New for this year the Moore Avenue park community Group are working in conjunction with Sea View Coaches, putting on Day Coach Tours to some lovely and

    interesting places. Please contact jeffrey.coombs@ntlworld.com for more information

    Tuesday 25th March First Gardening Session 5pm-6-15pm

    Thursday 17th April Spring Planting Day 2pm-4pm

    Good Friday 18th April Coach Day Tour to Brighton 8-20am

    Saturday 03rd May Coach Day Tour to Dowton Cuckoo Fare 8-50am

    Friday 30th May West Howe Carnival Final Planning Meeting 10-30am

    Saturday 31st May Coach Day Tour to Weymouth & Abbotsbury Swannery


    Sunday 01st June West Howe Carnival & Fun Day 11-45am-4pm

    Sunday 15th June Coach Day Tour to Torquay 7-50am

    Wednesday 23rd July Coach Day Tour New Forest Afternoon Tour


    Sunday 10th August World War 1 Centenary Military Rally 12pm-4pm

    Sunday 17th August Coach Day Tour to Exeter 8-50am

    Monday 25th August Coach Day Tour to Windsor & Thames River Cruise 7-50am

    Saturday 20th September Coach Day Tour to Sidmouth &The Donkey Sanctuary 7-50am

    Tuesday 30th September Last Gardening Club Sessions 5pm-7pm

    Saturday 04th October Coach Day Tour to The Cotswolds 8-20am

    Saturday 25th October C.V.S. Make a Difference Autumn Planting Day 2pm-4pm

    Wednesday 29th October Moore Avenue Park Community Group & Gardening Club A.G.M. 10am-12pm

    Saturday 22nd November Coach DayTour to Bluewater Shopping Centre 8-50am

    Thursday 04th December Carol Service 6-30pm-7-15pm

    Sunday 15th December Coach Day Tour to Windsor &The London Christmas Lights 8-50am



  • Inspiring News

    West Howe community Enterprises have been busy this month organising training for local volunteers. This month we have had 14 volunteers take part in either face painting for beginners and essential first aid by St Johns Ambulance.

    If you would like to find out more about volunteering please use the 'contact us' button on the website, email admin@westhowe.net or telephone 01202 570077.

    Volunteers from the Inspiring Change shop have also taken part in a rights respecting workshop learning what it is all about. We are now busy putting together the latest edition of West Howe Now which will be an 8 page special edition. As well as all the latest news look out for some new content such as 'real life strips' A cartoon looking at real life stories.

    If you haven't yet visited our Online shop, why not give it a go. As well as finding out what donations the Inspiring Change shop accept, you can shop direct for handmade or specially selected items. You can also support us by earning us donations every time you shop online at many high street shops, signing up would really help to support us in everything we do.

    Visit shop



  • Something for the weekend 5/7/2013

    Hello Everyone and welcome to the latest something for the weekend, news and events that may be of interest to you.

    Today see's Christchurch Music Festival start at The Town Quay, Christchurch. It runs from Friday 5 - Sunday 7 July 2013. Enjoy a weekend of live music and dance in the marquee. Starts Friday at 6.00pm. Saturday & Sunday from Midday. Refreshments and Bar

    Saturday 6th July

    The community meal at St Andrews church saturday 6th has been cancelled this month.

    Instead why not pop down to kinson school fete and carboot, school lane 12pm to 4pm.

    There is also a car boot sale at elm academy, holloway avenue 10am - 2pm.

    Cherry tree nursery are also holding a plant sale, 8am - 3pm. There will be a wide range of stalls and it's all in aid of charity.

    Tuesday 9th July

    The next meeting of the West Howe Action Group is next Tuesday at 10am at Fernheath Play, Verney Road.

    As well as an update from Dorset Police and our usual ‘round-the-table’ session I’ve invited Gary Bentham and Sue Bickler to bring us a couple of updates.

    Gary will give a brief update on what’s hot and what’s not in terms of current funding opportunities. He is available separately to give one to one advice and he runs training sessions too – his email is gary.bentham@bournemouth.gov.uk.

    Sue will join us to give an update from the Regeneration Partnership – helping us link our day to day work with the wider strategic picture, and so we can feed in to their plans.

    please come prepared with your 2 minute update on your work and any leaflets/business cards etc you’d like to distribute or come along and find out whats happening in the local area and how you can get involved and have your say.

    The latest West Howe Now will be dropping through your doors sometime this week, please let us know if it doesn't arrive. This edition is packed full of local news and stuff that's happening in the local area. You can also find these at West Howe Library.

    West Howe Community enterprises run this website, and run the Inspiring Change shop . We are also beginning to make local community made films. If you would like to help out with any of these or would like us to feature anything on our website or in the newsletter please get in touch with diane.humphries@westhowe.net



  • Something for the weekend 24/5/2013

    Hello Everyone and welcome to 'Something for the Weekend'

    Today we have the Half price sale in the Inspiring Change shop before we close for half term, we will shut on 27th May and re-open on the 3rd June.

