Bournemouth in Bloom

The Olympic torch is set to arrive in Bournemouth on Friday 13th (!!!) of July. So how will the town look? Well, in parts of the town traders are doing bit to ensure Bournemouth blossoms for when the spotlight falls on us.

Town looks blooming great for torch relay

“TRADERS are chipping in to make their area of Bournemouth blossom by the time the Olympic torch passes through. It is hoped a total of £3500 will be raised by businesses and other donations for Winton in Bloom to showcase Wimborne Road as an attractive spot for shoppers.

Rob and Wayne Sheppard from the Quickpics photography shop have become involved again after a break and are looking to make the shopping street as picturesque as possible with a wealth of flowers. …”
http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/9742762.Town_looks_blooming_great_for_torch_relay/

Bournemouth in Bloom

Bournemouth in Bloom - Hanging Basket

Hanging Basket—DaveCrosby (Flickr.com)

You may have heard of Bournemouth in Bloom, but not realise how much work goes into it. In reality, “Bournemouth in Bloom” oversees and supports rather than directs, as its down to the different suburbs of the town – such as Winton above – to coordinate their own efforts. And its largely down to the efforts of volunteers to ensure residential areas, businesses, schools, etc look their best.

Ten years ago there were concerns that Bournemouth in Bloom was wilting – as some parts of the town didn’t take part. Whilst there are prizes in the many categories, there is no direct funding as such to go towards flowers. The committees of volunteers work “in partnership” with Bournemouth Council’s Parks Department, our understanding is the Council don’t contribute financially.

Information is hard to come by (which again reflects the lack of funding!). On a volunteer directory we found that Bournemouth In Bloom aims to: -

encourage local communities to work together to improve the appearance of their localities. – benefit business and encourage tourism – assist in the regeneration of unsightly areas – provide floral displays to give pleasure as well as encouraging long term and structured planting – encourage cleanliness, conservation, recycling, composting and minimising waste – encourage children to take part in the above – increase civic pride

Lets support them all we can – not just for the arrival of a torch!

Bournemouth Gardens

OK so this is a promotional video for the Hermitage Hotel, Bournemouth. But its short and gives an interesting glimpse of Bournemouth Gardens. Most reports of the gardens seem to focus on when it rains:-

“Once again on the first day of Bournemouth’s infamous air Festival the Met office forecast heavy rain. Instead of seeing planes fly high in the sky Bournemouth Pier was a picture of brollies and Pac-a-macs. Bournemouth lower gardens were this morning a scene of emptiness.” In Pictures Bournemouth Gardens Flooded hannahsmithson

… which is rather sad! Although I must admit I’ve already posted my share of wet Bournemouth videos!

Bournemouth Gardens

I thought it nice to post a few photographs of Bournemouth gardens – with the sun shining…

Bournemouth gardens, Bournemouth aerial 1

Bournemouth gardens, Bournemouth aerial 1—grahamc99 (Flickr.com)

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Bournemouth Holiday Heat

Bournemouth holiday anyone?

Who needs foreign holidays! Whilst tourists were left shivering in Teneriffe and only “warm” in Casablanca and Alexandria, Bournemouth was the place to be. Never a paper for understatement, lets hear it from the Sun…

Britain basks in temperatures hotter than Africa as mercury soars

“The mercury rocketed to 28C in Bournemouth yesterday, making Friday the hottest day of the year. Brits soaked up the sun while Casablanca in Morocco was left in the shade at just 22C and showery Alexandria in Egypt reached 24C.The Sun”
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/4339866/Britain-basks-in-temperatures-hotter-than-Africa-as-mercury-soars.html

And where Bournemouth scores over everywhere else, you have wonderful beaches and a town packed with masses of entertainment.

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bournemouth beach from the pier

Bournemouth Beaches

Its worth also mentioning the quality of Bournemouth’s beaches.  They have consistently received awards and been praised for their quality – which have nothing to do with the weather!

BBC News. Bournemouth beaches receive seaside awards.  Bournemouth borough council’s director of tourism Mark Smith said These awards have come at a great time especially as many UK residents are choosing to holiday at home this year. With its excellent reputation and host of year-round activities Bournemouth’s beaches flying the Blue Flag. Bournemouth beaches receive seaside awards BBC News

This is great news for the resort. With the lure of Mediterranean and other holiday destinations still high – especially with the pound riding high against the weak Euro – British resort are always struggling.  The spate of bad weather through April and into May has further dented British confidence in having a British holiday.

