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  • * Home Page
    LATEST: * See the Hengistbury Heron * // * View Cllr Slade’s BCP Facebook Page * 28 May: * A hopefully amusing update on ‘Oddments.’ Note that…
  • Attractions
    This is a selection of the many great things to see in Christchurch. It is not exhaustive, and I am sure you could think of…
  • Attractions
    This page contains links to the menu items. It is superfluous, but is needed in order for the Site Map to show correctly. The following…
    • Castlepoint Shopping
      Castlepoint, like Hengistbury Head, is included on this Christchurch website because it is both very local and very popular in Christchurch and across the whole…
    • Christchurch Priory
      Click either image, below, for a larger version of the guide: There is a printable version (one sheet of A4) here. History There was a…
    • Hengistbury Head
      Hengistbury Head is in the Borough of Bournemouth, but is included here because is closest to Christchurch and a beautiful place for residents and tourists…
    • Highcliffe Castle
      First, here are two scans of the latest guide, available from the Tourist Office in Christchurch. And now click for a pdf version of both…
    • Mayor’s Parlour
      This is in reverse order. Scroll to the end to get to the beginning (if you see what I mean!) 19 March It’s finished! Today they were taking the…
    • Stanpit Marsh
      Stanpit Marsh is an SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest). It is famous for a wide variety of wildlife and flowers. Rather than writing an…
    • The Constable’s House
      The Famous View from the Bridge! The Constable’s House is on the right. Click for a larger image The inside – entry is free. Click…
    • The Great Tower
      Before getting down to some facts, it is worth quoting an online Tripadvisor review: An Interesting Old Ruin … … and it’s not often I…
  • Christchurch Food Festival 2020
    As you no doubt know, the COVID-19 virus has resulted in the postponement of many local, national and international events. The Christchurch Food Festival was…
  • Coming Up
    If you have anything to advertise, please email confer@ThisIsChristchurch.com and it will be added. Don’t forget the regular Christchurch Health Walks, taking place every Monday…
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  • Governance
    From April 1 2018 Christchurch became part of the BCP Council, a unitary authority, by combining with Bournemouth and Poole. There had been considerable discussion,…
    • BCP Council
      The New Council Guide (April 2019) The BCP Introductory Guide The Council Magazines Note that they are not downloadable, so these are links to their…
    • Beryl Bikes for Christchurch?
      The article below appeared in this month’s issue of the BCP News: Bournemouth and Poole’s new Beryl bikes have been welcomed by the local community…
    • Latest News
      13 February 2020 The following are reported today in the Christchurch Times (their headlines): Council Tax cut for Christchurch If the BCP budget is accepted,…
    • Non-Political
      Other News 14 March, 2020: A page with information about the Coronovirus Christchurch Lions are to Close. Article dated 18 September 2019, updated 6 February…
    • Politics & News
      General Election, 12 December 2019 Down to the Local News Items Inception of the Unitary Authority -Archive Discussion and refutation of Super Council Advantages: November…
      • 2017 – Take Action
        For information only: Late 2016-Early 2017 Message from Cllr DC Jones (from Facebook) This is the most crucial month for Christchurch for almost 800 years. The…
      • Brexit
        Just in case you want to see even more about Brexit, this page is available for historic interest. Note that it only refers to local…
        • Chris Chope’s Speech
          Sir Christopher Chope (Christchurch) (Con) European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 6) Bill – 4 September 2019 It is a pleasure to follow my hon. Friend the…
      • Christchurch BID
        Latest I admit that I was puzzled when I heard about this, so where else to look it up but Wikipedia! A BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT (BID)…
      • Christchurch Lions
        Good News? It has been reported in today’s Christchurch Times (6 February 2020) that the Bournemouth Branch of the Lions Club has ‘adopted’ the Christchurch…
      • Colonnades and Cafe
        From October 2017 – updates below each section from October 2019 THE COLONNADES October 2017 There are proposals to brick in the colonnades in Church…
      • Coronovirus (COVID-19)
        This page is hopefully fairly temporary, and just contains information which I have not seen elsewhere, and local material where relevant. Comments have been enabled…
