- Somerford Road Demolition
- Shrove Tuesday
- Nearing Completion?
- Stepping in to Help!
- A New Eatery for Highcliffe?
- The Grange School – Some News
- Not, After All, a Wasted Journey
- Believe It or Not, They’re Working!
New Month – Just To Get Started
As you are aware, the Saxon Square toilets have been closed for some time, prior to their rebuilding. The previous item shows them last month, and this gives more information about them, from January. To quote from the Echo article:
Work on the site will involve completely removing the entire existing facility and installing new modern individually accessed toilets, a disabled toilet and family facilities.
During the project, temporary toilets, including disabled and family facilities, will be provided at the rear of the Regent Centre in Wick Lane car park. Additional disabled and family facilities are also available in Bridge Street outside the Civic Offices in Christchurch.
Here is what they looked like today.
Going, Going, Soon to be Gone.
This morning I passed the building and was surprised to see how much has been done. Unfortunately the wooden hoardings are prominent, and I could not get nearer, or climb them, for a better view. Ah well …
I was surprised this morning to see in The Echo that the annual pancake race was taking place, so it was post-haste to record the occasion. In recent years the venue has been the old Bowling Green, opposite the Kings Arms hotel.
There will be a fuller report soon. For now, a few pictures. Go to ‘View full size’ in each case to see a larger version which opens in a new window. Close the gallery by clicking the cross, top right.
This week there is, at last, good news about the now notorious pedestrian crossing outside the Meteor Centre. The end might be nigh!
Click the picture below to see the Echo article. It is not a new picture, but was taken on February 5. Not much has changed since, so there was little point in taking a new one!The are various items throughout this site, use the search box to find them. Here is one from February.
Lymington Road Half-Blocked!
This morning at 11 o’clock there was a traffic jam stretching nearly to the Hoburne roundabout. Half of the road was blocked, as a tree had fallen across the road. It had been a windy night, and it seemed to be getting gustier today. Here are two pictures taken from the junction with Shelley Close. Thankfully Read builders live a few yards away, and were on hand to get to work with the chainsaw. Apparently this is not the first time they have stepped in to help!
A New Eatery?
You may remember the Crafty Wood Shop, an interesting place but which has been closed for a long time now. There is now an application for change of use from Class A1 (shop) to Class A3 (restaurants and cafes). You can see the application here.
As you can see from the picture, three would be next to each other. The documents for this application are not very interesting (sorry!) so here is my summary:
- The aim is for an upscale cafe/restaurant
- Licensed to serve alcohol with food
- Open from 10.30am to around 5pm on weekdays
Open in the evening no later than 11pm at weekends, and on request for weekday special occasions
- 24 seats inside and possibly a ‘presentation table’ at the front.
Finally, more progress further up the road. The site is being prepared.
The Grange School
It was good to read the following items in the Christchurch Times this week:
‘Pupils at a school in Christchurch have taken second place in the Bournemouth heat of a national performing arts competition.
‘The Grange School stormed to runner-up spot in the latest stage of the Rock Challenge competition which was held at the Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre on Monday night. Seven schools from across Dorset competed.
‘The students’ piece, entitled Let’s Revolt, was inspired by the Peasants’ Revolt which saw major uprising across large parts of England in1381.
‘Chelcie Peryer, drama teacher at The Grange School, said, “All the students get really involved, they’re really supportive of each other and it’s great for them to meet other schools and see other dances. We’ve had a group of almost forty students in years 7-11 working on our piece. They’ve been working tirelessly and have absolutely brilliant.”’ The first picture below is photographed from the Christchurch Times, the original looks great!
Finally, below there are three reduced-size pictures from the excellent Christchurch Times collection. You can see all 34, and bigger, here.
Further, there is also to be a new Head at the school. Jason Trevarthen is taking over in September.
A teacher for over 23 years, he trained in Plymouth and got a B.Ed (Hons), specialising in PE and ICT. Jason sees sport as being valuable in that it encourages teamwork, leadership and high expectations and standards.
He came from Paignton Community and Sports Academy, where he was Deputy Head.
You may remember the exploratory oil rig saga, which has been going on for some time. The picture below was taken from Highcliffe on Sunday, 10 March. It was the first clear day for ages. Note that the sea has been darkened to make the rig stand out. It is left of Hengistbury Head, in the distance.
It didn’t actually dominate the horizon from there, so today I decided to ascend Hengistbury Head to get a better view.
I scanned and scanned the horizon, and finally spoke to a nice lady runner, who stopped and told me it had been removed. Here is the Echo report. Unfortunately the Echo article does not say exactly when it had been removed (remember – who… what… when… where… why for a news report?), but the aforementioned lady said it was in the last day or two.
However, the journey was not wasted, Having reached the beach huts, I decided for a change to try to get back along the beach. I’d seen this before, but it looked as if if was just blocked. It isn’t!
It was an arduous journey, stones and shingle all the way after the deep sand. It was spectacular, though. Having finally reached the path near to Bournemouth, heading for the Visitor Centre the Priory looked beautiful.
At last, at the Visitor Centre, there is an interesting new statue there, with the legend ‘your talking Stone Age man will be coming soon!’ Unfortunately I have been unable to find more information about this, so if you know anything, please email me. Click either of the pictures to get bigger versions.
Somerford Road Pedestrian Crossing – Finished At Last!
Today, at around 9am, driving towards the Somerford Roundabout I was surprised to see a traffic jam going across the roundabout. That is unusual at this time. So I – very quickly – glanced left and saw that the pedestrian lights are working. Later that morning I stopped and took a photograph of a shopper waiting, having pressed the button (upper picture), and then preparing to cross with the lights red (lower picture), joined by a lady in a red coat, with slightly less shopping. This local news is surely even more exciting that Brexit!