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Stephen Slominski

I'm the News Editor and admin for this site and a life-long Eastleigh resident.

Hampshire Workers fight to keep tea British

Twining workers packed Andover Guildhall last night to kick off their campaign to save their jobs and ‘keep the tea in Britain.’ The Twining plant is one of the few remaining large scale manufacturing plants in Hampshire while their product, Twining Tea, is a quintessentially British beverage enjoyed all round the world. However Twining bosses…

Peace restored?

In a lively debate which saw some sharp exchanges between councillors and members of the public, Fair Oak Parish council voted overwhelmingly in favour of renaming the village war memorial as ‘The Peace Memorial’ last night The council permitted members of the public to make representations and a statement from a war veteran in favour…

Bishy van break ins

Police warned tradesmen in Bishopstoke not to leave their tools in their van over night following a series of van break-ins resulting in the loss of valuable tools. Tools have been stolen from six parked vans since the start of the month. Crime Prevention Officer for Eastleigh, Barbara Clayton, said: “If possible van owners should…

A War Veteran speaks out…

The name of Fair Oak’s War Memorial should not be changed. That is the opinion of Norman Brown MBE, one of Hampshire’s senior surviving WW2 veterans and Chairman of the Eastleigh & Chandlers Ford District branch of the Royal British Legion. Tonight, Fair Oak Parish Councillors will meet to decide if the name of the…

Botley Folk say PUSH off!

The Botley Parish Action Group has just published a feasibility study into government plans to build 6,000 new homes which they say would blight the area of Botley, Hedge End, Durley and Curdridge. They claim that PUSH ( the Partnership for Urban South Hampshire) and Eastleigh Council are proceeding with a plan which their study…

War & Peace?

Fair Oak’s War Memorial which has stood in the heart of the picturesque Village Square since 1919, will be the centre of debate tomorrow evening when the Parish Council meets to consider a change to the monument’s name. The Council will choose whether to retain the name “Fair Oak War Memorial”, by which it has…

It’s a Jobs bonanza!

After a year as Eastleigh’s biggest eyesore, Woolworth will be reopening as a branch of Poundland it has been announced. It will start trading in February and is currently advertising vacancies in the Job Centre. This is the second piece of good news this week for the towns 2000 job seekers. Yesterday the Daily Echo…

Blood donor session today

Hematophobics should perhaps avoid Chandlers Ford this afternoon as the National Blood Service will be holding a donor session at St. Boniface Hall on Hursley Rd. The transfussion service is calling for new donors claiming that only 5% of people who are able to give blood actually do eventhough the service is quick simple and…

Police seek Hedge End suspect

Hedge End police have issued an e-fit of a man they believe is linked to two indecency offences which both took place near Wildern School recently. The first incident was on Sunday afternoon, January 10 on the corner of Westward Road. A man approached two 11-year-old girls while they were playing and made inappropriate comments…

2009 Eastleigh School League Results

The School league tables for Hampshire’s 84 secondary schools have just been released. The seven secondary schools in the Eastleigh area had 3 schools placed in the top 25 with Thornden school ranked 10th. Alderman Quilley however was 10th from bottom . Thornden’s continuing success has led to it becoming oversubscribed and this in turn…

Huhne’s War on Terror Law

Eastleigh MP Chris Huhne has attacked the government over its anti terrorism stop and search law. Earlier the European Court of Human Rights ruled that police stop and searches under section 44 of the Terrorism Act are illegal and upheld a complaint that the rights of a peace campaigner and photo journalist had been abused…

Police Update

As a result of Mondays appeal marking the two year anniversary of the Murder of pensioner Georgina Edmonds, Police have revealed that they have received 36 messages from members of the community who have passed on information, including names of people who may be connected to the incident. Officers will now be following those lines…

Locals commit to keep fit

In another sign that the local economy may have turned a corner, Eastleigh’s residents appear determined to stick to their New Year’s resolutions to diet and exercise by joining private gyms . Not even the recession or the sub zero temperatures have stopped them flocking to sign up at the Towns fitness centres.

The Library relocates

Eastleigh library re-opened its doors today in a new location. While the Swan Centre facility undergoes a refit, a limited service will be run from the exhibition room in the Town’s Museum.