sculpture and ‘swan’ seating.
     borough for seven to 13 year olds:                            The huts are available now, to purchase off plan, for the
                                                                   one off fee of £39,950 including VAT. Find out more from
     • Monday at West Howe, Poole Lane Park from 3 - 5pm
                                                                   David Collier at Bournemouth Seafront on 01202 451842.
     • Wednesday at Townsend School Field from                     Beach hut booking lines
       3.30 - 5.30pm                                               If you’re not in a position to buy a hut you don’t have to
     • Thursday at Paddington Grove from 3.15 - 5.15pm             miss out. There are 280 beach huts along the seafront
                                                                   available for hire. If you want to book a hut in July or
     • Friday at Boscombe Gardens (by the multi-use games          August booking lines are open between 28 - 30 January,
       area) from 4 - 6pm.                                         from 10am – 8pm.
                                                                   If you are booking for other times in the year call the
     Parents are responsible for children during the               booking line after 4 February between 10am - 4pm.
     sessions, but Play Rangers will be on hand to make
     sure everyone is having fun.                                        The booking line is: 0845 055 0968 (local rate call).

     For more information call Dan Vincent at                      All major credit/debit cards accepted.
     Barnardo’s on 07920 827469

                                  You said, we did
    Every month you give us your views about council services through our monthly telephone interviews. The opinions you
    give us are used to make sure services meet your needs as much as possible.

    Our Customer Contact Centre is one of the services monitored through these interviews. Historically, you have reported
    high satisfaction levels with many aspects of the Contact Centre, particularly around call waiting time. However, last
    spring you let us know that your high expectations were not being met. Call waiting times increased due to a very high
    number of calls, so we took some action.

    Stuart Walters, Customer Services Manager explains: “We’ve given our staff extra training, meaning we now have a
    multi-skilled team who can assist each other during busy times. In practice, this means a member of staff who previously
    only focused on a specific service, such as recycling, can now respond to demand and take calls from whichever area is
    experiencing the highest call rates. And we’ve seen an improvement as a result, with satisfaction levels shooting
    back up.”

    Telephone surveys about council services are ongoing. If you receive a call please take part and if you want to check the
    call was genuine telephone 01202 454869.

                   Could you give the car
                          a miss?
Start 2009 as you plan to go on, with
a pledge to use public transport more.
This one move will minimise your
contribution to climate change, save
you money and improve your health.
If all car commuters used a different
way of travelling to work just once a
week, traffic on our roads would be
similar to levels experienced during
the school holidays.
A number of low demand bus services
within the borough are subsidised by
the Council so that they remain
available to residents. Examples
include the all-night buses to Iford,
Charminster and Poole on Friday and         Turnaround continues for Townsend School site
Saturday nights. And the recent
introduction of an additional bus           The former Townsend Primary School site will become a learning and training
service to the Triangle.                    centre, it has been revealed.
The more people that use public             The site is already home to the hub kitchen, which delivers hot meals to
transport, the greater the                  primary school children across Bournemouth. It will now be developed to
environmental benefits, so give the         provide basic skills training to help improve people’s chances of getting
bus or the train a try.                     a job.
Find out about New Year alterations         Councillor Malcolm Davies, Cabinet Member for Education and Children’s
to bus services at:                         Services, said: “Considerable consultation has taken place and local people
                                            have told us that the area is in need of increased community-focused
                                            facilities. The Townsend site is clearly the best location for these facilities
or visit for          and will ensure that the building continues to have a positive impact on
local public transport information.         residents at Townsend. The centre will provide a safe, family-friendly
                                            environment that will be welcoming, accessible and inclusive for all.”

FREE food safety training
for businesses
Ensuring good standards of food            guide businesses on how to use the
hygiene is top of the agenda in            pack, making sure they continue to
Bournemouth, with local food               develop their safe food practices and
businesses being offered free training.    comply with the law.

The ‘Safer Food, Better Business’          The training is available to businesses
training is aimed at food businesses       until June. Further details about the
including restaurants and takeaways.       training is available from the Public
And because of Bournemouth’s               Safety Team on 01202 454876.
cosmopolitan range of eateries, the        General food safety information can
training will be provided in a range of    be found at:
languages including English, Thai,                   w w w. f o o d . g o v. u k
Turkish, Chinese and Bengali.
                                           or call the Public Safety Team on the
Businesses attending the training will     number above.
receive a food safety pack, developed
by the Food Standards Agency. We will


    BH Life Jan/Feb 09
  The best of Boscombe
  continues                                        Left to right: Cllr Beverley Dunlop, Mark Cribb, Urban Beach, Georgina
                                                   Hillman, Reefside Catering and Shaun Taylor, Sorted Surf Shop and School.

Three successful local businesses, all already based in       Simon Hitchens, the sculpture has been specially designed
Boscombe, will be expanding to prime seafront                 to complement the overall re-development of the area
locations, after winning prestigious contracts as part of     including the nearby Grade II listed Pier. It is made up of
the Boscombe Spa Village regeneration.                        two halves depicting the sun and moon rising and falling in
                                                              the east and west. The highly reflective polished granite
The refurbished Overstrand building will become home to       surface has been designed to reflect the sea and sky
‘Urban Reef’ restaurant and café, operated by the owners      enabling the piece to interact with the surrounding
of boutique Boscombe hotel Urban Beach, and ‘Sorted’ surf     environment. It has been made from a single piece of
shop and separate surf school. Rob’s Event Catering will      granite, carefully sawn and worked into two halves.
be bringing ‘Reefside’ catering, newsagents and beach
goods to Boscombe Pier entrance.                              Councillor Dunlop said, “It’s really coming together down
                                                              at Boscombe seafront now. If you haven’t been down for a
The interiors of Urban Reef, Sorted Surf Shop and Reefside    while, I’d really urge residents to come and take a look.
are currently being designed and opening for all three is     The Pier is open, the restoration to the outside of the
planned for April 2009. The rest of the restored Overstrand   Overstrand is now well underway and the hard landscaping
building will be home to Wayne Hemingway-styled ‘surf         around Pier Approach is almost complete. A great place for
pods’, an RNLI beach lifeguard station, public showers,       a brisk stroll this winter!”
toilets and changing facilities and events office.

The contracts were won following an extensive tendering
process. Councillor Beverley Dunlop, Cabinet Member for                   Facts                              st in
Economy and Tourism said: “We are delighted that local                                     will be the be
                                                                           • Beach huts                      ing
businesses proved to be the best for the job. It is                                        ith breath-tak
                                                                           the world. W                        and
testament that they have recognised the potential that                                       retro imagery
                                                                           views, strong                and cold
                                                                                              ure hot
Boscombe has and are prepared to invest significantly and                   some will feat               tricity.
play their part in making that happen.”                                     running w   ater and elec
                                                                                               , legend has it
                                                                             • Back in 1916           rown off the
And as the landscaping work at Sea Road and Pier Approach                    that tr easure was th
                                                                                                be Pier
draws to a close, why not take some time to appreciate                       end of Boscom                      e
                                                                                               ch a time-laps
the striking sculpture in place on the Boscombe Pier                          • You can wat                end
                                                                                              ombe Pier
Approach roundabout? Created by renowned artist,                              video of Bosc                 -built at
                                                                              being dem   olished and re
                                                                               www.bournem               le was
                                                                               • In 18 97, a 70ft wha              as
                                                                                                 Boscombe and w
                                                                               washed up in
                                                                                                the Pier.
                                                                               exhibited on


                                                                                                      BOSCOMBE SEAFRONT
       Do you know a deserving
       young person?
     It’s not easy being young. Coping with the pressures of school,
     exams and growing up can be hard. And to make things worse
     there is often a perception that teens just spend their time
     hanging around the streets and causing a nuisance.

