Local Prospective Parliamentary Candidate Visit

May 28th 2024

We welcomed the Liberal prospective parliamentary candidate for Bournemouth East, Jon Nicholas to the centre. We toured the centre and three of HHO's directors (Pictured Jon, and HHO's Mark Merritt & Becs Vince) were on hand to discuss the plans for the society and Jon shared our view on the  importance of the centre to the wider community and also the vital role of community run projects. 

In recent weeks we have had visits from the three main parliamentary parties, who had all asked to visit the centre.

We wish all the candidates standing locally the best of luck.


Christchurch Carnival - Charity Partner 2024

May 20th 2024

We're totally thrilled to announce that we are one of the 3 local Charity Partners who will benefit from all of your donations and fundraising between now and this year's Christchurch Carnival

The other amazing charities are our good friends Pink Champagne Breast Cancer Dragon Boat and The Listening Ear. We couldn't be prouder to have be chosen alongside them!!

Thank you so much for CHRISTCHURCH CARNIVAL for choosing us!

Local MP visit

May 16th 2024

We had lovely weather for the visit of Rt. Hon. Tobias Ellwood MP, Bournemouth East to the centre. Tobias and his family have fond memories of using the centre. We toured the centre, and watched some of the user groups launch for their evening activities. Three of HHO's directors (L to R - Bill Howlett, Simon Pitman, Mark Merritt) were on hand to ensure the plans for the society were firmly understood and importance of the centre to the wider community and also the vital role of community run projects. 

Tobias stated; 'I will continue to do everything I can to ensure it (the centre) receives the necessary funding for renovation'  


BCP's Written Commitment

April 22nd 2024

BCP Council have issued a formal letter of support / intent to the transfer of the centre into community hands. 'As a cabinet we are 100 percent behind the transfer of the centre to HHO subject to the due dilligence required.' This is a significant step forward, and largely due to our members efforts in  lobbying, by email, BCP councillors to act.  The HHO team have already had formal follow up meetings with the BCP officers tasked with making this happen, in a timely manner. Thanks to the Bournemouth Echo for continuing to publish our progress.   

Read the article on the Echo's website on the link below.





Central Government Interest

April 11th 2024

We were very pleased to be chosen for a visit by Stephen Reed OBE,  MP the Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (far left) along with Tom Hayes, the Labour prospective parliamentary candidate for Bournemouth East (middle). Three of HHO's directors (L to R - Becs Vince, John Merritt, Bill Howlett) were on hand to ensure the pair understood the importance of the centre to the wider community and also the vital role of community run projects. 

In the coming weeks we are hosting Tobias Elwood, MP the Conservative MP for Bournemouth East and also then Jon Nicholas the Liberal Democratic candidate at the centre too.


Members Meeting - March

MARCH 18th 2024 

We held our first society members meeting on Monday 18th March, we had a full agenda of things to get through and to update our members on such as our progress with BCP and a number of resolutions to vote on.

We had a great turn out from our members whose enthusiasm and encouragement for what we are doing was amazing. Thank you to St. Katherine’s Primary School for the use of the Hall and the Friends of St.Katherine’s (PTA) for providing the refreshments - what a great community we live in!

Minutes of the meeting have be circulated to all members and we will set the date for the next meeting in the near future.  

Join now to become a member.

Community Asset Transfer

MARCH 1st 2024

We have formally submitted our Community Asset Transfer application (CAT) to BCP Council. 

At our January supporters meeting we gave the commitment to submit the first part of the application process by the end of February.

We are pleased to say this was submitted on Monday 26th February.  

The application has been acknowledged by the Council and we look forward to collaboratively discussing it with them in the coming weeks. 

This is a significant milestone for HHO and one we are delighted to have achieved on time and as committed.  

Bournemouth Echo

February 13th 2024

The Bournemouth Echo published a follow up article today on page two on our launch of the member share and through working with BCP Council on achieving a Community Asset Transfer.

The article has created a lot of interest and a lot of new members. It is encouraging to have this interest from the local press. Read the article on the Echo's website on the link below


New Milton Advertiser &
Lymington Times

FEBRUARY 9th 2024

The New Milton Advertiser & Lymington Times sent a journalist to our recent supporters meeting and have now  published a nice article both on-line and in the February 9th print edition.   

