Category: Christmas

Salvation Army launch Christmas toy appeal

Eastleigh’s Salvation Army is appealing for Christmas presents so that local families who are struggling to buy gifts for their children can make sure there is a surprise for them under the Christmas tree this year. Commissioner Charles Swansbury of The Salvation Army’s Southern Division said: The Christmas Story inspires us as a church to…

Eastleigh Lights Switch-On and Fireworks start Christmas

Eastleigh Bandstand Christmas fireworks 2012

The Christmas countdown in Eastleigh town centre officially starts on Saturday 18 Novemberwhen Santa joins the Borough’s Deputy Mayor, Councillor Chris Thomas, to switch on the yuletide lights – and get the festive season under way. The grand Eastleigh Christmas Lights Switch-On & Fun Day brings a spectacular light parade to the main shopping centre and culminates in a dazzling firework display…

Christmas messages from the Bishops of Winchester and Southampton

   The Right Reverend Tim Dakin, Bishop of Winchester As Christmas shoppers wrap themselves in hats, coats and scarves, the bitter cold reminds us of those for whom the winter, and even Christmas-time is itself a struggle.  People without houses face more than usually inhospitable conditions, and many, many others struggle to pay bills for…

Eastleigh residents encouraged to recycle this Christmas

Eastleigh Borough residents are being encouraged to recycle all they can this Christmas and are reminded that there will be some changes to collection days over the festive period. Recycling and waste collections will continue as normal up to and including 23 December and then resume on Wednesday 28 December. Collections will be a day…

Christmas celebrations at Bishopstoke Park

Residents, staff, families and local school children enjoyed the Christmas celebrations at Anchor’s Bishopstoke Park retirement village near Winchester and Eastleigh this week, as it hosted a Christmas party. Stoke Park Junior school children met Santa and reindeer in his grotto and took photos on the sleigh, before singing Christmas carols in the Bistro. Residents…

Chandler’s Ford group perform Christmas nativity

Chandlers Ford youngsters will perform a modern-day Nativity to help support people in developing countries to break free from poverty this Christmas. On Tuesday 20 December, at 7.30pm, St Edward the Confessor Church in Chandlers Ford will be hosting a special performance of ‘The Gift: A Modern Nativity’ for one night only. The performance, arranged…

Christmas 2016 opening hours for Eastleigh pharmacies

  With an extended festive break this year the NHS has issued details of pharmacy opening hours in the Eastleigh area. Between December 25 – 27 and January 1 – 2 most chemists in the borough will be closed with only Wainwrights in Bishopstoke opening on Christmas Day. Julia Booth, Pharmacy Manager for NHS England…

Botley set for Boxing Day Blood donation

Around Christmas blood stocks can drop and in  Botley there are still plenty of appointment slots available for their Boxing Day blood donation session.  The need for blood is constant including the festive season. Providing life saving blood and platelets to patients across the country doesn’t stop over Christmas. With the weather getting worse, people…

Tax man reminds couples to claim Christmas cash

The Tax Office have issued reminder to married couples to check if they are getting their full allowance. With 500,000 people eligible for receiving Marriage Allowance in the South East, married couples are being reminded to apply for a Christmas cash boost by today. Applying online for Marriage Allowance – a tax break for married…

Council promise “Christmassy” atmosphere for Eastleigh shoppers

Eastleigh’s council bosses promise the run-up to Christmas will be easier in the Town Centre this year with late night shopping, some free or discounted parking, entertainment and a “Christmassy” atmosphere with a new seasonal market. Town centre retailers, the Business Improvement District (BID) and Eastleigh Borough Council are joining forces to ease the burden…

Radio Solent to host free Christmas event

Local radio station Radio Solent has been inspired to get together with local charities this Christmas to host a special live broadcast community event following the appearance last month of a lonely pensioner, Bill Palmer, on the Alex Dyke Show. DJ Dyke sent a taxi round to bring the 95 year-old listener to the BBC…

Christmas arrives in Hedge End…

A large crowd gathered in Hedge End this evening, to see The Mayor of Eastleigh, Cllr Tony Noyce, and Hedge End’s Carnival Queen, Harri Killen, switch on Hedge End’s Christmas lights. The switch on ceremony itself was rather brief, with the crowd enjoying the traditional countdown before the ceremonial plunger was depressed, but was preceded…

Fireworks herald Christmas in Eastleigh

Around 10,000 people attended the popular annual Christmas Light Switch On event in Eastleigh town centre following a day of festive celebrations and family fun day to launch this years festive season. The Mayor of Eastleigh, Councillor Tony Noyce, assisted by Santa Claus and MP Mike Thornton, switched on the town’s 2014 Christmas lights display…