News and Events

This section gives local residents information on recent news and events in and around Hedge End.

Friday Night Football


Brought to you by Eastleigh Borough Council, is a youth project open to 10-19 year olds and offers weekly informal football activities for £1 a session.


Sessions take place every Friday at Places Leisure Eastleigh, Botley Recreation Ground and Hamble Sports Complex.


All sessions will be led by qualified FA coaches on artificial pitches and is open to boys and girls of all abilities.


This project has been made possible thanks to funding from Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner and Bursledon, Hedge End, West End and Botley Local Area Committee, Eastleigh Local Area Committee and Bursledon, Hamble and Hound Local Area Committee.


For more information, including session times, please visit     


Paddling Pool


Located at St John's Recreation Ground, just a five minute stroll from the village, is the children's paddling pool, opened in 2000 and now our biggest attraction during the summer months. Families come equipped to spend an afternoon or even a whole day sitting in the sunshine, reading, talking to friends and picnicking whilst their children splash about. There's even a little shop to buy refreshments and ice creams, as well as a toilet, so there really is no need to leave once you're settled!!


Opening Times 

Seasonal Opening May*- Sept. However, please check our website, social media or Gazette for exact opening date as this may vary due to climate.


Please be aware, occasional closures of the pool do occur during the season due to unforeseen circumstances and whilst we do try to keep these to a minimum, they can be unavoidable. To avoid disappointment, please check our website, social media or call us before you travel. 


Opening Hours: 10:30hrs - 17:00hrs, 7 days a week


The d.@rt centre, Wildern School, Wildern Lane, Hedge End, Southampton, SO30 4EJ 
• Arts & Crafts
• Cookery Classes
• Music Activities
• Children's Activities
Places are selling fast for our Summer holiday activities here at the d.@rt centre, have you booked your child's place? Find out what we have planned here  
For any enquiries or to make a booking please call 01489 779 471 


Library Volunteers!


It's that time of year again, we are looking for volunteers to assist with the Summer Reading Challenge, wahoo!

Let us know if you think you would be interested in joining in, or sign up online here ?

Ben Norris

Ben’s TV credits include: “Mock the week” (BBC 1), “The Comedy Store” (Paramount and Comedy Central), “Never mind the Buzzcocks” (BBC 2), “They think it’s all over” (BBC 2)

Carly Smallman
Carly sings funny songs and tells funny jokes. She has been lucky enough to perform all over the UK and internationally at the best comedy clubs, theatres and festivals around. Carly has appeared doing stand-up on BBC (The Rob Brydon Show) and ITV (Viral Tap), amongst numerous other TV and radio appearances. She also occasionally appears on Talk Radio as a co-host or guest.

“Smutty outspoken jolity” - The Telegraph

Hassan Dervish
“Hassan Dervish is a musical and spoken word idiot genius with fun storytelling rhymes set to an original soundtrack. He resonates with comedy fans who aren't afraid to go along with something silly and catchy.”

Dinesh Nathan
“His confident, straight-faced delivery and outstanding material left (us) wanting more, he is one to watch.” - Fringe Review

Doors open at 19:00
Show starts at 20:00

A fully stocked bar will also be available
Tickets £15 each

Nature of the beast: Line-ups can change, but quality of talent will never be compromised




Link to our website:

Tennis for Kids this Summer

Tennis for Kids courses will be starting at Woodhouse Lane in June. If you want to get your children into tennis, this is the perfect way to do it. For just £25 (+£4.99 P&P) your child receives;


•        6 high-quality tennis lessons

•        Personalised t-shirt

•        Tennis racket & ball set


Take a look at our courses here -

Challenge of Challenge – A family day you’ll remember forever!

On Saturday 22nd June over 400 people will take part in YMCA’s Challenge of Challenges fundraising event. Set as a sponsored orienteering route, intergenerational family teams will combine brains and brawn to complete imaginative, occasionally messy, and often daft, activities and puzzles. Funds raised will be used to give local children and families opportunities to lead healthy, happy lives.


Participants should be prepared for anything, and could find themselves trying to find our mascot Walice in the woods, canoeing to the rescue, throwing custard pies, or hands-deep in slime figuring out a puzzle. After presentation of medals and a hot shower, teams will enjoy a BBQ, campfire and bar.


Places can be booked via our website - 

This event is taking place at YMCA Fairthorne Manor, Curdridge, SO30 2GH.


To find out more speak to Corin Ball via 

We also have more information on our social media page;

Facebook @YMCAFairthorneGroup  
Twitter - @YMCAFG

Dave Tomlinson is a Church of England priest, writer, Radio 2 broadcaster, and Chaplain to St Ethelburga’s Centre for Peace & Reconciliation. 


Friday 28th June 

Underhill Centre,

St John's rd

Hedge End

SO30 4AF


7pm Talk by Dave Tomlinson 


Free to attend




Saturday 29th June 2019



The PUMP HOUSE have kindly agreed to come along to our Centre to do valuations,  there will be two

Valuers  specialising in silver, china etc. upstairs .


Downstairs in the Meeting Area we will be serving

refreshments, also we will have a Collectibles Stall.

If you have any items to donate to this stall we would love to have them.


Admission to this event will be £2.00 per adult and you can bring along a maximum of 2 items for a free



Raising funds for St. John’s Church


e-mail the Parish Office using or call on 01489 790048

The Addams Family

Summer 2019


11-13th July 2019

7.30p, performance 

Tickets £12.00 conseesions £10.00

Berry Theatre 

023 8065 2333


THE ADDAMS FAMILY features an original story, and it’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart

young man from a respectable family – a man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides

in her father and begs him not to tell her mother.

Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before– keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia.


Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents.


Are you looking for a Career?

Looking for the right career can often be time-consuming and frustrating. The Southampton Careers Fair will offer candidates from all backgrounds, experience and education level the opportunity to speak to an abundance of local employers, all in one place.

Why attend?


• Variety
There will be a wide variety of different organisations attending, alongside a wide variety of roles being offered.

• Speed
Online applications can be very time consuming – by attending you get to skip this process and directly speak to the organisation!

• Meet Employers Face-to-Face
This gives you the chance to ask as many questions as you like and find out anything you want to know about the company you could potentially be starting a Career with.

The Southampton Careers Fair will take place on the 9th November from 10am – 2pm, and will be held at Central Hall.

No pre-registration is required, you can just turn up on the day – however, you can find out more and register your interest here.

You can find out more regarding The UK Careers Fair by visiting or emailing




Saturday, 7th September 2019
11.00am – 3.00pm


Stalls include:

  • Hot Food
  • Tea and cakes
  • Bouncy castle
  • Kids activities
  • Face painting
  • Goods for sale
  • and much more




Hatch Grange, West End,
Southampton, SO30 3FE.


More info via the Facebook page:


OR Email:

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Prepare for EU Exit


The United Kingdom (UK) is leaving the European Union (EU).


Leaving the EU means a number of changes that will affect businesses, organisations and individual citizens.


Use the information via the link below to find out how to prepare and the steps you may need to take.





Evening and weekend appointments are now available...


You can book an appointment to see a GP, nurse or other healthcare professional in the evening or at the weekend from a local Primary Care Access hub.

Your local hub is - Hedge End Primary Care Access hub, Hedge End, Medical Centre, Hedge End, SO30 4FQ. 


Speak to your practice receptionist or visit:

You can book an appointment with your GP practice receptionist or, for urgent appointments, ring NHS 111



Perform is a unique children’s drama school that has a special emphasis on child development.


 Perform uses a mix of drama, dance and singing to bring out every child’s full potential. Run by highly experienced actor-teachers, in small groups, Perform classes focus on developing the 4 Cs: Confidence, Communication, Coordination, and Concentration. 


The Perform curriculum ensures plenty of fun, using a mix of energetic games, catchy songs and funky dances. All class materials are written by Perform, with apps, CDs and videos that the children can play at home to keep the magic alive. 


Each term sees a brand new theme to keep imaginations buzzing. Perform offer no-obligation FREE trial sessions. 

Visit to book a FREE class today.

Venue: Turnpike Pavilion, Turnpike Way, Hedge End, Hampshire, SO30 4SR

Class Details: Fridays at 4pm and 5pm 

Contact: T: 020 7255 9120 /




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If you become unwell or are injured, make sure you choose the right NHS service to get the most appropriate treatment.


  • Self Care: For example - Hangover, Grazed Knee, Sore Throat, Cough
  • Pharmacy: For example - Diarrhoea, Runny Nose, Painful Cough, Headache 
  • Minor Injuries & Illness Unit: For example - Cuts, Strains, Itches, Sprains
  • GP: For example - Vomiting, Ear Pain, Sore Tummy,  Backache
  • NHS 111(Phone service) : For example - Unwell? Unsure? Need medical help fast? 
  • 999 (Phone service): For example - Choking, Chest Pain, Blacking Out, Heavy Blood Loss


" Use your ambulance service wisely and considerately - abuse of the service could cost someone's life! " - Paul Carnell - Hampshire Public Governor



Eastleigh Citizens Advice Bureau is announcing a new outreach service to improve access to advice within the community. The outreach service will operate from two new community centres: 


  • The Dowd’s Farm Community Centre, Hedge End. An adviser will be available Thursday mornings by appointment, and a drop-in service will operate Friday mornings from 9.30am-12.30pm. 
  • The outreach service will also be available at the Bursledon Community Centre, Bursledon. People can drop into the centre without an appointment for advice on Tuesday mornings between 10.00 am–12.00 pm. Appointments will be available by arrangement on Tuesday afternoons.

The new outreach sessions will help meet local need by bringing the advice service into the community. People who are unable to travel to Citizens Advice offices will be able to access help and advice from these accessible and convenient community locations.   


Contact details for the new outreach locations are as follows:


Bursledon Community Centre
Portsmouth Road
SO31 8ES


Dowd’s Farm Community Centre
85 Whites Way
Hedge End
SO30 2GL


For advice at other times Eastleigh Citizens Advice Bureau is open from 10am-4pm Monday-Thursday.
For enquiries please call: 03444 111 306


1.    The Citizens Advice service comprises a network of local bureaux, all of which are independent charities. 
2.    We help people resolve their money, legal and other problems by providing information and advice and by influencing policymakers. For more information see our website 
3.    The advice provided by the Citizens Advice service is free, independent, confidential, and impartial, and available to everyone regardless of race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religion, age or nationality.
4.    The Citizens Advice Bureaux in England and Wales advised 2.3 million clients on 5.4 million problems from October 2013 to September 2014. For full 2013/2014 service statistics see our quarterly publication Advice trends
5.    Eastleigh Citizens Advice Bureau staff are supported by more than 30 trained volunteers, working at three service outlets across the Borough