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The way we used to live: Christchurch – town was once a haven for smugglers in the 18th and 19th centuries

Bournemouth Echo:

2:00pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

NESTLING on the edge of the New Forest, Christchurch is an award-winning town steeped in history and wonderful architecture.

Nine affordable homes to replace former community centre

Bournemouth Echo:

11:00am Wednesday 20th August 2014

A FORMER community centre in Somerford will be replaced by nine new homes.

Mum wins fight to keep sons together in same school

Bournemouth Echo:

5:00am Tuesday 19th August 2014

AN EMOTIONAL fight to send the children of a terminally ill woman to the same school has finally ended in victory.

Kitesurfer and lifeguard rescued off Christchurch

Bournemouth Echo:

9:24am Monday 18th August 2014

A kitesurfer and lifeguard had to be rescued off Avon Beach on Sunday, August 10.

Dismissed priest faces tribunal over allegations relating to funeral fees

Bournemouth Echo:

12:00pm Saturday 16th August 2014

A FORMER Christchurch priest sacked from the church faces a tribunal over allegations relating to funeral fees.

All set for best ever Christchurch carnival

Bournemouth Echo:

3:00pm Thursday 14th August 2014

FINAL preparations are being made for this weekend’s Christchurch Carnival extravaganza.

Did you see fall at Stompin’ on the Quomps that left dad partially paralysed?

Bournemouth Echo:

2:00pm Thursday 14th August 2014

A FAMILY is appealing for witnesses after a man fell during a busy festival at Christchurch Quay last Saturday.

Fresh hope for sick mum battling to get children at the same school

Bournemouth Echo:

5:30am Wednesday 13th August 2014

A SICK mother fighting for her children to go to the same Christchurch school has been given fresh hope of a reprieve before the new term starts.

“Independent and inspirational” – surprise party held for special centenarian Florence

Bournemouth Echo:

3:00pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

AN INSPIRATIONAL centen-arian from Christchurch celeb-rated her 100th birthday with a surprise party on Saturday.

Official end date of Portland Coastguard announced

Bournemouth Echo: LIFESAVER: The coastguard helicopter in action during the recent rescue of a woman who fell down cliffs at Blacknor Cliffs on Portland

8:17pm Monday 11th August 2014

AN official date has been set for the closure of Portland Coastguard.

Cricket legend tells all at Regent Centre

Bournemouth Echo:

2:00pm Monday 11th August 2014

WORLD Cricketing Legend Sir Garfield Sobers – star of the West Indies and scourge of the England crease, is at Christchurch Regent Centre on Tuesday at 7.30pm.

Roadworks cause delays for drivers

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12:00pm Monday 11th August 2014

EMERGENCY gas works in Christchurch are causing delays for motorists.

Moment of madness: Drink drive shame of pubwatch chairman and landlord

Bournemouth Echo:

6:00am Saturday 9th August 2014

A leading publican who is chairman of Christchurch Pubwatch has offered to resign after admitting drink driving.

Radio DJ Chris Evans gets parking ticket during visit to Mudeford

Bournemouth Echo:

7:00am Saturday 9th August 2014

CELEBRITY DJ Chris Evans received a parking ticket after apparently leaving his car near a zebra crossing by a lifeboat slipway at Mudeford Quay.

How would you improve shopping in Highcliffe?

Bournemouth Echo:

4:00pm Saturday 9th August 2014

RESIDENTS of a seaside village are being asked how they could improve the shopping area.

Did you witness pensioner's fall at Stompin’ on the Quomps festival?

Bournemouth Echo: The Stompin’ on the Quomps jazz festival at Christchurch Quay

2:08pm Friday 8th August 2014

A FAMILY is appealing for witnesses after a man fell during a busy festival at Christchurch Quay last Saturday.

Emergency gas works cause delays in Christchurch

Bournemouth Echo: Slow traffic in Swanley due to temporary lights

12:18pm Friday 8th August 2014

EMERGENCY gas works in Christchurch are causing delays for motorists.

‘We’ve had dog mess thrown at us and abuse’, say Druitt Gardens development workers

Bournemouth Echo:

12:00pm Friday 8th August 2014

DEVELOPERS of a controversial Christchurch development involved in the Druitt Gardens tree felling have spoken of the abuse suffered by staff.

Child rescued after knee stuck in climbing frame

Bournemouth Echo: 'Take extra steps to reduce fire risks' residents asked as firefighters plan bank holiday strikes

7:57am Friday 8th August 2014

A child was rescued after becoming stuck in a climbing frame in Mudeford.

Tree felling questions still left unanswered

Bournemouth Echo:

12:00pm Thursday 7th August 2014

QUESTIONS around controversial tree felling in Druitt Gardens have been left unresolved after a key meeting. The matter will now be dealt with at a meeting later this year.

Solar farm go-ahead is boon for parish councils

Bournemouth Echo:

3:00pm Thursday 7th August 2014

TWO parish councils are celebrating a £60,000 windfall after planning approval was granted for nearby solar farms.

Wonderful day out for young carers

Bournemouth Echo:

3:00pm Thursday 7th August 2014

AROUND 100 young carers and deserving children attended a Mad Hatter’s summer tea party in Christchurch.

Fire crews called to rescue girl from climbing frame

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1:00pm Thursday 7th August 2014

Firefighters were called out yesterday after a young girl got her knee stuck in play equipment at a park in Mudeford. They used hydraulic rescue equipment to spread the bars of the frame and eased her knee clear with soap and water.

Man taken to hospital after Christchurch crash

Bournemouth Echo:

11:40am Thursday 7th August 2014

A MAN was taken to hospital after a crash in Christchurch this morning.

