Friars Cliff Residents Association

Promoting and safeguarding the interests of members and preserving local

Friars Cliff Residents Association

Fostering friendly cooperation between members by means of periodic business meetings and social activities

Friars Cliff Residents Association

Establishing and maintaining contact with similar Associations and working in conjunction with them in all matters of common interest

Next Public Meeting – 6 March 2020

The FCRA AGM will be held on Friday 6 March at 7:30 at All Saints Church Hall. Committee post vacancies include the Chair and Head Road Warden.    All FCRA meetings click here.

Click for the Annual General Meeting Agenda

Planning action groups

The Noisy Lobster has submitted a planning application for a balcony. Contact Steve Alves (Coastguard site planning) or Marianne Abley (Noisy Lobster Planning)  Not the FCRA. More details click here

Council and planning updates

At the planning meeting on 20th February 2020 planning permission was given to the development in Christchurch Town Centre on the Old Police Station site. This includes provision for a public / visitor attraction space on the ground floor building on the Pit Carpark. Read more in the Daily Echo

Approval was also given to the Noisy Lobster for a first floor sun deck despite local opposition.


Support the local Scout Group

The HIghcliffe Scout Group has opened its annual plant sale.

Order online here

You can order a range of colourful bedding plants or hanging baskets online. Purchase includes free home delivery to residents in Highcliffe, Walkford and Mudeford on 15/16/17th May 2020. 

Plants are in recyclable containers and in low peat compost.  

And if gardening isn’t your thing, you could make an online donation to the group through the plant shop.

Highcliffe Scouts are always looking for volunteers for fundraising and leaders. Find out more. 


Latest minutes

2019 November Public Meeting

The main discussions included parking, FCRA policy on funding and residents’ wish to create an environment plan for our area. Jan Peters gave a short talk on the Centenary of the Women’s Engineering Society.

2019 September Public Meeting

New committee members have been appointed, but we still have a need for further support to manage advertising and a social programme. Notes contain a summary of the presentation and discussion with local police officers.

2019 June Public Meeting

Christchurch Town Council Clerk attended the meeting to introduce himself and talk about the roles and responsibilities of the Council

2019 March Public Meeting

The 2019 AGM accounts were presented and accepted. An update on the forthcoming introduction of the new unitary authority was explained.

2018 December Public Meeting

The meeting focused on the local government reorganization, The future of FCRA under the new regime and our open spaces. Gary Foyle, Team leader for community and recreation was the speaker and talked about recent problems with the jet skiers.

2018 September Public Meeting

The approved minutes from the September 2018 public meeting

2018 June Public Meeting

Richard Jones gave a comprehensive summary on the Community Governance Review. He explained that it was mechanism for the Borough Council to review and put in place or make changes to Governance arrangements at a community level within the area.

2018 March AGM Minutes

At All Saints Church Hall, Mudeford APOLOGIES: Cllr Claire Bath; Trevor Watts; Paul Hilliard; Lesley Dedman. Mike Stannard and Sandra Price. PRESENT: Marianne Abley, Charles Clark, Jan Peters, Patricia Whiffen, Lyn Lever and guests PC Stan Mackrell and Caroline...

2017 December Public Meeting

At All Saints Church Hall, Mudeford PRESENT: Cllrs Paul Hilliard, Claire Bath, Trevor Watts, Lesley Dedman. Committee: Marianne Abley, Charles Clark, Patricia Whiffen and Lyn Lever. APOLOGIES: Sandra Price, Mike Stannard, Jan Peters. APPROVAL OF MINUTES: The...

Local updates

Councillor update January 2020

An update on the sandbank beach house, 2 Riversmeet, and beach replenishment.

A New Year (2020) message from our Councillors

A short message and review of 2019 from our Councillors Lesley Dedman and Paul Hilliard

Parking problems update Nov 2019

Summer congestion and winter parking charges continue to cause road blockages and on-going challenges

Councillors’ Update November 2019

An update from Councillor Hilliard covering public consultations, beach cleans and the climate emergency

Councillors’ update September 2019

Councillor Paul Hilliard provides an update on Steamer Point Fires, the play park refurbishment programme, local planning at the MCA site and the BCP Council climate emergency resolution.

Councillors’ update January 2018

Updates on the ZigZag path, plans to create a new coastal country park and improvements to local play parks.

Councillors’ update December 2018

Update from Councillor Bath on various topical issues.

Councillors’ update September 2018

Update on the local government review, planning issues and ZigZag path

Councillors’ update June 2018

A community update from local Councillors June 2018

Councillors’ update March 2018

March 2018 Update from Councillor Claire Bath


Editors picks

Managing inherited wealth

Research suggests that inherited wealth rarely endures. By the second generation, 70% of family fortunes have been depleted and by the third generation the figure is 90% .What can you do about it?

Christchurch Men’s Shed

The ‘Men’s Shed’ is a fast-growing movement to establish community spaces for men to connect, converse and create, with activities centred on practical skills-based activities, typically undertaken in garden sheds.

Musings on Friars Cliff

Who lived here before us? Thoughts and musings from author Ken West.

Parking problems update Nov 2019

Summer congestion and winter parking charges continue to cause road blockages and on-going challenges

Staying active with Tai Chi

Contributor Justin King describes ways to stay active as you age with Tai Chi.

Power of attorney

Only 7% of the UK population has a Power of Attorney in place. Justin King, Chartered Financial Planner, explains why you don’t want to let that happen.

Pam Duffel’s Dementia Garden

Resident Pam Duffel’s nursing career has been halted in its tracks following the completion of a garden design course and success at the RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park.

Dorothy Baker’s Bench

Sarah-Jayne Taylor offers her poetic insights into another favourite local location, Stanpit Marsh

Assessing mental capacity

    Contributed article from Justin King, appeared in The Forum September 2019 As we age, there are a number of occasions where we may need to check whether someone has still got the mental capacity to make a decision, whether that be for legal or medical...

Winter parking charges

Local winter parking charges cause chaos on sunny winter days.

Help needed

Committee: We currently require co-ordinators in the following voluntary roles:
Forum Advertising • Planning • Social Team – Head Road Warden

The role of Head Road Warden is required as our current Head Road Warden has taken on the role of Secretary to the Association. The main role is to liaise with our vital network of road wardens to ensure that the Forum is distributed promptly and delivered to each house in our area two weeks before the quarterly meeting. On longer roads houses are grouped into approximately 50 houses. You don’t need to live on a road to be the warden.
Current vacancies exist in the following roads:

  • Bure Court
  • Bure Lane 1-53
  • Caledonian Close
  • Lancaster Close
  • Tangmere Close

The FCRA needs your help to run, please contact Marianne Abley or another committee member if you are interested in helping out. Please visit the committee members page for an idea of different roles.

Friars Cliff

Friars Cliff is the coastal area of Christchurch, Dorset, located between Highcliffe Castle and Mudeford, to the east of Christchurch town centre.  For maps, click on these links:  Location Map   Street Map 

Friars Cliff Beach at Steamer Point is a south facing shingle and sand beach with cafe, toilets, shower, water stand pipes and car parking. Street parking is only permitted during the winter months (see street signs for details).

Say Hello!

We would love to hear from you, if you want to become more involved, support our road warden network or have concerns about a local issue. Simply get in touch with a committee member

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