Merry Christmas

We have been working on this for quite some time... The place to get Boscombe information! A couple of months ago, Urban Evolution were successful in getting funding for a website covering all health related activities in the Boscombe area from the Healthy living project, well we have got it on-line now at, take a look, if you have anything to be included, drop us a line!

Probably the best thing in boscvegas for a long time... centre of our world... Boogaloo... were in he paper this week as they have to change their name! the people of boscome are all going around in a daze.. trying to think of the name which will win them the prize of a night out with dinner a Boogaloo then a VIP ticket for a gig at the Opera House!! if you win .. Take me! Please! here are some photos of lovely lunch from their new winter menu - yum yum!

This is a picture of my Grandmothers family in Maestre in Italy Veice , where my Grandmother (who lived with us untill last week) grew up, I thnk the baby is Grandma, which makes the pic 80 y ears old, not sure about what they are all wearing.. my great grandfather appears to be wearing all of his clothes, he has a big beard, i think someone used his picture on a wine label.. the boy on the left was taken at age 14 in the middle of the night and made to fight the Russians in Russia, though he got away somehow! scary times!

We are some considerable way through our project to plant 500 Fruit trees in Boscombe, to see the map of where they are going have a look at the website (on the side bar) if you want one email me! quick!

This is my best friends violin group, we have all met through going to the Coda Fiddle orchestra at St Mary's and get together sometimes to drink some wine and play some violin....

I went to see the extreme arts project at Kings Park School last week, I got stuck straight in first making a Christmas wreath for the front door; mine is rudolph shaped..
Then I made this Christmas decoration which I made into a badge... The extreme arts project is for children in the Boscombe area aged 7 and over. Contact Kings Park school for details.
Nestlé Children's Book Prize winner refuses Nestlé money - Sean Taylor rejects cheque

Press release 12 December 2007

See on-line version for links to supporting documents and images of Nestlé baby food marketing malpractice at:

Children's author, Sean Taylor, was announced today as the Gold Medal Winner of the Nestlé Children's Book Prize, under-5 category, for his book When a Monster is Born illustrated by Nick Sharratt (Orchard Books). In an open letter Mr. Taylor indicated that he would not accept the prize money for the award which is sponsored by Nestlé. He commented:

"Being on the short list for the 2007 Nestlé Children’s book Prize is a significant honour for me, especially since so many children around the country have been involved in choosing the winning books. And I am delighted to accept the award offered to me.

"However, because of questions surrounding Nestlé’s marketing of breast-milk substitutes, I do not feel able to accept the prize money.

"This has not been a decision I have taken lightly. It has involved conversations with Baby Milk Action (a campaign group against Nestlé), Nestlé themselves, and an authoritative third party with experience in the field (who wishes to remain nameless)."

Baby Milk Action is concerned by Nestlé’s record of aggressive marketing of baby foods, which contributes to the unnecessary death and suffering of infants around the world. Companies should be abiding by international marketing standards adopted by the World Health Assembly, but Nestlé, the market leader, continues to produce systematic and widespread violations of the marekting requirements. These are defended at the most senior levels of the company.

According to Nestlé Global Public Affairs Manager, Dr. Gayle Crozier Willi, Nestlé is 'widely boycotted'.

Surf’s up!

Europe’s first artificial surf reef at Boscombe has been given the green light.
The Marine and Fisheries Agency has granted Bournemouth Borough Council a special environment licence to begin construction of the project.
Work will begin in spring 2008 and is expected to be completed in time for the October 2008 swell.
Roger Brown, Head of Leisure Services at the Council, said: “This is the fantastic news that everyone has been waiting for. The reef will put Boscombe firmly on the surfing map.”
Specialist construction material for the reef includes ecologically sound geo-textile bags from Australia and the webbing base from New Zealand.

planning applications this week

03/12/2007 7-2007-1419-M 517 Christchurch Road Alterations & additions to form 2 flats Mr M Hinton BW SC 28/12/2007
30/11/2007 7-2007-14687-E 61 St Clements Road Erection of a 2/3 storey block of 8 flats Mr C Dane BW SC 25/12/2007
with bin and cycle stores
05/12/2007 7-2007-14162-B 4 Florence Road Demolish existing building and erect 3 Dave Wells Properties BW RC 04/01/2008
storey block of 12 flats with associated
parking, bin and cycle stores.
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Here is a photo of Kira's work!