The article covers the support that we have gained to date, the launch of the member share membership of the society and our progress with BCP and the community to get the centre open in the future.

It's been great to see the level of interest in the centre.

Supporters Meeting - January

JANUARY 22nd 2024 

It was standing room only at the supporters meeting on Monday 22nd January. It is fantastic to see how the support grows with each meeting. Thank you to The Commodore for allowing us to use the meeting room. 

The agenda covered the background to HHO, the creation of the CBS and the charitable status. We covered all the progress made to date and our plans for 2024, including formally applying to take the centre on and some fund raising event ideas when the weather is a bit warmer! 

We also formally launched the membership of the society through the member share, and so many people have already signed up which is amazing - Thank you.

The evening ending with a very good Q&A session with some great questions and points being made.  

The next meeting will be a MEMBERS invite meeting and is planned for March 18th.

Councillor Support

JANUARY 10th 2024

Thank you to BCP Councillors Bernadette Nanovo and Judith Richardson, for the support they have given to our Community Benefit Society.

Working proactively across BCP council is key to the success of this project, and we've had some very encouraging conversations with BCP council.

It's great to see their local 'FOCUS' newsletter highlighting both the Hengistbury Head Outdoors project and our local Councillors support for the initiative.


Charitable Status - HMRC

JANUARY 3rd 2024

At the end of December we received the official confirmation from HM Revenue & Customs that our application for charitable status had been successful, and was effected from November 3rd 2023.

Hengistbury Head Outdoors Ltd is now a charitable company HMRC Charities reference number ZD28944.  

This is a fantastic way to start 2024 in a great support to our plan to reopen the HHOEC and means we can use this status , for many purposes, Including Gift Aid on donations made.

Merry Christmas

DECEMBER 20th 2023

We just wanted to wish you all a very merry Christmas, and a wonderful New Year.

Whilst the Hengistbury Head Outdoors journey is only really just starting, we have been really encouraged by the level of local support there is for the old activity centre and our plans to bring it back to life.

We look forward to sharing our progress throughout 2024.


Christmas Social

DECEMBER 6th 2023

We were delighted to hold our first Christmas Social gathering on 5 December, at The Commodore on Southbourne Overcliff.

It was great to see the breadth of support from the community that Hengistbury Head Outdoors has generated in such a short time.

Thank you to all of those who attended, including our supporters, the existing user groups, members of BCP council and the HHO team

To join the supporters newsletter please use the link below.

Bournemouth Echo

NOVEMBER 17th 2023

The Bournemouth Echo published a nice little article today on page two on our attempt to bring the old HHOEC centre back to life, through working with BCP Council on a Community Asset Transfer.

It is still very early in the process for us at Hengistbury Head Outdoors, but encouraging to have this interest from the local press. Read the article on the Echo's website on the link below.


Community Benefit Society

NOVEMBER 3rd 2023

We are delighted to announce that Hengistbury Head Outdoors has been registered on November 3rd 2023 by the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies ACT 2014, as a Community Benefit Society.

Registration number: 9176

This is a key milestone in our plan to reopen the HHOEC and give it a new lease of life.



Supporters Meeting - October

OCTOBER 9th 2023 

Thank you to everyone who attended the October supporters meeting. It is a key element of our community plan to hold regular open meetings for people to hear our progress and to share their views on the centre and our plans.

The meeting was also attended by members of BCP Council and the current user groups.

The next meeting will be on 22nd January 2024, to get your RSVP invite please join our Supporters Newsletter below.

BCP Council Open Public Meeting - HHOEC

SEPTEMBER 28th 2023

BCP Council held an open community meeting at Bournemouth Indoor Bowls centre to discuss the short term and long term plans for the existing HHOEC. It was very well attended by Councillors, and officers of BCP, and many of the existing user groups. In a very constructive discussion, the Hengistbury Head Outdoors team were able to share the desire to take over the centre and run it on behalf of the community, and the progress already taken to achieve this.

We hope its the first on many positive discussions with BCP Council and the community. 

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