Category: Events

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…

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…

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…

Fair Oak Art and Craft Exhibition 2016

On 12th and 13th November, the Fair Oak Art and Craft Society (FOACS) is holding its 2016 Annual Exhibition at Fair Oak Village Hall. There will be a mixture of stalls, displays, and demonstrations; it’ll be a great opportunity to view a variety of arts and crafts, and to meet some of the artists. The exhibition is open…

Preview Video: Fun at for all at New Forest Show 2016

Organisers of the New Forest Show are predicting this year’s event will be better than ever. Details of the line-up for the show, which takes place later this month, were revealed at a launch at the showground. Chris Coneybeer was there. The show will run from the 26-28 July at the Showground, New Park, Brockenhurst.…

Eastleigh commemorates Battle of Somme

Eastleigh marked the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme and the Battle of Jutland with a short but moving ceremony at the town’s War Memorial today. The Mayor of Eastleigh, Cllr Des Scott first attended a service led by the Eastleigh, Chandler’s Ford and District Branch of the Royal British Legion at Holy Cross…

Gardener’s Fayre returns to Eastleigh this Sunday

If gardening or arts and crafts is your thing then there is treat in store for you next Sunday when Southampton Rotary Club bring their annual Solent Gardeners Fayre and Craft show to Eastleigh. As usual growers and nurseries will be selling plants and all manner of things horticultural alongside busy craft stalls. There is…

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…

A horrifying night at Thorpe Park

Thorpe Park’s ‘Fright Night’ official got under way on Friday in the build up to it’s annual Halloween event celebrating 14 years. Journalists, celebrities, annual pass holders and special VIP’s  were invited to a preview show a day before on Thursday – something that I was luckily enough to attend. As a VIP on the night,…

Mardi Gras proves to be great success in Eastleigh

This year’s Mardi Gras went off with a bang as hundreds of local Eastleigh people celebrated the 1945 themed day at Leigh Road’s recreational ground on Saturday. The glorious sunny day kicked off with former Southampton FC manager Lawrie McMenemy, former Saints defender Jim Steele and comedy impressionist Mike Osman all attending the event. Southampton…

Mardi Gras returns to Eastleigh

This year’s Mardi Gras main event is due to take place this Saturday in a 1945 themed event at Eastleigh’s Leigh Rd recreation ground. The free event will feature plenty of attractions for all the family and is set to be one of Eastleigh’s busiest days of the year. The day will kick off at…

20 ways to keep the kids busy this Summer!

Steven's fun fair

If you are wondering what to do with the kids this summer, fear not – here at Eastleigh News we have put together a list of 20 fantastic events and activities in the local area to ensure your days are jam-packed with family fun for all. Be a Record Breaker with this summer’s reading challenge…