    We are gathering stories and news for the next publication of WestHowe Now, if you have anything you would like included please email it to admin@westhowe.net. The deadline for articles is 10th June and will be distributed the week of 19th July. We are currently offering cut price advertising in this edition so if you are interested in placing an ad please get in touch via email or telephone 01202 570077. The publication has a print run of 3,200 copies and is delivered to 2,500 homes in West Howe and also placed in local public venues.

    This weeks Local Events

    Saturday 25th

    Give or take and make Day, Henry Brown youth Centre, 2pm - 4pm.

    Thanks to Green Goals funding, we will be expanding May's Give or Take day. Come and learn how to make bags and accessories and lots of other great stuff from old clothes, Have a go at Crochet and find out how you can make a blanket from odd bits of wool that are left lying around. The Children will not be left out as we will also be making Toys from trash. Your little ones can come along, let their imagination run wild and make their very own 'Moshi like monster' and other toys from old packaging. Of course we will have the usual Give or Take Day which are like a jumble sale but without the money! Local people bring along unwanted but usable items, other residents then have the chance to browse and take away items they do want. You don’t have to give anything to take something new away or vice versa. Ultimately the events encourage reuse of items that would have otherwise ended up in landfill. Donated items include kitchen gadgets, books, DVD, clothes, children’s toys, general bric-a-brac and many more. Any electrical items are tested for safety by experts on the day before being allowed to be passed on to potential new owners. Everything else is taken on at the new owner’s risk. And Finally the cafe bar will also be open for refreshments and cake! so come along and have a natter and catch up.

    Monday 27 May

    Your local Councillors hold a surgery at West Howe Library every Monday 10.30-12.00, pop in and see them to discuss anything about the local area.

    As This week leads into half term, just a reminder that Fernheath Play are running their May half term play scheme from Saturday 24th - Sunday 2nd June. They are running two sessions a day and also offering all day childcare from the hours of 7.30am - 5.30pm. For more information Tel 01202 581008

    Other Events by Bus or Car

    Saturday 25th May

    Stanpit Marsh Nature Reserve.

    Pond Dipping - these days you’re more likely to see dragonflies than dragons over Stanpit Marsh! What will you find? Part of a 24 hour bioblitz study of biodiversity. Contact Christchurch Council’s Countryside Service for details: 01425 272479

    Saxon Square - Dorset Fire & Rescue Service: All Day*

    Dragon or no dragon, fire can still damage property in Christchurch! Come and meet some of the firefighters from your local Christchurch Fire Station. View a fire engine and its equipment, witness the danger of a chip pan fire, and receive fire safety advice.

    *All day - precise times may be affected by operational requirements.

    Red House Museum: 10.00am – 12.00 noon.

    FREE dragon-making session. Create your own sock puppet to take home. All materials provided. (Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.) Booking essential. Contact the Red House Museum for details: 01202 482860

    Druitt Hall – Longbow Legacy Archery: 10.30am - 2.30pm

    15 minute archery sessions with local archer and medieval longbow-maker Martin Young. £4.00 per person. (Minimum Age 10 Years - All Children Must Be Accompanied.)

    Advance time-slot booking at Christchurch Information Centre - or simply turn up.

    Christchurch Dragon Festival – Christchurch Library: 11.00am - 11.45am.

    Dragon stories and crafts for 4 to 8 year olds.

    Christchurch Dragon Festival - Town Centre - Guided History Walk 2.00pm.

    The story of the Christchurch Dragon told on a town centre guided history walk led by local historian Mike Andrews. (Approx 2hrs.) Suitable for all the family. £4.00 per person - under 16s FREE. Meet by Town Bridge, Castle Street.

    Advance booking at Christchurch Information Centre - or just turn up on the day.

    Druitt Hall - Drumming a Dragon in Druitt: 3.00pm - 4.30pm

    Create the thunderous heartbeat of a magical dragon in the heart of Christchurch. Fun drumming for any age and ability. No experience required! (Visit: www.heikedrumshare.com)

    £3.00 each. Advance booking at Christchurch Information Centre - or just turn up.

    Monday 27 May

    Cherry Tree Nursery

    HIGHWOOD GARDENS AT CHARBOROUGH PARK, between 2.30pm and 6pm

    situated on the A31 near Winterbourne Zelston, will be open to the public to raise money for Cherry Tree Nursery at Northbourne, by kind permission of Richard Drax, a Patron of the Charity. This unusual private garden is noted particularly for its woodland walks with rhododendrons and azaleas. It is open to the public very rarely and this is an opportunity not to miss. A wide selection of high-quality garden plants from Cherry Tree Nursery will be on sale along with tea, coffee and homemade cake. Dogs are not permitted because of deer in the park. If you have ever wondered what is behind the long wall with the lion and the stag, here is your chance to find out!


    BraveArt 6 returns to The Gallery Upstairs with a knockout exhibition for 2013. We are planning to break all records with over 200 new art works hung from East Dorset BraveArt Society members and associates. Works framed and unframed, and cards will be on sale at this free art exhibition.

