The Finishing Touch?
I have cheated slightly with this one so that there could be an update for the first day of the new month. You may remember the Highcliffe Flats, built in place of the Tudor House Antiques shop on Lymington Road, which have also featured on the recent oddment about the Macmillan Coffee Morning.
Yesterday, the last day of the month, the gardens at the front were planted. It did not take them long – a couple of hours – and though they have not had time to settle yet, they seem to have bedded in already. So this morning, 1st October, they already look great.
On the front page of today’s Christchurch Times (below) it is reported that Baggies is trying once more to get licensing and permission to open until 2am. This coffee shop on the High Street objected previously to the prospect of another coffee shop opening in Christchurch, saying that trade was already difficult. I visited in July 2018. The report is here. Scroll up on that page to see the background. The Christchurch Times page is shown below. Note that I have deliberately blurred the text, as it seems hardly fair to reproduce the page in detail. However, here is an outline of some points in the article: BCP Council have no confidence in the owner because of lack of knowledge about licensing conditions.
- Permission is sought for alcohol sales until midnight
- Permission is also being sought to stay open until 2am every day for food sales
- The police licensing officer is worried about the possible increase in anti-social behaviour
- Those are three points. For the rest, you’ll have to buy the paper!
Stone Age Man, Modern Bikes
It was reported in the BCP Council magazine that the Stone Age figure next to the Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre is now complete.
I paid £1 to listen to the audio. Unfortunately, though I recorded it, the quality is so poor because of wind noise that I cannot publish even an extract, but I admit I was rather disappointed with the performance, which sounded as if it was just being read. Perhaps some local drama students would have been pleased to put on a verbal performance. I asked in the Visitor Centre, and a nice lady told me that the man is called Eagle and his wife is Hazel. They have two children: one is Otter, the other Birdpoo. Yes, really! On Broadway, the road leading to Hengistbury Head, there were two Beryl Bikes – the female version of Boris Bikes, I assume! – parked in their marked spaces. I had never seen these before, so couldn’t resist taking a picture. Click it to go to their website. Back to top
For the Footie Fans!
Today I went to photograph the Old Police Station again (more tomorrow). Across the road I saw a decent football match going on, so went to have a look. Obviously the best team* wasn’t there, but this still looked like a really good game, played with great enthusiasm and sportsmanship. I didn’t see anything untoward, and the ref seemed to be having a stress-free game, as you can see from the first picture below. The teams – JP Morgan and Home Style – play in the local Bournemouth Hayward Sunday Division 5. (* Liverpool!) I was only there for five minutes, so I don’t know the result, but will update it when it is published. For info, JP Morgan are playing in Stoke stripes! Result – JP Morgan won 8-0 The pictures below are available in a higher-resolution gallery, each one around 250K.
Very Interesting Rubbish!
This morning workmen from Dorset Waste Partnership (in case you missed it, read about the new recycling regime here) were busy on the layby on the Christchurch by-pass. As I have a new lens, I thought, ‘What an opportunity to christen it.’ The first picture is below:
Passing further on, there were several others hard at work, going down the bank and passing up a lot of rubbish. They were friendly, and I commented that more would soon be dumped there, so the job would have to be done again.
“You know what this is?” one said. “It’s old marijuana equipment, and plants.” I laughed.
“I’m being serious, we do lots of these in various places.”
On to my haircut, the purpose of the visit to Christchurch. On chatting to the hairdresser, she said that she had heard about this, and it had been in the papers.
Sadly, I didn’t get a picture of the helpful workman who spoke to me. No excuse – I didn’t think of it!
Despite the Weather
It had been pouring down all day, but the official opening of the Burton Scout Hut still took place from 2pm at Burton Recreation Ground.
Although the picture above looks quite compact, the similarity to a Tardis was remarkable. It was really spacious inside, as the picture below shows. Note that because it was full and children were present, the picture is deliberately blurred. It still gives an idea, though. Read more here.
The Famous Health Walks
TUESDAY, 15 October – 10.30am
Christchurch Health Walk from Saxon Square
You are no doubt familiar with the many Christchurch Health Walks which take place on most days of the week. Today I went to update another page with developments (more tomorrow) and passed through Saxon Square on the way to the brilliant new toilets (you didn’t want to know that, did you!).
The Coming Up listing for today’s Health Walk is copied above. I stopped to look. It was incredibly impressive, the group seemed friendly and very well 0rganised. There is no need to book, you just turn up.
I will be giving it a go very soon. In the meantime, do check Coming Up and join in!