Christchurch construction firm REIDsteel celebrates centenary year

A CHRISTCHURCH-based steel construction firm celebrated its centenary year with a party for staff members, clients, suppliers and business associates. REIDsteel, founded by Col. John Reid in France in 1919, designs and builds structures throughout...
Madeleine's four quail chicks

Animal lover Madeleine hatches a quartet of quails from shop eggs

AN animal-loving pupil from Highcliffe School has hatched a quartet of quail chicks from a batch of shop-bought eggs to encourage people think about what they are eating. Madeleine Woodifield (14), who is a vegan...

A35 traffic fears as Hinton gravel extraction plan approved

AN operation to extract gravel from land off Roeshot Hill at Hinton over the next 20 years has been given the go-ahead despite concerns about road safety and the environmental impact. Local residents have reacted...

Former Christchurch clergyman convicted of pocketing funeral fees

A FORMER Christchurch clergyman has been convicted of pocketing tens of thousands of pounds in funeral fees. Andrew Hawthorne (51), who was assistant curate at St George’s Church in Jumpers Road, should have paid the...

New BCP leader’s promise to the public: No more secrets

THE new leader of BCP Council has said she wants to overhaul the “secretive” approach taken by its predecessor authorities. Cllr Vikki Slade said that running one of the largest councils in the country was...

Coffee shop ruling makes a mug of council’s cafe ban

CHRISTCHURCH is to get its 15th coffee shop after a planning inspector ruled that  councillors were wrong to turn down an application on the grounds the town was overrun with them. The town hit the...
Steamer point homes

Four-storey designs unveiled for clifftop apartments scheme

DEVELOPERS revealed their plans to build houses and flats on a clifftop site in Christchurch at a public exhibition. Pennyfarthing Homes Ltd have bought the former Coastguard training centre at Steamer Point with the main...
Frank Coombes obituary

Frank Coombes: accountant who wrote book about the war for his grandchildren

A GRANDFATHER with distinguished wartime service and aviation career who spent much of his retirement actively involved in local organisations has died just a month before his 101st birthday. Frank Reginald Coombes and Ivy, the...

Ram-raiders smash into garage to steal haul of valuable tools

RAIDERS made off with thousands of pounds of tools after using a van to reverse their way through the shutters of a garage in Winkton on Monday night. The police were called to Winkton Auto...

Family forgives GP for ‘missed opportunities’ in treatment that led to fatal ulcer

THE family of a Christchurch woman who died from a stomach ulcer partly caused by her medication have forgiven the GPs that treated her. The inquest into the death of 58-year-old April Stevenson heard that...
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