Bournemouth Holiday

But when the sun shines, and temperatures soar, there is nowhere finer than a resort like Bournemouth.  Whilst the sea isn’t quite as warm as places further south, most just enjoy the chance to relax and bake! Then go into town for familiar, homely facilities. Why fly anywhere?!

Bournemouth Weather

Bournemouth is in the news for the wrong reasons at the moment. Whilst Bournemouth weather is normally a major attraction, at the moment its becoming an embarrassment for the town.

Bournemouth weather, Bournemouth seaside

Bournemouth seaside—Sebastian Anthony (Flickr.com)

Bournemouth weather was featured in a recent Daily Mail article:-

Wrap up warm Cold weather set to last until June and look what a difference Daily Mail

With photographs of well wrapped up people on Bournemouth Beach, they also contrasted the May bank holiday of 2011 with  bleak pictures of 2012.

a Bournemouth seafront spokesperson said: ‘It’s cold, horrible, windy and very quiet. The few people that are here are wearing coats, hats and scarves – quite a contrast to a sunny Bank Holiday weekend.’

Bournemouth area hospitality association chairman Andrew Woodland said: ‘Visitor spend will be way down, with a fall of around £1million compared to a good weather weekend.’

What’s the answer? Does Bournemouth have enough attractions to keep the tourists amused when it does rain? Or will they have to resort to making videos of the rain – or hail – through their windows!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKbMYDLVP54&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Bournemouth Weather and the Air Festival

One event that will be desperate for a change in Bournemouth’s weather is the Air Festival.  Some years, packed beaches are treated to a glorious display as a wide variety of aircraft fly overhead – and its all for free! This year the navy are getting in on the act

“Navy bringing three ships to air festival. Bournemouth Echo. BOURNEMOUTH Air Festival fans can enjoy three Royal Navy ships moored off the seafront this year. It is the first time the Navy has brought three vessels to the festival which organisers say promises another unmissable line-up for its fifth year.…” Navy bringing three ships to air festival Bournemouth Echo

This promises to be a great year for Bournemouth Air Festival – lets just hope the weather doesn’t let them down.

asda in bournemouth town centre flooding

During a bad storm in Bournemouth, Asda started flooding ruining goods. Quite a sobering illustration of how, despite Bournemouth generally having wonderful weather, it can certainly tip down at times!

Tony Hancock Appreciation Society heads to Bournemouth

SOME of the people behind Hancock’s finest half-hours will be in Bournemouth paying tribute to the comedy giant this weekend. Actress June Whitfield and writers Ray Galton and Alan Simpson will be in the resort when the Tony Hancock Appreciation.…  Bournemouth Echo

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tony hancock

Hancock was born in Birmingham and died in Australia in 1968.  But he spent most of his childhood in Bournemouth where his family ran hotels.  There is a blue plaque at the Durlston Court Hotel in Gervis Rd, one of the Bournemouth Hotels he lived in during his early years.

Tony Hancock also made his first steps onto the stage in Bournemouth. A couple of years ago another plaque was unveiled at the Avon Social Club in Avon Road, Springbourne.  This commemorates  Hancocks made his first professional appearance there, in 1940, when it was known as the Labour Halls.  The stage where Hancock would have performed is still there.

Hancock death from suicide after sliding into alcoholism are well documented. He gradually cut ties with those who had been part of his rise to success – from scriptwriters Galton and Simpson to fellow performers such as Sid James and Kenneth Williams. An interesting reflection on this self destruction appears in wikipedia:-

In early 1960, Hancock appeared on the BBC’s Face to Face, a half-hour in-depth interview programme conducted by former Labour MP John Freeman. Freeman asked Hancock many searching questions about his life and work. Hancock, who deeply admired his interviewer, often appeared uncomfortable with the questions, but answered them frankly and honestly. Hancock had always been highly self-critical, and it is often argued that this interview heightened this tendency, contributing to his later difficulties. According to Roger, his brother, “It was the biggest mistake he ever made. I think it all started from that really. …Self-analysis – that was his killer.”

