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    The latest articles are below, but check the menus at the top for more.View all site updates View the BCP Facebook Page * Council Meeting…
  • 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…
    • More To See
      This section is completely random. Walking around one day, it struck me that there is much to see in Christchurch which isn’t in the guide…
    • Selfridges
      Although Highcliffe, particularly in summer, can be a pleasant experience for a wander while visiting the local cliffs and seashore, there is no branch of…
    • 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 Ducking Stool
      One of the lesser-known attractions of Christchurch is the ducking stool, though when you see this one you definitely have to use your imagination. This…
    • 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…
  • Christchurch Health Walks
    Christchurch Walking for Health Scheme is restarting the health walks in accordance with the guidance from Walking for Health. This decision is effective from 21st September 2020.   We…
  • Coming Up
    If you have anything to advertise, please email confer@ThisIsChristchurch.com and it will be added. Note that because of the Coronovirus crisis, there are no communal…
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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
      More About the Vote 17 September: The Echo has published more detail about the meeting. I have not quoted the article in full, as you…
      • Cllr Slade’s Q&A Sessions
        This page has the fewest hits of any recent pages on ThisIsChristchurch, and it takes a long time to go through the videos, so I…
    • Beryl Bikes for Christchurch
      They’re Here! 11 September 2020 Yesterday I was surprised and delighted to see that they have finally arrived in Christchurch. The first two were on…
    • Local News
      20 July 2020 Not Goodbye – Hello: Beryl Bikes It is intended that these will be introduced to Christchurch in the near future. It is…
    • 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…
      • 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
        Thursday, 2 May 2019 I can do no better than start with a quote from The Echo, which sums up local feeling after Christchurch almost…
      • 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…
      • 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
        Basic Facts About the Council These few facts are taken from the Constitution. See all the documents. The councils previously serving Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole…
      • 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…
      • The Wishes Cafe
        THE WISHES CAFE October 2017 There are proposals to demolish this and rebuild with two flats above. As you can see from the pictures below,…
      • 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
      BCP Introductory Guide – April 2019 Click to view. Opens in a new window. The Council Magazines These are delivered to homes in Bournemouth, Christchurch…
    • The Council
      Christchurch Town Council: Introduction and link to their website Archived & General Council Elections, May 2019 General Election December 2019 Merger: Background (2019) Brexit
    • Town Council
      IMPORTANT Christchurch Town Council is looking for seven community volunteers for its Neighbourhood Plan Working Group.Applications must be in by 30th September. See full details.…
  • Important News
    Page Contents, in Order: Leisure facilities re-openingClosure of public eventsMaking a face mask at homeGrass cuttingWaste Centres (Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole)Christchurch & Boscombe Markets re-openingVote of…
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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.
  • Market Returning – in part
    Header image – Market on 23 March this yearMain image, bottom – Market on 11 September 2017 Christchurch and Boscombe markets can reopen from 1…
  • 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…
    • (0d) September 2020
      Sign and Tower Two Real Oddments Disappointment and Intrigue It’s Not All Glamour! Football Yesterday Bob’s Gardens Beryl Bikes Are Here Stylish Video Ready! A…
    • (0e) August 2020
      Teddy, Dog, Butterfly, Romanians Much Happening In Christchurch I Saw Three Ships Jersey Tiger Moth Early Warning of Crowd Teddies and Butterflies Done It! About…
    • (0f) July 2020
      Countryside View, With River Robert’s Garden A Windy Day Library Reopens A Tragedy, 1995 Stones on the Beach Fading Beauty Happy, and Not So Busy,…
    • (0g) June 2020
      It Is Fantastic MacDonald’s Re-Opens Cute Cygnets, Good Jokes! Market, and Toilets McDonald’s, Again Happy Families Aeroplanes Back to Normal? Non-Travelling Teddy! Nice House, Then…
    • (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),…
    • 280 Lymington Road
      There has been considerable development around this building. This rather nice house is to be demolished and replaced with – yes, you’re guessed it! -…
    • 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)
      Application Approved I should have checked this before, but yesterday while walking to the Quay, I saw that work was taking place to build a…
    • 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
      Latest, September 2020 It was reported in the Bournemouth Echo that this new branch of Lidl will be opening next summer. You can read the…
    • 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.…
    • Lewis-Manning Hospice
      27 July – Important Conclusion I was surprised last weekend to walk past this shop. It is not a coffee shop, but a branch of…
    • 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
      See the Latest Update This saga has been going on since December 2015, when the nursing home finally closed its doors. Click the picture below…
    • 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
      13 July 2020 Now the windows are in. 2 July 2020 It looks much better now. They’re working hard. 6 June 2020 – Progress, at…
    • 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 August-October 2020 / May-July 2020 /February-April 2020 November 2019-January 2020 /  May-July 2019 /  Note that obviously some of the links might not…
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    Updates August-October 2020 OTHER UPDATES: May-July 2020 / February-April 2020 / November 2019-January 2020 August-October 2019 /  May-July 2019 / Note that obviously some of the…
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    Updates February-April 2020 OTHER UPDATES August-October 2020 / May-July 2020 / November 2019-January 2020 August-October 2019 /  May-July 2019 /  Note that obviously some of the links…
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    Updates May-July 2019 OTHER UPDATES August-October 2020 / May-July 2020 / February-April 2020 November 2019-January 2020 / August-October 2019  Note that obviously some of the links might…
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    Updates May-July 2020 OTHER UPDATES August-October 2020 / February-April 2020 / November 2019-January 2020 August-October 2019 /  May-July 2019 /  Note that obviously some of the…
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    Updates November 2019 – January 2020 OTHER UPDATES August-October 2020 / May-July 2020 / February-April 2020 August-October 2019 /  May-July 2019 /  Note that obviously some…

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