Friars Cliff  is a quiet community by the beach. While summers are extremely busy with visitors and parking can be a challenge, there is plenty to do all year round. With a large secondary school in walking distance there is a blend of all ages living alongside each other.

The FCRA social committee organises trips and quizzes that provide additional opportunities to come together aside from the quarterly meetings. 

This section profiles local people and various community and social groups for all ages.


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.

Staying active with Tai Chi

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

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

Emma Wilson Windsurfing

So where is Emma at now? You will know we are following local resident Emma Wilson on her journey to the Tokyo Olympics. After her recent successes we thought you’d like to know how she’s getting on! Emma is Britain’s top ranked female windsurfer finishing 4th in...

Olympic quest update

Update on Emma Wilson’s latest windsurfing success.

Lesley Dedman: on being Mayor

For many the role is seen as a symbolic public role of someone dressed up in a robe and chains to open fetes or chair the council.

The right to wind in your hair

Local resident and business woman Carolyn Roberts is raising funds to bring Cycling without Age to Christchurch and Highcliffe.

Health Ride Highcliffe

The hour long Health Ride from Highcliffe Castle is one of four that the Christchurch and East Dorset Council’s Health and Activity Team co-ordinate to encourage people to take up an activity to get into a regular habit of exercise.

Local groups and facilities

All residents are welcome to submit links to groups for inclusion in this section. Please notify the Editor if links are broken. We do not take payment for inclusion nor responsibility for the quality of service provided.


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