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 Please check the Calendar Page for imminent Meetings.

  • “Activities available” leaflets have been distributed to twelve local (Poole) Estate Agents.   These will be displayed, given to prospective residents, copied or scanned for future use. All approached were grateful and enthusiastic about the impact these may have on their clients.   They were also informed when this site went live, for the benefit of their customers/clients.
  • If you wish to promote an event, please send the relevant information to the ARCH Secretary at     Please note that ARCH can only accept events which are non-commercial and specific to Canford Heath residents.

DATELINE: October 17th. 2018.

BUNCH of BLOKES: Family Beetle Drive at St. Paul’s Church Nov. 10th.  (Please check the poster below.)

ARCH Beetle Drive Poster

St. PAUL’S PLAYERS:  Pantomime “Pirates of Poole” !   Nov. 23rd. and 24th. at St. Paul’s Church.   (Please check the poster below.)

ARCH Panto Poster 2018

DATELINE: October 14th. 2018.

“VENUSIANS” CRAFT EVENING on Weds. Nov. 7th. at St. Paul’s Church.   This is their monthly meeting but this time devoted to Crafts !   £2 each includes craft materials and refreshments !    (Please check the poster below.)

“FESTIVE FRIDAY”  at Magna Academy !  Yes, it’s here again !  Friday, Nov. 9th. from 6 – 8 pm.  This “seasonal shopping event” was a huge success last year and we hope to repeat that.   (Please check out the poster below for more details.)

CHRISTMAS MARKET and FUN !    This will happen at St. Paul’s Church on Saturday, December 1st. from 10 am. – 2.00 pm.  Free entry.   Loads to see and do and buy !                  (Please check the poster below.)

Christmas Market 2018-1 (3)-converted

DATELINE: October 5th. 2018.

“BEAT THE STREET” !  This is a challenge to individuals, community groups and schools to see how far can YOU walk, run or cycle in the six weeks between Weds. October 3rd. and Weds. November 14th.   Contact via  if you want to know more or get involved.   Get a card or fob to use on sensors in “Beat Boxes” on many lamp-posts.   Score points and win prizes for overall success.   There will also be “spot prizes” during the six-week period ! 

DATELINE: September 30th. 2018.

CITIZENS’ ADVICE BUREAU “DROP-IN”.    There will be a “DROP-IN” SESSION at the Library from 2 – 5 pm. every Tuesday.     These sessions started on October 9th.   Their staff can try to solve a variety of your problems e.g. Benefits, Housing, Consumer issues, Employment, Debt, Families and Relationships, Legal matters, Immigration, etc.

DATELINE: September 30th. 2018.

BISCUIT DROP-OFF.   ARCH needs donations of single IN-DATE packets of sweet or savoury biscuits to be used as prizes at fund-raising TOMBOLAS during imminent, local Christmas events.   If you can help, please deliver your contribution to “Karen” at the “Card Locker” premises on Adastral Square BY OCTOBER 31st.   Thanks !

DATELINE: September 27th. 2018.

MAYOR’S QUIZ NIGHT !  Mayor Sean Gabriel is hosting a Quiz Night at Limelights Youth Centre, Learoyd Road from 7 – 10 pm. on Friday, October 26th.   The price of £10 a head includes an excellent Ploughman’s Supper !   You need a team of four or more.  You need to bring your own drinks.  Tickets from Cllr. Sandra Moore on 01202 388418 or via e-address   Proceeds go to the Mayor’s charities.         Please check the poster below.

ARCH Mayor’s Quiz Night Poster

DATELINE: August 7th. 2018.   Update Sept. 5th.

 “NEW” Dance Academy opening !   The “INSPIRE” Dance Academy is a NEW  dancing school, offering a full range of dance disciplines.   Your first session will be free and then the charge will be £5 per session.   It is available for ages 3 – 18.   It is being held at the Magna Academy.  It  started on Tuesday, September 4th.   For more details please phone 07922 570918 and check their web-site via

DATELINE: July 23rd., 2018.

To update yourself with the many activities and events on Canford Heath during the rest of the summer, please refer to the site Calendar and check details on the Events Diary below.

ARCH Summer 2018 events diary

Dateline: June 17th. 2018.

Why not JOIN your CANFORTH HEATH COMMUNITY CENTRE  ?    There are many activities staged at the Community Centre near the Library at Adastral Square.   As a member you also have the use of various facilities and cheaper entry to entertainment gigs, etc.   Please check out the poster and the site Calendar.

