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

The FCRA AGM Friday was held on 12 March 

A successful Zoom meeting with 30 attendees saw rich discussion. While public meetings continue to be suspended, the committee still meets monthly and welcomes new members. 

A parking working group has been set up and an environment working group is also being convened.

For details of meetings and committee updates Click here

For all FCRA meeting details click here.

Planning & licensing groups

The planning amendment for the MCA site was rejected; demolition was scheduled for 23 March but may now be delayed. More details click here

Residents’ concerns over the extended beach huts have been noted. FCRA met with the Avon Beach Company and planning officers have visited the site. 

The notices served about outdoor event licenses are a standardization of the old Christchurch Council licenses to BCP Council.

The Avon Beach Company has applied to extend its licence to outdoor provision of alcohol at the beach. The deadline to BCP for comment is 14 April. 

Visit the Topical matters page for more detail


COVID-19 guidance

Please stay safe and support your neighbours. 

The current policy of staying safe at home and social distancing means that normal activities are suspended. Please stay in touch with your neighbours and let the Committee know of any concerns as needed. Why not set up a road email list with contact numbers and stay in touch with those who live alone? If you need help or support go to the BCP Council website whether to offer to volunteer or find information.

The latest FCRA Councillor report summarises BCP and Town Council activity. 

There is a local Facebook Group for the wider area and also one through which we share FCRA minutes on FaceBook Group for the whole FCRA area sharing information and support.

Copy deadline for the next issue of the Forum is 21 January 2021 for publication on 15 February to Paul de Jonghe (ptdejonghe(a)



Latest minutes

2020 November Committee Report

Meetings are suspended until further notice, but the committee continues to meet monthly. The committee rotates the chair role for meetings to share the burden on members.

August 2020 Summary of FCRA activity

With Covid preventing in-person meetings, this report offers a round up of FCRA activity. From green spaces, building and rubbish!

2020 March Public Meeting and AGM

  FRIARS CLIFF RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION AGM HELD AT ALL SAINTS CHURCH HALL ON 1 MARCH 2020   APOLOGIES: Jan Peters, Lesley Dedman  PRESENT: Marianne Abley, Peter Skeggs, Steve Alves, Paul De Jonghe, Ann West, Ken West, Paul Hilliard (Cllr) and 23 residents....

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.

Local updates

Councillors’ report November 2020

BCP Council has continued to maintain vital services to residents and businesses throughout the ongoing Covid19 restrictions (waste collections, children’s services, adult social care, road maintenance etc).

Councillors’ Report August 2020

While surgeries are on hold, our councillors respond quickly to emails and phone calls.

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


Recent posts and articles

Staying on top of waste and its disposal

The Environment Agency has been investigating illegal waste carriers operating in the Christchurch area. They burn waste illegally, cause environmental damage and create a fire risk.

What if I Live to be 100?

The majority of children born today will live to be 100. So, is increasing life expectancy just a phenomenon for the young?

Organised beach cleans

Seashorty is a  risk-assessed council approved organisation for coordinating beach cleans.

Hedgehog Holes

Another relevant poem from our local bard, Sarah-Jayne Taylor

Councillors’ report November 2020

BCP Council has continued to maintain vital services to residents and businesses throughout the ongoing Covid19 restrictions (waste collections, children’s services, adult social care, road maintenance etc).

Going away?

Friendly tips and advice from our local PCSOs to make your home and family secure

Pension credit benefit and free TV licensing Update

The much-contested scrapping of free TV licences for all over-75s came into force on 1st August, yet thousands of households can claim a free licence.

The Scallops Are Back

Another poem from our resident poet, Sarah-Jayne

Elsie scores her century

Local residents couldn’t miss celebrating her 100th birthday. Th eflags came out and a telegram from the Queen made up for her family locked in Wales.

Girls raise money for foodbank

Local sisters Olivia and Amy King (aged 10 and 8) have raised an incredible £1115 (and still rising!) for Christchurch Food Bank.  Their objective was ‘To help those children and families struggling to afford food and basic things we take for granted’. To do this,...


We currently require co-coordinators in the following voluntary roles: 

  • Forum Advertising 
  • Planning lead 
  • Communications Lead

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.


Do you live in one of these roads? 

  • Bure Court

  • Bure Lane 1-53

  • Caledonian Close

  • Lancaster Close

  • Tangmere Close

The FCRA needs your help to run, please contact a 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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