      • Council Elections 2019
        It’s All Over I can do no better than starting with a quote from The Echo, which sums up local feeling: One woman emerged from…
      • Debate – Sir Christopher Chope
        Below is  the link to Christopher Chope’s Adjournment Debate in the Commons yesterday, 1 December 2016. Serious questions were raised about the rather secretive procedures employed. The…
      • Disabled Centenarian’s Scooter Taken
        18 October 2019: This article appeared in the Bournemouth Echo. The text is reproduced below. 20 October 2019: Scroll down for the good news A…
      • EDDC – Two views
        TWO DIFFERENT VIEWS This page was stimulated by an article in The Echo on Tuesday, 17 January. On Monday East Dorset council voted for another…
      • Entertainment
        Entertainment Although I would like to see Christchurch separate from Bournemouth (well Highcliffe really), I still think our council make little effort on ideas to…
      • General Election 2019
        Postscript On Thursday, December 19, 2019, the Christchurch Times published a short item about Sir Christopher Chope’s general election results, shown below. The heading is: Vote…
      • Getting There
        OUR LEADER SPEAKS – updated 16 December Here is an Echo report about the Council Leaders’ meeting, which apparently is in favour of merging with Poole…
      • Housebuilding
        It was reported in the Christchurch Times (10 October 2019) that housebuilding is not proceeding as quickly as it should be. As this article is…
      • Life Under a Super Council
        One interesting feature about the material which has been circulated by our nine Councils is that all of it fails to address the reality of…
      • Merger – What Next?
        HOW IT HAPPENED – FROM JULY 2017 TO THE DECISION This is in reverse order, latest at the top. There are some items of interest…
      • More Action Needed!
        You can still do something. The item by Christchurch Citizens Association (below the line) was published on the local website StreetLife. It is important that…
      • Plans for Our Coast?
        An interesting comment added on Streetlife today by Lynn R. Is the operation of Planning something to be concerned about? Currently there are restrictions, for…
      • The New Council
        May 26 2019 BCP Council Leaders A few days ago Cllr Slade announced the following Cabinet portfolios and members: Leader: Cllr Vikki Slade Finance: Cllr…
      • The Referendum and Judicial Review
        In view of general opposition, late in 2017 it was decided that a referendum of local Christchurch residents and businesses would be undertaken. This was…
      • The Unitary Authority Questionnaire
        The proposal was that Christchurch, Bournemouth and Poole would merge, to become a Unitary Authority. The definition of a unitary authority is one in which an administrative…
      • True Democracy?
        Merge – Yes // Merge – No // ADMIN – The two comments below were taken from the Echo today (17 November 2016). They do raise…
        • Merge with Bournemouth/Poole – No
          Merge – Yes // True Democracy? Christchurch has much to offer Bournemouth in many ways, yet … I cannot for the life of me think what…
        • Merge with Bournemouth/Poole – Yes
          Merge – No // True Democracy? Christchurch COUNCIL might be ok financially, but the services to us as residents aren’t, because most of the budget goes to…
    • Recycling – The New Regime
      See the arrangements for the re-opening of the facilities on May 11. From April 1, 2020 The Christchurch Times in September reported that the waste…
      • Household Recycling Centres
        Arrangements during the COVID-19 virus crisis These are reopening on Monday 11 May … … for residents who are unable to safely store additional waste…
    • Resources
      Click below to see the particular resource. Each one will open in a new window. Local Information The Priory Church: Printable version (one sheet of A4) of…
    • Town Council
      This local Council has been working for some time since the merger of Christchurch, Bournemouth and Poole to create BCP Council. The Town Council’s aim…
  • Important News
    Page Contents, in Order: Toilets re-openingLeisure facilities re-openingClosure of public eventsMaking a face mask at homeGrass cuttingWaste Centres (Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole) Many Toilets Opened Car…
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  • Local Happenings
    There are three items in this section. Use the menu or click below. Site Updates This is a list of every update from 14 May…
  • Logistics
    How to get here, how to get around, districts, where to stay, and lots more.