     Fed up with these kinds of negative images, a group of young
     people have set out to celebrate the good work of other young
     people across Bournemouth and Poole. After successfully bidding
     for some government money, a glittering red carpet-style awards
     ceremony will take place at the BIC on 18 February.

     But they need your help. Nominations for deserving young people
     are needed. Do you know someone who has made a positive
     contribution to their school, youth group or local community?
     The Daily Echo is supporting the event and nomination forms have
     been printed in the paper, if you haven’t seen a copy don’t worry.
     Additional nomination forms are available from youth centres and
     you can telephone the Youth Service on 01202 456208, or email to request a copy. Be quick, the closing
     deadline is Friday 16 January.

     Councillor Ted Taylor, Champion for Children and Young People,
     said: “The event is being organised by young people for young
     people, and the experience will provide them with some
     invaluable skills which will really support their development. They
     are working on all stages of the event, from deciding the award
     categories and choosing the format of the awards, through to
     helping to judge the nominations and deciding the winners.”

                                                          William is 19. He’s been volunteering at youth centres in both
                                                          Muscliff and at Henry Brown. Because of his experiences and his
     Will’s story                                         work with the youth service he was asked to join the group arranging
                                                          the celebration evening.

                                                          Will said: “I wanted to volunteer for the youth service because I had
                                                          a difficult time when I was younger. I was bullied for the majority of
                                                          my school life, lost confidence and felt bad about myself. Because of
                                                          this I left school without any GCSEs.

                                                          “I received a lot of support by going to my local youth centre. At
                                                          first I found it difficult meeting and talking to new people. But
                                                          Pippa, my youth worker, really helped me and I slowly built my
                                                          confidence back up. I was given responsibilities and this really
                                                          helped me. I then felt confident enough to become part of a Prince’s
                                                          Trust training project. I learnt a range of new skills such as chain saw
                                                          maintenance, tractor driving, and gained a First Aid Certificate.

                                                          “I’m really pleased that I can now use my experiences in a positive
                                                          way and that I can be involved in projects such as the celebration
                                                          evening. It’s going to be really good to be able to showcase the good
                                                          work, achievements and bravery of local young people.”
     “I’m really pleased that I can now use my
     experiences in a positive way...” - Will

                                                                   Find out more about Bournemouth Youth Service at:


BH Life Jan/Feb 09
                                             Make waste reduction
                                             your New Year’s resolution
     It’s the beginning of another year and you’ve probably
     made lots of resolutions already. But if you want a
     resolution that’s quick, easy and requires little effort,
     then give waste reduction a go in 2009.

     Make a start by following these smart shopping tips. You
     can help reduce your own household waste and make a
     difference to the environment by:
     •Buying loose fruit and veg, they are often cheaper
     •Buying non-perishable items in bulk, such as washing
     powder and cleaning products. You’ll save packaging and
     probably money too
     •Avoiding multi-packs of small containers like orange juice,
     buy large containers and decant instead
     •Shopping when you aren’t hungry – otherwise you’ll buy
     more than you need
     •Checking use by dates before you buy
     •Avoiding over packaged items.

     Once you’ve reduced your waste simply follow the
     Yes Please/No thanks guide to see what you can
     and can’t recycle using Big Bin and Little Bin.
     Remember to give your recyclables a quick wash
     and throw them directly into Big Bin. Please don’t
     place these items in bags otherwise we can’t
     recycle them.

     What happens to your recyclables?
     Once we empty your Big Bin we take the recyclables to the Nuffield Depot in Poole and mix it with Poole’s
     recyclables. From there it is taken to a Material Recycling Facility (MRF) where it is sorted into groups of
     materials. Sorting takes place using a range of technologies including magnets, rotating drums, air and light
     sorters, with a small amount of manual sorting right at the end. Kent is the nearest MRF where this range of
     recyclables can be sorted, but a local facility is being considered for Bournemouth and Poole.

     Councillor Robert Lawton, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport commented: “Improving our
     environment is our top priority and we are looking closely at how Bournemouth as a town handles recyclable

     “We know that a local recycling facility will not only make recycling more efficient but will reduce our carbon
     footprint and also save us money. There are ongoing discussions between Bournemouth and Poole, who
     currently use the same method to process their recyclable materials. If we combine the amount of recyclables
     from both councils there is sufficient tonnage to justify having a local processing facility serving both areas.
     This will be a major project for both councils and it will continue to be at the top of our New Year’s resolution
     list in terms of securing a site and making it happen.”

     Once the recyclables have been sorted into groups they are then sold on to companies who make them into
     new products. The diagram opposite shows what your recyclables become in their next life.


   “Improving our environment is our top priority and we
   are looking closely at how Bournemouth as a town
   handles recyclable materials.”

Your recycled waste can be used
for all kinds of handy things!

            You can also email:
            or call the Customer Centre on 01202 451199.

                                                             BH Life Jan/Feb 09
               A day in the life of a
                 fitness advisor
                                                       Meet Ahmed, a fitness advisor
                                                       at the Stokewood Leisure
                                                       Centre. Ahmed has been a
                                                       health and fitness professional
                                                       for over seven years. He has
                                                       spent a year in the Egyptian
                                                       Army, has a degree in physical
                                                       education and further
                                                       qualifications on how to train
                                                       and advise on nutrition.

                         January is one of the busiest times of the year with many
                         people wanting to undo the perils of their festive feasting.
                         And this year Ahmed expects to be busier than usual.
                         Stokewood’s gym is re-opening after its £300,000 expansion
                         and facelift, making it a good choice for those of you who
                         want to get active.

                         Whilst the Stokewood Leisure Centre gym has been
                         undergoing refurbishment, Ahmed has been working in the
                         Littledown Centre gym where his typical day starts at around
                         6.30am. During the day Ahmed will be responsible for:
                         • Welcoming new customers and introducing them to the
                         gym and equipment on offer
                         • Carrying out health questionnaires and helping people to
                         set fitness goals and exercise plans
                         • Catching up with people on their fitness progress, offering
                         guidance, encouragement and advice
                         • Researching industry trends so that he can offer the latest
                         exercises and fitness routines
                         • Making sure the gym is clean and in working order.

