Hedge End gets new discussion group

A new discussion group, the Hedge End Society, will soon hold its inaugural meeting. Anybody who lives in Hedge End is welcome to attend.

The idea is to provide an opportunity for Hedge End residents to debate local issues in a relaxed, unintimidating, non-political environment with the minimum of formalities.

A group of local residents recently suggested the idea to former Hedge End Town Councillor, Jenny Schwausch, who has taken the idea forward and arranged the inaugural meeting.

The Hedge End Society is intended to be new and different. It gives residents an opportunity to say what they think, without any of the pressures or procedural mechanisms that might prevent your point of view being heard in a Council meeting.

Whilst the Hedge End Society is intended to be non-political, i.e. free from campaigning and party-political point-scoring, local politicians are not excluded and are very welcome to attend. It is an opportunity to listen to local opinion and take ideas away…

Arrangements have been made for the inaugural meeting to be chaired by Chris Rowberry, the Vicar of St Johns Church in Hedge End.

That meeting will take place on Monday 14 Novemberat 7.30pm in the UNDERHILL CENTRE, ST JOHN’S CHURCH, ST JOHN’S ROAD, HEDGE  END

Ray Turner

Formerly a Civil-Servant and IT Specialist at ONS, Ray is now semi-retired and spare-time self-employed. He contributes to Eastleigh News on a voluntary basis and is also an administrator for the site. 


  4 comments for “Hedge End gets new discussion group

  1. mm
    Eastleigh Xpress
    November 4, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    I think that this refelcts not only a general frustration with the lack of democracy in Eastleigh – but a growing feeling nationally that the elected political class do not represent the views of the people.
    During the debate on the EU referendum one member told the house, with remarkable self-awareness that ‘what we say in here is becoming increasingly irrelevant to the outside world’
    You can see this disconnection in the ‘occupy’ movement you can see it in the campaigns to sign online petitions to force debate in the HOC…it’s in the growth of blogs and hyperlocal sites who simply don’t want to swallow the crap the Political and media elite want to feed them.
    Unemployed youths rioting and looting is one thing.
    But when middle class folk in sleepy shire towns start setting up their own alternative talking shops and newspapers then you know the system is in trouble.
    I provided the picture for this post.
    Ten points to anyone who can tell me what is happening.

    • November 4, 2011 at 9:47 pm

      Its a good choice of picture. Thanks.

      Hopefully the inaugural meeting in Hedge End will be a little more civilised than this…!

    • November 4, 2011 at 11:46 pm

      It’s not a meeting of Ken Thornber’s senate, is it?

  2. November 5, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Good luck Hedge End.

    Its good to see people getting involved with the local community and the issues at hand.

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