Issue 46                                               May 2017

Welcome to the Online SAMRA Newsletter, with information about what is going on in the area. The frequency of these mailings depends upon what is happening, hopefully of interest to SAMRA members.

Hi everyone,

I hope you enjoyed the sunshine, although of course after such an unusually dry April, the gardens do need rain!

SAMRA General Meeting

The next SAMRA general meeting is on Friday 23rd June and we are delighted to welcome two members of the Lowland Rescue Team to give a short presentation. If, like me, you don't know much about this worthy body of volunteers' work, come along to hear them speak. They will put new meaning to the call "lost woman from Bournemouth".

We will also host several of our local elected councillors, both from CBC and DCC. In view of the proposed reorganisation of local councils this may be one of last times we can invite all of them but, given that general election has held up the Christchurch referendum, I would not hold your breath.

Christchurch Borough Council

Local government 1: It is very much business as usual after the Dorset County Council (DCC) elections last week with all five of Christchurch's existing Conservative councillors retaining their seats. We look forward to continuing our good relationships with Cllr Lesley Dedman (In Mudeford) and Peter Hall (in Stanpit).

Local Government 2: Conversely, where there has been all change is in the make-up of Christchurch Borough Council (CBC) committees; I don't have space here to list them all but would recommend a trawl around the website for more details. Suffice to say our councillors Ray Nottage and Trevor Watts are no longer on the Resources committee.

Local government 3: You may have received a leaflet through the letterbox recently giving reasons for voting no in the Christchurch referendum, meaning that you object to the merging of services with Bournemouth and Poole. The reasons giving are certainly excellent but what I would like to understand better, is what would be the alternative? We are told that the current two-tier system, imperfect as it is, will no longer be available so how would our social care, education, roads and the other services currently provided by Dorset County Council, be delivered? I have no doubt that this will be a subject for discussion at the meeting; I certainly look forward to finding out more.

Avon Beach concrete blocks: Those pesky articles have been exercising my correspondents; the latest from the responsible CBC officer is that they will be laid flat where they are and covered with sand. This to be done during routine beach replenishment in June. I am delighted that the ugly row of blocks will not be visible or blocking access between the beach and promenade but just hope that they bury them well; one can see that rain, tide or wind could remove the sand and expose the blocks as a trip hazard or unseen hard surface should a child fall. So a partial solution for which I suppose we should be grateful but not fully satisfactory in my opinion. Oh yes, and we, by way of CBC, are still paying for it.

The Roeshot Hill urban extension proposals still seem light on infrastructure, especially medical facilities. Derek has asked the question (again) but we await the answer.

Police and Crime

Local Police: We thank PCSO Stan Mackrell for his report at our last general meeting on local policing matters; you can keep abreast of events by signing up to Dorset Alert; here is the link:

Health and Hospitals

Health matters 1; Orchard and Bransgore Surgeries: if your doctor/GP is in one of these surgeries you may be interested in their possible merger; attend the open event on Tuesday 13th June at United Reform Church, Burton Green at 2:30 pm and 7pm. Light refreshments are promised.

Health matters 2; more meetings! The first is “Interested in Becoming a Governor” Prospective New Governors Event on Thursday 1st June at 5.30pm in the conference room at Royal Bournemouth Hospital. Contact Governor and Membership Manager on 01202 704246.

Then on Friday 9th June; Celebrating Christchurch Hospital Health Hub; 2-4pm, Department tours and stands, refreshments available. Free talks; “Arthritis and how it is treated” at 2.20pm and “Cherishing the skin you’re in” at 3.15pm are included.  Phone 01202 704394.

And finally; more of the very popular Understanding health series at The Village Hotel at 11am (please arrive at 10.45); on Friday 23rd June “Back Pain” and Monday 11th September “Stroke”. Open to all but booking essential, phone 01202 704394.


New Planning Application at Jesmond Ave, Highcliffe: If, like me, you love trees, woodland and wildlife you may be concerned to see this new planning application to build over an area of it.  The details are here:   (note that you have to scroll to the bottom and Accept the disclaimer before seeing it, then hit the View Documents tag for site maps etc). The date for comments in is 29th May and you will see that many comments are already in; please hit the Comment button to have your say.


If you know anyone who has email but does not receive these messages, please ask them to email me and we will add them to the list; we promise that we will not use your email address for anything other than SAMRA business. The next SAMRA Newspage will be posted through doors in early June; please don't forget that this is membership renewal time so please have your £2 per household ready to give your road warden when they call as it will help them immensely, just as they keep SAMRA going with their voluntary help. We are very appreciative.

And finally finally ... I fully realise that I am sounding like a cracked record on this but SAMRA is still desperate for some new committee members, especially in the secretarial and editorial functions. Even if you don't feel like filling those, we would be happy to co-opt you "without portfolio". If you wish to talk more about these opportunities, please phone me on 01425 278335 or email

Looking forward to seeing you at the meeting on 23rd June, 7pm start at Stanpit Village Hall.


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