                         One of Ahmed’s goals is to remove the perception that gyms
                         are just for the super fit. He works with many people who
                         have mobility and health problems, helping them to
                         rehabilitate, get fitter and lead a more active lifestyle.
                         Ahmed says: “I know it can be daunting to take that first
                         step into a gym – especially if you aren’t feeling at your
                         fittest or most confident. But it’s my job to make your first
                         steps as smooth as possible. Most gym users have at some
                         point felt the same, but you soon settle into a routine and
                         realise that no one is watching you – they are all too busy
                         getting on with their own programmes!”

                         As well as using a gym, Ahmed also reminds people to vary
                         their activities to help keep them interested and motivated.
                         “Attending group fitness classes, getting outside in the fresh
                         air for a walk or bike ride, dancing, swimming or simply
                         putting more energy into everyday activities can all help to
                         increase mobility, motivation and energy levels – and they
                         can be great fun too.”


Clive’s top fitness tips
                                                                        Ahmed offers a gym user
                                                                        help and guidance

                             Meet Clive, our fitness advisor who has
                             worked at the Littledown Centre for
                             nearly 20 years. When he first started
                             at the Littledown Centre he was a
                             swimming coach, but now at the age
                             of 72, he is part of the gym team.
                             Having worked in the Army, keeping fit
                             and healthy has always been a part of
                             Clive’s life and he has some top tips to
                             help you get in shape this winter.

• Consult your doctor before embarking on
any major lifestyle change – especially if you
have not exercised for a while or have a
medical condition.

• Set achievable goals and visualise the
results – imagine how you will feel when you
have reached your goals. Do you want to
feel happier, stronger, fitter, healthier? Use
this technique daily to help keep you

• Don’t try to do too much too soon and
                                                                        Diary date
know your limits – building up your stamina
over time will create longer lasting results.

• Go at your own pace – it’s not a race to be
the fastest, strongest or exercise the
longest. Work with your fitness advisor on a
programme designed just for you.

• Listen to your body – aches and pains are
your body’s way of telling you to take it
                                                                        Come and see the new
easy, rest and recover.
                                                                        Stokewood Leisure Centre gym.
• Commit to getting fit - plan your exercise                            Try out FREE taster fitness
classes or gym sessions and make sure that                              classes and swimming sessions
other commitments don’t clash. Remember                                 at a preview open weekend
- you are in charge of your routine so don’t                            from 11am - 5pm on Saturday 3
let excuses creep in.                                                   January and 9am - 6pm on
                                                                        Sunday 4 January. Call 01202
                                                                        529658 for more details.
Did you know that exercise can help to beat the winter blues?
Exercising releases good endorphins – our body’s happy chemicals -
so if you want to feel good this winter get moving. If you don’t look
after yourself – no one else will!

  Are you living
By 2029 nearly 40 percent of people
living in England will be aged 50 or over.
Will you be one of them?

g life to the full?
  The years between 50 and 65 can contain many life changing events –
  good and bad. Challenges might include a fall in income, bereavement,
  a lack of car ownership, health conditions and social care needs. But
  opportunities may arise including retirement, children leaving home,
  having more time on your hands or having grandchildren in your life.

  Councillor Pat Lewis, Older People’s Champion said: “Older people already
  make an important contribution to life in the town. But with an ageing
  population, it has become even more important that local services adapt to
  meet the varied needs of our older communities.”

  Councillor Barry Goldbart, Cabinet Member for Adult Services adds: “We have
  a role to play ensuring older people can live independently and actively, with
  a good quality of life and for as long as possible. So we’ve embarked on
                                                                                    Some useful contacts
  promoting Bournemouth as an age friendly town, encouraging as many people
                                                                                    Bournemouth Care Direct
  as possible to live life to the full.”
                                                                                    01202 454979
  So, what do barbershop singers, a fencer, a table tennis player and a Pilates     Bournemouth & Poole NHS
  fan all have in common? They are all local people, aged 65 and over, who          Health Information Shop
  have put their faces to Bournemouth’s age friendly campaign.                      01202 318954
  Let’s meet them:                                                                  Help & Care Bournemouth
                                                                                    0845 4500418
                                                                                    The Pension Service
          The barbershop singers                                                    0800 991234
   1       Mike heads-up the 54 members of the Southern Union Chorus. Their         Dorset Race Equality Council
  singing helps raise money for charity and takes them to nursing homes and         01202 553003
  community centres as well as parties, dinners and other functions. Mike says:
                                                                                    University of the Third Age
  “Being part of the chorus, as with any singing group, is great fun and provides
                                                                                    01202 420700
  a good social life. When we get together and sing, the sound is fantastic!”

  The group meets at Epiphany School in Muscliff every Monday evening. The
  majority of members are aged 50+ but all ages are welcome. Find out more
  on 07849 229167 or email:
          The Pilates fan
   2       “I’ve been doing Pilates for the last four years, it’s great for the
  mind and body,” says Pat who was born in Bournemouth. As well as aerobics
  and going skiing twice a year, Pat is also a member of a local running group.
  “We run a range of distances out in the countryside and usually start from a
  pub so we can return there for lunch. Apart from the exercise it’s a great
  social activity and I’ve made many friends through the group.”


                                                                                                    GET ACTIVE
                           The table tennis player
                    3      Shirley enjoys an active social life playing table tennis, bridge and visiting
                  the cinema. But she is also a voluntary worker, devoting time to being on the
                  Friends Committee of Tenovus - a local cancer charity. She has been a member for
                  the last nine years and even asks family and friends to make donations to Tenovus
                  instead of buying her birthday gifts.
                  Shirley, who moved to Bournemouth from London 10 years ago, is an ambassador for
                  volunteering. She said: “I enjoy volunteering as I feel I get more back than I give,
                  it’s really rewarding.”

                           The fencer
                   4       Brian has been fencing on and off for more than 50 years, competing at all
                  levels both within the UK and around the world. He is the principal of Espada
                  Fencing Club, based at the Littledown Centre, where he mentors youngsters, adults
                  and wheelchair users.

                  Brian tells us why he loves the sport so much: “There aren’t many physical sports
                  where you can have a 70-year-old and an eight-year-old competing and having fun
                  together. Fencing really bridges the age gap, it’s terrific.”

4                 If you would like to find out more about Espada Fencing visit:
         or telephone: 07811 238195

                  You can do it too...
                  If you still need some inspiration or ideas to help you live life to the full,
                  why not consider:

                  Countryside walks
                  What better way to stay healthy than to get out into the countryside with a group
                  of friendly folk for a walk? Guided walks take place all year round. There are
                  regular weekly walks on a Monday and Wednesday as well as weekend walks too.
                  A selection of dates can be found on page 30, or contact Richard Hesketh on
                  01202 437833, or e-mail

                  Age Concern Bournemouth - Project Purple
                  Funded by the Department of Health, Project Purple provides community based
                  activities for the over 55s. Activities include walks, computer classes, gentle yoga,
                  day trips, a men’s explorer group and cookery classes.
                  Contact Kerith Wyllie on 01202 530530 or via the website:

                  Gold Star Volunteers
                  Bournemouth and Poole Volunteer Centres are looking to increase the number of
                  community volunteers aged 65+. Telephone: 01202 466130.

