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.

Fashion Students Exhibited at Olympia

A Barton Pevil student has finished runner-up in the National Fashion Textiles Competition and has also been shortlisted for the Batsford Prize.  Fiona Ward’s “Junky styled creation with Mexican military influences” impressed  judges at the National Fashion Textiles Competition and her success in that competition was announced at the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show, held at Olympia…

Hamble Development Rejected

Land near Hamble Station was saved from development this evening, for the moment at least, as the Bursledon, Hamble Le-Rice and Hound Local Area Committee rejected a ‘hostile’ planning application to develop up to 225 new homes, a 60 bed Care Home, a 40 bed extra care unit and a new car park on the…

Talented young racer meets F1 legend

A thirteen year old go-kart racer from Botley, Bradley Barrett, has recently been presented with a trophy by John Surtees OBE. The Vice Champions trophy in the CKC Honda Cadet Annual Championship was presented to Bradley Barrett at the Camberley Kart Club‘s [CKC] annual awards evening at the Casa Hotel in Yately. It adds to the other trophies that…

Police seek Botley Horse Rustlers

Police are investigating after four horses disappeared from a field on Woodhouse Lane in Botley overnight on Friday, February 28. A padlock holding the gate in place had been knocked off and no reports were received of any loose horses in the area after 4pm. Officers are investigating whether the animals were stolen. Two of…

Velmore: From Huts to Homes

A year-long local history project was successfully  completed this evening, as a brand new book describing the history of the Velmore estate was launched at the Velmore Centre. Entitled Velmore: From Huts to Homes (1950s – 2014), the new book is the result of a community project funded by First Wessex, picking up on a…

Hendy hosts ‘Women in Gear’

A car confidence evening has made local women more aware of how to protect themselves against the dangers they could face on the road. Following a recent spate of stories about aggressive driving in the media, more than 60 women (and quite a few men) attending a Women in Gear car workshop evening at Hendy’s…

Dawlish repairs may postpone Sir Nigel

[Update 6th March:  Steam Dreams now tell us that this trip will definitely go ahead, as Network Rail have announced that the repairs will be completed by 4th April, ahead of schedule.  HOWEVER, Steam Dreams also tell us that Sir Nigel Gresley will only be hauling the Cathedrals Express from Westbury in Wilts to Exeter…

Eighty new houses on way for Netley

Some of the land that is allocated for development in Eastleigh’s new local plan took another step closer to the bulldozer this evening, as the Bursledon, Hamble-Le-Rice and Hound Local Area Committee approved (subject to various conditions) the outline planning applications for two significant developments on land that was formerly part of a ‘strategic gap’…

Final Curtain in the Council Chamber

The Council Chamber at the Civic Offices in Eastleigh hosted its final theatrical performances this evening, in front of an empty public gallery, as the Full Council met for the last time prior to the move to its new offices at Eastleigh House, in the Town Centre. The main purpose of this meeting was to…

Free Holiday for Eastleigh’s Elderly

A national charity NBFA – Assisting the Elderly is offering free 5 day breaks to Eastleigh’s elderly. Places are still available on a trip to Bracklesham Bay in the Sussex Downs, from 24th – 28th March and the charity is encouraging readers of Eastleigh News to apply. To qualify, you need to be over 65, on…

Don’t be another victim of ‘Vishing’

A 30yr old local woman has advised Eastleigh News that she has fallen victim to a telephone/banking scam, known as ‘Vishing’.  She has asked us not to publicise her identity, but is keen to share her experience and bring this story to the attention of other people.  She wants to raise awareness of this problem…

Barton Student gets Pennsylvania Scholarship

Barton Peveril student, Christina Webber, will be studying in the USA this autumn, after being awarded a scholarship place at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania. Christina (18) was one of 150 UK students given a taste of undergraduate life in America during the summer holidays by education charity, The Sutton Trust.  As their website explains;…

Maths inspires Student to ask Mum to knit scarf

A Barton Peveril student has been inspired to explore the connection between Maths and everyday life, by a scarf worn by the presenter at a Maths Inspiration event. Maths Inspiration is one of the largest maths enrichment programmes for teenagers in the UK. It is a chance for Year 11s and sixth formers to experience…

Shelter: “We’re here to help: Pass It On”

People in the South East are struggling to pay their rent or mortgage, but hiding their problem by taking out risky loans or saying they would keep it secret from family and friends, says Shelter today. New research commissioned by the charity found that nearly one in six rent or mortgage payers in the South…

New Service from Southampton Airport

Eastern Airways’ new service from Southampton Airport to Leeds Bradford, aimed primarily at business travellers, launches on Monday 20 January 2014. The UK’s second largest regional airline will offer three flights each weekday in each direction, as well as a Sunday service to ensure business communities on the south coast of England and in Yorkshire…