  • Oddments
    Note that the letter and number before the month on the pages are a code to ensure that they appear on the correct order on…
    • (0h) May 2020
      Lonely Teddy, Praise, and the Carnival Hope, and an Opportunity Yet Another Snake in the Woods A Quiet VE Day Bank Holiday – Believe It…
    • (0i) April 2020
      Highcliffe Methodist Church The Discipline of the Event Obeying the Rules Lambs, and a Sign Justified Anger in Highcliffe All Quiet on the Dorset Front…
    • (0j) March 2020
      Beauty and the Beast Opening Next Thursday The Silent Nurse A Very Odd Oddment! The Cupboard is Bare All Quiet It’s All Happening in Burton…
    • (0k) February 2020
      Not Long Until Spring After the Storm Baddish News, and Good! Catching Up? Opening Soon After the (Second) Storm A Built-up Beauty Spot The Bear…
    • (0l) January 2020
      The ex-Manor, Burton Soon to be history? Highcliffe Damage The Beach Clean The Beach Clean (2) After the Storm Christchurch Prepared Acrimony in Somerford One…
    • (1a) December 2019
      My Mistake It’s Gone It’s Beginning to Sound … Great Fun Found It! Baggies … or Not A Brief Item Byron Road Lights The Lidl…
    • (1b) November 2019
      The Aftermath What Now? The Purewellhog! More Football Repairing the Fence It Was Cold! Cats, Santas, Cyclists It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas…
    • (1c) October 2019
      Baggies For Longer? Old Man and Bikes Local Football Always Well-Prepared A Christchurch Health Walk A Good Place to Rest The Co-Op, or CHP (Christchurch…
    • (1d) September 2019
      They Are No More! A Brilliant Surprise Missing Post Box Leaders in Saxon Square Macmillan Coffee Morning The Good, the Bad Two Minor Distractions Praise…
    • (1e) August 2019
      Good Work in Christchurch Heartwarming! Event Cancelled A Sad End The Christchurch Carnival A Happy Family Fun on the Quomps Highcliffe Site – and Map!…
    • (1f) July 2019
      More Flowers, and a Map The Burton Scout Carnival Preparations Short, True, Amusing Update Christchurch Music Festival Better Late … or not It’s Not Just…
    • (1g) June 2019
      Play Up, Play Up Bad News – and Good Burton Veterans’ Day A Brilliant Display Fame at Last? Worth the Wait Job Done! 1 June,…
    • (1h) May 2019
      A Zig Zag Issue? Christchurch Food Festival Much Happ’ning on the Marsh The New, the Old 1 May Not an Exciting Update! But just to…
    • (1i) April 2019
      Did You Know About This? Two Town Centre Changes Will the Path be Ready for Easter? A Bit of Brexit It’s Summer! Yellow Bus Toilets…
    • (1j) March 2019
      Somerford Road Demolition Shrove Tuesday Nearing Completion? Stepping in to Help! A New Eatery for Highcliffe? The Grange School – Some News Not, After All,…
    • (1k) February 2019
      The Friars Cliff Slope Meteor Centre – Another update Demolition Started Demolition Done! Progress on Two Fronts Working in the Rain Was Open, now Shut…
    • (1l) January 2019
      Not Anytime – Now! Goodbye Santa, for another year Update on the Beach Slope A Rural Idyll? Saxon Square Toilets The Crossing, Again The Toilets,…
    • (2a) December 2018
      Christmas Lights Sir Christopher in The Echo Highcliffe & Walkford in Bloom The Somerford Roundabout Meet Peppa Highcliffe Christmas Video It’s Christmas A Bracing Christmas…
    • (2b) November 2018
      Zig Zag – and Thatch Christmas is Coming Now You See It … Poppies What’s Happening? 6 November Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow …  Creeps…
    • (2c) October 2018
      Talbot Village Trust So Good I’ve Done It Twice The Rothesay Wall in Detail The Rothesay Wall Smart House For Sale A Silent Soldier in…
    • (2d) September 2018
      The Hoburne 5 Peaceful path closed Thomas & Lucia Closed Mr Simms for Sale! A New Shop for Christchurch The Somerford Road Works Bins -…
    • (2e) August 2018
      Another Path Closed An Old Wives’ Tale? Christchurch’s Silent Soldier Bypass anybody … anybody? A New Shop Soon Stompin at the Quomps A Couple of…
    • Genuine Oddments!