Whatever the reason, his career had peaked and he was a lonely man when he died aged 44.

Remaining 8 Red Arrows leave Bournemouth Airport

After the death of Jon Egging one week earlier, the Red Arrows are finally cleared to depart Bournemouth Airport. The final two aircraft to leave included the spare aircraft Red 10 and a black Hawk (two more had departed the day before). They took off in a very unfamiliar fashion. Four groups each separated by about 1-2 minutes, 3 then 2 then 3 then the 2 spare aircraft.

Red Arrows Return

On a happier note, the Red Arrows returned to Bournemouth airport in May 2012:-

Crowds gather for Red Arrows return to Bournemouth. Bournemouth Echo. SPECTATORS and aviation enthusiasts gathered at Bournemouth Airport to catch a fleeting glimpse of the Red Arrows as they returned for the first time since last year’s tragic crash which killed pilot Jon Egging. The jets had stopped to refuel at and more.… Bournemouth Echo

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Red Arrows - Elpidoforos Papanikolopoulos (Flickr.com)

Families crowded around the perimeter fence and at Bournemouth Flying Club to watch this brief glimpse of the famous aviators. The pilots had stopped to refuel at Bournemouth before taking part in a Diamond Jubilee flypast at Windsor Castle on Saturday for the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh.

However, many were unaware of the visit and have expressed disappointment at being unable to welcome the Red Arrows return to the town.  His widow said she had been overwhelmed by the support from the town after her husbands death.

A permanent  memorial to Jon Egging has been commissioned for the sculpture on Bournemouth’s East Cliff.  Every school in Bournemouth was invited to submit their ideas for the memorial and the council received designs from 39 schools. Following judging by Jon Egging’s widow and mother, the memorial will be designed by two pupils from Kinson Primary School.

It has been confirmed that the Red arrows will return for this years Bournemouth Air Festival. This takes place over the usual four says on the weekend of August 30th – September 2 2012.

 


Bournemouth Air Festival – RAF Red Arrows

Bournemouth Air Festival

Who said it was just an air festival! It was recently announced  the Navy will be bringing three ships to this years festival.

Bournemouth Air Festival fans can enjoy three Royal Navy ships moored off the seafront this year. It is the first time the Navy has brought three vessels to the festival which organisers say promises another unmissable line-up for its fifth year.…”  Bournemouth Echo.

This is following the news that the Red Arrows have also been booked for this popular annual event.

This video of the Red Arrows at Bournemouth Air Festival 2011 was tragically followed by the crash of the RAF Hawk T1 piloted by Flt Lt Jon Egging. The cameraman who posted it on You Tube dedicated it to Jon – all our condolences go to Jon Egging’s family, his friends and the RAF Red Arrows team.

“Organisers have confirmed that the Avro Vulcan Cold War bomber will be back this year, as will the two GR4 Tornados.
One of last year’s most popular displays will be repeated when the Bournemouth-based Sea Vixen takes to the sky with the colourful Miss Demeanour Hunter Jet – Bournemouth fans will be the only ones to witness the pairing… Also back are the Breitling Wingwalkers, while the Night Air displays will take place on two evenings with the SWIP Team Twister Duo lighting up the sky.
Night Air will also feature two new additions – a parachute jump and a Spitfire sunset display set to music.”    thisisdorset.net

On top of all this there are helicopter displays – with the Royal Navy also getting in on the act with their Black Cats Helicopter Display Team. And if that wasn’t enough the Air Festival crows will also  see naval beach assaults, live music, fireworks, seafront trading, street entertainers, military participation and interactive military villages.

Lets just hope for fine weather!

Bournemouth Sevens Festival

THE LARGEST RUGBY, NETBALL & MUSIC FESTIVAL IN THE WORLD

What is Bournemouth Sevens?

The Bournemouth Sevens Festival is an action packed weekend filled with enthralling sport, live music and awe-inspiring entertainment. Attracting 20,000 people, Bournemouth Sevens is the world’s largest rugby, netball and music festival and is globally renowned as the Sporting Glastonbury.  This sell-out festival is, in 2012,  now in its fifth year

The post event press release in 2011 stated:-

More than 300 teams competing in a range of competitive and social cups over the weekend there was more than enough action for the assembled crowds to enjoy. The stands were full to capacity with rugby fans as the main pitch saw stars from across the world competing in The National Cup, with the Army taking the title.