Firefighters rescue child stuck in climbing frame

Bournemouth Echo: 'Take extra steps to reduce fire risks' residents asked as firefighters plan bank holiday strikes

5:46pm Wednesday 6th August 2014

FIREFIGHTERS were called out at lunchtime today after a child got stuck in play equipment at a park in Mudeford.

Hundreds turn out for Christchurch commemorations

Bournemouth Echo:

1:33pm Wednesday 6th August 2014

HUNDREDS of people turned out for a special commemoration in Christchurch for the anniversary of the start of World War One.

Carer defrauded thousands from elderly women by forging cheques

Bournemouth Echo:

5:00am Monday 4th August 2014

A CARER has admitted defrauding thousands of pounds from elderly women by forging cheques.

Council blunders over controversially felled trees to be highlighted

Bournemouth Echo: ERROR: Work on the Renaissance Retirement Ltd site in Christchurch

11:25am Monday 4th August 2014

COUNCIL failures over controversially felled trees will be highlighted at an important meeting on Tuesday

Get ready for a carnival parade

Bournemouth Echo:

2:00pm Monday 4th August 2014

CHRISTCHURCH carnival organisers are putting the final touches to this year’s extravaganza.

VIDEO AND GALLERY: Stomping good jazz at Quomps

Bournemouth Echo:

11:00am Monday 4th August 2014

AN annual jazz festival celebrated its 20th anniversary in Christchurch at the weekend.

VIDEO AND GALLERY: Thousands flock to Mudeford RNLI Fun Day

Bournemouth Echo:

9:38am Monday 4th August 2014

THE annual raft race made a splash as thousands of people flocked to Mudeford for an RNLI fun day.

Fears for future of education centre

Bournemouth Echo:

6:00am Monday 4th August 2014

STAFF at a special education centre threatened with closure are appealing for funds to keep it running.

I saved small boy who fell into the sea – now I’m warning parents to be more careful

Bournemouth Echo:

6:00am Friday 1st August 2014

A DAD who rescued a child from the fast flowing water at Mudeford Quay is calling for more vigilance at the beauty spot.

Residents complaint over warehouse ‘investigated’ by Ombudsman

Bournemouth Echo:

4:00pm Friday 1st August 2014

CHRISTCHURCH council could be investigated by the Local Government Ombuds-man over an “intrusive” warehouse.

Celebrations for Muriel’s 101st birthday

Bournemouth Echo:

11:00am Friday 1st August 2014

GLAMOROUS birthday girl Muriel Rae celebrated her 101st birthday in style last week.

Charity logo shaved into man’s head for Macmillan

Bournemouth Echo:

11:00am Friday 1st August 2014

“STUPIDITY rather than bravery” led to one man’s bold decision to get a charity logo shaved into the back of his head.

Blandford Fly treatment on River Stour 'under review'

Bournemouth Echo: CONSEQUENCES: The Blandford Fly

8:18am Thursday 31st July 2014

TREATMENT of the River Stour for Blandford Fly is under review after funding cuts.

More respite break funds for Christchurch charity

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12:26pm Thursday 31st July 2014

MORE funds have been given to a Christchurch-based charity to help families in need of a short break.

Join fun day in aid of Mudeford lifeboat

Bournemouth Echo: Fun on the water in aid of Mudeford RNLI

3:00pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

THOUSANDS of people are expected to flock to an RNLI fun day in support of the Mudeford lifeboat station.

Dozens left without power due to fault

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2:13pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

DOZENS of homes and businesses were left without power for several hours after a problem with the supply in Tuckton.

Drivers warned of delays as footpath widening finally gets underway

Bournemouth Echo:

12:00pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

WORK to widen a footpath in Christchurch will start next month after controversial plans for extensive work were scrapped.

Music from 100 years ago performed at First World War concert to raise cash for charity

Bournemouth Echo:

2:00pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

A DORSET choir has commemorated the First World War with a sold-out fundraising concert in aid of Help For Heroes.

A 57ft Sea creature, stalls galore and music at Mudeford Arts Festival

Bournemouth Echo:

10:18am Tuesday 29th July 2014

A SCARY sea-serpent made out of coloured socks loomed over the arts marquee at Mudeford’s community arts festival.

VIDEO: Keeping the Vulcan flying - the firm who have helped historic bomber stay in the skies

Bournemouth Echo:

2:00pm Monday 28th July 2014

WHEN the historic Vulcan bomber takes to the skies at this year’s Bournemouth Air Festival, it will be largely thanks to a Christchurch firm.

Eight things to do in Dorset today

Bournemouth Echo: SPECTACLE: The  Swanage Carnival parade passes through the town

9:28am Monday 28th July 2014

 1) Bournemouth Carnival

Turn the lights off and light a candle to commemorate WWI

Bournemouth Echo:

4:00pm Sunday 27th July 2014

CHRISTCHURCH will mark the centenary of the start of World War One with a special Lights Out event in Saxon Square.

Druitt Hall gets a brand new look after residents win right to run it

Bournemouth Echo:

4:00pm Friday 25th July 2014

A COMMUNITY venue in Christchurch is being given a new lease of life after a residents association won the right to run it.

“I’m proof you can lose weight” – Tony sheds six-and-a-half stone and turns his life around

Bournemouth Echo:

1:00pm Friday 25th July 2014

AFTER suffering a series of health problems, 63-year-old Tony Martin was determined to start his retirement in better shape.

£3m shopping centre facelift will help trade “improve dramatically”

Bournemouth Echo:

12:00pm Thursday 24th July 2014

THE multi-million pound refurbishment of a Christchurch shopping centre will see trade ‘improve dramatically’, according to business leaders.

‘I don’t feel 100’ - Minnie celebrates milestone birthday with four generations of family

Bournemouth Echo:

1:00pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

FAMILY is what life is all about for centenarian Minnie Simmons – and she has plenty to go around.

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