ARCH Come and join your community centre

Please note: the entries which follow are all historic and informative about projects of ARCH and some of its members and organisations.

Dateline: March 11th. 2017

  • To improve the visibility and use of public, stand-alone notice-boards, when sufficient funds are available, ARCH intends to obtain larger, more prominent boards and move one (outside Martin’s) to a more visible site. (Images)  
  • Update June 13th.   Progress is being made on seeking sources of funding for the new boards.
  • Update November 1st.   Funding is now available and suitable designs are being considered, especially for a single-sided board outside Asda.       Update January 10th. 2018.   Members’ Meeting considered latest information.  Decision taken to purchase one of the two boards, i.e. that to be installed outside Asda.  It will be of low maintenance material, open and therefore weather-resistant.   Approx. cost £1500.   Council to instal.   Funding now available.  Plans to have a very public opening to attract attention.                                                                                           
  • Update February 24rd. 2018.   New board was installed by the Council Feb. 21st.   Grand Unveiling was announced by the TOWN CRIER, Mr. David Squire,  and performed by Councillor Sandra Moore at 11.00 am. today.    This open board has spaces for 18 x A4 posters or notices.   We hope it will attract attention and be another communication medium for Canford Heath residents and visitors !   We also still intend to replace the double-sided board currently in Adastral Square, when sufficient funds are available.   A bid has been made for a C.I.L. grant to cover this.
  • Digging the holes.

    New board assembled.

    New board in position Feb. 21 2018.
    ARCH N/B ready for unveiling !

    Town Crier David Squire rousing the crowd !

    Councillor Sandra Moore cutting the ribbon !

New N/B as seen from Asda.

New N/B as seen from Martins.

Adastral Square n-board’s useful reverse side.

Dateline: (April 26th. 2017)   Updated June 20th. 2018.

THE CANFORD HEATH HUB is an organisation created by Nigel and Val Ford (the Ministers at Canford Heath Baptist Church).   It forms an umbrella including their own Church, plus St. Paul’s Anglican Church, and the Beacon Church.   Its purpose is “to help those in need on Canford Heath”.   The Hub is operating from the Library on Mondays, and the launch was on October 16th. 2017 as a “Drop-In Centre”.   They are offering a foodbank (by referral) and a free debt-counselling service each week, from 2 – 4 pm.    Donations of dry and tinned food may be made to The Hub from 1 – 4 pm. on Mondays.   They need voluntary help !     Further details and information from 07939 059429 or via the site 

ARCH The Hub Poster June 2018


(THE HUB) “JUST POP-IN !”   This new service was announced by Nigel and Val at the ARCH Network Meeting on Feb. 7th.  2018.   It will be offered monthly on the last Friday from 10 am – 12 noon at the Community Centre.  It offers “friendship for all ages” – plus some refreshments !

Dateline: May 24th. 2017

“Local friendly informal support group” (LFISG).   This has been formed with a view to “creating and maintaining better mental health”.   One part of this informal therapy is to go for walks.   The current group is enthusiastic but not very large.   If interested, please contact David Swift by e-mail:

 Dateline: Friday, September 8th. 2017

UNIVERSITY of the THIRD AGE (U3A)  This organisation is very active in the Poole area for people who are no longer paid to work.   If you are interested, they have an office in the Community Centre, open on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 am – 12 noon, or phone 01202 678113.  

Dateline: (Monday, September 11th. 2017)

The Citrus Singers started a Canford Heath Community Choir in the Library on Monday, October 16th. 2017.    They worked from 6.15 – 7.45 pm.   They welcomed anyone age 16+ and of any ability.   It was a well-constructed and stimulating session.   Then, together with others of Tim and Jane’s  choirs, they performed for the first time in public to entertain the shoppers and stall-holders at the crowded St. Paul’s Church Christmas Market on Dec. 2nd. !     However, more singers are welcome, especially gents, every Monday !   If interested, please contact Tim Dowland on 07889 314288 or e-mail   £6 per session.   See original poster below.    We re-commenced on Monday, Jan. 8th. 2018.   Then we performed at the BIG COMMUNITY SING at St. Paul’s Church on Sept. 16th., receiving a standing ovation !

