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  • * Home Page
    There is an update nearly every day. See the last four, below, or see more 20 September: * Vaguely interesting update on Oddments. Click the picture.…
  • 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…
    • 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
      History There was a Saxon Minster on this site, probably in the 7th century. It was demolished on the orders of Ranulf Flambard, Chief Minister…
    • 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
      1831-1836: Highcliffe Castle was built by Lord Stuart de Rothesay, who had loved the area from childhood. To create an 18th century French style he…
    • 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 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)…
  • Colonnades and Cafe
    25 October 2017 1 THE COLONNADES There are proposals to brick in the colonnades in Church Street, as they have been used for involvement in…
  • Coming Up
    These are details of local events and activities happening soon. It does not aim to be comprehensive, but might be worth reading and even increase…
  • CONTACT
  • Discuss!
    There have been many comments arguing for and against the proposed changes to the Councils. To simplify and add some structure, the links below take…
  • EDDC – Two views
    WHAT DO YOU THINK? This page was stimulated by an article in The Echo on Tuesday, 17 January. On Monday East Dorset council voted for…
  • 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…
  • 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,…
    • Politics & News
      Down to the News Items Inception of the Unitary Authority -Archive Discussion and refutation of Super Council Advantages: November 2016 Letter from Alistair Ford One…
      • 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
        Go to the latest item Just in case you want to see even more about Brexit, this page will be online for a few weeks,…
        • 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 Lions
        Sad news! It was reported in the Christchurch Times (September 12, 2019) – read the online version – that the Lions’ Club is to cease.…
      • 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…
      • 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…
      • 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…
      • 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…
    • Resources
      Click below to see the particular resource. Each one will open in a new window. Council Guides The BCP Introductory Guide – April 2019 Local Information…
  • Local AccuWeather Forecast
  • 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…
  • Local Information
    Local information
  • 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…
    • (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 September…
    • (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…
    • (2f) July 2018
      Another closure Shopping opinions Edgar and Scott closed  Sir Christopher Chope – in the news again  A visit from children from Grenfell Tower  Another Coffee…
    • 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
      9 August – Seven More Apartments? Last week it was reported in the Christchurch Times that an application for the bungalow at 165 Lymington Road…
    • 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),…
    • 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…
    • 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
      Update, 20 June 2019 It is reported in today’s Christchurch Times that the proposal has been turned down, on the grounds that it would be…
    • 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…
    • 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…
    • Curtiss Wright
      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…
    • 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…
    • Mayor’s Parlour
      The Current Situation – April 2019 I had forgotten about this until a few weeks ago, when I went to have a look. It seems…
    • 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
      Interesting update, 23 August 2019 It was reported in the Bournemouth Echo that a planning application to convert one of the shops into  flats has been…
    • 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
      Go here 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 Crafty Wood Shop
      12 June From completed to current! I thought it was a mistake when I read in The Echo today that there was to be a…
    • 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 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
      Licence approved – 19 June 2019 I quote the headline in The Echo: Tom’s Bar given go-ahead for Christchurch despite concerns over 1am closing time…
    • 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…
  • 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…
  • SITE MAP
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  • Site Updates
    A list of past updates, beginning August. *** Go to updates May-July *** 19 September: * Christchurch Health Walks added for Oct0ber-December 18 September: *…
  • Site updates May-July
    31 July: * Just one short update today 30 July: * First draft of The Great Tower 29 July: * Old News – but with an…
  • Sport
  • Stanpit Marsh
    Stanpit Marsh is an SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest). It is famous for a wide variety of wildlife and flowers. Here is a plan…
  • The Nicholson Organ
    20-22 September 2019  Quote from the cover, below: For 20 years, the Priory’s magnificent Nicholson organ has led the worship of the Priory, and been…
  • The Unitary Authority
    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…
  • This is Christchurch
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  • Two Photographs
    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…

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