      This page is for various uncategorised items, placed in chronological order. Snow – March 2018 The A35 Pine Trees – May 2018 January 2018 Christchurch…
  • Photographs
    This page is not about the merger, but a chance for you to send your favourite pictures for publication to show what really makes Christchurch…
  • Planning and Development
    This page is in order of latest updates, and items will be moved to the front as progress continues. Earlier ones are not dated, but…
    • 153 Somerford Road
      8 August 2019 This application has been accepted. Scroll down for the background. Note that it is for change of use, rather than demolition and…
    • 165 Lymington Road
      19 January, 2020 A Bit of an Update This is the bungalow this morning. As you can see, work has not yet started. but they…
    • 20 Chewton Farm Road
      I was very surprised to read in the Bournemouth Echo on April 27 that a planning application has been lodged to demolish 20 Chewton Farm…
    • 261-275 Lymington Road
      261 & 273A & 273B & 275B, Lymington Road, Highcliffe The header picture is from StreetView. Demolish existing buildings and erect 3 shops (class A1),…
    • 401 Lymington Road
      It’s finally starting! Though planning was granted three years ago, last week the scaffolding went up on the building at the corner of Lymington Road…
    • 63 Somerford Road
      You may be familiar with the derelict office building next to the car wash, at 63, Somerford Road. It has been like that for some…
    • Avon Beach Cafe (Noisy Lobster)
      The Noisy Lobster is a well-known and deservedly popular attraction at Avon Beach. For some time there has been a proposal to add a first…
    • Bistro My Way (Was The Crafty Wood Shop)
      8 January 2020 It’s Open! I should have known before, but this has been open for some time. It already seems popular, and has had…
    • BizSpace
      It was reported in the Bournemouth Echo (5 Sept 2019) that these buildings in Airfield Way are to be made into 85 smaller units. From…
    • Chewton Common Road
      I was alerted to this by an article in the Christchurch Times. Although the address is a ‘proper’ road, in fact it is set back…
    • Chiropractic Clinic
      7 February And Again! A third planning application has been put in. Originally planned for eleven flats, it was then reduced to seven. Those having…
    • Christchurch Emporium
      It was reported in The Echo on 3 December that planning permission has been granted to demolish this building and replace it with a three-storey…
    • Christchurch Post Office
      April 2016 – August 2017 At the beginning of April 2016 the town Post Office closed its doors. This was because it was no longer…
    • Christchurch Retail Park
      It was reported in the Christchurch Times (24 October 2019) that Lidl has applied to take over part of the Homebase store on Barrack Road,…
    • Coffee #1
      You may remember that in July last year planning permission had been refused for the old ‘Shoe Zone’ shop to become another branch of Coffee…
    • Costa Coffee
      Permission refused. Click for details The Proposal It is likely that the proposal to build a Costa Coffee establishment in the car park of Somerford…
    • Highcliffe Post Office
      The Official Opening – 10 November 2017 Today our local MP, Chris Chope, came to open the Post Office. There was a surprise on entering,…
    • Highcliffe Tandoori
      Go to latest 23 December 2018 – Development? I was surprised in the Bournemouth Echo today (27 December 2018) to read about possible development of…
    • HP Music
      I was surprised to read in the Christchurch Times today – July 25, 2019 – that the music studio has relocated to Southampton Road, Ringwood.…
    • Local McDonald’s Reinvented!
      Today, 17 October, the McDonald’s on Somerford Road reopened. It had been closed for some days so that it could be transformed into what looks…
    • More Apartments!
      Go to the latest update Today, September 11, 2018, I saw a surveyor at work outside 169 Lymington Road. This surprised me, so here are…
    • More Retirement Flats?
