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White House facing storms

A report on the poor state of coastal sea defences at the eastern end of Christchurch Bay cliff is being considered by New Forest District Council. The NFDC commissioned Jacobs Report warns of “a significant cliff retreat” if extreme weather … Continue reading

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Beardsley exhibition: reopening & extended

The Beardsley exhibition at Tate Britain in London is reopening today. The once in a lifetime major exhibition includes work undertaken by the artist when he lived in Boscombe and Bournemouth. The show was open for only a very short … Continue reading

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Keble College Oxford 150 & The Hermitage Hotel

The Church of England calendar entry for today 14 July is John Keble, Priest, Tractarian, Poet, 1866 [Lesser Festival]. Keble’s death in March 1866 came at Brookside opposite the pier in Bournemouth where he had been staying for six months … Continue reading

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Mary Remnant’s father Eustace and Highcliffe Castle

Medieval music expert Dr Mary Remnant died last week at the age of 85. Editor of The Tablet Brendan Walsh writes in this week’s issue: “Her mother was a music teacher and her father was an art historian and architect … Continue reading

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Can I enjoy the coast path now?

Do the modified restrictions coming into force on Wednesday allow us to enjoy the Bournemouth coast path? It appears that we can. You can travel to outdoor open space irrespective of distance but you should not go with someone from … Continue reading

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Churchill as PM: 80th anniversary of Highcliff Hotel meeting

Two days after marking the 75th anniversary of VE Day on Friday there is the 80th anniversary of Winston Churchill becoming Prime Minister on Sunday. “Next to Downing Street itself, the busiest political centre in the world in those days … Continue reading

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Lesser Known Bournemouth book

A new addition to the many books on Bournemouth is Lesser Known Bournemouth by Steve Roberts who has already written widely about the area. This could be described as a handbook on the town as it brings together the history … Continue reading

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Bournemouth & The England Coast Path

Stephen Neale is ahead with his book The England Coast Path although its publication during the Coronavirus shut down may be unfortunate. It may also be a little early anyway since the line of path here in Poole and Christchurch … Continue reading

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Taddiford Gap erosion raised by Desmond Swayne MP

If you can reach the coast path without using public transport you can still enjoy a walk during this difficult time caused by the virus. It may that, for a very long time, the path will be important as a … Continue reading

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Aubrey Beardsley at Boscombe

The Aubrey Beardsley exhibition at Tate Britain includes work by the draughtsman and distinctive illustrator who, suffering from tuberculosis, spent crucial months from August 1896 to the end of January 1897 by the seaside. Young Aubrey Beardsley came to Boscombe … Continue reading

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