Townsend Community News April 2018, Bournemouth

Last Updated: Updated - Wednesday, 18th April 2018 // New - Monday, 2nd April 2018


Townsend Easter Workshop

We had a busy Easter Workshop with lots of fun activities including slime making, face painting, glitter tattoos, biscuit decorating, chocolate nests and art n crafts.

To see more pictures visit -

Townsend Easter Workshop 2018 Photo

Citizens Advice is at Townsend Community Centre

Come and see an advisor at Townsend Community Centre, every Monday morning, between 9.00am - 12.30pm.

Speak to an advisor face-to-face about: Work, Debt, Consumer Rights, Law and Courts, Family Matters, Housing and Benefits

No need to book, just drop in. A private room is used for consultations.

Townsend Coach Trips

Despite the damp weather a fun filled day was had at Monkey World.

Thanks to Townsend Community Association for subsiding this coach trip.

The next trip being organised is to Marwell Zoo on Sunday 12 August.


Easter Workshop

At Townsend Community Centre on Wednesday 11 April, 10.30am - 12 midday.

Free to attend but please let me know if you are planning on coming along so there is enough ingredients and materials for everyone.

Easter Workshop 2018

Townsend Together Team

The next 3Ts meeting (for organisations and resident representatives) is taking place on Wednesday 18 April, 1.30-2.30pm @ Jewell Academy School.

Townsend Growers Launch Community Garden

The Townsend Community Growers came together on Friday 23 March to celebrate the opening of their new growing space.

The garden, which was funded by a £12,000 Post Code Lottery grant and will be officially opened by ward councillors, aims to give local people confidence in growing, cooking and eating healthier meals.

The funding has been used to construct 20 raised beds, purchase the seeds and tools required to grow vegetables and to... contract an experienced community grower to hold weekly training sessions. In addition, a shed, notice board, water supply and hedging has been introduced to define the space. In total, nearly 60 tonnes of soil has been used to complete the garden.

The local community will be celebrating on Friday 23 March with face painting, a raffle and a delicious BBQ. Gardening tutor, Theresa McManus, will be on hand to offer advice and guidance to all those with green fingers. Theresa will be hosting regular workshops at the garden every week for those in the community who may need some gardening advice and tips.

The Community Growers project was developed by Townsend residents with the support of the Sustainable Food City Partnership for Bournemouth and Poole, who work with communities to develop food based projects across the area. The garden in Townsend will provide a place where they can grow their own food, improve and develop skills, build household food security and combat food poverty. Within the first year the Community Growers hope that:

35 households will be growing
35 households will be eating more fresh produce
40 hosted growing sessions will be delivered
30 people will have learnt new skills

Councillor Jane Kelly, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Public Health, said: "This is a fantastic example of how a community can come together and create a beneficial and enjoyable space that they can both learn and develop from. Having a successful garden within Townsend will reflect on the skills that the residents will gain, their community spirit and the tasty meals they will have grown themselves."

Local residents developed the project from the outset and will continue with their hands-on approach as the garden progresses. A Community Steering Group works alongside the Townsend Community Association to make all the decisions associated with the Community Garden, reflecting the views and needs of the participating households. They hope that this new food culture can be spread throughout Townsend.

Townsend Growers Launch Community Garden

Townsend Community Coach Trip to Monkey World

See Community News January 2018 for more info

Monkey World Poster

Inspire Easter Holiday Club at Townsend Youth Centre

Inspire Easter 2018 Front
Inspire Easter 2018 Front

CastlePoint Library

Drop in anytime during the holidays and take part in Easter themed crafts and an egg hunt!! For children of all ages

Library Easter Opening Hours

Thursday 29th March - Open usual hours
Friday 30th March - CLOSED
Saturday 31st March & Sunday 1st April CLOSED
Monday 2nd April - CLOSED
Tuesday 3rd April - Open usual hours