    BraveArt 6 runs daily (10:30 am to 3:45 pm) from Friday 24 May to Tuesday 4 June 2013 inclusive at The Gallery Upstairs, Upton Country Park, Poole, BH17 7BJ. The gallery is on the first floor of the Peacock Tearooms (lift available). Follow signs for the Peacock Tearooms from the car park. .

    Purbeck Art Weeks Festival has grown substantially over the last 10 years. The 2013 16-day event runs from the 25 May - to the 9 June and celebrates an impressive cultural programme, encompassing visual art, music, dance, film and story-telling. http://www.purbeckartweeks.co.uk/ for all ticket information

    Well signing off now and wishing everybody a great week



  • Something for the weekend 17/5/2013

    Hello everyone here is Friday's round up 'Something for the weekend' with latest news and events for the coming week. We have not had much in the way of hearing about very local events this week but below are a few which are a bus or short car ride away. Lots going on as usual and West Howe has been busy this week. The West Howe Regeneration Partnership met on Thursday and it looks like a final logo has been chosen with the help of the community and pupils from Heathlands school. The West Howe vision film is coming along nicely and the group will be filming at the Fun Day on June 2nd, please do come along and air your views on how you would like to see West Howe.

    Other news sent in this week is from the Butterfly Foundation and Dorset healthwatch, you can read these below.

    Hope you all have a great week and see you the same time next Friday

    Great Christchurch Bake Weekend & Fete

    Saturday 18th May - 19th May 2013 from 10am.

    Following on from the success of last year’s Bake Day this year the Christchurch Food and Wine Festival is launching the “Great Christchurch Bake Weekend and Fete”.

    Taking place on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 May when Christchurch Quay (The Quomps)...

    Upton Wood Volunteer Day

    18 May 2013 To 19 May 2013

    Participatory Event


    2 volunteer days to cut back brambles and bracken on the heathland area. Hot/cold drinks available, please bring your own lunch if you intend to stay all day. No need to book. Meet at the Pony Drive entrance.


    Upton Wood, Upton & Surrounding

    Bournemouth 7s

    Friday 24 - 26 May 2013


    East Parley, CHRISTCHURCH

    Bournemouth Sevens Festival

    As the largest rugby, netball and music festival in the world Bournemouth Sevens is the mustattend event this summer. Described as a unique mix of Dubai Rugby Sevens and Glastonbury,the festival is an action packed weekend of sport, music...

    Christchurch Monday Market

    1 Jan 2013 To 31 Dec 2013


    A fabulous weekly market held every Monday in the traffic-free High Street and Saxon Square from 9am - 4pm. Approxiamtely 50 stalls selling a variety of quality produce including fresh fruit and vegetables, fish, bed linen, pet foods, jewellery, clothes, plants etc

    A new Company with Charitable status for The Butterfly Foundation

    As from 1st April 2013 The Butterfly Foundation is an Incorporated Company Limited by Guarantee with Charitable status. All the Trustees/Directors, staff, volunteers and members look forward to a new chapter in The Butterfly Foundation’s journey and continuing to support women, men, children and young people affected by domestic violence issues.

    The Butterfly Foundation welcome enquiries from anyone who would be interested in becoming a Trustee of the new charitable company with the skills and expertise required to help steer the charity towards a successful and sustainable future.

    The Butterfly Foundation’s new company number: 8303912 The Butterfly Foundation’s new charity number: 1150861

    If you would like further info regarding the help and support that The Butterfly Foundation can offer, please contact

    Butterfly’s office on:Tel: 01202 463016 email: office@thebutterflyfoundation.org.uk www.thebutterflyfoundation.org.uk

    Health Watch Dorset

    Healthwatch is the new independent consumer champion for health and social care, created to gather and represent the views of the public. We are presently recruiting volunteers in order to create a network of

    Healthwatch Champions right across Dorset, Poole and Bournemouth.

    Champions will have two main roles:

    1. To promote Healthwatch in their local communities, so that people know what it is, what it can do and how they can get in touch with it. Getting across the message – “Your Voice Counts: You Can Make A Difference.”

    2. To be the eyes and ears of Healthwatch at the heart of local communities, feeding back to us what people's experiences (good and bad) of services are and encouraging people to tell us their stories.

    Anyone can offer to be a Healthwatch Champion. All you have to do is be ready to promote Healthwatch in your local community and encourage people to share with us their experiences - good or bad - of health and care services with suggestions as to how things could be improved. Help get the message across that “Your Voice Counts and You Can Make A Difference”, because Healthwatch can tell the people who commission and provide services what you've told us and then work to bring about change.

    You can spend as much or as little time as you wish undertaking your volunteering activities, at times to suit you. You will receive training appropriate to your level of involvement and the support of the dedicated Volunteer Officer.

    If you would like any more information or to register as a volunteer, please contact your

    Volunteer Officer – Chris Wakefield

    Telephone on 0300 111 0102

    (calls cost the same as to 01 or 02 numbers)

    Write to him (free) at:

    Healthwatch Dorset

    Freepost BH1902

    896 Christchurch Road

    Bournemouth BH7 6BR

    Or e-mail him -enquiries@healthwatchdorset.co.uk



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