18th May 2017
The Highcliffe and District Charitable Trust are delighted to launch the Highcliffe Heritage Trail guide in conjunction with Hoburne.
Members of the local area were invited to a launch party on the 17th May at Hoburne Park in Christchurch. Officially marking the trail launch was Mayor of Christchurch Nick Geary, at his first ‘official’ engagement since becoming mayor just the day before.
The Highcliffe and District Charitable Trust objectives are to improve the economic, social and environmental well-being and quality of life of those people who live in, work in and visit Highcliffe and District.
The trust, along with Hoburne, wanted to provide a way to enable local people to discover more about the heritage of the local area.
Local historians wrote the guidebook, whilst Hoburne provided images and design. The trail centres on Highcliffe Castle and extends to the East to a former landing place for contraband goods and to the West to the site of a battle between the Custom Officers and the Smugglers in which people lost their lives.
Speaking at the launch, MD of the Hoburne Group Rod Tucker said: “We are delighted to have been involved in the production of the Heritage Trail Guide and to support the members of the Highcliffe Charitable Trust in this project.
“We hope this will be the start of a guidebook that will evolve in the future and help enhance our visitor’s experience of the village.
“As a business we have been associated with the village for a considerable time. With our 2 local holiday parks and commercial interests in the high street, it is important for us that Highcliffe is a thriving and interesting place for our holidaymakers to visit.
“I think there is enthusiasm around that will help to drive the regeneration of Highcliffe and it is an exciting time for those involved in all aspects of promoting Highcliffe.”
The Trust receives no income relying on working with local businesses and one-off donations but is in the process of establishing a local lottery to secure a more regular flow of funds.
Copies of the trail booklet will be available from local outlets and Christchurch Tourist Centre.
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About Hoburne: www.hoburne.com
With holiday parks in Hampshire, Dorset, Devon, the Cotswolds, Cornwall and Somerset, nestled among some of the most captivating coastal and countryside locations in the south and south-west of England, Hoburne provides the ideal setting for everything from a peaceful get-away to an activity-packed break for the whole family.
The Hoburne Group also owns and runs three golf courses in Dorset and Surrey, as well as a properties and decking company.