Category: People

Rape victim “I can’t trust people”

A woman has come forward to talk about what life has been like after she was raped by a stranger two and a half years ago. In a video released as part of ‘Rape Awareness Week’, the woman has told of how her confidence trust in people has been affected In September 2009 the victim,…

Naked man arrested on his way to Eastleigh

Eastleigh’s most famous naked person, Stephen Gough aka ‘the Naked Rambler’ has been re-arrested while trying to make his back to the town to see his children following his latest release from prison on Tuesday. Mr Gough a 53 year-old ex Royal Marine prefers not to wear clothes and advocates naturism as lifestyle choice. Famously,…

Botley school pool nominated for Kumho cash

With the Olympic Torch passing through the neighbouring cities of Southampton and Portsmouth this weekend, the whole nation looking forward to the Olympic Games and many also thinking about the legacy of those games, local campaigners in Botley are busy trying to save the swimming pool at the local Primary School… No longer funded by Central or Local Government, the pool has [until…

Carry-On Carnival

Hedge End’s Carnival went ahead despite the atrocious summer weather this afternoon. The unseasonal heavy rain, which the Met Office attribute to the Jet Stream misbehaving, was at its heaviest of the day during the carnival procession, but the route was still lined with onlookers and the display of umbrellas was said by those riding on the floats, to…

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…

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…

Huhne partner loses £250k in harassment case

Chris Huhne’s partner and former press officer Carina Trimingham has lost her harassment case against the Daily Mail in the High Court today. Ms Trimingham had alleged that a series of article and readers comments in published in the newspaper and associated  website during the aftermath of Mr Huhne’s marriage breakup had repeatedly mocked her…

Jenny wants to follow in Amanda Holden’s footsteps

Jenny Tilley

A young Bishopstoke actress is hoping to raise £14,000 to help her achieve her dream of following in the footsteps of local star Amanda Holden. Talented Jenny Tilley 23, beat off competition from hundreds of aspiring actors to be offered one of only 24 places at the  prestigious Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London…

Local dance stars in tonight’s BGT final

Visitors to Eastleigh’s Fleming park are being greeted by large posters urging them to support  local dance stars – Britain’s got Talent finalists Kai Widdrington and Natalia Jeved The popular pair will be facing up to the biggest challenge of their careers tonight  when they battle it out on live TV to win a place on…

Local Hero in race to help wounded comrades

  Eight wounded and injured soldiers cycled across Britain last weekend as part of their final preparations for an American coast-to-coast ride next month, the Race Across America (RAAM). Included in the team was Simon Harmer (35) from Kings Worthy whose wife Marisa used to teach at Shakespeare Junior School in Eastleigh. The endurance ride…

Hedge End Tories get some unexpected help…

Hedge End’s Conservatives are looking for a little extra help with leafleting, before polling in the Borough Elections on May 3rd. Although much better resourced nationally than the Lib Dems, the Conservatives do not have as large a campaign team locally as the Lib Dems, who have assembled a very effective campaign machine and made…

State of the art concept store boosts Hedge End

The recently refurbished Budgen’s store in Hedge End has brought state of the art grocery retailing to the village centre and attracted UK-wide attention thanks to an article in The Grocer, a well-respected industry-specific magazine that has been running for 150 years. The new store includes all of the latest innovations from the Budgen’s brand…

Hedge End Independent calls it a day

Ray Turner. TGR Worzel

Another Independent candidate has announced that he will not be standing in the Borough elections. Following Sam Snook’s withdrawal last week, local blogger and Eastleigh News man Ray Turner has also decide not to contest the May 3 poll. Ray had stood as an independent last month in Shamblehurst for a seat on Hedge End…

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…

Eastleigh man to brave Atlantic on plastic raft

To mark Climate Week 2012 a handful of volunteers at Whale Nation a voluntary organisation that undertakes Humanitarian and conservation projects, have constructed a kayak made of recycled plastic bottles for a “Plastic Marathon.” A young British crew will set sail on a 27-mile course from Tenerife to La Gomera in the Canary Islands. Heading…