Meanwhile the National Netball tournament saw more than 100 teams taking part in the largest netball competition in Europe with Tamsin Greenway amongst the England internationals in attendance over the weekend.

bournemouth sevens festival

Sailosi Tagicakibau - Bournemouth Sevens Winner

As well as rugby and netball, the festival has become a great music event as well.

The event takes place at Bournemouth Sports Club, situated next to Bournemouth International Airport. Many locals are surprised that the event has become so big so quickly – not realising that the sports Club extends over 65 acres! There are six festival areas – plus a camping area for up to 3000.

What is Rugby Sevens

You won’t see it at London, but Rugby Sevens has been included for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. For those just used to watching 15 a side rugby union, here are the main differences between the two codes (courtesy wikipedia). They are mainly to speed up the game and to adjust for the fewer number of players:-

  1. Seven players per team on field (instead of 15).
  2. Five substitutes, with only three interchanges (instead of 7 and 7).
  3. Seven minute halves, though ten minute halves are allowed in the final of a competition (instead of forty minute halves).
  4. One minute half-time, two minutes in finals (instead of ten minutes).
  5. Matches drawn after regulation are continued into Extra Time, in 5-minute periods.
  6. All conversion attempts must be drop-kicked (instead of having the option to place-kick).
  7. Conversions must be taken within 40 seconds of scoring a try (instead of 60 seconds).
  8. Three player scrums (instead of eight players).
  9. Kick-offs: in sevens, the team which has just scored kicks off, rather than the conceding team, as in fifteen-a-side.
  10. Yellow cards net a 2-minute suspension (instead of 10 minutes).
  11. Suspensions are more severe in Sevens than in Fifteens. The team plays a man down for 1/7 of the match instead of 1/8, and losing 1 man out of 7 opens up more space than 1 man out of 15.
  12. Referees decide on advantage quickly (where one play usually ends advantage, not true in fifteens).
  13. In major competitions, there are additional officials present (in-goal touch judges) to judge success of kicks at goals and hence the game is not delayed waiting for touch judges to move into position to judge conversion attempts.

Bournemouth Flash Floods August 2011

Bournemouth Gardens

Video was taken around 1pm Thursday August 18th 2011.  Due to a serious bit of bad luck, the Bournemouth Air Festival (Organised by Bournemouth Council) was a bit of a wash out. Heavy rain fall lasting hours flooded many parts of Bournemouth. This video shows the flooding in Bournemouth Gardens. There was also a section of road on Gervis Place split and pushed upward by the pressure of underground waterpipes.

Everything goes in Bournemouth Gardens?

Bournemouth youngsters bid to break Guinness World Record for largest dance Bournemouth Echo. But forget Glee and Mary Poppins life itself became very much like a West End musical yesterday in the Bournemouth Lower Gardens. The terraces of Pavilion Dance saw local school children take part in a Guinness World Record attempt for the Largest.…Bournemouth youngsters bid to break Guinness World Record for largest dance Bournemouth Echo

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balloon in bournemouth gardens

But what about the balloon?  Well according to their website, the Bournemouth Balloon was “inspected and certified as an aircraft by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in 2008″.  Going up to a flying height of 150 metres (492 feet), “passengers” have the freedom to roam the gondola and view the sights of Bournemouth. Again, from their website, the gondola boasts:-

“The impressive Gondola, an 8 sided annular ring is manufactured from aircraft quality stainless steel and has an indefinite life and is designed to allow passengers to walk around in around whilst preventing people bunching up during flight, it’s essentially an octagonal donut shape!.
The Gondola allows every passenger (up to 28) an unhindered 360 degree panoramic view.”

Personally, I don’t think its worth £12.50!

Bournemouth & Poole Monopoly


Monopoly – Poole & Bournemouth

Cities, towns, counties and now, even football clubs are celebrated through these special editions of this classic family game.
Featuring many of the region’s most famous landmarks and cultural icons, they make wonderful gifts, souvenirs of a trip, or great family fun with a local flavour.