      Update, 29 April: Interestingly, the previous application was for 48 flats. There is another article in today’s online Echo. Having looked again at the application,…
    • New Highcliffe Flats
      18 January 2020 Change of Plan Ethos Care, plus empty shop As I write, it is still empty, so a few days ago a letter…
    • Newtown House
      You may be aware that the Newtown House care home in Waterford Road, Highcliffe, closed this year. Five months before the closure, the CQC (Care…
    • Old Police Station
      Latest news here __________ There has been a lot of discussion about the old police station, near to the Fountain roundabout. It has been empty…
    • Pinebeach
      Scroll down for the latest update This saga has been going on since December 2015, when the nursing home finally closed its doors. Click the…
    • Premier Inn, Highcliffe
      New Plans Submitted – 24 July Today it was reported in The Echo that new plans are under consideration, which avoid the detrimental effect on…
    • Red House Museum
      Worth a Visit The Red House Museum is near The Priory. Built in 1764 as the Parish Workhouse, in 1953 it was designated a Word…
    • Steamer Point
      12 September 2019 – Further progress? On the front page of today’s Christchurch Times it is reported that there is to be a mixture of 29…
    • The Ducking Stool
      You may remember the old Ducking Stool restaurant, just off Milhams Street. The header picture at the top shows the view from there. It will…
    • The Oaks
      30 June 2019 – Opening Tomorrow It’s been a long job but a fantastic job. The picture below shows the scene this morning, a bright…
    • The Pines
      The development of this now defunct hotel opposite Mudeford Recreation Ground into a block of nine flats was reported in the printed Christchurch Times (27…
    • The Rothesay
      You may remember the ‘special’ wall which was demolished in a car accident last year – see the header picture for a close-up, or click…
    • The Slipway, Mudeford
      This is the summary of the planning application: Erect replacement 2-storey dwelling with detached garage/ workshop with associated parking and access. Construct external decking area…
    • The Zig Zag Path
      Note – this is in reverse order. Scroll down to see earlier happenings. The year is indicated in each case, as the saga has gone…
    • Tom’s Bar – 1a Castle Street
      Sad News – March 2020 The bar is now closed, as it was financially unviable. Read this article in The Echo. There is little detail…
    • Two Riversmeet Skate Park
      A Dull but Important Afterthought – July 2019 This was probably already installed at the opening, but I hadn’t noticed it. There is a water…
    • Wharncliffe Road Flats
      A proposal has been lodged to demolish two houses and build flats: ‘Demolition of existing properties and erection of two blocks of apartments (Block A…
  • Prime Minister’s Questions
    26 October 2016: Our MP was chosen to ask a question during today’s session of PMQ. You are welcome to comment below. Christopher Chope OBE, MP…
  • Progress So Far
    Today (23 November 2016) the winter issue of the free paper ‘Your Dorset’ dropped through my letter box. This is the main article. It describes progress so…
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    I was sent the two pictures below, taken before and during the Council Meeting on Tuesday, 21 February 2017. No special purpose, just for you…
  • Updates August-October 2019
    Updates August-October 2019 OTHER UPDATES May-July 2020 /February-April 2020  / November 2019-January 2020 /  May-July 2019 /  Note that obviously some of the links might not work if they are…
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    Updates February-April 2020 OTHER UPDATES May-July 2020 / November 2019-January 2020 / August-October 2019 /  May-July 2019 /  Note that obviously some of the links might not work…
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    Updates May-July 2019 OTHER UPDATES May-July 2020 / February-April 2020  / November 2019-January 2020 / August-October 2019  Note that obviously some of the links might not work if they…
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    Updates May-July 2020 OTHER UPDATES February-April 2020 / November 2019-January 2020 / August-October 2019 /  May-July 2019 /  Note that obviously some of the links might not…
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    Updates November 2019 – January 2020 OTHER UPDATES May-July 2020 / February-April 2020  / August-October 2019 /  May-July 2019 /  Note that obviously some of the links might…

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