                  Active 3x30
                  Active 3x30 gives people opportunities to put more regular physical activity (three
                  lots of 30 minutes or more a week) into their life.
                  Joining is free and, once registered, you will be able to access information about
                  local opportunities, support sessions, topic talks and more. Visit:
         or phone Active HealthLink on 01202 436880.
                  For more information and to take a look at Bournemouth’s age friendly strategy


     Town gears up for
     Rallye Sunseeker

                      The opening round of the Pirelli MSA
                      Gravel Rally Championship returns to
                      Bournemouth in February for the
                      phenomenal Rallye Sunseeker event,
                      bringing all the drama of a thrilling
                      action-packed rally right to the heart of
                      the town.
Motor sport fans, Bournemouth residents, curious visitors and
thrill seekers alike will flock to Bournemouth Gardens from 6pm
Friday 27 February to watch some of the fastest rally cars in the
UK, as they start their exhilarating evening chase through the
tall pines of the award-winning Bournemouth Gardens.
The excitement will continue on Saturday with high-speed
action-packed races through Wareham and Ringwood forests,
finishing in Bournemouth with a champagne ceremony on the
ramp in the Town Square from approx 5.45pm.

                    For more information on this year’s
                          Rallye Sunseeker event visit


                                                                    BH Life Jan/Feb09
     Many people review their diets in
     January with New Year resolutions but
     for one - two percent of adults, food is
     on their minds all year round.

       Food Allergy and Intolerance Week
                                                   19 – 23 January 2009

                       Did you know it’s Food
                       Allergy and Intolerance Week
                       in January? Claire Stuckey,
                       Senior Dietician at the Royal
                       Bournemouth Hospital gives         intolerance tests. Often these tests are not
                       us an overview of the              reliable and can be expensive. For example,
                       difference between food            tests that monitor the response of your pulse
                       allergy and food intolerance.      when you hold certain foods and analysis of
                       And there’s advice for what        hair samples.
                       you should do if you think
                       you have one.                      Coeliac Disease
                                                          One in 100 people suffer from something
     Food intolerance and food allergy are rare and       called coeliac disease: a condition caused by
     affect just one - two percent of adults and two -    an intolerance to gluten which is found in
     eight percent of children. Food allergy is           wheat, rye and barley. This can only be
     usually an immediate and severe response to a        diagnosed by having a biopsy of the small
     food and results in an abnormal or exaggerated       bowel (a camera is passed down the throat
     response of the immune system. Symptoms can          into the intestines and a snip of tissue is
     include swelling of lips, mouth or throat,           taken). This is then looked at under a
     vomiting, diarrhoea and rashes. Common foods         microscope. Symptoms of coeliac disease
     that can cause food allergy are cows’ milk,          can include anaemia, tiredness, bloating,
     peanuts, soya, eggs and seafood. Food                diarrhoea or constipation.
     intolerance normally causes a less severe and
     less immediate reaction to eating a food and         Many people self diagnose a food allergy or
     does not usually involve an immune response.         intolerance and this can lead to unnecessarily
     Symptoms vary from person to person but can          cutting out food groups from the diet. This
     include nausea and bloating. There are a diverse     can put you at risk of nutrient deficiencies. If
     group of foods that can cause food intolerance       you or your child are diagnosed with a food
     including lactose, food additives and caffeine.      allergy or intolerance then you may need to
                                                          seek advice from a qualified Dietician so that
     How do I know if I have a food allergy or            they can check your diet is nutritionally
     intolerance?                                         balanced.
     Food allergy can be tested for in three different
     ways. Firstly, blood tests that involve monitoring
     the immune response to a certain food.
     Secondly, the skin prick test where your skin is
     pricked with a small amount of the suspect
     food. A reaction is shown by a red or swollen
     spot. Finally the patch test can also be used.
     This is where food allergens are placed on the
     patient’s skin for two - three days to see if a
     reaction occurs. There is no reliable way to test
     for most food intolerances except by avoiding
     suspect foods and then reintroducing the food
     to see if you get a reaction. Be aware of
     practitioners who undertake allergy and


                                Hand hygiene where it matters
Working                         When you come into hospital you may notice that hand rubs have been removed
                                from areas that are not supervised – such as the main entrance of the Royal
together to                     Bournemouth Hospital when reception is closed.
                                This has happened following advice from the National Safety Patient Agency (NPSA)
lower                           following the misuse of hand gel in other areas of the country. Most incidents have
                                not caused any harm, but it is still important that we take care where we place
                                the dispensers.
infection                       Working together to control infection
                                At the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals we are doing a number of
rates                           things to control infection. We have:
                                • An infection control team of microbiologists and infection control nurses
                                • Housekeeping staff who are employed directly by the hospital and are part of the
                                  ward team
                                • Rigorous control of antibiotics
                                • MRSA screening for patients
                                • Resource staff on each ward who monitor the control of infection and provide an
                                  essential link between the ward and the infection control team
                                • Training for all new staff and regular training for all ward staff
                                • Regular briefings to remind staff of good hand hygiene and other essential
                                • Away days to share best practice and new innovations with each other – from safer
                                  wound care to encouraging patients to use hand gel.
                                Help us to keep infection rates down
                                Using the alcohol hand rub is the quickest and most effective way to quickly clean
                                your hands if you are caring for or visiting a friend or relative in hospital.
                                Where there are cases of diarrhoea or vomiting, hand washing must take place.
                                Please ask staff to show you how and where you can clean your hands before visiting
                                friends or relatives. Thank you for your continued support.

Dates for your diary
Understanding Health Evening Events
23 February 2009
‘Understanding Pregnancy’
Acting Head of Midwifery,                                         Staff Excellence Awards 2009
Pauline McGill and the maternity team                             - nomination deadline
Time: 7pm (refreshments served from 6.30pm)
Location: The Village Hotel                                        The Staff Excellence
(opposite the Royal Bournemouth Hospital)                          Awards 2009 will be
                                                                   launching very soon
9 March 2009                                                       and the deadline
‘Understanding Sports Injuries’                                    for all
Mr Adrian Harvey, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon                   nominations is
Time: 7pm (refreshments served from 6.30pm)                        19 June 2009.
Location: The Village Hotel (opposite the Royal Bournemouth        Information on
Hospital)                                                          how to
Booking is essential, please phone 01202 704271 or email           nominate providing details of your name, how many        someone will be
places you would like to reserve and your telephone number.        in the next
                                                                   edition of BH Life.

     Can you believe that one in four of us will
     have some sort of mental health problem
     in our life? From eating disorders to
                                                                   Reach out for
     depression and phobias to panic attacks;
     mental illness comes in a range of
     conditions and severities. We look at one
                                                                   a new start
     local woman’s story as an example of                          Your wellbeing is important and with a New Year upon
                                                                   us, now could be the time to work towards a new you.
     hope. And show that change really is
     possible, even if life seems bleak.

     Beth’s story:
     Having left school with no real qualifications, Beth
     had her first hospital admission aged only 18. She
     spent most of her 20s either in hospital or being
     imprisoned in her own home by agoraphobia. She
     also received a diagnosis of Bipolar disorder.

