(1g) June 2019

1 June, 7.45am

Opening at Ten

They were out early this morning. Although there is a lot to do, I am positive it will all be done, and will look fantastic by the time it opens. As the saying goes, Prior preparation prevents poor performance. Well, if previous years are a guide, poor performance will definitely not be an issue this weekend! Here are a few pictures taken while setting up was just under way. Further updates will be on the Highcliffe Festival page for this year, which will be linked here when it is finished.

Bread and cakes galore
Don’t worry, the gaps will be filled!
Cars and vans fill one side, with the equipment for the stalls
A speedy roundabout by Tesco Express!
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4 June

Play Up, Play up …

Today they were once more completing preparation of the cricket square in Stanpit Recreation Ground. I was there only last year, but sadly that page no longer exists since the revamp of this site.

So below is a photograph from April last year, when the grass was clearly greener! The second one was taken today. No wonder it needs watering.

As it is almost the anniversary of D-Day, you may appreciate this poem by Sir Henry Newbolt. It is set in the First World War, but is still appropriate.

Vitai Lampada

THERE’S a breathless hush in the Close to-night –
Ten to make and the match to win –
A bumping pitch and a blinding light,
An hour to play and the last man in.
And it’s not for the sake of a ribboned coat,
Or the selfish hope of a season’s fame,
But his Captain’s hand on his shoulder smote
“Play up! play up! and play the game!”

The sand of the desert is sodden red, –
Red with the wreck of a square that broke; –
The Gatling’s jammed and the colonel dead,
And the regiment blind with dust and smoke.
The river of death has brimmed his banks,
And England’s far, and Honour a name,
But the voice of schoolboy rallies the ranks,
“Play up! play up! and play the game!”

This is the word that year by year
While in her place the School is set
Every one of her sons must hear,
And none that hears it dare forget.
This they all with a joyful mind
Bear through life like a torch in flame,
And falling fling to the host behind –
“Play up! play up! and play the game!”

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6 June

Two Items Today

1: Mountain Warehouse  Still Open

Click to go to the article

You may have read in The Echo about an accident yesterday when a car reversed into the shop.

As you can see from the picture, the damage was extensive. I have blurred the registration number of the car, though it is visible in the picture in The Echo.

There are four other pictures in that article. Click left to go to The Echo.

Today the store was open as usual, though obviously it looks a mess. As the T-Shirt famously says:

“Keep Calm and Carry On!”

2: False Alarm

A few days ago I wrote an item about the car park at the Civic Offices. Well, we need not have been concerned. They were just being resurfaced and re-marked. I must say, they look superb now!

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9 June

Just a Brief Update

As you may know, it was the Burton Veterans’ Day today. This popular event was blessed with glorious weather, and it was better than ever. That is some achievement, as it is well-known in the  area.

This is only a quick update, as there is no time to do more. A page of its own will be produced tomorrow, and some of the video has actually worked!

A symbol of what it is all about
Good fun, and lots enjoying the entertainment (background)

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10 June

No white nor red was ever seen
So am’rous as this lovely green

The above quotation from Andrew Marvell could have been written for this. Although I am a rather rough, uncultured individual seldom moved by flowers, I was attracted to the fantastic display at the entrance to the bowling green. A wedding was imminent, and I decided to take a photograph.

I said how beautiful it was to two people who were just leaving, and it turned out that they had produced the display! Even better, they agreed to pose for the photograph. They were from Christchurch Florist, and the man’s name is Will, and he had been helped by Sue. Together they did a great job, so much so that I have put a link to their website. The Google reviews are excellent, with a grand score of 4.9/5 from 31 reviews.

The picture below shows the display, with Will and Sue proudly standing beneath the arch. If you want to see a much bigger image just click the picture. It is around 500K in size, but it is worth it!

No white nor red was ever seen
So am’rous as this lovely green

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17 June

We’re Famous!

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You probably know that Coffee#1 has finally been granted permission to open in the old Shoe Zone shop on the High Street. Well, today it made the national press! The Mail online published a lengthy article, beginning, ‘A coastal town is in uproar today after it was revealed yet another coffee shop will open this year – the 15th along its 550-yard high street.’

There are some interesting statements in the article, such as Christchurch having 80% pensioners. I know the figure is high, but I didn’t think it was as many as that!

Some of the comments at the end of the article are interesting. Here are just two, including one from the antipodes:

‘There must be a market for more coffee shops if someone is investing in a new one.’

‘This phenomenon of Coffee Shops springing up like mushrooms everywhere is no different to what is happening here in my Island of Tasmania, Hobart (Australia) I asked one of these owners why so many Coffee Shops these days?… and he answered, It’s the only small business we can make any money from …’

Click the image to go to the article. Note that this has also been added to the relevant planning page.

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27 June

Definitely Worth the Wait!

It’s official – the Saxon Square rebuilt toilets are opening! This article appeared in the online Bournemouth Echo, so what else could I do but go along this morning to see the final touches being made! They are definitely going to be re-opened this weekend, and a nice workman said it could even be tomorrow. There are disabled toilets, toilets for men, toilets for ladies, unisex toilets and even urinals (for the men I assume!).

Here are two photographs taken this morning. The workman very kindly held a door open so I could photograph the inside, as well. Apologies for the quality of the pictures, I had accidentally nudged the ISO to 10,000- a very basic error. There is therefore no larger version of these, too.

Unisex and Two Urinals as it says on the doors!
Really nice inside.

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June 30

They’re Ready

The toilets in Saxon Square are now open after their refurbishment. They have been really well done, as the pictures below show. The lower one shows two of them on the inside – a unisex one on the left and a man’s urinal on the right. Unfortunately there is no picture of the ladies’ ones, as I did not want to be arrested! As you can see, there is total privacy, and you can see from the outside which ones are free.

Finally, a more uplifting picture of exhibits from Classic Cars on the Prom moving off from the High Street.

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