An alternative to the cancelled Dorset Boat Jumble

Visitors left disappointed by the cancellation of this weekend’s Dorset Boat Jumble are being invited to attend an event in Christchurch.

Christchurch police have stepped forward to welcome people to attend a Boat Jumble Sale at Stanpit Recreation Ground, on Easter Sunday, 31 March, from 11am to 4pm.

The event will be raising funds for the Maritime Volunteer Service and Christchurch Harbourwatch and coincides with a Marine Safety and Security Day.

PC Dave

Williams, secretary of Christchurch Harbour Watch, said: ‘Our event aims to raise much needed funds to support the patrol work of the

Christchurch Sailing Club security patrol and the Maritime Volunteer Service

(MVS).

‘Every penny raised will be ploughed back to allow their unpaid volunteer

security patrols to continue in 2013.’

Earlier this week, PBO reported that the Dorset Boat Jumble at Canford Park Arena had been cancelled after six Irish traveller families set up an illegal encampment on an arena access road on Saturday and organisers were told it would take seven to 14 day to clean and clear the site.

The

annual event, which regularly attracts 100 exhibitors and around 1,500

visitors, was due to take place this

Saturday 23 March.

Although the travellers moved off on Tuesday evening, organisers said it was too late to reverse the cancellation.

The team behind the Christchurch Boat Jumble Sale hope to attract some of the stallholders and visitors who had been planning to attend the event near Poole.


As well as the Boat Jumble, the Christchurch attraction will also offer a RIB

simulator which allows complete beginners to take a test drive on the safety

of land using computer programme simulation and the Coast Guard Incident

response vehicle.

An RNLI Sea Safety Officer and the local police will also be on hand to offer crime

prevention and marine safety advice.

A condition of entry for all traders is to allow police

stolen or lost checks to be carried out on all identifiable marine equipment,

this will mean that prospective purchasers can buy in the knowledge that the

items have not been reported lost or stolen to the Police

The Boat Jumble will be open to the public from 11am to 4pm, while sellers can access the site from 8am but must have all items in place by 10.30am. Boats on trailers and dinghies must be in place by 10am.

Event rates for commercial traders is £30 a pitch.

To find out more email christchurchtowncentresnt@dorset.pnn.police.uk