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Community Matters - March 2021

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Membership Payments
Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue
BCP Resort management taskforce
Food vouchers for Easter holidays
10,000 new trees for 2021
Libraries News
Lockdown Roadmap
Fake text messages
2RM Roadmap to Reopening
Bournemouth Airport
Your Councillors

Jumpers and St Catherine's Hill Residents association AGM

The AGM will be a closed Zoom meeting held on 7th April.

We would like to invite members to forward any questions or comments to us by replying to this email.

Membership Payments

Due to Covid restrictions Jumpers and St Catherine’s Residents association we were unable to collect any subscriptions in person last year. We were very grateful to those who paid their subscription or made a donation by bank transfer which meant we were able to carry on our work.

Going forward we will need to start collecting subscriptions again and you can help by making a bank transfer and using your house address as reference. Please make payable to Jumpers & St Catherine's Hill Residents Association, account number 92732106, sort code 40-13-07.

 Census Day 21st March 

Every household is required to complete the census. Census Day is Sunday 21 March 2021 but you can complete your form as soon as you receive your code. Taking part in the census is your chance to help make sure you and your community get the services you need for the next 10 years and beyond. The census should take about 10 minutes for the household questions and 10 minutes per person. If you are worried about filling in the census there is help available over the phone, language support and guidance in accessible formats, such as braille. Find out how we can support your needs.

Message from Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Authority

Consultation of draft Community Safety Plan 2021-24

We are consulting on our draft Community Safety Plan, which sets out the key challenges and risks facing us over the coming years. With future financial uncertainty, the plan details what we intend to carry on doing and what we intend to review and do differently, in order to continue to provide a high level of service to our communities. 

Working with others is central to how we deliver our services, and this will continue to be at the heart of everything we do. For that reason, we invite you to visit our below website to view our draft plan and the accompanying video, which provides a short overview.

The consultation period runs from 17 February until 13 May 2021 and we would welcome your feedback, through a short set of questions on our website. If you wish to raise anything specific, or require any further assistance in accessing the information, please email us directly at




Resort management taskforce planned for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

Message from BCP Council -

As spring and summer approach, it is important we are fully prepared and ready to both welcome back visitors and keep residents safe when government guidance changes.

A resort management taskforce will make sure
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole are fully prepared and ready to both welcome back visitors and keep residents safe when government guidance changes. 

With a focus on the town centres, open spaces, seafront and beaches, the summer ready taskforce will put in place and manage:   

  • extra civil enforcement officers to issue penalty charge notices for those parking illegally  

  • additional tow away operations to deal with irresponsible parking 

  • expansion of the ranger team with more staff in place across the season to welcome back visitors, keep our beaches clean and safe, and provide a greater security presence  

  • enhanced security teams to patrol key town centre locations, car parks, beaches and open spaces  

  • extra waste bins in heavy footfall areas, and 

  • additional waste collection services along the seafront. 

Link to the News article




Family food vouchers over the Easter holidays

Families of children claiming benefits-related free school meals will receive a supermarket voucher for the Easter holiday period from their schools.
If your child is currently receiving two year old funding or Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP), they are eligible for a £30 food voucher for the Easter holiday. Vouchers must be applied for by Wednesday 31 March. If you had a voucher at February half term there is no need to re-apply, you will be re-issued with a voucher.

Link to the News article

BCP are planting over 10,000 trees this year

BCP are planting over 10,000 trees across the conurbation this year to help combat the climate and ecological emergency. BCP are creating a hectare of woodland at Iford Meadows as part of our commitment to our Cleaner, Greener, Safer campaign which aims to improve the pride in our place.
In partnership with Bournemouth Parks Foundation, 4,790 trees are being planted in urban areas across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole funded by the Forestry Commission’s Urban Tree Challenge Fund, and additional 4,000 trees are being planted in North Bournemouth.

Link to the News article



Libraries News: Order and Collect services

10 libraries are now operating an Order and Collect service from their foyers and doorways.

Tell us the sorts of books you like to read, and staff will hand-pick up to 5 books for you. You can also reserve individual titles from the library catalogue, and return the books you've read. More details and opening hours

Libraries West E-Books
This is free to use with a library membership card.
Download the Cloud Library app to your tablet or smartphone or use the cloudLibrary website.
You can check out 10 e-books at a time which are available for 21 days.
Choose from around 9,000 titles


Ancestry Library Edition free access has now been extended to 30th June 2021 with your library membership.


Roadmap for easing lockdown

The Government has published its four-step plan to ease lockdown in England.
In the first stage from 8 March:

  • you can spend time in outdoor public spaces for recreation on your own, with one other person, or with your household or support bubble

  • wraparound childcare can reopen (such as breakfast and after school clubs)

  • indoor visits to care homes start again for a single named visitor

For now, we are still in lockdown, so please continue to follow the restrictions and stay at home.

See the Government's roadmap to ease lockdowne the Government's roadmap to ease lockdown




Fake text messages targeting Dorset residents!

If you receive a text message like the one above, claiming to be from about a COVID-19 grant that you are eligible for, please delete it immediately and do not open the link. These look very convincing but they have no affiliation with the Government and will compromise your personal data if clicked.


See the Government's roadmap to ease lockdown

ROADMAP TO REOPENING from 12th April 2021


2 Riversmeet Leisure complex have confirmed they have now been given a timeline to work with regards to how and when they can safely reopen their facility. Letters have been sent to members who have had their membership frozen following the January 2021 lockdown. 

Public swim sessions, the Gym and (Household) Badminton will resume from 12th April and the changing rooms will be open for departure only changing.

Free Facebook Live Sessions will end on 31st March, there will be a new streaming platform from the 1st April. Live classes resume on the 17th May.

Further details will be  available on their website and Facebook page.




Message from the Bournemouth Airport Consultative committee

It appears, following the Prime Minister’s recent statement, that the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned on, albeit dimly.

We are now planning for the recovery of passenger operations at Bournemouth and have set an initial marker in the sand for mid-May.  Nevertheless, plans have constantly changed over the past months and we will have to stay adaptable to the realities of the situation. 

Our challenge now is to prepare the Airport and its staff for the beginning of operations.  There is lots of work to be done, as we review our facilities and resources to meet this need.  We are all very excited at the prospect of working to some form of normality!  Notwithstanding, passenger numbers this year will be markedly less than in previous years which is to be expected in the current climate.  As a leisure-focussed airport, we are hoping that the population’s enthusiasm for overseas holidays might see us improve on our current cautious planning.

Our cargo facility at Bournemouth has now been fully-established.  We are licensed, equipped and prepared to manage cargo aircraft, imports and exports, from across the world.  Having said that, this business is in its infancy and will take time to build interest and schedules to a range of destinations.  We continue to import PPE from China on a daily basis and, after a successful schedule prior to Christmas, we have recently seen the return of flights to JFK 3 times a week.  We are hoping that we might build on this with our current customers to other locations in North America.  All of this has been achieved within our current operating hours.

Despite Covid, we have seen an increased overall flight movements with December being a record over previous years.  This is heartening after such a challenging year.  We now have a new helicopter training organisation arrived at the Airport, Cobham has been taken over by Draken but continues to fly for the MoD and XLR continues to go from strength to strength with its corporate jet facility.

Bournemouth Airport relies on the support of its aviation community, established businesses and the loyalty of its passenger base.  A central part of the local community, the Airport’s success is everyone’s success and we continue to work hard to ensure the development, growth and viability of the Airport for years to come.

The schedule for 2021/2022 can be found on Welcome to Bournemouth Airport or our website here


Your local councillors

Christchurch Town Council

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