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…

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…

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…

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…