Category: People

Everest adventurer meets Romsey pupils

Youngsters in Romsey got the chance to meet a real-life adventurer when James Ketchell visited The Romsey School to inspire pupils with tales of his Everest exploits. James, from Hampshire, is a serial adventurer, motivational speaker and Scouting ambassador. He’s the only person in the world to have rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, successfully summited…

Scouts raise money for community projects in Africa

One hundred Scouts from across Hampshire have embarked on a life-changing adventure to Tanzania. The intrepid teenagers have raised more than half a million pounds in a bid to make a positive impact to the international community. Between a safari and outdoor pursuits, the Scouts, aged 14-18, challenged themselves to a range of charitable projects,…

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…

Christmas cheer for 97 year-old crime victim

  A 97-year old partially sighted victim of crime can afford to look forward to a happier Christmas after well -wishers collected £230 for him. Les Parsonage, who was a resident of Common Road, Chandler’s Ford for 50 years, lost £450 to a cruel trickster while he was out collecting his pension at Fryern Arcade…

Police probe Ukip cabbie’s Santa sign:Updated

A local businessman who had  been questioned by the police after he erected a large illuminated sign asking: “Dear Father Christmas all we really need is our country back!” will not be facing any further action Hampshire Police have said. Timothy ‘Dusty’ Miller (64) who runs Hedge End based Millers Taxis has erected the sign…

Paul Daniels: From Legend to leg end

Veteran magician and TV entertainer Paul Daniels will be appearing in Eastleigh this Friday night (October 25). Daniels and his glamorous assistant wife ‘The lovely Debbie McGee’ will be bringing their stage show to the more intimate, cabaret atmosphere of the Concorde Club. Paul and Debbie were a mainstay of BBC TV entertainment schedules throughout…

College staff collect their Honours

Eastleigh College Chief Executive, Tony Lau-Walker and College House Manager Tracey McAdam, have received their Honours, presented by The Princess Royal at an investiture ceremony held at Windsor Castle. Tony, who was awarded a CBE  in the 2013 Queen’s Birthday Honours list for his outstanding services to further education said: “The day at Windsor Castle…

Bishop Undertakes Journey Round Eastleigh

Southampton Airport has welcomed Jonathan Frost the Bishop of Southampton as he visited the airport as part of his tour of the Eastleigh Deanery. The Rt. Rvd. Dr Jonathan Frost met with Dave Lees, Southampton Airport Managing Director and Jan Halliday, Southampton Airport Director of Marketing & Communication.  Dave Lees said: “We were delighted to…

Why I tweet..

  Popular local Police Sergeant Chris Spellerberg is moving from Eastleigh Central’s Safer Neighbourhood Team to a new posting in Southampton next week. In the two years he has been here, the Eastleigh Police twitter account has grown from zero to 8,000 followers. The bicycling bobby believes use of social media has helped fight crime in the…

Joel Builds Website for Velvet

A college student from Eastleigh has developed a new website for the local bus company, Velvet Bus. Having studied the original Velvet Bus website, 17-year-old Joel Kidd from Barton Peveril College thought it could be improved and sent some design proposals to Velvet Bus, a speculative email which arrived at exactly the right time. Managing…

Baton Twirling Corps Seeks New Twirlers

A Baton Twirling Group that was founded in Eastleigh and which regularly appear in local carnivals is looking for new members. The Spencerettes were formed in 1969, by Bob and Dorothy Spencer. Their  Grandaughter, Emily Babb,  a student at Barton Peveril college in Eastleigh, joined the group at age 4 and is now Corps Coach…

Three in a row for Barton Peveril

For the third consecutive year a Barton Peveril student has reached the national finals of the Lions Young Ambassador of the year competition. The Lions Young Ambassador scheme acknowledges the work of young people working as volunteers.  The scheme, which operates throughout Europe, aims to recognise, encourage and support young people who are actively involved in the welfare of…

Naked Rambler arrives back in Eastleigh

Eastleigh’s most famous living resident  Stephen Gough – aka The Naked Rambler – was finally back home with his Mum today after completing his naked walk back from Scotland following his release from prison  last July. Stephen Gough had spent a total of six years locked up in Scottish prisons for choosing not to wear…

Botley protests against Borough’s local plan

Protestors brought the centre of Botley to a standstill at lunchtime today. Such protests are rare in this part of the world, but temporary road closures were in place to allow a march organised by the Botley Parish Action Group to protest against the developments that are proposed in Eastleigh Borough Council’s new local plan. The plan has…