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Bournemouth Centre for Community Arts (BCCA)


Subject: Bournemouth Centre for Community Arts (BCCA)

Date: 27th November 2007

This briefing note sets out the progress to date on the re-development of the BCCA site following the Cabinet decision on the 10th October

Centre for Independent Living (CIL)

Officers from Property Services, Adult & Community Support, and Community Care Services have met with Disability Wessex and Age Concern to explore their proposal for a Centre for Independent Living. It is unlikely that a CIL will be included in the re-development of the BCCA site for the following reasons:-

Their vision of a CIL does not match the Officers vision of what this facility should provide. It appeared that the premises would be the Head Quarters for Disability Wessex and Age Concern Bournemouth since there was a high-level of office accommodation and only 30% of the total space was for use by clients. Of this, some 70m2 was to be a café, which appeared to perform a joint function as meeting place and revenue earner. Officers have expressed concern about the café’s financial viability.

Lack of synergy between the proposed Council services to be run from this site, which would be for clients with mental illness, physical disabilities and learning difficulties, and those provided by Age Concern, whose clients are older people.

The proposed CIL requires circa 590m2 of floor space. It will be difficult to accommodate development of this size on the site without significantly affecting the number of affordable flats or the day centre provision.

At the meeting the opportunity for sharing facilities was discussed, e.g. CIL use outside office hours, but this was dismissed since the CIL would operate at the same times as the Day Centre.

Their financial appraisal allocates only £124,000 for start up capital costs which is to be funded by grants, loans and appeals. There are concerns that they would not be able to fund a new build centre estimated to be in the order of £1million.

Officers recognise that changes in the delivery of day care services means that a “traditional” day centre will not fully meet the needs and expectation of its clients in the future. It is envisaged that in the future the Council will be working closer with organisations such as Disability Wessex to create services that are user-led in order to promote greater choice and independence for disabled people. It is therefore important that when replacing The Boscombe Centre and Darracott Day Centre to the BCCA site that a flexible multi use building is developed, which is capable of evolving as service requirements dictate. Officers will be working on a brief for a new “Boscombe Centre for Community Living”.

Demolition of the BCCA buildings

The demolition and site clearance is estimated at approximately £170,000. It is with Members to decide whether this will be funded in the Capital Programme for 2008-2011.

Next Stages

Further consultation with the tenants of 70 Gladstone Road – November/December 2007.

Progress capital bid and risk management support application for possible demolition and site clearance works.

Housing Associations to submit their proposal for the site – February 2008.

Consultation with ward members on the proposals – February 2008 

Selection of preferred Housing Association partner – March 2008.


Something amazing is happening on Saturday 8th December.
30 fiddlers, mainly children from the Boscombe area, are performing Xmas related music on the stage of St Mary's Community Centre, St Mary's Rd, Springbourne.
The Orchestra is directed by Jack Maguire, who teaches most of them. The repertoire includes Scottish marches and jigs, marking the approach of Hogmanay.
Nigel Kennedy is Coda Fiddle Orchestra's Honorary Patron.
Entry to the concert is free (retiring collection)
The most remarkable achievement is that half of these children have only been learning the violin for 3 months!
Please come, and forward this e mail to others who might be interested. CFO is keen to raise it's profile, particularly as we are performing in Bournemouth Gardens again next Summer.

The Xmas concert is supported by Bournemouth Arts, Bournemouth Rotary, Neighborhood Management and the Coop.