     Beth tried a variety of treatments including
     medication and electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) –
     where a brief electrical stimulus is given to the
     brain. But nothing really seemed to work. Poor
     relationships, a bad marriage and several more
     admissions to hospital followed. Beth said: “I didn’t
     feel able to do anything; I just stayed home and lost
     my friends, my confidence and my life.

     “I then became aware of the ‘Support time and
     Recovery’ (STR) workers. They help people who have
     ongoing mental health issues. I personally felt that
     now, in my mid thirties, it was probably my last
     chance to try a different approach so I got a
                                                                                                           Photo posed by model
     referral. I met with an STR worker who explained
     how things work and asked what I wanted from life.
     My main aim was to be able to leave the house and
     travel independently. But at the time I had no
     motivation or reason to do it.

     “So, I signed up to an evening course at the adult      Did you know?
     education centre and this really gave me a goal.        First Point has expanded
     My STR worker came along in the first term and          its services to the
     provided telephone support in the second term to                                        Agoraphobia is an anxiety
                                                             community. Advice and
     help me manage on my own. I wouldn’t have been                                          of open spaces or being in
                                                             guidance is now available
     able to do it without her.                                                              places where escape might
                                                             at 528 Wimborne Road,
                                                                                             be difficult (or
     “I’m now a volunteer at First Point, helping others     Winton for services
     with mental health needs. I’m also about to finish a    including: Bournemouth
     qualification in Health and Social Care. My life has    Citizens Advice Bureau
     turned around completely. I have a new relationship,                                    Bipolar disorder is
                                                             (CAB), Bournemouth and
     new responsibilities and a new thirst for life.”                                        characterised by extreme
                                                             Poole Voluntary Services,
                                                                                             mood swings, from deep
                                                             Bournemouth Employment
     First Point, previously known as the Winton                                             depression to extreme
     Resource Centre, is the home of the STR team.           Services, and Age Concern
                                                                                             elation or 'highs'.
     They link with workers in health, leisure,              groups. Find out more on
     employment and education to make the most               the number below.
     of local facilities.

                       Find out more on 01202 531339 or email


Never before has the
level of debt been so
high. In these difficult
times money worries
are affecting us all. But
many are struggling to
make ends meet and
pay for everyday
                                Living life in the red?
essentials like food,
                                 How to seek help with your debt problems
electricity bills and

                                “For many people, further debt and bankruptcy could have been avoided
                                if only they had sought proper help and support.”

If you are struggling to cope it’s important to remember       • Can you increase your income? Options might include:
that you are not alone. Did you know that the Citizens            - asking grown up children or others living with
Advice service offers independent, free advice to help you        you to contribute towards household expenses
deal with your debts? So take some positive action and get        - renting a room in your home (check
your life back on track…                                          landlord/mortgage lender’s permission)
                                                                  - receiving benefits – do you know what you are
Debt problems make up around 40 percent of Bournemouth            entitled to receive?
Citizens Advice Bureau’s (CAB’s) workload. Chief Executive,
Martin Broad, explains: “When somebody comes to see us         Cabinet Member Councillor Nick
their situation is always different, but the money advice      King said: “CAB provides a vital            Facts
process remains the same. Our debt counselling service is      service for residents, benefiting
confidential and we never judge you. We will make you          not only individuals but the town     CAB clients have
aware of your rights and responsibilities and help you make    and the Council. We fully support                       an
                                                                                                     average of £13,00
informed choices about how you deal with your debts.”          their work, particularly the debt                        0
                                                                                                    of debt when th
                                                               counselling service and I urge                        ey
Debt advice may benefit you by:                                people to get in touch with them.    come to a bureau
• reducing the overall amount you have to repay on credit      For many, further debt and           that’s nearly 17.5
agreements                                                     bankruptcy could have been          times their month
• giving you the ability to purchase the essentials such as    avoided if only they had sought     income.
food, clothing and transport                                   proper help and support.”
• reducing the threat of losing your home / helping you to
keep your home
• reducing your stress and improving your health
• increasing your income by helping you to claim benefits
that you may be entitled to.
                                                                         Bournemouth Citizens Advice is based in the
How you can help yourself                                                West Wing of the Town Hall on Bourne Avenue
• Work out your personal budget –see how much money is                   and they can be contacted on:
coming in, how much is going out and what money is left                  Appointments and advice line: 08444 994105
• Deal with priority debts first – things like rent/mortgage             There are also advice points across the
arrears, fuel payments, council tax, secured loans and                   borough, please call for details or look at
court fines                                                    
• Don’t take out further debt and avoid loan sharks


                                                                                                          DEBT ADVICE
      Book news and reviews
                                                                                      What will you be doing
                                                                                      for Valentine’s Day?

               Love is in the air
                With cold wintry days here, what’s better than finding
                somewhere warm and quiet for a spot of indulgent reading?
                Love will soon be in the air as Valentine’s day on 14 February
                draws closer. So here we bring you a few love-themed
                book reviews.
                               Rumour Has It by Jill Mansell
                               When Tilly Cole finds she is single again she leaves
                               her London job for a fresh start in the small town
                               of Roxborough. Here she finds she has arrived in a
                               place fuelled by gossip, intrigue and rampant
                               rivalry for the most desirable men. Tilly has no
                               desire to join in but then she meets Jack Lucas.
                               Jack is irresistible… and he seems to have designs
                on Tilly. But there are shocking rumours about his wicked
                reputation. Is she being mature and sensible – or is she running
                away from the love of her life?
                              Footsteps by Katharine McMahon
                              From the author of the ‘Rose of Sebastapol’ comes
                              another romantic historical drama. This poignant,
                              atmospheric love story is set in Edwardian Suffolk
                              and comes from the author of ‘A Way Through the
                              Woods’. Helena unearths her family’s past,
                              entering the mysterious world of her grandmother,
                              a woman eager to taste new freedoms.                    1. Jay Horron, Winton:
                                                                                      “Valentine’s day is all about my
                             Love in the Country by Rebecca Shaw                      partner, so what ever she wants
                             A new novel by a Dorset author! When Seb joins           she can have… flowers, a meal,
                             Barleybridge, the last thing on his mind is              chocolates, the lot!”
                             romance. Keen to settle into his first real job and
                             make a good impression he embraces the working           2. Jenna White, Bournemouth:
                             life of a country vet. He has almost forgotten his       “I’m single but my ideal
                             high maintenance ex-girlfriend Carly and                 Valentine’s day would be a
                             concentrates on settling down to a job he really         surprise weekend to a remote
                loves. But when a surprise meeting in the Practice turns his          ‘love shack’ to be treated like
                head and touches his heart, he knows this is the real thing.          a princess.”
                Rebecca Shaw’s warmth and compassion combine with her
                                                                                      3. Pamela Jones and Eileen
                natural humour as she draws the reader into the lives of the
                                                                                      Hatch, visitors to Bournemouth:
                members and clients of Barleybridge.
                                                                                      “We’re both widowers so we’ll
                                                                                      spend Valentine’s day together,
                Book news: Are you up for a challenge?                                treating ourselves, like our
                The Six Book Challenge is a national project to get you reading       husbands would have wanted.”
                six books between January and May. So if your reading is in a rut
                or you fancy trying something different come along to your local      4. Mr and Mrs Withers, visitors
                library. Membership is free and books are free to borrow. Join in     to Bournemouth: “After over 50
                and join up!                                                          years together, we know the
                                                                                      meaning of true love, which is
                         If you need some inspiration take a look at                  worth more than money itself.”
24              or for more details
                         telephone: 01202 454848.

