Page 20 – The History of Rosebery Park Baptist Church and Pokesdown: 2019 to 2020

In 2019 local residents were invited to vote on whether they wanted to have a Neighbourhood Plan, and voted ‘Yes’ by 93.48%… but the turnout was only 13.74%, which indicates a disappointing degree of disinterest, after so much thought and effort has/had gone into creating a plan for the betterment of the neighbourhood. The Plan …

Page 19 – The History of Rosebery Park Baptist Church and Pokesdown: Pokesdown 2012 to 2019

In 2012, Pokesdown South Residents Association won a £22,000 Lottery grant to purchase a 14ft-high welcome sign featuring a picture of village life from around 1900, a plaque showing the history of the area, two new benches, two solar lamps, four oaks, and more shrubs. Pam Ruthvan from the Association explained to the Echo newspaper: …

Page 18 – The History of Rosebery Park Baptist Church and Pokesdown: RPBC 2009 to 2017

Alison was appointed in 2009 as part-time minister. Alison is married to Rev. Grenville Overton, who was then Regional Minister for the Southern Counties Baptist Association. She was a very able pastor, and encouraged children’s work. Under her, we became involved with Moorlands College, and started to have students from there on placement with us. …

Page 17 – The History of Rosebery Park Baptist Church and Pokesdown: 1990s to early 2000s

Two nearby changes that may have impacted shopper footfall in Pokesdown were the pedestrianisation of Boscombe’s main shopping area in 1990115a, and the 2003 upgrade from the worn-out Hampshire Centre to the new Castlepoint Shopping Park on the same site.115b An online search for photos of Pokesdown in the 1990s only yields the demolition of …

Page 16 – The History of Rosebery Park Baptist Church and Pokesdown: 1983 to 1991, RPBC’s 100 Year Anniversary

Rev. Reg Cook started at RPBC in 1983. His wife, Barbara, started a Mother and Toddler Group at the beginning of 1985 which often operated to capacity, and a keep fit class! RPBC joined others in the Boscombe East area for an extensive outreach programme to the growing Littledown Estate. Boscombe Churches decided to hold …