Category: Leisure

Chandler’s Ford man to tackle double marathon

A 59 year-old man from, from Chandler’s Ford will be running a double marathon along the South Downs Way, for the second year Dean Bailey, 59 is running Race to the King,– this time for fun, having raised £1,400 for the British Heart Foundation last year when he ran with his daughter, Lisa Bailey. The…

Long wait almost over for new Fleming Park

  “The wait is almost over!” declared Eastleigh Borough Council as they announced a date for the “soft opening” of Fleming Park’s replacement leisure centre which has been named “Places Leisure Eastleigh”. The council had originally intended to open the new state-of-the-art centre in time to celebrate the 2016 Rio Olympics –  but it will…

University reconstructs Mary Rose archer

For the first time in 500 years, scientists examining human remains from Henry VIII’s flagship Mary Rose will be able to determine if any bones come from the same person. Research by Dr Garry Scarlett, a DNA expert at the University of Portsmouth, should enable museum staff to recreate accurate skeletons of some of the…

Local twirlers taste Florida success

A local Baton Twirling Corps has tasted international success. The Harmony Twirlers took a team  ( Donna Sayles-Jones, Catherine Tall, Vicky and Mia Talman) to the TwirlMania International competition in Florida The competition which was held at the ESPN World of Sports, drew over 3,500 competitors and after three days of competing the team of Donna Sayles-Jones,…

Free gig to promote independent record store

Hampshire singer songwriter Nick Tann will be doing his bit to promote National Record Day with a free gig  at The Hundred Record Store in Romsey, when he will be performing tracks from his critically acclaimed album ‘3AM’. A favourite of BBC6 music’s Tom Robinson, the Eastleigh based tunesmith will be performing totally acoustic. “Just me…

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…

Sunken wartime wrecks go online

Exceptional diving conditions this summer, with underwater visibility to rival tropical waters, has allowed archaeologists to capture amazing photographs of First World War shipwrecks and record the sites in stunning detail thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. These photographs have been used to create online 3D models of entire wrecks allowing divers and…

Solent Gardeners Fayre returns to Eastleigh this weekend

The ever popular Solent Gardeners and Craft fayre returns Southampton University’s sports ground at Wide Lane this Sunday (May 31) for the 17th year. The annual event, which organised by the Rotary Club of Southampton, has become a must for all keen gardeners and craft enthusiasts with over 70 exhibitors. It’s not just for the…

Ageas Bowl Hilton opens for business

The new Hilton Hotel at the Ageas Bowl has finally been opened after a long and troubled genesis which included companies going bust and a council bailout during the construction phase, but it promises to be unique and unrivalled lesisure facility. Hampshire County Cricket chairman Rod Bransgrove and Council Leader Keith had taken part in…

Boyzone to rock Ageas Bowl

Chart topping boy band Boyzone will be rocking Eastleigh’s Ageas bowl this August as part of the Aegeas Family Festival. Alongside family entertainment, the Festival will feature the Royal London One-Day Cup – Hampshire v Middlesex, with a headline musical performance from the popular group best known for hits including ‘Love Me For A Reason’, ‘Words’,…

Queen names Britannia at Southampton

The Queen visited Southampton on Tuesday to name P&O Ferries’ new cruise liner, Britannia. Hundreds of invited guests saw the Queen bless the boat before launching a giant magnum of champagne in to the hull. “I name this ship Britannia, may God bless her, and all who sail in her”. Queen Elizabeth said. The naming…

Zombies invade Swan Centre

An unsuspecting audience of film buffs enjoying a screening of Zombie horror classic ‘Dawn of the Dead’ were surprised by a crowd of flesh eating zombies who suddenly emerged form the darkened shopping mall as the closing titles rolled. There were shrieks and yells at the Swan Centre as people jumped out of the way of…

Pavilion on the Park opens new activity building

Eastleigh’s Pavilion on the Park, which was awarded a special grant from the Southampton Airport Big Idea Community Fund, has opened a new outdoor activity building. The 4all Hangar provides storage for specialist cycles and a focal point for developing work skills, independent living skills and recreation & leisure experiences. The new hangar aims to…

New Lowford Centre Unveiled

Hundreds of Busledon residents turned out this afternoon, to see the  Mayor of Eastleigh, Cllr Malcolm Cross, formally open their brand new Community Centre. The £2.6m Lowford Centre is built on a site that was formerly owned by the Bursledon & District Community Association, land which was transferred to Eastleigh Borough Council to facilitate this development…

Share your WWI memories

Hampshire Museums Service  are looking for memories and memorabilia from World  War I. The project, Hampshire’s Big Theme 1914, is a five year programme of activities that will commemorate the centenary of the First World War. During 2014 a programme of exhibitions and events which will focus on the 100th commemoration of the First World War.  Funded by…