A TOWN is so overrun with coffee shops that councillors decided to leave a store empty rather than let another one open. The High Street in Christchurch, Dorset, has 14 coffee shops on a 500 metre stretch — an average of one every 35 metres. So chain Coffee#1’s bid to open No15 in an ex-shoe shop that has been empty for a year triggered angry objections from locals — and councillors refused permission. Mike Ismail, owner of Baggies Cafe, said the situation was out of control. He added: “There are 28 food outlets just in the core part of High Street and 14 of those are cafes or coffee shops. “To have that many in a town centre of this size is a crazy situation. DRINK TO THEIR MEMORY Soldier buys a pint for each of his fallen comrades in moving tribute LIGHTS OUT Mum left in dark and unable to pay electricity after being charged twice in Asda 'FOR ONCE I'M INNOCENT' Bronson 'wanted to hug prison governor' he's accused of assaulting RevealedLONDON FORECAST … [Read more...] about Town centre of Christchurch is so overrun with coffee shops that council has BANNED a 15th from opening
PUBLISHED: 07:11 09 November 2018 | UPDATED: 07:11 09 November 2018 Dominic Moffitt An Air Ambulance from Essex and Hertfordshire was spotted flying over Ipswich and later landing in Christchurch Park Picture: GAVIN LEE FOSTER Archant Reports of an air ambulance and reports of sirens in the area of Christchurch Park drew attention from across Ipswich. An image of an East of England air ambulance (stock image) Picture: SIMON PARKERThe red helicopter was seen flying over the town and landing in the area of Christchurch yesterday afternoon, Thursday, November 8. Unfortunately, it is still not clear why this happened.Residents reported that the helicopter landed at around 4.10pm on the north side of the park.An eyewitness claims that they saw the air ambulance land on the front lawn of Christchurch Mansion.They also claim that it was an Essex and Hertfordshire air ambulance.This was denoted by its design of red with yellow stripes.In contrast, East of England … [Read more...] about Why was did an air ambulance land in Christchurch Park yesterday?
PUBLISHED: 21:41 16 October 2018 | UPDATED: 21:57 16 October 2018 An Armillary sphere sundial which has been vandalised Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN Archant A historic sundial at Christchurch Park in Ipswich which was restored to its former glory last year has been vandalised. Ipswich Mayor Roger Fern cut the ribbon as the restored sundial was unveiled last year Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNThe armillary sphere sundial in the lower arboretum was dedicated to author and historian Dr John Blatchly MBE following its restoration in January 2017.The sundial had previously been absent from the park for almost 100 years. The armillary has been removed and is likely to be missing for at least two weeks while it is repaired, according to the park’s Facebook page. The post read: “We are saddened to report that the armillary sphere sundial in the lower arboretum which we recently restored in memory of Dr John Blatchly MBE has been vandalised. An Armillary sphere sundial will be missing … [Read more...] about ‘Sadness’ at sundial vandalism in Christchurch Park
PUBLISHED: 14:39 10 October 2018 | UPDATED: 14:39 10 October 2018 Paul Geater From L-R: Cllr Aisdair Ross, Martin Combes (Royal British Legion) Maria Wilson, Ranulph Woods and Nicolas Rix-Perez ((Ipswich School combined cadet force) and Lisa Stannard (Operations Manager for Parks & Cemeteries). Picture: Neil Didsbury Archant As the world prepares to mark next month’s centenary of the armistice that ended the First World War, a poignant tribute to the Ipswich’s fallen has been unveiled in Ipswich. The new Tommy statues will be places around Christchurch Park in Ipswich. Picture: Neil DidsburyFive life-sized silhouettes of British “Tommies” have been placed in the town – three in Christchurch Park and two in the cemeteries – to remind people of the sacrifice made by their forefathers a century ago.They were unveiled by Ipswich councillor Alasdair Ross, a former soldier who returned to uniform in Afghanistan nine years … [Read more...] about ‘Tommy’ silhouettes unveiled in Christchurch Park ahead of November 11 armistice centenary
A MAN has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman, 37, was found dead with "serious injuries". Police launched a murder investigation after discovering the woman's body at the house in Christchurch, Dorset, at around 2.45am today. A 38-year-old local man was arrested on suspicion of her murder and police say he is assisting officers with their enquiries. The woman's family have been made aware, Dorset Police said. The address, in the Park Gardens residential area of Christchurch, where a one-bedroom flat is worth around £115,000, remains cordoned off as officers continue to gather evidence. DI Rich Dixey, of Dorset Police, said: "Following the discovery of the woman’s body early this morning, we have launched a murder investigation. "We are carrying out extensive enquiries to establish exactly what happened at the address in Park Gardens. VID GAME MASSACRE Gamer kills 4 rivals in mass shooting live-stream after losing at comp JAIL BATTERING Baby torturer … [Read more...] about Man arrested on suspicion of murder in Christchurch after woman, 37, found dead with ‘serious injuries’