Ben Hatton

‘We can’t absorb more cuts’

Hampshire folk could see  frontline services slashed if the government continues to make cuts to the County Council budget its leader Roy Perry has said. The Conservative led Council has  confirmed it will be shedding 1,000 jobs after the government cut £38 million from the council budget. Over the last three years 1,800 jobs have…

Mark Thomas: 100 acts of minor dissent

Mark Thomas will mean different things to different people. A bureaucrat working for the council might know him as that annoying man that won’t let them get on with things; corporations might know him as the man on a mission to bring them down to size; you might know him as that guy that features…

Tree-mendous!

A new GoApe Tree Top Adventure has opened in Itchen Valley Country Park, and just in time for summer. For those of you that don’t know what GoApe is, their own description of “Tree Top Adventure” does the job. It’s a day out where you walk through the trees at dizzying heights, wearing a harness…

Hunter or prey?

Blooded is an independently made fictional documentary, and for those of you confused by the oxymoron; that means it’s a fictional plot but in the style of documentary. It explores the moral issues surrounding the fox hunting ban, and by extension it also throws murder and extremism into the fray. These political controversies run alongside…

“We’re sorry” says Ken

Mothers and concerned residents who descended on Winchester yesterday to protest the potential closures of Hampshire’s Sure Start Childrens’ Centres received an apology from the leader of the County Council. A colourful cavalcade of over 100 buggy pushing Mums who marched from the Broadway to the Castle to present a  petition with over 12,000 signatures heard Ken Thornber say…