Tucktonia

THE MAKING OF TUCKTONIA By Alex McKinstry (Part 4)

THE MAKING OF TUCKTONIA By Alex McKinstry (Part 4)

In 1975, Harry Stiller decided to sell the Tuckton Golf and Leisure Park to Grand Metropolitan Hotels Ltd., a national company looking to strengthen its hold on the leisure industry. He regrets the decision to this day. It came about after endless wrangling with the...

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THE ROAD TO TUCKTONIA By Alex McKinstry (Part 3)

THE ROAD TO TUCKTONIA By Alex McKinstry (Part 3)

The Tuckton Golf Course offered a cordial welcome to anyone visiting Christchurch in the 1950s. Its proprietor was Arthur Vine, who, in 1959, entered into partnership with Harry Stiller, a young sports enthusiast who had arrived in Bournemouth the previous year, and...

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THE DAYS BEFORE TUCKTONIA  By Alex McKinstry (Part 2)

THE DAYS BEFORE TUCKTONIA By Alex McKinstry (Part 2)

Before embarking on our history of Tucktonia, it may be worth considering the pedigree of the site itself, which for centuries formed part of the common land known as Portfield – a 290-acre stretch of meadow, stretching from the Stour at Tuckton as far north as...

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