Category: Lifestyle

Velmore’s Christmas

The new Velmore Centre held its first Christmas Craft Fayre yesterday, 15th December. Stalls selling an assortment of festive products were located in the main hall of the building and a side room, with refreshments available in the new cafe area at the front of the building. With Santa indisposed, dealing with some troublesome Elves, a rather attractive looking Mrs…

National Well-Being Statistics Published

The Office for National Statistics have recently published a new set of statistics on national well-being, the first snapshot of life in the UK to be delivered by the Measuring National Well-Being Programme. This recent innovation quantifies the subjective feelings that we all have about life in the UK to create a statistic that can be monitored over…

Tea with Santa

Due to popular demand the Eastleigh College Hospitality and Catering students and staff are again organising a fun-packed and entertaining ‘Tea with Santa’ for local children. Following on from the huge success of last year’s event, staff and students will be hosting three dates this year for children to take part in lots of festive,…

Dancing on Ice star wowed by Jo’s weight loss!

A super slimmer from Eastleigh has been congratulated on her inspirational weight loss by Dancing on Ice winner and Emmerdale actor Matthew Wolfenden at the semi-finals of a national slimming competition, before skating into the final 10 of the contest. After losing 9st ½lb, Jo Jackson earned a place as one of 47 women from…

Hedge End Launch 2013 Calendar

Hedge End Town Council, keen to take advantage of the festive shopping season, have launched their “Past & Present” calendar for 2013. Developed over the last few months under the direction of the Community & Culture Committee, the A4 spirally-bound calendar is printed on top-quality glossy paper and features photographs of Hedge End Village as it was…

Polar explorer takes on world’s coldest journey

Veteran polar explorer, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, will take on one of the last remaining polar challenges by attempting to cross Antarctica in winter – the coldest journey on Earth.in this, the centenary year of Captain Scott’s death in the Antarctic in 1912. The expedition will also attempt to raise money for Seeing is Believing, a…

Eastleigh’s Naked Rambler gets another 5 months

    Stephen Gough the Eastleigh man also known as the Naked Rambler has been jailed for 5 months for a ‘breach of the peace’. The former Chamberlayne Road resident refuses to wear clothes and has spent the last six years in and out of jail in Scotland– the majority of the time in solitary…

Fleming Park Leisure Centre due for ‘revamp’?

Eastleigh Councillors are being asked to approve a study into options for improving facilities at Fleming Park Leisure Centre, Eastleigh. The Leisure Centre currently attracts in excess of £1.2million visits a year, including 257,000 swims, but its over 35 years old and in need of refurbishment and modernisation. At its meeting on 17 July, the…

Borough encourages breastfeeding

Eastleigh Borough Council is encouraging mums who want to breastfeed to continue doing so for as long as they wish, as part of National Breastfeeding Week (24-30 June). The Council has already  teamed up with the NHS, Chamberlayne Children’s Centre and the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) to provide a free drop-in group on Mondays at…

Rain makes Hedge End’s street party perfect

Rain failed to dampen the party spirit in Hedge End today, as the Town Council’s Street Party adjourned to the nearby Village Hall. Traditional British summer weather, pouring rain, meant that the party could not be held outdoors in the car park of the 2000 Centre as had been intended, but the possibility of bad weather had been considered by…

What’s on besides the Diamond Jubilee..?

Despite the uncertain weather and the considerable distraction of the Diamond Jubilee pagentry on the River Thames being broadcast live on the BBC, the Solent Gardeners Fayre in Eastleigh was well attended this afternoon (3rd June). Organised by the Rotary Club of Southampton and held at the University Sports Grounds in Wide Lane Eastleigh, the annual event continued as…

Botley’s “Big Lunch” goes down well…

Botley’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations were in full swing today, with the main event being the “Big Lunch” in the village’s historic market square. As has become customary in Botley on special occasions, the A334 that runs through the heart of the village was closed to traffic from 9am until 6pm, allowing the festivities to take place…

Diamond Jubilee celebrated at Velmore Centre

The recently extended and refurbished Velmore Centre was put to very good use this afternoon with a Jubilee Party. It was one of many events being held around the Borough of Eastleigh today, to commemorate Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee. But the party at Velmore was a double celebration. First opened in 1968, the Velmore Chapel…

Petrol panic pushes up prices

Despite the panic driven petrol shortage subsiding last week some local garages are still charging a premium at the pumps. Eastleigh News has received an email from an angry local reader as follows: Dear Sir, I have attached a picture that has two shots in it. One taken last Monday, and one taken today, showing…

Local Author goes digital

A Hedge End author has embraced digital technology and is now writing exclusively for the Kindle platform. Matt Shaw started writing creatively at the age of 12 then experimented with the concept of writing screenplays before self-publishing his first book “The Autobiography of a Nobody” [n.b. subsequently re-titled “I’m fine”]. Delighted with the results of…