John Edwards

Hampshire Cares

Botleigh Grange Hotel was the venue on Thursday 11th April for a seminar and information forum to be presented to the members of the Hampshire Care Association (HCA) and Hampshire Domiciliary Care Providers (HDCP) regarding fees and funding, the lifeblood of private care homes and care providers that has been the subject of heated topical…

A stunning celebration of Care

  The 2012 Hampshire Care Association (HCA) & Hampshire Domiciliary Care Providers (HDCP) Awards that were held at a packed Botleigh Grange on Friday 30th November produced a stunning celebration of the dedicated commitment of the people who work in the care industry. In a stark contrast to the dramatic reporting of rogue workers that cast…

Greenpeace in Chandler’s Ford garage protest

Greenpeace Protesters

After nearly a year without the services of a local garage to purchase fuel, Chandlers Ford and Hiltingbury residents found that the newly opened Shell garage adjacent to The Fryern Arcade was the focus on Saturday, of a peaceful demonstration by the local Southampton branch of the international environmentalist organisation, Greenpeace. Greenpeace were drawing attention…

Diamond Jubilee

Its nearly here. Come rain or shine, we shall celebrate the Queens Diamond Jubilee. During my travels across the county, I have seen some extraordinary sights where residents have pulled together in order to show their support for our Queen. Village and hamlet alike has seen a blooming of red white and blue along with…

Fight to save Stoneham Park

A recently launched website   by an Eastleigh man www.stonehampark.org.uk was born from local residents concerns over the proposals from Eastleigh Borough Council to develop a green area for housing purposes. Stoneham Park is the green belt of land between Eastleigh and Southampton that is bounded by Chestnut Avenue, Stoneham Lane and Basset Green Road. Local residents fear that this green gap will…

Career success for Eastleigh man in USA

A former student of Wyvern and Stoke Park and also Eastleigh College, Matthew Edwards (28yrs) achieved his employment goal this week when he was appointed the Head Soccer Coach at Knox College, located in Galesburg, Illinois, USA. Knox College was founded in 1837 by social reformers strongly opposed to slavery; Knox was one of the…

Council loses the plot

An Eastleigh man decided that it was time to nail his colours to the mast and take a stand over the increased annual charge for his allotment. In the time honoured tradition of this country, Alex Mullins, Chairman of Eastleigh and District Allotments Association, challenged Eastleigh Borough Council through the courts over the dramatic 60%…

Garage closure hits local motorists

Motorists in Chandlers Ford have had to find an alternative place to purchase fuel since the Shell garage on the Bournemouth Road near The Fryern Arcade closed down last summer. A sign was put up on the front of the security fencing saying that the garage would reopen in January 2012. In early December the sign was replaced…