  Get writing and you could win £100
Bournemouth Short Story Competition

Could you be the next JK Rowling? If you’re a talented writer or someone who
just enjoys putting pen to paper, you’ll be interested to know that Bournemouth
is holding a national short story competition.

As part of the National Year of Reading project, which is
continuing until March, we’re encouraging residents to turn
their hand to writing. We want to showcase the best work

                                                                 • Award winning
of new, emerging and established writers and our Arts and        writer Nell Leyshon
Libraries division will publish a collection of extracts from    will be the Judge.
selected stories.

The Judge
If you’re looking for some inspiration then look no further
than our competition judge, Nell Leyshon. Nell is not only
a Bournemouth resident but she is an award winning writer          How to enter
too, authoring short stories, novels and plays.                    The competition is
                                                                   open to adults aged
Nell’s first novel, ‘Black Dirt’, was long-listed for the          over 18 and stories
Orange Prize and her second novel, ‘Devotion’, came out in         should be no longer
February 2008. She also regularly writes for Radio 3 and 4.        than 3,000 words. There is an entry fee of £5 per
Find out more about Nell at:                 story. Entries can be sent to: Short Story
                                                                   competition, Bournemouth Library, The Triangle,
The Prize                                                          Bournemouth BH2 5RQ or hand stories in at any
1st      £100                                                      Bournemouth library. You can also enter online at:
2nd      £75                                              Also
3rd      £50                                                       check the website for competition rules and full
Plus five further prizes of £25 each. Apart from overall           entry details or telephone Bournemouth Arts on
winners there will be a special award for the highest              01202 451805
placed writer resident in Bournemouth.

                                                                      This magazine is also
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                                                                       and in large print.
                                                                 To request a different format
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                                                                      everyone has read it.


                                                                                                   BH Life Jan/Feb 09
     Countdown begins
     to Bournemouth’s
     big birthday bash
     2010 sees Bournemouth
     celebrate its 200th year                                                             A view up Richmond Hill, 1873
     A year-long programme of celebrations will take place, with events and
     activities across the town. Planning is at an early stage, but already we have
     a long list of community events, from school competitions to theatre
                                                                                      Take a trip down
     productions, Scout and Guide activities to natural history events, food
     festivals and dance contests, all wanting to be included in the Bournemouth      memory lane
     200 programme.
                                                                                      We’re looking for older people
     Councillor Anne Filer, Chair of the Bournemouth 200 Committee, said: “I
                                                                                      who may like to share their early
     am so excited about Bournemouth’s 200 year anniversary. The town’s
                                                                                      memories of Bournemouth.
     bicentenary celebrations will very much be owned by the people of
     Bournemouth. This is a unique opportunity for people of all ages and from
                                                                                      • Do you remember the trolley buses
     all communities, whatever their interests, to get involved and create a
                                                                                      and steam trains?
     real legacy for the town. If you are planning an event, an activity or an
                                                                                      • Did you shop or work in Bobby’s,
     initiative of any kind in 2010, why not get in touch and become part of
                                                                                      Brights, Plummers or JJ Allens?
     Bournemouth 200?”
                                                                                      • Did you visit Beales’ Easter farm or
                                                                                      watch the Christmas processions?
     Are you involved in a group that might want to get involved?
                                                                                      • Did you go ice-skating in Westover
     From photography to fishing, painting to poetry, jogging to jam-making,
                                                                                      Road or to the Swimming Galas at the
                            and Playstation to Playdough… whatever you like to
                                                                                      Baths by the pier?
                                do, there’s a place for you! Please get in
                                                                                      • Did you meet up with friends at
                                  touch and let us know YOUR ideas for
                                                                                      Fortes or The Outlook?
                                   Bournemouth 200.
                                                                                      • What bands did you see at the
                                   Call the Bournemouth 200 line on 01202
                                                                                      Winter Gardens?
                                   451719 or email
                                                                                      • Did you have Street Parties to
                                                                                      celebrate VE Day or the Queen’s
                                    Do you run or work for a company that
                                                                                      Silver Jubilee?
                                    could get involved?
                                                                                      • Did you meet any well-known (or
                                     Through a Corporate Membership scheme
                                                                                      not so well known) Bournemouth
                                       the Council is giving local companies,
                                          large and small, from all market
                                              sectors the chance to become
                                                                                      As part of the town’s bicentenary
                                                 associated with the celebrations
                                                                                      celebrations in 2010, we’re creating a
                                                   and to help fund, enhance
                                                                                      website that traces the story of
                                                    and support a range of
                                                                                      Bournemouth over the last two
                                                      exciting and diverse events
                                                                                      hundred years. Working with
                                                       that will be staged across
                                                                                      Bournemouth University, this lottery
                                                       the borough in 2010.
                                                                                      funded project is known as ‘Streets of
                                                        Join now or find out more
                                                        about the scheme from
                                                        Michael Kay on 01935
                                                                                      So, if reading this has triggered some
                                                        813 060 or 07711 432 491.
                                                                                      memories you would like to record
                                                         You can also email:
                                                                                      and share, please contact Pat Gargan
                                                                                      at Bournemouth University on
                                                                                      01202 965476.


World class dancer
returns to the Pavilion to
create a Dance Centre

  “It will put us on the map as a regional centre of
  excellence for dance” says Councillor Bob Chapman                                                Kate Castle pictured outside
                                                                                                      Bournemouth Pavilion

