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Centenary of first WW1 memorial

The war memorial at Barton-Sea was dedicated a hundred years ago today. The ceremony took place Tuesday 10 July 1917 outside the clifftop Barton Court Hotel. This is the oldest First World War memorial and it was erected before the … Continue reading

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Highcliffe Castle cafe reopens

Highcliffe Castle tea rooms has reopened and is rebranded Castle Kitchen. Christchurch Council declined to renew Sean Kearney’s contract and, despite huge local opposition, has accepted a bid from the international Aramark catering company. The Castle Kitchen is open daily 9.30am-5pm … Continue reading

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Coastal Access consultation views

Natural England has published proposals for how the national coastal path might pass along the Bournemouth coast. This is the result of plans promised under the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009. After careful reading I have now submitted my … Continue reading

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Highcliffe Castle zig-zag consultation

The Highcliffe Castle cliff zig-zag has been closed again for sometime. Christchurch Council has allocated an astonishing £280,000 towards the rebuilding of the path which is part of the Christchurch Coastal Path. Consultation sessions for users are being held at … Continue reading

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Bournemouth Coast Path: A top UK walk

The Bournemouth Coast Path is more popular than The Pennine Way, The Three Peaks and The Thames Path according to a new poll. A thousand British walkers were asked to name their best loved walk. Chris Hardy, managing director of … Continue reading

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Highcliffe Castle cliff path now closed for a year

Christchurch Council has confirmed that the cliff path from Highcliffe Castle will remain closed all year. Retaining walls have weakened and the situation has become worse following dry weather which may have caused cliff falls elsewhere. Design preparation and the work … Continue reading

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Rogation & Ascension customs observed

Rogation Sunday will be marked this Sunday 21 May at Mudeford with the traditional Blessing of the Water at 3pm. Mudeford’s Priest in Charge Helen Griffiss will be rowed out from the quay into The Run where she will throw a … Continue reading

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Barton-on-Sea to Hordle path closed

A cliff fall has resulted in the closure of more coast path. An unexpected fall just west of Beckton Bunny at 5.30pm last Tuesday has led to fears of more to come if wet weather persists next week. Closure was already … Continue reading

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Shelley Park cafe opens

The Shelley Cafe is now open from 10.30am until 3pm. The cafe is part of the theatre in the Shelley Park clifftop mansion. Brownies, biscuits and flapjacks were on the counter this morning. This will be the heritage place to … Continue reading

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CAMRA at BIC

The real ale lobby group CAMRA is at the Bournemouth International Centre this weekend for its AGM. Members can spill out on to the coast path to see the fantastic view. The coast is a great theme of the new Poole … Continue reading

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