Category: People

Sahara Steve’s desert quest

Horton Heath resident, Steve Searle, is to bravely embark on an 8 day trek across the Sahara Desert, with the aim of raising over £2,500 for the charity Cystic Fibrosis Trust. The quest to North Africa will begin in October and will cover in excess of 100 kilometers taking Steve through a diverse harsh landscape from…

Local Guide on ‘trip of a lifetime’

A Girlguiding UK member and leader of the 5th Chandlers Ford Rainbows is getting ready to embark on a journey of a lifetime later this year when she travels to Latvia to take part in an exciting community development project. Travelling alongside five other Girlguiding UK members, Lucy Summers from Eastleigh will participate in the…

Places available on disabled gardening project

A community allotment project is hoping to help more disabled people benefit from growing their own fruit and vegetables. Thrive is a small national charity which offers training and practical solutions,  so that anyone with a disability can take part in, benefit from and enjoy gardening. Their Growing 4 Life project aims to cater for people…

Flybe proud of its Valentines

Figures just released by Flybe, with Valentines Day firmly in mind,  show that 6% of its workforce admit to being in a relationship with a work colleague That statistic includes more than 30 couples who are working together as cabin crew and flight deck staff. Exeter based Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline and the UK’s…

Former Councillor dies

Bill Luffman

Bill Luffman, one of Eastleigh’s longest serving Labour Party stalwarts and a former councillor has died. Eastleigh Labour party has released the following statement: Eastleigh Labour Party is sad to announce that former Eastleigh Borough Councillor, Bishopstoke Parish Councillor and active Trade Unionist Bill Luffman passed away this morning. Bill was a Labour Party member…

Eastleigh Firefighter honoured

An Eastleigh Firefighter has been awarded a ‘top gong’ in the New Years Honours List. Peter Crook has been awarded the Queen’s Fire Service Medal in the New Year’s Honours list, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to international search and rescue during his 32 year career with Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service. The Queen’s…

Christmas in Botley Square

The community spirit that makes the village of  Botley special was on full view this afternoon. Hundreds of Botley residents packed Botley Square to sing Christmas Carols around their Christmas tree. The community carol singing was led by the Reverend Ruth Schofield, curate of All Saints Church in Botley.  Children from Botley School opened the singing,…

Cross-words at Village Hall…

Professional musicians and their gathering audience were treated to a lively warm-up act at Hedge End’s Village Hall earlier this week. Preparations for a performance of  “All on a Winters Night”,  a feast of songs, carols,  stories and folklore by Johnny Coppin, Paul Burgess and Mick Dolan, were disrupted by a dispute over the use…

Homebase help for Teen Cancer Trust

Staff at the Homebase store on Chesnut Avenue got into the Christmas Spirit over the weekend in order to raise hundreds of pounds for the Teenage Cancer Trust. Homebase sales colleagues donned their Santa hats and tinsel to hand out stickers and mince pies in return for donations in-store and were joined by Mrs Southampton…

Cheryl gets top award

Fair Oak and Horton Heath Parish Cheryl Gosling has been presented with a prestigious award by the Hampshire Association of local Councils – fending off competition from clerks in 250 parish and town councils in Hampshire. The Chairman of Bishopstoke and Fair Oak Local Area Committee Roger Smith –himself a Fair Oak Parish Councillor – presented Cheryl…

Healthcare Reservist of the Year

A health worker from Hedge End has been named as Healthcare Reservist of the Year  in the Military and Civilian Health Partnership Awards. Major Robert Dawes was honoured for introducing the Blizzard Heat pack on front-line operations in Afghanistan, a new device that keeps patients warm and prevents bleeding from their injuries, as well as new airway equipment…

Chandlers Ford businessman honoured by charity

Tim Bond

A Chandlers Ford businessman is to be honoured for his commitment to charity.   Tim Bond is the founder of ‘Upfront and Personnel’, world-leading construction staffing specialists based in Chandlers Ford Precinct.  Tim is also the regional representative and corporate fundraiser for The Encephalitis Society which raises awareness and funds to improve the quality of life…

Eastleigh Blogger in St Pauls protest camp

A blogger from Eastleigh is currently in the thick of the controversial ‘Occupy London’ protest at St Pauls Cathedral. Matthew Myatt – a professional photo- journalist who contributes regularly to Eastleigh News went to report on the protest and ended up  working there as the official photographer for Occupied Times – a weekly newspaper printed…

Eastleigh mum wins Top Blog award

Amy Lane

Eastleigh mum-of-two, Amy Lane, has scooped a top prize in a prestigious national blogging award.  The MAD (Mum and Dad) Blog Awards celebrate everything that is great about the UK’s parent blogging community. Amy, 32, won the Best Food Blog at a glitzy gala ceremony in London. While being interviewed BBC Radio Solent’s Katie Martin…

Blogger vows to topple Lib Dem leader

A local blogger has vowed he will “end  Liberal Democrat dominance within Eastleigh” by standing for election as an Independent and by launching an online campaign. The blogger, Hedge End resident Ray Turner, has started an e-petition which aims to “Prevent Councillors from serving on several Councils”. If successful,  the e-petition could eventually reduce the number of roles…