Category: People

Hants PCs nominated for bravery award

Two Hampshire police officers have been nominated for a national bravery award after the saving the life of a suicidal man who had doused himself in fuel. PCs Steven Males and Michael Nol who are both based at Cosham Police Station were two of several officers dispatched to search for a male who was threatening…

Sharon tip-toes for charity centenary

Sharon Rees-Williams, 45, from Eastleigh, has just completed a Centenary challenge for Macmillan Cancer Support. The intrepid runner wanted to take on a personal challenge after 2 close friends and a member of her family were all diagnosed with cancer in recent years. Sharon already works as a Volunteering Adviser for the charity, but was…

Eastleigh actress inspired by Old Library

The Eastleigh born actress and producer Rebecca Vaughan takes to the stage tonight to bring Jane Austen’s most celebrated female characters to life in her own theatrical production, Austen’s Women. The show at Basingstoke’s Central Studio described as “tightly corseted but frilly, flowing and flamboyant in all the right places” features Austen’s leading ladies –…

Home sweet home…

chalet room

The homeless family who had been living in the Council’s own car park after they being allegedly told to ‘get rid’ of their pet dogs have now been found suitable accommodation. Within hours of Eastleigh News publishing the details of their plight both the BBC and The Daily Echo descended on the civic offices car…

Family living rough in council car park

Amanda and her daughter are homeless

As darkness fell across the Civic Offices car park and councillors scuttled from their cars to another meeting Amanda Denton drew her duvet closer to her and vowed: “I’m going to be here as long as it takes.” Amanda, a 38 year old lorry driver and her 18 year-old-daughter – an Eastleigh college student –…

Radian to get new skipper

Social landlord Radian Group today announced that Richard Hastilow has been appointed as its new Chairman. A successful naval captain and businessman, Richard takes over the Eastleigh based Housing association which has an annual turnover of £100m and provides almost 18,000 homes as well as support for some 400 people with disabilities. He replaces Mike…

Children help Fire Service deliver Christmas cheer

Local businesses and schools have joined forces with Hampshire Fire and Rescue to send a Kenyan community a Christmas present with a difference, a container full of aid – and a fire engine! Yesterday excited youngsters from St Francis School in Chandlers Ford visited the Fire and Rescue HQ on Leigh Road to help firefighters…

Wear clothes or stay in jail

Stephen Gough - the Naked Rambler

Eastleigh’s most famous resident Stephen Gough, known as the Naked Rambler has been warned he could face life imprisonment if he did not start wearing clothes. The 51 year old ex royal marine was appearing in Perth Sherriff court (Scotland) following his arrest seconds after leaving prison having completed an 18 month sentence for breach…

Exemplary Eastleigh Student Wins Accolade

An Eastleigh apprentice has proven himself to be a cut above the rest by winning a learning award. Stuart Bunney, 23, scooped the award for the Advanced Apprentice of the Year at Southampton City College’s award ceremony last night (November 11). He completed Levels 2 and 3 of the bricklaying apprenticeship, gaining distinctions in both…

Local snapper sets council puzzler

An award winning freelance photographer from Eastleigh, is about to release the third instalment in as series of catalogues of photographs he has taken in the borough. Matthew Myatt’s latest collection, ‘Dark Eastleigh’ follows in the footsteps of ‘Beyond the Bandstand’ and ‘Further beyond the bandstand’ by exploring hidden local views. He is currently challenging…

Helping Business to Beat the Bust

Best selling writer and internet guru Henry Baker is keen to help local businesses who have been crunched in the credit squeeze by showing them how boost their online income without falling prey to marketing gimmicks. “Many of our much loved local businesses have been struggling due to recession” says the Eastleigh author. “That leaves…

B&Q HR suprema scoops top award

Liz Bell, who is HR Director for local employer B&Q and is based at their Chandlers Ford corporate Headquarters, has been announced as the winner of the ‘Leader of the Year Award’ category in the 2010 ‘Specsavers Everywoman in Retail Awards’sponsored by Pentland. There are over 2.8 million people in the retail industry – 11%…

Local Surgeon named as one of top 10 in UK

A local orthopaedic consultant has been named as one of the top ten hip replacement surgeons by his peers in a recent poll conducted by the Daily Mail asking other hip surgeons who they would send their ‘nearest and dearest’ to should they need a total hip replacement and why. Mr Douglas Dunlop, who has…

Freya Aiming High!

A young javelin star supported by Asda Eastleigh is celebrating after being selected for the first ever Youth Olympics which takes place in Singapore on 14-16 August in front of 370,000 spectators. Freya Jones has been supported by Asda Eastleigh and SportsAid’s Sporting Chance initiative which has seen her receive £500 funding for training and…

Floristy students bloom at Eastleigh

Floristry students at Eastleigh College celebrated the end of the academic year at Eastleigh College, with an awards ceremony and summer themed floral demonstration by designer David Martin, a Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medallist. The evening took place at the College main campus to a packed audience of local florists and students’ friends and family.…