Saturday, 26 September 2009

Sports events bring beach alive



Boscombe beach was buzzing with friendly rivalry this weekend as a lifeguard contest shared the sand with football tournaments, volleyball and surfing activities.
The European Inshore Rescue Boat Championships, which continues tomorrow, drew the bigger crowd.
Crews from around Britain, Denmark and Germany showed off their lifesaving skills by racing to rescue volunteers from the water.
Meanwhile, teams competed in five-a-side football, beach volleyball and on a 70m inflatable assault course brought in by the Army.
Other events included a free African drumming workshop and sumo wrestling ring.
You may also have been forgiven for thinking a pod of dolphins were washed up on Boscombe Beach, just days after Gilbert the whale met an undignified end. The dolphins were, in fact, part of a sand sculpture competition. By the end of Saturday, dozens of the animals could be seen leaping from the sand.
The events were all part of the Boscombe Beach Fest, organised by the Citizens Advice Bureau, Sport England, Bournemouth Borough Council and the 2012 Legacy Project.

Underground market closes

Stallholders at Boscombe's indoor market, Boscombe Underground, were packing up for the last time today as the venture became the latest victim of the recession.
The market, on the corner of Adeline Road and Christchurch Road, opened just three months ago. But the stalls selling vintage clothing, records, goth clothing, art, crafts and incense did not attract enough customers and several stallholders decided to pull out.
A notice on the window today read: "To our lovely customers - thank you for your support over the last few months.
"If you wish to see us, we have now opened independently. Bunty's Beads, now at Unit 3, Roumelia Lane (opposite); Deco Vintage, Pokesdown (check us out on Facebook); Fairtrade, Pokesdown (near Deco); Armour Gothic/Horror, Winton High Street.
"Goodbye from all of us. We've enjoyed every day."
The closure is the latest to hit Boscombe traders. The Reef Indian and Pizza restaurant on the same block was recently reposessed by agents Terra Firma who, in a public notice, cited non-payment of rent. Chains such as Woolworths and Rosebys have also disappeared from the High Street.

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Musicians bring Boscombe together

The weather was on the side of Boscombe musician Theone Coleman for Sunday's Bourne 2 Stand Out music event in Boscombe Chine Gardens.
Dozens of musicians and live acts took part in the mini festival in the sunshine and hundreds more residents, young and old, came along to watch.
There are already plans for another event next year. Theone said: "The council said they want us to do it again. It was hard work to put together but we now have a whole year to plan the next one."
Theone, 24, launched Bourne 2 Stand Out - a community music project - with the help of the Princes Trust. It has since developed into a band who try to break down barriers in the community. Sunday's gig was supported by ITV Fixers.
Theone's aim of using music to heal social ills stemmed from his time in prison. You can find out more about Theone's story on ITV regional news next Wednesday, September 30.