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PADDLING POOL CLOSED DUE TO VANDALISM

The popular paddling pool in Hedge End was vandalised yesterday by groups of youngsters intent on wreaking havoc. In the late afternoon and into the evening, boys approximately aged between 12 to 14 years had created a mud slide with excess water from the paddling pool on the neighbouring recreation ground.  They then decided to wash the mud and clumps of dirt in the paddling pool after the pool was closed and locked and run riot in the arena. Earlier it had been reported by the public, that they had been charging through the pool in stampede fashion and knocking babies and young children over. Staff made attempts to prevent this incident but to no avail and were met with abuse. The following day, Hedge End Town Council staff were left surveying the damage. A feature litter bin was broken into and the contents strewn into the paddling pool, perimeter railings were damaged and loosened and above all, the paddling pool was grimy with the mud clogging the natural filtration system and contaminating the water. The neighbouring kiosk and facilities were also covered in mud and detritus leaving them in an unacceptable and appalling condition.

The Town Clerk commented that ‘A minority of young boys have spoilt the enjoyment for the majority with their wanton behaviour and it is very disappointing that the pool is now out of commission for the time being. The cleaning process will take some time to return the paddling pool to the high standards demanded by the Town Council’.

Many disconsolate people have offered donations to re-open the paddling pool such is the popularity of this feature.

PADDLING POOL - SUMMER OPENING TIMES

The paddling pool, located at St Johns Recreation Ground, St Johns Rd, is open 7 days a week (between May and September) from 10.30am until 5pm. Refreshments and ice creams are available from the kiosk. There is a toilet and changing area on site. Please be considerate when parking and where possible, walk to the site to avoid congestion on nearby roads. Limited car parking can be found at the 2000 Centre, St Johns Rd. 

HEDGE END CARNIVAL 2014 - PHOTO GALLERY

To view the colour, music and majesty of this year's Hedge End Carnival 'D-Day Remembered', please take a look at our PHOTO GALLERY. A big thank you to the organisers Hedge End Carnival Committee for creating another spectacular event and to all the volunteers, helpers, supporters and donators, without whom, this event would not be possible.  Every year the Carnival Committee raises money for local good causes and they would love to hear from anyone who could volunteer their time to help with next year's event!

INVITATION TO TENDER

Herewith, Notification of Invitation to Tender. Tennis Courts refurbishment and key fob access system.
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THE 'CAN DO' GUIDE TO ORGANISING AND RUNNING VOLUNTARY AND COMMUNITY EVENTS

Helpful guidelines have been issued by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) for those who are considering planning a local community event. Whether its a fundraiser, street party or sporting event, these guidelines aim to dispel the myths about what is required and help people to plan and run successful events with a minimum of red tape. Visit the DCLG website: CLICK HERE

HEDGE END FOOD CENTRE

Food donations for Kings Community Church are now being collected at the Town Council offices, 2000 Centre, St Johns Rd, Hedge End, SO30 4AF. The Food Centre is a community focused project supported by local churches and councils... read on

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