Thursday, 29 October 2009

Sponsored swim raises £400

A 60-year-old who swam from Branksome to Boscombe Pier to raise money for the RNLI has handed over a cheque for £400 to lifeguards.
Long distance swimmer Derek Biggs took the 5km sponsored challenge in August.
Mr Biggs uses the stretch of water for triathlon training and wanted to repay the lifeguards in the area for the service they provide.
He said: "Bournemouth is ideal training area with one of the best-lifeguarded beaches in the country and miles of safe swimming from Poole to well past Boscombe.
"Having swum at other beaches you realise just how well lifeguarded Bournemouth and Poole are."
Pic: RNLI

Thursday, 15 October 2009

Winter sunsets on the way



With just ten days to go before the clocks go back, winter is definitely just around the corner. On the plus side, the sunsets and sunrises from Boscombe get more spectacular as the days get shorter.
As sun the sun gradually moves south, it creates a breathtaking show over the Isle of Wight in the morning and over the Purbeck hills in the evening - and you won't have to be awake at a ridiculous hour to see it.

Thursday, 1 October 2009

Beach hut design winner announced

The winner of the Boscombe beach hut competition has been chosen.
The winning design, inspired by a beach windbreak, was submitted by architects in Brighton and Hove.
Peter Francis Lewis of Brighton based design consultancy AEREA worked with ABIR Architects to beat 173 entries.
The design, called 'The Seagull and the Windbreak', has echoes of two sights commonly associated with the seaside.
Designer Peter Francis Lewis said: "The seagull is represented by the canopy roof, each wing covering a pair of semi-detached beach huts. The curved horizontal bands of the exterior take their cue from the classic windbreak."
The four accessible beach huts can each accommodate up to four wheelchair users and include facilities such as adjustable height kitchen units.
The huts, which are due to open next summer, will be built west of Boscombe pier, near Coasters restaurant.