Kate Castle first came to Bournemouth Pavilion 40 years ago    and agreed to support its
when she danced with the legendary Margot Fonteyn.             subsequent running costs. It’s
                                                               a real sign of the Council’s
As a teenager Kate, who is now Director of Dance South         commitment to improving arts
West, trained at the Royal Ballet School and was one of just   provision locally.
a handful of students selected for the Royal Ballet Company.
                                                               She continued: “If I shut my
Their tour of Sleeping Beauty brought her to Bournemouth       eyes and imagine how it will
where she danced the Garland Dance – she was just a            look it will be light and bright
teenager and Fonteyn was one of her idols. Now in a twist of   with clean lines, the floor will
fate Kate is back in Bournemouth and is a driving force        be sprung and the lighting is
behind a new regional dance centre here.                       good. It will definitely open up
                                                               the rear of the Pavilion, making
In her impressive dancing career, Kate toured with the Royal   it a place for everyone.
                                                                                                        Kate trained at the
Ballet Company, danced alongside Massine and Nureyev,
                                                               “We hope to offer a                      Royal Ballet School
starred in the films Ragtime and Heaven’s Gate and
choreographed the TV programme The Winds of War. She           programme for local residents
said: “My mother always said that as soon as I could walk I    that is suitable for people of all ages and abilities – from
was dancing.”                                                  boogie baby under 5s sessions right through to classes for
                                                               older people.
The performance side of Kate’s career drew to a close
                                                               “We want dancers of all forms of dance to come here to
     when she was around 35, after a number of high-
                                                               practice and hope to form close links with local colleges.
          profile roles within the dance industry. She
                                                               We also want to offer fabulous dance performances that
                later returned to Bournemouth to take up
                                                               people will want to see.”
                  the post with Dance South West.
                                                               Councillor Bob Chapman, Cabinet Member for Major
                  We’ve approved multi-million pound           Projects said: “This dance centre is a key aim within the
                  funding for a 1,249 square metre dance       Town Centre Master Vision. It will put us on the map as a
                  centre in the Pavilion’s currently vacant    regional centre of excellence for dance. With Kate’s passion
                 Ocean Room (at the seaside end of the         and contacts in the industry, the future for dance in
                   building). Kate is working closely with     Bournemouth looks bright.”
                    architects to ensure the space is well
                       planned. Kate Castle said: “We’re       It’s hoped the new centre will launch in 2010 with drawings
                         delighted that Bournemouth            of how it will look available in the spring.
                           Council has allocated
                              £3.29million for the creation
                               of the Pavilion Dance Centre                                                                   27

     Help keep                                                                                  Speak up
                                                                                                and help
     town’s carnival                                                                            improve
     tradition alive                                                                            services
                                                                                               Ever wanted to speak up about a
                                                                                               health or social care service in
     Carnival queens, marching bands, a procession with floats and fancy dress,                your area but not known how?
     duck races and sand building competitions… These are some of the vital                     It might have been to offer an
     ingredients and expected activities at a seaside town’s successful carnival. But          opinion on how things could be
     carnivals don’t happen without the help and support of the local community.               improved, or talk about an
                                                                                               experience – good or bad. Well,
     Bournemouth Carnival will take place from 2-9 August this year and it will                now you have the opportunity.
     again be a wonderful occasion to be enjoyed by people of all ages. The
     Carnival is also a way of raising funds for deserving local charities and good            A LINk (Local Involvement
     causes.                                                                                   Network) listens to what people
                                                                                               like you have to say about
     To kick start the planning for a successful 2009 event, Bournemouth Carnival              health and social care services
            Committee will be hosting an open evening on Tuesday 10 February                   and then tells councils and the
              from 7.30pm at the Marsham Court Hotel. Are you an interested                    NHS so that services can
                                    company, organisation or volunteer helper? If so,
                                                                                               get better.
                                     come along for some light refreshments and a
                                      chance to hear plans for this year’s event and
                                         the 2010 carnival in Bournemouth’s                          Have your say on
                                          bicentenary year. The Committee will also                  0300 111 0102 or email
                                           be looking to hear your ideas and find
                                           new sponsors.
                                                                                                     Find out more at:
                                          To be added to the open evening guest
                                        list, please contact the Carnival Committee
                                      secretary, Tony Fail, on 01202 510198 or email
                                   him on, before Monday
                                9 February.

                           CULTURE CALENDAR
          Celebrating                            25. . . Burns Night (Scottish) -
                                                         celebrating the birthday of
          Bournemouth’s                                  Scotland's national poet         14. . . St Valentine’s Day - the
          diverse communities –                          Robert Burns. This is a                  traditional day when lovers
          some notable dates.                            special year as it will be the           express their love for each
                                                         250th anniversary of                     other by sending cards,
                   January                               Burns’ birth.                            presenting flowers or
                                                 26. . . Chinese New Year – 2009                  offering chocolate.
        5. . . Birthday of Guru Gobind                   is the year of the Ox.           24. . . Shrove Tuesday (Christian) –
                Singh (Sikh) - the tenth and     27. . . Holocaust Memorial Day –                 also known as Pancake Day.
                last of the Sikh Gurus.                  see page 5.                      25. . . Ash Wednesday (Christian) –
        6. . . Epiphany (Christian) – a                                                           Lent begins, marking the
                feast day which celebrates                                                        time Jesus spent in the
                the revelation of God in                                                          wilderness.
                human form in the person
                of Jesus Christ.                                                                      March
        14. . . Makar Sankrant (Hindu) –
                an important festival                                                     1. . . St David’s Day - the Welsh
                celebrating the sun’s                                                            feast day of Saint David.
                journey into the northern
                hemisphere.                                  Chinese New Year


                            Lights, music and dance
                            comes to town
                                              Following all the Christmas excitement, don’t let boredom set in over the
                                              coming winter weeks. Your town plays host to a range of great shows,
                                              celebrities and entertainment. Here are a few of the highlights on offer at
                                              the BIC and Pavilion…

                                              Winter Ice Skating continues at the BIC so if you haven’t yet perfected your
                                              figure skating moves you have until 22 February to do so. As well as the larger
                                              main rink there is a new ‘Ice and Easy’ area for beginners and ‘Icicles’ area
                                              for younger children. It’s even decorated to a winter theme with a café and
                                              music. See our competition below.

                                              Come to the Pavilion Ballroom on 23 January and see An Audience with Ann
                                              Widdecombe. Or for a bit of music and glamour The Pussycat Dolls will be at
                                              the BIC on 25 January and Sharleen Spiteri on 6 February.

                                              There’s comedy from Jethro at the Pavilion Theatre on 9 February. And world
                                              famous Riverdance stops off at The BIC on its ‘farewell tour’ from 10 to 15
                                              February. If swing is more your thing An Audience with Andy Abraham will
                                              delight on 13 February at the Pavilion Theatre.

                                                Do you fancy a chance of winning a family ice skating ticket?
                                                Enter our competition by answering the following question:

                                                Q: What is the name of the BIC’s new ice area for beginners?
                                                Send your entries to: BH Life competition,
    Congratulations to Mrs Baker from
                                                Bournemouth Borough Council, Town Hall, Bournemouth, BH2 6DY.
    Kinson, the Peter Pan panto
                                                Or email entries to: Closing date: 2 February
    competition winner from the last
    edition of BH Life.                         Tickets are for four people (max two adults) and can be used on
                                                sessions at the BIC running Monday - Thursday.

