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Please check the Calendar Page for imminent Meetings and Events.

  • “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.

Saturday, October 12th. 2019.

CREAM TEA and LIVE MUSIC CONCERT !   This event is being staged at St. Paul’s Church from 3 pm. on Sunday, November 17th.   Details are available from the Church office on 01202 605311.   Please check the poster below to see the reason for the various types of fund-raising, including a retiring collection.   Thanks.


Thursday, October 10th. 2019.

Your chance to comment on the BCP Local Plan !     The new Council offers you three chances to contribute to the future planning for your local area:-                                        1.  Issues which need to be considered.  These include: creating a sustainable environment; “the economy”; safe and inclusive communities; the future of our children and young people; helping all to live healthy, active and independent lives.                                                       2. Do you own a site with land suitable for future development ?                                         Potential uses for useful sites include: housing, retail, employment, leisure and community uses.   If you are willing to have your land developed, what use(s) do you envisage; and please send a map showing the extent of the land and state when it could be available ?        3. Giving your feed back on the Local Plan and new planning applications.     Please ask to see a draft of the ‘Statement of Community Involvement’.  Apart from other things, this offers a flexible approach to the publicising of new planning applications !                             The new Council is encouraging you to get involved by sending your replies and comments to them via

Wednesday, October 9th. 2019.

“Festive Friday” at Magna Academy  on November 22nd. from 5 – 8 pm.  Entry will be free.   Attractions include Music, Food, Stalls and Games.  Please check the poster below.

ARCH Festive Friday Flyer

Sunday, October 6th. 2019.

Rachel Jane (Author) is visiting Canford Heath Library on Monday, October 28th. from 2 – 3 pm.   She will be telling some of her stories about the adventures of Milo and Lil – who are the Campervanners !   Then she will answer any questions about her characters.   Finally there will be the opportunity to do some colouring in and other crafts.  Aimed at ages 3 – 8 only.  Booking with the Library is essential as places are limited.    Please check the poster below.

ARCH Rachel Jane storytime poster

Friday, October 4th. 2019.

VOCAL FUSION !  Choir Concert !      At St. Paul’s Church on Sat. Oct. 26th. from 3 – 5 pm.   Their programme includes concert items and others offered to sing-a-long !   Entry will be free but donations to Childrens’ Charities and the Church will be gratefully received !    Please check their poster below.

ARCH Vocal Fusion Concert Oct. 2019

Sunday, September 15th. 2019.

Make POPPIES for display !  ARCH and the Library are organising a display of knitted, crocheted, or crafted poppies made by you on any medium.   Please find suitable patterns below.  The display will be held between Monday, October 28th. and Tuesday, November 12th.   Please create your poppies and hand them in to the Library by October 25th.   Some will be made into brooches and sold.  Proceeds to Royal British Legion.    Please check the posters.

ARCH Canford_Heath_Remembers_2_converted
ARCH Remembrance-Day-Poppy-Knitting-And-Crochet-Patterns-2


Friday, September 13th. 2019.

Canford Heath Art Society is holding an Art Exhibition of work by its Members.  It will be at the Library, accessible during normal working days/hours.  Free entry.  Paintings will be on view on top of the book shelves and all will be for sale.  This starts on Friday, September 27th. and closes on Thursday, October 24th.  Please check the poster below.

ARCH CHAS LIBRARY exhibition 2019 OCT.

Thursday, May 16th. 2019.

Venusians – Summer/Autumn programme.  Please check the attached poster  for dates and further details.   As before, they meet on the first Wednesday of the month at St. Paul’s Church, usually at 7.30 pm.


DATELINE: March 14th. 2019.   Update June 17th.  STARTS TODAY !

“BERYL” BIKE SHARE !  Poole Council and Bournemouth Council have combined to complete a five-year contract with “Beryl Bikes” to establish a Bike Share system in their areas.   These emerald green bikes are based in “Beryl Bays” and accessible via smart phones in terms of their location and methods of payment and adjustment.   They were introduced on June 7th. to be used “in spring and summer” and initially 5o were sited at rail and bus stations, town centre and shopping areas, and tourist attractions.   During the summer this increased to 1000 bikes !    Each bike has 3-speed gears, a step-through design, and adjustable seats and handlebars to fit a range of potential riders with height 4’11” to 6’5″.   The smart phone app is a download from the Apple store for iPhone.   To facilitate availability, experienced operators  track the use of the bikes and balance accordingly.   A spread of this service into Christchurch is being discussed.    Updated images on August 18th.   This is the Beryl Bay near Asda at Canford Heath.   The recent wind has caused some havoc on this exposed site !


DATELINE: February 16th. 2019.

“LIMELIGHTS” News.  Please find attached the Spring Weekly Activity Schedule for the Limelights Youth Centre, plus the opening arrangements for the Youth Club.  Please check the poster below and scroll down to April 2018 items for background.

ARCH Activities at Limelights Spring 2019

DATELINE: January 7th. 2019.


‘Bunch of Blokes’ Programme for 2019.    Please check the attached poster.

ARCH BoB Poster 2019

Heath Social Club  Programme for 2019.   Please check the attached poster.

ARCH H Social Club Poster 2019

“ART ON THE HEATH” – sessions at St. Paul’s Church every Wednesday and Thursday, January to November.    Please check the attached poster.

ARCH Art on the Heath 2019 Poster

DATELINE: October 28th. 2018.

INSPIRE Dance AcademyUpdate concerning change of venue.              The Academy has moved its classes from Magna Academy to three new venues.  Please read the attached notice detailing venues, days, times and classes offered.  Contact via phone to 07922 570918, or at web-site

Inspire Dance Academy Update October 28 2018

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.   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: 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

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  Updated Dec. 21st. 2018.

The Citrus Singers started a Canford Heath Community Choir in the Library on Monday, October 16th. 2017.    They work from 6.15 – 7.45 pm.   They welcome anyone age 16+ and of any ability.   It is a well-constructed and stimulating session.   More singers are welcome, especially gents, every Monday !   If interested, please contact Tim Dowland on 07889 314288 or e-mail   £25 per month.   See original poster below.    We performed at the BIG COMMUNITY SING at St. Paul’s Church on Sept. 16th., receiving a standing ovation !   And we sang in Wimborne Minster on the evening of Dec. 20th. to help raise funds for  “Diverse Abilities” !

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.

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   (“CHAS”)  We have twice-monthly meetings, on the first and fourth Thursdays.   We meet at the Library between 7 – 9 pm.   We charge £1.50 per session to cover the cost of these bookings.   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 !   They have regular fundraising sales too !

“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.