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



Come along and try tennis for free. Open to all ages and abilities. Fun for the whole family. Come and meet the team at JEM Tennis. At our event, please look out for the promotional offer that will be available on the day.


Sat, 28 Sep 2019

11:30 - 13:00
Tel: 07801422227

Eastleigh Borough Council is delighted to announce the return of Park Sport from 29 July – 23 August 2019.


The annual summer programme of taster sessions run by @SportHealthEBC offers children aged 8-16 the chance to try a huge range of sports and activities, for just a £1 booking fee. Activities include fishing, sailing, golf, dance and cycling plus free swimming and two Skate Jam events.

This year there will also be two one day indoor festivals offering activities for 8-16 years and families on 3rd August at Places Leisure Eastleigh and 17th August at Hamble Sports Complex.


Activities will include trampolining, netball, football, teen gym, freestyle gymnastics, family yoga and more. All activities are available for just a £1 booking thanks to sponsorship from Hillcrest Structural Ltd.


Bookings will open from Monday 8 July 2019.

A full programme of activities and booking information can be found at



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:

SportWorks Couch to 5k course in partnership with Hedge End Running Club this September. This course is part of the Council’s ongoing mission to enable healthy lifestyles for residents through sport and physical activity opportunities.


Couch to 5k is a beginner running programme aimed at adults to support residents gradually develop their fitness and endurance over 8 weeks. All sessions are led by qualified run leaders who have the knowledge and expertise to guide and support people progressively over 8 weeks.


The course starts Monday 9th September with weekly sessions running 7pm – 8pm starting from the Ageas Bowl. This course is just £20 per person and open to 16+ years.



Wessex Cancer Trust


Winchester will host its first ever Starlit Trail on Friday 20th September - a sponsored walk through the City organised by Wessex Cancer Trust to raise money for local people living with cancer.     


Starting from the Guildhall, you’ll follow a 5km route through the city streets, taking in the historic landmarks and soaking up live entertainment along the way before finishing back at the Guildhall for celebratory fizz and nibbles. 


Registration starts at £13 for under 16s with a sponsorship goal of £25.



For more information and to book visit


Murder Mystery 


Come along for a fun evening. 


Test your skills solving the Murder Mystery and enjoy a hot supper.

Tickets are available now, I have attached a ticket/supper order form for you to complete and return with payment by Monday 23rd September.

Ticket order forms can also be downloaded from


Murder Mystery order form DG.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [50.1 KB]

Action for Happiness is a movement of people committed to building a happier and more caring society. We want to see a fundamentally different way of life - where people care less about what they can get just for themselves and more about the happiness of others.


We bring together like-minded people from all walks of life and help them take practical action, drawing on the latest scientific research. We are backed by leading experts from diverse fields including psychology, education, economics and social innovation.



Members of the movement make a simple pledge: to try to create more happiness in the world around them. We provide ideas and resources to enable people to take action at home, at work or in their community. Many of our members from local groups to take action together.

Hampshire’s foodies have a brand-new opportunity to explore local produce at a food festival held at Fairthorne Manor near Botley on 29th September. A festival atmosphere is promised, with over 50 indoor stalls, hot food market, children’s activities, and 85 acres of countryside to explore. 

Event organiser Corin Ball said, “This type of event is a great way to celebrate the diversity of our communities. We’ll be showcasing everything from cider to Asian street food, so there will be something for everyone, and all produced locally. Tickets are only £5 including parking and can be purchased from our website”.

The funds raised from the event will be used to provide services such as respite for young carers, lunch clubs for vulnerable families and activities for isolated older people across Hampshire and Isle of Wight.


Tel: 01489 772187


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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




in the


at the



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