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Your Community Matters Newsletter

January 2024

Community Matters is produced and edited by a team of local residents who try to present you with the facts that will both keep you informed and enable you to make up your own mind on local issues
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HDSG Donation
Benches on the hill
Roeshot Hill
Disposal of civic centres
Bournemouth Airport meeting
BCP Council Update
Transforming Travel Survey
CTC news and events
Christchurch u3a
Hospital consultant talk on 'Hips'
Learn CPR

Links and Contact Details

HDSG donation from Jumpers & St Catherine's Hill RA

JSCHRA committee member Malcolm Green presented the cheque donation to Mrs Sally Palmer Co-Ordinator of the Highcliffe Dementia Support Group at the Christmas event held at the Amberwood.


Highcliffe Dementia Support Group

Support group for those with Dementia and their carers. Held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month between 2-4pm at St Marks Church (Highcliffe). Please contact Sally on 07541331881 for further information

Highcliffe Dementia Support Group - Christchurch Connections & Health Hub (

 JSCHRA bench on St Catherine's Hill


Two benches have been placed on St Catherine's Hill by BCP Countryside Officers Robin Harley and Jamie Palmer and Heathland Mitigation Warden Lisa Sharp. One was donated by FSCH and the other by Jumpers & St Catherine's Hill Residents Association.

Lisa Sharp with Sue Fotheringham on the JSCHRA bench



Annual General Meeting

St Catherine's Hill Community Hall, Marlow Drive

Wednesday 21st February 7.45 for 8pm start

Get an update on the 15th year of the Friends and elect officers; followed by a talk on Lichens by Phil Budd .

Could you join our friendly committee?
If you have some spare time we need a new Chairman and Membership Secretary.

We are a friendly group dedicated to help the protection and enjoyment of this special area and we run a varied programme of events each year about aspects of the Hill from its natural history to human history and archaeology. There are also opportunities to help with practical conservation on the Hill with BCP's Countryside Team.

The cost to join FSCH is only £3 per person per year with Members paying a reduced cost of only £2 for most events, as well as access to any Members-only events.
The following information has been sent to us by Friars Cliff Residents Association

Roeshot Hill development

We are all aware the 875 housing development at Roeshot Hill has outline planning permission, and the latest application to start work on the access road is here:
We would draw residents attention to not only the access roundabout planned halfway up the hill, but the fact that a Toucan crossing is also planned to be installed.
The committee has concerns over such a crossing both on safety grounds and increasing traffic congestion. We feel a pedestrian overhead walkway (similar to one at Sainsburys) or subway would be far safer.
We would suggest residents make themselves aware of this application and comment accordingly.

Disposal of civic centres

We understand that both Christchurch and Poole civic centres are to be disposed of through the councils asset sell off.
We have raised concerns though our councilors on where the resultant monies will be spent, and have registered this question to be asked of Vikki Slade at the Q & A session today (Thursday 18th January).
The selling of assets cannot be used to fill budget deficits, but can be used for transformation and bolstering services.
As you may know none of the £18m Government 2023 Levelling up fund awarded to BCP was allocated to Christchurch, so we are stating that this is the ideal opportunity to redress the balance.

FCRA website

Bournemouth Airport Consultative Committee Meeting Minutes from 30th November 2023

If you would like any matters raised at the next meeting in March please reply to this email.
This is a 46 page presentation given to members who attended the meeting. Click on the image to view it.


New council budget set to deliver a sustainable future

Find out about our proposals for delivering a balanced budget for 2024/25.
This budget, which includes a medium-term finance plan covering the next four years, aims to protect the most vulnerable and provides a sound, stable financial future for the council, including savings and additional income generation proposals to add to council reserves.
   Budget set to deliver a sustainable future   
Help shape travel and transport across Dorset



Reminder - I am organising a concert at the Priory on 9th February to raise funds for my two charities, SSAFA and the Water Lily Project, both benefitting people in Christchurch. The concert will feature the Christchurch and District Town Band and friends, and I am most grateful to Beagle Aircraft for their help with the funding, and support from PP printing for the posters. It should be a terrific evening entertainment so I hope we can fill the Priory for a very enjoyable evening of great music. Tickets are available through the Christchurch Priory booking office online.
Cllr Viv Charrett
Town Mayor




Spring, my favourite season with new growth and hope, long days and short nights, the best time of the year in my opinion.
If you are thinking of joining Christchurch u3a, there are groups that still have vacancies and lists you could put your name to if they haven’t got room yet. The cost for just one term is only £20 which would be from April. (Here’s a good tip – if you join for the spring/summer term you’re more likely to get a definite place in the groups you really want in September).
WALKING FOOTBALL isn’t just football and isn’t just men.  In fact it’s skills, fresh air and exercise outside for all and it still has spaces! It’s going to be lovely as we get the sun and the blue skies.
Here are some of the other things planned for February and March. (Click on image for PDF)

Christchurch u3a website

On a National u3a Level (Click on links on Christchurch u3a Home page) - This is one of the best and most inspiring talks I have heard.
Learning is the Elixir of Healthy Life, presented by Sir Muir Gray | Future Lives | u3a UK


This is a free talk organised by University Hospitals Dorset governors.

It is a great opportunity to hear Professor Robert Middleton talk about his work locally, nationally, and internationally.

Professor Robert Middleton

Professor of Orthopaedics and Head of the Orthopaedic Research Institute, Bournemouth University

Professor Middleton is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at UHD specialising in Hip Replacement.  With over 25 years experience in both hip fracture and Osteoarthritis of the hip, Professor Middleton reveals the secrets of avoiding becoming one of his patients!  That experience and being a member of NICE guidelines team for the treatment of Osteoarthritis in the NHS gives him unique in sights. He also reveals the latest research break throughs in hip replacement surgery and what the future is likely to look like.


Wednesday 28 February 2024, 14.30 – Doors open at 1.45pm for refreshments and exhibition stands

St Saviours Church, Colemore Road, Bournemouth BH7 6RZ

Bus route X1, X2, 1a, 2 Disabled parking in the church grounds and free parking on Colemore Road 


To book or for further information:


Telephone: 0300 019 8723

Learn CPR in 15 minutes for free with RevivR™

Many of us will witness a cardiac arrest in our lifetime. Be ready for that day with RevivR, our fast, free and easy-to-use online training course.
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Links and Contact Details


Councillors | Christchurch Town Council (

BCP Council Commons ward -

FSCH - Friends of St. Catherine's Hill
Website and Programme of Events

HOTH - Hall on the Hill
Website and Upcoming Events

FCRA - Friars Cliff Residents Association

West Christchurch Neighbourhood Policing Team

Team for Christchurch West 

Before reporting a roadworks issue, please check the roadworks map below. This is continuously updated with the latest current and future roadworks information for the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole area.
Roadworks (


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