Your local bi-monthly magazine
produced for Bournemouth residents
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
26 ... Bournemouth’s big birthday bash
12 ... Make waste reduction your 27 ... World class dancer returns to
New Year’s resolution
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
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
college building NEWS IN BRIEF
Planning permission has been given
for regeneration of The Bournemouth
and Poole College. Key buildings
will be refurbished at the Lansdowne
campus and new accommodation
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.
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 www.bournemouth.gov.uk. 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
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com 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
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.
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
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
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 www.gettingabout.info 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
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
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
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
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
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washed up in
Do you know a deserving
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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.
WASTE & RECYCLING
“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: email@example.com
or call the Customer Centre on 01202 451199.
BH Life Jan/Feb 09
A day in the life of a
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
• 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
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 - www.littledowncentre.co.uk/stokewood
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.”
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
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.”
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.”
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:
www.espadafencingclub.co.uk 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:
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 email@example.com
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 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:
www.wellforlife.co.uk 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
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
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
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
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
• 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
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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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
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 email@example.com
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 www.citizensadvice.org.uk
• Don’t take out further debt and avoid loan sharks
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
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 www.bournemouth.gov.uk/libraries 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.
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: www.nellleyshon.co.uk 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 www.bournemouth.gov.uk/artsdevelopment. 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.
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BH Life Jan/Feb 09
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
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?
• 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?
• What bands did you see at the
Call the Bournemouth 200 line on 01202
451719 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
• Did you have Street Parties to
celebrate VE Day or the Queen’s
Do you run or work for a company that
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
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
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
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
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,
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
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 email@example.com, before Monday
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 email@example.com.
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: www.bournemouth.gov.uk
the range of activities on offer. Children participate in
THINGS TO DO
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
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
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 www.operahouse.co.uk 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
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 (www.qpccf.co.uk)
Wick Lane car park, near Tuckton Tea Gardens
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: www.bournemouth.gov.uk/deputations
Please check details before making your journey. For more details look at:
www.bournemouth.gov.uk or telephone 01202 451451 - www.bic.co.uk or telephone 0870 111 3000 - www.bournemouth.co.uk 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
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
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.bournemouth.gov.uk
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