Category: Lifestyle

Community chips in for new kitchen at Fryern

Ribbon is cut on updated catering facility at the Age Concern CentreWhen the Age Concern Centre at Fryern found itself in need of a new kitchen, members of the local community chipped in to cover the costs and on Monday, supporters, tradesmen, fundraisers and donors gathered at the centre to celebrate the opening of the…

‘The most rewarding thing I have ever done’

Hampshire mum tells of her experience as a foster-carer  A Hampshire foster carer is appealing for more people to become foster carers, during Fostercare Fortnight which starts on Monday (May 13). ‘Debbie’ lives on a farm with her husband and grown up children. She became a foster carer last year, looking after a young baby…

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…

Solent Gardeners Fayre returns to Eastleigh

If gardening or arts and crafts is your thing then there is treat in store for you when Southampton Rotary Club bring their annual Solent Gardeners Fayre and Craft show to Eastleigh on June 4. As usual growers and nurseries will be selling plants and all manner of things horticultural alongside busy craft stalls. There…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Mike Thornton supports Diabetes UK campaign‏

The regional manager for Diabetes UK has thanked Eastleigh MP Mike Thornton for his support. Diabetes UK is campaigning to reach the 7 million people in the UK who are at high risk of Type 2 diabetes and is urging people in Eastleigh to have their risk of the condition checked. The campaign, funded by…

A welcome visitor to Eastleigh…

Steam will return to Hedge End and Eastleigh briefly on 5th December, when passengers can travel to Bath behind two ‘Black Five’ locos hauling The Cathedrals Express. The event is also likely to attract steam enthusiasts and train-spotters to all the other stations along the route, many of whom will find Botley a good vantage point as the…

MP Mike surprises Eastleigh Ramblers

  Eastleigh Ramblers were pleasantly surprised when Mike Thornton, Eastleigh’s Liberal Democrat M.P, joined them on a 6 mile walk from Sherfield English led by Christine Bond. Thornton had been invited as part of an initiative by the Ramblers Association designed to encourage local M.P.s to join a walk in order that they can spread…

Eastleigh’s Third Costa Draws Instant Reaction

Eastleigh’s third branch of Costa’s is preparing to open at the Channon Retail Park in Woodside Ave, supplementing the branches in the Swan Centre and in Market Street. The new 1,500 sq ft Costa store is located at the centre of the Channon Retail Park, in Woodside Ave, and is a short bus-ride from from Eastleigh…

Winter draws on…

With the warmest weekend of the year (so far)  predicted, with the sun set to shine on Hedge End Carnival on Satuday (6th July), on Eastleigh Mela and the Mayor on Sunday (7th July) and with Hants Fire & Rescue warning about barbecue safety, elsewhere in the Borough of Eastleigh, staff at Southampton airport have been thinking ahead…

Youth Theatre impress at The Point

Whilst lights were still burning in the Labour campaign HQ on Saturday night, directly across the road at The Point, a full house was gathering for the final performance of a production of Cats. Ironically, The Point is housed in buildings that were formerly Eastleigh’s Town Hall, and is situated just a short walk from the location…