Category: Lifestyle

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…

Fair Oak Art and Craft Exhibition 2016

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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

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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

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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

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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…

A welcome visitor to Eastleigh…

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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…