        Half term
        fun with

Boredom Busters will once again be welcoming children to          games, and there are dressing up areas for imaginative play
attend our play scheme during the half term holiday, from         and arts and craft sessions. Boredom Busters work with
16-20 February.                                                   other services too, such as libraries to incorporate reading
                                                                  and story telling activities, the fire service and healthy
Pokesdown Primary School is our permanent base for
                                                                  schools to promote wellbeing and healthy life styles. It’s
Boredom Busters. Trained play workers offer extended hours
                                                                  fun and educational too!
childcare, play opportunities and respite care from 8am-6pm
during school holidays. So, if you are a working family or have   Find out more, or book your child’s place at Boredom
children with specific needs, such as a disability or learning    Busters, by contacting Judith Shaw on 01202 456111 or
difficulty, why not give Boredom Busters a go? The extensive      email
facilities have been inspected by OFSTED.
                                                                  Look out for other half term fun activities, nearer the time,
Generations of Bournemouth children have taken part in            on our website at:
the range of activities on offer. Children participate in

                                                                                                                  THINGS TO DO
What’s On
                                                                                                                   or 8pm
                       A selection of what’s                                       10-15 Riverdance, BIC. 2.30pm
                                                                                   13    An Audience with Andy Abrahams,
                   going on in the borough.                                        14    Guided walk: Winter Poetry in Bou
         Shows, events, meetings and more.                                               Gardens. Meet by the Cenotaph,
                                                                                                                           s at Hengistbury
                                                                                   17     Guided walk: Satellites and Star
                                                                                                                           ad if cloudy.
                                                                                          Head. The event will not go ahe
                                                                                          Meet at the Hiker Café, 7.30pm
                                                                                                                               dark, Queen’s
                                                                                    18    Mayor’s Charity event: Golf in the
                                                                                                                            Five holes of
                                                                                          Park Golf Club from 6.15 – 8pm.
           Winter Ice Skating      Rallye Sunseeker         Burns Night Supper            glowing golf and a two -course meal for £70
                                                                                                                                ner on
         Winter ice skating at the BIC (see page 29) and at                               per team of four. Contact John War
         Boscombe’s open air ice rink until 22 February                                   01202 764741 for details.
         (tickets from or the venue                            22     Snow Patrol, BIC
         at 570 Christchurch Rd, Boscombe)                                          27-28 Rallye Sunseeker, see: www
         January                                                                           or call 0845 0511701 for details
         10  Guided walk: Winter Wildlife of Iford Meadows.
            Meet at the car park at Iford Playing Fields, off                       March
            Iford Lane at 2.30pm                                                     2        Elbow, BIC
      21-22 UK Dance Championships, BIC                                              7        Al Murray, BIC
     23     An Audience with Ann Widdecombe, Pavilion
     24     Guided walk: Winter On Kinson Common. Meet in
            the Swimming Baths car park, off Kinson Road
            at 2.30pm
     25     Pussycat Dolls, BIC                                                     Council and Area Forum meetings
     31     Mayor’s Charity Burns Night Supper. A black tie
            /Highland dress event at Bournemouth
                                                                                    6   Licensing and Gambling Board, Town Hall. 9.45am
            Highcliff Marriott Hotel from 7pm. Tickets cost
                                                                                    15 Licensing Board, Town Hall. 9.45am. *Deadline for
            £35 and include a three-course meal. Contact
                                                                                        deputations: 9.45am, 14 January.
            Hazel Randall on 01202 451117 for details.
                                                                                    19 Planning Board, Town Hall. 4pm. *Deadline for
     31     Guided walk: Winter Birds of Hengistbury Head.
                                                                                        deputations: 10am, 16 January.
            Meet at the Thatched Barn at 2pm
                                                                                    20 Full Council, Town Hall. 7pm *Deadline for
     30-1 Feb The BIC Wedding Show
                                                                                        deputations: 7pm, 19 January.
                                                                                    22 Licensing and Gambling Board, Town Hall. 9.45am
                                                                                    28 Cabinet, 10.30am *Deadline for deputations:
     3           Keane, BIC
                                                                                        10.30am, 27 January.
     6           Sharleen Spiteri, BIC
                                                                                    29 Queen’s Park & Charminster Community Forum,
     7           Guided walk: Wildlife Folklore, Wick. Meet in
                                                                                        Atrium at The Brunswick. 7.30pm (
                 Wick Lane car park, near Tuckton Tea Gardens
                 at 2.30pm
     7           Mayor’s Charity Concert, St Stephen’s Church at
                                                                                    3   Licensing and Gambling Board, Town Hall. 9.45am
                 7pm. Entertainment by the Bournemouth Male
                                                                                    12 Throop, Muscliff, Strouden Park, Townsend and
                 Voice Choir. Tickets: £5 adults and £3 for
                                                                                        Holdenhurst Community Forum, Bournemouth School
                 children/concessions. Contact Millie Paterson on
                                                                                        for Girls. 7pm
                 01202 703597 for details and tickets.
                                                                                    16 Planning Board, Town Hall. 4pm *Deadline for
     9           Jethro, Pavilion
                                                                                        deputations: 10am, 13 February.
                                                                                    18 Special Cabinet, Town Hall. 10.30am *Deadline for
     Secrets of the Saucy Seaside Postcard,                                             deputations 10.30am, 17 February.
                                                                                    19 Licensing and Gambling Board, Town Hall. 9.45am
     Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum                                             23 Licensing (General) Board, Town Hall. 9.45am
                                   If you haven’t already been to this                  *Deadline for deputations: 9.45am, 22 February.
                                   major exhibition it’s worth a visit.             24 Special Full Council, Town Hall. 7pm *Deadline for
                                   On until 1 February, take a behind-the-              deputations: 7pm, 23 February.
                                   scenes look at the artwork that went
                                                                                    25 Cabinet, Town Hall. 10.30am *Deadline for
                                   into creating the red-nosed husbands,
                                   buxom beauties and other cheeky                      deputations: 10.30am 24 February.
                                   characters associated with Bamforth's
                                   comic postcard.                                  * Notify us to make a deputation by the above deadlines
                                   For more details telephone                       on 01202 451104. Find out more about deputations at:
                                   01202 451858 or see:                   


         Please check details before making your journey. For more details look at: or telephone 01202 451451 - or telephone 0870 111 3000 - or telephone 0845 051 1701

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                                                         Bournemouth Borough Council, Town Hall,
                                                          Bourne Avenue, Bournemouth. BH2 6DY
                                                             Main switchboard: 01202 451451

    Community Centres                                  Leisure Centres
  Beaufort, Southbourne                    417143    Kinson Swimming Pool                     575555
  Ensbury Park                             536255    Littledown Centre                        417600
  Kinson                                   572826    Stokewood Leisure Centre                 529658
  Moordown                                 536268    Sir David English Sports Centre          437800
  Muscliff                                 537716
  Strouden                                 528098
  Townsend                                 301556      Building and Planning
                                                     Building Control                  451411/451413
    Housing                                          Planning                                 451323
  Housing waiting list / homelessness      451467
  Housing defects (private tenants)        454979
  Housing grants                           454979
                                                        Other Useful Numbers
  Housing benefit                          451592
  Council tenants                          458331    Anti Social Behaviour Team                 451433
                                                     Benefits – housing and council tax        451592
                                                     Births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships
Emergency ‘out of hours’ numbers                                                        454945/454947
                                                     Boredom Busters                            456111
  Council tenants (out of hours)                     Children’s One Stop Information Shop      456223
                          Freephone 0800   0281870   Council tax enquiries                     451597
  Homelessness (out of hours)               392322   Graffiti                                   451199
  Social Services (out of hours)            657279   Recycling                                  451199
  All other out of hours emergencies        451145   Rubbish collection (domestic and trade) 451199
                                                     Social Services – adults’                  454979
  BLEEP                 ☎ 01202 392718
  Bournemouth Line of Emergency for Every Person
                                                     Social Services – children’s               458101

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