ARCH citrus singers Poster

Dateline: Tuesday, September 12th. 2017


Free, two-hour sessions about how to give first aid to babies in various situations are being presented by Med-Star Paediatric every Monday morning from 9.30 – 11.30 am in the “Community Space” at Tesco’s, Tower Park.   All are welcome – and babies too !    However please phone 07810 116673 to book a place.   Details may be found on their site at

Dateline: November 17th. 2017.

NEW LADIES GROUP !   A new group started at St. Paul’s Church on Wednesday, January 3rd. 2018 (and will meet subsequently on the first Wednesday of the month) at 7.30 pm.   They call themselves “The Venusian Ladies Group”.   It is open to all ladies.   Please see their poster for their programme and contacts.


Dateline: November 17th. 2017.

LIVABILITY – UCAN.    If you are aged 25 or more and live in Poole or the Purbecks, the Livebility-Ucan Project is available to assist you in your life-planning.   Please check the file attached for further information about what is available.

ARCH Livability UCan flyer

Dateline: January 9th. 2018.  Updated August 6th. 2018.

“MELODIES IN MOTION”  These are musical exercise sessions held weekly at the Community Centre from 10 – 11 am. and from 11.15 am. to 12.15 pm.   They are aimed mainly at the over-50s !    Fee per session £5.50.   For further details contact Sue on 01202 282315 or 01202 469894 or from      UpdateThe first session has been very popular  and so Sue is starting a regular, second “gentler” session from 11.15 – 12.15 on Mondays, starting in August 2018.      If interested, please contact Sue.   She also needs to know if you wish to continue with the classes through the summer ?              (Images from a gentler, taster session on Thursday, Jan. 11th. 2018 in the Library !)

Sue’s intro Jan.11

Some chair-based !

Sue – demo !

Dateline: January 12th. 2018.

CARERS’ SUPPORT GROUP.    Group meets in the Library from 2.30 – 4.00 pm. on the last Weds. of every month.   If you want a break and a chat over a cup of tea and a cake with other people in a similar situation, you will be very welcome.                                                                                                    


Dateline: Monday, January 22nd. 2018

CANFORD HEATH ART SOCIETY EXPANSION.   “CHAS” expanded.   At members’ request, they began having a trial of twice-monthly meetings, on the first and fourth Thursdays, which started on Feb. 1st.   We meet at the Library between 7 – 9 pm.   We charge £1.50 per session to cover the cost of this extra booking.   We have kept the annual membership fee at £30.   For more information about this small, very friendly, mixed-ability group, either e-mail or phone her on 01202 382643.

Dateline: Thursday, February 8th. 2018.

MORE  VOLUNTEER  GARDENERS  WANTED !   The Adastral Square Gardeners (ADSGAR) have produced beautiful enhancement of the “Square” environment.   They have also recently taken on the bedding plots by the Library.   Anyone available and interested in helping them in this brilliant community project is asked to contact Muriel via leaving a message at The Coffee House, Adastral Square.

MORE PAPERBACK BOOKS NEEDED !   Councillor Sandra Moore, representing ‘Friends of the Library’, has requested you to donate any unwanted paperback books, to be sold by the Library as a means of raising funds for more “extras” to be provided by the Library.   Please just hand in any contributions to the Library staff.   Thanks in advance !

“LIVEWELL DORSET”.  This organisation, partnered with Dorset Community Action, has as its purpose “Helping you to live healthier”.   It can help you to change your lifestyle in ways like diet, activity, weight management, drinking less, and stopping smoking.   If any of these things concern you, take the first step by making contact with them via or their comprehensive web-site, or by phone to 0800 8401628 or 01305 233105 during office hours (9 am – 6.30 pm Mon – Fri.)

Dateline: Saturday, April 28th. 2018.

LIMELIGHTS YOUTH CENTRE.    This valuable resource is promoting its sessions and also asking for volunteers.   Please respond to either of the posters shown below.


Dateline: Monday, May 14th. 2018.

Calendar of ARCH Meetings for June – Dec. 2018.                                                                                       

Please find attached the calendar of planned ARCH Meetings for the rest of 2018.    Many are for ALL Heath residents.   You have ideas, opinions and a voice: don’t be afraid to use all three !

ARCH 2018 CALENDAR of Meetings June-Dec

Dateline: Monday, May 28th. 2018.

A message from the Chair.   Please read the attached Open Letter from Sasha.   She wishes to announce the new projects and thank the people of Canford Heath already involved with ARCH.

ARCH A message from the ARCH Chair